Rumor: No Time To Die Is Shooting Three Endings To Keep Bond’s Secrets

There are long-running franchises, and then there’s the James Bond movies. 007 has enthralled moviegoers for decades, balancing style and action with each new installment. Daniel Craig has had a strong tenure as Bond, although it will soon come to an end. Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time to Die will be Craig’s fifth and final performance as the MI6 agent. And a new rumor indicates that up to three endings could be filmed to properly guard the blockbuster’s secrets.

Spoilers are a dirty word when it comes to major franchises, and the Bond movies are no exception. Eon Productions must guard the events of No Time to Die, especially with Daniel Craig’s departure from the role. But could the movie really be filming three different endings? While this ensures secrecy, it would presumably be a ton of work and money spent for naught.

This rumor comes to us from The Sun, and is far from confirmed by the studio. Still, the idea of multiple endings isn’t totally knew. Plenty of big projects have been teased to have shot extra footage to throw off the fans and press. There’s a ton of hype around No Time to Die, so keeping the blockbuster’s events under wraps is important. Especially considering the set was marred with some controversy.

Still, purposefully filming two separate fake endings seems wild. Bond movies are already famously expensive, and No Time to Die did have a delay in filming due to Daniel Craig’s on set injury. Security on major franchises like Bond, Star Wars, and the MCU are famously extreme. And aside from avoiding spoilers, sometimes filmmaker do film multiple endings, which utilize for test audiences in the editing process. So perhaps Cary Joji Fukunaga is simply being thorough, and giving the movie options.

It should be interesting to see exactly where the story of No Time to Die will go. While there has been a brief synopsis provided, the movie’s tone and story is largely a mystery. But Daniel Craig’s tenure as Bond has already been groundbreaking, as the past five movies have embraced serialized storytelling, rather than functioning as an anthology. That will continue with the upcoming movie, which features a bunch of returning cast members, including Spectre‘s Bond Girl Léa Seydoux aka Dr. Madeleine Swann.

The pressure is certainly on to give Daniel Craig’s Bond one final adventure, and the appropriate sendoff. Craig brought a hulking physicality to Bond, and his movies were far more gritty and real, straying away from gadgets and quips. We’ve watched 007 fight and grieve, losing M and Vesper Lynd over the past decade and change of movies. No Time to Die will see him retired from his career as an agent. At least, until Jeffrey Wright’s Felix Leiter comes back into his life.

Our questions will be answered when No Time to Die hits theaters on April 8, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’s Runtime Has Been Revealed, And It’s Long

After what felt like an extraordinarily long wait, the final full trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiered last night during Monday Night Football. Coinciding with the release of that stirring trailer, tickets went on sale for what will be the final film in the Skywalker Saga. And with the tickets going on sale, the runtime for Episode IX has been revealed and it’s long.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will clock in at a lengthy two hours and 35 minutes. This comes from the AMC Theatres website where you can now purchase your tickets for Rise of Skywalker. It confirms the Reddit leak that popped up last week pegging the film’s runtime at 155 minutes and is 20 minutes longer than the 135 minute runtime John Williams’ brother Don hinted at. That two hour and 35 minute runtime makes The Rise of Skywalker the longest Star Wars movie to date.

The longest film in the franchise up to this point was Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, clocking in at two hours and 32 minutes. The Rise of Skywalker will eclipse that by three minutes. Prior to The Last Jedi, for a long time the longest Star Wars film was Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones at two hours and 22 minutes. So The Last Jedi was 10 whole minutes longer than that prequel film and The Rise of Skywalker will be even longer.

The shortest Star Wars film was the first one, with A New Hope running two hours and one minute long and overall the majority of the films in the franchise, including the anthology films, have ran in that 130 minute to 140 minute range. While long runtimes don’t necessarily make a movie good or bad and often don’t provide a ton of clues about the film itself, there is much to discuss with regards to The Rise of Skywalker’s 155 minute runtime.

The first way we can look at the runtime for The Rise of Skywalker is that being the longest film in the Skywalker Saga is a good thing. We still(!) don’t know the plot of this movie, but just based on the trailers and what has happened in the Sequel Trilogy and Saga so far, there is a lot of ground to cover in Episode IX. This is the closing chapter of a nine-film series and there’s a lot of wrap up to do.

