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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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15 Best Stories Ever Told in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe (Photos)

15 Best Stories Ever Told in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe (Photos)
Between the movies, TV shows, comics, video games, novels and reference books, you’d be hard-pressed to ever run out of stories to read about the “Star Wars” universe, past and present. It’s a big universe out there, and every story told in it is connected to all the others. Big stories are told as many different smaller ones, and small stories are told as chunks of a bigger picture. These are the best chunks, big or small, in the history of the “Star Wars” universe. 15. The rise of Admiral Daala in the “Jedi Academy Trilogy” After “Return of the Jedi” in the.
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The Classic Influences of Star Wars

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Although Star Wars today has become much more than just a movie, there was a time when it was nothing more than a risky business proposition. This is a look at how classic film and cultural changes helped that original film blossom into the most popular and profitable film-based franchise in history.

Let me take you back to a time before midichlorians and Gungans. Before lightsabers and tie fighters. This is a time when Death Star could have referred to a Shuriken, and Skywalker was the nickname for future NBA Hall of famer David Thompson. It was 1973 and George Lucas began writing the script for what would become Star Wars, later Episode IV: A New Hope. At this time, Lucas had completed filming his second feature film, American Graffiti, which would become a hit. His first feature film was 1971’s Thx-1138, a dystopian sci-fi, and a flop in theaters. However,
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‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ Honest Trailer: The One Where Boba Fett Goes Out Like Wile E. Coyote

‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ Honest Trailer: The One Where Boba Fett Goes Out Like Wile E. Coyote
This weekend brings the next installment of the Star Wars saga with Mark Hamill returning to the role he originated for the first time over 40 years ago. But before that, let’s flashback to the time Mark Hamill returned as Luke Skywalker in 1983, as a full blown Jedi. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi […]

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12 of the Craziest ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Fan Theories

12 of the Craziest ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Fan Theories
Since the credits rolled on “The Force Awakens,” fans have taken to the Internet to theorize the answers to the dangling mysteries left unsolved. Who or what is Snoke? Who are Rey’s parents? What’s the deal with the reclusive Luke Skywalker? In the two years since “Episode VII,” theories have ranged from possible, unlikely, to straight up baffling. With “The Last Jedi” right around the corner we’re looking at some of the best — and craziest — theories from around the web.

The Knights of Ren were Luke’s Students

Of all the theories out there, this one rings seems pretty plausible. Around the halfway point of “The Force Awakens,” Rey is given Luke’s old lightsaber — the one he lost in his fight with Darth Vader in “The Empire Strikes Back.” When she touches it she sees a number of visions, one of them being of Kylo Ren and a group of equally hooded baddies
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Mark Hamill on Luke Skywalker's Dark Return in Star Wars: The Last Jedi: 'I Was Stunned'

Mark Hamill on Luke Skywalker's Dark Return in Star Wars: The Last Jedi: 'I Was Stunned'
Like millions of Star Wars fans, Mark Hamill has been impatient to see Luke Skywalker back in action. In 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the famous Jedi made a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance but in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the character is front and center — just not as you’d expect it.

While Luke takes the spotlight in Episode VIII, Hamill expected to do much more in The Force Awakens, based on early story sketches he saw after signing on to reprise his iconic role. “Luke in scuba gear with Rey, discovering the underwater remains of the destroyed Death
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The Coolest Star Wars Facts

As the hype train for Star Wars: The Last Jedi heads into its final stretch, fans are either thinking about what is in store, or reminiscing about their favourite moments from the movies already made.

While there is little doubting that the fandom belonging to this franchise is one of the biggest and most knowledgeable ones in existence, even when compared to other smash hit game or TV phenomenon; this cherished series still has a secret or two! So, here we present some of the most scintillating for your reading pleasure.

The Immodesty of Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher point-blank refused to wear modesty tape when filming the famous Jabba’s Palace scene.

