Friday, December 15, 2017

"The Last Jedi" Lives Long and Prosper

"Life gloriously imitated art Thursday when actor Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation') wore a 'Star Trek' costume to a screening of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.'

Wheaton shared what he thought of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" via his Twitter:

'I loved #TheLastJedi! It hit all the right notes for me, and seeing it in the Chinese Theater, surrounded by my fellow nerds was glorious. The Force was with us.'

In a 2015 episode of the hit sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory,' he watched a 'Star Wars' movie in 'Star Trek' garb, attracting boos from the audience."

You can read more at Huffington Post.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lando Will Not Appear in 'The Last Jedi'

Sorry, folks: Lando Calrissian won't be appearing in The Last Jedi.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Billy Dee Williams won't be reprising the character in the film.

“No, and I don’t want fans to get their hopes up,” writer-director Rian Johnson tells EW. “He’s not in the film and it was never really something that came up. I mean, I loved that character. It would have been fun to see him, but it’s just not something that ever really had a place in the story.”

Williams' manager says he is open to returning to the franchise in the future, so keep your fingers crossed for an Episode IX appearance!

H/T: Making Star Wars

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Force is with the International Space Station Astronauts

"'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' hits cinemas around the world this week, but it’ll also be showing in one extremely appropriate venue off-planet: the International Space Station.

Astronauts will be able to watch the new 'Star Wars' in orbit a few hundred miles above the surface of the Earth using one of the laptops or projector onboard the space station.

Space reporter Robin Seemangal tweeted the news last night, with a spokesperson for NASA confirming the plans to Inverse.

'[I] can confirm the crew will be able to watch it on orbit,' NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot told Inverse. 'Don’t have a definitive timeline yet. They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard.'"

Read more at The Verge.

It's Take Your Porg To Work Day!

Today is Take Your Porg to Work Day TODAY! Just try to keep them from messing up your workspace and office. They can be a little mischievous at times.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Spoiler-Free Movie Review: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

After Thursday, I'll be opening the floodgates on "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." There will be no holding back and spoilers will be unleashed on the readers. If you don't want them, then don't read it. Here we go with the abridged pre-review for anyone who is possibly on the fence as to whether they should go see "The Last Jedi."

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Find Out Where to Watch "The Last Jedi" Red Carpet Premiere Tonight!

Don't miss the red carpet premiere for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" from Los Angeles tonight LIVE presented by Verizon. Simply tune into beginning at 5:00PM Pacific Time / 7:00PM Central / 8:00PM Eastern. Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni from "The Star Wars Show" will be hosting the event. Expect all sorts of exciting things to happen as the cast and crew of "The Last Jedi" make their way into the first screening of the most anticipated film of the year. We're hoping to see the Master himself, George Lucas, in attendance.

Friday, December 8, 2017

New "The Last Jedi" Teaser Reveals New Shocking Footage [VIDEO]

"A new 30-second teaser could change everything fans think they know about 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' In the clip, Rey can be seen training with Luke, played by Mark Hamill. But we also see Rey take Kylo's red lightsaber at the end in what appears to be a combat situation."

You can read more at ABC News.

Check out the video after the jump.

That's No Moon, It's a... Gingerbread Death Star?!?!

No one said it better than Darth Vader:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Now Here's a Musical I Can Get Behind...

Carrie Fisher's Therapy Dog, Gary, Cameos in "The Last Jedi"

"Carrie Fisher's therapy dog, Gary, is in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' As you can see in the left side of the image above, a brown alien creature can be spotted looking directly into the camera. Director Rian Johnson has confirmed this little creature is indeed Gary, who has been touched up with CGI to look like an alien pet."

Read more at IGN.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My Neighbor Porg?

I'm not a big fan of anime, but can appreciate this tribute to "My Neighbor Totoro" for what it is. I'm sure fans of anime and "Star Wars" will love it.

First Look at Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo Found on a Cup?

"Harkins Theatres apparently has pulled the 2018 Loyalty Cup featuring artwork inspired by the upcoming movie 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

The reusable plastic soda cups, which get theater patrons discounted sodas, made waves earlier this month for featuring an image that appeared to be a first look at actor Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. But they are no longer available."

