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The Rise of Skywalker

Check Out Our ‘Star Wars IX’ Predictions!

The first Star Wars: Episode IX trailer FINALLY released this past week.

FORCE BE PRAISED

 

 

We have a title, a two-minute teaser, and a lot to unpack. We have predictions.

First, the long awaited title — The Rise of Skywalker — there is a chance that this is referring to the redemption of Kylo Ren/Ben Solo and his rise to the light side, or the literal rise of his grandfather, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, from the Force grave.

Until the release of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans had speculated whether or not Vader would make his return to the galaxy far, far away. The art book ensured hardcores that he would indeed return as an Anakin/Vader Force ghost hybrid character at some point in the current trilogy.

 

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Emperor Palpatine will make a return in some form or another. We hear his legendary evil laugh. We see the ruins of the Death Star from Return of the Jedi at the end of the teaser. There is a chance that Palpatine’s remains or Force ghost accompany the wreckage. Maybe he will return to life using Kylo Ren and Vader’s ghost as Force conduits? The Dark Side makes all sorts of crazy sh*t happen, so anything seems like fair game at this point.

Unlike the previous two films, the Knights of Ren will actually make an appearance this time. The gloved hands on the TIE fighter steering wheel are a dead giveaway. Also, Rey looks epic as she gets ready to end this guy – he’s definitely getting de-knighted.

 

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Also, the current saga has a habit of borrowing elements and plot points from the original trilogy. Given that The Rise of Skywalker runs parallel to Return of the Jedi, and we can see Poe and Finn on a sand-filled planet embarking on some sort of escape/rescue mission, maybe they’re actually rescuing Rey’s mother, unbeknownst to them (or seeking Lando Calrissian’s daughter who will then lead them to Lando).

 

Star Wars 9 poster

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Bonus: This is more of a fan-service prediction, but I can almost imagine General Hux finally getting his chance to kill Kylo, blasting him in the back, and then Kylo rises from the dead with the spirit of Vader or Palpatine inside him. Hux then gets chopped up into lightsaber barbeque…

It goes without saying that there is plenty for fans to look into with kyber crystal-lens precision and diligence. My fellow nerds, the hype has been ignited. We are the spark, that will light the hype, that will burn the haters down.

 

 

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‘Solo’ Actor Alden Ehrenreich to Star In ‘Brave New World’ Series

No one can compete with the swagger of Harrison Ford. It goes without saying that his portrayal of everyone’s favorite smuggler is iconic. Whether he was blasting Greedo or affirming a woman’s love for him by simply uttering “I know…” Han Solo epitomized the swashbuckling aspect of Star Wars. An aspect that has been cemented in nostalgia and generational angst for forty or so years. It would take a truly courageous actor to take on the role of Han Solo in the wake of Harrison Ford’s lightsaber to the gut departure—or it would take Alden Ehrenreich.

 

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He did alright; to be fair, Solo: A Star Wars Story was an enjoyable film. With a solid script, charming cast (Donald Glover killing it as Lando) and decent execution; you can’t hate it. Ehrenreich succeeds as a Han Solo all his own, he doesn’t try to be Harrison Ford because you can’t. Still, it didn’t meet the expectations of Star Wars fans and Ehrenreich has basically been unemployed ever since. Until now. In an article on Deadline‘s website, it was reported that Alden Ehrenreich is set to play the lead role in a series adaption of Aldous Huxley’s novel, Brave New World. 

 

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The series has been attached to various networks over the course of the past few months but is now apparently going to be a flagship series for the upcoming NBCU streaming platform, set to launch in 2020. The series is being written and developed by David Wiener (Fear the Walking Dead), Grant Morrison, and Brian Taylor and is aforementioned based on Huxley’s groundbreaking novel, Brave New World—the story of a dystopian (or *spoiler alert* failed utopia) society which is basically the result of a lack of individuality or identity. Kind of like an actor being held hostage to his shortcomings as Han Solo…

The novel’s synopsis is as follows (via Goodreads):

Brave New World is a dystopian novel written in 1931 by English author Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State of genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to make a utopian society that goes challenged only by a single outsider.

