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New Star Wars Theory Explains The Rapid Aging Of Obi-Wan Kenobi

The Star Wars prequels famously contain a few issues of continuity when it comes to their connections with the Original Trilogy. The most well-known example is perhaps the presence of the R2-D2 and C-3Po in Episodes I-iii, with the pair evidently having long-standing associations with series regulars like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, yet fail to ever bring this up throughout the various reunions and revelations of Episodes IV-vi. But the seeming inconsistency that this new Reddit post seeks to rebuke has a lot more to do with the duo’s warm-blooded and rapidly aging peers.

Reddit user Vendo_23 opens their theory by observing how the change in actor between the thirty-something Ewan McGregor in the prequels, and the sixty-something Alec Guinness of the original films creates a potential error.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi looks around ~35 yrs of age in Episode III. But of course he gets to be ~80 yrs
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The Coen brothers’ films – ranked!

With the 20th anniversary re-release of The Big Lebowski, we rank the duo’s films (directing only), from their 1984 debut Blood Simple to this year’s The Ballad of Buster Spruggs

What on earth was this about? A remake of the Ealing crime-caper classic (with Tom Hanks in Alec Guinness’s crackpot mastermind role) at least proves, if proof were needed, that the Coens have excellent cinephile taste. But this was pointless and baffling. A case of No Coen Do.
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Ewan McGregor isn’t aware of any plans for an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spinoff

In the lead up to the release of this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, it was reported on multiple occasions that Disney and Lucasfilm were working on an Obi-Wan Kenobi Anthology movie.

Last August, it was revealed that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry was in talks to write and potentially direct the Obi-Wan film, while earlier this year rumours suggested that the movie was actually in pre-production and would start shooting in April 2019 after Star Wars: Episode IX wraps production.

However, in the wake of Solo’s box office failure, Disney and Lucasfilm are reportedly taking stock of their Star Wars plans, and while it has been said that the spinoff is still in the works – potentially for Disney’s upcoming streaming service – it appears this is news to Obi-Wan himself, Ewan McGregor.

“I would totally do it, of course,” said McGregor, speaking to The Express during an interview
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There Are No Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Plans Insists Ewan McGregor

There Are No Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Plans Insists Ewan McGregor
Just in case you're keeping track, Ewan McGregor is still perfectly happy to do an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo movie, he's more or less just waiting on Disney and Lucasfilm to give him a call. For years now, fans have been wanting Ewan McGregor to pick up his lightsaber once more and, pretty much any time the actor has something to promote, he's asked about the possible Star Wars standalone. He says he'd like to do it, but that's as far as it ever goes. The actor has once again stated his desire to revisit his Jedi days, however, he says there are no plans to do so right now.

Ewan McGregor recently appeared on an episode of The View to promote his latest movie, Christopher Robin, which hails from Disney. As it happens, Disney also owns Lucasfilm, so at least the relationship there is good. Or so it would seem.
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Ewan McGregor Claims There are "No Plans" For an Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie

Over the past few months, a lot of rumors have surfaced in regards to an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars movie. It's been said that film is in pre-production and will be ready to start shooting in 2019. There was a plot synopsis that leaked and talk of the movie being developed for Disney's streaming service. The movie even had a director attached to it at one point. That director was Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Crown), who is supposedly no longer attached.

There have been so many rumors from so many different sources, it's hard not to think that something is happening with an Obi-Wan movie! But now, actor Ewan McGregor claims that there are no plans! While he was a guest on The View, McGregor was asked about possibly coming back to reprise his role and this was his reply:

"I would totally do it, of course. There’s
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Do we really need 'Force ghost' Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IX?

Skywalker’s story reached a natural end in The Last Jedi. But Disney won’t let a good thing die, and Mark Hamill is due to return, alongside Carrie Fisher

In theory, great Jedis never truly die. They merely morph into “Force ghosts” and become, in the words of Sir Alec Guinness’s Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original 1977 Star Wars, “more powerful than you can ever imagine”.

And yet that is not exactly what has happened in the umpteen episodes of George Lucas’s seemingly eternal space opera that have followed since 1977. Guinness hung around to offer the odd bit of sage advice in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi, but he was never essential to the thrust of the narrative in the way he had been before Darth Vader put a lightsaber through both shoulder blades. Anakin Skywalker’s ghost has only been seen
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Could Richard E. Grant Be Playing Grand Admiral Thrawn In Star Wars: Episode IX?

From Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi to Daisy Ridley as Rey, the Star Wars franchise has consistently reserved a large section of its cast list for the English, and nowhere is this more evident than amongst the uniformed oppressors of the Empire and First Order.

So, when it was announced that Richard E. Grant would be joining the team for next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX, many quickly speculated that he would be playing another stern and villainous Englishman of the Grand Moff Tarkin or General Hux variety. But to go one better, MovieWeb are reporting on a theory that pinpoints a specific character that the Logan and Doctor Who baddie could be playing, and it’s quite intriguing.

