Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by Ben Pearson
This morning, The Hollywood Reporter published an illuminating interview with Bob Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Iger is unquestionably one of the most powerful people in Hollywood, and since his views can ultimately have a massive impact on many beloved branches of entertainment, it’s worth taking a closer look at some of his comments about topics like James Gunn, the company’s new streaming service, the culture at Pixar in the wake of the John Lasseter controversy, and more.
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Back in June, news surfaced that Disney and Lucasfilm were regrouping following the less than stellar box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which included rethinking how to move forward with any other spin-offs in the Star Wars franchise. Initial reports said several spin-offs were indefinitely on hold, but further details indicated Lucasfilm was merely changing their approach and expectations for what those movies needed to be. Now. Disney’s boss man has addressed the problem head-on.
Disney CEO Bob Iger recently participated in an extensive interview about all the things happening at the House of Mouse, and he addressed that maybe the studio bit off more than they could chew by rushing into too many Star Wars movies too soon. Bob Iger takes full blame for the misstep and says production on Star Wars movies will be slowing down a bit to recover. Read More »
Marvel’s comic book adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi fleshes out Rian Johnson‘s acclaimed film, inserting tiny gems that make Episode 8 feel all the richer. And while The Last Jedi provided us with the perfect ending to Luke’s (Mark Hamill) journey, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi comic book throws a cherry on top with its insight to Luke Skywalker’s last words.
Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.
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Chewbacca has always been a supporting player in the Star Wars universe, but in this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, he was promoted to one of the primary protagonists. As a much more involved character, he needed a larger range of vocal noises here than in any previous film, so the team at Skywalker Sound set out to capture some animal noises that would provide the basis for the Wookiee’s voice in the new movie.
In a new behind-the-scenes video, you can watch the sound team recording growls from a bear and a seal to pump up Chewie’s vocabulary. Plus, we have a few more bonus features, including a look at Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s L3 droid costume and screenwriters Lawrence and Jon Kasdan talking about working with each other on the movie. Read More »
Solo: A Star Wars Story is now available on digital, with the Blu-ray following soon. There’s no directors commentary track included with the release, so co-writer Jonathan Kasdan took the time to drop some Solo facts about the making of the film. While a commentary would’ve been great, this is the next best thing. In addition to that, some new Solo concept art reveals the film almost had an Ewok cameo, and more.
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Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Bryan Young
Darth Maul has been in the collective conscious for 20 years. His debut was in 1998 with the release of the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. That film is aging better than anyone expected, and one of the key ingredients in that mix was this enigmatic villain. From that first image of the doors on Naboo separating to reveal that demon-faced monster unveiling his double-bladed lightsaber, we’ve all been captivated by him, before we even knew his name.
Before the film came out, his face was on every bit of marketing. Every package had that distinctive red facial tattoo pattern and horns. And we still didn’t even know what his voice sounded like.
When The Phantom Menace hit theaters, he was instantly a favorite character, though some were intensely disappointed by his ending. Being chopped in half at the end of the first film of a trilogy didn’t bode well for the villains in the future of the franchise.
But Maul still endured in our hearts. And with the help of actor Sam Witwer, he has lived longer than anyone ever expected.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 by Ben Pearson
Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives on digital home video this week, so some of its bonus features are beginning to make their way online. We have two Solo deleted scenes for you to watch below: one features Han Solo facing the consequences of crashing a TIE Fighter, and the other involves Han and Chewie getting in a snowball fight. Plus, actor Ray Park talks more about his top-secret cameo as Maul.
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Following up his print of the Battle of Scarif from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Swedish artist Killian Eng gives us another stunning Rogue One poster. His newest piece displays the Great Temple, located on Yavin 4, in all of its glory. And there are two options: the sun-drenched color version and a moody black-and-white version that you can soon purchase.
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When Solo: A Star Wars Story hit theaters back in May, fans thought they had anticipated most of finer points of the origin story for one of the most charming and skilled smugglers in the galaxy. Of course Han Solo was going to meet Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian, get in the pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon, make some wisecracks, get into trouble, double cross someone. It’s all standard in the life of a smuggler. But the end of the movie featured one shocking surprise that no one was expecting.
Find out about this surprising cameo after the jump, but beware of major spoilers. Read More »
Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t land with quite the splash that Disney and Lucasfilm wanted, but one moment that was a big hit with fans was the secret cameo of Darth Maul, embodied once again by actor Ray Park.
I had a chance to catch up with Park in advance of Solo‘s home video release, and he told us about Lucasfilm’s hardcore secrecy, shooting that sequence, working with actor Sam Witwer (who provides the character’s voice), and more. Plus, he even showed us a few lightsaber moves and shared a story about filming the iconic lightsaber duel at the end of The Phantom Menace. Check out our Ray Park Solo interview below. Read More »