Month: February 2017

Rogue One Blu-ray release date & special features


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In addition to continuing the Star Wars saga with a new trilogy of episodic installments, Disney and Lucasfilm are fleshing out the lore with standalone anthology films. The first of these, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, debuted in December 2016 becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. and next month it comes to home video.

Disney and Lucasfilm officially announced that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be available early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4. This confirms reports that the Rogue One Blu-ray would hit shelves just in time for Star Wars Celebration 2017 in mid-April.


The home video release includes never-before-seen Rogue One bonus material that aims to take fans behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers and includes an intimate collection of stories reveals how the film came to life, as well as hidden Easter Eggs and film facts that audiences may have missed in the theater.

  • A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
  • Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
  • The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
  • Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
  • The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes – back to the screen.
  • Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
  • Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

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Star Wars Celebration 2017 Poster marks 40 years of Star Wars

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Disney brought audiences back to the galaxy far, far away in 2015 to a mountain of success. The Force Awakens was merely the beginning of their plan to bring Star Wars back to the forefront of pop culture and dominate the box office for years to come. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story capitalized on the success of Episode VII to the tune of $1 billion worldwide, and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi should be able to do the same.

However, there is much more to the Star Wars universe that will be explored in the years to come, yet it is also important to look back and remember how it all began. 2017 marks the 40th anniversary to the start of the franchise, and Lucasfilm will celebrate this milestone this April at Star Wars Celebration – with some secrets being revealed and a brand new poster.

Lucasfilm made the official announcement today that they will kick off Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this April with special 40th anniversary panel. The panel will be moderated by Warwick Davis and feature an appearance from Kathleen Kennedy and more. The panel will “highlight the impact of the galaxy far, far away and the fandom that has propelled it for the last four decades” and feature a variety of surprises to celebrate. In addition to the panel announcement, they have also unveiled a special 40th anniversary poster that brings together the franchise’s most important and beloved characters.


Details on the availability of the poster have not been made known, but it is sure to be one of the most sought after items for purchase at Celebration. Everyone from Darth Vader, Luke, Rey, to Obi-Wan are featured in the poster, with even General Hux and Captain Phasma getting appearances. With the rest of the panel’s participants unannounced at this time, those who will be in attendance can surely expect a number of these familiar faces to appear on stage as well.


A guide to the journey of Saw Gerrera


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If you watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and if you’re not a die-hard fan of the saga and only watched the previous Star Wars movies, maybe you’re not familiarized with some characters or situations shown in Rogue One. One of those characters is the former Rebel leader Saw Gerrera (played by actor Forest Whitaker), whose until now had appeared only in Star Wars novels and animation series. Well, if you want to know more about Saw Gerrera, the official Star Wars site has made a playlist of all Saw Gerrera’s appearances until his final part in Rogue One.

Who is Saw Gerrera?

I’m not a terrorist. I’m a patriot. And resistance is not terrorism.― Saw Gerrera

onderonian_steela_sawSaw Gerrera was a human male resistance fighter who, as a leading member of the Onderon rebels, fought against the Confederacy of Independent Systems on Onderon during the Clone Wars. He and his sister, Steela Gerrera, were instrumental in the rebel liberation of their homeworld during the Onderonian Civil War. He later became a key member in the fight against the Galactic Empire and the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. His tactics against the Empire led him to be seen as an extremist, one whose notoriety was recognized by the Empire and, many years later, the New Republic.

In the early resistance against the Separatist Alliance on Onderon, Gerrera and his fellow soldiers were outnumbered and out-fought by the Separatist Droid Army. They requested help from the Jedi High Council, which led the Grand Army of the Republic in its fight against the Separatists, but the Jedi Order chose not to become actively involved in the fighting on Onderon. Instead, they sent a team of advisors—GeneralsAnakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Commander Ahsoka Tano, and Clone Captain CT-7567 (“Rex”)—to train the Onderonian fighters. The Jedi and Captain Rex taught them proper techniques and strategies for taking on the battle droid army, and, through their efforts, the rebels began to turn the tide. Gerrera came to resent that the rebels chose Steela as their leader, and he was soon captured in an ill-concocted solo effort to rescue the deposed King Ramsis Dendup from the Separatists. They were both rescued by the rebels, who eventually mounted a final battle against the Separatists. Through their efforts, the rebels liberated their world and returned Dendup to the throne. The fight, however, came at a personal cost: Steela was killed during the final battle, and Gerrera was left to mourn his sister—feeling responsible for her death.

