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Why Star Wars Rebels Won’t End with Rogue One’s Battle of Scarif

Dave Filoni on why he would like to see that story from the Ghost’s perspective – but not in the fourth and final season of Rebels. By Eric Goldman While we know at least a couple of Star Wars Rebels characters were present for the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Rebels co-creator Dave Filoni cautions that we shouldn’t expect to see the animated series tackle a re-telling of the events of that film from a different perspective in the final season. An exciting inclusion in Rogue One for fans was seeing elements from Star Wars Rebels make it into the film. Chopper makes an onscreen appearance, while an intercom page for “General Syndulla” lets us know that Hera is on the Rebel base on Yavin right before the Battle of Scarif – and we then see the Rebels ship, the Ghost, take part in that battle. Star Wars Rebels ship the Ghost (bottom right) as seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story . At Star Wars Celebration, I asked Filoni if we might get to the Battle of Scarif in Season 4 — see the video at the top of the page READ FULL STORY AT…

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Star Wars Rebels: Season 4 Premiere Review

Share. The final season begins. By Eric Goldman The Star Wars Rebels: Season 4 premiere was shown at Star Wars Celebration Orlando several months before its debut on TV. This review won’t go into major spoilers, but will mention basic plot points and one returning character revealed to the public in the Season 4 trailer. Knowing Star Wars Rebels: Season 4 will be the final year of the show obviously makes a big difference, as suddenly the stakes are higher and it makes every episode more meaningful. And while I would expect there might be a little diversion here or there, it feels like we should expect much more of a focus on big events in Season 4, especially given Dave Filoni says this will be the most serialized season they’ve done. All of which is to say, “Heroes of Mandalore Part 1” strongly delivers on many of those expectations, beginning the final season with an exciting, fast-paced and yet ultimately somber episode. Rebels has matured through the years, along with its younger characters, Ezra and Sabine, and the premiere reflects this in terms of where it goes with its story. Continuing a focus on Sabine and the READ FULL…

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Disneyland's Star Tours Adding Last Jedi's Crait

The adventures continue and continue… By Eric Goldman It was revealed at Star Wars Celebration that the popular Star Tour attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney Tour is getting a big new location added – Crait from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. When The Force Awakens opened, Star Tours — which randomly takes guests to many different worlds from the Star Wars films — added Jakku as a location and once again, a new Star Wars Episode is bringing with it a ride upgrade. Crait in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Anthony Daniels, who voices C-3PO in the ride — where he’s the unwitting pilot — said he’ll be recording new dialogue for this sequence very soon, with the intention for the new sequence to be added as The Last Jedi opens at the end of the year. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Star Wars Rebels Will Show Hera Becoming a Rogue One General

Dave Filoni says Hera’s well-deserved promotion is coming. By Eric Goldman With the announcement that Star Wars Rebels is coming to an end with Season 4, fans should soon find out the fates of the main characters and where they end up by the time the original Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) begins. Of course, thanks to Rogue One we know that both Chopper and Hera are still around and active in the Rebellion – with Hera getting a promotion at some point, as revealed by the page for “General Syndulla” heard in the film inside the Rebel base on Yavin. While it’s not clear just how close to the events of Episode IV Rebels will get, at Star Wars Celebration today, Rebels co-creator Dave Filoni revealed that by the end of the series, Hera will indeed be a general. Said Filoni, “She’ll be a general before the end of the season, let’s put it that way, which I think is cool.” That being said, don’t expect an episode centered on the promotion, as Filoni said he liked to treat moments like that in the manner the original films did. Hera gets to fly an READ FULL STORY…

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Daisy Ridley Talks Star Wars Forces of Destiny and Rey's Impact

A surprise appearance at The Heroines of Star Wars panel. By Eric Goldman During The Heroines of Star Wars panel at Star Wars Celebration today, there was a big surprise for fans, as Daisy Ridley – Rey herself – joined moderator Amy Ratcliffe, Star Wars Rebels co-creator Dave Filoni, Ashley Eckstein (“Ahsoka Tano”) and Tiya Sircar (“Sabine Wren) onstage to talk about Star Wars Forces of Destiny. Announced earlier this week, Forces of Destiny is a big new initiative, driven by animated shorts and an accompanying toy line, all focused on the female heroes of Star Wars. Ridley is one of several Star Wars live action movie actors reprising their role in Forces of Destiny, along with John Boyega (“Finn”), Lupita Nyong’o (“Maz Kanata”) and Felicity Jones (“Jyn Erso”). Ridley noted she first began recording her voice work for Forces of Destiny last fall and said she loved getting the experience of expanding the character via these shorts – which are considered canon and focus on small vignettes, sometimes tied directly into events from the films. She said, with a laugh, “There’s super fun things in there!” Asked about the impact and popularity of Rey, Ridley replied, “Even though READ…

