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“I need someone to show me my place in all of this.”
Caught between the First Order and the “vulnerable” Resistance, last we checked in on Ridley’s heroine she had made contact with Luke Skywalker, the Jedi Master who has spent years in exile following the destruction of his Jedi Academy, presumably at the hands of Kylo Ren.
But when it comes to Rey, in particular, The Last Jedi‘s blistering full trailer hinted at a potential dark turn for Daisy Ridley’s fan-favorite. Either that, or the video editors at Lucasfilm are purposely keeping Star Wars fans on their toes with a bout of clever editing. Because let’s face it, there’s »
- Matt Joseph
He’s the best damn pilot in the galaxy – not this one, mind you, but Disney’s galaxy far, far away – and after spearheading the Resistance assault on Starkiller Base two years ago, it’s been revealed that by the time Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in December, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) will be “shining as a leader of a courageous flying battalion.”
Or at least, that’s what a translation of the official Japanese Star Wars site points to, as it’s given us some new character bios today, which outline what all the main players will be up to by the time Rian Johnson’s much anticipated sequel rolls into theatres. For Poe in particular, here’s what it said (and keep in mind that this is just a rough translation):
“Now that the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance has escalated into total war, »
- Matt Joseph
BMG Production Music has acquired the flagship Los Angeles-based trailer tune house Immediate Music. Founded in 1993, Immediate is a trailblazer in building a company around the concept of creating original music for movie marketing. It later expanded to include teleproduction with 1 Revolution Music, which was part of the Bmgpm deal.
Coming on the heels of last month’s purchase by Bmgpm of Paris-based Axs, the move underscores a catalog building trend that has made music libraries a hot “get.” The Production Music Association values the global market for production music at $1 billion worldwide.
Immediate co-founder Jeff Fayman estimates his firm has roughly 4,500 unique compositions in its library, and “closer to 20,000 tracks when you factor in all the different versions, which might be piano-only, or no drums.” Fayman says the deal offers Immediate efficiencies of scale so he and co-founder Yoav Goren can hand off administrative and marketing functions to Bmgpm, and spend more »
- Paula Parisi
Wonder Woman is the biggest movie of the summer and now she's taking the crown for Google's most searched costume idea for Halloween 2017, which makes sense since she was already a popular costume for years before there was ever a big screen adaptation of the female superhero. Grossing over $800 million dollars at the box office will have that kind of effect on the popularity of a character. To help those in need of the perfectly trending Halloween costume for 2017, Google has started their Freightgeist top trending costumes so far, this year.
Not surprisingly, Wonder Woman is numero uno on the list, a costume that has been a fan favorite for males and females already for a number of years. Justice League is almost out in theaters, but there's no sign of Batman, Aquaman, Flash, Cyborg, or even Superman in the top ten, but there is another character from DC in the top 5. In fact, »
Directing a “plum assignment” like a “Star Wars” film was simply too much for David Fincher. The “Seven” director said on the Empire Film Podcast that he did, at one point, talk to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about the possibility of directing a film in the “Star Wars” saga but ultimately decided to pass. “I talked to about that and look, it’s a plum assignment. I don’t know what’s worse: Being George Lucas on the set of the first one where everyone’s going, ‘Alderaan? What the hell is this? Where everyone’s making fun,'” Fincher said. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Following on from this week’s single player campaign trailer [watch it here], Electronic Arts has released a new promotional gameplay video for Star Wars: Battlefront II, this time showcasing the fearsome special abilities of Emperor Palpatine. As you’d expect, we’ve got his trademark Force Lightning, along with Electrocute, Chain Lightning and Dark Aura for when you plan to wipe them out… all of them. Check out the video here…
See Also: Star Wars Battlefront II campaign length revealed
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— PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 23, 2017
Embark on an endless Star Wars action experience from the bestselling Star Wars HD videogame franchise of all time. Rush through waves of enemies on Starkiller Base with the power of your lightsaber in your hands. Storm through the jungle canopy of a hidden Rebel base on Yavin 4 with your fellow troopers, »
- Gary Collinson
What is a gray state? According to Minnesota filmmaker David Crowley, it’s the living environment between a police state and a dictatorship. That’s why he spent years making the film “A Gray State,” which became a Werner Herzog-produced documentary after the story took a much different path than originally anticipated.
