’90s heartthrob and Star Wars Rebels voice actor Freddie Prinze Jr. has heard the complaints about the franchise from certain corners of the fandom, and he’s sick of them. On a podcast appearance from earlier this year that’s now making the rounds online, Prinze absolutely goes off on toxic Star Wars fans, dropping knowledge about the saga he learned directly from Dave Filoni, the protege George Lucas protege and Rebels creator himself. Check out his F-bomb-laded rant below.
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Prinze actually made this appearance on Jeff Dye’s Friendship Podcast back in May of this year, but we’re just hearing about it now thanks to the folks at ScreenRant, who noticed when the @allthingscomedy Instagram feed isolated the Star Wars-related clip from the larger conversation.
“Look dog, you’re just mad the franchise isn’t aging with you,” Prinze says, “but that ain’t how it works…you’re just pissed off that Han Solo gave the fucking Millennium Falcon to a girl.” While that boiled-down assessment unquestionably applies to the most blatantly awful subset of the franchise’s fandom, there are plenty of fans who have what they view as legitimate grievances with the way the franchise has evolved over the past few years. But Prinze has some words for them, too, pointing at video games as the culprit:
“I know more about the Force than most people, because Dave Filoni taught me, and George Lucas taught him. And all these video games have fucked people up on what the Force is. Luke’s skill doesn’t dictate whether he wins or loses,” Prinze says, indirectly addressing the “Mary Sue” complaints that surfaced in the wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “The Emperor doesn’t dictate whether he wins or loses. The Force dictates who wins or loses based on balance.”
Even putting extreme cases of obvious sexism aside, I think there are a lot of fans who still can’t come to grips with the idea that Daisy Ridley’s Rey is preternaturally gifted when it comes to the Force, and it’s such a huge issue for them that they seem to have drawn a line in the sand and can’t properly engage with the new movies because of it. I admittedly hadn’t really considered Star Wars video games as a significant potential cause for that disconnect, but it makes sense: video games are all about incremental power gains, and if Rey doesn’t take a path that gamers view as “difficult enough” for her to warrant her access to higher control of the Force, then maybe that’s part of where this resentment about the franchise is coming from.
But as Prinze makes clear here, “you don’t get to level up in the Star Wars world.” And while I don’t necessarily think he’s going to change anyone’s mind here – not sure if you’ve noticed, but people are pretty entrenched these days – it’s still amusing to hear someone closely associated with the franchise drop truth bombs and F-bombs for three straight minutes.
Star Wars Resistance has now certainly sailed into The Last Jedi era.
After a harrowing hyperspace jump away from the First Order clutches, the Colossus is out of the needed hyperfuel to make another space jump to safety. Kazuda Xiono Christopher Sean hopes the Resistance base on planet D’Qar can refuel them.
But those who watched The Last Jedi know the Colossus won’t find salvation in the base. Because as The Last Jedi era stipulates, the base is wiped out. Unable to reach Poe Dameron and General Leia Organa, Kaz teams up with the pirates to salvage a derelict Dreadnought for coaxium fuel.
However, Kaz’s previous well-intentioned, but reckless, attempt to contact Tam Suzie McGrath came with a huge price, dilemmas, and reckonings.
Tam’s Loyalty Is Tested
Now residing in a Star Destroyer as a First Order cadet pilot, Tam Suzie McGrath is now DT-533. And she’s nerved by her new First Order mentor, Agent Tierney Sumalee Montano, who is trying to convince her that the capture of the Colossus is a proportionate and punitive response to her valid hurt over Kaz’s and Jared Yeager’s Scott Lawrence secrets. Trying to wear her best compliant pilot professionalism, Tam has no room to disagree.
Although she is still processing Kaz’s apology, she has a cabin mate and fellow cadet keeping tabs on her: that overzealous Jace Ruklin Elijah Wood, the reckless, devious aspiring pilot who manipulated Kaz back in “Fuel for the Fire.” His supervision worsens Tam’s situation when he pressures the latter to report Kaz’s message to Agent Tierny in order to trace the Colossus’s location. He appears to genuinely think pushing Tam to suck up to the First Order is doing favors for her as it does for him.
