RedLetterMedia Reviews Rogue One

The YouTube channel RedLetterMedia (created by independent filmmaker Mike Stoklasa) gained notoriety for their extensive seven-part video review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace back in 2009. Since then, his character Harry S. Plinkett has taken down all the other Star Wars movies by mixing humor with some rather insightful commentary. And now he’s doing the same with the latest addition to the Star Wars film line-up.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been mostly loved by fans, but even those who appreciate the movie quite a bit admit it has some problems. However, Harry S. Plinkett doesn’t cut it any slack as he finds the movie doesn’t have memorable characters, a decent story or substantial emotion.

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Rogue One Extended TV Spot

In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • An interview with with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story co-production designer Doug Chiang.
  • That time Anthony Daniels cussed out Alan Tudyk.
  • Pablo Hidalgo answers a few pressing Rogue One questions.
  • Everything you need to know from the Rogue One novelization.
  • The cool story behind one of Rogue One‘s cameos.
  • Another connection between Chirrut and the Jedi.
  • A look back at Shadows of the Empire.
  • And more!

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Star Wars - Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One - Peter Cushing

Millions around the world, probably billions, have seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story now. It’s already pulled in over $573 million at the worldwide box office, and it’s going to take in a bunch more as we head into January. However, not everything regarding Rogue One has been praiseworthy. In fact, there’s one element of the Star Wars spin-off that has been rather controversial and discussed extensively.

Rogue One features the resurrection of the late actor Peter Cushing as Imperial officer Grand Moff Tarkin, thanks to the magic of motion-capture performance and visual effects. For some it was a distraction that didn’t quite do the trick, but others weren’t even aware that the character was a digital recreation of a deceased actor. Today we have official details on how this came to be and what Lucasfilm intended to do if they couldn’t adequately recreate Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One. Read More »

Carrie Fisher Has Died

Carrie Fisher has died

It is with extreme sadness that we report to you Carrie Fisher has died. Her family confirmed her passing in a statement through a spokesperson. The Star Wars actress had recently suffered a heart attack on a flight. She was 60 years old.  Read More »

star wars 4k restoration

There is one reason and one reason only for why I have not bought Star Wars on Blu-ray: I simply have no interest in watching the special editions, with the new visual effects that were added in the late ’90s. I understand why they exist. I understand that some fans prefer them. I understand that everyone already has an opinion on this matter and that my saying this will inspire as many irritated sighs as it does agreeable nods.

So when I hear the news that Lucasfilm has created a new 4K restoration of the original 1977 Star Wars, I have to pause before celebrating. Which version of the film are we talking about here?

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Carrie Fisher Heart Attack Updates

Carrie Fisher heart attack

Actress Carrie Fisher has reportedly suffered a massive heart attack on Friday afternoon on a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles while returning from promoting her new book. We have updated the Carrie Fisher heart attack story after the jump.

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Rogue One Opening Crawl

One of the biggest questions throughout the development of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was how the opening of the movie would be handled. Every Star Wars movie has began with an opening crawl and the signature Star Wars them to help set the stage. But Rogue One isn’t exactly like other Star Wars movie in that it’s not a regular episode in the saga, but rather the first spin-off in the A Star Wars Story line of movies. That’s why the movie ended up not having an opening crawl.

However, some fans have found the lack of an opening crawl a bit of a disappointment while others who are not hardcore fans maybe could have used an opening crawl to help set the stage and clarify where in the Star Wars timeline the story takes place. One fan decided to take matters into his own hands by creating an opening crawl to begin the movie in the tradition of Star Wars. Read More »

John Williams Hasn't Watched Star Wars

While we cinephiles love sitting down in a dark theater to watch a new movie with a score from John Williams, the composer himself doesn’t feel the same way.

In a new interview about his work in the composition of scores for major motion pictures, the man responsible for the iconic scores from movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and countless more, revealed that once he’s done with a score, he’s done with the movie, and that means not even sitting to watch the final cut. We’re not sure if that’s the case with every single movie Williams has composed the score for, but when it comes to Star Wars, he hasn’t watched a single one of those movies. Read More »

Rogue One Featurette

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is all the rage right now. Even the fans who weren’t as crazy about it as others can’t stop talking about it. Whether it’s looking at the footage that was left on the cutting room floor as a casualty of the reshoots or all the easter eggs in there referencing other parts of the Star Wars universe, Rogue One is a hot topic for discussion.

Since the movie has barely been out for a week as of this evening, we’re still treading carefully when it comes to spoilers. But worry not, because this new Rogue One featurette contains nothing that will ruin the movie for you, as it goes behind the scenes of the real locations that are used for planets like Scarif, Jedha and more. Read More »

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Donnie Yen talks (or rather, doesn’t talk about) Chirrut’s backstory.
  • Donald Glover promises that he’ll keep Lando cool.
  • Riz Ahmed explains how Bodhi changed during the making of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • Check out the art for next year’s Star Wars Celebration badges.
  • Marvel is celebrating Star Wars‘ 40th birthday with 48 comic book variant covers.
  • Dermot Mulroney played an unexpected role in Rogue One.
  • Rogue One may have filled in the tiniest Star Wars mystery…
  • Someone let Diego Luna touch Jabba the Hutt.
  • And more!

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