Luke Skywalker did appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens but only for a few minutes during the final scene, but we still have no idea what the Jedi has been up to in the years following Return of The Jedi. So it goes without saying that when The Last Jedi drops next week the Jedi will be a much different person than the hero we left on Endor. One thing that we do know about his past is the fact that his nephew, Ben Solo (Kylo Ren) walked away from his Jedi training after being seduced by the Dark Side. But actor Mark Hamill came up with his own depressing backstory for Luke that involves a dead wife and child to help him get into the mindset of this older and broken Luke for his role in The Last Jedi. In a recent interview with EW Hamill summarized:
"He left the Jedi to raise this young child and marry this woman. And the child got hold of a lightsaber and accidentally killed himself."
It needs to be explained that this backstory is not part of the canon, Hamill merely used it as a tool so that he could effectively portray a darker Luke Skywalker who experienced a lot of tragedy in the decades between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Hamill explains that because of their son's tragic death, Luke returned to his Jedi life, which set him on the path to his Jedi academy being destroyed and him deciding to go into exile on Ahch-To. As for why Hamill chose this particular backstory, here's what the actor said:
"It's nothing to do with the story, but when I think about gun violence and you read these tragic stories of kids getting hold of their parents' guns and killing a sibling or themselves, I mean, I had to go to really dark places to get where Luke needed to be for this story."
Hamill also tested out his backstory ideas with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to confirm that the emotions he was channeling as a result of his story didn't conflict with anything that was actually going to be used in the movie. So even though the story was something Hamill was using to enhance his performance, audiences will still see a guilt-ridden Luke in The Last Jedi who's so haunted by what's happened to him, that he's under the impression that it's time for the Jedi to end.
When it comes down to it, Star Wars fans will learn what really happened to Luke in the years before The Force Awakens when The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.
Despite being 80 years old, Ridley Scott still has one of the busiest and most successful careers in Hollywood. He’s currently wrapping up reshoots onAll the Money in the World in time to make its Dec. 22 release date. He's also beginning prep for his next film, adapted from the Don Winslow novel, The Cartel; and he has dozens of other projects in various stages of production. But many still call the Alien franchise his crown jewel, and as he told EW in a recent interview, it's something that is always on his mind.
“We are [going to make another], we are. I think what we have to do is gradually drift away from the alien stuff. People say, ‘You need more alien, you need more face pulling, need more chest bursting,’ so I put a lot of that in Covenant and it fitted nicely. But I think if you go again you need to start finding another solution that’s more interesting. I think AI is becoming much more dangerous and therefore more interesting.”
Alien: Covenant was an overall disappointment for most Alien fans, but it's undeniable that some of the film's best moments often included Michael Fassbender, who was doing double duty as good-or-bad androids David and Walter.
“Fassbender was an AI. Ian Holm [from Alien] was an AI; Roy Batty [from Blade Runner] was an AI; so was Rachael [from Blade Runner].”
So if you're hoping for more xenomorphs, chestbursters and facehuggers, you better not hold your breath. Scott has already said that he wants to get rid of the Xenomorphs; it seems that Artificial Intelligence is something that Scott really wants to pursue. He previously said:
“I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over. But what I was trying to do was transcend and move to another story, which would be taken over by A.I.’s. The world that the AI might create as a leader if he finds himself on a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one.”
What do you guys think? Is this something that you would like to see?
We live in a world where if a film is successful or popular, audiences almost expect a sequel to follow. Baby Driver is one of the few original films of the year that was not based on a preexisting IP. It earned critical acclaim and made more than $226 million worldwide at the box office. You can easily argue that Baby Driver is director Edgar Wright's most successful movie. Not long after Baby Driver hit theaters last summer, Wright said he was considering making a sequel to the action movie. But now with 2017 drawing to a close, Wright is revealing that Baby Driver 2 is probably going to move forward in an interview with EW:
"Those talks are already in the works. The deal is being hammered out as we speak. So, hopefully, I'm going to at least write a second one. I've definitely got lots of ideas. Whether it's the next movie, I don't know. I'm just working that out at the moment, actually. I have a couple of things that I've been developing, and also a couple of new ideas that I had, and all the nice things things that I've been offered since [the release of Baby Driver. I would like to get back on the saddle very shortly, because --- slightly beyond my control --- but there was four years between The World's End and Baby Driver. I don't want it to be that long again. I would love to have a film out in the next two years."