In the same manner that a good online gambling casino has a lot going on behind the scenes to ensure you get what you want as you want it, the Return of the Jedi Jabba Palace sequence was a very complex one.
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'Star Wars': Han and Luke Had a Touching Farewell Moment in Deleted 'Return of the Jedi' Scene

'Star Wars': Han and Luke Had a Touching Farewell Moment in Deleted 'Return of the Jedi' Scene
It wasn't going to be the last time they saw each other, but Han and Luke had a touching farewell scene that was cut from opening of Return of the Jedi

The moment, which takes place in a sandstorm on Tatooine immediately after Han is rescued from Jabba the Hutt, is far more impactful than the scene actually in the film, which is just the two men talking over the radio. 

Having been the hero on numerous occasions, Han (Harrison Ford) realizes he finally owes Luke (Mark Hamill) for saving him from the galactic gangster. 

The dialogue, for the most part, is the same...
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Why Star Wars: The Last Jedi Has A Lot To Live Up To

Neil Calloway on why the second films in Star Wars trilogies are the best…

Unless you’ve been hiding out on Dagobah or in the Outer Rim Territories, you’ll be aware that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released this week. It’s a Star Wars movie, so has a lot to live up to, but it’s also the second film in the trilogy, so it will probably be the best one.

It’s not only the fact that Rian Johnson has been given carte blanche on his own Star Wars trilogy to follow this one, and personally I’m looking forward to him telling the story of the Gungans in great detail, but precedent also says it has the most potential.

In the same way that people who know these things say the even numbered Star Trek films are better than the odd numbered ones (don’t
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Rian Johnson discusses Carrie Fisher’s contributions to the script for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We’re now just a few days away from the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and while there’s a huge amount of excitement for the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga, the release will be bittersweet as it marks the final time we see the late Carrie Fisher as the iconic Leia Organa.

In addition to her acting work, Fisher was also a highly-regarded script doctor, working on a host of projects such as The Empire Strikes Back, the Star Wars prequels, Hook, Sister Act and more. And it seems that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson also drew on Fisher’s experience for Episode VIII.

“Carrie was, you know, a writer first and foremost,” said Johnson (via Comic Book). She loved words. We would get together and we would go over the scenes. We wouldn’t rewrite the scenes but she would throw out suggestions for jokes,
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New Star Wars: The Last Jedi posters featuring Rey and Kylo Ren

With just days to go until the release of the latest chapter of the Star Wars saga, two new exclusive Star Wars: The Last Jedi posters have been revealed by UK cinema chain Odeon featuring Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren; take a look below…

See Also: Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 reunite in Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spot

See Also: Mark Hamill created his own heartbreaking backstory for Luke Skywalker between Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 14th in the UK and December 15th in the States and sees returning cast
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi press conference and video interviews

We’re just a few days away from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the cast and crew of the hotly-anticipated blockbuster have been out on the promotional campaign this week. Check out the full press conference below, along with video interviews with director Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Holdo), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke).

See Also: Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 reunite in Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spot

See Also: Mark Hamill created his own heartbreaking backstory for Luke Skywalker between Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 9 Review – ‘Beebo the God of War’

Jessie Robertson reviews the ninth episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 3…

I’m always, always so astonished at how much Legends fits into an hour episode, when so much of it borders on the absurd. And yet it seems to work nearly every time out.

If you predicted one episode in the work pool on how long it would take the Legends to undo Martin’s death, or at least attempt to, you win the money! Jax is struggling, heck all of the crew is struggling but when a young Martin Stein gets sucked through time during a Black Friday sale looking for the hottest toy on the market in 1992, a talking doll named Beebo, Jax sees this as his opportunity to try and get him back by writing a letter (thanks Zari) to tell him of his death in the future. It doesn’t work of course
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Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 reunite in Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spot

Following on from yesterday’s TV spots featuring some new footage of Rey and Snoke’s Praetorian Guards, we’ve now got another promo for next week’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this time giving us a look at a humourous reunion between Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 on board the Millennium Falcon. Check it out here…

See Also: Mark Hamill created his own heartbreaking backstory for Luke Skywalker between Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi

See Also: Rian Johnson says fan theories haven’t guessed any major reveals from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 14th in
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Mark Hamill created his own heartbreaking backstory for Luke Skywalker between Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi

It seems that going into Star Wars: The Last Jedi, actor Mark Hamill had as much knowledge about Luke Skywalker’s life between Return of the Jedi and the new Sequel Trilogy as the audience – i.e. very little. And so, in preparation for his performance in Episode VIII, Hamill concocted his own tragic and heartbreaking backstory for the Jedi Knight.

