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Saturn Award Nominations!

While Gwendoline didn’t receive an individual nomination, her multiple projects, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Game of Thrones, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2, received quite a few nominations!

 

VARIETY – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” leads this year’s Saturn Awards nominations with 15. Its next closest competitors, “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Crimson Peak,” are far behind with nine noms each.

 

Box office smash “Jurassic World” followed with seven nominations. The Marvel films “Ant-Man” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” were up next, bringing in six and four nominations, respectively.

 

On the TV side, AMC stalwart “The Walking Dead” shambled off with seven nominations, while HBO’s “Game of Thrones” netted five. There was a four-way tie among “Daredevil,” “Hannibal,” “Supergirl” and “Wayward Pines,” each with four nominations.

 

The Saturn Awards — now in their 42nd year — are presented annually to films and television series by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

 

The award show is known for its eclectic groupings of films in unique categories. In the best action/adventure film category, Oscar favorite “The Revenant” will compete against Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Spy.” Meanwhile, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” leading man Taron Egerton will square off against Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor.

 

This year’s Saturn Awards are adding a new category: best new-media television. The nominees include Netflix’s “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and “Sense8”; Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle” and “Bosch”; and PlayStation/Crackle’s “Powers.”

 

The award ceremony will take place in June in Burbank.

 

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Star Wars Episode VIII Officially Begins Production

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TWINFINITE – Star Wars has reasserted its dominance over the entertainment industry the last few months, and there’s no better indication of how big the series is than an investor’s call with Disney CEO Bob Iger. 

 

While talking about the huge success of The Force Awakens, Iger revealed that production has officially begun on not only Star Wars: Episode VIII but Star Wars: Episode IX as well.

 

“Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.”

 

Actor John Boyega, who plays Finn, also took to Twitter to mark the beginning of production. Iger continued on by talking about the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, by saying that filming is almost complete on the movie. Rogue One is set for release on December 16, 2016.

 

Iger also confirmed that the Han Solo movie, written by Lawrence Kasdan & Jon Kasdan and directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller, is still set to hit theaters in May 2018.

 

Star Wars: Episode VIII was originally planned for a May release as well in 2017, but recently suffered a delay to December of the same year. The movie is rumored to have two female leads, and John Boyega has talked about the new movie being darker than The Force Awakens, with Finn’s role being much more “physical.”

 

Are you already excited for Star Wars Episode VIII? What do you think of Rogue One, and the schedule for Star Wars movies right now? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens To Be Released On Blu-Ray In April

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COMICBOOK – The force will awaken on Blu-ray this April!

 

Today, Amazon notified customers that pre-ordered J.J. Abrams’ mega-blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray that they will received their copy on by April 5th, 2016. They then updated their website with the official date as well.

 

There’s still no information on the special features that will be included with the Blu-ray release. The current retail price is $19.99.

 

Set thirty years after the events of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens picks up the story of a galaxy turned upside-down with the deposition of the evil Empire and the rise of the Rebel Alliance to take its place. With the cruel First Order rising to fill the void left by the Empire’s destruction and the Resistance dedicated to eradicating their influence, heroes Finn and Rey will need to stop the villainous Kylo Ren and the First Order from assuming total control of the galaxy, with the help of old heroes Han Solo and Leia Organa.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is playing at your local cinema.

Star Wars Actress Confirms She Will Be in the Next Film

 

PEOPLE – Gwendoline Christie is returning to the big screen for next Star Wars installment.

 

“I will be in the next Star Wars movie. I think that’s an exclusive, actually,” the actress told PEOPLE Deputy Editor JD Heyman on Saturday’s red carpet preshow for the 2016 SAG Awards.

 

It’s exciting news, especially considering Christie was super amped about the role of Captain Phasma in the latest film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

“I was very overexcited. I made no secret of the fact that I really campaigned for the part for a long time,” said Christie, 37. “And then I was delighted when J.J. Abrams wanted to have me in the film and then wanted to cast me in this role that had originally been designed for a man.”

 

The actress continued, reveling over the “incredible” costume and that fact that she would have the rare opportunity to play a female stormtrooper – a role she hopes will bring more diverse jobs to other women in Hollywood.

 

“I thought the costume was incredibly striking. I also just liked this notion of a female stormtrooper,” Christie said. “I felt it encouraged diversity and it was doing something new and it was an interesting bit of casting for women, and I hope that in something that was such a mainstream success it would breed more of those kind of opportunities for other women.”

 

Earlier this month, the 6-ft., 3-in. Game of Thrones star told PEOPLE that she also liked that, while her Star Wars costume was amazing, she loved that it was armor.

 

“I was struck by how incredible it looked, but also I liked that it was stormtrooper armor,” Christie said at the time. “It hadn’t been sexualized or feminized in any way. I thought, ‘That is interesting. That’s very modern.'”

 

The 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are being presented live from Los Angeles on TNT and TBS.

An Interview With The Women of Star Wars: Daisy Ridley and Gwendoline Christie Talk!

HOTPRESSThe women of Star Wars: The Force Awakens tell Roe McDermott why J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi instalment is a cultural game-changer in its portrayal of strong, complex women

 

You may have heard of this little film the came to cinemas this Christmas. Just a quiet, subdued indie drama… Oh, who are we kidding. JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an epic space opera that is set to not only add to the iconic Star Wars franchise, but reignite it for a new generation. Set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, the Rebel Alliance and the Empire have become Resistance and the First Order, respectively. The film sees Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher reprise their roles as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia – but the cast is also brimming with the best and brightest of Hollywood’s new stars. Featuring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Girls star Adam Driver, Inside Llewyn Davis’ Oscar Isaac and our own Domhnall Gleeson, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is dragging the franchise into the 21st century at light speed.

