How Star Wars’ Defeated Empire Fits Into The Mandalorian

Disney and Lucasfilm are gearing up for the debut of the Disney+ streaming service with the release of The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars TV series ever produced.

The show, which launches on November 12 with the service itself, will tell the story of the mysterious bounty hunter of the title (Pedro Pascal) some five years after the end of Return of the Jedi… and the fall of the Empire. Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, and Taika Waititi also co-star in the series.

Esposito (Breaking Bad) plays Moff Gideon, a soldier of the fallen Empire who has achieved a position of power in the aftermath of the Battle of Endor. The actor spoke to IGN at D23 Expo about his character, the state of the Empire in The Mandalorian, and what it’s like to make the jump to the Star Wars universe.

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Pixar’s Soul: Pete Docter Answers All Our Biggest Questions

Pixar Animation recently revealed the first major details about their upcoming film Soul at Disney’s D23 Expo, a film that ponders nothing less than the meaning of life itself.

The film, directed Up and Inside Out’s Pete Docter, follows music teacher and aspiring jazz pianist Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx) whose life is cut short. His death isn’t the end of his journey but rather the beginning of a whole new one as we follow his soul to a cosmic realm — the You Seminar — where souls are made.

According to producer Dana Murray, the idea for the film came from Docter’s own personal life. As Murray explained: “The idea really started with when Pete’s son was born and seconds after he was in the world, he looked at him and he was already there, like who he was, his personality. And I think that was the ultimate question was like, how does that happen?”

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Daily Deals: Early Labor Day PC Sales, Preorder Final Fantasy VII for $49, New Nintendo Switch V2 Bundle

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The Next Smash Bros Ultimate Character May Be From an SNK Game

The next DLC Character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may be an SNK character, according to a new file uploaded to Nintendo’s UK website.

First noticed by Twitter user @PushDustin and shared by Twitter user @Nibellion, the text is fairly standard legalese explaining ownership rights over Smash Ultimate’s fourth DLC Challenger Pack. At the bottom, however, is a copyright from the SNK Corporation.

Reggie Fils-Aimé to Teach at Cornell University

Reggie Fils-Aimé, who retired from his position as CEO and president of Nintendo of America only about six months ago, is returning to school. Fils-Aimé will be teaching at Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in Ithaca, New York later this year.

Fils-Aimé announced the new pursuit on Twitter this past Thursday. He previously graduated from Cornell University in 1983.