You can read more at Phoenix New Times.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Rian Johnson Trilogy Will Not Be Based on "Old Republic"

"'Star Wars' fans, 'Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson has heard what you want as the subject of his upcoming trilogy of 'Star Wars' movies. And he's not buying it.

He's sympathetic. He loves the subject in question. But alas, that is definitively not what he's going for.

The subject? The Old Republic, that time period in the galaxy far, far away that is long, long before even the 'Star Wars' prequel movies."

Read more at Mashable.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel Gets Funny with "Star Wars" [VIDEO]

As usual, Jimmy Kimmel couldn't resist having fun with the cast and crew of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and you can check out some of the humorous footage from the show after the jump.

See "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Cast on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" [VIDEO]

For those who missed it, you can check out the cast of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" on Jimmy Kimmel after the jump!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

How Long is "Star Wars: The Last Jedi?"

"The runtime for 'The Last Jedi' is 152 minutes... this makes it the first 'Star Wars' film to be over 2 and 1/2 hours."

You can read more at Inverse.

A "Star Wars Holiday Special" Quote on a 2018 Calendar?

Apparently someone who works for Trends International is a big "Star Wars" fan or does their homework. An image for one of the months features Boba Fett jetting through the air with his gun drawn and ready to fire.

The caption on the image is a famous one from the animated part of "The Star Wars Holiday Special" from 1978. Darth Vader tells the newly introduced Boba Fett, "I see why they call you the best bounty hunter in the galaxy."

You can check out a blurry photo of the image and quote from the calendar after the jump.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Benicio Del Toro's DJ Hacks His Way Into the "Star Wars" Universe

"Benicio Del Toro's mystery character DJ will play a 'slicer,' according to a new report... a slicer in 'Star Wars' terms is roughly analogous to a computer hacker in real world terms... which makes his purpose in 'The Last Jedi' all the more curious."

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Good Samaritan Harrison Ford Helps Lady Out of Overturned Vehicle

"Harrison Ford was seen in Santa Paula helping out at the scene of a rollover accident Sunday, authorities said. Ford and others were able to help the female driver out of the vehicle...

'He acted as a good Samaritan, just like everybody else, and tried to help before emergency services arrived,' Senior Officer Matt Alonzo of the Santa Paula Police Department said."

Read more at USA Today.

Chris Miller and Phil Lord Open Up About "Solo" Exit

"Phil Lord and Chris Miller publicly addressed their Han Solo movie firing for the first time Sunday night.

'I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That was a really big gap to bridge, and it proved to be too big. Sometimes people break up, and it’s really sad, and it’s really disappointing, but it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators and we’re better filmmakers for it.' stated Lord.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Lucasfilm Droidathon Contest Makes Science, Math, and Art Fun for Kids

"Droids that blew bubbles, displayed holographic images and dispensed Pez candies were among the entrants at Lucasfilm headquarters in the Droidathon contest this week designed to get boys and girls interested in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics." "The Last Jedi" actress Kelly Marie Tran was there to help out.

Read and see more at the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Star Wars Holiday Special Aired On This Date in 1978 - Watch It Here!

It's weird, it's boring, it's even a little offensive. It's the Star Wars Holiday Special, and it turns 39 today.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Take a First Look at The Storms of Crait in "The Last Jedi"

"The red mineral of the planet Crait plays in enormous role in the marketing of next month's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' Marvel Comics is going to offer fans backstory about the mysterious planet, but set in their ongoing comic book series timeframe between 'A New Hope' and 'The Empire Strikes Back.'"

Read and see more at Newsarama.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Four New TV Spots Released for "The Last Jedi"

"Disney has released four new "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" TV spots. It’s always Disney’s prerogative to market the he#@ out of their movies, and while "Star Wars" is a bit more beholden to secrecy, I’m sure we’ll still see plenty of other TV spots and ads in the month leading up to the film’s release."

Read more at Collider. See the TV spots after the jump.

Mark Hamill Surprises Star Tours Riders at Disneyland

"Actor Mark Hamill gave 'Star Wars' fans the surprise of their lives Tuesday night when he crashed a ride at Disneyland in California."

