Han Solo Audition Tape

Last week during the chaos of Comic-Con in San Diego, late night host Conan O’Brien brought his TBS show to join all the geeks and nerds who descended on the city, and broadcast a batch of episodes featuring the casts of Game of Thrones, Suicide Squad and more. As usual, all of his shenanigans during these shows took aim at all things nerdy and geeky, and one of the highlights included laughs inspired by a forthcoming Star Wars project.

We all know there’s a Han Solo spin-off coming in a couple of years with Alden Ehrenreich playing the role originated by Harrison Ford. However, there were plenty of other actors who were desperate to get that role. Conan was able to get the Han Solo audition tapes featuring a cavalcade of well-known names such as Bill Hader, Will Arnett, Jeff Goldblum, Adam Sandler and even Jodie Foster, all doing their “best” to get the role of Han Solo. Read More »

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Jock Star Wars

San Diego Comic Con International 2016 is in full swing, and Mondo is selling a bunch of crazy comic con exclusive prints and vinyls on the show floor. But just because you aren’t in attendance at the the convention doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some of the goodies. In fact, unlike most Mondo limited edition releases, you will be able to get your hands on these two awesome Star Wars prints. Hit the jump to check out Mike Mitchell‘s Rey and Jock‘s Into The Garbage Chute, Flyboy prints and find out how you can get them.

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the force awakens flashback

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a generally straightforward film, riding high on charm and energy while recycling plot elements from previous films to give you a nostalgic high. It’s the cinematic equivalent of being gently lowered into a warm bath. It’s pleasant. It’s relaxing. It’s exactly what you want after a long dry spell.

Except for one scene. When Daisy Ridley’s Rey first touches the lightsaber that belonged to Luke Skywalker and his father before him, she is sucked into a surreal flashback full of quick cuts, tiny details, and vocal cameos from long-dead Star Wars characters. It has become one of the most dissected scenes of the entire saga, with fans going through the video and audio with a fine-tooth comb. Everything that can be found in the footage has been found. Except for, you know, the stuff that was cut out.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Wraps Production

episode 8 wrap video

A week after a lavish wrap party for the cast and crew that saw Mark Hamill taking selfies with everything that has a pulse and dancing Stormtroopers doing their thing on stage, Star Wars: Episode 8 has officially wrapped production. All that remains now is a year and a half of post-production. And the inevitable reshoots, because that’s a luxury Lucasfilm can afford.

In the meantime, you can watch a quick video from the set commemorating the completion of principal photography. And maybe director Rian Johnson can go nap for three days.

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Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys Comic-Con 2016

We’re in the middle of the hustle and bustle at Comic-Con, and last night we made sure to stop by the Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys booth in the middle of the show floor to find out about the latest goodies the high-end collectible creators were showing off on the convention floor. We were not disappointed with the line-up of new stuff coming down the road, which includes a whole new DeLorean time machine for Back to the Future Part II, a new collection for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a heroic statue for The Iron Giant, the most accurate Darth Vader bust created by Sideshow to date and much more.

Check out all of the Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys Comic-Con 2016 goods after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One’s Space Monkey: Who Is He?

Rogue One's Space Monkey

UPDATE: Director Gareth Edwards has provided a little more information about Bistan:

It’s not necessarily a character that we get to know, but I think he has a very memorable, iconic look. Bistan is one of my favorites. I can’t give away what happens to him.

In other words, don’t expect him to play a major role in the movie…but he sure does look cool.

The original story follows.

Last week at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, a behind-the-scenes video was released for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story showcasing Lucasfilm’s intense war film. But the standout star of the new video was not Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso or Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera, but our first look at a new furry mole-like alien creature who appears to be part of this team of misfits who are out to steal the plans to the greatest weapon in the galaxy.

At a later panel, “Creatures, Droids & Aliens of Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the Star Wars creature shop team offered a larger glimpse at the character. They were unable to remember the creature’s character name but revealed that he was nicknamed internally as “Space Monkey.” As part of a demonstration, Space Monkey took the stage to demonstrate how the creature effects are produced. The internet has an obsession with this new alien creature, and we finally know more about the character including his name.

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Hot Wheels X-Wing Car

Rebels, star your engines! Hot Wheels has been pumping out Star Wars memorabilia for awhile now with an entire line devoted towards turning iconic characters and ships from the sci-fi saga into little vehicles. However, following their life-size Darth Vader car that was created last year, the Mattel brand has decided to create an even more incredible vehicle by turning an X-Wing into a full functional car, complete with blasters, jet engines and a working cockpit door.

Check out the Hot Wheels X-Wing car after the jump. Read More »

edrio two tubes

One of the great joys of the Star Wars universe is that every alien in every shot has gained a backstory over the years. Sure, you don’t have to know the complex and dramatic history of that alien sitting at the cantina bar next to Luke Skywalker, but the information is out there if you care to find it. That’s the appeal of a science fiction world that feels so lived-in – you can see the history of everyone and everything on screen.

There’s definitely some history attached to Edrio Two Tubes, a new character who will make his debut in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This Tognath bounty hunter and pilot is the kind of guy whose costume tells its own story. And yes, you can check out some more detailed photos below.

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jyn erso black series

If you’re attending San Diego Comic-Con this week, go ahead and add this to your list of must-buy items: the Black Series action figure of Jyn Erso, the Rebel fighter played by Felicity Jones in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be one sale at the con…and it will be a Comic-Con exclusive. So go straight to the right booth, money in hand, as early as you can if that sounds like the kind of thing you need in your collection of Star Wars stuff.

Let’s run down the details.

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