Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Solo: Completes Production, New Poster

As of Monday, Solo: A Star Wars Story is officially in the can and ready to go as director Ron Howard tweeted the film has completed post-production:

“That’s a wrap on post production! #Solo @HanSoloStory #SkywalkerRanch Wow. What a movie-making adventure it’s been! Thanks to a terrific cast & extraordinary folks behind the camera as well. You’ve worked so hard to fully realize this cool story. Hope fans have a blast! #May25”

In addition, a new poster has been released while Solo writer Lawrence Kasdan describes the film as a love as story:
“It’s a love story. Obviously, they don’t automatically trust each other and become friends. But that’s all the meat of a good story. To me, this is a love story between Han and Chewie. Their relationship has always been my favorite part of the saga, and the fact that only Han understands what Chewie is saying, I find a very funny possibility for comedy … Wookiees have so many positive qualities. But what they don’t do is make it easy for you to get in.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story Risk TV Spot

New TV spot for the upcoming Solo Star Wars movie which hits theaters on May 25.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

New Solo: Star Wars Story Trailer and Poster

Tonight Disney has released a new trailer and poster for Solo: A Star Wars Story that acts as more or less an origin story for Han Solo.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Honest Trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Below is the honest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi that takes both to "greatest" and "worst" Star Wars movie perspective.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Novelization Reveals New Story Tidbits

If seen the movie and ok with spoilers, has broken down some of the additional story points from Star Wars: The Last Jedi that didn't make it into the movie. Points that are in canon too. The story beats include a look at an alternative life for Luke, Han's funeral, details on the Leia, more details on the Force, Rey and Kylo's connection and a bit more. If don't mind the spoilers you can read the details here.

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Last Jedi Solves Space Combat

Below is an interesting video that breaks apart some of the space fight sequences of Star Wars: The Last Jedi that explains and uses some of the space combat rules that was established in the previous movies that we may not have been entirely aware of.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Score Only Version of The Last Jedi Available

Right now you can buy a digital copy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi or wait until March 27 and buy the Blu-ray with Digital Copy for the same price. It turns out if you have a Movies Anywhere account and linked to whichever service you prefer (iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, etc.) then it will come with a bonus feature. Via Movies Anywhere you will get access to a score only version of the movie with all the worlds and sound effects removed. A score only version of a film is really rare but welcome and worth trying if only for a few chapters. After all it is the iconic music of John Williams.
This is the full movie, but with no dialogue, fx or backgrounds... just John's score. I really wanted to put this out, it's really something to see John's music play with the movie, like a silent film.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) March 13, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BTS Of The Visual Effects of Snoke and Battle of Crait from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Here are two more videos that provide a behind the scenes look at the Oscar nominee visual effects for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The first vid is a look at the elements that created the Battle of Crait and the second is the creation of Supreme Leader Snoke. Thanks once again to Feris O. for the links.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Two Behinds the Scenes Videos of the VFX for The Last Jedi

Below are two quick videos that give you a behind the scenes peak at the Oscar nominated visual effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The first one virtually builds the set used for the climatic battle on The First Order's massive ship hangar while the second builds a moment from the bombing run that opened the film. Thanks to Feris O. for the links.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Abrams: Episode IX Script Ready, Filming Begins This Summer

In an interview on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Star Wars Episode IX director JJ Abrams provided an update on the movie.
“We have a script, which is a big deal for me. It starts shooting end of July … Sometimes having the script in advance is something I haven’t always been lucky enough to have … But I’m writing this with Chris Terrio, who’s a genius, and I’m having a great time.”
The script is written with Abrams, Derek Connolly, Chris Terrio, and Colin Trevorrow while aiming for a December 20, 2019 release date.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Home Video Details

Disney has announced the details (with video below) for the home video release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As is now the norm, the digital copy will get an "early" release on March 13th while the physical copies (with their own digital codes) will come out on March 27. The special features include writer-director commentary, around 14 deleted scenes, and lots of behind the scenes footage.
• The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
• Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
• Scene Breakdowns
   - Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
   - Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
   - Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-world locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
• Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
• Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
• Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

How Star Wars The Last Jedi Should Have Ended

Below is the latest offering from the HISHE gang that provides amusing take on the latest Star Wars offering that includes a pretty solid ending.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Game of Thrones Team To Create New Star Wars Films

The creators of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have signed up to write and produce a new series of Star Wars film. The films are separate from Skywalker films that are expected to end with Episode XI and from the new trilogy of films that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is expected to write and direct. No number was specified for what "series of films" means but safe to assume it starts with the number three.

“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”

“In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”

This is all that was released - that you can count on two sets of Star Wars films to come out at some point in the future from critically acclaimed creators but with no details on story, release plan, or other details. I suspect this is will replace the "A Star Wars Story" set of films while Rian's films will replace the Skywalker trilogy so that Disney can continue with a new Star Wars movie every year while not leaning on the now essentially over Skywalker sage (since spoilers, the Skywalker line is essentially dead).

Monday, February 5, 2018

First Teaser Trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story

While last night was just a brief TV spot, this is the real teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story that shows off the main characters but not much else.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Super Bowl TV Spot

While the trailer is expected this morning, for now enjoy this teaser from the Super Bowl for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

16-Bit Luke Skywalker vs Kylo Ren from The Last Jedi

Significant spoiler warning for those that have not seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Below is a re-creation of the near end of the movie in Super NES graphics and it does get that portion of the movie, including dialogue, with a high degree of accuracy. If seen the movie, will likely really enjoy this "remake".

The Last Jedi Passes $1 Billion Box Office

With each movie that comes out, Disney's $4 Billion purchase of Lucasfilm is starting to look like a bargain basement deal. The fourth film of the franchise in the Disney era has crossed the $1 Billion global box office in only a few weeks, on paper paying for the cost of the deal in box office dollars alone. The movie crossed the mark with third number one weekend in a row and will easily become the top movie of 2017 by the end of next week. The current breakdown is $533M in the US and $523.3 everywhere else and will be interesting to see how that ratio is maintained by the end of its run. Nowadays the typical successful tentpole movie is more like 30% US, 70% international so this 50/50 split is a rarity.