This week’s issue of Vanity Fair is one of the first times the press was actually allowed to go in depth into The Last Jedi. The hype train has officially started rolling, so let’s see what David Kamp and Annie Leibovitz have to say about Episode VIII, and how this measures up to what we know so far!
The ‘beehive huts’ on Dingle Peninsula are meant to be a “little Jedi village.” “Luke…has been living in this village among an indigenous race of caretaker creatures.” Of course, we know that these creatures are the birdlike beasts that I thought were Convorees. However, it turns out they’re actually called Porgs, and they’re a new creature in the Star Wars universe.
Poe and Paige
”Poe Dameron…[is] back in action, coaching a gunner named Paige, a new character played by a Vietnamese actress named Veronica Ngo.” Paige is, presumably, Paige Tico, since the article says she’s the sister of Kelly Marie Tran’s character Rose Tico.
(Also look at how mischievous Kelly Marie Tran looks in this photo. She’s ready to go Star Wars-in’ around the MF galaxy.)
First Order ship
As you can see, Phasma’s spear rumor came true. And it really does look killer.
There is a scene somewhere in the film where Hux, “played with spittle-flecked relish by Domhnall Gleeson” (I guess he spits a lot), looks out the window of a First Order starcraft.
Benicio Del Toro’s character is called DJ, but not in the film. Actually, he’s not called anything in the film. I wonder how that plays out. Rian Johnson said “you’ll see–there’s a reason why we call him DJ.” He is “a ‘shady character’ of unclear allegiances.”
Rose has a sister named Paige, who is a gunner in the Resistance. But she must leave Paige behind to go behind enemy lines on a mission with Finn. It looks like the rumors may be true, and Rose and Finn could sneak into the ‘Mega Destroyer’ yet.
Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo
Look! At! That! Costume! Holdo was the one character that I had a lot of trouble visualizing in my head. I was so confused when I heard ‘pink hair’ in relation to her character but it looks awesome. Plus we have a full name and title for Laura Dern’s character: Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. It seems she is not at the top of the ranks, but if the rest of the rumors about her character are true, she will become the interim leader of the Resistance during the film. But that won’t be a good thing.
Rose and Finn also journey to Canto Bight. Here’s what Rian Johnson had to say: “A Star Wars Monte Carlo-type environment, a little James Bond-ish, a little To Catch a Thief. It was an interesting challenge, portraying luxury and wealth in this universe.” So much of Star Wars has been junkyards and deserts, so Johnson wanted to go the opposite direction. “I was thinking, O.K., let’s go ultra-glamour. Let’s create a playground, basically, for rich assholes.”
This wonderful mom ^^^ slapped the shit out of Oscar Isaac. “We did this scene where Carrie has to slap me. I think we did 27 takes in all, and Carrie leaned into it every time, man. She loved hitting me. Rian found such a wonderful way of working with her, and I think she really relished it.”
Some quotes from writer/director Rian Johnson on working on The Last Jedi.
To start working on VIII, Johnson wrote a list of the main characters’ names, then brainstormed ways in which each of their characters would be tested the most. “J.J. and Larry and Michael set everybody up in a really evocative way in VII and started them on a trajectory. I guess I saw it as the job of this middle chapter to challenge all of those characters—let’s see what happens if we knock the stool out from under them.”
Rian Johnson ”didn’t want this to be a dirge, a heavy-osity movie. So one thing I’ve tried really hard to do is keep the humor in there, to maintain the feeling, amid all the heavy operatic moments, that you’re on a fun ride.”
Johnson, “in preparation for Episode VIII, steeped himself in World War II movies like Henry King’s Twelve O’Clock High and ‘funky 60s samurai stuff’ like Kihachi Okamoto’s Kill! and Hideo Gosha’s Three Outlaw Samurai.”
But, as filmmaking is a collaborative effort, it wasn’t all Rian. He worked with Lucasfilm’s 11 person story group. Kiri Hart, a development executive, explains, “The whole team reads each draft of the screenplay as it evolves, and we try, as much as we can, to smooth out anything that isn’t connecting.”
