Star Wars Weekly Social Buzz. New Episode VIII Photo, Daisy Ridley Addresses Online Criticism and More!

SetStar Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson posted a new image from the set at Pinewood, where they have been filming for 4 weeks already. Also check out several new interesting posts on social media from the last few days…





It appears that Cinematographer Steve Yedlin is standing in front of the partially built Millennium Falcon. We’ve see it also during the BTS footage from The Force Awakens shown at SDCC 2015.


From TFA Set


John Boyega after another day of filming at Pinewood:




Some fans had fun with Boyega’s image from last week




Daisy Ridley made a post on Instagram in a response to online criticism of her appearance on her Instagram account. (via EW)

In two posts Wednesday, Ridley addressed an image circulating on social media that claimed her appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets “unrealistic expectations” for young girls; the image also insisted “real women have curves.”



A photo posted by Daisy Ridley (@daisyridey) on



John Boyega also showed his support. Nice to see them backing up each other. Stay strong guys we love you.


Kind regards.

A photo posted by @john_boyega on



Mark Hamill still jokes about the supposed slip up he did last week. 😉




Hamill got a BAFTA nomination for his Joker from the video game!




A brief exchange between father and son:




And the weekly social buzz will be nothing without a quote from the one and only Mr. Pablo Hidalgo! 🙂




Stay tuned for more next week.



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38 thoughts on “Star Wars Weekly Social Buzz. New Episode VIII Photo, Daisy Ridley Addresses Online Criticism and More!

  • March 11, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I love how Mark named his fans – Hamsters. 😀

    He is such a lovely, funny man.

  • March 11, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Um, Multiple incredible female characters? Who did anything at all in the film other than Rey? There was sadsack Leia, Coward Phasma, and a few extras with 1-2 lines at most

    • March 11, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      Compared to the other two trilogies, that’s actually an improvement….

      • March 11, 2016 at 11:16 pm

        I still like how he believes himself to be a Professional Raconteur.

        How about a Professional Faultfinder.

      • March 12, 2016 at 10:13 am

        ANH had Leia and Beru. TFA had Rey and Phasma. One lead and one token. About equal so far.

        • March 12, 2016 at 10:16 pm

          Beru was in one scene. That doesn’t count in the slightest. All those PT Jedi you listed weren’t even named in the movie. They weren’t actual characters either, since they don’t really have lines. Don’t make up stuff to serve your narrative.

          • March 13, 2016 at 4:18 pm

            She did in AOTC and ROTS but had a slightly bigger role in ANH and was basically the Mother figure to the main protagonist,

          • March 13, 2016 at 5:56 pm

            The mother figure who has one line and gets killed in the first third of the movie? Some mother figure.

          • March 14, 2016 at 11:38 am

            More than one line in ANH and her death is the reason why he decides to join the Rebelion and beome a Jedi.

          • March 14, 2016 at 11:33 pm

            That’s not being a character. She’s used as a plot device. She gets fridged for Luke. And if you don’t know what getting fridged is, look it up.

          • March 15, 2016 at 12:07 am

            She was important enough to be included in 3 of the 7 films which is more than a lot of the female characters in the saga got and Luke mentions her quite a bit in the old EU too in terms of how much he misees her.

          • March 15, 2016 at 12:28 am

            Doesn’t mean that she was a developed character. And by the way, she was basically fan service in Episodes 2&3, as was Owen.

          • March 15, 2016 at 12:38 am

            More than Phasma/Maz and Kanata’s whole apperance was a big lipped alligator moment, Look that one up. So far the entire OT cast is fan service at this point in the new trilogy, So much so that they could have made the film without any of their involvement.

          • March 15, 2016 at 6:00 am

            I watch NC, I know the BLA moment. Anyway, you can have your opinion, that’s fine. I just think that you’re being unfair to the film.

          • March 15, 2016 at 7:25 am

            Episode I and II will never be in my top 5 list but I like them a tad bit better since TCW came out. I may with TFA too if they do an animated series that’s just as well done.

    • March 12, 2016 at 4:30 am

      Maz deserves a TV show. I would watch a sit-com about her daily life dealing with drug-smugglers and down-on-their-luck gamblers — maybe filmed in the mockumentary style.

    • March 12, 2016 at 6:05 am

      I feel sorry for you, I really do.

      • March 12, 2016 at 10:32 am

        ALL the female characterization was given to Rey in this one and even that was wafer thin at best. Leia was a glorified cameo and Maz doesn’t even qualify as supporting. There were some female extras strewn around but most had no lines.

        • March 13, 2016 at 12:05 am

          “ALL the female characterization was given to Rey in this one and even that was wafer thin at best.”

          Someone needs to watch the movie again….

          • March 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm

            Maz was lightsaber warmer but she’s not human and Phasma gave up the ship without a fight. Leia was just there for moral support, Not like she came up with the attack plan or anything. They said she was the leader of The Resistance but it seemed more like Ackbr and co. were calling all of the shots.

    • March 12, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Hmm… Maz Kanata?

      • March 12, 2016 at 9:05 pm

        Wasn’t she a myopic iguana? Regardless ‘spouter of exposition’ fits her better than ‘incredible female character’ I think.

        • March 13, 2016 at 9:14 pm

          “Who did anything at all in the film other than Rey?”
          Well, Maz Kanata did… something… I guess.

      • March 13, 2016 at 4:14 pm

        2-3 scenes tops. Aside from keeping Luke’s lightsaber warm she was more of a plot device than fully fleshed out character.

        • March 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm

          Kind of like Yoda. Not that that’s bad or anything.

          • March 14, 2016 at 11:34 am

            Yoda was a major player in both trilogies though, Maybe not in TPM or Jedi but the other ones he had more than two scenes. That could change for this one with her but it seemslie the cast is pretty full as is.

          • March 14, 2016 at 6:38 pm

            You’re not really saying you think Maz in TFA is anywhere NEAR as strong a character as ESB Yoda, are you? ‘Cause major points from Griffindor if so, TUD.

          • March 14, 2016 at 11:32 pm

            I was talking about character development. In one movie, Maz sits and walks or whatever, says cool stuff, and that’s it.

            In one movie, Yoda sits and walks or whatever, says cool stuff, and that’s it. As characters (development-wise) the two are on equal footing. Deal with it.

  • March 12, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Doesn’t matter how the end product turns out, it is always, ALWAYS exciting, heart-warming, and magical to see the Falcon set.

  • March 13, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Guess who’s getting their own ship in the one…

    • March 15, 2016 at 12:33 am


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