Simon Pegg Touts STAR TREK 3 Director Roberto Orci; Reiterates Excitement for J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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While Simon Pegg is currently gearing up to start filming Mission: Impossible 5 (and touting the release of his drama Hector and the Search for Happiness), he recently took some time to talk about two other major franchises that he’s somewhat involved in.  Firstly, Pegg discussed the prospective hiring of Roberto Orci as the new director of Star Trek 3, saying he’s “really happy” that Orci has been chosen to take over the franchise from J.J. Abrams and adding that the Trek series is in good hands.  Additionally, Pegg reiterated his enthusiasm for Star Wars: Episode VII, with which he has no involvement beyond being very good friends with Abrams.  Pegg noted that Episode VII is destined to “feel more like Star Wars than anything we’ve seen in the last 30 years.”  Hit the jump for Pegg’s full comments on Star Trek and Wars.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Gives a (Droid) Hand to Everyone Who Contributed to “Force for Change”; Reveals Winner of Grand Prize

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Several months ago, director J.J. Abrams revealed “Force for Change”, which gave fans a chance to win a visit to the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and cameo in the film in exchange for making a donation to UNICEF.  The campaign has now wrapped, and it raised $4.26 million for UNICEF Innovation Labs, which will support the equivalent of seven to eight new innovation labs to aid children and families.  While I know few movies are as popular as Star Wars, I would love to see other studios and productions follow Disney’s lead on this one when it comes to marrying a charitable cause with fan enthusiasm.

Hit the jump to check out an image of a “Thank You” note from Abrams being held by a droid hand.  We’ve also included video of Denver, Colorado resident D.C. Barns learning that he’s won the grand prize.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Daisy Ridley’s STAR WARS Role May Span All Three Films

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You know what happens when you get cast in a hot property like Star Wars?  Everyone wants to rep you.  Even though there’s a good chance you have yet to see Daisy Ridley in a single thing, she’s one of the most sought-after rising stars in Hollywood right now, probably in large part due to her Star Wars: Episode VII gig.

So far we know don’t know much about her role, but we will come to know her character very well over the years because it’s being reported that her character isn’t just Episode VII-specific.  The plan is to have her cross over into the second and third films as well.  Hit the jump for more.

Bad Robot Responds to Zack Snyder with Their Own Batman/STAR WARS Mashup

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We may be in for an odd back-and-forth between two of the biggest upcoming blockbusters.  A couple weeks ago, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder tweeted a photoshopped picture of Henry Cavill wearing a robe and wielding a lightsaber with the hashtag “SuperJedi”.  About a week later, Snyder followed it up with Batman hanging out with R2-D2, and gave it the hashtag “BATMAN & R2BIN”, and directed it at Bad Robot’s Twitter account.

Now Bad Robot has responded with their own mashup by having C-3P0 as “THE C3PED CRUSADER”.  If this series between Snyder and J.J. Abrams‘ production company continues, it could be a fun little way to pass the time as fans anxiously await their blockbuster pictures.  Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Batman mashup.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Has the STAR WARS EPISODE VII Story Been Revealed?

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J.J. Abrams isn’t going to like this, as it appears that his mystery box has sprung a bit of a leak.  You may not like it either if you want to remain unspoiled on Star Wars: Episode VII news in general, because details regarding the film’s general plot have hit the net.  If these are true, it actually seems kind of a cool story to me.  But there are those that don’t want to know anything and I totally get it.

All I’ll say above the jump is that I hope Disney and Lucasfilm really make the best of the two week hiatus coming up in August to rework the film’s shooting schedule.  Because they’re going to need Harrison Ford.  And his leg.  Hit the jump for Star Wars Episode 7 story details.  And, in case you didn’t get the message in the first paragraph, spoilers below.

STAR WARS EPISODE 7 Confirmed Shooting in IMAX, J.J. Abrams Tweets Pic From Set

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J.J. Abrams likes his mystery box so much that even when he makes an announcement, he still doesn’t make an announcement.  But it does appear that Star Wars: Episode VII is shooting partially in the IMAX format.  I say “partially” because Abrams has already confirmed that the film will be shot in 35MM (which we can now take to read as “some of the film will be shot in 35MM”), leaving ostensibly the rest to be photographed in the 70MM IMAX format.

Today he tweeted a picture from set (from what appears to be the Abu Dhabi location for Tatooine a few months back; it certainly isn’t Pinewood) with a clear shot of an IMAX camera in play containing the hashtag #bestformatever.  Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars Episode 7 IMAX front.

Rumor: J.J. Abrams Wants to Push STAR WARS 7 to May 2016, But Disney Holding Strong with 2015 Date

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We almost made it an entire week with only two Star Wars rumor stories, but alas, we’ve got one more to close out the week.  To be fair, this latest rumor does have some weight to it, if only to clear up confusion regarding the possibility of a release date delay.  As you well know, Harrison Ford recently injured his leg pretty badly on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.  The actor will be out of commission for two months, which is a significant blow to the production as Han Solo is said to play a major role in director J.J. Abrams’ sequel.  On Monday, a rumor surfaced that filming could maybe be postponed due to the injury, but now word comes that Disney is adamant that Episode VII will be released on December 18, 2015—despite the fact that Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy have apparently been lobbying for a delay to May.  Hit the jump to read on.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Rumors: Mercenaries, Sith Witches, and Fallout from Harrison Ford’s Injury

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The Star Wars: Episode VII rumor mill continues to churn away as new plot details have possibly surfaced.  But before we get to those, let’s get to some production rumors following Harrison Ford‘s leg injury.  According to the less-than-reliable New York Post, Oscar Isaac‘s role is being expanded to make up for less Han Solo.  However, another source tells the Post, “‘The basic story line will not change that much.’ The source said no characters were being dramatically expanded, but ‘the order of filming scenes could be shifted’ to work around Ford’s absence.”  This seems far more likely, and the source adds that “Shutting down the movie is impossible,” and I believe that as well.  I’m not sure the movie’s insurance would cover such a shutdown, and even if it did, Disney seems determined to hit the release date no matter what.

