New “Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker” Images Released in “Vanity Fair”

#VanityFair magazine was shared new images from the upcoming “#StarWars IX: #TheRiseOfSkywalker” movie, which include reveals of some of the film’s new characters.

J.J. Abrams, alongside Stunt Coordinator Eunice Huthart, directs the Knights of Ren; elite fearsome enforcers of Kylo Ren’s dark will.
Keri Russell as the masked scoundrel Zorri Bliss, seen in the Thieves’ Quarter of the snow-dusted world Kijimi.
First Order leaders General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and Allegiant General Pryde (Richard E. Grant) on the bridge of Kylo Ren’s destroyer.
Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Ridley, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and John Boyega (Finn) await the call to action for a chase scene.
Members of the crew shade and shine Daniels, the only cast member to appear in all nine of the Skywalker films, while BB-8 looks on.
Camera operator Colin Anderson readies a take for a chase sequence spotlighting the heroics of Chewbacca, BB-8, and Rey.
In a historic reunion, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) retakes the helm of the Millennium Falcon, joined by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Chewbacca, D-O, and BB-8. “He’s a survivor,” Williams says of Lando.
Jordanian locals play the Aki-Aki, natives of the planet Pasaana.
Mark Hamill, as Luke, with R2-D2. Speculation is rampant about who will “rise” as the Skywalker of the movie’s title—and how that choice will reflect the way the world has changed since Star Wars debuted in 1977.
Director J. J. Abrams sets up a shot of Daisy Ridley (Rey) in Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert, the setting for the planet Pasaana. In the desert, says Abrams, “there’s something about the way the sand interacts with the light.”



And the Next Batman Is… Robert Pattinson

#Variety is reporting that actor Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to play the titular role in Matt Reeves’ forthcoming superhero film #TheBatman, which is slated to hit theaters on June 25, 2021. While sources say it’s not yet a done deal, Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly.

Matt Reeves (the filmmaker behind the last two #PlanetOfTheApes sequels) assumed the directing duties from Ben Affleck for #Batman in January 2017. Ben Affleck and Warner Bros. began discussing the actor-director leaving the Caped Crusader behind following #JusticeLeague and allowing Reeves to pick his own actor to play Bruce Wayne. Reeves will produce “The Batman” with his “Planet of the Apes” collaborator Dylan Clark.

At 32, Pattinson would be the youngest actor to play Bruce Wayne / Batman. He formerly played Cedric Diggory in the fourth #HarryPotter film (“The Goblet of Fire”), as well as the heartthrob character of Edward Cullen in the #Twilight film series.

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson

Warner Brothers is hoping that the latest iteration of the DC icon will be done right following the box office disappointments of #BatmanVsSuperman and “Justice League.”

  • “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” earned $330-million domestically and $543-million internationally to garner a total box office of $874-million worldwide from a budget of $250-million.
  • “Justice League” faired worse, earning only $229-million domestically and $429-million internationally for a a total box office of $658-million worldwide. The film’s budget was not reported.


Farewell to “The Big Bang Theory”

From the time that the first episode of the TV sitcom #TheBigBangTheory first aired on Sept. 24, 2007, we were hooked. The main characters with all their quirks and their love of #SciFi & #Fantasy drew us in to watch every episode that aired, including the final episode that just aired this evening.

When it was first announced that the 12th season would be final season of “The Big Bang Theory”, admittedly, we weren’t happy; but at the same time, we know that every story eventually comes to an end. To their credit, the final episode did in no way disappoint. If anything, it only made saying goodbye to the these quirky characters a little more difficult.

So, we’d like to take a moment to thank Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady for creating this fantastic TV series. Next, we’d like to thank each of the main actors who brought these wonderful characters to life:

  • Johnny Galecki as Dr. Leonard Hofstadter
  • Jim Parsons as Dr. Sheldon Cooper
  • Kaley Cuoco as Penny Hofstadter
  • Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz
  • Kunal Nayyar as Raj Koothrappali
  • Melissa Rauch as Bernadette Rostenkowski Wolowitz
  • Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler Cooper

We’d also like to thank these actors for playing portraying these fantastic recurring characters:

  • Kevin Sussman as Stuart Bloom
  • Carol Ann Susi (1952-2014) as Debbie Wolowitz
  • John Ross Bowie as Barry Kripke
  • Laura Spencer as Emily Sweeney
  • Wil Weaton as Wil Weaton
  • Brian George as Dr. V.M. Koothrappali
  • Christine Baranski as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter
  • Laurie Metcalf as Mary Cooper

We also thank all of the other actors, the directors, producers, writers, and everyone else who brought this TV series to life.

Farewell from some very thankful fans.

The Big Bang Theory

“The Big Bang Theory” (2007 – 2019)


New Trailer for “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” Mobile Game

While no release date has yet been issued, a new trailer for the upcoming mobile game “#HarryPotter: Wizards Unite” has been released. The game is similar to the very popular “Pokémon Go” augmented reality (AR) mobile game and is, in fact, being developed by the same company, Niantic, along with Warner Brothers.

The game will be available on all iOS & Android devices soon.

