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Star Wars Bits: Rian Johnson Talks, John Boyega Teases, and Kelly Marie Tran Melts Hearts

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In this edition of Star Wars bits:

  • The cast of The Last Jedi answers the Internet’s burning questions
  • Rian Johnson talks (a lot) about The Last Jedi
  • Kelly Marie Tran loses her cool, wins our hearts
  • A new TV spot for The Last Jedi
  • Mads Mikkelsen wants more Galen Erso
  • And much more!

RollingStone offered some insights about the making of The Last Jedi, including the below quote from director Rian Johnson on how he approached the tantalizing revelation of Rey’s parentage:

What does it mean to her, what does it mean to us… I really, really believe that it has to be rooted in something that has an emotional impact, and that’s the only thing that matters. Surprise is fine, but surprise by itself is cheap. The emotional and deeply-rooted resonance of ‘I am your father’ [in The Empire Strikes Back]  is why we remember it.

Johnson insisted that the mystery of Rey’s past is only important in terms of how it resonates with the character herself. So let’s just take apart the flashback scene from The Force Awakens frame by frame one last time, shall we? Johnson also spoke about striving to forge his own path in the Star Wars universe while remaining loyal to the core themes of the franchise:

Even just as a Star Wars fan, you realize there are patterns etched into your brain of how you think it should go.  It’s tough, because you don’t want to let yourself be guided by those deep-set grooves in your brain, but you also don’t want to make creative decisions just to spite those. It’s an interesting line to ride. I felt that I had to be conscious of those patterns and those grooves. Whether I was going to subvert them or play along with them.

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In the same RollingStone piece, Mark Hamill told fans not to hold their breaths for his reaction to The Last Jedi, since it takes him “a long time” to process each film:

The movie is finished, it belongs to the public. So if people are expecting me to come out and weigh in with what I think about it, they’re going to be disappointed, because it takes me a long time. I’m just about ready to talk about Empire Strikes Back! [laughs] And then I’ll get on to Return of the Jedi. Because it takes me a long time.

We’ll hold you to that Empire Strikes Back review, Mark!

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On the cusp of the release of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson sat down with StarWars.com to recap his experience playing around in the Star Wars universe. In the extensive interview, Johnson discussed the mythos surrounding Luke Skywalker – his own favorite Star Wars character – and how he approached the stories of the new characters like Rey and Kylo Ren.

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But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It’s that precious troll John Boyega again, teasing us mercilessly with a sly statement to Mashable on whether we can expect Finn and Poe to get together in The Last Jedi: “I’ve watched the film and I will confirm, that will be confirmed in The Last Jedi,” Boyega said. “You will know exactly which way it’s going.” Unfortunately, Rian Johnson steered that confirmation to the negative, telling Mashable that there wouldn’t be LGBTQ representation in the film: “In The Last Jedi, no, there wasn’t an opportunity for it.” Well, there’s always Tumblr.

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The illustrious Frank Oz, known to those in the galaxy far, far away as Master Yoda, attended the Saturday night premiere for The Last Jedi, prompting speculation that his character might appear in some form in the new movie. Of course, people who have seen the movie can answer this for you. But maybe just wait a few more days?

In a popular Wired segment, the cast of The Last Jedi answers the Internet’s most-searched questions, and the results are as hilarious as you’d expect. Highlights: Laura Dern hanging on every word from an excitable Mark Hamill, John Boyega revealing his extensive lightsaber collection and then refusing to give one to Kelly Marie Tran, and Domhnall Gleeson’s answer to the question of “how Rey beat Kylo Ren.”

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Hot Toys has unveiled brand-new images their Luke Skywalker action figure, complete with sticks, gloves, his lightsaber, a necklace, and a compass with what could be a Kyber crystal. At 29 centimeters tall, Luke’s a little short for a Stormtrooper, but he’s the perfect addition to your Star Wars collection.

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The Awards Circuit Twitter account shared Disney’s submission for The Last Jedi awards consideration, including somewhat surprising pushes for best lead actor and best lead actress. Star Wars has been frequently nominated in the categories that celebrate visual effects and sound design, but this year, Disney is also hoping to score nods for Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley.

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First Look at Disney Parks’ Millennium Falcon Theme Park Ride

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019, taking visitors to a remote outpost on a planet called Batuu. When it opens, one of the main attractions will be a Millennium Falcon flight simulator. We learned some details about the experience during this year’s D23 expo back in July, but we haven’t seen any images of it aside from concept art. Now the first official photo has debuted, giving us our first real look inside the Millennium Falcon theme park ride.

The Disney Parks official Twitter page revealed the image this morning (via InsideTheMagic).

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Any Star Wars fan worth their salt will instantly recognize precisely where that location is inside the Falcon itself (it’s the corridor leading into the cockpit), but it’s still a bit unclear from this photo exactly where this will fall in the layout of the ride experience at Galaxy’s Edge. Early concept art (and just plain common sense) indicates that guests will be inside the ship’s cockpit during the flight simulator, so what we’re looking at here is almost certainly part of the loading queue that leads directly to that area.

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We know that the flight simulator won’t be a passive ride where you just sit and watch things fly by on a screen in front of you as your chair bounces around – it’s an interactive experience, where you and your small flight team each have a different job operating the Falcon as it navigates through space. Since the new park is based on interactivity (even extending to immersive hotel experiences), your performance on the ride will follow you for the rest of your stay. The “hottest flight crews” can earn extra credits, but if you beat up the ship during your ride, a bounty hunter might come after you in the nearby cantina.

The tweet also teases that we’ll find out more about the ride (and maybe see some more photos?) this Saturday during Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so stay tuned for more updates once they’ve been announced.

In the meantime, you can read about the third planned ride that didn’t make the cut, a Force Awakens connection in the form of a Star Destroyer, and many more details about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge right here. You can also watch this fly-through video of a model of the new land, and make sure to check out Peter Sciretta’s photo gallery from D23 right here.

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/Filmcast Ep. 445 – The Shape of Water (GUEST: Kristy Puchko from Riot Material)

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Devindra and Jeff team up with Kristy Puchko to figure out The Shape of Water. Also, they discuss Netflix’s Voyeur and Godless, and Jeff discovers the wonders of Toast of London.

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/Answers: Our Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Moments

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. In this week’s edition, we’re celebrating the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by fondly recalling our favorite Star Wars movie moments, the individual beats or reveals or lines of dialogue that stand out above all else for us.

Lindsey Romain: Leia Senses Luke is in Danger

I can’t really put my finger on why this moment, of any Star Wars moment, comes to mind when I try to nail down a favorite. But when I close my eyes and think of a quintessential piece of the saga, this is always where I land. Perhaps because it’s heavy on the unknowable mysticism stuff that I love in Star Wars, and probably because it’s centered on Leia, my favorite character. Leia’s Force connection is something I’ve always wanted more of, and though this is arguably more a show of Luke’s powers than her own, their sibling revelation in Return of the Jedi means I can decontextualize this as hers too. There’s something so very Star Wars about Force mind-melds like this, something that makes me feel giddy and delighted the way I’m sure some people do when they see a lightsaber ignite. The music does a lot of the work as well, leaning heavy into the Force theme, pulling all the right strings. Chewbacca’s protective roar after Leia demands they turn around is another little thing I’ve always loved.

