Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams agreed to a little recorded Q&A session with a variety of celebrity inquisitors including a certain founder of Lucasfilm and ‘Star Wars’ creator.
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Stephen Colbert may be the wildly successful host of a popular late night talk show on a major television network, but that doesn’t change who he really is: a huge nerd. Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson said of Colbert, “I have never met a bigger Tolkien geek in my life.” The Late Show host appeared in The Desolation of Smaug and hosted a Hobbit panel at Comic-Con. But his geek cred is not limited to Middle Earth. Last night, Colbert delivered an impassioned prediction of how Star Wars: The Force Awakens will end, and the funniest thing is, he wasn’t joking.
Right now, if you live in New York City and want to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 70mm IMAX, you’d have to drive two hours to Philadelphia. If you live in Chicago, you’d have to drive three hours to Indianapolis. If you live in Austin, you’d have to drive 10 hours to Branson, Missouri.
Disney and Lucasfilm are trying very hard to preserve the secrets of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are reports that the film won’t screen for critics until the day before it opens in theaters. And there are rumors that not only will there be no more trailers, but that the TV spots that run won’t use any new footage and everything you’ve seen so far, is all you’re going to get. But, even as they try to keep a carbonite fist on spoilers, J.J. Abrams has to leave his house. As much as Disney would like, they can’t keep him chained up in a Rancor pit until December 17. The dude has to go out in public. And that he did just the other day, and as people shouted at him “LUKE!!! WHERE’S LUKE!!!!” he was obliged to answer.
There seems to be this groundswell among a certain group of conspiracy-minded Star Wars fans that there’s a specific reason Disney and Lucasfilm are withholding Luke Skywalker from all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens marketing material so far. Their theory is that Luke Skywalker is evil, and may even actually be Kylo Ren. Never mind that Adam Driver is already playing Kylo Ren and we’ve seen pictures of him without his mask on; let’s not logic get in the way of a fan theory. Those fans have some more fuel for their paranoid fire today as an old video resurfaced of Mark Hamill talking with J.J. Abrams about wanting Luke Skywalker to be evil in the next Star Wars movies.
You sat through half of a football game, the longest seven seconds of your life and an endless Chris Berman recap and finally – finally – the payoff arrived. The newest and final trailer for J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted during halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, dropping jaws, blowing minds and breaking the Internet even more after when pre-sale tickets went on sale earlier today. But now that you’ve turned off the TV and rewatched the trailer 17 times on loop, it’s time to digest. So, what did it reveal? Sadly, no Luke, we we still saw a hell of a lot.
The trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been incredibly promising and exciting, but there’s always that nagging worry that the final product could disappoint. We’re a couple of months out from the release, and J.J. Abrams has given us another reason to be optimistic, as the director has revealed that The Force Awakens won’t be a generic, Disney-fied blockbuster.
Along with all the new toys and merchandise and books and comics (and…and…and…) hitting shelves in the months leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm has announced one more must-have item for serious fans of the famous galaxy far, far away. The studio is releasing an official book titled The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, featuring concept art for the highly-anticipated new film.
A major blockbuster filming reshoots is not a big deal; most, if not all, big movies factor the time and money for reshoots into their original budget. But, this is Star Wars: The Force Awakens and everything associated with this movie is a big deal, especially when J.J. Abrams and crew have been able to keep things relatively quiet. How quiet? They’ve been filming reshoots right under our very nose.
Earlier today Lucasfilm dropped a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser on Instagram (which also showed off the app’s new widescreen capabilities), but lost amid all the excitement for the new footage were some new photos from the highly anticipated film. Lucasfilm has revealed two new set photos and a pretty outstanding magazine cover featuring your new favorite droid.