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Lol: Now We Finally Know What R2-D2 Has Been Saying in ‘Star Wars’

8 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Even though there are plenty of droids in the Star Wars universe who can talk, apparently it’s more efficient for astromech models like R2-D2 to speak by way of a series of bleeps and bloops. Thankfully, whenever C-3Po gets pissy with his counterpart, he reacts in such a way that we know what the feisty […]

The post Lol: Now We Finally Know What R2-D2 Has Been Saying in ‘Star Wars’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Great Job, Internet!: Abandon hope all ye who never wanted to hear R2-D2 with a real voice

22 February 2017 8:26 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Auralnauts, the comedic team who have previously riffed on the rest of the Star Wars series, The Dark Knight Returns, Terminator, and much more, have here done the public service of redoing A New Hope, only this time R2-D2 can talk. In hindsight, it is sort of surprising that George Lucas did not deem this one of the things he had planned to do but was unable to using the technology of 1977, as it performs the very Lucas-ian service of dissolving the film’s sci-fi allure in favor of literalism and lame banter. R2-D2 is not necessarily funny; the notion that he is comes from the unexpected reactions by C-3Po and others as they repeat his sarcastic asides or scoff at him.

About nine minutes in, though, the joke takes a turn, when Obi Wan Kenobi first shows up and acts like he has never met R2. “You »

- Clayton Purdom

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Levitating Death Star Speaker is the Perfect Star Wars Gift

22 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

If you have a friend or you yourself are very much into Star Wars products, then it doesn’t get much better than this.  Granted I’ve seen some pretty cool stuff in my time, but this one is way up there.  It’s a levitating Death Star Speaker.  Yes.  It levitates as in for real.  Let me backtrack a moment.  For the record the coolest products I’ve seen from Star Wars up until this point have been the R2-D2 phone charger for your car and the Han Solo Carbonite refrigerator.  Anyway, let’s get back to this Death Star speaker. The Death Star

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- Nat Berman

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Chewbacca's Son in the Star Wars Holiday Special Is Officially Canon

21 February 2017 2:51 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan, not just because there is a new movie hitting theaters every year, but because there are also numerous novels and comic books being released that are part of the official canon. A new book entitled Aftermath: Empire's End was released today, which, as we previously reported, addresses the fate of the much-maligned Jar Jar Binks. But it also includes another intriguing revelation as well. This book confirms that Chewbacca's son, seen only during the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, is now, in fact part of the official Star Wars cinematic canon.

Screen Rant reports that there are sections of this novel which offer numerous interludes, providing "snapshots" of the goings-on in several different parts of the galaxy. One of these interludes is set on Kashyyyk, following a Wookiee named Lumpawaroo, a.k.a. "Waroo." This Wookie is trying »

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Hasbro’s 6-inch 40th Anniversary Star Wars The Black Series figures recreate the Kenner 12-Back

20 February 2017 3:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During New York Toy Fair this past weekend, Hasbro has unveiled its new wave of Star Wars The Black Series 40th Anniversary figures, which features highly detailed 6-inch recreations of Kenner’s 1977 original ’12-Back’ figures featuring Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2-D2, Chewbacca, 3-cpo, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, Han Solo, Jawa, Sand People and Death Squad Commander. Check out the official promotional images here…

See Also: New Lego Star Wars sets revealed at Toy Fair »

- Gary Collinson

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Emma Watson’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tops Social Media Buzz

20 February 2017 12:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” topped social media buzz last week as it generated nearly 130,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

Disney released a new behind-the-scenes clip on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. The live-action romance, starring Emma Watson, has produced a total of 987,000 new conversations on social media.

Bill Condon directed the adaptation, which also stars Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe.

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Beauty and the Beast’: Hear Ariana Grande and John Legend Sing Theme Song

Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” generated 101,000 new conversations last week as director Rian Johnson offered details on Feb. 15 about the movie, explaining that the story will resume from the end of “Star Wars: »

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Star Wars 40th Anniversary Black Series Figures Bring Back Memories

20 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Over the weekend we brought a Hasbro toy gallery to you from the New York Toy Fair that took place.  The toy company is releasing lines of Star Wars toys, Transformers toys, and Marvel franchise toys that should be coming out some time in the spring.   But it gets better.  Star Wars has expanded their 40th anniversary figures with retro Kenner-style packaging for their 6″ Black Series action figures.  According to Nerd Approved: The first wave of releases will include Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and R2-D2 followed by Chewbacca, C-3Po, the “Death Squad Commander” (Kenner’s original

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- Nat Berman

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The Week in Star Wars – First look at Rey, Finn, Poe and Stormtroopers in The Last Jedi, Han Solo casting, the fate of Jar Jar Binks and more

