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There’s no escaping it – the death of Carrie Fisher is a loss that will be felt deeply by large swathes of Star Wars fans for as long as Disney makes new films set in that galaxy far, far away. Indeed, it’s the ongoing rebooted franchise that makes her sudden absence so keenly felt by so many people. For the time being, this weight is being shouldered for the most part by director Rian Johnson who, by virtue of nothing more than tragic circumstance, finds himself at the helm of Leia Organa’s last movie – Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Organa – once a Princess, now a General – is a legend of cinema, and an icon of Star Wars lore. She’s a talisman held closely by generations of audience members, and she’s one of the core team members from the very beginning of George Lucas’ Star Wars adventure, »
- Sarah Myles
No subjective “best” list here, this one is based on stats. As the 21st century turns 16, we’ve got the 25 biggest-grossing domestic blockbusters to date.
Check the stunning list below, which is unlike any previous period in movie business history. (We’re using adjusted totals to account for changing ticket prices. Box Office Mojo’s top 200 all-time adjusted list is here.) Here’s what we learned by doing the numbers:
The 21st Century Has Delivered Many of the Biggest Hits in History
25 of the 100 all-time biggest-grossing films have come from the first 16 years of this century. 1984 to 2000, the era that perfected the modern blockbuster and mass release of movies, brought 17. So the 21st century has been an era of major hits.
But oddly, the first current-century films on the all-time-grossers list places #11: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” And “Avatar” is #14. (This is where adjusting becomes essential — unadjusted, the ten »
- Tom Brueggemann
What happens when you have a bucket full of internet rumors matched with some confirmation from the director himself? How about a spoiled plot? That's the idea today, as an interview done months ago about the films that inspired Star Wars: The Last Jedi seem to match up with the latest unrelated rumors swirling around the storyline. From the looks of it, director Rian Johnson may have inadvertently spoiled the plot to Star Wars 8 a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It's just that fans didn't realize it at the time.
Overall, these plot details spell certain doom for one new beloved member of the Star Wars family while hinting at love for another, which may come as disappointing news for GLAAD and all those hoping to see two space bros get it on inside an Exogorth while hiding from the dreaded First Order. Turn back now »
Last week, LucasFilm made the jaw-dropping announcement that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will no longer be at the helm of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, with just three weeks left of production. Just a few days later, Ron Howard was confirmed to step in and take their place, and today a new parody video reveals that one of the most hated characters in the Star Wars universe, Jar Jar Binks, wants to use this opportunity of a new director stepping in to put him in the movie and start a comeback for the character. Thankfully, this is only a parody, and it will not likely happen for real.
Funny or Die debuted a new video that features an individual disguised through a silhouette that is calling for the return for Jar Jar Binks in the new Han Solo Star Wars movie. Most discerning fans will realize right »
I'll get my biases out of the way right at the top: I think, and always have thought, that a Han Solo prequel movie is a terrible idea. There's the Patton Oswalt joke where he filibusters his way through the Star Wars prequels and lays bare the dread of encountering Boba Fett as an 8-year-old in Attack of the Clones; this is a little like that. There is precisely zero value in unveiling a wholly different context for a character whose allure is based in large part on the absence of that context. But Disney, Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy can, and have, disagreed with me, and so Whatever The Han Solo Movie Is Going To Be Called: A Star Wars Story is going to be...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
“We’ll probably avoid that for as long as possible,” Bilson, 35, tells People in this week’s issue of introducing Briar Rose, 2½, to her and partner Christensen’s onscreen personas. “Especially because her dad is who he is.”
“She might be like, »
- Lindsay Kimble
The Week in Star Wars returns after a few weeks’ absence (sorry about that) with updates on The Last Jedi, Episode IX, Han Solo and more…
We’ll kick things off this week with some big news from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, featuring some leaked artwork which shows off Snoke’s Royal Guards and the Gorilla Walkers. We won’t post them here in case you don’t want spoilers, but you can see the artwork here. We also posted some leaked Lego images which revealed Snoke’s new costume, which you can see here…
- Luke Owen
Having portrayed the character of Owen Lars is Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, actor Joel Edgerton has revealed that he’s keen for a return to the galaxy far, far away should Disney and Lucasfilm pull the trigger on the rumoured Obi-Wan Kenobi movie – and failing that, he’s open to taking on a different role.
