May 7, 2014

‘A name for ‘Star Wars’? An explanation of ‘Interstellar’?

It looks like the working title of the next “Star Wars” is “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Ancient Fear.” And Disney plans to give us a “Star Wars” every year into the next decade, with three spin-off movies in the works that will tell the origin stories of certain characters.
Fear this villain

Last week we learned about the new “Star Wars”

cast. This week, we may know the new name. Sources tell Ain’t It Cool News that the working title is “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Ancient Fear”: “It refers to Max Von Sydow

’s villain, who makes Pazuzu look like a (kitty cat)!” says a studio source. Pazuzu? That’s the evil spirit possessing the young girl in 1973’s “The Exorcist,” in which Von Sydow was the title character. OK, we’re afraid now. “Star Wars” is due in theaters Dec. 18, 2015.

Meanwhile, Disney just announced it has three spin-off “Star Wars” movies in the works, origin stories about certain characters (Yoda please!). They’ll probably be released in 2016, 2018 and 2020 — years when we don’t get an episode of the main saga.

Save us, Matthew

Speaking of space, director Christopher Nolan has been all hush-hush on what in the world (universe?) his sci-fi

“Interstellar” is about. A tiny teaser trailer released a few months ago, with Matthew McConaughey waxing poetic about space exploration, didn’t really explain much. But this week a three-minute trailer debuted at an IMAX theater in Washington, D.C., and the rest of us will get to see it when “Godzilla” opens next week. The Washington Post

says that in the trailer, an ominous dust cloud looms over a baseball game, and McConaughey’s character reassures his daughter that he loves her — right before blasting into space to save the world. Tagline: “Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” “Interstellar” takes off Nov. 7.

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