Grandmaster Collector

Thor: Ragnarok bestowed many gifts upon the world: Cate Blanchett vamping it up as a villain, that priceless “get help” gag, the hilarity of Korg, and a Chris Hemsworth superhero performance that finally capitalizes on his comedic talents. But one of my personal favorite contributions was The Grandmaster, played by the always-entertaining Jeff Goldblum. The character’s fate is left hanging in the balance when the film comes to a close, but if Goldblum has his way, he’d love to see a Grandmaster Collector spin-off that teams him with Benicio del Toro‘s wonderfully weird character from Guardians of the Galaxy.

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sicario 2 soldado trailer

Sicario was one of 2015’s best films, a tense thriller that turned a ruthless and critical eye at the drug war between the United States and Mexico, grounded by Emily Blunt’s idealistic young FBI agent, Kate Macy. Sicario 2: Soldado moves to tell a continuation of that story, but without the defining features that made Sicario so great. But hey, at least Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro are back.

The first trailer for the Sicario sequel, clunkily titled Sicario 2: Soldado, reintroduces Brolin’s compromised FBI agent Matt Graver and his wary ally Alejandro, the revenge-driven former cartel member, as they are tasked with kidnapping a kingpin’s daughter.

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The Last Jedi Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Rian Johnson‘s exciting, unpredictable Star Wars: The Last Jedi.)

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi, writer-director Rian Johnson takes the Star Wars saga into uncharted territory. Johnson resists fan service at nearly every turn, crafting the most surprising, most exciting film in the entire Star Wars franchise. A film that both rejects and embraces legacy; a film that takes characters we’ve grown to love and exposes their flaws, while also revealing that they’re more than their flaws. Our The Last Jedi spoiler review takes a deep dive into this wonderful, unpredictable new entry in the Star Wars saga.

Spoilers follow, obviously.

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star wars dj

Disney and Lucasfilm already have your money next month. They know this. You know this. They can afford the luxury of keeping details about Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the dark. It feels like we’re going into Rian Johnson‘s new movie mostly blind, which is an odd feeling in 2017.

So when a new international TV spot shows up offering our first real look at Benicio del Toro‘s mysterious Star Wars character, we can’t help but take notice. Who is this guy? And why are the trailers hiding the fact that an Oscar-winning actor is among the new additions to the film’s cast?

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Benicio del Toro Star Wars Character

Yesterday, Star Wars fans flocked to all sorts of retailers to get their hands on the first merchandise from Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the Force Friday II celebration across the world. We featured a whole list of the coolest toys you could get in stores yesterday, and one of those toys has revealed an interesting detail about a certain character who has been shrouded in secrecy.

Benicio del Toro has been said to play a character referred to as “DJ” by director Rian Johnson and the crew. However, Johnson has also indicated that “DJ” is not the character’s actual name. Thanks to a Funko POP Vinyl figure that was released on Force Friday II, we now know what those initials stand for. Find out what we learned about the Benicio del Toro Star Wars character below. Read More »

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The Last Jedi Benicio Del Toro character

Benicio del Toro is staying in the Disney family, moving from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a galaxy far, far away. The Oscar-winning actor, who does a fine job of balancing dramatic fare like Sicario with appearances in blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy, was cast in Star Wars: The Last Jedi a long time ago…but we still don’t know who he’s playing. Mysteriously codenamed “DJ” by the filmmakers, his character – a dangerous “man in black” type – has been the source of much speculation, most of which has been shot down by writer/director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm.

But now, more details are starting to trickle out about this shadowy figure.

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The Last Jedi fan theory

Han Solo may have shot first, but Rian Johnson isn’t afraid to pull the trigger when the occasion calls for it, either. Yesterday morning, the writer/director of one of this year’s most anticipated blockbusters shot down a popular Star Wars: The Last Jedi fan theory about the true identity of Benicio Del Toro‘s mysterious character. Star Wars Rebels fans may come away from this feeling slightly disappointed.
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Ben Stiller showtime series

Ben Stiller is set to direct a new Showtime miniseries, Escape at Dannemora, this fall. The prison escape drama will star Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Paul Dano (Swiss Army Man), and Academy Award-winner Patricia Arquette (Boyhood). The miniseries is based on a true story involving a 20-day manhunt.

Below, learn more about the new Ben Stiller Showtime series.

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In just five days, I have visited Disney World’s new Pandora: The World of Avatar, experienced Universal Orlando’s third theme park Volcano Bay, and the grand opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure. I’ll have more on Volcano Bay and AvatarLand next week, but today, I wanted to give you my quick reaction to Mission Breakout. How does Marvel’s first step into North American Disney Parks compare to the former and beloved attraction it replaced, The Twilight Zones Tower of Terror?

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rian johnson millenium falcon

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this week, Vanity Fair has published a huge cover story on this year’s forthcoming sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We saw the four covers that will be on shelves this week, but now the full photo spread shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz is online.

Along with the photos, there’s an extensive cover story that reveals a bunch of new Star Wars The Last Jedi details. So let’s run through everything we learned, including new information on characters played by Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro, the location known as Canto Bight, and a surprising interaction between Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and General Leia (Carrie Fisher). Keep in mind that if you want to go into The Last Jedi completely blind, you probably shouldn’t read beyond this point. Read More »