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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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Cantina Talk: No, Kathleen Kennedy Isn’t Leaving Lucasfilm

Charmaine Blake

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“Stick a fork in it: Solo: A Star Wars Story is pretty much officially a flop. Its performance hasn’t improved since its unimpressive debut and shows no sign of getting a boost. Moreover, judging from the fallout, the movie had more of an impact amongst conspiracy theorists than anyone else. Want proof? Read on.

Is Kathleen Kennedy Leaving Lucasfilm?

The Source: Random online gossipmongers

Probability of Accuracy: Not even slightly true.

The Real Deal: Lets start with something thats quite clearly wishful thinking on the part of a number of Star Wars fans: For the last couple of weeks, there have been rumors that Kathleen Kennedy is stepping down as Lucasfilm president, with Marvels Kevin Feige being named as her potential replacement. This is, to be blunt, complete and utter banthawash. (Look, we’re trying to keep it clean and on-topic.) Yes, Solo: A Star Wars Story underperformed, but thats just one failure after three of the most successful movies in recent memory, and Solo had extenuating circumstancesnamely, losing its original directors, which forced a reshoot of pretty much the entire movie. The idea that Kennedy would be forced to step down after thator that fans need to speak up to save her jobis ridiculous, and betrays…..”

Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/cantina-talk-62/

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The movie Gotti Earns a 0% score from Rotten Tomatoes

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The reviews are in for the mobster movie Gotti which profiles the life of notorious crime boss John Gotti. Following the laundry list of excellent mob movies this should be an easy win, but Gotti‘s reviews are apparently the only entertaining thing about it.

The movie currently has a 0 percent Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s right, zero.

Tomatometer ratings are based on “the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show,” provided there are at least five reviews. Personally, I didn’t even know a 0 was possible. 

Among the 18 approved “Tomato Critics,” not one gave Gotti a positive, or “fresh,” review, though we should note that the audience score is currently at 82 percent, with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 from 6,678 reviews at the time this story was published

Regardless, here are some of the best snippets from the reviews. 

1. “He may have been a murderer, but even Gotti deserved better than this.”

 – Brian Tallerico for RogerEgbert.com

2. “There’s not really a story here. It’s more a series of recognizable scenes from any number of gangster movies…” 

-Mark Dujsik for MarkReviewsMovies.com

3.”Gotti ends up feeling like a kitschy assemblage of other directors’ ideas.”

-Gary Thompson for Philly.com

3. There are 44 credited producers on the picture (good. lord.), and not one person had the nerve to question just what kind of derivative, borderline nonsensical film was being made.

-Brian Orndorf for Blue-Ray.com

4.  You don’t put the “Theme From ‘Shaft’” in a movie that is not “Shaft.” Come on.

– Glenn Kenny for the New York Times

5. “… the picture is a chaotic assemblage of short, disconnected scenes interrupted by snippets of archival footage, bits of narration and even moments when Travolta breaks the fourth wall by talking directly into the camera.” 

– Frank Swietek for One Guy’s Opinion

6. “While Travolta has his moments, the woefully uneven film too often settles for mobster stereotypes rather than providing meaningful insight into its subject.” 

– Todd Jorgenson for Cinemalogue

7. “John Travolta and E from Entourage turn infamous mob boss Gotti into a scowling bore.”

– Mike D’Angelo AVClub

(Writer’s note: This is just the headline, but OMG what a headline.)

8.  “… the vibrant, rap-infused score by Pitbull, which features three solo tracks by the popular artist, doesn’t quite jibe with the movie’s general style and tone.”

 – Gary Goldstein for the Los Angeles Times

9. “…Gotti is a connect-the-dots disaster — the don’s greatest hits, so to speak — without discernible theme or cohesive narrative.”

-Franke Lovece for Newsday

10.”[Director Kevin] Connolly’s in too much of a rush to get somewhere and doesn’t seem to know what that destination is.” 

– Chris Nashawaty for Entertainment Weekly

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Let’s talk about the shocking ending of ‘Hereditary’

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“Let’s pore over the details of Hereditary like it’s an overdue art project based on our tragic lives.

Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Hereditary.

Hereditary is the kind of film you need to sit with.

It’s not just that it has a lot of shocking twists, though it does, or that the scares linger in your psyche, though they do. It’s also that Hereditary is dense with details that only reveal themselves upon closer examination and careful thought… or at least a deep dive into an explainer like this one.

Here’s everything you missed in Hereditary.

1. Yes, King Paimon is real

And people really do worship him.

To be clear, Paimon is “real” in the sense that he was not invented by writer-director Ari Aster for this film. Whether you think he’s actually, literally real depends on whether you believe demons and spirits are real. For what it’s worth, mentions of Paimon go back centuries – he’s even included in the 17th century grimoire Lesser Key of Solomon.

“I’m not tied in any way to the occult, so the research was disturbing, but I knew that I had to go there and I knew that I wanted the ritual elements of the film, which are held at a distance and you only get pieces of them, I knew I wanted them to be rooted in something real,” he said to Thrillist. “I was lead to witchcraft manuals that are instructing people on how to cast spells and this and that.”

2. Charlie has never really been Charlie

From the moment we meet her, it’s obvious there’s something off about Charlie. What exactly that is takes a while to reveal itself.

Early in the film, Annie (Toni Collette) explains that when her son Peter was born, she kept him away from her mother, Ellen. When her daughter Charlie was born, though, Annie relented and “gave” her to Ellen. Ellen…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/14/hereditary-ending-explained-everything-you-missed/

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