It was confirmed today by multiple sources, including Variety, that Ewan McGregor is set to reprise his role as the Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, on Disney's upcoming streaming service, Disney+. McGregor first played the role in the long anticipated, long since debated prequel trilogy, starting with Star Wars: Episode I - A Phantom Menace in 1999. It was long sense rumored and whispered that McGregor was attained by Disney to do the role after appearing in recent live-action films, Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Christopher Robin (2018).
Many Star Wars fans were left divided with the reception of the "Prequel Trilogy," but many will say the best aspect of them were Ewan McGregor's take on a younger Sir Alec Guinness, who originated the role in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Other favorite characters have seen returns in various ways, including Darth Maul, who was seen briefly in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
McGregor also lent his voice, uncredited, to Star Wars: Episode IV - The Force Awakens (2015) which you can hear during Rey's "force-back" after touching Anakin and Luke's lightsaber. The character of Obi-Wan Kenobi lives past the films, appearing in animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. The actor giving his voice in the animated series is Santa Barbara native, James Arnold Taylor.
There is no word or confirmation from Disney on the size and scope of the untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney+. The show will be joining at least two other live-action Star Wars series that will be on the service, including Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian and another untitled series following Diego Luna's Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk's K-2SO characters from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
You can catch the Disney+ service starting this November to see Ewan McGregor back in action again. If you want to see Obi-Wan Kenobi back on the silver screen, then you don't have to wait that long. Central Coast Film Society is showing Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope on Saturday, August 24th at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande, California, with special guest Ken Napzok. Tickets are still on sale and this is sure to be one of the largest Star Wars celebrations on the Central Coast! Get your tickets here!
According to Variety, Avengers: Endgame has finally surpassed Avatar as the highest grossing film worldwide, in history. The film is sitting currently at $2.7902 billion!
According to the article, "Avengers: Endgame has amassed $853 million at the domestic box office, making it the second-highest grossing movie in North America behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($936 million). Internationally, it collected a mighty $1.9 billion, boasting especially strong performances in China ($629 million), the United Kingdom ($114 million), South Korea ($105 million), Brazil ($85 million) and Mexico ($77 million)."
Variety also notes that "since Disney closed its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox, Avatar is now part of the Disney empire. That means the Buena Vista company is currently home to seven of the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time."
Avengers: Endgame is currently in select theaters with Disney also re-releasing a version, mostly in effort to beat Avatar, with some additional footage that was not seen in the original release. Something that Avatar did during it's run as well. The final numbers is still expected to rise until the film is released to home video markets in the coming weeks.
There are few fandoms in film and television that rival the passion and sheer numbers of the group of super-fans, affectionately known as "Trekkies." Well, it looks like Star Trek is going to "boldly go" to the Santa Ynez Valley.
Today, at San Diego Comic-Con, the Star Trek panel released a load of new information about CBS' new show, Star Trek: Picard. Along with images, and panel discussion from the stars of the show, we were treated with a new trailer of the show. Many Star Trek: The Next Generation fans began swooning as they saw the beloved character, Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart, along with a large amount of favorites from that "generation." From what is gathered, the character Jean-Luc Picard, which has not been seen on the silver screen since 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis or on the small screen of Enterprise in 2005, and has since retired from the Starfleet, taking time to make Bourgogne wine at "Chateau Picard" in his native country of France.
Funny how his amazingly fictitious futuristic french villa and vineyard look in no way like Sunstone Winery in the beautiful Santa Ynez Winery today. Actually, they're one and the same. The Sunstone Villa can be seen in the opening shots of the newly released trailer and also makes an appearance in the recently released poster. It also appears later in the trailer where Picard makes contact with someone who will be bringing him (assumingely) back into the thick of it in outer space.
Production on Star Trek: Picard started on April 29, 2019 under the working title, Drawing Room and is expected to continue through October 1, 2019. The show is set to air on CBS early 2020, which is the same year that the Central Coast Film Society will be premiering the Central Coast Film Festival in Santa Ynez Valley.
Are you excited for Star Trek: Picard? Ready to visit Sunstone Winery inSanta Ynez Valley? Can you spot Sunstone in the poster? Leave a comment below after watching the trailer for yourself!
Star Trek: Picard filming location at Sunstone Winery.
San Diego Comic-Con is here, and so what is more fitting for a movie that was filmed in San Diego and with lots of assistance with the United States Navy for filming. Tom Cruise reprises his role as "Maverick" from the 1986 film Top Gun, a role that shot him into the super-star stratosphere.
