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Disney has announced that Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be writing an entirely new trilogy, and directing at least the first one.

Johnson is being given free rein to create an entirely new cast of characters separate from the current SW universe.  To be given that opportunity when The Last Jedi has not even been released yet shows that Disney and Lucasfilm are extremely pleased with what Rian did on that film.  We’ll be able to see for ourselves when it arrives on December 15th.


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Han, you’ll always be my favorite scoundrel

The standalone Han Solo Star Wars film (still without a title) is getting a new director.

As posted on StarWars.com, Ron Howard is stepping in after the duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left via the ubiquitous “creative differences.”

Alden Ehrenreich (whom I will once again mention looks nothing like Harrison Ford) will take on the role of Han.  Co-stars include Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke.  Joonas Suotamo is replacing Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.

The film is due May 25th of next year.

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It’s been a month since I posted!  With all the crap going on around the world and at home I wasn’t particularly inspired, plus there wasn’t a lot of news to report.  I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 but after a lot of other folks, and frankly I didn’t write up a review on it because I actually liked the first one a lot better.  I imagine that’s a minority view, but that’s my opinion!

So now I’m going to post a couple of news tidbits from the last few days.

The first is a sad bit of news.  Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89 from cancer.  Moore was, of course, the third James Bond.  He did seven of the films, including Live and Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me.  Prior to playing 007 he was Simon Templar, The Saint, for six seasons.  It was his work as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, however, that earned him his knighthood in 2003.  He leaves his wife Kristina and three children.

There are four Star Wars magazine covers I want to mention, and they’re not from EmpireVanity Fair will release in early June covers of The Last Jedi actors in costume, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.  One shows Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill; the second is of Gwendolyn Christie, Domhnall Gleeson and Adam Driver; Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran grace the third cover, and the fourth has the late Carrie Fisher by herself.  You can see the covers here on VF’s website.

For Downton Abbey fans there’s news of two of the show’s leading ladies.  Joanne Froggatt plays a serial killer in Dark Angel.  The first episode was last Sunday, but you can still catch it online here on PBS’ website.  Elizabeth McGovern will star in The Chaperone, a film written by Downtown creator Julian Fellowes.  After its run in theaters it will be shown on PBS.

#RogerMoore #StarWars #TheLastJedi #DowntonAbbey

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Without further ado, here’s the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi that was just released by Disney.

The film opens December 15th in the both the U.S. and the U.K.

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The title for Star Wars‘ Episode VIII has just been revealed to be The Last Jedi.

The ending of Episode VII, The Force Awakens, sees Rey (Daisy Ridley) finding Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) where he’s been hiding since Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Leia and Han’s son, turned to the Dark Side as Luke was training him along with other would-be Jedi.  Does The Last Jedi refer to Luke?  The last scene of The Force Awakens obviously sets up Rey to be trained by Luke.  I’m hoping this means there would then be two, and not that Luke will somehow meet his end in this film, leaving Rey.

As Radio Times helpfully points out, Luke is referred to as “the last Jedi” in The Force Awakens.  That and the fact that Mark Hamill is (at least rumored to be) in Episode IX, I’m breathing a little easier, but we will have to wait until December 15th to find out for certain.

I’m still not over Han Solo!

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Actress and writer Carrie Fisher has died at UCLA Medical Center at the age of 60.  The sad news was confirmed by her daughter, Billie Lourd, according to Rolling Stone.  Fisher suffered a massive heart attack last week while on a flight and had been in the ICU since then.

carrie_re_starwars_dot_comShe was best known as Princess Leia (later General) in the Star Wars franchise, but Fisher was also the writer of four novels, as well as the semi-autobiographical Postcards From The Edge, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA.  She had just recently published her memoir, The Princess Diarist.

She was married briefly to singer Paul Simon, but Billie was the daughter from another relationship, with Bryan Lourd.  Her parents were actress Debbie Reynolds, who survives her, and singer Eddie Fisher, who passed away in 2010.  Carrie had one brother and two half-sisters.

She will be greatly missed.

Image via StarWars.com

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Is everybody jolly out there?  Well, if not, I’m here to give you some ideas how to spend your time off from work.

  1. Go to a movie.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the big one out there that you may have trouble getting tickets to.  Order them online if necessary.  I haven’t had time to check this one out yet, but I probably will in the next few days.  Chris Pratt’s Passengers is also out, but with a big ol’ Rotten Tomatoes splat (31% – yikes!) I’m not sure if I’ll put out the coin for that one or just wait for it to show up for rent online.  If anybody’s seen it feel free to let me know how it is by posting a comment.
  2. Watch Sherlock series 4.  This will premiere on the BBC and PBS on January 1 with the next two episodes on subsequent Sundays.  The last episode, The Final Problem, will also be shown in certain theaters.  See my previous post for more info.
  3. Do some charitable work and/or donate to your favorite cause.
  4. Catch up on Lethal Weapon.  Episodes are available for free online.
  5. Play with the furkids.  You got the felines and canines and any other animals in your lives presents, right?  Mine are getting a some-assembly-required new cat tree.  Cross your fingers I get this one put together before I have to go back to work.  I have 10 days.
  6. Rewatch all the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.  That’ll take you a while.  Be sure to get up and stretch once in a while.
  7. Write down your New Year’s Resolutions.  Then put them in an envelope, tear them in half, and throw them away.  Seriously, who needs the pressure?
  8. Watch all the old Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone.  There were 14 of them.  Personally I’d skip the ones where they’re chasing Nazis (outside of the first two they were all in what was then present day.  No, BBC’s Sherlock wasn’t the first to do that).
  9. Listen to all 26 episodes of BBC radio’s Cabin Pressure.  With Benedict Cumberbatch and a crew of very funny people (including Anthony Head in some later episodes), it’s my go-to comedy series when I need a laugh.  You can order the CD’s or an Audible version on Amazon.

