Emilia Clarke is no stranger when it comes to projects that require her to stay quiet about virtually every single detail. In fact, her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game Of Thrones has fully prepared the Mother of Dragons for how to dodge questions about her mysterious female lead in the upcoming Han Solo anthology film.
For both Star Wars and Game of Thrones, remaining tight-lipped about every aspect is a requirement for cast and crew. Both have become known for their ‘spoiler free’ approach in order to please fans. Well, for anyone wondering which ridiculously anticipated project is the most intimidating to talk about during interviews, Clarke has the answer for you.
In an interview with The Independent, Clarke revealed what she’s allowed to tell the press:
“I genuinely can’t tell you anything other than Alden [Ehrenreich, who plays Han Solo] is magnificent, and it’s a delight to do something on that level with really cool actors and nice people. But it’s even scarier talking about that than Game of Thrones.”
As a seasoned veteran of keeping secrets about the biggest series on television, this is incredibly telling of just how much Disney wants to keep details under wraps. Unlike what she experiences with Game of Thrones and the latest season, Clarke read the screenplay for the film, which means she technically knew more about what will happen to Han Solo than many Game of Thrones characters.
According to the actress, the creative team on the TV series strives to keep everyone – including the actors – in the dark about what will occur during the upcoming seasons. Funnily enough, this makes it easier for her to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers because she has genuinely no idea what will happen next:
“No one knows anything. No one is told anything. It’s all crazy. It’s a secret from the cast. We generally can’t be trusted. They pretty much have told us so.”
What We Know So Far About Solo
As is with every upcoming Star Wars property, if anyone even contemplates uttering a detail they will probably be silenced by a skilled bounty hunter. The film is still referred to as the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film, but there are rumblings that a fan favorite Jedi named Drysdon Vos may appear.
What we definitely know is that the film will cover a six-year time period, taking the beloved character from 18 to 24. We will learn how Han befriends a Wookiee named Chewbacca and see the game where he wins the Millennium Falcon from a young Lando Calrissian, portrayed by Donald Glover.
The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo and hits theaters on May 25th, 2018.
While we wait for the return of Han Solo on the big screen, you can see Emilia Clarke reprise her role as Daenerys Targaryen in season 7 of Game of Thrones which currently airs Sundays on HBO.
Disney’s biennial D23 Expo gives fans a sneak peek into the upcoming film slate that is housed over at the Monstrous Mouse House. Disney is known for its unbelievably tight hold on their properties and when your company generates over a ~gazillion dollars a year with the various franchises it has under its belt, you’re truly not going to trust anyone with your financially lucrative babies except for a selected few.
This year’s event had a ton of news within the animated realm including directing duties for Toy Story 4, possible titles for the sequel to my absolute favourite Frozen 2 (no shame, guys) and FINALLY SOME KIND OF WORD ON THE INCREDIBLES 2 – It’s only been like 15 years, no rush or anything! Of course, while other Disney properties are all well and nice (like your various Marvel films et al), the franchise everyone is ridiculously anticipating is the upcoming addition to the Star Wars saga,The Last Jedi.
Similarly to the tight grip held for last year’s The Force Awakens, plot details surrounding the installment are kept within the grasp of those included in its production and the movie Gods up above. As someone attempting to avoid any spoilers like it’s a Romulan-created plague, the good Disney folks released a featurette for individuals like myself which gives a behind-the-scenes look at Episode VIII. This installment seems to take a similar tone as everyone’s favourite sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, with emphasis being placed on how game-changing its story will affect the entire Star Wars universe. Daisy Ridley (Rey) states that despite The Last Jedi being the second in its trilogy, it “feels like its own thing” which is arguably one of the most vital components the film can have. This component indicates that TLJ will stand on its own with its respective merits rather than relying solely on nostalgic callbacks, an issue many had with TFA. There are also glimpses of the late, oh so great Carrie Fisher in full General Leia-garb concluding the featurette with what she believed made the film so powerful- family. *Cue the ugly sobbing tears from legions of humans*
Check Out The Featurette Below:
Character Posters: When You Have Such Stylish Capes On, Eye Inclusions Simply Are Not Needed
Along with the brilliant featurette, a handful of character posters were released. The posters feature key characters of the upcoming Episode and intriguingly neglects to include the eyes of the characters. There is probably some deeper meaning for this decision, however we’ll save that for when I have my tinfoil hat on.
And My Personal Favourite…
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac and is directed by Rian Johnson. The Last Jedi will release on December 15th, 2017.