“Actors like backstories,” Hamill told EW. “They want to know motivation and all those things, and it’s such a blank slate. You know, if you look at it intellectually, I realized that it’s not my story anymore and so what [Luke] did or did not do in the intervening years aren’t really important to the audience at this point, but I have to work it out for myself. I wrote lots and lots of scenarios. I made notes that he fell in love with a woman who
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Last Jedi Director Teases a Mysterious Twist for an Iconic Weapon

Last Jedi Director Teases a Mysterious Twist for an Iconic Weapon
The lightsaber weapon has always been at the heart of the Star Wars saga, and next week's Star Wars: The Last Jedi will certainly no different, but a new tidbit has surfaced hinting that we may see a new lightsaber color. A new piece in Parade reveals that director Rian Johnson has hinted fans could see a new lightsaber hue in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, although no further details have been given, but we also have new details from Adam Driver about his villainous Kylo Ren character.

In the first two Star Wars movies, there were just two different lightsaber colors, Luke Skywalker's blue lightsaber and Darth Vader's red lightsaber, but in Return of the Jedi, the fully trained Jedi Luke Skywalker constructed a new lightsaber, which emitted a green blade. The prequel trilogy also showed a purple lightsaber, used by Samuel L. Jackson's Mace Windu, but this
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Ranking the Star Wars Films by their Lightsaber Battles

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All cinematic lightsaber battles are not equal. This is a ranking of the Star Wars films based on the Lightsaber battles that they portray.

The Lightsaber is an iconic and unique part of the Star Wars universe much in the same way we associate the Proton Pack with Ghostbusters, or the phaser to Star Trek. The inclusion of this futuristic light sword into Star Wars came from George Lucas’ love of fantasy serials, which frequently featured characters with swords. Much in the same way that medieval Knights represented a regal and noble order of combatants, the Jedi represents an individual devoted towards upholding peace and justice. It was only fitting then that they received a weapon that would represent the dignity of their status and charge. Of course, those good guys need someone to fight, and so the major enemies of the Jedi also tend to have Lightsabers.

Aside from
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14 Things We Learned About 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

14 Things We Learned About 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
The cast and creators of Star Wars: The Last Jedi had a whole lot to say in our new cover story – from writer/director Rian Johnson's revelation that he considered making Luke Skywalker blind to Adam Driver's confession of total emo ignorance to Daisy Ridley's declaration that she was done with the saga after the next movie (she's since attempted to walk that one back). But our in-depth interviews for the article yielded even more revelations that didn't quite fit. Here's what we learned.

1. J.J. Abrams couldn't resist returning for Episode IX,
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Poll: What’s Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Movie?

Poll: What’s Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Movie?
The eighth installment in the main “Star Wars” series is almost here.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will hit theaters on Dec. 15, marking the eighth installment in a series that kicked off back in 1977. That movie, which was later retitled “A New Hope,” broke records at the box office and received overwhelming critical praise. “George Lucas set out to make the biggest possible adventure fantasy out of his memories of serials and older action epics, and he succeeded brilliantly,” critic A.D. Murphy wrote for Variety at the time.

Lucas followed that up with “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980 and “Return of the Jedi” in 1983, capping off that trilogy in the hall of fame of film classics. “Star Wars” flew back into theaters in 1999 with the start of the prequel series, which was… less well received, to say the least. The first in that series, “The Phantom Menace,” was ravaged by critics and fans even as it made
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First Solo: A Star Wars Story teaser poster surfaces

While director Ron Howard delivered regular social media updates and teases from the set of the film, we’ve had very little in the way of marketing material for next year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, save for the official title and logo reveal back in October.

Obviously Disney and Lucasfilm are focussing their marketing efforts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi at present, but things may be about to change as the first teaser poster for Solo has now been spotted in theaters. It’s just the film’s logo, so nothing to get too excited about, but it may indicate that the first trailer could be just around the corner (and presumably puts to rest any speculation that the movie could be pushed back from its May release date following the director shake-up and extensive reshoots)…

See Also: Ron Howard has reportedly reshot almost all of Solo: A Star Wars Story
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