Star Wars rides high as Disney celebrates another US$6b year

The largely testosterone-fueled Star Wars movie franchise has added an important new female character in the eighth film, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", director Rian Johnson said on Friday at a fanfest in Orlando. Johnson said the movie, scheduled for release in December, is still in post production. Vietnamese-American Kelly Marie Tran plays Rose, a maintenance worker in the Resistance. Johnson said her character embodies the notion that even the most unlikely person can step up and become a hero. He said her part is the biggest new role in the film. Lucasfilm also live-streamed to fans worldwide the first…... [read more]

"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 "The Last Jedi" to develop a brand new trilogy, according to Iger.The Star Wars franchise has been "exceeding expectations" since Disney acquired LucasFilm five years ago, according to Iger.Disney planned to launch "Star Wars" feature films in a new direct-to-consumer pay service that will offer "thousands of hours" of film and television content, he said.Disney touted the box office success of two new "Star Wars" the last two released films, and…... [read more]

The Walt Disney Co. movie received four or five stars from most reviewers, along with praise for its energy and emotion. The Last Jedi scored a 94 per cent "fresh" rating on aggregator site film, arriving in movie theatres from Dec 13, picks up from 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which took in more than US$2 billion at the global box office to become the third-biggest-grossing movie of all time.Written and directed by Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi kicks off with the Resistance fighting Supreme Leader Snoke’s First Order, which is trying to take control of the galaxy.The movie features…... [read more]

The latest Star Wars film generated more than $450m (£337m) in global ticket sales on its opening weekend.The total for The Last Jedi includes $220m (£165m) from box offices in the US and Canada, placing the film second in the all-time list for North America.It trails behind the 2015 release Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened with a record-breaking $248m (£167m).But the sum dwarfs that of its nearest rival, the computer-animated comedy Ferdinand which took $13m (£10m).In third place, the Disney/Pixar animation Coco brought in just over $10m (£7.5m) during its fourth weekend in North American cinemas.Star Wars: The…... [read more]

The galaxy far, far away was brought to life in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday for the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” where the anticipated first screening was dedicated to the franchise’s late star, Carrie Fisher. “I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping me the bird, saying ‘Damn it Rian, don’t you dare make this night a solemn tribute,’” the film’s writer-director Rian Johnson said as he introduced the screening. “So let’s all have a blast tonight for Carrie,” he said. The film ends with a dedication to Fisher, who…... [read more]

LOS ANGELES: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" smashed the opening night record in the United States and Canada and was poised to become one of the biggest grossing movies ever, industry experts said Friday.The latest installment of the highly anticipated space epic raked in US$57 million for its opening night Thursday, easily beating the previous record - US$43.5 million - held by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" in 2011.Disney gushed that combined with Friday figures, ticket sales "are pointing to a total day of US$100M+ for a new industry record... and the first triple-digit-million day ever!"The "Harry Potter"…... [read more]

LOS ANGELES: The new "Star Wars" has become the fastest movie to pass the US$1 billion mark in global box office sales, Disney said on Sunday (Dec 27), as fans of the space epic pack theatres around the world.Twelve days after it first hit screens, "The Force Awakens" has posted an estimated US$545 million in ticket sales in North America and US$546 million internationally, a statement said. The previous record was held by "Jurassic World," which took 13 days to reach the milestone.The highly anticipated seventh installment in the blockbuster saga has received mostly glowing reviews, and is being credited…... [read more]

Los Angeles - The new "Star Wars" movie has set a global opening weekend record, smashing past the previous record holder "Jurassic World" to rake in $529 million, Disney said on Monday."With final numbers now in, 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' rose above estimates to post an all-time industry-high $248 million domestically plus $281 million internationally for an all-time record global debut of $529 million since opening December 16," the company said in a statement.It said the figure does not include box office receipts from India and Greece, where the movie opens this week or from China, the world's second-biggest…... [read more]

The first of a hotly-anticipated new series of "Star Wars" movies will be released on December 18, 2015, the makers of the legendary sci-fi franchise annouced. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP/FILES) LOS ANGELES: "Star Wars" fans finally have a date for their diary after filmmakers announced a long-awaited new instalment of the iconic sci-fi franchise will be released on December 18, 2015. The announcement on Thursday laid to rest reports suggesting that the film, announced last year for 2015, might be delayed after one of the new movie's screenwriters was replaced last month. "We're very excited to share the official 2015 release…... [read more]

Star Wars characters are seen at a booth of the 16th Ani-Com and Games exhibition in Hong Kong. The animated "Star Wars: Rebels" series will debut in October on the Disney XD channel. (AFP/Philippe Lopez) SAN FRANCISCO: "Star Wars" fans breathlessly waiting for the next episode in the legendary saga to hit movie screens late next year are about to meet a new band of ragtag rebels trying to defeat the Empire. The animated "Star Wars: Rebels," which will debut in October on the Disney XD channel, is Lucasfilm's latest foray into the world of Jedi knights and light sabres,…... [read more]