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Rian Johnson offers brilliant Twitter response to Star Wars: The Last Jedi force projection criticism

Officially the most divisive Star Wars movie of the saga, Rian Johnson has spent the last few days divulging information about creative choices made on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Whether that’s questions about Rey’s parentage, Snoke’s fate, or what happened to the Knights of Ren, he has answered them in a manner that has fully justified what ended up in the final cut, regardless of what you and millions of others might think.

Well, now he has used his official Twitter account (@rianjohnson) to defend criticism of Luke Skywalker’s force use in a key scene of the film, and frankly, it’s wonderful.

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 19, 2018

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 19, 2018

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 19, 2018

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 19, 2018

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 19, 2018

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What Happened to Luke's Robotic Hand at the End of Last Jedi?

What Happened to Luke's Robotic Hand at the End of Last Jedi?
Now that most of the tough questions have been answered about The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson has started tackling some of the finer details, specifically, what happened to Luke Skywalker's robotic hand at the end of the movie. The loss of limbs has been an important part of the Star Wars storytelling since the original trilogy, so much so that many fans assumed Rey was going to lose her right hand as well, which obviously did not happen, but that hasn't stopped fans from questioning what happened to Luke's right hand. There are Spoilers ahead for The Last Jedi, read at your own risk.

Luke Skywalker ends up using all of his strength to project himself from Ahch-To all the way over to Crait to say goodbye to his sister and get into a battle with his nephew. Luke gets his point across to Kylo Ren, but ends up using all of his energy,
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been calculated as the most divisive Star Wars film ever

We can start calling Star Wars: The Last Jedi the official most divisive Star Wars film ever, according to calculations by a Reddit user.

The Last Jedi continues to climb the box office charts and will likely pass the $600 million mark at the North American box office this weekend. However, fan reaction has been largely split, with some loving the film, but others outright detesting it.

Now we can say “officially” that The Last Jedi is the most divisive Star Wars film, however, as Reddit user TheNeptunianSloth has made some mathematical calculations using IMDb rating data for the films in the franchise.

“What I did was I calculated the standard deviation from each film’s set of ratings, which is a way of measuring how much the numbers, on average, deviate from the arithmetic mean of the set,” the user described. “A typical standard deviation will generally be between 1 and
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Rian Johnson Refutes Critics of Controversial 'Last Jedi' Scene

Rian Johnson Refutes Critics of Controversial 'Last Jedi' Scene
Rian Johnson on Friday dropped the mic — or maybe it was a lightsaber — on Star Wars fans who got bent out of shape over a specific scene towards the end of The Last Jedi.

The movie has been out for some time now, but still, spoilers ahead.

In a series of tweets, Johnson showed a portion from the 2010 book, "The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force", that states Luke's (Mark Hamill) projected version of himself confronting Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) was an actual Jedi skill and not just something Johnson cooked up.

Through seven tweets of pictures,...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt defends how The Last Jedi portrayed Luke Skywalker

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Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below. Although the search for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) was on everyone's mind in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, our first glimpse at Luke in over thirty years was frustratingly brief, arriving with Rey (Daisy Ridley) traveling to Ahch-To in order to present the Jedi with his father's lightsaber. Fans spent the next two years endlessly... Read More...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt passionately defends Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has defended how Luke Skywalker was portrayed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

There is a large group of fans who don’t like the way Mark Hamill’s Luke was behaving in the film, noting that he is quite different from the heroic young man they remember from the original trilogy. Although Luke pulls off quite a feat at the film’s end, this isn’t enough to convince many fans.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, fan of the franchise and an actor that’s been in every one of Rian Johnson’s films, including The Last Jedi in a miniscule voice role as the Canto Bight character Slowen-Lo, feels rather passionately about the subject and has defended Luke’s appearance.

In lengthy article, the actor has said: “I want to be really clear, this is just my own opinion, and in no way do I carry any special authority on this movie,
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New Details Reveal Exactly What Was Changed In The Last Jedi’s “No-Women” Fan Edit

Picture the scene: you’ve gained access to the Internet, and the world’s greatest digital repository of human knowledge and intelligence is literally at your fingertips, what do you do?

Well, a group of men’s rights activists have taken it upon themselves to deliver a 46-minute fan edit of Star Wars: The Last Jedi that strips away all of the female characters. Dubbed the “De-Feminized” or “chauvinist” cut, it’s a silly, sexist spin on Rian Johnson’s sequel, and the director has already taken to Twitter to poke fun at what is, essentially, an incoherent fan flick designed to appease those who felt The Last Jedi was a “feminist vehicle.”

