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"A Billion Years In The Making": Watch The Vintage 1976 Teaser Trailer For 'Star Wars'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 3:19 PM
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Everything remains cryptic and speculative around the forthcoming "Star Wars: Episode 7," but today comes an official piece of nostalgia via the interwebs. Apropos of nothing really (unless there is some random anniversary we don't know about), the official YouTube channel for the mega-franchise has dropped the 1976 teaser trailer for "Star Wars." And let's just say, in the decades since, Lucasfilm's marketing has greatly improved.

'Star Wars': Watch Scene From Abandoned Live-Action TV Show; George Lucas "Torn" About Leaving, Chloe Moretz Denies Rumors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 5:36 PM
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Barely a week has passed since word was kicking around about the future of the "Star Wars" franchise, which is now sitting in the hands of J.J. Abrams, and even though 'Episode 7' is still a distance from its 2015, it seems it's all anyone can talk about. Moreover, it looks like George Lucas is feeling a bit conflicted about not being a bigger part of that conversation.

'Star Wars' Live Action TV Series Rumored Again, J.J. Abrams Says Franchise Won't Be Disney-fied

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2013 11:27 AM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
As long as there has been "Star Wars," there has been hopes/wishes/dreams/aspirations for a live action television series to branch off from the main saga and explore new worlds. In the animated realm, the franchise has done well, with numerous spinoffs, but a live action series has been a tough nut to track. The closest in recent memory was something called "Star Wars: Underworld," described by longtime George Lucas associate and producer Rick McCallum as " 'Deadwood' in space" but it too stalled out (as did a tie-in videogame as documented in Kotaku's excellent piece on the collapse of LucasArts). But time to start thinking about series possibilities again...

Will J.J. Abrams Shoot Some Of 'Star Wars 7' In IMAX?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2013 1:05 PM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
J.J. Abrams is not a fan of 3D. While this summer's "Star Trek Into Darkness" arrived in both IMAX and 3D, the latter was a conversion job, and Abrams later admitted it was something he was forced to do for "economic reasons." He's long expressed his reservations about the 3D format, but it seems he's taken a shine to IMAX, and we may have a reason to see the next entry of the "Star Wars" saga on the biggest screen possible.

J.J. Abrams Aims To Make "Emotional And Authentic" 'Star Wars 7,' More Names Linked To Sequel

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 20, 2013 9:01 AM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
With over two years to go until its rumored release date, it’s time for another check-in with Disney’s plan for world domination, “Star Wars: Episode 7.” EW caught up with the man of mystery himself, J.J. Abrams, for a couple of questions and there’s another casting rumor floating around.

Latest 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Rumors Swirl Around Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan & Simon Pegg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 9:05 AM
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It's been just over a week since we last talked about "Star Wars: Episode 7," and at the time it was all about Benedict Cumberbatch's seeming denial about turning down Guillermo Del Toro's "Crimson Peak" so he could do J.J. Abrams' film instead. Well, it looks like the internet insists he'll still go to a galaxy far, far way...

Disney Confirms Unimaginative, Boring Plan To Make 'Star Wars' Spinoffs “Origin Story Films”

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 8:34 PM
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When news emerged earlier this year that "Star Wars" spinoff movies were being eyed alongside the new trilogy, with Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda reportedly getting standalone films, there was definitely a spark of interest and potential, even from longtime fans who felt burned by the prequels. Maybe this would be the area where Disney and Lucasfilm would exercise some real creative freedom. How awesome would a dark, and gritty Han Solo movie be? What about a '70s vibe genre flick for Boba Fett? Well, keep dreaming because Disney has some pretty dull plans for these characters.

Interview: Eric Bana Talks The Real Life Politics Behind 'Closed Circuit,' His Life After 'Hulk,' And Whether Or Not He'd Do 'Star Wars'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 29, 2013 6:30 PM
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Ciarán Hinds, Eric Bana, Closed Circuit
Now is a very good time for "Closed Circuit," a movie about the British judicial system and the proliferation of CCTV around London, to be released. With the firestorm of controversy surround illegal surveillance, Edward Snowden and PRISM, and the general feeling of unease knowing that there is a pretty good chance that the email you sent to your college roommate is being intercepted and reviewed by some higher power, it's an ideal moment for a claustrophobic, conspiratorial thriller like "Closed Circuit." Few thrillers tap into the zeitgeist like this film does. In the film, Eric Bana plays Martin Rose, a public-court lawyer assigned to defending a Turkish national who seems to have played a role in a deadly London bombing. As his investigation continues and he navigates Britain's controversial closed court system, he's drawn into a shadowy, conspiracy-laced world and reignites an old flame with his "special advocate" lawyer.

Don't Panic: Alex Pettyfer Being Considered To Possibly Maybe Potentially Join 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 4:03 PM
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Yeah, so there's probably going to be a lot of this going on before the roles are actually cast for "Star Wars: Episode 7." Undoubtedly, every agent and agency in Hollywood is throwing whatever talent they have at Disney and J.J. Abrams in the hopes of being a small part of what will be a mega-franchise, and today a couple of names have surfaced.

Joss Whedon Explains Why He Thinks 'The Empire Strikes Back' Is "Not A Movie, It’s An Episode”

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2013 9:05 AM
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If you were anywhere near the Internet last night, you know that the Twittersphere and Facebookverse was dominated by two things: nerds freaking out over Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in "Superman Vs. Batman," and Joss Whedon dissing "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back." But here's the thing about the latter tidbit of news—it's not the first time Whedon has made his feelings known on that film.

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