Rian Johnson Announces ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Totally Wrapped

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It’s a (final) wrap on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Director Rian Johnson announced on social media that postproduction has been completed on Episode VIII of the space saga. Even all of the special effects and sound design are done.

Aaaand that’s a wrap on the hardest working post production team in the galaxy. Going to miss sitting in dark rooms with these goobers.

A post shared by Rian Johnson (@riancjohnson) on Sep 21, 2017 at 7:19pm PDT

Filming took place from February to July 2016. Reshoots took place in June of this year, though they were reportedly nowhere near as extensive as the reshoots for “Rogue One.”

“The Last Jedi” has been an untroubled production, unlike several of the other “Star Wars” properties. “Rogue One” was essentially handed off to another director during reshoots, which incorporated major storyline changes.

And this summer, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy fired directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller during filming and replaced them with Ron Howard. Kennedy also fired “Episode IX” director Colin Trevorrow and replaced him with “Force Awakens” helmer J.J. Abrams.

That Johnson has locked the film with three months to spare is another sign that “Last Jedi’s” journey has been smooth. Even Abrams didn’t have a final cut of “Force Awakens” until a month before release.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in theaters December 15.

Comics on Film: Taking Another Crack at the X-Men’s Phoenix

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As the longest-running single superhero movie series in the modern era of the genre that’s gone without a full-on reboot, the X-Men film series is one of the strangest narrative beasts in current movie theaters. From 2000-2012, every X-Men movie released in that period of time shared a single continuity that, at times, didn’t seem like it concerned itself with much.

Next November, the series is set to make a return in the form of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, a film that acts as a direct sequel to the events of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The title likely holds a special meaning for comic book fans, signifying that the film will be taking a crack at the timeless and beloved story, “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” written by Chris Claremont…
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Pennywise Is Now Dancing to ‘Shake It Off’ and Doing the Macarena

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Besides terrifying children and dating the Babadook, evil “It” clown Pennywise also enjoys dancing, as it turns out.

A new twitter account features videos of the clown dancing to “Shake It Off,” Village People classic “YMCA,” and Outkast’s “Hey Ya.” And doing the Macarena.

Okay, it’s a just the same brief scene of Pennywise doing an ominous jig set to various songs, but it will still probably make you smile. The most apt is probably Marilyn Manson’s “Beautiful People,” but that’s just not as funny, is it?

The account even did a “Mambo No. 5” version after “It” author Stephen King joked that’s the song he wants to listen to for the rest of his life.

Shake It Off! pic.twitter.com/hp1VSTKxHv

— Pennywise Dancing (@Pennywise_Dance) September 21, 2017

The Macarena! pic.twitter.com/LZ4AOhRddi

— Pennywise Dancing (@Pennywise_Dance) September 21, 2017

YMCA #ITMovie pic.twitter.com/Q5bA1fJ8Qo

— Pennywise Dancing (@Pennywise_Dance) September 12, 2017

Well… #ITMovie pic.twitter.com/eq1oofJuq4

— Pennywise Dancing (@Pennywise_Dance) September 14, 2017
[Via EW]

Report: Lex Luthor Cut Out of ‘Justice League’ Entirely

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According to reports from people who’ve already seen “Justice League,” there’s no sign of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor.

CinemaBlend reports that one of the changes made when Joss Whedon took over from Zack Snyder was to cut Eisenberg’s divisive villain out completely. That’s great news for people who really, really hated his jittery interpretation of that character.

They also cite Batman News, who insist that “Justice League” will be Lex Luthor-free. While that hasn’t been officially confirmed, we haven’t seen Lex in any publicity for the film so far.

Batman News can confirm that the current cut of #JusticeLeague does NOT include Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor scenes pic.twitter.com/MvEp8O0EIt

— Batman-News.com (@BatmanNewsCom) September 20, 2017

“Justice League,” which may or may not be Ben Affleck’s last go-round as Batman, opens November 17.

[Via CinemaBlend]