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Could ‘Avatar 2’ Fly Higher Than ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ in the Best Picture Oscar Race?

Could ‘Avatar 2’ Fly Higher Than ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ in the Best Picture Oscar Race?
Only James Cameron could get away with having two scenes that reference “Free Willy” (1993) and “Apocalypse Now” (1979) in “Avatar 2” and get away with it.

Avatar: The Way of Water,” the long-anticipated sequel to James Cameron’s best picture nominee from 2009, descends as the final major awards contender of the calendar year, angling to make a play in all technical categories and for best picture. With breathtaking visual effects and wizardry from his artisans, Cameron’s immersive film experience is a treat for audiences and industry voters.

Critics, journalists and other industry members were treated to the first round of screenings this week which began on Monday across the country. With 3D visuals and presented in high frame rate, it’s impossible not to become engulfed in the world, the same as its predecessor. But also, like its predecessor, if you remove the movie theater experience from the equation, voters
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Star Wars 10's Biggest Challenge Is Replacing Palpatine, Not The Skywalkers

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Star Wars 10's Biggest Challenge Is Replacing Palpatine, Not The Skywalkers
The next Star Wars movie will face a huge challenge, not in replacing the Skywalker heroes, but in replacing Palpatine as the saga’s main villain. Although the Star Wars sequels preferred not to incorporate most of the Old Expanded Universe when it comes to the post-Return of the Jedi galaxy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker repeated one of the Old EU’s most significant storylines – Palpatine returned. Perhaps the most controversial part of The Rise of Skywalker, Palpatine’s return in Episode IX showed how difficult it is for Star Wars to move past the Emperor, especially with most of Disney’s Star Wars canon set during the Skywalker Saga.

From only being mentioned in passing in A New Hope to being the main villain behind the events of all three Star Wars trilogies, the Emperor made it seem like Darth Vader and other Star Wars villains were
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10 Movies Where A Character Was The MacGuffin

10 Movies Where A Character Was The MacGuffin
Popularly coined by director Alfred Hitchcock, the term MacGuffin has become a fixture of screenwriting and nearly every modern flick has one. Used to describe something of great importance to the characters that sets the movie in motion, the MacGuffin trope is usually applied to objects, but it can include characters as well.

From classic franchises like Star Wars to indie hits like Memento, the choice to make the MacGuffin a character adds depth to the story and gives the audience more to care about. Though film history is filled with classic examples of the trope, only a select few films succeeded with a character in the role.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Returning the franchise to its nostalgic roots, The Force Awakens borrowed many story elements from the original Star Wars films, including its reliance on a character as a MacGuffin. The film follows a new set of heroes,
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Poe Almost Shot Finn In Force Awakens: How It Changes The Star Wars Sequels

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Poe Almost Shot Finn In Force Awakens: How It Changes The Star Wars Sequels
Poe almost killed Finn at the beginning of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and that would have changed the fate of Rey, the Resistance, and Poe himself. Although the Expanded Universe had already played with the idea of former stormtroopers joining the rebels, The Force Awakens had a reformed Force Order stormtrooper as one of its main characters. For the first time in Star Wars movie history, a stormtrooper was given a name, the only exception being the stormtrooper-like clones in the prequels. The First Order stormtroopers, unlike the Imperial ones, were taken from their homes and trained since kids, thus setting up a complex arc for Finn.

The Force Awakens’ opening sequence showed that Fn-2187 was having second thoughts in what was later confirmed as his first battle as a stormtrooper. Fn-2187 had to watch a friend die, which, in addition to the village massacre, was the last straw
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How The Force Awakens Influenced Willow Sequel Show

How The Force Awakens Influenced Willow Sequel Show
Willow showrunner, Jonathan Kasdan, recently explained how Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens influenced the Disney+ series. Warwick Davis reprises his role as Willow Ufgood, an aspiring Nelwyn sorcerer who embarked on a journey to return the prophesied child, Elora Danan, back to her people and inadvertently played a crucial role in ridding the realm of the evil Queen Bavmorda. Set 20 years after the events of the original film, the Willow sequel show centers on Queen Sorsha's (Joanne Whalley) daughter, Princess Kit (Ruby Cruz), who sets out on a quest with a rag-tag crew to find her brother Airk (Dempsey Bryk) who was taken by servants of the evil Withered Crone. She enlists the aid of the titular hero to use his magic to help save her brother and bring peace back to the world.

