Harrison Ford Might Have Revealed a Major Spoiler During a Star Wars: The …

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Designers channel their ‘Star Wars’ geekdom for charity.

The force is with British cinemas. LOS ANGELES – Ahead of the highly-anticipated release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, actor Mark Hamill went undercover as a stormtrooper on Hollywood Boulevard to support a charity push. “The last time anybody saw me in a stormtrooper outfit was when we rescued the princess off the Death Star,” Hamill says in the video, referring to his appearance in 1977′s “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”.People dressed as Storm troopers stand at a bar as they pose for a photograph holding cans of beer at the ‘For The Love of The Force’ Star Wars fan convention in Manchester, northern England. (Reuters/Phil Noble) Rich in mythology, symbolism and theology, the movie franchise set in a galaxy far, far away has for decades proved a treasure trove for earthbound philosophers, raising issues such as the nature of good and evil, free will and determinism, the prophecy of the chosen one, and the true nature of The Force. “‘Star Wars’ is very powerful because it helps us understand ourselves in the light and dark side of The Force.

Star Wars original Mark Hamill has swapped his trademark Luke Skywalker light saber for the confined spaces of Stormtrooper garb to prank hundreds of unsuspecting tourists in Hollywood.During Friday’s Star Wars Twitter takeover, a fan noted Ridley’s “phenomenal singing voice” and Isaac’s performance as a folk singer in the Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis before requesting the actors perform a duet.

If the new Star Wars film turns out to be the mega-hit critics expect, the number of people going to the movies each year will reach its highest level for more than a decade. We feel this in our lives when we have this pull of immediate gratification but a desire to achieve long term goals,” said George Backen, professor of philosophy at Adams State University in Colorado. The dozen or so garments in the Force 4 Fashion collection — by the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Rag & Bone and Opening Ceremony — were based mainly on new characters in the latest film, but also a few veterans. There have been almost 140m visits to cinemas so far this year, but when the November and December figures are published admissions could reach the highest level since 2002, when there were 175.9m visits.

Most recognisable were the stormtrooper ensembles created by Ovadia & Sons, which presented a floor-length boxy white coat with black trim, and by Opening Ceremony, which displayed a more tightly tailored look — well, for a stormtrooper — in white microsuede. The five costumed character models include Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) and her ball-shaped droid BB-8, as well as the chrome-armoured Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), the villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and a First Order Stormtrooper armed with his — or her? – blaster rifle.

That record, reached in the year the second movies of the Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings franchises were released, is actually an outlier, with the previous high set in 1971, when the world’s top-grossing film was Fiddler on the Roof. “There is an enthusiasm and optimism that has not been around for a few years,” said Phil Clapp, chief executive of the UK Cinema Association. “Clearly some of that is dependent on a very strong slate [of films] this year, with Star Wars still to come, but we are also seeing a change in the quality and range of cinemas. The video shows Hamill stop to take on a man dressed as Skywalker in a gun versus light saber battle, before trying to buy a phone charger and board a bus. As for Chewie, he (or it?) inspired a luscious merino shearling coat by Billy Reid, lined with brown leather and paired with a white turtleneck sweater and gray wool track pants. The character replicas were custom-built by Propshop — the renowned U.K.-based company that built the on-screen props for The Force Awakens — then shipped to Canada fully assembled in massive, coffin-like packing crates. “This is the only place in North America that you can see them,” said Walt Disney Studios’ Barb Matheson. “We were able to secure them for Canada, and we wanted to put them in a pop-up exhibit format just to give people a little bit of a tease for the film before it opens.” Visitors to the space, open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., can also have a free picture taken with BB-8, or purchase one of two t-shirts designed exclusively for the exhibit. We are in a period of unprecedented investments in terms of refurbishment and expansion.” The cinema industry has gone through some dramatic ups and downs in the UK.

Creator George Lucas was quoted as saying some 15 years ago that The Force embodies “a concept of religion based on the premise that there is a God and there is good and evil.” Caleb Grimes, the Virginia-based author of the “Star Wars Jesus” book and website, believes young Luke Skywalker’s initial yearning for something more in life echoes “our desire to know a personal God.” Philosophers debate whether human-like droids, such as R2-D2, are conscious or self-aware, and how could that be tested. The Imperial Stormtroopers have long been likened to Nazi armies, and many feminists view Princess Leia’s gold metal bikini and metal-collar captivity in “Return of the Jedi” as embodying a tyrannical ideal of feminine beauty.

Backen, who has seen the movies countless times, said that although the characters are not actively wrestling with philosophical concepts, the movies help explain a lot of human experience through their stories. “It’s another way that students want to express their fandom and be part of the ‘Star Wars’ universe. But just as the rise of television damaged cinemas in the 20th century, new technology including DVDs, high-definition televisions and online streaming services have posed a threat in the 21st century.

The label’s designer, Maria Mazelis, decided to give the male Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) a female identity, probably because, well, gowns are a lot more glamorous than menswear. “I was really excited by the idea of a villain,” Mazelis said, standing alongside her sleek dark gown, with a plunging neckline, sheer back and revealing side slits, topped off with a beaded mask that covers the eyes. “The complexity of this character was intriguing. I wanted to show that duality.” And Cynthia Rowley gave a human character to the droid BB-8, putting the character in a white pants, a sweatshirt with a big ‘8’ on it, and a round football-style helmet.

We need to be seen as very, very good value for money,” he said. “When you consider the cost of going to Legoland or London Zoo, where you will last about three hours at most, we are a fraction of the prices.” “This is a really good year, possibly a great year. Disney and Bloomingdale’s are partnering for the fundraising initiative; proceeds from the auction will go to the Child Mind Institute. (There are, as yet, no plans to recreate the pieces for sale.) A separate auction will feature a custom, bejewelled BB-8 created by Kay Jewelers, weighing more than 600g and made of gold and diamonds. Though a number of the designers are said to be big Star Wars fans, Mazelis was thinking of her kids, ages 4 and 6, whom she called “superfans.” Will her design earn her some points with them? With Jurassic World, James Bond and Star Wars films launching this year, could 2015 prove to be a peak in the cinema revival? “I don’t look at this year as a peak,” Richards said. “If you look at the commitment that studios have made to film production, it is unprecedented. Two years later it screened a live transmission of a Genesis concert. “We intentionally call ourselves Vue Entertainment and not Vue Cinemas for exactly that reason,” Richards said. “We have assets in extraordinary locations.” It is understood that Justin King, the head of portfolio businesses at Terra Firma, which owns Odeon, wants to look at initiatives that can boost visitor numbers outside major film releases.

Imax, which shows films on large screens, enjoyed its best ever weekend of sales when Spectre opened and it is opening 130 new screens this year around the world.

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