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08/09/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Interview Press

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TECH CRUNCH – After the conclusion of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup,, I got a chance to talk to John Boyega, of Star Wars and Attack the Block fame — and erstwhile competition judge. We chatted about his relationship with technology, what he’d like to see people create, and yes, Pokemon Go.

 

First of all, you ever make anything like what these kids made?

 

Absolutely not! I have friends that are into software, into programming. I watch them do it, and then I…. try the product. (Laughs)

 

I mean, I’m outside it, but I see that these guys have to go through serious things that challenge their minds and brains, to create something to works, that changes things. And the market is tricky, but these kids are really thinking. They’re on a good level.

 

Did you grow up with a lot of technology?

 

I grew up around a lot of technology, I just couldn’t afford it! I bought my own first game console when I was 17. So, you know, technology was around me, but we kept it classic for a bit.

 

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07/21/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) News Press

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WEST END EXTRA – STAR Wars actor John Boyega returned to his old school on Friday to present awards to talented pupils.

 

Students at Westminster City School assembled in the grounds of Westminster Abbey on Friday to meet the Star Wars: The Force Awakens star at a special celebration.

 

The school orchestra played the theme song from Star Wars in honour of the celebrity guest, who gave an inspiring speech about his time at the school in Palace Street, Victoria.

 

The 24-year-old, who was born in Peckham, attended the school from 2003.

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07/18/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Events Gallery Update Star Wars Episode VIII Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Videos

John dropped by to hang with his people, his Star Wars family (including Luke Skywalker & Princess Leia) that is, today and talked a little bit about Episode VII & VIII. Enjoy!

 

 

 

There isn’t a video of the whole panel but here is one with the highlights.

 

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07/12/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) News Videos

WINDOWSCENTRAL – The finals for Microsoft’s 2016 Imagine Cup are fast approaching, and the tech giant has just announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega will be a special guest judge for the student competition.

 

 

As any Star Wars fan will be aware, Boyega played the role of Finn, the stormtrooper-turned-hero in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Speaking about his new role as an Imagine Cup judge, Boyega says:

 

“As an actor, I work with special effects all the time. And the only thing more amazing than Hollywood movie magic is the passion and creativity of the students at the Imagine Cup.”

 

Boyega will be joined by Dr. Jennifer Tang, who previously took part in and won 2014’s Imagine Cup as part of a team that developed a “non-invasive screening tool for anaemia.” Tang is now a doctor in a Melbourne trauma center.

 

For those unfamiliar, Imagine Cup is Microsoft-sponsored competition that serves to highlight student teams that come up with interesting new applications for technology, ranging from the fun to the life-saving. This year’s World Championship Imagine Cup live stream will kick off at 9 a.m. PT on July 29. For now, you can check out all of the entrants in Microsoft’s blog post for more.

 

 

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07/01/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) News Pacific Rim 2

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COLLIDER – Over the past few months, news has been creeping in about Pacific Rim 2. We learned that Daredevil: Season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight would be taking over directing duties from Guillermo del Toro (who will return in a producing capacity), Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) would be handling the script, and that John Boyega had been cast in the lead role of Stacker Pentecost’s (Idris Elba) son.

 

Today, we finally know when we’ll be seeing the jaegers and the kaiju again. Universal and Legendary Pictures have announced that Pacific Rim 2 will open on February 23, 2018. There’s currently nothing slated for that date. However, it opens one week after Black Panther and one week before the killer shark movie Meg as well as an untitled Fox / Marvel movie (possibly Deadpool 2? Or maybe New Mutants?), so it’s not like it’s going to be clear sailing for the sequel.

 

What’s also interesting about the press release is that it lists John Boyega as the only cast member. Here’s the text:

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) leads the cast of PACIFIC RIM 2, the follow-up to 2013’s cinematic battle for global domination that took audiences to future Earth’s land, skies and seas and introduced an entirely new kind of warfare. Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Daredevil) directs the next chapter of the film that generated more than $400 million at the global box office, including a strong performance in China. The 3D epic adventure will be produced by returning PACIFIC RIM producers Thomas Tull, Guillermo del Toro and Mary Parent. Boyega joins the production team alongside Femi Oguns.

 

There’s no mention of Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, or anyone else who survived the first movie. Does this mean their starting over from scratch? Will it be a more Chinese cast since the Chinese box office performance is pretty much the whole reason we’re getting this movie? It will be interesting to see what info surfaces on Pacific Rim 2 in the months ahead.

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06/27/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Events Gallery Update Magazine scans Photoshoots

Thanks to Jay for some of the scans!

