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Jul 31, 2016

Was Anakin Skywalker drawing Kylo Ren to the light?

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In TFA, was Anakin Skywalker drawing Kylo Ren to the light?

If so, he failed and failed badly.

But let's chat first before we crucify the former Sith Lord.

In The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren appears to be struggling with his place in the Universe. He clearly wants to embrace his dark side and follow in his Grand Father's foot steps and finish what he started (whatever that was). He also states to Vader's mask that he wants to be shown again.

We have no idea what he was shown.

But we do know as he told his father Han Solo just before he murdered him that he was struggling with what turned out to be being drawn to the light side of the Force.





What was calling him? What was causing this? Was it Anakin Skywalker? Was he trying to bring Kylo Ren back from going full retard by partnering fully with Snoke? 

If so, he failed.

But what if it was not Anakin, was there another entity drawing Ben back to the Light? Who else had reason to try? A certain Jedi Knight in self isolation at the first Jedi Temple? 

If so he failed too. 

My spidey sense tells me, that if this theory has any basis of reality, it will be Luke.

Of course, given that Vader is making an appearance in Rogue One, the clamour for more Vader will be big - and what film studio could resist the cash cow that Vader is? So, if Vader's Force ghost could appear in The Last Jedi or IV, having him working to redeem Kylo Ren could be a way to do it.

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Jul 27, 2016

Rogue One - the Ultimate Visual Guide by Pablo Hildago is coming to a book store near you! (or your mail box)

Order the Rogue One Visual Guide Book
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We mentioned that The Art of Rogue One is coming out, we’ve got wind of another book tie, The Ultimate Visual Guide.

The guide’s author is a name keen fans will well recognised, one Pablo Hildago.

You, know, the great Star Wars troll on Twitter.

The book is hardcover and is two hundred pages long, so there will be plenty of cool content to feast your eyes on.

Here’s the official guff on the book.

It’s billed as being:

"The essential, comprehensive guide to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

This exciting reference format accompanies the eagerly anticipated, first-ever standalone Star Wars movie: Rogue One.

This beautifully detailed title features in-depth character profiles, plus 6 newly commissioned and fully annotated cross-sections of vehicles and mapped-out locations.

With clear and authoritative text, this book is packed with essential information—and presented alongside stunning stills from the movie."

The Ultimate Visual Guide will be released on December 16th, the same day as the film so as to avoid any spoilers for the movie.

You can order it from Amazon right now.

Jul 26, 2016

Is that grumpy guy from Oasis to blame for The Phantom Menace sucking? *


Noel Gallagher, of Oasis fame, got to have a light saber duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi.

"Ewan McGregor was my neighbour, right, and he came round my house the night he got the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi. I just happened to have two of those lightsaber toys, so I said, “Come on — in the back garden.” And we had a f*cking lightsaber fight. His first Jedi training session was with yours truly in my back garden at eight in the morning."

So is he too blame for The Phantom Menace sucking?



* calm down, I'm only trolling. 

Jul 21, 2016

Meet Rogue One's Edrio Two Tubes

Meet Rogue One's Two Tubes

This version of the Rogue One character was put officially on display at a Star Wars convention. He looks pretty cool - so named for his breathing tubes he appears to be an X-Wing pilot of some kind.

His look is parts Darth Vader, part Mad Max.

This is what Two Tubes from Rogue One looks like
Two Tubes from Rogue One

Here's the official biography of Two Tubes from Starwars.com

Edrio 'Two Tubes' is a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic. The two share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows their Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres. Edrio’s home world Yar Togna was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. Desiring to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera."

Have you met Bistan yet?

Meet Bistan from Rogue One

Bistan from Rogue One. He's a Lakaru.

He was the best moment from the Rogue One teaser trailer - meet Bistan.

Bistan is a species known as a Lakaru. In Rogue One he's plays a Rebel. We saw him as a gunner on a U-Wing.

Bistan's home planet is currently unknown. 

He is played by Nick Kellington in costume and mask. The face is controlled by animatronics via radio.

We can imagine that he's a blink and you'll miss him moment in the film but now that he's got a bit of internet fame they will try and put as much of him as they can in the movie ! 

