Hero Fan Productions makes some fantastic videos over on YouTube, including two of my favorite Star Wars videos ever in The Chosen One and The Last. While those videos highlighted the Skywalker clan, HFP has just released a tribute to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Using his initial meeting with Luke in A New Hope as the pivot point, the go through Obi-Wan’s entire life as we’ve seen it thus far from Episodes I, II, and III, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels (SPOILER WARNINGS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN REBELS).
Whether or not we’re going to get a Kenobi spin-off film starring McGregor that would cover Obi-Wan’s time between Episodes III and IV seems still up in the air. Director Stephen Daldry was attached to the project, but McGregor hadn’t been signed as of writing. No 2020 Star Wars film has been announced, and it is unlikely that Rian Johnson or the Game of Thrones creators will be ready with their new series of films by then. Kenobi seems to be the one spin-off most fans want, even the ones who don’t like the “Star Wars Story” concept. McGregor certainly has campaigned for returning to the role, and I think they could make a great film out of that mysterious time period in SW lore. In the meantime, check out HFP, and enjoy Kenobi’s story thus far.
Solo: A Star Wars Story has had a troubled production (to say the least), and follows on the heels of the financially successful but fan-dividing Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The first teaser for the film was…underwhelming; however, the full trailer looks like the movie may actually be a ton of fun. It seems a whole lot less than a heist film and more of Han, Lando (Donald Glover is going to own this), and Chewie on their first adventure together. You can start to see the point of the film, which is to show how Han ended up the man we met in the Mos Eisley Cantina. I have hope about this thing for the first time. Seriously, seriously tempered hope after TLJ, but a wee bit, which is a giant change from before I watched this trailer. Read below for Coming Soon’s summary. Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming to theaters Memorial Day. Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer #1 (2018) *THAT is More Like It!*
Domhnall Gleeson, son of brilliant actor Brendan Gleeson, is only in his mid-30s, but he’s already put together an impressive resume. Breaking out in 2015 when he starred in The Revenant, Ex Machina, AND Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the actor has become one of the my favorite additions to any ensemble. He’s also completely capable of playing the leading man, as he did in About Time and Good-bye Christopher Robin. It’s not enough that he’s a part of Star Wars, Gleeson is also a member of the Wizarding World, appearing in the final two Harry Potter films as the most ginger-friendly family in fiction: The Weasleys. Incredibly versatile and as hard-working as his dad, Gleeson’s future looks very bright.
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Forest Whitaker began his acting career at 21 in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and nearly four decades into his career has a filmography that stretches into triple digits. The 6’2 actor has made a career out of gentle, and not so gentle giant roles, both starring and supporting. Whitaker’s career got out to a fast start in the 1980s with roles in films like Platoon, Good Morning Vietnam, and The Color of Money, but stalled as Whitaker’s penchant for doing a tremendous amount of projects has littered his resume with some of the biggest bombs in recent memory (Battlefield Earth anyone?). His career got back on track in the 2000s when he became the fourth African-American (after Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx) to win Best Actor for his role as the African dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. He also became part of the Star Wars and MCU franchises, and continues to be one of the hardest working actors in the business.
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Lights down. Film rolls. Movie starts. A director has a limited amount of time, especially in the ADHD world we live in today, to whack audiences between the eyes and grab their attention for the rest of their film. Looper has put together a list of the 10 best opening sequences of all-time (the list appears to be a few years old). You can’t argue with The Godfather, The Dark Knight, or Rear Window. I’m not sure there aren’t better examples of an astounding opening sequence though than Hustle and Flow or Halloween, for example. I think the list is a good jumping-off point for conversation more than I think Looper did a fantastic, impeccable job assembling the greatest opening scenes of all-time. Patton was one that jumped immediately to my mind. What, after reviewing Looper’s choices, are some films you feel should have made this list?