Tuesday, 12 December 2017

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Starring Mark Hamill,  Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis,
Lupita Nyon'go, Domnhall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, 
Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro
Written and Directed by Rian Johnson
Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs & Paul Gibbs


 Out of Four

A couple of years ago, in theaters not at all far away, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took the entertainment world by storm by bringing the beloved franchise back to its place as the hottest property on the planet (Earth) and becoming the highest grossing film of all time worldwide. For some, it was much needed apology for the lackluster prequels, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, some dismissed it as merely a point by point rehash of A New Hope. We can honestly say that we sympathize with both feelings, but ultimately do not subscribe to either point of view (you're going to find that a great many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on your point of view.). As deeply flawed as they are, we still have an unapologetic fondness for the prequel trilogy (we think Revenge of the Sith in particular tends to get an unfair shake, and is an incredibly satisfying story with some great action, especially the final sequence directed by Steven Spielberg.). The Force Awakens, however, brought back the old fashioned sense of fun and adventure, replacing the stiff, awkward acting and clunky dialogue of those films with energetic and lovable performances and a lot of clever banter, to say nothing of bringing back Harrison Ford and the Millenium Falcon. No, it didn't take Star Wars anywhere new (except into the 21st century, with its feminist sensibilities and and much more diverse cast), but director J.J. Abrams did his job by restoring enthusiasm for the franchise and taking the audience on a gloriously fun ride.

"There was a hand, too. Did you find that?"
(Image Courtesy Lucasfilm Ltd.)
The Last Jedi has a new director at the helm, Rian Johnson, and while this is definitely the darker middle chapter that The Empire Strikes Back established as the norm for such a trilogy, Johnson seems to have either been given more freedom or just felt a greater sense of daring in terms of shaking things up.  The story begins right where the last film left off, with the Resistance having destroyed Starkiller base and Rey (Daisy Ridley) face to face with the legendary Luke Skywalker. But every time you think it is starting to settle in to being a clone of Empire, it pulls the rug out from under you and goes in surprising (even shocking) directions.

The cast of old and returning characters simply couldn't be better, lead by Mark Hamill in what may be the performance of his career, and Carrie Fisher getting more of a chance to step out of the shadows and really bring back Leia's fire and wisdom. Frankly, one of our few disappointments in The Force Awakens is that we didn't feel that Leia returned in all her glory the way Han did in his. Not so here, and it's not about how she looks and sounds, or even about screen time. It's about the heart, soul, strength and grace of the character, and we're even sadder now about Carrie Fisher's passing, because she and Leia have still got it and they always will, living on in immortality. As far as any worries as to how this film would fair without the presence of Harrison Ford, ours were lost the moment Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron spoke his first lines. Isaac abosultely nails every moment that he is on screen, and in truth, Alden Ehrenreich may need to worry as much about filling his shoes as Ford's in next summer's Solo: A Star Wars Story. Daisy Ridley continues to impress, John Boyega has plenty of great moments, of course, and Adam Driver is truly outstanding as Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, who is a much deeper and intriguing character this time around.


The new characters added for this adventure don't disappoint either. Benicio Del Toro is a magnetic and intriguing prescence, and Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (a character Paul already loved from reading the novel Leia: Princess of Alderaan) earns a place of honor in the Star Wars pantheon. And as for Kellie Marie Tran as Rose Tico, well, she's every bit as adorable as the highly hyped porgs (but don't think for a moment that means her character isn't a strong and capable Rebel.).

Writer/Director Johnson's pacing never lags, and the extended runtime (it's the longest Star Wars movie yet) is never really felt. But it does afford him the opportunity to do things and go places Abrams couldn't, and make his story and worlds deeper and and more fully realized. Where The Force Awakens was about setting up a new trilogy and bringing back the feel of classic Star Wars, The Last Jedi is about moving the story forward and challenging some of our ideas of what a Star Wars movie is, while still in the end giving us the satisfying feel of classic Star Wars. In addition, the as far as any sentiments that the First Order is a weak copy of the Empire, the sobering realization of how prevalent neo-nazism and other groups that want to bring things back to "the way they used to be" this year makes you realize just how believable and brilliant a creation they are, and it brings a whole new resonance.


