When it was first reported that Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, would be starring alongside her mother in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many assumed she’d be playing some version of Princess Leia, whether by flashback or archival footage. It turns out that many assumed wrong. Lourd, whose character name has yet to be revealed, says she’s not playing Princess Leia in the film, but based on this first official look at her character, she certainly bears a resemblance to the new General of The Resistance.
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The end of the year brings a surplus of ranked lists enumerating the best offerings of film in the past twelve months. Some come from huge samplings of voters, such as the annual Village Voice poll of American and international film critics, and...
10 days. You will be seeing a new Star Wars movie in 10 days. But until then, Disney and Lucasfilm continue to unload TV spots and featurettes, each offering slivers of new footage and giving us a closer look at the franchise’s newcomers. Today brings two more promos: one that puts the spotlight on Daisy Ridley’s scavenger hero Rey, and the other (above) titled “Secret” — though it hardly contains any secretive information.
Over the weekend it was revealed that Star Wars creator George Lucas had finally seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and, according to new Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Lucas “really liked it.” That was nice to hear (I guess?), but it didn’t come directly from the man himself, and obviously Kennedy wouldn’t pass along anything that wasn’t positive. Now George Lucas is speaking for himself and, while still saying positive things, it definitely sounds like he may not have loved it as much as Lucasfilm may have wanted him to.
One week and three days separate us from the premiere of a science-fiction/adventure film called Star Wars: the Force Awakens on December 18, the latest sequel in a franchise that began in the late ‘70s. With bated breath, fans await what they’re certain will be a new masterpiece, J.J. Abrams returning the series to the lofty stature it once rightfully enjoyed. Hope springs eternal, as they say, but we’d be remiss not to at least temper that hope a smidgen by introducing a cold, troubling reality check.
Major blockbusters typically don’t get much love at the Oscars — superhero films and major, geeky sci-fi and action properties rarely (if ever) get Best Picture or acting nods, but the Academy does tend to recognize their technical achievements, often including them in the Best Visual Effects category. This year’s shortlist for that particular award is filled with Marvel movies, dinosaurs, and a certain Star Wars film most of us haven’t even seen yet.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t the only new Star-centric franchise sequel on the horizon, though it is probably the only one you care about at the moment given how close we are (so close!) to the release date. That other franchise is delivering a new sequel next summer, and we’ll finally get the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond in front of The Force Awakens. Stars, stars, everywhere, stars.
Q: What is the best part about getting a thing of fast-food french fries? A: Believing you have finished your cheat-day treat, only to discover that there are still a few stragglers with a pulse left in the bottom of the bag. This phenomenon might...
Carrie Fisher isn’t receiving nearly as much attention as her original Star Wars co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, but she should be. The actress, author, screenwriter and national treasure has been making the press rounds to promote The Force Awakens, and she’s had some incredibly delightful responses to questions about Slave Leia and her weight loss.
It’s not more new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but this new behind-the-scenes featurette is filled with awe-inspiring video clips from the set of the upcoming film, featuring a lot of awe-inspired actors. John Boyega is particularly blown away by his first look at the Millennium Falcon, and equally star-struck by Harrison Ford. It’s enough to keep your heart warm on this cold December morning.