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How ‘xXx: Return Of Xander Cage’ Celebrates International Stars and Fierce Women
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xXx Return of Xander Cage review

The one film you’d least expect to be so much fun while at the same time smashing the Bechdel test into pieces is xXx: Return of Xander Cage. But the Vin Diesel-starring vehicle does it with ease. Not only that, but it also celebrates some of the biggest global stars without painting them as a villain. It would be way too easy to look past this film, given that it is not part of a very successful franchise. However, the sequel doesn’t care about any of that. Instead, it raises the bar on absurd stunts and pushes the envelope on logic and physics. So much so that the film actually gets meta and pokes fun at itself. But really, if you look past all of that, you’ll see that it is actually a celebration of global stars and fierce women.

We got a chance recently to sit down with our fellow journalists to talk to Diesel and some of the cast of the film from Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, and Nina Dobrev to its director, D.J. Caruso. Each of one of them sharing the Diesel’s sentiment and all of them agreeing that it was so much fun to be a part of. Check out what they had to say here below.

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Movie Review: ‘xXx: Return Of Xander Cage’
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xXx Return of Xander Cage review

xXx: Return of Xander Cage
Director: D. J. Caruso
Screenwriter: F. Scott Frazier
Cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Samuel L. Jackson
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 115 Minutes
Release Date: January 20, 2017

It never ceases to amaze me how much passion Vin Diesel has in seemingly dead in the water projects. Fast and Furious and Riddick were two Diesel franchise vehicles that never really got off the ground when they launched, but because of his dedication to the fans, they got sequels. The former much more popular than the latter, but the actor took it upon himself to breathe new life into the xXx films with xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

Never let it be said that Diesel doesn’t know how to have fun, because in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, there is plenty of it. There’s no political message, no over-sexualization of either gender, and no xenophobic thoughts. Instead, the film treats us to something everyone can enjoy. My full review below.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Editors Reveal Which Scenes Were Part Of The Reshoots
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Ben Mendelsohn in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

As many of you recall, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story went through a series of reshoots last summer. During the course of that time, many were concerned about the timing of these reshoots and script rewrites. Naturally, big budget blockbusters like Rogue One will go through reshoots just to work out any issues the film may have. In the long run, these reshoots helped the film, as it quickly became the third highest grossing film of 2016 in just a matter of a few short weeks.

Now the subject of these reshoots has popped up again, as many are wondering what scenes were reshot and what scenes were rewritten. Of course, now is the perfect time to ask about it considering that the film is practically behind us. Find out more about what Rogue One editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie had to say about those scenes in the full story below.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Almost Had A Very Different Ending
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

At this point in time, we should tell you that any news about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will contain spoilers. Not just because we know that the rebels steal the plans to the Death Star, but in terms of how the film specifically ends.

For those who have seen it already, we know the fate of the crew, but for those who have yet to see it, this will be your only warning as spoilers will follow. But for those that have seen it, did you know that there was a different ending. Find out what it is in the full story below.

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Yes, There Was Unused Original ‘Star Wars’ Footage In ‘Rogue One’
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Star Wars Rogue One X-Wings

Apparently plenty of you rebelled over the weekend as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the number one film, grossing over $290 million worldwide. Many critics were overjoyed by Lucasfilm’s first Star Wars spinoff praising it for being new by mixing in the old — the new being focusing on the untold story of how the plans to the Death Star were stolen, the old being seeing digitized classic characters from the original trilogy. But the old also included some unused footage – that many of us didn’t even notice at the time – from the original 1977 film Star Wars: A New Hope. Check out the full story below. Minor spoilers follow. There’s your only warning.

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Felicity Jones Has A Sequel Option For ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’
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Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story officially hits theaters today (check out our review here), and depending on whether or not you have seen it, it could change the way we see Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones).

While we’ve heard Kathleen Kennedy say that this is just one standalone film, the actress is under contract to appear in one sequel. Before we can speculate how she will appear, we have to warn you that MAJOR SPOILERS will follow after the jump. I repeat, MAJOR SPOILERS are ahead, so you’ve gotten your warning.

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Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Director: Gareth Edwards
Screenwriter: Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy
Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG-13 | 133 minutes
Release Date: December 16, 2016

While spinoffs have a reputation of being written off as a cash grab scheme, the Star Wars universe has a wealth of material to work with. When it was first announced that there would be spinoffs, many wondered what or rather who they could be about. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be the first of those planned spinoffs. The film centers on a group of rebels who embark on the fabled mission to steal the plans to the Death Star. As storied as those troubling reshoots and issues with the script were, Rogue One is highly entertaining.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Chinese Trailer
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Chinese Trailer

We’re just eight short days away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story here in the States. Some countries will have to wait just a little bit longer to see the movie, such as China, where it will be released on January 6th.

To help make those extra days waiting a little less painful for China, a brand new Chinese trailer has been released. The new trailer shares some new footage, including of Donnie Yen‘s Chirrut Îmwe character.

You can check out the new trailer for Rogue One below.

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‘Rogue One’ Featurette Peers Into Creatures Of ‘Star Wars’
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Star Wars Rogue One Creatures

Practical effects are coming back in a big way, and we have Star Wars to thank for that. The drive to have real physical effects gives a film a bit more believability, and we saw a lot of that in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, Lucasfilm will continue that tradition in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

With the film just two weeks away from release, we are getting a new look at how they brought the creatures to life in a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette. From the stars of the film to director Gareth Edwards to the very people who created these creatures, find out more on what it was like to shoot the film with practical effects.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Scribe Tony Gilroy To Make $5 Million Off Rewrites
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Rogue One A Star Wars Story Empire header

Sometimes one man’s controversy is another man’s $5 million paycheck. At least for Tony Gilroy. As you may recall, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was embroiled in a lengthy controversy when the film entered a summer-long reshoot session that required the aid of Gilroy doing rewrites for the film. Normally, a reshoot for any film, especially one of this size, is not really a cause for concern, but because Disney and Lucasfilm were not pleased with the film’s tone, and that a rumored 40% of the film needed to be reshot in order to address some of its major issues, like tone.

Now that the reshoots are fully behind us and Rogue One is already having its press tour, we can look forward to seeing if these reshoots helped or hurt the first Star Wars spinoff. Regardless of what happens, though, Gilroy is getting a nice paycheck out of all of this. One that amounts to $5 million. More on the story below.

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