The Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Episode IX title revealed as first trailer drops

Details of the plot have been disclosed by cast and crew at a presentation of a teaser trailer and panel discussion to mark the conclusion of the Skywalker series A first look at the new Star Wars film, titled The Rise of Skywalker, has aired at the annual Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. A teaser trailer and a series of stills, introduced by director The Force Awakens (2015), featured the death of Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, the following film, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyongo and Domhnall Gleeson return, alongside Billy Dee Williams, Richard E Grant and Fishers daughter, Billie Lourd. Daisy Ridley in the trailer. Footage in the trailer showed Ridleys character hugging Fishers, as well as …

The Matrix at 20: how the sci-fi gamechanger remains influential

In 1999, the sci-fi thriller became an instant pop culture phenomenon and in the years since, its influence on the industry and audiences has endured When The Matrix came out 20 years ago, the internet was still in its infancy, confined by the limits of dial-up modems, Netscape browsers and the startup discs that EarthLink and AOL tucked in mailboxes across the country. If you wanted to use the internet, you usually had to sacrifice your phone line, and those with constant busy signals were regarded as hopeless shut-ins, like the VR corporate sabotage of Disclosure or sick allure of a chatroom sadist in Dee Sniders StrangeLand. The landscape was changing, but all they could think to do was freak …

Superheroes and freaky cats: how Captain Marvel rewrote the rules

From the story behind Nick Furys eyepatch to the rehabilitation of the Skrull, the latest Marvel film has altered comic-book canon in fruitful ways If theres one thing we should have been primed for, prior to viewing Captain Marvel, it would be to expect the unexpected. Marvel is a studio that, time and again, has chosen to twist comic-book canon to suit new needs, rather than deliver overly faithful adaptations of the original work. The addition of the Skrull, a race of alien shape-shifters, to the Marvel universe, Captain Marvels trailers showed Skrull disguising themselves as human while fighting Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) naturally led observers to suspect they were up to their old tricks. To twist that narrative on …