While we both agree that Johnson told a richer and more original story than Abrams, Paul preferred Abrams' visual directiorial style, which he found Spielbergian in its skillful flourish and fluidity, while Patrick was more partial to Johnson's touch, which he felt more accurately captured the classic Star Wars style with a straightforward, traditional approach to the camera work. We do feel the need to warn vitriolic CG haters that Johnson's warmer feelings toward the prequels come through not only in story references but in unique. Notwithstanding the CG Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One, this is the most overall digital looking chapter in this latest era of Star Wars films. No, youssa not be seein'  any Gungans, but you will see plenty of effect augmented stunts and action, and even CGI creatures (though not all of them are CGI.). They are not seamless, but they are greatly improved from what could be done in 1999. Relax and go with it, it was always fake.


On the whole, there will be a whole lot more people that feel satisfied with The Last Jedi than not, and with good reason. It's a terrific new chapter in the saga that dares to go in some pretty grown up directions while staying true to what made us all love this as children. It is truly a loving salute to everyone that grew up on Star Wars, whatever generation of fan they may be.


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 DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE!   ‘Jedi Mania’ Hits the UK ahead of the launch off Star Wars The Last Jedi

Two martial arts experts surprised and delighted Londoners with a spectacular lightsaber duel as ‘Jedi fever’ hit the UK ahead of the highly anticipated release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Thursday.

Shania West, a trained stunt fighter, and Anton Simpson-Tidy, a world champion martial arts athlete, were given Lightsabers to train with for a week before staging the duel on London’s Southbank to mark the nationwide film release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, on December 14th.

Teenagers at a London skateboard park were treated to an unexpected and jaw-dropping performance of martial arts skills, tricks, flips and swordsmanship.

“From day one of our shoot here in the UK the feeling of excitement and love for Star Wars has been palpable; and if you grew up loving Star Wars, you grew up loving lightsabers” commented Writer & Director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson “The cast trained for months to perfect their lightsaber skills, so it’s really impressive to see what these two Jedi-in-training have put together in just a few days.”



Disney commissioned Star Wars fan and photographer Matt Scutt to create a series of stunning light trail pictures using the famous Jedi weapon. The Instagram sensation, who has over 307,000 followers, and is famous for his long exposure photographs toured the UK this week to produce the remarkable set of images with Star Wars fans wielding a variety of different coloured ‘sabers.

Passerby in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool witnessed the photoshoots, with Matt teaming up with Star Wars fans in each city to create images, which took over four hours each to complete.

Photographer Matt Scutt said: “I've been a fan of Star Wars since I was kid – so to be given the chance to capture lightsabers in action was a dream project”.


In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of the UK’s biggest film of all time, The Force Awakens, join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released in UK cinemas on Thursday 14th December.





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golden globes the post

The nominations for the 75th Golden Globes are in and Steven Spielberg's The Post gets a nod six times.  Its no surprise that the movie has been nominated in the best director, best actress and best actor categories and of course best soundtrack for John Williams.  Fingers crossed.

You can see the full nominations below along with quotes from Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg on the nominations.


I’m thrilled for the movie, for Steven [Spielberg] and Tom [Hanks], and for the incredible ensemble of actors who made this movie need its moment in history. Thanks, HFPA.
Meryl Streep

I am thrilled by today’s recognition by the HFPA and particularly happy for our nominees who made this movie happen —Meryl and Tom, Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and of course, John Williams.  

