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Some Dummy Edited All the Women Out of The Last Jedi and the Cast Isn't Having It

Image Source: Everett Collection Listen, there are spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below, but in all fairness you should have seen it by now. Imagine being so sad, so bored, so unfulfilled by your own existence that you spend a day (perhaps multiple days) doing this: wading out into the internet, finding an exceptionally bad quality version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and then taking precious time out of your life to edit out every part of the movie featuring women. Seriously - just imagine how tragic the day-to-day routine of someone who'd decides to do that must be. No such person could possibly exist, could they? Oh, they do. They definitely do. As pointed out by Pedestrian, a self-described "chauvinist cut" of the latest entry into the Star Wars universe has made its way to torrent site The Pirate Bay. Given the many, many incredible female
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Rian Johnson Explains Why Carrie Fisher’s Final Star Wars Scenes Were Left Untouched

Though Carrie Fisher initially passed away in December of 2016, with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, moviegoers were given the chance to say goodbye to the People’s Princess.

Fittingly, General Leia Organa was given a powerful, profound arc in Rian Johnson’s sequel, as she led the tattered remnants of the Resistance to Crait only to encounter her long-lost brother, Luke Skywalker – or, at least, a Force projection of Mark Hamill’s all-powerful, all-seeing Jedi, who was actually still meditating on Ahch-To just as The Last Jedi reached its beautiful climax.

True to his original promise, Johnson also ensured that Leia was left alive by the time the credits rolled, leaving the fate of her Resistance leader in the hands of J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode IX). Exactly how Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio (Justice League) plan to bring the curtain down on Leia’s story remains to be seen,
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Rian Johnson explains the ‘let the past die’ theme of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

‘Let the past die’ was the central theme of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and now the director has explained the thinking behind it.

Throughout the film a number of characters brought up this theme of letting the past die in one way or another, including two of the film’s key figures Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren.

Some fans thought this was a message from Johnson and Lucasfilm that they didn’t care about the history of Star Wars and the audience should learn to let go and just think of the future.

Rian Johnson, however, has said that the message is quite the opposite, and that letting go of the past isn’t a workable idea in Star Wars.

“From the very start, there is kind of the theme of ‘let the past die’ but that’s expressed by Kylo [Ren] very strongly and, to some extent,
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Men’s Rights Activist Releases ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Edit That Removes All Women, But It’s Only 46-Minutes Long

Men’s Rights Activist Releases ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Edit That Removes All Women, But It’s Only 46-Minutes Long
Did you want to watch “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” without Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran? Of course not, because they’re all integral to what make the film one of the most critical acclaimed entries in the franchise. Unfortunately, one anonymous men’s rights activist has taken it upon himself to release a new version of “The Last Jedi” that removes all women and only features scenes that include the male characters.

Read More:Kevin Smith Blasts ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Backlash: ‘It’s As If Somebody F*cked Up Their Childhood’

The bad news is that the men-only version of “The Last Jedi” actually exists and is currently available to download on torrent websites such as The Pirate Bay. The good news is that “The Last Jedi” features so many wonderful female characters in main roles that when you edit all of
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Will Star Wars 9 Blow Up the Millennium Falcon?

Chewbacca, C-3Po and R2-D2 are evergreen legacy characters who don't age. So it's not likely that Lucasfilm will shuffle them off into the dustbin of history. But Star Wars 9 needs to give longtime fans some kind of devastating blow. While the Millennium Falcon has been around at least as long as the prequels, director Kevin Smith believes that destroying the ship is one of the few emotional twists Lucasfilm has left if they really want the next trilogy ending chapter to resonant with those who've been around watching the movies since 1977.

Yes, even hearing the words decimation and Millennium Falcon in the same sentence is enough to give any true Star Wars fan butterflies in the stomach. The new trilogy has already killed off Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. And with Carrie Fisher's death in 2016, Lucasfilm has already promised they won't be resurrecting Leia via motion capture or CGI.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi home-entertainment release will include 2 hours of bonus footage, 4K confirmed

It’s theatrical run is still going strong – having just become the highest-grossing release of 2017 – but Disney and Lucasfilm are now preparing for the home-entertainment release of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and according to a post on Facebook, we can expect a whopping two hours of bonus footage, deleted scenes and other special feature content. And that’s not all, as it will also be the first Star Wars movie to receive a 4K Ultra HD release!

Director Rian Johnson has previously revealed that his first cut of The Last Jedi was three hours long, and has detailed some of the deleted scenes, which hopefully we’ll get on the home video release.

See Also: Star Wars: The Last Jedi deleted scene description reveals Luke Skywalker’s third lesson to Rey

See Also: Rian Johnson on why he didn’t explain Snoke’s backstory in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi becomes 2017’s highest-grossing movie as the franchise passes $9 billion

It was always inevitable really, but now it’s official: Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the highest-grossing release of 2017, with Episode VIII pushing its global total to $1.2649 billion, surpassing the $1.2635 billion haul of fellow Disney title Beauty and the Beast.