It’s also awful, as the folks over at Screen Rant recently ran a fine-tooth comb over this so-called chauvinist cut to identify all the changes – of which there are quite a few. Yes, diminishing any and
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Rian Johnson explains the absence of the Knights of Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has had a lot of complaints levelled against it over the past month, and one of the chief complaints that Some fans have had is that director Rian Johnson did not adequately address some of the lingering questions from The Force Awakens. For example, what’s up with the Knights of Ren, and where were they in The Last Jedi?

Recently, Rian Johnson was speaking with the Empire Film Podcast, where he was asked about the Knights of Ren, and why they weren’t included in the film. Here’s what the director had to say:

“You can see we have a very full movie already. There literally was just not room for another element at them. I guess I could’ve used them in place of the Praetorian guards, but then it would feel like wasting them because I knew all those guards had to die pretty quickly.
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Last Jedi Fan Cut Loses All Women, Cast Roasts the Results

Last Jedi Fan Cut Loses All Women, Cast Roasts the Results
A fan edit of The Last Jedi has swept the Internet. But not because it's any good. In fact, this reworking of director Rian Johnson's quite divisive sequel is an atrocious misstep in fandom that is getting attention for all the wrong reasons. And in calling it bad, we're not pointing out the obvious fact that its intent is to excise every female character from the narrative. It's the fact that the two dudes that put it together for the greater good of 'toxic masculinity' have no concept of how editing and storytelling work.

As soon as this He-Man Woman-Haters Club edit of The Last Jedi started making the rounds, the director and cast were quick to lambast the results. And wherever you stand on the issue, you have to admit this attempt at righting the wrongs of The Last Jedi is pretty tone def. And it's not just
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Mark Hamill Thrills ‘Star Wars’ Fans As He Likens Co-Star Kelly Marie Tran To A ‘Second Daughter’ In Adorable Tweet

Mark Hamill’s Twitter profile is loved around the world and he’s now managed to spark yet another online frenzy, as he gushed over “second daughter” Kelly Marie Tran in an adorable post on Wednesday. Hamill, 66, shared the incredibly cute tweet seemingly just out of the blue, with him mentioning Tran’s friendship with his daughter
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Rian Johnson has explained the thought process behind Rey’s parentage in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi dealt with the much discussed subject of Rey’s parentage, and director Rian Johnson has revealed the decision making behind the reveal.

It seems that Johnson is having to do plenty of explaining regarding certain plot points in the film and he has done so again for the mystery of Rey’s parentage, which, it turns out, wasn’t much of a mystery at all. Speculation was rife about which famous character she might be related to, but it turns out that Rey is a nobody.

Speaking to the Empire podcast, Johnson explained why this decision was made: “I went through all the possibilities of who her parents could be. I made a list, with the upsides and downsides. There were two things about this option that made it feel right to me. Firstly. I like the idea that we’re breaking out from the
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been pulled from Chinese theaters, significantly underperforms

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially been pulled from Chinese theaters after an underwhelming performance at the box office these past few weeks. The film grossed $28.7 million in its opening weekend in China, but earned a far lower $2.4 million during its second week in theaters. Compared to other Star Wars films that have released in Mainland China, this is considerably low.

Chatting with THR, Jimmy Wu, chairman of Lumiere Pavilions — a Chinese movie theater chain — had this to say: “The Last Jedi has already been completely pulled from cinemas here. It’s performed much worse than we could have expected.”

How a movie will fare in China is notoriously difficult to predict. Any film that isn’t part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the Transformers or Fast and the Furious franchise, are not guaranteed to be a success with Chinese moviegoers. With the government only allowing a select amount of U.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson hopes that Luke Skywalker will return in Episode IX

The director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, has expressed “hope” that Luke Skywalker will return in Star Wars: Episode IX.

The Last Jedi was replete with surprising moments and unexpected turns, no more so than in the death of Luke Skywalker. This decision has caused plenty of debate among fans, with many curious if this is indeed the end for the character, or if Luke will come back in some way during J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX, such as a Force Ghost.

Rian Johnson certainly hopes so and has expressed this desire to Variety: “I’m not writing the script, so I don’t know,” Johnson said regarding the future of the beloved character. “But as a fan, I would hope so.”

“I don’t know where the next movie is going to go. J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio are writing it right now,” Johnson admitted. “But
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Defends Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi in an Essay

Lots of fans are still talking about and debating over Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In the process, director Rian Johnson continues to explain why he made the choices that he made with the film. I don't think I've ever seen a director have to explain so many things about a movie before. As much as I loved the film, I don't think he needs to explain himself, and I kinda wish he would just stop.

