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One of Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Giant Explosions Was Inspired By the Slow Mo Guys on YouTube

Digital tools like 3D animation and motion capture helped revolutionise the visual effects industry, but there’s still plenty of room for practical effects to help bring the impossible to the big screen. Solo: A Star Wars Story’s VFX supervisor Julian Foddy revealed to the BBC that one of the film’s most memorable explosions was actually inspired by a popular YouTube channel. Read More >>

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The King of Wakanda Holds the Oscars’ First Best Picture Nod for a Superhero Film

All hail the once and future king of Wakanda. Black Panther has now made Academy Awards history as the first superhero or comic book film nominated for Best Picture. And that’s not the only award the blockbuster Marvel film is gunning for at the 2019 Oscars. Read More >>

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Yes, You Will Love This Hilarious Star Wars Video

They’re two of the first words we ever learn. We use them every day and, in many cases, probably don’t even think about it. They can be used to agree to life-changing events or get out of horrible situations. They can also be used to hilarious effect when edited and counted in all 10 Star Wars movies. Read More >>

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Watch Lando’s Falcon Become Han’s in a New Video From Industrial Light & Magic

Remember when we first saw images of the Millennium Falcon in Solo: A Star Wars Story? Everyone freaked out because it looked so different from the Falcon of the past. But, of course, there was a plan in place for how that Falcon, owned by Lando Calrissian, would turn into the one we knew from when it was owned by Han Solo. Read More >>

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The Design of the Millennium Falcon is Fully Customisable

When most people think of the Millennium Falcon, they think of one specific image: The way the ship looked in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy. But in recent films, it has been hinted that the YT-1300 Modified Corellian Freighter doesn’t necessary have to look like that. Read More >>

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The Deleted Scenes of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ranked

The Blu-ray release of Solo: A Star Wars Story may not have an alternate cut of Ron Howard’s film, but it does include eight deleted scenes that run about 15 minutes total, and most of them are really quite good. Read More >>

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Disney’s CEO Agrees That Maybe One Star Wars Movie a Year Is a Bit Too Much

The Star Wars movies under Disney’s purview have ranged from excellent expansions to the franchise to perfectly fine—opinions may vary of course, but there hasn’t really been a generally poorly-received one. There have been quite a lot of them though, with even more on the way. But Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger says that maybe we can start to expect them to spread out going forward. Read More >>

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I Wish More Figures Had Goofy Action Features Like This Solo Toy

As the merchandising behemoth that is action figures has grown over the years, the market has split into two groups—the kids-focused smaller figures that trade articulation for oversized accessories and kooky action features, and then the serious (as serious as toys can be), “collector-aimed” ones. This new Star Wars figure blurs the line. Read More >>

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Report: The Star Wars Story Films Are Being Put On Hold

After the disappointing box office of Solo: A Star Wars Story, a new report says Lucasfilm has put all future Star Wars Story standalone movies on hold. That means, at least for now, no Boba Fett movie, no Obi-Wan movie, and no Solo spinoffs. Read More >>

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Talented Hacker Turns Amazon’s Alexa Into Lando’s Sass-Talking L3-37 Droid

One of the best parts of Solo: A Star Wars Story is Lando Calrissian’s piloting droid, L3-37, who’s been uniquely pieced together and upgraded from parts of other droids. Patrick Stefanski has essentially done the same thing to turn Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant into a desktop version of L3-37 who answers to your beck and call. Read More >>

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The Official Star Wars Twitter Account Might Have Confirmed a Popular Solo Fan Theory

After seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story, we were struck by the fact that the Millennium Falcon has more mysteries than we thought it did. Oddly, the Star Wars Twitter account might have resolved one of them. Read More >>

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These 30 Alternate Designs of Solo’s Millennium Falcon Are Wild

Reimagining one of the most iconic ships in all of pop culture is something of a daunting task, but that’s what James Clyne, the design supervisor for Solo: A Star Wars Story, and his team had to do. Read More >>

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Why Don’t We Know More About Star Wars’ Droids?

Some of the most interesting bits of world-building introduced in the most recent Star Wars spinoffs have come from the films’ droid characters. Sure, droids have always been a part of Star Wars’ mythos, but what’s been so surprising about Rogue One and Solo is how they gave us a glimpse at the inner lives of droids—which inadvertently highlighted how much we don’t know about them. Read More >>

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The 24 Biggest Questions We Have After Seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story

Did everyone do their homework? Did you see Solo: A Star Wars Story over the long weekend? (Obviously, not everyone did.) Either way, we have some lingering questions about the movie and how it affects the Star Wars universe. We have some educated guesses, but there are two dozen answers we’d very much like to get. Read More >>

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Everyone Needs to Calm Down About Solo’s Box Office Performance

Solo is an extremely fine Star Wars movie that just so happens to not have made nearly as much money as Disney initially expected it to. For some reason, everyone seems to think that this is a big deal. I regret to inform everyone that it is not. Read More >>