Our first fan art of the week comes from Albino Raven‘s entry to the Official Bad Robot Art Experience that happened at Gallery 1988, in 2013. This piece is set after the events of Super 8 with the kids creating a new short film based on their adventures in the movie.
The first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is imminent. Rumor has it that it will be showing up sooner than we think. Last weekend, John Williams may have even recorded new music specifically for the teaser.
And now there is a possible description for the teaser. Here’s what the report from Badass Digest says:
What’s it going to be like? If my sources are correct (and this is a big IF. These sources have been mighty reliable in the past, and if they’re wrong I believe they’re wrong honestly, i.e. they’re not b.s.ing me), it’ll be short. And when I say short, I mean one minute long. It’s going to have The Force Theme played on woodwinds, softly, over flashing images of the main leads, each fading to black. There’s no dialogue, just reveals of the characters. And then the music swells up into a full orchestral piece – perhaps what John Williams recorded this weekend? – and we hear a female voice, likely Daisy Ridley‘s, saying “Wake up.”
And then the title card appears – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and we see the Millennium Falcon, firing blasters, coming right at the camera.
There are some other trailer descriptions out there, but as I’ve said before, if this turns out to be true, it’s only based on the teaser and not really spoiler material. I’m trying to keep myself spoiler-free for the movie as much as possible, only watching trailers and viewing official photos and posters released from LucasFilm/Disney.
With the completion of principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII comes the official title of the film.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
— Star Wars (@starwars) November 6, 2014
And for good measure, here’s a video of John Williams, the composer of all Star Wars live action films thus far, talking about working on The Force Awakens:
Regardless of everything else that is coming to theaters in 2015, my most anticipated movie of the year is one that I never thought would happen: Star Wars: Episode VII. On Friday, October 31, production wrapped on the first film of the next generation of Star Wars films. Here’s a letter that came from J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and a few others involved in the production:
To the Extraordinary Cast and Crew of Episode VII:
It is a true honor and absolute joy to come to set every day and work alongside each of you. Your professionalism, passion and patience is more deeply appreciated than we could ever express. From the deserts of Abu Dhabi, to the Forest of Dean, to the stages of Pinewood, you have risen to every challenge and been as wonderfully kind as you are brilliantly talented. Our ambition here is large, of course, and it must be: we are here to make a film that entertains millions of people, of all ages, for generations. To create an experience people will cherish watching as much as we will cherish having made it, together. How lovely it would be if you had, in addition to your name on the screen, some actual, real, tangible proof that you were part of it! Here, then, is that proof. Wear it well, wear it healthily, wear it proudly. But, mostly, thank you.
J.J. Abrams, et al.
— James Rose (@AdmiralPellaeon) October 31, 2014
Warner Brothers has released Almost Human on DVD, today, without any prior announcement that I have seen. In fact, it’s been released via the Warner Archive Collection, meaning it’s a video-on-demand title.
These are burned DVD-R discs. This means that, even though the show was released in HD, its’ only available in standard definition, unless you buy it from Amazon via streaming: Almost Human: The Complete First Season [HD]
Lately there have been multiple movie directors talking about the advantages of film over digital when it comes to film making. Abrams has used film on projects from Star Trek to Super 8, as well as Star Trek Into Darkness. Recently it seemed as if film was headed the way of the Dodo.
At San Diego Comic-Con in 2004, the first episode of Lost premiered. That was 10 years ago this weekend. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the show’s broadcast premiere, which was September 22, 2004, ABC’s Comic-Con booth presented a special video. It features showrunners Carton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, as well as a bunch of highlights from the show’s run.
Makes me want to watch the show all over again.
Who is Christina Chong? She’s the latest cast member revealed to have a part in Star Wars: Episode VII. Last seen in 24: Live Another Day, she recently earned the leading female role in Halo: Nightfall.
Word is that she’s already completed her part for the new Star Wars film, and that it’s not a very large role.
With each new cast member announcement, I get more excited for the movie to hit the big screen. It doesn’t feel real, but we’re actually getting a new Star Wars movie.
Who is Crystal Clarke? She’s another new cast member for Star Wars: Episode VII who was found when Lucasfilm conducted an open casting call last fall. The casting calls spanned 11 cities across the US and UK and over 37,000 hopefuls attended, with a further 30,000 submitting applications online.
Her casting brings the number of announced female cast members to five, further putting to rest the non-issue of the lack of female characters in the new Star Wars. The cast was always going to be based on the characters that they’ve created, and not on anyone’s own personal agenda. Agenda based film-making is not film-making at all – it’s paint-by-numbers checklists that inhibit creativity by forcing everyone into a box.
Crystal Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow, UK, who has both stage and screen acting experience and is soon to be seen in her first feature,The Moon and the Sun (to be released in 2015).