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Rian Johnson explains the ‘let the past die’ theme of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

‘Let the past die’ was the central theme of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and now the director has explained the thinking behind it.

Throughout the film a number of characters brought up this theme of letting the past die in one way or another, including two of the film’s key figures Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren.

Some fans thought this was a message from Johnson and Lucasfilm that they didn’t care about the history of Star Wars and the audience should learn to let go and just think of the future.

Rian Johnson, however, has said that the message is quite the opposite, and that letting go of the past isn’t a workable idea in Star Wars.

“From the very start, there is kind of the theme of ‘let the past die’ but that’s expressed by Kylo [Ren] very strongly and, to some extent,
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2018 Walt Disney Studios Slate Includes New Photos Of Ant Man and the Wasp And Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Brand new images, including the one above of Ant Man and the Wasp, along with the latest information on the 2018 release schedule are here from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

In February comes the highly anticipated Black Panther.

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
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It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar

It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar
The two VFX Oscar frontrunners, “Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” are in a war of their own for the 16th Ves Awards (to be held at the Beverly Hilton on February 13th). Each grabbed seven nominations, edging out “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”and upstart “Kong: Skull Island” (with five and four nominations, respectively). All four were nominated for the top prize along with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Among the snubs were “The Shape of Water,” “Okja,” “Alien: Covenant,” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which all made the Academy’s VFX bake-off shortlist.

However, making the cut in the Ves supporting category were “Dunkirk,” “Darkest Hour,” “Downsizing,” “Mother,” and “Only the Brave.”

For animation, Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” nabbed five nominations, while Pixar’s frontrunning “Coco” collected four. They will compete for Outstanding Animated Feature
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‘Black Panther’ Releases New Trailer & Featurettes

Marvel has released both a new TV spot/trailer and two new featurettes for their latest release, ‘Black Panther‘. The film is only a month away from hitting theaters, but it is already breaking records for most pre-sale tickets sold within the first 24 hours of going on sale. Directed by Ryan Cooler, the film follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) as he struggles to return to the throne Wakanda, while at the same time defending the nation from would-be king Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan).

Based on these three videos, the marketing campaign seems to be in full swing, and we really don’t know that much about the intricacies of the plot after all of the marketing that we’ve seen thus far. This is a good thing, considering that this film will hopefully reveal the location of the final infinity stone before the release of ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘, along
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi home-entertainment release will include 2 hours of bonus footage, 4K confirmed

It’s theatrical run is still going strong – having just become the highest-grossing release of 2017 – but Disney and Lucasfilm are now preparing for the home-entertainment release of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and according to a post on Facebook, we can expect a whopping two hours of bonus footage, deleted scenes and other special feature content. And that’s not all, as it will also be the first Star Wars movie to receive a 4K Ultra HD release!

Director Rian Johnson has previously revealed that his first cut of The Last Jedi was three hours long, and has detailed some of the deleted scenes, which hopefully we’ll get on the home video release.

See Also: Star Wars: The Last Jedi deleted scene description reveals Luke Skywalker’s third lesson to Rey

See Also: Rian Johnson on why he didn’t explain Snoke’s backstory in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Learn What Inspired Andy Serkis’ Gollum + More London Events

How’s 2018 treating you so far? Hopefully, you’re thriving and ready to enjoy even more of what this great city has to offer. Here are our top tips to help you make the most of the forthcoming week, actors! Hear about the inspiration behind Andy Serkis’ most memorable performances.Actor Andy Serkis explains why ‘The Red Shoes’, Powell & Pressburger’s 1948 classic, means so much to him. He’ll also chat about how the film informed his own performances in films like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’. (Tickets: £7.50) Ever wonder what goes into designing a set for the stage? Book now to see stage designers Chloe Lamford and Tom Scutt talk about their work at the Royal Court and Donmar Warehouse on Jan. 31. This is a rare chance to discover the thinking behind their often radical set designs. (Tickets: £7) Watch monologues for charity.Fancy an afternoon of
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Black Panther opening weekend box office predictions rise to $120 million, new TV spots released

Last month the first early box office predictions for Black Panther’s opening weekend suggested that the next Marvel blockbuster would debut to around $90 million.

However, with the Ryan Coogler-directed solo movie setting a new McU record for presale tickets sold in the first 24 hours last week, those predictions have now been revised upward, with Box Office Pro now suggesting that the film is targeting a $120 million domestic weekend.

