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Star Wars: The Bad Batch renewed for a second season

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch renewed for a second season
August 5, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Star Wars: The Bad Batch follows the elite and experimental clones of The Bad Batch as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. The first part of the two-part season finale is set to stream on Disney+ at midnight, but we've got more clone adventures to look forward to as Disney has announced that they have renewed the series for a second season which will launch in 2022.

"Fans have enthusiastically embraced the action and drama of Star Wars: The Bad Batch and we are excited to see the Star Wars animated universe continue to expand on Disney+," said Michael Paull, President of Disney+ and ESPN+. "As the dedicated streaming home for the Star Wars franchise, we can’t wait for the second season of this fan-favorite animated series." The Bad Batch creator and executive producer Dave Filoni added, "The entire Lucasfilm Animation team and I would like to thank Disney+ and our fans for the opportunity to continue telling the story of the Bad Batch." I'm not completely up to date on the first season, but I have enjoyed what The Bad Batch has had to offer so far and I'm excited to see what their future brings.

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"During the creation of the clone army, the Kaminoans made genetic experiments in an attempt to create super soldiers," reads the official  StarWars.com description of the Bad Batch. "While the plan never quite worked, four of those experiments came to form Clone Force 99, or, as they called themselves, the Bad Batch. The Bad Batch were indeed an elite group, though their methods were somewhat unorthodox. The team’s clones were wildly different from each other, with unique personalities and body types: Hunter, the stoic and strong leader; Wrecker, the hot-headed brute; Tech, the intellectual and strategist; and Crosshair, the fast, deadly master of close-quarters combat."

You can check out a review of Star Wars: The Bad Batch from our own Alex Maidy right here.

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Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales to debut on Disney+ in October

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Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales to debut on Disney+ in October
August 3, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Disney brought us a little seasonal cheer last year with The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, but this time around, things will be a little…spookier. Disney announced today that LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales will debut on Disney+ on October 1, 2021. The animated special will be a "celebration of the villainous dark side of the Star Wars galaxy – just in time for Halloween."

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Taking place after the events of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales will follow Poe Dameron and BB-8 as they make an emergency landing on the volcanic planet of Mustafar where they need the greedy and conniving Graballa the Hutt, who has purchased Darth Vader's castle and is renovating it into the galaxy's first all-inclusive Sith-inspired Luxury hotel. "While waiting for his X-Wing to be repaired, Poe, BB-8, Graballa, and Dean (a plucky and courageous young boy who works as Graballa’s mechanic) venture deep into the mysterious castle with Vader’s loyal servant, Vaneé," reads the official synopsis. "Along the way, Vaneé shares three creepy stories linked to ancient artifacts and iconic villains from across all eras of Star Wars. As Vaneé spins his tales and lures our heroes deeper into the shadowy underbelly of the castle, a sinister plan emerges. With the help of Dean, Poe and BB-8 will have to face their fears, stop an ancient evil from rising, and escape to make it back to their friends." The voice-cast for LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales features Jake Green as Poe Dameron; Raphael Alejandro as Dean; Dana Snyder as Graballa the Hutt; Tony Hale as Vaneé; Christian Slater as Ren; Trevor Devall as Emperor Palpatine; Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as NI-L8; and Matt Sloan as Darth Vader.

I'm always down for any sort of Halloween Special, but as Disney is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to various Star Wars projects, I think there's room for something genuinely frightening in the Star Wars franchise, not just LEGO-related. Creepy Force ghosts, being stalked by a Wampa through an abandoned Rebel outpost, the possibilities are endless.

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Masters of the Universe: Revelation TV Review

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Masters of the Universe: Revelation TV Review
July 21, 2021 by: Alex Maidy

Plot: A radical return to Eternia, Revelation is a direct sequel series to the classic era of Masters of the Universe. Featuring fan favorites He-Man, Orko, Cringer, and Man-At-Arms, the story pits our heroic warriors, and guardians of Castle Grayskull against Skeletor, Evil-Lyn, Beast-Man, and the vile legions of Snake Mountain. But after a ferocious final battle forever fractures Eternia, it's up to Teela to solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power in a race against time to prevent the end of the Universe! Her journey will uncover the secrets of Grayskull at last. This is the epic He-Man and the Masters of the Universe saga fans have waited 25 years to see!

Review: From He-Man on Saturday mornings to Masters of the Universe on the big screen, tales set in the realm of Eternia have been a staple since the 1980s. For myself, my childhood was defined by the action figures and animated action of the original cartoon. More than G.I. Joe, Thundercats, and Transformers combined, He-Man was the seminal cartoon of my formative years. With so many reboots attempting to capture the spirit of the 1983 Filmation and Mattel series, none have captured the tone quite right. That is until ultimate fanboy Kevin Smith. With Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Kevin Smith does for He-Man what J.J. Abrams and Disney tried to do with Star Wars and has crafted a sequel series that respects the source material while forging a contemporary narrative. At once the ultimate work of nostalgia and a modern reboot, Masters of the Universe: Revelation is classic He-Man for a new generation.

Set after the conclusion of the animated series, Masters of the Universe: Revelation wastes no time in jumping into the action. Over the first six episodes of the show, we find Eternia still mired in attacks by the evil Skeletor as he tries to undermine the power of Castle Greyskull and the Sorceress who resides within. The planet's champion, He-Man, remains the protector standing between Skeletor and his goal. Right away, a massive battle consumes the sides of good and evil as heroes and bad guys clash. Every classic character you know is back from Teela and Man-At-Arms to Orko and Cringer as well as Evil-Lynn and Beast Man and more. As the epic battle rages, Kevin Smith makes the shocking decision that alters the tone of the entire show.

While spoilers have leaked some of the plot decisions that Revelation takes, I will not spoil them here. I will simply say that Kevin Smith and the creative team behind this show do not play by the rules that Masters of the Universe would have followed thirty years ago. As such, Revelation is free to change things up and dive into characters in a way that adds a lot of pathos to their journeys while keeping the puns and silly dialogue that made this cartoon such unabashedly fun viewing. Knowing this was a concluding chapter to the original cartoon means that beloved characters may die, permanently, and that is something I was not prepared to experience. Despite that, it lends an authenticity to Revelation it otherwise may not have had,

The animation style of Masters of the Universe: Revelation also contemporizes the old school Filmation cel animation with an anime style similar to Netflix's Castlevania series. It looks a little grittier without altering the trademark character designs. In fact, the animation team stays very true to most of the characters and their classic looks including many characters that only existed as action figures until now, including Scare-Glo (Tony Todd), He-Ro (Phil LaMarr), and King Grayskull (Tony Todd). Some have noted the revised look for Teela (Sarah Michelle Gellar) which is an important update tied to the direction that Revelation takes her character, but it is one that is much easier to support once you start watching the new series.

The voice talent for this series is the biggest victory He-Man fans could have asked for. While He-Man himself is voiced perfectly by Chris Wood, the talents of Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela, Liam Cunningham as Man-At-Arms, Mark Hamill as Skeletor, and Lena Headey as Evil-Lynn are the real triumphs. Every performance is steeped in respect for the original cartoon while never ignoring the inherent pulp that made this show so good. Kevin Smith's writing staff embraces the use of puns in the dialogue but never to excess while making this a serial story spread over multiple episodes. Not the standalone adventures of the 1983 series, this is a massive story designed to be consumed like a twelve-chapter narrative. With only the first half of the story released so far, even I don't yet know how this story will finally end.

