TCM Classic Film Festival Honors Best Of Hollywood’s Past, From Sidney Poitier To Carl Reiner And Mel Brooks

In a youth obsessed industry, the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival, which runs through Sunday in Hollywood, is an oasis of cinematic treasures in the midst of a business that doesn’t always value its storied past. Once again the brain trust behind this unique orgy of movie magic from another time has created a whirlwind of non-stop cinema of every possible stripe.

Where else will you see 94 year old Carl Reiner get a Chinese Theatre hand and footprint ceremony along with son Rob Reiner (who just turned 70 last month)? Where else will you see the 5oth anniversary of the Oscar winning In The Heat Of The Night celebrated with its producer, director and stars – all in their 90s and all sharp as a tack, recalling every moment of its making? Where else will you see a packed house of eager film fans who have flown in from all over the country, paying up to $2,100 for a pass, cheering and applauding the 3D restoration of a largely forgotten and minor 1953 musical called Those Redheads From Seattle with its original co-stars, the one hit wonder Bell Sisters taking selfies in the crowd? (Fun as it is to see now, you can tell why Paramount felt they needed the gimmick of 3D glasses for this one). And where else in this digital age will these same film freaks line up to see the long abandoned – and combustible – nitrate film screening of a black and white movie from the ’40s as if they were going to a Star Wars opening?


As usual the powers that be, including programming director Charles Tabesh and Festival director Genevieve McGillicuddy, are pulling out all the stops for this 8th edition of the live and in person version of their popular cable network, which trumpets all things to do with old movies – except don’t call them old. Thursday night’s opener, the aforementioned In The Heat Of The Night simply never looked as good as it did projected on the massive TCL Chinese screen than it did this time. And it certainly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to actually see it with so many of its key creative forces there to watch it including star Sidney Poitier, who just turned 90, and seemed to be having a great time viewing the entire film again as he sat right in front of me with his family, and its 95 year Oscar winning producer Walter Mirisch right there too.


Poitier didn’t go on stage to participate in the pre-screening Q&A moderated by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz, but Mirisch did and had total recall of just how the landmark film about race relations came about in the midst of turbulent times for this country, every bit as pertinent today as it was then. A couple of other 90 year olds, director Norman Jewison and co-star Lee Grant (who is also getting a tribute here this weekend) joined them, recalling great stories about the making of the film which was set in the deep South but actually shot in Illinois – Poitier understandably did not want to shoot it in the South at that time. They all received standing ovations, but none so massive as the one accorded the legendary Poitier.

Co-star Scott Wilson was also there to see it again, as were the writers of the memorable theme song, 91 year old Alan Bergman and his 88 year old wife Marilyn. Quincy Jones, the 84 year old composer of that song and the film’s score, appeared on the red carpet before having to rush off to another current film premiere he was involved with.

At this festival, age is just a number, not an attitude, and the extraordinary work these artists have accomplished over the course of their lives is celebrated in pristine condition even as most of them are still active in the business. It’s heartening. The Graduate and Bonnie And Clyde, two of the films Heat beat at the Oscars a half century ago, are also part of the program here.

Film fans who live in LA or NY often get to see many of these classics at venues like Arclight, American Cinematheque and Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema, but it is rare for these die hard movie lovers who crowd this fest from around the U.S and even the world to have the same chance. That’s why the excitement is always palpable around this event, and the reverence for the films themselves is unmatched. You can usually hear a pin drop in these screenings and never see the light of a cell phone while the movie is playing.


Last night I returned to the fest and saw a stunning restoration with a nearly full, rapt audience of the 1957 Best Picture winner from David Lean, The Bridge On The River Kwai, again on that giant Chinese IMAX screen (the smaller Chinese 6 theatres, Cinerama Dome and Egyptian are also being used). It just couldn’t have looked this fresh and vital on the day it opened. If taking Mighty Morphin Power Rangers or Kong: Skull Island off these screens just for these four days is the price Hollywood has to pay for this annual event then it is well worth it to remind people of the greatness and variety that came before the word “sequel” was even known.


