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Rian Johnson Cites 'Twelve O’Clock High' & 'Letter Never Sent' Among Inspirations For 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2014 3:26 PM
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Twelve O'Clock High Rian Johnson Letter Never Sent
While J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars: Episode 7" doesn't have a formal, non-generic title yet, the spotlight now turns to Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode 8." With the filmmaker tapped to write and direct that installment and to write the treatment for "Star Wars: Episode 9," he's diving deep into the George Lucas created universe. And while he's likely sitting on all kinds of spoiler-y details, he recently shared a couple of clues that will give super-fans something to chew on.

New Official Image Of Ben Affleck In 'Batman v. Superman' Plus Henry Cavill's Superman Wielding A Lightsaber

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 5:00 PM
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Ben Affleck Henry Cavill Batman V Superman Lightsaber
Comic-Con launches today, which means lots of lots teases, and while it remains to be seen what Warner Bros. might unveil from "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice," a couple of pics circulating online are certainly getting fans talking.

Watch: German Airport Becomes Home To Epic 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Fan Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2014 9:25 AM
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Star Wars 7 Viral Footage
If YouTube user Frank Wunderlich was trying to get onto the radar of "Star Wars" fans and Hollywood types, he certainly accomplished that mission. Last week, he posted a video of something interesting he saw on his flight home to Germany from the United States, and it has since gone viral.

'Star Wars 7' Adds New Cast Members, Kevin Smith Talks "Field Of Dreams" Set Visit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2014 8:12 PM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
Not everyone was spending the long July 4th weekend out in the sun, and making the most of three days off work. J.J. Abrams and Walt Disney are still busy at work on "Star Wars: Episode 7," and the ensemble that already includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie, just got a little bigger.

Watch: Vintage 1-Hour PBS Documentary 'From Star Wars To Jedi: The Making Of A Saga' Narrated By Mark Hamill

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2014 5:00 PM
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Star Wars: Episode 6 — Return Of The Jedi George Lucas
As rumors continue to swirl around "Star Wars: Episode 7," and whether or not it'll make its planned December 2015 release, let's take a trip back to a simpler time, one where the only thing you had to worry about was how much waiting in line you'd have to do for the next entry in the George Lucas-created saga. And for those who grew up in the late '70s and early '80s, where seeing a movie like "Star Wars" was imperative especially since the home video release could be a long, long time away, this one-hour documentary is a good example that speaks to the appetite for the series long after final chapter (at the time) had played out in cinemas.

Discuss: Will Summer 2016 Outshine & Outpace The Once Mythical Summer 2015?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2014 2:21 PM
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Summer 2016
It wasn’t that long ago when people were writing premonitions, pre-nostalgic anticipations and “whoa, look out” warning pieces about the massive pile-up of gigantic blockbusters heading for the summer of 2015. That's still true to a degree, but the landscape has shifted and 2016 is looking bigger, brighter and scarier.

Speculate This: Will ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Be Delayed Until 2016?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 24, 2014 12:06 PM
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Star Wars: Harrison Ford
"Star Wars" good news only lasts so long. The most infamous ankle break in the history of below the waist bone breaks—since Joe Namath of course— is causing so much pain for so many. In case you've been living under an embargo of no ligament related news, you’ve probably heard by now that Harrison Ford sustained an injury on the set of J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII” ("We have proudly worked 15 6 days with no accidents,” the production work sign said sheepishly). The actor broke his ankle when a door from the life-sized Millennium Falcon came crashing down on Han Solo. Original reports had him laid out for eight weeks, with production going on without him.

Watch: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' & Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy Get Trailer Mashup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2014 12:39 PM
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Star Wars Guardians Of The Galaxy
Will "Guardians Of The Galaxy" be "Star Wars" for the Marvel crowd? That will be determined in about a month or so, but certainly James Gunn's film is carrying that vibe. With wacky creatures, cheeky humor, and yes, plenty of big galaxy action, the thumbprint of George Lucas can be felt even from the trailers. But this mashup video takes things to the next level.

Hell Yes: Rian Johnson Lines Up 'Star Wars: Episode 8' And 'Star Wars: Episode 9'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 2:41 PM
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Rian Johnson, Star Wars
Let's say you're Disney. And let's say you buy Lucasfilm for a few truckloads of money, knowing that you've just purchased "Star Wars," one of the biggest franchises of all time. How big? The merchandise alone generated $3 billion dollars in 2011. And that was without any movies in theaters. Now, there are two ways you could exploit your new property: just take the logo and brand and crank out a bunch of junk in a variety of mediums and watch the money flow, even if the fanboys are pissed. Or you make careful decisions ensuring the longevity of the franchise for years and years. Disney is clearly doing the latter.

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 19, 2014 2:54 PM
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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever
Over a month ago, perhaps feeling daunted by the seemingly endless summer season stretching out in front of us and the sheer volume of popcorn we were going to have to eat, we brought you our list of The 20 Worst Summer Blockbusters Of All Time. But now that we’re in the thick of it, and we’ve had a few more decent big titles open (“22 Jump Street,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” all had their charms) we’re turning that frown upside down, and bringing you our rundown of the 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of all time. But that “hooray for everything!” vibe is a little misleading. As we’ve proven to ourselves so many times before, stable, long-term professional relationships of mutual respect and admiration tend not to be shaken by debates over whether “Jonah Hex” is empirically worse than “Battlefield Earth,” but are much more likely likely to be rocked to their very foundations by arguments over whether X treasured childhood classic is better than Y worldwide box-office hit. Let’s have a moment’s silence for the old friendships this list has torn asunder.

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