What’s the best way to escape the summer heat? Going to the movies! Seriously. It’s dark, they’ve got the AC cranked up to subzero temperatures, and there’s all sorts of cold drinks and ice cream. What’s not to love!? With that in mind, it’s no wonder that studios save their heavy hitters for these hot ‘n’ humid months, thus creating a movie sub-type all its own: The Summer Blockbuster.
Excited, we are! We had always presumed that George Lucas‘ Star Wars series had come to an end (mainly because he, um, consistently declared that it had), but it looks like Disney has other plans for Luke and the gang: the company announced today that it had made a $4.05 billion dollar deal to purchase Lucasfilm Ltd and has already scheduled episode 7 to be released in 2015. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers,” Lucas said of the deal. “I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”
Personally, we’re on board. Lucas had originally imagined Star Wars as nine movies; it just must have seemed like a Herculean feat to get them all made. Now that they are on the way, we can think of at least five reasons off the top of our heads why Star Wars Episode 7 is going to be truly, truly sick:
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were just friends, hanging out in a film studio making a skit for a television pilot. Many love stories start out that way. Apparently Yeezy was set to appear with fellow hip-hop star Rhymefest in a show called Alligator Boots, a comedy series featuring puppets. For some tragic reason that we’ll never understand, the show never made it to air. How did this get the axe, while Keeping Up With The Kardashians just wrapped it’s 7th season?! We’ll take it as yet another example of how life isn’t fair.
Thankfully, some footage of the 2008 shoot still exists, and it amusingly depicts Kanye and future lady-love Kim doing a scene together. The pair are decked out in Star Wars attire, with Kanye as a Stormtrooper (sans helmet) and Kim as a very convincing princess Leia, complete with Return Of The Jedi bikini. Oh, and there’s a puppet. Yeah, we don’t really get it either. But Kim relived the memories yesterday as she posted a picture from the shoot to her twitter for Throwback Thursday. Maybe she was looking for some outfit inspiration for Halloween parties this weekend. That would be a pretty killer couples costume if you ask us. Bring it back!
Kim has always been one to go all out for the spookiest holiday of the year. Check out some of her hottest Halloween looks in the gallery below!
The Force is strong with Adrianne Curry, as you can see from the photos above. The model/reality show starlet/Comic-Con enthusiast celebrated her 30th birthday over the weekend with a Star Wars themed Vegas pool party! It all went down at the Beach Club inside the Encore hotel this Saturday. Wielding her very own lightsaber, the former Mrs. Peter Brady was served by bartenders in Darth Vader masks while models dressed as Storm Troopers danced nearby. The birthday gal tweeted tons of photos from her big day, clad in the traditional birthday bikini. “Like my saber skills?” she captioned one. They definitely seem better than Luke’s! Is Adrianne hotter than Princess Leia? We know better than to pick fights with Star Wars fans, so we’ll keep our opinions to ourselves. But check out the gallery below and judge for yourself!.
We’re used to putting our now-grown child stars in one of three categories: tragic failures, surprising success stories or tragic failures that managed to become surprising success stories. We mourn our Dana Platos and Corey Haims, celebrate the Jason Batemans and Neil Patrick Harrises and Danica McKellars, and are warily rooting for the Lindsay Lohans and Macaulay Culkins. But this week, we were reminded that like, you know, regular kids who grow up, there are many paths for child actors to take.
They can grow up to be Kirk Cameron, who’s long parlayed his Growing Pains fame into a platform for Christian evangelism, making Left Behind movies and all sorts public appearances to denounce the theory of evolution. Still, when he went on Piers Morgan last week and called homosexuality “unnatural, detrimental and ultimately destructive to foundations of civilization,” his co-stars, Tracey Gold and Alan Thicke, along with a whole lot of other celebs, reacted with outrage and disappointment in him. But really, whether we agree or not (not!), Cameron’s been rebelling against the Hollywood stereotype for ages now. Should we really be surprised? Read more…
We knew George Lucas was a little nuts, but come on…the New York Post got Star Wars fans all jazzed by reporting that the mastermind had “50 hours worth of scripts for the long-anticipated Star Wars live-action TV series already shot,” but was waiting for “a different type of technology we can use so it’s economically feasible to shoot the shows” before releasing them. Understandably, everyone who cares (and after the last trilogy and Clone Wars, it’s amazing people aren’t just ignoring him) was a little confused by the hub-bub. The episodes were shot but still needed to be shot? What does “in the can” mean? Did Lucas tape the live-action parts with some newfangled digital hoo-ha to be added later?
Sadly (or is it?), Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Lucas was misquoted—50 hours of episodes have been written, but nothing’s been committed to digital video. It’s still a crazy notion, especially considering that every time Lucas finishes a Star Wars project he swears he’s going to spend his kazillions making small art projects, only to drop another load of space junk on the fanboys (to be fair, he did produce Red Tails, a Cuba Gooding Jr. movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, scheduled for release later this year). But the question remains—what technological advancement will allow George to pump out these 50 hours of Star Wars apocrypha? We’re guessing a computer program that makes his later work tolerable for people who don’t sleep with a light saber.
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