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9 Big Takeaways From That Slick New ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer

9 Big Takeaways From That Slick New ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer
Because it’s the only one of the new “Star Wars” movies being released in May instead of December, the marketing campaign for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has been kind of strangely compressed. Disney doesn’t start marketing the new “Star Wars” movie until the previous one has been released, and so we’re already on our third big “Solo” trailer of the year after the lengthy Super Bowl spot, the first proper trailer and now, just two months later, what one presumes is the final trailer before the movie hits on May 25.

The shortened marketing calendar also means we’re still getting some big new things in this new trailer (watch it here if you haven’t seen it yet) just six weeks from its launch. So let’s dive into this thing and see what we can glean about the fifth “Star Wars” prequel.

It’s Paul Bettany!

One of the biggest straight-up film production stories of 2017 was the exit of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from “Solo” after they’d already filmed most of the movie, sparking months of reshoots under Ron Howard’s watch. One of the casualties of that whole ordeal was that Michael K. Williams didn’t return for the reshoots and was replaced with Paul Bettany.

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And there Bettany is, playing a crime lord named Dryden Vos. We technically don’t know for sure that Vos is the villain of “Solo,” but since Vos is a crime boss who hires Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and friends to do a job, and there’s otherwise no villain presented in any of the ads so far, and given that Woody Harrelson’s character tells Han in this trailer to “assume everyone will betray you” — it feels like a fairly safe guess that the big crime guy will be doing some betraying.

Also, look at that face. That’s not a good guy face.

Also, this is not a good guy weapon

Late in the trailer, we see ole Dryden Vos wielding that nasty looking energy blade thing while looking extremely angry. So, yeah, he’s gotta be the bad guy.

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Is Chewbacca’s wife making her first on-screen appearance since the “Star Wars Christmas Special”?

It certainly looks like a solid possibility that Malla will appear, what with this brief shot of Chewbacca and another Wookiee sharing a tender moment.

Kessel? Kessel.

If there’s one thing that’s a safe bet for any new “Star Wars” movie in the Disney era, it’s callbacks. They love, love, love to reference things from previous “Star Wars” movies, and given how closely both of these standalone spinoffs are tied to the original film, it’s often felt like they exist for the sole purpose of making references.

Anyway, we all remember the very famous line from “Star Wars” in which Han claims to have “made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.” Given Disney’s nostalgia-driven creative focus on these things, we’ve all long assumed that said Kessel Run will happen in this movie. The old Expanded Universe described Kessel as a dirty and barely livable wasteland of a mining planet — and that image certainly fits the bill.

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Judging by that color scheme, if my guess is correct then that grimy location at the beginning of the trailer could also be Kessel.

The mystery of this cloudy space battle grows

We’ve seen lots of random shots from this strange environment — including ones with giant tentacles — and I still have no idea what to make of it. Is this in a planet’s atmosphere? That’s not really how space works I don’t think. Not that “Star Wars” has ever been overly concerned with how space works. And not that I actually know much about how space works.

The point being: what in the world is this?

“Everything you heard about me is true.”

Given all the weird turmoil on this project, it’s tough to have a ton of confidence in it overall. But it certainly feels like, if nothing else, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian will be worth the price of admission.

Oh hey it’s another wacky droid

The droids in the new “Star Wars” movies have been very hit or miss. That Alan Tudyk droid from “Rogue One” was the highlight of the movie, but Bb-8 was basically Jar Jar in “The Last Jedi.” That this one, voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is named L3-37 does not exactly inspire confidence because that’s an extremely dopey real-world reference to make.

That said, I actually laughed when L3 sarcastically says “So glad we took this job!” near the end of the trailer. It also looks like it’s going to have some antics with Lando — I guess it’s basically his Chewbacca? I don’t know. Anyway, L3 seems promising based on the trailer but its name is troubling.

Yay, weird locations!

I may not exactly be a fan of these new “Star Wars” movies, but I will definitely always be on board with the cool sets Disney keeps spending outrageous amounts of money to build. And this snowy mountain outpost is super cool.

“I got a really good feeling about this”

Okay, that was funny.

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A Number of Roles You Never Knew Alan Tudyk Played

Not knowing that Alan Tudyk was in a role was at times pretty easy since he’s one of those actors that kind of sits behind the action or right in the middle of it where your focus is kind of forced onto the main actors. He goes sight unseen a lot of times since he’s not the main actor but is still one of the best supporting actors in the business. He’s had parts that people never knew about but would agree that would ruin the movie if they were left out. That’s why he’s such a great actor, he

A Number of Roles You Never Knew Alan Tudyk Played
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Tony Gilroy on solving the “mess” of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

When Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Ron Howard would be replacing Chris Miller and Phil Lord as director of Solo: A Star Wars Story, fans of the blockbuster franchise felt a certain sense of deja vu.

