ZERO DARK THIRTY Cinematographer Greig Fraser Will Shoot Gareth Edwards’ STAR WARS Movie

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While Lucasfilm and Disney have been incredibly tight-lipped with regards to director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, the studios have unveiled essentially nothing about the other Star Wars films in the works.  We know that starting next year, there are plans to release a new Star Wars movie every year, and we also know that the first film after Episode VII will be a “standalone” Star Wars feature directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards.  After that we have Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII and then Josh Trank’s “standalone” feature, so the studios certainly have a pretty deep bench and no doubt have a master plan of sorts.

With Edwards on deck, he’s started to put together his crew in anticipation of starting production on his secretive Star Wars project in London next year, and the first major addition is a rather exciting one: cinematographer Greig Fraser.  More after the jump.

James Gunn Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, Discusses Possible Additions to the Team

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With Guardians of the Galaxy crossing $700 Million at the global box office (and the Blu-ray hitting on December 9th) it’s definitely a positive thing that writer/director James Gunn is already hard at work on the sequel, in fact he commenced work on the script on the Sunday after the film opened to larger-than-projected box office.  As a side note, back in January who would have thought this film would have been the biggest grosser of 2014 by a country mile?

Anyway, Gunn recently spoke about the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and, while is comments were of course slight (they sort of have to be at this point) they’re interesting enough to warrant a small mention.  Hit the jump for more on Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  The original film incidentally will have a ton of special features when it does get that Blu-ray release in December. Definitely picking that one up.

Franchise Veteran Warwick Davis Will Return for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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With the overabundance of Star Wars: Episode VII leaks and rumors floating around, it is so incredibly refreshing to get a legit bit of news straight from the official Star Wars YouTube page, and via an especially amusing video nonetheless.

Hit the jump to catch the must-see video announcing that Warwick Davis will return to the Star Wars film franchise for Episode VII.  The movie hits theaters on December 18, 2015 and also stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy Serkis and Gwendoline Christie.

Kathleen Kennedy Says STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Within Three Weeks of Finishing Filming

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Industrial Light and Magic just celebrated the opening of its very first studio in the UK in preparation for post-production on Star Wars: Episode VII and during the event, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy offered a brief status update on the production.  Apparently there’s only three more weeks left of shooting and from there, the new ILM location will begin working on visual and special effects for the film.

Star Wars: Episode VII is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisGwendoline Christie and more.  Hit the jump for more on how the revival of the film franchise led to the opening of ILM London.

STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION to Air Again With Added Darth Vader Scene

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In a weird bit of déjà vu considering the changes that were made to the original trilogy, Star Wars Rebels has decided to amend its introductory film Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion by adding a Darth Vader scene (complete with voice work by James Earl Jones) to the film.  This new version of Spark of Rebellion will air on ABC on October 25th at 7PM ET/PT.

Meanwhile, the official Star Wars Rebels series premieres on Disney XD October 13th and features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr.David OyelowoJason IsaacsVanessa MarshallSteve Blum, and Tiya Sircar.  Hit the jump for more on Darth Vader in Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion.  

Is Disney Planning to Reissue the STAR WARS Movies on Digital?

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The Star Wars movies have been reissued time and time again in various forms.  They’ve been on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD, and Blu-ray, but now that the bounds of physical media are breaking down, it’s likely that the saga could now be headed to digital platforms.  Film Divider came across an Italian TV spot for Disney’s digital service that includes games, apps, and yes, movies.  And to showcase the movies, they used clips from Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and A New Hope.  With the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode VII and Disney now owning Lucasfilm, there’s a hope among fans that they’ll get Blu-rays of the original editions of the original trilogy.  It would be nice to see this ad as a hint that these HD original editions are coming, but we’re still a ways off.

Hit the jump for more and to see the ad.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Spoiler Poster Warns Against Spilling the Beans on Set

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The name J.J. Abrams and the word “mystery box” have become rather synonymous given the filmmaker’s preference to keep any and all story details under lock and key until his film comes out, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a little fun with the process.  Production has been underway on Star Wars: Episode VII for some time now, and as one can imagine, Abrams is doing everything in his power to keep the film’s secrets under wraps until next December.  That hasn’t stopped set photos and proposed story leaks, but Lucasfilm has taken a strict “no comment” policy on just about everything.  Producer Frank Marshall, whose wife Kathleen Kennedy is the president of Lucasfilm and producer of Star Wars 7, is currently visiting the film’s London set, and he recently shared an image on Twitter of a pretty funny propaganda poster that hangs on the walls of the soundstage.  It’s a humorous reminder to, simply put, keep your mouth shut.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Star Wars: Episode VII spoiler poster.  The mystery box opens on December 18, 2015.

Simon Kinberg Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Blu-ray, the Response to Quicksilver, APOCALYPSE, and George Lucas’ Reaction to STAR WARS REBELS

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Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th is X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The film was a massive success at the box office, becoming the highest grossing X-Men entry thus far by a wide margin.  Indeed, the production itself was so big that an entire subplot featuring the character of Rogue was removed, with an extended cut of the film—dubbed the “Rogue Cut”—set to be released on home video next summer.  In promotion of this current Blu-ray release, though, I recently got the chance to speak with writer and producer Simon Kinberg about the extras included on the Blu-ray, the Rogue Cut itself, the production of the film, and much more.

