Star Wars celebrates its 40th anniversary next month, and as long as George Lucas and his pals have been making movies set in that galaxy far, far away, Mad‘s Usual Gang of Idiots has been happily roasting the space opera. In its latest issue, the irreverent magazine is back at, taking aim at the most recent installment, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — and Yahoo Movies has your exclusive first look at the spread. Snoopy and George Lucas even make cameos.
Last Friday marked the digital release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and after spending the weekend re-watching the movie and poring over the bonus materials, we’ve spotted several hidden details that we somehow missed in our exhaustive catalog of Easter eggs from the film’s theatrical release. Granted, many of the tidbits were blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments that can only be appreciated via Zapruder-esque breakdowns of Rogue One. Without futher ado, here are a half-dozen things we learned from the new digital release (the DVD and Blu-ray versions will be out next Tuesday, April 4).
Excerpt from featurette included with home video release of K-2SO, the lovable rewired droid voiced by Alan Tudyk, plus exclusive character concept art
As previously announced, Marvel is set to launch a six-issue adaptation of the intergalactic smash Star Wars story and the comic book will include material that didn’t make the final cut of the film. Today, Marvel released initial interior artwork from the comic version, the first issue of which will hit newsstands on April 5. Here’s your first look at four pages worth of panels, illustrated by Emilio Laiso and Oscar Bazaldua, featuring familiar scenes from the film of Jyn Erso‘s escape from an Imperial penal colony, her meeting on Yavin 4 with Mon Mothma and Cassian Andor, her rendezvous with Saw Gerrera on Jedha, and her plea to Alliance leaders to go to Scarif to steal the Death Star plans — a scene that may be expanded from the film (more on that below).
Lucasfilm has announced that the standalone Star Wars story will arrive on Digital HD and the Disney Movies Anywhere service on March 24 and then be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and on-demand on April 4. To mark the news, Lucasfilm released a new trailer (watch above) teasing the bonus materials available with the home edition. Depending on which format you choose, you’ll be able to get in-depth info on the idea that launched the first Star Wars Story outside the “Skywalker Saga,” behind-the-scenes breakdowns of all the newly introduced heroes and villains, a look at the digital wizardry involved in recreating Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia, and a featurette on the myriad Easter eggs referencing previous entries in the Star Wars cinematic universe.
Females made up 29% of protagonists in the 100 highest-grossing films of 2016, according to a new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.
When we hauled a backpack full of action figures with us to San Francisco for the Rogue One junket in December, there was one notable character missing in action. So while Felicity Jones undressed her Jyn Erso, Diego Luna admired his Cassian Andor, Donnie Yen showed off the moves of Chirrut Îmwe, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed battled their K-2SO and Bodhi Rook mini-mes (watch above), and even Ben Mendelsohn took stock of his Orson Krennic likeness, poor Mads Mikkelsen didn’t have a doll to play with. That injustice has been remedied: Hasbro on Friday unveiled its Galen Erso 3. ...
Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has joined the $1 billion globe at the worldwide box office.
(Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a statement from Lucasfilm saying that filmmakers have “no plans” to digitally recreate Princess Leia for any future Star Wars films.)
From the moment he burst onto the blockade runner in 1977’s Star Wars: New Hope, Darth Vader has reigned as one of the biggest, baddest, most iconic antagonists in cinema. After all, most of his big-screen career has seen the erstwhile Anakin Skywalker being alternately redeemed in third-act Return of the Jedi heroics or humanized via the prequels’ backstory, which saw him develop from whiny kid to angsty adolescent to disaffected young adult, all too easily manipulated by Palpatine along the way. According to editor John Gilroy, the badass action scene was one of the key late tweaks arising from the film’s infamous reshoots. “What was added — and it was a fantastic add — was the Vader action scene, with him boarding the ship and dispatching all those rebel soldiers,” he tells Yahoo Movies.
