Sunday, April 22, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from April 22nd to 30th, 2018 - Update #2

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 4/20 to 4/22/2018 weekend box office is "A Quiet Place" with an estimated take of $22 million.

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STREAMING - From ShadowandAct:  Casting begins for Ava DuVernay's "Central Park Five" project for Netflix.

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MOVIES - From IndieWire:  James Cameron hopes for "Avengers fatigue," as there are other sci-fi stories to tell.  [Is there "Terminator" fatigue, this editor asks?]


"Ready Player One" Crosses Half-Billion Mark in Box Office

Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” Surpasses $500 Million Worldwide

The action adventure has earned more than $200 million (RMB 1.3b) in China, becoming the 10th-highest U.S. release ever in that market

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The widely acclaimed action adventure “Ready Player One,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures, has crossed half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, “Ready Player One” has been a hit in every corner of the globe. Domestically, the movie has taken in more the $120.6 million to date and counting. On the international front, where the box office has been climbing steadily, the film is already at an estimated $379.5 million, including China, where “Ready Player One” has earned more than $200 million (RMB 1.3b). Other markets continue to show strong results, including the UK ($21.1 million), Korea ($17.7 million), France ($16.8 million) and Russia ($12 million).

Completing its worldwide release, “Ready Player One” opened this weekend in Japan, where anticipation has been extremely high.

Spielberg directed “Ready Player One” from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on Cline’s global bestseller of the same name. The film was produced by Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Spielberg and Dan Farah. Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris deFaria and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

“Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, with Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance.

Spielberg’s behind-the-scenes creative team was led by director of photography Janusz Kaminski, production designer Adam Stockhausen, editors Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar, and costume designer Kasia Walicka Maimone. The score is by Alan Silvestri.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Amblin Entertainment present, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, an Amblin Production, a De Line Pictures Production, a Steven Spielberg Film, “Ready Player One.”

Playing in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX, the film is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. This film has been rated PG-13.

www.readyplayeronemovie.com

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Marvel Studios Link-o-Rama 2018 - Update #38

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BLACK PANTHER - From ShadowandAct:  Unsegregated 'Black Panther' Screening Marks New Age Of Entertainment In Saudi Arabia After Decades-Long Cinema Ban

AVENGERS - From ThePlaylist:  More "Avengers: Infinity War" cameos revealed... accidentally?

MARVEL TV - From EW:  Meet the cast of Freeform's "Cloak and Dagger."

BLACK PANTHER - From BleedingCool:  The post-credit scene featuring The Winter Soldier in "Black Panther" was apparently longer than what was scene in theaters.

AVENGERS - From THR:  Carrie Coon will play a villain, "Proxima Midnight," in "Avengers: Infinity War."

AVENGERS - From YahooEntertainment:  Russo Bros. not ready to reveal the title for "Avengers," which is due May 2019.

AVENGERS - From TheWrap:  Co-director Joe Russo is shocked to learn that Indonesia's Film Censorship Institute has cut seven minutes from "Avengers: Infinity War."

AVENGERS - From BleedingCool:  Anthony and Joe Russo says that "Avengers: Infinity War" finishes the story they began in "Captain Marvel: The Winter Soldier" (2014).

PHASE FOUR - From WeGotItCovered:  Rumors say Marvel Studios is set to announce a movie based on the "Eternals" comic book characters created by Jack Kirby.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From CinemaBlend:  Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson from "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD) arrives on the set of "Captain Marvel" and sends a teasing Instagram.

AVENGERS - From YahooVariety:  Fandango tracker record-setting pace for ticket pre-sales on "Avengers: Infinity War."

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooNewsweek:  "Black Panther" will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray, and "Steel Book" editions May 15th with snazzy extras.

AVENGERS - From CBR:  Even the cast has not seen "Avengers: Infinity War."

BLACK PANTHER - From YahooTheWrap:  There is a "Black Panther" toy shortage.

AVENGERS - From Variety:  Marvel release an intense new teaser trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War," entitled "The Chant."  Yibambe!

BLACK PANTHER - From THR:  Marvel's "Black Panther" is the #3 top-grossing film in North American box office (not adjusted for inflation).

MARVEL STUDIOS - From BleedingCool:  Marvel Studios Production Chief Victoria Alonzo talks social change and #TimesUp.

BLACK PANTHER - From Variety:  When Marvel's "Black Panther" (via Disney's Middle East distribution partner, Italia Film) makes its debut in Saudi Arabia on April 18th, it will be first screening of a film since movie theaters were banned in the kingdom in the early 1980s.

