VFX Artists React to Actors Resurrected with 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, 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 »

rogue one changes

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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Movies Leaving Netflix

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 »

Rogue One Prequel Series

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 »

Darth Vader Castle LEGO Set

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 »

rogue one poster

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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star wars rejected dave bautista

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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Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer Breakdown - Rogue One Character in Solo

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 »

rogue one reshoots

When Oscar-winning screenwriter Tony Gilroy joined the production of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story late into Rogue One reshoots, a few eyebrows were raised. Rumors were already swirling that Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the standalone Star Wars film, and that as much as 40% of the film needed to be completely redone. And reports of Gilroy’s big paycheck didn’t help alleviate fears that Rogue One was going to be a total bust.

Rogue One ended up being a big box office and critical success. But it was suggested that much of that success was because of Gilroy’s last-minute efforts to salvage the film. We weren’t sure exactly how much of a role Gilroy played in the Rogue One reshoots — until now.

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Star Wars rebels finale

The Star Wars Rebels finale airs tonight, but if you were expecting the animated show’s conclusion to tie directly into the ending of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, think again. In a video interview, Rebels creator Dave Filoni offers up the reasoning behind not including the Rogue One Battle of Scarif in the Star Wars Rebels finale.

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