We’re only a couple episodes into The Mandalorian, but the visuals so far have been on par with what we’ve come to expect from blockbuster movies. That’s partially because the series has an average budget of $12.5 million per episode, but that’s also because the artists working on The Mandalorian have incredible vision when it comes to expanding the world of Star Wars and bringing us firmly into sci-fi western territory. Thankfully, Disney and Lucasfilm have officially released the concept art that can be glimpsed in the credits at the end of each episode. Read More »
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was previously working on a new RoboCop project that would act as a direct sequel to the original 1987 movie, following in the footsteps of recent retcon sequels like Halloween in 2018 and this year’s Terminator: Dark Fate. But he left the project towards the end of this past summer, and now a new filmmaker is jumping into the director’s chair to take over the film being called RoboCop Returns. Read More »
The Mandalorian is already big hit for Disney+, but there’s one thing that fans are not happy about at all, and that’s the total lack of merchandise for the character that fans are calling Baby Yoda.
Obviously, the little guy isn’t actually Baby Yoda (though some speculate it could be a clone of the Jedi Master), but that’s what fans have been forced to call it since the species that Yoda hails from has not been given a proper name. Sadly, fans may also be forced to make their own Baby Yoda merchandise this Christmas, because it doesn’t look like The Mandalorian will have any Baby Yoda toys available before Christmas. And there’s one specific reason for that. Read More »
The posters of the Star Wars franchise have been some of the best that studio marketing has to offer. Much of that has to do with the beautiful illustrations of Drew Struzan, and in recent years, fans have been missing his artistic touch. It’s not that the posters for the new Star Wars trilogy have been terrible, but they feel like shiny Photoshop jobs as opposed to works of art. Unfortunately, a new batch of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker character posters are among the worst Star Wars posters we’ve seen. Read More »
The Star Wars film universe is in a weird place right now. The Skywalker Saga is about to end with The Rise of Skywalker, but what comes after that? Apparently no one knows – not even Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. During an extensive interview with Rolling Stone, Kennedy opened up about the latest Star Wars films, and what happens next.
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All throughout the production of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, I had heard rumblings of the groundbreaking technology being used to create the first-ever Star Wars live-action television show. Producer Jon Favreau has talked briefly about the process while doing press, mentioning that the series makes use of a new tech that creates virtual backgrounds using large high-resolution screens. The filmmaker would rather have audiences concentrate on the story than the tech, so we won’t likely see any real behind-the-scenes features on the technology until after the first season airs in its entirety (Notably, Favreau took the same approach for Jungle Book and Lion King).
I’ve watched the first two episodes of The Mandalorian multiple times now and tried to find the seams. Where is this tech being used? What is practical and what is being generated virtually on a performance capture “volume” in the soundstages next to James Cameron’s Avatar sequels?
Yesterday, I attended a “Women of Lucasfilm—What Drives You?” panel discussion at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles in support of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It was wonderful to hear stories from the women who are bringing Star Wars into the next decade and beyond.
Late into the panel discussion, the conversation turned to George Lucas‘ fearless innovation that has been a part of the Star Wars DNA. Remember, ILM was created to help bring a galaxy far, far away to life. The female dream team on the panel spoke for over 15 minutes about how this new tech could change television and cinema forever. And director Deborah Chow talked about possibly using this new “Stagecraft” technology in Disney+’s upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi tv series.
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Joker is a huge hit, probably headed towards several Oscar nominations, and just became the first R-rated movie to cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office. That’s the kind of attention studios thrive on, and want more of. And sure enough, after weeks of speculation, it looks like a Joker sequel is officially happening. Director Todd Phillips pitched Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich on an idea to develop Joker-style origin stories for multiple DC character, and while Emmerich didn’t fully go for the idea, Phillips did get the rights to develop a film on at least one character. Meaning Phillips is now working on both a Joker sequel (which will likely bring back Joaquin Phoenix) and another Joker-influenced DC origin film.
Update: Deadline is saying THR is incorrect, and that “Multiple sources said no such October 7 meeting between Phillips and Emmerich occurred, and that Phillips hasn’t even considered overseeing other DC character films.” So who is correct here?
Update #2: Variety decided to get in on the action now, too. They say the original story is half-true: Warners is exploring a sequel with Todd Phillips, but nothing has been finalized and no scripts are currently being written. As for the report of a separate DC character origin film? That’s false, at least according to Variety. The original story continues below
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While many details about the plot of Marvel Studios’ upcoming Black Widow movie are still under lock and key, one of its stars is giving us some insight into what to expect – and it sounds like fans are in for an emotional experience.
Florence Pugh, who plays one of the film’s multiple Black Widows alongside the returning veteran Scarlett Johansson and fellow MCU newcomer Rachel Weisz, recently revealed her thoughts about the upcoming movie, and you can read them below.
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Here we go again! The fourth entry in the rebooted Star Trek series appears to be back on track, and it’s found a new writer-director. Noah Hawley, who created the acclaimed Fargo TV series and directed the not-so-acclaimed film Lucy In the Sky, will write and direct Star Trek 4, which will reportedly bring back crew members Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Karl Urban.
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When it comes to facing down the enemy, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is no stranger to being outnumbered and outpowered. That hasn’t stopped him from try to take a shot at Kylo Ren, destroying Starkiller Base, or taking on Star Destroyers head-on. But even the most skilled pilot in the Resistance may have met his match on the latest Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker poster, which you can see in full below. Read More »