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Peter Mayhew Headed To Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Peter Mayhew Headed To Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Peter Mayhew Headed To Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Peter Mayhew headed to Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Peter Mayhew, the legendary actor who portrayed the fan-favorite Wookie Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise for almost 40 years until his retirement after The Force Awakens, will be headed to the franchise’s celebration in Chicago this year, according to the official Star Wars website.

RELATED: The Star Wars News Roundup for February 1, 2019

In addition to Mayhew, the festival has also added a slew of big names including Donald Faison, who voices Hype Fazon on Star Wars Resistance, Jason Isaacs, who voices the Grand Inquisitor on Star Wars Rebels, Vanessa Marshall, the voice of Hera Syndulla on Rebels, Myrna Vellasco, the voice of Torra Doza on Resistance, Michael Pennington, who portrayed Moff Jerjerrod in Attack of the Clones, Tom Kane and Catherine Taber, who both voiced numerous characters in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Dee Bradley Baker, who lent his voice to numerous characters on The Clone WarsRebels and Resistance, and Temuera Morrison, who portrayed Jango Fett and Commander Cody in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

Joonas Suotamo, who portrayed Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and more, will be at the Star Wars Celebration along with Sam Witwer, the voice of Maul in The Clone Wars, Rebels, and played the other half of the horn-headed Zabrak to Ray Park’s performance in Solo. The actors will be at the Topps autograph area during the event.

Greg Grunberg (The Force Awakens) will also appear alongside puppeteer Dave Chapman, Greg Proops (Resistance, The Phantom Menace), Paul Kasey (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Force Awakens), Ian McElhinney (Rogue One), and Orli Shoshan (Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith).

The poster below is a symbol of the ancient Jedi Order striking a balance between the light and the dark. The art is a saga-sweeping design featuring some fan-favorite heroes and villains. To check out more art, visit Artist Alley at the event, which will be home to familiar and new creators this year, including: Malcolm Tween, Darren Tan, Jason Christman, Zoltan Simon, Joey Spiotto, Brian Miller, Matt Busch, Chris Trevas, Karen Hallion, Adrianna Vanderstelt, Danny Haas, Jason Palmer, Spencer Brinkerhoff, Kaela Croft, Brandon Kenney, Russel Walks, Dianne Harrop, Kayla Woodside, Alex Buechel, Cryssy Chung, Steve Anderson, Brian DeGuire, Chris Dee, Michael Pasquale, Cat Staggs, Jerry Vanderstelt, and Brian Rood.

Star Wars Celebration is an exciting convention filled with entertainment, celebrity appearances, stage shows, panels, interactive events, exclusive merchandise, screenings, and once-in-a-lifetime glimpses into the future of the epic saga. More details, including guests and events for the 20th-Anniversary celebration, will be available soon on the Star Wars Celebration website. The event is produced by Lucasfilm in collaboration with ReedPOP.

RELATED: Star Wars Celebration Heads to Chicago in April 2019!

If you are purchasing your tickets on or before the ticket mailing deadline on February 27, 2019, your tickets will be mailed via USPS to the address you enter. International orders will have the option to have tickets mailed or picked up at Will Call. If you order 5 or more tickets, please note that UPS shipping will be automatically added to your order to ensure delivery. If you purchase your ticket after the ticket mailing deadline, you will have to wait in line at Will Call to pick up your tickets.

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Anya Taylor-Joy Will Star in Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho

Anya Taylor-Joy Will Star in Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho

Anya Taylor-Joy Will Star in Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho

Anya Taylor-Joy will star in Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho

A few weeks after the director revealed the project’s existence, Variety reports that Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) will star in Edgar Wright’s newest feature film, Last Night in Soho. Taylor-Joy can be seen in theaters now in Glass.

Plot details are light on the movie, but Wright calls it a psychological horror-thriller in the vein of Don’t Look Now and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion. The film will take place in London’s Soho district and is set to bring production this summer. Wright co-wrote the script for the film with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful).