Just like the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Masters of the Universe: Revelation will not appeal to everyone. There is no agenda hidden behind the decisions in this story nor does it force inclusion or diversity measures on audiences. This is a series rooted in a love for the source material that takes narrative risks, something I never thought I would be saying about a He-Man cartoon. Kevin Smith manages to modernize this story in a way that allows new viewers to jump into the mythology of Masters of the Universe while not alienating die-hard fans of the classic series. I appreciate that this show, unlike any remake or He-Man reboot that came before it, brought me back to my elementary school days playing with the best toys I ever had. Masters of the Universe: Revelation is a blast from beginning to end and I have not had this much fun with an animated series in years.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation premieres July 23rd on Netflix.

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The Simpsons: Movie sequel talks took place at Disney prior to the pandemic

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The Simpsons: Movie sequel talks took place at Disney prior to the pandemic
July 8, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

It has been almost 16 years since THE SIMPSONS MOVIE was released to big box office and solid reviews and some fans of the long-running series have wondered if a sequel would ever be made. As it turns out, Disney was very interested in making a sequel to The Simpsons Movie, and discussions were happening prior to the lockdown caused by the pandemic.

Longtime showrunner Al Jean is currently making the rounds promoting The Good, The Bart, and The Loki, a new Simpsons short released as a tie-in to Loki. During a recent interview with “ComicBook.com,” Jean spoke of the possibility of a sequel and he made it clear talks were happening but the pandemic put things on hold. He also addressed that they don’t want it to be a streaming release if it happens. The point of making a movie is to have a theatrical experience that is different from the show and they want to see how animated movies begin performing at the box office as we get back to normalcy at the movies:

“We were really talking about it a lot before the pandemic. And now I think just as a caution, I want to see how movies and, specifically, animated movies come back, because I wouldn’t want to do it just as a streaming experience. We really want it to be a theatrical movie because that was the point of the first one, it was a thing you couldn’t get anywhere else. I’m going to movies, I’m vaccinated. I’m really rooting for the movie industry, but I want to see what, personally, the landscape is. And then they also have so many great movies, I think they have five Avatar movies, five Star Wars movies in waiting … so they have a lot to roll out and we’re going to go see Black Widow this weekend. I’m going to support the theater, even though I have Disney+.”

The Simpsons Movie, despite coming out during a time in The Simpsons’ run when it wasn’t in its “golden age”, was a massive box office hit. Made for $75 million, the film grossed $183.1 million domestically and $536.4 million worldwide. In the process, the movie became the second highest-grossing traditionally animated film behind Disney’s The Lion King and the highest-ever grossing film based on an animated television series.  Reviews were also solid, with the film scoring an 87% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I think a lot of the reason the film did so well was that there was some pent-up anticipation to see The Simpsons on the big screen, even though the movie came out so late into The Simpsons’ run. It would be interesting to see how a sequel would perform now as 706 episodes have been broadcast to date and the series will be running at least through its 34th season. The show may not be as pop-culturally relevant but it still has a dedicated fanbase and it’s big internationally thanks to syndication and merchandising.

Do YOU want to see a sequel to The Simpsons Movie?

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Zack Snyder to direct sci-fi fantasy Rebel Moon for Netflix

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Zack Snyder to direct sci-fi fantasy Rebel Moon for Netflix
July 6, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Zack Snyder’s partnership with Netflix got off to a rousing start with ARMY OF THE DEAD, and THR has reported that the director’s next film for the streaming service will be similarly epic. The outlet has announced that Snyder will be co-write, direct, and produce Rebel Moon, an epic sci-fi fantasy that began life as a Star Wars pitch a decade ago.

In what sounds like a sci-fi spin on Seven Samurai, Rebel Moon takes place on a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy which finds itself threatened by the armies of a tyrannical regent named Balisarius. The desperate colonists dispatch a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to help them make a stand. “This is me growing up as an Akira Kurosawa fan, a Star Wars fan,” Snyder told THR. “It’s my love of sci-fi and a giant adventure. My hope is that this also becomes a massive IP and a universe that can be built out.” Snyder will be co-writing the script with Shay Hatten (Army of the Dead) and Kurt Johnstad (300).

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As I mentioned above, Rebel Moon started out as a Star Wars movie idea that Zack Snyder pitched to Lucasfilm prior to Disney acquiring the company. It didn’t wind up going anywhere, and Snyder consider transforming the project into a series before deciding it should be a feature-film. Although by the sounds of things, it seems that Snyder it hoping Rebel Moon has major franchise potential. Zack Snyder is hoping to kick off production early next year, but added that he’s “been working on this on the side for so long [that] it’s pretty far along.” Army of the Dead is already setting up a bigger franchise, as a prequel film – Army of Thieves – is on track to debut on Netflix later this year and an anime series – Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas – is on the way as well.

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Harry Potter: The Exhibition announced for 2022

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Harry Potter: The Exhibition announced for 2022
July 2, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Attention all of you cryptozoologists, potion makers, and would-be Aurors, The Franklin Institute has announced that Harry Potter: The Exhibition is coming in 2022.

According to the organization’s official website, this groundbreaking exhibition will celebrate the iconic moments, characters, settings, and beasts as seen in the films and stories of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World using best-in-class immersive design and technology. From the mysteries of Hogwarts castle to the antics of its mischievous yet brilliant students; from daring duels to dragons and Dark Arts; from glittering Gringotts to the magnificent Ministry of Magic – the exhibition will bring magic to life, connect visitors with the larger global community of fans of the Wizarding World, and reveal the artistry and craftsmanship behind the blockbuster films.

As a part of this one-of-a-kind experience, visitors will get an up-close look at authentic props and original costumes from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films as they engage with innovative, awe-inspiring, and magical environments and installations in this: the most comprehensive touring exhibition ever presented about the Wizarding World.

For more information, be sure to visit the Franklin Institute’s official landing page for Harry Potter: The Exhibition.

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Much like Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and the Marvel Universe, Harry Potter has cemented itself in pop culture history thanks to its enormous fanbase and expansive world of characters and stories. Located in Philidelphia, the Franklin Institute will launch the exhibition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, written by J.K. Rowling. The book introduced generations to Harry Potter, a young wizard whose birthright leads him down a path of magic, mystery, and murderous magic-wielders. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe has grown exponentially since the first book was published in 1997, with the addition of more novels, spin-offs, video games, theme park attractions, and more. After its Philidelphia residency, Harry Potter: The Exhibition will make its way to Latin America, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Make sure you visit the Franklin Institute website for more details, including how you can book your tickets ahead of other Muggles.

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Battlestar Galactica 1978: Gone But Not Forgotten

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Battlestar Galactica 1978: Gone But Not Forgotten
June 28, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

When people think of Battlestar Galactica nowadays, they think of the fracking amazing 2000's Sci-Fi Channel show starring Edward James Olmos and Katee Sackhoff. However, it was actually a remake of a short-lived but much-loved 1970's TV series that came out at the height of Star Wars mania. Developed by Glen A. Larson, the show made its debut in 1978, with a pilot that was so well received it was released theatrically in Canada and Europe. Unfortunately, despite initial solid ratings, the show was all but canceled after the first season, only returning in a much-compromised form for Galactica 1980, a show most fans tend to pretend never existed. Join us as we dig into the phenomenon surrounding the original show, which starred the late Lorne Greene & Richard Hatch, plus The A-Team's Dirk Benedict. "By your command."

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Judge declares Star Wars: The Last Jedi & Rise of Skywalker are mediocre

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Judge declares Star Wars: The Last Jedi & Rise of Skywalker are mediocre
June 4, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Some fans may have been looking for an official ruling on this matter and they finally have one. Ninth Circuit Judge, Kenneth K. Lee called Star Wars: The Last Jedi and STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER “mediocre and schlocky” in an official court ruling.

