Michael Grade tells the story of the rise and fall of variety theatre.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Solo: A Star Wars Story, or simply Solo, is a 2018 American space Western film based on the Star Wars character Han Solo. Directed by Ron Howard, it was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the second Star Wars anthology film following 2016's Rogue One. The plot takes place over ten years prior to the events of A New Hope, and explores the early adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, as the pair are involved in a heist within the criminal underworld and meet a young Lando Calrissian. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, alongside Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany. George Lucas began development on the film in 2012. He commissioned Lawrence Kasdan to write the screenplay, which was completed by his son Jonathan after Kasdan was hired to write Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Principal photography began in January 2017 at Pinewood Studios, under the direction of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The pair left the project in June 2017 after reportedly being fired over “creative differences” with Lucasfilm, and Howard took over directing duties. With an estimated budget of at least $275 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made and will need to gross at least $500 million to break even. The film had its world premiere in Los Angeles on May 10, 2018, and also screened on May 15 at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, before its United States release on May 25, 2018 in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. It has grossed $356 million worldwide and received generally favorable reviews from critics, with praise for the cast (particularly Ehrenreich and Glover), visuals and action sequences, although many noted that the film added “nothing new” to the Star Wars franchise.
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As of June 27, 2018, Solo: A Star Wars Story has grossed $204.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $151.6 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $356 million. With an estimated production budget of around $250 million (and some sources listing it at more than $300 million), the film will need to gross at least $500 million worldwide in order to break even. A week after its worldwide debut of just $147.5 million, Variety wrote that the film would lose Disney “tens of millions of dollars” off a projected final total gross of $400–450 million while The Hollywood Reporter estimated the losses would range from $50–80 million. In June 2018, in response to the film's poor commercial performance, director Ron Howard tweeted he was proud of the film, and sorry that fans were not turning out to see it, but was happy for those who had enjoyed it. The film was greatly affected by The Last Jedi backlash with fans boycotting Solo to voice their dislike of The Last Jedi.
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