Star Wars: The Cloned Reviews Awaken

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President Obama will see Star Wars: The Force Awakens ‘at some point’.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that he is “confident” President Barack Obama will see the latest movie in the Star Wars saga “at some point,” reporters said. CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller also noted that the MPAA arranges films for White House screenings (so don’t expect to see the first family waiting in line for popcorn at your local theater). Last week, Obama praised Star Wars creator George Lucas at the Kennedy Center Honors, citing a legacy he said would continue to endure for generations to come. “Think about how many children have been raised, at least in part, by George Lucas,” the president said. “Think about how many young people searching for their place in the universe have thought to themselves, ‘If a kid from Tatooine moisture farm can go from bulls-eyeing womp rats in his T-16 to saving the galaxy, then maybe I can be something special too?’ “George, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but they might even make a brand-new Star Wars movie soon. Fans in the Philippines, Thailand and France were among the first in the world to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which began rolling out Wednesday in countries around the world.

It’s very low-key, it’s not getting a lot of promotion,” Obama joked. “But it’s also pretty remarkable that nearly 40 years after the first Star Destroyer crawled across the screen, we are still obsessed with George’s vision of a galaxy far, far away. The movie — the seventh installment in a phenomenal pop-culture franchise that the director George Lucas birthed in 1977, had its world premiere in Los Angeles on Monday — but it will not open in wide release in the United States and Canada until Friday. Like die-hard fans everywhere, they came dressed as Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker (and the occasional Darth Vader and stormtrooper), wielding ubiquitous lightsabers, and reminiscing about their earlier encounters with the Manichaean mythology of the “Star Wars” franchise. Whenever the president sees it, there’s a good chance he’ll be pleased — reviews of the film (both from critics and celebrities who saw the film early) have so far been overwhelmingly positive.

For the film’s British premiere on Wednesday evening in Leicester Square in London, Disney set up giant video screens overlooking the red carpet that leads to the Odeon — and even installed a life-size model of the interior of an Imperial Starship. Odeon, the largest cinema chain in Britain, said it had sold more than 500,000 advance tickets, outpacing a record set earlier this year by “Spectre,” the latest James Bond movie; Disney reported that more than 200,000 had been sold in the first 24 hours alone. In Germany, “Star Wars” merchandise has been flying off the shelves of toy stores, and one supermarket chain has offered trading cards and collectibles to encourage holiday shopping. Regina Layug-Rosero, a writer and editor in Manila, is part of a group that dresses as stormtroopers to perform at charity events. “We are big on accuracy,” she said. “We get every detail right.

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