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This map shows all of the 'Star Wars' filming locations you can actually visit


The adventures you see in "Star Wars" may happen in a galaxy far, far away, but it turns out that it's not all that difficult to visit the sites where the movies were filmed. 

With "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" set to premiere this week, online travel site Cyplon Holidays has created an infographic showing all of the movies' real-life filming locations. To put the data together, they reviewed film locations listed on the Star Wars website and in The Worldwide Guide To Movie Locations.

The results span the globe, from canyons and deserts in the US to mountains and palaces in Europe. 

To embark on your own "Star Wars" adventure, check out the full infographic below.

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Leonardo DiCaprio says 'The Revenant' was 'the most difficult film I've ever done' and he almost died


The RevenantLeonardo DiCaprio is playing a fur trapper who survives in spite of terrifying odds in "The Revenant," based on a true story, but the actor has had his own share of life-or-death experiences.

In a new interview with Wired, DiCaprio explains why "The Revenant"was the hardest film he's ever worked on and how he's come close to death a number of times.

"Every single day of this movie was difficult," he says of the shoot. "It was the most difficult film I’ve ever done."

DiCaprio elaborates that it was "physically grueling for everybody," but the hardest part for him was having to work in frozen rivers. 

"Because I had elk skin on and a bear fur that weighed about 100 pounds when it got wet. And every day it was a challenge not to get hypothermia," he explained. 

To prevent hypothermia, there was a special heater for DiCaprio on set.

"They had this machine that they put together — it was kind of like a giant hair dryer with octopus tentacles — so I could heat my feet and fingers after every take, because they got locked up with the cold," he said. "So they were basically blasting me with an octopus hair dryer after every single take for nine months."

He acknowledges that not many directors were drawn to the project because of how physically difficult it would be. After Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Birdman") was tied to the film, DiCaprio made the decision to jump in. 

"I reread it and met him [Iñárritu] again, and I decided to embark on what I would characterize as more of a chapter of my life than a film commitment—because it was epic in every sense of the word," he said. 

The actor also breaks down three different times he's come close to death, explaining why his friends have named him "the person they least want to do extreme adventures with." 

From having a great white shark jump into his cage during a diving trip in South Africa to a parachute failing to deploy during a skydiving trip, DiCaprio has faced extreme danger.

He was also once on a plane that had to make an emergency landing following an engine exploding. 

"Then there was this Delta Airlines flight to Russia... I was sitting there looking out at the wing, and the entire wing exploded in a fireball," he said. "I was the only one looking out at the moment this giant turbine exploded like a comet. It was crazy. They shut all the engines off for a couple of minutes, so you’re just sitting there gliding with absolutely no sound, and nobody in the plane was saying anything. It was a surreal experience. They started the engines back up, and we did an emergency landing at JFK."

DiCaprio also takes a turn for the political in the interview. He explains how Al Gore helped get him involved with environmental issues, his thoughts on what companies and political leaders can do to combat climate change, and he includes a shoutout to Bernie Sanders.

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The first trailer for the next 'Star Trek' movie is here


The first official trailer for the next "Star Trek" movie is here and it looks like a lot of fun.

We weren't expecting to see this until later in the week, but after a German version of the trailer apparently leaked online, Paramount has released the trailer for "Star Trek Beyond" in full.

Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana will be back for the third film which will be directed by Justin Lin. Idris Elba ("Luther") is also joining the cast.

We don't have a clear synopsis for the film yet, but it looks like the Enterprise is going to take a beating once again.

"Star Trek Beyond" will be released July 22.

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How the 'Independence Day' sequel will deal with Will Smith's absence


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Plenty of stars will reprise their roles in next year's "Independence Day" sequel, but Will Smith won't be one of them. 

He reportedly turned down an offer to be in the film back in 2014.

So how will the film deal with his absence?

It looks like "Independence Day: Resurgence" is killing Smith's character off.

Fox launched a website, War of 1996, detailing a timeline since the events of the first film.

