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Wampa Cave / Commentary on Solo: A Star Wars Story from Jon Kasdan
« on: September 14, 2018, 05:26:52 PM »
Read an interesting article today that referenced an even more interesting post on Twitter by Jon Kasdan, where he outlines over 50 behind the scenes things about Solo. I certainly enjoyed reading them. Take a look:

https://www.polygon.com/2018/9/14/17860264/han-solo-star-wars-sequel-jon-kasdan-writer-commentary

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Solo:A Star Wars Story SPOILERS
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:37:13 PM »
In case you didn’t see from the title:

********SPOILERS BELOW**********












Lots of detail in the movie that is new, but lots of nods to the EU as well. One new bit (which I’m not sure that I loved) is that Han has no last name at the start. An Imperial recruiter gives him the last name “Solo” because he is all alone.

I have to watch it again, but I could have sworn I heard the name “Cracken” during the battle scene after Han joins the empire, which could be a nod to Airen Cracken, the imperial-turned-rebel special forces expert from the EU (originallly from the old Weat End Games RPG).

In Lando’s little “Captain’s Log” kind of thing, it sounds like he references “Sharu”, a reference to the old Lando novel “Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu”.

Han winning the Falcon from Lando was pretty cool. Interesting twist with Lando being the cheater, which adds a little to Han’s statement in the OT where he points out that he won her fair and square.

It was nice to see that they carried over the fact that Lando seems to be the only one in the SW universe who pronounces Han like Hand instead of like Honda.

The one part I didn’t love, which started with the Clone Wars cartoon, is the fact that Darth Maul lives. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Darth Maul, but when a guy gets cut in half, he has to be dead every time. Come on. :luke:

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll have to watch it again and come back with some more commentary!

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Other Movies - Music - TV Entertainment / Avengers: Infinity War
« on: April 29, 2018, 08:11:30 PM »
Have people seen this yet? We went on Thursday night. It was quite the movie! I don't want to say too much lest I spoil it for those who haven't seen it, but it was very bold. A must see, for sure :fight:

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Wampa Cave / Ryan Johnson to direct new Star Wars trilogy!!!
« on: November 09, 2017, 05:36:45 PM »
In the midst of all of the director firings, I guess Rian Johnson stands out as someone Lucasfilm loved working with! They announced today that he will be developing a new Star Wars trilogy, I presume taking place after Episode 9.

There will also be a new Star Wars TV show, which will be on a new Disney streaming service.

See the article in Varety here:
http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/star-wars-tv-series-disney-streaming-service-1202611408/

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Wampa Cave / JJ Abrams back for Episode IX
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:37:23 PM »
As was recently posted here, another drop out in the Star Wars directing world - Colin Trevorrow is no longer doing Episode IX due to the classic "creative differences" with Kathleen Kennedy et al at Lucasfilm.

Just announced today, though - JJ Abrams will be taking the role of writer and director! Good news for some fans, bad for others. Time will tell, but immediate thoughts?

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Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Thrawn
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:42:10 PM »
Hardcover by Timothy Zahn

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Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Aftermath: Empire's End
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:39:47 PM »
Hardcover by Chuck Wendig

Book 3 in the Aftermath trilogy

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Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Star Wars: Catalyst
« on: December 14, 2016, 07:56:04 PM »
Plot summary to follow

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Reviews
« on: December 14, 2016, 07:50:24 PM »
Please use this thread to give reviews of the movie. If you are going to include spoilers, please warn people with bolded, underlined text stating that there will be spoilers so that they can be sure not to continue. Also, it's not a bad idea to include a few spaces before actually adding the spoiler.  For example, you might type
******Warning - Spoilers Below********










And then put your spoilers down here.

Enjoy the movie, and tell us what you think :fight:

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Wampa Cave / Who has their Rogue One tickets?
« on: December 07, 2016, 08:26:30 PM »
I picked up tickets last Monday for the Thursday night showing. I don't know why they say the movies are released on the Friday when they actually have showings on the Thursday...just say it is released on the Thursday :speechless-smiley-004:

Anyway, I'm looking forward to it. Who else is going opening night?

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Wampa Cave / Hint to Rey's parents
« on: April 17, 2016, 08:17:03 PM »
There is an article here where JJ Abrams says Rey's parents were not in episode 7!  Later, he back-pedalled and says he meant she didn't discover them in Episode 7, but not sure if he was just trying to cover his tracks.  If his first comment was true, then many fan theories have been blown out of the water!

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Wampa Cave / Star Wars: Bloodline - novel about Leia
« on: February 04, 2016, 02:14:55 PM »
There is a new novel coming out soon about Leia that will take place close to the time of Episode 7, atlas some decades after ROTJ.  Just from the excerpt released on starters.com, it seems to tie in nicely with the novelization for TFA.  Here is the excerpt:

Read an excerpt from Chapter 13 of 'Star Wars: Bloodline.'
An entire generation has prospered during an era of peace. The New Republic, governed by the Galactic Senate on Hosnian Prime, has held power for more than two decades. Yet conflict has begun to take shape within the Senate. As political gridlock threatens to cripple the fledgling democracy, the quarrels of the New Republic will soon radiate throughout the galaxy. . .

