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‘Star Wars’ Fans Freak Out Over Famed Line: ‘I Have a Bad Feeling About This’

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‘Star Wars’ Fans Freak Out Over Famed Line: ‘I Have a Bad Feeling About This’
Warning: Some mild spoilers ensue. “Star Wars” fans have noticed one famous line present in all the films missing from “The Last Jedi,” but director Rian Johnson promises “it’s in there.” “I have a bad feeling about this,” or some iteration, is present in every “Star Wars” film, from “The Phantom Menace” to “Rogue One” to, of course, “A New Hope.” It has become a classic, and fans are worried that Johnson didn’t continue the tradition. Early viewers of the sequel are saying no human in the movie says they “have a bad feeling” about anything, but perhaps a certain rotund robot.
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In What Order Should Kids Watch 'Star Wars'?

In What Order Should Kids Watch 'Star Wars'?
It's one of the more controversial film debates of all time. How should a young viewer first travel to a galaxy far, far away?

Do you start with 1977's A New Hope and just watch the movies as they were released in theaters? Or perhaps chronologically from The Phantom Menace on (even if that means risking prequel boredom)? There are arguments for both sides, but it doesn't end there. Heat Vision has surveyed a number of fans to break it down.

Theatrical release order (IV, V, IV, I,II,III, VII, Rogue One, VIII)

This is the most popular option, with people pointing out that beginning with Episode I would kill part of the experience.<br...
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Fans Either Totally Love or Totally Hate The Last Jedi

Fans Either Totally Love or Totally Hate The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi has finally hit theaters and it might be the most divisive Star Wars movie to ever hit the theaters. Social media is torn with some fans absolutely loving the movie while others are calling it a flaming pile of excrement and a stain on the Star Wars franchise. It's hard when a franchise has such intense followers to please everybody and Rian Johnson took some major risks that either fans love or hate. There are literally gripes about every inch of the movie as well as praise and it's all a bit confusing.

Even though early reviews and reactions of The Last Jedi were extremely positive, the fans are divided right down the middle. One particularly angry fan took to Twitter to show off a picture of a Star Wars shirt on fire after watching The Last Jedi. The latest installment clearly broke the
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‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Biggest Movie of 2017, Even as It Leaves Some Records Untouched

‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Biggest Movie of 2017, Even as It Leaves Some Records Untouched
The first shows for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” begin tonight, and there’s every expectation that is will be the biggest-opening, top-grossing domestic release of 2017. At a minimum, we’re looking at a $200 million opening, with $225 million very likely.

With strong holiday playtime following the first 10 days of release, a multiple of at least three times its opening is possible, which could propel to the domestic take to around $700 million.

Yes, it’s going to be huge — but there’s a few records it might not beat. Here (with adjusting numbers to 2017 values) are some comparable numbers that “Jedi” will easily best, and a few that seem unlikely.

Top domestic grosses of 2017: Yes

“The Last Jedi” should find the opening numbers easy to beat, and it’s hard to imagine it won’t be the best-performing movie of the year.

Film Studio Opening Gross Domestic Total Beauty and the Beast
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Will Disney’s Hyperdrive ‘Star Wars’ Release Slate Put the Franchise at Risk?

Will Disney’s Hyperdrive ‘Star Wars’ Release Slate Put the Franchise at Risk?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which premieres this weekend, is the third Lucasfilm title to hit theaters in the span of two years. It emerges as an important test of whether the studio’s aggressive release schedule will diminish the specialness for which the storied franchise has long been known.

Until 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars” movies arrived infrequently and were treated as major cultural events. Kids skipped school and braved long lines to fill multiplexes. The films were spaced three years apart, building anticipation in between pictures. Even the poorly reviewed prequel trilogy, starting with “The Phantom Menace” in 1999, had three-year gaps; “Phantom Menace” came 16 years after 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.” “The Force Awakens” bowed 10 years after “Revenge of the Sith,” the last of the prequels.

Now, Disney plans to release a new “Star Wars” film every year through at least 2019. “The Last Jedi” will be followed next May by “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the
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A ranking of every “Star Wars” movie so far

In just a few hours, audiences will be excitedly lining up to see a brand new Star Wars film. That alone is worthy of celebration, but as I detailed earlier in the week, it also happens to be an excellent movie. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a triumph, taking the franchise in bold new directions. With that in mind, why not go back and rank the series once again? That’s what I’m doing today, since the last time this was tackled, none of the new installments had come out. Now, you can see a full on layout of ever episode and story that has come from George Lucas’ initial lark. Enjoy this list, since I know I sure did. Here is how I would rank the films in the Star Wars franchise so far, and keep in mind…this is once again just how I see things.
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All About the Most Talked-About New Character From The Last Jedi: Admiral Holdo