This isn’t just about the Resistance defeating the First Order once and for all, it’s about bringing balance to the Force, closure for all these characters and tying everything up. The Rise of Skywalker needs to not only bring back Emperor Palpatine, but explain how he’s back, in what form and have the heroes defeat him.

Plus, J.J. Abrams has said that he wants this film to be a cohesive ending to the entire Saga that answers as many questions as possible. Well, there are a lot of questions and that all takes time. It looks like he’s going to get it with a two hour 35 minute runtime.

I’m actually almost surprised that this movie isn’t longer. As we saw from the over three-hour Avengers: Endgame, long runtimes don’t dissuade audiences when the interest is there for a movie and a property and the interest is certainly there for Star Wars. But if J.J. Abrams can accomplish everything this movie needs to accomplish in two hours and 35 minutes, there’s no need to make the movie overly long just for the sake of it.

Especially after that emotional trailer, I think we all want to take one last long look at our friends from a galaxy far, far away. Fortunately, that last look will turn out to be the longest yet in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker charges into theaters on a majestic Orbak on December 20. Get your tickets now and check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see all the other movies headed to theaters this year.

Zombieland: Double Tap Originally Had A Hilarious Keith Richards Cameo

Ever since Bill Murray appeared in the first Zombieland, and playing himself no less, fans were looking forward to more cameos in any potential Zombieland sequel. Since that sequel took 10 years, and many, many, drafts of scripts, to come to the screen, it turns out that a lot of different cameos were considered for the film, and one would have been Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

There’s a sequence in the new Zombieland: Double Tap in which the characters come into possession of an RV, but apparently, in an early draft of the script, it wasn’t an RV, but the tour bus for the Rolling Stones. Inside the bus, the group found one of the Stones, apparently still alive. At least, he was, until our heroes showed up. According to co-writer Rhett Reese…

Of course, this cameo does sound a little familiar. It’s very similar to the situation in which the characters find Bill Murray in the original Zombieland. The actor is faking being a zombie in order to avoid becoming one for real. Eventually, Murray gets shot by Jesse Eisenberg‘s character when he thinks Murray is an actual zombie.

There would have been one key difference in this case however. In this cameo Keith Richards wouldn’t be mistaken for a zombie because he dressed himself as one. Here, Keith Richards would have been mistaken for a zombie because he looked like Keith Richards. Co-writer Paul Wernick goes on…

While the “how in the world is Keith Richards still alive?” joke is an old one, it’s also a joke that almost always works, so equating Richards to a zombie, and seeing the guitarist in on the joke would still be pretty funny.

Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese don’t explain to Yahoo why this cameo was removed from the script. It’s not clear if they found it to be unfeasible or if they just decided the idea wasn’t as good as they thought.

There were clearly a lot of ideas involving celebrity cameos for the Zombieland sequel, many of them didn’t work out for one reason or another.

Keith Richards has been willing to do movies before. He showed up in an equally self referential cameo in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise playing the father of Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow. It was fitting since Depp had used Richards as inspiration for his character in the first place.

We’ll have to wait and see if there’s any opportunity for more Zombieland movies after this one finishes its box office run. If there is, perhaps even more cameo opportunities could open up.

One Thing The Downton Abbey Cast Kept Doing That Wasn’t Historically Accurate

Downton Abbey is very much a fictional movie and TV series with fictional characters. However, even though a lot of fancy and imagination has been involved in the making of the popular movie and its previous TV series, the franchise is a period piece that tries to maintain period details, from the cast’s clothing to transportation and even the etiquette of the time.

However, one surprising detail the Downton Abbey cast had trouble getting right over the years was a particular mannerism: touching. In fact, according to detail machine Major General Alastair Bruce, one big thing various members of the cast kept trying to do while acting was showing affection through touching one another. That was a big no-no in the 1920s, and he explained why.

Hugging, holding hands and even touching one another’s shoulders are common in this day and age. Then again, we aren’t suffering from as many deadly pandemics as were still common in the 1920s. In this day and age, antibiotics are widely available. Downton Abbey is only a few short years past the 1918 Spanish influenza in the timeline. Of course, there’s still some kissing and I do believe I remember Carson and Mrs. Hughes holding hands, but apparently touching had to be kept at a minimum during the making of Downton Abbey‘s TV and movie.

