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10 Star Wars Movie Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

There are more facts to know about Star Wars than you realize

With J.J. Abrams’ return to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker approaching theaters at lightspeed, it seems appropriate to think back on all the essential Star Wars movie facts our minds have acquired. Of course, every die-hard Star Wars fan considers themselves “the Chosen One” in the fandom, claiming to have a complete encyclopedic mind of all Star Wars facts there are to know.

Perhaps you can name every system of planets in the galaxy or explain the “Who shot first?” debacle, but I’m willing to bet there are a few bits of Star Wars trivia that fell through the cracks for you. In fact, I have compiled 10 of the most shocking, intriguing, or just downright ridiculous lesser-known facts about the Star Wars movies here. Read through them and we shall see who the trivia master is.

What would have become of Mark Hamill of Luke Skywalker was written as a woman?

Luke Skywalker Was Almost A Girl

Since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, the epic sci-fi saga has been led by a female Jedi (Daisy Ridley’s Rey) as the central hero. There was a time when that could have been the case for film that started it all.

Back in 1975 when Star Wars was still referred to as The Adventures of Starkiller, George Lucas found his second draft of the screenplay to be overcrowded with male characters. With the dawn of the feminist movement on the rise, Lucas decided apply a feminine touch to the story, by re-writing his protagonist, then called Luke Starkiller, as an 18-year-old woman. That gender swap lasted just a few months until Princess Leia was reincorporated into the preceding draft.

The Star Wars lightsaber sound is too good to be an accident, right?

The Iconic Lightsaber Hum Was Created By Accident

The lightsaber has such a brilliantly distinct sound that no young Star Wars fan can resist replicating its hum during playtime Jedi with friends. Surprisingly, the design of the weapon’s signature sound was purely by mistake.

Ben Burtt, the sound designer for most of the Star Wars movies, revealed in an interview found on a laserdisc box set for the original trilogy that, while he had an idea of how the lightsaber should sound like, the actual sound did not come to him until the moment he describes here:

I was carrying a microphone across the room… when the microphone passed a television set which was on the floor, which was on at the time without the sound turned up, but the microphone passed right behind the picture tube and, as it did, [it] produced an unusual hum… That was a great buzz, actually. So, I took that buzz and recorded it and combined it with the projector motor sound and that 50/50 kind of combination of those two sounds became the basic lightsaber tone.

Burtt would later experiment with waving a microphone in front of a speaker playing his new found lightsaber sound to figure out the sound of the weapon’s movement. All it took was a little accidental signal interference to complete the design of one of the most iconic and beloved props in cinematic history.

George Lucas directs C-3PO on the set of Star Wars

George Lucas Actually Lost Money Over Star Wars… To Steven Spielberg

If box office results were used in gambling, assuming a Star Wars movie will take home most of the dough would more than likely prove to be a safe bet. Someone who did not believe this to be the case at one time was the saga’s own creator, George Lucas.

With his friend, Steven Spielberg, having just recently directed the highest grossing film of all time (Jaws) just two years earlier, George Lucas was positive that Spielberg’s next film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, was going to be a bigger hit than Star Wars in 1977. The pair put this concept to the test and agreed that if Close Encounters made more money, Lucas would receive 2.5 points from Spielberg’s stake in the film, but if Star Wars became the victor successful, Spielberg would get the 2.5 points of Lucas’ stake.

While Close Encounters Of The Third Kind was a surefire hit, grossing around $340 million worldwide, Star Wars earned about $800 million, more than double the earning of Steven Spielberg’s earthbound sci-fi drama. More than 40 years later, this bet has cost George Lucas millions that have gone straight into Spielberg’s pocket.

Liam Neeson is his sole Star Wars film

Liam Neeson Was Too Big For Star Wars… Literally

While the Star Wars movies are, undeniably, a larger than life franchise, it proved too small for one of its actors. By “too small,” we mean the sets.

When Liam Neeson joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, the productions live action sets had already been built, failing to accommodate the Irish actor’s 6’4” stature. Thus, an additional $150,000 was spent to rebuild the sets and keep Qui-gon Jin from bumping his head on every archway he passed through.

Jar Jar Binks has had enough of your abuse

The Jar Jar Hate Was Harder On The Actor Than You May Realize

The Star Wars prequels are considered by many as the black sheep of the franchise. One actor, whose character receives a lot of blame for the drop in quality, took the backlash more personally than the typical fanboy troll circa 1999 may have realized.