Read more at ABC News.

See video after the jump.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Star Wars" - Themed Show Teaches Fire Safety to Community

"Their [Harrison Fire Department] show is titled 'Empire Attacks the HFD.'

Darth Vader and his henchmen kidnap Fire Chief Scott Foreman and Sparky, and the bad guys take over the fire department.

That’s your cliffhanger. You can find out how it ends at the show.

The goal for the free [fire safety] show at South Middle School in Henderson, KY is to invite all from the community -- and especially parents -- who may have heard about the show from their children and never had an opportunity to see it.

You can read more at The Gleaner.

England's Royalty Suit Up as Stormtroopers for "The Last Jedi"

"The royals — along with Tom Hardy and singer Gary Barlow — were rumored to make an appearance in Stormtrooper outfits in the film releasing Dec. 15.

In August, 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' star John Boyega spilled the beans that not only did Prince William and Prince Harry film scenes when they visited Pinewood Studios in April 2016, but Tom Hardy also was milling around the set at the same time. By then, Take That singer Gary Barlow had already revealed that he had shot a scene in March.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Real Millennium Falcon Found on Google Earth by "Star Wars" Fan

"An eagle-eyed 'Star Wars' fan stumbled upon the [real] Millennium Falcon while performing a Google Earth search and the internet can't get enough of it."

Read and see more at New York Daily News.

Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Novel Adapted for Marvel Comic Series

"Marvel’s Thrawn, a six-issue adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s novel of the same name, kicks off on February 7, 2018, and will document the iconic Imperial’s rise in the Empire — before he was a legend."

Read and see more at

Friday, November 10, 2017

Touche... Touche...

"Star Wars" Set Decorator Roger Christian Sends Terminally Ill Boy An Early Christmas Present

"A young boy in Maine is capturing hearts and the Christmas spirit. Nine-year-old Jacob Thompson is terminally ill, and has asked for people around the world to send him holiday cards. But as Caryn Lieberman reports, he’s about to receive something really special.

At his Toronto-area home, Academy Award designer and filmmaker Roger Christian prepares a package to send to a young boy he has never met in Portland, Maine.

Christian was one of the first men hired by George Lucas to work on the original 'Star Wars' film in 1977.

You may not know him by name, but surely you would know some of his inventions.

'Luke’s lightsaber. That’s the first thing we built,' he said nonchalantly. 'This is what has become the most iconic prop in the history of cinema.'”


Thursday, November 9, 2017

"Star Wars" TV Series Announced

And more good news for today from Variety:

"Disney... is planning a live-action 'Star Wars' TV series to air on its entertainment streaming service that is expected to launch by the end of 2019.

Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger announced the “Star Wars” news during the company’s quarterly earnings call. In addition to the 'Star Wars' TV series, Disney is working on TV series adaptations of Pixar’s 'Monsters Inc.,' the Disney Channel’s 'High School Musical' franchise and an original entry from Marvel."

Rian Johnson Heads Up Brand-New "Star Wars" Trilogy

Here it is straight from

"For director Rian Johnson, 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' was just the beginning of his journey in a galaxy far, far away.

Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new 'Star Wars' trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce.

As writer-director of 'The Last Jedi,' Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.

“We all loved working with Rian on 'The Last Jedi,'” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft 'The Last Jedi' from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on 'The Last Jedi,'” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “'Star Wars' is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.”

Johnson’s upcoming 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' arrives in U.S. theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.

No release dates have been set for the new films, and no porgs were available for comment."

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

According to Scientist, "Star Wars" Took Place a Long, Long, Long, Long, Long, Long, Long, Long, Long, Long, Long, Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

First off, I'm not a "big bang theory" believer and don't think the world is anywhere near as old as traditional scientists claim it to be. However, I did find this article to be fascinating and ridiculous at the same time.

"Science has revealed more about when, exactly, the 'Star Wars' movies take place. Every non-spinoff 'Star Wars' film opens the same iconic text – 'A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…' It’s a phrase that’s nearly synonymous with the franchise and almost immediately gives that sense of history and wonder to it. The time period and setting of 'Star Wars' is a beautiful and economical mystery, but some fans want hard answers.