Chris Evangelista: Rey Reclaims the Lightsaber

The marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was so effectively deceptive that I’m almost certain everyone thought it would be John Boyega’s Finn who ended up being a lightsaber-swinging user of the Force. There was even a banner released featuring Boyega’s character posing with a lightsaber. And while Finn does get a brief moment to use the most famous Star Wars weapon in the final film, he’s quickly defeated by the far-more-skilled Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). During a big climactic battle in a snowy forest, Finn and new Star Wars heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley) face-off against Kylo Ren as everything is literally falling apart. After Finn gets knocked out, the lightsaber flies from his hand and lands in the snow. And it’s not just any old lightsaber: it’s the lightsaber that used to belong to the missing Luke Skywalker.

Director J.J. Abrams cuts to a close-up of the saber, and then cuts to Kylo Ren stretching out his hand, attempting to use his Force-powers to make the laser sword fly to him. We see the lightsaber begin to shake; then it rises; then it flies – not into Ren’s hand, but past him. When I first saw the film, there was a split second where I assumed the saber would then land in the hands of Luke Skywalker. Remember, at this point, Mark Hamill’s master Jedi character had yet to appear in the film, so I figured that since the movie was close to ending, he would have to show up soon. “Ah, this must be Luke’s big arrival,” I thought. I was wrong: instead, the lightsaber flies into the hands of Rey, who promptly fires the weapon up, its eerie blue light reflecting off her determined face.

I practically leapt out of my seat. This moment is incredible. It’s incredible for many reasons, including editing, pacing and expectation. Also, because even though we know Rey can use the Force at this point, this still seems unexpected. On top of all that, here, at last, was a major female heroine in a Star Wars film finally having an iconic moment where she wields the most famous weapon in the entire Star Wars galaxy. Much has been written about Rey being a “Mary Sue,” which seems to be shorthand for people online complaining that a female character is strong and competent and can handle herself; I don’t want to go into that, because honestly it’s a really, really, really stupid opinion that just doesn’t hold water. Instead, I’ll say I bought Rey’s journey through The Force Awakens every step of the way, which made this big triumphant moment where she ignites that lightsaber all the more satisfying. And the battle that follows that moment isn’t too shabby, either.

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Fan Trailer Imagines What ‘Star Wars’ Would Look Like If It Stuck Closer To Ralph McQuarrie’s Concept Art

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Artist Ralph McQuarrie is arguably as responsible for the look of Star Wars as George Lucas himself. McQuarrie’s original designs and concept art shaped not only Lucas’s original movie, but multiple films and TV projects throughout the franchise’s storied history. McQuarrie passed away in 2012, but his influence on the world of science fiction will live forever.

A group of students at DAVE, the digital animation and visual effects school in Orlando, Florida, took McQuarrie’s iconic original artwork and brought it to life in the form of a live-action fan trailer, and the results show what Star Wars might have looked like if Lucas and his team had incorporated every aspect of McQuarrie’s art instead of just using them as a starting point. You’ve gotta check this out.

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A long time ago in a galaxy far far away… we might have seen a version of Star Wars that featured a Han Solo with green skin and gills, Stormtroopers with lightsabers, and a female heroine named Luka Starkiller.

Many of these anomalies can be seen in concept artist Ralph McQuarrie’s early illustrations of the Star Wars universe. While looking back at these early paintings we can’t help but wonder what Star Wars would have been like had it remained loyal to the concept art and early drafts of the script.

The DAVE School graduating class of August and October 2017 have answered that question by bringing Ralph McQuarrie’s paintings to life in a concept trailer for what might have been…The Star Wars.

Impressive, right? While the production elements might look a little goofy during filming (is that one guy wearing a Thor costume?), it all comes together in the final product to almost perfectly mirror McQuarrie’s original artwork. (Thanks to io9 for the heads up.)

The Star Wars takes a page out of The Disaster Artist‘s playbook as well: it shows you an interpretation of something, and then as the credits are rolling, it shows you a comparison between that interpretation and the actual thing that inspired it. Plus, it doubles as a visual effects breakdown video, showing us the individual elements and composites that went into the creation of each recreation. Very cool.

McQuarrie’s influence continues to impact today’s Star Wars filmmakers. In addition to J.J. Abrams bringing his art to the big screen in The Force Awakens and McQuarrie’s rendition of the Darth Vader design finding its way into Star Wars Rebels, Ron Howard even threw a McQuarrie shout-out into the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. I suspect directors will be taking inspiration from those incredible concept art drawings for as long as Star Wars exists…which may very well be forever.

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The Strange Case of ‘Lady Bird’ and Rotten Tomatoes (Or: Why We Should All Just Calm Down)

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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why we should all step back and take a deep breath before we continue talking about the Lady Bird Rotten Tomatoes score.)

Welcome to another day of Rotten Tomatoes scandal! The recent dethroning of Greta Gerwig‘s Lady Bird from its vaulted position of “best reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes” has caused a bit of an uproar. People are upset that one critic could come along and rate the film Rotten instead of Fresh, bringing the 100% grade down to a still-impressive 99%. Is this outrage warranted? Or might everyone benefit from calming down a little? Let’s talk about the Lady Bird Rotten Tomatoes drama.

There’s a scandal brewing around the Rotten Tomatoes score of Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age drama Lady Bird. As far as scandals go, this one is not very serious. That said, it has people talking. Up until recently, Ms. Gerwig’s acclaimed drama was on its way to being the best-reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes, coasting by with a 100% score. Even the almost dependably contrarian Armond White gave it a positive review! Everything was coming up roses for the latest indie darling from the good folks at A24.

And then along came critic Cole Smithey. Smithey rated Lady Bird with a B- on the review aggregator site, which really isn’t that bad of a grade. But here’s the twist: he also gave the film a “Rotten” rating. Here’s how Rotten Tomatoes works: when a critic uploads his or her review, they’re given several options. Allow me to peel back the curtain here and show you what that looks like:

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As you can see, there are several fields to fill out. Publication where the review is originally from, what type of review it is (movie review, DVD review, etc.), rating (with the only two options being Fresh or Rotten), rating scale, a pull quote and a link to the original review. So while Smithey was able to provide his rating scale of a B-, he was also given the option to select Fresh or Rotten under rating. In fact, Rotten Tomatoes won’t let you submit the review unless you select one of the two options.

