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Solo: A Star Wars Story Concept Art Reveals Darth Maul With Long Hair

The return of Maul in Solo: A Star Wars Story was already a surprising enough moment for audiences, but imagine the shock among viewers if the Phantom Menace Sith showed up looking like the mascot for a metal band.

Lucasfilm concept designer Jake Lunt Davies recently took to Instagram with some early artwork for the character’s comeback, and it seems that both Maul’s hair and his horns could do with a trim. Meanwhile, the villain was apparently going to ditch his old cloak and decide to go shirtless for this Han Solo prequel, showing off the full red-and-black pattern on his body, along with the entirety of his robot bottom half.

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25 Out-of-This-World Star Wars Gifts That the Entire Galaxy Will Love

25 Out-of-This-World Star Wars Gifts That the Entire Galaxy Will Love
Star Wars fans love letting the entire world know about our obsession with the franchise, but if your friends are still clutching their faded Darth Vader T-shirts, it might be time to help them out with an upgrade. Whether you and your friends are still reeling from the intensity of Solo: A Star Wars Story or just watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the fifth time on Netflix, celebrate your love for the franchise with new accessories, clothes, and fun toys. And while you're at it, don't forget to bake these adorkable Chewbacca cupcakes.

From trendy character food bowls to fun socks, you'll find something for every Wookie-obsessed person in your life.

Related: 21 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Gifts That Will Make You the Best Santa in the Galaxy
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New Solo: A Star Wars Story Photo Offers Better Look At Darth Maul’s Robot Legs

The idea that Ray Park would be reprising his role as Maul in Solo: A Star Wars Story is the sort of eccentric theory that would’ve got you laughed off the fan forums prior to the film’s release, and yet there he was, in all his red-and-black glory in a last-minute twist.

It’s a moment that would’ve seemed particularly surprising to those unaware of the villain’s journey since getting sliced in half in The Phantom Menace, with the character subsequently making a return in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated show. But for any filmgoer who needs a little catching up, this recently surfaced photo gives us a pretty good look at the robot legs that Maul got in the aftermath of his fight with Obi-Wan.

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Guy Ritchie’s ‘Toff Guys’ Adds Jason Wong

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Guy Ritchie’s ‘Toff Guys’ Adds Jason Wong
Exclusive: Jason Wong is joining Guy Ritchie’s Toff Guys gang which already includes Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Grant, Henry Golding, and Jeremy Strong.

In the Miramax movie Wong will play Phuc, a dangerous and conniving Chinese gangster, who is a member of Golding’s charter’s illicit crime outfit. The pic explores the collision between old-money European wealth and the modern marijuana industrial complex with new gang entrants swarming, and it’s a throwback to Ritchie’s hyper-action British gangster pics.

Wong recently appeared in the ITV mystery crime drama series Strangers (formerly known as White Dragon) which will be streaming on Amazon in February. He can next be seen in the upcoming Channel 4 series Chimerica, which is written by Lucy Kirkwood and stars Alessandro Nivola. The series follows Nivola as an American photojournalist who tries to discover the truth behind the iconic, career-making image he took
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‘The Mandalorian': Pedro Pascal in Talks to Star in Jon Favreau’s ‘Star Wars’ TV Show

‘The Mandalorian': Pedro Pascal in Talks to Star in Jon Favreau’s ‘Star Wars’ TV Show
Jon Favreau has found his Mandalorian.

Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to join the upcoming “Star Wars” TV show titled “The Mandalorian,” an insider with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

The “Game of Thrones” actor would become the first cast member to join the series, which will air on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+. Disney and reps for Pascal did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

The series, which is set in between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens,” follows a Boba Fett-like character, described as “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…” In “Star Wars” lore, Mandalorians made the iconic armor that bounty hunter Boba Fett, and his “father” Jango Fett (he was technically an unaltered clone of Jango) wore in the films.

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Harrison Ford provides brief Indiana Jones 5 update

It’s been a couple of years now since it was officially confirmed that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are set to reunite for a fifth Indiana Jones adventure, but we’re still facing a lengthy wait until we see Ford dusting off the fedora and bullwhip for another outing.

This summer, it was reported that Disney has pushed back the release of Indiana Jones 5 to 2021, having brought in Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Jonathan Kasdan to rework the script.

Now, during an appearance as the SAG-AFTRA Foundation where he received the Artists Inspiration Awards, Ford offered a very brief update on the movie to Variety, basically just confirming the above: “We’ve got a script in production that we are all very excited about, and [I’m] looking forward to it.”

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Mortal Engines (2018): Peter Jackson & Christian Rivers On Hester Shaw’s Scar & A Rebuttal to Their Rationale

Mortal EnginesPeter Jackson and Christian Rivers on Hester Shaw’s Scar and a Rebuttal The fans have spoken and Mortal Engines‘ director Christian Rivers and Mortal Engines‘ producer Peter Jackson have responded. Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s divisive critical reception and the resultant low fiscal performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story proved that fans [...]

