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Will any of the mysteries surrounding the new characters introduced in The Force Awakens be revealed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi? We know that Snoke's big unveiling won't happen until Star Wars 9. But what about Rey's parentage? Her backstory? Anything? Well, Lucasfilm has officially confirmed that Rey gets to keep Luke's old blue lightsaber, which once belonged to his father Anakin Skywalker. That should come as no surprise. As we've seen Rey using the lightsaber to train in the first Star Wars 8 teaser. And she's brandishing it on all of the merchandise that has been released thus far. But it's what Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive Pablo Hidalgo recently said to Vanity Fair that has some fans raising their eyebrow. Could a long-standing rumor about Rey be true?
When The Last Jedi began production last year, rumors started to spread that Rey is reincarnated. And that will be the big reveal in the movie. »
Why is Luke’s lightsaber green in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and not blue, like it was in The Empire Strikes Back? It’s a question that’s plagued fans for years now and the most popular answer seems to be that the color of the weapon is tied to the character’s personality. After all, the blue lightsaber wasn’t Luke’s to begin with, it was Anakin’s. As such, when the young Skywalker finally got one to call his own, it made sense that it’d be a bit different than his previous one, right?
Well, not quite. In Vanity Fair’s extensive Star Wars: The Last Jedi cover story, which was published this week and sent the internet into a collective tailspin, Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive Pablo Hidalgo shed some light on Luke’s lightsaber. According to him, it was actually supposed to be blue, »
- Mark Cassidy
There were many ways to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars yesterday, but none quite as fun as a good old-fashioned "Weird Al" jam. Al shared his 1981 demo for his hit Star Wars parody song "Yoda" from the Dare to be Stupid album released in 1985. The demo first popped up on the Dr. Demento Radio Show in 1981 and it had the instrumentation Al was using at the time, meaning that the song is performed on an accordion and uses hand farts and a suitcase for percussion. The song was written after Al saw The Empire Strikes Back and is told through the eyes of Jedi-in-training, Luke Skywalker.
"Weird Al" released the demo for "Yoda" on his official YouTube account for the 40th anniversary of A New Hope and also to promote his epic box set that contains all of his 14 studio albums and a separate album of rarities. The »
The Last Jedi director Riann Johnson revealed this week that there will not be an epic love story in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This may come as a shock to fans expecting an onscreen romance between Finn and Poe, or Rey and Finn, much like Han Solo and Leia's in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Even Attack of the Clones worked as a love story with varying degrees of success. It looks like we might have to wait until Star Wars 9 to see the romance between Chewie and Maz Kanata. Anything is possible...
While speaking to Vanity Fair, Johnson explained that there wouldn't be any major romances that are the equivalent of Solo and Leia's love. Johnson says this.
"[There will be] no one-to-one equivalent of the Han-to-Leia, burning, unrequited love. In our story, that's not a centerpiece."
Ok, we get it. Johnson really is trying »
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is drawing nearer and nearer, and fans are being given more and more reasons to get excited about this next entry in the Skywalker saga. The movie has to accomplish a lot, but it can't accomplish everything. And not everyone we want to see will get a ton of screen time. It turns out Rian Johnson has already revealed one key character who won't be getting much to do in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And it sounds like the big mystery behind Snoke won't unravel until Star Wars 9.
Warning: there are potential spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Vanity Fair recently ran a huge cover story on the sequel, revealing a whole lot about the upcoming follow up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Vanity Fair's David Kamp decided that the piece they ran wasn't quite enough, so he landed on Reddit »
Many fans believe that a Jedi's lightsaber color has to do with their powers or personality. But that's not the case. Especially when it came time for George Lucas to pick out the color for Luke Skywalker's new lightsaber in Return of the Jedi, after he lost his father's old blue one in Empire Strikes Back. The bright green blade had nothing to do with Luke's prowess, nor just how strong he was with the force. There was a much more pragmatic process behind the decision.
