The Rise of Skywalker showtimes are starting to appear

The Rise of Skywalker (D23 sizzle)

You can’t actually buy tickets yet, but some The Rise of Skywalker showings are appearing on Fandango. Interestingly, I’m seeing 6:00pm as the first showings on December 19, when in the past the so-called “midnight” screenings started at 7:00pm, so consider that in your planning.


There’s a tiny bit of Star Wars in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, and in addition to the new Zorii Bliss photo, we also have Daisy Ridley on “this whole Reylo thing,” and J.J. Abrams with the stuff he always says.


They’re attempting to win China over to Star Wars again, this time with… Books? A popular Chinese internet novelist will write a new story, and 40 existing novels will be translated and available for free on the digital reading platform of the country’s biggest publisher, Tencent. This is, as io9 points out, some real interesting timing.


Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has been named an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions in bringing film projects to the U.K. All the Star Wars films under her tenure have been primarily filmed in the country.

Everything Star Wars that will launch on Disney+

ROTJ: Luke, Vader, Palpatine

Disney+ began the morning with a giant thread of the movies and shows that will be on the service when it launches next month, but we don’t need to scroll through all that: StarWars.com has the Star Wars lineup, and a roundup of the things that’ll appear later.

Most of the Star Wars stuff you’ve already seen will be there on November 12 – plus at least one episode of The Mandalorian – but The Last Jedi, Solo and even The Rise of Skywalker will be coming within the “first year.” The new episodes of The Clone Wars will be coming in February (have we heard before that it’ll be 12 episodes?), but all the old episodes will be there, plus the complete run of Rebels and the first season of Resistance.

New shows on the service are expected to release episodes on a weekly basis.

The Last Jedi and Solo are currently on Netflix, under Disney’s old agreement with the veteran streaming service.

Rise of Skywalker: Babu Frick, BRANDS, and two questions from Chris Terrio

StarWars.com has formally introduced Babu Frik , the alien we saw briefly during the Force Friday preview livestream. The “tiny Anzellan droidsmith” works “among the Spice Runners of Kijimi and can reprogram or modify virtually any droid — regardless of the security measures protecting its systems.”

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Triple Force Friday will launch product reveals on Thursday livestream

Speaking of Force Friday, StarWars.com rolls in this morning with the news that a product launch livestream is coming Thursday. Here’s the teaser, featuring a few familiar faces:

Warwick Davis will host the live portions from Pinewood Studios in London, though I would be shocked if Galaxy’s Edge doesn’t make an appearance somehow.

The first wave of products for the three big launches coming later this year – The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker, and video game Jedi: Fallen Order – will all be in stores October 4, but this will be our first (official) look at some of them.

Disney publicity onslaughts continue, but not for anything actually new (yet)

The Rise of Skywalker (D23 sizzle)

If you haven’t heard enough about Disney+ or Galaxy’s Edge, boy are you in for a treat… Anyone who didn’t sign up for the streaming service during D23 can get in on the action now. At least one commercial was aired during the Emmys last night (where Star Wars alum Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her show Fleabag took home 3 awards – comedy actress, directing, and best comedy series).

As for Galaxy’s Edge, it’s full court press time now that it’s open on both coasts (though the second ride is still months out) and it’s getting an ABC “takeover” and a two-hour primetime TV special on Freeform. (If you can stand the chipperness, there’s a sneak peek at EW.)

As for that other big event coming up in December – remember movies?!? – things are slowly progressing. A spot for The Rise of Skywalker (the new D23 footage, sans flashback intro) was shown during Sunday night’s NFL game, and there’s apparently a spot based on the first trailer in circulation as well. An Empire cover with Kylo Ren has been spotted, not to mention a ton of toy leaks I won’t even get into. With Force Friday coming on October 4 we don’t have long now… No matter how long it feels.