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Finn Needs to Choose His Path in The Last Jedi

We’ll find out everything in December. By Eric Goldman During the panel for Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Star Wars Celebration today, John Boyega discussed the evolution of Finn in the highly anticipated movie. When last we saw Finn, he’d been badly injured by Kylo Ren, and Boyega said as the new movie begins, “It’s been painful. It’s been a process.” He said he felt, Finn definitely stood up for himself,” but the injury is something he had to deal with and “He’s in recovery, but he will be back in The Last Jedi.” Oscar Isaac couldn’t make it to Celebration, but Boyega said that when it came to the popular friendship (and some fans wonder perhaps even more eventually?) between Finn and Poe, Boyega said there’d “absolutely” be more for them, proclaiming, “There’s my boy!” when a photo of Isaac as Poe was shown, and adding, “There’s always a new adventure for us to go on.” As for what the new film has in store for his character, Boyega revealed, “In The Last Jedi, it’s a test for all the characters, but specially for Finn.” He said that “Finn wants to find his new place READ FULL STORY…

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Ahsoka Still Set to Appear Again on Star Wars Rebels

Gregor and Wolffe will also be back. By Eric Goldman Don’t worry, Ahsoka Tano fans, the creators of Star Wars Rebels haven’t forgotten about her, or their promise that you’d see her again on the series. At Star Wars Celebration today, at the “Animated Origins & Unexpected Fates” panel, Rebels co-creator Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hildago spoke about the character, and the fact that the better part of a year ago, at the last Star Wars Celebration, Filoni had revealed we’d see her again on the series. At the time, Filoni had been coy on what form that would be, indicating that just because we’d see her didn’t mean she was definitely alive following her encounter with Darth Vader – but did say he had changed his mind and gone back on his initial thought to never include her on the show again after Season 2’s finale, after being reminded of how much fans loved the character in the wake of that episode. Season 3 came and went though with no Ahsoka, but the duo said that was simply a reflection of how long it took to complete Rebels episodes, which is usually a year and a half READ…

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New Star Wars Animated Shorts and Toy Line Revealed

Daisy Ridley and Felicity Jones reprise their roles in a new female-led Star Wars initiative. By Eric Goldman One of the biggest brands ever is expanding again, as Disney and Lucasfilm are launching Star Wars Forces of Destiny, a new initiative that includes a series of animated shorts and an accompanying toy line. Focused on the female heroes of Star Wars, Forces of Destiny’s six core characters are Leia Organa, Padme Amidala, Ahsoka Tano, Sabine Wren, Rey and Jyn Erso. In the 16 shorts, which will be released on YouTube, each of these six will take a turn starring in new stories that co-exist alongside the existing Star Wars lore. Which is to say, yes, these are canon! On top of that, several notable Star Wars actors from both live action and animation are reprising their roles here, including Daisy Ridley (“Rey”), Felicity Jones (“Jyn”), Ashley Eckstein (“Ashoka”), Tiya Sircar (“Sabine”), John Boyega (“Finn”), Matt Lanter (“Anakin Skywalker”), Vanessa Marshall (“Hera Syndulla”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“Maz Kanata”). Check out the first look video for the initiative below: I got an early look at some of the imagery and toy line for Forces of Destiny, and spoke to some of READ…

Universal's Jimmy Fallon Ride Feels a Lot Like Mario Kart

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is odd and familiar, and yet also pretty fun. By Eric Goldman Universal Orlando Resort and its two theme parks are filled with attractions based on big name franchises – Jurassic Park! Harry Potter! Transformers! Spider-Man! The Simpsons! But their newest inclusion stands out because a late night talk show isn’t exactly the kind of property one expects to get a theme park ride… and yet Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, which just opened at Universal Studios Florida, does just that. I’m not exactly a big fan of Fallon’s incarnation of The Tonight Show, and it innately feels weird that any show of this sort would be the subject of a theme park attraction. Then there’s the fact that this is yet another 3D motion-simulator, which feels like a pretty overused theme park go-to at this point. All of which is to say I was pretty cynical when I went on the newly opened ride last week. And yet after all that, I actually found it pretty fun. The exterior of Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon evokes NBC’s New York headquarters, where the show is filmed. The biggest reason…

iZombie: “Zombie Knows Best” Review

By Eric Goldman Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. Last week’s season premiere ended with a big emotional gut punch for Clive, as he discovered a kid he knew, Wally, and his family were murdered. Of course, we’d just met Wally and had no investment the connection he had with Clive, but this episode remedied that in a big way. The flashbacks to how Clive got to know Wally and his mom were great, quickly establishing the stakes involved – Clive intervening when it came to Wally’s abusive father – and how he came to take on a fatherly role in the boy’s life afterwards. On one hand, it was a lot of new info to get about Clive, but on the other hand, his Dale romance aside, we hadn’t spent a lot of time delving into Clive’s life away from Liv, especially his past, and these flashbacks fit in well. And they even explained where his Game of Thrones obsession began! Of course it was all tinged by sadness, because we knew where things were going for Wally and his mom – even as we saw that Clive nearly became an even bigger part of their life. The…

