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Rian Johnson says he'd love to direct an episode of The Mandalorian

  • JoBlo
The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series to stream on Disney+, is half-way through its first season and production is already underway on the second. The first season has seen episodes directed by Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow thus far, but we haven't heard anything official on which directors will be taking the helm for…
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‘The Mandalorian’: Inside the Baby Yoda Cup Meme With Bryce Dallas Howard

  • Variety
‘The Mandalorian’: Inside the Baby Yoda Cup Meme With Bryce Dallas Howard
Spoiler Alert: Do not read on if you have not watched the first four episodes of Disney Plus’ “Star Wars” spinoff series “The Mandalorian.”

Bryce Dallas Howard was the latest name to take the director’s chair for Episode 4 of “The Mandalorian,” titled “Sanctuary,” following in her father Ron Howard’s footsteps into the “Star Wars” universe.

The episode itself felt very self-contained, as the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and The Child aka Baby Yoda landed on a remote forest-covered planet to lay low for a while. However, predictably enough trouble soon found the two heroes, firstly in the form of Rebel Shock Trooper-turned-mercenary Cara Dune (Gina Carano), and then taking the shape of a rampaging At-St and a hoard of raiders.

But despite all the action and emotional drama, this episode, like each one before it, was stolen by the adorable little scamp that is Baby Yoda. The memes were strong before,
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Lightsaber-Wielding Baby Yoda Joins the Avengers in Endgame Mashup Video

  • MovieWeb
Baby Yoda joins the Avengers in a new Endgame mashup video. It's hard to think of a time before Baby Yoda, aka The Child. The Mandalorian premiered on November 17th and has had Star Wars fans in a trance ever since. Even people who are not fans of the franchise have been loving the little green creature. With that being said, it was only a matter of time before someone took Baby Yoda and placed him in the highest grossing movie of all time.

Avengers: Endgame is currently the biggest movie in box office history. It achieved this feat earlier this year and Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are still shocked by what they saw in theaters. Since the movie is now available digitally and on Blu-ray, fans have been able to put the movie under the microscope and even make their own memes and videos. Now, one crazy fan has
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First Images Of The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda Funko Pop! Have Leaked

Calling all Star Wars fans: Baby Yoda – or The Child – now has an official Funko Pop! range as The Mandalorian‘s wide-eyed little critter continues to take the galaxy by storm.

Embedded below, the two images depict a regular Baby Yoda ($8.99) and the 10″ super-sized model ($29.99), which also features the little Force user sporting a smile (perhaps he finally got control of the music settings onboard The Mandalorian‘s ship).

There’s currently no mention of a release date – Funko’s recent Twitter post simply contained a Gif of Baby Yoda sipping on his drink. The very same Gif that has already spawned a thousand memes. And yes, this is sure to be the beginning of a Star Wars merch drop, as the Powers That Be at Lucasfilm and Disney rush to cash-in on The Mandalorian‘s adorable, bug-eyed companion.

See for yourself:

The Mandalorian: Check Out First Images Of Baby Yoda Funko Pop!
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‘The Mandalorian’ Recap: Hang Onto Your Hat

‘The Mandalorian’ Recap: Hang Onto Your Hat
A review of this week’s The Mandalorian, “Sanctuary,” coming up just as soon as I chase off some raiders for lunch money…

In many ways, the most interesting thing in “Sanctuary” is something we don’t quite see: Mando’s face, when he takes off his helmet in privacy to enjoy some soup without breaking the code of his tribe. He has already explained to Omera (Julia Jones) — the kind and pretty widow who is playing host to him, Baby Yoda, and their new friend Cara Dune (Gina Carano
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Baby Yoda Turns Jabba the Hutt Into a Thanksgiving Feast in The Mandalorian Fan Art

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Baby Yoda Turns Jabba the Hutt Into a Thanksgiving Feast in The Mandalorian Fan Art
What's better than Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian? How about three Baby Yodas as they feast on the carcass of Jabba the Hutt? While that seems a bit unbelievable, one crazy Star Wars fan dared to dream it up and make it a reality and it's pretty awesome, to say the least. Baby Yoda has taken over the world in a very short amount of time, even upstaging his human co-star, Pedro Pascal. When asked about playing second fiddle to the little adorable creature, Pascal said he didn't mind in the slightest.

A Pack Of Baby Yodas Eating A Jabba Carcass #everydayspic.twitter.com/o0y357dCHD

— beeple (@beeple) November 26, 2019

Artist Beeple is the person responsible for our look at three Baby Yodas feasting on a dead Jabba the Hutt from Return of the Jedi. One little Yoda is feasting on the brains of the notorious crime boss, while another
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Werner Herzog Called ‘Mandalorian’ Crew Cowards for Nearly Replacing Baby Yoda Puppet With CGI

Werner Herzog Called ‘Mandalorian’ Crew Cowards for Nearly Replacing Baby Yoda Puppet With CGI
Baby Yoda from “The Mandalorian” has captured the hearts of “Star Wars” fans across the country, but no one loves Baby Yoda more than Werner Herzog. The legendary director stars in “The Mandalorian” as The Client, an antagonist figure who has nefarious plans in store for Baby Yoda. In real life, Herzog is obsessed with Baby Yoda. The director is so protective over the show’s signature creature that he put “The Mandalorian” on blast when they considered replacing the Baby Yoda puppet with a CGI version of the character.

