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Rumor: Mark Hamill & Carrie Fisher Returning For 'Star Wars Episode VII,' Plot To Revolve Around Children Of Original Characters

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2013 11:44 AM
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Last week's news that Harrison Ford could be returning to reprise the role of Han Solo in J.J Abrams' "Star Wars Episode VII" was, if true, big news for fans of the franchise. It means that there'll be clear continuity between the classic films and the new ones, and means that there'll be a chance for them to see arguably the most beloved character in the franchise on the big screen, played by the man who embodied him, before the mooted Solo-centric prequel.

Discuss: John Williams Wants To Return To Score ‘Star Wars,’ But Would Michael Giacchino Be A Better Choice?

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 19, 2013 11:15 AM
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In the instance of top directors announcing their latest projects, you can bet a select few composers are confidently clearing their calendars for work to come. But while Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson rely on Hans Zimmer and Howard Shore for iconic scores, both composers in turn hold parts of franchise iconography for iterations to come -- a matter thrown into relief lately with J.J. Abrams’ take on “Star Wars” and its musical direction.

Nicolas Cage Says 'I Am Wrath' With William Friedkin Is Not Happening, Reveals Dream Project With Roger Corman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2013 11:04 AM
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While his decision making process still remains somewhat inscrutable, the undeniably talented Nicolas Cage always defies expectation. Undoubtedly, we're excited for his pairing with David Gordon Green on the thriller "Joe," which the director told us at Sundance was "a slow-burn, dark, heavy movie." And last fall, when he signed up for the awesomely titled "I Am Wrath" with William Friedkin slated to direct, it was another project that showed that the actor was perhaps returning to the kind of material of his early career highlights.

Watch: Trailer For Takashi Miike's Upcoming Cop Thriller 'Wara No Tate/Straw Shield'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 19, 2013 10:42 AM
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The filmography of Takashi Miike is so massive it can make your head spin. The Japanese filmmaker’s most notable recent works include “13 Assassins” and “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai,” the latter premiering in Cannes just two years ago. He’s already made four feature films since then and has yet another one, “Wara no Tate,” coming out this year. A Japanese trailer for “Wara no Tate” -- aka "Straw Shield" in English -- has now landed online (sorry, no subtitles), and it looks like we could be in for yet another thrill ride from the prolific director.

‘Sleepwalk With Me’ Director & Star Mike Birbiglia Writing A New Movie Based On His Stand Up Act ‘My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 19, 2013 10:22 AM
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Last year was a big one for comedian Mike Birbiglia, who won an Audience Award at Sundance for his film “Sleepwalk With Me,” an autobiographical story starring himself and based on his stand-up comedy act by the same title that had also spawned a "This American Life" radio segment and a book. The purportedly unembellished story about Birbiglia’s stagnant comedy career, his ailing relationship, and his worsening sleepwalking problems charmed critics and earned him a name in the world of indie filmmaking, and now it looks like he’s about to apply the same comedy routine-to-screen formula again.

Exclusive: Vincent Cassel Shares His Dream In Clip From 'The Monk'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2013 10:01 AM
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Not only can Vincent Cassel move seamlessly from blockbusters to indie films while keeping a foot firmly in foreign cinema, but he does so in a manner that's always compelling to watch. And the past few years speak to the diversity of roles he's been taking, whether playing a famed gangster in the two-part "Mesrine," bringing psychological strain to Natalie Portman in "Black Swan," taking a part in the nervy "Our Day Will Come" or even putting James McAvoy through the wringer in Danny Boyle's upcoming "Trance." But before we see him do that, Cassel will don the cloak for "The Monk."

Mia Wasikowska Says Shia LaBeouf's Stories About His Scary, Drunken, Method Acting In 'Lawless' Are "All True"

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 19, 2013 9:37 AM
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That sound you hear? It's the price of Shia Lebeouf's production cast insurance slowly nudging upwards, as after his acid-dropping avenue for "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman" led him to a better awareness of his character, his method antics while filming John Hillcoat's “Lawless” have been revealed as slightly more intense by his female co-star.

Watch: Passion Pit Video For "Carried Away" Lensed By ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ Cinematographer Ben Richardson

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 19, 2013 9:16 AM
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Synth-rockers Passion Pit have just dropped the video for “Carried Away,” the latest single off of their 2012 album Gossamer, and it’s a kinetic, fast-motion look at a tumultuous relationship between a couple played by frontman Michael Angelakos and "One Tree Hill" star Sophia Bush, directed by indie-video prodigies Benjamin and Alex Brewer, and shot by “Beasts of the Southern Wild” cinematographer Ben Richardson.

Watch: James McAvoy & Andrea Riseborough Make A Proposal In Clip From 'Welcome To The Punch'

  • By India Ross
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  • February 19, 2013 8:56 AM
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It’s not as though James McAvoy has been gone very long, but his absence, albeit brief, from top-tier dramatic roles ("Arthur Christmas" notwithstanding) has been a difficult time for all of us. The good news, however, is that he’s back in our lives with a couple new movies arriving within the span of a few weeks, in Danny Boyle's "Trance" and "Welcome To The Punch." And a new clip for the latter British thriller, directed by Eran Creevy, has now landed.

Kathleen Kennedy Not Producing 'Jurassic Park 4,' Will Focus On 'Star Wars' Sequels Instead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2013 4:46 PM
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While J.J. Abrams seems to have no problem multitasking between two mega sci-fi franchises, not to mention his numerous producer gigs on projects for both television and the big screen, Lucasfilm honcho Kathleen Kennedy is keeping her eye firmly on Luke Skywalker and co.

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