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What 'Star Wars' Would Look Like Based on Original Concept Art

What 'Star Wars' Would Look Like Based on Original Concept Art
True Star Wars fans are most likely familiar with artist Ralph McQuarrie's concept art drawn for the original film in 1977. While much of the aesthetic that went on to become iconic pieces of popular culture was translated directly from McQuarrie's sketches to the ultimate cut of George Lucas' space epic, there are a number of designs that didn't make the leap onto the big screen.

Well, now viewers can get a taste of what McQuarrie's designs might have looked like had they made it into the final cut. About a year ago, students at the Dave School of digital...
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Star Wars: Bb-8 Dishes on Meeting Prince William and Harry at The Last Jedi Premiere

Star Wars: Bb-8 Dishes on Meeting Prince William and Harry at The Last Jedi Premiere
Bb-8 is spilling it all!

The beloved droid stopped by People Now to dish on everything Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Disclaimer: The People staff does not speak fluent droid and is likely making this all up.)

Bb-8 said (beeped?) he loved getting the chance to meet Prince William and Harry on the red carpet at the London premiere of the film and that he does not get along with his evil counterpart Bb-9E.

As for the best piece of advice fellow robot R2-D2 gave him?

“Don’t get blown up,” said the droid.

And staying true to the holiday season,
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First Look at Disney Parks’ Millennium Falcon Theme Park Ride

First Look at Disney Parks’ Millennium Falcon Theme Park Ride
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019, taking visitors to a remote outpost on a planet called Batuu. When it opens, one of the main attractions will be a Millennium Falcon flight simulator. We learned some details about the experience during this year’s D23 expo back in July, but […]

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Pm Justin Trudeau Joins Fans For Advance Screening Of ‘The Last Jedi’, Says It Was ‘Outstanding’

The Force was strong with Justin Trudeau when he joined “Star Wars” fans for a special advance screening of “The Last Jedi” in Ottawa on Tuesday night. And these weren’t any fans: Canada’s Prime Minister attended the screening with an array of guests from Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and The Boys and Girls Club […]
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What You Need to Know About Rose Tico, The Last Jedi's Breakout Character

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit movie theaters two years ago, it delivered a new cast of characters - Rey, Finn, Poe, and villainous Kylo Ren - who intermingle with original trilogy returning favorites Han Solo and Leia Organa. Luke Skywalker, the story's MacGuffin, doesn't appear until the closing minutes of Episode VII, after the map to the Jedi's whereabouts is revealed by R2-D2 and Leia sends Rey to her brother. Finn stays behind, gravely wounded by a blow from Kylo Ren's lightsaber. With Rey away on a personal quest to uncover the mysteries of her awakened Force powers, Finn finds himself paired with a new partner in The Last Jedi. Her name is Rose Tico, played by newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. RelatedKelly Marie Tran's Emotional Star Wars Premiere Night Will Make Your Cold Heart Beat Again According to the StarWars.com official Databank, Rose Tico is a member
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Why J.J. Abrams Signed On For Star Wars Episode IX

A while back, J.J. Abrams stated that he was no longer interested in directing reboots and remakes but instead wanted to pursue more original projects. He made particular mention that he would not be returning to the Star Wars franchise after directing Episode VII, so it came as a sudden reversal when it was announced that he was the one chosen to direct Episode IX after its original director Colin Trevorrow had been ousted. Recently, Abrams commented that he decided to return to the Star Wars franchise when the chance came up because he wanted the chance to do even

Why J.J. Abrams Signed On For Star Wars Episode IX
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10 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Facts You Never Knew

10 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Facts You Never Knew
It's the darkest chapter in the original trilogy of the most famous sci-fi franchise and it has one of the biggest surprising reveals in movie history. The Empire Strikes Back, long celebrated as the best chapter in the massive Star Wars saga, has many secrets swirling around that have yet been discovered by sone of the franchise's biggest fans. Here we take a look at 10 facts you never knew about what some claim is the greatest Star Wars adventure of them all.

Buffy the Jedi Master.

