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Annette Bening never thought she'd be in a Marvel film. Annette Bening. Husband Warren Beatty. She's made more films than Kodak. Oh boy, does she need not to work. Now comes a comic-book film. Bening: "Me, a Marvel movie? No idea I'd ever do something like 'Captain Marvel.' I needed a crash course to understand what I was doing. My stuff's mostly with Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel. The way she does it is that she insists it's real for her. That it's grounded in the story." The plot? Earth gets caught in a galactic war between two alien races. Oy. If you need the restroom, you won't miss anything. Bening: "My way to do this was to relate to it on a personal, human level." Right. So next year, if it doesn't bring her an Oscar, maybe a Barbie? (PageSix)

Rocket men. Pre-"Bohemian Rhapsody," Elton John wanted a movie about Elton John. In 2012, he chose Justin Timberlake. Didn't happen. Then Tom Hardy. Uh-uh. Now it's "Rocketman" with Taron Egerton, who's Welsh. Born in Birkenhead, Merseyside, did childhood on Wirral Peninsula, schooling in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, and Elton says of him: "I never heard anyone sing my songs better. Nobody else in the world could play Elton." Right. Let's all hum "Candle in the Wind." It's out May 31. (PageSix)

Topher Grace made a 'mega-trailer' for all 10 Star Wars movies. In between appearing in such films as the Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman, Topher Grace has been known to dabble in film editing. In 2012, the That '70s Show actor recut the three Star Wars prequels into a single movie, and he later did the same thing with Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. Now Grace has decided to try his hand at a new exercise, a shame for anyone out there impatiently awaiting a 90-minute version of the Dark Knight trilogy. Collaborating with editor Jeff Yorkes, Grace has combined pieces of all 10 live-action Star Wars films, including Solo and Rogue One, to create a five-minute "mega-trailer" celebrating the franchise. "Why don't studios make 'mega-trailers,' tying all the movies of one franchise together, reminding you why you fell in love in the first place?" Yorkes wrote on Twitter. "Well, that's what my pal @tophergrace and I thought... " As the best trailers do, this one tells its own mini-story and uses editing to create an emotional impact. Piecing together footage from the films as well as deleted scenes and, of course, John Williams' iconic score, the video uses the prequels and standalone films to accentuate moments from the original and sequel trilogies. It shows off the full breadth and scope of the Star Wars sage, while following the through-line of Luke's journey and the Jedi. Hopefully this will tide fans over until some footage from Episode IX is finally released. (Anytime, J.J.!) (Entertainment Weekly)

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