Imax Beats Q4 Revenue Estimates But Profit Slumps On Weaker Holiday Film Slate

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Yes, Mark Hamill Is Aware of the Connection Between History’s ‘Knightfall’ and ‘Star Wars’

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When Mark Hamill joined Season 2 of History’s “Knightfall,” he swapped his long-held lightsaber for a Medieval sword. But he didn’t switch completely from one world to another, seeing as the themes in the drama series are similar to those explored in “Star Wars.”

And yes, Hamill is aware that the Knights Templar — the group he’s entering for the Tom Cullen-led drama — were part of what inspired George Lucas’ Jedi — a group he’s all too familiar with due to his decades of playing Luke Skywalker in the franchise.

Hamill was asked during the Television Critics Association press tour Sunday if the “connection” between the Knights Templar and the Jedi created “any hesitancy for you in taking on this role or is that something you thought of at all.”

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“Not until after I accepted. I didn’t really think it through,” Hamill joked.

“The truth of the matter is that I’m sure George drew from- George drew from so many different inspirations of his own, both in the movies and in literature,” Hamill continued, seated alongside Cullen and new showrunner Aaron Helbing. “He was probably thinking more of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable, because it was more idealized and glamorous, certainly, than the Templar knights. But there’s no question that his inspiration was rooted partially in this mythology.”

Hamill last reprised the role of Luke Skywalker for 2017’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” a film in which Luke at least appeared to meet his end — and Hamill has been super cagey about his status with “Star Wars: Episode IX” ever since.

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On Season 2 of “Knightfall,” Hamill plays Knight Templar vet Talus, who he describes as “basically the equivalent of a medieval drill sergeant.” You can see him in action for the first time in the trailer here.

“Knightfall” Season 2 premieres Monday, March 25 at 10/9c on History.

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‘Star Wars’: Mark Hamill Isn’t Even Allowed to Keep a Paper ‘Episode IX’ Script

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The security measures for the next “Star Wars” movie are tighter and thornier than a Sarlacc pit. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mark Hamill compared obtaining pages for the as of yet untitled “Episode IX” like being in the CIA.

Hamill said that while measures to make sure nothing leaks about the new “Star Wars” films have always been tight, they’ve been strengthened even more for this film, so much so that he isn’t allowed to hang on to a paper script of the movie.

“They’re going to fly [the rewrites] over with somebody from the company,” Hamill told EW. “They’re going to come and give it to me and wait for me to read it before I give it back. So no pressure! You can’t even keep it overnight. But that’s the way it is now.”

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Hamill is currently on set in Prague filming the History show “Knightfall,” and said he received his pages for the script on hard-to-read dark red paper, a security measure that was used on “The Last Jedi” to prevent anyone from attempting to copy the pages, as a copy machine would render the pages black and unreadable.

On that film, Hamill was allowed to keep the pages so he could make hand-written notes, but he was forced to lock it in a safe overnight and never let it out of his sight when he carried it around. Now they can’t even trust the Luke Skywalker actor to do that.

“I remember back when I read the first ‘Star Wars’ [script], I was like, ‘Wow, that’s the goofiest thing I’ve ever read.’ I gave it to my best friend to read, and I said, ‘What do you think of it?’ He said, ‘It’s really wild, it’s crazy, can I give it to Meredith?’ ‘Sure, go ahead.’ It went around to all my friends,” Hamill said. “Of course back then nobody cared. Nowadays it’s like working for some secret deep state government organization, like being in the CIA.”

“Star Wars: Episode IX” will be released on Dec. 20, 2019. Check out the full interview with Hamill here.

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‘Last Jedi’ Director Rian Johnson’s ‘Demon Golf Ball’ Still Bouncing

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Mark Hamill Compares Using the Force to ‘an Addict That Kicked His Habit’

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Mark Hamill gave an interesting take on Twitter regarding Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Hamill shared a panel from “The Last Jedi” comic adaptation of Rian Johnson’s film on Twitter and compared what happened to Luke not unlike what happens to an addict who has relapsed.

“THE FORCE KILLED LUKE. You have to acknowledge the irony in his fate,” Hamill tweeted. “Almost like an addict that kicked his habit cold turkey, remained clean for decades, only to re-use just once & then, tragically, overdoses.”

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THE FORCE KILLED LUKE. You have to acknowledge the irony in his fate.
Almost like an addict that kicked his habit cold-turkey, remained clean for decades, only to re-use just once & then, tragically, overdoses.#SadSkywalker #ForceFatality #JediJunkie pic.twitter.com/CmavbUUBJh

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) October 22, 2018

Hamill previously expressed his doubts and creative differences about Luke’s trajectory in “The Last Jedi,” only to walk back those comments. And he even jokingly teased that perhaps Luke isn’t actually dead, but is really just living in a nudist colony somewhere.

