‘Star Wars’ Comes To Ballpark Not Far Away

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 11:14pm PDT

The Fresno Grizzlies, a Triple-A affiliate of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, hope to draw a galaxy of fans Saturday with a Star Wars Night, at the ballpark. For one game only, players will sport Storm Trooper-inspired jerseys that will be auctioned off for charity after the final … Read More »

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Disney, Lucasfilm Animation Prep ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Series For 2014 Launch: Video

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT

With Lucasfilm firmly ensconced in Disney land, production has begun the next animated Star Wars TV series. Two months after The Clone Wars was forced to surrender following a five-year run on Cartoon Network, Star Wars Rebels is massing its forces for a fall 2014 attack. It will premiere as an hourlong special before the series kicks off on Disney XD outlets worldwide. Produced by Lucasfilm Star Wars RebelsAnimation, the action series is set during the nearly two-decade span between Episode III and IV of the Star Wars films — a time frame never chronicled onscreen. The Empire is fortifying its hold on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion is taking shape, but plot details are in the vault (though check out a behind-the-scenes chat with executive producer Dave Filoni  below).

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JJ Abrams Gets ‘Star Wars’ Advice From ‘Kimmel’ Crowd: Video

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 6:28am PDT

This marks the second time a recent Jimmy Kimmel audience has gotten face time with a Star Wars principal after Harrison Ford’s awkward reunion with a former co-star back in April. Last night the Episode VII director — who is making the talk-show rounds to promote Star Trek Read More »

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J.J. Abrams “Never Liked” ‘Star Trek’: Video

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 9:53am PDT

Here’s one way to ditch a dominant fandom for the next: On the eve of his Star Trek Into Darkness release and impending space jump to Disney‘s Star Wars Episode VII, avowed Star Wars kid J.J. Abrams took to The Read More »

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New ‘Star Wars’ Movie To Shoot In UK

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 4:00pm PDT

Like its six predecessors, Star Wars: Episode VII will be filmed in the United Kingdom, Lucasfilm announced today. “We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the … Read More »

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Disney Seals EA As ‘Star Wars’ Vidgame Partner

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 1:20pm PDT

Here’s the other shoe dropping after new Star Wars owner Disney shuttered LucasArts, the video game producer that had been behind the majority of games related to George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise. At the time of that announcement — which included laying off more than 150 employees — Disney said it planned to use a licensing model. EA already has worked in this business before, creating Star Wars: The Old Republic.

BURBANK and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 6, 2013 — The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.

Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.

“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating quality game experiences that drive the popularity of the Star Wars franchise for years to come,” said John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive. “Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world.”

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May The Fourth Scores For ‘Star Wars’

By | Saturday May 4, 2013 @ 11:42am PDT

May the 4thThe Force is strong today as Star Wars fans turn May 4 into a viral plug for the 36-year-old brand. The annual “holiday” known as Intergalactic Star Wars Day scored major pick-up on broadcast and online media for Lucasfilm and new owner Disney. The punny “#maythefourthbewithyou” and “Happy Star Wars Day” celebration/branding blitz was trending worldwide on Twitter today – not bad for a catchphrase that’s three decades old. Even the White House joined in, Tweeting to 3.4M followers: “Happy Star Wars Day! #maythefourthbewithyou (We’re still not building a Death Star)”. Disney/Lucasfilm also got a bump from the month-old geek photo meme known as “Vadering”, which picked up again in popularity leading into May 4. Read More »

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Lucasfilm Cuts 20-Plus Jobs As Disney & ‘Star Wars’ Company Further Integrate

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 5:15pm PDT

A week after layoffs at Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm was hit this week with pink slips of its own. More than two dozen staff members were laid off, I have learned. The cuts came primarily in … Read More »

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Harrison Ford Warming Up For Han Solo?: Video

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 8:54am PDT

This Jimmy Kimmel Live! bit with an Star Wars buddy might just find its way into JJ Abrams’ pile of audition tapes for Episode VII. Ford appears to still have his Han Solo chops (and sense of humor), though the same can’t be said for Chewy. Check … Read More »

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CinemaCon: Disney’s Vegas Act Includes Johnny Depp And ‘Lone Ranger’ Footage

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Alan Horn today made his CinemaCon debut in his new capacity as Chairman of Walt Disney Studios hosting a long three hour presentation that was a slide show highlighting the studio’s entire slate for the next two years. It … Read More »

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LucasArts Announces Layoffs In Video Game Division As It Shutters Production

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 10:56am PDT

Disney is moving forward with more Star Wars movies, but it won’t be making any more video games based on the franchise. Employees at LucasArts were notified this morning that the Disney-owned company is discontinuing production … Read More »

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‘Star Wars’ On TV Headed In “New Direction”, Disney And Lucasfilm Say; ‘Clone Wars’ Ending On Cartoon Network

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 1:37pm PDT

With three new Star Wars movies in the pipeline, Lucasfilm and Disney today turned its attention to the power of the Force on TV. “Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programing,” … Read More »

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Should We Be Excited That Carrie Fisher Is In ‘Star Wars’ Mode?