Luke's original lightsaber meant a great deal to the young Jedi. But he could never call it his, as it didn't exactly call out to him. And he didn't make it himself. He was gifted the lightsaber by Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977's A New Hope, which celebrates its 40th Anniversary today. In the Star Wars canon, that lightsaber isn't considered 'Luke's lightsaber'. Luke's official »
Between the movies, TV shows, comics, video games, novels and reference books, you’d be hard-pressed to ever run out of stories to read about the “Star Wars” universe, past and present. It’s a big universe out there, and every story told in it is connected to all the others. Big stories are told as many different smaller ones, and small stories are told as chunks of a bigger picture. These are the best chunks, big or small, in the history of the “Star Wars” universe. 15. The rise of Admiral Daala in the “Jedi Academy Trilogy” After “Return of the Jedi” in the. »
- Phil Owen
Directed by George Lucas.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… young farm boy Luke Skywalker becomes embroiled in a civil war between the heroic Rebellion and evil Galactic Empire. Setting off from his home-world, Luke must rescue a captured princess and learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi if he is to aid the Rebellion in destroying the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.
During the production of his debut movie Thx-1138 (1971), young director George Lucas had expressed considerable interested in adapting the adventures of Flash Gordon for the big screen but, after being unable to acquire the rights to the character, Lucas soon set about developing his own space adventure reminiscent of the science-fiction movie serials he had watched as a child. »
The Last Jedi is set to confirm rumors about Luke Skywalker's whereabouts suggested by Han Solo in The Force Awakens. In The Force Awakens, Han Solo says that "People who knew him best think he went looking for the first Jedi temple." So was Solo right? Is that why Skywalker is on Ahch-To? Skywalker didn't pop up in The Force Awaken until the very end of the movie, which lead to more questions than answers from fans why Skywalker was alone on an island. It has since been confirmed that Skywalker will have a large part to play in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and director Rian Johnson has shed some light on Skywalker's mission with Vanity Fair.
Johnson confirms that Skywalker did indeed go in search of the first Jedi Temple and he may have found it on the planet of Ahch-To, which is filmed on Ireland's Michael Skellig Island. »
Star Wars 9 will officially begin shooting in January 2018 under the direction of Colin Trevorrow. As of right now, the working title is Episode IX, but there are plenty of bits of Star Wars 9 news swirling around the interwebs today. Episode IX is currently in pre-production as we start to get a better look at The Last Jedi through some new behind-the-scenes videos, along with information on new characters, thanks to the incredibly informative Vanity Fair article that is just hitting the news stands.
Vanity Fair is the first to officially report that Episode IX will begin shooting in January 2018 to get ready for its official May 24, 2019 release date. This will be the first Star Wars episodic movie to open in May since Return of the Jedi in May of 1983. Whether this is a nod to both movies being the third installment of their respective trilogies is anybody's guess, but the »
Bob Dylan turns 76 today and we’re ranking Dylan’s 10 best film performances, dating back half a century to 1967. The key word is “performances,” which encompass acting work, concert films, and documentaries. It’s often hard to know when Dylan is acting and when he’s being himself (whoever that is), but whenever the iconic singer-songwriter appears on film, one thing’s for certain: you’re watching a performance.
Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ Gets Deluxe Treatment With New Blu-ray Set
For this reason, we’re lumping everything together, ranking the films based on the depth and richness of performance. It was hard not to include the televised 1965 press conference in San Francisco, which sees Dylan effortlessly (and hilariously) shoot down reporters’ attempts to have him label himself, but we limited this list to feature-length films. Don’t look for Todd Haynes’ “I’m Not There” or any »
- Graham Winfrey
By Todd Garbarini
Arguably the best Star Trek film ever made, Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), which was originally subtitled The Vengeance of Khan but was changed so as not to interfere with Richard Marquand’s Revenge of the Jedi which itself was changed to Return of the Jedi, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year and is the subject of an exclusive screening at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre. The 113-minute film, which stars William Shatner and the crew of the Enterprise, will be screened on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm on Digital Cinema Projection (Dcp).
Please Note: Director Nicholas Meyer is scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A following the screening.
From the press release:
(35th Anniversary Screening)
Wednesday, May 31, at 7:30 Pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre
Followed by Q&A with »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
I confess that the first two parts of Phil Tippett's Mad God completely passed me by, but now that a kind reader has tipped us off to the existence of Part 3, all I can say is ... wow! Tippett has enjoyed a long career as a visual artist, receiving Academy Award nominations for Dragonslayer, Return of the Jedi, Willow, Jurassic Park, Dragonheart, and Starship Troopers, and taking the Oscar home three times. Of course, that's only the tip of the iceberg; his credits include all three original RoboCop movies, House II: The Second Story, and "demon supervisor" on The Golden Child. Tippett has been increasingly focusing his efforts on Mad God, an epic stop-motion animation project that looks absolutely fantastic, judging by the video...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
Plenty of people played and enjoyed Star Wars Battlefront, but even the most staunch defenders of the game will probably admit it had some shortcomings. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is on the way later this year and every early indication is that EA is aware of those shortcomings and has done their best to course correct this time around. A newly released featurette for the game provides further evidence that is the case, and also gives some more details on the game's protagonist, as well as some excellent new footage.
