Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Star Wars Explained - The Death Star Designers - Star Wars Canon vs Legends

Whether you’ve been a Star Wars fan since 1977, or Rogue One will be your very first experience, if you want to quickly and easily learn more about the Star Wars universe, Star Wars Explained is what you’re looking for.

New videos cover Star Wars Canon and Legends lore. Alex talks about characters, history, ships, technology, aliens, planets, behind the scenes, books, comics, video games, TV, and of course the films. If it’s Star Wars, you can learn about it here.

You can see the latest episode after the jump.

Actor Vanessa Marshall Talks Hera and Rebels Season Three

Voice actor Vanessa Marshall discusses her character Hera's confrontation with Thrawn, her Twi'lek heritage and more with StarWars.com and Bryan Young. Check out the interview right here.

May the Force of Safety Poles Be With You

I hope no one runs into these safety poles. They are strong with the Force.Thanks to Depressed Darth for posting.

Harrison Ford discusses near-miss incident in interview

Entertainment Tonight has obtained audio of an interview Harrison Ford gave the FAA about a near-miss incident in his plane in early February. In that incident, Ford attempted to land at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. Instead of landing on the runway, however, he landed on a taxiway, coming perilously close to a Boeing 737 in the process. Over 100 people were on board the plane, and the FAA is none too happy.

OK, we know the picture is from his other plane incident, when he crashed his vintage plane on a golf course fairway. We just couldn't resist using it.

In the telephone interview with the FAA, Ford expresses regret over the incident.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bonus Clip from Rogue One Discovers Origins of Saw Gerrera

StarWars.com posted a video that delves into the origins of Saw Gerrera on their Twitter page. Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm Story Group Creative Executive Pablo Hidalgo, and Lucasfilm Story Group Creative Executive Rayne Roberts are among those interviewed for the video. You can check it out after the jump.

Showdown with Ben... Quadinaros?

Han Solo does NOT look happy with Ben Quadinaros. Maybe he lost money on one of the podraces Ben raced in. Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the cool meme.

New Rebels Recon - Zero Hour

A StarWars.com Original, Rebels Recon features an in-depth look at each episode of Star Wars Rebels with a recap, cast and crew interviews, answers to your Twitter questions, an exclusive preview of next week's installment of Star Wars Rebels and more.

You can see the newest episode after the jump.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Rogue One End Edited Together with A New Hope Beginning

Vimeo user Barre Fong spliced together the ending of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with the beginning of A New Hope. The outcome is a seemingly flawless transition from one movie to the next that is just amazing and exciting. Check the video out after the jump.

New Star Wars Rebels Preview - Zero Hour

This animated entry in the Star Wars franchise fills the gap between the events of Episode III and Episode IV. Imperial forces occupy a remote planet and are ruling -- and ruining -- its inhabitants' lives with an iron fist. A clever, disparate crew aboard the starship Ghost takes a stand against the Empire, facing new villains and colorful adversaries. The rebels on the Ghost include leader Kanan, ace pilot Hera, feisty heroine Sabine, tough guy Zeb and 14-year-old con artist Ezra.

You can check out the latest teaser clip from Star Wars Rebels after the jump.

New The Star Wars Show - Enjoy Celebration Orlando in Your Pajamas & How ILM Made K-2SO "Think"

"The Star Wars Show" is a series of behind-the-scenes YouTube videos produced by StarWars.com that give official news regarding upcoming "Star Wars" media and events.

You can check out the latest episode after the jump.

Don't give in to math! It leads to the Dark Side!

I'm pretty sure the Geonosians invented calculus too.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Luke is Driving Miss Daisy in Episode VIII

Get it?!?! Eh, Eh?

Jyn Erso's Mother a Jedi in Early Rogue One Draft?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out in Digital HD and Entertainment Weekly has been pushing out several fun featurettes promoting the release. One of them tells us that in an early draft of the script, Jyn Erso's mother was a slain Jedi. You can check out a video discussing the idea after the jump.

Artist Alex Pawlicki imagines a Kessel Run Atari 2600 video game

The Atari 2600 brought us some classic Star Wars games, including The Empire Strikes Back (which pitted players against AT-ATs) and Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle (one of our personal favorites).

Artist Alex Pawlicki (www.apsketches.com) has taken the classic look of an Atari 2600 video game cartridge and imagined a "Kessel Run" game, complete with artwork reminiscent of the era. You can see it after the jump.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

VIDEO: Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Finale Trailer

Disney XD posted the trailer for the season three finale of Star Wars Rebels. It looks like we're going to get plenty of Thrawn and Ezra wearing a spacesuit with bubble helmet. The official synopsis on YouTube reads, "To win the rebellion, Ezra and the Ghost Crew must band together, resist, and stand their ground! The epic one-hour event airs Saturday, March 25 anywhere you watch Disney XD. You can see the trailer after the jump.

Star Wars: A New Hope began filming 41 years ago today!

Can you believe it? Cameras first started rolling on A New Hope 41 years ago today!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Who Lived? Who Died? Alternate Rogue One Ending

Writer Gary Whitta revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the original happy ending to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was very different from what we saw onscreen. After the jump, you can see a video outlining some of the differences and find out where you can read more.