“I like the idea that Uncle Owen is one of those guys who has done some super cool shit but has just never bragged about it,” Edgerton tells Business Insider. “My idea is that he could go out and have some adventure and then he comes back and slips back into that unassuming moisture farmer role. Everyone talks about Obi-Wan being super cool, Owen secretly knows that he was there, and he did some of the cool shit, too.”
“I saw [Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow] yesterday, »
- Gary Collinson
Star Wars is alive and very well, in case you hadn't noticed. Most of us are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi later this year, as well as the hopefully-coming-soon announcement of an Obi-Wan Kenobi anthology movie, which has been talked about an awful lot at this point. We know that Ewan McGregor is game, but now Joel Edgerton, who starred as Uncle Owen in the Star Wars prequels, also wants to come back for one of the many impending Star Wars Story spin-offs.
The actor recently spoke with Business Insider , about his new horror movie It Comes at Night. He talked a little bit about some ideas he has for the Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off movie and how he could possibly be involved. Here's what he had to say about.
"I like the idea that Uncle Owen is one of those guys who has done some »
Author: Zehra Phelan
The pressure for Disney to develop an Obi-Wan movie after the roaring successes of the new batch of Star Wars offerings seems to be ramping up a gear or two of late, especially when you have the likes of Ewan McGregor showing their interest in reprising their roles if one emerges.
Related: Obi-Wan movie news
It hasn’t taken too long for another star in the form of Joel Edgerton to jump on the support wagon to make an Obi-Wan movie, one in which fans are calling to be the third in the spin-off anthology after Rogue One and the upcoming Han Solo movie. Edgerton briefly played the younger version of Uncle Owen in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In a recent interview with Business Insider Edgerton stated;
“I like the idea that Uncle Owen is one of those guys who has done »
- Zehra Phelan
After the smashing success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, all eyes are on Disney to see where they take the spinoffs next. As great as the main saga entries are, there’s something especially exciting about these Anthology films, as they look to present audiences with characters and stories previously unexplored. And in a universe as vast as the one that surrounds Star Wars, there’s an absolute goldmine of material worthy of adaptation.
Up next, of course, is Han Solo, which promises to be another slam dunk for the studio, but after that, the future is a bit unclear. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that the next spinoff will be announced this month, but to date, we still haven’t heard anything about it. If we had to guess though, Obi-Wan Kenobi might be about to get his chance in the spotlight, as fans have been »
- Matt Joseph
Collider and Verizon’s go90 are happy to present another Awesometacular with host Jeremy Jahns! This weekly show recaps the most exciting news in movies, video games, and television. Jeremy Jahns talks about his hopes for the Animaniacs reboot, Jeremy and Mark Ellis play a round of “Movie Shots,” the MovieFanz review the Attack of the Clones trailer, Kristian Harloff and Jeremy pitch Star Wars book ideas they’d like to see, and Jon Schnepp tells Jeremy about Barry Allen’s rebirth in The Flash comics. Jeremy Jahns discusses the Animaniacs reboot in the works. Then Jeremy and Mark Ellis … »
- Collider Video
You have to love it when a Pa flick comes out of nowhere. Numb, at the Edge of the World comes from writer/director Rodrigo H. Vila and stars Hayden Christensen (Vanishing on 7th Street, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones) and Harvey Keitel.
Check out the first trailer below.
Tov Matheson (Hayden Christensen) is a war veteran with Ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder) who perceives that the end of the world is coming.
After establishing a relationship with a dubious Messiah (Harvey Keitel), he leaves his normal life and begins the construction of a shelt [Continued ...] »
This is how a trip to Cannes begins: You get on a massive airliner from JFK to Nice, a red-eye flight on which dozens of the film industry’s most powerful people slingshot over the ocean while watching “Bridget Jones’ Baby” in monastic silence. When you land, touching down on a thin strip of concrete that juts out of a twinkling azure sea, the airport is so quiet and empty that you fear you’ve arrived a week too early by mistake.
Then you leave baggage claim and all hell breaks loose.
