Ron Howard: Solo wraps post-production

Solo is a wrap, director Ron Howard tweeted today. “What a movie-making adventure it’s been! Thanks to a terrific cast & extraordinary folks behind the camera as well,” he wrote. “You’ve worked so hard to fully realize this cool story. Hope fans have a blast!”

The film will debut at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, and to U.S. audiences on May 25.

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Victoria Mahoney joins Episode IX as second unit director

Victoria Mahoney will be a second unit director for Episode IX, fellow director Ava DuVernay announced this evening on Twitter. “Catt’s outta the bag,” Mahoney tweeted. “Thank you @ava for putting my name in the #StarWars #LucasFilm hat. Thank you #JJAbrams for inviting me on your ferocious ride. *This one’s for the outliers, dreaming big–in small corners of the Earth.”

Mahoney will be the first African-American woman to hold a directing role in the franchise. Her directing credits include episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, American Crime, Power and DuVernay’s Queen Sugar.

As for what exactly a second unit director does, @Geek_Kay on Twitter pointed to an article that talks about the job with John Mahaffie, who held the position on the Lord Of The Rings films, Rogue One, The Avengers and more.

Get the Last Shot con edition at Phoenix Comic Fest

The Last Shot con edition is heading to Phoenix Comic Fest (PHXCF), which takes place May 24-27 in Arizona.

Each copy has an exclusive cover (above) and is signed by author Daniel Jose Older (who’ll be in attendance,) and comes with a Peeka pin and a tote bag. It’ll cost $45 and does require picking up a wristband. There will also be copies at Denver Comic Con in June.

Other Star Wars authors at the con include Jason Fry, Rae Carson, Delilah S. Dawson, Chuck Wendig, Alan Dean Foster, and R.A. Salvatore.

Review: Last Shot is fast, fun, and a little bit silly (as it should be)

I think they’re getting the hang of this new Expanded Universe.

We’re several years into the new canon now, but it’s been curious to watch how the books (and comics) have changed from our first tentative steps with A New Dawn. It might be no less a balancing act, but it feels like everything is both settling into a rhythm and not afraid to try something new.

Last Shot is the latest example of how the novels are able to both enhance the films (in this case, Solo, mostly) and stand on their own as complete stories.

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Rumor: Will the next Celebration take us back to Anaheim in autumn 2019?

Today’s “rumor” is basically the most probable guesswork for the next Celebration: Fall 2019 in Anaheim. It comes to us via Star Wars News Net, a site I generally don’t trust all that much. But this one does make sense for some key reasons:

1. Episode IX is coming out in December, and for those of us old enough to remember, the original three Celebrations – tied to The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith – all took place about a month out from their respective movies. Remember, Celebration Anaheim in 2015 was planned and announced before The Force Awakens moved from May to December, so this allows for a bit of reorientation.

2. The Galaxy’s Edge expansion in Disneyland is expected to open in Spring 2019.

3. It’s Anaheim’s ‘turn’, and quite frankly I’d be shocked if it wasn’t there, as I expect no domestic Celebrations will ever happen less than 20 minutes drive from a Disney Park ever again.

So yes, it’s completely possible that this will turn out to be true. (But don’t fear to be skeptical, either.) Now, whether anyone will be able to get Fastpasses…