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J.J. Abrams To Shoot 'Star Wars: Episode VII' On 35mm Film With Cinematographer Dan Mindel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 22, 2013 7:11 PM
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away almost every director in Hollywood shot their films on 35 mm film. Now, the switchover from film to digital photography is almost complete, with even old school diehards like Martin Scorsese making the transition (this fall's "Wolf of Wall Street" will be his first non-3D digital movie). Oddly enough, J.J. Abrams, a futuristically minded filmmaker who seems to always be looking forward, has become a notable holdout, refusing to adopt the new technology. Even odder is that this will continue with his biggest project yet: Disney's "Star Wars: Episode VII." He's also recruited an old favorite as the movie's cinematographer.

While We Ponder The 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Release Date, Darth Vader Reminds Us The Prequels Were "Really Bad"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2013 5:13 PM
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So it appears rumors of the release date for "Star Wars: Episode 7" are now floating and it may possibly maybe hit theaters in December 2015. This has caused no small amount of consternation among some fans insisting that "Star Wars" movies must be released in the summer (you can't camp out in the snow!) with thinkpieces already in place about what it could all mean. We'll just wait for Disney to unveil the actual date whenever they feel like it, but until then, here's a bracing reminder that J.J. Abrams and company have a lot to make up for.

Rumor: Ewan McGregor Wants To Do A Standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 4:27 PM
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So, is "Star Wars: Episode 7" going to be a spook-tacular sequel the likes of which the franchise has never seen? Or are the filmmakers just finding any old excuse to include as many old characters as possible in the next movie? Well, we'll have to wait until Disney decides to announce something (and even then, they'll be playing any details close to chest for a while yet) and thus, the rumor mill is where news will be discussed and debated. And another has landed today.

Rumor: Emperor Palpatine Will Return As A Ghost In 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 3:07 PM
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Last weekend was D23, Disney's annual celebration of itself and their movies, and when it ended without any word regarding "Star Wars: Episode 7," some corners of the Internet were positively hurt and angry. A sense of entitlement reigned from some fans who saw it as a some kind of colossal blunder on Disney's part not to throw some scrap of information about the sequel to the diehard faithful. While the discussion about fans demanding everything right away is best saved for another day, here's a new rumor they can take to the message boards tonight.

Watch: 1983 George Lucas Emphasizing Story Over Effects As Kathleen Kennedy Promises Less CGI For 'Star Wars 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 3:24 PM
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Star Wars: Episode 3 -- Revenge Of The Sith
If only young George Lucas could have travelled forward in time to advise his older self. Let's flashback for a moment to 1983, when Lucas was hard at work on 'Return Of The Jedi.' He was on top of the world at that point, with a game-changing sci-fi franchise under his belt and seemingly every door in Hollywood open to him. Yet even then he realized "Star Wars" was only as good as the stories it told. In this excerpt from the documentary "From 'Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga," we see a young Lucas talking about special effects as merely a "tool," and not the means to an end... oh how things changed!

John Williams Confirmed To Score 'Star Wars: Episodes VII-IX,' Says J.J. Abrams The Right Person To Continue The Saga

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2013 12:02 PM
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Of all the rumors swirling around "Star Wars: Episode 7" and the subsequent sequels and spin-offs, this was probably the most no-brainer obvious as being true. Hell, even J.J. Abrams himself said back in April that John Williams—who provided the iconic music of the original "Star Wars" and never looked back—would likely return to score part seven, and it turns out the composer is in for the long haul.

Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio & Zac Efron Met With Disney & J.J. Abrams About 'Star Wars 7,' Maybe

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 24, 2013 8:31 PM
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Well, this should be par for the course, especially in the weeks leading up to D23, the annual Disney fan convention (basically their version of San Diego Comic-Con), where Lucasfilm is expected to have a heavy presence, but hey—here's some wild speculation about who will wind up in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII"! According to Latino Review, two stars who have had meetings with the Mouse House in regards to 'Star Wars' are none other than Ryan Gosling and former Disney whiz kid Zac Efron. No word on who Efron read for, but Gosling supposedly spoke about becoming a part of the Skywalker family as Luke's son. Also they claim that Leonardo DiCaprio met with the team but was ruled out. Okay then.

Lucasfilm Denies J.J. Abrams Leaving 'Star Wars: Episode VII;' New Writers May Beam Aboard 'Star Trek 3'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 22, 2013 6:47 PM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
Someone had a little too much fun at Comic-Con: today, while running down rumors of a new writing team boarding the third 'Star Trek' installment for Bad Robot and Paramount, Badass Digest writer Devin Faraci struck a nerve when he insinuated that director J.J. Abrams would soon be dropping out of the astronomically anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VII." Sure enough, a few hours later, Lucasfilm has issued a sternly worded rebuttal. Abrams is still very much directing "Star Wars: Episode VII," and as for those "Star Trek" specifics he unleashed in the same post, well now they seem dodgier than Han Solo's claim that he made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.

'Star Trek 3' Shooting In 2014 With J.J. Abrams Directing? Set Phasers To Keep Dreaming

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 16, 2013 4:43 PM
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Star trek, set photo
Actors love to talk out of turn and all too often their wishful thinking is pretty much the equivalent of fanboy daydreaming. Take comments from “Star Trek” actor Zachary Quinto that seem to have been taken at face value across the entire Internet. Quinto “supposes” that “Star Trek 3” will shoot next year. “'Star Trek 3' should be filming, I suppose, next year,” is the full quote. “It’s going to be made a lot quicker than the last one. That’s the plan, although nothing is confirmed yet.” (If that’s not the most tentative, and half-hearted declaration of news this month, we’re not sure what is). Elsewhere in the article from Buzzhub, Quinto “mentioned that J.J. Abrams was planning to direct 'Star Trek 3.' "

Neill Blomkamp Has Written An 18-Page Treatment For 'District 10,' Turned Down Chance To Work On New 'Star Wars'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2013 10:02 AM
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Neill Blomkamp District 9
Most directors would kill to have the kind of support (personally backed by Peter Jackson) and success ($210 million worldwide, Best Picture nomination) Neill Blomkamp did on this feature debut, "District 9." And some filmmakers might have felt pressured to keep Hollywood in their favor, and undoubtedly, Blomkamp has been asked numerous times since 2009 about making a sequel, "District 10." But he's largely deflected the question, and been reticent about the enterprise, telling us in 2012, "I'm not sure I'm making that film. It would be cool, but these films take two or three years to make, and the investments are so extreme, you can't accurately predict where you'll be a few years from now, I believe. If you're not creatively invested in it, you're making a mistake, and that creative investment happens day to day. So I don't know when that feeling for a 'District Whatever' film happens." But it seems he's at least drafted an idea.

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