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Most Romantic Star Wars Moments

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Whether it be in a side plot or front and center, romance has always been present in Star Wars. Due to the fact that these romances are springing up in the middle of wartime, it’s not too surprising that few Star Wars couples get to have a happy ending to their story.

The original trilogy toyed with the idea of making Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) a couple in A New Hope, but ultimately went a different route by making them siblings instead. This wasn’t until they’d already kissed a few times, which was pretty weird, but for the most part that’s been easily swept under the rug by most fans today.

Star Wars is known for some epic battles and great action sequences, but at its heart, it’s always been about the journeys the characters go on. Each Star Wars romance offers something a little different, and each couple has its fans and detractors. However, these pairings have led to some of the most romantic scenes in the series.

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Han and Leia Say Goodbye

When The Force Awakens picks up with the heroes from the original trilogy, Han (Harrison Ford) and Leia are separated and estranged. They reunite about halfway through the movie, but Han is killed by their son shortly after their brief reunion. They split up after their son turned to the dark side (the number one cause of divorce in Star Wars, we hear), and Leia’s last request of Han is that he “bring him home.” They share one last hug before Han unknowingly heads off to his death.

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Satine’s Confession

The Clone Wars features a lot of great romantic moments, mostly focusing on Anakin and Padmé. However, we’ve chosen to focus on a moment between a romantic pairing with a history that we never got to see. Satine Kryze (Anna Graves) was introduced as the Duchess of Mandalore, and it quickly becomes evident that something was going on between her and Obi-Wan (James Arnold Taylor).

When the two are under attack, Satine takes what may be their last moments to confess that she’s always loved Obi-Wan. Of course, Obi-Wan has no intention of leaving the Jedi Order at this point, but he does admit to Satine that, “had you said the word, I would have left the Jedi Order” back when they were younger.

Ben Saves Rey

The Rise of Skywalker has its flaws, but it almost delivered on the romance. The bond between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo (Adam Driver) was brought back in the final movie, and it was through his feelings for Rey that Kylo renounced the dark side and went back to being Ben Solo. He went to Exegol to help Rey in her fight against Palpatine, only to get thrown down a pit. When Rey dies, Ben drags himself out of the pit and gives his life for her so that she can come back to life. They kiss, and he dies (apparently there wasn’t enough juice in their “life-giving” bond to go around).

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Anakin and Padmé’s Wedding

Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Padmé (Natalie Portman) are one of Star Wars’ most iconic couples, but even their biggest fans have to admit that watching their relationship unfold was pretty awkward at times in Attack of the Clones. But of course, we had to include the one and only wedding in Star Wars on the list.

Anakin and Padmé’s secret wedding takes place on Naboo at the end of Attack of the Clones. Padmé looks gorgeous (of course), enough so to mostly distract from the unfortunate customary hairstyle of a Jedi padawan. “Across the Stars”, their love theme, plays over their kiss and the movie ends on a frame that echoes the ending of The Empire Strikes Back.

Hera and Kanan Kiss

This was a big moment for Rebels fans. From the start, Hera (Vanessa Marshall) and Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) seemed like an old married couple, but were pretty restrained on the physical affection, so no one really knew what to make of their relationship for sure. It was clear, however, that they weren’t just friends. They finally kiss in the third season, confirming their relationship status in a moment fans had been anticipating for a long time.


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Padmé’s Ruminations

One of the most romantic moments in Star Wars also happens to be one of the most heartbreaking. As Anakin is plagued with visions of Padmé dying in Revenge of the Sith, he debates on taking up Palpatine’s offer in order to save her. Doing so would mean completely betraying the Jedi Order and everything he’s been taught.

What makes this scene special is that Padmé seems to be feeling Anakin’s turmoil. As they both look out the window, not possibly being able to actually see each other, it looks as though they’re having a conversation. Maybe this was the first Force connection, after all.

Han and Leia’s First Kiss

The Empire Strikes Back made the smart choice to swap Leia’s love interest from Luke to Han, with whom she shared a great deal more chemistry. After establishing a time jump since the events of A New Hope, it’s quickly shown that something other than friendship is going on between Han and Leia.

As Han prepares to leave, he and Leia engage in their primary love language: arguing and chasing each other around. Many of their adventures in escaping the Empire are a vehicle for their love story. They finally kiss in the Millennium Falcon, forcing Leia to admit that she maybe doesn’t like “nice men” as much as she’d thought.

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“Saving what we love.”

Finn’s (John Boyega) pseudo-crush on Rey in The Force Awakens is put on the back burner in The Last Jedi. His friendship with Rey was what gave him the strength to run away from the First Order for good, but it was Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) who eventually showed him something to fight for.

Finn’s newfound dedication to the cause is so strong that he’s ready to sacrifice himself for the good of the Resistance. It’s Rose who stops him, not willing to lose someone else she cares about after she’d already lost her sister at the beginning of the film. Finn chastises her for stopping him, but she responds with, “I saved you, dummy. That’s how we’re gonna win. Not fighting what we hate, saving what we love.” She kisses him, there’s an explosion in the background, and it’s all very romantic and sweet.


“You’re not alone.”

The connection between Rey and Kylo was intriguing in The Force Awakens, but The Last Jedi really took it to the next level with the introduction of the Force-bond. This allowed them to see each other and even interact physically across space via the Force. After venturing into a cave that gave Rey a vision showing how alone she was, she confided in Kylo. He told her she wasn’t alone, and she offered him her hand. When they touched hands, they were able to see things about each other – her, his future, and him, her past.

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“I love you.” “I know.”

No, not that one. Han’s response to Leia telling him she loves him in The Empire Strikes Back is iconic because it’s so Han, but it isn’t exactly romantic. What is, however, is Leia’s delivery of the line back to him in Return of the Jedi. On Endor, after Leia’s been shot and it looks like they’re cornered, Leia reveals to Han that she has a trick (a blaster, to be precise) up her sleeve. “I love you,” he says, to which she replies with a smile: “I know” before blasting some Stormtroopers.


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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

Samaritan

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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