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The Star Wars News Roundup for March 22, 2019

Star Wars news for the week of March 22, 2019 The purpose of this roundup is to put all the Star Wars news from the week of March 22, 2019 in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars developments to the latest toys. And maybe you’ll even share with them something that they might have missed. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB...
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What ‘The Phantom Menace’ Borrows From a Classic Buster Keaton Comedy

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars , a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: Buster Keaton’s The Navigator. ) Buster Keaton’s 1924 film The Navigator isn’t spoken of as often or as lovingly as the much more known The General from 1926, but it was the biggest hit of his career. It tells the story of a foppish young aristocrat accustomed to having servants tend to his every whim suddenly fi...
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Taika Waititi to Voice Bounty Hunter IG-88 in The Mandalorian!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Taika Waititi to voice bounty hunter IG-88 in The Mandalorian! All this time, IG-88 was a Kiwi. Back in December executive producer and writer Jon Favreau revealed that the The Empire Strikes Back‘s robot bounty hunter IG-88 would have a role to play in the upcoming Disney+ live-action series The Mandalorian. Now he’s revealed via Instagram that IG-88 will be voiced by none other than Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), one of the show’s directors who previously len...
Tags: TV, IG-88, Star Wars, Taika Waititi, The Mandalorian, TV News


Cool Stuff: Star Wars Celebration 2019 Exclusives from Funko, LEGO, and Hasbro

Star Wars Celebration is right around the corner, which means we’ll be getting plenty of news about Star Wars Episode 9, The Mandalorian, and plenty more from a galaxy far, far away. But let’s not forget that this is also a Star Wars convention. And what’s a convention without some cool exclusives for fans to get their hands on? Some of the Star Wars Celebration 2019 exclusives from Hasbro, Funko and LEGO have been revealed, and you can check them out below. Hasbro’s The Phantom Menace Black...
Tags: Collectibles, Cool Stuff, Disney/Pixar, LucasFilm, Sci-Fi, Sequels, Toys, Funko, Hasbro, LEGO, Star Wars Celebration, Star-Wars


A Familiar Star Wars Face Could Get a Surprising Voice in The Mandalorian

The Toxic Avenger is making a comeback. Netflix wants to make a modern Three Musketeers. A new Avengers: Endgame spot remembers the lost. The Iron Throne hides a draconic shadow in a new Game of Thrones poster. Plus, a new look at the final two episodes of Gotham teases the rise of Batman. To me, my spoilers!Read more...
Tags: The Mandalorian, Game Of Thrones, Avengers Endgame, The Toxic Avenger, The Three Musketeers, Pet Sematary, Charmed, Dora And The Lost City Of Gold, Cloak Dagger, Hanna, Gotham, Star Wars


After $71 billion merger, new owner Disney begins layoffs of Fox executive ranks

The day after closing its deal to take , The Walt Disney Company began laying off executives at the Century City studio, according to multiple reports Thursday. Among those receiving as 60-day notice was Fox’s Domestic Distribution president Chris Aronson, who issued the following statement: “I am extremely grateful for my time at Twentieth Century Fox under the leadership of Tom, Jim, and Stacey,” Aronson’s statement said, referring to former Fox studio chiefs. “It has been an honor and a priv...
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The Mandalorian Panel Confirmed for Star Wars Celebration 2019

BEGIN SLIDESHOW The Mandalorian panel confirmed for Star Wars Celebration 2019 Fans will have a chance to go inside the upcoming live-action series The Mandalorian with executive producer and writer Jon Favreau and executive producer and director Dave Filoni at this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. The panel is scheduled for Sunday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m. on the Celebration Stage and will be presented simultaneously at the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages. PB ...
Tags: Star Wars, TV, Movies, Chicago, TV News, Resistance, Jon Favreau, Extras, Chewbacca, Topps, New Republic, Cody, Tom Kane, Peter Mayhew, Ray Park, McCormick Place


University Professor Has Redesigned The Zweibrück Observatory In Germany Into R2-D2

