Monday, February 27, 2017
What if R2-D2 actually talked? What would he sound like? How would it have affected the outcome of the original "Star Wars?" If you've read Dark Horse's "The Star Wars" comic book, which is based on George Lucas's original script for the movie, you know that the astromech droid was actually going to have a voice. YouTube user Auralnauts gives everyone curious a chance to hear what it might have been like if R2-D2 spoke in a video that put together. Voice actor Scheiffer Bates ("Robot Chicken," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!, "Tinkershrimp & Dutch") provided the scrappy droid's voice. You can check the video out after the jump.
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.
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, February 24, 2017
One impressive fan named Taylor Walker built an amazing, homemade Lego Mandalorian Darksaber from "Star Wars Rebels" brick by brick. StarWars.com and Kristin Baver talk to Taylor about his creation right here. After the jump you can see a picture of Taylor and his Lego Darksaber.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
New "The Star Wars Show" - "'Rogue One' Comes Home, a Big Celebration Panel Announced, and THE 'Star Wars' Collecting Rule"
"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.
Katharine Trendacosta of website io9 dug up what appears to be a verse from the Guardian of the Whills from Chuck Wendig's upcoming novel "Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End" in which there's a familiar line we've heard Obi-Wan Kenobi quote while trying to explain away his deception about Darth Vader's true identity to Luke Skywalker. Apparently, Kenobi was just practicing his religion. Check out the verse right here:
The truth in our soulWhat in the world does any of that even mean? Honestly, it sounds like a bunch of meta-physical mumbo-jumbo. There are times where I long for the simple days of the original trilogy where there was just good (Jedi and the Force) and evil (the Dark Side and the Sith). There was no Bendu, gray middle-ground, or different factions of the Force (Night Sisters, etc.). Does everything have to be so complicated? Of course, I'm just letting off some steam here. I love "Rebels" and many of the expansions made to the "Star Wars" canon.
Is that nothing is true.
The question of life
Is what then do we do?
The burden is ours
To penance, we hew.
The Force binds us all
From a certain point of view.
I asked Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo about the meaning of the verse via Twitter, but haven't heard anything back.
Steve Evans of Hasbro talks to StarWars.com and Dan Brooks about bringing their awesome 40th Anniversary "Star Wars" Black Series Figures back to 1977. You can read more right here.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first of the Star Wars standalone films, has established its place within the Star Wars universe and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. Fans can own the epic action-adventure thriller -- nominated for two Academy Awards® -- early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4.
Never-before-seen “Rogue One” bonus material will take fans behind the scenes with the movie’s diverse, dynamic cast and inspired team of filmmakers. An intimate collection of stories reveals how the film came to life, as well as hidden Easter Eggs and film facts that audiences may have missed in the theater.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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.
Monday, February 20, 2017
It looks like all you Jar Jar Binks haters out there might get to see the Gungan receive what he deserves for ruining the "Star Wars" prequels and their childhoods. According to Mashable, Chuck Wendig's upcoming novel "Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End" will tell us what happened to the silly amphibious character that caused the collapse of the senate and the rise of the Empire.
Mashable posted, "One of these is an interlude set on the planet of Naboo. A refugee boy named Mapo encounters a Gungan performing for kids on the streets, clowning around in a fountain twice a day while being studiously avoided by the grown-ups. 'Meesa Jar Jar,' says the clown when Mapo introduces himself."
Get the first details and see cover art for author Christie Golden's new novel, "Inferno Squad," which picks up immediately after "Rogue One" and centers on an elite Imperial squad. Click here for more on the book from the StarWars.com team.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Probot posted this very cool stop-motion tribute he made to "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." It's painstakingly made with action figures and their ships. You can check the video out after the jump.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
StarWars.com posted info for the upcoming Force Friday II, which will usher in all the new toys and merchandise for "The Last Jedi," on September 1st, 2017. Along with the news, we got our first look at the packaging for the merchandise. New images of Poe Dameron, Rey, and Finn are found on the box. Rey has an interesting new hairstyle. Something else of note is that the reflection of the logo on the packaging reads "Star Wars Episode VIII" instead of "Star Wars The Last Jedi." Thanks to Star Wars Junk for pointing it out. Check out the reflection after the jump and get more information on Force Friday II.
