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Here’s What George Lucas Thinks Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

By now, you’ve probably heard that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a dazzling epic full of thrilling set pieces, wonderful performances and beautiful cinematography. Indeed, the embargo lifted earlier today and already, Rotten Tomatoes has over 150 reviews, with the film sitting at a 93% at the time of writing. In other words, it’s another smash hit for the iconic sci-fi series and everyone seems to love it. But what does George Lucas think of the latest chapter in the Skywalker saga?

That’s a good question, and one that The Hollywood Reporter now has the answer to. Though the writer/director didn’t say much, he did recently screen The Last Jedi and apparently thinks it was “beautifully made.” That’s all he said, though, and it’s a bit unfortunate that we didn’t get more from him. Still, it’s nice to know that he seemingly approves of Episode VIII,
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Film Review: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Turns Up the Volume

Chicago – Everything that could be thrown into the Stars Wars legend – and the official story – is present in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” With three concurrent stories converging into an amped-up climax, all manner of Star Wars-mania and fan satisfaction can be realized in Episode 8.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Taking over for Episode 7 director J.J. Abrams is Rian Johnson (“Brick,” “The Brothers Bloom”), a more independent and offbeat helmsman. He obviously wanted to establish his own heartbeat in the series and did it by the balancing act of the complex stories (he also wrote the script), that all erupted over each other to effectively emerge together at the conclusion. It is an epic tale, much like the audacity of a seafaring novel written in the 19th Century, with conflict and emotion that have a bearing on both the older and new characters in the canon. This is not your Daddy’s Star Wars,
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"The Last Jedi" - Hot Toys' 'Luke Skywalker"

From Hot Toys, Sneak Peek the deluxe, 1/6 scale 'Luke Skywalker' figure, in the likeness of actor Mark Hamill, as he appears in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi":

"...the figure features a newly-developed head sculpt, outfit with 'poncho', a 'lightsaber', a variety of accessories, and a specially designed character-themed figure stand. The deluxe version also includes a highly detailed backpack, and a lightning rod.

"'Luke Skywalker' (Hamill), the son of 'Anakin Skywalker/'Darth Vader' and 'Padmé Amidala' is an aging, but powerful 'Jedi Master' in self-imposed exile on the planet 'Ahch-To'.

"During filming of the original 'Star Wars' trilogy, director George Lucas informed Hamill he would be needed to reprise the role again, when he was middle aged. Lucas further explained that his role as Luke would be like handing 'Excalibur to the next generation'.

"Hamill had no reaction at the time, as he thought of making '
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Secret Stormtroopers Unmasked! William and Harry Join Their Star Wars Costars at London Premiere

Secret Stormtroopers Unmasked! William and Harry Join Their Star Wars Costars at London Premiere
In a galaxy far, far away . . . Prince William and Prince Harry were actors!

On Tuesday evening, the royal brothers walked the red carpet with their fellow cast members (including some Stormtroopers and Bb-8!) at the London premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi as they helped promote the movie they can now add to their resumes.

The princes — who were joined by Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley — have cameos as Stormtroopers in a scene they shot when they visited the set in April 2016. After months of rumors, actor John Boyega recently confirmed that the princes appear briefly in the movie.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro | Written and Directed by Rian Johnson

Star Wars fans rejoice! Rian Johnson’s eagerly-awaited follow-up to 2015′s The Force Awakens is everything you could possibly have wished for and more.

Picking up from where Episode VII left off, Star Wars – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi jumps straight into the action, with ace Resistance star pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) leading a thrilling bombing attack on a First Order Dreadnought. However, the tables are soon turned as the Resistance realise, with sickening horror, that the First Order are capable of tracking them through hyper-space jumps, sending them into a desperate retreat.

With fuel supplies running low, former-Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) embarks on a secret
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets Toward $425 Million Global Launch Weekend

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets Toward $425 Million Global Launch Weekend
The Force is seriously powerful financially, with Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” tracking to deliver about $425 million worldwide in its opening weekend.

More than a dozen international markets will open Wednesday, led by France and Italy along with Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Indonesia, Philippines, and Taiwan. On Thursday, key markets include Germany, the U.K., Australia, Korea, Russia, Brazil, and Mexico.

Previews begin at 6 p.m. Thursday in North America. On Friday, the domestic launch will take place at about 4,175 theaters in the U.S./Canada including nearly 410 Imax screens, 640 premium large format, 3,600 3D locations, and 212 D-Box locations. The total will be slightly higher than last year’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which opened at 4,157 locations.

The largest Thursday night preview gross in North America is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $57 million two years ago. “Rogue One” opened with $29 million in Thursday night previews.