Ninety-year-old Mel Brooks was there last night introducing the 40th anniversary of his 1977 Hitchcock takeoff High Anxiety, and the relatively young (at 72) Michael Douglas is sitting down today for a career conversation to air next year on TCM, when no doubt he will be talking about his 100 year old dad Kirk, who is still vital and has appeared at this festival many times in the past.

Want to see the original Cinerama film This Is Cinerama IN Cinerama? You can do that here. Want to see Bob Newhart talk about one of his rare dramatic roles in 1962’s rarely seen Hell Is For Heroes ? You can do that here. Oddly the theme of this year’s fest is Comedy, but for Newhart they are saluting a World War II flick. The comedy theme is just a hook because this fest is programmed to include every variation of movie from silents to heavy drama to more recent gems like Christopher Guest’s 2000 modern comic classic Best In Show, with members of the cast reunited later today.


The times they are a changin’ for the movie business, with streaming services like Netflix the most recent threat to the moviegoing theatrical experience, but TCM’s gem of a fest is a reminder that while it may all evolve, it will never be quite as good, or classic, as a lot of the movies on display here in the best possible presentation. By the way the times they are also a changin’ for Turner Classic Movies with the death just a month ago of its 84 year old star and host of the past 23 years, Robert Osborne. Thursday TCM Fest presented a panel honoring his life, and a special reel was shown opening night as well when it was announced this festival would be dedicated to his memory. He is already missed but his spirit is everywhere at the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival.


Carrie Fisher To Appear In ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’, Her Brother Confirms

Carrie Fisher had completed her work on Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi before her unexpected death in late December. Shortly after her passing, Lucasfilm confirmed that they had “no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa” in Episode IX. Now Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, confirmed that his sister’s character will appear in the last trilogy film.

Todd told the New York Daily News that he, along with Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, gave Disney permission to use recent footage for the finale, and it is understood that no CGI would be used to recreate Leia.

“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t,” Fisher said. “She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue. I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her. She’s owned by them.”

Todd also stated that he has complete faith in the filmmakers “do great things” with his sister’s memory.

Related‘Bright Lights’ Trailer: HBO Documentary Reveals Strong Bond Between Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

Among Fisher’s last roles is also an appearance on Season 3 of Amazon’s Catastrophe. The actress portrayed Mia, mom of Rob Delaney’s character, in the first two seasons and is said to have a bigger part in the upcoming episodes.

Fisher can be seen in Catastrophe’s official Season 3 trailer (around the 1:20 mark), which debuts April 28. Check it out below.

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Did The Force Awakens Reveal Han Solo’s Real Name?

Giving Han Solo a new name seems like one of the most blasphemous things the upcoming Star Wars movies can do. Yet, that’s exactly what is being planned for the next Anthology spin-off, which is based on the younger years of this legendary space pirate and smuggler turned Rebel war hero. But what if Han Solo’s real name made sense? A new fan theory suggests that Han’s true last name was already revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So, what is it, and where was it hiding that you all missed it?

Right there in plain sight, obviously. Disney CEO Bob Iger recently commented on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, offering a few sparse details. The spin-off will serve as an origin story of sorts for Han. But perhaps the most shocking announcement was that fans will finally learn how Han got his name, indicating that Solo is something he picked up along the way during one of his many adventures.

According to a new fan theory, it’s being speculated that Han Solo’s real name is Han Ren. Did that knock the needle off the record? While giving Han Solo a different name has angered some longtime fans that have been lingering around since the late 70s, having his real name be Han Ren might be the only legitimate name that works.

But what does this mean for The Last Jedi, if anything, since it will come first? This fan theory, which is really the only one that makes sense, comes from Reddit user Kuzefra, via The Star Wars theorist offers this as evidence.

“Disney announced around March 23 that the Han Solo prequel movie will reveal Han Solo grew up with a different name and changed it to Han Solo later. Here is my speculation: The most shocking name Solo could have: Ren.”

