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Boba Fett is about to make his return to a galaxy far, far away in very handsome fashion. Mad Men and Baby Driver star Jon Hamm has been tapped to voice the legendary bounty hunter in a brand new Star Wars story. Hamm is lending his talents for the audiobook version of Star Wars: A Certain Point of View, which includes 40 short stories from the Star Wars universe.
The news was revealed by StarWars.com ahead of the release of Star Wars: A Certain Point of View, which is set to arrive on October 3. An all-star cast was assembled for the audiobook, but easily the most notable is the reveal that Jon Hamm is voicing Boba Fett in a short titled Added Muscle, which was written from Fett's perspective by Paul Dini of Batman: The Animated Series fame. One of the book's producers, Alan Blank, had this to »
Welcome to this edition of Pop Cult Corner, the place that gives insights into the news of the week, makes outlandish predictions and above all, probably has too many opinions.
This week, two news stories stood out to me. One of them is of course the most obvious, as it has dominated headlines and conversations all week. The other is perhaps a bit early to be talking about but it certainly hasn’t stopped some studios jumping the gun. I will of course be talking about Star Wars: Episode IX with the new release date it has secured and the new directer in the form of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ J.J. Abrams, and I shall also be talking about the Oscars (I know, I said it was early!)
But first, before I start talking a bit more about Star Wars, I wanted to bring up this gem of a »
- George Chrysostomou
We've known from the get-go that Admiral Ackbar would be returning in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now we have our first official look at his new costume as he prepares to take on the First Order yet again. This latest image arrives with a massive stack of photos featuring new and returning Star Wars favorites. The promotional art comes from the Star Wars Topps Card Trader app, as well as Fathead and Advanced Graphics. Wdwnt gathered them all up in one easy to peruse place, and you can now check them all out below.
Tim Rose, who plays Admiral Ackbar, was confirmed to be returning in Star Wars: The Last Jedi in February of 2016, as guest appearances at certain Comic Book events were canceled due to his shooting. Tim Rose will be back behind the animatronic mask, and doing the body acting for Ackbar. He had a small role in The Force Awakens. »
When The Force Awakens hit theaters in 2015, it brought along a new kind of Stormtrooper. The armor, while retaining the classic look from the 1977 original Star Wars, had been given an upgrade, they appeared to be the same old Troopers. And they still couldn't hit a target to save their life. Some complained that they looked like they'd been manufactured by Apple. But these iTroopers aren't just wearing slightly modified chest protectors. There is a big difference in the way they act, as well. Some might say they've been given a Millennial twist. But Millennials would never say that, cause they hate that term and being labeled. There lies your answer. These Stormtroopers are individuals. As we've clearly noticed with the Awol Finn, who has since become a big deal in the Resistance. Now, we have a better understanding of the mindset behind these soldiers who work exclusively for Supreme Leader Snoke. »
Did you drive to Toys R Us at midnight last night to participate in Force Friday 2? Chances are you ran into the great and powerful Supreme Leader Snoke, looking all smug in his delightfully dazzling gold shimmery robes. The guy has money to spare, obviously. As he parked his new luxury Mega Star Destroyer prominently in the star filled sky last night, while showing off his cool pitch black Sith bling. The guy is a true player in the galaxy. And a nasty pimp at that. We're not kidding when it comes to the fact that Snoke is a major force in Star Wars: The Last Jedi whether he has limited screen time or not.
First up, we have a look at Snoke's Mega Star Destroyer. And this thing is a beast. The image comes to us courtesy of Sphero's new app for its remote control Star Wars astromechs. The »
Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three delivers all 22 action-packed episodes of the hit CG animated series’ third season, plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus material on Blu-ray™ and DVD! The story threads begin to tighten in this thrilling season of Star Wars Rebels, drawing connections to The Clone Wars, Rogue One and the original Star Wars trilogy into the series’ epic storyline. Available August 29, Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three delivers some of the most critically-acclaimed Star Wars storytelling to date, with engaging characters, harrowing conflicts, and spectacular space battles on par with those seen in the films.
Having established a secret base on Atollon, the Ghost crew, now led by a more powerful Ezra, strengthens the Rebel fleet by acquiring new resources and recruits eager to stand against the Empire. However, the Imperial efforts to eliminate the Rebellion are now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, »
- Michael Connally
As fantastic and rewarding as the new live-action Star Wars films have been for fans of the iconic franchise, the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and its follow-up series Star Wars Rebels are every bit as entertaining. They serve to fill in the gaps in time between films but also feature truly interesting and complex characters who go on life-changing adventures throughout the many worlds of the Star Wars universe. If you've only watched the movies, you're missing out on a wealth of quality storytelling from the Star Wars canon. Luckily, the Season … »
- Dave Trumbore
For a long while now, we've heard that Yoda returns in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There were rampant rumors that Frank Oz was spotted on the Ahch-To set of this sequel, that he's done a voice over while others controlled a practically puppet as opposed to CGI. And there were Yoda statues spotted on various sets. Now a new Star Wars toy all but confirms his presence. But the big take away here is that Yoda will not be appearing as a Force Ghost in Star Wars 8.
