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Watch: Outstanding 'Kenobi' Star Wars Fan Film Starring Jamie Costa

Kenobi Fan Film

"The Empire doesn't know we're here. And they never will." While we wait for the official Obi-Wan Kenobi series Lucasfilm is developing (despite rumors it was scrapped, it is still in the works) there's an outstanding fan film to watch. Kenobi is a beautifully realized 18-minute short about Ben Kenobi living on Tatooine. Similar to the upcoming series, the film is about Ben protecting Luke when he's young, living in the desert watching over him from afar. Jamie Costa stars as Kenobi, with a cast including Tommy Snider as Owen Lars, Maxine Phoenix as Beru, Audie Rick as Luke, and James Arnold Taylor as Captain Leegus. This short has a lovely score, some great FX, and a fantastic performance by Costa. Highly recommend watching.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from FirstShowing's Movie Lovers

Happy Holidays - Baby Yoda

Joyeux Noel! Gledelig Jul! Frohe 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 jolly mix of films big and small - lots of new dramas and comedies, another wacky musical, a war movie with cinematography by Roger Deakins, the big Star Wars finale you'll either love or hate, the new 3-hour-long Terrence Malick film, and plenty more. You can also listen to our podcast about The Rise of Skywalker. News and trailers always slow down during the holidays, but we'll be operating at full-speed again in 2020.

The First Word Podcast - JJ Abrams' 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Podcast

"People keep telling me they know me. No one does." Tune in to our latest podcast episode for a discussion about the long-awaited, highly anticipated sci-fi finale Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, directed by J.J. Abrams. The conclusion to Rey and Kylo Ren's stories. For this episode of The First Word podcast, Mike & Alex dive into a chat about what we love, like, and dislike about the movie, as well as the discourse surrounding it. Not just a review, and not any typical discussion. We also briefly discuss the first trailer for Nolan's Tenet. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. Our guest couldn't make it on but we recorded our conversation anyway. Listen in below.

Review: 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' is Strong with the Force

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Co-written and directed by filmmaker J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, Super 8), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the third entry in this current Star Wars trilogy featuring Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren. It ends the trilogy also featuring Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). The film is the final episode of the nine-part Skywalker Saga, which began in 1977 with George Lucas' iconic Star Wars, later subtitled Episode IV – A New Hope. Over 40 years later, the sprawling space saga of rebellion and romance comes to a satisfying end with a movie that is both visually stunning and emotionally resonant.

Watch: Clever 'Star Wars: Origins' Fan Film Reimagines Earth's History

Star Wars: Origins Short Film

"The Saga You Know, The Origins You Don't…." This is the week where we all finally get to experience the grand finale in the Skywalker saga, with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opening in theaters soon. If you're in need of a hearty Star Wars boost to get you in the right mood, or just want to explore some more Star Wars goodness in honor of the long-awaited opening this week, this new fan film is a must watch. Star Wars: Origins is a spectacular, whimsical, and entertaining 18-minute short film made by filmmaker Phil Hawkins. The concept involves re-imaginging our own history as if Star Wars took place in our past. And what it would be like to go looking for artifacts related to the great stories. Starring Marie Everett, Jamie Costa, Hadrian Howard, and Philip Walker. Not only does this look and sound great, it's a thoroughly entertaining film with a couple of clever twists. Not just another Star Wars fan film, this is something more.

Watch: 'Star Wars' Special Look Featurette on Four Decades of Fandom

Star Wars Special Look Featurette

"You can't run from Star Wars frenzy." Disney has unveiled a nostalgic featurette to promote the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which as we all know is meant to be the epic, grand finale to the Skywalker saga, which began in 1977 with A New Hope. This featurette takes us back through four decades of fandom, showing how far everything has come, along with tons of clips of all the pop culture references and influences Star Wars has had on culture ever since debuting 42 years ago. We're less than a month away to the release of The Rise of Skywalker, and Disney will continue to build up hype reminding us how much this series means to so many of us. The finale stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Domhnall Gleeson, Warwick Davis, Lupita Nyong'o, along with Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, and also Dominic Monaghan. If you're a life-long Star Wars geek like me, this video will definitely get you emotional. Enjoy.