19 February 2017 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s a Last Jedi heavy edition of The Week in Star Wars with our first look at some key characters, rumours on the first trailer and Finn’s role in the film, some Han Solo casting news, a look at Rogue One’s VFX, the fate of Jar Jar Binks and more…

Let’s kick things off with the official Star Wars Twitter feed sharing some packaging for September’s Force Friday toy release, which gave us our first look at Rey, Finn and Poe in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not only is Daisy Ridley sporting a new haircut, she’s front and centre of the marketing – which should make up for the #WheresRey backlash with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only that, but Rian Johnson released a new image online that gave us our first look at the slightly altered designs for the Stormtroopers in the film. »

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International titles for Star Wars: Episode VIII reveal The Last Jedi is plural

18 February 2017 5:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

From the moment the title was announced last month, there’s been intense debate as to whether the ‘Last Jedi’ in Star Wars: The Last Jedi relates to Luke Skywalker, or if it’s referring to more than one Jedi.

Well, it seems we now have our answer, as the French, Italian and Spanish language posters have revealed the international titles as Les Derniers Jedi, Gli Ultimi Jedi and Los Ultimos Jedi, with ‘Les’, ‘Gli’ and ‘Los’ being used when the following noun is plural.

So, given that it’s plural, we’re presumably we’re talking about Luke and Rey with ‘The Last Jedi’, seeing as Yoda told Luke he was the last of the ancient order in Return of the Jedi, and Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren slaughtered Luke’s new recruits prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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- Gary Collinson

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Best of the Week: 'Suicide Squad 2' is Moving Forward, the Latest 'X-Men' Wolverine Spinoff is Reviewed and More

17 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Important News DC Extended Universe: Mel Gibson might direct Suicide Squad 2. Matt Reeves might direct The Batman. Arnold Schwarzenegger might have a role in Wonder Woman. Marvel Cinematic Universe: Scarlett Johansson is still trying to get a Black Widow movie. X-Men: Sophie Turner says X-Men: Supernova is filming in the next year. Fox admits to fears Logan would be boring. Hugh Jackman confirmed Logan is his last as Wolverine but Patrick Stewart says he's lying. Star WarsThandie Newton joined the Han Solo movie. Jimmy Vee is the new R2-D2 actor. A toy box revealed first look at Last Jedi characters. John Williams started recording the Last Jedi score. Jar-Jar Binks's fate was...

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Rumour: Details on Finn’s mission in Star Wars: The Last Jedi revealed

17 February 2017 7:51 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

While we know that Daisy Ridley’s Rey is going to spend much of Star Wars: The Last Jedi training and adventuring with Luke Skywalker, it’s really anyone’s guess as to what roles John Boyega’s Finn and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron will play in Episode VIII this December, but thanks to Making Star Wars we may have some details as to the adventure Finn will find himself on for the Resistance.

Now, when it comes to Star Wars rumours, a lot of sites churn out speculation (and outright fabrication), but Making Star Wars has proven itself to be extremely reliable, so there’s a good chance this information is accurate. There’s nothing majorly spoilery here, but if you don’t want to know anything about The Last Jedi before its release, you should stop reading now.

See Also: Rian Johnson shares Star Wars: »

- Gary Collinson

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Sideshow unveils Rey and Bb-8 Premium Format Figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

17 February 2017 2:12 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sideshow has unveiled its Rey Premium Format figure which is based on the likeness of Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with promotional images for the upcoming Bb-8 Premium Format figure. The Collectibles are available to pre-order now, priced at $479.99 (Rey) and $284.99 (Bb-8) or can be bought as a bundle with a $40.00 discount; check them out below…

See Also: Force Friday II gives us our first look at Rey, Finn and Poe in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

Standing 20 tall from the bottom of her sandy base to the tip of her trademark staff, this limited edition Premium Format Figure captures Reys likeness so perfectly that it is almost like a snapshot of a moment in time. The beautiful and thoroughly lifelike portrait of Daisy Ridley, with her determined expression and intricately sculpted hair, is utterly entrancing. Every piece of her outfit has been painstakingly »

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Rian Johnson shares Star Wars: The Last Jedi Stormtrooper set photo

15 February 2017 11:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson (who has been extremely secretive of the project, as he should be) recently took to Tumblr to share a set photo from the film showing off a line of Stormtroopers marching in formation. Oddly, one of them has his helmet lifted up…

Johnson also teased the film’s presence at Star Wars Celebration coming up in April, saying “We’re coming to Orlando for a Star Wars Celebration panel on April 14th, and I cannot wait.  See you there!”

It is very well possible that Celebration will be the time and place we first get footage of the hotly anticipated next chapter in the beloved saga.

