New Willy Wonka Actor

Earlier this year, we found out that Paddington director Paul King had been hired to direct a new Willy Wonka movie at Warner Bros. that would give us a reimagining of the character originated on the big screen by Gene Wilder in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Now the project is trying to find the right man to play the titular confectionery connoisseur, and the shortlist of actors has some enticing options. Read More »

Lando is pansexual

In February, I analyzed Lando Calrissian’s place in the ‘70s blaxploitation movement in a piece called “Pimpin’ in Space: The Blaxploitation Roots of Lando Calrissian.” I posited that Lando’s characterizations, plus the popular film influences at the time of The Empire Strikes Back, puts Lando squarely within the stereotype of the black pimp, similar to characters like Sweet Sweetback and Super Fly. As I wrote back in that piece, one of Lando’s ties to blaxploitation comes from the fact that “Lando further defines the mainstream image of blackness as being one synonymous with coolness and slickness. But with that image comes negative associations of blackness; being shifty, dangerous, and untrustworthy.”

Naturally, with Lando making a grand return in Solo: A Star Wars Story, I felt it was time to revisit this topic and see how the new take on the character fares.

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/Filmcast Ep. 469 – Solo: A Star Wars Story

David, Devindra, Jeff, and Patrick Willems discuss Lucasfilm’s latest standalone Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard and written by Jonathan & Lawrence Kasdan. Make sure to check out more of Patrick’s work via his YouTube channel and “The Internet’s Premiere Josh Hartnett Podcast” – We Heart HartnettBe sure to read Chris Evangelista’s review of Solo, Sam Adams review of Solo, and Ray Pride’s review of Solo.

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Lando movie

Everybody wants a Lando movie to happen, especially now that polymath Donald Glover is playing the character in Solo: A Star Wars Story. And it turns out, Donald Glover has an idea for a Lando movie himself, and it’s not what you’d expect – if Glover has his way, the Lando standalone film will be like Frasier in space

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Solo Featurette

Tonight brings Solo: A Star Wars Story to a bunch of theaters around the country as sneak preview screenings kick off the Memorial Day weekend. If you don’t have your tickets for Solo already, you might find it hard to get into a screening. So for those of you who maybe have to wait a day or two (or longer) before you see the movie, a new Solo featurette has arrived online with some new footage to hold you over. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Solo A Star Wars Story LEGO Trailer

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story answers some of the most searched questions on the web about themselves and their characters. Plus, check out a LEGO version of the trailer for the Star Wars spin-off hitting theaters this weekend, and watch a Childish Gambino music video parody with Lando Calrissian doing some intergalactic rapping. Read More »

Lando is pansexual

Buckle up, baby: everyone’s favorite space cape connoisseur Lando Calrissian is pansexual. So says Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Jonathan Kasdan. “He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun,” Kasdan said. “I don’t know where it will go.”

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Donald Glover Black Panther

When Marvel Studios’ Black Panther shot to a record-breaking opening weekend earlier this year, we heard that multi-talented superstar Donald Glover and his brother Stephen Glover helped punch up some of the jokes in the film’s script. But we haven’t been able to confirm which moments in the movie were the result of their contributions…until now.

On the movie’s home video commentary track, director/co-writer Ryan Coogler revealed one of the Donald Glover Black Panther jokes that made the final cut. Read More »

Lando Calrissian Movie

Solo: A Star Wars Story is still a little over a week away from hitting theaters, but the first reviews hit the web yesterday, and you’ll find that one character everyone can’t stop raving about is Lando Calrissian. Played by Donald Glover, the character brings the right amount of swagger and charm to Han Solo’s origin story, and it sounds like that might be enough for him to get a Star Wars Story of his own. Read More »

solo review

After a troubled production, Solo: A Star Wars Story is here. The good news: the behind-the-scenes woes weren’t enough to sink the film and create a mess. The bad news: that doesn’t necessarily mean everything in Solo runs as smoothly as it should.

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