The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special - Anthony Daniels Interview

The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special is out today on Disney+, exactly 42 years after the abysmal original Star Wars Holiday Special aired on CBS. Thankfully, the new holiday special set in the building brick version of the Star Wars universe brings a lot of holiday fun and time-hopping action to the table, and will entertain kids and adults alike. And longtime franchise star Anthony Daniels couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised to finally be part of a good Star Wars holiday special.

In support of the LEGO Star Wars Holiday special, /Film was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to speak with Anthony Daniels, the man who has played the droid C-3PO for decades and is the only actor to have appeared in every single Star Wars movie. Endlessly enthusiastic, warm, and friendly, Daniels recalled the disaster of the original Star Wars Holiday Special, pinpointed what might be C-3PO’s finest moment, and revealed whether he was privy to any sequel plans George Lucas may have had for the golden protocol droid before Disney bought Lucasfilm. Read More »

LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special poster and cast

In 1978, CBS aired The Star Wars Holiday Special, a gauzy, cocaine-fueled whatsit that gave birth to Boba Fett and was then quickly disowned by everyone. The special became an infamous must-see trainwreck, pirated over the years and never officially released on home media. It was, for a while, something some people would rather forget all about.

But over the years, folks have come to embrace the special in a so-bad-it’s-good way. And now, Disney+ is giving it a sequel! Sort of. The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special is an animated follow-up that features characters from the Star Wars sequel trilogy on Life Day, the Star Wars equivalent of Christmas. Ahead of the special’s November release, a delightful new poster has appeared, along with some casting news – Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) will all be reprising their roles from the films.

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New Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge Teaser

There may not be a new Star Wars movie arriving in theaters this holiday season (there might not be any blockbusters arriving in theaters this holiday season), and theme parks may still be closed, but Lucasfilm is making up for it by releasing a new virtual reality video game experience called Star Wars: Tales from Galaxy’s Edge.

Set in the Black Spire Outpost from the Disney theme park attraction, Star Wars: Tales from Galaxy’s Edge will send players on a VR adventure on the Oculus Quest where they will explore the planet of Batuu, a landscape that will evolve over time. Helping you along the way will be a familiar friend as Star Wars saga cast member Anthony Daniels has joined the cast of the game as the reliable but paranoid protocol droid C-3PO. See him in action in a new Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge teaser below. Read More »

X-Files - Fake Cigarettes in Movies

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out why movies and TV shows from different studios and networks consistently used the same brand of fake cigarettes. Plus, learn how a pop medley scene in Trolls World Tour came together with songs from the likes of the Spice Girls and Baha Men, and Star Wars franchise legend Anthony Daniels reads a story out of the Star Wars: Galactic Adventures Storybook Collection. Read More »

Anthony Daniels Breaks Down C-3PO Costumes

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see what the infamous “Butthole Cut” of the box office bomb Cats might have looked like. Plus, Star Wars franchise actor Anthony Daniels runs through the various versions of the C-3PO costume that he donned over the years, and Frozen and The Good Place star Kristen Bell looks back at her most famous roles, including Veronica Mars and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Read More »

Lord of the Rings Visual Effects

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch as visual effects artists react to more scenes from Lord of the Rings, including the Battle of Helm’s Deep and the Balrog fighting Gandalf. Plus, an SAS soldier reviews the accuracy of military scenes in movies like Commando and American Sniper, and the cast of the new Star Wars trilogy reveals which questions they never want to answer again. Read More »

For decades, Anthony Daniels has been hidden by a golden mask, a globally recognized droid with an instantly recognizable voice that’s played by a man few would notice walking down the street. As the man and voice behind the beloved Star Wars character C-3P0, he’s helped usher audiences into this vast space saga like no other performer. At the outset of the release of Star Wars the human contribution made by Daniels was downplayed, with early marketing efforts avoiding how such an indelibly neurotic character was brought to life. After struggling to come to terms with both the massive success as well as his connection to this iconic automaton, Daniels is finally in a space to tell his tale, rivets and all.

His new book, I Am C-3P0: The Inside Story, is a briskly told tale of a young stage actor who found the role of a lifetime, a man who struggled at first to make sense of just how he could navigate the success and anonymity of what brought his creation global attention. The film provides some fascinating insights, and is told with a droll, eminently British dry wit that’s indicative of the man. Like his costume, some of the more burnished moments are matched with events that are tarnished, yet throughout the telling there’s a sense of both gratitude and bemused amazement for what the last four decades have brought this soft-spoken, intelligent performer.

With the calculated odds high that The Rise Of Skywalker promises an even more integral role for Threepio, a capper for a saga that began with lines of dialogue spoken in wonderfully neurotic fashion from that iconic auriferous visage, making this a perfect time to reflect upon this remarkable journey that has shaped generations. 

/Film spoke to Daniels while he was in Toronto for the launch of his book.    

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solo cameo

A few days ago, Mark Hamill accidentally let slip a Solo cameo that none of us were expecting. According to Hamill, a well-known Star Wars actor makes a surprise appearance in the newest Star Wars Story film. Now, we have confirmation that Hamill was telling the truth – and that the actor isn’t playing the character we thought he was. Spoilers follow.

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solo cameo

Mark Hamill just spoiled a potential Solo: A Star Wars Story cameo. In a new interview, Hamill appears to have accidentally let slip a bit of info regarding the upcoming Star Wars film, but hey, we can’t stay mad at Mark Hamill, so it’s okay.

Find out who the Solo cameo is below, and beware of spoilers!

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is filled with easter eggs and references to previous pieces of the Star Wars saga. What follows is a complete Rogue One easter eggs compilation I have seen on the internet. It includes cameos, references, characters, locations, tributes to other films and previous Star Wars history and much much more. In all, there are over 40 Rogue One easter eggs.

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