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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 »
The general consensus seems to be that the Disney era of Star Wars has been pretty great so far. Different, but great. The new Star Wars movies have been a blend of old and new, which looks to be what the upcoming young Han Solo movie is going to be. There will be one very big "out with the old, in with the new" change this time around as the original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew will not be playing everyone's favorite Wookiee.
StarWars.com released the first official cast photo for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story today, which featured the gang all together in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon. Chewbacca can be seen hanging out with Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The man in the costume is Joonas Suotamo, who shared Chewbacca duties with Peter Mayhew »
Special effects wizards Industrial Light & Magic have posted a new video to their YouTube channel detailing the elaborate process that went into digitally re-creating the late Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Check out the video here…
See Also: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story video breaks down Ilm’s Oscar-nominated VFX work
Among other reasons, it’s almost certain that technology such as the above is one of the key reasons Rogue One: A Star Wars Story received an Oscar nomination for visual effects.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars »
- Robert Kojder
The original 1996 movie, based on Irvine Welch's 1993 novel, defined a drug generation in the UK. With an electrifying soundtrack, a memorable group of characters and filled with moments that contributed to the pop culture of the cinema world, Trainspotting was definitely one of a kind. Not to mention a talent of a cast: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremne and Kelly Macdonald.
Well, 20 years later... the original crew is back as Renton (McGregor) returns to his home town after "choosing life" and abandoning his misfit friends. In honour of T2: Trainspotting, we have compiled our own little list of long awaited sequels.
Read the list below and check out »
- Scott Goodyer
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. »
- Luke Owen
Tuesday sees the release of the third and final chapter of Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath book trilogy, which serves as a bridge between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and Mashable is reporting that the novel will reveal the fate of one of the most reviled characters from the galaxy far, far away – Jar Jar Binks!
As you may recall, the Gungan was instrumental in ushering in the Empire by proposing that Chancellor Palpatine be granted emergency powers, which in turn allowed the Sith Lord to create a Grand Army of the Republic that would ultimately turn on and destroy the Jedi. And it seems that is weighing heavily on Jar Jar, who we meet during one of Empire’s End’s interludes on the planet of Naboo.
A refugee boy named Mapo encounters a Gungan performing for kids on the streets, »
- Gary Collinson
In the history of hated characters committed to the silver screen, Jar Jar Binks is most likely in everybody’s top five. The go-to worst thing about the Star Wars prequel trilogy, people’s hatred for the clumsy Gungan knows no bounds. Even his importance in the movies seemed diminished following his initial appearance in The Phantom Menace. Sure, he may have been the inadvertent driving force behind the Empire’s rise to power in Attack of the Clones, but by Revenge of the Sith, if you blinked you would have missed him. He hasn’t really been mentioned since the saga was restarted with The Force Awakens, but now we have a concrete answer to what became of him, thanks to the in canon Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End novel, due out on February 21st. The Star Wars Aftermath trilogy is something we recommend you crack open, as »
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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.
Or is it possible there »
- Gary Collinson
Ahead of next Sunday’s Academy Awards, a video has arrived online which breaks down Industrial Light & Magic’s Oscar-nominated visual effects work on Disney and Lucasfilm’s first Star Wars Anthology movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; check it out here…
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
- Amie Cranswick
The decorated Star Wars author is on the verge of launching Star Wars: Aftermath — Empire’s End, the third part of his canon trilogy, and Mashable has gained access to an early copy. Due for release on February 21st, the extract largely focuses on the infamous Jar Jar Binks, and if you’re one of the few holding out hope that the well-meaning Gungan outcast somehow managed to find peace in his life, we’d advise you to stop reading now. In fact, if you’re wanting to avoid spoiling Empire’s End prior to launch, you’d be best bookmarking this page and returning at a later date.
Still with us? »
- Michael Briers
When Disney purchased all of Lucasfilm back in 2012, one of the things they needed to do was reset the very messy canon. Since they did that, there have been quite a few new novels, comic books and other such expanded universe goodness for Star Wars fans to enjoy. But so far, this content has yet to address one big, sore thumb: Jar Jar Binks. That all changes now, because the upcoming novel Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End finally gives us some answers and reveals the fate of the maligned Gungan.
Fair warning, this article contains spoilers for Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End. Chronologically speaking, we last saw Jar Jar Binks, as played by Ahmed Best, at Padme's funeral in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. But even with all of the Star Wars content that has been and exists in the time period after that movie, »
Awhile ago, when the title of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi was released, we had some debate as to whether or not the term "Jedi" could be the plural form or singular. In fact, our very own Joseph Jammer Medina and I had an extensive conversation which I shared with our readers -- and I shall share a portion of it again: *note* We clearly write shorthand in Twitter Dm's.
