Netflix New Releases: Movies And TV Shows Coming To Netflix Streaming In January 2019

A new year is coming up pretty quickly, and before the holiday merrriment caps off 2018’s fantastic run of Netflix content, it feels like a good time to see what’s ahead. With that in mind, we’re proud to present the rundown of titles of both TV and movies headed to Netflix’s streaming library in January 2019.

So while you’re recovering from the joys of New Year’s Eve and Day celebrations, or just looking for something to occupy your weekends in the slower movie season, you’re pretty covered considering what’s on the horizon. If you want to see last month’s lineup, head over to December’s incoming rundown. Otherwise, get out your noisemakers and prepare to practice, as we’re headed to 2019!

Week of January 1

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/1/19
Across the Universe – 1/1/19
Babel – 1/1/19
Black Hawk Down – 1/1/19
City of God – 1/1/19
COMEDIANS of the world – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/1/19
Definitely, Maybe – 1/1/19
Godzilla – 1/1/19
Happy Feet – 1/1/19
Hell or High Water – 1/1/19
I Know What You Did Last Summer – 1/1/19
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – 1/1/19
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – 1/1/19
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1/1/19
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – 1/1/19
It Takes Two – 1/1/19
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back – 1/1/19
Jersey Boys – 1/1/19
Mona Lisa Smile – 1/1/19
Mr. Bean’s Holiday – 1/1/19
Pan’s Labyrinth – 1/1/19
Pinky Malinky – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/1/19
Pulp Fiction – 1/1/19
Swingers – 1/1/19
Tears of the Sun – 1/1/19
The Addams Family – 1/1/19
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – 1/1/19
The Dark Knight – 1/1/19
The Departed – 1/1/19
The Mummy – 1/1/19
The Mummy Returns – 1/1/19
The Strangers – 1/1/19
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/1/19
Watchmen – 1/1/19
xXx – 1/1/19
XXX: State of the Union – 1/1/19
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – 1/2/19
And Breathe Normally – NETFLIX FILM – 1/4/19
Call My Agent!: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/4/19
El Potro: Unstoppable – NETFLIX FILM – 1/4/19
Lionheart – NETFLIX FILM – 1/4/19

Week of January 6

GODZILLA The Planet Eater – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/9/19
Solo: A Star Wars Story – 1/9/19
When Heroes Fly – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/10/19
Friends from College: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/11/19
ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/11/19
Sex Education – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/11/19
Solo – NETFLIX FILM – 1/11/19
The Last Laugh – NETFLIX FILM – 1/11/19

Week of January 13

Revenger – NETFLIX FILM – 1/15/19
Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/15/19
American Gangster – 1/16/19
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace – 1/17/19
Carmen Sandiego – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/18/19
Close – NETFLIX FILM – 1/18/19
FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/18/19
Grace and Frankie: Season 5 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/18/19
IO – NETFLIX FILM – 1/18/19
Soni – NETFLIX FILM – 1/18/19
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 2 Part B – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/18/19
Trigger Warning with Killer Mike – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/18/19
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 5 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/18/19

Week of January 20

Justice – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/21/19
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/24/19
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – 1/24/19
Animas – NETFLIX FILM – 1/25/19
Black Earth Rising – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/25/19
Club de Cuervos: Season 4– NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/25/19
Kingdom – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/25/19
Medici: The Magnificent – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/25/19
Polar – NETFLIX FILM – 1/25/19
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 Part 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/25/19

Week of January 27

Z Nation: Season 5 – 1/27/19
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 1/29/19
Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp – 1/29/19
Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 – 1/30/19

January TBD

Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Holidays are the perfect time for marathons of your favorite movies. With the Indiana Jones quartet heading to Netflix’s library on New Year’s Day, you can get your fix without any commercials. Though if you’re looking for a quick double feature, both The Mummy and xXx have the first two entries in their respective canons ready to go.

