George Lucas was heavily criticized for his work on the Star Wars prequel trilogy. And rightly so. Had Lucas not sold Lucasfilm to Disney, he may very well have made his version of The Force Awakens. However, there have been interviews that have surfaced which provide some insight as to what a George Lucas helmed Episode VII would have looked like. (more…)
In The Force Awakens, audiences are first introduced to Rey’s home world of Jakku. Because it is similar to the desert planet of Tatooine from A New Hope, it took a few moments for us to realize that this was a completely different world. One key difference noted is that the planet is littered with remains of a grand battle between the Rebellion and The Empire. Thanks to The Force Awakens companion novels, we know that the final battle of the Galactic Civil War ended on this planet and it is known as “The Battle of Jakku” where the Rebellion Finally defeated The Empire.
The success of Star Wars was never assured. Indeed, while George Lucas was shooting the original Star Wars film back in 1976 he was under the gun the whole time, under budget and under pressure from the studio to wrap his stupid space movie that they had absolutely no faith in. They even let the director keep the franchise and merchandise rights, which goes to show you, as the song says, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. So imagine if the studio was right. Imagine what a sequel to Star Wars might look like if it had to be made cheap and less ambitiously than The Empire Strikes Back. (more…)
Arguably one of the most shocking moments from Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens was the heartbreaking revelation that one of the galaxies most cherished romances, the star-crossed love between Han Solo and Leia Organa , had come to an end (off screen no less!) Ok, maybe not as shocking as Kylo Ren, the movie’s big black cloaked emo bad guy, being their son or his eventual patricide (we can openly talk about Han Solo being killed in the movie, right? The statute of limitations on it as a spoiler has to be up and besides, talking about it will help us all heal…)
Nearly a year after the film’s release fans are still left to wonder what ended the marriage between a smuggler and a
princess general. Well, wonder no more! This weekend at the Saskatoon Comic & Entertainment Expo, headlining guest Carrie Fisher revealed the root cause of the relationships demise to a packed house. When asked what lead to the termination of their marital alliance, Fisher gave this (most likely non-canon) explanation: (more…)
It’s a known fact that the Star Wars franchise is huge. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to scale just how big it is until you’re able to compare it to a number or other unit of measurement. Today, those of you wondering how big the franchise is now got an idea when Turner Broadcasting acquired the rights for TNT and TBS for a whopping $250 million. And if you think that’s a lot, Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t be on either network until 2018 and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story until 2019.
Star Wars fans lost their collective minds when it was announced at San Diego Comic Con earlier this year that non-canonical, fan favorite villain, Grand Admiral Thrawn, would be appearing in the 3rd season of Star Wars: Rebels. Back when Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise, it was announced that everything outside of the 6 films, The Clone Wars TV show, and Star Wars: Rebels would not be considered canon. This effectively cast aside the countless books, comics, and video games that contributed to the Star Wars lore in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Among those elements that didn’t survive Disney’s version of Order 66 was Thrawn, who first appeared in Heir to the Empire written by Timothy Zahn. (more…)
Industrial Light & Magic has released their Star Wars: The Force Awakens visual effects reel and it is as usual, delightful. There is an interesting mix of practical and computer generated special effects in the reel, and some scenes you thought might be all computer generated, are really real life sets. ILM has been creating visual effects that have delighted fans and won numerous awards. Check out the reel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens after the jump. (more…)
The end of Star Wars Rebels season two had more than a few surprises, not to mention some pretty startling long-term repercussions for the crew of the Ghost as they and other rebel fighters try to return peace and order to the galaxy. With the climactic high from “Twilight of the Apprentice” still in the air, and the undying excitement over all things Star Wars, it came as no surprise that the longest line of the morning at Fan Expo Canada today was for the North American premiere of Rebels third season opener, “Steps into Shadow.” So what fate awaits the Rebels this season? Aside from the arrival of Grand Admiral Thrawn, of course. (more…)
Natalie Portman has appeared in blockbuster films such as Thor and Thor: The Dark World. She has also been in critically acclaimed movies such as Black Swan. However, nerds will forever remember her as Queen Padmé Amidala from the Star Wars prequels. In a recent appearance on The Late Show with Jimmy Kimmel, Portman was asked if she had let her son see Episodes I, II, and III of Star Wars. Her response was no, but not for the reason everyone might guess.
Avid Star Wars fans immediately recognized the significance of the title Rogue One when the movie was first announced. During the Battle of Hoth, Luke Skywalker famously flew under the call-sign of “Rogue Leader”, which has also been referred to as “Rogue One”. In an interview with Empire Magazine, director Gareth Edwards talks about several possible different meanings of the title.