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Last Jedi Targets Massive $425M Worldwide Box Office Debut

Last Jedi Targets Massive $425M Worldwide Box Office Debut
There is no question that Disney's Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be be a massive box office hit, with analysts predicting a $200 million opening weekend at the domestic box office, but it's shaping up to be an even bigger hit overseas as well. A new report reveals that Disney and LucasFilm are eyeing a roughly $225 million overseas opening weekend for a global opening weekend haul of $425 million. While that is far from the current record, it is among the top 5 of all time, and one of the biggest reasons it won't contend for the record is that it won't be opening in China right away.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens held the all-time global opening weekend record of $529 million, including the domestic record of $248 million and the overseas debut of $281 million, for a year and a half, until Universal's The Fate of the Furious broke that record with an impressive $541.9 million,
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Mark Hamill's Last Jedi Performance Gets Oscar Campaign

Mark Hamill's Last Jedi Performance Gets Oscar Campaign
The hype for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has hit unreal levels in the days leading up to its release. The first reactions to the highly-anticipated follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been almost universally positive. One specific thing that has been of note is Mark Hamill's performance as Luke Skywalker, which some have called award-worthy. Disney and Lucasfilm seem to agree, as they're launching an Oscar campaign to get Mark Hamill nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.

It's not that surprising that Disney and Lucasfilm are campaigning to get some awards love for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The franchise is no stranger to awards, but it's garnered more love in technical categories from the Academy over the years. Is Mark Hamill's performance in the movie really that good? We hope so, but they are also campaigning for Daisy Ridley to be nominated
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The Last Jedi Director Recalls Fleshing Out Leia’s Performance In Post-Production

Leia Organa’s arc in Star Wars: The Last Jedi was completely unaffected by the death of Carrie Fisher, that much we know, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the Lucasfilm team were able to leave the actress’ final performance as is.

As Rian Johnson revealed in a recent interview with Rolling Stone (with a tip of the hat to Cinema Blend), The Last Jedi sound team were able to flesh out Carrie Fisher’s swan song using Adr (Additional Dialogue Recording) and other ingenious workarounds during post-production.

It’s by no means the first time that Lucasfilm’s editors have worked their magic; for The Force Awakens, those sound designers were able to conjure up the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi using snippets of Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness, who sadly passed away back in 2000. That line, “Rey, these are your first steps,” may well be replayed during Star Wars: The Last Jedi,
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You can’t force Star Wars on everyone

Before we start, I’d just like to thank Wilkinson Sword for me informing me through their latest ad that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is being released on December 14. If it hadn’t been for that, all the date would’ve meant to me is the fact that it’s 11 days before Christmas. To be honest it still does, because I happen to be one of those crazy people that have never seen a Star Trek – sorry, Star Wars – movie.

Now that you’ve all picked your collective jaws up off the floor, you’ll have guessed that the force isn’t exactly strong over here. That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate the power of the franchise; the facts and figures don’t lie. The way it’s become interwoven into our cultural psyche is undeniable – I wouldn’t be writing this now otherwise.
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Mark Hamill Says Luke Is A “Broken Warrior” When The Last Jedi Begins

Luke Skywalker has been described as many things through the years – a whiny farmboy, rebel insurgent, and all-wise Jedi Master – but a coward definitely isn’t one of them.

Indeed, while promoting The Last Jedi as part of Entertainment Weekly’s newly-unveiled December issue, Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill warned that his on-screen legend will be little more than a “broken warrior” by the time Rey touches down on Ahch-To.

Still reeling from the destruction of his Jedi Academy, for which he holds himself partly accountable (“I’ve seen this raw strength once before. It didn’t scare me then. It does now”), Luke will be a haunted shell of his former self when Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins, which leaves Rey with little choice but to rekindle his connection with the Force.

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Could Obi-Wan’s Force Ghost Factor Into Rey’s Arc In The Last Jedi?

“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi is one with the Force. We know this because Alec Guinness’ wise old Jedi still managed to guide Luke Skywalker through Dagobah, despite falling at the hands of Darth Vader during A New Hope. Fast forward to the current Star Wars trilogy, and we’re now hearing that Obi-Wan’s Force ghost may manifest at some point during The Last Jedi, in which the Resistance turns to Rey, another Force-sensitive being with Jedi powers, to topple the First Order. No pressure, then.

However, it seems she won’t do so alone. As you’ll no doubt remember, Obi-Wan was heard briefly during The Force Awakens, when Luke’s long-lost lightsaber triggered a Force vision in the unsuspecting Rey. What followed was a series of vivid and often nightmarish scenes, followed by the line,
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Here’s Why Mos Eisley Cantina Refused To Serve Droids In The Original Star Wars Trilogy

“We don’t serve their kind here.”

Chalmun’s Cantina, also known as the Mos Eisley Cantina, is a cornerstone of Star Wars history, having first appeared in George LucasA New Hope all those years ago. Fast forward 40 years and change and Lucasfilm’s sci-fi fable has spawned a bona fide media juggernaut spanning all media – books, comics, animated TV shows…you name it – and that legacy will continue through the release of The Last Jedi in two months’ time.