As most Star Wars fans know, Kylo Ren is Han Solo and General Leia Organa’s son. His real name is Ben, though there is some debate about his last name. While most refer to Kylo as Ben Solo, there is some evidence to support that he would have taken his mother’s royal name, and was actually known as Ben Organa before his transition to the dark side. This new theory suggests that Ben decided to revert back to his father’s original family surname of Ren.

“Kylo wasn’t choosing a new name, he was reverting to his traditional family name. That would surely cause conflicting feelings for Han.”

In the Star Wars Legends canon, Han Solo is an orphan who turns to a life of crime, and it appears that backstory will stay mostly intact for this spin-off movie. None of this name business has been confirmed by Disney nor Lucasfilm, and probably won’t come up in The Last Jedi, which debuts this December. There could be a big Kylo Ren reveal in that Force Awakens sequel. But it doesn’t sound like Han Solo’s real name will be revealed until May 2018.


What Ben Affleck Needs to Do to Save The Batman

Studios don’t generally like it when a big budget, tentpole film that they are putting a lot of money behind has some speed bumps. Generally, they like things to run as smoothly as possible so that positive word of mouth remains positive. The last thing they want is to craft this perfect little bow of film, only to have the bow unravel during production, or worse, before the release.

So it probably gave Warner Bros. and DC Films a fair amount of stomach pains when Ben Affleck, very publicly, stepped out of the director’s chair on The Batman. The reason he gave was that he didn’t feel he could do both jobs. This makes sense as playing a superhero in a movie one is directing, is probably much harder than playing the Tony Mendez character in Argo.

However, Hollywood, and more specifically, the media, can’t just accept Affleck’s reasoning. We feel that there must be something bigger afoot. Suddenly, it seemed like no matter what shape the script was in, The Batman had to be headed for the toilet. Thankfully, the hiring of Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) seems to have quelled this.

There are still questions circling The Batman. When will it shoot? When will it be released? Who else is going to be in The Batman? Will the movie even be called The Batman? What will the story be?

Now, these questions are still up in the air but it seems like they will eventually have answers. Right now, it seemed prudent to look to Ben Affleck to see what he could do to help “save” this film any more unwanted speculation. Having already lived through a high profile media shellacking (and the flops that come with it), it seemed prudent to present 7 things Ben Affleck can do to save The Batman. Nothing on this list is a guarantee, but it doesn’t seem like these suggestions will hurt the film.

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Ben Affleck in <em>The Batman</em>

Ben Affleck is a surprisingly refreshing interview. I say that because while most actors at his level are keen on giving canned responses, Affleck often goes to the other way. He even has positions (see his comments after he made Argo on the Middle East situation) that could be deemed unpopular. We don’t see this because actors like Ben Affleck often play it safe. At his best we get a thoughtful artist who isn’t afraid to give his opinions regardless of the consequences. At it’s worst we get the situation with JLo and movie like Gigli. At this moment, Ben Affleck, after withdrawing from directing The Batman, needs to return to a bit of a secluded state. This sort of had to happen. Affleck was on top of the world after Argo. A film he directed landed him the Best Picture Oscar. The world was really his. Then Affleck starred in Gone Girl for David Fincher, and only cemented his newly minted greatness. Of course, this is where the train had to go off the tracks. There was Batman v Superman, The Accountant, and the colossal flop that was Live By Night. What we don’t need to see is more Ben Affleck. Not in tabloids, not on magazine covers, nowhere but the silver screen. He needs to let the mystique around himself build up. Basically, you wanna make sure The Batman is the best film it can be? Ben Affleck needs to become as mysterious as the character he is playing.


New Star Wars Movie Targets Dwayne Johnson and Rosario Dawson?

Six days from today, Star Wars fandom will converge on Orlando, Florida for Star Wars Celebration, which kicks off with the Star Wars 40th Anniversary panel on Thursday, April 13. It has long been believed that the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be finally unveiled at this panel, but there may be plenty more surprises in store for fans over the weekend. Some fans have noticed that the official Star Wars Twitter account has started following actors Dwayne Johnson and Rosario Dawson, who, as of now, have no official involvement with this franchise. Some are speculating that they could be announced as new cast members of a future Star Wars movie next week.

