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6 Facts About Michael Angarano, the Charming Actor Who Played Jack's Brother on This Is Us

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6 Facts About Michael Angarano, the Charming Actor Who Played Jack's Brother on This Is Us
While we've all grown to love Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) on This Is Us, we saw a whole different side of him through his relationship with his younger brother this past season. During season three, Michael Angarano won fans over with his incredible and heartbreaking portrayal of Nicky. Now, the talented star has received his first Emmy nomination for his incredible guest-role on the series. While Michael has received critical acclaim for his role on This Is Us, this certainly isn't his first brush with the spotlight. Get to know more about the charming actor ahead.

He's 31 years old. Michael was born on Dec. 3, 1987, in Brooklyn, NY. He's been acting since he was a kid. Michael first got into acting when he was only 5 years old. In 2000, he had a small role in Almost Famous, but his first major film role was in 2001's Little Secrets with Evan Rachel Wood and David Gallagher.
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All 10 ‘Star Wars’ Movies Ranked, From ‘A New Hope’ to ‘Solo’

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Disney promised a new “Star Wars” movie every year after it acquired Lucasfilm, and the saga keeps on keeping on with “Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.” But while many would call themselves “Star Wars” fans, even they will admit that the movies in the saga are by no means created equal.

In reverse order, here is a rundown of the best and worst that these films have to offer.

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10. “Episode I: The Phantom Menace”

We waited 16 years for George Lucas to return to this universe, and what did we get? Trade routes and political intrigue, blood tests for the Force, and perhaps worst of all, Jar Jar Binks. “Menace” isn’t terrible because it’s a kid’s movie; it’s terrible because it’s a terrible kids movie.

Also Read: 'Star Wars': How the First 6 Films Performed at Box Office

Highlight: The light-saber battle between Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson
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Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary Panel Confirmed for Star Wars Celebration

Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary Panel Confirmed for Star Wars Celebration
Star Wars Celebration is rolling out the red carpet for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. This year's celebration of all things related to a galaxy far, far away just so happens to be taking place roughly a month ahead of the 20th anniversary of the release of George Lucas' initial entry in his prequel trilogy. While the movie leaves behind a complicated legacy, if there's anywhere the movie should be honored, it's at this event.

The Phantom Menace will be honored with a 20th anniversary panel at Star Wars Celebration on Monday, April 15, the last day of the event. The news was announced via the official Twitter account for the event and they recommend that any fans who are attending the event should purchase tickets prior to February 27, or they risk having to wait in a will call line. Here's what they had to say.

"Celebrate
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Jar Jar Binks Actor Says He Was Suicidal After ‘Star Wars’ Backlash

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Jar Jar Binks Actor Says He Was Suicidal After ‘Star Wars’ Backlash
Jar Jar Binks became a laughingstock in “Star Wars” and pop culture as a whole. But the man who played him, Ahmed Best, said Tuesday that negative fan reaction took a heavy toll on his life.

Best posted a picture with his son, overlooking New York Harbor, on Twitter Tuesday, confessing that while his relationship with his child has helped him immensely, the harbor was the place where he nearly took his own life.

“20 years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today,” wrote Best. “This was the place I almost ended my life. It’s still hard to talk about. I survived and now this little guy is my gift for survival.”

20 years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today. This was
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Making Sense Of The ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Ending – Huge Spoilers!

Solo: A Star Wars Story is now playing in cinemas around the world and, after a rocky production, has pleased most that have caught it so far – including many critics. We’re big fans of the series, and indeed the first stand-alone movie ‘Rogue One’, which appeared in cinemas nearly two years ago, but one thing caught our attention at the end of the new movie, and we wanted to discuss it here on the site. Solo Movie Ending Explained below.

Now this post has some major spoilers in regard to something that happens towards the very end of Solo: A Star Wars Story, so if you haven’t seen the film, or don’t want to know about what happens, get out of here now. You have been warned.

Solo Movie Ending Explained – Spoilers Below!

So, we want to talk about that appearance of a certain character from the
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Phantom Menace Photo Goes Viral Almost 20 Years After Release

Phantom Menace Photo Goes Viral Almost 20 Years After Release
The Phantom Menace is not really looked upon positively in the Star Wars community, and it never really has been since its initial release in 1999. But a new cast photo featuring Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn), Natalie Portman (Padm&#233 Amidala), and Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker) has gone viral, thanks to Reddit. The Phantom Menace has been coming up quite a lot, as of late, mostly because of the reaction to Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, which several fans have called the worst movie in the franchise, while a small group started a petition to get the sequel removed from the official Star Wars canon.

The cast photo from The Phantom Menace was simply posted to Reddit by a user named Pr3da7or with a simple caption commenting that the picture was 18 years old. While most Redditors marveled at the age of the picture, many began
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Cast Photo From Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Goes Viral 18 Years After Being Taken

Even though most Star Wars fans agree that Episode I: The Phantom Menace is the worst Star Wars prequel film, it still holds a special place in all of our hearts, mostly because it symbolizes the rebirth of a saga that we all love. Now a promotional cast photo from 1999 film has resurfaced on Reddit, and it's giving the 18-year-old photo a second life.

