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Carrie Fisher, iconic ‘Star Wars’ actress, dies at 60, leaves behind a legacy

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We’re sad to report that legendary Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60. Last week, Fisher suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles last week and has been staying at a hospital in L.A. since where she passed away early this morning.

Fisher won the hearts of movie nerds from across the globe when she made her iconic debut as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars movie and went on to star in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and, most recently, The Force Awakens. It’s safe to say that there truly never would have been a Leia character without her. As Fisher once said: “She’s me and I’m her.”

In a year where we’ve lost so many legends, Fisher’s death seems to have the most impact due to its sheer unexpectedness. She was a fighter and knew how to kick butt, especially when it came to taking on the likes of Darth Vader or those pesky Stormtroopers that couldn’t shoot to save their own lives. We always saw that in Princess Leia—she never seemed helpless. She could always do things on her own. After battling her own personal issues for many years, Fisher took charge of her life and always used her talent to the best of her ability.

Along with being an incredible actress, Fisher was also quite the writer. She had her hand at screenplays for several different films and even released a memoir which hit bookstore shelves earlier this year entitled The Princess Diarist where she opened up about her experiences on the set of Star Wars. Fisher was always extremely open about her life and was never afraid to hide anything from the public eye.

Fisher meant so many things to so many people and that is why her legacy will be one to live on for the years to come. What she meant to you is for you to decide.

May the force be with you, Carrie… always. Rest well.

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Leonardo DiCaprio torches Nazis with a flamethrower in the new ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ trailer

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Stop whatever it is that you’re doing, scroll to the bottom of this post, and watch the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood right fuckin’ now. And then watch it again immediately after. And maybe one more time after that.

There’s so much to unpack here, but let me begin by saying this new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer makes the movie look like an absolute blast and I am beyond jealous of all of the lucky bastards who get to see it two whole months (!) early at Cannes today. I envy every single one of them.

Between seeing Al Pacino in a movie for the first time in god knows how long, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton lighting up a bunch of Nazis with a flamethrower, Margot Robbie playing Sharon Tate, and Brad Pitt just being charming as hell, I am officially 100% in on this movie if I wasn’t already.

Critics are currently getting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood projected into their eyeholes at Cannes as we speak, so we should be getting the first reviews for the film within the next couple of hours, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theaters on July 26. Now go watch that new trailer again.

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Mark your calendars, because ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ now has a May 21, 2021 release date

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I am pleased to inform you that Lionsgate announced via text message(?) today that John Wick: Chapter 4 has been given an official May 21, 2021 release date, so start clearing your schedules and marking your calendars accordingly, folks.

“You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming – May 21, 2021,” the text message reads, and it’s damn right. I have served. And I will be of service. I will literally do anything to get another John Wick movie in front of my eyeholes.

The release date is literally all we know about John Wick: Chapter 4 at this point, but it’s safe to assume that the film will likely find Keanu Reeves’ titular hitman up to his usual bad guy-fighting shenanigans, killing dudes with everyday objects like books and riding around on motorcycles and shit. Y’know, all the familiar hitman stuff.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which is arguably the best installment in the series to date, hit theaters last Friday and had no trouble putting an end to Avengers: Endgame‘s weeks-long box office reign, picking up $56 million at the domestic box office and another $36 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total so far to $93 million.

I’m going into hibernation now. See you all in two years and one day.

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Fox Searchlight drops $14 million on Terrence Malick’s WWII drama ‘A Hidden Life’ at Cannes

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Following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, Terrence Malick’s ninth film, the World War II drama A Hidden Life, has been snatched up by Disney-owned Fox Searchlight in a deal worth $12-14 million, according to Deadline.

The trade reports that Paramount, Focus Features, A24, and Netflix were among some of the other studios bidding on A Hidden Life at the Cannes market, but Fox Searchlight has unlimited Disney money now and they can outbid whoever the hell they want.

I’m kidding (mostly), but it’s exciting to see Malick return to Cannes or the first time since 2011’s The Tree of Life, which picked up the Palme d’Or that year and went on to earn several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

A Hidden Life tells the true story of Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter (August Diel), who defied and refused to serve under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime during WWII before being imprisoned. With all of the fascist bullshit out there in the world today, it sounds like Malick’s latest will be timely as hell.

Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Nyqvist, Valerie Pachner, Jurgen Prochnow, Alexander Fehling, and the late Bruno Ganz also star in A Hidden Life, which, per THR, “will get a robust theatrical release later this year.”

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