Star Wars The Last Jedi round-up

While there aren’t quite enough entries to make this one of our regular Star Wars Bits columns, enough scattered pieces of information about this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi have surfaced recently that they’re worth collecting in one place and talking about one by one. Let’s dive into some new images featuring Finn and Rose, an X-Wing upgrade for Poe Dameron, learn how Captain Phasma escaped her trash compactor at the end of The Force Awakens, and read excerpts of a new interview with The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson.
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Star Wars The Last Jedi Trading Cards

It’s Force Friday II, meaning everything related to Star Wars is getting a huge push today as the first merchandise from Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits shelves. While director Rian Johnson has indicated that all the merchandise hitting shelves doesn’t contain any spoilers fans should be worried about, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some interesting details to be gleaned in other areas.

In honor of Force Friday II, the Star Wars Card Trader app from Topps released a new batch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi cards, and while most of them are simply cool images of characters, there is something of note that appears in one of them. More importantly, and perhaps slightly spoilery, another set of cards from the tangible Topps collectible Star Wars gives some vague indications of certain story elements from The Last Jedi. Read More »

Star Wars The Last Jedi Photos

Force Friday II is under two days and retailers will soon unleash a barrage of Star Wars: The Last Jedi merchandise for fans to examine while they bide their time until the next movie. We already know we’ll be getting a glimpse at a new character from Rian Johnson’s sequel, but before that, a couple new images from the movie have arrived online featuring Mark Hamill looking rather ominous as Luke Skywalker and Daisy Ridley as Rey, doing her best to train and prove to the Jedi Master she sought out that she’s got what it takes.

Check out the new Star Wars The Last Jedi photos below. Read More »

Misty Knight bionic arm

NYPD cop Misty Knight (Simone Missick) is returning to Luke Cage with a new weapon. Following the events of Marvel and Netflix’s new show, The Defenders, Knight has undergone some changes. Like the character in the comic, she now has a bionic arm in the 13-episode second season of Luke Cage.

Naturally, there are spoilers for The Defenders ahead.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp photo

Today would have been the 100th birthday of Marvel Comics legend Jack Kirby, a man who co-created some of the greatest superheroes to ever grace the page and whose artwork is a guiding force behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it today.

While filming Ant-Man and The Wasp, actress Evangeline Lilly (the titular Wasp) paid tribute to Kirby’s birthday and released a new image of herself in costume – or at least, in partial costume. Check out the newest Ant-Man and The Wasp photo below.
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Game of Thrones season 7 finale images

It feels like HBO’s Game of Thrones is just getting revved up again, but this year’s shorter season of only seven episodes means that we’re already only a few days away from the season finale, which airs this Sunday night. The premium network has released a batch of Game of Thrones season 7 finale images, so let’s take a closer look and see what they might tell us about what to expect in the 80-minute episode, the longest of the series thus far.
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godless first look

An old school western miniseries is coming to Netflix later this year from Steven Soderbergh and director Scott Frank (The Lookout). The last time the two of them worked together was on their adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Out of Sight, so of course their next collaboration has our expectations sky high. Frank, who last directed A Walk Among the Tombstones, wrote and directed all of the miniseries, which stars Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), and Scoot McNairy (Halt & Catch Fire). Sounds pretty good, right?

Below, check out the Godless first look.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi vehicles

Not long ago, we learned that Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s petulant villain Kylo Ren will have a new ride in the upcoming film in the form of a ship called the TIE Silencer. Today, we’ve learned about two more brand new vehicles that will appear in writer/director Rian Johnson‘s upcoming sequel – and they’ll both be utilized by The First Order. That’s bad news for our trusty band of galactic heroes. Take a look at these new Star Wars The Last Jedi vehicles below.
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Portlandia Season 8

It’s a damn shame, but the comedy sketch series Portlandia is coming to an end after being renewed for an eighth and final season on IFC. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have assembled a cavalcade of hilarious characters over the years, and they’ve brought some of their best comedian friends into the show with them to make it even better. The final season will be no different, and it will features a crossover that no one was expecting, but everyone should be excited about.

Two of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s most favorite characters are Tony and Candace, who work at a feminist bookstore in Portland, and this season they’ll be joined by none other than Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, better known as Nick Kroll and John Mulaney from both the Oh, Hello comedy special on Netflix and The Kroll Show.

You can see the Portlandia season 8 sneak peek below. Read More »

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Han Solo Empire

“The Empire Looms Large.” That’s what Ron Howard, the director of Lucasfilm’s still-untitled Han Solo movie, tweeted today, along with a photo of a Death Star trooper’s helmet. So what might that mean for the new film? Let’s take a look at some Star Wars history to potentially find out.
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