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Jack Reynor Rumored For 'Star Wars 7,' Matthias Schoenaerts Goes To 'Belgica' And More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 18, 2014 9:07 AM
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We hope you enjoyed you President's Day holiday, and we welcome you back into the world of film new with a "Star Wars: Episode 7" rumor. Joining the ever growing list of actors who have met/been considered/thought about starring in the sequel — which has included Gary Oldman, Zac Efron, Michael Fassbesnder, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan, Sullivan Stapleton and Jesse Plemons — rising actor Jack Reynor has been cast in the J.J. Abrams film.

Gary Oldman & Zac Efron Reveal They've Had Meetings For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 10:17 AM
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With J.J. Abrams banging down the door of everyone in Hollywood he wants to be in "Star Wars: Episode 7," or having his door banged down by agents who want their actors in the film, it's safe to say that nearly everyone remotely famous will have a, "I met J.J. Abrams for 'Star Wars' " story. So here's a couple more.

Must Read: Mark Hamill Talks 'Star Wars Holiday Special,' Says It Should Be Released In Reddit AMA

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 1:06 PM
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Star Wars Holiday Special
Even as Disney brings the "Star Wars" franchise back to the world with sequels, spinoffs and even a possible Pixar movie, nothing will erase the infamy of the "Star Wars Holiday Special."

Kathleen Kennedy Says 'Star Wars' Spinoff Characters Won't Tie Into Main Saga, J.J. Abrams Says No IMAX For Ep. 7

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2014 9:31 AM
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Even as we're in the mix of the awards and festival season, at the end of the day, while prestige is nice, money is actually something you can hold on to and put into the bank. And as such, the focus at the major studios still tends to be on their tentpoles and blockusters, and increasingly these days, their world building franchises. And, it's a not a big surprise that Disney wants to exploit as much of their "Star Wars" catalog as possibly, and while everything involving the series is still being kept under strict lock and key, a couple more morsels of what their plans will be have been revealed over the last few days.

Michael Fassbender Added To 'Star Wars 7' Rumor Mill; Luke, Leia & Han Reportedly Lead Characters In Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2014 9:07 AM
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Is it any surprise that one of the biggest franchises on the planet is engaging some of the biggest stars in Hollywood? Ever since the Disney/Lucasfilm deal went down and J.J. Abrams started work on "Star Wars: Episode 7," there have been no shortage of names rumored for the project. Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan, Sullivan Stapleton and, most recently, Jesse Plemons have all been said to be eyed or have read or been considered. But before all of them, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were reported to be returning to reprise their turns as Luke, Han and Leia. And it seems they will be a crucial part of the new trilogy.

'Breaking Bad' Star Jesse Plemons Is Being Eyed For A Leading Role In ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 10, 2014 6:43 PM
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Jesse Plemons, Battleship
If J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Kathleen Kennedy are looking to shake things up and have their “Star Wars” movie 'Episode VII' stand out, they might just have find the right maneuver, and it's one in very atypical casting.

The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 7, 2014 1:33 PM
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The Biggest News Stories Of 2013
2013 is now behind us, which means we can take stock on what the biggest news stories of the year were, and how they'll affect the industry in the coming year and beyond

'Metalocalypse' Director Jon Schnepp Says Lawrence Kasdan Is Writing The Boba Fett Spin-Off Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 6, 2014 4:35 PM
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Of all the great “Star Wars” characters and their histories, if there was one you could rank outside the canon, you might pick Boba Fett. While “Return Of The Jedi” did him no favors—goofily kicked to his doom with a pathetic wail into a Sarlacc pit by a blind Han Solo in a scene right out of the “Three Stooges” (it’s listed on YouTube by one user as “worst 'Star Wars' scene ever”)—somehow his integrity and mythos remained intact; that of the dangerous, mysterious bounty hunter that captivated audiences when he first appeared in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

How The 'Avengers'-Izing Of Blockbusters Is Killing Movies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 18, 2013 4:50 PM
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How The 'Avengers'-Izing Of Blockbusters Is Killing Movies
Is it enough to just make one movie anymore? In the wake of Marvel’s audacious world-building in an assembly line of completely indistinguishable adventure movies, the studios would answer no. What used to be one series of movies has become a web, one that involves various other series’ and offshoots of one particular brand.

J.J. Abrams Admits ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ Secrecy Went Too Far; Talks Reluctance To Rush 'Star Wars' Release Date

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 2, 2013 2:51 PM
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Star Trek Into Darkness, JJ Abrams
Considering the hatred that grew for it this year, it's very possible you care for J.J. Abrams’ mystery box signature trait much less than we do. What’s the mystery box exactly? “What are stories, but mystery boxes? . . . What’s a bigger mystery box than a movie theater?,” Abrams said in a 2008 Ted talk on the subject. “You go to the theater, you’re just so excited to see anything — the moment the lights go down is often the best part.” He continued, “It represents infinite possibility. It represents hope. It represents potential.” But to many this essentially means: do not open up your Christmas present until Christmas.

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