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/Filmcast Ep. 469 – Solo: A Star Wars Story

David, Devindra, Jeff, and Patrick Willems discuss Lucasfilm’s latest standalone Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard and written by Jonathan & Lawrence Kasdan. Make sure to check out more of Patrick’s work via his YouTube channel and “The Internet’s Premiere Josh Hartnett Podcast” – We Heart Hartnett. Be sure to […]

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Watch the Full Press Conference For Solo: A Star Wars Story With the Cast and Crew

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend the press conference for Disney and Lucasfilm's new film Solo: A Star Wars Story. I recorded the panel that featured members of the cast and crew talking about their work on the film.

The video features Ron Howard, Paul BettanyJoonas Suotamo, Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody HarrelsonPhoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton, Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan.

It's actually a pretty entertaining press conference and everyone gets playful as they offer some great insight on the film they made and the characters that they play. I personally really enjoyed the film and what this team of talent ended up doing with it. 

Solo: A Star Wars Story opens up today! Some of you may have already seen it. I hope that there are fans out there that will enjoy it just as much as I did. But in the end,
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‘Solo’ Heads to Opening Below Forecasts Over Memorial Day Weekend

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is flying well below forecasts, heading for a Memorial Day weekend launch of around $110 million domestically, early estimates showed Friday.

The four-day figure is significantly under the studio’s recent estimates in the $130 million to $150 million range at 4,380 North American locations. First-day grosses are coming in at about $32 million — including $14.1 million from previews, which set a Memorial Day weekend record.

Should the holiday estimate hold for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” it will raise questions about franchise fatigue and Disney’s strategy of opening the tentpole a mere five months after “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuted on Dec. 16. “The Last Jedi” debuted impressively with $220 million in North America, and went on to earn $620 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide.

“Solo” is the 10th Star Wars movie and fourth from Disney in less than four years. Critics have been mostly positive with
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An Empire Strikes Back Character May Return If Solo Gets A Sequel

Solo: A Star Wars Story has just arrived in cinemas, but there’s already talk of a sequel. It’s too early to say for sure if one will happen, as the final decision will likely be based on how well it does at the box office, but it’s known that Lucasfilm are contemplating a follow-up, with director Ron Howard saying it’s all down to the fans whether Solo 2 happens or not. If everything comes together and the prequel starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo does get a sequel, though, screenwriter Jon Kasdan has one character that he desperately wants to feature in the movie.

Kasdan, who wrote the script for Solo with his father Lawrence, talked with Screen Rant about the many references to Star Wars‘ past that crop up in the pic. He said that he was adamant that these connections make their way into the film and in particular,
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Paul Bettany On ‘Star Wars’, ‘Avengers’, Taking Advice From Peter O’Toole & Those ‘Master And Commander 2’ Whispers

Paul Bettany has been living in Disney’s world of late, reprising his role as Vision in Marvel’s mega-blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War and suiting up as villain Dryden Vos in Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story which began international rollout this week and releases domestically today. The latter is a reteam for Bettany with director Ron Howard following collaborations on 2001’s A Beautiful Mind and 2006’s The Da Vinci Code. In a recent chat, Bettany and I geeked out…
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Ron Howard Is ‘Seriously Exploring’ More ‘Willow’

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Ron Howard Is ‘Seriously Exploring’ More ‘Willow’
“Solo” director Ron Howard is “seriously exploring” the possibility of more “Willow,” to follow up on his 1980s fantasy epic.

“We are seriously exploring it with Lucasfilm folks. Fingers crossed,” tweeted Howard.

We are seriously exploring it with Lucasfilm folks. Fingers crossed https://t.co/30U3GZTuBY

– Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) May 25, 2018

It is not the first time he was talked about returning to the world of Willow.

“I don’t want to give away too much, but there is a little talk of ‘Willow,'” Howard told ComicBook.com in a recent interview. “We wouldn’t call it ‘Willow 2,’ I think it would focus a lot on Elora Danan, although Willow would have to be significantly involved.”

Also Read: Ron Howard Confirms Warwick Davis Will Be in Han Solo Movie

Howard added, “I thought about that movie a lot as I was working on ‘Solo’ because there are certain scenes,
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Movie Review – Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Solo: A Star Wars Story, 2018.

Directed by Ron Howard.

Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton and Joonas Suotamo.

Synopsis:

After escaping from a poverty-stricken upbringing, Han Solo becomes embroiled in a criminal gang carrying out a major heist for a dangerous underworld boss.

