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Movie Review: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – A He Said, She Said Take On The Runaway Hit!

Movie Review: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – A He Said, She Said Take On The Runaway Hit!

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has secured it’s place in the history books as one of the most successful films of all-time. Over the past month, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” quickly became the all-time domestic champ with $1.7 billion raked in at the box office and reinvigorated the love of the franchise for the ever-growing fan base. Icon Vs. Icon’s Dolores and Hank Price made their way to the theater this weekend to take in the larger than life flick. After sucking down a few road sodas, tossing back some popcorn and soaking in the magic of JJ Abrams amazing new chapter in the ongoing saga, the couple were cool enough to offer up their takes on the runaway hit. The results will both shock and amaze you!

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HE SAID:

I am a Star Wars fanboy. I’m 37 and I’ve been a fan of the franchise since I was 5. I tried to pretend the prequels weren’t crap because I love the original trilogy so much. I remember where I was when I read George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney and we would get a new trilogy plus additional media, including TV shows and videogames. When I saw the teaser for Episode VII in November 2014, I was all in. It looked like the Star Wars movie fans waited more than 30 years to see.

Going into the new trilogy, I had many questions. When would it take place? Where would the main characters be? Would characters believed to be dead come back? After all, when we last left off, Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker were still with us … kind of. The Empire was destroyed, Emperor Palpatine was dead, Luke Skywalker became a (the last?) Jedi, and Han Solo and Leia finally declared their love. It could have ended there. Where would the story go? Thanks to the abundance of fan fiction and Expanded Universe media, the story could go in any direction.

When I was given a chance to see “Episode VII/The Force Awakens” on opening night, I couldn’t pass it up. I did my best to stay away from spoilers, and the Internet community was amazing in its refusal to spoil anything but the most minute details. That being said, SPOILER ALERT – if you haven’t seen the movie, don’t read any further. I had a lot of theories in my head.

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I figured Han and Leia would have at least one kid together, Luke would attempt to recruit and train new Jedi, and the Empire and Dark Side would still lurk somewhere. Turns out, I was pretty close. I knew right away, with the opening text crawl, J.J. Abrams knocked it out of the park. Those first three paragraphs tell you all you need to know about where our heroes have been the last 30 years. Luke’s missing, the First Order has taken the place of the Empire, and Leia is leading the Resistance and trying to find her brother to restore peace and justice to the galaxy.

It’s hard to sum up Episode VII in a paragraph or two. Basically, we meet new characters, Kylo Ren, Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron. We catch up with old characters, Han Solo, Leia, Chewie, C-3PO, and R2-D2. The old characters primarily serve as a bridge to connect the new characters to the original trilogy. Kylo Ren is really Ben Solo, Han and Leia’s son, who has been corrupted by the First Order’s leader, Supreme Leader Snoke. The true identity of Snoke is a mystery, but I have a hunch he’s connected to Palpatine or the Skywalkers in some way Rey is clearly connected to a character we have seen before, but it is left as a mystery. Finn may or may not be connected to a character we have seen before. The casting is perfect, and the new characters are layered and interesting. It is no small feat making a movie fans waited a lifetime to see, and “The Force Awakens” succeeds and leaves them with the ultimate cliffhanger.

I loved “The Force Awakens.” I accept the plot follows a little too closely to “A New Hope” and there are some conveniences, but it’s great to have Star Wars again. I expect Episode VIII will be different, but this is only the beginning for the new trilogy. It was important to anchor it to the original trilogy, and I think it will go in new directions, bringing a satisfying conclusion and perhaps opening the door for another trilogy in the mid-2020s. I give it an A- only because I wish it would have played things a little less safe.

Hank Price’s Five Burning Questions:

1. Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? (Dolores Price – what’s his deal being so big and weird with his weird face?)

