Murder on the Orient Express Trailer

20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer and poster for Kenneth Branagh’s new film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit mystery, Murder on the Orient Express. And while this train car is packed with a tremendously high-profile cast, the biggest star of them all may be the absurd mustache on Branagh’s face as he portrays one of the most famous detectives in all of literature, Hercule Poirot. Climb aboard and watch the new Murder on the Orient Express trailer below.
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Luke's Lightsaber

A lightsaber is the weapon of a Jedi Knight, an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. Since the lightsaber of Anakin Skywalker that was handed down to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) was one of the driving forces of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this specific weapon has become more important than ever, especially for Rey (Daisy Ridley).

After the weapon called out to Rey and gave her a perplexing Force vision, she eventually came to wield it against Kylo Ren before returning it to its rightful owner. However, it sounds like the lightsaber may not exactly belong to Luke anymore, something that might be further explored in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

We’ll dive into that below, along with some interesting information about Luke Skywalker’s current lightsaber, the green one that he constructed sometime between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and the real reason why it wasn’t blue. Plus, for those wondering if Finn will ever wield a lightsaber again, John Boyega offers his own thoughts on the matter. Read More »

Star Wars The Last Jedi - Vanity Fair

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 »

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Cover

Since the official 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars is coming this week on May 25, it looks like we’re going to get some special sneak peeks at this year’s continuance of the sci-fi saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The first teaser trailer arrived during Star Wars Celebration in Orlando last month, but now fans are hungry for even more. They’ll get it this week, as Vanity Fair has announced they’ll have a batch of photos from the set of the movie arriving on Wednesday, May 24, just as they did for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

To tease the arrival of these photos, Vanity Fair has released four different Star Wars: The Last Jedi covers that provide new looks at Rey (Daisy Ridley), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), General Leia (Carrie Fisher), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and new character Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran).

Check out the Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair covers below. Read More »

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at how Christopher Nolan played a key role in the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, find out who won the fan vote to become the new Hasbro Star Wars figure, see video from Rian Johnson‘s editing session with John Williams, Daisy Ridley says that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is “more ominous,” take a first look at Kylo Ren’s new starship from The Last Jedi, Christopher Patrick Nolan who played a Rebel Trooper in the Darth Vader sequence from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reveals some inside information about the making of that sequence, find out which Last Jedi scenes played in full-screen ratio in the IMAX cut of the trailer and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace.
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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Interviews with Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Kelly Marie Tran
  • The Last Jedi may feature a confrontation between Leia and Snoke
  • Download a cancelled Star Wars first person shooter
  • Disney Stores are planning special events for May the Fourth
  • J.J. Abrams talks about shrinking theatrical release windows
  • And more!

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Murder on the Orient Express

Crime stories have been all the rage lately, ranging from the documentary series Making a Murderer to the podcast Serial and the dramatization of one of the most publicized trials ever in The People vs O.J. Simpson. This fall we’ll get another one, but it’ll be a classic that millions have either read or seen before.

Murder on the Orient Express is a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel or a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 film adaptation, however you want to look at it. The whodunit won’t hit theaters until November, but some first look photos have just arrived showing off the star-studded cast that includes Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Leslie Odom Jr, Willem Dafoe, Tom Bateman, Derek Jacobi and the film’s director, Kenneth Branagh, with one of the most impressive mustaches the big screen as ever seen.

Our own Peter Sciretta saw some footage at CinemaCon and said it looks promising, complete with some stellar costume and production design. Now you can see what he was talking about in the first Murder on the Orient Express remake photos below. Read More »

Who is the Last Jedi

Following the release of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there were plenty of details for fans to obsess about in the new footage (check out our trailer breakdown for a closer look). But perhaps the most shocking part of the trailer comes from the end when we hear Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker say, “I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

This detail about the movie has been there this whole time in the title The Last Jedi, but at the same time, fans have also been wondering who the title is referring to. It was thought that the international titles revealed that the title was plural, either referring to Luke and Rey (Daisy Ridley) or maybe Luke and either some Jedi who are still alive, or the Jedi who were killed by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the Knights of Ren. But it turns out, the title isn’t plural.

In a recent interview following the premiere of the teaser trailer, director Rian Johnson seemingly confirmed the title is specifically referring to Luke Skywalker, which may provide some insight into what we can expect from the Jedi master in this movie. Furthermore, with Luke Skywalker coming to the belief that the Jedi must end, Mark Hamill doesn’t rule out the possibility that our hero takes a turn to the dark side. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars The Last Jedi poster

Everyone is going nuts over the new trailer for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi that was unveiled at Star Wars Celebration earlier today, but Disney and Lucasfilm also dropped the first real poster for the film at the same time. So while you’re coming down off the high of watching the trailer, join us in a deep dive into that poster to see if we can learn anything else about the movie.
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rian johnson's the last jedi set photos

During the Star Wars Celebration panel for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, writer/director Rian Johnson revealed that he kept a camera on his person at all times throughout the shoot, snapping photos whenever he saw a striking image. And since this was a Star Wars set, there were a lot of striking images, all of them captured in beautiful black and white.

A few of those photos were shared during the panel and you can check them out right now.

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