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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rian Johnson Will Helm His Own STAR WARS Trilogy!

Rian Johnson directs the late Carrie Fisher on the set of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

Even though The Last Jedi is still 35 days away from hitting theaters nationwide (on December 15), Disney is apparently so impressed with Rian Johnson's upcoming installment in the Star Wars saga that he will be handed his own trilogy to produce! Johnson is set to write and direct the first film in the trifecta...which will not come to fruition until after Episode IX arrives in cinemas on December 20, 2019. Not only is Lucasfilm planning another trilogy—which will not deal with the Skywalker story but instead focus on a new group of characters in another corner of the galaxy—but a live-action TV show will debut on Disney's planned streaming service (which should come online in 2019) as well.

It's clearly obvious that Rian Johnson and J.J. Abrams are the two directors who have Disney's vote of confidence to continue delving with the Force on the big screen. I wouldn't be surprised if Abrams gets to direct one of the two remaining installments (after he works on Episode IX) in the Johnson trilogy! But with a new trio of Star Wars movies officially on Disney's development slate, this gives other talented directors like Joss Whedon, Patty Jenkins, Kathryn Bigelow, Christopher Nolan and even newcomer Taika Waititi (who helmed the wonderfully hilarious and action-packed Thor: Ragnarok) a chance to venture into that galaxy far, far away. Since this trilogy will not be focusing on the Skywalker saga, and presumably classic characters like Chewbacca and new ones like Rey and Kylo Ren, the pressure is off in terms of trying to continue the long-running story that started with A New Hope in 1977. But we'll see. The opportunities are numerous in terms of where the Star Wars saga is headed with a skilled filmmaker like Rian Johnson taking the reins! Happy Thursday.

Oh, and check out this TV spot for The Last Jedi:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Artwork of the Day: Rey the Jedi...

My drawing of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her new look in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

Just thought I'd start this month off by sharing this artwork I drew of Rey (Daisy Ridley) in her new look for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The title of this blog entry is "Rey the Jedi," but we'll see if she actually ends the movie fighting for the Light Side of the Force...or if she'll do what Luke was able to avoid with Darth Vader in the Original Trilogy and join forces with Kylo Ren and the Dark Side. Hmm. I can't believe The Last Jedi hits theaters nationwide next month (on December 15)!

Work-in-progress photos of my Rey drawing.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Artwork of the Day #3: Pennywise and His 'Kill Teeth'...

My drawing of Pennywise with his 'kill teeth' (and Georgie's raincoat) shown.

As mentioned in this previous entry, here is a drawing of Pennywise showing his "kill teeth"...which he used to lethal effect (obviously) in the hit movie It. The Dancing Clown is also holding Georgie's raincoat (but not his paper boat) in this pic, while lurking in his hellish lair that we saw towards the end of the film. Shown below is the work-in-progress photos of this artwork as well as the illustration that's featured in the post linked to at the beginning of this entry. Happy Monday!

Work-in-progress photos of my Pennywise-with-'kill teeth' drawing.

Work-in-progress photos of my original Pennywise drawing.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Artwork of the Day #2: The Last Jedi's Elite Praetorian Guard...

My drawing of an Elite Praetorian Guard from STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

Just thought I'd share this drawing—plus its work-in-progress photos—of the Elite Praetorian Guard from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I can't wait to see this First Order sentinel in action when Episode VIII hits theaters nationwide on December 15. Though hopefully, unlike the Imperial Guard that preceded it in Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith, respectively, we'll see this red-clad sentry in a cool fighting scene. Those two Red Guards who get knocked down by Yoda before he confronts Darth Sidious in Revenge of the Sith does not count as seeing action! Happy Thursday, again.

Work-in-progress photos of my Elite Praetorian Guard drawing.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Artwork of the Day: It's Pennywise the Dancing Clown...

Just thought I'd share this drawing that I completed this morning of Pennywise from the hit movie It. I was trying to hold off on posting this artwork since I plan to draw another more sinister illustration of the Dancing Clown (it's all about those "kill teeth") and simultaneously share that along with this one, but I'm impatient as heck. I also plan to illustrate an Elite Praetorian Guard from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which should be really fun as well. Good ol' Crayola markers. Anyways, Happy Thursday!

My drawing of Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the hit movie IT.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY...

Director Ron Howard just announced this morning that next year's Han Solo spin-off flick will be titled Solo: A Star Wars Story. I'm down with it... It's brief and to the point. I preferred The Corellian: A Star Wars Story or Scuffy-Looking Nerf Herder: A Star Wars Story, but it's all good. At least the movie finally wrapped principal photography as of today, though I'm wondering when we'll see a teaser trailer for the film. Perhaps in front of Star Wars: The Last Jedi 58 days from now? Solo does get released to the world in about seven months, after all. It arrives in theaters nationwide on May 25, 2018—exactly 41 years after Star Wars: A New Hope opened to the public and made cinematic history. Carry on.

Director Ron Howard holds up a card announcing that the Han Solo spin-off film will be titled SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Marvel's BLACK PANTHER...

The theatrical poster for BLACK PANTHER.

Check out this awesome poster and the newest theatrical trailer for Marvel's Black Panther...out in theaters on February 16 of next year and once again featuring Chadwick Boseman as the armored catsuit-wearing superhero/King of Wakanda who kicked much ass in last year's Captain America: Civil War. I'd show screenshots of all of the amazing cast members who appear in this flick (such as Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis and Michael B. Jordan), but the Black Panther suit is so badass that I had to show the best shots of it (plus the one worn by Erik Killmonger, the villain played by Michael B. Jordan) from the preview. Happy Monday!

