NFL player shows up to press conference dressed in Yoda onesie

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Steve Smith is either A) 36 days late to Halloween or B) really stoked for ‘Rogue One‘ next week. 

The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver showed up to Wednesday’s press conference dressed as Yoda, everyone’s favorite Jedi Master.

Smith offered no explanation as to why he chose that particular attire, besides saying, “It’s been a while since I wore a onesie,” per ESPN‘s Jamison Hensley.

Steve Smith Sr. In Yoda costume as he addresses mediapic.twitter.com/k0pB8L1n8t

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Here’s how the ‘Star Wars’ droids could help you survive the holidays

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The debut of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is mere days away (Dec. 16, if you’re keeping track), and while the holidays have become synonymous with Star Wars, this time of year is also packed with plenty of other seasonal activities that may end up making you feel like bantha fodder by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around.

In a galaxy far, far away, our heroes can always rely on their trusty droids to help save the day. In that spirit, Mashable has assessed some of Star Wars‘ most reliable mechanoids and imagined just how useful they could be during this season’s most stressful situations.  Read more…

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Globe’s ‘Rogue One’ ad is a heck of a tearjerker aimed at inspiring courage

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A partnership between Filipino telecom Globe and Disney Southeast Asia has produced one of the greatest tear-jerking-warm-your-heart ads that’ll strike your feed today.

The ad features a shy girl who wears a Stormtrooper helmet to school, as a shield for a disability.

We won’t spoil it for you, but suffice it to say, the rousing reveal is worth it.

The ad is part of Globe’s #Create campaign promote and protect the rights of Filipino girls and young women — and this time using the magic of a galaxy far, far away.

Globe is also offering a chance to win a trip to Florida for Star Wars events, movie tickets, and oodles of merch, ahead of the film’s premiere on Dec. 15. Read more…

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Watch Disney’s Spaceship Earth become the Death Star

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With the release of Rogue One swiftly approaching (next week!), it’s time to crank up the hype machine. And this being a Disney release, we should have expected the studio to do so in a big way.

On Monday night, Spaceship Earth, the nearly 35-year-old giant silver sphere in the middle of Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando, was transformed from a glittering ball of hope into an even more famous glittering ball of doom: the Death Star.

The transformation came complete with lasers and explosions but reports claim that no Bothans were harmed in the production. Read more…

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‘Rogue One’ director talks reshoots: ‘Star Wars has to be fantastic’

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To some Star Wars fans, reports that the upcoming movie Rogue One was spending weeks reshooting some scenes this summer was cause for consternation. 

But Rogue One director Gareth Edwards has news for those fans — that’s how movies work. Reshoots make them better. And that goes double for a Star Wars movie.

“With a lot of films you go ‘that’s good,’ and walk away,” Edwards told Mashable. “But Star Wars has to be fantastic. So you shouldn’t let go of the camera, or the edit suite, until they [pry] it out of your hands.” Read more…

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Everything you wanted to know about ‘Rogue One’ but were afraid to ask

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To understand ‘Rogue One’ takes exactly one minute. 

I’m not being metaphorical; all you really need to do to get what this film is about is watch (or, more likely, rewatch) the first minute of the most popular space movie in history. 

Ready? Let’s do it, 1977 style. 

To save time, skip the Princess Leia paragraph. Focus on the first two: there’s a great civil war underway, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It’s The Rebels vs. The Galactic Empire — which, in case there were any doubt, is evil.”

The scrappy little Rebels win a battle for the first time. Evidently this battle’s main objective was to help a heroic team of spies steal the plans to a scary “ultimate” weapon called the Death Star, which is the same size as a moon but isn’t one. The Death Star can destroy worlds. Read more…

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‘Rogue One’ cast gets mildly political, stands up for diversity

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It says a lot about post-election politics — and the traditional caution of Hollywood — that when actors in a major movie make a non-controversial statement about the importance of diversity in society, it is cause for wild applause. 

But that’s what happened Friday at the Rogue One Q&A at Lucasfilm, which was livestreamed on TwitterPeople’s deputy editor and moderator JD Heyman pointedly asked the Star Wars movie’s cast, and its director Gareth Edwards, whether the movie had any kind of message for the real world. 

Now it has seemed obvious for a while to many viewers that there’s a political message in a movie about a band of diverse, downtrodden rebels coming together to strike a blow at an authoritarian leader who has transformed a Republic into an Empire. As Forest Whitaker says at the beginning of the first full Rogue One trailer: “The world is coming undone.” Read more…

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‘Rogue One,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ make the Oscar VFX contenders short-list

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Rogue One is in the running to win at least one Oscar, as the Star Wars spinoff is among 20 contenders to advance for a visual effects award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday.

The prize has roots dating back to the first ceremony in 1928 (Wings won it, along with Best Picture and virtually everything else)  and is typically pretty sci-fi and blockbuster-heavy. Because let’s face it, this is just as much a “most effects” award as it is “best” — and this year has its fair share of that.

But sci-fi (Rogue One, Arrival) and super heroes (Doctor Strange, X:Men Apocalypse, Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, the 8th, 9th and 10th noms for Marvel since Iron Man) will have stiff competition this year, even just to get nominated. Read more…

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‘Rogue One’ battles rage in this new ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ trailer

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Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic fight as heroes for the Rebellion and Empire, respectively, in the Rogue One: Scarif add-on for Star Wars: Battlefront.

This new trailer highlights some of what you can expect from the new location’s jungle-and-beachside action. It’s a welcome sneak preview of the battleground featured in the Dec. 16 movie.

The map pack comes to the game on Dec. 6 for Season Pass holders, or anyone that owns the recently released “Ultimate Edition” of Battlefront (which includes the season pass). A $15 a la carte DLC release will follow on Dec. 20, two weeks after the Season Pass early access starts. Read more…

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Watch Felicity Jones show off her ‘Rogue One’ combat skills

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Felicity Jones learned “a lot of kung fu” for her role as Jyn Erso in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Because if you’re trying to steal the Empire’s Death Star plans, you’d better be prepared to fight it out.

A much less formidable foe than the Empire? A skittish Jimmy Fallon.

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