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Star Wars’ English connection is set to flourish after Kathleen Kennedy opened up a new Industrial Light & Magic location in London. The English capital is currently being used to shoot Star Wars: Episode VII, and Kennedy even teased that further installments to the franchise will be filmed in Blighty, too.
The main villain of the first six Star Wars movies went by a few names. Some know him as Darth Sidious, others simply call him Senator/Emperor Palpatine. Since the character's introduction in 1980's Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, however, one key element of his moniker has long been a mystery: his first name.
The Ukrainian Internet Party have released a campaign advertisement to promote their candidate Darth Vader. That's right: Darth Vader. And it really needs to be seen to be believed, because not only does it see the Sith lord strumming on a Ukrainian instrument, but he also appears to be seducing a horse.
A couple of years ago a bunch of Star Wars fans recreated Episode IV: A New Hope through a crowdsourced collaboration of epic proportions. That original effort drew a lot of attention and eventually lead to the powers that be at Lucasfilm to help bring the next chapter of the Star Wars saga to the small screen.
In the run up to the beginning of production on Star Wars: Episode VII, there were a lot of names thrown about for the prime spot in the director's chair. Among the shortlist of favorites, though, was frequent Pixar collaborator and uber geek at heart Brad Bird, but alas that was not to be.
“Trust in the Force,” Obi-Wan reminds his scattered Jedi disciples. And it’s a message well received by Star Wars fans figuring out how this universe will take shape.
Joel Edgerton would love to play Owen Lars in a possible Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spin-off film, and he even has a great idea for it. Edgerton first came to the attention of Hollywood thanks to his portrayal as Owen in both Revenge Of The Sith and Attack Of The Clones; in fact he even shared the last scene of the trilogy as he held onto baby Luke Skywalker.
A not so long time ago, on the very website you're reading right now, we covered a persistent rumor that Disney could be on the verge of releasing a new version of the complete six film Star Wars saga to Blu-ray and other viewing platforms. While not much has been said officially on the matter, it's still a subject that kicks around from time to time, and today it seems that it has gathered some more steam.
It's well known that J.J. Abrams is a filmmaker who is a big fan of the "Big Screen Experience." This legacy has continued with the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII, and, as it turns out, the writer/director is so serious about it that he actually got special poster designed warning visitors to the set that they absolutely cannot say anything about what they get to see from the movie.
Obi-Wan continues to be one of the most popular figures in Star Wars lore, especially with a younger generation who knows the hero from the Prequel Trilogy (as played by Ewan McGregor) and the animated Star Wars: Clone Wars series.
An interview with Star Wars legend, Alex Guinness, from over 35 years ago has revealed that the film’s producers actually screwed him out of a deal that was worth millions upon millions of dollars. Guinness was originally offered 2% of the George Lucas’ royalties from the film, but when he offered a bevy of improvements to the film Lucas decided to give him 0.50% more. But when he spoke to producers they insisted it was only 0.25%. The sneaky sods.
All the way back in early 2013, Mark Hamill pitched what he would like to see from Luke Skywalker in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. The actor suggested that that the Jedi could move into the "Obi-Wan range [as] an influential character" who plays an important role while making way for the younger generation. If new rumors are to be then it looks like star may actually be getting his wish.
Ever since he took on the role of ass kicker extraordinaire, Liam Neeson has been labeled as a man that could mow down quite a few baddies in the confines of a feature film. At least, that's what we were lead to believe before the graphic above was released onto the internet this afternoon. For those of you who are hardcore Liam Neeson fans that are convinced of his godly powers of justice, you're going to want to sit down for this one.
Within the action figure industry, there are few – if any – companies that can compete with Hot Toys in terms of authenticity. With licenses to all sorts of big Hollywood franchises – from Avatar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Hong Kong-based toy manufacturer has spent years producing some of the most incredible and accurate 1:6th scale figures of your favorite big screen characters.
Do you regard yourself as a Star Wars nut? Do you think your knowledge and devotion to George Lucas’ series is beyond compare? Now ask yourself; would you buy a drone and fly it over Pinewood Studios just to get a glimpse of Star Wars Episode VII being filmed? If you said no, then you’re not even close to be on the top echelon of Jedi connoisseurs. If you said yes, I’m not sure whether to be impressed or ashamed of your antics. I think I'm a bit of both.