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George Lucas isn't known for mincing words. And he doesn't hold back from speaking his mind. He hasn't shied away from saying what he truly likes or dislikes about the new Star Wars franchise since he sold it off to Disney back in 2012. While he's never really admitted to liking J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens, he did say he enjoyed Rogue One quite a bit. While he won't comment on the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, he did tell TMZ exactly how he fells about Ron Howard coming into replace them. He open and honestly says this.
"I think he'll be great."
As fans know, Ron Howard worked as the lead actor in George Lucas' second big screen feature American Graffiti. And Howard, who has become an Oscar-winning director in the forty years since that movie hit big at the box office, »
With Deadpool 2 already starting production earlier this month in the X-Mansion, the superhero sequel has just added a new cast member. The Hunt For the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi shared a photo of his young star Julian Dennison getting a piggy-back ride from the Merc With the Mouth (Ryan Reynolds), confirming Dennison has been cast in Deadpool 2. While no details have been given for the character he's playing, the young actor shared the same image on his own Twitter and Instagram. Here's what Taika Waititi had to say on Twitter below.
"Never in my wilderpeoplest dreams would I have imagined this picture existing. But.... Yessss. @JulianDennison @VancityReynolds #SkuxLife"
The hashtag #SkuxLife from Taika Waititi's Twitter message is a reference to a slang term used in The Hunt For the Wilderpeople, which is essentially the New Zealand equivalent of the #ThugLife hashtag. This photo with Ryan Reynolds and »
Jacob Tremblay may only be 10 years old, but he already knows his biggest life regret.
Tremblay, a self-declared Star Wars fanatic, opened up to People about his love for the famous franchise — and the one galactic star he says he was too “starstruck” to meet.
“I saw Harrison Ford,” Tremblay tells People Now of seeing the actor at the 2017 Golden Globes. “But I never got to, like, visit him. And that’s like one of my biggest life regrets, ever.”
While he missed his chance to shake hands with Han Solo, »
- Jack Henkels
We are slowly inching toward the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and, while we wait for a new trailer, we'll take anything we can possibly get our hands on. Not long ago, Vanity Fair released a very in-depth feature piece from behind-the-scenes of Star Wars 8, which included a ton of photos and little informational bits about the next chapter in the Skywalker saga. Now, the publication has revealed a few additional photos, but this time, they are from Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and her daughter.
Vanity Fair has revealed four new photos that were taken while filming was being done on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Vanity Fair published quite a few photos that were taken by Annie Leibovitz, but these new photos had Kathleen Kennedy and Meghan Marshall snapping some shots. Mostly, they are Kennedy and Marshall taking pictures of Annie Leibovitz taking pictures, but they do »
One of my favorite things about my childhood was watching Batman: The Animated Series and later The Adventures of Batman and Robin. The series ran from 1992 to 1995 developed by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski and produced by Warner Bros. Animation. This easily may be the best animated adaptation of any super hero. For many fans out there even with Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck portraying the Dark Knight on the big screen, still consider Kevin Conroy as their caped crusader. Not to mention the iconic voice of Batman's greatest adversary, The Joker by Mark Hamill. To this day their voices are found in many animated films and video games alike. Batman: The Animated Series without a doubt helped grow the popularity of Batman. There is even an amazing podcast hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward that is dedicated to »
- Emmanuel Gomez
- Timothy Lammers
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is apparently "speechless" after finally receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Many fans of Star Wars and Hamill had already assumed that he had a star, but in fact he did not and the same goes for the late Carrie Fisher. When Fisher passed away in December fans made up their own star for the actress best know for portraying Princess Leia. In addition to playing Luke Skywalker, Hamill is also known for supplying the voice of the Joker in the DC Animated Universe as well as the wildly popular Arkham series of video games.
After news spread of Hamill receiving the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the actor Tweeted a simple hashtag that read "speechless." Hamill is a pop culture icon and has recently gone back to his Star Wars roots to have a small role in 2015's The »
Mark Hamill is something of a merchandise connoisseur thanks to his decades starring in the nerdiest, most merchandise-heavy franchise in history and a lifetime of being into the hobby himself (see his show “Pop Culture Quest”). So when he deems something the goofiest piece of “Star Wars” merchandise he’s ever seen, we can trust that he speaks the truth. It all began on Wednesday, which was National Selfie Day, when Hamill tweeted a pic of himself wearing a shirt with his face on it. The Twitter account for Star Wars Reporter then sent him a tweet reminding him that there was. »
- Carli Velocci
- Rose Moore
Ever since he first stepped into the iconic role of Luke Skywalker over 40 years ago, Mark Hamill‘s been a pop culture icon and one of the most beloved actors out there. For fans of Star Wars, he’s more or less a king, but even for just casual moviegoers and the general public, he’s a well respected and admired performer, one who’s got numerous credits under his belt that make up what’s been a hugely successful career.
