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Newer fans might not realize this, but E.T. is officially part of the Star Wars canon. At least his extraterrestrial race is. And now, a fan theory claims to have proof that E.T. was a Jedi stranded far from home. This theory has been around for a little while, and you can't put too much weight behind these things. But it is fun to imagine that it might be true, as it doesn't really wreck or ruin the story in either the Star Wars franchise or E.T. itself.
Film School Rejects helps flush out this fan theory a little bit more, giving some definitive proof that E.T. might have once wielded a lightsaber before winding up on Earth with Elliot and his family. It's well know that E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial director Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are friends and collaboraters, having developed the Indiana Jones franchise together. And they often visit each others' sets. »
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
A good villain can redeem even the shittiest of films. Just look at how Darth Maul almost single-handedly rescues The Phantom Menace from Jake Lloyd, or the joy that is Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in the middling Thor. A bad villain, on the other hand, can hinder an otherwise great film (Guardians Of The Galaxy comes to mind). With its new video, WhatCulture is more interested in the disasters that could’ve been. In “10 Terrible Early Drafts That Almost Ruined Iconic Villains,” a number of effective bad guys are explored in their embryonic states, when they had the potential to veer into absurdity.
The Alien series, it appears, was rife with unfortunate early approaches that included the casting of a dog as the monstrous four-legged Xenomorph in Alien 3 and a design scheme for Alien: Resurrection’s alien-human hybrid to sport a raw-looking, smooshed-together fusion of male and female ...
- Randall Colburn
It’s a Last Jedi heavy edition of The Week in Star Wars with our first look at some key characters, rumours on the first trailer and Finn’s role in the film, some Han Solo casting news, a look at Rogue One’s VFX, the fate of Jar Jar Binks and more…
Let’s kick things off with the official Star Wars Twitter feed sharing some packaging for September’s Force Friday toy release, which gave us our first look at Rey, Finn and Poe in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not only is Daisy Ridley sporting a new haircut, she’s front and centre of the marketing – which should make up for the #WheresRey backlash with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only that, but Rian Johnson released a new image online that gave us our first look at the slightly altered designs for the Stormtroopers in the film. »
- Luke Owen
In the history of hated characters committed to the silver screen, Jar Jar Binks is most likely in everybody’s top five. The go-to worst thing about the Star Wars prequel trilogy, people’s hatred for the clumsy Gungan knows no bounds. Even his importance in the movies seemed diminished following his initial appearance in The Phantom Menace. Sure, he may have been the inadvertent driving force behind the Empire’s rise to power in Attack of the Clones, but by Revenge of the Sith, if you blinked you would have missed him. He hasn’t really been mentioned since the saga was restarted with The Force Awakens, but now we have a concrete answer to what became of him, thanks to the in canon Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End novel, due out on February 21st. The Star Wars Aftermath trilogy is something we recommend you crack open, as »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
When Disney purchased all of Lucasfilm back in 2012, one of the things they needed to do was reset the very messy canon. Since they did that, there have been quite a few new novels, comic books and other such expanded universe goodness for Star Wars fans to enjoy. But so far, this content has yet to address one big, sore thumb: Jar Jar Binks. That all changes now, because the upcoming novel Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End finally gives us some answers and reveals the fate of the maligned Gungan.
Fair warning, this article contains spoilers for Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End. Chronologically speaking, we last saw Jar Jar Binks, as played by Ahmed Best, at Padme's funeral in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. But even with all of the Star Wars content that has been and exists in the time period after that movie, »
It looks like it’s time to close the book on Jar Jar Binks. Literally. The much-maligned comic relief character was shuffled into the margins after his debut in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, but he remains the poster child for why so many fans strongly dislike the prequel trilogy: he’s a tone-deaf, […]
The post What Happened to Jar Jar Binks? His Sad Fate Revealed appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
**Spoilers for the book Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire's End** Take a look at any lists of the most despised fictional characters in all of creation and Jar Jar Binks is somewhere on that list. It’s been almost twenty years since he made his debut in The Phantom Menace, but fans are still throwing knives at pictures of him taped to their door. But aside from a few appearances we... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Jar Jar Binks may very well be the most reviled character in Star Wars history, but chances are that you may still feel sorry for him after reading this. Following the events of The Phantom Menace, he showed up for Padme's funeral in Revenge of the Sith and in a few episodes of The Clone Wars. However, it's his role in Attack of the Clones which may be most noteworthy. It was there that as an interim Galactic Senator, he pushed for an act which ultimately weakened the Republic and helped the Empire take over the Galaxy. That wasn't missed by people either as newly released novel Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End reveals what happened to Jar Jar in the new Star Wars canon since the end of the Expanded Universe. Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the novel takes us to Naboo, »
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (Courtesy: Lucasfilm)
By: Carson Blackwelder
Star Wars is one of the biggest — if not the biggest — franchises in film history and they have certainly left their mark on the Academy Awards. One of the most consistent categories these space operas have popped up in throughout the years is the best visual effects category, with only one of the films not making the cut between the ceremonies of 1978 and 2017 to varying success. Let’s take a look back at how well the eight installments have done in terms of wowing us with optic splendor.