“I realised I had never made a film about central London – specifically Soho, somewhere I’ve spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years,” Wright told Empire about the movie. “With Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead you make movies about places you’ve lived in. This movie is about the London I’ve existed in.”

Wright is known for his work on the British series Spaced, as well as comedies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot FuzzThe World’s EndScott Pilgrim vs. the Worldand Baby Driver, which has a sequel in development after becoming his highest grossing film of all time.

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Watch Yourself. The New US Movie Trailer is Here!

Watch Yourself. The New US Movie Trailer is Here!

Watch Yourself. The New US Movie Trailer is Here!

Watch yourself. The new US movie trailer is here!

Director Jordan Peele has revealed the second trailer for his new film Us, straight from the new Monkey Paw Productions subreddit! Check it out in the player below and catch the film in theaters on March 22!

RELATED: Jordan Peele Talks Us Trailer, Plus 6 More Doppelganger Movies

Us stars Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther), Winston Duke (Black Panther), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Tim Heidecker (Ant-Man and the Wasp) along with Shahadi Wright Joseph (Hairspray Live!), Evan Alex (Mani), Madison Curry, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon (Friends) and Duke Nicholson.

In the film, a mother (Lupita Nyong’o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (including Elizabeth Moss). But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.”

RELATED: New Poster for Jordan Peele’s Us Reveals a New Nightmare

Us is written and directed by Peele (Get Out), who also produces through his Monkeypaw Productions. The film is produced by Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum and Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper with Daniel Lupi executive producing.

Peele is gearing up to produce a remake of director Bernard Rose’s 1992 horror film Candyman and is also busy working on the series Weird City for YouTube Premium, HBO’s Lovecraft Country and the CBS series remake of The Twilight Zone.

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Mel Gibson & Sean Penn in The Professor and The Madman Trailer

Mel Gibson and Sean Penn Are The Professor and The Madman in First Trailer

Mel Gibson and Sean Penn Are The Professor and The Madman in First Trailer

Mel Gibson and Sean Penn Are The Professor and The Madman in first trailer

After a two-year delay due to legal issues, the Mel Gibson and Sean Penn-starring biopic The Professor and The Madman is making headway in getting to the big screen with Vertical Entertainment acquiring the distribution rights last month and now releasing the first trailer for the project, which can be viewed in the player below!

RELATED: Natalie Dormer Joins The Professor and the Madman

The film is based on the 1998 book, the true story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary — a tale that delves into madness, genius and two obsessive men who changed the course of literary history. Gibson will play Professor James Murray, who in 1857 set about compiling the OED, one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. Penn will play Dr. W. C. Minor, who submitted more than 10,000 entries but was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.

Screenwriter Farhad Safinia (Apocalypto) will make his feature directing debut on The Professor and the Madman after co-writing the screenplay with John Boorman and Todd Komarnicki. Gibson and Bruce Davey will produce. In addition to Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) and Penn (Gangster Squad), the film also stars Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Ioan Gruffudd (San Andreas), Jeremy Irvine (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Steve Coogan (Stan & Ollie), Jennifer Ehle (The Miseducation of Cameron Post) and Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan).

RELATED: Mel Gibson Boards Waldo with Charlie Hunnam and Eiza Gonzalez

The film was shot in 2016 and was expected for a late 2017 release, but following a lawsuit in July 2017 between Gibson’s Icon Productions and Voltage Pictures over controlling certain aspects of production, including final cut, the film was shelved. But after a judge denied Gibson’s motion, the rights to the film were open to business and Vertical Entertainment acquired the rights in January. Although no release date is set, the release of a trailer and the fact the film is already completed are good signs it could hit theaters before the end of the year.

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Escape from New York Remake Being Penned by Leigh Whannell

Escape from New York Remake Being Penned by Leigh Whannell

Escape from New York Remake Being Penned by Leigh Whannell

Escape from New York remake being penned by Leigh Whannell

Leigh Whannell (Upgrade) will be writing Fox’s Escape from New York remake, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The news follows the recent announcement that Whannell will be writing and directing The Invisible Man for Universal.

