Sunday, 17 June 2018


Friends reunited!

On the Pinewood Studios Solo: A Star Wars Story soundstage housing the lavish sets of Dyden Vos's luxury cruiser, Lucasfilm Story Group contributor and longtime franchise expert Pablo Hidalgo enjoys his tour of that fearsome crime bosses' unique museum collection, housing such rarities as a complete set of Mandalorian warrior armour and the creepy death's head skull of Xim, previously seen on the cover of the classic Star Wars Expanded Universe/Legacy novel Han Solo and the Lost Legacy.

The skull of Xim!

Follow the set video tour here:

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Find out more about Vos's unique treasure trove of artifacts, weapons and all-round weirdness with the all-new The Office Guide to Solo: A Star Wars Story from DK Books, which, luckily enough, just happens to be compiled and written by Hidalgo himself. The book is an unmissable visual/info treat packed with great spread images, colourful layouts and terrific detail. It's out now in stores and online.

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Saturday, 16 June 2018


Amidst the stunning natural beauty of Italy's elitist millionaire playground Lake Como location, Hayden Christensen (enjoying his first journeying time beyond American shores) and Natalie Portman add their youthful appeal to the then in-filming Attack of the Clones of 2000, playing the ultimately doomed lovers Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala for this posed publicity image aimed deliberately at the younger pin-up side of fandom, in an attempt to hype up the film's romantic aspects.

At first, the duo's onscreen love story was to have been the main crux of EPISODE II, as writer/director George Lucas first told many of his behind the scenes team in 1999, but this idea eventually gave way and was soon reduced in ambition so as to realize the bigger in scope and equally plot important launch of The Clone Wars - the dark shadow lead-in to the brutality ahead with Revenge of the Sith. Nonetheless, stalwart composer John Williams once again delivered the goods in composing a spectacular piece of courtly, tragic love for these star-crossed lovers: Beyond the Stars, a hauntingly beautiful piece very reminiscent to the work that Williams had previously created for that little seventies-made television movie gem, Jane Eyre. Enhanced further by the ever-talented London Symphony Orchestra, this evocative theme is one of many in the newly re-released and remastered original soundtrack for EPISODE II, out now on nice-priced CD from Walt Disney Records, alongside the rest of the Prequel and Classic Trilogy albums. Additionally, each volume comes with a collectible mini poster.

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Friday, 15 June 2018


Return of the Jedi back in 1983 introduced us to the very cool Imperial Speeder Bike pilots operating within the forests of the Endor moon. Now, Solo: A Star Wars Story gives us a similar yet old/new variant on duty at the industrial climes of Corellia - the Imperial Patrol Trooper, of which one of its legion will soon (unluckily) find himself trying to catch-up with that rogue speed demon Han Solo and his partner Qi'ra, both on the run from the White Worm crime gang, during the film's exciting opening chase sequence.

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Find out more about the Imperial Patrol Trooper and his unique craft, as well as other new additions to the Empire's technological legacy, inside the all-new The Official Guide to Solo: A Star Wars Story. Out now from DK Books, Lucasfilm Story Group expert Pablo Hidalgo has delivered another fascinating exploration of the Star Wars universe's newest chapter, and a book packed with great photos, eye-catching colourful layouts, and information to devour.

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Thursday, 14 June 2018


His co-pilot dead, his snowspeeder now crash-landed, Rogue Flight Commander Luke Skywalker is in trouble- caught in the cold climes of Hoth and now facing the awesome technological might of a hulking Imperial AT-AT Walker heading his way. A superb piece of merchandising art created by Ralph McQuarrie linked to the classic sequence from The Empire Strikes Back, celebrating an awesome sequence starting that film created with live action filming at Norway alongside the talents of the special effects geniuses of ILM.

Pencil art by McQuarrie.

This brilliant fusing of smoke and mirrors, the unfolding battle of Rebels vs Imperials, would be heightened further by John Williams dizzyingly thunderous and violent score for the sequence, which would feature incredible use of percussion within the London Symphony Orchestra. The Battle in the Snow is easily one of the all-time great tracks from EPISODE V, and now available in remastered form, as the film's original 1980 soundtrack gets an all-new release on CD from Walt Disney Records, alongside the rest of the Classic and Prequel Trilogies.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018


It's not exactly the greatest of ways to meet the being who will be your best friend and co-pilot for the next thirty-plus years, but the coming together of Han Solo with the chained, starved and angry 'beast' prisoner Chewbacca, on the swamp world of Mimban, was certainly unexpected, dramatic, fun and a well conceived/ executed idea for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Their soon leg-chained escape from the pit reminded me of a Star Wars version of that classic on-the-run drama The Defiant Ones, which starred Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier. Though here it was clearly done in a much more humorous vein.

