babu frik scene

While Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been divisive, the one thing about the movie that everyone can agree on is that Babu Frik rules. The tiny alien droidsmith is pretty darn adorable, and even though he only pops up in two scenes he still leaves his mark. Now that Rise of Skywalker has been out for a few weeks, Disney has released an official clip featuring Babu Frik in all his frikin’ glory. It also features Rey, Finn, Poe, C-3PO and Zorii Bliss, but let’s be honest: we’re here for that Frik action.

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Rise of Skywalker box office billion

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has Force-d its way to $1 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the fifth Star Wars movie to cross that threshold and cementing it as the second J.J. Abrams-directed film on the list of billion dollar grossers. But as you might have imagined, this movie crossed that milestone significantly more slowly than the previous two entries in the Skywalker saga.
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Colin Trevorrow Star Wars Script

Here’s something I don’t think any of us expected: the now-unused Star Wars script from Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly sounds…good? Details from the script, which has the title Duel of the Fates, have leaked – and it sounds…good? Or, at the very least, it sounds very different than J.J. Abrams‘ The Rise of Skywalker. Of course, this is all subjective. What sounds potentially good on paper could’ve been a misfire once filmed. Here’s what you need to know.

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What Did Chewbacca Say to Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Because Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker moves so quickly, there aren’t many little moments that we get to enjoy between the characters. But there is one little moment fans have latched onto where Chewbacca says something to Rey as she hops back in the pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon and the rest of our new heroes prepare to go off on another adventure. And thanks to Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo, we now have an idea of what Chewie was saying to his newest pal. Read More »

star wars the rise of skywalker rey final shot

This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Probably the most consistent thing about Star Wars is how the narrative is held together with spit and bubblegum. Like a precarious yet beloved Jenga tower, Star Wars is constantly pulling out pieces and adding in others, with wildly varying results. And what can look like a questionable move at the time can eventually become an accepted piece of the galactic tapestry. For example, after The Return of the Jedi, fans were just as upset about the casual reveal that Leia Organa was secretly Leia Skywalker as they were about Rey’s parentage in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The death of Darth Vader in 1983 infuriated people as much as Kylo Ren’s demise in 2019. Time is a flat circle, etc. etc.

But part of the fun of Star Wars — at least for me — is looking sideways at the dangling pieces of plot and trying to deduce where Lucasfilm might take them in the future. One of the biggest threads left hanging by the end of The Rise of Skywalker was the story of Rey’s origin. Oh yes, we know she is the granddaughter of Sheev Palpatine, better known as The Emperor. We know her father was the son of said Emperor. We know her parents died…probably. We know Rey was left on Jakku and never retrieved. We know a Sith loyalist assassin named Ochi of Bestoon was involved somehow. But there’s a lot of space in between those plot points, just waiting to be filled in.

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Star Wars Terms

When you go into a project as big as Star Wars, you have to be prepared for a life of secrecy. But J.J. Abrams knew that whole drill, having helmed 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So when he and co-writer Chris Terrio came into Star Wars Episode 9, they came prepared with a few cheeky codenames. Abrams and Terrio created Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker codenames for some of the secret characters whose mere presence would spoil the film.

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the irishman ratings

The Oscar nominations are here, which means it’s time to be alternately enraged and excited. But whatever your personal opinion about who was snubbed and who snuck in a surprise nomination, the Oscars are all about celebrating movies and not reducing them into mere numbers like some kind of horse race, right? Sure! But let’s take a look at those numbers for a second, and see what kind of records were set, which were broken, and which didn’t even become a factor at the 2o20 Oscars.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Character Death

One of the more frustrating aspects of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is how many extra details there are that need to be discovered outside of the movie, whether it’s from the visual dictionary for the movie or from co-writers Chris Terrio and J.J. Abrams themselves. As time goes on, it only seems to be getting worse, including a recently confirmed death that is quickly glossed over in the film’s climax, and it involves the demise of a Rebel hero from Return of the Jedi. Read More »

the rise of skywalker leia flashback

The team behind Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker took careful consideration to ensure that Carrie Fisher, who tragically passed three years ago, would remain a pivotal part of the film without sullying her memory. That meant repurposing leftover footage from previous movies to insert into The Rise of Skywalker. But the entirety General Leia’s arc couldn’t be pulled off with old Force Awakens footage. The VFX team would have to turn to dailies from the original Star Wars trilogy films and a very fitting body double.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follow.

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Lord of the Rings 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, watch as visual effects artists react to more scenes from Lord of the Rings, including the Battle of Helm’s Deep and the Balrog fighting Gandalf. Plus, an SAS soldier reviews the accuracy of military scenes in movies like Commando and American Sniper, and the cast of the new Star Wars trilogy reveals which questions they never want to answer again. Read More »