The original 1981 John Carpenter classic was set in a future (then 1997) where Manhattan had been turned into an island-sized maximum-security prison. When the president of the United States crashes into the decaying city, an outlaw (played by Kurt Russell) is coerced into traveling inside to rescue him.

RELATED: Leigh Whannell to Direct Invisible Man Remake for Universal

The outlet notes that Whannell’s vision for the film will retain elements of the original while also bringing new ideas to the table. Whannell wants to avoid the “bloated tentpole remake path” that afflicted other reboots of 1980’s classics like Robocop and Total Recall.

There is no current deal for Whannell to direct, but it is possible he could take over directing duties as well. Neil Cross (Luther) was originally attached to write the movie with Robert Rodriguez set to direct before both dropped off of the project.

Whannell previously worked with Jason Blum on Insidious: The Last Key and Upgrade and will be reuniting with the producer on the upcoming Invisible Man project as Blumhouse Productions will produce the Universal Pictures movie. He also wrote the comedy-drama The Mule, the first three films in the Saw franchise, and Dead Silence.

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Brie Larson, Lynette Howell Taylor Set Two Films at Netflix

Brie Larson, Lynette Howell Taylor Set Two Films at Netflix

Brie Larson, Lynette Howell Taylor Set Two Films at Netflix

Brie Larson, Lynette Howell Taylor set two films at Netflix

Oscar winner Brie Larson (Room, Captain Marvel, Just Mercy) and Oscar-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor (A Star is Born) have entered into a two-picture worldwide rights deal at Netflix, Deadline has confirmed. The films will be produced by Howell Taylor’s 51 Entertainment.

Netflix has acquired Unicorn Store Larson’s directorial debut, and Lady Business, Larson’s next starring role and likely next directorial effort. After Larson and Howell Taylor wrapped production on Unicorn Store, they acquired the rights to develop Lady Business alongside Endeavor Content.

RELATED: New Captain Marvel Photos Reveals Carol and Maria’s Reunion

Lady Business is based on an article by John Paul Titlow for Fast Company Magazine which tells the true story of two young female entrepreneurs, Penelope Gazin and Kate Dwyer, who had to invent a third male company founder in order to be taken seriously in the business world. The deal includes the duo’s life right and Howell Taylor will produce alongside Samantha Housman and Larson.

Unicorn Store is based on a script written by Samantha McIntyre and centers on a woman who moves back in with her parents, and receives an invitation to a store that will test her ideas of what it really means to grow up. The movie premiered at Toronto and stars Larson, Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford, Mamoudou Athie, Hamish Linklater, and Samuel L. Jackson. The project is produced by Howell Taylor alongside The District’s David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer and Rhea Films’ Terry Dougas and Paris Kasidokostas. Jean-Luc De Fanti, Nathan Kelly, Samantha McIntyre, and Anne Woodward executive produce with Kostas Tsoukalas co-executive producing.

Unicorn Store will debut on Netflix on April 5, 2019, a month after the release of Captain Marvel on March 8.

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The Final Greta Poster Promises Everyone Needs a Friend

final Greta poster

final Greta poster

The final Greta poster promises everyone needs a friend

Focus Features has released the final poster for their upcoming suspense thriller Greta, starring Chloë Grace Moretz (Suspiria, Let Me In) and Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert (Elle). You can check out the poster in the gallery below!

Greta follows a sweet, naïve young woman trying to make it on her own in New York City, Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) doesn’t think twice about returning the handbag she finds on the subway to its rightful owner. That owner is Greta (Isabelle Huppert), an eccentric French piano teacher with a love for classical music and an aching loneliness. Having recently lost her mother, Frances quickly grows closer to widowed Greta. The two become fast friends — but Greta’s maternal charms begin to dissolve and grow increasingly disturbing as Frances discovers that nothing in Greta’s life is what it seems.