 

With this update comes new societal rules, and in a meta exploration of gender equality, Star Wars: The Force Awakens not only addresses the progress made in the Star Wars universe, but in the film industry. The upcoming instalment is thus filled with interesting, multi-faceted female characters – and it’s about time.

 

Princess Leia Organa, Star Wars’ leading lady, is one of sci-fi’s most adored heroines; a smart, fearless and capable leader whose strength is fuelled by her unwavering sense of moral and political conviction and personal empowerment.

 

A cinematic favourite turned feminist hero, Leia’s defiant warrior spirit and unapologetic femininity made her a cultural icon. And yes, the image of a kidnapped Leia in a gold metal bikini may have made an entire generation of young men sweaty and lightheaded with feverish desire, but this was not a woman who was just a sexualised slave – here was someone who used the chains that enslaved her as instruments of power, using them to destroy her captor.

 

However, Leia sadly proves to be an anomaly in the original Star Wars franchise, where women are seldom seen and almost never heard. In the beloved trinity of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, the only other female characters allowed to speak are Aunt Beru, Mon Mothma, and an unnamed Rebel functionary at the Hoth base. And the combined running time of these lines uttered by women? An almost unbelievably pitiful 63 seconds. To clarify, the total series runtime is 23,160 seconds. It seems that even in a galaxy far, far away, sexism still reigns supreme.

 

Until now, that is. In J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the director has infused the film with his trademark appreciation for strong female characters. Though now known for lens-flare fuelled action movies, Abrams got his start with the female-led teen drama Felicity, and thanks to characters like Lost’s Kate Austen, Alias’ Sydney Bristow and Fringe’s Olivia Dunham, Abrams’ career has been marked by his commitment to bringing fully-rounded and aspirational female characters to the screen. (We’re chalking the disappointing and objectifying portrayal of Alice Eve’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness as an uncharacteristic slip on an otherwise impressive resume).

 

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Everything We Know About Future Star Wars Movies

VULTURE – Given that The Force Awakens brought in approximately eleventy bajillion dollars over the last month, it’s no surprise that at least four other theatrical films are in the works, and they’re being made at a breakneck pace. We’ll be inundated with Star Wars hype through at least the end of the decade, alternating between the ongoing saga that began with The Force Awakens and side-stories that give heretofore unknown details about some of the universe’s more well-known characters and events. Here’s everything we know so far.

 

Episode VIII

     

  • • Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) will write and direct the film.
  • • Kennedy has also hinted that Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma will have an expanded role, saying, “She’s an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word.”
  • • New names in the cast are Gugu Mbatha-Raw as an unannounced character and, as first reported last summer, Benicio Del Toro as the villain.
  • • R2-D2 is being played by actor Jimmy Vee, replacing franchise mainstay Kenny Baker.
  • • The casting sheet also says that production will take place in Iceland and London.
  • • Sources said in September that the casting short list also included Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl).
  • • According to frequent J.J. Abrams collaborator Greg Grunberg, Abrams called the Episode VIII script, “‘so good’ that he wished he had written it.”
  • • Daisy Ridley also liked the script a lot. She said, “It’s very good; very good,” and then expanded on that statement in interesting and specific ways (haha, just kidding).
  • • That said, John Boyega gave up the tiniest descriptive tidbit, calling the Episode VIII script “much darker.”
  • • Johnson has said that the crew has been screening other films to prepare, including the 1949 classic Twelve O’Clock High — famous in part for using actual World War II footage — as well as the 1960 Russian survival film Letter Never Sent.
  • • Mark Hamill appeared at a local bar in England following a day of shooting Episode VIII. He appeared without the beard that he is seen sporting at the end of The Force Awakens.
  • • The film comes out on May 26, 2017.

 
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Gwendoline Christie Loves Being a New Kind of Action Heroine

PEOPLE – Gwendoline Christie credits Carrie Fisher – with her buns, metal bikini, and laser blaster – as the inspiration for a career that includes fierce medieval fighter Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones and stormtrooper commander Captain Phasma in the record-setting hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

“I loved Princess Leia, and that even in my infant mind I remember thinking, ‘She’s a different kind of woman to the women I see in films,’ ” Christie, 37, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I think it must have been quite forming.”

 

“I’ve been lucky enough to play a couple of parts of women who are very driven and somewhat unconventional,” she adds. “I love playing women who kick ass!”

 

Christie, who first watched Star Wars when she was 6 years old, recently told Fisher she was a huge influence on her as a young girl.

 

“I said, ‘I feel that perhaps watching you planted a seed in my mind.’ ” To which Fisher joked, ” ‘I did actually plant a seed in your mind. It’s true.’ She’s incredible.”

 

When the 6’3″ actress finally stepped on The Force Awakens set to shoot, she couldn’t believe the day had finally arrived.

 

“I said to the people around me, ‘So, is this really happening?’ ” she recalls. “Walking onto the set with that incredible costume, the sets were so enormous and so detailed, everything seemed real … and I was in it.”

 

The costume, says Christie, made her role even more appealing. “I was struck by how incredible it looked, but also I liked that it was stormtrooper armor. It hadn’t been sexualized or feminized in any way. I thought, ‘That is interesting. That’s very modern.’ ”

 

Now she’s one of the Star Wars women future generations will watch closely, as she once did.

 

“People talk about having dreams come true,” Christie says. “This is really a lot of young dreams come true.”

Captain Phasma Crushes The Resistance in a New IMAX Poster

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How Captain Phasma Really Got Her Armour!

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