LOS ANGELES — The trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuted in dramatic fashion during “Monday Night Football” halftime. Fireworks flashed and Stormtroopers marched onto Chicago’s Soldier Field as the preview played onscreen.
It featured new and familiar characters from the Star Wars universe. Rey (Daisy Ridley) is shown wielding her light saber and questioning her destiny as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) observes, “I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.”
John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Carrie Fisher also appear in the trailer, as does Chewbacca and a new birdlike creature known as a Porg.
“The Last Jedi” is the latest installment in the “Star Wars” franchise since the Disney reboot that began with 2015’s “The Force Awakens.” It’s set to hit theaters Dec. 15.
Da Vinci painting up for auction
NEW YORK — The last Leonardo da Vinci painting in private hands is going to auction in New York next month — with a pre-sale estimate of around $100 million.
Christie’s announced Tuesday that the depiction of Jesus, titled “Salvator Mundi,” will be offered Nov. 15.
Christie’s specialist Alan Wintermute calls it “the Holy Grail of Old Master paintings.”
“Salvator Mundi,” dating from around 1500, is one of fewer than 20 known paintings by Leonardo. It was believed that the work had been destroyed until it was rediscovered in 2005.
The seller is identified only as a “private European collection.”
Andy Warhol’s 1986 painting “Sixty Last Suppers” — based on Leonardo’s Renaissance “Last Supper” masterpiece — also will be featured. Its estimate is around $50 million.
NYC getting immigration exhibition
NEW YORK — New York City is getting an enormous immigration-themed exhibition by the Chinese activist artist Ai Weiwei.
The project, announced Tuesday by the Public Art Fund, is called “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.” It’s designed to draw attention to the global refugee crisis.
It will be on view at over 300 sites from Thursday until Feb. 11.
Large-scale works will be featured at Central Park; the Washington Square Arch in Greenwich Village; and the Unisphere in Queens.
Art also will be incorporated onto flagpoles, bus shelters, lampposts, newsstands and rooftops.
Banners will show portraits of immigrants from different periods, including historic images from Ellis Island. There also will be images from Ai’s documentary project called “Human Flow.”
Original Bananarama announces US tour
LONDON — It took a kitchen sing-song to get ’80s British pop group Bananarama back together and out on the road after 30 years.
The girl group’s original members — Sarah Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey — say they are touring the U.S. for the first time in February.
Fahey left the band in 1988 to form Shakespears Sister, and Dallin and Woodward have been performing as a duo in recent years. They were joined briefly by Jacquie O’Sullivan, who took part in a 1989 world tour but left in 1991.
Rehearsals began this week and tickets go on sale Friday. Some British tour dates have already sold out.
Bananarama’s stateside success began with “Cruel Summer” of 1983, which became a hit after the track was picked to appear on the soundtrack for “Karate Kid.”