Darth Maul Solo Scene

Even though Solo: A Star Wars Story ended up being a disappointment at the box office, there were fans who still came away satisfied. That might have been helped by the fact that the ending of the movie featured a surprise twist that no one saw coming: the return of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace villain Darth Maul.

The end of Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals that Darth Maul is the mastermind behind the Crimson Dawn criminal organization that set the entire heist at the center of the movie into motion. The voice is provided by actor Sam Witwer, who played Darth Maul when the character returned during The Clone Wars animated series, as well as Star Wars Rebels. But it turns out the original voice actor from The Phantom Menace, Peter Serafinowicz of Shaun of the Dead and The Tick, had actually recorded dialogue for the movie as well. Unfortunately, he ended up being replaced before the final cut hit theaters. Read More »

Making Solo A Star Wars Story Book

Hopefully, one day, we’ll get the extensive story about the drama that unfolded behind the scenes of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which led to directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller leaving the project and getting replaced by Ron Howard. But until then, we’ll have to settle for a close look at the making of the movie through more official channels by way of a new book from Industrial Light & Magic.

Making Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming to shelves later this month, written by ILM visual effects supervisor and co-producer Rob Bredow. With a huge collection of previously never-before-seen photos from behind the scenes, the book offers plenty of insight into the process of making a Star Wars movie, from pre-production through post-prouction. Check out some of the photos from the Making Solo A Star Wars Story book below. Read More »

Solo 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, find out how Lando Calrissian’s droid counterpart L3-37 was created by Industrial Light and Magic for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Plus, learn why science says that spoilers for movies might actually be good for you, and check out a vintage clip from Late Night with Conan O’Brien featuring Chris Farley at the height of his fame and a cameo by his buddy Adam Sandler. Read More »

Best Soundtracks of 2018

The films of 2018 featured lovely, strange, and sometimes downright terrifying music. Just what it is that makes a good soundtrack? Is it something that stands out, intruding on scenes? Or is it something that hangs back, to the point where you don’t even notice it? Or perhaps it’s something in between. Or maybe the best film scores are the ones that trigger a specific emotion somewhere within your mind; a memory, a regret, a loving embrace. Music that cuts right through to your very soul. Music that you won’t soon forget. These are the best soundtracks of 2018.

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Creating the Millennium Falcon

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, dive into the making of the Millennium Falcon by Industrial Light and Magic for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Plus, learn about hidden digital visual effects you never noticed in movies like Gone Girl and Brokeback Mountain, and watch as Andy Serkis breaks down his most memorable characters from his career so far. Read More »

Movies Coming to Netflix In January 2019

It’s hard to believe 2018 is almost over – the year just flew by! Just kidding, it was an endless slog. But the end is here, which means it’s time for a new year, and new titles on Netflix. As is par for the course now, Netflix is more interested in bringing you their own originals than classic films and shows – but there are a few familiar films nestled among the list. Check out the best new TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in January 2019.

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Industrial Light and Magic 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, Industrial Light and Magic shows off the extensive work they put into some of the year’s biggest blockbuster. See what they created for movies like Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Will any of these Industrial Light and Magic visual effects showcases win them an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects? Read More »

Best Score Oscar

Somebody goofed. First-round voting has kicked-off for the Academy’s Best Original Song and Best Original Score awards, and four buzz-worthy scores have already been disqualified. The causes behind the disqualifications vary, but the Solo: A Star Wars Story score might have the most embarrassing reason: someone forgot to submit it in time. Other scores that didn’t make the cut include MandyGreen Book and The Other Side of the Wind.

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Harrison Ford in Solo

For some Star Wars fans, one of the biggest hurdles for Solo: A Star Wars Story was allowing themselves to accept Alden Ehrenreich playing a young Han Solo when they were already so used to Harrison Ford playing the character. Well, thanks to the the technological magic of Deepfake, an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique, fans can see what Solo: A Star Wars Story might have looked like with Harrison Ford in the lead.

Watch Harrison Ford in Solo: A Star Wars Story below. Read More »

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Kessel Run Monster

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 a featurette diving into the creation of the monster from the Kessel Run in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Plus, filmmaker Mike Flanagan talk about directing fear in Netflix’s new series The Haunting of Hill House, and Sissy Spacek breaks down the most iconic characters from her long career. Read More »