Flying over Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge construction site

Disney Parks released a flyover video of the construction on Galaxy’s Edge in California.

The Star Wars-themed lands, a visit to the new world of Batuu, will debut at both Disneyland and Hollywood Studios at Florida’s Disney World in 2019.

Both versions of the park will open with two rides – one involving the Millennium Falcon, and another that puts people in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order.

And the Star Wars live-action series goes to… Jon Favreau?

Iron Man director/actor Jon Favreau will be executive producing and writing the upcoming Star Wars live-action TV series, Lucasfilm announced today.

Favreau’s formal Star Wars connections began in The Clone Wars, where he voiced Pre Vizsla. He also has a voice role in Solo.

“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.”

Favreau is thrilled to be returning to the Star Wars galaxy: “If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”

The series, which doesn’t yet have a release date, will debut on Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer platform, which isn’t expected until 2019.

The Last Jedi behind-the-scenes with Andy Serkis, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac and Daisy Ridley

With The Last Jedi home release imminent, several behind the scenes clips and featurettes have been released. There’s an interview with Andy Serkis on Snoke at Entertainment Weekly; Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher and The Slap at People; Daisy Ridley and Rian Johnson on Rey at E!.

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Solo teams up with Denny’s, bring on the special menu

I have a suspicion that young Han Solo is exactly the kind of guy you meet when you’re hanging around at Denny’s in the middle of the night, so it’s only appropriate that the diner chain is one of Solo’s promotional partners. The Solo special menu is coming April 3.

It’s not hard to imagine what’s in store for us: Corellian food was regarded (in Legends, at least) as being heavy, greasy, and fried – right in the Denny’s wheelhouse. (And who could forget their Hobbit menu?)

Solo cups are also getting in on the action. The film’s working title, Red Cup, was a reference to their most well-known product.

Other brands include Star Wars veterans General Mills and Nissan, plus Esurance and Symantec.

No Academy Awards for The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi failed to break Star Wars‘ 34-year streak at the Oscars, losing in all four categories it was nominated in. Both sound awards went to Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049 took VFX, and John Williams lost out on score to Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water.

The Shape of Water was the night’s big winner, taking home four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro.

Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran and BB-8 did present Best Animated Short and Feature, the highlight being BB-8 getting scratchies:

Kelly’s Instagram is worth a look though, and Mark Hamill was out doing his thing on the red carpet. Lupita Nyong’o and Laura Dern were also in attendance.

No Star Wars film has received an Oscar since 1984, when Return of the Jedi was awarded a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects. But hey, we did get to see a porg on the Oscars, so that’s something.