Kathleen Kennedy Talks the Story, Characters and Special FX in Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars: Episode VII producer and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy took the stage at Star Wars Celebration Europe yesterday, to discuss this highly-anticipated sequel. We also have a video interview with the producer and host Warwick Davis, where she discusses the pre-production process and much more. Take a look at the video, and read on for more details about her presentation at the event.

Kathleen Kennedy revealed that she is currently splitting her time between the LucasFilm and director J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot offices, where they are currently discussing the story and characters.

“The story and characters are all we’re talking about right now. We have an amazing team at ILM, who can create fantastic effects, but if we don’t have a great story and characters, the effects mean nothing. I do think making huge popular culture – and I’ve had the good fortune to be a part of a lot it – is really hard to do and get right. And if you don’t spend the time you need on developing characters, and finding stories, complicated stories, the audience gets tired because they think they’re seeing the same thing again and again.”

The producer also talked about combining real locations and practical effects with Star Wars: Episode VII, much like the original trilogy.

“It’s a conversation we’re having all the time in the development of Episode VII. Looking at all the Star Wars movies and getting a feel for what even some of the early films did, combining real locations and special effects – that’s something we’re looking very seriously at. So we’re going to find some very cool locations that we’re going to use in support of Episode VII. And I think we’re probably going to end up using every single tool in the toolbox to create the look of these movies.”

When asked by panel host Warwick Davis what was in that toolbox, the producer gave this response.

“It’s using model makers; it’s using real droids; it’s taking advantage of artwork that you actually can touch and feel. And we want to do that in combination with CG effects. We figure that’s what will make it real.”

In related news, Disney has registered domain names for StarWarsAttackSquadrons.com, SWAttackSquadrons.com, AttackSquadrons.com, and AttackSquadron.us. It is believed that these websites will be launched for upcoming video games that are being developed by Electronic Arts.

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.


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John Williams Confirmed to Score Star Wars: Episode VII!

Star Wars Celebration Europe is in full swing this weekend, which LucasFilm is using to make some big announcements for Star Wars: Episode VII. Today, the studio confirmed a report from May that legendary composer John Williams is providing the score for this highly-anticipated sequel. In addition, a video interview was released with the musician discussing working with producer Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams. Take a look at the interview, then read the official LucasFilm press release for more details.

John Williams, the legendary composer who crafted the iconic, sweeping music of all six films in the Star Wars saga, is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced today at Star Wars Celebration Europe. Williams‘ grand orchestral compositions for Star Wars are among the most beloved and recognizable in movie history, from the classic “Main Title” theme introduced in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope to the ominous “Imperial March” from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back to the stirring “Duel of the Fates” from the prequel trilogy.

Williams, whose career spans over six decades, has won five Academy Awards and has scored some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time, including Jaws, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Lincoln, and countless others.

The composer joins a growing list of all-star creators including director J.J. Abrams, screenwriter Michael Arndt, and consultants Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg, who are shaping Star Wars: Episode VII, currently set for a 2015 release.

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.


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Star Wars: Episode VII Wants Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron!

Lucasfilm wants Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron for Star Wars: Episode VII

As believed to be true, Disney and Lucasfilm are saving their big Star Wars: Episode VII casting announcements for the D23 Expo, which happens August 9-11 in Anaheim, California, home of Disneyland, instead of having revealed the information at Comic-Con this past week.

Production is expected to start in early 2014 for a 2015 release date, with live-action shooting scheduled to happen in the UK at Pinewood Studios on a film that will take place after the events seen in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. While no story details have been revealed at this time, a source close to the production has leaked some new, interesting information about two characters that will be in the movie, and who is being sought to play them.

This news comes from Latino Review, who previously reported that Leonardo DiCaprio had come in for a meeting but bailed to do the Robotech movie instead.

Now, they are reporting that past Disney alumni Ryan Gosling (The Mickey Mouse Club) and Zac Efron (High School Musical) are both wanted for Star Wars: Episode VII in two of the lead roles. It is not known whom they will be playing, but its being stated as fact that one of the actors has already taken a meeting with Lucasfilm and Disney.

The speculation is that Ryan Gosling is being sought to play Luke Skywalker’s kid, while Zac Efron will play Han Solo’s kid. The film is rumored to be taking place exactly 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.

What do you think of this news?

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.


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Lucasfilm Confirms J.J. Abrams Is Not Dropping Out of Star Wars: Episode VII

J.J. Abrams is not exiting Star Wars: Episode VII confirms Lucasfilm

Coming out of Comic-Con 2013, Alamo Drafthouse online site Baddass Digest left a dangling ‘maybe’ at the end of a story about Star Trek 3 that suggested director J.J. Abrams had considered leaving Star Wars: Episode VII this past spring. That quickly took on a life as its own, turning into a rumor that J.J. Abrams had completely bailed on the hugely anticipated event movie of the year.

The rumor grew so big over the course of the evening that Lucasfilm felt it necessary to issue a confirmation that the director was still with Star Wars: Episode VII, releasing a statement to clarify the fact that he wasn’t leaving.

Here is Lucasfilm’s official words on the wildfire rumor.

“There is no truth to the rumor. J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.”

The rumor stated that J.J. Abrams was unhappy about shooting in London, and having to move his family there for an extended period of time. He was also reportedly unhappy about the really tight development process, with a film needed for a 2015 release date. There is still a persistent rumor that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Trek 3 in 2014 as well.

A Star Wars celebration is happening this weekend in Europe. Look for any big announcements to happen then.

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.


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Grey’s Anatomy 200th Episode First Look: Callie’s Smiling! Derek’s Juggling! Cristina’s Annoyed! – TV Show News

We’ll give it to Grey’s Anatomy — they know how to throw a party.

For the show’s landmark 200th episode, airing next Thursday, Oct. 10 on ABC, the doctors of Grey Sloan host a charity gala to bail the hospital out financially in the wake of The Storm of 2013 — and we’ve got a first look at the lavish (and tense) affair.

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“They’re fighting to [see] who can raise the most money,” explains Sandra Oh. “There’s a vintage Cristina moment that she has with Alex where she’s just going on about how great she is.”

Adds Kevin McKidd, whose Owen comes up with the idea for the event with Justin Chambers’ Alex: “They’re brilliant surgeons, [but] they’re maybe not the best party organizers. So things take a really interesting turn, and maybe it doesn’t go as well as its meant to.

“There are a few great twists in the episode which are really fun, and it’s a real celebration,” he adds. “It’s a really warm, sort of uplifting, upbeat episode.”

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Scroll through the gallery below and riddle us this in the comments: Who’s the random dude (played by Emil Beheshti) delivering what appears to be bad news to Callie?




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