13 items from 2016
We have a stunning new piece of art for Star Wars Battlefront: Bespin expansion and information on the new heroes you'll get to play with! Find out more below!
What are the two things that come to mind when you think of Cloud City? If you said Carbonite and Lando Calrissian then congratulations you are of the same mind as EA! If you said Ugnaughts and Storm IV's then congratulations you are our Editor-in-Chief Jordan!
While we're pretty sure we'll still see Ugnaughts and Storm IV's, EA is announcing even bigger news for their Bespin expansion. Lando Calrissian and bounty hunter Dengar will be playable characters when the expansion comes out on June 21, 2016, for Season Pass owners!
Below is EA's description of the Bounty »
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“The Angry Birds Movie” opened well in China over the past weekend with a cute $30 million. But it stands to have its wings clipped by a flock of Hollywood new releases in the Middle Kingdom.
The early summer releasing calendar in China is a squeeze that reflects a combination of Hollywood’s own summer blockbuster season as well as the anticipated “blackout period.” The blackout usually starts in July when major imported films are not allowed fresh releases, though holdovers can continue.
Observers are unclear if the restrictions on the Hollywood imports to last as long as they did last year, when they ran some six weeks. Chinese-made films got off to a powerful start in 2016, boosted »
- Patrick Frater
Ordinarily, I'm not in favor of endless war. But in the case of LucasFilm planning endless Star Wars...that's a policy I can get behind.
Look, it should come as no surprise that the gargantuan success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens- both financially and critically- has LucasFilm thinking about more, more, more. But is that a bad thing? I know that, for many, the initial inclination is to roll your eyes and say "They're going to milk this cash cow until it's dead," and I get that. But in the specific case of Star Wars, I think that view is a bit myopic. Why? Because look at the world that George Lucas created. Similar to DC, and similar to Marvel, it's a universe that expands as far as the eye can see. There are limitless storytelling possibilities.
Unlike endless sequels to something that is basically a one-trick pony »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The sound design crafted by Ben Burtt and his team for the Star Wars saga is just as iconic and evocative as John Williams' soaring fanfare. Burtt's work — spanning from 1977's A New Hope on through 2015's multi-billion dollar smash The Force Awakens — is as instantly recognizable as the "Star Wars Theme": the live wire hum and crackle of light sabers, the foreboding exhales of Darth Vader, the boisterous din of the Mos Eisley Cantina, the emotive growl of Chewbacca, the chirrups of droids like R2D2 and »
One Thing I Love Today is a daily column dedicated to putting a spotlight on some pop culture item worth your attention. After all, there's enough snark out there. Why not start every day with one quick shotgun blast of positivity? I don't own much in the way of Edm. It's just not my scene. I'm sure you look at me and think, "That's a guy who likes to really lay it down on the dance floor as just one small part of his aggressively physical lifestyle," but somehow, Edm just isn't on my radar. I buy new music often, but really wouldn't play this sort of thing typically while working or driving. So, yes, Hollywood Records and American Recordings, your fiendish plan worked. I picked up a new Edm compilation album executive produced by Rick Rubin entirely because of the thing that unites all of the tracks: Star Wars. »
- Drew McWeeny
Have you ever wanted a compilation of original music that blends your childhood affinity for all things Star Wars with your likely more recent appreciation for electronic music? Rick Rubin thought you might, which is why the decade-spanning pop culture mastermind has enlisted some of the world’s most renowned producers to deliver tracks for Star Wars Headspace.
Kaskade, Flying Lotus, A-Trak and Baauer are but a few of the names behind tracks which will appear on the album. Each production features samples and clips from the iconic sound effects of sound designer Ben Burtt, making for songs which reference the Star Wars film franchise’s many peculiar tropes.
Perhaps most surprising from a musical standpoint is Rubin’s own contribution to the compilation. Where the producer is best known for his iconic mixes of albums for legendary acts like The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beastie Boys, “Nr-G »
- John Cameron
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is getting its own Edm companion album from producer Rick Rubin. He has compiled a number of different tracks from different artists, including one from director J.J. Abrams himself. The tie-in soundtrack is called Star Wars Headspace, and it promises to be something very special for fans of the movie as well as fans of this particular musical genre.
Star Wars Headspace features not only contributions from J.J. Abrams, but also acclaimed musicians such as Flying Lotus, Rustie, Röyksopp and Rick Rubin. Best part about the release is we don't have long to await its arrive online. The album will drop in just 10 days, arriving on February 19.