Smithey’s decision to rate Lady Bird rotten brought the film’s Rotten Tomatoes score down from 100% to 99%. In all honesty, there’s not much here to be upset about: 99% is still an incredible, overwhelmingly positive score. But the denizens of Film Twitter, and even A24 themselves, haven’t taken kindly to this decision.

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When the news of this was coming to a head yesterday, I remained mostly neutral. For one thing, I haven’t seen Lady Bird yet (sorry!), so I don’t have much of a dog in this fight. For another thing, as a film critic, I think it’s bad form to gang-up on a critic because he or she doesn’t care for a certain film. Case in point: when film critics on Rotten Tomatoes dared to give Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises a negative review, “fans” issued death threats. This is a whole lot of bad business, folks, and it’s not a good look overall.

That said, Smithey decided to muddy the waters even more with a statement on Twitter.

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At this point, most of the sympathy I had previously has gone out the door. I still maintain it’s a bad idea to gang-up on a critic for not liking a movie, but in this case, Smithey is openly admitting that he graded the film Rotten out of spite. In his own words, he took umbrage with the fact that people loved Lady Bird so much, decided that love wasn’t warranted, and then decided to throw a wet blanket on the situation.

Erik Davis, who works for Fandango (which is owned by the same owners of Rotten Tomatoes), pointed out that in Smithey’s history of reviews, he gave all other B- rated films a Fresh score, which all but confirms he took specific issue with Lady Bird.

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Smithey says “I had to consider whether to cast Lady Bird as Fresh or Rotten in the context of a perfect score,” but here’s the thing: that’s not a critic’s job, at all. There’s plenty of context to consider when reviewing a film – production history, casting, general film composition, and on and on – but “worrying about what everyone else graded the film” is not on the list. Not even close.

But here’s the thing: even if you don’t like this decision, it’s Smithey’s decision to make. Is it spiteful? Sure. Is it perhaps mean-spirited? Maybe. Do you have to like it? Hell no. But that doesn’t mean we, as a community of film goers, should act as if this is a miscarriage of justice. And maybe, just maybe, everyone should calm down. Just a smidge.

But it’s not just Film Twitter who are taking issue with this decision – even members of the film community are a little up in arms. Filmmaker and producer Judd Apatow took to Twitter to call Smithey’s decision out:

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Now, part of what Apatow is saying here is true: “Pay attention to the serious reviewers you trust not a number.” This is absolutely, 100% correct. People put too much stock into Rotten Tomatoes as the be-all, end-all for films. Rotten Tomatoes is a tool; it’s a system that gathers up reviews and awards them a grade based on how Fresh or Rotten a film is rated. This is a good guiding system to sample the critical consensus of a film, but it’s not the last word. I can’t believe I have to say this, but apparently I do: it’s okay if a critic, or even a group of critics, dislikes a film you love. Hell, there are a plethora of films that lots of people downright hate that I proudly regard in high esteem.

Here’s an example from this year alone: A Cure For Wellness currently sits with a Rotten 41% grade on Rotten Tomatoes. Many critics really didn’t care for this film. But I did. I think it’s a bold, weird, audacious studio picture that has the guts to take chances, and I salute it for that. Am I going to throw a fit because some of my colleagues don’t like it? Nope! Because, and I say this with all due respect, their opinion on this film doesn’t matter as much as mine.  In fact, being one of the few people who freely admits they like A Cure For Wellness makes the film seem even more special to me.

If I enjoy a film that others loathe, I’m not going to apologize for it. The same thing goes for a film that others love and I don’t care for. Here’s an example of that: my fellow critics went nuts for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Some even called it one of the best films of the 21st century. Here’s what I think of Boyhood: it’s okay. I don’t love it, I appreciate the unconventional way that Linklater made it (shooting it over a period of years with the same cast aging before our eyes), but I’m fairly confident I will never watch the movie again as long as I live. I feel no shame admitting this. Because film criticism is subjective. It always has been, and it always will be.

That said, Apatow’s statement, “Tons of reviewers are just people with computers who send stuff out onto the internet,” is a bit of a head-scratcher. I’m not really sure what he’s getting at here: are critics supposed to file their reviews by Pony Express instead of computers? Is this a shot at us low-level online journalists who can’t hold a candle to our print-based cousins? You can miss me with that, please and thank you.

In the end, Mr. Smithey’s decision to grade Lady Bird Rotten because he felt that it shouldn’t be considered a “perfect” movie is silly, but it’s his silly decision to make. You can be angry about it, but I would urge you to also take a step back and breathe. If you loved Lady Bird, nothing can take that away from you. Especially not one person’s negative review in a sea of otherwise positive reactions. I’d also argue that maybe, just maybe, this backlash reaction is exactly what Smithey was hoping for. The best recourse would be to shrug his odd Rotten rating off, and enjoy Lady Bird for yourself.

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New Harry Potter Mobile Game Arriving in 2018, is a Prequel Set in The Mid-1980s

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While fans can walk around inside a physical recreation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios theme parks, there’s nothing that simulates the experience of being a student at the school from the Harry Potter books and movies. But a new role playing game called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery aims to change that by allowing players to create their own characters and “choose their own path as a student at the school.”

This is different from the augmented reality game that was announced recently, so it looks J.K. Rowling’s magical world is about to break into the gaming space in a big way next year. Read more about the newest Harry Potter mobile game below.

In early November, we wrote about a game called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a Pokemon Go-style augmented reality game that’s supposed to come out sometime next year. Hogwarts Mystery is a whole different thing.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and a developer called Jam City have teamed up for this new RPG, which is the first of its kind in Harry Potter video games. Josh Yguado, the COO of Jam City, tells VentureBeat that the company has already been hard at work on this game for more than two years.

Yguado said the new game will let Harry Potter fans live the dream of becoming a student at Hogwarts by creating their own character and progressing through their years at Hogwarts. Along the way players will participate in all of the magical classes and activities — like Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Dueling Club, and more. The game will also include familiar professors from series, from Dumbledore to Hagrid, he said.

The site reports that the game will take place before the events of the Harry Potter books and movies. It’s a prequel set in the mid-1980s (“after the Wizarding Wars,” Yguado says), and will feature some of the same professors fans know and love but a new cast of student characters…some of whom may be older siblings of characters from the movies.

It sounds like this RPG will be a much more personal experience for its users than the augmented reality game, which seems more goal-oriented. I can easily see people getting sucked into the details of this world, adding customization to their characters and progressing through school years.

This is the first game under WB’s new Portkey Games label, a banner devoted to creating games inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will be available in Spring 2018 for mobile devices via Apple’s App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.

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New Harry Potter Mobile Game Arriving in 2018, is a Prequel Set in The Mid-1980s

Harry Potter mobile game

While fans can walk around inside a physical recreation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios theme parks, there’s nothing that simulates the experience of being a student at the school from the Harry Potter books and movies. But a new role playing game called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery aims to change that by allowing players to create their own characters and “choose their own path as a student at the school.”

