Last Jedi Novel Explains Movie’s Timeline More Clear


The events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi are a mixture of Rey’s training with Luke on Ahch-To and the First Order’s pursuit of the Resistance’s fleet, with a short jaunt to Canto Bight added in for good measure (or bad measure, opinions on the subplot do vary). And while the merits of these plots have certainly received their fair share of criticism, it’s the timeline of events which often comes under the most scrutiny.

The Last Jedi’s timeline seemingly suggests that the film’s story takes place over a couple days, but when considering just how much happens in the film, this seems like too little time for such a massive story. The confusion stems from the fact that the film provides a clearly defined timeline for some plots while keeping others more vague. For example, the fleeing Resistance ships are said to have only 18 hours of fuel remaining by the time Finn and Rose leave for Canto Bight, and when they return, only six hours remain; this clocks the Canto Bight adventure in at 12 hours. Meanwhile, these scenes are inter-cut with Luke’s training of Rey, creating an assumption that the two plots are happening over roughly the same amount of time – a ludicrous suggestion given just how much happens on Ahch-To.

The Last Jedi is certainly not the first film (or even the first Star Wars film) to fudge with its timeline for the sake of building tension or combining characters’ arcs for a bigger climax, but with the film already coming under fire from fans, picking apart the improbability of The Last Jedi‘s timeline becomes an easy target. However, though the film may have done a poor job at communicating the actual length of time for each of its plots, The Last Jedi novelization clears up this confusion by providing more detail about the story’s sequence of events.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hidden Music-Only Version


Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available digitally in the U.S. as of today, and writer/director Rian Johnson used the occasion as an opportunity to reveal a previously unannounced hidden feature: a music-only version of the movie.

To be specific, when Johnson refers to a “music only cut” of The Last Jedi, he’s not talking about John Williams’ original score by itself. He means the visuals plus the music — and nothing else.

“This is the full movie, but with no dialogue, [sound effects] or backgrounds… just John’s score,” Johnson said on Twitter. “I really wanted to put this out, it’s really something to see John’s music play with the movie, like a silent film.”

The Last Jedi comes with a long list of bonus features, including a feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary about Johnson called The Director and the Jedi. But this unique cut of the movie is “my favorite” of all the special features, he said.

The music-only version of The Last Jedi is available to anybody who owns a digital copy of the film. (Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray copies of the movie, which will be released March 27 in the U.S., come with a code that can be redeemed for a digital version.) Johnson noted that people will have to jump through one hoop to get it: the Movies Anywhere app.

Customers must link the app, which aggregates virtual movie collections from across four sellers — Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu — to their account for the service on which they purchased (or redeemed) their copy of The Last Jedi.

“Kinda a pain I know, but I think it’s worth it to get this version,” said Johnson.

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Andy Serkis Brings Snoke To Life In Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Pay some attention to the man behind the curtain.

As part of the digital and Blu-ray debut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, EW presents this clip of Andy Serkis as Snoke, with the computer-generated mask of the battle-scarred First Order ruler removed.

Instead of the towering alien humanoid in a golden robe, we see Serkis in his black performance-capture gear, face speckled with dots so that his halo of cameras can record every subtle expression.

The man behind The Lord of the Rings’ Gollum, Planet of the Apes’ Caesar, and the director of the upcoming Jungle Book adaptation Mowgli (debuting in October), walked us through what we’re seeing now that the veil of Snoke is stripped away.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What surprises people when they see you as you, performing a motion capture character?
ANDY SERKIS: I think a lot of people think that you have to almost pantomime the performance or heighten it in some way. What’s illustrated is, in fact, the opposite. And it would be the same if you were playing Caesar or Gollum for that matter, or any character. You don’t exaggerate facial expressions. You’re not pushing through any false artifact.

As opposed to prosthetics?
It’s the opposite of something like the original Planet of the Apes. They had layers of prosthetic makeup on their face that they had to fight through. I can remember seeing a documentary that Kim Hunter was explaining how she literally had to keep her face moving at all times just to create some sense of life in the character.

Tell me about finding the emotions and physicality of this creature.
I’ve always approached him as someone who is obviously in a position of supreme power, but actually, there is a level of vulnerability about the character. The way that his face is caved in, he has those deep scarifications. His skull’s almost been crushed.

