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With just under five months until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters this December, the animated TV series Star Wars Rebels returning for Season 2 this fall, and a slew of Star Wars books arriving in September, fans will be spending a lot of time in a galaxy far, far away in the latter half of this year. Back in March, a report surfaced that claimed LucasFilm is developing a live-action Star Wars TV series, but we haven't heard anything about the project since then. A new report from Cinelinx claims that Disney and LucasFilm are actually developing three separate live-action TV shows with Netflix, in a deal that is said to be similar to Marvel's four superhero TV shows on the streaming service.
Unfortunately, no details were given about the shows themselves, or where they may be situated within the Star Wars universe. The report did "guess," though, »
One of the biggest complaints about Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and it's two sequels Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith is that they are grossly drenched in CGI. In fact, a number of scenes in all three movies are completely CGI with no practical element at all. Disney and Lucasfilm have been very adamant about pushing home the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not following the same path. There are a lot of practical effects on display in the seventh Star Wars movie. And we'll hardly see any scenes that doesn't have some sort of practical element to them.
After the prequel trilogy shuffled off into the dustbins of history, only to be occasionally viewed by fans still upset over the whole ruse, there has been quite a vocal »
With production set to begin very soon on Disney and LucasFilm's Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the BBC reports that Sherlock actor Jonathan Aris has joined the cast. The actor's Spotlight profile, a website where actors and filmmakers can post their resumes, revealed that he is playing "Senator Jebel" in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. That listing was later removed from his page, so it's unclear if this is the confirmed character or not.
If, in fact, the actor has signed on for the Star Wars anthology movie, he will join a cast that includes Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker. The story centers on a group of Rebel Alliance soldiers who embark on a mission to steal plans for the original Death Star. The plot is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and »
When it comes to blockbuster franchises like Star Wars, which keep secrets under lock and key while mounting massive productions around the world, there’s really no telling from where the next scoop is going to come.
Today, it appears that the BBC has latched onto an interesting bit of information about Star Wars: Rogue One – it’s spotted that Sherlock veteran Jonathan Aris’ Spotlight page (basically LinkedIn for actors) lists him as playing “Senator Jebel” in the ensemble Star Wars Anthology film.
The credit has mysteriously disappeared from Aris’ page, but here’s a screen grab:
Now who or what a Senator Jebel is remains to be seen, but it’s a safe bet that his official stature will make him an Imperial ally, seeing as Rogue One is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Whether he’s a spy helping the rebels or »
- Isaac Feldberg
Over at EW an excerpt hit last week from Star Wars: Aftermath offering Star Wars fans their first look at the post-Return of the Jedi galaxy in the new official Star Wars canon. Aftermath is written by Chuck Wendig, who in the past did a guest post here at Boomtron on genre.
As you can see by the extensive comments at EW, the excerpt was met with mixed reviews mostly based on the writing style and specifically the tense used by Wendig, and a lot of silly people who think the Empire consisted of the by comparison paltry forces present at the Battle of Endor, while the Rebels brought most of their fleet. Guys, the Empire was Gigantic.
When I first saw the excerpt I wrote about it, drawn to it because the overflow of opinion was flashing on my twitter and because Star Wars novels have been »
- Jay Tomio
Michael Jackson was the "King of Pop." But he nearly became the King of Acting Flops. The singer reportedly told Star Wars mastermind George Lucas that he wanted to play goofy Gungan Jar Jar Binks, one of the most despised characters in film history, in the franchise's 1999 blockbuster, Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Ahmed Best, who voiced and provided motion capture for the Binks character, explained Jackson's interest in an interview with Vice.
