From the “What Could Have Been Department” comes news that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker could’ve featured a cameo from Dame Judi Dench. It’s no secret that The Rise of Skywalker went through several behind-the-scenes changes before it arrived in 2019, and one of those changes involved nixing a storyline where Daisy Ridley‘s Rey tracks down the original designer of the Millenium Falcon. And while the storyline ended up in the rubbish bin before any casting could take place, it’s been revealed that Judi Dench was on the wishlist to play the original Falcon designer.
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Over a year after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brought the Skywalker saga to an end, there’s a new wave of Funko POPs bringing some of the biggest spoilers to life. As part of this month’s Funko Fair 2021 reveals, the collectible toy creators have unveiled a couple different versions of Rey inspired by two of the character’s climactic moments in the movie. Plus, Ray’s grandfather, the all-powerful, reborn Emperor Palpatine will electrify your self, and Ben Solo will help take him down. Check out all off the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Funko POPs below.
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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, see how the official Star Wars Kids YouTube channel for kids attempts to tell the story of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in just five minutes. Plus, see what a casino boss thinks about gambling scenes in movies like Casino Royale, The Hangover, Rounders, and more. And finally, get in the holiday spirit with an epic Christmas fireworks show hosted by Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World. Read More »
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker disappointed me personally, but I’ll be the first to admit it had some great visuals. Whatever that film lacks in storytelling, it mostly makes up for with J.J. Abrams‘ direction, Dan Mindel‘s cinematography, and the great effects work from Industrial Light and Magic. Like most Star Wars films, Rise of Skywalker had a coffee table art book with all sorts of concept art – but usually, those art books tend to leave out stuff that can be considered spoiler material. Now, spoiler-centric art that never made it to print is available for the first time, and it looks pretty damn cool.
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The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special is out today on Disney+, exactly 42 years after the abysmal original Star Wars Holiday Special aired on CBS. Thankfully, the new holiday special set in the building brick version of the Star Wars universe brings a lot of holiday fun and time-hopping action to the table, and will entertain kids and adults alike. And longtime franchise star Anthony Daniels couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised to finally be part of a good Star Wars holiday special.
In support of the LEGO Star Wars Holiday special, /Film was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to speak with Anthony Daniels, the man who has played the droid C-3PO for decades and is the only actor to have appeared in every single Star Wars movie. Endlessly enthusiastic, warm, and friendly, Daniels recalled the disaster of the original Star Wars Holiday Special, pinpointed what might be C-3PO’s finest moment, and revealed whether he was privy to any sequel plans George Lucas may have had for the golden protocol droid before Disney bought Lucasfilm. Read More »
Last year, the comedy publishing pioneer MAD Magazine announced that it would no longer be publishing new, original issues. After 67 years in publication, DC Entertainment started to distribute MAD Magazine with previously published material, making it only available in comic book shops instead of various newsstands. However, two of MAD Magazine‘s most talented contributors are teaming up to bring back one of the most beloved parts of the publication in the form of a new book.
When MAD Magazine switched to reprinted content, one of the first things to go were the movie and TV parodies featuring incredible caricature artwork by Tom Richmond and jokers written by Desmond Devlin. Thankfully, the two are hoping to keep the parodies alive in the form of a new book called Claptrap, which will be full of original spreads with all-new illustrations and gags. But the only way they can pull it off is through crowdfunding, so they need your help to make it happen. Read More »
Like many events this year, New York Comic-Con is going virtual for the 2020 edition of the convention taking place from October 8 – October 11. Though there’s no in-person event happening, some of the exclusives that were meant for NYCC will be getting released online.
Following in the footsteps of exclusive releases for San Diego Comic-Con and Star Wars Celebration, the NYCC 2020 Funko POPs exclusives will be available for purchase online to everybody. Funko has unveiled new releases from Star Wars, The Mandalorian, Pixar’s Up, Harry Potter, some beloved animated Disney movies, and more. See what you’ll have to clamor for online next month below. Read More »
Though a lot of fans walked away disappointed in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, pretty much everyone can agree that one of the best parts of the movie was the new alien droidsmith called Babu Frik. However, despite being a breakout favorite from the movie and having his life in the Star Wars universe saved by Steven Spielberg in post-production, the little guy hasn’t seen much merchandise commemorating his role in defeating the First Order once and for all. But that’s about to change.
Lucasfilm and Mattel are releasing a plush toy of Babu Frik that Target will exclusively be shipping out and stocking on shelves. It’s good new for anyone who has droids that need to be reprogrammed to read any Sith daggers there are lying around. Get a look at the Babu Frik plush toy below. Read More »
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Rey Kenobi? That might have been the true parentage of Rey revealed in Star Wars: Episode IX, according to Daisy Ridley, who revealed that the Star Wars teams toyed with several ideas for Rey’s origins before settling on making her the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine. But “an Obi-Wan connection” was one of the front-runners before the idea on Rey’s parentage had been decided on, which Ridley revealed was not even set in stone while she was filming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
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John Boyega became a huge star thanks to his casting as one of the main characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Almost any actor would kill to get such a high caliber role to further their career, and Boyega was undoubtedly excited about having the biggest role given to a Black actor in the Star Wars saga…until he wasn’t.
In a recent interview, now that all the fluffy publicity of Star Wars is behind him, Boyega got brutally honest about his overall experience in a galaxy far, far away. And it’s clear that he feels quite frustrated with the direction, or lack thereof, that Finn was given in the new Star Wars trilogy. Read More »