Drew Carlton: the last jedi huh, how do you feel about the title?Joseph Jammer Medina: it's fine. I honestly have very few feelings. I'm curious what it means.Drew Carlton: it must mean either luke or rey right?Joseph Jammer Medina: it's interestingJoseph Jammer Medina: yeah, I'm assuming...but there's a good chance it doesn't really mean a Jedi specificallyDrew Carlton: howso? JosephJammer Medina: plural of Jedi is jediDrew Carlton: hmmmDrew Carlton: that would be misleading to »
- Drew Carlton
Jar Jar Binks may very well be the most reviled character in Star Wars history, but chances are that you may still feel sorry for him after reading this. Following the events of The Phantom Menace, he showed up for Padme's funeral in Revenge of the Sith and in a few episodes of The Clone Wars. However, it's his role in Attack of the Clones which may be most noteworthy. It was there that as an interim Galactic Senator, he pushed for an act which ultimately weakened the Republic and helped the Empire take over the Galaxy. That wasn't missed by people either as newly released novel Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End reveals what happened to Jar Jar in the new Star Wars canon since the end of the Expanded Universe. Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the novel takes us to Naboo, »
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (Courtesy: Lucasfilm)
By: Carson Blackwelder
Star Wars is one of the biggest — if not the biggest — franchises in film history and they have certainly left their mark on the Academy Awards. One of the most consistent categories these space operas have popped up in throughout the years is the best visual effects category, with only one of the films not making the cut between the ceremonies of 1978 and 2017 to varying success. Let’s take a look back at how well the eight installments have done in terms of wowing us with optic splendor.
We have to start with the most recent, just for the sake that it’s currently in contention. That brings us to the Gareth Edwards-directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which is nominated in for best visual effects alongside Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, and Kubo and the Two Strings. »
- Carson Blackwelder
It has been well over a year since Star Wars: The Force Awakens stormed into theaters and very successfully relaunched the franchise. While many questions from that movie have been answered, there are still a lot that remain ambiguous. For one, why were Han and Leia no longer together during the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? It looks like the upcoming novel, Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End is going to explore just that, as teased by a recently released excerpt from the book.
StarWars.com recently published a brief excerpt from author Chuck Wendig's upcoming Aftermath novel, the third and final of his trilogy. While it isn't explicitly said in the text, reading between the lines, it is clear that the seeds of what would ultimately drive Han and Leia apart are in this bit from the upcoming novel. Essentially, the excerpt see's a pregnant Leia, »
Next week brings the arrival of Aftermath: Empire’s End, the third book in a new trilogy of Star Wars stories that help fill in the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The book series has done a fine job of giving us some details about what happened between the end of […]
The post What Drove Han and Leia Apart Between ‘Return of the Jedi’ and ‘The Force Awakens’? appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Andrew Blair Feb 15, 2017
Readers of this site may have read last week's news that there's to be a new Star Wars spoof. This film comes from the team who brought us Date Movie, Epic Movie, and apparently something called The Starving Games which blissfully passed me by. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Selzer make relatively cheap movies that, despite critical maulings, tend to make money at the box office. When I worked at a cinema, an eleven year old boy went to see Meet The Spartans three times, proclaiming it the best film he had ever seen.
Rob Leane Feb 17, 2017
The Star Wars galaxy may be far, far away, but you can build your own version with these awesome Lego sets...
Star Wars and Lego is partnership made in heaven. George Lucas’ much beloved galaxy doesn’t seem so far, far away when you can build it in miniature, and knock it down repeatedly if you so desire, within the comforts of your Earthly home.
Many a fan coveted a Death Star Lego kit in their youth, or a Millennium Falcon one, and the luckiest kids had their wishes come true.
Now that we’re allegedly all ‘grown ups’, you might want to buy a Lego Star Wars set for a little person in your life, or – if you’re anything like me – you might fancy buying one for yourself to right the wrongs of your own childhood.
Whatever your motivations, here are seventeen of best, and »
The Han Solo movie is still arriving in May 2018, and the first cast picture
And we're off. Production is now underway on the Han Solo movie, that's being directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. And Disney has released a start of production press release, to mark filming commencing at Pinewood Studios in London. What's more, a special cast image has also been published. It did the rounds on the internet earlier, but in case you've not had the pleasure...
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As part of the official start of production announcement, Disney reaffirmed that the release date for the film is May 2018. There »
Much has been made of the upcoming tonal shift in the DC Extended Universe in the wake of the criticism aimed towards Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Zack Snyder’s Justice League said to be much lighter and “a lot more fun” than its predecessor. And now, Batman v Superman second unit director Damon Caro has echoed that sentiment, describing Justice League as a “rebirth” for the Dceu, whilst revealing that Dawn of Justice was always intended to be much darker.
“On Man of Steel, in [Zack Snyder’s] head he had the storyline treatment of where they were going to go, and at the beginning of BvS it was even richer and deeper,” Caro told Heroic Hollywood. “The arc was BvS was the midway point and the darker movie. Hence what happens at the end; the whole tone of it was darker. If you play your story all at one level, »
- Gary Collinson
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