Much like that ex who tries to remind you of how good you had it before the break-up, Disney is hammering that content button with three separate films from 2018 landing throughout the month. If you missed Solo: A Star Wars Story in theaters, or purposely waited until this moment to see if it was worth the time, you’ll be well served to log into your Netflix account in January.

Also, if you’re running a Marvel Cinematic Universe refresher marathon, Ant-Man and The Wasp is also coming online, further detailing Scott Lang’s criminal super-hero antics. Finally, if Incredibles 2 is a movie you’ve been hoping to catch up with, or have been meaning to watch yet again, it’s going to be a happy day when your queue shows that film as available for streaming at the end of the month.

Don’t head out the door just yet TV fans, as you’ll be glad to have kept that subscription in January. The Baudelaire children are about to face The End, as A Series of Unfortunate Events debuts its third and final season at the top of the month. Though if you’re looking for something more uplifting, but still allowing for cutting wit to be present, Grace and Frankie return for season 5 of their misadventures.

Even more exciting is the fact that, at some point soon, it looks like Marvel’s The Punisher will be returning to your television screens. There’s no exact date at the moment, but it’s on the to-do list for Netflix’s January release schedule, so it looks as if the program will be coming some time next month. Last, but not least, if you’re a sucker for goodbyes, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is set to close out its four season run with the second half of that finale unfolding.

Netflix is ready to start 2019 in fighting form, and the schedule above is your guide to keep up with it all! Keep in mind, these dates are subject to change, so you’ll want to keep coming back here to see what the latest updates have in store. Have a great holiday season with the joy of Netflix, and may your 2019 start off on the right foot!

Movies Starring Women Do Better At The Box Office Than Movies Starring Men

For a long time, there has been something of a groupthink mentality that female-led films don’t deliver at the box office. Similar to the ‘boys won’t buy action figures of female characters’ assertion, this view could seemingly be used to financially justify not putting women front and center in movies. Anecdotally, this narrative has been crumbling for years, but now there is hard data that shows that movies starring women actually do better at the box office than movies starring men.

The new study shows that casting women as leads in films provides a boost at the box office over those films lead by males, according to Deadline. Most interestingly is that this wasn’t a case of female-led indie films or blockbusters that outperformed their male-led counterparts throwing off the averages. Female-led movies on average outperformed the guys across the spectrum budget-wise.

The study, from agency CAA and tech firm Shift7, analyzed 350 films released between January 2014 and December 2017 in five budget categories (below $10 million, $10 million to $30 million, $30 million to $50 million, $50 million to $100 million and $100+ million) and found that 105 of them were led by women, based on who was listed first in billing blocks, press notes or final credits.

The difference between female-led movies and male-led movies was the most pronounced among the bigger budgeted films. For movies in the study that cost between $50 million and $100 million, the women-led films averaged $318 million at the worldwide box office, versus $243 million for those led by men. In the $100+ million bracket, the ladies averaged $586 million worldwide, whereas the dudes couldn’t quite match with $514 million.

The research from CAA and Shift7 also looked at how women were depicted in films and if that had any impact on the title’s box office performance. Specifically, it looked at the performance of movies that pass the Bechdel Test. For a film to pass the Bechdel Test, it has to have multiple women who speak to each other about something other than men.

It was found that films that passed the Bechdel Test outperformed those films that did not. Which makes sense, because female-led films should naturally give the female characters more opportunities to talk about something other than men. It is also likely that audiences, particularly women, want to see movies that have fully fleshed out female characters, and they reward those films at the box office. To drive this point home, all of the films that have crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office since 2012 have passed the test.

Anecdotally, it has seemed like the walls have been crumbling around the assumption that female-led films were less successful than male-led ones for a few years now, the same time period of this study, with films like Wonder Woman and already we are seeing that with what projects are being greenlit.

These numbers just back that up, showing that the bottom line is no longer a valid excuse not to put women front and center in movies and give them the same opportunities as the guys have head for decades.

