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
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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
After more than 20 years, the force is with Marvel once again.
Disney announced Friday that two of its subsidiaries — Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment — are working together on a series of new Star Wars comic books.
The brand’s first comics were originally published by Marvel in the ’70s, back before both companies had been acquired by Disney. In 1991, the license for the comics was purchased by Dark Horse, which has published the titles ever since. Now the rights have returned to Marvel, which plans to release its first new-new Star Wars comics and graphic novels in 2015.
Perhaps uncoincidentally, 2015 is also the year that J.J. Abrams’ yet-untitled Star Wars film is scheduled to hit theaters.
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Things seem to be going pretty well these days for Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. They are about to host the Golden Globes for the second year in a row, they’re both producing multiple shows for multiple networks, and they’re serving as guest editors of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. But what people really want to know is: When will these Saturday Night Live/Baby Mama co-stars find a way to join forces for another TV show or movie?
During our Q&A with the pair for this special issue, the 30 Rock creator/actress and Parks and Recreation star declared their desire to star together in a drama. And we mean together. “We want to play Siamese twin judges on a law procedural,” says Fey. “Our condition does not get in the way of our judgment,” adds Poehler. “And that’s what the show’s about: Even though we’re bound together, we’re not bound to each other’s ideals.” Fey agrees: “One of us is very conservative and the other is a recovering alcoholic, so it makes for great drama.”
But it was a high-profile project on the big screen that truly lit up their faces, as Fey and Poehler revealed that they have scored roles in the new Star Wars film as… Darth Vader’s mothers.
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May the best filter be with you.
Stars Wars joined Instagram on Monday. Darth Vader posted the first honorary selfie with the caption: “Another day at the office. #StarWars #DarthVader #selfies #gpom.”
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At long last, we can confirm a piece of casting news for Star Wars Episode VII. Lucasfilm has officially announced that R2-D2 will be in the 2015 sequel, which is certainly good news for everyone who
was desperately praying that the new movie would adhere closely to the franchise’s key tropes rather than taking any bold steps into a new direction loves astromech droids.
Coming one week after the company tweeted an image of the lovable droid flanked by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and champion rebootsman J.J. Abrams, the announcement explains that the R2 in the picture was actually created by über-fans Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples. Both Towersey and Steeples will join the Creature Effects team for Episode VII — so thanks a lot, Mom and Dad, for making me do my homework instead of letting me build a life-size R2-D2 out of LEGOs.
It’s unclear if longtime human-inside-the-droid Kenny Baker will be involved at all. It’s also unclear if R2 will just be there to make an Old Spock-esque cameo, or if he’ll be assuming a lead role once again. Also, the announcement says that there is apparently something called the R2-D2 Builders Club, which builds fully functioning astromech droids. So it’s very unclear why you and I don’t have astromech droids of our very own right now. You know, to navigate our cars and provide witty beep-boop background banter.
Someone tell George Michael Bluth!
Disney and LucasFilm want you to be in the new Star Wars movie. Disney has posted an open casting notice for anyone with a video camera. A rep for LucasFilm confirmed to EW that the casting notice is legit and is for Star Wars.
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