First ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Teaser Reveals a Major Villain’s Return; Here’s Everything We Know

First ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Teaser Reveals a Major Villain’s Return; Here’s Everything We Know

A fairly short time from now, in a theater not too far away, Star Wars: Episode IX is hitting the big screen to close out the Sequel Trilogy and the “Skywalker Saga” as a whole. This movie is going to be a big deal, not only as the finale of a nine-part story (excluding spin-offs and animated features) but supposedly also as the last time we'll be seeing Original Trilogy characters and the last time we'll be hearing an original score from John Williams. …

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The Week in Movie News: ‘Shazam!’ Sequel in the Works, First ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Teaser and More

The Week in Movie News: ‘Shazam!’ Sequel in the Works, First ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Teaser and More

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:


DC plans more Shazam!: The latest installment of the DC Extended Universe was a hit at the box office last weekend, and so naturally there’s going to be a sequel. While there’s no release date set nor a confirmation of Zachary Levi’s return, Shazam! screenwriter Henry Gayden has been hired to pen Shazam 2, according to The Wrap. David F. Sandberg may also return to direct….

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‘Rise of Skywalker’ Set to Be Most Diverse Star Wars Casting Ever. Here Is A Roster of Black Star Wars Characters

The Episode IX trailer for the latest Star Wars movie was just released. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be the space series’ most diverse casting since the first movie premiered in 1977. People of color including leading man John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Naomi Ackie, and the return of Billy Dee Williams in the iconic role of Lando Calrissian, are front and center in the latest episode.

And while there was controversy over the casting of John Boyega, a black British actor as a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, there have been iconic black actors and characters throughout the Star Wars universe. Here are seven of the best known.

Black Characters Star Wars Characters

Mace Windu

Played by: Samuel L. Jackson

Film: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999


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2. Lando Calrissian

Played by: Billy Dee Williams

Films: The Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi


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3. Maz Kanata

Played by: Lupita Nyong’o

Film: The Force Awakens


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4. Voice of Darth Vader

Played by: James Earl Jones

Films: Star WarsThe Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi


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5. Jabba the Hutt’s Twi’lek slave dancer Oola

Played by:  Femi Taylor

Film: Return of the Jedi



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6. Finn 

Played by: John Boyega

Film: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi 


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7. Rachel

Played by:  Crystal Clarke

Film: The Force Awakens



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Editors’ Note: This article has been updated from its original publish date in 2017. 

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Debuts First Teaser; Top 5 Moments from Star Wars Celebration

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It was arguably the most important and anticipated presentation of the year, and it all went down at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago.

Disney and Lucasfilm chose Chicago as the location where they would roll out a first look at Star Wars Episode IX, due out this December. Not only is it among the most anticipated movies of the year according to Fandango fans, but it's the culmination of a nine-movie saga that began all the way back in 1977 with Star Wars: A New Hope.

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Hair Wars: Hollywood Actresses Want Black Hairstylists

Model Olivia Anakwe sparked and discussion on Instagram about on set hair styling; venting that hair stylists at shoots generally are clueless when it comes to working with Black hair/natural hair.

Anakwe expressed her frustration with “texture discrimination” in Hollywood after she was booked to wear cornrows during a Paris Fashion Week show but there wasn’t a hairstylist backstage with knowledge of styling textured hair, Vice reported.

Several black actors, including “Insecure’s” Natasha Rothwell, Gabrielle Union, and Yvette Nicole Brown, shared their own experiences and noted how they often bring their own hair and makeup supplies to set because stylists aren’t prepared for black actors.

“Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair,” wrote Anakwe.  Peep her lengthy IG post below.

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This message is to spread awareness & hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills. Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair. I was asked to get out of an empty chair followed by having hairstylists blatantly turning their backs to me when I would walk up to them, to get my hair done. If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style just as they practice the look and demo for non-afro hair. I arrived backstage where they planned to do cornrows, but not one person on the team knew how to do them without admitting so. After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it. After asking two models and then the lead/only nail stylist, she was then taken away from her job to do my hair. This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change. No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others? It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class. I was ignored, I was forgotten, and I felt that. Unfortunately I’m not alone, black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better. || #NaturalHair #ModelsofColor #BlackHairCare #HairCare #Message #Hair #Hairstyling #Backstage #BTS #AfroTexturedHair #Afro #POC #Braids #Message #Spreadtheword #Speak #Awareness #Growth #WorkingTogether #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin

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Putting their tresses in the hands of untrained hair stylists could lead to permanent hair damage, as Union pointed out.