AVENGERS - From Variety:  "Avengers: Infinity War" on Track for Massive $200 Million Opening

AVENGERS - From YahooEntertainment: Marvel unleashes 22 poster images for "Avengers: Infinity War."

BLACK PANTHER - From Mashable:  "Black Panther" has passed "Jurassic World" in all-time U.S. box office.  Next up is "Titanic."

DOCTOR STRANGE - From CinemaBlend:  If "Doctor Strange" writer C. Robert Cargill gets to write a sequel to the film, he wants Nightmare to the be the villain.

BLACK PANTHER - From Forbes:  "Black Panther" just set another box office milestone.

CAPTAIN MARVEL - From WeGotThisCovered:  Brie Larson reports for duty as "Captain Marvel" begins filming.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP:  From WeGotThisCovered:  Marvel Studios begins promo "100 Days" campaign for its upcoming film, "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

BLACK PANTHER:  From TheFederalist:  What The Success Of ‘Black Panther’ Says About The American People

BLACK PANTHER:  From SlashFilm:  Marvel's "Black Panther" is now the highest grossing superhero movie ever in the United States with a domestic take of $624 million.

AVENGERS - From ThePlaylist:  Chris Evans says that he is done with Marvel Studios after "Avengers 4."

AVENGERS:  From NerdlyUK:  Disney Channels UK and Ireland launch "Marvel Avengers" channel.

BLACK PANTHER - From CNET:  "Black Panther" beats "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" as most-tweeted-about movie of all time.

BLACK PANTHER - From Forbes:  Why "Black Panther" should terrify every Hollywood studio.

AVENGERS - From WeGotThisCovered:  "Avengers: Infinity War" will apparently have a running time of 156 minutes (2 hours, 36 minutes).

AVENGERS - From YahooEntertainment:  Final riveting "Avengers: Infinity War" trailer debuts.

AVENGERS - From YahooTheWrap:  Who is that guy torturing Doctor Strange in new "Avengers: Infinity War" trailer?

BLACK PANTHER - From Truthout:  Wakanda in Schools: The "Black Panther" Curriculum Makes Its Debut

X-MEN - From WeGotThisCovered:  If the X-Men do make it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (via the Disney's planned acquisition of Fox), British actor, Tom Payne, "Paul 'Jesus' Rovia" of "The Walking Dead," want to play Wolverine.

LUKE CAGE - From Variety:  Marvel/Netflix's "Luke Cage" Season 2 debuts June 22, 2018.

MCU - From WeGotThisCovered:  Beyond Black Panther: 8 Black Marvel Heroes Who Should Join The MCU Next

TRAILERS/VIDEO:

From YouTube:  Watch the recent "Cloak and Dagger" promo trailer, "Powers."  The TV series, based on the Marvel Comics title, debuts on Freeform, June 7th.

From TheVerge:  Watch the first trailer for season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage


"Solo: A Star Wars Story" Link-o-Rama by Negromancer - Update #27

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

From YouTube:  The official trailer for "Solo:A Star Wars Story."

From YouTube:  The first official teaser from "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

From YahooEntertainment:  The "Solo" Super Bowl LII TV spot

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From YahooEntertainment:  Director Ron Howard offers proof that his brother, Clint Howard, is in "Solo."

From WeGotThisCovered:  Ron Howard says that test audiences love "Solo."

From CinemaBlend:  A Rogue One Character Has Been Spotted In The Latest Solo Trailer

From Variety:  "Solo" will premiere in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

From YahooVulture: An unnamed actor talks to Vulture about the trouble production of "Solo," including the problems the film's original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, had.

From CinemaBlend:  The fired directors of "Solo," Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will be credited as "executive producers.'

From WeGotThisCovered:  Has the villain of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" been revealed?

From BleedingCool:  See the new international poster for "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

From StarWars:  "Solo: A Star Wars Story" Books and Comics Revealed

From EW:  Here's how a galaxy of new books will connect to Solo: A Star Wars Story

From WeGotThisCovered:  A "Solo" news blowout.

From SlashFilm:  Actor and director Jon Favreau will provide the voice for an "important alien" in "Solo."

From Vulture:  Why do some Star Wars fans want "Solo" to flop.

From TheWrap:  George Lucas stopped by the "Solo" set and ended up directing a scene.

From WeGotThisCovered:  Ron Howard speaks about why he took the gig directing the troubled production now known as "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

From WeGotThisCovered:  The "Solo" may make some kind of appearance during the Super Bowl...