In the decades since Star Wars changed the world in 1977, a wealth of material about the saga's developmental stages has come out, with some bits of old concept art and words like "Starkiller," the original last name for Luke, even getting repurposed in later chapters and the extended universe. The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, by J.W. Rinzler, is a
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/Answers: Our Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Moments

/Answers: Our Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Moments
Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. In this week’s edition, we’re celebrating the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by fondly recalling our favorite Star Wars movie moments, the individual beats or reveals or lines of dialogue that stand out above all else for us. Lindsey Romain: Leia Senses […]

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson “apologizes” for the Porgs

Much like the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi and Jar Jar Binks in A Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Porgs have been dividing fans ever since we got our first glimpse of the Ahch-To inhabitants in the film’s promotional material.

And now with just hours to go until the hotly-anticipated film begins rolling out into cinemas, director Rian Johnson has offering a tongue-in-cheek “apology” for the furry little creatures during an interview with Rolling Stone, where he explained how his idea for the Porgs came about.

“When we first scouted Skellig Michael, the island where we shot Luke’s stuff, it was covered in puffins,” said Johnson. “It’s a bird sanctuary, actually. So there were all these adorable little puffins all over the island. It was first just like, ‘Ok, let’s come up with the Star Wars version of that.’ Also, I knew
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Where Does Rey's Loyalty Lie in Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

Where Does Rey's Loyalty Lie in Star Wars: The Last Jedi?
Since her debut as new Star Wars heroine Rey in 2015’s The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley herself has become more Jedi-like. She now has her own lightsaber at home (a gift from the film crew) and really knows how to use it.

“I was able to do more than I had thought – it was the best feeling,” she says in People’s new special issue Star Wars: The Ultimate Guide to The Last Jedi (on newsstands now) of her battle-training for The Last Jedi. “Picking up a lightsaber and doing the fight, I knew how much further I could go.
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Fan Trailer Imagines What ‘Star Wars’ Would Look Like If It Stuck Closer To Ralph McQuarrie’s Concept Art

Artist Ralph McQuarrie is arguably as responsible for the look of Star Wars as George Lucas himself. McQuarrie’s original designs and concept art shaped not only Lucas’s original movie, but multiple films and TV projects throughout the franchise’s storied history. McQuarrie passed away in 2012, but his influence on the world of science fiction will live […]

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Star Wars: Meet the Towering Stud Behind Chewbacca in The Last Jedi

Star Wars: Meet the Towering Stud Behind Chewbacca in The Last Jedi
Turns out, Chewbacca is pretty hot underneath all that fur.

The role of the beloved Wookie has long belonged to 7ft 3in actor Peter Mayhew. But now, Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo has stepped into the Star Wars galaxy to wear the iconic costume.

Suotamo, who stands at 7ft tall, has stood in as a body double to Mayhew in both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. He will officially take over the role in the upcoming standalone Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

“Whenever Chewie is active, that was me,” Suotamo says in People’s
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Director Rian Johnson Says It’s Time The Franchise Had A Female Or Non-White Director

Every “Star Wars” film has been directed by a white male and “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson says it’s time for a change. “Hell yes it’s time,” Johnson said when asked if it was time for the franchise to be entrusted to a female or non-white director. Johnson and the film’s cast were speaking […]
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Oscars: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Takes Aim Below the Line

Oscars: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Takes Aim Below the Line
In some sense, it seems silly to continue weighing the awards prospects for Lucasfilm’s ongoing “Star Wars” franchise each year. With “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” and now “The Last Jedi,” it’s become clear, both in how these extravaganzas are realized on the screen and how Disney chooses to position them at year’s end, that trophies aren’t part of the equation. Revenue and firmly rooted brand appeal drive the machine, and even when a filmmaker like Rian Johnson steps in with the first truly fresh writer-director vision of the series since George Lucas breathed life into it 40 years ago, there just seems to be a ceiling on how galvanizing the material can truly be outside the established fandom.

