the last jedi featurette

The marketing for Star Wars: The Last Jedi did a pretty good job teasing that Daisy Ridley‘s Rey might turn to the Dark Side. Now, a new The Last Jedi featurette from the upcoming Blu-ray release further explores Rey’s internal Dark Side struggle in the film.

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the last jedi deleted scene

A newly revealed Star Wars: The Last Jedi deleted scene gives Gwendoline Christie‘s Captain Phasma much more screentime than the finished film. If you thought Phasma was a bit shortchanged in The Last Jedi, this deleted scene is for you. See it below. Beware of spoilers.

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Finn love interest

Within the first few minutes of Finn meeting Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s obvious he has a crush on her. But one of the movie’s smartest decisions was to not actively fuel that particular fire, instead allowing for a blossoming friendship that never tipped into full-on romantic territory. But by the time Star Wars: The Last Jedi wraps up and Rose Tico plants a kiss on Finn, it feels like the seeds of a love triangle may have been planted. Now it’s up to J.J. Abrams to handle what happens moving forward.

I spoke with actor John Boyega at the press junket for Pacific Rim Uprising yesterday afternoon, and between questions about jaegers and kaiju, I asked him to tease the evolution of Finn in Star Wars: Episode 9 and who his preferred Finn love interest is. I have a feeling his answer is going to be somewhat controversial.

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why Ava DuVernay turned down Black Panther

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why it’s a good thing that director Ava DuVernay says she’s not making a Star Wars movie.)

Star Wars fans are ready for change.

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe boldly enters its latest stage, handing its major franchise staples to black auteurs and New Zealand comedians, it’s become somewhat apparent that Lucasfilm is holding back. Their latest slate of behind-the-scenes announcements and rumors – that the Game of Thrones guys are writing a new series, that Stephen Daldry might direct an Obi Wan standalone – feel as by-the-numbers as you can get. After the production kerfuffles with Rogue One and the upcoming Solo, maybe it’s just insurance; a “let’s hire the industry guys with safe track records so we can stay on schedule” ideology. But that safety net approach has the fans concerned. By avoiding potential risks, are we in danger of a roster of bland lookalikes that keep the series chugging along but never grow it in new directions? This is a galaxy far, far away, let’s not forget. Isn’t it time to get weird?

For a lot of us, potential relief came in the form of director Ava DuVernay, who’s been long-rumored to be next in line for a Star Wars project. But DuVernay crushed hearts on Twitter today when she announced that she isn’t, in fact, doing a Star Wars film, telling fans that the series “is not for me.”

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star wars solo cups

It’s a match made in branding heaven.

Lucasfilm has announced that it will be partnering with six different companies in anticipation of the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. And one of those six films is none other than Solo cups.

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star wars rebels series finale trailer

This post contains major spoilers for the series finale of Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars Rebels came to an end with a surprisingly hopeful finale. It was a gorgeous epilogue that let us know just what our beloved Spectres were up to in the years following the end of the show. Set just after the Battle of Endor, the last few minutes of the series highlighted where each member of the Rebels cast ended up, even teasing the possibility of a Sabine Wren and Ahsoka spin-off.

But it was one of the smaller details that sparked much crying, yelling, and speculation amongst fans. See, the ending of Rebels introduced us to Hera and Kanan’s son. And that’s where things get interesting.

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last jedi behind-the-scenes

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits Blu-ray and digital this month. In anticipation of that release, some new behind-the-scenes footage has arrived revealing Andy Serkis‘ Snoke performance before visual effects were applied. The curtain is peeled back to reveal the work Serkis does before computers turn him into a giant old man.

Also: the actor provides some insight into his character’s backstory.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Lightsaber Battle

No matter how you felt about Star Wars: The Last Jedi as a whole, you can’t deny that it has one of the best lightsaber battles in the entirety of the franchise.

Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) engage in an intense lightsaber battle involving Supreme Leader Snoke’s Praetorian guards. We won’t say any more than that for fear that the spoiler police are on the hunt for something to complain about today, but suffice it to say that this is a great clip to hold us over until Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on home video later this month. If you haven’t see the movie, don’t read any further, because there are major spoilers. Read More »

jj abrams episode 8 story

With a massive franchise like Star Wars, you would expect that Lucasfilm wants the entire story planned out. But after Rian Johnson‘s radical, controversial The Last Jedi threw Star Wars tradition out the window, fans began wondering if there even is a master plan.

The answer: there might have been a plan once, but not anymore. According to Last Jedi star Daisy Ridley, when Abrams signed on to direct 2015’s The Force Awakens, he also mapped out the entire story for the new Star Wars trilogy. But the original JJ Abrams Episode 8 story was scrapped by Johnson.

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ashoka and sabine

The Star Wars Rebels finale raises just as many questions as it answers. I very much enjoyed this final installment of the Disney XD series, but am surprised that the story seems far from concluded. The ending even appears to feature a cliffhanger that teases a new adventure which could be explored in another Star Wars animated series or feature film. But was that the intention? Find out what showrunner Dave Filoni had to say about the Star Wars Rebels ending.

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