J.J. Abrams ‘respects’ critics of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

J.J. Abrams “totally gets” why some fans didn’t like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.The latest movie in the science-fiction franchise, which starred Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, received a mixed reaction from fans and critics alike fol…

J.J. Abrams “totally gets” why some fans didn’t like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The latest movie in the science-fiction franchise, which starred Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, received a mixed reaction from fans and critics alike following its release in December and is now the lowest-rated film in the nine-episode saga, with 52 per cent on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

Addressing the reception to the film in a chat with the Press Association, Abrams, who directed the movie, insisted that he respects all opinions, whether positive or negative.

“(Reaction was) good, bad, some people hated it, some people loved it. It was all over the place. To those who didn’t like it, I totally get it, respect it. To those who loved it, I’m grateful,” he said. “Obviously, a lot of people worked a lot of hours to do something that would make people feel good and that they’d love.”

Abrams added that the feedback does sometimes make him consider if he should have done certain aspects differently.

“Anytime someone doesn’t like it you think, ‘Oh, yeah I could’ve done that better, I should’ve done that,'” the filmmaker admitted. “You try to take it in, but for the most part, I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who worked so hard to do it and for the people who saw it and loved it I’m grateful to them too.”

Elsewhere, Abrams was asked on the red carpet at the Oscar Wilde Awards about what projects he had in the pipeline, but he remained tight-lipped.

“There’s a bunch of stuff we’re working on and some things I’m really excited about but it’s obviously too early to talk about. But there are going to be some fun things coming up I look forward to getting out in the world,” he teased.

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Quentin Tarantino unlikely to direct Star Trek film

Quentin Tarantino has indicated he will not direct a planned new Star Trek film.Back in December 2017, it was revealed that the Oscar winner had pitched an idea to producer J.J. Abrams, and the two began to develop an original storyline for the sci-fi …

Quentin Tarantino has indicated he will not direct a planned new Star Trek film.

Back in December 2017, it was revealed that the Oscar winner had pitched an idea to producer J.J. Abrams, and the two began to develop an original storyline for the sci-fi movie.

Mark L. Smith, who co-wrote epic drama The Revenant, was tasked with penning the Star Trek screenplay while Tarantino made Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with the filmmaker looking to return to the movie once he had wrapped on the blockbuster.

However, the 56-year-old has now indicated that he will not be involved with the Star Trek film – though still hopes Paramount studio bosses will make it in the future.

“I think they might make that movie, but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it,” he told Deadline. “It’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I’ll be happy to come in and give them some notes on the first rough cut.”

Tarantino had suggested last year that he would retire after making his 10th movie, which will be his next project.

Back in 2009, Abrams directed the hugely successful Star Trek reboot, featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana, which raked in more than $385 million (£296 million) worldwide.

He also helmed the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, four years later, which made more than $467 million (£359 million) globally.

Fast & Furious director Justin Lin was hired for the third instalment, Star Trek Beyond, in 2016, which was the lowest-grossing movie in the series, making $343 million (£263 million).

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Kelly Marie Tran wanted to explore more of character’s story in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Kelly Marie Tran would have liked to explore more of her character Rose Tico’s storyline in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The actress first appeared as Resistance engineer Rose in 2017’s The Last Jedi, and fans were left outraged when they discove…

Kelly Marie Tran would have liked to explore more of her character Rose Tico’s storyline in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The actress first appeared as Resistance engineer Rose in 2017’s The Last Jedi, and fans were left outraged when they discovered the character had hardly any screen time – only 76 seconds – in The Rise of Skywalker, which has a running time of two hours and 35 minutes.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk before the backlash over her limited appearance, Tran admitted there was much more she would have liked to explore with the character.

“Yeah, I mean, I think that, as with any character that an actor plays there are always things you’re wanting to explore, because humanity is limitless and so a character’s humanity is limitless and there are so many things we’d all want to do as those characters so I would say yes?” she replied. “I don’t think there is a specific answer in exactly what I wanted to do, but I think J.J. (Abrams, director) has done such an incredible job of wrapping up nine films and having all of these different storylines and characters involved.”

