Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has Force-d its way to $1 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the fifth Star Wars movie to cross that threshold and cementing it as the second J.J. Abrams-directed film on the list of billion dollar grossers. But as you might have imagined, this movie crossed that milestone significantly more slowly than the previous two entries in the Skywalker saga.
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This year sees the release of the 25th James Bond movie, No Time to Die, which is also going to be the last time we see Daniel Craig as 007. As Bond franchise owners Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson look to the future, they’re also opening up a bit about the series as a whole. In a new wide-ranging interview, Broccoli and Wilson discuss the next Bond, who will definitely be male, no matter what, but not necessarily white, and potential spin-offs that never happened.
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Remember Peter Rabbit, the 2018 movie where James Corden voiced a CGI bunny in love with Rose Byrne? Well, there’s a sequel, and that sequel is coming our way this year. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway has Peter and all his CGI animal pals back, and humans Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson have returned as well. Watch the trailer below, won’t you?
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This weekend brings the release of Bad Boys for Life, but before the movie hits theaters, we’ve got a surprising bit of trivia that just came to light about Michael Bay‘s Bad Boys II.
Even though the script for Bad Boys II was written by Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump) and Jerry Stahl (Moonlighting, Twin Peaks), there was a rewrite done by The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up writer/director Judd Apatow, and he asked Superbad and Pineapple Express writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to help him out. Yeah, shit just got real. Read More »
Three things are essential to the Bad Boys franchise – or at least, they used to be. One is an often alarming cruelty – a disregard for anyone, and anything, all in the name of a near-sociopathic attempt at coolness. The second is what is commonly referred to as Bayhem – the wild, swirling, often incoherent action beats created by director Michael Bay. The third, and perhaps most essential, is the banter – and bickering – between leads Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
What makes Bad Boys for Life, the third and presumably final chapter in this series, so special is the jettisoning of the first two elements while embracing the third. Bay is no longer in the director’s chair, and the overall nastiness – which was ramped up to the nth degree in Bad Boys II – is nowhere to be found. But that interplay between Smith and Lawrence is ever-present, and endlessly entertaining.
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Here’s something I don’t think any of us expected: the now-unused Star Wars script from Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly sounds…good? Details from the script, which has the title Duel of the Fates, have leaked – and it sounds…good? Or, at the very least, it sounds very different than J.J. Abrams‘ The Rise of Skywalker. Of course, this is all subjective. What sounds potentially good on paper could’ve been a misfire once filmed. Here’s what you need to know.
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Because Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker moves so quickly, there aren’t many little moments that we get to enjoy between the characters. But there is one little moment fans have latched onto where Chewbacca says something to Rey as she hops back in the pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon and the rest of our new heroes prepare to go off on another adventure. And thanks to Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo, we now have an idea of what Chewie was saying to his newest pal. Read More »
This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Probably the most consistent thing about Star Wars is how the narrative is held together with spit and bubblegum. Like a precarious yet beloved Jenga tower, Star Wars is constantly pulling out pieces and adding in others, with wildly varying results. And what can look like a questionable move at the time can eventually become an accepted piece of the galactic tapestry. For example, after The Return of the Jedi, fans were just as upset about the casual reveal that Leia Organa was secretly Leia Skywalker as they were about Rey’s parentage in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The death of Darth Vader in 1983 infuriated people as much as Kylo Ren’s demise in 2019. Time is a flat circle, etc. etc.
But part of the fun of Star Wars — at least for me — is looking sideways at the dangling pieces of plot and trying to deduce where Lucasfilm might take them in the future. One of the biggest threads left hanging by the end of The Rise of Skywalker was the story of Rey’s origin. Oh yes, we know she is the granddaughter of Sheev Palpatine, better known as The Emperor. We know her father was the son of said Emperor. We know her parents died…probably. We know Rey was left on Jakku and never retrieved. We know a Sith loyalist assassin named Ochi of Bestoon was involved somehow. But there’s a lot of space in between those plot points, just waiting to be filled in.
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