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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Tony Gilroy is heading back to a galaxy far, far away.
After being hired to reshape Lucasfilm’s 2016 prequel film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by rewriting the script and leading the charge on the film’s extensive reshoots, Gilroy has now been hired to write the pilot for the new Cassian Andor TV series that will air on Disney+, an espionage thriller which follows the earlier adventures of Diego Luna‘s rebel spy and his droid buddy K-2SO (Alan Tudyk). Gilroy will also direct multiple episodes of the upcoming series. Read More »
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, VFX artists react to the digital wizardry to bring deceased actors to the big screen in movies like Furious 7 and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Plus, a video essay takes a close look at the classic courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder starring Jimmy Stewart, and Alec Baldwin breaks down some of his most memorable performances from his nearly 40 years working in film and television. Read More »
Plenty of movies get changed on the way from the page to the big screen, but few perhaps as drastically (or infamously) as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The standalone Star Wars film went through dramatic changes in the summer of 2016, which saw significant plot points dropped and whole scenes that appeared in the trailer not show up in the finished film. We don’t know the full extent of the Rogue One changes, but Rogue One co-writer Chris Weitz is here to enlighten us on what the original film script looked like
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We’re coming up on the end of 2018, which means there’s one more purge of Netflix titles before the new year begins. Thankfully, the list of titles leaving before 2019 isn’t nearly as big as it used to be, so you should have plenty of time to check these movies out before they leave the streaming service forever (or maybe just a few months, since that’s what happens with a lot of these titles).
Below we run through the best TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in January 2019. Read More »
Earlier this month, we learned that Disney and Lucasfilm had another live-action Star Wars series in the works. It’s a Rogue One prequel series that will focus on Diego Luna reprising his role as Cassian Andor, and it just got the best showrunner that a series focusing on a Rebel spy could ask for: The Americans executive producer Stephen Schiff. Read More »
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story surprised fans by revealing Darth Vader’s foreboding castle on Mustafar, and now you can build the residence of the Dark Lord of the Sith from the comfort of your own home.
LEGO has announced a new playset of Darth Vader’s castle, a building that looks quite menacing from the outside, especially with the lava flowing right through the middle of it. Plus, the set comes with some cool minifigures and LEGO accessories that Darth Vader fans will love. See photos of the Darth Vader Castle LEGO set below. Read More »
Following up his print of the Battle of Scarif from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Swedish artist Killian Eng gives us another stunning Rogue One poster. His newest piece displays the Great Temple, located on Yavin 4, in all of its glory. And there are two options: the sun-drenched color version and a moody black-and-white version that you can soon purchase.
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Dave Bautista may be part of two major sci-fi franchises, but he sadly missed out on starring in a third. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Blade Runner 2049 actor impressed with his supporting turns in both series, but Bautista revealed that he aimed for the stars, and got rejected by them — twice.
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Following the debut of the new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer, we put forth an extensive breakdown taking a look at some of the details you might have missed. However, there was one detail that we missed, and it’s the return of a character who appeared in Rogue One. Read More »