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Disney Announces 'Star Wars Episode VII' To Begin Shooting In May; 'Cars' & 'The Incredibles' Sequels Also On The Way

March 19th, 2014 8:51pm EDT
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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

February 26th, 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'

January 23rd, 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

January 20th, 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!

January 4th, 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?

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

December 4th, 2013 9:28am EST
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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!)

December 3rd, 2013 10:47pm EST
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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'

November 20th, 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?

November 15th, 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

November 7th, 2013 10:30pm EST
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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'

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

October 25th, 2013 9:34am EDT
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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

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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J.J. Abrams Not Returning To Direct Next 'Star Trek' Movie

September 13th, 2013 3:01pm EDT
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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'

September 3rd, 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'

August 20th, 2013 9:07am EDT
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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

August 11th, 2013 8:38am EDT
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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

July 29th, 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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The Morning Roundup: 'Wolverine' Tops Box Office, Lady Gaga Goes Nude To Promote New Album, 'Star Wars' Update

July 29th, 2013 10:28am EDT
The Wolverine
The Wolverine topped the weekend box office with $55 million in ticket sales, more than double the number-two film, "The Conjuring," now in its second week. "Despicable Me 2" remained in the top three for its fourth-straight week, while "Turbo" and "Grown-Ups 2' rounded out the top five. Check out our review of "The Wolverine" here.

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter JJ Cale died on Friday at age 74. The guitarist died at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California after suffering a heart attack. Cale was famous for writing numerous hits for such artists as Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyr...
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President Obama Honors George Lucas At White House Medal Ceremony

July 11th, 2013 9:02am EDT
George Lucas
Creator of the much loved and well known Star Wars series, George Lucas was presented with Presidential Medals, along with 23 others, at the White House yesterday, July 10th.

Lucas, who received a National Medal of Arts, has just recently tied the knot with long-time love Mellody Hobson. Needless to say, between marrying the love of his life, being presented with an award from the President, and having three already highly anticipated films in the works, Lucas is a very busy man.

President Obama said a few short words after honoring Lucas with the medal, about how Star Wars had amazed him...
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J.J. Abrams Not Thrilled About Moving To London To Shoot 'Star Wars Episode VII'

June 10th, 2013 12:50pm EDT
J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams is gearing up for a temporary move to London, England, where he'll shoot 2015's highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

The director hinted that filming will begin in the UK -- where the six previous Star Wars films were shot -- in January 2014, but he's not thrilled about leaving his Los Angeles home to film overseas.

"We are, most likely, if all goes as planned, going to be moving to London at the end of the year for the Star Wars movie," Abrams said Saturday during the Producers Guild of America's "Produced By" conference.

He revealed few details about the new film duri...
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Al Pacino Claims He Turned Down 'Die Hard' And 'Star Wars' Roles

June 4th, 2013 4:32pm EDT
Al Pacino
Renowned thespian Al Pacino is convinced he gave Bruce Willis his big break in Hollywood by turning down the lead role in Die Hard.

The Scarface star has divulged he was one of the first actors approached to play tough cop John McClane in the 1988 blockbuster, but he passed on the script.

Pacino made the revelation about Willis at a question-and-answer session in London over the weekend, insisting, "I gave that boy a career!"

He then added, "You know who else I gave a career to? Harrison Ford in Star Wars - that role was mine for the taking but I couldn't understand the script."

The...
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Luke Skywalker's Pants Go Under The Hammer

May 22nd, 2013 7:42pm EDT
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A pair of pants worn by Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy has pulled in $36,100 at auction.

Mark Hamill donned the sand-colored Levi's to play the iconic Jedi Knight in George Lucas' 1977 sci-fi classic Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

On Tuesday, Experts at Los Angeles auction house Nate D. Sanders had set a pre-sale estimate of $70,000-$100,000, but the distressed pants pulled in $36,100 when they went under the hammer.

There were 13 bids for Skywalker's trousers, according to AFP.
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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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The Force Is With Britain As 'Stars Wars' Filming Heads To The U.K.

May 11th, 2013 6:00pm EDT
Star Wars
Disney has struck a deal to return "Star Wars" to its British roots as the franchise will return to England to film "Star Wars: Episode VII."

“We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the U.K. for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that,” Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, said in a statement.

The deal was struck between producers and British finance minister George Osborne.

"Today's announcement that the next Star Wars film wil...
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Disney Planning A New 'Star Wars' Film Every Year Through 2020

April 18th, 2013 9:01pm EDT
Star Wars
The Walt Disney Company gave some new insights on the future of the Star Wars movie franchise, which it acquired along with its purchase of Lucasfilm back in October, revealing that it plans to release a new film in the series every year after 2015, when much-hyped sequel Star Wars: Episode VII is set to hit theaters.

On Wednesday, Disney chairman Alan Horn told theater owners at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that in between each of the films planned in the upcoming third Star Wars trilogy the company will release the stand-alone films it has planned, which are character based, much like how "X-M...
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Harrison Ford Flips Out Over 'Star Wars' Questions On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

April 18th, 2013 6:35pm EDT
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford promoted his latest film, Jackie Robinson biopic 42, on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night, and the actor became a bit heated after being asked about the upcoming Star Wars sequel, Star Wars: Episode VII.

When asked about the upcoming J.J. Abrams film, Ford said he couldn't talk about it, but was willing to let a few fans of the sci-fi saga ask him a few non-"Star Wars" questions.

But things got heated and Ford ended up walking off the set after encountering a former friend in the audience and calling him a "son of a b***h" and a "sack of s**t."

So far everyone attached to t...
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Patton Oswalt Pitches 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Plot During Cut 'Parks And Recreation' Filibuster Scene (Watch It)

April 18th, 2013 1:17pm EDT
Patton Oswalt filming Parks and Recreation
Patton Oswalt delivered a hilarious take on U.S. Senator Rand Paul's March filibuster for Thursday night's episode of Parks and Recreation -- but you won't see the scene on television.

Oswalt was asked by the show's producers to "ramble a bit about whatever subject he wanted" while filming a scene in which he takes the podium at a Pawnee City Council meeting in order to filibuster their vote.

The comedian took them up on their offer and went into an 8+ minute rant about what Disney, who acquired Lucasfilm late last year, should do for the plot of the next Star Wars movie.

Oswalt's rant i...
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Richard 'Imperial Military Chief General Motti' LeParmentier Dies At 66

April 16th, 2013 9:12pm EDT
Richard LeParmentier
Actor Richard LeParmentier has died at the age of 66. The star passed away at his home in Austin, Texas, on Monday. Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., to British and Irish parents, LeParmentier moved to the U.K. in 1974, when he made his acting debut in David Essex film Stardust.

He went on to score small roles in more than 50 TV shows and movies, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit and James Bond thriller Octopussy, alongside Roger Moore as secret agent 007, and he co-starred with his former wife, British actress Sarah Douglas, in films such as Superman II, Rollerball and The People That Time Forg...
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Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford Began Negotiating New 'Star Wars' Deals Months Ago

March 10th, 2013 8:02pm EDT
Star Wars
During an interview on Thursday Star Wars creator George Lucas all but confirmed that the saga's original three stars would be reprising the roles of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode VII, slated for a 2015 release.

Lucas revealed that while negotiations to sell his Lucasfilm empire to Disney for $4 Billion were going on last fall, plans for a third Star Wars trilogy were also being hammered out with Disney, along with deals for Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher to return to a galaxy far, far away.

Lucas spilled the beans to Bloomberg Businessweek...
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