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Rey and her allies prepare for a showdown in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is expected to bring in nearly $200 million its first weekend, and fans have been lined up since Monday outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for tonight’s debut. It’s a big finish to one of the biggest franchises in movie history, but this third and final chapter of the Skywalker saga is also an advertising force for brands like Porsche, Bose, United Airlines, General Electric, McDonald’s, Samsung Mobile, and General Mills, who launched some really unique and inspired ad creative based on the movie. (The Drum) (The Wrap) (ScreenRant)

While on the red carpet for the premiere of “CATS” this week, director Tom Hooper revealed the film was completed just hours before the NYC premiere. “I finished it at 8 a.m. yesterday after 36 hours in a row…The premiere should be the first time people get to see it, and this is genuinely a premiere,” Hooper shared while laughing. Guess he’s due for a cat nap! (Variety)

The Broadway hit, In the Heights, is heading to the big screen! Set to premiere on June 26th, the musical just released its long-awaited trailer. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the film version will feature Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Dascha Polanco, Stephanie Beatriz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Olga Merediz, and Jimmy Smits. (Slate)

Jumanji: The Next Level debuted at $60.1 million, setting a record as the the highest U.S. debut for a comedy in December. The Sony adventure sequel dethroned Disney’s box office hit, “Frozen,” after three consecutive weeks. (Box Office Pro)

Consider May 21st, 2021 the official Keanu Day! Just announced – Keanu Reeves will star in both Warner Bros.’ John Wick 4 and Lionsgate’s The Matrix 4 scheduled to release on the same day. (Noovie)

A new Power Rangers movie reboot is in the works, thanks to Paramount and filmmaker Jonathan Entwistle. The Hasbro Allspark Pictures reboot is expected to be more like the original TV show rather than the 2017 film. (Hollywood Reporter)

With Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker hitting theaters this week, fans are wondering…what’s next? In a recent interview with the LA Times, Lucasfilm’s President Kathleen Kennedy fans that future Star Wars films will stay away from trilogies. “I think it gives us a more open-ended view of storytelling and doesn’t lock us into this three-act structure,” she said. “We’re not going to have some finite number and fit it into a box. We’re really going to let the story dictate that.” (Los Angeles Times)

The Sundance Film Festival has announced their New Frontier Lineup for the upcoming festival in January. The lineup spotlights work from over 20 countries by creators who pushed the boundaries of  artistic innovation through underwater VR, mixed reality, facial recognition and a number of other compelling technologies. Check out the full lineup here. (Deadline)

The Capri-Hollywood International Film Festival will honor actress Sophia Loren with the Capri Legend Award. Honorary Oscar recipient and director Lina Wertmuller will present her friend with the lifetime achievement award on December 30th. (Variety)

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