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The first season of Disney's hit series The Mandalorian is ample proof that Star Wars fatigue is far from setting in, with fans still very much on board to experience new and exciting adventures set in a galaxy far, far away. Well, excitement for the upcoming second season is hotting up, especially with the recent news that Daredevil star Rosario Dawson will be taking on the role of fan-favorite Jedi warrior, Ahsoka Tano. To get an idea of what the actress might look like as the character, a new fan-made concept design shows off what the actress could look like as Ahsoka Tano in the second season of The Mandalorian.
Digital artist Mizuri has created an image that depicts Rosario Dawson wielding a green lightsaber as the live-action version of Ahsoka Tano. In the caption, the artist notes that as a fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars growing up, they are excited to see Ahsoka Tano when The Mandalorian returns for its second season on the Disney Plus streaming service. They are far from the only one, with fans having been crying out for the character to make her live-action debut for some time.'Woah!! It seems like Rosario Dawson will be joining the cast of @themandalorian as Ahsoka Tano! Growing up, I really enjoyed Star Wars the Clone Wars, so it'll be really cool seeing Ahsoka in live action! Here's a poster remix of Dawson in Sin City, turned into Ahsoka Tano. Enjoy!'
It was revealed last week that Dawson has now been cast as the beloved character, with the news being welcomed by many fans who have longed to see Ahsoka Tano appear in a live-action Star Wars project since the character made her debut in The Clone Wars animated movie back in 2008. Though the image may not be an official one, it wonderfully demonstrates what a good casting choice Dawson is, and how great the character could end up looking in the final product.
In her first appearance, Ahsoka Tano was voiced by Ashley Eckstein, with the character ending up being a staple of The Clone Wars series. Over time, she has found an audience and has become a truly important character within the franchise. Other than her appearance in the The Clone Wars, Ahsoka has also appeared in the animated series Rebels and, over the years, has become one of the most popular characters in all of Star Wars. Eckstein also provided her voice for a brief line in last year's The Rise of Skywalker. Though it may be someone else taking on the role for The Mandalorian, Eckstein has said that she is 'always happy to see her legacy continued'.
The first season of The Mandalorian picks up after the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, as another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. The second season remains something of a mystery at this time, but it is...
Last week, Hasbro celebrated Star Wars Fan Appreciation Day, because every single day is a new chance for the population at large to be marketed to by major corporations. Thankfully, we’re Star Wars fans, and the announcement of new Star Wars Black Series figures is an exciting one, especially when they include a new version of The Mandalorian in Beskar armor, the respected Admiral Ackbar, a fierce Ewok warrior, and a slick carbonized version of a beloved character from The Empire Strikes Back.The Mandalorian Black Series Action Figure
Just before The Mandalorian arrived on Disney+, the first wave of merchandising from the live-action Star Wars series arrived in stores along with the first action figures from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But it seemed Hasbro didn’t properly anticipate demand for the Black Series figures associated with the series, because nearly all of them have been extremely difficult to find, especially Mando himself. But hopefully that will change with this new version of the bounty hunter.
Unlike the first version of The Mandalorian Black Series figure, this one comes with shiny new Beskar armor. It’s a much cleaner version of the character, and he still comes with all the appropriate weaponry. Unfortunately, there’s no two-pack that comes with The Child known as Baby Yoda, but you can still buy the little guy separately.#gallery-3 #gallery-3 .gallery-item #gallery-3 img #gallery-3 .gallery-caption /* see gallery_shortcode in wp-includes/media.php */ Admiral Ackbar and Teebo Join the Black Series
Two characters from Return of the Jedi are getting their due diligence as Black Series figures. Admiral Ackbar joins the line, looking like his back has been seriously injured in the promotional photo above. Meanwhile, the Ewok known as Teebo is clearly not in the mood for dealing with any Stormtrooper crap, so don’t mess with that dude.#gallery-4 #gallery-4 .gallery-item #gallery-4 img #gallery-4 .gallery-caption /* see gallery_shortcode in wp-includes/media.php */ New Carbonized Boba Fett and Stormtrooper
Finally, after first being introduced on Triple Force Friday last fall, the carbonized variant line of Black Series figures is getting two new additions this year, and they should be infinitely easier to find than that initial wave, especially since they’re both available for pre-order over at Big Bad Toy Store right now.
