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Jar Jar Binks Actor Ahmed Best Says He Was Suicidal Over Backlash

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Jar Jar Binks Actor Ahmed Best Says He Was Suicidal Over Backlash
Ahmed Best -- the man who played the most widely loathed and mocked 'Star Wars' character -- says the wave of negative reaction was so hard on him, he considered suicide. The Jar Jar Binks actor made the revelation Tuesday, by tweeting a pic of himself and his son on a bridge with the caption ... "This was the place I almost ended my life. It’s still hard to talk about. I survived and now
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‘Star Wars’: George Lucas Reveals More Details About His Plans for Episodes 7, 8, and 9

‘Star Wars’: George Lucas Reveals More Details About His Plans for Episodes 7, 8, and 9
If you thought fans were mad at Rian Johnson, just imagine how they may have felt about George Lucas’s direction for the Star Wars sequel trilogy. It’s widely known now that at the time that Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, the creator of the franchise handed over outlines for Star Wars: Episode VII, Episode VIII, and Episode IX. This was his design for the conclusion of the Star Wars saga that he began in 1977, and that he returned to for the prequel trilogy starting with 1999’s The Phantom Menace. But given that Lucas no longer ran …
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Can't Get Over That Solo Cameo? Watch These Star Wars Movies Next

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Can't Get Over That Solo Cameo? Watch These Star Wars Movies Next
Warning: Stop here if you're avoiding Solo: A Star Wars Story spoilers!

It's pretty easy to see the appeal of Solo: A Star Wars Story to big fans of the franchise. Revisiting beloved characters like Han and Chewbacca sounds like a great time, right? If you've seen all of the films, then you were in for a bonus treat when an unexpected cameo appeared on screen. But if you're not familiar with Darth Maul or just need a refresher, here are all the films he's appeared in thus far.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace is Darth Maul's first film appearance. In the context of the movie, it's a particularly big deal because the Jedi are under the impression that the evil Sith have been extinct for the past millennium. Not so! Maul is the apprentice of Darth Sidious, a Sith Lord posing as a senator from the planet Naboo.
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Can't Get Over That Solo Cameo? Watch These Star Wars Movies Next

Warning: Stop here if you're avoiding Solo: A Star Wars Story spoilers!

It's pretty easy to see the appeal of Solo: A Star Wars Story to big fans of the franchise. Revisiting beloved characters like Han and Chewbacca sounds like a great time, right? If you've seen all of the films, then you were in for a bonus treat when an unexpected cameo appeared on screen. But if you're not familiar with Darth Maul or just need a refresher, here are all the films he's appeared in thus far.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace is Darth Maul's first film appearance. In the context of the movie, it's a particularly big deal because the Jedi are under the impression that the evil Sith have been extinct for the past millennium. Not so! Maul is the apprentice of Darth Sidious, a Sith Lord posing as a senator from the planet Naboo.
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‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams to Quit Franchise After Episode IX

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‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams to Quit Franchise After Episode IX
John Williams says that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will be the last movie in the franchise he will score. “We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now that I will hopefully do next year for him,” Williams said on radio station Kusc. “I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”

Williams has scored eight “Star Wars” films to date: “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.”
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Star Wars Legend Warwick Davis Addresses The Last Jedi Backlash

Warwick Davis has been a part of the Star Wars universe ever since he played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi in 1983. Since then he has appeared in 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, 2015's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and he is set to appear in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.

During a recent interview with The List, Davis, who is obviously a fan of the Star Wars franchise, responded to the backlash against The Last Jedi. I know a lot of fans didn't care for the film, but Davis makes a great point about how, we as fans, should be watching these films. Davis went through a more personal Star Wars backlash with Return of the Jedi. As you know, not all of the fans really cared for the Ewoks. 

"I wasn't aware it
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is on the Verge of Making $1 Billion at the Box Office

Regardless of the hate that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been getting from a lot of fans, the film continues to blow up at the box office and it's on the verge of reaching the $1 billion make at the box office worldwide. 

As of this moment, Rian Johnson's film has earned $934.2 million worldwide and sits at the 11th highest-grossing domestic film of all time. It will eventually bypass Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, which sits in the number ten spot. The Last Jedi is expected to bypass the billion-dollar mark over the New Years weekend. 