Nearly 20 years after the release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Ahmed Best, the voice of Jar Jar Binks, shared this tweet in acknowledgement of the backlash his infamous role received and how he almost took his own life over it:

I think we can all agree that no movie role is worth contemplating suicide over, but no character is worth throwing abuse at the actor hired to play them either.

The Ewoks really know how to rock

The Ewoks’ Odd Connection To The Band Toto

One of the most definitive aspects of the Star Wars movies is John Williams’ exhilarating score. The legendary composer enlisted his son, Joseph Williams, to contribute to the saga’s musical legacy by writing the English lyrics to the Ewoks’ victory song heard at the end of Return of the Jedi.

You might also recognize Joseph Williams from his endurable 1982 hit “Africa.” That’s right, one of the writers of the Ewoks’ victory song is the lead singer of ‘80s rock band Toto.

Imagine Justin Timberlake in the Cantina Band

A Certain Boy Band Almost Claimed Star Wars Fame, Too

You think that the guy who wrote “Africa” composing music for the Ewoks is weird? How about the guys who sang “Bye, Bye, Bye” making a Star Wars cameo.

By the request of his daughter, George Lucas filmed the members of pop music sensation *NSYNC for a scene in 2002’s Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. But just before you pop in your dusty DVD copy (or just log in to Disney+, even) to spot where Justin Timberlake shows up, allow me to assure you that your search will come up short.

Just a few months before the release of the second Star Wars prequel, George Lucas teased that *NSYNC would make an appearance… and immediately met vapid backlash from fans. Lucas removed the cameo from the final cut before it hit theaters, and the rest is history.

Darth Vader is angry he can't go to the Star Wars cast reunion

You Won’t Find Darth Vader At Any Star Wars Events

George Lucas has proven himself to be a committed follower to the light side of the Force, so much so that he officially blacklisted Darth Vader himself. Not James Earl Jones, who provided the voice of the Sith lord, but the actor who filled his suit, David Prowse.

In 2010, at 75 years old, David Prowse announced on his official website that George Lucas had banned him from attending any future official events related to the saga – that means no fan conventions or cast reunions. This stems from reports that the Star Wars creator was annoyed by the numerous arguments he had with the actor over issues like replacing Prowse’s voice with James Earl Jones or Lucas accusing the actor of trying to sabotage the reveal that Vader was Luke’s father before the release of The Empire Strikes Back.

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Christopher Walken Could Have Played Han Solo

It is hard to imagine anyone else playing lone outlaw-turned-resistance fighter Han Solo than the incomparable Harrison Ford. It is even harder to imagine someone like, say, Christopher Walken bringing the iconic Star Wars role to life. Yet, it almost happened.

The Academy Award-winner immortalized by his request for more cowbell on Saturday Night Live, was considered for the role of Han Solo, among the likes of Nick Nolte, Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds, and even Frasier himself, Kelsey Grammer. Of course, then-carpenter Harrison Ford, having worked with George Lucas once before in 1973’s American Graffiti, landed the role, but it is still a fun idea to imagine the Star Wars movies with Christopher Walken’s signature drawl.

A puppet Yoda was always meant to be

Yoda Was Almost Not A Puppet

Maybe you prefer the Star Wars prequels’ CGI recreation of Jedi master Yoda over the original trilogy’s puppeteering. Believe me, it could have been a lot weirder.

Before Frank Oz was brought on as the puppeteer and voice of Yoda, the filmmakers considered using a trained monkey in a green mask for the role. That was until one of the crew members, who had previously worked with monkeys on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey, assured the filmmakers, “Look, the monkey’s just going to pull off the mask over and over again. It’s never going to work.”

So, are these the little known Star Wars facts you were looking for? Were we the first to shoot off these incredible bits of trivia, or did you reply to each entry with a resounding, “I know”?

Either way, until Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20, 2020, be sure to check back to CinemaBlend for more fun facts and new updates on Star Wars and may the Force be with you.

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The 8 Best Spy Movies On Netflix Right Now

Ulrich Mure - The Lives Of Others

Are you looking for something good to watch on Netflix? It’s a common concern in our digital age. The streaming service has hours upon hours of content available at the click of a button, but it seems impossible to narrow down what you want to watch. It’s certainly a fine problem to have, but a problem nonetheless. But you’re in luck, especially if you’re looking for fun spy movies to watch. Because we have narrowed the selection down a bit. Hopefully, there’s something for everyone on this list — whether you’re looking for action, comedy, mystery, suspense, or something else altogether.

