We all love Werner Herzog. He’s a delightfully bleak man who makes powerful, uncompromising movies that can often be quiet soul-crushing, and he also happens to love watching wrestling. He’s everything you want him to be, and more. When Herzog isn’t directing documentaries and features that make you ponder existential questions he occasionally pops-up as an actor in unlikely places. He was the villain in Jack Reacher. He had a funny cameo as a man selling a haunted house so he could move closer to Disney World in Parks and Recreation. And currently, you can catch him in The Mandalorian as the mysterious figure The Client.
Herzog has said in the past that he hasn’t actually seen a Star Wars movie. But he has seen The Mandalorian, and he had very positive things to say about it during a recent Q&A. “I enjoyed every single moment of it,” Herzog said. “It’s beyond what we are seeing on the screen. It’s cinema back at its best.”
Referring to The Mandalorian as “cinema” will no doubt cause the denizens of Film Twitter to launch into all sorts of endless discussions. However, it’s worth noting that Herzog seems to be specifically referring to the way The Mandalorian was filmed. Specifically, the tech being employed to create the show’s sci-fi-fantasy landscapes.
“On the big fantasy films, actors were acting almost like robots in front of green screens, you didn’t see the world that you were inhabiting,” he said. “Here the actors see the entire universe in which they are operating and the camera does the same.”
The Mandalorian is shooting in something called “The Volume.” Mandalorian co-star Giancarlo Esposito previously offered some insight into the tech:
“Technically, this show has a new technology [that’s] never really [been] refined as much as it is right now. We’re in a place called The Volume, where we do most of our acting, where set pieces are brought in, where we can control the physical atmosphere of what is projected on the walls and control how gravity is; you get a feeling that gravity is being played with.”
And at the center of it all is Werner Herzog, sitting there saying dialogue like, “We can only give you a tracking fob.” If that isn’t cinema, then I don’t know what is.
While doing press for last night’s world premiere of The Mandalorian, which showcased the first three episodes of the Disney+ series, showrunner/creator Jon Favreau addressed the pilot episode’s shocking ending. Read his comments below, but beware of spoilers if you haven’t seen the first episode yet.
Collider transcribed the following quote from Favreau’s red carpet interview with Variety for last night’s premiere. Oddly, Variety has since removed the video altogether. Here, Favreau talks about the episode’s final reveal: the fact that The Mandalorian’s fifty-year-old target is actually a baby of the same species as Yoda.
“I wanted to surprise people, and I wanted to—well, there are bigger arcs that go through the whole season and the whole throw of the show. So as fun as it is to reveal new characters and surprise them, it also fits into a larger narrative about what’s going on in the galaxy after the revolution, and this is an important character.”
We wrote a big article yesterday speculating about what this Baby Yoda’s involvement might mean for the Star Wars galaxy: is it a Yoda clone? Is it Yoda and Yaddle’s son? Could it show up in The Rise of Skywalker? But that was just speculation on our part – now we have confirmation directly from Favreau that this youngling will be “an important character” who may even have larger implications for the galaxy at large in the wake of the fall of the Empire. What does this world look like? What are the power dynamics at play? Who has tried to slide in and fill the power vacuum now that the Emperor is gone? Or could the Emperor himself actually appear in this series, since he evidently survived the events of Return of the Jedi and plays a role in The Rise of Skywalker some thirty years later?
Favreau also seemed surprised that he was able to preserve this surprise reveal for audiences, considering how tough it is to keep a lid on spoilers for all things Star Wars.
“What I’m most proud of is that we surprised people. You know how hard that is to do that nowadays? And what type of commitment it took from everybody who was on set and from the studio to hide all the clues that people, especially Star Wars fans, normally tap into? Looking into toy catalogues, looking into marketing materials, looking into style guides, photography, and the fact that that secret was kept is incredible.”
The second episode of The Mandalorian hits Disney+ tomorrow.
On the November 14, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.
>Opening Banter: This is the last time we’ll hear from HT for a while.
At The Water Cooler:
What we’ve been Doing: Peter attended the grand opening of Funko’s new Hollywood store. He also celebrated his birthday at El Coyote. Jacob set up his Christmas tree. Brad is mad because we already had a winter storm. Hoai-Tran is not prepared for her trip to Vietnam. What we’ve been Reading: Jacob read Blockade Billy by Stephen King. What we’ve been Watching: Peter and Brad watched Parasite. Jacob and Chris and Ben watched episode one of The Mandalorian. Peter attended The Mandalorian world premiere and saw chapters two and three of the series. Peter watched Pixar in Real Life on Disney+, he also found Disneyland Around The Seasons on the service. Brad went to see Jojo Rabbit. Watched Let It Snow on Netflix. Chris watched Hobbs and Shaw, The Kitchen, and The Devil Next Door. Jacob saw The Irishman and watched The Imagineering Story, Frozen, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ben watched Honey Boy, Waves, The Good Liar, and Ford v Ferrari. Hoai-Tran watched Charlie’s Angels, Dark Waters, White Snake, Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy, One Child Nation, saw a special midnight screening of The Host at The Metrograph. What we’ve been Eating: Peter went to the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure and ate every food item. Brad tried Candy Cane Milano cookies What we’ve been Playing: Chris got a Nintendo Switch and played Untitled Goose Game. Jacob is hooked on Ring-Fit Adventure on the Nintendo Switch.