Spectacular Final Trailer for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Debuts

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer

"We're not alone… Good people will fight – if we lead them!" Disney + Lucasfilm have unveiled the final official trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the grand finale in the Skywalker saga that began in 1977 with A New Hope. After one teaser trailer earlier in the year, and the D23 Special Look preview, this is the big "final" reveal as we count down the last few months until this lands in theaters. This really is a spectacular trailer, with a ton of jaw-dropping footage that everyone will be talking about. Directed by J.J. Abrams, it continues the storyline started in The Force Awakens following Rey, Finn, & Poe as they fight the First Order. Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Warwick Davis, plus newcomers Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, and Dominic Monaghan. This trailer is packed from start to finish with incredible shots, epic space battles and emotional moments. Get ready for this, everyone.

Exciting D23 Special Look Trailer for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

The Rise of Skywalker Featurette

"A thousand generations live in you now… But this is your fight." At Disney's D23 Expo this year, Lucasfilm revealed a thrilling new Special Look saga trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker. We're now only 116 days away from opening day, and we've still only seen the teaser trailer. But this "special preview" excites with lots of emotional footage, and even more clues / hints at what's to come in this grand finale. Directed by J.J. Abrams, it continues the storyline started in The Force Awakens following Rey, Finn, & Poe as they fight the First Order. Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Warwick Davis, plus newcomers Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, and Dominic Monaghan. It's a wonderful look at how far this series has come, all they've been through, taking us to this mega epic finale.

It's Here! 'Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker' Teaser Trailer

Episode IX Trailer

"We'll always be with you… No one's ever really gone." Disney + Lucasfilm have debuted the first official teaser trailer for the final movie in the Skywalker saga, officially titled Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker. This is the first big reveal of this highly anticipated grand finale, and it definitely ratchets up the hype to the highest levels. Directed by J.J. Abrams, this film continues the storyline started in The Force Awakens following Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren. Daisy Ridley returns, with John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, and Warwick Davis. The newcomers include Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, and Dominic Monaghan. This is one hell of an exciting, and emotional yet mysterious trailer, with some big moments but not too many full reveals just yet. Take a look.

Watch: 'Star Wars: Always' Mega-Trailer by Topher Grace & Jeff Yorkes

Star Wars: Always Trailer

"The Force will be with you, always." Whoa!! Surprise, Star Wars fans. Almost a decade ago, actor Topher Grace held a special private screening in Los Angeles showing an 85-minute edit of the Star Wars prequels that he created entirely in his own time for fun (because he loves editing). I was lucky to be invited to this special screening, and we recorded a video blog about it after. Jump ahead seven years, and Topher has cut together a new Star Wars preview tiled Star Wars: Always. This full "mega-trailer", as they've dubbed it, combines footage from the entire Star Wars series (including the two spin-offs) and presents a thrilling look at the entire anthology in only five minutes. We've seen fan trailers like this before (and for Topher's cut), but this one is polished, and deserves to be watched and admired. At least for as long as it's available online.

Watch: 'Star Wars' Meets 'Shakespeare' in 'TD-73028 Soliloquy' Short

Squad Leader TD-73028 Soliloquy Short Film

"Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer…" Nothing like a mashup of Star Wars and Shakespeare. Most stories are already inspired by Shakespeare, but this is an attempt to bring Shakespeare's dialogue right into the iconic Star Wars universe. Squad Leader TD-73028 Soliloquy is a short film directed by Maxime-Claude L'Écuyer from Montreal. The short features Hamlet's famous soliloquy presented as the inner voice of a Stormtrooper, emphasizing how relevant this dialogue still is (and will always be). The film stars David Blouin in the armor (as TD-73028), plus Anton Golikov as his voice. As simple as this may seem, there's some elegance in the presentation - thanks to the cinematography and score, and the emotional recitation.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from FirstShowing's Movie Geeks

Merry Christmas & 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 movies - plenty of comedies, superhero stories, dramas, satires, and a new Transformers (of course). Reviews and trailers always slow down during the holidays, but we'll be back at it again by 2019. We wish everyone a lovely holiday and a nice, quiet break from all the chaos of everyday life.

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