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J.J. Abrams Gives Fans A Chance To Be In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

5/21/2014 5:01pm EDT
J.J. Abrams
Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams is giving one lucky fan the chance to make a cameo in the upcoming sequel after partnering with UNICEF's Innovatoin Labs and Programs and website Omaze.com.

The driector gave a quick sneak peek behind the scenes of the new film, standing next to an alien (that looks more like something out of "The Dark Crystal" than the "Star Wars" universe) with a large box strapped to its back and announcing the creation of "Star Wars: Force for Change," a new initiative from Disney, Lucasfilm and his production company Bad Robot that will help raise money for ...
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16 Of The Coolest Swords From Pop Culture

5/19/2014 2:32pm EDT
The Last Samurai
Swords - what's there to say about them? Nobody uses them anymore, which is a real shame. Swords remind us of an age when men were men, and they focused on really manly things, like chivalry, honor and killing a man with a single blow. Alas, those days are gone, and swords have retired from the battlefield.

But they do live on in one place - our hearts and minds. There's something innately satisfying about the simplicity and elegance of a sword, and the ritual of one-on-one combat, of people testing their mettle mano y mano. To that end, they live on in our culture, and by extension in our...
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Star Wars Trivia - 20 Fun Star Wars Details You May Not Know. May The Facts Be With You!

5/17/2014 4:00pm EDT
Star Wars Trivia - 20 Fun Star Wars Details You May Not Know. Ma
Think you know everything there is to know about every "Star Wars" movie? Consider yourself a "Star Wars" aficionado? How could you not know at least some facts about one of the most important film franchises of all time? It's part of our culture, something most kids and adults watched and loved for at least some period of their lives. You may think you know everything about this rich universe, but there's always more to learn.

Have you heard it all? Maybe not! May the facts be with you!

1. Life's Tough When You're A Hutt

One of the most difficult scenes to shoot was the Jabba Palace...
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Begun Filming, 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Has

5/17/2014 9:30am EDT
Begun Filming, 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Has
"Officially begun, production has," read a post on the official Star Wars Facebook page Friday morning, along with the first official photo released from the set of Episode VII.

The image, which is merely a shot of the digital slate used for filming, contains the film's working title, "Star Wars Episode VII," along with director J.J. Abrams' name and the date "5-16."

Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, shared the news shortly after midnight Friday morning with the hashtag "#dayone."

"Day one of episode 7! Here we go!" Tweeted John Boyega, who is one of the new stars of the planned seq...
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May The Fourth Be With You - Happy Star Wars Day 2014!

5/4/2014 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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The 10 Greatest Movie Trilogies That Should Be On Your Watch List

4/30/2014 8:00pm EDT
The 10 Greatest Movie Trilogies That Should Be On Your Watch Lis
Darth Vader. Michael Corleone. Frodo. All legendary cinematic characters and all first made famous by a Hollywood trilogy. Sure, every movie allows viewers to escape the real world into the land of their imagination for a little while, but there's something special about a set of movies that comes in three. Trilogies tend to have bigger, more elaborate worlds with finer details you won't find in your run of the mill two hour flick.

Here are 10 of the greatest trilogies of all time that any reputable movie buff must check off their watch list.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Peter ...
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Official Cast Announced For 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

4/29/2014 7:01pm EDT
Star Wars Episode VII Cast
A day after reports that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill all happened to be in London, England, where Star Wars: Episode VII just happens to be filming, the official casting announcement for the film was released on StarWars.com. And, indeed, the three stars will be returning for at least the first film in the new trilogy.

Ford, Fisher and Hamill will also be joined by Peter Mayhew, who returns to the saga as the Wookiee Chewbacca and Anthony Daniels, who will once again don the gold outfit of droid C-3PO.

Ford prompted speculation earlier this month when he was photographed ...
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New & Old 'Star Wars' Cast Members Dine With Director JJ Abrams In London

4/29/2014 3:00pm EDT
New & Old 'Star Wars' Cast Members Dine With Director JJ Abrams
Several members from the original "Star Wars" films joined cast members from the upcoming film for dinner in London, England, over the weekend. Director J.J. Abrams organized the event at 34 restaurant in Mayfair.