“The pressure to just be happy they picked you & you got a job, don’t ask for the SAME things every other actor/model gets on GP,” she wrote on Twitter. “Listen, if u stay quiet, u WILL have bald spots, hair damage, look NUTS (tho they will tell u its cuuuuuuuuute).”



But using your own stylist often isn’t permitted on unionized projects and Gabby stressed that point, writing on Twitter, “getting [stylists that can do black hair] in [the union] has NEVER been easy or smooth.”

“What alot [sic] of non-industry folks don’t realize is that u can’t just use [your] normal hairstylists/barbers/makeup artists on a union job (most jobs are union) Those artists HAVE to be IN THE UNION & getting them in has NEVER been easy or smooth. Ever. Like never,” she shared.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen, who played Black Manta in “Aquaman,” shared how she has been “ignored” and “forgotten” by hairstylists and how “too often [hair stylists] begin to ‘figure it out’ the second we sit in the chair.”

Actress De’Adre Aziza summed up the convo with a tweet noting that a “[Hair stylists are] out there, Hollywood simply had to care enough to hire them.”

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Killing Snoke Saved Star Wars

Snoke ranks #4 on our list of the 100 most popular villains of 2018 (check it out here).

The Force Awakens presented an interesting challenge for Disney. When Star Wars first came out, no one knew a thing about it, so information was taken at face value, without question. Luke is a farm boy with space wizard blood in his veins. Darth Vader is an evil emissary of an evil Emperor, who is so evil he recently dissolved the Galactic Senate. They have a Death Star, which is very scary, and very evil.

At no point did we ever hit pause and say, “Wait, but WHO is the Emperor? What’s his deal? What other characters is he connected to and why?” We just nodded, accepted that there was an Emperor, and that he was evil, and moved along with the story unfolding in front of us.

What If The Force Awakens Was the First Film?

Imagine if The Force Awakens had been the very first Star Wars movie. We’d nod along as a hotshot pilot searches for a map to an old war hero (General Kenobi, you’re my only hope) only to be pursued by the evil Kylo Ren, an evil emissary of the evil Supreme Leader Snoke, commander of the First Order (and #4 on our list of the 100 most popular villains of 2018). They have a Starkiller, which is very scary, and very evil.

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This is some grade-A evil stuff.

Who is that old war hero? He’s just a war hero. Who is Kylo Ren? He’s the evil son of two other war heroes and works for Snoke. Who is Snoke? He’s in charge of the bad guys. We nod, accept, and move along.

Eventually, books and toys would come out to fill in the blanks as we waited for the second film to hit theatres. We would consume it with a frenzied passion, but we wouldn’t pick it apart or look at it with skepticism. We’d accept this wonderful new information at face value. “That guy’s name is Bossk? Cool!” We’d ask “what else?” instead of saying “yeah, but uh.”

Skipping to the Third Act

However, The Force Awakens was not the first Star Wars film. Worse: It was the first after years and years of lore building and world construction. The who, what, where, why, and how of Star Wars wasn’t just in place — it was an indestructible death machine capable of destroying planets. Awakens was the first Star Wars thing to give us new information without the safety net of established lore. There was no trilogy of books to read to make sure something checked out. Even Wookieepedia was helpless in the face of the Dark Side of New Information.

To make things more challenging, it was, in a lot of ways, the third act of a story we didn’t get a second act of. We saw the first act: the rise of Luke, Han, and Leia and the fall of the Empire in the original trilogy. But we didn’t get a second act trilogy about their adventures protecting their New Republic, or any seeds of the First Order rising to oppose it. We were dropped directly into their final days as heroes, a new generation, and the fully realized threat of Snoke. Obsessed and driven as we are by needing to know the information about Star Wars, that was a tough pill to swallow. So needing to know, we took to the lore and made our own guesses. Forget the story unfolding — we need to know.

And it is through that lens that I like to examine Supreme Leader Snoke, an Emperor that exists on two timelines at once: his timeline as a character being introduced to Star Wars fans and the timeline of his character’s actual arc.

It’s All for You, Kylo Ren

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Snoke’s story is not uncommon in literature.

The arc of Snoke’s character is simple enough: From the Unknown Regions, this cruel Force user assembled the elements of what would become the First Order, a war machine that would dwarf even the military resources of the Clone War era. He took Luke Skywalker’s prize student and twisted him in the dark side. Always a master, always an apprentice. In the moment of Snoke’s greatest triumph, his apprentice betrayed him, murdered him, and took his place.

