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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Writers On Kylo Ren’s Unspeakable Scene
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren

Okay, now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already out in theaters, and has crushed nearly every box office record, we have been doing some post-release coverage of the film. We also saw that Universal graciously congratulated Disney and Lucasfilm for beating Jurassic World‘s record for the domestic box office weekend opening title. But it still goes without saying that if you haven’t seen the film yet, there will be SPOILERS in this report. So I suggest you turn back now if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

Ok, so you get that? SPOILERS ARE COMING…..

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Universal Congratulates ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ On Breaking ‘Jurassic World’ Record (Image)
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Han Solo and Chewie

Over the weekend Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke a couple of records, and you might have already heard, including Jurassic World‘s all-time biggest domestic opening weekend record.

Because Disney-owned Marvel was cool enough to congratulate Universal Pictures on breaking the record earlier this year, topping previous record-holder Marvel’s The Avengers, it seemed only fair that Universal return the favor. And that’s exactly what they’ve done. Just as Marvel tweeted out a congratulatory image of Chris Pratt riding a Tyrannosaurus rex holding Thor’s hammer Mjolnir in front of the Avengers team, Frank Marshall has tweeted out an image of the T-rex presenting droid BB-8 with a medal.

You can check out the congratulations image below.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Scribes Talk R2-D2’s Critical Role & Script Evolution
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If you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, then I suggest you turn back now, because this new report about how the script changed from its inception to now will reveal a critical SPOILER.

One of the major criticisms of the film was how convenient it was for the characters at the right place at the right time. The Force Awakens blends the old generation with the new, and what J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, and Michael Arndt did was they had the characters from the old trilogy reprise their respective roles. Even the droids came back. But given that there is so much mystery wrapped around this film, we didn’t know how much of a role C-3PO or R2-D2 had. We hadn’t seen much of the droids except in the trailers, but now the writers are revealing R2-D2’s mystery role, as well as a few others.

Again, SPOILERS ahead, so now is your chance to turn back.

Check out what they had to say here below.

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Movie Review: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (Mike’s Review)
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Director: J.J. Abrams
Screenwriter: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie
Lucasfilm | Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG-13 | 136 Minutes
Release Date: December 18, 2015

It goes without saying that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most anticipated films of the year. And as such, the expectations are very high for director J.J. Abrams to give us something that will remind us what Star Wars is really about. So it is easy to understand why he might be a little terrified about what fans might think of his vision for the franchise for the new generation. But it is safe to say that not only has he met those expectations, he also exceeded them.

I’ll start out by saying that I am not a hardcore fan of the franchise, but I understand its mythology and how people can live and breathe the world of Star Wars. Second, this will be a spoiler-free review, meaning I won’t reveal what hasn’t been already revealed in trailers and interviews. This is so that everyone can be just as surprised about the film as I was when I first watched it with my fellow journalists. Check out my review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens here below.

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Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Review

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Director: J.J. Abrams
Screenwriter: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie
Lucasfilm | Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG-13 | 136 Minutes
Release Date: December 18, 2015

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”

Co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8), Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first Star Wars film in over a decade, and the first to be made without creator George Lucas.

Three years ago, Lucas sold his empire to Walt Disney for $4 billion. Enter Abrams, the director handpicked by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to reignite the franchise. And reignite it he has, along with co-writer Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and a cast of new heroes and villains.

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Why Did Disney Scrap The Lucas ‘Star Wars’ Episode VII Plot?
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George Lucas, Goofy, and Mickey Mouse

Part of the reason why the Star Wars prequels didn’t work, was because of all the teenage drama that was going on at the time. So when Disney acquired the rights to LucasFilm, and George Lucas had announced that he would be retiring from the franchise, there was a small sigh of relief. The director admitted that Disney had scrapped his ideas for the sequel, but those ideas were somewhat of a secret.

The recent Vanity Fair issue revealed some interesting tidbits about the upcoming film. In it we learn why Disney decided to go with a script written by director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, and that Michael Arndt‘s draft was never completed.

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George Lucas Confirms His ‘Star Wars’ Sequel Ideas Were Ditched By Disney
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Now George Lucas‘s reaction to seeing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is starting to make a bit more sense. Recently the Star Wars creator confirmed that he was working on a new set of sequels before he sold the rights to Disney. In addition to transferring ownership of Star Wars, Lucas also gave his ideas and plot outlines for future sequels.

Lucas has had a hand in the stories for all of the Star Wars films, but The Force Awakens will be the first film that is not based on Lucas’s ideas. At first Michael Arndt was hired to write a draft, based on those initial ideas, before the sale was made. The script would put greater focus on the new characters that would be introduced in the film, with the characters from the original trilogy acting as secondary characters. However, he was suddenly taken off the project, and director J.J. Abrams took over writing the script with Lawrence Kasdan. Hit the jump for more.

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Casting Rumors: Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, Adam Driver Are The Latest Names
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Man, there must really be something to all this Star Wars: Episode VII business. Seems like every day casting rumors hit the web with greater fanfare than the announcement of a new pope.

Just a few days ago it was revealed that Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights actor Jesse Plemons was among the latest performers to try out for the cast of J.J. Abrams‘ continuation of George Lucas‘ epic space fantasy franchise. Today adds a few more interesting names to the Episode VII mix, namely Adam Driver (Girls), Hugo Weaving (Cloud Atlas), and star-on-the-rise Michael Fassbender.

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Script Expected To Be Finished By January
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Star Wars Episode VII

Despite having my love for all things Star Wars reduced dramatically to the status of a favorite childhood toy I needed sorrily to let go, I am holding out a little hope for Star Wars: Episode VII. J.J. Abrams is a solid director of expansive widescreen excitement and his movies tend to be pretty damn great when the crucial elements are in place. The project’s first writer Michael Arndt was eventually usurped by Lawrence Kasdan, but as Kasdan was widely credited with making the script for The Empire Strikes Back a winner (original scribe Leigh Brackett had a hand in its success too), this news was greeted by the franchise’s die hard fans with jubilation.

In addition to excessive CGI and lifeless performances from an otherwise talented cast, the much-loathed – yet still hugely profitable – prequel trilogy suffered from George Lucas’ deplorable writing. If Abrams’ continued exploration of a galaxy far, far away on the big screen is to be a success at least creatively it’s vital for the screenplay to be in place prior to the start of filming.

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‘Toy Story 3’ Writer Michael Arndt No Longer Writing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
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Star Wars Title Card Lens Flare

In a bit of an interesting twist, it’s being reported that Oscar-winning Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine screenwriter Michael Arndt is no longer working on the script for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Instead the movie is now being written by J.J. Abrams, who is also directing, and Lawrence Kasdan, who previously worked on the scripts for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and who was brought in as a consultant and to possibly write other planned installments in the franchise not long after Arndt was initially hired.

Continue below to read the full announcement, include a rundown of who’s working on the movie so far and their previous credits.

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