Rian Johnson never felt suffocated by this group’s presence. In fact, he was surprised by how much leeway he was given. He even moved up to San Francisco for six weeks as he wrote so he could collaborate with them more. He met with the group twice a week during this time. But he also had another writing partner: the incomparable Carrie Fisher.
“After I had a draft, I would sit down with her [Fisher] when I was working on re-writing. Sitting with her on her bed, in her insane bedroom with all this crazy modern art around us, TCM on the TV, a constant stream of Coca-Cola, and Gary the dog slobbering at her feet.”
I absolutely loved Johnson’s past films like Looper and Brick, and I’m 100% on board with the approach that he’s taking with the next Star Wars film. Honestly, from a sheer filmmaking standpoint, Episode VIII is the Star Wars movie I’m most excited about (sorry Christopher Miller, Phil Lord, and Colin Trevorrow). If you haven’t yet, give the Vanity Fair article a peek to really get hyped for more Star Wars!
Okay, first, you can see why Chris’s nickname for me was giggle Gadot😜
And how Patty and I could communicate with no words. Instead just weird sounds & head movements.. I LOVE to laugh and I ABSOLUTELY enjoyed filming every second of the movie about the Amazonian princess. You can see the rest of these with the DVD extras on 9/19 💃🏻😜🙅🏻🎬
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have received so so so so many asks, Im compiling them into one long post.
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read @flusteredkeith‘s amazing fic tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow earlier and just had to do something for it. i absolutely love the premise im not familiar with the film ‘edge of tomorrow’ at all but god this whole thing was just rIGHT UP MY ALLY. YEA.
Justine, i hope you enjoy this and if it captures just a fraction of the intensity and driving momentum of the story then i’ve succeeded! congratulations on a hella story.
i really wanted to capture the sense of a precarious time loop and playing around with time itself musically so this is (hopefully) going to mess with your ears a fair bit - check out the notes - i’ll explain what’s going on!
I know there’s been hundreds of these done before, but I just wanted to share my opinion on the highlights and lowlights of the new 2017 live action film (WHICH I ABSOLUTELY LOVED AND WILL BE SEEING A SECOND TIME), upon looking at all the comments and criticisms I’ve seen either through youtube videos, critics, and scrolling through tumblr.
Cons/scenes that confused me:
- The opening number was not as magical as it could have been. I can’t describe exactly what–it just wasn’t as impactful as a number as the original - The library scene was not as much as a big reveal. It felt so casual and rushed into–but I really liked how it was such a surprise in the original version - I feel like Emma Watson could have put more emotion into her singing. I mean of course she can’t top Paige O’Hara but still, I feel like sometimes her soul wasn’t as into it (probably tho because she’s not a musical actress) - Why the townspeople ganged up on Belle to ruin her laundry–is teaching a girl to read considered that big of a sin??? seems like a bit of a stretch - I really wanted the proposal scene to happen where Gaston gets rejected, maybe not entirely the same, but just simply something that would outrage Belle more than the conversation she had in this version - “Gaston, you are positively primeval” was not included - “No one says no to Gaston!” was not included - “Every last inch of me’s covered in hair” was not included - The way Emma Thompson sang BATB wasn’t as great as it should’ve been. A lot of times she sang it slower than the actual tempo to the point where I felt like she had to catch up on the song and it sounded off. I appreciate her trying to sound different from the original but it was getting a bit excessive - No one questioning why Belle was wearing a ballgown upon being missing for days and being held captive by a beast - Why Belle called Gaston a monster??? I mean, we as an audience know why, but Belle had no previous knowledge of the monstrous things Gaston had done and the only thing he’d done to her is act like a bigot and vain - Was I the only one who thought Beast didn’t look hot?? i mean, i liked the gentle vibe he kinda had in the original, but in this