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Records are tumbling for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

3 December 2015 12:38 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Disney/Lucasfilm.s Star Wars: The Force Awakens has smashed the records for advance ticket sales in Australia, pointing to a massive opening at 12.01 am on December 17.

Exhibitors describe the pre-launch business as unprecedented with Event Cinemas/Birch Carroll & Coyle reporting sales of more than $3 million, Village Cinemas clocking more than $1.5 million and Hoyts more than $1 million.

J.J. Abrams. intergalactic adventure looks certain to surpass the record $18.3 million debut of Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The Hogwarts. midnight screenings racked up $2.4 million and the Warner Bros/Roadshow release finished with $52.5 million.

Some industry executives expect the new Star Wars to open at $25 million, while predictions of its ultimate earnings vary from $70 million to as high as $100 million.

Wallis Cinemas program manager Bob Parr says, .Advance sales are a record never seen before. They are still growing week by week. Normally if tickets go on sale for a tentpole film »

- Don Groves

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"Xena: Warrior Princess" Reboot Planned

20 July 2015 10:07 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Lucy Lawless expressed interest in the idea at Comic Con last week, and today comes word that NBC Universal International is exploring a reboot of beloved action-adventure series "Xena: Warrior Princess" says THR.

Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, who created and served as executive producers on the original show, are reportedly said to be currently searching for a writer for the project which is in extremely early development stages and is being dubbed a "modern reboot".

It's unclear what role original star Lawless would have in the project though its indicated she's being sought for both on and offscreen roles in the new series. The plan is for a "sophisticated and smart superhero for a new generation" and will likely be an ongoing series as opposed to an event series revival (ala "The X-Files," "24") with the first season to premiere next year.

Beginning life as a spin-off to "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, »

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