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Quibi is putting the pedal to the metal with a new stop-motion animated series based on a viral short film.
Micro Mayhem, “a series of over-the-top shorts where the cars are the characters,” uses toy cars to tell violent, action-packed stories. Jon Favreau‘s Golem Creations is executive producing, while Seth Green‘s Stoopid Buddy Studios will co-produce alongside eOne. Check out the original viral short below.
Deadline reports that Quibi has given a green light to the new series, which is created and executive produced by Eric Towner Robot Chicken. Here’s how they describe it:
Inspired by the original Micro Mayhem viral short created by Towner and John Harvatine IV, in each self-contained short-form episode, the cars set the stage with an immense amount of attitude and personality in the dialogue-free grindhouse action series. Per the logline: “The series combines miniature filmmaking and stop-motion artistry in a wild and comically violent ride like no other!”
Back in 2016, the Micro Mayhem YouTube channel posted the following two videos, which give us a very good idea of what we can expect from this new Quibi series:
Green is obviously no stranger to the world of stop-motion, having been one of the primary creative voices behind the long-running Cartoon Network series Robot Chicken. He’s also produced stop-motion shows like SuperMansion, Buddy Thunderstruck, and Titan Maximum, and as you can see from the end-credits tags on the videos above, he and his Stoopid Buddy Studios have been hooked up with these guys for years already. While Favreau has typically worked in live-action, he also has some experience with stop-motion, having used it in his 2003 film Elf to recreate the look of Rankin/Bass Christmas classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
“Micro Mayhem brings to life the car chases I imagined as a kid, and combines my love of technology and stop-motion artistry,” Towner said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be teaming with Golem Creations to bring this dream project to life.”
Greg Clayman, an executive at production company eOne, released a statement of his own: “Quibi’s focus on micro storytelling provides the perfect platform for Micro Mayhem. We are excited to work with Eric and his team at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, to bring this wild ride to audiences one turn at a time.”
Quibi, which launches on April 6, 2020, is the mobile-only platform that will release new content every day in the form of videos that are 10 minutes or less. You can read more about it here....
Fox has ordered a second season of its animated family comedy Duncanville for 2021-2022. The series hails from Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite Productions, The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully and his wife, former Simpsons writer-producer Julie Scully, 20th Century Fox TV and Universal TV.
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Duncanville joins fellow Fox freshman animated series Bless the Harts, which also has already been renewed for a second season.
The network has been ramping up its animated portfolio over the past two years and currently has five series on the air, veterans The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers, and newcomers Bless the Harts and Duncanville, with two more, Housebroken and The Great North, set to join the lineup next season. Animation is one film/TV area that is still going during the pandemic-related Hollywood shutdown, with production done remotely, so work can be done on current seasons as well orders for next season.
“Duncanville is another great addition to our Sunday Animation Domination block,” said Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, Fox Entertainment. “Amy, Mike and Julie have been fantastic partners, as have the teams at 20th and Universal Television. Our thanks also go out to the entire voice cast, including Ty, Ricki, Betsy, Yassir, Zach, Joy, Rashida and Wiz. Duncan may be an average teen. However, the show is anything but, and we can't wait for a brand-new season of Harris family adventures.”
Duncanville has been a soft linear performer, with its Live+Same day rating deliveries among the lowest for a Fox series this season, but it has done well on digital. Season-to-date, Duncanville averages 2.3 million multiplatform viewers and is Fox's most-streamed new comedy this season, Its premiere is Fox's most-streamed animated debut on record 7-day average.
The series follows a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, voiced by Poehler, with a rich fantasy life, and the people in his world. Duncan can see adulthood on the horizon: money, freedom, cars, girls...but the reality is more like: always being broke, driving with your mom sitting shotgun and babysitting your little sister. He's not exceptional, but he has a wild imagination in which he's never anything less than amazing. Poehler also voices Duncan's mother, Annie, and Ty Burrell voices Duncan's father, Jack. Featured voices also include Riki Lindhome, Betsy Sodaro, Yassir Lester and Zach Cherry, as well as guest voices Rashida Jones, Wiz Khalifa and Joy Osmanski.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Universal Television and Fox Entertainment, Duncanville was co-created by the Scullys and Poehler, through her Paper...