Good vs. Evil in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

This past weekend marked the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi. This is the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, which has introduced a whole new generation to the joys of Star Wars fandom. This movie has received mixed reviews, which, as a loyal Star Wars fan, baffles me, but … Continued

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Remembering Carrie Fisher

2016 has been a rough year in many ways, but especially so for celebrity-watchers, who have seen a number of high-profile stars pass away in the last twelve months. The most recent was the author, actress and Hollywood icon Carrie Fisher. Best known for her performance as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, Fisher … Continued

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Will ‘Rogue One’ Explore the Meaning of Fatherhood?

I’ll confess I’ve never not been excited about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Disney gained my trust, and Lucasfilm earned it back, with The Force Awakens. But after the final trailer came out for this prequel side-story, opening in December, I’m very, very excited, and my trust does not seem misplaced. While this Star … Continued

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Why ‘Star Wars’ Is Crushing ‘Star Trek’ in Pop Culture

This should be Star Trek’s moment. The franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary, a new film is now in theaters and Comic-Con just delivered a peek at the latest Star Trek TV series. So why are so many people still more enthusiastic about Star Wars? Because traditional storytelling still trumps 21st century revisionism and political … Continued

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Will Disney kill ‘Star Wars’?

The two soldiers fled from the enemy into dense forest cover. Blasts exploded all around as they hugged the ground, racing away from the enemy as fast as they could. They climbed over tree stumps. They jumped over logs. The blasts continued to come closer. Closer. Until… They were hit. They toppled over, stunned from … Continued

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Chewbacca is My Co-Pilot

As you read this, teams of overpaid marketing employees are feverishly trying to figure out how to convince consumers to buy products. Sometimes they strike viral gold. Other times? Not so much. But just when marketers think they have us quirky humans figured out, there emerges something so bizarre, yet so popular, that it defies everything … Continued

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Obama’s “Nudge” Guru Ruins ‘Star Wars’

Cass Sunstein better hold on to his day job. The Harvard law professor, former Obama administration regulations “tsar,” and advocate for “nudging” Americans into doing what he (and his co-author behavioral economist Richard Thaler) believes is right when it comes to retirement savings and health care, has just written a new book in which he … Continued

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Why Yoda is Trending Today

Today is Star Wars Day, an epic Internet-fueled celebration of all things related to The Force (May 4th was chosen for its wonderful pun, “May the 4th be with you. . .”). Originally celebrated in Toronto in 2011, the unofficial holiday took on a life of its own online and has sparked many annual events … Continued

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After all the Hype, Does ‘The Force Awakens’ Hold Up?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to home video this week. In business terms, this means that Disney can continue making all the money: In total dollars, The Force Awakens grossed more at American box offices than any movie ever. Even if you adjust for inflation, it’s the third highest grossing movie of the last … Continued

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