What Movies Are Out: Rogue One, La La Land, Pete's Dragon DVD

Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

What Movies Are Out – Rogue One, La La Land, Pete’s Dragon DVD

Using real sets, life-sized props and actual actors in the action sequences, the makers of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” tried to bring a galaxy far, far away right up to the fingertips of the actors.

“It makes your job so easy because you’re reacting to stuff, you are not imagining,” star Diego Luna tells Made in Hollywood reporter Kylie Erica Mar. “We were living the moment, reacting to things, killing Stormtroopers. They would fall and you would see him there and go like: ‘Damn, that was me! Cool!’

The hotly anticipated “Rogue One” joins “La La Land,” “Collateral Beauty” and the “Pete’s Dragon” as new movies to watch, and Made in Hollywood has all the behind-the-screen details in this weekend’s episode of the nationally syndicated program.

“Rogue One” takes place just before the originally shot “Star Wars” of 1977, and the next blockbuster-in-waiting marks a dream come true for the actors.

“It did live up to the expectations,” says “Rogue One’s” Mads Mikkelsen. “It was wonderful to be part of something that you grew up with as kids.”

Adds costar Donnie Yen: “Everything about it is just very standalone, in a very special, great way. I think the audience will discover, once you see it, even more magic.”

“La La Land,” with Ryan Gosling as a struggling jazz pianist and Emma Stone as an aspiring actress, is generating Oscar buzz and box official potential, and the stars say the film’s success comes from the fact they the time to make it right.

“To rehearse for almost three months, I think is unheard of, even for a musical play,” Stone tells Made in Hollywood reporter Julie Harkness Arnold. “That was really nice that we got to go for it in that way.”

“I always wanted to play the piano,” adds Gosling. “So it was great to have the opportunity to practice for three months, to play such beautiful pieces. I think it’s a testament to how great the music is in the movie, I really should be sick of it by now, but I’m not.”

“Pete’s Dragon” swoops into the home entertainment market with bonus features close to the heart of star Bryce Dallas Howard.

“With these special features you get to see a behind-the-scenes look at what it was like making the movie,” she says. “But for me, it’s sort of a diary of what that experience was like.”