Naturally, Twitter activity like this is by no means any sort of confirmation of the actors’ casting, but there are a few other clues that may indicate that they may be cast in a Star Wars movie. For one, the timing of this activity, coming just days before Star Wars Celebration, could be a big clue, but Rosario Dawson also retweeted a fan earlier today, who asked the actress to “pls come tf thru” along with two photos, one of the actress, and another of Ahsoka Tano, a character from Star Wars Rebels, and the actress even expressed her desire to play this character through her Twitter account just a few months ago. It’s possible that the official Star Wars Twitter is simply following her because she’s a fan of the franchise, but it’s also possible they’re getting ready to announce her casting in one of the studio’s upcoming movies.

As for Dwayne Johnson, there are no hints as to who he may be playing, but it’s worth noting that the actor is already signed on to star in a much different project for Disney, Jungle Cruise, but that has nothing to do with Star Wars. If Disney is in fact casting Dwayne Johnson as some sort of mystery Star Wars character, it may not be coming for quite some time. The actor will start shooting Rampage later this month, and he is also attached to start in Skyscraper, Doc Savage, Shazam and San Andreas 2, just to name a few of his upcoming projects.

The Star Wars Twitter account also followed Cameron Monaghan, who is best know for playing the Joker-esque Jerome Valeska on Fox’s Gotham, so perhaps he may also be joining the Star Wars universe. Twitter activity like this has lead to speculation about other movies in the past, and sometimes, it’s actually been accurate. Many fans noticed that Dope director Rick Famuyiwa started following DC Comics, DC Films president Geoff Johns, Gal Gadot, Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa, which many thought was an indication that he had signed on to direct a DC Comics movie. That speculation turned out to be correct, since the filmmaker signed on to direct The Flash shortly thereafter, although he did eventually drop out of the project months later.

Last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger hinted that the studio is mapping out new Star Wars movies up until the year 2030, with some speculating that the studio may be announcing some of these Star Wars movies at Star Wars Celebration. Disney has also recently announced that there will be no Star Wars Celebration in 2018, with the festivities set to return in 2019, just in time for Star Wars 9. While we wait for confirmation on these Star Wars rumors, take a look at these recent tweets from Rosario Dawson that may hint at her Star Wars involvement.

im sorry but @rosariodawson pls come tf thru

— ariel (@ultraalordd) April 7, 2017

Ummmm… yes please?! #AhsokaLives#AhsokaTano#StarWars

— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) February 7, 2017


Angie’s List Pulls ‘O’Reilly Factor’ Ads, Reversing Course

Angie’s List, the Indianapolis-based website of crowd-sourced business reviews, withdrew its ads from Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor Friday, a course reversal in stark contrast to the company’s stance just days ago.

A spokesperson for Angie’s List confirmed the ad removal to Deadline, with no additional details provided.

The decision came just three days after Angie’s List said it trusted customers “to make their own media consumption decisions.” The statement drew considerable internet blowback, in part from the #grabyourwallet movement.

“We place ads across a wide spectrum of venues intending to reach as many viewers/listeners/readers as possible without taking a position on the viewpoints of the venues themselves,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. “Just as we trust members to make their own hiring decisions, we trust them to make their own media consumption decisions.”

Angie’s List is one of the latest in a roster estimated at about 60 companies that has pulled its ads from the Factor since last weekend’s New York Times report that O’Reilly and 21st Century Fox had paid out a combined $13 million to settle sexual harassment claims from five women.

Among companies jumping shipAdvil, Bristol Myers Squibb, Jenny Craig, Jaguar, Infiniti, Geico, Reddi-wip/Con Agra, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW of North America, Mitsubishi Motors, Lexus, Constant Contact, Bayer, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Orkin, UNTUCKit, Allstate, Esurance (which is owned by Allstate), T. Rowe Price, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Credit Karma, Wayfair, The Wonderful Company, TrueCar, the Society for Human Resource Management and Coldwell Banker.