Judge Lee was writing an opinion on a case involving ConAgra Foods Inc. and Wesson Oil when he made the Star Wars comparison Lee says “That is like George Lucas promising no more mediocre and schlocky Star Wars sequels shortly after selling the franchise to Disney. Such a promise would be illusory.” Lee then adds this jab/footnote that states “As evident by Disney’s production of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.” You can check out an excerpt from Lee’s opinion below coming to us courtesy of Ted Frank on Twitter:

#appellatetwitter Also, the Ninth Circuit makes it official, holding that, as a matter of law, Disney’s THE LAST JEDI was “mediocre and schlocky.” https://t.co/G0RE56hPXP pic.twitter.com/Cxkstoy6Ji

— tedfrank ???? (@tedfrank) June 1, 2021

Alright, so the legal matter isn’t over The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker and more about ConAgra and Wesson Oil but it’s still pretty funny that Judge Lee threw the Star Wars in there. Honestly, Judge Lee just seems like a big fan of pop culture because he also makes a reference to the Final Rose ceremony on The Bachelor so I’d love to see his other rulings to maybe see if we get a Marvel or DC reference in another case.

At the end of the day, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker will be the subject of pop culture debate, praise, and ridicule in equal measure for years to come. On the one, you have Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi which was praised by critics but was met with a polarizing response from diehard Star Wars fans. In the case of The Rise of Skywalker, many critics that praised The Last Jedi were of the opinion that director J.J. Abrams ignored much of what Johnson had established in the previous film and tried to make The Rise of Skywalker a more fan-friendly experience. Hardcore fans seemed to enjoy the conclusion of the sequel trilogy more than The Last Jedi but I’d still say the overall reaction was a bit more mixed in the end.

Do YOU agree with Judge Lee’s ruling singling out The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker?

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Dracula, The Fugitive, Goodfellas

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Dracula, The Fugitive, Goodfellas
May 29, 2021 by: Theodore Bond

Some cliche somewhere said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' This has proven to be the case for me and especially when it comes to fan art. I have always sought out great fan art and have wanted to share it with as many people as possible. "Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net" is the outlet for that passion. In this column, I will showcase the kick-ass artwork of some great artists, with the hopes that these artists get the attention they deserve. That's the aim. If you have any questions or comments, or even suggestions of art or other great artists, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].

Child's Play by Simon Heard 

Cool World by Jono Doiron 

Dracula by Shelton Bryant 

The Fugitive by Aurelio Lorenzo

Goodfellas by Norbert Takacs

Harley Quinn by Mario Chavez 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by André Barnett 

Lost In Translation by Ciaran O Donovan 

The Twilight Zone by Brett Parson 

The World's End by Allison Rojas

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Dracula, The Fugitive, Goodfellas

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The Mandalorian: Stern Pinball launches Star Wars series-inspired machine

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The Mandalorian: Stern Pinball launches Star Wars series-inspired machine
May 11, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Stern Pinball announced today that its new line of pinball machines inspired by the Emmy award-winning Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, has arrived.

In the action-packed pinball quest, players are transported to a galaxy far, far away as they play as the Mandalorian, teaming up with key allies and protecting Grogu, while battling dangerous enemies and forces across their journey.

Per Stern Pinball:

Prepare for battle on the gravity-changing, rotating Encounter upper mini-playfield available on the Premium and Limited Edition models. This innovative, motorized rotating playfield is packed with six stand-up targets, lights, and two full-size flippers for high-intensity pinball action.

Watch out for ambushes! Like the Mandalorian seen in the series, players can be ambushed by enemy forces. A dynamic inner loop shot activates an up/down horseshoe scoop ramp for fast, repeatable precision shooting, creating tense experiences on the Premium and Limited Edition models.

Players can navigate their way to multiball mayhem by hitting a unique hanging uplift target attached to a custom-molded Razor Crest ship. Success in hitting the target qualifies a center ramp shot on the Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models.

Features of The Mandalorian­-inspired pinball machines include a large custom sculpture of Grogu, authentic video and audio from seasons one and two, and exclusive custom speech performed by actor Carl Weathers (Greef Karga). The game includes the iconic title theme song by Ludwig Göransson and stunning hand-drawn artwork by Randy Martinez, one of today’s most popular comic artists.

Only 750 limited-edition machines will be available. The limited-edition version includes an exclusive full color mirrored backglass inspired by Beskar armor, iconic custom cabinet artwork, custom high gloss powder-coated pinball armor, a custom designer autographed bottom arch, exclusive inside art blades, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball playfield glass, shaker motor, a sequentially numbered plaque, and Certificate of Authenticity.

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“Star Wars is timeless and our players have enjoyed every pinball machine reimagined by the iconic space saga,” said Gary Stern, Chairman, and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “Stern’s new pinball machine, inspired by The Mandalorian, continues that tradition with an engaging and exciting story for an entirely new generation of fans around the world. Collaborating with Lucasfilm, we have brought all of the suspense, excitement, and action from the Star Wars galaxy into a one-of-a-kind pinball adventure perfect for any location or home game room.”

Quick! How much of that last stimulus check do you have left? The whole thing? Well then, I think we can both agree that you need this pinball machine more than food or a replacement for the dishwasher that broke last week. After all, don't you deserve something nice for being so patient during the pandemic? Go ahead and visit SternPinball.com, and find out which version of The Mandalorian pinball machine is right for you. With this machine, you'll be the envy of all your friends. Once it's safe for them to come over, of course. Take it from me, the friendly devil on your shoulder. This is the way.

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Fight Club, Ghostbusters, Star Wars

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Fight Club, Ghostbusters, Star Wars
May 8, 2021 by: Theodore Bond


Some cliche somewhere said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' This has proven to be the case for me and especially when it comes to fan art. I have always sought out great fan art and have wanted to share it with as many people as possible. "Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net" is the outlet for that passion. In this column, I will showcase the kick-ass artwork of some great artists, with the hopes that these artists get the attention they deserve. That's the aim. If you have any questions or comments, or even suggestions of art or other great artists, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].

An American Werewolf in London by Maria Ku 

Fight Club by Edgar Ascensão 

Gandalf by Matt Slay 

Ghostbusters by Scott Fuller 

Iron Man vs. Aiens by Marco D'Alfonso 

Labyrinth by Nna 

Mandy by Pete Knight 

Ran by Luis C 

The Revenant by Ponchello 

Star Wars by Fantasio

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Fight Club, Ghostbusters, Star Wars

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Doom, Mortal Kombat, Terminator 2

Mulan, Nomadland, The Raid, Star Fox

Akira, Drive, Hellraiser, Shazam

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Michael B. Jordan recalls his disastrous Star Wars audition

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Michael B. Jordan recalls his disastrous Star Wars audition
May 6, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

When Disney got the Star Wars machine running once again with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, just about every actor in Hollywood wanted a piece of the pie, and that includes Michael B. Jordan. The young actor was riding high off the success of Chronicle and Fruitvale Station, but while speaking on Just for Variety podcast with Marc Malkin, he said that his audition for The Force Awakens was his worst ever.

“It was probably the Star Wars audition that I had with J.J. [Abrams], I think,” Jordan said. “It just wasn’t my best. It was probably my worst to date. I just couldn’t wrap my brain around some of the sides, because when you’re reading for these high-level projects, there’s never really any specificity in the sides. Everything’s like super vague and everything’s a secret. Reading it through, I just couldn’t connect it. Definitely bombed that one, for sure…I’m pretty sure I ran out of there.” Although Michael B. Jordan may have bombed his Star Wars audition, it certainly didn’t hurt his future as he went on to star in Creed and Black Panther.

