Star Wars: The Force Awakens smashes box office records, but doesn’t conquer the globe

21.12.2015, 12:22

Dinosaurs still rule

Well it was hardly going to be a quiet one – Star Wars: The Force Awakens has opened to a phenomenal weekend, raking in an estimated $517 million worldwide.

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That’s a lot of dosh, but not quite enough to break the previous record held by Jurassic World, which made an opening worldwide debut of $523.9 million. Dinosaurs still roam the Earth.

In the US and Canada, it was a different story. The film hit an estimated $238 million, thwarting Jurassic World, which brought in $204.6m domestically.

The Force Awakens also shattered the opening day record at the UK and Ireland box office with a £9.6m taking, beating previous record holder Spectre (£6.3m).

So all in all, Star Wars did as well as expected when it came to domestic markets, including Australia where it also broke box office records.

It’s just a shame it fell shy globally. Jurassic World had the advantage of opening in China when it was released earlier this year, while The Force Awakens won’t hit the People’s Republic until January 9.

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Kaufland: Die Einladung | Video of the week

21.12.2015, 11:48

May the Force be with you!

Star Wars fans must rejoice as now the new movie is out and can be visible all over the world! We bet some of you have already prepared a Christmas full of these fantastic movies‘ references that you’re going to share with your family and friends!
In this story, a young boy crazy about Star Wars realises a girl of his neighbourhood is as much as a fan as he is. As he watches Princess Leia and Han Solo kissing, he feels like he is on the edge of a whole new adventure! Watch this charming and lovely advert and… may the Force be with you!

The latest Star Wars Twitter emoji isn’t one you’d expect

18.12.2015, 12:20

Or maybe you would

In celebration of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Twitter has bestowed the greatest honor it could on director JJ Abrams.

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A nice gesture from twitter this emoji is

Responsible for the seventh installment of the Star Wars movie franchise, JJ Abrams is now a Twitter emoji.

Earlier this month, Twitter launched a series of new Star Wars-themed emojis for the social media platform, including the film’s young characters Finn, Rey and Poe.

To use them, all you had to do was type in either #finnawakens, #reyawakens or #poeawakens to get the emoji you wanted.

And now, if you want to talk about the latest Star Wars film and its director on Twitter, you can just type the hashtag #JJAbrams and a little JJ will appear.

After all, you know you’ve made it when you get your own Twitter emoji.

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Google has found a way to turn your phone into a ‚real‘ Lightsaber

16.12.2015, 13:53

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Star Wars simply hasn’t received enough promotion* yet, so thankfully, with just hours to go until we can finally see The Force Awakens, Google has created an interactive Star Wars game that lets you use your phone as a Lightsaber. Seriously.

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May the Force be with you

Lightsaber Escape puts you into the shoes of a Jedi, wandering a hostile ship tasked with fighting off hordes of stormtroopers. It’s pretty much like being in the films, where you need to use your saber to deflect laser shots back at your assailants.

To play you need both a computer and a phone. Simply tap in the unique code generated by one device into the other and it will pair the two – enabling your phone to act as a motion-sensing lightsaber to control the first-person action on the browser screen.

Imagine a Nintendo Wii style experience, but where the controller that you have to flail around with is considerably more expensive and is very definitely something you don’t want to send flying across the room.

On a technical level, it is hugely impressive too. There’s no app to download – it all works in the web browser. All you need is a Mac or PC running Chrome, Firefox, Safari (Mac only) or Edge/IE11 (Windows).

You’ll also need at least a 2 GHz Intel Core i5 processor or equivalent, 4GB of RAM, and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT graphics card or equivalent.

Phone-wise, lightsaber controls work with iPhones 5, 6, 6+, 6S, and 6S+ (Google’s FAQ page doesn’t mention the 5S – we’re not sure if this is an oversight or a genuine technical difference.).

On Android it should work on Nexus 4, 5, 6, 5X and 6P, Galaxy S4, S5, S6, S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 3 and 4, as well as on the Moto 2, although in our early tests a few of us simply couldn’t connect to our computer to play it.

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Duracell Star Wars commercial: Battle for Christmas morning | Video of the week

02.12.2015, 10:31

When dreams become reality!

Who has never dreamed of having a Lightsaber in his or her hand and go against some Stormtroopers? As a child, you probably remember Star Wars very well and how much you loved the adventure of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewby!
This cleverly made advert shows us how passion and imagination can overtake one’s mind and turn the world we know into a giant playground! And seeing those kids being their Star Wars heroes is a great idea to start the Holiday seasons! Enjoy!

Lightsabers improve everything, including GTA 5

30.11.2015, 11:53

Watch Darth Trevor and Michael Kenobi fight it out

Like almost everyone we know, we love both Star Wars and GTA 5, so we couldn’t click fast enough to get through to this fan-made video that brings them both together. The 64-second clip shows „Darth Trevor“ fight „Michael Kenobi“ in the arid deserts of Blaine County, San Andreas.

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Unfortunately this isn’t a playable mod – as creator Boris the Blade points out, the video combines footage recorded in game with some seamless post-production work in Adobe After Effects. Let’s hope Rockstar incorporates something like this in time for GTA 6.

We won’t spoil the plot of the clip for you but there are one or twists along the way – both Trevor and Michael look like they’ve had plenty of time to master the Force, showing off Skywalker-esque skills mixed with a decent dose of traditional Grand Theft Auto attitude. Apparently the video took a month and a half to make.

By the time you’ve watched it through a couple of times, you’ll be two minutes closer to the grand opening of The Force Awakens: the seventh film in the Star Wars saga appears in cinemas on 17 December in the UK and Australia, and on 18 December in North America.