A Beautiful World
Stepping through the sliding doors and onto French soil, you’re immediately confronted by a human funnel of paparazzi, a hundred cameramen crawling over each other for a better look at who’s just arrived — it’s like if Fellini had directed “World War Z.” And yet, for all of the competition and clamor, the »
- David Ehrlich
Fifteen years ago, Swimfan came to the big screen. Made for $10 million, Swimfan grossed $34 million worldwide. This tale of a swimmer (Jesse Bradford) who engages the wrong girl (Erika Christensen) in a one night stand, was essentially Fatal Attraction for the teen set. And, as hyperbolic as this may sound, it was also the best film of 2002. Even if it doesn't make IMDb's most underrated list for the Aughts.
Okay, so it came nowhere near an Academy Award nomination. Hell, it didn't even pick up an MTV Movie Awards nod. Does anybody believe that the best picture winner for any given year is really The best picture? If we ignore that idea altogether, then it is plausible Swimfan was indeed the best overall film released all throughout 2002. It may not have done the biggest box office, barely anyone remembers it now, but what it did in a cerebral sense, and with its visceral imagery, »
Why is Luke’s lightsaber green in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and not blue, like it was in The Empire Strikes Back? It’s a question that’s plagued fans for years now and the most popular answer seems to be that the color of the weapon is tied to the character’s personality. After all, the blue lightsaber wasn’t Luke’s to begin with, it was Anakin’s. As such, when the young Skywalker finally got one to call his own, it made sense that it’d be a bit different than his previous one, right?
Well, not quite. In Vanity Fair’s extensive Star Wars: The Last Jedi cover story, which was published this week and sent the internet into a collective tailspin, Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive Pablo Hidalgo shed some light on Luke’s lightsaber. According to him, it was actually supposed to be blue, »
- Mark Cassidy
The Last Jedi director Riann Johnson revealed this week that there will not be an epic love story in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This may come as a shock to fans expecting an onscreen romance between Finn and Poe, or Rey and Finn, much like Han Solo and Leia's in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Even Attack of the Clones worked as a love story with varying degrees of success. It looks like we might have to wait until Star Wars 9 to see the romance between Chewie and Maz Kanata. Anything is possible...
While speaking to Vanity Fair, Johnson explained that there wouldn't be any major romances that are the equivalent of Solo and Leia's love. Johnson says this.
"[There will be] no one-to-one equivalent of the Han-to-Leia, burning, unrequited love. In our story, that's not a centerpiece."
Ok, we get it. Johnson really is trying »
Today is the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, now known as Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It’s about as iconic as a film can get and subsequently spawned the gargantuan media franchise that we all know and love today. Yet, beyond all the famous “Use the Force,” Death Star battles, and Mos Eisley Cantina stuff, there’s one tiny goof that fans have come to adore.
I’m talking, of course, about the famous Stormtrooper who bumps his head on a blast shield door. Until now, it’s been a little hazy who exactly was in the costume, but THR have finally figured it out: it’s actor Laurie Goode. Interestingly, Goode only got the role as the original man cast, Peter Dukes, called in sick at the last minute.
“On the second day of filming, I developed an upset stomach. By midmorning, »
- David James
Many fans believe that a Jedi's lightsaber color has to do with their powers or personality. But that's not the case. Especially when it came time for George Lucas to pick out the color for Luke Skywalker's new lightsaber in Return of the Jedi, after he lost his father's old blue one in Empire Strikes Back. The bright green blade had nothing to do with Luke's prowess, nor just how strong he was with the force. There was a much more pragmatic process behind the decision.
Luke's original lightsaber meant a great deal to the young Jedi. But he could never call it his, as it didn't exactly call out to him. And he didn't make it himself. He was gifted the lightsaber by Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977's A New Hope, which celebrates its 40th Anniversary today. In the Star Wars canon, that lightsaber isn't considered 'Luke's lightsaber'. Luke's official »
I feel a great disturbance in the ‘shipping’ fan community, as if millions of voices are suddenly crying out in disappointment. Today’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi news appears to be focused on what’s not in the film rather than what is, and according to Rian Johnson, “[There’s] no one-to-one equivalent of the Han-to-Leia, burning, unrequited love. In our story, that’s not a centerpiece.”
Though Han and Leia’s romance subplot gave us one of the all-time iconic lines in the franchise (“I love you.” “I know”), it’s safe to say that Anakin and Padme’s romantic canoodlings in Attack of the Clones didn’t exactly burn up the screen with passion. Anyways, it’s not as if The Force Awakens left any obvious dangling romances undeveloped, though I’ll always hold out hope that Finn and Poe’s bromance will one day drop the ‘b’.
- David James
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