Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
George Lucas is something of an enigma –he’s one of our most fascinating and important living filmmakers while also being a lightning rod for criticism from the people who grew up appreciating his work. It may take a few more decades for pop culture to come to grips with the man who found his feet in the American New Wave, created Star Wars as a passion project, gave birth to the modern blockbuster, and then confounded fandom with his prequel trilogy years later. Like him or not, Lucas has spent over 40 years making the films he wanted to make, for better and worse.
Lucas has all but retired after selling Lucasfilm to Disney for a couple billion dollars, but when the creator of Star Wars decides to pop by to check out the set of your new Star Wars spin-off movie, you should extend him every courtesy. At the very least, you’ll get some fun stories to share.
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Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
Although Rogue One mostly focuses on a group of heroes and villains we’ve never seen before, it’s no secret that we can expect some familiar faces to crop up as well. Darth Vader has been heavily featured in the marketing, and it looks like we can expect appearances by Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, and Wilhuff Tarkin as well. But is that all? Might we see the likes of Princess Leia or R2-D2 interacting with these characters? Director Gareth Edwards was posed that question in a recent interview. Find out what he had to say. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
Over the summer, one of the big topics of conversation for Star Wars fans were the reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. An initial report indicated that Rogue One reshoots needed to be completed after Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the film, and a follow-up said that as much as 40% of the film was going to be completely redone. The urgent nature of the reshoots was debunked shortly thereafter, but it was a story that felt more like damage control by Lucasfilm than giving us the whole picture.
Now we seem to have some further indication that the extensive and expensive reshoots that were originally reported were just as drastic as originally thought. You might remember that Michael Clayton writer and director Tony Gilroy was brought in to help on the reshoots by writing some additional material (after working on the script the previous summer) and working as second unit director. But his role on the movie was reportedly far more involved, including fixing the ending of the movie.
Find out the new details on Rogue One reshoots after the jump. Read More »
We’ve already begun to learn about the success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Fandango sold hundreds of thousands of tickets in the first few minutes, and last week box office tracking services estimated the opening weekend box office could hit the high $120 million range to the near $150 million range. But no matter how successful this movie is, don’t expect a Rogue One sequel.
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Sadly, nowadays when a movie hits the IMAX screen, it’s usually also in 3D by default. Very rarely are there IMAX screens showing a movie in 2D. However, in the case of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there will be a very small amount of theaters not only showing the movie in IMAX 2D, but with a 70mm projection as well.
Find out where to catch the Rogue One 70mm IMAX screenings after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 by Jack Giroux
Michael Giacchino had a tough job to do on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The composer behind Up, Lost, Star 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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UPDATE: In a recent interview, Kathleen Kennedy confirmed to Variety that Rogue One won’t have an opening crawl, saying, “We felt that’s so indicative of what those saga films are. Initially, we probably will begin the film in a way that is traditional, with just the title.”
So will we get the traditional Star Wars logo floating back into space accompanied by the iconic John Williams theme and followed by the Rogue One title? Or will the initial title say Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? This will likely be something we won’t find out until the movie debuts next month. Our original story from July 18, 2016 follows below.
There’s been plenty of buzz about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story over the past month. Plenty of new details and photos were revealed in a big Entertainment Weekly spread (including confirmation of Darth Vader’s return), such as the reveal of Forest Whitaker starring in the film as a character borrowed from the Clone Wars animated series, clarification on the reshoots that were taking place this summer, and much more. Plus, this past weekend brought a stunning new teaser poster and a revealing sizzle reel showing tons of behind the scenes footage. You can find out much more in our recap of the panel previewing the film.
Now with Star Wars Celebration over, we have one more update from the convention this past weekend, and it’s something that is likely to rile up some fans. Despite the fact that Kathleen Kennedy was previously unsure if Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would have an opening crawl like the rest of the films in the Star Wars saga, she seemed to have a slightly more definitive answer at Star Wars Celebration. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
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 »