Crowley, an Iraq veteran, began working on “A Gray State” in 2010. The fictional film takes place in a near-future dystopia where the civil rights of Americans are hostage to the brutalities of the federal government. When the crowd-funded trailer was released, it was well-received by the rising online community of libertarians, Tea Party activities, and conspiracists.
But in January of 2015, Crowley, his wife, and child were found shot to death in their Minnesota home. The unexplained, violent tragedy became subject to widespread conspiracy allegations that thought it could have been an assassination by someone inside the government. »
- Raelyn Giansanti
Star Wars Rebels is now back for its fourth and final season. And as you’d expect, the stakes are higher this year than ever before. Continuing on from their feud in season 3, Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) will be breathing down the necks of The Ghost crew across the new run. It turns out, though, that he won’t be the only antagonist that Ezra Bridger and friends will have to watch out for.
In a new interview, Rebels exec producer Dave Filoni spoke a little about how Thrawn is still the “main competitor” of our heroes in season 4, but also hinted that there are some other villains waiting in the wings of that galaxy far, far away who are even more powerful.
“He’s still the one that is watching for them and that they’re running from and their main competitor. Which is different, we’ve never »
- Christian Bone
Mark Harrison Oct 24, 2017
As Doctor Who series 11 adds a trio of soap opera stars to its cast. And it makes sense...
What do Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh have in common? Other than the fact that they're all joining Jodie Whittaker's Doctor as part of the regular cast of Doctor Who's next series, they've all acted in soap operas. Even 12 years since the show was revived by a former Coronation Street writer, that still makes some fans nervous.
Whatever your thoughts on Corrie, EastEnders and other serial dramas (to give them their proper name – the nickname comes from an outdated observation about soap companies sponsoring many of them), they're the best, most relevant training ground for young actors in British television. It's also more relevant to the experience of working on Doctor Who than you might necessarily expect.
We won't go so far as Doctor Who »
The Oscar-nominated director was in the running to direct 2015's The Force Awakens (it ultimately went to J.J. Abrams), which he called a "plum assignment." But he recently told Empire on the Empire Film Podcast that he stayed clear of the project because he knew the stress would be too much.
“I can’t imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of the last two or three,” Fincher told the podcast. “That’s a whole other level. One is that you »
- Ryan Parker
Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” dominated social media last week with a hefty 113,000 new conversations with the release of extended clips and plot details, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.
The third Thor movie has now totaled 1.65 million new conversations two weeks before the Nov. 3 opening of the tentpole.
“Thor: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.
Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” generated 70,000 new conversations following the Oct. 16 release of the first full action-packed trailer. In it, Chadwick Boseman’s character, T’Challa, returns to his home where he rules, the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Footage throughout the trailer shows him embodying his superhero identity, Black Panther.
Michael B. Jordan’s character Erik Killmonger — an exile who seeks to overthrow »
- Dave McNary
Have no fear, kids: Stranger Things 2 lives up to the hype. I say that as someone who was very worried about whether it would be any good at all, just considering the kind of phenomenon the show has become. Sure, every interview the Duffer Brothers gave sounded promising, every trailer was goosebump-inducing, and every new picture looked perfectly moody. But still, sophomore seasons are hard, and Target already has a whole line of comfy Stranger Things apparel, an honor usually reserved for established brands like Star Wars or Harry Potter. It just felt a tad premature for a show only one season in, and a tad embarrassing if season two didn't live up to its many promises. I've now seen the entire »
In the parlance of Mike Wheeler and friends, Stranger Things Season 2 is the Empire Strikes Back to the first season’s Star Wars, in that it’s a highly anticipated follow-up where the stakes are higher for a band of unlikely heroes. But also because just as Luke Skywalker spent much of that sequel on his own journey, so does Eleven here — which is perhaps the otherwise engaging sophomore season’s only shortcoming.
RelatedStranger Things Season 3 Already in the Works — And Season 4, Too?
Releasing all nine episodes this Friday, Oct. 27, Season 2 of Netflix’s sleeper hit picks up in »
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would extend the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility function to games from the original Xbox console. For the past several years, games from the Xbox 360 have slowly become available on Xbox One, but now the company is reaching further back into its catalogue and reminding us why the original Xbox was such a hit to begin with. IGN reports that the first 13 titles will be available tomorrow. They include: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Ninja Gaiden Black Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge Fuzion Frenzy Prince of Persia: The … »
- Matt Goldberg
Even by The Last Jedi‘s own lofty standards, it has been a busy weekend for Rian Johnson’s forthcoming sequel.
