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20-years later, fans still really hate the Star Wars special editions that George Lucas forced upon us in 1997. The biggest crime is that he altered the original film prints, so the original cuts of the movies have yet to be officially released in any sort of modern format. Though, many dedicated fans have done their best to amend this. Super fan Adywan is one of the most shining examples and he has just finished work on the long-awaited The Empire Strikes Back: Revisited, a painstaking fan edit that is intended to present fans with "what the special editions should have been." And you can see it for yourself, if you're willing to jump through some hoops.
With almost four months left until Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters, fans have been trying to find out anything they can about this highly-anticipated adventure, but don't expect much more to be revealed between now and then. We already have seen one Star Wars 8 trailer, revealed exactly four months earlier at Star Wars Celebration, but today we have some hilarious fake plot spoilers, courtesy of new star Laura Dern, who plays Amilyn Holdo, an important Resistance officer in the new sequel. Since she can't reveal any official details, she decided to have some fun and reveal some fake spoilers that will most definitely not be in the movie, including Luke Skywalker's first words to Rey.
"It opens on Rey holding out Luke's old lightsaber out to him. After a long pause, Luke goes, 'Nah, I'm good.'"
While the first thing Luke Skywalker says to Rey is most certainly not, »
- Chris Agar
Over the past week Entertainment Weekly has revealed a host of Star Wars: The Last Jedi info. We’ve had a batch of new images, and details on the likes of Luke Skywalker being a grumpy old hermit, Rey and the importance of her parentage, Finn, Carrie Fisher’s final role as General Leia, Supreme Leader Snoke and his Praetorian Guards, and the inevitable comparisons between The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back.
Well, in its latest piece, EW has now focussed on two of the film’s main antagonists, with Rian Johnson offering up some new details on Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Captain Phasma’s (Gwendoline Christie) roles in the new movie.
“He’s definitely been knocked off base,” said Johnson with regards to Kylo Ren. “The defeat that he had at the end of The Force Awakens, but even bigger than that, his huge defining act which, »
- Gary Collinson
When Lucasfilm announced plans for a standalone Han Solo prequel, there didn't seem to be an actor in Hollywood who didn't want a crack at playing the younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford. Producer Kathleen Kennedy and the film's original directing team looked at a slew of actors between the ages of 17 and 34. At one point, the short list reportedly included Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Raynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen, and Blake Jenner, before the role was ultimately given to Alden Aron-Reich. But the search for the original Han Solo was just as wide searching, and possibly a little more difficult to nail down, with quit a few Hollywood icons targeted for the role.
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, a good deal of Star Wars: The Last Jedi information has been making its way online, with the film still four months away from release. More specifically, we've been getting a lot of details relating to the characters, both old and new, including their motivations following The Force Awakens and leading into The Last Jedi. Now, we have our juiciest details on a new character played by Benicio del Toro yet, but sadly (thankfully?), he is not playing The Collector, in a rad Marvel/Star Wars crossover. So, the above image is not what he will look like in The Last Jedi... though we do have that for you below!
Benecio del Toro originally said he is playing a villain, but more recently the actor admitted that he didn't know if his character is a villain or not, but he didn't think so. Now, it sounds »
- Nick Doll
Nick Dudman and Sarita Allison have become a force to be reckoned with in the world of makeup design. The two have received their third collaborative Emmy nomination for their work on Showtime’s gothic horror show “Penny Dreadful.” Dudman served as the prosthetic makeup designer and Allison as prosthetic makeup artist.
Dudman, a 35-year industry veteran, says series creator John Logan “had a strong vision for the show,and he stuck to it.” He and Allison have worked extensively together, with credits including “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,” “The Mummy” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”
CGI has “changed the way we do our jobs in a huge way,” he adds. “On a show like ‘Penny Dreadful,’ combining »
- Nick Clement
The mystery of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is starting to unravel bit by bit. Disney and Lucasfilm are still remaining pretty tight-lipped about the highly-anticipated sequel, but they did recently allow some of the movie's secrets out of the bag. Entertainment Weekly has been revealing quite a few new images and details about Star Wars: The Last Jedi as part of their massive cover story. Included in that story are some new details on Benicio Del Toro's mysterious character.
Entertainment Weekly showcased a new image of the main casino on the planet Canto Bight, where Del Toro's character resides. As of right now, his character is known simply as "DJ," but that isn't actually going to be his name in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and, odds are, we aren't going to find out what it is until the movie arrives on December 15. EW did, however, speak with »
As the next Star Wars anthology, the yet to be titled Han Solo movie, continues through the film making process we get another photo via Twitter from the film’s director, Ron Howard. The photo is actually of Ron Howard himself, sitting in front of a monitor, and by the tweets caption, we know he is checking a camera. This photo is the latest in a series of images from the set released by the director.
Checking a camera move for #UntitledHanSoloMovie pic.twitter.com/ueDlcHNG85
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 9, 2017
What is actually going on in the scene on the monitor that Howard is looking at is anyone’s guess, even zooming in, the only thing I could really make out was one of the people in the shot was an alien. With all the drama that recently surrounded the film before Howard came in and took over the project, »
- Seth McDonald
After defecting from the First Order and passing himself off as a “big deal” in the Resistance in an effort to impress Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega’s Finn now finds himself a core part of the good guys in December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi – although it seems he’s not that’s a position he wants to be in after all.
“It got really real for him,” said Boyega in an interview with EW. “And he just wants to get away and not be involved. His intention in the first place was to go to the Outer Rim. He was always brought back [in The Force Awakens], but this is his chance to get away and perhaps find Rey and go off together. He’s trying to do that at first.”