Under the year 2007, Entertainment Weekly spotted a news story announcing the death of Colonel Steve Hiller. Smith's character was conveniently killed testing new equipment.

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Here's what the entire blurb says:

"While test piloting the ESD's first alien hybrid fighter, an unknown malfunction causes the untimely death of Col. Hiller. Hiller's valor in the War of 96 made him a beloved global icon whose selfless assault against the alien mothership lead directly to the enemy's defeat. He is survived by his wife Jasmine and son Dylan." 

"Independence Day: Resurgence" will be in theaters June 24, 2016. 

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The 10 biggest box-office bombs of 2015


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2015 was a strong year at the box office. Universal had three films make $1 billion each, the first time ever that a movie studio has pulled off the feat in a single year. And unless something goes very wrong, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is going to make a heck of a lot of money.

But there were also some massive duds released this year. Just this past weekend, Ron Howard's latest movie, the $100 million-budgeted "In the Heart of the Sea" starring Chris Hemsworth, made a dismal $11 million.

Though the future looks grim for "In the Heart of the Sea," there's still time for it to rebound. For these 10 titles below, sadly, the chance is gone, and they've failed miserably.

Here are the 10 worst box-office performers of 2015.

[Note: Eligible titles had to be released on 2,000 or more theaters during their theatrical run. All figures are from Box Office Mojo.

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10. "Mortdecai" $7.6 million (domestic) / $39.5 million (foreign)

Though this bizarre Johnny Depp vehicle more than quadrupled its domestic take in overseas sales, it still didn't come close to earning the $60 million budget the film had. We could hope this is just a phase for Depp, but for good or bad, the actor loves this kind of eccentric, costume-y part.

9. "Victor Frankenstein" $5.6 million (domestic) / $24.7 million (foreign)

Trying to give the Frankenstein story a shot of youth by telling the story through the perspective of Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) who meets Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) as a young medical student didn't seem to grab audiences. 

8. "Blackhat" $8 million (domestic) / $11.5 million (foreign)

"In the Heart of the Sea" wasn't the only bomb headed by Chris Hemsworth. In January, the thriller "Blackhat" directed by Michael Mann ("Heat,""Collateral") was a dud, too. This will only increase speculation that the hunky Hemsworth is only bankable when he's in Thor mode. 

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Jennifer Lawrence isn't interested in being in any 'Hunger Games' prequels


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Following the remarks by Lionsgate vice chairman Michael Burns that "The Hunger Games" is like "Harry Potter" and that it will "live on and on and on," the face of the franchise has a few thoughts of her own. 

"I wouldn't be involved," Jennifer Lawrence told Variety.

Lawrence, who made the franchise into a huge moneymaker for Lionsgate thanks to her portrayal of the story's main character, Katniss Everdeen, believes it's a little too soon to be talking about prequels. The final chapter in "The Hunger Games" franchise, "The Hunger Games — Mockingjay - Part 2," is still currently in theaters (and at the top of the box office, at the moment).

"They’ve got to let the body get cold, in my opinion,” she said.

Granted, this is from someone who has just wrapped up a franchise that she's been involved with since 2012. Harrison Ford didn't want anywhere near a blaster after "Return of the Jedi" wrapped. 

And any prequels that were to be made for "The Hunger Games" likely would not involve Lawrence or another one of the previous main actors.

But with a franchise that just finished up with over $1 billion at the box office, it's never too early to think about how the property can expand. 

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20 years later a 'Toy Story' creator shares an emotional story about the movie


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20 years ago, Pete Docter's life changed when he was one of the four credited writers who came up with the original story for Pixar's first feature film, "Toy Story."

"Toy Story," which also happened to be the first computer-generated animated film, wasn't just a hit at the box office when it opened in 1995 (it has a lifetime domestic gross of $191.7 million, or $365.8 million if going by 2015 ticket prices). It changed the way audiences wanted their animation.

"Toy Story" was well-executed on a number of levels not previously expected from cartoons — from the jokes that could work for parents as well as they do for kids, to the powerful story of a toy cowboy named Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) who becomes jealous when the spaceman action figure, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), becomes the new "it" toy of the household.

