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Star Wars Continues its Global Dominance

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, well in the United States in 1977, a movie that would start of one of the world’s biggest franchises opened for the first time. Under very little promotion and mainly word of mouth, more and more people flocked to the cinema until there were long lines of queues around the block of the cinema. The film was such a surprise hit that it had to be moved to bigger and more venues just to accommodate everyone that wanted to watch it. It then took seven months to reach the UK and parts of Europe and some countries had to wait even longer.

Nearly four decades later, the release of the seventh film in the franchise last year couldn’t have been more different. The film was well known to be one of the biggest movie franchises already, and now Star Wars is part of the huge world of Disney it was only going to get bigger. Whilst normally any big movie like this would open in cinemas around the United States before anywhere else in the world, this wasn’t the case for The Force Awakens. The movie was released in some countries around Europe a day before it was released in the US. This meant that some diehard American fans that couldn’t bear to wait another 24 hours flew from America to Paris to be part of one of the world’s first screenings of the film.

As well as those diehard fans who had been waiting years for a new film in the franchise, there were a lot of people for who The Force Awakens would be the first Stars Wars film they would see. Wherever you looked around the world, it seemed like everyone was talking about their favorite moments from the past films as well as what to expect from the new ones. In Australia, the excitement was so widespread that even casino website Euro Palace’s blog created a cooler cheat sheet. The blog on the Euro Palace site has all the main events of the franchise broken down into a few paragraphs, so anybody who didn’t know the story of Star Wars could quickly brush up on what they needed to know.

Now Disney owns the film franchise, the excitement for the film rapidly built in the months and even years before the film’s release. Whenever JJ Abrams gave us a glimpse of the new film, the world’s media went wild. But it wasn’t just the internet and sites like Euro Palace where the world went wild for Star Wars. In shops and supermarkets around the world, there weren’t many places where you could walk into and not find something with a Star Wars character on. So much so that it’s expected thatDisney will make more money from their official merchandise alone than the actual film. One thing for sure is that the film is so big that wherever you are in the world, you could walk up to someone and it’s more than likely that they will have seen the film.

 

 

Podcast: The Score Awakens with David Collins – SWR #210

Riley, chats with David Collins from Star Wars Oxygyn about the score of TFA and some questions about David’s area of expertise, John Williams! All on this week’s episode of the Star Wars Report Podcast!

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This week’s topics include:

  • A reaction to the TFA score
  • A Nerdy music question about “Padme’s visit” que in ROTS
  • ‘Star Wars’ Co-Producer Dishes on the Film’s Final Shot and HDR http://bit.ly/20JUr5b

    Rosenblatt admitted that director J.J. Abrams was conflicted about using that shot or concluding with a close-up of Rey. He added that the decision was driven by John Williams’ score, and it “left you with this sweeping emotional epic [feel], and you’re going to see a lot of that in Episode VIII.” Asked whether he thought Abrams or George Lucas influenced the look of The Force Awakens, he responded: “Both. It was J.J., but J.J. was honoring George’s original vision. … But J.J. brought his own visual language to the film.”

  • Jedi News – Latest: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Now Listed As A 3-Disc Set On Blu-ray.com http://bit.ly/20JUkGS
  • An Original Film Print of Star Wars Has Been Restored and Released Online http://bit.ly/1OkyMcI
  • Disney World Announces Star Wars -Themed Entertainment http://bit.ly/1OkyMcJ  

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Playing Star Wars- TWL #170

WampasLair_SquareKarl and Jason wax nostalgic in their latest episode as they discuss some of their favorite memories around some of their favorite ways to play Star Wars as kids and where in the films they found that inspiration!

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Analysis of The Force Awakens — Luke Skywalker: The Resolving of Gray

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The premise that Luke has vanished is immediately intriguing. Like most people, I assumed when Episode 7 was first announced that Luke would be a central mentor figure from the beginning, having reestablished some form of Jedi Order. His absence raises many questions: Why is he missing? How long has he been gone? What could have driven him into hiding and kept him there all this time?

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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, co-writer Michael Arndt revealed that he originally planned for Rey to meet up with Luke early in the film. However, he found that Luke’s presence immediately took the focus away from Rey.

One early rumor regarding Arndt’s plot was that Han and Leia were being held prisoner by an Imperial remnant. Their two children were then going to search for Luke in order to break them out. If this was indeed the early plot, it seems that it was flipped so that Han became the guide and mentor for the young heroes and finding the location of Luke became their goal. Luke became the drive of the entire plot, rather than a character simply moving through it. While some found the lack of Luke disappointing, I believe it made for a better film, and a greater mystery for the other films to explore. Continue reading

The OT Awakens- TWL #169

WampasLair_SquareKarl and Jason are joined by Steve Glosson of “Geek Out Loud” as they laugh and discuss their way through the impact The Force Awakens might have on the Original Trilogy!

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