Friday, December 6, 2019

The SWU Podcast LIVE | 12/06/19

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the latest round of The Rise of Skywalker TV spots and promos.  They try to start to piece together the films based on the new footage.  They also speculate about how many lightsaber duels we might see in the new film, and whether it might have more than Revenge of the Sith.  They also discuss new interviews with JJ Abrams about new Force powers, Lando Calrissian, and Carrie Fisher.  Plus, new Baby Yoda merch, Richard E. Grant shares his The Rise of Skywalker review, and the sequel trilogy trio talks about the possibility of returning to Star Wars in the future.  All this and much more!
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

JJ Abrams Discusses Bringing Back Lando For 'The Rise of Skywalker'

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By: Dominic Jones

Ever since the cast of The Force Awakens was revealed back in 2014 (before the film even had a title), fans have been wondering why Billy Dee Williams wasn't a part of the sequel trilogy. Lando fans were dealt a further blow when it was revealed that Williams wouldn't be back for The Last Jedi either.  Lando wound up being the only major character from the original trilogy to be not be played by their original actor in their first appearance in Disney era of Star Wars, with Donald Glover playing the part in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, & Oscar Isaac Talk Potential Of 'Star Wars' Return After 'The Rise of Skywalker'

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By: Dominic Jones

With the end of the sequel trilogy in sight, the stars of The Rise of Skywalker are already being asked if they would return to Star Wars in the future. It certainly wouldn't be the first time the franchise brought back it's stars, decades after they first thought they were done with their roles. The actors who play the trio of main heroes in the current trilogy, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, simultaneously didn't commit to a return in a recent interview with Variety, they didn't rule it out either.
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New 'The Rise of Skywalker' Posters Revealed

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By: Dominic Jones

With less than a month until Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters, Lucasfilm is making sure that everyone knows about it.  There have been countless TV spots, still images, cast and crew interviews, and posters.  Now, two more posters for the film have been released on the official Star Wars social media accounts.  The first, which features the showdown between Rey and Kylo Ren on the wreckage of the Death Star, was designed by Adam Stothard.  The second is a artistic depiction of Rey in front a star field and was designed by Tracie Ching.
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Jon Favreau Discusses Baby Yoda, New Technology Used In 'The Mandalorian'

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By: Dominic Jones

Even if you haven't seen The Mandalorian yet, there is one character that has permeated pop culture that you've likely seen or heard of: Baby Yoda.  Baby Yoda has become so popular, with memes and song parodies and fan art, despite the fact that the character was kept completely secret prior to the first episode's debut on Disney+ last month.  Series writer and executive producer Jon Favreau spoke about the character, as well as some of the new technology developed for the series, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

JJ Abrams Talks New Force Powers In 'The Rise of Skywalker'

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By: Dominic Jones

Just about every film in the Skywalker Saga has introduced new Force powers, and its finale, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will be no different.  Director and co-writer JJ Abrams spoke with Vanity Fair this week about introducing new Force powers in the film.  Abrams emphasized the importance of bringing something new to each Star Wars film, even when dealing iconic moments in the films like lightsaber duels and chase scenes.
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Watch The "Dedication Moment" For The 'Rise of the Resistance' Ride At Disney World

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By: Dominic Jones

Anyone whose been to a Galaxy's Edge park, either in California or Florida, will tell you it's an incredible experience.  It really is.  However, it's clear that the fact the Rise of the Resistance ride wasn't ready to open when the parks did earlier this year left a bit of a whole in the park.  Luckily, the ride is set to open, at long last, tomorrow in Disney World in Florida (sadly, however, it still won't open until January 17th in California).
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'The Rise of Skywalker' Press Conference Recap

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By: Dominic Jones

The cast and principle crew members of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gathered in Los Angeles to hold a press conference promoting the film's released later this month.  The conference was moderated by Selma and A Wrinkle In Time director Ava DuVarney, and featured director JJ Abrams, co-writer Chris Terio, and producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, as well as cast members Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Keri Russel, Billy Dee Williams, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Kelly Marie Tran, and Anthony Daniels.
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New 'The Rise of Skywalker' TV Spots Released (Updated!)

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By: Dominic Jones

Just in case you felt you hadn't seen enough footage from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm has released several new TV spots promoting the film.  Each one has a few new shots of footage and some of them have new lines of dialogue, including Rey saying "it's too dangerous Finn, I have to go alone", and Poe saying "what our mothers and fathers fought for, today we make our last stand".  Among the new footage is a new shot of Lando Calrissian, Rey holding up a dagger of some kind on the planet Kef Bir, and the Millennium Falcon flying through a red cave with large spikes.
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'The Mandalorian' Season One Finale Preview Synopsis Revealed

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By: Dominic Jones

We've passed the halfway point in the first season of The Mandalorian, and the series has already taken some exciting twists and turns. With just four episodes left in season one (with season two already in production, thankfully), Disney has released a brief preview synopsis of the season finale, which will be released on Disney+ on December 27th.  The synopsis is not super spoiler-y, but if you want to go into the finale (or even the back half of the season) without knowing anything I would recommend you stop reading now.

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"Star Wars Resistance: Kaz's Curse" Preview Clip

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm has released a new preview clip from this Sunday's new episode of the animated series Star Wars Resistance, "Kaz's Curse". The clip features Kaz playing dice with the pirates on The Colossus, and winning big time.  Kaz's luck, which results in Kaz winning lots of credits (and one boot), irritates one pirate to the point where he places a curse on Kaz (much to Neeku's horror).  You can check out the clip below,
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Richard E. Grant Shares His Review Of 'Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker'

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By: Ben Hart

We are now anxiously awaiting the release of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker in just 15 days! Last week director J.J. Abrams confirmed that the film was indeed finished, and today we got our first very first review from someone who has actually seen it.
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The Kazuda Kast | "The Voxx Vortex 5000"

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Ciaran discuss the Star Wars Resistance episode "The Voxx Vortex 5000".  They discuss the new character Vranki the Blue, and how he both is and isn't similar to other Hutts we've seen before.  They also delve into what this episode tells us about the state of the galaxy in the post-Last Jedi era.  Then they have a big picture discussion about how the season has been going as a whole, and what it means when people use the term "filler".  Plus, racing is back, prequel era design connections, and the lengths the crew of The Colossus are willing to go to.  All this and much more!
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

JJ Abrams Talks Finn's Origin, Rey and Kylo's Connection in 'The Rise of Skywalker'

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By: Dominic Jones

JJ Abrams had a tall task when it came to making Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.  Not only did he have to make a great movie, he also had to make on that brought to an end the sequel trilogy and the entire nine film Skywalker Saga.  To do this, had to come up with exciting and satisfying conclusions to the character arcs of the heroes of this trilogy.  The director, as well as his co-writer Chris Terio, spoke about these challenges and teased what's to come in a new in a new series of interviews with Vanity Fair.
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Daisy Ridley Breaks Down 'The Last Jedi' Throne Room Scene

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By: Dominic Jones

While all eyes are on the immediate future and the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, British GQ asked Rey actress Daisy Ridley to break down one of the most iconic scenes from the most recent installment in the Skywalker saga.  In a new video, Ridley watches the throne roome sequence from The Last Jedi on a laptop, pausing every few seconds to share stories from the set and praise her colleagues (especially Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, and the stunt crew).
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