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With less than two months left until the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, hits theaters, anticipation is higher than ever. With the final trailer arriving last week, it remains to be seen how much more footage will be unveiled, but today we have some new details about this project. While it hasn't been confirmed by Disney or LucasFilm yet, the Rogue One runtime has been revealed.
Making Star Wars came across listing for Australia's Event Cinemas, which lists the Rogue One runtime at 133 minutes (two hours and 13 minutes). If this is accurate, the runtime is five minutes shorter than last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its 138-minute runtime. It is also the exact same runtime as the first prequel, The Phantom Menace. Some fans are claiming this is too short for what needs to be accomplished in this movie, while others are calling »
From re-educating Coruscanti drug dealers via Jedi mind control in Attack of the Clones to avenging Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace and that final, anguished cri de coeur towards a half-dead Anakin Skywalker at the denouement of Revenge of the Sith, it’s easy to forget that Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi had some fabulous moments in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. McGregor’s performances, which are especially impressive in the final two films given the horrors he faced acting against a green screen and opposite the horribly wooden Hayden Christensen, are never quite enough to save the movies they take place in. Nevertheless, such masterful efforts in the face of adversity continue to encourage Star Wars fans to prick up their »
- Ben Child
I remember the first time seeing the full-length Plinkett take down of The Phantom Menace in 2009. While brutal and honest, it also made strides to talk about it as a film, and not pointing out things we'd already seen countless times by that point. They didn't focus on Jar Jar, or Anakin's wooden acting, or anything like that. They instead... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
RedLetterMedia has finally posted their epic feature-length takedown of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You might remember that independent filmmaker Mike Stoklasa’s 70-minute video review of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace went viral in 2009. The review was posted in seven parts on YouTube, and presented from the point of view of […]
The post Watch: RedLetterMedia’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Review appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Warwick Davis has been a familiar name since he first landed the role of Wicket the Ewok in 1983’s Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of the Jedi, though it was not until he appeared in the leading role of 1988’s Willow that he reached legendary status. Since then, he has added two more franchises to his resume – Leprechaun and the Harry Potter films – but it is Star Wars: Episode VIII and Willow that the actor has been discussing most recently, in an interview with news.com.au.
Most significantly, while discussing his feelings about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Davis dropped some hints about what we can expect to see in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – in which Davis will play a small role.
“I think he [J.J Abrams] captured the humour of the original trilogy so well. What we loved about those films was that they didn’t »
- Sarah Myles
Back in early 1980s, Warwick Davis began his acting career as Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. When the revival of the Star Wars saga happened in 1999, the dwarf actor made a cameo at the podracing arena in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Then he returned to a galaxy far, […]
- Ethan Anderton
Megan Crouse Oct 10, 2016
A bit of structural weakness can’t prevent the latest Star Wars Rebels episode from soaring as stories collide...
3.3 The Holocrons Of Fate
Right off the bat, this is a difficult episode to write about without revealing spoilers. The most significant part doesn’t happen until the end. Once we get there, that part is largely disconnected from the main plot, in which Darth Maul is back and has taken the Rebel crew hostage. But when the episode comes together, it tells an open-ended story that doesn’t feel unfinished, a hook into the rest of the series as strong as last year’s Darth Vader vs. Ahsoka Tano showdown. So far, season three has done a fantastic job of proving that it wants to be a bit more episodic.
What it hasn’t done is turn back into the ensemble show I’ve wanted it to be for a long time. »
Your weekend edition of The Week in Star Wars sees Loads of promotional images from toys being released from Force Friday, a returning actor from the original trilogy, more Star Wars films on the way and more…
Let’s kick things off with the latest updates from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and thanks to the folks over at MakingStarWars, we’ve got some new character descriptions featuring two of the film’s alien supporting characters, along with a couple of Imperial Stormtrooper classes [which you can read here], and it’s been confirmed that Valene Kane (The Fall) is set to portray Lyra Erso – the mother of Jyn Erso – in December’s Anthology movie. “I grew up watching Stars Wars and I didn’t believe it was happening until I was filming in Iceland,” she said.. “[The film] has a really edgy independent vibe…”
…It’s also been revealed that the final trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story »
- Luke Owen
Warwick Davis has been chatting to News.com about the Star Wars franchise, confirming that he’s set to add another instalment to his C.V. with an appearance in next year’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, as well as sharing his thoughts on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the future of the Sequel Trilogy.
