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How Rian Johnson made heroism inclusive in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

As a boy Rian Johnson would look out at the Colorado skyline like young Luke Skywalker gazing upon the twin suns of Tatooine and wonder what adventure awaited.

In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” one of the more inclusive “Star Wars” films in the franchise’s 40-year history, the writer-director delivers to many underserved fans their own similar, and long overdue, moments of heroic inspiration.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' dominates the box office with second-largest opening — ever

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" dominated the weekend's box office with force, debuting with $220 million domestically, according to estimates from measurement firm ComScore.

That makes the film the No. 1 debut of 2017, the second-best opening of all time and the cornerstone of what is expected to be the third-best overall weekend at the U.S. box office of all time.

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Indie Focus: Taking it all in with the year in review and 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen. Welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies.

Our recent Envelope Roundtable for supporting actresses published this week.

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L.A. movie openings, Dec. 20-22

Dec. 20

The Greatest Showman

Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, the 19th century empresario who created entertainment known around the world. With Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya. Songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon; story by Bicks. Directed by Michael Gracey.

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Disney has a wholesome, family-friendly image. Will acquiring Fox create a culture clash?

Stewie Griffin, meet Mickey Mouse.

The foulmouthed toddler of Fox’s animated series “Family Guy” is a diaper-clad troublemaker whose florid vocabulary and diabolical machinations probably would get him kicked out of the Magic Kingdom.

But with Walt Disney Co.’

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Even the movie itself is having a bad hair day in 'Permanent'

The bad perm, an unfortunate rite of passage for a generation of girls, is the mildly diverting starting point for “Permanent,” which teases, sprays and irons the concept to painfully diminishing returns.

Written and directed by Colette Burson, co-creator of the HBO series “Hung,” the wan comedy is set in nondescript small-town Virginia in 1982.

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