Lando in The Last Jedi

Contrary to the rumors that have been swirling around the internet for the better part of a year, actor Billy Dee Williams has made it official: Lando Calrissian does not have a role in this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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 star wars celebration live stream

For eager fans of Star Wars, the Star Wars Celebration convention is a haven of pop culture news and geekdom. This is where Lucasfilm and Disney debut new footage of upcoming movies and television series (along with panels covering all kinds of minutiae related to the saga), making it one of the most anticipated pop culture events of the year.

But for the unlucky majority of us who can’t make it down to Florida for the three-day convention, which starts today and lasts through Sunday, Disney is thankfully providing an official livestream of the biggest panels

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Star Wars Celebration 2017

Later this week, I’m heading to Orlando, Florida for Star Wars Celebration 2017, which runs from April 13 to April 16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center. Some big Star Wars announcements and reveals are expected to come out of the convention, and we’ll be covering it live. So stay tuned for our coverage beginning Thursday and running through the weekend.

But before we get to that, let’s run down what I think is going to happen (and what I think definitely will not happen). Here are my Star Wars Celebration 2017 predictions.

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star wars the last jedi rumors

We’re still eight months away from the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but with Disney gearing up for Star Wars Celebration and a surge of new details emerging about Supreme Leader Snoke, Laura Dern‘s mystery character, Poe Dameron’s increased role, and a battle on a newly named planet, the buzz for the eight episode of the Skywalker Saga is greater than ever.

Spoilers abound with these new rumors and leaks, so don’t read past this sentence if you don’t want to know more about The Last Jedi. And as is always the case, take all of this with the amount of salt you deem necessary – even an accurate rumor can change as a film evolves in post-production.

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Fox CinemaCon Presentation

Our own Peter Sciretta has spent the past week in Las Vegas for CinemaCon 2017, where he has been reporting on trailers, clips, and even full screenings shared by Hollywood’s biggest studios. Today, he attended 20th Century Fox’s presentation, where he saw footage from War For the Planet of the Apes, Alien: Covenant, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Murder on the Orient Express, Red Sparrow, The Greatest Showman, and more. His thoughts, in video and written form, can be found below.

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Justice League - Aquaman

Warner Bros closed out the third day of CinemaCon with a presentation of their upcoming film slate, which included an Aquaman concept trailer, three clips from Wonder Woman, a slightly extended Justice League trailer, and a behind the scenes featurette for Blade Runner 2049 that featured a bunch of new footage. Read on to hear my thoughts on the lot of them.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales reviews

Last night at CinemaCon 2017, Walt Disney Pictures screened Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to exhibitors and press packing the Coliseum in Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Is it possible that Disney is screening the fifth Pirates film two months early because they believe they have a good movie? While we were asked to not write a full review, we were allowed to publish a brief reaction.

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Ron Glass Dead

After hearing the sad news that The Brady Bunch matriarch Florence Henderson had passed away on Thanksgiving, another star of classic TV has left us far too soon.

Ron Glass, a veteran actor best known for his role as Detective Sergeant Ron Harris on the TV show Barney Miller, passed away this weekend at 71 years old. We look back at the actor’s career that includes a wide variety of work in film and television after the jump. Read More »

westworld

While HBO hasn’t officially renewed Westworld for a second season yet, showrunner Jonathan Nolan says they’ve already started work planning the story for Westworld season 2. Along with his co-showrunner and wife Lisa Joy Nolan, they teased what we can expect from the second season and debunked a couple of fan theories.

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War for the Planet of the Apes panel recap

Yesterday director Matt Reeves, producer Dylan Clark, and star Andy Serkis hit New York Comic-Con with the first footage from War for the Planet of the Apes. We’ve already recapped what we saw here, but in between those segments the trio also took some time to talk about what we can expect from the movie. To put it briefly: things are getting freakin’ dark. Read our War for the Planet of the Apes panel recap below.  Read More »