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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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Keira Knightley to star in forgotten story of Iraq war whistleblower

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Actress will take role of Katharine Gun, who leaked an email to the Observer about US spying plans, in new film

 

Keira Knightley to star in forgotten story of Iraq war whistleblower

Actress will take role of Katharine Gun, who leaked an email to the Observer about US spying plans, in new film

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/feb/18/keira-knightley-role-katharine-gun-gchq-official-secrets-film

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Feast your hungry eyes on Chadwick Boseman’s Rolling Stone cover

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Just look at that smile.

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It’s now been a week since Black Panther blasted its way onto our screens, and thirst levels are officially off the charts.

Winston Duke, the jaw-droppingly chiselled actor who plays M’Baku in the film, has already had his fair share of Twitter attention — and now it’s Chadwick Boseman’s turn.

On Sunday, Boseman tweeted out his new Rolling Stone front cover. Brace yourselves…

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‘Black Panther’ posts a record-setting box office opening for Marvel

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Excited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we’re rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week.

We knew Black Panther would be a hit. And now, the box office figures are here to prove it.

The latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe opened with an estimated $218 million earned over the weekend, including Monday’s holiday. That’s enough to give King T’Challa’s adventures in Wakanda a second-place finish among all other MCU movie openings.

Black Panther‘s Friday-Saturday-Sunday opening accounts for an estimated $192 million. That’s just enough to secure an all time top-five finish among Friday-Saturday-Sunday opening weekends, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220 million), Jurassic World ($208.8 million), and The Avengers ($207.4 million).

At least part of the sensational box office success is due to the fact that the movie dropped in February. The early months of the year are typically quiet ones for Hollywood, though risk-averse studios have more recently taken advantage of the period’s empty release calendar to showcase unproven blockbusters.

In 2016, that was Deadpool. The R-rated superhero movie was in many ways a first for the genre, proving that an adults-only audience could carry a comic book adaptation to box office success. Until Black Panther came along, Deadpool‘s $132.4 million opening weekend made it the all time winner for February releases.

Black Panther was considered “risky” — from a studio exec’s perspective, to be clear — for a different, and arguably more controversial, reason. Its predominantly black cast of stars and politicized themes fall outside the typical recipe of a successful Hollywood blockbuster, which tends to center around white male leads.

What’s more, the Black Panther character is among Marvel’s lesser-known heroes on the world stage. Any fan of Marvel comics would call foul on that, but stand, say, Spider-Man, or Wolverine, or Captain America up against Black Panther and there’s really no contest: One is a household name, the other isn’t.

This movie changes that. Buzz around Black Panther had been building for months. As the Feb. 16 release drew closer, all the usual background buzz about box office predictions grew on a weekly basis. At one point, Black Panther was on the road to a $150 million opening. Barely a day later, that number had climbed to $165 million.

To anyone paying attention, it was clear from not just the buzz but also the cultural movement building around the movie that it was going to be something special. Then, it screened for critics and reviews came out. That made things internet-official: Black Panther was a hit.

The numbers don’t lie. An estimated $192 million in three days. $218 million in four. Another $169 million from releases in countries outside the U.S., with many first-place weekend finishes among them. Black Panther is fully owning its moment.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/02/18/black-panther-box-office-opening-weekend/

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