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Daisy Ridley In New Behind the Scenes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Footage


Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available digitally March 13, and only E! News has an exclusive first look at Daisy Ridley taking fans behind the scenes of the $1.3 billion blockbuster.

In never-before-seen footage, Rey (Ridley) harnesses the Force on the deserted island of Ahch-To, where she struggles to find the balance between the Dark and the Light. “Something inside me has always been there,” she says, “and now it’s awake.” Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) offers little help, due to his issues with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), leaving Rey to her own devices.

As Ridley explains in one of the bonus features (available on Blu-ray March 27), “She doesn’t see herself as this thing. People talk about her potential and all this stuff, and she says, you know, ‘I’m scared about what I’m feeling.’ What I’ve always loved about her is that she tries to see the good in things and she’s hopeful, and she hopes that what she thinks is there is there.” Watch the clip to see what writer/director Rian Johnson has to say about Rey’s internal conflict.

The Blu-ray and digital release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi features over two hours of bonus footage—including a feature-length documentary called The Director and the Jedi, which promises an “intimate and personal journey” that follows Johnson during the film’s production.

The releases also feature 14 deleted scenes, with optional commentary from Johnson.

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The Last Jedi Comes Home: 3/13 Digital and 3/27 Everywhere Else!


The latest film in the Star Wars saga is coming home. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive, it was announced today, on Digital (in HD and 4K Ultra HD) and via Movies Anywhere on March 13, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and On-Demand on March 27. And along with the number one movie of 2017 comes a galaxy of bonus features, including The Director and the Jedi — an intimate journey into the creation of Star WarsThe Last Jedi with writer-director Rian Johnson — as well as an audio commentary and much more. The full list includes*:

  • The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
  • Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
  • Scene Breakdowns
    • Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
    • Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
    • Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
  • Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
  • Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
  • Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Sound Designers Explain The Big Silent Moment


The ninth installment of Hollywood’s most successful space saga features one of its most unusual and compelling moments when “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson tries something that none of the previous films attempted: silence.

For the film’s release, some movie theaters even posted signs warning audiences that approximately one hour and 52 minutes into the movie, all sound stops for 10 seconds and to not be alarmed, as the effect is intentional.

“When we heard about this, we got a big kick out of it,” says sound designer Ren Klyce, who served as a co-sound supervisor alongside supervising sound editor Matthew Wood, with both collecting a recent Oscar nomination for sound editing. Klyce also shares an Oscar nom on the film for sound mixing with Stuart Wilson, David Parker and Michael Semanick.

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Domhnall Gleeson Clarifies Rian Johnson Wrote Hux’s Big ‘The Last Jedi’ Moment


Actors can’t always anticipate how their comments will be interpreted during press interviews in support of a film, as evidenced by The Last Jedi’s Domhnall Gleeson wanting to clarify recent remarks. The actor gave the impression that he had created a moment for his character Hux in the film, yet wanted to assure fans that the moment was, in fact, crafted by writer/director Rian Johnson.

“It’s funny, Kevin Smith was asking me that yesterday. And it was funny, I was saying that was something I talked to Rian about, that we added in to the thing,” Gleeson clarified to Uproxx. “And I realized it sounded like I was saying it was my idea, like that actor who’s always like, ‘That was all me.’ Rian wrote that, but after we’d had a conversation about making the change.”

The moment in question saw Hux enter Snoke’s throne room after Kylo confronted his master, with Hux drawing the conclusion that Kylo was an even bigger threat than he imagined. Instinctively, Hux goes for his blaster, only to remember that the weapon would be virtually useless against the Sith.

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Rian Johnson Explains One Of Luke’s Skywalker’s Big Scenes


If you’re really into picking into the nitty gritty details of Star Wars – as many fans are – then you may have noticed this anomaly in The Last Jedi.

At the end of the movie, we sadly had to say goodbye to Luke Skywalker as he became one with the Force and faded into the air.

That was because he used all his Force energy to create a projection of himself on Crait to distract Kylo Ren and the First Order while our heroes escaped.

However, as we see Luke disappear from his perch on Ahch-To and his cloak fall, one artificial aspect we don’t see fall to the ground is his fake hand.

Surely it didn’t transition to the afterlife with his body given that it’s made of metal?

Well, that question was posed to star Mark Hamill, who seemed to be just as confused as everyone else.

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