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Carrie Fisher Will Be In ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ But Not The Way You Think

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Before rushing to the conclusion of Carrie Fisher being CGI-ed into Star Wars: Episode IX, hear us out. The director of Episode IX, J.J. Abrams is bringing Fisher’s character back with the help of unused footage from The Force Awakens. Abrams made a statement in which he explained all this, putting concerns of CGI or a recast aside.

“With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

As for the duration of footage that was shot, that’s undetermined. There couldn’t be reels of unseen footage but a few lengthier scenes seem plausible. Leia (Carrie Fisher) only appeared in Episode VII a few times so there are only a few locations she can appear at. Of course, it’s possible an unknown side plot was cut from the film. If anything, Leia finding the decayed remains of Luke’s hand would make the most sense. His lightsaber was in Maz Kanata’s temple but his hand wasn’t in that chamber. It could’ve drifted somewhere else but it goes to reason that since Luke’s lightsaber wound up with Kanata so did his hand.

Whatever Abrams decides to do with the remaining footage of Fisher, it just needs to be tasteful. After Fisher’s untimely death, anything that’s done with the character who made Fisher famous needs to be done right. Plus, Fisher’s family is waiting expectantly to see how Abrams intends to honor the late, great Carrie Fisher.

Both Fisher’s brother and daughter campaigned for Fisher to be part of Episode IX and up until recently, wasn’t going to happen. When LucasFilms announced they wouldn’t digitally recreate Leia, that drew fans to the conclusion that Leia was done for. Fortunately, the studio has found a way to bring Fisher back and in a way that honors her.

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Billie Dee Williams Returning To Play Lando in Star Wars: Episode IX

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Despite not making an appearance in either Star Wars: The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi, Billie Dee Williams is returning to play Lando in Episode IX. News of his return has fans excited, especially with all three stars of the original trilogy out of the current timeline. Luke (Mark Hamill) has joined the Force with Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Leia (Carrie Fisher) won’t appear since the actress’ untimely death. Fortunately, Lando (Billie Dee Williams) will provide Episode IX with a link to the past and connect the past timeline with current events.

 

The major concern with Williams returning to play Lando is that it’s going to be a bit complicated to explain his absence. The First Order’s battle with the Resistance has affected the entire galaxy but Lando has somehow managed to keep himself out of the fight. How he managed to accomplish that feat is up for debate but the most feasible answer is Lando went back to ruling Cloud City. The floating community presumably fell from the Empire’s control once Vader and the Emperor were defeated. Therefore, it’s reasonable to assume Lando went back soon after.

Another possible explanation for where Lando’s been is that he’s working as a smuggler for both sides of the battle. Rian Johnson originally wanted Williams to play DJ in The Last Jedi but that part went to Benicio Del Toro in the end.

What that means for Lando is that he would’ve come back as a morally ambiguous character—similar to how he was portrayed in the original Star Wars trilogy. That also means Lando could be playing both in his next appearance. Lando’s resurgence could be somewhat mysterious, though we’ll likely learn of where life took him after Return Of The Jedi and how that led him to where he is today.

Nevertheless, Billie Dee Williams jumping back into the fold is going to drive fans crazy. Lando (Williams) was a fan-favorite character in the original trilogy and has been spoken of fondly ever since. We still don’t know how much of Lando will be in Episode IX, so the only thing we can do is hope J.J. Abrams gives fans what they want. Not every fan will be happy with Abrams does with Episode IX but giving Lando a featured part should mitigate some of the criticisms levied on the final installment of the current trilogy.

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“Solo: A Star Wars Story”: Is It Worth Watching?

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Disney’s newest Star Wars movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story follows Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) as a rebellious young man beginning his extreme adventures in the criminal underworld. Through his escapades, Han learns from mentor Beckett (Woody Harrelson), falls in love with companion Kira (Emilia Clarke), befriends smuggler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and Chewbacca, and flies the most famous ship in the Star Wars Universe, the Millennium Falcon, for the first time. Fans cannot wait to see how the handsome scoundrel they all know and love becomes the greatest pilot the galaxy has ever seen.

