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Rian Johnson says there was no set plan for the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, defends Last Jedi humour

While Star Wars: The Last Jedi received an overwhelmingly positive reaction from critics, fans have been a little more mixed on the second chapter of Disney’s Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. One of the big complaints aimed towards the film is that it deviates from the seeds planted in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in favour of going off in its own direction, and director Rian Johnson has revealed to Deadline that Lucasfilm had no overarching story in place for the trilogy, and he was afforded full creative freedom to take Episode VIII where he wanted.

“That’s what’s been really cool about the storytelling process. There is definitely the idea that we know it is a three-movie arc. We know the first film is an introduction, then the middle act is training, meaning challenging the characters. The third is where they all come together and you have to resolve everything.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie review: a great disturbance in the Force

MaryAnn’s quick take… Upends expectations, demythologizes the mythos, and takes an iconic series in a bold new direction with a story full of humor, courage, and dazzling imagery. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a huge Star Wars fan

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This is not going to go the way you think,” Luke Skywalker says to… well, someone who needs to hear it. Someone whose arrogance is borne of shortsightedness and narrow expectations. And this is also Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s word of warning to the audience. To us. This is the Star Wars movie, after all, from writer-director Rian Johnson, the guy who gave us The Brothers Bloom, a tricksy movie about con artists that knows we go into a movie about con artists with certain assumptions about what we’re about to see.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Destroys Global Box-Office, Taking $450 Million

It’s getting highly praised in the critics’ circles and also with millions of fans all over the world. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened to a huge $450 million in its first few days around the world, $220 million of it on domestic soil making it the second-biggest opener of all time behind The Force Awakens.

The film opens in the UK to £27.5M having screened in over 700 sites – the widest cinema release of all time and the biggest opening of the year. Saturday’s figures alone came in at £7.6M meaning Disney has the top three in the all-time Saturday box office figures alongside Star Wars: The Force Awakens and this year’s Beauty and the Beast.

Synopsis: Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the
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Rian Johnson talks about the big Snoke scene in The Last Jedi

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Major Spoilers For Star Wars: The Last Jedi Below Last shot… Flee now or accept your fate… After Force Awakens there were countless fan theories coming out about who Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) was, and come Last Jedi we hoped we would learn more about who this deformed being was. Turns out, that was all basically pointless because Kylo... Read More...
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Four Reasons Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Isn’t One for the Ages

Four Reasons Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Isn’t One for the Ages
At the so-thrilling-you-won’t-quite-believe-your-eyes climax of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (I mean that literally: It’s thrilling, and you won’t completely believe what you’re seeing), there’s a lightsaber duel, as there has been so many times before, even in the middle of some very mediocre “Star Wars” films. The duel is darkly balletic and whipsaw furious, and something happens at the height of it that echoes a famous death from the original 1977 “Star Wars.” It’s a “Whoa!” kind of moment — but in “The Last Jedi,” it turns out to be merely the set-up for a much bigger “Whoa!” moment.

That mega super ultra “Whoa!” is designed to blow our minds, and in one sense it does. It leaves the audience with popped eyes and dropped jaws, going “Geez, I didn’t know the Jedi could do that!”

But approximately two seconds after you’ve taken the moment in, it also leaves
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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:

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

In the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker says “This is not going to go the way you think.” That sentence doesn’t just apply to the characters within the movie, but the audience as well. Director Rian Johnson crafts a fine Star Wars film that is full of surprises, character development and heart.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens to $450 million worldwide

As you may have heard, the latest chapter of the Star Wars saga opened in theaters around the world this weekend, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi performing better than expected with a global opening weekend of $450 million (it had been tracking $425 million worldwide).

Domestically, Star Wars: The Last Jedi grossed $220 million, second only to the $248 million debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015 in terms of the biggest opening weekends of all time.

