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We’re two weeks from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the marketing machine has entered the “Screw it, let’s some ’em everything!” phase. At this point, to take in every new TV spot and every new promotional video is to risk seeing a little too much…unless that is entirely your goal. So you probably know whether or not you want to watch the first clip from director Gareth Edwards‘ spin-off film, which is set in the time right before the events of the original 1977 Star Wars and follows a brand new crew of characters who set out to steal the Empire’s Death Star plans and ensure that the events of the original trilogy happen in the first place.

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Star Wars: Rogue One images - Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic (header)

As we saw last year with The Force Awakens, the Star Wars marketing team knows how to reveal tons of imagery, footage, and juicy detail without giving away much at all. Now, as Rogue One enters the final weeks of its promotional campaign, it seems to be sticking to a similar formula of intense secrecy combined with total ubiquity. You can’t throw a rock these days without hitting yet another new Rogue One TV spot or specialty poster or cast interview, and yet I’m feeling pretty confident that we can trust Disney not to “spoil” anything significant. Your mileage may vary, of course.

Which brings us to Disney’s latest volley in their relentless campaign for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The studio’s unveiled a whole bunch of hi-res Rogue One images, some of which are just higher-quality versions of photos we’ve already seen and others of which appear to be completely new. Either way, you can probably rest assured you’re in good hands with Disney. At least unless you’re the kind of spoilerphobe who’s sworn off all Rogue One marketing already, in which case you’ve probably already scrolled past this post. See the new Rogue One images below. Read More »

rogue one music

Michael Giacchino had a tough job to do on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The composer behind UpLostStar Trek, and Doctor Strange only had four and a half weeks to write the score for director Gareth Edwards‘ upcoming war film. Giachinno replaced Academy Award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) back in September, meaning there was no time to waste.

Below, Michael Giacchino discusses what to expect from his Rogue One music.

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Rogue One Extended TV Spot - Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

We are less than a month away from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The final trailer has already come and gone, but the featurettes and TV spots keep on coming. The latest Rogue One extended TV spot serves up a few more bits of footage, specifically focused on two of our new Rebel heroes, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). Check out the Rogue One extended TV spot below.  Read More »

Rogue One Featurette

As if we didn’t have enough new footage from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story popping up in international trailers and TV spots, an all-new featurette gives us a new look behind the scenes along with insight from director Gareth Edwards and cast members like Felicity Jones and Diego Luna. However, I will say that if you have seen all the footage you want from the movie, then I would avoid this featurette for the time being. Otherwise, watch the new Rogue One featurette after the jump. Read More »

Inferno Review

Inferno is similar to Ron Howard‘s past Dan Brown adaptations, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Again, there’s top-tier talent both in front of and behind the camera, but the final result doesn’t reach the level of quality we typically expect from Howard and Tom Hanks. Their latest collaboration is held back by some tedious exposition, repetitive foot chases, some underwhelming twists and turns, and one sorely underused talented actor.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tells the untold story of the heist for the plans that eventually led to the takedown of the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope. And while the story seems pretty straightforward, a group of ragtag rebels who must come together under tremendous odds, director Gareth Edwards says that “the film doesn’t unfold how you think.” Hit the jump for more on the Rogue One ending, alongside a new photo from the movie.

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Rogue One Character Posters header

Walt Disney Pictures have released a set of character posters for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The posters take a close-up look at the 8 main characters in this first Star Wars standalone movie. Hit the jump to see the Rogue One character posters.
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Rogue One Star Wars

Last week’s third (and final) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer gave us a great deal to talk about. Now, the actors involved have given us even more. The past few days have seen new character details revealed and a fair share of new interviews with various cast members, so how about we run through everything you need to know?

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Felicity Jones - Rogue One Reshoots

Over the summer there was a lot of drama regarding reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. At the end of May, the story of Rogue One reshoots first emerged, indicating that Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the Star Wars spin-off from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards. A follow-up indicated that the reshoots were intended to lighten up the tone a bit, while another story made the situation sound more dire with reports that 40% of the movie needed to be reshot. Then clarification came detailing the extent of the reshoots and who was involved behind the scenes. This all unfolded over a single week.

Now a few months later, we have a little more perspective from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Rogue One lead actress Felicity Jones. It should come as no surprise that they’re each playing it off as business as usual, saying the reshoots were nothing out of the ordinary. Read More »