Star Wars fans know him, the little droid R2-D2. Through him, friends of space can now look into the stars, more precisely into the Zweibrück starry sky. Because Hubert Zitt, professor at the Zweibrücken University of Applied Sciences and known for Star Trek and Star Wars lectures, together with a small team consisting of his father-in-law Horst Helle, the master painter Klaus Ruffing and several... Source
Tags: Star Wars, Design, Star Trek, R2-d2, Professor, Observatory, Zweibrück, Zweibrück Observatory In Germany Into, Hubert Zitt, Zweibrücken University of Applied Sciences, Horst Helle, Klaus Ruffing


Disney Homepage Filled with Character Acquisitions After Fox Merger

Disney homepage filled with character acquisitions after Fox merger Now that Disney has officially acquired 20th Century Fox and all its assets, the House of Mouse has made it clear just how much of pop culture falls under its roof. As The Hollywood Reporter pointed out, a quick trip to TheWaltDisneyCompany.com reveals the usual Disney animated favorites along with characters from Star Wars and Marvel Studios, now side-by-side with Deadpool, Avatar, The Simpsons, Atlanta, and the happy couple...
Tags: Europe, Star Wars, TV, Movies, Nbc, Abc, Mexico, Disney, Atlanta, Fox, Brazil, TV News, Hulu, Merger, 20th Century Fox, Marvel Studios


The Best TV Shows and Movies Leaving Netflix in April 2019

The weather is finally getting warmer, and that means more time outside. But you can always set aside part of your day for a little bit of Netflix. Thankfully, there’s not a mass exodus of TV shows and movies leaving Netflix, but we’ve picked out some of the ones you might want to watch before they disappear from the library, including a bunch of James Bond titles, an animated series that will disappear from streaming for months, arguably Michael Mann‘s best movie, and more. Heat One of th...
Tags: Christopher Nolan, Movies, Disney, Netflix, James-Bond, Robert De Niro, Heat, Kevin Spacey, Goldfinger, David Fincher, Al Pacino, Octopussy, Michael Mann, Live And Let Die, The Living Daylights, The World Is Not Enough


Disney is set to swallow Fox, to become biggest studio in town, with loads of content

Scheduled to close just after midnight EDT Wednesday, The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s filmed entertainment assets makes the Burbank-based Mouse House, for years the most successful movie maker in Hollywood, by far the biggest of the five remaining major studios. “This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us — one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders,” Robert Iger, Disney’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement Tuesda...
Tags: Star Wars, Business, Hollywood, News, California, Disney, Georgia, Sport, Fox, Netflix, Soccer, Sony, Alvin, Walt Disney Company, Iger, Harrison Ford


Rumor: ‘Star Wars’ Movies from ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators May Head to The Old Republic

After Star Wars Episode 9 hits theaters this winter, we don’t know what’s coming next on the big screen from the galaxy far, far away. Director Rian Johnson has a new Star Wars trilogy he’s working on, and Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have another (supposed) trilogy that will be completely separate from the primary saga and the aforementioned developing trilogy. But now we might have an idea of what Benioff and Weiss will give us, and if this rumor is true, it’s right u...
Tags: Star-Wars, Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, Sequels, Lucasfilm, Rian Johnson, Weiss, David-Benioff, Galactic Empire, Old Republic, Benioff, Disney/Pixar, Star Wars News Net, D.b. Weiss, Star Wars: The Old Republic


How ‘Rogue One’ Changed From Its Original Script, According to Screenwriter Chris Weitz

Plenty of movies get changed on the way from the page to the big screen, but few perhaps as drastically (or infamously) as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The standalone Star Wars film went through dramatic changes in the summer of 2016, which saw significant plot points dropped and whole scenes that appeared in the trailer not show up in the finished film. We don’t know the full extent of the Rogue One changes, but Rogue One co-writer Chris Weitz is here to enlighten us on what the original film...
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Star Wars origin story for Grand Admiral Thrawn is as wonderful as I hoped

Thrawn begins the backstory of Grand Admiral Thrawn, perhaps the most fearsome non-Force user in the Empire. Timothy Zahn's Heir the the Empire series introduced Grand Admiral Thrawn. The blue-skinned, red-eyed, master of strategy and tactics inspired decades of speculation and debate. Then Star Wars Rebels re-introduced Grand Admiral Thrawn as the super villain intended to crush the nascent Rebellion. I was thrilled. Sadly, Thrawn was kind of a doofus and not nearly as tough for the Rebels to...
Tags: Star Wars, News, Review, Darth Vader, Timothy Zahn, Coruscant, Thrawn, Grand Admirals I have known and loved, Imperial Troopers