The Last Jedi is the second-highest grossing Star Wars movie after 2015’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which pulled in $2.0682 billion. In total, the Star Wars franchise has now earned a whopping $9.03 billion, and has Solo: A Star Wars Story incoming this May to boost that total even further. It still trails the Marvel Cinematic Universe by a considerable amount though – with the superhero series having earned in excess of $13.5 billion, making it the biggest franchise in history.

The Last Jedi is now the tenth highest-grossing release of all time, and should go on to surpass Frozen ($1.2765 billion) and perhaps even Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.3415 billion) before it ends its run.
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Rian Johnson on why he didn’t explain Snoke’s backstory in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

After introducing the mysterious character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans spent the next two years debating the identity and origin of Supreme Leader Snoke. However, those who were expecting answers in Star Wars: The Last Jedi will have been disappointed that director Rian Johnson opted against delving into the villainous dark side user’s past, choosing instead to kill him off at the hands of Kylo Ren as the former Ben Solo took his position as Supreme Leader of the First Order.

Speaking during a BAFTA Q&A (via ComicBookMovie), Johnson explained why he decided against delving into Snoke’s backstory in The Last Jedi, leaving the door open for it to be explored elsewhere:

“In this particular story, it’s much more like the Original Trilogy, where with Snoke if you think about the actual scenes, if suddenly I had paused one of the scenes to give
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Lucasfilm breaks down Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Easter eggs in new video

A video has arrived online for Star Wars: The Last Jedi which sees the Lucasfilm Story Group’s Leland Chee, Pablo Hidalgo, Matt Martin, and Rayne Roberts revealing and discussing the Easter eggs hidden within the blockbuster sequel; check it out here…

See Also: Rian Johnson explains why Luke’s lightsaber was blue and not green in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma
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How Far Can Star Wars Go?

Tom Jolliffe takes a look at the Star Wars franchise and just how far it can go…

Before I start the ball rolling, I think we’ve all established that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was divisive. In the end the big band of people who thought it was a Cleveland steamer upon the chest of George Lucas have angrily huffed their way into hyperbole comas. Likewise, the few who claimed it as being an evolutionary, redefining masterpiece probably need to give it a few more viewings before firmly pitching it up as the greatest thing ever to feature lightsabers (personally I feel like Spaceballs could more rightly claim that title over Tlj). The reality, for me, was somewhere in the middle. It’s a good blockbuster. It does a lot wrong, but nothing all the rest aren’t guilty of these days, and it does a hell of a lot right.
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Last Jedi Director Confirms Leia Is Not a Jedi

Last Jedi Director Confirms Leia Is Not a Jedi
No, Princess Leia is not a Jedi. For some Star Wars fans, that may seem like an obvious statement to make, but the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi have raised some questions. However, director Rian Johnson has confirmed that, despite some evidence to the contrary presented in his movie, Leia Organa is not a Jedi. So we can put that to bed.

Warning: spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Some of the cast and director Rian Johnson recently attended a BAFTA screening of The Last Jedi and participated in a Q&A afterward. The whole Leia being a Jedi thing came up when Daisy Ridley, who portrays Rey in the new Star Wars movies, was talking about the complex and intricate mythos that surrounds Star Wars which she, by her own admission, doesn't fully understand, despite the fact that she's now a major part of the franchise.
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Rian Johnson Confirms Leia Is Not A Jedi In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

At a recent BAFTA screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, star Daisy Ridley admitted to being somewhat confused about the difference between ‘Force sensitive people,’ and actual Jedi. The subject was raised with specific regard to the abilities demonstrated by General Leia Organa in the movie – and writer-director Rian Johnson respectfully clarified the matter for her.

During a question and answer session accompanying the screening, Ridley mused on the fact that she was still unclear about General Organa’s connection to the Force, saying:

“Because I wasn’t so knowledgeable of the Star Wars thing, I still have questions about what it all means. Like, when people talk about Jedi and stuff like that – I remember having a conversation with one of our executive producers on VII, Michelle [Rejwan], and I said, ‘But surely Leia’s a Jedi, because she’s Force sensitive and she’s challenged.’ She’s not
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Rian Johnson explains why Luke’s lightsaber was blue and not green in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rian Johnson has explained why it was that Luke used a blue lightsaber in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and not his green one.

The Last Jedi is marching on at the global box office and is still dividing fans between those that loved it and those that are straight up offended by it.

One thing The Last Jedi has done quite unanimously is create a lot of questions, such as why did Luke use his father’s blue lightsaber in his duel with Kylo Ren instead of his green one from Return of the Jedi.

For some, this was an obvious hint that Luke was actually using a powerful force projection technique against Kylo, because surely the famed Jedi couldn’t be using Anakin’s broken saber. Luckily, director Rian Johnson has explained what happened to IGN:

“[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo.
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Review: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

After a few weeks of warfare and a time of turmoil, perhaps now it is safe to offer an opinion of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi to the Internet (maybe). Since the hype – and eventual record-breaking success – of The Force Awakens in 2015, it is clear that audience’s adoration of the original Star Wars trilogy characters has only grown over the years and in this Disney owned era of the Star Wars saga, we are arguably seeing more onscreen from a galaxy far, far away than ever before. Yet, there seems to be more than a slight disturbance in the force, as if a vocal audience screamed out in anger and were not silenced…in fact their voices have grown louder and louder.