In addition, characters like Cora Crawley, Lady Mary, Lady Edith and more are living in a time before penicillin and other drugs came onto the market. In short, families were much less touchy-feely at that time, and with good reason. Although there is a part of me that wonders about class stuffiness during the period, as well.

Regardless, luckily Downton Abbey had Major General Alastair Bruce on hand to talk about period details such as touching when they arose. A military man, Bruce also is involved in projects to make sure characters do things like holding weapons correctly.

Downton Abbey specifically works to get a lot of period details right. In the movie, major attention to detail is given to a royal parade scene featuring plenty of pomp and circumstance. In fact, Downton Abbey’s director Michael Engler previously told CinemaBlend the most expensive part of the movie happened to be the royal parade, which involved hundreds of extras (and in extension hundreds of hotel rooms), not to mention attention to period details.

So, if you happen to be a 1920s expert, perhaps there are some details in the show and movie that aren’t quite right for the period, but have no fear that the minds behind the characters are working excessively hard to get it all right, down to simple gestures.

How Judy Was Inspired By A Bunch Of Angry, Tragic Recordings By Garland

We may be a few months away from Awards Season, but there is already some solid buzz surrounding certain performances. Joaquin Phoenix has been praise for his role in Joker, while both Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson’s names have been tossed around for The Lighthouse. Early reviews indicate that Renee Zellweger might have a chance at a Best Actress nomination thanks to her tour-de-force performance in Judy. And it turns out that real-life recordings of Judy Garland really shaped the movie’s script.

Judy‘s screenplay was written by Tom Edge, who had previously worked on Netflix’s The Crown. He was tasked with adapting Peter Quilter’s play End of the Rainbow, while also providing additional content to flesh out the story. And it turns out, he was especially inspired by certain dark tapes of Judy Garland during this tumultuous time in her life. Edge recently spoke to their impact on his work, saying:

Judy is set during the end of Garland’s life, in a time where the legendary singer/actress was struggling financially. The money from her years at the studio was all gone, and she was essentially homeless. This is what inspires her to take on her residency across the pond, hoping to earn enough money to buy a house for her family.

Given how popular Judy Garland remains and how many iconic performances she gave on the big screen, it’s hard to imagine her struggling for money. But she never got the chance to crawl out of that financial hole, with daughter Liza Minelli and friend Frank Sinatra helping to pay her debts.

Later in his conversation with Vanity Fair, Tom Edge revealed that the tapes of Judy Garland echoed this same sense of disbelief. As he put it,

Well, that’s certainly heavy, and was no doubt illuminating during the writing process of Judy. Rupert Goold’s musical biopic tells the story of the Judy Garland fans might not know, decades after Dorothy Gale clicked her ruby slippers. Luckily, Goold and Tom Edge balance this sad part of Garland’s life, with the iconic singer’s ability to spark joy and hope to those around her. And her dark childhood at the studio is fleshed out through flashback sequences.

It’ll be interesting to see what Judy‘s awards chances are. Renee Zellweger seems like a shoe-in for a Best Actress nomination, as she was able to transform her body and voice to become Judy Garland. But it’s still early, and plenty of projects will come to theaters in the months before the Oscars happen.

Judy is still in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Scarlett Johansson Says Black Widow Gave Her Closure After Avengers: Endgame

The next entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be the long anticipated Black Widow film. The movie will be the next film we see in the franchise, but, of course, it won’t necessarily carry the story of the MCU forward, as we know the movie will be a flashback, taking place at some point in the past. It will be one final movie for Scarlett Johansson to play the role of Natasha, something the actress says she needed because it gave her some degree of closure over the character.

Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Johansson was clearly looking forward to chance to headline her own Marvel movie, and she told the host that the experience of making the movie brought her closure that she really needed following the epic experience of Avengers: Endgame. According to Johansson…

Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame were produced back to back, and Scarlett Johansson was one of the actors who had a significant role in both movies. It’s not surprising if making those two movies like that was emotionally taxing for the actress.

And yes, there’s also the fact that her character died off after being a staple of the MCU for nearly its entire run. The character debuted in Iron Man 2, the third MCU movie made, so bringing that story to a close with Natasha’s death in Avengers: Endgame was certainly a big deal for the actress as well.

