Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ The Musical – 8 Reasons To See The Show

If you are a fan of Disney’s Aladdin, 2019 has been a good year.

On the week that the 2019 live-action adaptation of the beloved 1992 animated film crossed the magical US$1 billion (S$1.36b) mark at the global box office, the hit Broadway adaptation made its debut in Singapore and is entertaining audiences in a whole new way.

Boasting energizing song-and-dance sequences, amazing sets and effects, and stunning costumes, Aladdin the musical—which is based on the 1992 Oscar-winning film—premiered on Broadway in 2014 with book by playwright Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Beguelin. Singapore will be the only Asian stop and final run for this Aladdin tour.

Musings on the M49 was chuffed to be invited to the official opening night at Sands Theatre in Marina Bay Sands. Here are eight reasons why Aladdin the musical is a must-see, especially if you are a fan of the Disney films or musicals in general. (Aladdin Photos Credit: Base Entertainment Asia)

1. “Friend Like Me”

The Genie’s signature song in the treasure-hoarding Cave of Wonders is a spectacular 14-minute showstopper comprising breath-taking choreography and cool magical effects. The scene-stealer was without question Gareth Jacobs whose creative genius as the Genie made the vibrant and pulsating sequence an absolute joy to watch.

2. “A Whole New World”

The Oscar-winning song is a timeless classic and watching Aladdin (Graeme Isaako) and Princess Jasmine (Shubshri Kandiah) singing it while seemingly flying on a magic carpet for real on stage is simply a thrill – even though you know it is manoeuvred by a special albeit well-hidden contraption. Easily the show’s second top highlight, drawing lots of oohs and aahs from the audience.

3. A Genie Like No Other

He’s not blue (except for his costume) and does not appear vaporizing from a lamp, but Gareth Jacobs’ Genie totally stole the show from the word go. He sang and danced with gusto, and his wisecracking had the audiences in stitches. His shout-outs to Singapore at appropriate times was a nice touch as well.

4. Classic And New Tunes Combo
Besides the unforgettable tunes from the 1992 film such as “Arabian Nights”, “One Jump Ahead” and “Prince Ali”, fans can savor seven new songs in the musical. Menken and Beguelin wrote four tunes specially for the stage production and these are “These Palace Walls”, “A Million Miles Away”, “Diamond in the Rough” and “Somebody’s Got Your Back”. Also included are three songs by Menken and Ashman that were cut from the original film – “Proud of Your Boy”, “Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim” and “High Adventure”. Let’s hope for future productions, they will consider adding “Speechless”, Princess Jasmine’s empowering anthem from the 2019 megahit, too!

5. Stunning Set Design

From the colorful mythical city of Agrabah, to the Sultan and Princess Jasmine’s luxurious palace, to the gold-glittering Cave of Wonders, the show’s 500 captivating sets, props and backdrops are to be lauded. The audience is easily transported to every location in a blink of an eye, whether it is a Middle Eastern-influenced marketplace or a cave in a dark, isolated desert.

6. Shining, Shimmering, Splendid Costumes

The costumes in Aladdin have to be one of the most vibrant and sparkling set of outfits I’ve ever seen in a musical. And this is thanks to some 1000 fabrics and half a million Swarovski crystals that were used to make and decorate the 300+ costumes in the show. There was so much sparkle, they should have warned us to wear shades…

7. Incredible Special Effects
Besides a believable flying magic carpet, the show also employs a great number of whoa-inducing magical effects on stage such as slide of hand tricks, disappearing box acts, and quick change illusions, some of which were even executed effortlessly during song sequences.

8. Funny Bytes Galore
Thanks to some great one-liners and hilarious ad-libs, there were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that didn’t just materializes out of the Genie, but also from supporting characters such as Jafar (Patrick R Brown) and his scheming sidekick, Iago (Doron Chester). I would arguably say there were more laughs generated from the musical than from the cinematic version!

