In this spoiler-free Twitter thread, comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani explains why Rogue One's diverse cast—and especially fellow Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed—meant so much to him:
Didn't think about structure once during Rogue. The fight in Jedha struck me. Ppl who looked like me & dressed like my ppl were good guys!— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 16, 2016
I held back tears for the rest of it. An action movie guy that looks like me? How cool! (And I know @rizmc only looks like me in my dreams.)— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 16, 2016
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So I never once thought of structure or acts or anything. I just smiled, fought back tears & walked out into a better world. Ok that's all.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 16, 2016
In a society buffeted by technological change, the discipline of "engineering ethics" raises some of our most significant and difficult-to-answer questions: from last year's Moral Character of Cryptographic Work to the Neveragain.tech pledge not to enable trumpism's ethnic cleansing mission (a pledge in the tradition of the 1943 firebombing of the Amsterdam Municipal Register to keep it out of Nazi hands) to the war on general purpose computing, with its many tendrils, from 3D printed guns to creation of legal weapons at standards bodies -- and because science fiction reflects present-day social questions, we've now got a Star Wars movie that's all about "engineering ethics" (spoilers after the jump). Read the rest
Fans looking for tie-ins between the various Star Wars properties spotted a ship that looks an awful lot like the Lothal rebels "Ghost" at :07. Read the rest
Enjoy this "creature featurette" with director Gareth Edwards and Creature Effects Supervisor Neal Scanlan introducing us to the strange characters in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Co-starring the digital resurrection of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin?
In my head the lyrics are as sung by Bill Murray. Read the rest
The Auralnauts' wildly successful Star Wars remixes have gone from strength to strength, combining bad lip reading, South Park-ish raunchy humor, and massive dance-parties accompanied by some seriously rockin' tunes. Read the rest
"It was so intense," Fisher told People magazine. "It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend..."
Fisher was 19 when she landed the breakthrough role of Princess Leia for the 1976 filming. Ford, then 33, was married to Mary Marquardt, with whom he had two children.
Fisher writes that she and Ford spent their first night together after a birthday party for director George Lucas.
"I looked over at Harrison. A hero's face -- a few strands of hair fell over his noble, slightly furrowed brow," she wrote. "How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me?"
"I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him," she added. "He was kind."
Catalyst, a new Star Wars novel by James Luceno, is a must read before you see Rogue One.
Catalyst is the story of how the Death Star gets built, and feeds directly into the movie. You'll meet the two men most responsible for development of the Empire's super weapon, one cunning and conniving while the other is an altruistic scientist. Their friendship makes this super weapon possible.
Regardless the depth of your Star Wars knowledge, this book goes into detail everyone will appreciate. Key characters for the new film are introduced, and their stories are told incredibly well. Orson Krennic, a key political architect of the Death Star, realizes his friend, pacifist Dr. Galen Erso holds the key to really being able to destroy things. This story of politics, manipulation and betrayal shed a lot of light on the days between Revenge of the Sith, and A New Hope.
Read this before seeing the movie!