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Congratulations to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which has now passed $1 billion worldwide.
The film is the 28th movie in history to do so and the third Star Wars movie to pass the landmark, joining Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. It’s also the fourth 2016 release from Disney to cross $1 billion, the others being Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia and Finding Dory.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story now sits at $512 million domestic, with another $499 million from worldwide screenings.
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. »
- Luke Owen
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has surpassed the $1 billion milestone at the worldwide box office, becoming the 28th title and 13th Disney film to do so.
“Rogue One” needed 39 days to cross the mark with $512 million domestically and $499 million internationally. It’s the third “Star Wars” movie to gross more than $1 billion, joining “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($2.07 billion) and “Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace” ($1.03 billion).
“Rogue One” is also Disney’s fourth 2016 release to cross the $1 billion mark, joining “Captain America: Civil War,” “Finding Dory,” and “Zootopia.” It’s the top domestic grosser released in 2016 and ranks seventh on the all-time list.
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Leads Visual Effects Society Nominations
The tentpole took in $7 million at 2,603 North American sites in its sixth frame and another $9 million internationally over weekend. The U.K. is the top market at $79.4 million, »
- Dave McNary
The very first movie trailer debuted in November, 1913. It showed backstage rehearsal footage of an upcoming production of the musical The Pleasure Seekers. The actual play itself debuted the same month.
In contrast, today you can catch the sneak peak to the first look of the first cut of the promotional trailer of any given movie upwards of a full year before the actual film is released. How starved for content is our culture?
Think now, how literally days into pre-production of a given franchise the hype machine starts a’rollin’. When George Lucas and his menagerie sneezed a bit too loud, Entertainment Weekly and any other number of film blogs lit the net on fire. Speculation then is answered by some unseen specter of a source, second-handed, to an iffy-looking kid with a smartphone. And soon enough, Donald Glover is pitching to be young Lando.
Smash cut to the »
- Marc Alan Fishman
After a 10-year drought of Star Wars movies, fans were finally transported back to that same galaxy far, far away last year with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was followed by the spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just last month. Both movies were huge hits at the box office, ushering in a new era of Star Wars fandom that will keep growing and growing. There will be plenty of fans who keep revisiting the original trilogy and the prequels, but instead of a marathon movie session, one enterprising YouTube user has broken down the story told through all eight movies, in one two-minute video.
YouTube user Dylan Trost took it upon himself to cut together footage from the first seven movies, plus a few bits from Rogue One, to succinctly break down these epic movies in two minutes and 17 seconds. While the footage isn't necessarily in chronological order, »
With the animation company revealing that its films are linked, what other unexpected connections are there between big- and small-screen worlds?
There are some pretty weird Pixar fan theories out there, including the one about the seminal animation house’s entire canon representing a 65m-year struggle between humans, sentient toys and intelligent animals. But who needs wild stretches of fancy when mischievous animators with far too much downtime have inserted real visual Easter eggs connecting virtually all the studio’s movies?
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So Blade Runner's Tyrell was the mentor of Alien's Weyland. Prometheus Blu-ray extras are ace
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- Ben Child
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Mashup of the Day: Video essayist Dominick Nero mashed up Martin Scorsese's Silence with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace for a fake trailer for a standalone Qui-Gon spinoff: @starwars fans, i made a trailer for a Qui-Gon standalone film. @disney please don't destroy me pic.twitter.com/wOwlYMawKn — Dominick Nero (@filminick) January 18, 2017 Fake Trailer Remake of the Day: One of the fake movie trailers from Rick and Morty has been remade with footage from actual live-action movies and it's awesome (via Geek Tyrant): Toys of the Day: These probably aren't real, but A24 shared this glimpse at a set...