When we were first introduced to Chris Pratt‘s Star-Lord, the Legendary Outlaw was searching for an orb on the planet of Morag. As he delved into this foreign planet, he puts on his iconic orange headphones attached to a vintage Sony TPS-L2 Walkman before melodically dancing to Redbone‘s ‘Come And Get Your Love’.
From that point on, the Sony Walkman acts as an extension of Quill’s character throughout the film, and the music included in his ‘Awesome Mix’ cassettes moves the story forward. It shouldn’t be that surprising then that the iconic device has been an increase in demand with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Many die-hard fans have had the itch to purchase a similar Walkman in order to emulate the beloved character, but anybody looking for their very own version of the Walkman is going to have to reach deep into their piggy banks to afford the popular item.
You have to admit, this was a pretty awesome gadget even before it featured in Guardians of the Galaxy. Sony’s TPS-L2 was the first portable cassette player ever released, which makes it understandable as to why it is so highly regarded. It was originally released in Japan on July 1, 1979 and released in the United States the following year. The Walkman retailed for a hefty $200 back in the day, which is equivalent to roughly $589 in today’s dollars.
Fast forward almost forty years and the TPS-L2 is featured in numerous online listings thanks to the popularity of Marvel’s space comedy. Regardless of the condition of the player (some are actually listed as unusable), many are still selling for upwards of $500. However, if you want the complete look, certain listings that include the recognizable orange headphones are selling for more than $2,000!
For the more economical consumer, Marvel also provides a blue and orange Walkman that’s selling for $25:
Although Marvel’s alternative isn’t a purist fantasy (no cassette-playing capability or orange headphones), the device can be connected to your phone or MP3 player, so you can play your own awesome mix. Another neat inclusion is its ability to record your own speech, sounds, and music in MP3 format, and you can even distort your voice.
Along with the popularity of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it’s easy to see why fans are looking to purchase the original Sony device. In the present day, we see the dizzying advancement of technology, so let’s reminisce on a time when creating a personalized mix-tape was the world’s most romantic gesture. My best friend gave me a mixtape CD once for my birthday filled with songs we love to jam to and I cherish it immensely.
Perhaps those lucky enough to have purchased the retro gadget can bring back this trend! Now that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is officially in theaters, there’s never been a better time to get hooked on a feeling!
Throughout the past few years, Disney studios has found immense success in their live-action remake adaptations of their beloved animated properties. Their upcoming slate of releases show no sign of the Mouse House slowing down and with their latest adaptation in Beauty And The Beast being an enormous success, they probably will continue until they run out of animated films.
The live-action Beauty And The Beast faced a difficult test when it released last March because the original animated film was only 25 years old. Compared to many previous live-action Disney adaptations including Cinderella and The Jungle Book, the key demographic of people that would see the film or take their kids were exactly the right age to have extremely strong feelings about the animated original. Any hesitation felt from this demographic clearly didn’t affect the box office because the film has generated over $1.1 billion worldwide and counting, leading many to wonder if a sequel is imminent because that’s the way the world works now.
Emma Watson faced the daunting task of portraying the role of Belle and many critics agreed her take on it was one of the best aspects of the film. While speaking with Access Hollywood on the red carpet for her newest film, The Circle the prospect of a sequel came up and whether she had any idea for a potential premise.
Watson says she was unaware of any buzz on social media about fans’ hopes for it however she says she “would love” to do Beauty and the Beast 2 someday. When asked where she could see the story headed, she replied with a prospective career that is so Belle:
“I always thought that Belle had become a teacher and she would run the library in the castle, and open it up to the village. This is where I was going.”
Check Out The Interview Below:
Watson’s idea for where the development of Belle leads is an interesting concept. Although it could use a bit of sprucing up to include a potential antagonist to provide that much needed Disney drama, the concept expands on her role as the kindest (and most intelligent) person in the village. It would allow for the legions of children that look up to Belle to see what happened following the salvation of everyone while also providing a logical step forward in her progression.
Dan Stevens Is Also Open For A Sequel
We certainly wouldn’t need a sequel/prequel/another reimaging to Beauty And The Beast although it is fun to imagine how it could play out. The Beast himself, Dan Stevens recently spoke with Variety on a potential sequel and stated his support despite it ultimately not being up to him:
“… I’m not sure what turn that would take. I’m open to offers. It would seem odd for me to hear about it, but never say never.”
I am a firm believer in “never say never” so if Disney ever finds itself running low on funds maybe they’ll resort to developing a sequel to this property to make ends meet!
Until we hear news about the sequel coming to fruition, you can catch Emma Watson star alongside Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane, Glenne Headly and the late, great Bill Paxton in his final theatrical role prior to his tragic death in The Circle.
