The latest and final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally here. While it gave us some awesome shots of BB-8 rolling around, the Millennium Falcon in battle, Leia and Han hugging, and that music, there’s still no sign of Luke Skywalker. Where … Continue reading Where did Luke Skywalker go?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy sales are off to a promising start and are “at the high end of expectations” for toy giant Hasbro, CEO Brian Goldner said Monday. “Consumer takeaway is off to a strong start,” he said on the company’s third-quarter earnings … Continue reading ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Toy Sales off to “Strong Start,” Hasbro Says
There are various ways to hate Star Wars when it comes to racial and gender diversity.
The first way, also known as “the stupid way”, has been taken up by a bunch of men’s rights activists and open white supremacists on the #BoycottStarWarsVII hashtag. Angered by previews and press (and now a new trailer) suggesting that the characters in the new Star Wars film may not all be white men, these lonely warriors have struck back, but with hapless bigotry in place of storm troopers. “If white people aren’t wanted in Star Wars, then our money must not be either,” one declared. Another muttered darkly about “Jewish activist JJ Abrams.” (Nobody tell them about Carrie Fisher.)
Another way to hate Star Wars over diversity is what might be called “the snob way”. It’s epitomised by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who wrote a gleeful takedown of the film on its re-release in 1997. Rosenbaum kicked Star Wars for its vacuous militarism (he mentions Reagan’s Star Wars program) and spat upon it for its derivative visuals. But his real ire is reserved for the giant antiseptic at-at shaped footprints Star Wars left on the crushed carcass of film.
You have to hand it to the film-maker and the marketing people at Lucas film/Disney. Despite the first teaser trailer having been released almost a year ago, and numerous Star Wars specials in US and UK magazines, we still don’t have much of a clue … Continue reading Abrams is holding back plenty of revelations for 17 December
Abrams has already revealed in interviews that Kylo Ren is something of an evil Empire fanboy, but the new trailer shows just how much Vader worshipping has been going on since the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. The crumpled, ruined mask of the … Continue reading Kylo Ren sounds nothing like Adam Driver, but a lot like Darth Vader
The film series began with Star Wars, released on May 25, 1977. This was followed by two sequels: The Empire Strikes Back, released on May 21, 1980, and Return of the Jedi, released on May 25, 1983. The opening crawl of the sequels disclosed that … Continue reading Star Wars