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Back in June, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy made a surprising revelation during an interview, where she said that the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, may not have an opening crawl like the original Star Wars movies. Then, just a few weeks ago, Kathleen Kennedy said that they most likely would not have a crawl, but it wasn't set in stone. Now that post-production is finally complete, Gareth Edwards has confirmed that there is no opening crawl at all. But there will be something else fans can enjoy at the beginning of the film. Here's what he had to say about what he's using to take the opening crawl's place.
"There is no opening crawl. But there is a prologue at the beginning of the film that takes place 15 years before the action of the film and that is how the action is exposed. Our film »
One of the biggest standouts from the marketing for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been K-2So, voiced by Firefly alum Alan Tudyk. The tall, intimidating Imperial-turned-Rebel security droid has a lot to live up to considering the tremendous popularity of past Star Wars characters like C-3Po, R2-D2 and Bb-8, but has already become one of the upcoming film’s most intriguing characters.
In a new interview with THR, Tudyk talks a bit about playing the character, whether or not he felt any pressure to make his droid distinctive, and if we’ll see K-2So again, despite the fact that Rogue One won’t have a sequel.
Tudyk didn’t just voice K-2So, but was actually present during the filming and played the character via motion capture. He feels that this gave him an edge performance wise, and meant that he’d avoid becoming the »
- James Garcia
Pick up People’s special issue, Star Wars: The Secrets of Rogue One, on newsstands now — including a special Star Wars virtual-reality bonus with goggles included! And watch People Special: Star Wars Rogue One on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (Pen). Go to People.com/Pen, or download the Pen app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.
From Darth Vader to droids, stormtroopers to rebels: The countdown to the Dec. 16 launch of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has officially begun – and People is here to help ease the wait. »
15 Greatest Robots In Movie History Gallery 1 of 16
Who's the greatest movie robot of all-time? It's a tough call, but you would be hard-pressed to not choose Star Wars' most endearing creation - that bleeping, brave-hearted blue tin can that is R2-D2.
T-800 - The Terminator
He also launched a handful of catchphrases into popular culture, something that not many others on this list can claim to have done.
Iron Giant - The Iron Giant
Despite being designed as an alien war machine, the big-hearted Iron Giant really just wants to be a hero.
Brad Bird's animated classic will have you welling up over the fate of a hunk of metal, and you'll »
- Christian Bone
Bb-8 is a difficult act to follow, after the spherical droid became one of the breakout stars of The Force Awakens thanks to its adorable mannerisms and timely thumbs-up gestures. Then again, R2-D2 is no slouch either, and is arguably one of the most iconic characters in all of Star Wars, but there’s a new droid hoping to join that robotic pantheon, and his name is K-2So (Kay-Tuesso).
Voiced by Alan Tudyk – no stranger to the sci-fi genre – K-2So is all set for a debut in the imminent Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, where he will be lending a much-needed helping hand to the Rebel cause. A reprogrammed Imperial security droid, K-2So’s mere presence is enough to arouse suspicion among the Alliance ranks, but as this new international TV spot attests, the towering insertion agent is fiercely loyal to Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Jyn »
- Michael Briers
Of all the new characters being introduced in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, K-2So may already have a leg up on his human co-stars in the eyes of potential audience members, if only for the reason that the droids are always the easiest to fall in love with; look no further than R2-D2 or, more recently, Bb-8 for proof of that point. Watch K-2So in a new international Rogue One TV spot that heavily focuses on him and features a bit of new footage…
Although by look and function alone, K-2So is most comparable to C-3Po, the former’s straight-shooting and analytical programming seemingly sets him apart from the latter, who is constantly worrying and accidently getting himself into trouble.
- Justin Cook
While much of the focus at the moment is on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the folks at Making Star Wars have offered up a few rumoured details on two new characters set to debut in the galaxy far, far away in next year’s Star Wars: Episode VIII.
According to the site, who had a very good track record when it came to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Benicio Del Toro’s character “has been described as a classic ‘man in black.’ As in he wears all black and he’s dangerous. His character is clean shaven with hair not unlike Poe Dameron’s in length. While The Wrap let us know he was up for the role of the bad guy in the film sometime ago, it doesn’t appear the heroes see del Toro as a bad guy, at least not at first… On paper it »
- Gary Collinson
“Would you look at Lumpy! He’s sure grown, huh? And I think his voice is changing!”
