solo concept art

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A whole bunch of Solo Easter eggs are revealed
  • Ron Howard makes a stunning revelation
  • Mark Hamill and James Gunn become BFF’s
  • Taika Waititi becomes Boba Fett…sort of
  • And much more!

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New Star Wars Video Game

When it comes to Star Wars video games, the only substantial titles we’ve gotten come in the form of the Star Wars Battlefront franchise (which just got a new Han Solo season). Otherwise, ever since Disney took over Lucasfilm, the focus has been on giving stories to fans in the form of movies, books and comics, as well as all the merchandise that comes with them. But now a new Star Wars video game has been announced for arrival in 2019.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was announced by Electronic Arts and developer Respawn Entertainment at EA Play during E3. The game will arrive something in the holiday season of 2019. With a title like that, it’s probably not hard to discern what the game is about, but we’ll dive into what we know below. Read More »

solo deleted scenes

Solo acts as a fantastic standalone adventure movie, one that truly lives up to its A Star Wars Story subtitle. But fans couldn’t help noticing that the film left a few open threads. This is only the beginning of the beloved scoundrel’s journey, and Solo could very well be a launching pad for a whole new series.

Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard divulged whether he planted the seeds for potential Solo sequels and whether we could get that Lando Calrissian spin-off we’ve all been clamoring for.

Spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story follows.

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Star Wars Fandom

I love Star Wars.

In our current defensive, insular fandom climate, that’s a contentious thing to admit. But I love it still, and I love its fans, and I love the warmth the movies – all of them, even the bad ones – give me, and have always given me, and will continue to give me forevermore. I’ve always been a fan, but it reached a crescendo in 2015, when The Force Awakens resurrected what had sat dormant for more than a decade. A special, familial, dreamlike pleasantness that starts with a blue serif font before catapulting my heart and imagination into a galaxy beyond.

I’m speaking so romantically of Star Wars because it’s easy to forget what brought us to these movies in the first place. As the Twitter war machine loads another round of ammunition, as the new creators are forced to protect themselves and their talent from vitriolic personal attacks, as conversations about the brokenness of fandom poison our timelines – and our spirit – we slip further and further into an empty void of endless, cyclical diatribe. Nothing changes, nothing gets better, things just dredge on with a savage melancholy that clashes diametrically with the essence of the thing we’re fighting about.

It’s called Star Wars. It’s about love.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Han Solo Season Trailer

Now that Solo: A Star Wars Story has been in theaters for a couple weeks, it’s time for Star Wars Battlefront II to get a new season bringing several elements from the Star Wars origin story into the video game.

A new Han Solo season is now available for players to download. In addition to bringing Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo and Donald Glover as the snazzy Lando Calrissian, you can also fly around in the sleeker, shinier version of the Millennium Falcon. But that’s not all players will get with this new season. Check out the Star Wars Battlefront II Han Solo season trailer below. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Hotel Transylvania Tours Austin - Star Wars: The Last Jedi Video Essay

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, check out the characters of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation taking some time to tour the family hot spots of Austin, Texas. Plus, a video essay takes a look at the character arcs of Finn and Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and check out an incredible recreation of Jurassic Park environments in the video game Far Cry 5. Read More »

solo box office failure

What the heck happened with the Solo box office? Everyone expected the latest Star Wars Story to be another big hit, but the movie has fared rather poorly with audiences. While some point toward Star Wars franchise fatigue, a Wall Street analyst thinks he has the real answer: poor marketing.   Read More »

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films that inspired George Lucas’ iconic universe. In this edition: George Lucas’s first two films American Graffiti and THX-1138)

George Lucas’ first two films, THX-1138 (1971) and American Graffiti (1973) couldn’t be more different. One is a bleak, dystopian science fiction film about how difficult it is for the human spirit to overcome a drug-addled world run by Christian conservatives. The other is a hot-rodding look at the rebellious youth of the ‘60s on their last night of freedom before their college years begin. Despite the wide gaps in genre and tone these films were, their DNA has been present in everything George Lucas has made and inspired.

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Teras Kasi in Solo

Solo: A Star Wars Story is chock full of winks and nods referencing future events in the Star Wars trilogy, almost to the point that it’s annoying. But there are also some obscure references for hardcore Star Wars fans that are a little more interesting. One of them comes from a single line of dialogue referencing one of the worst Star Wars video games every made…but it also has a place in the history of Star Wars and even sets up the major reveal everyone has been talking about.

Find out what we’re talking about below, but beware of spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Read More »

Lando is pansexual

In February, I analyzed Lando Calrissian’s place in the ‘70s blaxploitation movement in a piece called “Pimpin’ in Space: The Blaxploitation Roots of Lando Calrissian.” I posited that Lando’s characterizations, plus the popular film influences at the time of The Empire Strikes Back, puts Lando squarely within the stereotype of the black pimp, similar to characters like Sweet Sweetback and Super Fly. As I wrote back in that piece, one of Lando’s ties to blaxploitation comes from the fact that “Lando further defines the mainstream image of blackness as being one synonymous with coolness and slickness. But with that image comes negative associations of blackness; being shifty, dangerous, and untrustworthy.”

Naturally, with Lando making a grand return in Solo: A Star Wars Story, I felt it was time to revisit this topic and see how the new take on the character fares.

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