The film is directed by James Ponsoldt and is currently in theaters. Check out the trailer below:
A teaser trailer dropped this morning for the insanely anticipated upcoming installment to the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi. Everyone and their mother seems to be looking forward to the eighth episode of this beloved saga (myself included) and with the trailer racking up over 4.6 million views in six hours, there are a lot starving for a piece of the galaxy far, far away.
If you’ve managed to not watch it thus far, why not watch it now?
If you have seen it, let’s watch it once more to refresh your memory:
Now as is the internet world in our present day and age, there are a ton of insane theories floating about and easter egg discoveries made from the trailer. While scrolling through reddit to satisfy my Star Wars comment craving, this post stood out at me by pointing out the callbacks made in the trailer that I barely realized during my watch.
They are all audio callbacks that include the iconic line uttered by Princess Leia (portrayed by the late, great Carrie Fisher) among a few others. Here are four examples of them that your ears may have missed the first time. The timestamps should work however I will leave them in the subheadings in case shit goes wrong.
1. Echo Of Princess Leia’s “Help Me, Obi Wan Kenobi” (~0:46)
As the brief shot opens of what appears to be the back of General Leia, we faintly hear the plea from the message that started off this phenomenal saga: “help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” from the 1977 original, A New Hope.
2. The Spine-Tingling Iconic Darth Vader Breath (~0:51)
This doesn’t need an explanation.
3. Ben Kenobi’s Vader Story And How He Was “Seduced By The Dark Side” (~0:53)
It is no coincidence the voiceover you hear right after the Vader (James Earl Jones) breathing is that of Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness) from A New Hope detailing the story of Darth Vader to a young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
4. Yoda’s Explanation Of The Force With Its Power That “Surrounds Us… Binds Us…” (~0:59)
Yoda’s (Frank Oz) training of Luke in The Empire StrikesBack (1980) was as much spiritual as it was physical. His awe-inspiring monologue about the Force uplifts the soul and makes you want to carry an old Jedi master on your back because they’re not only wise, they are adorable af.
Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi releases in theatres on December 15, 2017. You will find me in a self-induced comatose state until then because I simply can’t wait any longer.
What was your favourite part of The Last Jedi trailer? Let me know in the comments below!
Beauty And The Beast (2017) is a live-action adaptation of the 1991 Disney classic (which was an adaptation of a French fairytale) and tells the timeless tale of a cursed prince (Dan Stevens) who must find somebody to love until the last petal of a rose falls. Enter the intelligent and bookish nerd, Belle (Emma Watson) who wants something more out of her shitty village and chooses to take the place of her father when he becomes imprisoned by the Beast. Beauty and the Beast also stars Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline and is directed by Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Dreamgirls)
My Thoughts On The Characters And Story
In another addition to the live-action Disney adaptations comes Beauty and the Beast, the story everyone loves to shout “Stockholm Syndrome!” at whenever discussing what films to show young’lings. Now, I am one of those people that believes anything can be remade (or reimagined or rebooted or re-gofuckyourself). There are many that hold the firm belief that if you like a reboot or remake, it somehow discredits your love for the original and/or it will rework how you experienced your childhood. I enjoy the 1991 Academy-Award winning animated classic because it is spectacular and Celine fucking Dion performs a duet in it.
I enjoyed this 2017 adaptation and look forward to the future Disney live-action adaptations of their animated properties. Cinderella (2015) was great and last year’s The Jungle Book was bonkers amazing. Just thinking about how Jon Favreau is going to handle The Lion King and the upcoming Aladdin and Mulan – what a time to be alive!
Emma Watson is easily my favourite aspect of this film. When I think of the idea of “perfect casting” and who truly embodies their character, especially because of how revered the animated Belle (voiced by Paige O’Hara) is, Watson will forever remain on my list. She has fantastic chemistry with every one of her co-stars, particularly with her father Maurice (Kline) and the dashing Gaston (Evans). The film relies on how Belle interacts with her surroundings and if you don’t believe the relationship she shares with these characters, it will fall flat. Watson manages to illustrate the type of relationship she has with Maurice, Gaston and the Beast by her varying expressions and mannerisms that dictate who she is sharing a scene with.
Her aggravation with Gaston differs from her aggravation with the Beast. Her affection for her father is depicted brilliantly without the need for her to tell the audience, “I love you dad! You’re the best!” It’s the little things you notice like how she rested her hands on Maurice’s knee before he left for the market toward the beginning of the film, they share a bond that is just lovely to watch. Expanding on the idea of a bond Belle shares with someone, I loved the depiction of her growing affection for the Beast and how their relationship was handled.
