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The Mandalorian Wins Five Creative Arts Emmys!

While the main event is scheduled for Sunday, the Creative Arts Emmys for the more technical categories were already awarded yesterday. And The Mandalorian won in five categories! Emmys were awarded for Outstanding Special Visual Effects, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series, and Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program. And while movie or tv awards are rather arbitrary and even though fewer people care about award shows each year, this is a very deserved win for The Mandalorian in these technical categories. So congratulations to the VFX, sound, camera and production design people who helped create The Mandalorian! Their hard work more than paid off!
The Mandalorian could still win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series and Giancarlo Esposito could win an Emmy for his portrayal of Moff Gideon (he is also nominated for his role in Better Call Saul), but the competition is tough and a win seems unlikely in either of these categories.

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A Closer Look At The Mandalorian Season 2 Trailer

The brand new season 2 trailer for The Mandalorian didn’t give anything away really, but it provided a few titillating glimpses at the places the show is going to visit. And we got a quick look at a few new characters as well. So what exactly did we see in the trailer? Click through for all the details!

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The Mandalorian Season 2 Official Trailer Is Here!

First Look At The Mandalorian Season 2!

Entertainment Weekly offers a very first look at The Mandalorian season 2. While the article is extremely light on season 2 details, it reveals a few tidbits about what to expect. According to the article season 2 will widen the scope, and other characters may also get a bit more focus as new storylines are introduced. The “big bad” of the season will be Moff Gideon, and the article teases that Gideon will also spent some one-on-one time with Baby Yoda. Even though the EW article will not tell you all that much about the upcoming season it is still worth a read as it also sheds some light about what’s going on behind the scenes on set and the thought process behind the show. We learn that Favreau will do nothing without Filoni’s approval and that Gina Carana asked Pedro Pascal to remove his helmet in his scenes with her when the camera is only on her, because it helps  her with her performance when she can see his eyes and face.

Are you looking forward to season 2 of The Mandalorian? What are your expectactions, what do you want to see?

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There Will Be A Lego Star Wars Holiday Special On Disney+

Yes, this is no joke. Disney+ will air a Lego Star Wars Holiday Special on November 17th! Click through for more!

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New Star Wars Movie Pushed Back One Year

Today Disney announced that several of their upcoming tentpole movies will be delayed for a full year. Click through for the details!

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Hollywood has seen better days

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You have your grains of salt at the ready? The usually well informed Latino Review website (unlike some other websites that simply make up stories) broke a brand new rumor today. And it’s a big one. According to the LRM website Anakin Skywalker will be a regular (!) character on the Kenobi show and of course he will be portrayed by none other than Hayden Christensen. LRM’s report also says Anakin was first supposed to make a cameo appearance, but then apparently Lucasfilm realized that people now like the prequels and the cameo role was turned into a regular character on the show. LRM claims the announcement was supposed to happen at Celebration, but since the event was canceled they say the announcement will happen at a later time, closer to the actual filming of the show.

So, what do you think? Do you want to see Anakin in Kenobi? Quite frankly, it never made any sense at all that we never saw his Force ghost in the sequels. Maybe Kenobi can make up for it. They only need to come up with a good reason for him to join in the fun. Perhaps we will be treated to Clone Wars flashbacks or maybe Hayden will portray Darth Vader, but Lucasfilm would probably not hire Christensen to portray a masked character that almost never reveals his face.

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Esquire is running a story about Alden Ehrenreich andf talked to him about a lot of things, among them of course his stint as Han Solo in Star Wars and whether or not there may be a future for Han Solo. While it’s not really likely, Ehrenreich still gives fans of “Solo” some sliver of hope that there will be a future for the characters. Click through for more info!

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The Clone Wars may be over, but there is still more to tell and show us about the characters we met on the show. Disney+ ordered a new animated series from Lucasfilm: “Star Wars: The Bad Batch”!
We were first introduced to the Bad Batch in season seven of The Clone Wars. The new series will follow the team of elite Clones, as they find their way in a changing galaxy in the aftermath of the Clone Wars. In this early Imperial era the Bad Batch will take on mercenary missions as they seek for a new purpose. The new series is supposed to be released sometime in 2021 on Disney+. No specific release date has been given yet.