There are plenty of female-led movies hoping to further prove what this study has shown hitting theaters next year. Check them out in our 2019 release schedule.

Mary Poppins Returns Reviews Are Up, Here’s What Critics Are Saying

Over the past few years, the trend of nostalgia has truly dominated the filmmaking industry. Moviegoers long to return to a simpler time, resulting in plenty of reboots and long awaited sequels. Disney has been cashing in on this trend through live-action remakes of its animated classics, although it’s going the traditional sequel route with Mary Poppins Returns.

Chicago director Rob Marshall is helming a musical blockbuster, which will serve as a direct follow up to the 1964 original. All eyes are on what Emily Blunt will do with the practically perfect title character, and now the first reviews for Mary Poppins Returns have hit the web. They’re generally positive, likely hinting at a strong box office performance for the Holiday season.

CinemaBlend’s own Sarah El-Mahmoud gave the movie one of those positive reviews, as she ultimately scored Mary Poppins Returns with an impressive 4.5 stars out of 5. She particularly praised how the sequel approached a dark subject matter, and made it accessible for all generations of moviegoers, saying:

Mary Poppins Returns tackles some strong themes of loss and what it means to grow up, but not too intensely or maturely. As the original did so gracefully, it’s one of those films that somehow can offer a different message to a range of audiences– it’s not just a ‘kids movie’ or a fix of nostalgia, it’s a radiant timeless tale audiences will long to fly with again and again.

CinemaBlend isn’t the only outlet that appreciated how Mary Poppins Returns broached the serious subject of loss and death in the film. Mary returns when The Banks family is mourning the loss of their wife/mother, and IGN‘s Laura Prudom praised the sequel’s way of telling this story, with:

What stands out most about Mary Poppins Returns is its heart; even more than the original, it opts for sentimentality over subtlety, but much like this year’s equally charming Paddington 2, its earnest intentions never tip it too far into eye-roll territory. Its life lessons may be a bit too on-the-nose for some adults, but it’s clear that now, just as in 1964, Mary Poppins still has plenty to teach us.

Not all reviews for Mary Poppins Returns are quite as glowing, as its getting some criticism for following the outline of the original movie too closely. Slashfilm‘s Josh Spiegel recounted the ways Returns tries to emulate the 1964 classic, with the new material feeling out of place. He said,

The issue is less the cast, which is largely quite good, and more the slavish devotion Marshall and the co-writers have to the original film’s structure without improving upon it. Even Blunt, who’s pretty solid, isn’t playing Mary Poppins as much as she’s playing Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins. Miranda, typically so winning (never more so than in his Broadway phenom Hamilton), feels mildly trapped by playing a newer version of the Cockney-accented chimney-sweep from the original. The arguable standout is Whishaw, who sells Michael Banks’ heartbreak at the loss of his wife as well as his desperate terror at losing his old family house. He sells it, in fact, so well that you get cognitive whiplash as the story shifts from Mary Poppins’ goofy nonsense to Michael struggling to be a single father.

There’s a ton of pressure for Mary Poppins Returns to deliver, especially when it comes to its new musical numbers. After all, the soundtrack from the original movie have become iconic in their decades in pop culture. IndieWire‘s David Ehrlich wasn’t a fan of the new songs by Marc Shaiman, saying:

The original Mary Poppins, for all its appeal, isn’t a work of musical genius. Earworms like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” might have trickled down from one generation to the next, but even the most cursed afflictions can be hereditary. Still, Mary Poppins Returns manages to shimmy under the low bar set by its predecessor. While composer Marc Shaiman (who co-wrote the lyrics with Scott Wittman) does a note-perfect job of recapturing the general Poppins vibe, there isn’t a memorable tune in the bunch; for better or worse, you won’t be haunted by these songs.

