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Rian Johnson Confirms ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Runtime, Will Be Longest ‘Star Wars’ Movie Ever

We’re less than thirty days away from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and as per usual, the story details are being kept under lock and key. All we know is that, for all his brooding, Mark Hamill won’t be Evil Luke Skywalker. However, it looks like the upcoming film will be the most epic “Star Wars” adventure yet.

It’s been rumored for a while now, but director Rian Johnson has confirmed that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” runs 2 hours and 30 minutes (including credits).

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'Wonder' Review: Family Tearjerker Avoids Cloying Cliches (for the Most Part)

'Wonder' Review: Family Tearjerker Avoids Cloying Cliches (for the Most Part)
On the surface. Wonder looks like the kind of family-pandering pap that makes me want to run the other way. Do you really want to spend two hours watching the plight of a young boy born with a congenital facial deformity that gets him ridiculed when he musters the courage to go outside without hiding under his favorite astronaut helmet? Based on a 2012 bestseller by R. J. Palacio that inspired an anti-bullying "Choose Kind" movement, Wonder isn't exactly adverse to shameless tearjerking. The good news is that writer-director Stephen Chbosky
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Will be the Longest ‘Star Wars’ Movie

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Will be the Longest ‘Star Wars’ Movie
Prepare your bladders, Star Wars fans. Director Rian Johnson has confirmed the rumors that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the longest Star Wars movie yet. So maybe hold off on that extra-large drink when you settle into the theater next month. Speaking at a press conference promoting the film in France, Johnson revealed […]

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Infinity War Trailer to Finally Arrive in Early December?

Infinity War Trailer to Finally Arrive in Early December?
After a few false alarms and quite a bit of frustration, it sounds like Marvel Studios is finally ready to show us all the Avengers: Infinity War teaser trailer. Fans have been rather annoyed, since the teaser trailer was shown at both Disney's D23 Expo and San Diego Comic-Con, yet the footage was never released publicly. However, it looks like that's about to change as a new report claims the Avengers: Infinity War trailer will arrive in early December.

This report has a little more weight to it than previous reports. For one, it's coming from Furious Fanboys editor Jeremy Conrad, who has a pretty decent track record with things of this nature. It's not just some rumor from an unnamed source. Also, it's been promised that the trailer for Infinity War will be released before the end of the year, and December is the final month of the year,
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Devoted Mom of a Real-Life Wonder Kid Shares Her Family's Inspiring Story

Devoted Mom of a Real-Life Wonder Kid Shares Her Family's Inspiring Story
London mother of two, Sam Carlisle, shares her moving experience raising a daughter with an extremely rare genetic disorder, and reveals how the new film, Wonder, has inspired her and her family.

I cried before the opening scene of the new movie, Wonder (staring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay), had even begun.

By the time the Oscar-winning actress appeared 30 seconds in, I was worried my big, fat tears would flood the theatre.

The film is based on the children’s bestselling novel of the same name. Author R.J. Palacio’s book is so important to my family I was terrified
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Benicio Del Toro Says Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s DJ Character Is Neither Hero Nor Villain

Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Rose and DJ – the three buzzworthy human additions to the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The first two hail from the ranks of the Resistance, and will be played by Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran. But it’s Benicio Del Toro’s roguish DJ character who has sparked the most debate among the Star Wars community.

Described as an “enigmatic figure whose tattered, threadbare clothes and lackadaisical attitude conceal a sharp mind and expert skills,” DJ has already drawn comparisons to the great Han Solo for his sense of swagger. However, Del Toro himself has offered up some new intel relating to his character in The Last Jedi, and it seems he’s neither a hero, nor a villain – meaning he doesn’t exactly side with the Resistance or the First Order.

SciFi Now (via Screen Rant) caught up with the Oscar-winner to
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Will New Oscar Voters Be Bold Enough to Embrace Popular Films?

Will New Oscar Voters Be Bold Enough to Embrace Popular Films?
Everyone is curious about how Oscar voting will be affected by the Academy’s new members, with 1,700 individuals (or 23%) invited in the past three years.

For me, there’s only one important issue: Do they like popular movies?

Careful, this is a trick question, because “popular” is hard to define, especially when it comes to Oscar.

This year, worldwide box office was led by “Beauty and the Beast,” which earned $1.2 billion. The global top 20 also includes awards possibilities like “Logan,” “Dunkirk” and “Wonder Woman.” There are other 2017 films that make you feel better at the end than you did at the start, including “The Big Sick,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Downsizing,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out.”

But what are their Oscar chances? In the past 15 years, Oscar voters have leaned toward dark material.

