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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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Jaime King throws Star Wars baby shower

August 19th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Expectant actress Jaime King marked the impending arrival of her first child by throwing a Star Wars-themed baby shower on Saturday (17Aug13).

Hollywood stars Selma Blair and Jessica Alba were in attendance, as were King's Hart of Dixie co-stars Rachel Bilson and Wilson Bethel, as well as fellow mother-to-be Teresa Palmer and her fiance Mark Webber.

King's husband Kyle Newman tweeted a picture of the couple's Star Wars cake, which featured the caption "May the force be with baby Newman," and depicted the parents-to-be as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.

After the bash, held at Soho Hous...
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George Lucas welcomes a daughter via surrogate - report

August 12th, 2013 11:32am EDT
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Star Wars creator George Lucas has become a new dad at the age of 69 after welcoming a daughter via surrogate.

The filmmaker and his new wife, Mellody Hobson, became parents to little Everest Hobson Lucas on Friday (09Aug13), according to the Huffington Post.

The baby is the couple's first biological child; Lucas is also father to three adopted children - Amanda, 32, Katie, 25, and Jett, 20.

Lucas and Hobson wed in June (13).
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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
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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
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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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John Williams returning to Star Wars

July 29th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Legendary composer John Williams will return to pen the score of the next generation of Star Wars films.

The multi-Oscar winner came up with the atmospheric music in the original trilogy, as well as the three prequels, and now he's been confirmed to write the music for Disney's reboot of the cult franchise.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says, "I had breakfast with someone very important to the Star Wars family last Friday, and he has committed to working on Episode VII. And that is Mr John Williams. Every time I hear John's music, it just gives me the chills. It's so important to t...
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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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President Obama honours George Lucas at White House medal ceremony

July 10th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
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Star Wars creator George Lucas and writer Joan Didion were among the 24 people honoured with presidential medals at the White House on Wednesday (10Jul13).

Paying tribute to the newlywed filmmaker, who received a National Medal of Arts, U.S. President Barack Obama told the media and dignitaries that Star Wars had amazed him.

He said, "I remember when I first saw it. There's a whole generation that thinks special effects always look like they do today. But it used to be you'd see, like, the string on the little model spaceships."

Obama also handed out medals to sportswriter Frank Deford, ...
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George Lucas to be honoured by Obama with America's top arts accolade

July 3rd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
George Lucas
Movie mogul George Lucas will receive the U.S. government's highest arts honour from President Barack Obama later this month (Jul13).

The Star Wars creator will be presented with the National Medal of Arts at the White House on 12 July (13).

A statement from the President's office reads, “By combining the art of storytelling with boundless imagination and cutting-edge techniques, Mr. Lucas has transported us to new worlds and created some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time."

Other luminaries to be honoured at the same ceremony include record label boss Herb Alpert, playwrig...
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George Lucas' A-List Wedding Reception Guest List

June 30th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
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Actors Mark Hamill and Robin Williams and singer Ne-Yo were among the guests who helped newlywed Star Wars creator George Lucas celebrate his marriage to Mellody Hobson at a reception in Illinois on Saturday.

The movie mogul married Hobson at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California, on June 22 and they followed up their nuptials a week later with a star-studded soiree in the bride's hometown of Chicago.

Music superstar Prince provided the entertainment during the bash at the city's lakeside Promontory Point, performing under a giant tent with a 22-piece band, according to The Hollywoo...
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George Lucas weds fiance Mellody Hobson

June 23rd, 2013 11:10pm EDT
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Star Wars creator George Lucas is a married man after exchanging vows with his longtime girlfriend.

The movie mogul wed Mellody Hobson in front of family and friends, including fellow filmmaker Ron Howard, over the weekend (22-23Jun13).

Howard took to his Twitter.com page on Sunday (23Jun13) to gush about the nuptials, declaring, "George Lucas Melody (sic) Hobson wedding was joy to behold Bill Moyers service was beautiful, nothing short of profound. Congrats Mr&Mrs Lucas."

Star Wars star Samuel L. Jackson ‏also tweeted, "Let's give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his Bride ...
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Carrie Fisher wishes transgender ex-boyfriend the best of luck

June 20th, 2013 3:21am EDT
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Actress Carrie Fisher has reached out to her ex-boyfriend to wish him luck as he undergoes gender reassignment surgery.