And two decades later, Docter is still witness to the movie's powerful effect.

On the phone with Business Insider from Havana, Cuba, following his latest directing effort "Inside Out" being nominated for Best Animated Film at the Golden Globes, Docter recalled his latest "Toy Story" encounter.

"Last night I was talking to a woman who's 51 years old and she started crying as she was talking about the deep connection she feels 'Toy Story' has with her and her son," Docter told BI. "She said they would sit and watch the film and she felt it really taught him a lot of things and they connected through it."

But Docter is the first to admit that, as the filmmakers tried to get the movie off the ground so many years ago, none of them thought it would become so immense.

"We were just trying to tell the story and use the technology in a way that had never been done before," Docter said.

Pete Docter Jason Merritt GettyBut what he and his follow Pixar creators — including "Toy Story" director and Pixar head John Lasseter — have done is revolutionize not just the way we think about animated movies, but also the Disney animation brand.

Once in a funk telling the same hand-drawn stories handed down by Walt Disney, the company acquired Pixar's more mature tales and instantly moved back to being an innovator of the medium. That included not just the release of three more "Toy Story" movies, but other award-winning — and more importantly — unconventional animated movies like "Monsters, Inc.,""Finding Nemo,""WALL-E," and "Inside Out," to name just a few.

"Twenty years later and halfway around the world the film still affects people," Docter said. "I would never have been able to forecast that."

And it's not over.

A "Toy Story 4" is in the works, as reported earlier this year. Not much detail about it has been released, other than hints that it won't be a continuation of the trilogy, which Docter confirmed to BI.

"It feels very different," said Docter, who also told us Lasseter is directing the next entry. "There are a lot of the same characters from the first three, but to me it feels like a new direction. It's pretty neat."

"Toy Story 4" is slated to be released by Disney in 2018.

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This man lives his life as Darth Vader — and the photos are incredible


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While many fans are excitedly preparing for the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," one Ukrainian man is taking things to the next level.

Darth Mykolaiovych Vader legally changed his name in homage to the classic "Star Wars" villain. He spends his days dressed in a Vader costume, complete with black cloak, gloves, and of course, the iconic face mask. 

Reuters caught up with Vader to see what life is like as one of the world's most famous movie villains. Turns out, even mundane tasks, like showering and dog walking, look a lot cooler when the Sith Lord does them. 

Keep reading to get a closer look at the life of Darth Mykolaiovych Vader. 


Meet Darth Mykolaiovych Vader.

Vader lives in Odessa, Ukraine.

And yes, Darth Mykolaiovych Vader is his legal name.

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Someone edited all 6 'Star Wars' movies side by side so you can watch them at the same time


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With "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" days away from its US premiere, many fans are marathoning the entire series in preparation. One fan has already condensed the original saga into a 90-second clip, but there's an even more ridiculous video circulating the web. YouTuber Michael McNulty edited all the "Star Wars" movies into a single video with six frames — each showing a different movie simultaneously. 

The top comment on YouTube sums up the watching experience perfectly:

"I'm going to watch star wars today!"
Person: "Which one?"

The video provides a fun side-by-side comparison of different events and sequences across all six movies. 

The intro shows how the original "Star Wars: A New Hope" movie (in the middle-right frame) had a smaller logo than its descendants. 

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The video has made an appearance on Reddit, where one commenter noticed something else interesting. "At the same time Natalie Portman gets her credit at the end of Episode I, we get our last glance of her character during the funeral procession in Episode III," user fathervice noted.

Here's that shot (watch the top two frames on the left side):

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Though actually watching all six movies at the same time would be impossibly confusing, it's fun to scroll through and see the timing of other events. Again, "A New Hope" stands out as the shortest film, with credits rolling while the other five movies are still in their climactic moments.

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And as also pointed out by a Redditor, the audio in the beginning is worth a listen for its comedic lack of synchronicity. When the iconic "Star Wars" score begins to play, the six movies aren't quite matched up right. The resulting noise sounds like an amateur grade school band desperately trying to nail John Williams' classic theme song — and failing miserably.

