STAR WARS NEWS
Briefly: It's official - Disney has moved the release date of Star Wars: Episode VIII from May 2017 to December 2017. The highly-anticipated sequel to The Force Awakens, being directed by Rian Johnson, was originally scheduled by Lucasfilm/Disney for May 26th, 2017. Now it has been rescheduled for release on December 15th, 2017. This puts it in line with the December release for The Force Awakens and the December release for Rogue One later this year. This also now pits Episode VIII to open head-to-head against James Cameron's Avatar 2, which is supposed to open Christmas 2017. A few other studios have shifted 2017 releases in response. The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie will take over Star Wars' slot.
"Do you guys believe when he says he's going to finish what Darth Vader started?" It's not often we feature something from "Saturday Night Live", but this Star Wars sketch actually made me laugh, it's one of their best skits in a while. Actor Adam Driver hosted the most recent episode of SNL and, of course, everyone knows he plays dark side-advocate Kylo Ren in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So, for one of the sketches, they had Driver dress down as a "radar technician" and go undercover in Starkiller Base for an episode of "Undercover Boss". The way they dress Driver is perfect, but the rest of it is also hilarious. Enjoy!
By now, hopefully everyone has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens at least once, because it's time to delve into spoiler territory. The Irish Tourism Board has launched a new featurette on Star Wars, focusing on the one major scene that was filmed there. The scene was shot on the island Skellig Michael, and it's the very last scene in the movie, involving a certain Skywalker character. It's a beautiful location that is used nicely, and the video shows how they worked to get the shots they needed without causing any harm to the environment. This is more of a tourism video to attract fans to Ireland to check out this location, but it's also cool to see a few more behind-the-scenes shots from this most recent Star Wars adventure. Fire it up below.
If you haven't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, don't watch this video. It's not really a spoiler - it's a small nostalgic moment hidden in the middle of the movie. I'm not going to reveal any more details about the context or if it means anything (it probably doesn't, just a fun nod). If you have seen it, then dive in. This video features Adam Savage from Tested visiting FX legend Phil Tippett at his studio to see how he (re)created the Holochess figures using stop-motion animation. I love the original Holochess scene in A New Hope, and enjoyed this nostalgic reference in the new movie. It's also amusing to see these guys going crazy over practical effects work. And it's sort of a nice tribute to Ray Harryhausen, too. View in full below!
Star Wars meets Ken Burns in this new mash-up video from the Washington Post. This video was initially posted on Friday when Star Wars: The Force Awakens first hit theaters, but if you haven't seen it yet, it's a fun recap of the original trilogy. Their pitch: "Like Ken Burns's "The Civil War," Star Wars depicts an epic conflict. So we mashed them up." Ken Burns is the documentarian whose techniques have become so iconic they're literally named after him. Burns is not involved in this, they just wanted to make a short doc about Star Wars in his style. It's a fun way to keep the Star Wars buzz going and review all the major events of the original three before seeing The Force Awakens for a fifth time. Watch "The Galactic Civil War" below.
In cinemas around the world this past weekend, millions of people came out to experience the new Star Wars movie on the big screen. It wasn't just an event, it was much more than that. It's an experience that moviegoers have been anxiously awaiting for years (technically 32 years since last saw Han & Leia & Luke), with many challenging themselves to not watch any footage before release. And I'm not just talking about waiting to see our old friends again, but savoring a chance to go in and experience a movie without any of the major plot points or big reveals being ruined before. It's this kind of communal cinematic experience, and the ensuing discussions/arguments/enthusiasm that arise afterward, that I relish. And it's something I feel has been missing from Hollywood recently. Of course it was Star Wars that brought that feeling back.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "The Force, it's calling to you. Just let it in." It's here!! It's time!! Lucasfilm and Disney present Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, now playing in theaters worldwide. The return of Han and Luke and Leia and Chewie and all of our old friends. But it's also an introduction to a new set of characters - Finn, played by John Boyega, as well as Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, and Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac. On the bad side, there's Adam Driver as Kylo Ren + Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew all return. Star Wars is back! Does it live up to the hype? How does it compare to the Original Trilogy? Or is it a mess? Once you see this, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
This Friday (and in some places, Thursday or even Wednesday night) moviegoers across the nation and even the world will be plopping down in their theater seats as they anxiously wait for the first frames of the first Star Wars movie in ten years, The Force Awakens, to unspool on their screens. The anticipation for this next chapter – directed by J.J. Abrams - in the Star Wars legacy is literally through the roof of the Millennium Falcon, with many lucky journalists and fans having seen the film at the extravagant World Premiere in Los Angeles on Monday. Early word of mouth has been generally positive so far, but let's take a look at why it will be okay if The Force Awakens doesn't meet your expectations.
