Do you enjoy seeing behind-the-scenes photos of sci-fi actors drinking tea and eating HobNobs cookies? Then get ready to smile. According to the BBC, Star Wars: Episode VII will be shot in the United Kingdom, a regular production home for the franchise. ”We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement “and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilising the incredible talent there can be a part of that.”
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This year, EW celebrated May the Fourth with a full day of Return of the Jedi, screening the end of the first (and definitely not last) Star Wars trilogy four times at the Egyptian Theatre. It was the biggest day yet of our first-ever CapeTown Film Fest. Boba Fett and Darth Vader were walking around the foyer. A full-sized Jabba the Hutt held court, accepting photograph requests from admirers.
There were special events throughout the day. After one screening, EW’s Anthony Breznican hosted a Luke Skywalker lookalike competition. From the wings, a new contestant emerged…Mark Hamill, undoubtedly the world’s most talented Luke Skywalker lookalike. The star of the original trilogy stuck around to talk with Breznican about the series’ past…and its future. Below, six important items of conversation from The Once and Future Skywalker. READ FULL STORY »
Women in Film is once again honoring women and those who support women in an industry that tends to be more of a boys club. The Los Angeles-based organization announced the recipients of their 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards this week, and among the honorees are Laura Linney, George Lucas, and Hailee Steinfeld.
The awards will be presented at WIF’s Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, June 12. The event will also celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.
“Our six honorees illustrate the wide spectrum of creative innovation coming from women, and it’s a privilege to be commemorating all of their successes,” WIF president Cathy Schulman said in a statement. READ FULL STORY »
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 »
You may not know her name, but you’ve likely seen it numerous times — on the credits of such films as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler’s List, Seabiscuit, and Lincoln.
For serving in various production capacities on those and some 60 other big-screen movies, as well as for her humanitarian and philanthropic efforts, Kathleen Kennedy was named 2013 Pioneer of the Year Wednesday night by film exhibitors at their annual CinemaCon convention. READ FULL STORY »
Actor Richard LeParmentier, best known for portraying Admiral Motti in Star Wars, died suddenly at the age of 66 while visiting his family in Austin, Texas. The Pittsburgh-born actor worked regularly throughout the 70s and 80s, appearing in such films as Octopussy and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
“Every time we find someone’s lack of faith disturbing, we’ll think of him,” the official statement from his family reads, referring to the actor’s famous scene in Episode IV: A New Hope in which Darth Vader chokes Admiral Motti for doubting the power of the Force.
Read the family’s statement in full below.
Leonard Nimoy, Terry Gilliam, Richard Donner, John Carpenter, Neil Gaiman and Edgar Wright are among the starry names that will bring universes of imagination together at the EW CapeTown Film Festival (April 30 – May 6) in Los Angeles, the editors of Entertainment Weekly announced Friday.
Those guests, along with the previously announced appearance by Kurt Russell and the anniversary screenings of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, represent a powerful line-up for the inaugural CapeTown festival, which shares its name with EW.com’s recently launched hub for sci-fi and fantasy coverage.
CapeTown has covered the news in pop culture’s most vivid sectors since January, but now it is making news with the appearance of Nimoy, the television and film icon who returns from retirement for one night and one night only on May 6, the finale night of the festival. Nimoy will be interviewed on stage by Geoff Boucher, the EW senior writer who programmed the festival, and the Q&A will have a tie-on screening of Star Trek, the 2009 J.J. Abrams hit that represents Nimoy’s farewell to the cinematic universe of Starfleet.
The festival, a co-presentation with the American Cinematheque, will be staged at the historic Egyptian Theater, the grand old movie palace that introduced a Tinseltown tradition in 1922 when it rolled out the carpet for Robin Hood and Douglas Fairbanks for the first Hollywood world premiere. All ticket and concession proceeds from the EW CapeTown Film Festival go to the non-profit Cinematheque.
The seven-day program of screenings and on-stage Q&As is sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies, which will be given a special big-screen showcase on May 3 when the season 3 premiere is included as a bonus treat to fans attending the screening of Escape from New York. The full schedule is available here.
Harrison Ford isn’t ready – “yet” – to talk about his reported part in Disney’s planned Star Wars sequel, but he praises its director, J.J. Abrams.
“I think he’s fantastic,” Ford said in a recent interview. “I did his first movie, Regarding Henry, with Mike Nichols. A wonderful talent. Extraordinary guy.”
The 70-year-old actor – who came to fame playing Han Solo in the Star Wars trilogy – is shrugging off questions about that character while promoting his role as Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey in the upcoming Jackie Robinson film 42.
Asked how he feels generally that the Star Wars sequel and Disney spinoffs are in the works, Ford responded: “I don’t feel anything at the moment yet.” READ FULL STORY »
Let’s be real for a second here. At this point, Lucasfilm is neither confirming nor denying that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are returning for Star Wars: Episode VII. But if director J.J. Abrams wants to bring back the original-trilogy trio, Hamill and Fisher are almost certainly onboard. The question mark has always been Ford, who has spent most of his post-Star Wars career expressing mild-to-aggressive embarrassment about the franchise. But Ford’s feelings towards Star Wars have warmed in recent years. Perhaps Ford, who turned 70 last year, views Episode VII as a chance to burnish his reputation by returning to one of his most beloved characters. Also, money is nice. READ FULL STORY »
Joss Whedon probably wasn’t intending to make a provocative statement when he dropped an opinion on Disney’s plans for its Star Wars sequel. With evidence mounting that original trilogy actors Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill will appear in Episode VII, The Avengers writer-director said, “You know, I wouldn’t go back, I’d go forward. I would want to create characters that would resonate the way that they did.”
Other Star Wars fans have posted similar thoughts over the past week. A Forbes writer argued, “There’s a big risk here that the awkwardness of these older actors will hurt the film. That’s what happened with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull … Karen Allen, returning as Marion Ravenwood, seemed out of her element the whole time … I’m hoping for something fresh and exciting.” While on EW, one reader countered, “Joss is dead wrong about not bringing back Ford, Fisher, and Hamill for Star Wars VII. People want to see those characters and for Disney to pay 4 billion for SW rights and to throw something out there with all new characters…that would be beyond stupid.”
To be clear, Whedon did not say the original actors are too old to continue on the franchise. His comment simply advocated a fresh creative start. So let’s put aside what Whedon may or may not have meant and leave him out of this. Let’s tackle the “too old” question all by itself.
Fisher is 56. Hamill is 61. Ford is 70.
The notion that they are “too old” for a Star Wars film is completely absurd. One of the best characters in the franchise was the 1977 original film’s version of Obi-Wan Kenobi. He was played by 63-year-old Alec Guinness in a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination.
But there is a version of this question that arguably has merit and it goes like this: Are the actors too old … to play their original characters. READ FULL STORY »