The first tracks from Star Wars Headspace were played by Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 radio show this week. He previewed Flying Lotus's electronic jazz track R2 Where R U? The music features officially licensed samples of C-3Po. »
This is a column about speculation, spoilers, rumors, hearsay and analyzing the Star Wars Universe. Spoilers, real or imagined, might be found within.
Let's start by congratulating ourselves : big claps to The Force Awakens for making all that money. I’m not going to be able to say it more concisely than the official press release:
Today, in its 50th day of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office. It is the only film in history to reach this milestone.
In addition, on Saturday (53rd day of global release), Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to reach the $2 billion mark worldwide, becoming only the third film ever to do so and just the second to do it in original release.
We did it, Star Wars fans and creators, we revived the property once again! This time, maybe »
Thanks to the mostly-positive reaction to The Force Awakens, anticipation is building in earnest for the next cinematic Lucasfilm release, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It’ll reach cinemas remarkably soon, on 16th December this year, yet very little has been revealed about what the spin-off-prequel will actually look like.
It’s known that the movie will focus on the Rebel plot to steal the plans to the first Death Star, teeing up the events of George Lucas’ original 1977 Star Wars movie (the one that is now dubbed A New Hope). Beyond that, nobody knows much about what Gareth Edwards, Felicity Jones and their cohorts are plotting. It’s a mysterious movie, by all accounts.
So, while everyone patiently waits for a Rogue One trailer (or even just a few more images), here are the ten biggest questions that need answering about the movie…
10. Are They Rebels Or Bounty Hunters? »
- Rob Leane
Despite not actually doing a whole lot in the movies, Boba Fett is generally considered to be one of the most popular supporting characters (if you could even call him that) in the entire Star Wars saga. Because of this there are plans to reintroduce Fett in Disney and Lucasfilm’s new batch of films, and a standalone origin story for the badass Bounty Hunter is apparently on the cards – but could we see him make his return to the galaxy far, far away as early as this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?
The photo above was taken at the Nuremberg ToyFair in Germany this past weekend, and as you can see, the image on display for the upcoming Rogue One Lego set is none other than Boba Fett’s awesome looking spaceship of choice, the Slave 1.
Now, this is far from irrefutable proof that we’ll »
- Mark Cassidy
Way back in 2005, seven years before LucasFilm was sold to Disney, George Lucas announced the development of a new live-action TV series entitled Star Wars: Underworld, which already had over 100 scripts written and ready to be shot. Production never happened on the series, which was set between the original Star Wars trilogy and the prequels. Today we have a new report from TV Line, which claims the project is currently dead, although it still may be resurrected at some point.
The site spoke with ABC president Paul Lee, who stated the network doesn't have any plans for the show at the moment, since Disney and LucasFilm are so focused on the Star Wars movie franchise at this time. The site also spoke with an unidentified LucasFilm representative, who stated that the company's only focus in TV at this time is in animation, such as the beloved Disney Xd series Star Wars Rebels. »
On Sunday, January 24th, Fox will bring back Chris Carter’s brilliant series, The X-Files, for a six-episode revival run that will reunite beloved FBI Special Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) for more alien-related exploits.
The last time we saw The X-Files on the airwaves during its initial run was back in May 2002, so if you watched the series throughout its nine seasons, you may be in need of a refresher on all the key players and integral storylines that make up the core mythology of The X-Files.
Mythology in regards to The X-Files could mean various things: the existence of aliens and how our government plays into that, various characters that fit in with different prophecies, the “Black Oil” that became a prominent antagonistic force during season three, the various conspirators and their attempts to derail Mulder and Scully’s work on the X-Files, Scully’s »
- Heather Wixson
This is a column about speculation, spoilers, rumors, hearsay and analyzing the Star Wars Universe. Spoilers, real or imagined, might be found within. Maz Kanata-level curiosity is suggested.
The mysteries surrounding Rogue One are very intriguing right now. For the most part because now that Episode VII has set the terms for the next two Saga installments, there’s a cone of possibility narrowing the scope of the “anything’s possible” attitude that Star Wars fandom had before The Force awakened.
I’m not saying the new characters and plot introduced to the galaxy for Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII isn’t the most interesting part of new Star Wars. The argument I’m making is maybe Rogue One is the most interesting upcoming Star Wars movie. We don’t know what an anthology film (“Star Wars Story”) is or what it’s supposed to look like. The Force Awakens »
13 items from 2016
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