RELATED: Greta Trailer & Poster: Don’t Take the Bait

From Academy Award-winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) and writer Ray Wright (The Crazies), Greta also stars Maika Monroe (It Follows), Colm Feore (House of Cards), and Karen Richards. Sidney Kimmel, John Penotti, James Flynn, Lawrence Bender, and Karen Richards serve as producers on the project.

Greta will arrive in theaters on March 1, 2019.

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Trailer for The Ron Burgundy Podcast Asks the Tough Questions

Ron Burgundy Podcast

Ron Burgundy Podcast

Trailer for The Ron Burgundy Podcast asks the tough questions

Even though it’s been nearly five years since Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hit theaters, and Anchorman 3 still isn’t on the horizon, we’ll still be getting some Ron Burgundy in the future. Yes, Will Ferrell is bringing back his Anchorman character for a new podcast, the aptly titled The Ron Burgundy Podcast.

Entertainment Weekly got a look at the first trailer, which you can check out below.

RELATED: Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy Returns With a New Podcast

The podcast will play into the characters… antiquated views, while he still fancies himself a hard-hitting journalist ready to tackle a new audience with a podcast. Even if he isn’t quite sure what a podcast is. At any rate, it’s Will Ferrell running wild with one of his most beloved characters.

The Ron Burgundy Podcast will premiere on February 7 on theiHeartPodcast Network, with new episodes dropping every Thursday.

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10 Best Tilda Swinton Movies

10 best Tilda Swinton movies

10 Best Tilda Swinton Movies

Independent filmmaking’s favorite weirdo, Tilda Swinton is the pale, ghost-like Englishwoman that so many casting directors have flocked to in recent years. With nearly 100 acting credits to her name over the course of a career that has been going strong since the mid-80s, Swinton is currently one of cinema’s most valuable assets. She’s even managed to make her way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, somehow. While she might appear in bigger films from time to time, there’s no denying that filmmakers who allow Swinton to work in interesting roles end up with far greater end results. She’s not afraid to play someone old, someone young, someone human, or someone alien. Swinton’s range is impeccable and her talent immeasurable. Her filmography is proof enough.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

10 best Tilda Swinton movies

10 best Tilda Swinton movies

Her second of multiple collaborations with Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton is almost completely unrecognizable in 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Starring in an important role as Madame D., Swinton is donned in prosthetics that completely transform her from a middle-aged woman to an elderly one. It’s one of the most absurd things she’s done so far… until Suspiria rolled around in 2018.

Moonrise Kingdom

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10 best Tilda Swinton movies

Her first Wes Anderson film is actually somewhat normal. Swinton is playing a character referred to and credited as Social Services, showing up to take a look at both families of the young couple that runs away early on in the film so they can be together without judgment or interference. Her standard brown hair is replaced with high orange curls here, but she’s otherwise more or less herself here.

Adaptation.

10 best Tilda Swinton movies

10 best Tilda Swinton movies

From director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman, Adaptation. sees Tilda Swinton playing Valerie Thomas, a woman in Hollywood who bought the rights to hit nonfiction book The Orchid Thief who seeks out Kaufman to write a feature film adaption of the source material. Based on his real-life struggle to make something out of the book, Adaptation. follows Kaufman as he can’t help but insert himself into the story’s narrative in order to create something meaningful. Swinton’s key here, and it’s one of the first instances of her making a real impact on American audiences.

Isle of Dogs

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10 best Tilda Swinton movies

Swinton’s third Anderson project, Isle of Dogs, utilizes nothing but the actress’s voice. It’s a stop-motion animated project in the same vein as Anderson’s 2009 hit Fantastic Mr. Fox, with Swinton playing a little dog named Oracle. It’s unlike anything she’s done before, but it ends up being a really funny part.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

10 best Tilda Swinton movies

10 best Tilda Swinton movies

A compelling and oftentimes hard-to-watch drama, We Need to Talk About Kevin features an all-time great performance from Swinton. She’s the mother of a troubled kid named Kevin, a child who grows increasingly concerning as he gets older. Whether it’s the things he says or the things he does, Kevin is a real risk to Swinton’s character and everyone around them. Swinton’s a total natural here, even if the film sometimes feels a bit flimsy.

