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Tiny Diapana

is a literary dilettante and warrior of the written word. She has a penchant for poetry, with some of her compositions seeing publication in anthologies. Tiny is drawn to magic realism (eg. Salman Rushdie, Etgar Kerret) and books that are stylistic and Kafkaesque. Her free time is often spent on boardgames, books, manga, comics, pop culture series, movies and practicing bass.

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  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix Unsure About Their Future With Disney
        Marvel fans might be excited to see the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and all of Fox’s other mutants make their way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe now that Disney’s completed its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, however, the X-Men: Dark Phoenix cast aren’t so sure about their roles moving forward. Speaking in an interview with ComicBook.com, Cyclops actor Tye Sheridan reveals that no one has told them what’s to come after Dark Phoenix. "There weren't any talks with us," the X-Men star ells the publication, "I don't know if there've been an internal conversation." This uncertainty might be dizzying for fans of the mutant franchise, however, Sheridan continues to hold on to the hope that these characters are going to continue on in any fashion. "I don't know. I think this franchise has a lot of potential, it always has," Sheridan said. "I'd love to see it continue in some form, even if there spin-offs and characters do their own movies independently. I think it's definitely something that should be explored." While we’re not quite sure whether or not the X-Men cast and crew have been told about Disney’s plans, word has it that Marvel intends to reboot the mutant franchise after the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants. We’re not quite sure when, however, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has told fans that it might actually take quite a while for the X-Men to make it to the MCU. After all, Marvel still has to deal with its roster of Phase 4 films. The X-Men will just have to wait. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set for release on June 7. Read: New Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Trailer Focuses On The X-Men
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  • Dark Phoenix Star Sophie Turner Compares Jean Grey And Sansa Stark ...
        X-Men: Dark Phoenix’s Jean Grey might live in a very different world from Game of Thrones’ Sansa Stark, however Sophie Turner believes that the two have one thing in common: female empowerment. There’s been a move for diversity and representation in cinema today, and we can certainly feel that in films like X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Wonder Woman, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel. Speaking in an HBO interview, Turner compares the roles she’s played in Dark Phoenix and in Game of Thrones. In Dark Phoenix, fans are going to find a version of Jean Grey who longer wants to be oppressed and controlled, much like the arc that Sansa took in the last two seasons of HBO’s fantasy epic. Speaking in an interview with HBO, Turner describes both Jean and Sansa as strong, indenpendent women. "I'm always drawn to strong, independent women and Sansa and Jean are both that," the actress said during the interview (via CBR)."They eventually use all of these terrible things that happened to them and they become incredibly strong women." Jean Grey might be the villain in Dark Phoenix, but fans have to remember that the character feels betrayed and no longer wants to be under the control of her mentor figure and teacher, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy). In the last two seasons of Game of Thrones, Sansa showed the same sort of rebellion. The eldest daughter of House Stark didn’t want to take orders from Jon (Kit Harrington) and from Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). The only difference is that Sansa is more self-assured than Jean is in Dark Phoenix. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set for release June 7. Read: New Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Trailer Focuses On The X-Men
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  • Star Wars Director Ron Howard Responds To #MakeSolo2Happen
        Solo: A Star Wars Story might not have done well for itself at the box office during its release last year, but Star Wars fans pretty much enjoyed the film, and for the past few days some have been campaigning for the film’s sequel on social media. Taking to Twitter, Star Wars fans have been asking Lucasfilm to #MakeSolo2Happen, hoping that the studio hears them out days ahead of the Star Wars spinoff’s one year anniversary. Noticing the buzz, Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard has decided to respond to fans’ little campaign for Solo 2 with a smile. Check out the filmmaker’s post on Twitter down here: :-) https://t.co/P4ZKLMmi4G — Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) May 23, 2019 Solo was originally supposed to be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, however the two were fired after clashing with Lucasfilm. Howard was then brought in to save the production, and while the film didn’t really achieve much in the box office (in fact the Star Wars spinoff underperformed), it did a pretty good job among fans and critics. While it seems a bit unlikely that Disney might create another Solo movie given the film’s commercial turnout, this call for Solo 2 might change the studio’s mind. Fans might have to wait a bit longer than they’d want though – the Star Wars film franchise is taking a break after the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Even then, Solo 2 will have to compete for slots with other films like the upcoming trilogies by Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff as well as Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019. Read: Star Wars: Chewbacca Actor Joonas Suotamo Joins the #MakeSolo2Happen Movement
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  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Is Hiring Stormtroopers
        It’s almost every Star Wars fan’s dream to become a stormtrooper in Lucasfilm’s galaxy far, far away. The studio might not be hiring any more extras now, but it looks like fans still have the chance to march down to the beat of the Empire thanks to Disneyland. According to a job listing posted on Disneyland’s website, Disney Parks Live Entertainment is currently looking for performers to act as stormtroopers for the park’s newest addition, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Right now, Disneyland Resort is in the search for “energetic performers to bring to life to some of the exciting characters from the Star Wars saga.” The job listing requires hopefuls to have slender bodies, athletic builds and the willingness to “demonstrate high energy levels, a full range of body movement, and imaginative improvisation.”  Those interested in working for the park should note though that the role requires “physical exertion and working in a full-boy costume” which is the standard issue armor of the First Order. It’s not going to be easy – stormtrooper outfits can be tight and warm. Still, if fans want to give it a try, then why not. Performers should remember though that they have to be available on Friday nights, weekends, holidays, and peak operating seasons. Auditions are going to be held on Friday, May 24 in Downey, California. The audition is open to performers heights 5’10”- 6’0” (yes there actually is a height requirement in become a stormtrooper). Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on May 31 at the Disneyland Resort. The park is also set to open on August 29 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Read: Star Wars: Chewbacca Actor Joonas Suotamo Joins the #MakeSolo2Happen Movement  
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  • Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Movie Reportedly Gets A Screen ...
