Links: Star Wars Cuteness

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.The Last Jedi came out last week and most of my social media has been consumed with it. I was able to see it over the weekend and I absolutely loved it, so I’ve compiled a bunch of links featuring the cast being utterly adorable. There aren’t really any plot spoilers in these links if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

Polygon is keeping an updated list of all the celebrity cameos in The Last Jedi. Unfortunately, some of them seemed to have been cut for time, but maybe they’ll be included in the movie’s DVD extras.

Need to cry over Carrie Fisher’s dog, Gary?

John Boyega and Oscar Isaac read explicit tweets about themselves. Definitely have your headphones in for this one.

For me, Kelly Marie Tran was really the break out star of The Last Jedi. I found director Rian Johnson’s comments about Tran’s time on set to be so adorable:

To his surprise, Kennedy signed off on his pitch, and from then on, Johnson proved to be a comfortable fit on a franchise that has sometimes had a rocky road with its directors. Johnson said that while on set, he drew inspiration from Kelly Marie Tran, a franchise newbie that he cast in the pivotal role of resistance fighter Rose.

“She jumped into it like it was a sandbox for her to play in,” he said. “She was poking her head into all the different departments, just wandering around the studio. Even I didn’t feel the gumption to do that! She’d go around the creature department and help them feather the Porgs with goose feathers, or go to the costume department and ask, ‘What are you guys doing?’ She treated it like a big episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, basically. And I saw that and thought, This is how we should all be treating this. This is a once-in-a-lifetime playdate, and we should be soaking this up.”

I really hope we see more of Tran!

More Kelly Marie Tran! She was at a restaurant and overheard people discussing The Last Jedi and just couldn’t help herself.

And lastly, how about John Boyega and Gwendoline Christie sticking their hands in Vanity Fair’s “fear box”?

Though they play enemies in the film, I just love their energy together when doing press stuff.

Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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  1. Lostshadows says:

    Read the tweet under the dog video and it suddenly got really dusty in here.

  2. FitzwilliamWaffles says:

    you have done us a great service Amanda

  3. Warning: a mild spoiler ahead.

    I just watched The Last Jedi this afternoon. Am I the only one who thought those scenes with Rey and Kylo were kind of hot? Bad guys can be redeemed, right?

    Okay, so maybe not Han-Solo-murdering, father-killing bad guys. I know it’s totally wrong, but it was still kind of hot. I did not like Kylo/Adam Driver at all in the first movie, but now I feel kind of sorry for his character.

  4. Amanda says:

    @Fitz: You’re welcome! May the force be with you!

    @Jennfier Estep: Do a search for #Reylo on Twitter and Tumblr. You can thank me later. ; )

  5. @Amanda — I just found that hashtag on Twitter. Thanks for the tip. LOL.

  6. SusanH says:

    I learned about a fun PC game called Regency Solitaire here a year or two ago, and wanted to share that the sequel is out now. It’s another solitaire game called Shadowhand, and it is a big step up in terms of gameplay. It is more complex and challenging if played on the highest level of difficulty, but it also has a variety of levels for those who just want to play through without focusing as hard on the details. Even my husband, who unlike me is a serious gamer, has found it highly entertaining. It’s set in Georgian England and involves a young noblewoman who turns highwayman in order to solve a mystery. As you do.

  7. Emily C says:

    Thank you Amanda! I’m a little obsessed over The Last Jedi in so many ways, and hoping we get a review and chance to discuss in a few weeks when more people have a chance to see it. I already want more and starting to dip my toe into the world of all things Star Wars, so if anyone has recommendations for books to start with I am ready for it.

  8. EC Spurlock says:

    Loved, loved LOVED the movie! Also been reading From A Certain Point Of View, a collection of short stories from 40 authors celebrating the 40th anniversary of the original film. It’s a bit uneven, I liked some of the stories better than others (and there was one that I’m not exactly sure what happened at all…) but on the whole it’s a terrific read and a great tribute. I understand the audiobook is even better as each story is narrated by a different performer (and it’s probably worth the whole price of admission to hear Neil Patrick Harris playing Admiral Motti filing a formal complaint against Darth Vader for choking him during the meeting.)

    @Emily C I understand it’s highly recommended to read Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray to get more background on Admiral Holdo, who was a childhood friend of Leia’s, as it adds more depth to the character we see in the movie. Her novel Bloodline also covers the years between ROTJ and TFA from Leia’s viewpoint.

    Also check out this link for some details on the film and its design:

  9. cbackson says:

    @Jennifer Estep: They were and it is part of what I liked about the movie, because typically Star Wars (at least the movies) has been sort of an asexual world (yes, Leia/Han, but frankly, that relationship to me didn’t have a ton of sexual tension although it was charming). It adds a lot of complexity.

    And it has generated a fanfic explosion 🙂

    Also, if you are not following Emo Kylo Ren on twitter, you’re missing out.

  10. @cbackson — I agree. I always wanted more romance in the original movies too, although I loved Leia/Han.