A source told Britain's The Sun, "The cast are being flown out to various locations to film. Bosses want to capitalize on them all being in London by booking in a get-together. It was a top secret mission, nobody was allowed to let on they'd be meeting up."

It's been confirmed that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will reprise their roles from the original series. Al...
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12 Movie Deaths That Really Traumatized Audiences

4/26/2014 4:00pm EDT
Star Wars
Losing a loved one is a traumatic emotional experience for people of any age. And even though the explosive and violent deaths we watch in movies are make believe, there are a select group of characters whose fictional passing caused a real life waterworks overflow. From the animated deaths seen in Disney's undying classics to the sci-fi trekkers whose sacrifices showcased the best of humanity, these characters were gone but not long forgotten. Gather your tissues and get ready to empty your tear ducts, because here are the 12 most traumatic movie deaths witnessed on screen.

Obi Wan Kenobi...
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What Happens When You Mix A Beloved Childhood Cartoon With An Iconic Supervillian? Find Out.

4/21/2014 11:30am EDT
What Happens When You Mix A Beloved Childhood Cartoon With An Ic
Everyone's favorite Pooh Bear (aka Jim Cummings) was on a guest Q&A panel at the 2013 Connecticut Comic Convention. The event was anything but standard though, as towards the end Cummings and his cohort Lauren Landa (BlazBlue, Attack on Titan) re-enacted the opening scene from Star Wars : A New Hope - but with a comedic twist.

Take a look at the video below for some memorable laughs.

Cummings is also the voice of the lesser-known, but still much loved Darkwing Duck - whose voice also makes an appearance in the video above.

Since the above video is a little hard to hear, we've inclu...
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Peter Mayhew Reportedly Cast In 'Star Wars Episode VII'

4/8/2014 12:51am EDT
Chewbacca
British actor Peter Mayhew is set to reprise his role as Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode VII, according to several reports.

The 69-year-old actor recently canceled an appearance at a "Star Wars" fan event in Texas, leading many to believe that freeing up his schedule means he'll be in the new film.

Mayhew was scheduled to appear at the Texas International Comic Convention, aka "Comicpalooza," in Houston, Texas on Memorial Day weekend, but pulled out "due to filming."

Alan Horn, chairman at Disney, confirmed on Tuesday that filming on "Episode VII" is officially underway, but casting stil...
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The Greatest Movies From The 70s

4/1/2014 8:00am EDT
The Greatest Movies From The 70s
The 1970s. The era of disco, bell bottom jeans, and phenomenal moviemaking. Hollywood’s golden age surged in the seventies, a time where gifted filmmakers carved their niche in the studio system and created films unlike anything seen before. From maverick moviemakers who created their penultimate masterpieces to the birth of the modern Hollywood blockbuster amongst a sea of commercial duds, the seventies were one of the hottest times in filmmaking even in the wake of the Cold War. Without further ado, here are the best movies of the 1970’s.

"The Godfather: Parts I and II" (1972 and 1974)
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Disney Announces 'Star Wars Episode VII' To Begin Shooting In May; 'Cars' & 'The Incredibles' Sequels Also On The Way

3/19/2014 8:51pm EDT
Star Wars
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away and after the events of Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VII will take place.

Disney made the announcement via the Star Wars twitter page, writing, "#StarWarsVII begins filming in May! Set 30 years after RoTJ, the film will feature new stars & familiar faces."

So far none of those "familiar faces" have actually been confirmed, but reports say that Carrie Fisher is definitely on board to reprise her role as Princess Leia, while the status of bringing back Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford to the roles of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, respectively,...
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'Girls' Star Adam Driver Reportedly Lands Role As 'Star Wars' Villain

2/26/2014 11:30pm EST
Adam Driver
Girls star Adam Driver is reportedly set to play the villain in J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.

The actor, who was supposed to audition for a role in the film last year but couldn't because of scheduling conflicts, has finally read for a role in the sequel and it was reported earlier on Wednesday that he was in talks to play the role of the film's villain.

But now it appears that he's gotten the role, as "Girls" co-star Lena Dunham tweeted her congratulations Wednesday evening.