But before Lucasfilm rolls out the next chapter in the storied Skywalker saga, the Powers That Be recently offered up a blast from the past in the form of From a Certain Point of View, an anthology series comprised of 40 short stories, each documenting a sizeable event in Star Wars history from an alternate perspective. And so, after spotlighting Darth Vader and his silent subordinate, Boba Fett, ComicBook.com
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This Fan-Made Trailer For The Obi-Wan Kenobi Spinoff Is A Must-Watch

The Star Wars universe is on a seemingly unstoppable roll at the moment, and that looks set to continue well into the future. After the smashing success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and with a Han Solo prequel now in development, Lucasfilm has already begun making plans for their next spinoff, one which will revolve around none other than Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Stephen Daldry is in talks to direct and from what we understand, the project is still without a script and in the very, very early stages of development. As such, it’s unclear if Ewan McGregor will pick up the lightsaber for this Star Wars offshoot, though given how keen the Scot has been in the past, we’re inclined to believe he’ll sign on without a second’s hesitation.

Because after six appearances across Disney and Lucasfilm’s rebooted Skywalker saga, Obi-Wan Kenobi has
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Star Wars Tidbits Shed New Light On Boba Fett’s Arrogance And Darth Vader’s “No Disintegrations” Order

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View continues to yield illuminating intel about Lucasfilm’s famed galaxy far, far away.

Just yesterday, for instance, never-before-seen story details relating to Obi-Wan Kenobi and, more specifically, how his close relationship Qui-Gon Jinn continued beyond death led many to assume that Liam Nesson’s Jedi Master will crop up for an appearance in Lucasfilm’s planned Star Wars anthology film – not unlike how Alec Guinness’ Force ghost guided Luke through the closing stages of both Empire and Jedi all those years ago.

Another chapter included in From a Certain Point of View, “Added Muscle,” is all about Boba Fett, the galaxy’s most famous bounty hunter. Penned by Paul Dini, this particular vignette sheds new light on Jabba’s high-ranking mercenary, all the while providing some context to Darth Vader’s “no disintegrations” order from Empire Strikes Back. Just bear in
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Eddie Redmayne to pocket role as Fagin

If you thought that becoming an Oscar-winning actor meant that all of Eddie Redmayne’s dreams had been realised, then you’d be wrong – until now that is. The Theory of Everything star has been in talks to play Fagin in a reboot of Oliver!, a role he has wanted to play from a very young age.

He may also be lining-up alongside superstar-songstress Adele, who herself has been linked with the part of Nancy.

And Redmayne can hold a note with the best of them, as he proved in 2012’s Les Miserables, so prepare for a memorable version of You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two, Fagin’s main contribution to the piece. When he was a mere ten years old, he appeared in a Sam Mendes (no less) stage production of the Dickens-inspired musical, as workhouse boy No43, and ever since then has harboured the ambition
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Will Star Wars: The Last Jedi Resurrect This Classic Villain?

“You can’t win, Vader. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

That’s Obi-Wan Kenobi there, delivering a stark warning to Darth Vader as they cross lightsabers on board Death Star I. Remembering the wise words of Qui-Gon Jinn, Alec Guinness’ Jedi Master gracefully accepts defeat at the corrupt hands of Vader so that he can live on as a Force Ghost, schooling the young Luke Skywalker on the nuances of the Force.

It’s the closest thing to immortality one can achieve in the Star Wars universe, and the latest bout of rumors swirling around The Last Jedi point to the return of a series mainstay: Emperor Palpatine. Yes, the Sith Lord known as Darth Sidious, one responsible for the destruction of the Jedi Order, has been long rumored to make an appearance in Disney’s rebooted trilogy – not unlike
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Daniel Craig Reveals How He Got His Cameo In Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars has always been able to attract the great and the good. Even before the saga was a surefire hit, the first film managed to nab respected thespian Alec Guinness to play Obi-Wan Kenobi (despite the actor’s infamous indifference towards the material).

This has only continued over the decades, as more of Hollywood’s finest have become fans of the franchise and are now clambering to appear in it. Of course, this came to a head in The Force Awakens, which contains more celebrity cameos than you can shake a lightsaber at. One of which, was Daniel Craig. He appears as the guard watching over Rey, once she has been captured and taken to Starkiller Base. In a great scene, Rey uses her burgeoning Jedi powers to influence Craig’s Stormtrooper to free her and let her escape.

Given how unexpected it was to see the James Bond
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More Proof That Obi-Wan Kenobi Returns In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

After six appearances across Disney and Lucasfilm’s rebooted Skywalker saga, Obi-Wan Kenobi has become a bona fide fan-favorite among the Star Wars community. Originally portrayed by the late, great Alec Guinness across episodes IV, V, and VI, Ewan McGregor donned those iconic Jedi robes all throughout the prequel saga, and was arguably one of the few highlights to be gleaned from The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. Now, after much demand from the franchise’s dedicated and massive fanbase, the studio will finally be bringing us a spinoff film revolving around the character.

