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Mark Hamill wishes that Disney followed George Lucas’ original outline for the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy

Mark Hamill has never been shy about his hesitance over Disney’s new Star Wars trilogy. While there is clearly no bad feelings between the Luke Skywalker icon and Disney, he does wish that the studio hadn’t steered away from George Lucas’ vision quite so far with the last few films. Sitting down with Metro, the actor goes into detail:

“What I wish is that they had been more accepting of his guidance and advice. Because he had an outline for ‘7,’ ‘8,’ and ‘9’. And it is vastly different to what they have done… I don’t want to be an old stick in the mud. There were the originals. There’s the prequels. But that’s all George. And now we have the next generation. And as far as I can see they are more popular than ever.”

Hamill seems to be one of those rare actors that can have
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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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Film Critics Pick Steven Spielberg’s Best Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

Film Critics Pick Steven Spielberg’s Best Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Post,” which is set to hit theaters on December 20th, what is Steven Spielberg’s best film?

Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker), Freelance for Harper’s Bazaar, /Film, The Undefeated, Birth.Movies.Death

E.T.” There is really no other filmmaker who portrays wonder and innocence quite like Spielberg. While he’s done many great movies, “E.T.” not only captures the purity and curiosity of youth, but its beautiful effects and simple observations implore all of us to stop and take notice of the world around us and humanity itself.

Read More: ‘The Post’ Review: Steven Spielberg’s Spectacularly Entertaining Journalism Thriller Is a
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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…

See Also: Pre-order via Sideshow Collectibles

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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Can we all just admit Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom looks awful?

Anghus Houvouras on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I watched the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer, laughing like a loon at how completely bereft of ideas this terrible looking sequel has. The terrible trailer was launched this past week and was the most troubling two minutes of 2017 that didn’t involve the words ‘Donald’, ‘Trump, and ‘thermonuclear annihilation’.

This trailer was bad. So bad. And you know you’re in trouble when you can’t find two good minutes to string together for marketing purposes. The most glaring flaw wasn’t the return of Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt’s chemistry-free characters, but a plot which feels so redundant that they might as well have called this movie Jurassic World: The Lost Park.

Sequels usually suck because studios are afraid to go somewhere new. Most follow ups are so obsessively devoted to the original blueprint that they never build anything new.
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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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Rian Johnson discusses Carrie Fisher’s contributions to the script for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We’re now just a few days away from the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and while there’s a huge amount of excitement for the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga, the release will be bittersweet as it marks the final time we see the late Carrie Fisher as the iconic Leia Organa.

In addition to her acting work, Fisher was also a highly-regarded script doctor, working on a host of projects such as The Empire Strikes Back, the Star Wars prequels, Hook, Sister Act and more. And it seems that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson also drew on Fisher’s experience for Episode VIII.

“Carrie was, you know, a writer first and foremost,” said Johnson (via Comic Book). She loved words. We would get together and we would go over the scenes. We wouldn’t rewrite the scenes but she would throw out suggestions for jokes,
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The Flickering Myth Reaction to the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer

The Flickering Myth writing team reacts to the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer…

After successfully relaunching the Jurassic Park franchise in 2016 with Jurassic World, Universal Pictures is set to take us back to Isla Nublar next summer with the J.A. Bayona-directed Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and yesterday saw the release of the very first trailer for the dino-blockbuster. Read on to find out what our writing team made of this first-look…

Tom Beasley: I struggled a little with this trailer, despite my love for all of the actors involved and for J.A. Bayona as a director. It certainly delivers in terms of visual spectacle, but the plot seems a little lazy and I’m not sure there’s enough there to mark this movie out as different to what has come before. But, on the other hand, we’re getting new dinosaur fights and I’m not one
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi character posters and locations featurette

Lucasfilm has unveiled five new international character posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi featuring Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Bb-8, along with a ‘Worlds of The Last Jedi’ featurette which explores the real-world locations and practical sets of the movie; check them out here…

See Also: New Star Wars: The Last Jedi posters featuring Rey and Kylo Ren

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
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New Star Wars: The Last Jedi posters featuring Rey and Kylo Ren

With just days to go until the release of the latest chapter of the Star Wars saga, two new exclusive Star Wars: The Last Jedi posters have been revealed by UK cinema chain Odeon featuring Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren; take a look below…

See Also: Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 reunite in Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spot

See Also: Mark Hamill created his own heartbreaking backstory for Luke Skywalker between Return of the Jedi and 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 is set for release on December 14th in the UK and December 15th in the States and sees returning cast
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi press conference and video interviews

We’re just a few days away from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the cast and crew of the hotly-anticipated blockbuster have been out on the promotional campaign this week. Check out the full press conference below, along with video interviews with director Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Holdo), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke).

