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Rian Johnson discusses the Rey’s parents reveal in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow. You have been warned…

The two big questions coming out of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens were: 1) ‘Who is Supreme Leader Snoke?’, and 2) ‘Who are Rey’s parents?’. While the first was simply tossed aside in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as promised director Rian Johnson did give us an answer to the second, with Kylo Ren revealing that Rey is the offspring of two junkers on Jakku who sold her for drinking money.

The big reveal divided fans who have been debating Rey’s identity for the past two years, as well as sparking speculation that Kylo could have been lying to Rey in order to tempt her into joining him. However, according to Johnson himself, that isn’t the case – at least as far as he is concerned.

“I don’t think he’s lying in
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No Changes Were Made To Leia’s Story In The Last Jedi After Carrie Fisher’s Death

While we’ve been waiting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to land in cinemas for a while now, there is a bittersweet edge to its arrival, as it’s the final time we’ll ever get to see Carrie Fisher as General/Princess Leia, following her tragic death last December.

The production team faced a difficult challenge in the wake of Fisher’s passing, as they had to decide whether to edit the film to wrap up Leia’s story in some way or to preserve her final performance as it was intended. In the end, director Rian Johnson took the latter path and didn’t make any edits at all to Leia’s scenes in the film.

While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson made clear that this was the only decision he entertained as any alternative would have just been a “horror.”

“That was the very
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Carrie Fisher’s Dog Gary Recognized His Late ‘Mom’ in ‘The Last Jedi’

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Carrie Fisher’s Dog Gary Recognized His Late ‘Mom’ in ‘The Last Jedi’
Carrie Fisher is gone, but not forgotten — especially by her beloved dog Gary. Fisher’s longtime canine companion was taken to see a screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and recognized his late “mother” when he saw her on screen as General Leia Organa, according to a tweet from Veronica Miracle, an ABC reporter. Gary reportedly watched the recently released “Star Wars” film on Fisher’s former assistant’s lap. Miracle wrote that every time Leia appeared on screen, the pup’s ears perked up. Also Read: Mark Hamill Recalls 'Making Out Like Teenagers' With Carrie Fisher Yeah,
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: an ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: an ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” may be one of the most critically acclaimed entries in the franchise (IndieWire gave it an A- and called it it the most satisfying “Star Wars” film in decades), but it’s passionately dividing fans in a way most “Star Wars” films don’t. Unlike the universally beloved reception to “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi” isn’t every fan’s up of tea.

Read More: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline

“The Last Jedi” currently holds a negative 57% Rotten Tomatoes user score after over 83,000 responses, which pales in comparison to the 88% “The Force Awakens” ended up with after over 200,000 user scores. But while the Rotten Tomatoes user score indicates a more-negative fan response, the IMDb score is currently at 8.0 (even with “The Force Awakens”) and received an ‘A’ CinemaScore (also
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi concept art features a bald Kylo Ren

Games Radar has revealed a new piece of Star Wars: The Last Jedi concept art featuring Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, which reveals that some consideration was given to the Master of the Knights of Ren ditching his flowing locks for the second chapter of the Sequel Trilogy. Let us know what you make of this bald Ben Solo look in the comments below…

See Also: Read our reviews of Star Wars: The Last Jedi here, here and here

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of 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 sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher is Responsible For Writing These Emotional Final Leia Quotes

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher is Responsible For Writing These Emotional Final Leia Quotes
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is now playing in theaters around the world, and with it comes Carrie Fisher’s final turn as Princess-turned-General Leia Organa. Director Rian Johnson previously revealed back at Star Wars Celebration in April that Fisher had helped with the script, calling the actress a “brilliant writer and an incredible mind.”

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline

“I would go to her house. We would sit on her bed for hours and go through the scripts,” he said. “We would have these stream of consciousness jazz poetry kinda ad lib sessions. I would just scribble on my script everything she said, and at the end of six hours, there would be like a four-word line of dialogue that was the distillation of all of that that was brilliant.”

Now
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No Major Leia Scenes Were Cut from The Last Jedi

No Major Leia Scenes Were Cut from The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson has been out promoting Star Wars: The Last Jedi and now that the movie is out in theaters, he keeps getting asked about scenes that were cut from the movie, especially any involving the late Carrie Fisher. As it turns out, Johnson has revealed that there are many scenes that did not make the cut and there is apparently a lot of good stuff, not just "people walking down hallways," as Rian Johnson put it. Unfortunately, it appears that all of the good footage of Carrie Fisher made it into the final cut.

Rian Johnson recently spoke with Inverse where he revealed that there's a wealth of material that will end up in the deleted scenes portion of the Blu-ray release. But when asked about more footage of Carrie Fisher, Johnson confirmed that there was nothing significant cut out of The Last Jedi. Johnson explains.