The new Black Widow movie will get around the whole “death” thing by, as far as we know, being set much earlier in the MCU. While death in comic books, and therefore, one assumes, in comic book movies, is never truly final, Scarlett Johasson has clearly come to terms with her character’s end The actress believes Black Widow is gone for good, even though many have apparently tried to convince her otherwise.

Check out Scarlett Johansson’s complete appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon below.

Of course, while the mere act of making the movie may have provided some closure, there’s also the possibility that the story itself aided in that closure. We certainly assume we’ll learn more about Black Widow’s background in this movie than we ever learned when the character was still “alive.” Perhaps those details helped Scarlett Johansson say goodbye.

The rest of us will have that chance in May of 2020.

So, I Think DC Has A Brighter Movies Future Than Marvel

Earlier this week, I told a few co-workers I think DC’s long-term outlook at the movies is more promising than Marvel’s. To say this opinion was poorly received would be an understatement. People condescendingly laughed all up in my face. There was no regard for my feelings. It was just a torrent of jokes about my perceived level of wrongness. Someone even asked if I don’t follow superhero movies “that closely”.

In a regretful and cowardly moment of shame, I retreated back from the conversation and gave out a wishy-washy “we’ll see”, but you know what, the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that I’m right. Yeah, Marvel has had a good run, but if I was given the choice between running DC movies and running Marvel movies from this point forward, I’m choosing DC almost immediately. There’s more upside, more good characters to play with and I think a much brighter future.

Here’s why…

Drax laughing without any shame.

The Part Where I Admit Marvel Has Had A Better Run The Past Decade

The superhero fight between DC and Marvel has been a one-sided pummeling for what feels like a decade, at least at the movies. Kevin Feige and company, with the help of Disney, have gone on one of the most amazing runs of good press, good reviews and record-breaking box office in the history of Hollywood. DC, on the other hand, has been repeatedly beset by behind the scenes issues, abrupt changes in creative direction and box office numbers that have been, more often than not, underwhelming.

In all fairness, there have been several times during that stretch in which Marvel has been given the benefit of the doubt, while DC has been zealously and almost gleefully criticized for relatively minor mistakes. Every single round hasn’t been lopsided and summaries that express as much aren’t accurate, but even so, the starting point for this conversation has to be that Marvel has done a way better job with its movie characters over the past decade. That’s a fact, and if you can’t admit that, you’re a shameless DC homer, which I am not. I’m just more bullish moving forward than almost everyone else.

Batman with his suit in the background.

The Part Where I Pick Batman Over Spider-Man

Let’s say you were starting over from the beginning. No superhero movies exist. It’s your idea to make them a thing, and you need to figure out where to start generating ideas. You can either work with Marvel or you can work with DC. If you work with Marvel, you have access to Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and the X-Men, among others. If you work with DC, you have Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Lex Luthor and The Joker, among others. Is that even a contest? How the hell would you pass up Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman?

I’m absolutely not saying Marvel has bad characters. Spider-Man is right up there among the all-time classic comic book characters in my mind, but everything always stops and starts with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Those are the all-time legends, and on a list of all-time great villains, DC would have most of the frontrunners too. Just because Marvel has done more with its characters doesn’t mean they’re inherently more popular.

Tony Stark looking serious.

The Part Where I Miss Iron Man

You’re probably expecting this paragraph to be about a rights issue thing, but let’s put that stuff aside, especially since Marvel has systematically reacquired the rights of most of its characters recently. I’m just talking the characters who are in play. DC has everyone available. Avengers: Endgame, however, made it pretty clear we’re not going to be seeing at least Iron Man and Captain America (at least Steve Rogers) for a long time, which is a huge blow. With all apologies to the other Avengers, those are the characters that put the most asses in the seats. Their loss will be felt tremendously. We also can’t see any stories past the Endgame timeline with Black Widow (although she’s getting a prequel) and exactly how much Thor will be used after Thor 4 is unclear. James Gunn is also likely done with Guardians Of The Galaxy after Volume 3, and that franchise might not even continue.

Meanwhile, DC has none of those restrictions. Apart from some villains it probably shouldn’t go back to in the near future, everyone is in play and free to be used moving forward. There are also not any fears about recasting because that’s constantly happened throughout Batman’s run. No one expects the same person to play Batman 15 years from now, but it seems very likely there will be some blowback if Marvel attempts to recast Iron Man or Captain America too soon.

