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New 'Star Wars' Will Cost $200 Million, Casting "Almost Done," George Lucas Still Consulting on Films

Disney chair Alan Horn sat down with Jon Erlichman of Bloomberg Television to discuss the on-the-horizon "Star Wars" trilogy set to unfold over the next several years. Quote highlights, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 22, 2014 12:36 PM
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We Own Our Own Copyrights

The simplest distinction often tells us all we need to know. In the music and film worlds there are artists who own the copyrights to their work and those who do not.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • February 5, 2014 2:33 PM
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WATCH: John Williams Describes How He'll Score J.J. Abrams' Upcoming 'Stars Wars'

Composer John Williams is set to score the next installment in the "Star Wars" franchise, "Episode VII," to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Williams has scored all six entries in the series. Watch a video below of the Oscar-winning composer explaining how he'll score the upcoming film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 29, 2013 12:15 PM
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Immersed in Movies: J.J. Abrams Talks 'Star Wars,' Storytelling, Tech at PGA Conference

J.J. Abrams said at Saturday's PGA Produced By Conference that he's aiming for the same "deep feeling of infinite possibilities" with "Star Wars: Episode VII" that he got watching George Lucas' original blockbuster as a youngster. He told "Django Unchained" producer Reginald Hudlin that it's about "honoring but not revering the past" during their Q&A at Fox. But other than admitting that his boys aren't thrilled about moving to London next year to make "Star Wars" ("Fuck that -- I don't care what the movie is"), Abrams kept everything else about it close to the vest.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 9, 2013 3:46 PM
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WATCH: Winsome 60 Second 'Star Wars' Recap

Prefer to think about "Star Wars" rather than the Kentucky Derby or Cinco de Mayo? These are the droids you're looking for! Enjoy this animated version of "Episode IV." Not a plot point is missed in this simple rehashing. The light sabers are particularly amusing.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2013 4:23 PM
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'Iron Man 3' Free Advance Screening to Open EW's CapeTown Film Festival UPDATED

As we predicted, EW's CapeTown Film Festival, running at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from April 30 through May 5, will kick off with a complimentary advance screening of Marvel's "Iron Man 3." The film hits theaters in wide release on May 3. Full lineup for the fest below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2013 12:24 PM
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Empire Special J. J. Abrams Issue: 'Star Trek,' 'Star Wars,' and 'Lost'

J.J. Abrams fans, get thee to a newstand. Empire Magazine has published a special fold-out edition for a special "J. J. Abrams" issue, which devotes a whopping 75 pages devoted to the film and TV writer-director-producer.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 13, 2013 4:25 PM
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Seeing VFX Is Believing, From Original 'Star Wars' and 'Superman' Franchises to Woody Allen's 'Zelig'

“You’ll believe a man can fly.” That was the promise made to potential ticket-buyers during the fall and winter of 1978, when Richard Donner’s take on the Superman legend was being readied to soar across Christmastime movie screens all over America. We certainly never believed (nor were we asked to believe) that George Reeves, the Superman known to viewers of the popular TV series which ran from 1952 until 1958, could really fly.
  • By Dennis Cozzalio
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  • March 11, 2013 10:30 AM
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EW Previews 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' Madness of Abrams' Career

J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot opened in 2009 and earned $386 million worldwide. Four years later the director returns with "Star Trek Into Darkness" -- out May 17. He tells EW in their sneak preview issue that his career--complete with a "Star Wars" reboot--is currently "madness."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2013 1:39 PM
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Disney Confirms 'Star Wars' Spin-Offs for Individual Characters -- Yoda's Up First

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed during an interview on CNBC that the Mouse House will release "Star Wars" spin-offs based on individual characters. The studio, which acquired Lucasfilm with long-time Steven Spielberg producer Kathleen Kennedy attached as CEO, is wasting no time pushing forward an ambitious agenda to milk the "Star Wars" franchise for all its worth.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 1:03 PM
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