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

Charmaine Blake

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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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Academy Adds ‘Popular Film’ Category to Oscars

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(CNN)Could this be “Black Panther’s” big chance?

On Wednesday, the organization announced a number of impending changes to the Oscars, including its intention to add a new category for achievement in popular film.
The details regarding eligibility in this category have not been announced — and the Academy did not say when the change would take effect — but the new award’s purpose is clear: make sure the box office’s biggest money makers have a chance to walk away with Oscars gold.
There have been instances in the past where this has already happened, of course.
Films like “Titanic,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” and “Forrest Gump” ruled the box office in their respective years and also earned best picture awards. But recent years have seen some of the year’s top-grossing films either earn awards solely in technical categories or get shut out of the Oscars completely. (One of the few exceptions to this was “American Sniper,” which grossed $350 million domestically and earned a best picture nomination.)

Last year’s best picture winner, “The Shape of Water,” earned $63 million domestically and topped out at No. 10 in box office rankings during its time in theaters, according to figures from Box Office Mojo.

The Academy’s motivation for extending honors to so-called popular films is a hope that the new award will help attract viewers. The most-watched telecast in Oscars history was in 1998 when “Titanic” won.

Last year’s telecast hit an all-time low in ratings with just 26.5 million viewers, a drop of 20% from the previous year.

Other changes set to take place, according to the Academy: a stricter adherence to a three-hour telecast and an earlier airdate for the 92nd annual Oscars.
The Academy had said the date of the 2020 ceremony would be February 23. That has changed to February 9.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/08/entertainment/academy-popular-film-category/index.html

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Robert Redford Confirms Retirement from Acting

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The Old Man & the Gun will feature the stars final big-screen role after a 60-year career but he may carry on directing

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Robert Redford has confirmed he will retire from acting with the completion of his forthcoming film, The Old Man & the Gun.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Redford, 81, said: Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [Ill] move towards retirement after this cause Ive been doing it since I was 21. I thought, Well, thats enough. And why not go out with something thats very upbeat and positive?

In 2016 Redford had suggested he had two more acting roles in the works, after which he would quit. Our Souls at Night, a romance in which he starred opposite Jane Fonda, was released on Netflix in September 2017, while The Old Man & the Gun, a crime comedy directed by A Ghost Storys David Lowery, in which Redford plays career criminal and veteran escape artist Forrest Tucker, is due for release in September after a premiere at the Toronto film festival.

Redford has been acting since 1960, when he appeared in a string of TV shows and gained a small role in basketball drama Tall Story. His profile steadily increased through the decade in films such as The Chase and Barefoot in the Park, before scoring a huge hit opposite Paul Newman in 1969s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. His second collaboration with Newman, 1973s The Sting, remains his biggest box-office success, and brought his only Oscar nomination for acting to date. (He lost to Jack Lemmon for Save the Tiger.) He was given an honorary Oscar in 2001.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/aug/06/robert-redford-retires-the-old-man-and-the-gun

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Jordan Peele’s new film now has a full cast and release date and it’s time to get excited

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Jordan Peele’s new film is well underway.

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Splendid news, Peele fans: we now have even more information about the Get Out director’s upcoming new film, Us.

Specifically, a cast and an exact release date. We already knew that Lupita Nyong’o and Elizabeth Moss were likely to be involved, but now we have a full run-down of all the main stars.

The people in that tweet from left to right, starting in the top left, are: Jordan Peele; Lupita Nyong’o; Winston Duke; Elizabeth Moss; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; Anna Diop; Tim Heidecker; Shahadi Wright Joseph; Evan Alex; and twins Cali and Noelle Sheldon (who, it turns out, both played Ross and Rachel’s baby, Emma, in Friends back in the day).

Peele has since retweeted a Hollywood Reporter article about the news, which means we can be pretty sure it’s all real and confirmed.

Wright, who is voicing Young Nala in the upcoming live action Lion King adaptation, also tweeted about it.

Peele shared an eerie poster for the film back in May, which slated a March 2019 release date.

According to both The Hollywood Reporter, the exact date it hits cinemas will now be 15 March.

Time to start getting excited.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/08/01/jordan-peele-us-cast-release-date/

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