Coming up on Saturday at the Described Movies: Star Wars Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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From this Saturday at 12am Eastern, that’s 4pm Saturday in NZ, 2pm in Sydney and 5am in the UK, and repeated every four hours throughout the day, it’s the described movies Star Wars Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker from 2019, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars from 2008.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (also known as Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker) is a 2019 American epic space opera film produced, co-written, and directed by J. J. Abrams.
Produced by Lucasfilm and Abrams' production company Bad Robot, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the third instalment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), and the final episode of the nine-part " Skywalker saga".
Its ensemble cast includes Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams.
Set one year after The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron as they lead the Resistance's final stand against Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and the First Order, who are aided by the Sith Lord, Emperor Palpatine.
Following initial reports that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson would write the script for Episode IX, in August 2015, Colin Trevorrow was hired to direct and to write a script with his collaborator Derek Connolly ; both ultimately retain story credit with Abrams and Chris Terrio.
In September 2017, Trevorrow left the project following creative differences with producer Kathleen Kennedy, and Abrams returned as director.
John Williams, composer for the previous episodic films, returned to compose the score—his final score for the franchise.
Principal photography began in August 2018 at Pinewood Studios in England and wrapped in February 2019, with post-production completed in November 2019.
With a budget of $416 million, it is the third most expensive film ever made.
The Rise of Skywalker premiered in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on 16 December 2019, and was released in the United States on 20 December.
It received mixed reviews from critics, but would gross over $1.077 billion worldwide, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2019, but the lowest-grossing of the trilogy.
It received three nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards (Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Editing) as well as three at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards (also Best Special Visual Effects, Best Original Music, and Best Sound ).
It won five awards at the 46th Saturn Awards, including Best Science Fiction Film.
Directed by: J. J. Abrams.
Screenplay by: Chris Terrio, and J. J. Abrams.
Story by: Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, J. J. Abrams, and Chris Terrio.
Based on: Characters by George Lucas.
Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan.
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams.
Cinematography: Dan Mindel.
Edited by: Maryann Brandon, and Stefan Grube.
Music by: John Williams.
Production Companies: Lucasfilm Ltd., and Bad Robot.
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Release dates: 16 December 2019 (Dolby Theatre), and 20 December 2019 (United States).
File Length: 142 minutes.
Country: United States.
Language: English.
Budget: $416 million.
Box office: $1.077 billion.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a 2008 American animated epic space opera film directed by Dave Filoni, produced by Lucasfilm Ltd., and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures becoming the first Star Wars film to not be distributed by 20th Century Fox.
It is the first fully animated film in the Star Wars franchise and takes place shortly after Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), at the start of the titular Clone Wars.
In the film, Count Dooku and Jabba the Hutt's uncle Ziro orchestrate a plan to turn Jabba against the Galactic Republic by framing the Jedi for the kidnapping of his son.
While Anakin Skywalker and his newly assigned apprentice Ahsoka Tano attempt to deliver the child back to his father, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala lead separate investigations to uncover Dooku and Ziro's plot.
The Clone Wars premiered on 10 August 2008, at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, followed by a wide release five days later.
It received generally negative reviews from critics, who criticized the screenplay and animation.
Despite grossing $68.3 million worldwide against a $8.5 million budget, it grossed considerably less than previous Star Wars films and is currently the lowest grossing to date.
The film serves as a pilot episode to the television series of the same name, which premiered on Cartoon Network two months after the film's release.
Directed by: Dave Filoni.
Written by: Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching, and Scott Murphy.
Based on: Star Wars by George Lucas.
Produced by: Catherine Winder.
Starring: Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Catherine Taber, Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Ian Abercrombie, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, and Anthony Daniels.
Edited by: Jason W. A. Tucker.
Music by: Kevin Kiner.
Production Companies: Lucasfilm Ltd., and Lucasfilm Animation.
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures.
Release dates: 10 August 2008 (Grauman's Egyptian Theatre), and 15 August 2008 (United States).
File Length: 94 minutes.
Country: United States.
Language: English.
Budget: $8.5 million.
Box office: $68.3 million.
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