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Star Wars director strikes back at abuse of star

Star Wars director strikes back at abuse of star

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Star Wars director Rian Johnson has hit back at the troll "manbabies" who have forced actress Kelly Marie Tran to quit Instagram after months of racist and sexist abuse over her role in The Last Jedi. The Vietnamese-American star - who became the first woman of colour to play a leading part in the iconic series - has deleted all of her posts on the photo-sharing social network.She has been targeted by what Johnson described as "unhealthy people" who took issue with her performance as Resistance fighter Rose Tico in the eighth instalment of the fantasy saga, which was released in December.Addressing the backlash on Twitter, Johnson said: "What we talk about when we talk about manbabies."He added: "On social media a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall, but...
Solo: A Star Wars Story to screen at Cannes Film Festival

Solo: A Star Wars Story to screen at Cannes Film Festival

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The Star Wars spin off-film about the young Han Solo will be shown at this year's Cannes Film Festival.It's the first screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story to be confirmed.The film - starring Alden Ehrenreich in the role that made Harrison Ford a star - will be shown out of competition at Cannes, reportedly on 15 May.The presentation of Ron Howard's film follows Cannes screenings of Star Wars prequels Attack of the Clones in 2002 and Revenge of the Sith in 2005.Solo opens in the UK on 24 May. The film is released in France on 23 May, two days before it makes its debut in US cinemas. Solo: 10 things we got from the trailerWoody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are among other cast members who may be in attendance when Solo screens at the festival."The screening in the Grand ...
Game of Thrones creators to write new Star Wars

Game of Thrones creators to write new Star Wars

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A new series of the Star Wars films will be written and produced by the creators of Game of Thrones.David Benioff and DB Weiss will take the lead on the new films, an announcement on the franchise's website said.The films will be separate from the current episodes and the trilogy being developed by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, which is owned by Disney, said: "David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today."Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting."Benioff and Weiss said they had been dreaming of being part of the Star Wars franchise since the first film, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, was released in the...
Han will meet Chewbacca, Lando in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Han will meet Chewbacca, Lando in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

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Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Lucasfilm released the official synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story Tuesday.Ron Howard is directing the film, which is set for release May 25. It stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca."Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy," the synopsis said. "Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes."Harrison Ford originated the role of Han Solo and played the i...
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has critics in raptures

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has critics in raptures

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"Rousing." "Thrilling." "Addictively bold." Just a few of the superlatives the critics are using to describe the latest film in the Star Wars saga.The Last Jedi, writes the Telegraph, is "enormous fun" and "will leave fans beaming with surprise".The Guardian calls it "an explosive sugar rush of spectacle" possessing "a tidal wave of energy and emotion".Variety, though, swims against the tide, describing it as "the longest and least essential chapter in the series".Rian Johnson's film, says Peter Debruge, is "ultimately a disappointment" that "gives in to the same winking self-parody that is poisoning other franchises of late."Writing in The Verge, Tasha Robinson tends to agree: "Audiences will likely come away from The Last Jedi with a lot of complaints and questions." Released in the UK o...