15 items from 2017
For the upcoming young Han Solo film, producers needed a young Chewbacca -- and the filmmakers found their star in 29-year-old Finnish basketball player Joonas Suotamo.
Watch: Stars of Han Solo 'Star Wars' Spinoff Squeeze Into Millennium Falcon Cockpit for First Cast Photo
This won't be the first time Suotamo dons the hirsute costume. He previously appeared alongside Mayhew in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, where he performed the more physical action scenes that proved too difficult for the 71-year-old Mayhew.
However, for the upcoming prequel story, Suotamo is going to be in the driver's seat, playing the celebrated Wookiee throughout the entire film.
The aspiring actor -- who, standing at a towering 6 feet 11 inches, is still shorter »
We've known since the nominees were announced that this year's Grammy Awards wouldn't be an ordinary show. Beyoncé and Adele competed against each other in several key categories, and though Adele may have won the top honors, Beyoncé also took home important statues (and Adele's trophies, probably). Chance the Rapper, Drake, and even the late David Bowie also won big. See the full list below! Best New Artist Chance the Rapper Record Of The Year "Hello" by Adele Album Of The Year 25 by Adele Song Of The Year "Hello" by Adele Best Pop Vocal Album 25 by Adele Best Pop Solo Performance "Hello" by Adele Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Stressed Out" by Twenty One Pilots Best Rock Song "Blackstar" by David Bowie Best Rock Album Tell Me I'm Pretty by Cage the Elephant Best Rock Performance "Blackstar" by David Bowie Best Rap Album Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper Best »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
From the moment I saw John Boyega’s performance as Moses in Joe Cornish’s sci-fi action comedy Attack The Block, I knew that this dude was destined for great things. I pumped my fist high into the air when his role as Finn was confirmed for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and now, I find myself chomping at the bit to witness Boyega kicking some kaiju ass in the... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
In Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Rey expresses sheer wonder and excitement when Han Solo tells her that the Jedi and the Force are real. She thought they were just myths! Though that film centers on finding Luke Skywalker, said to be the last known Jedi, there are tons of other totally real Jedi in the Star Wars movies. And since the next installment is officially titled The Last Jedi, brushing up on who some of them are wouldn't hurt. Here's a breakdown of the most important Jedi in the films. Related:4 Theories About the "Last Jedi" in Star Wars: Episode VIII »
- Ally Bautista
Actress, writer, and advocate Carrie Fisher passed away after a heart attack at the age of 60, and just one day later, on Dec. 28, her mother, legendary Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds, also passed away after suffering a stroke. Debbie was rushed to La's Cedar-Sinai Hospital after complaints of trouble breathing. After her passing, her son and Carrie's brother, Todd Fisher, confirmed that she was "now with Carrie" and "we're all heartbroken." He added that his sister's death "was too much" for the 84-year-old Singin' in the Rain star. In the wake of Carrie's death on Dec. 27, Debbie released a heartfelt statement: "Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love, Carries Mother." Related:Celebrities Post Heartbreaking Tributes to the Late Debbie ReynoldsCelebrities React to Carrie Fisher »
- Brittney Stephens
The title for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” has finally been revealed.
Disney annouced on Monday that the next chapter in the space opera saga will be named “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
The film stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. The cast also includes the late Carrie Fisher, who died on Dec. 27. The actress, who played Princess Leia Organa, had wrapped shooting in July. Lucasfilm said earlier this month that it won’t digitally recreate Fisher in upcoming movies.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Star Wars fans get excited! The highly anticipated follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received an official title and release date. Star Wars: Episode VIII is titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi and will land in theaters Dec. 15, 2017. "It's official. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the next chapter of the Skywalker saga. This December. #TheLastJedi," the official Twitter account for the franchise tweeted Monday morning. The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. »
While unprecedented might be a strong word, J.J. Abrams has certainly been Hollywood’s magic touch for bringing franchise properties back to life. The director and producer brought “Star Trek” into the 21st century, reignited the globe’s interested in the saga taking place in a galaxy far, far with with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” stepped into the world of “Mission: Impossible,” while also being behind one of the biggest shows of 2016 in “Westworld.” One could argue that in recent years, Abrams has become synonymous with big brand filmmaking, but it looks like he’s done playing in that pool.
Continue reading J.J. Abrams Says He’s Done With Remakes & Reboots at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The tributes for Carrie Fisher continued after the Golden Globes honored the actress and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, at the award show on Sunday night. And J.J. Abrams, who directed Fisher for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was quick to praise Fisher after the tribute.
