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Next Star Wars, Avatar Delayed, Mulan Off the Slate

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, July 23, 2020

3825 Reality is catching up with Hollywood this week as we pass denial, anger, bargaining, and everything else to get to the acceptance of the summer 2020 blockbuster season - and probably the holiday theatrical season - not happening.  Mulan has been removed off the slate without a moving release date.  Bill & Ted Face the Music will now get a September VOD release.   But what may interest you, dear readers, is that The Hollywood Reporter reports that:

Mulan was among numerous changes made to Disney's release calendar. All currently scheduled Avatar and Star Wars films are being delayed by a year. Avatar 2 moves from Dec. 17, 2021 to Dec. 16, 2022; Avatar 3 moves from Dec. 22, 2023 to Dec. 20, 2024; Avatar 4 from Dec. 19, 2025 to Dec. 18, 2026; and Avatar 5 from Dec. 17, 2027 to Dec. 22, 2028.


The Empire Strikes Back Returns to the Top of the Box Office

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, July 11, 2020

3782 Because time no longer has meaning and this disease-ridden temporal vortex has enslaved us all, you may be curious to hear that 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, an indie film that we do hope you someday make some time to go see, has returned to drive-ins and something we think we have once heard of called "movie thee eighters."   According to Deadline it's on track to add another $400,000 to $500,000 to its domestic tally this weekend thanks to a generous lack of alternatives.   It made $175,000 just on Friday! 

Guide to 4k Changes in Return of the Jedi

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, January 30, 2020

3743 Time for more ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!  You can face the strange over at The Digital Bits, their article  Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – A Visual Guide to Changes, Fixes, and Tweaks in the Disney+ 4K Version  gives you a look at multiple versions and extensive changes spanning 37 years.  From a Dug to Ewoks to the coloring of Luke in Jabba's Palace, there's a lot to see - and you should see it.


Guide to 4k Changes in The Empire Strikes Back

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, December 29, 2019

3740 The Digital Bits strikes again! Check out  Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – A Visual Guide to Changes, Fixes, and Tweaks in the Disney+ 4K Version. Compositing changes, new explosion, old bloopers, and fixes that skipped a generation are shown in pretty decent detail.

This isn't a guide to the big obvious stuff, but you'll definitely notice relocated TIE bombers, altered cropping in the Millennium Falcon cockpit, and fixed rank badges on various Imperials in scenes that were flipped.  (Of course, Boba Fett is still wrong in Return of the Jedi.)  Anyway, check this out.


Star Wars: The Even Specialer Edition

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, December 4, 2019

3737 With the advent of Disney+, it was quickly discovered that the 4K remaster of the original 1977 Star Wars movie, called Star Wars, anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong, had some changes made to it.  The Fox fanfare was there, Greedo had a bit more to say, and it turns out there were several other tweaks and adjustments too.   Bill Hunt and Dave Stewart posted a , a great site you may remember as  being one of the big news and review sites for DVDs back when DVDs were a big and new thing - and they're still doing a fantastic job looking at digital home cinema releases.  If you're an old-school Star Wars fan, and you are, check this out

Benioff & Weiss Star Wars No Longer a Thing

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Game of Thrones TV masterminds David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are no longer developing Star Wars movies, so says every major trade including Variety.  For those keeping track, there's a lot in development still like several streaming shows, the Rian Johnson movies, and the barely-whispered-about Feige-headed project.  And probably more.  It looks like the future for streaming is a lot brighter than the silver screen, but at this point it is kind of tough to know what is going to happen next.


Disney Shakes Up Everything: May 2019 Edition

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, May 7, 2019

So a lot happened today.  Indiana Jones V is (as far as we know) still set for 2021, but Disney has delayed and announced a ton of movies with a few still yet-to-be announced.  Avatar 2 got pushed to 2021 with sequels every other year - so 2023, 2025, and 2027.  For those keeping track, that means Avatar 2 will be out 12 years after the first movie.  The time between Return of the  Jedi  and The Phantom Menace was 16 years.

3 unspecified Star Wars movies are now set for Christmas 2022, 2024, and 2026.  Marvel movies from Fox are also getting delayed, or possibly retooled or buried.  Click here for more from Variety.


Bob Iger Confirms - Too Much Star Wars

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, September 20, 2018

For the first time in ages, we have only one known Star Wars movie release date.   Disney CEO Bob Iger talks about the possibility of having too many movies in THR's feature "Bob Iger Talks Disney's Streaming Service, 'Roseanne,' James Gunn and a Coming 'Star Wars' "Slowdown."   A choice quote:

"I made the [annual Star Wars theatrical release] timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn't mean we're not going to make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven't been specific about. And we are just at the point where we're going to start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.'s. But I think we're going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that."


Another Star Wars Film Series Announced

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Add another one to the list! StarWars.com posted Game of Thrones Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Write and Produce a New Series of Star Wars Films.  The two TV creators are set to work on a new strain of story separate from the side-story films, Rian Johnson's trilogy, and most likely the original numbered saga.   More here.   No dates or specifics were given, but for those keeping track at home this means Lucasfilm has somewhere around 7 - if not more - feature-length movies between today and the indefinite future.


Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, February 4, 2018

A New Star Wars Trilogy from Rian Johnson

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, November 9, 2017

You loved "Untitled Star Wars Project," now look forward to "Untitled Star Wars Trilogy!"   StarWars.com and other outlets confirmed Rian Johnson, Writer-Director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to Create All-New Star Wars Trilogy.  This means that the film saga under Disney has about 8 confirmed feature-length installments, including these new ones about.... something.  If nothing else we get the hint that Disney and Lucasfilm liked working with him, which bodes well for this December's movie.  Click here to read more.  Or feel free to begin commenting on speculation of what you'd like to see.  I want a crazy movie of aliens, droids, and suited-up people.


The Last The Last Jedi Teaser

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, November 2, 2017

RIP John Mollo, Star Wars Costume Designer

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, October 28, 2017

If you've ever picked up the classic, original trilogy-era sketchbooks and artbooks you no doubt recognize the name John Mollo.  He designed a lot of the costumes based on work from his own notes and other concept artists - he did a ton of great work that we all know and love as our action figures or in the movies themselves.  He died this weekend at 86.


Title Revealed - Solo: A Star Wars Story

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, October 17, 2017

3455 After years of speculation (and the toys being only 6 months away), Solo: A Star Wars Story has been revealed as the official title for 2018's Star Wars movie.

Trailer - Star Wars: The Last Jedi (October 2017)

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, October 9, 2017