There are still a treasure trove of movies available on Netflix, but if you’re looking for solid recommendations, especially in the spy genre, then look no further than this list, where we’ll offer just eight of the best spy films currently available on Netflix’s streaming platform. Whether it’s something a little more adult or family-friendly, or it’s something action-friendly or full of laughs, we’ve got your picks waiting for you to pick from. Should you choose this mission, of course. Without further ado, let’s break down just eight of the finest, funniest and/or silliest spy films currently available for your viewing pleasure on Netflix. Action, adventure, danger and mystery all wait for you at the click of a button with these titles. Enjoy your movie night!

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Poster

Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)

Who said spy movies needed to be so serious? With the Austin Powers franchise, Saturday Night Live veteran Mike Myers firmly cemented himself as a household name. The loving 007 parody spawned a franchise that quite nearly rivaled the scope and scale of its blockbuster inspiration. While the sequels never quite reached the same heights as its predecessor, the original Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is still a great slice of satire fun. Portrayed by Mike Myers, who also wrote the comedy’s screenplay, Myers adopts the wacky, weird persona of the title character, a super spy with a healthy libido and no shortage of chest hair to boot. The character’s love for raunchy humor and double entendres inform the movie’s super silly sense of humor, particularly as it focuses on the ’70s character’s fish out of water adventures in the ’90s. If you haven’t seen it, it is positively groovy. Stream it here.

Ulrich Muhe in The Lives of Others

The Lives Of Others (2006)

Writer/director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s spellbinding The Lives of Others is an appropriately mesmerizing achievement, if one that doesn’t quite have the glamor or radiance that comes with other spy movies. Closer in the vein to Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation than anything that might come to mind when you think about spy movies, this mystery-thriller, which follows an agent conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover and increasingly finds himself engrossed in their intimate lives, is nevertheless a thrilling and captivating achievement. It should come as little surprise that it took home the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2007. This intriguing, thoughtful, and thematically dense tale is one worth sharing to others. Watch it here.

The Cast of Spy Kids

Spy Kids (2001)

But spy adventures shouldn’t be solely for the adults. Let the kids join in on the fun! While Robert Rodriguez’s family-friendly features haven’t always resulted in his best work, the filmmaker channelled the charm, creativity, and energy of his adult movies and provided an engaging, entertaining new take on the spy genre with 2001’s delightful Spy Kids, one that found the children taking the center stage in a brave effort to rescue their parents from an evil television personality. It is filled with fun gadgets, enjoyable set pieces, several light-hearted moments, and lots of hijinks. Suffice to say, audiences of all-ages can enjoy this early ’00s action-adventure. When it comes to the sequels… well, you might be better off not accepting those missions. We’ll leave it at that. Check out Spy Kids here.

Matt Damon - The Informant!

The Informant! (2009)

While Steven Soderbergh might be more commonly known for his heist trilogy, Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen, as well as his award-winning titles like Erin Brockovich and Traffic, to name only two, one very entertaining romp from the acclaimed filmmaker that unfortunately slipped through the cracks was 2009’s The Informant!, a true story that’s so ludicrous, you’d swear it’s fiction. Featuring a career-best performance from Matt Damon, this dramedy finds Damon playing Mark Whitacre, a whistleblower in the lysine price-fixing conspiracy in the mid-’90s who finds himself caught up in a large stream of absurd circumstances throughout the movie’s runtime. While the tale never fails to recognize the humor in this situation, the film’s portrayal of Mark Whitacre shows a midwestern man who wants to believe he’s at the center of a spy capper. Suffice to say, the irony of it all provided a far richer tale. See it all play out here.

Diane Kruger - Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Like many Quentin Tarantino movies, Inglourious Basterds isn’t simply one thing. The revisionist war drama/dark comedy is a film that’s defined more by the eccentric filmmaker’s eclectic tastes than any one specific genre. Therefore, it’s a little strange to suggest that it’s a spy film, since that’s only one of several things that someone can call the controversial film, but it does fit the mold — if even marginally. Nevertheless, it’s hard to imagine many opportunities where one wouldn’t want to celebrate this sensationally good film. The story of a group of allied Jewish soldiers tasked with taking down any and all Nazi soldiers, particularly by way of scalping, plays fast-and-loose with the facts and it isn’t one that’s easy to define. Nevertheless, it does feature one dazzling sequence with its central spy character, played by Diane Kruger, and it offers plenty of other stylish twists and turns. Check it out here.

Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle - Traitor

Traitor (2008)

A straightforward-yet-engaging American spy thriller, Traitor features strong performances from both Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce as the former plays a Sudanese-American former U.S. soldier with a history of high explosives whom the latter, an FBI special agent, is searching for related to a series of explosions directed at civilians. It’s a tense character piece, with a story credit from Steve Martin (surprisingly), yet it’s a compelling and dynamic little thriller, one that should make for an engaging viewing. Often, a pair of acclaimed actors providing commanding work is more than enough to satisfy. You can certainly expect to find a number of solid, well-realized performances, as well as thrilling dramatic moments and a whole lot more, in Traitor. Check it out here.

Vin Diesel - xXx

xXx (2002)

Sometimes, you just want to watch something dumb. There’s no shame in that. After a long day of work, or an exhausting run of errands, you want to snuggle up on the couch, put on Netflix and relax your brain for two hours. If that’s the case, then you will likely get a kick out of Vin Diesel’s extremely stupid, yet often entertainingly absurd, xXx. A movie title that will produce no shortage of inappropriate responses if you put it in wrong, this early ’00s vehicle for the Fast and the Furious actor is macho movie with a teenage boy’s understanding of cool. It has pretty woman, dangerous stunts, fast-moving vehicles and several scenes with its lead actor trying to act like the toughest mofo there is. It’s not necessarily a good movie. Hell, it might not even be a decent one. But if you want to unwind and watch something that verges damn well near “so bad it’s good” territory, this one could be fun. Stream it here.

The Cast of Layer Cake

Layer Cake (2004)

While Layer Cake might not exactly fit the bill as a traditional spy movie, as it owes more to the crime genre than your typical spy adventure, it has its roots in making at least two of the biggest spy franchises of the early 21st century. Specifically, Layer Cake is the movie that literally got Daniel Craig the gig as James Bond, while it was the directorial debut of producer Matthew Vaughn, who would go on to helm the Kingsman movies. Suffice to say, this Guy Ritchie-esque movie has certainly gone a long way towards influencing the spy movies we see at the multiplex today. That’s certainly not an accident. If you’re waiting eagerly for either The King’s Man, No Time To Die, or both, you should throw Layer Cake on to help you ease the wait for those films. Watch it here.

These are only a mere few of the spy movies currently made available on Netflix. Some of them are more serious than others, certainly. And a few of them are geared more towards younger audiences, while others are decidedly much more adult in their thematic material. Nevertheless, we hope we provided a wide, yet equally narrow, array of titles to choose from based on your personal preferences. Whatever you’re looking forward, you should hopefully find from our selections listed above. Let us know what you think of these titles. Also, be sure to name your favorite spy movies available on Netflix below. Maybe we didn’t look for all the proper clues and missed a few worth considering? If that’s the case, let us know what should be added.

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10 Highest-Grossing Dwayne Johnson Movies

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Dwayne Johnson’s professional career has come a long way from his heyday as WWE superstar The Rock. He already had fans who adored him, but now he has even more of a dedicated fanbase. Johnson began building his movie career in 2001 with The Mummy Returns, and nearly 20 years later, he has appeared in over 40 studio films and has become one of the highest-grossing actors around the world. His films’ box office successes have made him a bona fide movie star.

The movies starring the actor occassionally known as The Rock have grossed billions of dollars worldwide, which usually leads to sequels and spin-off movies. Dwayne Johnson’s action-hero status turned him into someone that studios can count on to help launch or revamp a franchise. With so many successful projects is his past, it’s easy to wonder which of his box office hits actually achieved the most financial success. So let’s go down the list of his top ten.

Dwayne Johnson in Rampage

10. Rampage ($428 Million)

In the 2018 action-adventure Rampage, Dwayne Johnson plays primatologist Davis Okoye, who teams teams up with George, an intelligent gorilla that he cared for since birth, to stop a wolf named Ralph and a crocodile named Lizzie. An experiment gone wrong turns all three creatures into gigantic versions of themselves. As Lizzie and Ralph wreak havoc, Okoye and Georgie team with the military and a genetic engineer to try to stop the destruction and save Chicago.

Rampage marked the third pairing of Johnson and director Brad Peyton. Dwayne Johnson and Peyton had already achieved two box office successes prior to rampage. Their first film together, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, grossed over $335 million worldwide, and their second film, San Andreas, shows up later on this list. Peyton and Johnson have proved that they’re a winning combo for studios, but monster films, especially those involving King Kong like creatures, have also historically been proven as box office success.