I only wish Kay Graham were still here to experience how much her story affects all of us.
Steven Spielberg

Very happy the work of the others on “The Post” has been given the attention they deserve.  Thank you to the HFPA.
Tom Hanks

Best Picture – Drama:
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Dunkirk”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Picture – Comedy or Musical:
“The Disaster Artist”
“Get Out”
“The Greatest Showman”
“I, Tonya”
“Lady Bird”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Tom Hanks, “The Post”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Best Animated Film:
“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadwinner”
“Coco”
“Ferdinand”
“Loving Vincent”

Best Director – Motion Picture:
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Ridley Scott, “All The Money in the World”
Steven Spielberg, “The Post”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture:
Guillermo Del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, “The Post”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture:
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“The Shape of Water”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“Dunkirk”


Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Home,” Ferdinand
“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Remember Me,” Coco
“The Star,” The Star
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“A Fantastic Woman”
“First They Killed My Father”
“In the Fade”
“Loveless”
“The Square”

Best Television Series – Drama:
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”
“This is Us”

Best Television Series – Comedy:
“Black-ish”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Master of None”
“SMILF”
“Will & Grace”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”
Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce”
Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Eric McCormack, “Will and Grace”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Alison Brie, “Glow”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Frankie Shaw, “SMILF”

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
“Big Little Lies”
“Fargo”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“The Sinner”
“Top of the Lake: China Girl”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Jude Law, “The Young Pope”
Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks”
Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Alfred Molina, “Feud”
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
David Thewlis, “Fargo”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Chrissy Metz, “This is Us”
Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”
Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

Source - Golden Globes

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Monday, 11 December 2017

ready player one spielberg sequel

Ernest Cline, the author of Ready Player One which will also be a blockbuster movie next year directed by Steven Spielberg has talked about a sequel to the book and with added XP, it will have Steven Spielberg's input.

Cline talked about the sequel and Spielberg's input during a trailer launch event and understandably couldn't say much about it but the confirmation is welcome news.  Who doesn't want more retro 80's goodness in an action packed story?

He also admitted that Wade's diary which is featured in the first book was inspired from Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  Here's what he said when asked about a sequel:

“It is true...I can’t talk about it too much, but I can tell you there’s no better inspiration for a writer returning to a world they’ve already worked on when they’re seeing Steven Spielberg bringing that world to life. To get to talk to him and get his input, one of the greatest storytellers of all-time, and a storyteller that had a direct influence on my first novel, ‘Ready Player One.’ Wade carries a grail diary through the whole story to collect his clues about the Easter Egg hunt, and that’s because of ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.’ It would have been a different story if I had not grown up watching Steven’s movies. So to get to not only collaborate with him to bring the first story to life but to bounce ideas off of him for the sequel is the most gratifying thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.”



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Sunday, 10 December 2017

ready player one new trailer

Warner Bros. UK is pleased to reveal the official trailer and teaser one-sheet for Steven Spielberg's pop culture odyssey, Ready Player One, based on the bestseller from Ernest Cline.



*IN CINEMAS 30TH MARCH, 2018*

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse.  But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance).  When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world.  When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

Joining Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mud), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Bates Motel), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One – A Star Wars Story, Bloodline) and T.J. Miller (Deadpool, Silicon Valley), with Simon Pegg (the Star Trek movies, the Mission: Impossible movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Dunkirk) round out the cast. Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, Ready Player One was produced by Spielberg, Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman as executive producers. The film is slated for release worldwide beginning 30th March, 2018, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.


Seeing the Delorean never gets old.

Fancy a drink with some interesting people?

The ultimate prize

Fancy a ride in Big Foot?

What have they got in there, King Kong?

For Freedom?

Gundam it.

 Big friends always come in useful


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Saturday, 9 December 2017

ready player one

A new poster has been released for Ready Player One which hits screens next year.  The Steven Spielberg directed movie based on Ernest Cline's novel will also get a new trailer tomorrow.  The author himself announcing the new trailer on his Twitter feed:




Ready Player One is set to hit theaters in March 30th, 2018.  

I am currently reading the book and I cannot wait for the movie version.  If you love the 80's, retro gaming and all things geek related then you are in for a treat and it's directed by our favourite director.  Bonus Stage!

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harry potter and the chamber of secrets in concert


There's nothing like going to see a good movie and it's even better when it involves a good soundtrack being played live by a world class orchestra.  That's why our ninth idea for a Christmas gift is just that.

Last week I had the privilege to see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff thanks to CineConcerts.  The venue was packed full of Muggles and Harry Potter fans who were all being encouraged by the conductor to cheer when their favourite character appears on screen.  The atmosphere was wonderfully magic being surrounded by fellow Potter fans.