As reported by Wired, Johnson posits that based on the development of life, culture and approximate age of the planets in the universe, Star Wars takes place about roughly 9 billion years after the big bang that created the universe as it is now known. If true, this leaves at least 4.7 billion years between the stories of 'Star Wars' and the present day world. In other words it is 'a long time ago.'"

Read more at Screen Rant.

Do YOU Have What It Takes to Rock the R2-D2 Suit?

"Only the boldest 'Star Wars' fans need apply for this look.

We can guarantee that walking into a room wearing the R2-D2 suit will instantly make you the center of attention anywhere outside of a con. The R2-D2 suit is available here for $119.99 in sizes 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, and 48. The jacket, pants, and tie are included. The suit is 100-percent polyester and the R2-D2 print covers both the jacket and the pants."


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Father / Daughter Issues in a Galaxy Far, Far Away...

George Lucas Honored at LACMA’s 7th Annual Art+Film Gala

"[George Lucas] was honored alongside Mark Bradford at LACMA's Art+Film, the 7th annual gala that raised $4.4 million and hosted Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Kim Kardashian.

...Lucas spent the bulk of his acceptance speech sharing why he has been called to form his own museum, The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. And it wasn’t all positive. He noted the man rejections after having been turned down by cities including San Francisco and Chicago before landing in L.A. 'I have discovered in trying to build a museum – I’ve been working on it for 10 years and been rejected by many cities – that a lot of people don’t like museums. They don’t really think of them as anything valuable. I was shocked beyond belief.'

Less shocking is that he didn’t give up, and he said it was because of the kids. 'Art is important to our society and our culture. It is a window into a much larger world. That’s one of the reasons I’m doing it,' said Lucas of the museum, set to open in 2021 in Exposition Park near USC. 'It was originally designed to inspire young people. To inspire people who live in an apartment where all they can see is a dreary street, maybe a burned down car, they know where all the drug dealers are, they go to school, sorta half a school and they think that is the world. It’s not. The secret to get out of that, I’ve learned, with 'Star Wars' and it actually works, if you give kids an inspiration and you say use your imagination, there’s no limits. You can imagine anything you want.'

Lucas got the loudest applause when he said that 'all art is popular art.' He followed it up by sharing one last piece of wisdom about life that he’s learned, and it is that true artists, like the ones he rose through the ranks alongside follow their passions not for money or ego.

'That’s ultimately the true sign of an artist,' he explained. 'You do it because you have to do it. You don’t do it because you need a job or you want to prove something or you need to make money. You do it because it’s in your blood and you can’t go through life without doing it.'"

Read and see more pictures at The Hollywood Reporter.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Daniel Logan Suits Up as Boba Fett!

Daniel Logan played a young Boba Fett who watched his father, Jango, beheaded before his very eyes in "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones." A few years later, Logan voiced the character as a teen for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." Fans of the character and actor have lobbied for him to take on the role in a live-action setting and their dreams came close to true in Las Vegas, NV last week.

Some friends of Logan have been putting together a set of screen-accurate armor and a helmet for the actor to cosplay in for a while now. All of their hard work paid off when the actor donned it for an appearance in Vegas.

Logan posted the first picture on his Facebook with the caption, "Guys @wasted_fett and @lunchboxwars Helped dress me in my Armor Today..!! I borrowed a few parts from @wasted_fett to get the over all look but I love the look It's Amazing P.S it's me inside the Armor." The second picture followed with the caption, "Do you even starwars Bro..?? Thanks to my Armor building team @wasted_fett @lunchboxwars @arkadydesigns @fett_4_real @machinecraftreplicas @thewookieeroars @woodman1138 @lanecreativestudios."

Check out Logan fully suited up with the helmet after the jump.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Feel As Powerful as Darth Vader in This Super Cool "Star Wars" Blazer

"There are power suits and then there’s this 'Star Wars' Darth Vader blazer. When you burst into an important meeting wearing this, it tells everyone in the room that you aren’t someone to be trifled with. At the same time, it tells everyone that you’re already pre-ordered tickets for 'The Last Jedi' and you plan on attending in costume. In other words, you work hard and you play hard."


