Star Wars Spoiler Questions - Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad

Josh Gad, the star of Frozen, Pixels and Murder on the Orient Express, has famously been bugging Star Wars franchise star Daisy Ridley to reveal the secrets of the new trilogy before the movies were released. His most recent attempt even involved bringing in some of Disney’s most valuable players in an attempt to learn everything he could before the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But it turns out, the biggest secret of the movie was already spoiled for Josh Gad when he visited the set in London. Read More »

Emperor Palpatine Message in Fortnite

The opening crawls of Star Wars movies have traditionally caught audiences up on the passage of time between films. That proved to be rather unnecessary between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi since we pick up pretty much immediately after the end of the first installment of the new trilogy. But since roughly a year has passed in-universe between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, we have some catching up to do, and the opening crawl has to do some heavy lifting before it throws us into the fast-paced conclusion of the Skywalker saga.

In a sea of truly perplexing decisions made in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, one of the strangest is relegating the reveal of Emperor Palpatine’s return from the dead to a mere mention in the opening crawl. At one point, it was intended for us to hear this message, but director J.J. Abrams couldn’t figure out where to make it fit without interrupting the pacing of the story. So what happened to it? The message debuted in the special Star Wars event within the video game Fortnite last week and you can hear it now. Read More »

Star Wars The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary Panel

The last big panel at Star Wars Celebration was a 20th anniversary retrospective of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The maligned prequel that kicked off a new era of Star Wars after a 16-year hiatus from the big screen hasn’t ever been considered a bright spot in the saga’s history. But 20 years later, fans who grew up on Episode I seem to have a special place in their heart for the movie.

The crowd at Star Wars Celebration gave The Phantom Menace anniversary panel a warm reception. It probably didn’t hurt that Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and Darth Maul (Ray Park) were in attendance, not to mention some of the key crew members who have made the modern era of Star Wars what it is today. But George Lucas also sent in a personal message talking about his love for The Phantom Menace, and doubling down on his love for Jar Jar Binks. Plus, some interesting cameos you might not have known about were revealed and much more. Read More »

The Emperor in Episode 9

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: one writer has a bad feeling about The Rise of Skywalker…)

The Star Wars: Episode IX trailer just blew up the internet, revealing some kick-ass action scenes, a stunning visual aesthetic, and a somewhat clunky title (Rise of Skywalker). The trailer as a whole was wonderful…until the end. At the tail end of all the exciting footage, a very familiar laugh was heard: that of Emperor Palpatine. And in case there was some doubt about what you heard, Palpatine himself – Ian McDiarmid  – came out on stage during the Star Wars Celebration, and asked to roll the trailer again in his Emperor voice. The crowd went wild. Everyone seems to be okay with this idea!

Except me.

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It’s just one of those things you never think about. First he was The Emperor. Then he was Senator Palpatine, followed by Chancellor Palpatine and then revealed as Darth Sidious. But never once did this Star Wars beacon of evil, the Phantom Menace himself, played perfectly by Ian McDiarmid, have a first name.

In the new canon novel Tarkin by James Luceno, that’s finally changed. After years of waiting and speculation, it can finally be revealed that  Palpatine’s full name is… JOE PALPATINE. No, not really. Read Emperor Palpatine’s real first name below. Read More »

More Star Wars Episode 7 Villain Rumors Revealed

Star Wars Episode 7 Villain Rumors Don’t freak out, this image has NOTHING to do with the new Star Wars Episode 7 villain rumor

A couple weeks back, a hot rumor hit the internet explaining how the Star Wars Episode 7 villain could rewrite Star Wars franchise history. Well a new report adds more heat to the fire. Learn more about the new Star Wars Episode VII villain rumor after the jump.

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The big Star Wars Episode VII story coming out of D23 this weekend was that there was no big Star Wars Episode VII story. To the disappointment of many, the studio chose not to reveal any new info at all during the event. But luckily for those craving a bit of Star Wars gossip, we have some rumor and news coming from other corners of the world. After the jump:

  • Ian McDiarmid is rumored to return for Episode VII
  • Meanwhile, Ray Park is hoping he’ll get asked back too
  • George Lucas and his wife welcome a baby daughter

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Mark Hamill Return of Jedi

Star Wars Celebration Europe is underway in Germany, and the eyes of Star Wars fans across the globe will be on their Twitter feeds to see if the first convention after the big announcement of new films yields any major news. The head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, will make her first Celebration appearance and she’s bringing along many of the original trilogy’s major stars. In fact, so many of the Star Wars stars are on hand, they took a fantastic photo to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi. Read More »

The Making of Star Wars Return of the Jedi - Ewoks header

Today’s Star Wars Bits looks back to Return of the Jedi, and forward to Episode VII. After the jump:

  • See rare photos from the Jedi set
  • Ian McDiarmid has fond memories of playing the Emperor
  • J.J. Abrams was afraid of becoming the reboot guy
  • ILM eyes a new location in London
  • The Clone Wars gets Emmy recognition

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

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Harrison Ford doesn’t “even want to discuss” Star Wars, but plenty of other people do. Also after the jump:

  • Fans petition the White House for National R2-D2 Day
  • A Lucasfilm exec blogs about animation layoffs
  • Carrie Fisher will be at Star Wars Celebration
  • Ian McDiarmid wants to return as Palpatine
  • The Rock is “very excited” for Episode VII
  • Diane Kruger would also love to do Star Wars
  • Darth Vader attacks Tokyo (Disneyland)

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