After Disney staged their bloodless coup of the Star Wars universe earlier this week, there’s been a lot of talk about the next wave of movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. Lost in the shuffle, though, is the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the popular prequel-era series which is currently airing its fifth season on Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network, of course, is owned by Turner, which is owned by Time Warner — which is decisively not owned by Disney. That means that Clone Wars is currently caught in the neutral zone between two megacorporations, and its future is not entirely certain. The Hollywood Reporter claims that the series will finish out its current season on Cartoon Network in early 2013, at which point it will likely move to Disney XD, the Disney network so hip that it abbreviates “Extra” with “X.” READ FULL STORY
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'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' season 5 trailer: Maul, Mandalorians, and one angry, lightsaber-wielding Darth Sidious -- EXCLUSIVE
The big question we were all left pondering after Star Wars: The Clone Wars did the impossible and resurrected Darth Maul: What’s next?
Well, fans this weekend at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando were treated to at least part of the answer in an epic new trailer for season 5 that shows what happens when Maul and his Mandalorian allies are unleashed on that Galaxy Far, Far Away.
“I’d say these are the most thought-provoking episodes we’ve done, for sure,” supervising director Dave Filoni says of the new season, set to debut on Cartoon Network on Saturday Sept. 29 in its new 9:30 a.m. timeslot. “Is there a benefit of having seen the previous four seasons? Yes. Season 5, more than any other we’ve produced, is geared to the loyal viewer.”
EW has the exclusive online debut of the three-and-a-half minute trailer, and it’s a cosmic corker featuring not just Maul, his brother Savage Opress, and director Jon Favreau’s Mandalorian Death Watch leader Pre Vizsla, but Asajj Ventress, Mark II tech, and a lightsaber-wielding Darth Sidious. Check it out after the page break (if you’re coming from the Inside TV blog main page):
Springfield invaded San Diego on Saturday, as The Simpsons offered up two sneak peeks and one surprise guest (but very little news about the upcoming 24th season) in their Ballroom 20 Comic-Con panel. Here’s your 30-second rundown of the proceedings. READ FULL STORY
In March’s season finale, Star Wars: The Clone Wars served up a canon-rewriting revelation: Darth Maul was alive, if not particularly well. Okay, he was a raving lunatic, having been driven mad over losing his legs to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber on Naboo. In place of those severed limbs, his Dark Side rage had sprouted spider legs from his torso. If you watched last season, you know it was one of the creepier things we’ve ever seen in the franchise.
Well, you can’t keep a bad Sith down, it seems. After being rescued by his brother, Savage Opress, Maul regained his wits and a fancy new pair of metallic legs thanks to Mother Talzin’s Nightsister magic. Just like that, he was back in fighting form and even ready for a rematch with Obi-Wan. Guess what? Maul won. Or at least forced the Jedi Master to retreat. When we last saw the tattooed Sith, he vowed not to chase after Kenobi but, rather, make such a ruckus in the galaxy that the Jedi would be forced to come to him…on his own turf.
Now EW’s got your first look at Maul and Savage slashing their way through season 5. Check out this exclusive video, which just played at The Clone Wars‘ Comic-Con panel but is making its online debut right here, after the break: READ FULL STORY
'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Season 5 trailer: Darth Maul, Death Watch battle over the galaxy -- EXCLUSIVE
Even legendary prequel naysayer Simon Pegg has made up with Star Wars. Why?
“The Clone Wars. Making Star Wars cool again, twenty minutes at a time,” he tweeted in February, shortly before voicing Empire Strikes Back bounty hunter Dengar in an episode. But you don’t have to take Pegg’s word for it. Instead, check out Darth Maul and the Death Watch battling for galactic supremacy in this dark, kinetic new trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ fifth season, set to debut on Cartoon Network this September. Cynical as you may be about the franchise, it’ll make you feel like your 12-year-old self clutching a Boba Fett lunchbox in no time. Or as the series’ supervising director Dave Filoni tells EW, “There’s a lot of payoff coming.” READ FULL STORY
'30 Rock': Where can a girl wear a Princess Leia outfit? Let Liz Lemon count the ways -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
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Sam Witwer on Darth Maul's 'Clone Wars' Resurrection: 'He's going to be around for a little bit' -EXCLUSIVE
Last week’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Brothers,” featured a canon-shattering revelation: Darth Maul had survived being cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi and was hiding out on the garbage planet Lotho Minor. His reentry into that galaxy far, far away is one of the creepier things we’ve ever seen from the Star Wars saga, not just because of the spider legs Maul’s somehow conjured for himself from the dark side of the Force, but because his shattered mental state hinted at the deepest, murkiest kind of psychological darkness.
Who better to play that than Sam Witwer? He’s already literally embodied the dark side with his character The Son on The Clone Wars’ third season and voiced Darth Vader’s secret apprentice Starkiller in The Force Unleashed videogames. Not to mention that he plays sexy vampire (do they come any other way these days?) Aidan on Syfy’s Being Human and portrayed the decidedly unsexy tank zombie that Rick kills in the pilot episode of The Walking Dead. In a far more awesome alternate universe, he was also the star of Frank Darabont’s ambitious original idea for the Walking Dead Season 2 premiere.
EW caught up with Witwer about Maul and what exactly his resurrection means for the future of the Star Wars saga as we know it. He’ll also be joining us, along with Obi-Wan voice actor James Arnold Taylor, for our live chat of The Clone Wars Season 4 finale starting at 7:40 p.m. ET/4:40 p.m. PT tonight. READ FULL STORY
In Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace Darth Maul said, “At last we shall reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we shall have revenge.” Well, that didn’t quite work out, did it? At least not then, and certainly not because of the tattooed Sith Lord. Sure, Maul killed the preachy Qui-Gon Jinn, but he in turn got cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi.
