Poignant Star Wars Documentary The Director and the Jedi Guaranteed to Wreck Us

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Among Variety’s writeup of the 12 movie and TV premieres garnering the most buzz at South by Southwest is The Director and the Jedi, a behind-the-scenes documentary from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While the doc is centered on Rian Johnson’s experience writing and directing the film, there’s an extremely personal dimension that we already know is going to give us all the feels: the cast and the crew grappling with Carrie Fisher’s passing in late 2016.

The documentary was initially announced in late February, as one of many bonus features on the Last Jedi home release. The official summary makes it seem as if director Anthony Wonke and the others behind the feature were aware of the polarizing response to The Last Jedi:

An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson’s process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe. A fan ...

Jon Favreau to Executive Produce Live-Action Star Wars Television Series

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Lucasfilm announced today that a live-action Star Wars television series is in the works, to be helmed by Jon Favreau. The actor and director, who helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2008’s Iron Man, will serve as executive producer for the series in what sounds like a showrunner capacity: writing and producing, while overseeing a stable of writers.

“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in the official announcement. “Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.” May we suggest some contenders?

In addition to his work within the MCU, Favreau ...

Putting Time Travel in the Star Wars Universe Reveals the Breaking Point of the Force

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The Star Wars universe has time travel now—everybody panic!


Okay, it sort of does. But panic is actually not necessary! Because the fact that time travel has finally been introduced has served as a valuable lesson about who wields power in this galaxy and when there is just too much going around.

[Major spoilers for the last episodes of the Star Wars: Rebels, as well as The Clone Wars.]

If you were watching the Rebels episode “A World Between Worlds,” you were probably a little shocked (/confused/excited/furious?). The remaining Ghost crew trekked to the Jedi temple on Lothal only to find that the Empire was busy trying to excavate the darn thing. And they were doing a pretty good job of it, too. Ezra had already been nudged toward the temple by the Force-connected guardians of the planet (lots of Loth-cats and Loth-wolves, one who might ...

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Here’s Why You Should Hunker Down and Binge-Watch All of Star Wars: Rebels

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As fun as it can be, Star Wars is a pretty fraught universe. We don’t always talk about that because unpacking the vast amount of carnage and destitution is a pretty tall order for a franchise that is largely thought of as popcorn entertainment by the masses. But we also don’t really talk about it because most Star Wars stories are Big Picture ones. They are about the Most Important People doing the Most Important Things in the universe. And that typically comes with a lot of sadness and scale and scope.

Which is why it’s totally understandable that you might have missed Star Wars: Rebels bringing that galaxy far, far away down to earth.

To be fair, the characters in Rebels are not playing for small beans. These are some of the initial operatives that form what later becomes the lauded Rebel Alliance. What they do matters and will ...

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Love in the Star Wars Universe is a Lot More Realistic Now

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Force-ghosts jumping from Imperial warships into apprentices’ bodies. Assassins falling in love with the Jedi they’re programmed to kill. Hapan queens trading one-night-stands for heirs. Reptilian crime lords spraying unsuspecting princesses with pheromones to broker a (eyebrow wiggle) trade. Jedi/Yuuzhan Vong hybrids caught between dead best friends/unrequited loves and their new, fallen-to-the-dark-side masters. Love—or, at least, sex and sometimes romance—in the Star Wars universe used to be a hot mess.

But what I grew up with as the Expanded Universe has now been mostly struck from the record—or, rather, redefined as “Star Wars Legends,” with an entirely new canon built around The Force Awakens and its subsequent new EU: prequel novels filling in the years between trilogies, tie-in comic books, and of course films like Rogue One and The Last Jedi. The introduction of new characters brings new romantic dramas that, surprisingly, are a lot stabler, healthier, or simply just more realistic than the ...

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Celebrate the Women of Star Wars Every Single Day in 2018!

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We’re always looking for more fun Star Wars related activities–if you are too, this will be right up your alley! Amy Richau is taking the entire year of 2018 to celebrate the women of Star Wars!

Here’s a little more about the project from Richau herself:

I wanted to do a project in 2018 about women in the Star Wars universe that would be positive and give me an excuse to spend more time devouring Star Wars content – especially content I have never seen/read/known about. The result is 365 Days of Star Wars Women. Every day I’m highlighting a new female character, actress, or crew member from Star Wars films, TV shows, books, comics, and more.

It’s a simple shoutout, but spreading the love about women in Star Wars I thought would brighten my year and perhaps yours as well. If it encourages people to check out a book, ...

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Directors Who Should Get a Shot at Star Wars

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Good news: More Star Wars movies are in the works! Bad news: They’re being written and produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of HBO’s Game of Thrones and two more in a long line of white men who have been entrusted to tell new stories within the Star Wars universe. As we have no interest in a Thrones-esque, grimdark Star Wars trilogy, we took five minutes and came up with a list of directors whose brilliant, insightful, irreverent, badass voices we would love to see in future Star Wars installments instead.


Taika Waititi (Thor: RagnarokWhat We Do in the Shadows)

Star Wars is a universe that handles humor very well when people make an effort to inject it, and that’s pretty much Taika Waititi’s bag. Plus he could brighten up the occasionally drab, desert-y color palette a la Thor: Ragnarok.


Ava DuVernay ...

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