In the international markets the film amassed $230 million, including $36.7 million in the UK, $23.6 million in Germany and $18.1 million in France. Globally, it recorded the fifth biggest worldwide opening of all time after The Fate of the Furious, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

See Also: Rian Johnson discusses the Rey’s parents reveal in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi
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Mark Hamill Had A Secret Second Role in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ You Definitely Missed

Mark Hamill Had A Secret Second Role in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ You Definitely Missed
[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “The Last Jedi” follow.]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” features recognizable cameos from Justin Theroux and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” director Gareth Edwards, among others, but one cameo you definitely missed was from none other than Mark Hamill. The actor was front and center in “The Last Jedi” reprising his role as Luke Skywalker, but that wasn’t the only starring role he had in the Rian Johnson-directed sequel.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson on Directing the Franchise’s Most Emotional Reunion

Hamill reveals to Entertainment Weekly that he had a top-secret second role in “The Last Jedi,” one that he isn’t willing to disclose just yet. What we do know is that the character is named Dobbu Scay (an anagram for editor Bob Duscay) and appears during the Canto Bight section of the film. Hamill can’t be seen but can be heard voicing the character.
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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Hits $230 Million at International Box Office

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Hits $230 Million at International Box Office
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated the international box office in its opening weekend with $230 million in 54 markets.

The overseas performance — led by the U.K. with $36.7 million, Germany with $23.6 million and France with $18.1 million — was slightly above sky-high expectations, which had been around $225 million. The openings did not include China, which accounts for 12% of the international market and is scheduled for a Jan. 5 launch.

With a $220 million North American opening, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” posted a $450 million worldwide total in its opening weekend — the fifth highest of all time behind “Fate of the Furious,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened in first place in all but four markets — Turkey, South Korea, India and Malaysia. It set records for the second biggest launch weekend of all time behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Australia, Germany
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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Soars to $220 Million Opening Weekend

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Soars to $220 Million Opening Weekend
The Force dominated at the box office as Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi" opened with a stellar $220 million weekend at 4,232 North American sites — the second-highest opening weekend of all time.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” finished trails only the $248 million launch of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The tentpole opened with $104.8 million on Friday (including $45 million from Thursday night previews), followed by $63.7 million on Saturday and a projected $52 million on Sunday.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has become only the fourth movie to top $200 million domestically in its opening frame, joining 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” 2015’s “Jurassic World” with $208.8 million, and 2012’s “The Avengers” with $207.4 million. It will finish the weekend 29% above the “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One,” which opened with $155.1 million on the same weekend a year ago.

“Truly in a class by themselves, the movies of the “Star Wars” franchise continue to re-write the history books as to what
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Marvel’s Black Panther gets a batch of promotional artwork

A new batch of promo art has arrived online for Marvel’s upcoming superhero blockbuster Black Panther featuring Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, Danai Gurira’s Okoye, Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, and Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger; take a look below…

See Also: International trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther offers up lots of new footage

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

Black Panther
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Rian Johnson discusses the Rey’s parents reveal in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow. You have been warned…

The two big questions coming out of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens were: 1) ‘Who is Supreme Leader Snoke?’, and 2) ‘Who are Rey’s parents?’. While the first was simply tossed aside in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as promised director Rian Johnson did give us an answer to the second, with Kylo Ren revealing that Rey is the offspring of two junkers on Jakku who sold her for drinking money.

The big reveal divided fans who have been debating Rey’s identity for the past two years, as well as sparking speculation that Kylo could have been lying to Rey in order to tempt her into joining him. However, according to Johnson himself, that isn’t the case – at least as far as he is concerned.

“I don’t think he’s lying in
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi concept art features a bald Kylo Ren

Games Radar has revealed a new piece of Star Wars: The Last Jedi concept art featuring Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, which reveals that some consideration was given to the Master of the Knights of Ren ditching his flowing locks for the second chapter of the Sequel Trilogy. Let us know what you make of this bald Ben Solo look in the comments below…

See Also: Read our reviews of Star Wars: The Last Jedi here, here and here

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
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Mark Hamill says the Star Wars prequels are more original than The Force Awakens

To promote his return as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill has been chatting to Metro about the Star Wars saga, during which he has defended the much-maligned Prequel Trilogy, stating that Lucas’ movies were more original than Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“What I thought was great about the prequels was the different technology that I had never seen before. All that CGI. And the fact that [George Lucas] wasn’t trying to do the same experience all over again. I thought The Force Awakens did that more than the early ones, because it had that the girl from a different planet, the Death Star, the Cantina sequence. [J.J. Abrams] was trying to figure out what was it about the original movies that everybody loved. And that’s a different thought process than what George would have done. Because he would go, ‘I had a beginning, middle, and
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuts to second-biggest ever opening day at the box office

After starting its North American theatrical run with the second biggest ever Thursday preview takings, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has carried that into its first full day at the box office, with the movie grossing $100.4 million on Friday, second only to Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $119 million.

