Rogue One Clip

The clips are starting to pour in for Gareth Edwards‘ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After plenty of welcomed secrecy, just two short weeks before the movie finally comes out, we’re seeing more and more footage. Yesterday brought us a clip in which Stormtroopers have yet to master the art of simply aiming, while today brings us a new clip showing Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) trying to get on the same page and another with a character you’ll remember from the prequels.

Below, watch the Rogue One clips.

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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 »

Forest Whitaker Joins Johnny Depp in ‘Labyrinth’

Forest Whitaker Labyrinth casting

This is a fine year for Forest Whitaker. We recently saw him in the fantastic Arrival, not too long ago he signed up for Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther, and he has Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming up. The more we see of the actor, producer, and director, the better, so it’s good to hear he’s added another intriguing project to his slate. Whitaker will star in director Brad Furman‘s (The Lincoln LawyerLAbyrinth, a true story about the detective who investigated the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Below, learn more about the Forest Whitaker Labyrinth casting.

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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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Black Panther Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker is making the leap from one massive Disney franchise to another. The Rogue One star has just signed on for Black Panther, Marvel’s upcoming superhero pic starring Chadwick Boseman as the Wakandan prince T’Challa. Also just added are Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War).

Michael B. JordanLupita Nyong’oDanai Gurira, and Winston Duke also star, and Ryan Coogler (Creed) directs.  Read More »

Arrival Review

Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival begins with a premise we’ve seen in a hundred summer blockbusters. One day, aliens arrive on Earth, in the form of twelve mysterious ships scattered around the globe. Their purpose is unclear, and humanity is naturally both intrigued and terrified. Where it goes next, though, is a welcome return to grown-up sci-fi, more Contact or Interstellar than Independence Day.

For starters, the aliens don’t open with an attack. And we Earthlings don’t, either. Instead, the U.S. military calls upon Louise (Amy Adams), a linguistics professor, to try and make contact with the alien spaceship in Montana. From there, Villeneuve carefully unspools a story that’s equal parts heart and intellect, encompassing memory, language, loss, love, grief, and the passage of time.

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A few months back it was revealed that Forest Whitaker‘s character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is Saw Gerrera, the Onderon rebels leader who fought alongside Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. In Rogue One the character has become “a battered veteran who leads a band of Rebel extremists” and wears an armored suit for flight and maintenance. So when I got a chance to talk with Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars showrunner Dave Filoni, I had to ask about how his creation ended up in the first Star Wars standalone movie.

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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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Arrival trailers

What with all the Blade Runner 2 news swirling around, it’s been easy to forget that Denis Villeneuve has another, very different sort of sci-fi film coming out in the meantime. But over the past few weeks, Paramount has made a concentrated effort to get Arrival on moviegoers’ radars, and after seeing some intriguing footage earlier this month, we won’t be forgetting about this one again.

The hard sci-fi drama unfolds in the modern world, which is forever changed when a group of mysterious aliens touch down in various locations around the globe. Amy Adams leads the cast as a linguist tasked with making contact with these extraterrestrials, and Jeremy RennerForest Whitaker, and Michael Stuhlbarg also star. Those names alone are probably enough to sell this project to some moviegoers, but in case you need some more convincing — or in case you’re just curious to see more — a couple of new Arrival trailers have landed. Check ’em out below. Read More »

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Arrival teaser

We’ll get to see Denis Villeneuve‘s vision of a dystopian future next year in Blade Runner 2, but before we get there he’s serving up a more grounded sort of sci-fi story. Arrival stars Amy Adams as a linguist tasked with communicating with mysterious aliens who’ve landed on Earth. Not some more futuristic, high-tech version of Earth — our Earth, as we currently know it. We got our first peek at some photos earlier this week, and today we’ve got the first Arrival teaser trailer. Check it out below.
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