The great thing about taking over the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas is that it will be virtually impossible for J.J. Abrams to be criticized for the title to his 2015 sequel. Not after The Phantom Menace and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Now that the core cast has been announced, attention has shifted to what the film will be called, and Harry Knowles at Ain’t It Cool is confident that the working title is Star Wars: Episode VII — The Ancient Fear. Reportedly, the title “refers to Max Von Sydow’s villain who makes Pazuzu look like a p—y!” — Pazuzu being the demon that Von Sydow’s priest battled in The Exorcist. READ FULL STORY
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It’s tough out there for a musician in the middle of a galactic war. But there’s one place quality performers are always in high demand, and that’s the Mos Eisley Cantina.
Even some of Earth’s biggest music stars covet a gig in the Tatooine hive of scum and villainy — at least if you’re to believe this video from College Humor.
The comedy site partnered with Lucasfilm for this parody, released just in time for Star Wars Day. Chris Daughtry, Ben Folds, Liz Phair, Reggie Watts, Mark McGrath, Jordin Sparks, Rick Springfield, Weird Al, Lisa Loeb, and mc chris — or rather, their Star Wars Universe alter-egos — all try out for a role in Figrin D’an’s legendary band the Modal Nodes. The auditions don’t go very well. READ FULL STORY
The Force is strong on Twitter.
Luke and Leia — that’s Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher when we’re not in a galaxy far, far away — took to Twitter to express their excitement over joining J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. Maybe too much excitement on Fisher’s part, actually.
On Wednesday, the actress posted this tweet with a link to the official cast announcement:
May the Chapter VII be with you…always. Or at least until 2015. I love you….you know. http://t.co/MfbfwRIdJP
— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) April 30, 2014
Fans were aghast that their beloved Princess of Alderaan would screw up Star Wars lingo. She quickly corrected herself in the most Carrie Fisher way possible: READ FULL STORY
Yes, already. And no, he is absolutely not overreacting.
See, Colbert — the character, at least — has been a huge fan of Star Wars since he was 13, when “Princess Leia’s firm, high buns stirred something in [him].” So naturally, Colbert was overjoyed to learn about the franchise’s next trilogy, especially when he learned that his pal J.J. Abrams would be directing.
Why, then, is Colbert complaining about Episode VII, which hasn’t even started shooting yet? Simple: Tuesday’s first table read photo, which pictured original trilogy stars mingling with new cast members like Adam Driver and Andy Serkis.
“Everything is wrong!” gripes Colbert in the following video. “Where’s the creature design? Every single character is humanoid, with two arms and two legs? And those love seats are clearly not canon!”
We feel your pain, Stephen — since when is there no color in a galaxy far, far away?! What a travesty!
An era ended on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 29. For eighteen beautiful months, the people of Earth were allowed to speculate wildly, recklessly, and ridiculously about the actors and actresses who would populate Star Wars: Episode VII, the much-anticipated reboot of
our culture’s lost innocence the Star Wars movie franchise. Benedict Cumberbatch as Grand Admiral Thrawn! Jennifer Lawrence as a young Jedi Knight! Michael B. Jordan as Brando Calrissian, the bounty hunter son of Lando! But those days are over now. The cast has been finalized. They’re sitting together, wearing comfortable jeans on comfortable couches. What are we, the citizens of Star Wars nation, to make of these casting announcements? Forthwith, an attempt to corral all our feelings into twenty-two coherent thoughts: READ FULL STORY
Star Wars was a movie once. This is a basic fact that we all know. It was a single film released in theaters: A story with a beginning (kind of), a middle, and an end (kind of). There was a relatively small cast, composed of up-and-comers, unknowns, and one well-regarded British actor overdelivering on what looked to him like thin material. The film, released in theaters in 1977, had a simple story. There was a MacGuffin (The Death Star Plans!) and there was a Rescue Mission (Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, You’re My Only Hope!) and there was a Final Battle. It was shot on actual sets. It was filmed on film. It had a working title (The Star Wars). It was a movie; they made a lot of them, back then. READ FULL STORY
Ask Harrison Ford anything — except his feelings on the long-debated question: Who shot first, Han Solo or Greedo?
The question comes from an ongoing mystery among Star Wars fans: In the original 1977 Star Wars IV: New Hope, Solo shoots Greedo, who’s trying to capture Solo for boss Jabba the Hutt, to escape a sticky situation. But in the 1997 remastered version, Greedo shoots Solo first, misses, and then Solo shoots back — so essentially, Solo goes from being a straight-up killer in the 1977 version to simply acting out of self defense in the updated version. Which Lucas did intentionally… maybe.
News of Adam Driver joining J.J. Abrams’s 2015 Star Wars sequel sent tremors through the Force earlier this week. Variety hinted that the Girls actor would play a villain, perhaps in the vein of Darth Vader. At 6′ 3″, Driver certainly has the physical presence to play an imposing heavy, and anyone who’s watched Girls, in which he plays Adam Sackler, the often-shirtless woodworker/actor/playwright who dates Lena Dunham’s Hannah, appreciates it’s not just his appearance that makes him an interesting choice — refreshing even, for a franchise that could use a little edge.
Sackler is a fascinating and polarizing character, and even though Driver has appeared in several films, mostly indies like Inside Llewyn Davis, it’s his Girls character that is currently his calling-card. The jump to hyperspace is light years from his cool HBO neighborhood (though perhaps not surprising since Driver had also been rumored for the role of Nightwing in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie.)
Since LucasFilm hasn’t confirmed the casting, and the only hints about his Star Wars character come from casting-call descriptions posted last summer, we’re forced — and delighted — to make assumptions based on his role in Girls. We introduced our office nerfherd of Star Wars experts to our gaggle of Girls fans to make some sense of how Driver might fit into the sci-fi universe. After 20 minutes of sad anti-social behavior never before witnessed outside of an elementary-school gymnasium, and 20 minutes of breaking the ice playing Pass the Orange, the two camps finally put their heads together to come up with the following predictions for Driver’s Star Wars character, henceforth known as Darth Ramslayer: READ FULL STORY
If you thought the Winter Olympics ski slopes were hard to maneuver, imagine what it would be like if skiers had to zip down those moguls while dodging laser beams shooting out of a pair of Imperial AT-AT walkers.
Check out what happens when you mix Star Wars‘ Battle of Hoth with a few of the most brutal ski wipeouts to come out of the Sochi Olympics: READ FULL STORY
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