“It was beautiful and not long enough,” Abrams told reporters of the Globes tribute at the HBO Post-Awards Party Celebrating the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Circa 55 Restaurant in Los Angeles on Sunday night. “She was extraordinary and it’s impossible to to really quantify the impact she had on not just legions of movies and books, »
- Blake Bakkila
2016 movies Things to Come (pictured) and Elle have earned French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert her – surprisingly – first National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Award. 2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & 'Moonlight' among National Society of Film Critics' top picks Earlier today (Jan. 7), the National Society of Film Critics announced their top 2016 movies and performances. Somewhat surprisingly, this year's Nsfc list – which generally contains more offbeat entries than those of other U.S.-based critics groups – is quite similar to their counterparts', most of which came out last December. No, that doesn't mean the National Society of Film Critics has opted for the crowd-pleasing route. Instead, this awards season U.S. critics have not infrequently gone for even less mainstream entries than usual. Examples, among either the Nsfc winners or runners-up, include Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Moonlight, Toni Erdmann, Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, and Lily Gladstone in Certain Women. French »
- Mont. Steve
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” got off to a decent start in Chinese theaters, grossing $9.7 million (RMB66.5 million) and opening on top of the box office on Friday. But the debut was down from the launch of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
The film earned $10.4 million, according to data from Ent Group, with previews from Thursday night screenings factored in. Local ticketing firm Weiying Technology shows “Rogue One” with a 60% market share on a quiet Friday that saw just $15.9 million generated by all movies nationwide. Heavy smog blanketing parts of the country may have dented cinema attendance.
The film’s release is delayed in comparison with the pre-Christmas outing in other territories, but it’s the first major Hollywood title to hit China in 2017. That is a similar course to “The Force Awakens,” which opened on Jan. 9 in 2016. In comparison with “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One” looks weak. »
- Patrick Frater
Han Solo is now a duo.
Star Wars actor Harrison Ford -- who starred as the infamous smuggler and “scruffy-looking nerf herder” in George Lucas’ original trilogy and reprised his role in 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens -- was spotted out to lunch with Alden Ehrenreich, the actor who will play the role in an upcoming standalone prequel film.
“Two Han Solos grabbing lunch,” a fan captioned the Twitter pic posted Wednesday of the two actors in conversation at a restaurant.
Watch: Alden Ehrenreich Officially Introduced as New Han Solo at 'Star Wars Celebration'
The upcoming film -- the second standalone Star Wars prequel following the recently-released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story -- will focus on Han’s early days as a smuggler before joining up with the rebellion. Ehrenreich recently spoke to Et’s Ashley Crossan about his excitement to take on the role, admitting at the »
Bright Lights, the HBO documentary focused on the complex relationship between Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, could not have come at a more striking moment. In the final week of 2016, Fisher died due to complications from a heart attack just one day before Reynolds herself passed away from a stroke. Following the heartbreaking news, the world at large began to mourn the mother-daughter duo in tandem; brother and son Todd Fisher even shared a sweet drawing depicting both women in their most iconic roles. Now, it seems like Bright Lights will forever capture the loving bond between the two. Here's everything we've uncovered about the project. Related:10 Classic Debbie Reynolds Roles We'll Never ForgetDebbie Reynolds's Son Reveals His Mother's Last Words: "I Want to Be With Carrie"25 Photos of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds That Will Make You Smile, Then Break Your Heart 1. The Content According to an early »
- Ryan Roschke
So far, we’ve seen two films released since Disney‘s acquisition of Lucasfilm, and both have been monster hits: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” totalled $2.1 billion worldwide, and it looks like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will easily cross $1 billion worldwide. Both films were released in December, as will the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which barring some kind of disaster, will also make a billion dollars and then some.
Continue reading Rumor: ‘Han Solo’ Spinoff Pushed To December 2018 at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The more popular you are, the more people want you, especially for free, and that’s the lesson that comes with piracy. The most pirated shows of 2016 featured many of the year’s most talked about series, and so it goes with the movies that were the most ripped from the internet.
Torrent Freak reveals that “Deadpool” was the most pirated movie of 2016, according to stats from BitTorrent. It was followed by “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which were all smash hits, with the latter crossing the $2 billion mark at the box office.
Continue reading ‘Deadpool’ Was The Most Pirated Movie Of 2016 at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
15 items from 2017
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