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Disney unveils Star Wars merchandise

LONDON — Actors from the Star Wars franchise headlined a global livestreamed event at Britain’s famed Pinewood Studios last Thursday to unveil new Walt Disney Co. merchandise tied to the latest movie installment and series spin-offs.

Disney’s Star Wars Land is a rich nerd mall

FORGET WHAT you’ve heard about gliding into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon or seeing Chewbacca face-to-face at Disney’s latest thematic romp. When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on May 31 and Walt Disney World outside Orlando later this year, it won’t just be a collection of attractions, entertainment, and a liquor-slinging cantina. It’s also a nerd mall.

Disney delays Avatar 2, sets dates for new Star Wars films

LOS ANGELES — Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday pushed back the release of James Cameron’s sequel to box-office champion Avatar by a year, to December 2021, and announced debut dates for new Star Wars films starting in December 2022.

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker sees return of emperor Palpatine

CHICAGO — The ninth film in the original Star Wars saga will be called The Rise of Skywalker, and will feature the return of the evil emperor Palpatine to threaten the young heroine Rey and the Resistance, Walt Disney Co. revealed on Friday.

Thanks to Star Wars, Lucas tops Forbes list of richest US...

NEW YORK — Filmmaker George Lucas’s Star Wars empire — the movie franchise, not Darth Vader’s fictional galactic government — planted him firmly atop...

Cobonpue goes to the stars with Star Wars

KENNETH COBONPUE, Filipino industrial designer par excellence, has reached for the stars in a new collection inspired by the popular movie franchise Star Wars. And the Universe of Marvel may not be far behind.

Half of The Last Jedi haters were bots, trolls, activists, study...

LOS ANGELES — How much did movie fans hate Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

Star Wars fans applaud movie release slowdown

NEW YORK — Plans by Disney to slow-down the release of future Star Wars projects are getting a thumbs up from fans, who also hope that new movies in the multi-billion dollar sci-fi franchise will be more creative.

Next Star Wars to use old footage of late Carrie Fisher

LOS ANGELES — Carrie Fisher will be featured in the next Star Wars movie, using previously unseen footage she recorded before her death, Walt Disney Co. studio said on Friday.

Han Solo’s Return of the Jedi blaster sells for $550,000

WASHINGTON — In the wildly popular Star Wars films, Han Solo once told a lightsaber-wielding Luke Skywalker: “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”

Han Solo battles tougher reviews, along with galactic bad guys

HAN SOLO has been frozen in carbonite, made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, and helped blow up a Death Star or...

Childish Gambino: America’s new favorite Donald?

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s latest sensation Donald Glover, eyebrow arched with the detached insouciance of a rockstar but the poise of a chess grandmaster,...

Star Wars spin-off to be presented at the Cannes film festival

PARIS — The latest spin-off in the Star Wars saga, dedicated to Han Solo, will be screened at Cannes next month, the film festival...

Iron Man director Favreau to create Star Wars TV series

LOS ANGELES — Jon Favreau, director of the Iron Man and Jungle Book movies, will write and produce a live-action Star Wars series for...

Star Wars Mark Hamill to present award at Oscars

LOS ANGELES — Mark Hamill — Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars saga — will present an Oscar at the upcoming Academy Awards before...

Last Jedi toy sales outshining Force Awakens

FUNKO, INC., the toymaker that went public last month, isn’t seeing signs of Star Wars fatigue. The company’s sales of Star Wars products are above...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi soars to $745M worldwide

DISNEY-LUCAS FILM’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is showing plenty of force at multiplexes worldwide with $745.4 million globally as of Sunday. The North American...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mostly finds its force with critics

LOS ANGELES — Star Wars: The Last Jedi won warm reviews from most critics on Tuesday, a day before the latest installment in the...

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...

Star Wars universe expanding for new trilogy

LOS ANGELES -- As Star Wars fans gear up for The Last Jedi, the anticipated next installment in the Skywalker series, its star and...

Star Wars sisters hail girl-powered galaxy

LOS ANGELES — Carrie Fisher’s death caused a huge disturbance in the Force, but the women of The Last Jedi vowed Sunday to honor...

Star Wars a perfect escape in a ‘dark’ era

MEXICO CITY — Need a break from reality? In a few short weeks, you can once again get lost in a galaxy far, far...

