The Empire Strikes Back Documentary

There have been plenty of featurettes and retrospective documentaries recalling the making of the original Star Wars trilogy, especially in recent years. However, getting a glimpse from behind-the-scenes of the original movies as they were being made is a rare gift. But someone recently found a rare hour-long Empire Strikes Back documentary from 1980 and uploaded it for us all to enjoy.

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Harrison Ford in Solo

For some Star Wars fans, one of the biggest hurdles for Solo: A Star Wars Story was allowing themselves to accept Alden Ehrenreich playing a young Han Solo when they were already so used to Harrison Ford playing the character. Well, thanks to the the technological magic of Deepfake, an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique, fans can see what Solo: A Star Wars Story might have looked like with Harrison Ford in the lead.

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the mandalorian

This time on Star Wars Bits:

  • Connections between Galaxy’s Edge planet of Batuu and the greater Galaxy are revealed
  • Some incredible Star Wars toys make a splash at New York Comic-Con
  • A lot of Episode IX production info hits the web
  • Rumors abound that Taika Waititi might voice a droid in The Mandalorian
  • And much more!

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

There’s a lot of crossover between Star Wars fans and Doctor Who fans. There’s a lot to love about both franchises, but some might not know how closely the two franchises have intertwined from the beginning. Doctor Who began in its historic run in 1963, close to fifteen years before Star Wars would ever hit the big screen. Since both franchises were filmed largely in the United Kingdom, it’s no wonder there would be some crossover in talent, but some might not realize how much crossover there really is.

For those Star Wars fans who don’t know, Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television series of all time and it’s about a timelord who calls themselves the Doctor. They travel through all of time and space righting wrongs and saving the world. It’s exactly the sort of thing Star Wars fans might love, and after you’re done with this article, maybe you’ll love it twice as much.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vinyl Soundtrack

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans have wanted a complete version of the score for the original 1990 film for nearly 30 years, and they’re about to have their dream come true. The score composed by John DuPrez is about to be released in its entirety for the first time ever thanks to a new vinyl release from Waxwork Records.

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counterpart season 2 trailer

In the era of Peak TV, it’s hard to differentiate one mildly successful prestige show from the rest. So it’s a good thing that Counterpart, the Starz sci-fi spy thriller, has two versions of J.K. Simmons.

The Starz series, which has been proclaimed by critics as one of the best new series of 2018 is returning…in 2018. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and if you got a whole new slew of episodes ready to be released, have at ’em. The Counterpart season 2 trailer advertises the remarkably fast sophomore season of the show, which sees Simmons’ titular counterparts deal with the choices they’ve made.

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doctor who the ghost monument review

Well, I asked for something more visually impressive, and I got it. “The Ghost Monument” might be the most cinematic episode of Doctor Who yet, with the BBC likely pouring lots of money into those sweeping drone shots and the on-location shoot in South Africa. Where the charming but mostly competent season premiere felt almost suffocatingly small, the second episode of season 11 balloons out with an episode centering on an intergalactic space race. As for whether the episode’s narrative catches up with its ambitious premise, well, I’ll get to that later.

This season already feels unlike any season of Doctor Who before — but as for exactly how to describe this new era of the show, I’m kind of at a loss. Jodie Whittaker‘s debut episode as the 13th Doctor was a slow-to-unfold, character-driven drama, while “The Ghost Monument” is all rolling sand dunes and blockbuster-inspired storylines. But perhaps what new showrunner Chris Chibnall is bringing to Doctor Who is an undercurrent of scrappiness. Whittaker’s Doctor is less in control and more prone to scrambling for a solution than her predecessors — making the series more exciting and alien than ever. Welcome to the truly modern Doctor Who, replete with shaky handheld, grimy settings, and extreme close-ups. But while director Mark Tonderai piles on the lavish visuals, Chibnall’s script for “The Ghost Monument” is sadly a little lightweight.

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the mandalorian photos

New The Mandalorian photos recently released by executive producer Jon Favreau are going to send Star Wars fans deep into the Wookiepedia archives.

The first Star Wars live-action streaming series is set to explore the galaxy in the time period between the fall of the Empire and the emergence of the First Order, but it will do so by going back in history. The props seen in the new The Mandalorian photos suggest that some elements of Favreau’s series could have ties to The Empire Strikes Back and a Star Wars video game.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi - Luke Skywalker Hot Toys

This time on Star Wars Bits:

  • Warwick Davis shares his Expanded Universe dreams
  • Star Wars Resistance’s Christopher Sean talks representation
  • The first (alleged) photos from the set of Episode IX leak
  • You can take home Luke Skywalker on Crait
  • And much, much more…

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mortal engines scar

One of the reasons the Mortal Engines books stand out from the rest of their YA cohorts is because of its heroine’s grotesque facial disfigurement. For every Twilight or Hunger Games whose beautiful brunette saved the world while being at the center of an agonizing love triangle, there was Hester Shaw, who was described as “portrait that had been furiously crossed out,” with her stump of a nose and missing eye.

So how did all that turn into a dainty facial scar? Because it’s gross, director Christian Rivers essentially says in a defense against fan pushback over Hester’s Mortal Engines scar. Well, he doesn’t say exactly that, but his excuse is just as weak.

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