Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Sung Kang Gives a Big Hint About His Role

Obi-Wan’s Sung Kang Teases His Star Wars Character, Lightsaber


The Batman

In a new TV spot, Robert Pattinson’s Batman asks himself, “how am I worth it?” in response to one of the Riddler’s nursery rhymes. Presumably, it makes more sense in context with the rest of the movie.


Hawkeye

WandaVision composer Christophe Beck confirmed he returned to score Hawkeye in a new Instagram post.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer

Here is a very bizarre poster for Amazon’s I Know What You Did Last Summer series, which sees its cast’s faces covered in honey.

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American Horror Story: Double Feature

Finally, “Red Tide” draws to a close in the trailer for next week’s episode of American Horror Story. 


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Star Wars’ Old Republic Strikes Back in This Look Inside a New Anthology

Check out an excerpt from “The Third Lesson” below, making its debut on io9—alongside more of Oko’s artwork!


A haze of smoke hung in the air, the black residuum of the Imperial fleet’s pre-landing bombardment of Alderaan. Rage burned in Malgus, its seed grown from the word he kept hearing over Imperial communication channels: Retreat.

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The Empire had lost Alderaan. Hours before Malgus had walked its surface as a conqueror, but now…

Now signal fires dotted its surface, rallying points for the Republic forces.

A counterattack was coming. Reports indicated a Republic fleet en route to Alderaan.

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Retreat.

Retreat.

He clenched his fists so hard it made his fingers ache. His breathing sounded like a rasp over wood. His skin stung from burns. A Republic commando had exploded a grenade in his face, and combat with a Jedi witch had damaged his lungs. Lacerations and contusions made a grim mosaic on his flesh.

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But he felt no pain. He felt only anger.

Hate.

A sense of frustration that made him want to shout.

His personal shuttle roared low over the scorched landscape. Below him, buildings and bodies smoldered in the ruins of an Alderaani town. Around him, Imperial ships prowled the sky, flying escort. He tried to unknot his fists, failed. He wanted—

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The presence of a light-side Force user bumped up against his Force sensitivity, a sudden flare in his perception. He looked down and out the viewport. He saw nothing but charred ruins, rubbled buildings, burnt out vehicles. He pinched the comlink he wore.

“Turn us around.”

“My lord?” asked his pilot.

“Come about, cut speed to one quarter, and reduce altitude by one hundred meters.”

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“Yes, my lord.”

As the shuttle wheeled around and slowed, Malgus overrode the safeties and lowered the landing ramp. Wind whipped into the cabin, carrying the smell of a charred planet, a planet Malgus had intended to kill, but instead had only wounded.

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Someone had to pay for that.

He took the hilt of his lightsaber in hand and sank into the Force. The burned-out buildings below stuck out of the scorched earth like rotted teeth, crooked and black.

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“Slower,” he said to the pilot.

He reached out through the Force, probing for the light-side presence he had felt.

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At first there was nothing, and he wondered if he had been mistaken, or if the light-side user had perceived Malgus and suppressed his power. But then…

There.

He felt it as an irritation behind his eyes, an itch only violence could scratch. He shed his cloak and stepped to the edge of the landing ramp. The wind pulled at him. Anger swelled in him, buoyed him up. The Force anchored him in place. He pinched his comlink again.

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“Hover above the ruins until I return.”

“Return, my lord? Where are you going? You’re seriously wounded.”

Malgus deactivated the comlink and leapt off the ramp into the open air. He ignited his blade as the ground rushed up to meet him. Using the Force to cushion the impact, he hit the ground in a crouch.

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He stood in the center of a street pockmarked with craters and littered with broken glass and overturned speeders. An aircar burned 10 meters from him, vomiting gouts of black smoke into the sky. Somewhere, a wind bell chimed furiously in the gusts.

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“I’m here, Jedi!” Malgus shouted, his voice booming over the ruins.

Behind him, he heard the hum of an activating lightsaber, then another.

He turned to see a male Zabrak, a Jedi, emerge from one of the burned-out buildings that lined the street. The blue line of a lightsaber glowed in each of his hands. He studied Malgus sidelong.

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“Malgus,” the Jedi said.

Malgus did not know the Jedi’s name and he did not care. The Zabrak was merely the focus of his anger, a convenient target for his rage.

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Malgus fell into the Force, roared, and bounded down the street, his anger lending him speed.

The Jedi held his ground. At twenty meters, the Jedi raised his lightsabers aloft to either side and drew them both down with a flourish.

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Too late the rumble of the falling buildings penetrated the haze of Malgus’s anger. An avalanche of duracrete and transparisteel crashed down on him from either side of the street…

The creases on his father’s Imperial uniform looked sharp enough to cut meat, but his tone was as soft as the belly that overflowed his trousers.