Now, after 33 years, we are seeing "Maverick" flying through the skies once again. From the looks of it, we're all in for one adrenaline fueled ride! The film is scheduled for release in 2020. Keep an eye out right here for more movie news to come out of San Diego this weekend.
Now, strap in and watch the trailer yourself and let us know what you think!
Spider-Man: Far From Home proves to be another successful entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). If you haven't seen this movie yet, stop reading. We are going to be getting into some very heavy spoilers below. You also probably will have need to have watched the entire MCU movies leading up to this, because let's face it, if you're coming in cold-turkey to these movies now without having seen the others, you're basically just enjoying the crust on your double deluxe deli sandwich. So here we go into spoiler territory!
Who would have thought that Spider-Man: Far From Home would really come down to characters named Edith, Talos and J. Jonah Jameson. Yes, that's correct. Artificial intelligence, skulls and J.K. (Friggin') Simmons!! Sure we follow the usual suspects of Peter and his classmates around Europe while basking in Tom Holland's genuine performance of that awkward teenager having an internal struggle between saving the world with his powers of being "strong and sticky" and that of trying to execute his hopelessly romantic plan of getting MJ to kiss him. But did I mention that we have J. Jonah Jameson in this movie... the real one!
Okay, so long story short: Tony Stark is dead. He loved Peter Parker like a son and so left him all of his power. But Peter just wants to be a kid and his class trip to Europe is all orchestrated by Nick Fury and his remaining S.H.I.E.L.D. operations, working in the shadows. Fury needs Peter to help eliminate a bunch of monsters who will come and destroy the world. The other Avengers since Endgame have other things they need to attend to. So Nick Fury and team recruits Mysteryo who is seems like he's the newest contender for "Earth's Mightiest Hero." But of course, fans of Spider-Man know, this guys isn't to be trusted, but Peter Parker just wants to be a kid.
Sure, it sounds like a bad 90's action movie script... but that's because it is! The whole first half of the movie is a bit clunky and sticks like webbing in places, but it's all part of the design. So let's get into what this movie is also really about. Edith, or E.D.I.T.H., or "Even Dead, I'm The Hero" is another great piece of A.I. that Tony Stark created. It's basically Skynet, but needs a human controller, and has a much more friendly OS, and is operated completely by wearing a pair of sunglasses. The world is still feeling the toll that Endgame put on us, and like the MCU audience, we are wondering who is going to take up the Iron Man mantel.
Tony left Edith's control to Peter, who Peter again is extremely reluctant to use, especially after almost assassinating a potential suitor for MJ. He then gives the control to Mysterio (aka Quentin Beck), which unbeknown to all of us, is a disgruntled former Stark Industries employee, who was responsible for designing the hologram program seen in Captain America: Civil War and Tony refers to as his "therapy project." But he's not alone, he has a whole team of disenchanted Stark Industry professionals, who like Stark, had no super powers other than being smart and posses high levels of technological skills. Even William Ginter Riva (played by Peter Billingsley from 11 years ago in the original Iron Man) was there to be a part of the former Stark Industries villains. With the control of Edith, Mysterio is now able to make it look like he's the Avenger that is all powerful.
Mysterio seems kind of a "meh" character at first, nothing explained. But when you find out everything is being projected and mapped out by drones, the threat becomes very real for Spider-Man. I found myself in awe and wondering how Peter was going to get out of the visions Mysterio was putting around Peter. Even projecting a zombie-like Iron Man coming after Peter... a truly horrific image for Peter. At the beginning of the movie, his Spidey-senses (aka "Peter Tingle") are off because he's so distracted with teenage life. Of course, in the end he becomes more focused and that's what saves him in the end, bringing Mysterio down.
But of course, William Ginter Riva makes it out with footage from the battle and leaks it to the press. Actually, he gives it exclusively to the Daily Bugle and the hands of J. Jonah Jameson! Yes, we are looking at the one and only from the original Spider-Man trilogy, and as far as I know, is the only previous non-MCU marvel character that reprises their old Marvel role in the MCU. That's probably because J.K. Simmons was one of the best parts of those trilogies, and a fan favorite. Well, in this Spider-Man universe, it was his responsibility to release the video of Mysterio dying at the hands of Spider-Man and then they release his true identity of Peter Parker. A call back to the "I am Iron Man" moment, only it's not what Peter wanted. Also, he is called the villain! This is probably the best mid-credit scenes in all of the MCU.
