ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything 'Star Wars'! From ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, explore some serious (and possibly totally made up) character details from ‘The Force Awakens,’ see which alien race is returning to the new film in practical form, and learn which iconic villain will be showing up on ‘Star Wars Rebels.’
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Ever since the first trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ descended upon the world with the force of a Death Star beam obliterating Alderaan, the ‘Star Wars’ fandom has found no shortage of things to complain about. Chief among them: the strange, hilted lightsaber wielded by Kylo Ren, the mysterious baddie briefly glimpsed in the footage. Since everyone from Stephen Colbert to Ewan McGregor to your great aunt has expressed their opinion on this impractical/totally awesome weapon, it’s now time to hear from the man behind the madness, co-writer and director J.J. Abrams.
Your mission if you choose to accept it: save ‘Mission: Impossible 5’ from being trampled by ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ at the box office. Mission complete. While ‘Mission: Impossible 5’ was originally set to open this Christmas, just one week after the juggernaut that is ‘Star Wars’, Paramount has wisely thought this over and moved the new Ethan Hunt adventure up to this July.
ScreenCrush’s WookieLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars’! From ‘Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Liam Neeson contemplates a Qui-Gon Jinn spin-off, ‘The Force Awakens’ recruits three amazing martial artists, and a bunch of cool ‘Star Wars’ toys appear on the horizon.
We’re gearing up for this weekend’s 2015 Golden Globe awards, but there’s another major awards event on the horizon, in case you somehow forgot: the 2015 Academy Awards. This year, the nominees will be revealed during a two-part live event, with actor Chris Pine and directors J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón making the announcements for all 24 awards categories.
If you are a human being (or maybe even a domesticated pet), you’ve undoubtedly seen the teaser trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ You’ve probably even watched it more than once. J.J. Abrams’ upcoming installment in the beloved franchise is kind of a big deal, and according to this new interview with the director, he’s well aware of it. However nervous and anxious you are about ‘The Force Awakens,’ we assure you that Abrams is 10 times as nervous and anxious as you are.
Earlier this year, director J.J. Abrams along with Disney reached out to ‘Star Wars’ fans asking for donations for UNICEF. Every person who donated was entered into a special drawing to visit the set and have a small role in ‘The Force Awakens.’ The fundraising effort was a huge success, and now Abrams—along with the cast and crew—has delivered a new “thank you” video, featuring a couple of particularly special old friends.
ScreenCrush’s WookieLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars’! From ‘Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, ponder who Andy Serkis is playing, learn the possible identity of Captain Phasma, and watch a special video starring Chewbacca.
If you’re appearing in a new ‘Star Wars’ movie and you sit down for an interview about anything else, chances are pretty high that the interviewer is going to have lots of questions about your return to a beloved franchise. And that’s exactly what happened when Mark Hamill sat down for a new interview about the upcoming ‘Elf’ musical TV special. After answering questions about his voice role in the new animated TV film, Luke Skywalker himself opened up about his absence from the first trailer for ‘The Force Awakens,’ his “contractually obligated” beard, and how that adorable little droid named BB-8 is actually a practical effect.
J.J. Abrams is famous for keeping secrets. His whole schtick as a director is the “mystery box”—finding pleasure in the unknown, and in the tease of that uncertainty. He didn’t show the monster in the trailer for ‘Cloverfield’; hell he didn’t even show the title of the movie in the trailer for ‘Cloverfield.’ If J.J. Abrams could release a movie without telling you anything about it, he probably would.