It seems as though both Maz Kanata and Captain Phasma were going to be hugely important characters in the new Star Wars trilogy that started with The Force Awakens and continued in last December's The Last Jedi. But in the latest installment, both characters were reduced to mere cameos, appearing in one scene each. And now it isn't know if director J.J. Abrams will even bother bringing them back for Star Wars 9. Only Maz Kanata knows how she got ahold of Anakin's old blue lightsaber, which was used by son Luke Skywalker before he lost his hand in that epic battle against Darth Vader on Cloud City. As she said in The Force Awakens, that's a story for another time. And we didn't get to learn it in The Last Jedi. Basically, as we've seen with the new movie, it was a plot device that didn't, and probably still doesn't, have an answer. J.J. Abrams set up a lot of stuff in The Force Awakens that never had an answer mapped out, and it's unclear if he'll even attempt to give fans answers in … [Read more...] about Maz Kanata & Captain Phasma Fates Still Undecided in Star Wars 9
After it revamped its tax credit program in 2015 to include additional incentives, the state has seen a rise in filming outside Los Angeles: "This is a boom time." Ever since California revamped its tax credit program in 2015 to include additional incentives, the state has seen a rise in filming outside Los Angeles. In turn, productions in the program have spent more than $130 million across 19 counties outside the city. Studio projects that do so are eligible for an additional 5 percent back, not to mention the supplemental local incentives offered by cities and counties. "We're now reaping the benefits of the tax credit coming in, and across the state we are seeing so much more production work, including large films like Captain Marvel, Birds of Prey, Ford v Ferrari and a lot of other films that may have been lured away before the expansion of the state program," says Orange County film commissioner and California on Location Awards co-chair Janice Arrington. "All of us around the … [Read more...] about California’s Tax Credit Luring Hollywood Shoots Outside L.A.
SPOILER ALERT: This article includes details about tonight’s Watchmen Season 1 finale — a lot. Thankfully, as tonight’s Watchmen finale makes radioactively clear, white supremacists are really dumb — at least when it comes to harnessing the power of a man-god. “Absorbing atomic energy without filtering it first is going to pop you like a water balloon every time,” mocks Lady Trieu (Hong Chau) of the fatally amateur move by White House aspiring Senator Joe Keene Jr (James Wolk) and the masked Seventh Kavalry to steal the abilities of Dr. Manhattan (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) in the “See How They Fly” episode that concluded the Damon Lindelof created series first and possibly only season just now. Related Story Orlando Jones Wasn't 'Fired' From 'American Gods' Over Race, But Plot, Insists Producer Fremantle - UPDATE Of course, as the demise of Trieu from a cascade of squid brought down from the heavens by her new unveiled … [Read more...] about ‘Watchmen’ Finale: Series Creator Damon Lindelof On Tonight’s End, More Seasons, White Supremacy & Impeachment Of Robert Redford