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Carrie Fisher Teases 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Again; Ian McDiarmid Pretty Sure Emperor Palpatine Won't Be Back

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 2, 2013 11:50 AM
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Naturally, when a film as hotly anticipated as “Star Wars: Episode VII” is mired in secrecy, all we have is speculation. Will the original cast be back? Will there be more Ewoks? The questions are endless. But, Carrie Fisher and Ian McDiarmid are two people who are more than happy to take part in such gossip. They, of course, played Princess Leia and Emperor Palpatine in the series.

Is 2015 The Year Disney Dominates Hollywood & What Does This Mean For The Competition?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 2, 2013 11:05 AM
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Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, an attraction built for the 1964's World's Fair that is still in operation at Florida's Magic Kingdom theme park, is one of the most emblematic for the company – it incorporates an emphasis on family values with a kind of sunny futurism that both Walt Disney the man (who oversaw the original attraction) and Walt Disney the company strove to maintain. Its theme song contains an earworm-y chorus of "It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day." That great big beautiful tomorrow is coming soon; in 2015, Disney will dominate the cinematic marketplace in a way that no other studio has in the history of the medium (at least since people started paying attention to that kind of thing). But what will that mean for everybody else? How greatly will movies in general be affected by Disney's great big beautiful tomorrow?

J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Likely To Return To Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 4:21 PM
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or something like that. With Kathleen Kennedy hinting at a slightly more open book once "Star Wars: Episode VII" starts moving in earnest, so far most of the rumors about the new sequels have been centered on the old cast likely to return. And it seems in another department, Disney is sticking with the familiar rather than trying to shake up a formula that works.

Kathleen Kennedy Says 'Star Wars: Episode VII' May Loosen Up On Secrecy Once Production Starts

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 29, 2013 9:05 AM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
Patton Oswalt may have captured the hearts of many a “Star Wars” fan with his dream outline for the series' onslaught of new entries -- starting in 2015 with “Star Wars: Episode VII” -- but Kathleen Kennedy likely chuckled and kept to her airtight plan. The Lucasfilm President has been endlessly prepping the much-anticipated sequels, and as the films finally start to become a reality, she's offered up some info on how we'll be hearing about them in the future.

J.J. Abrams Says Directing 'Star Trek 3' Still A Possibility & More From His Playboy Interview

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 25, 2013 5:27 PM
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Star Trek Into Darkness, JJ Abrams
In the latest issue of Playboy Magazine, which people still totally buy for the articles, there's a lengthy interview with J.J. Abrams, cinematic wizard behind "Mission: Impossible III," "Super 8" and the "Star Trek" reboot. Abrams' second foray into the "Star Trek" cosmos, "Star Trek Into Darkness," opens on May 17th , while Abrams' next gig is even more daunting – directing the still-currently-subtitle-less "Star Wars: Episode VII" for Disney. The interview is full of juicy information – about 'Trek,' 'Wars,' the possibility of future Abrams sequels ("Cloverfield II" anyone?) – so much so that we just had to make a little crib sheet for the ten things we learned from the interview. Read on and prosper.

Disney Promises New 'Star Wars' Movie Every Year Starting With 'Star Wars: Episode 7' In Summer 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 2:29 PM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
At a multiplex not so far away, in a galaxy you already live in, you are going be getting a whole lot more "Star Wars" very, very soon and on an annual basis. Just like filing your taxes and rotating your tires, the "Star Wars" franchise is going to become a yearly ritual.

Watch: Patton Oswalt Pitches 'Star Wars: Episode 7'/Marvel Crossover In Hilarious Outtake From 'Parks And Recreation'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 11:18 AM
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Rumors have been quiet recently surrounding "Star Wars: Episode 7," but once the press gauntlet begins soon for "Star Trek Into Darkness," and J.J. Abrams gets inevitably grilled about his plans, we'll have plenty more updates. But until then, leave it to Patton Oswalt -- who, as fans know, is a man who knows his way around the "Star Wars" universe -- to awesomely and hilariously weigh in on 'Episode 7' with a nearly genius, 8-minute-long outtake from "Parks and Recreation."

J.J. Abrams Talks 'Star Wars: Episode VII' For First Time, Discusses Similarities To 'Star Trek'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 25, 2013 9:20 AM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
When the famously tight-lipped J.J. Abrams was announced earlier this year as the director of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” it was both a surprise and the obvious choice. And while many argued about what it means to have the same man in charge of both “Star Wars” and “Star Trek,” what will happen with the inevitable “Star Trek 3,” and whether or not Abrams is a pig, the filmmaker has stayed as silent as always. With six weeks to go until “Star Trek Into Darkness” and the press tour gearing up to begin, Abrams has decided to get out ahead of the curve and talk about “Star Wars.”

George Lucas Says Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford Essentially Signed For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 9:06 AM
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George Lucas Confirms Negotiations For Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'
So, let's just recap where we're at. In February, we saw a lot of chatter start surfacing about the original "Star Wars" cast returning for "Star Wars: Episode 7" with Harrison Ford reportedly confirmed, Carrie Fisher seemingly saying she was back too (though her rep now says she was joking) while Mark Hamill stated he actually hadn't signed yet. All of this talk was further buoyed when more news surfaced that said the trio were indeed coming back, and the plot for 'Episode 7' would center on their children. In short, there has been a lot of signs pointing in the direction they'll be back, but not much in the way of official word. Well, George Lucas himself has now commented.

Carrie Fisher Confirms She'll Return As Princess Leia For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 6, 2013 10:41 AM
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There have been a number of questions and rumors surrounding “Star Wars: Episode VII” ever since its original announcement, especially regarding the cast. After it was announced last month that Harrison Ford will most likely be returning to play Han Solo, the attention then turned to whether or not Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher would be returning as well. While we’ve already heard rumors that they might come back, Fisher herself has recently confirmed that she will indeed be coming back to the franchise.

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