Monday, January 16, 2017

New Walmart & Smuggler's Bounty Exclusive 'Star Wars Rebels' Funko Pops! Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

Some awesome news has just dropped that will surely make collectors of Funko's Pop! vinyl bobblehead figures, and Star Wars Rebels fans, very excited.
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Laura Dern Reflects on the Legacy of Carrie Fisher

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By: Dominic Jones

When Star Wars Episode VIII hits theaters in December it will feature the final performance by Carrie Fisher in her iconic role as Leia Organa.  It will also introduce Laura Dern to the Star Wars galaxy in a yet to be revealed role.  In light of Fisher's passing, Dern was asked by Entertainment Tonight about Fisher's impact on culture at Elle’s Women in Television event in Los Angeles over the weekend.  Check out her answer below,

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John Knoll Reveals The Fate Of Rogue One's Hammerhead Crew

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By: Benjamin Hart

One of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's biggest fist-pump moments was the scene in which a Hammerhead Corvette is used as a battering ram to push one Star Destroyer into another. Recently we learned more about how the Hammerhead ship made its way from Star Wars Rebels to Rogue One. Now we have acquired some key information about the fate of the Hammerhead and her crew.
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Brian Blessed Talks About Playing Boss Nass in 'The Phantom Menace'

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By: Dominic Jones

Our pal Jamie Stangroom is continuing his webseries These Are The Actors You're Looking For where he tracks down the stars of past Star Wars films and talks to them about their experience in the galaxy far, far away.  His latest episode feature Brian Blessed, who played the Gungan leader Boss Nass in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.  Blessed discusses getting the role, his warning to George Lucas about Jar Jar Binks, and what his old friend Alec Guiness really thought about being in Star Wars.  Check it out below,

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Pablo Hidalgo Discusses 'Rogue One' Aliens With StarWars.com

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By: Dominic Jones

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced fans to several new alien species.  While many of the species aren't named on screen, the Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo revealed many details about the book Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual GuideHidalgo spoke with StarWars.com recently about some of the new aliens in the and how he came up with their backstories.
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'Rogue One' Is Now the Highest Grossing Film Domestically of 2016

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By: Dominic Jones

For the second year in a row a Star Wars film is the highest grossing film domestically.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story took the top spot this weekend, passing Finding Dory to reach number one.  The film currently sits at $498.9 million domestically, and is expected to pass $500 million by Monday.  This also moves Rogue One into seventh place all time domestically, behind The Dark Night in sixth at $534.8 million.  
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Video: Felicity Jones 'Saturday Night Live' Monologue

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By: Dominic Jones

Last night, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Felicity Jones hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live.  While there were no Star Wars sketches starring Jones, along the lines of last year's "Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base" starring Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, there were several Star Wars references in her opening monologue.  This included SNL cast member Kenan Thompson as Saw Gerrera and Tina Fey as a hologram.  Check it out below,

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

The IPC Podcast LIVE #128 | Top Five One-On-One Fights

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On this exciting episode, Ben and Zac kick it off by revealing the IPC's brand new logo(below)! They then proceed to break down everyone's "Top Five One-On-One Fights" lists, which encompasses a wide range of confrontations from TV, film and more. They also touch on some breaking Star Wars news, play a round of "1-2-3", and dive into a sweet edition of #BBQ. All that and much more!
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Lucasfilm: No Plans To Digitally Recreate Carrie Fisher As Leia

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By: Benjamin Hart

Since the the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher late last year there has been a great deal of speculation regarding the future of her character, Leia Organa. Fisher portrayed Leia in a substantial role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and she will also play a part in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which completed filming last year. It is unclear how the filmmakers will deal with her absence in Star Wars: Episode IX and beyond, but we just got confirmation of something that definitely won't be happening.
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Woody Harrelson Talks About Joining The 'Star Wars' Universe

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By: Dominic Jones

Earlier this week, Lucasfilm announced that Woody Harrelson had been cast in the upcoming young Han Solo film, slated for release in 2018.  Harrelson joins Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando, and Emilia Clarke in the Phil Lord and Chris Miller directed film.  Harrelson spoke with Collider recently and, of course, the topic of his Star Wars role came up.

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Report: Disney Denies They Are Negotiating With Carrie Fisher's Estate For Continued Use of her CGI Image

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By: Dominic Jones

Over the past few days, there have been rumors circulating that Disney has begun negotiations with Carrie Fisher's estate regarding the possibility of digitally recreating the late actress for continued appearances by Princess Leia in Star Wars films.  The story originated in a BBC Newsnight report, which stated, "And in what might be regarded as unseemly haste, Disney is negotiating with the actor’s estate over her continued appearance in the franchise.”  This lead to much speculation that Lucasfilm and Disney were planning to digitally recreate Fisher for an appearance in 2019's Star Wars Episode IX (all of Fisher's scenes for this year's Episode VIII have already been filmed).

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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 13/01/16

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It's parents night on The SWU Podcast!  On this episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic sit down with their parents and interview them about what they thought about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  They discuss what their parents impressions of the film might tell us about how the film is viewed outside the Star Wars fandom bubble.  They also discuss the news that Woody Harrelson has been officially cast in the Han Solo.  Plus, the first Episode VIII tidbits of 2017, Rogue One alternate endings, Celebration Orlando updates and predictions, and some very intriguing rumors.  All this and much more!
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Angus MacInnes Talks Bringing Gold Leader Back To Life In 'Rogue One'

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By: Benjamin Hart

One of the many things that caught everyone off guard in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the inclusion of Rebel Starfighter pilots from Episode IV: A New Hope. During the climactic space battle above Scarif near the end of the film, the familiar faces and voices of "Red Leader", Garven Dreis, and "Gold Leader", Jon "Dutch" Vander, are included in the spectacular sequence.
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'Rogue One' Editor Discusses the Film's Third Act

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By: Dominic Jones

There's no denying Rogue One: A Star Wars Story went through a lot changes with extensive reshoots last summer.  The changes that were made to the film's first act have been discussed in the past, but there are more questions about what was changed in the film's third act, given there were many scenes in the trailers and featurettes that never made it into the film.  While the production team still aren't ready to go in depth about what was changed in the film's third act (though a recent ABC News report showed an alternate death for K-2SO and Cassian Andor), one of the film's editors John Gilroy, who was brought on well after principle photography had ended, did speak with iO9 about the process of putting together the final act of the film.
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Woody Harrelson Comments on His 'Star Wars' Role

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By: Dominic Jones

Yesterday it was announced that Woody Harrelson had been cast in the upcoming young Han Solo film.  Harrelson's casting was originally reported by Variety, who claimed that he had been casting in the role of Han Solo's mentor.  While this was not confirmed in the official announcement, Harrelson himself commented on it during a Facebook Live Q&A he took part in with Mashable.  Check it out for yourself below (the Star Wars talk begins with about 6:40 left),
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