In a recent interview with Deadline, Kasdan explained how Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
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How Star Wars Books Expand The Canon

How Star Wars Books Expand The Canon
With over 380 Star Wars books published, there is no shortage of stories to explore for those fans who can't get enough of the franchise. However, after Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, there soon would be a dramatic shift in what would be considered part of the official Star Wars canon. All books published before April 25th, 2014 would no longer be included in the original Star Wars canon and instead are labeled as part of the Expanded Universe or Legends. Most novels released since then have been written in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group and build upon the new canon. What are some of the best Star Wars books to be released since the Disney acquisition, and how do they expand upon today's Star Wars universe as we know it?

How Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Adds To The Star Wars Canon

Thrawn is one of the most memorable characters to be
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Wedge Antilles' Rise Of Skywalker Cameo Was More Tragic Than You Realized

Wedge Antilles' Rise Of Skywalker Cameo Was More Tragic Than You Realized
Wedge Antilles (Denis Lawson) returned for a cameo in Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker, and while this was a fun moment for fans, it was also more tragic than it seemed. Wedge arrives during the Citizens' Fleet's triumphant entrance, manning the turret of the Millennium Falcon, so his return is presented as joyous and exciting. However, this scene comes right after several Resistance pilots have lost their lives, and the Citizen's Fleet faces more casualties before the end of the battle. The Star Wars books shed light on the significance of these losses in relation to Wedge and why one of them makes his cameo especially tragic.

Wedge Antilles' return in The Rise of Skywalker is tragic because of how it impacts his larger story throughout various Star Wars media. Wedge first appeared in A New Hope as a young and uncertain rebel pilot who
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Daisy Ridley to Star in, Executive Produce Murder Mystery Limited Series ‘The Christie Affair’

Daisy Ridley to Star in, Executive Produce Murder Mystery Limited Series ‘The Christie Affair’
Daisy Ridley, best known for her breakout role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” will be starring in and executive producing the upcoming Miramax TV limited series “The Christie Affair.” The project is based on Nina de Gramont’s best-selling novel, which reimagines beloved mystery novelist Agatha Christie’s real-life 11-day disappearance.

Miramax TV will develop and produce the murder mystery, with British writer Juliette Towhidi (“The Essex Serpent”) adapting the script. The logline is as follows: In 1926, when her husband’s affair became public, Agatha Christie vanished for 11 days. In this reimagining, told through the eyes of her husband’s mistress Nan O’Dea (Ridley), Nan and Agatha become entwined in each other’s lives in ways neither expected.

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Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Rich Green, Jeremy Bell and DJ Goldberg are executive producing.
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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Trailer Brings Back Raiders of the Lost Ark Villains

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Trailer Brings Back Raiders of the Lost Ark Villains
“Indy, we’re home.” That’s a line not uttered by John Rhys-Davies’ Sallah in the first trailer for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, but it might as well be. The legacy sequel directed by James Mangold seems to want to scratch the same nostalgia itch as Harrison Ford‘s return as Han Solo in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But in the fifth Indy flick, it’s not Ford’s character announcing his triumphant comeback but his trusty companion encouraging him to take up the whip once again. One must imagine that when Dr. Jones does put on his iconic hat and leather jacket, there will be a few folks tearing up in theaters.

The long-awaited trailer confirms that Dial of Destiny won’t be shy about playing the hits. Whip gags, Indy on horseback, a new artifact to find before the bad guys do, and
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Every Way The Last Jedi Changed Luke Skywalker From The Original Trilogy

Every Way The Last Jedi Changed Luke Skywalker From The Original Trilogy
One of the biggest misfires in Star Wars: The Last Jedi was how the film dramatically changed Luke Skywalker from his character in the original Star Wars trilogy. While changes are inevitable in any franchise, there is a difference between updating an iconic character to where they would logically be years later and turning a beloved character into the exact opposite of what they represented. Sadly, this was the case for Luke Skywalker when he was introduced into the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

