Here’s How Richard E. Grant Could Look As Obi-Wan Kenobi In Star Wars: Episode IX

Richard E. Grant has so far been doing a pretty good job at keeping the details of his Star Wars: Episode IX character under wraps, but the fans have done a whole lot of speculating in the last year, with one recent rumor being that the actor is playing a familiar character from the franchise.

The notion stems from an interview in which Grant recalled how “the room went upside down” when J.J. Abrams told him the name of his character. Obviously this isn’t a lot to go on, but one fan on Reddit has ventured an interesting guess regardless. User Rylonian has shared a series of images demonstrating how with the appropriate costume and makeup, Grant ends up looking an awful lot like Alec Guinness’s take on Obi-Wan Kenobi. And while you could probably apply the same effects to a lot of actors and yield similar results,
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Muriel Pavlow obituary

Stage and screen actor who starred in Malta Story, Reach for the Sky and Doctor at Large

Although her father was a Russian émigré and her mother was Swiss-French, Muriel Pavlow, who has died aged 97, will be remembered as a quintessential British heroine on stage and screen. This meant being well spoken and standing by her man through thick and thin, particularly in the staid England of the 1950s. Not only did she fulfil these requirements admirably, but she established herself as a compelling presence.

As a J Arthur Rank contract player, Pavlow waited bravely for pilots Alec Guinness in Malta Story (1953) and Kenneth More in Reach for the Sky (1956) to return safely from missions during the second world war, and was the steadfast nurse who loves accident-prone Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde), the medical student in Doctor in the House (1954) – the first in the popular series – and Doctor at Large (1957). In the theatre,
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Muriel Pavlow obituary

Stage and screen actor who starred in Malta Story, Reach for the Sky and Doctor at Large

Although her father was a Russian émigré and her mother was Swiss-French, Muriel Pavlow, who has died aged 97, will be remembered as a quintessential British heroine on stage and screen. This meant being well spoken and standing by her man through thick and thin, particularly in the staid England of the 1950s. Not only did she fulfil these requirements admirably, but she established herself as a compelling presence.

As a J Arthur Rank contract player, Pavlow waited bravely for pilots Alec Guinness in Malta Story (1953) and Kenneth More in Reach for the Sky (1956) to return safely from missions during the second world war, and was the steadfast nurse who loves accident-prone Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde), the medical student in Doctor in the House (1954) – the first in the popular series – and Doctor at Large (1957). In the theatre,
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‘Black Panther’ is the new ‘Star Wars’ when it comes to the Oscars

‘Black Panther’ is the new ‘Star Wars’ when it comes to the Oscars
Will the highest grossing film of the year “Black Panther” score a Best Picture nomination? It’s a fair question as no Marvel film has ever even been in the conversation. And the question has produced so much turmoil the academy temporarily thought of adding a Best Popular Film category. We should look towards another popular origin story that was not your typical Oscar fare — 1977’s “Star Wars: IV A New Hope” — as our guide towards “Black Panther’s” potential Oscar nomination haul.

George Lucas’s original “Star Wars” spawned a franchise that includes seven prequels and sequels and two spinoffs to date. Luke Skywalker’s origin story maybe outside the Oscars comfort zone but that didn’t stop the film from picking up 10 nominations including Best Picture; Best Director (Lucas); Best Original Screenplay (Lucas); and Best Supporting Actor (Alec Guinness).

It won six below-the line races: Best Film Editing
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Michael B. Jordan deserves an Oscar nomination, say 85% of ‘Black Panther’ fans

Michael B. Jordan deserves an Oscar nomination, say 85% of ‘Black Panther’ fans
An overwhelming majority of “Black Panther” fans think that of the seven supporting actors in the cast, Michael B. Jordan is most deserving of an Oscar nomination. He racked up a whopping 85% of the vote in our recent poll, while none of the other six names merited more than 4% of the total tally. If you haven’t cast your ballot yet, do so at the bottom of this post.

