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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Has A Title, Wraps Filming

November 6th, 2014 10:09pm EST
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Just over a year until its release, Star Wars: Episode VII has gotten an official title.

The film's official facebook page shared an image of the franchise's logo, showing the new subtitle "The Force Awakens."

The caption for the image was big news also: "'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has completed principal photography."

The cast and crew of the film, directed by J.J. Abrams, celebrated the wrap of filming last weekend, and everyone received a baseball cap and a note from producers Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Brian Burk.

"It is a true honor and absolute joy to come to set every day a...
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Anthony Daniels Wouldn't Reprise C-3PO Role In 'Star Wars: Episode VII' If The Droid Was Going To Be CGI

September 20th, 2014 2:01pm EDT
Anthony Daniels Wouldn't Reprise C-3PO Role In 'Star Wars: Episo
Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels, who played the golden droid C-3PO all six films in the saga so far, told producers of the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, that he would only sign on to reprise his role if he would actually be in the film in costume and not voice a computer generated (CG) version of the character.

The actor was offered the old role by Episode VII director J.J. Abrams, who told him at the time that he only needed him to voice the character, so Daniels originally turned down the role.

"When J.J. Abrams rang me to ask about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he ...
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11 Great Movies With Truly Terrible Plot Twists

July 5th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
11 Great Movies With Truly Terrible Plot Twists
In most cases, the quality of a plot twist usually determines the quality of a movie. Bruce Willis was a ghost the whole time in The Sixth Sense. Great twist, great movie. Robert Pattinson was actually a 9/11 victim the whole time in Remember Me. Awful twist, borderline offensive movie.

But sometimes things don't add up. Sometimes, in going for that perfect little story zigzag, a film will overshoot (undershooting is also an issue) and leave us with a big twist that either makes no sense, or makes plenty of sense and is just monstrously stupid.

So prepare yourself, as we travel through a ...
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May The Fourth Be With You - Happy Star Wars Day 2014!

May 4th, 2014 9:15am EDT
Star Wars
On May 25, 1977, director/writer George Lucas re-invented the movies with a risky new film he created called Star Wars.

The film's success spawned two sequels (The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), three prequels (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith), a TV show (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and a myriad of "Expanded Universe" stories - from novels to comic books to video games.

Star Wars was originally based on the old Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s, where weekly installments mov...
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'Star Wars' Makes Instagram Debut With Darth Vader Selfie (And Princess Leias In Bikinis!)

December 3rd, 2013 10:47pm EST
Darth Vader instagram
A long time agoin a galaxy far, far away has finally caught up with the 21st century: Star Wars has officially joined Instagram.

The movie franchise made its official debut on the photo-sharing website on Tuesday, kicking things off with a Darth Vader selfie. The Sith Lord snapped himself standing amidst the carnage in the hallway of the rebel cruiser that he captured in the very first scene of the first "Star Wars" film in 1977.

"Another day at the office," the caption read.

It wouldn't be surprising if the new social networking page became a way for director J.J. Abrams and his crew to...
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Must See: Rare Bloopers From 'The Making Of Star Wars'

October 28th, 2013 11:57pm EDT
The Making Of Star Wars
A new behind-the-scenes blooper reel from the very first Star Wars film has been unearthed, and the short clip reveals that stormtroopers are a little clumsier than just bumping their heads and being bad marksmen.

The found footage is part of Lucasfilm editor J.W. Rinzler's new enhanced e-reader version of his 2007 book "The Making of Star Wars", which he discovered in the company's archives while researching material for the book's electronic update.

Rinzler released "The Making of The Empire Strikes Back" in 2010, and "The Making of Return Of The Jedi" hit book retailers earlier this mo...
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J.J. Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan To Finish Script For 'Star Wars: Episode VII' After Michael Arndt Pulls Out

October 24th, 2013 10:25pm EDT
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
A new screenwriting team for Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced following the departure of Oscar-winner Michael Arndt.

News that the "Toy Story 3" scribe has left the project was confirmed on the official Star Wars website on Thursday.

Arndt, who won his Oscar for 2006's "Little Miss Sunshine", has left the project, but no official reason for his exit has been given.

Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy announced on Thursday that director J.J. Abrams and the film's consultant Lawrence Kasdan, who is no stranger to the "Star Wars" saga, would be taking over the writing duties.