Bistan looks likely to become even more popular than The Force Awakens' 'Traitor!' Stormtrooper....

Jul 18, 2016

The case for Bail Organa surviving the destruction of Alderaan andmaking an appearance in VIII

So, if our eyes are not deceiving us, it could well be that Bail Organa is set for a role of sorts in Rogue One. It's likely to be a brief cameo appearance. Will Jimmy Smits return to the character he played so effortlessly well in Revenge of the Sith?

Edit: Smits has confirmed he has a cameo in Rogue One.


This speculation is based on the most brief and obscure short from the Rogue One Celebration Reel:

A cameo for Bail Organa in Rogue One?

Is this Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa? If you're not clued up as to who he is, let's put this another way, is this Princess Leia Organa's adoptive father? He's got the same beard that Organa had in the prequels.

If so, that will be a pretty cool cameo as it was Organa who had a key role in forming the Rebel Alliance and helping out Yoda escape from the Jedi Temple in Revenge of the Sith.






It was previously thought that Bail died during A New Hope when his home planet of Alderaan was destroyed by the Death Star to show Leia how serious Tarkin was about finding the Rebel Base.

We wonder though, given Rogue One and A New Hope are so close together in time frames (and we are picking the ending of Rogue One will be Vader heading off to chase Leia's ship) is Bail Organa actually on Alderaan when it is blown up? Is he perhaps still on the Rebel base? Is he perhaps travelling to Alderaan and never quite makes it?

How cool would it be if Bail Organa was alive and well and made it through the events of A New Hope. It has never been explicitly stated in a Star Wars movie that he's dead.

If so, there could be scope for him turning up in Star Wars VIII. It's just a fan boy hope and he's better placed to be in Rogue One so we'll see how it pans out.

Truth be told, the costume looks to be more of a military leader's outfit rather than a politician.

Update: This is all now redundant - In Rogue One, Bail makes it clear he's heading to Alderraan.

Jul 17, 2016

The 4 key things to come out of Star Wars Celebration 2016

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Rogue One concept art released during Star Wars Celebration
Here's the key details from Star Wars Celebration 2016

Star Wars Celebration 2016 lit up the universe like a Katy Perry firework with a massive set of announcements and reveals. Let's not muck around, here's the 5 key pieces of Star Wars news that came out, including details on Rogue One.

A behind the scenes look at Rogue One was released

Ah yes, Rogue One's sizzle reel - some cool shots from the movie intercut with some loving bullshit from the film's director. They key take away's are it looks very different to any other Star Wars film, it basically looks like it was shot with a fancy Instagram filter. Jyn Erso blew everyone's mind when she said "May the Force be with us".

It looks like Bail Organa might have a sneaky cameo and everyone's favourite Star Wars little person (Kenny Baker doesn't count, we understand he's a grumpy old man), Warwick Davis has yet another Star Wars cameo. Awesome sauce.

Check out the behind the scenes teaser here.

Smurfs are taking over the universe!

We couldn't resist a jab but the big news is that Grand Admiral Thrawn is back into legit Star Wars canon by virtue of being revealed as the big blue bad guy (along with Maul) of season 3 of Star Wars: Rebels.

Thrawn is his anti-jedi friends
This was many a Star Wars fanboy or girl's wet dream come true. This mainstream introduction of Thrawn will probably cause many to back and read the original novels by Timothy Zahn  - but they should bear in mind that Zahn as written a new Thrawn novel, simply called Thrawn

Rogue One's Title Crawl might not be happening

Kathleen Kenedy let it be known that the Rogue One movie is likely to not have a Star Wars crawl. This seems a little odd given the tradition but this is a side story. I can't recall if the Ewok movies had a crawl but hey, who cares, it's Star Wars baby!

Oh, someone dies in Rogue One

During a panel discussion one of the actors who was speaking in English as his second language let slip a major spoiler that a certain character dies in the movie. We'll not name names here, go on Reddit and have a look if you need - we're not surprised, we think that everyone is going to die in Rogue One. We just have a feeling it's that kind of movie. Kind of like the classic Battle Beyond the Stars.

Well, that's a fair bit of news about Star Wars - can you believe at the time of writing this update, it was only 151 days until Rogue One is released!