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Review

Share. Ol’ red eyes is back. By Eric Goldman Warning: Full spoilers for Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 follow. While Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 couldn’t match the “Darth Vader! Ahsoka!” hype and momentum Season 2 had out of the gate, it still had some very notable story elements in play right from the start – including Darth Maul’s return in the Season 2 finale, and the introduction of the show’s big new villain, Grand Admiral Thrawn. The decision to make Thrawn a part of official Star Wars canon at last — after his appearances in Timothy Zahn’s beloved books were deemed “Legends” stories that didn’t connect to the films — was undeniably exciting for many fans. And it was clear from the start that even if some specifics were different, Dave Filoni and his collaborators got the character’s core essence right, including his deeply analytical, measured approach to warfare – and how his appreciation for art factored in in a fascinating manner. It also helped that Lars Mikkelsen’s performance voicing Thrawn was perfect, bringing just the right fierce, intelligent vibe to the character. The idea with Thrawn was clearly to build things slowly – to make the entire point…

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WWE Alum AJ Lee on Her “Crazy” Road to Wrestling

The former wrestler discusses Crazy is My Superpower and opening up about her life story. By Eric Goldman Like many past and present members of the WWE locker room, April “AJ” Mendez Brooks grew up loving wrestling and dreaming of becoming a WWE superstar herself. But for AJ, the possibility of achieving stardom in that world seemed especially unlikely, given her diminutive stature, and that in the post-“Attitude”, pre-“Divas revolution” era, the WWE’s female wrestlers were being given very little storyline time, with only a handful of deviations to the types of women on the roster. However, not only did Mendez Brooks make it into the WWE, she became a breakout star under her WWE name, AJ Lee – in the process becoming the first woman to both have merchandise made for her or to be put on a WWE Pay-Per-View poster in several years, thank to her popularity. Along the way, she became a three time Divas champion, was included in prominent storylines with the likes of Daniel Bryan, Kane, Dolph Ziggler, and her future real life husband, CM Punk, and was named WWE RAW General Manager, among many other milestones. April Mendez Brooks (image via READ FULL STORY…

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The Hardy Boyz Returned to WWE at WrestleMania

The Boyz are back. By Eric Goldman There were rumors swirling in the past few days, and they were indeed true, as the Hardy Boyz made a big return to WWE at WrestleMania 33 Sunday night. The duo, who were a WWE mainstay for years, had not tagged together in WWE for seven years. Both brothers, Matt and Jeff Hardy, then did a stint in TNA that only recently ended. At the start of the ladder match for the RAW the Tag Team titles, WrestleMania hosts The New Day announced the match was now a fatal four way, introducing the fourth team that would face Cesaro and Sheamus, Enzo and Cass, and Anderson and Gallows – The Hardy Boyz. The Hardy Boyz make their return at WrestleMania 33. The Hardy Boyz ultimately won the match and the RAW tag team titles, solidifying that this return is not meant to be a short one. For more on WrestleMania 33, follow IGN’s WrestleMania live blog and check out the stories below. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Paul Heyman Talks Goldberg and Lesnar's WrestleMania Rematch and Why a Part-Time Champion Works

The Advocate on Goldberg’s return and which female wrestler is destined to main event WrestleMania. By Eric Goldman When Paul Heyman speaks, people listen. A longtime presence in wrestling and a man who has worn many hats in his highly impressive career, Heyman has transfixed WWE audiences for years as the “Advocate” for Brock Lesnar, cutting one terrific promo after another to help hype up Lesnar’s marquee matches. At WrestleMania 33, Lesnar is set to face Goldberg in a rematch with the WWE Universal Championship on the line, after a shockingly short Survivor Series face off that found the usually unstoppable Lesnar beaten in under 80-seconds by Goldberg in his first match in over a decade. As WrestleMania weekend began, I spoke to Heyman about this match, Goldberg’s return, and why Heyman thinks it’s not a big deal that neither Lesnar or Goldberg appear on WWE programming on a weekly basis. Plus, Heyman also shared his very complimentary thoughts on another member of the WWE locker room, Charlotte Flair. Paul Heyman, Advocating like no other. IGN: You’ve been there as Brock’s advocate for some amazing moments that shocked people. Obviously him beating the Undertaker was huge, READ FULL STORY AT…