 

 

Star Wars fans are anticipating this next action-packed adventure of Han Solo. Trailers are revealing visually amazing special effects with badass characters and lots of action. But, with such mixed reviews for The Last Jedi, fans are concerned that Solo: A Star Wars Story will turn out to be a disappointment. Since Harrison Ford’s Han Solo is so iconic, Ehrenreich has big shoes to fill for the role. Yet, fans are excited that this movie will be centered around the history of Solo, his friendship with Lando and Chewbacca, and the beginning of the Millennium Falcon which are huge in terms of Star Wars canon. But, there is the worry that the script will take a backseat to the special effects. Director Ron Howard is pulling a very risky move making a story about the background of Star Wars’ most popular character. Some fans might not think it’s worth watching if their favorite smuggler is going to be ruined. If the film turns out to be a spectacle with a poorly written script Disney might lose the bulk of its Star Wars fan base. However, nothing is set in stone.

On the other hand, the movie has some extremely talented actors, such as Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, and Woody Harrelson, who audience’s are looking forward to seeing on the big screen. But at the end of the day, the critical pressure is on Howard and Ehrenreich to recreate the classic character Han Solo in order to meet the fan’s high expectations. Is it worth watching? We’re all hoping for the best when Solo: A Star Wars Story opens on May 25th.  

 

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review: An Unexpected Take On A Beloved Franchise

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The second installment in the new Star Wars trilogy is unconventional, unexpected, and unapologetically takes bold risks that, for the most part, work. The film takes place right after the first installment of the new trilogy with Rey (Daisy Ridley) turning to recluse Jedi master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) for guidance in her newfound force abilities while the Resistance engages in a tense battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy.

While too much cannot be said about the plot for fear of giving away spoilers, a lot can be said about the fantastic work from the characters and director to the meticulously crafted new worlds and battle sequences.

Director Rian Johnson’s take on this installment is purely unconventional and bold. Johnson’s script and direction of the plot and its characters throughout the film make this installment a fresh story in the Star Wars Universe.

Rey solidifies herself as one of the titular characters in this trilogy, showing her uncertainty, confidence, and fierceness in both her dialogue and action scenes. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is another titular character in this installment and mirrors the majority of Rey’s characteristics, except you are able to simultaneously despise and sympathize with his character. Mark Hamill’s return as a tired and damaged Luke Skywalker is a bold risk for the character but it’s a risk that works. Luke’s arc is unexpected but is integral to the direction of the plot.

Another integral piece is the side story of John Boyega’s Finn and Rose, portrayed by excellent newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. Their story shows how their characters have a good development in their friendship and their vitality in the direction of the plot. Boyega’s energetic and caring portrayal of Finn is still present. Rose’s humor and determination is a great new addition to this installment and shows how the underdogs can sometimes pull off the best accomplishments.

Late Carrie Fisher’s return as General Leia is steadfast, determined, and hopeful. One of her parts is so shocking and essential that is needs to be seen on screen. Her increased screen time on this film was never wasted and without a doubt, her emotion in every scene was meaningful and palpable. Another character with more screen time is Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac), who reveals to viewers that his heart and conviction makes him more than another Resistance pilot but an iconic leader in this installment. In addition, while Laura Dern’s role as Vice Admiral Holdo seemed small, Dern really makes you see the thoughts to Holdo’s actions, making her small but intriguing to the plot.

Although, characters that were not more developed were Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma, Domhall Gleeson’s General Hux, and Andy Serkis’s Supreme Leader Snoke. While Christie did an absolutely wonderful job at highlighting Phasma’s ferocity, maliciousness, and strength, there was no true development in her character. From the last film, it felt that Phasma deserved more of an arc that was not apparent in this film.

Also, Gleeson’s General Hux is despicable, cowardly, and malevolent but is irritating personality remained the same without any real transformation. Serkis’ Snoke is monstrous and manipulative but his backstory is still kept under wraps with little development in the knowledge of his anger towards the main protagonists.

What was more developed was the perfect combination of detailed space battles and face-offs with the masterful compositions of John Williams made each sequence feel intensified and connected. Each world in this film felt connected as well with each scene feeling immersed in the diverse environment of the planets and its cute and meticulous creatures. After this film, there even might be an abundant need to buy a porg stuffed animal.

