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Despite only featuring in The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul has to be one of the most celebrated Star Wars villains ever. He turned out to be so popular, in fact, that the fandom decided that he was too good to stay dead after Obi-Wan Kenobi chopped him in half on Naboo. That’s why various books, comics and TV series have sought to bring the demonic looking horn-head back to life over the years.
Maul’s is a complicated story though, one that crosses multiple timelines and could swamp even the most knowledgeable Star Wars fan. Thankfully, then, Movie Web has got you covered with this new recap video that details Darth Maul’s entire biography, pulling info from every medium that’s out there. Naturally, this results in a fairly hefty history, as the video clocks in at just under 20 minutes.
For the sake of relevance, the recap follows »
- Christian Bone
No matter where you stand on the Star Wars prequels, we can all agree that Darth Maul is fantastic. With his aggressive acrobatic fighting style, double bladed lightsaber, and face ink, the Sith Lord stole much of the show in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. His story felt unmercifully cut short (*ahem) by Jedi Knight in training Obi-Wan Kenobi. But did you know the most famous son of Dathomir actually lived on in Star Wars canon, before his final defeat in the sands of Tatooine?
Don't have time to sort through all of the novels, comic books, and episodes of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels? Don't worry, we're exploring what happened to the Sith apprentice following his vivisection at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Before delving into how Darth Maul survived getting chopped in half and what became of him afterward, first we should tell you a »
Ryan Lambie Oct 12, 2017
They helped bring down the Empire, but for some, they helped ruin an entire franchise. When Return Of The Jedi arrived in 1983, its cuddly, mischievous Ewoks immediately divided opinion among Star Wars fans: for some, George Lucas' space opera ended not with a bang, but with a bunch of spear-waving teddy bears frolicking about in a forest.
Almost 35 years later, and it might seem as though history's about to repeat itself. As footage from writer-director Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi emerged, debate over things like Rey's origins and Luke's grim utterances was joined by another conversation: what are those cute, wide-eyed things that look like »
"I need someone to show me my place in all this." You and us both, Rey. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has unveiled its latest trailer, and the two-and-a-half minute glimpse of writer-director Rian Johnson's installment hinted at betrayals, reversals, at least one major (and all too real) death … and the possibility that the young Jedi in training played by Daisy Ridley may be on a one-way trip to the Dark Side.
Narrated by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis, the DeNiro of CGI creatures), the trailer's opening segment unveils »
- Joseph Walter
The beloved Star Wars character of Han Solo is famous for many things – joining the Resistance, piloting the Millennium Falcon, doing the Kessel Run – but one of the most legendary feathers in his cap is his encounter with Rodian debt collector Greedo, in the Mos Eisley Cantina during Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The tense exchange gave birth to one of the great mysteries of modern cinema: Who shot first?
This question has been hotly debated by Star Wars fans for four decades, with many concluding that it was, in fact, Han that shot first. But, the deeper layer to this mystery has always been, why was there tension between them in the first place? In the sequence, it’s clear that Greedo seeks to collect money from Han on behalf of Jabba The Hutt, and that when it’s revealed that Han doesn’t have sufficient funds, »
- Sarah Myles
The Star Wars universe is on a seemingly unstoppable roll at the moment, and that looks set to continue well into the future. After the smashing success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and with a Han Solo prequel now in development, Lucasfilm has already begun making plans for their next spinoff, one which will revolve around none other than Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Stephen Daldry is in talks to direct and from what we understand, the project is still without a script and in the very, very early stages of development. As such, it’s unclear if Ewan McGregor will pick up the lightsaber for this Star Wars offshoot, though given how keen the Scot has been in the past, we’re inclined to believe he’ll sign on without a second’s hesitation.
Because after six appearances across Disney and Lucasfilm’s rebooted Skywalker saga, Obi-Wan Kenobi has »
- Matt Joseph
Star Wars has always pushed the envelope of special effects technology. From the still impressive Death Star run in A New Hope, through to the technical (if not narrative) success of Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace. But the most eye-catching effect the franchise has produced of late is the CGI resurrection of Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One. Now, courtesy of a new video released by Ilm Visual FX, we can get an idea of just how much work went into this most delicate of special effects operations.