Domestic tracking
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Review: This Is the Epic You've Been Looking For

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Review: This Is the Epic You've Been Looking For
This review is a no-spoilers zone, so let's cut to the chase: The Last Jedi – Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga – is simply stupendous, a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption. Writer-director Rian Johnson, known for indies such as Looper and Brick, eases into epic filmmaking like a pro. The Star Wars universe is the best toy box a fanboy could ever wish for, and Johnson makes sure that Jedi is bursting at the seams with knockout fun surprises, marvelous adventure and shocking revelations that will leave your head spinning.
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Review: The Force Is Strong With This One

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Review: The Force Is Strong With This One
All hail our new porg overlords! I have seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which means I've now pledged allegiance to Porg Nation. I'm only joking -- though I will be talking more about those adorable flying rodents in a moment -- but while trailers for Episode VIII have been heavy on the porgs, there is one line of dialogue in the previews, uttered by Luke Skywalker, that proves most prescient in the end: "This is not going to go the way you think."

J.J. Abrams may have played it fairly conventionally with The Force Awakens, garnering flack for retreading too much of the same ground as A New Hope while successfully launching the franchise again, so y'know, kudos to him, but The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson (Looper) ushers the galaxy far, far away into bold and unexpected directions. Even the things that feel familiar, feel a bit different.

The Mouse House and
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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is the saga’s most unique entry yet

The force is strong with this one. Very strong, in fact. Rian Johnson has managed a delicate balance with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not only has he crafted a more than worthy sequel, he’s also differentiated himself with the most distinctive outing yet. This bodes very well for the next trilogy he’s begun developing. This week, the film opens across the globe and looks to be a massive hit. It could very well be as big as Star Wars: The Force Awakens was. At the very least, it should easily be 2017’s biggest movie. Luckily, it’s also one of the year’s very best. This film, for those somehow not in the know about it, is the next installment in the main portion of the iconic Star Wars Saga. It picks up right after Rey (Daisy Ridley) encounters Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), now living in exile.
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Film Review: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Film Review: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
Spoiler Alert: The following review contains mild spoilers for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Surely, all “Star Wars” fans hope each new installment will be the best ever. But in the case of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” that seemed like an actual possibility. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, a Sundance alum who established his serious-filmmaker bona fides with his 2005 indie debut, “Brick,” before graduating to young Christopher Nolan territory via the relatively big-budget sci-fi movie “Looper,” Episode VIII seemed to have everything going for it.

To the extent that “The Force Awakens” was essentially a heightened reboot of “A New Hope,” recycling many of the 1977 original’s thrills in fresh form with a mostly new cast, this latest chapter was positioned as the new trilogy’s “The Empire Strikes Back” — which is to say, a darker, more serious chapter (commonly regarded as the series’ best) that deepens the underlying mythology, shapes its emerging
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Rian Johnson Cherishes the Past, Then Burns it to the Ground

The tranquil blue introduction. The boom of the Williams fanfare. The warm yellow crawl. They invite you home to the familiar, a place in the past where wondrous adventures of swashbuckling in a galaxy far, far away came few and far between. They’re comfort incarnate and work without fail – for a time. With the roar of applause that accompanied the top of The Last Jedi’s opening prologue, you’d think the words “Episode VIII” were a complete surprise to those in attendance. Such is the power of Star Wars. These aren’t quite movies anymore as they are an exercise in feeling something – the pangs of nostalgia – and Rian Johnson understands this almost innately throughout The Last Jedi.

Saddled with the mammoth and unenviable position of potentially disappointing pop culture’s most volatile of fanbases, Johnson unflinchingly maneuvers these characters with a special cunning. He plays to the
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Dir. Rian Johnson (2017)

Star Wars The Last Jedi review: Rian Johnson writes and directs the latest installment in the legendary space saga.

Star Wars The Last Jedi review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

Star Wars The Last Jedi review

Star Wars made a shock return in 2015 with a brand new start to a brand new trilogy. Disney had bought the rights to Star Wars, and like their Marvel Universe had every intention of milking the franchise. Yes, now we are receiving a Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future, and with that it makes you wonder if the fanbase will get tired of constantly being bombarded by the thing they love. Although ‘The Force Awakens’ was a well-received return to the world of a galaxy far, far away, it also became more and more criticised for relying too much on the formula of the 1977 original. After the reception of the prequel trilogy,
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Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Rebellious, Bold, and Bound to Please Fans

Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Rebellious, Bold, and Bound to Please Fans
“Darkness rises, and light to meet it,” warns evil supreme leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). It’s a fitting summary of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

When Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) says, “This is not going to go the way you think,” believe him. There is a sequence in The Last Jedi that is so jaw-droppingly satisfying, fans will forever remember the moment they first saw it. There are also well-placed moments of levity that offer laugh-out-loud relief from all the casualties of the long-standing war, like Chewbacca’s chance encounter with the film’s most adorable and cuddly new creatures,
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Here’s the Most Satisfying Star Wars Movie in Decades

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Here’s the Most Satisfying Star Wars Movie in Decades
When Disney bought the entire Star Wars franchise from Lucasfilm for all the money in the galaxy, the deal forced a reckoning: Over 40 years, George Lucas garnered a massive and rabid fanbase for his singular vision of old-fashioned matinees refashioned for a galaxy far, far away — but it also remained tethered to his whims. (Knock those dopey prequels all you want, but they were the movies Lucas wanted to make.)