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gets an inevitable mashup with The Social Network, one fangirl makes the case for too many Marvel movies and James Franco does his best Jon Snow impersonation (no, he doesn't die). If that wasn't enough, we have a memorable Star Wars mashup with the iconic Western The Good the Bad and the Ugly and yet another Super Mario Bros. take-down. But first, we share with you some true Pixels hate. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
A Brutal Video Review of Pixels *Nsfw Language*
Sony Pictures' Pixels hits theaters for preview screenings tonight, but for those who rely on reviews from critics, »
The Millennium Falcon is one of the most iconic spaceships in movie history. It is a legendary sci-fi object of desire that has long attracted children and adult fans alike, with many Star Wars toys based on its likeness over the years. But there has never been anything like this! Hot Toys is planning to release the most accurate, detailed collectable Based on Han Solo and Chewbacca's beloved home. And it's going to be huge! Though, you might not get the full sense of its scale from the teaser photos released.
Hot Toys showed off the 1/6th scale Millennium Falcon cockpit diorama two weeks ago at Comic-Con, where it was met with much envy from fans who wanted to own it right then. The company isn't stopping at just the cockpit, though! They have a full ship coming that measures 18-feet long and 12-feet wide. And people visiting this week's »
Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Random House’s Little Golden Books is set to revisit the Star Wars saga in the kid-friendly format, with July set to see the release of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
“The Star Wars franchise has woven itself into the hearts and minds of generations of fans, many of whom read Little Golden Books as children,” said Jeanne Mosure, Senior Vice President, Group Publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide in a release. “We’re very excited to be incorporating Little Golden Books into our overarching strategy so parents can now introduce their own children to the wonders of the galaxy through this classic format.”
The six books will be released on July 28th, with a box set arriving on September 1st.
- Gary Collinson
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this tremendous Thursday? Watch what a Star Wars movie may look like from a Jedi's perspective, Fantastic Four gets a Hanna-Barbera mashup and Ron Perlman endorses a fan's Hellboy 3 artwork. But wait, there's more! We also have a Marvel movie infographic and a humorous weatherman who keeps using Taylor Swift puns. But we kick it all off with a wrestling match between R2-D2 and C-3Po. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Fantastic Four Gets Hanna-Barbera Trailer Mashup
Fans have been trying to piece the Star Wars: The Force Awakens story together ever since it was announced way back in 2012. The film is finally complete, with a finished edit of the movie. And still, after all this time, we only have a very vague outline, cobbled together from two trailers, a number of photos and behind-the-scenes information from director J.J. Abrams and his cast and crew. While Disney and Lucasfilm has been quite liberal in dolling out images of an aging Han Solo and Chewbacca, played once again by Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew, there is very little we know about their personal history over the course of the last thirty years, since we last saw them in 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
Even though the Rebel Alliance succeeded in blowing up the Death Star and defeating the evil galactic Emperor, the »
I recently wrote a review of Star Wars: Dark Disciple and I just wanted to clarify a point I made regarding the Jedi in general, and why they are an obstacle a reader of this era of the Star Wars universe just has to accept to have a chance of really being able to get into any story. Just as a quick recap, I really enjoyed Dark Disciple for the relationship aspect of Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, thought it was both economical and effective, but didn’t like the actual plot beyond them, the third act, and the vast majority of what felt like mandated special guest appearances.
I still enjoyed Dark Disciple more than any of the previous Star Wars novels set in the new canon.
Back to the Jedi, and specifically the Jedi Council, which I wanted to clarify myself on. I don’t think it »
- Jay Tomio
Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The following post was published on February 7th 2013 after we first learned that Disney was developing a Star Wars spin-off standalone film that would follow a young Han Solo, set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. Now that it has been confirmed that a Star Wars Anthology film following a […]
The post 10 Storylines To Expect From The Han Solo Star Wars Spin-Off Movie appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Comic-Con is sure to bring all kinds of Star Wars-related goodies, but the good folks over at Birth.Movies.Death are already getting the ball rolling with a terrific tidbit about Star Wars: Rogue One, the Gareth Edwards-directed spinoff set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope that finds a group of scoundrels and saviors uniting to steal blueprints for the Empire’s fearsome Death Star.
