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Force Friday is finally here next week! In anticipation, Hasbro has unveiled new details and photos for five retailer exclusive products from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that will be available for purchase this fall. These will all likely debut next week during the big Rogue One 'Force Friday' event, known as Rogue Friday, happening September 30. These toys could be some of the hottest items on sale during the Christmas shopping season this year.
The first Hasbro item is the Star Wars Smart R2-D2, an item for fans ages 6 years and up, which will cost approximately $99.99. Bring home your very own astromech droid with this programmable and interactive R2-D2! Download the accompanying app to control R2-D2's movements and actions. Listen as R2-D2 responds to your voice with expressive droid sound effects, and watch as R2-D2 shakes in fear of Darth Vader. The Smart R2-D2 even recognizes music and »
If you ever saw Michael Crichton’s cheesy but enjoyable 1973 Westworld, you should go ahead and erase it from your memory before sampling HBO’s series adaptation (premiering Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9/8c). The small-screen upgrade — developed by Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy, and boasting J.J. Abrams among its executive producers — is about as different from its big-screen counterpart as Ava in Ex Machina is from R2-D2 in Star Wars.
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Set in the near future, the drama focuses initially on Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood), a Wild West »
If the character combo of Luke, Rey, Chewbacca and R2-D2 felt oddly comfortable to some older fans at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's because this character combo was directly influenced by the original Kenner Star Wars Early Bird action figure package from way back at Christmas 1977. That box set featured Luke, Leia, R2-D2 and Chewbacca for no discernible reason. But now a similar configuration will kick things off in Star Wars 8, adding a bit of pesky nostalgia that may be hard to pinpoint for some fans. Many have wondered exactly what Chewbacca and R2-D2 will be doing while Rey receives her Jedi training from Luke Skywalker on the planet of Ahch-To. Suffice it to say, there are Spoilers that follow, so continue on at your own risk.
There are numerous accounts from inside sources and curious onlookers alike who were in Ireland for the Star Wars: Episode VIII shoot. »
Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone “Star Wars” film in the long-running franchise, recently went through extensive reshoots spearheaded by director Tony Gilroy in order to clarify story and tone. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will swap out original composer Alexandre Desplat for Michael Giacchino per those reshoots just three months ahead of the film’s release. The reshoots apparently altered the scoring calendar and Desplat was no longer available for the position, so Disney hired Giacchino to take over the role.
Read More: ‘Rogue One’ Trailer: A New Team (And An Old Foe) Assemble In New Look at ‘Star Wars’ Anthology Film
Desplat has been nominated for eight Oscars in total, winning one for his score for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He also contributed scores for two other Anderson films “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life, »
- Vikram Murthi
Despite all of the talk of a return to the practical effects focus of the Original Trilogy in the build up to the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the visual effects wizards at Industrial Light & Magic still had their work cut out on the film when it came to digital effects.
Although you’d never guess from watching it, there’s actually more CGI in The Force Awakens than Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and Ilm has now released a fascinating ‘Behind the Magic’ VFX reel showcasing their rather fantastic work on the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster, which is definitely worth five minutes of your time; check it out here…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and »
- Gary Collinson
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Thickens, the plot has.
Earlier this year, Frank Oz was in London for work. Oz is the voice of Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy, and, of course, the wise Star Wars Jedi Master Yoda. Episode VIII was filming just outside of London in Pinewood Studios.
“Big spoon, I am.”
Then it came out that the Skelig Michael recreation set – built to mimic the island that Rey and Luke Skywalker are still presumably staring at each other on after the end of The Force Awakens – had been rigged to allow puppetry. »
- Oli Davis
The Important News DC Extended Universe: Ben Affleck revealed Deathstroke will be the villain in his Batman movie. The Rogues might be the villains in The Flash. Marvel Cinematic Universe: Marvel is making a New Warriors TV series with Squirrel Girl. Jon Favreau joined Spider-Man: Homecoming as Happy Hogan. Star Wars: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will feature an all-black R2-D2 lookalike. Harry Potter: Daniel Radcliffe is wanted to return for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Transformers: Liam Garrigan will play King Arthur in Transformers: The Last Knight. Sequels: Zombieland 2 is officially in development. Maze Runner: The Death Cure will resume...