Millions of fans clamored for satisfaction after the first trilogy, but what they faced was an unwieldy assemblage of Star Wars media in a constant state of identity crisis. There was Jar Jar Binks; there was Hayden Christensen as a young Darth Vader; there were plans to re-release “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” in 3D.

The first post-acquisition movie, J.J. Abrams'” The Force Awakens,” took some stabs at creating a more vital and singular vision,
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Movie Review – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 2017.

Written and Directed by Rian Johnson.

Starring Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro, Billie Lourd, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Jimmy Vee, Tim Rose, Warwick Davis, Hermione Corfield and Veronica Ngo.

Synopsis:

Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.

No one can say that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a previous entry in a different skin (the most commonly agreed-upon complaint with Star Wars: The Force Awakens was its lack of originality, opting to ape beat for beat the plot of A New Hope), as writer and director Rian Johnson (the sci-fi brainiac behind the greatness that
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

Until last night, my Star Wars fandom rank merited no title. I’d never shared an impassioned connection with Lucasfilm’s phantasmic universe. Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker were mere fantasy characters and nothing more to me. Until last night, I’d never left any Star Wars film projecting outward enthusiasm or wishes for an immediate return to Jakku, Kashyyyk, Hoth etc. – then Star Wars: The Last Jedi happened.

Rian Johnson lightspeeds into his first franchise entry with more energy than a supernova explosion; an astounding exemplification of what moviegoers will forever consider “epic.” Each frame bursts with complexity and detail without ever sacrificing a majority stake in keeping us delighted by the most richly ridiculous space oddities. You’ll get your “Chewie and the Porgs” lightness while also bearing the brunt of darkness that weighs upon conflicted warriors who’ve yet to choose their destinies. Whether navigating a duplicitous story
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Becomes Fandango’s Top 2017 Ticket Seller

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Becomes Fandango’s Top 2017 Ticket Seller
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has become Fandango’s top advance ticket-seller of the year, topping previous record-holder “Beauty and the Beast.”

“Even though the film doesn’t officially open till Friday, Fandango’s pre-release ticket sales for ‘Last Jedi’ have already eclipsed the total pre-release ticket sales of any other movie on Fandango this year,” the online ticketing service said on Tuesday.

Tracking indicates that “The Last Jedi” could earn as much as $200 million in its domestic debut, which would be the fourth-largest of all time after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World,” and “The Avengers.”

Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie picks up where 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off. It stars returning cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Andy Serkis. The new cast members include Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio del Toro. The movie marks
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The Last Jedi Cast Answers Your Burning Questions About Star Wars (Minus Spoilers)

Even the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi knows that fans have a lot of questions about the upcoming installment. While they are sworn to secrecy on spoilers, they did reveal a few of your burning questions about the franchise during a recent interview with Wired. John Boyega regrettably confirmed that Jedi don't get paid, while Mark Hamill revealed a few interesting tidbits about Laura Dern's new character. See what else they had to say above!
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Mark Hamill on Luke Skywalker's Dark Return in Star Wars: The Last Jedi: 'I Was Stunned'

Mark Hamill on Luke Skywalker's Dark Return in Star Wars: The Last Jedi: 'I Was Stunned'
Like millions of Star Wars fans, Mark Hamill has been impatient to see Luke Skywalker back in action. In 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the famous Jedi made a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance but in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the character is front and center — just not as you’d expect it.

While Luke takes the spotlight in Episode VIII, Hamill expected to do much more in The Force Awakens, based on early story sketches he saw after signing on to reprise his iconic role. “Luke in scuba gear with Rey, discovering the underwater remains of the destroyed Death
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Robert Englund Auditioned For Han Solo but Pushed His Roommate Mark Hamill to Audition Too

You might not have known this, I know I didn’t, but Robert Englund, the guy that essentially made Freddy Krueger who he is, once auditioned for the part of Han Solo. What’s more, he convinced his friend Mark Hamill to audition for the role of Luke Skywalker. Maybe the world should be sending Englund a big Thank You card right now and giving him a big, sloppy kiss. Apparently Hamill had been couch-surfing at Englund’s for a while when Robert when in to audition, and was seated with a six-pack watching the Mary Tyler Moore Show when Englund came home

Robert Englund Auditioned For Han Solo but Pushed His Roommate Mark Hamill to Audition Too
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