Suspiria

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10 best Tilda Swinton movies

Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake of the 1977 cult classic of the same name sees Swinton playing multiple roles instead of one. It’s something not uncommon for her — she has a dual performance later on in this list as well as in the Coen Brothers’ 2016 comedy Hail, Caesar! — but Suspiria takes it to a whole new level. She’s a chilling headmaster named Madame Blanc, a creepy old man named Dr. Joseph Klemperer, and a third (surprise!) role, as well. This movie might not be for everyone, but it’s worth it for these performances alone.

Only Lovers Left Alive

10 best Tilda Swinton movies

10 best Tilda Swinton movies

Jim Jarmusch and Tilda Swinton are kind of like a match made in heaven. He loves to examine humanity through his own poetic lens, often operating without interference from a major studio. Only Lovers Left Alive is a 2013 vampire-rock-comedy that costars Tom Hiddleston in addition to Tilda Swinton. It’s equal parts style and substance, due largely to the talent on-screen.

Orlando

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10 best Tilda Swinton movies

Sally Potter is a filmmaker that often lays low — her movies are well-received, but they never manage to get the wide release they deserve. Still, they find an audience anyhow. Orlando, one of her earliest films, stars Swinton and Billy Zane in a period drama about a nobleman who is cursed to remain forever young by Queen Elizabeth I. It’s one of the more interesting films she’s done so far, with her performance surpassing everyone else’s in the film.

Okja

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10 best Tilda Swinton movies

One of Netflix’s greatest original films, Okja sees Swinton playing twin sisters — both equally unpredictable and loony. Their names are Lucy and Nancy Mirando, and they want nothing but the worst for the lovable beast named Okja. It’s a touching monster movie with a heart, almost like E.T. and The Iron Giant rolled into one. Swinton’s doing her very best here and it really shows.

I Am Love

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10 best Tilda Swinton movies

One of Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino’s earlier films, I Am Love, follows Tilda Swinton as Emma. She leaves Russia to go live with her husband in Italy, but her life still feels unfulfilling (despite being a powerful member of a powerful family). It’s a stunning film, and Swinton is part of why it feels so captivatingly bold and fresh.

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Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins Joins In The Heights

Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins Joins In The Heights

Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins Joins In The Heights

Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins joins In The Heights

Deadline reports that the upcoming feature adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning play In the Heights has attached Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins as one of its lead characters, Benny.

RELATED: Anthony Ramos Joins Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights Adaptation

In the novel and play, Benny is the only character who doesn’t speak Spanish. He works for Nina’s father at the taxi dispatch office and falls in love with Nina while dreaming of opening his own business and struggling with her father’s disapproval of their relationship.

Hawkins, who made his breakout in the 2015 N.W.A. biopic as the rap group’s co-founder Dr. Dre, has been part of a few major franchises following his performance with appearances in AMC’s The Walking DeadKong: Skull Island and the lead role in Fox’s short-lived spin-off 24: Legacy. He was most recently seen in the acclaimed crime comedy biopic BlacKkKlansman from Spike Lee, and will next be seen in Christoph Watlz’s directorial debut Georgetown, and the Netflix ensemble action film Six Underground.

In the Heights is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who is closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. The musical won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical.

RELATED: Director Jon M. Chu Talks Adapting Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights

Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) will direct from a script written by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Hamilton). Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders will serve as producers on the project. Miranda portrayed the lead role of Usnavi in the Broadway musical, and also wrote the music and lyrics.

In The Heights will be filming next summer on location in NYC’s Washington Heights. It’s scheduled to open in June of 2020.

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