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, a documentary short focuses on some female cinematographers who know exactly how to get the right shot. Plus, learn some of the design secrets of the upcoming LEGO Star Wars playset of the Tantive IV spaceship, and watch as Adam Sandler gets weirded out by his return to Studio 8H to host Saturday Night Live. Read More »
This year, LEGO is celebrating the 20th anniversary of creating Star Wars building brick playsets. The year was 1999, when The Phantom Menace was bringing Star Wars back from a 16-year hiatus of new adventures on the big screen. And 20 years later, the Star Wars LEGO sets are better than ever, so there’s no better time to reveal a new set recreating the first ship to ever grace the big screen in the Star Wars universe: the Tantive IV rebel cruiser.
In Star Wars: A New Hope, the Tantive IV rebel cruiser desperately tries to evade the much larger Imperial Star Destroyer, but it only ends up being captured with the rebel leader Princess Leia aboard. Now you can build the ship yourself with this LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV playset, featuring five minifigures, shooting turrets, detachable escape pods, and more. Read More »
You can never have too much artwork celebrating the things you love. At least that’s what you have to keep telling yourself every time a great new poster comes along that pays tribute to your favorite films and TV shows. And in this case, a new print from Mark Englert honors three movies using a single iconic element from all of them.
Bottleneck Gallery and Acme Archives are teaming up for this incredible Star Wars print from Mark Englert that uses the Millennium Falcon as the centerpiece to celebrate A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The piece is appropriately called “She’s Got It Where It Counts,” and you fan find out when and where to buy it below. Read More »
How many times have you seen Star Wars: A New Hope? I’m guessing the answer is “a lot.” If so, the film may no longer seem particularly fresh – you know ever shot, every frame, by heart. If so, here’s a way for to experience the film anew again.
Below, Star Wars: A New Hope gets a fresh approach with an extremely well done anime trailer. Artist and animator Dmitry Grozov painstakingly recreated George Lucas’ original Star Wars film through an anime lens, and the results are impressive to say the least. Watch the Star Wars anime trailer below.
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Colin Trevorrow broke out with the low-budget Sundance dramedy Safety Not Guaranteed, catching the attention of megaproducer Steven Spielberg, who hired him to direct Jurassic World. That film broke box office records, becoming the largest grossing non-James Cameron film ever released (at the time). Trevorrow was in line to direct Star Wars: Episode 9 before leaving that sequel over creative differences. His third directorial effort, The Book of Henry, was met with a lot of hate from both critics and audiences alike.
I still haven’t seen The Book of Henry, but while talking to Trevorrow about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, a film he co-wrote and produced, I did have to ask him about a claim I saw him make on social media – that The Book of Henry is a “carbon copy of Star Wars: A New Hope.” His explanation was actually pretty interesting.
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When Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) delivered the fatal blow into the thermal exhaust port that would detonate the gargantuan Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope, he was unaware of the lives that had been lost to deliver the plans that led to that assault. We didn’t learn ourselves until 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delved into the small, scruffy team that nobly gave their lives in honor of a greater cause. The spin-off film took place immediately before the events of A New Hope, but the sacrifice of Jyn Erso and her team was barely mentioned. Now, a Marvel Star Wars comic book fills in those gaps.
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It’s getting to the point where there are nearly as many different versions of the Star Wars soundtracks as there were home video releases of the Star Wars trilogy. The latest addition to the Star Wars soundtrack collection is a brand new 40th anniversary release of the soundtrack to Star Wars: A New Hope on vinyl.
Walt Disney Records is releasing a special edition Star Wars 40th anniversary vinyl soundtrack that not only comes with the entirety of the motion picture score by John Williams, but a couple other cool features as well. Find out more below. Read More »
In April, it was announced that a new book would be released called Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, combining 40 stories written from dozens of writers (including Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta, famed comic book writer Paul Dini, Thrilling Adventure Hour creators Ben Acker & Ben Blacker) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise.
Each story is told from the perspective of background characters from A New Hope – “from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.” And with the October release date quickly approaching, Del Rey Publishing has begun unveiling some of the short stories that will be featured in this collection. Below, check out a first look at more than a dozen new Star Wars stories.
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Even though Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was Lucasfilm’s first attempt at telling a standalone story set in the Star Wars universe, the narrative within is quite integral to what happens in the rest of the saga. Without the actions of the Rebels who sacrificed their lives to obtain the plans to the original Death Star, the Empire might never have suffered such a critical blow. Now we’ll get to see that Jyn Erso and her Rebel friends had even more influence than we realized.
Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm, Marvel has taken over the comic book side of Star Wars stories, everything has been tied into the official canon. Whether it’s the series focusing on Poe Dameron or the series focusing on Lando Calrissian, they’re all officially part of the larger Star Wars universe, and an upcoming story arc in the Star Wars comics will help connect the events of Rogue One with the heroes from the original Star Wars trilogy a little more directly. Read More »
One of the most thrilling moments in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is when you realize the ending of the movie is leading right up to the opening of Star Wars: A New Hope. There was something very exciting about seeing the moments that led to the chase that opened the movie which started it all, helped immensely by that added Darth Vader sequence.
The only problem with the Rogue One ending is that the credits roll, and if you felt the urge to watch A New Hope immediately, you had to wait until you got home. But now you can experience the seamless transition between the ending of Rogue One and the beginning of A New Hope thanks to an easy but inevitable mash-up of the two movies.
Watch the Rogue One ending lead into the opening of A New Hope below. Read More »