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  • New Documentary Is Wrong: The Star Wars Prequels Are Just Plain Bad

    08/31/2016 6:56:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | August 29, 2016 | Emily Zanotti
    A new documentary is challenging Star Wars fans to unlearn what they have learned about the awful prequels that ruined our childhoods and stole our innocence about future Star Wars films. Not that Im bitter. Anyway, a handful of prequels fans decided a few years ago to crowdfund The Prequels Strike Back, a documentary that is supposed to give people a fresh new perspective on The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, based on scholarly commentary from no less than arts expert Camille Paglia and Jonathan Young, a Joseph Campbell scholar.
  • Who Got Us Into These Endless Wars?

    08/09/2016 9:27:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 111 replies ^ | August 9, 2016 | Pat Buchanan
    "Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy," warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. "The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire." To make his case against the "Isolationist Temptation," Haass creates a caricature, a cartoon, of America First patriots, then thunders that we cannot become "a giant gated community." Understandably, Haass is upset. For the CFR has lost the country. Why? It colluded in the blunders that have bled and near bankrupted America and that cost this country its unrivaled global preeminence at the end of the...
  • Obama: Vietnam, Iraq wars were overreach for U.S.

    06/02/2016 8:53:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    David Boyer ^ | 6/2/16 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama went after Donald Trump again Thursday, urging his audience at the Air Force Academy graduation to reject calls for isolationism. Theres a debate going on in our country about our nations role in the world, Mr. Obama told the new Air Force officers at Colorado Springs, Colorado. America cannot shirk the mantle of leadership. We cant be isolationist. Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has been accused of isolationism for proposing to build a wall on the border with Mexico, among other reasons. He has rejected that criticism, saying he is focused on security, not isolationism. The
  • There's a disturbance in the force! Star Wars spin-off Rogue One is 'so bad Disney chiefs ordered F

    05/31/2016 6:08:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 31, 2016 | Mike Larkin
    It has a release date that is not so far, far away. But Disney bosses are apparently so alarmed at how bad the new Star Wars spin-off movie Rogue One is that they have ordered four weeks of expensive reshoots in a bid to salvage the project. After the money-making bonanza that was The Force Awakens, they are reportedly shocked at how the new film, which takes place shortly before the original Star Wars and features delicate English starlet Felicity Jones as a tough-talking maverick pilot.
  • Toxic oil loans create trouble for big banks

    04/14/2016 9:45:02 AM PDT · by PAR35 · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | April 14, 2016: 11:55 AM ET | Matt Egan
    ... Bank of America (BAC) on Thursday announced it set aside $997 million to protect from loan losses, mainly in the bank's $22 billion energy portfolio. Wells Fargo (WFC) warned of "significant stress" and "deterioration" in the oil and gas space. The problems there forced Wells Fargo to add $200 million in loan-loss reserves, its first increase to this rainy-day fund since 2009. And JPMorgan Chase increased its provisions for credit losses by 88%, mostly due to the oil, natural gas and pipeline business. It was enough to cause JPMorgan's (JPM) first drop in profits since late 2014. ...
  • The Death Star Is A Stupid Idea. Please Stop Making Movies About It

    04/09/2016 5:54:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 8, 2016 | David Harsanyi
    Great shot, kid! That was one in a million! Han Solo famously tells Luke Skywalker after the latter blows up the first Death Star. But thats not exactly right. Its more like one in every third Star Wars movie. The debut teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out, and it seems gritty, action-packed, and pretty great at first glance, even more promising than The Force Awakens. But the hitch, it seems, is that well once again be subjected to the laziest plotline in the Star Wars narrative: the menace of the Death Star (or the...
  • 'Star Wars' Voice Actor Who, As Admiral Ackbar, Warned 'It's A Trap!' Dies At 93

    04/05/2016 11:41:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | April 5, 2016 | Camila Domonoske
    Erik Bauersfeld, who died Sunday at the age of 93, wasn't a household name. But his voice was famous thanks to three little words delivered by a bulging-eyed, amphibious rebel commander. Admiral Ackbar was written as a bit part a handful of lines in Return of the Jedi, most of them rather defeated. "Prepare to retreat," "we have no choice, "take evasive action, "we won't last long!"
  • Pat Buchanan: Donald Trump’s Rise Is Rejection of a Quarter Century of Bush Republicanism