From Collider:  The first "Solo" trailer will debut next week during ABC's morning news show, "Good Morning America."

From BleedingCool:  We may get a "Solo" trailer during this Sunday's Super Bowl LII (52).

From THR:  "Solo" seems to be the most under wraps Star Wars movie yet.

From StarWars:  The official synopsis for "Solo" has been posted at the Star Wars webstie.

From WeGotThisCovered:  The first teaser trailer for "Solo" is rumored to arrive Friday, Jan. 12th, 2018 during ABC's "Good Morning America."

From WeGotThisCovered:  "Solo" Lego toy sets revealed.

From EW:  Entertainment Weekly has all the photos director Ron Howard posted from the set of "Solo."

From DigitalSpy:  Christian Bale says he was in talks to appear in "Solo" as a mentor character to Han Solo back when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were still the film's directors.

From io9:  John Williams will compose the theme for "Solo."  Williams has composed the musical score for all eight mainline "Star Wars" films.  John Powell will write the rest the score for "Solo."

From BleedingCool:  There is a rumor that Disney is prepared for its young Han Solo movie, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," to bomb.

NatGeo Announces "Valley of the Boom" Miniseries

Emmy Award Winner Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”), Steve Zahn (“War for the Planet of the Apes”) and Lamorne Morris (“Game Night”) to Star in National Geographic’s Valley of the Boom, Six-Part Limited Series Set in ’90s Tech Bubble from STXtv

John Karna (“Lady Bird,” MTV’s “Scream”), Oliver Cooper (“Red Oaks,” “Project X,” “Californication”) and Dakota Shapiro (“The Affair”) to Round out Ensemble Cast

From Showrunner/Director Matthew Carnahan and Executive Producer Arianna Huffington Valley of the Boom Begins Filming March 26 in Vancouver

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Geographic taps two-time Emmy award-winning actor Bradley Whitford (“Get Out,” “The Post,” “The West Wing”), Steve Zahn (“War of the Planet of the Apes,” ABC’s “The Crossing”) and Lamorne Morris (“Game Night,” “New Girl”) to star in six-part limited series, Valley of the Boom. From STXtv, the television division of Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment, along with creator, showrunner, director and executive producer Matthew Carnahan (Showtime’s “House of Lies”) and executive producer Arianna Huffington, Valley of the Boom began filming March 26, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.

Silicon Valley spawned some of the world’s most influential people and recognizable brands during the 1990s tech bubble. Valley of the Boom pulls back the curtain and introduces the audience to the real stories of these founders’ friendships, rivalries, victories and failures. Told with unparalleled access to the most groundbreaking and prominent figures in the tech world, the six-part limited series will follow the stories that made the history of the era.

“Silicon Valley was and is a strange place; a Hollywood for geniuses,” said Carnahan. “The dotcom boom of the ’90s opened the floodgates for not just the amazing makers, but also Wall Street, mass media and a collection of fascinating charlatans. I’m thrilled to have Bradley, Steve, Lamorne and this stellar cast lined up, especially because all of them are disruptors in their own way, just like the real people they’re portraying.”

Rounding out the ensemble cast is John Karna (“Lady Bird,” MTV’s “Scream”), who will play Marc Andreesen, a computer engineer who co-created Mosaic, the first internet browser. Dakota Shapiro (“The Affair”) and Oliver Cooper (“Red Oaks, “Project X”) play Ivy League undergraduates who launched theglobe.com, one of the very first social networking sites, out of their dorm room.

“Valley of the Boom tells the surprising, provocative and inspiring stories of Silicon Valley’s early pioneers,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president global scripted development and production for National Geographic. “Matthew and his team have figured out an organic and dynamic way to interweave interviews with real-life Silicon Valley icons to amplify and enhance the authenticity and unpredictability of this fascinating true story.”

“Matthew has written an original and riveting series with Valley of the Boom, in an incredibly unique format that is sure to keep audiences engaged and on the edge of their seats,” said Jada Miranda, EVP and head of scripted television at STXtv. “We’re honored to bring these powerful stories to screen with National Geographic, and could not have asked for a better cast to help introduce this unbelievable time in American history to audiences across the globe.”

The series will air in early 2019 on National Geographic in 172 countries and 43 languages. STX will distribute the series in China, continuing the company’s strategy to bridge the U.S. and Chinese markets.

Valley of the Boom is produced by STX Entertainment’s TV studio, STXtv, for National Geographic along with creator, showrunner, director and executive producer Carnahan (Showtime’s “House of Lies”) at the helm and executive producer Huffington (founder of The Huffington Post, founder and CEO of Thrive Global and the author of 15 books, including “Thrive” and “The Sleep Revolution”).