Having been tracking a $200 million domestic opening weekend, analysts are now suggesting a $208 million to $214 million debut for The Last Jedi, which would put it ahead of The Avengers ($207.4 million) and potentially Jurassic World ($208.8 million) for the second best opening weekend after The Force Awakens ($247.9 million).

International numbers are still to come in for Friday, but The Last Jedi had grossed $60.8 million from 48 markets by close of play on Thursday. Worldwide opening estimates for the film put its weekend at around $425 million.

See Also: Read our reviews of Star Wars: The Last Jedi here, here and here

In Lucasfilm’s
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Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf on Amazon’s TV Series: ‘He’s Over 7000 Years Old, So I’m Not Too Old’

Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf on Amazon’s TV Series: ‘He’s Over 7000 Years Old, So I’m Not Too Old’
Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” television series is one of the most highly anticipated projects currently in development, with the streaming giant already signing off on a multi-season commitment. While the story for the series has not been confirmed, Ian McKellen is more than eager to step back into the wizardly shoes of Gandalf.

Read More:‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series in the Works at Amazon, Which Wants the Precious All for Itself

British television personality Graham Norton recently brought up the new “Lord of the Rings” series to McKellen during an interview on his BBC Radio 2 talk show (via Digital Spy). When asked if it would be annoying to see another actor take on his iconic role, McKellen responded, “What do you mean, another Gandalf?”

“I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it?
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Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf on Amazon’s TV Series: ‘He’s Over 7000 Years Old, So I’m Not Too Old’

Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf on Amazon’s TV Series: ‘He’s Over 7000 Years Old, So I’m Not Too Old’
Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” television series is one of the most highly anticipated projects currently in development, with the streaming giant already signing off on a multi-season commitment. While the story for the series has not been confirmed, Ian McKellen is more than eager to step back into the wizardly shoes of Gandalf.

Read More:‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series in the Works at Amazon, Which Wants the Precious All for Itself

British television personality Graham Norton recently brought up the new “Lord of the Rings” series to McKellen during an interview on his BBC Radio 2 talk show (via Digital Spy). When asked if it would be annoying to see another actor take on his iconic role, McKellen responded, “What do you mean, another Gandalf?”

“I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it?
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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is set to take over the box office in its opening weekend, raking in around $215 million from 4,232 North American sites.

Including $45 million from Thursday previews — the second-largest Thursday night preview total ever, below “Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s” 2015 total of $57 million — the tentpole film brought in $104 million from Friday, and is looking to add over $100 million between Saturday and Sunday.

The total gross will make “The Last Jedi” the fourth film in domestic box office history to make over $200 million in its first weekend, joining “The Force Awakens” with $248.8 million, “Jurassic World” with $208.8 million, and 2012’s “The Avengers” with $207.4 million. “The Last Jedi” will finish significantly above Star Wars spinoff “Rogue One,” which opened with $155.1 million on the same weekend a year ago.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi concept art features colourful alternate designs for the Porgs

Coinciding with the film’s release, Yahoo! Movies has shared a couple of pieces of concept art from The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi which showcases a few alternate, colourful designs for Ahch-To’s inhabitants, the Porgs; take a look below…

See Also: Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson “apologizes” for the Porgs

See Also: Read our reviews of Star Wars: The Last Jedi here, here and here

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
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Last Jedi Concept Art Shows Off Multicolored Porgs

Last Jedi Concept Art Shows Off Multicolored Porgs
Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally in theaters, fans will be scouring for more details on several aspects of the film, and today we have an early glimpse at how colorful the new creatures known as the Porgs could have been. While the production ultimately went with a brown and white color palate for the porgs that slightly resembles that of Chewbacca, new photos and excerpts from The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi book, which was released today, shows how colorful the Porgs almost were. Here's what The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi author Phil Szostak had to say in commentary about these images.

"After Rian Johnson settled on the look of the adorable space penguins, artist Jake Lunt Davies offered versions in virtually every color of the rainbow. The colorfully tinted porgs gave way to the plainer white-and-brown fowl seen in the film,
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