The costumes of each character only meld with the characters unique personalities and their intentions. Costume designer Michael Kaplan knows how to put even more of a story with each character’s specific costume.

This film is truly special with its great characters, new and focused plot, intensive battles, developed world and costume designs making this penultimate installment in the new trilogy feel memorable. That is why Star Wars: The Last Jedi deserves an A-.

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Highlights and Winners from the Oscars 2016

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I don’t know about you all, but I’m suffering from a serious post-Oscars syndrome this Monday morning. A person can only handle so much glamour, talent, and film nostalgia without feeling completely overwhelmed. I laughed, I cried… I cried again. This year’s Academy Awards was an emotional roller coaster and I did not want to get off.
Before we delve into the actual awards, I’d like to take a moment of silence for all the hearts that simultaneously exploded the moment that Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet stepped onto the red carpet together. I’m still recovering.

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Okay, on to the show! Host Chris Rock exemplified the best way to address the #OscarsSoWhite debacle: through humor. With a refreshing twist on the usually safe monologue route post Seth McFarlane’s failed jokes of 2013, Chris really went for it. Although some of his jokes were met with an uncomfortable silence and hesitant applause, for example following a comment that this year’s “In Memoriam package was going to be black people who were shot by cops on their way to the movies,” his message was clear, powerful, and grounded.
This year, there were some noticeable deviations from the traditional order of presentation. Normally, the show starts off with one of the supporting actor categories ,but this year the awards followed the order of production of a film, kicking off with the foundation of a movie, best screenplay(s). With no surprise to anyone, Original Screenplay went to Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight and Adapted to Charles Randolph and Adam McKay with The Big Short.
Following a head to head race with this year’s BAFTA and Globe recipient Kate Winslet, best supporting actress went to The Danish Girl’s Alicia Vikander. Her acceptance speech was adorable and her genuine excitement was contagious. Following a quick kiss with fellow academy award nominee and boyfriend Michael Fastbender, Vikander made her way to the stage and thanked her parents for believing in her and encouraging her to dream big.
In the spirit of change, the 88th Academy Awards also incorporated new little details throughout the show ,such as having the winner’s ‘Thank You’s’ running in a stream below their acceptance speeches and little blurbs beside the presenter’s with their filmography.
Chris Rock continued his humorous social commentary throughout the show with little side comments such as “should have been nominee Michael B. Jordan,” re-creating important scenes from best pictures with the inclusion of actors of color, and a segment titled ‘Black History Month Minute’ which celebrated actor Jack Black.
At the hour and half mark, things started to get… interesting. First, we were surprised with an appearance by R2D2, C3PL, and BB-8; a moment that clearly blew the mind of the prince of this year’s award season and star of Room, 9-year-old Jacob Trumbley.


Following the arrival of the trio of droids, Chris Rock invited his daughter’s girl scouts troop out in the audience to sell Girl Scout Cookies to Hollywood’s elite, gifting us with moments of Kate Winslet looking exceptionally excited over a box of Tagalongs and Sam Smith waving $5 in the air for his own. Then, to the pleasure of my inner-child, Buzz Lightyear and Woody, who are celebrating 20 years of friendship (excuse me…what?) presented the award to Pixar’s Inside Out for best-animated feature.
We then turned back towards the serious, with comedian Kevin Hart giving a touching speech where he applauded actors of color in the industry for an incredible year of powerful performances, encouraging his fellow creative to continue to push boundaries.
In a personal disappointment and first real snub of the night, Best Supporting Actor went to Mark Rylance for his performance in Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. That’s not to say his performance in the film wasn’t impressive, because it absolutely was, but let’s be honest here, who wouldn’t have loved to see Stallone up on that stage? You’re still a champ in my heart, Rocky.
One of the most talked about segments of the night came from a shocking collaboration between Joe Biden and Lady Gaga in a stance against sexual assault. After a speech made by our Vice President, Lady Gaga took to the stage to sing ‘Till it Happens to You, surrounded by sexual abuse survivors with ‘it’s not your fault’ written on their arms, a moment that moved the entire room, and everyone at home, to tears. The tears then continued with the shot of Brie Larson hugging all of the participants during the commercial break.