Pump the breaks Wright fans, there are a few things to consider about this news. Wright says he's going to at least write Baby Driver 2, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he'll direct. He could pass directing duties to someone else, but he's also written every movie that he's ever directed, so it would be a combo breaker if he passed on directing the sequel. And honestly, who would even want to watch an Edgar Wright sequel that he did not direct?
Also, Wright told EW that there's no guarantee the next movie he works on will be Baby Driver 2. He is a highly sought after filmmaker and may want to work on other projects before then.
Baby Driver is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.
The Netflix original seriesThe Umbrella Academy, based on the popular series of comics and graphic novels is adding more cast members. The Eisner award-winning books are created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), they are illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The series is adding Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Robert Sheehan, and Aidan Gallagher. They join a cast that already includes Ellen Page as Vanya, the family oddball that has no super powers.
Here a list that was released that offers us a description for each of the five characters that the actors will be playing:
Tom Hopper (Luther) – “Luther” was groomed by his father from an early age to be the leader of The Umbrella Academy – a responsibility that has always weighed heavily on him. He is resilient, a workaholic, and possesses the ability of heightened physical strength. Upstanding to a fault, Luther always tries to do the right thing, even if that means putting others before himself.
Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison) – “Allison” is beautiful, elegant, and a formerly world-famous movie star who possesses the power of suggestion – anything she says aloud comes to pass. Her life seems perfect from the outside, but her ability has undermined every relationship she’s ever had. With her career on the decline and her marriage in shambles, she refuses to use her power as she seeks a more authentic life.
David Castañeda (Diego) – “Diego” is a skilled, intense vigilante who has a real problem with authority. He isn’t as naturally strong or smart as his siblings, so he’s worked three times as hard for everything. Believing he should have been the leader of his family instead of his brother, he carries a massive chip on his shoulder that makes him hostile to just about everyone.
Aidan Gallagher (Number Five) – “Number Five” appears to be a thirteen year old boy, but in actuality he is a fifty-eight-year-old man trapped in the body of a child. He doesn’t suffer fools and is the smartest person in the room. He’s haunted by the things he’s seen and done, and is on the verge of losing his grip on reality.
Robert Sheehan (Klaus) – “Klaus” is a drug addict and lovable mess of a human being and yet, if you ask him, any day now his life is going to turn around. He’s a classic “middle child” – a disarming pleaser who is seemingly everyone’s friend, but will rob you blind without thinking twice.
The series follows members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) as they work to try and solve their father’s mysterious death.
The pilot script was adapted from the comic book series by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist). The first season will be made up of 10 episodes and is set to premiere in 2018.
The Kingsmen director Matthew Vaughn is interested in producing and potentially directing a new action sci-fi film called Courage. The script for the film comes from Stranger Things Executive producer Karl Gajdusek.
Deadline Hollywoodreported that Vaughn is circling the project whose plot is being kept under tight wraps. The only information out there is that the film has an "epic premise, a drama in the vein of Inception and Edge of Tomorrow."
Vaughn is best known for directing both Kingsman films, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class. He will produce Courage with Michael Ellenberg. No other details have reported, but we'll keep a close watch for more information on this one as it develops
Sony continues to look for the next big hit and has now closed a development deal for the rights to the classic blaxploitation pic Superfly. Variety reports, that Sony has pegged Watchmen writer Alex Tse to write the script for the film that will be inspired by the 1972 classic that starred Ron O’Neal as Priest, a cocaine dealer looking to score one more super deal and retire.
