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.

The long-take action shot has moved from an auteur move to a special-effects showcase

Extended, single-take shots are like a magic trick. As moviegoers, our eyes have grown so accustomed to jump cuts and other editing techniques that when a single take goes on for more than 60 seconds, we become a bit mesmerized. For the first time, the film is reflecting what it’s like to experience the world through…

Check out this short Star Wars cartoon starring those motherfucking space penguins

The Last Jedi won’t be out until December 15, but since it is a Star Wars movie, we are already arguing over it—particularly the little fellows called “Porgs.” As introduced in a series of photos from the set, they are short, round birdlike things described as “an indigenous race of caretaker creatures” by director…

The Last Jedi looks amazing in a new behind-the-scenes footage reel

Given that one aspect of our jobs here at The A.V. Club is to watch pretty much everything that comes out around major film franchises and figure out, “Is this any good?”, it’s pretty easy to get jaded about the bigger ones. That goes especially hard for Star Wars, a cultural juggernaut that’s been riding its own…

Meet Laura Dern’s purple-haired officer and Benicio Del Toro’s “DJ” in The Last Jedi

Perhaps we’re only saying this because the only image we’ve seen of her was shot by Annie Leibovitz, but Laura Dern’s new Star Wars heroine looks like she’s adding a giant dose of fashion to the galaxy. According to Vanity Fair’s story about The Last Jedi, Dern is playing Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. She’s an officer in…

J.J. Abrams says Mark Hamill deserves an Oscar for The Last Jedi

The talk around this year’s Oscars is winding down—wait, who are we kidding?—which of course means it’s time to move on to discussing next year’s potential nominees. Get Out is getting a lot of positive buzz, so maybe Jordan Peele will get a nod for best original screenplay come next January. Elsewhere, J.J. Abrams is…