Chadwick Boseman returns as Wakanda's hero king T'Challa in BLACK PANTHER.

Two armored suits worn by T'Challa in BLACK PANTHER.

T'Challa is ready to embark on a mission in BLACK PANTHER.

The suit worn by Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) in BLACK PANTHER.

T'Challa is ready to fight in BLACK PANTHER.


Monday, October 9, 2017

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI... The Final Poster and Trailer Are Here!

The final theatrical poster for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

Just thought I'd share these images of the poster and final theatrical trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi...which were unveiled by Lucasfilm via social media and Monday Night Football on ESPN a few hours ago. These screenshots are only an inkling of the amazing visuals that will be presented in the eighth episode of the Skywalker saga—and don't do justice to the emotional moments featured in the 2-minutes, 34-seconds-long preview.

While piloting his sleek TIE Silencer, will Kylo Ren press the trigger and destroy the Resistance flagship that General Leia, his mother, is on? Will the raw power of the Force exhibited by Rey lead to her joining forces with Kylo at the end of the movie? Will the Battle of Crait (featuring AT-M6 AND classic AT-AT walkers) be as memorable as the Battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back? Will the Porg, the penguin-like creature riding shotgun with Chewbacca aboard the Millennium Falcon during the movie, be as adorable as BB-8 and not a blatant cash-grab like the Ewoks or a pitiful attempt at comic relief a la Jar Jar Binks? And lastly, will Supreme Leader Snoke successfully torture Rey into getting her to submit to the Dark Side? (As Luke Skywalker says in the trailer: "This is not going to go...the way you think.") We'll see on December 15.

Though I, personally, will see The Last Jedi during an advance screening on December 14! (7:00 PM at the local AMC Theatre, to be exact.) Anyways, check out the trailer below these screenshots. And I hope you had a Happy Monday!

A group of First Order AT-M6 and AT-AT walkers prepare to wage battle on the planet Crait in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) returns to unleash the Dark Side onto the galaxy in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

Rey (Daisy Ridley) wants to tap into the immense Force potential lurking within her in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) holds the lightsaber hilt that once belonged to his father in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

The TIE Silencer piloted by Kylo Ren attacks a Resistance flagship in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

A Porg rides shotgun with Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) aboard the Millennium Falcon in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) battles her former subordinate FN-2187 (John Boyega, off-screen) in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

While riding aboard Poe Dameron's (Oscar Isaac, off-screen) X-Wing fighter, BB-8 is zapped by electricity following a strafing run that was conducted on a First Order Star Destroyer in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

A group of First Order AT-M6 walkers, with Kylo Ren's shuttle and TIE Fighters flying overhead, wage battle on the planet Crait in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

Supreme Leader Snoke (voiced and motion captured by Andy Serkis) unleashes the Dark Side of the Force on Rey (off-screen) in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.
Rey levitates and screams in agony as Supreme Leader Snoke unleashes the Dark Side of the Force on her in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Photos of the Day: The New TOMB RAIDER Is Revealed...

The theatrical poster for 2018's TOMB RAIDER.

Just thought I'd share these new pics revealing Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in next year's Tomb Raider. The Oscar-winning actress (who appeared in such movies as Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, Jason Bourne and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) will officially fill in the shoes of fellow Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie—who played the pony-tailed, gun-toting adventurer over a decade ago—when the reboot debuts in theaters on March 16, 2018. Based on the poster above, Ms. Vikander looks like she's trying to give Linda Hamilton and Gal Gadot a run for their money by toning up as much as Hamilton did to portray Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Gadot as Wonder Woman, respectively. Much props to Vikander, her fellow actresses, and the ass-kicking heroines they played on the big screen!

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in 2018's TOMB RAIDER.

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in 2018's TOMB RAIDER.

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in 2018's TOMB RAIDER.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

J.J. Abrams Will Return to Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE IX!

J.J. Abrams directs Daisy Ridley (Rey) on the set of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS in 2014.

Earlier today, it was revealed by Lucasfilm that J.J. Abrams will return to the director's chair to helm 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX. Much like with The Force Awakens, which was originally slated for a May 2015 theatrical release but was pushed back to December of that year (at Abrams' request), Episode IX will now bow in theaters nationwide on December 20, 2019...the initial release date having been on May 24 of that year. Today's news comes exactly one week after the previous director, Colin Trevorrow of Jurassic World fame, was booted from the job by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy over creative differences.

In the Disney era of Star Wars, Abrams, The Last Jedi's Rian Johnson and Rogue One's Gareth Edwards seem to be the only ones who have a grasp on what makes a true and enjoyable Star Wars movie. (Ron Howard replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller as the director of the currently-untitled Han Solo spin-off flick.) Though in Johnson's case, he deserves much props since he is the sole screenwriter and director of The Last Jedi...and that film has avoided any post-production controversies as it marches on toward its theatrical release 93 days from now. Abrams, of course, co-wrote The Force Awakens with Lawrence Kasdan (with some notes by former Episode VII scribe Michael Arndt). And Tony Gilroy was largely credited for directing last year's reshoots that saw a considerable amount of footage for Rogue One re-shot.

Directing upheaval aside, I can't wait to see how J.J. Abrams will end the new Star Wars trilogy. Here's hoping it's as fun and successful (both commercially and critically) as Abrams' first Star Wars installment less than two years ago. And let's hope that there won't be another Starkiller Base or similar Death Star-type superweapon in Episode IX as well! I don't mind seeing these cool guys back on the big screen in 2019, though...despite the fact I've yet to see them in action in The Last Jedi. That is all.

Supreme Leader Snoke's elite Praetorian Guards will appear in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.