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All 10 ‘Star Wars’ Movies Ranked, From ‘New Hope’ to ‘Solo’

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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Voltage starts sales on 'The Haunting Of Nicole Brown Simpson' with Mena Suvari (exclusive)

The feature is the second in an anthology of true-story supernatural films.

Voltage Pictures has commenced worldwide sales on the Croisette on psychological thriller The Haunting Of Nicole Brown Simpson starring Mena Suvari.

The feature is the second in an anthology of supernatural stories inspired by true events from Voltage and Skyline Entertainment after The Haunting Of Sharon Tate.

The Haunting Of Nicole Brown Simpson follows Oj Simpson’s ex-wife in the final days leading up to her death on June 12 1994, as seen from her point of view.

Daniel Farrands directs and principal photography is set to begin this summer.
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YouTube Red’s Jumper Series Impulse Gets An Intense Trailer

YouTube Red is finally giving us a first look at their original series, Impulse, created by Doug Liman and loosely based on the third book in Steven Gould’s Jumper series. Liman brought Jumper to the big screen in 2008’s movie by the same name, but the film – which focused on a group of people and their ability to teleport – was widely panned. Its star, Hayden Christensen, in one of his first major roles since that of Anakin Skywalker, was also criticized for giving a less than stellar performance in the movie.
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Laura Dern Says 'Pew!' When Shooting Her Blaster in Last Jedi

Laura Dern Says 'Pew!' When Shooting Her Blaster in Last Jedi
With The Last Jedi now available on Digital HD formats, fans have already been delving into extras like the commentary track, where irector Rian Johnson brings up a rather humorous story involving Laura Dern. The actress had previously revealed in interviews that she was making the "Pew Pew" sounds when firing a laser blaster in the movie. Rian Johnson now confirms that she did this in every single take. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in an excerpt from the commentary track.

"You can see Laura Dern say 'pew' when she fires the gun, which she could never not do every time she shot it."

The quote was featured in a tweet by Twitter user @daisyridlee, which includes a Gif that shows Laura Dern actually saying "Pew" before firing her blaster. While the actual "Pew" sound was taken out of the theatrical cut, you can still see her mouthing
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Trailer for apocalyptic thriller The Last Man starring Hayden Christensen and Harvey Keitel

A trailer has arrived online for director Rodrigo H. Vila’s apocalyptic thriller The Last Man, which sees Hayden Christensen leading a cast that includes Harvey Keitel, Marco Leonardi, Justin Kelly, Liz Solari, Rafael Spregelburd, and Raymond E. Lee. Check it out here…

Tov Matheson (Hayden Christensen) is a war veteran with Ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder) who perceives that the end of the world is coming. After establishing a relationship with a dubious Messiah (Harvey Keitel), he leaves his normal life and begins the construction of a shelter underground, training himself, in an extreme way, at the cost of losing everything and making people believe he is insane. When he also believes it, something extraordinary happens which makes the people around him question whether he is insane after all.

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"The Last Man"

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from the dramatic thriller "The Last Man", written and directed by Rodrigo H. Vila, starring Harvey Keitel and Hayden Christensen, opening in 2018:

"...'Kurt Matheson' (Christensen) is a war veteran with post traumatic stress disorder...

"...who perceives the end of the world is coming. After establishing a relationship with a dubious 'Messiah' (Keitel), Kurt leaves his normal life and begins the construction of a shelter underground...

"...training himself, in an extreme way, at the cost of losing everything and making people believe he is insane. 

"Then something extraordinary happens which makes the people around him question whether he is insane after all..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Last Man"...
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When Darth Vader’s James Earl Jones Voice Processor Breaks

Oh my head. When that voice processor that channels the voice of James Earl Jones goes kaput Darth Vader sounds like a certain scared young man from Tattoine that just hated sand. Can you even imagine what might have happened if Anakin Skywalker’s body wasn’t ravaged beyond all repair on Mustafar? Sounding like Hayden Christensen for the rest of his existence as Darth Vader would have been, um, awkward. I hate to throw shade at Star Wars, but someone really needed to give Christensen some acting lessons. He’d already been in a film or two before making his way over

When Darth Vader’s James Earl Jones Voice Processor Breaks
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Ranking The Star Wars Universe (2017 Edition)

The Flickering Myth staff rank the Star Wars Universe…

With the franchise now at ten theatrical films, we began ranking the Star Wars Universe starting last year and saw Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back run away with the vote. Can Irvin Kershner’s space opera top the list again, or will the divisive newcomer Star Wars: The Last Jedi steal its top spot? Let’s find out as the Flickering Myth writing staff rank the Star Wars Universe!

10. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (30 points)

Once again bringing up the rear is the much-derided Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a movie that seemed to have a lot of promise about it but failed to live up to any sort of expectation. We’d heard so much about the Clone Wars – and this was it?! Star Wars: The Clone Wars was consistently bottom of many writer’s lists, but
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Rian Johnson Cherishes the Past, Then Burns it to the Ground

The tranquil blue introduction. The boom of the Williams fanfare. The warm yellow crawl. They invite you home to the familiar, a place in the past where wondrous adventures of swashbuckling in a galaxy far, far away came few and far between. They’re comfort incarnate and work without fail – for a time. With the roar of applause that accompanied the top of The Last Jedi’s opening prologue, you’d think the words “Episode VIII” were a complete surprise to those in attendance. Such is the power of Star Wars. These aren’t quite movies anymore as they are an exercise in feeling something – the pangs of nostalgia – and Rian Johnson understands this almost innately throughout The Last Jedi.

Saddled with the mammoth and unenviable position of potentially disappointing pop culture’s most volatile of fanbases, Johnson unflinchingly maneuvers these characters with a special cunning. He plays to the
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Here’s the Most Satisfying Star Wars Movie in Decades

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: Here’s the Most Satisfying Star Wars Movie in Decades
When Disney bought the entire Star Wars franchise from Lucasfilm for all the money in the galaxy, the deal forced a reckoning: Over 40 years, George Lucas garnered a massive and rabid fanbase for his singular vision of old-fashioned matinees refashioned for a galaxy far, far away — but it also remained tethered to his whims. (Knock those dopey prequels all you want, but they were the movies Lucas wanted to make.)

Millions of fans clamored for satisfaction after the first trilogy, but what they faced was an unwieldy assemblage of Star Wars media in a constant state of identity crisis. There was Jar Jar Binks; there was Hayden Christensen as a young Darth Vader; there were plans to re-release “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” in 3D.

The first post-acquisition movie, J.J. Abrams'” The Force Awakens,” took some stabs at creating a more vital and singular vision,
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Rachel Bilson's Daughter Picked Out the Cutest Christmas Tree and Our Hearts Have Melted

Rachel Bilson's Daughter Picked Out the Cutest Christmas Tree and Our Hearts Have Melted
Get ready for your heart to melt -- in the most festive way possible.

Rachel Bilson's daughter, Briar Rose, is doing up the holidays toddler-style.The O.C.alum took to Instagram to show off the evergreen her little girl thoughtfully picked out and decorated. 

The itty bitty tree got its tiny branches covered in multicolored lights, shiny pink ornaments, red bows and candy canes.

"When you let your three year old pick out the tree.....
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Rachel Bilson and Daughter Briar Rose Just Picked Out the Best Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

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Rachel Bilson and Daughter Briar Rose Just Picked Out the Best Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
While other stars are decking out 20-foot trees in fake snow and globe-sized ornaments, Rachel Bilson and her daughter Briar Rose, 3, took a different approach to holiday decor.

The O.C. alum, 36, who separated from Briar Rose’s father Hayden Christensen in September, shared a sweet photo of their Charlie Brown-style Christmas tree on Instagram, writing, “When you let your three year old pick out the tree…”

Related: Every Piece of Over-the-Top Kardashian-Jenner Christmas Decor Through the Years

Just because their tree is a little on the short and sparse side, standing about a foot tall and boasting approximately six branches to decorate,
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Jar Jar Binks Is More Popular Than Kylo Ren and Mace Windu

Jar Jar Binks Is More Popular Than Kylo Ren and Mace Windu
A new poll of Star Wars fans concludes that Jar Jar Binks is not the most hated character in the universe. In a surprising turn of events, the new poll points out that Jar Jar is 5% more popular than Kylo Ren. Many have given Adam Driver's portrayal of Kylo Ren the thumbs down, some have even taken to calling him "Darth Millennial," but Jar Jar Binks has been universally hated for nearly 20 years now, even by the actor who gifted us with that annoying voice. The proof is all right there in the numbers and as they say, "numbers don't lie," unless they were counted in Florida, but that's another story.

Morning Consult asked 2,200 adults for their impression on various Star Wars characters. Leia Organa unsurprisingly topped the list with a 73% favorability rating, followed by Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Yoda (72%), and R2-D2 at (71%). The first villain is technically Anakin Skywalker
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‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Film Gets Release Date

Paramount Pictures will put Are You Afraid of the Dark? on the big screen in 2019.

The studio announced that film based on the popular 90s Nickelodeon series will be released October 11, 2019. It co-writer Gary Dauberman will write and direct the film.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? aired from 1990-2000 and centered around a group of teens known as The Midnight Society. The group of friends would get together around a bonfire and tell scary tales hoping that the tale would be scary enough to be initiated into the Midnight Society. Actors such as Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel, Mia Kirshner, Hayden Christensen, Neve Campbell and Ryan Gosling have appeared on the show during its seven season run.