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The Mandalorian has been buzzed about all week since the debut of the first episode on Disney+. While we have to wait until tomorrow to see how the story continues with the second episode, a crowd in Los Angeles was treated to a screening of the first three episodes of the series on the big screen at Disney’s El Capitan theater right in the heart of Hollywood. Following the screening, there was a live Q&A that was streamed through the Star Wars YouTube channel that you can watch in full now.
The big push for The Mandalorian being all over the place and dominating social media conversation is largely thanks to the publicity team behind the Disney+ series, and they were just nominated for International Cinematographers Guild Publicists’ Maxwell Weinberg Award for Television Publicity Campaign. Find out more below.
The Mandalorian Livestream Q&A
Unfortunately, since the general public hasn’t seen the second and third episodes of The Mandalorian, this is a spoiler-free Q&A session that can’t really dig into the more intriguing details of the series that have been revealed so far. But even so, there are some fun behind the scenes stories from executive producer Jon Favreau, directors Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa and Deborach Chow, cast members Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Gina Carano, and Werner Herzog, and finally, composer Ludwig Göransson.
If you’ve been enjoying all of the coverage here and everywhere else on the internet about The Mandalorian, it’s largely thanks to the publicity team putting in so much effort to spreading awareness about the series. Even though it might not be as big of a deal to general audiences as your average Star Wars movie, there has been plenty of chatter thanks to the show’s creators and cast making the rounds to promote the show.
The International Cinematographers Guild took special notice of The Mandalorian team for their annual ICG Publicists Awards, honoring innovative, creative and strategic publicity campaigns for the television with the Maxwell Weinberg Award. Here’s the full list of nominees, which features a handful of other streaming series nominees:
Catch-22 – Casey Spiegel, Paramount Television Fosse/Verdon – Nicole Crawford, Fox 21 Television The Mandalorian – The Local 600 union publicists of Disney+ Pose Season 2 – Yong Kim, Fox 21 Television Stranger Things Season 3 – Denise Godoy Gregarek, Unit Publicist When They See Us – Jackie Bazan, Unit Publicist
The winner will be unveiled next year on February 7 at the 57th annual ICG Publicists Awards luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
On Game of Thrones, Pedro Pascal played Oberyn Martell, better known as the Red Viper. That’s a cool character name, and an even better nickname. Through one episode of Disney+’s The Mandalorian, where Pascal plays the eponymous bounty hunter, we don’t know if he has another cool character name, because it hasn’t been said yet. As for his nickname, he goes by The Mandalorian, which is also the name of a mostly-human race from the planet Mandalore. It wouldn’t surprise me if the name is never said, either, because a “The Mandalorian” is, as previously established, cool, and b Pascal revealed the character’s name in a recent interview, and it’s not great, boba.
While speaking to ScreenSlam, Pascal slipped, “The Mandalorian, whose name is Dyn Jarren, is your iconically cool, flawed, mysterious, loner gunslinger that harkens to the best of the samurai movies and westerns.” Meet your hero: Dyn Jarren, whose name is pronounced like the first syllable in the word “dinner” go to 2:31 in the video below.
I can see why he goes by the Mandalorian. Dyn Jarren is no Darth Vader, or Zam Wesell, or Dexter Jettster. Now there’s a red-blooded or whatever color blood a Besalisk has; probably something gross, like green and brown Star Wars name.
T he Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, see all The Mandalorian Easter eggs and references to the rest of the Star Wars universe you might have missed in the first episode. Plus, Kristen Bell and Jimmy Fallon sing through the history of Disney songs on The Tonight Show, and go behind the scenes of the fourth season premiere of Rick and Morty.
First up, the series premiere of The Mandalorian obviously has a lot of references to the rest of the Star Wars universe, but they’re not all easy to spot. That’s why ScreenCrush has put together this helpful video of Easter eggs and explains what they mean and how some might be more significant in upcoming episodes of the series.
With the release of Frozen 2 coming next week, Kristen Bell is already making the promotional rounds on the various late night shows. Last night’s appearance on The Tonight Show came with a little extra Disney magic as she and Jimmy Fallon performed a parade of some of the most memorable Disney songs from over the years, including Frozen and one of the new songs from Frozen 2.
The season premiere of Rick and Morty featured a lot of death since it took a cue from Edge of Tomorrow Live Die Repeat. In this brief featurette, you can find out more about how the episode came together and what they hoped to accomplish with the return of the Adult Swim animated series, which has a few more episodes to air before the end of the year.