little kylo ren at disney world

Sure, Disney theme parks can be expensive, a day of long lines and fun rides. But for me, the Disney theme parks are a magical place where, yes, an enormous big megacorporation, provides wonderfully immersive experiences for both young and old. In fact, Disney cast members are encouraged to create magical moments for their guests on a daily basis, and we typically don’t hear about or witness many of these experiences.

A new video making the rounds today features a little boy named Nicolas who visited Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park dressed in a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren costume. While checking out the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay area, little Kylo was confronted by a squad of First Order Stormtroopers, who regularly patrol the area. When I visited this park earlier in the year, the Stormtroopers were so much in character that they wouldn’t stop to take a selfie with me as that was interfering with their mission. But when these First Order troopers saw young Nicolas as little Kylo Ren, they decided to give the child an experience of a lifetime. Hit the jump to watch the video.

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rey palpatine theory

Before we begin, let me warn you that if you are not interested or entertained by fan theories, this article and video is not for you. Shut the window and leave now. I’ve always been interested in well-presented arguments, especially for films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens that leave a mystery open for the audience to debate and theorize about. This new video by Vincent Vendetta presents the evidence that Rey might be Emperor Palpatine’s great granddaughter. It’s not a new theory, but the video presents all the “evidence” in a nice and digestible format. Hit the jump to watch the Rey Palatine theory video essay.
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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The U.K. court case surrounding safety regulations on Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached its conclusion.
  • The next Star Wars: Aftermath book will feature the Battle of Jakku.
  • Conan O’Brien offers up a dead Tauntaun for a cozy place to sleep.
  • Cool art combines Star Wars with World War II photographs.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduces prequel trilogy characters.
  • A guy dressed as a Rancor at Comic-Con and it looks amazing.
  • Marvel announces a gigantic Star Wars comic set.
  • A whole bunch of new Star Wars toys were unveiled at Comic-Con.

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new han solo actor

When Lucasfilm announced earlier this month that Alden Ehrenreich would lead the Han Solo anthology film, they were just confirming what fans already knew — the trades had revealed the casting months ago. But not every report and rumor pans out so nicely. For example, there’s been a lot of speculation that Ehrenreich’s Han Solo could cameo in this winter’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. However, director Gareth Edwards has gone on the record to shut down the rumors.

Meanwhile, over at Warner Bros., Suicide Squad director David Ayer is battling a pesky and persistent fan theory of his own. Many have wondered if Jared Leto‘s Joker could be Jason Todd, whose defaced costume was seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but Ayer insists that’s not the case.  Read More »

Han Solo

At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, Disney finally confirmed what everyone in the galaxy already knew: Alden Ehrenreich would be playing a young Han Solo in the yet-to-be-titled A Star Wars Story standalone film from Lego Movie geniuses Phil Lord and Chris Miller. But what we didn’t know at the time is just how many films Alden Ehrenreich is signed on for. A new report claims that the Hail, Caesar! star is signed to a three-picture deal, which would bring a Han Solo movie trilogy to life. While I believe he is signed on for three films, I don’t think we’ll be getting a Han Solo trilogy. Let me explain why.
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Jock Star Wars

San Diego Comic Con International 2016 is in full swing, and Mondo is selling a bunch of crazy comic con exclusive prints and vinyls on the show floor. But just because you aren’t in attendance at the the convention doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some of the goodies. In fact, unlike most Mondo limited edition releases, you will be able to get your hands on these two awesome Star Wars prints. Hit the jump to check out Mike Mitchell‘s Rey and Jock‘s Into The Garbage Chute, Flyboy prints and find out how you can get them.

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the force awakens flashback

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a generally straightforward film, riding high on charm and energy while recycling plot elements from previous films to give you a nostalgic high. It’s the cinematic equivalent of being gently lowered into a warm bath. It’s pleasant. It’s relaxing. It’s exactly what you want after a long dry spell.

Except for one scene. When Daisy Ridley’s Rey first touches the lightsaber that belonged to Luke Skywalker and his father before him, she is sucked into a surreal flashback full of quick cuts, tiny details, and vocal cameos from long-dead Star Wars characters. It has become one of the most dissected scenes of the entire saga, with fans going through the video and audio with a fine-tooth comb. Everything that can be found in the footage has been found. Except for, you know, the stuff that was cut out.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Wraps Production

episode 8 wrap video

A week after a lavish wrap party for the cast and crew that saw Mark Hamill taking selfies with everything that has a pulse and dancing Stormtroopers doing their thing on stage, Star Wars: Episode 8 has officially wrapped production. All that remains now is a year and a half of post-production. And the inevitable reshoots, because that’s a luxury Lucasfilm can afford.

In the meantime, you can watch a quick video from the set commemorating the completion of principal photography. And maybe director Rian Johnson can go nap for three days.

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Rogue One’s Space Monkey: Who Is He?

Rogue One's Space Monkey

UPDATE: Director Gareth Edwards has provided a little more information about Bistan:

It’s not necessarily a character that we get to know, but I think he has a very memorable, iconic look. Bistan is one of my favorites. I can’t give away what happens to him.

In other words, don’t expect him to play a major role in the movie…but he sure does look cool.

The original story follows.

Last week at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, a behind-the-scenes video was released for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story showcasing Lucasfilm’s intense war film. But the standout star of the new video was not Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso or Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera, but our first look at a new furry mole-like alien creature who appears to be part of this team of misfits who are out to steal the plans to the greatest weapon in the galaxy.

At a later panel, “Creatures, Droids & Aliens of Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the Star Wars creature shop team offered a larger glimpse at the character. They were unable to remember the creature’s character name but revealed that he was nicknamed internally as “Space Monkey.” As part of a demonstration, Space Monkey took the stage to demonstrate how the creature effects are produced. The internet has an obsession with this new alien creature, and we finally know more about the character including his name.

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