    Thanks for the tip. LOL. I’ll have to follow him on Twitter.

  11. cbackson says:

    @Jennifer Estep: Today’s tweet:

    girl am i a hyperdrive
    because im broken and i think you should stay here and fix me instead of whatever else it was you had planned

    It is glorious performance art. @VeryLonelyLuke is also excellent.

  12. @cbackson — LOL. I saw that one. The account kind of reminds me of Drunk Hulk. You should check that one out if you get a chance.

    I also like Oh My Corgi!, Cute Emergency, and Emergency Kittens.

  13. Leanne H. says:

    OMG. I have been anxiously awaiting the moment when the Bitchery discussed this movie. I have been an avid Star Wars fan since childhood, but after seeing the Last Jedi, I am in full-on obsession mode.

    Trying to be as un-spoilery as possible, but still be warned:

    – The awesome strong women!
    – The romance redemption arc!

    I’m so on board for this, Bitchery. SO. ON. BOARD.

    I also have a sudden desire for romances where the heroine redeems the hero. But not in a “reformed rake” kind of way. More in a “dark soul” kind of way. Anyone have any suggestions? 😉

  14. cbackson says:

    @Leanne H. I am a huge Star Wars fan too, but TFA and TLJ have made me feel welcome in the world of SW in a way I didn’t before. Like, there are women everywhere – it’s not “a bunch of dudes and Princess Leia” (and if you don’t identify with Leia, too bad, because she’s The Only Girl in Star Wars). There are women everywhere and they are flawed, awesome, heroic…human. It’s so, so great. Seeing a woman with a light saber…it was a moment for me. TFA was pretty good in this regard, and then TLJ was even better.

    The power of representation – that’s what this movie brought home to me.

    We may need a spoilers-allowed post to go deep on TLJ, Sarah!

  15. Emily C says:

    Yes yes yes my sisters in Star Wars! @cbackson and @LeanneH- i feel so much more connected to these movies after TLJ and seriously just want more women gettin shit done in this universe. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say that the women of this movie were complex and thoughtful heroes, and the dudes pretty much just fucked shit up most of the time by their quick draw reactions.
    I am also down for the Reylo connection/smoldering hotness.
    My work secret Santa gave me a Barnes and Noble gift card, so I’m going to stop and pick up both Claudia Gray Leia novels tonight!

  16. EC Spurlock says:

    If y’all are enjoying Emo Kylo Ren, add an extra dash of snark and watch Bad Father Han troll him on his Twitter:

  17. Leanne H. says:

    @cbackson and @Emily C – YES!!! When Rey turned on the lightsaber in TFA, and the Force theme played, I actually got tears in my eyes in the theater. It was overwhelming to feel the power of being represented. And TLJ only made it better x1000. Star Wars Sisterhood Unite!

  18. cbackson says:

    @Leann H. and @Emily C – someone on twitter said that TLJ is basically all about toxic masculinity and I totally agree. Can’t say more to get into spoilers, but it does feel like that is a huge theme.

    @EC Spurlock – I love Bad Father Han. I’m curious about whether any of the parody SW accounts are the same person. Bad Father Han, Emo Kylo Ren, and Very Lonely Luke are funnier and more on point than the various Rey/Hux/Leia accounts IMO.

  19. Abi says:

    I too have been waiting anxiously for a smart bitches review of TLJ. I have been predicting a Rey and Kylo romance (or at least some PG-13 hate f*cking) since he first took off his helmet in TFA and she had to do a double take. I’m also excited to see her and Poe interact more in the next movie. I would love to discuss this movie from a romance perspective rather than all the whining going on elsewhere on the Internet.

  20. Crysta says:

    @SusahH you have MADE MY DAY, and that was AFTER I watched both videos with my not-so-secret boyfriend John Boyega. Guess what I’ll be doing for the rest of my free time! 🙂

  21. Emily C says:

    @Abi- I would love that discussion from a romance point of view! I fear this is getting spoiler-y but I saw that red throne room and the symbolism just hit me… it’s passion and fire and rage all in one and that’s where that scene goes.
    I find myself loving this movie the more I read and talk about it. And the whiny fanboys of the Internet just need to wake up and realize that we’ve always known SW was for all of us and we finally have the movie to prove it!

  22. Ren Benton says:

    Emily C wrote: I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say that the women of this movie were complex and thoughtful heroes, and the dudes pretty much just fucked shit up most of the time by their quick draw reactions.

    Some wise woman pointed out that the dudes are doing what they have ALWAYS done, but what they have ALWAYS done looks bungling the instant it’s presented alongside an alternative approach — hence, the aforementioned whining all over the internet.

  23. SB Sarah says:

    I will try to make that discussion happen for you – stay tuned!

  24. SB Sarah says:

    OK, folks! Carrie has reviewed The Last Jedi, and I’ve designated the comments a Safe Zone of ALL TEH SPOILERS, so please head on over to discuss with us. I want to hear all your brain thinkings about this movie!

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