The Fangirly Diary of a Geek Girl: How I learned to stop worrying and love Star Wars~
Despite a part of the fandom not liking Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it seems regular people liked the film just fine (as far as CinemaScore, ComScore and IMDb go). And thus Disney is A-OK with the film, or so the president of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis said:
Rian Johnson, the cast, and the Lucasfilm team have delivered an experience that is totally Star Wars yet at the same time fresh, unexpected and new. That makes this a Star Wars film like audiences have never seen – it’s got people talking, puzzling over its mysteries, and it’s a lot to take in, and we see that as all positive, that should help set the film up for great word-of-mouth and repeat viewing as we enter the lucrative holiday period.
Director Rian Johnson himself had some words to say about the fan backlash:
I’m aware through my own experience that, first of all, the fans are so passionate, they care so deeply — sometimes they care very violently at me on Twitter. But it’s because they care about these things, and it hurts when you’re expecting something specific and you don’t get it from something that you love. It always hurts, so I don’t take it personally if a fan reacts negatively and lashes out on me on Twitter. That’s fine. It’s my job to be there for that. Like you said, every fan has a list of stuff they want a “Star Wars” movie to be and they don’t want a “Star Wars” movie to be. You’re going to find very few fans out there whose lists line up.
Welp, it seems that despite the Disney/Fox deal, Gore Verbinski’s Gambit with Channing Tatum as the title character, is still happening and it apparently has a budget of $155 million. That’s only about $20 million less than X-Men: Apocalypse. Yeah, unless they change that one, Gambit ain’t gonna be a R-rated movie like some people wanted. So yep, we’ll just wait for February 14th, 2019 to see how that turns out. As of right now, I am not that hopeful.
Here’s a new picture of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, where Newt Scamander reunites with Jacob Kowalski! What are they doing together in what appears to be 1920s’ Paris is anybody’s guess.
Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book is now called Mowgli, and it has its first synopsis:
The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.
It’s been a while since I posted a list, and considering this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special will air before I manage to post this column, here’s a ranking of all the christmas specials, from meh to wow.
In related news, we’ll get a Doctor Who novel titled The Day She Saved The Doctor: Four Stories from the TARDIS. And all four stories about Who companions are written by women! The companions are Rose Tyler, Clara Oswald, Bill Potts, and Sarah Jane Smith… where’s Donna tho! The anthology will publish on International Women’s Day: March 8, 2018.