We have to start with the most recent, just for the sake that it’s currently in contention. That brings us to the Gareth Edwards-directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which is nominated in for best visual effects alongside Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, and Kubo and the Two Strings. »
- Carson Blackwelder
Following the news that Ben Affleck had stepped down as director of The Batman (thought to be replaced by Matt Reeves), a new rumour surfaced yesterday that Batfleck could be done with the Dceu all together. This is not the first time this has been rumoured, and this one has come from Collider’s John Campea (who is often on the money). “I’ve talked to three separate people, both in one way or another connected in some way to what’s going on at Warner Bros,” he said. “What all three have told me was that — nothing about whether the script was thrown out or whether they liked the script, nothing about the direction Matt Reeves is taking it, none of that — but one of the things that has come out of the conversation with all three is this. They’re telling me that Ben Affleck, make no mistake, »
- Luke Owen
Andrew Blair Feb 15, 2017
Readers of this site may have read last week's news that there's to be a new Star Wars spoof. This film comes from the team who brought us Date Movie, Epic Movie, and apparently something called The Starving Games which blissfully passed me by. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Selzer make relatively cheap movies that, despite critical maulings, tend to make money at the box office. When I worked at a cinema, an eleven year old boy went to see Meet The Spartans three times, proclaiming it the best film he had ever seen.
There has been many a droid in the long history of Star Wars but a new rumour suggests that the Han Solo movie will feature a female droid to accompany our heroes.
In what would be the first significant role for a female droid in the series’ history, Hollywood insider site, The Tracking Board, reports that Phoebe Waller-Bridge is to take on the part.
Of course Star Wars doesn’t always assign gender to its droids, but having one feature prominently in this picture will certainly change the dynamic.
Starring Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) in the leading role as the famous smuggler, the Han Solo film is directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord and also features Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, »
- Samuel Brace
Do droids have genders? Sure, human actors play many of the droid roles in the various Star Wars movies. And droids like K-2So and C-3Po have distinctly male voices. But are they sexual beings? That's a question fans have long pondered, and the answer may be revealed in next year's Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. A new report confirms that the second Anthology movie after Rogue One will be introducing the franchise's first female droid.
With its beeps and other electronic noises as a voice, R2-D2 has always been viewed as an asexual character in the Star Wars canon. When The Force Awakens was in the midst of production, reports seemingly concluded that Bb-8 was female. J.J. Abrams later confirmed that the droid was in fact 'male', though it has no sexual organs that we know of. Now, Meet the Movie Press is reporting that the main »
Will Yoda show up in the second Star Wars Anthology movie centered on Han Solo? It's entirely possible. And a meeting between Yoda and Han Solo was already supposed to have happened. Now, some are speculating that a deleted scene from the original Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith script, which came very close to shooting, may find its way back into the Han Solo: A Star Wars Story opening prologue.
Jar Jar Binks, Midi-chlorian and the tortured 'Noooooo!' that Darth Vader moans at the end of Revenge of the Sith are the top three most hated things about the prequels. But there's one moment that fans don't even want to admit is real. Rather, they forget about it and pretend it never happened. That scene has Yoda calling Chewbacca an 'old friend'. Yes, Yoda and Chewbacca are besties, and they have been for years. And thanks to George Lucas, »
It is without question John Williams is one of the greatest composers of our time. Throughout the span of his career, the man has churned out several memorable pieces of music for films that can only be described as iconic. Whether its for Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones or another film, everyone has heard at least one piece of music done by him.
Ricky Church – ‘Clash of the Lightsabers’ (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)
- Ricky Church
For the last few weeks, fans have been treated to a pair of hilarious videos from the set of Murder on the Orient Express, where Josh Gad tries to trick his co-star Daisy Ridley into answering his questions about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The first video surfaced on Josh Gad's Instagram two weeks ago, just after the announcement that Star Wars 8 will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with Josh Gad using a supposed script meeting to grill Daisy Ridley with questions about what the title means, and if her character Rey is in fact The Last Jedi. Last week, he tried again, with another video on Facebook, but he had no such luck in getting his questions answered. Today, the actor brought in some help, with Dame Judi Dench asking the questions this time around.
This week, Josh Gad posted the video to Twitter, which starts »
The mysterious heritage of Daisy Ridley's Rey is one of the biggest secrets hinted at in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with new rumors surfacing today that claim Rey will finally learn about her parents in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As we continue the long wait until the first trailer arrives, new leaked scene details could hint that The Last Jedi will mirror Empire Strikes Back in yet another way. Be warned, there will be plenty of Potential Spoilers below for Star Wars 8, so read on at your own risk.
While Disney and LucasFilm still haven't released any official plot details, there is one particular scene that has been reported on quite a bit. This scene takes place on Ahch-To, where Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his Knights of Ren confront Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). Previous reports reveal that Kylo Ren has left his mask behind, »
Rounding up this weekend’s big news stories…
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Fox Finds Its Cable?
Over the past few weeks there’s been a lot of speculation that Pierce Brosnan may be set to take on the role of Cable in Deadpool 2, owing to the images shared to social media showing the former 007 alongside Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman. Well, if rumours are to be believed, Brosnan is indeed the front runner to play Nathan Summers, and his casting could be announced at any time. Read more here.
There Can Be Only Three
The long-gestating Highlander reboot took a huge step forward in November when John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 helmer Chad Stahelski signed on to direct, and he’s been talking in depth about his plans over the weekend, »
- Gary Collinson
Ricky Church with a defence of the Star Wars prequels…
To say that the Star Wars prequels are controversial would be an understatement. Leading up to May 19, 1999 fans young and old alike were very excited for The Phantom Menace only to be disappointed with what director George Lucas had delivered.
As the trilogy continued with Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, fans only got more bitter with Lucas’ direction of the series, not to mention the additional changes he included in the 2004 DVD releases of the Original Trilogy. However, as time has gone on the question must be asked: are the prequels really that bad?
Let me preface by acknowledging that the prequels are not perfect. They are certainly weaker than the original films with some clunky dialogue, cringe-worthy acting and poor attempts at humour. However, I agree with Mark Hamill’s recent statements about prequels. He »
- Ricky Church
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