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Rian Johnson explains the ‘let the past die’ theme of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

‘Let the past die’ was the central theme of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and now the director has explained the thinking behind it.

Throughout the film a number of characters brought up this theme of letting the past die in one way or another, including two of the film’s key figures Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren.

Some fans thought this was a message from Johnson and Lucasfilm that they didn’t care about the history of Star Wars and the audience should learn to let go and just think of the future.

Rian Johnson, however, has said that the message is quite the opposite, and that letting go of the past isn’t a workable idea in Star Wars.

“From the very start, there is kind of the theme of ‘let the past die’ but that’s expressed by Kylo [Ren] very strongly and, to some extent,
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Today in Movie Culture: Fan-Made 'Nightwing' Trailer, Spotlight on Daniel Day-Lewis and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Dream Movie of the Day: What if Joseph Gordon-Levitt had starred in a Nightwing movie spun off from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy? This fan-made trailer by fan-made trailer by Stryder HD imagines the missed opportunity:   Remade Scene of the Day: There was one thing missing from the climactic battle scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so here are some kids with an extended re-ceation (via Rian Johnson):   Cosplay of the Day: Speaking of The Last Jedi, here's a funny but cheap and efficient and sufficient way to cosplay as one of Snoke's Elite Praetorian Guards: god i love cosplay pic.twitter.com/Rax3i71ixf &mdash...

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Rian Johnson Hints That Luke Will Return In Star Wars: Episode IX

“It’s time for the Jedi…to end.”

As it turns out, Luke’s grave warning came from a place of self-inflicted isolation – the Jedi Order doesn’t have to end, per se, it simply has to take on a new life.

That’s a responsibility that has largely been placed on the shoulders of Rey, Daisy Ridley’s Force-sensitive heroine who fought for Ben Solo in the hope that Adam Driver’s mercurial anti-hero would return to the Resistance. As Star Wars: The Last Jedi began to unfurl, though, it became obvious that her attempts were in vain. Now, she’s tasked with bringing the First Order down to size as Luke Skywalker is ostensibly out of the picture. Or is he?

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Someone Has Recut Star Wars: The Last Jedi To Remove Almost All The Women

Some chump has apparently spent hours re-editing Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a deranged effort to rid the film of any traces of femininity. The end product, released via The Pirate Bay, is dubbed The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit and the objective appears to be to completely excise any moment where a female character does anything in opposition to a man, and to severely cut down every moment where a woman appears on screen at all. It’s resulted in a 46 minute long version of the film and sounds like an unwatchable mess – not to mention that the anonymous editor is working from a crappy Cam copy with hardcoded Chinese subtitles.

The description explains that nearly every scene has had to be trimmed in some manner, though he’s laid out the major cuts. Some of the most giggle-worthy are:

Asian chick speaks less, doesn’t bully Finn, Finn doesn’t try to escape,
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Somebody Made a 46-minute ‘De-Feminized’ Version of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Somebody Made a 46-minute ‘De-Feminized’ Version of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
(Some big spoilers ahead for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” because discussing what’s in this “fan” cut of the movie necessitates discussing what was changed from the real version.) There are plenty of people out there who aren’t happy with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Most of those folks have expressed their displeasure in a normal, “I just didn’t like it” kind of way, but others have been weird about it. One such weird person is whoever it was who cut the movie down to 46 minutes in order to “fix” it by reducing the presence and importance of female...
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Almost Ditched Its Broom Boy Finale

For all of its box office fortunes ($1.2 billion and counting), Star Wars: The Last Jedi proved pretty contentious among viewers – more contentious than anyone had expected.

But perhaps the one scene that really struck a chord with moviegoers was The Last Jedi‘s finale, in which we returned to the young stable boy marooned on Canto Bight. Inspired by the heroics and general kindness of Finn and Rose, the wide-eyed (and Force-sensitive!) youngster looks to the stars, invigorated with a sense of hope – hope that the First Order can be brought down to size.

For added effect, the camera cuts to a close-up of Broom Boy’s ring, which featured the famous Rebel logo encased in red, a recurring color all throughout The Last Jedi – from Snoke’s Throne Room to the mineral planet of Crait. And thanks to an exhaustive, spoiler-filled chat with Empire (no, not that one), Rian Johnson
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Why Disney's 'Last Jedi' Mind Trick Isn't Working in China

Why Disney's 'Last Jedi' Mind Trick Isn't Working in China
Star Wars: The Last Jedi suffered one of the worst second-weekend declines the Chinese box office has ever seen. The film's debut of $28.7 million was already viewed as disappointing, but its 92 percent plummet to just $2.4 million in weekend two was arguably alarming.

