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James Gunn, William Shatner, And More React To The Force Awakens Trailer

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SaberScrew Black Friday — pretty much all anyone’s talking about right now is that Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. Love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in between, I haven’t met anybody yet who didn’t have a strong reaction to it one way or another, and celebrities are no exception. So naturally many folks have taken to the social mediasphere to share their thoughts on the Falcon, that lightsaber, and that ball-droid we all want for Christmas.

This past summer James Gunn gave us one of the best Star Wars movies that isn’t actually a Star Wars movie in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy. He posted his thoughts on Facebook:

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Kevin Smith’s Star Wars: Episode VII Talk Reminds You How Much You Love Movies

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Sometimes, when he’s saying all manner of asinine things, or directing Cop Out, it’s easy to forget that Kevin Smith made a bunch of movies that I dearly love, is at least partially responsible for changing the direction of modern cinema, and is, at heart, a huge nerd and fanboy, just like the rest of us. Like many of us, the Star Wars movies defined his childhood, so when J.J. Abrams asked if he wanted to visit the London-based set of Star Wars: Episode VII, you can bet he jumped at it. He’s talked about the experience before, but at San Diego Comic-Con, in the vaunted Hall H, he talked about it again, and the result is fantastic to watch, regardless of how you feel about the man.

We aren’t in San Diego this weekend, we’re tucked in our dark, dank corners of the country, hunched over our keyboards as usual, but our sister site Cinema Blend is all up inside Comic-Con and captured this video of Smith on stage. He’s funny, engaging, self-deprecating, sarcastic, and sincere, all the things that made you love movies like Clerks, Mall Rats, and Chasing Amy. (I still like everything up to Jersey Girl.)

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Kevin Smith Explains What Brought Him To Tears On The Star Wars: Episode VII Set

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Last week filmmaker and lifelong Star Wars fanboy Kevin Smith got to visit the set of Episode VII in London and came away literally moved to the point of tears, which he shared with the world courtesy of a weepy Instagram photo and a thumbs up. Naturally, director J.J. Abrams’ invitation came packaged with a non-disclosure agreement, so Smith won’t be tossing any Episode VII spoilers out there. But he has clarified just what he saw on set that impacted him so powerfully, and his experience is something that should resonate with anyone who grew up dreaming of George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away.

The folks over at /Film tracked down the above video, which features Smith doing one of his frequent and often wildly entertaining Q&As, this one at the Neuchatel International Film Festival in Switzerland. Among other things, he addresses his Episode VII set visit, including its emotional centerpiece: getting to see the Millennium Falcon set inside Pinewood Studios’ Stage M. (The Episode VII talk starts around the 35-minute mark.)

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Star Wars: Episode VII Set Visit Brought Kevin Smith To Tears

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SmithWe’ve had plenty of disappointing or depressing news lately about Star Wars: Episode VII. Harrison Ford broke his leg. J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy are allegedly sparring with Bob Iger over release dates, and so on. How about some purely happy news about Episode VII, even if it involves some tears? Because they’re happy tears, see? Can’t you tell from the picture?

Kevin Smith’s Star Wars bona fides and love for George Lucas’ franchise are long since established, cemented onscreen by rants about Death Star contractors and Darth Vader being revealed as “a feeble, crusty old white man” underneath his helmet. For all his success, he’s very much one of us, a true fanboy who chased his passion into a career but never lost his love for the stuff he grew up with. So you can understand why getting to visit the London set of Episode VII and see the Star Wars universe coming back to life might put a lump in a guy’s throat and a tear in his eye. That’s apparently what happened to Smith, who took to social media to share his emotional moment, complete with a look of childlike wonder and a snotty nose. Here’s the caption he included with the picture up top:

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Kevin Smith Thinks The Force Is Strong With Star Wars And Disney

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Star Wars seems to be everywhere these days. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion a few months ago, it re-sparked America’s love affair with the Star Wars universe. But let’s face it; if it weren’t for Disney, Star Wars would be a dwindling movie franchise.

As hot as the Star Wars franchise is right now, could we eventually be in danger of oversaturation? We love the idea of new Star Wars movies now, but what about seven years down the line? According to filmmaker and geek pundit Kevin Smith, who spoke with THR, Star Wars has a good chance to live up to expectations and save the movie industry. Smith says:

Now part of the Disney empire, Star Wars will become as ubiquitous as Starbucks. It’s now as American as baseball and apple pie and as universal as Coca-Cola. In our current business climate of outsourcing, Star Wars may be America’s last remaining dependable export. So it’s a good thing they’re taking the expanded universe approach: giving Yoda, Boba Fett and Han Solo their own movies is creatively and financially ingenious. Grouse though they may that it’s not ‘their Star Wars‘, every old-school fan will line up to see a Yoda origin story…

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Kevin Smith’s Vision For Star Wars: Episode VII Involves The Bounty Hunter Boba Fett

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With a new Star Wars movie only three years away, many fans of the original films wonder what the new film will be about. There is probably not a bigger Star Wars fan in Hollywood than writer/director Kevin Smith. He has incorporated Star Wars references throughout a filmography that includes Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Red State. Smith was recently asked to write a guest column for the print version of THR where he wrote about his experience with Star Wars growing up in New Jersey, what the franchise means to his life, and what he hopes to see in Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015.

According to the piece, Smith wants to see a movie surrounding the bounty hunter Boba Fett, not only as an adventure through the Star Wars universe, but a journey through the space-time continuum. Smith explains:

If Disney wants to make another cool billion dollars like it did with The Avengers last summer, all it needs to do is make a Boba Fett time-travel flick. It would center on a character everyone digs and allow for a greatest hits of Star Wars while playing with an already-established timeline, a la Back to the Future. You could use every living (and dead) actor from the previous Star Wars films, no matter what their age — which means Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford can come and play as well. It’d be a dream come true for any Star Wars fan — particularly those of us who opted out of the boring-ass real world every summer for galaxies far, far away.