For most of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 90 years, popular films got regular Oscar attention. Among the many
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‘The Ashes of Jedha’ continues in preview of Star Wars #39

‘The Ashes of Jedha’ continues this coming Wednesday in Star Wars #39, and we have a preview of the issue for you here; check it out…

The Ashes Of Jedha! The Rebel Alliance turns its attention to the shattered planet of Jedha! Once the site of great significance to the Jedi, Jedha was left in ruins when the Death Star annihilated the Holy City there. Now, new series writer Kieron Gillen joins artist Salvador Larroca to bring Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest to the remains of the tragic victim of the Empire’s fury!

Star Wars #39 is out on November 22nd, priced $3.99.
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EA and Dice put Star Wars Battlefront II microtransactions on hold after fan backlash

If you’ve read my Star Wars Battlefront II Beta impression piece, you’ll know I was scathing in my opinion of the choices EA and Dice made with the use of micro transactions, progression, unlocks, loot boxes within the online portion of the game. I was far from the sole voice in expressing my disgust.

Things escalated this week with a Ask Me Anything (Ama) on Reddit, with the general negativity surrounding the alleged greed of EA and Dice for the choices they made to attempt what some see as milking more money from their customers. Further anger from the fans erupted when those that pre-ordered the game discovered how much gameplay would be required to unlock much loved characters of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader and how much real currency would be needed to reach the same point – both staggering at 4500 hours and $2100 respectfully.

Due to the torrent of bad press,
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Star Wars Battlefront 2: EA turns off microtransactions

Ryan Lambie Nov 17, 2017

The controversial loot boxes have vanished from Star Wars Battlefront 2 - at least for now...

In what might otherwise be the biggest game of autumn 2017, the run up to Star Wars Battlefront II's launch has been so far overshadowed by the introduction of microtransactions. With EA Dice's sequel to its hit 2015 shooter, the firm made the controversial decision to add loot boxes to the mix - desireable items like playable characters and craft essentially have to be unlocked with in-game currency, Crystals, which can be purchased with real-world money.

A backlash has grown ever since EA began trialing the game just over a month ago, with detractors arguing that players willing to shell out for loot boxes will have a tactical advantage over those that don't. 

Then, mere hours before its launch today (that's the 17th November), EA's responded to the wave of bad feeling by shutting
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Netflix and the Millarworld Acquisition: What We Know and What’s Next

In early August, the video-streaming company Netflix made a huge announcement: They had acquired Millarworld, the independent comic publishing company that was founded by Mark Millar.

Millarworld 101

Millar is a well-known and successful comic book creator who is the creative force behind a number of iconic characters including Kingsman and Kick-Ass. Millar is also the creative mind behind some of Marvel’s most well-known storylines, including Old Man Logan and The Ultimates.

Along with his wife Lucy, who is also a highly talented comic book artist in her own right, Millar created Millarworld as a way to publish the couples’ original creations, and also to create licensed products from their series, including toys, video games, clothes and more. Needless to say, devout fans of TV and film are following this announcement quite closely, along with the implications for what may hit the small screen next via Netflix.

What the Acquisition
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John Boyega Dishes on Prince William and Prince Harry's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Stromtrooper Cameos

John Boyega Dishes on Prince William and Prince Harry's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Stromtrooper Cameos
Prince William and Prince Harry are getting into the acting game, although you might never see their faces. The royal brothers are playing Stormtroopers in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

The news of their regal cameos was revealed by star John Boyega during a recent taping of The Hollywood Reporter's Actors Roundtable, where he dished on their scene -- and a few other famous stars who also secretly donned Stormtroopers outfits.

Boyega -- who plays Finn in the Star Wars series -- confirmed reports that Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy and English singer Gary Barlow were also "wrapped in Stormtroopers costumes" during filming.

According to THR, the scene in question saw the princes, Hardy and Barlow all standing guard around Boyega's character.

Watch: ‘Star Wars' Actor John Boyega on Porgs: 'They're Rodents, But They're Great' (Exclusive)

The actor said during the roundtable discussion that the four celebs all decked out in the iconic
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What Do New Star Wars Characters Bring to The Last Jedi?

What Do New Star Wars Characters Bring to The Last Jedi?
With the countdown towards Star Wars: The Last Jedi continuing, two new images have surfaced, featuring a new look at Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) and Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern). While both actresses couldn't reveal much about their characters, Kelly Marie Tran did reveal that John Boyega, who returns as Finn, is "very funny" while teasing that there was some improvising that they could do during production. Laura Dern, however, had a more cryptic statement about all of the new characters. Here's what she had to say below.

"The new people will either be leading or misleading the heroes."

This new report comes just after a new Star Wars: The Last Jedi poster was released, and with just one month until the highly-anticipated sequel hits theaters, it remains unclear how many more details about these new characters, and every other character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will be released.
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First Trailer For Avengers: Infinity War Purportedly On Course For Early December Release

Looks like this morning’s leak was merely the appetizer ahead of the main course.

