What Director J.J. Abrams Did to Make Sure Star Wars: The Force Awakens Wouldn …

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‘Star Wars’ director says new film no ‘nostalgic trip’.

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. 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. 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. 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.

The cast — beloved veterans of the original films Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), as well as fresh faces joining the franchise — gathered in Los Angeles on Sunday at an undisclosed location. 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.

The Jedi master is notably absent from the official poster and Hamill — who features in the film’s credits — did not attend Sunday’s press conference, building suspense. 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.

Ages: 8+, Price: $110 This shuttle building set doesn’t actually fly, but a little imagination is more than enough to bring the highly detailed starship to life. Advance ticket sales already smashed records two months before the release and analysts expect merchandise sales to reach up to $5 billion this year, with everything from lightsabers to action figures and even pet gear on offer. “I’m aware of the value that’s placed on these films by the audience and I’m gratified that they had been passed on generationally through families and that there’s still an audience,” Ford said.

With more than a thousand pieces in this particular set, it’s a great project to work on together as a family and will keep kids entertained through many long winter days and nights. 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. 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.

Whenever anyone walks by, he comes out with a Darth-ism such as, “the force is strong with this one.” Or he just makes his scary masked breathing noises. 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. In terms of the kids, all they’re going to be concentrated on is BB-8.” 3:34 – What’s it like to get an action figure modeled on yourself and be a video game character.

It made me the most popular person on Thanksgiving vacation this year — when I pulled it out and challenged my nieces, nephews and step-sons to a battle extraordinaire. 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.

It’s a one-of-a-kind fully-loaded PC, delivering an immersive experience for fans with its “battle worn” distressed design that includes and storm troopers on the keyboard. 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. I took this laptop on an airplane recently and spent most of the flight fielding compliments and questions from people about where they could find one for themselves.

Ages: 12+, Price: $700 Okay, so here’s the thing: I had a toy lightsaber as a child — that I begged for and did a month of extra chores for — shortly after the first movie came out. Still, I took it everywhere with me as I pinned on fake cinnamon-bun Princess Leia braids and went into my own fantasy Star Wars world for hours on end. It’s an impeccably detailed adult collectible “weapon” that powers up with realistic light effects and features motion sensor-controlled great sound effects.

It also comes with a main Lightsaber featuring lights and sounds, two independently-lit lightdaggers, expansion hilt, two elbow connectors, dual connector, and cross connector. You connect it to a full size iPad or Android tablet, launch the app, and use the “mindwave reading” Bluetooth headset to complete challenges like lifting an X-Wing fighter out of the swamp.

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