C-3PO Gets His Own Jet!

R2-D2 got his own plane, so it's only fair that everyone's favorite protocol droid should get his. All Nippon Air (ANA) had their roll-out in Japan for their C-3PO jet, and actor Anthony Daniels was present for the event. He even autographed the plane! The plane comes complete with C-3PO design headrests and cups. The stewardesses even wear C-3PO aprons. You can check out more pictures from the event after the jump.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Two New Videos Take Us Behind-the-Scenes of Rogue One

USA Today posted two new videos giving us a look at how K-2SO came to life and showing us some Easter eggs that tie Rogue One and the other Star Wars movies all together. You can check them both out after the jump.

Stormtrooper Jamming Gene Simmons Axe is Wizard!

Gene Simmons of KISS was a guest at Wizard World in Cleveland, OH this past weekend. He brought with him the Gene Simmons Axe Petting Zoo, where you could actually put your hands on the legendary bass player's signature guitar replicas. Seeing a Stormtrooper brandishing one of the Demon's axe guitars looks awesome. However, hearing them play is another thing. You think they can't shoot straight. You should hear them try to play Rock and Roll All Nite.

See artist Derek Laufman's fantastic take on The Force Awakens!

Artist Derek Laufman is known for his work for Marvel and Hasbro, as well as his own comic, Ruin World. He has brought his signature style to The Force Awakens, re-imagining the one-sheet. Check it out after the jump!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

8 of the Best Lines from the Mechanical Beings of Star Wars

StarWars.com and Amy Ratcliffe share eight of the most memorable quotes from the droids throughout the saga. Check them all out right here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy Birthday to FN-2187 - John Boyega!

ROT5 would like to take this time to wish our favorite First Order traitor, John Boyega, a very happy birthday!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from ROT5!

Well, Mogwai turn into Gremlins...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

VIDEO: Gareth Edwards Talks Rogue One and More at SXSW

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards was one of the keynote speakers at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival last week in Austin, TX. SXSW posted his entire presentation on their YouTube channel. Among other things, Edwards talks about the origin of the name Scarif and the upcoming Blu-ray release of the film. After the jump you can watch the video.

I Can Feel the Conflict Within You

What to do... What to do... Thanks to Star Wars Underworld for the meme!

Happy Birthday to Mr. Alan Tudyk!

ROT5 is going to tell Alan Tudyk to have a very happy birthday because the Captain told us to!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Star Wars Guests at All-Con Dallas This Weekend!

The Annual All-Con is taking place this coming weekend in Dallas, TX (Addison, to be more specific) and they have a nice roster of Star Wars guests attending to meet and greet fans of a galaxy far, far away. Gerald Home is best known to Star Wars fans as Tessek - Squid Head and the Mon Calamari Officer in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Mark Dodson voiced Salacious Crumb in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and provided various voices for Ewoks: The Battle for Endor and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. David Ankrum was the voice actor for Wedge Antilles in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (he overdubbed both Denis Lawson and Colin Higgins throughout the film) and voiced the PA Announcer in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Voice actor Neil Kaplan brought to life the hulking, brutish, bounty hunter companion Skadge in Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well as Imperial Governor Adelhard in Star Wars: Uprising and Bendak Starkiller in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Get more info after the jump.

Follow All Interstellar Road Signs!

Unless you want to deal with the Empire, you best follow the billboard's advice! Thanks to Web of Star Wars for the pic.

Return to Jakku with New Legoland California Display

StarWars.com and James Floyd spoke to Legoland California's Peter Ronchetti and builder Matt Slagle about the newest The Force Awakens display and going back to Jakku, LEGO style. Get 7 bricktastic details right here.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Become a Better "Star Wars" Gamer with These 10 Tips

Are you stuck on a level in a "Star Wars" game? Here are 10 lessons that will make you a better gamer provided by StarWars.com and freelance video game journalist, critic, and video producer Steven Strom.

Who Wants to Removio Zuvio?

Ryan Dougherty has taken his anger at Constable Zuvio's absence in "The Force Awakens" a bit seriously. Dougherty posted a video of himself taking out his Zuvio action figure with many different weapons. The video was accompanied by the hashtag #RemovioZuvio. You can check the video out after the jump.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Get Educated on Lightsabers - 5 Things You Might Not Know

Over the years, more and more has been revealed about the iconic Jedi weapons known as lightsabers. StarWars.com and Amy Ratcliffe discuss five things you might not know about lightsabers right here.

These Darth Vader Carrying Cases are GOLD... Literally!

Only 100 of these gold Darth Vader carrying cases were manufactured. They were used to test out the gold paint for the C-3PO carrying cases which Kenner released. I don't know why, but for some reason the gold Darth Vader makes me think about Indiana Jones looking for it, like the Incan statue in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Thanks to the "Star Wars" Collector's Archive for the picture.

Friday, March 10, 2017

UPDATED! Escape from Scarif at South by Southwest (SXSW)

We were just contacted earlier this week about an incredible opportunity to enter the world of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and "Escape from Scarif" at South by Southwest (SXSW) this weekend in Austin, TX. The experiences start today and go through Sunday. Get more info after the jump.