Captain Marvel looking distant.

The Part Where I Knock Marvel’s Next Generation

Marvel has done a tremendous job of creating loveable supporting characters during its current sustained run of success. Key side pieces like Groot, Falcon, Loki and Bucky sell their own merchandise and have large followings. The fact that I was pumped when I heard Darcy Lewis was returning to the MCU should tell you all you need to know. Unfortunately, they are not being groomed to carry the cinematic load moving forward. They’re being shifted to television and/ or will likely remain as bit players in movies. The characters being groomed to actually lead some version of The Avengers, whatever it’s called moving forward, have actually had more limited success, at least apart from Black Panther, who I’m like an 8/10 on.

Captain Marvel’s first effort did great box office but, whether you want to blame sexism or not, has a 53% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, probably because the movie is really mediocre (and there are some sexist trolls). The Doctor Strange film is 17th in box office of the 23 MCU movies and while a big favorite among superfans, doesn’t seem to have gone over as well with casual viewers, at least judging by my own conversations and the comment section here at CinemaBlend. I personally love Ant-Man, but he’s not going to be the long-term face. So, I guess we have to hope Thor and Hulk stick around for awhile longer? Or that Shang-Chi or The Eternals work out? What exactly is the plan here? Because you know, down the road, Marvel is going to want another Avengers-style supermovie, and the X-Men aren’t carrying anything.

The Joker dancing in a red suit.

The Part Where I Ask For More Joker-Style Movies

I liked Joker a lot. Not necessarily because everything about the movie worked but because I liked seeing a bold and daring take on a classic character. I liked that it didn’t feel like other comic book movies, and contrary to what some of my co-workers might tell you, I did think it had something important to say about mental health and isolation, even if it was on the nose. Regardless, though, I’m convinced the basic idea here is going to be attractive to a lot of filmmakers. If DC continues down this path and offers creative freedom (or something close to it) to more filmmakers in Hollywood, I think quite a few are going to jump at the chance to try something ballsy and original. Maybe someone will make the Batman hunting a lone serial killer drama I’ve always wanted.

Making a superhero movie, at least in the big budget sense, requires compromise, sharing a long-term vision and trying to fulfill the expectations of many different types of fans. It’s why so many of the Marvel movies have a really healthy mix of humor, action and mild violence and also push the larger story forward to be carried on by the next film. The movies are supposed to work for 12-year-olds and their parents sitting next to them in the theater. With Joker, Todd Phillips didn’t have to worry about that. He just made the movie he wanted to make, and I’m excited about other filmmakers who might want to scratch that same itch.

The Part Where I Compare Upcoming Movies

Over the next few years for DC, we have Birds Of Prey, which is the Harley Quinn movie, Wonder Woman 1984, The Batman, with Robert Pattinson, Paul Dano and Zoe Kravitz and James Gunn’s new take on The Suicide Squad. I’m honestly hyped for all 4 of those movies. The original Suicide Squad didn’t work, but Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was far and away the best thing about it. I think, deep down, we all know someone is going to make a spectacular Harley Quinn movie eventually. Maybe this is it. A second Wonder Woman movie (the first one was great) with Kristen Wiig and the 1980s is all the sell I need. I think Pattinson was a great casting choice as Batman, and I’m excited to see what that world looks like with him at the center. And who doesn’t want to see a James Gunn Suicide Squad? This is 4 potential wins.

As for Marvel, it’s a much more uncertain future. The New Mutants trailer was released more than 2 years ago, and given how the last X-Men performed, there are rumors Disney might just throw it on the streaming service. After that, it’s the Black Widow prequel, The Eternals, Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange 2 and Spider-Man 3, which has attracted a lot of less than stellar behind the scenes headlines lately. I’m pumped for Black Widow. I’ll give the rest of these movies a chance, but I’m honestly more excited for all 4 DC movies than I am for any of these. After that, I start to get a bit more excited with Thor 4, Black Panther 2 and most importantly, Blade, but there are a lot of movie between now and then. Blade doesn’t even have a release date.

Harley Quinn looking sassy.

