Book Review: The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Up front, I love books about concept art for films. Love them! Last year, I read The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and was blown away. This year, I’m happy to report I’ve had the same reaction to The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The all-encompassing beauty of the concept art, and the informative text combine for a thrilling experience perfectly in keeping with the movie itself.

The Art of Rogue One is written by Josh Kushins, and features forewords by concept artists Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont, and by Rogue One’s director, Gareth Edwards. These are folks with a clear love for Star Wars that goes back to their earliest days, and that fact shines through in this book. As a Star Wars fan from way back myself, I’m appreciative. Fans sharing their exceptional work with other fans elevates the whole Star Wars experience.

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Melinda’s Brew: Family Affair

Melinda's Brew

Two weeks to the day after seeing it ourselves, my husband, Tom, and I finally got to see “Rogue One” with our two daughters who came home for the holidays. Neither one of them had seen the newest chapter in Star Wars lore as of yet, and Tom and I were waiting with bated breath for them to see it – especially this past week since the two of us could not talk about the movie at all if there was even the smidgeon of a possibility that either of the girls were within ear shot [our ‘eagle-eared’ daughters can hear just about anything from any corner of the house, we learned long, long ago]. Best to err on the side of caution, and not say one word. In all fairness to the girls, Tom and I each were ‘allowed’ to utter one word in regard to “Rogue One” – we could answer “yes” or “no” to the query, “Did you like it?” after seeing it opening night [December 15]. We embellished our answers by giving a thumb’s up signal. They allowed that. 😉

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Featurette [Video] *Possible Spoilers*

Would you like to get a behind-the-scenes peek at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Well, you get that chance today with the release of an all-new featurette highlighted by new clips and dialogue (Beware possible SPOILERS!), and commentary from director Gareth Edwards and members of the cast.

Check it out below:

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“Rogue One” Director Gareth Edwards and Her Universe Creator Ashley Eckstein Among Judges Announced for Global #GoRogue Fan Video Contest



“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” Director Gareth Edwards to Lead Judging Panel with Her Universe Creator Ashley Eckstein, YouTube Stars EvanTube and Chris Pirillo, and More

With less than a week to go in the global #GoRogue video short contest celebrating “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” fan content, DCPI has announced the official panel of judges who will weigh in on the entries from around the world.

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The Star Wars Show | New Rogue One Poster and Trailer Details!!


It’s time for The Star Wars Show! This week, director Gareth Edwards stops by to reveal an amazing new Rogue One poster (you can also see it below) and the huge news that an all-new trailer will drop tomorrow morning! If that quite wasn’t enough to get you going, there’s big news on the Marvel Star Wars comics front, and Sam Witwer stops by the discuss Darth Maul.

All this and more can be seen right here:

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Star Wars: Return of the Prequels?

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Photo design by: Scott Bratek

Yes, that’s right, you heard me, I said that dirty little word “prequel.” Well, guess what? You best get used to hearing it, seeing it, and reading it more often, especially now. You see, there’s a new movie coming out in about three months, and this impending film is set to take place “before” Star Wars: A New Hope. Therefore, making it a prequel film and, yes, I’m talking about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Call it whatever you like, a pioneering film or a groundbreaker. Either way you say it, it is still a prequel. Like them or don’t like them. Regardless, they’re here to stay.

The evolution of Star Wars films Photo Source:

Star Wars is evolving and, as fans, we need to do the same. It’s a new generation of Star Wars and George Lucas is no longer at the helm. Ok, so that might be old news, but so is the timeless fact that we cannot change things that we have no control over. That said, I love Star Wars – all of it! Do I agree with every tiny detail of it? No, but that doesn’t change my love for that galaxy far, far away. Why? Well, for starters, it was meant to be what it is today. The first six were meant to follow a specific pattern – like a poem – they rhyme. There are parallelisms, there are mythology patterns, and yes, tantalizing visuals that are way ahead of their time and remarkably, are still impressive to this very day. Yes, in both the original and prequel films. Side note, there are more practical models in The Phantom Menace than in any of the original three films. Anyways, moving along …

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My Recap of Birthday-Worthy Star Wars Reveals!

Jay’s Galactic Espressions

On my 46th birthday (July 16), I was reduced to my 10-year-old self. I laughed, jumped for joy, squeed more than a few times, and quite literally performed at least one happy dance. My eyes were a little brighter, and my steps a little lighter. All because of Star Wars.

And that’s a good thing…a VERY good thing!

When it comes to Star Wars, I’m a big kid at heart anyway, as I’m most (or all) of you reading this right now can relate. Overall, it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan, but with all of the news that came out of Star Wars Celebration Europe (SWCE) over the last few days, my kid-o-meter has flown off the charts!

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Celebration Europe | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Panel [Full Video]

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: (L-R) Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Wen Jiang, Donnie Yen, Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Gwendoline Christie take a selfie on stage during the Rogue One Panel at the Star Wars Celebration 2016 at ExCel on July 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: (L-R) Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Wen Jiang, Donnie Yen, Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Gwendoline Christie take a selfie on stage during the Rogue One Panel at the Star Wars Celebration 2016 at ExCel on July 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios)

It has been one week, but the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story panel is now available to watch online (minus a certain spoiler). Gwendoline Christie handled her hosting duties with charm and humor, and the cast of Rogue One seemed to enjoy their first big moment in the spotlight — especially Ben Mendelsohn! If you haven’t seen the panel yet, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy!

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Celebration Europe: Episode VIII Updates and Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo is Official

Pablo Hidalgo was the host for the Future Filmmaker Discussion which featured Lucasfilm Cnkwm1dXgAAranZ.jpg-largePresident Kathleen Kennedy and Kiri Hart, Senior Vice-President of Development. They were on hand to discuss the future of Star Wars films, in particular Episode VII and the recently announced Han Solo film.

Here are some of the highlights from

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Celebration Europe Rogue One Panel Highlights — New Poster and Celebration Reel!

Death Star Construction Rogue One

Star Wars Celebration Europe is in full swing! Did you catch any of the live streaming today? The Rogue One panel — wonderfully hosted by Captain Phasma herself, Gwendoline Christie — has just wrapped. Brought to the stage were Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, director Gareth Edwards, executive producer John Knoll, and Kiri Hart of the Lucasfilm Story Group. (When the full panel is released online, we’ll be sure to post in case you missed it.)

That wasn’t the extent of it, though!

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