luke skywalkers compass

In May, a story leaked out from the production of Star Wars: The Last Jedi revealing a MacGuffin that we barely saw in the finished film: Luke Skywalker’s compass. You can see the artifact in Luke’s hut in a few scenes, but no other mention is made of the object. So what is the story behind Luke Skywalker’s compass?

Spoilers ahead, of course.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 The Last Jedi

Fans of Star Wars Battlefront II were up in arms when they realized it would take 40 hours of game play (and a heck of a lot of in-game credits) to be able to unlock the ability to play as Darth Vader, and EA ultimately relented to the overwhelming pressure and made that character (and others) far more easily accessible to all.

Now a slick new trailer for the game shows off highlights of its upcoming first “season” of free downloadable content, which incorporates characters like Finn and Captain Phasma and locations like Crait from Rian Johnson‘s upcoming sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Take a look.
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rey's parents

Back in the Ye Olde Tymes of Star Wars, fans could pick and choose how deep they wanted to go. Stop at the movies? That’s okay. Indulge in the novels and comics and video games? Go for it! That’s getting trickier these days now that Lucasfilm is maintaining a more unified canon, layering background information across television and publishing about characters and worlds and events seen on the big screen.

And don’t forget about electronic gaming. We knew that the single player version of Star Wars Battlefront II would tell a canonical story set in the immediate aftermath of Return of the Jedi, but does it also answer the biggest question hanging over the new movies? Does it reveal Rey’s parents?

Naturally, big spoilers for the video game begin right here, so if you plan to play it, click away.

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live-action star wars battlefront II trailer

Update: Electronic Arts has heard the internet loud and clear and has changed course on character unlocks for Star Wars Battlefront II. You can find all of the details below.


The Star Wars Battlefront video games are glossy, expensive, highly polished experiences from a major developer. They are also just a sleek update on how you used to play with your Star Wars action figures – timelines don’t matter as characters from different eras clash against one another in locations they never visited. And that’s okay. That’s what playtime is all about.

A new live-action Star Wars Battlefront II trailer knows this, tapping into the nostalgia inherent in anyone who has grown up with this universe. It’s lovely, really. And of course, it arrives just as Battlefront publisher Electronic Arts shoots itself in the foot with the most hated Reddit comment of all time.

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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, a video essay traces the origins of time travel in fiction, giving us the roots of the sci-fi genre in cinema. Plus, find out how the disappointing story in Jurassic World could possibly have been fixed, and watch some multiplayer footage from Star Wars Battlefront II. Read More »

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Star Wars Battlefront 2

If you’re too impatient to wait for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to hit theaters in December and need something else Star Wars related to hold you over until then, you’re in luck: Star Wars Battlefront 2 is releasing in November. Players can play as heroes from all three eras of Star Wars in the explosive new game. A new Star Wars Battlefront 2 launch trailer gives you an eye-popping look at game engineered footage, and you can check it out below.

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Spider-Man Homecoming Visual Effects - 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, a video essay explores how the color of wardrobe in Baby Driver tells us even more about the characters. Plus, a featurette looks at the visual effects during a major action sequence in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Tested makes a costume modeled after Emperor Palpatine’s messenger droid from Star Wars Battlefront II. Read More »

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Cinematic Scene

One month before Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues the story of the Skywalker saga, the canon of the Star Wars universe will expand with a new story that fills in the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

Star Wars Battlefront II will include a new campaign mode that tells a canon story in the Star Wars universe from the perspetive of Iden Versio, the leader of a band of Imperial troops known as Inferno Squadron tasked with carrying out the last orders of Emperor Palpatine, left behind in the event of his death. A new cinematic scene from Star Wars Battlefront II shows how Iden Versio receives her orders from the deceased Emperor in the wake of the destruction of the second Death Star. Read More »

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Trailer

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought the sci-fi saga back in a big way, Star Wars invaded every type of media you could think of, from comics to TV shows to video games. The latter resulted in the revival of one of the most popular video game franchises to take place in a galaxy far, far away: Star Wars Battlefront.

Though Star Wars Battlefront was a big bestseller before The Force Awakens hit theaters, the game ended up disappointing even some hardcore Star Wars fans by not having a campaign mode (creating fast boredom) and having some clunky gameplay, both as a soldier on the ground and as a pilot in space. Thankfully, it sounds like all those problems will be resolved when Star Wars Battlefront II arrives later this year.

Watch the full Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer and get details on the video game sequel below. Read More »

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Teaser Trailer

This weekend will bring a slew of major Star Wars updates thanks to Star Wars Celebration happening down in Orlando, Florida. We’ve already made our predictions about the announcements that will be made but haven’t been confirmed just yet, but there’s at least one thing that we know for sure will be revealed this weekend.

Star Wars Battlefront II is coming to consoles later this year, and the first trailer was meant to be debuted on April 15th during Star Wars Celebration. But someone jumped the gun and leaked the video, revealing some promising details about the video game sequel that many fans have been hoping would approve upon some of the more disappointing aspects of the title’s revival in the winter of 2015. Read More »