Amid “Star Wars” secrecy, new cast members describe their characters

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Disney threatens, then rescinds, legal action over Star Wars photo.

So who should die-hard Star Wars fans blame for having to disconnect from the Internet for a week to avoid learning whether Luke Skywalker is now a bad guy?“Star Wars” has been a presence in American life for more than 38 years, and as each chapter of the saga has emerged, The San Francisco Chronicle critics have weighed in with their reactions and opinions.The Jedi Council — aka a few Star Tribune staffers with a little free time – have released their official rankings of 32 of the most important characters in the Star Wars movies (the numbers shown in brackets).

Leading up to the release of the new Star Wars movie “The Force Awakens” next week, Walmart mistakenly began selling an action figure of a character in the film before the toy was supposed to be revealed.Star Wars enthusiasts and podcast producers Justin Kozisek and Marjorie Carvalho legally purchased Rey, a new female character, for less than $10 in an Iowa Walmart. Overall, the reviews have been mixed: Three positive reviews, four negative reviews, and one genuinely mixed review that possibly inclined toward positive.

But when Star Wars collector and host of the podcast Star Wars Action News, Justin Kozisek, purchased the product earlier this week and posted a picture to Facebook, he set off a firestorm. Indians will see how excited the rest of the world is about the film, “ramping up the demand further by the time we release it in Indian theaters,” Ms.

As the photo was shared across various social media outlets, Disney, Lucasfilm and another third-party company reportedly sent Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices demanding that the images be removed, according to Ars Technica. Times critic Kenneth Turan — who actually reviewed all three prequel films and will also be writing the review of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (full circle) — didn’t love “The Phantom Menace.” His review said it was obvious that the new addition to the franchise was “aimed at younger audiences” and that it “delivers lots of spectacle but is noticeably lacking in warmth and humor.” Turan was not feeling newcomer Hayden Christensen and his sulky take on Anakin Skywalker: “Judging by his performance here (perhaps not a wise thing to do), young Canadian actor Hayden Christensen was picked for Anakin strictly on his ability to radiate sullen teen rebellion, something he does a lot. Other Rey action figures, all made by Hasbro HAS 0.22% , have been available for sale since Sept. 4, such as the “snow mission” version of the heroine (pictured above), which is sold out on Walmart.com.

But the one Kozisek bought has not been officially released, nor publicized by Hasbro in its product announcements: It features Rey wearing a tight-fitting version of her beige outfit with a sleeveless blazer—and holding a blue lightsaber, which some fan blogs declared a plot spoiler. Wasserman reviewed “Star Wars,” calling it “the most exciting picture to be released this year — exciting as theater and exciting as cinema.” He praised it for being as “visually awesome” as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” even as it remained “intriguingly human in its scope and boundaries.” Wasserman went on to make a prediction: “If ‘Star Wars’ doesn’t garner at least half a dozen Academy Award nominations, I will eat my Wookie.” Fortunately, he had to do nothing so disgusting. “Star Wars” got 10 nominations and one special award for sound. It’s not fair.” Turan dubs the relationship between Anakin and his beloved Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) “High School Confidential in Outer Space” and states that two are less troubled by their forbidden love and more “burdened by a formidable lack of chemistry.” The first ever “Star Wars” film from director George Lucas was heralded by Charles Champlin (who reviewed all the original films) as, “the year’s most razzle-dazzling family movie, an exuberant and technically astonishing space adventure in which the galactic tomorrows of ‘Flash Gordon’ are the setting for conflicts and events that carry the suspiciously but splendidly familiar ring of yesterday’s westerns, as well as yesterday’s ‘Flash Gordon’ serials.” Champlin really got into the spirit of the Force, praising both films for their optimism and more: “‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ like all superior fantasies, have the quality of parable, not only on good and evil but on attitudes toward life and personal deportment and there is something very like a moral imperative in the films’ view of hard work, determination, self-improvement, concentration and idealism.

Kozisek received an email from the social network explaining that it had removed the post, and banned him from Facebook for three days, because a Disney employee filed a complaint that “the content infringes their copyright,” according to Carvalho. One Khan-Kajol film ran in cinemas for over 20 years. “Bajirao Mastani” is India’s answer to “Gladiator,” a big budget period drama with large armies, and swords. “It’s like a Hollywood film,” says Jyoti Deshpande, chief executive of Eros International, the movie’s production company. “It’s not a small love story with people running around trees.” It is unusual for Bollywood to release two big films on the same weekend, for obvious reasons: more competition.

It does not take a savant to see that this uplifting tone only a little less than the plot and effects is a central ingredient of the wide outreach of the films.” We found someone who loves the Ewoks! Stack gave “Return” a clapping Little Man (the second-highest rating), but the whole tone of the review was one of good-natured (almost impish) disappointment. Stack complained that “things Star Wars just don’t seem as fresh as they once did.” He noted “a dissipation of human spirit in the epic scheme.” He wondered why “Chewbacca has lost weight and Princess Leia has gained some.” However, he praised the “highly inventive, grotesque characters, led by a completely disgusting fat thing called Jabba the Hutt.” He concluded by calling the film “a large and spectacular event, a deluge of riches in sound and color, creatures and machines, and people in motion.

But sometimes Hollywood beats the odds. “Furious 7,” the latest “Fast and Furious” film released at the same time as “Detective Byomkesh Bakshi!” a movie based on a series of popular Indian stories. “Detective Bakshi got annihilated,” says Ms. That same day, Peter Stack wrote an essay about the visual side of the film, which amounted to an alternate review. “Never mind the sour chorus of critics complaining that the story is flat. … In reviewing the DVD, I saw my task as simple, to decide the question for all time: “Was George Lucas’ ‘The Phantom Menace’ a lousy movie or a really, really lousy movie?” I thought the latter. “Every non-human creation looks as if it was made from washing-machine hoses or old California raisin costumes.” Bob Graham had generously praised Jar Jar Binks as “delightful.” I thought the character “took a wrecking ball” to the movie’s first hour and wondered why time and expense was lavished on the creation of a computer-generated bad actor, when there were so many real bad actors out there who could use a job. Bush’s approval rating was at 76 percent, Eminem’s “The Eminem Show” was just days away, and “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” was being released.

Apparently, I liked Anakin, the one character neither all good nor all evil, and praised Hayden Christensen for giving him “more than a surface sullenness. There’s something spiritually warped about Anakin, something that goes all the way to his core.” However, I complained of the movie’s super seriousness and said that the series had started out “like junk food” and had ended up “tasting like medicine.” Now let’s move ahead to May 18, 2005.

That day, I gave an in-between rating to “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” but I wasn’t sure about it, because I liked a lot of things in that movie. So when I wrote the review, I decided to lead with the positive: “Now that the third installment of the second trilogy is in, we can see why George Lucas wanted to revisit his “Star Wars” saga. It was a sophisticated idea, because it didn’t involve one reason for the character’s descent into evil, but a combination of factors: Innate talent.

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