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Speaking of Creed, Michael B. Jordan is getting ready to start production on Creed III, which will also serve as his feature directorial debut. In a statement, Jordan said, “Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right. ‘Creed III’ is that moment — a time in my life where I’ve grown more sure of who I am, holding agency in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the Greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington, and other top tier directors I respect. All of which sets the table for this moment. This franchise and in particular the themes of ‘Creed III’ are deeply personal to me. I look forward to sharing the next chapter of Adonis Creed’s story with the awesome responsibility of being its director and namesake.” Creed III is slated to hit theaters on November 23, 2022.

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The Mandalorian third season will be strong with the Force

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The Mandalorian third season will be strong with the Force
May 5, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Over the course of two seasons, The Mandalorian has proven to be quite the treat for Star Wars fans, with plenty of references (both minor and major) to the rest of the saga as well as introducing audiences to fantastic new Star Wars characters, so anticipation is high for the upcoming third season.

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While we still have The Book of Boba Fett ahead of us before The Mandalorian returns (more on that later), it's never too early to start theorizing on what the new season will bring us. The Mandalorian executive producer spoke with Good Morning America yesterday, and while he naturally couldn't drop any big details, but he did possibly hint that we haven't seen the last of the Jedi.

There's a lot of new adventures coming up. I have to be careful, I can't really say anything specific, but I think the Force will be strong with this, let's just say that.

The last season introduced more Force-sensitive individuals, most notably Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), so it stands to reason that either or these characters could return, particularly as Luke Skywalker is currently training Grogu. Of course, this could just be Dave Filoni's way of saying the new season will be quite good, which is just fine with me as well.

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In the closing moments of The Mandalorian season two, we saw Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) returning to Jabba's palace, where Fett killed Bib Fortuna and took his place on the throne. A title card then announced that The Book of Boba Fett would be coming to Disney+ in December 2021. The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau explained that this project will be separate from The Mandalorian. "We wanted to hold this back because we didn’t want to spoil the surprise during the big Disney announcement for all the shows.. and so they let me keep this one a secret," Favreau said. "This is actually separate from The Mandalorian Season 3. The Book of Boba Fett is currently filming, and then we go into production after that with Season 3 of The Mandalorian, with the main character that we all have known and loved (played by Pedro Pascal)."

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Star Wars The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson shares amazing practical stunt video

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Star Wars The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson shares amazing practical stunt video
May 4, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

As it’s May the Fourth, you may have noticed a slight increase in the amount of Star Wars content on all corners of the internet, but there’s never a bad time to celebrate George Lucas’ franchise. We’ve seen Star Wars fans sharing all manner of content today, and that includes STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI writer/director Rian Johnson, who took to Twitter to share a rather fantastic behind-the-scenes video detailing a test of one of the film’s practical stunts.

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If you recall, when Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) discovered that Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) had been Force-Skyping behind his back (you can check out that moment here), he reacted strongly and caused the stone hut they were in to…well, explode. It’s a powerful moment, and one that I had assumed was a digital effect, only to later discover that it was done for realsies.

Chris Corbould testing the practical (!!) effect his team created for TLJ. Happy #maythefourthbewithyou to all the incredible technicians who pull stuff like this off over the years, and to the best fans in the galaxy. ?? pic.twitter.com/rYd3h1NShm

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) May 4, 2021

Which poor bastard had to clean all of that up for the next test? Although Star Wars: The Last Jedi has continues to be divisive among Star Wars fans (although Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker did take a bit of the heat off), I do appreciate what Rian Johnson delivered. Sure, it may not have given me everything I was expecting and I may not agree with every choice, but it’s a film I’ve found myself enjoying more and more each time around.

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch TV Review

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch TV Review
May 4, 2021 by: Alex Maidy

Plot: Star Wars: The Bad Batch follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army—each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.

Review: Happy Star Wars Day! With Resistance and The Clone Wars coming to an end in 2020, there has not been much new Star Wars animation. But, as announced in last year's investment presentation, Dave Filoni's beloved series continues in the form of sequel/spin-off The Bad Batch. Focused on characters introduced in the final season of The Clone Wars, this new series presents a unique perspective in the expanding franchise with minimal Jedi but the promise of connections to The Mandalorian and other upcoming Disney+ series. In short, this is a series that will appeal to fans of the animated series that came before it while delivering a new story that shares more in common with The Mandalorian than the Skywalker saga.

The first two episodes of The Bad Batch were made available for this review and they deliver a clear tone and narrative that will propel this series forward. The first seconds of the premiere episode, which clocks in at a feature-length 70 minutes, features The Clone Wars logo burning into the new series title. We then hear the familiar intro narration that accompanied each episode of the preceding series. The first episode, titled "Aftermath", picks up from the moments just before Emperor Palpatine executed Order 66. We then see some overlap with the events from the final act of Revenge of the Sith, firmly setting this series' place in the Star Wars timeline. From there, The Bad Batch breaks off to tell its own story centered on the title characters.

For those unfamiliar, The Bad Batch is comprised of Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair, and Echo (all voiced by Dee Bradley Baker who also lends his talents to every Clone Trooper including Captain Rex). These defective troopers all have distinct personalities and traits which makes them much more fun to watch than the standard Jango Fett copies. Each has a unique ability that makes them work well as a team and often disagree about how to approach missions. When they first appeared in The Clone Wars, they offered a nice view different from the faceless Republic soldiers. Here, after not being triggered by the Order 66 command, they are put to the test by Moff Tarkin who wants to do away with the clone program and replace the Empire's forces with recruited stormtroopers.

Without divulging too much about the plot, Clone Force 99 becomes an enemy of the Empire and heads out on the run from their former clone brethren. Over the feature-length premiere episode, which feels like a cohesive story and not a pair of episodes crammed together, the action is intense and the storyline slightly more mature than what we got from The Clone Wars. The stakes are clearly not tied to the Jedi despite familiar names being mentioned. As teased in the trailer, we do meet Rogue One character Saw Gerrera and in upcoming episodes, we will meet The Mandalorian's Fennec Shand as voiced by the great Ming-Na Wen. But, this first episode puts the Bad Batch front and center.

While the Empire and the fall of the Republic are major elements to the story and the series is set firmly in the Star Wars universe, this series feels different. Like The Mandalorian, it exists within the canon of George Lucas' creation but it tells a very un-Skywalker story. Thematically, there are a lot of similarities that echo the relationship between Mando and Baby Yoda (aka Grogu) as well as the dynamic in Rebels between Ezra Bridger and Kanan. The Bad Batch takes the heroic Clone Troopers from The Clone Wars and turns them into villains which makes the titular squad all the more enjoyable to watch as they are not the evil, faceless soldiers that gunned down the Jedi. These characters are fun to watch even if the story does start to treat some cliche moments with the new character Omega.

With a story that continues to show that Star Wars can be about more than lightsabers, Jedi, and Sith lords, The Bad Batch is a fun action series with quick pacing and solid writing. While I was never a huge fan of the animations style of these series, I was able to tolerate it in order to enjoy this tale. If you are not a fan of Dave Filoni's animated Star Wars properties, you likely won't be converted by The Bad Batch. If you don't like Star Wars without the main Original Trilogy characters, you likely won't be convinced by this series, either. But, if you enjoy any world-building that expands the canon set in a galaxy far, far away, you will enjoy this show.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch debuts May 4th on Disney+.

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Star Wars: Ewan McGregor admits harsh reception of the prequels was hard

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Star Wars: Ewan McGregor admits harsh reception of the prequels was hard
April 29, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Ewan McGregor is set to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new live-action Star Wars series for Disney+ and this has made him reflect on the films that introduced him as a younger version of the character. The actor is admitting that the harsh reception that the Star Wars prequels received at the time of their release was “quite difficult” to take.