Before the show started a show reel was being played on John Williams and how he came to compose the music for the first three films in the Harry Potter series.  It felt right seeing the maestro himself on the big screen.

The whole movie is played with subtitles but the centre stage is the full orchestra who expertly play the John Williams score in time to the movie.  It's so good that you really can't tell the difference and feels like its just part of the movie.  The soundtracks to the Harry Potter movies are a perfect choice for a live orchestra to do a world tour for.

Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, "The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”

Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for The Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the entire world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this world, and to the many wonderful characters that inhabit it.”

It really is magical hearing a John Williams soundtrack being played live and hearing wonderful pieces such as Fawkes The Phoenix being played right in front of you by a full orchestra is something that everyone should experience.



CineConcerts did an outstanding job and I can't wait to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkiban next year.

You can find out more about the Harry Potter in Concert tour dates, photos and videos here.

Its not just Harry Potter that has received the concert treatment.  Jaws, Indiana Jones and Back to the Future are just a few that are currently doing the tours.  See here for more details.

Just a tip if you do order tickets for a movie in concert, make sure you get as close to the orchestra as possible.  I've noticed that the further away you are from the orchestra the more you watch the movie.  This sounds strange but I believe that you are there to witness the talents on stage and how they bring the magical scores to life.

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Friday, 8 December 2017

geekyteebag


Our eighth Christmas gift idea are t-shirts.  Who doesn't love a good tee with a geek reference on it?  Well we've teamed up with Geeky Teebag to give away to a lucky winner not one but two high quality t-shirts.


Geeky Teebag offer a subscription service where every month they will send you a t-shirt or a couple of t-shirts if you prefer to have a choice.  For as low as £8.99 a month with free shipping in the UK (£3 worldwide) they will send you a lucky dip t-shirt.  For an extra £4 a month you get two and they are themed.  What's even better is that you can cancel at any time.  No contracts here. 

December's theme was Star Wars to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  Next month it's comic rivals.  What a great present this would make.  Imagine treating a friend or a loved one to a couple t-shirts every month and better still having them delivered straight to their door.


I've got two of their t-shirts in my possession and I can tell you they are of high quality.  They are both large size – Chest Size 42/44 and the theme is of course Star Wars.  The first has a Stormtrooper with the First Order symbol in the background and the second has a more retro feel with a classic image of Darth Vader.  One lucky winner will win both.

geekyteebag

To be in with a chance of winning these two t-shirts just answer the following question:

What year was Return of the Jedi released?

  • A - 1981
  • B - 1983
  • C - 1984

You can enter in the comments below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  We will send the two tees out worldwide so everyone can enter.  There are no alternative prizes and the only size we have is large.  The competition ends Friday 15th December 4pm GMT.  We will contact the winner and ask them to provide a mailing address.  Good luck

When you've entered why not head over to Geeky Teebag's Facebook page and give them a like.  You can also check out their website to see the theme for next month.


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It's finally here.  After a trailer for a trailer and a sizzle reel, oh and another teaser trailer for the trailer we finally get the full trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  Was it worth the wait?  I believe it was.  What do you think? 

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. 

Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Pratt and Howard are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.

Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the epic action-adventure is written by Jurassic World’s director, Trevorrow, and its co-writer, Derek Connolly. Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again partner with Spielberg and Trevorrow in leading the team of filmmakers for this stunning installment. Belén Atienza joins the team as a producer. www.jurassicworld.com


Genres

Epic Action-Adventure

Starring

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Jeff Goldblum

Directed By

J.A. Bayona

Produced By

Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Belén Atienza

Executive Produced By

Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow







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Thursday, 7 December 2017



  • MOST ANTICIPATED FILM OF THE YEAR HONOURED WITH NOTE PRODUCED BY WORLD’S LEADING COMMERCIAL CURRENCY PROVIDER 
  • PURCHASES WILL SUPPORT TOGETHER FOR SHORT LIVES

From Thursday 7th December 2017 fans and collectors across the globe will get the chance to own an official commemorative note that has been specially created to celebrate the launch of the year's most anticipated film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the follow up to the UK's biggest film of all time. 

