Diego Luna, from Elysium, Cast in Rogue One

According to the fine people at Variety, yet another lead in Rogue One has been cast, and it’s Diego Luna from Elysium, Milk, The Terminal, and Y Tu Mama Tambien. While no other details have been offered on how Luna might be playing, it’s really great to see another diverse cast member joining our favorite galaxy far, far away.

And look at that face. That face screams “dashing rogue.” I mean, if there’s one thing this film obviously needs, it’s a dashing rogue.

Cosplay Shenanigans: Building and Being Admiral Trench


When I got passes for Star Wars Celebration, I was a bit apprehensive about cosplaying at all.

I remember this story Kevin Smith told about the time when some kid went up to him and asked to take a picture.  He later found out that  the kid thought (or joked) that he thought that he was the X-Wing Pilot Porkins.

“What have I gotten myself into?!” I asked myself.  I know the modern cosplay community is very accepting and tolerant.  Hell, there’s even a lot of “Cosplay is not consent” placards at Star War Celebration (though people do tend to forget it is a reminder about ALL harassment, not just creepy advances).  I heard that story, and I hear about these Star Wars cosplayer groups being very “Accurate-minded,” some even inspect and accept or deny club memberships based on such factors. Continue reading

Geekly Roundup, May 10th Edition: Superheroic Mother’s Day!

This week on Geekly Roundup, Mark, Jon and Mike discuss 3D printed D&D
Monsters, which turns into a discussion about why Fantasy doesn’t seem
to be able to break through to the mainstream. Then they discuss a
hacker getting banned in Guild Wars 2
which turns into a discussion on continuing to consume media you hate,
and why we do that. THEN they discuss Agent Carter’s return, which turns
into a discussion on the availability of TV, piracy, and binge-watching
vs experiencing TV week by week! It’s a world of fascinating tangents
this week!

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Joss Whedon is Not Confirmed to Direct Anything, Especially Star Wars

Folks, please, take things on the internet with a grain of salt. I know we’re all excited about the upcoming Star Wars trilogy, and a lot of people want Joss Whedon in the director’s chair, but the honest trust is easy to obtain if you spend two seconds reading the article you’re all sharing around.

One of the worst, most clickbaity “news” sites this week decided to take some random speculation from a random podcast (and as the host of a random podcast, I feel particularly qualified to speak on this), and wrote an article entitled “Joss Whedon confirmed for Star Wars.” This is, of course, untrue. If Joss had signed up for Star Wars, it would be shouted from the rooftops on StarWars.com, Variety, Entertainment Weekly – you know, reputable news sites, not a place that literally has a “number of shares” counter ticking up on the right.

Seriously, never share anything from Moviepilot. They’re the worst.

Since we’re wildly speculating, I’d much rather see Disney and Lucasfilm continue their current trend of hiring up and coming young directors with a specific vision to direct Star Wars, like Rian Johnson and Josh Trank. Joss would be a fun choice, but he’s already made a billion dollar movie with a sequel on the way and he’s stated repeatedly that it nearly killed him, twice. When he says he wants to go “work on his own projects,” I’d bet dollars to donuts he’s talking about something more akin to Much Ado About Nothing than jumping into a galaxy far, far away.

Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars

In what was probably the worst kept secret of all time, Disney Infinity has finally announced that their 3.0 edition will be Star Wars. Now, feel free to join me in looking at that beautiful picture up above and jumping for joy. Hit the jump for all the details and a kickass trailer!
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A Star Wars Playlist for your May the 4th.

May the Forth be with you, everybody. And while you’re slaving away at your desk, dreaming of flying a starship through the heavens or battling an evil Sith Lord with blazing swords or even about kissing your sister full on the mouth, you’re gonna need some background tunes. That’s what we’re here for – time to assail your senses with our favorite Star Wars tunes, some you’ve heard before, some of which were released today. Go pay some artists for their work, make a playlist, and rock out with your Ysalamiri out.
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Two More Characters from The Force Awakens Revealed!

Vanity Fair was granted access to the set of The Force Awakens last year, and they’ve finally gotten the green light to publish the incredible behind-the-scenes photo shoot they did while they were there. In addition to revealing new worlds to discover, the photoshoot also revealed who, exactly, Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o would be playing. Spoilers ahead!
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Josh Trank Leaves Star Wars Anthology

Josh Trank, the director of Chronicle and the new Fantastic Four film, has departed his upcoming Star Wars Anthology film. The film was meant to be the next standalone Star Wars film after Rogue One, but no other details are known about the project – at times it’s been rumored to be an origin story for Boba Fett, or a Princess Leia film, but now that Rogue One is revealed to be none of the things it was rumored to be, all of those bets are off the table. No real word was given as to why Trank left, except that he wanted to pursue his own original creative works. It’s entirely possible that he was simply burnt out after making Fantastic Four and going straight into another major blockbuster. His full statement, and Lucasfilm’s response, after the jump.
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Time to (Legally) Binge-watch Star Wars Rebels

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If you haven’t caught up yet on the <a href=”http://aceofgeeks.blogspot.com/2015/03/is-star-wars-rebels-worthy-successor-to.html”>excellent Star Wars Rebels</a>, now is your chance. Star Wars.com has been nice enough to put the <i>entire</i> first season online from now until Monday, leaving your weekend with only one goal: Binge watch all thirteen episodes. As the episodes are only 20 minutes long, that leaves you at less than seven hours. So you can cram in a watch of the original trilogy right after and <i>still</i> not have taken up an entire day. Trust us, it’s worth it, and you’ll want to be caught up when Season 2 launches later this year.<br />
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<a href=”http://di.sn/6185An6F”>Go watch the full season here!</a>

AOG Podcast Episode 147: Celebrate Star Wars!


Episode 147
This week, Kevin Custer joins Mike and Jarys to break down Star Wars Celebration! We’ll discuss the new Jurassic World trailer, and then go straight into what we saw at the convention, including Rogue One, a breakdown of the brand new Force Awakens trailer, whether Palpatine is pure evil or has more depth than that, and end with a spirited debate on whether Jar Jar Binks is responsible for the destruction of the Second Death Star!