Thursday, August 17, 2017

Someone Added Lightsabers to an Epic 'Game of Thrones' Sword Fight (VIDEO)


Gwendoline Christie fans already know that the actress made her name playing Brienne of Tarth on the hit HBO series 'Game of Thrones.' Viewers of that show are still buzzing about her character's sword duel with Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams) a few episodes back. And now, someone has added LIGHTSABERS.

Beverly Hills High Turns 90 - School Fit for a Princess


2017 marks the 90th Anniversary of the opening of probably the most famous high school in the world thanks to a little show by the name of "Beverly Hills 90210." The school in that show, "West Beverly Hills High," was actually based on a real one which hosted some pretty famous graduates (and dropouts - ahem, we're looking at you Nicolas Kim Coppola). Beverly Hills High School boasts a roster of alumni that include Rob Reiner, Lenny Kravitz, Angelina Jolie, Jamie Lee Curtis, Scott Caan, Joely Fisher, Rain Pryor, Betty White, Lana Turner, Shaun Cassidy, and even Monica Lewinsky.

So what does any of this have to do with "Star Wars?" you ask? After the jump, we'll tell you!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

George Lucas Still Has His Say About One Aspect of "SW"


George Lucas may have sold his company to Disney, but he still offers his advice to new Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy on one aspect of the film franchise he created. She shared with Entertainment Weekly what his main concern is when it comes to a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

"...he’ll whisper in my ear every now and then. Usually it’s something specific or important to him about Jedi training. Things like that.”

It brings a tear to my eye that he still cares (for real). Kennedy also commented on Lucas's difficulty in stepping away from his creation.

“I think he’s starting to settle into this and just be a fan. It’s taken a while. It’s hard to let go, after 40 years. That’s a lot of expectation and things he thought a lot about. Suddenly that next generation, that whole thematic idea he came up with, is in process.”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Did Marvel Comics predict the new Star Wars movie title - in 1981?


Did you know - Marvel Comics coined the phrase "The Last Jedi" - way back in 1981! We have the comic book cover to prove it!

Yoda Bat Recognized as New Species


The Force is with an unusual fruit bat that looks a lot like everyone's favorite Jedi Master, Yoda. The bat has a rounder jaw than most other fruit bats and looks like it's smiling. The bat lives in a remote rain forest in Papua New Guinea. It was formally registered as a newly identified species and is now named the happy (Hamamas) tube-nosed fruit bat. University of York biologist, Dr. Nancy Irwin stated, "Since most remote Papuans have never seen 'Star Wars,' I thought it fitting to use a local name.”

Well, somebody needs to get a generator and big-screen TV out to these people so they can get acquainted with a Galaxy Far, Far Away!

Check out a picture of the Yoda Bat after the jump.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Anybody Want to See Jar Jar Binks Nude?


Yeah. Believe it or not, seeing Jar Jar Binks run around an entire movie in his birthday suit was a possibility. Original concept art by artists Iain McCaig and Terryl Anne Whitlatch shows a Jar Jar sans any clothing. Apparently, he was going to be neutered as he appears to be as smooth in the crotch-area as a Ken doll. I don't know whether to consider this post NSFW or not. Maybe it should be NSFA? Not Safe for Anyone. Check out Jar Jar in the nude after the jump.

Argument Between Star Wars and Star Trek Fans Escalates into a KNIFE FIGHT!


An argument over whether Star Wars was better than Star Trek got out of hand in Oklahoma recently. By the time the confrontation was over, punches were thrown, people were choked, and someone was slashed with a knife.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Did Billy Dee Spoil "Empire Strikes Back" in '80 Interview?


A recent post on The Hollywood Reporter website places all the blame on Billy Dee Williams for spoiling a major plot point in "The Empire Strikes Back" when he did an interview for "Today!" in 1980. I would disagree, saying that the host of the show is more to blame than Williams is. She omes right out and calls Lando Calrissian (whose name she mispronounces several times) "evil." Williams comes to Lando's defense stating that "He's not evil. He's just a guy caught in a situation. I mean, there's Darth Vader, there's his best friend and there's his situation. And he's got to figure out how he's going to deal with all this."

The video clip is an interesting look back on the promotions done for "The Empire Strikes back" in 1980. You can check it out after the jump.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Can "The Last Jedi" Stop War Between North Korea and U.S.?


