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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.
Go deep inside Industrial Light and Magic to see how they created the visual magic in films like Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom via this 1984 episode of Nova
Obi-wan Kenobi is unquestionably one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars canon. Whether it's the Alec Guiness version from the original trilogy or Ewan McGregor from the prequels, the mentor Jedi knight has been around for generations to welcome new audiences into Jedi-hood. But will that popularity translate to the hero getting his own solo film? Apparently it will - if you can believe new rumors.
The video below shows us what Star Wars' throne room scene would be like if Luke and Han make their way down the aisle to receive their medals without John Williams' score to set the tone...
Everyone wants to pilot an X-Wing, and I know it's pretty cliché to say this, given how often it’s said in movies these days, but I’d take mine in black. Lo and behold, J.J. Abrams is already on top of that, and we now have our first look at this brand new addition to the Star Wars vehicle collection.
Building its cinematic presence since 2008, Marvel Studios has created one of the most successful formulas in blockbuster history, and that success is expected to continue for many years to come. What's more, it has inspired other studios to try and copy it. Now, however, it appears that that Marvel's influence is stretching to other divisions of Disney, as now even the folks behind Star Wars are trying to take pages out of the comic book giant's book.
Let’s take a closer look at those 32 movies that won five or more consecutive weekends. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to revisit these incredibly popular movies from our past and remember why they had such a huge impact at the box office.
There is something about Star Wars that makes it an incredible spark for the imagination of creative people and artists. Perhaps its the fact that so many of us are shown the original trilogy at a young, impressionable age, but over the years we have seen some absolutely stunning pieces of art inspired by George Lucas' outerspace saga. Take, for example. the stunning artwork you see above - simply titled "Trilogy" - that has appeared online and is now available for sale.
Is there a budding Drew Struzan waiting to be tapped by Abrams to help promote next year’s Star Wars sequel? Let’s scan through a few of our favorite fan-made one sheets for the next Star Wars.
As popular as Star Wars is, I'm not sure there's a franchise out there that has dealt with more controversy and backlash. There are certainly those out there who unconditionally love every frame of every movie in the two trilogies, but there are also those who not only endlessly rant about the prequels, but also the Special Editions of the original trilogy that were made in the late 1990s.
Let that soak in, Star Wars fans. Phantom Menace tops Empire. Does it matter what list we’re talking about? There should be NO list in the Star Wars universe where Phantom Menace tops Empire.
Fans may think that they know absolutely everything about Chewie at this point, but the reality is that an interesting tidbit about his ancestry has only recently been unearthed: did you know that Chewbacca's famous look may have been directly inspired by one of the earliest works by author George R.R. Martin?
From lightsabers to Darth Vader's mask to quotable lines ("I know!"), few movies are as hugely iconic as the original Star Wars trilogy. But new video has just revealed that one of the most memorably elements of the sci-fi fantasy was nearly cut from the films completely, that'd be the voice of Yoda.
Three incredible posters. One features the Millennium Falcon and a squadron of X-Wing fighters, all worse for the wear after the Battle of Endor. Another depicts a Star Destroyer crashing into what looks like an ocean.
To understand our future, we must sometimes look to the past. In the case of Star Wars, it looks like they've taken that lesson to heart, and will continue to do so at the L.A. Philharmonic's gala opening.