The Part Where I Claim Victory

I think Marvel is going to figure it out. I think Kevin Feige and company have made too many wise decisions over the past decade to let all of this collapse. This article is not about how I think Marvel is going to start churning out box office bombs. The studio will make it work, and some of the new characters will (hopefully) fill the void of Iron Man and Captain America, but when I look at DC, I just see so much promise. I think Robert Pattinson was a great choice to play Batman. I think Paul Dano is going to make a spectacular Riddler and Zoe Kravitz a must see Catwoman. I think giving more directors like Todd Phillips a blank canvas to play with a character outside of continuity is a great decision, and if I’m starting from somewhere, I want to start with the classic comic book characters, which are, at least in my mind, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

I like DC’s long-term outlook better than I like Marvel’s, and whether you give me shit in the comment section or not, I’m happy with this opinion.

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4 Moments In The Final Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Trailer That Will Break Your Heart

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is just a few months away, so anticipation is at an all-time high. J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster will complete the current trilogy, as well as the overarching Skywalker Saga. The generations of fans have been eager for any glimpse from the upcoming movie, and the final trailer arrived last night. Plenty of characters made appearances in the epic glimpse into Episode IX, but there are a few moments that reduce you to tears. Clearly, Abrams is going to be tugging at our heart strings.

Due to the high stakes of The Rise of Skywalker, emotions and tensions will be high heading into theaters. There was some backlash to Rian Johnson’s bold vision in The Last Jedi, while Solo failed to really resonate with audiences. But the trailer already included plenty of tear-inducing moments. Check them out below.

“You’re Coming Together”

The new trailer for The Rise of Skywalker is narrated by a bunch of the protagonists. This includes Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine, who has a mysterious role in the sequel. While he creepily teases his return to power, Palpatine mentions that the the timing was due to the heroes all coming together. While the shot is meant to be insidious, it comes with the group assembling in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. As Poe and Finn enter, Rey and Chewbacca make eye contact and smile. The gang’s all here, and it should be interesting to see how their respective personalties and skills work together for this final adventure. The first two entries kept the heroes in separate stories; Poe didn’t even meet Rey until the final moments of The Last Jedi. There’s something immensely satisfying about seeing the good guys finally in the cockpit of the Falcon, as the original heroes had done so many times during George Lucas’ first trilogy.

C-3PO’s Friends

Anthony Daniels’ C-3PO has the distinction of being a character who has a role in all three Star Wars trilogies. The chrome protocol droid took a back seat in The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker, with only a brief role in those two movies. But he’s been teased to have a bigger presence in The Rise of Skywalker, and this trailer certainly teases that. He’ll be joining the heroes on their big adventure, and will get some creepy red eyes at some point during its runtime. The final trailer showed 3PO giving a goodbye of sorts, saying he wanted to look at his friends one last time. Things don’t look good for the fan favorite droid, and giving him such a big heart is a sure way to send the generations of fans into hysterics. Then again, the Star Wars franchise known for its secrets, and ability to redirect fans in the trailer.

The Leia Hug

This is a moment we’ve seen teased before, but that doesn’t make it any less heart breaking. The clip shows Carrie Fisher’s Leia hugging Rey, with both Force Sensitive women extremely emotional. It’s unclear when this might happen in the movie, although the setting is much brighter and more saturated than the coloring in other scenes. The late Carrie Fisher is being included in the movie through unused footage of her previous two appearances in the trilogy, so her role will presumably be limited. But she was given top billing for the movie’s poster, and it’s clear that her role will be an emotional experience for moviegoers. This final trailer also showed that The Resistance might be struggling with its leadership, presumably due to Leia’s death within the series. But I’m just guessing here, as the answers will likely only arrive once The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters.


Carrie Fisher’s role in The Rise of Skywalker is sure to be an emotional experience for moviegoers, especially the generations of hardcore Star Wars fans out there. And this final trailer for Episode IX proved that in its final moments. When Rey finally comes face to face with Palpatine’s throne, she’s given some words of encouragement from her mentor. Mark Hamill’s Luke is heard saying “The Force is with you,” and the trailer go for the jugular when Leia finishes her brother’s sentence, saying “always”. Smart money says J.J. Abrams pays a special tribute to Carrie Fisher throughout the course of the film, while also moving the overall story forward. Prior to her death, The Rise of Skywalker was originally going to be a major movie for Fisher’s character. The Force Awakens was a Han Solo movie, The Last Jedi focused on Luke, and Episode IX was expected to follow suit for Leia. It’ll be fascinating to see how Abrams changed the story, while also giving the franchise’s biggest heroine a fitting sendoff.

