STAR WARS NEWS
"There has been an awakening…" Whoa! This isn't a full teaser trailer, but it is a nice new tease with some spine-tingling glimpses of new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lucasfilm just dropped this onto the new Star Wars Instagram, and it's barely 15 seconds of footage. Finn lights up his lightsaber and Rey takes a glimpse upwards towards the sky with BB-8 in the background. This is very exciting reveal, especially the hint that Finn and Kylo Ren might be going to battle in the forest. Hopefully we'll be seeing more soon and more is on the way. For now, feast your eyes on this quick glimpse of The Force Awakens.
Get ready. Something big is coming. In a post on Hollywood Reporter, they've confirmed with IMAX that Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens directed by J.J. Abrams will be playing on every last IMAX screening around the world for one full month straight. They must be anticipating a lot people going to the see this movie non-stop! Indeed, since The Force Awakens looks so damn good this is building up the anticipation even further. It means the theaters and the entire industry is getting ready for Star Wars mania when fans burst through the doors on December 18th - and then camp out there for a full month straight.
"Have you felt it? The dark side, and the light." Which side are do you stand on? Empire magazine has just revealed their two new photos for Lucasfilm's upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and they actually look pretty damn cool. One cover features three characters from the Dark Side - Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, with his mask and red cross-saber; Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie; and General Hux, played by Domhnall Gleeson. The other cover is for the Light Side (the good guys, yay!) - Rey front and center, played by Daisy Ridley, flanked by Finn played by John Boyega, and Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac. Each one has an extended "pull out" side piece, which completes the image. Lots of tie fighters! And the Millennium Falcon. The line-up shown this way looks awesome. Nice score, Empire.
Yes! Here it is, all of a sudden from the halls of D23, comes the first official poster for Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And it is artwork by Drew Struzan – the legend, the master of all posters, the one-and-only, the irreplaceable. The first photos showing up are coming from the D23 Expo where the poster is being handed out to lucky fans who happen to get there hands on one. The poster artwork features John Boyega as Finn (with lightsaber!!), Daisy Ridley as Rey, plus Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, each one brandishing a weapon. Harrison Ford as Han Solo also shows up, but no Chewie, oddly. I really like this poster, simple and sleek, what Struzan is best at. Wish I could get one. Another Star Wars legend returns.
It's official - Lucasfilm and Disney have confirmed that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will next be directing Star Wars: Episode IX. While it has been rumored thanks to a scoop by Heroic Hollywood for a few weeks, it's now official, as the news landed on StarWars.com after first being announced at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. "While production won't begin for a few years, Trevorrow is heading to Lucasfilm this year to begin working with artists and his fellow Star Wars directors." After Jurassic World setting box office records, he can do pretty much whatever he wants. Interesting to see him make this leap.
Here we go. Disney and Lucasfilm have officially announced cast & crew details and released a cast photo from the set of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Yes, that's also the new title for this Star Wars solo movie being directed by Gareth Edwards (of Monsters, Godzilla). During the D23 Expo presentation on Star Wars, a new title card flashed on the screen announcing that the Anthology series would by titled A Star Wars Story instead. The full logo can be seen below. In addition, the cast has been confirmed: Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen (seen in the photo); plus Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, and Alan Tudyk (in a Star Wars movie?! Yes!). Sounds promising.
These are stunning! Of course they're already sold out, but that doesn't mean we can't admire the artwork anyway. Bottleneck Gallery out of NYC and ACME Archives from California have partnered to launch this Lucasfilm-licenesed set of Star Wars Noir art prints by Macedonian designer Marko Manev. Manev is a well-recognized artist that has done impressive work for many pop art galleries in the past, but this set is exceptional. My favorites in this are the "Droids" and "Smugglers" prints, the other two (the Dark Side!!) are also gorgeous but I'm not sure I need to have them up on my wall to stare at every day. View in full below.