Aside from his role in that galaxy far, far away, Hamill’s also quite well known for voicing the Joker in numerous animated efforts from DC, leading many to proclaim him as their favorite version of the Clown Prince of Crime, even rivalling the work that Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger did in the role. Furthermore, the actor’s also appeared on stage several times, finding much success in the process. »
- Matt Joseph
- Rose Moore
- Erin Glow
Star Wars star Mark Hamill was recently asked what the goofiest Star Wars toy was and his response is pretty awesome. The goofiest Star Wars toy or merchandise is quite a difficult question since there are so many weird toys and pieces of merchandise over the years. The George Lucas family action figures certainly come to mind, so does the Darth Vader/Death Star Transformer, the somewhat sexual C-3P0 tape dispenser, or maybe the Darth Vader toaster. There's honestly too many to count, but Hamill has a definitive answer on the subject.
Mark Hamill was asked by Scott Weinberg on Twitter which is the goofiest Luke toy or merchandise that he's ever seen. Luke Skywalker himself responded promptly that the winner was the Tauntaun with the open belly to sleep inside of. Hamill says this.
"Too many to choose just 1, but the Luke that could be removed from a disemboweled Tauntaun certainly comes to mind."
To be clear, Luke Skywalker didn't come with the toy Tauntaun, he was sold separately. But the ads on television and print definitely show Luke Skywalker chilling in the belly of a Tauntaun. The toy from The Empire Strikes Back let kids reenact the scene where Han Solo rescues Luke from freezing to death, and cuts open the belly of a Tauntaun so that Luke can keep warm in the snow. It's a very vivid and graphic scene and Kenner thought it would be an excellent idea to capitalize on the cutting open of an animal for survival. As children played with the bizarre toy over the months, the rubber belly of the Tauntaun started to turn to a yellow color, adding to the overall creepiness. Many years later a Tauntaun sleeping bag was manufactured for adults and children alike to reenact the gross scene in real-life, allowing people to sleep in the carcass of a Tauntaun.
Recently Star Wars fans have been able to buy a Lando Calrissian disguise kit, which consisted of an oversized fake mustache and even a Darth Vader burger from Burger King. The dark burger was only available in Belgium, but it consisted of a burger bun that was dyed black. If you were thinking of ways to make Burger King any less appealing, a black bun would be a good start. Another star to get many different types of toys and merchandise was R2-D2. There were action figures, remote control toys, cookie jars, t-shirts, coolers, and even an aquarium. Yes, an aquarium.
Next up, somebody should ask what Hamill's favorite Star Wars toy or merchandise is. In fact, it would be interesting to hear what most of the cast thinks of this question. While we wait in suspense for those answers to come in you can check out Kenner's original 1981 commercial promoting the Tauntaun as well as the Hoth Wampa. One of the kid actors says Wampa over and over and then you can see the Tauntaun toy in its full glory. Check out the video and Hamill's tweets below.
This one?? pic.twitter.com/fjeFM5cwuK
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) June 22, 2017 »
Sword fights. Everyone loves a good sword fight. They combine the best thing about chess – the strategy and fitness of a well-timed and executed move – with the ferocity of a wrestling match. Plus, they’re normally really well scored. They’re like a dance off with more equipment and less impressive footwork. With that in mind, we thought that it’s important to take a couple of minutes to go through five of the best sword fights in movies.
5. Aragorn Vs The Nine Ringwraiths – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
While the Hobbit films were somewhat “less than stellar” there’s no doubt that Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films were, on the whole, quite good. The Fellowship of the Ring especially. There were a lot of things in that film that worked really well – Saruman’s new orcs, the Balrog, the secret council, but the thing that really sold the film was the battle between Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and the Ringwraiths. It may have been short, but it set the tone for the film and it ends with an evil ghost getting a flaming torch to the face. What more does a film need than that?
4. Captain Jack Sparrow Vs Captain Hector Barbosa – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Geoffrey Rush, playing the role of Hector Barbosa, described this fight as an epic battle between two immortals and is it ever. The choreography is pure Flynn-like. It’s over the top and quicker than a ship at full mast. Intercut with this scene is another sword fight: Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) versus the undead crew of the Black Pearl. Plus, bringing back what we said about being really well scored, Hans Zimmer is on point with the theme for both this fight and the entire scene. The series may have gone off the map in later films, but The Curse of the Black Pearl really was treasure.
3. Hector Vs Achilles – Troy (2004)
Okay, so this one is definitely a controversial choice. Classics Students hate this film because it’s not the Illiad; Lord of the Rings fans hate it because Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is a coward in it; and cinema-philes hate it because… Well, its quality is debatable. But, 2004’s Troy is notable because: every single actor seems to be chewing the scenery in every single scene and it has Eric Bana and Brad Pitt fighting with spears. Taking place the day after Hector (Bana) killed Patroclus – Achilles’ cousin-in-this-version-but-lover/protege-in-the-Illiad, it features some of the best choreography in a film that’s pretty much built upon its sword-to-sword choreography and the bankability of Brad Pitt. The fact that most of the fight is actually one that’s between two spear wielders – something which is rare in the medium, for some reason – only makes the whole thing even better. Plus, Pitt’s Achilles really lays on the smack talk. Hard.
