Today in Rogue One: Did the Hammerhead crew survive?

Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican looks into if the crew of the Hammerhead in Rogue One survived the battle over Scarif. The answer? Spoiler: Sort of.

→ Also at EW, the creative team for Marvel’s Rogue One adaptation. Like The Force Awakens, it’ll be a six-issue series, but this one is written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Emilio Laiso. The first issue is due out in April. (That Phil Noto cover sure looks familiar…)

A new look at K-2SO from ABC gives us a look at Alan Tudyk in a different last scene for the droid.

→ io9’s Germain Lussier talks to editor John Gilroy about the film, focusing on the third act.

The origin of Jyn Erso’s name isn’t going to be feeding any of those Dark Forces conspiracy theories, sorry.

→ Shocking, Rogue One is up for several categories in the VES Awards. It’s also up for a Costume Designers Guild Award.

→ China isn’t that into it: Rogue One opens softer than The Force Awakens did.

Today in Rogue One: All the footage that didn’t make it, about the film’s most surprising locale


A nice video that shows many of the trailer/commercial shots that weren’t in the final film.

→ /Film takes a look at Darth Vader’s Mustafar digs, including the history, the ground-laying done in Rebels, and the hints that we may see it again fairly soon.

→ At The Verge, Andrew Liptak calls Mike Stackpole’s X-wing novels the “spiritual ancestor” of Rogue One.

→ And speaking of things revived from the murky Star Wars past, Force Material is all over the Whills, who’ve been around (vaguely) since the very beginning.

Rogue One has helped push Disney over the $7B global box office mark in 2016 – the first movie studio to do so.

→ DK has several behind-the-scenes photos | Alternate pun-filled titles for Michael Giacchino’s score | Gareth Edwards on the cameras and technology behind the film.

Rogue One’s opening weekend box office take: $155M

The weekend box office estimates are in, and Rogue One has a comfortable lead with $155 million. As predicted, this makes it the second biggest December box office opening of all time – behind only The Force Awakens.

It’s the third biggest opening weekend of 2016, following only Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This also makes it the second biggest Star Wars opening of all time. (Not taking inflation into account, at least.)

Post-Rogue One: Concept art, box office, effects, and Rebels

A couple of looks at the Rogue One concept art from io9 and Yahoo. The Art of Rogue One is on sale now.

Rogue One made $71.1M through Friday, and is still well on track for a $145-150M weekend.

→ It says sad things about the state of women’s paychecks in Hollywood that it’s actually news that Felicity Jones was by far Rogue One’s highest-paid cast member. A more bizarre wrinkle: Jones has a single sequel option in her contract. (Though I’m not sure why THR brings up “a young Luke Skywalker stand-alone” in relation to that, considering that the only speculation regarding Luke and Jyn was Jossed by the film itself.)

→ /Film takes a look at the trailer footage that was missing from the film.

→ How that one effect raises some ethical considerations. As for some of the later stuff, it wasn’t all pure digital: Some things come straight from unused A New Hope footage.

→ Phil Noto has graced us with some Erso art.

→ Did you catch all the Rebels references in Rogue One? Nerdist has the list. And a Toys R Us promo posters reveals which Rogue One character is coming to Rebels.

→ Vulture pins down Rogue One’s greatest retcon. Meanwhile, over at Wired, architects and engineers nitpick the Death Star.

→ All the crazy, convoluted ways that the Rebels stole the Death Star plans in the old Expanded Universe. They’re almost all video games, which… Okay.

Are Chirrut and Baze a couple? “I think that’s all good. Who knows? You’d have to speak to them,” Gareth Edwards says.

→ Your moment of zen: Ranking Star Wars’ “sweet space capes.”

Rogue One nabs first (second-place) box office record

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Rogue One is is already making box office records – sort of. It’s nabbed the second-highest first day for pre-sales in domestic box office history, second only to The Force Awakens. This is according to Imax CEO Greg Foster, who said their portion of the sales are “on the high end of the range of what the blockbuster biggest titles have done.”

This is well in line with the tracking, which predicts the film’s opening weekend will be in the range of $120M-150M – putting it well above almost all previous December openings. The Force Awakens’ $248M is the current record-holder, but #2 is currently The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with $85M.

Today in Rogue One: Michael Giacchino on his last-minute call to compose

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Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican has the most extensive interview yet with composer Michael Giacchino on Rogue One. Giacchino says the film is “in many ways a really great World War II movie” with “this huge, huge heart.” He reveals that he does use “little moments” of the classic John Williams, but ” the score is 95 percent original.” Read

→ While EW gives us extended chunks of coverage, Empire magazine dribbles out a new photo and a few quotes regarding Gareth Edwards’ being hands-on with filming. But hey, they do have a bunch of character covers.

Rogue One is tracking for a big debut – in the range of $120M-150M. If this bears out, it could be the second-biggest December opening – after The Force Awakens.

Riz Ahmed profiled by the Wall Street Journal.

Spoiler corner: The first twenty minutes of the film was shown on the promotional tour in Mexico, and Making Star Wars has a few (though not extensive) details about the film’s title card.

Roundup: The Force Awakens’ box office will pass $900M domestic any minute now

Kylo Ren on JakkuThe Force Awakens will cross $900M domestic at the box office today, and $2B worldwide tomorrow, Disney announced.

In related news, Lionsgate said today that Star Wars is partially at fault for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2‘s less-than-predicted performance, lessening the November movie’s numbers by “somewhere between $50M and $100M.” Don’t blame the players, blame the game? And maybe even the ever-more-eye-rolling trend of splitting adaptions into two parts… I saw both Mockingjays in the theater, but I gotta tell you, by the second movie I was pretty much already over it.

→ The sound we hear in The Force Awakens when Kylo Ren uses the Force has an unexpected source: A purring cat, Dave Acord tells Nerdist. Matthew Wood also talks about recording Ren’s mask dialogue with Adam Driver. (Acord also reveals there’s a sound from Raiders of the Lost Ark in the mix.) At The Daily Dot, Wood gets into even more detail about the archival sounds used in the new film, as well as the ADR process and other details.

→ I’ve never been particularly fond of the autograph racket that goes on in this fandom, but I gotta say, the latest controversy – involving Daisy Ridley – really takes the cake.

The Force Awakens roundup: VES awards, how BB-8 got his voice

tfa-maz-cropThe Force Awakens won four categories at the Visual Effects Society Awards, including outstanding VFX in a photoreal feature. On that note, there’s a new Roger Guyett interview over at Deadline.

→ Bryan Young talked to Matthew Wood and David Acord about how BB-8 got his voice for How Stuff Works.

The Force Awakens is likely to pass $900M domestically and $2B globally this coming weekend, Scott Mendelson reports.

→ Your moment of extremely relevant zen: An adorable puppy finds a home.

Today in The Force Awakens: A familiar inspiration for Snoke

tfa-snoke-crop-vert2Supreme Leader Snoke’s appearance in The Force Awakens was inspired by the Lincoln Memorial and he is indeed a hologram, Roger Guyett and Pat Tubach confirm to Cinemablend. (Wait, people actually thought he… Wasn’t a hologram? Oh, internet.) And here are a few more new interviews with Guyett, Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould. The two half-hour interviews are a must-listen.

→ Industrial Light & Magic received the Genius Award at last night’s Critics Choice Awards, and BB-8 made an appearance during John Knoll’s acceptance speech.

The Force Awakens has passed $1B internationally, even as it fell to #3 domestically for the weekend.

→ The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at the Altus Sports Institute, which Bad Robot turned to to help get – and keep – the cast of into shape.