Star Wars: Mark Hamill Shares Fan-Made Original Trilogy Reunion Image

Mark Hamill shares a fan-made image reuniting the beloved characters of the Star Wars original trilogy, wondering what might have been if the old guard went on another adventure together. By the time The Force Awakens picked up 30 years after Return of the Jedi, the heroes of the Rebellion had all gone their separate ways. Following the emergence of the First Order and Ben Solo’s turn to the dark side, Luke Skywalker fled to Ahch-To to die in isolation, Han Solo returned to a career of smuggling around the galaxy, and Princess Leia led the Resistance. The trio never saw each other again, due to Kylo Ren murdering his father at the end of Force Awakens.

For the sequel trilogy, the filmmakers created a new generation of heroes and villains that would carry the Skywalker saga towards its conclusion, introducing audiences to characters like Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron. The old guard of the originals was still a part of the new films, but they were all relegated to supporting roles. There are many fans out there who wish the veterans got one last hurrah together, and Hamill certainly sympathizes with that viewpoint.

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On Twitter, Hamill posted a fan-made image of the older versions of Han, Luke, Leia, and Lando Calrissian flying in the Millennium Falcon as they look to accomplish another mission. In his post, Hamill used the hashtag #MissedOpportunities. Check it out in the space below:

In the past, Hamill’s been vocal about his wish to see the original trilogy characters reunite, and even pitched a few ideas to J.J. Abrams. As fun as it might have been to see the band back together, an argument can be made the sequel trilogy is better because that didn’t happen. Luke, Han, and Leia already had their story told, and Star Wars needed fresh blood in order to be viable again. Additionally, the lack of a reunion made Han’s death all the more tragic. He never got an opportunity to patch things up with his best friend after it all went south. The closest fans got to seeing the original big three again was Luke and Leia’s tearful meeting on Crait, where Solo’s lucky gold dice symbolized his presence. Han’s death still would have been impactful if he saw Luke again, but knowing the two’s relationship (probably) was fractured and would never be repaired really tugged at the heartstrings.

Though Hamill made headlines for saying he fundamentally disagreed with The Last Jedi (comments he later regretted making), people should not take this as any sort of serious criticism of the modern movies. On social media, Hamill is a renowned prankster and enjoys trolling his followers – especially Star Wars fans. In all likelihood, this is tapping into that side of his personality, though it will be interesting to see if this actually turns out to be a tease of sorts. With The Rise of Skywalker set to definitively end the saga, people have their fingers crossed for some kind of flashback involving the big three.

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2019-04-26 01:04:22

Chris Agar

HBO’s Deadwood: The Movie Trailer Promises a Most Violent Reunion

HBO’s Deadwood: The Movie trailer teases the many character reunions (and violence) to come in the film. It’s been over fifteen years since David Milch’s gritty, foul-mouthed western series premiered on the network, making stars out of then lesser-known actors like Timothy Olyphant and Kim Dickens in the process. While the TV show was a critical darling in its time – winning multiple Emmy awards and taking home a Golden Globe for Ian McShane’s performance as saloon owner Al Swearengen – its ratings were never all that massive and it ended up being cancelled after three seasons.

However, over the decade that followed, it was reported many times over that Milch was working on the script for a Deadwood movie that always seemed to be on the verge of securing a green-light. It finally succeeded in the summer of 2017 and entered production about a year and four months (or so) afterwards, with most of the original series’ cast reprising their roles. The big exception, of course, is Powers Boothe, who (sadly) passed away before he could return as Al’s rival Cy Tolliver in the film.

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After dropping some first-look images late last year, HBO began marketing Deadwood: The Movie in full near the beginning of 2019. The network has since released a teaser that confirmed the film’s May premiere date and offered at glimpse at the ten years’ older versions of characters like Al and Deadwood sheriff-turned U.S. marshal Seth Bullock (Olyphant). HBO has since unveiled a full-length trailer for the movie, as you can see in the space below.

