Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams made a concerted effort to return more practical effects to his Star Wars film and the new trilogy. While no one will come out and say it, this seems like a direct response to George Lucas’ prequel trilogy, which featured a lot of CGI. In fact, in The Phantom Menace, there’s only shot in the entire movie that has no CGI. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which goes back in time with the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy!
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With Star Wars: The Force Awakens only three months away from release, Disney and Lucasfilm are waist-deep in their plan to ensure that every human being on the planet with access to a movie theater will go see their new movie. Now, the next phase is upon us: put all six films on Netflix, to remind any doubters that they like Star Wars.
Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath isn’t just a new Star Wars novel. Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto’s Star Wars: Shattered Empire isn’t just a new Star Wars comic. They’re actually a pretty big deal – they’re the first stories in the new canon to take place after Return of the Jedi, which mean they are the first stories to hint at what we’ll be getting in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Despite being the lead villain and one of the most iconic characters in cinematic history, Darth Vader only has 12 minutes of screen time in the first Star Wars movie; that’s less than 10% of the movie. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which catches up with the Sith Lord, Darth Vader!
Earlier this year Japan’s All Nippon Airways announced plans for official Star Wars-branded airplanes, and over the weekend, those new aircrafts were unveiled with the help of a couple of very familiar droids. Fully functional versions of R2-D2 and C-3PO were on hand for the debut of the new airplanes, and we have video to prove it.
ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars’! From The Force Awakens, 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, we review Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Shattered Empire, watch the trailer for Star Wars: Uprising, and gaze upon the newest toys you’ll have to own.
The Marvel movies aren’t the first movies to have used post-credits scenes to promote upcoming movies, but they certainly have popularized the trend. Nowadays, even films that barely have a mythology (Hitman: Agent 47??) have post-credits scenes. If a Hitman movie can get a post-credits scene, you better believe that the biggest movie of the year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, can have one too. But the question is, What will it be? A new report suggests that it will be our first look at the next Star Wars movie.
So much of Han Solo’s appeal is due to Harrison Ford’s portrayal of the legendary smuggler. It’s an iconic character elevated by an iconic performance. But it almost didn’t happen. Early in the development of Star Wars, Han Solo was a big, green-skinned alien Jedi with gills and no nose. Once George Lucas decided he wanted a human character, he actually almost cast Billy Dee Williams in the part, before reconsidering him for Lando Calrissian. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which catches up with the captain of the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo!
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.
We’re just a few months away from a new era of Star Wars, and while The Force Awakens has yet to hit theaters, Lucasfilm is already preparing for Episode 8 and Episode 9. Rian Johnson is in pre-production on the former, which begins filming next bring, while recently confirmed director Colin Trevorrow has revealed that he’s begun preparing for production on the latter — yes, already.