The villain in question is Grand Admiral Thrawn, a blue-skinned member of the Chiss species who’s yet to be seen in live action form, but whose appearances in various comic books,
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Movie Poster of the Week: “Kind Hearts and Coronets”

Above: Us 40" x 60" poster.Currently playing on Mubi in the United States as part of a mini Ealing Comedies series, Kind Hearts and Coronets is often considered Ealing Studios’ greatest achievement (it ranked at number six in the British Film Institute’s 1999 poll of the Best British Films of All Time). It was released in 1949 within the same two months as two other Ealing classics: Passport to Pimlico and Whisky Galore. All three were nominated for the 1949 British Academy Award for Best British Film, though all three lost out to The Third Man.A dark yet breezy satire of class and mores in Edwardian Britain, in which a dispossessed aristocrat plans to wipe out the line of succession to the dukedom he believes is his, one upper class twit at a time, Kind Hearts is most notable for Alec Guinness’s bravura turn as nine different characters. From the original posters for the film,
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"Oliver!" 50th Anniversary Screening, Beverly Hills, July 15

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts theater will be presenting a 50th anniversary screening of Carol Reed’s Academy Award-winning 1968 film Oliver! The 153-minute film, which stars Ron Moody, the late-great Oliver Reed, a very young Mark Lester, and Shani Wallis, will be screened on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm.

Please Note: At press time, actress Shani Wallis is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film prior to the screening.

She will be on hand at 2:30 pm in the lobby selling posters for $50.00 and photos for $20.00, and will also autograph them. All proceeds will go to charity.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

Oliver! (1968)

50th Anniversary Screening

Sunday, July 15, at 3 Pm

Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre

Q&A with Actress Shani Wallis

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 50th anniversary screening
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"Oliver!" 50th Anniversary Screening, Beverly Hills, July 15

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts theater will be presenting a 50th anniversary screening of Carol Reed’s Academy Award-winning 1968 film Oliver! The 153-minute film, which stars Ron Moody, the late-great Oliver Reed, a very young Mark Lester, and Shani Wallis, will be screened on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm.

Please Note: At press time, actress Shani Wallis is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film following the screening, as well as taking time to autograph memorabilia available for sale. The price is $50.00 to sign posters, which will go to charity.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

Oliver! (1968)

50th Anniversary Screening

Sunday, July 15, at 3 Pm

Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre

Q&A with Actress Shani Wallis

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 50th anniversary screening of the Oscar-winning Best Picture of 1968, Oliver!
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Subtle Caricatures: Alec Guinness’ Ealing Comedies

Mubi's retrospective Ealing Comedies is showing May 31 - August 7, 2018 in the United States.Kind Hearts and CoronetsRe-reading his memoirs from his prison cell, Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) narrates the story of his life in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). Disowned by his maternal family, the aristocratic D’Ascoynes, and thus condemned to a life of poverty, Louis decides that his only option is to swiftly murder his living relatives in order to obtain the dukedom which is rightfully his. As the guiding light of the film, being both narrator and protagonist, Louis takes up the greatest amount space. But it is Alec Guinness who has made Kind Hearts most memorable, by playing all eight members of the D’Ascoyne family that Louis encounters. With a broad range of characters—young and old, men and women, as caricatures or with honesty—Kind Hearts is perhaps the perfect example of Guinness’ work with the Ealing comedies,
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Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope Obi-Wan Kenobi Premium Format Figure available for pre-order at Sideshow

Sideshow has revealed its upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Premium Format Figure which is based on the likeness of Alec Guinness in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The Star Wars collectible is available to pre-order now, priced at $550.00 and is expected to ship between April and June 2019; take a look at the promotional images here…

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“I was once a Jedi knight, the same as your father.”

Sideshow is proud to present the Obi-Wan Kenobi Premium Format Figure.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi Premium Format Figure measures 20” tall, standing on a polystone base inspired by the events in Star Wars: A New Hope. Obi-Wan has a detailed portrait sculpted in the likeness of Sir Alec Guinness as the old and stoic Jedi knight.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi Premium Format Figure wears a custom-tailored fabric costume, which captures the elegance of the Jedi’s robes, with details of
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12 Movie Reboots With Gender-Swapped Leads, From ‘His Girl Friday’ to ‘Ocean’s 8’ (Photos)

12 Movie Reboots With Gender-Swapped Leads, From ‘His Girl Friday’ to ‘Ocean’s 8’ (Photos)
From lady “Ghostbusters” to talk of a female James Bond, Hollywood has taken a shine to remaking classic movies or TV shows with gender-swapped leads as a way of mixing up a tried and true formula. But the trend dates back farther than to just the last few years. The latest example of this is “Overboard” opening Friday, which swaps out Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell for Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris. But here are some other movies that looked to remake something old with not just a fresh face but from an entirely different point of view.

His Girl Friday” (1940)

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell move a mile a minute and have a natural chemistry as reporters Walter Burns and Hildy Johnson in Howard Hawks’s screwball comedy classic “His Girl Friday.” But missing from its source material, both the play and the movie “The Front Page” by playwright Ben Hecht,
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5 Reasons Why ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Crumbled at the Box Office

For movie theaters, this Memorial Day weekend has been a good turnaround, but for Lucasfilm and “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” it’s a time for some serious reflection.