All in all, Aladdin the musical is great fun, a spectacular that is easily enjoyed by both young and old. Though the first half felt a tad draggy (though understandably having to introduce every key character), the show nonetheless does present a whole new world of Disney’s Aladdin that is truly worth a watch.

Rewind: At the Aladdin Red Carpet
Attending stage shows, it is always fun to see people dress up for the occasion or are game to participate in entertaining activities. Prior to the show’s start on opening night, we witnessed a few folks who shook a tail feather or two on the “purple” carpet! (Photos by Marguerita Tan)

For starters, you always want to give a thumb’s up when theatre goers take the trouble to dress up according to the theme of the show!

And from the young to the young-at-heart, a few were sporting enough to sing ‘A Whole New World’ in front of cameras!

And here’s some of the famous faces spotted: 2009 Singapore Idol Sezairi Sazali (left) and author/humor writer Sylvia Toh Paik Choo (far right)

Aladdin the Broadway musical plays at the Sands Theatre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore till Sept 1, 2019. Performances: Tue to Fri, 7.30pm; Sat 2pm & 7.30pm; and Sun 1pm & 6.30pm. Tickets from $68++ from www.sistic.com and www.marinabaysands.com/ticketing.

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April 2019 TV & Movie Highlights: From ‘Game Of Thrones’ To ‘Killing Eve’, Avengers to Anime

Being a longtime TV and movie fan, I don’t recall if ever there was a single month in a single year that touts TV returns and new film releases that have my interests at heart as much as this coming April.

From the final season of the fantasy epic series Game of Thrones, to the brilliant TV spy thriller Killing Eve, to cool anime productions from Japan, here are five highlights to look out for come April 2019:

1. Killing Eve Season 2

Will Jodie Comer’s Villanelle be hell-bent on killing Eve in Killing Eve Season 2? [Credit: BBC America]

Voted and awarded as one of 2018’s best TV shows by many big-name media outlets, Killing Eve is one of the most ingenious series to be seen on TV for quite some time. Focusing on an intriguing cat-and-mouse chase between jaded M16 agent Eve Polastri and psychopathic assassin Villanelle, performances are outstanding with Sandra Oh rightfully sweeping most of the best TV drama actress awards, although co-star Jodie Comer deserved the accolades just as much. Season 2 promises to be just as sharp and intense (and funny) as it was for Season 1, even though show-runner Phoebe Waller-Bridge did not do any writing (but a good writer friend of hers did). Can’t wait!
Killing Eve Season 2 premieres on Sunday, April 7, BBC America.

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* ‘Killing Eve’ Season 2: What to Expect When the Acclaimed Psycho Thriller Returns
* Five Behind-The-Scene Things You Should Know About ‘Killing Eve’

2. Game Of Thrones Season 8

Will it be a bittersweet victory for Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in Game of Thrones‘ final season? [Credit: HBO]

Winter seriously took a long time in coming if you are a Game of Thrones fan. With an almost 18-month gap between Season 7 and its upcoming final season, it’s arguably the second longest hiatus period in TV history (The Sopranos holds the record if I’m not mistaken; and not counting series reboots.) But David Benioff and Dan Weiss promised that the wait will be worth it, with each of the six episodes almost feature-length and with big battles galore. What most fans care about though is who dies, who lives, and most importantly, who gets to sit on the Iron Throne. George RR Martin says it will be a “bittersweet victory”, but victory for whom? The Night King? Queen Cersei? Brrrr, the thought of it.
Game of Thrones’ Season 8 premieres on Sunday, April 14, HBO.

