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'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.

Must Read: Mark Hamill Talks 'Star Wars Holiday Special,' Says It Should Be Released In Reddit AMA

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 1:06 PM
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Star Wars Holiday Special
Even as Disney brings the "Star Wars" franchise back to the world with sequels, spinoffs and even a possible Pixar movie, nothing will erase the infamy of the "Star Wars Holiday Special."

Rumor: Pixar Will Make Their Own 'Star Wars' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2014 3:02 PM
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Star Wars, Pixar
Because Disney's "Star Wars" plans are massive, with sequels and spinoffs already planned, the rumor mill won't just be churning around the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Wars: Episode VII" (though yes, since it's due in 2015, it will be taking center stage of the news cycle). Indeed, fans are most curious about the side movies that aren't part of the main saga, and the other opportunities Disney will exploit to keep milking the money train that is George Lucas' franchise. And now comes an intriguing morsel that is potentially quite exciting.

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.

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