Sequel likely be the biggest debut of the year, surpassing the March opening for "Beauty and the Beast" at $174.8 million.
Disney are going from strength to strength when it comes to their movie output but with two months of 2016 left they’ve already had their best ever year. While ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ isn’t part of the episodic instalments, the spin-off is still predicted to do very well. The question is, will it go toe-to-toe with last year’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’?
The production company set up by Disney to make ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges over the on-set accident that lead to Harrison Ford breaking his leg. According to the BBC, Foodles Production (UK) Ltd admitted to two of the four criminal charges brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court earlier today, and will be sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on 22 August.
Bosses at British movie studio Pinewood have said that it will benefit from Britain voting to leave the European Union. Ivan Dunleavy said: “The result of the UK’s referendum on membership of the EU is now known. Danny Perkins, CEO of StudioCanal UK, which is owned by French media company Canal Plus, and has been behind movies like 'Paddington’ and 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, has said that the effects will be drastic.
James Cameron, who is currently deep into his ‘Avatar’ sequels, took some time out to give his two cents on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. - Why is Keanu Reeves at Parliament? In an interview that has surfaced on YouTube, he first couches his comments by explaining that 'Star Wars’ originator George Lucas is 'a friend of mine’, before revealing his ambivalence towards the new movie.
Whilst Ben Affleck has returned to the acting limelight as Batman, until comparatively recently he looked set to side-step into directing full-time - and it seems he may have come close to directing the biggest movie of the past six years. Other directors known to have been in contention for ‘The Force Awakens’ before JJ Abrams got the job include Brad Bird and Matthew Vaughn.
Proving once again that he’s a very fine human being indeed, ‘Star Wars’ star John Boyega visited the seriously ill children being looked after at the Demelza Hospice in Eltham, south east London, this week.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has finally ended its theatrical run in the US with a record domestic box office tally of $936,662,225. It means Disney failed to top $1 billion at the US box office on its first run, but it has still made $170m more than 'Avatar’ the second highest grossing film in the US. 'The Force Awakens’ total box office haul sits at roughly $2,068,200 (via Collider) - $110m shy of 'Titanic’, which sits second on the all-time list of box office grosses, below 'Avatar’.
Yes, the Australian is one of the biggest box office stars in the world, but that’s largely thanks to his multiple appearances as Wolverine across the X-Men universe. Berry’s lengthy career adds ballast to her box office total, but other than playing Storm, it’s being Jinx in Bond flick ‘Die Another Day’ and ‘The Flintstones’ that put her this high on the list.
Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? Pablo Hidalgo, chief executive of the LucasFilm Story Group, has definitively ruled out the possibility that Snoke is Darth Plagueis - the Sith lord killed by Emperor Palpatine. Hidalgo - who is basically in charge of overseeing the 'Star Wars’ lore - has been bombarded with questions from fans asking about Snoke’s identity, and it seems he’s finally had enough.
The official ‘Star Wars’ YouTube channel posted a funny video of the British actress who plays the new trilogy’s heroine, Rey, as she wished everyone a Happy Star Wars Day, with it being 4 May (or #MayTheFourthBeWithYou, as per the Twitter hashtag) and all. In the video, we get a glimpse at a section of the set for the upcoming movie directed by Rian Johnson (’Looper’), as well as a couple of alien friends and one very familiar droid in the shape of BB-8, who makes a welcomed appearance near the end. In the short clip, Ridley accepts a very, ahem, special gift from co-star John Boyega (who plays Stormtrooper turned hero Finn).
Of all the characters in the ‘Star Wars’ universe, it appears that its creator George Lucas had placed one of the most unlikely at its very centre. According to Lucas, R2-D2 is the pivot point of the whole saga, the narrator to the keeper of the 'journal of whills’, a text which Lucas invented and which details all the events of the galactic rebellion, the Jedi, the dark side and everything in between. - Have Wills and Harry filmed secret Star Wars cameos?
Fans of ‘Star Wars’ are branding the DVD release of 'The Force Awakens’ a 'rip-off’, after discovering that it features no extras. All the extras appear to be on the Blu-ray version of the movie, which was released on Monday, but not the DVD format. Taking to the Amazon website to complain, one buyer said: “Its star wars, and all you get is the movie, thats it, no extras, no making of, no deleted scenes, nothing.
Legendary Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew has shared part of the original script he owns from ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’, whereby Obi-Wan Kenobi survives his battle with Darth Vader. Mayhew (who’s also in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ as the seven foot wookie) has been sharing pages from his original script on Twitter ever since February.
What’s more, the pink-faced alien was part of the action figure line, even getting his own Black Series sculpt. After Entertainment Weekly investigated the matter, one of the key members of the Lucasfilm story group, Pablo Hidalgo, was able to shed some light on the matter. Without any knowledge or certainty how much, or indeed little, we’d see of Zuvio in the final film, Hldalgo nevertheless created a back-story for the character as part of his obligation to toy manufacturers and in case any comic book writers included him in any short stories.
Adam Driver has casually revealed why Kylo Ren, his tortured soul from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, turned to the dark side. In the movie, First Order Supreme Leader Snoke has Ren on the cusp of full radicalisation, at which point he turns his homemade lightsaber on *spoiler alert* his own father, Han Solo.
The actor Erik Bauersfeld, who voiced the Rebellion’s Admiral Ackbar in both ‘Return of the Jedi’ and 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has died at the age of 93. According to his manager Derek Maki, he passed away at his home in Berkeley, California, on Sunday. Bauersfeld was responsible for delivering one of the most iconic lines from 'Return of the Jedi’ – exclaiming 'it’s a trap!’ - while playing the fleet admiral, as the Empire forces turn on the rebels during the battle for the forest moon of Endor.
Carrie Fisher has admitted that the first day on the set of ‘Star War: The Force Awakens’ was not quite what she’d hoped for. Fisher, who reprised her role as Princess Leia for the J.J. Abrams reboot, said that nerves and pressure got to her, causing her to make 'mistakes’ in her first 'massive scene’. “I’m the custodian of Princess Leia, it’s my job to protect her.
It’s the second-biggest film franchise of all-time and beloved by millions across the globe, but although it was nominated for 12 Academy Awards across eight movies, the Harry Potter series never won one.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ star John Boyega has apologised for comments he made about diversity in the movies at the Screen Nation awards.
Luke Skywalker was nearly a hipster in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Concept art for ‘Episode VII’ released by the film’s visual effects team at ILM has revealed an early design for Mark Hamill’s Jedi-in-hiding showed him with a topknot and beard combo that wouldn’t have looked out of place adorning the face of a cold-drip coffee barista in Shoreditch. The mammoth concept art gallery (which can be seen in full here) is a treasure trove for ‘Star Wars’ fans offering a glimpse at the visual style of ‘The Force Awakens’ as it developed during the pre-production stage.
ILM’s newly opened London office completed over 200 VFX shots on ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and was responsible for bringing CGI characters Supreme Leader Snoke and Maz Kanata to life, but the most challenging shot they worked on involved no aliens, spaceships, or explosions. The scene in question happens partway through the film when Han, Rey, and Finn approach Maz’s castle. ILM had to stitch together three plates, shot in different locations, but it’s likely you never even noticed the shot that took ILM London over 1000 hours to create.
What is Princess Leia’s beef with Chewbacca? First she snubbed him by not awarding him with a medal at the end of ‘Star Wars’ and then she snubbed him at the end of ‘The Force Awakens’ at his most fragile moment in the series yet. JJ Abrams has held his hands up and admitted the second, arguably more devastating, snub is his biggest regret about making ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.