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 »

rose tico tv show

When Kelly Marie Tran made her debut in Star Wars: The Last Jedi as the lowly Resistance mechanic Rose Tico, she represented several things rarely seen in a Star Wars film: she was the first woman of color to play a lead in a Star Wars movie and she was the first character in the main feature film franchise to give a voice to the countless victims of the war raging throughout the galaxy far, far away. In a sci-fi franchise about princesses and smugglers and chosen heroes, Rose Tico was the normal civilian who rose to be a hero and articulated the overall message of The Last Jedi: “That’s how we’re gonna win. Not fighting what we hate. Saving what we love.”

But in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Rose was all but missing from action. Barely acknowledged by Finn, her presumable love interest with whom she had just gone on a planet-hopping journey, and reduced to looking at starship plans for two hours, she was badly sidelined in the movie (apparently due to technical troubles). But Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has a solution: a Rose Tico TV show on Disney+. And he is offering to direct it.

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star wars the rise of skywalker rose

UpdateStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalker co-writer Chris Terrio walked back his comments blaming the limits of CGI technology on the cut scenes between Kelly Marie Tran and Carrie Fisher, who appeared through previously shot footage.

Calls of “Where’s Rose?” spread throughout the Internet leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, after Kelly Marie Tran was notably absent from marketing materials and trailers. But even after the final film of the Skywalker Saga hit theaters, that question still remained. Tran was introduced in Star Wars: The Last Jedi as a Rose Tico, a new lead in the massive sci-fi franchise and the first woman of color to co-lead a Star Wars film. After making her mark in the acclaimed 2017 film as a spark of hope and the voice of the victims of war, it seemed like the former Resistance mechanic was destined for greatness in the next sequel. But it turns out all she was destined for was 1 minute and 16 seconds of screen time.

Read on for an explanation from one of the film’s writers about Rose she ended up with such a limited role in the movie. Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follow.

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Rose Missing from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Merchandise

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, there was a cry from fans regarding the absence of Daisy Ridley as Rey in some of the merchandise that was hitting shelves leading up to the release of the movie. She was one of the leads of the film, but she wasn’t seen nearly as prominently in merchandise as either John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, or even Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. Now it appears it’s déjà vu all over again with Rose Tico missing from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker merchandise and marketing. And she’s not just missing. She’s been intentionally removed. Read More »

rise of skywalker standees

It’s Triple Force Friday, which means there are all sorts of Star Wars-themed things being unleashed upon a defenseless public. From this comes the tiniest glimmers of new pieces of info from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. As is usually the case for these movies, we know very little about what we’re in store for. A teaser has been released for the movie, as have several promotional images, but we still haven’t seen any glimpse of Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico. Nor have we seen Dominic Monaghan‘s mysterious character.

Until now! Some new Rise of Skywalker standees have given us our first glimpse of these characters. Now it’s time to speculate!

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Sorry For Your Loss trailer

The era of Peak TV continues, and a new contender has officially entered the fray to vie for your time against Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu: Facebook Watch. The trailer for one of the social network’s first major original shows, Sorry For Your Loss, has now debuted online, and you can see stars Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Infinity War), Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and Jovan Adepo (Overlord) in our first look at the new drama below.
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Episode 9 cast

Update: Actress Keri Russell was added to the official press release a few hours after the cast announcement.  Our original article follows, along with a brief update about Russell’s involvement.

The cast of Star Wars: Episode 9 has just been announced, and it includes some big surprises. See the full Episode 9 cast below.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi gag reel

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been available to buy on Digital HD platforms for a little while now, today marks the first time the latest film in the Star Wars saga is available to own on Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate, Entertainment Tonight has released another peek at one of the film’s bonus features: a gag reel that shows Oscar Isaac‘s Poe Dameron getting slapped repeatedly by Carrie Fisher‘s General Leia, actors making goofy faces on the set, and more.
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When we first meet Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, she is immediately established as the movie’s everywoman — a spunky Resistance underling who believes in fighting for the cause above all else, except for perhaps the occasional fangirl moment when she meets her heroes.

We see that when she first meets Finn (John Boyega) who, admittedly, kind of stumbled into the hero role in The Force Awakens. But we see no such reaction to the dashing, starfighter pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) — maybe because they were in a tense life-or-death situation, or maybe because he was tangentially responsible for her sister Paige Tico’s death. In reality, according to a new Star Wars comic book, it’s because they had already met.

Spoiler warning: This article reveals plot points from Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Rose & Paige.

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Kelly Marie Tran Star Wars Audition

One of the many cool new additions to the Star Wars franchise in The Last Jedi is Kelly Marie Tran‘s Rose. The character isn’t Force sensitive, or a big player in the Resistance, yet she makes a huge difference anyway, and Tran’s performance is worth paying attention to. A new behind-the-scenes video reveals Tran’s audition with Star Wars actor John Boyega, and it’s a must-watch.

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