‘Star Wars Resistance’ Season 1 Was an Exercise in Watching a Slow Burn Achieve an Exhilarating Payoff

(This post contains spoilers for season 1 of Star Wars Resistance.) Like its spiritual animated predecessors, Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars, Star Wars Resistance complements the Star Wars movie trilogies. In this case, it’s the Sequel Trilogy, with a tale of underdogs fighting their battles in other corners of the galaxy. This time, creator Dave Filoni and his team tells this story in a lighter cell-shaded palette than other Lucasfilm Animation productions. Resistance beg...
Tags: Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Features, Resistance, Lucasfilm, Force, Kylo Ren, Tam, Jedi, Poe Dameron, Bobby Moynihan, Tovah Feldshuh, Kaz, Star-Wars, Dave Filoni


First Look at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge App For Disney Parks

Disney wants guests to have a truly immersive experience when they step into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. One way they’re looking to facilitate that is through the use of an app, which through your interactions will  ultimately decide whether you support the Resistance, the First Order, or roam around as an independent scoundrel. Now we have a first look at the design of the app, and you can read more about this “vital tool” and how it will be used in the park below. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Ap...
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A Star Wars Resistance Producer Answers Your Burning Questions After the Season One Finale

The first season of Star Wars Resistance ended Sunday night with a dogfight for the ages. Kaz and his friends took to the skies in an all-out battle to liberate the Colossus from the First Order, all while being mindful that the galaxy as they know it has completely changed with the recent destruction of the New…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Interview, Animation, Lucasfilm, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Disney Channel, Kaz, Star Wars Episode Ix, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Justin Ridge, Star Wars Resistance


Yoda Is a Tragic Trickster in This Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures Short

All of the Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures shorts are brilliant. But there’s one moment in this one, starring Yoda and Luke, that I absolutely adore. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Lucasfilm, Yoda, Luke, The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Galaxy Of Adventures


FPS Star Wars: Dark Forces Remade by Fans in Unreal Engine

Classic 1995 LucasArts FPS “Star Wars: Dark Forces” is being remade in Unreal Engine 4 by dedicated fans, with a veteran of the video game industry serving as the lead. Obsidian Entertainment’s Senior Environment Artist Jason Lewis is leading the project and is regularly posting updates on the remake on his ArtStation profile. YouTuber “Bluedrake42” has […]
Tags: Star Wars, Games, FPS, Anime, Remakes, Unreal, Jason Lewis, PV


Fan Is Remaking The First Level Of Star Wars: Dark Forces In Unreal Engine 4 [Update]

Not that long ago we saw a fan create a playable demo of an Unreal Engine 4 version of a beloved Star Wars podracing game. Another classic game set in the galaxy far, far away has also been getting the remake treatment in Unreal Engine 4 and a developer from Obsidian is involved.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, FPS, Fans, Kotaku Core, Demo, Unreal Engine, LucasArts, Dark Forces, Modders


Fans Are Remaking Star Wars: Dark Forces In Unreal Engine 4

Not that long ago we saw some fans create a playable demo of an Unreal Engine 4 version of a beloved Star Wars podracing game. Now, another classic game set in the galaxy far, far away is getting remade in Unreal Engine 4 and a developer from Obsidian is involved.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, FPS, Fans, Kotaku Core, Demo, Unreal Engine, LucasArts, Dark Forces, Modders


This Star Wars Celebration Poster Is a Breathtaking Commemoration of the Beginning of the Rebellion

Star Wars Celebration is almost here, which means it’s time for some fantastic art. And this print, by Michael Pasquale, is one of the best I’ve seen. Read more...
Tags: Art, Star Wars, Science, Disney, Rogue One A Star Wars Story, Movie Posters, Michael Pasquale, Star Wars Celebration