"We're VERY proud of Adam Driver re: Star Wars," she wrote. "He's about to rip a hole in da force....
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Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford & Mark Hamill Will Appear In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

1/23/2014 2:00pm EST
Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher and two of her "Star Wars" co-star are definitely appearing in the highly anticipated "Episode VII."
 
It's been rumored for months that Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will return for J.J. Abrams' blockbuster, and the actress has officially confirmed all three will be back.
 
She told TV Guide magazine that the trio is expected to begin filming this spring. She explained, "I'd like to wear my old hairstyle again - but with white hair. I think that would be funny."
 
Meanwhile, Abrams confirmed earlier this week that he met wit...
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Stormtrooper Dance-Off : I Find Your Lack Of Twerk Disturbing

1/20/2014 6:30pm EST
Stormtrooper Dance-Off : I Find Your Lack Of Twerk Disturbing
Who doesn't love a good Stormtrooper dance? Something about faceless men, dressed in white plastoid armor, armed with terribly ineffectual blasters just screams "I want to dance."

Little did you know, Stormtroopers just love to let loose. When they aren't shooting fruitlessly at Smugglers, not finding the droids they were looking for or being cut down by Jedi, Stormtroopers take to the streets just to let loose and dance.

Don't believe me?

Just watch.

No one sucks the fun out of a good twerk like Darth Vader.

Or this guy.

We have to thank Youtuber ScottDW & his associates for ...
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Check Out The Special 'Star Wars' Themed 'Mythbusters' Episode, Tonight!

1/4/2014 10:30am EST
Star Wars
Tonight on the Discovery Channel, "Mythbusters" kicks off all-new episodes by contriving to separate physics from fiction with a "Star Wars" themed episode featuring Sophia Bush, the star of NBC's "Chicago PD."

Could Luke really have swung across a huge chasm on the end of a rope while holding Princess Leia and trying to escape Stormtroopers? 

Could Hans' ingenuity of stuffing Luke inside a Tauntaun have saved him from the bitterly cold and deadly elements of Hoth?

And could the primitive weapons of the Ewoks realistically take down some of Darth Vader’s most sophisticated weapons?

Fans...
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Han Solo's DL-44 Blaster To Go Under The Hammer

12/4/2013 9:28am EST
Star Wars
A laser gun used by Harrison Ford's character, the enigmatic smuggler Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise is expected to fetch more than $200,000 in an online auction.

The prop weapon, which does not fire, was used in close up scenes in the science fiction movies.

According to online auction house Invaluable.com, the DL-44 Blaster's most notable scenes are in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back where Darth Vader lifts the weapon out of Solo's hand and in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi when he wrestles the weapon back from a Stormtrooper.

The item has been posted...
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'Star Wars' Makes Instagram Debut With Darth Vader Selfie (And Princess Leias In Bikinis!)

12/3/2013 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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R2-D2 To Be Deployed In 'Star Wars Episode VII'

11/20/2013 1:06pm EST
R2-D2
R2-D2 has become the first character officially confirmed for Star Wars: Episode VII.

The delightful droid has appeared in all six previous installments of the science-fiction franchise and now Disney, who bought Lucasfilm and the rights to the series from creator George Lucas in 2012, have revealed the robot will definitely be part of the new movie.

Rumors were endemic R2-D2 would be appearing after a behind-the-scenes photo was posted on Twitter last week showing director J.J. Abrams, the blue-and-white astromech droid and two mystery men at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England....
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R2-D2 Poised For A 'Star Wars' Return?

11/15/2013 10:30am EST
R2-D2
Everyone's favorite Astromech droid, R2-D2 may return in Star Wars: Episode VII.

J.J. Abrams has appeared to hint the robotic character, which has been in all six of the previous space films, will be part of the new movie.

The director posted a photo of himself, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and some crew members posing alongside R2-D2 on his production company Bad Robot's Twitter account yesterday. The caption reads: "Hi from the workshop! #StarWarsVII"

Kenny Baker played the diminutive robot in the Star Wars series, while Ben Burtt voiced the character. It's not yet known if R2-...
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Release Date Now December 2015

11/7/2013 10:30pm EST
Star Wars
Star Wars: Episode VII has a new release date.