The Rock in The Mummy Returns

9. The Mummy Returns ($443 Million)

The Mummy Returns marked Dwayne Johnson’s first acting role in a featured film. In it, he plays the Scorpion King, a ruler who sells his soul to Anubis, the God of death, in order to defeat his enemies. The Scorpion King faces off against Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), who has returned to try to take control over Anubis’ army of the dead. The Mummy uses the O’Connell family as pawns in this battle. The Mummy Returns is the sequel to Brendan Fraser’s surprise hit, 1999’s The Mummy.

The original The Mummy film had already earned the franchise $415 million worldwide, so of course Universal Pictures wanted to capitalize on its success. The Mummy Returns went bigger and bolder, and adding The Rock made fans of The Mummy even more excited to see what the wrestler could bring to the acting world. The success of The Mummy Returns resulted in Dwayne Johnson getting his own spin-off film, The Scorpion King, which unfortunately wasn’t as big of a financial success as the three original Mummy movies.

The Rock in San Andreas

8. San Andreas ($473 Million)

Director Brad Peyton and Dwayne Johnson paired up again for this disaster action film San Andreas. San Andreas follows LAFD search and rescue helicopter pilot Raymond Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) through Los Angeles and San Francisco as he tries to navigate the destruction caused by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake. His main mission is to bring his estranged wife Emma (Carla Gugino) and daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) to safety.

Moviegoers love big and explosive action films, especially during the summer, and even more so with big destruction sequences involving The Rock. San Andreas became one of Warner Bros. Pictures biggest box office successes as one of their highest-grossing films of 2015. The success of San Andreas led to a sequel being in the works, though nothing has come of it yet.

Dwayne Johnson in Fast and Furious 5

7. Fast Five ($626 Million)

Fast Five follows franchise regulars Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Ludacris), and Han Lue (Sung Kang) as they try to steal $100 million from Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). While planning and trying to execute the heist, U.S Diplomatic Security Service Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) plans to take them down and arrest the team. Fast Five marked Johnson’s debut into the franchise.

Before Johnson joined the crew, The Fast and The Furious franchise was already four-films strong. The first Fast and The Furious film made over $207 million worldwide, and the three following films continued to grow the series’ box office numbers, with a slight dip with Fast Furious: Tokyo Drift. The fourth film, Fast & Furious, earned the franchise over $360 million worldwide. Despite the gradual global success of The Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast Five is when the series grew to a massive commercial success, gaining nearly $300 million more than the previous film. The Fast and Furious films have continued to gain box office success, possibly leading to unlimited sequels.

Dwayne Johnson in Moana

6. Moana ($643 Million)

In Disney’s animated hit Moana, Dwayne Johnson plays Maui, a shapeshifting demigod. Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) is a young girl who leaves her island to restore the natural order and save her people. She finds Maui and he guides her along her journey.

As a Disney production film, Moana seemed destined to be a box office success. However, the film exceeded expectations and became one of Disney’s biggest animated hits. During the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, Moana gained over $82 million in North America, making it the 7th biggest Thanksgiving opening of all-time, and the $643 million total is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Hobbs and Shaw

5. Hobbs & Shaw ($758 Million)

Hobbs & Shaw is the first spin-off series from The Fast and The Furious franchise. It follows Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as they reprise their roles of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. In Hobbs & Shaw, the titular badasses become an unlikely and unwilling duo when they must team up to stop a genetically modified terrorist, Brixton Lore (Idris Elba). Helen Mirren, Eiza Gonzalez, Vanessa Kirby, and Cliff Curtis also star.

The Fast and Furious franchise already proved that it had massive box office appeal by the time Universal Pictures released Hobbs & Shaw, but all those action movie fans were definitely just as excited to watch Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson team up in this stand-alone offshoot.

Dwayne Johnson in Fast and Furious 6

4. Fast And Furious 6 ($788 Million)

Dwayne Johnson returned to the Fast and Furious franchise in this sixth installment. In Fast and Furious 6, DSS agent Luke Hobbs seeks help from Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), and their crew. He offers them amnesty in exchange for them helping him stop Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), the leader of a mercenaries group who plans to steal high-tech devices and sell them on the black market.

Fast and Furious 6 became the second highest grossing film in the Fast and Furious franchise. It gained most of its initial box office success during Memorial Day weekend of 2013. This gave Furious 6 the fourth biggest Memorial Day weekend opening of all-time, and it topped out just under $800 million.