In last week’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, however, it was revealed that Maul survived the aforementioned vivisection, though he was left a broken shell of a Sith, incoherently muttering nonsense to himself from deep within a cave on junk planet Lotho Minor. It may have been disappointing for you Maul fans out there to see just how far he had fallen.
Well, your disappointment is going to be very short-lived because in this Friday’s season-ender, “Revenge,” Maul regains his wits, his legs, and his anti-Jedi bloodlust. It all culminates in a rematch with Obi-Wan Kenobi for the ages, a “Duel of the Fates: Part II” if you will. Whereas in Episode I Maul was basically just a blunt instrument deployed by Darth Sidious to do his bidding, this time he’s truly fueled by hate. And, by the Force, if that doesn’t make him a more formidable opponent. To get you ready for this Friday’s EW.com Live Chat with Maul and Obi-Wan’s voice actors, Sam Witwer and James Arnold Taylor, we’ve got an exclusive clip of just what happens when they lock lightsabers once again. Check it out — and pick a side in on our poll — after the jump. READ FULL STORY
'Star Wars: The Clone Wars': Simon Pegg to play 'Empire Strikes Back' bounty hunter Dengar -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FIRST LOOK
Simon Pegg is giving Christopher Lee and Julian Glover a run for their money as an all-time franchise hopper. That’s because the Mission: Impossible and Star Trek star is finally set to make his trip to that Galaxy Far, Far Away. This Friday on Star Wars: The Clone Wars (check out our recaps here!), he’s playing Dengar, one of the bounty hunters that Darth Vader summons to track down the Millennium Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back.
“Dengar is one of the elite,” Pegg tells EW. “If you’re on Darth Vader’s bounty-hunter speed dial, you are the best in the galaxy.” Sure, we only see Dengar for the briefest of moments in the movie, but like IG-88, Bossk, or Zuckuss, the mummy-wrapped bounty hunter has accumulated a massive cult following over the years. Not to mention one amazing Robot Chicken parody. EW’s got your very first look at Dengar in action. Check out the clip from this Friday’s episode, “Bounty,” after the break: READ FULL STORY
'Star Wars: The Clone Wars': Darth Maul is an angry, angry Sith in new pre-'Phantom Menace' teaser -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
EW first reported in October that The Phantom Menace‘s fearsome, tattooed Sith Lord survived his vivisection at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi and would be making his vengeful return to that galaxy far, far away on The Clone Wars‘ March season finale. Now he’s getting the big screen treatment once again. Starting today, a special teaser of Maul in his raging animated form will play before screenings of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 3D in AMC, Cinemark, and Regal theater chains, among others that feature National CineMedia’s First Look advertisements. But before you open your wallet for that 3-D ticket, EW’s got this sneak peek for you first. Check out the clip after the break: READ FULL STORY
Star Wars fans all want to know the answer to one question: When can we expect to see Lucasfilm’s long-in-development live-action TV series? Well, sadly, the series, to paraphrase the iconic opening epigraph of the Star Wars movies, is “far, far away.”
Still, fans were given some hope Monday when IGN posted a video with Lucasfilm executive producer Rick McCallum at a press junket for the movie Red Tails (opening Jan. 20). In the clip, McCallum indicated that the series was, for now, being called Star Wars: Underworld — one of the bigger pieces of news pertaining to the hush-hush series since it was first announced in the wake of the last Star Wars movie, Revenge of the Sith, almost seven years ago.
EW followed up with McCallum at the Red Tails premiere after-party last night at New York City’s Gotham Hall. “No, it’s not the final title,” McCallum said of Star Wars: Underworld. “It’s just a working title.” A working title that may actually be quite revealing. READ FULL STORY
Over your turkey hangover yet? No? Good. You may have thought the holiday marathons would end with today’s televised deluge, but you would be wrong. We roll out the best of the rest below, including Spongebob, Battlestar, Mad Men, Glee, and, yes, the Kardashians. We’re talking wall-to-wall weekend television, people. Keep reading…
That’s right. As unlikely as it may seem, Darth Maul, the glowering Sith warrior who fell to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s blade at the end of Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace actually survived being cut in half and will return to George Lucas’s still unfolding space saga on Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars (read our recaps here!) in spring 2012.
With his red-and-black tattooed face, Bronson-esque stoicism, Dervish-like mixed martial-arts moves (courtesy of Ray Park), and legendary double-bladed lightsaber—the coolest birthday present for 10-year-old boys in the summer of 1999—Maul was easily the most striking character in The Phantom Menace. (TPM is due to be released in theaters with a 3-D facelift February 10, 2012). And he only had three lines in the movie! Maul was a blunt instrument, a weapon of pure aggression to carry out the bidding of ūber Sith Lord Darth Sidious (a.k.a the future Emperor Palpatine), when he wasn’t yet ready to emerge from the shadows. Think of Maul like the Star Wars equivalent of Daniel Craig’s Bond. Only, did we mention he had a frickin’ double-bladed lightsaber?
When he was vivisected courtesy of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Maul immediately took his place among pop culture figures who’d also been cut in half: Bishop in Aliens, Quint in Jaws, Tony Goldwyn in Ghost, the Black Dahlia. Needless to say, we never expected to see him again, right?
Wrong! Last January a Clone Wars arc featuring a relative of Maul’s, the duped, sympathetic Nightbrother of Dathomir Savage Opress teased a hazy image of Maul in a crystal ball. Did this mean the former Sith Warrior was still alive? Indeed, and EW’s got an exclusive video first look at Maul’s animated form. Take a walk on the Dark Side and check it out after the break: READ FULL STORY
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