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

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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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'Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan now rewriting screenplay -- BREAKING

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Obi-Wan Kenobi said act on instinct — but others might see this as a disturbance in the Force …

Lucasfilm has announced that Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and Raiders of the Lost Ark writer Lawrence Kasdan have taken over screenwriting duties from Michael Arndt, an Oscar winner for Little Miss Sunshine and nominee for Toy Story 3, who had previously been working on the story.

The movie is slated for release in 2015 but no firm date has been set. In its announcement about the screenwriter shuffle today, Lucasfilm said the current plan is still to begin shooting in Spring 2014.

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'Star Wars: Episode VII': 'Star Trek' legend William Shatner says J.J. Abrams will 'make a fabulous movie'

Phasers weren’t the only things set to stun when it was announced that Star Trek director J.J. Abrams would also be directing Episode VII in the Star Wars franchise. Fans of the two properties — who have long feuded over which franchise enjoyed true sci-fi superiority — did not quite know what to make of the same man now commanding both ships, so to speak. But what does the most famous face from Star Trek think about Abrams defecting over to the dark side…so to speak? READ FULL STORY

Jonathan Rhys Meyers on 'Star Wars' casting chatter: 'I don't believe rumors'

Star Wars rumors are a little like the Force: They surround and penetrate us. They bind the nerd galaxy together.

With director J.J. Abrams ramping up to begin production early next year on Star Wars Episode VII, lately those rumors have focused on possible casting, and one of the names that’s popped up most often has been that of Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. But the 36-year-old actor — who has starred in films like Velvet Goldmine and Match Point and played Henry VIII on Showtime’s The Tudors — brushes off the reports, telling EW that, for the moment at least, the Star Wars speculation is just that. “Look, I’ve worked with J.J.,” says Rhys Meyers, who co-starred in Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III in 2006. “But I don’t believe rumors.”
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'Star Wars': This isn't the news you're looking for at Disney's D23

Boos and groans greeted news that there was no news.

Fans gathered in the Anaheim Convention Center for Disney’s D23 on Saturday hoping for some sort of tease about the highly anticipated seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise. We were, of course, warned yesterday that there wasn’t going to be any news. But we didn’t expect it to be true.
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Exclusive: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' hits Blu-ray and DVD on...

This fall, your TV will boldly go where no TV has gone before.

EW can exclusively reveal that J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek Into Darkness will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and On Demand on September 10, 2013. A digital download of the film will be available three weeks earlier, on August 20.

“I’m thrilled with how everything looks and sounds,” Abrams said in a statement. “We also have some really fun behind-the-scenes special features that we shot on the Red [Epic cameras] and created entirely in-house at Bad Robot. They really look amazing and unlike anything I’ve seen on DVD or Blu-ray before.”

Those special features include making-of shorts about creating the Red Planet and the Klingon home world of Kronos, as well as a sit-down with stars Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch — and a segment called “The Enemy of My Enemy,” which explores “how, and why, the identity of the film’s true villain was kept a mystery to the very end.”

'We lost a legend': Ray Harryhausen remembered by Depp, Abrams, del Toro, Gilliam, more

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As news spread Tuesday that Ray Harryhausen had died at age 92 there was an especially emotional reaction from sci-fi, horror and fantasy filmmakers — a community with a deep and formative affection for the old-school effects wizard and the work he did on films such as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Clash of the Titans (1981). EW reached out to some signature names in those circles on Tuesday to frame the legacy of Harryhausen and by phone and email they responded with praise for a departed master.

J.J. Abrams, director, producer and screenwriter (Star Trek Into Darkness, Lost): “He was, obviously, a genius, infinitely ahead of his time. He inspired us all with his skill and imagination, and will be missed.”

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J.J. Abrams says John Williams will do the next 'Star Wars' score, probably -- VIDEO

J.J. Abrams won’t say much about the next Star Wars film, which he is directing — though info about casting and the story has piled up in bits and pieces. Now a new bit, from Abrams’ himself: At a Berlin press conference for Star Trek Into Darkness, an entrepreneurial audience member asked the filmmaker about longtime collaborator and composer Michael Giacchino, who has provided the score for most every major Abrams work. The audience member asked: Would Giacchino also do the score for Star Wars? The short answer: No — John Williams, most famous for composing the six other Star Wars films, will, probably. The longer answer: Michael Giacchino is great! But so is John Williams! READ FULL STORY

Captain Kirk leads a daring chase in new 'Star Trek Into Darkness' clip -- VIDEO

What’s a sci-fi action movie without a good high-octane chase scene? It wouldn’t be Star Trek Into Darkness, that’s for sure.

J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel to his 2009 reboot of the franchise is still three weeks away, but you can get another bite of the Star Trek Into Darkness action now with a new clip from a chase scene in the movie. But don’t be surprised if that bite tastes just as mysterious as all the other promotion Paramount has been rolling out — there are no revelations about the movie’s plot here, but there is an adrenaline-filled spacecraft chase that looks (and sounds) rather like Star Wars, and there are some fun moments with Zachary Quinto’s Spock being characteristically logical and Chris Pine bringing back his daring and defiant Captain Kirk.

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