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'Star Wars' Sequels Will Stick With Cinematic Canon, Won't Include Elements From Expanded Universe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 2:47 PM
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Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Yeah, we know. If you're a diehard "Star Wars" fan, this is not really news at all, but confirmation of what you already know. But for the more casual viewer, or those who were perhaps hoping that the upcoming sequels would roll the dice with the established worlds and timelines laid out in George Lucas' six "Star Wars" movies, this bit of info is probably worth knowing.

Harrison Ford Weighs In On “Greedo Shooting First” Controversy, Still Interested In ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2014 10:22 AM
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Harrison Ford, Blade Runner, Greedo
"Han shot first!" is what any "Star Wars" fan will rightly insist really happened in the original release release of "Star Wars." In case you somehow missed out, when George Lucas first released "Star Wars" in 1977, Han Solo found himself face-to-face with Greedo in Mos Eisley's cantina, with the alien looking to collect a debt Han owed to Jabba The Hut, and threatening the pilot's life with a blaster. But Han quickly dispatched Greedo, shooting him with a gun he kept hidden under the table. It was pretty cool. But for the 1997 theatrical release, George Lucas altered the scene, adding in footage that now had Greedo shooting first and missing, before Han fires back, killing him. Naturally, fans were incensed and to date, this is the only version of the scene available on DVD, and of the many tweaks Lucas made to his original trilogy after the fact, this is one of the most controversial. And now, Ford himself has weighed in.

U.K. Stage Actress Rumored For 'Star Wars 7' Plus Watch Mark Hamill & Harrison Ford Talk Trilogy On 'Today' In 1980

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 10, 2014 9:00 AM
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Star Wars Harrison Ford
Just this week we learned from Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn that “Star Wars: Episode VII” has already begun filming and that casting is nearly complete, which means the search for the locked cast has only intensified. Aside from Adam Driver as the closest to a confirmed new role, a torrent of contenders including John Boyega, Ed Speelers, Matthew James Thomas, Ray Fisher, and Jesse Plemons have lingered still — so why not add a new potential frontrunner to the crowd?

'Star Wars: Episode 7' Has Started Filming Plus Watch 1-Hour 'Making Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 9:19 AM
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Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
"We're actually shooting some of it now," Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn told THR about "Star Wars: Episode 7," and with that, "Star Wars" fans around the world clutched their lighsabers in excitement. Yes, cameras are rolling on the J.J. Abrams directed sequel, but there is still work to be done before things can go full throttle. And that involves setting up the ensemble who will tell the next chapter in the George Lucas created saga.

'The Matrix' Anniversary: 7 Pre-Bullet Time VFX Effects That Blew Our Minds

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 3, 2014 12:07 PM
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Matrix CG feature
15 years ago this week, a pair of siblings with only a modest cult indie movie under their belt, to that point, released a film you might have heard of: “The Matrix," a heady and immediately classic mashup of sci-fi, cyberpunk, Baudrillardian philosophy (or a distortion thereof) and anime, all wrapped up in an immensely compelling Messiah-myth story. On a macro level, the Wachowskis' film was such a successful fusion of all its various influences that it felt like something new, raked in just shy of half a billion dollars worldwide, and spawned a franchise (which we won’t talk about any further here for fear of spoiling the celebratory atmosphere). But on a micro level “The Matrix” was revolutionary too, delivering, in amongst some terrifically stylish set and costume design and spectacular action setpieces, one of the most jaw-dropping effects we’d ever seen to that point in a film: Bullet Time.

Watch: 15-Minute 'Birth Of The Lightsaber' Mini-Doc Plus The 'Star Wars' Prequels Recapped In 10 Minutes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 11:29 AM
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Star Wars: Episode 3 — Revenge Of The Sith
As we await Disney to serve out the next morsel of information about "Star Wars: Episode 7," now is a good time to catch up on the series thus far in preparation for whatever J.J. Abrams and co. have in store. And today are two ways you can take a look back at the franchise.

Disney News: 'Star Wars 7' Takes Place 30 Years After 'Return of the Jedi,' Brad Bird Working On 'Incredibles 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2014 2:09 PM
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Disney: Star Wars, Pixar, Pirates 5
Today, Walt Disney honcho Bob Iger got on the phone with investors, and gave them updates on the kind of stuff they want to hear about: sequels. Yep, sequels means throwing money after proven success instead of risking it on new territory, and those with a stake in the company got some good news on what's coming down the pike.

John Boyega, Ed Speleers & More Join Jesse Plemons On List Of Actors For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2014 4:17 PM
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Here's what we know so far: "Girls" star Adam Driver will be playing the villain in "Star Wars: Episode 7," while Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are widely expected to return in one way or another. Any other details are on lock down for the moment, but a few more names have dripped out as possibilities for what Variety is calling "the right Jedi to challenge Driver and the evil empire."

'Girls' Star Adam Driver To Play Darth Vader-Esque Villain In 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2014 3:27 PM
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Adam Driver, Star Wars Episode VII
"Girls" star Adam Driver has done the auteur thing—Clint Eastwood ("J. Edgar"), Noah Baumbach ("Frances Ha"), Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln"), Coen Brothers ("Inside Llewyn Davis") and soon Martin Scorsese in "Silence"—but now's getting his blockbuster shoes on, joining the biggest damn franchise in the planet galaxy.

Watch: George Lucas Talks Writing ‘Star Wars’ Prequels, Reaction To Original Trilogy In Vintage Interview

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 10, 2014 12:41 PM
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George Lucas Star Wars
After some major deals and a dose of new blood, the “Star Wars” franchise has finally reached the point where scores of new developments can be tracked with nary a mention of George Lucas within. Instead, J.J. Abrams continues to meet with every massive name around for potential roles in “Star Wars: Episode 7," but it wasn’t too long ago when a hint to the direction of the franchise came from one man alone, and today we’ve got a look back at that quaint time.

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