Everyone have a very happy whatever-you’re-celebrating, and hug the furkids for me!

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There’s a new trailer for Rogue One out.  Looks like droid K-2SO (voiced by Firefly’s Alan Tudyk) may be the breakout star of this one.

Tickets go on sale in the U.S. on Monday for a Dec. 16th release.

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The third trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been released and is below.

Our favorite heavy breathing, black masked character makes an appearance.  The events in the film occur before those of the original 1977 one.

The film premieres on December 16th in the U.S. and the U.K.  It stars Felicity Jones and Mads Mikkelsen.

#RogueOne #StarWars

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He’s baaaccckkk!!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out December 16 in the U.S. and the U.K.  It has a long list of stars, including Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk as the voice of K-2SO, and James Earl Jones is back as you-know-who.

A synopsis from imdb.com:

Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.

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Deadline is reporting that the standalone Star Wars spinoff film focusing on Han Solo’s early days will star Alden Ehrenreich.  Ehrenreich must have had a great audition, because he looks nothing like Harrison Ford.  Not sure I’m down with this casting!

The uninspired working title is Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.  It is currently scheduled to be released in May of 2018.

#StarWars #HanSoloMovie

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Filming has begun on Star Wars Episode VIII, and the official SW YouTube channel has a very short clip with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley).  To be fair, it’s as much screen time as Skywalker had in Episode VII.

Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern have also been confirmed to be in the cast, as noted on /Film.  Del Toro was in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as The Collector, you’ll remember.

Rian Johnson wrote the screenplay and is directing.  J.J. Abrams is among the executive producers.

Here’s the video:

#StarWars #MarkHamill #DaisyRidley

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Amid rumors of script rewrites, according to Entertainment Weekly, the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens will now be moved from May, 2017 to December 15, 2017.

The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean will be released in May instead.

Moving Star Wars VIII to December will put it in direct competition with the rumored release date of the Avatar sequel.  Battle of the giants!

Let’s just hope this time that Disney actually puts an appropriate percentage of Rey toys out there.  Ahem.

#StarWars #StarWarsVIII

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While Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still taking everyone’s money, Disney has given to Entertainment Weekly the tentative dates for the releases of five — count ’em, five — more Star Wars films.

You won’t have long to wait for the next one.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released December 16th, 2016.  It goes back to the days of the Galactic Empire and the Death Star, and features Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen and Alan (Firefly) Tudyk.

Star Wars: Episode VIII will pick up where The Force Awakens left off.  Hopefully this means we’ll see Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) with Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and BB-8.  Release date is penciled in as May 26th, 2017.

Tentatively titled Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo, this film will give everyone’s favorite scoundrel’s backstory.  No actors have yet been announced, and I imagine the lead role in this one will be very tough to cast.  It is scheduled for release May 25th, 2018.

We weren’t given a lot of information about Star Wars: Episode IX, except that it should be released sometime in 2019 and will be directed by Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow.

The plan is have Star Wars Anthology: Boba Fett released sometime in 2020.  There is no other information yet about that one, but I’ll make a not-so-bold prediction – this one and the Han Solo films will both be hotly anticipated.

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So I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens today, like about half of America did.  I live close to a little four-screen local theater, and there was quite a crowd, although the 1:10 showing I went to wasn’t quite sold out.  Full disclosure that I have seen episodes 4 (the first film, that came out in 1977), 5, 6, and 1.  I didn’t care for episode 1, The Phantom Menace, so I skipped 2 and 3.  The good news is with The Force Awakens, the best of Star Wars is back.

In case you are part of the 50% of America that hasn’t yet seen the film, I’ll try to give this review without any spoilers that you couldn’t have picked up from the trailers.  By the way, I sat through the credits so you won’t have to.  There are no extra scenes after the credits start to roll.

Old favorites return, with Han (Harrison Ford), Chewie (Peter Mayhew), Leia (Carrie Fisher), R2-D2 and C3PO (voiced by Anthony Daniels) joining a new generation of youngsters — and adorable droid  BB-8 — in fighting a revived First Order.  Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) picks up the role of black-garbed villain from Darth Vader, and with an army of stormtroopers sets out to quash the Resistance.  If it sounds like a familiar plot, it is.  This film has a lot more in common with the first film than just the storyline, though.  There are many winks and nods to the original.  And damn, is it fun to see the Millenium Falcon flying again!

Alongside the veterans are the new generation of characters.  Daisy Ridley is Rey, a scavenger eking out a living on the formidable desert-like planet Jakku.  Finn (John Boyega) is a former First Order stormtrooper who escapes after an attack of conscience, in the process rescuing Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), a hotshot pilot Leia sent to retrieve intelligence about where she could find her brother, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).  Ren also wants to know where Skywalker is, but that’s not his only task.  He’s been ordered by Supreme Leader Snoke (voiced by Andy Serkis) to finish off the Resistance once and for all.

J.J. Abrams does an excellent job at the reins of this one.  There’s a lot of action, a lot of humor, and a good mix of the original cast of characters along with the new ones.  If you’re a fan of the first film (and I am), there is a sense of a baton being passed to the new generation, especially after one particularly heart-breaking moment, but in the end it looks like the next film will still have a mix of old and new.  After all, the next generation of Jedi still have a lot to learn and it’s up to the vets to teach them.

#StarWars #TheForceAwakens

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