George Lucas reacts to new Star Wars film and it’s positive

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‘Star Wars’ and Freep: The good, so-so and ugly reviews.

To count down to the Dec. 18 opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” we’re offering 12 Days of “Star Wars” — an eclectic mix of items about the franchise that changed pop culture forever.The new installment in the “Star Wars” movie saga opens in theaters this month against a formidable force: the galactic hopes of devoted fans who have waited a decade to revisit their beloved universe of Jedi, droids and lightsabers.The newest “Star Wars” flick has brought with it a veritable empire of new fan merchandise ranging from forgettable figurines to officially licensed must-haves.

Can “The Force Awakens,” the seventh episode in the celebrated sci-fi series, meet those expectations when it debuts on December 18? “No,” said director J.J. Some feel the 21.2 percent rise so far this year — including a 2.1 percent gain on Friday, to $114.18 a share — already has a whopping “Star Wars” success baked into it. “I’m not sure there’s a number it [the movie] can do that will prevent it from coming down,” one Wall Street analyst, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said last week. We scoured the galaxy for gadgets worthy of “Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” and we found the force is strong with these top picks: 10) R2-D2 Talking Fridge Gadget ($77, JapanTrendShop.com) Why shouldn’t the most adorable droid in movie history live inside your refrigerator? When “Star Wars” arrived in 1977, it didn’t come with a label saying, “This movie is going to make history.” Critics and columnists, including the ones at the Detroit Free Press, had to decide for themselves what to make of the George Lucas movie and the subsequent films in the series. When questioned by Entertainment Weekly, Abrams denied rumours of a post-credit scene in the highly anticipated film and simply stated, ‘No, there’s not.

Abrams. “How can anything live up to any expectation like that?” What the movie will offer, Abrams told Reuters, is great performances and visual effects, music “that breaks your heart and soars,” plus a story, characters and creatures that are new, but feel like they fit in the universe created by George Lucas in the original 1977 film. “George was creating a world that we wanted to go back to in order to tell a story we’d never seen yet,” Abrams said. “In a way, we were going backward to go forward.” For example, he said, the filmmakers created droids “to feel completely new and different and at the same time something that was so of ‘Star Wars.’ That was always the challenge.” Lucas bowed out of “Star Wars” after he sold his film studio to Walt Disney Co in 2012 for $4 billion. “Force Awakens” is the first in a new film trilogy. “There’s no way that I can imagine anything touching the magic of what he did,” Abrams said, “and yet we all did the best we could to make that happen.” Set 30 years after “Return of the Jedi,” the new movie brings characters Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) back to their galaxy far, far away. Meanwhile, FBR’s Barton Crockett believes a positive opening weekend will aid the stock because it will raise the chances that sequels will boost the Disney bottom line. All of the scenes are in the movie.’ Nyong’o will play Maz Kanata, a female pirate in a motion-captured role and Abrams struggled with his decision on the Oscar winner’s appearance for the film. If “Star Wars” does $185 million, it will be the fourth-biggest US opening weekend in history. “Jurassic World” holds the record, with an opening weekend of $209 million.

Abrams, Ridley, Fisher, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan are the first batch to appear. “It was nothing that any one of us took on because it was a gig that was available. Disney is guarding details about the plot of “Force Awakens.” The secrecy has stirred rampant online speculation, particularly about the fate of Skywalker, who is absent from trailers and posters promoting the new film. So far, no December release has broken $100 million — with “The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey,” at $84.6 million in 2012, the biggest December opener. It was something they felt like true passion, And each person brought much more than was expected,” Abrams says. 2:28 – Kaling notes that Fisher is known for her sense of humor, and asks if Princess Leia has one, too. “She’d have to,” Fisher says, noting the unusual hair-styles. “Now I have a baboon’s-ass hairstyle.” 2:30 – For Adam Driver, Kaling jokes that the villain Kylo Ren looks “hilarious.” “He’s a great cook.

Wear the Chewbacca Electronic Mask and move your mouth to activate a variety of authentic wookiee growls. 4) Air Hogs Star Wars Millennium Falcon Quad by SpinMaster ($109.99, various retailers) Make the Kessel Run super-quick in the comfort of your own backyard with this drone-esque remote control flying vehicle. It also would be accurate to admit we have had fun taking jabs and, well, perhaps a few bargain-priced shots at a franchise that has stood the test of time. Abrams said the character was purposely left off to keep key parts of the story under wraps. “It’s just what our narrative is,” Abrams said, “so if it’s driving anyone crazy, apologies. Nomura’s entertainment analyst, Anthony DiClemente, thinks $200 million will be a tough number to hit given the time slot, which is the last big shopping weekend before Christmas Day. He’s a Scorpio,” Driver jokes. “He’s very unpolished and unfinished.” Kasdan says there’s never been a character like Ren in the saga. “He doesn’t have his shit all together,” the screenwriter says. “You’re getting all the contradictions and conflicts that people feel.

Activate hyperspace mode and join the rebellion. 3) Star Wars Legendary Yoda 16-inch figure by Spin Master ($179.99, various retailers) Train to become the legendary Jedi Master with this dynamic, motorized collectible. But it’s mostly about wanting to protect the experience for the people who might go see the movie.” Ridley, who plays a scavenger, said the film captures the “delightful” tone of the earlier movies. “‘Star Wars’ never had like insane violence or anything,” she said. “It’s always joyful and always uplifting even though bad things happen.” “Force Awakens” also features “classic Star Wars humor, choppy dialogue,” said Boyega, who described his role as a conflicted Stormtrooper. That’s what’s unique about what Adam has done.” 2:31 – Kaling asks Nyong’o about her thousand-year-old space pirate, Maz Kanata, who now runs a bar. He’s got various movements, speaks 115 phrases and has voice recognition. 2) Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers ($172, thinkgeek.com) The only officially licensed sabers with move-accurate lighting and sound effects come in various models and aren’t cheap.