- Christopher Campbell
Disney and Lucasfilm are getting ready for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in just a few short months. That being the case, a bunch of merchandise for the movie has recently surfaced on the web. Not only do these toys look cool, likely for both kids and adults, but they also reveal some important story elements and give us a better idea of what we might be able to expect in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff.
EW unveiled a look at a handful of the new toys coming out in honor of the release of Rogue One, and not surprisingly, there is a heavy focus on Felicity Jones' character Jyn Erso. While many aspects of her character are still a mystery, one of the new toys gives us a big clue about Erso. The toy is an Imperial Ground Crew figure, which seems innocuous enough on its own, »
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Kenny Baker (1934-2016) - Actor. He was best known for performing the role of R2-D2 from inside the droid in the Star Wars movies. He also played one of the featured Ewoks in Return of the Jedi (see him below). His other movies include Time Bandits, Labyrinth, Flash Gordon, The Elephant Man, Amadeus, Willow and Mona Lisa. He died on August 13. See our own obituary post here. Eric Bergren (1954-2016) - Screenwriter. He was...
- Christopher Campbell
If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own R2-D2, you’ll soon be able to thanks to Sideshow Collectibles and its upcoming life-size figure of the beloved Star Wars droid. Well, if you’ve got $7450 to spare, anyway…
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He might just be the hero of the entire Star Wars universe. This plucky Astromech droid has saved the “heroes”, carried vital information, and provided a breath of much needed comic relief in a galaxy far far away where things haven’t always been going well.
The Limited Edition R2-D2 Life-Size Figure feature a brand new sculpt of our old friend. More realistic than ever before, this representation features screen accurate lights and sounds and a metal dome. The lights and sounds can be triggered with the included remote control that stores in a hidden compartment just next to the speaker. For those wishing to »
- Gary Collinson
If the Star Wars universe has taught us anything, it’s that in everything there is both a Dark Side and a Light, and both are powerful forces for merchandising. To that end, via The Star Wars Show, Lucasfilm has introduced the latest member of the Rogue One cast: C2-B5, an Astromech droid in service of the Empire, and thus the ostensibly “evil” twin to R2-D2. Not because he’s black! Just because of, you know, the kind of people he associates with … Which, we realize that’s painting with a rather broad brush, and no one should be subject to ugly stereotypes. It’s just, historically speaking, many members of the Empire have committed acts that most would regard as evil, from an objectively moral standpoint. That’s just statistics.
Anyway, here’s C2-B5, who should not be judged by the color of his plating, but by »
- Sean O'Neal
Do evil droids dream of electrocuting sheep? Droids have been part of the fabric of the Star Wars universe since its inception. C-3P0’ fear of death and castigation of R2-D2 for being reckless is literally our introduction into a galaxy far, far away. “Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness.” Those are the lines of a creature that is in fear for his very life. From those first lines, Star Wars has quietly ignored the rancor in the room: Droids are sentient creatures, which makes them an enslaved species. To borrow a great speech from the other ‘Star’ property, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek described the plight of the droids (and, let’s be honest, the clones too) best. In case the video isn’t working or you’re at work (your secret is safe with me! »
- Donna Dickens
Is this R2-D2's cousin? Rd-D2 rolled into movie history in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. He was first sighted with Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) but the astromech droid soon joined with his longtime companion C-3Po on a series of lively adventures. The two mechanical friends have appeared in all seven Star Wars movies so far. But Rd-D2 is far from the only droid to appear in the series and one of the pleasures for fans is to spot new droids in each movie. For example, the astromech droid Bb-8 became a big hit, thanks to his key role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What about the first spin-off movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? According to the latest edition of The Star Wars Show (below), we can look forward to seeing C2-B5...
