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New Details About Solo: A Star Wars Story Villain Confirm Enfys Nest Is Male

When The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012 for a ho-hum $4.06 billion, it didn’t take long for concern to begin circulating amongst fans regarding the impending dilution of George Lucas’ beloved Star Wars franchise.

As it turns out, that apprehension was unfounded. The studio has since released a trio of films, including two inside what has been dubbed the Sequel Trilogy – The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi – and a standalone entry in an anthological series, entitled Rogue One, all of which have been critical and financial successes.

Next, Lucasfilm and Disney are travelling back in time, prior to the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, if we’re being specific, and will give one of the franchise’s principal characters his very own origin film.

That’s right. Solo: A Star Wars Story is quickly approaching and will have its world premiere next month at the 71st Cannes Film Festival,
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Photos and Videos from AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’S Story Of Science Fiction

The amount of auteurs in the fields of film and television is vast, and any time we can glean even a little bit of their process the better we are for it. On April 30th, a new series called AMC: Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction will kick off insightful conversations with influential filmmakers and actors from the realm of sci-fi, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ridley Scott, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, and we have a look at several videos from the new series:

Press Release: The series premiere of “AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction,” debuts on Monday, April 30th at 10:00 p.m. Et/Pt. On the premiere episode, “Alien Life,” Science fiction is filled with explorations of alien life. What can aliens teach us about what it means to be human? This episode highlights cinematic works and franchises such as Alien,
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Rumour: Yoda to feature in Star Wars: Episode IX

While Mark Hamill has played coy about his involvement with Star Wars: Episode IX following his character’s demise in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a new rumour has surfaced which suggests that we’ll be seeing at least one Force Ghost when J.J. Abrams returns to the saga to bring the curtain down on the Sequel Trilogy.

According to a “source” for the New York Daily News, Jedi Master Yoda will return for an appearance in Episode IX as “he acknowledges Rey’s success and growth as a Jedi.”

According to Mark Hamill, J.J. Abrams will make the call as to whether Luke Skywalker returns in Force Ghost form in Episode IX, while The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has also revealed that he hopes Luke does make an appearance in the next movie.

While it would seem the natural choice to have Luke return to guide Rey,
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Mad Max: will courtroom feuding put the brakes on a Fury Road sequel?

George Miller’s dystopian romp left audiences desperate for more. Yet even in a world teeming with unwanted follow-ups, we may not get it

George Lucas once argued that The Phantom Menace was the Star Wars movie he would have made back in the 1970s, had special effects technology been sufficiently advanced. With Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller took that concept – the turbo charged, high-end revamp – and managed to get it out of first gear.
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Rotterdam’s Iffr 2018: Paul Schrader Gives Masterclass and Shows His Latest ‘First Reformed’

Rotterdam’s Iffr 2018: Paul Schrader Gives Masterclass and Shows His Latest ‘First Reformed’
Taken from the Rotterdam (Iffr) Blog.Paul Schrader has always been exceptional, Though he is of the period of the first independent filmmakers, Coppola, De Palma, Lucas, Spielberg, he fits into no category. His screenplays and the films he directed are proof of this.Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Pau Schrader at a First Reformed event.

His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18. And what is perfect for his attending Rotterdam, is that his ancestors come from the Dutch.

He came Iffr with First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, and Cedric the Entertainer, a (kind of) spiritual follow-up to his screenplay for Taxi Driver, and in a masterclass he conjured up a cinematic resurrection of a troubled Nic Cage pic. As always with Schrader, the devil is in the detail.

The house was packed with an audience — most of whom hadn
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Mark Hamill Is Ready To “Move On” From ‘Star Wars’ But Not Before One Last Jab At ‘The Last Jedi’

Mark Hamill just can’t help himself, can he?

Who knew that Luke Skywalker would be the guy who was the most critical of ‘Star Wars?’ Apparently, all it took was killing the character off for Mark Hamill to finally come clean about what he thinks.

Over the past few months, Hamill hasn’t been shy about criticizing Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Hamill has talked about not agreeing with the characterization of Luke, and how much the storyline has changed from what George Lucas envisioned decades ago.
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Solo Star Was Never Meant to Do a Harrison Ford Impression

Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard says Alden Ehrenreich’s turn as Han Solo was never about doing an impression of Harrison Ford. Of course, the movie universe forever changed 41 years ago this May 25 when writer-director George Lucas’ first Star Wars film was released, introducing moviegoers worldwide to such soon-to-be iconic characters as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).
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The Top 10 Star Wars Rebels Scenes

Ricky Church with the top ten Star Wars Rebels scenes…

It has been a month since the conclusion of Star Wars Rebels, but the void left by the series finale is still being felt. Over the course of its run, Rebels delivered some of the best Star Wars media ever made with some great stories, emotional character development and plenty of scenes that heavily expanded the mythology we’ve seen in the films.

