Star Wars Influences Heidi

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films that inspired George Lucas’ iconic universe. In this edition: the family classic Heidi.)

1937 saw the release of Heidi, a classic film starring Shirley Temple and directed by the legendary silent film maker Allan Dwan. Temple, a box-office powerhouse, stars as a young orphan girl sent to live with her gruff, malcontent grandfather. In short order, the two of them form an unlikely bond and come to love each other, but soon they’re torn from each other. Heidi’s evil aunt kidnaps her and sells the young girl to a woman as a companion for an injured girl. Of course, Heidi’s grandfather sets out on foot in the harsh winter to rescue the girl so they may be reunited. Of course, a fast-paced chase ensues and then everyone lives happily ever after.

So, how in the world did this inform the world of Star Wars?

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solo soundtrack

Composer John Powell has revealed the tracklist for his Solo: A Star Wars Story soundtrack, and we’re here to obsess over the titles. There’s some stuff to unpack here, but best of all, there’s a track called “Lando’s Closet.” Hell. Yes. See the Solo soundtrack track titles below.

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2018 Hallmark Star Wars Ornaments

Yes, we know it’s far too early to begin discussing Christmas. Even if you’re one of those people who partakes in the wild Christmas in July sales that inexplicably happen, it’s just not the right time. But when you’re Hallmark and you have an extensive collection of collectible ornaments released at various points throughout the year, you don’t worry about that. Plus, with the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story around the corner, there’s no better time to tease the new pieces that will be available for your Christmas tree this year.

Hallmark has unveiled some new additions to their Star Wars collection of Keepsake Ornaments. A couple of them come straight from Solo: A Star Wars Story while others are from the rest of the Star Wars saga. Check out the 2018 Hallmark Star Wars ornaments below. Read More »

Darth Vader Castle Origins

While fans knew that Darth Vader would be making an appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story long before the movie hit theaters, there was one surprise waiting for them when they saw the entire movie. One of concept artist Ralph McQuarrie’s unused set designs finally made it into Star Wars canon: Darth Vader’s castle.

Rogue One revealed that Darth Vader’s castle was located on the lava planet Mustafar, where Anakin Skywalker faced off with his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi and truly turned to the dark side. But there’s much more to be told about the residence of the Dark Lord of the Sith, and the Darth Vader comic series will explain how this imposing structure came to be. Read More »

solo cameo

Mark Hamill just spoiled a potential Solo: A Star Wars Story cameo. In a new interview, Hamill appears to have accidentally let slip a bit of info regarding the upcoming Star Wars film, but hey, we can’t stay mad at Mark Hamill, so it’s okay.

Find out who the Solo cameo is below, and beware of spoilers!

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Is the Expanded Universe creeping into Episode IX?
  • An infamous bootleg Star Wars toy becomes canon
  • A first look at Galaxy’s Edge in construction at Disney Parks
  • A secret Stormtrooper cameo from The Force Awakens is revealed
  • And much much more…

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Saturday Night Live Lando Calrissian Sketch- Kenan Thompson and Donald Glover

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, we’ve got an assembly of Donald Glover videos for you to check out. First up, Saturday Night Live featured a Star Wars sketch with Lando Calrissian holding a sparsely attended summit. Plus, Donald Glover’s hip-hop alter ego Childish Gambino debuted a powerful new music video, and throwback to one of the comedians stand-up performances. Read More »

Solo A Star Wars Story Ticket Sales

For awhile, Star Wars fans were worried whether Solo: A Star Wars Story was going to turn out all right. When directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were removed from the production and replaced by Ron Howard, there was a lot of concern whether the movie was going to live up to the legacy of Star Wars and one of the most beloved characters in the galaxy. But it sounds like fans aren’t nearly as worried as they used to be, because ticket presales have soared past almost all of the biggest-selling movies of the year.

Solo: A Star Wars Story tickets went on sale just in time for Star Wars Day on May 4th, and within the first 24 hours, the smuggler’s origin story doubled the ticket presales of Black Panther. The Star Wars spin-off sold enough tickets to have the second-best first day of presales in 2018. Read More »

solo sequels

Ron Howard has confirmed something you probably could’ve guessed for yourself: if Solo: A Star Wars Story breaks the bank at the box office, get ready for some Solo sequels. Star Alden Ehrenreich previously confirmed he signed for multiple Star Wars films when he took the lead in Solo.

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With a new Star Wars prequel film set to open in theaters soon, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the decades of films, TV shows, comics, novels, and video games that came before it. But now you don’t have to worry about perusing the deep archives of Wookieepedia to learn about the history of the Star Wars universe. A new video compiles the complete Star Wars canon timeline in less than 30 minutes.

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