This Phantom Menace cast photo is 18 years old from StarWars

The photo shows the film's core actors Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn), Natalie Portman (Padmé Amidala) and Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker).

A lot has changed in the Star Wars galaxy since this photo was taken, including 2 more prequel films, an animated movie, two animated series, and 3 (soon to be 4) Disney-era films. A standalone Obi-Wan movie is in development from Disney-owned Lucasfilm, and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has been tapped to develop a whole new trilogy.
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Mark Hamill says the Star Wars prequels are more original than The Force Awakens

To promote his return as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill has been chatting to Metro about the Star Wars saga, during which he has defended the much-maligned Prequel Trilogy, stating that Lucas’ movies were more original than Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“What I thought was great about the prequels was the different technology that I had never seen before. All that CGI. And the fact that [George Lucas] wasn’t trying to do the same experience all over again. I thought The Force Awakens did that more than the early ones, because it had that the girl from a different planet, the Death Star, the Cantina sequence. [J.J. Abrams] was trying to figure out what was it about the original movies that everybody loved. And that’s a different thought process than what George would have done. Because he would go, ‘I had a beginning, middle, and
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Why do we repeatedly watch trashy films during the festive season?

George Chrysostomou on Christmas viewing habits…

It feels like finally, the Christmas period has rolled around and the collection of assorted chocolate, wine and badly wrapped presents have begun to collect ready for December 25th. And with this season comes the one thing that most people have in common regardless of your religion, traditions or where you live. I am of course talking about the festive film, so called because of its reliance on Christmas comedy, family feuds or Santa in one form or another.

No matter what you do during the month of December, one certainty is that you will turn on the TV to watch a film that you know, deep down, isn’t very good. Yet, this is the fifteenth year you have watched it so why turn back now? (it would have been sixteen in a row except for that year you had to go to the in-laws…
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Last Jedi Won't Break Force Awakens Box Office Records

Last Jedi Won't Break Force Awakens Box Office Records
Following the massive success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which are the highest-grossing movies of the past two years, it's practically a sure thing that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be a massive box office hit. Still, many are wondering if this sequel will have what it takes to break the opening weekend record of $247.9 million, set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the first box office projections reveal that it will likely fall well short of that mark. With just under two months away before The Last Jedi hits theaters, these projections could surely change, but as of now, box office analysts don't think it can break The Force Awakens' box office record.

These first box office projections indicate that The Last Jedi will take in approximately $215 million in its opening weekend, and $742 million throughout its domestic box office run.
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J.J. Abrams Told Daisy Ridley To Treat Star Wars Like A Religion

Taking a job on a Star Wars film must be simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. On one hand, the movie is all but guaranteed to be a success, you’ll get a chance to appear in one of the most iconic franchises of all-time and, if the whole acting career doesn’t work out, you can make a living on the convention circuit signing glossy headshots. On the other hand, though, screw this up and it’ll follow you to your grave, as hardcore franchise fans will not forgive anyone for messing with their baby.

All that’s probably why J.J. Abrams gave some pointed advice to then-newcomer Daisy Ridley when she was cast as Rey in The Force Awakens. In a recent interview with Vogue, she laid out what he said:

“Understand the scale. This is not a role in a movie. This is a religion for people. It changes
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Star Wars Prequels Almost Got a Totally Different Anakin Skywalker

Star Wars Prequels Almost Got a Totally Different Anakin Skywalker
For years Star Wars fans could only dream about the events of the Clone Wars and Anakin Skywalker's fall from grace, as first introduced in the original Star Wars trilogy. The power of the dark side that seduced Darth Vader, the legendary piloting skills of Luke's father, it was all only spoken about, until George Lucas announced plans to finally bring Episodes I, II, and III to life, promising to show us the first meeting between Obi-Wan and Anakin and the fateful duel that turned the newly minted Darth Vader into "more machine than man." And George Lucas needed to find perfect actor to play the role. Which wasn't an easy task by any means.

There were hundreds of screen tests before Lucas enlisted young Jake Lloyd to play the future Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. To say the performance wasn't well received is putting
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Read the Ron Howard Letter from 1999 Defending Jake Lloyd and “The Phantom Menace”

Now that Ron Howard has taken over the filming of the solo Han Solo movie it’s only fitting that people are trying to dig up any kind of information that links him to the Star Wars films. Five days ago perhaps the best link of them all is a letter that Ron Howard wrote back in 1999 which defends Jake Lloyd and The Phantom Menace. As you know, to this day The Phantom Menace is widely regarded as the worst Star Wars film of all time and largely because the involvement of two characters: a young Anakin Skywalker played by

Read the Ron Howard Letter from 1999 Defending Jake Lloyd and “The Phantom Menace
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Mark Hamill Pranks Star Wars Fans

When you have a movie that's reached the levels of popular culture that Star Wars has, it would be all to easy for the stars of the films to be jaded. Having so much attention put on every little action on screen would drive most people a little crazy. Some, like Jake Lloyd, who played the young Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, have even gone off the deep end due to the pressure.