Sterling K. Brown and Forest Whittaker received just that – 4% – while Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, and Daniel Kaluuya each managed a meager 2%. Winston Duke, who stars in Jordan Peele‘s upcoming horror “Us” with “Black Panther” co-star Lupita Nyong’o, placed last in our poll with only 1% of readers selecting him.

It’s no surprise that Jordan has won by such a landslide victory – he received a Critics Choice nomination for his role as Erik ‘Killmonger’ Stevens/N’Jadaka – the cousin of
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TV Interview: Michael Weatherly Talks ‘Bull’ Season 3

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Inspired by the early career of American TV personality Dr. Phil McGraw and his trial-consulting firm, Bull stars Michael Weatherly as the brash but charming Dr. Jason Bull. During its first two seasons, the drama followed the intriguing work of Bull and his team of experts as they used psychology, intuition and high-tech data to evaluate jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused to come up with winning strategies.

As Season 3 of Bull arrives on UK TV screens this Friday 11th January on Fox, James Kleinmann spoke to leading actor Michael Weatherly in New York for HeyUGuys about the evolution of his character and the series itself.

Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull Photo: David M. Russell/CBS©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“At the very end of Season 1 I took the opportunity to flip the character,” Weatherly begins. “The new showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron really wanted to flip Bull
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Samuel L. Jackson Wants To Keep Playing Nick Fury

Though Nick Fury met a sad end in Avengers: Infinity War, the character is already confirmed to return in at least two of this year’s three McU releases, with Samuel L. Jackson reprising the role for both Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home. What’s more, it sounds like Jackson’s run in the superhero saga is far from finished, with the actor recently indicating to The Hollywood Reporter that Fury still has plenty of life in him yet.

The newly published article notes that Captain Marvel will mark the end of Jackson’s nine-picture deal with Marvel Studios, before adding that Jackson “has no plans of retiring the character.” Indeed, the star has already wrapped his scenes for Far From Home, and according to THR, the actor “would happily play the part into his 80s,” with Jackson himself quoted as saying, “I could be the Alec Guinness of Marvel movies.
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‘Black Panther’ at the Oscars: Who should be nominated for Best Supporting Actor?

‘Black Panther’ at the Oscars: Who should be nominated for Best Supporting Actor?
Black Panther” looks to be the likeliest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to score some above-the-line nominations. It’s currently tipped for a Best Picture bid, while director Ryan Cooglar is in the discussion for Best Director, too. However, the cast of “Black Panther,” one of the best of the year, deserves to be in the conversation too. Let’s take a closer look at the magnificent seven men that Disney is campaigning for Best Supporting Actor. After reading about each of them, let us know who you think most deserves an Oscar nomination by casting a vote in the poll below.

Sterling K. Brown

This Emmy winner (“This Is Us”) may not have the largest of roles in terms of screen time, but he does have one of the most significant roles as Killmonger’s father, N’Jobu. Brown makes a clear impression in the few scenes he has and
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Will Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Cameo In Star Wars: Episode IX?

If you had to single out just two characters from the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy that left a positive impression even with the films’ detractors, they would likely be Darth Maul and the Ewan McGregor version of Obi-Wan Kenobi. And since the former made a surprise appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story, it’s hardly the most absurd of notions to suggest that old Ben could potentially pop up in Star Wars: Episode IX.

Granted, we still have no proper evidence that he’ll be making an appearance, but in a new article from CinemaBlend, the case is made that there’s at least a good chance director J.J. Abrams has a McGregor cameo in mind, if only in Force Ghost form. The piece references a rumor which made the rounds earlier this year that McGregor is secretly filming scenes for the upcoming trilogy-closer, and while we’ve seen
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Who Are the New Characters in Star Wars 9?

Who Are the New Characters in Star Wars 9?
We're almost a year away from seeing the final chapter in the Skywalker saga as Star Wars 9 makes its way to theaters on December 20, 2019. Precious little about the actual story has been officially confirmed, except that this will completely wrap up everything involved with Luke and Leia's bloodline. J.J. Abrams plans to tie all three trilogies together in an epic way. There will be returning characters from the prequel trilogy, the original trilogy, and The Force Awakens trilogy. That's already a lot of characters to contend with. On top of that, Abrams and his crew are bringing in 8 new characters in total. But right know, we have absolutely no clue who they are or what they're doing.

