‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ attraction opens at Disney

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gwendoline Christie and co-star Daisy Ridley lead the glamour in new Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast photographs ahead of movie release.

A theater chain is determined to find the country’s biggest fan of the iconic sci-fi franchise. The dark and the light side of The Force were united at a secret location on Sunday afternoon for a press conference to discuss the long-awaited debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 12 days. (Given the extreme anticipation, the event was kept hush-hush to avoid any gate-crashing.) The entire cast was set to participate, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, and more appearing alongside director and co-writer J.J.promises a whole host of returning characters, from Han Solo to Admiral Ackbar, but it’s newcomer Rey who’s been touted as the upcoming film’s lead. We don’t know all that much about Daisy Ridley’s character — and we still don’t know her last name — but a new featurette teases a bit more information about the mysterious scavenger living on the desert planet Jakku. “I hope that women and men all across the world can see something they relate to in Rey, in a strong woman who does her own thing and has her own story,” Ridley says.

John Boyega, 23 – who plays Finn – rocks a brown leather jacket for his photograph, showing off his suede trainers as he poses on one of the sofas. Alamo Drafthouse has just announced a viewing endurance contest in Austin that will screen the Star Wars theatrical saga for seven hard-core fan contestants.

But although the alien is an instantly recognisable cult figure, the viewers were not a fan and voted him the most annoying film character of all time in an online poll in 2006. With just a minimal break between each title, contestants will be challenged to keeping watching a marathon of the space opera spectacle and stay awake, presumably for days. Abrams, Ridley, Fisher, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan are the first batch to appear. “It was nothing that any one of us took on because it was a gig that was available. John Boyega: I think it’s probably because despite the short amount of time that I’ve had so far in my career, I have had a career, and have worked. One by one contestants are expected to drop out until only one winner remains. “At Alamo Drafthouse we’re big fans of Star Wars and testing the boundaries of human endurance,” said Alamo CEO and founder Tim League. “What better way to anoint the ultimate super fan than inviting them to watch these remarkable films on the big screen until they drop?

It was something they felt like true passion, And each person brought much more than was expected,” Abrams says. 2:28 – Kaling notes that Fisher is known for her sense of humor, and asks if Princess Leia has one, too. “She would have to,” Fisher said. “Wearing those hairstyles? He’s a Scorpio,” Driver deadpanned, before turning serious. “He’s very unpolished and unfinished… [The movie] adds a recklessness and something un-neat about it that people don’t normally associate – with the Dark Side being very organized.” Kasdan says there’s never been a character like Ren in the saga. “He doesn’t have his shit all together,” the screenwriter says. “You’re getting all the contradictions and conflicts that people feel.

That’s what’s unique about what Adam has done.” 2:31 – Kaling asks Nyong’o about her thousand-year-old space pirate, Maz Kanata, who now runs a bar. I’m sure you’ve talked with the original cast about what they went through, but you guys are dealing with this kind of exposure in an age of social media and instant accessibility.

In the context of an endurance marathon, one expects not being able to talk or use your smartphones for hours at a stretch over days will make winning all the more difficult. For me, my main approach with this movie is that fans haven’t been able to have an insight into Star Wars the way they’d like to, and so the way in which I’ve used social media — and especially in terms of my Snapchat and Instagram — I’m basically trying to just remove the veil on the process, so fans can have more of an appreciation for the work that goes into the film. He’s more dangerous and unpredictable, and morally justified in doing what he thinks is right.” 3:00 – Kylo Ren was the character whose costume took the most work to realize, the filmmaker says, and went through thousands of potential interations, including a version that eventually became the chrome-plated armor of Captain Phasma. A somewhat similar endurance was held by Fox last year when two California residents broke the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous television viewing marathon by watching 86 hours and 37 minutes straight of The Simpsons (Fox nervously put an end to the experiment after the the record fell, so it could have gone even longer). Abrams says Lupita Nyong’o’s costume was only motion-capture but had to go through extensive dotting, so the software could track her facial movements. “She even had dots on her teeth,” Abrams said, apparently not joking. “I’m still finding them in things,” Nyong’o says.

Alamo’s contest was loosely inspired by another Texas endurance contest, the infamous Hands on a Hard Body competition, where contestants at a Longview car dealership were challenged to keep one hand on a pickup truck until the final person standing won the vehicle. Gary was willing to sleep with J.J.!” The crowd laughs, but Fisher clarifies: “I mean nap – but still.” “It’s what I do,” Ford says. “It’s what I like to do.

It’s what’s fun for me,” he says, praising Abrams and the rest of the crew. “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” Later he adds: “It’s fun to play with these toys again.” 3:16 – Kaling says she knows Kennedy can’t talk about what’s in the movie, so she asks what’s not in the movie. “Jar Jar is not in the movie,” Kennedy says, to hoots from the audience. “Ewoks are not in the movie. These posts may include photos of tattoos, toy collections, cosplay, or even “Hoth haiku” — whatever he or she feels shows their ultimate dedication. Harrison insisted on it.” 3:18 – Kennedy says Abrams and Rian Johnson (director of Brick and Looper), who is making Episode VII, have talked a lot about continuity in the story, and that the cast will be heading back to England in January to begin work on that film. 3:20 – Christie is asked what other character, besides Captain Phasma, she might like to play in Star Wars. “A character I don’t really think I would be particularly suited to be, but would definitely like to play, is, of course, Han Solo,” she says. Earlier this year Fast Company ranked Alamo Drafthouse among the top five most innovative Hollywood companies in the world alongside the likes of HBO, Netflix, and Marvel.

If anyone else wants to offer me any other work, then I am very grateful and willing to listen,” she says. 3:30 – Kennedy is asked about the movie’s secrecy, with the reporter noting that no journalists asking questions have been allowed to see it. “We have so few surprises anymore when you walk in to see a movie. It’s such an interesting proposition because you know there will be kids that will see this movie, and they’ll think they’ll be able to do something because Rey did it, or Finn did it. Boyega says he heard the speculation that Finn is the grandson of Mace Windu from the prequels.” I was at a party and someone tapped me on the shoulder, like ‘Yo, black Jedi!’ I turned around it was Samuel L.

If there’s any romance for Poe, it’s with those two little balls.” 3:43 – Asked what their theme song might be, Christie says Phasma has Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” in her head – which leads the actors to perform an impromptu, a cappella version of the rock anthem. 3:48 – The actors discuss their favorite parts from the original trilogy. Isaac says it was seeing Vader’s mask come off, revealing “a sad, old man inside.” Christie said she was inspired as a young girl by seeing Princess Leia as a fierce action warrior. He’s a fun character, he has a very complicated history, but we get to experience the individuality of Stormtroopers, and it’s never been done before. I’m going back to that set and going to be like, “J.J., [give me] the Stormtrooper helmet, the leather jacket, and the lightsaber.” I’m sure you’re going to hear about someone that looks like the guy in the film popping up in theaters.

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