Rogue One

Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, announced that the new Disney streaming service will be called “Disney +“. Among the original works being added to the service are a reboot of High School Musical, an original series based on Monsters Inc, and movies such as Noel, starring Anna Kendrick as Santa’s daughter, and Togo starring William DeFoe about the 1925 Nome Serum Run. But what content does NerdBastards such as you, dear reader, care about? With the acquisition of Fox, Disney bolsters their content library. The 2019 launch of Disney + is still a few months out, so more news could pour in at any moment. But with access to Marvel, LucasArts, and Disney libraries, even without Fox’s considerable properties, there’s a lot for fans to look forward to. Rumors abound, but Mr. Iger was kind enough to confirm a few things.

 

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Before we even sat in the theaters, we knew that there was not going to be an “opening crawl” for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We have never been without an opening crawl for a Star Wars movie before, so it was a little jarring when we actually sat down to see the new Star Wars spinoff without the iconic imagery. Lucasfilm stated that the opening crawl would only be for the “Skywalker Saga” films (Episodes 1-9) and any of the anthology films would not have the opening crawl.

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This past weekend, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit theaters. A brand new vision for the Star Wars universe showcased the Rebellion as they tried to steal the plans for the Death Star, which helped them destroy the battle station for their first decisive victory in A New Hope. The film has already made a killing at the box office ($290 million worldwide) after its first weekend and it looks to pretty much own the holiday season. Critics and fans alike seemed to enjoy the film as not only was it a great compact story that rolls into A New Hope very smoothly, but it was also loaded with great Easter Eggs for hardcore fans.

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As promised by Disney, we are about to get a whole lot more of Star Wars ever since they purchased Lucasfilm from The Bearded One. Last year, the first film of a new trilogy, The Force Awakens grossed more than a billion dollars. This weekend, the first “Non-Saga” Star Wars movie, Rogue One hit theaters. Set not in the current trilogy’s timeline, but instead in the original trilogy, just a little before Luke Skywalker and the Rebels blew up the first Death Star. Rogue One focuses on a group of Rebels as they try to steal the plans to the Death Star that helped make everything that happened in A New Hope come to fruition. Some were a little weary of the film, especially after rumors of reshoots surfaced (which usually means the studio didn’t have faith in the final product). So how was the movie?

MASSIVE SPOILERS – DO NOT READ WITHOUT HAVING SEEN THE MOVIE!

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story won’t make it’s public debut until this Thursday, but reactions from the premiere are rolling in on Twitter, and it’s been almost entirely praise. One person compared the feeling they got watching Rogue One to their first time seeing Star Wars in 1977. And another marked it as their third favorite Star Wars film. But is it all too good to be true? As one person put it, “Drop the ‘why’ and embrace the ‘wow.'”

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Back in the day NAZI’s used to engage in the extermination of what they deemed “inferior races” and attempt to grind the free world under the heels of their jackboots . In 2016 they seem mainly concerned with complaining about science fiction characters. This is a bit of an improvement, we suppose, but their incessant adolescent whining is hardly befitting of a “master race”.  Even Hitler didn’t pause during the Nuremburg rally to have a moan about how Captain America kept punching him in the jaw. The gormless goosesteppers are back at it again, this time insisting on a Rogue One boycott.

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Suppose you’re not the usual Star Wars fan. Suppose that it’s not just your intention to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it’s not just your intention to see it opening weekend, or even opening night. Suppose that you might consider seeing it not just once or twice, but 10, maybe even 20 times. If this sounds like you, then Regal Cinemas may have a deal that’s worth your interest. For $100 you can get an all access pass to Rogue One for 12 weeks at a Regal Cinema near you. Any format, any time! All you need is a Regal Ultimate Ticket.  (more…)

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The development of the standalone Star Wars anthology movies has come with it a great many questions, and not just about content. Coming up on the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in just a couple more weeks, one of the biggest questions fans have been thinking about in regards to the film is “Will it have a opening crawl?” The crawl has opened every Star Wars movie released so far, even the 2008 animated Clone Wars movie, but Rogue One, as we learned today, will break with tradition. According to the head of Lucasfilm herself, Rogue One will have no crawl. (more…)

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They call it the Death Star” the trailer begins in the breathy, intense tones of Jyn Erso, played by Felicity jones. So these are the stakes: men in dark costumes are pressing glowing buttons and there’s a great deal of dust and lasers. We’re watching the new Teaser for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first standalone film from the Star Wars universe which tells the tale of how the plans for the Death Star first fell into the hands of the rebellion. The last teaser was jam-packed with action, this time around we’re getting a bit of heart as well. (more…)