Bringing back actors from the dead is still a controversial cinematic technique, coming with a tinge of morbidity and creepiness to it. On top of that, simply recreating human beings in CGI runs the obvious risk of plunging deep into the uncanny valley – where artificial representations of people are just realistic enough that the primitive part of »
- David James
Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi has wrapped post-production and now movie outlets have started to post the running time for the movie, which if true, places the movie as the longest in the Star Wars saga. The movie picks up right where J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens left off and we know that there's a lot of ground to cover from the Jedi training on Ahch-To all the way to learning some more about the mysterious, possibly gender bending, villainous Snoke. In addition, the Resistance battles the First Order, so there's quite a bit going on in the upcoming Last Jedi.
Many fans have already speculated that the movie could be close to three hours because of all of the events that are set to take place. We know we're going to see Luke deal with his "grim perspective" and a mission with Finn and Rose, which when added to the aforementioned details, »
Of all the question marks hanging over the current series of Star Wars movies, probably the most hotly-contested is the mystery of Rey’s origins. The various theories about where Daisy Ridley’s heroine comes from range from the highly plausible – she’s Luke or Obi-Wan’s daughter – to the downright head-scratching – she’s possessed by the ghost of Palpatine (or something).
Of course, we still don’t have any concrete answers, and likely won’t for some time, but a new rumour has now been bandied about and it’s pretty compelling. In a recent video, YouTuber Mike Zeroh discussed his latest theory, which puts forth the idea that Rey has a major connection to the prequel trilogy, in that her character is a continuation of an important concept introduced back in 1999’s The Phantom Menace.
“We heard a couple of months ago that director Rian Johnson inserted prequel »
- Christian Bone
Not much has been confirmed about Star Wars: The Last Jedi at this point. But it is known that the movie contains one of the biggest surprises ever seen in a Star Wars movie. It's a moment that is said to trump that one time, way back in Empire Strikes Back, when Darth Vader told Luke Skywalker the truth about his real father. Impossible? Perhaps. But some new intel has been leaked with just three months to go until Star Wars 8 is in theaters. And it claims the big shock is directly tied into the Prequel Trilogy, which kicked off with The Phantom Menace in 1999. And that Rey is front and center in this scandal.
Turn back now, as there will be spoilers ahead. It is being stated quiet loudly this morning that Rey is directly connected to the events seen in the Star Wars prequels. Which will be interesting, »
A family vacation forces a detached father to face his worst fears in First Kill, an explosive thriller set to make all other summer holidays look tame when it arrives on DVD and digital platforms on September 25th, 2017 courtesy of Signature Entertainment. To celebrate the release, we have three copies of the film to give away on DVD.
In an attempt to reconnect with his son Danny, successful Wall Street broker Will (Haydn Christensen; Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Jumper) takes his family on a vacation to the cabin where he grew up. While Will and Danny are hunting, their trip takes a deadly turn when they witness the murder of a crooked police officer as a bank robbery goes awry. When Danny is taken hostage by the criminals, Will is forced to help them evade the police chief investigating the murder (Bruce Willis; Looper, Red) and recover »
- Paul Heath
We've known for quite some time that Warwick Davis will have a role in LucasFilm's Han Solo spin-off, but now a new report reveals exactly which character he's portraying. The iconic actor was featured in a Han Solo Omaze video this spring, where former directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller revealed a brand new alien creature, although no details about Davis' actual role have been revealed until now. While these details have not been confirmed, there may be Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
A new report from Making Star Wars reveals that Warwick Davis is playing a character called "Fight Droid 2." This report claims that this character puts a different spin on the power droid featured in the original trilogy, which was basically just a small walking rectangular-shaped box. The original power droids were not sophisticated machines, since their primary purpose was to recharge vehicles and machinery. »
Is Luke Skywalker the true chosen one? Yoda never thought so, an idea revealed in a. new book called Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. And that idea makes sense. Ever since we were first introduced to Yoda in Empire Strikes Back, he never really seemed to care for Luke, and was always apprehensive about the young Jedi in training, complaining that he was too young, not ready, and anything else that would get Obi-Wan to calm down and back off. But the biggest reveal came midway through Empire when Yoda reveals to Kenobi that there 'is another'.
