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Star Wars’ Kylo Ren has been voted the seventh greatest movie villain ever

Kylo Ren, the antagonist from the sequel trilogy of Star Wars films, has been voted as the seventh greatest movie villain ever.

Ren caught the attention pretty quickly upon his debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, thanks to his distinctive mask and odd looking lightsaber. But the character, played by Adam Driver, has more than just aesthetics going for him, as Ren has proved to be one of the more formidable and complex villains in Star Wars canon.

Readers of Empire Magazine were asked recently to vote on who they believed were the greatest movie villains ever and despite the fact that Kylo Ren has only been around for two movies since 2015, he found his way to an impressive seventh position.

The poll launched on December 15, 2017 and the results in the latest issue of Empire (via Screen Rant) saw Ren ranking above the likes of the Xenomorph and Voldemort.
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A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Described as “darkly exhilarating” (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times) and “Aronofsky’s most daring film yet” (Ben Croll, Indiewire), mother! stunned critics and audiences around the world. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star in the visually arresting psychological thriller that will leave your heart pounding and your mind blown. The film also stars Oscar® nominees Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, along with Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Jovan Adepo.

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Watch a clip from the National Lampoon biopic A Futile and Stupid Gesture

Coinciding with its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Netflix has released the first clip from the upcoming National Lampoon biopic A Futile and Stupid Gesture which stars Will Forte as comedy writer Doug Kenney alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Martin Mull, Jackie Tohn, Joel McHale, Thomas Lennon, John Gemberling, Matt Walsh, Rick Glassman, Jon Daly, and Seth Green; check it out here…

See Also: National Lampoon biopic A Futile and Stupid Gesture gets a first poster and trailer

A Futile and Stupid Gesture is the story of comedy wunderkind Doug Kenney, who co-created the National Lampoon, Caddyshack, and Animal House. Kenney was at the center of the 70’s comedy counter-culture which gave birth to Saturday Night Live and a whole generation’s way of looking at the world.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture is set for release on January 26th.

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Emmy Rossum Says She ‘Had to Be Willing to Walk Away’ in Order to Receive Equal Pay on ‘Shameless’ — Watch

Emmy Rossum Says She ‘Had to Be Willing to Walk Away’ in Order to Receive Equal Pay on ‘Shameless’ — Watch
Emmy Rossum is at Sundance with her new movie “A Futile and Stupid Gesture,” but the Emmy winner has more than that on her mind. Rossum stopped by the IndieWire Studio Presented by Dropbox, where she also addressed her successful bid to receive equal pay with her “Shameless” co-star William H. Macy (who supported her). Part of accomplishing that, she said, was being “willing to walk away to get what I felt was right.” Watch below.

Read More:Emmy Rossum On Her Historic ‘Shameless’ Salary Win: ‘I Just Wanted It To Feel Right’

“The first step to anything is having an awareness of it before you can change the fundamental systemic problems that created and support it,” she said while flanked by her “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” castmates. “Before my renegotiation was up, I had to be willing to walk away to get what I felt was right — and we
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Rian Johnson offers brilliant Twitter response to Star Wars: The Last Jedi force projection criticism

Officially the most divisive Star Wars movie of the saga, Rian Johnson has spent the last few days divulging information about creative choices made on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Whether that’s questions about Rey’s parentage, Snoke’s fate, or what happened to the Knights of Ren, he has answered them in a manner that has fully justified what ended up in the final cut, regardless of what you and millions of others might think.

Well, now he has used his official Twitter account (@rianjohnson) to defend criticism of Luke Skywalker’s force use in a key scene of the film, and frankly, it’s wonderful.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been calculated as the most divisive Star Wars film ever

We can start calling Star Wars: The Last Jedi the official most divisive Star Wars film ever, according to calculations by a Reddit user.

The Last Jedi continues to climb the box office charts and will likely pass the $600 million mark at the North American box office this weekend. However, fan reaction has been largely split, with some loving the film, but others outright detesting it.