While there’s some criticism being thrown around about Mary Poppins Returns, for those most part star Emily Blunt has been getting tons of positive attention. THR‘s David Rooney praised Blunt’s Golden Globe nominated performance, as he reported:

That entrance establishes Emily Blunt right off the bat as a worthy successor to Julie Andrews. With her crisp diction, ramrod-straight posture and no-nonsense air, she swiftly dismisses the gawping stares and bewildered questions of her former charges, the now-grownup Banks siblings Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer). There’s preening vanity beneath Blunt’s bossiness, but also unmistakable warmth as she marshals recently widowed Michael’s three children — precocious twins John and Annabel (Nathanael Saleh, Pixie Davies) and their more impressionable younger brother Georgie (Joel Dawson) — with brisk commands like “Pish-posh,” “Spit-spot” or “Jiggety-jog.”

Mary Poppins Returns seems to be performing well critically, but it also isn’t exactly practically perfect. But considering the franchise’s iconography, the sequel’s cast, and the timing of the release, smart money says Disney has another massive win on their hands.

Mary Poppins Returns will arrive in theaters on December 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

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M. Night Shyamalan Promises Glass Won’t Recap Split And Unbreakable For You

Director M. Night Shyamalan is often associated with his iconic plot twists, and his recent psychological thriller Split was no exception. The 2016 movie told a fascinating story about a character with dissociative identity disorder, although the film’s final moments put the entire movie on its head. It turns out that Split and Shyamalan’s 2000 classic Unbreakable were set in the same universe, and those two movies will collide in the upcoming crossover film Glass.

All eye are on what M. Night Shyamalan will do with Glass, as he puts a wholly unique spin on the popular superhero genre. But the director also has to make a new movie, knowing that not everyone in theaters will have seen and remembered the previous two. But it turns out that he’s not going recap those projects, as he recently revealed:

Talk about a bold choice. Rather than featuring a prologue regarding the events of Split and Unbreakable, M. Night Shyamalan decided to craft Glass into a story that doesn’t need to be bogged down by exposition. The story should cover the necessary information, while also allowing the new project to stand on its own two feet, sans recap.

M. Night Shyamalan’s comments to Digital Spy may be surprising for moviegoers, especially considering how long ago Unbreakable arrived in theaters. That movie was at the height of Shymalan’s fame, fresh off the wild success of The Sixth Sense. Considering the 18 year gap, it would make sense if those who saw Unbreakable didn’t recall the nuances of David Dunn and Mr. Glass’ relationship.

Split was far more recent, and the plot twist involving Bruce Willis’ David Dunn brought a ton of extra folks to the theaters. M. Night Shyamalan basically created a cinematic universe with that brief scene, and moviegoers have been discussing Split‘s contents since hit theaters two years ago. As such, a recap is probably less necessary.

Still, seeing Split and Unbreakable before Glass arrives would probably be a smart plan. In addition to being reacquainted with David Dunn and Mr. Glass’ complicated relationship in Unbreakable, a rewatch of Split will help moviegoers remember Kevin’s various personalities, as well as how Casey survived her attack.

Glass will arrive in theaters on January 18, 2019. In the meantime check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Star Wars: Episode 9 Rumors – Will Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Show Up?

WARNING: The following is just rumor and speculation, but it could be true from a certain point of view, so if you want to avoid possible SPOILERS for Star Wars: Episode IX, you should jump to hyperspace out of here!

Heading in to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there were countless theories out there to answer the most compelling questions raised by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Since Rian Johnson’s film answered those questions (unsatisfactorily for some), there doesn’t seem to be quite the same level of theorizing for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX.

Nevertheless, as is the case with any property this popular and secretive, there are still plenty of theories and rumors out there about what we could see in this all-important final chapter in the Skywalker Saga. So, grab those saltshakers as we dive into the Bacta tank of rumor and speculation about Star Wars: Episode IX.

Last time, we contemplated just how powerful Luke Skywalker will be in this next film. Like his father before him, Luke is a prodigy, but he didn’t get to where he was all by himself. He had help, and the person who started him on his journey to becoming a Jedi Master was an old hermit by the name of Obi-Wan Kenobi. He just so happens to be the subject of a particularly interesting rumor that came out a while back.