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“Come with me, Veradun.”

Veradun followed his father to the enormous menagerie they kept on the grounds of the family’s estate. His father, a biologist in the Imperial Science Corps, collected animals from countless worlds. The family had their own private zoo, financed by the Empire. Veradun had helped tend the creatures since he’d been a small boy.

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Shrieks, chitters, howls, and a pungent animal stink greeted their entrance. His father’s voice knifed through the noise.

“You know why I enjoy these animals so much?”

Veradun shook his head. He saw himself reflected in the lenses of his father’s eyeglasses.

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“Because we can learn from them.”

“Learn what?”

His father smiled cryptically. “Come on.”

Father put a hand on his shoulder andsteered him through the maze of habitats, cages, and tanks, until they reached the transparisteel cube of the kouhun tank. A thick layer of sand, dotted with a few loose rocks and some loose fur, was all that was visible. The segmented arthropod, its body as long as Veradun’s arm, lay hidden somewhere underneath the sand of the tank. Veradun walked around the tank, trying to spot any sign of the kouhun. Nothing.

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Meanwhile, his father lifted a feeder rat from a nearby cage and held it over the kouhoun’s tank.

“I fed it earlier,” Veradun said.

“I know.”

His father dropped the rat into the tank and it froze the moment it hit the sand. It sniffed the air, whiskers twitching.

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The sand near it bulged.

The rat squealed with fear but before it could move, the kouhoun erupted from the sand under it, seized the rodent in its scissor-like mandibles, and bit it in half. Blood spilled, painting the sand red.

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The kouhon crawled fully from the sand, its head all mandibles and dead black eyes. Dozens of pairs of legs propelled its segmented body over the bloody bits of the rat. But it did not eat, and after a moment it burrowed back into the sand, leaving the rat’s carcass unmolested.

“Why do you think it killed the rat?” his father asked. “It was not hungry. As you said, you fed it not long ago.”

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“Instinct,” Veradun said. “It’s a savage creature.”

“Good, Veradun. Good. Indeed, the kouhon kills for no reason. Does that make sense to you?”

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“No, but… it’s an animal.”

His father kneeled to look Veradun in the face. “Right. And you’re not. The kouhon teaches us that senseless savagery is the province of animals, not men. Savagery is useful only if it’s controlled and put in service to an end. Do you understand?”

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Veradun considered, nodded.

“The end is everything,” his father said.


You’ll be able to read more from “The Third Lesson” and other Star Wars stories when Titan Comics’ Star Wars Insider: Fiction Collection Vol. 2 hits shelves on October 26.

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Lego’s Star Wars Halloween Special Scares Up Its First Trailer

Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales Halloween Special First Trailer

It does have a surprisingly involved plot, though:

“After the events of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Poe Dameron and BB-8 must make an emergency landing on the volcanic planet Mustafar where they meet the greedy and conniving Graballa the Hutt. The crime boss has purchased Darth Vader’s castle and is renovating it into the galaxy’s first all-inclusive Sith-inspired luxury hotel. While waiting for his X-Wing to be repaired, Poe, BB-8, Graballa, and Dean (a plucky and courageous young boy who works as Graballa’s mechanic) venture deep into the mysterious castle with Vader’s loyal servant, Vaneé. Along the way, Vaneé shares three creepy stories linked to ancient artifacts and iconic villains from across all eras of Star Wars. As Vaneé spins his tales and lures our heroes deeper into the shadowy underbelly of the castle, a sinister plan emerges. With the help of Dean, Poe and BB-8 will have to face their fears, stop an ancient evil from rising, and escape to make it back to their friends.”

I wonder if one of those ancient evils is a 60-year-old Battle Droid with a penchant for The Shining homages? Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales premieres exclusively on Disney+ on October 1.


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Star Wars’ Ahsoka Show Is on the Hunt for a Familiar Rebels Hero


Candyman

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II summons Candyman in a new clip.


Night of the Animated Dead

We also have a trailer for Night of the Animated Deada rotoscoped remake of George Romero’s original starring Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katharine Isabelle, James Roday Rodriguez, Katee Sackhoff, Will Sasso, Jimmi Simpson, and Nancy Travis.


The Marvels

Filming has officially begun on The Marvels according to Samuel L. Jackson on Instagram, including a very cool T-Shirt worn by the man himself.

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The Orville

Filming has officially wrapped on the long-awaited third season of The Orville.

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Chucky

Filming has additionally wrapped on the first season of Syfy’s Chucky.

