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Daily Podcast: Spoiler-Free Last Jedi Reactions, Mark Hamill Interview, Golden Globe Nominations & More

Daily Podcast: Spoiler-Free Last Jedi Reactions, Mark Hamill Interview, Golden Globe Nominations & More
On the December 11, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film writers Chris Evangelista and Hoai-Tran Bui to discuss the latest news, including the first reactions to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill talks Luke Skywalker, the 2018 Golden Globe nominations, the Venom movie storyline, our reactions to a couple […]

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to Dominant Social Media Buzz

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to Dominant Social Media Buzz
Disney-Luscasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated social media buzz last week in the wake of the Dec. 9 world premiere and announcing its dedication to the late Carrie Fisher, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

“The Last Jedi,” which opens Dec. 15, generated 368,000 new conversations last week to bring its total to 4.75 million. Tracking has shown the tentpole’s opening weekend could be in the $200 million range at the domestic box office — which would be the fourth-largest of all time after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.”

Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie picks up where 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off. It stars returning cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Andy Serkis. The new cast members include Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio del Toro. It’s the final film role for Fisher, who died last
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director Reflects On The Intensity Of Working With Mark Hamill

On Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it took some time before Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill were singing from the same hymn sheet.

That’s not to say that the two creators ever clashed on set – far from it. Rather, Hamill was initially taken aback by Rian Johnson’s grand vision for Luke Skywalker, and “fundamentally disagreed” on just about everything that the director had come up with…at first. The Star Wars mainstay later walked back those alarming comments, before admitting that although it took some time for him to acclimate, fans will be pleasantly surprised by the end result.

Fast forward to now, and on the eve of The Last Jedi‘s arrival Rian Johnson himself has addressed his working relationship with Mark Hamill – a relationship he now describes as “really intense” and “wonderful.”

But first, here’s what the filmmaker had to share about Luke Skywalker’s
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Out of This World: Cast Sparkles on the Red Carpet at Star Wars: The Last Jedi Premiere

Out of This World: Cast Sparkles on the Red Carpet at Star Wars: The Last Jedi Premiere
There’s no dark side to this red carpet.

The ladies of Star Wars: The Last Jedi came out in full force for the movie’s world premiere at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday, dazzling in looks inspired by the beloved series.

Daisy Ridley, who again plays Rey in the latest installment, took the celestial theme literally, donning a dark strapless Monse dress adored with sequins and white star embellishments. Starting at the thigh, the 25-year-old’s floor-length dress became fringe — which showed off glimpses of her legs and strappy metallic heels as she made her way into the screening.
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Mark Hamill Celebrates Carrie Fisher's "Fun" Spirit at Star Wars: The Last Jedi Premiere

Mark Hamill Celebrates Carrie Fisher's
Hollywood came out in full force over the weekend to attend the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi—but Carrie Fisher, one of the series' brightest stars, was noticeably absent. The actress, who died in December 2016, reprises her role as General Leia Organa in the film, 40 years after she played the princess from Alderaan in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. Mark Hamill, who returns as Leia's long-lost brother, Luke Skywalker, shared his memories of Fisher in an exclusive interview with E! News. "She's wonderful in the movie," he said. "I always think of her in the present tense, not the past. If she were here now, she'd be giving you the bunny ears, flipping me the middle...
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"The Last Jedi" - Hot Toys' 'Luke Skywalker"

From Hot Toys, Sneak Peek the deluxe, 1/6 scale 'Luke Skywalker' figure, in the likeness of actor Mark Hamill, as he appears in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi":

"...the figure features a newly-developed head sculpt, outfit with 'poncho', a 'lightsaber', a variety of accessories, and a specially designed character-themed figure stand. The deluxe version also includes a highly detailed backpack, and a lightning rod.

"'Luke Skywalker' (Hamill), the son of 'Anakin Skywalker/'Darth Vader' and 'Padmé Amidala' is an aging, but powerful 'Jedi Master' in self-imposed exile on the planet 'Ahch-To'.

"During filming of the original 'Star Wars' trilogy, director George Lucas informed Hamill he would be needed to reprise the role again, when he was middle aged. Lucas further explained that his role as Luke would be like handing 'Excalibur to the next generation'.

"Hamill had no reaction at the time, as he thought of making '
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Mark Hamill is Disappointed Disney Didn’t Listen to George Lucas’ Plan For Star Wars Sequels

Mark Hamill is Disappointed Disney Didn’t Listen to George Lucas’ Plan For Star Wars Sequels
It turns out that “creative consultant” is little more than a title, as George Lucas and Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Mark Hamill have learned. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, it turned the Star Wars franchise upside down, with the creator of that galaxy far, far away relinquishing his creative control to new filmmakers. Lucas was kept […]

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'Star Wars': Han and Luke Had a Touching Farewell Moment in Deleted 'Return of the Jedi' Scene

'Star Wars': Han and Luke Had a Touching Farewell Moment in Deleted 'Return of the Jedi' Scene
It wasn't going to be the last time they saw each other, but Han and Luke had a touching farewell scene that was cut from opening of Return of the Jedi

The moment, which takes place in a sandstorm on Tatooine immediately after Han is rescued from Jabba the Hutt, is far more impactful than the scene actually in the film, which is just the two men talking over the radio. 

