AMC and Cinemark theaters are banning masks and lightsabers from screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Cinemark notes in their pre-sale announcement that “costumes are welcome. However, no face coverings, face paint or simulated weapons (including lightsabers/blasters) will be allowed in the building.” Meanwhile, AMC has released the following statement:

AMC does not permit weapons or items that would make other guests feel uncomfortable or detract from the movie-going experience. Guests are welcome to come dressed in costume, but we do not permit masks. In short, bring your lightsaber, turn it off during the movie, and leave the blaster and Darth Vader mask at home.

I can certainly understand the concerns raised by costumes and weapons in movie theaters, especially since there have been some violent events in the past few years. I also understand not wanting moviegoers to distract other moviegoers during the film. I think AMC ruling is much more reasonable than Cinemark’s.

Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew and  John Boyega have joined a campaign to let terminally ill fan see Force Awakens early.

Not really Star Wars-related, but watch Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams talk about a bet he made with Harrison Ford on the set of Regarding Henry (which was written by Abrams). The bet involved M&Ms and Harrison Ford being a sore loser. In the video above, Abrams tells the story at the Britannia Awards, BAFTA Los Angeles’s annual ceremony which this year honored Harrison Ford, above.


D23 Magazine, the official magazine of the Disney fan club D23, will have a special Star Wars-themed issue just in time for The Force Awakens release. Since the magazine arrives before the film, it won’t contain much about the Force Awakens but here is what you can expect from the issue:

  • The issue is guest edited by C3PO.
  • Director J.J. Abrams sits down for a revealing Q&A.
  • Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talks about inheriting one of the most beloved franchises of all time.
  • Imagineer Scott Trowbridge gives fans a peek at what’s in store for guests at the parks, following Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger’s announcement at D23 EXPO 2015 of Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Interviews with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford about returning to the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

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