See Also: Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 reunite in Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spot

See Also: Mark Hamill created his own heartbreaking backstory for Luke Skywalker between Return of the Jedi and 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
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Film Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

Film Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’
When “Jumanji” came out in 1995, one’s first impulse was to consign it to an increasingly overstuffed file marked “Junky Cheeseball Robin Williams Movies.” The film’s one true distinction was its jungle beasts. The lions and monkeys and elephants and rhinos and zebras, rampaging through a kitchen, were brought to life through the then-novel miracle of digital imagery; this was two years after “Jurassic Park,” but the technology still felt bold. As an adventure, “Jumanji” was deluxe magical trash, but its creatures, so fearsomely alive, seemed to be part of some brave new menagerie.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is just trash, with nothing magical about it. A quartet of high-school kids gets sucked into a video-game-console update of the Jumanji board game, landing in the most generic of jungles, and that’s where they stay, except for one brief detour into the most generic of fake Middle Eastern bazaars. Whatever the rules
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Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Has Goofy Charms, Uninspired Adventure

After Steven Spielberg and company broke visual effects barriers with Jurassic Park, two years later, 1995’s Jumanji brought more large-scale, creature-focused thrills to theaters. Directed by Joe Johnston–who would go on to get his own crack at the dinosaur franchise a few years down the road–the Robin Williams-led adventure occupies that rare subset of oft-replayed, worn-down VHS tapes from childhood that one might be hesitant to revisit for fear of the nostalgic charm wearing off. In many ways, the set-up of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may quell some trepidation in this regard.

Functioning as a sequel rather than a reboot, there’s gratefully no CGI recreation of Robin Williams (in fact, only a brief reference), an altogether different setting as we go into the game rather than vice versa, and more modern concerns in virtually every aspect (Yes, “yaaass queen” is uttered during an action scene
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Apparently Sam Neill Has A Role In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom seems as conscious of living in the original Jurassic Park‘s shadow as Jurassic World did. That awesome first trailer showcased the original ‘hero’ T-Rex, now battle-scarred after tangling with Indominus Rex at the conclusion of the last film, and also gave us a glimpse at the return of Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm, the ‘rock star’ chaos theorist famous for realizing that life, uh, f-finds a… way?

Now, the rumor mill is saying that Malcolm and the Rex might not be the only familiar faces we’ll see in the film, as Mr. Sunday Movies, who has a good reputation for accuracy on these things, is reporting that Sam Neill is due to make a surprise appearance, with a source claiming that the actor was spotted arriving in a blacked out SUV on set.

We can surmise from the trailer that there’s some
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Sam Neill Returns as Alan Grant in Jurassic World 2 Cameo?

Sam Neill Returns as Alan Grant in Jurassic World 2 Cameo?
It looks like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has quite a few surprises in store, including a possible cameo from one of the franchise's most beloved characters. A new rumor suggests that Sam Neill may have a small scene in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, once again reprising his role as Dr. Alan Grant. For now, this needs to be regarded as mere rumor, but there's reason to believe this one has some weight to it. The news comes from Mr. Sunday Movies, who made the reveal in a recent YouTube video posted to his channel. Here's what he had to say about it.

"So this email I got, it's not somebody who I know personally, so take this with some granule of salt. This person who was working on the soundstage, where some of this film was shot, said that Sam Neill rolled up in a blacked out BMW at the time that this was filming.
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom synopsis teases a sinister conspiracy

Following hot on the heels of this morning’s first trailer [watch it here], Universal Pictures has now unveiled a detailed synopsis for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise.

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet
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Jeff Goldblum 'Jurassic Park' Laugh Remix Is Equal Parts Bizarre and Amazing

Jeff Goldblum 'Jurassic Park' Laugh Remix Is Equal Parts Bizarre and Amazing
Jeff Goldblum is nearly as enjoyable to watch in Jurassic Park as the dinosaurs.

When the film came out in 1993, audiences were drawn to his eccentric, mathematician "Chaos Theory" character, Dr. Ian Malcolm.

Goldblum has his own devoted fan following for the unique characters he has played through his career. But Malcolm stands out, so much so that fans have made Malcolm art — and someone even made a remix of his laugh from when the character is introduced in Jurassic Park.

Since it was posted in 2014, the fan-made video has accumulated nearly 3 million views. It is as bizarre as...
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Skims Goofy Plot And Showcases Action

Going back to Jurassic Park/World is, apart from a great way to make money, a kind of celebration of bygone days of cinema. With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (or any consecutive trips to any well), we run the danger of losing sight of the lightning we think we’re bottling.

Much like films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, “Remember when movies were…,” will only pan out for so long, and then the odds keep increasing that we’ll follow up with, “Oh Christ, that’s right, they were like that.”

Of course, these movies frequently fill seats, and being a fan of movies necessitates the ability to make a leap of faith. With the success of the movies in the past, there’s good reason to hold out hope, but the trailer has a lot of clues if you look close, and this one is either going to be brilliant,
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Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 reunite in Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spot

Following on from yesterday’s TV spots featuring some new footage of Rey and Snoke’s Praetorian Guards, we’ve now got another promo for next week’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this time giving us a look at a humourous reunion between Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 on board the Millennium Falcon. Check it out here…

See Also: Mark Hamill created his own heartbreaking backstory for Luke Skywalker between Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi

See Also: Rian Johnson says fan theories haven’t guessed any major reveals from 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 is set for release on December 14th in
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Supernatural: 3 Questions We Have About Mary Winchester

Supernatural has reunited three out of four of our favorite ghoul-busting men in an intense, action-packed episode. We assumed that finding Jack and Cas would be the big adventure, but alas, a much bigger, completely unexpected chain of events unfolded that all revolve around Mary Winchester. Surprise! Dean and Sam's mama is trapped in some sort of alternate dimension, alive for right now, but in great danger. Who knew? We're all thrilled. Dean nearly does a backflip at the thought of seeing his mother again, perplexed because he never thought that she'd be found alive. Jack spent his time gone proving he can do good things with his powers for chosen family, and that almost makes me forgive him for leaving us for two episodes. But back to Mary. Last time we saw her, it was a few episodes ago, when she was tempted to run after witnessing a brawl between Michael and Lucifer.
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