 

 

 

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06/23/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Article Untitled Detroit Crime Drama

Boyega will star in a film from Oscar-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow.

 

VANITY FAIR – In six short months, John Boyega has achieved international fame via one of the world’s most popular film franchises and romanced Emma Watson onscreen in an upcoming thriller. Now, the 24-year-old British actor has reached another lofty milestone in his Hollywood ascent—a prime role in a movie that sounds as though it was custom-tailored for Oscar attention.

 

On Tuesday, Annapurna Pictures announced that Boyega will star in an untitled crime drama from Kathryn Bigelow, whose 2008 drama The Hurt Locker earned her best-director and best-picture Oscars. The film, which will be set in Detroit, is based on an original screenplay from Bigelow’s Oscar-winning Hurt Locker collaborator, Mark Boal.

 

Boyega confirmed the casting news himself on Twitter, although it is still unclear what character he will play.

 


 

In fact, the movie’s entire plot is under wraps for now; all we know is that the film will explore “systemic racism in urban Detroit” and will be set against the city’s “devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967.” Producers are reportedly eyeing a 2017 release, which would mean the premiere would coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots.

 

Earlier this month, Boyega was announced as the star of the Pacific Rim sequel. Later this year, Boyega will return to the screen in The Circle, the James Ponsoldt thriller starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, before reprising his role of Finn in Star Wars: Episode VIII, out next year.

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06/21/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Casting News Untitled Detroit Crime Drama

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Star Wars star John Boyega has been cast in Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled Detroit project.

 

Bigelow is directing the crime drama, her first feature since 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty. It is being financed by Annapurna Pictures and has an original script by her frequent collaborator Mark Boal.

 

Details of the project are unknown for now but the story is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five summer days in 1967, with the film seeking to explore the systemic racism in the city. The roll call is described as an ensemble piece.

 

A summer shoot in Detroit and Boston is being planned. Bigelow is producing with Boal, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson. Greg Shapiro will executive produce.

 

No studio is attached as distributor but Bigelow, Ellison and company are eyeing a 2017 release, timed to the 50th anniversary of the riots.

 

After shooting to international stardom playing Stormtrooper-with-a-conscience Finn, Boyega is now currently shooting the follow-up, Star Wars: Episode VIII. He recently nabbed the lead in Pacific Rim 2 and, in a show of his growing cache, he will also co-produce the Legendary movie with his business partner Femi Oguns under their joint production company, Upper Room Productions.

 

Boyega, who also has The Circle with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in the can, is repped by WME and Identity Agency Group in the UK.

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06/21/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Article Press

 

TIME – John Boyega, the breakout star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, continues to be one of Hollywood’s most lovable leading men.

 

Earlier this week, the 24-year-old actor spent the day visiting a local children’s hospice in England. Called Demelza Hospice Care for Children, the facility offers a place for terminally-ill children to receive care and spend their days as they undergo treatment. On Monday, they hosted a Star Wars-themed party where Boyega made an appearance.

 

In a touching video of the event, watch Boyega interact with the children, families, and staff, adding a little excitement to the day.

 

Boyega may just be a reluctant Stormtrooper who doesn’t have the Force, but he’s certainly making time to use his star power for good.

 

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06/21/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Article

John Boyega said south east London was lucky to have such a facility

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SOUTHWARK NEWS – The mother of a young terminally-ill girl has said her child enjoyed a “life-changing” experience when she met her hero – Star Wars star John Boyega.

 

The BAFTA-winning actor took a brief break from filming Star Wars Episode VIII to pay a visit to the Demelza Hospice, which looks after children from south east London, on June 13.

 

John, who was born in Camberwell and realised his acting talent at Theatre Peckham, said he wanted to help make the children’s dreams come true.

 

“I’d heard about the great work of Demelza so couldn’t wait to visit and help make some dreams come true,” he said. “I was blown away by the children and the nurses who do such a fantastic job of caring for them. South east London is extremely fortunate to have such an amazing charity on its doorstep, ensuring families get the support they need. I just hope people will continue to do what they can to support this great cause.”

 

Many of the children dressed as Star Wars characters for the occasion. Four-year-old Eshan, who suffers with a rare form of rickets, did his best Boyega impression whilst dressed as his character – the stormtrooper Fin.

 

His mum, Shara, said: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Eshan so excited – it’s made his day.

 

“It’s been a very tough year so to see him so happy is absolutely wonderful. Days like today make our time here even more special.”

 

Visit www.demelza.org.uk to find out more or to make a donation.

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