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Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Patrick Stewart's new Star Trek series should "Last Jedi the Hell Out of Captain Picard"
The new Star Trek series should do for Picard what Star Wars: The Last Jedi did for Luke Skywalker, says James Whitbrook. "That sort of hoping might rankle longtime Trek fans," he says. "In fact, many of them have spent the last few days desperately hoping for the direct opposite of Star Trek: The Last Jedi. They’ve read Stewart’s own statement that the new show’s Picard would be a 'man who has been changed by his experiences' and shuddered at the mere thought of a disillusioned, weary Picard roaming around an isolated family vineyard swigging freshly-squeezed Targ milk. They’d already had to go through one traumatic fictional upheaval, why wish that on another old hero? Why can’t Picard just be the Picard we saw in TNG and the movies? Because that would be kind of boring, for starters."
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars is expected to cost $100 million, or $10 million an episode
The New York Times reports that Disney's unnamed streaming service has taken on the nickname "Disneyflix" in Hollywood, after Netflix. The Times also reports that the streaming service is expected to spend $10 million an episode for 10 episodes of the live-action Star Wars. Favreau says the streaming service "affords a wonderful opportunity to tell stories that stretch out over multiple chapters." The cost would make the show one of the most expensive on TV.
Posted Friday 8/03/18 at 10:11AM EDT
Report: Disney tried and failed to buy back Star Wars movie rights from Turner Broadcasting
Bloomberg News reports that in 2016, before firming its streaming service plans, Disney sold "certain rights" to the Star Wars movies to air on TNT, TBS and other Turner cable channels, as well as online, through 2024. Disney recently tried and failed to get back the rights to the Star Wars movies to use for its upcoming streaming service.
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is being revived for Disney's streaming service
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The announcement was made at Comic-Con's 10th anniversary panel for the animated series. “It’s an anniversary," creator Dave Filoni told the crowd. "It’s 10 years. And you guys deserve something for being so great. A present, if you will,” Filoni told the audience. “We got together and we thought, if there is one thing we could give you what would it be? So here you go.” Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been picked up for a 12-episode season.
Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Twenty years after Felicity, Keri Russell is in talks to reunite with J.J. Abrams on Star Wars
This fall marks the 20th anniversary of the Abrams co-created WB college drama. And today Variety revealed that Russell is in early talks to reunite with Abrams, who is directing Star Wars: Episode IX, for a role that will require to do action-heavy fight scenes. Russell should be up for the job coming off her physical role on The Americans. Russell and Abrams last collaborated on the 2006 film Mission: Impossible III.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Stephen Colbert releases "A Star Wars Trailer to Piss Off Hateful Fanboys"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Late Show trailer reimagines Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico as the main character following reports she deleted all the photos from Instagram account following racist and sexist harassment from diehard Star Wars fans. ALSO: Watch Colbert and Patrick Wilson sing the National Anthem before a Mets game.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Jon Favreau reveals the live-action Star Wars timeline
The director told Nerdist the live-action series will be set seven years after Return of the Jedi.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:53PM EDT
SNL celebrates Star Wars Day by releasing a Charlie Sheen "Cut for Time" sketch from 2001
Check out "Casual Friday on the Death Star."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Ron Howard gives Star Wars the Arrested Development treatment
The Solo: A Star Wars Story director used his Arrested Development-narrating skills for this sketch from The Star Wars Show.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Disney Channel orders Star Wars Resistance animated series
The anime-inspired Star Wars Resistance will premiere on Disney Channel this fall and also air on Disney XD. According to Variety, "the show follows a young pilot named Kazudo Xiono who was recruited by the Resistance to spy on the increasing threat of the First Order. The time period explored in the series will be uncharted territory as the events occur prior to the 2015 blockbuster The Force Awakens."
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Mayim Bialik: "I peed my pants" when Mark Hamill visited The Big Bang Theory set
Bialik posted a picture Wednesday of her and Kaley Cuoco losing their minds at Hamill's visit. Hamill tweeted in response: "I had the same reaction meeting these 2 lovelies as @missmayim (fortunately for me I was wearing my #ESB #BactaBriefs at the time)."
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Margaret Atwood says The Handmaid's Tale would've still worked if Hillary Clinton was president
"It would have worked as a show, but it wouldn’t have worked the same way," says the author, who says she's too old to be surprised by Donald Trump's victory. "Of course not. You always view these things through the lens of events that have taken place. Charles Lindbergh seemed like a possibility for president of the United States in the 1930s. But in 1942, he wasn’t anymore. Why? Because the United States was in World War II and he was a fascist." ALSO: Atwood offers the controversial opinion that the 9/11 hijackers "got the idea from Star Wars."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Star Wars director Rian Johnson recalls his Disney Channel job interviewing a young Shia LaBeouf
"True story: when I worked at the Disney Channel in the late 90s I interviewed him for a promo piece on the set of Even Stevens," tweeted the director of The Last Jedi.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Jon Favreau is the creative equivalent of vanilla ice cream, which makes him perfect for the live-action Star Wars TV series
Source: The Ringer
Favreau is the perfect choice because he has a history of making stylistic, broadly appealing hits. "Lucasfilm doesn’t want to take anything close to a risk with its first live-action TV series," says Miles Surrey. "This will be the preeminent product of Disney’s new streaming service, an incentive for people who might not want to fork over another monthly fee if they’re not getting any worthwhile content. Think of Favreau’s new series like the way Netflix approached House of Cards: The company got a famous, recognizable director (David Fincher) and two bankable movie stars (Robin Wright and a pre-scandal Kevin Spacey) for its first big stab at original programming. Now that five years have passed and Netflix has the budget to produce 700 pieces of original content in 2018 alone, the company can afford to get a little strange through sheer volume. Dark never could have been one of Netflix’s first shows, but now, why not?"
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 12:17PM EST
Jon Favreau to write and produce the live-action Star Wars TV series
Favreau has been tapped to helm the live-action Star Wars TV series for Disney's upcoming streaming service. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made the announcement this morning, saying the Iron Man and Elf director "brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.” For his part, Favreau said: "If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
- Some fans are unhappy that "another straight white dude" was hired for Star Wars, especially on International Women's Day
- "Bad PR timing," tweeted IndieWire editor Ann Thompson. "But women have a tough time getting the experience they need to compete for plum jobs like this."
- Even movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse criticized the decision not to pick a woman