How ‘Andor’ sound and effects wizards created a gritty ‘Star Wars’

The turbulent season finale of “Andorcame and went and we’re still basking in the afterglow of this sensational 12-episode “Star Wars” series on Disney+. Using a minimalist style that operates within the “less is more” arena of filmmaking, creator and showrunner Tony Gilroy have accomplished a Herculean task of conjuring fresh magic within the “Star … Read more

‘Andor’ costume designer Michael Wilkinson talks Star Wars chic

With “Andor’s” mature, sophisticated take on the “Star Wars” universe, writer/creator Tony Gilroy (“The Bourne Franchise”) has elevated the storied franchise to new levels of engagement in its first season now coming to an end this week on Disney+. As a 12-episode prequel to 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” chronicling the early days … Read more

‘Andor’ episode 4 soars as we meet the Rebels of ‘Star Wars’

The question of whether or not the next episode of “Andor” would maintain the high standard the show set for itself has been answered, and that answer is a resounding “yes.” The first three episodes, all released at once last week established an impressively high benchmark for this latest “Star Wars” live-action spin-off and … … Read more

US presidential narcissism linked to longer wars

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain US wars last longer under presidents who score high on a measure of narcissism, new research suggests. The study, which examined the 19 presidents who served between 1897 and 2009, found that the eight leaders who scored above average on narcissism spent an average of 613 days at war—compared to 136 … Read more

Rethinking Anakin Skywalker: How Star Wars has failed to properly explore its most significant character

There is a scene in Attack of the Clones that shows early how conflicted the prophesied one is. During a scene where Anakin is alone with Padme, as they prepare to leave for Naboo, the padawan is considering his master Obi-Wan: “[he’s] as wise as Master Yoda and as powerful as Master Windu,” he says, … Read more

Lego Star Wars R2-D2 review

Essential info: Price: $199.99/£174.99 Model number: 75308 Number of pieces: 2,314 Dimensions: 13 x 8 x 6 in / 31 x 19 x 15 cm Recommended age: 18+ If you’ve ever wanted your own astromech droid, starship mechanic, rebel hero, and just all around fun little buddy, then the Lego Star Wars R2-D2 is for … Read more

Everything that we know about Star Wars: Andor – release date, cast, trailers

See the darker side of the Rebel Alliance as we look at everything we know about Andor, the Star Wars prequel series coming soon to Disney+. Rebel agent Cassian Andor returns to screens later this summer with the premiere of the new Star Wars TV show, simply named ‘Andor’, with the promise of filling in … Read more

Lego Star Wars Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder review

Essential info: Price: $199.99 / £174.99 Model number: 75341 Number of pieces: 1,890 Dimensions: 4 x 19 x 11.5 inches / 10 x 49 x 30 cm Recommended age: 18+ We’ve counted, and the brand-new Lego Star Wars Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder is the eleventh Version of the X-34 Landspeeder to come from Lego. Granted, some … Read more