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Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been given a Us rating of PG-13, suggesting the film will be in line with mainstream blockbusters such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World and The Hunger Games franchise.
The original Star Wars movies released between 1977 and 1983 were all rated PG for parental guidance in the Us, at a time when the PG-13 did not exist. Jj Abrams’s space opera was handed the certificate by ratings body the Motion Picture Association of America due to scenes of “sci-fi action violence”. It requires younger children to be accompanied by an adult and highlights that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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- Ben Child
News has hit overnight that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has bagged itself a PG-13 rating from the MPAA in the United States; only the second Star Wars movie to ever get the certificate after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.
J.J. Abrams has officially finished up work in his biggest ever movie, which heads for cinemas in the Us on December 18th, and the UK on December 17th.
The film, set 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi, stars Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, and Miltos Yerolemou.
Not guaranteed, but it is probable that the film will get a 12A in the UK. We’ll give you more word as soon as »
- Paul Heath
A blockbuster movie gets a PG-13 rating, big deal right? Well, in the case of the Star Wars franchise, this is actually a rather big deal.
You see, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is only the second Star Wars movie to get that rating, with Revenge of the Sith previously the sole instalment which wasn’t PG (likely due to the violent final battle between Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker).
Of course, a more mature approach to the Star Wars franchise in this day and age is no bad thing, and while the Original Trilogy may have also been rated PG, that’s surprising given how much more grown up they felt than the prequels.
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So, why the PG-13 rating for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Are we getting a sex scene? Swearing? Blood and guts? It’s nothing that exciting, actually, as the »
- Josh Wilding
Brace yourselves: the MPAA has divined the will of the force, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received a PG-13 rating. This is the second time, after Revenge of the Sith, that a Star Wars film has received the rating. Despite the opaque process under which the MPAA works, we know there are a few reasons why a film might be PG-13 instead of PG. Violence maybe, or Gore, or somewhat suggestive content, or my personal favorite, just enough profanity to make it mature… »
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has officially received a PG-13 rating, for content described as “sci-fi action violence.”
This will mark the second “Star Wars” film to receive a PG-13 rating, following the most recent installment in the franchise, 2005’s “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” All the other movies in the series were released with PG ratings.
The seventh film in the popular franchise opens on Dec. 18 and is predicted to rack up at least $170 million over its domestic opening weekend. “The Force Awakens” has already garnered more than $50 million in advanced ticket sales.
Director J.J. Abrams recently announced a charity contest to win tickets to the movie premiere in London or Los Angeles. Through a partnership with Omaze, fans that donate $10 or more can enter the contest to win, with the proceeds going to 15 different charities chosen by the cast and filmmakers.
For those that can’t wait for the Dec. »
- Margaret Lenker
One of the numerous reasons many fans are excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in theaters December 18, is that they were so disappointed in the prequel trilogy, 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and George Lucas isn't involved this time around. Unlike the original trilogy, where George Lucas only directed Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the filmmaker directed all three prequels, but, as it turns out, he originally didn't want to take the helm. Director Ron Howard recently appeared on MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast, to promote his new film In the Heart of the Sea, where he revealed that George Lucas had approached him to direct the prequels, along with two other legendary filmmakers.
"He didn't necessarily want to direct them. He »
Parents of goyish tweens are already familiar with the yearly ritual of their children finally showing an ounce of love and affection once the presents come out on December 25. Now, EW reports that Christmas has come early for these parents: Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be rated PG-13 — only the second Star Wars film, after Revenge of the Sith, not to be rated PG — which means those ungrateful little bastards will have to butter up the parental units even more next month if they want to get tickets to see their space heroes go fly around with aliens or some shit. »
- Nate Jones
Parents, you must guide your young padawans into using The Force wisely. "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" was given a rating of PG-13 for "sci-fi action violence." Five of the previous six "Episodes" had ratings of PG -- although they were also noted to have "sci-fi action violence" and in some cases "brief mild language." Only "Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," which came out in 2005, was also give a PG-13 rating, for "sci-fi violence and some intense images."
PG-13 wasn't even a thing until 1984, with "Red Dawn" as the first movie with that rating from the MPAA. That was after the original releases of "Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), "Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), and "Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983).
Last year, Forbes wrote a whole piece titled "Why 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Should Be Rated PG, »
- Gina Carbone
I think we've reached the peak of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" teases. Earlier this week, J.J. Abrams stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" where the director revealed the first spoken word in the movie. In case you're wondering, it's: "This." Does that make you more excited? Meanwhile, in slightly more substantive news, Stitch Kingdom reports that the MPAA has stamped 'Force Awakens' with a PG-13 rating for "sci-fi action violence." It's only the second time a film in the franchise has earned the rating, with the first being "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge Of The Sith." But perhaps the biggest issue the rating raises is how it might (or likely, might not) affect the box office haul for 'The Force Awakens.' Right now, prognosticators are busy crunching the numbers, with some predicting an opening weekend that could reach $300 million domestically. But there's a few things to consider. Currently, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Generally considered to be the strongest of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, The Revenge of the Sith (a great parallel title to Return of the Jedi) was heralded on release, even making its way onto a few year-end Best-Of lists for those critics who could truly see what the film was trying to achieve.
Since then it seems to have gone pretty much the same way as the films that preceded it, with early anticipation and acclaim dwindling to the point where Revenge now gets labelled as the best of a bad bunch, or some other reductive derivative. But, as I’ve tried to explain with The Phantom Menace (for the most part) and Attack of the Clones (overwhelmingly), that’s simply not fair.