Then you have someone like Mark Hamill. This guy understands his place in the Star Wars universe when it comes to fan relations. It's also nice to see him simply enjoying himself. Sometimes you see stars that cooperate in stunts like this and you can tell they clearly aren't enjoying themselves. Mark is having a great time in this video.

Lucasfilm Ltd is teaming with Unicef and the Starlight Foundation to help raise money for those organizations.
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9 Former Child Stars Who’ve Gone From Hollywood to Handcuffs (Photos)

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9 Former Child Stars Who’ve Gone From Hollywood to Handcuffs (Photos)
Edward Furlong, once a young rising star known for “Terminator 2” and “American History X,” has been arrested multiple times as an adult on domestic violence charges. Macaulay Culkin, star of the first two “Home Alone” movies, was arrested in Oklahoma City for possession of controlled substances in 2007. Jake Lloyd, who played Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars Episode I,” was arrested for reckless driving and resisting arrest in 2015. His mother later said that Lloyd had been suffering from schizophrenia. Shia Labeouf, who got his big start as a child actor on the Disney Channel show “Even Stevens,” was charged with...
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Great Job, Internet!: Look at how stupid your favorite movie villains almost were

A good villain can redeem even the shittiest of films. Just look at how Darth Maul almost single-handedly rescues The Phantom Menace from Jake Lloyd, or the joy that is Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in the middling Thor. A bad villain, on the other hand, can hinder an otherwise great film (Guardians Of The Galaxy comes to mind). With its new video, WhatCulture is more interested in the disasters that could’ve been. In “10 Terrible Early Drafts That Almost Ruined Iconic Villains,” a number of effective bad guys are explored in their embryonic states, when they had the potential to veer into absurdity.

The Alien series, it appears, was rife with unfortunate early approaches that included the casting of a dog as the monstrous four-legged Xenomorph in Alien 3 and a design scheme for Alien: Resurrection’s alien-human hybrid to sport a raw-looking, smooshed-together fusion of male and female ...
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The Week in Star Wars – The Last Jedi plot details, Mark Hamill defends prequels, Rogue One Blu-ray details and more

The Week in Star Wars is back with some possible plot details from Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well as details on the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray, Star Wars Land and more…

Let’s kick things off this week with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and although Josh Gad and Judi Dench have been unable to get answers about the mystery behind the title [see them try here and here], Disney’s Bob Iger has shed some light on the subject. After seeing an advanced screening of the movie, Iger said it was “a great chapter in the iconic Skywalker family saga”. Now, does this confirm that Rey is in fact Luke’s daughter, or is this a hint that Mark Hamill will be the focus of the film..?

…Speaking of Mark Hamill, the actor recently spoke out against the fans for bad-mouthing the prequel trilogy – particuarly around the performance of young Jake Lloyd.
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Star Wars Bits: Mark Hamill Defends Jake Lloyd, New Interviews, and a Possible ‘Rogue One’ Blu-ray Release Date

Star Wars Bits: Mark Hamill Defends Jake Lloyd, New Interviews, and a Possible ‘Rogue One’ Blu-ray Release Date
In this edition of Star Wars Bits: Mark Hamill sticks up for Jake Lloyd and George Lucas. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may be hitting Blu-ray and DVD very soon. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is leaving Netflix. You can now dress like Jyn Erso for $450. Marvel’s new Darth Maul comic miniseries is […]

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Mark Hamill “couldn’t believe” the backlash to the Star Wars prequels

Though the Star Wars saga is known and beloved throughout the world, there is a near universal dislike for George Lucas’ Prequel Trilogy of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith with most of the criticism levelled at Phantom Menace for its talk of politics, clunky dialogue Jar Jar Binks and Jake Lloyd’s performance as a young Anakin Skywalker.

Many of the original Star Wars cast has remained mum on the Prequel Trilogy in the years since it ended, but Mark Hamill has broken his silence on the reception the films received in an interview with Vulture. The Luke Skywalker actor expressed surprise at how much vitriol Star Wars fans aimed at the films, particularly towards Jake Lloyd.

“I couldn’t believe some of the things they wrote about the prequels, you know. I mean really, beyond ‘I didn’t like it’. I’m
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Mark Hamill Still Isn’t Happy About The Response To Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

It’s been roughly 18 years since the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, but many fans of the franchise still complain about George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. In fairness, it’s easy enough to understand why. After all, while each of the movies certainly had their moments, they didn’t exactly deliver after the stellar original trilogy. Not even close.

Hayden Christensen’s career also didn’t fare too well after two movies as Anakin Skywalker, but before he took over the role, it was the young Jake Lloyd who played the child who would one day become Darth Vader. Fans and critics alike tore into his performance and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace has taken a mauling (no pun intended) in the years since.

One person unhappy about that is Mark Hamill. Talking at the Sundance Film Festival, the Luke Skywalker actor had this to say about
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