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Next Star Wars Movie Gets a Familiar Guiding Hand

JJ Abrams is returning to direct another

(Newser) - JJ Abrams is returning to Star Wars and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of Episode IX. Disney announced the move Tuesday, per the AP . After several high-profile exits by previous Star Wars directors, Lucasfilm is turning to the filmmaker who helped resurrect the franchise in the first... More »

Lucasfilm Addresses the Issue of Carrie Fisher in Episode IX

She won't be digitally inserted into the movie as Leia

(Newser) - The makers of Star Wars have put a quick end to rumors that while Carrie Fisher has died, her Princess Leia may live on. Making a rare foray into the sprawling world of Star Wars speculation, Lucasfilm said Friday night that there are no plans to digitally recreate Fisher to... More »

Disney Parks Reveal Biggest Expansions Ever

Disney promises two 14-acre fully populated areas

(Newser) - Nothing like piloting a "hunk of junk" or joining an epic sci-fi battle on your family vacation, right? Then Walt Disney Co. has you covered: CEO Bob Iger announced yesterday that Walt Disney World and Disneyland will each add a 14-acre Star Wars expansion, CNN Money reports. "We... More »

Pioneering Makeup Artist Behind Yoda Dead at 98

Stuart Freeborn's legendary career spanned 6 decades

(Newser) - Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, has died at 98. LucasFilm confirmed yesterday that Freeborn had passed away, "leaving a legacy of unforgettable contributions." George Lucas said in a statement that Freeborn was "already... More »

Star Wars Spinoff Films Coming

Stand-alone movies will be in addition to planned trilogy

(Newser) - It's a Star Wars avalanche: In addition to the coming Episodes VII, VIII, and IX , Disney plans to produce a number of spinoff movies that revolve around certain characters, CEO Robert Iger tells CNBC . No word yet on which characters will be featured in the standalone films (rumor is... More »

JJ Abrams to Direct Next Star Wars Movie

'The Wrap' says the big-name director is on board

(Newser) - Disney Studios promised a new Star Wars film when it bought Lucasfilm last year, and it's apparently serious about making a blockbuster: The Wrap reports that Disney has lined up none other than JJ Abrams to direct. (The ArtsBeat blog of the New York Times thinks the scoop is... More »

Netflix Scores Landmark Disney Movie Deal

Streaming service beats pay TV to rights to show new releases

(Newser) - In a deal Netflix calls a "bold leap forward for Internet television," the company has scored the rights to show new releases from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm starting in 2016, when Disney's deal with Starz Movies expires. Older Disney films will be available on Netflix immediately... More »

Harrison Ford 'Upbeat' About Han Solo Return

He may appear in new 'Star Wars' movies

(Newser) - Overwhelmed by emotions in the wake of the news that there are more Star Wars movies in your future ? Not sure exactly how to feel? Well, we have some good news for you: Harrison Ford could appear once again as Han Solo. "Harrison is open to the idea... More »

Disney Could Be Good for Star Wars

Disney isn't the Dark Side. It offers 'new hope' for the franchise

(Newser) - Lewis Wallace finds Star Wars fans' lack of faith disturbing. Many have been panicking about Disney's $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm , envisioning more disasters like Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks, but Wallace doesn't think they need to worry, for one simple reason: "Disney knows how to make... More »

Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Plans New Star Wars Movie

George Lucas' company goes for $4B

(Newser) - Big news from Hollywood: Disney has agreed to buy Lucasfilm—yep, the George Lucas company behind the Star War franchise—for about $4 billion in cash and stock, reports USA Today . Lucas currently owns it all by himself. What's more, Disney announced that the next Star Wars movie, called... More »

Lucasfilm Pulls Plug on 'Evil Empire' Studio Complex

The empire strikes back

(Newser) - A fed-up George Lucas has pulled the plug on a digital studio development plan that Northern California neighbors treated like a plot by an "evil empire." Now Lucasfilm hopes to sell the Grady Ranch site next to Skywalker Ranch in Marin County to a developer for low-income housing.... More »

Lucasfilm Settles Wage-Fixing Case

DOJ targeted studio's hiring deal with Pixar

(Newser) - The force was with some of America's best animators. Lucasfilm, as part of a settlement with the Justice Department, has agreed to cancel a secret agreement with Pixar aimed at preventing a bidding war for top digital animators, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The firms had agreed to notify each... More »

Star Wars Movies to Be Re-Released in 3D

3-D Phantom Menace coming in 2012

(Newser) - The Jedi are returning to movie theaters in 3-D. Lucasfilm has announced that all six Star Wars movies will be re-released in 3-D starting in 2012. Many fans of the saga may be disappointed to learn that the Phantom Menace will be first to hit movie theaters, meaning Jar Jar... More »

April Fools Prank May Pay Off for Star Wars Fans

Tens of thousands try to order a 'Tauntaun sleeping bag'

(Newser) - What started as an April Fools joke may turn into a dream come true—almost literally—for Star Wars fans, LA Weekly reports. The Tauntaun sleeping bag seemed just plausible enough that retailer ThinkGeek was bombarded with orders—and raked over the coals when the truth came out. Now Lucasfilm,... More »

Force is Weak in Clone Wars

Animated Star Wars feature doesn't quite replicate the feel of the real thing

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Clone Wars fills a gap in the saga's chronology, and although the animated feature may give devoted Lucasfilm fans their fix before the TV series launches this fall, the oddly lifeless movie "isn't the Star Wars we've known and loved, Todd McCarthy writes in Variety. More »

Stormtrooper Designer, Lucas Head to Court

Lucasfilm plays hardball with costume creator over rights

(Newser) - George Lucas and the man who invented the stormtrooper costume are headed for a court battle over who has the right to make it, the Guardian reports. Lucasfilm is suing British prop designer Andrew Ainsworth, who recently discovered his original stormtrooper molds, and began selling replicas for some $3,600... More »

The Force Is With the Discovery

Lucasfilm loans original light saber to NASA for upcoming flight

(Newser) - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery will have a bit of extra protection on their next mission: Luke Skywalker's original light saber from 1977's Star Wars. Lucasfilm has loaned the prop—in real life not much more than a slick flashlight—to NASA for the shuttle's launch this October, reports... More »

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