    02/18/2016 7:09:08 PM PST · by vekzen · 68 replies ^ | 2/18/2016 | Julia Hahn
    Pat Buchanan declared that Trump’s rise represents a rejection of 25 years of Bush Republicanism— an ideology which Buchanan says has destroyed America’s once-great manufacturing core, flooded the country with low-skilled workers, and drained the treasury with ill-advised foreign adventures in the Middle East. “In the GOP nomination race, the chickens of a quarter century of Bush Republicanism have come home to roost,” Buchanan told Breitbart. “Trump’s triumphs to date are due to his recognition of, and identification with, the Middle American revolt against Bush family ideology and policy, and what it has produced.” Buchanan explained that “America is rejecting...
  • Scientists are backing up the most terrifying fan theory in the 'Star Wars' universe (Ewoks Dead)

    12/23/2015 6:14:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Tech Insider ^ | December 18, 2015 | Dave Mosher
    There's a disturbance in the force, but this time it's coming from scientists. Disney's new "Star Wars" movie, "The Force Awakens," picks up years beyond where the last film in the series, "Return of the Jedi," left off: after the cataclysmic explosion of Death Star II, a moon-size weapon. The colossal ship orbited the forest world Endor and, after it blows up, the Rebel Alliance and its hairy Ewok friends party in the trees. Everyone and everything is hunky-dory. Until you ask a physicist — or a dozen, as Tech Insider did — what happens when you detonate a giant...
  • Half in the Bag Episode 100: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Red Letter Media: Warning Language)

    12/22/2015 3:05:57 PM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Red Letter Media ^ | December 20, 2015 | Staff
    It's episode 100 of Half in the Bag! Mike, Jay, and their new friend Kris Kringle celebrate this momentous event by participating in a normal episode and see the newest Star Warts movie. Lightsabers!
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens--The Dark Side Review (Spoilers)

    12/22/2015 2:57:14 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jonathan Last
    This review deals largely in spoilers concerning The Force Awakens. Normally, I don't think spoilers actually spoil much, but for this case the viewing experience is greatly enhanced by coming to the movie cold. So I'd suggest you really not read this until after you've seen it. Unless you're not going to see it and are just curious. In which case, go ahead and read. You filthy commie.
  • Here's What the Pentagon's Top Cost Estimator Has to Say About the Death Star

    12/22/2015 6:59:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Vice News ^ | December 21, 2015 | Ryan Faith
    The Pentagon's office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, occasionally referred to as the Pentagon's bean counters, helps (or tries to help) the Department of Defense keep a lid on costs by vetting or challenging the cost estimates provided elsewhere in the department. If you think the Pentagon's programs are heinously expensive, you can only imagine what they'd be without anyone double-checking the numbers.
  • How Our Overly Restrictive Rules of Engagement Keep Us from Winning Wars

    12/21/2015 6:53:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2015 | David French
    The car was moving at high speed. It had just broken a blockade of American and Iraqi forces and was trying to escape into the gathering dusk. American soldiers, driving larger and slower armored vehicles, mostly the large and unwieldy MRAPs (mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles), gave chase. They were intensely interested in the target. Acting on intelligence that high-value al-Qaeda leaders might be present, a cavalry troop -- working with Iraqi allies -- surrounded an isolated village near the Iranian border. The mission was simple: to search the village and kill or capture identified members of al-Qaeda. It was the kind...
  • ‘Force Awakens’ Rises On Saturday Night; Opening Weekend Record Now At $238M-$244M –

    12/20/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Deadline ^ | December 20, 2015 | Anthony D'Alessandro and Anita Busch
    Tonight is coming in better than anticipated with industry analysts putting Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Saturday between $65.5M-$68.7M. That’s a -43% to -46% decline from Friday’s opening day record of $120.5M, which includes $57M in Thursday previews. While Force Awakens’ Saturday doesn’t beat Jurassic World‘s record, it jumps the opening weekend estimates for Episode VII back up to $238M-$244M.
  • Are Droids Slaves? In Star Wars, droids aren’t robots or comic relief—they’re chattel

    12/19/2015 5:42:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | December 18, 2015 | Jonathan Last
    I always hated the Jawas. As a kid, the Jawas weren’t scary the way Stormtroopers or Darth Vader were. But there was something unsettling about them. The Tusken Raiders might have been primitive savages who tried to kill Luke Skywalker—who, back then, was my hero—but the Jawas seemed worse. A little bit evil, even. The feeling was so pronounced that in the dozens of times I watched A New Hope as a child, the massacre of the Jawas never roused even a beat of sympathy in me. It was the opposite, actually. Every time C-3PO piled the Jawa carcasses into...
  • The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad

    12/19/2015 5:33:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Decider ^ | December 11, 2015 | Comfortably Smug
    With the imminent release of the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, many theatergoers are re-watching the original movies to reacquaint themselves with those stories from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. This time, however, they may find themselves surprised by how much the film’s characters and themes echo the current War On Terror.
  • The Ballad of Admiral Piett

    12/16/2015 7:35:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 15, 2015 | David Sims
    Firmus Piett’s most memorable scene in the Star Wars series is the moment of his promotion. Standing silently in the background, he watches nervously as his boss, Admiral Ozzel, gets telepathically strangled by Darth Vader, the homicidal sadist everyone in the Galactic Empire has to answer to. Vader summons him forward, gives him his orders, and intones, “You are in command now, Admiral Piett,” as Ozzel collapses on the floor. So goes life in the Empire: There’s plenty of upward mobility, but job turnover is high, and workplace safety truly abysmal.
  • Critics hail The Force Awakens for connecting with its 'long-missing past' after CGI-heavy [tr]

    12/16/2015 6:24:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    Critics across the world have roundly praised the new Star Wars film, celebrating its 'nostalgic homage' to the original trilogy after a series of disappointing CGI-heavy prequels. The first reviews in newspapers and websites will make happy reading for fans of the space saga, with Episode VII: The Force Awakens coming ten years after the last offering. The Daily Mail's film critic Brian Viner offered four stars, saying: 'Devotees can now lather up with their Yoda-shaped soap under that Darth Vader shower content that in the hands of director and co-writer JJ Abrams, the empire has struck back. 'The Force...
  • Mail critic gets first glimpse of new Star Wars blockbuster and says it's the best one [tr]

    12/16/2015 6:21:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2015 | Brian Viner
    Boy, has the Force awoken. In truth, it has been stirring for months, with expectations for this seventh Star Wars instalment reaching levels somewhere between over-excited and histrionic. The merchandising alone, extending even to Darth Vader showerheads, is expected to pour $5billion into the Disney coffers. At times, it's been easy to forget that there is actually a film at the heart of all the crazy razzmatazz. But here it is, ten years after the last outing, 2005's disappointing Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and happily, ten times better.
  • ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Fans Are Already Lining Up

    12/08/2015 9:14:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 8, 2015 | Brooks Barnes
    Marilyn Monroe and Freddy Krueger were trying not to look annoyed. But their mood was obvious on Monday afternoon as tourists paid little heed to the celebrity impersonators on Hollywood Boulevard, instead focusing their curiosity on more than 100 people camped out in the courtyard No. It couldn’t be. Seriously?
  • 'Star Wars' China Poster Sparks Controversy After Shrinking John Boyega's Character

    12/05/2015 2:41:33 AM PST · by Caipirabob · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/05/2015 | Yahoo
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens fans are menaced by the Chinese poster for the upcoming sci-fi epic. The poster has sparked controversy online over stylistic changes, one of which resulted in the diminished presence of John Boyega’s lightsaber-wielding character.
  • Every Star Wars Lightsaber, Ranked From Worst to Best

    12/03/2015 8:27:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | December 3, 2015 | Nate Jones
    Star Wars did not invent the concept of a magic blade, or even a laser sword—those pop up in Asimov's Lucky Starr series, among others—but as with many of the series’ pulp influences, George Lucas refined and reduced them to their essential elements, creating the series’ ultimate addition to the pop-culture canon. Think of the otherworldly glow, the distinctive hum, the (illogical, but who cares?) weight of the blade. For the Jedi, a lightsaber is a symbol of their innate exceptionalism; for Luke, it’s a connection to his father; for the Sith, it’s one more way to assert their dominance...
  • The Star Wars folding screens just unveiled at Kyoto’s Kiyomizu Temple are amazing

    12/02/2015 6:15:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Rocket News 24 ^ | December 1, 2015 | Preston Phro
    These Star Wars folding screens, unveiled at Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, are based on a traditional Japanese design…and they’re pretty awesome too! The folding screens pictured below were revealed on Monday at Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, one of Japan’s most famous and iconic Buddhist temples. How Disney arranged this, we have no idea, but we have to say that they’re certainly present a unique take on the originals!
  • George Lucas Explains Why Greedo Shoots Han Solo First in Star Wars (in revised edition)