Kaz refuses to believe Tam would betray his attempted communication, and thus their location, to the First Order. He’s somewhat right. His pirate friend Synara Nazneen Contractor isn’t too sure.
Kaz banks on the Colossus’s uneasy alliance with the pirates for salvaging assistance. While Synara may be his more sincere ally, Kaz and Captain Doza Jason Hightower still have to reckon with the chaotic nature of the same pirates who terrorized the Colossus.
The pirate galleon takes massive hits to the point of questionable reparability. Time will tell if Captain Kragan Gary Anthony Williams and his pirates will lash out at the Colossus.
Kaz’s Family Survived the Destruction of Hosnian Prime
Admittedly, some may argue it was a cheap rebound to reveal that Kaz’s family survived the attack. This early-on revelation illuminates a missed opportunity for Kaz to have a weighty grieving process. But to its credit, tension lingers in the revelation, with Kaz’s father blaming Kaz for placing the family in danger.
This episode reestablishes the scope of threat with the teeth-clenching urgency of Kaz and team attaining a fuel capsule that could be their death or their salvation. The dwindling drink and food supplies also speak to the fragility of the Colossus hardscrabble society—though the episode would have benefited by showing how the Colossus residents, other than characters with names, feel about being uprooted, stranded, and ambushed by the First Order.
Most importantly, “A Quick Salvage Run” weaves a tapestry of fascinating dynamics, be it Tam and Jace, Tierney and Tam, the Colossus and the pirates, Kaz’s relationship with Yeager. How Resistance may address those layers may determine the final season’s overall quality.
The ending suggests an incoming reckoning for Kaz, who held back the truth that he contacted Tam. Synara counseling Kaz about Tam’s potential betrayal is paralleled with Yeager ruminating how the First Order found them. Tam’s betrayal of the Colossus’s location is linked to a betrayal that Kaz has yet to realize he committed even if both “betrayals” are cloaked in grey-area circumstances and motivations.
While charming, Kaz’s optimism in people can be his own hubris. His rogue decision, outside of Yeager’s and Captain Doza’s knowledge, can leave them open for attack.
Tidbits With all the dynamics going on, the episode probably didn’t want to overstuff itself, but there was a missed opportunity of breathing space for Kaz to contemplate the fallen Resistance members. Jace Rucklin’s recruitment into the First Order as well as being a Tam’s cadet roommate does feel introduced abruptly even if it fits on paper. At first, Synara not trusting Tam seemed out of character when you consider she forged her first genuine Colossus connection with Tam. But there’s an under-baked notion that Synara holds a “been there, done that” perspective on Tam’s assumed betrayal when you consider Synara’s season one arc. Speaking of Kaz’s prospective accountability, Neeku Josh Brener and Torra Doza Myrna Velasco were also aware Kaz reached out to Tam while warning Kaz of the risks.
Marvel Cinematic Universe master Robert Downey Jr. revives one of literature's most enduring characters in director Stephen Gaghan's reimagining of the classic tale of Dr. Dolittle, a man who can communicate with animals. Below, check out the first trailer for “Dolittle,” which opens January 17, 2020 from Universal Pictures.
Here's the film's synopsis: “After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle Downey, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria's England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen Jessie Buckley falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.”
Downey and “Chernobyl” and “Wild Rose” star Jessie Buckley are joined by Harry Collett “Dunkirk” as Dolittle's apprentice, along with a wily coterie of furry friends, including Academy Award winner Rami Malek as a gorilla, Octavia Spencer as a duck, Kumail Nanjiani as an ostrich, and John Cena as a cheery polar bear. Finally, Emma Thompson co-stars to voice the parrot who serves as Dolittle's closest confidante.
The film also stars Antonio Banderas an Oscar contender for this year's “Pain and Glory”, Michael Sheen, and Jim Broadbent, with additional voice performances from Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson.
Director/co-writer Stephen Gaghan previously directed 2016's “Gold” and 2005's Oscar-winning geopolitical thriller “Syriana.” “Dolittle” is cowritten by John Whittington, a writer on “The Lego Batman Movie.”
