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Emperor Palpatine is back for Episode IX : The Rise of Skywalker!

legendary “Star Wars” villain returns for the final instalment

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As teased in the newly released trailer, and confirmed later by actor Ian McDiarmid’s appearance at Star Wars Celebration, legendary “Star Wars” villain Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious returns for the upcoming “Star Wars Episode IX : The Rise of Skywalker”.

McDiarmid played the treacherous Palpatine in the “Star Wars” prequels, as well as “Return of the Jedi”-  in which the character seemed to have met his end.

Be interesting to see how the big guy survived this…

 

 

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Vin Diesel confirms role in Avatar sequels

Spoke on his involvement at the “Avengers Endgame” premiere

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While he didn’t straight-up say he was onboard, Vin Diesel took to his socials recently to tease a possible role in James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels. The actor, who voices Groot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, walked the red carpet at the “Avengers : Endgame” on Monday where he confirmed for Entertainment Tonight that he is indeed involved. And seems Diesel’s fans can thank his “Guardians” co-star for making it happen.

“Probably my favorite in the whole cast [and] the closest in my family is Zoe Saldana,” Diesel shared. “Hence Avatar. Hence why I’m doing Avatar, or one of the reasons.”

Cameron is working on four sequels to “Avatar” but it’s not known whether Diesel appears in just one of the films or all of them.

The famed filmmaker hasn’t revealed a lot about the plot of the sequels, though has confirmed that the key cast do head into the deep in the next films.

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“There’s a tremendous amount of water work across Avatar 2 and 3,” Cameron told Collider. “It’s ongoing into 4 and 5, but the emphasis is on 2 and 3.”

Each film is also a standalone movie – so you can skip on “Avatar 2” and yet still enjoy “Avatar 3”.

“Each movie is a standalone movie that we would want to go see,” producer Jon Landau said. “You don’t need to have seen the first Avatar to see Avatar 2. It sits there and we’re gonna take people on a visual and an emotional journey that comes to its own conclusion.”

Diesel joins a cast that includes Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Brendan Cowell, Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis and Giovanni Ribisi.

“Avatar 2” is due for release December 18, 2020.

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The Rise of Skywalker : Another old favorite to return!?

We’ve heard this a couple of times now, so there could be something to it

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We’ve heard this a couple of times now, so there could be something to it – – or it’s a rumor that’ll disappear quicker than a donut at a bingo hall.

We know already, thanks to a surprise-heavy “Rise of Skywalker” trailer and an eager beaver Kathleen Kennedy, that the condom full of prunes returns in the ninth “Star Wars” film- -but is there another old favorite, still unannounced, also collecting a fat check for a reprise in the Christmas release?

According to the oft-reliable Making Star Wars, Harrison Ford may have taken on another han job- as in, the cocky smuggler we last saw mid-flight in “The Force Awakens” might be back for a quick “how’s Ma?” in Episode IX.

“I was at a reading late last night in Los Angles and a chance encounter allowed me to see evidence that Harrison Ford filmed a sequence for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”,  says the site. “Harrison Ford appears to be in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in a newly filmed moment with Adam Driver. I immediately began digging deeper and I was able to pull out disparate facts about the sequence in which Harrison Ford returns as Han Solo.”

A scene from “Star Wars : The Force Awakens”

Several different sources have filled the site in with the 411 on Solo’s comeback – – and this is what they’ve surmised of the appearance :

  • The main sequence takes place between Adam Driver and Harrison Ford or Kylo Ren and Han Solo.
  • One source called it a surprise intervention of sorts.
  • A source that did not work on or see the sequence believed it takes place when Kylo Ren asks the burned Darth Vader helmet to show him the darkness again.
  • Luke Skywalker appears to be the twist in the encounter.
  • The source was paraphrasing but Han Solo tells Ben Solo it isn’t too late and the sequence has a tone of forgiveness and understanding to it.
  • He’s not a “force ghost” in the classic sense and he’s part of a “vision” or “dream” type moment induced by Luke Skywalker.

So, if there’s truth to this nugget, sounds like Ren might indeed get back on Santa’s nice list by the end of the film.

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Original Bad Boys 3 director on why he quit the film

“I wasn’t servicing the story that I was really excited about” says filmmaker Joe Carnahan

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In a captivating melee with Collider, “A-Team” helmer Joe Carnahan reveals that he walked away from the third “Bad Boys” flick because he butted heads with star Will Smith.

The veteran action filmmaker was originally set to direct Sony’s “Bad Boys For Life”, which reteams Smith and Martin Lawrence as the loose lipped cops, but quit the project – in September 2017 – because his original vision for it had been watered down.

“Here’s the thing. I love Will, he’s a great guy. It’s just, you get to a point where … listen, I always say this… ‘Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, you find me a motherf****r in the modern era that’s walked away from movies with those guys and is still working in some capacity.”

“I just know myself, man. And I thought what we were doing at that point was the law of diminishing returns. ‘I wasn’t servicing the story that I was really excited about telling, that the studio had greenlit. And again, this isn’t to throw shade at Will — it’s your face on the poster, it’s your name on the poster, you need to do things the way you want them done.”
Carnahan believes some of his ideas survive.

“I think they’re doing a portion of it — I had a sequence where they’re on a Gunbus, which is a German motorcycle. They changed it, now it’s like a sidecar, not a good idea, whatever [laughs]. It’s one of the greatest.”

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah ultimately took the reigns on the film, which releases January 17, 2020.

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