Having been the hero on numerous occasions, Han (Harrison Ford) realizes he finally owes Luke (Mark Hamill) for saving him from the galactic gangster. 

The dialogue, for the most part, is the same...
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Mark Hamill Recalls George Lucas’ Original Plan For The Current Star Wars Trilogy

Five years ago, Disney made history with its acquisition of Lucasfilm and all of its leading assets (see: Star Wars, Indiana Jones).

The landmark deal led to a $4.05 billion windfall for George Lucas and his team, who placed their treasured franchise in the hands of up-and-coming filmmakers – filmmakers in the vein of J.J. Abrams (The Force Awakens) and Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi) – who have been tasked with determining the immediate future of Lucasfilm’s far-away galaxy. Hell, thanks to the ongoing anthology saga, the likes of Gareth Edwards and Ron Howard (Solo: A Star Wars Story) have helped flesh out the rich history underpinning this most beloved of franchises.

But soon after Disney’s plans were made official, and the future of Star Wars was ostensibly set in stone, it was then revealed that George Lucas had his own vision for Episodes VII, VIII and IX. And it’s
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Mark Hamill on if Luke is Still a Hero, Who is the Chosen One, and His Disagreements With Rian Johnson [Interview]

Mark Hamill on if Luke is Still a Hero, Who is the Chosen One, and His Disagreements With Rian Johnson [Interview]
At the Star Wars: The Last Jedi junket, I was able to sit down with Mark Hamill for the first time, fulfilling a childhood dream. It’s hard asking questions about a movie you haven’t seen yet (but I’ve seen it since the interview and you won’t be disappointed), but Hamill is amazing at answering questions without giving […]

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Hot Toys unveils its Luke Skywalker figure from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Hot Toys has unveiled its 1/6th scale collectible Luke Skywalker figure which is based on the likeness of Mark Hamill in the upcoming blockbuster sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi; take a look at the official promotional images here…

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And here’s the deluxe version…

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 14th in the UK and December 15th in the States and sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels
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The Week in Star Wars – Mark Hamill opens up about disagreements on The Last Jedi, Han Solo teaser poster, Daisy Ridley reveals her Star Wars future and more

Your Monday edition of The Week in Star Wars contains a lot of new promotional stuff for The Last Jedi, comments from the cast and crew, a teaser poster for Solo: A Star Wars Story, and more…

Can you believe it: this week sees the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi! And with only a few days to go before we can all see the continuation of the Star Wars Saga, promotion and hype for the film is kicking into overdrive. The cast and crew all recently attended a press conference ahead of the premiere, and Mark Hamill revealed that he had and director Rian Johnson had very different visions for Luke Skywalker’s character in the eighth movie. “The most shocking thing I read was it’s time for the Jedi to end, ” he said. “And I mean, I understood Luke’s regret at being wrong about who
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi': First Reactions to Episode VIII Are Here!

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi': First Reactions to Episode VIII Are Here!
“This is not going to go the way you think.”

The first reactions to Star Wars: The Last Jedi are here and certainly echo Luke Skywalker’s standout line from The Last Jedi trailer.

The eighth installment of the Skywalker saga had its world premiere on Saturday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, where attendees were the very first audience to screen The Last Jedi. While reviews are embargoed until Tuesday, Dec. 12, reactions and early buzz began pouring out on social media immediately following the screening.

A Wrinkle in Time director Ava Duvernay called the movie “superb storytelling” and a “total joy-ride through the galaxy.”

Taran Killam (in a holiday sweater) sweetly thanked The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, writing, “You took care of my childhood, and made my adulthood better.”

Logan director James Mangold congratulated Johnson on “dazzling writing and directing work” that allowed Johnson’s “own voice” to shine through.

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Inside the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ World Premiere: Hollywood Celebrates Rian Johnson’s Movie

Inside the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ World Premiere: Hollywood Celebrates Rian Johnson’s Movie
Misdirection: Keep that in mind when you check out the eighth “Star Wars” installment, “The Last Jedi,” next weekend.

That’s what writer-director Rian Johnson does throughout this dense, careening, seemingly unstructured movie’s 2-hour, 32-minute running time. The movie is worth a second viewing, as it demands that you pay attention. Every little detail pays off.

At the world premiere — the first-ever public screening — Saturday night at downtown L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, security guards swept under every car, guests wore individual badges with seat assignments, carried their own smartphones in locked security bags to their seats, and kept their collectible “Last Jedi” popcorn buckets with them all night.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Star Gwendoline Christie Has a Charming Theory About Those New Porg Creatures

On crutches, veteran director and puppeteer Frank Oz headed into the auditorium to see the film for the first time.
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Inside the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ World Premiere: Hollywood Celebrates Rian Johnson’s Movie

Inside the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ World Premiere: Hollywood Celebrates Rian Johnson’s Movie
Misdirection: Keep that in mind when you check out the eighth “Star Wars” installment, “The Last Jedi,” next weekend.

