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We all know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to rake it in at the worldwide box office, with predictions of a $600 million + global opening weekend, and now analyst Tim Nollen has told The Hollywood Reporter that tie-in products for the hotly-anticipated blockbuster could pull in around $5 billion in sales within the first twelve months.
“The Force Awakens could generate $5 billion in consumer merchandise sales in its first year of release, assuming it does better than Cars 2’s $3 billion,” states Nollen. “This would easily net Disney about $500 million in licensing and retail revenue. Cars 2 sold more than $2.8 billion worth of merchandise in its first year alone in 2011, and the original Cars movie sold approximately $10 billion worth of merchandise in its first five years of release. Taking into account the strength of the Star Wars franchise, which has altogether sold over $20 billion worth of licensed goods in its lifetime, »
- Gary Collinson
With summer doldrums in the rearview, In Contention has found a new home just in time for the annual Oscar season…and not a moment too soon. A number of fall film releases sit primed for reveals at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals over the next several weeks, kicking off the race to the 88th Academy Awards.
As ever, a number of the season’s hopefuls will live and die by the narratives conjured in their wake. Because as we know — and I can’t imagine this notion is all that controversial — an Oscar race is as much about the stories told off-screen as it is about the stories told onscreen.
Here are a few such stories to keep an eye on as we wade into the deep end of the year. Don’t be surprised if a number of them are revisited at length in this space over the next six months. »
- Kristopher Tapley
The first thing that came to mind while watching Listening was Project Almanac, a found footage science fiction thriller involving clean cut teenagers who, while dealing with the stress of college funding and high school drama, invent a time traveling device. It delve into butterfly effect schemes and the nature of what MTV believes is important to teenagers and what they would do with this sort of ablity in their hands. That movie’s downfall is that it goes against the very rules it sets. Time travel films are a very tricky genre to touch as laws of physics and multiple universes fall into play and it’s up to the movie to create a sense of logic for the audience to swallow, no matter how absurd. The Back To The Future franchise had some fun with the concept, while not dumbing down any material that science geeks will be offended by. »
- Jovy Skol
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will be released December 18, 2015.
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- Michael Stevens
A few hours ago we brought you a Lego commercial for its upcoming range of Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets [watch it here], and with Force Friday fast approaching we now have a look at some of the promotional posters set to be on display in stores around the globe this coming Friday as Disney and Lucasfilm unleash their merchandising blitz. Of course, they’re not as polished as Drew Struzan’s D23 poster, but they certainly help to build excitement for this Friday. Check them out here…
See Also: Check out Hasbro’s full Star Wars Force Friday catalogue
What will you be picking up on Force Friday? Let us know in the comments below…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C- »
- Gary Collinson
This coming Friday is “Force Friday”, a.k.a. the wallet-busting day that Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise hits the shelves, and to whet our appetites a commercial has arrived online showcasing Lego’s upcoming range of sets for the hotly-anticipated December blockbuster, as well as offering up
See Also: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Force Friday promotional posters
See Also: Check out Hasbro’s full Star Wars Force Friday catalogue
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie »
- Gary Collinson
In this packed edition of The Week in Star Wars, we’ve got new footage from The Force Awakens, details on new characters, some Rogue One rumours and more…
Kicking things off this week (as we usually do) with The Force Awakens and we were treated to some new footage for the movie via a teaser trailer. The footage even includes Finn carrying a lightsaber, which is pretty interesting. And for a bit of fun, here’s a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back done in the style of The Force Awakens…
…We’ve also got a some behind the scenes photo and the Bb-8 Empire cover, along with a new image of Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, while director J.J. Abrams has been talking about the character, the First Order and Supreme Leader Snoke…
…We also found out this week that The Force Awakens will be taking over IMAX screens for an entire month. »
- Luke Owen
Director J.J. Abrams and his team have had a lot of fun slowly dolling out the names of each new character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some of which, including John Boyega's Finn and Daisy Ridley's Rey, haven't even been fully revealed yet. But the humans, aliens and ball droids in this latest sequel aren't the only mysteries to be cracked. Each vehicle and domicile seen on screen seems to be getting a unique new name, too. We learned that Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux resides on a space station known as the Starkiller Base, a direct nod to Luke Skywalker's original last name in the first draft of George Lucas's Star Wars screenplay. Now, we get to learn the name of the foreboding new Star Destroyer.
'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »
- Zac Gille
Next Friday not only marks the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend, but it will also be a big day for Star Wars fans around the world. Friday, September 4 is also known as Force Friday, when the first merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available for purchase. Several retailers are offering special items for consumers, and today we have word from Star Wars Junk that Toys "R" Us is giving away a special Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster, which you can check out below. But be warned, supplies are limited. You will definitely want to start lining up well before midnight to get your hands on it.
The promo poster features Finn (John Boyega), who is flanked by Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). The poster gives us yet another look at John Boyega's Awol Stormtrooper holding a blue lightsaber, »
One of the lesser-known quirks about the recent teaser trailer for The Force Awakens is that the clip utilizes Instagram’s new-fangled landscape orientation feature that prevents videos from being cut off at the seams. A welcome addition, then, particularly if the Star Wars Instagram feed becomes a bastion of super-short teases for upcoming films.
