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!
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.
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!
Straight from the Rumor Mill! Which means: none of the following is official or has been confirmed.
Local Central Coast star, Zac Efron, is rumored to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)'s "Phase 4" as Adam Warlock. The Marvel character was teased heavily to be joining the other comic book characters on screen in Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 during the end credit scene. And "Guardian's of the Galaxy 3" is currently being developed with James Gunn returning at the helm. Of course, the third film was set up perfectly to continue after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
So as the production begins to ramp up, the rumors begin to swirl. BossLogic on twitter has done some fan art to see what it may look like with Zac as Adam, and it looks amazing!!
Would you like to see Zac Efron join the ranks of the Avengers?
We vote: Yes!
There are few characters in cinematic history that you could identify from a lineup of silhouettes. In the Star Wars films, the mighty Chewbacca is instantly recognizable.
It was announced today that Peter Mayhew, the actor responsible for bringing this character to life, passed away on April 30th at his home in Northern Texas, surrounded by his family. He was 74 years old. Peter had a recent surgery to help with mobility issues, something that forced him to retire playing the iconic character after appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Standing at a commanding height of 7' 2", he openly and continually embraced the fandom of the beloved character that he breathed life into when Star Wars: A New Hope premiered in 1977.
The Hollywood Reporter is out with an article saying that Rex Pickett, the author of the novel that Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor's screenplay was based on is, has begun working with EFG-Renascence Productions to develop a musical based on the film. EFG-Renascence founder Solomon J. LeFlore and his partner Susan Gee made the announcement earlier today. It is their hope that Sideways will be heading to Broadway soon.
Not to pump the breaks on the project too quickly, but Disney recently acquired Fox Studios, which means Sideways now is under Mickey's realm. Therefore, Disney Theatrical Productions will have the first option to make the musical. No timeline is announced for the show.
According to the article, Pickett is still working in his Sideways world by working on an "unscripted international viticulture travel series" which will be called Going Sideways. He has also finalized a sequel called Sideways 2.0, which follows two millennials following the original wine tromping journey through the Santa Ynez Valley.
Click here to read the whole Hollywood Reporter article.
I'm Daniel Lahr and I'm the Executive Director and Founder of the Central Coast Film Society. We're going to begin having a regular blog going on here where I'll be sharing my feelings on local events, news and movie events (ie. movie reviews)!
I hope you all enjoy and get to know us a little bit better as we continue to grow. This will also be a place where I'll share all of my recaps of events we have, give special thanks to people who help us out along the way, and maybe share some news here first with you!
That being said, the summer blockbuster movie season is just getting started this week with the arrival of Avengers: Endgame. I'll be seeing it on Thursday night and I couldn't be more excited! So I will follow up with our first review. That being said... there's many, many more movies coming out this year. What would you like to see me review?