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 »

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 »

The Leviathan Influenced Solo

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired or in this case help us better understand George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: The Leviathan)

Ruairí Robinson isn’t a filmmaker that’s a household name, but maybe he should be. He’s an Academy Award nominated Irish filmmaker known for his science fiction shorts. He was nominated in 2002 in the Best Short Film, Animated category with the film Fifty Percent Grey, but ended up losing out to Ralph Eggleston’s comedy short For the Birds. At one point, he was signed on to direct the live-action version of Akira, but that fell through. Most recently, he put together a short film called The Leviathan(2015)that was a proof of concept for a feature film he wanted to make.

It went viral and found itself inspiring the Star Wars universe in unexpected ways. Read More »

How Solo A Star Wars Story Should Have Ended

Now that Solo: A Star Wars Story is available on digital download, Blu-ray and DVD, you know it’s time to see How It Should Have Ended. Considering the ending of this movie had such a shocking ending, complete with a surprise cameo that no one was expecting, you would think this edition would be ripe with alternate endings. Instead, what we get is two editions of How It Should Have Started, and then an extended, introspective version of How It Should Have Ended.

Find out what we’re talking about by watching How Solo A Star Wars Story Should Have Ended below. Read More »

solo a star wars story featurette

Lucasfilm has dropped Solo: A Star Wars Story featurette alongside the film’s Blu-ray and home video releases, which are now available for purchase. The featurette delves into the most iconic spacecraft of the Star Wars franchise: the Millennium Falcon, which you can watch below.

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Solo A Star Wars Story Honest Trailer

No one asked for an origin story for Han Solo, but earlier this year we got one anyway in the form of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Sure, you might have forgotten that movie came out in theaters towards the beginning of the summer, but now it’s out on Blu-ray and DVD, so everyone who skipped it in theaters can scoff at it from the comfort of their own home.

Also doing plenty of scoffing is the Solo A Star Wars Story Honest Trailer, which accurately notes that this is the darkest Star Wars movie yet. No, seriously, it’s literally dark and it can be somewhat difficult to make out what’s going on in some scenes. But hey, at least they didn’t come up with a stupid origin for Han Solo’s name. Oh, wait. Read More »

Solo A Star Wars Story Cameo

Now that Solo: A Star Wars Story is out on home video (on digital download, with a Blu-ray and DVD release this week), the folks over at Lucasfilm are diving into the making of the film. That includes revealing several pieces of concept art with drastically different designs for a certain surprise cameo in the movie that completely caught fans off guard. Find out more about the thought process and alternate designs for that Solo A Star Wars Story cameo below. Read More »

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Kathleen Kennedy is getting a prestigious award from The Academy
  • Check out a new Black Series exclusive figure set coming to European conventions
  • Pick up a cool inflatable Han Solo in carboninte Halloween costume
  • See Star Wars characters turned into Pixar Animation characters
  • Find out about a Star Wars Episode 9 theory involving Ahsoka Tano
  • All that and much more!

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