Solo Projection problems

Solo: A Star Wars Story is one of the best-looking Star Wars films to date. But most people are having a hard time realizing that, thanks to lousy theater projection that’s turning Bradford Young‘s incredible cinematography into a murky mess. Read More »

Dan Harmon Breaks Down Rick and Morty

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, Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon breaks down some of the biggest and weirdest moments from the animated series. Plus, a video essay looks at how cinema has explored consciousness with regards to humanity, and the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story tries to pronounce some of the more difficult words and names from the Star Wars universe. Read More »

Alternate Millennium Falcon Designs - Solo A Star Wars Story

In Solo: A Star Wars Story, fans get to see what the Millennium Falcon used to look like before it ended up in the hands of Han Solo. Since Lando Calrissian likes to keep his ships as stylish and clean as his closet full of capes, we’ve never seen the Falcon look so good.

However, even with a new paint job and an escape pod installed between the mandibles at the front of the ship, the Millenium Falcon in Solo doesn’t look much different from the ship fans have come to love. But as you can see above, there were some rather wild alternate designs that would have given the ship’s body quite the overhaul, and you can see even more alternate Millennium Falcon designs below. Read More »

forces of destiny qira

If Solo: A Star Wars Story proves anything, it’s that we can’t get enough of brunette British ladies kicking butt and taking names — all while wearing some fabulous capes. Unfortunately, Qi’ra isn’t wearing her glamorous wardrobe in this new Forces of Destiny animated short, but she is kicking quite a bit of bounty hunter butt.

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Women of Solo

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: despite the best intentions of everyone involved, the women of Solo: A Star Wars Story get the short end of the stick.)

Rey. I think about her a lot. A beacon of hope in a fandom so punctuated by masculine energy. There is Leia, yes, a feisty ball of purely female spitfire, a woman who lit a spark in the original Star Wars films and who lives inside every girl of a certain age even still. But Leia was never our focal point, and Rey is. The new dawn of Star Wars entered stage left with a message loud and clear: there are other kinds of heroes in this world, and this is what they look like.

The Disney era of Star Wars is not without its setbacks, but the women have been across-the-board fantastic from the perspective of this lifelong female fan. Rey, Jyn, Holdo, Rose, the return of Leia as a general; strong signals in a hellfire of war and famine and the disturbance of peace. Trailblazers who will not be silenced no matter the boycotting hashtags or insular vendettas. To us, the women who love these movies, they are setting the stage for a new kind of intersectional fandom inclusion.

I had my reservations about Solo: A Star Wars Story, but was excited to see what it might do with its troupe of new female characters. Qi’ra, L3-37 (the first female droid with a major role in Star Wars history), Val. The marketing made them look distinctly impressive, with new energies to bring to what could otherwise be a very male-heavy narrative.

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Solo Deleted Scenes

Through multiple screenplay drafts and a troubled production, Solo: A Star Wars story changed significantly from conception to realization. With the help of the newly released art book tracking the film’s development and production, we try to get to the heart of the Solo movie that almost was, but never will be.

Spoilers follow.

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han solo star wars prequels

On the May 29, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, and Star Wars expert Bryan Young to talk about Solo: A Star Wars Story’s disappointing box office and have a full-on spoiler discussion about the film, including the big reveals, what it all means, possible sequels, easter eggs and references and much more.

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han solo star wars prequels

The box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story is so off-the-mark that it has Disney and Lucasfilm reconsidering its entire Star Wars summer release strategy. In a rare miss for Disney, Solo underperformed at the box office, raking in half as much as its spin-off film predecessor, Rogue One.

Now, with Solo struggling to break even, Disney and Lucasfilm are at a crossroads. Do they continue releasing Star Wars movies in the high-competition summer season? Or will they stick to the Christmas months that have given them record-breaking success with The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi?

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Solo References

One of the things Star Wars does better than almost every franchise is using new installments to add meaning to the previous entries in the saga. When Darth Vader uttered those infamous words, “No. I am your father,” Star Wars fans were sent reeling, going back to watch A New Hope to add that new revelation to their understanding of every scene. Was Obi-Wan lying in his hovel about Anakin? Was Vader lying in Empire? Had Uncle Owen told the truth and Vader had really been a navigator on a spice freighter? The revelation tears through expectations and forces you to rethink everything you thought you knew.

With Solo: A Star Wars Story, we get moments that will shade meaning across the saga. They might not have the same weight as Vader’s revelation, but what does?

We’ll go through them film-by-film and give you a deeper appreciation for what Solo: A Star Wars Story really does for the core Skywalker saga.

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solo concept art

Solo: A Star Wars Story is now playing in theaters everywhere. Also available: The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story, a book loaded with great concept art that tracks the creation of the film’s many worlds and characters.

Below, check out some exclusive Solo concept art from The Art of Solo.

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