So far, most of the new secondary characters in the continuing Star Wars saga have failed to really connect with fans, and the trio of Rey, Finn and Poe have their detractors. The
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‘The Mandalorian’ Adds Nick Nolte to Grumble and Scowl His Way Through the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

‘The Mandalorian’ Adds Nick Nolte to Grumble and Scowl His Way Through the ‘Star Wars’ Universe
The Star Wars series has always been a home for wizened older actors with a talent for lending gravitas to sometimes silly situations. Just to name a few: Alec Guinness, Ian McDiarmid, and Max Von Sydow. Now, that tradition will continue on the small screen, as three-time Oscar nominee Nick Nolte has joined the cast […]

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Douglas Rain, Voice of Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dies at 90

Douglas Rain, Voice of Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dies at 90
Douglas Rain, best known as the voice of Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, has passed away. Rain was 90-years-old and reportedly died of natural causes in St. Mary's, Canada. The news was confirmed by Antoni Cimolino, artistic director of the Stratford Festival, which Rain helped to pioneer. Cimolino had this to say in a statement.

"Canadian theatre has lost one of its greatest talents and a guiding light in its development. Douglas Rain was that rare artist: an actor deeply admired by other actors. The voice of Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Douglas shared many of the same qualities as Kubrick's iconic creation: precision, strength of steel, enigma and infinite intelligence, as well as a wicked sense of humour. But those of us lucky enough to have worked with Douglas soon solved his riddle and discovered that at the centre of his mystery lay warmth and humanity, evidenced
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Grace Kelly movies: All 11 of her films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Country Girl,’ ‘Rear Window,’ ‘High Noon’

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Grace Kelly movies: All 11 of her films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Country Girl,’ ‘Rear Window,’ ‘High Noon’
Grace Kelly would’ve celebrated her 89th birthday on November 12, 2018. The Oscar-winning actress made just a handful of movies before transforming from a Hollywood princess into a real life one following her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back in the photo gallery above of all 11 of her films, ranked worst to best.

Kelly got her start performing onstage and in television before being drafted by Hollywood to appear in Henry Hathaway‘s ripped-from-the-headlines nail-biter “Fourteen Hours” (1951) when she was just 22-years-old. The next year found her starring as the concerned wife to an imperiled town marshal (Gary Cooper) in the landmark western “High Noon” (1952).

She got her first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for John Ford‘s adventure yarn “Mogambo” (1953), playing one of two love interests (along with Ava Gardner) to big game hunter Clark Gable. The next year,
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Richard E. Grant Fuels Theories Of Villainous Role In Star Wars: Episode IX

From Alec Guinness to Emilia Clarke, the Star Wars galaxy has always had a high population of British people, and that goes especially for the villains. And seeing how Richard E. Grant has developed a reputation for playing screen baddies, it’s only logical that fans have continuously predicted much the same from the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX.

Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Grant added fuel to the speculation when he recalled the scene he was asked to read when he auditioned for next year’s trilogy closer:

“I got sent a 10-page generic sort of, I think, it was an interrogation scene clearly from a 1940s British B picture because the references were not Star Wars and the language was something that my grandfather would have spoken in and I thought, you know, the three contrasting scenes that you were supposed to show as much versatility
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Are the days of the big name headliners disappearing?

Tom Jolliffe looks at whether the days of the superstar headliner are disappearing with audiences more drawn to franchises or film concepts than the stars attached…

You could say it started in Hollywood’s classic era. The movie star. The big name. They were in some ways manufactured, or at least their image was. Rock Hudson for example, a granite carved poster boy for masculinity, was hiding the fact he was gay (which was virtually sacrilege in those days). People would flock in masses to see particular stars in action, whether it was Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, James Cagney, or the female starlets of the age, Katherine Hepburn, or a little later an icon like Marilyn Monroe.