2. Can Kylo Ren be redeemed? (Dolores Price – he killed Harrison Ford so … screw him. I love Harrison Ford.)

3. What is Rey’s lineage? (Dolores Price – how does she keep her nails, skin and teeth looking so fabulous? You go girl.)

4. What role will Luke Skywalker play going forward? (Dolores Price – I hope he gets a new cloak because that thing looked worn. Maybe a hot bath.)

5. Where my Force ghosts at, yo? (Dolores Price – Maybe Snoke is like the hologram of Tupac … think about that for a while).

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SHE SAID:

People are excited about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The force was asleep and now it’s awakening and by the end of the movie it’s awake and looking for strong coffee, a cigarette and a nice BM.

There are nods to the previous series – a beloved franchise. There are new and improved storm troopers and a Death Star, old favorites like Han Solo (Harrison Ford … duh) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo), and new favorites with Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega). I get it. I just don’t care.

I liked the movie. It was fine, a little long but fine. I can see why people were getting nerd boners for it across the world. It just isn’t my bag, man.

The Galactic Empire is now First Order, which makes me think of New Order and “Bizarre Love Triangle” and now I’m off topic. So, Finn is a storm trooper and I liked the blood smeared across his helmet in the beginning of the film. Storm troopers are like the Predator, if it bleeds we can kill it. Nice. He’s not feeling the dark side and escapes with the dude from “Ex Machina” playing Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac with hair and a strong ‘70s vibe). Crashes happen, blah blah and Rey is introduced into the storyline. She’s an orphan looking for her family like Anakin Skywalker (yes I know the gist of “Star Wars”). She’s on some planet where they trade machine parts for Soylent Green-like food. She’s somewhat of a slave but has super nice teeth, dewy skin and a manicure – so that’s weird. Honestly, I don’t remember what happens next until Han Solo and Chewy show up and I smiled. Only the soulless wouldn’t feel warm inside when those two scoundrels make the scene.

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Yadda yadda where’s Luke Skywalker? Yadda yadda Kylo Ren (Adam Driver – the dude from “Girls” even though I don’t watch “Girls” but know he’s from “Girls” because that show is shoved down America’s throat along with what’s her name) … anyway Kylo Ren has daddy issues (doesn’t everyone in “Star Wars” have soap opera style family crap going on? Definitely a space opera!). Some humor is thrown in and BB-8 is cute but it feels like you’re cheating on R2-D2. Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) is a general now and Han Solo’s baby mama. She looks like she should look but with a chain-smoker voice – honestly, what’s the big deal? What did everyone expect? Christie Brinkley (who my husband describes as being “crazier than a chocolate covered turd”)? You wish you’ll look that good when you’re old, running a military operation and trying not to stress eat Bantha fodder.

No spoilers as my geeked out husband included enough in his review. I dozed off towards the end and then started checking my watch while mentally planning the rest of my day and contemplating life, the universe and everything. I came back to and the film’s finale was jam-packed with more spank-bank material for the Star Wars faithful.

It wouldn’t be fair if I rated this film as it wasn’t made for me. It was made for the millions of Star Wars fans yearning for the saga’s continuation. Will I see the next one? Probably not (probably will since my husband will watch it at least five times) but more power to the people whose panties are in a bunch over the year-and-a-half wait.

Following the movie (my husband’s second viewing), we get in the car and I guess he didn’t believe my apathy towards the movie. He asks, “So who do you think Rey’s parents are?” I respond, “I don’t care. Where’s the wine store?” The force awakens, it’s awoken, light sabers, melted helmets, dead dads and grandads, I don’t care.

Need to vent, be sure to let Delores Price and Hank Price know your thoughts on their thoughts via Twitter — May the Force be with you!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 178: The Spoilers Awaken

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 178: The Spoilers Awaken

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason take a look at one of the biggest happenings in movie history — Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Warning: The episode does contain major spoilers about this amazing film and should be avoided if you have not seen it. If you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for! It was worth the wait! Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to tune in each week for the latest and greatest!