Dwayne Johnson in Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle

3. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle ($962 Million)

Dwayne Johnson joins Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas in this reboot of the 1995 Jumanji. In Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, the four stars play avatar characters for their teen counterparts within an old video game that they get trapped inside once they start to play it. The teens must reach the end to escape Jumanji.

The popularity of Robin William’s Jumanji definitely helped the star power of Jonas, Black, Hart, Gillan, and Johnson in turning Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle into a hit, and it helped that Sony Pictures released it as a holiday action film. Overall Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle received very favorable reviews, which helped spark more public interest and led to it staying at the top of the box office for four consecutive weeks. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle became one of Sony Pictures’ highest grossing films of all-time, only falling third to Spiderman: Far From Home and Skyfall.

Dwayne Johnson in The Fate of the Furious

2. The Fate Of The Furious ($1.2 Billion)

The Fate of the Furious, also known as Fast and Furious 8, follows Dominic Toretto (Diesel) as he’s pulled back into a life of crime by cyberterrorist Cipher played by Charlize Theron. It’s the second film in the franchise to not include Paul Walker, who tragically died before filming was complete on Fast and Furious 7. It was also the third Fast and Furious film to not include Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto. In The Fate of the Furious, Dwayne Johnson reprises his role as Luke Hobbs, who once again joins the team to help save Dom.

Upon the films’ release, The Fate of the Furious broke numerous box office records, including becoming the biggest global opening until Avengers: Infinity War (which was then beat by Avengers: Endgame). By the release of The Fate of the Furious, the Fast and Furious franchise had become a global success that shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Dwayne Johnson in Furious 7

1. Furious 7 ($1.5 Billion)

In Furious 7, after receiving amnesty for helping DSS Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in Fast and Furious 6, Dom (Diesel), Brian (Walker), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and crew try to retire. However, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) wants revenge after they put his brother Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) in a coma during the previous film.

When Furious 7 was released, the franchise had amassed huge global box office gains, with the two previous Fast and Furious films grossing over $600 million worldwide each. Fast and Furious found its global fanbase, but this one was even more special to the series as it marked the end of Paul Walker’s involvement in Fast and Furious, and it acted as sort of a goodbye and tribute to the actor.

Dwayne Johnson hopes to achieve another massive blockbuster hit this December with the release of Jumanji: The Next Level. He also has a few upcoming projects that have massive block office appeal, like DC Comics’ Black Adam. With a strong action portfolio, and more high profile projects coming, Dwayne Johnson will continue to dominate the box office for years to come.

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Marvel’s The Eternals Reveals First Footage In Brazil, Teasing Major Change For MCU

Earlier this week, Marvel fans were given the first official look at the first entry into the universe’s upcoming Phase Four with a trailer for Black Widow. And at Brazil’s comic con, Kevin Feige has now showed off the first-ever footage of next year’s Eternals. The Marvel chief announced to the excitable crowd that it wouldn’t be released to the public “for months” but it seemed to impress the lucky eyes who caught the presentation.

At the Marvel presentation in Sao Paulo, Kevin Feige took the stage to talk more about the highly-anticipated Phase Four to be kicked off in summer 2020. He shocked the crowd with raw footage straight from the set of Eternals, recently in production over the Canary Island of Fuerteventura. Feige said the clips were pulled straight from the cameras to be at the panel and the epic is “going to change the MCU in Phase 4”!

The Eternals footage opened with Barry Keoghan’s Druig bringing some of the characters — including Richard Madden’s Ikaris, Angelina Jolie’s Thena, Gemma Chan’s Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani’s Kingo, Lauren Ridloff’s Makkari, and Lia McHugh’s Sprite — to a ranch or cabin in the woods. Druig tells the crew of Eternals to “Make yourselves to home,” per Deadline.

The presentations then moved to showing brief looks at various scenes featuring members in The Eternals in different settings around the world. A few insights include Kumail Nanjiani’s character in a Bollywood-type scene, a blonde and badass Angelina Jolie taking part in an action scene, and a romance blossoming between Richard Madden and Gemma Chan’s Eternals.

The footage ended with Salma Hayek’s character Ajak saying, “This world has changed us. We must protect it.” What was shown doesn’t give particular context to the plot of the film, but those in attendance were impressed by what they experienced at the panel. Steven Weintraub of Collider said this:

While at the comic convention, Kevin Feige also announced Eternals’ story will take place across 7,000 years and will show the Celestials in their “full, true enormous power.” The Marvel boss did tell fans that the Deviants will look “very different” than originally portrayed in the comics.