Now we can say “officially” that The Last Jedi is the most divisive Star Wars film, however, as Reddit user TheNeptunianSloth has made some mathematical calculations using IMDb rating data for the films in the franchise.

“What I did was I calculated the standard deviation from each film’s set of ratings, which is a way of measuring how much the numbers, on average, deviate from the arithmetic mean of the set,” the user described. “A typical standard deviation will generally be between 1 and
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Watch A New Featurette For ‘Peter Rabbit’ Featuring Daisy Ridley

Sony Pictures Animation has released a new featurette for their new movie Peter Rabbit, focussing upon Daisy Ridley’s character Cotton Tail.

In Peter Rabbit, due in cinemas later this year, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers now takes on the starring role of his own contemporary comedy. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as their fight to gain control of McGregor’s coveted vegetable garden and the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne) extends to the Lake District and London. James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail.

Watch the brand new featurette for the film below. Peter Rabbit opens on March 16th,
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Peter Rabbit character featurettes for Daisy Ridley’s Cotton-Tail and Elizabeth Debicki’s Mopsy

With just three weeks to go until Peter Rabbit arrives in Us cinemas, Sony Pictures has released two new character featurettes for the upcoming live-action/CG-hybrid focusing on Daisy Ridley’s Cotton-Tail and Elizabeth Debicki’s Mopsy; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Peter Rabbit here

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

Peter Rabbit is set for release
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt passionately defends Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has defended how Luke Skywalker was portrayed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

There is a large group of fans who don’t like the way Mark Hamill’s Luke was behaving in the film, noting that he is quite different from the heroic young man they remember from the original trilogy. Although Luke pulls off quite a feat at the film’s end, this isn’t enough to convince many fans.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, fan of the franchise and an actor that’s been in every one of Rian Johnson’s films, including The Last Jedi in a miniscule voice role as the Canto Bight character Slowen-Lo, feels rather passionately about the subject and has defended Luke’s appearance.

In lengthy article, the actor has said: “I want to be really clear, this is just my own opinion, and in no way do I carry any special authority on this movie,
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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ to Tie Up $37 Million in Opening Weekend

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ to Tie Up $37 Million in Opening Weekend
Universal’s “Fifty Shades Freed” should dominate its North American opening weekend on Feb. 9-11 with about $37 million, early tracking showed Thursday.

Sony’s family comedy “Peter Rabbit” is tracking for a launch that weekend in the $18 million range and Warner Bros.’ Clint Eastwood thriller “15:17 to Paris” should arrive with about $10 million.

The projected “Fifty Shades Freed” launch isn’t as strong as its predecessors “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which opened with $85.2 million in 2015, and “Fifty Shades Darker,” which opened with $46.6 million on the same weekend last year. The two films, co-starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, have combined to gross $950 million worldwide.

Tracking shows “Fifty Shades Freed” with an impressive 74% total awareness and 26% definite interest. E.L. James’ erotic romance trilogy was a sensation when published in 2011 and 2012. James Foley directed “Fifty Shades Freed” from a script by Niall Leonard, James’ husband.

Reprising their roles from “Fifty Shades Darker” are Marcia Gay Harden
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Rian Johnson explains the absence of the Knights of Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has had a lot of complaints levelled against it over the past month, and one of the chief complaints that Some fans have had is that director Rian Johnson did not adequately address some of the lingering questions from The Force Awakens. For example, what’s up with the Knights of Ren, and where were they in The Last Jedi?

Recently, Rian Johnson was speaking with the Empire Film Podcast, where he was asked about the Knights of Ren, and why they weren’t included in the film. Here’s what the director had to say:

“You can see we have a very full movie already. There literally was just not room for another element at them. I guess I could’ve used them in place of the Praetorian guards, but then it would feel like wasting them because I knew all those guards had to die pretty quickly.
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Video: Peter Rabbit – ‘Meet Cottontail with Daisy Ridley’ Featurette

You’ve met Flopsy, you’ve met Mopsy, now meet Cottontail. Daisy Ridley is the voice talent behind the third of Peter Rabbit’s sisters and you can find some insight into the character in the above video from the actress herself.

