Friday, December 15, 2017

The SWU Podcast LIVE | The Last Jedi Immediate Reaction

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SPOILER ALERT!!!  On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris are joined by Zac Arnold of the Intergalactic Peace Coalition podcast, Mondo of the Star Wars Wastelands podcast, and Jeff White of the Backyard Watch podcast to share their immediate reaction to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  They discuss how the film handled certain characters, including Luke Skywalker, Snoke, Rose, and Holdo.  Plus, what scenes worked and what didn't, and how their first impressions of The Last Jedi compares to their first impressions of previous Star Wars films.  All this and much more!
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

George Lucas Calls 'The Last Jedi' "Beautifully Made"

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By: Dominic Jones

Ever since he sold his company to Disney and ceased to be involved in the production of Star Wars films, fans have wondered what Star Wars creator George Lucas thinks of the new films made without him.  While Lucas's relationship with Star Wars has been rocky at times since 2013, apparently the maker is especially pleased with the latest film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, from writer director Rian Johnson. A spokesperson for Lucas revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that Lucas had complimented Johnson on the film during a recent phone conversation and said that The Last Jedi was "beautifully made."
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Video: "The Last Jedi Cast Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions"

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By: Dominic Jones

We're now just three days away from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters and the film's cast is everywhere!  One of the most recent appearances by the cast was a "Autocomplete Interview" they did with WIRED magazine.  In the video Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Domhnall Glesson answer questions about Star Wars and themselves that are taken from Google's autocomplete feature.  The results are hilarious.  Check it out below,
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

The SWU Podcast LIVE | Rogue Fun II (The Last Jedi Edition)

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On this SPOILER FREE episode, Dominic and Chris talk about what it was like outside the red carpet premiere for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  They talk about meeting fans, meeting Chewbacca, and how they wound up on the official live stream.  Plus, they talk about what the social media immediate reaction to The Last Jedi has been and how it impacts their expectations for the movie.  All this and much more!

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A Visit to the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Toronto Exhibit

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By: Kareem Dharsee

The Force is strong with Toronto! A special Pop-Up Exhibit for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is promoting the film downtown at the Bell Media campus at 277 Queen Street West near Osgoode Station. The Exhibit is open from 11am-7pm from Friday Dec-8 to Sunday Dec-17 but closes early at 3pm on Wednesday Dec-13.
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The First Reactions To 'The Last Jedi' Are Overwhelmingly Positive

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By: Benjamin Hart

It's finally happening, folks! We now live in a world where a select few have seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Earlier tonight the world premiere of The Last Jedi took place in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium and the film was shown to attendees soon after. As soon as the film ended the social media embargo for the film was dropped, which means a flood of reactions have cascaded through twitter over the past few minutes.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Watch The Trailer For 'Laddie', A Documentary About 'The Man Who Saved Star Wars'

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By: Benjamin Hart

Earlier this year we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the release of Episode IV: A New Hope, or as it was known back in 1977, simply "Star Wars". That film paved the way for the entire saga, all the way to The Last Jedi and beyond, but as anyone that has studied the history of the saga knows, the franchise's success didn't happen by accident.
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Video: 'Worlds Of The Last Jedi'

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By: Benjamin Hart

We are now less than a week away from the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi! While we've seen more TV spots than you can shake a Lightsaber at, we've also been treated to some really cool featurettes as of late. The newest one, released earlier today, focuses on the various locations of The Last Jedi.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Rian Johnson Talks About How He Went About Crafting the Second Chapter of the Sequel Trilogy

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By: Dominic Jones

There's no denying the pressure on Star Wars: The Last Jedi is immense.  Not only does the film have the forty year history of Star Wars hanging above it, it also has to follow The Force Awakens, one of the most popular films of 2015.  Writer/director Rian Johnson spoke about the challenges recently with Rolling Stone magazine and he addressed these challenges.  The quotes from Johnson were released in a story on the magazine's website featuring stuff that didn't make it into their The Last Jedi cover story. 
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JJ Abrams Explains Why He Came Back for 'Episode IX' and Daisy Ridley Shares Her Reaction to that News

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By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars: The Last Jedi isn't even in theaters yet and already there is talk about what's coming up next in 2019's Star Wars Episode IX, mainly what's going on with the director.  JJ Abrams, who wrote and directed The Force Awakens, will be returning to write and direct the final installment in the sequel trilogy after the originally announced director, Colin Trevorrow, was let go earlier this year.  While Abrams has been mostly silent about his return, he did speak with Rolling Stone magazine recently for their cover story about The Last Jedi (on which he is also an executive producer).  In a post on their website, Rolling Stone has released some quotes from Abrams and members of the cast which didn't make it into their cover story.  This includes Abrams explaining why he returned to Star Wars despite saying he wouldn't.
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Rian Johnson Discusses Manipulation in the Marketing of 'The Last Jedi'

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By: Dominic Jones

There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the trailers and the marketing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and how much of it can be trusted to be accurate and how is manipulated to make the audience think something.  This is especially significant given what the TV spots have revealed in the last few days.  Writer/director Rian Johnson discussed this recently in an interview with /Film, where he made the statement "the trailers never misrepresent the movie(...)even when they’re using manipulation in various ways."
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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 08/12/17

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On this episode Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the latest round of TV spots and behind the scenes featurettes for The Last Jedi.  They discuss whether the latest TV spots should be considered spoilers, and what those scenes tell us.  They also discuss the documentary Laddie and the role of Alan Ladd Jr in the history of Star Wars.  And to wrap up the show they complete their discussion about the book From A Certain Point Of View.  Plus, new lines Rose Tico, Rian Johnson talks about The Last Jedi deleted scenes, and highlights from the Jimmy Kimmel Live Star Wars episode.  All this and much more!
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Another New 'The Last Jedi' TV Spot Released

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By: Dominic Jones

"Hey, watch the language!"

Lucasfilm has released another TV Spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi featuring a new line of dialogue from Luke Skywalker, as well as a few new shots from the film.  Among the new shots is one of R2-D2 back on board the Millennium Falcon.  You can check it out for yourself below (and if you felt this morning's TV spot showed too much, don't worry this one is much more restrained),
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Video: "Star Wars Battlefront II The Last Jedi Season"

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm and Electronic Arts have released a new trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi tie-in content coming to Star Wars Battlefront II next week.  The trailer gives fans a look at the action on Crait, as well as our first look at Finn and Captain Phasma in the game.  In addition, the trailer concludes with a look at the upcoming new campaign mission which picks up where the first game left off and will see the continuation of Iden Versio's story.  The new content launches on December 13th.  Check out the trailer below,
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New 'The Last Jedi' TV Spot Released

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By: Dominic Jones

"Let's finish this."

Another new TV spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released online today, featuring a surprising final set of shots.  The spot features several new shots of the action in space, as well as our first real look at the Execution Stormtroopers in the movie.  But what has everyone talking is the final two shots where Rey uses the Force to call Kylo Ren's lightsaber to her, catches it, and then strikes an action pose in Snoke's throne room while two Praetorian spring into action themselves.  The new spot was released on the official Star Wars Instagram account.  Check it out below,
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