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Star Wars Rebels went into production May 2013, and will launch with a one-hour TV movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion on Friday, October 3 at 9pm on the Disney Channel, before moving to its home on Disney Xd starting Monday, October 6 at 8 pm. New half-hour episodes of the series begin October 13 at 9 pm.
Star Wars Rebels recounts what happened between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, with the series set to span two decades. The animated series begins at a time when the Empire is just starting to take over the galaxy, hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a rebellion against the oppressors takes shape.
With the upcoming release of David Fincher's Gone Girl this Friday, the director has been making the press rounds. Naturally, he was asked about Star Wars because you can ask any director about it, and he said he did have a meeting with producer Kathleen Kennedy about helming Star Wars: Episode VII. Before you get too excited, keep in mind that the producers likely cast a very wide net, and just because Fincher had a conversation about the movie, that doesn't mean he got anywhere close to doing it. In fact, he explained why he turned it down as well as his interesting take on A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Hit the jump for what he had to say. Talking to Total Film, Fincher admitted that directing Episode VII wouldn't be an easy prospect, and although he likes Empire Strikes Back, he feels he wouldn't get »
- Matt Goldberg
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is possible the most anticipated comic book movie of all time, with probably the most anticipated fight sequence since Obi-Wan Kenobi took down Anakin Skywalker in Revenge Of The Sith. Check out the embedded video below for Mr Sunday's list of fifty ways Superman could possibly beat Batman and be sure to share your own opinions in the comments. You can also subscribe to Mr Sunday's new channel at youtube.com/mrsundaymovies. If you liked this, check out the official Comic Book Movie Podcast The Weekly Planet below, the latest episode of which looks at some of the most iconic Batman moments. Subscribe to it on iTunes or download it directly here. »
Perhaps the “Star Wars” franchise’s worst-kept secret during the second-trilogy era is that its best screen depictions have come via TV animation. Inaugurating the Disney-synergy juggernaut before director J.J. Abrams can get there, “Star Wars Rebels” continues this trend, offering a sly, stylish offshoot — introducing a new lineup of characters very much in the “Clone Wars” tradition — with scads of action, beautiful animation and fidelity to the original’s spirit. Premiering on Disney Channel with a one-hour launch subtitled “Spark of Rebellion” before settling in as a series on boy-oriented Disney Xd, the Force is indeed strong with this one.
Set during the period after “Revenge of the Sith” and prior to the original “Star Wars” (a.k.a. “A New Hope”), “Rebels” essentially reboots the first movie, albeit with a new small band of rebels leading an incipient fight against Imperial forces. That begins with their introduction to »
- Brian Lowry
After debuting its final season on Netflix earlier this year, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has come to an end, but, as a new featurette reveals, its legacy will continue to live on. LucasFilm's Pablo Hidalgo explains that The Clone Wars' will be the final expansion of the enduring Star Wars franchise that George Lucas was directly involved in. Matt Michnovetz, the head writer for The Clone Wars' sixth and final season, and LucasBooks' Frank Parisi also talk about how the show portrayed elements that were only hinted at in the prequel trilogy.
Executive producer Dave Filoni also discusses how George wanted to push the boundaries of his iconic franchise, and reveals how the new comic books from Dark Horse tie into the series, continuing the stories that started in Star Wars: The Clone Wars on the page. Explore the legacy of the popular series with this seven minute video »
Lucasfilm has released a trailer for Star Wars Rebels: The Movie, and a TV spot called "Generations" for the series that will follow. The upcoming animated adventure will bridge the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Both of the spots feature new footage and include lots of familiar faces that will be hard for you to miss.
The Jedi have been wiped out and the Empire spreads tyranny through the galaxy. Hope runs thin. But on the small planet of Lothal a big change is looming. A group of rebels meet a 14-year-old con artist named Ezra and soon it's clear their destinies are linked. Aboard their ship, the Ghost, Ezra and the rebels embark on an adventure to ignite a rebellion and strike back against the Empire.
