Showing posts with label STAR WARS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label STAR WARS. Show all posts

Monday, April 17, 2017



The first teaser for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" dropped and the thing that stuck out for fans was Luke Skywalker's quote at the end that the "Jedi must end."

In the first clip from the movie, which hits theaters in December, Daisy Ridley's Rey has tracked down Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, and the thought at the end of 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is that he would train this young character in the ways of the force.

ABC News correspondent Paula Faris interviewed the cast of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” while at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, says 'it's possible' Luke goes to the dark side in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'.

The clip looks to open that way, with Rey handling a lightsaber and listening to Luke's guidance, but there's that shocking quote at the end from Luke, one of the most iconic Jedi in history.

ABC News spoke to Hamill at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, and confirmed it is his voice at the end of the almost 2-minute clip.

"There's a difference between teaser and a trailer," he said. "A teaser is supposed to show you dynamic images that heighten your awareness and make you want to see the trailer, but avoid all story points if at all possible. [But] I think that's the only story point that’s in the teaser, which is Luke saying it's time for the Jedi to end."

The 65-year-old "Star Wars" legend added he was just as surprised as anyone that Luke, who has always clung to the Jedi ways and the Light Side, would say something like this.

"It was as shocking to me to read what Rian [Johnson, the director] had written as I'm sure it will be for the audience," he said.

As for if Luke would ever turn to the Dark Side, he said, "It's possible, anything's possible."

ABC News Digital will be on the ground in Orlando, bringing you all the big "Star Wars" developments, so check back for more.

ABC News and Lucasfilm are both part of parent company Disney.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Carrie Fisher

Having photographed Carrie Fisher, Her Dad Eddie Fisher and her Mom Debbie Reynolds, I am very sad about the death today of a wonderful lady. She will be missed.

(CNN) -- Actress Carrie Fisher, whose grit and wit made "Star Wars'" Princess Leia an iconic and beloved figure to millions of moviegoers, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 60.

Her death was confirmed in a statement issued by the publicist for Billie Lourd, Fisher's daughter.

"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," Simon Halls said.

Fisher's death came four days after she suffered a cardiac event on a flight from London to Los Angeles, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The actress and advocate, who got her start in Hollywood as a seductive teen in the 1975 film "Shampoo," was the daughter of screen legend Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher.

Read the full story at CNN HERE.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Star Wars Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 21 January 2016: Standing at 100m tall and with a surface area of 17,000m2, twofour54 and Aldar Properties PJSC’s epic Starkiller base installation in Abu Dhabi is among the biggest in the world dedicated to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the film, Abu Dhabi plays Jakku, a frontier desert planet in a remote section of the Outer Rim Territories.

twofour54 and Aldar Properties PJSC worked together to create the giant Starkiller Base that was placed on the iconic, coin-shaped Aldar HQ building in Abu Dhabi. The epic sticker installation took nine non-stop days to print using material that would cover two and a half football pitches, followed by 420 combined hours of manpower to install on the surface of the building.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh instalment in the franchise and has smashed box office records to become the third biggest movie of all time. It is the fastest film to reach the $1 billion mark at the global box office, doing so in just 12 days, and has set all-time opening weekend records in multiple territories including the UK, Germany, Australia and Russia.

CEO of twofour54, Noura Al Kaabi, said: “twofour54 is immensely proud of its role in contributing to the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Abu Dhabi is steadily becoming a location of choice for producers from around the world and managing production services on the third biggest movie of all time certainly adds to our growing reputation.

“We appreciate the support of Aldar Properties in partnering with us and providing the iconic HQ building as the perfect platform to celebrate Abu Dhabi’s association with the film. We congratulate Disney and LucasFilm on achieving both cinematic and commercial success with the film,” she added.