Written by Milch and directed by Daniel Minahan (who worked on the original series), Deadwood: The Movie picks up with the show’s leads as they return to Deadwood to commemorate South Dakota’s newly-established statehood. The trailer highlight the many character reunions that take place along the way, including that between Bullock and his former lover Alma Ellsworth (Molly Parker), as well as Charlie Utter (Dayton Callie) and his old pal Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert). On the not so happy end of the spectrum, though, we have George Hearst (Gerald McRaney) – who, in keeping with his power hungry nature (and real-life history), is now a state senator whose return to Deadwood bodes poorly for people like Al and Trixie (Paula Malcomson). After all, lest we forget, Trixie did shoot and try to kill him, before Al covered for her.

Judging by the trailer, the Deadwood movie has the makings of an enjoyable, if potentially heart-breaking reunion with the original show’s characters, including supporting players like Doc Cochran (Brad Dourif), Dan Dority (W. Earl Brown), Sol Star (John Hawkes), and Dickens back as Joanie Stubbs. Unfortunately, it comes with a tinge of melancholy, in light of this week’s news that Milch has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The writer-producer intends to keep working for the foreseeable future, though, and we’re glad to have him around while we do.

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Deadwood: The Movie premieres Friday, May 31 on HBO.

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2019-04-25 12:04:35

Sandy Schaefer

Game of Thrones: Every Character Reunion in The Season 8 Premiere

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for Game of Thrones season 8, episode 1.

Game of Thrones season 8’s premiere, “Winterfell” brings together much of the HBO series’ huge cast, reuniting characters who have been apart from one another for years. Everyone is gathering at the northern castle ahead of the upcoming battle against the Night King and his army of the dead, which – depending on how that battle unfolds – may turn a few of these reunions into goodbyes.

Game of Thrones season 8 is the final season of HBO’s epic fantasy series, wrapping up its sprawling story in just six weeks time. The forthcoming Battle of Winterfell is the largest battle ever filmed for the series, befitting the heightened stakes of a fight against death itself. Those high stakes are likely to also translate into a high death toll, though, and at least a few major characters aren’t likely to survive. However, whether the heroes gathered at Winterfell defeat the White Walkers or not, there’s still Cersei to deal with – and her forces have just been bolstered by the arrival of The Golden Company.

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Yet, before the fighting really breaks out, the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere allows its characters a few moments of calm, providing ample opportunity for old friends to be reunited. The first of these reunions is that between Jon Snow and Bran Stark. It’s a touching scene as Jon embraces his brother, having previously said his goodbyes to a then still-unconscious Bran in season 1. Things take a turn for the weird, though, once Jon realizes Bran isn’t really Bran anymore but the Three-Eyed Raven. Still, Jon isn’t one to let a little mysticism ruin a family reunion.

The next major reunion between long-separated characters is that of Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister, and the former husband and wife share a short but not entirely unfriendly reunion. Though, what the scene best illustrates is the change in dynamics between the two. Sansa is now the one who keenly understands how to play the game while Tyrion is at a bit of loss, especially among the stubborn northern lords. Arya Stark and Jon Snow are the next to be reunited, embracing in the godswood after seeing each other for the first time since Game of Thrones‘ season 1 premiere. It’s easily the most heartwarming of all the many reunions in the season 8 premiere since Ayra and Jon are especially close, but even their reunion is laced with a little tension over Jon’s decision to bend the knee to Daenerys.

Theon and Yara Greyjoy are also reunited in the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere, with Theon coming to rescue his sister from their uncle Euron’s ship. The two siblings haven’t seen each other since Theon abandoned Yara following Euron’s attack on their fleet in season 6, but all appears forgiven (that is, once Yara headbutts Theon for leaving her in the first place). Back at Winterfell, another two reunions come in quick succession – Arya and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, followed by Arya and Gendry. The first is a terse exchange that hides the mutual respect the two former traveling companions actually share, while the second is a sweet, flirtatious exchange, potentially even hinting at a little romance later in the season.