When movie fans last saw Yoda, he was heading into his own exile in 2005's Revenge of the Sith. But we all know he wound up on Dagobah, where he trained Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Jedi, before passing away in his bed. At the end of Return of the Jedi, he is seen standing next to Obi-Wan Kenobi and »
A new trailer has leaked for EA's upcoming, highly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront II, and it features Jedi Master Yoda deep into battle in his own starfighter. The new game is finally going to deliver what many fans have been asking for, which is the complete story campaign unlike the first game. The news comes after it was revealed that Lucasfilm has an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie currently in the early stages development as well as standalone movies for Master Yoda and Boba Fett.
The newly leaked trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront II comes to us from EuroGamer and it features some pretty intense space battles that have not been seen in previous trailers for the upcoming game. The game looks even more massive in scope with the addition of the space battles and promises the battle to spread across "all eras" and it is truly evident in the »
With the Force Friday toy sales event coming up in just a few short weeks, it shouldn't be surprising that several Star Wars: The Last Jedi toys have started to leak. There is one toy in particular that showcases Supreme Leader Snoke's (Andy Serkis) throne room that has many fans wondering if a device from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars will cross over into this movie. There may be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk if you don't want to learn any more about this device.
A Reddit user named "3N1GMV" posted a leaked photo from a Star Wars: The Last Jedi toy set that showcases the throne room of Supreme Leader Snoke, which includes a Snoke figure, a Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) figure and a Praetorian Guard figure. There is one particularly intriguing aspect of this set, though, a blue circular »
With The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, and Outcast, Robert Kirkman has spearheaded horror entertainment on AMC and Cinemax, and now Kirkman, along with Skybound Entertainment (which he co-founded with David Alpert), is turning his attention to Amazon Studios to develop new TV series for Prime Video:
Press Release: Seattle—Aug 11, 2017—(Nasdaq: Amzn)—Amazon today announced it has closed an overall deal with prolific creator Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible) and a first-look deal with Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, co-founded by longtime collaborator David Alpert. Kirkman and Skybound—the entities behind television hits The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and Outcast—will develop television projects to debut exclusively on Prime Video. This collaboration comes on the heels of Amazon Studios’ new expanded push into science fiction, fantasy and horror programming. Skybound Entertainment’s co-presidents of film and television, Bryan and Sean Furst, will oversee the Amazon project »
- Derek Anderson
Hasbro has officially unveiled two of its HasCon exclusive action figures in the Marvel Legends Series 6-Inch Uncanny X-Force Deadpool and Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Clone Captain Rex; check them out here…
Join the infamous Merc with a Mouth on his next katana-wielding mission with this comic-inspired Deadpool Figure from the Marvel Legends Series! Showcasing his alternate Uncanny X-force outfit and outfitted with iconic accessories including two katana swords, a rocket launcher, three blasters, taco and alternate head, this collector grade Deadpool figure also features premium articulation and deco. Marvel Legends Series 6-inch Uncanny X-force Deadpool Figure will be for sale during HasCon 2017. Following the convention, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.
Pledge loyalty to the Republic and head into battle with the revered 6-inch Clone Captain Rex Figure from the Star Wars: The Black Series line! Featuring customized armor decos with distinctive blue »
- Gary Collinson
“We are both overjoyed to be blessed with this new addition to our family!” the couple tells People.
“I think we are most looking forward to experiencing all of the firsts,” they add. “First steps, first words, first everything. We keep picturing the quiet moments (after the loud ones, of course) and morning snuggles with our baby!”
The happy pair married in 2013 and live in L.A. with their Maltipoo pup, Ahsoka.
Angela, 32, and Matt, 34, whose NBC show »
- Elizabeth Leonard
Last week, Hasbro revealed the exclusive toys from Star Wars and Marvel that fans will be able to purchase during their debut convention, Hascon. Today, you can get a closer look at these impressive exclusives thanks to some high resolution images. Come inside to take a gander...bring your own towel.
This year, Hasbro is hosting their own special convention this September, where families and fans/collectors can gather to celebrate the long history of the game and toy developers. As is typically the case with these events, there will be exclusive toys fans can buy.
Last week, Hasbro revealed a little something for both Marvel and Star Wars fans will be present in the form of a new six-inch Deadpool figure and The Black Series Captain Rex. Today brings us official high-res images (and more details) on the figures for you to oggle:
Marvel Legends Series 6-inch Uncanny X-force »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Joseph Baxter Jul 26, 2017
Netflix will soon be able to tout an animated comedy series developed by The Simpsons and Futurama visionary Matt Groening as part of its ever-growing list of original content accolades. The streaming giant has tapped Groening to develop Disenchantment, an adult-aimed, fantasy-themed animated comedy series.
Netflix has given Groening's Disenchantment a 20-episode order, to be released 10 episodes at a time. The series takes place in a medieval kingdom called Dreamland, inhabited by all your favorite Dungeons & Dragons and Warcraft-type concepts such as ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, and even walruses.
Of course, this locale will also have its share of human fools. The main story will center on the young, hard-drinking Princess Bean (Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson), who embarks on a series of (mis)adventures with her personal demon Luci »
The place where only outsiders fit in is now at San Diego Comic-Con as NBC and Universal Television have plenty of Midnight, Texas events underway, including an immersive 4D experience and live tarot card readings:
Press Release: Universal City, Calif. – July 7, 2017 – NBC and Universal Television head to San Diego Comic-Con with a star-studded panel for the anticipated new supernatural thriller “Midnight, Texas” and take-over the entire Gaslamp Square with one of the largest interactive fan experiences yet. “Midnight,Texas” premieres immediately following Comic-Con weekend on Monday, July 24 at 10 P.M. Et/Pt on NBC.
NBC is also offering an exclusive fan opportunity to meet the cast of “Midnight, Texas” and best-selling author Charlaine Harris at a special book-signing of ‘Midnight Crossroads,’ the book that inspired the television series. The book signing will be held on Friday, July 21 from 5:45-7 p.m. at the Gas & Go pop-up station adjacent to the Tin Fish Gaslamp restaurant. »
- Derek Anderson
Just a few days ago, the duo exchanged faux-barbs in a series of good-humored tweets back and forth to each other. The “argument'” escalated quickly and Twitter users following the threads enjoyed every second of it.
And now the two are back at it again. This time, however, the string of banter began with one Twitter user posting a series of photos featuring a lego version of the couple’s “future wedding” at Hidden Heart Park.
@MeredthSalenger here's an attempt at something more traditional. @pattonoswalt 's hair needs a bit of work. »
- Joelle Goldstein
There’s something exceedingly heartening about the star of a giant franchise revealing themselves to be as invested in that property as regular fans are, while talking about franchise entries in which they did not feature. Such is the case for Mark Hamill – also known as Luke Skywalker – as he spoke to the press during the recent Disney Expo, D23 and expressed his dismay about the loss of Darth Maul.
“Darth Maul was just the coolest looking. I couldn’t believe they disposed of him so quickly. I thought he would last through all three movies!”
Darth Maul is an icon of the Star Wars universe, despite the fact that he appeared only in the first of the prequel trilogy. The distinctive Sith Lord, played by Ray Park, was portrayed as an ambitious young man seeking to excel under the mentorship of his Dark Side masters. This implied some rivalry between himself and Anakin Skywalker, »
- Sarah Myles
With The Walking Dead comic book series approaching its 170th issue, creator Robert Kirkman has a lot to reflect on regarding the Rick Grimes series, and he'll be able to do just that—as well as discuss his work on Invincible and Outcast—in one of several Skybound Entertainment panels taking place at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego:
Here's a look at the details for Skybound Entertainment's Comic-Con 2017 panels, and be sure to keep an eye on Daily Dead this month for our live Comic-Con coverage from San Diego:
"Robert Kirkman: In Conversation
Thursday, July 20, 3:00Pm in Room 6A
Join the creative mind behind The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Outcast, Robert Kirkman, as he discusses his prolific body of work within comics, television, and now film with the feature adaptation of his long-running superhero comic Invincible.
Skybound Entertainment: Creators, Fans, and Franchises
Friday, July 21, 4: »
- Derek Anderson
The fourth episode of webseries Star Wars: Forces of Destiny has arrived online today. While the first two outings for the series, released earlier this week, starred The Force Awakens’s Rey (as played by Daisy Ridley) and the third featured Princess Leia, this latest instalment moves away from a hero from the movies to focus on a TV fan favourite instead.
Titled “The Padawan Path,” episode four stars Ahsoka Tano, the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, as introduced in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. In this short, Ahsoka – or “snips” as Anakin calls her – is running late for an important awards ceremony due to some problems with a marauding droid.
Fans of The Clone Wars will notice that the short sees Ashley Eckstein reprise the role from the animated series, and its follow-up Rebels. Matt Lanter is also back on board as Anakin and, of course, there »
- Christian Bone
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