"The Last Jedi has already been completely pulled from cinemas here," Jimmy Wu, chairman of nationwide Chinese cinema chain Lumiere Pavilions, told The Hollywood Reporter by phone from Yancheng, a mid-sized city representative of the sorts of towns where the bulk of China's box-office growth is now generated. "It's performed much worse than we could...
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It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar

It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar
The two VFX Oscar frontrunners, “Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” are in a war of their own for the 16th Ves Awards (to be held at the Beverly Hilton on February 13th). Each grabbed seven nominations, edging out “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”and upstart “Kong: Skull Island” (with five and four nominations, respectively). All four were nominated for the top prize along with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Among the snubs were “The Shape of Water,” “Okja,” “Alien: Covenant,” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which all made the Academy’s VFX bake-off shortlist.

However, making the cut in the Ves supporting category were “Dunkirk,” “Darkest Hour,” “Downsizing,” “Mother,” and “Only the Brave.”

For animation, Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” nabbed five nominations, while Pixar’s frontrunning “Coco” collected four. They will compete for Outstanding Animated Feature
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Learn All About Captain Phasma's Awesome Armor That Didn't Really Help Her Much

I've been saying since I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi that Captain Phasma is the new Boba Fett, and this video proves it. I mean that in the sense that her stories outside of the films are far more entertaining, and much like Fett, she died in a way that really undermines just how much of a bad ass she was. Take her armor for example, which I just now learned is blaster resistant and was once the property of Emperor Palpatine. It's a damn shame we didn't see that armor get put to better use, but I'm sure the expanded universe stories about her will make mention of it quite often. Learn the history of Phasma's armor below, and let us know if you think she was a wasted character. 
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‘The Last Jedi’ Ending Almost Cut the Mysterious Broom Boy

‘The Last Jedi’ Ending Almost Cut the Mysterious Broom Boy
Spoiler alert for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Everyone wants to know: who is Broom Boy, and when can he sweep my floors? By now, we all know that the ending of Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn’t feature an established character in the Star Wars universe, but rather a mysterious young boy on Canto Bight. While this […]

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Synopsis Teases A Dark And Dangerous Adventure

Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is moving into the rearview mirror, Disney and Lucasfilm are at last pushing the promotional campaign for Solo: A Star Wars Story into gear. The upcoming prequel starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo has been kept tightly under wraps so far, with only the odd set photo posted on director Ron Howard’s social media giving us any clue as to the nature of the movie.

But that’s about to change, as the first official synopsis for Solo has now dropped. The short outline keeps things pretty vague, of course, but teases the scruffy-looking nerf herder encountering some other iconic characters from the Star Wars franchise.

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep
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New Star Wars Comic Explains Why Leia Never Became A Jedi

Ever since it was revealed that Luke and Leia were brother and sister, and that Leia’s Skywalker blood gives her a huge amount of Force potential (as we teasingly saw in Star Wars: The Last Jedi), fans have theorized about her training in the ways of the Jedi. That possibility was apparently at the core of George Lucas’ original plans for Episodes VII-ix, which have influenced Disney’s own trilogy.

More specifically we recently learned from Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Visual Dictionary that:

Skywalker’s first student was to be his sister, Leia. However, she ultimately decided that the best path for her to serve the galaxy left no room for the extended isolation of Jedi training.

Now, thanks to Marvel’s Star Wars comic (specifically, Star Wars #40), we can see the roots of why Leia chose to devote herself to politics rather than swinging a laser sword.
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Men’s Rights Activist Releases ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Edit That Removes All Women, But It’s Only 46-Minutes Long

Men’s Rights Activist Releases ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Edit That Removes All Women, But It’s Only 46-Minutes Long
Did you want to watch “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” without Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran? Of course not, because they’re all integral to what make the film one of the most critical acclaimed entries in the franchise. Unfortunately, one anonymous men’s rights activist has taken it upon himself to release a new version of “The Last Jedi” that removes all women and only features scenes that include the male characters.