In many ways, Rogue One is unlike any previous Star Wars film — and yet, even in scenes featuring all-new characters, vehicles, and creatures, it feels like a Star Wars movie. Part of the credit for that goes to sound editors Matthew Wood and Christopher Scarabosio, who inherited the job of creating the Star Wars soundscape from original sound designer Ben Burtt. Both Wood and Scarabosio have worked on every Star Wars film since Attack of the Clones, with Wood also supervising the sound in the Clone Wars and Rebels TV series, the Battlefront video game, and the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the original trilogy.
While we Kenobi-philes wait for that Obi-Wan standalone movie — or to see if the old Jedi still has a role to play in Episode VIII (perhaps in relation to a certain budding Force aficionado?) — the folks at Lucasfilm have thrown us a bone.
Already seen Rogue One and going back for seconds (or fifths)? Avoided the weekend crowds and waiting for a weekday screening? Or looking for that perfect last-minute gift for the Star Wars obsessive in your life? Whatever the reason, here are seven newly released Rogue One-themed items to gear you up for the hit flick.
Saw Gerrera lives! The radical freedom fighter played onscreen in Rogue One by Forest Whitaker, is returning to the small screen for multiple episodes of the animated series Star Wars Rebels. The Oscar-winning actor will voice a slightly younger version of his movie character in the two-parter “Ghosts of Geonosis,” airing Jan. 7 on Disney XD.
Before Rogue One‘s blockbuster opening, uncertainty dogged the Star Wars installment. Weeks of reshoots — ostensibly to clarify the story and make the tone more consistent with the “Skywalker saga” — along with an increased role for writer-editor Tony Gilroy, and an 11th hour change in composers led to breathless reports that Lucasfilm‘s big gamble on extending the Star Wars universe was in jeopardy. Amazing how rave reviews (an 84 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and an estimated $155 million in ticket sales can paper over any such doubts.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Felicity Jones was, by far, the highest-paid cast member of the stand-alone 'Star Wars' film, coming off her best actress nomination for "The Theory of Everything"
Stand-alone film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story captured $155 million in its domestic debut from 4,157 theaters and $290.5 million globally — the second-best showing of all time for the month of December behind last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Collateral Beauty looked to serve as counter-programming to Rogue One.
As the connective tissue between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has to seamlessly weave in many legacy elements from those earlier movies, incorporating enough Star Wars touchstones to make Rogue One feel a part of that long-time-ago galaxy. The new entry feels like a throwback to the 1977 original, with familiar settings, vehicles, droids, and costumes, even though it eschews some basic Star Wars conventions. Of course that means Rogue One is stocked with Star Wars references, callbacks, and Easter eggs, many of which we knew were coming from the trailers and TV spots, many we suspected, and many that left our jaws hanging.
Back in 1977, Topps took the galaxy by storm with its line of Star Wars trading cards. The tradition continued with subsequent films and now, four decades after that initial release, the company is out with a line for the latest entry in the space saga, Rogue One. Here is a sampling of the digital cards, available for the Star Wars: Card Trader app on iOS and Android.
To paraphrase the immortal words of Yoda, clear your mind must be… so you can digest all sorts of amazing new Star Wars trivia now that Rogue One is in theaters. The film, set immediately before the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, introduces dozens of original characters, settings, aliens, vehicles, and weapons to the long-ago, far-away galaxy. Fortunately, we have a very capable Jedi Master to lead us into the unknown. ...
The story behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is one of those perfect anecdotes destined to be enshrined in Star Wars mythology. As first related to the public at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015, the origin goes like this: John Knoll, chief creative officer of Industrial Light & Magic (Lucasfilm’s visual effects house), heard that new boss Kathleen Kennedy had plans to expand the Star Wars universe beyond the core “Skywalker saga” films.
Rogue One is a Star Wars movie unlike any other Star Wars movie. Yes, Darth Vader makes an appearance, and the Death Star looms large over the plot, but the majority of characters — along with key locations and vehicles — are previously unknown to the galaxy far, far away. All the information is culled from previously released Star Wars movies and TV shows, the recently released book Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel, as well as interviews with the Rogue One cast and filmmakers, trailers and TV spots, and publicity information.