As a fan of The Last Jedi, it great to see that the movie is seeing success. It just goes to show that The Force is still strong with the movie. But, I will admit that it would've made a lot more money had more fans embraced it. Regarldess of that,
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Movies to Show My Son: ‘Star Wars’

Welcome to another installment of Movies to Show My Son. This is the blog series where I discuss movies I can’t wait to show my son in the future. I’ll be covering my own personal experience with the movie, movie and life lessons I hope he will learn, and lastly my concerns about showing said film. This week’s film is Star Wars.

My Memories:

I know many can point to the exact moment they sat down and saw Star Wars for the first time. They can speak to it as the ultimate religious experience where they transcended their physical forms to become one with the force. For me, I cannot recall the first time I saw Star Wars, or if going in I knew about who Luke’s dad was or if I was ever properly prepared for what I was about to witness. Of course, I watched it,
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Cinemaholics #44: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

Set your blasters to “stunned,” because the Cinemaholics have officially seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi and have plenty of thoughts to share. Fans and critics have been as divided on this new film as the First Order and the Resistance themselves, as some hail director Rian Johnson as a fresh new visionary for the Star Wars saga and others…not so much. Check out this week’s Cinemaholics to find out where we stand.

To kick off the show, we start with an overview of the entire Star Wars series (on the big screen) to date, from The Phantom Menace all the way to Rogue One. Special attention was given to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, too, the set up chapter for The Last Jedi, but we avoid all spoilers until the end of the show. Also, if you’re still itching for more opinions, be sure to read
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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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Last Jedi Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score Is Lower Than Justice League

Last Jedi Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score Is Lower Than Justice League
Well, it's hard to say anyone saw this coming. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally arrived in theaters and fans are super excited about it. Or, at least they were. There was a ton of hype leading up to the release and, deservedly so, considering all of the questions Star Wars fans had after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago. However, things are not going according to plan, as The Last Jedi now has a shockingly low audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. How low? Believe it or not, it's even lower than the score Justice League currently has.

This likely comes as a huge surprise to anyone who was following the news leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Following the movie's world premiere, the social media reactions were almost universally positive. That led to an incredibly positive first wave of reviews from critics.
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Is Star Wars: The Last Jedi a Feminist Film? Here's How Rian Johnson Did

Back in September, Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson responded to a tweet from a female film critic making "Ask me about my feminist film agenda" shirts to say he wanted one. Feminists may have different ideas of how feminism should be reflected in a film, but one of the easiest ways is to simply present women equally in a movie. The more women who appear on screen, the more chance to showcase various types of characters, whether scoundrels, rank and file heroes, or villains. The Force Awakens includes a good bit of background diversity, but when it comes to important scenes with the leaders of either faction troubleshooting, women mostly fade into the background, with notable exceptions like General Leia Organa or Captain Phasma. Fortunately, The Last Jedi shakes things up: women have more dialogue in the First Order, middle-aged women run the Resistance, and even the caretakers of Ahch-To,
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Is Famed ‘Star Wars’ Line – ‘I Have a Bad Feeling About This’ – in ‘The Last Jedi’? Fans Are Worried

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Is Famed ‘Star Wars’ Line – ‘I Have a Bad Feeling About This’ – in ‘The Last Jedi’? Fans Are Worried
Warning: Some mild spoilers ensue. “Star Wars” fans have noticed one famous line present in all the films missing from “The Last Jedi,” but director Rian Johnson promises “it’s in there.” “I have a bad feeling about this,” or some iteration, is present in every “Star Wars” film, from “The Phantom Menace” to “Rogue One” to, of course, “A New Hope.” It has become a classic, and fans are worried that Johnson didn’t continue the tradition. Early viewers of the sequel are saying no human in the movie says they “have a bad feeling” about anything, but perhaps a certain rotund robot.
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Fans Either Totally Love or Totally Hate The Last Jedi

Fans Either Totally Love or Totally Hate The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi has finally hit theaters and it might be the most divisive Star Wars movie to ever hit the theaters. Social media is torn with some fans absolutely loving the movie while others are calling it a flaming pile of excrement and a stain on the Star Wars franchise. It's hard when a franchise has such intense followers to please everybody and Rian Johnson took some major risks that either fans love or hate. There are literally gripes about every inch of the movie as well as praise and it's all a bit confusing.

