Admiral Ackbar rogue one

For the casual Star Wars viewer, Admiral Ackbar is a character who probably doesn’t even register in the long term. More discerning fans will know him from his famous “It’s a trap!” moment, which has since been meme’d to within an inch of its life. And even more hardcore fans love Ackbar so much that they’ve registered their fury online about the character’s death in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (we’ll get to that in a second).

Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) is credited as one of the writers of 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and he recently took to Twitter to reveal that Ackbar originally had a significant role to play in that prequel – if only J.J. Abrams hadn’t have laid claim to Ackbar first.
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justice league dark movie

J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot wants in on that sweet, sweet superhero action: the production company is now developing both Justice League Dark movie and TV projects. There are almost zero details at the moment, as everything is in the early stages. But reports indicate that the TV and film projects are to be set within “DC’s Justice League Dark universe at Warner Bros.”

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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 »

Star Wars Terms

When you go into a project as big as Star Wars, you have to be prepared for a life of secrecy. But J.J. Abrams knew that whole drill, having helmed 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So when he and co-writer Chris Terrio came into Star Wars Episode 9, they came prepared with a few cheeky codenames. Abrams and Terrio created Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker codenames for some of the secret characters whose mere presence would spoil the film.

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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 »

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker TV Spot

Now that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is out in theaters, fans have either walked away satisfied with the finale that director J.J. Abrams delivered, or disappointed that certain story elements didn’t play out the way they’d hoped. In the latter category, we have fans who never got to see any kind of romance blossom between Resistance pilot Poe Dameron and the defected Stormtrooper he helped to escape the First Order, which he decided to call Finn. But that’s not for a lack of trying.

In a recent interview, Oscar Isaac revealed that he pushed for Poe Dameron and Finn to have a romantic arc, but apparently Disney wasn’t ready to make that a primary part of the new Star Wars trilogy, even if fans felt like there was a spark between them. Find out what he had to say about the Finn and Poe romance in Star Wars below. Read More »

J.J. Abrams and Kevin Smith - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Cameos

Not long after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released, we rounded up the biggest cameos made throughout the finale of the Skywalker saga. However, as has become customary with this new trilogy, there are some bonus cameos that weren’t so easily spotted or named during the credits. Two more of them have just come to light with director and long-time Star Wars fan Kevin Smith confirming a stealthy cameo he made, and a certain Star Wars legend having a second role in the movie. But for those who are spoiler sensitive, we’ll wait until after the jump to reveal these The Rise of Skywalker cameos. Read More »

J.J. Abrams Responds to Critics

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is proving to be no less divisive than Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There are those who love this movie as both a finale to this new trilogy and the entire Skywalker saga, largely thanks to the nostalgic beats that bring it all together in a way that pulls at your heartstrings. But there are also those who can’t get over the convoluted, expository ridden story that feels like J.J. Abrams is biting off way more than he can chew and ignoring previous developments in the saga.

The good news is J.J. Abrams is here to turn the heat down just before it starts to boil. After a recent screening of the movie by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the director was asked how he felt about reactions from people saying they don’t like what happens or wish it was something different. J.J. Abrams responds to critics quickly with, “I’d say that they’re right.” But then diplomatically followed up with, “The people who love it more than anything are also right.” 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 »

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star wars the rise of skywalker rey reveal

Update: The original poster of the video asking J.J. Abrams about Rey and Kylo Ren’s relationship clarified the context of the answer.

This weekend, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brought about the long-awaited end of the Skywalker Saga, capping off decades of storytelling and wrapping up dozens of loose threads about beloved characters and arcs. Or did it? Turns out there are still plenty of unanswered questions that only director and writer J.J. Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio can explain — or else can be found in the visual dictionary and other supplementary materials.

But if you don’t want to do hours of research after watching a movie, then click on ahead to find out what that Rey and Kylo Ren moment meant, why the Rey reveal had to happen, and what the heck Finn kept trying to say to Rey.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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