Luke first appeared in the sequel trilogy right at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He didn’t have any lines, but his appearance was the cliffhanger of the film. When he was finally expanded upon in The Last Jedi, it was a very different Luke than the one that audiences had been left with in Return of the Jedi. Director Rian Johnson’s Luke
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‘The Boys’ Season 4 Adds Rosemarie DeWitt, Rob Benedict and Elliot Knight

‘The Boys’ Season 4 Adds Rosemarie DeWitt, Rob Benedict and Elliot Knight
The Boys” is beefing up its squad with the addition of cast members Rosemarie DeWitt, Rob Benedict and Elliot Knight in Season 4. The Prime Video superhero spoof series will also see the return of Simon Pegg, who portrayed Hughie’s father in earlier seasons and who will be joined by DeWitt, taking on the role of the Jack Quaid character’s mom.

No character details were revealed for Benedict and Knight. Previously announced additions to the upcoming fourth season are Susan Heyward (playing “Sister Sage”), Valorie Curry (portraying “Firecracker”) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as recurring guest star. Cameron Crovetti, who plays Homelander’s easily influenced son, has also been upped to series regular.

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Based on the New York Times bestselling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, “The Boys” presents a fun, irreverent and excoriating look at what happens when superheroes — who,
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Rogue One Finally Paid Off The Force Awakens' Opening Scene

Rogue One Finally Paid Off The Force Awakens' Opening Scene
Star Wars: Rogue One brought a darker, more mature tone to the live-action Star Wars films and, in turn, paid off Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opening scene. The opening to J.J. Abrams's The Force Awakens was a surprisingly gritty war sequence with various elements adding to the realism of the moment, from the immediate and forceful landing of the stormtrooper ships on the sands of Jakku to the close-up, shaky-cam shots of the transport interiors beforehand. The dust-filled, explosive firefight only made it better, helping to immerse audiences into the action and see the true brutality of the First Order.

Part of the problem, however, is that while The Force Awakens began the Star Wars sequel trilogy well, the rest of the film felt largely different from its opening scene. It often shifted from humorous moments to more serious ones rather quickly, confusing viewers in what the correct tone was supposed to be.
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How Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Solo Shaped the New Willow Series

How Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Solo Shaped the New Willow Series
It’s been 34 years since George Lucas and Ron Howard came together to create the cult fantasy world of Willow. Starring Warwick Davis, the story centers on a young Nelwyn sorcerer who discovers a Daikini baby, setting him on a wild adventure to save the world. Though it didn’t set the box office on fire, it’s gained a huge following in the years since. One of its biggest fans is Jon Kasdan, who’s bringing the hero back in the new Disney+ series named after Davis’ titular hero. In the lead up to its release, Kasdan chatted to Den of Geek magazine about his decades long fandom and how his work on two Star Wars projects helped bring the series to life.

After the massive success of Lucas’ previous movies, young Kasdan—like many Willow fans—expected a sequel. But it wasn’t until years later that he
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Avatar: The Way of Water’s eye-watering budget ‘revealed’

Avatar: The Way of Water’s eye-watering budget ‘revealed’
The budget of Avatar: The Way of Water is bigger than expected.

In recent years, the sequel’s budget ballooned due to the creation of technology required by James Cameron to depict the film’s extended underwater sequences.

In the director’s own words, the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster – which is the most successful film of all time – is “very f***ing” expensive.

Speaking to GQ in an interview, Cameron said the film cost so much that he told the studio that Avatar: The Way of Water represented “the worst business case in movie history”.

Elaborating on this, Cameron claimed that in order for the film to start making back more money than it cost, it would have to become “the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history”.

“That’s your threshold,” he said, adding: “That’s your break even.”

It seems Cameron is referring to domestic box office gross,
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10 Actors Who Returned To Their Non-Superhero Roles, Years Later

10 Actors Who Returned To Their Non-Superhero Roles, Years Later
It's becoming more frequent that actors are returning to roles they haven't played in decades. Just this year, Warwick Davis will return to the world of Willow and next year, Harrison Ford will return to Indiana Jones.

There are many examples like this, including Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker returning to Hocus Pocus 2 or Anthony Perkins in Psycho II. While it tends to happen more with superheroes, "legacy actors" are returning to non-superhero roles all the time.

Linda Hamilton - Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

Linda Hamilton starred in Terminator and Terminator 2, where she played Sarah Conner, the mother of John Conner. In the second film she was prepared to stop Judgment Day from happening with the help of her son and a reformed T-800 Terminator. She did not return for any more entries in the Terminator franchise, until 2019.

