Kathleen Kennedy: From Standing In Line To See ‘Star Wars’ To Producing It Herself

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fans’ first glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens: ‘A sacred experience’.

Overnight she’s become a global star — a gorgeous young British actress who enjoyed a private education at a Home Counties boarding school and up until now thought getting a small part in Casualty on the BBC was hitting the big time. As the clock struck one minute past midnight, tens of thousands of fans who had queued to be among the first in the world to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens were glued to their seats. Odeon cinemas said they had sold 60,000 tickets for the 113 midnight screenings, and over 700,000 tickets overall, for the long-awaited film’s opening weekend. The dedication and involvement of fans will likely be magnified by the marketing machine of Disney, which has bought the franchise and is rolling out a 40-year plan for it.

Mike Walsh, an Associate Professor in screen and media at Flinders University, said the appeal for Disney is that the Star Wars brand goes beyond just films, into a range of products that can be sold. “I think we can confidently say that every generation, people are going to rediscover these films, which is why Disney like it because it’s a safe bet.” “They’re going to set up the transmedia production line over the next 30 or 40 years, telling Star Wars through novels, television shows, animated shows, the films themselves and video games in a way that we’ve never seen before,” Assistant Professor Knight said. There are at least two extensions for Google’s Chrome browser that will help you stay away from spoilers, by blocking out any webpage that mentions the movie’s title.

Here’s a look at one of them, Force Block (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/force-block-the-star-wars/bplpphlobgcnjhoglonpnkooaaenlmol), dealing handily with the section of Reddit devoted to Star Wars Leaks – admittedly not a place you would go if you were trying to avoid spoilers: Force Block also gives the option to whitelist certain sites, meaning that you can stop it from automatically block any page that happens to mention Star Wars in any capacity. At the Imax screening in London, the capital’s biggest midnight showing of the film, Nicholas Ravery, 26, said he had made sure he got tickets to a midnight screening to ensure he avoided spoilers. “I’ve been off Facebook and the internet for three days to make sure this film is a complete surprise,” he said. “I’ve watched Star Wars since I was a kid. The biggest film of all time – and this will be the biggest film of all time, having scaled peak hype, and given that bricks-and-mortar cinemas are about to fall off a cliff – is to all intents and purposes a high-res copy of one made 38 years ago. It was the first movie I ever saw.” Ravery said he was confident that the franchise was in safe hands with director JJ Abrams, and said he couldn’t remember the last time he had been so excited to watch a film. “They were also very smart to hide all the important plot point, which never happens. Likewise the spaceships, the weapons, the sliding titles, the masks, the wheezing and all those intergalactic beasties, as if someone drew a hippo while tipsy.

Both load their warnings a split-second after you arrive on the page, so you could get a subliminal-type flash of spoiler, if there’s one on the page. The only real way to guarantee that you won’t be spoiled is to cut off all communication from now until you get to the theater – but where’s the fun in that? We all know mainstream cinema is now a cannibal’s conveyor belt which seeks to refeed us yesterday’s breakfast, and to eke it out over as many portions as possible. Whereas now the biggest action film in Hollywood now is centred around a female – and I think it will mean the new generation of Star Wars fans [is] going to be equally male and female.” It was awful.’ To prepare for the movie Daisy worked out for five hours a day, five days a week, and dropped carbs from her diet, instead favouring ‘fish, legumes and spirulina shakes’.

The school specialises in music, musical theatre and drama and counts Downton stars Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay and X Factor’s Ella Henderson among its most recent alumnae. Lucas made at least three Star Wars films which were vulgar and tacky, portentous and puritanical, weighed down by high personal stakes. (It’s worth remembering Lucas offered Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Robert Zemeckis the job of directing the prequels he scripted. Those people raised on video games and talkboards are no longer prepared to tolerate the concept that fictional worlds exist only within the imagination of one person.

Under the name ‘Demonchild Daisy’, she posted a picture of herself draped around a man with the words ‘Made in England’ written on her body in lipstick. Daisy has been dating public school-educated actor Charlie Hamblett, who played Mickey Yates in the television mini series Babylon in 2014, for several years. On Monday, The Alliance to Preserve the Expanded Universe threatened Disney with “spoiler jihad” on social media if movies aren’t made of the Clone Wars fables, recently deemed officially canonical, following a protracted battle. “I have held my vivid tongue waiting for the movie,” wrote a campaigner called Roberto Carlos Moscono. “After it’s released, well, the gates of hell shall be released. It’s hard to date once you’re a big Star Wars star because you don’t want to give people the ability to say: “I had sex with Princess Leia.”’

Generally speaking, both studios and fans are thwarted in their attempts to gain re-entry to lands of make-believe by either the original author or the estate holder. JK Rowling might have thought she was done with Harry Potter after seven books, none of them pamphlets, but pressure was sufficiently heavy for her to agree to script a series of spin-off flicks. Last week, Lionsgate said it would respond to teenager feedback that there weren’t enough arenas in the last two Hunger Games movies by making some pre-Katniss prequels with tons of arena action. When creators are actually dead, it’s easier for producers and publishers to feast on their bones – witness the endless Jane Austen spin-offs, the remorseless revivification of Frankenstein’s monster, the Ian Fleming and PG Wodehouse readalikes, the mashup of Dickens characters to be broadcast in 20 parts by the BBC over Christmas, in which Great Expectations fans can finally watch Miss Havisham cop off with Compeyson.

Thomas Harris has also devoted most of his career to the creation of a character whose backstory and mythology is every bit as intricate as that in Star Wars.

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