- Christopher Campbell
Star Wars fans will probably never agree on the prequels; some love them, most hate them, but these cool new posters by Eric Tan are awesome regardless of how you feel about the movies themselves! Bottleneck Gallery will sell these The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith posters tomorrow from noon Est. Measuring 12 x 36 inches, they're limited to 250 editions apiece and will retail for $40 each or $140 for the set. Interestingly, Tan isn't a fan of the prequels either, so he went out of his way to find the best of those movies to display here. It's fair to say he succeeded! "I wasn’t a fan of those films’ stories but I did appreciate the production design within them," he told io9. "With the prequels prints, I was able to add all the characters and vehicles that I felt were well-designed and could make for striking imagery. »
For years, long before Disney purchased Lucasfilm and guaranteed we would be getting more Star Wars movies, video games were a great place for fans of a galaxy far, far away to get their fix. For all of the great Star Wars video games we do have and ultimately will be (hopefully) getting in the future, there are plenty that never quite got there, but exist only in idea and leave us to wonder what might have been. One of those games was supposed to center on beloved bad guy Darth Maul, and now some new concept art from the game has surfaced.
This concept art surfaced on the Art Station blog, courtesy of Thomas Szakolczay, who worked on the game back in 2011. Some pieces of art and even an early video that showed a prototype of the game, which had the working title of Star Wars: Maul, have surfaced before. »
Thanks to Game Informer, we have a new batch of concept art for cancelled Darth Maul video game. This addition to Star Wars canon was in development for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U, and it would have seen players start the iconic villain's story while he was around 10 years old with things ultimately leading directly into his memorable appearance in Episode I -The Phantom Menace. As you can see below, these pieces show off various designs for Maul, though many look like they were supposed to be from a story set after the events of the prequel mentioned above. That's evident from the inclusion of Stormtroopers and an Imperial leader, so where exactly this would have taken place is hard to say for sure, especially as the current information available about the project is so vague. "We wanted to show what he went through to become a Sith. »
It may have lost top spot at the North American box office this weekend to Hidden Figures, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has now pushed U.S. gross to $488.3 million, making it the highest-grossing domestic release of 2016.
Rogue One has dethroned fellow Disney release Finding Dory, which now sits in second place with $486.3 million, followed by another Disney offering, Captain America: Civil War, in third with $408.1 million. The Anthology movie is expected to break the $500 million mark on home soil this Monday.
Globally, Rogue One now sits on $980 million, making it the third-biggest movie of the Star Wars franchise after Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.068 billion) and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace ($1.027 billion).
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- Gary Collinson
Anghus Houvouras with four director’s cuts he’d like to see…
The idea of a Director’s Cut or ‘Extended Cut’ isn’t necessarily new. There was a time when letting the director back into the editing booth to take another shot at shaping their vision was unheard of. Kubrick would sometimes re-edit movies after they were already in theaters either because he was a staunch perfectionist or he accidentally switched the medication to control his obsessive compulsive disorder with tic-tacs.
A Director’s Cut was usually a chance to get a cleaner version of the film due to interference from studios, producers, or test screening audiences. There are Director’s Cuts which provide a lot of additional insight into their movies. Normally that insight being ‘Man, this was better before they went back in and made everything too damn long’. I certainly felt that working my way through »
- Anghus Houvouras
Ryan Lambie Jan 16, 2017
Never mind the Skywalkers - to stand on its own two feet, Star Wars: Episode VIII needs to make a break with the past, Ryan argues...
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Jj Abrams laid solid foundations, now it’s up to Rian Johnson to start building the house. In many respects, Johnson, the director of such films as Brick and Looper, has an even tougher job than Abrams did with 2015‘s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the »
At this point, it is almost becoming needless to pile onto the hate parade that has been marching in the direction of the Star Wars prequels for more than a decade now. Disney is once again making quality Star Wars movies and hopefully, we can all move on from the prequel trilogy. Still, one of the worst elements of the prequels, Jar Jar Binks, is a thorn in the side of the epic saga that many fans can't quite shake. It turns out that actor Brian Blessed, who played Gungan leader Boss Nass in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, tried to warn George Lucas about Jar Jar during production.