Kevin Feige also showed an extended look of Black Widow when Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha sits down with her “sister” Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Alexei/Red Guardian (David Harbour) and Melina (Rachel Weisz). The Marvel chief teased how the movie “sets up the future of the MCU” as well as exploring the Avengers’ past.

Is Captain America Star-Lord’s Grandfather? MCU Fans Revive Theory, And James Gunn Might Agree

So, there’s three MCU actors named Chris and they share enough of a likeness to be stopped on the street under their costar’s names. But what if a couple of them were actually relatives in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Some fans theorize Chris Evans’ Captain America is the biological grandfather of Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord. Sorry, Hemsworth! Should have gone for the head.

The MCU theory first surfaced when fans noticed that the same actress who plays Meredith Quill in the Guardians of the Galaxy films also briefly shows up in 2011’s Captain America: the First Avenger. In Laura Haddock’s other MCU appearance, she meets eyes with Steve Rogers during his grand tour across the U.S. to perform on behalf of the war effort.

Because the universe has been so carefully crafted over the decade, one Reddit user believes the repeat casting to be on purpose, too. The Marvel fan recently theorized Steve and the woman had a one-night stand back in the ‘40s and she must have become pregnant. Which would make Peter Quill a relative of the first Avenger and super soldier! The timeline may check out, too. If Meredith was born in the ‘40s, she’d be in her 30s in the ’70s when she meets Kurt Russell’s Ego, as she appears to be in the second Guardians movie’s flashbacks.

Last year, the theory was brought to James Gunn’s attention on Twitter, too. Check out his response:

Okay, so it seems like the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker is taking the theory pretty lightly. He throws out the theory but he also says he “just made it up”… so that doesn’t help bring weight to it. But, Meredith Quill could very well have a mom who loved a hunky Star Spangled Man during the war. Steve Rogers having a one-night stand on the other hand does feel a bit out a character.

I mean… the guy couldn’t even set up a date with Peggy Carter until he was about to crash into some ice. Yet, the Reddit user believes that because Cap was gaining some celebrity during the tour, he may have just gone for it with the blonde beauty. The fan also points to a scene where Peggy shoots at him to test the shield as an act of jealousy from seeing other women.

The fact that Star-Lord is the only one of Ego’s children out of millions who has the inner light is also something that has convinced some fans that he could be related to Captain America. Yet, as explained in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this was because Quill was older when he was brought in by Ego.

What do you think about this theory? Could Captain America be Star-Lord’s grandfather? Sound off in the comments and vote in our poll below!

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Sam Mendes Explains Why 1917 Needed To Feel Like One Long Shot

If you’ve heard of 1917, chances are you’ve also heard that it’s a 2-hour long film that appears to play out over one continuous shot. The headline-grabbing filmmaking technique has been at the center of the conversation about Sam Mendes’ World War I film. And ahead of its release, the director has spoken out about why he made that unique narrative choice.

The one-shot technique has been a part of 1917 since its inception. And though it has the potential to feel like a marketing gimmick, Sam Mendes explained to Variety that he viewed it as an essential part of telling the film’s story effectively:

1917 is partially based on Sam Mendes’ grandfather’s experience during World War I. It follows two young British soldiers as they cross enemy lines, and face relentless danger, to deliver news about an incoming ambush. During their journey, they are exposed to the dangers and the destruction wrought during and immediately after Operation Alberich.

Keeping the viewer continuously in the moment definitely helps sustain the unique tension that comes from being in combat. And it presented a unique challenge for both Sam Mendes and the film’s legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, who created the one-shot effect by combining long takes with intricate moving camera shots:

Though at times frustrating, Sam Mendes’ approach to 1917 gives viewers an idea of what life must have been like on the World War I front lines. The Great War rarely gets the cinematic treatment, so this intimate glimpse into harrowing conditions that soldiers faced is notable. The dedication to realism also drove the director’s decision to cast two relatively unknown actors as the leads. He told Variety that if he’d had A-list actors play the main characters, viewers would automatically assume they will survive, and become less engaged in the film’s outcome.

Sam Mendes’ methodical approach to bringing 1917 to the screen wasn’t for nothing. The film is bringing the director some of the best reviews of his career, and inspiring some Oscar buzz. 1917 begins a limited theatrical release on December 25.

DC’s Black Adam Aims To Be A New ‘Inventive’ Kind Of Comic Book Movie After Joker

It will be a while before we will understand the full scope of Joker’s legacy. A grim departure from typical comic book movie fare, it’s proven that fans are willing to accept some pretty bold narrative choices when it comes to their favorite characters. And now elsewhere at DC films, the team behind Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam adaptation seems to see that as an opportunity to make their own film just as inventive.