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STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT: Multiplayer Beta To Launch In Early October

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT: Multiplayer Beta To Launch In Early October

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Stars Wars fans rejoice! Coming early October to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC, the Star Wars Battlefront Beta* is a technical test and will feature Walker Assault on Hoth, a 40-player multiplayer battle featuring Rebels and the Empire. Walker Assault will also give you the chance to play as two of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars™ universe: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The Beta will also feature our Survival Mission on Tatooine, where you and a Rebel friend must fight back waves of Imperial forces.

As part of the Star Wars Battlefront Beta, EA Games has also revealed the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience. Available during the Beta at www.StarWarsBattlefront.com, the Star Wars Battlefront Companion experience features the strategic card game Base Command, and lets you earn in-game Credits that unlock Star Cards, weapons, and more in Star WarsBattlefront. In addition to Base Command, the Companion also lets Rebels and Imperials alike check game stats and progression, customize load-outs and appearance, connect with friends, and get notified when they’re playing Star Wars Battlefront – as well as gather intel on their stats and progression so you can see how you match up! The Star Wars Battlefront Companion will be available on web and in the Apple App Store™ and Google Play™ store prior to the release of Star Wars Battlefront on November 17. More info on the Star Wars Battlefront Beta in the weeks ahead.

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STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – Cast Officially Announced!

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – Cast Officially Announced!

April 29th, Pinewood Studios, UK - Writer/Director/Producer J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan. Copyright and Photo Credit: David James.

April 29th, Pinewood Studios, UK – Writer/Director/Producer J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan. Copyright and Photo Credit: David James.

Brace yourselves, film fans! The official cast for Star Wars: Episode VII has been revealed!

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Via: www.starwars.com

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‘Star Wars’ Blu-ray Sets To Be Released In September 2011

‘Star Wars’ Blu-ray Sets To Be Released In September 2011

The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars™ Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas’ epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:

  • Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)
  • Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)
  • Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN. Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.

Flanked by a legion of his finest Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader himself joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce the release, vowing “The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor.”

“The Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format,” Dunn said. “The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray.”

“With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this is a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete Saga from start to finish,” said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. “And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible.”

“The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases by Amazon’s customers,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Music and Video at Amazon. “We think that Star Wars will be incredibly popular with our customers, and we expect pre-orders to be very strong.”

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SIRIUS XM Radio To Launch ‘Star Wars’ Celebration Radio

SIRIUS XM Radio To Launch ‘Star Wars’ Celebration Radio

SIRIUS XM Radio announced today that it will launch Star Wars Celebration Radio, a four-day channel that will broadcast live from Star Wars Celebration V at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL starting on Thursday, August 12 at 6:00 pm ET on SIRIUS channel 108 and XM channel 139.

Star Wars Celebration Radio will premiere on the first day of the official Lucasfilm event celebrating the popular Star Wars series. The limited-run channel will feature interviews with stars from the Star Wars films, as well as behind-the-scenes talent and celebrity fans. SIRIUS XM listeners will also be able to listen in on panel discussions live from the Orlando Convention Center.

Star Wars has some of the most dedicated and passionate fans you will find anywhere and we are proud to give them their own radio station,” said Jeremy Coleman, Senior Vice President, Talk and Entertainment Programming, SIRIUS XM Radio. “Whether it is a play-by-play of droid races, a colorful account of Jedi Training, or just hearing Obi-Wan and Yoda on their radios, we know fans nationwide will be hooked.”

The Star Wars Celebration Radio channel will be hosted by SIRIUS XM Radio on-air personalities Raw Dog Comedy’s Mark Says Hi and Cinemagic’s Dave Zeimer.

Star Wars Celebration Radio will air Thursday, August 12 through Sunday, August 15 on SIRIUS channel 108 and XM channel 139 exclusively on SIRIUS XM Radio.

For more information, please visit www.sirius.com or www.xmradio.com.

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