“Everyone in the space, throughout the galaxy, would have heard about the young Jedi who discovered »
- Gary Collinson
The Empire Strikes Back is widely acknowledged as the best Star Wars film in the series. It manages to retain the spirit of that first film, while still allowing things to go in a much darker direction. Rather than simply try and recapture what the first movie accomplished, it actually went and paved new territory and told its own story.
So influential was the film that it’s since gone on to become shorthand for a second film that manages to exceed the quality of the first. It’s pretty much the bar by which all sequels are compared. This certainly doesn’t help Star Wars: The Last Jedi in terms of expectations. Yes, it’s the second in a trilogy that started with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but with The Empire Strikes Back looming large as The sequel to beat, comparisons are undoubtedly being made among fans and outlets. »
- Joseph Medina
Last month, director Ron Howard shared a new photo from the set that offered our first look at Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, with production continuing on the new Han Solo spin-off. Today, we have new details from the actor, about his first meeting with Billy Dee Williams. Back in January, just three months after he was officially cast as the young Lando Calrissian, LucasFilm had set up a secret meeting between Donald Glover and Lando Calrissian in Los Angeles, and now the actor has shed some light on what happened at this fateful lunch. While Donald Glover had apparently done his homework, it seemed to be rather unnecessary, at least according to Billy Dee Williams.
Billy Dee Williams revealed back in early February that he did in fact have lunch with Donald Glover, while clarifying his earlier, slightly controversial comments that he thought the producers should "leave Lando alone" in this movie, »
It’s no surprise that there will be some parallels to Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the second movie in another little-known trilogy set in the Star Wars universe. After all, the second movie in any major trilogy always seems to the one that tests the main characters; it’s usually the darkest, and often leaves things in disarray.
Judging from footage seen of The Last Jedi so far (not to mention the red color scheme of the logo!), it certainly seems that things are going to take a turn for the dark. Not only that, but one important The Last Jedi story-beat obviously calls back to The Empire Strikes Back. Speaking to EW, director Rian Johnson addresses these comparisons, and also makes clear that this is a different film:
“I just tried to kind of ignore that aspect of it and have the story take »
- Jordan Jones
- Mansoor Mithaiwala
John Boyega's Finn has certainly come a long way from when we first met him in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, especially since he didn't even have a name of his own, going by his Stormtrooper number Fn-2187. After leaving the First Order behind in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega reveals in a new interview that, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he's even ready to leave the Resistance behind as well. Here's what John Boyega had to say about where Finn's head is at, after watching Han Solo (Harrison Ford) die, while also helping destroy the Starkiller Base.
"It got really real for him. And he just wants to get away and not be involved. His intention in the first place was to go to the Outer Rim. He was always brought back (in The Force Awakens), but this is his chance to get away and »
9 August 2017 12:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Oh, come on, Lando!
To be fair, it was not completely his fault.
The segment got off to a rough start when the person interviewing the actor couldn't pronounce "Calrissian," his character's last name. She then asked him about playing a "evil guy."
That didn't sit right with Williams, who felt he had to come to Lando's defense, which in turn totally ruined the Cloud City twist, in which he double-crossed Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
"He not evil," Williams began. "He's just »
- Ryan Parker
Once upon a time, the movie trilogy was the gold standard. While sequels were viewed with suspicion, the potential for greater box office success proved irresistible, and great sequels like The Godfather Part II and The Empire Strikes Back gave the hope that quality could be maintained or even surpassed with a follow-up film. There was sort of an unwritten rule that you went out after three—a beginning, middle, and end chapter to complete a series. This didn’t always pan out of course, and more often than not the sequels failed to live up to the quality … »
- Adam Chitwood
Over a year and a half ago, director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm brought Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the big screen, and with it, they officially reinvigorated the Star Wars film franchise, which had laid dormant for a solid decade. While some may call that film too safe or predictable, it was just the kind of film one would want to help inject new life into a franchise. It was fun, it was fast-paced, and it retained that spirit of high adventure that had made the original series so impactful. Without a doubt, Abrams brought a steady hand to the film that was needed to help set the tone.
For the second film in this sequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Looper director Rian Johnson is taking the helm. From all we heard, this will be a decidedly darker entry in the franchise — taking its cue from The Empire Strikes Back. »
- Joseph Medina
The Week in Star Wars returns after a short hiatus with some big updates from Han Solo and The Last Jedi, as well as some comic book and Episode IX news too…
Let’s kick things off with Han Solo, and a new report from Jedi News has revealed that Spencer Wilding has landed himself a role in the upcoming spin-off. The actor was supposed to appear at Fandom Fest in Kentucky but the convention updated their website, explaining, “Spencer Wilding will be unable to attend as he will be filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe. Spencer will be coming back next year.” Wilding might not be a name you instantly recognised, but he was the man in the Darth Vader suit in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a scoop we revealed exclusively last year. Could this mean we’ll see the Sith Lord in Han Solo? »
- Luke Owen
By David Kozlowski | 21 July 2017
Welcome to Issue #5 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column highlighting cool and unique videos about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your favorite videos to: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!
Previous Issue: 7.14.17
What's happening everybody? It's Comic-Con week here at Lrm, so while everyone else is geeking-out down in San Diego, we decided to get a little bit weird. We're digging into some classic John Carpenter films, we've got a couple truly amazing fight scenes, a war film that can go toe-to-toe with Dunkirk, and an awesome new behind-the-scenes video about this holiday's Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Have a great Weekend guys!!!
Why do we love superheroes, martial arts, fantasy, and sci-fi? The big fight scenes, of course. Every week we'll bring you an epic »
- David Kozlowski
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