"I am ve...
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Watch 'A Good Day To Die Hard' & Check Out The Best Big-Screen Father & Son Duos

June 9th, 2013 9:30am EDT
A Good Day To Die Hard
It's hard to think of a more definitive, all-round American action-hero dad than John McClane. This upcoming Father's Day, John McClane teams up with his son to take out Russian terrorists in "A Good Day To Die Hard" (now on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD™).

To celebrate the ultimate father/son team-up, we take a look back at some of the best father and son on-screen duos.

A Good Day to Die Hard

For 2013's A Good Day to Die Hard, we see the ultimate power-house father and son duo, as John McClane teams up with his equally-as-ass-kicking son Jack McClane.

When John McClane learns of his son...
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Disney Launching New 'Star Wars' Animated Series In 2014

May 20th, 2013 5:06pm EDT
Star Wars
Just months after acquiring Lucasfilm in a multi-billion-dollar deal and announcing a plan to continue the Star Wars movie saga well into the future -- starting with "Star Wars Episode VII" in 2015 -- Disney has announced the development of a new animated series, "Star Wars Rebels," which is set to premiere in fall 2014.

The announcement comes on the heels of the studio's cancellation of the Cartoon Network's "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," animated series, a move that was made because the show aired on the rival network, owned by Time Warner.

Like Clone Wars, which took place between preque...
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Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber From 'Return Of The Jedi' To Hit The Auction Block

December 10th, 2012 1:17pm EST
Star Wars
A lightsaber brandished by Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy is expected to fetch up to $50,000 at an upcoming auction.

The film prop used by actor Mark Hamill in 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi is one of a number of items due to go under the hammer in a new Profiles in History sale, alongside an original X-Wing Fighter miniature, estimated between $80,000 and $120,000, and an Imperial Royal Guard helmet, which is thought to be worth at least $40,000.

A Scout Trooper blaster, a conceptual Jabba the Hutt sculpture and a rejected Yoda head are also set to go...
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'Star Wars Episode VII' Trailer Brings In Buzz, Woody & 'The Avengers'

November 5th, 2012 2:01pm EST
Star Wars Taiwan Animation
Taiwan's Next Media Animation (NMA) studios released another fantastic video last week, this one called "Star Wars Episode 7 Official Trailer."

The crazy video studio, based in Taipei, Taiwan, brings international news to a whole new level by not only reporting on all the latest stories, but providing some hilarious visuals as well through computer animation. Who needs cute girls in front of green screens?

The Star Wars video starts with a guy smoking a cigar dressed as Mickey Mouse sitting with George Lucas and a girl dressed as slave Princess Leia on a couch at a stripclub, while a woma...
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'Finding Nemo 3-D' And The History Of Theatrical Re-Releases

September 10th, 2012 3:07pm EDT
Finding Nemo
Disney and Pixar's Finding Nemo will be getting a theatrical re-release this weekend, continuing a growing trend of films being brought back to the big screen with a third dimension added.

Theatrical re-releases had gone down recently, due to the increasing popularity of big screen home entertainment centers in high definition - but with so few homeowners having a 3D TV, producers are keen to cash in on the technology.

Prior to home theaters being the norm, many movie companies re-released their flicks every several years to give audiences a chance to see the spectacle on the big screen. ...
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'Revenge Of The Fifth' - 'Star Wars' Day Should Have A Sequel

May 5th, 2012 12:37pm EDT
Star Wars
With yesterday's unofficial-official Star Wars Day behind us it only seems fitting that such an iconic film series should have its own sequel. After all, the Saga is legendary, having transformed how people watch movies by both pushing forward the technolgies used in filmmaking and in birthing the modern blockbuster.

Two sequels, three prequels, a TV series and an instantly recognizable brand name visible at nearly every retailer in our galaxy, the franchise is still running strong. When's the last time you walked down a Walmart toy aisle without seeing numerous empty pegs where characters...
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George Lucas Pays Tribute To 'Star Wars' Artist Ralph McQuarrie

March 4th, 2012 1:11pm EST
George Lucas
George Lucas has paid tribute to Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who helped him bring his Star Wars vision to the big screen, after his death on Saturday.

McQuarrie was 82 years old when he passed away at his home in Berkeley, California.

The illustrator is best known for designing the look of Lucas' best-known characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO, and also imagined sets for the hit sci-fi franchise.

He also created the alien spaceships in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T., and won an Academy Award in 1985 for Visual Effects in Cocoon.