This situation probably is going to be hard for Nick Fury to cover up, considering the fact that he's sunning himself on a Skrull ship in outer space. Yes, kids, the Nick Fury and Maria Hill we've been watching for the entire movie are actually Skrull impostors, Nick actually being Talos, reprised by Ben Mendelsohn. So when Nick Fury tells Peter to not mention Captain Marvel again, it makes a lot more sense. So what's Nick doing? Where's he going? Is that why the other Avengers are available? What's going on?? Ah, that's Phase 4!
In the end, we are left with a thrilling new addition to the MCU and a fantastic Spider-Man movie. Is it perfect? Not 100 percent, but it's fun, and what else should it be? It is also very satisfying to know that after the leak of Peter's name, he'll be fine hiding with Happy Hogan and taking Aunt May with him. Now May and Happy will get more quality time together with their new romance. But Peter will squarely take up the mantle of Iron Man, wielding greater power to protect him from the outside forces that now call him a villain. But as we all know, with great power comes great box office returns (like a $185 million record breaking 4th of July weekend).
I need to go see this movie again, and as soon as possible. What did you think?
4 out of 5 stars.
Tom Holland makes a triumphant return for his fifth time as the web-slinging teenager in Sony/Marvel Studios' Spider-Man: Far From Home. Which is saying something, considering Tobey Maguire had three runs and Andrew Garfield had two. This is his Tom Holland's second stand alone movie as Peter Parker, but he is just as fresh and entertaining to watch as ever.
Something that Tom does is give a genuine performance to what it was like being an awkward shy teenager, who just happens to be "really strong and sticky." Now I won't get into spoilers here, that will come later. But I have to say that you really MUST have watched Avengers: Endgame to really appreciate what's going on here. For those fans who have been following these movies religiously, there's some major pay-offs, major heartbreak, and major fun with these characters. Even the fans going back to the Tobey Maguire films are going to find something to cheer about... but I'm not saying what it is... but man, am I still hooting and hollering about it!
I will say I knew very little about Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Mysterio. So going into this movie was fun because I got really into who and what he's all about. It's hard to make a character work who sports a fishbowl on his head, but it all makes sense! His performance was just as good as the supporting cast, which includes Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders and Jon Favreau, who are continuing the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) thread here, just like they always have. It was great though to see Favreau's Happy Hogan get some much loved screen time and moments with Peter Parker as well. Especially after what we see they're like in Spiderman: Homecoming. There's a scene with the two characters in a location that is reminiscent of the village of Solvang, only it's in the Netherlands, that really is a moving moment... it would even make Tony Stark smile.
Holland's command presence as an awkward teen will resonate with just about anyone who was ever a teenager. We all have our "off" days, including when distractions can top his "Peter Tingle." But it's an honest performance by him and Zendaya's character, MJ, which has the audience swooning at times for how simply precious he is and they are. There's a love for the characters that is genuine from the actors, and it shows.
The first part of the film does come off a bit campy, clunky and predictable, but that's not so horrible because it's still fun. Films, especially ones in the MCU, that tend to have fun with itself seems to have better audience reactions. Which also may be why the DCU is having problems swaying their audience; they just take themselves too serious and are trying to be too responsible with the material. Well, Peter knows that with great power comes great responsibility. Yet we see Peter here, literally say that he doesn't want it. He just wants to be a kid and try to impress a girl... that is until he's needed and no Avengers are around to answer the call...
If you're going to the movies on this 4th of July Weekend, go see Spider-Man. It's another fantastic addition to the MCU that you really can't miss. See it before it gets spoiled, and whatever you do, (like I need to tell you) stick around to the end of the credits. This is probably my favorite (mid) credits scene I've seen in the MCU. Fantastic cliffhanger!!
Writers, filmmakers, and photographers are coming together on the Central Coast to showcase the most intriguing things you may not know about local treasures. They tilt their lenses toward community, conservation, and extraordinary hidden experiences right here in our own backyard.
Nash Moreno, armed with a vision and a camera, started assembling a team in April of this year to bring attention to interesting locales. Moreno said, “I think part of the appeal is that we are all still learning, and we each bring a different skill set to the table. This gives us a lot of leeway to stray from convention.”
Their first release “Pacific Gold” is an 11 minute ride into the nuances of aquaculture. They find themselves on boats in Morro Bay, chronicling the day to day life, struggles, and triumphs of the Morro Bay Oyster Company. Film rolls and lenses shutter as they learn about the sustainable practices of oyster farming, the role it plays in the Morro Bay Estuary, and just how rough and beautiful a life on a floating office in the bay can be.