Saw Gerrera played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

At the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic was transformed into the Galactic Empire. Later, Saw brought Galen Erso, Lyra Erso, and Jyn Erso to the uninhabited planet of Lah’mu. When Orson Krennic took Jyn’s parents away from her, Saw found her and raised her until she was a young adult. Gerrera fought against the Imperial Military and led a resistance group known as the Partisans. His resistance cell, a continuation of his Onderonian resistance, was one of the first in the group of cells that formed the Rebel Alliance. He was later involved in the early campaigns of the Rebel Alliance, by which time his more-extreme tactics had come to stand in stark contrast with those of Alliance leaders Bail Organa and Mon Mothma. He eventually based his group on Jedha, where he met Jyn again. When Jedha City was destroyed by the Death Star, Saw told Jyn he was done running and stayed on Jedha, and was killed by the aftermath of the blast.


Save the Rebellion! Save the Dream!― Saw Gerrera

Saw Gerrera has fast become one of the most important characters in the Star Wars saga. He fought in the Clone Wars alongside Anakin Skywalker and Ashoka Tano and himself became more machine than man to confront the might of the Empire and Darth Vader. He would do anything he could to resist the Empire and sometimes that got him in trouble with the Rebellion.


1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (The Onderon Arc – “A War on Two Fronts,” Season 5, Episode 2; “Front Runners,” Season 5, Episode 3; “The Soft War,” Season 5, Episode 4; “Tipping Points,” Season 5, Episode 4) Saw’s first appearance in the Star Wars mythos was during the Clone War. He was a freedom fighter on his home planet of Onderon and trained by the Jedi in guerrilla tactics. He would later turn those tactics to use against the Empire.


2. Rogue One: Catalyst by James Luceno – After the onset of the Empire in the wake of the Clone Wars, the galaxy is in turmoil. Though Saw plays the smallest of parts in this story, it’s an important one to understand the trajectory of his future and his destiny.


3. Rebel Rising by Beth Revis – Saw Gerrera takes Jyn Erso under his wing and this book tells a tale of their time together, fighting the Empire in every way they can.


4. Star Wars Rebels (“The Honorable Ones,” Season 2 Episode 17 ) – Though Saw doesn’t appear in this episode personally, it offers a shocking window into the sort of treatment Imperials received at his hands.


5. Star Wars Rebels (“Ghosts of Geonosis,” Season 3, Episode 12 and 13) Long after Jyn and Saw parted ways, Saw was still a force to be reckoned with in the galaxy. In these episodes, he’s sent to investigate the aftermath of what might be the Imperial genocide of Geonosis.


6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – This final installment of Saw Gerrera’s playlist shows us some of the connective tissue between Catalyst and Rebel Rising, but it also shows us what ultimately becomes of Saw and how the Rebel Alliance sees him.

Kathleen Kennedy & Rian Johnson appearing at Star Wars Celebration


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Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm and relaunched the Star Wars franchise, the annual Star Wars Celebration event has become a hub for the latest updates concerning the galaxy far, far away. It was there audiences first heard Han Solo tell Chewbacca they were home and where Grand Admiral Thrawn officially became a part of the series canon. With all the Star Wars content that’s released these days, Celebration has become a go-to source on information for the films, television series, comics, and novels. Each panel has the potential to break a new revelation, setting an exciting course for the future.

This year’s Celebration, which is held in Orlando in April, is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. Not only will the 40th anniversary of Star Wars be commemorated, there’s also the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi to promote. Fans around the globe will be eager to learn more about the eighth chapter in the Skywalker family saga, and it’s becoming more and more likely Celebration will serve as the official kickoff of Episode VIII marketing.

In an official release on, it was announced Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson would be appearing at Celebration for a panel on Friday, April 14. Details are characteristically slim, but “a few surprises and special guests” are promised. Presumably, members of the Star Wars 8 cast will take the stage alongside Kennedy and Johnson. It was previously reported the first Last Jedi footage would be unveiled at Celebration (first a behind-the-scenes reel, then the teaser), so it would appear April 14 is when fans can expect all that to hit the web.


