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Star Wars: The Last Jedi and its incredible throne room scene remains burned in our minds, even three years after the polarizing film’s release. Now, as we sit twiddling our thumbs and scrolling through Twitter during our self-quarantines, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is dropping a few behind-the-scenes photos from that scene, as well as a sweet candid image of Carrie Fisher. See The Last Jedi behind the scenes photos below.The Last Jedi Behind The Scenes Photos
A few lovely ones from the archives spoilers I guess pic.twitter.com/HWgeFkI0qG
— Rian Johnson @rianjohnson March 19, 2020
Shot on Johnson’s Ilford 3200 camera, the black and white photos offer a few glimpses of what it was like behind-the-scenes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The third photo is a pretty funny one, showing Andy Serkis, who voiced and motion-capture performed the role of the villainous Supreme Leader Snoke, crying over a prop of Snoke’s bisected body after he had been killed by Kylo Ren Adam Driver. It may come as a bit of a surprise that Snoke’s body was actually a prop and not entirely digital, but we had actually learned this in our oral history of the throne room battle scene.
But while Serkis sheds fake tears over his character’s dead body, you may shed some real tears to see Carrie Fisher and Oscar Isaac who played the rogueish pilot Poe Dameron goofing around in the first image, which Johnson admits had “some funkyness happening with that,” but he liked how it came out nonetheless. It’s amazing that Johnson had time to snap these photos while he was busy directing a tentpole sci-fi film that would go on to rake in $1.3 billion worldwide, but hey, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker is a multi-tasker.
The Last Jedi images come right as the final film in the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, comes on digital and before it arrives in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 31.Source: Slashfilm.com
Quibi is one of the most anticipated platform launches of the year and it's also one of the most talked about in Hollywood circles. While the short-form service, which comes out on April 6, is launching around the same time as HBO Max and NBCUniversal's Peacock, the presence of ex-Walt Disney Studios chairman and DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is the main reason for the wagging tongues.
The other reason the town is keeping a particularly close eye on Quibi is its lineup of projects from top stars, both in front of and behind the camera. Steven Spielberg is writing a horror drama — his first writing project since A.I. — and other stars to sign up include Steven Soderbergh, Sam Rami, Antoine Fuqua, Jennifer Lopez, Liam Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Kiefer Sutherland, Lena Waithe, Anna Kendrick, Sophie Turner, Reese Witherspoon and LeBron James.Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock
Katzenberg's partner in Quibi is former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who he persuaded to join him over dinner in San Francisco, shortly after she revealed she was leaving Hewlett Packard. Whitman is ostensibly overseeing the tech of the service, while Katzenberg corrals creatives.
The service is launching April 6, despite the current COVID-19 crisis impacting production on a few of its Daily Essentials and news-related shows, with a 90-day free trial. Starting at $4.99 with ads and $7.99 with no ads, the platform is set to have 175 original shows in its first year, totaling around 8,500 episodes.
Katzenberg tells Deadline how he's feeling about launching a major new platform in the middle of a global pandemic – calling the fallout “heartbreaking” and “distressing” with people’s lives “being turned upside down” – who he expects to sign up to Quibi and how he’s in talks with J.J. Abrams for potential projects.
DEADLINE: You’re 10 days away from launch. How are you feeling ahead of April 6?
JEFFREY KATZENBERG: I’m quite excited. I'm confident. I think that we're about to bring some joy and happiness and laughter and something different to people's lives in a moment in time, which you can't get enough of that. In a way, it's the one silver lining, I think that Hollywood, the best and most talented people have tuned out and made some extraordinary content that will delight people and is going to bring a lot of enjoyment to them. I'm proud of the Quibi team and, most importantly, our suppliers and creators, what they're delivering every day.
DEADLINE: How has COVID-19 affected those launch plans?
KATZENBERG: One of the things that we did a couple of weeks ago in anticipation of where we're finding ourselves, is to give Quibi away free for the...
Dua Lipa, Waxahatchee, Pearl Jam, and PARTYNEXTDOOR all put out new albums today, but did any of them “unite people in a pure way”? No, no they didn't. Not even Bob Dylan's 17-minute free-association song about the JFK assassination can compete with The Medicine, the new EP from musician/occasional actor Jeremy Renner.
“I've always found music to be one of the few things that unite people in a pure way,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe star Instagrammed. “Common ground can be hard to find in today's world, but music has remained a constant for me. To feel deeply, to dance fervently, and live together is more present now than ever.” Song titles include “Never Sorry” and “Every Woman,” which may or may not make you feel deeply, dance fervently, and live together, but you will question the lyric, “What's underneath that smile? / Your secrets drive me wild / It gets me every time / Take me on your magic carpet ride.”
The Jeremy Renner app had to die so The Medicine could live.
Every time I see Renner's irony-free Instagram handle, I think of Conner4Real from Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Renner has already covered “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies — why not “I'm So Humble” next?
Via Jeremy Renner on Instagram