Commenting, Mohammad Al Mubarak, CEO, Aldar Properties PJSC, said: “Abu Dhabi continues to demonstrate its rapid emergence as a global destination and such high profile movies demonstrate the opportunity for more diverse industries and projects to thrive within the Emirate. As a company that is proud to be playing a major role in shaping the urban landscape of Abu Dhabi, we are delighted to have been able to support twofour54 on such an initiative.”

With assistance from twofour54 and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, filming for Star Wars: The Force Awakens took place in Abu Dhabi during May 2014 with over 650 crew working across two locations. Abu Dhabi hosted the Middle Eastern premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on 16 December 2015 and the film was released in UAE cinemas the following day. It is currently the third highest-grossing film of all time banking an estimated $1.9 billion worldwide.

Monday, December 21, 2015


Sheikh Khalifa Medical City

Abu Dhabi-UAE -- In a galaxy not so far, far away, twofour54 CEO Noura Al Kaabi and three Star Wars Stormtroopers paid a visit to children at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in support of Her Highness Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan’s initiative, “Wanna Read?” and twofour54’s #United4UAE community initiative.

Al Kaabi and the Stormtroopers toured the hospital and held a story-reading session with young patients following the Middle East premiere of the hugely anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was held at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi last week.

H.H. Sheikha Shamma commented: “The “Wanna Read?” team is proud to have the support of twofour54 in our endeavour to encourage healing through reading. Books provide the children with an imaginative escape from the difficult challenges they face.”

Noura Al Kaabi said: “Visiting the children of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City with the Star Wars Stormtroopers today was a wonderful opportunity to put smiles on their faces and play my part in giving back to the community. The children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow and each and every one of us has a responsibility to support and nurture future generations. Her Highness Sheikha Shamma’s initiative provides a unique environment for children to learn as they heal and I am proud to support this worthy charity through twofour54’s “United4UAE” initiative.

“At Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, we strive to deliver highest clinical care to our patients as well as the best patient experience. The “Wanna Read” initiative complements the patient experience by fostering a reading environment.” said Dr. Aref Al Shehhi, Acting CEO of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.

#United4UAE was launched by twofour54 for the UAE’s 44th National Day to celebrate the nation’s unity in purpose, values, and ambitions and to give back to the local community. Through the campaign twofour54 pledges to devote 2,454 volunteer hours from employees and partners to community organisations and charities including “Emirates Red Crescent”, the “Wanna Read” initiative, and “Special Care Center”. Anyone can contribute to this initiative by visiting:

Established in 2013, “Wanna Read?” is a non-profit organisation that creates colourful environments full of books and interesting educational games for children at hospitals to entertain them and to encourage them to learn through reading.

Monday, May 04, 2015


Harrison Ford

NEW YORK, May 4, 2015: For many science fiction fans, May 4th marks Star Wars Day - an event that sees aficionados of the hugely successful movie series celebrate Star Wars culture.

This year's festivities come hot on the heels of last month's Star Wars Celebration, a fan event which saw the premiere of the second Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, the next installment of the saga, which will see Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill reprise their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker from the original trilogy.

In celebration of the occasion, Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievements, delved deep into the depths of the Guinness World Records archive to bring you our pick of Star Wars titles.

Largest fortune made from a film franchise

Rather than taking a director's fee for Star Wars (USA, 1977), George Lucas (USA) acquire d the rights to all sequels and future merchandise. In 2011, Forbes assigned him a net worth of $3.2 billion (£2 billion).

Highest-grossing space-opera movie

Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace (USA, 1999) had grossed $924 million (£577 million) worldwide by 3 February 2000.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Natalie Portman in 'Star Wars'

Actress NATALIE PORTMAN is disappointed she was not invited to attend the 30th anniversary of STAR WARS in Los Angeles earlier this month, because she would have loved to join in the celebrations.The 25-year-old beauty plays Queen Amidala in the three film prequels, and is saddened she was snubbed for California’s five-day Star Wars Celebration IV last week. She says, "It’s upsetting. You would have thought, being the queen, I would have at least received a letter."