When it comes to Han Solo, most Star Wars fans are pretty sensitive to their favourite smuggler and scoundrel from the galaxy far, far away. That fact has become even more clear in the lead up to Solo: A Star Wars Story, the second spin-off film in the Star Wars franchise which, after plenty of behind the scenes drama, was directed by Ron Howard with Alden Ehrenreich filling in as Han Solo in the early days of his criminal career.

Despite all the drama and the hesitancy some fans have had since the film was announced, Solo: A Star Wars Story
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Ron Howard Says a ‘Willow’ Sequel Could Still Happen [Updated]

Ron Howard Says a ‘Willow’ Sequel Could Still Happen [Updated]
Ron Howard is out there promoting Solo: A Star Wars Story, but he’s also thinking about another potential special effects-filled blockbuster: Willow 2. After 30 years, Howard says a Willow sequel is now being discussed. Update: Ron Howard has confirmed once again, this time on Twitter, that a Willow sequel is a real possibility. We are seriously exploring it […]

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Solo: A Star Wars story soars to $14 million Thursday night preview

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Despite a series of production shakeups, Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story is off to a strong start at the box office with $14.1 million in receipts for its Thursday night preview. The impressive total has the latest chapter of the Star Wars saga setting a new record for a Memorial Day opening - a title previously held by Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End with $13.2 million dollars... Read More...
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Earns $11.4 Million at International Box Office

Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has launched in first place in multiple international territories with a two-day tally of $11.4 million from 43 markets.

The film debuts in Mexico, China, Spain, India, Poland, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam on Friday, along with its domestic launch. The only major market not opening this weekend is Japan, where it will debut on June 29.

The recent “Star Wars” films have delivered impressive numbers internationally. Last year’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” generated $712 million outside North America, led by $111 in the U.K. and $83 million in Germany. 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” grossed $523 million internationally — $9 million short of the domestic total — with the top numbers coming from the U.K. with $81 million and China with $69 million.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” has launched with an impressive $14.1 million domestically on Thursday night — a Memorial Day weekend record. The tentpole has been forecast
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Here’s Why Solo: A Star Wars Story Brought Back [Spoilers]

Solo: A Star Wars Story featured a handful of familiar characters from the franchise’s past – Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, obviously Han Solo himself – but it also brought back one character we really weren’t expecting. Towards the end of the movie, it’s revealed exactly who Paul Bettany’s gangster Dryden Vos answers to, and it’s one of the biggest villains in the galaxy.

If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know that it’s Darth Maul, the Sith lord last witnessed being chopped in two at the end of The Phantom Menace. The exciting thing is that his appearance here follows on from his resurrection in the Star Wars Rebels animated series, which saw him get back up on his feet with the aid of some robotic legs and ingratiate himself into the criminal underworld, hence why he’s in charge of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate in Solo.
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When 'Star Wars' Refuses to Take Risks

When 'Star Wars' Refuses to Take Risks
There’s a lot to like about Solo: A Star Wars Story, the latest entry in the now-annual Star Wars ritual. The notoriously troubled shoot brought in Ron Howard near the end of production to take over as director after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the project last June over “creative differences.”

Howard delivers a generally pleasant experience with Solo, but for a story about a gambler, it takes very few risks. All considering, perhaps this shouldn't be a surprise, given that Han Solo is arguably the most popular character from the franchise. Even after he met ...
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Solo: A Star Wars Story: is Alden Ehrenreich fit to fill the Falcon? – discuss with spoilers

Did the latest Star Wars film overcome its troubled production history and provide a compelling backstory for the series’ real rogue one?

Has there ever been a Star Wars movie with a more troubled production history than Solo: A Star Wars Story? Well, yes. But this one certainly hasn’t exactly been a walk in the verdant, moon-lit Endorian forests. A change of director, reshoots, talk of acting coaches for the new Han, Alden Ehrenreich – none of it, frankly, boded too well. But rejoice, for critics say Solo isn’t half as bad as you might have expected. In Ron Howard’s safe pair of hands, it has emerged as a veritable, if minor, critical hit, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 71% “fresh”.

