There are some advantages to being the Prince of England, and one of them is getting a tour of the secretive set of Star Wars VIII as it films. Yesterday, Prince William and Prince Harry went to Pinewood Studios and they got to meet BB-8, Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Star Wars cast. Not only that, they got to partake is a lightsaber battle or as Kensington Palace called it, “Time for a @starwars laser battle!” I loved that, but not as much as I enjoyed seeing Prince Harry smiling from ear to ear as a he got a big Wookie hug from Chewbacca.
Seriously, isn’t it so nice to see the two Princes look as happy as little boys? Who wouldn’t if given that same opportunity?
Mark Hamill has starred in four of the biggest films of all time, Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, I know he had a very small part in the latest film of the franchise, but you would think a Disney employee, the company that produced it, would know who Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker is. And you would be wrong? The person who made him a security pass, named him Mark Hamilton. Who is Mark Hamilton?
What happened to that employee? We don’t know, but Hamill seems like a cool enough guy, I don’t think he would do anything. But there are a lot of other stars who would not stand for that, like Prince Hans, Gaston, Cruella de Vil or Anakin.
Harrison Ford was on Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday to promote the home video version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the ABC late night host wanted to know if it’s true that he has been trying to get Hans Solo killed off for 30 years. The actor admitted that he finally wore them down and that is why his character met his ultimate fate.
Will he back for the last two Star Wars movies? He wouldn’t say.
Then Kimmel wanted to know if he was surprised that his death remained a secret until the film came out. Ford told him, “It is pretty amazing actually. That people, sort of, respected fellow audience members, to the extent that it didn’t get around. It was fantastic.” Then he added, “I think they knew I would show up at their house and beat the sh!t out of them.”
On that note, he also talked about putting on his fedora for a 5th time to play Indiana Jones. When asked if that character would meet the same fate, he was just as tight lipped as he was about whether he would be back for any more Star Wars movies. So we don’t know just yet.
BTW when it comes to Hans Solo’s death, someone spoiled it for me opening weekend and that is a part of the reason why I still haven’t the biggest movie ever released in America. Just don’t tell Ford because I don’t want him beating the sh!t out of the sweet young innocent girl who told me. She doesn’t understand what a spoiler is, so I can’t wait to ruin Bambi, The Lion King and Old Yeller for her.
Valentine’s Day might’ve been yesterday, but Star Wars has present for you today to show you how much they love you. Production began on Star Wars: Episode VIII in London a few hours ago, and they already released one of the first shots from the anticipated move that won’t be out until December 15, 2017 or exactly 22 months from today. Does this first look make your lightsaber stand up?
Since I am one of the few people on this Earth who has not seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this is a total spoiler for me. While I am happy to see Luke Skywalker in it, I wish the first shot would’ve been of Hans Solo. He’s my second favorite character after Jar Jar Binks. I don’t think I could watch another Star Wars movie unless Harrison Ford in it.
Ever since you saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens you have been counting the days until the next movie in the franchise comes out. You thought that it was going to be released on May 26, 2017, but Disney announced today that they have changed the date. It is now coming out on December 15, 2017. That means instead of waiting 492 day until it comes out, you will have to wait 695. What is another 203 days?
To get you through those extra 203 days, you can watch some cute kittens playing with the even cuter BB-8. If the internet has taught us anything, it is that kittens make everything better. Did it work here?
If not, than maybe the news that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be walking the plank on May 26, 2017 might. Hey, it was worth a try!
After 4 weeks of being #1 at the domestic weekend box office, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been taken down 2 notches. According to Box Office Mojo, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart’s Ride Along 2 claimed the #1 spot and the multi-Oscar nom The Reverent is #2.
Even though Star Wars: Episode 7 is no longer the #1 film at the weekend box office, it is still the #1 movie of all time domestically and #3 and climbing internationally. Not bad for just a month of play. That’s right, tomorrow marks its one month anniversary. Crazy, isn’t it.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens did the impossible and the film did it in just 20 days. Not only did it knock James Cameron’s movie Titanic out of the second place, it also knocked his other movie Avatar out of first place in the United States. That means for the first time since 1998, a James Cameron movie is no longer the #1 movie domestically. I wonder how he is handling the news? Has anyone seen him?
Here are all of the other Box Office records the film has broken in less that 3 weeks:
· Fastest film to reach $100M (21 hours), $200M (3 days), $300M (5 days), $400M (8 days), $500M (10 days), $600M (12 days), and $700M (16 days)
· Biggest all-time debut and biggest December debut ($247.966M), propelling the industry to the biggest overall moviegoing weekend of all time ($313.3M for all films, Dec. 18-20)
· Biggest second weekend of all time ($149.2M), propelling the industry to the biggest overall Christmas weekend of all time ($296.4M for all films, Dec. 25-27)
· Biggest third weekend of all time ($90.2M)
· Biggest Thursday preview gross ($57M)
· Biggest Friday, opening, and single day ($119.1M)
· Biggest Sunday ($60.55M), Monday ($40.1M), and Tuesday ($37.3M)
· Biggest Christmas Day ($49.3M) and New Year’s Day ($34.39M)
· Highest per-theater average for a wide debut ($59,982)
· Biggest opening week ($390.85M)
· Biggest IMAX debut ($30.1M)
Globally, the film posted the highest global opening weekend of all time ($528.967M) and surpassed $1B in a record 12 days. It also had the biggest global IMAX debut ($48M) and surpassed $152M in IMAX in a record 19 days. It was the highest international debut in December history with $281M, and it remains #1 in many territories after posting the biggest opening weekend in at least 18 major markets.
If that is not enough to show you how powerful this movie is, so far it has made $758.2M domestically and $799.1M for a global total of $1,557.3M. With that dough, it can buy its own planet, like Jupiter.
The force is so strong with Star Wars: The Force Awakens that it was able to sink Titanic’s status as the #2 Grossing Movie in the United States in just 2 weeks according to Box Office Mojo. That’s right, in just 14 days, the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise made $686,425,583. That is almost $30 million more than the 1997 Oscar winner made in it’s entire run.
How much money does it have to make to take down Avatar and become to the #1 Grossing Movie Domestically of all-time? It needs to make another $74,082,042 to do that. In others words, by next week it will have that title. And somewhere James Cameron is in a corner crying trying to figure out how he can make Avatar 2 earn more money than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I think that ship has sailed.
Carrie Fisher is like everyone else in the world, as in she ages. Well some Star Wars “fans” called her out for it and not in a nice way. So Princess Leia responded to them in a way that Yoda proud would be. She Tweeted, “Please stop debating about whetherOR not👁aged well.unfortunately it hurts all3 of my feelings.My BODY hasnt aged as well as I have.Blow us👌🏼” Followed by, “My body is my brain bag, it hauls me around to those places & in front of faces where theres something to say or see.” Then she concluded her rant with, “Youth&BeautyR/NOT ACCOMPLISHMENTS,theyre theTEMPORARY happy/BiProducts/of Time&/or DNA/Dont Hold yourBreath4either/ifUmust holdAir/takeGarys.” Gotta love her because she doesn’t take sh!t from anybody. Nor should she!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke so many records in its first few days, and it looks like it will be breaking a whole lot more before it ends its theatrical run. You could say the latest movie in the franchise is staying alive. Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show believe it so much that he mashed up the cast from the first 6 movies so it sounds like that they are singing the Bee Gees’ classic. It is crazy how well it works, and that could be because the first three movies came out in the Disco era! Ah Ah Ah Ah!