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Harrison Ford On Chris Pratt As Indiana Jones: “I Think It’s Him Or Me”

For years now, fans have been theorizing that Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt could take over as Indiana Jones if Lucasfilm were ever going to reboot the beloved franchise. Director Steven Spielberg has always maintained that he would never recast Harrison Ford as Indy, but that hasn’t stopped people from entertaining the idea.

Ford himself is the latest to be questioned about the prospect of being replaced by Pratt, and he’s given a curious answer. While speaking with Variety, the topic of the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 naturally arose. The interviewer couldn’t resist dropping the Pratt question in there just as Ford was walking away. The legendary actor then gave the curt reply: “I think it’s him or me.”

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Rogue One’s Cassian Andor to lead new Star Wars TV series

Disney and Lucasfilm’s feature film plans for the Star Wars saga may be a little up in the air post-Star Wars: Episode IX, with Disney chief Bob Iger having told fans to expect a “slowdown” in the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story’s disappointing box office run.

It would seem however that this slowdown doesn’t apply to the small screen; we’ve recently had the launch of the new animated series Star Wars Resistance, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is set for a revival, and Jon Favreau is currently hard at work on the franchise’s first live-action TV show The Mandalorian.

Well, we can now add a second live-action show to that list, as Iger has revealed that Lucasfilm is in development on another series, this time focussing on formative years of Rebel spy Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna on board to reprise his
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Diego Luna To Star In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Prequel Series

While we’re still waiting to find out who’s behind the helmet for The Mandalorian, Diego Luna has been confirmed as the lead in a second live-action show for Disney’s newly named streaming service Disney+, with the actor set to reprise his role as Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Luna expressed his excitement about returning to the franchise in a recent statement to StarWars.com, saying:

“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me. I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”

It was a common criticism directed towards Gareth Edwards’ spinoff flick that it lacked memorable characters, but if Lucasfilm has enough faith
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Solo’s Ron Howard interested in directing another Star Wars movie

Ron Howard, the director of Solo: A Star Wars Story, has revealed that he would be up for directing another Star Wars movie.

While Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t perform anywhere near expectations at the global box office, those that did see it found a lot to love and a lot of the credit must go to Ron Howard, who came aboard as director during a troublesome production.

But has Howard’s experience with Solo soured his opinion on the Star Wars franchise? No, not at all. In fact, Howard told Metro that he would be open to directing another but says the story must be right:

“I had a great experience with that. It would depend entirely on the story. My daughter Bryce Dallas Howard is thrilled. She’s been announced to be directing one of the new episodes of the series headed by Jon Favreau. She’s having a great experience.
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Star Wars: Episode IX Performance Unlikely To Be Hurt By Solo Flopping And Last Jedi Backlash

Spend too much time in certain corners of the internet and you might come away with the impression that the Star Wars franchise is in more trouble than it actually is. Granted, the underwhelming box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story showed that this brand isn’t invincible, and The Last Jedi certainly has its vocal detractors among longtime fans of the franchise, but if this new report from Forbes is anything to go by, such factors are unlikely to play a huge role in the box office performance of next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX.

Though we’ve been hearing a fair amount of talk lately that J.J. Abrams’ upcoming release will serve as a “course correction” for a series that has strayed from the ideals of certain fans, the Forbes piece questions whether it would really be in Lucasfilm’s best interests to ‘fix’ the
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Solo: A Star Wars Story Director Open To Making More Stars Wars Movies

While things didn’t turn out too well for Solo: A Star Wars Story at the box office, it’s hard to put much of the blame on last-minute director Ron Howard, who was brought in for some heavy reshoots after the departure of original helmsmen Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

So while the chances are looking very slim right now for the Han Solo spinoff getting a sequel, there’s always the possibility that Lucasfilm would be interested in giving the filmmaker another project to work on – and presumably one with a less chaotic production. What’s more, in an interview with Metro, Howard implied that he’d take such an offer, so long as he was given the right story.

“I had a great experience with that. It would depend entirely on the story,” Howard said. “My daughter Bryce [Dallas Howard] is thrilled. She’s been announced to be directing
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With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Fox Proves Its Value to Disney

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With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Fox Proves Its Value to Disney
Movies don’t have to be fantastical in order to do fantastic business. That’s the takeaway from a weekend that saw Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” top the box office charts and Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” serve up a face plant of epic proportions.

It’s an important reminder because the studios behind the two films are about to join forces. Among the many question marks surrounding Disney’s impending acquisition of Fox is what the future of film will look like as the Magic Kingdom absorbs much of the Murdoch clan’s media empire?

It’s a valid area of inquiry. Right now, the sense is that Disney will keep churning out the kind of Avengers spin-offs, animated fare, and Star Wars sequels that have allowed it to rise to the top of the film heap. The studio commands nearly 30% of the domestic box office,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is the Box Office Champion: It Will Be the Biggest Rock Biopic Ever

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is the Box Office Champion: It Will Be the Biggest Rock Biopic Ever
Bohemian Rhapsody” performed above most expectations with an estimated $50 million total, a terrific result for this film. It’s also the fifth title to open to over $40 million since Labor Day. That’s three more than last year, which had only “It” and “Thor: Ragnorok” (although both were over $100 million).