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Epic

Deadline reports ABC is no longer moving forward with Epic, the latest fairytale-themed project from Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.

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Star Trek: Discovery

David Cronenberg spoke to Entertainment Weekly about Kovich’s return (of a sort) in the fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery.

Well, Star Trek is quite a different thing because of course you have a series of directors. I was in three episodes last year and I think I’m in three this year. So your character continues from one place to another but every episode was directed by a different director. They all have a kind of different style but at the same time it’s a massive series with a huge history and so there’s a sort of momentum that goes with it. I think the director is not as important in terms of sensibility for a show like that because so much is established, the style of it, the incredible sets that we have here in Toronto for Star Trek, and the director has no input into that, so it’s really quite a different machine. But, also, of course a lot of fun. I mean, you still have to learn your dialogue and you still have to get into your costume. So for the actors it’s still a similar thing.

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What We Do in the Shadows

Spoiler TV has a brief synopsis for “Gail, the third episode of What We Do in the Shadows’ third season.

An old flame returns and an ancient vehicle is resurrected. Written by Marika Sawyer; Directed by Kyle Newacheck.

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Archer

Archer fights deadly reptiles to “reunite a family” in the synopsis for “Photo Op.

Archer and Lana face off against snakes, crocodiles and mercenaries to reunite a family. Written by Asha Michelle Wilson.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer

We have new photos from Amazon’s I Know What You Did Last Summer TV series.

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Stargirl

Finally, the CW has released a new “this season on…” trailer for Stargirl: Summer School.


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Updates From Obi-Wan Kenobi, Animated Transformers, and More


Transformers: The Animated Movie

A recent Tweet from Bobby Rubio (via Transformers Live-Action Movie Blog) confirms Paramount still has plans for an animated Transformers movie from director Josh Cooley.

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The Munsters

Rob Zombie also hyped the newly-paved street outside Mockingbird Lane on Instagram.

Mockingbird Lane now has a paved street! Things are moving and grooving. #robzombie #themunsters

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Mission: Impossible 7

Elsewhere, Christopher McQuarrie shared a new Mission: Impossible 7 cast photo with the film’s First A.D., Mary Boulding.

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Prisoners of the Ghostland

Expect the full trailer for Sion Sono’s Prisoners of the Ghostland sometime later today.


Malignant

Warner Bros. has a new TV spot for James Wan’s Malignant showing off some Argento-inspired camera trickery.

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Shining Vale

Deadline reports Judith Light has joined the cast of Shining Vale as Joan, “Pat’s (Courtney Cox) Lithium-infused mother, who long has battled mental illness — and her daughter, who she blames for her mental illness. Joan is vain and hyper-critical, taking any opportunity to recall her prized youth or belittle Pat. Of all the horrors that Pat faces, becoming Joan is the most frightening — and most real.”

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Titans

Curran Walters spoke to TV Line about Jason Todd’s new career as Red Hood in the third season of Titans.

Red Hood, man…. Where do I start? Jason’s mission this season is to get rid of this fear that he has, and the only way that he feels he can conquer this fear is by, in a way, hitting back as a Titan but with a different outcome — if that makes sense. Throughout this season, there’s a lot of finding who he is as a character.

It’s obviously not something you want as a superhero family. The other Titans try to figure out what to do with Red Hood the whole season, and that’s a great dynamic of the show — exploring the relationships these characters have with Jason and now the ‘new’ Jason.

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Peacemaker

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, James Gunn stated Peacemaker was his top choice for a spinoff series becauseunlike the rest of the castthe character “is a douche and he stays a douche and he’s an asshole in the movie.”

Well, I think that it’s a number of things. In the movie… Harley gets a really complete story about herself, she gets a complete arc. Bloodsport gets a complete story. Rick Flag gets a complete story. Ratcatcher 2 gets a complete story. They all learn something about themselves — sometimes good things, sometimes bad things — but Peacemaker is a douche and he stays a douche and he’s an asshole in the movie.


Obi-Wan Kenobi

Meanwhile, actress Indira Varma described the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series as “an octopus that needs wrangling,however, “there are no fraying tempers” on set.

It’s such a beast, like an octopus that needs wrangling but I’m having a brilliant time. Obviously, I can’t say anything about any of it but director Deborah Chow and Ewan on the acting side have somehow made it feel like an independent movie. Everyone has input, there are no fraying tempers.

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Star Trek: Lower Decks

Lower Decks does “Lonely Among Us” in the synopsis for “Strange Energies, the season premiere of Star Trek: Lower Decks. 

Season premiere. Approximately three months after the events of the season one finale, the U.S.S. Cerritos is dispatched on a mission which results in an encounter with “strange energy.”