Ehrenreich will play John the Savage, a man who lives outside of the system and drives society towards its “corruption.” It will be interesting to see what Brave New World‘s quasi-timeless themes say about contemporary society; the series is rumored to take place in 2054 as opposed to 1932. The series will run ten episodes with Owen Harris (Black Mirror) set to direct at least one episode. Expect some trippy shit.

 

 

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Obi Wan screams

Shock as ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’ Poster Leaks!

The Star Wars: Episode 9 Poster has been leaked! Well, it might not be the official poster, heck it might just be a draft that was floating around, but it does give us a sneak peak at what’s in store.

 

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Rey holds a lightsaber, Chewey stands with a tilted head behind her, and behind him is a women in a fluttering cape. Below Ray is C-3PO wearing a shoulder belt and armed with a bowcaster, on the left is Finn with an fish-headed alien over his shoulder, and on the right is is Poe armed with a plaster, a purple bodysuit-wearing individual behind him and BB-8 behind her on the rightmost side.

Below them we Kylo Ren below Rey holding his lightsaber. His helmet is back. Off to the right below him are the iconic storm troopers, and to his left is a cluster of what looks to be the Knights of Ren.

Now at the bottom are a team of Storm Troopers, but they are blood red. Of course there are star fighters and other star wars ships in the background, but notable the title below is just the iconic Star Wars insignia.

Looking at this poster, questions arise.

Why is C-3PO wearing Chewey’s gear?

Who is that fish-headed alien? The next Porg? Are the Porgs gone?

 

Porg

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Who is the woman in the cape?

Who is this person in a purple bodysuit?

The Knights of Ren? They’re here?

 

The Knights of Ren from Force Awakens

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Now we got some answers, but not a whole lot. Games Radar claims that “[a]ccording to some character sheets that MakingStarWars picked up along with the poster, those last two characters are Jannah and Zorri respectively.”

Jannah has been on Star Wars: Episode 9 set photos before. She packs a bow. It must pack a powerful punch considering all the villains have blasters.

 

Zorri, the person is purple, is possibly played by Keri Russell. She previously played Ellis from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Lindsey Farris from the J J Abrams’ Mission Impossible III. There’s not much we know about her character, but she’s cool so she gets Star Wars points.

 

 

The Knights of Ren are back. We don’t have much on them besides what we know from Force Awakens, which is they are the other students Luke trained who, when given the option, went with bratty Ben Solo instead of Luke Skywalker. We don’t even have a comic on them.

 

After Star Wars The Last Jedi

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But we do have a comic called Star War Poe Dameron written by Charles Soule with art by Angel Unzueta that takes place directly after Last Jedi, bringing Poe and Rey together at last. There’s not much action, but the character banter is great. Poe brags about being the best pilot in the galaxy and how he survived so many crashes, causing Rey to ask him if he’s the best pilot in the galaxy, then why does he crash so much?

While it doesn’t fill in any information on the Knights of Ren, it does bring to light how Poe survived the crash on Jakku and has more scenes with Princess Leia.

 

 

The comic has new scenes with Carrie Fisher. For those unaware, Digital Spy reported that director JJ Abrams said in a statement in July:

 

“We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honour Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

Star Wars Poe Dameron comic

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Until Episode 9 comes out….

 

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Victoria Maclean at her desk

Potterhead Makes World Record with JK Rowling Merch

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Are you a BIG Harry Potter fan? Maybe you thought you could beat superfan Menahem Asher Silva Vargas of Mexico who collected over 3,092 items of Harry Potter memorabilia out of the Guinness World Records?

Well, they added the Wizarding World Collection world record – a record which includes the Fantastic Beasts series in addition to the Harry Potter series. Maybe you could snatch up that record?