Very interesting information on the film's first draft and the original ideas pairing Han and Chewie for the first time:

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Find out more about our ever-lovable Wookiee hero of the cinematic adventure Solo: A Star Wars Story via the colourful, informative and gloriously photo-packed The Official Guide to the film, comprehensively written and compiled by Lucasfilm Story Group expert Pablo Hidalgo, published by DK Books.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018


He told the Council that he was ready to take his trials, now Obi-Wan Kenobi really is in the thick of them as he locks lightsaber blades in battle against the shocking re-emergent threat of the Sith, primarily via its shadowy assassin Darth Maul, in this great image from the superb finale lightsaber duel closing EPISODE I.

Star Wars, created by George Lucas, had returned in a big way with 1999's The Phantom Menace, seeing-in the proper introduction of the dreaded Sith as well as more revealed on the fascinating Jedi heritage concurrent to their eventual demise from Padawan gone prophetic dark side warrior Anakin Skywalker. Returning saga composer John Williams, once more with the London Symphony Orchestra alongside him, would come up with a truly fitting, exciting and genuinely mythic new overarching music theme for this all-new and groundbreaking Prequel Trilogy: Duel of the Fates, a track whose intensity and foreboding would be backed up with memorable accompaniment from the London Voices Choir.

The original soundtrack to The Phantom Menace returns in remastered form via Walt Disney Records, alongside the rest of the Prequels and the Classic Trilogy soundtracks. Each CD is available at a great value price, and with individual free gift collectible mini-poster.

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Monday, 11 June 2018


A glamorous party is in full swing aboard the luxury cruiser of gangster leader Dryden Vos (then played by Michael Kenneth Williams), as Han Solo and his colleagues arrive via central platform in its main reception area. A scene for Solo: A Star Wars Story that was ultimately re-filmed with Paul Bettany taking the role of Vos, and on a newly designed set, of which the lift was ultimately re-positioned outside of the reception area.

Han is reunited with Qi'ra (note the different costume and look for her character).

With lots of deleted or re-filmed scenes for the movie, as well as concept ideas that never quite made it to the final screenplay, here's a look at what to possibly expect on the upcoming Blu-ray release:

Sunday, 10 June 2018


They may have currently avoided Irina Spalko's forces thanks to Marion's plucky ingenuity, but now Indy and friends must endure three extremely hazardous to your health waterfall drops in a fun sequence filmed at both Hawaii and on the Universal Studios Backlot for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Saturday, 9 June 2018


From an early age, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan would witness first hand the emergent terror and oppression of the evil Galactic Empire, soon using her political influence where she had it to rally against its injustices, whilst strengthening her duty to the growing secret rebellion building itself in retaliation. Lovely art by Phil Noto of the young Leia in her original costume idea conceived by Ralph McQuarrie back in 1975, as eventually seen with her youthful appearance in the animated Star Wars Rebels.

Capturing the spirit, heart and beauty of the young Leia, and the inspiring actress playing her in Carrie Fisher, from the original Star Wars (A New Hope) of 1977, enjoy the hauntingly gorgeous theme composed for her by that genuine legendary John Williams, in symbiotic harmony with the unbeatable London Symphony Orchestra, as the original best-selling album that launched a movie soundtrack music phenomenon returns in remastered form via Walt Disney Records, along with the rest of the Classic and Prequel Trilogies soundtracks. Each CD is available at a great value price, and with individual free gift collectible mini-poster.

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Friday, 8 June 2018


There are spaceships, and there are Star Wars spaceships, of which Lando Calrissian's souped up, top-of its-game freighter, the Millennium Falcon, must be one of the fastest and slickest ships out there, as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story. And then came Han Solo and that little trip through the Kessel Maelstrom!

Stunning conceptual art of the Kessel run! Conceptual art by James Clyne.

A new featurette look at the old/new Falcon:

Interior exhibit press tour recreation:

The Falcon is the cover star to the film' upcoming 4K Blu-ray release (US exclusive):