A similar – although not quite as extreme – situation happened on the previous Anthology movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with Lucasfilm bringing in Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tony Gilroy to work alongside Gareth Edwards, overseeing extensive reshoots and the post-production process.

Speaking to The Moment with Brian Koppelman podcast (via THR), Gilroy has now spoken for the first time about his work on the movie, and his efforts to salvage the “mess” that Lucasfilm had found themselves in.

“It was just a mess and fear that they gotten themselves in,” said Gilroy. “I’ve never been interested in Star Wars ever, so I have no reverence for it whatsoever. I was unafraid of that. And
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Firefly: Nathan Fillion to Pay Homage to Cancelled Series on American Housewife

Firefly fans are in for a treat. TVInsider reports Nathan Fillion will pay homage to the cancelled Fox TV show on an upcoming episode of the ABC's American Housewife.Fillion played Captain Mal Reynolds on Firefly, which followed the rag-tag crew of the spaceship Serenity in the year 2517. The cast also included Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and Ron Glass. canceled the series in 2003 after only one season.Read More…
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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Teaser Trailer Released

Disney has released the first teaser to Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. It’s a long title for the film and a pretty long trailer considering it’s just a “teaser” trailer. Check it out below.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” leaves Litwaks’ video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head
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Teaser Trailer for Disney's 'Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2'

"And we are online...!" Disney has released the first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated animated sequel Wreck-It Ralph 2, titled in full Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the latest from Disney Animation in Burbank. John C. Reilly returns as the voice of Ralph, the "bad guy" who is really a good guy, from the first Wreck-It Ralph released in 2012. This time he follows Vanellope, voiced again by Sarah Silverman, into the internet and there they meet the "netizens", getting in all kinds of trouble and, as the title says, they wind up breaking the internet. The full cast features Taraji P. Henson, Kelly Macdonald, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, Alan Tudyk, Jane Lynch, Idina Menzel, Jack McBrayer, and Jodi Benson, with rumors that a bunch of classic Disney characters might show up as cameos as well. This is just a teaser, but it's a nice re-introduction to Wreck-It Ralph and
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Wreck-It Ralph 2 Trailer Arrives, Ralph Breaks the Internet

After the success of Disney's 2012 computer animated Wreck-it-Ralph, it was pretty clear that we would end up getting a sequel and now, 6 years later, we finally have a trailer for the long awaited Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Disney Animation announced the mouthful of a title in the summer of 2017, but it's been relatively quiet on news front for the sequel lately. However, we were just treated to the motion poster that arrived earlier this week, which showed us who exactly broke the internet. Spoiler Alert: it was Ralph. Now we have the full trailer and an official synopsis.

"Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 leaves Litwak's video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet, which may or may not survive Ralph's wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman
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‘Final Space’ Review: An Impossibly Cute Green Squishy Alien is TV’s New Best Friend in Delightful TBS Animated Series

‘Final Space’ Review: An Impossibly Cute Green Squishy Alien is TV’s New Best Friend in Delightful TBS Animated Series
At some point, within minutes after the last episode of “Final Space” airs on TBS, some enterprising YouTuber will take every Mooncake moment from Season 1 and edit them all into one supercut (and then minutes after that, someone else will make a ten-hour long version because that’s how the internet works now). That endless loop of the tiny squishy alien’s little anxious squeals and joyful reassurances will be a true and pure gift. Mooncake is here to become both a beloved green savior and the TV world’s new best friend. Prepare yourselves accordingly.

Good thing there’s still a pretty wonderful show happening in between each “Chookity.” For starters, “Final Space” — based off the previous web work of creator and animator Olan Rogers — has a human protagonist named Gary. Serving out the final days of a five-year prison sentence on board the Galaxy One spacecraft, Gary is
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Star Vs. The Forces of Evil: Season Four; Disney Xd Confirms Renewal of Animated Comedy Series

Looks like it's Star: 4, Evil: 0. Disney Xd confirms it has renewed its Star vs. The Forces of Evil TV show for a fourth season, with a start date Tbd. The third season is currently airing, with the next new episode, 3.15, "The Bogbeast of Boggabah / Total Eclipsa the Moon," slated for Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11:00am Est. With a voice cast led by The Middle's Eden Sher, as well as Adam McArthur, Star vs. The Forces of Evil features the adventures of teenaged princess Star Butterfly (Sher), with her best friend, Marco Diaz (McArthur). The cast also includes: Grey DeLisle, Daron Nefcy, and Alan Tudyk. Disney Press is publishing a new children's tie-in book this July, too. Learn more from the following Disney Xd press release excerpt. Read More…
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‘The Tick’: Amazon’s Superhero TV Show Got Better When It Stopped Trying to Be a Movie

‘The Tick’: Amazon’s Superhero TV Show Got Better When It Stopped Trying to Be a Movie
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for the ending of “The Tick” Season 1.]

