Garreth Edwards Talks ‘Rogue One’; Reveals New Planet Name

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This week on the Star Wars show, Andi Gutierrez interviews Garreth Edwards, the director of the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While discussing the toughest day on the massive set of the blockbuster, Edwards revealed the name of a new planet from which we have only seen behind the scenes glimpses of from the sizzle reel released at this past year’s celebration:

“It was on a planet called Eadu. There was a lot of rain. And there’s something psychological that you forget. I mean rain looks really good on camera but you forget how tiring it is for the crew and the actors to be drenched all day long. And we all bought these really expensive suits that kept you one hundred percent dry but as soon as there’s one little crack in it because you’ve got ten hours of rain, it just finds its way down and eventually you’re covered like you swam in a lake.”


This marks the fourth new planet in Rogue One in addition to Jedha, Scarif, and Lah’mu. The current description for Eadu on Wookiepeida currently reads:

Eadu was a storm-stricken world in the galaxy. A battle took place on Eadu during the Galactic Civil War between the Alliance to Restore the Republic and Galactic Empire.

But the planets aren’t the only new addition to the Star Wars Galaxy. Along with a slew of new ships and characters, Rogue One also introduces a much more immersive visual language into the franchise. But even though the digitally shot film puts you in the middle of the action from a handheld perspective, Edwards looked back to a set of classic anamorphic lenses to capture the story with:

“The actual lenses we had were the original lenses they shot Ben-Hur on, the original Ben-Hur, and so these like beautiful anamorphic, very like organic feel because we didn’t want it to feel digital. As a result, you get like, this beautiful depth of field where everything is out of focus but it’s a nightmare for the focus puller and so you have to try and warn him what you’re going to do. But there’s these intimate scenes going on inside the ship so you can’t talk. And they put a microphone next to my mouth and there’s duct tape somewhere so I could just whisper like ‘close’, and then like ‘far’, close’, ‘far’. But I’d have to really whisper it and I didn’t realize what I looked like but the AD just kept cracking up.”

Edwards went even further discussing the visual style of Rogue One:

In Rogue One we ended up mixing and matching styles. Sometimes you go from very grounded, like in the trenches photography of a battle to something like these epic beautiful shots and that contrast really worked well. I think to some extent if a year and a half ago we had sat there and gone ‘Okay let’s storyboard the whole movie, this is exactly what we’re going to do. Let’s go get that.’ I don’t think it would have been as good of a film as what did happen which was: this is the foundation — the plan — but whenever we get a better idea from experience we’ll change it and we’ll keep trying, keep doing stuff. And I think that’s paid off. To be able to leave your ego at the door and just let the film speak to you and tell you what it wants to be.”

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Given that this a direct prequel to the original Star Wars, I was a little turned off by the fact that Rogue One was being shot digitally. Digital offers a crisper, colder picture so I was a bit worried things wouldn’t quite match up with the original Star Wars. But I feel a bit better knowing that Edwards sought out some classic lenses to capture the story on, however. I still think they should lay some 70’s film grain over Rogue to give it that classic, magical quality Star Wars has.

To check out the full interview including what easter egg’s from Edwards’ previous films made it into Rogue One click on the video below! The interview begins at the 3:41-minute mark.


Ridley Scott Turns 79; ‘Alien: Covenant’ Set Photo Released

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Today is the 79th birthday of legendary director Ridley Scott. To celebrate, 20th Century Fox has released a new set photo featuring Scott directing a scene in what looks to be the interior of the spacecraft that crashed on LV-426, first seen in the original Alien. Behind Scott, the pilot’s chair can be seen, however. The pilot himself is mysteriously absent.

The Directors Guild of America announced that Scott has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction. DGA President Paris Barclay released a statement:

“Masterful in any genre, Ridley’s groundbreaking methods and peerless directing instincts have brought to life some of the most memorable films of our time, capturing the resilience of the human spirit and captivating the hearts and minds of audiences around the world. Stunning visuals, immersive worlds and powerful performances underpin his diverse body of work which ranges from Alien, Blade Runner and Thelma & Louise to Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and, most recently, The Martian. Over the course of four decades, his trailblazing career has demonstrated the impact and importance of the director’s singular vision. For these reasons, and so many more, we are honored to present the Lifetime Achievement Award in feature film to Ridley Scott.”

Happy Birthday Mr. Scott!

Produced by 20th Century Fox, Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Noomi Rapace, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, and Guy Pearce. Written by Michael Green, John Logan, and Jack Palgen. Directed by Ridley Scott.

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.




‘Arrow’: “Invasion” Clip; Producers Preview

Ahead of tonight’s episode of Arrow, The CW has released a clip from the episode titled “Invasion”. Part three of the four-night crossover is the 100th episode of the series and features the return of many cast members including Katie CassidyJohn BarrowmanNeal Mcdonough, and Susanna Thompson thanks to The Dominators sidelining Oliver in a dreamlike form of stasis.

