Vanity Fair LAST JEDI Portraits, Video, & Article Provide “The Definitive Preview” (IMAGES/VIDEO/LINK)

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Every image is gorgeous, and some are heartbreaking.

That’s what’s captured in the mix of portraits (seen in the gallery below) shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz in Vanity Fair’s collector’s issue for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. They anchor the magazine’s “definitive preview” for the eighth episode in the Skywalker saga, which is the in-depth article by writer David Kamp (click here to read).

These images also reveal for the first time the characters played by new cast members Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro. A focus is granted to some of the designers as well: Costume Designer Michael Kaplan, Production Designer Rick Heinrichs, and Creature Supervisor Neal Scanlan.

The most beautiful and precious images of the bunch, however, are the portraits of the late Carrie Fisher with her daughter Billie Lourd and co-star Mark Hamill. With her untimely and still shocking death, these become weighted with so much more poignancy and value.

And to top it off, there’s a short behind-the-scenes video highlighting the photo shoot, including more footage of a vibrant Fisher before she unexpectedly passed away at the age of 60.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017.

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Facebook Q&A With Gosling, Ford, & Villeneuve, Plus Pics/Posters For BLADE RUNNER 2049 (VIDEO/IMAGES)

 

As a kickoff to the debut of the first official trailer for Blade Runner 2049 (seen here), Facebook hosted a live 30-minute Q&A (sponsored by IMAX) with stars Ryan Gosling & Harrison Ford, along with director Denis Villeneuve. Ford devolves into his surly self after awhile (he gets laughs, too), but Gosling and Villeneuve remain more than game for this very-early promo junket. Blade Runner 2049 opens on October 6, 2017.

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GODFATHER Reunion Q&A At Tribeca Film Festival: Full 80-Minute Panel (VIDEO)

It’s a video you can’t refuse.

In celebration of the 45th Anniversary of The Godfather, the Tribeca Film Festival scored a coup and corralled the stars of Parts I and II: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Talia Shire, and director Francis Ford Coppola.

The actual panel discussion begins at around the 13:00 mark in the video.

Hosted by filmmaker Taylor Hackford (De Niro’s recent director for The Comedian), offer a lot of candid insights, like Pacino and Keaton confessing how they once got drunk together while filming the first movie, and that they began to share with each other their worries that this would be “the worst film ever made.”

This wide-ranging 80-minute conversation is sure to please cinephiles in general and Godfather fans especially, even if it would’ve seemed more fitting to wait five years for the 50th Anniversary. But since there’s no guarantees this group could all still be around then (God willing, they are), it was great of TFF to make this special event a reality.

The Full LAST JEDI Panel At Star Wars Celebration 2017 (VIDEO)

In case you missed it on (Good) Friday, here is the full hour-long panel for Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Star Wars Celebration 2017. Hosted by Josh Gad (keeping it all in the Disney Corporate Universe), it has Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, writer/director Rian Johnson, and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Mark Hamill – all capped off by the debut of the first teaser trailer. You can watch the “40 Years of Star Wars” Original Cast panel by clicking here, and the Carrie Fisher Tribute and Star Wars concert here.

Carrie Fisher Tribute & John Williams STAR WARS Concert: Star Wars Celebration 2017 (VIDEO)

Day 1’s main event at Star Wars Celebration 2017 was capped off by a moving tribute to Carrie Fisher by Star Wars creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who set up a tribute video. It was followed by a surprise Star Wars concert conducted by John Williams. You can watch the “40 Years of Star Wars” panel with the Original Cast by clicking here, and The Last Jedi panel here.

The Full “40 Years Of Star Wars” Panel From Star Wars Celebration 2017 (VIDEO)

The Original Crew is back – including creator George Lucas – to talk about the four-decade legacy of Star Wars. This is the complete panel discussion from Star Wars Celebration 2017. It was followed by a moving Carrie Fisher Tribute and Star Wars Concert – conducted by John Williams himself – in a video you can watch by clicking here. You can also watch the The Last Jedi panel here.

LA LA LAND and MOONLIGHT Directors Share Variety Cover – For A Very Cool Reason

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The grace that the filmmakers of La La Land showed to those of Moonlight – in the midst of the biggest gut-punching “psyche” job to ever play out on a global stage – didn’t end on Oscar night.

Every year post-Oscars, Variety (the legendary Hollywood trade publication) puts the Academy Award winner for Best Director on its cover. This year, that honor goes to Damien Chazelle, who won for helming La La Land. And yet when the edition debuted, director Barry Jenkins – whose Moonlight had just beat La La Land for Best Picture in an historic upset – was sharing the cover with Chazelle.

The reason: because Chazelle had asked Variety – and not the other way around – if Jenkins could join him, for the cover and the interview.

As Variety put it:

  • The high stakes and cutthroat tactics enlisted during Hollywood’s annual award season have long rivaled those of hard-fought political campaigns. But this year’s race showed the entertainment community at its absolute best. This was not a case of winner-take-all, but rather — as our cover story hopefully and joyfully exemplifies — proof that contenders share similar dreams, struggles, and frailties, and in fact can show respect and a generosity of spirit toward one another, whether they win or lose.

To read the entire joint interview conducted by Kristopher Tapley, Variety’s Oscar guru and host of their Oscar podcast Playbackclick here. The feature includes a pictorial essay of these two filmmakers, who were at the top of the 2016 Academy Award winning class. That photo essay is teased here in this behind-the-scenes video: