Disney shows off new John Williams theme, whole bunch of aerial shots of its Star Wars mini-parks

Out of all of the things made possible by Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars brand back in 2012, few have been as highly anticipated—or as fraught with the potential for fuck-ups—as the chance to see what its famed Imagineers could do with a Wars-themed “Land” at the company’s parks. The end result of that effort…

Poe Dameron almost didn’t survive long enough to be hated by Star Wars fans

One word that can certainly be used to describe the new crop of Disney-produced Star Wars films is “divisive.” Despite the films’ box office success, there doesn’t seem to be a single scene or character from the new trilogy that supposed fans of the franchise can all agree is good. Even Poe Dameron—the traditional,…

Pedro Pascal to star as Not Boba Fett in Disney's The Mandalorian

Though we’d be content with Werner Herzog playing every character in Disney’s upcoming The Mandalorian, we’re more than happy to hear that Pedro Pascal is the first official human to join the cast of Jon Favreau’s bounty-hunting drama. Though you may best remember him as a heap of smashed tomato jam on Game Of Thrones…

Disney's streaming service is getting a Rogue One prequel with Diego Luna

Star Wars: Rogue One is probably the most underrated entry in Disney’s run on the Star Wars series so far, but one of its obvious faults was that it didn’t really have enough room to develop its squad of doomed characters on top of telling the story of their suicide mission to expose the Death Star’s one design flaw.…

Adam Driver insists that he's not an intense actor, claims he sometimes has fun 

One of the best things about the new Star Wars movies is that the new actors all seem to be having a blast making them, but Adam Driver seems like the one guy in the bunch who isn’t happy to dress up as his character and go out in public to delight children of all ages. Part of the reason he seems like that is because…

The Mandalorian already has its first kill: James Mangold's Boba Fett movie

Here in pop culture land, we always like a good hypothetical match-up: Can Batman beat Superman? (Almost always.) Could the cast of The Lord Of The Rings beat The Expendables in a fight? (Doubtful; magic rings can’t top rocket-propelled grenades.) Can John Wick beat Dracula? (John Wick can beat anything.) But it’s…

It's Rumor Time: Werner Herzog might be in The Mandalorian

When last we heard from German iconoclast Werner Herzog he was drolly teasing a role in “a big franchise film” with the code name “Huckleberry.” Because any opportunity to hear Herzog drone in his fuzzy, soothsaying voice is a cause for celebration, we sought to figure out just what project it could be. The general…

Resistance is a kid-friendly glimpse at the grimy underbelly of the Star Wars universe

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It takes a few minutes of post-viewing reflection for the most radical thing about Star Wars Resistance to set in: no Jedi. There’s not one laser sword on display in the new Disney Channel series, no evidence of magical powers. Nobody tells anybody to use the Force, or even mentions that quasi-mystical energy field.…

Jon Favreau shares details and title for his new, very Western-sounding Star Wars show

Although its film fortunes might be pulling back a bit, Star Wars is still going strong on TV, with Disney XD’s new animated series, Resistance, debuting this Sunday, and producer Jon Favreau now revealing some new details—including the title—for his live-action series set in the franchise’s extended universe. The…

Study suggests Russian trolls helped amplify the Last Jedi "backlash"

Nearly a year after its release, it’s accepted wisdom that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, was a controversial entry in the franchise’s canon. But where does that “controversial” reputation come from? Mostly the online discourse—always an unruly hive of scum and villainy—which has seen the movie’s stars…

Star Wars may be slowing down, but Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy isn't going anywhere

Last week, we reported that Disney was going to slow things down a bit on the Star Wars series, since Solo made it clear that audiences don’t necessarily need to see a new movie every single year, but that doesn’t mean anything’s going to change for Lucasfilm head—and mastermind of the modern Star Wars brand—Kathleen…

Yep, Han and Leia were definitely either drunk or high when they showed up on Cloud City

Monty Python’s Eric Idle just did an interview with The New York Times in advance of his new memoir, Always Look on The Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography. The chat is filled with insight, heart, and plenty of affable grouchiness, but of particular note is the confirmation of a story that’s long swirled around a…

Greg Grunberg continues to parlay friendship with J.J. Abrams into sweet Star Wars gigs

If there’s one thing that everybody had an issue with in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it was the very noticeable absence of Greg Grunberg’s Snap Wexley, the Resistance pilot from The Force Awakens who… was played by Greg Grunberg (he had a line or two, but that was his most memorable trait if we’re being…

You'll soon be able to get shitfaced at Disneyland, courtesy of Star Wars

Once upon a time, those who wished to experience Disneyland the way god intended it—drunk—had precious few options available to them. You could drink before you got there, sure, but then you’d run the risk of a tragic mid-line loss of buzz. You could try to smuggle in some booze, too, but then you’re potentially…

Oscar Isaac has some chill advice for all those disgruntled Star Wars fans

Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi was a critical and commercial success, but its aftermath has been plagued by a vocal contingent of haters producing sexist, incomprehensible edits, starting petitions, harassing the film’s female stars, and threatening a crowd-funded remake they promise won’t “push an agenda of masculine…

Matt Smith is going back to space for Star Wars: Episode IX

Evidently, three seasons of zipping around time and space wasn’t enough for former Doctor Who star Matt Smith, because he’s now going back to the past and to a far away galaxy for Star Wars: Episode IX. That comes from Variety, which says it’s “unknown” whether Smith will be part of the Resistance or part of the First…

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