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Rian Johnson offers brilliant Twitter response to Star Wars: The Last Jedi force projection criticism

Officially the most divisive Star Wars movie of the saga, Rian Johnson has spent the last few days divulging information about creative choices made on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Whether that’s questions about Rey’s parentage, Snoke’s fate, or what happened to the Knights of Ren, he has answered them in a manner that has fully justified what ended up in the final cut, regardless of what you and millions of others might think.

Well, now he has used his official Twitter account (@rianjohnson) to defend criticism of Luke Skywalker’s force use in a key scene of the film, and frankly, it’s wonderful.

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 19, 2018

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— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 19, 2018

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Sundance 2018: Keira Knightley and the new wave of progressive costume drama

With Knightley starring as Colette – alongside Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic and Daisy Ridley as Hamlet’s Ophelia – the period drama has never looked so interesting

The Sundance film festival has sold itself for 40 years as the champion of cutting-edge, radical independent cinema; not a natural habitat for the stiffly costumed and perfectly spoken habits of the literary-inflected costume drama. But this year a choice selection of such films have found their way to Sundance, at a time when the period film has gained considerable currency as an illuminator of contemporary social issues. The Happy Prince, Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic about the writer’s final years will be joined at the festival by Ophelia, a reworking of the Hamlet story starring Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley, and Colette, a biopic of the transgressive French literary icon that stars costume-pic veteran Keira Knightley.

All three can claim to be
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been calculated as the most divisive Star Wars film ever

We can start calling Star Wars: The Last Jedi the official most divisive Star Wars film ever, according to calculations by a Reddit user.

The Last Jedi continues to climb the box office charts and will likely pass the $600 million mark at the North American box office this weekend. However, fan reaction has been largely split, with some loving the film, but others outright detesting it.

Now we can say “officially” that The Last Jedi is the most divisive Star Wars film, however, as Reddit user TheNeptunianSloth has made some mathematical calculations using IMDb rating data for the films in the franchise.

“What I did was I calculated the standard deviation from each film’s set of ratings, which is a way of measuring how much the numbers, on average, deviate from the arithmetic mean of the set,” the user described. “A typical standard deviation will generally be between 1 and
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Watch A New Featurette For ‘Peter Rabbit’ Featuring Daisy Ridley

Sony Pictures Animation has released a new featurette for their new movie Peter Rabbit, focussing upon Daisy Ridley’s character Cotton Tail.

In Peter Rabbit, due in cinemas later this year, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers now takes on the starring role of his own contemporary comedy. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as their fight to gain control of McGregor’s coveted vegetable garden and the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne) extends to the Lake District and London. James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail.

Watch the brand new featurette for the film below. Peter Rabbit opens on March 16th,
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Peter Rabbit character featurettes for Daisy Ridley’s Cotton-Tail and Elizabeth Debicki’s Mopsy

With just three weeks to go until Peter Rabbit arrives in Us cinemas, Sony Pictures has released two new character featurettes for the upcoming live-action/CG-hybrid focusing on Daisy Ridley’s Cotton-Tail and Elizabeth Debicki’s Mopsy; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Peter Rabbit here

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

Peter Rabbit is set for release
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt defends how The Last Jedi portrayed Luke Skywalker

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Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below. Although the search for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) was on everyone's mind in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, our first glimpse at Luke in over thirty years was frustratingly brief, arriving with Rey (Daisy Ridley) traveling to Ahch-To in order to present the Jedi with his father's lightsaber. Fans spent the next two years endlessly... Read More...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt passionately defends Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has defended how Luke Skywalker was portrayed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

There is a large group of fans who don’t like the way Mark Hamill’s Luke was behaving in the film, noting that he is quite different from the heroic young man they remember from the original trilogy. Although Luke pulls off quite a feat at the film’s end, this isn’t enough to convince many fans.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, fan of the franchise and an actor that’s been in every one of Rian Johnson’s films, including The Last Jedi in a miniscule voice role as the Canto Bight character Slowen-Lo, feels rather passionately about the subject and has defended Luke’s appearance.

In lengthy article, the actor has said: “I want to be really clear, this is just my own opinion, and in no way do I carry any special authority on this movie,
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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ to Tie Up $37 Million in Opening Weekend

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ to Tie Up $37 Million in Opening Weekend
Universal’s “Fifty Shades Freed” should dominate its North American opening weekend on Feb. 9-11 with about $37 million, early tracking showed Thursday.