You can watch the whole video on YouTube

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An alien hunter who saw the 'Independence Day 2' trailer has some very good news for humankind


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Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the first "Independence Day" movie.

The first trailer for the "Independence Day" sequel, called "Independence Day: Resurgence," made a surprise debut during a football game on December 13.

It looks like pretty bad news for Earth: The alien invaders are back and eager as ever to wipe out humanity.

While it's easy to mock the existence of intelligent aliens, the idea is plausible: There are billions of other stars in our galaxy alone, and our galaxy is just one of billions in the observable universe. In fact it's rather unsettling that we haven't yet made contact.

In the case of "Resurgence," however, senior astronomer Seth Shostak from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute says there are a few reasons you can breathe easy.

Shostak thinks the alien invasion scenario for the first "Independence Day" is not only highly unlikely, but also the plot of its sequel is even less likely to happen.

For starters, it's doubtful that an alien race would show up at Earth at all, Shostak says.

"For them to transport themselves from light-years away, a journey that could take millions of years (unless they've figured out some physics that we don't understand yet), we'd have to have something that they really want," he told Tech Insider. "You wouldn't go to Siberia just for lunch. You'd need a really good reason."

Unspecified "resources" on Earth are the reason the aliens show up in the first "Independence Day." Yet Shostak said that's a load of bologna; the Earth doesn't have anything especially valuable that isn't found on other worlds.

Our solar system, and likely the whole universe, is filled with water and minerals. So there's really nothing unique to draw aliens here. At best they would be interested in studying life or in converting us to the "galactic church"— sort of like missionaries to the new world during the colonial days, Shostak said — but if that were the case they probably wouldn't show up with guns blazing.

Yet suppose that we haven't met any aliens because a nasty, super-aggressive species rules the galaxy and is going around crushing every other form of intelligent life that it detects. And that we haven't heard from any other aliens because everyone else is trying to stay silent and hidden — or they're dead.

Maybe the aliens in "Independence Day" is that killer species, and that's why they show up at Earth...

Shostak doesn't buy this idea, either.

If the universe is about 13 billion years old, then the odds suggest that any aliens out there are either millions or billions of years more primitive than us, or millions or billions of years way more advanced than us. Primitive aliens won't know we exist, and more advanced aliens won't care — wiping us out wouldn't be cost-effective, Shostak said.

He also thinks the chances of an alien species, let alone an aggressive one, being on the exact same evolutionary timeline as humans today is slim.

"It would be like walking out onto the streets of Manhattan, picking a random person, and finding out they were born the same day, the same year, and the same hour as you," Shostak said.

But Shostak said there's an even bigger problem with the sequel.

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In the first movie, the human race defeats the aliens by implanting a virus in their spaceship, forcing the aliens to leave. In the sequel, it appears they're coming back for round two.

First of all, Shostak said, the humans should not have won round one. Destroying advanced alien technology with a human-made computer virus would be like trying to infect a modern computer with software made in the 70s, Shostak said.

"If an alien race is advanced enough to get all the way here, then whatever they want to do, they can do," Shostak said. "It would be like neanderthals trying to defend themselves against the US Air Force."

Second of all, even if we did manage to win round one, the aliens would have no cause to return unless they found something valuable the first time, Shostak said.

All that said, the new movie still looks like it's going to be fun to watch. Here's the first full trailer:

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What the stars wore on the red carpet at the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' world premiere


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The big night is finally here. 

Monday night in Los Angeles was the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Not many movie premieres have been this anticipated in a long time, or ever. And everyone wanted to be there.

Let's check the stars of the movie on the red carpet along with the lucky regular folks who got the coveted tickets. 

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It wouldn't be a "Star Wars" premiere without a procession of Stormtroopers.

The most legendary droids of them all, C-3PO and R2-D2, made it out.

As well as the new kid in town, BB-8.