Woe to the next showrunner who triumphantly stands before a group of TV writers and proclaims their series to be more like a “[insert number here]-hour movie.” That formulation has plagued many shows over the past decade, even if there’s not always a one-to-one correlation between that approach and the quality of a show overall.

Ben Edlund, creator of The Tick and the man behind a third TV version of the superhero he brought to life on his comic’s pages, may not have conceived of the most recent Amazon season as a movie in multiple parts. But the first half of the season, released last August, mostly played out like one. Rejecting a lot of the episode-by-episode beats of a more traditional TV show, the result was a half-season of a comedy in search of an anchor.

As Ben Travers pointed out in his review of Part
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on BBC America?

Vulture Watch Are Dirk and Todd still on the case? Has the Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on BBC America? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? A BBC America sci-fi detective comedy, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency stars Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Jade Eshete, Hannah Marks, Mpho Koaho, Fiona Dourif, Dustin Milligan, John Hannah, Amanda Walsh, Michael Eklund, Osric Chau, Viv Leacock, Zak Santiago, Tyler Labine, Izzie Steele, Alan Tudyk, Alexia Fast, Agam Darshi, and Aleks Paunovic. The cast also includes Karin Konoval,
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Film Review: ‘Humor Me’

Film Review: ‘Humor Me’
Director Sam Hoffman is best known for his web series, “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” which he has already adapted into a book and an Off Broadway play. And in his feature film debut, “Humor Me,” the best moments involve exactly that. As told by Elliott Gould, “Humor Me” is chockablock with absurd, slightly blue, long-set-up gags involving a hapless protagonist named Zimmerman, portrayed throughout by Joey Slotnick in goofy black-and-white vignettes. The only trouble? Gould and his musty jokes are ultimately the side show here, with Hoffman’s film focusing on an equally musty plot involving a down-on-his-luck playwright (Jemaine Clement), who gets a second lease on life when he goes to live with his father at a New Jersey retirement community. Plenty endearing, and packed to the gills with wonderful Aarp-aged actors who are clearly in tune with Hoffman’s old-school, Borscht Belt sensibilities, “Humor Me” manages to earn its audience’s indulgence, if never its
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Rogue One’s Chirrut Imwe is the best fighter in Star Wars according to Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill has declared that Rogue One character Chirrut Imwe is the best fighter in Star Wars.

Star Wars is replete with intimidating fighters, including Darth Maul, Vader, Obi-Wan, Yoda, etc and so on, with so many fantastic fight sequences having taken place over the years.

Mark Hamill has been in a few of those himself as Luke Skywalker but his choice for the best warrior in all of Star Wars was actually a character from 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Speaking to Norma Jenner, Hamill was asked who was the best fighter in the Star Wars galaxy and he named Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe, the blind force sensitive that fought off so many foes over the course of the movie.

“Oh gosh, [Chirrut Îmwe] in Rogue One, the martial artist,” answered Hamill, not quite remembering the name of Donnie Yen’s character in the first Star Wars anthology movie.
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New trailer for the second half of ‘The Tick: Season One’

Amazon Studios are set to release the second half of the first season of The Tick, which stars stars Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Brendan Hines, Yara Martinez, Scott Speiser, Michael Cerveris, John Pirkis and Alan Tudyk. on Friday February 23rd 2018. In anticipation of the debut, Amazon have released a new trailer and poster for the show – check them out below:

In a workaday world where superheroes fly among us, mild-mannered accountant Arthur Everest (Griffin Newman) suspects The City is controlled by a fabled villain known as The Terror (Jackie Earle Haley), despite evidence of The Terror’s death 15 years ago. Arthur has a traumatic connection with The Terror, whose movements he has obsessively tracked since childhood. Arthur’s sister, Dot (Valorie Curry), is a paramedic who dotes on her brother but also provides a sibling’s tough love. The more he talks about super-villain super-conspiracies,
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‘The Office’ Revival In the Works at NBC; Here’s Who Might Be Back

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‘The Office’ Revival In the Works at NBC; Here’s Who Might Be Back
The Office” may soon be back open for business. Insiders confirm a report, first revealed by TV Line, that NBC is developing an updated version of the hit comedy, which originally ran for nine seasons (from 2005 to 2013).