“I enjoyed [The Force Awakens] immensely,” he said. “I’m excited by J.J. Abrams work anyway, I love his style. For me it’s very reminiscent of the films I went to when I was a kid. I loved Super 8 and I love the new Star Trek, and it just reminded me of many of the great films of the 1980s. There was such a great energy, I think he captured the humour of the original trilogy so well. What we loved about those films was that they didn’t take themselves too seriously »
- Gary Collinson
It’s good that Michael Palm joins the ranks of directors making documentaries highlighting the significant problems accompanying the analog-to-digital revolution (or is it a coup?), but it would have been better had he allowed someone else to do the voice-over. Or even the writing of the voice-over. “Cinema Futures” is rich in excellent interviews, stuffed with important information, and bursting with unanswerable questions that need to be asked. Yet the film lacks one major element: the pleasure factor. Barely anywhere in the more than two-hour documentary is there a spontaneous, unanalytical emotional response to the joys of cinema, and without this, Palm’s doc becomes a passionless compendium that raises alarms without stoking the fire.
Without the narration, “Cinema Futures” could easily see significant TV sales, but given that Palm’s monotone intonation and deadpan philosophizing recall Mike Myers’ Dieter character, it’s hard to imagine much play outside continental Europe, »
- Jay Weissberg
Is it any wonder Rogue One lacks The Force Awakens hype when Abrams recently confirmed franchise isn’t the same without Skywalker and Solo clans?
You might think the worst Star Wars movie of all time has to be The Phantom Menace, the film that introduced Jar Jar Binks, midichloreans and the tedious galactic senate. But you’d be wrong, for there are far worse episodes of the long-running space saga lurking in the more fetid corners of a galaxy far, far away.
First up is the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, featuring an obviously wasted Carrie Fisher, what seems like hours of wookie grunting, and a deeply weird segue in which Chewbacca’s freaky-looking dad, Lumpy, has a private sexual moment with his brand-new virtual reality machine. But rivalling it for sheer, brazen awfulness, if only because the holiday special has something of that “so bad it’s good” vibe, »
- Ben Child
Funko has revealed another wave of its New York Comic Con exclusives which includes a Captain Barbossa vinyl figure with his Monkey from Pirates of the Caribbean, Sally and Behemoth vinyl figures from The Nightmare Before Christmas, a Bistan vinyl figure from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and a Qui Gon Jinn vinyl figure from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and a Pop! Rides Indiana Jones; take a look below…
Check out Funko’s other Nycc exclusives here, here and here.
New York Comic Con runs between Thursday October 6th and Sunday October 9th.
- Amie Cranswick
Time for people of a certain age to start feeling old. It’s been a quarter of a century since director Alan Parker introduced us to an unlikely soul combo whose legacy still lives on via a hit stage show and countless concerts. So while their onscreen fortunes turned out to be mixed, The Commitments place in popular culture is absolutely assured.