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The bad news is that the men-only version of “The Last Jedi” actually exists and is currently available to download on torrent websites such as The Pirate Bay. The good news is that “The Last Jedi” features so many wonderful female characters in main roles that when you edit all of
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Top Visual Effects Society Nominations

The Visual Effects Society has announced its nominations for the 16th Annual Ves Awards, and Blade Runner 2049 and War for the Planet of the Apes unsurprisingly came out on top. The two films scored seven nominations each, Despicable Me 3 for some reason topped the animated feature nominees with five, and Game of Thrones leads the TV field with 11 nominations overall. The nominees for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature are Blade Runner 2049, War for the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi while …
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‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ Lead Visual Effects Nominations

‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ Lead Visual Effects Nominations
Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” led all films in nominations for the Visual Effects Society’s 16th Annual Ves Awards, with “Game of Thrones” topping all TV programs and landing the most nominations overall. “Blade Runner” and “Planet of the Apes” each scored seven nominations, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars Best Visual Effects category. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” were also nominated in that category. “Game of Thrones” received 11 nominations. “Despicable Me 3”...
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'Game Of Thrones', 'Blade Runner 2049', 'War For The Planet Of The Apes' lead Ves effects nominees

'Game Of Thrones', 'Blade Runner 2049', 'War For The Planet Of The Apes' lead Ves effects nominees
Despicable Me 3 is lead animation feature contender.

Blade Runner 2049 and War For The Planet Of The Apes earned seven feature nominations apiece from the Visual Effects Society (Ves) on Tuesday (January 16), while Game Of Thrones picked up the most individual nods as the leading TV contender on 11.

Nominees for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature for the 16th annual Ves Awards are Blade Runner 2049, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and War For The Planet Of The Apes.

Game Of Thrones takes its place on the list of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode for the episode Beyond The Wall, alongside Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Orientation Part 1; Legion: Chapter 1; Star Trek Discovery: The Vulcan Hello; and Stranger Things 2: The Gate.

Despicable Me 3 leads the animation feature contest with five nods and will vie for the Outstanding Visual Effects
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations
Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” led the nominations for the Visual Effects Society on Tuesday with seven apiece. “Despicable Me 3” topped animated contenders, while “Game of Thrones” was the overall nominations leader with 11.

The nominees in the group’s top film category of outstanding visual effects in a photoreal feature were “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

All five films competed in the motion picture Academy’s visual effects bake-off on Jan. 6. The other movies in contention are “Alien: Covenant,” “Dunkirk,” “Okja,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” Of those, only “Dunkirk” received a Ves nomination, for supporting visual effects.

The top television nominees were “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Game of Thrones,” “Legion,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” and “Stranger Things.”

Last year’s
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The Rey/Kylo Dynamic Is Complicated By Design, According To The Last Jedi Director

Four weeks after the sequel’s arrival, Rian Johnson has teamed with Empire Magazine to present an anatomy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi – topics discussed (so far) include Rey’s parentage and Luke Skywalker, who chose to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to buy precious time for the Resistance.

It worked like a charm, too, given General Leia and her weary troops were able to escape Crait with their lives intact. But now, Johnson’s post-launch analysis has circled back to focus on Kylo Ren and Rey, arguably the beating heart of this current Star Wars trilogy.

Indeed, their fiery relationship reached dizzying new heights in The Last Jedi, as the Force-sensitive duo were able to connect with one another from opposite ends of the galaxy. And though Supreme Leader Snoke was later revealed to be the true puppet master pulling the strings behind Kylo and Rey’s communication,
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Ves Awards Nominations: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Are Top Film Contenders

Ves Awards Nominations: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Are Top Film Contenders
Announcing the nominees for their 16th annual Ves Awards, the Visual Effects Society brought welcome news for Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” and Matt Reeves’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” each up for seven statuettes. “Despicable Me 3” is the most-nominated animated film of the year (5), while the most-honored title overall is “Game of Thrones” (11).

The 21-year-old organization consists of 3,400-plus members in 35 nations. Each year, it recognizes visual effects innovators in film, animation, television, commercials, and video games.

In 2017, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” remake claimed five Ves trophies, more than any other feature (nominations leader “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was shutout). It’s director-producer, Jon Favreau, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Weta Digital director and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri will accept the Georges Méliès Award, named for the late French illusionist and filmmaker. Letteri is also a nominee
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Petition Launched Demanding Johnson Admit The Last Jedi is Awful

The most recent addition to the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, has effectively driven a wedge between fans of the 40-year-old sci-fi franchise. Despite receiving near-universal acclaim from critics, with some going so far as to proclaim it as the best Star Wars film ever, others have gone as far as to launch a petition pressuring Disney to remove The Last Jedi from official Star Wars canon. And yet, there are some who are so vehemently against the film that even removing it from canon isn’t enough — instead, they want writer/director Rian Johnson to admit that The Last Jedi is “awful.”

Related: Kevin Smith Explains Why Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is So Divisive
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