Written By: Mike McMahan

Directed By: Jason Zurek

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American Horror Story: Double Feature

Spoiler TV also has synopses for the first two episodes of American Horror Story: Double Feature.

Cape Fear

1001 8/25/2021 10 p.m. ET/PT

A struggling writer, his pregnant wife, and their daughter move to an isolated beach town for the winter. Once they’re settled in, the town’s true residents begin to make themselves known. Written by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk; directed by John J. Gray.

Pale

1002 8/25/2021 11 p.m. ET/PT

A quick fix for Harry’s writer’s block has unexpected side effects. Two eccentric locals offer Harry a helping hand. Written by Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy; directed by Loni Peristere.

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Stargirl

Eclipso wants the new Green Lantern dead in the trailer for next week’s episode of Stargirl.


Superman & Lois

Superman must rescue Jordan in the trailer for next week’s season finale, “Last Sons of Krypton.


Motherland: Fort Salem

Faith in General Alder continues to wane in the trailer for next week’s episode of Motherland: Fort Salem. 


Robot Chicken

Robot Chicken returns for an eleventh season on September 6 at midnight on Adult Swim.


Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean

Netflix has also released a new trailer for the latest season of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.


Fena: Pirate Princess

Finally, Adult Swim has a four-minute clip from the August 14 premiere of Fena: Pirate Princess.


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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge VR Is Back for Another Adventure

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge VR Part 2 Trailer: Last Call, Out Fall

So who’s who in this trailer? Well, there’s Seezelslak, the bar owner voiced by Star Wars Resistance’s Bobby Moynihan—but he was in the first part of the game. Then there’s the Ithorian Dok-Ondar (voiced by Cory Rouse), who was previously announced but is very exciting to see. Dok is one of the high-end animatronics that exists in the theme parks, but he doesn’t talk, so to learn more about his character, and maybe acquire something for his excellent shop, should be fun. Then there are two new characters. There’s Baron Attsmun (voiced by Mark Rolston) who appeared briefly in Star Wars: The Last Jedi as a wealthy criminal, and then Lens Kamo (voiced by Karla Crome), a completely brand new character who’s kind of the Star Wars version of Indiana Jones, in that she goes and searched for rare items to keep them out of the hands of bad people.

“Welcome back to Batuu! Dok-Ondar has pulled up a seat in Seezelslak’s cantina and he has a job for you. The infamous Ithorian sends you deep into the Batuuu wilds in search of a lost artifact. You’ll team up with the relic hunter Lens Kamo and battle against the evil Baron Attsmun.” Jose Perez III, the game’s director, said in a press release. “We are super excited to continue to expand the Star Wars galaxy and hope fans swing by for Last Call.”

As a huge fan of the first part of the game, I’m very much looking forward to exploring more of Batuu. Check back here soon for more on Star Wars: Tales of the Galaxy’s Edge – Last Call.


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Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 Is a Go (as if You Had Any Doubt)

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 Is a Go at Disney Plus

Some of The Bad Batch’s first season has dragged to a certain extent and revisited many well-worn narrative beats almost to a fault. A second season could easily strike a different tone with story arcs more focused on laying out new, fascinating details about this chunk of Star Wars history. There’s still a fair number of unanswered questions about what happened to all of the clones once the Empire Stormtrooper initiative was in full effect. Clones like Tech, Wrecker, Omega, Hunter, and Echo are only going to become that much more conspicuous as the Empire’s power grows. There’s also a very good chance that, with so many cameos presented to us thus far, that the series pulls a Star Wars Rebels and pulls in Ahsoka Tano (or someone similarly famous) to expand on her lingering story at the same time.

The Bad Batch’s season 2 is set to hit Disney+ sometime in 2022.


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Disney’s ‘Real Life’ Star Wars Lightsaber Expands in New Video

Star Wars Real Life Lightsaber Features in New Disney Video

Whoomp, there it is. Lots of cool stuff in that video beyond just the Star Wars things, such as the animatronic Groot and a look inside the Web-Slingers ride. But, let’s face it, it’s all about the saber.

The issue with the saber is, if it’s only going to be in Galactic Starcruiser, it’s gonna be a while before most of us get our hands on one. As revealed earlier today, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is going to be very, very, very expensive even before you get on board—which is where, hypothetically, you’d have a chance to buy one. Or maybe just use one and return it. We don’t know.

What we think, though, is this technology is just too cool to limit to a few hundred rich people every two days. Even if it takes months or years, fans will eventually be able to get their hands on one and live out all their Star Wars lightsaber fantasies. If that happens, will you be adding one to your collection?


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