Even though early reviews and reactions of The Last Jedi were extremely positive, the fans are divided right down the middle. One particularly angry fan took to Twitter to show off a picture of a Star Wars shirt on fire after watching The Last Jedi. The latest installment clearly broke the
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‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Biggest Movie of 2017, Even as It Leaves Some Records Untouched

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‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Biggest Movie of 2017, Even as It Leaves Some Records Untouched
The first shows for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” begin tonight, and there’s every expectation that is will be the biggest-opening, top-grossing domestic release of 2017. At a minimum, we’re looking at a $200 million opening, with $225 million very likely.

With strong holiday playtime following the first 10 days of release, a multiple of at least three times its opening is possible, which could propel to the domestic take to around $700 million.

Yes, it’s going to be huge — but there’s a few records it might not beat. Here (with adjusting numbers to 2017 values) are some comparable numbers that “Jedi” will easily best, and a few that seem unlikely.

Top domestic grosses of 2017: Yes

“The Last Jedi” should find the opening numbers easy to beat, and it’s hard to imagine it won’t be the best-performing movie of the year.

Film Studio Opening Gross Domestic Total Beauty and the Beast
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A ranking of every “Star Wars” movie so far

In just a few hours, audiences will be excitedly lining up to see a brand new Star Wars film. That alone is worthy of celebration, but as I detailed earlier in the week, it also happens to be an excellent movie. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a triumph, taking the franchise in bold new directions. With that in mind, why not go back and rank the series once again? That’s what I’m doing today, since the last time this was tackled, none of the new installments had come out. Now, you can see a full on layout of ever episode and story that has come from George Lucas’ initial lark. Enjoy this list, since I know I sure did. Here is how I would rank the films in the Star Wars franchise so far, and keep in mind…this is once again just how I see things.
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All About the Most Talked-About New Character From The Last Jedi: Admiral Holdo

You know what Star Wars hasn't had enough of? Female friends. The Phantom Menace showcased plenty of women, but it never clearly delineated whether the handmaidens are Padmé Amidala's friends as well as her decoys and bodyguards. Attack of the Clones, for the most part, isolates the queen-turned-Senator; she shares a teary farewell with her handmaiden Dormé when fleeing Coruscant and then strategizes with the new Queen of Naboo. Her scenes with Mon Mothma in the incipient rebellion against the Emperor were cut from the theatrical release of Revenge of the Sith. Padmé ends her arc as a lone female character in a story about men, much like Leia in the original trilogy. Although The Force Awakens includes more female characters, bonds of friendship do not connect them. Carrie Fisher's veteran General Leia Organa interacts only briefly with Daisy Ridley's scavenger loner Rey. Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma
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All 9 ‘Star Wars’ Movies Ranked, From ‘New Hope’ to ‘The Last Jedi’

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All 9 ‘Star Wars’ Movies Ranked, From ‘New Hope’ to ‘The Last Jedi’
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 (not counting the cartoons, the Ewok spin-off or the infamous Holiday Special) have to offer. Fox 9. “Episode I: The Phantom Menace” We waited 16 years for George Lucas to return to this universe, and what did.
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The Kill Counter: Star Wars Prequel Trilogy (Video)

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Ever wondered how many people lose their lives in any particular movie, be it action, horror, sci-fi, or even comedy? Well, we've got you covered with The Kill Counter, our hit series takes out the guesswork and counts every death on (and sometimes off) screen. Break out your calculator and try to keep up! On this week's episode, we take on George Lucas' prequel Star Wars trilogy, including The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith... Read More...
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10 Raiders of the Lost Ark Facts You Never Knew

10 Raiders of the Lost Ark Facts You Never Knew
The movie that started a second successful franchise for Star Wars star Harrison Ford is also one of the greatest films ever made. We all know the whip, the Fedora, the wisecracks, the bad guys, the ex girlfriend, the snakes, and the melting face. Here we look at 10 things you never new About Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

His name is Indiana but he was born in a different state.

His nickname may be Indiana, but Doctor Jones originated in a different state altogether: Hawaii! Longtime pals George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were on vacation when they kicked around the idea for Raiders of the Lost Ark, a swashbuckling homage to the old movie serials that also inspired Star Wars. Spielberg was thinking of maybe directing a Bond film, but made Raiders instead.

Who else could have worn that fedora?

Steven Spielberg wanted Harrison Ford pretty early in the process,
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