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 8:07am PST
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My kids constantly bring up a quote they attribute to Benjamin Franklin, which is, roughly, “don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” I continue to be less than dazzled about the casting progress made so far on a relaunch … Read More »

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Obama Confuses ‘Star Trek’ And ‘Star Wars’

By | Saturday March 2, 2013 @ 4:55am PST

Fanboys may want to pull President Obama’s film geek credentials. He appeared Friday in the White House briefing room talking about budget cuts and said he wouldn’t do a “Jedi mind-meld” with the top two Congressional Republicans. Of course, the … Read More »

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R.I.P. Stuart Freeborn

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 6:44pm PST

Stuart Freeborn RIP Star WarsBritish makeup artist Stuart Freeborn, known for his work on the Star Wars films and 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died. He was 98. Freeborn died in London of a combination of ailments associated with his age, according to AP. In addition to creating Star Wars‘ Jedi master Yoda, which he modeled after Albert Einstein’s features as well as his own, Freeborn helped create Chewbacca and Jabba the Hutt as well as other iconic characters in the franchise. “Stuart was already a makeup legend when he started on Star Wars,” George Lucas said in a statement sent by Lucasfilm. “He brought with him not only decades of experience, but boundless creative energy. His artistry and craftsmanship will live on forever in the characters he created.” Outside of his most famous Star Wars creations, Freeborn designed the apelike “Dawn Of Man” hominids in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and transformed Peter Sellers for Dr. Strangelove. Read More »

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‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Films Nowhere Near Set: Disney Still “Just Kicking Around Ideas”

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 1:28pm PST

Disney CEO Bob Iger’s announcement Tuesday that the studio plans new Star Wars spinoff films has caused an avalanche of rumors online about which characters will star. Jedi master Yoda, bounty hunter Boba Fett, a young Han … Read More »

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‘Star Wars’ SpinOff Films Still In Early Planning Stages, Disney CEO Says

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 3:23pm PST

Disney CEO Bob Iger seemed torn this evening between wanting to hype the spinoff Star Wars films he just announced and wanting to keep expectations under control. They are still in the very early stages, he told analysts: “I don’t have details or specifics about the films themselves,” he says. The concept is simply “becoming more real” with scripts now in development. “We’re not saying how many although I did mention two creators [Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg] who are working on two different films.” He and producer George Lucas spoke about the idea of having additional films when they negotiated Disney’s $4.1B agreement to buy Lucasfilm, which closed in December. But “we did not place a value on this activity.” The deal “was about the three saga films [Star Wars VII, VIII and IX] and all of the businesses that flow from those.” To that end, at a meeting a few weeks ago, he and Lucas agreed to focus their energies for now on the next Star Wars film due in 2015. They plan to investigate strategies to squeeze as much money from it as they can, including initiatives involving online, mobile apps, television, and parks and resorts. He wouldn’t discuss when they’ll appear, saying that “time will start exposing that to the outside world.” Read More »

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Disney To Release ‘Star Wars’ Spinoffs Based On Individual Characters

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 1:53pm PST

CEO Bob Iger made the disclosure in an interview on CNBC. He says that Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on them — Deadline revealed exclusively back in November that they were getting involved  — and they’re in addition to Disney‘s planned Star Wars VII, VIIIRead More »

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J.J. Abrams On ‘Star Wars’ And “The Mystery Box”: Video

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 7:38pm PST

This clip of J.J. Abrams talking about storytelling and Star Wars is excerpted from a 2007 talk at the annual TED Conference. In the clip (watch it below) Abrams talks about “the mystery box,” the key information that’s withheld in a story that makes the story intriguing and compelling. As he puts it: “The intentional withholding of information is much more engaging.” The talk was a big hit today on the social media site Reddit when someone dug it out and pointed to it as evidence Abrams will be a terrific director of the next Star Wars, which he was assigned last week.

In the larger presentation (you can view it on the jump), Abrams ranges widely on the nature of storytelling, with clips from his own show Lost as well as Jaws. He references his childhood Super 8 camera, a never-opened box of magic tricks from his beloved grandfather, the biggest mystery box of all, and one of the three rules of the universe: Don’t hurt Tom Cruise’s nose. Read More »

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