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* 8 ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Theories About Daenerys Targaryen’s Endgame
*  ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Theories About the Crypts of Winterfell
* ‘Game of Thrones’: Who’s Likely to Die in Season 8?
‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: Why Jon Snow May Use Greatsword Dawn to Slay the Night King

3. Okko’s Inn

If you are a Studio Ghibli fan like me, you’ll be glad to know that animators who have left the famed Hayao Miyazaki studio are doing their part to produce adorable Studio-Ghibli-like films for film lovers to enjoy. This year, Kitaro Kosaka, a key animator on many of Studio Ghibli’s box office hits, brings us Okko’s Inn, a story of a young girl who, while training to be the junior innkeeper of her grandma’s traditional Japanese inn, discovers that she can see the spirits that live in the building. The supernatural beings have to be put on the back-burner however as a string of guests arrive who will test Okko’s mantle to be a gracious host. Will she prevail? We bet our Totoro stuffed toys that she will!
Okko’s Inn opens in selected U.S. theaters on Monday, April 22, 2019.

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* 5 Things We Want to See in Studio Ghibli’s Theme Park in 2022
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4. Avengers: Endgame

Half of the universe, including many of our heroes, vaporized into thin air by super villain Thanos at the end of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. Can the remaining Avengers—Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, et al —do damage control? Or can they do the impossible and turn back time to before the Mad Titan snapped his fingers? Either way, Endgame marks the end of the Infinity Stones story arc in the MCU. And I’m guessing that most of our heroes who we think have bite the dust will make it back alive considering—SPOILER—young Peter Parker, to name but one, will be back for more adventures in Spider-Man: Far from Home (23rd MCU film due out July 2019), which reportedly takes place after events in Endgame…
Avengers: Endgame is in U.S. theaters from Thursday, April 26, 2019.

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5. Attack On Titan Season 3 Part II

Based on the best-selling Japanese manga, Attack on Titan is one of the most exciting anime series in recent times thanks to its captivating animation style, intriguing plot-lines and gripping action. Story tells of a remnant of humanity who lives behind walled cities to protect themselves against giant humanoid creatures that eat humans. By Season 3, the Survey Corps, led by their charismatic captain, Levi Ackerman, has discovered that the humanoids are actually created by the ruling royal family to keep citizens in check. Part 1 sees the Corps including Eren Yeager—the only Titan helping to protect humanity—tackling these human enemies; while Part II will see them take on former comrades Reiner Braun (Armored Titan) and Bertholdt Hoover (Colossal Titan), and their “chief”, the Beast Titan, who may have a shocking secret to reveal…
Attack on Titan Season 3 returns Sunday, April 29, 2019, various anime channels.

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Bless the Kasdans! 20 Memorable Quotes From ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

Solo: A Star Wars Story will become a cult classic. Despite the haters, naysayers and boycotters, majority who saw the young Han Solo standalone film unanimously declared it being the best Star Wars film since George Lucas’ Original Trilogy (1977-1983).

And since end September when Solo was available in various in-house formats, people who skipped it at the theaters for one reason or another have been giving the film the thumbs-up as well and regretting not catching it on the big screen.

Most agreed that the film is pure fun with exhilarating action, and which gets better with each repeated viewing. With Alden Ehrenreich impressive as the titular character, Solo embodies the spirit and feel of a classic Star Wars film even though it does not feature the Force or a single Jedi.

A silhouette of a young Han in Solo: A Star Wars Story [Disney/Lucasfilm]

The Ron Howard-directed film also boasts a stirring original and adapted soundtrack by John Powell (the best since The Phantom Menace), stunning cinematography by Bradford Young, and exquisite overall design from costumes to sets to space creatures. Not forgetting a great supporting cast comprising Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca (in his most physical performance as the beloved Wookiee).

Lastly, as with all the best Star Wars films, Solo is filled with great quotes. Penned by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens) and his self-confessed Star Wars geek son Jonathan, Solo is filled with loads of Star Wars nuances and lore.

Memorable Quotes from Solo: A Star Wars Story
(Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watch the movie.)

So without further ado, here’s but 20 of the most memorable quotes:

1. “I have no people. I’m alone.”
 Han, informing the Imperial recruiting officer on Corellia who eventually gives him “Solo” as a last name.

