The Last Jedi is still months away from hitting theaters, but it has become abundantly clear that there is already a backlash developing over the Porgs. Yes, the cute and cuddly little creatures that are taking over every toy store all over the world are starting to become a problem for a certain section of diehard Star Wars fans and one fan has taken it upon himself to draft up a disturbing poster that glorifies violence towards the Porgs. Many have worried that the Porg was going to become the new Ewok and a lot of the new promotional material and marketing for the movie have certainly started swaying that way, which is making the backlash intensify.
Early promotional material for the movie featured the puffin/otter creatures hanging around on R2-D2 and Chewbacca, which is when the speculation started that Lucasfilm may in fact be marketing the movie towards »
Captain Phasma was featured prominently in the promotional material for The Force Awakens, but she really didn't play a very big role in the movie at all. But a new Star Wars comic is revealing just how she escaped the Starkiller Base after her fight with Finn and it shows action that we didn't come close to seeing in the movie. The Captain Phasma number one comic will focus on her escape and the events leading up to The Last Jedi. Gwendoline Christie reprises her role as Captain Phasma in the upcoming movie and she has promised that we will get some much-needed information about her backstory. Until then, we can at least see how she made it out of the trash compactor and off of the Starkiller Base.
Lucasfilm works hard to make sure that the Star Wars franchise stays consistent and relevant across many mediums and the new »
David Lynch almost directed Return of the Jedi. Yes, it's true. Who knows what George Lucas was thinking at the time. But Lynch did meet with the creator of the Star Wars franchise. And as David tells it, the experience gave him an immediate headache. There was no way this was happening. And it didn't. But it's interesting to think about what could have been.
This past Sunday, the Twin Peaks saga came to a close after 18 amazing new episodes. All directed by one of the two masterminds behind the cult series, acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch. And it still has fans confused, elated, and debating what it all means. David Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost are auteur artists in every sense of the word. And what they pulled off is as audacious as anything that has ever been attempted before. It's true art, and something we don't often see in »
Ryan Lambie Sep 7, 2017
It must be a good couple of years ago already by now, but in a corner of Hollywood far, far away, someone at Disney-Lucasfilm took a photograph of four film directors.
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Much speculation is swirling around the state in which Star Wars: The Last Jedi will find Luke Skywalker, when the film finally hits theatres at the end of the year. With only promotional artwork and snippets of teaser footage to go on, eagle-eyed fans have noted that the once overly-enthusiastic young Jedi seems to have transformed into something of a grumpy old man. Unpleasant, traumatic events have clearly befallen him since Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi, but it’s not yet revealed just what caused him to flee to the secrecy of Ach-To – where Rey eventually found him in the closing moments of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Inevitably, as promotion for The Last Jedi picks up momentum, Mark Hamill is asked, with increasing regularity, about the new psychology of Luke Skywalker, and how it will determine the events of this next franchise instalment. We cannot expect much to »
- Sarah Myles
Empire magazine has released 2 new covers for their The Last Jedi issue, one for subscribers and one for newsstands. The subscriber cover shows Rey handing Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber into his robotic hand and the newsstand issue features Luke and Rey standing back to back, while Rey handles her lightsaber. Both covers are holographic to add to the collectability factor, and now we have some new information pertaining to Poe's X-Wing fighter from within the issue.
The cover of the newsstand issue, as previously mentioned, features Luke and Rey standing back to back with a caption that reads: "There is another." Underneath the caption, the magazine advertises the "full story of Luke Skywalker's emotional return." At least part of the 8-page spread on The Last Jedi will deal with Luke's life and the events after The Return of the Jedi, but don't expect any real information to be dropped in the »
As a longtime fan of Dennis Muren’s work in countless films that the entire planet loves, when I was offered the opportunity to speak with the eight-time Academy Award-winning visual effects guru, you could say I jumped at the chance. That’s because throughout my entire life, the work that Murren has done on films like Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, E.T.,The Abyss, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Innerspace, and countless others helped form my love of movies, and getting to talk to him about the … »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
While Star Wars: The Last Jedi is sure to bring a torrent of mysteries that won't be answered until Star Wars 9, just as The Force Awakens did, we already know that there is a great bit of allure and intrigue behind one of its new characters. And this guy isn't even getting a name in this upcoming sequel. Those on set referred to him as D.J. on the daily call sheets, though you won't hear him called that in the movie. He's played by Benicio Del Toro. And now, the meaning behind those D.J. initials have reportedly been deciphered by one fan eager to learn more.
Force Friday happened on September 1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson promised fans looking to remain spoiler free that there weren't any big reveals coming with this huge wave of merchandise. But that has proven false. A set of Topps »
Aside from a brief outline of events – he forms a new Jedi Order, is betrayed by Kylo Ren, and heads off to Ahch-To for a self-imposed exile, we know very little of what Luke Skywalker has been up to in the galaxy far, far away between the end of Return of the Jedi and the new Sequel Trilogy.
Luke made only a fleeting appearance at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and his story is yet to be explored in any of the comics or novels, meaning that Mark Hamill was forced to make up his own backstory for the character as he prepared to reprise the role for this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“Luke changed, I think, more than the other characters in the original trilogy, from callow farm boy to a Jedi in training to finally a Jedi master,” Hamill tells the Vancouver Sun. »
- Gary Collinson
“War is raging” in the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels.