The Force Awakens received its fair share of flak for riding the coattails of A New Hope too closely and now, in writer/director Rian Johnson’s much awaited sequel,
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Mark Hamill talks about the original ending of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

According to Mark Hamill, Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a slightly different ending than the one fans received. One small change, but a change that would have had great implications for Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. In an interview with Mtime, Hamill talks about this alternate ending, and how his opinion of it changed upon reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the first time:

“When we were doing [The Force Awakens], Rian said, ‘Oh and by the way we might have a couple of boulders floating to show your Force emanating’, so I was led to believe that I still had the Force and it was really strong in me… When I read [The Last Jedi] before VII came out, I said ‘what?” and called J.J. or Rian to say, ‘Are you guys aware of this? Have you seen a cut? Is there floating boulders?’ And they said, ‘No, we caught that
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John Williams will be returning for Star Wars: Episode IX

In what is the least surprising news on the planet, but still very exciting: legendary composer John Williams is planning on returning for Star Wars: Episode IX. During an interview with Variety, Williams reveals that he has confirmed to director Jj Abrams that he would be returning for the as-of-yet untitled Star Wars sequel. In the interview, Williams specifically states: “I would very much like to complete that.”

Obviously, this comes as no surprise. George Lucas has always said that John Williams’ music was the secret to the Star Wars films, and the franchise would feel very strange without him. John Williams’ music has been one of the best aspects of the new trilogy (looking at you Rey’s Theme!), and this next film should prove no different.

See Also: Daisy Ridley was moved to tears by Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode IX pitch

Williams has also recently been
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Poll: ‘Force Awakens’ vs. ‘Last Jedi’: Which ‘Star Wars’ Film Do You Prefer?

Poll: ‘Force Awakens’ vs. ‘Last Jedi’: Which ‘Star Wars’ Film Do You Prefer?
“Star Wars” is among the most popular franchises in the world and has cultivated a devoted fan base who are not afraid to let their opinions be heard.

The sequel trilogy introduced audiences to a new trio of heroes, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac), along with the violent and volatile Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) for an adventure in space. Still, the movies cater to fans of the originals, seeing appearances from many classic characters including former princess turned general Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and smuggler and scruffy-looking nerf herder Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

The world waited with baited breath for J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens,” the first installment, in 2015. Audience reactions averaged 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, while critics were close behind at 88%. The general consensus seemed to be that “The Force Awakens” was a worthy entry into the “Star Wars” canon, despite criticisms that the film was too safe and counted for little
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi wins fourth weekend at Japan box office

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has hit $55 million at the Japanese box office and in turn wins its fourth weekend.

Rian Johnson’s sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to divide fans but the sci-fi adventure also continues to bring in significant amounts of cash across the global box office.

One place where the film is still performing well is in Japan, one of the biggest markets in the world. So far The Last Jedi has managed to bring in $55 million with 4.1 million admissions (via Variety).

For comparison, The Force Awakens managed a massive $97.8 million in 2015 and Rogue One collected $39 million.

To date, The Last Jedi’s international taking is $646 million combining with a domestic sum of $574 million for a total haul of $1.2 billion.

In North America the film is currently bringing in similar numbers per day as Rogue One at the same period, indicating that The Last
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Nine Things We Want to See in Star Wars: Episode IX

It’s been a few weeks since Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi) took us back to a galaxy far, far away, and that film is still one of the only things the internet can talk about these days. From people loving it(like this writer) to fans getting so upset that they started a petition to strike it from the official cannon, writer/director Rian Johnson’s vision of the Star Wars galaxy is certainly polarizing, but it has proven wildly successful and has many fans anxiously waiting to see what’s in store when Episode IX hits theaters Christmas 2019.

We know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) director, J.J. Abrams, will be returning to the director’s chair to close out the trilogy, but outside of that we do not know much else. With that in mind, we here at CinemaNerdz feel
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Even Daisy Ridley Was Puzzled By Leia’s Force Sensitivity In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Love it or loathe it, The Last Jedi will forever be remembered as Carrie Fisher’s last true performance in the Star Wars saga.

It was, by all accounts, a fitting conclusion to a 40-year legacy, as the franchise’s impassioned fanbase bid adieu to General Leia Organa (Aka the People’s Princess) one last time.

But if there’s one scene, in particular, that proved contentious among viewers, it’s the one in which an unconscious Leia calls upon the Force to guide her back to the Resistance fleet. In the wrong hands, this dream-like sequence would have come off as schmaltzy – even melodramatic – but there are those who take issue with Johnson’s decision to unlock Leia’s abilities. Hell, it even baffled Daisy Ridley, who said the following in a recent Q&A session with BAFTA:

Because I wasn’t so knowledgeable of the Star Wars thing,
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