Cbm has unearthed a new report claiming that the first teaser trailer for Avengers: Infinity War will be with us in December – early December, for that matter, ensuring that the promo is attached to screenings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in four weeks’ time.

If true, it’ll be a shrewd tactic from Disney’s suits, who hold ownership of both Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm. Still, The Last Jedi is the final blockbuster on the current Hollywood calendar – save for Justice League, which is due to open tomorrow – so this will ensure Avengers: Infinity War is paraded in front of as many eyeballs as possible. Not that Infinity War needs much promoting; after 10 years of Marvel movies, a film designed to bring the McU’s leading heroes together under the one roof practically sells itself.
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Drool Over Legendary Poster Artist Drew Struzan’s Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein Art

We belong… dead. At MondoCon earlier this month, Drew Struzan – the man responsible for a handful of the most iconic movie posters of all time, including Star Wars, Back to the Future and Indiana Jones – was on hand offering up limited edition prints of his takes on Frankenstein’s monster and the so-called Bride of Frankenstein. Earlier today, Mondo put the […]
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Solo: A Star Wars Story Actor Woody Harrelson Teases The Film’s Comedic Elements

Ever since committing to Lucasfilm’s Han Solo spinoff, which was once under the stewardship of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Woody Harrelson has been pretty cagey about his nebulous character and, more specifically, how he fits into the story.

For instance, Star Wars fans were placed on red alert some months ago when Harrelson let slip that he had landed the role of Garris Shrike, a known criminal and one of the biggest influences on Han’s journey from adolescence to adulthood. The two-time Oscar nominee has since walked back those comments, leaving fans to deduce that he’s actually attached to the part of Beckett, a known criminal and one of the biggest influ–well, you get the drift.

And though there’s still a tremendous amount of secrecy swirling around Solo: A Star Wars Story, Woody Harrelson touched base on Lucasfilm’s anthology flick in a new
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Oscar Isaac Reveals Poe Was Supposed To Die In Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As promotion for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ramps up, the cast is cropping up in the press with increasing regularity – and every once in a while, an interesting nugget of information appears. The latest comes from Oscar Isaac, who plays Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in the franchise. His character was introduced in opening sequence of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and, when the film arrived in theatres, it quickly became clear that he’d joined the ranks of the most beloved of Star Wars canon.

But, what audiences saw in theatres was the result of changes made to the story by J.J. Abrams – partly due to the insistence of Isaac, and partly due to fate and circumstance. Firstly, Poe Dameron was not supposed to survive the first act. In the film, when we see him help Finn escape the First Order, and then watch his Tie fighter crash into the sand,
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Steven Mnuchin's Wife Louise Linton Gets Mocked by the Internet for Tone Deaf 'Disney Villain' Style

Steven Mnuchin's Wife Louise Linton Gets Mocked by the Internet for Tone Deaf 'Disney Villain' Style
It was a dark day at the U.S. Mint on Wednesday, as far as Louise Linton‘s outfit was concerned.

The Scottish actress appeared alongside her husband, U.S. treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, whom she married back in June, at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in order to see his name printed on dollar bills for the first time. It was Minton’s first major public appearance since she was ruthlessly mocked on Twitter for a tone-deaf Instagram she posted of herself in August. It portrayed her disembarking a government plane in a fancy outfit with designer brands tagged,
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Daisy Ridley Touches On Rey/Kylo Dynamic Ahead Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Curious fans may be pre-occupied with the wayward Luke Skywalker and Snoke’s true origins, but at the heart of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is Rey (Daisy Ridley) and the mercurial Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

They’re two halves of the same coin, it seems, which goes some way to explaining why The Last Jedi‘s trailer campaign continues to draw parallels between the two Force-users. On the one hand, Rey is a Jakku orphan destined for greatness (villainy?), while Kylo Ren is the conflicted apprentice of Supreme Leader Snoke, who may well have a master of his own, if one particular fan theory holds true.

But as December 15th draws near, Star Wars fan theories are a dime a dozen, so unless it comes from Lucasfilm directly, it’s best approaching each morsel with a heightened sense of caution.

And though she stops short of mentioning specifics, Daisy Ridley
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Justice League and the dangers of extensive reshoots

Ryan Lambie Nov 17, 2017

They're pricey, and can prove to be a huge risk. In the wake of Justice League, we look at the rise of extensive reshoots...

Nb: the following contains very mild spoilers for Justice League, but nothing you couldn't glean from the trailers.

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You only have to look at the news that came out of the Warner-dc camp to see how plans for its Justice League team-up movie changed over time. Only two years ago - a relatively brief window, in blockbuster filmmaking terms - the studio announced that Justice League would comprise two parts, one scheduled for release in the autumn of 2017 and the second slated for the summer of 2019.

One year later, director Zack Snyder revealed that the plan had changed somewhat: the two Justice League movies would be stand-alone, rather than two halves of one story. By then,
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