Star Wars

March 12, 2015 | 10:42 a.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ gets release date, spinoff titled ‘Rogue One’

Gareth Edwards, left, and Rian Johnson. (Carolyn Cole, Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times
Mark you calendars. “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will open May 26, 2017. Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Iger revealed the news at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Thursday in San Francisco. “Episode VIII” will be directed by Rian Johnson (“Looper”), who will take the reins of the saga from J.J. Abrams — Abrams’ film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is set to open Dec. 18 and will see stars of the landmark original trilogy reprise their iconic roles alongside a large ensemble of newcomers including John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac. Johnson’s previous films include the high-school noir “Brick” and the caper comedy “The Brothers Bloom,” and he’s best known for the mind-bending time-travel thriller “Looper,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. The 2012 movie grossed $176 million at the worldwide box office. Iger also said that the first […]
Feb. 10, 2015 | 11:52 a.m.

Princess Leia faces life after Alderaan in Mark Waid’s Marvel series

Princess Leia
Princess Leia takes center stage in her own limited comic series this spring, and on Tuesday, fresh images arrived teasing the adventure from Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid (“Daredevil”) and artist Terry Dodson. Set just after the events of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” “Princess Leia” No. 1 chronicles the heroine’s life as she struggles to come to terms with the destruction of her home planet of Alderaan and continues the fight against the ruthless Empire. “How does she really cope with losing her entire world once the events around that loss have calmed down somewhat? Does she choose to be a princess of nothing – or does she set out to rebuild her heritage and civilization?” Waid said in an interview with Marvel.com. “Princess Leia” No. 1 arrives March 4, with Terry Dodson providing interior and […]
Feb. 09, 2015 | 11:58 a.m.

Valentine’s Day gift guide: ‘Star Wars,’ Marvel, ‘Doctor Who’ and more

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2015
Was your meet-cute at Comic-Con? Do your date nights involve dice or game controllers? Do your love notes feature panels and word bubbles? If so, Hero Complex’s annual Valentine’s Day gift guide is for you and your geeky sweetheart. Whether your lover would rather command the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise or ride rogue in the Millennium Falcon, fight with the Avengers or the Justice League, capture ghosts or cast spells, we’ve got you covered for your last-minute gifts. Click through the gallery above for a quick look at our Valentine’s Day selections, or check out the list below, organized by price. Under $25 “Bounden” game, $3.99. Developed by Netherlands-based three-person studio Game Oven in conjunction with the Dutch National Ballet, “Bounden” is a mobile game that aims to teach players ballet, or at least inspire them to get closer […]
Jan. 21, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.

George Lucas works ‘Strange Magic’ with new animated film

Bog King (Alan Cumming) is fiercely opposed to a powerful potion created by the Sugar Plum Fairy (Kristin Chenoweth) in "Strange Magic." (Lucasfilm)
Forget Joseph Campbell and “The Power of Myth.” The inspiration for “Strange Magic,” the new animated feature co-written and produced by “Star Wars” mastermind George Lucas, was Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to make the movie using existing music and find lyrics from the songs to actually tell the story,” Lucas said recently during a phone conversation from New York City. “I was trying to take my archive of music that continues long after I did ‘American Graffiti’ and go through it.” Opening Friday, “Strange Magic” centers on the unpleasant Bog King (Alan Cumming), a tragic figure ruling over his dark forest with a foul temper and a distaste for anything related to love. That is, until he meets Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood), a fairy princess who has also soured on love, and many […]
Jan. 16, 2015 | 3:33 p.m.

George Lucas details plans to make, but not release, two new films

George Lucas co-wrote and executive produced the new animated tale “Strange Magic,” which arrives in theaters Jan. 23.  The musical romp, directed by Gary Rydstrom, takes very loose inspiration from Shakespeare, telling the story of a monstrous Bog King (Alan Cumming) who finds unexpected love in a magical realm of elves and fairies. But it isn’t the only new movie Lucas has on the horizon. The 70-year-old “Star Wars” creator currently is writing two new features, both experimental movies that hearken back to his student days at the University of Southern California. However, he has no plans to ever release either project publicly. “The way [the films] are, they’re not really movies that can be released,” Lucas said of his upcoming projects during a recent phone call from New York City, where he was promoting “Strange Magic.” “They’re movies more […]
Dec. 31, 2014 | 8:32 a.m.

