Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso

In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Felicity Jones reveals which character was her chief inspiration for Jyn Erso.
  • Alan Tudyk hilariously discusses what it is like to play a hulking droid.
  • A look at the known and unknown history of Mads Mikkelsen‘s Galen Erso.
  • Check out a magnet-powered U-Wing toy that hovers in place.
  • A Star Wars Target ad that works far better than it has any right to.
  • The chief problem facing Lucasfilm and Disney as Rogue One‘s release date approaches.

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heihei Moana

Four months before animation work on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest film Moana was set to conclude, Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter sat down to decide the fate of one of the movie’s characters. The character had been in the story since day one, and had survived the many iterations of the story, but the consensus was that he was not working and needed to be removed from the movie.

After slaving away on the film for the past five years, directors Ron Clements and John Musker were not ready to let go of their beloved rooster. Heihei (pronounced hay-hay) was on the chopping block, and by a stroke of luck, the Moana story team had 48 hours to “save the rooster.”

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K-2SO backstory

Alan Tudyk was a welcome addition to the Star Wars universe. Most of us know the very talented and very likable actor from FireflyWreck-it RalphA Knight’s TaleDeath at a Funeral, and other fine titles, but with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we’ll soon see him in (probably) his biggest movie to date. We’ve already learned a little bit about his character, K-2SO, but Tudyk recently shared more information about his droid.

Below, learn more about the K-2SO backstory.

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Moana international trailer

Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced the full list of voice talent for Ron Clements and John Musker‘s upcoming film Moana. They have also released information about the story’s new characters along with character posters giving us a first look at some of these new faces. Check it out now, after the jump.

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Con Man

The layers of meta are thick with Con ManAlan Tudyk created and stars in the series about an actor famous for starring in a brilliant-but-cancelled sci-fi classic, with Nathan Fillion playing his good friend and former co-star. The show follows said actor as he tours geeky conventions — you know, not unlike the one Tudyk and Fillion stopped by this year to tease season 2 of Con Man.

It should come as no surprise that former Firefly stars Tudyk and Fillion got the warmest of receptions in Hall H at this year’s Comic-Con, where they offered audiences a glimpse of not just Con Man season 2 but Con Man: The Game and the Spectrum comic book series (inspired by the show-within-a-show that Fillion and Tudyk’s characters used to star in). Below, read our Con Man Comic-Con panel recap.  Read More »

powerless review

Every superhero show or movie has them: dozens or hundreds of anonymous extras milling about in the backgrounds of all those CG-heavy, city-destroying third-act climaxes, looking alternatively terrified and grateful. Every once in a while, some of them even get to speak – to testify against Superman in Congress or to corner Iron Man in an elevator. But NBC’s Powerless is the first time these nameless nobodies truly get to take center stage. And as it turns out, they’ve got a pretty great story to tell.  Read More »

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Rey's Mother in Star Wars

Update: The book preview images turned out to be an unintentional leak, and we were asked by Disney to remove the images from the site as the leaked information contained on them. As the pages were not final, Disney is claiming the information is not completely accurate. Sorry for any inconvenience.
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Powerless 1

Whenever superheroes and supervillains throw down, there’s going to be collateral damage. Sometimes there’s more, sometimes it’s less, but at best we’re talking about millions if not billions in property damage and countless ruined days for ordinary civilians unlucky enough to live in a superpowered universe. While the superheroes get to return to Asgard or hole up in their secret Batcaves or whatever it is they do, these folks are left to sweep up the dust. Now a new comedy promises to tell their stories.

NBC has given a series order to Powerless, a DC Comics comedy about an insurance claims adjuster (Vanessa Hudgens) who has had it with the crime-fighting superheroes messing up her daily commute. Geek favorites Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk also star, along with Christina Kirk. The show itself won’t premiere for another several months, but the first photos have arrived to give you a little taste of this non-superhero superhero series.  Read More »

Community

Ever notice how every single superhero movie seems to end in a massive battle that destroys an entire city? Ever wonder whose job it is to foot the bill and sort through the paperwork afterward? As it happens, NBC is developing a single-camera comedy about just those folks. Powerless follows a group of totally normal people who work in a totally normal insurance company, only they happen to exist in a world with DC superheroes — and all the inconveniences that suggests. (You try getting home in time for your kid’s birthday party when the subways are jammed yet again because some flying dude in a unitard decided he just had to smash an evil alien into the railway.) ‘

But what the characters of Powerless lack in superpowers, they make up for in geek cred. Powerless has just added Firefly‘s Alan Tudky and Community‘s Danny Pudi to the cast, along with Vanessa Hudgens and Christina Kirk (NBC’s A to Z). More on the Powerless cast, including character details, below.  Read More »