This rumor, which surfaced back in June, was that Ewan McGregor would secretly film scenes for the next Star Wars film, i.e. Episode IX. Six months later, we don’t know much more about J.J. Abrams’ film, so an Ewan McGregor Obi-Wan appearance would seemingly still be possible. So let’s speculate how likely this is to happen and what form such an appearance could take.

First of all, it should probably be said that of all the reasons that Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan might not show up in Episode IX, a lack of interest from the actor is probably not one of them. Ewan McGregor, who was, according to many, the best part of George Lucas’ prequels, has shown continual enthusiasm for the character and the property over the years, so you have to think that if he’s asked to be in Episode IX, he’ll be on board faster than you can say “Hello there.”

Now it is prudent to acknowledge that Ewan McGregor has already had a part in the sequel trilogy, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana, Rey discovered Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber and upon touching it, had a vision. At the end of the vision, Rey heard Obi-Wan Kenobi say “Rey, these are your first steps.”

We know that that line was comprised of audio from Ewan McGregor and the late Sir Alec Guinness. This brief auditory cameo provides perhaps the best support to the possibility that Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi will show up in Episode IX.

We don’t know exactly what J.J. Abrams’ initial vision for this trilogy was and if that line from Obi-Wan was meant to just be a bit of a nod to the past in the nostalgia-driven The Force Awakens. But it certainly seems within the realm of possibility that it was a tease of things to come for the Jedi Master, at least in J.J.’s mind. By returning to the franchise to close it out, J.J. Abrams might want to pick that thread back up and run with it.

Again, we don’t know what that might entail, but being that Obi-Wan is dead, the most obvious way he could show up in Episode IX would be as a Force Ghost. We’ve already seen Yoda’s Force Ghost in this trilogy,- (and likely will again), and Luke Skywalker will presumably be a Force Ghost in the next film, so why not round out the trio with Obi-Wan, who can help Rey with her next steps? If Rey is to rebuild the Jedi or restore balance to the Force, she could seek guidance from multiple generations of Masters, like Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

On the other hand, including Obi-Wan as a Force Ghost, alongside Luke and possibly Yoda could make Star Wars: Episode IX feel a bit crowded and like a movie full of dead characters. It could also be considered a bit too fan service-y, and J.J. Abrams might want to avoid the same critiques that were levied against The Force Awakens.

One option that might satisfy the desire to see Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan and provide a bit of fan service without feeling shoehorned in or being detrimental to the story might just be a simple cameo. If this film gives us a happy ending, we could get a scene reminiscent of the end of Return of the Jedi, where we see the Force Ghosts of all the departed Jedi celebrating peace finally being brought to the galaxy and balance being restored to the Force.

Seeing Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan sharing the screen with Mark Hamill’s Luke, as well as Yoda, would be a cool way to close out this Saga, bringing things full circle with all three trilogies. This seems to be the easiest way Ewan McGregor could appear in the film and perhaps the most likely. Heck, maybe we could get Anakin and Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force Ghosts to show up as well.

All that said, another aspect to the lightsaber vision in The Force Awakens is that it acted as kindling to the ‘Rey is Obi-Wan Kenobi’s granddaughter‘ theory, one of the more prominent theories about Rey’s parentage before Episode VIII. Now, we won’t go too far down the rabbit hole of Rey’s parents and whether or not J.J. Abrams will retcon what Rian Johnson did, but it does seem like J.J. had someone else in mind than junk traders. If his initial plan was some sort of Kenobi lineage, he could return to that by just making Kylo Ren’s revelation a lie.

If that were to occur, Ewan McGregor could tell Rey this as a Force Ghost, or we could find out via a flashback or another vision. It is hard to say what impact this would have without knowing how it would be done, but it is feasible. If he is in Episode IX, I don’t expect Obi-Wan to have a large role, yet he could still be important in this story, and being related to Rey would certainly fit the bill.