And we learn that this other he speaks of is none other than Luke's own twin sister, Leia. Sure, Empire Strikes Back gave fans one of the biggest surprises in cinematic history when it divulged the true fact that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker's real father. Return of the Jedi »
Coming to the home formats on Monday 25th September is the new Bruce Willis-led action film First Kill. To celebrate its release on Digital Download and DVD, we have an exclusive clip to share from the film.
The plot of First Kill is as follows:
In an attempt to reconnect with his son Danny, successful Wall Street broker Will (Hayden Christensen; Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Jumper) takes his family on a vacation to the cabin where he grew up. While Will and Danny are hunting, their trip takes a deadly turn when they witness the murder of a crooked police officer as a bank robbery goes awry. When Danny is taken hostage by the criminals, Will is forced to help them evade the police chief investigating the murder (Bruce Willis; Looper, Red) and recover the stolen money in exchange for his son’s life.
Also starring »
- Paul Heath
Carrie Fisher's hand annotated Star Wars scripts are going up for auction during a three- day Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds personal property action on October 7th through the 9th in Los Angeles, California. Profiles in History is in charge of the auctions and they expect the scripts to fetch some decent money, so if you are interested in any of these, they aren't going to go for cheap. These are important pieces of the Star Wars legacy and will be a worthy addition for any collector.
Fisher was known for taking her pencil out and crossing out some of the clunkier dialogue in the script and replacing it with her own witty dialogue. That fact is especially evident in her personal The Empire Strikes Back script, which has over 1,000 words handwritten by the actress in it. There are actually four scripts going up for auction, as she had two different ones for Empire. »
Liam Neeson has enjoyed a long and varied career as an actor. He made his stage debut in 1976 and then began appearing in films and television shows. His notable supporting role in John Boorman's Excalibur (1981) brought him increased attention, as did his turn in The Bounty (1984) opposite Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins. From there, the sky was the limit. He began snaring lead roles, such as in Sam Raimi's action movie Darkman, but it was his performance as Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List that elevated him to the top ranks, earning him an Academy Award nomination. He easily moved between heavy-duty dramas like that and blockbusters such as Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Batman Begins. Yet it was his starring role in...
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- Peter Martin
Going into all the madness surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we've got quite a few mysteries to figure out. Not only are we trying to unpack the meaning of "the last Jedi" and uncover the identity of Rey's parents, but we've also got one big question to answer on the dark side: who the hell is Supreme Leader Snoke? We came up with a few theories of our own, but we couldn't help but notice the kind of fodder elsewhere on the internet. That's when we happened upon one truly crazy theory: that Snoke is actually a villain we've seen before - Darth Maul. Let's go over how it could prove true. 1. Darth Maul Is Not Dead We all remember how Obi Wan Kenobi brutally cuts Darth Maul in half in The Phantom Menace and lets him fall to his death. It seems pretty definitive. But, well, Darth Maul »
- Ryan Roschke
“I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee,” Padme Amidala tells the Galactic Senate in the first of the terrible “Star Wars” prequels, “The Phantom Menace.” “If this body is not capable of action, I suggest new leadership is needed.” Padme’s speech, sadly, clears the way for the rise of the evil Emperor Palpatine — who is eventually usurped by a scrappy band of rebels, led by the painfully earnest Luke Skywalker. The “Star Wars” films, like the creative teams behind them, have so far demonstrated three different kinds of. »
- Tim Molloy
There are a handful of truly legendary figures in the Star Wars universe, but Anthony Daniels, the man behind C-3Po, is very near the top of the hill. The man has appeared in every single live-action Star Wars movie to date. A streak that is set to continue with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Another legend, for a different reason, is Ahmed Best, who portrayed Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels. As it turns out, Daniels feels similar to many fans out there, as he admits that he isn't a fan of the maligned Gungan.
Anthony Daniels recently appeared at Fan Expo 2017 and, as reported by Space, he discussed Jar Jar Binks a bit. While Daniels wanted to make it clear that he has a lot of respect for Ahmed Best as an actor and that he understands that Jar Jar wasn't a character meant to resonate with adults, »
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