Maisie Richardson-Sellers up for Role in Star Wars: Episode VII?

Maisie Richardson-SellersIf she is cast in a role, it’ll follow suit with Abrams’ plan to cast relative or complete unknowns in Star Wars: Episode VII. The goal is to create a film where people don’t see people they instantly recognize from many other films, if any at all.

According to The Hollywood Reporter: “Speculation is swirling like the mists of Dagobah around newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Several sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that she is in line to nab an undisclosed and possibly major role in the high-profile Disney/Lucasfilm production, which is in the middle of an extended casting search in London in advance of a May production start date.”

However, they caution that a couple of their sources have denied that she’s being courted for a role at all. Personally, I like her look as a potential cast member for Star Wars.  What do you think? I know it’s hard to tell from a photo, but in costume, could she have fit in Return of the Jedi?

Star Wars: Episode VII is Already Filming

Star Wars - Millennium FalconPerhaps we should have known, but they’re already filming sequences for Star Wars: Episode VII. They’ve also got about half of the cast, and the script is complete.

Disney Chief Alan Horn commented that they’ve already begun filming, but casting isn’t complete yet, because it’s been a very difficult film to cast. They’re looking for the right people for the roles, and that can only be a good thing.

“We have a lot of them [in place],” he said about the main actors, whose names have not been disclosed. “We’re just not completely done yet.”

“It’s all about the screenplay,” he said. “It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay.” Asked if the screenplay was fully where it needed to be, he added: “It actually is now.” The script has been co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams, following an early draft by Michael Arndt.

What we don’t know is this: who have they cast in the film? Well, we do know for sure that R2-D2 is in it. You almost certainly can’t have R2-D2 without C-3PO, but that has yet to be confirmed. The recent press release about the new film, which gave us the setting for the film, mentioned a few familiar faces would be involved.

We can guess that they’ve managed to get Harrison Ford back. Especially considering that Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) recently cancelled a June appearance at a comic book convention, citing filming as the reason. What else could he be filming that would be this important?

Plus, Carrie Fisher has mentioned that she’s going to be filming. Mark Hamill has been quiet, but with Han and Leia potentially coming back, what kind of movie would it be without Luke Skywalker.

Star Wars: Episode VII is going to be released in IMAX

Star Wars on IMAXDisney and IMAX have announced an expanded relationship, which includes bringing Star Wars: Episode VII to IMAX when it is released on December 18, 2015. This announcement comes only a couple of months after Abrams announced that he wouldn’t be shooting any of the film in IMAX, specifically, saying, “The problem with IMAX is it’s a very loud camera, it’s a very unreliable camera, there’s only so much film that can be in the camera. You can’t really do intimate scenes with it. It’s slow. They break down often.”

That being said, I am very excited about this deal, as only a few Star Wars film have been released in IMAX, including Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

IMAX® AND DISNEY EXPAND RELATIONSHIP WITH MULTI-PICTURE DEAL

Blockbuster Titles, Including Star Wars: Episode VII, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Will Come to Life in The IMAX Experience®
LOS ANGELES – March 20, 2014 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), today announced an agreement to release several of Disney’s upcoming films in IMAX® theatres under an extension of the companies’ long-running relationship.

Under the agreement, IMAX will be part of Disney’s release strategy for its most highly-anticipated live-action tentpole films, including Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 2014), Maleficent (May 2014), Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (August 2014), and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 2015), Tomorrowland (May 2015) and Star Wars: Episode VII (December 2015).

“Disney has enjoyed a terrific ongoing collaboration with IMAX, and we are thrilled to extend this relationship with a collection of exciting, highly anticipated cinematic events that are perfect for the immersive IMAX format,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios.

“For the last several years, Disney and IMAX have worked together to deliver extraordinary cinematic experiences to audiences around the world,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond.

“The combination of the great product being created by Disney and the overwhelming enthusiasm of moviegoers to see films in IMAX theatres makes this agreement really exciting.”

“Disney’s and Marvel’s larger-than-life characters and dynamic universes clearly resonate with our core audiences,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We are delighted to build upon this longtime association and continue to collaborate to bring many of the most iconic and cutting-edge properties in the world to life in the most immersive way possible.”

Some ‘Lost’ answers from Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse

LostThere was a panel discussion about Lost at PaleyFest for the 10th anniversary of the premiere of the show. During the discussion, some great questions were asked, and we finally have some solid answers to questions people were asking at the end of the show. They haven’t given us all of the answers, but I remember discussing some of these the very night that the show aired its’ series finale. Here are some of the answers from executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. You can also follow the link below to the rest of the story, for more answers. I’ve just collected a few of my favorites here.