    12/01/2015 12:46:37 PM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Time ^ | November 30, 2015 | James Hibberd
    Deep inside a compelling Washington Post profile of George Lucas is the Star Wars creator defending perhaps his most infamous bit of Special Edition tinkering: having Greedo shoot Han Solo first rather than the scruffy-looking smuggler taking a pre-emptive action.
  • George Lucas says if he could be any 'Star Wars' character, he'd be Jar Jar Binks

    11/19/2015 11:31:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 19, 2015 | Anjelica Oswald
    Of all the characters in "Star Wars," creator George Lucas says he'd be Jar Jar Binks in a video for Vanity Fair. "I like all the characters," he said when posed the question of which character he'd want to be, before making his unusual choice.
  • Surprise! Star Wars - The Force Awakens international trailer debuts with new images of Rey [tr]

    11/06/2015 8:05:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 6, 2015 | Heidi Parker
    An international cut of the Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer was released with no warning on Friday. The teaser, which can be seen on the Japanese version of the official Star Wars website, includes new images of Rey, played by British actress Daisy Ridley, as well as Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia. There are also plenty of new actions shots and dialogue.
  • 5 Reasons 'Star Wars' Tanks Make Absolutely No Sense

    10/31/2015 10:39:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 30, 2015 | Joe Pappalardo
    There are no shortage of ways in which a person could take issue with the war machines in the Star Wars universe. But instead of the illogical design of the lightsaber or the TIE fighter, we want to focus on the armored vehicles. Even in a universe of magical space samurai and moon-sized space stations, tanks are ever-present as alpha predators of ground battle. Yet the way the filmmakers imagined them violates many tenets of common sense weapons design.
  • 9 Reasons The Jedi Are Actually The Bad Guys In ‘Star Wars’

    10/30/2015 8:11:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 22, 2015 | Jonathan V. Last
    Editor’s note: The release of the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens reignited prior debates about the general nature of the goodness of the Jedi and the villainy of the Empire. We reached out to the author of the definitive piece making the case for the Empire, Jonathan Last, to offer reasons that the Jedi are actually the bad guys. 1. Midi-Chlorians Oh, you thought you could totally be down with the Force if you just reached out with your feelings and did-or-did-not? You thought the Force would be with you if you appreciated the worth of all...
  • The destruction of Alderaan was completely justified

    10/30/2015 6:07:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2015 | Sonny Brunch
    The Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng recently noted that “neoconservative Twitter” loves the Intergalactic Empire, the putative villains of the “Star Wars” universe, prompting much harrumphing from people who think this is nothing but petty trolling. As I always say, it’s not trolling if it’s true. Honestly, I have a hard time understanding why more people haven’t seen the light, so to speak, about the dark side of the Force.
  • Why Conservatives Love the Galactic Empire

    10/21/2015 10:11:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | October 20, 2015 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    Heres a fun little secret about Politics Twitter, a very narrow, very coastal, very annoying corner of the Internet of which I am regrettably a part: Every time news about the Star Wars franchise has flared up over the past few years, Politics Twitter takes the opportunity to debate whether or not the Galactic Empire is evil. I am being serious. This is how we journalists spend our time, usually during work hours. Anyway, the Star Wars news this time around was the new trailer that dropped on Monday for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.
  • The Force Awakens? Sorry, but Star Wars has sucked for 40 overrated, overhyped, preposterous years

    10/21/2015 8:59:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 75 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 20, 2015 | Piers Morgan
    Last night, a very strange thing happened. I was lying in my Los Angeles bed when the earth moved in a way I havent experienced since a large quake knocked me onto the floor five years ago. Only this time not literally, more virtually. I was the unwitting victim of a televisual, cyberspace phenomenon; the single most exciting thing many Americans appeared to have witnessed since the lunar landing in 1969.
  • The New Star Wars Trailer, Analyzed (Revisionist History)

    10/21/2015 6:21:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 20, 2015 | Ben Domenech
    The internet is full of impressive amounts of very important news today, as per usual Joe Bidens will he or wont he crescendo is reaching its apex, Canada elected its Obama, the CIA directors personal email account was hacked, Gilmore Girls is coming back but there is nothing, NOTHING, more important than Star Wars, so today lets talk about the new trailer for The Force Awakens, less than two months away from release, which dropped during an edition of Monday Night Football featuring frequent Manningface. You have already seen it, so watch it again. And prepare for some analysis...
  • Star Wars Proves Targeted Killings Dont Work

