Recently I wrote about the amusing anecdote JJ Abrams was telling about the script for Episode IX being stolen and leaked on eBay. I felt the story was potentially a lie because in one version JJ says it was taken from the actor’s home, but in another version JJ says it was taken from the actor’s hotel room.
However, Daisy Ridley went on GMA to plug TROS, and hinted that it was John Boyega who left the script under his bed, allowing it to be stolen.
But then Boyega went on GMA, and admitted it was him.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 27, 2019
Boyega also admitted it on Twitter.
It was me dammit !!!!!!! https://t.co/zc5rrto9bT
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) November 27, 2019
But the questions remain; did this occur at Boyega’s house, or did this occur at Boyega’s hotel room? What happened to the individual that stole it? Did they pay the eBayer to get the script back? How much? Were charges pressed?
Readers of this blog will remember how the box office predictions for Solo kept diminishing the closer we came to the opening weekend. And now, box office predictions for opening weekend are already dropping for The Rise of Skywalker.
10-25-2019 Boxoffice Pro $185,000,000 to $255,000,000
11-27-2019 Deadline $205 Million
11-27-2019 Comingsoon.net $200 Million
11-27-2019 Forbes $180-$200 Million
11-27-2019 Hollywood Reporter $175-$200 Million
It will be fun to watch how low the predictions go before the release next month.
Clownfish TV comments:
Recently I wrote about Daisy Ridley’s ambivalent comments about The Last Jedi which included not being too fond of the porgs. Now John Boyega echoes that sentiment.
From USA Today:
‘Star Wars’: Baby Yoda is way cuter than ‘vile’ porgs, John Boyega says
“So cute, man. I love Baby Yoda,” Boyega tells USA TODAY. “And you know what? I’m against everyone that wants to give that baby another name except for Baby Yoda. That is Baby Yoda.”
“I’ve been open about my thoughts about porgs,” he said. “They’re vile, disgusting creatures.”
Did you think the story about how Maz Kanata was able to recover Luke’s lightsaber from Bespin which ought to be lost forever on the cloud planet, was going to be addressed in the 2nd or 3rd film of the Disney Trilogy? Remember, it was a story for another time. Well, guess again rube. Disney’s Explanatory Universe is going to tell that story in a comic book.
Star Wars Will FINALLY Explain Luke’s Lightsaber Plot Hole
After introducing the confusion in The Force Awakens, and only making the plot hole worse with The Last Jedi, could this finally be the missing story fans have waited for? That certainly seems to be the case, judging by the official plot synopsis for Star Wars #3, set not long after Empire. Take a look:
The end of the war and the final defeat of the REBEL ALLIANCE are inevitable as the cunning IMPERIAL COMMANDER ZAHRA unleashes her fury against the splintered and scattered survivors. But where have the Rebellion’s greatest heroes gone when their cause needs them the most? LUKE SKYWALKER’S only hope at becoming a JEDI KNIGHT was lost during his battle with DARTH VADER…and so he, PRINCESS LEIA and LANDO CALRISSIAN must return to CLOUD CITY to find it! But Leia has her own covert mission to accomplish there…and Lando’s mysterious reason for returning could very well ruin their only chance at success!
Our old friend, Disney Shill Matt Miler from Esquire sat down with JJ Abrams for a “lightly edited” chat. Since only a tiny vocal minority is interested in JJ’s thoughts on Star Wars, we’ll focus our attention on JJ’s comments about the Fandom Menace.
ESQ: Over the last couple of years since The Last Jedi came out, I’ve been writing a lot about the response to that movie, and some of the toxic fandom around Star Wars in this new era. And there are some fans who take issue with the filmmaking, other fans who take issue with some of the more progressive themes. I’m curious, how do you watch the response to Start Wars movies change in this modern era compared to maybe the prequel series or how fans originally responded to them?
JA: I think that the bigger question is: How has everything changed? The reaction to Star Wars, the increased attacks, the increased negativity, the Fandom Menace as they call it, you know, that is not unique to Star Wars, obviously. And I think we live in a time where if you’re not being divisive, if you’re not creating something that’s aversive quick-bait, sometimes you don’t quite feel like you’re playing the game. I always loved Star Wars because it’s got a huge heart. Did I always believe in and agree with every single thing that happened in every movie, whether it was the prequels or the original trilogy? No. But do I love Star Wars? Yes. So, for me, I hope — and I’m sure naively — we can return to a time where we give things a bit more latitude. We don’t have to agree with every single thing to love something. I don’t know anyone who has a spouse or a partner or any family member or any friend, who loves and agrees with every single thing that that person is and does. We have to return, I think, to nuance and acceptance. And so I feel like, as a Star Wars fan, do I love every single thing about each of the movies? No. But do I love Star Wars? Hell yes, I do.
JJ, we’re not married to you, or your crappy ideas. We don’t like the direction you’ve taken Star Wars in general. We don’t like that you carelessly discarded George Lucas’ treatments for the Sequel Trilogy. That’s not going to change, nor is our rejection of your Sequel Trilogy. It’s not going to change until your Sequel Trilogy is wiped from canon, rebooted, and written over. Accept it.
Thanks to Obi-Wan Kenobifor the tip.
CNN Business reports:
New York (CNN Business) – Two of Disney’s most successful movie franchises are about to hit theaters again, and toymaker Hasbro needs people to buy as many related toys, figurines and games as they can to gain lost ground this holiday season.
Hasbro secured the license to make Disney’s “Frozen” and Disney Princesses toy products in 2014. The Rhode Island-based company already served as the exclusive maker of Disney’s Marvel and “Star Wars” toys, extending its contract for both in 2013 through to 2020, according to Variety.
The former king of US toy retailers filed for bankruptcy in September 2017 and shuttered all its stores by July 2018 before announcing its relaunch earlier this year.
Hasbro and Disney have been looking forward to the release of “Frozen 2” and the latest Star Wars film for years, hoping the popular franchises will boost lagging sales following a lackluster 2018 holiday season, which had no Star Wars movie in theaters and was the first holiday season without Toys “R” Us.
Sales of Star Wars toys have been underwhelming since the release of the divisive “Last Jedi” in December 2017, according to BMO Capital Markets toy industry analyst Gerrick Johnson, who said a combination of “movie fatigue” and poor fan reception were to blame.
“If there was fatigue two years ago, there’s more fatigue now,” Johnson added. “However, the Mandalorian, the Baby Yoda, that’s generating a lot of interest and excitement. I know some the fans on the last episodic movie were very upset with the movie. There were people who really disliked that movie so much that they swore off all Star Wars ever again. I’ve heard that. … If Hasbro can get a product out for Baby Yoda, that will help.”
You mean to say that all of the entitled screeching feminists who are now caterwauling over baby Yoda in the Mandalorian weren’t buying merchandise when you geared the franchise towards them? What a shocker.
Thanks to That Umbrella Guy for the tip, who comments: