"Star Wars" and religion: Why the Force appeals to people of all faiths, from Christianity to Judaism, Buddhism to Islam, and beyond.
Marvel Comics' Star Wars: Rogue One — Cassian & K-2SO Special No. 1 will detail the first meeting between Diego Luna’s Rebel captain and his trusty reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO (voiced, in the film, by Alan Tudyk), and explain how the unlikely odd couple became one of the most fearsome galactic duos this side of Luke Skywalker and R2-D2.
Star Wars celebrates its 40th anniversary next month, and as long as George Lucas and his pals have been making movies set in that galaxy far, far away, Mad‘s Usual Gang of Idiots has been happily roasting the space opera. In its latest issue, the irreverent magazine is back at, taking aim at the most recent installment, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — and Yahoo Movies has your exclusive first look at the spread. Snoopy and George Lucas even make cameos.
When it comes to blowing stuff up for the big-screen, Hollywood’s blockbuster directors turn to Neil Corbould, who over the course of a four-decade career has handled the practical effects for a wealth of illustrious films, including Superman, The Fifth Element, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Superman Returns, War Horse, and The Martian. A five-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner (for Gladiator and Gravity), Corbould’s latest venture was perhaps his most widely seen — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which served as his maiden trip to the galaxy far, far away. With Rogue One arriving on Blu-ray release today, we spoke with the special effects supervisor about giving the movie its wartime style, the relationship between practical and digital effects, and setting off explosions around Darth Vader — as well as his upcoming work on Alien: Covenant and Mission: Impossible 6.
When Doug Chiang began designing Rogue One (available on Digital HD now and Blu-Ray April 4), the stand-alone Star Wars film was just a concept with no script or director. As soon as he heard John Knoll’s idea for a Death Star heist film, the Rogue One production designer (who is also the VP and executive creative director of Lucasfilm) began sketching out characters, ships and locations for a Star Wars adventure that would take place immediately prior to the events of Episode IV: A New Hope. “That’s how I started with George when he hired me to head the art department for the prequel trilogy back in 1995,” Chiang tells Yahoo Movies.
While movie fans love their 4K restorations and high-definition Blu-rays, there remains a persistent fondness for the analog days of yore. Over the past few years, we’ve seen numerous examples of people reimagining popular contemporary films – from Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant to Guardians of the Galaxy and Gravity – in archaic VHS forms, primarily via fake box art that tries to envision what the marketers of yesteryear might have done with today’s hits. ...
Last Friday marked the digital release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and after spending the weekend re-watching the movie and poring over the bonus materials, we’ve spotted several hidden details that we somehow missed in our exhaustive catalog of Easter eggs from the film’s theatrical release. Granted, many of the tidbits were blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments that can only be appreciated via Zapruder-esque breakdowns of Rogue One. Without futher ado, here are a half-dozen things we learned from the new digital release (the DVD and Blu-ray versions will be out next Tuesday, April 4).
In new in-depth piece at EW.com timed to digital HD release of 'Star Wars' film, actor describes character he signed on to play — and it's not Bodhi Rook
Excerpt from featurette included with home video release of K-2SO, the lovable rewired droid voiced by Alan Tudyk, plus exclusive character concept art
Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen in Rogue One. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (on Digital HD this Friday and Blu-ray April 4) was such a massive hit that it’s hard to recall how risky the idea seemed. A screenwriter with several sci-fi films (The Book of Eli, After Earth) and Star Wars: Rebels episodes under his belt, Whitta was hired to turn the events that preceded 1977’s A New Hope — specifically, the theft of the Death Star plans — into a screenplay that would feel simultaneously like Star Wars and something entirely new.
Gareth Edwards shared a few making-of details about Rogue One and told the crowd at SXSW that the title of his talk would be, “How the f— do you become a filmmaker?” When Gareth Edwards was a young boy in the United Kingdom, his parents took him to see Star Wars.”I instantly knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director recalled Monday during a keynote speech at SXSW. “I was going to join the Rebel Alliance and help blow up the Death Star.”Years later, Edwards would, in fact, write a small cameo for himself in Rogue One, as a character who allows Princess Leia’s ship to escape Darth Vader, setting in motion the events of the original film, A New Hope.
As previously announced, Marvel is set to launch a six-issue adaptation of the intergalactic smash Star Wars story and the comic book will include material that didn’t make the final cut of the film. Today, Marvel released initial interior artwork from the comic version, the first issue of which will hit newsstands on April 5. Here’s your first look at four pages worth of panels, illustrated by Emilio Laiso and Oscar Bazaldua, featuring familiar scenes from the film of Jyn Erso‘s escape from an Imperial penal colony, her meeting on Yavin 4 with Mon Mothma and Cassian Andor, her rendezvous with Saw Gerrera on Jedha, and her plea to Alliance leaders to go to Scarif to steal the Death Star plans — a scene that may be expanded from the film (more on that below).
In Rogue One, Diego Luna became the first Mexican actor to play a Star Wars hero — a decision that meant a lot to Latino fans and had an added benefit for Rogue One‘s Spanish translation team. A new NPR segment (co-produced with the Latin culture and music site Remezcla) delves into the significance of Luna’s casting as Cassian Andor and the fascinating process of dubbing Star Wars movies for Latino audiences. Luna isn’t the first Latino actor to appear prominently in the Star Wars universe (others include Jimmy Smits and Oscar Isaac).
Actor told British Parliament a lack of representation could see those from minority groups 'switch off and retreat to fringe narratives, to bubbles online, and sometimes even off to Syria,'
By Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is at the top of the pack for this year’s Saturn Awards Nominations, with the film bringing in 11 nominations.It was a good year for Disney in other ways as well, with Steven Spielberg’s The BFG tying Doctor Strange with 10 nominations and Captain America: Civil War recognized in eight categories. Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them brought in six nominations. ...
Lucasfilm has announced that the standalone Star Wars story will arrive on Digital HD and the Disney Movies Anywhere service on March 24 and then be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and on-demand on April 4. To mark the news, Lucasfilm released a new trailer (watch above) teasing the bonus materials available with the home edition. Depending on which format you choose, you’ll be able to get in-depth info on the idea that launched the first Star Wars Story outside the “Skywalker Saga,” behind-the-scenes breakdowns of all the newly introduced heroes and villains, a look at the digital wizardry involved in recreating Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia, and a featurette on the myriad Easter eggs referencing previous entries in the Star Wars cinematic universe.
Hard to believe, but the dancing penguins in Mary Poppins were once considered a cutting-edge special effect. In 1964, the Disney classic became the second-ever film to win the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, most recently awarded to Ex Machina. In our latest Oscars supercut, Yahoo Movies takes a look at all the past winners of the Best Visual Effects Award, including such landmarks as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, The Matrix, and Avatar.
Females made up 29% of protagonists in the 100 highest-grossing films of 2016, according to a new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.
Ever since his role in 2006’s James Bond hit Casino Royale, Mads Mikkelsen has been one of cinema’s preeminent purveyors of evil. Between facing off against Benedict Cumberbatch in that Marvel adventure and playing Death Star daddy Galen Erso in December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the 51-year-old Danish actor had an extremely busy 2016, which further cemented his reputation as one of the movies’ most intense and versatile stars.
When we hauled a backpack full of action figures with us to San Francisco for the Rogue One junket in December, there was one notable character missing in action. So while Felicity Jones undressed her Jyn Erso, Diego Luna admired his Cassian Andor, Donnie Yen showed off the moves of Chirrut Îmwe, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed battled their K-2SO and Bodhi Rook mini-mes (watch above), and even Ben Mendelsohn took stock of his Orson Krennic likeness, poor Mads Mikkelsen didn’t have a doll to play with. That injustice has been remedied: Hasbro on Friday unveiled its Galen Erso 3. ...
Part of the fun of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is spotting the “legacy characters” from the original Star Wars trilogy, brought back to life through a combination of archival footage, digital ingenuity, and living actors. Among the familiar faces are two of the Rebel pilots who sacrifice their lives in A New Hope‘s final assault on the Death Star, Red Leader and Gold Leader. Both take part in Rogue One‘s Battle of Scarif — and yet a much more recognizable pilot from the original trilogy, Wedge Antilles, is nowhere to be seen.
Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has joined the $1 billion globe at the worldwide box office.
(Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a statement from Lucasfilm saying that filmmakers have “no plans” to digitally recreate Princess Leia for any future Star Wars films.)