This is all the info we have at the moment. So we get a sequel, sort of, to The Clone Wars, just like Rebels, only set before Rebels. It may be of note that the Bad Batch team was one of the last things George Lucas actually co-developed, the team was his idea originally. I wonder, given the 1980s action movie tropes the Bad Batch stand for (which was the intention of George Lucas), if the new show will be anything like the A-Team.

So what do you think? Are you excited? Also, how much do you wager that Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex will eventually make an appearance?

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All new series coming in 2021

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The Empire Strikes Back is #1 at the box office again, thanks to drive-in movie viewership! Entertainment Weekly has the full story!

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A short while ago it was announced that Disney would bring the 4K version of The Empire Strikes Back, which is available on Disney+ and Blu-Ray, to cinemas in the UK and elsewhere. However, now Variety reports that apparently talks with exhibitors broke down and the 4K version will not be shown in theaters after all. Instead a standard 2K version will be screened. No reason was given why the talks broke down or why exactly the 4K version will not be shown.
The next question is if all that many people would actually be eager to watch an old movie they have seen countless times before in a theater with other moviegoers. Cinemas across the world are waiting for the first new big release in months: Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, scheduled for an August 12th release date. Unless the movie gets delayed for a third time. Anyway, for Star Wars Fans it means that you can only watch the 4K version of The Empire Strikes back in the comfort of your home.
But do you think about going to the movies again at all? Or ist that not an option for you at the moment?

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I am altering the deal!

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Variety broke their exclusive story earlier today: Disney will release the 4K version of The Empire Strikes Back in the UK. Cinemas will re-open in the UK in July and since there is a lack of new titles, with releases postponed and productions shut down, the 4K version of The Empire Strikes Back is meant to help give UK cinemas a boost. According to Variety a couple of Disney 4K titles are offered to UK cinemas, but for Star Wars fans in the UK the 4K version of The Empire Strikes Back may be the one compelling reason to venture into a movie theater again. No word yet if other European countries will also get the movie, Germany and France come to mind immediately, as the two other huge Star Wars markets in Europe, but it would be odd if only cinemas in the UK receive some support from Disney.

So, fans in the UK… will you buy a ticket to see the movie? Or will streaming the 4K version on Disney+ do it for you? Without a mask. Without people checking their smartphones every few minutes. It will certainly be very interesting to see if cinemas can make a comeback. Movie studios certainly still need movie theaters, at least for the time being, since it’s doubtful streaming could compensate for the lack of box office. We’ll see if things return to normal again this summer. Maybe some of the library titles can help overcome the lack of new releases.

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A Very Quick Look At The Jedi Temple Challenge Show

The brand new show “Jedi Temple Challenge” had its first two episodes released a few days ago. The game show is intended for kids, with Ahmed Best returning to the Star Wars universe as Jedi Master Kelleran Beq, who oversees the challenges. So how is the show? Click through for a short discussion!

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Happy 43rd Anniversary to the film that started it all: Star Wars. It debuted in 32 theaters across America 43 years ago today! We’d also like to say Happy 37th Anniversary to Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi!

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It’s almost unfathomable, but Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back officially turned 40 years old today. We can all celebrate the film’s 40th Anniversary and the impact it’s had on popular culture. Recollect your memories of this prestigious film in our comment.s And don’t forget to include your Kenner memories if you grew up with the toy line at this time too!

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A short while ago it was reported that Temuera Morrison was cast as Boba Fett in season 2 of The Mandalorian. A few days later Timothy Olyphant (Fargo, Deadwood) was revealed to also have a role in season 2 of The Mandalorian. And now Slashfilm has an exclusive scoop that adds another twist to the whole story. Click through for more!

