Monday, May 22, 2017

More Photos From the Young Han Solo Film Set

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By: Dominic Jones

More photos from the set of the upcoming untitled young Han Solo A Star Wars Story film at Fawley Power Station in Hampshire, England have been posted by The Daily Echo, who first reported that the film was shooting there.  Since then the internet has been inundated with pictures and videos of what's been going on there.  Like most of the photos from the set released so far, the latest batch doesn't give away much about the film, but if you are trying to avoid all Star Wars spoilers then stop reading now.  This is your SPOILER ALERT!
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Mark Hamill and Laura Dern Attend a John Williams Scoring Session for 'The Last Jedi'

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By: Dominic Jones

A couple of weeks ago, on May the 4th, we learned that scoring was underway on Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi when composer John Williams and director Rian Johnson posted a special video greeting from the session.  Another scoring session took place today with a couple of excited people on hand to witness it.  In addition to Williams and Johnson, who were there for obvious reasons, The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill and Laura Dern also took in the scoring session.  Hamill tweeted a couple of pictures from the experience,
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On This Day: May 22, 2014

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Lucasfilm announced that Gareth Edwards would be the director for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  three years ago today.

The movie, which was released in December 2016, is the first of a set of Star Wars stand alone movies to hit cinemas.

In an interview with StarWars.com, the  Rogue One director said: "Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life - join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm."

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Video from the Young Han Solo Set Released

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By: Dominic Jones

Filming is underway at the Fawley Power Station in Hampshire, England on the upcoming untitled young Han Solo A Star Wars Story film.  Yesterday, some intriguing pictures from the shoot were posted and today our friends over at MakingStarWars.net have released a video a local resident shot of some action on the set.  The video isn't too spoiler-y but if you are trying to avoid all Star Wars spoilers, stop reading now.  This is your SPOILER ALERT!
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New 'Star Wars Battlefront II' Featurette: 'Massive Worlds and Moral Dilemmas'

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm and Electronic Arts have released a new featurette about the upcoming video game Star Wars Battlefront II.  The video features Lucasfilm Creative Executive Steve Blank, EA Motive Game Director Mark Thompson, and Executive producer of Criterion games Matt Webster discussing the game and how exciting it is to work in the worlds of Star Wars and how thrilled they are to be working on the game's campaign.  The story mode in Battlefront II will follow an elite squad of stormtroopers known as Inferno Squad following the events of Return of the Jedi and leading up to the events of The Force Awakens.  Check out the video below,
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'The Empire Strikes Door' Attempts to Solve an Old 'Star Wars' Mystery

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By: Dominic Jones

It's one of the most infamous film bloopers of all time.  When stormtroopers arrive to confront C-3PO and R2-D2 in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope one of them hits their head on the doorway as they enter the Death Star security control center.  Believe it or not, they identity of the actor inside the costume is controversial.  Several actors have claimed to be the clumsy trooper who bumped their head, even signing autographs for fans who want to meet them.  But only one can be the true stormtrooper who hit his head.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Photos From the Han Solo Film Set at Fawley Power Station

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By: Dominic Jones

Last week we learned that filming for the upcoming untitled young Han Solo A Star Wars Story film is taking place at the Fawley Power Station in Hampshire, England.  Much of the Han Solo film remains shrouded in mystery, but today we got a little glimpse at what's being shot at the Power Station, thanks to our friends over at MakingStarWars.net.  MSW posted a few photos they were sent by a Hampshire resident who walked past the power station and saw some intriguing bits of sets from the galaxy far, far away.  There is nothing too spoiler-y in these photos, but if you are trying to avoid all Star Wars spoilers then stop reading now.  This is your SPOILER ALERT!
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On This Day: May 21, 1980

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back opened in theatres across the United States on this day back in 1980.

The now 37-year-old film was released as a sequel to the highly acclaimed Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

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The IPC Podcast LIVE #145 | Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

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On this extra epic episode of IPC, Ben and Zac are joined by longtime friends Jeff White from Backyard Watch, as well as Chris Seekell and Dominic Jones(briefly) from The SWU to discuss Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. The guys give their spoiler free first impressions off the top, then soon after dig deep into the highly anticipated sequel. They break down  their likes and gripes with the film, their favorite songs from the soundtrack, their favorite characters and moments, the best and worst jokes, and also discuss why representation matters in film. Also listen for the Quote Of The Night, a sweet edition of #BBQWatch, and much, much more!
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Friday, May 19, 2017

New 'Star Wars Battlefront II' Featurette Focuses on Story

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm and Electronic Arts have released a new featurette previewing Star Wars Battlefront II, focusing on the much anticipated story players will experience during the game.  Battlefront II will follow an elite group of stormtroopers, known as Inferno Squad, led by Iden Versio during the time between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.  In the featurette, Lucasfilm Creative Executive Steve Blank and EA Motive Game Director Mark Thompson discuss how they came up with the story of Inferno Squad and tease what fans can expect from their story.  Check it out below,
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Lucasfilm Reveals Winner of Latest 'Force for Change' Contest

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By: Dominic Jones

In the week leading up to Star Wars Celebration Orlando last month, Lucasfilm announced the latest Force for Change contest, where fans could buy entries into a draw to win spectacular prizes with all the money raised going to support UNICEF and Starlight Children's Foundation.  Today Lucasfilm announced the winner in a new video released on the official Star Wars YouTube channel, revealing which lucky fan had won a visit to Skywalker Ranch, a trip to the premiere in The Last Jedi, and a walk on role in the upcoming Han Solo movie.  In the video, the lucky winner receives a call from The Star Wars Show host Andi Gutierrez and another (unnamed) Force for Change representative to get the good news.  Check it out below,
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Greg Rucka Talks 'Guardians of the Whills' With StarWars.com

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By: Dominic Jones

Earlier this month, Lucasfilm publishing released a new young readers tie-in novel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, titled Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka.  The book focuses on the characters Chirrut Imwe (payed by Donnie Yen in the film) and Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) prior to the events in the film.  Rucka spoke with StarWars.com recently about writing the novel, developing the culture on Jedha, and how Baze and Chirrut differ from Saw Gerrera (Forest Whittaker).
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TMZ Leaks Photos From the Young Han Solo Film Set

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By: Dominic Jones

Looks like we've had our first major leak from the set of the upcoming untitled young Han Solo A Star Wars Story film.  TMZ has just posted twenty three images from the set of the film, giving us a look at some new ships for the film, some extras in costume, and a look at the man himself, Alden Ehrenreich in costume as Han Solo.  We've selected a few of our favourite images to highlight below.  The pictures don't seem to give away anything major about the plot, but if you are trying to avoid all Star Wars spoilers then stop reading now.  This is your SPOILER ALERT!
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Marvel Announces Upcoming Cassian and K-2SO Prequel Comic

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By: Dominic Jones

Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm publishing have announced a new upcoming one shot comic book prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The comic, which hits shelves in August, will reveal how rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna in the film) and the reprogrammed imperial droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) first met.  Star Wars: Rogue One — Cassian & K-2SO Special #1 is written by Duane Swierczynski with art by Fernando Blanco.
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On This Day: May 19, 1999

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace was first screened in cinemas across the world on this day in 1999.

The fourth movie of the Star Wars saga and the first of the Prequel trilogy, Episode I signalled the kick-start of the film franchise a year before the world entered the 21st Century.

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