Wednesday, March 22, 2017

John Knoll Describes More 'Rogue One' Alternate Endings

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By: Dominic Jones

Earlier this week details emerged about an early version of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in which Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor would have survived the film.  While it was ultimately changed so that all the film's main characters were killed off, John Knoll, the man who came up with original story for Rogue One, recently revealed details about two other alternate endings he came up with for the film.  In advance of the film's upcoming home media release (on digital HD this Friday and Blu-ray/DVD on April 4th), Knoll sat down with iO9 where he described the alternate endings.
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Details About Alternate 'Rogue One' Prologue Emerge

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By: Dominic Jones

One of the things that sets Rogue One: A Star Wars Story apart from the rest of the Star Wars films is that the first scene takes place fifteen years before the rest of the film.  In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards and the film's first writer Gary Whitta revealed that, while the plan was always to open with a prologue, the specifics of the scene were very different in the first draft.  The main difference, Krennic wasn't there for Galen.  He was after Lyra, who was secretly a Jedi knight.
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Podcast Stage Schedule, Floor Plan & More Revealed For Celebration Orlando

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By: Benjamin Hart

We're just a little over twenty days away from the official kick off of Star Wars Celebration Orlando! Lots of news has been breaking recently, and today several exciting things were revealed about the convention.

First off, our friends at Jedi News got their hands on the full schedule for the Podcast stage which will run all four days of the convention and includes an assortment of shows. You can read the full list by clicking here.
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge Talks About Filming the Han Solo Movie

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By: Dominic Jones

One of the many new faces we'll see joining the Star Wars galaxy in next year's young Han Solo film is Phoebe Waller-Bridge.  The British actress is currently best known for the Amazon series Fleabag, which she wrote and starred in.  Little is known about her role in Star Wars, other that it is reportedly to be a motion capture role along the lines of Maz Kanata and Supreme Leader Snoke in The Force Awakens.  While she can't say much about the film, Waller-Bridge did speak briefly about the experience shooting the Han Solo film RTS 2017 Awards (where Fleabag picked up two awards).
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Laura Dern Won't Tell Her Kids Who She's Playing in 'The Last Jedi'

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By: Dominic Jones

Everyone knows that the level of secrecy surrounding a Star Wars movie is insane and the cast is not allowed to tell anyone what's going to happen in the film.  You might think an exception could be made for immediate family members, but this is not the case for Laura Dern who will be joining the Star Wars galaxy later this year in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.  In a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies, Dern confesses that she won't even tell her children (aged 15 and 12) anything about the film.
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'Star Wars Rebels' Executive Producer Discusses Darth Maul's Fate

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 By: Dominic Jones

Warning: This story contains spoilers from the latest Star Wars Rebels episode, "Twin Suns"

The final moments of the most recent Star Wars Rebels episode, "Twin Suns", are some of the most discussed moments of the series.  The episode featured the final showdown between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul on Tatooine, with Kenobi finally finishing the job he started back in The Phantom Menace and killing Maul.  iO9 recently spoke with Rebels co-creator and executive producer Dave Filoni about "Twin Suns" and Maul's ultimate fate.
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Woody Harrelson Praises Han Solo Film Directors

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By: Dominic Jones

The cast of the young Han Solo film currently in production has an impressive cast, with its many of its stars coming from some of the most acclaimed projects of recent memory.  Among that cast is Woody Harrelson (True Detective, The Hunger Games), who--in addition to shooting the Han Solo film--is currently promoting his upcoming film Wilson (which opens this Friday).  Harrelson sat down with Collider recently to talk about Wilson, and, of course, the topic of Star Wars came up.  Harrelson couldn't say much about the film's plot of his character (which is apparently a mentor figure in Han's life), however he did have some high praise for the film's directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
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On This Day: March 22, 1976

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Principal photography for Star Wars: A New Hope commenced in Tozeur, Tunisia, on this day in 1976.

A crew of 130 ventured into the desert in 42 trucks and cars, including eight army trucks full of equipment.

For the first day the plan was to shoot parts from the scene where droids Artoo and Threepio are being purchased, as well as parts for Luke watching the twin suns scene and the scene where Threepio and Luke rush out of the homestead to look for the escaped Artoo. 
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Live From Lothal | "Twin Suns"

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On this episode Dominic, Chris, Ben, and Ciaran are joined by Tyler Westhause of The Star Wars Podcast Alliance to discuss the Star Wars Rebels episode "Twin Suns".  They discuss the fate of Maul, the role of Maul in Obi-Wan's life, and what Maul's final words mean.  Plus, Ezra and Chopper's walk through the desert, a discussion about TV spoilers, and Luke Skywalker's brief appearance on Rebels.  All this and much more!
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Funko Reveals Celebration Orlando Exclusive Products

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By: Benjamin Hart

One of the many things we have look forward to about each and every Star Wars Celebration is the exclusive collectibles that will be available to buy. A fan favorite producer of collectibles has just announced which products they will be bringing to the latest convention.

Funko revealed on their official website today a collection of items that will be available exclusively at their booth at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Included are several Funko Pop! figures based on characters from all three trilogies, as well as Star Wars Rebels, in addition to a Wobblers bobblehead figure.
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Freddie Prinze Jr. & Sarah Michelle Gellar Confirmed For Celebration Orlando

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By: Benjamin Hart

With less than a month until the official kick off of Star Wars Celebration Orlando, news about the convention is continuing to flow in. Today we have been treated to a new guest announcement featuring some big name Star Wars Rebels alumni.
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New 'Rogue One' Blu-Ray Special Features Preview Focuses on Darth Vader

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By: Dominic Jones

Entertainment Weekly has released a new preview for the special features on the upcoming home media release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  The preview focuses in on the return of Darth Vader to the silver screen, featuring interviews with director Gareth Edwards, cinematographer Greg Frasier, and Director Orson Krennic actor Ben Mendelsohn.  They discuss what it meant to bring Vader back and his climactic final scene.  Check it out below,
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'Rogue One' Writer Reveals Vader Was Originally Going to Kill Krennic

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By: Dominic Jones

Director Orson Krennic was always marked for death in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but how he was going to die changed drastically from the film's first draft.  In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rogue One writer Gary Whitta explained that Krennic was originally going to survive the Death Star's assault on Scarif, only to be killed moments later by Darth Vader.  In the same version of the script where Jyn and Cassian survived the battle, here is how Krennic would have met his ultimate fate (via EW),
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On This Day: March 21, 2005

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By Ciaran Duggan,

The third season of the Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series began airing on this day in 2005.

The story focused on two different adventures: the first concentrated on the invasion of Coruscant by General Grievous' Separatist forces and the second consisted of Obi Wan and Anakin embarking on a spiritual quest.

The plot ends directly at the point Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith begins. Initially the series was supposed to act as a prologue, of sorts, to the third Prequel film.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

'Rogue One' Wins Big At 2017 Three Empire Awards

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By: Benjamin Hart

While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did not end up scoring an award at the Oscars a few weeks back, awards season is far from over, and the film just received one its highest honors yet!

The Three Empire Awards were held recently and Rogue One picked up an assortment of nominations going into the ceremony, including Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up And Hairstyling, Best Visual Effects, and Best Production Design. Riz Ahmed was also nominated for Best Male Newcomer for his role as Bodhi Rook.
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