The official Rogue One poster is here for you to download

Yep, Star Wars celebration saw the release of the official poster for Rogue One. It's unlike any other Star Wars poster that has been released. Dare we say it, it almost looks like a video game poster.

Here you go, right click to save and download:

rogue one poster

Here's the original Star Wars posters for comparison !

Thrawn is back and bluer than ever!

Simply this, Grand Admiral Thrawn is being introduced into Star Wars canon by way of Season 3 of Star Wars: Rebels! It's going to be smurftastic!

Grand Admiral Thraw Season Three of Star Wars Rebels
Thrawn

Jul 16, 2016

Plant of Apes cosplay crossover with Star Wars

This is fantastic Planet of the Apes / Star Wars crossover cosplay was spotted at Star Wars Celebration 2016.

Planet of the Apes Star Wars cosplay

It shouldn't be lost on anyone that the apes in the original movie were a tyrannical order who enslaved those whom they believed to be an inferior species - which smacks of the Empire's overtones of specism.

So, a great move by the cosplay team to make this allusion.

Interested in the original Planet of the Apes movie? You should be, it's a cracker of a movie and well worth your time.

Jul 12, 2016

The best Rey cosplay from The Force Awakens

Rey cosplay from The Force Awakens
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While most of us were picking that BB-8 was going to be the break out character from The Force Awakens, it was actually Rey who stole the whole movie. Played with such believable enthusiasm by Daisy Ridley, the character has truly struck Star Wars cosplayers with a strong resonance. While it's possible to do BB8 cosplay, costumer players have come up with some awesome cosplay representations of their favourite character from The Force Awakens.

Here's some awesome photo's the feature players sharing their love of Rey. First up is a certain duel with Kylo Ren:

Jul 5, 2016

It is too easy to watch Star Wars online for free. I can tell you where to watch Return of the Jedi for free, for free, right now.

how to watch star wars for free online


Watch Rogue One online


On a whim the other day I decided to watch The Force Awakens online but I couldn't get it via Xbox Live.

So I checked the wider internet.

You know, to test it out.

I was absolutely surprised that after a quick google search and with only TWO clicks I was able to watch a Star Wars movie for free.

The Force Awakens came out 8 months ago and surely there is still money to be made from legitimate sales and yet, there I was able to view the film on the net.

For free.

It was quite easy as by using Ad Blocker I was able to navigate to the film without hindrance. Except the baby woke up so I got as far as Kylo landing on Jakku.





But I’m surprised that it is so easy to watch this and other Star Wars films online for free.

The film was the biggest grossing movie in a fair while. No surprise there after all, it’s Star Wars. I understand that as the intellectual rights holder that Disney can’t control the entire internet and believe me, I support their right to enforce their claims.

I just find so amusing that right now I can watch Return of the Jedi for free on Youtube.


That’s right. If you click this link, you can watch a Star Wars movie for free on Youtube! 

So, if the question is where can I watch Return of the Jedi for free? And what about streaming The Last Jedi for that matter.

The answer is simply watch the film on Youtube.

In glorious high definition.

It’s a simple click to remove the add over the top. Boom, you can be watching Luke cut off Darth Vader’s hands in mere seconds. It’s incredible.

We get it, people want to watch Star Wars films online.

THEY ARE AWESOME.

What we don’t get is how easy it seems that Disney and Fox and any other right holders seem to make it for bootleggers and other ‘content hosts’ to take their IP, dress it up in some pretty shady adds and then let people watch the movies.

You’ve heard this story before. The internet has changed the game. People will no longer go to the movies several times a month. Not at the prices they charge in Wellington, NZ these days anyway. $18.50 for a ticket?

An extra $2 to see the feature in 3D?

No thanks.

I’ll save my movie watching experiences for the Big Event Movies like, Rogue One or whatever New Zealand’s second export Peter Jackson does next. But I won’t go and see Tarzan or the Jungle Book – though they might be fun movies, at the price being charged, I’ll watch it at home online thanks.

I’ll even pay for it – I buy and rent movies via my Xbox account. 

It’s fantastic – you can pay a fair price for a rental and then boom, I’m watching Captain America take down Robert Redford in HD. It’s no surprise that my local video store closed down just after Christmas.