With excerpts of Ken Liu’s The Legends of Luke Skywalker flooding the Internet, the impassioned Star Wars community has identified Luke’s Force powers, all the while debunking those incessant rumors of Mark Hamill’s Jedi succumbing to the dark side.
Then again, we should stress that although Liu’s six-part anthology is considered canon, it’s essentially a collection of myths and tall tales about the legendary Luke Skywalker, all of which are designed to fill in some of the gaps between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Told through the eyes of a young spaceship crew, that means those stories skate the line between truth and hearsay, so it’s unlikely they’ll have much of a bearing on Lucasfilm’s film saga.
- Michael Briers
There’s never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan, and that same logic can be applied to actors longing for a role in Lucasfilm’s far-away galaxy.
Thanks to the ongoing anthology series, which continues next year through Solo: A Star Wars Story, first-timers like Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover and Thandie Newton have all fulfilled their dreams to work under the biggest brand in entertainment. And it seems Andrew Lincoln wants to join Lucasfilm’s pantheon, too.
Last night, The Walking Dead veteran appeared on AMC’s two-hour Talking Dead special, in which Chris Hardwick and Co. presented a post-mortem of “Mercy” and its many twists and turns. And this being episode number 100, there was a tremendous amount of nostalgia coursing through the veins of Twd‘s season 8 premiere, with fans noticing a number of callbacks to days gone by.
For Lincoln, though, Sunday »
- Michael Briers
Filmmaker David Fincher has been pretty active on the press rounds lately as he promotes his acclaimed new Netflix series Mindhunter. Recently, he shared his thoughts on Marvel Studios and how he feels it makes it challenging for directors to tell complex stories, and now he’s been talking to Empire about another Disney-owned franchise in Star Wars, revealing that he passed up the opportunity to head to the galaxy far, far away.
“I talked to [producer Kathleen Kennedy] about that and look, it’s a plum assignment,” said Fincher. “I don’t know what’s worse: being George Lucas on the set of the first one where everyone’s going, ‘Alderaan? What the hell is this?’ Where everyone’s making fun, but I can’t imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of these last two. That’s a whole other level. One is that »
- Gary Collinson
Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok is receiving critical raves far ahead of its release. Clearly, the director has done something right with the Thor franchise, and seems to understand the sci-fi genre quite well.
So, what about another little-known sci-fi franchise called Star Wars? Would he be willing to tell a story in a Galaxy Far, Far Away? Talking to the New York Times about Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi does share his thoughts about directing a Star Wars film, and if you are a fan, well… disappointed, you will be:
“That particular franchise seems really hard. There’s not much room for someone like me. Through its narrow canon, the tone of Star Wars has always been determinedly self-serious, whereas the Marvel movies, like the decades of comics they sprang from, veer wildly from high drama to low comedy. And improvisation has been a tool in every Marvel movie since »
- Jordan Jones
A new Star Wars Lego set seems to have answered a question that has plagued fans since the release of Return of the JEdi in 1983: did Boba Fett survive after falling into the Sarlaac Pit? The movie itself didn't exactly show him die, but many thought there was no way he could escape the Sarlaac pit after falling in during an early scene in Return of the Jedi, although leaked images from an upcoming Lego set seems to indicate that Boba Fett did in fact survive that treacherous fall. Boba Fett's fate hasn't exactly been confirmed by anyone at LucasFilm, but these images certainly are intriguing.
A Reddit user named "SiegmeyerofCatarina" dug up a "confidential" image featuring an upcoming Lego set, with the artwork depicting Boba Fett using his blaster to essentially shoot his way out of the Sarlaac Pit. No details were given about this Lego set, »
Michael Giacchino is a film composer who’s still on the up and if you’ve watched the likes of Lost, Rogue One, Jurassic World, a whole host of Pixar or any of the recent Star Trek films then his music has definitely entered your life, and that’s just a small selection. Giacchino has built an impressive body of work over the past 18 years and I was more than excited to see him perform live, and so on the occasion of his 50th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall, it was quite exceptional.
Following the likes of Ennio Morricone, Howard Shore, Henry Mancini, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and the mighty John Williams, Giacchino has played the Albert Hall before when he lead an orchestra for a live version of Star Trek into Darkness in 2014 but this Friday night was something particularly special, as it was to celebrate his 50th Birthday. »
- Dan Bullock
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