Sony’s family comedy “Peter Rabbit” is tracking for a launch that weekend in the $18 million range and Warner Bros.’ Clint Eastwood thriller “15:17 to Paris” should arrive with about $10 million.

The projected “Fifty Shades Freed” launch isn’t as strong as its predecessors “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which opened with $85.2 million in 2015, and “Fifty Shades Darker,” which opened with $46.6 million on the same weekend last year. The two films, co-starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, have combined to gross $950 million worldwide.

Tracking shows “Fifty Shades Freed” with an impressive 74% total awareness and 26% definite interest. E.L. James’ erotic romance trilogy was a sensation when published in 2011 and 2012. James Foley directed “Fifty Shades Freed” from a script by Niall Leonard, James’ husband.

Reprising their roles from “Fifty Shades Darker” are Marcia Gay Harden
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Rian Johnson explains the absence of the Knights of Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has had a lot of complaints levelled against it over the past month, and one of the chief complaints that Some fans have had is that director Rian Johnson did not adequately address some of the lingering questions from The Force Awakens. For example, what’s up with the Knights of Ren, and where were they in The Last Jedi?

Recently, Rian Johnson was speaking with the Empire Film Podcast, where he was asked about the Knights of Ren, and why they weren’t included in the film. Here’s what the director had to say:

“You can see we have a very full movie already. There literally was just not room for another element at them. I guess I could’ve used them in place of the Praetorian guards, but then it would feel like wasting them because I knew all those guards had to die pretty quickly.
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Video: Peter Rabbit – ‘Meet Cottontail with Daisy Ridley’ Featurette

You’ve met Flopsy, you’ve met Mopsy, now meet Cottontail. Daisy Ridley is the voice talent behind the third of Peter Rabbit’s sisters and you can find some insight into the character in the above video from the actress herself.

The story takes inspiration from the book as Peter (Voiced by James Corden) battles with Mr McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) for control over the latter’s vegetable garden, but then develops into something more as Peter and friends find themselves in London. Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley voice Peter’s sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail.

Peter Rabbit is in UK cinemas March 16th. Check out the featurette above and let us know your thoughts below.
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Rian Johnson has explained the thought process behind Rey’s parentage in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi dealt with the much discussed subject of Rey’s parentage, and director Rian Johnson has revealed the decision making behind the reveal.

It seems that Johnson is having to do plenty of explaining regarding certain plot points in the film and he has done so again for the mystery of Rey’s parentage, which, it turns out, wasn’t much of a mystery at all. Speculation was rife about which famous character she might be related to, but it turns out that Rey is a nobody.

Speaking to the Empire podcast, Johnson explained why this decision was made: “I went through all the possibilities of who her parents could be. I made a list, with the upsides and downsides. There were two things about this option that made it feel right to me. Firstly. I like the idea that we’re breaking out from the
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been pulled from Chinese theaters, significantly underperforms

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially been pulled from Chinese theaters after an underwhelming performance at the box office these past few weeks. The film grossed $28.7 million in its opening weekend in China, but earned a far lower $2.4 million during its second week in theaters. Compared to other Star Wars films that have released in Mainland China, this is considerably low.

Chatting with THR, Jimmy Wu, chairman of Lumiere Pavilions — a Chinese movie theater chain — had this to say: “The Last Jedi has already been completely pulled from cinemas here. It’s performed much worse than we could have expected.”

How a movie will fare in China is notoriously difficult to predict. Any film that isn’t part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the Transformers or Fast and the Furious franchise, are not guaranteed to be a success with Chinese moviegoers. With the government only allowing a select amount of U.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson hopes that Luke Skywalker will return in Episode IX

The director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, has expressed “hope” that Luke Skywalker will return in Star Wars: Episode IX.

The Last Jedi was replete with surprising moments and unexpected turns, no more so than in the death of Luke Skywalker. This decision has caused plenty of debate among fans, with many curious if this is indeed the end for the character, or if Luke will come back in some way during J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX, such as a Force Ghost.

Rian Johnson certainly hopes so and has expressed this desire to Variety: “I’m not writing the script, so I don’t know,” Johnson said regarding the future of the beloved character. “But as a fan, I would hope so.”