Star Wars Rebels: The Movie will premiere October 3rd on the Disney Channel, and regular series episodes will »
- Joey Paur
One minute after midnight on the 3rd May 1999, a branch of Toys R Us in Brandon, Florida became a hive of activity. Having queued patiently in the dark for hours, scores of shoppers - most of them full-grown men - funnelled through the doors. Some of them stacked merchandise up in their cradled arms, while others heaped toys up in their baskets and trolleys.
It was all part of the Star Wars fever that had begun in October 1993, when George Lucas first told Variety about his plans to make three prequel movies, and continued to grow over the next six years. Lucasfilm cannily fanned the flames of anticipation itself, with the Special Edition re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy. Suddenly, the franchise seemed new again, »
According to Making Star Wars, J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII will indeed feature a throwback to the prequels as one of the characters will be a descendent of Count Dooku! The character played a major role in Attack of the Clones when it was revealed that he was working alongside Darth Sidious. Dooku later met a rather grisly end in the epic opening of Revenge of the Sith, but he clearly fathered some children sometime before that as the site's source reveals that the movie will feature, "an aristocratic family 'line' involving Episode 7’s bad guys. And as I said before, I firmly believe its the line of Dooku. Details and characters might have changed but the idea of an aristocratic villain with a heritage going back to the Clone Wars has been there from pre-production and as far as I know it’s still a major part of the story. »
When Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters next December, it will be the first in a string of movies including the immediate sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX arriving in 2017 and 2019 and three spin-offs. There have been several rumors about which characters the spin-offs will be focused on, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Today, a new unconfirmed report from MakingStarWars.net reporting that Disney and LucasFilm are currently developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off.
"Obi-Wan Kenobi - I've heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I'm hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website etc) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie. »
First things first: the new Star Wars film due to be released on December 18, 2015 is probably the most anticipated movie of all time, having taken that title from the previous owner, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and we all know how that turned out. Fans had been waiting sixteen years after Return of the Jedi for the continuation of the saga they cherished dearly, and were severely underwhelmed by what they got in return for their patience.
Some would argue that it’s hard for people to get enthusiastic about a new Star Wars trilogy after such a tremendous disappointment, and only(!) a decade after the last theatrical release of a movie in Revenge of the Sith. But we’d say that this series of films is the one audiences have truly been waiting for – a continuation of the saga that reveals what happened to the Rebellion »
- Mark Allen
With Jj Abrams spearheading Disney’s much anticipated continuation of the Star Wars Universe many familiar names have been thrown through the cameo rumour mill, with the possibility of seeing dead Jedi more plausible than most.
The posthumous presence of Neeson’s Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn was felt in Attack of the Clones during Anakin’s massacre of the Sandpeople, and at the end of Revenge of the Sith Yoda told of Qui-Gon’s discovery of immortality. So, could we see Neeson returning as a Force Ghost alongside Yoda? Not in Episode VII according to the actor.
- Jon Lyus
Sometimes retroactive changes to a film can do some good. Director’s cuts have the potential to make awesome films that bit better (The Lord Of The Rings is the best example by far) or turn abominations into something watchable (Daredevil), while more low-key tinkering helps right minor mistakes; for the 2012 rerelease of Titanic, James Cameron fixed the stars in the sky to be accurate to what would have been seen out on the Atlantic that night in 1912.
Of course we all know how bad things can go. George Lucas has become a figure of geek hate after he took the beloved Star Wars films and created the Special Editions; versions of the films that not only cleaned up the visuals, removing matte lines and dirt, as a usual remaster would do, but also threw in lots of obvious and, in many cases sacrilegious, changes.
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- Alex Leadbeater
Star Wars Rebels – the upcoming Disney Xd animated series – takes place during the reign of Emperor Palpatine between Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) and Episode IV (A New Hope) of the live-action Star Wars movie trilogies. Disney and Lucasfilm have released a collection of 3-minute clips that introduce the main heroes on the show – and the fourth (and final) one, titled “Not What You Think”, is now online. You can watch it, above.