Following months of speculation, Disney bosses announced on Thursday that the release date, which they hoped would occure in Spring 2015, has been pushed back to December 18, 2015, to allow filmmakers more time to complete the project.

Alan Horn, chairman of Disney Studios, said in a statement on Thursday, ""We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a...
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Must See: Rare Bloopers From 'The Making Of Star Wars'

10/28/2013 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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Octavia Spencer To Star In 'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot, 'Star Wars' Script Shake-up, Lady Gaga's Crazy New Outfits

10/25/2013 9:34am EDT
Star Wars
Octavia Spencer To Star In NBC's Reboot Of 'Murder, She Wrote'
Octavia Spencer has landed her first TV role. The Oscar-winning actress is set to star in a reboot of beloved 1980s murder mystery series Murder She Wrote. (keep reading...)

J.J. Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan To Finish Script For 'Star Wars: Episode VII' After Michael Arndt Pulls Out
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. (keep ...
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J.J. Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan To Finish Script For 'Star Wars: Episode VII' After Michael Arndt Pulls Out

10/24/2013 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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J.J. Abrams Not Returning To Direct Next 'Star Trek' Movie

9/13/2013 3:01pm EDT
J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams won't be returning to the director's chair for the next Star Trek film.

Abrams announced the news to Collider.com on Thursday, telling the website that while he won't be calling the shots from directly behind the camera he will still be on hand as the film's producer.

"It's a little bittersweet," he says. "But I will say that I'm going to be producing the movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands. I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone c...
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Lucasfilm Reportedly Close To Announcing Benedict Cumberbatch Casting In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

9/3/2013 7:29pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch may be crossing over to rival sci-fi saga Star Wars.

The actor, who worked with director J.J. Abrams in this summer's sequel to the 2009 Star Trek reboot, is reportedly very close to re-teaming with the director to play an undisclosed role in the forthcoming sequel trilogy.

According to BleedingCool.com an official announcement is imminent. The actor recently backed out of director Guillermo del Toro's "Crimson Peak", which is reported to have nearly the same filming schedule as Star Wars: Episode VII.

Cumberbatch also told TotalFilm.com ...
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Darth Vader: 'I Didn't Like Star Wars I, II And III At All'

8/20/2013 9:07am EDT
Star Wars
Darth Vader actor David Prowse has predestined the Star Wars prequels as "really bad movies."

The former bodybuilder played the villain in George Lucas' original sci-fi trilogy, but was absent from the following prequel films which showed his character growing up.

Prowse has now divulged he was not a fan of the follow-up films, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

The 78 year-old tells Thisishullandeastriding.co.uk, "I didn't like Star Wars I, II and III at all. I think the common opinion now is they were really bad movies. There's no comparison with the o...
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Disney Not Ready To Share 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Details Yet

8/11/2013 8:38am EDT
Star wars
Execs were tight lipped about the upcoming "Star Wars" film during Disney's D23 live-action presentation on Saturday.

According to The Verge, company president Bob Iger told fans, "Now we're just as excited as you are about Star Wars: Episode VII. In fact, we’re speechless. At least we're going to be somewhat speechless at this Expo because we aren't ready to share some of the details with you just yet."

The studio is keeping things close to the hip about the 2015 film, including casting announcements and footage.

Fans have been waiting with bated breath for news about the highly anticip...
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Concept Art For New Animated Series 'Star Wars Rebels' Revealed By Producer Dave Filoni

7/29/2013 7:22pm EDT
Star Wars Rebels
One week after its presence was missed at Comic Con, Star Wars fans attending this year's "Celebration Europe II" were treated to some new details and a couple of concept photos from next year's new animated series, "Star Wars Rebels."

"Rebels" executive producer Dave Filoni, who headed up Cartoon Network's highly successful animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, was on hand to spill some of the details on the upcoming series.

Filoni explained that the biggest influence on the new series was late artist Ralph McQuarrie, whose concepts became the basis for numerous "Star Wars" characte...
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