The next two characters Game of Thrones season 8 reunites only met for the first time in season 7 – Samwell Tarly and Jorah Mormont – but their familiarity with one another is an interesting connection between two previously far flung characters. Of course, the reunion of Sam and Jorah is what leads Daenerys to reveal that she executed Sam’s father and brother – news that hopefully won’t create an awkward rift between him and Jorah, but definitely gives Sam a negative opinion of the dragon queen. More importantly, though, that meeting paves the way for another, much more anticipated reunion between Sam and Jon, two brothers-in-arms who have been apart since the Game of Thrones season 5 finale. In this scene, Sam shares with Jon the truth of his parentage, laying out how he is actually Aegon Targaryen and the true heir to the Iron Throne.

Before “Winterfell” wraps up there are two more reunions that occur. The first is a hilarious encounter between Tormund Giantsbane and Edd Tollet (“Stay back, he’s got blue eyes!“, “I’ve always had blue eyes!“) that brings together the wildling and Night’s Watchman for the first time since Game of Thrones season 6. However, it’s the final reunion of the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere that is most exciting – Jaime Lannister and Bran Stark. It’s a scene which perfectly mirrors the final moments of the Game of Thrones season 1 premiere where Jaime pushes Bran out the window, as the now older and wiser Bran waits for his “old friend” in Winterfell’s courtyard. Once he arrives, that look between Jaime and Bran is laced with so much meaning, reminding us how it is Game of Thrones first began as well as highlighting a few matters which will still need to be addressed before it’s all over.

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Game of Thrones season 8 continues Sunday, April 21 at 9:00pm on HBO.

2019-04-21 04:04:36

Sarah Moran

The Office Reunion Photo Brings the Dunder Mifflin Staff Back Together

A new reunion photo from the cast of the popular sitcom The Office brings the staff of Dunder Mifflin back together again. The American version of The Office made its debut on NBC in 2005 and ran for a total of nine seasons. The show was based on the British comedy of the same name created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Despite the US version of The Office running for several more years than the original show, many people claimed that the show had a big dip in quality in later seasons, especially after Steve Carell left the show near the end of season 7. That said, fans have been urging NBC to give The Office a revival, especially given the recent trend of rebooting and reviving popular TV shows. In December 2017, it was revealed that NBC was developing a revival for The Office for a late 2018 premiere, but that obviously didn’t end up happening. While many cast members like John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer have been open to returning for an Office revival, Carell has been hesitant about the idea. The cast of The Office even recently begged Carell to reboot the show during his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live, and now a reunion photo of the cast has surfaced online.

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Posting on her personal Instagram account, Angela Kinsey (she played Angela Martin on The Office) shared a photo of herself with several members of The Office cast, as well as the show’s creator Greg Daniels. While cast members Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, Brian Baumgartner, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nuñez, Rainn Wilson, Fischer, and Ed Helms are joined with Kinsey in this image, several other actors are missing. Notable cast members missing from the image include the show’s stars Carell and Krasinski, as well as Kate Flannery, B.J. Novak, and Mindy Kaling. Kinsey’s full post can be seen below.

While fans have been yearning for news about a potential revival of The Office, this isn’t the first time NBC has almost created another Office-related show. Back when the show was in the middle of the eighth season, NBC announced The Farm, a spin-off series revolving around Dwight Schrute and his life on his farm. NBC ended up passing on the show, but that hasn’t stopped fans from binge-watching The Office on repeat – or even creating parody trailers for the show, including one that combines Dwight’s character with the film A Quiet Place, which was written and directed by Krasinski, who also stars. 

It isn’t a big secret that both the cast members and fans of the show are eager for a revival of The Office to happen. While it could just be a type of “family reunion,” as Kinsey explains in her post, it is suspicious that the show’s creator hosted the event and that the reunion took place so close to The Office cast members appearing on SNL. While a revival or reboot certainly hasn’t been confirmed just yet, it is seemingly becoming more likely that The Office might actually return.

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2018-12-02 09:12:07

Busan Film Festival seeks ‘reunion’ after ferry tragedy row

Organizers of Asia’s largest film festival have issued a rallying cry to its supporters as the event emerges from years of starring in its own political drama. The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)…Click To Continue

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