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Chewie & Han Meet in a Fun New TV Spot for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer

"So what's your name, anyway?" Disney + Lucasfilm have released an amusing new 45-second TV spot for Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story, featuring quite a bit of new footage not yet seen in the past two trailers. There's a scene at the beginning of this TV spot in which it's clear Han is meeting Chewbacca for the first time (after the train heist). And then there's another fun scene later on where they're playing cards together. There's a few other tiny touches like this and cool shots, and I'm liking what they're showing us. Alden Ehrenreich stars as Han Solo, and the full cast includes Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Warwick Davis, Clint Howard, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. This really looks like so much fun, I'm not so worried, can't wait to see this. Fire it up below.

Buckle Up! - Second Trailer for Ron Howard's 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer

"Everything you've heard about me, is true." Disney + Lucasfilm have debuted the second official trailer for Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story movie, starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. It was announced last week that Solo will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May out-of-competition, before hitting theaters worldwide. This is technically the full trailer following the first teaser and it shows quite a bit. The cast includes Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian (he's going to be the best part), plus Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Warwick Davis (of course), Clint Howard, and Joonas Suotamo returning as Chewbacca. Okay, I have to say, this looks awesome. Maybe it's going to be incredible after all? I love how all-out action heavy this movie looks, I mean damn! Have fun.

Official Trailer for Behind-the-Scenes Doc 'The Director and The Jedi'

The Director and the Jedi Trailer

"I trust him, I have to trust him." Lucasfilm has released a trailer for the documentary titled The Director and The Jedi. This feature-length (a full 95 minutes!) documentary is actually included as a bonus feature on the forthcoming Blu-Ray/VOD release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it also just premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, hence the timing of this trailer. The Director and The Jedi is an intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson and his process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe. The film examines his intensive work and his connection to Star Wars, as well as his techniques and process as a director. Everything about this looks awesome, and I'm excited to watch, just to see Rian at work. The film is apparently a very revealing inside look at the making of a HUGE movie, which is actually quite rare, especially packaged as a two hour documentary. Take a look below & get your copy of TLJ later this month.

'The Force of Sound' Doc Trailer About the Sound Design in 'Star Wars'

The Force of Sound Trailer

"Sound is not just a layer we put on top of the storytelling, it is the storytelling." ABC News has unveiled a trailer for a new short documentary titled The Force of Sound, a behind-the-scenes look at sound design in Star Wars - specifically focusing on Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is nominated for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing at the Academy Awards. The film takes viewers inside Skywalker Ranch to learn about how they craft all of the remarkable sounds in the Star Wars movies, from the lightsabers to BB-8 to the animals and creatures and everything else. The documentary is available to stream online for free starting today, Tuesday, so if you want to watch it after catching this trailer you don't have to wait at all.

Check Out This Short Teaser for a Fan-Made Han Solo Anime Project

Han Solo Anime Teaser

This is for true Star Wars geeks only. The first teaser trailer for the next Star Wars spin-off movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, was unveiled earlier this month. One fan named Daz Tibbles (follow him @daztibbles) decided to turn the trailer into an anime and start developing an anime series based on the Solo footage. He made this anime teaser in only four days time, which is very impressive. The tiny bit of footage we do get here seems to be inspired by a scene in the official teaser, but it looks like this could become its own anime series separate from the movie anyway. That is, if it were official, but it just seems to be a fan project. Still a cool tease, and something I would watch more of, for sure. Check out the trailer and follow Daz for updates.

Teaser Trailer for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Starring Alden Ehrenreich

Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer

"I'm going to be a pilot… best in the galaxy." Disney + Lucasfilm have released the first full teaser trailer for Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story movie, starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. This follows up the 30 seconds of footage Disney aired during the Super Bowl yesterday, and it gives us a very good look at what to expect. Solo hits theaters in May, which is now only three months away. The full cast includes Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian (so badass!!), plus Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Warwick Davis (of course), Clint Howard, and Joonas Suotamo returning as Chewbacca. Honestly, I think this looks great. There's some odd touches to this, but overall it looks like a fun space adventure with some awkward comedy. This music actually seems the weirdest to me.