“I refuse to believe that he’s gone,” Hamill told the BBC during the Oscar Wilde Awards. “My theory is he just teleported to somewhere else and left his robe behind. He teleported to a nudist colony, that’s what I’m hoping.”

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‘The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran Blasts Online Harassers In Wake Of Leaving Instagram: “I Am Just Getting Started”

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The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran speaks out about the trolls who drove her offline

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Here’s a good take in the ongoing war over Luke Skywalker’s soul

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‘The Last Jedi’ Director Mocks Angry Fans Wanting to Remake It: ‘Please Actually Happen’

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Angry “Star Wars” fans have been up in arms over “The Last Jedi” since it released in December, so much so that one group claims it’s going to remake it.

A website called “RemakeTheLastJedi.com” and corresponding Twitter account popped up in June, purporting to be created by a group of producers who mean to make a new version of “Episode VIII.” Of course, people can pledge money on that website. Supposedly it has raised more than $22 million as of this writing — but claims that the cost of actually making the film will be covered by the unnamed producers behind it.

Director Rian Johnson responded on Twitter to the Remake account, and in keeping with his recent attitude in responding to the worst “Star Wars” fans and their online activities, he was appropriately cheeky. “Please please please please pleeeeeeeaaaase please actually happen,” Johnson wrote.

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please please please please pleeeeeeeaaaase please actually happen please please please please please ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? https://t.co/mNpSjgovax

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 21, 2018

It’s the latest step made by a cabal of awful “Star Wars” fans, who have petitioned to have “The Last Jedi” thrown out of the “Star Wars” canon. Those fans are mad about several different things, including the movie’s treatment of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), but also contains (or is made up of) a contingent of fans who are mad about the “social justice warrior” tack the recent movies have taken.

Specifically, bigoted “Star Wars” fans have complained about the new series’ women leads, Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), and about its black male lead, Finn (John Boyega). For all the complaints about story, the vocally angry fans trying to get “Star Wars” changed have harassed the films’ stars, apparently driving Tran off social media service Instagram.

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Johnson responded to Tran’s leaving the social network earlier this month, as did Hamill. Johnson called those fans “manbabies” on Twitter, and Hamill supported Tran with a tweet and photo of his own, ending with the hashtag, #GetaLifeNerds.

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Leslie Jones to Kelly Marie Tran on How to Deal With Racist Trolls: ‘Expose the Worst of Them’

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Kelly Marie Tran just got a powerful ally in her corner who knows a thing or two about online harassment. “SNL” star Leslie Jones offered some advice to the young “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” actress about how to deal with Internet trolls.

Tran recently deleted all of her Instagram posts following months of racist, abusive comments about her character in “The Last Jedi.” And Jones can relate — she experienced similar treatment leading up to the release of 2016’s “Ghostbusters.” Jones told TheWrap the best thing Tran can do is to “expose the worst of them” and keep a level head.

“When it happened to me, my only goal was to make sure that the worst of them were exposed. To make sure that people knew there were people like that out there,” Jones said in a phone interview with TheWrap. “The one thing I would definitely tell is her f—ing don’t let that s— get to your head for sure. Those are absolute crazy people that are coming at her. They are insane. You can’t listen to insanity. The one thing I would definitely tell her is it should not affect you mentally at all, because they are crazy people. She’s just walking through an asylum right now and she just has to blur out the crazy voices.”

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Jones was the subject of sexist and racist online vitriol, which included a hack of her personal website, after she was cast in a female reboot of “Ghostbusters.” In looking at Tran’s situation, Jones reflected on how she might’ve previously handled her own situation differently.

“Now, going back, if I could go back, I probably would’ve made a statement and then just ignored the rest of it, because to be honest, it’s nothing but dogs barking at a parade,” Jones said. “The parade does not stop for dogs that are barking. They just continue to march. That is a getting-through-it-moment, because what’s so f—ed up on the other side is that it changes over on the other side so fast. What I’m realizing about Twitter and Instagram and all that stuff, everyone is going to have their opinion, and since we’ve given them a platform to do it, they’re going to express it whether it’s right or wrong.”

Jones also suggested that Tran take her fight to Instagram and Twitter directly.

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“To me, I’m a scrapper. I’m going to always fight,” Jones said. “What I can tell her is first of all, reach out to her people, reach out to Twitter, reach out to Instagram, and make sure they start protecting her. Because that’s what I did. That was one of the first things I did was hit Twitter like, ‘Hey, I’m not supposed to be getting harassed on your site. This is not supposed to be happening.’”

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