Greg Daniels, who developed the U.S. “The Office” based on the U.K. series from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, is behind the potential revival. (Coincidentally, Daniels was also kicking the tires on potentially bringing back another one of his old shows, “King of the Hill”).

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The “Office” revival would once again take place at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, and include some of the supporting cast from the original, coupled with new stars. Such a move would continue the evolution of the show, which brought in new stars to fill the
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The Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2017

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The Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2017
In the age of peak TV, there’s a lot of bad television out there. But rather than take the time to highlight what everyone should already be forgetting, IndieWire is examining the heartbreaking misses of 2017; the shows that felt like they had something special — either in concept, talent, or early episodes — but failed to fulfill that promise.

For the shows that weren’t cancelled, hope rings eternal. TV is a medium that allows for development, improvement, and the virtual erasure of bad first impressions. The shows below might be a long way from getting good, but their break bad hurt enough that even for the most disappointing, we still hope for the best.

And if you like any shows on the list, then good luck and godspeed. You found something there that we only wish we could have seen. Maybe next year.

Read More:The 25 Best TV Episodes of 2017, Ranked
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‘The Magicians’ Season 3 Trailer Shows an Imaginative and Dangerous Overseas Adventure

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‘The Magicians’ Season 3 Trailer Shows an Imaginative and Dangerous Overseas Adventure
Syfy’s “The Magicians” released its Season 3 trailer, and surprisingly enough there’s little to no magic involved. Instead, the quest to restore magic to the world is officially on after the new Kings and Queens of Fillory failed to protect the kingdom last season. Protagonists Quentin, Eliot, Alice, and Margo will fight to bring the magic back, and it looks like they’ll go to any length to do so.

The series is based on the trilogy of novels by Lev Grossman and stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, and Rick Worthy. For Season 3, the series has also added fan-favorite actress Felicia Day. The characters have to work together now more than ever before in order to find the seven keys to balance magic throughout the realm.

Read More:‘The Magicians’ Grand, Expensive Musical Tribute to ‘Les Miserables’ Won’t Be Its Last

Along with new recruit Felicia Day,
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The Last Word on ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

(Sigh) Did,- did we need ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘? Seriously, did we? So, funny story — the day I ended up watching this was the day I happen to run into a very fun short animation piece online, where an angry Death Star architect goes into a rant about how he shouldn’t be blamed for the Death Star being destroyed by Luke Skywalker and how his design was flawless, except for the fact that, I think the term was, Magic Space Wizards or something like that, were around. Here was the original post (via College Humor), it’s really funny.

Anyway, spoilers, coincidence, this is the film that explains how the Death Star was able to be destroyed by one shot from Luke. (Long thinking pause) I think I liked it better when the answer was Magic Space Wizards.

Anway, look–I’m not a ‘Star Wars‘ guy,
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Spoiler-Happy Josh Gad Isn't Allowed to Read Full Frozen 2 Script

Disney's highly-anticipated sequel Frozen 2 started production at the end of September, with star Josh Gad sending out the first Frozen 2 photo from the recording booth, along with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, along with producer Peter Del Vecho. There haven't been an updates since then, but with Josh Gad promoting his new film Murder on the Orient Express, the actor revealed an interesting tidbit of information in a new interview, revealing that Disney has kept the full sequel script from him. Here's what he had to say below.

"I don't want to spoil anything but Olaf only lasts for the first act. I'm kidding. Disney has kept all of it from me. They're gonna give me pieces of dialogue out of context because I have a big mouth."

While Frozen 2 is still more than two years out, fans will get to see their favorite Frozen characters
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Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun

Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun
Every Halloween, when you want to check out a horror movie to get your heart racing, or a hilarious scary movie send-up to celebrate the holiday with laughs, everybody seems to cycle back to some of the same old classics.

While the slasher movies we've all come to know and love are classics for a reason (see: Halloween, I Know What You Did Last Summer or Scream), it’s fun to dive a little deeper into the realm of obscure horror, where some of the truly great fright flicks hide in the shadows.

Check out Et’s suggestions for some of the great lesser-known gems of spooky cinema with this year's alternative Halloween viewing guide:

Vampire Movies

Typical Fare: Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Lost Boys, From Dusk Till Dawn

Alternative Option: Let the Right One In

This thoughtful Swedish horror tale, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is an entirely unique take on the well-trod territory of vampire
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