The last time we saw the Emperor’s “little green friend” in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, he was traveling to Force planets, encountering evil spectres of ancient Sith, and unlocking the path to immortality. Not a bad bit of work! But there’s no rest for a Jedi Master, as we’ll soon see on Star Wars Rebels.
We finally got to meet some new characters in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but now we’re getting to put some names with the faces. J.J. Abrams, the film’s co-writer and director, and Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, have decided to reveal the identities of some of their new characters exclusively to EW—and they’ve done it in a retro fashion that should bring a smile to anyone familiar with the phrase “Collect ‘Em, Trade ‘Em.” That was the catchphrase of the Topps trading card company, which in addition to baseball players and comic book characters put out a series of collectible cards featuring scenes and characters from around the galaxy for the original 1977 Star Wars movie.
Two years after buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion, Disney is starting to reveal just how “Star Wars” will be integrated into the company’s theme parks. Main attractions will be based on new sequels and spinoffs — the first of which, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” bows next year — not the older films in George Lucas’ sci-fi franchise, according to Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger. “There will be a much larger ‘Star Wars’ presence in our parks globally,” Iger said during a Q&A at Variety‘s Dealmakers Breakfast on Wednesday, presented by Bank of America and sponsored by Delta. “But we want to do this big, which takes time, and to do it right.”
It’s been less than a week since the exciting new Star Wars trailer came out but fans who still feel understandably burned by Jar-Jar Binks have already found something to whine about: The major redesign of the films’ iconic light sabers. You see, instead of being a straight-up light saber as in the old movies, the new films show a contraption that looks more like a light bastard sword with two extra little light sabers that stick out from the sword’s main hilt, as you can see in the photo above.
The 88-second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has amassed more than 40 million YouTube views in 72 hours. But it has also inspired a series of spoofs, including a "George Lucas edition", which pokes fun at the director's poorly received prequels.
It’s the trailer that has perhaps seen more speculation than any other in movie history. The teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just been released, revealing details about a film that’s been kept under wraps to a remarkable degree.
Hey, remember how you bought tickets to whatever movie so you could see that 88-second teaser to the new Star Wars movie? Well, while the theater appreciates your money, Disney is releasing the trailer on iTunes at some point today—which is nice for the people who didn’t happen to live anywhere near one of the few theaters showing it.
Filming on the movie wrapped up last week. In addition to the original stars like Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, "Episode VII" will feature a slew of newbies, including "Girls" star Adam Driver, Andy Serkis and Oscar nominee Max von Sydow. Since then, Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie from "Game of Thrones" have also joined the cast.
Laurie Goode was a professional musician who supplemented his income working as a film extra. One spring day in 1976, a chance series of events changed his life. Laurie received a phone call asking if he would be free for some work as an background artist on a science fiction movie that was being filmed in Elstree. He was called up because a friend of his had pulled out because of illness.
‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ will wrap up filming within the next couple of weeks and then J.J. Abrams and his team have a year of arduous post-production ahead of them. Surely the last thing Abrams has on his mind is a trailer, right? We probably won’t see the first teaser until a few months into 2015, right?
Actor Ewan McGregor, who starred as Obi Wan Kenobi in George Lucas's trilogy of Star Wars prequels, has spoken out about his hatred of the Star Wars memorabilia market. "I've never been to one of the [fan] conventions" McGregor told the US men's magazine Details. "The people I meet are the f---ers who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the internet, or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their f---ing picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
When George Lucas was 8, he asked his mom, "If there's only one God, why are there so many religions?" He's been fascinated by that question ever since, and has come to the realization that when you strip all religions and mythologies down to their very basic level, it's really all about compassion.
Lucasfilm has just announced "Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume," a collection of Star Wars wardrobes that will tour twelve cities in the U.S. beginning in Seattle, Washington, on January 31, 2015. The collection features "60 hand-crafted costumes from the first six Star Wars films, with behind-the-scenes details of the artists’ creative process and in-depth look at the connection between character and costume." It's a collaboration between Lucasfilm, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and George Lucas' new museum in Chicago, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
The first look was part of a trailer for the series that aired last night during ABC's Toy Story of Terror special. The still image was tweeted by Dave Prowse, who wore the Vader suit in the original Star Wars trilogy.
“They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome. I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick.”
If you haven’t been on the internet in the past week or so, you may not have heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge; a campaign intended to raise ALS awareness that has taken the nation by storm. The gist of the challenge is for participants to film themselves having ice water dumped on them, then name three or more friends who they’d like to challenge to follow in their footsteps. The challenged are supposed to film themselves within 24 hours or donate to the ALS Association.
"Star Wars" fans have gone to the charitable side, raising big money for UNICEF Innovation Labs, the research arm of the UN children's charity. "Star Wars: Episode VII" director J.J. Abrams thanked fans on Twitter for their financial contributions -- $4.26 million to be exact -- to the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign. Disney then added $1 million to the total raised, bringing the grand total to over $5 million dollars.
Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, an exciting animated one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion is set to premiere Friday, October 3 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT in the US) on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the highly anticipated series Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. In the US, Star Wars Rebels episodes will debut Monday nights beginning Monday, October 13 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD. Worldwide, the series will air in 33 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.
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The force will be with D.C. Barns, a lifelong Star Wars fan who won a walk-on role in Episode VII in the franchise's Force for Change charity contest. Barns was surprised with the news while recording a donor video for Omaze — the fundraising platform that helped run the contest — in which he talked about seeing the first Star Wars when he was just five: "It really split my head open," he recalled. "There's movies that I love, and then there's Star Wars."