J.J. Abrams on Having a Female Lead in Star Wars: I Want Moms to Take Their …

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Pittsburgh fans, box offices gear up for seventh ‘Star Wars’.

A private business has bought out the house — all 10 houses, actually — at the SouthSide Works Cinema for the first showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Dec. 17.With much of his work Star Wars-orientated, Iain is creating plenty of interest in the lead up to the release of the new movie, The Force Awakens, next month. “I still wouldn’t really call Diablo Doodles a business.

A good friend of mine from Belfast was fed up with me not drawing as I would maybe do one painting a year, if that, and it had been 10 years since I broke my fingers. “I would always get pain writing or drawing but the passion never left me. I think the closest comparison for fandom is probably the ‘Harry Potter’ series,” said David Huffman, director of marketing for the company operating the cinema. So last year I forced myself to paint again, far more frequently, taking painkillers and deep freeze to subdue the pain. “A year on I get tonnes of requests, especially at Christmas for paintings or drawings.

He declined to name the early-bird customer. “But we’ve never had someone buy out the entire facility before.” You don’t need to know Boba Fett from the new BB-8 droid to realize the seventh “Star Wars” movie in 38 years is a colossal cinematic, pop culture, merchandising and even spiritual event. As creator George Lucas once said, the sci-fi saga is designed to make people think about the larger mysteries of life and not just what happened to your Topps trading cards. More than $50 million in advance tickets have been sold, and Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, smartly predicts that it will be the first movie to open with $100 million or more in December. “We’ve never had an opening weekend in North America of over $100 million for any film — ever — in that month. Iain, who stays on east Main Street, completed an art and design course after school before going on to do an HND in illustration at the Glasgow College of Building and Printing. People forget that ‘Titanic’ opened with $28 million,” he said, although rapturous repeat viewings pumped its worldwide gross to $1.8 billion plus. “Star Wars” arrives in the digital age, when theaters can easily add more showings, and social media is fueling demand and could dampen desire if moviegoers are disappointed with the latest entry in the franchise, which has grossed more than $4.3 billion worldwide.

Among those with a ticket is Keith Fuller, chef and owner of Root 174 in Regent Square, chef/​co-owner of soon-to-open Pork & Beans in Downtown and a “Star Wars” super-fan. Even in primary school I would copy the pictures from record albums or video boxes. “I enjoyed doing Disney and Star Wars mostly when I was in primary and then evolved into comics in my teens, so not much has changed really. Not surprising for a man who sports a tattoo of Steve Buscemi as Darth Vader on the back of his left calf, an inky portrait on his stomach of Darth Vader eating a cheeseburger and other Dark Lord tats. Fuller. “He becomes this iconic figure of evil, but, at the very end of the movie, it shows that every person is good because he has that compassion to save his own son.” Mr. At 36, he is too young to have been gobsmacked in the theater by the first three releases between 1977 and ’83 and known by the Roman numerals IV, V and VI.

His introduction largely came through videotapes, action figures and other toys. “I just got married and my wife had never actually seen ‘Star Wars,’ which was almost a deal breaker,” he said of Kathleen Joritz. “She said, ‘I want to watch them.’ Cool. Unlike moviegoers who first discovered the “Star Wars” universe in the ’70s, fans today can use social media to keep up with and engage about every detail as release day approaches. For its latest release, “Star Wars” has tapped into one of the newer outlets in the online arsenal: Omaze.com/​StarWars, where charitable donations can earn prizes, including a trip to attend the London or Los Angeles premieres of “The Force Awakens.” Twitter lit up this month with scenes of Harrison Ford surprising donors via Skype.

There is so much out there that it’s nice to know that starwars.com has a member of the Lucasfilm team known as the Social Scanner who vets the galaxy of posts about every branch of “Star Wars” for you, with new entries posted on Fridays. How am I supposed to get anything done?????” The buildup to the launch day included the designation of Sept. 4 as Force Friday, a day that lit a fire under toy sales that continues to burn. The guesstimate by the vice president of the global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. in Chicago is based on 10,000 screens with an average theater capacity of 225 and four shows a day for those 9 million patrons. “That $600 million in lost productivity is a tiny drop in the bucket in terms of wages that are paid every day,” Mr.

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