Mar
20
2020
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Ahsoka Tano coming to Season 2 of THE MANDALORIAN.

‘Hidden Jedi’ is a complicated profession:

Confirmed by Variety. My wife is currently chewing through CLONE WARS, but even I know that this is a big deal for Star Wars fans*. It’s going to be interesting to see a no-fooling Jedi show up in THE MANDALORIAN next season.

Moe Lane

*I am not a Star Wars fan. It’s not that I don’t like the correct percentage of the movies; I do, and I’ve seen some of them a bunch of times. It’s just that I don’t have a sufficient grasp of The Knowledge to qualify; which is something I abruptly discovered the first time I played in a Star Wars TTRPG. It was educational! And very, very humbling.

Feb
04
2020
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Season 2 of THE MANDALORIAN dropping in October 2020.

Nobody reading this will probably be all that surprised, of course. Disney was about as likely to not renew THE MANDALORIAN as they would be to suddenly declare everything in their catalog before 2000 AD to be public domain. But, you know, it’s nice to have a date. Certainly the people in charge of making sure that there are BABY YODAS FOR CHRISTMAS THIS TIME, BOB* will be thrilled for the heads-up.

Moe Lane

*To be fair: toy marketing is a complicated profession.

Jan
16
2020
2

Disney looking at Taika Waititi for Star Wars project.

Buried lede: Taika Waititi has a busy schedule for the next few years.

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Jan
10
2020
2

The Return of Jar Jar.

To mangle the quote by somebody or other (Robert Heinlein? David Gerrold?): the Mouse giveth, and the Mouse taketh away. Fickle, fickle Mouse. Via Slashfilm:

Looks like Ewan McGregor‘s Obi-Wan Kenobi will be encountering a familiar face in his upcoming Disney+ series. A new rumor claims that Jar Jar Binks, perhaps the most hated character from George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels, is going to appear in the new show – and this time, Jar Jar will have a beard.

This rumor comes from Making Star Wars, a site which generally has a very solid track record when it comes to breaking Star Wars scoops. But take this with a huge grain of salt for now – the site points out that filming for the new series has not yet begun, so they themselves are still treating this story as a rumor for the time being.

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Jan
03
2020
10
Dec
18
2019
8

So, the critic responses to STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER are interesting.

I’m still scrolling through all the critical ones (57% on Rotten Tomatoes or suchlike), but the common theme so far seems to be, as a friend of mine put it on Twitter: “We loved The Last Jedi, how dare you mess with that.” …I’m not saying that anybody should plan to see STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER just because it’s getting whaled on by people whose judgement you take lightly. Watch — or watch not; there is no requirement. But I think that you can permit yourself the indulgence of a dollop of schadenfreude.

But just a dollop! It’s Christmas, after all.

Moe Lane

Dec
16
2019
2

Hrm. They’re releasing the next THE MANDALORIAN episode two days early.

Interesting: “Disney+ has announced that the next episode of The Mandalorian is set to be released early on Wednesday December 18th. The episodes are usually released on Friday, but this next episode will hit Disney+ right before Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is released in theaters.” I hate to admit it, but: I’m much more interested in seeing LITTLE WOMEN next week than I am to see the new Star Wars this week. And I know that I’ll like the new Star Wars, too. I am generally a sucker for them, even now. But I’m not plotting to see it early or anything. We’ll go when we go.

On the other hand: new THE MANDALORIAN episode two days early! That’s awesome. Can’t wait.

Dec
12
2019
7

‘Not necessarily possible:’ the damnable lie about the availability of the original Star Wars cuts.

I’m sorry, but it is. It absolutely is. Maybe J.J. Abrams is only innocently repeating the damned lie that he was told about how we can’t get the original Star Wars cut, but it’s still a damned lie.

According to J.J. Abrams, who you know has some insider knowledge all this recently talked about it in an interview. Abrams says he actually asked about a release of the cuts and was told it was not going to happen.

“I’ve been told that for reasons that I don’t quite understand that that’s not necessarily possible.” The filmmaker adds that the new cuts are “what Geroge Lucas wanted”. While he respects that, he does add, “there’s something about the original theatrical version that…for so many people… was what they loved.”

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