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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ soars to $745 million worldwide

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is showing plenty of force at mulitplexes worldwide with $745.4 million globally as of Sunday. The North American take has hit $365 million in its first 10 days as of Sunday with the studio projecting another $32 million on Christmas Day on Monday - making it the third highest domestic release in 2017 following “Beauty and the Beast” with $504 million and “Wonder Woman” at $412 million. “Stars Wars: The Last Jedi” has totaled $380.3 million in international box office. It…

Adorable or deplorable? Porgs stir debate in ‘Star Wars’ galaxy

LOS ANGELES: Furry, wide-eyed and winged critters called Porgs are invading the "Star Wars" galaxy, and Walt Disney hopes they will soon be roosting under fans' Christmas trees. Porgs make their debut in "The Last Jedi," the new "Star Wars" movie that reaches theatres on Thursday. Film trailers have offered only glimpses of a single Porg that rides shotgun on the Millennium Falcon and, in one scene, lets out a squawk. The limited view of their role has sparked questions: are the Porgs sweet or sad? Funny or irritating?…

The hype reawakens: ‘Star Wars’ stages ‘Last Jedi’ premiere

LOS ANGELES: Stormtroopers, droids and celebrities from galaxies near and far hit the red carpet in the shadow of a giant AT-AT assault vehicle Saturday at the glittering world premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" -- although one star almost didn't make it. John Boyega, who plays the heroic stormtrooper-turned-rebel Finn, had tweeted that he feared missing the big event because a snowstorm had gridlocked air travel out of Atlanta. "Trying to get back for the LA premiere! I actually NEED a pilot !!!" he lamented,…

Leia leads resistance in Carrie Fisher’s final ‘Star Wars’ film

LOS ANGELES: Carrie Fisher’s final performance as the beloved Leia in “Star Wars” puts the character on the front lines in a dark new chapter that reaches theaters this month, leaving a galactic hole to fill after the sudden death of the actress a year ago. Fisher had filmed all of her scenes for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the eighth installment of the blockbuster space saga, before she died of a heart attack in December 2016. "She’s irreplaceable," Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, told Reuters. “Star Wars is…

Disney announces new Star Wars film trilogy, TV series

LOS ANGELES: Disney on Thursday announced plans for a new Star Wars film trilogy and a live-action TV series as it builds on the beloved and profitable science fiction franchise. "We have big ambitions for the Star Wars franchise," Disney chief executive Robert Iger said during a quarterly earnings call. Disney just closed a deal with Rian Johnson, director of upcoming film "The Last Jedi," to develop a brand new trilogy, according to Iger. "We're also planning to produce a number of original series for the new…

Disney taps augmented reality for ‘Star Wars’ toy event

LOS ANGELES: Walt Disney Co will send "Star Wars" characters into the realm of augmented reality next week to draw fans into stores as they release new merchandise tied to upcoming movie the "The Last Jedi," the company said in a statement on Thursday. Starting at 12:01 a.m. PDT (3.01 a.m. ET) on Sept. 1, more than 20,000 retail locations in 30 countries will feature displays that fans can scan with their smartphones to reveal characters such as Rey or Chewbacca. Using augmented reality technology, users will see the…

First ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ trailer thrills fans

LOS ANGELES: Disney debuted its highly-anticipated first trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at a fan event in the United States, sending the internet into a frenzy of excitement -- and speculation. The footage from the eighth installment in the blockbuster space opera, due for release on December 15, was shown at the "Star Wars Celebration" gathering in Orlando marking the 40th anniversary of the original movie. The 132-second clip teases Luke Skywalker's first meeting with Rey as he teaches her the ways of the…

Next ‘Star Wars’ film has a title: ‘The Last Jedi’

LOS ANGELES: The next chapter in the beloved blockbuster "Star Wars" saga has a title: Episode VIII will tell the tale of "The Last Jedi." Lucasfilm on Monday released the title without additional explanation. The film, directed by Rian Johnson, is due in theaters on December 15, 2017. "We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: Star Wars -- The Last Jedi," the studio said in a statement.…