Halloween princesses make way for Wonder Woman, Star Wars hero

NEW YORK – This Halloween, expect to open the door to more pink pussyhats and fewer princesses. Months after the historic women’s march on Washington...

Canada’s Trudeau sparks Star Wars/Star Trek spat with Chewbacca socks

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau’s choice in socks sparked a light-hearted Twitter competition between the stars of Star Wars and Star Trek after the Canadian...

How Hollywood got over the summer blockbuster

IF THE movie business were an actual movie – say, a cliché action film – August would’ve been that point 90 minutes in when...

Star Wars: Episode IX delayed after J.J. Abrams takes over

LOS ANGELES – Walt Disney Co. delayed the release of the ninth installment of the Star Wars saga to Dec. 20, 2019 after announcing...

Star Wars: Episode IX loses writer and director Trevorrow over movie...

LOS ANGELES – The Star Wars movie franchise has parted ways with another director, Walt Disney Co. announced on Tuesday, saying that director and...

BB-8’s Evil Twin here to help Disney strike back

TWO YEARS after a $150 rolling robot captured the hearts of Stars Wars devotees, Walt Disney Co. is betting fans will shell out the...

Disney builds buzz with superheroes, Star Wars and Mary Poppins

LOS ANGELES -- Avengers, Mary Poppins, and Luke Skywalker brought star power to Walt Disney Co.’s annual D23 fan convention on Saturday, as the...

Before Wonder Woman: Badass women of the screen

By Saffy Safin FIRST, a definition of terms. To be badass is to be tough, formidable, strong. There have been many badass women characters on...

Two precious promo ads that should not be missed

Ads & Ends Nanette Franco-Diyco AMID THE PROLIFERATION of all sorts of commercials during Christmas, there were two beautiful digital ads that touched many a heart...

The dirty half-dozen

By Noel Vera Movie Review Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Directed by Gareth Edwards (Warning: story and plot twists discussed in explicit detail!) Gareth Edwards’ one-off take on...

Big Rogue One box office expected despite mixed reviews, boycott calls

THE LATEST entry in the Star Wars franchise divided film critics on Tuesday, but is expected to bring in more than $300 million (£236.8 million)...

Star Wars is really about Feminism. And Jesus

By Cass R. Sunstein THIRTY-NINE years ago, on May 25, 1977, a movie was released with a somewhat ridiculous name: Star Wars. (It’s now called...

Star Wars comes to Hong Kong Disneyland

STAR WARS comes to Hong Kong Disneyland this summer, with a dogfight in space, lightsaber battles, and encounters with characters from the movies. “Star Wars: Tomorrowland...

Star Wars’ filming tempts Dark Side of tourism in Dubrovnik

WITH DUBROVNIK’S medieval promenade choked with floodlights, camera booms and a downed spaceship parked against a stone pillar, Desiree and Roger Hamilton had to...

Star Wars success makes Disney world’s most powerful brand

WALT DISNEY is the world’s most powerful brand, thanks to the likable robots R2-D2 and C-3PO, who propelled the entertainment company to the top...

Why Disney blew up more than 30 years of Star Wars...

WHILE the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a new beginning for the storied franchise, it’s a painful reminder of something else:...

Disney’s Star Wars marketing force reaches for female fans

LOS ANGELES -- Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley smiles on the cover of Glamour magazine, stormtrooper necklaces are on sale at Kay Jewelers, and...

Star Wars: A Who’s Who

LOS ANGELES — The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in theaters this week. Here is a brief description of the main characters...

May the hype be with you

By Richard Roeper AS I’M TYPING THIS, a bearded Jimmy Kimmel is on the muted TV to my left -- dressed as Princess Leia and...

Star Wars: a game changer in special effects

LOS ANGELES — When Star Wars audiences were blown away four decades ago by its thrilling battles in space, they were also witnessing a...

Galaxy far, far away comes to Globe

By Zsarlene B. Chua Reporter DUE to the film franchise’s massive popularity (and the seventh film’s well-timed holiday release), it seems that the Philippines will...

Empire, Sleepy Hollow, Midsomer and more now out on video

THE COMPLETE first season of the hit Fox TV drama series Empire is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Set within the world of...