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03/21/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Awards Events Gallery Update

 

Congratulations to John and the rest of the Star Wars cast and crew for winning big at 2016 Jameson Empire Awards. John won Best Male Newcomer and Daisy Ridley won Best Female Newcomer. Plus Star Wars won Best Sci-fi/Fantasy Film and Best Visual Effects while JJ Abrahams won Best Director for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

Thanks to Carol for helping with the photos.

 

 

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03/21/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Awards Events Gallery Update

Congratulations to John for winning Best Male Performance in Film at The 11th Screen Nation Film and Television Awards 2016! I’ve added a few pictures to the gallery from the event.

 

 

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03/20/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Press

 

 

Star Wars actor John Boyega has apologised for any misunderstanding over his comments about diversity at the Screen Nation Awards.

 

The 24-year-old Bafta-winning actor offered his thoughts on the diversity debate and the lack of screen roles for black and minority ethnic actors during his acceptance speech on Saturday.

 

“To complain about what is going on is not going to benefit us. It is not,” Boyega said after being presented with the award for best male performance for his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

“Be the change you want to be. Be the change. And continue and focus. Thank you so much.”

 

The Peckham-born-and-raised actor, who also won a Bafta for his role, later took to Twitter to clarify any confusion over his position.

 

“Regarding my comments at the screen nation awards (just to clarify) I am not saying that complaints are invalid or should not be heard. I am saying that words without action can’t help right now. I agree that we need to be heard but some do the talking and no work,” he wrote.

 

“I was full of emotion receiving the award and just wanted to say that there was work to be done.
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03/19/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Interview Press

Only one man knows what it’s like to audition for seven months for the lead in the most highly anticipated film of all time. And actually get the part. That man is John Boyega, who has gone from Peckham to Hollywood to a galaxy far, far away. Read our exclusive story with John Boyega from GQ Style Autumn/Winter 2015.

 

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In 2012 John Boyega was taking one of the many meetings held at that time with film producers in LA. This one was at the home of production company Bad Robot, run by JJ Abrams, co-creator of the TV show Lost and re-booter of the Mission: Impossible and Star Trek movie franchises. Boyega, who wanted to one day be in a franchise of his own, was talking to Abrams’ longtime producing partner Bryan Burk when Abrams himself came out of a sound booth accompanied by Tom Cruise. They both greeted the young actor from Peckham, south London, with enthusiasm, Abrams telling him, “I loved you in Attack The Block. We’re going to get you in something of ours one day.”

 

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Of course, everyone Boyega met in Hollywood at that time said pretty much the same thing. They all loved him in Attack The Block, because he was undeniably brilliant in the British indie cult classic, and they all said how keen they were to work with him. But Abrams was the one who got back to him. When it was announced in early 2014 that Abrams was going to be rebooting the biggest franchise of them all – Star Wars – Boyega, a huge fan of the original films, asked his agent to keep in touch with any casting news. Sure enough, within months Boyega was on an overland train home from Tottenham when he got a call from his agent; “JJ” wanted to see him for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. He was to first meet with casting director Nina Gold, who got him the role in Attack The Block, to record his first audition for Abrams to watch. It didn’t go well. Boyega thought he was ‘all over the place.’ But there must have been something promising in that first effort, because Abrams wanted to see him in person. Boyega was summoned to a theatre in Holborn, central London, where he read for Abrams. And this time Boyega knew it went well. He had fun, and Abrams seemed to as well. There’s a wry smile on Boyega’s face as he calmly and methodically recounts this story to me just before his cover shoot for GQ Style, and the smile gets bigger and broader as the memories of the process flood back.

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03/15/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Article Press Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Videos

 

MOVIE WEB – Last week, we reported that Disney and LucasFilm will debut the full-length Star Wars: The Force Awakens documentary Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey at the SXSW Film Festival today. This documentary will be part of the bonus features on the upcoming Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and in case you weren’t able to see the documentary in Austin, we have a sneak peek from Good Morning America, along with a new trailer. The sneak peek includes plenty of behind-the-scenes footage, along with excerpts from John Boyega’s actual audition tape.We also see footage from the now-iconic final shot, where Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) meets Rey (Daisy Ridley) on his island sanctuary, with Mark Hamill revealing that “this feeling” came over him for the first time since he was on the Tunisia set for the original classic, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. We also hear from Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), and Adam Driver exclaims that it was such a hassle to put on his Kylo Ren costume, it helped him get into character.This preview also explores the famous scene where Kylo Ren kills his father, Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Adam Driver revealed that this particular scene “terrified” him, while Harrison Ford stated that the scene “resolved” his destiny in a “powerful and effective way.” In addition to this sneak peek, we also have a full trailer for Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, along with photos from the SXSW premiere, featuring J.J. Abrams and R2-D2, along with several of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens visual effects artists.

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03/14/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Events Gallery Update Magazine scans Production Stills Project Screencaps

 

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03/13/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Article Events Gallery Update Press

 

BELFAST TELEGRAPH The mother of a five-year-old boy living with a brain tumour described their meeting with Star Wars actor John Boyega as “priceless”.

 

The actor, who plays Finn in the popular film franchise, delivered toys to sick children at the Royal London Hospital.

 

Young Daniel Bell from Ormskirk said he wished he could hand out presents to other young patients alongside his favourite film character – and Boyega said he “jumped at the chance” to grant it.

 

Boyega taught Daniel some nifty lightsaber moves as part of the special treat, organised by Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity.

 

The Bafta-winning actor, who stars alongside Harrison Ford on the big screen, described Daniel as “an amazing and inspirational boy”.

 

He said: ” When I heard about Daniel’s wish to meet Finn, I jumped at the chance to make it come true. It was fantastic to be a part of his very special wish with Rays of Sunshine.

 

“It was also great to meet the children at The Royal London Hospital and be a part of something so positive.”

 

Daniel’s mum Rosalind said the meeting was something money could not buy.

 

She said: “To see Daniel smile like that without a care in the world after everything he’s been through, knowing how much time and effort Rays of Sunshine have put in to his wish and that John Boyega gave his time to make it come true, is priceless.

 

She added: ” These things can’t be bought and really do mean the world.”

 

I’ve uploaded more photos from his visit to the gallery.

 


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03/12/2016  •  Posted By alikat  •  0 Comment(s) Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Videos

Get a first look at the full-cast table read of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. See it in full with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Digital HD (available April 1) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (available April 5).

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