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The Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Episode IX title revealed

The Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Episode IX title revealed

Entertainment
The next Star Wars movie, episode IX, will be titled The Rise of Skywalker, it has been announced.The title was revealed at a Star Wars celebration event in Chicago, while a teaser trailer was posted on Twitter with the words: "Every generation has a legend."Director JJ Abrams said the movie is set some time after previous instalment The Last Jedi.The Rise of Skywalker is due to be released later this year.Despite his apparent death at the end of Episode VI, Return of the Jedi, Emperor Palpatine seems to be making a comeback.His sinister cackle is heard at the end of the trailer and Ian McDiarmid, who plays the character, strolled on stage to loud applause at the announcement. The two-minute trai...
Black Mirror fans try to get head around interactive episode

Black Mirror fans try to get head around interactive episode

Technology
Social media users are hard at work exploring an interactive episode of science fiction series Black Mirror, which essentially allows viewers to pick their own storyline. Without any spoilers, Bandersnatch follows a nerdy teenager who is working to turn a choose-your-own-adventure science fiction book into a computer game.Viewers must make the lead character's choices for him - sending the plot in different directions.The episode, which dropped on Netflix on Friday, is said to have many millions of unique permutations. Working collectively on social media sites including Reddit, viewers are combing through the multiple possible story arcs to search for hidden outcomes, Easter eggs, and even ways to cheat.Despite initial misgivings that the interactive element would be too...
Michael Keaton, Owen Wilson to star in two-part 'Documentary Now!' episode

Michael Keaton, Owen Wilson to star in two-part 'Documentary Now!' episode

Entertainment
Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Cars castmates Michael Keaton and Owen Wilson are set to co-star with Necar Zadegan in a two-part episode of IFC's Documentary Now! Both chapters are scheduled to air back-to-back Feb. 20. Wilson will play a cult leader in 1980s Oregon, while Zadegan will be his assistant and Keaton portrays the FBI agent who tries to bring the enterprise down. Documentary Now! was co-created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas. It is executive produced by Lorne Michaels. "After years of trying to start a cult of our own, we have happily outsourced the heavy lifting to the brilliant team behind Documentary Now! and they have, as always, delivered," IFC Original Programming SVP Christine Lubrano said in a statement. "Seeing these episodes have caused the IFC staff to z...
Star Wars: Carrie Fisher and Richard E Grant among Episode IX cast

Star Wars: Carrie Fisher and Richard E Grant among Episode IX cast

Entertainment
The cast for the next Star Wars film has been revealed in a surprise announcement, with a mixture of veteran stars and new faces set to appear.The late actress Carrie Fisher will feature in Episode IX using previously unseen footage that was recorded for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.The star, who played Princess Leia in the film series, died suddenly in 2016.Billy Dee Williams, 81, will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian and Richard E Grant will join the cast."We desperately loved Carrie Fisher," director JJ Abrams said in a statement announcing the line-up. "Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us.""We have found a way to honour Carrie's legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using u...