TOP 5: Sundance 2014, THE RAID 2 Trailer, Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT, New Trailer/Promo for Disney’s MALEFICENT, STAR WARS News

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If you’ve yet to check out writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton‘s Short Term 12, what are you waiting for? The film hit shelves on Blu-ray/DVD on January 14th, rendering the “it’s not playing anywhere near me” excuse invalid. I had the opportunity to watch it last weekend and I was blown away. Much has been made of Brie Larson‘s performance and for good reason: it’s terrific. She’s not alone in that regard, though. The turns by Kaitlyn Dever and Keith Stanfield are nothing short of excellent and, in particular, a scene between Stanfield and John Gallagher Jr. in which Stanfield’s character, Marcus, bares his emotional scars via an original rap verse is equal parts heartbreaking and jaw-dropping. Watching Short Term 12 is an emotional roller coaster. You’ll laugh, cry, feel anger, love, hope, and despair. You’ll catch a glimpse of just how lonely a life can be and, at the same time, appreciate how opening ourselves up to the possibility of trust and love is a powerful decision that doesn’t come easily for all of us.

My Blu-ray/DVD recommendation of the week in the books, this week’s Top 5 highlights all of our Sundance 2014 coverage to date, a new trailer for The Raid 2 (including Matt’s Sundance review), Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight script leak, a new trailer for Disney’s Maleficent, and a variety of news from the Star Wars: Episode VII camp. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

STAR WARS News: Carrie Fisher Reveals Production Start Date with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill; Rumors Have PIXAR Getting into the STAR WARS Game

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Here’s a round-up of the latest Star Wars news:

  • Though it’s not official (as in, no word from the studio via press release), Carrie Fisher recently remarked on her expected start date on the production of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, alongside co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill.
  • The most recent rumor outside of Star Wars: Episode VII is that Pixar will now get into the Star Wars game with a collaborative future film.
  • It’s not news, per se, but we have some forced perspective images using Star Wars vehicles that are pretty darn cool.

Hit the jump for more on each story.

Mark Hamill Talks STAR WARS and the New Trilogy; Hopes for a Balance Between CGI and Practical Effects

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As part of this weekend’s celebration of “Star Wars Day”, a special screening of Return of the Jedi was hosted in Los Angeles by Entertainment Weekly, followed by a surprise Q&A with Mark Hamill.  As one can imagine, a great deal of the conversation revolved around the new trilogy and director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.  All signs have pointed to Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford all appearing in Episode VII in some capacity, and during the Q&A Hamill talked about the meeting he and Fisher had with George Lucas in which Lucas first told them about the new movies.  He also confirmed that he’s had one meeting with Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy about Abrams’ film, and talked about what he hopes to see in the new films.  Hit the jump for much, much more.

Carrie Fisher Reiterates Her Involvement in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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We’re in a bit of a holding pattern when it comes to the participation of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII.  Ford “thinks it’s happening”, George Lucas says they’re “pretty much” signed on for the upcoming sequel, and now Fisher has reiterated her involvement in the film.  In November, she said she was on board, but a publicist said the comment was “tongue-in-cheek”.  In March, Fisher flat out said she’ll reprise her role as Princess Leia.  Speaking to fans at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, Fisher said, “I like being bought by Disney, because they never wanted to buy me before.”

Hit the jump for more.  Star Wars: Episode VII is tentatively set for 2015.

Harrison Ford Talks His Involvement with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Says “I Think It’s Happening”

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Another day, another semi-confirmation of a Star Wars return for an actor from the original trilogy.  Despite Joss Whedon’s thoughts on the matter, it seems inevitable now that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford will be reprising their roles from the original Star Wars trilogy in the J.J. Abrams-helmed Episode VII.  Hamill previously said the trio was in talks, Fisher has outright confirmed that she’ll be back, and George Lucas said it’s pretty much a done deal.  Now you can add the final piece of the puzzle to the pile, as Harrison Ford has essentially confirmed that they’ll all be back saying, “I think it’s happening.”  Hit the jump for more.