You know what Star Wars hasn't had enough of? Female friends. The Phantom Menace showcased plenty of women, but it never clearly delineated whether the handmaidens are Padmé Amidala's friends as well as her decoys and bodyguards. Attack of the Clones, for the most part, isolates the queen-turned-Senator; she shares a teary farewell with her handmaiden Dormé when fleeing Coruscant and then strategizes with the new Queen of Naboo. Her scenes with Mon Mothma in the incipient rebellion against the Emperor were cut from the theatrical release of Revenge of the Sith. Padmé ends her arc as a lone female character in a story about men, much like Leia in the original trilogy. Although The Force Awakens includes more female characters, bonds of friendship do not connect them. Carrie Fisher's veteran General Leia Organa interacts only briefly with Daisy Ridley's scavenger loner Rey. Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma
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All 9 ‘Star Wars’ Movies Ranked, From ‘New Hope’ to ‘The Last Jedi’

All 9 ‘Star Wars’ Movies Ranked, From ‘New Hope’ to ‘The Last Jedi’
Disney promised a new “Star Wars” movie every year after it acquired Lucasfilm, and the saga keeps on keeping on with “Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.” But while many would call themselves “Star Wars” fans, even they will admit that the movies in the saga are by no means created equal. In reverse order, here is a rundown of the best and worst that these films (not counting the cartoons, the Ewok spin-off or the infamous Holiday Special) have to offer. Fox 9. “Episode I: The Phantom Menace” We waited 16 years for George Lucas to return to this universe, and what did.
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The Kill Counter: Star Wars Prequel Trilogy (Video)

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Ever wondered how many people lose their lives in any particular movie, be it action, horror, sci-fi, or even comedy? Well, we've got you covered with The Kill Counter, our hit series takes out the guesswork and counts every death on (and sometimes off) screen. Break out your calculator and try to keep up! On this week's episode, we take on George Lucas' prequel Star Wars trilogy, including The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith... Read More...
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10 Raiders of the Lost Ark Facts You Never Knew

10 Raiders of the Lost Ark Facts You Never Knew
The movie that started a second successful franchise for Star Wars star Harrison Ford is also one of the greatest films ever made. We all know the whip, the Fedora, the wisecracks, the bad guys, the ex girlfriend, the snakes, and the melting face. Here we look at 10 things you never new About Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

His name is Indiana but he was born in a different state.

His nickname may be Indiana, but Doctor Jones originated in a different state altogether: Hawaii! Longtime pals George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were on vacation when they kicked around the idea for Raiders of the Lost Ark, a swashbuckling homage to the old movie serials that also inspired Star Wars. Spielberg was thinking of maybe directing a Bond film, but made Raiders instead.

Who else could have worn that fedora?

Steven Spielberg wanted Harrison Ford pretty early in the process,
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Why do we repeatedly watch trashy films during the festive season?

George Chrysostomou on Christmas viewing habits…

It feels like finally, the Christmas period has rolled around and the collection of assorted chocolate, wine and badly wrapped presents have begun to collect ready for December 25th. And with this season comes the one thing that most people have in common regardless of your religion, traditions or where you live. I am of course talking about the festive film, so called because of its reliance on Christmas comedy, family feuds or Santa in one form or another.

No matter what you do during the month of December, one certainty is that you will turn on the TV to watch a film that you know, deep down, isn’t very good. Yet, this is the fifteenth year you have watched it so why turn back now? (it would have been sixteen in a row except for that year you had to go to the in-laws…
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Why Star Wars: The Last Jedi Has A Lot To Live Up To

Neil Calloway on why the second films in Star Wars trilogies are the best…

Unless you’ve been hiding out on Dagobah or in the Outer Rim Territories, you’ll be aware that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released this week. It’s a Star Wars movie, so has a lot to live up to, but it’s also the second film in the trilogy, so it will probably be the best one.

It’s not only the fact that Rian Johnson has been given carte blanche on his own Star Wars trilogy to follow this one, and personally I’m looking forward to him telling the story of the Gungans in great detail, but precedent also says it has the most potential.

In the same way that people who know these things say the even numbered Star Trek films are better than the odd numbered ones (don’t
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What if the Movie “It” Starred Jar Jar Binks?

It starring Jar Jar Binks? You thought that he was bad in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace? You have no idea. In the movie It he’d be a complete nightmare and totally on accident. The almost universally-hated gungan is one of the least liked characters in any franchise and if you even mention his name there’s a good chance that someone might turn around and sneer at you. If you dare utter his name at a Star Wars convention or a Comic-Con you might even find yourself surrounded with an army of fans brandishing their lit lightsabers and Nerf guns

What if the Movie “It” Starred Jar Jar Binks?
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50 Shades of Grey to Brokeback Mountain: are these really the most boring films ever?

