Rian Johnson Not Writing Star Wars 9, Plus The Last Jedi Spoilers!

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer, which premiered at Star Wars Celebration, was an incredible look at what director Rian Johnson has in store for us. When he was hired to write and direct Episode VIII, he was also hired to write the treatment for … [Read more...]

Disney Announces and Shuffles Release Dates for Indiana Jones 5, Star Wars 9, and More

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) One of the current prevailing trends in Hollywood is staking out release dates for movies years in advance. Sometimes studios announce big tentpoles before they even have a creative team in place. What that also means is that sometimes studios need to shuffle some … [Read more...]

Star Wars Celebration Wrap-Up: The Last Jedi, Rebels, and Battlefront II

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Star Wars Celebration came to a close this weekend, but we learned a lot about what is coming down the pipeline. We didn't hear much about the Han Solo film or Episode IX, but a lot was revealed regarding The Last Jedi, Star Wars Rebels, and more! So let's get … [Read more...]

A Geek’s Reaction to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) It's finally here! Lucasfilm and Disney premiered the brand new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Star Wars Celebration and have just put it online for the whole world to see. So why are you reading this instead? Go watch the trailer embedded right … [Read more...]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Character Details Revealed, and 40th Anniversary Announcement

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) There's a ton of Star Wars news hitting the net today! Everything from a brief description of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi preview, to character details for Poe Dameron, Laura Dern's new character, and Supreme Leader Snoke. Plus there's an announcement for … [Read more...]

The Future Of Star Wars Plans May Have Been Revealed

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I love me some Star Wars! Disney buying Lucasfilm has been one of the best things to ever happen to the property, since they not only revived it with a new trilogy, but added in anthology-style films, as well. Both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Directing Actors – Part 4: Analyzing the Script for Subtext

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Now that you've gone over the script to remove all but the essential direction and finished your first pass, it's time to start analyzing the story in depth. With the first read, you should have made some notes and every subsequent pass you should make more and … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: A Look at The Hero’s Journey, Pt. 3

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) "It's not over yet." - Princess Leia Here is part 3 of The Hero's Journey, focusing on Star Wars: A New Hope. Story-wise, we have set up the big climax, Act III, and if you've set up your story right, it will practically write itself. Act III is where all the action … [Read more...]

Disney CEO Drops Huge Han Solo Secret, and Talks Future of Star Wars [Spoilers!]

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) There will be spoilers for the untitled Star Wars: Han Solo anthology film in this article. We'll warn you before we reach that point. Disney CEO Bob Iger had a lot to say about Star Wars during a chat at the USC Marshall School of Business yesterday. He not … [Read more...]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Won’t Change Leia’s Role After Carrie Fisher’s Death

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Tragedy struck at the end of last year as Hollywood lost both Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds back in December. While Fisher had completed shooting her role as Leia on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there was a question of what would become of her … [Read more...]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Reshoots May Deal With Carrie Fisher’s Passing

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Word has come in that reshoots for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will commence in March. According to reports, the reshoots are taking place in Austria, Scotland, and Ireland. Ireland is a pretty interesting location, since the Skellig Michael island that subs in for … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: A Look at the Hero’s Journey, Pt. 2

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) We continue with our Screenwriting tutorial on The Hero's Journey, by analyzing Act Two of the original Star Wars. Check out Part 1 here. Act Two opens with Luke's aunt and uncle dead, and he finds new purpose to follow Obi Wan and learn the ways of the Force, … [Read more...]

First Look at the Cast of Star Wars: Han Solo Film

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) For as long as I can remember I've always wanted a Han Solo prequel Star Wars film. Even though they really took their time, Lucasfilm has finally gotten around to making one with a fantastic cast and crew. How fantastic are they? Well, feast your eyes on the … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: A Look at the Hero’s Journey, Pt. 1

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) From filming to special effects, the Star Wars saga has set a standard by which many event blockbusters are now modeled after. And while not perfect, it draws from the classic story telling technique called The Hero's Journey, by Joseph Campbell. This tried and … [Read more...]

Rian Johnson Talks Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Now that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has broken a billion dollars at the box office to become the highest grossing film of 2016, it is time to look at the next film in the franchise, the recently titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Empire had a chance to speak … [Read more...]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Official Title For Episode: VIII

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Today, Lucasfilm has announced the official title for Episode VIII, written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi! The film will star Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Bodega and Carrie Fisher in her final role as Leia. It is an interesting … [Read more...]