The Empire Strikes Back - Han Solo

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A possible look at the planets featured in the Han Solo movie.
  • An interview with the editor of From a Certain Point of View.
  • Author Meg Cabot shares her love for Aunt Beru.
  • Ron Howard shares more Han Solo set pics.
  • Pablo Hidalgo answers some pressing (and nerdy) canon questions.
  • A new Thrawn novel is on the way.
  • And more!

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Avatar sequels

As James Cameron continues onward with production for his four Avatar sequels, the cast has slowly been taking shape. Now another actor who appeared in the first film has been confirmed as returning for all four films. Giovanni Ribisi will reprise his role as Parker Selfridge. The latest Avatar sequel casting news awaits you below.

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roswell reboot

Things are getting paranormal again at Roswell High. The cult teen TV show from 1999 will be getting a modern reboot at The CW, with an even more timely twist.

This time, instead of following a group of gorgeous and talented — but blindingly white — high school students in the infamous town of Roswell, New Mexico, the Roswell reboot will be given an immigration perspective.

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stranger things eggo waffle card game

Card games are about to get…stranger.

Stranger Things became a pop culture phenomenon in 2016, launching an obsession with the ’80s, B-movie horror, and Eggo Waffles. The latter is slightly unrelated to the other two, but became a popular artifact after fan-favorite character Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) gained an obsession with the frozen breakfast snack. What was once a compelling emotional beat was now a meme that graced the walls of every Stranger Things pop-up bar across the country. And now, it’s a card game. Yeah, I’m just as confused as you.

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stranger things season 2 soundtrack

Stranger Things wouldn’t be the nostalgia-fueled ’80s genre movie love letter that it is without an appropriately synth-heavy soundtrack. The eerie opening theme has joined the ranks of Peak TV’s most iconic title sequences, subdued and retro as it is.

So it’s no wonder that Netflix would have a glitzy rollout for its Stranger Things season 2 soundtrack, soon to be made available digitally and on CD, vinyl, and cassette tapes. So break out your Walkman and listen to the preview of the first title track, “Walkin’ in Hawkins.”

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Star Trek 4

What’s going on with the next possible Star Trek movie? Who knows! No one, apparently. Not even the cast. Karl Urban, who plays Dr. “Bones” McCoy, recently said that while he’d love to do another film, he’s not sure if another Trek sequel is even happening. Beam yourself down and read Urban’s comments on Star Trek 4.

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blade runner 2049 asian

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Blade Runner 2049 joins a sci-fi trend of using East Asian imagery to communicate globalization. But where are the Asian characters?)

The first thing you notice about Blade Runner 2049 is how stark it is. Opening in a desolate, grey field where Ryan Gosling‘s Officer K confronts Dave Bautista‘s Sapper Morton, the world of the Blade Runner sequel steadily unfolds into the cyberpunk mecca that we were first introduced to back in 1982.

It’s clear that director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins don’t want to ape the neon-drenched griminess of the original, instead delivering an oppressive urban labyrinth that parallels the dense claustrophobia of modern Hong Kong high rises. Only one-third of the way through the film do we see hints of a vibrant neonscape cutting through the smog and rain that covers the futuristic Los Angeles. And with that neon: holograms of dancing women in anime-inspired outfits, cute Hello Kitty-style machines, Chinese characters and Japanese kanji galore.

It amounts to a stunning, dissonant image in one of the most gorgeously shot movies of the year, and not an unfamiliar one: science-fiction movies have long borrowed East Asian imagery as a visual shorthand to portray a more globalized society. It has roots in none other than the original Blade Runner, which drew from the burgeoning Tokyo and Hong Kong metropolises of the time, as well as the rapid globalization in the ’80s. With the massive cultural influence that China, South Korea, and Japan wield today, it’s no huge leap to assume that in the near future, every city would be a cultural melting pot with East Asian influences run amok. But in Blade Runner 2049, it feels less like a nod to those influences so much as it feels like window dressing.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi 32

I love porgs. You love porgs. We all love porgs.

2017 is the year of the porg, a fact confirmed by Monday’s release of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer, where we finally saw (and heard) the cherubic sea bird in action. The internet’s immediate and unabashed love of porgs is similar to the collective response to BB-8, who melted the icy cold hearts of jaded cynics the second he rolled across the Star Wars Celebration stage in April 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a tour-de-force for the ball droid, but will the porgs get a similar showcase in The Last Jedi?

We may already be in awe of their great big eyes and tiny little wings, but beyond their unabashed cuteness, what do we really know about porgs? Kind of a lot, actually! Here’s a brief but comprehensive run-down of every bit of porg intel we currently have.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi 13

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Rian Johnson once again confirms who “the last Jedi” is.
  • Daisy Ridley spoils Star Wars: The Last Jedi (but not really).
  • An interview with new Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran.
  • Details on The Last Jedi‘s big space battle.
  • Domhnall Gleason‘s reaction to the Last Jedi screenplay.
  • Mark Hamill has seen your parody posters.
  • And much more!

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Star Wars The Last Jedi 5

Come along then, let us be on our way to scrutinize the marketing material for Star Wars: The Last Jedi! We’ve already attempted to dissect the secrets within the recent trailer, but what about the new posters? Both the new poster and a new IMAX standee seem to hold secrets, and only you and I can decode them, dear reader. The Star Wars: The Last Jedi poster secrets await you within.

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