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What's especially cool about this Star Wars trailer is the fact that we get to see Luke return "home," so to speak, as he steps aboard the Millennium Falcon for the first time in decades. We also get a sense of more of the growing conflict within Rey (Daisy Ridley) as she is being trained in the ways of the Force by Luke; and then, of course, there's the growing threat of Adam Driver's Kylo Ren.
And while we're waiting for "The Last Jedi", Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy recently revealed that plans are being mapped out for the next decade or so of stories set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, saying this during a recent promotional interview:Full Story
Star Wars legend Mark Hamill has revealed he returned for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi because of Harrison Ford. Back in 2012 George Lucas made the surprise move of selling his Star Wars rights to Disney. With news of a third Star Wars trilogy on the horizon, fans were wondering if the original actors would be returning.
Now in a new interview, Hamill - who plays Luke Skywalker - has revealed his early reservations about a comeback. Speaking with The New York Times, he said: "I was just really scared, I thought, why mess with it? The idea of catching lightning in a bottle twice was ridiculously remote."Full Story
Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy has opened up about the plans for the next 10 years for the franchise. Speaking on the Star Wars YouTube channel, Kennedy spoke about the early plans for the future and the life of new characters like Daisy Ridley's Rey and Oscar Isaac's Poe. She said: "We're sitting down now, we're talking about the next ten years of Star Wars stories and we're looking at narratively where that might go.
Future stories beyond Episode IX, with these new characters, Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8, but we're also looking at working with people that are interested in coming into the Star Wars world and taking us to places that we haven't been yet, and that's exciting too because it's a vast galaxy far, far away. The possibilities are endless."Full Story
Hulu's upcoming original series seems like a time-traveling sci-fi comedy for gamers, but the laughs are inspired more by gross-out gags than far-out future. More than one hard-core gamer has dreamed that real life could be as action-packed and exhilarating as the title they've spent so much time trying to conquer.
In the upcoming Hulu sci-fi comedy series "Future Man." that dream comes true for Josh Futterman (see what they did with the name there?), played by Josh Hutcherson of "Hunger Games" fame, But the result is more about raunchy humor than epic action sequences or mind-bending science fiction storylines.Full Story
Will some cinemas really refuse to show The Last Jedi? Fans are worried they won't be able to see the next Star Wars movie after some cinemas refuse to agree to "onerous" secret Disney demands. There has been a major disturbance in the Force. Star Wars Episode 8 was cruising towards a massive box office triumph in December but now some cinemas may refuse to screen The Last Jedi at all.
The Wall Street Journal has revealed that Disney is demanding such oppressive contracts with cinema chains that some may be forced to pull the movie from the Christmas schedules, leaving fans disappointed. Share prices fell for major cinema chains in the US after the news and fans online are outraged at what is being seen as an "awful" and "ridiculous" money grab.
What is going on and who will be affected?Full Story
Let's assume for a moment that the rumours reported by SlashFilm (courtesy of The Resistance Broadcast) are 100% true. Let's presume that A) Ron Howard reshot 80% of Solo: A Star Wars Story and that B) the film's budget essentially doubled as a result.Full Story
This xogoldgold Charity SCI -FI WARS Event takes place at the Bigges Vintage Fair in Europe.
It seems that a recent trend of original science fiction movies (not all of which were successful ones) is set to continue into next year. The Hollywood Reporter brings word of Vestige, a brand new science fiction movie starring Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Sin City, Iron Man 2), Analeigh Tipton, and Anne Heche.Full Story
The Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop is the oldest workshop in the field, run by a nonprofit (I volunteer on its board), and much-loved by its many grads; the Clarion Class of 2012 (who call themselves "The Awkward Robots") periodically release volumes of their fiction to benefit the nonprofit foundation and pay forward to future classes (previously).
There's a new volume out, the "Green Volume." Lara Elena Donnelly writes:Full Story
An interactive Lego installation is launching at the Saatchi Gallery that celebrates the festive season with a never-before-seen Star Wars super star destroyer fleet. There will be an interactive "brick-filled experience" across the whole of the top floor of the gallery.Full Story
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USA Today teased a photo of Luke with his small stash of books in The Last Jedi, and one of them is the Journal of the Whills.Full Story
There are some cryptic clues in the latest Last Jedi trailer, but a canon Star wars novel has revealed that Kylo Ren and Snoke already know who she is.Full Story
The evidence? In one shot, Luke is seen on the ground, saying: "This is not going to go the way you think." Seconds later, we see Rey - in a separate shot - emerging from water, with Luke appearing to hover over her.Full Story
In the future police officers known as Blade Runners are sworn to hunt down and exterminate humanoid androids known as Replicants who have discovered a way to feel emotions and go away from their original programming as laborers. Thirty years ago, director Ridley Scott and actor Harrison Ford showed us this future, set in the year 2019.
This year, director Denis Villeneuve and actor Ryan Gosling brought us a new vision of the future, set 30 years after the events of the first film.Full Story
"'Blade Runner' started the whole Philip K. Dick revolution," says Paul M. Sammon, a filmmaker and author of "Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner."Full Story
Adam Harper is an average man. And on an average day he suddenly finds himself catapulted into the strangest, reality changing game... A game of time and chance, where the stakes are a matter of life and death.
In June of last year, entrepreneur Elon Musk intrigued the science and technology community with his controversial remarks about the world being a "simulation." "The odds that we're in base reality," he said during the Code Conference interview, "is one in billions." In other words, the universe we live in is probably (or is probably like) a sophisticated computer game.Full Story
The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the "Blade Runner" curse. If you're familiar with the 1982 sci-fi cult classic, constantly reissued in some new "director's cut" or "special edition," you'd be forgiven for thinking the curse had something to do with a mysterious crone casting an evil eye on the producers, vowing the film would spend eternity in an editor's suite. But that's not the whammy the Journal had in mind.Full Story