That’s what writer-director Rian Johnson does throughout this dense, careening, seemingly unstructured movie’s 2-hour, 32-minute running time. The movie is worth a second viewing, as it demands that you pay attention. Every little detail pays off.

At the world premiere — the first-ever public screening — Saturday night at downtown L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, security guards swept under every car, guests wore individual badges with seat assignments, carried their own smartphones in locked security bags to their seats, and kept their collectible “Last Jedi” popcorn buckets with them all night.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Star Gwendoline Christie Has a Charming Theory About Those New Porg Creatures

On crutches, veteran director and puppeteer Frank Oz headed into the auditorium to see the film for the first time.
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ First Reactions Are Highly Positive: ‘It Will Shatter You — and Then Make You Whole Again’

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ First Reactions Are Highly Positive: ‘It Will Shatter You — and Then Make You Whole Again’
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” had its long-awaited premiere last night in Los Angeles, and early word is highly positive for Rian Johnson’s contribution to the space-opera franchise. Formal reviews won’t be published for another few days, but praise like “so beautifully human, populist, funny, and surprising,” “spectacular and unpredictable,” and especially “Space Dern” indicate that they’ll be similarly enthusiastic.

Here’s what people are saying:

Read More:Mark Hamill Seems to Think There Are Too Many ‘Star Wars’ Movies: ‘Great Marketing There, Disney’

Luke was right: “This is not going to go the way you think.” #TheLastJedi will shatter you – and then make you whole again. pic.twitter.com/PJyYpH5loP

— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 10, 2017

#StarWars: The Last Jedi is so beautifully human, populist, funny, and surprising. I cried when one Poc heroine got her moment because films like these leave their mark on entire generations
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Honors Late Carrie Fisher at Elaborate Premiere

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Honors Late Carrie Fisher at Elaborate Premiere
The Force took over the Shrine Auditorium near downtown Los Angeles, as stars and filmmakers of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” came together Saturday night for the first screening of the eighth installment of the massive Lucasfilm franchise.

Giant At-M6 walkers flanked the entrance to the red carpet, as stars like Daisey Ridley, Mark Hamill, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong’o and others arrived and posed for pictures with fans. John Boyega had built suspense about whether he would make the premiere, tweeting earlier Saturday that bad weather had kept him from flying out of Atlanta.

“The Last Jedi” picks up where 2015’s “The Force Awakens” left off, with Rey reaching the planet on which Luke Skywalker had been holed up, away from the war waging between the First Order and The Resistance. Ridley, who plays Rey, teased on the red carpet that her character gets “enough” screen time. “I’m not going to lie, I’m proud
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J.J. Abrams had no intention of returning to Star Wars after The Force Awakens

Having relaunched the Star Wars franchise in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams is now gearing up for a return to the galaxy far, far away to close out the Sequel Trilogy with Star Wars: Episode IX, having joined the project as a replacement for Colin Trevorrow. And, speaking to Rolling Stone, Abrams has revealed that he originally had no plans to return to the franchise, but felt the prospect of closing out the story was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

“I had no intention to return,” said Abrams. “But when the opportunity presented itself to finish a story that we had begun with these new characters, to tell the last chapter of their story, it felt like there was a chance to do it in a way where we could go beyond, and do better than we did in VII. I learned so
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Carrie Fisher's Beloved Dog Gary Caught in Emotional Tug of War

  • TMZ
Carrie Fisher's French bulldog, Gary, is one of the most popular pooches on the planet, but his public appearances have upset Carrie's family ... TMZ has learned. As you'll recall ... when Fisher died, Gary went to her assistant, Corby McCoin. There have been numerous stories out that Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd has the pooch, but it's not true. Corby has had the dog since Carrie died. Now here's the conflict -- Corby wants to take Gary to various functions,
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First Reactions For Star Wars: The Last Jedi Call It Mind-Blowing And Beautiful

“Darkness rises, and light to meet it.”

That eternal struggle between good and evil – between the dark side and the light – has been a cornerstone of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars franchise ever since Luke Skywalker walked out into Tatooine’s twin sunset. And when it comes to The Last Jedi, that feud will essentially boil down to two very powerful individuals who may have more in common than we’ve been led to believe: Rey and Kylo Ren.

Played by Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, respectively, the Force-sensitive duo will be a big, big part of Rian Johnson’s sci-fi sequel, and we’ve even heard rumors that Luke Skywalker will be the one who pushes Rey toward Kylo Ren in the first place. Remember, Mark Hamill’s jaded Jedi has seen better days, so we can only assume that Rey and Luke’s relationship will get off to a
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