Carnahan and Huffington are joined by fellow executive producers Jason Goldberg (E!’s “The Platinum Life,” MTV’s “Punk’d”), Brant Pinvidic (Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue”), David Walpert (“House of Lies,” “New Girl”) and co-executive producers David Newsom, who will lead the nonscripted unit of the production, and Gary Goldman. Joel Ehninger of Matthew Carnahan Circus Products boards as co-executive producer. For National Geographic, Bernstein is executive vice president global scripted development and production, and for STXtv Jada Miranda is EVP and head of scripted television, responsible for development and oversight of all of STXtv’s scripted projects.

For more information, visit www.natgeotvpressroom.com, or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.


About National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About STXtv
STXtv is a division of STX Entertainment, a global next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content. It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises.

The company is led by accomplished businessman Robert Simonds and was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, managing partner of the leading global private investment firm TPG. Other investors include Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia’s largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings, China’s leading provider of online products and services; Liberty Global, the world's largest international television and broadband company; Dominic Ng, chairman of East West Bank; DNS Capital (representing the business interests of Gigi Pritzker and her immediate family); and Beau Wrigley, former chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others. With these strategic relationships, the company is uniquely positioned to maximize the impact of content worldwide, with direct passage into the China market.

For more information, please visit https://www.stxentertainment.com/.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from April 15th to 21st, 2018 - Update #21

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MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  Universal planning a new movie based on the videogame, "Doom."  There was a 2005 "Doom" film that under performed at the box office.

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SCANDAL - From THR:  The actress Allison Mack in an alleged cult sex trafficking case.  A story that has been roiled for months, Mack is accused of recruiting women for the leader of the NIXVM cult.  The 35-year-old Mack is best known as an actress for her role as "Chloe Sullivan" on The WB's "Smallville."

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MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  Director Ridley Scott talks about "Alien," H.R. Giger, and "Thelma & Louise."

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MUSIC - From CBSNews:  The late music legend Prince may have thought he was taking "Vicodin" when he took the "fentanyl" that killed him.

From TheGuardian:  The secrets of Prince's hit "Nothing Compares 2 U," and no, he did not like Sinead O'Connor's version.

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MOVIES - From THR:  F. Gary Gray (a seriously underrated director) is set to direct a film based on Hasbro's toy line, "M.A.S.K."

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CULTURE - From NYTimes:  Myles E. Johnson drops revelations in this Times op-ed, "Beyonce and the End of Respectability Politics."

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Vin Diesel's One Race Films and H Collective have acquired the rights to the "xXx" film franchise Revolution Studios and plan a fourth film.  Revolution will retain ownership of the first three films in the franchise.

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BOOKS - From CNET:  August 30th, HarperCollins will publish "The Fall of Gondolin," an unpublished book by J.R.R. Tolkien, the later of author "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."

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AWARDS - From NPR:  The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes in "Journalism" and "Letters, Drama and Music" have been announced.  Kendrick Lamar becomes the first non-classical or jazz artist to win a Pulitzer for music when he received the award for his 2017 LP, "DAMN."

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  John Oliver's HBO show bought Russell Crowe's leather jockstrap that was used in the film, "Cinderella Man."

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 4/13 to 4/15/2018 weekend box office is "Rampage" with an estimated take of $34.5 million.

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MUSIC - From YahooEntertainment:  The heirs to the estate of the late musician Prince are still squabbling over his estate and have received no money to date.

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MUSIC - From IndependentUK:  Beyonce makes history as the first Black woman to headline the Coachella music festival.

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TELEVISION - From THR:  Who's who and what's what as Season 4 of "Fear the Walking Dead" begins.

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MOVIES - From YahooEntertainment:  William H. Macy talks about his most memorable roles.

OBITS:

From Variety:  The actor Verne Troyer has died at the age of 49, Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Troyer is best known for playing the character "Mini-Me" in two "Austin Powers" films.  At the height of 2 feet 8 inches, Troyer was one of the shortest men in the world.

From Variety:  Recording artist, DJ, and music producer, Tim Bergling, has died at the age of 28, Friday, April 20, 2018.  Best known as "Avicii," he was one of the most successful electronic dance music (EDM) artists of all times.  His hits included "Levels" and "Wake Me Up."  He produced and remixed music for Daft Punk, Madonna, and Coldplay.

From WWE:  Professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino has died at the age of 82, Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  Born in Italy, he became a professional wrestler in 1959 and was best known for his work with the WWWF, now known as the WWE.