Mark Hamill is pleading with President Donald Trump to at least wait until after the release of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" to rain down "fire and fury" on North Korea. Hamill took to his Twitter account and posted the hashtag #WaitForVIII along with a link to an article about Trump's threats of war against North Korea. Could "The Last Jedi" have that much of an impact on humanity that it could bring world peace? I guess that all depends on how badly Trump or the North Koreans want to see what happens in "Episode IX" when it's released on May 24th, 2019.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Check out Perry's New "Star Wars" 40th Anniversary Shoes


Shoemaker Sperry is releasing a line of "Star Wars" kicks in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the movie franchise. They go on sale starting August 10th. Ralph McQuarrie's artwork is showcased on the pair I would be most interested in. Other images on the shoes include R2-D2 and C-3PO, Han Solo and Chewbacca, and the Imperial and Rebel logos. You can check them out after the jump.

Monday, August 7, 2017

"Star Wars" Variants Pay Homage to Classic Marvel Comics


Two new "Star Wars" comics got the Marvel classic cover variant treatment. Mace Windu #1 is an homage to April 1968's Strange Tales #167 featuring Nick Fury on the cover. This pairing makes sense, seeing that Samuel L. Jackson played both Windu and Fury in the Mrvel and "Star Wars" Universes. Captain Phasma #1 is a tribute to issue #69 of Invincible Iron Man from August 1974. You can check out the covers after the jump.

Friday, August 4, 2017

YOU Can Be Boba Fett, Too!... If You Join the British SAS


Fans of "Star Wars" in the UK have even more incentive to join the military now that Special Air Services soldiers will soon get to wear what are being called the "Boba Fett helmet." As you can see above, it really does look similar to everyone's favorite bounty hunter's helmet. The hi-tech headgear uses heat-seeking technology to hunt down enemies in the war against terror. Another big benefit you get wearing the "Boba Fett helmet" in the field is that it's bulletproof AND air-conditioned!

“For years the defence industry has been trying to find a way of protecting the head and this is the next development," a military source told The Daily Mirror.

You can read more about this awesome new tech at The Sun.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Disney Movie Rewards has The Last Jedi theater posters!


If you've been wanting to get your hands on a theatrical poster from The Last Jedi, now is your chance!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Even the Empire and Tatooine Scavengers Need a Vacation


Even scavengers and Stormtroopers need a vacation from a Galaxy Far, Far Away from time to time. Folks enjoying a day at the indoor beach in the UK's Soar at intu Braehead were invaded by costumed characters from "Star Wars" over the weekend. The cosplayers from the Imperial Scottish Squad were scouting out a place to hang out when the Film and Comic Con event takes place in Glasgow on the weekend of August 20th. Check out more pictures (courtesy of Renfrewshire 24 News) after the jump.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Watch Mark Hamill Get His Own Honorary Street Signs


Mark Hamill was honored on Sunday with street signs in the 5900 block of Castleton Drive, at Mt. Abernathy Avenue in Clairmont, CA. The city has started a new honorary street naming program. The actor went to middle and high school there.

There were some minor difficulties unveiling the sign, but the Force was strong with Hamill and a San Diego police officer. Hamill used a nightstick and the officer used a lightsaber to push the shroud covering the sign over it. You can check out the video and a picture after the jump.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Someone found the new Last Jedi action figures! Check them out! (PICS)


Images of Hasbro's The Last Jedi action figures have leaked online, after someone managed to find them on store shelves, months ahead of this year's planned Force Friday.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Did You Unknowingly Meet Lupita Nyong'o at Comic-Con?


Lupita Nyong'o walked the floor of the San Diego Comic-Con... unnoticed! How did the actor who helped bring Maz Kanata to life get away with that? She went out dressed as the Pink Power Ranger. The actor posted some pictures of herself and a video showing her having tons of fun without being bothered by fans. Check out the video after the jump.

Get a First Look at Live-Action Snoke Right Here!


Official Lucasfilm images of Rey, Finn, Luke, Kylo Ren, Phasma, and a Praetorian Guard have been posted on Imjur. The most exciting one is the first look at how a live-action Snoke will look. Check out a few of the images after the jump. You can see the rest here.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

That's a Pretty Cold Joke, You Guys!


I'll bet Han wouldn't appreciate this joke much while slicing away and stuffing Luke in that smelly carcass.

Who's Doing the Score for the Han Solo Movie?


Lucasfilm announced Wednesday that Composer John Powell will be scoring the untitled Han Solo Movie. Powell is an Oscar-nominated composer for "How to Train Your Dragon." Other movies he's worked on include "Kung Fu Panda," "Rio," and "Shrek." Powell's live-action credits include most of the "Bourne" movies, "Hancock," and "X-Men III: The Last Stand."

