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(Welcome to Cardboard Cinema, a feature that explores the intersection between movies and tabletop gaming. This column is sponsored by Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy in Austin, Texas.)

Fantasy Flight Games and the Star Wars license are a match made in heaven. The company behind some of the biggest, glossiest, and most thematic tabletop games in the world paired with the most popular science fiction universe in pop culture? It’s a license to print money. And a license to make great games, since FFG’s Star Wars-related output has been downright startling in its quality so far.

And now, they’ve announced their next game set in a galaxy far, far away: Star Wars: Legion, a new miniatures game focused on combat between the ground forces of the Rebel Alliance and the Empire.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Spin-Off

After years of being rumored and discussed, we have word that another Star Wars spin-off is in the works that will focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi.

This is the first time that the news has come from one of the major entertainment trades, and they even have word that Billy Elliot and The Hours director Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct.

We recorded a podcast talking indepth about this breaking news with Fanboys director Kyle Newman, including the filmmaker involved, what the movie could be about, and our genral thoughts. You can listen to that podcast embedded below. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunesGoogle PlayOvercast and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it).

Find out more about the Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off below.

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Alphabitz Art Show

Two of our favorite pop culture artists working today are undoubtedly Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo. We’ve featured their work when they’ve had shows together, and we’ve even featured them when they tackle two different animated shows for adults. Now they’re back for another team show, this time delivering the ABCs of pop culture in a new show called Alphabitz.

Alphabitz does exactly what you would expect it to by having Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo create pop culture pieces inspired by the alphabet. For example, there’s P for Predator, V for Voltron, B for BB-8 and much more. But beyond having these familiar characters from pop culture representing a letter, what they’re doing is also indicative of the letter chosen, which makes for some goofy scenarios, like Freddy Krueger filing his nails in France, or Dracula driving Miss Daisy in a Dodge.

Check out pieces from the Alphabitz art show below, including some debut images given exclusively to /Film. Read More »

Han Solo Empire

“The Empire Looms Large.” That’s what Ron Howard, the director of Lucasfilm’s still-untitled Han Solo movie, tweeted today, along with a photo of a Death Star trooper’s helmet. So what might that mean for the new film? Let’s take a look at some Star Wars history to potentially find out.
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One of the most amusing things about watching the construction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida has been seeing familiar designs take shape in the middle of active construction sites.

Now, a new Star Wars land construction photo hints at another location guests will probably visit during their journey: the interior of a First Order Star Destroyer.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Opening Scenes

So far, we’ve only seen one teaser trailer and a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That’s left fans hungry for more details from the next installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, and they’re about to get them in a few weeks.

Just around the corner on September 1 is Force Friday II, the special day when toys, clothing, books and more from Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits shelves, revealing some new details about the movie. Of course, as we saw with the first Force Friday for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luasfilm knows how to play things close to their chest by only releasing merchandise that doesn’t contain spoilers for the movie. But there are still details to be gleaned from some of the upcoming merchandise, and some of those details have been spied thanks to a recently uncovered book.

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So much news was revealed from EW’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi cover story. We have covered the highlights on the site in-depth, with our own trademark analysis and speculation, but if you’re looking for the CliffsNotes version, here it is. Below, we’ve assembled all of the hard facts we learned about Rian Johnson‘s new Star Wars movie in about 800 words.

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Robert Pattinson - 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, Robert Pattinson stars in a short film that he wrote himself about his desperation for a hot dog in New York. Plus, get an up close and personal look at how a 70mm IMAX projector works, and take a masterclass in comedy from one of the best insult comics in the galaxy, Jabba the Hutt. Read More »

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Ron Howard shares some very interesting Han Solo set videos.
  • Let’s take a moment appreciate the Porgs.
  • Andy Serkis knows which Snoke theory sucks the most.
  • General/Princess Leia gets yet another title
  • Inferno Squad‘s secrets unlocked
  • And much more!

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In addition to a new crew of instantly lovable heroes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced one of the best and most complex villains in the history of the saga: Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. It also introduced Gwendoline Christie‘s Captain Phasma, who looked really, really cool, but didn’t do much of anything in the actual plot.

As you’d expect, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will continue the journey of both characters and some newly revealed details offer a tease of what we can expect.

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