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Friday, 24 March 2017

EPISODE VII: THE MISFIT KILLERS!


On a far off, unknown world, the fallen from grace Kylo Ren and his band of unique and deadly acolytes - surely the weirdest and most visually intriguing group since the debut of the Classic Trilogy Bounty Hunters - finish their slaughter of Luke Skywalker's new Jedi Order, in this important flashback seen in THE FORCE AWAKENS, one of the last shots completed for the film in principal photography at Pinewood, circa September 2014.

More of this group is promised to be seen in EPISODE VIII, including a rumoured battle against Luke and Rey on Ahch-To, filmed on location in Ireland.

Changes Coming to the Kylo Ren Episode 8 Costume

Star Wars: Adam Driver Says Episode 8 Will Explore Kylo Ren's 'Humanity' and Terrorism - IGN

Star Wars 8 LEAK: Kylo Ren duel in The Last Jedi reveals Rey's father | Films | Entertainment | Express.co.uk

Rumor: Star Wars 8 To Reveal Crucial Moment From Kylo Ren's Backstory | moviepilot.com

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Three iconic locations rumoured to appear | The Independent

'STAR WARS' AT 40: CONTINUED ATTACK!


"Hear me baby, hold together..."

Worried words from Han Solo to his beloved vessel, as the Millennium Falcon continues to take a pounding from the TIE fighters, in another great effects moment. Note the red blast from the underbelly gun bottom right corner. The sound effect of the gun port firing as the TIEs zoom past would be added to one of the later Special Edition versions of the film.

ROGUE ONE: ROGUE'S GALLERY!


Relive the action, drama, and tragedy of ROGUE ONE, out now (24th March, 2017) on US digital download, before its territory Blu-ray release on April 4th.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on iTunes

ROGUE ONE Blu-Ray Trailer (2017) - YouTube

Latest news:

Star Wars Director Reveals the Secrets Behind Rogue One's Final Vader Scene - YouTube

Rogue One - Darth Vader | official featurette (2017) - YouTube

See how a 'Star Wars' droid came to life in exclusive 'Rogue One' videos

https://www.inverse.com/article/29435-rogue-one-star-wars-death-troopers-ralph-mcquarrie-doug-chiang

Rogue One almost had a bonus Vader scene

http://ew.com/movies/2017/03/20/rogue-one-alternate-ending-revealed/

John Knoll Describes More 'Rogue One' Alternate Endings | The Star Wars Underworld

Rogue One: Jyn Erso's mother was a slain Jedi in early version

Rogue One's Bodhi Rook was once a madman engineer named Bokan

Rogue One director explains why the original ending didn't work and says Darth Vader's big scene was a late addition | GamesRadar+

Star Wars: Rogue One Producer Has Another Spinoff Idea

Thursday, 23 March 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: ATTACKING THE FALCON!


"They're coming in too fast!"

Even with its ever angled deflector shields, the Millennium Falcon gets a laser pounding from the TIE fighters, in the above pilot's eye view shot that's as stunning today, especially on the big screen, as it was back in 1977.

Filming the scene with the overhead Dykstraflex camera in 1976 over the large Falcon model.
Ralph McQuarrie production painting.
TIE fighter pilot in cockpit, shot at Elstree in July 1976.

ROGUE ONE: THE GREEN DEATH!


Jedha has been targeted and now the power of the Death Star's primary weapon, even at reduced power, is unleashed- Kyber crystal generated energy speeding out from the space station, supervised by a pair of Imperial officers, played specially in ROGUE ONE by two unique cameo stars: THE LAST JEDI's writer/director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman!


Look out for more cameos and special saga related Easter Eggs dotted throughout the film, many revealed in the upcoming Blu-ray release of ROGUE ONE, available in the UK from April 10th, 2017.


Get it here: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray Limited Edition Artwork Sleeve 2017: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "HERE THEY COME!"


From the Falcon cockpit, Leia and Chewbacca give the first warning to Han and Luke in the above and below gun ports of the arrival of the four TIE fighter sentry ships, as the enemy attack begins...

Note the use of the back projection starfield - one of the rare moments that the technique made it into the finished film.


ROGUE ONE: "HOPE..."

The courage and destiny of a Princess has begun...

Today (22nd March, 2017), STAR WARS AFICIONADO was kindly invited by DISNEY UK to a special event look at all the pleasing extras accompanying the Blu-ray (and digital download) release of ROGUE ONE in this territory from April 10th, 2017. Though there's no deleted scenes to relish (presumably saved for a later release- fingers crossed!), there are plenty of deleted scene filming snippets to catch from across the movie's in-flux conception, along with a ten featurettes look at the production's inception, its key characters, and design. A notable and fascinating standout, The Princess & The Governor, shows the miraculous recreation of a classic young heroine and equally iconic villain from the saga in key sequences, and the genuine care and affection undertaken by both the ILM CGI team and the actors portraying/recreating Tarkin and young Leia in doing so (Guy Henry, particularly knowing how important it was to capture the aura of Peter Cushing yet also give his own performance, and the charming and very-similar-looking-to-Carrie Fisher Ingvild Deila), and to such striking effect. We'd seen behind the scenes footage of Henry as Tarkin earlier this year, now the Blu-ray presents the work that went into the filming of the finale Leia scenes with Deila (in costume and buns, her face covered with silver balls) at Pinewood in December 2015, and via the striving-for-the best ILM.

The lovely Ingvild, and an image from her acting portfolio. 

Rogue One Princess Leia scene: Stand-in Leia actress Ingvild Deila on playing Carrie Fisher - and how she found out about the role

'Rogue One': Leia Actress Ingvild Deila on Re-Creating 'Star Wars' Character | Hollywood Reporter

Here's What Princess Leia Looked Like in 'Rogue One' Before CGI | Inverse


ROGUE ONE on UK Blu-ray and DVD. Get it here: 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray Limited Edition Artwork Sleeve 2017: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray

Amazon.co.uk: star wars rogue one dvd - DVD: DVD & Blu-ray

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "STAY SHARP..."


Our heroes are not out of the enemy woods yet, as the Falcon's sensors detect Imperial sentry ships fast approaching, with Han and Luke soon manning the quad guns ready for response. Cue John Williams superb build-up music...

Falcon targeting device graphics produced by Jay Teitzell.

ROGUE ONE: A COLLISION OF IMPERIALS!


The classic ILM effects shot from ROGUE ONE: the forced collision engineered by the Rebels between the two Imperial Star Destroyers above Scarif.


Find out some of the secrets behind the realisation of that classic scene, and other parts of the Battle of Scarif, here:

Rogue One: Visual effects revealed - BBC Click - YouTube

Behind the Magic: Creating the space battle for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - YouTube

Monday, 20 March 2017

'STAR WARS' AT 40: "I CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S GONE..."


Gently putting his poncho over him, Princess Leia does her best to quietly console her new friend Luke Skywalker over the death of the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi, in this lovely B/W image taken in the Falcon hold during Summer 1976 filming at Elstree.
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