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford “Pretty Much” Signed on for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII According to George Lucas

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Over the past month, we’ve heard various stories about the involvement of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford for J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VIIFord was reportedly on board, but then another report said that contract signings were still a ways off.  Then Hamill said they were in talks, but nothing had been signed.  Yesterday, Fisher confirmed she would return to play Princess Leia.  Any way you slice it, it looks like the characters are in the script for the new movie, and the only question is when it will be declared official that the trio of actors are reprising their roles.

Your trust in George Lucas may have been shaken by the prequels, but you can still probably take his word when it comes to the business side of things even though he’s not actively involved in the new trilogy.  Hit the jump for what he had to say about Hamill, Fisher, and Ford’s return.

Carrie Fisher Confirms She’ll Return as Princess Leia in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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The cards for a Star Wars cast reunion look to be falling into place.  Ever since the announcement that Disney was moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy, rumors have swirled regarding the involvement of the original trilogy’s cast members.  Multiple reports have popped up claiming that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are eyeing a return to the series, and the subsequent denials/clarifications/etc. have made it clear that deals are likely being worked out.  Now we have a firm clarification straight from the source, as Carrie Fisher has confirmed that she will appear in director J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode: VII.  Hit the jump for more.

Mark Hamill Talks STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Says “They’re Talking to Us” but “We Haven’t Signed Any Contracts”

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In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mark Hamill spoke at length regarding his involvement with Star Wars: Episode VII.  Yesterday, Showbiz 411 reported that Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford were all set to return, although an earlier report said a deal with Ford wouldn’t be closed for weeks or possibly months.  In this case, it’s best to go straight to the source, and Hamill confirmed his earlier comments that George Lucas wanted to know if they were interested, and that the filmmakers have been talking to them.  Lucas also told Hamill that if they didn’t want to do the sequels, “they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts; they would write us out.”  And on that day, George Lucas finally did something right again.  Hamill went on to say, “I can tell you right away that we haven’t signed any contracts. We’re in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm.”  Hamill added “Both have had meetings set that were postponed — on their end, not mine. They’re more busy than I am.”

Hit the jump for much more including what Hamill assumes will happen with the characters, other actors he’d like to see return, and the visual style of the sequels.

Rumor: Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher Might Return for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Story Revolves Around Luke, Leia, and Han’s Children

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Another day, another Star Wars rumor.  As anticipation for Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII continues to rise, fans are clamoring for every tiny bit of information concerning the new trilogy.  Firm details are incredibly scarce at the moment, and things will likely stay that way for some time now that “Mystery Man” J.J. Abrams has officially signed on to direct Episode VII.  The most recent unconfirmed rumor concerning the film states that Harrison Ford is in talks to reprise his role as Han Solo, and now a new rumor has surfaced that suggests Solo will be joined by his pals Luke and Leia, as Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher may or may not be returning in a storyline that focuses on the trio’s children.  Hit the jump for more.

Carrie Fisher Says She’s Going to Be in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII [Updated]

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Even though a script is still in development, Carrie Fisher sounds fairly certain that she’ll be a part of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. According to TheForce.net, Fisher was asked at book signing in Cherry Hill, New Jersey last night if she was going to be in Episode VII, and she replied “Yes….I thought it was already common knowledge.”  Last month, Mark Hamill said he and Fisher had lunch with George Lucas in August, and the Star Wars creator revealed the sequel trilogy was on the way.  Perhaps their involvement in the sequels was discussed, although it’s obviously unknown to what extent.  Harrison Ford has also commented that he’s open to returning.  I’m sure screenwriter Michael Arndt has some idea where he wants to go, and that direction probably involves Luke, Han, and Leia.  Whether they’ll be cameos or full-fledged roles remains to be seen, although I would bet on the side of cameos since a sequel trilogy would probably be about handing the series off to younger actors.