2. “I’m telling you. You’ll never have a deeper sleep than when you’re curled up in a Wookiee’s lap.”
– Rio Durant, telling Tobias Beckett why he should let Han and Chewbacca join their crew at Mimbun.

Ardennian pilot Rio Durant is voiced by Jon Favreau in Solo: A Star Wars Story. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

3. “We couldn’t have done this like maybe one at a time?”
– Han to Chewbacca when the Wookiee joins him in the shower on board Beckett and crew’s stolen AT-hauler.

4. “It’s no good to die alone, kid.”
 Rio’s last words to Han which made the latter more determined than ever to return to Corellia and rescue his childhood love, Qi’ra.

Thandie Newton as no-nonsense Val in Solo: A Star Wars Story. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

5. “It’s been a ride, babe. Wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
– Val’s last words to Beckett before sacrificing herself during the conveyex train heist in Vandor.

6. “You look good. A bit rough around the edges, but good.”
– Qi’ra, upon reuniting with Han on board Dryden Vos’ yacht, three years after they were cruelly separated on Corellia.

Emilia Clarke is the enigmatic Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

7. “Everything you’ve heard about me is true.”
– Lando Calrissian, telling Han to believe every story about the self-made smuggler-gambler.

8. “I don’t like it. I don’t agree with it. But I accept it.”
– 
Lando to Beckett after the latter cut his share  to 20 per cent in exchange for lifting the restraining bolts off the Millennium Falcon.

Donald Glover is the suave Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

9. “Oh, why? Because you’re my organic overlord?”
– Self-made droid L3-37 to Lando when her co-pilot insists that she follows his orders.

10. “You might want to buckle up, baby.”
 Lando to Han, as they prepare to jump into hyperspace on the Falcon.

Woody Harrelson as world-weary Tobias Beckett in Solo: A Star Wars Story. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

11. “Trust no one. Assume everyone will betray you and you’ll never be disappointed.”
– Beckett warning Han that Qi’ra doesn’t fit into their plans.

12. “That brand says you’re committed, but that human male’s heart palpitations indicate that he’s in love with you.”
– L3 to Qi’ra when the latter, who has a Crimson Dawn logo branded on her wrist, denies she has a “little problem” with Han.

Feisty L3-37 is played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Solo: A Star Wars Story. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

13. “I found my true purpose, Lando! So glad we took this job!”
– L3 to Lando, after she triggered a mass droid breakout in the Kessel mines.

14. “I’ve got a really good feeling about this!”
– Han, as he’s about to steer the Millennium Falcon through the Kessel Run.

Qi’ra to Han: “You’re the good guy.” [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

15. “I might be the only person who knows what you really are… You’re the good guy.”
– Qi’ra to Han after he claims he’s officially an outlaw who is neither afraid of Dryden Vos nor Crimson Dawn.

16. “Not if you round down, buddy!”
– Han to Chewbacca after the Wookiee disagrees that they completed the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.

Paul Bettany plays the ice-cold gangster Dryden Vos to perfection in Solo: A Star Wars Story. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

17. “I never ask for anything twice, Han.”
 Dryden Vos to Han when the latter tells the Crimson Dawn boss that it is wise of him to handle a rack of volatile coaxium vials.

18. “You and I will be working much more closely from now on.”
– Maul, the real boss of Crimson Dawn, to Qi’ra after the top lieutenant is handed the late Dryden Vos’ position and instructed to fly to Dathomir to meet with him.

19. “Smart move, kid. For once. I would’ve killed you.”
 Beckett to Han after the latter shoots the old-timer first to prevent him from walking away with the refined coaxium.

20. “It’s the blood that brings life to something new… A rebellion.”
– 
Enfys Nest, informing Han what 60 million credits’ worth of refined coaxium will be funding – the start of the resistance against the Empire.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story is now available on digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand.

 

 

Deleted Scene From ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Features Alden Ehrenreich And Emilia Clarke In A Fishy Pickle

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Emilia Clarke and Alden Ehrenreich as young lovers Qi’ra and Han Solo in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

The moment we were introduced to young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and fellow scrumrat Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) at the start of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the industrious pair were already planning to leave wretched lives on their home planet of Corellia by running away from their nasty White Worm gang masters.