Opening with a bustling Dublin street market with second hand goods, fiddle players and horses, this marks itself out from the blockbusters of the time as a gritty take on Roddy Doyle‘s source novel. Fast-talking wannabe music mogul Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) has a simple idea: reasoning that the oppressed Irish are “the blacks of Europe”, he wants to assemble a world class soul outfit from local talent. But like the best band stories the road to success is paved with false starts, egos and copious amounts of drink and swears. »
- Steve Palace
When The Blair Witch Project came out in the Summer of 1999, I was working in a movie theater as a concessionist. I started in the summer after graduating high school as the theater was new plus they realized how understaffed they were when they opened with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I remember the year pretty damn distinctly. There was one film that I kept my eye on, being the horror fan that I was, I knew that a film that was being touted as “scary as hell” was coming out late summer. I expressed my interest of horror films to my co-workers upon meeting them so by the time the hype train for The Blair Witch Project started rolling into the station, people were asking me about it. All I could tell them was the information that I had read from Entertainment Weekly, message boards and IRC chats I frequented. »
- Andy Triefenbach
Get ready for some old-school binge watching, because all of the Star Wars movies are coming to TNT starting this weekend. Turner Inc., who owns TNT, TBS and several other cable networks, have made a massive deal with Disney in order to secure the broadcast rights for 10 Star Wars movies. Turner had to make a separate deal with 20th Century Fox, who still owns the rights to Star Wars: A New Hope. That brings the total to 11 Star Wars movies the company now has the rights to.
Deadline reported on Wednesday that Turner had made the deal with Disney for around $200 million. The deal includes the Star Wars prequel trilogy, as well as The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It will also include the next three yet-to-be-released movies, which will be Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars Episode VIII and the upcoming untitled Han Solo spinoff movie. »
This is the deal Turner was looking for.
Through unprecedented deals with The Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox, TNT and TBS have secured exclusive basic cable and ad-supported on-demand rights to the entire live-action Star Wars oeuvre as we currently know it.
RelatedABC Boss Talks Possible Star Wars Series
The 11-film agreement includes the network premiere windows for last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (hitting theaters Dec. 16), as well as the network-tv premieres of the next three yet-to-be-released movies, including the final two films of the new trilogy. »
A couple of weeks back, a rumour surfaced claiming that Warner Bros. is planning to turn J.K. Rowling’s stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child into a movie trilogy, with the studio keen to have Daniel Radcliffe reprise his role as the (former) Boy Wizard.
Although WB has since denied the claims, stating that there are “no plans” to adapt the play for the big screen, one has to imagine that the studio will be itching to extend the lucrative franchise beyond the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spinoff trilogy, and during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Radcliffe has suggested that he could be open to a return.
“I’m never going to close the door; that would be a stupid thing to do,” said Radcliffe. “But I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it. At »
- Gary Collinson
Despite all of the talk of a return to the practical effects focus of the Original Trilogy in the build up to the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the visual effects wizards at Industrial Light & Magic still had their work cut out on the film when it came to digital effects.
Although you’d never guess from watching it, there’s actually more CGI in The Force Awakens than Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and Ilm has now released a fascinating ‘Behind the Magic’ VFX reel showcasing their rather fantastic work on the J.J. Abrams-directed blockbuster, which is definitely worth five minutes of your time; check it out here…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and »
- Gary Collinson
MaryAnn’s quick take…
It’s not great. It’s not terrible. It is bland manufactured entertainment product. It’s fine. Hollywood is not creatively bankrupt. Everything is fine. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s fine. Everything is fine. This new Ben-Hur is fine. It’s not great. It’s not terrible. It is a piece of bland manufactured entertainment product. It exists. It’s fine.
It’s not great. It’s not terrible. It’s fine. Hollywood is not creatively bankrupt. Everything is fine.
It’s fine that major Hollywood studios that insist they are businesses first sunk $100 million into producing a movie that no one was demanding, and many more tens of millions in advertising and marketing trying to convince audiences they wanted to see it. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Are we about to see an epic Star Wars rematch? Maybe! The general consensus from Star Wars fans would be that The Phantom Menace was not a great movie, really not even a good one by most accounts. However, if it had only one redeeming quality, it would be Darth Maul and more specifically, the fight between he and Obi-Wan. Well, there is some evidence to support the idea that the two are set to square off again in the new Star Wars canon, which surely we would all love to see.
Now, though this fight doesn't look like it will be happening in a movie anytime soon, there is an increasingly better chance that this is something we could be seeing in season 3 of Star Wars Rebels. None of the evidence individually is all that eye catching, but the folks over at the fan site Star Wars News Net »
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