Should Black Panther reach that figure, it would be the biggest opening weekend for the first instalment of a Marvel Studios series, surpassing the $117 million of Spider-Man: Homecoming and $94 million of Guardians of the Galaxy. It would however fall short February’s biggest opening – for that, it would need to surpass the $132.4 million haul of Deadpool back in February 2016.

See Also: Ryan Coogler talks Marvel’s Black Panther and what makes the movie unique

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi becomes 2017’s highest-grossing movie as the franchise passes $9 billion

It was always inevitable really, but now it’s official: Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the highest-grossing release of 2017, with Episode VIII pushing its global total to $1.2649 billion, surpassing the $1.2635 billion haul of fellow Disney title Beauty and the Beast.

The Last Jedi is the second-highest grossing Star Wars movie after 2015’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which pulled in $2.0682 billion. In total, the Star Wars franchise has now earned a whopping $9.03 billion, and has Solo: A Star Wars Story incoming this May to boost that total even further. It still trails the Marvel Cinematic Universe by a considerable amount though – with the superhero series having earned in excess of $13.5 billion, making it the biggest franchise in history.

The Last Jedi is now the tenth highest-grossing release of all time, and should go on to surpass Frozen ($1.2765 billion) and perhaps even Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.3415 billion) before it ends its run.
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Rian Johnson on why he didn’t explain Snoke’s backstory in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

After introducing the mysterious character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans spent the next two years debating the identity and origin of Supreme Leader Snoke. However, those who were expecting answers in Star Wars: The Last Jedi will have been disappointed that director Rian Johnson opted against delving into the villainous dark side user’s past, choosing instead to kill him off at the hands of Kylo Ren as the former Ben Solo took his position as Supreme Leader of the First Order.

Speaking during a BAFTA Q&A (via ComicBookMovie), Johnson explained why he decided against delving into Snoke’s backstory in The Last Jedi, leaving the door open for it to be explored elsewhere:

“In this particular story, it’s much more like the Original Trilogy, where with Snoke if you think about the actual scenes, if suddenly I had paused one of the scenes to give
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Lucasfilm breaks down Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Easter eggs in new video

A video has arrived online for Star Wars: The Last Jedi which sees the Lucasfilm Story Group’s Leland Chee, Pablo Hidalgo, Matt Martin, and Rayne Roberts revealing and discussing the Easter eggs hidden within the blockbuster sequel; check it out here…

See Also: Rian Johnson explains why Luke’s lightsaber was blue and not green in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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 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 (C-3Po), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma
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Black Panther featurette focusses on the Dora Milaje

With a little over a month to go until the release of Black Panther, a new featurette has arrived online for the upcoming Marvel superhero solo movie which focuses on Wakanda’s warriors the Dora Milaje and includes interviews with stars Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Michael B. Jordan; check it out here…

See Also: Ryan Coogler talks Marvel’s Black Panther and what makes the movie unique

See Also: Extended TV spot and IMAX featurette for Marvel’s Black Panther

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K.
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Ryan Coogler talks Marvel’s Black Panther and what makes the movie unique

We’re just a few weeks away from the launch of the 2018 superhero movie season, and with Marvel’s Black Panther currently outperforming every other McU movie in terms of advance ticket sales, director Ryan Coogler has been chatting to Fandango about T’Challa’s solo movie, and what makes it unique compared to other superhero films.

“There have been a lot of superhero movies made,” said the Fruitvale Station and Creed helmer. “As a comic book and superhero film fan myself, I feel like we’ve seen a lot at this point. I think that the cultural element of [Black Panther] — and how cultural specificity takes such a big role in the film – that’s what makes it quite unique. I’m excited to see more [superhero movies], but there hasn’t really been a film about a character like T’Challa before. Hopefully we can pull it off, but it
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Warriors of Wakanda Rise Up in Extended Black Panther Preview

Marvel has released two new featurettes for Black Panther that show the cast talking about their characters and the intense action in the movie. Black Panther has been hailed as one of the most anticipated movies of 2018 and is already breaking Marvel records for the most amount of presale tickets sold in 24 hours, leaving many fans out of luck for hopes of seeing the movie on opening night. Black Panther star Lupita Nyong'o wasn't even able to purchase the presale tickets when they first went online due some ticket servicing outlets crashing, much like The Last Jedi.

