Rise of Skywalker international title

Alternate international titles are nothing new for Hollywood movies. Sometimes translating a concept from English into another language doesn’t quite work, and a bit of the subtlety is removed in the process. (In the Czech Republic, Bad Santa became Santa is a Pervert.) Maybe there’s already a property that features the same title, so a tweak is needed to differentiate it. (In the United Kingdom, The Avengers is known as Avengers: Assemble.) And sometimes, the titles are just huge improvements in every possible way. (In Japan, Fast Five is known as Wild Speed MEGA MAX.)

Now Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has received its own alternate title in Japan, and it carries with it some familiar echoes from a different franchise altogether. Read More »

Empire Strikes Back prop

If you’re a casual Star Wars fan like me, you may have never heard of a seemingly insignificant background character in The Empire Strikes Back named Willrow Hood, who only appears in the movie for a brief second. But the character has quite the following among hardcore fans of the franchise thanks to a distinctive prop that he carries with him, and now a connection has been drawn between that prop and the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian. Get the details below.
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star wars age of resistance comics

Star Wars fans curious about Supreme Leader Snoke didn’t get to find out much about him before he was suddenly struck down in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But a new Star Wars comic will reveal a small glimpse of the villain’s backstory. Age of Resistance, Marvel’s latest collection of anthology tales on the heels of Age of Republic and Age of Rebellion, spotlights the characters of the final three films of the Skywalker Saga. In addition to Snoke, Kylo Ren, Rey, and Rose Tico will all get their own issues in the four installments coming in September.

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Mark Hamill done with Star Wars

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has promised over and over that this December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be “the end of the Skywalker saga,” and that presumably means it will be the last we see of Mark Hamill‘s Luke Skywalker. In a new interview, the actor expresses his desire to hang up his Jedi robes for good and retire from the Star Wars universe after this movie, while also confirming that he’ll be appearing as a Force ghost in The Rise of Skywalker.
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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Easter Eggs

Turns out that visiting a galaxy far, far away will hit closer to everyone’s wallets. As the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World Resort on August 29 nears closer, Disney is preparing for battle — of a sort. Disney Parks is raising the prices of the Walt Disney World Annual Passes across the board ahead of the highly anticipated opening of Galaxy’s Edge.
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(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: The classic war film 12 O’Clock High.)

1949’s 12 O’Clock High is a seminal war film. Made in the late ’40s while the wounds of World War II were still fresh, it tells the story of a beleaguered American bomber wing suffering from morale and leadership issues. Gregory Peck plays General Frank Savage, a man sent in to reform the bomber wing and make them a force feared by the Germans who they seek to bomb into oblivion. The film was notable for the empathy at which it approached the subject matter of pilots dealing with trauma. For a film made in the ‘40s, that alone made it a radical concept.

It’s a remarkable film that gets into the head of the bombers and the leadership skills needed to motivate a group of people to fly, day after day, out to their deaths.

In the lead-up to The Last Jedi, this was a chief influence commonly cited by Rian Johnson. This was one of the films he screened for his cast and crew during pre-production and production, and it’s easy to see how it would have influenced the eighth episode of the Skywalker saga. It would be easy to point to it as an influence for A New Hope as well.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker logo

Michelle Rejwan began her career as an assistant and worked her way up through the ranks to become a producer on this year’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Now her ascent has reached an even higher peak: Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has hired Rejwan as the Senior Vice President of Live Action Production and Development at the company.
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25000 droid

When /Film’s Peter Sciretta returned from his first visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and told us that the most expensive thing guests can purchase in the park costs $25,000, I was floored. How many diehard Star Wars fans would really drop that much money on a custom droid from a theme park? But in only the first week of Galaxy’s Edge being open to the public, multiple people had already purchased their own full-size droid. Looks like I underestimated the power and passion of the fandom. Read More »

Anakin Gives Padme A Japor Snippet

Disney has loaded Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with a ton of prop replicas that only hardcore Star Wars fans might recognize and buy. We take a look at the ten most ridiculous and obscure items sold at Galaxy’s Edge. Hit the jump to watch a video showcasing the ten most ridiculous Galaxy’s Edge merchandise purchases available in Disneyland’s Star Wars Land.

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Star Wars Prequels VFX

In the grand scheme of cinema, digital visual effects are still a relatively new endeavor. As technology has advanced over the years, so have visual effects. But sometimes it’s fun to look back at now-dated used of computer generated imagery (CGI) of the past, and there’s no one better to do it that a group of expert visual effects artists.

The YouTube channel Corridor Crew has gotten a big reaction from movie fans for their recent run of videos breaking down some of the best and worst visual effects in movies over the years. Their most recent edition takes a more focused look at the Star Wars prequels visual effects, which include some pretty egregious and laughable uses of CGI. Watch below! Read More »