That’s still a ways away, mind you, but could we possibly see old Obi-Wan show up on the big screen before then? Perhaps. For some time now, there’ve been rumors floating around that Kenobi might have a role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, coming back as
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Proof Obi-Wan Kenobi Returns in The Last Jedi?

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Proof Obi-Wan Kenobi Returns in The Last Jedi?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a little more than three months away and a whole bunch of new toys from the movie just hit shelves. This year's Force Friday event brought us a lot of reveals from the movie and, despite director Rian Johnson's assurance that no spoilers would come from these toys, that may have been a somewhat empty promise. While we can't say for sure, it looks like one of the newly revealed action figures strongly hints at Obi-Wan Kenobi making an appearance in Star Wars 8 as a Force Ghost.

As pointed out by Business Insider, one of the new Black Series Star Wars figures released today as a Walgreens exclusive is of famed Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, the figure is partially translucent and is most definitely a Force Ghost version of the character. Since this character is being released with the new line of toys
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Movie News: Obi-Wan Spin-off Movie's Working Title Teased; 'Moonlight' Actor to Star in 'The Equalizer 2'

Obi-Wan Spin-off Movie: Last week we heard that Stephen Daldry was in early talks to direct a Star Wars spin-off movie revolving around Obi-Wan Kenobi, the character previously played by Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness. Now a new report claims that the working title is Joshua Tree, a desert plant that may reference the desert planet Tatooine, where the character was first seen in Star Wars: A New Hope (above). It may also suggest that Tatooine will again serve as an important location for the action. [Omega Underground]   The Equalizer 2: Ashton Sanders (Moonlight, above) will star in The Equalizer 2. It's described as a lead role; Denzel Washington will reprise his character, Robert McCall, who will serve as a father figure to Sanders' character. Melissa Leo...

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Movie News: Where Obi-Wan Spin-off Movie May Be Set

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Obi-Wan Spin-off Movie: Last week we heard that Stephen Daldry was in early talks to direct a Star Wars spin-off movie revolving around Obi-Wan Kenobi, the character previously played by Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness. Now a new report claims that the working title is Joshua Tree, a desert plant that may reference the desert planet Tatooine, where the character was first seen in Star Wars: A New Hope (above). It may also suggest that Tatooine will again serve as an important location for the...

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Star Wars: what could an Obi-Wan movie entail?

Rob Leane Aug 21, 2017

An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars Story’ is apparently in the works. What might that look like?

When Alec Guinness first portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi, the cinematic landscape was enjoying a more civilised age. A film was a film, and if it went well, you might make another one. But now, it’s all about plotting out sequels and spinoffs years ahead of the fact. And so, it’s come to light that Old Ben might be getting his own ‘Star Wars story’ within Lucasfilm’s sprawling cinematic universe.

Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot and The Hours, is said to be in the early development stages of an Obi-Wan movie. And that’s literally all we know. It’s not clear yet if Ewan McGregor will reprise the role (he has to, right?), or when the movie will be released. Step forward, then, into our wretched hive of speculation and guesswork.
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Five actors who should play Obi-Wan Kenobi (who aren’t Ewan McGregor)

Anghus Houvouras with a satirical take on five actors who could replace Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi…

Star Wars is back, baby! And better than ever. There’s a new Obi-Wan Kenobi movie in the works over at Disney, and I thought it was time to chime in with five actors who could easily step into the role if Ewan McGregor doesn’t come back to don the brown robes. So let’s take a look at five actors who could play Obi-Wan who aren’t Ewan McGregor

Johnny Depp

This just makes too much sense. Depp has been Disney’s pride and joy since Pirates of the Caribbean launched a billion dollar franchise for the House of the Mouse. And let’s face it, audiences could potentially start tiring of Captain Jack Sparrow in another four or five installments. Johnny Depp has the charisma and defined acting chops that
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Celebrity Cameos Revealed

Star Wars has always been able to attract the great and the good. Even before the saga was a surefire hit, the first film managed to nab respected thespian Alec Guinness to play Obi-Wan Kenobi (despite the actor’s infamous indifference towards the material).

That’s only continued over the decades as well, as more of Hollywood’s finest have become fans of the franchise and are now clambering to appear in it. This came to a head in The Force Awakens, which contained more celebrity cameos than you can shake a lightsaber at, and it’s a trend which looks set to continue into Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, too.

While rumors have continued to circulate in regards to which familiar faces stopped by the set of Episode VIII for a quick cameo, star John Boyega has now come out and confirmed who exactly will be appearing in the film.
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'Logan Lucky': The Six Things You Need to Make a Perfect Heist Film

'Logan Lucky': The Six Things You Need to Make a Perfect Heist Film
Head to the movies this weekend to see Logan Lucky, and you'll see more than Steven Soderbergh ending his moviemaking retirement phase and returning to the big screen. (You've been greatly missed, sir.) You'll see more than just Channing Tatum and Adam Driver playing down-on-their-luck Southern brothers who hatch a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. You'll even see more than Daniel Craig sporting a bottle-blond crop-cut hairdo and Seth MacFarlane sporting something on his head that looks like a cross between a mullet, a Jheri curl and roadkill.
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