Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by David Chen
Sometimes humans can be terrible at predicting things, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun when we try. My previous attempts to predict my favorite films of the year are often wildly inaccurate — inevitably, my actual favorite films of the year will contain lots of entries that I couldn’t have possibly foreseen.
That being said, for 2017, the job is slightly easier. There are sequels on the docket that lots of people are actually psyched to see, rather than follow-ups people didn’t need (Alice Through the Looking Glass) or ask for (The Hunstman: Winter’s War). Still, I have no doubt that my favorite films of the year will be those that I couldn’t have possibly predicted at this stage.
After the jump, check out my picks in chronological order based on release date. Also, I recorded an episode of my new podcast with Joanna Robinson, Gen Pop, in which we both discuss the films that have us most excited. Listen below (and also see Jacob and Ethan’s lists).
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Family, friends and fans are still mourning the loss of not only Carrie Fisher, but also her mother Debbie Reynolds. However, once all the tributes have been made and the two actresses are laid to rest together, Disney and Lucasfilm have to think about what happens with Carrie Fisher’s iconic character Leia Organa, the princess turned general who returned in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and has a sizeable role in the still untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII.
We’ve already learned that Carrie Fisher completed her filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII before she passed away. However, news has surfaced that Leia was supposed to play an even larger role in Star Wars: Episode IX, and about how that will be handled when production begins on the sequel.
Find out more about the future of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 8 below, but beware of a couple spoilers regarding two future scenes in the next episodes of the saga. Read More »
The first weekend of theatrical releases in 2017 arrives in just a couple days, but since it’s January, we’re still getting rollover from awards season mixed with garbage that doesn’t deserve a release date at any other time. So we’re already looking forward to some of the more exciting movie releases coming this year, and the movies that I’m looking forward to the most range from blockbuster sequels to movies from filmmakers who haven’t delivered a new film in a few years.
After the jump check out Ethan Anderson’s 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Our wait is finally over. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finally opens tonight in the U.S., paying off literally years of rumors, hype, reporting, and marketing. But we Star Wars fans are kind of a greedy bunch, aren’t we? We can never get enough. Sure, Rogue One is here at long last — but what about the next Star Wars movie, Episode 8? When will we see the first trailer for that?
Well, if it were up to star Adam Driver, the answer would be “never.” But it’s not, and Kathleen Kennedy definitely has other plans. The Lucasfilm chief recently fielded a question about when we’d see the first Episode 8 footage. Find out what she had to say below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
One of the big questions we had going into Star Wars: The Force Awakens was who, exactly, Rey could be related to… and one of the big questions we had coming out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was still who, exactly, Rey could be related to. Although the character makes reference to a family that left her behind on Jakku, she doesn’t say who her parents are, and the film doesn’t spend much time dwelling on that aspect of her past.
Naturally, in the absence of confirmed info, tons of theories have sprung up. Fans have wondered if Rey could secretly be a Skywalker, a Kenobi, a Solo, a Palpatine, an Erso, or some combination of the above. But Rey herself, Daisy Ridley, apparently thought the answer was hiding in plain sight. The actress said she thought “a lot was answered in The Force Awakens,” and that it wasn’t until later that she realized fans were still in the dark about Rey’s heritage. Read More »
For those out there who are both hardcore fans of Star Wars and frequent attendees of Disney theme parks, today brings some good news for the developing update that will be Star Wars Land.
As we’ve known for awhile now that Disneyland and Disneyworld, specifically Disney’s Hollywood Studios section, will be getting a huge new attraction in the form of a section dedicated entirely to Star Wars. It’s going to take years for this attraction to be built, but we’ve seen various renderings of what kind of experience this new part of the park will offer.
Now a new piece of concept art shows us how Star Wars Land will shimmer at night, and we also have word that one particular update to the Star Wars experience at Disney theme parks will arrive long before Star Wars Land opens. Find out more about the Star Wars Land details after the jump. Read More »
We’re still over a year away from Star Wars: Episode VIII, yet I feel like we are much more in the dark about Rian Johnson‘s of the Star Wars saga than we were about JJ Abrams film this far before release. When Star Wars 8 began production back in February 2016, it was announced that Oscar winner Benicio del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran were joining the cast in undisclosed roles. We’ve heard rumblings over the past year and a half about del Toro’s villain role, but we really haven’t heard anything substantial from the rumor mill, until now. Hit the jump to find out what we learned from the rumored Star Wars Episode 8 character details.
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Even though Star Wars fans in the United States won’t be able to get their hands on the Collector’s Edition 3D Blu-ray release until November 15th, some fans around the world already have the home video release on shelves. That means some fans have already gotten a chance to listen to the entirety of the director’s commentary from J.J. Abrams, instead of just the snippets of information that have been teased. And there appears to be one major revelation providing some new details on Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley).
In the scene where Kylo Ren tracks down Rey on Takodana, after she’s had the Force vision in Maz Kanata’s castle, J.J. Abrams reveals that Kylo Ren never met Rey before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But does that actually debunk any theories fans have had about Rey’s parentage or potential history with Luke Skywalker? Find out after the jump. Read More »
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, not only did we get updated versions of the original Stormtroopers from the first Star Wars trilogy, but we got to see all-new First Order troops like Captain Phasma, the Flametroopers, and FN-2199, the bold trooper better known as TR-8R (seen above challenging Finn off-screen) with a weapon that can go toe-to-toe with a lightsaber. Well, it should come as no surprise that there be a new Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode VIII, and while he shares some similarities with another trooper, he has a weapon much different from the other troopers.
Find out about the Star Wars Episode VIII new Stormtrooper after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
For as long as fans have known of Rey’s existence, we’ve been wondering about her parentage, and The Force Awakens did nothing to clear things up. There’s reference to a family that’s left her behind, and this being Star Wars, the odds seem good that she’ll turn out to be related to someone we know. But all we have is speculation, at least until next year.
While Daisy Ridley isn’t ready to say who Rey’s family is, she can say when we’ll get to find out. According to the actress, the truth about Rey’s parentage will be revealed in Star Wars Episode 8. Oh, and for those wondering if Rogue One‘s Jyn Erso might be Rey’s mother, Ridley tries to throw some cold water on that particular theory. Read More »