During the course of our conversation, Kinberg discussed why he’ll never make a time travel movie again, the audience response to Quicksilver, how the deleted scenes offer fans a glimpse at how different some of the story and characters could have been, what fans can expect from X-Men: Apocalypse, the future of the X-Men franchise, and how input from the actors themselves has been invaluable to plotting out the characters’ upcoming journeys.  Additionally, with Kinberg also writing and producing the animated series Star Wars Rebels, he told me George Lucas’ reaction to seeing the pilot and talked about the season two order from Disney.  Read the full interview after the jump.

Executive Producer Dave Filoni Talks STAR WARS REBELS, the Game Plan for the Show, Easter Eggs, Advances in Animation, and More

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The new Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with exciting, action-packed adventures that take place between the events of Star Wars Episodes III and IV. During a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is gaining power and Imperial forces are ruining lives, the motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost – including cowboy Jedi Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.), ace pilot Hera (Vanessa Marshall), street-smart teenager Ezra (Taylor Gray), the tough guy Zeb (Steve Blum), the warrior Sabine (Tiya Sircar) and cantankerous old droid Chopper – is brave enough to stand against the Empire, face new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.

At the show’s press day, executive producer/supervising director/diehard Star Wars fan Dave Filoni spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how exciting it is to be a part of continuing the stories of the Star Wars universe, why the movies and television shows are always considered canon, how the story and ideas for Rebels changed and evolved, the game plan for the show, whether fans of Rebels will have a different reaction to the show after seeing Episode VII and the spin-offs before the re-watch the series, incorporating Easter eggs, and how the advances in animation technology benefit what they can do now.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

STAR TREK 3 Brings Oscar Winner Claudio Miranda Aboard as Cinematographer, Will Shoot in Vancouver and Seoul

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Now that we’re done, at least for a while, with the whole William Shatner cameo saga, we have some actual facts to report regarding Star Trek 3.  First of all, while the upcoming sequel will mostly be shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, some of it will in fact be lensed in Seoul, South Korea.  And it looks like Oscar winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi, TRON: Legacy) will be joining writer/director Roberto Orci behind the camera. 

This marks the first time a Star Trek movie has ever been shot digitally.  Hit the jump for more on Star Trek 3.  The film is expected to shoot early next year for a release in the summer of 2016.

New STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Rumors Describe Vehicles, Droids, and Stormtroopers

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So we’re here: describing what things look like in Star Wars: Episode VII.  That’s the demand for this movie, and by the time it opens, we’ll probably be able to see the whole thing in our mind’s eye.  We’ve also probably overused the “spoiler” tag because some of this stuff is just visual and in no way reflects the plot.  Also, as a side note, there’s a big, super-spoilery plot point that surfaced recently, and I want to reassure everyone we will not post or report on the massive spoiler that recently circulated.  There’s a line, and we won’t cross it.  I don’t even know what it is, and I wouldn’t share with you something I wasn’t willing to learn for myself.

That all being said, spoilers ahead on some descriptions for droids, vehicles, and stormtroopers in Star Wars: Episode VII, which opens December 18, 2015.

STAR WARS EPISODE 7 Rumors: Max Von Sydow’s Character, Daisy Ridley’s House, and the Return to a Familiar Location

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It’s been nearly two weeks since our last coverage of any Star Wars Episode 7 rumors, but don’t you fret because today we’ve got a new bundle of potential information regarding the highly anticipated film.  Production continues under the direction of J.J. Abrams over in London, and I have to say I’ve been pretty impressed with the way Lucasfilm and Disney have been handling the possible leaks and rumors thus far by not addressing them at all.  I want to go into the film as dark as possible, but in the internet age things are bound to get out.  However, given the flurry of rumors surrounding the project, it’s sometimes tough to suss out what could be true and what’s total BS.  Lucasfilm and Disney aren’t providing any direction one way or the other by just completely ignoring everything.

That said, today’s batch of rumors come from a reliable source and happen to be very non-spoilery.  If true, they only serve to make me more excited for this new Star Wars adventure.  Read on after the jump, but be aware that possible minor spoilers for the film may lie below.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens in theaters on December 16, 2016.

David Fincher Met for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Explains Why He Turned It Down

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With the upcoming release of David Fincher‘s Gone Girl this Friday, the director has been making the press rounds.  Naturally, he was asked about Star Wars because you can ask any director about it, and he said he did have a meeting with producer Kathleen Kennedy about helming Star Wars: Episode VII.  Before you get too excited, keep in mind that the producers likely cast a very wide net, and just because Fincher had a conversation about the movie, that doesn’t mean he got anywhere close to doing it.

In fact, he explained why he turned it down as well as his interesting take on A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

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.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Unfinished Episodes Available to Stream Online

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Nothing as mundane as cancellation can stop Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  The series has officially been off the airwaves for over a year, but the spirit of it continues on in projects like Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions (the show’s final season) which is available on Netflix, and even the comicbook tie-in “Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir.”  Now, four unfinished episodes of the series are available to stream online courtesy of parent site, StarWars.com.  An introductory video explains the power of the series, as well as its stories as of yet untold.  Hit the jump for more.

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