The story takes inspiration from the book as Peter (Voiced by James Corden) battles with Mr McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) for control over the latter’s vegetable garden, but then develops into something more as Peter and friends find themselves in London. Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley voice Peter’s sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail.

Peter Rabbit is in UK cinemas March 16th. Check out the featurette above and let us know your thoughts below.
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Rian Johnson has explained the thought process behind Rey’s parentage in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi dealt with the much discussed subject of Rey’s parentage, and director Rian Johnson has revealed the decision making behind the reveal.

It seems that Johnson is having to do plenty of explaining regarding certain plot points in the film and he has done so again for the mystery of Rey’s parentage, which, it turns out, wasn’t much of a mystery at all. Speculation was rife about which famous character she might be related to, but it turns out that Rey is a nobody.

Speaking to the Empire podcast, Johnson explained why this decision was made: “I went through all the possibilities of who her parents could be. I made a list, with the upsides and downsides. There were two things about this option that made it feel right to me. Firstly. I like the idea that we’re breaking out from the
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been pulled from Chinese theaters, significantly underperforms

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially been pulled from Chinese theaters after an underwhelming performance at the box office these past few weeks. The film grossed $28.7 million in its opening weekend in China, but earned a far lower $2.4 million during its second week in theaters. Compared to other Star Wars films that have released in Mainland China, this is considerably low.

Chatting with THR, Jimmy Wu, chairman of Lumiere Pavilions — a Chinese movie theater chain — had this to say: “The Last Jedi has already been completely pulled from cinemas here. It’s performed much worse than we could have expected.”

How a movie will fare in China is notoriously difficult to predict. Any film that isn’t part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the Transformers or Fast and the Furious franchise, are not guaranteed to be a success with Chinese moviegoers. With the government only allowing a select amount of U.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson hopes that Luke Skywalker will return in Episode IX

The director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, has expressed “hope” that Luke Skywalker will return in Star Wars: Episode IX.

The Last Jedi was replete with surprising moments and unexpected turns, no more so than in the death of Luke Skywalker. This decision has caused plenty of debate among fans, with many curious if this is indeed the end for the character, or if Luke will come back in some way during J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX, such as a Force Ghost.

Rian Johnson certainly hopes so and has expressed this desire to Variety: “I’m not writing the script, so I don’t know,” Johnson said regarding the future of the beloved character. “But as a fan, I would hope so.”

“I don’t know where the next movie is going to go. J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio are writing it right now,” Johnson admitted. “But
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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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Win Mother! on DVD

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Prepare for a heart-stopping experience as Darren Aronofsky presents the psychological thriller, mother!

To celebrate the release of mother!, available now on Digital and coming to DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on January 22, we are giving you the chance to win a copy on DVD!

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Described as “darkly exhilarating” (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times) and “Aronofsky’s most daring film yet” (Ben Croll, Indiewire), mother! stunned critics and audiences around the world. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star in the visually arresting psychological thriller that will leave your heart pounding and your mind blown. The film also stars Oscar® nominees Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, along with Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Jovan Adepo.

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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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Our Most-Anticipated Films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Comprising a considerable amount of our top 50 films of last year, Sundance Film Festival has proven to yield the first genuine look at what the year in cinema will bring. Now in its 40th iteration, we’ll be heading back to Park City this week, but before we do, it’s time to highlight the films we’re most looking forward to, including documentaries and narrative features from all around the world.

While much of the joy found in the festival comes from surprises throughout the event, below one will find our 16 most-anticipated titles. Check out everything below and for updates straight from the festival, make sure to follow us on Twitter (@TheFilmStage, @jpraup, @djmecca and @DanSchindel), and stay tuned to all of our coverage here. One can also see a trailer round-up of Sundance 2018 premieres here.

16. Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub)

Catching our eye due to the peculiarity of the logline,
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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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