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REVIEW: “The Last Jedi” Novelization by Jason Fry

Jason Fry’s novelization of The Last Jedi is a retelling of Rian Johnson’s film, with a greater emphasis on the characters and less humor. Like most novelizations, the book sticks pretty close to the story we saw on screen back in December. However, Fry gets to spend time inside the characters’ heads, shedding light on how the characters viewed certain events. ...

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The Last Jedi and Me

In the weeks since I shared my first impressions of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Episode VIII has become the most divisive film in the Star Wars canon. Professional reviewers, who tend to prioritize the acting and themes in a film, have overwhelmingly praised the way director Rian Johnson deconstructs Star Wars tropes and subverts expectations. By contrast, fans, who ...

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First Impressions of The Last Jedi through other Sci-Fi

The Legendarium team is excited about Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s success! Then again, most people predicted it would go beyond our expectations. Here’s what Legendarium contributor Dom Nardi has to say about the latest installment from a galaxy far, far away: One of my biggest critiques of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that it relied too much on nostalgia. At times, ...

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May 4th Special: Guide to Star Wars books

Back in April 2014, Lucasfilm rebooted the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the hundreds of tie-in novels, comics, and games, in order to make way for the Sequel Trilogy. Lucasfilm declared that all tie-in stories from that point on would officially count as canon. Lucasfilm set up a Story Group to oversee the overall Star Wars story and make sure everything ...

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Thrawn: My Favorite Star Wars Character

Star Wars fans who never read the Expanded Universe novels might not recognize Grand Admiral Thrawn, but he’s become one of the most popular characters in the franchise. Thrawn initially appeared in Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire trilogy, which was in the early 1990s as the official sequel to the Original Trilogy. For the first time, we learned what ...

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Billy Dee Williams Engages Fans at Mad Monster Con 2017

Billy Dee Williams turns 80 years old this week, but don’t let the cane fool you—he’s still the king of smooth. A couple of weeks ago, he sat under a tent in Rock Hill, SC to answer fan questions at Mad Monster Party 2017. From “Threepenny Opera” to Space Opera Williams’ entrance into the performing arts arena is as unique ...

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Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story When news broke in 2012 that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm, some fans worried that Disney would “Disneyfy” the Star Wars franchise by making it too kid-friendly. After all, despite George Lucas’ protestations that Star Wars was made for kids, the original six had some very dark moments. Lucas even consulted a psychologist to ...

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Where are the Bothan Spies in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?”

Bothans? People everywhere remember something about Bothan Spies in Star Wars. They remember that the Bothan Spies were involved in stealing the plans for the Death Star. In fact, Mon Mothma does say that “many Bothans died” to bring the information to the Rebellion. That’s where there is a disconnect. Rogue One takes place prior to A New Hope. The line about ...

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Master and Padawan: New Hope through Mentoring

“Pass on What You Have Learned”   You don’t have to go to a galaxy far, far, away to find Jedi Masters mentoring their Padawans. Ann has built such a relationship with Avery in the state of North Carolina. Their bond stands out for two reasons: First, Ann is Avery’s mentor mom, and second, Avery isn’t nearly as excited about ...

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Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest

Everyone’s favorite Jedi, Mark Hamill, has launched a project that will be of special interest to devoted fans everywhere–and now that Hamill is filming more Star Wars films, his devoted fan-base will surely skyrocket. Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest, produced by legendary producer and former Lucasfilm VP, Howard Kazanjian (Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark), and co-producer Darren Moorman (Same Kind of Different as Me), will feature ...

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