Hit the jump for some more Star Wars: Episode VII rumors.  The film opens December 18, 2015, and also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, and Daisy Ridley[Possible spoilers ahead]

Rumor: STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 Release Date Could Be Delayed Due to Harrison Ford’s Injury

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A new “anklegate” rumor has surfaced from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.  Just over a week ago, Harrison Ford suffered an injury during the production of director J.J. Abrams’ sequel.  The severity of the accident was unknown at the time, but it was reported that Ford had possibly broken his ankle.  Last week, we not only learned that it was actually Ford’s leg that was broken in the incident, but also that the injury will keep Ford off the set for eight weeks of filming.  That’s a substantial amount of time for any production, but with Star Wars—a film in which Ford is said to have a significant leading role—that’s quite a hindrance.

Disney’s initial statement read that shooting would continue as Ford recovers, but a new report has surfaced that claims that production may now be facing a significant delay, putting the December 18, 2015 release date of Episode VII in question.  More after the jump.

Harrison Ford Broke Leg, Not Ankle on the Set of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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Last week, we heard Harrison Ford broke his ankle on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.  On Monday, we learned Ford will miss eight weeks of filming.  According to publicist Ina Treciokas, Ford actually broke his leg while shooting.  It is an unfortunate development, but it sounds like Ford’s recovery is progressing as well as can be.  Treciokas said in a statement [via BBC]:

“His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly.  He’s doing well and looks forward to returning to work.”

I hope this is our last update on Ford’s injury before we report his triumphant return to set in August.  Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, and Daisy Ridley also star in the highly anticipated sequel directed by J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Harrison Ford’s Ankle Injury to Sideline Him from STAR WARS: EPISODE VII for 8 Weeks

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Last week, we learned that Harrison Ford had injured his ankle on a door of the Millennium Falcon during production on Star Wars: Episode VII, and appropriately, we made jokes about the screen legend who chose to reprise one of his most beloved roles.  To be fair, it wasn’t a life-threatening injury, but nonetheless, you can kind of see where he’s coming from when it comes to his moderate disdain for Star Wars fans.  Disney released a statement saying that Ford was recuperating in a hospital and that shooting would continue.

Now we know the extent of Ford’s injury and how it will specifically affect the production.  Hit the jump for more.  The film also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von SydowStar Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Harrison Ford Broke His Ankle on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Set; Disney Says Shooting Will Continue While Ford Recovers in Local Hospital

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As you may have heard, shooting for Star Wars: Episode VII is underway in the UK.  An unfortunate event occurred on set today.  Harrison Ford reportedly broke his ankle and was transferred to a local hospital.  A source told THR that the injury was caused by the door of the Millennium Falcon.  We do not know much about the plot (there are enough rumors), but Ford is said to have a “gigantic role” in the sequel.  Disney released a statement to say shooting will continue as Ford recuperates in the hospital.

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STAR WARS: EPISODE VII: New Set Photo Released; Gareth Edwards’ STAR WARS Spin-Off to Shoot in the United Kingdom

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Presumably, Star Wars: Episode VII set photos will be few and far between.  They’ll either be leaked, or J.J. Abrams will leave a note akin to something you would leave if someone was stealing your lunch from the refrigerator every day.  However, when you’re the United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, you have a bit more leeway to take a photo from the set and tweet it out to your followers.  Forget any other governmental powers he may have (and I truly don’t know because I can live my life in total ignorance of British government).  Being able to get an authorized photo off the set of Star Wars: Episode VII is true power.  Kudos, United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne for snapping a photo with producer Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and R2-D2.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars: Episode VII image and to learn more about the production of Gareth Edward‘s Star Wars spin-off, and if you missed our earlier rumor roundup, click here.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Rumors: There Will Be a Female Villain; John Boyega’s Character Isn’t a Jedi or a Padawan

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It’s been too long since we’ve had some Star Wars: Episode VII rumors.  The wait until the trailers give everything away can be interminable,  so thankfully some fresh rumors have landed online about what we might expect from the upcoming, highly-anticipated sequel.  First up, Latino Review is reporting that the movie will have a female villain, and there’s a 50-50 chance that she’s a Sith.  The new female cast members are Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, and Daisy Ridley.  Any one of them could be Sith, and as long as the character is well-written, it would be cool to see a badass female villain become part of the main Star Wars films.

Hit the jump for more rumors, and click here to see the latest official image from the set.  The film also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von SydowStar Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – Mark Hamill Talks Spoilers, Cast Reunions, STAR WARS Fandom, and Saying “Yes” to the New Film

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With production underway on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, Mark Hamill has been cast not just into the film, but back into the spotlight as well.  In a recent interview, he talks about his time in the original trilogy, his reaction to the prequel trilogy, and his involvement in the new trio of films currently underway.  While there’s not much in the way of plot or even his character arc revealed in this interview, he does talk a bit about George Lucas’ vision for the Star Wars characters and his reaction to Disney purchasing Lucasfilm.  Hamill also comments on fans’ expectations and the current culture of movie spoilers.  Hit the jump for more.

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