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The new 'Star Wars' movie is going to do $8 billion in total sales, says Goldman Sachs


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A new research report out today from Goldman Sachs expects even higher returns for the new "Star Wars" than before.

Updating its forecast for the latest film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," out Friday, Goldman Sachs says it expects the film to take in approximately $8 billion in total sales.

The breakdown includes $1.95 billion in global box office (the previous prediction was $1.5 billion), with $750 million at the domestic box office and $1.2 billion abroad. The rest of the estimate comes from retail.

As Goldman points out, this would make "The Force Awakens""the third-highest-grossing film of all time, behind only 'Titanic' and 'Avatar.'"

The forecast suggests that the opening weekend may actually not be the best indicator, as the last two weekends of the year are historically big times for ticket sales due to the holidays.

Merchandising is at least as important to Disney as box office, and Goldman predicts consumer product sales for the film to total $6 billion.

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Here's a chart showing exactly how well every 'Star Wars' movie has done at the box office


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In a new report, Goldman Sachs predicts that the latest "Star Wars" film out this weekend, "The Force Awakens," will take in a total of about $8 billion in sales, with $1.95 billion in global box office and $6 billion in retail.

Of the box office, the report estimates sales of $750 million domestically and $1.2 billion abroad. Goldman Sachs also includes this chart below, showing how past "Star Wars" films have performed, including adjustments for inflation. If the forecast holds true, it would make "The Force Awakens" the best-performing film in the series, though when adjusted for inflation, it would still be behind the 1977 original film (over a billion dollars domestically when adjusted).

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The new 'Harry Potter' movie trailer is here — and it’s as good as we expected


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The first trailer for the long-awaited “Harry Potter” prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” is officially here — and it’s a doozy.

The “Fantastic Beasts” Twitter account released the new two-minute footage of the movie on Tuesday morning, which starts with a mysterious voice whispering, “Lumos Maxima” — the spell to light the end of your wand — in the dusty darkness.

“Yesterday, a wizard entered New York with a case, a case full of magical creatures,” we hear the witch Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) tell the Magical Congress of the United States of America. “Unfortunately, some have escaped.”

You can watch the full trailer below.

A synopsis of the film— which was an original screenplay written by J.K. Rowling— already had fans excited back in November. Newt Scamander (Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne), the author of young wizard Harry Potter’s “Fantastic Beasts” schoolbook, travels to New York in 1926 with an enchanted briefcase full of magical creatures.

The only problem? Some of them get loose in the city and wreak havoc. A problem that’s only made worse by a group of non-magical people or “no-maj” who are known in America for hunting down wizards in an effort to bring an end to magic.

And it’s pretty hard to keep magic quiet with monsters running amok.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” will be in theaters November 18, 2016.

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Everything you may have missed from the first 'Harry Potter' prequel trailer


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Warner Bros. released the first teaser trailer for next year's "Harry Potter" prequel movie Tuesday morning.

Even though the trailer didn’t reveal too much new information, it did give us a better glimpse into the wizarding world of the United States.

Set in New York City in 1926, “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” will follow magizoologist Newt Scamander (Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne) as he tries to recover the magical creatures who escaped from his briefcase.

The situation is complicated, however, since a group of non-magical people who call themselves the Second Salemers are hunting down wizards in an effort to put an end to magic.

Keep scrolling to see what you may have missed from the new footage.

The trailer starts with a mysterious voice whispering, “Lumos Maxima.” It’s a spell to light the tip of your wand.

Next we see the witch Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) entering the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA).

MACUSA looks awesome. Also is it just us or do these wizards look much more diverse than the Ministry of Magic crew?

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The new 'Star Wars' gets widest December release of all time as Hollywood prepares for record-breaking box office


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Disney and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will get the widest December release in history when playing this weekend in more than 4,100 theaters.

That includes 3,300 3D locations, 392 Imax screens (a record number), 451 premium large-format screens and 146 D-Box locations.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012) is the current December record-holder (4,045 locations). The "Twilight Saga: Eclipse," which hit theaters in late June 2010, boasts the widest release of all time (4,468 theaters). December is a more crowded corridor, however, so "Force Awakens" was never expected to set an overall record. Also, drive-in and other seasonal theaters are closed.

