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What did the first-ever ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ audience think?

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Cheers, chills, and Chewbacca, too.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a movie of massive moments, jaw-dropping decisions, and megatons of involuntary audience participation. There is no fighting it: Every crowd — not just the first to see it — is going to devolve. Loudly.

“You guys are the first audience ever to see this,” director Rian Johnson said from the stage, where the entire cast — even flight-dayed John Boyega — had assembled on Saturday night. “You ready to see a Star Wars movie?”

The roar of agreement was as deafening as the engines of a Star Destroyer.

Episode VIII premiered at the Shrine Auditorium on the USC campus in Los Angeles, where an audience of some 6,000 stumbled bewildered from the massive screening — a stunning display of state-of-the-art sight and sound by Dolby, quite a feat given the sheer size of the room — and into the Canto Bight casino-themed party. There, among the endless blackjack and craps tables and photo opp stations, the luckiest moviegoers in the galaxy would begin to attempt to discuss what they had just seen.

Its magnitude was palpable everywhere. For the next few hours, there were no raging wildfires, no Trump tweets, no harassment scandals to even consider talking about. Every conversation, every thought even, was Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars, wherever you are Wars, all of the time.

The Shrine is a big old barn of a building, and Disney blasted it with Star Wars stuff from the red carpet to the rafters, including a four-story First Order walker that loomed over arriving dignitaries. 

While not quite at the level of scale and ambition as the 2015 Force Awakens premiere that swallowed up Hollywood Boulevard, the Last Jedi party had something its predecessor did not: a film so stacked with surprises that nearly everyone there was visibly stunned.

Reviews are embargoed for Tuesday, and our prediction stands: The Last Jedi will be the best-reviewed Star Wars film of all time.

One thing’s for certain: It will be the most talked-about.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/12/10/star-wars-last-jedi-premiere-recap/

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Jason Momoa leads a memorable haka dance during ‘Aquaman’ premiere

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So. Much. Power.

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“Red carpets may have a reputation for being exclusive, glamorous affairs, but they aren’t always as exciting as they sound.

Ultimately it’s just a bunch of people in fancy clothes walking slowly along a road, right?

Well, not always. Not when Jason Momoa is involved.

Wednesday night marked the premiere of Aquaman in Los Angeles. And rather than just a simple, pose-for-photos-and-say-hi-to-fans type affair, this premiere had one key difference…

Yep: midway through the event, Jason Momoa suddenly stripped down to his vest to lead a haka, which included his two children and New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison, who plays his father in the movie and has Mori ancestors. In Mori culture, the haka is a traditional dance.

The performance lasted over two minutes, and involved the Hawaiian actor smashing his golden trident in half over his knee.

Yikes.

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That’s certainly one way to make a red carpet more memorable.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/jason-momoa-haka-aquaman-red-carpet/

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Stephen King tweets 5 words about the ‘IT’ sequel, instantly goes viral

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Stephen King wants you to know the second part of ‘IT’ is on the way…

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“It’s not often you find yourself eagerly awaiting a fresh glimpse of a nightmare-inducing clown, but here we are.

It’s now been well over a year since Andrés Muschietti’s IT adaptation giggled its way into theatres, before going on to smash the previous record for highest-grossing U.S. box office horror movie. Since then, we’ve had some good — if slightly far-off sounding — news: IT Chapter Two will be coming to theatres on 6 Sept. 2019.

Okay, so that may still be nine months away, but — judging by Stephen King’s recent tweet — we may be due a clown-themed surprise earlier than expected.

So, what exactly does that mean, then?

Well, if we had to guess, it seems likely that King has recently seen some promotional material relating to the film — possibly an image, or maybe even some early footage. Perhaps something that we may get to see ourselves before too long.

It certainly feels like we’re overdue some Pennywise…

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/stephen-king-tweet-it-chapter-two/

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Zac Efron just shared a new photo of himself as serial killer Ted Bundy

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“The last time we saw our favourite teen heartthrob Zac Efron, he was prancing around the stage in The Greatest Showman. But in his next movie, Zefron is taking it in a whole other direction.

The former High School Musical and Baywatch star just shared a new photo of himself in the upcoming movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, where he portrays infamous American serial killer Ted Bundy.

Efron shared a photo of what appears to be Bundy in a courtroom, captioned “Ready for Sundance!”

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is set to premiere at the film festival in January 2019.

The movie tells the story of Ted Bundy from the perspective of his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins (daughter of Phil).

Real-life Ted Bundy murdered at least 30 women between 1973 and 1978. He was sentenced to death and died in the electric chair in the state of Florida in 1989.

If Zefron is as good at acting like a complete psychopath as he is at dancing, singing, and basketball, this movie’s bound to be good.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/zac-efron-ted-bundy-instagram/

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