The conference building of the New Republic senatorial complex contained multiple rooms appropriate for every kind of auxiliary function imaginable, from memorial concerts to awards ceremonies. Leia Organa and Tai-Lin Garr headed toward one of the smallest banquet rooms. The breakfast meeting had been organized by Varish Vicly, who couldn’t imagine a bad time for a party.
Varish came loping toward them now on all fours. “There you are! I was worried you’d be late.”
“We’re still early,” Leia protested as both she and Tai-Lin were wrapped in quick, long-limbed hugs.
“Yes, but I worry. You know how these guys get.”
“Now come along and be introduced to everyone,” Varish insisted. Soon Leia found herself shaking hands and paws, murmuring greetings; thanks to some review holos Korr Sella had prepared for her, she recognized each senator in attendance and could even ask a few pertinent questions about their families and worlds.
They entered the banquet hall together, the entire group walking two by two. Leia knew the seat at the far end of the table would be hers, guest of honor as counterpart to the host. So she walked the length of the room, attentive to the senator at her side, before glancing down at the arrangements — sumptuous even by Varish’s standards, with a velvet runner stretching along the table and delicate paper streamers lying across the tables, beneath elaborately folded napkins. Leia had to laugh. “Honestly, Varish. For breakfast?” In other words, Leia thought as she listened to someone cheerfully talk about his grandchildren, this is going wonderfully for everyone but me.
This won good-natured chuckles from the room; Varish Vicly’s lavish tastes were well known, a foible she herself joked about. Today, however, she shrugged. “I didn’t request this. Maybe the serving staff heard my name and assumed that meant to go all out.” Varish smiled as she took her seat. “If that’s my reputation . . . you know, I can live with it.”
Leia settled into her chair, picked up her napkin — and stopped.
Something was written on the paper streamer on her plate. Actual writing. Virtually nobody wrote any longer; it had been years since Leia had seen actual words handwritten in ink on anything but historical documents.
But today, someone had left this message on her plate, only one word long:
RUN.
Leia shoved her chair back, instantly leaping to her feet. “We have to get out of here,” she said to the startled senators at the table. “Now. Go!”
But they didn’t move, even as she dashed toward the door. Varish said, “Leia? What in the world's —”
“Didn’t you hear me?” Damn fools who had never been in the war, who didn’t know an urgent warning when they got one. Leia held up the paper so they could see it. “Run! Everyone get up and run!”
With that, she took off, running as fast as she could, finally hearing the others stir behind her. Maybe they thought the note was only a prank, but Leia knew better. The inchoate dread that had swirled inside her all morning had solidified; this was what her feelings had been warning her about.
As they dashed through the hallways of the conference building, Leia glimpsed an alert box and swerved sideways to hit it. A robotic voice said, “No detected hazards at this — ”
“Override! Evacuation alert now!” Leia resumed running just as the warning lights began to blink and the siren’s wail sounded. Immediately people began filing out of various other rooms, mostly grumbling but at least moving toward the exits — and when they saw her, they, too, started to run. The sense of urgency built behind her like a wave cresting, preparing to crash.
Leia’s breath caught in her throat as she pushed herself harder, running full out toward the doors, so fast they almost didn’t have time to open for her. In the square beyond, security droids had begun herding people away from the building, but too many continued to mill around, staring in consternation at the scene. The others evacuating flooded through the doors behind and around her, but once they were clear of the structure, half of them stopped, remaining stupidly within range.
Within range of what? She still didn’t know. But every instinct within her told her disaster was near.
Leia didn’t stop. She kept running as hard as she could, never looking back, until . . .
Brilliant light. A roar so loud it resonated in her skull. And hot air and debris slamming into her, knocking her down, rolling her over, erasing the world.

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Wampa Cave / Episode 8 delayed
« on: January 21, 2016, 07:36:05 PM »
They have announced that episode 8 has been pushed back to December 2017 instead of May 2017.  Supposedly, Ryan Johnson is doing some rewriting of the script.  Or maybe, Disney is drooling over the idea of taking in another $2 billion from a Christmas release? I hope it's the former.  I guess another 6 months won't kill me... :fight:

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Well, Episode 7 is chewing through the box office records so far.  Almost $550 million in 10 days!!  Certainly makes Disney's acquisition look like a steal.

At this point, it seems almost like a foregone conclusion that it will end up as the biggest box office success of all time (Domestically, anyway, and when not adjusting for inflation).  However, how big will it go?  Movies released this time of year tend to have better staying power, with lower drops the first few weeks, and longer legs, as there are less releases at the beginning of the year.  As such, based on it's ridiculous start and comparing to the multipliers that films this time of year tend to have, it could blow away the competition and end up close to $1 billion domestically.

Although this is not my primary concern by any means, I would love to see it do well for two main reasons:

1) It would be great to see Star Wars back on top as the box office king, as they are my favourite movies by far

2) Episode 7 is, in my mind, a worthy Star Wars sequel and worthy movie of the title of box office king.  It would have been bittersweet to see any of the prequels take the crown back when they were released...

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