See Alden Ehrenreich as Han in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Big Game Spot

Solo TV Spot

"So you want to make a difference?" "Trust me, you're going to love it." Disney + Lucasfilm have aired an official Super Bowl TV spot to tease the new Solo: A Star Wars Story movie, directed by Ron Howard, and starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. This is finally our first look at any footage from this movie, which hits theaters in May, since we've all been waiting to see something for so long. The full cast includes Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian (that jacket!!), plus Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Warwick Davis (of course), Clint Howard, and Joonas Suotamo returning as Chewbacca. Damn, does this look good! Solo! I'm crazy hyped already. The full trailer can now be seen here, so check that out for even more footage. Give this spot a shot and let us know your thoughts.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from FirstShowing's Movie Geeks

Happy Holidays

Joyeux Noel! Gledelig Jul! Fröhliche Weihnachten! Mele Kalikimaka! From all of us at FirstShowing.net, we want to wish every one our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! Whether you're with your family or with friends or whether it's snowing or sunny, we hope you have a wonderful week. For those that follow the tradition of seeing a movie on Christmas Day, we hope you enjoy your selection this year with a very diverse sets of films - sci-fi, comedies, a musical, another video game movie, Star Wars, and plenty others. News and trailers always slow down during the holidays, but we'll be back at it again by 2018.

How 'The Last Jedi' & 'Blade Runner 2049' Prove a Hero Can Be Anyone

Office K + Rey

If two of the most anticipated movies from this year – Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 – have anything in common, it's that they are both science fiction and fantasy movies rich with new ideas. In addition, they are also both polarizing films, garnering a divisive response from both hardcore Star Wars devotees and mainstream audiences. In this editorial, however, I want to examine another common thread that binds both movies: how they both deconstruct decades of shared franchise history to show how a hero can be anyone. Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Blade Runner 2049 have something characteristically in common. You might not have noticed this at first, but both films feature heroes, Daisy Ridley's Rey and Ryan Gosling's Officer K, that are more similar than you might think.

Review: 'The Last Jedi' Takes 'Star Wars' in a Refreshing New Direction

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This year's new Star Wars movie is unlike any Star Wars movie we've seen before. To some, this seems to be frustrating and upsetting - it's not what they wanted to see, or were expecting, and it doesn't deliver in some ways. For me, however, it's a refreshing and exciting movie that gives us something different and still packs a punch. To jump right into this I will say up front, even after 3 viewings, I still don't quite "love" The Last Jedi (some of the humor still makes me cringe). I very much like it, and I enjoy it, and there are some moments and some parts I love. But overall, the movie isn't one of my favorites this year (it won't be on my Top 10). That said, there's still so much to it (not only to discuss) but to admire and appreciate and learn from. Note: this review contains spoilers to discuss everything that happens, so only read if you're ready.

Watch: 'The Star Wars' Concept Trailer Based on McQuarrie's Early Art

The Star Wars Trailer

"We never saw that movie. But many of these differences can be seen in the concept art…" Whoa! This is awesome. In honor of the release of the new Star Wars, a group of fans from the DAVE School of VFX have put together a fun concept trailer for "The Star Wars". Many die-hard fans know that the original script and original concept art for the very first Star Wars movie was very different than the eventual version / universe we did get and all know (and love) today. The video goes on to explain that odd things in the script were visualized in the early concept art Ralph McQuarrie did for George Lucas. And so they tried to make a short teaser trailer for a version of "The Star Wars" as if it really exited and it was created exactly from McQuarrie's visuals. It's actually better than you're expecting, and is definitely worth a quick watch below.

Review: Rian Johnson's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is Bold But Off-Balance

The Last Jedi Review

Written and directed by filmmaker Rian Johnson (of Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper), Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second entry in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Upon its release in late 2015, The Force Awakens received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and praise from fans worldwide for restoring the saga's former glory while injecting it with fresh blood. As beloved as Episode VII was, however, one criticism continued to appear: it was too safe; a rehash of George Lucas' 1977 film. If Abrams' movie was too safe, then Johnson's follow-up may prove too risky.

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