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Sunday, 27 May 2018

'SOLO': THE LANDO FACTOR!

Self-made galactic man! Lando Calrissian.

'Everything you've heard about me... is true.'

He's cleared his debts (especially to the underworld), he's not tied down to any kind of personal/business commitments, and it looks like the galaxy is for his taking, just as is its female population is for the smooth romancin' (be they human or alien, or even droid!). Yes, hot pilot of his beloved Millennium Falcon, Captain Lando Calrissian, makes his special debut in Solo: A Star Wars Story, in an excellent performance from Donald Glover that showcases all the character traits the popular high-caliber scoundrel will have by the Classic Trilogy era, as originally personified by Billy Dee Williams, most notably the relaxed and confident ego and manner. But also, vitally, the fact that prior to the events of Cloud City, Lando wasn't always so reliable and trustworthy as you think...

The card shark!

The cool coat!

The slick pilot!

Blaster man!
UK character poster for Lando.

Interview:
http://variety.com/2018/film/news/donald-glover-solo-a-star-wars-story-lando-ron-howard-atlanta-1202817926/

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/lando-calrissian-sexual-fluidity-solo-star-wars_us_5af77d59e4b00d7e4c1b37a9

Saturday, 26 May 2018

'SOLO': OUT NOW IN CINEMAS - CHARACTER GUIDE


AFICIONADO hopes that readers are enjoying the exciting, full of surprises journey that is Solo: A Star Wars Story, out now in worldwide cinemas.

AFICIONADO review:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/solo-aficionado-review.html

KOOL TV review:
https://kooltvblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/this-rogue-for-hire-solo-star-wars.html

Don't forget to check out our supreme coverage of this fun movie, and its characters, here:

The Millennium Falcon:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/solo-introducing-millennium-falcon.html

Han Solo:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/solo-introducing-alden-ehrenreich-as_25.html

Chewbacca:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/solo-introducing-chewbacca.html

Lando Calrissian:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/solo-smooth-criminal.html

L3-37:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/solo-introducing-l3-37.html

Qi'ra:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/solo-introducing-qira.html

Tobias Beckett:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/solo-introducing-tobias-beckett.html

Val:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/solo-introducing-thandie-newton-as-val.html

Rio Durant:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/solo-introducing-rio-durant.html


Enfys Nest:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/solo-introducing-enfys-nest.html

Dryden Vos
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/solo-introducing-paul-bettany-as-dryden.html

The Imperials:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/solo-stormtroopers-return.html

Moloch:
https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/solo-introducing-moloch.html

Friday, 25 May 2018

'SOLO': INTRODUCING ALDEN EHRENREICH AS HAN SOLO!

A life less ordinary! Alden Ehrenreich as the new Han Solo!

He spent a lot of his childhood playing with the original KENNER Star Wars toys, now Alden Ehrenreich gets to play one of the franchise's ultimate heroes onscreen, and ride in practical toys made spectacularly real, like the Millennium Falcon, for the all-new Solo: A Star Wars Story, out now in cinemas worldwide. He's still a youngster in the industry, and yet Alden has worked with some of the finest and experienced names in the world of Hollywood directors, from the Coen Brothers, to Warren Beatty, to Francis Ford Coppola, and, in a twist of fate prior linked to the destiny of Harrison Ford, he'd also be 'discovered' by Spielberg and casting director and friend/adviser to Coppola and Lucas: Fred Roos!

First introduced as the new Solo at London's STAR WARS Celebration event in 2016.

Blazing in to battle on Kessel.

Having fun with Emilia Clarke at Cannes- May 2018.

Getting cues from Ron Howard on the Falcon cockpit set.

Filming in Italy with Joonas Suotamo as new buddy Chewbacca.

TOPPS promotional card.

Signed on for two more potential movies in the Lucas saga, the future looks brighter than ever for Alden, who certainly gives his all in this first outing, with talent and well-honed instincts shining through as Han, whilst importantly proving a satisfying successor to an impressed Ford.

Welcome to the Star Wars family, Alden!

Alden doing publicity for Variety magazine. Image: Robert Maxwell.

