18 items from 2016
Take a look @ San Diego Comic-Con footage, plus images revealing Season 3 of the Disney Xd, 3D animated CG TV series "Star Wars Rebels", produced by Lucasfilm Animation, set fourteen years after "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith" and five years before "Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope", inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy concept illustrations by Ralph McQuarrie:
"...'Rebels' takes place during an era when the 'Galactic Empire' is securing its grip on the galaxy...
"...'Imperial' forces are hunting down the last of the 'Jedi Knights' while a fledgling rebellion against the 'Empire' is taking form..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Star Wars Rebels" Season 3...
- Michael Stevens
It’s official: Star Trek: Discovery is the name of CBS’ all-new series, and San Diego Comic-Con brought forth the first teaser (via JoBlo) that offers a glimpse at the titular space vessel mid-flight.
Based on concept art drawn up by the esteemed Ralph McQuarrie, executive producers Bryan Fuller and Heather Kadin revealed that Discovery will be jetting its crew off to the Prime universe, and the new Trekkie series is all about upholding the pioneering spirit that helped ensure Star Trek‘s status as a classic.
“What the new series has to do is continue to be progressive, [to] push boundaries and tell stories in the legacy Gene Roddenberry promised, giving us hope for the future,” according to Fuller, confirming that Star Trek: Discovery will make its bow via CBS All Access in early 2017.
- Michael Briers
"Hannibal" and "Pushing Daisies" showrunner Bryan Fuller hosted today's "Star Trek" 50th anniversary panel in Hall H at Comic-Con where he teased a bit about the upcoming new "Star Trek" TV series which he is producing for CBS All Access.
The official title has been revealed as "Star Trek: Discovery" and follows the USS Discovery (Ncc-1031), the name of the ship on Captain Cook's Third Voyage. The design is very much like the unused Ralph McQuarrie Enterprise design from "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" which boasted a much smaller saucer and big, triangular engineering section. Check out the CG flyby test scene below.
Witness the test flight of #StarTrekDiscovery, coming to #CBSAllAccess & CBS in January 2017 https://t.co/qLYrEF4ed7https://t.co/sROKlnAyXl
- Garth Franklin
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a movie which very nearly became mired in controversy at one point, but people quickly moved on from those troubling rumours about reshoots, something which was no doubt helped by the impressive sizzle reel Disney released this past weekend during Star Wars Celebration in London.
One of the highlights from that footage was seeing more of the sinister Director Krennic’s Deathtroopers in action. Relatively little is known about them at this point, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards has now shed some light on how they were conceived for the upcoming anthology movie.
“The whole day goes like this, where you go through every single object you can think of. And then at the very back of the room are all of these drawers that are full of the Joe Johnston and Ralph McQuarrie originals. The original actual »
- Josh Wilding
Star Wars: Rogue One will see the dramatic return of the At-at. Ryan takes a look back at the Empire walker's creation and hidden origins...
Their introduction almost matches Darth Vader's grand entrance in the original Star Wars when it comes to sheer menace. We see the walkers first as black dots against the planet Hoth's snow-white horizon. Then we see their huge, lumbering feet through a Rebel's Electrobinoculars. Cut to a reaction shot of R2-D2 in the underground Rebel base, whistling fractiously as chunks of ice are shaken loose by the thud-thud of those metal feet.
It's only after a squadron of snowspeeders is scrambled that we finally get a proper look at the Imperial walkers: looming some 15 metres above the ice, they're a startling amalgam of tank and beast: heads bristling with cannon and blasters, armoured body mounted atop four striding legs. Compared to the Empire's rank-and-file Stormtroopers, »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Takedown of the Day: This Honest Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is full of conflicting thoughts and gets really weird at the end: Fake Commercial of the Day: Watch Rey, Finn and Bb-8 try to get their hands on copies of the The Force Awakens Blu-ray in this funny video (via Twitter): I didn't pre-order #StarWarsTheForceAwakens. Got a feeling this will be me today... pic.twitter.com/S7ldEKocWM — Darren Brazil (@darrenbraz) April 5, 2016 Alternate Blu-ray Covers of the Day: You can print out these custom-designed Ralph McQuarrie art Blu-ray cover jackets for your copies of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (via...
- Christopher Campbell
There have been a couple different official Blu-ray releases of the original Star Wars trilogy. First it arrived in a box set that featured all six movies, and then they were re-released in individual steelbooks last year leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters. However, we’re still waiting for the rumored official […]
- Ethan Anderton
First Lucasfilm and now parent Disney have been clever about using animation as a means to keep the “Star Wars” franchise alive between movies. But as the dazzling, action-packed one-hour finale of “Star Wars Rebels” – the series set between the movie chapters titled “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope” – made clear, the producers of those programs harbor higher creative aspirations than merely killing time or reminding kids to ask mom and dad for action figures.
Operating with the equivalent of a gloved hand tied behind its back, “Rebels” (and before that “Clone Wars,” also under the stewardship of Dave Filoni, who directed the finale) has deftly interwoven key elements and characters into the narrative while establishing its own core cast. That all built toward a showdown in the March 30 episode (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched) that not only significantly incorporated the character of Darth Maul »
- Brian Lowry
Ryan Lambie Jul 6, 2016
Rejected scripts and a revolving door of writers. Ryan looks back at Planet Of The Titans, the early Star Trek movie that never was...
It's March 1977, and there's a very odd party going on at Paramount. The champagne's flowing, the glasses are clinking, but the atmosphere's far from celebratory.
Writers Alan Scott and Chris Bryant, who for the past six months had been working on a Star Trek movie script, have decided to leave the project following numerous rewrites and conflicted ideas from producers.