        Star Wars might be taking a break after the release of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, but that doesn’t mean that Lucasfilm is going to stop making Star Wars movies. Not only is the studio working on a couple of trilogies (one by Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff; one by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson), but rumor has it that Lucasfilm is going to bring the Knights of the Old Republic to the big screen. According to a report by BuzzFeed, Avatar and Shutter Island writer Laeta Kalogridis has just been hired by Lucasfilm to write a script based on the popular game, Knights of the Old Republic. Sources familiar with the project indicate that Kalogridis is close to completing the first draft of the film of what could be a brand new trilogy for the Star Wars franchise. The script writer was hired back in 2018 to develop the project, and because Kalogridis is the one working on the script, we doubt that the Game of Thrones showrunners would actually set their trilogy in the same era as the Knights of the Old Republic. For those who aren’t familiar with the game, the Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing videogame set in the Star Wars universe 4000 years before the formation of the Galactic Empire. This is definitely exciting news – though fans shouldn’t be that surprised. Kennedy did say that Lucasfilm was going to look a developing a Knights of the Old Republic movie though she wasn’t quite sure “where things might fall.” Let’s wait and see whether the movie really does come to life. Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set for release December 20, 2019. Read: Star Wars: Chewbacca Actor Joonas Suotamo Joins the #MakeSolo2Happen Movement
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  • Star Wars: Episode IX Star Adam Driver Talks About Kylo And Rey’s ...
        Star Wars: The Last Jedi saw a connection between Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). Though the two eventually decided to take different paths, the Jakku orphan and the estranged son of Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) and Han (Harrison Ford) left Star Wars fans longing to see more of their connection. Speaking in an interview with Vanity Fair, Driver talks about that bond between the two characters and how fans are going to see it evolve in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. "... Then he had been forging this maybe-bond with Rey, and it kind of ends with the question in the air: is he going to pursue that relationship, or when the door of her ship goes up, does that also close that camaraderie that they were maybe forming?" Driver said. We’re definitely going to see their relationship change in The Rise of Skywalker. Though many might be hoping that Kylo Ren finds his way back to the light, we might not be able to see that same kind of bond and hope that the two shared in The Last Jedi. From the look of the first teaser of the upcoming Star Wars film, the two are going to meet at opposite ends of the Force yet again. "How do you form friendships out of that?" Driver said. "How do you understand the weight of that? And if there’s no one around you guiding you, or articulating things the right way … it can easily go awry." Of course there’s still some hope that Kylo Ren finds his own redemption. We’ll just have to wait and see. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019. Read: Star Wars: Chewbacca Actor Joonas Suotamo Joins the #MakeSolo2Happen Movement
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  • Avengers: Endgame Still Falls Short Of Box Office Analysts’ ...
      Avengers: Endgame might be the most successful film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, the film still fell short of box office expectations. It’s hard to deny Endgame’s commercial power. It’s barely been a month since the film’s premiere, but the Avengers: Infinity War sequel continues to creep up towards Avatar’s overall box office haul in an attempt to unseat the blockbuster in its place as the highest grossing film of all time. The film’s power at the domestic box office is even more prominent – in four weeks the film has already reached $771 million in North America, taking the top spot from Avatar. However, Indie Wire isn’t that impressed. According to the site, analysts had higher expectations for the film. Using history, math, and multiples to guess totals, Endgame’s numbers come under 2.4. That’s still low when compared to Star Wars: The Force Awakens which come at a 3.8. Avengers: Infinity War has an even higher number with 2.6. Sure, Endgame’s current box office total of $2.6 billion might seem overwhelmingly large, but fans ought to remember that these numbers haven’t been adjusted for inflation just yet. Avatar and its $2.7 billion haul actually has much more than Endgame considering the fact that tickets were much cheaper when the film was released in 2009. Analysts also expected the film to be leggier. Unfortunately, Endgame lost its hold on the box office by the time it hit its fourth week in cinemas, losing the top spot to John Wick 3. The hype for the film is clearly waning. Still,$2.6 billion is a whole lot. Marvel Studios definitely still has a major win. Avengers: Endgame is currently screening in cinemas. Read: New Captain Marvel Series Has Carol Herding Multiple Flerken  
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  • Russo Brothers Say Iron Man’s Avengers: Endgame Fate Was Always ...