McGregor recently spoke with “The Hollywood Reporter” about his career and the upcoming Obi-Wan series and the topic of the Star Wars prequels was brought up. McGregor took on the younger version of the role, made famous by Alec Guinness in 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope, beginning in 1999’s STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE and concluding with 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. McGregor was pretty honest in the interview and he admitted that the harsh criticism actually got to him:

“It was hard they didn’t get well received. That was quite difficult. They were universally not very much liked.”

The Star Wars prequels were met with a mixed response from fans and critics, particularly the first two films. The Phantom Menace currently holds a 52% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes while Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones fared a bit better with a 65% fresh score on the site. Unfortunately, Revenge of the Sith gets lumped in with the mediocrity of the other prequels but the end result is quite satisfying and hits the emotional notes needed to close out that chapter of the story. At 80% fresh, the third film of the prequel trilogy was pretty well received but I think a lot of missteps were made leading up to that film that some fans tapped out at the time.

McGregor got pretty candid about what he thought the problem was with the prequels. Director George Lucas wanted to push the prequels in terms of changing film technology. By the time The Phantom Menace was released, CG technology was the norm in big-budget spectacles but wasn’t quite refined enough to give audiences photo-real creatures or environments. Steven Spielberg released Jurassic Park in 1993 and that was probably the most effective use of practicals for a big-budget film during that era and nothing had topped it by the time The Phantom Menace was released. The first film of the prequels was the only one shot on film, and it used the most practical sets. As Lucas moved on to the next two movies, the director gradually stripped away more and more of the physical environment in favor of CG sets and backgrounds. This was a big bone of contention with the actors as McGregor goes on to explain that with each successive and underwhelming prequel release, director George Lucas employed more and more CGI, “Because George loves technology and loves pushing into that realm. He wanted more and more control over what we see in the background.” McGregor explains that by Revenge of the Sith, physical sets and backdrops had almost entirely been replaced by bluescreens.

“After three or four months of that, it just gets really tedious — especially when the scenes are … I don’t want to be rude, but it’s not Shakespeare. There’s not something to dig into in the dialogue that can satisfy you when there’s no environment there. It was quite hard to do.”

In the Obi-Wan series, which takes place 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, McGregor explains that they are taking their visual cues from The Mandalorian, which pushed the boundaries of technology while maintaining an element that is grounded and doesn’t take you out of the story. With that series, Jon Favreau and his team created photoreal backgrounds live on set so that actors aren’t playing against blue screen and floating tennis balls. This will be the same technology used on Obi-Wan:

“They project [the virtual backgrounds] onto this massive LED screen. So if you’re in a desert, you’re standing in the middle of a desert. If you’re in the snow, you’re surrounded by snow. And if you’re in a cockpit of a starfighter, you’re in space. It’s going to feel so much more real.”

McGregor isn’t wrong when discussing the prequels. His sentiment has been shared by Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen over the years because they said that the more CG was used, the more it took them out of it as performers. Speaking as a moviegoer, no matter how polished those prequels look in terms of CG, they are essentially lifeless, minus the third film. At a certain point, it feels like you’re watching a live-action video game and you don’t really connect to the final product. I get that Lucas wanted to push the boundaries of CG but it ultimately made his shortcomings a as filmmaker and writer more evident because the CG became a crutch. Happy to hear that, much like The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan won’t be relying heavily on CG to convey its story.

Obi-Wan will also see the return of Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader. Joining McGregor and Christensen is a truly interesting ensemble cast that includes Joel Edgerton, Moses Ingram, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. The show was originally announced at the D23 Expo in August of 2019 and Deborah Chow, who helmed two episodes of The Mandalorian, is set to direct the series.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi: Maya Erskine is joining the cast of the Star Wars series

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Obi-Wan Kenobi: Maya Erskine is joining the cast of the Star Wars series
April 22, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

The Disney+ Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi is welcoming PEN15 star and co-creator Maya Erskine to the cast. Hers is said to be a supporting role, with plans to feature her character in at least three episodes. The star-studded cast also includes previously announced stars Ewan McGregor (as Obi-Wan), Hayden Christen (as Darth Vader), Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

Currently in pre-production and due to roll cameras any day now, plot details for Obi-Wan Kenobi are being kept in the bowels of a Sarlacc pit. The series will take place 10 years after Revenge Of The Sith and nine years before A New Hope, in an era after the Jedi Order has been all but wiped out. As a way of teasing fans, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has said that the show will feature the “rematch of the century.” You know what that means, don’t you? I’m sensing some lightsaber swishes in our future between Obi-Wan and Vader. I hope your body is ready.

The series is directed by the one and only Deborah Chow, who shot two outstanding episodes of The Mandalorian during its first season. Much like Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Obi-Wan Kenobi will consist of six episodes.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of several Star Wars series planned for Disney+, including projects like The Book of Boba Fett (dropping later this year), a Rogue One prequel starring Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Rangers Of The New Republic, and an Ahsoka Tano Mandalorian spinoff series.

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The Mandalorian: Rian Johnson is dying to direct an episode

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The Mandalorian: Rian Johnson is dying to direct an episode
April 20, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Rian Johnson has already dabbled in the world of Star Wars to mixed results, at least according to most fans, with The Last Jedi but the director has reportedly expressed interest in directing an episode of the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian. How will Star Wars fans react? Well, let’s find out!

The news of Johnson’s interest in The Mandalorian comes courtesy of “USA Today” bestselling author and Star Wars fan Sariah Wilson. Beyond this reveal, Wilson also drops the news that Johnson visited the set of The Mandalorian during season one and absolutely loved what he saw. You can check out Wilson’s Twitter posts below that detail Johnson’s desire to helm an episode of the Disney+ series:

finding time to break away and do it. He said he has spoken to Dave Filoni about it. He had gone and visited the set during Season 1. He said it was so cool and I told him I was very jealous. He had seen “Baby Yoda” months before the reveal.

He said it was fascinating seeing

— Sariah Wilson (@sariahwilson) April 17, 2021

the way that they’re shooting the show. He asked if I’d seen BTS stuff (of course I have).

He said when he was standing there in that space and they did the thing where they moved the camera and the perspective on the screen shifted he said he almost fell over. You get vertigo.

— Sariah Wilson (@sariahwilson) April 17, 2021

The fact that Johnson wants to take on the world of Star Wars again should be seen as an act of bravery on his part. While critics fully embraced STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI with a 90% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the fan response was much more polarizing. The film currently sits with a dismal 40% audience score on the site and many fans held Johnson responsible for essentially destroying what Star Wars really was. I’m not a huge fan of the film but it has very little to do with the decisions Johnson made. I applaud him for attempting to do something different with the material but my issues were more with pacing and not connecting with the characters rather than the big sweeping choices he made with the narrative.

As of now, it looks like Johnson is too busy to take this one because of his commitment to Knives Out 2, which recently sold to Netflix, along with a third film, for a staggering amount that will make Johnson very rich. Johnson also previously revealed to Wilson that his planned Star Wars trilogy was still happening but no dates or timelines had been revealed. At the moment, Johnson is very busy with other projects but The Mandalorian is on his radar and I wouldn’t be surprised if directing an episode was down the road for him.

Would YOU want Johnson to direct an episode of The Mandalorian?

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Stephen Sampson

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Stephen Sampson
April 3, 2021 by: Theodore Bond

For years, Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net has been about two things only – awesome art and the artists that create it. With that in mind, we thought why not take the first week of the month to showcase these awesome artists even more? Welcome to “Awesome Artist We’ve Found Around The Net." In this column, we are focusing on one artist and the awesome art that they create, whether they be amateur, up and coming, or well established. The goal is to uncover these artists so even more people become familiar with them. We ask these artists a few questions to see their origins, influences, and more. If you are an awesome artist or know someone that should be featured, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].This month we are very pleased to bring you the awesome art of… 

Stephen Sampson, The Dark Inker

Stephen Sampson, AKA The Dark Inker, lives and works on the South Coast of the UK with his lovable sidekick, Ico the cat!  Stephen has been drawing stuff since he was old enough to hold a pencil. The early days were inspired by comics from the adventures Asterisk and Tin Tin to the many stories of superheroes and strange worlds from Europe, America, and Asia.