From ABC:  Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92, Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  She was the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, and mother of the 43rd President, George Walker Bush.  Mrs. Bush was also the mother of the 43rd Governor of the State of Florida, John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, Sr.

From Deadline:  The actor and magician, Harry Anderson, has died at the age of 65, Monday, April 16, 2018.  Anderson was best known for his starring role in the long-running NBC sitcom, "Night Court" (1984 to 1992 - 9 seasons).  He later starred in the CBS sitcom, "Dave's World" (1993 to 1997 - 4 seasons).

From THR:  U.S. Marine,Vietnam veteran, and actor, R. Lee Ermey, has died at the age of 74, Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Ermey may be best remembered for his role as "Gunnery Sergeant Hartman" in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film, "Full Metal Jacket."  Kubrick allowed Ermey to improvise his performance, which Kubrick rarely did.  He was also a voice performer in Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story" films.

From Variety:  Italian film director, Vittorio Taviani, has died at the age of 88, Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Vittorio and his brother, Paolo (who is still living), directed their films together.  The brothers won the Cannes Film Festival's "Palme d'Or" in 1977 for the film, "Padre padrone."


A "Star Wars" Link-o-Rama 2018 by Negromancer - Update #23

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

CARRIE FISHER - From SideshowToys: Todd Fisher talks about his late sister, Carrie, and late mother, Debbie, in this video interview.

EPISODE IX - From YahooMoviesUK: Lucasfilm has hired Victoria Mahoney as J.J. Abrams' second unit director on "Star Wars Episode 9."  She is the first black woman to work as a director on a Star Wars film.

FRANCHISE - From BleedingCool:  Rian Johnson says the "Star Wars" franchise needs directors who are not white guys.

EPISODE 9 - From EmpireOnline:  At "AwesomeCon 2018 (in Washington DC), John Boyega dropped some info saying that Finn and Rey would be reunited after spending "The Last Jedi" separated for almost the entire film.

FRANCHISE - From YahooDigitalSpy:  Not even Steven Spielberg could get the rights to use 'Star Wars' in 'Ready Player One'

CELEBRITY - From LATimes:  Mark Hamill gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

From Variety:  Harrison Ford remembers Carrie Fisher at the ceremony for Mark Hamill's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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STREAMING - From StarWars.com:  Jon Favreau to Executive Produce and Write Live-Action Star Wars Series

From YahooEntertainment:  Jon Favreau hired for 'Star Wars' series: Why fans have mixed feelings
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COMIC BOOKS - From StarWars:  How Dark Empire Kickstarted Star Wars Comics for a New Generation

TELEVISION - From CinemaBlend:  Could "Star Wars Resistance" be the next "Star Wars" animated or first live-action TV series?

FRANCHISE - From PopSugar:  All the Details We Have on the Upcoming Star Wars Films

EPISODE IX - From BleedingCool:  J.J. Abrams says he has a script for "Star Wars: Episode 9," and a start date for production.

THE FORCE AWAKEN - From DenofGeek:  New tidbits about "The Force Awakens," including an earlier different title for the film.

A NEW HOPE - From Oscars.org:   Myth-making: STAR WARS and the Art of Advertising

NEW FILMS - From Movieweb:  Will there be two "Star Wars" per year?

NEW FILMS - From StarWars:  "Game of Thones" creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.  These films will be separate from the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently announced Rian Johnson trilogy.

CHARACTERS - From CinemaBlend:  More "Expanded Universe" characters may soon become canon, as "Grand Admiral Thrawn."

CARRIE FISHER - From USMagazine:  Carrie Fisher posthumously won the Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Word Album" at the 60th Grammy Awards for the audio version of her 2016 memoir, "The Princess Diarist."

OBI-WAN - From YahooEntertainment:  After winning a Golden Globe for his performance in the FX (mini) series, "Fargo," Ewan McGregor was backstage to speak with the press and got grilled about playing Obi-Wan Kenobi.

EPISODE 9 - From YahooEntertainment:  How 'Star Wars: Episode IX' can give Princess Leia the ending she deserves

FRANCHISE - From TheNewYorker:  A Field Guide to the Musical Leitmotifs of “Star Wars”

ORIGINAL TRILOGY - From DenofGeek:  The secrecy of the Star Wars films apparently drove a wedge between Darth Vader actor, David Prowse, and Lucasfilm.

NEW TRILOGY - From TheScotsman:  The new Star Wars trilogy, to be created by Rian Johnson, is set to begin filming Summer 2018 in Scotland... according to this website.