On the other hand, redoing the Rey parentage reveal is a lot of extra weight to lift and time to devote for a film that also has to see the battle between the Resistance and the First Order come to a satisfying conclusion.

The last aspect to this rumor is the specter of the Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff movie. In the initial rumor, which offered little in the way of clarity, it was said that Ewan McGregor’s appearance as Obi-Wan in Episode IX essentially meant that we won’t be getting the long-rumored, but never fully confirmed Obi-Wan spinoff film.

After the financial disappointment of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we don’t really know what the future holds for the spinoff films, but it doesn’t look good with the cancellation of the Boba Fett movie. That doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t get an Obi-Wan movie at some point (maybe sooner rather than later), but Bob Iger has intimated that a Star Wars slowdown is on the way, indicating that Disney is going to be putting the bulk of its focus on the main series of films for now.

I don’t think Lucasfilm would shoehorn Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan into Episode IX to appease fans in lieu of a spinoff film. Such a move would be putting fan service ahead of story. But if J.J. Abrams was planning for Obi-Wan to appear in his film regardless, maybe that would make the parties involved feel better about the Obi-Wan movie being put on the back burner for now. If Ewan McGregor appeared in Episode IX, his appearance could also be used to gauge fan enthusiasm for a Kenobi spinoff film (hint: it’s high).

Ultimately, this is all rumor and speculation, but if I had to put down my galactic credits on whether or not Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi will be in Star Wars: Episode IX, I would guess yes, but only in a small, cameo capacity.

Star Wars: Episode IX blasts into theaters on December 20, 2019. For all of next year’s biggest movies, check out our 2019 release schedule.

Will Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Show Up In Star Wars: Episode IX?

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That Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Auction Has Been Cancelled Due To Authenticity, And Mark Hamill Responded

It’s no secret that Star Wars is one of the most popular film franchises of all time. George Lucas’ space opera has spanned decades and generations of moviegoers, allowing the property to accrue a mass of fans since A New Hope arrived in 1977. And since the galaxy far, far away means so much to moviegoers, they’re willing to shell out top dollar to take home props from the movies– especially the original trilogy.

That’s exactly what happened when an L.A. auction recently put up Luke Skywalker’s blue lightsaber, which was reportedly used by the protagonist in A New Hope. The auction claimed it was one of five props designed by Roger Christian, although Mark Hamill wasn’t sure about it’s authenticity. And after warning fans against shelling out 20k for a prop that might be fake, the item has officially been removed from the auction.

When news of the lightsaber’s removal from the auction became public, one of Mark Hamill’s many Twitter fans if he was home laughing about the situation. While responding, Hamill was sure to take a jab at himself too, saying:

While seemingly reacting to news of the blue lightsaber’s fate, Mark Hamill also revealed something that will shock most Star Wars fans out there: he doesn’t even have a lightsaber at home. So while countless kids have taken up a toy saber and pretended to be Luke, it turns out that the man himself doesn’t have the Jedi’s legendary weapon on hand.

The lightsaber in question was going up for a whopping $200,000, so its authenticity is rather important. After all, who wants to shell out all that money for a fake? Mark Hamill was sure to warn the fandom about this possibility, and now it seems that the auction in question has taken his concerns seriously.

In fact, Profiles in History, the auction which was originally set to sell off the questionable lightsaber, has even released a statement about the lightsaber (via The Guardian). It reads:

It looks like the origin of the blue lightsaber is up for question– especially who created it, and if it was truly used by Mark Hamill in A New Hope. The Star Wars actor has maintained that he’s used a ton of lightsaber throughout the years, so it’s tricky to nail down which one was used during the first film in the franchise. And now it seems the authenticity of the prop is going to be verified before it’s sold at such a high cost.