HAPPY FORTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY TO THE ORIGINAL 'STAR WARS'!

One of the early US adverts for Star Wars cinema release- art by Tom Jung. Note the original logo with the 'W'.

It was an undiminished joy watching multiple times the original Star Wars in the cinemas on its barnstorming release in movie theaters from 1977/78, and it continues to be an undiminished joy for millions and generations to watch and adore either via VHS, laserdisc, DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, even with the many controversial changes/additions made to it. It's timeless, it's iconic, it's magical, it's unforgettable, remaining unbeaten as the legacy launch point to so, so much in our modern world of entertainment.

HAPPY FORTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY! to the original STAR WARS! 

Thursday, 24 May 2018

'SOLO': NOW PLAYING IN THE UK!

New poster art by Steve Anderson.

Today, British cinemas and IMAX screens will be vitally alive with the new young adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, alongside the ensuing sounds of adventure, excitement, and the jump to hyperspace! We hope audiences enjoy the film's great story, characters, fun, thrills and all-round sense of bravura as much as AFICIONADO does.

New clip - Han and Qi'ra:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj0cvQHErwU

New TV spots/Disney behind the scenes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Uskjb6N-aE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdIrCBdkH3U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qy6b4JaUIk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so97RDhdXvI

Cast talk: The Star Wars Show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZlNQmBZ2rI


A very cool cover for the latest US edition of SciFi magazine.

Alden Ehrenreich:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gk2hUejb3A

Alden and Joonas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eiPV-XN9kA


Touching down in the US from 25th May, 2018.

Bettany and Clarke:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCC-emJql7M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOmL0V7tG8c

Donald Glover: 

http://variety.com/2018/film/features/solo-a-star-wars-story-directors-reshoots-ron-howard-1202817841/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBfZxyxM3QI

Thandie Newton:

http://deadline.com/video/thandie-newton-solo-movie-westworld-career-interview-actors-side-video/


Coming this August 2018: a new comic series for Tobias Beckett.

Ron Howard UK interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm02-GFewrI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grD_muCJlmY

A thumbs-up from Harrison Ford:

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/movies/harrison-ford-gives-verdict-on-new-star-wars-spinoff-solo/ar-AAxFQQ1?ocid=spartandhp

Emilia Clarke on Good Morning America:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA9Y2oK_RQ0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnNF9i0o9f4


Behind the scenes of the film, for Variety. Cover image: Robert Maxwell.

Variety magazine - great coverage:

Behind the scenes of cover shoot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPFCTba8UMM

http://variety.com/2018/film/features/solo-a-star-wars-story-directors-reshoots-ron-howard-1202817841/

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

'SOLO': INTRODUCING THE MILLENNIUM FALCON!

The fastest ship in the galaxy: the Millennium Falcon!

She'll later be called 'garbage' and a 'bucket of bolts', but the Millennium Falcon of Solo: A Star Wars Story is in far better, nay immaculate, shape whilst looked after by its then custodian in gambler and smooth operator Lando Calrissian. Immaculate shape, that is, until she catches the attentions and desire of a certain rising star pilot called Han Solo, who'll literally take the snappy cargo freighter through all kinds of hell and back in the years to come.

The Falcon from above.

ILM concept reference model created by Alex Hutchings.

Stationed at an exotic gambling haven.

'Imperial entanglements!'

Speeding for survival!

Heading to an important destination.


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

'SOLO': THE AFICIONADO REVIEW!


NO SPOILERS!

With his fine filmmaking pedigree and a track record of crafting satisfying and diverse movies across all genres, alongside his prior friendship/historical ties to George Lucas, I had no fears that Ron Howard would deliver a solid and satisfying adventure in the STAR WARS universe. But Solo: A Star Wars Story is so much more than that- it's a genuine triumph and a job truly well done, extremely well done, by the director, his fine acting ensemble, and a superb behind the scenes group. Full of big-screen thrills, drama, danger, a swirl of romance, and BIG surprises and revelations, the film is a lovely counterpoint to the often grim events of 2017's The Last Jedi and 2016's Rogue One. Simply put, Solo is a lot of fun- a hyperspace jump full of it!


