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J.J. Abrams on Whether You Should See the Movie in 3D

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams appeared on the Howard Stern Show last week, he mentioned that he doesn’t really like seeing movies in 3D because of the annoyance of having to put the 3D glasses over his glasses. Now in a newer interview with the Associated Press, Abrams seems to be pushing for people to see the film in 3D:

When I was watching the reels in 3-D, there were a number of shots — and I know this sounds insane — that I hadn’t understood in the three-dimensional space quite the way I did when I saw them in 3-D. I actually felt that there were things that were playing better in 3-D. I had never felt that before. And if people have access to a theater that has laser projection, it is shockingly better.

Of course, purchasing the 3D ticket means a bigger box office number, so why wouldn’t the filmmaker try to advocate for that? When co-star Daisy Ridley was asked on Jimmy Kimmel about how we should view the film, she suggested fans first see the film regularly, then go back and watch the IMAX 3D version. And of course Daisy is taking the more profitable approach of advocating fans see the film two times, and once with the expensive IMAX ticket.

All of that said, my opening night ticket is for the Manns Chinese IMAX theatre, which has laser projection. I want to see it there for legacy reasons, but also because of the sequence that was shot in full frame IMAX.

NASA Says BB-8 Isn’t Well Designed

NASA roboticist Brett Kennedy has analyzed the design of Star Wars droids and found that BB-8 is the least well-designed of the three which included R2D2 and C3PO. The Mary Sue points out that “BB-8 has no design flaws in our hearts, of course.”

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Kathleen Kennedy On George Lucas’ Involvement

The Hollywood Reporter talked to Kathleen Kennedy about a variety of topics, including the marketing, the merchandising, her work day, and the development of the movie. But the most juicy part is where Kennedy talks about George Lucas and his public skepticism of the new film:

I talk to George all the time. George has gone through his own personal process of trying to find his own way of letting go of something that has a huge amount to do with his entire adult life. It’s really impossible for him to only get involved a little bit. He either feels he needs to get involved 100 percent and really be running everything or not at all. He had to make that choice for himself, to step away. When I first came into this company, I had about five months where it was back and forth in his mind as to whether he was going to sell, when he was going to sell. At the same time, we were talking about making new movies. He was the one who  initially approached Harrison and Mark and Carrie. All of that he initiated, and I think realizing what it meant to stay involved with its execution was what he had to reconcile. And it’s been tough, watching this go on without his direct involvement, but at the same time, I think he really wanted to step away, knowing that it was in good hands. That’s why he always, always wanted to sell to Disney. There was no debate around that.

Wouldn’t it be better if he didn’t talk about the new movie?

I don’t want to second-guess what George feels he needs to say or do. It’s up to him. If there’s one thing I’ve always known about George, he’s never held back on his opinions. Of course I want him to be happy with what we’re doing. But having him 100 percent on board is up to him. He’s said in his own words, he can’t do that unless he’s the one running everything. [But] he’s seen the movie, and he really liked it.

 

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