Around the Web: George Lucas Has Seen The Force Awakens & More

Here’s some of what we’re reading today.

Vulture caught up with George Lucas after hearing the news that he’d finally seen The Force Awakens. His verdict? “I think the fans are going to love it. It’s very much the kind of movie they’ve been looking for.” Hmm…as Vulture notes, he didn’t say he loved it. Then again, as the Washington Post reported in their profile of Lucas, he was bound to have mixed feelings about selling Lucasfilm to Disney and giving up the franchise. As he told the Post then about eventually seeing J.J. Abrams’ film; ““I gotta go to the wedding. My ex will be there, my new wife will be there, but I’m going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment, because it is what it is and it’s a conscious decision that made.”

Yes, another Star Wars story; Slashfilm published a video from the The Force Awakens press conference, including cast interviews that have a bunch of funny moments.

The nominations for the 47th annual NAACP Image awards were announced today, and Ryan Coogler’s Creed nabbed six nominations, with the film’s star Michael B. Jordan up for entertainer of the year, nominated alongside ballet superstar Misty Copeland, TV powerhouse Shonda Rhimes, legendary actress Viola Davis and musician, producer and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams. See more at The Hollywood Reporter.

Variety reports that Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns has said the studio is exploring developing prequels to their Hunger Games franchise.

IndieWire lists the premieres that the Sundance Film Festival has just announced, with films from big names like Kelly Reichardt, Werner Herzog, Whit Stillman, Keneth Longergan and Spike Lee included.


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