His first big break came in the comics industry where he was lucky enough to illustrate the adventures of Judge Anderson in 2000 AD for a number of years. Later he moved into the Games and Movies industries. In 2014 he was thrilled to be invited to become a member of The Poster Posse and has worked on a number of exciting projects, such as Star Wars, Big Hero 6, Aliens, Cars 3 to name a few.

As a freelance illustrator, he has also been lucky enough to work with clients such as NASA, netFlicks, Titan Books, Spectrum Films, Printed in Blood. Still inspired by Comics as well as Books, Movies, Music, and the World around us and not to forget the space beyond. His passion for creating art continues to grow stronger with every exciting project he is lucky enough to be asked to contribute to!

JoBlo: What got you started as an artist?
Sampson: I'm sure this is a very common answer but books and comics at an early age were my first real inspirations to attempt to draw something. Once the bug for drawing had hold of me it's something I can't imagine being without. After studying art at school and for a year at college I got sidetracked for a few years and worked as a sheet metal worker. But even then all my spare time was spent drawing and once I was made redundant as a metalworker I started as a freelance illustrator, picking up small jobs here and there until I got the incredible chance to work for 2000 AD the home of Judge Dredd.

Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?
So many influences over the years! Early "art world" heroes were Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha and Leonardo da Vinci. Other big influences are my wonderful art teacher Mr O'sullivan, Albert Uderzo, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta, Moebius, The Designers Republic, Katsuhiro Otomo, Syd Mead, David Bowie, Ridley Scott, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert E. Howard, Lewis Carroll, Frank Herbert, Fiona Staples and Loish. I really could just go on and on and I'm sure I'll kick myself for not mentioning someone or another!

Who do you really dig these days, follow on Instagram?
Wow! man that's such a hard one, the list would be endless, I guess check my social feeds to see who I follow and in truth, it grows day by day. So many incredible artists out there working in all kinds of industries but maybe as you ask this question when it's women's history month I'll name a few females off the top of my head and apologies if I forget someone! To start with all the female Poster Posse members, epic artists one and all Ziqqix, SG Posters, Courtney Autumn Martin, Cryssy Cheung, Freya Betts, Erin Gallagher, Bella Grace, AJ Frena, Nicky Barkla, Chelsea Lowe, Aracely Munoz, Tracie Chinq and a few others Loish, Fiona Staples, Vanessa Mckee, Nan Lawson, Charlie Bowater, Becky Cloonan.

What advice would you have for budding artists today?
Work hard, never miss a deadline! If art is your passion, use every minute you can to create. Learn from your mistakes, we all make them! And always do your best to be kind and thoughtful to others, you never know what people are going through at any given moment in their life.

What should we be looking out for from you in the future?
The Art of FireFly Book has just been released by Titan Books and Printed in Blood and I was very lucky to have my image chosen for the cover! I've also done an image for the Printed in Blood artbook for Halloween the movie, which has already been posted as a promotion for the book. And I'm working on an image for their recently announced Art Book for Hannibal the TV series, having a lot of fun with this one! Also over the first lockdown period in the UK, I started work on some personal images, kind of fantasy, sci-fi worlds, inspired by the everyday world around us.
Titled Lockdown Worlds should be posting them soon. Also during the lockdown, I got into Star Wars The Clone Wars and started to do some character portraits, which again I will post soon. And as a Games artist, I've been working on an exciting project that hopefully will be out sometime later this year! 

Being a fansite, we have to ask you… What are some of your favorite movies/TV shows of all time?
Mate! These questions are not easy! Again this could be the list to end all list's but I'll try to keep to whatever comes quickly to mind! And in no particular order! The Banana Splits, Marine Boy, Captain Scarlet, Jason and the Argonauts, Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Seven, Silence of the Lambs,  Crimson Peak, Pan's Labyrinth, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Tekkonkinkree, The Iron Giant, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Laputa Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Ringu, Alita Battle Angel, Train to Busan, A Quiet Place, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, Stranger Things, Taboo, FireFly, and on it goes! But just to add I'm so looking forward to Denis Villeneuve's Dune, one of my favorite books! And I'm currently watching the TV series The Terror, which I think is brilliant!!

Scroll down to check out some of our favorite art pieces from Josh as we continue to follow his journey across his Website and social media hubs: Instagram / Twitter / FacebookArtstation / Linkedin / YouTube / Prints / Firefly Book  

Aliens

Ashoka

Black Widow

Cars 3

Dune

Edge of Tomorrow

Firefly

Ghost In The Shell 

Halloween

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

IT

John Wick

Kylo Ren

The Legend of Zelda

The Mandalorian

Stranger Things

Tomb Raider

Toy Story 4

True Detective

 

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Ahmed Best confirms Jar Jar Binks will not return in Obi-Wan Kenobi series

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Ahmed Best confirms Jar Jar Binks will not return in Obi-Wan Kenobi series
April 1, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Despite previous rumors that suggested Jar Jar Binks could be making a return in the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series, Ahmed Best, who voiced the character and also provided motion capture, has confirmed that the polarizing Gungan will not be making a return in the series.

Ahmed Best took to Twitter to congratulate the cast which was fully announced on Monday as production is slated to begin in April. Best tweeted “Congrats my friends. Looking forward to seeing all these wonderful artists on screen.” Following this tweet, a fan suggested that Best was playing coy about Jar Jar’s return but he made it clear that the character will not be appearing on the Obi-Wan series:

“Thanks for the love, but I will not be in this series. As much as I would’ve loved to be a part of it. But I’m ecstatic to see folks who I love dearly back together doing great things.”

If Jar Jar Binks was to return to the Star Wars fold, it most likely would’ve been on this series. Jar Jar Binks made his first appearance in STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE, which introduced Ewan McGregor as a young Obi-Wan Kenobi. The character was clearly made to cater to kids and while he may have worked on that level, Star Wars fans weren’t too kind to Jar Jar Binks and their reaction to the character ultimately diminished his appearances in the following two prequel films. Fans have softened a bit to the character in recent years which is why some thought he could return but it would appear that’s not in the cards at this time. 

The cast of the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series is pretty stacked with McGregor returning as Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader. Also on board are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

Deborah Chow is at the helm of the series after cutting her teeth on a few episodes of The Mandalorian while Joby Harold wrote the series. There is no release date for the show as of yet but the first half of 2022 does seem likely. 

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Obi-Wan Kenobi cast announced as production is set to begin

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Obi-Wan Kenobi cast announced as production is set to begin
March 29, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Disney+ has already found great success with The Mandalorian and now they’re hoping to earn more goodwill with Star Wars fans as their Obi-Wan Kenobi series has announced its full cast as production is set to begin soon.

Disney+ confirms that production will begin in April on the Ewan McGregor-led series. The story is set 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and will also see the return of Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader. Joining McGregor and Christensen is a truly interesting ensemble cast that includes Joel Edgerton, Moses Ingram, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi series was originally announced at the D23 Expo in August of 2019. Deborah Chow is set to direct the show and will executive produce with Hossein Amini, who also wrote the series. McGregor, Kathleen Kennedy, and Tracey Seaward will also serve as executive producers on the project.

I honestly wasn’t too interested in this series until seeing the rest of this ensemble. If they can keep up that momentum from The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi could be the next big Star Wars series that everyone will be talking about. Between this, The Book of Boba Fett, Rangers of the New Republic, and the Ahsoka Tano Mandalorian spinoff series, Star Wars fans appear to be in for a treat.