This is different from the augmented reality game that was announced recently, so it looks J.K. Rowling’s magical world is about to break into the gaming space in a big way next year. Read more about the newest Harry Potter mobile game below.

In early November, we wrote about a game called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a Pokemon Go-style augmented reality game that’s supposed to come out sometime next year. Hogwarts Mystery is a whole different thing.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and a developer called Jam City have teamed up for this new RPG, which is the first of its kind in Harry Potter video games. Josh Yguado, the COO of Jam City, tells VentureBeat that the company has already been hard at work on this game for more than two years.

Yguado said the new game will let Harry Potter fans live the dream of becoming a student at Hogwarts by creating their own character and progressing through their years at Hogwarts. Along the way players will participate in all of the magical classes and activities — like Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Dueling Club, and more. The game will also include familiar professors from series, from Dumbledore to Hagrid, he said.

The site reports that the game will take place before the events of the Harry Potter books and movies. It’s a prequel set in the mid-1980s (“after the Wizarding Wars,” Yguado says), and will feature some of the same professors fans know and love but a new cast of student characters…some of whom may be older siblings of characters from the movies.

It sounds like this RPG will be a much more personal experience for its users than the augmented reality game, which seems more goal-oriented. I can easily see people getting sucked into the details of this world, adding customization to their characters and progressing through school years.

This is the first game under WB’s new Portkey Games label, a banner devoted to creating games inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will be available in Spring 2018 for mobile devices via Apple’s App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.

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Unlearn What You Have Learned: Luke Skywalker is the Greatest ‘Star Wars’ Character

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Years ago, when the American Film Institute released its list of the 100 greatest movie heroes and villains, three Star Wars characters made the cut: Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. There is no disputing Darth Vader. He’s a pop culture icon. As a movie star, Harrison Ford is an icon, too – he also gave us Indiana Jones, the #2 hero on that list. And Sir Alec Guinness is just a legend, plain and simple.

So those are the winners of the high school popularity contest. Those are the Star Wars characters who show up in the senior superlatives section of the yearbook, boasting titles such as “Most Likely to Receive a Spin-Off.” But while I love Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and have been equally charmed by new characters like Rey and Finn, I would argue that there is an even greater Star Wars character, one who is — with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi — about to make his return on-screen as a speaking character for the first time in 34 years. That character is Luke Skywalker, the greatest hero that no one seems to give the time of day.

It seems strange that the hero of a trilogy should in some ways be relegated to the status of an unsung hero. Considering how well he is able to emote with a two-foot puppet as his only scene partner, Mark Hamill does not get enough credit as an actor. The conventional wisdom, based largely on A New Hope, is that his character is somehow less cool, even perhaps annoying at times. But if you trace his evolution through the original three Star Wars movies, his character undergoes the most interesting arc, maturing from a whiny teenager to the galaxy’ s ultimate bad ass warrior.

As a dreamer staring off into the binary sunset, Luke Skywalker contains multitudes. He is the young George Lucas. He is a whole generation of kids. So break out your action figures, and let’s talk about Luke. There are no The Last Jedi spoilers here.

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How Luke Rises Above Wooden Whines to Instill A New Hope

With George Lucas handling the directing duties and also serving as sole screenwriter, the first Star Wars film, retroactively called A New Hope, had a purity of vision to it that none of its sequels can claim. This is not always a good thing. Lucas once proclaimed himself “the King of Wooden Dialogue.” By his own admission, then, dialogue was never his strength.

Harrison Ford is well-known for saying, “You can type this shit, George, but you sure can’t say it,” and Mark Hamill is also said to have wrestled with his lines, complaining, “People don’t talk like this!” To this day, Hamill still pokes fun at how Lucas’s scripts posed an acting challenge with the way he autographs select Star Wars trading cards. With fewer New Hollywood peers in his orbit circa the late 1990s (no more Brian De Palma, for instance, to help critique and rewrite the opening crawl), Lucas’s tin ear for dialogue would only become more pronounced in the prequel trilogy, as new actors were given the thankless task of performing leaden lines against blue-screen backgrounds.

Just to be clear, A New Hope is one of the greatest movies of all time. But if it could be said to have any major weakness, it is that some of its dialogue does not sound entirely convincing coming from its trio of young stars. Even Ford, who would go on to great things with Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, and The Fugitive, falls into a kind of cynical posturing with Han Solo at times. Older, more experienced actors like Sir Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing are able to elevate the material, bending the dialogue to their mouths, so that it sounds natural, even profound. But for their part, Hamill, Ford, and the late Carrie Fisher had something of an obstacle to overcome in terms of an intermittently clunky script that was nonetheless nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 50th Academy Awards.

Whereas Obi-Wan Kenobi moves through the Death Star in a graceful fashion, a paragon of elegance in his robes, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia are caught up in a cheesier flick, running around on this space station, bickering and cracking wise. You can really see the combination of influences here: Obi-Wan is the samurai, a holdover from the influence of Japanese cinema on George Lucas, while the other characters are off on a different zigzag, one which betrays the story’s Flash Gordon roots.

At this point in the Star Wars saga, Luke Skywalker is approximately 19 years old. When we first meet him, before the Death Star is a twinkle in any Millennium Falcon passenger’s eye, Luke is stuck on a moisture farm in the middle of the desert. As his uncle assigns him Droid-related chores, his voice strikes a petulant note, offering up the infamous line of protest: “But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!”

YouTubers have compiled supercuts demonstrating how “all Luke does is bitch and moan.” In a weird way, the 19-year-old Luke almost reminds me of Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights. If you compare their voices, they are on a similar wavelength of whines. Both are caricatures of a kind. But the whininess arguably suits Luke’s character as an immature teen, one whose go-nowhere farm life seems to be epitomized by the gripe, “It just isn’t fair!”

This bratty quality seems to be hardwired into the Skywalker DNA, with Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker taking it to the extreme. (“It’s unfair! How can you be on the Council and not be a master?”) Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren shares the same family trait in The Force Awakens, but by then it has become a punchline, with the character throwing temper tantrums to comedic effect, sending Stormtroopers turning on their heels as he regularly destroys First Order property with his lightsaber.

Compared to his father and nephew, Luke Skywalker bears a much nobler spirit. There are moments, even within the same scene sometimes, when Luke goes from sounding annoying and whiny to sounding all too believable and human. Trapped in boring circumstances on his home planet of Tatooine, he tells C-3PO, “If there’s a bright center to the universe, you’re on the planet that it’s farthest from.” In that moment, you really feel for him. Then he attempts to use the droids as a bargaining chip with his uncle, and you can see that he just wants to get off this farm, and go somewhere and do something with his life. Rather like the young George Lucas, longing to be a race-car driver in his hometown of Modesto, California.

That is what makes Luke’s arc the most compelling, even in the initial stages. Because soon he gets the call to adventure with Obi-Wan, and this sends him off on a series of daring exploits whereby he finds himself swinging across chasms, saving a princess, and being the pilot who fires the shot that destroys the Death Star. For the inner child, it is exhilarating to project oneself onto Luke.

