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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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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
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.

Matt Smith Rumored For 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' Jason Flemyng Posts Page From Script Plus 1981 'Star Wars' Re-Release Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 3:40 PM
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While we have yet to see the role of planets Endor and Tatooine in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode 7," we're already deeply exploring Planets Rumor and Speculation as everyone tries to figure out: what it's going to be about and who will be in it. And today's latest guesswork belongs to two British actors who may or may not be involved with this down the line.

Samuel L. Jackson Says Mark Hamill & Ewan McGregor Haven't Been Contacted By J.J. Abrams For 'Star Wars 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 11:34 AM
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Before we get into this it's probably worth reminding everyone that when it comes to "Star Wars," at this point, nobody really knows anything except J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas and probably Michael Arndt, who is likely sworn to secrecy about whatever work he did on "Star Wars: Episode 7" before being replaced. That being said, it seems Samuel L. Jackson is a pretty chatty fellow and has friends in the right places, so his contributions to the forever spinning rumor mill are worth paying some attention to.

Is R2-D2 In 'Star Wars: Episode 7'? J.J. Abrams Hangs With The Iconic Droid In Behind-The-Scenes Pic

While an official name hasn't been decided yet, a release date has been set, one that Disney folks promise will give J.J. Abrams and his creative team the perfect amount of time to "optimize quality." And while there is still so much more to come in terms casting, official story details, logos, posters and countless other minute updates until the movie hits in 2015, here's something that will get fan hearts fluttering. Read More »

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