There was a lull when the appeal of that studio led golden age was disappearing, and to an extent, the stars with it. Studios were like football teams. They had a squad of talent signed,
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Kotobukiya’s Star Wars: A New Hope Obi-Wan Kenobi Artfx statue unveiled

Sideshow has revealed a batch of promotional images for Kotobukiya’s 1/10th scale Obi-Wan Kenobi Artfx statue which is based on the likeness of Alec Guinness as the Jedi Master in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The collectible is available to pre-order now, priced at $84.99. and is expected to ship between April and June 2019; take a look here…

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Kotobukiya returns to Star Wars: A New Hope and proudly presents the Obi-Wan Kenobi Artfx Statue.

This beautifully sculpted 1:10 scale statue brings Obi-Wan to life, as if he’s stepped straight from the screen. Obi-Wan holds his blue lightsaber in front of him in a defensive stance, preparing for the final duel with his former student and friend.

Like all Star Wars Collectibles Artfx+ Statues, magnets are embedded in the feet to provide extra stability on the included bases.

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Mark Hamill Shares Funny Star Wars and Back To The Future Mashup Photos

Mark Hamill had a little fun sharing a couple of Star Wars and Back to the Future mashup photos. The first image shows Luke as Marty McFly with Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) as Doc Brown. I’ve seen this one before. The second photo shows Luke gone back in time to meet his father George McFly, as played by Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and they are sitting in the coffee shop. This is a imagine that I haven’t seen before.

Hamill called the mashup “The Empire Strikes Back to the Future” and it just a little fun for the fans. Check out the photos below and tell us what you think!

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American Dharma: Steve Bannon Documentary Cannot Justify Existence

David Crow Oct 1, 2018

Errol Morris' new documentary, American Dharma, attempts to get honest answers out of Steve Bannon. That might be an impossible task.

There should be no fear of addressing a political opponent, even one as perilous as Steve Bannon, in an honest and genuine discourse. This principle (and the media attention it would generate) is precisely what the New Yorker Festival attempted to renew last month when Bannon was invited to share a dialogue about his frankly repugnant ideas. In a sincere debate of political beliefs—such as the kind Errol Morris pursues in his new documentary about the banished Trump advisor and happy nationalist—Bannon’s rooted ideology of bigotry, cynicism, and a crude rationalization for the worst excesses of greed masquerading as capitalism would disintegrate.

Yet while attempting to make that picture in American Dharma, Morris finds himself ultimately negotiating the finer points of a deal with the proverbial Devil.
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Star Wars: 20 Wild Details About Obi-Wan's Anatomy

Few characters have contributed more meaningfully to the legacy of Star Wars than Obi-Wan Kenobi. A fixture in the franchise from the very beginning, Obi-Wan has long been one of the series’ most important and most well-known characters.

As a key player in both the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, Obi-Wan has the distinction of being one of the few Star Wars characters to be played in multiple appearances by different actors – with Sir Alec Guinness making the character first known as Old Ben Kenobi, and Ewan McGregor bringing the character’s backstory to life in the prequels.

He has also had significant roles in portions of the Expanded Universe, new and old versions, in both animated television series, Clone Wars and Rebels, as well as various comics and supporting novels.

Regardless of the medium in which he appeared, Obi-Wan has shown himself to be one of the most successful,
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New Star Wars Theory Explains The Rapid Aging Of Obi-Wan Kenobi

The Star Wars prequels famously contain a few issues of continuity when it comes to their connections with the Original Trilogy. The most well-known example is perhaps the presence of the R2-D2 and C-3Po in Episodes I-iii, with the pair evidently having long-standing associations with series regulars like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, yet fail to ever bring this up throughout the various reunions and revelations of Episodes IV-vi. But the seeming inconsistency that this new Reddit post seeks to rebuke has a lot more to do with the duo’s warm-blooded and rapidly aging peers.

Reddit user Vendo_23 opens their theory by observing how the change in actor between the thirty-something Ewan McGregor in the prequels, and the sixty-something Alec Guinness of the original films creates a potential error.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi looks around ~35 yrs of age in Episode III. But of course he gets to be ~80 yrs
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