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Star Wars Weekly: The Last Jedi blows away Black Panther and Lando is back!

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Sep 7, 2018

Time again for STAR WARS WEEKLY, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.

THE LAST JEDI SALES

Numbers for sales of home video physical formats came in, and the top porg was none other than Star Wars: The Last Jedi. So far, it's been the most purchased piece of entertainment total when adding up DVD and Blu-ray sales. Black Panther comes in at number two overall and in Blu-ray sales, but it did outpace The Last Jedi in DVD sales.

So what does that all mean?

It means that people are buying The Last Jedi a lot. It's made almost $100 million in physical formats alone. This doesn't count anyone who bought the film only digitally.

It certainly pokes a hole in the argument that huge swaths of the audience don't like the film.

Chuck Wendig was shocked… Shocked, I say…

You can check out the complete numbers here.

WHO HATES DIVERSITY?

The Washington Post released a poll today that quantifies the amount of online hate and abuse that gets hurled by the contingent of fans who dislike The Last Jedi, especially in how it relates to the increasing diversity of Star Wars.

The resulting numbers are pretty interesting.

First, the number of tweets that use offensive language account for around 6 percent of the online discourse. Hate speech is even lower than that. The poll did find larger-than-average abuse hurled at women on Twitter, though, and a specific spike involving Kelly Marie Tran's character of Rose Tico.

For a group that purports to be a legion and account for the vast majority of fans, these numbers show that they're more of a whimper on the fringes.

KATHLEEN KENNEDY'S HONORARY OSCAR

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, the producer of the new era of Star Wars as well as most of your childhood, is going to be honored, alongside her husband, with the Irving J. Thalberg award at this year's Oscars.

Kennedy is the first woman to be bestowed with the award. She's the second-highest-grossing producer of all time and has ushered in an incredible new era of Star Wars. Not bad for a woman that YouTube commentators are convinced is going to be fired at any moment for… well… who actually knows?

Between this news, the Blu-ray sales, and the (small) percentage of fans out there who are actually horrible, it doesn't seem as though that "huge backlash" against The Last Jedi is anything but bluster.

Back in February, J.J. Abrams was asked if this sort of fan backlash (which we now know is much smaller than we even realized) would affect Episode IX, and he told Indiewire, "Not in the least."

And that's good news for the future of Star Wars.

GREG GRUNBERG IS BACK

Greg Grunberg, a childhood friend of J.J. Abrams, will be back in the world of Star Wars reprising his role of Snap Wexley.

Some asked where Snap might have gone between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi and were concerned that maybe he'd been killed offscreen, but the Poe Dameron comics have told a different story. Grunberg's character was off on another mission during the events of The Last Jedi, and now we have more confirmation that he's back and better than ever.

SOLO DELETED SCENE

With the home release of Solo: A Star Wars Story coming up fast, we're going to get bombarded with deleted scenes and other bonus features and bits of information. This first deleted scene was premiered over at USA Today and extends the chase between the White Worm lair and Coronet Space Port. It's gross and fun and as cool as it is, I think cutting it from the film was the right choice.

It's amazing how often deleted scenes are deleted for a reason.

You can watch the whole thing here.

BILLY DEE WILLIAMS IS GETTING INTO SHAPE

Billy Dee Williams is returning to Episode IX, and to do that, he's been working on getting into shape. He posted this video to his Twitter, and, one day, I want to be cool enough to box in sunglasses.

But that's the thing about Billy Dee Williams: He's cool no matter what.

Until next week!