Audiences hold back, even as more movie theaters open
Animated character Raya, voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, left, appears with Sisu the dragon in a scene from "Raya and the Last Dragon." (Disney+ via AP)Theaters reopening in New York City this weekend did not set the box office on fire. Walt Disney Animation's “ Raya and the Last Dragon ” earned an estimated $8.6 million from 2,045 locations in North America. AdWarner Bros. “Tom & Jerry,” which is available to stream free for HBO Max subscribers, brought in $6.6 million from 2,563 North American theaters in its second available weekend. Many areas in North America are not yet fully open, including Los Angeles, and most California counties, Washington D.C., and much of Canada.
John Boyega isn't going to 'take the money and shush'
This year, Boyega has made it clear he doesn't feel that way, that he isn’t going to bite his tongue. The five-film series is playing on the BBC in the U.K. and on Amazon Prime in the U.S.; “Red, White and Blue” will debut Dec. 4 on Amazon. In the true story, Boyega plays Leroy Logan, an aspiring research scientist who gives up the lab to join the overwhelmingly white London police force in the 1980s. “Red, White and Blue” puts Boyega front and center and wrestles with many of the social issues -- race, change, belonging -- that he is grappling with, too. Since Boyega’s comments about “Star Wars,” he’s received a supportive phone call from producer Kathleen Kennedy that Boyega has described as frank and transparent.
'Asteroid Hunters' launches on IMAX screens this week. Here's an exclusive 1st look!
A new IMAX film celebrates the scientists and engineers who are working to keep our planet safe from potentially hazardous space rocks. The 38-minute documentary "Asteroid Hunters" hits theaters across the United States Thursday (Oct. 8) after a premiere two days earlier at the Kennedy Space Center near Orlando, Florida. "What if we could stop an asteroid from hitting in the first place?" The new IMAX film "Asteroid Hunters" is scheduled to be released on Oct. 8, 2020. Fortunately, this has not happened in the recent past, although an asteroid is blamed for the demise of the dinosaurs some 66 million years ago.space.com
Daisy Ridley blames 'social media' for poor 'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' reception
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" star Daisy Ridley is lamenting the poor critical and fan reception to the film, the third in her starring trilogy. "Its changed film by film honestly, like 98% its so amazing, this last film it was really tricky," Ridley explained of her process understanding the criticism of the film, speaking to Entertainment Weekly. Related: The best Disney Plus movies and shows for 'Star Wars' & sci-fi fans"I watched the documentary, the making-of [The Skywalker Legacy], this week," Ridley went on to say, discussing the documentary feature included in "Rise of Skywalker's" home video release. But I think in general thats because social media and what have you." "The Rise of Skywalker" currently sits at a 52% 'Rotten' rating on Rotten Tomatoes the lowest rated of the modern "Star Wars" trilogy by a wide margin, with immediate predecessor "The Last Jedi" rated 92% 'Fresh' and the first film "The Force Awakens" rated 93% 'Fresh.'space.com
After 'The Rise of Skywalker' the future of Star Wars is on Disney+
Daisy Ridley as Rey in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." With the release of "The Rise of Skywalker" on Friday the nine-film epic has concluded, but that doesn't mean the end of Star Wars. DisneyThe shorter, serialized episodes, with a succinct plot and lots of action, have appealed to Star Wars fans and casual TV watchers. It's unclear if this format will be used for the other two live action Star Wars shows coming to Disney+. Disney | LucasfilmIn addition to these live action shows, Disney+ will also feature a new 12-episode season of the much-loved "Star Wars: Clone Wars" animated show, which launched in 2008, but was cancelled in 2014.cnbc.com
New home sales, Santa rally, Star Wars' first weekend box office: 3 things to watch for on Monday
Daisy Ridley as Rey in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." New home sales, which account for about 11.3% of housing market sales, hit a 12-year high in September. Santa Claus rally? Monday will be the last trading session before the official Santa Claus rally begins. Star Wars' first weekend box officecnbc.com
'The Rise of Skywalker' star Daisy Ridley was pouring beer for 'minimum wage' when she landed 'Star Wars'
In a span of less than five years, Daisy Ridley has gone from pouring beers for minimum wage to wielding a lightsaber for a multibillion-dollar movie franchise. The British actress stars as Rey in Disney's new "Star Wars" trilogy, which finishes on Friday with the release of the third installment, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." But when she first landed that life-changing role roughly five years ago, Ridley was still working in a pub in London making under $10 an hour. Aside from landing the occasional small acting role, at the time Ridley was getting by making "minimum wage" as a bartender, she told The New York Times in 2015. In 2014, the minimum wage in the U.K. for workers over the age of 21 was 6.50 (about $8.50) per hour, according to the British Government.cnbc.com
'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' trailer debuts during Monday Night Football
John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" coming to theaters Dec. 20th, 2019. After months of waiting, the official trailer for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" debuted on Monday night. "People keep telling me they know me," Rey says in a voice over. The trailer, which dropped during the Monday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets, showcased a growing resistance, with Leia Organa and Lando Calrissian at the helm. The two minute trailer ends with a close up of Rey, lightsaber in hand, with Luke's voice echoing, "The Force will be with you," followed with Leia saying "Always."cnbc.com
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" final trailer released
"Star Wars" fans were taken back to a "galaxy far, far away" Monday night with a new trailer for the upcoming film, which is set to hit theaters December 20. Those watching the Monday Night Football matchup between the New York Jets and New England Patriots were treated to the final trailer for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." And Luke Skywalker is heard telling Rey, "The force will be with you ... always" in a voice over. He's not the only "Star Wars" vet coming back to the franchise: Mark Hamill, Billie Lourd and even Carrie Fisher will appear in the upcoming film, according to director J.J. Abrams, who also helmed 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," followed by "The Last Jedi." Abrams is determined to button up this part of the "Star Wars" saga.cbsnews.com
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" teaser trailer released
The first trailer for the highly-anticipated end to the Skywalker Saga is here, and it finally has a title: "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." The teaser dropped Friday during a live panel hosted by Stephen Colbert, who spoke with director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. "We've passed on all we know," Luke Skywalker narrates. The film is the final in the latest "Star Wars" trilogy, following "The Force Awakens" and "The Last Jedi." "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" hits theaters in December.cbsnews.com