Stephen Colbert may be the wildly successful host of a popular late night talk show on a major television network, but that doesn’t change who he really is: a huge nerd. Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson said of Colbert, “I have never met a bigger Tolkien geek in my life.” The Late Show host appeared in The Desolation of Smaug and hosted a Hobbit panel at Comic-Con. But his geek cred is not limited to Middle Earth. Last night, Colbert delivered an impassioned prediction of how Star Wars: The Force Awakens will end, and the funniest thing is, he wasn’t joking.
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Right now, if you live in New York City and want to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 70mm IMAX, you’d have to drive two hours to Philadelphia. If you live in Chicago, you’d have to drive three hours to Indianapolis. If you live in Austin, you’d have to drive 10 hours to Branson, Missouri.
Disney and Lucasfilm are trying very hard to preserve the secrets of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are reports that the film won’t screen for critics until the day before it opens in theaters. And there are rumors that not only will there be no more trailers, but that the TV spots that run won’t use any new footage and everything you’ve seen so far, is all you’re going to get. But, even as they try to keep a carbonite fist on spoilers, J.J. Abrams has to leave his house. As much as Disney would like, they can’t keep him chained up in a Rancor pit until December 17. The dude has to go out in public. And that he did just the other day, and as people shouted at him “LUKE!!! WHERE’S LUKE!!!!” he was obliged to answer.
Of all the atrocities in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, Jar Jar Binks might have been the most offensive of them all — some fans felt as though the goofy CG alien character was maybe just a little bit racist, but mostly he was just annoying. Thank goodness those days are behind us, right? Wrong! A new fan edit of the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer revives everyone’s most hated character, letting Jar Jar ruin Star Wars for you all over again.
Back in 2012, Disney and Netflix reached an agreement giving the latter exclusive streaming rights to the Disney library, which includes Marvel and Pixar films and Star Wars. That deal is set to go into effect on January 1, 2016, and for the last couple of months there’s been an increase in rumors and speculation about whether all six Star Wars films would end up on the service. Last week, we learned that Netflix is in negotiations to exclusively stream Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it looks like they’ve reached a deal — in one territory, at least.
We all watched helplessly on Monday night as Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke the internet, crashing several movie ticketing websites as fans scrambled to purchase their tickets for opening weekend. As it turns out, the internet isn’t the only thing that’s been broken: the final trailer for The Force Awakens also broke the record for most views in 24 hours, while a new report suggests that most of the people watching that trailer were men.
Star Wars effectively broke the internet (or at least a few websites on it) the other night when tickets for The Force Awakens went on sale just before the latest trailer debuted. We’re all so collectively excited about a new Star Wars film (which is pretty wonderful) that we’ve been poring over each teaser and trailer trying to discern what secrets The Force Awakens may hold. And now one clever fan has edited the footage from each teaser and trailer together so you can see it all in one convenient place.
There seems to be this groundswell among a certain group of conspiracy-minded Star Wars fans that there’s a specific reason Disney and Lucasfilm are withholding Luke Skywalker from all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens marketing material so far. Their theory is that Luke Skywalker is evil, and may even actually be Kylo Ren. Never mind that Adam Driver is already playing Kylo Ren and we’ve seen pictures of him without his mask on; let’s not logic get in the way of a fan theory. Those fans have some more fuel for their paranoid fire today as an old video resurfaced of Mark Hamill talking with J.J. Abrams about wanting Luke Skywalker to be evil in the next Star Wars movies.
There were many, many things to enjoy in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. As this Rolling Stone article put it, “J.J. Abrams is the cinema’s greatest hype man since Alfred Hitchcock.” Whether or not the movie is going to be good or not seems almost irrelevant because this trailer is so damn good. In a trailer where Abrams and Lucasfilm don’t actually show you or tell you much at all, it’s up to John Williams’ to do most of the heavy lifting with his score, and boy, does he. If you’ve found yourself just watching the trailer again, just to listen to his new music, a) you’re not alone, and b) we’ve got some good news for you. Williams’ new The Force Awakens trailer soundtrack is now online, sans dialogue, and it’s just as moving without any visuals.
Just in case the new trailer, new poster and tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasn’t enough for you, there’s even more today. AMC Theaters and IMAX have premiered the first of four Force Awakens posters that will be presented to fans who attend screenings of the latest Star Wars movie in IMAX. You’re going to want one of these.