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Avengers,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road': 15 must-see movies of 2015

Here's a look at 15 genre releases slated for 2015. (Handout)
The new year is shaping up to be a momentous one for genre entertainment. “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” will reunite Marvel’s mightiest superheroes in the tentpole sequel; “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” —  the first film in a new trilogy set in a galaxy far, far away — will once again see Jedi and Sith battling on the big screen; “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a reimagining of the action-packed post-apocalyptic film that launched Mel Gibson’s career, will see Tom Hardy take the wheel; and dinosaurs will once again roam the silver screen in “Jurassic World.” Those are just a few of the sci-fi and superhero silver screen offerings for 2015. Hero Complex looks at 15 of the most exciting releases slated for 2015 in the gallery above and the list below. ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ Feb. 6, 2015 The latest venture from […]
Dec. 26, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens': The galaxy’s main event

J.J. Abrams speaks to fans from the desert movie set in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Lucasfilm Ltd.)
Chris Taylor headed to San Francisco’s AMC Metreon 15 on Black Friday for a 10 a.m. screening of “Fury,” but it wasn’t just the Brad Pitt tank drama that he’d come to see. Taylor was among the throngs of fans who made their way to 30 theaters across the country that day to be among the first to watch the trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which will return the legendary space opera to the big screen in 2015. “There’s one guy in the theater in the back row already watching the trailer over and over again on his iPhone,” recalled Taylor, the author of the new book “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe.” Also, he said, “there were stormtroopers in the audience.” Nor was the excitement confined to cinemas; online, the clip was reportedly viewed more than 20 […]
Dec. 26, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

New book ‘Star Wars Art: Posters’ dives into a galaxy of rich visuals

Full-color painted concept treatment for "Star Wars" poster. (Wotjek Siudmak / LucasFilm)
Luke and Leia, Han and Chewie, Obi-Wan and Vader, TIE fighters and X-wings: Say the names of “Star Wars,” and a galaxy of imagery springs to mind — a visual language as colorful as Wookiee Speak. For fans who cannot wait an entire year (a whole year!) to see the coming spectacle of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens,” there is this from Abrams, the publisher: “Star Wars Art: Posters,” a 180-page book ($40) or 244-page limited edition ($400) loaded with more than 50 artists’ drawings, paintings and digital renderings promoting the “Star Wars” empire of films, TV movies, cartoon series, video games and more. It’s a nostalgic visual chronicle with a forward by Drew Struzan, one of the original “Star Wars” poster artists, and an introduction by Roger Kastel, poster artist for “The Empire Strikes […]
Nov. 28, 2014 | 8:24 a.m.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer includes X-wings, Falcon, more

A scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." (Lucasfilm / Disney)
The debut trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is out, offering fans a glimpse of the first new live-action footage of the “Star Wars” universe in nearly a decade. The trailer, which was released on iTunes on Friday in addition to screening in select theaters, is 88 seconds long and features new characters (including “Attack the Block” actor John Boyega in Stormtrooper gear) and familiar settings, like Luke Skywalker’s desert planet home Tatooine, where actress Daisy Ridley rides some sort of speeder bike. “There’s been an awakening,” a deep voice narrates as the trailer begins. “Have you felt it? The dark side, and the light.” The trailer, below, reveals an updated Millennium Falcon, several X-wing fighters piloted by men in battered uniforms reminiscent of Rebel Alliance gear, a new kind of droid that travels using a ball and, most […]
Nov. 24, 2014 | 11:46 a.m.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens': See the 88-second first trailer this weekend

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' JJ Abrams Tweet
[This post has been updated to include the complete list of 30 theaters screening the trailer. Scroll to the end for the complete list.] The first trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is debuting this weekend, and according to director J.J. Abrams, it will reveal 88 seconds of footage from the highly anticipated seventh installment in the sci-fi mega-franchise. On Monday morning, Abrams tweeted a picture of a handwritten note, complete with Star Wars doodle, wishing fans “a most excellent Thanksgiving” and teasing the trailer. “A tiny* peek at what we’re working on — this Friday in select theaters,” Abrams tweeted. “*88 seconds.” THANKSGIVING pic.twitter.com/46811BgWiF — Bad Robot (@bad_robot) November 24, 2014 “Select theaters” could include nine Regal Entertainment Group venues; the movie theater operator announced on its website that the trailer would screen before each film playing Friday […]
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