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Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Jon Favreau reveals the live-action Star Wars timeline
The director told Nerdist the live-action series will be set seven years after Return of the Jedi.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:53PM EDT
SNL celebrates Star Wars Day by releasing a Charlie Sheen "Cut for Time" sketch from 2001
Check out "Casual Friday on the Death Star."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Ron Howard gives Star Wars the Arrested Development treatment
The Solo: A Star Wars Story director used his Arrested Development-narrating skills for this sketch from The Star Wars Show.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Disney Channel orders Star Wars Resistance animated series
The anime-inspired Star Wars Resistance will premiere on Disney Channel this fall and also air on Disney XD. According to Variety, "the show follows a young pilot named Kazudo Xiono who was recruited by the Resistance to spy on the increasing threat of the First Order. The time period explored in the series will be uncharted territory as the events occur prior to the 2015 blockbuster The Force Awakens."
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Mayim Bialik: "I peed my pants" when Mark Hamill visited The Big Bang Theory set
Bialik posted a picture Wednesday of her and Kaley Cuoco losing their minds at Hamill's visit. Hamill tweeted in response: "I had the same reaction meeting these 2 lovelies as @missmayim (fortunately for me I was wearing my #ESB #BactaBriefs at the time)."
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Margaret Atwood says The Handmaid's Tale would've still worked if Hillary Clinton was president
"It would have worked as a show, but it wouldn’t have worked the same way," says the author, who says she's too old to be surprised by Donald Trump's victory. "Of course not. You always view these things through the lens of events that have taken place. Charles Lindbergh seemed like a possibility for president of the United States in the 1930s. But in 1942, he wasn’t anymore. Why? Because the United States was in World War II and he was a fascist." ALSO: Atwood offers the controversial opinion that the 9/11 hijackers "got the idea from Star Wars."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Star Wars director Rian Johnson recalls his Disney Channel job interviewing a young Shia LaBeouf
"True story: when I worked at the Disney Channel in the late 90s I interviewed him for a promo piece on the set of Even Stevens," tweeted the director of The Last Jedi.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Jon Favreau is the creative equivalent of vanilla ice cream, which makes him perfect for the live-action Star Wars TV series
Favreau is the perfect choice because he has a history of making stylistic, broadly appealing hits. "Lucasfilm doesn’t want to take anything close to a risk with its first live-action TV series," says Miles Surrey. "This will be the preeminent product of Disney’s new streaming service, an incentive for people who might not want to fork over another monthly fee if they’re not getting any worthwhile content. Think of Favreau’s new series like the way Netflix approached House of Cards: The company got a famous, recognizable director (David Fincher) and two bankable movie stars (Robin Wright and a pre-scandal Kevin Spacey) for its first big stab at original programming. Now that five years have passed and Netflix has the budget to produce 700 pieces of original content in 2018 alone, the company can afford to get a little strange through sheer volume. Dark never could have been one of Netflix’s first shows, but now, why not?"
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 12:17PM EST
Jon Favreau to write and produce the live-action Star Wars TV series
Favreau has been tapped to helm the live-action Star Wars TV series for Disney's upcoming streaming service. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made the announcement this morning, saying the Iron Man and Elf director "brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.” For his part, Favreau said: "If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
- Some fans are unhappy that "another straight white dude" was hired for Star Wars, especially on International Women's Day
- "Bad PR timing," tweeted IndieWire editor Ann Thompson. "But women have a tough time getting the experience they need to compete for plum jobs like this."
- Even movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse criticized the decision not to pick a woman
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Supernatural paved the way for new Hans Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich
The Solo: A Star Wars Story star's first acting credit was on the second episode of Season 1 of the then-WB series.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
Game of Thrones creators’ Star Wars gig likely renders Confederate as “unlikely to see the light of day any time soon if ever”
Although there’s no official word that the controversial slavery drama from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss has been shelved, Nellie Andreeva notes that their Star Wars gig “immediately raised serious doubts about the fate of Confederate, which was supposed to be their follow-up project to GOT, with production set to ‘begin following the final season of Game Of Thrones.’” Star Wars will likely tie up Benioff and Weiss for years, making them unavailable to work on Confederate.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
“A few” Star Wars TV series are being developed for the Disney app
Disney CEO Bob Iger said of the potential Star Wars series during an earnings call Tuesday: “We are developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct-to-consumer app. We've mentioned that and we are close to being able to reveal at least one of the entities that is developing that for us. Because the deal isn't completely closed, we can't be specific about that.”
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 4:08PM EST
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce a new Star Wars film series
Their Star Wars series will be separate from the upcoming Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy and the episodic Skywalker saga. The duo said in a statement they are “so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.” No word yet on if their Star Wars work will impact their controversial Confederate slavery drama project that they’ve been working on for HBO. According to Variety, “HBO declined to comment on the future of that series.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 5:21PM EST
Adam Diver’s SNL Star Wars spoof lives on in the Star Wars Battlefront II game
Players can of the video game can play as Matt the Technician from the viral “Starkiller Base” sketch.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 10:35PM EST
How Star Wars’ infamous 1978 holiday TV special helped shape the movie franchise’s universe
George Lucas had to be convinced to make the now-legendary TV special to maintain interest in the franchise a year and a half after Star Wars premiered. As Christophe Haubursin and Mac Schneider of Vox explain, it was a “confusing mess.”