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Rumor: Ewan McGregor Wants To Do A Standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 4:27 PM
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So, is "Star Wars: Episode 7" going to be a spook-tacular sequel the likes of which the franchise has never seen? Or are the filmmakers just finding any old excuse to include as many old characters as possible in the next movie? Well, we'll have to wait until Disney decides to announce something (and even then, they'll be playing any details close to chest for a while yet) and thus, the rumor mill is where news will be discussed and debated. And another has landed today.

Rumor: Emperor Palpatine Will Return As A Ghost In 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 3:07 PM
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Last weekend was D23, Disney's annual celebration of itself and their movies, and when it ended without any word regarding "Star Wars: Episode 7," some corners of the Internet were positively hurt and angry. A sense of entitlement reigned from some fans who saw it as a some kind of colossal blunder on Disney's part not to throw some scrap of information about the sequel to the diehard faithful. While the discussion about fans demanding everything right away is best saved for another day, here's a new rumor they can take to the message boards tonight.

Watch: 1983 George Lucas Emphasizing Story Over Effects As Kathleen Kennedy Promises Less CGI For 'Star Wars 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 3:24 PM
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Star Wars: Episode 3 -- Revenge Of The Sith
If only young George Lucas could have travelled forward in time to advise his older self. Let's flashback for a moment to 1983, when Lucas was hard at work on 'Return Of The Jedi.' He was on top of the world at that point, with a game-changing sci-fi franchise under his belt and seemingly every door in Hollywood open to him. Yet even then he realized "Star Wars" was only as good as the stories it told. In this excerpt from the documentary "From 'Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga," we see a young Lucas talking about special effects as merely a "tool," and not the means to an end... oh how things changed!

John Williams Confirmed To Score 'Star Wars: Episodes VII-IX,' Says J.J. Abrams The Right Person To Continue The Saga

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2013 12:02 PM
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Of all the rumors swirling around "Star Wars: Episode 7" and the subsequent sequels and spin-offs, this was probably the most no-brainer obvious as being true. Hell, even J.J. Abrams himself said back in April that John Williams—who provided the iconic music of the original "Star Wars" and never looked back—would likely return to score part seven, and it turns out the composer is in for the long haul.

Neill Blomkamp Has Written An 18-Page Treatment For 'District 10,' Turned Down Chance To Work On New 'Star Wars'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2013 10:02 AM
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Neill Blomkamp District 9
Most directors would kill to have the kind of support (personally backed by Peter Jackson) and success ($210 million worldwide, Best Picture nomination) Neill Blomkamp did on this feature debut, "District 9." And some filmmakers might have felt pressured to keep Hollywood in their favor, and undoubtedly, Blomkamp has been asked numerous times since 2009 about making a sequel, "District 10." But he's largely deflected the question, and been reticent about the enterprise, telling us in 2012, "I'm not sure I'm making that film. It would be cool, but these films take two or three years to make, and the investments are so extreme, you can't accurately predict where you'll be a few years from now, I believe. If you're not creatively invested in it, you're making a mistake, and that creative investment happens day to day. So I don't know when that feeling for a 'District Whatever' film happens." But it seems he's at least drafted an idea.

Watch: Jason Schwartzman, Patton Oswalt, Billy Dee Williams & More Visit The 'Star Wars' Cantina

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 1:15 PM
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Of the many little things in the "Star Wars" universe that fans have latched onto, the Mos Eisley Cantina from the first "Star Wars" maybe one of the most enduring. Granted, a lot happened there. It's where Han Solo shot Greedo, where Han Solo and Chewbecca are first introduced and Ponda Baba gets his arm sliced off by Luke Skywalker. But even with all of that, the bizarre atmosphere and futuristic space jazz captured the imagination of diehard and casual fans alike, with that cantina continually referenced in pop culture, perhaps most notably a few years ago in an Adidas spot featuring Daft Punk, Noel Gallagher, Ciara, Ian Brown of the Stone Roses, David Beckham, Jay Baruchel and Snoop Dog (watch it here). Well, it has been revisited again.

George Lucas Credits 'Star Trek' With Paving The Way For The Success Of 'Star Wars'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 12:25 PM
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Has George Lucas just quashed the decades-long beef between "Star Trek" nerds and "Star Wars" dorks? For years, dudes with tape holding together their glasses and pocket protectors protruding proudly from their shirt pockets have debated amongst themselves about which franchise had the most sci-fi bonafides. Well, now that he's left Lucasfilm, maybe Lucas should just get a job at the U.N. because he just provided the most diplomatic and humble assessment of the relationship between the two mega-series, quietly in a bonus feature on the recently released documentary "Trek Nation."

Watch: 1978 Screen Test For Boba Fett In 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 11:41 AM
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While the crass commercialism for George Lucas, Lucasfilm and the "Star Wars" series in general can be galling at times, it's often easy to forget how much work went into building the franchise into what it is today. From a little sci-fi oddity to a worldwide blockbuster and instant pop culture sensation, ever since the first film dropped in 1977, Lucas was been involved in pretty much every meticulous step along the way. And while Boba Fett initially seemed like a throwaway character that the public latched on to, this perhaps suggests Lucas knew it would catch on.

Marvel Wants To Meet Vin Diesel For Some Reason & Armie Hammer Is Not Ant-Man

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 10:40 PM
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It seems rumors are flying fast and furious this week for nerd franchises, so let's get a handle on them, and kick off with one that is actually legit, followed by a couple others that are sort of ridiculous...

Neill Blomkamp Says He Wouldn't Be The Right Director For A 'Star Wars' Movie

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 17, 2013 9:40 AM
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“Star Wars” may be in the hands of J.J. Abrams now, but what will happen in the not-so-far-away future? After all, will Abrams direct an entire trilogy? What about the spin-off films that are in the works? Who will direct those ones? Just when you thought the fan speculation had been struck down, it’s become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. One of the most mentioned directors when it comes to “Star Wars” is Neill Blomkamp. IGN recently caught up with him to test the “Star Wars” waters again and he revealed why he would not want to be a part of the legacy.

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