No word yet on which direction the studios will take the film, whether it be geared toward teens or adults. My guess is that since the age group that watched the original series
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Say Hello to Liu Yifei, the Star of Disney's Live-Action Mulan Adaptation

Image Source: Everett Collection and Getty / Pascal Le Segretain After months of searching, Disney has finally unveiled the actress who will bring the iconic role of Hua Mulan to life in its live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated classic: Liu Yifei! For any fans who were nervous that Disney might attempt to whitewash the character, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The 30-year-old (who also goes by the name Crystal Liu) hails from the Wuhan, Hubei, province of China, but is fluent in English from time spent living in Queens, NY, during part of her childhood. Like the studio's exhaustive search for the stars of its live-action Aladdin movie, Yifei went up against more than 1,000 actresses for the role. It's obvious that both Disney and director Niki Caro saw something special in Yifei, who already has a pretty lengthy résumé. The actress grew up singing, dancing, and playing the
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Disney's Mulan Remake Casts Chinese Actress Liu Yifei in Lead Role

Disney's Mulan Remake Casts Chinese Actress Liu Yifei in Lead Role
Disney has finally found their leading lady for the live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated classic Mulan, with Chinese actress Liu Yifei coming aboard as the title character. The actress, who has also been known as Crystal Liu, has been selected after a year-long, worldwide casting search was conducted by the studio, which came after Disney promised an all-Asian cast back in October 2016. It seems that the studio is living up to that promise, but this new report reveals that it was quite an exhaustive search to find the right actress to play Mulan.

This report reveals that Disney enlisted five different casting directors who scoured the globe, who visited five different continents and saw over 1,000 actresses for the role. Among the primary requirements for the role were demonstrable martial arts skills, proficiency in the English language along with that intangible "star quality" that the studio has found in Liu Yifei.
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Disney Casts Chinese Star to Play Mulan

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Disney finally has their Mulan!  It was a long arduous journey to find her but the search has ended and they have chosen a rather sensational actress!  Find out more about her within!

Disney has had a lot of memorable characters, throughout their illustrious animated career.  However, few empowered young women as much as 1998's Mulan.  The chinese warrior who disguised herself as a man to fight in her father's army in 5th century China has been such an inspiration, Disney wanted to make sure they got the right woman to play her in their live-action adaptation.  They spared no expense in their search, traveling across 5 continents and seeing more than 1,000 actresses, but in the end they found their star.

According to a report by THR, Liu Yifie, also known as Crystal Liu in China, has been cast to play the title character in Disney's live-action Mulan.

If you're unfamiliar with Liu,
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Disney Has Cast Chinese Actress Liu Yifei as The Star of Mulan

Disney went out on a year-long worldwide hunt for the perfect actress to take on the lead role in their live-action adaptation of Mulan... and they found her! Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, will take on the lead role in the movie.

Disney and the creative team traveled to five continents and auditioned nearly 1,000 candidates for the role. They were looking for someone with "credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality." Variety goes on to explain why Liu was ultimately cast in the film saying:

In Liu, Disney found the complete package. Nicknamed "Fairy Sister" by the Chinese public for her pure and innocent looks and image, she has been one of the country's most popular actresses of the current generation since breaking out with a series of hit television dramas in the mid-2000s,
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Ten Terrible Movie Posters

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Movie posters are an important advertising element for a film. But what happens when they don't do such a great job in promoting their film?

Movie posters are supposed to be the first and most prominent promotional tool of a film. Many times movie posters may be the first official material released for a film production as well as the first opportunity that the film has to reach its potential audience. That makes them very important. Like trailers, they are meant to capture your attention. Unlike trailers, they are not supposed to give too much away. There are various techniques that have been used over the years to accomplish this task including bright colors, eye-catching fonts, and the prominent inclusion of big name stars’ faces. Graphic design as well as a general nod to the production design of the film are important components for every movie poster. Before the advent of computers,
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Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen heading to Little Italy

Screen Daily is reporting that Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen are set to headline Little Italy, a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from director Donald Petrie.

According to the site, the film follows “a trainee chef and an aspiring restaurateur from warring pizza clans who fall in love. While their fathers are sworn business rivals, their mothers are in fact secret best friends and their grandparents enjoy a clandestine romance of their own. When the fathers hear of their adult children’s blossoming romance, they orchestrate a pizza cook-off to determine who will be forced to leave town.”

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to represent the newest feature from acclaimed romantic comedy director Donald Petrie, Little Italy,” said Alexandra Cocean, executive vice-president of sales at Voltage Pictures. “A strong cast, along with the pedigree of the filmmaking team, make the title an excellent addition to
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