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Kathleen Kennedy

May The Force Be With You

The Star Wars: Episode VII Team Would Like An Extension On Their Homework, Please. To 2016.

Just last week we had word Star Wars: Episode VII was switching writers. As you can imagine, that didn’t instill many of us with hopeful thoughts about the next installment of the franchise, due in theaters 2015. As it turns out, the folks working on the film seem to be a little concerned as well. So much so they asked for the film to be pushed back a year. But Disney’s CEO said no. 

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I Have A Bad Feeling About This: Star Wars: Episode VII Switches Writers

My first thought upon reading that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are taking over script duties for Star Wars: Episode VII was: “Wuh-oh. That can’t be a good sign. Why change writers unless there’s a problem with the script?”

Second thought: “Well at least it’s not Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman.”

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Kathleen Kennedy: Star Wars: Episode VII Will Focus More on Story and Characters, Less On CGI

First things first: I apologize for the Jar Jar Binks picture. But let’s be real. It’s Monday, and your day probably sucked even before you were reminded of his existence.

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I will make it legal!

Star Wars: Episode VII Might Be Heavy On the Secrecy After All

In a recent interview Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy had some interesting things to say about secrecy and Star Wars mainly relating to how fans are an integral part of the franchise and “there are things you’re gonna want to make sure they get to know.” That would seem to be at odds with the modus operandi of director J.J. Abrams, which is basically not telling fans anything.

But Abrams isn’t in control now: Disney is. So will Episode VII be less hush-hush? Not so fast, says producer Bryan Burk.

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For A More Civilized Age

J.J. Abrams Might Not Get to Keep Star Wars a Secret…

J.J. Abrams is infamous for secrecy. Whether it was his hand in Lost, the biggest secret keeping show of all time, or perhaps most prominently now, the basic identity of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s villainous character in Star Trek Into Darkness, the director likes to keep his spoilers spoilery. The only other person in Hollywood who comes close might be Christopher Nolan.

But Abrams’ deal to make Star Wars VII isn’t just any old deal. He’s working for Disney now, and if there’s one thing they’re going to be watching very closely, its their historic revitalization of the Star Wars franchise. You should know what’s coming next: Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy talking about the need to embrace the fan culture that demands detail upon detail before the release of a movie.

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Carrie Fisher Said She’ll Be in the Star Wars Sequels, But Let’s Not Freak Out Quite Yet

OK, so, getting the important stuff covered first: Carrie Fisher was asked by the Palm Beach Illustrated whether she’d be in the Star Wars sequels, and she said, and I quote, “Yes.”

But here’s why we should wait before breaking out the cinnamon buns in celebration:

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Here’s What Mark Hamill Knows About Those Star Wars Sequel Casting Rumors

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the possibility of some combination of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill showing up in the Star Wars sequels. And we’re taking those rumors with a massive boulder of salt, since there’s been nothing close to an official announcement that any of the Original Trilogy Three will be coming back. There still isn’t. But Mark Hamill said a few things to Entertainment Tonight about the possibility of Luke, Leia, and Han showing up in the sequels that made my ears perk up.

Darnit, Mark. I’m trying to keep a cool head here.

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Clever Girl

Kathleen Kennedy Leaves Jurassic Park 4 For Star Wars VII

Ok, I’m not gonna lie. If you asked me to choose between dinosaurs and space, I’d have a really tough time deciding. 

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Disney Confirms Standalone Star Wars Films; How Long Before They Get to Boba Fett: The Movie? [UPDATE: Not Long]

You know they will.

A few months back we heard the rumor that The Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan and X-Men: First ClassSimon Kinberg would be writing standalone films separate from the Star Wars sequel trilogy. And now Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed it.

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I will make it legal!

Here’s How Kathleen Kennedy, Producer and Studio Exec Extraordinaire, Convinced J.J. Abrams to do Star Wars

The Hollywood Reporter has an in-depth of profile of LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and while the whole thing is worth a read—Kennedy “know[s] the difference between a Colt .45 and a Colt .45 Gold Cup” and started dating her future husband, Raiders of the Lost Ark producer Frank Marshall, behind the back of Kennedy’s long-time collaborator Steven Spielberg (“I wanted Kathy to be working with me as my assistant and Frank to be producing the movie, and never the twain shall meet,” recalled Spielberg, “But you can’t stop love.”)—what caught my attention as an inveterate Star Wars nerd was something different.

Namely, the story of the secret meetings where Kennedy got J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode VII.

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