- Erik Davis
Is this R2-D2's cousin? Rd-D2 rolled into movie history in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. He was first sighted with Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) but the astromech droid soon joined with his longtime companion C-3Po on a series of lively adventures. The two mechanical friends have appeared in all seven Star Wars movies so far. But Rd-D2 is far from the only droid to appear in the series and one of the pleasures for fans is to spot new droids in each movie....
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Here’s one for the master builders out there – well, the ones who don’t already own the retired 10188 version – as The Lego Group has officially announced the upcoming release of the Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collector’s Series Death Star (75159).
It’s pretty much the same set as its predecessor, albeit with updated and additional minifigures, and a few small modifications to the main build. In total, there’s over 200 extra pieces (4,016 in total), but it does come with a hefty increased price tag of Us$499.99, CA $599.99 and UK £399.99. If you didn’t manage to get the first Lego Death Star, and you’ve got some deep pockets, you can pick this up on September 30th (or September 15th if you’re a Lego VIP member).
See Also: Lego Star Wars: Rogue One sets for the Jyn Erso Buildable Figure, Imperial Assault Hovertank and Rebel U-Wing Fighter officially »
- Amie Cranswick
Rey will have more Force Visions in Star Wars: Episode VIII, and they will reportedly continue the flashback scenes that were revealed in The Force Awakens. At least that's what a new rumor claims, offering more insight into the Star Wars 8 story. At this point, no official plot synopsis for the movie has been released, and thus far, we've had to rely on a lot of speculation and word of mouth. Will we actually get to learn what happened to Luke Skywalker in the days leading up to his exile? All signs point to yes.
This story does contain some potential spoilers for the next chapter in the main Star Wars saga which tracks the Skywalker bloodline. We encourage you to read on at your own risk. That said, Making Star Wars is once again claiming that Rey's Force Visions will play an important role in this upcoming sequel, »
It seems not all of the new droid characters we’ll be meeting on our return journey to the galaxy far, far away will be on the side of the heroes. Following a new batch of official Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stills from Empire Magazine, the latest episode of The Star Wars Show web series has debuted our first glimpse of Imperial astromech droid C2-B5, Aka evil R2-D2.
Okay, so nobody is actually calling him that, but one look at the little fella should make it very clear that he’s essentially just Artoo with a black paint-job. The reason they look so similar is that they’re both part of the astromech family – utility droids used primarily to maintain machinery. Other astromech droids in the saga include R5-D4, R2-kt and The Force Awakens‘ Bb-8, who’s actually a second generation model.
At any rate, »
- Mark Cassidy
K-2So isn't the only new droid introduced in this winter's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Lucasfilm has revealed the existence of C2-B5, a brand new Imperial astromech droid that looks pretty much like R2-D2's goth twin. C2 was revealed on this week's episode of Lucasfilm's The Star Wars Show, which suggested that the all-black droid might reveal more about the way in which the Empire treats its cybernetic help; host Peter Townley explained that, as an Imperial droid, C2 requires periodical memory wipes to ensure loyalty. Could the process of memory wiping play into the
- Graeme McMillan
We've already seen footage and photos of the Imperial droid K-2So (Alan Tudyk) in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but it seems the Imperial Army has even more new droids at their disposal. Earlier today, LucasFilm unveiled a first look at Imperial astromech droid C2-B5, which, as you can see in the photo below, has quite a familiar design. This droid bears a striking resemblance to R2-D2, but this lillte guy is actually quite different.
The droid was unveiled on StarWars.com's weekly YouTube series The Star Wars Show, where host Peter Townley unveiled the first image and new details about this robot. We don't know how significant a role this little droid will have, but we did learn that this astromech droid may have the same responsibilities as Rebel droids, although they're treated much differently. Here's what Peter Townely had to say in his »
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