They just couldn’t compete when the Xbox Live has a Captain America rental for $7 and I don’t have to get off the sofa and drive 2KM down the road to get a round plastic disk to place into the Xbox. 

But that’s not the whole story. Some people want to watch the latest Star Wars or Iron Man NOW and they want it free, regardless of Disney making the film available to watch online via Xbox or Google Play or I-Tunes or Netflix.

To compete, the rights holders need to do it quick and at a price where the marginal propensity to watch an illegal download or stream is wholly reduced. 

If the rights holders want to sell their films on the internet they need to make the means to watch them as widely accessible as possible and at a price point that will encourage people to watch their movies legally, rather than finding the latest television show (Star Wars Rebels anyone?) on couchtuner, watcheseries or any of the other incredibly free watching sites out there.

It’s actually how incredible how well organised the ‘stream star wars online’ websites are. There's clearly money to be made with online gambling advertising.

The elephant in the Room is Netflix.

That giant blockbuster of a TV and film aggregator has much of the home video market locked down. While it is not the be all and end all of the video on demand market, it apparently accounts for 37 per cent of peak down load traffic in North America. Clearly that’s where the eyeballs are.

If Disney is smart, they will do a genuine deal with Netflix so that entire range Star Wars films can be watched online by Netflix subscribers.

They can make plenty of money that way and it will reduce the demand for websites that offer to stream Star Wars films for free – and thus doing them out of the market (or reduce their position and relevance). 

Or maybe the rights holders consider this trend to steam movies for free online an acceptable level of leakage.

Maybe they know that some people will never pay to watch Star War and that 'regular' fans will and in the end they still get their return on investment. 

Maybe.

And hey, if you're not the kind of person who borrows movies form the internet, you can always buy Return of the Jedi from Amazon. Just click the link or on the poster picture just to the right.

Jul 3, 2016

Watch the Revenge of the Jedi trailer from 1982

Watch the Revenge of the Jedi trailer from 1982

You may have once heard that what we know as the Return of the Jedi was once known as Revenge of the Jedi. Indeed, posters were made and sent out to movie theatres that featured Darth Vader’s large visage with Luke fighting Vader positioned just about the film’s title. 

What this author only just learned was that a ‘trailer’ of sorts was released for the film and it accompanied re-screenings of the first two movies. 

It’s a combination of words, music and still images taken from the movie i.e. there is no action in it. Have a look:


Did you pick up that Han Solo was featured hanging out with Luke and was also tied up? Given Han Solo was left frozen in carbonite at the end of Empire, that was a pretty big movie spoiler right there for anyone in the theatre! Apparently this trailer was shown in the United Kingdom in 1982.

We understand that George Lucas changed his mind out the word Revenge as he felt that Jedi themselves would not actually seek to gain revenge.

In the end, Return sounds more hopeful, more triumphant and indeed it’s a better story when you consider the last act of the film is about Vader’s journey and how in saving Luke from the Emperor, he fulfils the prophecy about him being the Chosen One and in doing so, becomes a Jedi again. 

Lucas clearly did like the word Revenge as he used it in the third prequel film title, Revenge of the Sith. 

Jul 1, 2016

Dr Evanzan cameo quote from Rogue One

Dr Evanzan from A New Hope and Rogue One quotes

The good doctor is back in in the house


Dr Evanzan makes a wee cameo in Rogue One and had this line to say:

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You'll remember Dr Evanzan and being one of the duo that taunted Luke Skywalker in the Chalmun's Cantina in ANH.

He say's to Luke:

"He doesn't like you."

To which Luke politely but naively says: "I'm sorry." 

"I don't like you, either!" is his reply.

The rest is history as Obi-Wan Kenobi stepped in and Ponda Baba loses his arm*.

Dr Evanzan's cameo was in line with the new Star Wars films offering plenty of call backs to the original films and given that Rogue One takes place very shortly before the events of A New Hope, his character was a good choice for the cameo appearance.

Well in Rogue One, he literally bumps into Jyn in the streets of Jedha and as we would expect, he's quick to anger and mumbles something about watching it and not liking hom when he's angry - the same he said to Luke Skywalker..

* Ponda has a curious back story which resulted in the infamous Snaggletooth toy.