Rian Johnson posted this photo of the First Order Stormtroopers from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The design of the helmets is a bit different from what we saw in "The Force Awakens." The mouths are a little thinner and the eye goggles are more rectangular. Thanks to Ethan Anderton at /Film for the heads-up. You can see the comparisons after the jump.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
StarWars.com provided us with an excerpt from Chuck Wendig's upcoming "Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End." In the preview of the highly-anticipated novel you can read right here, Han and Leia discuss their next move.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Dan Brooks and StarWars.com speak to writers Kieron Gillen and Jason Aaron about Marvel's major new "Star Wars" crossover event, "The Screaming Citadel," starring Luke Skywalker and Doctor Aphra. Click here to get more info and a first look at covers and concept art.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
ROT5 wanted to honor the memory of Golden Globe nominated actor Richard Hatch of "Battlestar Galactica" fame. Hatch passed away yesterday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Aside from it's obvious ties to "Star Wars," "Battlestar Galactica" had another interesting bond with a galaxy, far, far away. The same year that "Star Wars" hit theaters, Mark Hamill guest-starred on an episode of "The Streets of San Francisco" with Captain Apollo actor Richard Hatch. This was one year before "Battlestar Galactica" hit the air. In case you're interested in tracking the episode down, it's entitled "Innocent No More" and is episode 17 of Season 5. Thanks to Paul Bateman for bringing this to our attention.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Check out this awesome Stormtrooper helmet designed by artist Peter Ferk for the "Star Wars" Legion project. I dubbed it the "Trooperteer" helmet, since it looks to be a mashup of a Stormtrooper helmet and the Rocketeeer helmet. In case you don't know what the Legion project is all about, you can get more info after the jump.
Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo takes us on a tour of "Rogue One's Empire sets in the latest "Rogue Report." As StarWars.com puts it, "But don't scuff the floor. The Emperor is not as forgiving as we are." So put on your surgical slippers and let's do this thing! You can check the video out after the jump.
Monday, February 6, 2017
We here at ROT5 are big fans of "The Star Wars Holiday Special." The best part of the special is hands-down the animated sequence featuring the debut of Boba Fett. Flabslab and Wetworks have joined forces to bring lucky collectors the Big Bobett (Holiday Special). As you can see above, a Big Bobett is a strange and stylized mix between a bobblehead and a Funko Pop. I absolutely hate both bobbleheads and Funko Pops, but if you're into that sort of thing, it would definitely be a must-have. Unfortunately, they're already sold out.
Carrie Fisher was always known for her sarcasm and sense of humor. Even in her death, she humorously had specific plans on how she wanted to be honored at the Oscars. She jokingly told Rebel Force Radio in a 2010 interview, "I asked him [Harrison Ford at a party] if he would be in my death reel, and if he would sing. It’s just something I want. He's going to sing 'Melancholy Wookiee.'" After the jump, you can hear the clip and find out how you can help spread the word and possibly influence the Oscars to fulfill her wish.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
Did Dave Filoni, executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, just spoil the secret Funko Pop in the next Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty mystery box? We have the picture to prove he did! Warning:spoilers!
Emmy nominated Concept Designer and Art Director Paul Bateman posted this jaw-dropping picture of Chad Roberts and his epic X-Wing Fighter beard. Roberts is the founder of the RVA Beard League and deserves an award for such a majestic beard.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
It seems George Lucas did a bit more than just visit the set of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." He also was a creative consultant for Concept Artist Glyn Dillon. Dillon was in charge of the concept art for "Rogue One's" Stormtrooper tank commander among other things. At Lucas's request, Dillon incorporated a unique helmet design. You can see the actual concept art above. After the jump, you can see the tank commander as seen in the film.
Twitter user Just Loren captured what will become a monumental moment in "Star Wars" history. Billy Dee Williams and Donald Glover met together at Little Dom's in Los Angeles for a bite to eat. I can see how the conversation went now.
Billy Dee: "Take your best shot. You'll never match my coolness. I AM Lando Calrissian."
Donald Glover: "I know." Hangs his head and frowns in despair.
You can see the entire photo after the jump.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Director Chris Miller posted a picture of a clapboard on the first day of production and shooting for the "Han Solo" movie. The picture was captioned, "Han First Shot." That Miller is one clever guy! Also, note the production name for the movie - "Star Wars: Red Cup." Is this title foreshadowing that there's going to be lot's of partying taking place in the movie? After all, Lando Calrissian IS in it. I feel a Colt .45 reference coming.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
ROT5 would like to wish the Original Mace of the "Star Wars" Galaxy - Eric Walker - a very happy birthday! Eric played Mace Towani in the 1984 made-for-TV movie "The Ewok Adventure" (known as "Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure" now). Walker now writes and records his own music. You can check out what he's up to on Facebook and Twitter.
You might be wondering what's happening here. I know I was when I first saw this picture. A long time ago, in our very own galaxy, Jimmy Kimmel challenged J.J. Abrams to take the Twizzler Challenge for Autism with a character from the "Star Wars" saga. He chose Chewbacca. It puts a whole new meaning to the line, "I'd just as soon kiss a Wookiee."