See Also: Luke Skywalker will reportedly feature in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer alongside Leia, Finn and Rey

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 15th 2017 and »

- Robert Kojder

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'Star Wars' Buzz: New R2-D2 Actor, Rey and Kylo Ren's Connection, and 'The Last Jedi' Trailer Details

15 February 2017 7:36 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

We love Star Wars, and Star Wars loves us, given all these updates on the franchise arriving in time for Valentine's Day. Check out the latest on The Last Jedi specifically below.    Jimmy Vee is the New R2-D2  With the recent passing of Kenny Baker, who played the droid R2-D2 when an actor was needed beginning with the first Star Wars, a new diminutive performer was needed. Jimmy Vee, who actually worked with Baker on The...

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Star Wars Bits: ‘The Last Jedi’ Details, the Hardest ‘Rogue One’ Design, and Felicity Jones Heads to Star Wars Celebration

15 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In this edition of Star Wars Bits: A description of a new planet in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The new R2-D2 actor (that we already knew about) has been officially announced. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Felicity Jones will attend Star Wars Celebration. John Williams just won his fifth Star Wars-related Grammy […]

The post Star Wars Bits: ‘The Last Jedi’ Details, the Hardest ‘Rogue One’ Design, and Felicity Jones Heads to Star Wars Celebration appeared first on /Film. »

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'Star Wars' Buzz: New R2-D2 Actor, Rey and Kylo Ren's Connection and 'The Last Jedi' Trailer Details

14 February 2017 8:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

We love Star Wars, and Star Wars loves us, given all these updates on the franchise arriving in time for Valentine's Day. Check out the latest on The Last Jedi specifically below.    Jimmy Vee is the New R2-D2  With the recent passing of Kenny Baker, who played the droid R2-D2 when an actor was needed beginning with the first Star Wars, a new diminutive performer was needed. Jimmy Vee, who actually worked with Baker on The Force Awakens, learning the secrets to portraying the character, has been cast in the role officially for the upcoming sequel, The Last Jedi. Here's what he said in a statement accompanying the announcement, via ComingSoon.net:  "It’s been an absolute pleasure to have worked...

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Newswire: Star Wars formally casts its new R2-D2

14 February 2017 5:29 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

When long-time R2-D2 performer Kenny Baker died last year, the Star Wars franchise quietly noted that actor Jimmy Vee—who worked without being credited on the character for Star Wars: The Force Awakens—would take over the role for the then-untitled Episode VIII. Now, Variety reports that Disney has made the casting official, with news coming that Vee will be the credited performer for the beloved droid in Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. (R2 is largely created through CGI and remote control unit these days, but there are still scenes that require a human performer to control the suit.)

We're thrilled to announce that #OhSoSmall actor @RealJimmyVee is the new #R2D2!

Full story here: https://t.co/eR2OKAdDR4#StarWars pic.twitter.com/FT1IAWno8I

— Oh So Small (@OhSoSmall) February 13, 2017

Vee’s past credits include a number of appearances on Doctor Who, as well as the »

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Finds Its New R2-D2 Actor

14 February 2017 10:44 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Star Wars world had a pretty rough go last year. Not only did we lose Carrie Fisher all too soon, but Kenny Baker, who brought R2-D2 to life in all seven Star Wars movies prior to Rogue One also passed away. As sad as his passing was, R2-D2 is still going to continue to be a part of a galaxy far, far away in the future, starting with Star Wars: The Last Jedi later this year. It has now been revealed that 57-year-old actor Jimmy Vee will be filling those very big shoes and portraying R2-D2 in Star Wars 8.

According to Express, Jimmy Vee, who starred in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and has also worked quite a bit in Doctor Who over the years will now be the man responsible for bringing R2-D2 to the big screen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He actually »

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Jimmy Vee officially cast as R2D2 in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

14 February 2017 10:07 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Lucas Films has confirmed that Jimmy Vee will be the man inside the droid as the Scottish-born actor assumes the role of R2D2 for the next chapter in the "Skywalker Saga", Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Vee has inherited the role in the wake of long-time Artoo actor Kenny Baker's passing. Those who keep their ears to the ground regarding Star War-related news will find this casting... Read More »

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Jimmy Vee succeeds Kenny Baker as R2-D2 for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

14 February 2017 8:59 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the sad passing of Kenny Baker last year, Lucasfilm has now officially announced that Jimmy Vee will be taking over the iconic role of R2-D2 for December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Vee, who also worked uncredited on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released a statement which reads: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to have worked alongside the legendary Kenny Baker. Kenny was a fantastic actor and taught me all the ‘tricks’ on how he brought R2-D2 to life which I will continue to portray in his honor. I’m so excited to be a part of the Star Wars universe and can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been working so hard on for the last year.

We're thrilled to announce that #OhSoSmall actor @RealJimmyVee is the new #R2D2!

Full story here: https://t.co/eR2OKAdDR4#StarWars pic.twitter. »

- Gary Collinson

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