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Your weekend movie news roundup!

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Weekend blues? Then stave them off with our instalment of the hottest movie news.

Carrie Fisher's dog watches The Last Jedi trailer

If you felt sad bidding farewell to the Star Wars icon, spare a thought for her beloved pooch, Gary. The late Carrie's canine has his own Instagram account and a heartbreaking pic has been uploaded, showing him watching The Last Jedi trailer that teases Carrie's final Star Wars appearance. It's very poignant yet also a sweet reminder of the deep-seated connection that existed between the two.


Ron Howard teases new Han Solo characters

The Apollo 13 director has owned Instagram this past summer, providing us with a near-constant drip feed of images from the set of the Han Solo movie. The veteran director got the project back on track after original filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller were sacked, and he's now sent our anticipation levels even further into the stratosphere with a tease of two new characters. Check them out below.

No idea who these guys are? Well Tag and Bink are stars of their own short comic book series published by Dark Horse. Created by Kevin Rubio they're rebels who cross paths with most of the franchise's major league characters, inspired by Tom Stoppard's comic play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

In the movie they're being played by co-writer Jon Kasdan and first assistant director Toby Hefferman, and will no doubt provide a nice measure of comic relief amidst all the action.

Happy Death Day wins the box office

In the build-up to Halloween audiences are hungry for a dose of nasty fun, and that's exactly what the new Blumhouse (Insidious; Get Out) thriller (opening in the UK this Friday) provides.

A kind of twisted Groundhog Day in which a young woman relives her own gruesome murder over and over again, the movie topped the colossal Blade Runner 2049 to take the top spot at the US box office.

Opening to $26.5 million against a tiny $4.8m budget Happy Death Day marks another huge success from a company who specialises in them: this year's satirical, racially-charged chiller Get Out went on to post a colossal $253m against its own $4m budget.

Can we expect to see Happy Death Day 2? With those sorts of numbers don't rule it out.


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