Showgirls? The Blair Witch Project? And not a Bertolucci film in sight? The public’s judgment has hit a new low with this list of cinematic snorefests

The British public, wrong as they are about everything, have just outdone themselves. A survey has been published – a survey to promote a new type of washing machine, but still – listing the 20 most boring films of all time. And, lord, it is a mess. Let’s begin by showing you which films the public chose:

1. 50 Shades of Grey

2. The Blair Witch Project

3. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

4. Brokeback Mountain

5. Transformers

6. The Postman

7. The Artist

8. Australia

9. Vanilla Sky

10. Seven Years in Tibet

11. Batman and Robin

12. 2001: A Space Odyssey

13. The Matrix Revolutions

14. Showgirls

15. Far and Away

16. The Tree of Life

17. Noah

18. Meet Joe Black

19. Lincoln

20. Cleopatra

Continue reading...
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Rian Johnson May Bring Back Old Characters For His Planned Star Wars Trilogy

Out with the old and in with the new?

That was seemingly the bold mission statement from Lucasfilm and Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi), who recently agreed to terms to launch a fourth Star Wars trilogy beyond 2019. Exactly what that new adventure will entail is up for debate at this early, early stage, though we have learned that Johnson is unlikely to helm all three instalments – he’s still in charge of script duties, mind you, and it seems the filmmaker has ostensibly been given free rein by Kathleen Kennedy.

In theory, that original story, one described as a big, three-part saga, ought to be teeming with new characters, but when Yahoo Movies quizzed Rian Johnson about the possibility of welcoming some old faces back to the fray, the director responded as so:

I’m just starting to think about it, and get into, so who knows? I want to
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Ranking the Star Wars Films by their Lightsaber Battles

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All cinematic lightsaber battles are not equal. This is a ranking of the Star Wars films based on the Lightsaber battles that they portray.

The Lightsaber is an iconic and unique part of the Star Wars universe much in the same way we associate the Proton Pack with Ghostbusters, or the phaser to Star Trek. The inclusion of this futuristic light sword into Star Wars came from George Lucas’ love of fantasy serials, which frequently featured characters with swords. Much in the same way that medieval Knights represented a regal and noble order of combatants, the Jedi represents an individual devoted towards upholding peace and justice. It was only fitting then that they received a weapon that would represent the dignity of their status and charge. Of course, those good guys need someone to fight, and so the major enemies of the Jedi also tend to have Lightsabers.

Aside from
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Poll: What’s Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Movie?

Poll: What’s Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Movie?
The eighth installment in the main “Star Wars” series is almost here.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will hit theaters on Dec. 15, marking the eighth installment in a series that kicked off back in 1977. That movie, which was later retitled “A New Hope,” broke records at the box office and received overwhelming critical praise. “George Lucas set out to make the biggest possible adventure fantasy out of his memories of serials and older action epics, and he succeeded brilliantly,” critic A.D. Murphy wrote for Variety at the time.

Lucas followed that up with “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980 and “Return of the Jedi” in 1983, capping off that trilogy in the hall of fame of film classics. “Star Wars” flew back into theaters in 1999 with the start of the prequel series, which was… less well received, to say the least. The first in that series, “The Phantom Menace,” was ravaged by critics and fans even as it made
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Star Wars is Proof that Yes, Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman Look Exactly Alike

Some folks are under the impression that Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman look exactly alike, and that Star Wars is the basis for this. Sigh, how in the world did this happen? Okay, it’s true that they bear some resemblance, a striking resemblance actually, to one another. But there are a good number of differences that can be cited and enough of a contrast between them that can be noticed. We can’t ignore one big discrepancy however, and that’s the fact that Knightley had a role in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, whereas Portman has never been seen in a

Star Wars is Proof that Yes, Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman Look Exactly Alike
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Why Warner Bros. should have left Zack Snyder’s Dceu alone

Let’s go ahead and get all the vitriolic stuff out-of-the-way: Zack Snyder’s vision for the DC Extended Universe is divisive. Fans have been polarized for his emotionally obtuse versions of some of comics most iconic heroes. There are some of us who have appreciated the radically different choices Zack Snyder made with Man of Steel and the Ultimate Cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Others have been driven to madness by Snyder’s creative choices that have sometimes bordered on the baffling. Still, I think at the end of this troubling trilogy of films one thing is abundantly clear:

Warner Bros. should have left these movies alone and let Snyder make the stories he set out to tell.

You are rarely going to see a column where someone sides with a studio. Naturally our loyalties lie more with the writer and director of a movie over
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi run time confirmed, longest Star Wars movie to date

Back in September it was rumoured that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will run for 150 minutes, and now with just a few short weeks to go until we return to the galaxy far, far away, director Rian Johnson has confirmed that run time is indeed accurate, making The Last Jedi the longest Star Wars movie to date.

Rian Johnson has just confirmed this rumor (although it was pretty concrete at the time) that the running time for #TheLastJedi will be 150 minutes, officially making it the longest Star Wars movie ever.

John Hoey (@JohnnyHoey) November 17, 2017

For comparison, the running times for the previous instalments in the Star Wars saga:

Episode IV – A New Hope – 121 minutes Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back – 124 minutes Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – 131 minutes Episode I – The Phantom Menace – 133 minutes Episode II – Attack of the Clones – 142 minutes Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
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