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Talking about Brie Larson, excuse my gushing here, but… YAY!!!! Aside from the fact that her performance in Room was breathtaking, heartbreaking, and genuine beyond belief, Brie is one of the most eloquent and intelligent women in this world and I’m so glad that she is getting the recognition she deserves as lead actress. Seriously, she’s made my entire year.
And of course, the moment that gave humanity as a whole a sense of justice (and perhaps a tear or two), Leonardo DiCaprio finally got his Oscar. May the Internet’s favorite memes rest in peace.
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To close out the show with the final shocker, the absolute treasure that is Spotlight takes home the award for Best Picture.
And that’s a wrap on this year’s Academy Awards! Thank you 2015 for an inspiring collection of films and let the countdown to next year begin! For more highlights and winners from the Oscars 2016, visit oscar.go.com.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

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Rey (Daisy Ridley), a young girl from a lowly community on desert planet, Jakku, becomes part of a larger world when she rescues a droid carrying highly valued information.  The droid, BB-8, belongs to a high-flying pilot ace, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), who is captured by enemy forces, but is soon aided by Stormtrooper FN-2187.  FN-2187, or Fin (John Boyega), had been raised and trained for the purposes of war, but quickly becomes disillusioned after a bloody skirmish that ends in Poe’s capture. Seeking redemption and a one-way ticket away from The First Order, Fin’s employers and the galaxy’s newest Big Bad, Fin joins Poe on his mission to find a legendary figure who could bring balance to the world of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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I’m a huge Star Wars fan and I have to say that I was very impressed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  J.J. Abrams, director of such films as, Super 8, Star Trek, and Star Trek Into Darkness, just keeps producing these dynamic tight-knit films that have audiences foaming at the mouth for more.  His style keeps viewers’ eyes glued to the screen, and his penchant for practical effects provides just enough nuance for an otherwise fantastic sci-fi that could have played out as just another run-of-the-mill global blockbuster.  I think what made much of this film work was its cast. I was sickened by the awesomeness of these actors.  The cast, particularly Fin and Rey, have so much chemistry it makes my freakin’ eyes water.  The depth that these two characters have are initially hinted at early on in the movie but with so much happening in the story, there’s not enough time to discover what made these characters who they are.  Much of who they are shines in what they do.  Actions speak louder than words, and every time I saw them on screen I was enchanted. Once I found myself invested, I knew I was in for a treat in the rest of the movie.
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The Force Awakens isn’t your usual blockbustery special effects extravaganza.  J.J. Abrams has been staying true to his style by keeping the ratio of special effects leaning towards the side of practicality.  Unlike, let’s say, some Michael Bay Transformer flick, or even worse (and I shudder at the thought), some green screen orgy such as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens fills its sets with real creatures, real explosions, and sets that any one of us can actually visit. Moreover, the action set pieces were very engaging – there was a real sense that things might take a turn for the worst. I’ll use the Stormtroopers as examples, because unlike the earlier films, these guys actually instilled some fear in our characters.  Usually, Stormtroopers are blind as Mr. Magoo – or whatever kids these days understand as being blind as a bat (Stevie Wonder memes?).  The Force Awakens gives these guys some respect.  The Stormtroopers in this film don’t miss as much; they’re merciless, and therefore, frightening.
There’s too much in this film for me to love. However, if I had to nitpick, I’d say it was the CGI characters in this movie that were lacking.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but there was just something about them that felt like they didn’t fit.  The graphics were good, but for me, maybe it just wasn’t good enough.  Still, though, they didn’t distract much from the flow of things in this movie – and ultimately, that’s what matters most. I was still invested.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year.  It doesn’t pander to its audience so much so that it marginalizes potentially new fans. It flawlessly caters to moviegoers everywhere while offering nods to anyone else who has seen the last six Star Wars films.  If there is one thing to take away from this movie, it’s that it is in good hands, and well deserving of a sequel.
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