The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: December 18th (STAR WARS EDITION)

In this editorial series, I will be doing a weekly collection of all things nerdy. Some of the article will be a wrap-up of some movie news, perhaps casting rumors or images; stuff that doesn't necessarily warrant an entire article but are still important. Then the rest will be different geek culture items, such as memes or videos. I will try my best to post these every Saturday. So let's get our hands nerdy (okay, that was terrible) and check out the geek picks of this week.

But this is no ordinary weekend. This is the weekend that Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens in the theaters. However, I will be seeing it on Sunday, December 20th. I slacked a bit in getting my tickets, and a Sunday night showing was the only thing available. So this article will be from the perspective of a person who has yet to see the film. But that will all change in a couple days! So with The Force Awakens opening this weekend, I thought I'd dedicate this week's Nerd Round-Up to celebrating the franchise that has inspired countless generations. It is such a momentous occasion, that I am moving the release of this article up a day to Friday in order to coincide with the release of the film. 

The News

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is going to be one of the biggest movies of all time. It just is. However, it will not get the biggest release of all time. Apparently, The Force Awakens will open in 4,100 theaters nationwide, which is just 365 theaters short of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. This is surprising to me. Not only am I surprised that The Force Awakens isn't taking top-spot in this category, but that Eclipse of all movies is the reigning champ. Not even the final film in the franchise, but one of the middle movies. It doesn't make much sense to me. But 4,100 theaters is a lot of screens, and will make this film very accessible to people. Everyone's going to have their chance to see The Force Awakens seven times, and this movie is going to make a lot of money.

After The Force Awakens, the next two Star Wars films are Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars Episode VIII. While we know virtually nothing about Episode VIII, we do know a bit about Rogue One. It will focus on a squadron of Rebel pilots who steal the plans to the Death Star, which kicks off the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. And now we know a little something more about both films. The next two movies, similar to The Force Awakens, will be released in 3D. This is a smart move for Disney. 3D is extra money for the studio and can add to the film if done right. I'm not a huge fan of 3D, but I tend to see my movies in 3D when I got the theater. It's a good move for Disney, and it shows that they're really in for the long haul with Star Wars.

While Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is the real face of villainy for The Force Awakens, the other villains are kind of being overlooked. The film will also have Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), General Hux (Domnhall Gleeson) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), the franchise's first female villain. Virtually nothing is known about her character, other than her ominous Chrometrooper outfit and menacing presence. But now we know a little something about her. Director J.J. Abrams recently revealed that Phasma's costume design was the original design for Kylo Ren. I am so glad that they changed it, because Kylo Ren looks awesome! While I like the design of Phasma, I don't think it would suit the main antagonist of the film. It's too ordinary. For a secondary villain, it works perfectly. I am very excited to see what the film does with Captain Phasma. 

The Other Sh*t

Insane Star Wars Fan Theories, courtesy of
Screen Junkies

Top 10 Worst Star Wars Special Edition Changes,
courtesy of WatchMojo

Final Episode of Jedi Council Before Star Wars,
courtesy of Collider

So that's our nerd round-up for this week. What do you think? What are your thoughts on the news articles? What about the videos? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate
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