Thanks to USA Today, fans of the second Star Wars Anthology film have the chance to see an exclusive deleted scene which not only shows an extended version of the young lovers on the run in Corellia, but also how they manage to steal a moment of respite by getting wet in a tank of eel-like creatures.

Entitled “Corellian Foot Chase”, the sequence sees Han and Qi’ra running for dear life from White Worms Molock and Rebolt with their ferocious Corellian hounds. At one point, Qi’ra insists that they hide in the vat of slithering space eels. The ruse works and despite the fishy pickle they are in, a rather relieved Han attempts to shower his affection on Qi’ra only to discover that a frisky eel has the same idea for him and the future smuggler has to frantically leap out of the tank to fish the slimy critter out of his pants.

Check out the amusing deleted scene below:

The clip is but one of eight deleted scenes that come with the home release out this month in the U.S.A. According to starwars.com, the bonus content includes behind the scenes footage, animated discussions with the cast and screenwriters Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan, a revealing feature on Chewbacca and his enduring friendship with Han, as well as extended scenes. (Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer).

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Qi’ra and Han facing the wrath of Molock (left) and Lady Proxima in the White Worms lair. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

Am seriously looking forward to seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story again (and again) in the comfort of my home, although if truth be told, the film-which has great cinematography- is best seen on a mega screen. Despite not having a Jedi in sight, the Ron Howard-directed production has all the heart and feels of a classic Star Wars movie, not to mention the best soundtrack since 1999’s The Phantom Menace.

Besides Alden Ehrenreich, who delivers a strong performance as the beloved scoundrel and Emilia Clarke as the enigmatic Qi’ra, Solo: A Star Wars Story also stars Donald Glover as suave gambler Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca (arguably the Wookiee’s best showing in a Star Wars film), Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett, Thandie Newton as Val, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the self-made droid L3-37.

See also:
* The 15 Coolest Easter Eggs in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra – What We Know of the Enigmatic Character in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
Han Solo’s 15 Most Iconic Quotes from ‘Star Wars’

Solo: A Star Wars Story is available on digital on Sept 14 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept 25.

Check out another deleted scene at the end of the trailer below!

5 Highlights From The Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Movie Trailers

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Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

Truth be told, I wasn’t exactly excited when I heard that the second Star Wars Anthology film will be about a young Han Solo. After Rogue One, I wanted the next standalone movie to be either about Obi-wan Kenobi or Boba Fett.

Now that the first trailers for Solo: A Star Wars Story are out however, I’ve to admit that the film doesn’t look half bad. In fact, it actually looked quite good. Admittedly though, it did take a while to get used to the square-jawed Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the young Han Solo, especially when one has long embraced Harrison Ford as the Star Wars galaxy’s most famous rogue smuggler for over 40 years.

Still, there are many things to get excited about the latest Star Wars offering due out this May. Here are five highlights from the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailers.

1. A Squeaky Clean Millennium Falcon

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The Millennium Falcon in its heyday in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ [Credit: Disney/Lucasfiilm]

You could hear a collective gasp across planet Earth when the Super Bowl teaser trailer shows a pan shot of the Millennium Falcon with super clean interiors. What happened to the iconic ship that would be described by naysayers as “that piece of junk” and “garbage” in its later years starting from 1977’s A New Hope, but which we still love to bits anyway? Here’s hoping that Solo will let us know, after we get to see how Han wins the Falcon from Lando Calrissian of course.

2. Lando Suave

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Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

Speaking of whom: To say that Donald Glover is perfectly cast as the suave, smooth-talking Lando Calrissian – the role made famous by Billy Dee Williams in the original trilogy – is an understatement. Just the cool, smug image of him above in the Super Bowl teaser clip was enough to have Twittersphere declaring him as the best thing / reason to watch Solo. We won’t go that far, but do agree that the Han Solo movie looks cooler with the Atlanta star in it.

