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Shortcuts: your essential round-up of the week's film news

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Welcome to your latest Shortcuts round-up – here's what's been making our headlines this week.

Force Friday II reveals The Last Jedi merchandise

Whilst the latest Star Wars movie remains shrouded in mystery new action figures of Luke Skywalker, Rey, Kylo Ren and more tease at possible story developments. Get all the Force Friday details.


The Oscar contenders at this year's Venice Film Festival

Venice is famous for showcasing movies that go on to stun at the Oscars – just look at the recent likes of Spotlight and La La Land. And this year's glittering line-up looks no different. Find out what's playing at Venice 2017.


Luke Skywalker goes dark in new Star Wars image

Ever since he announced "it's time for the Jedi to end" in thetrailer for The Last Jedi, we've been alarmed about Luke's wellbeing. Is Mark Hamill's Star Wars icon about to make the transition to the dark side? This new image suggests it may be a possibility – check it out here.


What happened between the events of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049?

Prior to this October's release of the sci-fi sequel, we've got 30 years of history to catch up on. Fortunately the first of three Blade Runner short movies are on hand to fill in the gaps. Watch the Nexus Dawn short film.


Martin Scorsese producing Joker origin movie

Yes that's right, the esteemed Taxi Driver and Raging Bull director is backing a movie that will take the clown prince of crime back to his roots. Read our choices as to who should play the Joker next.