George Lucas and his intergalactic entourage don’t stand a chance when St. Louis Shakespeare’s The Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre takes them on in December. The uber-talented Smoking Monkeys adapt a cult film (or TV show) into an onstage farce once a year. Plan 9 From Outer Space, Reefer Madness, Glen Or Glenda, The Star Wars Trilogy, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Stupefy!: The 90-minute Harry Potter, and last year’s Mad Max – Live! have all been the victims of sidesplitting, Pythonesque parody courtesy of The Smoking Monkeys. This time these lunatic thespians are calling their show The Making Of The Star Wars Holiday Special! – A Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre 20th Anniversary Special!
And rumor has it that Charles Bronson will be making an appearance hawking Mandom Cologne!!! It doesn’t get any better than that! »
- Tom Stockman
Today, to celebrate the one year anniversary of Star Wars Battlefront, Dice announced that Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: Scarif will be available for Season Pass holders on December 6. The fourth and final digital expansion pack includes new content inspired by the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. You can get your first look at the Rogue One: Scarif Dlc in a new trailer for Star Wars Battlefront: Ultimate Edition.
Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic will also join the battle as two new playable heroes, and a new multi-stage game mode with space and ground combat will make it's debut. Also launching on December 6 is the Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing Vr Mission for PlayStation Vr. In this free Dlc, players can jump into the cockpit of an X-Wing and dog fight through the far reaches of space in fully immersive virtual reality.
Electronic Arts also reveals that, »
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Droids have an interesting creative process surrounding them. Not only are they an amazing feat of mechanical and digital technology, but there’s a whole lot that goes into designing the voices, which complements their respective personalities. R2-D2 was the big game-changer in sound design. Yes, he may have been a droid, but through a series of beeps and modified baby-like sounds, sound designer Ben Burtt was able to imbue him with an unprecedented amount of life for what amounts to a bucket of bolts.
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the filmmakers were given the difficult task of not only creating a droid that could match R2-D2 in memorability, but creating something that stands completely on its own in a completely different way as R2. The end result was Bb-8, who ended up being just as much of a spitfire as R2, but in a completely unique way. »
- Joseph Medina
Pick up People’s special issue, Star Wars: The Secrets of Rogue One, on newsstands Nov. 30 — including a special Star Wars virtual-reality bonus with goggles included! And watch People Special: Star Wars Rogue One on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (Pen) starting Nov. 30. Go to People.com/Pen, or download the Pen app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS.
May the Force be with the newest cast members of the Star Wars saga.
Hasbro has announced Clue: Star Wars Edition, which isn’t just a boring retheme of the classic deduction board game, but a thematic retheme complete with a 3D Death Star board. You play as Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, R2-D2, or C-3Po, aboard the Death Star trying to save the Galaxy from destruction by the Empire. If […]
The post Star Wars Clue: Steal The Plans, Escape The 3D Death Star & Save The Galaxy [Cool Stuff] appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
With each new Star Wars film that hits theaters, there’s always a whole bevy of things to look forward to: new ships, new battles, new planets, and of course, new droids. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first standalone film set in the Star Wars universe, will also be the first film in the franchise not to include fan favorite droids C-3Po and R2-D2. With that in mind, you know they had to fill the droid void with someone.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens included the adorable Bb-8, a droid no one can really hate, but for Rogue One, they went for a completely different direction. Rather than go for cute, Rogue One turned to a droid named K-2So, played by Alan Tudyk. Unlike the lovable Bb-8, Kaytoo isn’t so much a diminutive spitfire, as he is an intimidating iron giant.
Speaking with EW, »
- Joseph Medina
Tom Nightingale reviews Star Wars Identities at the O2…
Star Wars Identities blasts its way into the O2 from the 16th November. With 200 props, costumes and models from the Lucasfilm Archives, it’s a unique experience to get a closer look at some original items that shaped the saga. But this isn’t just Star Wars a museum, the exhibition also asks ‘What Forces Shape You’ through an interactive experience which questions your own character and personality. Flickering Myth had the chance to take an early look around.