Wasn’t Jack supposed to die in the pilot?

DAMON LINDELOF:  Yes.  The idea was to cast an actor and have them on all the billboards, and say that he was going to be the star of the show and do all of the press for the show, and then, we were going to kill him in the pilot.  You could never pull that off now, in 2014, but in 2004, the spoiler culture is not what it is now, so we could have pulled it off.  There were executives at ABC who said that the audience would really start to care about the character, so if we killed them in the pilot, they would never trust us again and they would never form emotional bonds with other characters because we broke that trust.  It ended up being a great note.

They were not dead the entire time, right?

CARLTON CUSE:  No!  They were not dead the entire time.  ABC thought it would be great to have a buffer between when the show ends and when we go into the first commercial, so that it didn’t just slam into a Clorox ad.  They asked if we had any footage that they could quietly play, but we didn’t just go shoot random footage for the show.  We went through our archives, but there wasn’t a lot of shots.  We had put the plane on the beach in the first year of the show, but then we had to take it off of the beach because the tides on the North Shore in Hawaii change dramatically and the plane was in danger of getting washed away in the winter.  So, before we took it away, we took some shots of the plane wreckage and we thought, “Let’s just put those at the end of the show, and it will be that little buffer before we go to commercial.”  And then, when people saw the shots of the plane and there were no people there, that exacerbated the problem.

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How did you come to the conclusion that these characters all met in the afterlife?

CARLTON CUSE:  Very early on, we had decided that Lost was a show about people that were on an island in the middle of nowhere, but really it’s metaphorically a show about people who are lost in their lives and who are seeking redemption, and who are looking for meaning and purpose.  The more we started talking about the ending, the more it became clear to us that the ending really had to be a spiritual one that talked about these characters’ journey and destiny.  It was not a single conversation or a single idea.  It was a series of long discussions.  Damon and I would have long discourses about the nature of the show, about the characters, about spirituality, what all of our journeys mean, how we’re all here to lift each other up, in our lives.  We wanted the show to reflect out own personal beliefs, desires, hopes and dreams, really.

DAMON LINDELOF:  In the ongoing conversation with the audience, there was a very early perception, even as soon as the pilot, that Lost was some sort of purgatory.  And we were always out there saying, “It’s not purgatory.  All of these things are actually happening.  These people are on this island.  They’re going through this experience.  This is real.  We’re not going to Sixth Sense you.”  But at the same time, the audience was perceiving that, and we felt it, too.  There was the idea that the show had to be meta, in this way.  Writers have a tendency to get very pretentious when we’re amongst ourselves, and we started saying, “Obviously, there are all these mysteries that are surrounding the show.  Wouldn’t it be great, if in the final episode of Lost, we could try to answer a mystery that the show never asked, like what’s the meaning of life and what happens when you die?”  That conversation started in the space between Seasons 3 and 4, as we were plotting out the end game.  We knew that Season 4 was going to be flash-forwards, and that in Season 5, the island was going to be moving and shifting around in time, and it was going to be a wild card season.  But, we didn’t know what we were going to do in Season 6.  We were out of flashbacks, and we’d run dry on flash-forwards, and we wanted to be living in present time.  So, we had the idea to Trojan horse a paradoxical time travel story, based on the fact that Juliet hits this bomb and resets a world where Oceanic 815 never crashes, but in fact, it was going to be this afterlife parable.  We all got very, very excited about it, and just engaged.

Read more at http://collider.com/lost-paleyfest-recap-damon-lindelof/

Star Wars: Episode VII begins Filming in May, Set 30 years after ‘Jedi’

Star WarsThe official start of filming on Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced. Disney and Lucasfilm announced that principal photography on the film, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London’s historic Pinewood Studios.

It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time.

Star Wars: Episode VII will release in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Series Premiere of Believe on Monday, March 10 on NBC

BelieveSundays on NBC (9-10 p.m. ET), beginning March 16;  Series Premiere:  Monday, March 10 (10-11 p.m.), following “The Voice.”

Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, see the future … since she was born, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. But now that she is 10 years old, her powers have become stronger and the threat from malevolent forces that would use her abilities to control the world has grown more dangerous. With her life and future in jeopardy, Bo’s protector, Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo, “The Chicago Code”), turns to an unlikely source to keep her safe — Tate (Jake McLaughlin, “Crash”), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will.

Tate and Bo begin an extraordinary journey, one in which trust must be earned. On the run and traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever.  But they’ll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo’s power … because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever.