Recently, “Dolittle” star Downey made waves when he shaded Martin Scorsese's takedown of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and also scoffed at the prospect of an awards campaign for his turn as Tony Stark in “Avengers: Endgame.” Regarding Scorsese's claim that films out of the MCU aren't cinema, Downey said, “I mean it plays in theaters. I appreciate [Scorsese's] opinion. I think it's like anything where we need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on.”
On the October 11, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and writer Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest film and tv news, including Alfonso Cuaron, Steven Spielberg, Maniac Cop, Training Day, Fresh Prince, El Camino, and Star Wars.
>In The News: Chris: Alfonso Cuaron Makes Deal With Apple to Develop New Original Shows Brad: Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks Taking ‘Masters of the Air’ World War II Limited Series to Apple TV+ Chris: ‘Maniac Cop’ TV Series From Nicolas Winding Refn Headed to HBO Chris: ‘Training Day’ Prequel in the Works For Some Reason Brad: ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Spin-Off Series in the Works at Will Smith’s Westbrook Production Company Chris: ‘El Camino’ Early Buzz: Jesse Pinkman Gets the Ending He Deserves, To Mixed Results Brad: ‘Star Wars’ Favorite Admiral Ackbar Has a Son – Could He Show Up in the Movies?
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Welcome to A Different Point of View, a column where we explore the supporting characters, planets and objects of the Star Wars universe and discuss why they deserve more time in the spotlight.
Despite a stubborn fascination with the Skywalker legacy, Star Wars is a smorgasbord of narrative hooks just waiting for their moment in the twin suns. Every new entry into the lore — be it film, show, book, or comic — adds to the diversity and complexity of a galaxy far, far away. Up until now in this series, I’ve focused on minor characters who could carry their own stories. But Star Wars is more than just the people inhabiting it. It’s a living, breathing universe full of nooks and crannies to explore. That includes places and objects.
Which brings us to Jedha, a dusty moon with quite a few parallels to Earth’s Israel. Even with only a quick smattering of lore, Lucasfilm has hinted there are secrets hidden beneath its dunes. I say it’s time to crack open those mysteries.
What Is It?
The moon of Jedha is a cold desert planet located on the western side of the Star Wars galaxy. Ostensibly in the Mid-Rim, Jedha is still on the outskirts of known civilization. The moon and its accompanying planet of NaJedha sit on the edge of Wild Space, surrounded by unexplored galaxies. Before the invention of shorter hyperspace jumps on the west side of the galaxy, Jedha was a bustling economic hub but has since become an intersection for the faithful and the criminal.
Archaic even by the standards of long-lived species, the Holy City of NiJedha Jedha City is the heart of Jedha. Situated atop a natural mesa and split into two halves — the Old city and the New city — NiJedha is a great walled mecca. The city and the surrounding countryside play host to millions of pilgrims each solar cycle. The “New City” is a misnomer as the buildings in this section are well over 5,000 years old. Those in the “Old City” are ancient beyond measure. Jedha City houses the massive Temple of the Kyber, a towering edifice sacred to followers of the Church of the Force and its varying sects.
When Was It Introduced?
Audiences first got a look at Jedha in the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Within the narrative, Jyn Erso Felicity Jones and Cassian Andor Diego Luna find themselves on the moon in search of freedom fighter/terrorist Saw Gerrara Forest Whitaker. They become embroiled in a local skirmish between the locals and the Empire, ultimately culminating with Jedha City being the first target of the Death Star.
The moon itself survived the destruction, as showcased in the Star Wars comic The Ashes of Jedha. Survivors relocated to other parts of the desert while resistance fighters took up shelter on the strange pink crystalline seas of NaJedha itself. During the comic arc, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo help the survivors fight off the return of Empire. Not content with destroying an invaluable artifact of faith in the galaxy, the Emperor’s minions wanted to continue to mine the moon for kyber crystals to power the Death Star.
What Makes It Fascinating?
Everything about Jedha is fascinating. The landscape is dotted with ruins from an ancient, forgotten civilization. From the larger-than-life Jedi carved into the mountains to the Catacombs of Cadera where untold numbers of the forgotten dead of a long lost culture sleep to the millennia-old statues grown from pure kyber beneath the Temple in Jedha City, you can’t swing a dead Lothcat with hitting a new mystery.