2. The Bride Vs The Crazy 88 – Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003)
As the titular Bill (David Carradine) says in Kill Bill Vol. 2, Uma Thurman’s character wasn’t really fighting eighty-eight bodyguards during this fight. According to the Kill Bill Wiki, there are only forty-four of them. Still, that’s a considerable number of bodyguards for one woman to fight by herself and Thurman does it stylishly. She’s called the world’s deadliest woman throughout the film, but it’s this scene in which the thesis is tested. It’s one of the most stylish scenes Quentin Tarantino ever shot and we’d argue still holds up compared to his later work. There’s so much to say about this fight but we’ll just let the fact that the Bride fought forty-four bodyguards (as well as two bosses) and won speak for itself.
There were a lot of options that we could have gone with for our ultimate battle of the blades. Hell, there were a lot of options we could have gone with from the Star Wars franchise. But, after going through all seven films again, we’ve decided that the top of them all has to be what was – for a long time – the final battle in the Star Wars trilogy. While not as technically flashy or quick as some of the fights from the prequel trilogy, the fight between Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones) more than makes up for it in terms of both emotional impact, thematic appropriateness, and score. And wow, what a score it is. John Williams is known for his scores but we think this just takes the cake.
Are there any sword-fights you think we missed? Let us know in the comments below. »
- Ian Bailey
- Valerie David
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And I thought they smelled bad on the outside.
Since he first took on the role in 1977, Hamill has seen his face plastered on every product imaginable over the past 40 years.
Well, it turns out there was one figure that was too much for the star, who will be once again be playing Skywalker in the highly anticipated Last Jedi this December.
Technically, it is not a Luke Skywalker toy as he did not come »
- Ryan Parker
Congratulations to the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s Class of 2018!
On Thursday, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the A-list roster of actors, musicians and television personalities, and the celebrity recipients took to social media to share the happy news.
“I am beyond excited to share with you all that we have just received the news that Dad will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Bindi Irwin, 18, wrote on Instagram to celebrate her late father Steve Irwin‘s honor.
“Dad changed the world by reaching out to people through their television screens to bring them »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Bindi Irwin is "beyond excited" for her father's latest honor.
Related: Bindi Irwin Pays Tribute to Late Father Steve on His 55th Birthday
"Beyond excited to share with you all that we have just received news that Dad will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, »
Back in May, Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson revealed that he’d asked J.J. Abrams to make one small change to the ending of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in order to set the stage for Episode VIII, and now Star Wars: Episode IX helmer Colin Trevorrow has said that he’s asked a similar favour of Johnson.
“There was one little thing,” Trevorrow tells the Happy Sad Confused Podcast (via Dark Horizons). “It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great. But, y’know, it’s part of the collaborative process that exists – everyone is in communication. There’s such a genuine want to get this right from everybody, and I think that one of the misconceptions is that there’s some kind of great corporate overlord that is dictating this story to everybody, and that’s what it’s going to be because that’s going to sell the most toys. The reality of it is that it’s a small group of people, but it’s actually, y’know, kind of large when you think about it – and none of them are corporate, all of them are creatives and all of them are genuinely, very sincerely, wanting to do the work of their lives in order to realize this.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 14th in the UK and December 15th in the States and 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), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb), Simon Pegg (Unkar Plutt), and Warwick Davis joined by new additions Jimmy Vee (Pan) as R2-D2, Kelly Marie Tran (Ladies Like Us) as Rose, and Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park). »
- Gary Collinson
Even before Disney shelled out a whopping $4.05 billion to acquire Lucasfilm and all of its precious assets in 2012, Star Wars was widely considered to be one of, if not the biggest brands in entertainment. And one need only look to the ongoing marketing blitz for Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi for evidence of the franchise’s enduring popularity.
Pegged for a theatrical release on December 15th, and following the blistering success of the Rogue One spinoff, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will beckon moviegoers back to the core Skywalker franchise and, by effect, pick up where The Force Awakens left off in 2015. That signals the return of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and, perhaps most exciting of all, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who slipped off the radar soon after the events of Return of the Jedi only to be found aboard the rocky outcrop known as Ahch-To.
Skywalker will no doubt have a major role to play in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but today’s rumored tidbit (via Reddit) is more concerned with Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) and a First Order stormtrooper pilot, which is reportedly set to be the one piloting those hulking ‘Gorilla Walkers’ – souped up versions of the famous At-at walkers, essentially. It’s the second batch of Lego figurines to appear this week, but it’s worth stressing that these designs are subject to change before the film’s release in December.
On December 15th, Rian Johnson will lift the lid on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It’s the third marquee blockbuster to come out of Disney and Lucasfilm since that aforementioned acquisition, though it seems the fourth (read: Han Solo) isn’t having much luck by comparison. Despite the Anthology film being in active production, we learned just last night that the Mouse House has parted ways with Phil Lord and Chris Miller over creative differences, and is now in the process of selecting a replacement.
That search is ongoing for now, but if you’re wanting to catch a look at Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose as she’ll appear in The Last Jedi, the gallery below ought to do the trick.
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- Michael Briers
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