Rian Johnson Directing The Mandalorian

The first two seasons of The Mandalorian saw a variety of directors get behind the camera for the live-action Star Wars series, including executive producers Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau. But sometime in the future, The Mandalorian may have one of the Star Wars feature film directors step in to direct an episode, because Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson wants a crack at the series. Read More »

The Mandalorian - Hot Toys Ahsoka Tano Figure

The Mandalorian reached back into the prequel era to bring Anakin Skywalker’s former apprentice Ahsoka Tano into the live-action side of the Star Wars universe. Now you can bring Ahsoka Tano to your collectible shelf thanks to the new figure from Hot Toys, featuring the uncanny likeness of Rosario Dawson as the Togruta hero of the Clone Wars. And that’s not all, because Hot Toys is also releasing a special edition Ahsoka Tano figure that comes with a new version of Grogu. Read More »

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Poster

Even though The Clone Wars animated series has officially come to an end, the adventures will continue with Star Wars: The Bad Batch. The new spin-off series coming to Disney+ in May follows the titular team of misfit clone commandos who are now one of the most elite special forces in the galaxy. The squad finds themselves dealing with the aftermath of the Clone War and trying to find their place in the Star Wars universe, and now we can find them on a new Star Wars: The Bad Batch poster. Read More »

The High Republic Wave II

Star Wars is eternal, and even when there aren’t new movies or TV shows for fans to obsess over, there are still things like The High Republic, a series of interconnected books that are set 200 years before the events of the Skywalker saga. A whole new wave of High Republic titles have just been announced, including comic books, serialized fiction, young adult novels, and more. There’s something for seemingly everyone here, provided you’re gaga for all-things Star Wars. Check out the Star Wars: The High Republic Wave II titles below.

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The Mandalorian Season 2 Featurette

The first season of The Mandalorian brought an innovative new tool to the filmmaking world with the virtual set production technology known as StageCraft. Often referred to on set as “The Volume,” Industrial Light & Magic’s StageCraft technology allows for fully rendered digitally created backgrounds to appear on LED screens in incredibly high resolution. It’s essentially real time visual effects that makes shooting movies and TV shows infinitely more efficient and cost effective. A new featurette shows how Industrial Light & Magic improved upon the technology for The Mandalorian‘s second season. Read More »

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: King’s Row.)

George Lucas is the sort of filmmaker who takes his influences from everywhere. It doesn’t matter if they seem to fit at first. The way his mind works, any mishmash of things can make sense when they’re put together through the camera lens of his brain. One of the things he wanted to do with the whizz-bang fantasy world of Star Wars was give it music that would make it feel grounded and emotional.

In an interview on the THX remastered VHS releases of the original trilogy, George Lucas related to film critic Leonard Maltin his desire for the score: “I had known Steven Spielberg for a long time up to this point. And we were talking about the film real early on when I was writing the script, and I said ‘I want a classical score. I want the Korngold kind of feel about this thing, it’s an old fashioned kind of movie, and I want that grand soundtrack that they used to have on movies,’ and he said, ‘The guy you’ve got to talk to is John Williams. He did Jaws, I love him, he’s the greatest composer that ever lived. You’ve got to talk to him!’ and so I did.”

One of the most famous scores by Erich Wolfgang Korngold was composed for the 1942 film Kings Row and it would play an indelible part in the history of Star Wars. And as we all know, Lucas took Spielberg’s advice and John Williams was hired, knowing he’d be able to bring that Korngold sound to life.

In this installment of The Movies That Made Star Wars, we’ll talk about Korngold’s music that inspired Star Wars, and, specifically, King’s Row.

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Andy Fairhurst The Mandalorian Poster

It’s a good day to be a Star Wars fan. Hot on the heels of the casting news for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney+, a batch of new posters inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy and the new original series The Mandalorian have arrived, courtesy of Bottleneck Gallery and Acme Archives. But if you want them, you’ll have to be quick. Read More »

Star Wars Expanded Universe Black Series Action Figures

When Lucasfilm was bought by Disney, they reset Star Wars canon outside of the major movies and TV shows and turned the various stories of the Star Wars Expanded Universe into Legends. But fans still hold many of the comics and books from the Expanded Universe in high esteem, and Hasbro will start paying tribute to them this year with a new line of Black Series action figures in honor of Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary. Check out the first wave of Star Wars Expanded Universe Black Series action figures below. Read More »

The Mandalorian Bo-Katan Hot Toys Figure

The second season of the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian expanded the roster of characters quite a bit by bringing back a variety of familiar faces from both the animated world and the original trilogy. One of the more exciting entries among them was Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze, the legendary Mandalorian who is fighting to restore Mandalore, and now she’s being turned into a detailed Hot Toys figure to add to your collection. Read More »

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Top Gun: Maverick LEGO Trailer

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, check out the Top Gun: Maverick trailer recreated with stop-motion and computer animated LEGO minifigures and pieces. Plus, Corridor Crew delivers a new edition of Stuntmen React with a look at some of the action sequences of the second season of The Mandalorian. And finally, find out everything you need to know before you see The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run.

First up, YouTuber OneBeatMan recreated the trailer for Top Gun: Maverick by using LEGO stop-motion and computer animation. Though it’s not quite as loyal to the intentionally juttery style we’ve seen in The LEGO Movie and the various spin-offs, it’s a rather impressive creation with outstanding LEGO jets and environments.

Next, the gang at Corridor Crew is back with a new edition of Stuntmen React. This time, they’ve brought in stuntwoman Lauren Mary Kim to talk about some of the action sequences in the second season of the Star Wars series The Mandalorian. Plus, they take a look at a couple sequences from Jackass 3D and Lone Survivor, and show off bits from her stunt reel.

Finally, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is coming to digital platforms this week, and Fandango has a refresher about everything you need to know before you see the oddball animated movie. Here’s the official synopsis for you to read through too:

When SpongeBob SquarePants’ beloved pet snail Gary goes missing, a path of clues leads SpongeBob and his best friend Patrick to the powerful King Poseidon, who has Gary held captive in the Lost City of Atlantic City. On their mission to save Gary, SpongeBob and the Bikini Bottom gang team up for a heroic and hilarious journey, where they discover nothing is stronger than the power of friendship.