Ezra Bridger (voiced by Taylor Gray) steps into the spotlight for the newest Star Wars Rebels clip; part Luke Skywalker, part Disney’s Aladdin, the character is poised to serve as the series’ protagonist. As illustrated by the clip above, Ezra has a distinct independent streak; he might have little love for the Galactic Empire, but he starts out the series as someone who’s less concerned about ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
For your Labor Day viewing enjoyment, Disney Xd has released a new Star Wars Rebels short. The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy. This new short gives us an introduction to Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray), who shares the same irreverent attitude of Sabine and Zeb. I'm curious to see how the show will develop and differentiate these characters, and how their playful jabs at the Empire will stack up when faced with powerful foes like Agent Kallus and the Inquisitor. Hit the jump to check out the new Star Wars Rebels short, "Not What You Think". Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney Xd this October, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Jason Isaacs, »
- Matt Goldberg
The editorial staff of the official "Star Wars" website, StarWars.com, have decided to rank the top ten one-on-one fights in the first six "Star Wars" movies. Each of the lightsaber battles was ranked on "inventiveness, choreography and emotional impact".
What will surprise people will be the top choice. The Darth Maul fight in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" is about the only sequence from that film commonly lauded, and it came in at number one. That it beat out the more iconic battle between Luke and Darth Vader in "The Empire Strikes Back" in second place will certainly ruffle some feathers.
Meanwhile the final battle between Luke and Vader in "Return of the Jedi" came in fifth, with the two battles at the end of "Revenge of the Sith" (Obi-Wan vs. Anakin, Yoda vs. Palpatine) coming in third and fourth.
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- Garth Franklin
As per usual, this story is rife with Star Wars: Episode VII plot information that could be considered a Major Spoiler! Continue at your own risk...
A few more Star Wars: Episode VII story details have been leaked by Latino Review, and first thing they do is clear up the rumor that the main villains will be called Sith Inquisitors. It is believed that they will not go by that name in the movie. Though, there will be a number of Sith and one of them may be a cyborg. But not the cyborg shown in a recent piece of concept art.
This is where there story takes an interesting turn. As we've heard in recent weeks, the concept art which reveals one of Star Wars: Episode VII's main villains is not a cyborg Sith Inquisitor as previously reported. It is actually Emperor Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious. »
Marvel is excited to announce the release of an oversized dose of a galaxy far, far, away – Star Wars comics are coming to Marvel’s prestigious Epic Collection format - Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1 Tpb. Let the dark times begin! Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic Collection program, with this first volume of a series focusing on the years that follow Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith! After the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on his new Galactic Empire. Now, the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge — one carried out by the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Rise, Darth Vader! “We’re thrilled to be bringing our innovative Epic Collections to a galaxy far, »
It was reported last month that Marvel Comics would be releasing reprints of the “Marvel Years” of their comics from a galaxy far, far away and today we have news of their plans to reprint some of Dark Horse’s comics in a series of “epic collections”. Find below the artwork and details of the first release, Star Wars Legends: The Empire Vol. 1.
Let the dark times begin! Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic Collection program, with this first volume of a series focusing on the years that follow Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith! After the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on his new Galactic Empire. Now, the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge — one carried out »
- Luke Owen
Of all the Star Wars Prequels, The Phantom Menace seems to get the most flak from the fans. While I feel a lot of that is misguided, I’m here to talk about the one thing that just about all fans seemed to enjoy about the film: the final showdown between Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Qui-Gon Jinn. Come inside to learn more about why I feel this is one of the better action sequences in the Star Wars series and worthy of remembering.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. This month we're diving into our favorite action scenes in movies, exploring what makes them great, and why they get our hearts racing every time!
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Disney has released a new Star Wars Rebels short, and this one shines the spotlight on Zeb Orrelios (voiced by Steve Blum). The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy. Looking at this short and the one we saw last week, I'm starting to get interested in this series. The characters are likable and rambunctious rather than trying too hard to be hip and edgy. It's still a kids' show, but it looks like it could be a good one. Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Rebels short, "Entanglement". Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney Xd this October, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Tiya Sircar. »
- Matt Goldberg
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