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Cool Holiday Gifts 2022: Cyber Monday Deals

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Cool Holiday Gifts 2022: Cyber Monday Deals
Check out these special Amazon Cyber Monday deals. Now, these are good for this week only, so make sure to buy them as soon as you can! Remember, some of these deals may be ongoing while others are limited, so strike while the iron is hot!

One disclaimer: Deals as good as these can be fickle, so there’s no telling if and when a money-saving opportunity might end or if the price may change. So if you want something – snap that shit up quick! Don’t wait, only to have Festivus roll around and discover you’ve nothing to give or the price suddenly changed and you no longer have the bread. And remember that if you want to support JoBlo.com, please make all your purchases by initially clicking through our links, since that’s beneficial for us. So click away, buy what you like, and happy Holiday hunting!
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Disney+ Has Done Way More For Star Wars Than For Marvel

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Disney+ Has Done Way More For Star Wars Than For Marvel
The Disney+ platform changed how both Star Wars and the MCU release content, yet original streaming shows have done more for Star Wars than for Marvel. While Star Wars and Marvel’s TV history began way before Disney+, as exemplified by Star Wars: The Clone Wars or The Incredible Hulk, the way Disney’s streaming platform changed how major franchises incorporate the TV format cannot be ignored. For example, it was only after Disney+ that Marvel released an undoubtedly canon MCU show and that Star Wars released a live-action TV series. Still, given the status of both franchises, Disney+ has been a better tool for Star Wars than for Marvel.

In terms of the number of releases, Marvel’s Disney+ output surpasses that of Star Wars. Lucasfilm has released six canon Star Wars shows, seven considering Clone Wars' final season. Marvel Studios, on the other hand, has so far released
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Every Harrison Ford Franchise Ranked Worst To Best

Every Harrison Ford Franchise Ranked Worst To Best
Few Hollywood stars have created as many iconic and celebrated movie franchise characters as Harrison Ford - Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Rick Deckard - no doubt some of the most well-known roles in cinema. Ford’s talent and success are evident in a career that spans decades, beginning in the 1960s when, as he noted in an interview with Vanity Fair, he and his wife flipped a coin “two out of three” to decide whether they would go to the east or west coast - the two places that actors could expect to find better success. His career made great strides when he began collaborating with George Lucas - first on American Graffiti (1973), and of course, Star Wars (1977), which solidified his place as a leading man in Hollywood.

Today, many of these Harrison Ford stories are still in the works. He made an appearance as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Every Star Wars TV Show Ranked From Worst To Best

Every Star Wars TV Show Ranked From Worst To Best
With the modern explosion of content on Disney+, it's easy to forget that there have been Star Wars TV shows since 1985. George Lucas always knew he was building something far bigger than a film franchise. The first Star Wars tie-in novel, Alan Dean Foster's Splinter of the Mind's Eye, was published in 1978 - before the release of The Empire Strikes Back. When Lucas wrapped up the original trilogy with 1983's Return of the Jedi, his attention initially turned to the small screen, where he continued to license stories set in a galaxy far, far away.

Disney has evolved Star Wars into a trailblazing transmedia franchise; the films have essentially been on hiatus since the end of the sequel trilogy, but the saga continues in high-profile Disney+ TV shows. These have had an unprecedented cultural impact, ensuring Star Wars remains a vital part of popular culture. Every TV show stands
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Andor: Andy Serkis' 10 Best Movies And Shows, According To IMDb

Andor: Andy Serkis' 10 Best Movies And Shows, According To IMDb
Andy Serkis surprised audiences when he appeared in the seventh episode of Andor. First, there had been no announcement that he would be in the hit Disney+ show. Secondly, Serkis had already appeared in the Star Wars universe before as the CGI character Snoke.

Primarily known for his work with motion cap technology characters, such as Gollum and Caesar, the actor found two successes in live-action performances in 2022. The first role was his portrayal of Alfred in The Batman, and the latter was a new character Kino Loy in Andor. According to IMDb, Serkis' best movies consists of the Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings franchise, with a dash of a few dramatic acting roles.

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One of the more prominent Mocap roles in Serkis' career is that of Caesar in the Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy.
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