Anyway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who starred in Johnson's Brick and Looper finally got a chance to see the film for himself, and after watching it, he wrote an essay that was posted on Medium defending the film and how Luke Skywalker was handled called "A New Old Skywalker". It's actually a really good write up, but I doubt it will change any of the haters minds.

He starts out by saying that even though he is good friends with Johnson,
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How Luke Skywalker Learned About Rogue One; Joseph Gordon-Levitt Defends ‘The Last Jedi’

How Luke Skywalker Learned About Rogue One; Joseph Gordon-Levitt Defends ‘The Last Jedi’
When Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) delivered the fatal blow into the thermal exhaust port that would detonate the gargantuan Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope, he was unaware of the lives that had been lost to deliver the plans that led to that assault. We didn’t learn ourselves until 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delved into […]

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Rian Johnson Explains Why Carrie Fisher’s Final Star Wars Scenes Were Left Untouched

Though Carrie Fisher initially passed away in December of 2016, with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, moviegoers were given the chance to say goodbye to the People’s Princess.

Fittingly, General Leia Organa was given a powerful, profound arc in Rian Johnson’s sequel, as she led the tattered remnants of the Resistance to Crait only to encounter her long-lost brother, Luke Skywalker – or, at least, a Force projection of Mark Hamill’s all-powerful, all-seeing Jedi, who was actually still meditating on Ahch-To just as The Last Jedi reached its beautiful climax.

True to his original promise, Johnson also ensured that Leia was left alive by the time the credits rolled, leaving the fate of her Resistance leader in the hands of J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode IX). Exactly how Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio (Justice League) plan to bring the curtain down on Leia’s story remains to be seen,
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Writes Essay Passionately Defending Luke Skywalker’s Controversial ‘The Last Jedi’ Arc

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Writes Essay Passionately Defending Luke Skywalker’s Controversial ‘The Last Jedi’ Arc
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come to the rescue of his friend and collaborator Rian Johnson, who just happens to be the writer and director of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The actor was Johnson’s leading man in both “Brick” and “Looper” and had small cameo appearances in “The Brothers Bloom” and “The Last Jedi,” and now he’s penned an essay in which he passionately defends the decisions Johnson made for Luke Skywalker in the polarizing “Star Wars” sequel.

Read More:‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill Break Their Silence on Luke’s Storyline

Gordon-Levitt’s essay is titled “A New Old Skywalker” and weighs in on Luke’s controversial story arc, which has been pinpointed as one of the reasons the film has received so much backlash. The Skywalker we meet in “The Last Jedi” is a Skywalker we’ve never experienced on film before.
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Star Wars actors mock fan who recut film to remove women

Mark Hamill and John Boyega join social media derision aimed at ‘De-Feminized Fanedit’

A fan-made recut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, designed to remove women from the film, has been mocked on social media by the movie’s stars.

The film writer and critic Priscilla Page posted a link to a news report about the recut, adding a long, drawn-out laugh to her tweet.

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Rian Johnson explains the ‘let the past die’ theme of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

‘Let the past die’ was the central theme of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and now the director has explained the thinking behind it.

Throughout the film a number of characters brought up this theme of letting the past die in one way or another, including two of the film’s key figures Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren.

Some fans thought this was a message from Johnson and Lucasfilm that they didn’t care about the history of Star Wars and the audience should learn to let go and just think of the future.

Rian Johnson, however, has said that the message is quite the opposite, and that letting go of the past isn’t a workable idea in Star Wars.

“From the very start, there is kind of the theme of ‘let the past die’ but that’s expressed by Kylo [Ren] very strongly and, to some extent,
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Rian Johnson Hints That Luke Will Return In Star Wars: Episode IX

“It’s time for the Jedi…to end.”

As it turns out, Luke’s grave warning came from a place of self-inflicted isolation – the Jedi Order doesn’t have to end, per se, it simply has to take on a new life.

That’s a responsibility that has largely been placed on the shoulders of Rey, Daisy Ridley’s Force-sensitive heroine who fought for Ben Solo in the hope that Adam Driver’s mercurial anti-hero would return to the Resistance. As Star Wars: The Last Jedi began to unfurl, though, it became obvious that her attempts were in vain. Now, she’s tasked with bringing the First Order down to size as Luke Skywalker is ostensibly out of the picture. Or is he?

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