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George Lucas says Disney 'didn't want to do' his version of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

More than two years after he sold his empire (and his rebels!) to Disney, George Lucas is enjoying his retirement from making Star Wars movies—not to mention his retirement from people getting angry at him for making Star Wars movies. READ FULL STORY

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.


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

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

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' 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

George Lucas really has parted ways with 'Star Wars.' So why are we mad?

Letting go of something you created can’t be easy,. But it must be especially difficult for someone who conjures an entire galaxy in his imagination, only to one day release his grip and leave it in the hands of another generation.

Page Six recently caught up with George Lucas and asked what he thought of that 88-second teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens—the first film to be made from the franchise without its creator’s involvement.

His response has fans gasping like Jabba with a chain around his neck. “I don’t know anything about it. I haven’t seen it yet,” Lucas said.


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.


John Boyega tells racist 'Star Wars' fans to 'Get used to it'


The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived on Black Friday, officially kicking off a year of your children begging you for for an R2-D2 volleyball droid. The short teaser tantalized fans, offering more questions than answers and zero sightings of the original cast. A few people, however, specifically decided to focus on the least focus-worthy part of the trailer: The fact that the first actor who appears is John Boyega, the star of the cult action gem Attack the Block, who happens to not be a Caucasian male, like many human beings in this galaxy. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars' trailer: 7 things we just learned


You’ve seen it (below). You have thoughts. So do we. Here are 7 things we just learned from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, which blew up Black Friday with voom-voom pew-pew-pew glory.

1. There is a triple-bladed lightsaber. Remember when our minds were blown by Darth Maul having a two-sided lightsaber in The Phantom Menace trailer? Not to be outdone, here comes J.J. Abrams with a triple-sided version. Note the light itself is more sparky and flame-like than the usual solid-looking shafts. Also, functionality-wise, the prongs presumably act as added protection. Finally somebody must have said, “Hey, maybe we should make a lightsaber that guards our wrists because our hands keep getting chopped off.” This also give it a medieval Game of Thrones-ian broad-sword look.

2. There’s no outer space in the teaser trailer: Desert, lakes, forests, more desert. The entire trailer is terrestrial-based footage, which is a little weird for a movie called Star Wars. We’re not complaining; we assume there is plenty in the film itself, but it  seemed worth pointing out. READ FULL STORY

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