"There weren't any big scenes.
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Mark Hamill says the Star Wars prequels are more original than The Force Awakens

To promote his return as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill has been chatting to Metro about the Star Wars saga, during which he has defended the much-maligned Prequel Trilogy, stating that Lucas’ movies were more original than Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“What I thought was great about the prequels was the different technology that I had never seen before. All that CGI. And the fact that [George Lucas] wasn’t trying to do the same experience all over again. I thought The Force Awakens did that more than the early ones, because it had that the girl from a different planet, the Death Star, the Cantina sequence. [J.J. Abrams] was trying to figure out what was it about the original movies that everybody loved. And that’s a different thought process than what George would have done. Because he would go, ‘I had a beginning, middle, and
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuts to second-biggest ever opening day at the box office

After starting its North American theatrical run with the second biggest ever Thursday preview takings, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has carried that into its first full day at the box office, with the movie grossing $100.4 million on Friday, second only to Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $119 million.

Having been tracking a $200 million domestic opening weekend, analysts are now suggesting a $208 million to $214 million debut for The Last Jedi, which would put it ahead of The Avengers ($207.4 million) and potentially Jurassic World ($208.8 million) for the second best opening weekend after The Force Awakens ($247.9 million).

International numbers are still to come in for Friday, but The Last Jedi had grossed $60.8 million from 48 markets by close of play on Thursday. Worldwide opening estimates for the film put its weekend at around $425 million.

See Also: Read our reviews of Star Wars: The Last Jedi here, here and here

In Lucasfilm’s
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Did Kevin Smith Cry During The Last Jedi?

Did Kevin Smith Cry During The Last Jedi?
Director Kevin Smith is not afraid to cry while watching movies or TV shows and now we're all wondering if he cried during Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson's first foray into the Star Wars universe is the darkest, most emotional movie in the franchise's history and viewers have been crying during key moments in the movie, which leads us to believe that hardcore Star Wars fan Kevin Smith will ugly cry during the entire 150-minute sci-fi sequel. There's nothing wrong with crying, especially about things that you are passionate about, so to be clear, we are not making fun of Smith, just lightly teasing.

Way back when The Force Awakens was in production, Kevin Smith recalled visiting the set, and how seeing the Millennium Falcon left him in tears. Kevin Smith recently admitted that his heart soared during the Justice League movie and oddly enough, it
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is already making a killing at the box office as it heads to an opening weekend north of $200 million, which means thousands of “Star Wars” fans are finally learning more about what happened to Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill reprises his iconic role in “The Last Jedi” and has one of the film’s most essential storylines. The actor joined director Rian Johnson to talk about Luke’s fate in a Q&A with Entertainment Weekly.

Spoiler Warning Ahead

“The Last Jedi” ends with a major bit of misdirection on Luke’s part. During the epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order on the mineral planet of Crait, Luke finally makes his grand return and engages in a lightsaber fight with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Luke and Kylo’s duel ends up being just the distraction the Resistance needs in order to safely
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Classic Star Wars Line Wasn't Cut from Last Jedi, So Where Is It?

Classic Star Wars Line Wasn't Cut from Last Jedi, So Where Is It?
Now that fans have had a chance to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi (some more than once), the movie has begun to sink in and new Easter Eggs are being revealed. But one particular Star Wars Easter Egg that has been included throughout the franchise was thought to be cut from this sequel. That's actually not true. It's just kind of hard to find. It has now been confirmed to actually exist by director Rian Johnson. The director had previously confirmed that there was a tribute to Carrie Fisher's dog Gary included in The Last Jedi before the movie even came out, with subtle and not-so-subtle Easter Eggs popping up everywhere throughout the long runtime, revealed thanks to eagle-eyed Star Wars fans. There are Spoilers ahead for The Last Jedi, so read at your own risk.

Speculation about The Last Jedi over the last year has run the gamut,
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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is set to take over the box office in its opening weekend, raking in around $215 million from 4,232 North American sites.

Including $45 million from Thursday previews — the second-largest Thursday night preview total ever, below “Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s” 2015 total of $57 million — the tentpole film brought in $104 million from Friday, and is looking to add over $100 million between Saturday and Sunday.