Vanity Fair reporter Anthony Breznican writes that at a recent “Mandalorian” screening the series’ co-writer and co-director Dave Filoni revealed that Herzog acted with contempt on set upon the CGI Baby Yoda discovery. After a take using the puppet, the crew got ready for another take without the puppet “in case they decided during postproduction that the puppet wasn’t
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Jon Favreau May be a Big Part of the Star Wars Universe in the Future

If Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, who have brought us the already loved show The Mandalorian decide to stay on and take the Star Wars franchise forward it seems as though signs reading “In Jon and Dave We Trust” could eventually start popping up on social media and even become a popular saying since at this point the two of them get the process and the feel of the franchise better than anyone who isn’t named George Lucas have in a long while. As of now The Mandalorian has that gritty texture to it that’s not perfect but definitely not

Jon Favreau May be a Big Part of the Star Wars Universe in the Future
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The Rise of Skywalker TV Trailer Shows Sith Troopers and the Knights of Ren in Action

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The Rise of Skywalker TV Trailer Shows Sith Troopers and the Knights of Ren in Action
A new TV spot for The Rise of Skywalker has been released with a ton of new footage. J.J. Abrams and crew seemed to want to put the spotlight on some of the villains in our latest look at the final installment in the Skywalker Saga. The Sith Troopers and The Knights of Ren are on full display as the Emperor says, "Your journey nears its end." The journey for fans nears its end too, and the latest look at the movie makes that all the more evident.

The Sith Troopers are only seen for a brief moment in The Rise of Skywalker TV spot, but they look formidable. It's unclear where their battle scenes were shot, but it looks like they are on a Star Destroyer like the Resistance is spotted on in previous promotional material. As for The Knights of Ren, they are spotted in a desert terrain,
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Rian Johnson Evaded the Lure of Studios After ‘Brick,’ but ‘Star Wars’ ‘Was an Offer I Couldn’t Refuse’

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Rian Johnson Evaded the Lure of Studios After ‘Brick,’ but ‘Star Wars’ ‘Was an Offer I Couldn’t Refuse’
Rian Johnson became an indie hotshot with 2005’s neo-noir “Brick,” but the director, according to a recent IndieWire interview, said he managed to keep a low profile after making the film. However, he said that wouldn’t be the case today.

It’s now the trend that studios chase indie filmmakers after a big breakout. But Johnson said, “Personally I’m grateful that environment didn’t exist when I made ‘Brick’ because I would’ve jumped into it. I’m glad I paved my own path where I made my own films. Today if I had put ‘Brick’ out and I was 30, I’m sure the calls would’ve come in.”

Johnson waited three years after “Brick” to release his follow-up project, “The Brothers Bloom,” a $20 million indie that flopped hard at the box office but nonetheless remains a cult favorite. Johnson added that it wasn’t until his 2012 time-hopping science-fiction film “Looper,
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If You're Googling Whether the Mandalorian Is Boba Fett, Shame on You

  • Popsugar
We don't know much about the hero of The Mandalorian, so there have been tons of theories - including one that he's actually Boba Fett, the villainous bounty hunter who caused problems for the heroes of the original Star Wars trilogy. If you were hoping this theory was true, we have bad news for you: the Mandalorian is not Boba Fett.

The most obvious reason that the helmeted hero is definitely not Boba Fett? The Mandalorian takes place a few years after Return of the Jedi, in which the antagonistic bounty hunter is killed during Luke and company's escape from Jabba the Hutt. Boba Fett is pretty clearly killed without a likely means of escape: his death comes by falling into the maw of the Sarlacc. Being consumed by the Sarlacc is a pretty solid death sentence, and there's no known way out.

Compounding the case for "not Boba Fett
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The Mandalorian Ep Not Ruling Out A Boba Fett Appearance

For a while, a spinoff movie about everyone’s favorite Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett seemed inevitable. Then, following Solo‘s production and box office woes, Disney put the brakes on standalone Star Wars pics. Since then, it appears that at least some of the work that went into these cancelled films has been repurposed for the Disney Plus lineup. Most notable is The Mandalorian.

Despite not being about Boba Fett, the lead character of the show shares his design and is also a bounty hunter. On top of that, eagle-eyed viewers noticed a rather familiar-looking character lurking in the background during the first episode.

Now, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, The Mandalorian producer Dave Filoni has teased that something may be in the offing, saying:

“I mean, there’s always possibilities, I don’t like to limit our storytelling in any way and, who knows? It would
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Baby Yoda: An Evolutionary Psychologist Breaks Down His Scientific Cuteness

Baby Yoda: An Evolutionary Psychologist Breaks Down His Scientific Cuteness
Baby Yoda has been awakening the hearts (and biological clocks) of the Internet since his recent premiere in The Mandalorian, the new Star Wars show on Disney+.