Firstly, the collection itself is immense, featuring a mixture of objects predominately from the first 6 films. There are costumes from all the favourites including Han, Luke, Chewie, Leia and Vader to name a few. Being able to physically stand in front of them gives you a more real sense of them. You can see how physically tall Chewie really is and examine »
- Tom Nightingale
Vaughn died Friday morning after a brief battle with acute leukemia, according to his manager, Matthew Sullivan.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was an immediate hit, particularly with young people, when it debuted on NBC 1964. It was part of an avalanche of secret agent shows (I Spy, Mission: Impossible, Secret Agent), spoofs (Get Smart), books (The Spy Who Came in From the Cold) and even songs (Secret Agent Man) inspired by the James Bond films.
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The pair, who had put aside Cold War differences for a greater good, worked together each week for the mysterious U.N.C.L.E. (United »
Born in Canada and based in Los Angeles, where he enjoyed picking up coffee at the Starbucks at Highland and Wilshire, singer/songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen has died at age 82, per his Facebook page, after suffering various illnesses.
Many baby boomers grew up on Cohen, advertised as “the master of erotic despair,” whose 60s songs like “Suzanne” and “The Sisters of Mercy” and later entries “Calling All Angels” and especially, “Hallelujah,” were performed by many other top recording artists, from Judy Collins, U2 and Bob Dylan to Rufus Wainwright and K.D. Laing.
Over 45 years Cohen carefully produced about a dozen albums (his most recent, “You Want it Darker,” was released last month), but more than 2000 recordings were made of his songs. The incantatory sacred/profane “Hallelujah,” which took Cohen five years to write, appeared in many television shows and movies, from “Shrek” and “American Idol” to Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing. »
- Anne Thompson
Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died, his record label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed on Thursday. He was 82.
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"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," read a post on Cohen's Facebook page. "We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief." A cause of death was not given.
The Recording Academy also mourned Cohen's death in a statement to Et, saying, "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Grammy® Award winner and 2010 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Leonard Cohen."
"During an influential career that spanned more than five decades, Leonard became one of the most revered pop poets and a musical touchstone for many songwriters," the statement continued. "His extraordinary »
Star Wars has gained an almost religious following, so we asked four artists to reimagine their favorite characters in the vein of the Day of the Dead. The artwork includes the likes of General Grievous, X-wing fighter, R2-D2 and Boba Fett. Art by: Chito Arellano "The Calaveras (skull) is one of the most iconic symbols for 'Dia de los Muertos'. I wanted to do more than just the classic sugar skull design, so I decide that I would do a...
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Cineplex's Holiday movie preview features Rogue One, Moana, Fantastic Beasts and more!Cineplex's Holiday movie preview features Rogue One, Moana, Fantastic Beasts and more!Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine10/26/2016 2:42:00 Pm
The Holiday Season kicks off in a strange way on November 4th, when the 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes us to a whole new astral plane.
Meet Doctor Strange, a completely different type of superhero, one who deals in magic and mysticism.
As director Scott Derrickson explained at this year’s Comic-Con, when the comic book was launched in the 1960s, “it was full of very mind-trippy visuals, it was a left turn in the Marvel Universe.” He added, “The film we’ve made is all those things.”
But Batch embraced the »
- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine
It’s the burning question coming out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and one that’s spawned many theories since the release of the first chapter of Disney’s Sequel Trilogy last December: just who are the parents of Daisy Ridley’s Rey?
One such theory is that Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso – the protagonist of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – could be Rey’s mother, seeing as she’s British… she’s female… and, erm… she’s in a Star Wars movie. However, speaking to Vulture, Ridley has pretty much discounted that theory, as well as heavily implying that we’ll discover Rey’s true lineage in Star Wars: Episode VIII next year.
“I mean, I think historically [the Jyn Erso theory] wouldn’t work, because she is … Darth Vader is there … so she would ultimately be my great-grandma,” said Ridley in an interview with Vulture. “No, she would be my grandma. »
- Gary Collinson
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