It's likely there has never been a motion picture as anticipated on a global scale as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, except perhaps The Phantom Menace in 1999. Ever since 2012 when George Lucas sold the rights to his gigantic property and Disney along with Kathleen Kennedy took over, the excitement levels for what was to come were off the charts. It goes back much further than 2012, though. From the moment "Directed by Richard Marquand" splashed across the screen at the end of Return of the Jedi in 1983, fans have wanted to know what happened next. Try as they might, no amount of universe expansion in the form of books or video games could fill that gap the original trilogy left at its conclusion. Let's not even discuss the actual, Star Wars films that have dropped in the last 30 years. Instead, let's get right into, shall we?
"It's true. All of it." IMAX has launched another new featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a week left to go until opening. This doesn't really feature any new footage that we haven't seen before, so everyone trying to steer clear of any more footage before next week, this video is okay. The featurette is a reminder that The Force Awakens has at least one major sequence (on Jakku) filmed with IMAX cameras, and the entire cast talks about how the format enhances the experience. We're so close, and as much as I still wish this was shot entirely on IMAX cameras, I'll take one good sequence. "When you go to see a movie in that format you know you're going to get something that is the best version of going out to the movies."
"Couldn't get enough of it, I want to see it again!!" The new Star Wars movie is just about a week away from opening, and pretty much everyone is excited. As hyped as we all are, don't forget that no one knows (yet) if it will actually be any good. There's some extremely high expectations and most people still think of the prequels and how mediocre they were, worried about how this will turn out. Which is why it's time for a fun trip down memory lane with this video going around the web. It's a collection of local news station clips interviewing fans before and after they saw Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999. As you can expect, pretty much everyone says that it was the best movie ever made. Except for the very last guy.
"What happens to these characters we know and love - it's a world I want to get back to immediately." Lucasfilm has unveiled another new featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, premiered at Brazil Comic-Con, showing some never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage. Not that we need to see any more footage to be sold at this point, but who cares, the more the merrier especially if it includes a look at the full-size Millennium Falcon set piece. Director J.J. Abrams shows up in this often, as does Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer and a few other special guests. Only two more weeks left.
The Force is strong with this one. The Alamo Drafthouse has opened a new location in Omaha, Nebraska this week and if you're anywhere near there you have to go check it out. The movie theater is completely themed for Star Wars, complete with a Death Star in the lobby and an impressive concession stand made to look like it's on the Death Star. "The idea behind the lobby is that we wanted to construct and install a lobby theme that would make us unique in our Omaha market as well as the midwest." Unique indeed, and this is a permanent theme. Entertainment Weekly has posted a few photos which we've added below. I want to go see a movie here! The perfect place to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it opens later in the month.
Just let it in! We're down to the last few weeks. Over the weekend, Lucasfilm debuted three new posters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that contain nothing but text. They are actually a specific throwback to the very same poster design utilized during the release of Star Wars: A New Hope on May 25th, 1977. For reference, we've included photos of the original posters at the bottom. We've seen so much imagery, so many attempts at Drew Struzan art, that it's sometimes refreshing to see marketing that is based purely on our imagination. That's what Star Wars is all about, capitalizing on our boundless imaginations and the joys that come with believing in The Force. It's exciting to be around here for yet another big Star Wars release.