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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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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.

Michael Fassbender Added To 'Star Wars 7' Rumor Mill; Luke, Leia & Han Reportedly Lead Characters In Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2014 9:07 AM
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Is it any surprise that one of the biggest franchises on the planet is engaging some of the biggest stars in Hollywood? Ever since the Disney/Lucasfilm deal went down and J.J. Abrams started work on "Star Wars: Episode 7," there have been no shortage of names rumored for the project. Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan, Sullivan Stapleton and, most recently, Jesse Plemons have all been said to be eyed or have read or been considered. But before all of them, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were reported to be returning to reprise their turns as Luke, Han and Leia. And it seems they will be a crucial part of the new trilogy.

'Metalocalypse' Director Jon Schnepp Says Lawrence Kasdan Is Writing The Boba Fett Spin-Off Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 6, 2014 4:35 PM
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Of all the great “Star Wars” characters and their histories, if there was one you could rank outside the canon, you might pick Boba Fett. While “Return Of The Jedi” did him no favors—goofily kicked to his doom with a pathetic wail into a Sarlacc pit by a blind Han Solo in a scene right out of the “Three Stooges” (it’s listed on YouTube by one user as “worst 'Star Wars' scene ever”)—somehow his integrity and mythos remained intact; that of the dangerous, mysterious bounty hunter that captivated audiences when he first appeared in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Watch: The 'Star Wars: Holiday Special' George Lucas Allegedly Wanted Destroyed

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 26, 2013 3:34 PM
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If one wanted to discover the origins of George Lucas' self proclaimed "control freak" tendencies vis a vis the "Star Wars" universe, one could arguably trace them back to November 1978. This was the year of the now universally reviled "Star Wars: Holiday Special," a "Star Wars"-themed TV event that aired only once on CBS.

Matt Smith Rumored For 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' Jason Flemyng Posts Page From Script Plus 1981 'Star Wars' Re-Release Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 3:40 PM
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While we have yet to see the role of planets Endor and Tatooine in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode 7," we're already deeply exploring Planets Rumor and Speculation as everyone tries to figure out: what it's going to be about and who will be in it. And today's latest guesswork belongs to two British actors who may or may not be involved with this down the line.

Samuel L. Jackson Says Mark Hamill & Ewan McGregor Haven't Been Contacted By J.J. Abrams For 'Star Wars 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 11:34 AM
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Before we get into this it's probably worth reminding everyone that when it comes to "Star Wars," at this point, nobody really knows anything except J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas and probably Michael Arndt, who is likely sworn to secrecy about whatever work he did on "Star Wars: Episode 7" before being replaced. That being said, it seems Samuel L. Jackson is a pretty chatty fellow and has friends in the right places, so his contributions to the forever spinning rumor mill are worth paying some attention to.

Bob Iger Says 'Star Wars 7' Release Date Chosen So J.J. Abrams Can "Optimize Quality"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2013 12:33 PM
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It's fairly telling that the day after Disney formally announced the December 18, 2015 release date for "Star Wars: Episode 7," head honcho Bob Iger took to the press to talk about the film and the studio's plans for world domination. And with the rumor mill saying that Kathleen Kennedy had asked for the movie to be pushed to 2016, only to be rejected by the Mouse House, Iger now wants to go on the record and let fans (and investors) know that Abrams is being given all the time they can muster to do it right.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Sets December 2015 Release Date; Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland' Pushed To 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2013 4:22 PM
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There's still no title, and it seems even J.J. Abrams is a bit punchy about delivering the movie in time, but mark your calendars as Disney has gone ahead and slated "Star Wars: Episode 7" for a late 2015 release.

J.J. Abrams Says “Time Frame” For ‘Star Wars 7’ Led To Replacing Michael Arndt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2013 1:50 PM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
It was two weeks ago when there was a disturbance in the Force known as "Star Wars: Episode 7." News arrived that celebrated screenwriter Michael Arndt had been replaced on the highly anticipated sequel by director J.J. Abrams himself and franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan. Then about a week later, rumbling emerged that producer Kathleen Kennedy's request to push the "Star Wars 7" release date to 2016 was rebuffed by Disney who are sticking to a 2015 bow. Coincidence? Well, you don't have to read too hard between the lines of Abrams' recent comments to figure it out ...

Watch: Rediscovered & Deleted 'Jedi' Scene Touches Upon Moral Implications 'Star Wars' Didn't Want To Address

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 6, 2013 3:23 PM
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Return Of The Jedi Behind The Scenes
It's a testament to the enduring legacy of George Lucas' "Star Wars" series that we're still talking about these movies and that they’re still being pored over, some 30-odd years after the the original films dropped. A new trilogy is obviously on the way, sans Lucas, because Disney knows it’s a license to print a ludicrous amount of money, but let’s face it, it was bound to happen anyhow.

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