jyn erso black series

If you’re attending San Diego Comic-Con this week, go ahead and add this to your list of must-buy items: the Black Series action figure of Jyn Erso, the Rebel fighter played by Felicity Jones in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be one sale at the con…and it will be a Comic-Con exclusive. So go straight to the right booth, money in hand, as early as you can if that sounds like the kind of thing you need in your collection of Star Wars stuff.

Let’s run down the details.

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alien covenant wraps

Alien: Covenant, the the sixth film in the Alien series and the third time director Ridley Scott has helmed one of these movies, has officially wrapped filming and the official Alien Twitter account has shared a new photo from the set to prove it. Despite a pretty steady series of behind the scenes photos and little updates, this has been the rare major studio film to make it this far in the process with the vast majority of its secrets intact. Outside of a cast list, a basic synopsis, and a wild (and potentially spoilery) rumor about Katherine Waterston‘s character, we know precious little about Alien: Covenant.

So let’s just ponder this set photo, shall we?

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John Williams House

Mondays aren’t fun for anybody. Most people have to go back to work after enjoying the weekend, but if you’re somehow lucky enough to be home on a Monday, the last thing you probably want is a couple of kids taking position in your yard and playing a trumpet and flugelhorn. But if the song they’re playing is the theme from Star Wars, and the yard happens to belong to composer John Williams, that changes everything.

Two teenagers decided to plant themselves in front of the Los Angeles residence of the Academy Award winning composer of the themes for movies such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park and more, all so they could play the iconic Star Wars theme in his yard. While they probably hoped Williams might hear them playing, they probably didn’t count on the best possible outcome.

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new power rangers photo

I’ve gone on the record before about my personal history with Power Rangers: I was young enough when its earliest incarnation arrived in that I watched and enjoyed it for a brief period of time. I bear no love for it now, but I also bear it no ill will and have found the majority of the fans I have encountered online to be friendly, reasonable, and frequently self-aware in their love for this incredibly goofy series. It’s easy to be snarky about director Dean Israelite‘s new Power Rangers movie that is set to open next year, but this is a case where I’m trying to keep by chin up and my mind open despite certain fibers of being demanding to release the sarcasm engine.

I open with this because a new Power Rangers photo has has arrived in the pre-Comic-Con wave of news and the best I can muster is a simple oof. These costumes may look amazing on film. In motion, they make be exactly what Power Rangers fans are looking for. But as an agnostic observer (who didn’t hate the initial reveal) looking in from the outside…oof.

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Knights of Ren Movie

There’s a whole slate of Star Wars films coming out over the next few years with every other one being A Star Wars Story, a spin-off adventure that takes place outside of the primary saga storyline. The first one will be Rogue One this December, followed by a Han Solo standalone movie a couple years later with Alden Ehrenreich inheriting the role from Harrison Ford. There’s rumors of a Boba Fett spin-off to follow in years to come, but we’ve yet to get confirmation on that front.

But if J.J. Abrams had his way, there’s one other spin-off movie he’d like to see involving some characters who were revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens who we don’t know much about. Find out more below. Read More »

The Force Awakens

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The Star Wars: The Force Awakens comic book adaptation has been extended.
  • Everything you need to know about Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt.
  • Timothy Zahn on the return of Grand Admiral Thrawn.
  • A clip from LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.
  • Star Wars: Force For Change wraps up with a goodbye video.
  • A breakdown of who has the most screen time in The Force Awakens.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to arrive on Starz this September.
  • Rian Johnson plays Pokemon Go on the set of Star Wars: Episode 8.

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Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov

This weekend marks the debut of Star Trek Beyond, and by all accounts it’s quite good. So good, in fact, that Paramount is already moving full speed ahead on a sequel. But there’s a bittersweetness underlying all the warm buzz and giddy celebration — Star Trek Beyond is one of the last-ever completed roles of actor Anton Yelchin, who recently passed away at the age of 27. So how will the franchise deal with Yelchin’s character Chekov going forward?

Producer J.J. Abrams said the filmmakers are still weighing their options, pointing out it’s still “too early” to announce a decision. But the one thing they definitely won’t do, he revealed, is recast the role of Ensign Pavel Chekov with a new actor.  Read More »

David Goyer's Darth Vader VR project

ILMxLab has been doing a lot of interesting experimental work. The company hopes to develop the future of storytelling experiences using new technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, the geniuses behind the new Industrial Light & Magic company told me that Lucasfilm Story Group had mapped out the next half dozen years of Star Wars stories and beyond, and they are already developing experiences — some which will be available in VR, others in other platforms — which will be created by big-name filmmakers and top screenwriters and intersect with the stories we will see on screen.

At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2017, ILMxLab announced their first big project, a Darth Vader VR project that will be created by David Goyer, screenwriter of The Dark Knight and Man of Steel and director of films like Blade: Trinity and The Unborn. We reported on this briefly over the weekend when it was announced, but now we bring you more information and some quotes from Goyer himself, who claims that his virtual reality Star Wars story will make you cry.

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star trek beyond marketing

Star Trek Beyond opens in just a few days and a new TV spot has spoiled one of the film’s biggest twists. In other words, you probably shouldn’t watch that new TV spot. I highly recommend not watching that new TV spot. And now Simon Pegg, the co-writer of the film and the man wearing chief engineer Montgomery Scott’s red uniform, has made it clear that you shouldn’t watch this new TV spot. This may have the opposite effect and entice you into actually watching this new TV spot, but hey, at least we’re trying here. At the very least, now you know exactly what you’re getting into here rather than blindly stumbling into a 30 second advertisement that blatantly gives away a third act reveal.

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