YouTuber Jamie Stangroom has been tracking down some of the lesser known actors from the Star Wars universe across various movies, interviewing them on his YouTube channel. He recently had Brian Blessed on and the subject of Jar Jar Binks came up. »
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Almost four weeks have passed since its theatrical debut in the States and Rogue One‘s once-ironclad hold on the domestic box office is understandably on the wane. Oscar-tipped Nasa drama Hidden Figures officially dethroned the Gareth Edwards-directed anthology movie at last weekend’s box office following a photo finish, but don’t let that take anything away from Rogue One‘s impressive performance both at home and overseas.
As a matter of fact, figures posted by Box Office Mojo reveal that the first of Disney’s planned anthology movies has now surpassed The Phantom Menace to become the second highest-grossing Star Wars movie in history – providing those figures are unadjusted for inflation. Rogue One‘s total cume now stands at around $916 million worldwide – $479 million of which was pulled in on »
- Michael Briers
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There will be concept art for The Phantom Menace and a look at models for X-Wings, but there also will be paintings from Norman Rockwell and Edgar Degas, stills from classic movies and digital art from Andy Warhol. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art aims to build on Lucas' collection to educate visitors about the power of storytelling — and not just in the sci-fi realm.
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- Aaron Couch
Marvel’s upcoming Darth Maul limited series has certainly given us reason to talk lately. Not only does it place the focus squarely on a villain that some believe to be the most badass in the Star Wars franchise, but it’s brought to us by a killer creative team to boot in the form of writer Cullen Bunn and illustrator Luke Ross.
In advance of its much anticipated release, Marvel has now provided a gallery of preview images. Much of it happens to be various covers contributed by the likes of Rod Reis, Rafael Albuquerque, and Terry Dodson, but do be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a few interiors courtesy of Luke Ross himself.
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Returning to the subject of Maul, Bunn recently recalled his fondest onscreen memory of the character when speaking with Marvel. »
- Eric Joseph
Rogue One simply cannot be stopped at the box office, proving to be another massive hit for Disney and Lucasfilm. The standalone Star Wars adventure recently won its 4th weekend in a row at the box office, which has helped push it over a very significant milestone. The movie has now officially surpassed Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, making it the second highest-grossing movie domestically in the history of the franchise.
According to Box Office Mojo, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has made $477 million at the domestic box office, which easily puts it ahead of the $431 million take of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. That is unreasonably impressive, considering that when Episode I came out it was arguably the most anticipated Star Wars movie ever be released up to that point. One could still possibly argue that no Star Wars movie has matched that level of hype before or since, »
While we’re already taking for granted the fact that we’re going to have new “Star Wars” films every year for the foreseeable future, back in 1999, all fans had to hold onto was the original trilogy. And so, the excitement around “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” at the time cannot be understated, as devotees of the franchise could hardly have imagined a new entry in the saga from George Lucas 16 years after “Return Of The Jedi.” And that fervor explains why “Siskel & Ebert” devoted an entire episode to the movie.
- Kevin Jagernauth
With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story currently dominating the box office, the media giant that is Disney/Marvel is not content to rest on its laurels and will soon expand its much-lauded line of comics based on the popular science fiction franchise with the Darth Maul limited series. Say what you want about The Phantom Menace, but that particular Sith has developed a following in the time since that few villains are capable of amassing.
Given that, we expect this book, which is set to be penned by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Luke Ross, to sell generously. The author himself is fully aware of Maul’s immense popularity and, as such, jumped at the chance to take this project as he recently told Marvel.com:
“When editor Jordan D. White called me and asked if I’d be interested in writing a Darth Maul comic, I think I responded with an adamant “Yes! »
- Eric Joseph
Disney Xd has released a brand new mid-season trailer for season three of “Star Wars Rebels.”
In this trailer, the crew returns to Geonosis in search of a missing rebel team sent there to investigate suspicious activity. Once there, they find a surprise: After coming across a missing rebel team member, the Ghost crew discovers another surprise on Geonosis, and they work to conceal it from Imperial forces.
The last sequence of this trailer teases a long-awaited epic rematch between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul. The duo had previously dueled in “The Phantom Menace” and “The Clone Wars” animated series.
And talking about the “Star Wars” never-ending fever, on December 16 Disney released its latest film of this widely popular franchise, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, starring Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and Diego Luna »
- Yoselin Acevedo
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