Oscar Isaac Says the Poe/Leia Relationship “Gets Carried Over” Into ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, hot-headed flyboy Poe Dameron learned some tough lessons about how to be a better leader from General Leia Organa and Vice Admiral Holdo. The Poe Leia relationship in particular, as brought to life by actors Oscar Isaac and Carrie Fisher, was a layered and fascinating one, and even though Fisher is no longer with us, Isaac says that relationship “gets carried over” into this year’s Star Wars: Episode 9. Read on for his full comments about that, and how his final day...
Tags: Movies, Jimmy Fallon, Sci-fi, Carrie Fisher, Sequels, Reddit, John, Lucasfilm, Oscar Isaac, Leia, Leia Organa, Fisher, J J Abrams, Poe Dameron, Isaac, Anthony Daniels


See photos of Star Wars-inspired ‘Empire Strips Back’ burlesque parody coming to Riverside, LA

There will be droids, Twi’leks, a tauntaun and many fan favorites from the Star Wars saga. But for this show, leave the kids at home. “The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque Parody” boasts a selection of vignettes from a galaxy far, far away. The touring production is a blend of striptease, song and dance, group routines and humor during which you’ll see sexy Stormtroopers, a lovely Princess Leia, a sultry Darth Vader and more. Boba Fett thrills the crowd in “The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque...
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‘Star Wars Resistance’ Art Director Amy Beth Christenson on Building the Colossus [Interview]

From the first episode of Star Wars Resistance , I knew I was falling in love with the Colossus, one of the finest locations in the Star Wars universe. The Colossus is simple in concept: an isolated refueling station on a water planet, a speck from space. Yet it is inhabited by characters, an economy, colorful ships, a culture of racing, and a thriving community of humans, aliens, and droids. With an eye-catching light palette, Resistance offers something different from previous Lucas...
Tags: Television, Movies, Interviews, Sci-fi, Star Trek, Features, Ireland, Animation, Lucasfilm, Disney Channel, Tam, George, Yeager, Bill George, Christenson, Jim Moore


‘Star Wars Resistance’ Art Director Amy Beth Christenson on Building Colossus [Interview]

From the first episode of Star Wars Resistance , I knew I was falling in love with the Colossus, one of the finest locations in the Star Wars universe. The Colossus is simple in concept: an isolated refueling station on a water planet, a speck from space. Yet it is inhabited by characters, an economy, colorful ships, a culture of racing, and a thriving community of humans, aliens, and droids. With an eye-catching light palette, Resistance offers something different from previous Lucas...
Tags: Television, Movies, Interviews, Sci-fi, Star Trek, Features, Ireland, Animation, Lucasfilm, Disney Channel, Tam, George, Yeager, Bill George, Christenson, Jim Moore


Star Wars Celebration 2019 Sets Episode IX Panel With J.J. Abrams

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Star Wars Celebration 2019 sets Episode IX panel with J.J. Abrams Rejoice, Star Wars fans! Director J.J. Abrams will be taking part in a Star Wars: Episode IX panel at this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Chicago on Friday, April 12, on the Celebration Stage. Attendees can look for Friday tickets here. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]};...
Tags: Star Wars, Movies, Chicago, Resistance, Lucasfilm, Extras, Chewbacca, J J Abrams, Topps, Cody, Tom Kane, Peter Mayhew, Ray Park, McCormick Place, Greg Grunberg, Jason Isaacs


‘Star Wars Episode 9’ is Definitely the End of the Skywalker Saga, Says Oscar Isaac

When a press release from Disney and Lucasfilm last summer announced the cast of Star Wars Episode 9, it casually mentioned that this chapter would be “the final installment of the Skywalker saga.” Now franchise cast member Oscar Isaac has doubled down on those claims, and he makes it sound like this really will be the end of the road for the primary Star Wars saga. But what does that mean for the new characters introduced in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi? Oscar Isaac recently appeared ...
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Streaming 2003's Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: I am a padawan

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is one of the most beloved video games of all time. Ride along as I miserably stumble my way through an award-winning game 16 years after its release. There is some great Star Wars backstory left forgotten by all but the most knowing fans! We can uncover it, or just read the faq. I have never played all the way through this game, and only recently realized it had both been "Enhanced" with updated graphics for the Xbox One X in 2018. The Darth Revan s...
Tags: Star Wars, Video, News, Kotor, Old Republic, Retro Gaming, Dantooine, Taris