STAR WARS NEWS
In cinemas around the world this past weekend, millions of people came out to experience the new Star Wars movie on the big screen. It wasn't just an event, it was much more than that. It's an experience that moviegoers have been anxiously awaiting for years (technically 32 years since last saw Han & Leia & Luke), with many challenging themselves to not watch any footage before release. And I'm not just talking about waiting to see our old friends again, but savoring a chance to go in and experience a movie without any of the major plot points or big reveals being ruined before. It's this kind of communal cinematic experience, and the ensuing discussions/arguments/enthusiasm that arise afterward, that I relish. And it's something I feel has been missing from Hollywood recently. Of course it was Star Wars that brought that feeling back.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "The Force, it's calling to you. Just let it in." It's here!! It's time!! Lucasfilm and Disney present Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, now playing in theaters worldwide. The return of Han and Luke and Leia and Chewie and all of our old friends. But it's also an introduction to a new set of characters - Finn, played by John Boyega, as well as Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, and Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac. On the bad side, there's Adam Driver as Kylo Ren + Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew all return. Star Wars is back! Does it live up to the hype? How does it compare to the Original Trilogy? Or is it a mess? Once you see this, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
This Friday (and in some places, Thursday or even Wednesday night) moviegoers across the nation and even the world will be plopping down in their theater seats as they anxiously wait for the first frames of the first Star Wars movie in ten years, The Force Awakens, to unspool on their screens. The anticipation for this next chapter – directed by J.J. Abrams - in the Star Wars legacy is literally through the roof of the Millennium Falcon, with many lucky journalists and fans having seen the film at the extravagant World Premiere in Los Angeles on Monday. Early word of mouth has been generally positive so far, but let's take a look at why it will be okay if The Force Awakens doesn't meet your expectations.
It's likely there has never been a motion picture as anticipated on a global scale as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, except perhaps The Phantom Menace in 1999. Ever since 2012 when George Lucas sold the rights to his gigantic property and Disney along with Kathleen Kennedy took over, the excitement levels for what was to come were off the charts. It goes back much further than 2012, though. From the moment "Directed by Richard Marquand" splashed across the screen at the end of Return of the Jedi in 1983, fans have wanted to know what happened next. Try as they might, no amount of universe expansion in the form of books or video games could fill that gap the original trilogy left at its conclusion. Let's not even discuss the actual, Star Wars films that have dropped in the last 30 years. Instead, let's get right into, shall we?
"It's true. All of it." IMAX has launched another new featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a week left to go until opening. This doesn't really feature any new footage that we haven't seen before, so everyone trying to steer clear of any more footage before next week, this video is okay. The featurette is a reminder that The Force Awakens has at least one major sequence (on Jakku) filmed with IMAX cameras, and the entire cast talks about how the format enhances the experience. We're so close, and as much as I still wish this was shot entirely on IMAX cameras, I'll take one good sequence. "When you go to see a movie in that format you know you're going to get something that is the best version of going out to the movies."
"Couldn't get enough of it, I want to see it again!!" The new Star Wars movie is just about a week away from opening, and pretty much everyone is excited. As hyped as we all are, don't forget that no one knows (yet) if it will actually be any good. There's some extremely high expectations and most people still think of the prequels and how mediocre they were, worried about how this will turn out. Which is why it's time for a fun trip down memory lane with this video going around the web. It's a collection of local news station clips interviewing fans before and after they saw Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999. As you can expect, pretty much everyone says that it was the best movie ever made. Except for the very last guy.
"What happens to these characters we know and love - it's a world I want to get back to immediately." Lucasfilm has unveiled another new featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, premiered at Brazil Comic-Con, showing some never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage. Not that we need to see any more footage to be sold at this point, but who cares, the more the merrier especially if it includes a look at the full-size Millennium Falcon set piece. Director J.J. Abrams shows up in this often, as does Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer and a few other special guests. Only two more weeks left.
The Force is strong with this one. The Alamo Drafthouse has opened a new location in Omaha, Nebraska this week and if you're anywhere near there you have to go check it out. The movie theater is completely themed for Star Wars, complete with a Death Star in the lobby and an impressive concession stand made to look like it's on the Death Star. "The idea behind the lobby is that we wanted to construct and install a lobby theme that would make us unique in our Omaha market as well as the midwest." Unique indeed, and this is a permanent theme. Entertainment Weekly has posted a few photos which we've added below. I want to go see a movie here! The perfect place to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it opens later in the month.
Just let it in! We're down to the last few weeks. Over the weekend, Lucasfilm debuted three new posters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that contain nothing but text. They are actually a specific throwback to the very same poster design utilized during the release of Star Wars: A New Hope on May 25th, 1977. For reference, we've included photos of the original posters at the bottom. We've seen so much imagery, so many attempts at Drew Struzan art, that it's sometimes refreshing to see marketing that is based purely on our imagination. That's what Star Wars is all about, capitalizing on our boundless imaginations and the joys that come with believing in The Force. It's exciting to be around here for yet another big Star Wars release.
Do you follow the Light Side, or the Dark Side, of the Force? That is the question. With the release of the new Star Wars just weeks away, marketing crossovers are appearing all over. One of the latest takeovers is Google going all out and hiding Easter Eggs in their website. The first one appeared when fans discovered that if you type "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away" into the search bar, the website turns into the opening text crawl from the movies. Google has also launched official themes as part of a new website where you get to "Choose Your Side" - either the Light or Dark Side - and it adds images to your Gmail and Google Maps and everything. If you use Google apps all the time (like me) you'll want to take a closer look at this.
"What I've seen… we all need to run." This TV spot is all about Finn, and boy oh boy does this look amazing. We're past the point where I suggest not to watch if you want to go in as fresh as possible, because more and more footage is showing up online every day. Lucasfilm's latest 30-second TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens features Finn, played by John Boyega, preparing to battle a one of the new First Order stormtroopers. There's also another awesome shot of Han, played by Harrison Ford, talking with Finn about how he's not yet ready, plus some cool shots of Chewie and BB-8. One month to go if you can hold on.
"There are stories about what happened…" Get ready! It's almost here. If there was a time when I'd say we're starting to see too much from Star Wars, this is it. This is the TV spot where it starts to feel like, you know what, better to save the rest of it for the movie theater in just about a month. This fourth TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, includes even more new footage showing another temple and an awesome shot of John Boyega in the Falcon, along with Daisy Ridley piloting it. In addition, a photo was posted via Reddit of a display at Disneyland that describes the details behind the villain Kylo Ren's red lightsaber. This was a big argument for a while, and this kind of settles it. Have at it.
"Nothing will stand in our way. I'll show them the Dark Side." One more TV spot with some fresh footage for those who are still watching. Lucasfilm debuted this TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, during primtetime last night featuring a few bits of footage. More than anything this focuses on the friendship that we'll see grow between Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, and Finn, played by John Boyega. There's also an awesome moment where Han hands Rey a lightsaber, and that's not revealing much beyond hinting where this story might be going. I also love the flute theme at the beginning of this spot, so lovely. I get chills the more we see! Only a few more weeks to go until The Force reawakens.
"The Force, it's calling to you. Just let it in." The countdown is on, with weeks left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters everywhere. Star Wars Mania is kicking in full force, and one of the perks is that we get to see a lot of great artwork for the new movie (and the old ones, too). Like these three new posters below that we're featuring - two made by fans, one an actual official IMAX poster. It's going to be hard not to reveal too much or spoil anything from the movie of the next few weeks - but rest assured these posters don't spoil a thing. I've got tickets for Thursday night lined up, now we must just wait it out.