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Rogue One’s Chirrut Imwe is the best fighter in Star Wars according to Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill has declared that Rogue One character Chirrut Imwe is the best fighter in Star Wars.

Star Wars is replete with intimidating fighters, including Darth Maul, Vader, Obi-Wan, Yoda, etc and so on, with so many fantastic fight sequences having taken place over the years.

Mark Hamill has been in a few of those himself as Luke Skywalker but his choice for the best warrior in all of Star Wars was actually a character from 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Speaking to Norma Jenner, Hamill was asked who was the best fighter in the Star Wars galaxy and he named Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe, the blind force sensitive that fought off so many foes over the course of the movie.

“Oh gosh, [Chirrut Îmwe] in Rogue One, the martial artist,” answered Hamill, not quite remembering the name of Donnie Yen’s character in the first Star Wars anthology movie.
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Wanda Sykes Reads The Case Of The Missing Carrot Cake For Storyline Online

Wanda Sykes is on the case to bring a love of reading to millions of children worldwide as the newest reader for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's children’s literacy website Storyline Online (storylineonline.net).

Wanda Sykes reads The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake

Sykes reads The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake (storylineonline.net/books/missing-carrot-cake). Written by Robin Newman, illustrated by Deborah Zemke and published by Creston Books, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake is a humorous, whodunit detective story filled with baked-in clues, animal suspects, video surveillance, and stake-outs.

Video: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake read by Wanda Sykes

When Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake goes missing on Ed’s farm, “missing food investigators” (MFIs) and mice Detective Wilcox and Captain Griswold must track down the thieves. The entertaining and witty The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake can be used to
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Sterling K. Brown Makes History as First Black Man to Win Lead Actor in a Drama Golden Globe

This Is Us' Sterling K. Brown made history as the first African-American male to win a Lead Actor in a Drama Series Golden Globe at Sunday's award show.

Brown is only the fifth black man to be nominate in the category -- following Philip Michael Thomas (Miami Vice), James Earl Jones (Gabriel's Fire

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Star Wars: how secrecy drove a wedge between Darth Vader and Lucasfilm

Ryan Lambie Jan 4, 2018

George Lucas was keen to keep Star Wars' secrets - which caused problems between Lucasfilm and Vader actor David Prowse...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.

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It's the autumn of 1978, and Star Wars mania is still riding high. Less than a year after the first film became a pop cultural phenomenon, there's already speculation about what might happen in its sequel - and at a store in California, actor David Prowse stokes the excitement among fans even further.

As a bustling crowd forms to get autographs or take photographs, Prowse, the six-foot-five actor who plays the evil Darth Vader,
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The Lion King Helmer Jon Favreau Shares New Bts Pic Featuring Donald Glover

Simba returns, and he looks much more human this time around.

For in Jon Favreau’s reboot of The Lion King, all your favorites from the Pride Lands – from Nala to Mufasa and everyone in between – will receive the live-action treatment in what promises to be one of the most star-studded Disney movies ever created.

Indeed, one glance at the casting docket reveals that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones (Star Wars) have signed on to voice Nala and Mufasa, respectively, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is poised to take point as the villainous Scar. And it gets even better, as Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) will headline Disney’s rebooted fairytale as Simba, the lion who would be king.

Still incubating in the bowels of development, The Lion King isn’t quite ready to show off any footage, but thanks to director Jon Favreau, today brings forth the
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Lion King Set Photo Introduces Donald Glover as the New Simba

Lion King Set Photo Introduces Donald Glover as the New Simba
The king has returned. Jon Favreau is currently hard at work getting Disney's live-action version of The Lion King ready to go for summer 2019. Disney announced the full cast for the movie last month, which includes Donald Glover as Simba. Now, Favreau has shared a behind-the-scenes photo from the set, showing that things are moving right along on The Lion King, as Donald Glover is currently in the studio getting to work as Simba.

We know that The Lion King is going to use the same technology that Jon Favreau used for The Jungle Book to make the creatures come to life. Though they looked incredibly real, all of the animals in The Jungle Book were CGI and it looks like it'll be the same for this movie. However, the actors who voiced the characters used motion capture to provide a visual reference for the CGI characters. It's likely
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Will Star Wars: Episode IX Offer Redemption To Kylo Ren? Rian Johnson Chimes In

As the pivotal second chapter in Lucasfilm’s current trilogy, one of the big questions going into the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was how Rian Johnson’s sequel would set the stage for Episode IX.

Couple this with the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher, whose final Star Wars performance irrefutably floored viewers, and you have all the ingredients for a logistical disaster. It’s a testimony to Johnson’s direction, then, that The Last Jedi released as a competent, wildly entertaining space opera. And it even snuck in one or two story twists for good measure.

But in keeping with the trilogy format, Rian Johnson and his team refrained from revealing all the answers, which only has us all the more intrigued by Star Wars: Episode IX. It’s still a full two years out, but when the director was asked about J.J. Abrams’ threequel and the
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Star Wars Legend James Earl Jones Reflects On That Empire Twist

Almost 40 years ago, long before electronic computers gave rise to the Internet as we know it, Empire Strikes Back delivered one of the most shocking, groundbreaking twists in film history: Darth Vader was, in fact, the father of Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill’s farm-boy-turned-Jedi who continues to be a fixture of the Star Wars universe.