Also starring are Jamie Chung (“Once Upon a Time”), Arian Moayed, and Kyle MacLachlan (“Portlandia”)

The series comes from executive producers J.J. Abrams (“Person of Interest,” “Revolution,” “Fringe,” “Lost,” “Super 8,” the “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek” movies, upcoming “Star Wars”), Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”), Bryan Burk (“Person of Interest,” “Revolution,” “Fringe,” “Lost”), Jonas Pate (“Deception,” “Prime Suspect,” “Caprica”) and Hans Tobeason (“Damages,” “Saving Grace,” “V.”)

Believe” is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot episode is directed by Alfonso Cuarón.

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Exposé – Mystery Box Revealed – Released by Theory11

Mystery BoxPresented by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, in collaboration with theory11, Mystery Box is finally available! You can get a beautiful, hand-crafted lockbox, and keep it sealed forever, or open it up to access the mysteries inside. Or you can get a deck of playing cards. Either way, you’ll be helping support a charity that promotes creative writing around the USA.

The Mystery Lockbox

A handcrafted, wooden lockbox made of 100-year-old reclaimed wood, containing 12 decks of Mystery Box Playing Cards. Each box is locked with an alphanumeric combination, and the lid is iron-branded with the Mystery Box emblem.

Share the Wonder

$1 per deck purchased will be donated to 826 National, a non-profit dedicated to promoting creative writing in schools and workshops around the USA.

Design of the Details

Each deck of Mystery Box Playing Cards is sealed with a kraft paper, letterpress wrap that inspires intrigue and endless wonder. Keep it closed, tear it open, or share the experience with a friend. The choice is yours.

Printing Process

The playing cards, the outer wrapping, and the wooden lockbox are Made in the USA. Each deck uses FSC-certified paper derived from sustainable forests, vegetable-based inks, and starch-based laminates.

THE PLAYING CARDS

Each deck is individually wrapped in letterpressed kraft paper, with the Mystery Box question mark emblem printed on the front. Art direction by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Bayme.

Bad Robot will donate $1 per deck purchased to 826 National, a non-profit dedicated to promoting creative writing in schools and workshops around the USA. Help us share the wonder.

THE LOCKBOX

Includes 12 Mystery Box Playing Cards wrapped in letterpressed kraft paper. The decks are housed in a handcrafted wood box made of 100 year old reclaimed wood. Each lockbox is iron-branded and locked with an alpha-numeric combination lock.

The lock box includes a letterpressed note from J.J. Abrams enclosed in a kraft paper envelope stamped with a black wax seal. Each lockbox is handcrafted. Please allow one week for shipping.

Get the Mystery Box

Adam Driver to play villain in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII?’

Adam DriverI’ve never heard of him, nor seen him act. I’m definitely not watching the show that he’s a part of. If this rumor turns out to be true, this will be the first time that I see him act. And, unless he does other wholesome movies or tv shows, it’ll be the last.

Adam Driver is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader. According to Variety no deal is done yet.

Disney was also rumored to be looking at Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving for the villain role. The studio had no comment on the cast. I’ve also heard rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch was also in the running, as well as Gary Oldman. Both of them might actually be involved in the film, though.

Abrams willing to compromise on Star Wars secrecy

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....While talking to the Daily Telegraph, J.J. Abrams spoke about the secrecy surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII.  I love the idea of going into the next new Star Wars movies completely blind, but I also can’t wait to learn more about the sorts of characters and settings that the stories will revolve around.  Knowing a little bit about who the characters are, and what they’re going to be like isn’t the same as knowing what’s going to happen, afterall.

“I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing. It seems rather extreme.”

And this point about all of the spoilers that are out there, thanks in large part to the internet: “We’re living in a moment of instant information and a sense of entitlement to that information. But I think it’s nice to remember that there’s nothing wrong with a sense of anticipation.”

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Before the release of last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams tried to keep secret the identity of the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch – something he now regrets. “We were trying to preserve the unexpected for the audience, but it came across as if we were trying to be too clever,” he says.

Star Wars is in every way a different animal. It’s always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to, so I’m sure there’ll be some sort of compromise. But it feels to me like there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing.”

Star Wars: Episode VII Script is Ready

Luke, Leia and HanShooting on Star Wars: Episode VII begins in May.  The script, written by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, is now ready, and pre-production is in full-swing. “We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep. Full steam ahead, y’know.”

They are taking to many actors to flesh out the cast of the film.  While no official announcements have been made, Carrie Fisher has all but confirmed that she’ll be prepping to film in March or April, alongside Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.

“I’d like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again — but with white hair,” she says. “I think that would be funny.”

As the movie gets closer to production, the idea of a new Star Wars is actually beginning to sink in.  Though I don’t think it’ll feel real to me until the first teaser is released for it.