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‘Burial Rites’ Adds Jennifer Lawerence and ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Director

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Jennifer Lawrence had once planned to reunite with her Hunger Games director Gary Ross for the historical drama Burial Rites, but now that film is coming to life with Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino at the helm. Lawrence will both star and produce the true crime drama, based on the novel by Hannah Kent which focuses on the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in 1830.

Luca Guadagnino is earning much-deserved raves and potential Oscar buzz for his film Call Me By Your Name, he has a remake of Suspiria lined-up soon, and now he’s moving on to his next project. Variety reports that Guadagnino will helm Burial Rites, with Jennifer Lawrence set to star. Back in 2013, it was reported that Lawrence was going to team up with Ross for Burial Rites (as well as an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden), but plans have changed. Ross will still serve as an executive producer on the film.

Based on the novel of the same name by Hannah Kent, Burial Rites focuses on the true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, who was the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in the 1800s (which I guess is kind of a spoiler for the film? But not really since this is a true story?). Here’s the official synopsis for the book:

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

In 1828, Agnes Magnúsdóttir and a man named Friðrik Sigurðsson were charged with the murder of two other men. Magnúsdóttir and Sigurðsson were executed in 1830. In 1869, Iceland abolished the death penalty, making Agnes Magnúsdóttir the last woman executed in the country. Clearly this must be a bit of a passion project for Lawrence, since the film has been kicking around since 2013 and the actress has remained attached throughout. Interestingly enough, the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir has been brought to the screen once before. In 1995, director Egill Eðvarðsson adapted the true tale into the Icelandic film Agnes. Don’t worry, I didn’t see it either.

Guadagnino has proven again and again, from I Am Love to A Bigger Splash to Call Me By Your Name, that he’s a massively talented director, so I’m very interested to see what he does with this project. Ditto his Suspiria remake, which is due out in 2018.

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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 4 Ordered by USA

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The revolution isn’t over yet. USA Network announced that Mr. Robot has been renewed for a fourth season, shortly before its third season finale airs.

This renewal comes on the tail of the most invigorating season of the grim hacker show yet and star Christian Slater‘s third nomination for a Golden Globe for his work as the title character.

The third season has found idealistic hacker Elliot Anderson (Rami Malek) attempting to undo the devastating consequences of his hack that brought down the global economy, engineered by his wrathful alternate personality Mr. Robot and the ominous hacker organization, the Dark Army. As the season hurdles to a close with its third season finale airing tonight, USA has renewed the series, according to Entertainment Weekly.

After floundering through an ambitious but frustrating second season, Mr. Robot‘s third season has been a thrilling return to form for Sam Esmail’s crushingly bleak series. The breakout first season won multiple Emmy Awards in 2016 for Ramek’s tremulous performance and the show’s moody score — and it won USA Network the prestige it needed to shed its reputation as a sponsor of lightweight “Characters Welcome” shows. But the second season took that momentum and brought it to a screeching halt. The season wasn’t bad per se — offering moments of astonishing cinematic feats and stunning character moments — but it deliberately misled the audience in a way that was almost cruel.

Now the third season, on the other hand, has revved the show back up to speed, emphasizing a gripping plot while carefully unraveling each of the main characters. That’s not to say the show hasn’t eschewed Esmail’s signature stylistic flairs — one of the best episodes of the season was the jaw-dropping episode that took place entirely during a single take.

I’ve breathlessly followed this season of Mr. Robot — and written a bit about it too — which has felt like a full realization of the show’s potential as a modern techno-noir. In my review of the premiere, I wrote that this season was a return “back to its noir-inspired roots,” without allowing “the mystery envelop the show like it had previously… The narrative momentum is back on hyper-speed.” Esmail has managed to maintain that momentum throughout the entire third season, with brief nods to something greater and more surreal than we could anticipate: parallel worlds. There’s no predicting where the characters of Mr. Robot will end up after the third season finale, but it’s possible that season 4 will take us on a completely different journey than we’ve seen before.

Mr. Robot‘s season finale airs on December 13, 2017 at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network.

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‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ Reshoots to be Directed by Joe Johnston

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is almost finished baking, but it needs a little extra sugar before it makes its way to theaters. Like any big-budget tentpole that relies heavily on CGI effects, there are significant reshoots planned for Disney’s adaptation of the E.T.A. Hoffmann fairytale and Tchaikovsky ballet.

However, because the film’s original director Lasse Hallstrom is unable to complete them due to scheduling issues, Disney has brought on Joe Johnston, the director of The Rocketeer, Jumanji, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

The October Sky director will helm the 32 days of additional photography for the fantasy film, which stars Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, and Misty Copeland.

While this is unusual, The Hollywood Reporter reports that this is not a case of original director Lasse Hallstrom being sidelined in favor of Johnston – the new director is taking over for reshoots because Hallstrom was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts. Commonly, reshoots are penciled into the production calendar so that all cast and crew would be available for them, but perhaps the effects-heavy nature of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms threw Hallstrom, who often directs more subdued dramas like Chocolat, Cider House Rules and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, for a loop (or we’re just being sold a bill of goods as Disney tries to cover its butt as it whips the film into shape). THR reports that Hallstrom will still participate in the post-production of the film.

“The film is in very good hands in London while I’m away,” Hallstrom said in a statement to THR. “I will return to postproduction after the holidays.”

A well-known and well-liked journeyman director, Johnston has directed beloved family films like The Rocketeer and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. He’s set to helm the next Chronicles of Narnia film, The Silver Chair, which will be a soft reboot of the film. However, after he completes The Silver Chair, Johnston announced that he will retire, putting an end to a long and distinguished career. But it seems that Johnston’s impending retirement has temporarily been put on hold — the Nutcracker reshoots will surely pull him away from developing The Silver Chair, whenever that happens.

Here is the very brief synopsis of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms:

A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is set to waltz into theaters on November 2, 2018.

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Disney Agreed to Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Trilogy Without Being Pitched a Story

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During my conversation with Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson at the film’s junket a few weeks back, I asked him why he decided not to come back for Star Wars: Episode 9 and he shared the story of how his new Star Wars trilogy came about. You might be surprised to learn that Disney and Lucasfilm committed to his new trilogy without a story in place.

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You’re doing The Last Jedi, but you’re not doing the next film in the Skywalker saga. What was the decision?

It was never even really a decision.  That’s always just the way it was.  It was always just the plan for me to do this and then hand it off to the next filmmaker, whoever that was gonna be.  So yeah.

I know you can’t talk about this new Star Wars trilogy that’s been formally announced…

There’s not much to talk about, honestly.  I’m just at the beginning of the beginning of it.

The one question I have that I think you can probably answer without revealing anything that you don’t want to reveal is how did that come about?  Did you have a story idea and then pitch it to [Lucasfilm President] Kathleen Kennedy? 

