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Star Wars The Force Awakens WGA Q & A

The following is the transcript from a recent Writer’s Guild of America Q & A with the team behind Star Wars The Force Awakens – director J.J. Abrams, and co-writers Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, moderated by Anthony Breznican. Spoilers below I feel like this year we had like an extra holiday. We had Thanksgiving, […]

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Review: Star Wars The Force Awakens

“There were stories about what happened,” Rey (Daisy Ridley) says wide-eyed to Han Solo (Harrison Ford), now himself so much legend and myth in a galaxy far, far away. The force of story-telling, on the surface derivative of all the Original Trilogy, is nevertheless strong with Star Wars The Force Awakens. Sometimes, to quote James […]

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The Five Stages of Development Hell

This week the producers of Star Wars Episode VII [insert title here] have thanked original screenwriter Michael Arndt for his outstanding contribution so far and have now let loose director J J Abrams and The Empire Strikes Back script writer Lawrence Kasdan on the project (Kasdan is retaining a screenwriting credit on one of the subsequent stand-alone films, […]

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Scene is Believing: The Empire Strikes Back

  On June 21, 1979, on Stage 5 at Elstree Studios, one of the most iconic lines in cinema history was created. But it didn’t come from Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett’s original script. Instead it, and many more elements of this seemingly straightforward scene, came about from a great deal of rehearsal and script […]

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