And though the entire fanbase is currently walking on eggshells to avoid spoilers for The Last Jedi – don’t worry, this article is completely free from plot details, but we will point you in the direction of Wgtc’s official review – Star Wars legend James Earl Jones has recalled a simpler time when the intricacies of a film weren’t analyzed ad nauseam leading up to release.

That being said, as part of a new documentary entitled Star Wars: Empire of Dreams (via The Hollywood Reporter), Jones admitted that even he was taken aback
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James Earl Jones Didn't Believe Darth Vader Was Luke's Father

James Earl Jones Didn't Believe Darth Vader Was Luke's Father
James Earl Jones wasn't buying it. 

When the beloved actor read his script for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Jones thought for sure Darth Vader was putting Luke Skywalker on when he made the huge reveal. 

In a previous interview unearthed by Heat Vision, Jones said, "When I first saw the dialogue that said, 'Luke, I am your father,' I said to myself, 'He's lying. I wonder how they are going to play that lie out?'" 

In a separate interview, Jones said he was looking forward to voicing Vader once again in The Empire Strikes Back because he wanted to explore the character. George...
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Darth Vader: biopic of David Prowse on the way

Nick Harley Dec 12, 2017

Strongman will focus on the man inside of Vader's suit, bodybuilder David Prowse.

David Prowse’s connection to the Star Wars universe is impressive. Most impressive. As the man that physically embodied Darth Vader inside of that iconic black getup, Prowse was a part of a team including James Earl Jones, Sebastian Shaw, and Bob Anderson that brought one of cinema’s most famous villains to life in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Yet, Prowse’s “eccentric” behavior led to him being banned by George Lucas himself from attending official Star Wars conventions. Despite the controversy, Prowse will find himself as the subject of the upcoming biopic, Strongman.

Strongman was written by Nicholas Jacobson-Larson and Dalton Leeb (The Well) and earned a spot on this year’s Black List, a Hollywood-curated list that chronicles the best unproduced screenplays of the year.

Chronicling his journey from champion weightlifter
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Film News Roundup: Louis Gossett Jr. Replaces James Earl Jones on ‘Foster Boy’ Drama

Film News Roundup: Louis Gossett Jr. Replaces James Earl Jones on ‘Foster Boy’ Drama
In today’s film news roundup, Louis Gossett Jr. replaces James Earl Jones in “Foster Boy,” David Wojnarowicz is the subject of a documentary and “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” gets a Norwegian director.

Replacement

Louis Gossett Jr. is replacing James Earl Jones as a judge in the reality-inspired feature film “Foster Boy,” currently in production.

Jones departed due to a competing commitment. Matthew Modine and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie star in “Foster Boy,” a legal drama about a high-powered litigator who takes on the case of a disadvantaged African-American young man. They uncover the abuses of the for-profit foster care system.

Other cast members include Julie Benz, Amy Brenneman, Greg Germann, Evan Handler, Jordan Belfi, Lex Scott Davis and Krystian Lyttle.

The script is written by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany, based on his experiences as a litigator in Chicago. “Foster Boy,” which is shooting in Los Angeles, is directed by Youssef Delara.
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'The Lion King': Meet the Actors Behind the Remake

'The Lion King': Meet the Actors Behind the Remake
The 1994 animated film The Lion King was a critical and commercial hit and beloved by families. The Disney movie won two Oscars and has grossed more than $968 million worldwide.

The animated version was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, with a voice cast that included Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin.

In September 2016, it was announced that Disney is doing a CGI remake of the film with Jon Favreau set to direct. The cast of...
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‘SNL’ Imagines ‘Lion King’ Screen Tests for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kit Harington and Oprah

So as you’ve already heard, probably, they’ve come up with a cast for the live-action version of The Lion King. So far the cast looks like they’re going to be nothing but the best and will put in an amazing performance that people won’t want to miss. The talent they’re bringing to the table is simply impressive and the fact that they’re bringing back the great James Earl Jones is something that can’t be ignored. But of course there were likely other screen tests as well that were meant to be considered. SNL took care of that. Feel free to

SNL’ Imagines ‘Lion King’ Screen Tests for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kit Harington and Oprah
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Matthew Modine and James Earl Jones join Foster Boy

Variety is reporting that Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), James Earl Jones (The Lion King) and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie are set to star in the indie drama Foster Boy, which is being directed by Youssef Delara (The Bounce Back) from a script by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany.

Foster Boy is based on Deratany’s own experiences as a litigator in Chicago, and sees Modine playing a character at the center of a trial revolving around a for-profit corporation, contracted by the state to provide foster children safe homes, that places a known sex offender into a foster home with other clients — with catastrophic results.

“There are an estimated 400,000 children in foster care in America,” said Deratany. “They are basically unrepresented, with few ways to shape their destinies. Why? One simple reason: they are children. They have no money and they have no voice. It’s not that they are bad kids.
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Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones to Star in Drama ‘Foster Boy’ (Exclusive)

Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones to Star in Drama ‘Foster Boy’ (Exclusive)
Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie will star in the independent drama “Foster Boy.”

