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In today’s edition of Cool Stuff, we premiere Tom Whalen’s stunning Moana screenprint variant, a screenprint tribute to The Princess and the Frog from a Pixar artist, a look at some of Fantasy Flight Games’ new figure expansions for Imperial Assault that bring some of our favorite characters from the Star Wars comics and Star Wars Rebels to the tabletop, a new six inch vinyl Sam figure from the Halloween cult classic Trick r’ Treat, a JAWS-inspire bath bomb that will turn your bath tub red, and finally Funko has made POP figures for the characters from the television series Lost, but why are they so disappointing? Hit the jump to dive in!

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Last week I had the opportunity to jump on the phone with the visual effects team behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After the jump, you can read a transcript of my full interview with Rogue One executive producer / visual effects supervisor / writer John Knoll, animation supervisor Hal Hickel, and special effects supervisor Neil Corbould.

In the conversation, Knoll talks about his original low-budget pitch for Rogue One. We also find out just how many people and how much time it took to recreate Tarkin, just how much work was put into resurrected Gold and Red Leader from A New Hope, and if we’ll end up seeing more deleted scenes with finished visual effects on the home video release, and talk Princess Leia, miniatures, and much more.

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Rogue One’s Best Scene Was a Reshoot

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We’ve known for a while now that a lot of the third act of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had been reworked thanks to the extensive reshoots. The geography of that final battle on Scarif including the fates of our main characters was almost entirely changed. So it shouldn’t come as much of a shock to learn that the awesome final Darth Vader scene in Rogue One was a reshoot. Details after the jump.

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Woody Harrelson Han Solo character details

Last week it was revealed that Woody Harrelson would be joining the cast of Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s Star Wars standalone movie focusing on the origin story of Han Solo. At the time we had a few guesses as to who the Oscar-nominated actor might be playing, and Woody is speaking publicly about his upcoming role, providing some clues to his role in the second Star Wars Story.

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The Directors Guild of America has unveiled the nominations for the 67th annual DGA Awards. Hit the jump to see the nominees and learn about Kubo and the Two Strings‘ historical nomination from the Costume Designers Guild.

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It’s no secret that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has a very different ending than the one we saw in theaters. Extensive reshoots dramatically changed the geography of Scarif and the fates of a lot of the film’s main characters. In fact, we’ve written about how a lot of shots from the Rogue One trailers featured footage from the original cut of the film.

Well now a new video gives us a small glimpse into an alternate Rogue One ending with different fates for Cassian Andor and K-2SO. Also, Marvel Comics will be releasing a comic book adaptation of Rogue One which is resurrect some of the moments and scenes that hit the cutting room floor, back into the story.

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Warner Bros’ Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds was supposed to be the beginning of a new DC movie universe, but the film was critically slammed and did poorly at the box office ($220 million worldwide on a estimated $200 million budget). Six years later and Warner Bros is ready to try their hands at this beloved DC superhero once again with Green Lantern Corps. Today it was announced that the studio has hired a screenwriter and producer for the new film. Find out more about the Green Lantern Corps screenwriters and producers, after the jump.

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Matt Ferguson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy Print Set
Artist Matt Ferguson has created a Lord of the Rings trilogy print set that is beautiful. Bottleneck Gallery is releasing the set in a timed edition, which means anyone who wants to buy these will have an opportunity, unlike most limited edition screenprint releases. See the prints in full and find out where and when you can purchase them, after the jump.
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Peter Dinklage Avengers: Infinity War casting

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage may be headed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor who plays Tyrion Lannister is being eyed for a pivotal role in the upcoming epic crossover event film Avengers: Infinity War. Hit the jump for more info on the possible Peter Dinklage Avengers: Infinity War casting.
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In today’s edition of Cool Stuff, we take a look at some new Storytime art prints from JoeBot, Silicon Valley Funko Pop figures, a remote control Star Wars Mouse Droid which is only available in Disney theme parks, a Ghostbusters Zuul 1:10 Art Scale Statue, Star Wars opening crawl infinity scarves, Funko Playmobile figures which includes Back to the Future and Doctor Who, a 1:6 scale Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a Aliens M56 Smart Gun 1:1 Prop Replica and more.

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