      Avengers: Endgame took the life of some of Marvel’s key players. First was Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), sacrificing her life to bring out the Soul Stone from the mountains of Vormir. Then, the most heartbreaking of them all was the death of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Tony Stark died by stealing all six Infinity Stones from Thanos (Josh Brolin) in the nick of time. With the Infinity Stones in his hand, Iron Man ended the battle between Thanos forces and the Avengers by snapping the Mad Titan and his army out of the dimension. Speaking in an interview with Cinema Blend on the Reelblend podcast, Endgame co-director Joe Russo talks about Tony’s fate, explaining that it was always Iron Man’s destiny to die the way he did. “In a certain sense, Tony Stark was always meant to die. He’s a very complicated character who had a haunted existence,” Russo explained, “And I think as a futurist, he could always see that the end of humanity was on the horizon, and he could not rest, spiritually, until he defeated what was coming for humanity: Thanos.” Tony’s death makes sense, of course. After all, the playboy billionaire’s story was what started the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU began thanks to the success of Jon Favreau's first Iron Man movie. It’s only right that the franchise culminates with Iron Man sacrificing his life to save everyone else in the universe. The character deserves that honor more than anyone else. Avengers: Endgame is currently screening in cinemas. Read: New Captain Marvel Series Has Carol Herding Multiple Flerken  
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  • Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Was Planned From The Beginning Of ...
      Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might be the last film in Lucasfilm’s sequel trilogy, but it turns out that a whole lot of Star Wars: Episode IX was planned from the very start. Vanity Fair just recently released an in-depth spread covering The Rise of Skywalker, a feature which included various interviews with the film’s cast and crew. Speaking with the film’s Kylo Ren star Adam Driver, the publication learned that the actor’s early meetings with J.J. Abrams before the start of the sequel trilogy were not in the least bit vague. “An overall arc was very, not vague, the opposite, it was very clear—[there was] an end in sight even from the very beginning,” Driver revealed, “The details obviously hadn’t been worked out, but we had talked about the very thing that we’d been working towards with this last one,” It seems like Lucasfilm already had a clear idea where they were going with the franchise. Though the details of each different entry in the sequel trilogy had to be ironed out, the studio already seemed to know where they were heading from the start. This is interesting information. Did Lucasfilm also have the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi planned out as well? Does this mean that all the hatred towards Rian Johnson is undeserved ( we still don’t understand how fans can be so cruel)? Right now many of The Rise of Skywalker’s details remain under wraps. We hope that the film successfully closes the sequel trilogy and the Skywalker saga. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker makes its big premiere on December 20, 2019. Read: Star Wars: Episode IX Director J.J. Abrams No Longer 'Beholden' To The Past Of The Franchise
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  • Star Trek: Picard Gets Its First Trailer
      There was a whole lot of excitement when CBS All Access announced that it was giving Star Trek legend Patrick Stewart his very own series. It’s been years since Stewart appeared in the Star Trek franchise – the actor’s last Star Trek movie was the 2002 Star Trek: Nemesis. Now, it looks like Trekkies are in for a major treat. CBS All Access has just officially released the very first trailer for Star Trek: Picard, Stewart’s brand new series centered on former Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The video is pretty short and reserved. In the teaser we get to see shots of what we assume to be Picard raising his hand to vines, washing his hands over running water, walking over a field, and transporting a crate of wine bottles. In the background, we get to hear a voice over questioning why the former Captain left Star Fleet. “15 years ago today, you led us out of the darkness. You commanded the greatest rescue armada in history, then the unimaginable,” the voice over says, “What did that cost you? Your faith. Your faith in us. Your faith in yourself. Tell us, why did you leave Starfleet Admiral?” The teaser then shows us Jean-Luc Picard out of his uniform and in a simple tux and tie outfit as it fades out to the logo of Star Trek: Picard. Though the teaser doesn’t really give away too many details about the series, we get to see Picard in comfortable retirement, farming in what is obviously a vineyard. The voice over also gives away a new detail – Picard really did become an Admiral for Star Fleet. The Captain never really aspired for the position before, so we can’t help but wonder how and why Picard took on the role. We’re hoping the series reveals this. Star Trek: Picard is expected to premiere sometime this year on CBS All Access. Read: Patrick Stewart’s New Star Trek Series Gets Official Title And First Look Photo
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