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Felicity Jones, the heroine of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ projects calm despite a galaxy of chaos

Despite the media and fan excitement generated by the consecutive casting of a female lead in the two most recent “Star Wars” movies, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” star Felicity Jones seems politely unsurprised.

“I’m asked a lot, ‘Oh, my God. It’s a female lead.’ I sort of feel like, if it was...

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The genesis of ‘Rogue One,’ the first ‘Star Wars’ you might not want to take your kid to

For nearly 40 years, the “Star Wars” franchise has been targeted at all ages, from the youngest padawans to the most grizzled Jedi masters. Speaking to The Times in 1977, shortly before the release of “A New Hope,” George Lucas said he thought of the film — which was initially rated G until its...

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Felicity Jones, the heroine of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

Despite the media and fan excitement generated by the consecutive casting of a female lead in the two most recent “Star Wars” movies, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” star Felicity Jones seems politely unsurprised.

“I’m asked a lot, ‘Oh, my God. It’s a female lead.’ I sort of feel like, if it was...

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Venomous Snakes & Poison Ants: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

“What we see and what we seem are but a dream, a dream within a dream.” – Miranda in Picnic at Hanging Rock (a variation of A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe) In Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), viewers are reminded again and again of the “venomous snakes and poison […]

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ casts a new lead, and Sonequa Martin-Green is not a captain

Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Sasha Williams on AMC’s "The Walking Dead," is joining Starfleet as Lt. Cmdr. Rainsford on the upcoming CBS All Access series "Star Trek: Discovery."

Rainsford had been touted by the project’s original show runner, Bryan Fuller, as the central character of the show,...

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