Disney Chairman Alan Horn Says the STAR WARS Films Will Have Budgets in the $175 Million to $200 Million Range

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Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn spoke a bit this morning about the highly anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII, but his comments were essentially confirming things we already know: the cast isn’t 100% set yet, principal photography hasn’t begun, George Lucas is consulting, and future Star Wars films could return to the May release date strategy.  However, he also revealed a fascinating nugget with regards to the budgets of the new Star Wars movies.  One might think that a movie as big as Episode VII would have a budget of epic proportions, but the number that Horn quoted is actually pretty in line with other recent tentpole films.  More after the jump.

Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn Talks STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Says Casting Is Almost Done

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We’re trying to get every morsel of Star Wars: Episode VII news we can, and there’s no better source than Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan HornA few weeks ago, he told an audience at Loyola that second unit filming was underway and that when it came to casting, “We’re just not completely done yet.”  Principal photography is currently set to begin in May, and so Horn has provided a few more details.  According to Variety, Horn is going to London this week to go over the script with director/co-writer J.J. Abrams.  That’s no reason to freak out.  There’s no major rewrite on the way.  This is probably just a check to make sure both the studio and the production are on the same page before cameras start rolling.  Communication is somewhat important when billions of dollars are on the line.

Hit the jump for more Star Wars: Episode VII news from Horn, and to see what he had to say about the budgets of the Star Wars movies, click here.  The film opens on December 18, 2015.

STAR WARS Screenwriter Simon Kinberg Says Future Movies Won’t Draw from Expanded Universe

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The Star Wars saga doesn’t stop at the six movies.  It’s been able to feed fans for decades with novels, comic books, video games, and TV shows.  However, none of this material will be used when it comes to the upcoming films.  Screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who is working on one of the Star Wars spin-offs as well as the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, tells IGN, ” You know, it’s not off-limits, and it’s certainly inspiring — I’m working on an animated show for [Lucasfilm] as well, Star Wars: Rebels, that will take inspiration from everywhere, but — I know for the movies, the canon is the canon, and the canon is the six films that exist.”

Hit the jump for Kinberg talking about the Star Wars expanded universe.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

First Clip from Disney XD’s Upcoming Animated Series STAR WARS REBELS

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This weekend at WonderCon, Disney premiered the first Star Wars Rebels clip.  The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy.  I never watched any of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, so I don’t know how this will compare, but I assume it’s going for the same audience.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere in the fall as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, and will be followed by a series on Disney XD.

Harrison Ford Doesn’t Care If Han Shot First; Expresses His Interest in Possibly Returning for BLADE RUNNER 2

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Yesterday, Harrison Ford participated in a Reddit AMA to promote the upcoming Showtime docuseries Years of Living Dangerously, which is about climate change.  During the AMA, Ford fielded plenty of questions about his career, personal life, interests, and various other topics.  Ford came off online as he usually does in interviews: charming when asked good questions, and not suffering fools when it comes to bad, fanboyish questions.  My personal favorite was when someone asked, “Who shot first? Han Solo or Greedo?” and Ford responded, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”  And if you think he’s being a curmudgeon, he also says he was happy to take small roles in Anchorman 2 and The Expendables 3 because they looked like fun even though he hadn’t seen the previous movies.

Hit the jump for more including Ford’s thoughts on Blade Runner 2.

Benedict Cumberbatch Rules Himself out of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and DOCTOR WHO

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According to Benedict Cumberbatch Star Wars and Doctor Who are two franchises he won’t be a part of in the near future.  For Star Wars: Episode VII, fronted by his Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams, it wasn’t for lack of trying on Cumberbatch’s part.  It appears as though he would have liked a part in in the highly anticipated film, but, alas, he will not appear on the casting sheet.  Cumberbatch was rumored to have a role in the film quite a few months ago, but we’ve yet to hear any official word (ie, from the studio itself) one way or the other.  As for Doctor Who, it certainly sounds as if Cumberbatch has a zero level of interest in ever joining the franchise.  Honest truths or studio spin?  You make the call after the jump.

Over 40 Pictures from Craig Drake’s Hero Complex Gallery Show

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If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to see some cool art, you need to get over to the Hero Complex Gallery.  That’s because the gallery is hosting Craig Drake’s first solo show and it’s loaded with awesome artwork done on paper, metal (including mega metal prints that are 60 x 40!), and wood.  While I’ve been a fan of Drake’s work for a long time, I’ll admit the show was another level.  As you can see in the pictures, Drake took on some iconic movies, people, and TV shows including Die Hard, The Thing, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Bruce Lee, Buffy, Cowboy Bebop, Game of Thrones, and a lot more.

Since most of you live outside of Los Angeles, I took pictures of everything on display and you can check out over 40 pictures after the jump.  In addition, the gallery will be releasing what didn’t sell out on their website tomorrow, so no matter where you live, you can purchase something.  Be warned, if you check out the pictures you’re probably going to want to buy something.

Geek Gifts: Own a Life-Size Figure of Han Solo in Carbonite

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So you own the Han Solo in carbonite desk.  It’s cool, but it’s starting to feel a little too small, and it’s entirely too practical.  You’d like a Han in carbonite that’s truly life-size, one that takes up a massive amount of space with no secondary purpose.  Great news!  You can now own a life-size figure of Han in carbonite for just $7000 (some assembly required).

