Some fans may still find it hard to believe that "Episode VII" is actually happening, but the latest news about the new trilogy make it feel more like reality. Creator George Lucas and new director J.J. Abrams have allegedly landed three big fish to star in the first film. Original star warriors Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) are all returning for the upcoming "Episode VII," according to Lucas himself. All in their 60s and 70s now, the trio will reportedly play supporting roles in the film, but their appearance will nonetheless be a sight for sore eyes for longtime fans of the franchise.
As for the rest of this week's list...
March 16, 2013
1. "Star Wars Episode VII" (Last week: Not ranked)
With Han, Luke and Leia returning, will we see Lando, Chewie and the droids as well?
2. "Oz the Great and Powerful" (Last week: No. 3)
Sam Raimi's fantasy film mustered a mighty $80 million in its opening weekend, and has already crossed the $100 million mark. What will the sequel be called?
4. SXSW Film Festival (Last week: Not ranked)
Austin's annual event premiered Sam Raimi’s "Evil Dead" reboot, Steve Carell’s comedy "Burt Wonderstone," and Harmony Korine’s Selena Gomez Gone Wild satire "Spring Breakers," plus dozens of smaller films.
6. "Star Trek into Darkness" (Last week: Not ranked)
It's J.J. Abrams time again. Check out an exciting new trailer for the upcoming second "Star Trek" film featuring plenty of action, spaceships and Chris Pine.
7. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (Last week: Not ranked)
Keri Russell continues her career renaissance, following "The Americans" and the upcoming "Austenland" with a new, unspecified role in the sequel to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."
8. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (Last week: Not ranked)
Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks and the rest of the cast are classily rendered in these fancy character portraits. The Capitol sure knows how to celebrate the Hunger Games.
9. "The Hangover Part III" (Last week: Not ranked)
If "21 & Over" didn't satiate your third for boozed-fueled movie mayhem, the Wolf Pack return in the new trailer for the third and final (?) "Hangover" movie.
10. "Interstellar" (Last week: Not listed)
After finishing up his Batmen trilogy, Christopher Nolan is returning to the mind-bending sci-fi seen in "Inception." He'll tackle time travel and wormholes in the highly-anticipated "Interstellar." We want to travel into the future to see it.
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1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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