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The Force In Rogue One: A Stealth Presence

Much has been made of how the story threads and protagonists of Rogue One A Star Wars Story exist and strive to win against the Imperial horde in a world without Jedi, without The Force. A concept, a religion, already slipping into distant memory. Yet The Force subtly weaves its way throughout heroine Jyn Erso’s […]

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Tarkin Care Of Business: Rogue One’s Digital Peter Cushing And Princess Leia

One of the most exciting, groundbreaking and controversial elements of Rogue One A Star Wars Story, is the inclusion of a character, Grand Moff Tarkin, played in the original Star Wars by the now deceased Peter Cushing. Controversial, because the method used was a CG scan of his face over a physically similar actor (Holby […]

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Cape Fear: Darth Vader’s Rogue One Abode

One of the most fun aspects for any film-maker involved in the resurgence of Star Wars on the big screen must be raiding the archives at LucasFilm. And with primo – baddie Darth Vader occupying such a menacing position in Rogue One‘s timeline, slap-bang before where it all kicked off, writer Gary Whitta chose to […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Battlestar Galactica (1978), Mormons From Outer Space

What the frack, Luke? Imitation is supposedly the sincerest form of flattery, but not according to Star Wars creator George Lucas. TV hit maker Glen A Larson’s re-jigged concept “Adam’s Ark“, reborn as Universal ABC’s Battlestar Galactica, faced multiple lawsuits from George Lucas and 20th Century Fox on the basis of copyright infringement.  To add insult […]

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Rogue One A Star Wars Review

  This piece contains minor spoilers Based on an idea by ILM’s SFX chief John Knoll (just how did the rebels spies steal the Death Star plans?), the story credited to him and Gary Whitta (final screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy), and directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One A Star Wars Story brilliantly […]

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Star Wars And The Mystery of The Moving Death Star Dish

Ever wonder why in Star Wars, when R2D2 plugs into the Rebel’s Yavin computer, the Death Star plans show the weapon’s deflector dish slap bang in the middle of the equatorial trench? Well, wonder no more! (This piece contains a minor spoiler for Rogue one.) It’s basically because of this matte painting: Larry Cuba was […]

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Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade, a fan film

In anticipation of the latest Star Wars “stand-alone” story Rogue One, here is a surprisingly fun fan made short stand alone, featuring none other than the Galaxy’s greatest scoundrel, Han Solo. Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade stars Jamie Costa as Han Solo, with Corey Daniel as everyone’s favourite Wookiee Chewbacca. Playing the villain of the […]

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Star Wars, Grindhoused

When George Lucas was making Star Wars back in the ’70’s, the 1930’s space serial throwback approach was a far from sure thing, with overshoots, over budgeting, and last minute untried special effects. It’s easy to forget how unusual it was, with it being so prevalent now in pop culture. The grungy, “used-universe” look of the film […]

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Featurette

Here’s a new short featurette to whet your appetite for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, possibly the most anticipated film for many a year, if like me you ever wondered as a kid what happened before Princess Leia’s ship tore across the screen way back in 1977. From Lucasfilm comes the first of the […]

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Rogue One: A War Story(s)

Star Wars trailer re-editor supreme Nick Hedenbeck of Twitter account @NickSkywalk and @StarWarsAlert has been at work again. This time, instead of merely re-editing all the existing Rogue One footage so far, he’s created what he calls Rogue One: A War Story, with the emphasis on the escalating tension and action – the ticking watch from Christopher Nolan’s […]

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