With his massive eyes and tiny Jedi cloak, the mini Yoda — who is a member of Yoda’s species and not Yoda himself — has spawned myriad memes and thinkpieces on his relative cuteness. So why are we all so enamored with a wrinkly green puppet, known on the show as “The Child”? According to evolutionary psychologist Dr. Daniel J. Kruger, the answer is
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‘Rise Of Skywalker’: J.J. Abrams Admits ‘The Last Jedi’ Was Full Of “Very Different” Choices But Didn’t Change The “Inevitability” Of The Story

We are less than one month away from the upcoming saga-ending film “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” And as you might expect by now, given the money-printing machine that is Disney, the marketing for the flick has kicked into overdrive, with everyone associated with the film making the rounds and hinting at what we can expect in the upcoming space epic.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, JJ Abrams, the director of ‘Rise,’ talks about the scale of the new film, as well as the fans’ biggest question — will he completely undo everything that Rian Johnson did in ‘The Last Jedi?’

Read More: Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni & More Reportedly Part Of A Team That Will Lead The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise Into The Future

“‘Rise of Skywalker’ is] a far larger movie in terms of scale,” said the filmmaker comparing ‘Rise of Skywalker’ to his 2015 film ‘The Force Awakens.
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The Mandalorian Team to Lead Star Wars Into the Future?

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The Mandalorian Team to Lead Star Wars Into the Future?
The future of the Star Wars franchise is largely uncertain, at least in terms of the movies, following the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. What will be the next saga in a galaxy far, far away? Will Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy still be with the company beyond her current contract?

We know that the Game of Thrones creators' Star Wars trilogy was canceled. Past that, at least for now, we have precious few answers. But a new report helps to shed some light on the creative direction. Specifically, who may be helping when it comes to creative decisions, and it looks like the team behind The Mandalorian will be a big part of that equation.

According to a new report, Jon Favreau, the executive producer and writer of The Mandalorian, as well as Dave Filoni, who serves as a producer/director on the show, will "have a
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Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni & More Reportedly Part Of A Team That Will Lead The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise Into The Future

After the upcoming “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the future of the galaxy far, far away is pretty uncertain. We know that a new film is coming in 2022, though we don’t know (yet) who is the creative mind behind the film. We also know that there are a number of TV projects that Lucasfilm is working on for Disney+ that will focus on characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Cassian Andor.

Continue reading Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni & More Reportedly Part Of A Team That Will Lead The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise Into The Future at The Playlist.
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‘The Mandalorian’ Demand Surges in Debut Week But Trails ‘Stranger Things,’ DC’s ‘Titans’

  • Variety
‘The Mandalorian’ Demand Surges in Debut Week But Trails ‘Stranger Things,’ DC’s ‘Titans’
Confirming the pre-launch hype, Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” swooped into the No. 3 spot on a ranking of the most in-demand digital originals among U.S. viewers after its debut, according to new data.

For the week of Nov. 10-16, “The Mandalorian” — the first live-action series in the Star Wars universe — notched nearly 40 million “demand expressions,” according to research firm Parrot Analytics. In addition, in its first four days, the show had stronger U.S. demand than four of 2019’s biggest streaming originals: Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy,” “When They See Us” and “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” and Amazon Prime Video’s “Good Omens,” per Parrot.

At the same time, “The Mandalorian” registered less than 40% of the demand of Netflix’s supernatural hit “Stranger Things” over the same time period and was behind DC Universe’s live-action “Titans,” which was renewed for season 3 last week, according to the research firm’s data.
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The Mandalorian cast discuss the new Star Wars show in video interviews and Q&a

Coinciding with its premiere on Disney+ this week, Jon Favreau and the cast of The Mandalorian have been out and about promoting TV’s first live-action Star Wars offering, taking part in a Q&a and interviews as part of a fan screening of the first episode. Joining Favreau and fellow executive producer Dave Filoni are stars […]

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‘The Mandalorian’ Recap: The Child

‘The Mandalorian’ Recap: The Child
A review of The Mandalorian‘s second episode, “The Child,” coming up just as soon as weapons are part of my religion…

In its series premiere, The Mandalorian came across as fun but slight: a pulpy adventure about a stock anti-hero with a heart of gold, played with minimal dialogue by an expressive actor hidden entirely under a Beskar steel helmet.

If anything, “The Child” — written again by Jon Favreau, and directed by Rick Famuyiwa — should feel slighter. The episode clocks in at only 33 minutes. Unless you’re fluent in Jawa,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Dave Filoni

If you’re not already set to binge-watch The Mandalorian, then you can still catch up. When you love Star Wars (and who doesn’t?), then you know who George Lucas is. The creator of the iconic franchise is one of the most well-known people in the world. However, casual fans are less familiar with the dynamic and incredibly talented Dave Filoni, despite all he’s done for the franchise. We decided to dig around and help educate the millions of fans worldwide about the creative genius that is Dave. Here are ten things you didn’t know about Dave Filoni, other than the

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Dave Filoni
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