Annihilation Featurette - Natalie Portman

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, director Alex Garland breaks down a scene from his cerebral sci-fi thriller Annihilation. Plus, the first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story gets a little bit of a modern makeover with the help of the Beastie Boys, and the podracers of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace get a cool LEGO arcade-style game. Read More »

Star Wars Sound Design Documetnary

The home video release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be chock full of special features that dive into the making of the movie. Not only is director Rian Johnson providing commentary, but there will be a feature length documentary going behind the scenes of the film’s production. But since that won’t be available until next month, a new 26-minute documentary short about the sound design and sound mixing done for the film will have to hold us over.

ABC News was given extensive access to Skywalker Sound, and they’ve put together a fascinating and revealing documentary called The Force of Sound that dives into the creation of the sound effects for a movie that is literally out of this world in a galaxy far, far away. Want to know how the sounds of the Porgs were created? What do foley artists use to make the sound of BB-8 rolling on the ground? This is the documentary for you. Read More »

Star Wars The Last Jedi - Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker - What Defines Star Wars

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, a video essay explores what fans want from a Star Wars movie after the heated debate following the debut of The Last Jedi. Plus, watch the entire Isle of Dogs press conference from the film’s premiere at the Berlin Film Festival recently and take a look at the similarities between the production of animated and live-action movies. Read More »

most fun star wars movie

If the previous Star Wars movies weren’t fun enough for you, wait until you get a load of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Actor Donald Glover (who should be getting his own Lando Calrissian spin-off any second now) implies that the upcoming spin-off could be the most fun Star Wars movie yet, largely because the story is free from the burden of expectation. Read Glover’s comments below. Read More »

Star Wars Resistance

Soon enough, Star Wars on the small screen will be heading into uncharted territory. Star Wars Rebels is coming to an end, and fans will be stuck waiting for Lucasfilm to deliver on the promise of a new series set in a galaxy far, far away. As of now, we know nothing about the developing projects, But there’s a chance we have a hint as to what the new Star Wars TV series will bring us.

Lucasfilm has just registered a slew of new trademarks for a new endeavor called Star Wars Resistance. While that could be for something like a mobile game or comic book series, the kind of trademarks registered suggest this will be something much bigger than that. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

star wars hotel

We’re standing on the Galaxy’s Edge, and on the other side is a stunning, immersive Star Wars-themed hotel experience. More concept art for the highly anticipated Star Wars hotel has been released by Disney Parks, and it’s only making us more excited to get in our starships and travel to a galaxy, far, far away. Or at least, board a plane to Walt Disney World.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Visual Effects

We just found out Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be arriving on digital download on March 13, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray disc on March 27, 2018. The release will feature all sorts of special features, including a full director’s commentary and a feature length documentary about the making of the film. But before that, we’ve got something else cool for hungry Star Wars fans.

Industrial Light and Magic has just released a short video about the visual effects that went into creating the opening space battle, where the Resistance tries to hold off First Order fighters while bombers slowly make their way over the surface of the massive Dreadnought. This The Last Jedi visual effects breakdown shows how footage entirely generated with visual effects was combined with green screen set coverage to create the exciting action sequence. Check it out. Read More »

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Dave Filoni dishes on the latest episodes of Star Wars Rebels
  • An update on Star Wars mobile game Rise to Power
  • A petition to get Ava DuVernay into the director’s chair
  • Confirmation from the Master Codebreaker himself on a certain ship…
  • And much more!

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Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the company has been trying to reinvent the vast, fluid, and beloved Star Wars Expanded Universe. For those of us who loved the EU, it was an upsetting decision, but one that made a whole lot of business sense. Disney is a corporation who likes to control the narrative, so it’s unsurprising that they want to stay on top of the new Star Wars canon.

It’s been six years and Disney has actually done a pretty fantastic job of diversifying and solidifying the greater world of Star Wars outside of the movies, with a huge selection of novels and comics that expand the universe of the new films. It can be a little overwhelming working out where to start, but these fantastic Marvel and IDW comics offer the best possible entry point for the updated Star Wars galaxy.

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Solo ship

During production of Solo: A Star Wars Story, director Ron Howard wasn’t shy about sharing images from the set – including one particular easter egg that was a shout-out to the work of famed Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. But now we know Solo will put another concept artist’s work from the original movie to good use in the form of a retro spaceship. Read more about the new (or is it old?) Solo ship below.
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