In case you didn’t know, Chinese audiences aren’t really familiar with Star Wars. As The Wall Street Journal explains:
“’Star Wars’ phenomenon predates China’s modern movie market. When Luke Skywalker first appeared on U.S. movie screens in 1977, China had just emerged from the Cultural Revolution—which had suppressed art as entertainment. The film’s 1999, 2002 and 2005 prequels grossed a total of $18.7 million in a time when only a small number of Chinese went to the movies.”
That’s why Disney has been making a big marketing push to the most populous country on the planet. And for those in China who have been seduced by the marketing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens but don’t have time to see all the movies before it premieres there on January 9th, Stephen Colbert has them covered by explaining the plot of Star Wars in just one minute. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
As you may have heard by now, J.J. Abrams completed the mix of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 2:38 AM Saturday morning, leaving, according to him, just six small (but important) tasks to be done. But instead of celebrating by, say, downing an entire bottle of champagne and then curling up for a nice, long, well-deserved nap, Abrams hopped on a plane to New Jersey, where he engaged in a “Celebrity Nerd-Off” with Star Wars superfan Stephen Colbert in support of the Montclair Film Festival.
For an hour and a half, Colbert interviewed Abrams about his beginnings, his career, and of course, Star Wars. After the jump, find out what we learned. Read More »
Stephen Colbert has a long history with Star Wars. He’s defended that crossguard lightsaber, called out Star Wars creator George Lucas, and even attempted to guess the entire plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens based on just the images in the trailer. While its clear Colbert is a Star Wars fan, he wasn’t afraid to take on the evil empire last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In a segment on last night’s show, Colbert blasted the brand’s past and present pieces of ridiculous marketing integration, or more specifically Cover Girl’s new line of Star Wars collection makeup.
“The forced marketing integration is strong with this one,” remarked Colbert, who went on to mock the product: “They were previously available in containers that didn’t say Star Wars!”
Watch the whole segment embedded after the jump.
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Just last week, video game company Activision Blizzard announced the formation of their own Activision Blizzard Studios with the intention of bringing some of their biggest titles to film and television. They’re starting off with development of a Call of Duty film franchise as well as a Skylanders television series, but since the company also just picked up the company behind Candy Crush, it was only a matter of time before a Candy Crush movie became a reality.
Well, it took just a few days. Hollywood has already churned out a Candy Crush movie with Liam Neeson in the key role of Mr. Toffee, and a clip has just surfaced online. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… there was another edition of Star Wars Bits! Here are all of the pieces of cool Star Wars news you might have missed, including:
- Daniel Fleetwood, the first fan to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has passed away.
- A new app lets you add Star Wars effects to your everyday life.
- Simon Pegg trashes the prequels… again.
- Stephen Colbert has a message for George Lucas.
- Yoda could have starred in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2.
- Damon Lindelof discusses his “cursed” relationship with J.J. Abrams.
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There are plenty of things that the James Bond franchise is known for, from gadgets to girls. And one of those iconic elements is the legion of fancy cars equipped with all sorts of goodies for 007 to use against his enemies. The only problem is that every single time Bond gets a new car, he ends up absolutely destroying it. And Stephen Colbert has had enough.
On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the talk show host revealed a new “clip” from Spectre, featuring a cameo from Colbert himself. Daniel Craig, as James Bond, is in need of a rental car as he’s desperate to escape from assassins. But before he gets a new vehicle, he has to go through all the red tape and rigmarole of applying to get one. You can guess what happens when Colbert asks for his name. Read More »
It’s been over a week since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer debuted, and fans are still watching it on repeat, dissecting every single frame for clues, and trying to understand why the Jedi have become myth in the Star Wars universe. And that includes late night personality Stephen Colbert.
As the The Late Show host, who didn’t have new episodes last week, said on his show last night, “This was not a 10-second slow fade teaser. None of that BS. This was a real trailer with actual chunks of movie flavor crystals in it. And I was deeply moved.” In fact, Colbert was so affected by the trailer that he took a couple minutes out of his show to guess the entire Star Wars: The Force Awakens plot. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Who am I? I’m no one… but I do come bearing a generous bounty of Star Wars-related tidbits! After the jump:
- Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams will talk Star Wars in New Jersey
- No more trailers are coming for Star Wars Episode VII
- Luke Skywalker is all over this “new” Force Awakens trailer
- Why Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was ahead of its time
- William Shatner keeps the Star Wars / Star Trek rivalry alive
- John Boyega and Daisy Ridley hang out with John Williams
- Give your loved ones a basket of Ewoks for Christmas this year
- Could the cancelled Darth Maul video game get resurrected?
- Why none of us will ever truly know how Star Wars ends
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After Labor Day weekend next month, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert makes its broadcast debut on CBS, ushering in a new era for the late night talk show recently vacated by comedy icon David Letterman. We already know that Colbert’s first guest will be American treasure George Clooney, but now the rest of the guests for the first week have been revealed.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert first guests will also include Marvel Studios star Scarlett Johansson, comedian and Trainwreck star Amy Schumer, and a few other interesting guests for the late night circuit that really give us an idea of what we can expect from this new iteration of the show. Find out the full line-up below! Read More »