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‘Star Wars': The Force awakens at a N.J. church.
Star Wars and fashion are two subjects that don’t often find themselves in the same sentence. Pastor Tim Lucas — no relation to George — delivers a sermon that weaves Biblical concepts with the story of Star Wars at the Liquid Church, based in Morristown.Star Wars: The Force Awakens began its global assault on Wednesday, grossing $14.1 million from its first 12 international markets and eclipsing all previous Star Wars entries.
But given this week’s release (The Force Awakens has already smashed ticket pre-sale records in the US and UK alike), fashion brands are finding themselves unable to avoid feeling the power of the force. For spring 2016, the film’s influence extended to the catwalk – label-of-the-nanosecond Vetements showed a look emblazoned with a Star Wars poster (don’t tell George Lucas) while back in June, London menswear designer Bobby Abley created looks inspired by everyone from Chewbacca to C3P0. Channelling your favourite character sounds more like fancy dress than fashion statement (can we please keep it as such?), but thanks to a slew of conveniently timed collabs, Storm Trooper chic is surprisingly wearable. Most movies include previews in their opening-day results overseas; Force Awakens did host any European previews this past weekend since it didn’t make its world premiere until Monday.
When I went to the theater and saw the movie for myself, I knew my first impression was completely wrong.” Rei Hotoda, associate conductor, Utah Symphony • “I did not get a chance to see the iconic film in theaters when it first came out in 1977. Industry analysts and rival studios believe that “The Force Awakens” could trump “Jurassic World’s” record $524.9 million global opening, and predict the film will be among the highest-grossing of all time. Services in the coming Sundays at Liquid Churches around New Jersey will weave the Star Wars story together with Biblical theology in what they’re calling a “Cosmic Christmas.” This Sunday, Lucas will deliver his second weekly sermon dressed as Han Solo, reading from the Bible and playing Star Wars clips that are thematically similar (instead of a choir, dancing Storm Troopers; instead of Santa, Darth Santa). In addition to this, in 2010, I got to conduct an entire repertoire of John Williams’ music for film with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra when John Williams could not make his flight and had to miss the first rehearsal with the ensemble. And on Christmas Eve, Cosmic Christmas is culminating in a live, Star Wars-inspired live performance with costumed characters; at the end, instead of lighting candles, congregants will wield glow sticks shaped like light sabers.
For some, all it takes is a sound: the machine-like breathing of a Sith Lord; the ignition of a lightsaber; a TIE fighter’s booming passage; an R2 droid’s beeping; or a Wookiee’s roar. This is the writer-director George Lucas’s own film, subject to no business interference, yet it’s a film that’s totally uninterested in anything that doesn’t connect with the mass audience. Abrams, Force Awakens opens across the world this weekend — it begins playing in North America Thursday night — save for China, where it debuts Jan. 9.
For me, I felt the music was and is just as important as the actors we have all come to know and love over the years and really drives a lot of the plot and drama. I couldn’t imagine this film without it!” Jason Wills, tech-support worker, West Valley City • “I was 5 years old when I first saw it in Brigham City.
It doesn’t stop at the neck: make-up artist Pat McGrath was tasked with creating six Star Wars-inspired looks for max factor including this one, based on a droid . Lucas expects the live Christmas Eve performances to draw 7,000 people, a high water mark for the 8-year-old church. “People hear the name Liquid Church and assume they’re either a cult or a drinking fraternity,” Lucas said. “And of course they’re completely wrong on the first one.” The name, rather, is a nod to a church that is trying to be refreshing — the opposite of the dry services that might keep contemporary Americans from attending services, Lucas said.
This past summer, Jurassic World made history when opening to $524.9 million, including a record $208.8 million domestically and $316.4 million internationally. I remember standing in line with my brother and I couldn’t understand why it was ‘our Toodeetoo.’ The theater was handing out four-fold fliers that had ‘Star Wars’ merchandise on it. An hour into it, children say that they’re ready to see it again; that’s because it’s an assemblage of spare parts — it has no emotional grip. I’m not suggesting you head out looking like you’ve just arrived from a galaxy far, far away; a limited-edition range of products from the brand includes lipsticks and a mascara in infinitely more accessible shades. It’s a nondenominational Christian church, and they welcome “Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Jedi knight — it doesn’t matter, they’re welcome at Liquid.”
Thursday, Force Awakens launches in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Russia, South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. The excitement of those who call it the film of the year goes way past nostalgia to the feeling that now is the time to return to childhood.” Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times: “Star Wars is a fairy tale, a fantasy, a legend, finding its roots in some of our most popular fictions. The golden robot, lion-faced space pilot, and insecure little computer on wheels must have been suggested by the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz … The hardware is from Flash Gordon out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the chivalry is from Robin Hood, the heroes are from Westerns and the villains are a cross between Nazis and sorcerers. Star Wars taps the pulp fantasies buried in our memories, and because it’s done so brilliantly, it reactivates old thrills, fears, and exhilarations we thought we’d abandoned when we read our last copy of Amazing Stories.” Vincent Canby, The New York Times: “Star Wars, which opened yesterday at the Astor Plaza, Orpheum and other theaters, is the most elaborate, most expensive, most beautiful movie serial ever made.
Matthew, the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table … The way definitely not to approach “Star Wars,” though, is to expect a film of cosmic implications or to footnote it with so many references that one anticipates it as if it were a literary duty. It’s fun and funny.” John Simon, New York Magazine: “Strip Star Wars of its often striking images and its high-falutin scientific jargon, and you get a story, characters, and dialogue of overwhelming banality, without even a ‘future’ cast to them. It’s so interesting to me to watch [my 5-year-old son] Archie experiencing ‘Star Wars’ now because you can really see how this epic transcends generations, age and gender.
The result is a remarkable confection: a subliminal history of the movies, wrapped in a riveting tale of suspense and adventure, ornamented with some of the most ingenious special effects ever contrived for film. But it is, on the other hand, enormous and exhilarating fun for those who are prepared to settle down in their seats and let it all wash over them.” Charles Champlin, The Los Angeles Times: “George Lucas has been conducting a lifelong double affair, embracing the comic strips on the one hand (or with one arm) and the movies on and with the other.
Now he has united his loves in Star Wars, 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. The sidekicks are salty squatty robots instead of leathery old cowpokes who scratch their whiskers and “Aw, shucks” a lot, and the gunfighters square off with laser swords instead of Colt revolvers. Perhaps more important is what this seems to accomplish: the canonization of comic book culture which in turn becomes the triumph of the standardized, the simplistic, mass-produced commercial artifacts of our time. We enjoyed such stuff as children, but one would think there would come a time when we might put away childish things.” Gary Arnold, The Washington Post: “The movie’s irresistible stylistic charm derives from the fact that Lucas can draw upon a variety of action-movie sources with unfailing deftness and humor.
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