No.  It came about because we were getting to the end of making this and again, I knew I wasn’t doing the next one.  And I had had a really good time not just making this movie, but working with Kathy and also working with Disney, working with Bob Iger, Alan Horn, and Alan Berg.  And we just had just a really good experience.  And we were all…it was like last week of senior year.  We were cleaning out our lockers.  And all getting kind of sad.  And saying, how do we keep working together?  And that I threw out, I said, the most interesting thing to me would be a new trilogy, one story told over three movies.  Go new places, meet new folks, come up with a new story to tell in the Star Wars universe.  The sky’s the limit.  That sounds thrilling.  And they really responded to that.  So we’re off, yeah.

So they gave it a go ahead with no specific story idea? 

Yeah, that was it.  That was the pitch.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters this Friday, December 15, 2018. Read our rave review here and a spoiler-free extended review here.

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National Film Registry Adds ‘Memento,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘The Goonies’ and More

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Every year, the Library of Congress adds 25 “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” to the National Film Registry, a move to protect and preserve American film history. Every year finds a fascinating mixture of films inducted – early silent movies, documentaries, blockbusters, and cult classics are among the 725 films in the registry. It’s a cool thing and an important thing, especially since arts funding in the United States is currently hanging over a precipice.

This year’s inductees include a Christopher Nolan classic, a great superhero movie, a beloved ’80s adventure, a more-relevant-than-ever satire, a Disney classic, one of the best action movies ever made, one of the most popular and lauded epics in Hollywood history, and so much more.

The most recent film included in this year’s batch is Memento, the twisted 2000 noir that put director Christopher Nolan on the radar of major studios and propelled him to the career he has today (and on some days, I still think this is his best movie). The other more modern inductee is James Cameron’s Titanic, which, 20 years after its release, remains one of the most impressive and beloved epics to ever make over a billion dollars worldwide.

’80s fans will celebrate the inclusion of The Goonies and Die Hard, the former a touchstone for an entire generation and the latter a touchstone for action cinema that has yet to be topped. Disney fans will cheer Dumbo making the list (before prompting a “Wait, it wasn’t on the registry already?”) and comic book movie fans will be happy to see Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman film included.

Naturally, the list leans toward older movies and there are some doozies here: Stanley Kubrick’s thrilling Spartacus, Billy Wilder’s scathing Ace in the Hole, Stanley Kramer’s hot-button drama Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and Elia Kazan’s groundbreaking Gentleman’s Agreement are counted among the new 25.

Here’s the complete list of 2017 National Film Registry inductees:

  1. Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)
  2. Boulevard Nights (1979)
  3. Die Hard (1988)
  4. Dumbo (1941)
  5. Field of Dreams (1989)
  6. 4 Little Girls (1997)
  7. Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (1920s and 1930s)
  8. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
  9. The Goonies (1985)
  10.  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
  11.  He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
  12.  Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)
  13.  La Bamba (1987)
  14.  Lives of Performers (1972)
  15.  Memento (2000)
  16.  Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
  17. The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)
  18.  Spartacus (1960)
  19.  Superman (1978)
  20.  Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
  21.  Time and Dreams (1976)
  22.  Titanic (1997)
  23.  To Sleep with Anger (1990)
  24.  Wanda (1971)
  25.  With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1937-1938)

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National Film Registry Adds ‘Memento,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘The Goonies’ and More

memento

Every year, the Library of Congress adds 25 “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” to the National Film Registry, a move to protect and preserve American film history. Every year finds a fascinating mixture of films inducted – early silent movies, documentaries, blockbusters, and cult classics are among the 725 films in the registry. It’s a cool thing and an important thing, especially since arts funding in the United States is currently hanging over a precipice.

This year’s inductees include a Christopher Nolan classic, a great superhero movie, a beloved ’80s adventure, a more-relevant-than-ever satire, a Disney classic, one of the best action movies ever made, one of the most popular and lauded epics in Hollywood history, and so much more.

The most recent film included in this year’s batch is Memento, the twisted 2000 noir that put director Christopher Nolan on the radar of major studios and propelled him to the career he has today (and on some days, I still think this is his best movie). The other more modern inductee is James Cameron’s Titanic, which, 20 years after its release, remains one of the most impressive and beloved epics to ever make over a billion dollars worldwide.

’80s fans will celebrate the inclusion of The Goonies and Die Hard, the former a touchstone for an entire generation and the latter a touchstone for action cinema that has yet to be topped. Disney fans will cheer Dumbo making the list (before prompting a “Wait, it wasn’t on the registry already?”) and comic book movie fans will be happy to see Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman film included.

Naturally, the list leans toward older movies and there are some doozies here: Stanley Kubrick’s thrilling Spartacus, Billy Wilder’s scathing Ace in the Hole, Stanley Kramer’s hot-button drama Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and Elia Kazan’s groundbreaking Gentleman’s Agreement are counted among the new 25.

Here’s the complete list of 2017 National Film Registry inductees:

  1. Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)
  2. Boulevard Nights (1979)
  3. Die Hard (1988)
  4. Dumbo (1941)
  5. Field of Dreams (1989)
  6. 4 Little Girls (1997)
  7. Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (1920s and 1930s)
  8. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
  9. The Goonies (1985)
  10.  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
  11.  He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
  12.  Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)
  13.  La Bamba (1987)
  14.  Lives of Performers (1972)
  15.  Memento (2000)
  16.  Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
  17. The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)
  18.  Spartacus (1960)
  19.  Superman (1978)
  20.  Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
  21.  Time and Dreams (1976)
  22.  Titanic (1997)
  23.  To Sleep with Anger (1990)
  24.  Wanda (1971)
  25.  With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1937-1938)

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2018 SAG Awards Nominees Include ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ and ‘The Big Sick’

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The road to the Oscars is paved with a dozen other awards ceremonies, all them celebrating the best in film and television and all them loaded with politics and vendettas and personal backbiting. Sure, this is a time for everyone in the industry to come together and celebrate a great year in cinema, but it is also a time all for insane machinations as everyone jockeys to win the world’s most popular popularity contest. In short: awards are really fun and impact the film industry in major ways, but they can also be silly. Keep that in mind as your favorite movies get ignored over the next few months.

In related news, the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees have been announced and while awards are silly, this is a pretty stellar line-up of movies. Let’s take a look.

The 2018 SAG Awards nominees don’t necessarily reflect who is going to get nominated for the Academy Awards next year, but they do suggest who is gaining momentum and who is being lauded by actors, the group that makes up the largest branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Golden Globes have a higher profile, but they don’t matter nearly as much as the SAG Awards, which actually reflect what people who will turn around and vote for the Oscars actually favor. So if you enjoy the twists and turns of Hollywood’s awards season, keep an eye on these nods.