The first of the new behind-the-scenes clips features the cast talking about their characters. Chadwick Boseman is shown first and reveals that T'Challa is in a unique position since he is a superhero and also a world leader. There's not many superheroes who are in that position, so it adds a different slant
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‘Black Panther’: Killer Featurette Reveals the Warriors of Wakanda and Major Battles

Don't mess with Wakanda. If you think I'm joking, just watch the newly released featurette for Marvel's Black Panther which teases the warrior culture of the Dora Milaje and even offers a glimpse at some of the fight scenes taking place in Ryan Coogler's highly anticipated film. Stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira explain what makes their characters tick when it comes to combat. Black Panther also stars Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, and Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is produced by …
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Lupita Nyong’o was unable to get tickets to Black Panther after it sold out

People are pretty keen to see Marvel’s Black Panther, so much so that Lupita Nyong’o couldn’t buy a ticket.

Tickets to the anticipated next movie in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Black Panther, went on sale this past Monday and Fandango has since announced that the movie has surpassed Captain America: Civil War in selling the most first-day advance tickets of any Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in history.

One of the film’s stars, Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Wakandan operative Nakia in the movie, was even unable to pick up a ticket for herself due to the demand.

Posting a video on Twitter about her dilemma, Nyong’o revealed that 15 minutes after they went on sale, cinemas were already selling out.

“I kid you not, 15 minutes later, I was trying to purchase tickets, and they are sold out,” Nyong’o happily exclaimed. “Sold out!”

@THR says @theblackpanther
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Wakanda Forever! Chadwick Boseman Talks Black Panther In “Good To Be The King” Featurette

Chadwick Boseman takes a look at Black Panther’s ascension to king and his newfound responsibilities in “Good to Be King,” a new, action-packed video featurette

Marvel StudiosBlack Panther hits U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.

Tickets are on sale now: https://www.fandango.com/black-panther-202991/movie-times?cmp=TWFD_Tickets_BlackPanther_OnSale

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to
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Rian Johnson explains why Luke’s lightsaber was blue and not green in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rian Johnson has explained why it was that Luke used a blue lightsaber in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and not his green one.

The Last Jedi is marching on at the global box office and is still dividing fans between those that loved it and those that are straight up offended by it.

One thing The Last Jedi has done quite unanimously is create a lot of questions, such as why did Luke use his father’s blue lightsaber in his duel with Kylo Ren instead of his green one from Return of the Jedi.

For some, this was an obvious hint that Luke was actually using a powerful force projection technique against Kylo, because surely the famed Jedi couldn’t be using Anakin’s broken saber. Luckily, director Rian Johnson has explained what happened to IGN:

“[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo.
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Review: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

After a few weeks of warfare and a time of turmoil, perhaps now it is safe to offer an opinion of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi to the Internet (maybe). Since the hype – and eventual record-breaking success – of The Force Awakens in 2015, it is clear that audience’s adoration of the original Star Wars trilogy characters has only grown over the years and in this Disney owned era of the Star Wars saga, we are arguably seeing more onscreen from a galaxy far, far away than ever before. Yet, there seems to be more than a slight disturbance in the force, as if a vocal audience screamed out in anger and were not silenced…in fact their voices have grown louder and louder.

The Force Awakens received its fair share of flak for riding the coattails of A New Hope too closely and now, in writer/director Rian Johnson’s much awaited sequel,
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Marvel’s Black Panther is outperforming Captain America: Civil War at the advance box office

Well, it looks like Marvel Studios has another blockbuster hit on its hands this February, with Deadline revealing that the Chadwick Boseman-headlined Black Panther is outperforming Captain America: Civil War in presales at Fandango after tickets went up for sale on Monday night. In fact, it performed better than any other McU movie in its first 24 hours.

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Black Panther will top Civil War’s domestic opening of $179.2 million, as advance ticket sales aren’t particularly the best indicator as to how a movie will perform in its first weekend. Early predictions have pointed to a debut of around $90 million, but given that it is opening on a four-day President’s Day holiday weekend, there’s now some speculation that it could best Deadpool ($132.4 million) for the biggest February opening ever.

In a previous Fandango poll, Black Panther was named as the second
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Mark Hamill talks about the original ending of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

According to Mark Hamill, Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a slightly different ending than the one fans received. One small change, but a change that would have had great implications for Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. In an interview with Mtime, Hamill talks about this alternate ending, and how his opinion of it changed upon reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the first time:

“When we were doing [The Force Awakens], Rian said, ‘Oh and by the way we might have a couple of boulders floating to show your Force emanating’, so I was led to believe that I still had the Force and it was really strong in me… When I read [The Last Jedi] before VII came out, I said ‘what?” and called J.J. or Rian to say, ‘Are you guys aware of this? Have you seen a cut? Is there floating boulders?’ And they said, ‘No, we caught that
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