The Felicity Jones episode of Saturday Night Live last night was, sadly, a bit of a dud. The only Star Wars content was in her monologue, above. The rest was… Pretty meh, sadly. Nothing is hit-or-miss like SNL!
Lest we forget, Felicity Jones is hosting Saturday Night Live this coming weekend. Last time a Star Wars star hosted, we got Matt the Radar Technician, so, fingers crossed.
The Star Wars Show goes behind the scenes at the Rogue One red carpet and takes a look at the film’s weapons.
→ Entertainment Weekly has a roundup of the major publication reviews. They’re a little more mixed than seems the standard, but there are honestly so many reviews out there that I lost track. (Lots of “best Star Wars since Empire!” Again. A new yearly tradition?)
→ Speaking of traditions, Lining Up is still at it (and sold out,) though only for 48 hours this time.
→ Ben Mendelsohn is all about the cape. The real world fashion is all over the blogs: Although they think she started strong, Tom and Lorenzo are increasing disappointed in Felicity Jone’s dresses. (And the men get dinged for showing up in jeans while she’s in full formalwear, which is pretty par for the course.) The Fug Girls cast a wider, but less critical, net. No one likes the lavender.
→ FYI, I know the film was shown in some international markets today, and I’ll have a discussion post up on the site tomorrow, just ahead of the first U.S. showings at 7 p.m. EDT.
Well, this is charming. Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Felicity Jones and Diego Luna answer questions posed by Google searches.
There’s been a lot of great interviews and insight to come out of the Rogue One junket, but this is by far my favorite.
The cast was on The Star Wars Show! And here’s even more interviews: Gareth Edwards on how they filmed the X-wing battle. John Knoll is also talking space battles and the full-size X-wings and the (not so full-sized) Star Destroyer models. Ben Mendelsohn on where Krennic ranks on the Star Wars villain scale and addresses his relationship with Tarkin. And finally, Mads Mikkelsen on fighting Darth Vader.
→ Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican on the origins of K-2SO. Speaking of the Brez, check out his interview on the latest Steele Wars, a must-listen for anyone curious about Star Wars journalism.
→ The film has a release date in China: January 6, 2017.
→ Shockingly, Reddit Neo-Nazis are pissed about Rogue One. More seats for us, dude.
Some journalists got a look at the first 28 minutes of Rogue One last night, and USA Today’s Brian Truitt is surprisingly forthcoming about what he saw. The veil of secrecy is so thin this time! (Yes, that’s a spoiler warning.) Underworld rounds up some more reactions.
→ A good portion of the Rogue One cast – Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, and Mads Mikkelsen, plus director Gareth Edwards – will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on December 9. Some of The Force Awakens cast did a similar appearance last year, so expect it to go something like this.
The live Rogue One event on Twitter turned out to be, basically, a live press conference at Lucasfilm. In attendance were director Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, and Alan Tudyk.
Here’s the chat:
The new scene:
And the Lucasfilm tour, which was quite honestly the highlight of the whole thing:
Rogue One Live starts up shortly, and we’ll have another post when it’s done, but here’s a few other things that have popped up:
→ How much of Rogue One have we seen, anyway? Eleven-ThirtyEight explores.
→ Felicity Jones beats up Jimmy Fallon and shows a brand-new clip featuring Jyn, Cassian and K-2SO.
→ Columbia Sportswear will be offering three Rogue One-inspired jackets in a limited edition collection. They’re inspired by Jyn, Cassian, and the deathtrooper armor.
With only 15 days to go, The Star Wars Show goes all in on Rogue One. Shockingly, StarWars.com will be live-streaming the premiere red carpet on December 10, but for now Andi has a new interview with Gareth Edwards. (He also pre-reveals a couple of Easter eggs.)
→ A bunch of new stills have been released! Check them out at Comicbook.com. (Yes, that’s one above, and another on the left.)
→ Diego Luna and Felicity Jones were interviewed on SiriusXM, talking about meeting other Star Wars actors, action figures, Rogue One’s benchmark, diversity and their favorite characters. Luna appeared on Good Morning America, while Riz Ahmed talked to Variety.
→ Tony Gilroy is taking home a nice paycheck for his work on Rogue One, The Hollywood Reporter says.
→ Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican on the U-wing.