What are YOUR thoughts on the Obi-Wan-Kenobi cast?

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds boldly begins production

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds boldly begins production
March 12, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Stardate 98794.22: Production for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has officially begun.

Paramount Plus on Friday announced that the next bold adventure in the Star Trek franchise is ready to roll cameras. The good word arrived thanks to a video featuring series lead Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn. and Ethan Peck, as well as newly-announced series regulars Babs Olusanmokun, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Jess Bush, and Melissa Navia.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds takes place during the years when Captain Christopher Pike (Mount) commanded the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise before Captain Kirk. The premiere episode of the new series is written by Akiva Goldsman from a story he penned with Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers act as co-showrunners, with Goldsman directing the premiere episode. Kurtzman also serves as the overseer of the Star Trek franchise thanks to his overall deal with CBS Studios.

“In a career, there is never enough work that is pure joy,” Goldsman said. “I feel that my friend Alex Kurtzman along with David Stapf at CBS Studios and Julie McNamara at Paramount+ have given me just that by letting me haunt the stock rooms of my favorite candy store and I am grateful. With a hell of a cast and undying love for the original series, we boldly go.”

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is one of several Star Trek series announced for Paramount Plus. It joins a lineup that includes Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. If that’s not enough, fans can also look forward to the franchise’s other animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, which is also being developed for Paramount Plus. My stars! It sounds to me like Star Wars has some competition.

“I’m incredibly grateful to be working alongside Akiva and our brilliant, multi-faceted cast to help bring the adventures of the Starship Enterprise to new life,” said executive producer Alonso Myers. “For someone who’s been dreaming of spaceships and alien worlds since I was little, this show is a dream come true.”

Have we finally arrived at a point in our evolution when Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans can co-exist in harmony? With so many exciting shows planned for both franchises, drawing a line in the stars feels like a needless gesture. If you ask me, there’s enough galaxy-faring goodness in the works for both camps, and I’d like to think that we can look forward to all series and spinoffs that await us.

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Rian Johnson didn’t know Rise of Skywalker plans while making The Last Jedi

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Rian Johnson didn’t know Rise of Skywalker plans while making The Last Jedi
March 4, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

If you were a major studio planning a sequel trilogy to one of the biggest franchises of all-time, you would think that you would have things mapped out from film to film. Marvel has found great success by connecting their dots well enough to make sure storylines flow from project to project as they expand on their cinematic universe and I would think that would be the same case for Star Wars. Director Rian Johnson still gets a lot of criticism for his work on STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI and it seems as if he was given widespread creative freedom to do what he wanted with his installment. The same freedom was also given to J.J. Abrams on The Force Awakens and this could be why there seems to be a lack of a cohesive strategy in regards to the sequel trilogy. Johnson seems to give more credibility to that notion during a recent interview with author Sariah Wilson when he reveals that he did not know what the plan was for the installment after The Last Jedi.

During the interview, Johnson was asked about one plot point in particular that Wilson wanted clarity on. (SPOILERS AHEAD JUST IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE RISE OF SKYWALKER). Wilson asked Johnson if he knew Ben Solo (Adam Driver) was going to die in Star Wars 9 when he was developing The Last Jedi. Johnson gave her the simple answer of “No, I did not” and once he could see that Wilson let out a sigh of frustration, Johnson elaborated further by explaining there was more of a full hand-off between 7 and 8, just as it was from 8 to 9. Meaning that each director working on their respective installment seemed solely focused on their project and wasn’t exactly given a plan that would span across the three films. Johnson goes on by saying he did his best to give the filmmakers of the next installment multiple directions they could go in the following film. You can check out Wilson’s Tweet below where she details her exchange with Johnson:

And laughingly asked me what that was for. I told him I had a lot of feelings about that ending and then showed him my Ben Solo Deserved Better T-shirt, which made him laugh more.

He explained that it was very much a full hand-off between 7 and 8, just as it was from 8 to 9

— Sariah Wilson (@sariahwilson) March 3, 2021

“But to have lots of dramatic potential” for 9. He answered my question again by saying he didn’t know whether Kylo would live or die, then quickly corrected himself to say he didn’t know whether *Ben* would live or die, and how the series would resolve.

— Sariah Wilson (@sariahwilson) March 3, 2021

To be fair to Johnson, and even to Abrams, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were both well-received critically when they were released. The latter became the target of a lot of hardcore Star Wars fans because of the choices that Johnson made but perhaps the producers should have had a more cohesive plan in place film to film to guide him. Johnson used the creative freedom they gave him and he tackled a direction that may have worked for some and didn’t work for many but, at the end of the day, producers could’ve controlled that narrative a bit more if there was more of a plan in place. The sequel trilogy didn’t see negative critical reviews until The Rise of Skywalker and that was mostly because it felt like a rush job with underdeveloped narrative threads. Can you make things up as you go along and find success? Absolutely! According to some involved with the original trilogy that seemed to be a common practice and that turned out fine but I think most would agree that when you have a vast universe like this with so many characters to juggle, it might be best to outline the big picture and not just the installment at hand.

Do YOU think there should have been a more cohesive plan in place while making the Star Wars sequel trilogy?

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Anthony Petrie

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Anthony Petrie
February 6, 2021 by: Theodore Bond

For years, Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net has been about two things only – awesome art and the artists that create it. With that in mind, we thought why not take the first week of the month to showcase these awesome artists even more? Welcome to “Awesome Artist We’ve Found Around The Net." In this column, we are focusing on one artist and the awesome art that they create, whether they be amateur, up and coming, or well established. The goal is to uncover these artists so even more people become familiar with them. We ask these artists a few questions to see their origins, influences, and more. If you are an awesome artist or know someone that should be featured, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].This month we are very pleased to bring you the awesome art of… 

Anthony Petrie 

Anthony Petrie is an award-winning poster artist and designer based in Los Angeles. His portfolio includes work across a broad range of mediums and he likes creating good design for good people. Anthony has been working professionally as a commercial artist for over 17 years, collaborating with some of the most prestigious brands in the world. His graphic design, illustration, and product designs can be seen everywhere from the entertainment and broadcasting industries to sports and athletic brands. You probably know him best from his work on screen-printed movie posters.

JoBlo: What got you started as an artist?
Petrie:
Like a lot of artists in my generation, I grew up on a steady diet of comic books, video games, Robocop, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I was drawn to the inherent creativity and weirdness of 80’s popular culture. I started drawing consistently around the age of 5 and thankfully my parents were always really supportive of it. From then on, a career in art was always the path all the way through art school.

Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?
Comic books were a big influence for me early on, especially through the ’80s and early ’90s, probably starting with Art Adams, Barry Windsor Smith, and Jim Lee just to name a few. As I grew later on as an artist and designer, I was drawn more to Robert McGinnis, Al Parker and Sergio Toppi for illustration. I love historically multi-faceted designer/architects such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Tadeo Ando, Zaha Hadid and Isamu Nogichi. I can just keep listing names for all eternity.

Who do you really dig these days, follow on Instagram?
Here is an extremely diverse mix of some of my favorite contemporary artists Malika FavreTristan EatonJames Jean, Katie RodgersCoopGabzRichey BeckettChristopher LeeBrian Reedy, Jason EdmistonSam LarsonSoey Milk.

What advice would you have for budding artists today?
Don’t take non-specific unsolicited blanket advice from artists. One size does not fit all.

What should we be looking out for from you in the future?
I’m going to do my best to put out work that appeals more to my own taste in art. The kind of art I like isn’t necessarily the art I do, and I’m trying to make an effort to change that to some degree. And as always, keep an eye on my favorite co-conspirators: Bottleneck Gallery and Waxwork Records in the near future.