Monday, October 30, 2017

"Star Wars" Speeder Bikes Zoom New York City for Halloween

"If you live in New York City, you might’ve already seen one of the best DIY Halloween costumes this year. Jesse Wellens and Casey Neistat are the YouTube stunt makers behind that real world magic carpet and Silver Surfer costume. This time, they brought to life Star Wars speeders and pulled off a Stormtrooper chase on the streets of the Big Apple."

Read more at Entertainment Weekly.

Check out video after the jump.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Happy National Chocolate Day from ROT5!

 And you thought you were going to see Luke Skywalker's face when Darth Vader's helmed split open. Surprise! Tomorrow is National Chocolate Day and we wanted to share this with you.

Neighbor Builds Awesome Halloween Costume Around Boy's Wheelchair

"Cole has spinal muscular atrophy. The disease affects his nervous system and requires him to use a wheelchair. Family friend and neighbor Mike Fernandez, more commonly known on the block as Mr. Mike, decided to make this Halloween special for him.

Mr. Mike spent eight weeks building a contraption that completely wraps around Cole's motorized wheelchair and transforms it into what looks like a real prop from the ['Star Wars'] movies."

Read and see more pictures at 9 News.

Check out a video of the Halloween costume after the jump.

Oscar-Winning 'Star Wars' Costume Designer John Mollo Dies at 86

"John Mollo, the costume designer who brought to life Ralph McQuarrie and George Lucas’ conceptual vision for Star Wars, has died. He was 86.

The Londoner received a second Academy Award for 'Gandhi' and was a huge influence on Ridley Scott's 'Alien' franchise.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

See a video of the Oscar presentation after the jump.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"...And I, Vader, the Siiiith Lord!"

I thought this "Star Wars" and "Nightmare Before Christmas" mashup was suitable for this time of year..

The Force is NOT with This UK Drug Dealer

"A huge collection of film and TV memorabilia seized from a criminal who turned a nuclear bunker into a drugs factory has gone under the hammer.

Movie fans looking for a cut-price slice of nostalgia headed to Belfast from across Europe for the sale of Wiltshire man Martin Fillery's remarkable haul of rare collectables on Thursday night.

A life size Iron Man statue sold for £3,100 and a Star Wars Stormtrooper uniform attracted a top bid of £2,450.

Other lots included a life-size Terminator, an Ewok, a Doctor Who Cyberman, ET, a Gremlin and a waxwork of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka."

Read more at Belfast Telegraph.

Check out video of the auction after the jump.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

New Clues As to Who Snoke Really Is...

UK Coffee Shop Turns to the Dark Side for Tea Time

"A coffee shop is making the change from café to cantina, as it turns to the dark side for its latest afternoon teas with a difference.

Coffee Heart in Lowestoft [Suffolk, UK] has looked to a galaxy far, far away for inspiration as it launches a novel way for people to enjoy a brew.

The café, which also contains a toy shop, is launching Imperial afternoon teas - pre-booked events in which 'Star Wars' fans can enjoy a steam with a Stormtrooper, a coffee with Kylo or a ‘ccino with Chewie."

Read more at East Anglian Daily Times.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

So Ewoks Are Cute?

Next time somebody starts gushing about how cute Ewoks are, just remind them that before Leia showed up they were going to cook and eat Luke and Han. Show them this picture and maybe it will help them remember.

USA Today Featurette Takes Us Behind the Scenes of "The Last Jedi" [VIDEO]

"The Jedi may wield a lightsaber but on the set of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' Rian Johnson’s smile was just as powerful.

The director’s little-kid perma-grin never seems to leave in an exclusive behind-the-scenes video for 'The Last Jedi' (in theaters Dec. 15) making its debut at 'It’s hard to go too long on set without having something remind you you’re standing in the middle of your Kenner toys you grew up with, the spaceships and everything,' Johnson says. 'There’s something every hour on the hour that makes you zoom back and think, ‘I’m the luckiest person on the planet right now to be doing this.’ '"

Read more at USA Today.