“There is never a moment where I felt a moment was forced or unbelievable for the sake of progressing the film along.”
Every sequence that progresses their relationship is logically executed. There is never a moment where I felt a moment was forced or unbelievable for the sake of progressing the film along. Stevens is great as the Beast, however with all the Disney money the company has floating around, the CG on the Beast is just brutal. It kind of looked as if the effects were still rendering and instead of waiting they just shipped it out anyway. I truly loved Watson and Stevens together but after seeing what they could accomplish with The Jungle Book I expected more in terms of the aesthetics of the Beast.
When it comes to the lavishly-produced sets and costumes, not one frame of the screen went to waste. Everything was gorgeous and the iconic ballroom sequence with the disgustingly spectacular performance by Emma Thompson singing the titular song, I teared up. It was nothing short of magical. Listening to the song again makes me tear up. My Grinchian heart grew three sizes after the ballroom sequence.
Speaking of Thompson, the voice actors are phenomenal. Ewan McGregor as Lumiere is nothing short of perfection and Sir Ian McKellen‘s Cogsworth is wonderful. Chip, the young son of Thompson’s Mrs. Potts, could have been cut down a bit. I really only tolerate him because he’s Mrs. Potts son but I could not stand any time his annoying voice piped up. Besides him, everyone truly excelled in their roles and there is nothing more to say about Luke Evans as Gaston that hasn’t already been said. He radiates Gaston. The man is Gaston, damn it. He may not look like he eats five dozen eggs but his ability to ooze narcissism and execution of the Gaston-voice is unparalleled.
How Were The Other Aspects To ‘Beauty And The Beast’?
There are a few changes made from the original and I feel some of them worked, particularly the inclusion of how Belle’s mother died. The controversy that surrounded the further development of LeFou’s (Gad) character is undeniably moronic and I liked how they worked his character. The guy sung a song about adoring another man in the 1991 animated film, everyone knew LeFou was crushing a little bit on Gaston. I’m not quite sure about the rewatchability factor for the film, besides a few musical moments and that bad ass snowball throw at Emma Watson I probably won’t feel the need to watch it again anytime soon but only time will tell.
I adored Condon’s utilization of the wide shot because it showcased the production value that went into this beast (sorry) of a picture, however there were certain instances where he would pan up & around a room that I could have done without.
I would be remiss to discuss a Disney picture and not include any discussion on the musical components of it. Besides a few moments that lingered on a bit, you will be smiling throughout the musical numbers especially that absolutely wondrous opening number set to the classic “Belle.” I always wondered why everyone in this town couldn’t mind their own fucking business instead of getting all up into Belle’s business but hey… She’s a woman who likes to read in a Disney movie (what a freeeeak!)
If you’re a fan of the original Beauty And The Beast or if you have absolutely no knowledge of the story at all, check out 2017’s Beauty And The Beast.
Star Wars fans have been waiting impatiently for what title the next installment of the Skywalker Saga will hold and today, we have finally gotten our answer:
Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi
The official Star Wars twitter posted this image to their 2.75 million followers and in just under two hours, the post has been retweeted 100,000 times. Not to mention the roughly gradrillion of others that have had video responses and articles, quite like this one!
The Last Jedi is the second installment of this rebooted trilogy that consists of Episode VII, VIII and IX and combines all the brilliance of the old with the excitement and vigor of the new. The conclusion of The Force Awakens consisted of Rey (Daisy Ridley) encountering an aged and bearded Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and ever since that moment, we’ve all been clamouring to see what the hell happened next?!
Fun Fact: The Last Jedi is, interestingly enough, the first ever installment to a Star Wars live-action trilogy that does not follow the traditional four-worded title associated with those second installments. Both The Empire Strikes Back and Attack Of The Clones are the second installments of their respective trilogies and they, along with the final film, have been four-worded whereas the first installment has been three-worded.
The Original Trilogy
Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983)
Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (2002)
Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith (2005)
The Rebooted Trilogy
Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
Episode IX: TBA (2019)
What does this mean? I have no idea. I just thought it was an interesting decision on their part. This could be a hint of an attempt to stray away from the conventions associated with the Star Wars trilogy… If they’re going to try something new, why not start with the title and just go from there?
Maybe they are doing a complete overhaul AND THE TITLE IS ONLY THE BEGINNING?!?!?!! … Probably not.
Either way, I am excited for anything Star Wars-related so bring on that glorious galaxy far, far away, titles be damned!
Do You Think They Should Have Kept Up With The Title Tradition?