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 »

/Answers: Favorite Movie Mentor

best movie mentors

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “Who is your favorite movie mentor?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team. This week, we are also joined by Cars 3 director Brian Fee.

If you’d like to share your pick for your favorite movie mentor, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Empire Strikes Back Poster

Back in 2014, artist Matt Ferguson created a stunning poster for Guardians of the Galaxy inspired by the original poster art for the release of Star Wars in 1977 (it was one of Germain Lussier’s favorite pieces that year). Sadly, it was a privately commissioned piece of art, so fans weren’t able to get ahold of it to add to their own collection. Now you can get frustrated all over again as Matt Ferguson has created a poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 inspired by the classic poster art for The Empire Strikes Back. It might even be more stunning than the first one.

Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Empire Strikes Back poster after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Original Cuts

UPDATE: It turns out that all of these rumors were, once again, wishful thinking. We’ve added the latest details below.

Every now and then there’s a new rumor that the original, unaltered, non-Special Edition cuts of the Star Wars trilogy are on the verge of being re-released to the public. Sometimes the rumor says the original trilogy will be re-released in theaters, other times they say the movies will be available in high-definition on Blu-ray for the first time officially. Now a new rumor has emerged regarding the release of the Star Wars original cuts, but this one is somewhat more credible.

Find out more about the Star Wars original cuts being released again after the jump. Read More »

storyboards compared to movies - The Dark Knight

It’s a long road for a movie to make it to theaters. A movie starts an idea that hopefully ends up as a series of images that combine to form some semblance of a story. But making that happen takes some meticulous planning during the phase of filmmaking known as pre-production. A big part of that process is storyboarding, where the filmmaker plans out all of the shots they need by piecing together illustrations of what they hope to eventually capture on camera.

Now we can see how some of the original storyboards for movies like The Dark Knight and The Empire Strikes Back compare to what we see on screen in a couple key sequences. See storyboards compared to movies after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One connected to Star Wars Rebels

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is filled with easter eggs and references to previous pieces of the Star Wars saga. What follows is a complete Rogue One easter eggs compilation I have seen on the internet. It includes cameos, references, characters, locations, tributes to other films and previous Star Wars history and much much more. In all, there are over 40 Rogue One easter eggs.

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Kevin Tong Star Wars Prints - The Empire Strikes Back

There are endless pieces of collectible artwork paying tribute to Star Wars, but there are always some that stand out from the rest of the pack. A couple of those distinctive pieces will be available on sale later today.

Kevin Tong is one of the more celebrated artists in the realm of pop culture artwork, and today he’s delivered two new Star Wars prints commemorating each of the lightsaber battles that take place between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Each print by itself is gorgeous enough, but they also compliment each other perfectly.

Check out the Kevin Tong Star Wars prints after the jump. Read More »

The Empire Strikes Back Honest Trailer

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting some theaters as early as tomorrow night and the early buzz painting quite a positive picture (along with David Chen’s video review and Peter Sciretta’s spoiler-free review), everyone is all about Star Wars this week. That includes the folks over at Honest Trailers who have decided to tackle what many Star Wars fans regard as the greatest film in the saga: The Empire Strikes Back.

Even outside of Star Wars fans, The Empire Strikes Back is largely considered to be one of the greatest sequels of all time, and as the Honest Trailer points out, it has become the lazy shorthand for anyone trying to hype up the darkness and quality of plenty of other sequels. Beyond that, the quality of this movie is so high that the voiceover guy knows it’s not going to be easy to make fun of this one.

Watch The Empire Strikes Back Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

Chewbacca Speaks English

Even the most casual of Star Wars fans could tell you that Chewbacca gets his points across with various roars and howls. The Millennium Falcon’s co-pilot is a Wookiee who speaks the language of the same name, and Han Solo can understand him perfectly. In fact, the only way we can really decipher what Chewbacca is saying is by listening to how Han reacts to him.

But what if we had a direct translation of what Chewbacca was saying? Thankfully, some new footage from the set of The Empire Strikes Back that surfaced over the weekend gives us this ability, and it’s actually extremely hilarious. Listen as Chewbacca speaks English after the jump. Read More »

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We don’t really know much about the story in Star Wars Episode VIII aside from Force Awakens co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan calling it “weird” and Rian Johnson revealing it will begin moments after the conclusion of Episode 7. We know a lot all the people involved in the production, but not much about the story itself. So any little piece of information is something. So when Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver, compares the tone of Episode 8 to Empire Strikes Back, we take notice.
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