L...
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Emma Stone Re-Enacts 'Star Wars' Scenes In Lucasfilm's Initiative To 'Use The Force for Good' To Benefit Stand Up To Cancer (Video)

September 15th, 2011 11:39pm EDT
Emma Stone SU2C
Lucasfilm announced today that in celebration of the September launch of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray, it is linking up with celebrities, eBay and Major League Baseball to ask fans to Use the Force for Good to support Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). SU2Cfunds groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives.

"Lucasfilm joining with eBay, Major League Baseball and a wonderful group of actors is an amazing force for good being brought to bear in Stand Up To Cancer's fight against this disease,and we are profoundly grateful," said SU2C Co-Fou...
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Carrie Fisher Loses 50 Pounds On Diet Plan

August 24th, 2011 9:11pm EDT
Carrie Fisher
Actress Carrie Fisher is celebrating after losing 50 pounds on diet firm Jenny Craig's weightloss plan.

The Star Wars star became the firm's celebrity spokeswoman last year, taking over from the likes of Valerie Bertinelli and Kirstie Alley - and she has become one of the company's biggest success stories.

The 54 year old tells People magazine she was determined to shed the pounds after realising she was afraid to look in the mirror, and she's thrilled with her new look - although she won't be donning a bikini to show off anytime soon.

She says, "I'm not going to wear a lot of sleeveless...
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George Lucas Loses Stormtrooper Court Battle

July 27th, 2011 8:47am EDT
George Lucas
George Lucas has lost his court battle with a British designer over the rights to make and sell replica Star Wars helmets.

Andrew Ainsworth made the headgear for the original movies and started selling the Stormtrooper helmets in 2004, to fans who wanted to wear them for fancy dress parties.

The creator of the hugely successful sci-fi series attempted to sue Ainsworth for $20 million after he sold some items in America, but Lucas lost the legal battle in the U.K. because a judge rejected claims the helmets are sculptures.

He hoped to overturn the decision by taking the case to the Sup...
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Lucasfilm Unveils 'Star Wars' Deleted Scenes From Upcoming Blu-ray Set At Comic Con (Video)

July 26th, 2011 10:37pm EDT
Star Wars Saga Blu-ray
Fans at this year's Comic Con who attended the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards were surprised with a short teaser for the upcoming (Sept. 16) Star Wars Saga Blu-ray release featuring a few storied deleted scenes from the original trilogy.

The clip includes a short teaser from last year's event, in which Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is shown building his green lightsaber before heading off to save Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from Jabba The Hutt.

Also included in the clip are shots of a sandstorm scene and an extended shield generator battle from Return of the Jedi; escaping Wampa snow creatures fr...
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'Star Wars In Concert' Gives Anthony Daniels A New Love For The Films

June 5th, 2011 4:23pm EDT
Anthony Daniels
Star Wars icon Anthony Daniels has only learned to appreciate the magic of the sci-fi blockbuster in the past two years - by narrating the touring Star Wars in Concert stage spectacular.

The British actor, who has played android C-3PO in all the Star Wars films, admits he was never a true fan of the sci-fi franchise until he stood on the world's stages and watched costumed fans marvel in the music from the movies.

Daniels credits the shows with giving him a new perspective on the films which turned him into a cult star.

He tells the Los Angeles Times, "There's nothing quite like it; it s...
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Carrie Fisher Loses 30 Pounds On Weightloss Plan

May 12th, 2011 9:44pm EDT
Carrie Fisher
Actress Carrie Fisher is winning her weight battle after losing 30 pounds on the Jenny Craig diet plan.

The Star Wars star has been the spokesmodel for the weightloss company for the past 18 weeks - and she's a big success story.

Signing up for the Jenny Craig program in November, Fisher said, "If I lose 10 pounds, it'll be a miracle. If I lose 30, my outside would match my inside."

Now she says, "Before Jenny Craig, I had tried and failed with so many diets, so losing any amount of weight seemed crazy to me. With this weight loss, it's like a whole new Carrie has emerged. I no longer wa...
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'Star Wars: The Complete Saga' Comes To Blu-ray Sept. 16 With Tons Of Features

May 4th, 2011 10:51pm EDT
Star Wars Blu-ray
It wouldn't be Star Wars day without an official announcement from Lucasfilm about the upcoming release of the entire Star Wars saga on Blu-ray. Perhaps the most anticipated Blu-ray release since the format's inception, Star Wars: The Complete Saga will be released on September 16th, and features a ton of extras in a nine-disc collection.

Here's the official info, and May the 4th be with you!

Bring home the adventure and share Star Wars with your whole family -- when STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment! To be...
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