Rogue One Visual Effects - The Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, Industrial Light & Magic extensively reveals the visual effects work they did on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Plus, find out how McDonald’s ended up getting Tim Burton fired from the Batman franchise, and see what happens when Conan O’Brien drives around London with Tom Cruise. Read More »

Rogue One deleted scenes

Rogue One notoriously had a long and arduous production that resulted in many of the scenes and subplots that appeared in its first trailer ending up on the cutting room floor. While the final film was well-received, the post-production recutting resulted in a sometimes disjointed narrative.

While we may never see what Gareth Edwards‘s original version of Rogue One with all of its deleted scenes not included on the film’s Blu-ray release, the comic book adaptation of the Star Wars anthology film offers another solution to the missing plot points. The Rogue One comic book adaptation offers a detailed retelling of the film, along with new scenes that flesh out confusing plots or characters. And a handy video offers a summarization of all the scenes.

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Star Wars Comics - Rogue One Connection

Even though Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was Lucasfilm’s first attempt at telling a standalone story set in the Star Wars universe, the narrative within is quite integral to what happens in the rest of the saga. Without the actions of the Rebels who sacrificed their lives to obtain the plans to the original Death Star, the Empire might never have suffered such a critical blow. Now we’ll get to see that Jyn Erso and her Rebel friends had even more influence than we realized.

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm, Marvel has taken over the comic book side of Star Wars stories, everything has been tied into the official canon. Whether it’s the series focusing on Poe Dameron or the series focusing on Lando Calrissian, they’re all officially part of the larger Star Wars universe, and an upcoming story arc in the Star Wars comics will help connect the events of Rogue One with the heroes from the original Star Wars trilogy a little more directly. Read More »

kylo ren and rey connection

Kyber crystals. Before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, they were probably not in your lexicon (and might not even be after it). Sure, if you watched Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels, you might be a bit more familiar. The Rogue One prequel novel Catalyst, the young adult novel Ahsoka, and the just-launched Darth Vader series set directly after the ending of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith continue the expansion of knowledge. So why are Kyber crystals suddenly so front-and-center in Star Wars, and what does it mean for Rey (and her lineage) and Kylo Ren going forward, especially Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

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Han Solo Movie Character Names

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Some Han Solo filming updates, including a video from the set
  • Rumors about Luke Skywalker’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi wardrobe
  • Does The Last Jedi contain “the most shocking truth in Star Wars history”?
  • Tons of people are naming their children “Kylo”
  • Billy Dee Williams reprises his role of Lando Calrissian
  • And more!

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at how Christopher Nolan played a key role in the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, find out who won the fan vote to become the new Hasbro Star Wars figure, see video from Rian Johnson‘s editing session with John Williams, Daisy Ridley says that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is “more ominous,” take a first look at Kylo Ren’s new starship from The Last Jedi, Christopher Patrick Nolan who played a Rebel Trooper in the Darth Vader sequence from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reveals some inside information about the making of that sequence, find out which Last Jedi scenes played in full-screen ratio in the IMAX cut of the trailer and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace.
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Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens

When I got out of the premiere for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of the first questions I got was: how does the first Star Wars standalone film compare to JJ AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens? And for me the answer was simple, while both movies are good, The Force Awakens is better because it offers better-written characters and a story in which I became more emotionally invested in.

One of my favorite YouTube channels, Lessons From the Screenplay, has just published a video essay taking on this exact topic and I want to share it with you since it says everything I have felt about the differences between these two stories.
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star wars rebels season 4

In today’s edition of Star Wars Rebels Bits, voice actor Ashley Eckstein teases Ahsoka Tano’s possible return to Star Wars Rebels and talks about her hopes for the future of the characters, Rosario Dawson continues to campaign to play Ahsoka in a live-action movie, the final season of the DisneyXD animated series will have a reduced episode count but a more serialized story, how the final season may tie into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, showrunner Dave Filoni talks about his aspirations to direct a live-action Star Wars standalone movie, and promises that the final season will have a more serialized continuous story arc than anything he’s done so far. Hit the jump to hyperspace.
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Star Wars Celebration 2017

In this Celebration-centric edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • An official video recapping the best moments of Celebration 2017.
  • Hayden Christensen’s true feelings about sand.
  • An announcement about the return of the Vintage Collection of toys.
  • Darth Vader nearly had his own spa on Mustafar in Rogue One.
  • And more!

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Rogue One - Life-Size K-2SO Puppet

There are plenty of dedicated Star Wars fans out there who pour money into creating intricate, detailed costumes that allow them to dress up as their favorite characters. There are even more technically skilled fans who have been able to build working versions of droids like R2-D2. But how does a fan build a droid like K-2SO?

The reprogrammed Imperial droid from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story isn’t the kind of droid brought to life by a man in a suit like C-3PO, and it’s not the kind of droid that can easily be built so that it can be operated from inside or with remote control lie R2-D2. But one fan didn’t want to give up on his dream of creating a build of K-2SO to show off at conventions, so he embarked on creating a life-size K-2SO puppet, and even though it’s not quite finished, it’s still impressive as hell. Read More »