 

Victoria Maclean in font of some of her Harry Potter memorabilia
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Not a chance! Victoria Maclean is slitherin her way into the record books (Sorry, but that joke belongs to the BBC) with over, and say it with me now, three-thousand-six-hundred-and-eighty-six individual JK Rowling-related items. Again, that’s Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts series. Wonder what she thought of Fantastic Beats: The Crimes of Grindlewald?

 

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This Mexico City resident already has a lot of stuff, but you know what’s crazy? That doesn’t even count the stuff that Guinness Book of World Records doesn’t consider collector’s items. Things like “magazine clippings, full magazines, advertising posters, autographs and newspaper clippings”.

So if you were thinking that your Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman autographs would be considered collectors items – not so. If I were you, I’d get rid of them. But don’t just throw them out in the trash, they could do something bad to the environment. I’ll get rid of them for you.

 

Severus Snape scaring the pants off you
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Mrs. Maclean was presented with her world record certificate by Guinness World Records last Wednesday. The BBC, home of good news and bad jokes, quoted her as saying, “Guinness said, ‘If you want, you could go for the Harry Potter record’, but my husband would divorce me if I did!”

Calendar days flying by

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They also spoke about her life story. Here’s what you need to know, dear Potter Head.

2001- Mrs. Maclean fell in love with Harry Potter after watching a segment on Blue Peter about Harry Potter. Two weeks later, she had bought and read the first book.

2019- “I’ll never stop collecting until I really, really have to. I don’t smoke, I rarely drink – this is my vice,” Mrs. Maclean said.

Well, that explains why I’ll never have this much merchandise of anything. But I digress.

The mother-of-three has collected every book, DVD, toy, bag, item of clothing and piece of jewellery she can – as well as a host of other collectibles. She had a “24 carat gold-plated Golden Snitch puzzle piece from Japan – one of only 5,000 made – which took six years to track down and buy” and got the record even though “some memorabilia items were removed for not having the official labelling”.

 

YouTube video still of Victoria Maclean
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And she actually has all this stuff. You can check out her YouTube channel here where she releases new videos every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm GMT. But you know what she doesn’t have? Despite all this Harry Potter stuff, she lacks the Holy Grail of Harry Potter merchandise, the Force of Harry Potter collectibles…

 

Victoria Maclean with Star Wars Tickets

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Iron Throne of Harry Potter supplies…

Victoria Maclean on the Iron Thrones

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….the Sword of Gondor of Harry Potter stuff….A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Victoria Maclean using her magic on a Harry Potter book

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I’m sure she’ll find it soon. But imagine if all that stuff fell! Then she’s have to Ravenclaw out.

Bad joke, I know. Don’t Hufflepuff the house down.

Okay, I’ll show myself the Gryffindor.

 

 

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Jennifer Garner and JJ Abrams side by side

‘My Glory Was I Had Such Friends’ Adaptation to Star Jennifer Garner

Acclaimed actress Jennifer Garner has been cast in a leader role for a new limited series based on the powerful memoir of empathy, illness, and survival My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.

After hitting shelves on June 27, 2017, readers learned about how Amy underwent heart transplant surgery at the young age of 25, and, according to her website, had an “‘extraordinary kind of amazing’ medical miracle:” despite a grim ten-year prognosis, her heart continued to beat for three decades, all of which is chronicled in Sick Girl. 

But those miraculous thirty years do come to end, and Amy Silverstein’s heart is once again in jeopardy. Unsure if she even wants to live, she is soon convinced by nine wonderful women to make a change and go to California—where her last hope lies.

As Amy says in the last line of the book’s prologue, “the result was transcendent.”

 

Cover of "My Glory Was I Had Such Friends"

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Two days later, J. J Abrams’s production company, Bad Robot—responsible for creating Lost, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Star Wars: The Force Awakens,  and many others—had acquired the right to Amy Silverstein’s memoir, according to Deadline.

 

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Author and survivor Amy Silverstein
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Now Variety (among others) has reported that J.J. Abrams and Jennifer Garner—who worked together on Alias—have reunited. Yay! Sadly, this is all the information that’s currently available.

For now.

 

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