Related: Thandie Newton: ‘Being the first dark-skinned woman in Star Wars is great... and awful'
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Starts Offshore With $11.4M; China Grounds Han

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Starts Offshore With $11.4M; China Grounds Han
Refresh for latest… Disney/Lucasfilm’s Han Solo origins tale, Solo: A Star Wars Story, has kicked off with $11.4M in two days at the international box office. The Ron Howard-directed film opened in 43 markets on Wednesday and Thursday including majors the UK, France and Korea. However, not included in the figure above is the unofficial $3.3M Day One estimate out of China today where the Millennium Falcon is stalling. Ahead of the weekend, we were hearing estimates for the…
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Chewbacca Actor Joonas Suotamo Is 7 Ft. Tall — But Still Needed to Wear Heels for Solo!

Chewbacca Actor Joonas Suotamo Is 7 Ft. Tall — But Still Needed to Wear Heels for Solo!
Chewbacca might look the same in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but don’t let that fool you. Inside the furry costume is a whole new guy.

Joonas Suotamo, 31, was a body double for the iconic character in The Force Awakens, and now in the origin story, he takes on the role fully for the first time.

Like Chewbacca, the actor stands tall at 7 ft. “People have always felt they can approach me easily,” he tells People in the special issue, Star Wars: The Secrets of Solo (available for purchase now). “Because there’s always something to talk about, which is ‘Do you play basketball?
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Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Flies to $14.1 Million on Thursday

Box Office: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Flies to $14.1 Million on Thursday
Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has launched domestically with an impressive $14.1 million on Thursday night — a Memorial Day weekend record.

The tentpole has been forecast to lift off with $130 million to $150 million at 4,380 sites during the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

The preview number exceeds the previous $13.2 million record held by “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” in 2007. It’s slightly behind the $14.5 millions from “Thor: Ragnarok” which finished the three-day weekend with $122.7 million in November.

Solo” follows Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, who befriends his future co-pilot and Wookiee companion Chewbacca, and meets the gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge round out the cast.

Ron Howard directed from a screenplay by Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan. Howard replaced the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who left the project in June,
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Blasts to Record $14.1 Million at Thursday Box Office

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Blasts to Record $14.1 Million at Thursday Box Office
Solo: A Star Wars Story” earned $14.1 million at the Thursday box office, breaking the Memorial Day record that was previously held by “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” which grossed $13.2 million in previews.

In comparison, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” earned $45 million when it opened in previews last year, while “The Force Awakens” grossed $57 million and “Rogue One” rocketed to $29 million. “At World’s End” earned a total $139.8 million, a four-day record, in 2007.

Solo: A Star Wars Story” is expected to break the record for the biggest four-day opening on Memorial Day weekend with at least $140 million. However, a $140 million opening for “Solo” would be the lowest opening total for a Disney-released “Star Wars” film.

Also Read: 'Solo' Aims to Send Memorial Day Box Office Into Hyperspace

And with the staying power of “Deadpool 2” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” the combined weekend box office could climb into
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ reviews: How does the prequel fare without Ford?

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ reviews: How does the prequel fare without Ford?
How does “Solo: A Star Wars Story” fare without Harrison Ford playing the title scoundrel-turned-hero? The prequel stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo and Donald Glover (“Atlanta“) as the young Lando Calrissian, but its journey to the big screen wasn’t without a few significant bumps in the road.

The film started shooting with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller at the helm, but midway through production they left the film due to creative differences and replaced with Oscar winner Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”). That kind of behind-the-scenes drama doesn’t usually bode well for a project.

However, “Solo” has met with largely positive reviews, scoring 63 on MetaCritic and rated 70% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The Tomatometer consensus calls it “a flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure” that “should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theater door.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story Features A Shocking Cameo From A Familiar Character

Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story releases today and it contains a shocking cameo from a major Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace character.

While this information was leaked online over the past few weeks, it’s now been confirmed that Darth Maul appears in the film via hologram. The horned man is in league with Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and he’s the true mastermind behind the actions of Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) and his crime syndicate, the Crimson Dawn. Maul speaks to Qi’ra from the planet Dathomir; a location that plays a major role in his backstory.

It’s worth noting that Ray Park portrays Darth Maul once again in Solo, which is nice for fans, as the actor hasn’t touched the role in almost two decades. In an excellent preservation of continuity, the evil Zabrak is still voiced by Sam Witwer, who
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is Uneven and Messy and a Whole Bunch of Fun

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is Uneven and Messy and a Whole Bunch of Fun
There will always be something transporting about the music that John Williams has composed for the Star Wars universe. As soon as the old themes and styles of orchestrations kick in during Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, it’s difficult not to feel a little jolt of excitement — or […]

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