For such a long and rewarding series, though, what were some of the best moments from its four seasons? Were they the inclusion of a particular canon character, a lightsaber fight or an emotional one? In this feature, I take a look back at Star Wars Rebels and list what I think are the show’s top 10 best moments.

10. Maul vs. Obi-Wan

If any character in the Star Wars franchise has an interesting history, it’s Darth Maul.
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Mark Hamill Slams Last Jedi Milking Scene and Luke's Lack of Emotion

Mark Hamill Slams Last Jedi Milking Scene and Luke's Lack of Emotion
The Last Jedi came out 4 months ago and fans are still baffled by some of the choices that Rian Johnson made. Even Mark Hamill has gone back to his original feelings about the movie and the complete change of the Luke Skywalker character, which seemingly came out of nowhere. In a new interview, Hamill discusses the lack of emotion and the facade that Luke puts up to Chewie and Rey, while simultaneously dissing the infamous milking scene on Ahch-To.

Many Star Wars fans were angry to see the way that Luke Skywalker changed in The Last Jedi, going from seeing the good in almost everybody, including Darth Vader, and then deciding that he has to take out his nephew one night. Now, these criticisms are of personal opinion for a certain subgroup of fans, not necessarily how all Star Wars fans feel. However, there were quite a few who were
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How Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ Influenced ‘Star Wars’

How Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ Influenced ‘Star Wars’
(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films that inspired George Lucas’ iconic universe. In this edition: Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho.) Alfred Hitchcock was a master of suspense and one of the masterpieces of his oeuvre was the 1960 film Psycho, starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. From […]

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10 Star Wars Deleted Scenes That Should Have Been Kept In The Movies

George Lucas’ success as a director relies on his keen editor’s eye. As the steady hand guiding the Original Trilogy’s ship, he was able to make Star Wars into the most popular franchise of all time. Now the saga is in new hands, but we’ll never forget the many close calls that kept this space opera from being made. Whether it was budgetary concerns, unforeseen problems during production or lagging scenes, many obstacles almost kept these movies from being the successful blockbusters they became. Thankfully, clunkier lines and awkward exchanges were left on the cutting room floor. However, there are still some scenes that, if kept in, might have illuminated the characters waging that interstellar battle between good and evil.
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Margaret Atwood Says Terrorists ‘Got the Idea’ for 9/11 Attacks From ‘Star Wars’

Margaret Atwood Says Terrorists ‘Got the Idea’ for 9/11 Attacks From ‘Star Wars’
Margaret Atwood tells Variety in a new interview that “science-fiction writers are very good at anticipating future events.” One example “The Handmaid’s Tale” brings up relates to the 9/11 terrorist attacks being somewhat inspired by the mission to blow up the Death Star in George Lucas’s original “Star Wars.”

The author remembers how a 2000 stage adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” in Denmark featured a film reel with fictional footage showing things blowing up. One of the targeted buildings depicted in the stage show was the Twin Towers. When the play was revived following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the footage of the Towers used in the original production were no longer included.

“Does that give you a creepy feeling?” Atwood asked Variety, before saying that “The Handmaid’s Tale” stage play didn’t inspire 9/11. “[Terrorists] didn’t get that idea from my opera, don’t worry. They got the idea from ‘Star Wars.
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Solo Brings Chewbacca's Wife Into Official Star Wars Canon?

Solo Brings Chewbacca's Wife Into Official Star Wars Canon?
Is that Chewbacca's wife in the new Solo trailer? With the upcoming Star Wars standalone set to arrive in theaters next month, Disney and Lucasfilm finally released a full-length trailer, which gave us far and away our best look at what this young Han Solo movie has to offer. Whether you feel good, bad or just indifferent to it, the footage is certainly revealing and, surprisingly enough, it may be bringing a character from the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special to the official canon.

During the new Star Wars trailer, there's a brief shot of Chewbacca standing next to the Millennium Falcon, looking as though he's about to head off on a big mission with Han. There's another wookiee in this shot, who can only be seen from behind, but this mystery wookiee and Chewie embrace lovingly. While this certainly could be a moment of respect between two wookiees who consider themselves to be bros,
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‘Star Wars’: Every Single Active Storyline in Movies, TV, Video Games, and Comic Books

‘Star Wars’: Every Single Active Storyline in Movies, TV, Video Games, and Comic Books
The Star Wars Universe is rapidly expanding at all times. Far more than an ongoing series of movies, Star Wars plots unfold across a variety of media, filling in details for famous characters and launching new ones. The latest high-profile addition to the canon is “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” set to premiere at Cannes next month and open theatrically on May 25 — but it’s far from the only recent update to this 41-year-old franchise. It can be tricky to keep tabs on so many narrative threads at once, so consider this primer a good place to start as the Star Wars Universe undergoes another major growth period.