The featurette made its way onto the PlayStation YouTube channel and gives us our first new look at Star Wars Battlefront 2 since Star Wars Celebration. EA brought on a creative partner for this installment, with Motive handling the single-player campaign for the game. Something that was sorely missing for the first Star Wars Battlefront. In the video, it is revealed that »
While most believe Luke and Rey will be a team in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a new rumor suggests that they both go their separate ways before the end of this anticipated sequel. And that Luke Skywalker is on a solo mission. Not only that, but he has some cool never-before-seen Jedi tools to help get him where he is going.
In Jedi lore, we know the Knights have a lightsaber. And that's about it. But in The Empire Strikes Back, we actually got to see Luke Skywalker traveling with quite a few useful tools, which helped him survive the marsh-muddy climate of Dagobah. Empire Strikes Back is also one of the few times we get to see a character carrying a snack box, as Luke settles into chow down on what looks like frozen fish sticks. That same kind of European backpacker motif will apparently be present in »
After an excruciatingly long wait, Disney and Lucasfilm finally gave us the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Celebration last month, almost breaking the internet in the process. Though it didn’t show off a whole lot, what we got was definitely exciting and as Luke muttered those now infamous words – “it’s time for the Jedi to end” – at the closing moments of the preview, fans were sent into a collective frenzy.
We hate to break it to you, but it’s probably going to be a while before another trailer debuts, so you’re going to have to keep that speculation running full steam ahead for a little bit longer. Thankfully, to ease the wait, a number of fan-made edits of the first Last Jedi teaser have begun to surface online in recent weeks and that trend continues today with what might just be »
- Matt Joseph
One of the best things about watching the older Star Wars films is that when you haven’t seen them for a while they’re almost brand new. You pick up on new things you hadn’t seen before and you again realize just how masterful a series this franchise is. Ever since May 4th having taped that Star Wars marathon on TBS I’ve been experiencing Star Wars in a whole new way because my little 4-year-old is loving every minute of every movie. It’s been a great experience. I highly recommend you creating a child for this purpose alone. Speaking of new
Rare Photos Surface from a Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Photo Shoot »
- Nat Berman
Slowly but surely, we are making our way to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We finally got a little bit of footage and information about the movie from Star Wars Celebration last month, but we probably are going to only get sparse updates until much closer to the release of the movie. So, we will have to rely on speculation and other such stuff to get us by. For now, you can check out this really fun retro style trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to help tide you over.
The folks over at ScreenCrush put together this retro trailer for Star Wars 8, which is imagining what it might look like if the movie were released in 1983. Since that is the year that Star Wars: Return of the Jedi came out, they decided to make use of some footage from a trailer for that movie, mixed »
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It's an instant classic.
In the weeks since the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released, fans have been breaking down the Episode VIII teaser and in some cases, having fun with their own versions.
One of the most recent takes was posted on YouTube by ScreenCrush. Edited by The Sleepy Skunk, the preview imagines what The Last Jedi trailer would look like if it had come out around the time of Return of the Jedi in 1983.
The new, old preview is quite well done, complete with screen static as if it were part of a »
- Ryan Parker
Just because Kylo Ren has Darth Vader's charred helmet doesn't mean there are other bits and pieces of the Sith Lord floating around in space. And just because Luke's old blue lightsaber somehow managed to survive it's disappearance on Cloud City doesn't mean Anakain's Sith lightsaber is still around. A popular fan theory regarding the whereabouts of Darth Vader's old lightsaber in Star Wars: The Last Jedi have now officially been debunked.
There has been a lot of talk about Kyber crystals in recent months, especially with Rogue One using them as a driving plot point. These magical crystals not only fuel a Jedi's lightsaber, giving the shaft its powerful beam of burning light, these crispy rocks were also used to power both Death Stars and the Star Killer base. Some believed that the Kyber crystal in Darth's old lightsaber had somehow survived the Death Star explosion in Return of the Jedi. »
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