“I don’t know where the next movie is going to go. J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio are writing it right now,” Johnson admitted. “But
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‘Last Jedi’ Stars Mark Hamill, John Boyega Rail Against ‘De-Feminized’ Cut With LOLs

‘Last Jedi’ Stars Mark Hamill, John Boyega Rail Against ‘De-Feminized’ Cut With LOLs
A “de-feminized” cut of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — which severely deemphasizes women heroines in the blockbuster movie — has the stars and creator of the film in stitches. But that’s not because they approve of the video’s self-professed chauvinism. Posted anonymously, the “De-Feminized Fanedit (aka The Chauvinist Cut)” came to TheWrap’s attention via reddit. It erases strong female characters in the movie, like Laura Dern’s Admiral Holdo and Daisy Ridley’s Rey. An example (major spoiler!): Without Holdo, the cut presents Poe (Oscar Isaac) as being the one who does her suicide hyperspace maneuver that rips Snoke’s command ship in half —...
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Rian Johnson explains decision-making behind Rey's parentage

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**Spoilers Ahead For Star Wars: The Last Jedi** When people walked out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens one of the top questions on people’s brain balls was, “What is that Rey girl’s deal? Who are her parents?” We all assumed she had some mythic, epic parentage, but Last Jedi swatted all that down when Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) told Rey (Daisy Ridley) that she came from... Read More...
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Rian Johnson explains the ‘let the past die’ theme of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

‘Let the past die’ was the central theme of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and now the director has explained the thinking behind it.

Throughout the film a number of characters brought up this theme of letting the past die in one way or another, including two of the film’s key figures Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren.

Some fans thought this was a message from Johnson and Lucasfilm that they didn’t care about the history of Star Wars and the audience should learn to let go and just think of the future.

Rian Johnson, however, has said that the message is quite the opposite, and that letting go of the past isn’t a workable idea in Star Wars.

“From the very start, there is kind of the theme of ‘let the past die’ but that’s expressed by Kylo [Ren] very strongly and, to some extent,
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Rian Johnson Hints That Luke Will Return In Star Wars: Episode IX

“It’s time for the Jedi…to end.”

As it turns out, Luke’s grave warning came from a place of self-inflicted isolation – the Jedi Order doesn’t have to end, per se, it simply has to take on a new life.

That’s a responsibility that has largely been placed on the shoulders of Rey, Daisy Ridley’s Force-sensitive heroine who fought for Ben Solo in the hope that Adam Driver’s mercurial anti-hero would return to the Resistance. As Star Wars: The Last Jedi began to unfurl, though, it became obvious that her attempts were in vain. Now, she’s tasked with bringing the First Order down to size as Luke Skywalker is ostensibly out of the picture. Or is he?

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Men’s Rights Activist Releases ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Edit That Removes All Women, But It’s Only 46-Minutes Long

Men’s Rights Activist Releases ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Edit That Removes All Women, But It’s Only 46-Minutes Long
Did you want to watch “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” without Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran? Of course not, because they’re all integral to what make the film one of the most critical acclaimed entries in the franchise. Unfortunately, one anonymous men’s rights activist has taken it upon himself to release a new version of “The Last Jedi” that removes all women and only features scenes that include the male characters.

Read More:Kevin Smith Blasts ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Backlash: ‘It’s As If Somebody F*cked Up Their Childhood’

The bad news is that the men-only version of “The Last Jedi” actually exists and is currently available to download on torrent websites such as The Pirate Bay. The good news is that “The Last Jedi” features so many wonderful female characters in main roles that when you edit all of
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Rian Johnson Reflects On Luke’s “Peaceful” Finale In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“It’s time for the Jedi…to end.”

As it turns out, Luke’s grave warning came from a place of self-inflicted isolation – the Jedi Order doesn’t have to end, per se, it simply has to take on a new life.

That’s a responsibility that has largely been placed on the shoulders of Rey, Daisy Ridley’s Force-sensitive heroine who fought for Ben Solo in the hope that Adam Driver’s mercurial anti-hero would return to the Resistance. As Star Wars: The Last Jedi began to unfurl, though, it became obvious that her attempts were in vain.

But with Luke Skywalker ostensibly out of the picture – Force ghost in Episode IX notwithstanding – Rey will be tasked with bringing the First Order down to size late next year. However, before we get swept up in the future of Star Wars, Rian Johnson recently partook in a spoiler-filled discussion of
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