But first, a bit of history. Bear with us, because context is necessary to understand where the franchise stands at the moment.

After “Return of the Jedi” finished rolling credits in 1983, the “Star Wars” story was done as far as George Lucas
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The Director and The Jedi Review

‘The Director and The Jedi’ reminds us of how easy it is to forget the extensive amount of work it takes to get a film onto the big screen. The exhausting 10-12 hour days that the crew toil, the inconvenience of unforgivable weather conditions on a tricky location shoot, the rejig of the schedule and budget that was planned months in advance when a principle cast member inopportunely comes down with the flu on shoot day. As Producer Ram Bergman describes in the documentary the process is delicate like a ‘house of cards’: one problem could topple the whole structure.

The Star Wars director, Rian Johnson, was inspired to hire a documentary crew on set due to a childhood memory of watching a Bts feature on ‘Return of The Jedi’, claiming it was the first time he realised films didn’t just appear on screen by magic, but are
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Surprise! Solo: A Star Wars Story Will Premiere At Cannes

Yesterday morning, the Cannes Film Festival confirmed that its opening night movie would be two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. Unfortunately for Asghar, however, the news was slightly overshadowed by another announcement out of Cannes shortly after.

Deadline has learned that Solo: A Star Wars Story will be premiering at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in a special screening on May 15th. The Ron Howard-directed origin story starring Alden Ehrenreich in the titular role was set to make its global debut May 25th, but had no problem quickly shifting course for France when the opportunity arose.

The match may appear odd at first glance, but Star Wars and Cannes do have a history. If you’ll recall, both 2002’s Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith played out of competition at the festival.

A New Star Wars Story
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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to have Cannes premiere

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to have Cannes premiere
Ron Howard’s young Han Solo pic will screen on May 15.

Solo: A Star Wars Story will have its world premiere out of Competition at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the festival has confirmed.

The standalone origin story of young Han Solo is directed by Ron Howard and stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo with Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.

Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones), Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Thandie Newton are also in the cast. The film will depict the early years of smuggler Solo, including his meeting with companion and future co-pilot Chewbacca.

Previous Star Wars
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‘Ready Player One’ would be first Steven Spielberg film since ‘Jurassic Park’ to score Best Visual Effects Oscar

‘Ready Player One’ would be first Steven Spielberg film since ‘Jurassic Park’ to score Best Visual Effects Oscar
Starting with “Close Encounter of the Third Kind” (1977), nine films directed by Steven Spielberg have earned Oscar nominations in Best Visual Effects. This year, with the CGI extravaganza “Ready Player One,” a 10th Spielberg picture is poised to contend in this category.

The film, based on Ernest Cline‘s eponymous novel, finds earth on the verge of collapse in the year 2045. Providing the human race a distraction is Oasis, a virtual reality universe created by the oddball James Halliday (Mark Rylance). Prior to his death, Halliday devised a three-part contest which, if won, will provide the lucky champion with Halliday’s fortune and exclusive control over Oasis. Among those competing for this glory is young wannabe-hero Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan). After Wade emerges the first conqueror of part one of the contest, he collaborates with friends on the dizzying journey to winning the remaining two parts.

Of the film’s visual effects,
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Rian Johnson Downplays Creative Disputes With Mark Hamill On The Last Jedi

Though Mark Hamill has since expressed his regret about bashing The Last Jedi, it’s fair to say that the Star Wars icon was pretty miffed about Luke Skywalker’s journey in Episode VIII.

From galaxy defender to ill-tempered hermit, the Luke of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a far cry from the hero viewers had come to love all throughout Lucasfilm’s original trilogy, so it’s small wonder why Hamill took issue with some of the choices Rian Johnson made – the fraught relationship with Rey, that finale on Crait…you name it – during the midst of production.

And though many outlets latched onto those creative disputes only to blow things out of proportion, Rian Johnson himself sat down with the Los Angeles Times (h/t Cinema Blend) to clear the air.

It was definitely a thread throughout the whole [making of the film] and it was a conversation with Mark throughout the whole thing.
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Simon Pegg: J.J. Abrams Ideas For Rey’s Parents Were “Slightly Undone” By ‘Last Jedi’

One of the main fan knocks on the “Star Wars” franchise as managed by Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm without George Lucas is that “they’re making it up as they go,” as if there’s no grand plan and as if Lucas had the entirety of the “Star Wars” saga in his head from the beginning. All writers make stories up as they go, that’s the process.
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