Put a face to the name after the jump!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Read the Scientific "Journals" of Dr. Lucas McGeorge


The revered Dr. Lucas McGeorge has had his "Journals" published alongside Dr. Annette Kin. Neuroskeptic, pseudonymous blogger for Discover Magazine, "was attempting to expose (successfully, in most of the cases) the lack of rigor among what are known as 'predatory journals,' the hundreds, if not thousands, of open-access journals that exist online primarily to inflate academic resumes, charge for the 'privilege' of being published, or some weird combination of both."

Is Darth Vader Going to Be in the Han Solo Movie?


According to Screen Rant, the actor who played Darth Vader in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" recently canceled a convention appearance due to "filming the newest film in the 'Star Wars' Universe.” The new man behind the Dark Lord of the Sith, Spencer Wilding, was set to appear at Fandomfest in Louisville, KY. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean he's playing Darth Vader for sure in the Han Solo movie.

He could be playing another role in any of the "Star Wars" movies in pre-production or production or re-shoots right now. Warwick Davis has been known to play multiple characters in different "Star Wars" movies over the years. They might just be utilizing Wilding's stature for another charatcer. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Listen to the Rogue One and Force Awakens soundtracks online - here's how!


The fantastic soundtracks for both Rogue One and The Force Awakens are both online to listen to anytime, along with the soundtracks from the original six Star Wars films. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Who's the New Creative Team for Marvel's "Star Wars" Title?


Writer / artist team Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca are taking over creative duties for Marvel Comics' flagship "Star Wars" monthly comic series starting with issue #38. The two worked together in a Galaxy Far, Far Away on the Darth Vader title prior to this. Gillen is presently penning the Doctor Aphra series after working on the major "Star Wars" crossover event “The Screaming Citadel.”

You can read more right here.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Read About Some of the Books Leading Up to "The Last Jedi"


There are so many novels, comics, and other types of books coming out leading up to the arrival of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in theaters worldwide. Some of them, like "The Legends of Luke Skywalker" and "Leia: Princess of Alderaan," serve as a "Journey to 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.'" Others give us background on characters like Thrawn, Mace Windu, and others. There are also a couple children's books heading our way as well.

You can get more information on the different books hitting stores by clicking here.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Use the Dark Side to Celebrate National Junk Food Day


What better way to celebrate national Junk Food Day than by busting open this package of Pepperidge Farm's "Star Wars" cookies that were sold in the 1980s. Happy National Junk Food Day!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

You're Our Only Hope for Breakfast


Yeah, so here's this. Don't really know how to caption such a bizarre picture, but still thought it was funny.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Watch the Star Wars: The Last Jedi behind-the-scenes clip from D23!


At this weekend's D23 Expo, Lucasfilm revealed a new behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of The Last Jedi. There's plenty of "did you see that" moments in the clip, which you can watch below!

Check out all six of the new Last Jedi posters!


Six characters posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi were revealed at D23 this past weekend - you can check them all out below!

UPDATED! Watch All "Star Wars: Forces of Destiny" Episodes Right Here!


"Star Wars: Forces of Destiny" make up small moments and everyday decisions which shape a larger heroic saga. You can watch all of the released episodes of "Star Wars: Forces of Destiny" right after the jump.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Planet of the Apes Wars


They've crossed paths with Green Lanterns, Enterprise crew members, Tarzan, and Alien Nations. In celebration of the release of "War for the Planet of the Apes," we give you the crossover to end all crossovers. We journey to a universe where apes have taken over the Galactic Empire. Props to a group of cosplayers at Star Wars Celebration Europe and RetroZap for posting it.

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher Receive Disney Legend Awards


"When Mark Hamill accepted his Disney Legend award at the D23 convention Friday, he couldn't help but think about how Carrie Fisher would act if she were there with him. Hamill, who was honored with the Disney Legend trophy alongside Fisher... ended his acceptance speech with a tribute to the real-life Princess Leia, who died in December." - via USA Today

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Early Life of FN-2187 in Pictures


Life before Jakku was so pleasant, serene, and fun-filled for FN-2187. Quiet days reading "Star Wars" Legends. Scampers through the park. Relaxing days sorting through his rock collection. Nothing was the same after that raid on that village on Jakku.

Behold the Glory of Star Wars Land!


