solo blu-ray release

Solo: A Star Wars Story is flying to home video release this fall. Lucasfilm has set the Blu-ray release, alongside its Digital HD, Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, DVD and On-Demand release, for September.

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The Last Temptation of Skywalker

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films that inspired or help us better understand George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: The Last Temptation of Christ.)

Roger Ebert famously called movies machines of empathy. He said that you can watch a film and walk in the shoes of another person and see what their plight was like and feel it for yourself. In some cases, with some audiences, that effect backfires and it’s a curious thing. Some audiences don’t want to feel those things or walk in the shoes of that particular character in that particular way. They don’t like how the character reacts to the situations before them because it’s not how they would react, or maybe they find them inconsistent with the character.

I think this is a phenomenon we’ve seen with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, thanks to its intriguing and complex treatment of Luke Skywalker. As I watch The Last Jedi and the strident backlash behind the character, I looked back into film history and found an example that I think is instructive to helping understand some of the rejections of the film. That film is Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story - Ron Howard

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Nine Star Wars movies are currently in production?!
  • Carrie Fisher’s brother shares his wishes for Princess Leia
  • Ron Howard finally responds to those spin-off rumors
  • Pablo Hidalgo dives into Knight of the Old Republic, Rebels and everything in between
  • And much more…

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Star Wars The Last Jedi - Mark Hamill Beard as Luke Skywalker

Production on Star Wars: Episode 9 is gearing up across the pond as J.J. Abrams prepares to shoot the latest installment of the Skywalker saga that began all the way back in 1977. Of course, details on what the Force Awakens director has in store for the end of the primary Star Wars storyline are under tight wraps, so that leaves fans wildly speculating about facial hair.

Mark Hamill recently took to Twitter to show off a new Sideshow Collectibles item that he was adding to his collection. The item in question is a Clown Prince of Crime cane featuring the cartoonish face of The Joker as the handle. But no one cared about the cane as much as the fact that Mark Hamill showed off his clean shaven face, and that has people desperately trying to link it to Star Wars. Read More »

Life-Size BB-8 Figure

Ever since BB-8 rolled onto the big screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans have wanted to bring the little ball droid home. Next year, they’ll be able to make those dreams come true.

Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled their life-size BB-8 figure that is exactly as big as the little droid would be if you were standing next to the little guy on the Millennium Falcon. In fact, he even comes situation on a floor piece that looks straight out of the Corellian ship. Read More »

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All bets are off: Billy Dee Williams is returning to Star Wars. The actor will reprise his role as the intergalactic gambler and former smuggler Lando in Star Wars Episode 9, marking his first big screen return to the role since 1983’s Return of the Jedi.

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fan backlash

The fan outrage around Rian Johnson‘s direction of Star Wars: The Last Jedi has become so torrid that directors who have nothing to do with Star Wars are starting to get roped in. Or, perhaps out of some noble Jedi instinct, they’re stepping in to defend the director from the fan backlash that has been going on for more than six (!) months now.

James Mangold, who has a pretty good standing within the geek community for helming the terrific Logan and scoring an Oscar nomination for it, is the latest to chime in to tell fans to just…chill. But he has more to say than just “calm down” — Mangold warns that if fans take their extreme backlash too far, it could result in their worst fears coming true. Read More »

Best Movies Streaming Right Now

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Congratulations: you’ve survived the 4th of July. There are only two days left in the work week, and then you can blow off steam with the much-cherished weekend. There’s a heat-wave sweeping the world, and it’s just too hot to go outside. So what better thing to do this weekend than stay the heck inside and stream some great movies? That’s where this list comes in. Below you’ll find some of the best movies streaming right now, including Taxi DriverStar Wars: The Last JediInterview With the VampireSingle White Female, and more.

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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Keri Russell Star Wars

Update: Variety has corrected their initial report about Lawrence Kasdan’s involvement. Find the update below.

Breaking news from a galaxy far, far away: writer/director J.J. Abrams has cast his frequent collaborator Keri Russell in Star Wars: Episode 9. Read more about the Keri Russell Star Wars casting below. Read More »

Star Wars Resistance

A recent Disney event revealed a brand-new look at character designs from the upcoming animated Star Wars series Star Wars Resistance. In addition to the new image, we now have an idea of when the show will premiere. Get all the Star Wars Resistance details below.

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