Star Wars Episode VIII

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2016 had its share of movies. Sure, some of them were duds, but overall, it was a pretty good year for the box office, and an even better year if you were a superhero geek! Now that 2016 is almost done, we have to look forward to the plethora of awesome movies in the pipeline for 2017. Fandango, everyone’s favorite website for purchasing tickets often polls their users to see what they think. They recently asked users what movies they are looking forward to for 2017 and the results were interesting (if not predictable).

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So unless we have amnesia, there’s a new Star Wars movie in theatres right now as you’re reading these words. Hey! Why aren’t you out going to see it? You’re sitting here, in front of your computer, telephone or other device and not seeing a Star Wars movie. What kind of nerd are you?!?! Well, if you’re reading these words hoping that they’ll lead to a trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII, you’re going to have a bad time. Not only does this article not reveal the trailer, it’s about to tell you that the wait for the trailer is going to be longer still.  (more…)

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By this time in 2014, as fans were counting down to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we knew the film’s name, and we had already enjoyed many times the first 88-second trailer. Compare that to where we are for Star Wars Episode VIII, and not only have we yet to see anything official in the way of footage, we haven’t even been given a proper name for it. Of course there’s an argument to be made that trailers these days spoil too much, and if Adam Driver had his way, that’s exactly why you wouldn’t see anything from the film until the day its released. (more…)

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With his permanent frown, fondness for black clothing and tendency to fly into destructive temper tantrums at the drop of a lightsaber, Kylo Ren could be seen as the prototypical angsty teenager. Admittedly, stabbing your father in the reactor of a space station goes a little further than most acts of adolescent rebellion, usually he would have just got himself a tattoo. Ren is a ball of insecurity, thwarted ambition and frustrated rage. He’s also a figure struggling under the shadow of one of the galaxies most feared dictators; the asthmatic overlord, Darth Vader. So it’s only fitting that new revelations about Star Wars Episode VIII indicate that Ren  continues to struggle with the burden of his grandfather’s dark legacy. (more…)

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Inevitably, any sequel, whether it’s Star Wars or not, will be compared to The Empire Strikes Back. The second Star Wars film made people rethink what you could do with a sequel by showing that you can continue the story, while expanding the thematic pallet and remixing the trappings that the audience have come to expect. You can even leave them with a twist, a cliffhanger, and an unhappy ending, and you’ll only leave the audience wanting more. So with the tremendous success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the already sky high expectations can only be increased when someone mentions the words, “The Empire Strikes Back.” (more…)

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So you wrap shooting on what may be the biggest film of your career – or at the very least, the biggest one in the last 30 years – so now what? Well, if you’re Star Wars’ Mark Hamill you go for a nice, clean shave! Principal photography on Star Wars Episode VIII has been complete for about a month now, which means it’s safe enough now for Hamill to get rid of that scraggly grey Jedi beard he was required by law to grow to play an elder-Jedi Luke Skywalker for the film. Naturally, he chose to film the whole thing for Twitter, but in that he may have revealed a spoiler for the next Star Wars saga adventure… (more…)

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It was just a few weeks ago – July 22 to be precise – that principal photography on Star Wars Episode VIII wrapped. The Rian Johnson film is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one that will hopefully cast light on Rey’s origins, how Kylo Ren turned to the Dark Side, and what else Luke Skywalker’s been doing on that island other than looking out over the sea for all this time. But along with all those beloved characters, another favorite Star Wars figure will be making his return in Episode VIII, except his work is just getting started. (more…)

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After Disney bought Lucasfilm, Star Wars has come back full force (excuse the pun, it was unintentional). There’s been a plethora of comic books, video games, merchandise, theme park additions, novels, a new tv show, and most importantly, movies. Last year we got The Force Awakens—the movie we had been arguably waiting for since Return of the Jedi in 1983. This year we’re getting Rogue One, which we’ve more or less been waiting for since A New Hope in 1977. Now, the follow-up to Force Awakens (which is currently untitled) has wrapped up on production.  (more…)

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The time is almost upon us for Star Wars Celebration, that time of year where all things Star Wars gather in one place for a weekend-long love-in for all things from a galaxy far, far away. It was at Star Wars Celebration last year that fans were given that wicked teaser of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first of what Disney and Lucasfilm hopes to be a long line of Star Wars spin-off films. It’s going to get full-court press at this year’s Celebration, and if you need any more proof, you need only look at the poster below. The key art for this year’s event that promises to celebrate all things new in the Star Wars Universe. (more…)

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You don’t really need to find a way to get people more interested in Star Wars, but if you want to ratchet up the hype, you attach an A-list actor like Tom Hardy. Hardy’s come a long way since playing a Picard clone in Star Trek: Nemesis, so long that he’s now lined up a gig in the new Star Wars trilogy, but like the many big name cameos that appeared in The Force Awakens, Hardy’s role won’t involve counting script pages. Still, thanks to some reliable Star Wars spies, we have the spoilery details about the who and how Hardy will be appearing in Rian Johnson‘s middle chapter of the sequel trilogy. (more…)