The total gross will make “The Last Jedi” the fourth film in domestic box office history to make over $200 million in its first weekend, joining “The Force Awakens” with $248.8 million, “Jurassic World” with $208.8 million, and 2012’s “The Avengers” with $207.4 million. “The Last Jedi” will finish significantly above Star Wars spinoff “Rogue One,” which opened with $155.1 million on the same weekend a year ago.
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Leia Used the Force in George Lucas' Original Star Wars Plans

Leia Used the Force in George Lucas' Original Star Wars Plans
Had George Lucas had his way, General Organa would have been using the Force a whole lot more and would have made a new scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi a lot less awkward. Mark Hamill recently spoke to Rolling Stone to promote The Last Jedi where he revealed that George Lucas had some different plans for Leia. The new movie is divisive amongst devoted Star Wars fans and Leia using the Force was a pretty bold move by Rian Johnson. As a warning, there are Spoilers for The Last Jedi ahead, so read at your own risk.

Mark Hamill told Rolling Stone that George Lucas had originally wanted Leia to explore the Force in his versions of Episodes 7 through 9. Obviously, those ideas were scrapped when Disney bought Lucasfilm, but it sure would be interesting to see where Lucas would have taken the second set of prequels. Though Leia and Luke communicate telepathically,
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi concept art features colourful alternate designs for the Porgs

Coinciding with the film’s release, Yahoo! Movies has shared a couple of pieces of concept art from The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi which showcases a few alternate, colourful designs for Ahch-To’s inhabitants, the Porgs; take a look below…

See Also: Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson “apologizes” for the Porgs

See Also: Read our reviews of Star Wars: The Last Jedi here, here and here

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of 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 sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong
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George Lucas Planned For Leia To Develop Her Force Skills In Episodes 7-9

Spoilers to follow…

Though Skywalker blood is potent stuff, Princess/General Leia never displayed much desire to train herself in the ways of the Force, largely limiting herself to a loose telepathic connection with her brother Luke. In fact, it’s taken until Star Wars: The Last Jedi to see her use the Force in a more physical manner when she wills herself into an airlock on the Resistance Cruiser after First Order fighters destroy the bridge.

Now, though, in a video interview with Rolling Stone, Mark Hamill has revealed that George Lucas’ original sketches for Episodes VII-ix featured Leia actively training herself to use the Force:

“This is always something that interested me because we can communicate telepathically and I tell her in one of the movies, I guess the third one, you have that power too. So I always wondered, and I don’t read the fanfiction,
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Listen to John Williams’ full score for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi now in cinemas and well on its way to grossing one of the biggest opening weekends of all time, Disney Music has kindly released the full score to the movie from legendary composer John Williams. Check out the opening track here, and head on over to YouTube to listen to the full score…

See Also: Read our reviews of Star Wars: The Last Jedi here, here and here

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of 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 sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Reveals a Truth About Leia We Kind of Knew All Along

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow. Toward the beginning of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the life of one of our favorite characters is threatened: When the bridge of the Resistance cruiser Raddus is blasted by a First Order strike, it appears as if General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) has perished along with Admiral Ackbar. Those who paid attention to the numerous trailers, though, had seen glimpses of the general standing in the abandoned Rebel base hangar on Crait, yet to occur in the film. This was the hope that kept the tears of many from flowing. She had to live. But how? Then the camera zooms in on Leia floating in the freezing nothingness of space. Her fingers move. She reaches out, and suddenly she is flying toward the Raddus, through the devastated bridge still exposed to vacuum, past a hologram, and up to an airtight door.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Speeds Toward $200 Million-Plus Weekend in the U.S.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Speeds Toward $200 Million-Plus Weekend in the U.S.
The box office Force is with Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which is heading for more than $200 million at 4,232 North American sites in its opening weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

The tentpole opened with $45 million on Thursday night — the second-largest Thursday night preview gross ever in North America, trailing only the $57 million for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” two years ago. The total for Friday (which includes Thursday night) should wind up in the $95 million to $98 million range, followed by as much as $60 million on Saturday and somewhere around $45 million to $48 million on Sunday.

That would mean “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will become only the fourth movie to top $200 million domestically in its opening frame, joining 2015’s “The Force Awakens” at $248.8 million, 2015’s “Jurassic World” with $208.8 million, and 2012’s “The Avengers” with $207.4 million. It will finish the weekend far above the “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One,” which opened
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Win Star Wars: The Last Jedi IMAX Tickets, Funko Figures and More

Win Star Wars: The Last Jedi IMAX Tickets, Funko Figures and More
Fans will finally get to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters during sneak preview screenings across the country tomorrow night, but if you're looking for an IMAX upgrade, then you're in luck. We have a new contest where we're teaming up with IMAX to give away The Last Jedi IMAX tickets, along with some new Funko Pop figures and The Last Jedi t-shirts as well! What could be better than seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi in IMAX, for free? There are probably some things that are better... but not many.

If you aren't among the lucky winners of The Last Jedi tickets, there's still a chance you can take home one of 12 new Funko Pop! Figures including a Porg, Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Bb-8, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), Bb-9E,
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