Susan Sackett, who was Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry's personal assistant at the time, was one of several people at that party. "The occasion was one of celebration," Sackett wrote in the seventh issue of Starlog magazine, "yet touched with the sadness of saying 'au revoir' to old friends."
Old friends though Scott and Bryant may have been, there are suggestions here and »
It’s time to talk about well-inhabited planets in the Star Wars universe. Specifically, designing the original trilogy of films in a way that the characters never had reason to visit one. Probably due to production restraints, the galaxy of Episodes IV, V, and VI is very sparse in the original edits (god damn you, Mos Eisley CGI bullshit). Aldaraan, the planet with the largest population that actually appears on screen, is just there to be a victim of Death Star genocide. The Senate, presumably on Coruscant, is dissolved off-screen and we’re informed during an Imperial meeting. Otherwise, the nature of the Rebellion and the secrecy of the development of Death Star II meant there was no reason for the two opposing forces in the galaxy to physically fight each other on a core planet or even in an urban setting. Cloud City is the only human urban setting »
Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a massive box office blockbuster, many fans are turning their attention to the first Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We know this story is set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, centering on a mission to retrieve plans for the first Death Star, although not much else is known about the plot. During a recent shareholders meeting, Disney's Robert A. Iger shared the first footage from this highly-anticipated movie, hitting theaters December 16, and while the footage hasn't surfaced online yet, a /Film reader was present and offered a description of the footage. Here's what he had to say below.
"Most of it was very quick. A shot of the black stormtrooper, possibly called Death Troopers as previously reported, another pic of that same style of »
The Star Wars universe has lost an important figure today, one who helped bring the franchise's most beloved droid to life. BBC is reporting that Tony Dyson, who built the original R2-D2 robots for the 1977 sci-fi classic Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, has passed away at the age of 68. He passed away from natural causes, but an autopsy is being performed to determine the official cause of death.
Tony Dyson owned the The White Horse Toy Company, and in the late 1970s, he was commissioned to build R2-D2 robots for the 1977 classic Star Wars: A New Hope. He ended up building two robots equipped with a seat for actor Kenny Baker to sit in, along with two more "throw away" units that were used in a bog scene in the 1980 sequel Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. He ended up creating eight R2-D2 robots in total, »
Dyson’s body was discovered after friends alerted police that they had not seen him for several days, the Times of Malta reports. There was no immediate suspicion of foul play and Dyson likely died of natural causes, according to the paper.
R2-D2 made his first appearance in 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope.” Dyson built the R2-D2 models — designed by illustrator Ralph McQuarrie with special effects artist John Stears — used in the film, including the one worn by actor Kenny Baker.
According to Dyson’s official website, he was commissioned to build eight different versions of R2-D2. “I can honestly say it was one of the most exciting periods of my life,” he said.
“The love for R2 is »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Tony Dyson, the man who helped the create the R2-D2 robot for the “Star Wars” films, has died. He was 68. According to multiple media reports overseas, police found his body at his home in Gozo, an island in Malta, after being called by concerned neighbors. Police suspect no foul play. R2-D2, who first appeared in 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope,” was designed by Ralph McQuarrie and John Stears. Dyson, however, was the one who created the two physical models for the film, one of which included the one that could be worn by actor Kenny Baker. Also Read: 'Star Wars:. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Gallery of Padme’s Costumes
“Sometimes creating an entire galaxy begins with a single stitch.” So begins the narration at a spectacular new exhibit in New York City about Star Wars costumes and artifacts. Coinciding with the release of the new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the show Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition, is on display now at Discovery Times Square through September 5, 2016.
The exhibition is the result of a partnership between Discovery Times Square, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Lucasfilm. It features 15 galleries with over 70 pieces taken from the collection of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The show includes costumes, props and other items from the three original movies, the prequels, and even several ensembles from The Force Awakens.
- Kim Kindya
The Death Squad is coming! Perhaps in an ode to one of the original 12 Star Wars action figures based on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope that arrived in 1978, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is introducing an elite team of black stormtroopers called the Death Squad. Though, they do not look like the helmeted unnamed man in the grey jumpsuit whose action figure was later rebranded Star Destroyer Commander. It is not known if the name is just a coincidence, or if director Gareth Edwards has decided to pay direct homage to this toy.
The Death Squad is reportedly an army of black stormtroopers. Thus far, there have been two different kinds of Black Stormtroopers spotted on set. The helmet of one variant was teased by star Donnie Yen. It has a longer face on the helmet and resembles the concept art of Ralph McQuarrie, who designed »
In keeping with J.J. Abrams' mandate for getting practical with Oscar-nominated "The Force Awakens" effects, Neal Scanlan (Oscar winner for "Babe") helped bring to life the adorable Bb-8 droid and the semi-mechanical Luggabeast, while special effects coordinator extraordinaire Chris Corbould (Oscar winner for "Inception") brought his usual sense of style to the explosive action. "There were two great things about Bb-8. The design is absolutely J.J.'s and he nailed it with his charismatic drawing of a ball with a dome on the head," explained Scanlan, who came out of retirement to set up the creature shop in London. "But not to take anything away from that, Ralph McQuarrie [the original 'Star Wars' concept designer] had done similar ideas of a ball, and the ball is also very current in today's thinking of droids or helpers of how the future may go. "Really, taking Bb-8 from there was all about the personality. »
- Bill Desowitz
Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, your regular source of sweet, nourishing, life-enriching Star Wars news! In today’s edition: Lawrence Kasdan teases his Han Solo movie. Fascinating work-in-progress Ralph McQuarrie art is revealed. Peter Mayhew reveals himself to be one stellar guy. Someone printed their own 24-inch Star Destroyer. Two Star Wars novels get new […]
- Jacob Hall
18 items from 2016
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