Artists everywhere, this is your moment to shine. Lucasfilm and HP have launched a new Star Wars art contest called Art Awakens. The contest runs for two months nationwide and is a fan-art competition in promotion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in theaters this December. Amateur artists can submit their Star Wars: The Force Awakens inspired art on ArtAwakens.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year. As a tease of what's to come at the actual exhibit, two pieces of art (by DKNG and Mark Englert) have been unveiled and can be seen below. They're already accepting entries.
Behold! More Star Wars! Hey, did you know there's a new Star Wars movie coming out this year? Because if you didn't, Entertainment Weekly is here to provide a fall preview looking at all the movies left to see the rest of this year. And the big one is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which gets the cover shot and an entire gallery of new photos inside the pages. We finally get a good look at Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux of The First Order, plus a better look at Captain Phasma, some more shots of J.J. Abrams on set, and some glimpses of John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. Not that we haven't already seen plenty of excellent photos from the new Star Wars, but as always the more we see, the better. Only four more months left to go.
"There has been an awakening… have you felt it?" We're getting closer and closer. As of today, there's officially 130 days left until J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out playing in theaters worldwide. The countdown is on! Tickets will be on sale in the next few months. This new TV spot features a few seconds of new footage, but not too much more. We've already seen behind-the-scenes footage and two teasers so far for the Force Awakens, so more is expected to be revealed soon (especially as Disney gets closer to their D23 convention). Daisy Ridley as Ren is featured prominently in this, along with a new shot of Supreme Leader Snoke's courtyard and some of the teaser shots. Only a few more months to go! Enjoy.
A few new details have surfaced regarding the plans for the upcoming IMAX release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming up this December. By now, it's been pretty much confirmed that there is one main sequence shot with IMAX cameras in The Force Awakens. The movie will be getting a 70mm IMAX 3D release, and film blog Making Star Wars has posted some info on the initial plans for the IMAX 3D version. As one would hope, there will definitely be special IMAX 70mm film showings at the few remaining "real" IMAX theaters, but they will be in 3D with dual projectors, so this will still be pushed as 3D. Rest assured, "it's what IMAX was founded on, showcasing the best and most immersive 3D ever." Let's hope for the best.
"You kill me, you won't see a cent of that gold." There's always time for a Star Wars short film. Below you can watch the short film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly parody mash-up directed by Calvin Evans. It's basically Star Wars, featuring Han Solo, Greedo and Boba Fett, as if it were literally a Sergio Leone western. The actual dialogue isn't that great, but the effects are excellent, the opening titles are perfect, and they just get so much of the atmosphere right that I can't help but admire the work on this short. There's even a nice poster to go along with it. It's a quick 5-min mash-up that's worth watching, so fire it up. Enjoy!
"You want to get through this?… Do as I say." Awesome! Mash up the excellent Mad Max: Fury Road with Star Wars and you get this - Road Wars: The Imperator Strikes Back. Created by Krishna Shenoi, this fun mash-up YouTube trailer combines the full Mad Max: Fury Road trailer with sleek Star Wars bits and it's kind of amazing. A bit like Fury Road if it were set on Tatooine instead, complete with the sand people taking pot shots, and Tie Fighters, and lightsabers, and the Sarlacc pit of course. I'm glad there's a shot or two of the pod racers tossed in, because they kind of fit perfectly as well. Nice work on this mash-up.
"This Bounty Hunter is my kind of scum, fearless and inventive." Yes, please! Mexican director Guillermo del Toro made an appearance at Comic-Con last week to promote his new movie Crimson Peak, and conducted a few interviews. During one of his chats with Yahoo, the filmmaker revealed that he's certainly interested in joining the Star Wars universe, but it's likely not happening anytime soon. He does, however, still have an idea for a kick ass spin-off solo movie. Or rather, a trilogy of movies. Guillermo told them about an offhand idea he has for a Godfather saga about how Jabba the Hut rose to power on Tatooine. Read on.