Steven Spielberg And Harrison Ford Reunite To Bring Indiana Jones Back To The Big Screen!

Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”

Famed archaeologist and explorer Indiana Jones was introduced in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark – one of AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time – and later thrilled audiences in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The four films have brought in nearly $2 billion at the global box office.

There has been no word yet on whether or not George Lucas will have any involvement in the upcoming reboot, as he is credited with writing the story for all four previous Indiana Jones films. Entertainment Weekly is speculating that the screenwriter job will go to someone other than Lucas, as he had very little involvement in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, as he is in a position of semi-retirement now to work on smaller and more personal films.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Review (Spoiler-Free!)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a film that should have been doomed to fail. Having the nearly impossible task of living up to the gargantuian expectations set on it by the fans, as well as the legacy of the original trilogy, the film should by all rights should fall flat on it’s feet. Luckily, Star Wars: The Force Awakens  has the confidence to surpass these problems, but garner a whole set of new ones. The film holds it’s weight with the original trilogy, and by most standards is very good. Some may say that it’s even as good as A New Hope (it’s not, but ill get to that later). Put simply, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a film that is pretty damn good, but suffers from several fundamental flaws that hold it back from from being truly great.

Star Wars The Force AwakensStar Wars: The Force Awakens has a lot going for it. Besides the top notch technical aspects to this film, the use of anything practical whenever possible, and a heavy dose of nostalgia, Director J.J. Abrams has been able to re-capture the magic of the original films. By bringing a diverse ensemble of new characters, along with a return from the holy trinity from the original films (Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fischer) along to support them, Abrams finds a nice balance between new and old. For what each actor is given, the performances are top notch. From the returning members of the original cast to all of the newcomers, everyone seems to be relishing the opportunity they’ve been given. None more so than Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. While I won’t delve into spoilers, I will say that Driver has created a villain that is wholly three-dimensional. Flawed, quiet, and broken, Kylo Ren proves to be more nuanced than we’ve seen before from any characters in the past.

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The greatest thing about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the feeling that it gives you when you watch it. It reminds you why you fell in love with the series to begin with. It restores the sense of fun to these movies that the prequels sorely missed. But most importantly, it reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place– to be transported from our mundane lives, into a special world of the unknown. J.J Abrams has always been good at achieving this. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams has successfully brought us something new, while at the same time presenting a story that feels wholly familiar. Unfortunately, by focusing on the things that made the original film so endearing, Abrams has inadvertently kept himself from making something better than the very thing he’s trying to live up to.

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This is perhaps my biggest problem with the film, the fact that it wants to be too much like A New Hope, and not enough like The Force Awakens. That’s not to say that the film doesn’t offer new elements to the universe, it does plenty of that, actually. The problem is that the story almost feels like a beat-for-beat remake of A New Hope. Seriously though, when you see the film, think about it. Almost all of the major beats are nearly identical, although details between those major events have been altered. There are plenty of references to the original film throughout The Force Awakens, but this sense of heavy nostalgia that Abrams brings to the table begins to overshadow the telling of the story towards the second half of the film.

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It’s funny, because I don’t quite know what this movie would be like without Abrams’ involvement. He’s always been the type of filmmaker that ends up holding himself back, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens is no exception to this. Don’t get me wrong – I think that The Force Awakens is is a great return to form, but it is by no means better than the original film. A few years down the line, the hype will have worn down, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens will largely be remembered as the film that opened the floodgates to a larger universe. A film that sacrifices it’s own interest at crucial points to create something larger. A film that believes it will be worth the sacrifice now, to create something unforgettable down the line. But in the grand scheme of things, is that so bad?.

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Finn and Rey are in Trouble in the First Clip from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star-Wars-feat(PCM) Lucasfilm and Disney premiered the first clip from J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Sunday during Disney-owned ABC’s broadcast of the American Music Awards, giving viewers a preview of a scene where the film’s main protagonists, Finn and Rey, find themselves in desperate need of an escape.

The first clip comes from a scene heavily featured in the teasers and trailers where Finn and Rey are running full-speed away from a series of explosions towards a quad jumper right as it’s blown to bits.

Check out the quick 15-second clip below, as well as ninth TV spot which Disney and Lucasfilm also released on Sunday.

Taking place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, and Miltos Yerolemou.

Star Wars: Episode VII is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk. Lawrence Kasdan, the script-writer behind Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, returns to the series to script The Force Awakens. Academy Award-winning composer John Williams is also reprising his role as composer for the film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is slated to open in theaters nationwide December 18, 2o15 and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017, and a Han Solo anthology film on May 25, 2018.