That’s not to say what Johnson has created is otherwise disposable. Quite the opposite. Albeit overstuffed and built on a script that spins its wheels a bit while trying to reconcile everything being thrown
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Star Wars director: 'hell yes' to a woman or person of colour directing franchise

A brand new Star Wars trilogy is in the works, but directors for two of the films are yet to be announced

The director of the latest Star Wars film has said it is “about time” a woman or person of colour was brought in to direct a film in the franchise.

Rian Johnson, who has made his Star Wars directing debut with The Last Jedi, which opens in UK cinemas on Thursday, is the third white man to direct a film from the popular sci-fi series. Other directors of the franchise have been creator George Lucas and Jj Abrams, who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.

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No Post-Credits Scene For Star Wars: The Last Jedi – But There Is A Tribute To Carrie Fisher

The Last Jedi does not feature a post-credits scene – but there is a touching tribute to the late, great Carrie Fisher.

The Star Wars veteran sadly passed away on December, 27th 2016, meaning Leia’s time in the Skywalker saga is coming to a close. And though Fisher’s death had no immediate effect on The Last Jedi story-wise, Rian Johnson and the Lucasfilm sound team called upon some editing tricks – additional dialogue replacement, for instance – to dot the i’s and cross the t’s of what will be Leia’s final appearance.

In an effort to commemorate that cherished legacy, it’s understood Star Wars: The Last Jedi has shipped with a montage dedicated to Fisher and her time in the Skywalker saga, which we imagine will be pretty similar to the one shown at Star Wars Celebration back in April.

So hang around after the credits and you
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Familiarize Yourself With The Other Star Wars Canon With This Massive ComiXology Sale

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I was never a comic book person growing up, though I was and still am a Star Wars person. But there’s no sense in not digesting everything that has the Star Wars name on it for the sake of staying a purist. Some canonical literature is fan fodder, and some is really, really good. Find what you like during this massive Star Wars sale from…

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Prince William and Prince Harry Have a Ball With Bb-8 While Celebrating Their Star Wars Cameo

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Prince William and Prince Harry Have a Ball With Bb-8 While Celebrating Their Star Wars Cameo
Prince William and Prince Harry looked dapper in suits and bow ties as they arrived for the European premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday. The brothers followed cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, and Oscar Isaac on the red carpet, though technically they count as cast members, too; after visiting the set last April, Harry and William landed coveted roles as stormtroopers in the film. On the carpet, they smiled while passing a line of stormtroopers and stopped to take a look at another character, Bb-8. Tuesday's premiere benefited the Royal Foundation, and more than 400 people who have taken part in their programs joined the royals at the event. They also invited some of the families who were affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June. RelatedWant to Know What the Star Wars Cast Is Up To? Follow Them on Social Media!
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The Last Jedi Is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

The Last Jedi Is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes
Following the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the first press screenings over the past few days, The Last Jedi reviews are in, and they're overwhelmingly positive, easily earning a certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While the percentage may very well fluctuate between now and the wide release on Friday, Star Wars: The Last Jedi currently stands at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 173 positive reviews and just 11 negative reviews posted thus far. That tally is currently higher than both 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens (93%) and last year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (85%).

Given the extremely positive Last Jedi early reactions, the Rotten Tomatoes score isn't entirely surprising, but it certainly is encouraging for fans who have waited two long years to see how the story continues after Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The movie has also gotten a positive seal of approval from the
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Peter Debruge’s 10 Best Films of 2017

Peter Debruge’s 10 Best Films of 2017
2017 was the year of fanboys and wonder women, as the former grew almost deafening in their zeal (permitting no dissent on the unquestioned genius of the DC, Marvel, Star Wars and Apes franchises, even when the movies themselves disappointed), while the latter found a common voice and courageous platform to take on the honchos in showbiz, politics and many other fields who had the nerve to ignore that famous superhero adage, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

“The Reckoning” (my nickname for this essential, long-overdue upheaval) has finally brought accountability for the kind of sexual harassment and all-around misbehavior no one should have to face in the workplace, toppling some of the biggest titans of our industry in the process. My heart broke when I read the words of ex-Weinstein employee Lauren O’Connor’s internal memo: “The balance of power is me: 0, Harvey Weinstein: 10.” But the movies have long given us a model for optimism
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