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  • RIP Pua Magasiva

    #RIP: actor Pua Magasiva has died at the age of 38. He played Shane Clarke / Red Wind Ranger in “#PowerRangers Ninja Storm” & “Power Rangers #DinoThunder”; & more.

    Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. He is survived by his wife of over a year, Lizz Sadler, as well as a daughter from a previous marriage. May he rest in peace.

    Pua Magasiva

    Pua Magasiva (1980 – 2019)


    Disney Announces 3 New “Star Wars” Films; Reschedules “Avatar” Sequels & Other Films

    To seemingly not much fanfare on social media yesterday or today, #Disney announced that there will be 3 new #StarWars films to be released in 2022, 2024 & 2026. In the same announcement, Disney also said that the #Avatar film sequels are being pushed back 1 or more years each, as follows:

    • “Avatar 2”: from Dec. 18, 2020 to Dec. 17, 2021
    • “Avatar 3”: from Dec. 17, 2021 to Dec. 22, 2023
    • “Avatar 4”: from Dec. 20, 2024 to Dec. 19, 2025
    • “Avatar 5”: Dec. 17, 2027

    The reasoning for this move was to alternate between “Star Wars” sequels and “Avatar” sequels in the months of December to avoid having the franchises compete for box office receipts at the same time.

    The resulting combined schedule for the two franchises is as follows:

    • “Avatar 2”: Dec. 17, 2021
    • “Star Wars (10?)”: Dec. 16, 2022
    • “Avatar 3”: Dec. 22, 2023
    • “Star Wars (11?)”: Dec. 20, 2024
    • “Avatar 4”: Dec. 19, 2025
    • “Star Wars (12?)”: Dec. 18, 2026
    • “Avatar 5”: Dec. 17, 2027

    Disney’s announcement also included the rescheduling of large number of other films, including a number of films that Disney acquired with its purchase of Fox. Some of these films now no longer have scheduled release dates.

    • “The New Mutants” (Fox): from Aug. 2, 2019 to April 3, 2020
    • “Artemis Fowl” (Dis): from Aug. 9, 2019 to May 29, 2020
    • “Cruella” (Dis, previously “Untitled Disney Live Action”): Dec. 23, 2020
    • “Nimona” (Fox): from Feb. 14, 2020 to Mar. 5, 2021
    • “Gambit” (Fox): from Mar. 13, 2020 to removed from schedule.
    • “Untitled Fox Marvel” (Fox): from June 26, 2020 to removed from schedule.
    • “Untitled Fox Marvel” (Fox): from Oct. 2, 2020 to removed from schedule.
    • “Untitled Fox Marvel” (Fox): from Mar. 5, 2021 to removed from schedule.


    “Game of Thrones” & the Infamous Starbucks Coffee Cup

    Many fans of the hugely popular #HBO #fantasy series #GameOfThrones weren’t too happy during the airing of the 8th season’s episode 4 entitled “The Last of the Starks” on the evening of May 5, 2019 when what appeared to be a #Starbucks’ paper coffee cup with a plastic lid was on the table in front of the seated character Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) during a tavern scene:

    "Game of Thrones" Starbucks Coffee Cupq

    “Game of Thrones”, Season 8, Ep. 4: Highlighted Starbucks Coffee Cup

    How unhappy are fans with this particular episode of “Game of Thrones”? Well, on IMDb,  every episode (beginning from Season 1, Ep. 1) has a rating of at least an 8.0. Many of the episodes have ratings well above a 9.0. But, how did fans rate Season 8, Ep. 4, “The Last of the Starks”? A measly 6.9. This is the first episode on the 8-year history of the series to earn a rating not only below an 8.0 on, but also a rating below a 7.0.

    This episode also didn’t do well on RottenTomatoes, where it received a very low 57%. However, this isn’t actually the lowest rated episode on RottenTomatoes: that honor (or dishonor) goes to Season 5, Ep. 6. “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”, which has a very low 54% rating. But, similar to IMDb, nearly all of the other episodes have a high ratings on RottenTomatoes, typically over 90%.

    Now, while we can’t say for certain whether or not the infamous Starbucks coffee cup is the reason for the lower ratings for this particular episode, it is very likely a factor as it also made the national news and was laughed about quite a bit on late-night TV shows.

    From “Good Morning America”:

    From Jimmy Kimmel:

    From Stephen Colbert (the 2nd half of the video):


    “Avengers: Endgame” Makes Box Office History Earning $2.2-Billion

    “#Avengers: #Endgame” has earned another $282 million overseas this weekend, meaning that the #MCU (Marvel Comics) epic crossed the $2-billion mark on Saturday. The film also crossed the box office earnings of “Avengers: #InfinityWar” ($2.048 billion) and “#StarWars VII: #TheForceAwakens” ($2.068 billion).

    The film’s current overseas box office earnings of $1.569 billion is above both “Avengers: Infinity War” ($1.37 billion) and “Titanic” ($1.528 billion, counting the reissues) as the second-biggest overseas earner of all time. While it is still $458.5 million below the box office earnings of “#Avatar” ($2.0275 billion overseas), it has passed the $2.189 billion global gross of “Titanic” to become the second-biggest movie of all time.

    Avengers: Endgame