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Obi-Wan Kenobi may finally be getting his star moment.
The popular "Star Wars" character has always been an important figure in all six movies, whether he was the young, swashbuckling teacher of Anakin Skywalker or the venerable guiding hand to Luke. Now comes a rumor from Cinelinx that Kenobi will step up from being just a mentor to being the star of the show.
A source told the site that Lucasfilm is "currently developing a trilogy of films centered around the iconic Jedi." These could be among the standalone films announced by the studio, two of which will be directed by Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla") and Josh Trank ("Chronicle").
Previous rumors indicated that the standalone movies would focus on Boba Fett, Yoda, and/or Han Solo - and this may still be the case.
As for these purported Obi-Wan Kenobi films, here's what Cinelinx's source had to say about them: It's not a trilogy, »
- Kelly Woo
Best known for creating Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and the traditionally animated Star Wars: clone wars series, animator Genndy Tartakovsky has been working with Sony Animation Studios for a long time to get an animated Popeye movie off the ground (the second big screen outing for the sailor man after Robert Altman's 1980 live action effort starring the late Robin Williams). While no concrete start date for the project has been given yet (Tartakovsky is busy working on Hotel Transylvania 2, the original marking his feature film directorial debut), the below animation test has be released, giving a good sense of the look of the film. It's an odd look, like play dough mixed with computer animation, but one that just seems to fit the characters. Check it out below. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Besides all of the movie and TV news, the most popular thing to see at San Diego Comic Con each year is the fantastic cosplay – and it’s all of this cosplay that inspired rising stars in the fashion industry for their marvelous couture creations at the inaugural Her Universe Fashion Show.
The show – complete with a DJ – was co-sponsored by clothing company Hot Topic and pop culture giant Nerdist Industries as well as hosted by geek fashion maven Ashley Eckstein (who also voices Ahsoka Tano on the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars). A contest was held before the show with 36 designers spending weeks fabricating some of the coolest dresses inspired ...
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- Paul Young
It may have begun its life as a fill-in animated series, but Star Wars: The Clone Wars came to be a legitimate hit for many fans; and not just because it offered a detailed, canonical look at the years-long battle. Before long, the characters created just for the series had gained impressive fan followings – which made the show’s cancellation even more of a shock. Luckily, the minds behind the series have revealed that some of their best stories will be reaching fans in a different form – and may be even better because of it.
In a Comic-Con panel for the upcoming Star Wars Rebels series, Disney’s plan for expanding ...
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- Andrew Dyce
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm is waiting to bring Star Wars: Episode VII to the International Comic-Con until next year (closer to the film’s December 2015 release date), but are using the 2014 ‘Con to stir up interest in the animated series Star Wars Rebels – an upcoming Disney Xd show that will serve as the beginning chapter of the next generation of the canonical Star Wars universe.
The one-hour Rebels premiere was screened to a select few in San Diego last night, despite the animation being incomplete (read: not fully-rendered). Meanwhile, Rebels executive producers Dave Filoni (who also worked on the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and a few members of the show’s voice cast were present at yesterday’s Rebels Comic-Con panel, where they previewed exclusive footage from the series and offered new ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Star Wars: Clone Wars came to a swift end when Disney acquired Lucasfilm, and it seemed as if the animation baton was passed right along to Star Wars: Rebels. The style is very similar, so I'm guessing it's the story that Disney wanted to change up. After all, Clone Wars focused on characters and events that branched from several prequels that didn't exactly leave the best taste in anyone's mouth. Given that they're releasing sequels to the original trilogy, they probably want to put everyone »
- Sean Wist
In an episode of The Big Bang Theory (a sitcom lampooning modern “geek” culture with varying degrees of success), physicist Dr. Sheldon Cooper refuses to watch the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series before the Clone Wars movie. He explains, “I prefer to let George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intended.” Though likely unintentional, this offhanded remark reveals the central dilemma of the Star Wars fandom. Does the franchise “belong” to Lucas or does it “belong” to the public, as an artifact of cultural history? With the 2011 release of the 6-part Star Wars saga on Blu-ray came the announcement that the version of the trilogy available in the set would not be from the original theatrical prints, but the 1997 “Special Edition” versions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which include additional scenes and updated technology. Many fans of the franchise see »
- Mallory Andrews
Looking for something else to watch during the World Cup? Try an American cartoon created by a Russian animator about a time-travelling Japanese samurai
If you're looking for some alternative TV during the World Cup, how about watching something that's just as international in spirit?
Samurai Jack is an American cartoon about a Japanese samurai written by Genndy Tartakovsky, a Russian emigre who grew up on a diet of Saturday-morning cartoons, cut his teeth with Dexter's Laboratory and went on to make Star Wars: Clone Wars (this version not the CGI-style Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and more recently Hotel Transylvania.
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- Richard Vine
Sony Pictures has been working on an animated "Popeye" movie for years. But in 2012, things finally started moving in the right direction with the studio hiring helmer Genndy Tartakovsky, the director of "Star Wars: Clone Wars," "Dexter's Laboratory," and Adam Sandler animated comedy "Hotel Transylvania." And now, thanks to the 2014 Licensing Expo that's currently going on in Las Vegas, we have the first promo image from the moving, giving us an idea of what Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto will look like. Check out the image below. At this point, very little is known about "Popeye." It also doesn't have a release date, but is expected to hit theaters in 2016. Image: (click to enlarge) »
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Cartoon Network series Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars didn’t air all that long ago, yet they already seem to have been forgotten. This is a travesty I try to correct whenever cartoons are being discussed, and sometimes when they aren’t. These masterworks should be perched near the top of any list of the greatest animated programs ever shown on American TV. They should also land on any informed list of the greatest action filmmaking of all time, and the Russian-born Tartakovsky, who also created the great Dexter’s Laboratory and Powerpuff Girls, should claim an automatic spot on any list of the greatest action filmmakers. With his unerring grasp of composition, editing, and screen direction, his ability to move his virtual “camera” to conceal or reveal information, and his ability to build excitement through design, sound effects, music, and silence, he’s as »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Episode 18 of the Hey You Geeks podcast is a grab bag of film trailers, the Oscars, upcoming video games and in true Hey You Geeks fashion, lots of Star Wars digressions. We’re talking about the new trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Annie, yes Annie. We also discuss the Oscars and which actor we thought was most deserving of the big bald guy this year. To our surprise, Rocksteady released a trailer for a new Arkham game this week, so of course we discuss that development. Finally, our talk about the final season of Star Wars: Clone Wars coming to Netflix evolves into a discussion about Adam Driver being cast as a villain in the new Star Wars film. It just wouldn’t be Hey You Geeks if our conversations didn’t lead into a Star Wars debate. »
- Tony Nunes
As you can see above, fans who supported the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series through 5 seasons are going to get some closure after all, before the animated side of the Star Wars universe is re-tooled and re-launched under the Disney banner via the upcoming Rebels animated series.
Netflix will be airing Clone Wars Season 6 on March 7, 2014 – alongside the entirety of the series (seasons 1 -6) which will be available that same day. Needless to say, if you’ve never gotten on the Clone Wars bandwagon, this might be the prime opportunity.
Clone Wars is a 3D CGI animated series relaunched in 2008, based on a series concept first explored in a 2003 2D animated Clone Wars series, launched under the supervision of animation guru Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack). The core concept is pretty straightforward: exploring in greater detail the events that occurred in the ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
12 items from 2014
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