Fate of the Furious Review: Insane, Unbelievable & Just Plain Awesome

The crowds of theater owners and other movie industry players attending Universal’s studio presentation at CinemaCon were treated to a surprise screening of The Fate of the Furious, the latest chapter in the Fast and Furious franchise. Although most of the attendees had heard (and more than likely passed-on) the rumor that the screening would be The Mummy, when Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson and director F. Gary Gray took the stage at the end of the presentation, it became pretty apparent that the adrenaline pumping F8 was already queued up in the projection booth at Caesar’s Colosseum.

Never one to shy away from bravado and braggadocio, Diesel promised the crowd that this would be the “best movie you have ever seen”. Of course, we can forgive Vin for getting a little high on his own supply. He clearly loves the franchise, the characters and his co-stars. Well… MOST of his co-stars, since Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was conspicuously absent, after having appeared in Vegas already on both Monday and Tuesday to promote his other studio tentpoles including Jumanji (Sony) and Baywatch (Paramount). Perhaps Vin and The Rock negotiated custody of the press tour that left Dwayne Johnson off the CinemaCon stage for this screening. We can only surmise…

Is this latest installment, as Diesel promised, the “best movie” I’ve “ever seen”? No. It is ridiculous. It is unbelievable. But this is what cinema was meant to do… It takes you places (Cuba, New York, frozen tundra in Russia). It gives you faster, bigger, harder and, well, more… just MORE. But you can’t help but love it. It is a damn entertaining movie and worth the price of admission (and refreshments) to see on the BIG screen. The Fate of the Furious is an over-the-top adrenaline-infused thrill ride. At the same time, it delivers several nods to the late Paul Walker’s character, Brian, and plays heavily to the theme of family that has permeated the franchise, and may even touch you at times. It is definitely a contender to land among the top in the list of titles for any Fast fan. Strangely, the suspension of disbelief required of the 6th left me a bit flat, but yet the stretches in 7 felt just right, and while the reality distortion field is just as strong in 8, I can honestly say I enjoyed the full runtime (just over 2 hours) and it easily counts as one of my personal favorites.

While I want to let you know about the movie and why you should see it, I don’t want to slip-in any spoilers or say anything to ruin the twists and surprises for you. There are several. So I’ll not lay out the story and the timeline for you. That said, from the trailers, you know that, in this pic, Dom “goes rogue” and turns on his ‘family’. He is seduced to the ‘dark side’ by a scheming hacker with broad reaching enterprise and evil history. The hard thing with this is that you truly don’t know, as the film plays out, who you’re siding with through the film, once you find out why Dom flipped sides. You want Charlize Theron’s evil hacker super-villain to get taken down, but it’s really not clear at all how or by who.

The film takes place, as has been the case with the prior 3, all over the world. From its opening in Cuba, where Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon, we follow the crew through various set-ups and action set pieces in New York to the pic’s concussive third act in the frozen nether-regions of Russia (where you’ve already seen Rock ice-ride a torpedo hanging out the door of his tough-truck in the trailer), you can see how this cast and crew truly loves globetrotting. With all the travel and logistics challenges, the Fast family, including returning recent add-ins Jason Statham and Kurt Russell, and some true newbies Helen Mirren and Scott Eastwood, craft an epic battle that frames the next (and supposedly final) two chapters in the series, Fast 9 and Fast 10, both of which have already been announced.

F8 gives us as much an upping of the ante in comedy and clever dialogue, as it does in action. There are plenty of times you’ll find yourself laughing out loud at, not only Rock and Statham, but also Mirren. You’ll also get some real feelings of sentimentality and heaping doses of surprises.

The Fate of the Furious is an excellent addition to the series. It has even more of what you love about the franchise. The one-liners, tender and serious commitment to ‘family’ and, most importantly, crazy, insane, awesome action. If you liked 4, loved 5, enjoyed 6 and were blown away by 7, F8 will be one of your favorites. It’s a crazy, insane action masterpiece that takes the franchise to new heights.

On April 14th, courtesy of Universal Pictures, you can check it out for yourself and I strongly suggest that you do… on a BIG screen. The bigger (and louder) the better.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi: What We Know

Star Wars is back in a very big way. Star Wars: The Force Awakens very successfully relaunched the franchise to the masses and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story proved that people really want to see more movies in a galaxy far, far away. With or without a Skywalker in them. That said, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is probably going to appeal to more people out there, since there is at least one Skywalker in it. And the movie is fast approaching.