The original film was directed by Gordon Parks Jr. who also happened to be the son of Gordon Parks, the man who directed one of the most iconic blaxploitation films of all time, the classic Shaft.
Fun fact about Superfly, even though the film was a cult hit, it's soundtrack is considered to be one of the best of all time. Composed by R&B legend Curtis Mayfield, it is the ONLY soundtrack to make more money than its film earned at the box office.
Sony hopes this new take will lead to a series of films. Sony is also reportedly in the process of meeting with actors for the title role.
If you want a taste of what the classic movie was like, here is the trailer:
Call Me By Your Namehas been in theaters for less than a week, and already it's managed to make Armie Hammer and his absurdly short shorts iconic among audiences. But that didn't come without any slips.
In a recent interview with Andy Cohen on Sirius XM Radio Hammer explained how the length of his shorts turned out to be a real problem, something even his Mom would cringe at. They were so teeny weeny, his balls were apparently popping out of them repeatedly during filming.
Hammer was joined by hisco-stars Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg, and director Luca Guadagnino, to talk about the film. Aside from talking about the movie's more serious homosexual love story, the crew spent a solid minute going over the intricacies of Hammer's wardrobe malfunction.
"There was a few times where they had to go back and digitally remove my balls from the movie. They were short shorts. What’re you gonna do?"
The film's director Guadagnino said Hammer's shorts weren't completely to blame, he told Cohen, "it's both things."
"Short shorts and big balls is what you’re saying."
Justice League is now in theaters and most people will agree that the movie is less than perfect. A lot of that has to do with the fact that the film faced a lot of the internal problems by those involved with bringing Justice Leagueto the screen. Zack Snyder's departure and the expensive rewrites and reshoots have been well-documented, and because of that the film has been dubbed the "Frankenstein project". But, now a new report from The Wrap brings to light some interesting information that might explain why the movie was rushed to release when it could have been pushed and ultimately been a much better movie.
One insider told The Wrap that few at Warner Bros. were actually happy with the finished film, and many believe that the decision not to push back the release date was by far the biggest mistake.
The Wrap's sources claim that WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara and President Toby Emmerich wanted to make sure the bonuses they would be paid before the huge $85 billion dollar deal between Time Warner and AT&T, went through. They were apparently worried that “if they pushed the movie, then their bonuses would have been pushed to the following year and they might not still be at the studio.”
If this is true, then it really dims the spotlight of responsibility on Snyder and Joss Whedon and moves it toward the WB executives, because it sounds like the Justice League's biggest downfall might be good, old-fashioned corporate greed.
Be sure to check out the report in full Here and let us know what you think in the usual place.
When Star Wars: The Last Jediis released, we will either find out who Rey's parents are or we won't and will have to wait until Episode IX. Either way, Daisy Ridley says she already knows because J.J. Abrams let her in on the secret during the production of The Force Awakens. But in an interview with Rolling StoneTheLast Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson revealed that information was never revealed in that movie and Johnson wasn’t told anything regarding that part of the story and was given free reign:
“I wasn’t given any directive as to what that had to be. I was never given the information that she is this or she is that.” Ridley added, “I thought what I was told in the beginning is what it is.”
It's pretty obvious that someone isn’t telling the truth, or there is some confusion on the matter. But the Rolling Stone reporter suspects that Johnson does know.
The idea that Johnson and Abrams somehow landed on the same answer does seem to suggest that Rey’s parents aren’t some random, never-before-seen characters. All that said, Abrams cryptically hints there may have been more coordination between him and Johnson than the latter director has let on, so who knows what’s going on here – they may be messing with us to preserve one of Abrams’ precious mystery boxes.
It does make sense that Johnson wouldn't say anything because if he told the truth and was also given a blank slate with the film, he’d be confirming that we will find out in The Last Jedi. And he can’t do that. I guess we will find out when Episode VIII arrives in theaters in a few weeks. The truth will finally be revealed or we will have to wait another year to find out.