Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
The “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One” led the box office for the third straight week, taking in an estimated $64.3 million over the four-day New Year’s weekend, according to studio estimates Monday.
The success of Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One” has only further cemented a record year for the Walt Disney Co., which ran up $2.7 billion in domestic ticket sales in 2016 and accounted for more than 25 percent of the market.
“Rogue One,” which has now grossed about $440 million in North America and nearly $800 million globally, currently slots in as the year’s No. 2 movie, following “Finding Dory” (also from Disney). The studio notched four of the five top films and has, in a year marked by franchise struggles, made a routine of churning out well-reviewed, hugely profitable blockbusters.
Also if you want to be part of the Rogue Squadron to take on the Empire and have a design of helmet you always wanted, not just RED 5 ! you can now do so with the official Rogue One – Rebel Fighter Pilot Helmet designer. You can also upload a photo and see what you would look like.
Please see my effort below!
As you know by now the sad news of the passing of Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan.
Carrie Fisher was born on October 21, 1956, in Los Angeles, California. Her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars and its sequels made her famous. She struggled with alcohol and drug abuse in the 1980s, but came back in 1987 with her hit book Postcards from the Edge, which she adapted into a movie starring Meryl Streep. She went on to play supporting roles in films, and was a prolific author and screenwriter. Fisher reprised her role playing Leia for the Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in 2015. Fisher died on December 27, 2016, just days after suffering a major heart attack. She was 60 years old.
(Whilst signing in Milton Keynes, 2004)
A day after Fisher’s death, Debbie Reynolds died. Reynolds had been making funeral arrangements for Carrie with her son Todd Fisher and reportedly suffered a possible stroke. According to TMZ, her son said hours before Reynolds was rushed to the hospital she told him: “I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie.”
“She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken,” Todd Fisher said from the hospital after Reynolds death.
That was me about 02:00GMT (UK) after I had come out of a local showing of Rogue One – A Star Wars Story.
The cinema is a small independent affair, picture is good, 5.1 surround sound but the seats could do with an upgrade! There were about 50 die-hard fans who had turned out, some in costume, to brave the December air.
Will not say too much about the film but you should know by now it is a prequel to Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). In this film it tells the story of the Rebel Spies who capture/steal the plans to the Empires ultimate weapon – The Death Star.
All the characters are introduced well and have enough to do on screen, we are shown new worlds never visited previously, except Yavin 4. The Rebel staging post seen at the end of A New Hope preparing to attack in the infamous trench run with Luke Skywalker.
Of course there are some surprises and additions that are never spotted or even eluded to in the multiple trailers that have been released.
All-in-all I will reserve judgement until I watch the movie again, at least twice more…
For now, as of 17:00 on Thursday 15th December 2016, I’ll leave you to discover.
It’s here…well almost, over the recent weekend in Hollywood, USA, the Rogue One cast & crew were out to promote and celebrate the release of this highly anticipated addition to the Star Wars Universe.
Live Stream footage (note doesn’t get going till around the hour mark).
English director, Gareth Edwards was tasked with helming this anthology story and bring a new dimension to the worlds George Lucas created.
Reports from critics, who have already seen the film, have been mostly praising the weaving together of the old story plot points and new characters & locations.
Yours truly hopes to catch the film at a midnight showing locally.
I hope you enjoy it and as always May The Force Be With You….