Ponda Baba Almost Lost His Head!

Apparently, Ponda Baba (or Walrus Man, as many know him) wasn't just going to lose an arm in the original "Star Wars." According to these photos, he was going to be decapitated as well. George probably made the decision that this would be a move unbecoming of a Jedi Knight and changed it at the last second. You can check out a close-up of the head after the jump.

New Special "Star Wars Rebels" Preview - "Maul's Revenge - Twin Suns Preview"

This animated entry in the "Star Wars" franchise fills the gap between the events of "Episode III" and "Episode IV." Imperial forces occupy a remote planet and are ruling -- and ruining -- its inhabitants' lives with an iron fist. A clever, disparate crew aboard the starship Ghost takes a stand against the Empire, facing new villains and colorful adversaries. The rebels on the Ghost include leader Kanan, ace pilot Hera, feisty heroine Sabine, tough guy Zeb and 14-year-old con artist Ezra.

You can check out the latest teaser clip from "Star Wars Rebels" after the jump.

Steve Sansweet tours his private collection (VIDEO)

This video is a few years old, but still worth watching. Whenever Steve Sansweet gives a private tour of his Star Wars collection, you have to watch the video. Especially when he is showing off rare and unreleased items, including the Rocket Firing Boba Fett.

You can watch the video after the jump.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gene Simmons - Sith Lord

I've met Gene Simmons a few times now and every time I wear one of my "Star Wars" / KISS mashup shirts. Basically, they have Darth Maul with his tongue out and playing guitar with the logo "SITH" in the KISS font. He always comments on how cool they are. I know he's a "Star Wars" fan because I've seen pictures of him going to see "The Force Awakens" with his family brandishing a lightsaber. Here we have a Topps trading card digitally fashioned to show the Demon himself posing with a red lightsaber. Who's ready to see Darth Demon make an appearance in his own solo "Star Wars" / KISS crossover film? Thanks to Sam Weller for posting this on his Twitter.

Marvel Kicks Off New Darth Vader Comic Starting at #1 Again

Writer Charles Soule speaks with StarWars.com and Dan Brooks about Marvel's new Darth Vader series, which is set immediately after "Revenge of the Sith." The upcoming comic sees the rise of the Sith Lord, the construction of his lightsaber, and more. Check out the interview right here.

Happy Birthday to Oscar Isaac!

ROT5 would like to wish a happy birthday to the Resistance's ace pilot, Poe Dameron. He's a man with a mission and we look forward to seeing more of him in "The Last Jedi!"


Topps Sugar-Free Bubble Gum Wrappers Card Set is vintage-styled greatness

Topps' newest Star Wars card set is a throwback to 1978, which recreates the classic Star Wars Sugar-Free Bubble Gum Wrappers! We have the full details, photos, a checklist and a link to order a set, all after the jump!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy Birthday to Freddie Prinze Jr.!

ROT5 would like to wish a very happy birthday to the voice of Kanan, Freddie Prinze Jr.! We loved you before you were in "Star Wars Rebels!" We're also big fans of "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "Wing Commander," "Scooby-Doo," "She's All That," and "Head Over Heels."

"Star Wars Rebels" Returns for Fourth Season

The hit animated series "Star Wars Rebels" will return for its fourth season this fall on Disney XD. Get more information right here.

The Real Reason Anakin Became Darth Vader

The real reason Anakin Skywalker lost his mind and turned to the Dark Side has been revealed.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Read An Excerpt from Timothy Zahn's "Thrawn" Novel

You can now read an excerpt as everyone's favorite blue Grand Admiral returns to the "Star Wars" book universe in "Thrawn." The book is written by Timothy Zahn and comes out on April 11th. Click here to get a sneak preview of the novel.

King Kong Doesn't Have Anything on Exogorth

"Kong: Skull Island" comes out on Friday. Big Deal! The Exogorth, commonly known as the space slug, can be seen here wreaking way more havoc than Kong could ever dream of! The Exogorth could swallow Kong whole! "Star Wars" wins again!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Beware the Wookiee Monster!

George Takei posted this on his Facebook page a while back. I'm pretty sure the Wookiee Monster would enjoy cookies as well. Takei is one of the few actors to cross franchises between "Star Wars" and "Star Trek," boldly going where many fans of both wish he would never go. I say good for you, Mr. Takei! He played Mr. Sulu in both the "Star Trek" original series and movies AND he played Lok Durd in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

Bringing "Star Wars" to Disneyland's Space Mountain

Producer Elissa Logozia discusses how a Disneyland classic hit lightspeed and brought "Star Wars" to Space Mountain. You can read StarWars.com and Dan Brooks' interview right here.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Victor Starspeeder Back in "Jedi Academy: Force Oversleeps"

StarWars.com and James Floyd interview writer / artist Jarrett J. Krosoczka about Victor Starspeeder's sophomore-year adventures in "Jedi Academy: The Force Oversleeps." We find out what Victor can expect in his return to Jedi School, from surprises to "Stargram," in this first look of the book. You can check out the interview right here.