The debut of a trailer at Celebration is a no-brainer, so it will be interesting to see what else is brought to light during the discussion. Hopefully, attendees get a better idea of what Johnson has in mind for the characters, including some of the newcomers like Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern. Most of the rumors about The Last Jedi so far have covered returning heroes and villains like Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren, and little is known about the fresh faces – other than possible costume descriptions. As there was with The Force Awakens, there’s a great deal of secrecy surrounding Episode VIII, a fact that pleases Maz Kanata herself, Lupita Nyong’o.

No matter what is shared during the convention, it’s safe to assume more questions will be raised. Any trailer is going to be a brief teaser that may not even set up the basic conflict of Star Wars 8 (remember, Force Awakens arrived with no official synopsis), and character descriptions will be the definition of bare-bones. Still, at this point, anything Lucasfilm sanctioned about The Last Jedi will be welcomed by many as the hype train for the franchise’s next highly-anticipated installment starts to rev up.

GRAMMY: The Force Awakens wins Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

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john_williamsJohn Williams won Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for his score for Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens, at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony on Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Over a year after its release in theaters, Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens has picked up another award.  John Williams picked up the award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for his work on the soundtrack for The Force Awakens at the 2017  Grammys.  The presentation was made during a non-televised portion of the award ceremony.

This is the fifth Grammy that Williams has won for his work on the Star Wars films (three for A New Hope and one for The Empire Strikes Back) and his 23rd Grammy overall.  The Force Awakens was also nominated for Best Soundtrack at last year’s Academy Awards, but lost to Ennio Morricone’s score for The Hateful Eight

Congratulations to composer John Williams for his 23rd Grammy award. He is currently working on the score for the eighth film in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which hits theaters this December.

Darth Maul finally gets the Star Wars story he deserves


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In an entertainment franchise or fictional universe, it’s not easy being anyone but the hero. While their future and fan base is all but guaranteed, the surrounding cast faces their own added challenges. If you’re the villain, you’ve got to match the hero just to get the same attention, let alone be remembered separately. Sidekicks must be plucky and lovable, romantic interests must chart their own course, and so on. But for the villain’s henchman – the one best described as the ‘appetizer’ to the big bad – immortality is almost impossible to grasp. Except, of course, in Star Wars.

Boba Fett may be remembered as the faceless goon who became a pop culture icon against all odds, but when measuring characters whose obvious value was cast aside for the larger plot, Darth Maul takes the cake. His story is an epic journey in its own rite, and so packed with untapped potential that an animated Star Wars Rebels series needed to resurrect him just to do it justice. And thanks to the new era of Star Wars comics books from Marvel Comics, the Emperor’s first film apprentice will finally get a story worthy of his name beginning with Darth Maul #1.

maul-phantomDarth Maul in Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

It may only help his case for a standalone Star Wars movie of his own, but for now, the comic is tackling a story guaranteed to grab even casual fans of the Sith Apprentice. If you’ve ever wondered what Darth Maul was up to while Palpatine manipulated his way through Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, the comic gives a clear answer: in anticipation of his rise to Master of the Sith, Maul was looking to introduce himself to the Jedi in an… unforgettable way.



The most vivid memory of Maul is likely to be the impression that he was, at all times, restraining himself in both emotion and movement. In the film, that made his eventual reveal as an incredibly gifted, athletic, and acrobatic duelist all the more impactful. But in Darth Maul #1, the effort it takes to keep his incredible rage and lust for death in check is finally revealed (with some help from a beast introduced in The Force Awakens. As a team of men are ambushed and massacred by a single Rathtar – the tentacled creatures contained in Han Solo’s hold in Episode VII – Darth Maul emerges to battle it himself… and its friends.

The story, crafted by writer Cullen Bunn and artists Luke Ross and Nolan Woodard, begins in this murder-soaked setting – the planet Twon Ketee, for the fiction sticklers out there. It’s a sign of just how determined they are to do justice to the scale, the skill, and the terror Darth Maul conjures by his appearance – growing only more terrifying when he enters combat. Accompanied by his internal dialogue, Maul demonstrates that this act of slaughter is more than just surrendering to an urge, but honing the very skills that make him an accomplished Sith.

