Obi-Wan Kenobi Spin-Off

Since the fall of 2014, there have been rumblings of Obi-Wan Kenobi getting his own standalone spin-off. In fact, those rumors even expanded to mention that a trilogy focusing on one of the last remaining Jedi was in the works at Lucasfilm with Ewan McGregor reprising his role from the prequel trilogy. We’ve yet to get any confirmation on this development, but now a fanmade trailer for Kenobi: A Star Wars Story makes the strong case for how interesting this kind of spin-off could be.

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In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Details on the massive launch of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer.
  • Forest Whitaker explains why Saw Gerrera is like Darth Vader.
  • Felicity Jones and Gareth Edwards talk Jyn Erso.
  • Two fan-made trailers have already arrived in the wake of the new official preview.
  • A very close look at one of Rogue One‘s most intriguing images.
  • Natalie Portman and screenwriter Gary Whitta visited the set.
  • A first look at the new U-Wing toy.

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Star Wars cantina

One of the many reasons I can’t wait for Star Wars Land to open in Disneyland is that it will finally give me a chance to step inside an intergalactic cantina filled with all sorts of fun and strange aliens. I can’t imagine what Disney will do with that dining experience, especially with the elaborate animatronic alien creatures that are sure to inhabit the space. But I won’t have to wait until the end of the decade to get a taste of what this might be like as a Star Wars-inspired Cantina is coming to a secret location in Hollywood California this month. Learn more information about the Scum and Villainy Cantina, after the jump.

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real lightsabers

Disney has filed a patent that will put lightsabers in the hands of theme park guests, allowing them to wield them in ways never before seen — deflecting real laser blasts from animatronic stormtroopers and oncoming Imperial ships. Learn more about this possible Star Wars Land next generation real lightsabers experience, after the jump.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy remember the late Kenny Baker.
  • Phil Lord and Chis Miller pose on the set of the Millennium Falcon.
  • Rian Johnson has officially begun editing Star Wars: Episode 8.
  • Dave Filoni and Sam Witwer talk Star Wars Rebels.
  • The special features for the Star Wars Rebels season 2 Blu-ray have been revealed.
  • Preview the newest Star Wars comics.
  • Check out video of award-winning Star Wars cosplay.
  •  And more!

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Jurassic Park Visual Effects

It’s been 23 years since Jurassic Park trounced into theaters, giving audiences one of the most beloved and entertaining blockbusters of all time. Director Steven Spielberg brought dinosaurs to life on the big screen as nobody had before, and the result was a mesmerizing adventure that brought the creatures who lived 65 million years ago right in front of our eyes.

Steven Spielberg and his crew brought dinosaurs to life back in 1993, when digital effects and computer animation was still in its infancy. Somehow those visual effects still hold up to this very day, outshining some movies with state of the art visual effects from today. How is this possible? A new video essay explores why the Jurassic Park visual effects still hold up today when compared to the effects a a modern day blockbuster like, say, Jurassic World. Read More »

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Star Wars Fan Film Award Winners

There are Star Wars fan films all over the internet. While an overwhelming amount of them aren’t great, you can’t deny the passion of these fans and their dedication to creating a story set within the universe they love. There are so many Star Wars fan films from these dedicated lovers of the sci-fi saga that there are awards given out by Lucasfilm every single year. It’s a high honor for Star Wars fans, and now you can watch all seven of the films that took home awards this year, ranging from impressive live-action to stylish animation.

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The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

One of the most anticipated books in pop culture right now has to be J.W. Rinzler‘s The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars fans are looking forward to getting a real deep dive into the making of the new Star Wars movie, since so much of the content released so far (including the Blu-ray special features) has been shallow and unrewarding. And Rinzler’s Making Of books for the original Star Wars trilogy are the closest thing to the bible for most film geeks.

The book was originally scheduled to hit store shelves in March 2016, a few months after the release of the film. But the release date vanished from the publisher’s website. In May, Abrams Books told me, “Officially, the statement from Lucasfilm and [JJAbrams is that The Making of the Force Awakens has not been canceled. More details to come!” Sounded hopeful, and then a few months back an October 25th 2016 release date appeared on Amazon’s website. But the author of the book isn’t sure we’ll see the book later this year, or if we’ll ever see the book at all.

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Assassin's Creed Stunt

Warcraft was the most successful video game movie of all time, and a sequel sounds like it may come together despite a disappointing box office performance in the United States. But the video game movie still needs, for lack of a better term, a game changer for the genre. With a director like Justin Kurzel behind the camera and an actor like Michael Fassbender in the lead, Assassin’s Creed could be that movie.

We won’t get to find out until December if Assassin’s Creed will impress audiences, but until then, you can check out an insanely impressive practical stunt from the set featuring a 125-foot jump by Michael Fassbender’s daring stuntman Damien Walters. Watch below! Read More »