Chris Terrio, who co-wrote the script with Abrams, recently addressed the actress’s limited screen time and revealed Rose was slated to appear in more scenes, but there were technical difficulties with the unused footage of the late Carrie Fisher, meaning many of the scenes featuring Rose and General Leia Organa were left on the cutting room floor.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 30-year-old revealed the scenes that involved the actors reacting to pre-recorded footage of Fisher were difficult.

“It’s one thing to sit there, look at that footage and try to react to it, but a lot of the big group scenes felt like they were puzzle pieces if that makes sense,” Tran explained. “We were trying to use specific moments that they already had, so it definitely took more time. I think there were more reshoots on those scenes, specifically, to just try and make sure all of the performances matched up since she wasn’t physically there.”

Tran, who hasn’t directly commented on the backlash, also revealed she was set to appear in more of the Battle of Exegol finale sequence.

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J.J. Abrams responds to criticism of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

J.J. Abrams has insisted the opinions of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s critics are as valid as those who loved it. The third instalment in the sci-fi franchise, which Abrams directed, has proved divisive among fans and is currently the second low…

J.J. Abrams has insisted the opinions of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s critics are as valid as those who loved it.

The third instalment in the sci-fi franchise, which Abrams directed, has proved divisive among fans and is currently the second lowest-rated live-action Star Wars movie on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

Following a screening of the film at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood on Friday, the director was asked what he would say to those who have been left disappointed by the trilogy’s conclusion, and he noted it was impossible to please everyone.

“I would say that they’re right. The people who love it more than anything are also right,” he replied. “I was asked just seven hours ago in another country, ‘So how do you go about pleasing everyone?’ I was like’ What…?’ Not to say that should be what anyone tries to do anyway, but how would one go about it? Especially with Star Wars.

“I don’t need to tell anyone here, we live in a moment where everything immediately seems to default to outrage. There is an MO of either: ‘It’s exactly as I see it, or you’re my enemy’ … It’s a crazy thing that there is such a norm that seems to be devoid of nuance and compassion – and this is not about Star Wars, this is about everything – it’s a crazy moment, so we knew starting this any decision we made – a design decision, a musical decision, a narrative decision – would please someone and infuriate someone else. And they’re all right.”

Despite the criticism, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, has topped the U.S. box office chart after its three-day opening weekend, with takings of $175.5 million (£135 million).

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Daisy Ridley glad she wasn’t told storylines before filming Star Wars

Daisy Ridley was glad she wasn’t told any of the important plot details ahead of filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.The British actress, who was relatively unknown when she was cast as Rey in the movie back in 2014, has revealed that she was happy to…

Daisy Ridley was glad she wasn’t told any of the important plot details ahead of filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The British actress, who was relatively unknown when she was cast as Rey in the movie back in 2014, has revealed that she was happy to have been kept in the dark about the storyline of the 2015 blockbuster, directed by J.J. Abrams.

“I’m glad I didn’t have more information,” she told GQ magazine, before she explained how she was so oblivious to the inner workings of the movie business that she even managed to walk past Walt Disney Studios co-chairman Alan Horn without recognising him.

“It’s sort of hilarious, because I’d meet all these big important people and have no f**king idea who they were,” Daisy recalled. “I remember meeting him and he’s like, ‘I’m Alan,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, hey, nice to meet you’ and then I walk on. And now I’m like, ‘Oh, my God!’”

However, she’s glad that her naivety paid off, and she believes that it led to her ultimately getting the part.

“If any single thing had been different, maybe I wouldn’t have got it, so I’m so f**king glad for how it worked out,” she laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 27-year-old shared her disappointment at people who think it was easy for her to land a role in Star Wars, noting that she had six months of auditions and test screening sessions before being cast.

“People are like, ‘This happened overnight,’” Daisy said. “But I started auditioning in August, got the job in February and started filming in May. It was all such a long process.”

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John Boyega steps out in traditional Nigerian dress for Star Wars premiere

John Boyega wowed the crowds at the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiere in London on Wednesday night by wearing traditional Nigerian dress.The actor, who plays Finn in the last instalment of the sci-fi trilogy, wore a royal blue four-piece ensemb…

John Boyega wowed the crowds at the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiere in London on Wednesday night by wearing traditional Nigerian dress.