We’ve seen this story play out countless times in literature and pop culture, but what gives it a new spin in Force Awakens and Last Jedi is the moment we’re brought into it. We’re only given the end. Could we have had a “second act” trilogy covering the origin of Snoke? Probably. Would it have been about as rewarding as the origin of Palpatine in the prequel trilogy? Probably. Instead, the fat is removed and we’re given the story beat about Snoke that truly matters: the rise of Kylo Ren.

Kylo Ren Star Wars
The rise of Kylo Ren was inevitable and necessary.

After all, even Palpatine is simply a means to an end. He’s a lightning-shooting Faceless Evil. It’s why he’s usually just called “The Emperor.” That’s all he needs to be: a lightning rod of fear for the galaxy, and ultimately a guy to be tossed into a pit when Darth Vader needs to be redeemed. Sometimes we just need to get to the fireworks factory, and Palpatine manipulating Naboo into a land war isn’t the factory — getting tossed in a hole by Vader is the fireworks factory.

Let’s Play a Game — With the Audience

In The Last Jedi, it’s revealed to the audience that they’re watching the end of Snoke’s story. The fireworks factory. His end is a means to Kylo Ren’s beginning. A lot of words have been written for and against director Rian Johnson’s “subversion of expectations.” But in this case, the reveal that we’re at the end of Snoke’s story — not the beginning — is less of a subversion and more of a meta kind of twist — a game with the audience.

Kylo Ren standing triumphant with lightsaber
Snoke's end shifts our focus to Kylo Ren and the future of the franchise.

How do you make an audience raised on knowing all of the lore actively watch a new story play out and engage with it instead of just playing “Star Wars Expectations” bingo? A simple shake-up of Joseph Campbell storytelling theory and trilogy structure — killing the Emperor ahead of our expected schedule — takes us out of our dependency on the past and forces us to actively watch the future play out.

“Kill it, if you have to,” Kylo says. And so he does. Killing Snoke cements that Kylo Ren has his own destiny to follow. It forces us to realize that for better or worse, we are watching something wholly new that isn’t concerned with the things we knew. It challenges our ability to absorb something new that doesn’t match our expectations and asks us to make ourselves comfortable with the idea that everything we tried to guess about Snoke was meaningless.

All of that in one stroke of a lightsaber.

The Supreme Leader is dead. Long live the Supreme Leader.

The Psychology of Emperor Palpatine

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Cassian Andor is getting his own ‘Star Wars’ live-action series

Cassian Andor is back.

Lucasfilm announced Thursday that a “Rogue One” prequel series is in the works, focusing on the rebel spy’s “formative years of the Rebellion.”

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The Weekend Reset – Product Wars, disguise tips and a Halloween party playlist.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.


ADJUST:…your perspective.

This is a story about the Mercator projection. It is a story about maps and how they are mostly wrong. It is a story about distortion and the poles. And, it is a reminder that there are some things which we learned and thought we understood that might need another look.


PARTY: A playlist made for your Halloween bash.

The Saturday night before Halloween (especially when the holiday is in the middle of the week) is THE night for big adult parties. For those of you hosting or going to a party, we’ve created the perfect soundtrack for a night of fun. Like the old Ronco adds would say, “set it and forget it!”


READ: Yes, you can work yourself to death.

It happens. If you find yourself being tasked with more and more projects and obligations at work, make sure you keep yourself healthy and aware of your health. We’d very much like to have you hanging around with us. Obligatory.


WATCH: Product Wars (a short)

For those of us who wonder about the future of marketing and branding, this is a surrealistic take on what could be coming our way. Satire and social commentary with a dose of humor all combine for a bit of fun. I’m hoping for my own Gritty.


LEARN: Pick up some pointers for your Halloween costume?

When I was a kid there was a movie called F/X and it was a pretty big pop culture hit. It hasn’t aged well but it was fun at the time and it left an impression. This story is about how the CIA protects its agents via disguises. In other words, this is the real life version of the movie and it is really interesting.

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Watch These Superfans Fight It Out in an Epic Star Wars Trivia Battle

Star Wars fans recently turned out in droves at NYCC to play a game of FANDOM Feud, presented by the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. They came prepared to test their knowledge of the galaxy far, far away against other expert superfans in this ultimate trivia competition. Who comes out on top? Watch and find out!

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