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George Lucas on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': 'They weren’t keen to have me involved' |

Before handing over Lucasfilm and the future of his galactic saga to The Walt Disney Co. for $4 billion in 2012, Lucas came up with story treatments for a new trilogy. Those materials, to put it bluntly, were discarded.

“They decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were gonna go do their own thing,” Lucas says in a new interview with CBS This Morning. “They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway. But at the same time, I said if I get in there I’m just going to cause trouble. Because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore. All I would do is muck everything up. So I said, ‘Okay, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”


New Star Wars: The Force Awakens TV Spot Shows Battle Scene |

Disney has released a new TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While some have been worried that Disney might release too much footage for the film and give away important plot details, the majority of the footage in this new TV spot has already been shown in previous trailers and TV spots. Disney seems to be adding just a couple new snippets of footage to each TV spot, and nothing that is likely a major plot reveal.

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


Box office report: Spectre, Love The Coopers, The 33 |

Spectre notched its second win, earning an estimated $35.4 million for a second-weekend drop just shy of 50 percent. The latest James Bond film, starring Daniel Craig as 007, hasn’t been able to catch Skyfall’s stateside record as the biggest Bond movie ever, and Spectre’s 10-day total is now at $130.7 million, compared to Skyfall’s $160.9 million. Still, Spectre has more than made up ground globally, and in China, it earned more than $48 million, making it the biggest Chinese debut ever for an international 2D film.


This movie did so terribly that Universal is pulling it from theaters after 2 weeks - Yahoo Finance

Generally, 2015 has been an incredible year for Universal. It's responsible for three of the top five earners in the country: "Jurassic World," "Furious 7," and "Minions." But no one is bulletproof in Hollywood, and that's evident with one of the studio's most recent releases.

"Jem and the Holograms," the movie reboot of the popular late-1980s cartoon, opened in wide release October 23 and has done so poorly that Universal appears to be yanking it from theaters after only two weeks. Though a small number of theaters have the movie on their schedules, it has disappeared from most theaters, and Universal isn't reporting any box-office figures for it after last week.

This is an unheard of move for a movie that was in theaters nationwide.


Wait, Is Star Wars: The Force Awakens' New Droid Female? - CINEMABLEND

There are so many reasons why we’re excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but one element that has already struck a chord with fans of that far, far away galaxy is BB-8, that adorable new droid. In addition to the obvious differences between BB-8 and other droids—chiefly that it moves by rolling on a ball—there could be one other distinctive feature: BB-8 may be female.

While robots and droids may be inherently genderless, that’s never stopped us from using the pronoun "he" when it comes to talking about the likes of R2-D2, C-3PO, and others. A source recently told The Mail (via The Mirror) that BB-8 is in fact intended to be a female character, and claims:

There's never been a strong female robot in any Star Wars film, J.J. (Abrams) was determined to make BB-8 cute and strong — and female.

If this is indeed true, that BB-8 is supposed to be female, it will be interesting to see what, if any, impact that has on the character’s role in the film. The source also stated that BB-8 was designed to appeal to young girls, and you have to wonder, what precisely makes this particular droid female as opposed to male?


Star Wars: The Force Awakens Posters: Why is Luke Skywalker Missing? | Variety

As the Dec. 18 release date for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” looms, Disney and Lucasfilm have unveiled a series of new character posters featuring Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley), with all except Leia holding up their weapon of choice.

The images are the latest in an expansive promotional push for the hotly-anticipated film, which broke records last month for ticket presales, launched in conjunction with the final trailer.


More High-Profile Flops At The Box Office « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

NEW YORK (AP) – Sandra Bullock’s political satire “Our Brand Is Crisis” and Bradley Cooper’s chef drama “Burnt” added to a pileup of flops at the box office, where new wide releases have gone a startling 0-for-9 in the last two weeks.

After five movies failed to draw moviegoers last week, Hollywood whiffed again over the Halloween weekend as four new movies went largely ignored in favor of trick-or-treating. The “60 Minutes II” scandal drama “Truth,” with Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, expanding nationwide, and the horror comedy “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” added to a plague of empty theaters.

That enabled the top three films from the last several weeks — “The Martian,” ”Goosebumps” and “Bridge of Spies” — to remain atop the ranks, according to studio estimates Sunday. With an estimated $11 million in its fifth weekend, Ridley Scott’s 3-D space adventure “The Martian” has hauled in $180.8 million domestically, and led the box office four times — a dominating stretch that has spelled trouble for other releases courting adult moviegoers.


Star Wars 7 will come to Netflix, but only in Canada | Digital Trends

Disney will let Netflix stream the much-awaited upcoming Star Wars installment — but only in Canada. The video streaming giant hasn’t been able to secure rights for The Force Awakens stateside and in Europe because of the timing of other contracts, according to Variety. In the US, premium cabler Starz will have the rights to the film as its partnership with Disney runs through the end of 2015.

Related: Here’s all of the Star Wars footage so far crammed into one long trailer

Netflix Canada will be able to stream The Force Awakens because the content deal up North with Disney began at the start of 2015. A Netflix rep explained that the film will come to the streamer approximately eight months after it leaves theaters.


New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer sends the fan frenzy into hyperspace - LA Times

In one sense, it was just an ordinary trailer, a 2 1/2-minute sneak peek at a movie that won't hit theaters for two months. It wasn't even the film's first trailer — it was the third.

But when it comes to the "Star Wars" franchise, nothing has ever been ordinary.

When the Walt Disney Co. and Lucasfilm unveiled the final teaser for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during halftime of the New York Giants-Philadelphia Eagles football game Monday evening, it set off a disturbance in the Force unlike anything Hollywood has seen in years.

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The ensuing clamor among fans wanting to share in the moment and the frenzy of early ticket sales that crashed theater chains' servers was a testament not just to audiences' abiding love for the space-opera series but also to a carefully orchestrated marketing campaign that, with the film's Dec. 18 release date drawing ever nearer, has made the jump to hyperspace, leveraging Disney's entire arsenal of media assets.


Star Wars Goddess Carrie Fisher Turns 59 Today: 7 Times the Force Was Obviously With Her | E! Online

As her fans well know, there really doesn't need to be a specific reason to celebrate Carrie Fisher.

It's all day, every day on Twitter for the biggest Star Wars junkies, and with the emotional roller coaster that was the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer fresh in everyone's minds, combined with the fact that Fisher's 59th birthday is today...

Well, it's time to commemorate the fierce, funny actress-writer-humorist with a little something special. Here are seven times The Force was totally with Carrie Fisher (aside from her epic turn in the gold bikini):