    10/21/2015 6:18:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 20, 2015 | Matthew Gault
    The end of Return of the Jedi is one big party. Fireworks explode over the capital cities of the galaxys major planets, ewoks dance with wookies, Han and Leia kiss and Luke sets fire to his fathers corpse while the ghosts of his mentors watch. And why shouldnt they all be happy? In a stunning military operation, the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Empires major weapons system while Luke assassinated its two highest-value individuals. The deaths of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader meant the end of the Empire, right?
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ticket Presales Crash Fandango & Others

    10/19/2015 8:45:17 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies ^ | 10-18-2015 | Ross A. Lincoln
    The months and months of hype have paid off for Disney and Lucasfilm this afternoon, as theater chains began offering advance ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits theaters two months from today on December 18. Perhaps a little too well, however. Legions of Star Wars fans immediately rushed to online ticket sellers to secure their seats but alas, the force is not strong with them. The sudden rush of demand from Jedi-happy fans has caused loading issues and site outages on purchasing platforms including Fandango, the Alamo Drafthouse, and AMC Theaters. Fandango was most seriously affected...
  • How Star Wars Will Blow Up The Record Books With A $615M+ Global Opening

    08/27/2015 6:21:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | August 26, 2015 | Anthony D'Alessandro and Nancy Tartaglione
    When Disney revives the long slumbering Star Wars franchise on December 18, The Force Awakens will take the global tentpole opening to a history-making high. How high? Many are already predicting a record $615M worldwide opening, and they have plenty of reason to be confident in that number. The first Star Wars in 1977 gave birth to the blockbuster era of filmmaking and grosses.
  • Wicket the Ewok Is Coming Back in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Whether You Like It or Not

    06/09/2015 9:38:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    The Mary Sue ^ | June 8, 2015 | Dan Van Winkle
    Lots of Star Wars fans hate marketing-friendly Ewoks from Return of the Jedi with a passion (related: lots of Star Wars fans apparently hate everything that is good in life) and were likely holding out hope that Warwick Davis return in The Force Awakens didnt necessarily mean that Ewoks would be back. But theyre about to be disappointed: new promotional materials indicate that Davis will reprise his role of Wicket the Ewok.
  • Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars?

    06/02/2015 10:11:55 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 59 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 2015 | Dominic Tierney
    ~snip~ Why does the United States struggle in war? How can it resolve a failing conflict? Can America return to victory? Today, these are critical questions because we live in an age of unwinnable conflicts, where decisive triumph has proved to be a pipe dream. ~snip~ The price of military triumph was often immense. In the Civil War alone, there were around 750,000 American fatalitiesmore than the deaths in every other U.S. war combined. But if the costs of conflict were staggering, so were the benefits. The Civil War saved the Union and emancipated the slaves. World War II ensured...
  • The Left's Dumb and Dumber Wars

    05/26/2015 9:16:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | May 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown
    Reports coming out of Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria convey hundreds of dead and burned bodies littering streets and thousands of people displaced and on the run. Loss after loss, setback after setback, the White House remains resolved: The president's Islamic State [ISIS] strategy is an "overall success," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on May 19. A success for the ISIS, maybe. Lest we forget, less than a decade ago, nearly 1,300 Americans died fighting in Ramadi. Soon after, the U.S. returned control of that city, which had become one of Iraq's safest, to Iraqi forces. A few...
  • Star Wars: The Nostalgia Awakens

    04/21/2015 10:05:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 21, 2015 | David Sims
    J.J. Abrams, the director tasked with bringing Star Wars back to the top of the crowded franchise heap, has always been happy to borrow. When he set out to make a new Star Trek and drag that moribund cinematic franchise back into blockbuster territory, he cheerfully swapped in some very familiar visual language to help it over the hill. Early on in the film, James Kirk (Chris Pine), nursing a desire to transcend his farmboy life, rides a motorcycle to see the U.S.S. Enterprise being built at a shipyard, and gazes up at it longingly. Star Wars fans would connect...
  • Could 'Star Wars' Open at $500 Million? The Force Is Strong

    04/21/2015 9:56:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 21, 2015 | Pamela McClintock
    As one executive puts it, if Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn't score the biggest debut ever when it hits theaters Dec. 18, he'll "run up and down Sunset Boulevard naked." So how high could J.J. Abrams' reboot fly? The top U.S. opening is The Avengers, which launched to $207.4 million in May 2012 from 4,349 theaters. Disney's sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1), could become the new champ, but many believe Force Awakens has every chance of outrunning them both, even with the distraction of Christmas. Globally it could rake in nearly $540 million, topping the three-day record...
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

