Stephen Colbert took a moment of Thursday's Late Show to comment on the newly-released trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. "It's got everything: Stormtroopers, Imperial walkers, that droid that's just a box with legs!" he noted of the Star Wars spinoff starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen and Forest Whitaker. "It's got the Star Wars logo, people standing in florescent lighting and, of course, the Death Star, which the Empire can't stop building for some reason." "I cannot wait," he continued of the film's December release. "My only issue is, shouldn't I have to wait? I'm used to waiting ten years for a new Star Wars movie, and twenty for a good one." "Don't get me wrong — I'm going to be there to see it opening weekend, just like I will for Episode VIII, the young Han Solo movie, Episode IX, the BobaFett movie, and VH1's Behind the Music: Cantina Band," he joked. "I'm just happy they put 'one' in the title. That way, we know … [Read more...] about Stephen Colbert Celebrates ‘Rogue One’ Trailer, Jokes of ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff’s Sequel
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After nearly three decades as a passive observer, I finally joined the Rebel Alliance. On Friday, a small group of fellow journalists and I were among the first to try out ILMxLAB and The VOID's new virtual reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire in Downtown Disney, which is now available to the public. We entered into a small room in Anaheim decked out in concrete slabs adorned with ancient runes — quite fitting for a Rebel hideout. We were welcomed into the Rebel Alliance, filled out foreboding "don't sue us if you die in here" waivers and were prompted to use the force to open a nearby door to receive our mission briefing (a friendly castmember used a button to open the automatic door, but I swear I felt something when I waved my hand). Ushered into the next room, our small group of four would-be rebels stood in rank file before a floor-to-ceiling video screen. Upon scanning our nifty new wristbands, the screen flashed to life and we were … [Read more...] about What the Star Wars VR Experience at Downtown Disney Is Really Like
Doth Ewan McGregor protest too much? At Sunday's Golden Globes, the actor briefly addressed increased chatter about a possible Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spinoff, saying, "There’s a lot of talk, and I’d be happy to play him again, but I don’t know anything more than you do." This came after a photo of McGregor training (and sporting a very Kenobi-like beard) circulated online, prompting new rounds of speculation following news breaking in August that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry was in early talks to helm a film starring the character. McGregor starred in the Star Wars prequels as Kenobi from 1999-2005, and back in August, there was no word on an actor being attached to the project. Still, McGregor has long been beloved among Star Wars, and an Obi-Wan movie brings up a lot of fun prospects. Here is what some of the staff of Heat Vision would like to see in the possible standalone: Ryan Parker: I would love for … [Read more...] about ‘Star Wars’: What Does an Obi-Wan Kenobi Film Need?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still months away from release, but fans eager to get a jump on the follow-up to 2015's The Force Awakens should head to the comic store right now. The first issue of Marvel's Star Wars: Captain Phasma comic book doesn't just show what happened to Gwendoline Christie's character after she was captured by Finn and Han, it also features the first canonical appearance of a new character who's already a fan-favorite. Written by Kelly Thompson with art by Marco Checchetto, Captain Phasma actually begins before the end of The Force Awakens, and shows what happened after Phasma was dumped down a trash compactor after her codes were used by the Resistance — spoiler: Anyone who thought that she'd suffer the same kind of trash compactor fate as Han, Luke and Leia in the original Star Wars movie will be disappointed; First Order training enables a far speedier escape — while also addressing another dangling plot thread: Would Phasma be punished for her … [Read more...] about ‘Star Wars’: First ‘Force Awakens’ Sequel Is Here — and It’s Great
Debating which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek, isn’t likely to be more productive than debating which is better, my religion or yours, because both sides have fans who are devoted to their favorite franchise and thus unable to see issues from the perspective of the other side. However, while Star Wars and Star Trek share a futuristic setting, there are differences between them that could be basis for objective assessment of their relative merits.It appears that the essential distinction between both franchises is their different perspectives of the possible social and political conditions of future societies. Star Trek adopts an idealistic and optimistic view that technological progress will be accompanied by moral and ethical advancement, and a drive towards social and political Utopian ideals. Star Wars suggests that technological progress will not by itself push social and political progress and that primitive conditions could co-exist with extreme levels of … [Read more...] about 20 Hilarious Memes That Prove Star Wars Is Better Than Star Trek