The wait is almost over: ‘Obi-Wan’ Kenobi hits Disney+ on Friday


To quote Darth Vader, Friday “will be a day long remembered” by Star Wars fans, with the two-episode debut of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+. 

“We’re very close. It’s very exciting,” director Deborah Chow tells ABC Audio. “You know, I’ve been working on this for three years to sort of finally be at this point of it coming out, it’s incredibly exciting.”

“And honestly, they’ll just be nice to be able to talk about it openly for once!” The Mandalorian veteran added with a laugh. 

Moses Ingram plays a new character called Reva [REE-vah], one of the fearsome Inquisitors tapped by Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi, like Ewan McGregor‘s titular character, after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Moses is also feeling the relief of not having to keep any more spoilers. “And that’s going to feel really good, too!” she laughs. 

“It’s hard, you know…I was really good about keeping it from my people. And so a lot of my friends…have been, ‘I mean, I knew you were in Star Wars, but I didn’t know you were like in Star Wars. I thought. I thought maybe…you’d…have a walk-on or something like that, but. Wow!'”

Moses adds with a laugh, “It’s like ‘Wow…you give me no credit whatsoever.'”

She says of her newfound Star Wars fame, “It’s been a whirlwind.”

“I mean, it’s so crazy….and people are going to see it in a matter of days now, which is just blowing my mind the closer we get to it.” 

The series also stars Star Wars prequel stars Hayden Christensen, Bonnie Piesse, and Joel Edgerton, as well as Eternals alumni Kumail Nanjiani.

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ABC dramas pause planned production over Omicron fears


TV seems to be in repeats: That is, a repeat of 2020. TV Line is reporting the ABC dramas The RookieGrey’s Anatomy, and Station 19 have paused their planned upcoming post-holiday restart of production over concerns of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. 

Grey’s and Station 19 were both set to start shooting on January 10, and as of today, that start date has been moved to January 12. It’s not yet known when The Rookie will walk the beat again.

The pauses were out of “an abundance of caution,” not because anyone involved in the shows had tested positive. That said, the move is reminiscent of the height of the pandemic in 2020, where Hollywood productions were forced to shutter over COVID concerns. 

The entertainment industry has since employed strict pandemic protocols for all motion picture and television sets, which minimizes contact, and employs testing and swift isolation for any positive cases.

The news comes on the same day the Grammy Awards announced this year’s festivities have been postponed over Omicron, and the Sundance Film Festival said it will cancel its planned in-person events.

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New on Disney+ today, Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye

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Jeremy Renner‘s Marvel movie hero Hawkeye gets his own eponymous small-screen spin-off starting with two episodes on Disney+ today.

The holiday-themed show that sees Renner’s archer Avenger reluctantly taking on a protégé in Hailee Steinfeld‘s headstrong Kate Bishop. 

The series follows the onscreen events of Avengers: Endgame, during which Renner’s grief-stricken Clint Barton took out his anger over Thanos snapping away his family by going on an underworld killing spree as the masked vigilante Ronin.

After Tony Stark and Hawkeye’s other fellow Avengers saved Barton’s family — along with half of humanity — Renner’s character is trying to get back to a normal life as a dad.

“We start off with a very, very happy step forward into a family vacation into New York at Christmas and taking the kids to go see a musical, and then everything kind of goes sideways from there.” Renner said at a recent press conference. 

“Sideways” is where Hawkeye fan Kate comes in. “[S]he’s inspired by him and motivated by him and wants to be at his level and is very overeager — and he puts up with a lot,” Steinfeld laughs. 

Renner says Kate sees past Barton’s “veneer of grumpiness.”

“It comes from just the weight and the horrors and the tragedies and loss that come with the…superhero game. And the lightness…that Hailee’s character brings in kind of counteracts that. It’s really cathartic and I think, quite beautiful.”

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige sums it up: “Six episode, six days, will Clint make it home for Christmas? Which was fun and a breath of fresh air after world-ending stakes and Celestials bursting out of planets, and Multiverse shenanigans. This is, like Hawkeye himself, a grounded, family-based show.”

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Villains assemble: Baddies from ‘Spider-Man’ movies past unite in new ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ trailer

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Sony dropped the footage Spider-Man fans were waiting for Tuesday night, more or less, in the trailer to Spider-Man: No Way Home

As we learned from the teaser, Tom Holland‘s Peter Parker is on the run, and has teamed up with Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange for a spell to make people forget he’s Spider-Man. Except the spell rips open the multiverse.

A bunch of former Spider-Man villains come tumbling out — but they’re not villains that Holland’s Spidey has faced. 

Willem Dafoe returns as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin from 2002’s Spider-Man. Ditto for Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto “Doc Ock” Octavius from 2004’s Spider-Man 2. Also spotted in the trailer is Sandman, the villain played by Thomas Haden Church in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, The Lizard, who was played by Rhys Ifans in 2013’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and Jamie Foxx‘s Electro from 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

However, here’s who you didn’t see: Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, the two actors whose respective Spidey alter-egos fought those baddies in previous films.

Clearly, Doc Ock was looking for Tobey, telling Holland’s Spidey, “You’re not Peter Parker…”

It had been widely reported that Maguire appears in the film, and it’s thought Garfield is too — despite his frequent denials.

But they’re nowhere to be found in the trailer. There IS another Spidey shown in the trailer, but his black and metallic outfit doesn’t reveal his identity — and it’s not a suit we’ve seen before. 

However, speculation began immediately Tuesday night that Sony and co-producers Marvel Studios might just be pulling a fast one. Marvel Studios has digitally removed characters in other trailers to preserve surprises.

Fans might have to wait and see: Spider-Man: No Way Home opens December 17. 

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