"Disney will be giving D23 Expo attendees a close-up look at the new Star Wars-themed lands hitting Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019. The company unveiled video and images of a large-scale model of the theme park attractions Thursday, just ahead of Sunday's event, where it will officially be on display." - via The Hollywood Reporter

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Happy Birthday to Harrison Ford!


ROT5 would like to wish one of our absolute favorite actors in the whole world an extremely happy birthday! Harrison Ford is still the man and will continue to be as he kicks booty in the upcoming "Blade Runner 2049" and new "Indiana Jones" films.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rey Not Interesting Enough for "Star Wars" Monopoly


"Where is the character Rey in the 'Star Wars' version of Monopoly? In a land far, far away, apparently. After inquiries from The Associated Press this week, Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro said it made the [Rey] piece but didn't release the new version in the United States 'due to insufficient interest.' People who bought the all-male game can request a Rey from customer service, spokeswoman Julie Duffy said Wednesday." - via Chicago Tribune

See the actual Rey piece after the jump.

Video: Watch Billy Dee Williams Sell Jovan Musk


This commercial for Jovan Musk clearly shows just how tough it's going to be for Donald Glover to step into the shoes of the character of Lando Calrissian, which Billy Dee Williams brought to life. Thanks to Rebel Force Radio for highlighting this unbelievable piece of advertising gold. Check out the video after the jump.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Find Out When "Star Wars Battlefront II" Open Beta Hits


"The open beta kicks off October 6, but you can get in two days early by pre-ordering the game. By now we’re hoping you’ve heard quite a bit about what we have planned for you in "Star Wars Battlefront II:" an original single-player story, multiplayer battles across all three cinematic eras, completely revamped flight controls and space combat, and a roster of your favorite heroes and villains." - via Playstation

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Fans want a Darth Vader Standalone Movie? Someone begs to differ...

Do we really need a Darth Vader standalone film? It will only be a story all about how Vader's life got flip-turned upside down.



Monday, July 10, 2017

What Does Pablo Hidalgo REALLY Think About Canon?


"In the last few years, one of the most perplexing elements of fandom has been the concept of 'canon,' especially considering how many beloved properties have expanded into multiple different mediums. With the 'Star Wars' saga having a history that dates back 40 years, some fans might nitpick the details of various incidents that could seemingly cancel one another out, causing a cry for someone to determine the official canon. A member of the Lucasfilm Story Group, Pablo Hidalgo, recently took to Twitter in hopes of sharing his official thoughts on the matter, despite those opinions not necessarily being an official opinion of Lucasfilm." - via ComicBook.com

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Somebody Showed Up at the Wrong Premiere. Or Did He?


Things get a little confusing when one director helms the relaunches of two huge sci-fi franchises.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ahsoka Met Bendu - A Hint to Her True Fate Revealed?


"[Dave] Filoni has shared what could be a clue on Ahsoka’s whereabouts. Taking to his official Twitter account, the brain behind the animated series reveals that Ahsoka... met up with the Bendu before her trip to Malachor with Kanan and Ezra. And from their conversation, it seems like she at least has an inkling as to what the 'confrontation' will be like or about." - via Screen Rant.

Read his tweet after the jump.

Wipe Them Out... ALL of Them...


So your alien species didn't want to back the Senate and elect Palpatine as Emperor? The Empire WILL track down every one of you and eliminate you!

You must see this Palitoy Death Star Playset video review


A long time ago, in a country far across the pond, Star Wars fans could get their hands on one of the coolest playsets ever made: The Death Star Playset from Palitoy!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Critics are Raving About "Jar Jar Land"


"Why?" you ask? Because we can.

"BB-8 Bandits" on the Hunt in "Forces of Destiny" Episode 2


Disney has posted the second episode o "Star Wars: Forces of Destiny." "BB-8 Bandits" has Rey (voiced by Daisy Ridley) and BB-8 taking off on a speeder to flee scavenger thugs who want to steal the droid. Lupita Nyong'o reprises her role as Maz Kanata to introduce the short. Check out episode 2 after the jump.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Star Wars Makes 4th of July Memes Great Again


It's the Fourth of July, so naturally we are going to mix our favorite space opera in with a big helping of patriotism. Here are just a few of our favorite memes.

AT-ATs are going up at Star Wars Land at Disney World!


It's happening people! The AT-ATs are being built at Disney World's Star Wars Land right now! Here are the details!

Happy 4th of July from ROT5!


ROT5 hopes you have a very safe and fun Independence Day.