Mark Hamill Says the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Droid Is Practical; Discusses His Beard, the Trailer, and Hesitation About Returning

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When J.J. Abrams signed on to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many figured this meant that the movie would be shrouded in absolute secrecy for as long as humanly possible.  Abrams loves his mystery box, but in actuality Lucasfilm and Disney have been surprisingly open about the way they’re approaching this new Star Wars.  Reveals from the film have been handled with great care, starting with that first cast photo just before production began.  Then they opted to release a debut trailer over a year before the film’s release date.  Surely that would tide fans over for a few months, right?  Well just in case it didn’t, Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy went ahead and revealed some of the principal character names in spectacular fashion earlier this week.

While the particulars of the film remain under wraps, we’re starting to get a handle on this new era of the franchise.  Adding to that, actor Mark Hamill recently spoke quite a bit about The Force Awakens, from his “contractually obligated beard” to his reaction to that first trailer, and even touching on his initial hesitation to return to the franchise.  Moreover, he revealed that the droid from the trailer, BB-8, is a practical creation.  Read on after the jump.

Mark Hamill to Reprise His Role as The Trickster on THE FLASH

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Here’s another reason for me to finally make time to catch up on The Flash – it’s being reported that Mark Hamill will join the cast as James Jesse, aka The Trickster.  Hamill actually played the character in two episodes of the 90s live-action TV show on CBS.  He went pretty big with the role on that series, but even if he pulls it back just a bit for this one, The Trickster is still bound to be a particularly colorful character.

Apparently Hamill’s The Trickster will pop up in the 17th episode of the season.  Hit the jump for more on what to expect from the new Trickster.

1983 Interview with Mark Hamill Comes Shockingly Close to Predicting EPISODE VII Release Year and Character Description

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Star Wars didn’t originally begin as a nine-episode plan.  In the very beginning, George Lucas envisioned only one movie.  When Empire Strikes Back was released with “Episode V” in the opening crawl, “A New Hope” and “Episode IV” were added when the film was re-released in 1981.  This set-up of three trilogies—prequel trilogy, original trilogy, and sequel trilogy—has led to decades of fan speculation, and when the prequels came along, it led to loads of disappointment and loathing to where people now happily mock the series’ creator even though he’s not really involved with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

But he did have an idea for Episode VII back in the 80s, and a 1983 interview with Mark Hamill reveals that Lucas was only off on the release year by a bit, and that his idea for Luke may be very much alive in J.J. Abrams’ new film.  Hit the jump for more. [Possible spoilers ahead]

First STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Reveals J.J. Abrams’ Sequel

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It’s here!  Disney has released the very first Star Wars: The Force Awakens for director J.J. Abrams‘ highly anticipated sequel, which falls into the franchise as Episode VII if anyone’s counting.  As far as teaser trailers go, this one is pretty incredible.  Abrams doesn’t simply rely on nostalgia to make this thing exciting, offering up tantalizing teases through some genuinely compelling filmmaking.  As far as character first-looks go, we can clearly see John BoyegaDaisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac as seemingly “good guys” in full costume, and then an obscured baddie (Adam Driver?), complete with voiceover narration from Andy Serkis (not Benedict Cumberbatch).  The money shot of the Millennium Falcon is spectacular, and overall I’m extremely enthused to see a heavy reliance on practical locations and effects work.  This is great, great stuff.

Watch the debut Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer after the jump, and click here to check out some new hi-res images.  The film also stars Harrison FordMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonGwendoline ChristieMax Von Sydow, and more.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Jim Parsons to Lead NBC’s Animated ELF: BUDDY’S MUSICAL CHRISTMAS TV Special

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Who’s ready for a little extra hugging, smiling, singing, candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup this year?  Once we hit December, 2003’s Elf will likely be airing on TV nonstop, but this year, in addition to the Will Ferrell live-action comedy we’ll also get a Buddy the Elf animated special as well.

NBC will air Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas on Tuesday, December 16th at 8pm with The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons voicing the title character.  Hit the jump to find out who will be joining him.

STAR WARS EPISODE VII Concept Image Depicts Epic Lightsaber Duel

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Another day, another image from Star Wars: Episode VII, but this one just happens to be the best thing I’ve seen from the movie so far.  It depicts a lightsaber duel under the Millenium Falcon with a Darth Vader-like figure fighting a Rebel with a green lightsaber.  It’s epic looking, and for a second I get excited but then I remember the prequels and how flat they were visually (not to mention narratively).  Then I get excited all over again because there’s no way this will be like that, right? They can’t possibly make the same mistakes can they?