COMMEMORATIVE NOTE LAUNCHED TO MARK THE RELEASE OF STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

The note will be available exclusively on online marketplace ebay.co.uk and has been created using the technological and design expertise of British company De La Rue, which provides currency to over two thirds of the world's countries, including the United Kingdom. This forms part of a special initiative between Disney and the GREAT Britain Campaign to celebrate the 40 years of British creativity behind the Star Wars films. 


100% of the money raised from the commemorative note will be donated to Together for Short Lives, on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change. Together for Short Lives, a UK-based charity, supports children's hospices and all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, and their families. Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. This holiday season, Disney UK has combined forces to launch a broad campaign across its range of businesses and its partners' platforms to raise money, awareness and to create magical memories for the children under hospice care.


eBay will be the exclusive home to a limited run of 1,000 commemorative notes, available at a fixed price of £100 plus a further 50 unique premium notes up for auction. The notes are crafted with 100% cotton cylinder mould paper, securitised and printed in De La Rue's high security proofing department based in Hampshire. They incorporate an original light side/dark side artwork composition and several special features including serial numbers; pattern work of the First Order and Resistance emblems; hidden scenes (discoverable under 365nm UV light); hidden messages in microtext (discoverable with an eye glass); a message in Aurebesh, one of the languages of the galaxy; and the signature of Director/Writer Rian Johnson. The 50 unique, premium notes will also include an intaglio (a raised, hand-engraving of Rey) and each will have a unique, sequenced serial number.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be part of this one of a kind initiative to mark the release of The Last Jedi and for such a fantastic cause.” says the film’s director Rian Johnson, whose signature appears on the official note. “It was a joy filming in the UK and working with a British crew and I’m delighted the GREAT Britain Campaign and De La Rue are celebrating this with the commemorative note.”

The commemorative notes support the Star Wars: Made GREAT in Britain initiative which celebrates the special relationship between Great Britain and the Star Wars films. Over 40 years ago the incredible story between Great Britain and Star Wars began with the production of Star Wars: A New Hope at Elstree Studios. The imagination, inspiration and innovation of the filmmakers included the original lightsaber design by British set decorator Roger Christian - who fashioned it from spare camera parts and collected junk, Academy Award®-winning costume designs from British-born John Mollo – the man who brought Darth Vader’s iconic look to life; and the key roles of the London Symphony Orchestra and Abbey Road - the birthplace of one the most iconic themes in the galaxy. The story continues this year with Star Wars: The Last Jedi which was filmed in the UK using world-class British talent in both the production team and amongst the on screen stars.

Creative Industries Minister Matt Hancock said: "We are thrilled the new Star Wars film will be celebrated with a commemorative note. The film proudly flies the flag for the UK’s creative industries. Shot at the iconic Pinewood Studios, it features some of the best British talent in front and behind the cameras and bodes well for the future of UK film. Star Wars is part of the huge success of our film industry. Supported by the Government's highly successful film tax relief, UK film contributes over £4 billion a year to the economy and supports nearly 70,000 full time jobs. We love film and support the film industry at every turn."

On Thursday 7th December from 8pm GMT the 1,000 commemorative notes will become available to buy at a fixed price on www.ebay.co.uk/starwars and the 50 premium notes will be up for auction for 10 days until Sunday 17th December 2017.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI RELEASES IN UK CINEMAS FROM 14TH DECEMBER 2017 

THE STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI COMMEMORATIVE NOTES WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM EBAY.CO.UK FROM 7TH -17TH DECEMBER 2017 www.ebay.co.uk/starwars

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Latest Episode Of Skywalking Through Neverland Has The Last Jedi Full Press Conference audio

The good folks over at Skywalking Through Neverland were lucky enough to be at the global press conference for Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Sunday which took place in downtown Los Angeles, CA.  Thankfully they recorded the event and you can listen to the conference below.

