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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...

R2-D2 To Be Deployed In 'Star Wars Episode VII'

November 20th, 2013 1:06pm EST
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....

R2-D2 Poised For A 'Star Wars' Return?

November 15th, 2013 10:30am EST
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-...

'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...

Must See: Rare Bloopers From 'The Making Of Star Wars'

October 28th, 2013 11:57pm EDT
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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...

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 ...

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
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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...

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 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...

Lucasfilm Reportedly Close To Announcing Benedict Cumberbatch Casting In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

September 3rd, 2013 7:29pm EDT
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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 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 ...

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, "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...

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...

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...

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...

President Obama Honors George Lucas At White House Medal Ceremony

July 11th, 2013 9:02am EDT
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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...

J.J. Abrams Not Thrilled About Moving To London To Shoot 'Star Wars Episode VII'

June 10th, 2013 12:50pm EDT
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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...

Al Pacino Claims He Turned Down 'Die Hard' And 'Star Wars' Roles

June 4th, 2013 4:32pm EDT
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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."


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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Patton Oswalt Pitches 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Plot During Cut 'Parks And Recreation' Filibuster Scene (Watch It)

April 18th, 2013 1:17pm EDT
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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...

Richard 'Imperial Military Chief General Motti' LeParmentier Dies At 66

April 16th, 2013 9:12pm EDT
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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...

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...

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...

Mark Hamill Confirms He, Harrison Ford & Carrie Fisher Are In Talks To Return To 'Star Wars'

February 21st, 2013 9:24am EST
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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 ...

Disney Confirms Standalone Character Films for 'Star Wars' Franchise

February 6th, 2013 9:57am EST
Yesterday, in an interview with CNBC’s Julia Boorstin, the Walt Disney Co. Chairman & CEO Bob Iger confirmed speculation that Disney is working on stand-alone films based on Star Wars characters, not part of the main 9-part saga.

Iger confirmed, “We are working on a few standalone films … Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga so we still plan to make Star Wars 7, 8, and 9 roughly over a six year period of time starting in 2015, but there are going to be a few other films released in that period...

J.J. Abrams Reportedly Set To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

January 25th, 2013 10:03am EST
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Director J.J. Abrams is heading back to space again -- multiple industry sources have reported that the Star Trek director will be going from Starfleet to a galaxy far, far away to helm the first new Star Wars film for Disney.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be the first new film in the saga since George Lucas sold the rights to his sci-fi franchise to Disney late last year, when the studio acquired the Lucasfilm and all its holdings for a cool $4 billion.

Lucasfilm's new director, Kathleen Kennedy; who Lucas handed the reins of running his company last summer; reportedly went after Abrams pe...

Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber From 'Return Of The Jedi' To Hit The Auction Block

December 10th, 2012 1:17pm EST
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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...

'Star Wars Episode VII' Trailer Brings In Buzz, Woody & 'The Avengers'

November 5th, 2012 2:01pm EST
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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...