Yesterday we saw the Chrome Troopers (as a follow up to the new Stormtroopers and the costume designs for Han Solo).  But now we have this gorgeous image, besotted somewhat by an ill-conceived watermark on the part of the hosting site.  Hit the jump to take a look at the new Star Wars: Episode 7 lightsaber duel image.  The film stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisGwendoline Christie, Miltos YerolemouPeter MayhewAnthony DanielsKenny Baker, and Max von Sydow.  It opens on December 18th, 2015.

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Comic-Con Panel Recap: Samuel L. Jackson Plays Eccentric Villain to Colin Firth’s Super Spy in a Colorful Bond Riff

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The last time director Matthew Vaughn adapted a Mark Millar comic, he gave us Kick-Ass.  Now the two are back together for another interesting-looking comic adaptation by way of Kingsman: The Secret Service.  The pic is a twist on the spy genre, as Colin Firth plays a veteran agent of the secretive Kingsman who is tasked with training a young prospect, played by Taron Egerton.  20th Century Fox presented some incredibly promising footage from the film during its Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con this Friday, giving audiences a taste of Firth’s prowess as a deadly-yet-fancy super spy and Samuel L. Jackson’s delightfully eccentric supervillain.

Hit the jump to read my Kingsman: The Secret Service Comic-Con panel recap.

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.

TOP 5: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast Announced, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, GODZILLA Trailer, Zack Snyder to Direct JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY

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I’ll say this much for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: it’s unique. I can’t recall a film off the top of my head that delivers one cringeworthy moment after another, eye roll upon eye roll, only to stick the landing and actually make me semi-look forward to the next installment. As many have stated already, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are actually quite good in the film as its emotional anchors. As much as I enjoy Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man (and love his Spider-Man 2), I’ll take Garfield over Tobey Maguire as my wall-crawler of choice any day of the week. Still yet, that doesn’t change the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a tonal mess for about 90% of its runtime. To make matters worse, Jamie Foxx‘s Electro is so poorly written, and so ridiculously portrayed, that he’d be right at home in a Joel Schumacher Batman movie. And yet, that ending still resonates with me and I’m kind of interested to see what’s next. Like I said, it’s unique.

We’ll talk more about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 after the jump with Matt’s review and Steve’s video interviews. In addition, this week’s Top 5 also highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII cast announcement, the new international Godzilla trailer, Zack Snyder officially landing the Justice League directorial gig, and the first trailer for the excellent looking doc The Internet’s Own Boy. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast Announced; Includes John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, and More; First Photo Released

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So it look like we won’t have to wait until Star Wars Day (May 4th) to get the Star Wars: Episode VII cast.  After months and months of speculation, the cast has officially been announced to coincide with the table read (when the word would have leaked anyway).  Some of the names we knew, some are a complete surprise, and others are a welcome return (we knew R2-D2 would be back, but so is the original man in the can, Kenny Baker!)

Hit the jump for to see the Star Wars: Episode VII cast.  The film opens December 18, 2015.

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.

Visit Skywalker Ranch and Meet George Lucas and Mark Hamill, All by Donating to Make-A-Wish

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If you’ve ever had aspirations of touring Skywalker Ranch with George Lucas, and then hanging out with Mark Hamill in Los Angeles, your Star Wars dream just got a few steps closer to becoming true.  All it takes for you and a friend to experience all of the above is to donate at least $10 to Make-A-Wish through the provided link.  The best part of this contest, above and beyond your charitable contribution to a worthy cause, is that the prize doesn’t necessarily go to the highest donor; even a $10 donation gets you a shot at winning the grand prize!  Hit the jump for more.

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.

Colin Firth to Lead Matthew Vaughn’s THE SECRET SERVICE

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Last month, we reported that director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) was set to adapt Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ comic The Secret Service.  The story is about a veteran secret agent who takes his ruffian nephew from the streets of London and into a British spy school that molds its students into suave 007-types.  According to Heat Vision, Colin Firth is being courted for the role of the uncle.  Vaughn was looking to reteam with his Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the role of the nephew, but the actor was unavailable due to a scheduling conflict.

Hit the jump for more.  Firth will next be seen in Atom Egoyan‘s West Memphis Three drama, Devil’s KnotThe Secret Service is set for release on November 14, 2014.

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.

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