Rogue One Olympics Trailer

Many fans were disappointed when a new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story didn’t end up debuting on ABC the same weekend of Star Wars Celebration. An early description of an ABC special indicated a new trailer for the spin-off would debut on TV at that time, but it ended up just being a re-airing of the sizzle reel that debuted at the fan convention in London. However, it appears we’ll be getting a new trailer soon after all.

A TV spot aired today revealing that a new Rogue One trailer would be coming later this week. Find out when you can catch this new Rogue One Olympics trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Benicio Del Toro episode 8 role

Since it was announced that Benicio Del Toro was cast in Star Wars: Episode VIII, there has been a lot of speculation as to what kind of role the Academy Award-winning actor would play in Rian Johnson‘s upcoming Skywalker saga installment.

When the trades first reported the casting, they revealed that Del Toro would be playing a villain, but as time went by, the actor denied that he would be playing the bad guy in the new film. But a new quote from Benicio Del Toro seems to confirm his role in Episode 8. Hit the jump to find out more about the Benicio Del Toro Episode 8 role.

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Rogue One Cameo

Even though Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will focus on an entirely new crew of characters as they attempt to steal the plans to the first Death Star, there will still be some familiar characters that Star Wars fans will have no problem recognizing. We already know that Darth Vader is making a return in the spin-off that takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, and now we have confirmation of another character we’ve seen on the big screen before returning as well. But this one comes from the prequel trilogy.

Find out which Rogue One cameo was recently confirmed after the jump. Read More »

new star wars board games

I haven’t been shy about my love for Fantasy Flight Games‘ line of Star Wars board games, which take one of the world’s most popular movie franchises and brings them to the table in unique, compelling, and generally beautiful ways. I have heartily recommended the X-Wing Miniatures Game, Star Wars: Armada, and Star Wars: Imperial Assault in the past. More recently, I reviewed Star Wars: Rebellion, which is easily the greatest Star Wars board game ever designed.

Straight from Gen Con (North America’s largest tabletop gaming convention), FFG has announced the latest additions to their Star Wars game library and your wallet may very well start to cry.

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Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Trailer

I’m not sure about you, but I’ve really been enjoying Star Wars Rebels. Between the Season 2 finale and the Season 3 premiere (which I saw early at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016), it seems like things are getting a lot more intense. Season 2’s climactic finale “Twilight of the Apprentice” ended with Clone Wars favorite Ashoka Tano coming face to face with her former master Darth Vader and becoming trapped and possibly killed in the Sith Temple, while Ezra is left with a Sith Holocron and is feeling the pull to the dark side.

That’s some pretty dark ground for a family television series. So when I talked to Star Wars Rebels creator/showrunner Dave Filoni at Celebration, I was curious just how dark Star Wars Rebels could get. Could Filoni kill off a beloved fan-favorite character like Ashoka? Could the main character of this kid’s animated series actually be turned to the dark side? Find out what Filoni says, after the jump.

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Simon Kinberg Star Wars X-Men

Simon Kinberg was on a Television Critics Association panel this morning for the new ABC series Designated Survivor, in which Kiefer Sutherland plays a cabinet member named President after a terrorist attack at the State of the Union address. After the panel, I caught up with Kinberg to ask about his mysterious Star Wars movie and X-Men universe projects.

First I asked Kinberg if doing a Star Wars anthology movie perhaps gave him more freedom than the Saga episodes that must continue the story along a forward path. “I love them all, to be honest,” Kinberg said. “I also work in the animated show, Star Wars Rebels, so I think it’s not necessarily freedom narratively but maybe a little more freedom tonally, because those anthology movies can have a different tone than the mainline episodes. Honestly, I’m involved in one capacity or another in almost everything over there and I love it all.”

We have yet to see how different in tone Rogue One ends up being, and it’s too early for Kinberg to know specifically about his film as he is just beginning to write it. Kinberg also discussed his upcoming X-Men projects including Deadpool 2Gambit, and Legion. Read More »

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Most of the time, movie titles come and go without much pomp and circumstance. After all, audiences already know what movie they’re sitting down to see, so why bother being flashy about it? Well, some of the best movie title designs immediately immerse you in the world in which you’re about to spend a couple hours, which is why some of the most iconic ones really stand out.

Movie title designer Dan Perri, who has worked on films such as Star Wars, Gangs of New York, The Exorcist and more, is profiled in the latest installment of Academy Originals ongoing series “Credited As.” The documentary short dives into the craft of movie title design, shining a light on the craft that you’ve probably never spent more than a minute thinking about in your head. Read More »

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A new rumor about Kelly Marie Tran‘s character in Star Wars: Episode 8.
  • New editions of Timothy Zahn‘s Thrawn Trilogy will feature new cover art.
  • A new Blu-ray set featuring the prequel trilogy in 3D may be on the way.
  • Australia’s Jedi population is messing up the national census.
  • Han Solo comic book artist Mark Brooks was just paid the ultimate compliment.
  • Writer Jennifer Muro is working on a top-secret new Lucasfilm project.

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Star Wars ABC show

Today was the first ever Television Critics Association executive session for new ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey. She replaces Paul Lee, who has met with TCA twice a year since 2010. ABC is a Disney company, and the network has aired shows from Disney-owned creative brands like Marvel and the Muppets. Asked if she would like to add a Star Wars TV series to her network, Dungey confirmed the network is in active conversations with Lucasfilm.  Read More »