Disney purchased all of LucasFilm for more than $4 billion back in 2012 with the intention of making a whole bunch of new Star Wars movies. The centerpiece of those films is a new trilogy in the Skywalker saga, which kicked off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue later this year with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As one would expect, many details about the movie are being kept under tight lock and key, but that hasn’t prevented us from learning quite a bit about the highly-anticipated sequel.

Star Wars 8 looks like it is going to be starkly different than what we got with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Adam Driver compared it tonally to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. That would logically follow, since both movies are the second installments of their respective trilogies. Considering that most Star Wars fans consider The Empire Strikes Back to be the greatest Star Wars movie ever made, that should inspire some confidence as we move closer to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

One thing we definitely know is that expectations for The Last Jedi will be insanely high. Not only do fans expect great things from this movie for a variety of reasons, but Disney and Lucasfilm are going to have big expectations in terms of box office. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was only the third movie to ever gross more than $2 billion worldwide. It also earned close to $1 billion of that domestically, which is an all-time record. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also managed to eclipse $1 billion worldwide, despite the fact that it featured almost entirely unknown characters. So with Star Wars: The Last Jedi focusing heavily on Luke Skywalker and other characters we know and love, expect this movie to be truly massive.

Disney and Lucasfilm will be pulling back the veil of secrecy in the near future, at least a little bit, as the release date for Star Wars: The Last Jedi approaches. But as it stands, we still know quite a bit about the movie. So, with that said, here is everything we know about Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Rian Johnson is writing and directing.

Star Wars 8 director Rian Johnson

One might have expected that, given his resume and how successful that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was, that Disney and Lucasfilm would have practically begged J.J. Abrams to say on and direct Star Wars Episode VIII as well. That didn’t turn out to be the case and instead, it is Rian Johnson who is responsible for the next chapter in the Skywalker saga. In fact, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is really going to ride or die very largely based on his talents. Not only is he directing the movie, but he also wrote the script. That means when Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out, for the most part, your level of love or hate will rest heavily on his shoulders.

That said, this is not something Star Wars fans should be worried about. In fact, they should be excited. Rian Johnson may not be a household name, or at least he wasn’t before he nabbed this gig, but he has proven his talents time and time again. His movie Brick made an impression on those who saw it, but it was his sci-fi flick Looper that really put him on the map. Not only that, but he directed some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad, which is well worth mentioning. Plus the original Star Wars trilogy had a new director for each installment. For better or for worse, it was George Lucas doing all three of the prequel movies. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in Rian Johnson’s hands and, really any way you look at it, he seems to have very capable hands.

Luke Skywalker plays a major role in the story.

Luke Skywalker in Star Wars 8

Star Wars: The Force Awakens had an awful lot to accomplish. It was the first Star Wars movie anyone had seen in more than a decade and it was the first in the Disney era. It had to be very good. That means it couldn’t do absolutely everything fans may have wanted it to do. Like, give Luke Skywalker any dialogue, for example’s sake. Granted, that cliffhanger has built up an awful lot of anticipation heading into Star Wars: The Last Jedi and, rest assured, Luke isn’t only going to talk, he is going to be a huge fixture of the movie. Most of the world hasn’t seen much if any footage from Star Wars 8 yet, but even those who have know that Luke at least talks. Plus, it has been said that Luke is going to be a main character in the movie. Which totally makes sense, given the title.

There is some debate over what The Last Jedi means, but the credits in Star Wars: The Force Awakens refer to him as such and Snoke calls him by that name as well. Not to mention that Mark Hamill was on set for the entire shoot. That all points to Luke Skywalker getting a whole bunch of screen time in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. What he’ll be doing on screen? That is a bit more up in the air. He will surely be mentoring Rey, but fans are hopeful he will get to ignite his lightsaber and show off his probably improved Jedi skills. Who wouldn’t want to see that? In any case, bet on seeing a whole lot of Luke in this movie.

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