And while it’s easy to be cynical about awards (see: above), this list of nominees highlights some excellent films. Despite a recent backlash, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri led the pack with four nominations. The critically acclaimed Lady Bird followed behind with three nods. The Big Sick, shut out at the Golden Globes, scored a pair of nominations. Get Out also showed momentum with its two nods, including some much-deserved recognition for Daniel Kaluuya. Mudbound, an awards dark horse despite critical praise, also scored two nods. And while The Shape of Water was shut out of the biggest prize, it also scored a pair of nominations.

Here is a complete list of the 2017 SAG Awards nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

JUDI DENCH / Queen Victoria – “VICTORIA & ABDUL” (Focus Features)
SALLY HAWKINS / Elisa Esposito – “THE SHAPE OF WATER” (Fox Searchlight)
FRANCES McDORMAND / Mildred – “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” (Fox Searchlight)
MARGOT ROBBIE / Tonya Harding – “I, TONYA” (Neon)
SAOIRSE RONAN / Lady Bird McPherson – “LADY BIRD” (A24)
 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET / Elio – “CALL ME BY YOUR NAME” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JAMES FRANCO / Tommy Wiseau – “THE DISASTER ARTIST” (A24)
DANIEL KALUUYA / Chris Washington – “GET OUT” (Universal Pictures)
GARY OLDMAN / Winston Churchill – “DARKEST HOUR” (Focus Features)
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Roman J. Israel, Esq. – “ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.” (Columbia Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

MARY J. BLIGE / Florence Jackson – “MUDBOUND” (Netflix)
HONG CHAU / Ngoc Lan Tran – “DOWNSIZING” (Paramount Pictures)
HOLLY HUNTER / Beth – “THE BIG SICK” (Amazon Studios)
ALLISON JANNEY / LaVona Golden – “I, TONYA” (Neon)
LAURIE METCALF / Marion McPherson – “LADY BIRD” (A24)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

STEVE CARELL / Bobby Riggs – “BATTLE OF THE SEXES” (Fox Searchlight)
WILLEM DAFOE / Bobby – “THE FLORIDA PROJECT” (A24)
WOODY HARRELSON / Willoughby – “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” (Fox Searchlight)
RICHARD JENKINS / Giles – “THE SHAPE OF WATER” (Fox Searchlight)|
SAM ROCKWELL / Dixon – “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” (Fox Searchlight)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

THE BIG SICK (Amazon Studios)
ADEEL AKHTAR / Naveed
HOLLY HUNTER / Beth
ZOE KAZAN / Emily
ANUPAM KHER / Azmat
KUMAIL NANJIANI / Kumail
RAY ROMANO / Terry
ZENOBIA SHROFF / Sharmeen
GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
CALEB LANDRY JONES / Jeremy Armitage
DANIEL KALUUYA / Chris Washington
CATHERINE KEENER / Missy Armitage
STEPHEN ROOT / Jim Hudson
LAKEITH STANFIELD / Andrew/Logan King
BRADLEY WHITFORD / Dean Armitage
ALLISON WILLIAMS / Rose Armitage
LADY BIRD (A24)
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET / Kyle Scheible
BEANIE FELDSTEIN / Julie Steffans
LUCAS HEDGES / Danny O’Neill
TRACY LETTS / Larry McPherson
STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON / Father Leviatch
LAURIE METCALF / Marion McPherson
JORDAN RODRIGUES / Miguel McPherson
SAOIRSE RONAN / Lady Bird McPherson
ODEYA RUSH / Jenna Walton
MARIELLE SCOTT / Shelly Yuhan
LOIS SMITH / Sister Sarah Joan
MUDBOUND (Netflix)
JONATHAN BANKS / Pappy McAllan
MARY J. BLIGE / Florence Jackson
JASON CLARKE / Henry McAllan
GARRETT HEDLUND / Jamie McAllan
JASON MITCHELL / Ronsel Jackson
ROB MORGAN / Hap Jackson
CAREY MULLIGAN / Laura McAllan
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (Fox Searchlight)
ABBIE CORNISH / Anne
PETER DINKLAGE / James
WOODY HARRELSON / Willoughby
JOHN HAWKES / Charlie
LUCAS HEDGES / Robbie
ŽELJKO IVANEK / Desk Sgt.
CALEB LANDRY JONES / Red Welby
FRANCES McDORMAND / Mildred
CLARKE PETERS / Abercrombie
SAM ROCKWELL / Dixon
SAMARA WEAVING / Penelope
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“BABY DRIVER” (TriStar Pictures and MRC)
“DUNKIRK” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“LOGAN” (20th Century Fox)
“WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES” (20th Century Fox)
“WONDER WOMAN” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

The Television Nominees are:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

LAURA DERN / Renata Klein – “BIG LITTLE LIES” (HBO)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Celeste Wright – “BIG LITTLE LIES” (HBO)
JESSICA LANGE / Joan Crawford – “FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN” (FX Networks)
SUSAN SARANDON / Bette Davis – “FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN” (FX Networks)
REESE WITHERSPOON / Madeline MacKenzie – “BIG LITTLE LIES” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Sherlock Holmes – “SHERLOCK: THE LYING DETECTIVE” (WGBH/Masterpiece)
JEFF DANIELS / Frank Griffin – “GODLESS” (Netflix)
ROBERT DE NIRO / Bernie Madoff – “THE WIZARD OF LIES” (HBO)
GEOFFREY RUSH / Albert Einstein – “GENIUS” (National Geographic)
ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD / Perry Wright – “BIG LITTLE LIES” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN / Eleven – “STRANGER THINGS” (Netflix)
CLAIRE FOY / Queen Elizabeth II – “THE CROWN” (Netflix)
LAURA LINNEY / Wendy Byrde – “OZARK” (Netflix)
ELISABETH MOSS / Offred/June – “THE HANDMAID’S TALE” (Hulu)
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

JASON BATEMAN / Martin “Marty” Byrde – “OZARK” (Netflix)
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson – “THIS IS US” (NBC)
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
DAVID HARBOUR / Jim Hopper – “STRANGER THINGS” (Netflix)
BOB ODENKIRK / Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman – “BETTER CALL SAUL” (AMC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
ALISON BRIE / Ruth Wilder – “GLOW” (Netflix)
JANE FONDA / Grace Hanson – “GRACE AND FRANKIE” (Netflix)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)
LILY TOMLIN / Frankie Bergstein – “GRACE AND FRANKIE” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

ANTHONY ANDERSON / Andre “Dre” Johnson – “BLACK-ISH” (ABC)
AZIZ ANSARI / Dev – “MASTER OF NONE” (Netflix)
LARRY DAVID / Himself – “CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM” (HBO)
SEAN HAYES / Jack McFarland – “WILL & GRACE” (NBC)
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)
MARC MARON / Sam Sylvia – “GLOW” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