If we set aside the prequels’ chief flaws, the ones that most use as arguments against the new trilogy – so general poor acting, questionable and overused CGI, »
- Taylor Burns
The second installment of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy was always going to be the toughest assignment, the bridge between the anticipation and excitement of the first Star Wars film in sixteen years and The Revenge of the Sith, where fans knew they would finally get to see Anakin Skywalker become Darth Vader.
Attack of the Clones was certainly the film I remembered enjoying least as a kid (the final 45 minutes aside, which everyone agreed were insane), and I was sure that that would be the case again. That’s not quite how it transpired, though, and instead I have come away from my prequel rewatch marathon with Attack of the Clones as my unbridled favourite of the three. If anything, I might love it a little too much, so much so that the following eight points are basically seven mini love letters to the film and one slight disagreement. »
- Taylor Burns
George Lucas knows that most fans do not like his prequel trilogy. He directed all three movies, including 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, 2002's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. And despite the fact that a lot of people believe he ruined the franchise, he did want to return for Star Wars: Episode VII. But Disney didn't quite see eye-to-eye with his vision. In a new interview with CBS This Morning, the creator of the vast and powerful Star Wars universe revealed why he decided to break-up with his beloved sci-fi series. This is what he had to say, explaining that his vision did not meet that of Disney's.
"The issue was, ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans.' People »
George Lucas directed his last movie 10 years ago. That was, of course, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, the concluding installment of the immensely popular yet highly divisive prequel trilogy. Time has been kind to the third installment, which was quite effective at stirring emotions, even as it reached a climax that was a foregone conclusion, at least for anyone who saw the original Star Wars trilogy. In November 2012, Lucas sold the rights to Star Wars to Disney, and walked...
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George Lucas directed his last movie 10 years ago. That was, of course, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (above), the concluding installment of the immensely popular yet highly-divisive prequel trilogy. Time has been kind to the third installment, which was quite effective at stirring emotions, even as it reached a climax that was a foregone conclusion, at least for anyone who saw the original Star Wars trilogy. In November 2012, Lucas sold the rights to Star Wars to Disney, and walked away from control of the franchise he created. But make no mistake, Lucas is still very much interested in the Star Wars universe. In a new video for Vanity Fair, he says that he's "curious that the Force doesn't get muddled into a bunch of gobbledygook." Watch...
- Peter Martin
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Directed by Francis Lawrence
The anticipation that comes with the release of the final installment of a massively popular and beloved film franchise is always palpable. The Return of the King, Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars fans, at the very least, were still excited in 2005, and they are numerous), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2; each franchise had the respective studio behind it bombastically announcing the arrival of the final chapter. How would the storyline conclude? Where would characters that audiences had come to love see their journeys end? Here we are once again, this time with the concluding episode of the Hunger Games series, one that has, it should be noted, proven to be refreshingly consistent with respect to the quality of its entries. »
- Edgar Chaput
Who doesn’t go to the movies to escape? That escape is frequently provided merely through amazing comedy and/or drama. But a certain spectacle never hurts. Amazing visual effects not only help in this regard, but studios frequently find themselves selling a movie’s effects before its stars or its story. No other craft finds itself so prominently featured in the minds of movie executives. The Academy Award for Best Visual Effects awards up to four individuals who play the most important roles in crafting a film’s visual effects. I should note that the sorts of films that get nominated in this category tend to feature dozens if not hundreds of individuals on their visual effects crews. As a result, determining which supervisors will be nominated can be tricky from this far out. More than any other Oscar category, blockbusters tend to score here. Being a “prestigious” and »
- Gerard Kennedy
Going to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on December 18th will likely involve a commitment of a few hours. You'll have to get to theater early unless you want to be stuck in the first row, or along the sides of the cinema, craning your neck to see what is happening on the big screen. Then there's the movie itself, and now we know how long the new chapter in the saga will play out. Read More: Finn And Rey Bond In A New TV Spot For 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Slashfilm dug into the pages of EW and discovered that the running time will be two hours and fifteen minutes. That makes it the third longest "Star Wars" movie to date, coming in behind "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," which are five and seven minutes longer, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This week on Destiny wasn’t great. Some terrible wording on the weekly update, some unenjoyable ventures into the Crucible, overall lack of balance, the return of Trials, and some more time with the Festival of the Lost event ensured that. Listen to the Two Man Fireteam discuss the weekly update and some general thoughts on how Destiny could improve. Also discussed are challenge mode for the raid, class balancing, and the random drop system.
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- Tim Maison
We've read a lot of crazy internet theories in our day, but this latest one, about a much-maligned character from the "Star Wars" prequels potentially being the most cunning and evil being in the entire galaxy, might be the most insane. Or is it?
The theory comes courtesy of a Reddit user (really, could it come from anywhere else?) named Lumpawarroo, who claims that Jar Jar Binks may in fact be more than just a clumsy simpleton who was a painfully unfunny (and some say racist) attempt at comic relief who never should have inhabited the "Star Wars" universe in the first place. But what if, Lumpawarroo asks, that was all a ruse? What if Jar Jar was not only a Force user, but a skilled fighter, master of mind control, and in fact the person behind the rise of the evil Emperor Palpatine?
Okay, you can stop laughing now. »
- Katie Roberts
He’s the most evil man in the galaxy and the most fun. Ryan celebrates Emperor Palpatine and the actor who gave him life, Ian McDiarmid.
Luke Skywalker’s jaunt beyond the horizons of his Tatooine homestead results in knotty familial problems and a severed hand. Princess Leia has to deal with psychological fall-out of her home planet’s destruction at the hands of Grand Moff Tarkin and the trauma of inadvertently snogging her own brother. Even Han Solo, so chipper in A New Hope, winds up frozen in carbonite and thrust in the boot of Boba Fett's ship by the end of The Empire Strikes Back.
Nor do the villains have all the fun; Darth Vader’s cool demeanour »
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