The script is written by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany, based on his experiences as a litigator in Chicago. The film follows Modine’s character, who’s at the center of a trial revolving around a for-profit corporation, contracted by the state to provide foster children safe homes, that places a known sex offender into a foster home with other clients — with catastrophic results. Jones plays the judge and McGhie portrays the defendant.

Foster Boy,” which begins shooting Monday in Los Angeles, is directed by Youssef Delara, whose credits include “Filly Brown,” “The Bounce Back,” and “English as a Second Language.” It’s produced by Deratany, Michael Samuelson, Anne-Marie Mackay, and Andrew Sugerman. John Schimmel, and Thom and Matt Lipari are the executive producers. “Foster Boy” has been entirely financed by equity investment.

Deratany and Samuelson
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‘Saturday Night Live’: Kit Harrington, Oprah, Eminem, and Others Audition for ‘The Lion King’ — Watch

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Kit Harrington, Oprah, Eminem, and Others Audition for ‘The Lion King’ — Watch
The cast of Disney’s live-action remake of “The Lion King” was recently announced, and it’s unsurprisingly stacked: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, John Oliver, and more are lending their voices to the latest childhood-ruiner.

For every actor who got cast in Jon Favreau’s new take on the animated classic, however, one hopeful contender did not. “Saturday Night Live” decided to speculate on those broken dreams with a sketch about the screen tests of everyone from Nick Offerman and Cardi B to Eminem and Kit Harrington. Watch below.

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Most of them don’t do especially well. LL Cool J has trouble pronouncing “Hakuna Matata,” Oprah lifts up Simba and yells his name as though he were a prize for her studio audience, Eminem
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Quavo Pitches Migos to Play the Hyenas in 'Lion King' Remake and We've Truly Never Wanted Anything More

Quavo Pitches Migos to Play the Hyenas in 'Lion King' Remake and We've Truly Never Wanted Anything More
Calling Disney. This Is Important.

With the cast of the upcoming Lion King remake getting better by the day -- Beyonce was announced to be voicing Nala last week -- it's hard to imagine how it could still be improved. Then on Sunday, Quavo perfected it with one tweet.

"3 Hyenas Lions King call us  @Disney," the Migos rapper tweeted.

More: Beyonce Joins Star-Studded Cast of 'The Lion King'!

Ok, look, powers that be. We don't ask for much, but if we could have Quavo, Offset and Takeoff join this already star-studded franchise, well, not to be dramatic but our lives would be complete.

They wouldn't be the only musicians on the bill either. In addition to Beyonce, Donald Glover is set to voice Simba. Other cast members include James Earl Jones as Mufasa and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. 

Additionally, Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), John Oliver (Zazu), John Kani (Rafiki), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon), Eric Andre (Azizi
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‘The Lion King’ Remake Announces Full Cast

The Lion King‘ remake has finally announced it’s full cast. Based on the announcement, Jon Favreau‘s “live-action” remake of the Disney classic is shaping up to have an absolutely stellar cast. Since pretty much the entire movie in intended shot on a blue screen stage, the casting announcements been few and far between, until now. The film was green-lit in late 2016 and fast tracked in response to the success of ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the box office.

The film began shooting in March of this year, and Favreau and co. were quick to cast Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones as Mufasa (reprising his role from the original). In the following months, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Puumba, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kane as Rafiki were all added to the cast. With this announcement,
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Beyoncé Joins Live-Action ‘Lion King’ + More News From This Week

The full cast of the live-action “Lion King” has been announced.And people are losing their minds. In addition to Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), John Oliver (Zazu), Seth Rogan (Pumbaa), and Billy Eichner (Timon), all of whom were made official in the past months, Chiwetel Ejiofor will join as Scar, Keegan-Michael Key and Eric André will voice two hyenas, and, drum roll please, Beyoncé as Nala. (Facebook) “Smash” fans rejoice!Josh Safran, showrunner of the criminally misunderstood show’s second season, is bringing another musical series to the small screen: He’s developing a musical romantic-drama called “Mixtape” about “a disparate group of interconnected people in contemporary Los Angeles through the lens of the music that defines who they are.” (The Hollywood Reporter) More victims come forward accusing Hollywood heavyweights of assault and harassment.This week saw six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct,
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Downsizing, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and The Disaster Artist top today's movie news roundup!

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Downsizing, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and The Disaster Artist top today's movie news roundup!Downsizing, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and The Disaster Artist top today's movie news roundup!Amanda Wood11/2/2017 4:01:00 Pm

There’s been a ton of cool news today, including new trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Disaster Artist! Definitely our favourite kind of day.

Firstly, the voice cast has officially been confirmed for Disney’s live-action remake of their hit The Lion King, and it is more perfect than we ever could have hoped for. Donald Glover will take on the role of Simba, with Nala being played by none other than Beyonce. Yes, you read that correctly. James Earl Jones (reprising his role as Mufasa), Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, and Keegan-Michael Key are also part of the impressive cast. The Lion King will hit theatres July 19th, 2019.

#TheLionKing.
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