DC Films has planned to bring Black Adam to the big screen for years, with Dwayne Johnson set to star as the titular anti-hero. Earlier this year, director Jaume Collet-Serra joined the team. And last month, the Black Adam team enlisted the help of Lawrence Sher, Joker’s cinematographer. After a recent screening of the surprise blockbuster, Black Adam’s new director of photography discussed how he thinks the team will approach the film’s aesthetic:

Joker is not the first comic book film to employ a grittier aesthetic. However, the film’s nihilistic themes are certainly rare to see in the genre. And the monumental success of the film, in part thanks to its irreverent tone, has certainly widened the spectrum for what narrative approach other filmmakers could take in the future. While a persuasive argument can be made that not every comic book movie needs to be dark-with-a-capital-D, Black Adam is a good candidate to push some boundaries.

Having Lawrence Sher on board will certainly help. The cinematographer played a crucial role in setting Joker’s distinctive tone. And since he’s fairly new to the comic book genre, he brings a fresh and unique perspective on how to bring these stories from page to screen.

Black Adam likely won’t be the only film to follow in Joker’s footsteps, either — especially since DC has announced it will be making more R-rated films. Matt Reeves has made what some consider to be unconventional casting choices for The Batman, particularly where that film’s hero is concerned. So there’s reason to believe it, too, could take some unexpected turns. And, of course, there’s the Joker sequel, which is sure to once again make us rethink the Clown Prince of Crime. Black Adam is due to begin filming in June of 2020.

Why Jumanji: The Next Level Pulled Danny Glover’s Lethal Weapon Callback

Well this sounds hilarious! In a few moments between Kevin Hart and D.J (Dwayne Johnson), the comedian brought back an iconic Lethal Weapon line that would certainly have had fans of the buddy cop movie busting up laughing. These moments were in many edits of the movie, but ultimately were cut from the theatrical release. Here’s why, per what the producers of Jumanji: The Next Level told CinemaBlend:

Makes sense! Jumanji: The Next Level is already a sequel to a reboot of another franchise. To also pull from Danny Glover’s Murtaugh may have felt like a step too far. The producers wanted to allow The Next Level to carve out its own laughs without having to relying on other franchises. As Hiram Garcia also touches upon, much of the audience who will be going out to see the new Jumanji may not have been introduced to the R-rated 1987 action flick just yet.

It is a bummer for Lethal Weapon fans to hear! It would have been hilarious to hear Kevin Hart say with his Danny Glover impression. Even so, it’s exciting to have Glover and Danny DeVito playing roles in the film, along with the return of Jack Black and Karen Gillan’s game avatars. Jumanji: The Next Level also stars Nick Jonas once again, with the addition of Crazy Rich Asians’ Awkwafina as a character named Ming.

Chrissy Teigen Had the Perfect Response to a Troll Who Told Her to ‘Cover Up’

There’s no one who can put a troll in their place quite like Chrissy Teigen—and she proved that when she expertly shut down someone who asked her to “cover up” her breasts in a recent post.

The Cravings author exercised her clapback muscles on Friday, December 6, after sharing a sweet photo with her daughter, Luna, on Instagram. The image shows Teigen sitting on a staircase as her three-year-old adjusts her blazer.

While most fans loved the candid moment, mom-shamers were out in full force to accuse her of showing too much skin in front of her child.

“Jesus cover up your daughter is right there,” one person commented.

Oddly, the troll also had a photo of the picture as their Instagram profile photo.

“She sucked it for months and doesn’t mind it much,” Teigen replied.

Others tried to shame her for not covering up as well. “Do you ever wear underwear?” another person asked.

“U cold up there?” Teigen responded.

As always, the mother of two is the best at coming up with responses to her haters and has become known for her comebacks on social media. In fact, this isn’t even first time she’s masterfully taken on trolls this month.

When the model posted a couple of photos from her Thanksgiving, including one with with her personal chef and nanny, a user mocked her for having hired help for her and John Legend‘s two children, Luna and Miles.

“Grateful for the people that make our dysfunctional house functional,” Teigen captioned the sweet shot.

“AKA ‘thankful for my household staff of chefs and nannies,'” the troll commented.

But Teigen wasn’t having any of it and quickly put the person in their place. “Literally just said that but you sure got me,” she replied.

When will people learn not to come for Chrissy Teigen on social media? She always has the last word.