Star Wars: Episode IX and the third anthology film have yet to get release dates, but we do know that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will be directing Episode IX.

Advance tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be purchased here!

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New Footage in Finn-Focused Star Wars: The Force Awakens TV Spot

StarWars_CharacterPoster3(PCM) We’re just under a month away from the HIGHLY anticipated release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is already selling out and breaking records, and Lucasfilm and Disney have graced us with new footage in the latest TV spot.

The 30-second spot focuses on Finn, John Boyega’s character in the seventh installment of the hugely successful Star Wars series. “You don’t know a thing about me, what I’ve seen. We all need to run” Finn says over new footage of himself in action, fighting with a lightsaber and teaming up with Han Solo and Chewbacca.

Watch the new TV spot below!

Taking place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, and Miltos Yerolemou.

Star Wars: Episode VII is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk. Lawrence Kasdan, the script-writer behind Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, returns to the series to script The Force Awakens. Academy Award-winning composer John Williams is also reprising his role as composer for the film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is slated to open in theaters nationwide December 18, 2o15. Advance tickets for the film’s premiere can be purchased here!

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The First ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Character Posters are Here!

Star-Wars-feat(PCM) There’s only a little over a month left until the premiere of J.J. Abram’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and fans are barely able to contain their excitement.

Adding to the hype and fervor, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm just released a number of character posters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The character posters feature Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley’s Rey, John Boyega’s Finn, and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, all posing with a weapon or lasers covering their left eye. Check them out below!

Taking place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, and Miltos Yerolemou.

Star Wars: Episode VII is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk. Lawrence Kasdan, the script-writer behind Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, returns to the series to script The Force Awakens. Academy Award-winning composer John Williams is also reprising his role as composer for the film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is slated to open in theaters nationwide December 18, 2o15. Advanced tickets for the film’s premiere are already selling out and breaking records, click here to purchase yours!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Already Breaking Records Ahead of its Release

Star-Wars-feat(PCM) Stars Wars: The Force Awakens is still about two months away from blowing minds in theaters, but that hasn’t stopped the highly-anticipated film from breaking ticket sales records.

The seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens won’t open in theaters until December 18, but advance tickets are already on sale through Fandango and other ticketing sites.

The tickets went live just a little before Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures debuted the new trailer during ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” and fans were incredibly quick to flock to the sites and overload their servers, causing crashes and significant slow-downs. The new trailer has already racked up 25 million views on Youtube.

“This is an extraordinary time for the industry, which experienced unprecedented ticketing demand last night for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’” Fandango said in a statement. “In fact, Fandango traffic surged to 7 times its typical peak levels, propelling Fandango’s advance sales for ‘Star Wars’ to a record-setting first day of pre-sales. For ‘Star Wars,’ we have already sold 8 times as many tickets as we did on the first day of sales for the previous record holder.” 

The previous record holder is The Hunger Games, which went on to gross over $690 million worldwide when it opened in 2012. Already, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has outsold the first day advance sales of The Hunger Games eight times over. “Movie theaters are continually adding new show times on Fandango to meet the phenomenal demand. The enthusiasm for this year’s most anticipated movie is out of this world and we expect it to continue all the way to its debut on December 18,” the statement continued.

The Alamo Drafthouse also experienced technical difficulties after its site was flooded with ticket buyers. Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League released a statement explaining that despite the precautions and massive amount of preparation the Alamo Drafthouse undertook, their servers could not handle the astronomic amount of Star Wars fans trying to buy advance tickets.

The statement, in part, reads:

Last night we had the single biggest simultaneous surge for movie tickets our industry has ever seen…that surge exposed weaknesses in our ticketing infrastructure, and that of Fandango, Regal, AMC and Cinemark, not to mention other exhibitors across the globe who also crashed…The Alamo Drafthouse has been preparing for this hugely important day for the past nine months…We spun up 40 simultaneous servers and were monitoring the load to instantaneously add more if needed…

“The massive onslaught of simultaneous users, however, exposed an unforeseen flaw in the ticketing infrastructure itself…We apologize for making what was supposed to be a joyous day a big hassle for Star Wars fans…we hope to see you all at the Drafthouse for The Force Awakens in December…Our goal remains: watching The Force Awakens at the Alamo Drafthouse will be the best possible fan experience.”

Directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, The Force Awakens sees the return of Lawrence Kasdan, the script-writer behind Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.

Taking place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, and Miltos Yerolemou.

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