The wait is over! Fans of the Star Wars saga are flooding movie theaters across the country today as The Last Jedi makes its nationwide debut. Following 2015’s The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi picks up roughly 30 years after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi, and finds a new band of heroes struggling to defeat the evil First Order. But unlike The Force Awakens, which was written and directed by JJ Abrams, The Last Jedi takes on a much darker tone, diving further into character backgrounds and bringing to light the tragic fate of Luke Skywalker and his failed Order of Jedi Knights. That means fans will get to see much more of Mark Hamill in the new film but, given the untimely death of Carrie Fisher, can also expect to see some beloved characters get killed off in the telling. Thus far most critics are hailing writer/director Rian Johnson‘s installment in the series, which is said to be entirely his own, despite what Abrams may have set up with in the previous film. Although The Last Jedi is expected to launch with a worldwide box office haul of roughly $425 million, it will likely not be enough to match the North American Box Office earnings record for 2016. Continue reading →
Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, who achieved stardom as a child actress for starring as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), has passed away at the age of 69. Duke was featured on her own television show, The Patty Duke Show, from 1963-1966 and went on to be a star of television shows and movies, as well as a number of big screen productions. Duke struggled, not only with drugs throughout her career, but also with inherent mental illnesses. She eventually overcame her demons and became a mental health advocate and president of the Screen Actors Guild. Her talents and contributions to film and mental health will be missed.