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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

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' character names revealed (in coolest way possible) -- exclusive


We finally got to meet some new characters in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but now we’re getting to put some names with the faces.

J.J. Abrams, the film’s co-writer and director, and Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, have decided to reveal the identities of some of their new characters exclusively to EW—and they’ve done it in a retro fashion that should bring a smile to anyone familiar with the phrase “Collect ‘Em, Trade ‘Em.” READ FULL STORY

One week of 'Star Wars' Force-feeding, by the numbers



It’s been exactly one week since the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped on planet Earth—and the overall impact has been greater than that of any eevious movie preview known to man.

We’re not just talking clicks, although they’ve been record-setting. Those 88 seconds have already become a pop culture phenomena, inspiring countless spoofs, plot theories, breakdowns (both analytical and emotional). and even a few tattoos.

It’s telling that—at least in the realm of entertainment—Star Wars easily dominated all conversation during a week that included major revelations about the new 007 film, Spectre, a trailer reveal for the new Terminator Genesee Gynecis Genisys, and word that Jared Leto, Will Smith, and Margot Robbie will headline a DC villains Suicide Squad movie.

The Star Wars news left all of them, much like the planet Alderaan, in the dust.


Watch the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer


Arrived, the first trailer has.

Now here’s our reaction: Read Darren Franich’s deep-dive analysis and James Hibberd’s 7 takeaways from the new trailer.

Denzel Washington keeps the 'walk away from an explosion' trope alive


If an actor has played the hero or villain in an action film in the last few decades, there’s a good chance he or she walked away from an explosion and looked cool while doing it. There’s no shortage of examples—more than enough for Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island bandmates to make a music video about it—and many actors have pulled off the impressive and unrealistic feat multiple times.

Among the repeat walkers-away are Denzel Washington, who even ignored an explosion in the poster for Man on Fire. Washington will look to perfect his explosion walk (walksplosion?) again in The Equalizer, and in honor of the film’s release on Sept. 26, The Guardian has asked readers to prove their knowledge of cool guys not looking at explosions.

The Guardian has put together a quiz pulling from some of the most famous examples—and a few more obscure ones for younger moviegoers—of the time-honored movie trope. It’s best to take the quiz while listening to Samberg’s vocals and J.J. Abrams’ smooth keyboard solo for a little inspiration. READ FULL STORY

X-Wing marks the spot in new 'Star Wars: Episode VII' set video


A few weeks ago, J.J. Abrams offered fans a chance to win a walk-on role in the new Star Wars movie, and as that contest draws to a close he has unveiled a new clip from the set—this time showing off another old favorite from the galaxy.

It’s a post-Empire X-Wing fighter, dented and battle-burned. It’s even clear that pilot fashions haven’t changed much since the Return of the Jedi days.


'Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams reacts to leaked set photos


J.J. Abrams has taken to Twitter to comment on photos recently leaked from the set of his upcoming space epic, which otherwise has had its deflector shields up. (Details on the film’s plot, characters, and setting are still scarce.)

The director addressed the situation with a sense of humor, speaking to true Star Wars geeks with a joke that only they would get. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars': More casting news to come, says J.J. Abrams -- VIDEO


J.J. Abrams would like to wish you a very happy Star Wars Day. Yesterday, May 4, is an important celebration of the Star Wars universe, so chosen because of its inherent punniness: “May the Fourth be with you.”

A homesick Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan took to the Internet to record a quick YouTube message from London, where the two are still working on the screenplay to Star Wars: Episode VII — The Ballad of Llewyn Davis and the Lost Womp Rat.

In the course of wishing fans a happy Star Wars Day, Abrams mentioned that there’s still more casting to announce. No surprise there, but it remains to be seen if this means some more big names for crucial roles — or if he’s simply referring to Stormtrooper #3 and Leia’s Body Guard. There’s still hope, Billy Dee Williams and Warwick Davis! READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: Episode VII' has already begun filming, says Disney's Alan Horn -- VIDEO


Surprise, Star Wars fans — the next film in the franchise has already begun shooting, and casting is almost complete.

The announcements about Star Wars: Episode VII were made by Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn during a panel at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles on April 2. He also acknowledged that there had been problems with the script, but he’s confident in the version director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan have worked on, which is based on a previous draft written by Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt.

“It’s all about the screenplay,” Horn said. “It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay.” READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: Episode VII': 'Girls' star Adam Driver in talks to play villain -- REPORT

UPDATE: When reached by EW, Disney and Lucasfilm both had no comment.

Adam Driver may be preparing to go from Greenpoint to a galaxy far, far away.

Variety is reporting that the Girls star is nearing a deal to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ secretive Star Wars: Episode VII, set to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

At 30, Driver is best-known for playing Hannah’s eccentric boyfriend Adam on HBO’s Girls. He’s also had memorable supporting roles in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.


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