Even though it is the first Memorial Day weekend release in four years to open to over $100 million over four days, “Solo” has a three-day start that is a staggering 47 percent down from its fellow “Star Wars” anthology film, “Rogue One,” and down 27 percent from the last “Star Wars” film to open in May, 2005’s “Revenge of the Sith.”

Compounding the problem is the fact that the major reshoots ordered for the film sent the budget spiraling to over $250 million. The global weekend total for “Solo” didn’t even hit that figure, as overseas receipts only amounted to a measly $65 million, giving the film a worldwide haul of just $143 million.

Also Read: Yes, That Was That Dead Villain in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story
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Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Film Rumored to Be ‘New Hope’ Prequel, Not An Origin Story — Report

Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Film Rumored to Be ‘New Hope’ Prequel, Not An Origin Story — Report
With “Solo: A Star Wars Story” just over one week from opening in theaters nationwide, reports are flying about the future of the extended “Star Wars” movie universe. We already know “Solo” is designed to start a new franchise and that Alden Ehrenreich signed a three-picture deal with Lucasfilm. Disney confirmed to IndieWire that numerous ideas for potential spinoffs are being considered, including a Lando Calrissian standalone film starring Donald Glover. A report from last August mentioned Obi-Wan Kenobi was also getting a standalone tentpole, and now TMZ has early details on the spinoff.

According to TMZ, the early rumor that “The Hours” and “The Reader” director Stephen Daldry would helm “Obi-Wan: A Star Wars Story” is true. Daldry is reportedly attached to the film and a production start date is being eyed for next spring. The report claims the Obi-Wan film is not an origin story like “Solo” but
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Is Lucasfilm Finally Gearing Up for That Obi-Wan Spin-Off Movie?

Is Lucasfilm Finally Gearing Up for That Obi-Wan Spin-Off Movie?
Finally, we may receive the Obi-Wan spin-off movie we were looking for. The long-rumored Star Wars standalone movie centered around the Jedi Master first played by Alec Guinness in A New Hope and Ewan McGregor in the prequel films looked like it was finally getting off the ground last year when news broke that The Hours director Stephen Daldry was in talks with […]

The post Is Lucasfilm Finally Gearing Up for That Obi-Wan Spin-Off Movie? appeared first on /Film.
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Ethan Hawke Wants to Find His ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Lord of the Rings’ Moment

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Ethan Hawke Wants to Find His ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Lord of the Rings’ Moment
It’s not rare at all for Ethan Hawke to have three or four projects on screens in a given year. The four-time Oscar-nominated star of films like “Training Day” and “Boyhood” works. Hard. He chalks it up to perhaps not being as comfortable in his own skin as other people are, but whatever the reason, his output is perennially considerable, and impressive.

This year the 47-year-old actor appears in Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” (May 18) and Jesse Peretz’s “Juliet, Naked” (Aug. 17). Meanwhile, Sundance Selects will release his third directorial effort, “Blaze,” later in the fall. But while Hawke has clearly covered a lot of ground in a 30-year career dating back to the formative experience of Peter Weir’s “Dead Poets Society,” there are still a few stones left unturned.

“One thing I haven’t been able to do that I really thought I would have been able to do is,
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7 ’80s Movies that Deserve Modern Remakes — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

Last weekend saw the release of “Overboard,” a contemporary remake of the 1987 comedy of the same name.

This week’s question: What 1980s movie (comedy or otherwise) would actually benefit from being remade, either because the story left room for improvement or because it might be transformed, complicated, and/or made newly resonant by a modern perspective?

Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC), Vulture

I recently rewatched David Lean’s 1984 film “A Passage to India,” which has many brilliant things in it buuuuut also has Alec Guinness doing brownface, and hinges on a woman’s discomfort with her own sexuality that leads to a false accusation of sexual assault that takes on added fuel from racism and colonialism. The movie combines about seven different sticks of dynamite labeled #problematic, and while I was watching it,
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Obi-Wan's Lightsaber and Han Solo's Blaster Go Up for Auction

In just a few weeks, LucasFilm will unveil Solo, but for fans with a lot of spare cash lying around, you can take home a few pieces of Star Wars history with two upcoming auctions. Profiles In History will hold their Icons & Legends of Hollywood auction in Los Angeles from June 5-8, where one of the most prized items is the lightsaber used on screen by Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi) in Star Wars: A New Hope. A few weeks later, Julien's Auctions will be auctioning off Harrison Ford's screen-used Han Solo blaster from Return of the Jedi, on Saturday, June 23 in Las Vegas.

One thing is for certain, these items will not come cheap. The Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber is expected to sell between $150,000 and $250,000. Other big-ticket items from the Profiles in History auction is the Harley-Davidson motorcycle ridden by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which
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Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Original Lightsaber Is Up For Auction

Over 40 years after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s original lightsaber is now up for auction. Though Kenobi has battled with several different lightsabers over the course of his time in the Star Wars universe, this one is the original copy used by Alec Guinness.

When Obi-Wan Kenobi made his debut in George Lucas’ Star Wars saga, he was a wizened hermit, played by Academy Award-winning actor <a href="https://screenrant.
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