See R2-D2 and C-3PO meet BB-8 in a new Star Wars ad

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ tickets presale online: When does Episode VIIPETALING JAYA: The movie is less than a month away but Malaysian Star Wars fans have been snapping up advance tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In a scene reminiscent of one of the opening shots of the original trilogy, C-3PO — sporting his mysterious red arm — and R2-D2 wander lost across the sands of what appears to the desert planet of Jakku.LOS ANGELES: Riding galaxy-sized expectations, the new “Star Wars” movie is already setting records for pre-opening ticket sales, with still a month to go. A quick look through GSC’s online ticketing website ( revealed that screenings on the first and second day of release were already full, especially at more popular cinemas such as those in Mid Valley Megamall and 1 Utama.

In an exchange of bleeps and whirs, the droids communicate for the first time — Artoo apparently breaking the ice by way of a jab at his partner’s directional skills. That’s exactly one month from today. (But who’s counting?) At the risk of being struck by light sabers — er, lightning, we’re doing our part to help die-hard droids prepare by offering a monthlong advent calendar.

As excitement over Force Awakens nears fever pitch, partner brands like Verizon and Duracell have been flooding the airwaves with invented footage sometimes filmed with the same sets and production tools behind the actual films on loan from the studio. The final part of the ‘trailer’ includes the rebranding of the Star Wars logo as Sea Wars, along with the tagline The Ike Awakens, referring to the nickname of the Eisenhower. The eagerly awaited new instalment is the first Star Wars film in 10 years, and features characters played by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher that have not appeared on the big screen since 1983.

Speaking about the tight control on spoilers, Mark Hamill revealed he faces a financial penalty if he reveals crucial plot information about his character. Whether it bests the biggest grosser of all time — “Avatar,” with $2.8 billion worldwide — depends on word of mouth and whether fans love it enough to watch it multiple times through the new year.

Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker in the new film, but his iconic character has been conspicuously absent from recent teaser clips and promotional pictures. All of this is set to the music and sounds from the film’s trailer, while utilizing some computer-generated effects for Kylo Ren’s cross-guard saber and TIE fighters.

If you’re as “Star Wars”-obsessed as we are, keep this calendar on hand in case you find yourself wringing your hands (or your Hans), wondering what to do until the movie premieres. Discussing the ongoing threat of spoilers, the actor told PC Gamer: “I have something coming out where there’s an amount of money where if it leaks, because of me, I don’t get that payment. But I’m good about keeping secrets.” Recalling that he managed to keep a huge secret while shooting the original Star Wars trilogy, Hamill added: “I’m proud of the fact that I knew a year and a half before anybody else that he [Darth Vader] was actually ‘Dad Vader’. That’s 87 percent more than this summer’s “Jurassic World,” which opened domestically with a record $208.8 million in ticket sales and owns the all-time No. 3 spot with $1.7 billion worldwide. As for the all-time high, one thing “Avatar” had going for it: It rode a wave of consumer interest in 3-D, which costs a few dollars more than regular tickets.

The first installment of “The Hunger Games” was the leader in advance sales, but topped out at a worldwide gross of $693 million, not even in the all-time Top 10. Sit back with a cup of coffee flavored with Coffee-mate’s limited-edition themed creamer, hop on social media and let the world know your crazy theory. The movie also has a much bigger Chinese box office to tap. “Avatar” pulled down a monstrous $204 million in China through 2010, but the theatrical market there is now at least three times as big.

Nov. 22: Like Luke, you may be a little short for a Stormtrooper, but you can make a costume to fit your frame perfectly by following the directions here: It stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow.

Nov. 24: Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, a cheaply produced made-for-TV movie that takes place sometime between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, debuted on ABC 30 years ago. After you’ve cleared off the dining room table, scoreboard your family by crushing them at Trivial Pursuit: Star Wars Classic Trilogy Collector’s Edition. Nov. 27: On Dark Friday — I mean Black Friday, Half Price Books is having a storewide 20 percent off sale, including discounts on a variety of new “Star Wars” items, such as TIE Fighter T-shirts, Darth Vader tin totes and soft sculptures of Boba Fett and Chewbacca. Nov. 28: Sit down with your kids, nieces, nephews or other Jedis in training and create masterpieces with the super nifty Star Wars art kit, which you can purchase as an early Christmas gift to yourself on Amazon for $45.

Nov. 29: Cook up a themed meal: Chewy steak or Ham Solo for the main course, Vader tots and Millennium Falcorn on the side, and Obi-Wan Cannoli or Chewbaklava for dessert. Dec. 1: Get December diets started off right by heading down to your local bakery, grabbing a couple of large cinnamon rolls, slapping one on each side of your head and having the befuddled baker take an Instagram-worthy photo. Dec. 2: Settle into a comfortable chair in your Emperor’s throne room and read Star Wars: Dark Empire from Dark Horse Comics, in which Luke succumbs to the dark side of the Force. (That sentence was darker than Darth Vader’s uniform.) Dec. 3: Perform Jedi mind tricks for friends. Dec. 4: Celebrate “Star Wars Day” five months early by stopping everyone you meet and saying “May the fourth be with you.” You may get some strange looks, but what are you supposed to say on May 4, “Live long and prosper”? If you have enough credits to commission a ship to get you there, tell the original Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch) and young Boba Fett (Daniel Logan) we said hello — they’ll be there as guests, meeting fans and signing autographs.

If you want a Death Star (believe us, that’s no moon), you’ll have to order one online (, as supplies are running low. Dec. 14: Spend the evening at a local bar or coffee house, discussing the mythology of “Star Wars” with your significant other or impressing potential love interests with your Wookiencyclopedic knowledge of the franchise. Dec. 15: It probably won’t snow in North Texas this December, but even if it feels like Hoth outside, you’ll be safe and Lukewarm inside your house (or Tauntaun), playing the “Star Wars” edition of Risk, the popular war-based board game. Just be careful, as he or she may be armed with a blaster — as we all know, hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side.

Dec. 17: With costume on, ticket in hand and phasers set on fun (oops, wrong sci-fi franchise, plus some theaters won’t let you bring weapon props), get in line for what many believe will be the best “Star Wars:” movie yet. To stay entertained while you wait, play games on your smartphone or tablet, such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Uprising and Angry Birds Star Wars II.

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