According to the site’s Devin Faraci, a very familiar face will be menacing the characters, one we haven’t seen at the peak of his powers since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. That’s right – I’m talking about none other than Darth Vader himself.
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The report states that Darth Vader’s presence is keenly felt in the pic, and his name still commands unparalleled respect and fear:
Darth Vader will be in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. »
- Isaac Feldberg
I want to get the basics out of the way first. If you don’t like or want spoilers don’t read on. I will tell you the point of a person reading a book and then sitting down to write up about what they didn’t just read when there is one. Seems like a waste of time to me.
Dark Disciple is thus far the best of the new, in-canon, Star Wars novels. It is so by a healthy margin and I was aware of it probably 1/3 of the way through my reading of it which is a great feeling to have but in turn allows entry for trepidation as you become aware of your desire to not be let down by the conclusion. Because of this, though not the only reason, I found myself being very satisfied if the story would have ended at a couple of »
- Jay Tomio
Kicking things off with only a couple bits of The Force Awakens news (which is bound to explode this coming week with Disney heading to Comic-Con this week to promote the film), and a couple of toy displays have given us some new details on the new First Order and their legion of Stormtroopers. The tyranny of imperial rule sparked rebellion, and the Stormtrooper legions were scattered in the aftermath of the Empire’s fall,” the packaging reads. “Now, the rise of the First Order ushered in the next chapter in the Stormtrooper’s legacy as a new era of ruthless brutality begins.” Read the rest of the packing here, and check out a promo »
- Luke Owen
We've known for quite some time that Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will be shot at London's Pinewood Studios this summer, but a production start date has never been confirmed. Two separate reports have surfaced this week claiming that shooting is already under way, with star Felicity Jones filming her first scene. Making Star Wars reports that several trees have been brought into the studio for a scene involving a ship's landing in the jungle. But not all of these landing scenes will be shot at Pinewood. There has also been some second unit shooting done with a number of ships including Star Destroyers, along with "some stuff" that looks like it could be the Death Star, but that has yet to be confirmed.
A separate report from earlier this week claims that shooting on Rogue One has been under way for the past three weeks, while confirming that jungle scenes are currently being shot. »
With Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales set to debut on Disney Xd next week, the network has released the first trailer and four new photos from the animated TV series, featuring some of our favorite Star Wars characters. The photos give us our first look at Lego versions of Yoda, R2-D2, C-3Po, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Emperor, while the trailer offers fans some alternate takes on some of the franchise's more memorable moments, including a much different fate for Jar-Jar Binks. The series will consist of five 22-minute episodes, debuting Monday, July 6 at 6:30 Pm on Disney Xd.
As its title suggests, Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales is a re-telling of the Star Wars universe through the eyes of C3P0 and R2D2. Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, »
As we count down to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lego and Lucasfilm are set to retell the entire Saga from the perspective of R2-D2 and C-3Po in the new animated series Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, and it has been announced that the first episode will air on Disney Xd this coming Monday, July 6th at 6.30pm. Subsequent episodes will air on a monthly basis leading into the hotly-anticipated release of Episode VII this December.
Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3Po and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a »
- Gary Collinson
Cartoons are like any other medium: they run the gamut from “Oh God I can feel myself getting dumber from watching this” to “This show better get nominated for an Emmy.” The latter category has recently been dominated by animation created specifically for adults. Despite being mostly overlooked year after year, there are several kid-oriented shows hiding humor and melancholy just under the wacky hijinks. Baking heavy or adult subject matter into a cartoon is nothing new. From “Looney Tunes” to “Tiny Toons” and beyond, animators have been layering their stories for decades, saving parents and guardians from wishing to shuffle off this mortal coil rather than be subjected to another episode. While the pickings in 2015 are slimmer than in other years — “Legend of Korra” has ended its run and we’re a far cry from the heyday of “Cartoon Cartoons!” on Cartoon Network — there are at least five animated »
- Donna Dickens
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