In those 11 minutes, you get a good look at the life of what oyster farmers go through in Morro Bay. It's not glamorous, but that's okay with them! When you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. This film is beautifully shot and put together in a way that really gives a great sense of the people and culture in a corner of the Central Coast!
Watch the video here!
Announced earlier this morning on the Ghostbusters' social media, a selfie video made by Paul Rudd shows that he's so excited to be a part of Jason Reitman's new Ghostbuster film, that he has... and currently is... sliming himself.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Rudd will "play a small town teacher in the film." He joins actress Carrie Coon, who will portray a single mother with her family played by Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace. Production is scheduled to begin this fall.
Jason Reitman's father, Ivan Reitman, created the original 1984 Ghostbusters, will be on hand to produce this film. The 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters, with an all female led cast, will not be a part of this film's universe. None of the original cast has confirmed their involvement in the new film, but some have hinted heavily on returning. Unfortunately, one of the original main stars, Harold Ramis, who played Egon Spengler, passed away in 2014.
The new Ghostbusters is expected to hit theaters on July 10, 2020.
What do you think about Paul Rudd joining the new Ghostbusters movie? Check out the hillarious announcement below.
Disney and Pixar made history in 1994 with their hit film, Toy Story. It was hailed as a milestone in cinematic achievement. Essentially a "Snow White" of it's day, where this entire feature length film was made with 1's and 0's in a computer. Computer generated imagery (CGI) had been in use before, including wowing audiences just a year earlier in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, but this was an entire film. Today's world looks at CGI as just another tool, and perhaps even crutch to productions that say on set, "that's okay, we'll fix it in post!" But that is also because animation and CGI has just become so seamless, in some movies we will never know the touch of a digital brush. It's arguable that Pixar has always been on the forefront of the quality of animation, but more importantly: storytelling.
The opening sequence of the new Pixar Film Toy Story 4 begins "9 years ago," when all of our favorite toys were still marked with "Andy" on their feet taking us back in the timeline to when we first met everyone in 1994. Yet, instead of trying to emulate the same animation style we saw in 1994, Pixar made parts of Toy Story 4 look so amazingly, it's hard to imagine everything we saw was digital. For example, remember Sid's dog chasing Buzz and Woody? There is a cat in this film that plays a similar role, but if you put a picture of the two animals side-by-side, you'll see in a flash what I'm talking about.
Even if you don't know who Woody or Buzz are, or if you don't care about the story and haven't seen the other films; go and see this movie simply for the brilliant work of the thousands of artists working long hours in the dark to make this beautiful to watch. There's even a moment in the movie where the characters stop to admire the view, and we're thankful too!
If you have been on the journey with Buzz, Woody and the gang, will you like this movie? Of course! Will it tug at your heartstrings? Well, let's be honest, this is a Pixar movie, so expect tears to be streaming down your cheek 5 minutes into it. But where else could these characters go? How do they grow after four movies? And I think this movie's ending seemed appropriate for that. I don't think it's going to please every fan, but for me, it was okay. Pixar took a risk with characters that are synonymous with their brand essence, but would we want any less to come from Pixar at this point?
I cannot finish this review without talking about the highlight of the film. Perhaps a genius Disney/Pixar marketing ploy, but the one who stole the show was a piece of trash, and we couldn't love him more. Forky is a new character, a toy made from a spork, some pipe cleaner and googly eyes. His purpose is to usher in our main character's new found purpose, but through a lovable plastic piece of trash.
In the end, come for the amazing artistry, stay for the fun and familiar friends, and leave with a warm heart.
To quote HBO, "If you can't wait to get back to Monterey, you're in good company."
The hit HBO show, Big Little Lies, premiered it's second season last night. The show is based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book, which is a dark comedy series about three mothers whose seemingly perfect lives, in Monterey California, unravel to the point of murder. The star-studded cast, which includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz has a new star joining the line up and came out with huge fanfare.
Meryl Streep was "a scream," according to a CNN review of the episode and said the "premiere showcases Meryl Streep at her best" while Collider.com says the "Meryl Streep is sublime in another addictive season." Rotten Tomatoes is giving the season, as of now, a 99% fresh, saying that it is "Gorgeous and gripping, Big Little Lies's second season doubles down on the dark humor and gives its impressive cast even more juicy drama to chew on -- especially an excellent Meryl Streep."
Did you catch the premiere? Tell us what you think.
Be sure to catch the show on Sunday nights on HBO!