Star Wars The Force Awakens – The Force Of Change

I’m really excited and looking forward to the release of ‘Star Wars- The Force Awakens’ on December 18th 2015 in the USA, just in time for Christmas! Over the past year we saw many first pictures from set, several trailers, and during the last San Diego Comic Con the following behind the scenes reel was shown:

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Comic-Con 2015 Reel on Disney Video

The plot is described on IMDb as a continuation of the saga, set thirty years after the last episode “Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire’s world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.”

Star Wars The Force Awakens movie poster

Star Wars The Force Awakens movie poster

In 2014 Disney decided to join forces with UNICEF by committing $ 1 million to launch Force For Change. The recap of that campaign can be found on Star Wars web site : “In 2014, we decided to partner with one of the world’s biggest forces for change – UNICEF. UNICEF is a driving force that puts children first, helping them to survive and thrive around the world. We’re proud that in 2014, the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative raised over $4.2 million dollars that will support UNICEF’s innovative and lifesaving work. Disney also committed $1 million to launch the initiative. UNICEF has a network of 12 Innovation Labs that are creating sustainable solutions to critical issues facing children around the world in the areas of child protection, nutrition, water, health, sanitation, and education. Our partnership with UNICEF supports programs that engage and empower youth around the world. Here are some of the results UNICEF has already delivered for children through programs which have been supported by Star Wars: Force for Change”

UNICEF support in Indonesia

UNICEF support in Indonesia

Working together with Omaze they collected donations for UNICEF for a chance for one lucky winner & a friend to shoot a scene for Star Wars Episode VII, be J.J. Abrahms’ VIP guest on set in London, including flight and hotel for two.

D.C. Barns the lucky winner!

D.C. Barnes Force For Change Winner

I applaud Disney and Omaze for working together to help UNICEF in their effort to support children worldwide, and all the excited Star Wars fans that made a donation. Please see the video below of D.C. Barns receiving his surprise win.

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Star Wars: Force For Change Winner Reveal on Disney Video

Movie Spoilers: Is It Possible To Avoid Them, With Social Media?

movie spoilers: can they be avoided

In the age of social media it’s nearly impossible to avoid movie spoilers, unless, of course, you are not on social media.

Even so, for fans, ruining a film with spoilers has become a problem that happens on a regular basis, almost as soon as an announcement is made. They know that if that favorite movie is coming out, they will surely find out more than they want to.

What happened to going to see a movie and being truly surprised? Entertainment networks are at the ready to grab the latest information — which include the movie’s spoilers — and print it as fast as possible to get more traffic on their site.

As much as many of us — who write for a living — hate movie spoilers it’s undeniable that releasing plot details and rumors is usually good for our websites, as millions are interested on what’s happening during a big production.

Some people are successful at staying away from spoilers, but they have to basically stay away from their social media pages for a long time. News sites usually have the common courtesy to alert fans when spoilers are included in an article, however, regular folks just blurt things out.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' JJ Abrams directing Daisy Ridley

Star Wars: The Force Awakens J.J. Abrams directing Daisy Ridley (Lucasfilm)

For film studios, the problem is real and it’s a nightmare to try to keep plot details quiet for months as vultures are lurking in the shadows ready to pounce. Anonymous sources abound and leaks are nearly impossible to avoid. Directors have to great lengths to keep plot details away from prying eyes and not ruin the experience for moviegoers.

Last summer and fall, when Zack Snyder was filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in Detroit and other Midwest locations, he managed to keep the Batmobile and Ben Affleck in his Batman costume away from cameras successfully, despite filming on the city’s streets. A major feat in this day and age.

When director J.J. Abrams was thrown in the midst of one of the biggest franchises in movies’ history, he was stunned at the level of interest that comes with making the the highly anticipated next Star Wars movie, as he told Australian site News.com.au.

“The level of scrutiny is pretty much unprecedented for me. My dream is that, despite so many rumors — many of which are true, many of which are untrue — when people see the movie, they see something that hasn’t been completely ruined for them by having read spoilers they might not have wanted to read.”

Despite the fact that movie spoilers abound, film studios still have the upper hand and never confirm or deny rumors floating around on social media. You should always take a spoiler with a grain of salt, they’re not always accurate, despite so-called good inside sources. Things are evolving and studios are coming up with more creative ways to keep spoilers away from the front pages, but social media is making it more difficult.

Tell us how you avoid movie spoilers on the space below.

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How Social Media Helped Make ‘Star Wars’ Day A Worldwide Celebration

'Star Wars' Day: May the fourth be with you

There is no question social media has helped make Star Wars a day of worldwide celebrations, but how did this come about?

May 4th is known in the geek world as Star War Day, a time to celebrate and bring out the nerd in fans of the massively successful franchise. As a new trilogy is to come out this December 18, with the release of The Force Awakens, fans are more excited than usual to party. Not that they need an excuse.

The origin of the date has nothing to do with the movie, just the allusion to the famous line from the franchise, “May the force be with you.” However, that’s were the link to George Lucas’ creation ends.

According to the Star Wars website, author Alan Arnold talked about “May the 4th be with you” while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm, emphasizing the influence the movies have on people of all walks of life.

Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister (in 1979). To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

May the fourth be with you

(Image via Star Wars.com

While the idea of Star Wars Day surprisingly didn’t come from Lucasfilm, George Lucas’ production company took full advantage and promoted the fan celebration as much as possible. May is after all, a special day for the franchise as the six main films have all been released during this month.

Not only is May important to Star Wars fans because of the different release dates. It is also the month in which creator George Lucas celebrates his birthday (May 14). Disney and J.J. Abrams are starting a new tradition with a December release for The Force Awakens and the new chapter in the saga. To top it all, new images came out on Monday, courtesy of Annie Leibovitz and Vanity Fair.

Social media has allowed fans to truly celebrate Star Wars Day in a global way and the hashtag has been trending all day. May the fourth be with you!

[Image via Lucasfilm]