Mark Hamill will return to the Star Wars franchise when J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX arrives in theaters on December 20th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Queen Member Brian May’s Favorite Bohemian Rhapsody Scene Almost Got Cut

The living members of Queen worked closely on the production of Bohemian Rhapsody, but that doesn’t mean they had control over the film. Queen’s Brian May recently revealed that his favorite scene in the movie was very nearly cut for no reason beyond an attempt to reduce the film’s runtime. It seems the scene in which Freddie Mercury reveals he’s going solo was very nearly not in the movie. According to May…

It’s more than a little surprising to learn that this scene was almost cut, as it’s a really important moment in the movie. It’s the point at which the tension within Queen hits its breaking point. Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek, announces to the rest of the band that he’s going to be going solo, at least for a while. The rest of the band doesn’t appreciate the decision for, among other reasons, the fact that Mercury is making more money going solo than the band has ever seen.

It is a well-done scene. Mercury knows that what he’s going to say is going to be an issue. He’s nervous about bringing it up. He had previously rejected the idea of going solo in the film. It’s not entirely clear when he changed his mind, though it’s indicated that the band’s manager, who had a personal relationship with Mercury, was a major influence on the decision.

If you take the scene out then the band never has a falling out, at least not on screen. Perhaps there was a shorter scene, maybe one with Mercury being convinced by the manager to take the solo contract, that would have replaced it. While it might have been possible to make the story work without the scene, one would think that other sequences in the movie that were less vital to the story arc would have been axed.

Brian May tells Louder that the scene was quite realistic to the real events of the conversation, which is why the band fought for the scene to stay in the film.

Whatever the reason, the scene was ultimately saved. Bohemian Rhapsody ended up with a run time of just over two hours, which is far from uncommon these days.

Ed Sheeran Reportedly Has A Star Wars: Episode IX Cameo

Among the ways the new Star Wars movies have distinguished themselves from their predecessors is by inserting celebrity cameos, even if you don’t recognize these individuals. Supposedly Star Wars: Episode IX is keeping that tradition going, as a new report says that Ed Sheeran will be popping up in a galaxy far, far away.

Before any Ed Sheehan fans get too excited about seeing his face out in the open, according to The Sun, the singer/occasional actor is suiting up as a stormtrooper. Ed Sheehan has reportedly been seen at Pinewood Studios, where Star Wars: Episode IX has been shooting since August. While this information is hardly official, it certainly would fall in line with how previous celebrities have been inserted within the Star Wars universe.

In 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Daniel Craig cameoed as the stormtrooper who Rey used the Jedi mind trick on to escape Kylo Ren’s custody. Composer Michael Giacchino and record producer Nigel Godrich also donned the First Order white armor in the same movie. As for 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Tom Hardy and Princes William and Harry all filmed scenes as stormtroopers, although their scenes were removed from the final cut.

Obviously there have been plenty of other types of cameos within the recent Star Wars movies, but it would definitely make sense for Ed Sheehan to put on stormtrooper armor. He’s one of the world’s most well-known music stars, so while plenty of folks would certainly be glad to see his face in this franchise filled with colorful aliens and laser swords, it’s more amusing to hide him in plain sight as a stormtrooper, just like the top-tier actors before him.

As far as Ed Sheeran previous acting experience goes, arguably his biggest appearance was playing a Lannister solider in an episode of Game of Thrones last year. He also appeared in five episodes of Bastard Executioner, guest-starred on an episode of The Simpsons and will be one of the main actors in Danny Boyle’s still-to-be-titled film next year, which also stars Lily James, Kate McKinnon and Himesh Patel, among others.

Looking to Star Wars: Episode IX as a whole, as has become the norm, Disney and Lucasfilm are keeping quiet on plot details. The main cast, on the other hand, has been fully unveiled, and along with most of the characters from The Last Jedi returning, the final entry of the Skywalker Saga is also bringing in Naomie Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Dominic Monaghan and Matt Smith, though none of their characters have been identified. Billy Dee Williams will also return as Lando Calrissian, more than 25 years after he co-starred in Return of the Jedi (although he did voice Lando in a few episodes of Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars: Episode IX opens in theaters on December 20, 2019, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. In the meantime, you can look through our Star Wars movies guide to learn what other projects are in development for this franchise, or you can check out our 2019 release schedule to figure out what other movies are coming out next year.