Hit the jump for more on what Fisher had to say when it comes to playing “Mrs. Solo”. [Update: A representative for Fisher tells E! Online the actress/writer/author was just kidding and that her comments were made "tongue-in-cheek".  In a related story, never follow a hippie to a second location.]

STAR WARS Sequel News: Harrison Ford Open to Returning as Han Solo in the New Trilogy

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In what is just the beginning of the avalanche of Star Wars news since Disney’s recent purchase of Lucasfilm, it now looks as if Harrison Ford is open to reprising the role of Han Solo in the planned sequel trilogy.  We recently reported that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher had met with George Lucas over the summer in order to discuss the possibility of continuing the Skywalker story.  Now it looks as if Ford is willing to complete the trio as the films creep closer to the 2015 release date. There is still no confirmation as to who will be directing Star Wars: Episode VIIbut signs are pointing towards Matthew Vaughn, who recently bowed out of helming X-Men: Days of Future Past without explanation.  Hit the jump for more on Ford’s possible involvement and what this may mean for the plot of the upcoming trilogy.

Mark Hamill Comments on STAR WARS Sale, Meeting with George Lucas and Carrie Fisher About the Upcoming Sequel Trilogy and More!

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It seems the legions of Star Wars fans weren’t the only ones caught off guard by Disney’s recent purchase of Lucasfilms; even star Mark Hamill was surprised by the news.  However, Hamill did know of the plans for a new Star Wars sequel trilogy, since he had met with George Lucas over the summer to plan for the films.  We reported earlier today that the Luke Skywalker of Star Wars Episode VII is expected to be in his 30s or 40s; with Hamill currently at 61, what role could he possibly have in the next film?  Hit the jump to see what Hamill had to say about the impending additions to the Star Wars franchise.

Lost Footage from INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM Shows Barbra Streisand and Carrie Fisher Play a Joke on Harrison Ford

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Advance warning that the audio and video quality of this video is far from ideal. Nevertheless, I’m guessing that fans of the franchise are willing to sacrifice quality for what appears to be an ultra-rare outtake from the set of Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. What you’ll find after the jump is a video of Barbra Streisand, Carrie Fisher, and The Empire Strikes Back‘s late director Irvin Kershner showing up to play a little practical joke on Harrison Ford during the scene in which Indy is being whipped by the Thuggee goon at Mola Ram’s temple.

The video is reportedly from Spielberg’s personal reels although there is no absolute confirmation on that front. Watch the video and read a rough transcription of it (yeah, it’s that low quality) after the jump.

Previously-Unreleased Deleted Scene from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK from the STAR WARS Blu-ray Box Set

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There have been plenty of complaints about George Lucas’ continued tinkering with the original Star Wars trilogy (interesting side note: aside from the CGI Yoda in The Phantom Menace, Lucas hasn’t touched the prequels), but there’s more than just defiled movies on the upcoming Blu-ray box set.  The set contains previously unreleased deleted scenes and one of those scenes has gone online. The clip shows an extended bickering/flirting between Han and Leia on Hoth.  Their conversation is more sexually overt that what made the final cut and I’m glad it was left on the cutting room floor.  It’s too much too soon in the development of their relationship and it doesn’t really fit with the overall tone of The Empire Strikes Back.

Click over to EW to see the clip.  The only way to see the deleted scenes and all of the new special features is to buy the entire Star Wars: The Complete Saga and pay extra for the prequels you don’t want.  The Complete Saga set, along with the prequel trilogy and original trilogy sets, goes on sale September 16th.

1977 Making-Of Documentary for STAR WARS

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In a cool piece from the marketing archives, a 1977 Star Wars making-of documentary has popped up online.  The documentary is hosted by C-3PO and R2D2 and they take viewers through some of the behind-the-scenes technical difficulties of making the movie as well as the fan phenomena that arose after the film’s release.  While bits of this documentary have been seen in other Star Wars docs, it’s cool seeing this in its own 1970s element.  I also wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up as a special feature on the upcoming Blu-rays.

Hit the jump to check out the hour-long documentary.  Star Wars: The Complete Saga hits Blu-ray this September.

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