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ILM Explains How They Digitally Resurrected Peter Cushing’s Tarkin For ‘Rogue One’

One of the more controversial bits of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the digital resurrection of Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin. Cushing passed away in 1994, but his character is central to the history of the Death Star. Not including the character in the film would have required some serious retconning no one wanted to do.

But his inclusion has its critics, some citing the moral implications (though it was done with the blessing of Cushing’s estate), though most of us just thought it was unconvincing. In ILM’s defense though, we also knew Tarkin was a CGI recreation. Perhaps the illusion is more convincing without that information.

In any case, ABC’s Nightline sat down with the folks at Industrial Light and Magic to find out exactly how the digital recreation was created. We’ve embedded the full piece from the show below, and it’s actually pretty interesting. While the effect is imperfect, it does show how close we are to truly being able to create convincing digital performances.

Y’know, for better or for worse.

Episode 89 – 2016 in Review

Hey everyone, it’s time for our annual year in review special, where we talk about the best and worst things that came out over the span of 2016. We go through our picks for movies, new television shows, video games, comics, conventions, and things to come out of Japan. It’s a pretty broad scope. Before that though, we take a moment to remember the late Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who passed since our last episode.

Which is pretty damned sad.

This is also Pher’s last episode on the podcast, and we bid him a fond farewell.

That’s less sad, because Pher is still alive.

(This episode was sponsored by Paul Langland.)

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Episode 88 – Space-Opera-Palooza

On this episode of Nerd & Tie (and its triumphant return to video), we discuss Sonequa Martin-Green’s casting as the lead in Star Trek: Discovery, David Ayer potentially directing Gotham City Sirens, discuss the amazing Rogue One, contemplate the official cancellation of the con Anime Apocalypse, and examine the trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

We also take the time to mock Michael Bay, but only because he deserves it.

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The New ‘Rogue One’ Trailer is, if Anything, Hopeful

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is coming out later this year, and it’s actually looking like we might finally get a good Star Wars prequel. We’ve gotten a teaser trailer and a full trailer for the first non-Saga Star Wars film (both of which have rocked pretty hard), and now we have a second full trailer to continue to whet our appetite for the film.

And while it’s always hard to tell the quality of a film from its trailers, I have a pretty solid feeling about the movie. I think it’s going to be pretty great… but maybe I’m just being hopeful?

I’m a sucker for rising musical cues, what can I say.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes to theaters December 16, 2016.

The New ‘Rogue One’ Trailer Looks Amazing

Are you excited about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story yet? Because if you’re not, you probably will be after seeing the new trailer that was released last night. I mean, you probably should have already been excited from the teaser trailer we got last spring, but this one (with its building version of the Imperial March) is just so friggin’ cool.

I’m way to excited, aren’t I.

Now, I know — it’s just a trailer. Trailers are designed to hype people up, and even bad movies can have amazing trailers. But considering how good Episode VII was (it was amazing and I will fight you over it), I think it’s safe to say the Star Wars franchise is in good hands with producer Kathleen Kennedy.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes to theaters December 16, 2016.

Darth Vader Confirmed For ‘Rogue One,’ Forest Whitaker Playing a ‘Clone Wars’ Character

There are a lot of questions about this December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is set just before the original Episode IV. What classic characters might appear, and how does it connect to the larger Star Wars narrative? Well we’re starting to get some of those answers.

One of the biggest questions has been whether or not Darth Vader would appear in the film. Unlike most of the original cast, there isn’t really an aging issue with Vader (as James Earl Jones still sounds like James Earl Jones). His appearance has been rumored for a while (as it would make sense considering his position in the Empire during the film’s setting).

Well, we now know for sure that Darth Vader will appear in the film. No word yet on how much of the film he’ll be in, but I fully expect fans to start cheering when he appears on screen in the theaters.

Another interesting piece of Rogue One news is the identity of Forest Whitaker’s character. While most of the characters in the film are new to the franchise, Whitaker is actually playing a character die hard completionist fans have seen before. You see, Whitaker is playing a character named Saw Gerrera. Saw Gerrera first showed up in the fifth season of the Clone Wars animated series (voiced by Andrew Kishino), and was part of a group being unofficially trained by Obi-wan Kenobi.

It’s unlikely that they’ll dwell too much on the character’s history (as most of the people seeing Rogue One won’t have seen the Clone Wars series), but it’s nice to know that Lucasfilm is taking their cartoons seriously enough to have a character cross over into a major film.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes to theaters December 16, 2016.

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‘Rogue One’ Going in For Reshoots, Stop Making a Big Deal Out of It

So Disney execs have apparently seen a rough cut of the upcoming Star Wars anthology film Rogue One and have ordered reshoots over tone concerns. Some sources, of course, have freaked the f**k out decrying “panicked” executives.

But everyone needs to take a breath, okay?

It is true that there are tone concerns with the film — that it was too dark — and that it wouldn’t quite fit into the Star Wars franchise as a whole, but reshoots aren’t uncommon these days. In fact, it’s pretty damned clear the studio expected reshoots, as they had a rough cut of the film in May for a movie not coming out until December. Getting the first Star Wars anthology film right is important, and they want to make sure that they get it right.

And while it’s true the whole point of the anthology films is that they can be different kinds of stories than Episodes, Rogue One is set immediately prior to A New Hope and needs to mesh with that world. I do think Disney and Lucasfilm are putting too high of an expectation on this film though if they expect it to do as well as The Force Awakens (a movie fans had to wait years for), but you can’t blame them for hoping.

In any case, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes out December 16, 2016.


Episode 71 – Live at No Brand Con 2016!

Recorded before a live audience at the lovely Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells, on this live episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the first Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer, let Nick fanboy about the Godzilla Resurgence trailer, continue to look closely at the ever living clusterf**k that is Wine Country Comic Con, roll our eyes at YourMiniCon’s mounting issues, and contemplate Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s title.

Oh, and we talk directly to some of you while you’re in the room — and try to start a rumor that Sean Corse of Famicom Dojo got mauled by a gazelle.

Live shows are fun like that. No Brand Con shows especially.

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Our ‘Rogue One’ Trailer Reaction

So the first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story came out a few days ago. It’s the first trailer for the first Star Wars Anthology film, so Trae naturally has quite a few thoughts on the subject… so we turned it into an episode of The Off Week.

Trae also reacts to the reaction… including some ridiculous Dudebros who are already crying Mary Sue even though literally no one has seen the movie yet.

Because they’re totally not being sexist or something. And we totes believe them.

The Off Week” is a series of videos produced by Nerd & Tie in the weeks where we aren’t producing a full length podcast. The goal is to raise questions and make you think about things that you’ve maybe taken for granted.

The First Trailer for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Looks Amazing

Disney spent a lot of money on Lucasfilm, and by god they plan on getting their money’s worth. One of the interesting things they did with the Star Wars franchise (besides start making movies again period) was to start releasing “anthology” films in years that they didn’t have an “Episode” coming out.

While “Episodes” will continue the primary story we saw in both the original trilogy and the prequels, the Anthology movies will fill in more of the universe. You know, the people who don’t hang out with people related to Anakin Skywalker? Yeah, they totally exist.

Rogue One is the first of these films, and is set just prior to A New Hope. The film is about the theft of the Death Star plans, which is mentioned in Episode IV but never really explained in detail. We’ve only gotten some vague details beyond that about most of this film (like a cast photo), but this morning we have the first trailer.

And it looks amazing.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes out December 16, 2016.