The clip has Felicity introducing Cisco to the new members of Team Arrow just before he vibes Oliver’s original bow. In what seems like a major leap requiring a serious suspension of disbelief, the team plans to hack alien tech to figure out exactly where Oliver, Diggle, and Thea are.

Executive producer Wendy Mericle takes us inside the episode which brings us back to the more realistic days of the series in the midst of the shows most fantastical crisis. Die hard fans of the comics are going to lose their shit as they are about to get a taste of what it could have been like for Oliver and Laurel if they had gotten married like their characters were in the comics.

Arrow airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.


‘Power Rangers’ Alpha 5 Concept Art Revealed

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The reboot of the Fox Kids series from the nineties Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is a departure from the original that is going for a much darker, more mature take on the teenagers with attitude. The film has dropped “Mighty Morphin” from the title and swapped out the sunny setting of Angel Grove for the grim atmosphere of Vancouver. So far, this darker reimagining has brought us all new designs for the suits worn by the Rangers and their Megazords as well as a whole new look for Rita Repulsa that seems very green ranger-esque.

Today, IGN has revealed concept art of the new design for Alpha 5, the assistant to the Rangers’ commander, Zordon. The new look for Alpha 5 falls right in line with the alien look of the new Ranger suits.

Alpha will be voiced by Bill Hader, which seems like an all too perfect casting choice. A look at Zordon, who will be played by Bryan Cranston, has yet to be revealed but with the film only five months away it shouldn’t be long now.

Power Rangers hits theaters on March 24, 2017.

Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery as Jason Lee Scott (Red Ranger), RJ Cyler as Billy Cranston (Blue Ranger), Naomi Scott as Kimberly Hart (Pink Ranger), Becky G as Trini Kwan (Yellow Ranger), Ludi Lin as Zack Taylor (Black Ranger), Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Bryan Cranston as Zordon, and Bill Hader as Alpha 5.

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.





IMAX Doubles Down; Inhumans Has A Premiere Date

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Two weeks ago Marvel announced a groundbreaking partnership between IMAX and Disney/ABC Television Group to bring Marvel’s The Inhumans to the small screen. In an unprecedented move, the series will first see a theatrical debut exclusively in IMAX theaters on Labor Day 2017 for the first two episodes shot entirely with IMAX cameras. Following the theatrical debut, ABC will capitalize on The Inhumans by premiering extended versions of the first two episodes before beginning its fall 2017 run. Currently, the series is capped at eight episodes with subsequent action sequences also to be shot with IMAX cameras.

Per a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, The Inhumans now has a premiere date. While speaking at the Credit Suisse Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, CEO of IMAX Entertainment Greg Foster revealed the series will debut on ABC on September 26, 2017, after hitting theaters on or around September 1.

Foster also shared some more major news, revealing that IMAX is doubling down with its entry into the world of television:

“This is at the high end of the range of what we’ll be doing, but we’re already looking for a second [series]. This is a really exciting opportunity that could blossom into more.”

Just what exactly could IMAX be looking to get involved with? While on the subject of The Inhumans Foster added:

“Hopefully this will spawn more seasons of the show, and opportunistically, we’re looking at other opportunities and programs that we can become part of.”

More Marvel shows seem like the smart and safe choice, especially given the success of Marvel’s foray into the darker, more mature superhero outings on Netflix. But the smarter move would be to hold back and see if their gamble pays off before greenlighting another series.



‘The Flash’: “The Present” Extended Preview

Even though we are in the middle of the four-night crossover, The CW still has midseason finales to promote. The first half of season three of The Flash has been good but still a bit uneven with Dr. Alchemy dipping in and out of the story. But after the not so shocking reveal of Julian Albert as Dr. Alechmy along with the arrival of Savitar, it seems the setups are about to come to a head in the midseason finale titled “The Present”.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/ PT on The CW.

BARRY SEEKS HELP FROM JAY GARRICK — With Alchemy and Savitar still looming threats, Barry (Grant Gustin) is unable to focus on the Christmas holiday, and especially his relationship with Iris (Candice Patton). Determined to stop Savitar, Barry goes to Earth-3 to get advice from Jay Garrick (guest star John Wesley Shipp). Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) wants to help Barry fight Savitar and reveals that he’s been training with H.R. (Tom Cavanagh), which doesn’t go over well with Barry. As Cisco (Carlos Valdes) faces his first Christmas without his brother Dante (guest star Nicholas Gonzalez), old wounds are reopened.