Jamie Lee Curtis Says She Hasn’t Been Approached For Halloween’s Sequel

Spoilers ahead for Blumhouse’s Halloween.

It’s been a great few years for the horror genre, as a renaissance of new and exciting properties have resulted in box office success and critical acclaim. Many of the latest hits come from Blumhouse, and the horror house recently turned its head to the classics with Halloween. The new Halloween movie defied the canon, and brought a powerful story of grief and trauma to theaters for the titular holiday.

Halloween also made a whopping $253.4 million, which is a major win for the indie film, and the studio itself. As such, it seemed inevitable that another sequel would be green-lit, especially as Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode and her family survived Michael Myers’ latest attack. But it turns out that no one has approached Curtis about playing her signature role again. As she recently revealed,

It looks like horror fans around the world need to relax, because a Halloween sequel isn’t already in the works. A sequel would be impossible without David Gordon Green and Jamie Lee Curtis, and with the latter currently in the dark about the franchise’s future, we may have to wait a few years before returning to Haddonfield.

Jamie Lee Curtis’ comments to EW might be a bit disappointing for some moviegoers who might want another Halloween to arrive in time for next year’s Holiday. The season is a great time for slashers, and Blumhouse’s Halloween delivered in a major way when it arrived in theaters in October. And while another sequel is not off the table, it’s clear that the wait is back on for the Strode women to return to the silver screen.

Halloween did seem to set up a sequel, as it changed its trio of Strode ladies forever, and seemingly hinted at Michael’s next resurrection. Laurie’s obsession with Michael actually paid off, as her home and daughter were equipped to fend him off, and trap him in the bunker. And after Allyson turned his own butcher knife on Michael, they watched as he presumably burned alive inside the home.

But if moviegoers sat through the credits, you could hear Michael Myers’ signature breathing from within his mask. As such, we can assume he’s still out there.

Halloween will be available digitally on December 28th, while it’ll release for home purchase on January 15th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Mark Hamill Reveals The Intense Security Around Star Wars Episode IX’s Script

Everybody wants to know what’s going to happen in Star Wars Episode IX. However, Lucasfilm wants to make absolutely sure that we don’t find out. To that end, the studio has implemented some significant security measures to be sure the script doesn’t get out. Mark Hamill recently discussed what some of these measures are, including making sure somebody stays with the script at all times. According to Hamill…

Some of these security measures have been used before. The dark red paper keeps the script from being copied as photocopiers will read the red paper as black and thus the pages won’t come out.

However, at least one of these security measures is new. Mark Hamill reveals to EW that, on previous Star Wars films he was allowed to keep a copy of the script. However, on Episode IX he has not been able to do so. He has apparently seen the most recent version of the script, but he’s not allowed to keep it.

While not mentioned, it’s likely that Mark Hamill is also only given access to the parts of the script that he needs to see, and the rest is being kept from him, as that is a frequent method of protecting secrets as well.

It makes one wonder just how easy it is to make a movie like Star Wars Episode IX. Having a script to study and learn lines is a pretty basic part of the moviemaking process. However, if everybody had a script there would be more copies around then would be possible to keep track of. It would be much easier for one of them to disappear and end up online.

Apparently, Mark Hamill has yet to film most of his performance for Star Wars Episode IX. Production has been underway for some time, but since Luke Skywalker is apparently dead, odds are Hamill doesn’t have a significant role in the new movie, though it’s likely bigger than his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Of course, even these significant security measures don’t stop the rumors from coming out, and some of those rumors certainly do prove true, which means that the script info does get out. It will be interesting to see if these extra measures do successfully prevent real information from getting out. The movie has to keep things under wraps for another year, which is certainly going to be difficult to accomplish.