Fear. Hate. Anger. Maul channels these emotions that make the Sith strong in ways the Jedi can never contemplate in his attacks, savoring each second that he faces death’s snapping teeth in front of his face. But always reminded that Darth Maul is much, much more than the grimacing goon The Phantom Menace may have implied, he takes little joy or satisfaction in killing creatures that kill with ease. Because even as he bests them, he knows that their freedom to attack at will is not his own – and that his hunger can’t be satisfied by just any bloodshed.

It’s as chilling as it is, strangely, endearing. Not on the surface, since Maul remains a villain in every way by casual fans. But for those who know the beginnings of his story, and the ways of the Sith, a life spent training to defeat an enemy and never given a chance is a form of insanity. Darth Maul knows his purpose, knows he is capable, and thirsts for the blood of the Jedi he is destined to kill. But for now, the leash remains tight around his throat, leaving him to slaughter ignorant beasts in the wilderness.



The opening hunt provides a sense of the training and physical activity Darth Maul relies on to keep his senses (and fighting skills) honed – and shows why poor Qui-Gon Jinn never stood a chance – but it doesn’t answer the question of what role he served beneath Darth Sidious/Sheev Palpatine while the latter was working his way through the politics of Naboo and the Senate. Once the story shifts to Coruscant, we’re given a fitting, if unsurprising answer: he was busy hating Jedi, same as always.

But seeing Darth Maul silently despising passing Jedi from the shadows, imagining what it would feel like to finally cut them down isn’t just the signs of a killer biding his time. Darth Maul sees the moral victory, or at least an ideological victory approaching. He notes, as have fans, that the Jedi awareness of growing darkness, complacency as protectors of the Senate, and hypocrisy have shaken their once-solid footing. To his eyes, the Jedi have strayed from their mission to keep the peace, becoming agents of the Senate who kill without a full picture, thereby enforcing the peace.

The language used by Darth Maul is a victory in itself in this scene, showing that his true motivation is not just anger, but righteous anger. In his eyes, the Jedi are failing, they are falling, and they will be the ones who make their descent into darkness possible in the first place. Once they hit bottom, he’ll be ready to end them forever… but it won’t be him who makes them fall.



Given how much Darth Maul envied the Rathtar for their freedom and lack of obedience to another’s will, it’s no surprise to see him less than pleased when conversing with his master, Darth Sidious. But to get the most out of this dynamic (as the diehard fans craving this story will no doubt catch), it has to be remembered that throughout the history of the true Sith, there have been only two at one time. The Master, who passes his knowledge on, and the Apprentice, who learns all they can – before slaying their mentor, and taking the role for themselves. Until Sidious.

So as much as Darth Maul may wish to make that cycle complete once again, cutting down his master and launching an assault on the Jedi, he also knows that Darth Sidious has an intricate plan (since his intelligence and cunning are hard to miss for even audience members, let alone his closest allies). So he bides his time, anticipating the moment when he will see that plan reach its climax, watch as the Jedi fall onto his blade, and pave the way for his own rise to the rank of Sith Master. In the process, becoming a lot more reminiscent of another Star Wars figure of great importance.

The comparisons between Darth Maul and Anakin Skywalker in his own path to adulthood may have always been there for those looking, but Bunn deftly draws the parallel out by granting insight into Darth Maul’s own internal monologue. As the red-eyed figure cloaked in shadow at Palpatine’s heel, fueled by impatience, a lust for violence, and a desire to see his own power achieved and recognized, the scene creates a string between himself and the future ‘Chosen One,’ knotted at both ends. We may know how Darth Maul’s story ends, but seeing this chapter finally told promises even richer thematic links, reflections, and divergences.



The first issue of Darth Maul spends much of its time, as mentioned above, submerging readers in the tense and strained psyche and emotions of Darth Maul (while also reminding them that he is absolutely the kind of character who deserves his own narrative in the canonical Star Wars saga). And while Darth Maul’s mission to cover up a Trade Federation hostage scenario before it can expose Palpatine’s dealings (the construction of the film’s ‘phantom menace’) seems like a common occurrence, it takes an unexpected and incredibly promising turn.

When one of his would-be victims offers to exchange valuable information – information that he, and not his master, would then hold – Maul can’t resist. The secret is worth it, too: a young Jedi Padawan is being held captive by a criminal cartel and awaiting sale to the highest bidder. Darth Maul responds by killing those who remain, and setting off for the auction… with little intention for paying, we can only assume. In his eyes, it is not a sale or tormenter that stands in this young Jedi’s future – it is liberation.