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Google launches Star Wars site – urges you to choose a side

23.11.2015, 11:11

Dark side ftw!

Google is urging you to choose between the light side and the dark side – with your decision on the Star Wars-fueled partnership giving your Google apps a whole new look.

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Choose, or choose not. There is no try!

The search giant launched its new site at http://www.google.com/starwars and published a video to explain how you must ‚choose wisely‘.

Dark Side

We chose the dark side – obviously – and it gave our Gmail a lovely new background and a red lightsabre loading screen.

There are changes across the whole Google suite of apps and services, so go check out how your choice influences your online world…

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Breaking: Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer – The 8 best bits

20.10.2015, 14:14

December can't get here fast enough

Star Wars Trailer

As you probably already know, the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer dropped today, and it’s everything we could have hoped for … and then some.

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Can you feel my Dark side penetrate you?

There’s a lot going on in the new trailer, which is made up almost entirely of new footage.

Featuring Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, the adorable BB-8 droid, rebel fighters and TIE Fighters and much, much more, the trailer, much like the ones that have preceded it, delivers an incredible amount of heart mixed in with all of its spectacular action.

With that in mind, we’ve decided to select our five favourite bits from the new theatrical trailer – read on to find out if they match up to your favourite moments!

Kylo Ren

Not only do we get to finally hear Kylo Ren speak, we also get to find out what his ultimate goal is. Simply put, he wants to finish what Darth Vader started. Jokes on him, though – Vader clearly dropped his evil mission at the end of Return of the Jedi. Didn’t he see the movie?

Command deck

Kylo Ren’s monologue is delivered over two shots – the first has him standing at the command deck of what appears to be a Star Destroyer while the next has him delivering said monologue to Darth Vader’s melted helmet (not a euphemism).

X-Wing vs Storm Trooper

Sure, it’s not the X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter remake/sequel you’ve all been waiting for over the years, but would you settle for and X-Wing taking out a Storm Trooper like it’s the easiest thing in the world? Not sure what that Storm Trooper was thinking – he didn’t stand a chance!

Poe Dameron is threatened

Not entirely sure what’s going on here, except that Poe Dameron is clearly upset about something. We see Kylo Ren getting up close and in his face, then Poe lets out a (silent) scream as Kylo gives him the old „talk to the hand“ routine. It looks like it’s going to be a very emotional scene.

It's true

„There were stories about what happened,“ says an inquisitive Rey to the roguish gentleman known as Han Solo. „It’s true… All of it,“ he replies. „The Dark Side, the Jedi… They’re real,“ he says, as shivers roll up the spines of everyone who grew up watching this beloved franchise.

Cross-Saber in the Rain

There really isn’t too much to say about this shot other than it looks unbelievably, awesomely, insanely cool.

Red Robot

It wouldn’t be a JJ Abrams production without the appearance of a red robot! Now if only we’d gotten the actual robot from the Bad Robot logo…

Anyways, this shot is very cool, in that it shows Han leading Finn and BB-8 somewhere interesting, but who resides there? It has loads of colourful flags hanging in front of it – could it be Leia’s place? Han’s? We’ll find out soon enough.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Han Leia

Here we get a good look at Leia’s face as she receives a loving embrace from Han. We can see that she’s crying, but what is she crying about? Is this the first time she’s seen Han in a long while? Did she receive some bad news? Is it regarding Luke? So many questions; so few answers!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Finn vs Kylo Ren

This shot of Kylo and Finn approaching each other with lightsabers drawn is awesome and has all the makings of another classic Star Wars battle for the ages. Does Finn, a Jedi beginner, stand a chance against the likes of Kylo Ren? It seems unlikely, but you never know!

Star Wars Battlefront beta opens up to all on October 8

25.09.2015, 10:29

But only for a few days

EA has announced the Star Wars Battlefront beta is set to begin October 8, but will only last up until the end October 12.

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The beta, which is more of a technical test for game-maker DICE, will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will be open to everyone.

The announcement of the beta also sheds some light on what we can expect from the game when it launches officially on November 17, with the beta to focus on three modes on three different planets.

You’ll be able to check out the 40-player battles of the Walker Assault on Hoth, which we have seen in trailers before, as well as the Drop Zone Sullust, which features 8v8 matches.

There’s also the online and offline split-screen co-op Survival Mission on Tatooine, which will have you facing hordes of Imperial forces – something we’ve also seen glimpses of in previous trailers.

Along with the game beta, players will also be able to test out the Star Wars Battlefront Companion app, which includes the Star Card perk system, but during the beta, you’ll only be able to access it via the web.

Immerse yourself in Star Wars with the first 360 video on Facebook

25.09.2015, 7:53

The Force is strong with this one

Facebook has joined YouTube in offering 360-degree videos to the masses – and there’s a brand new clip from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to help show off the newly launched feature..

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As the name suggests, 360-degree videos let you peer in any direction while the action unfolds. You can view them in a VR headset, but they also work in web browsers (if you click and drag to view) and on standard smartphones (swipe or move the handset around).

It’s like a basic version of virtual reality, though you can’t control your position in the scene and there’s no depth perception (you feel like you’re in a round bubble rather than an actual world).

Content publishers like Facebook are positioning 360-degree video as a way into VR for consumers while we wait for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and other headsets to launch next year. It’s relatively easy to make too.

As for the new Star Wars clip, it lets you explore the parched surface of Jakku on a speeder and fly past a Star Destroyer sunk in the sand. It’s an impressive use of the new tech and shows what’s possible – click and drag to move the point of view around.

The 360-degree videos are rolling out in the News Feed on desktop and Android now with iOS support coming soon. In the not too distant future you’ll be able to peer in any direction inside your friends‘ holiday and baby videos (assuming they have a 360-degree camera, of course).