Being a fansite, we have to ask you… What are some of your favorite movies/TV shows of all time?
My favorite movies and TV shows list is an always changing and forever meandering stream, however, I’d say these are always the mainstays:
Movies: They Live, Monster Squad, Coming to America, Predator, Midsommar, Planet of the Apes (1968)
TV Shows: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Hannibal, The Munsters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 series)

Scroll down to check out some of our favorite art pieces from Anthony as we continue to follow his journey across his Website and social media hubs: Instagram / Twitter / Behance / YouTube / Threadless / Store 

Army of Darkness

The Bat

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Frankenstein

Ghostbusters

Jason Takes Manhattan

Jaws

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Predator

Rambo: First Blood Part II

Rampage

Red Dead Redemption 2

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 

Star Wars

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Seceret Of The Ooze

The Ultimate Warror

The Wolfman

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Beetlejuice, Cujo, The Goonies

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Jaws, Star Wars, WandaVision

Cobra Kai, Looper, Soul, Spider-Man

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Beetlejuice, Cujo, The Goonies

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Beetlejuice, Cujo, The Goonies
January 30, 2021 by: Theodore Bond

Some cliche somewhere said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' This has proven to be the case for me and especially when it comes to fan art. I have always sought out great fan art and have wanted to share it with as many people as possible. "Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net" is the outlet for that passion. In this column, I will showcase the kick-ass artwork of some great artists, with the hopes that these artists get the attention they deserve. That's the aim. If you have any questions or comments, or even suggestions of art or other great artists, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].

Beetlejuice by Nicky Bakla 

The Bride of Frankenstein by Nick Charge 

Cujo by Nate Gonzales

Donkey Kong Country by Alejandro Catalán 

Ghost In The Shell by Ruiz Burgos

The Goonies by Stefano Artibani 

Green Lantern by Raúl Vega 

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Felipe Smith

The Shining by Rafal Rola

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Simon Fairhurst

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The Mandalorian: Luke Skywalker cameo wasn’t initially part of the plan

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The Mandalorian: Luke Skywalker cameo wasn’t initially part of the plan
January 27, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

The season two finale of The Mandalorian was full of plenty of surprises, but the biggest was the appearance of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) as he arrived just in time to save Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), and the rest from Moff Gideon's (Giancarlo Esposito) Dark Troopers and take Baby Yoda (himself) away for Jedi training.

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Getting to see Luke Skywalker in his prime was quite the thrill and you would imagine that such a moment would have been planned out from the very beginning, but that doesn't seem to be the case. While speaking with the WGA, The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau said that Luke Skywalker's appearance wasn't always in the cards and only came to him as writing for the season progressed.

The story unfolded as I wrote it. The Mandalorian inherits a great deal from existing Star Wars stories, and when I write, that context is always a consideration. It became clear that, within the established continuity, certain things were likely to transpire.

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Although we know the beginning and end of Luke Skwalker's tale, there's quite a lot of unexplored territory between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. "We have a tremendous amount of freedom afforded to us because of the gap in time between the films," Favreau said. "Dave Filoni and I are in constant discussion regarding how each story choice is impacted by, and would impact, existing Star Wars material." It remains to be seen whether or not we've seen the last of Luke Skywalker on The Mandalorian, but the team definitely knows how to keep a secret, so we may never know until he's in front of us once again. "The fact that we were able to keep my involvement a secret for over a year with no leaks is nothing less than a miracle. A real triumph for spoiler-haters everywhere," said Hamill last year, shortly after the episode debuted.

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Dracula, Hulk, Godfather, Supergirl

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Dracula, Hulk, Godfather, Supergirl
January 23, 2021 by: Theodore Bond

Some cliche somewhere said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' This has proven to be the case for me and especially when it comes to fan art. I have always sought out great fan art and have wanted to share it with as many people as possible. "Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net" is the outlet for that passion. In this column, I will showcase the kick-ass artwork of some great artists, with the hopes that these artists get the attention they deserve. That's the aim. If you have any questions or comments, or even suggestions of art or other great artists, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].

The Big Lebowski by Joe Kim 

Dracula by Toby Cypress 

The Godfather by Adam Khabibi 

The Hulk by Justin Currie 

Mrs. Doubtfire by Julian Faylona 

Reservoir Dogs by Nick Charge 

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Emilio Lopez 

The Shawshank Redemption by Keizler 

Supergirl by Vanya Demidov 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze by Lucas Tetrault

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The Mandolorian, Rocky, Wonder Woman

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Jaws, Star Wars, WandaVision

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Jaws, Star Wars, WandaVision
January 16, 2021 by: Theodore Bond


Some cliche somewhere said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' This has proven to be the case for me and especially when it comes to fan art. I have always sought out great fan art and have wanted to share it with as many people as possible. "Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net" is the outlet for that passion. In this column, I will showcase the kick-ass artwork of some great artists, with the hopes that these artists get the attention they deserve. That's the aim. If you have any questions or comments, or even suggestions of art or other great artists, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].

Child's Play 2 by Eddie Holly 

Demoition Man by Dave Merrell

The Flash by Phil Postma

Forrest Gump by Julien Rico Jr

Jaws by Daryl Joyce

Kill Bill by Marcus "MAS" Smith

The Legend of Zelda by John Gallagher

Star Wars by Jeff Victor

WandaVision by Vylla

Weird Al Yankovic by Sam Mayle

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The Mandolorian, Rocky, Wonder Woman

Home Alone, Klaus, Krampus

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Obi-Wan Kenobi series: Liam Neeson would be down to return as Qui-Gon Jinn

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Obi-Wan Kenobi series: Liam Neeson would be down to return as Qui-Gon Jinn
January 12, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

There are plenty of new Star Wars projects in the works, but the one that I’ve been the most excited for is the Obi Wan Kenobi series for Disney+ that will feature the return of Ewan McGregor as the Jedi Master. The series will take place 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and in addition to McGregor, the series will also feature the return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.

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As we’ve seen more than a few familiar faces pop up in The Mandalorian, there’s little reason to believe that Obi-Wan Kenobi won’t have a few surprises up its sleeves as well, and one surprise that I believe every fan would welcome would be Liam Neeson reprising his role of Qui-Gon Jinn. Collider recently spoke with Neeson to touch upon his Star Wars role, and although he wasn’t aware that fans would love to see him return, his face lit up when asked whether he’d be game to appear in Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Sure, I’d be up for that, yeah.

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As Qui-Gon Jinn was the one who taught both Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi the secret of retaining their individuality after death (as a Force ghost), there’s certainly room for Liam Neeson to return in that regard or perhaps for a digitally de-aged flashback. Although COVID-19 may have other plans, it’s expected that production on the series will kick off this spring. “I’m really excited about it,” McGregor told ET last September. “It’s gonna be great, I think.” While The Mandalorian will likely span multiple seasons, McGregor also said that he’s not aware of any plans for a second season of the Obi-Wan Kenobi. “As I understand, it’s a standalone season,” he said. “We’ll see. Who knows?” Would you be down to see Liam Neeson return as Qui-Gon Jinn for Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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Roger Moore: James Bond Revisited – Moonraker

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Roger Moore: James Bond Revisited – Moonraker
January 10, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

James Bond in space! I know, I know – sounds crazy, right? Well, it actually happened back in 1979. In the wake of The Spy Who Loved Me's major box office success, another Bond movie was greenlit, and originally the plan was to do For Your Eyes Only. But then, a little movie called Star Wars came out and the decision was made to compete by making the next 007 flick sci-fi. The result was Moonraker, a Roger Moore James Bond film that's often much maligned by fans, but still has its silly charms as we'll discuss in this instalment of James Bond Revisited!
 

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