The Mandalorian set photo

The first live-action Star Wars series is coming to Disney+ this fall, and thanks to the arrival of The D23 Expo, fans everywhere can finally see what Lucasfilm has to offer with The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau, director of Iron Man, the new Star Wars series focuses on Pedro Pascal as a Mandalorian bounty hunter whose reputation is so well known that he’s only referred to by his titular moniker. Taking us into the seedier side of the Star Wars universe, we watch as this lone gunfighter deals with the remnants of the Empire, some dangerous fellow bounty hunters, and a dangerous mission. Check out The Mandalorian trailer below for a taste of this epic new series. Read More »

The Mandalorian costumes

/Film’s Peter Sciretta is on the ground at this year’s D23 Expo, Disney’s company-wide fan convention that’s slated to bring us tons of news about Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and more over the next three days. But before the onslaught of news begins, Peter was able to snag a few photos of The Mandalorian costumes on the convention show floor, giving us a closer look at the clothing worn by Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano‘s characters in the first live-action Star Wars TV Show. Check them out below. Read More »

Mandalorian Episodes

Jon Favreau really wanted in on that Star Wars action. So much so that he went ahead and wrote four episodes of his upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian before Disney even approved the show. Favreau wasn’t just jumping the gun – he wanted to ensure that he and Disney were on the same page regarding his specific vision for the Star Wars series.

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the lion king set visit

It’s December 7, 2017, and I’m standing in the African savannah. Pride Rock looms in the distance. A single tree stretches toward the sky, which has an almost otherworldly orange hue. A massive rhinoceros suddenly rumbles by, just a few feet to my right. I look around for a while, taking it all in: I’m on the set of Disney’s The Lion King.

But then it’s time to move on, so I remove my virtual reality headset and step back into the real world. I’m standing alongside a few other movie journalists in an unmarked complex in Playa Vista, California, also known as “Silicon Beach.” The offices of tech companies like Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Electronic Arts are close by, and while this particular building looks bland and uninteresting from the outside, one of 2019’s biggest blockbusters is coming together inside. There’s enough space in this single building for an art department, editors, designers, animators, screening rooms, and a virtual reality stage where director Jon Favreau can step into the world of his movie during production. It was Favreau’s idea to renovate this facility in order to have as much of his team as possible under the same roof, upending the traditional filmmaking workflow and opening things up for an unprecedented degree of communication and collaboration.

During our Lion King set visit, we learned about how Favreau utilized virtual reality to make his movie, how his version of the film is different from the animated classic, and tons more. Read on to discover how The Lion King was made. Read More »

The Lion King technology

Back in 2017, I caught a glimpse of the future.

During a visit to the set of Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, we got a look at the technology the director and his team used to create the film’s locations in virtual reality. Using a video game engine called Unity, all of the movie’s sets were built as explorable environments that can be visited and scouted by simply donning a virtual reality headset. You can be standing in a sound stage in Playa Vista, California at 9am, and then, five seconds later, be looking around the African plains as the sun sets in the distance.

During our set visit interviews, some of The Lion King’s primary crew members shared their observations and insights about what other kinds of movies could be made with this technology and how it might change the way we think about entertainment moving forward. Remaking classic films is just the beginning – this could be a stepping stone to an entirely new form of experiential entertainment. Read More »

live-action Lion King shot

While many people tend to refer to the new The Lion King remake from Disney as “live-action”, it’s anything but. Instead, it’s a computer-animated film with photo-realistic characters. But there actually is one live-action shot in the movie – and director Jon Favreau just revealed it online. See the live-action Lion King shot below.

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George Lucas Gave Advice to Jon Favreau

When the new streaming service Disney+ arrives in November, it will bring the first episode of Lucasfilm’s first live-action Star Wars TV series with it. The Mandalorian follows Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) as the titular bounty hunter, a lone gunfighter taking on various dangerous missions and assignments in the outer reaches of the galaxy. Since the series takes place after Return of the Jedi, it only makes sense that series creator Jon Favreau got some advice from Star Wars creator George Lucas. Read More »

Working Fifth Element Gun

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 Adam Savage reveals his build of a fully functional version of Zorg’s gun from The Fifth Element. Plus, pay attention as Jon Favreau breaks down what went into a scene in Disney’s remake of The Lion King, and The Today Show has an extensive chat with Quentin Tarantino and the cast of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Read More »

the mandalorian

Earlier this year, we got one hell of a sneak peek at the first live-action Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian. The project is coming to Disney+ when the new streaming subscription services launches this fall, and it sounds like Lucasfilm and Disney are banking on this being a big hit for them before it even debuts, because writer and executive producer Jon Favreau is already hashing out what will happen in The Mandalorian season 2. Read More »

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The Lion King early buzz

Are critics feeling the love tonight? Will you “be prepared” for what they have to say about Disney’s not-quite-live-action, not-quite-animated remake of The Lion King? I sure hope so, because the first reactions have arrived and we’ve gathered several from around the web to give you an idea of whether director Jon Favreau managed to capture the essence of the 1994 animated classic with his newfangled technology. Read More »