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anakin skywalker original backstory

Back in July 1981, few people were privy to the idea that was starting to form in George Lucas‘ mind: an origin story for the iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader. But at least three people learned the details at a story conference for Return of the Jedi, in which the Star Wars maestro revealed to Richard Marquand, Howard Kazanjian, and Lawrence Kasdan his vision of Anakin Skywalker’s origins. Lucas’ pitch for Anakin Skywalker’s original backstory, which is revealed in the new book The Star Wars Archives: 1995-2005, bears more than a few similarities to what we would eventually see onscreen in the divisive Star Wars prequels, with a few minor differences and references to real-life political figures like…Richard Nixon?

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New Guy Ritchie Movie Aubrey Plaza

I, for one, think Aubrey Plaza should be in every movie, all the time. So I can’t complain about the news that she’s joining the cast of the new, currently untitled, Guy Ritchie movie. The action flick will see Ritchie reunite with Jason Statham, with Statham playing an MI6 agent trying to stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology. There’s no word on what character Plaza is playing, but here’s hoping Ritchie is smart enough to give her a big, substantial part and not just sideline her in some thankless role.

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Lockdown HBO Max

Director Doug Liman‘s star-studded pandemic heist film is going straight to streaming.

The worldwide rights to Lockdown, Liman’s new mixture of heist film and romantic comedy, has been acquired by Warner Bros. Pictures, which has a plan to release the film on HBO in early 2021. Read on for a refresher of the plot and all of the A-list talent who appear in this this movie.
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Fast and Furious Spy Racers season 3 trailer

Have you ever wondered what a Fast & Furious animated show might look like if things were A) even more wild than the regular insanity of the live-action movies and B) more than half of the mouth movements don’t align with the characters’ dialogue? Today is your lucky day, my friends. Netflix has unveiled the trailer for the third season (!) of Fast and Furious: Spy Racers, a show that follows the adventures of Dominic Toretto’s younger cousin Tony and his renegade band of…well, spy racers. Check out the trailer below, but be warned: it’s bad enough to make the worst parts of the live-action franchise look like poetic cinema. Read More »

cherry release date

Cherry, the first Russo Brothers movie since Avengers: Endgame, now has a release date. The pic, which stars Tom Holland as an Army vet who becomes a bank robber, will open in theaters in February 2021 before heading to Apple TV+ in March 2021. In addition to Holland, Cherry stars Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor, Michael Rispoli, Jeff Wahlberg, Forrest Goodluck, and Michael Gandolfini, and is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Nico Walker.

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Babylon cast

After taking a detour to space for his most recent film, First Man, filmmaker Damien Chazelle is returning to a Hollywood setting for his newest movie, Babylon. Emma Stone, who won an Oscar for her performance in Chazelle’s terrific 2016 movie La La Land, has had to drop out of playing the lead role in his upcoming feature – and Margot Robbie (Birds of Prey) is being eyed to replace her. Read More »

happiest season release

On the December 2, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.

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earwig and the witch us release

It only took a bit of witchy, CGI magic to revive Studio Ghibli after the revered Japanese animation studio temporarily shuttered its doors in 2014 following the supposed retirement of anime titan Hayao Miyazaki. But it’s Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki, who will direct the studio’s first film in 7 years, and Studio Ghibli’s first-ever fully CG-animated feature, Earwig and the Witch. Watch the Earwig and the Witch trailer below.

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euphoria special early premiere

A trailer for the Euphoria special episode dropped yesterday, and if the brief amount of footage there had you craving more, you’re in luck! Because HBO Max is dropping the new episode early – on Thursday, December 3. The episode will then premiere on HBO on December 6. It’s the first of two special episodes, with one focusing on the holiday season and the other covering COVID-19.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Tickets on Sale Now

wonder woman 1984 tickets

Wonder Woman 1984 is making history as a major movie that’s premiering both in theaters and on HBO Max on the same exact day, December 25. And while I think it’s safe to say that most people are going to watch this sequel from the safety of their own homes, those who want a big-screen experience now have a chance to buy advance tickets.

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