Disney Xd on Saturday announced that the animated series will return for its farewell run on Monday, Oct. 16, beginning with a one-hour season premiere.
In Season 4, the Ghost crew aligns itself with the ever-growing Rebel Alliance in a battle against the Galactic Empire. Eventually, Ezra leads the crew back to Lothal when a new Imperial threat emerges.
As previously reported, the final 15 episodes will feature the returns of Mon Mothma (voiced by Genevieve O’Reilly) and Saw Gerrera »
- Alex Leadbeater
Lucasfilm’s upcoming Han Solo: A Star Wars Story may have lost Michael K. Williams due to scheduling difficulties, but Ron Howard has taken to Twitter to announce a new cast member, revealing that he’ll be reuniting with A Beautiful Mind star Paul Bettany…
The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder #PaulBettany #ForceFriday pic.twitter.com/KzuAwhcIXy
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 1, 2017
There’s no official word on who Bettany will be playing, but SlashFilm claims it is the same role that Williams was forced to vacate, and that the character is “half-human, half-animal”.
Han Solo stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Beckett (Solo’s mentor), Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Emilia Clarke »
- Gary Collinson
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a little more than three months away and a whole bunch of new toys from the movie just hit shelves. This year's Force Friday event brought us a lot of reveals from the movie and, despite director Rian Johnson's assurance that no spoilers would come from these toys, that may have been a somewhat empty promise. While we can't say for sure, it looks like one of the newly revealed action figures strongly hints at Obi-Wan Kenobi making an appearance in Star Wars 8 as a Force Ghost.
As pointed out by Business Insider, one of the new Black Series Star Wars figures released today as a Walgreens exclusive is of famed Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, the figure is partially translucent and is most definitely a Force Ghost version of the character. Since this character is being released with the new line of toys »
As we await the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December, one of the big topics of interest is the return of Luke Skywalker. After his reappearance at the end of The Force Awakens, Luke will be in a very different, much darker place in The Last Jedi, which has got fans intrigued to see where the movie will take him. Likewise, Leia’s role in the film will be an important one as it will tragically be Carrie Fisher’s final appearance in the saga.
That said, fans should remember that the classic characters will not be the focus of The Last Jedi as the story really belongs to the new generation. In particular, Daisy Ridley’s Rey, John Boyega’s Finn and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. Mark Hamill was keen to remind people of this when chatting with The Vancouver Sun, saying the following:
“[I]t’s not about us anymore. »
- Christian Bone
Just like Yoda trained Luke in The Empire Strikes Back, The Last Jedi looks to revolve around the mentor/student relationship between Luke – now in the role of teacher – and Rey. To illustrate this, the latest issue of Empire features a gorgeous alternate subscription cover which is an almost literal representation of the characters passing the torch.
The composition of the image is presumably inspired by the final shot of The Force Awakens, which was Mark Hamill’s first appearance as Luke since 1983’s Return of the Jedi and saw Rey tracking him down to the backwater planet of Ahch-To to offer him his old lightsaber back.
A nice touch here is the rainbow running through the sky. We might be reading into it too much, but could it suggest that the future is beginning to look brighter? After all, with Luke back on board, the First Order’s time could be up. »
- Christian Bone
As Star Wars: The Force Awakens drew to a close, fans were treated to a glimpse of an aged Luke Skywalker – whose shadow loomed over the entire film, specifically due to his absence. In that triumphant return to form for the legendary franchise, the iconic character played by Mark Hamill literally became the ‘MacGuffin.’ But, the newly introduced Rey tracked him down and handed the now hirsute hermit his lightsaber – setting the stage for the next thrilling chapter, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
That film arrives in just a few months, and it’ll be a celebration tinged with sadness for cast, crew and fans alike, as the sequel will mark the final appearance of General Leia Organa – one of the original franchise stars – after the sudden death of actress Carrie Fisher in 2016. In conversation with The Vancouver Sun, Mark Hamill recently reflected on the impact this loss has had on all involved, »
- Sarah Myles
Beneath cloud wallpaper, Fisher would often write and hold court in her bedroom that featured items she collected from her travels around the world.
Fisher’s home, featured in this week’s issue of People, is exactly how she left it when she died in December one day before her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who lived in the house next door.
On Oct. 7 and 8, Fisher’s customized headboard along with thousands of other items will be up for sale when Profiles »
- Mia McNiece
There’s no overstating the importance of Luke Skywalker’s return to a galaxy far, far away. This is a character who, along with the likes of Han Solo and Princess Leia, helped shaped generations of fans. Even after the credits closed on Return of the Jedi, audiences’ imaginations continued to run wild with speculation. Where would Luke go next? What sort of obstacles would he face? Decent chunks of the now-defunct Star Wars expanded universe helped answer these questions, but very soon audiences will have at least some idea thanks to the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke will not just be there in spirit, but he’ll also be playing an integral role in the plot as well, the same of which can’t be said of its predecessor, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With his impending plot relevance, there’s »
- Joseph Medina
The Ewoks made their play for cutest creatures in the Star Wars galaxy in Return of the Jedi, but Star Wars: The Last Jedi will introduce a new species that gives the ferocious cub-like critters a run for their money. Porgs, the cuddly new penguin-esque creatures that are native to the island of Ahch-To, are the hot new […]
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