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Solo: A Star Wars Story – five things we learned from the first trailer

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The first footage has been revealed of the young Han Solo standalone movie in the Star Wars series; what can the minute and a half of film tell us?

Solo: A Star Wars Story – five things we learned from the first trailer

The first footage has been revealed of the young Han Solo standalone movie in the Star Wars series; what can the minute and a half of film tell us?

Predicting the future of Star Wars by watching a trailer is a bit like trying to work out the result of a sporting spectacle after only viewing the first 90 seconds of action. After all, publicity for 2015s The Force Awakens featured lines from Mark Hamills Luke Skywalker himself, when the grizzled Jedi knight failed to utter a single word in the final cut of JJ Abrams film. And most of the scenes in early promos for 2016s Rogue One were swapped for completely different ones in the finished film.

The best that the new trailer for Ron Howards debut venture in the Star Wars universe can give us is a vague glimpse of what might be, further down the line, provided Disney stays on target between now and the movies May release date. Heres what we gleaned from our first look at junior Han and Chewbacca, a long time ago in a galaxy the powers that be presumably hope looks not so far, far away from the one George Lucas showed us in 1977.

Alden Ehrenreich is no Harrison Ford

The high water mark for elegant imitation of a classic sci-fi original is perhaps Karl Urbans studied take on DeForest Kelleys sardonic drawl as Bones McCoy in the original Star Trek movies and TV episodes. But Ehrenreich has apparently chosen to mimic neither Harrison Fords inimitable tones nor his bearing as the new Han Solo.

This is a greener, less swaggersome space rogue, a scoundrel in the making who perhaps hasnt yet discovered the insouciance of his cocksure predecessor. Whether Ehrenreich adds brash self-assurance to his arsenal as time goes by well have to wait and see. But for now, this first glimpse of Han Solo suggests hes only vaguely recognisable as Chewbaccas prickly pal.

All traces of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller may not have been entirely excised

The directors of The Lego Movie were banished from the set of Solo (apparently for favouring improvisation over Star Wars alumnus Lawrence Kasdans screenplay) last year, and replaced with the ultimate Hollywood safe pair of hands in Ron Howard. And yet the scene on board the Millennium Falcon in which Ehrenreich calmly predicts he and his crew are safe and sound only to be proved swiftly and definitively wrong as a horrifying vision of tangled space tentacles heaves into view looks like exactly the kind of effervescent footage a free-form approach to film-making might produce. Could the final version of Solo end up retaining more Lord and Miller DNA than previously expected?

Emilia Clarkes Qira has an Imperial look to her

The opulent, imposing cloak worn by the Game of Thrones mainstay in one scene is the kind of garb were used to seeing on high-ranking members of the Empire in Star Wars movies. And yet all evidence suggests shes not here to blow up planets or freeze our heroes in carbonite. Might she be a Rebel spy doing her best to infiltrate Emperor Palpatines forces with the help of Han and his team?

Famous faces in Star Wars movies are here to stay

Apart from some rather notable British character actors, the original Star Wars trilogy largely got by using virtual unknowns in the key roles. But in the Disney era weve seen Hollywood glitterati such as Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Forest Whitaker thrown headlong into Imperial entanglements, while even the prequels had Samuel L Jackson and Liam Neeson pulling on Jedi garb.

The latest famous face to debut in the Star Wars universe is Woody Harrelson as Han Solos shady mentor, Beckett. I say shady because Harrelson may have last played a role that wasnt in some way morally compromised in Cheers. Whos betting against the old meanie committing some kind of hideous treachery at a key moment in the new episode, just when wed decided to lend him our trust?

Qira knows Hans deepest secrets

I might be the only person who knows what you really are, says Emilia Clarke to a nervous looking Solo in the trailer. This may of course be a classic case of trailer misdirection: a single scene taken completely out of context to encourage a thousand new fan theories on Reddit. Even worse, Disney may have decided to give Han a horrific new backstory in which hes secretly a member of the Corellian royal family, or part-Ewok.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2018/feb/05/han-solo-a-star-wars-story-trailer-what-we-learned

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Ryan Coogler Reportedly Set To Write And Direct ‘Black Panther’ Sequel

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Black Panther” filmmaker Ryan Coogler has reached an agreement to write and direct a sequel to the 2018 Marvel mega-blockbuster film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Coogler-helmed “Black Panther” is Marvel’s highest domestic grossing film ever, earning just over $700 million in the U.S. and $1.3 billion worldwide.

“Black Panther” wasn’t just big with fans and at the box office. It achieved critical acclaim, landing a “certified fresh” 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, which starred a mostly black cast, also struck a cultural chord by redefining the merits of black-led films for mainstream audiences.

Coogler rose to prominence with his 2015 hit “Creed” featuring Micheal B. Jordan, who also stars in “Black Panther” as the villain Erik Killmonger.

Marvel and Disney have made no announcement on the filming or release date for the sequel, but sources told The Hollywood Reporter Coogler would write the film next year and begin filming in late 2019 or early 2020.

The film may still be a ways away, but fortunately there’s plenty to tide Marvel fans over between now and the “Black Panther” sequel……………………………..”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ryan-coogler-reportedly-set-to-write-and-direct-black-panther-sequel_us_5bbfbeaee4b040bb4e806086

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‘Too Much, Too Fast’: Disney to scale back production of Star Wars movies

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After the disappointing box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney CEO Bob Iger says fans can expect some slowdown

“After months of rumor and speculation, Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that its production and release of Star Wars movies will be scaled back.

Iger admitted that he had made a mistake, and that there had been too much, too fast in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, after it put him at the top of its list of the most powerful people in the entertainment industry.

He added: You can expect some slowdown were going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing.

Disney had received considerable criticism after the disappointing box-office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the second of the anthology spinoffs designed to run alongside the core main Episode narratives and to alternate with them in the release schedules. Solo had a troubled production history, during which the directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were replaced by Ron Howard, and was released in May 2018, only six months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Solos box office figures were considerably poorer than those of Rogue One, the previous Star Wars anthology spinoff from 2016, and is on course to become the first film in the franchise to lose money. The suggestion is that Disney failed to anticipate franchise fatigue.

Iger did not elaborate on the future of the two spinoffs believed to be in development a Boba Fett film to be directed by James Mangold and an Obi-Wan Kenobi film with Stephen Daldry rumoured to direct but did confirm that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss are developing [Star Wars] sagas of their own.

However, Igers comments appear to back up the supposition that Disney and Lucasfilm will be concentrating on the main episodes, and he confirmed that JJ Abrams is busy making [Episode] IX. Abrams as yet untitled film is due for release in December 2019…………….”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/sep/21/star-wars-disney-to-scale-back-production-solo

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Peter Dinklage gets yet another Emmy for his role as Tyrion Lannister

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Peter Dinklage wins yet another Emmy for his role in ‘Game of Thrones.’

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Peter Dinklage won his third Emmy for most outstanding supporting actor in a drama series at the Emmys on Monday.

Dinklage, who plays the iconic Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones, was nominated alongside fellow Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays his brother Jaime Lannister.

For his work as Tyrion, Dinklage has been nominated in the category seven times, winning in 2011, 2015, and now 2018.

In his acceptance speech, Dinklage thanked Coster-Waldau, who earned his first Emmy nomination for his work on Game of Thrones this year.

Hopefully both actors survive the final season of Game of Thrones coming in 2019, or at least get one more nomination next year if they do meet their demise.

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