Every New ‘Rogue One’ Character, Vehicle, and Location You Need to Know About

The databank on has been updated with new descriptions for brand new characters and vehicles making their debut in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film set just before the original classic A New Hope tells the story of the Rebel Alliance as the rebels steal the Death Star plans and win their first battle against the empire. Rather than just focus on the new updates from the databank, I’ve made this your one-stop shop for information regarding every character from Rogue One who currently has an entry in the Star Wars databank.

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Imperial Ground Crew

Perched in the command seat of the thickly armored Imperial combat assault tank with a view of the surrounding area, the tank commander barks out orders to the combat drivers within to steer the vehicle into battle. The commander stays in contact with his crew and with headquarters to keep updated on changing combat conditions.


‘The Flash’: “Invasion” Clip; Producers Preview

The four-night crossover event officially began at the end of Supergirl last night Well, sort of… The crossover will feature the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow coming together to take on the evil alien invaders, The Dominators. The Dominators are an Alien race interested in harnessing the gene that gives metahumans their powers to enhance members of their own species.

Ahead of tonight’s episode of The Flash — which is technically part two of the crossover but really the beginning — The CW has released a clip which has all of the heroes trying to decide just who exactly is in charge as the heroes take on their greatest challenge yet. It’s going to be interesting see the three major teams from their respective shows learn how to work together in effort to save the world.

Executive producer Todd Helbing takes us inside the episode to give us a preview of the formation of the super-team, teasing The Dominators as the creepiest thing you’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t quite describe them as the creepiest things ever but they are sure are ugly.

The Flash airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Part three of the four-night crossover will continue tomorrow night on Arrow before concluding Thursday night on Legends of Tomorrow.


Star Wars: Force For Change is Back!

Star Wars fans, you no longer need an excuse to buy more Star Wars t-shirts, now you can do it for a great cause. Lucasfilm has partnered with Target to bring you Star Wars: Force For Change: Force 4 Fashion. Seven exclusive Rogue One tees designed by the film’s director Garreth Edwards as well as the cast are now available for purchase at Target. $5 from every sale will be donated to UNICEF Kid Power.

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Kevin Smith Exits Buckaroo Banzai With Class

It would seem Amazon Studios television adaptation of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension has landed in development hell. MGM recently filed a lawsuit against the original 1984 film’s director W.D. Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch. Whether or not the project will come to fruition will remain uncertain until both parties can reach an agreement regarding the series. So far, neither has offered to comment on the legal battle. But on the heels of this misfortune, the series’ director Kevin Smith has emerged with his head held high above the drama as he took to Facebook Live to announce his exit from the project respectfully and with class.

Smith, who first made a name for himself with cult classics such as Clerks, Mallrats, and Chasing Amy, began directing television just last year with an episode of The CW superhero hit The Flash. This year Smith has not only directed another episode of The Flash, but an episode of Supergirl as well. The comic book superfan announced via his Fatman on Batman Smodcast just a few months ago that he would be in the director’s chair for a planned television reboot of Buckaroo Banzai. But with the drama now surrounding the project, Smith did what plenty of men should do but don’t and pulled out of the project:

“I’m no longer involved. I don’t wish anybody harm; I wish all parties well. I hope these dudes come to an agreement, and if they do and they still want me involved down the road, I’ll be here. But why would they?”

Regarding the legal dispute between Amazon and the original films writer and director Smith said:

“Without those two dudes, I don’t fall in love with that property,” he said. “I don’t want to make anything unless those two dudes are involved. They had the vision. Like, all we’re doing is taking their amazing vision and making a TV show of it.”

While it’s a bummer to have Smith remove himself from the project, it’s impossible to have nothing but respect for the man. Smith has always been brutally honest about his film’s to the point that it has been to his own detriment. He’s also not one for putting up with Hollywood bullshit unless Bruce Willis is attached.

Smith then offered some insight into what the actual dispute could be about:

“Let’s say one day that the people that own Miramax now [said], ‘Hey, we want to make Clerks,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, I don’t want you to make Clerks — not while I’m alive.’ And then they sue me to make sure that they can make Clerks without me being involved. Well, what goes around comes around in life. I’m not saying anybody is wrong in this situation, but what I’m saying is — respectfully to all parties involved — I’m out.”

As much as it is a loss for Smith, it’s an even bigger loss for Amazon. Smith is a respected voice in the community mainly because everyone knows he’s a fan and he brings a tremendous amount of passion to his craft. Having grown up a major fan of the original film, Smith would have been the perfect director for the television adaptation. Hopefully, if the project gets back on track, Smith will be brought back on board. But chances are the studio will replace Smith with some generic tool that has no affinity for the original film, therefore the director won’t be morally conflicted when MGM wins the legal battle to cut out Richter and Rauch from the project. Meanwhile, Smith will continue to lend his talents to the Arrowverse, crafting what are some of the best directed episodes in the history of all of The CW superhero dramas.