Adam Driver Highlights the Importance of Keeping STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Grounded

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When you’ve got a story that takes place in space and involves distant planets, lightsabers, epic battles and an abundance of alien creatures, “grounded” is probably not the first word you’d think to use to describe it, but for Star Wars: Episode VII star, Adam Driver, it’s those relatable, universal themes that make the Star Wars franchise a standout.

Even though the web’s been flooded with Star Wars: Episode VII talk lately, there’s been little to nothing from the stars of the upcoming installment – until now.  Hit the jump to read what Driver had to say about what makes the Star Wars films so special.

Rian Johnson Talks STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII; Praises the Use of Practical Effects on EPISODE VII

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Have you had enough of all the Star Wars: Episode VII news today?  Well, you’re in luck because now we’re going to focus on Star Wars: Episode VIII!  There’s been talk of a Star Wars trilogy film hitting theaters every other year with a Star Wars spinoff movie in between, so if that really does pan out, Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII could be heading towards a 2017 release.  Three years may seem like a lot, but when you’ve got to write, direct and then take a film of this magnitude through post-production, the time is going to fly by fast.

Johnson has talked about taking the gig a little bit since being hired back in June, but not to the extent he just did in a new podcast.  Hit the jump to find out what Johnson had to say about jumping into the Star Wars universe, his thoughts on practical versus digital effects and more.

Rumor: Han Solo’s STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Costumes Revealed; More Details on His New Ship

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I guess every day is Star Wars day now.  Or at least until all these new films come out.  There are quite a few Star Wars: Episode VII rumors floating around out there right now including the whole villains thing, the Stormtrooper look and more, but this piece is Han Solo-specific because not only did we just get a look at what he’ll be wearing in the new film, but we’ve also got more details on what he’ll be flying, too.

Hit the jump to check out concept art for two of Harrison Ford’s costumes for Episode VII as well as details on the ship he’ll be flying instead of the Millennium Falcon.  J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII opens on December 18, 2015.

Rumor: STAR WARS EPISODE 7 Villains Revealed, Will Some Old Faces Pop Up?

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It is not a good day for the Mystery Box.  On the heels of this morning’s potential reveal of the new Stormtrooper helmets a bit (bordering on a lot) more information about Star Wars: Episode VII has come tumbling out of the gates.  And I fear for J.J. Abrams’ sanity moving forward with the production (and my own moving forward with the day), because it feels like there is at least one more Star Wars story hitting after this one.

I’m warning you though, the stuff you’re about to read about the film’s villains potentially qualifies as a huge spoiler.  If you don’t want to know what the central conflict of the film is, it’s best to stop reading now.  If you want to go ahead, hit the jump for spoilers on the Star Wars Episode 7 villains.  The film hits theaters on December 18, 2015.

Rumor: Are These the New STAR WARS EPISODE VII Stormtrooper Helmets?

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Ah man.  I don’t share J.J. Abrams’ extreme distaste for spoilers, but it’s hard not to sympathize with him as he tries to make Star Wars: Episode VII in the hyper-spoiler digital age.  Granted, the leaks so far haven’t been as bad as they could have been, but the mystery box has at least a few scratches on it.

As his Star Wars film gears up to resume shooting again (after a two week hiatus to accommodate Harrison Ford his broken leg) more details and leaks like the following are bound to come out.  This morning we have a look at what could very possibly be a redesigned Stormtrooper helmet from the film.  I tend to believe there’s a chance of this being real for several reasons.  For one, Abrams is going to want to slightly rejigger the look of at least a few  things to make the world his own.  Also, this film takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi and it makes sense that the Empire would refurbish their equipment somewhat.  Hit the jump for the potential Star Wars Episode 7 stormtrooper helmets and, if you consider a design leak a spoiler, spoilers ahead!

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.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Reveals Full-Scale X-Wing in Video for “Force for Change” [Updated with 2nd Image]

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A couple 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.  Even if you didn’t win the top prize of the visit and the cameo, there were still prize levels based on the amount of your donation, and most importantly, you were contributing to a good cause.  With only four days left in the “Force for Change” campaign, Abrams has released a new video, which shows a full-scale X-Wing fighter jet.  The movie isn’t kidding around when it comes to practical effects, and it’s a very cool and fun reveal that helps bring attention to “Force for Change”.  Additionally, the campaign has sweetened the deal by giving the winner not only a visit to the set and a cameo, but they’ll win a private, advanced hometown screening.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars: Episode VII X-Wing in the video message from Abrams.  The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, 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.

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.

Andy Serkis Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Deleted Scenes, Advances in Motion Capture, and How Early He Was Cast in STAR WARS: EPISODE 7

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Let me be very clear: Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best films of the year and a huge step forward for what can be accomplished with motion capture technology, as Andy Serkis has again delivered one of the year’s best performances.  Loaded with incredible performances all around and a great script, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the rare commercial movie that’s also deep and thoughtful.  Dawn is also atypical in that tells a complete story but also opens the door for another sequel.  As I said, Reeves has hit a massive home-run with this film and I truly hope audiences and critics embrace this special movie.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review.

At the San Francisco press day I landed a great video interview with Andy Serkis.  He talked about his reaction to the finished film, advances in motion capture and film technology, how everything you see any ape do was done by a human performer, deleted scenes, how long ago he was cast in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode 7, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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.

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]

IMAX President Greg Foster Talks TRANSFORMERS 4 and the IMAX 4K 3D Digital Camera; Won’t Confirm J.J. Abrams Is Using IMAX Cameras on STAR WARS: EPISODE 7

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Last night I was able to speak with Greg Foster (President of IMAX Entertainment) on the red carpet at the world premiere of Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong.  As we previously reported, Bay used the new IMAX 4K 3D digital cameras to shoot a tremendous amount of Transformers 4, and when you see it in IMAX about 60% of the movie will use the full IMAX aspect ratio.  It’s absolutely the best way to experience this movie.

During the interview Foster talked about the new cameras, how Bay originally had them for two weeks but decided to keep them for the entire shoot, how IMAX will do future upgrades to the camera, and more.  In addition, I’ve heard J.J. Abrams is using IMAX cameras on Star Wars: Episode 7, but when I asked Foster about it, he wouldn’t confirm the news.  With Abrams penchant for secrecy, it’s no surprise.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

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.

Hit the jump for the full statement from Disney.

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