Looking beyond J.J. Abrams’ sequel, though, and we arrive at the beginning of Disney’s much-hyped Anthology series with Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One. Centering on a group of rogue Rebels, the standalone feature will have the motley crew attempt to steal the coveted Death Star plans from beneath the nose of the Empire. But how about the prospect of seeing the galactic heist on the biggest format possible? Well, we just might.
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According to the Playlist – citing a report first unearthed by The Hollywood Reporter a few »
- Michael Briers
As we know, J.J. Abrams has gone old school for his upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with that film being shot on 35mm and (at least one sequence) on 65mm film.
Gareth Edwards' upcoming "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" spin-off feature is taking things even further old school with The Playlist reporting that the production plans to use Ultra Panavision 70 anamorphic lenses for filming.
'Rogue One' may be employing the old lenses, but at least parts of the movie will be done with very new tech in the form of the Arris Alexa 65 large-format 6K digital camera according to the site.
'Rogue One' is currently in production in the United Kingdom. »
- Garth Franklin
Two decades and five installments in, the Mission: Impossible franchise might be stronger than ever. In part, that’s because of the series’ commitment to working with great directors who put their own stamp on the series. The most recent, Rogue Nation, was helmed by Jack Reacher‘s Chris McQuarrie, following in the footsteps of Brad Bird, J.J. Abrams, John […]
The post 12 Directors We Want for ‘Mission: Impossible 6′ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
There’s been an awakening… and The Big Bang Theory is definitely going to feel it.
The Star Wars-obssesed sitcom’s upcoming ninth season will feature a storyline about The Force Awakens, exec producer Steve Molaro confirms to TVLine.
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“We’re talking about how that will be weaved into [the guys’] lives,” he says of the J.J. Abrams-helmed pic, which lands in theaters on Dec. 16. “And we have some really cool ideas.”
Considering Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj’s obsession with the franchise — not to mention their »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jj Abrams hotly-anticipated continuation of the classic space saga, is fast approaching. We're mere months away from heading back to a galaxy far, far away, but there's still plenty of information floating in the ether about this sequel. Here's everything you need to know...
John Boyega is a Jedi and Kylo Ren Isn't a Sith
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A special Instagram teaser gave us a look at John Boyega's Fin wielding a blue lightsaber, allegedly the one that once belonged to Luke Skywalker. Who trained him? We don't know (possibly Luke), but what is known is that he's facing down Kylo Ren in a forest.
Those who thought that Kylo was a Sith Lord will be surprised to learn that he's in fact a "Knight of Ren". According to Jj Abrams, he works »
The footage, premiered via Instagram’s new landscape video format, shows Boyega involved in what appears to be a lazer sword battle with Adam Driver’s nefarious Kylo Ren. Finn carries a blue lightsaber, while Ren wields the red “crossguard” or “crucifix” device seen in earlier trailers.
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- Ben Child
Nolan to debate future of film as part of a new series of talks on the industry side of the BFI London Film Festival.
The 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has unveiled a new series of industry talks under the banner Lff Connects, which will aim to explore the future of film and how the medium engages with other creative industries including TV, music, art, games and creative technology.
Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and artist Tacita Dean, whose exhibitions include the grand-scale Film at the Tate Modern, will launch the new series on Oct 9 at London’s BFI Southbank with a conversation that “reframes the future of film”.
The conversation, moderated by BFI creative director Heather Stewart, will see Nolan and Dean explore the importance of seeing films projected on film as part of our cultural experience, as well as the necessity of determining new archival and exhibition standards that secure film’s future.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
“What would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a little film you may have heard about, is just under four months away from release (Dec 18, as if you need reminding), and speaking with Empire its director, J.J. Abrams has released a few little nuggets of information about the movie.
He confirmed what many suspected, that Kylo Ren is not actually a Sith, even if he is working for the Dark Side. He’ll be a part of the First Order, which is the evil organisation taking the place of the fallen Empire in this film, and it’s the quote above that served as the inspiration for them. Of course, Nazis aren’t anything new in Star Wars, with similarities found in Imperial uniforms, Emperor Palpatine’s rise to power, and the fact that they have soldiers called Stormtroopers. »
- James Hunt
Today, Instagram announced that – in addition to square posts – you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on their platform. With this update, Instagram users can upload widescreen video which will be more cinematic than ever.
This morning, Star Wars released an exclusive look at their upcoming film, The Force Awakens, using Instagram’s new landscape orientation.
As part of this collaboration, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the very first video content to be showcased in this new format for the Instagram community.
There has been an awakening… #StarWars #TheForceAwakens
A video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00am Pdt
The film stars Harrison Ford, »
- Michelle McCue
We already know that when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens later this year, it.s going to make a lot of money. Even if Lucasfilm has cautioned that it may not make as much as people think, however it goes down, it.ll do just fine. According to one new prediction, however, The Force Awakens is going to make an insane amount of money, like just a stupid, ridiculous number. According to Deadline, some industry experts are already predicting that when The Force Awakens hits theaters in December, it will make historic sums of money. The number being bandied about right now is that we could be in for a $615 million global opening, as in people guess that the J.J. Abrams-directed space opera might make $615 million in its first weekend. Yes, that is nuts. To provide some context, if this does indeed happen, which is a big if, »
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