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Timothy Olyphant in Deadwood

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The Clone Wars Is The Most Streamed Show

Unfortunately there are no ratings for streaming shows and the platforms keep their numbers top secret. So external analytics are performed by companies such as Parrot Analytics that look at a variety of things to determine how successful a streaming show actually is. For this Parrot Analystics analyzes video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, comments on fan and critic rating platforms, as well as downloads and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. So how does The Clone Wars perform? Spoiler: it’s a success! Click through for more!

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Seriously delayed due to real life reasons (I moved to a new apartment last week and I still need to unbox and pose 300 figures…) there is finally time to take a closer look at the series finale of The Clone Wars. The 12th and final episode of season 7, “Victory And Death”, provides lots of action and some poignant character moments. It’s everything a fan of the show could ever have hoped for and maybe even more. So let’s discuss the season and series finale of The Clone Wars! Click here or on the banner below for the spoiler discussion!

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Katee Sackhoff Will Be Bo-Katan In The Mandalorian

The leaks (or reveals) for The Mandalorian season 2 continue. After learning that Ahsoka (and possibly Sabine and maybe even Rex!) will be in season 2 of The Mandalorian and that Boba Fett is featured as well, Deadline now reports that Katee Sackhoff, who voiced Bo-Katan Kryze in The Clone Wars, will now play the character in The Mandalorian season 2. Season 2 could very well turn out to be one huge guest star festival with so many prominent characters making an appearance.  Bo-Katan’s inclusion does make sense though, since she may want her darksaber back from Moff Gideon.
How do you feel about the inclusion of yet another Clone Wars character? Ar you excited about the possibilities or do you fear season 2 may get overwhelmed by its various guest stars?

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Mark Hamill shows his sentimentality on Twitter as revealed by his May 9th tweet. The actor admits that knowing he’s played Luke Skywalker for the last time is a bittersweet thing. Cinema Blend has the full story.

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Temuera Morrison To Play Boba Fett In The Mandalorian!

The Hollywood Reporter broke their exclusive story yesterday: Temuera Morrison will portray Boba Fett in season 2 of The Mandalorian! According to the scoop Morrison will only play a small role however. The Hollywood Reporter also confirms that it was indeed Boba Fett who approached a seemingly dead Fennec Shand on Tatooine in season 1. Temuera Morrison has kept himself busy in recent years with movies like Aquaman or the Dora the Explorer movie, he also voiced Boba Fett for various Star Wars video games, this will be the first time he actually portrays Boba Fett in live action.

What are your thoughts? Are you happy that Boba Fett will return and survived the Sarlacc Pit after all?

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The rumors were true after all! A new Star Wars movie and a new Disney+ series were announced today! Click through for more!

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Check out the latest episode of Galaxy of Adventures: The First Order vs. The Resistance over on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel.

   

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Today is not just the day for toy reveals, it’s also time for Order 66. You all know what that means. As season 7 of The Clone Wars draws to a close things seem to turn out very well for the Republic. Dooku is dead, Grievous has been cornered by Obi-Wan, Maul has been captured and the war could very soon be over! And now Ahsoka will accompany Rex to Coruscant as Maul is delivered to the capital to face justice. So what could possibly go wrong with Ahsoka on board a Republic Star Destroyer filled to the brim with clones? Today we talk about “Shattered”, the episode that tells us what happened to Ahsoka when Order 66 was issued. Let the grief counceling begin in the spoiler review of the penultimate The Clone Wars episode “Shattered”, which is yet another masterpiece. Read it by clicking here or on the banner below!

Rex and Ahsoka, best friends forever

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Starting today, the Disney+ homepage carousel will feature Star Wars concept art from the legendary Ralph McQuarrie from his 1975 painting of the droids in the desert. For the first time, fans will be able to navigate to a dedicated brand page directly from carousel art. Once immersed in the Star Wars brand page fans will be treated to an adaption of character art from the Star Wars Celebration 2019 commemorative mural by Jason Palmer and other celebrated artists.

The concept art takeover continues on May the 4th with each film and series’ artwork updated to feature its original concept paintings. Click through for more details and a sneak peek at some of the other Concept Art!

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