Star Wars Rebels Hoth Connection

Star Wars Rebels has done a fine job of filling in the large gap between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope. But the animated series will soon come to an end – only seven episodes left in the show’s fourth and final season. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t see the crew of the Ghost appearing elsewhere in Star Wars canon.

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny focuses on the various female characters of the Star Wars galaxy across all eras of the saga, and the first comic in the series will shine a light on Leia Organa and her adventures within the Rebel Alliance. Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – Leia #1 is coming to shelves tomorrow, and a sneak preview of the debut issue has revealed that a certain Star Wars Rebels character spent time with Princess Leia and the scoundrel Han Solo on the ice planet Hoth before the events of The Empire Strikes Back.

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The Empire Strikes Back JacketsThe Empire Strikes Back Columbia Jackets

On the ice planet of Hoth from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the only way to keep warm when you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere is to cut open your Tauntaun companion and situate yourself within its innards. Thankfully, the folks at Columbia are doing their best to ensure you won’t have to do that when it gets cold this winter.

A new line of The Empire Strikes Back Columbia jackets are being released in a couple days, and they’re all inspired by the wardrobes of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa in the 1980 sequel. Check them out below. Read More »

The Empire Strikes Back - Darth Vader - 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, see a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back cut in the style of the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Plus, watch a video essay diving into The Prestige and the magic of movies, and see how a Geostorm prank is played on some unsuspecting taxi cab passengers. Read More »

The Empire Strikes Back - Karl Fitzgerald - Bottleneck Gallery NYCC Prints

This weekend, New York Comic-Con will descend upon The Big Apple, bringing all sorts of hardcore nerdity to the city. We’ll be bringing you all of the important updates about upcoming movies and TV shows, but in the meantime, we’ve got a line on some of the outstanding collectible artwork you’ll be able to get your hands on from the showfloor (and some you can get online too).

Bottleneck Gallery has sent us some exclusive debuts of prints that will be on sale this weekend at New York Comic-Con. They include an outstanding new print for The Empire Strikes Back by Karl Fitzgerald, who also delivered a mesmerizing piece in honor of Blade Runner 2049. Plus, Martin Ansin has an astounding print for Wonder Woman, and there are prints for The Thing, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Watchmen, Jaws, Guardians of the Galaxy and more.

Check out the Bottleneck Gallery NYCC prints down below. Read More »

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 »

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/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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