Anakin Skywalker isn’t the only one who hates sand. Oscar Isaac discovered just how much the material is coarse, rough,irritating and gets everywhere in a new behind-the-scenes clip of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Lucasfilm released the Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker behind-the-scenes clip ahead of the film’s release on digital platforms and home video this month. In the clip, director J.J. Abrams and star Oscar Isaac take us behind-the-scenes of how the film’s thrilling sand chase scene came together.
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The novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker won’t be available everywhere until March 17, but Lucasfilm Publishing made copies of the book available early at Chicago’s C2E2 convention this past weekend. That means some of the revelations left out of the movie have started to surface online, and one of them explains a detail about returning villain Emperor Palpatine that would have been best explored on the big screen instead of in a book released after the fact.
It turns out that Emperor Palpatine is a clone in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Read More »
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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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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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 »
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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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 »
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 »
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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 »
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 »