Here's what they have to say about the show:

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Global Press Conference took place on Sunday, December 3rd in Downtown Los Angeles, CA, and we were Skywalking all the way through, grabbing the best audio straight from their mixer. It was an amazing event, with the entire main cast in attendance. Here is the illustrious list:
  • Director Rian Johnson
  • Mark Hamill (“Luke Skywalker”)
  • Daisy Ridley (“Rey”)
  • John Boyega (“Finn”)
  • Oscar Isaac (“Poe Dameron”)
  • Adam Driver (“Kylo Ren”)
  • Gwendoline Christie (“Captain Phasma”)
  • Domhnall Gleeson (“General Hux”)
  • Andy Serkis (“Supreme Leader Snoke”)
  • Laura Dern (“Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo”)
  • Kelly Marie Tran (“Rose Tico”)
You may hear Richard Woloski ask a great question, as well as James Burns (JediNews). Please listen to our crossover episode with JediNews where we break down our favorite moments from the Press Conference, and explain all the other booths and events around the conference itself. You can listen here:






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Electronic Labyrinth: THX-1138, the award winning student movie from George Lucas is getting a digital release from Gunpowder and Sky’s sci-fi Facebook channel Dust forty years after its initial release.  This student movie was the inspiration for what would eventually be the movie release, THX-1138.

“A year in, we are excited to see that Dust is tapping into the zeitgeist of a growing fanbase that is gripped with how technology is transforming our lives, and who have an insatiable appetite to consume premium content on all devices,” said Floris Bauer, Co-Founder and President, Gunpowder & Sky. “Globally showcasing George Lucas’ first-ever film, 50 years after its creation, while simultaneously passing the 1MM fans on Facebook through supporting new diverse voices in sci-fi content, are tremendous milestones for us. We are excited to work with USC to bring attention to some of their up-and-coming filmmakers.”

The announcement comes as part of a partnership between Dust and USC School of Cinematic Arts where they've been showcasing a student sc-fi short every day this week and will conclude with the short from George Lucas

Find out more on their Facebook page.



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IMAX’s exclusive Star Wars posters are making a return. Starting from Sunday 17th December, IMAX and Disney will be giving away four very limited-edition STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI posters, exclusively to IMAX customers while stocks last.

Full details here: 

Posters will be handed out on a strictly first-come, first-served basis (while stocks last) between 10am – 1pm on the following dates, for full details and exceptions click link above.

Poster #1: will be available while stocks last from Sunday 17th December

Poster #2: will be available while stocks last from Sunday 24th December

Poster #3: will be available while stocks last from Sunday 31st December

Poster #4: will be available while stocks last from Sunday 7th January

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

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In anticipation of a trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom which will be released tomorrow, Universal Pictures are following in the footsteps of Disney and Lucasfilm and have released a behind the scenes sizzle reel.  You can watch the new footage below

'Here I am talking about dinosaurs again' - Ian Malcolm

Look out for that awesome animatronic dinosaur.  It looks amazing.



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There's a new Steven Spielberg interview over at Hollywood Reporter and in it he reveals how he had a telling off from Kathleen Kennedy while filming E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for being too impatient with his crew.  It changed the way he worked and ultimately his image.  He said:

“Basically, I was a little bit of a hothead, impatient, and I would be hard on my crew — loving to my cast but tough on my crew.”

Spielberg continued: “And about 15 days into shooting E.T., she pulled me into her office and sat me down in a chair and gave me the b******ing of my life, because she did not like the way I was talking to the crew.

“She didn't care for my impatience, she didn't care for my sharpness.

“She said, ‘This is unacceptable behaviour,’ and I hadn't heard that since a teacher in school or my own mom — and that was a big shift in my life.

“I became mindful because somebody I trusted and respected had called me out.”

On Nov. 28, THR gathered Spielberg, 70, and some of the key women who worked on the film (first-time screenwriter Liz Hannah, 31; producer and former Sony chief Amy Pascal, 59; Streep, 62; and the director's longtime producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, 47) in his offices on the Universal lot for a wide-ranging discussion about the Fox picture (which opens Dec. 22) and the issues it raises.

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