Jonathan Kasdan confirms connection between Solo and Rogue One

Yes, we realize they’re both Star Wars movies. That’s not the connection we’re talking about. As Slashfilm recently pointed out, Solo co-writer Jonathan Kasdan confirmed an intended direct link between the two films that was meant to add subtle detail to the ever-growing Star Wars cinematic universe. Fair warning: You…

Let's see how much fake money we can donate to that sad Last Jedi remake campaign

It was with both a heavy heart and a delightful sense of schadenfreude that we recently reported on the “fan” campaign to remake The Last Jedi, arguably the best Star Wars film since the original trilogy but definitely the best at inciting ire from people who seem to deeply misunderstand how movie franchises work.

A small group of Star Wars fans has declared rebellion against Disney

While still reeling from the mere $350 million raked in by Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as rumors that some of the three planned Star Wars trilogies will be reconfigured in this disaster’s wake, Disney must now face a new rebellion from within their own ranks. Yes, that nattering horde still upset that Luke was a…

It's Rumor Time: Lucasfilm might be putting future Star Wars spin-offs on hold

According to a rumor dug up by Collider, Lucasfilm might not be making any more standalone Star Wars spin-offs like Rogue One and Solo, despite the fact that James Mangold was attached to make a Boba Fett movie just last month and The Hours’ Stephen Daldry was in “early talks” last year for an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off.…

Solo created some of its best creatures through surprisingly practical effects

There’s been plenty of advancements in CGI, but, unless you’re Luc Besson—Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is underrated!—all that digital trickery will eventually guide audiences into the uncanny valley. As such, there’s no shortage of film buffs who, sometimes very loudly, yearn for the days of puppets…

Lawrence Kasdan and Harrison Ford both fought for Han Solo to die in Return Of The Jedi

Filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan isn’t responsible for creating the Star Wars saga so much as bringing it to life. A New York Times profile of the writer and his son, Jonathan, Kasdan details his early involvement, after being hired on The Empire Strikes Back. “I’ll tell you what we’re doing—you write it,” Lucas told him at…

Solo provides the easy fan service that The Last Jedi daringly denied us

After a brief hiatus, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with a new edition of Film Club, discussing Disney’s latest trip to the galaxy far, far away, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Wherein the last entry in the Star Wars saga broke from convention (to the chagrin of some die-hard…

Emilia Clarke says "no one had a good time" filming Terminator Genisys

Revealing that the word “Genesis” wasn’t the only thing having a hard time on the set of 2015's Terminator Genisys, star Emilia Clarke opened up this week about her unhappy time on the quickly forgotten sequel. Clarke—who’s presumably having more movie-franchise-star fun promoting the upcoming Solo—said that pretty…

“Hyperspace” shows how science can inform science fiction

Welcome back to Pop Lexicon, The A.V. Club’s series with Kory Stamper, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and editor, where she reveals the origins of America’s favorite colloquialisms. Today, Kory explains not only how science can inform science fiction, but how science fiction can influence scientific discovery, starting…

Here’s the story behind "I'm Han Solo," one of the worst pieces of Star Wars licensing ever

Even though it was arguably a better match for the visual tone of the film’s trailer, it’s unlikely we’re going to hear the song “I’m Han Solo” pop up anywhere in Solo: A Star Wars Story. That’s mainly because it’s notoriously terrible. The infamous track—a parody of Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” with ham-fisted Star…

Han Severals: 16-plus characters who smuggled inspiration from Han Solo

Han Solo is based on a familiar archetype: Star Wars’ lovable scoundrel can trace his roots back to our earliest myths, while there are progenitors of his world-weary cynicism in Humphrey Bogart’s movies, his charming roguishness in Douglas Fairbanks’, and his reluctantly outlaw heroics throughout the samurai films…