John Williams really wants to return for “Star Wars: Episode VII”


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Someone get John Williams talking with Kathleen Kennedy stat, because he apparently hadn’t been approached about returning for the new “Star Wars” movies. With screenwriter Michael Arndt and director J.J. Abrams selected for the movie, we feel it’s about time someone make sure the man behind the iconic “Star Wars” scores is locked down for the new trilogy.

In a post written on the John Williams Fan Network, it was revealed that Williams talked about the new “Star Wars” movies at the YMF debut concert on February 9. As he was about to conduct a bit of “Star Wars” music, he discussed how he never expected the series to become as big as it is.

“Neither I, nor George, nor anyone else involved thought this would go far or in a few years there would be a sequel and I’d have to revisit the themes…and years later another trilogy,” he said. “Now we’re hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016…so I need to make sure I’m still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George.”

It is hard to imagine a major “Star Wars” movie without Williams writing the score, and hopefully we don’t have to. Then again, Abrams has frequently worked with Michael Giacchino, so there’s always a chance he would turn to him to compose for “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Fingers crossed Abrams at least gives Williams the right to first refusal here.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is expected out in 2015. In addition to “Star Wars: Episodes VII,” “VIII” and “IX,” Disney is also working on “Star Wars” spinoff movies.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Harrison Ford will reportedly return as Han Solo in future “Star Wars” films


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It might not be official, but it’s pretty darn close to it: Harrison Ford has reportedly signed on to return as Han Solo in the new “Star Wars” films.

Latino Review broke the scoop, and though the headline for their story about it says that he’ll be back in “Episode VII,” that hasn’t been confirmed by Disney yet. Still El Mayimbe’s sources seem absolutely sure that Ford has signed a deal to reprise his role as Han Solo.

Though pretty much every previous “Star Wars” actor has expressed interest in reprising their roles in the new movies — both the sequel trilogy and the confirmed spinoffs — Ford was an early supporter of the films. A source said back in November that he “is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it.”

Also seemingly on board are Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, though there hasn’t been any confirmation of their involvement beyond that initial rumor. At the time, it was said that Ford wouldn’t sign any contracts “until there’s a script and a director in place,” and “either could be a deal breaker.”

Well, now Michael Arndt is writing the “Episode VII” script and J.J. Abrams is confirmed as the movie’s director, so Ford likely decided that that was as good a package as he could hope for. His involvement seems to confirm that “Episode VII” will take place about as long after “Return of the Jedi” as “A New Hope” did after “Revenge of the Sith.”

Again, this isn’t confirmed by Disney, but it does seem very likely. Hopefully an official announcement will be sent out soon, and we’ll find out more about what Arndt is planning for the sequel trilogy. There’s also a chance Ford could be involved in a Han Solo origin movie, if that is one of the spinoffs like many fans hope.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is expected out on 2015.

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William Shatner calls J.J. Abrams a “pig” for directing “Star Wars”


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Most people have responded positively to the announcement of J.J. Abrams as director of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” but William Shatner is not one of those people. During a recent interview, he expressed his discontent with Abrams helming both the “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” franchises.

“He’s being a pig,” Shatner told MovieFanatic. I mean, he’s collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest and he’s probably the most talented director of that ilk we have, but he’s gone too far this time. I think of him as a buddy of mine, I’ve taken him out for sushi. It’s time for J.J. and I to have another sushi, and let me put him straight about two of the largest franchises, and not employing me in either one of them is just foolhardy.”

While Shatner says these statements with a straight face, it’s hard not to think he’s joking at least a little with that final comment. Still, those are some fighting words from the man who still hasn’t appeared in one of Abrams’ “Star Trek” films (at least, that we know of). It was a bit surprising when Abrams opted to tackle both “Trek” and “Wars,” but his body of work has proven that he is more than capable of handling such big projects.

When it was announced back in January that Abrams was the official director for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” he said in a statement, “To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

Michael Arndt is writing the script for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” while Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on spinoff films. It is rumored that Zack Snyder is also developing a “Seven Samurai”-style spinoff movie.

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