Woody Harrelson commented in a recent interview that he thought the Solo script was terrific, and it certainly is- the Kasdans deliver the storytelling goods: fast moving, full of great characters and incident, with a fine grasp on their favourite character of Han Solo and the genesis of his relationships with Chewbacca and Lando. Such exemplary material proves a great blueprint, but its enhanced through Howard's assured and confident camera lens, and via an equally stellar cast, all uniformly excellent throughout, of which up and coming Alden Ehrenreich is a fine prequel successor to Harrison Ford. Ford IS, and always will be, Han Solo, as producer Gary Kurtz once remarked in the seventies, but Ehrenreich captures the same likeable, reckless, endearing, mad and spirited qualities of the character, alongside more of a wounded soul with sorrowful eyes at the start of Solo's original journey from the absolute depths of the now legendary industrial world of Corellia. Donald Glover is a scene-stealer as the smooth yet gutsy Lando, in ways in which Billy Dee Williams will be proud, whilst Joonas Suotamo as Chewie is perfect, clearly working hard to make sure his interpretation of the Wookiee matches what Peter Mayhew once did- it still rankles AFICIONADO that Joonas's name was not properly given a credit on the singular movie character poster.


As expected, the effects and sound design are first rate, with John Powell's music fusing well with John Williams classic material and his new theme for Han. Plus so many great moments for Classic and Prequel fans to enjoy and spot in the movie- I loved the further referencing back to the classic Marvel comic books and Expanded Universe, now given official filmic reality. Above all else, Solo surely captures the beloved STAR WARS feel that the general public will appreciate, and especially die-hard fans who were more than a little upset by the developments of The Last Jedi. A sequel to Solo, continuing to link the pieces in towards A New Hope, would be great to have- let's hope this new anthology film's fun and warmth of heart tome finds its audience at the box office, and that Ron Howard continues his input with the franchise and the Millennium Falcon's crew somewhere, somehow.

Go see it!

AFICIONADO RATING: 4.5 out of 5

With thanks to Disney UK for the advance screening ticket.

'SOLO': THE STORMTROOPERS RETURN!

One of the Mimban-based Imperial Stormtroopers.

Where the Empire spreads its cruel dominion, so too comes the presence of the Imperial Stormtroopers. We've seen many iterations of them now, yet Solo: A Star Wars Story cleverly reveals new types of environmental fighting soldier that will surely keep the 501st fans entertained for years to come...

Imperial Range Troopers protect the Conyeyex transport on Vandor.

Mimban Stormtroopers endure the swamps.



A new variation of the speeder bike pilot.

Monday, 21 May 2018

'SOLO': INTRODUCING MOLOCH...


A villainous character whom we are set to see on Corellia, at the beginning of Solo: A Star Wars Story, not much is yet known about the new alien character of Moloch, except that the creature is part of the slimy White Worms gang there, and that contact with the Imperials is inevitable, as seen in a recent TOPPS card. It'll be most interesting to discover what part Moloch eventually plays in the formation of Solo's character and instincts when the film comes out this week...



'SOLO': LATEST NEWS (MAY 2018 - RELEASE WEEK)


This is the week that the cast and crew of Solo: A Star Wars Story have been waiting for, as the fans and the public finally get to see their hard work come to fruition. Good luck!

Latest TV spots:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r7Ng97Xqf4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDmgCnzd_-I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkSweTAnoZU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X80HDqk6D2k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qj0pM9j4aY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqIwl5Hd3-Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5xaAQR_9D8

Cover of the new Entertainment Weekly special on Solo.

Behind the Scenes (People Magazine):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qy6b4JaUIk

Chewie and friends on The Graham Norton Show. Image: BBC/TWITTER.

Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge on The Graham Norton Show (18th May 2018 edition):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtaXy6pOZt8


Cover for the May 25th, 2018 released soundtrack. Score by John Powell.

Latest online interviews:

Ron Howard:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jn7lACU11w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rcqw1Qe4d8

Emilia Clarke and cast:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5czIOjmPspM

Emilia Clarke- Cannes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6EyFmO-wjE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QUtGFCGVmg

Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMRDRi8FQSU