3. Emilia Clarke as the mysterious Qi’ra

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Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

As a fan of both Star Wars and Game of Thrones, it is great to see Emilia “Daenerys Targaryen” Clarke stepping from the world’s biggest TV show into the planet’s biggest movie franchise. And from what we saw of her character in the trailers – most often than not, in Han Solo’s company – Qi’ra is intriguing to say the least. Is she Han’s childhood buddy who became a bane in his life considering the mildly veiled threat she threw at him that she “might be the only person who knows… what you really are”? For more information about Emilia Clarke’s enigmatic character, check out my story on Qi’ra here.

4. Cool New Main Villain

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Sand-dwelling villains in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

Many believed this new character is a villain ‘cos he/she has a mask on. He/She also has a very cool armour outfit that would not be out of place in a space samurai flick. Early word from some fans is that this nifty looking character is either a bounty hunter tracking down Han Solo, or possibly a Knight of Ren as his/her visor helmet is similar to that of Kylo Ren a.k.a Ben Solo, Han’s future son with Princess Leia. Whoever he may be, Han is going to have a High Noon showdown with the staff-toting warrior and his entourage on a very sandy location (and possibly atop a speeding bullet train as well).

5. Glimpses Of The Han Solo We Know And Love

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The grin has it: Alden Ehrenreich’s Solo tries to pull one over Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

Have to confess that hearing Alden Ehrenreich narrating as Han Solo in the main trailer threw me off at first. Then I have to remember that he is not supposed to be a Harrison Ford clone. Truthfully, the 28-year-old didn’t turn out too badly. He may be underplayed in the Super Bowl trailer but in the main teaser, we get to see from the actor glimpses of the cocky yet adorable nerf herder that we know and love. One is in the funny scene where Han is steering the Millennium Falcon through a treacherous route with a terrified Lando and company in tow. Another is during the private chat he has with Qi’ra where he tries to act tough but lets a touch of vulnerability slips through. Here’s hoping Ehrenreich will be able to carry the entire film from start to finish.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story hyper-speeds into theaters worldwide on May 25, 2018 – the 41st anniversary of the day when George Lucas first sent us to a galaxy far, far away with Star WarsA New Hope (1977).

‘Mary & The Witch’s Flower’ Will Delight Studio Ghibli Fans

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‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ [Credit: Studio Ponoc/GKIDS]

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is an enchanting animated feature that has all the trademark characteristics of a Studio Ghibli film – from lovable cherubic characters to the coming-of-age narrative, magical transformations to a stirring musical score. Except it is not by Studio Ghibli.

That another Japanese animation studio could produce a film so Ghibli-like was hardly surprising once you find out who the creative people behind it are. Mary and the Witch’s Flower is the debut film of Studio Ponoc, founded by former Ghibli animator and producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There) and directed by another ex-Ghibli animator and director, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There fame.

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Based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children fantasy novel, The Little BroomstickMary and the Witch’s Flower tells the story of young red-haired Mary Smith who lives with her great-aunt Charlotte in the quaint British town of Redmanor. One day, she came across a mysterious flower known as Fly-by-night, or the Witch’s Flower, that blooms only once every seven years.

Mary soon finds herself embarking on a wild adventure as eccentric characters try to seize the one-night-only witching powers that she received from the magical flower. Even as she cherishes the opportunity to escape from her mundane lifestyle, Mary also learns that with power comes the responsibility to save and protect those you love.

Ghibli fans will love Mary and the Witch’s Flower as it has all the qualities of a lush, magical Ghibli film. In fact, the film pays much homage to past Studio Ghibli classics as well as other popular fantasy films that fans of the genre would recognize in an instant.

For the list of the major shout-outs, click the link below:
* 6 Great Fantasy Films That Studio Ponoc’s ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Will Lovingly Remind You Of

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