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    Lupita Nyong'o is Going to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

    Could the casting of Lupita Nyong'o is Star Wars be the beginning of a new day for women of color in sci-fi and fantasy movies?

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    'Chronicle' & 'Fantastic Four' Director Josh Trank To Helm 'Star Wars' Standalone Spinoff Movie

    We gotta say, we like Disney's gameplan here. With J.J. Abrams shepherding the mainline saga continuing "Star Wars: Episode 7," the studio is tapping rising young talent for their planned standalone spinoff films. "Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards will be doing the first one, due into cinemas in 20...

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    J.J. Abrams Hits Twitter To Ask For 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Set Photo Leaks And Speculation To Stop

    Here's something that in light of the "Ant-Man" news and this current "Star Wars: Episode 7" update, that might be worth remembering: studios, directors and artists working on films owe you absolutely nothing until they are ready to show off what they've been putting together. But over the past week...

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    Watch: All The Words From 'Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope' In Alphabetical Order In 45 Minutes

    There are things in life you didn't know you needed until you have them, and then suddenly you can't live without them. A 40-minute YouTube video of very word spoken in “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” rearranged alphabetically... is not one of those things. But the internet is one of those thin...

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    These Great Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Star Wars IV, V & VI Show Magic in the Making

    "Star Wars: Episode VII" is on everyone's minds these days--if you missed it, yesterday we brought you the news that the newest star to join the film's every-growing cast is Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o--but Empire Magazine had decided to take a look back in Star Wars history to, you might say, a lon...

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    9 Actors Who Succeeded at Making Leap From Indies to Blockbusters and 3 Who Failed

    In honor of Lupita Nyong'o casting in "Star Wars," we've highlighted nine actors who fared well at leaping from indies to blockbusters, and three who didn't follow in their steps.

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    What's Next for Lupita Nyong'o? 'Star Wars'!

    With the Academy Awards in the cultural rearview mirror, many of us wondered when and how we'd see a preternatural talent, and first-time Oscar winner, like Lupita Nyong'o on the big screen again. On Oscar night, the Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised Yale graduate who swept awards season with her sublime ...

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    Watch: 2-Hour Annotated 'Star Wars' Video Explores The Myriad Influences That Shaped A Classic

    Let's talk about the influences that shaped "Star Wars" for a moment—everyone name checks Joseph Campbell's "The Heroes With A Thousand Faces," Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Forteress" and countless "Flash Gordon" serials. Those are certainly among the key touchstones that George Lucas re-imagined in...

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    Want a Princess Leia Action Figure? Sorry, Disney Doesn't Sell Them

    They do make figurines of random Stormtroopers and plushies of Jawa and Bantha, though.

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    'Godzilla' Director Gareth Edwards To Helm 'Star Wars' Spin-off Set For 2016 Release

    The career of Gareth Edwards is one that would make a film school student envious. His first film, "Monsters," was a labor of love, made on a shoestring budget, with the VFX largely done a laptop. The result? A solid indie highlighting a director with a real sense of mood and craft. That effort foun...

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