THE CROWN (Netflix)
CLAIRE FOY / Queen Elizabeth II
VICTORIA HAMILTON / Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
VANESSA KIRBY / Princess Margaret
ANTON LESSER / Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
MATT SMITH / Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
ALFIE ALLEN / Theon Greyjoy
JACOB ANDERSON / Grey Worm
PILOU ASBÆK / Euron Greyjoy
HAFÞÓR JÚLÍUS BJÖRNSSON / The Mountain
JOHN BRADLEY / Samwell Tarly
JIM BROADBENT / Archmaester Ebrose
GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE / Brienne
EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen
NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Jaime Lannister
LIAM CUNNINGHAM / Davos Seaworth
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister
RICHARD DORMER / Beric Dondarrion
NATHALIE EMMANUEL / Missandei
JAMES FAULKNER / Randyll Tarly
JEROME FLYNN / Bronn
AIDAN GILLEN / Petyr Baelish
IAIN GLEN / Jorah Mormont
KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow
LENA HEADEY / Cersei Lannister
ISAAC HEMPSTEAD WRIGHT / Bran Stark
CONLETH HILL / Varys
KRISTOFER HIVJU / Tormund Giantsbane
TOM HOPPER / Dickon Tarly
ANTON LESSER / Qyburn
RORY McCANN / The Hound
STAZ NAIR / Qhono
RICHARD RYCROFT / Maester Wolkan
SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark
RUPERT VANSITTART / Yohn Royce
MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark
THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Hulu)
MADELINE BREWER / Janine/Ofwarren/Ofdaniel
AMANDA BRUGEL / Rita
ANN DOWD / Aunt Lydia
O-T FAGBENLE / Luke
JOSEPH FIENNES / Commander Waterford
TATTIAWNA JONES / Ofglen #2
MAX MINGHELLA / Nick Blaine
ELISABETH MOSS / Offred/June
YVONNE STRAHOVSKI / Serena Joy
SAMIRA WILEY / Moira
STRANGER THINGS (Netflix)
SEAN ASTIN / Bob Newby
MILLIE BOBBY BROWN / Eleven
CARA BUONO / Karen Wheeler
JOE CHREST / Ted Wheeler
CATHERINE CURTIN / Claudia Henderson (Dustin’s Mom)
NATALIA DYER / Nancy Wheeler
DAVID HARBOUR / Jim Hopper
CHARLIE HEATON / Jonathan Byers
JOE KEERY / Steve Harrington
GATEN MATARAZZO / Dustin Henderson
CALEB McLAUGHLIN / Lucas Sinclair
DACRE MONTGOMERY / Billy
PAUL REISER / Dr. Owens
WINONA RYDER / Joyce Byers
NOAH SCHNAPP / Will Byers
SADIE SINK / Max
FINN WOLFHARD / Mike Wheeler
THIS IS US (NBC)
ERIS BAKER / Tess Pearson
ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE / Sophie
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson
LONNIE CHAVIS / Young Randall
JUSTIN HARTLEY / Kevin Pearson
FAITHE HERMAN / Annie Pearson
RON CEPHAS JONES / William Hill
CHRISSY METZ / Kate Pearson
MANDY MOORE / Rebecca Pearson
CHRIS SULLIVAN / Toby Damon
MILO VENTIMIGLIA / Jack Pearson
SUSAN KELECHI WATSON / Beth Pearson
HANNAH ZEILE / Teenage Kate
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

BLACK-ISH (ABC)
ANTHONY ANDERSON / Andre “Dre” Johnson
MILES BROWN / Jack Johnson
DEON COLE / Charlie Telphy
LAURENCE FISHBURNE / Pops
JENIFER LEWIS / Ruby
PETER MACKENZIE / Mr. Stevens
MARSAI MARTIN / Diane Johnson
JEFF MEACHAM / Josh
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS / Dr. Rainbow Johnson
MARCUS SCRIBNER / Andre Johnson, Jr.
YARA SHAHIDI / Zoey Johnson
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
TED DANSON / Himself
LARRY DAVID / Himself
SUSIE ESSMAN / Susie Greene
JEFF GARLIN / Jeff Greene
CHERYL HINES / Cheryl David
JB SMOOVE / Leon Black
GLOW (Netflix)
BRITT BARON / Justine Biagi
ALISON BRIE / Ruth Wilder
KIMMY GATEWOOD / Stacey Beswick
BETTY GILPIN / Debbie Eagan
REBEKKA JOHNSON / Dawn Rivecca
CHRIS LOWELL / Bash
SUNITA MANI / Arthie Premkumar
MARC MARON / Sam Sylvia
KATE NASH / Rhonda Richardson
SYDELLE NOEL / Cherry Bang
MARIANNA PALKA / Reggie Walsh
GAYLE RANKIN / Sheila the She-Wolf
BASHIR SALAHUDDIN / Keith
RICH SOMMER / Mark
KIA STEVENS / Tammé Dawson
JACKIE TOHN / Melanie Rosen
ELLEN WONG / Jenny Chey
BRITNEY YOUNG / Carmen Wade
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
EMILY ALTHAUS / Maureen Kukudio
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
ROSAL COLÓN / Ouija
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
FRANCESCA CURRAN / Helen Van Maele
DANIELLA DE JESÚS / Zirconia
LEA DeLARIA / Big Boo
NICK DILLENBURG / CO Blake
ASIA KATE DILLON / Brandy Epps
BETH DOVER / Linda Ferguson
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
LAURA GÓMEZ / Blanca Flores
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
EVAN ARTHUR HALL / CO Stratman
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
BRAD WILLIAM HENKE / Desi Piscatella
MIKE HOUSTON / CO Lee Dixon
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
KELLY KARBACZ / Kasey Sankey
JULIE LAKE / Angie Rice
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
NATASHA LYONNE / Nicky Nichols
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Cindy Hayes
MIRIAM MORALES / Pidge
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
JOHN PALLADINO / Josh
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz
LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause
JOLENE PURDY / Stephanie Hapakuka
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina Murphy
TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda Berlin
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
EMILY TARVER / CO Artesian McCullough
MICHAEL TORPEY / CO Thomas Humphrey
LIN TUCCI / Anita DeMarco
VEEP (HBO)
DAN BAKKEDAHL / Roger Furlong
ANNA CHLUMSKY / Amy Brookheimer
GARY COLE / Kent Davison
MARGARET COLIN / Jane McCabe
KEVIN DUNN / Ben Cafferty
CLEA DUVALL / Marjorie Palmiotti
NELSON FRANKLIN / Will
TONY HALE / Gary Walsh
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Selina Meyer
SAM RICHARDSON / Richard Splett
PAUL SCHEER / Stevie
REID SCOTT / Dan Egan
TIMOTHY SIMONS / Jonah Ryan
SARAH SUTHERLAND / Catherine Meyer
MATT WALSH / Mike McLintock
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
GLOW (Netflix)
HOMELAND (Showtime)
STRANGER THINGS (Netflix)
THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
54th SAG Life Achievement Award

MORGAN FREEMAN

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