Click here to pre-order on the Sideshow Collectibles website.  Product summary and images after the break.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to Shoot in Abu Dhabi as Stand-In for Tatooine

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Your (almost) daily dose of Star Wars semi-news is ready.  A few weeks ago, a report surfaced that director J.J. Abrams was looking to kick off filming on Star Wars: Episode VII in Morocco and Tunisia, which served as the stand-ins for Tatooine in George Lucas’ previous Star Wars films.  However, it appears that a new city will actually serve as the stand-in for Tatooine this time around, as a four-week shoot is being planned in Abu Dhabi.  Hit the jump for more on the latest development regarding Star Wars: Episode VII.

Karen Gillan Talks OCULUS, Filming a 13-Minute Monologue, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Donating Her Hair to STAR WARS, ABC’s SELFIE, and More

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The horror flick Oculus tells the story of a beautiful antique mirror whose most recent owners, siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites), are struggling to rebuild their relationship after the gruesome demise of their parents, 10 years earlier,  While the two attempt to uncover the truth, they also begin to turn on each other, as the malevolent supernatural force of the mirror infects their minds and reflects their own insecurities.

At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to actress Karen Gillan for this exclusive interview about what attracted her to Oculus, being impressed with the short film version, why this character was a stretch for her, shooting a 13-minute monologue, and how much fun she had doing one of the film’s classic horror moments.  She also talked about what made her want to sign on to play the female villain, Nebula, in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, that she’s only gotten to see the trailer so far, and how she won’t have to shave her head again, if they do any reshoots, as well as her decision to sign on for the ABC comedy series Selfie.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Maisie Richardson-Sellers Rumored for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Role

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We learned this week that much of the Star Wars: Episode VII cast is set.  However, we are not privy to that information, so we subsist on rumors.  There is now speculation that Maisie Richardson-Sellers is up for a key role as part of an extended casting search in London.  Star Wars: Episode VII would be the first feature credit for Richardson-Sellers, an Oxford-trained actress.  Heat Vision suggests the role of “a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendent of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi” is a good fit.  But Disney declined to comment and sources say Richardson-Sellers has not yet been offered the role.

J.J. Abrams is gearing up for principal photography in May (preliminary filming is already underway), so all will be revealed soon enough.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.  More after the jump.

Peter Mayhew to Reprise His Role as Chewbacca in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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It was recently revealed that preliminary filming on Star Wars: Episode VII is already underway, with most of the cast already set.  Director J.J. Abrams is known for keeping an extremely tight lid on his projects, and indeed Disney has officially announced/confirmed nearly nothing about the project, even though principal photography is only weeks away.  The one confirmed cast member we do have is R2D2, and now it looks like another familiar face will officially be returning as well: Chewbacca.  Could that mean an official announcement of Chewie’s close pal Han Solo is not far behind?  Hit the jump for more.

Filming on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Already Underway; Most of the Cast Is Set

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Although official production on Star Wars: Episode VII has yet to begin, the pre-production, non-glamorous filming is already underway.  Speaking at the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, Disney chairman Alan Horn told the audience [via THR] that shooting had begun.  Since main filming would have probably leaked in some form, the current work is probably second-unit and plates.  I doubt any major lightsaber battles are going down at the moment.

As for the cast, “We have a lot of them [in place],” said Horn.  “We’re just not completely done yet.”  I imagine there will be a big press event where the main cast is announced, and then people will bicker and argue even though they know nothing about the plot or characters.  At most, Actor X will be announced for Han Solo’s son or something and some people will shout, “I don’t see it!  Worst casting ever!  Protect my childhood!”  Hit the jump for a brief recap on more of what we think we know so far.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

New LEGO Sets Revealed for STAR WARS, X-MEN, THE LEGO MOVIE, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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LEGO has officially revealed their summer sets for Star Wars, X-Men, The LEGO Movie, and Guardians of the Galaxy.  Most of the Star Wars stuff is original trilogy material, and it’s very cool stuff like Mos Eisley Cantina, and AT-AT, and an Imperial Star Destroyer.  Most of The LEGO Movie sets are also awesome, and I’m already setting money aside for “Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!”  Finally, the Guardians of the Galaxy sets might provide a few spoilers from the movie, or they may not.  For example, I don’t remember this scene being in Iron Man 3.  But just to be safe, I’ve put the Guardians images at the end after the ­X-Men set.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here to see our Toy Fair coverage of the sets.

Jesse Plemons and Juno Temple in Talks to Join BLACK MASS; Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney May Reteam for THE HEART

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  First up, THR reports that Jesse Plemons (The Master) and Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) are in talks to join Johnny Depp in the Whitey Bulger drama Black Mass.  This tidbit appears to confirm that, while he indeed met for the project, Plemons is likely out of contention for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII.  The J.J. Abrams-directed sequel will be filming at the same time as Black Mass and Plemons would be unable to do both movies, so the fact that he’s actively seeking other work in the near future signals that we probably won’t be seeing Landry in a galaxy far, far away.

Depp is set to play Bulger in Black Mass, with Joel Edgerton and Guy Pearce onboard to co-star and Dakota Johnson in talks for a role.  Though the project initially had Barry Levinson attached to direct, this retooled version has Out of the Furnace helmer Scott Cooper in the director’s chair.  A May start-date is being eyed.  Hit the jump for casting news regarding The Way, Way Back directors’ next project.

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