But it’s not as much fun — either in its content or its intentions — and this time, you’re going to be left with a three-year wait to see what happens.” Rambeau’s review presaged the tweeting style of today by taking lively, fearless digs at the popcorn fun. Kaling asks about her relationship with Yoda. “He was my first love,” Nyong’o says. “That’s a good idea for a movie, too,” Kaling adds. “Ideas for Disney,” Nyong’o agrees. As you wait to strike with these civilized weapons, you’ll hear that hum you’ve come to know and love. 1) Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid ($149.99, various retailers) This new robotic device is a replica of the movie’s new robotic sidekick, BB-8. For instance, she noted that Yoda, “the intellectual Muppet,” was aging badly and described actor Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, as “an honors graduate of the Open Mouthed School of Acting.” And upping the insult ante, she wrote that “neither he nor Harrison Ford look as if they have a brain between them.” Uh, Mr.

Abrams, saying he wanted to jump in “to save Lupita,” dropped this bit of info, which should fire-up fans’ imaginations: “I do believe that Maz and Yoda, at some point, crossed paths. But when the theme music starts up, you get shivers down your spine.” (Little did film lovers know back then that comic-book fun would take over Hollywood when all the DC and Marvel readers from the late baby boom/early Gen X wave grew up.) The review ended by pointing out the uncertainty over when the next installment would arrive, given that “Star Wars” creator George Lucas had said he was taking a couple of years off to be with his family.

Sobriety!” 2:45 – Abrams says one of the most awkward things for him in making this movie was casting Nyong’o as a tiny alien. “You cast someone as beautiful as Lupita, and you have her a motion-capture character?” he says. “I’m like, ‘Would it be okay if she were ugly?” 2:50 – Driver says the movie reflects the way our own world moves on from war and tragedy. “We have such short memories of huge events, and mass genocide, and then we forget about it, it seems,” Driver say, and then it seems the same horrors repeat themselves. A month earlier, Mitch Albom’s column, titled “‘Star Wars’ Geeks Need to Get A Life,” addressed the “Phantom Menace” not as a film, but as a cultural phenomonen. Decrying the frenzied interest of fans and amount of Web space devoted to the upcoming movie, Albom wrote: “Maybe the saddest part of this whole thing is how many of these ‘Star Wars’ sheep are young people in their early 20s. He’s more dangerous and unpredictable, and morally justified in doing what he thinks is right.” 3:00 – Kylo Ren was the character whose costume took the most work to realize, the filmmaker says, and went through thousands of potential interations, including a version that eventually became the chrome-plated armor of Captain Phasma. Abrams says Lupita Nyong’o’s costume was only motion-capture but had to go through extensive dotting, so the software could track her facial movements. “She even had dots on her teeth,” Abrams said, apparently not joking. “I’m still finding them in things,” Nyong’o says.

Fisher described General Leia’s appearance and costume, with a vest and durable clothes, as “a classy gas-station attendant look,” which causes Abrams to double-over laughing. 3:03 – One reporter asks Fisher if her dog Gary could ever play a “long-tongued alien” in the Star Wars universe. “I wish!” Fisher says. “I begged J.J. Instead, their lives are so empty that they spend days in front of computers, E-mailing strangers about a movie.” After that, the tide turned and “Star Wars” zealots started spending less time online and more with their friends and family. Gary was willing to sleep with J.J.!” The crowd laughs, but Fisher clarifies: “I mean nap – but still.” “It’s what I do,” Ford says. “It’s what I like to do. The passion continued when “Attack of the Clones” arrived in 2002, but it earned an underwhelming two stars from Lawson, who imagined Yoda as a critic. Harrison insisted on it.” 3:18 – Kennedy says Abrams and Rian Johnson (director of Brick and Looper), who is making Episode VII, have talked a lot about continuity in the story, and that the cast will be heading back to England in January to begin work on that film. 3:20 – Christie is asked what other character, besides Captain Phasma, she might like to play in Star Wars. “A character I don’t really think I would be particularly suited to be, but would definitely like to play, is, of course, Han Solo,” she says.

If anyone else wants to offer me any other work, then I am very grateful and willing to listen,” she says. 3:30 – Kennedy is asked about the movie’s secrecy, with the reporter noting that no journalists asking questions have been allowed to see it. “We have so few surprises anymore when you walk in to see a movie. Hand over the keys to the kingdom and the Jedi handbook to someone who has a real interest in working with actors and a script writer, someone who can send this series out the way it came in, with a bang, not a bore. A new leader, Jedi warriors, you now need.” In 2005, “Revenge of the Sith” worked its way back into Lawson’s good graces, nabbing three out of four stars and kudos for being a vast improvement. Boyega laughs. “To be a playable character, I get to play with myself!” he says, making himself and the rest of the room laugh. 3:37 – The actors are asked if they followed any fan theories about their characters.

Boyega says he heard the speculation that Finn is the grandson of Mace Windu from the prequels.” I was at a party and someone tapped me on the shoulder, like ‘Yo, black Jedi!’ I turned around it was Samuel L. Isaac says it was seeing Vader’s mask come off, revealing “a sad, old man inside.” Christie said she was inspired as a young girl by seeing Princess Leia as a fierce action warrior.

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