Bohemian Rhapsody” is also the lowest number 1 opening for this weekend since 2013; prior years had Marvel and Bond. While this weekend’s total gross is lower than last year — unsurprising, since 2017 had “Thor: Ragnorok” — people who did go to the theaters saw a wider swath of movies. “Thor” claimed more than two thirds of total business, and only two films grossed over $7 million. This year, we had six.

In the debit column, two major releases saw shortfalls with “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” and Tyler Perry’s latest, “Nobody’s Fool.” However, their struggles were more internal.

Considering its production issues,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Makes The Rockin’ World Go Round With $123M Global Weekend – International Box Office

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Update, writethru: 20th Century Fox, New Regency and Gk Films execs are floating around in ecstasy today as Bohemian Rhapsody burned through the sky to a $72.5M weekend at the international box office. Combined with domestic, the frame was worth $122.5M globally, lifting the worldwide cume to $141.7M. The Queen biopic had opened early in the UK last weekend and predictably exploded with a No. 1 bow, holding that again this session. It’s now at play in 64 overseas markets where it has a total to date of $91.7M. There’s a chance it tops $100M offshore through Monday.

Fox President of International Theatrical Distribution, Andrew Cripps, tells me the wide opening in the 2nd frame overseas came in ahead of estimates. “The exciting thing is that it played everywhere, audiences everywhere responded to the movie and judging by the UK, we see tremendous playability.” The UK’s sophomore time on
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocks With $50 Million, ‘Nutcracker’ Crumbles

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There’s a new box office queen in town.

Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” overperformed with a rocking $50 million when it debuted in 4,000 theaters. That was enough to dominate in North America over fellow newcomers “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” and “Nobody’s Fool.”

Bohemian Rhapsody” ranks as the second-best start for a music biopic, following 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton” ($60.2 million). For measure, it also topped the domestic debut of Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born,” which launched with a solid $42 million last month.

Rami Malek stars as iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, which cost around $50 million to produce. It’s a bittersweet symphony for Fox as the studio prepares to merge with Disney. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has generated a mixed critical response, though audiences have embraced it with a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A CinemaScore.

“I’m not surprised there’s a disconnect,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is the Box Office Champion With $51 Million Opening

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Fox’s awards contender “Bohemian Rhapsody” is gonna have itself a real good time at the box office, earning a better-than-expected $51.1 million opening from 4,000 screens this weekend. It’s the second biggest opening for a music biopic behind only the $60 million start of 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton.”

With a $52 million budget and an awards campaign waiting in the wings for lead star Rami Malek, this biopic about the legendary band Queen won over rock fans with Malek’s performance as Freddy Mercury and its exciting concert sequences, earning an A on CinemaScore. This success is despite more tepid reviews from critics who were left cold by the film’s script and gave the film mixed reviews with a 60 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

Also Read: October Box Office Finishes Over $800 Million for First Time Ever

Now that strong word-of-mouth has been earned, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has the chance to leg out all the way through November.
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Disney and Lucasfilm viewing Star Wars: Episode IX as a “course correction” for the franchise

Although Disney has enjoyed enormous financial success with the Star Wars saga since its acquisition of Lucasfilm, things haven’t been going too smoothly as of late.

In December, the Mouse House released Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which – despite being a critical and commercial hit – proved to be hugely divisive amongst the fanbase, with many being very vocal in their criticism of the film and its narrative choices.

Fast forward five months, and the franchise suffered its first box office bust, as the spinoff movie Solo: A Star Wars Story went largely unnoticed by audiences. The film grossed just $392 million worldwide, forcing Disney and Lucasfilm to reassess the way that it is handling the saga and potentially leading to what Disney’s Bob Iger described as a Star Wars “slowdown”.

So far, the only Star Wars movie officially announced is Star Wars: Episode IX, and according to a report over at Variety,
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Lucasfilm Views Star Wars 9 as Course Correction for Recent Failures

Lucasfilm is reportedly viewing J.J. Abrams' Star Wars 9 as a "course correction" for the franchise. After the backlash from Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi and the swift release and ultimate failure of Solo at the box office, it looks like Lucasfilm is aiming to make some changes to ensure success. While Solo has been treated a lot better now that it's out on Blu-ray and seen outside of the shadow of Johnson's film, the rest of the planned spin-offs, including the Boba Fett movie have been canceled.

The box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story and the backlash from The Last Jedi has brought Lucasfilm back to the drawing board to look at the future of the Star Wars franchise, which leads us to J.J. Abrams' Star Wars 9. Abrams is in high-demand and other studios are eager to start working on a "mega deal" with the director for other projects.
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