Unfortunately for the Padawan in question, that liberation likely means he intends to “free” them from the Jedi teaching at the same time he “frees” them from everything else – with his lightsaber. But picking his way through a cartel, ferreting out the young soon-to-be Jedi, and doing it all before the Jedi leadership can act will be harder said than done. But as Darth Maul travels across the galaxy in pursuit of his first Jedi to kill, fans will be guaranteed a front row seat… one they’ve likely been waiting years to occupy.

Star Wars: Darth Maul #1 is available now.

Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End returns Lando to Cloud City

empires_end_coverSource text: ScreenRant

In the Star Wars original trilogy, Lando Calrissian went from a skeezy double crossing businessman to a General of the Rebel Alliance and one of the biggest heroes of the Battle of Endor. Needless to say, many fans were upset to find him without an appearance in The Force Awakens, even though the rest of the main cast from the OT was reunited. With Donald Glover putting on the cape and mustache for the now-officially-in-production young Han Solo movie, Lando is officially on his way back to the big screen. While he hasn’t had a presence in the new movies yet, the character hasn’t been entirely unused in other stories – he’s had a couple appearances in Star Wars Rebels, and even got his own Marvel miniseries.

lando-star-wars-rebelsLando voiced again by Billy Dee Williams in the Star Wars Rebels episode Idiot’s Array.

Remember Lando’s first scene in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back:






There have only been a few books and comics that take place in the 35 year span between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, but the real heavy lifting during that era has been done by Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, which is about to be concluded with Aftermath: Empire’s End on February 21:

Aftermath previously served as the only post Return of the Jedi story to include Wedge Antilles in any significant way in modern canon, and it looks like Empire’s End is going to do the same thing for Lando Calrissian. As is revealed in a recent excerpt from the book, released by io9 (read the full excerpt here), Lando is back at Cloud City, trying to pick up where he left off before the Empire showed up on his doorstep.

The excerpt includes a couple major connections to previous Star Wars stories. The first is from the (now cancelled) mobile game Star Wars: Uprising, where the Imperial Governor Adelhard creates a blockade in the Anoat sector (home to Bespin and Hoth), and attempts to retain imperial control immediately after the Battle of Endor.

“After Endor, he thought he would just be able to sweep in here like a handsome king retaking his throne in the sky—but then that son-of-a-slug Governor Adelhard formed the Iron Blockade. He kept the people here trapped not only by a well-organized Imperial remnant, but also by a grand lie: that Palpatine was not dead.”

lando-calrissianThe second reference ties back to one of the “interludes” from the first book in the trilogy, Star Wars: Aftermath, where an uprising in Cloud City is led by a pirate, Kars Tal-Korla, who’s working with Lando’s right hand man, Lobot. Not so surprisingly, the Empire’s End excerpt reveals that Lobot is still working with Lando, who had slowly led this uprising from the shadows to eventually beat Governor Adelhard’s blockade and retake Cloud City.

The excerpt takes place on Cloud City’s casino level, which may remind many fans of rumors that some characters visit a “casino planet” in The Last Jedi. Obviously Lando doesn’t run every casino in the galaxy (as much as we’re sure he’d like to), but fans hoping for a Billy Dee Williams appearance in Episode VIII will obviously be encouraged by this passage.

The passage also features a Hamilton Easter egg (“The Rebellion was easy, Lando. Governing’s harder.”), and Lando stresses about a baby gift for Han and Leia. While it’s only a brief tease of what Empire’s End has in store – outside of finally revealing more details about the Battle of Jakku – it’s definitely enticing for Star Wars fans, especially those that love the cape-wearing Baron Administrator of Cloud City, Lando Calrissian.

Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End will hit stores on February 21.

A woman’s place is in the Resistance!


Animated Gif inspired by the Mark Hamill twitter about the World Wide Women’s March protesters using General Leia Organa prints as their new symbol of hope:

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Not only the women but all of us. For the hope of a better world, for the freedom of to be who we want to be and against the imperialist, misogynist, racist, homophobic, stupid or, in short words, the incarnate devil. I think you understood who I’m talking about.


We are only starting to fight. Join the Resistance today!