Helicopter pilot and news reporter Bob Tur, who dated the Star Wars veteran for a few months back in 2004, recently began hormone replacement therapy in a bid to become a woman, and Fisher confesses she was stunned when she heard the news.

She jokes to the National Enquirer, "I only dated him for a few months. Maybe if we dated longer, I would've been reassigned as a man and we'd still be together."

However, Fisher insists she is happy for her former lover, adding, "Reg...
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Ozzy Osbourne and Carrie Fisher were sober companions after meeting in rehab

June 17th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Ozzy Osbourne
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne and Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher were once unlikely sober companions after striking up a friendship during a stint in rehab.

The actress made light of the pair's relationship during the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (16Jun13), when she served as an award presenter, after spotting the Black Sabbath frontman in the audience with his talk show host wife, Sharon.

She quipped, "Ozzy, I haven't seen you since rehab..." before going on to introduce the category for Outstanding Special Class Animation Program.

The then added, "Our nominees, they take u...
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Steven Spielberg: 'Lincoln almost became a TV movie'

June 13th, 2013 8:53pm EDT
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Movie mogul Steven Spielberg was almost forced to release his Oscar-winning epic Lincoln as a TV film after struggling to win support from executives at major movie studios.

The director had even entered talks with bosses at U.S. network HBO to fund the historical drama about assassinated former President Abraham Lincoln after being turned away by big-name production firms - because they were only interested in big-budget, mainstream projects.

Spielberg made the revelation on Wednesday (12Jun13), during a ceremony to mark the opening of the University of Southern California's Interactive ...
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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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Mark Hamill to be presented with legacy award

May 23rd, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Star Wars actor Mark Hamill will be honoured with a special award in honour of his impressive Hollywood career.

The star, best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy of films, will be handed the Don LaFontaine Legacy Award at the PromaxBDA's 2013 conference in Los Angeles next month (Jun13).

The award is in honour of his acting, writing and producing career, as well as his voiceover work on projects such as the Batman cartoon.

Jonathan Block-Verk, president and CEO of PromaxBDA, says, "Mark Hamill is one of the most iconic names in Hollywood. Breaking on to the film sce...
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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
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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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'Stars Wars' Filming Heading To Britain

May 12th, 2013 9:25am EDT
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After striking a deal with British politician George Osborne, producers are bringing the new Star Wars shoot to the United Kingdom.

George Lucas' massively popular franchise is now owned by Disney, and filming on the seventh movie in the series is scheduled to begin later this year. The film will be mostly shot in England after Britain's finance minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer Osborne, gave movie execs huge tax breaks.

Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, issued the following statement: "We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration...
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The Force Is With Britain As 'Stars Wars' Filming Heads To The U.K.

May 11th, 2013 6:00pm EDT
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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
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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
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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
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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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Carrie Fisher Says She Was 'Joking' About 'Star Wars' Return

March 7th, 2013 3:12pm EST
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A representative for Carrie Fisher has clarified reports the star is set to reprise her role as Princess Leia in the much-anticipated Star Wars revamp, insisting the actress was just "joking" about her involvement in the upcoming project.

The 56 year old told the Palm Beach Illustrated magazine she had signed on for Star Wars VII in a recent interview and even joked about her ageing character's storyline.

When asked how her character would look in the movie, she said, "Elderly. She's in an intergalactic old folks' home."

She then appeared to get serious and added, "I just think she wo...
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Mark Hamill Confirms He, Harrison Ford & Carrie Fisher Are In Talks To Return To 'Star Wars'

February 21st, 2013 9:24am EST
Mark Hamill and Chewbacca
It seems the rumors are true. Mark Hamill, who played the original Luke Skyalker in "Star Wars," has confirmed he, Harrison Ford and Carrier Fisher are in talks to reprise their roles in an upcoming film.

The actor has also revealed that franchise creator George Lucas insisted the iconic characters be written out if the actors didn't want to be included in Episode VII.

Hamill told "Entertainment Tonight:" "They're talking to us. George wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts - they would write us ...
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