    04/16/2015 1:16:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 16, 2015
  • Its real and its spectacular: The new Star Wars trailer is out (2nd Teaser Trailer)

    04/16/2015 1:12:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 16, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Voiceover by Luke Skywalker? Cameo by gray-haired Han Solo? Another cameo by the black Stormtrooper? Not gonna lie. I plotzed.
  • Star Wars VIII gets a May 2017 release date as spinoff Star Wars: Rogue One begins shooting [tr]

    03/13/2015 8:20:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2015 | Heidi Parker
    Two pieces of Star Wars news were confirmed on Thursday during Disneys shareholder meeting in San Francisco. Star Wars VIII will be released on May 26, 2017, and will be written and directed by Rian Johnson of Looper fame. The film continues the saga after the events of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Disney's Bob Iger also revealed the spinoff movie Star Wars: Rogue One will start shooting this summer.
  • Since 9/11, The U.S. Has Been Involved In More Than 5 Wars And Theyve All Been Disasters

    02/22/2015 7:05:35 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | "George Washington"
    Below, we demonstrate that the U.S. keeps losing war after war. There are 3 potential reasons this might be happening: Is this chaos an intentional way to implement regime change and grab resources? Or is this a sign of the decline of the American empire and we just cant win a war anymore? Or do those in charge just not really give a damn about winning and are they just focusing on one short-term goal after another?
  • 'They didn't use any of my ideas': George Lucas says new Star Wars film is not how he envisioned it

    01/21/2015 12:57:30 PM PST · by C19fan · 78 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 21, 2015 | Shyam Dodge
    George Lucas had already been planning to make a seventh Star Wars film before he sold his company Lucasfilm to Disney. When the auteur handed over his iconic franchise he also gave the studio his plotline for Star Wars: Episode 7. Disney, however, did not use any of the 70-year-old filmmakers ideas for the new installment.
  • Star Wars: A New Hope--A Treasure Trove Of Wisdom

    12/15/2014 8:29:44 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 15 replies
    n/a ^ | December 15, 2014 | yours personally
    "Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life. Leia: [sarcastically] I'm surprised you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself. Tarkin: Princess Leia, before your execution, I would like you to be my guest at a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now."
  • Of Course There Are Black Stormtroopers in Star Wars

    11/29/2014 7:28:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 28, 2014 | Kriston Capps
    Earlier today, it seemed like #BlackStormtrooper might actually eclipse #BlackFriday as a trending topic. Thats because the official trailer that aired Friday for the next film in the Star Wars sagaThe Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams and scheduled for release in December 2015opens on a black man wearing a stormtroopers uniform. The man, who is played by John Boyega (of Attack the Block), pops into view perspiring and panting hard. He is surrounded by desert: in all likelihood the rolling dunes of Tatooine, the homeworld of both Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. And he appears to be in trouble.
  • 'There has been... an awakening': Explosive Star Wars Episode VII teaser reveals new cast-members

    11/28/2014 7:56:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 28, 2014 | John Chester
    It is maddeningly short, but the first official glimpse of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens serves as a fitting reminder that a galaxy far, far away is actually much closer than we thought. While returning cast-members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are absent from the 88-second montage, fans are given a first look at the younger generation of cast-members to feature in this, the first of three planned sequels. Opening some 30-years after Return of the Jedi, the teaser kicks off with British actor John Boyega racing across a desert landscape dressed in full Storm trooper...
  • May the fakes be with you: The phony trailers for the new Star Wars film that have been fooling fans

    11/28/2014 6:22:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 28, 2014 | Ted Thornhill
    The first clip from the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens will be shown in the US on Friday but some fans have been taken in ahead of its release by cleverly made fake trailers. A teaser trailer for The Force Awakens will be shown in at least 100 theaters across America. Itll be the first ever glimpse of J J Abrams' blockbuster. However, lots of people thought theyd already had one.
  • It's here! A trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens will be released in at least 100

    11/25/2014 5:47:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 24, 2014 | Heidi Parker
    The film won't be released until December 2015 but already a trailer is going to be presented. On Monday it was announced the first clip from the highly anticipated film Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens will be shown in at least 100 theaters in the US on Friday, a day after the Thanksgiving holiday, according to SlashFilm. This latest installment in the popular science fiction franchise is being directed by JJ Abrams and mixes vets such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher with new faces like Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Lupita Nyong'o.