The actor, who plays Finn in the last instalment of the sci-fi trilogy, wore a royal blue four-piece ensemble, called an Agbada, which featured intricate gold detailing.

John, who was born in London to British-Nigerian parents, completed his look by wearing a Fila, a traditional Yoruba cap.

“Had an amazing time at the London premiere for Star Wars! Last leg of the tour! Couldn’t be more grateful for such an amazing opportunity,” he proudly wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of him on the blue carpet.

The 27-year-old was joined at the premiere by members of his family, who were also dressed in matching west African garments.

Fans on social media were quick to heap praise on the star and thanked him for showcasing his heritage on such a grand scale.

“For a Nigerian kid raised on Star Wars, this means everything to me. Representation matters. Thank you,” one wrote, while another added: “The Force is strong with that stunning family!”

Daisy Ridley, who reprises her role as Rey in the upcoming movie, also stunned in a show-stopping navy Vivienne Westwood gown.

The actress hit the blue carpet in the structured strapless velvet corset dress, which also featured a dramatic skirt.

She complemented her look with sapphire and diamond rings by Beladora Jewelry, silver ear crawlers by Tatiana Verstraeten, and wore custom vegan Jimmy Choo satin crystal-embellished pumps.

Daisy’s co-stars, including the likes of Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, and Keri Russell, also braved the freezing British weather.

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Kelly Marie Tran was ‘very emotional’ after finishing filming The Rise of Skywalker

Kelly Marie Tran was “very emotional” after filming wrapped on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.The 30-year-old actress reprised her role as resistance fighter Rose Tico in the upcoming finale, directed by J.J. Abrams, and revealed that she was overcom…

Kelly Marie Tran was “very emotional” after filming wrapped on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The 30-year-old actress reprised her role as resistance fighter Rose Tico in the upcoming finale, directed by J.J. Abrams, and revealed that she was overcome with sadness on her last day on the set of the sci-fi saga.

“I did cry. It’s very emotional. It was very emotional,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I’ve been watching a lot of, like, bad Christmas movies to help with my emotions.”

And Tran was happy with how her character’s storyline was wrapped up in the highly-anticipated movie.

“I think that we’re all gonna be really happy with what this movie does,” she teased.

Despite being forced to quit social media after the vicious bullying she received after the release of 2017’s The Last Jedi, Tran is pleased she still has the support of a majority of Star Wars fans.

“Oh man, it means so much. I mean, I think that we’re all just kind of reminding ourselves that we’re in this thing that’s so much bigger than us, but moments like that are just inexplicable,” she explained. “Like you’ll never forget them, you know? It means a lot.”

Tran also seemingly dispelled rumours of a rift with her co-star John Boyega, as the pair posed together for pictures on the blue carpet at the permiere of The Rise of Skywalker in Hollywood on Monday.

The British actor, who plays Finn in the trilogy, was forced to apologise for comments he made in an interview with Variety, in which he called those who can’t deal with criticism online “weak”.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas from 18 December.

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Daisy Ridley wows in red at premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Daisy Ridley hit the blue carpet in a show-stopping ruby red dress at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Monday night.The 27-year-old actress, who reprises her role as Rey in the film, stunned fans gathered at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese T…

Daisy Ridley hit the blue carpet in a show-stopping ruby red dress at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Monday night.

The 27-year-old actress, who reprises her role as Rey in the film, stunned fans gathered at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

Wearing a glamorous one-shoulder gown with a thigh-high split by Oscar de la Renta, Daisy had her brunette hair styled into tousled waves and opted for a slick of red lipstick to match her dress and crimson high heels.

The flick, directed by J.J. Abrams, marks the end of the Skywalker saga, and the star-studded event also saw appearances from Star Wars legends such as Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, and C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.

John Boyega, who once again portrays the character of Finn, rocked a powder blue suit and crisp white shirt for the night.

While his co-star Kelly Marie Tran, who became a fan favourite after appearing in the 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi as resistance fighter Rose, dazzled in a floor-length sequinned dress by Jason Wu.

Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver also posed for photographers on the blue carpet, alongside co-stars Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Dominic Monaghan, and Richard E. Grant.

Star Wars veteran Ian McDiarmid, who has reprised his role as Emperor Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker, received a round of applause as he arrived at the premiere, along with Pedro Pascal, who fronts the Disney+ show, The Mandalorian.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas around the world from 18 December.

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J.J. Abrams stunned by ‘weirdly miraculous’ discovery of unseen Carrie Fisher footage

J.J. Abrams remains stunned by the “weirdly miraculous” discovery of unseen footage featuring Carrie Fisher that enabled her character to appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.The actress reprised her role as Princess Leia when the sci-fi franchis…

J.J. Abrams remains stunned by the “weirdly miraculous” discovery of unseen footage featuring Carrie Fisher that enabled her character to appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The actress reprised her role as Princess Leia when the sci-fi franchise was revived in 2015 with The Force Awakens, which was directed by Abrams, but she passed away before the release of her next outing as Leia in 2017’s The Last Jedi, helmed by Rian Johnson. Abrams, who helmed the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker, didn’t want to conclude the trilogy without Leia or digitally recreate her or recast the role, and was saved by the discovery of old footage from The Force Awakens.

And while the decision to include footage of Carrie after her death divided opinion among some fans, the filmmaker remains stunned that the unused takes featured the screen star saying almost exactly what they needed her to say.

“The reality that we had the material that was actually her saying things that we needed her to say was vaguely, weirdly miraculous,” he said during an interview on the Australian TV show The Project.

However, he admitted that if the actress was still around “we would have done a few different things. We would have added some stuff that would have been great.”

He jokingly added: “And she would be here today which would make the day much more fun.”

During the interview, Richard E. Grant, who plays Allegiant General Pryde, revealed his own doubts over using the old footage.

“To kind of exhume that footage from another movie and if it wasn’t good enough for the other movie, why should it be good enough for the end?” he mused. “All those caveats or anxieties I had about it were completely put to rest when I saw how they’d done it. It is seamless.”

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Star Wars cast accused of ‘throwing Rian Johnson under the bus’ in new interview

Social media users have blasted J.J. Abrams and his Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cast for seemingly shading Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi in a new interview.The second film in the trilogy, which was released in 2017, was well-received by critics, bu…

Social media users have blasted J.J. Abrams and his Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cast for seemingly shading Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi in a new interview.

The second film in the trilogy, which was released in 2017, was well-received by critics, but fans of the much-loved sci-fi saga were not so kind, with a minority even starting a petition to remake Johnson’s film.

In a profile piece for The New York Times, Abrams, who directed The Force Awakens and the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker, and his stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac seemed to suggest they weren’t fans of The Last Jedi either.

Abrams praised the film for being “full of surprises and subversion and all sorts of bold choices,” but then added, “It’s a bit of a meta approach to the story. I don’t think that people go to Star Wars to be told, ‘This doesn’t matter.'”

Isaac, who plays pilot Poe Dameron, said, “The characters were very frustrated, and it felt that way (filming it)… You felt the difficult energy of those scenes, figuring that stuff out,” while Ridley, who portrays Rey, said she cried with relief when Abrams agreed to direct the finale, and Boyega, who plays Finn, said he was glad too, because, “Even as a normal person in the audience, I wanted to see where that story was going.”

Reacting to the comments on Twitter, journalist Alison Herman tweeted, “Rian Johnson would be well within his rights to swear off Star Wars forever after the s**t he took. Instead, he’s been nothing but gracious while his collaborators throw him under the bus,” and author Dana Schwartz posted, “This is f**king bulls**t. Throwing Rian Johnson under the bus to please some crazy fanboys when he made the most interesting and ambitious Star Wars movie since Empire (Strikes Back).”

Another added, “Pivoting toward hating the cast of Star Wars for shading the guy who gave them their best work.”

Boyega was open about his issues with The Last Jedi in an interview with Hypebeast magazine earlier this week, saying it felt “a bit iffy” and he didn’t agree with a lot of the choices made in the film.

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