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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The force is strong with this one

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

JediPhone?

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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Star Whores

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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LEGO® Star Wars™ Microfighters | Video of the Week

05.05.2014, 9:07

The dark side of the force strikes back!

Whilst snacking in secrecy past midnight one may want to quietly walk back to sleep so no one else knows. If only there were no obstacles on the way. Yet the creaking floorboards and the barking dogs are a challenge, but even they are the least of the problems when none other than Darth Vader blocks the way!

No matter its size, Darth Vader will always win! See (and laugh – like A LOT) for yourself. ;)