The celebration continues! With ROGUE ONE now out on Blu-ray, the stand-alone STAR WARS Story has linked with the popular animated adventures STAR WARS REBELS and the latest sneak peek at the upcoming new Season 4 trailer is setting things up for a final battle!
The STAR WARS animated adventures including Clone Wars and its follow-up Star Wars Rebels have done a brilliant job of extending the narrative and continuing the escapades, often filling out the gaps in major arcs that the feature films only have a minute to touch upon, or as in the case of Rebels help flesh out the origins of the rising resistance that eventually leads to the downfall of the Galactic Empire.
The animated Star Wars Rebels introduced such a band of fighters, the first of a growing number that begin to organize to fight the tightening grip the Emperor exerts through his military forces and threatens to the freedoms of all sentient people across the galaxy. Under the leadership of Captain Hera Syndulla and her crew aboard the Ghost the group discovers the force-sensitive Ezr Bridger and the Jedi Kanan Jarras finds a renewed purpose.
The crew of the Ghost eventually fall in with the larger, more organized rebel force known as the Phoenix Squadron, the battle really begins! Set between the events of Episode III and Episode IV and elaborating on events that lead up to Rogue One (the Ghost even makes an appearance amid the ships parked in the hanger of the Rebel Base on Yavin IV) the plot is thickening and is leading to a mighty crescendo!
Check out the Trailer for the upcoming Season 4 (and perhaps the final arc) of Star Wars Rebels.
Star Wars Rebels returns for its Season 4 on Disney X D in September.
The Skywalker Saga continues and the helm is being passed down, but at what cost if the galaxy cannot repel the advancing forces of the First Order? How much is hanging in the balance?
Now that the glorious day has arrived, the trailer for the next chapter in the greatest space opera ever told, this first look at Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi raises more questions than answers them. The first images reintroduce Rey — the hero from Episode VII – The Force Awakens played by relative newcomer Daisy Ridley — as she undergoes what looks like the trials to become a Jedi who have been all but lost especially since the last of the order Luke Skywalker went into hiding.
The Last Jedi promises to pick up right from where we left off, with Rey arriving at the top of a lonely mountain after recovering the last piece of a map leading to a secluded location where Luke has been hiding. Fans of the original trilogy were in complete awe when Mark Hamill was finally revealed. The actor was the focus of the mystery that leads us up to this moment, and as the evil First Order presses on, the Resistance led by Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) may need all the help that they can get.
As the trailer relates the Resistance will find itself in several battles with the First Order and Resistance fighter Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) may not make it to his X-Wing in time to fight off the advancing fleet. Even his astromech BB-8 can outrun the firestorm. The one-time First Order stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) appears to still be recovering from his injuries sustained in the climatic confrontation with the menacing Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) who appears to be descending further into the darkness.
It may be all up to the Chosen One — the Jedi meant to bring balance to the Force. Over the course of the saga that mantle has been passed from one Skywalker to another, but perhaps there is still hope, especially if Luke is all too ready to put aside all he’s learned and allow nature to take its course. The trailer ends with Luke’s ominous declaration: “Its time for the Jedi…to end.”
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi opens in theaters everywhere in December.
The wait is over and the saga continues! STAR WARS “The Last Jedi” Trailer is something to celebrate!
Oh glorious fans! Orlando is currently hosting the biggest and most profound fan convention of any genre with Star Wars Celebration 2017 taking over the greatest tourist destination in the world. Expectations have been high and only escalating since Disney purchased Lucasfilms, Ltd. and promised an entire new generation of stories from a galaxy far, far away!
The Star Wars saga reignited interest with the announcement that the original saga would continue with a third trilogy. 2016’s Star Wars: Episode VI — The Force Awakens brought back old favorites first introduced in the original trilogy continuing the adventures of the Skywalker family, and launched the new heroes that would eventually carry the torch forward.
By the end of The Force Awakens audiences of all ages, dedicated and inspired by the world of George Lucas, or entirely uninitiated had come to the realization — the Force is strong! No doubt among all the highlights of the weekend long celebration in Orlando, which included a reunion of some of the original cast 40 later returning to remember and honor Carrie Fisher who recently passed away, everyone was waiting with bated breath for the first glimpse from the next installment…and here it is finally — the trailer to Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi.
Though there is very little to draw on as far as large themes or narrative goes, one thing is for sure Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker will be playing a pivotal role in training the Force sensitive Rey played by Daisy Ridley as the mystery continues to unfold around who this young woman is and what her role in the coming battle between good and evil! The remnant of the evil Empire, the First Order is launching an attack against the Resistance armies but are they shifting balance in their favor? In the end, does Luke Skywalker have it in him to restore balance once and for all?
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi opens in theaters everywhere in December.
Two of the most popular creatives in DC Comics, BATMAN’s Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo return for the highly anticipated event DARK NIGHTS: METAL that will separate the true super powers in the DCU from the wimps!
This current industry wide publishing “reboot” has truly lived up to its name! With “Rebirth” DC Comics has returned to telling stories with their core characters that emphasize the importance of the legacy our favorite characters have trail-blazed throughout their more than 75 year history. The last reboot, 2011’s “The New 52” dramatically retooled most of the pantheon and the extensive continuity, and mostly left diehard fans in the dark.
Now with nearly a year of “Rebirth” continuity effectively and positively pulling a much appreciated retcon of “The New 52” effect, the heroes — including all the major players — are returning to form, but as everyone knows as with every good drama — it’s always darkest, before the light! The comics industry, parrying the film industry in many ways, has relied on creating its own “blockbuster” story arcs, and this season DC will be taking its heroes into a Dark Nights.
