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A lot happened in 2013, even leaving aside the Edward Snowden revelations, the birth of a royal heir and that scary clown who popped up all over Northampton. We had announcements, surprises, the usual slew of big, exciting trailers and, of course, awards. Here, continuing our review of the year, we boil down the biggest stories in film…

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The Biggest Movie News Of 2013 | J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars

J.J. ABRAMS TO DIRECT STAR WARS

The biggest announcement of the year was also one of the first, following the news a few months earlier that Disney had bought Lucasfilm and announced Star Wars: Episode VII. 2013 kicked off with word that after months of speculation (we kept track of the progress here) J.J. Abrams had been anointed director of the new movie. Despite telling Empire’s own editor Mark Dinning last year that he didn’t want the gig, lifelong Wars fan Abrams had been back and forth on the idea and was finally won over by Kathleen Kennedy. Begun, the torrent of tired lens flare jokes has.

What’s next? Though Michael Arndt wrote the first script, Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams himself took over that job late in 2013. It was revealed that the film will primarily shoot in the UK (apparently against the director’s wishes, who prefers to stay in LA near his family) and Abrams began a massive casting trawl to find new talent, while rumours kept flaring about Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher reprising their iconic roles. Names like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch and Saoirse Ronan have all been linked to new roles, but no official casting has been announced as yet.

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1 16. Empire Sold Out!
2013 was the year when Empire finally sold all the way out and decided that the only movies ever worth talking about were Happy Meal-peddling franchises. Come on guys, you can do better than that. Put some thought into, yeah? More

Posted by Nicky C on Thursday December 19, 2013, 12:31

2 ARGO WAS SH!T
ARGO WAS SH!T! More

Posted by hadooooooooooooooken on Thursday December 19, 2013, 12:23

3 RE: More 'Who Cares' then big news...
At no point did I say Skyfall was a bad movie.... however, it wasn't memorable, or in any means a classic of cinema. Craig as Bond is just completely charmless. He might as well be going 'The names Bourne, Jason Bourne' for all the draw he brings to the character. Moore may have been 'cheesy', but at least he had charm and actually brought it more long term Bond fans, rather then just those 'going to see another action movie'. More

Posted by GrizBe on Thursday December 19, 2013, 11:48

4 RE: More 'Who Cares' then big news...
And Roger Moore raising an eyebrow at the camera is "Bond Like" to you yeah? I seeeeeee. I didn't think your comments about Daniel Craig were the ridiculous bit of your statement. Opinions, after all are like arseholes. It was the fact that you said no one cared about the future films that made me scoff in my orange juice. Over a billion dollars at the box office with Skyfall would seem that more than one person cares about the future films, with or without Craig. More

Posted by NateDrake007 on Thursday December 19, 2013, 11:43

5 RE: More 'Who Cares' then big news...
L: NateDrake007 As a huge Bond fan, I for one "care" about Bond 24 with Daniel Craig. Please don't speak for "everyone" when you make your ridiculous comments. hen as a 'Huge Bond Fan', you'll know exactly why I made those comments, given Craig is the least liked James Bond since George Lazenby. More

Posted by GrizBe on Thursday December 19, 2013, 11:32

6 RE: More 'Who Cares' then big news...
As a huge Bond fan, I for one "care" about Bond 24 with Daniel Craig. Please don't speak for "everyone" when you make your ridiculous comments. More

Posted by NateDrake007 on Thursday December 19, 2013, 08:49

7 little else is known about it right now !!!!!!!!!
little else is known about it right now ? ? ? Penelope cruz will be the bond girl benedict cumberbatch will play the villain More

Posted by bill the butcher on Thursday December 19, 2013, 06:58

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Wasn't it Bryan Singer who directed Tom Cruise in Valkyrie? More

Posted by Pala36 on Wednesday December 18, 2013, 23:19

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L: Bobby TwoTimes "simply because until they replace Daniel Craig, no-one really cares much about what happens in the movies" WTF you on about grump bags?? 'm not saying that the newer Bond films are bad movies, they're not. They just simply aren't memorable and will never be counted amoung the classic Bond movies. And its simply because Daniel Craig isn't a good Bond. L: seanmcinally @GrizBe: Don't even attempt to say the 'Fantastic Beasts' film wasn't big news and that millions of people aren't waiting on the edge of their brooms for it. If you're friends are really 'rabid fans', they would never say something like that. I think your idea of 'rabid fans' if different from the 'rabid fans' themselves. nes with collections of signed first editions they queued up for hours to get signed, camped outside bookstore for the new releases etc etc? Those kind of rabid fans. I'm not saying it won't be popular, just pointing out that even those who love it are starting to see More

Posted by GrizBe on Wednesday December 18, 2013, 20:44

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What about the death of Roger Ebert? More

Posted by Darren47 on Wednesday December 18, 2013, 19:53

11 Open your Eyes.
@GrizBe: Don't even attempt to say the 'Fantastic Beasts' film wasn't big news and that millions of people aren't waiting on the edge of their brooms for it. If you're friends are really 'rabid fans', they would never say something like that. I think your idea of 'rabid fans' if different from the 'rabid fans' themselves. More

Posted by seanmcinally on Wednesday December 18, 2013, 18:41

12 Ummm.....
"simply because until they replace Daniel Craig, no-one really cares much about what happens in the movies" WTF you on about grump bags?? More

Posted by Bobby TwoTimes on Wednesday December 18, 2013, 16:52

13 More 'Who Cares' then big news...
A couple of these were certainly more 'who cares?' then big news. Warcraft being one. No-one gives a damn, its 10 years too late for even people who were rabid Warcraft fans to bother with. Dumb and Dumber was another but more because people got fed up with it after the second film. Sam Mendes for Bond 24 was another huge meh, simply because until they replace Daniel Craig, no-one really cares much about what happens in the movies. Mission impossible 5? Again a movie series that's dragged on too far. Then finally.. Another Harry Potter movie... even friends of mine who've been rabid Potter fans since day one now say she's just trying to cash in because she can't do anything else worth a damn. The biggest everyone going crazy for it stuff this years been the comic book movie related stuff. Age of Ultron, Batfleck etc. More

Posted by GrizBe on Wednesday December 18, 2013, 12:41

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