"Force Awaken"'s box-office potential has become an intense guessing game. Tracking suggests it will open to $180 million to $220 million domestically, well north of the record $85 million debut of "Unexpected Journey" in December 2012.

The weekend before Christmas often sees many consumers distracted with travel, shopping and general holiday preparations; hence, the year-end holidays aren't known for big openings. Rather, movies that bow over the year-end holidays can see huge multiples, including the two top-grossing films of all time, 2009's "Avatar" ($2.8 billion) and 1997's "Titanic" ($2.2 billion).

This summer, "Jurassic World" set a new threshold in North America when opening to $208.8 million domestically. More bullish box-office observers believe "Force Awakens" could set a new mark.

jurassic worldDirected by J.J. Abrams, "Force Awakens"— which stages its world premiere Monday night in Los Angeles — begins rolling out Thursday night before playing everywhere Friday.

The pic will bow in nearly every major market this week. The one exception is China, where it won't debut until Jan. 9.

The two other films daring to open opposite Star Wars this weekend are Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" and Universal comedy "Sisters," starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Both are tracking to open in the mid-teen millions.

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The first reactions to 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' are here, and people are thrilled (spoiler-free)


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People can't help but share their thoughts.

As expected, there's been an awakening when it comes to spoilers, and everyone on social media is sure to feel it over the next few days.

Although there is a review embargo in place for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Wednesday at 12:01AM Pacific, if you were curious), the massive hunger for Star Wars content online is such that some people just couldn't quite keep their thoughts to themselves. Here are numerous reviews that don't ruin anything:

There are many things that should be made illegal in response to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: any variation on the phrase "The Force is strong in this one," any attempt to say "Christmas came one week early for Star Wars fans," and anyone even thinking of describing the movie as "BB-Great." Let's add people who break embargoes and ruin the movie to that list.

After Thursday evening, however, those wanting to remain unspoiled should just switch off the Internet altogether until they've had a chance to see the movie for themselves. Too many Bothan spies would be sacrificed to keep spoilers hidden otherwise.

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A 'Star Wars' writer explains why it's been so hard to find the next young Han Solo actor


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As “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens this week, the screenwriter of the film, Lawrence Kasdan, is busy putting the film out of his head. That's because he’s begun work penning one of the franchise’s most anticipated spin-offs, a young Han Solo movie.

Vulture caught up with Kasdan recently and asked him about how casting is going to find a young Solo. Around 2,500 actors have reportedly auditioned for the role.

There’s perhaps no one better qualified to give an opinion, as Kasdan, along with writing "The Force Awakens," also did the scripts for "Empire Strikes Back,""Return of the Jedi," and "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

So, essentially, he’s spent a good portion of his career coming up with dialogue for Harrison Ford.

"You want someone who isn’t going to be exactly like Harrison, you want someone who suggests him," Kasdan said. "It’s like when you adapt a book, and I’ve adapted a couple: You don’t want to adapt it word for word, you want the essence to come through.”

It’s been reported that, in their wide search, Lucasfilm and the movie’s directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have seen both unknowns and known actors like Dave Franco (“Neighbors”) and “Mr. Robot” star Rami Malek.

Whether the next Han Solo is an actor you’ve seen before or someone who just stepped foot into Hollywood, Kasdan thinks it’s going to be tough to fill Ford’s shoes.

“With Harrison, though, it’s not easy to find someone with those kinds of qualities," he said. "He’s like Spencer Tracy, and what does a young Spencer Tracy look like?"

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Droids stole the show at the 'Star Wars' world premiere


Forget Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, and the rest — Monday's world premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in Los Angeles was all about droids.

BB-8 literally rolled down the red carpet as R2-D2 and C-3PO basked in their newfound spotlight. There were even fully costumed Stormtroopers.

The fans were eating it up.

Story by Aly Weisman and editing by Kristen Griffin

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