version, he’s too much of a hybrid amongst human and beast which kinda creeped me out at times - Mrs. Potts’ & Chip’s animation was a bit odd to me–despite the Prince wanting the most extravagant of items–their design wasn’t that beautiful or appealing to me - Belle keeping the rattle that her mom kissed when she had the plague is dangerous, isn’t it? - The castle crumbling when the last few petals fell from the rose made no sense–like it’s not like the castle totally fell apart when the last petal fell - Though the transformation scene was wonderful, I had wished Adam or Belle had said something to make the silence less awkward and make the moment more romantic - The ending scene was nice with the finale song, but I feel like they should’ve done something that tied up the film, I was looking forward to a finale kiss between Belle and Prince Adam but they just danced and it just kinda ended??? there was no impact there
- The close-up shots of Belle when she sings her solo part in ‘Belle’ was done beautifully - Belle’s reprise and the infamous ‘Sound of Music’ scene was some great cinematography - The deeper father-daughter dynamic between Belle and Maurice. They added a lot more depth to this character (kevin kline made him funnier and more endearing :”) ) - Belle’s voice sounding more normal throughout the film compared to the autotuned versions released in trailers & online (i was really going in with low expectations of her singing due to what was previously shown but it sounded fine in the movie???) - Belle’s “Ugh!!!” after the thought of being Gaston’s wife - Belle’s costume changes; giving her boots vs. flats, hitching up the side of her skirt so she could run more freely and ride horses, adding pockets to store her books, etc. - ALL THE PLOT HOLE FIX-UPS (every time they explained something new i was like OHHH THAT MAKES SENSE NOW) - Having more scenes showing the Beast’s character as well as seeing more of the chemistry with him and Belle - All the new original songs blew me away. Once again, Alan Menken is a true legend. - Evermore was so essential and I’m so glad they decided to give Beast a solo song (i always wanted to hear one from him, and it gave me Phantom vibes which was BONUS) - Character development with LeFou - All of LeFou’s lines (i cracked up every single time) - Golden cast. - Dan Stevens and his facial expressions, acting through his eyes, how he poured his heart and soul in evermore. - Luke Evans was literally Gaston brought to life. The voice, the looks, the charm. I also liked how he was a bit darker in this version. - Josh Gad brilliant once again, I lost it at “It’s never gonna happen ladies”
- Ewan McGregor gave a refreshing retake on Lumiere and his singing was great! - “The East Wing, or as I like to call it, the ONLY wing” - Maurice admiring Lumiere and Cogsworth as the two argued who he was referring to once he left - DIVERSE CAST - Interracial couples. - The song ‘Gaston’ blew me away. It was better than the original. - Visually stunning scenes throughout. - Beast saying they should run away together (my heart melted when he said that) - BE OUR GUEST GAVE ME GOOSEBUMPS. DID NOT DISAPPOINT. (i was really nervous about them messing it up but it gave me the thrills just as the original) - How this movie really tugged on my heartstrings and I cried 6 times throughout the whole 2 hours. - Belle singing ‘How Does a Moment Last Forever’ was beautiful - “Too touristy?” - Beast - Beast trying to protect his masculinity when he was caught reading a romance - All the passionate stares between Belle and Beast throughout the film - EVERMORE. - The ballroom scene was breathtaking. The ballroom set itself was–dhlsdkfhdsk - Beast/Prince Adam’s mother being his sun (insert sobbing) - The mob song was also done better than the original. (OMG BUT LEFOU’S LINE THO–) - The way the beast screamed “BELLE!” was heart-wrenching - The transformation scene was powerful, Dan Stevens was beautiful. That kiss tho–right in the feels. - “Turn back into a clock. Back into a clock.” - The Finale ver of Beauty and the Beast was lovely, the new lyrics added in were just the perfect finishing touch as well - BELLE’S WHITE DRESS WAS STUNNING. - “How would you feel about growing a beard?” *GROWLS* (me: dies) - LEFOU FINDING HIS SOULMATE + FIRST DISNEY GAY REP. - Everyone dancing together (instead of everyone just awkwardly watching Belle & Adam dance)