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Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.


One of the great joys this past year has been seeing actress Laura Dern return to the big and small screen with memorable roles in both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and “Twin Peaks: The Return.” But is Laura Dern up for returning to the world of genetically engineered dinos and her Jurassic Park role.

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I think it’s fair to say that a lot of people – Mark Hamill included – were a little disappointed by the treatment of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. His character was far removed from what we’d previously seen, with director Rian Johnson even going so far as to have the Jedi Master consider murdering his own nephew Ben Solo in cold blood – a decision that ultimately completed Ben’s turn to the Dark Side and transformation into Kylo Ren.

Speaking to IGN, Johnson has discussed the aforementioned controversial scene, describing it as “a moment of temptation to the Dark Side for Luke”.

Carrie Fisher left the world and the Star Wars universe much too soon but she had just enough time to add a few special touches to her last performance as Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for those who have Not yet seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The actress, who died in December 2016 at the age of 60, left a lasting impression in the franchise, but she truly cemented her legacy in the latest entry in the Star Wars universe by writing her character’s scene stealing moments.

Fans will be flocking back to theaters this holiday for more of The Last Jedi as it enters its second weekend, and today we have more from director Rian Johnson, who sheds new light on Carrie Fisher’s impact on the script. As many may know, Carrie Fisher had a successful second career as a writer, authoring a number of books and scripts while also serving as one of the most accomplished script doctors in Hollywood. During a new interview, director Rian Johnson reveals that Carrie Fisher helped write one of the most memorable scenes in the movie, involving General Leia. If you still haven’t seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there will be Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is heading for a stellar $110 million at 4,232 North American sites over the four-day Christmas weekend, early estimates showed on Friday.

Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is leading the rest of the pack with about $35 million at 3,765 locations for the four days, followed by Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 3” with $30 million at 3,447 venues. Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” is performing in line with expectations with $14 million at 3,006 theaters while early estimates for Paramount’s “Downsizing” vary from $7 million to $11 million on 2,668 screens. Warner Bros.-Alcon’s “Father Figures” isn’t much of a player with $5 million at 2,902 sites.

Fox’s awards contender “The Post” is showing plenty of pull in limited release with about $1 million at nine locations. The Tom Hanks-Meryl Streep journalism drama, directed by Steven Spielberg, goes wide on Jan. 12.

With its dense, careening, seemingly unstructured 2-hour, 32-minute running time, “The Last Jedi — Episode VIII” is well worth a second viewing. From Han Solo’s cockpit dangling dice to Chewbacca preparing a roasted Porg for his supper, every detail pays off. We asked writer-director Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman (his producing partner since “Brick” in 2005) how they combined spectacle with scale and scope with intimate human dynamics, a raft of new characters and creatures, and the inevitable battle between light and dark.

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And whatever is really going on with Internet trolls complaining about “The Last Jedi,” Johnson’s follow-up to J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” is a bonafide critical success and certainly plays like a blockbuster with theater audiences. The space epic scored $574 million worldwide to date, and will only keep racking up the numbers over the holidays.

As The Last Jedi heads into its second frame in theaters, fans will be certainly going back to dissect every frame of what is the longest Star Wars movie of all time. One of the most interesting details is revealed when Rey starts to explore more of Ahch-to, and comes across something that is all too familiar for fans, and now we have more details about that scene. If you still haven’t seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet, after a week in theaters, there will be Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.

The movie picks up directly after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) bringing Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) the lightsaber she got from Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o}). While exploring the hidden planet of Ahch-to, Rey comes across Luke Skywalker’s old X-Wing ship, submerged in the water far below the cliff.

It’s safe to say that 2017 will go down as one of the craziest years in Hollywood history. Just take a gander at the past 12 months: Moguls and movie stars engulfed in an ever-widening sexual harassment scandal, the likely end of the hegemony of the big six studios, the worst summer box office results in decades, and a widespread loss of confidence by Wall Street in the future of the theatrical distribution business.

Forgive the entertainment industry if there’s a whiff of end times emanating from Los Angeles, and it’s not just because the hills around the city were recently ablaze. Look beyond the plumes of smoke from the wildfires, and there’s a widespread fear that the old order is breaking apart and something new and, frankly, scarier is emerging in its place.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi rewards careful viewers, and one of the more interesting and subtle moments was spotting Luke Skywalker’s iconic X-Wing sunken in the shores off his island home on Ahch-To. I was thinking about why we saw this and, aside from explaining how Luke got there in the first place, it functions as a red herring to preserve the twist of Luke’s Force projection in the finale. After all, without a working ship there’s no way he can leave the planet (and we already know the X-Wing can survive immersion in water from Empire).

But, according to the book The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, its appearance was originally to have been far more prominent. It was film designer and artist Doug Chiang who originally created concept art showing Luke’s X-Wing underwater, but art director Kevin Jenkins wanted to take things in a slightly different direction.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has been in theaters for just eight days and it’s just $8 million shy of hitting $600 million worldwide. The juggernaut will easily cross that figure and then some by time the holiday weekend is over. The Lucasfilm sequel to ‘The Force Awakens’ is obviously a smash. And that’s all due to filmmaker Rian Johnson (“Looper”) who wrote and directed the picture with plenty of autonomy and the freedom to make some big, bold, surprising choices.

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