Luckily, there’s only a few months left until all of our questions will be answered. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20th, ending the nine-film Skywalker Saga in the process. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Robert Pattinson Wants His Batman To Be ‘Frightening’

Robert Pattinson will be the next actor in a long line to don the cape and cowl of Batman. He’s one of the most well known characters in modern fiction who has been portrayed a number of different ways by different actors over the years. We have little idea what sort of Batman we’re going to get from Pattinson, but he may have just given us our first look into his thought process behind the character, and he wan’t something that’s going to be a little bit frightening.

In an interview for Pattinson’s new film The Lighthouse, the actor reveals that what he doesn’t want is to approach The Batman like it’s the massive big budget studio tentpole that it is. Instead, he’s looking to make it a different sort of experience, and he specifically says he wants the movie to be “frightening.”

Robert Pattinson‘s new movie The Lighthouse is one designed for both the actors and the audience to lose themselves in, and it’s also somewhat frightening. While I don’t think anybody plans to use The Lighthouse as a template for the next Batman movie, Robert Pattinson tells the BBC (via Twitter) that there are some aspects he would like to see the two movies share.

Batman as a character has always been supposed to be frightening to the criminals, but he rarely reaches that level with the audience. Seeing something that is designed to be a little frightening for the viewer would be one way to make this version of Batman stand out from the rest.

Pattinson himself admits that losing yourself in a Batman movie, the way you might in a more psychological or character driven movie, will be tough simply because so many people are familiar with the character, but he believes if he can make that work, he’ll create something special.

Director Matt Reeves has indicated that he wanted his Batman movie to focus more on the character as a detective, a skill set that hasn’t been a major focus in previous films. These two ideas could certainly work together. Batman trying to solve a mystery in a Gotham City that gets a little scary, is an interesting idea. I can certainly get behind it.

With The Batman not hitting screens until 2021, it’s going to be a while before we get an idea just what sort of Batman movie we’re in for.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’s Latest Trailer May Have Confirmed Emperor Palpatine’s Fate

The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has arrived, and man, it’s loaded with new footage. There’s a lot to unpack in this one, though none of it compares to a mysterious shot we get towards the end of the trailer. The scene looks to feature Emperor Palpatine, and may confirm what his status is in the final movie in the Skywalker Saga.

The scene is quick, but features yet another laugh from the former Emperor absolutely drenched in reverb. Rey is seen in the distance as a figure in some sort of machine is descending upon her. Their hood can be seen flailing in the wind upon their descent. Now, who do we know that wears a black hood rather consistently throughout the Star Wars movies?

Is this Emperor Palpatine? It’s certainly what the trailer wants us to believe, as the imagery matched with the vocal cue certainly led us to speculate. Yet there’s no face reveal, so we can’t be completely sure. This could be a total fake-out on Disney’s part to throw audiences off the trail, though it’s worth noting Star Wars: The Last Jedi did little to no deceiving in its trailer footage.

If that is the Emperor, it looks like he’s being supported by a hefty bit of machinery. That isn’t surprising considering machinery is often used in the Star Wars universe to keep those who are nearly dead alive. It’s possible the Emperor’s incapable of leaving that machine, and with his command of the Force, he really doesn’t need to if he wants to reek havoc.

This scene appears to take place during the climactic massive battle between the First Order and Resistance, as evidenced by the copious amounts of lightning and blue-gray tint to the picture. There’s another sound byte earlier in the trailer from the Emperor about how he’s waited for them to come together. The trailer shows Rey and her friends, but is that who he’s referring to? If I were a betting man, I’d have to think the Emperor is talking about Rey and Kylo Ren.

Both are seen running about with their lightsabers in that massive rainy battle scene. Meanwhile, there’s a shot of Palpatine’s vacant throne, which could mean he’s decided to act on whatever grand plan he may have. We don’t know what that plan is, and just to put it out there again, we’re not even 100% positive that’s Palpatine. We do have a sneaking suspicion though, and it’s looking like Darth Sidious somehow survived the second Death Star’s destruction.

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