The sheer age of Jedha lends itself to endless speculation. On the edge of Wild Space, the same uncharted area houses the Force “gods” on Mortis and could hide the planet where Snoke’s people are from. In other words, Wild Space is ripe with Force power. Then there’s this tiny moon butting right up against all this powerful space and it just happens to be one of if not the cradle of human civilization in the galaxy? That’s right, to this day Star Wars hasn’t said where humans come from. Oh sure, some say it was Coruscant but everyone knows the Architects put people there for whatever purpose all-knowing ancient aliens do anything.
What little information we have about Jedha can be extrapolated into an enticing theory. Humans or human-like ancestors emerge from Wild Space and set up shop on this tiny moon that is tied deeply to the Force. Without hyperspace travel, they evolve their culture over the centuries into a proto-Jedi belief system. Finding a rich vein of kyber crystals on a mesa, Jedha City begins to take shape. Eventually, the people branch out to explore more space, and in doing so fracture the homogenous culture. Suddenly there are dozens of religions instead of one, each taking different parts of the Force as their guiding point. Over the millennia, traditions are created, adapted, and forgotten. The origins of Jedha lost to the mists of time. But still, the moon holds secrets to the very beginnings of the Force, the Jedi Order, and the Sith within its depths.
What Stories Could Lucasfilm Tell?
With what is probably ten millennia worth of history, the number of stories Lucasfilm could tell is nigh incalculable. There is the story of the initial pioneers: who were they? Where did they come from? Where they searching for Force-rich outposts or stumble upon Jedha by accident? Why did they leave their homeworld?
Then there are the tales of the Temple of Kyber, a skyscraper by any standard that is at least 5,000 years old. Who built it? Why? How did they teach the kyber crystals within to grow into lifelike statues of Jedi fighting unknown creatures? What were they using all those kyber crystals for? After all, surely they didn’t need that many lightsabers. Unless they did. Were they at war with some unknown foe? Is this all Snoke’s fault?
Of course, that doesn’t even scratch the surface of the dozen religious splinter sects that make pilgrimages to the Holy City. What do these individual groups believe? How do they interact with each other? How did they come to be and how many followers do they have? In a world where Force powers are on display on the regular, how can anyone choose to disbelieve their own senses?
All of these and more are stories worthy of exploration. All Lucasfilm has to do is pop Doctor Aphra planetside and let her sift through the charred remains and see what spoils turn up.
Will Terminator: Dark Fate finally break the curse of terrible Terminator sequels? Every movie in the franchise has been trying, and failing, to live up to the glory of James Cameron’s original The Terminator and its sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day, with disappointing results. But Dark Fate is hoping to change things up with some familiar faces.
James Cameron is back producing, and Linda Hamilton is returning to the franchise for the first time since T2. And it looks as if all of this might be enough to lure in a crowd – because early Terminator Dark Fate box office tracking indicates the sequel might be headed towards a franchise-best opening weekend.
Are you excited for Terminator: Dark Fate? If so, you’re not alone. Deadline is saying that early box office projections for the new sequel/reboot are pretty darn good, with the Tim Miller-directed flick looking at a potential $40-plus million opening weekend. That puts it on track to break previous franchise record holder, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which opened at $44 million.
Dark Fate is following a similar path as the 2018 box office hit Halloween. David Gordon Green’s horror sequel/reboot brought back the franchise’s original heroine and also opted to ignore all the sequels. Dark Fate brings back Sarah Connor and ignores every Terminator sequel after Judgement Day, enabling Tim Miller and James Cameron to make something more akin to a direct sequel to T2.
Whether or not the general public knows that is up for debate. But the marketing has been sure to slap James Cameron’s name everywhere, and I wouldn’t be surprised if casual moviegoers thought Cameron was back in the director’s chair even though he’s just producing he also played a part in shaping the story, so there’s that. The reunion of Cameron, Hamilton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger might trigger enough nostalgia in audiences to ensure that Dark Fate ends up with a winning weekend. There are even some projections stating that Dark Fight could go as high as $60 million, but that seems overly generous.
In Terminator: Dark Fate, “Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future.” The film stars Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta. Look for Terminator: Dark Fate in theaters November 1, 2019.