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Mark Hamill as The Emperor! Rainn Wilson is Chewbacca! Photos from the Live-Read of 'The Empire Strikes Back'

Mark Hamill finally went over to the dark side of the Force.

Jason Reitman’s live-read of The Empire Strikes Back last night brought two surprise guests to the roster of actors recreating the Star Wars sequel. Hamill, who was once Luke Skywalker himself (and will be again) joined the group to play none other than The Emperor.

Hamill, an acclaimed voice actor who has done countless animated shows, also read the lines for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett, doing spot-on imitations of each, while The Office‘s Rainn Wilson, sporting a bushy beard and lumberjack-style checked shirt, played Chewbacca — and only Chewbacca.

Needless to say, there was a lot of roaring.

Here are some more photos from the performance, which took place before a live audience of 1,600 fans.


FIND THIS MOVIE: Five reasons to seek out the sexy indie comedy 'Goodbye to All That'


Goodbye to All That is about a nice guy who misses out on everything that’s funny, sexy, sweet, sad and exciting about life because he’s just not paying attention. Moviegoers could lose out on the same if they don’t seek out this new indie comedy.

The film, written and directed by Junebug screenwriter Angus MacLachlan, stars Paul Schneider as a clumsy but kind-hearted dad named Otto Wall, who is blindsided one day by wife Melanie Lynskey’s request for a divorce. As his life falls apart, he discovers he wasn’t making much use of it anyway and embarks on a romantic, awkward, and frequently absurd quest to figure out what really matters to him.

Goodbye to All That is in limited theatrical release now, and can also be found on iTunes and video-on-demand. Here’s why you should you make the effort… READ FULL STORY

Cast and crew of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' thank fans for charity

What can we learn from this thank-you video posted by director J.J. Abrams and the crew from Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Two things:

One — in the new film, they apparently visit a planet that is draped mostly in green cloth.

Two — Star Wars fans have big hearts. READ FULL STORY

Channing Tatum to judge aspiring filmmakers in 'Team Oscar' contest

Young filmmakers who want to walk out onto the Oscar stage can get a jump on their careers by entering this year’s “Team Oscar” challenge.

Oscar telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced Channing Tatum will serve as a spokesman and one of the judges in their third annual contest in which aspiring filmmakers make short videos to compete for the opportunity to appear as presenters during the 87th Academy Awards.

(Well … presenters to the presenters, actually. These are the trophy handlers who give the statuettes to the celebrity announcing the winner.) READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': The heart is a lonely bounty hunter

Maybe we really are alone in the galaxy. The heroes and villains of Star Wars: The Force Awakens sure seem to be.

The movie is unquestionably 2015’s most anticipated film, and although we’ve only seen flashes of actual footage from next December’s journey into that other galaxy, I can’t help but notice that director J.J. Abrams chose to introduce the story’s new characters in moments of isolation and desperation.

Consider John Boyega as Finn, the scared, sweaty Stormtrooper trying to make an escape in the desert. Or Daisy Ridley’s Rey, riding solo (no pun intended) in her Taser-shaped speeder across a similarly blighted landscape.

Yeah, Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron is flying his X-wing in formation with the rest of his squad, but life in those cockpits can be solitary. These new ships don’t even appear to include the R2-D2-style astromech robots the previous models used as co-pilots.

Even BB-8, the adorable ball droid, rolls alone. READ FULL STORY

First look: Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reteam for a Cold War spy mission

Here’s an early look at another eagerly anticipated film coming next year. It’s a rescue mission—recovering a captured pilot from behind enemy lines—but star Tom Hanks isn’t playing a soldier. Instead, he’s a lawyer, and the only weapons he carries into this battle are his words.

The still-untitled historical drama from director Steven Spielberg stars Hanks as James Donovan, the true-life attorney working on behalf of the CIA to secretly negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers, a U.S. pilot shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960 while piloting a U-2 spy plane. READ FULL STORY

Jason Reitman casts a surprising Han and Leia in 'The Empire Strikes Back' live-read

Really, there’s nothing that says “Han” can’t be a woman’s name.

Ellen Page will be taking on the part of Han Solo in director Jason Reitman’s live stage-reading of The Empire Strikes Back Thursday night, and Jessica Alba has been cast as Princess Leia—the royal revolutionary who thinks the smuggler is nothing but a “stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerfherder.”

Until, of course, she doesn’t.

The whole point of Reitman’s live-read series is to take classic scripts and turn them into something we’ve never seen before, but he tells EW that casting his Juno star as the sardonic captain of the Millennium Falcon felt as natural as it may seem surprising.

“The Han Solo character is fascinating in that the approach to every other character in Star Wars is earnest and kind of sweet and old-fashioned. The heroes are heroes, and the villains are villains. And within this world, we’re introduced to one human being who looks at it all with irony,” Reitman says, adding with a laugh: “He’s the guy who doesn’t give a crap.” READ FULL STORY

Ten things Andy Serkis can say about 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

“Who does Andy Serkis play in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?” is one of the thousand questions fans have been asking about next year’s Episode VII. And the actor himself seems to be bursting with the desire to talk about which galactic denizen he’ll be inhabiting.

But Serkis, best known as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings trilogy (and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), the giant ape from Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and the smaller but more sophisticated simian Caesar from the new Planet of the Apes films, has been tight-lipped about Star Wars so far.

He’s also likely to be the highest-grossing actor of 2015, as he’s the only person with supporting roles in both The Force Awakens and the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron.

When Entertainment Weekly caught up with him recently at the premiere for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Serkis did offer a few Star Wars teases—and happily debunked some of the rumors making the rounds. Here’s what we learned … READ FULL STORY

Jason Reitman re-staging 'The Empire Strikes Back' with Aaron Paul and J.K. Simmons -- EXCLUSIVE

Instead of “Yo, bitch …” now it’s “Yoda, bitch.” (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul will take on the role of Luke Skywalker in director Jason Reitman’s one-night-only live-read of The Empire Strikes Back this Thursday, while fearsome Whiplash star J.K. Simmons will let the hate flow through him as Darth Vader.

It’s part of an ongoing series of live performances of movie scripts Reitman stages each month, bringing in new actors to create a kind of cover version of beloved films. He has previously staged live-reads of The Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, American Beauty, and The Apartment, among others.

Today, Reitman revealed just a handful of new cast members, but there will be more to come before Thursday’s performance. Here’s how he put together his team… READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Mark Hamill on his emotional -- and scruffy -- return as Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker was a huge part of Mark Hamill’s past, and although he still can’t talk about the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the actor has opened up to EW about the emotional experience of returning to that far-off galaxy.

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens roused extreme feelings from fans around the world, and Hamill says returning to role of farm boy turned Jedi Luke did the same for him.

“I don’t know that I’m even completely recovered from my state of shock,” Hamill says. “Part of the experience of [Star Wars] in my life was coming down from that, putting it behind me. We had a beginning, middle, and an end. And I certainly, in a million years, never expected to return. I thought, even if they do more trilogies, my story is over.”


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