There aren’t very many details released yet about the upcoming Dark Night event except that it will affect all the major players in the DC Comics Universe in a very dramatic way. Comic book greats Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo will be reuniting for the Dark Nights: Metal arc which the pair have suggested to in stories appearing in Batman during their very inspiring collaboration on the Dark Knight’s title. Metal will be taking our heroes to some very “dark” places.
Snyder said in a recent press release, “I’ve been planning Metal for as long as I’ve been writing Batman, but this is bigger than Batman.” The pair have been leaving clues that
go all the way back to their arc that introduced the Court of Owls, and continued through their stories that pitted the Caped Crusader against his most infamous adversary the Joker. “Our biggest hints in the run culminated with Batman #50, and now we’re back to tell a story that breaks everything apart.”
The pair have suggested that Dark Nights: Metal will be the definitive project of their careers, but as fans of their work on Batman hope it will not be the last time that these two work together. “I’m looking forward to rock’n’ and roll’n’ together again,” Capullo admitted. “Fans have been loud and clear – they want more from us. We’re primed and ready to blow it up!” Building on the foundation they’ve worked on, the expectations for Dark Nights: Metal couldn’t be greater!
Dark Nights: Metal will be terrifying the thrills out of readers beginning in August of 2017.
The Mighty God of Thunder goes missing during the last major big-screen brawl between his teammates in the Avengers, but there’s a really good reason why this big gun sat our the Civil War, and Entertainment Weekly has got it covered in its exclusive look at THOR: RAGNAROK!
Imagine how Marvel Films’ Captain America: Civil War would have ended up had the Thunder God, Thor and the Green Goliath, Hulk been asked to pick a side. The entire melee would have ended in under 2 minutes with a slam dunk in favor of whomever decidedly courted either one of these powerhouses. Fortunately for everyone involved, it didn’t have to come to that, but it did leave fans wondering about the whereabouts of these two titans. The question behind that missing time is about to get answered when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters in November.
For the third chapter in the continuing adventures of Thor starring Chris Hemsworth expect plenty of fresh faces and major changes! Entertainment Weekly put the flick still in production on its cover this week and gave fans their first looks at Kate Blanchett as Hela Goddess of Death, who unleashes chaos on the denizens of Asgard including Thor and his wicked half-brother Loki played once again by Tom Hiddleston. At the climax of the last film, the God of Mischief had assumed the mantle of King of Asgard, impersonating a now missing Odin.
Presumably Anthony Hopkins will return in the role of the mighty High-Father, after all, Thor has enlisted the help of Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange (yes, Benedict Cumberbatch) to assist him in the quest to locate the missing as seen in the stinger at the end of Strange’s own film. Though the title would suggest an end-of-days motif, Ragnarok will largely center on a vision quest of sorts for Thor who is seeking answers to the mystery surrounding the forces that may be manipulating the fates of his friends on Earth.
Thor’s journey takes him across several worlds and universes, eventually landing him on the planet Sakaar and in the grips of the Grand Master played by Jeff Goldblum who presides over an intergalactic arena. It’s there that Thor runs into his teammate Hulk (Mark Ruffalo returns in the role) and at the whim of the Grand Master, the two Avengers will come to blows! Directed by Taika Waititi Thor: Ragnarok is a departure from the normal superhero franchise film, as it promises to take full advantage of Hemsworth’s comedic charisma!
Read the full article in this week’s Issue of Entertainment Weekly March 17, 2017 available on stands now and digital download.
With a world on the brink of chaos EMPIRE Magazine gives us hope with a “World Exclusive” look at WONDER WOMAN! Inside her 75-year quest to reach the big screen.
Perhaps the recent big screen blockbusters released from Warner Bros. may have not have performed as well as the studio may have liked. The introduction of a unified cinematic universe in the same vein as what Marvel Studios has constructed was solidified with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and continued with Suicide Squad but when Justice League hits theaters this fall the hope is movie goers will finally get the team-up that they’ve all been waiting for. With the exception of televised adventures appearing on The CW, the DC Comics heroes haven’t had the best track record.
That may all change soon! One of the summer’s most anticipated films has been in the making for almost as long as the myth that its based on. Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot is expected to lead the charge and save the DC Cinematic Expanded Universe from a fate worse then box office failure — irrelevance! Empire Magazine (April issue)is getting the lead on the film’s story and [reportedly] an early screening of the close-to-finished “first cut” played well with audiences; not surprisingly given that Gadot’s Amazing Amazon was the saving grace of the largely lambasted BvS.
“Better late than never!” Gadot commented in the Empire Magazine cover story, “I’m just grateful it took so long, because I got the opportunity to play her.” In the article written by Helen O’Hara, the 75-year history of the character is explored leading up to her upcoming big screen solo film. Gadot, who had been originally tapped to appear in a role in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel as the antagonist General Zod’s right-hand, was unavailable for that project when she became pregnant. The actress was one of five actress then called in when Snyder and his wife, producing partner Deborah Snyder were determined to include Wonder Woman in BvS.
She may have felt she was still auditioning for the role even while putting the final touches on BvS, but the studio and filmmakers all agreed Gal Gadot embodied the qualities they were looking for to bring Wonder Woman to life. As the prepared to wrap on BvS and the studio was clearly laying the foundation for its unified theatrical narrative, Gadot was confirmed to star in her own solo film! Directed by Patty Jenkins, the director stepped into the role after the original was dropped over “creative differences”. Jenkins, who directed Monster, had herself pitched a Wonder Woman project to the studio before picking up the reigns on June’s blockbuster.
Read the full article in the April Issue of Empire Magazine available on stands now and digital download.