HOLLYWOOD—The force is really with us. Fans are gearing up for the new “Star Wars Episode VI: The Force Awakens,” which is scheduled for release on December 18. For those that eat, sleep and work, the “Force” of anticipation has never been stronger because the buzz has engulfed their entire social circle. “Star Wars” has gone beyond pop-culture. Regardless of the ten years that have passed since the last “Star Wars” movie, “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” the series has remained incredibly strong with animated shows, spinoff comics, video games and merchandise.
So why the big buzz? It’s the return of the original cast and also the the mystery surrounding the film’s plot. Some fans are hoping the “Force Awakens,” and erases that bad taste the prequel trilogy left behind, so the bottom line is, it adds to the intrigue. In just a few days it will premiere in thousands of theaters around the world, most likely crushing box-office records in the process.
The return to a galaxy far, far away is on pace to shatter records for a December opening that could threaten “Jurassic World’s” debut of $208.8 million to become the biggest opening in history. Even if you’re not a “Star Wars” enthusiast, you might just want to go see the newest movie in the saga. In celebration, some fans are even hosting “Star Wars” costume parties. They come dressed as their favorite character and screen the original trilogy with the 1983 classic.
Not making a lot of buzz is Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea,” which sunk at the box-office, mustering a mere $11 million after debuting in 3,103 theaters. The brilliant director behind “Apollo 13,” and “A Beautiful Mind,” is facing a painful flop-one of the worst of his Oscar-winning career. The film which stars Chris Hemsworth, had an estimated $100 million budget.
Now, If you still need some last minute ideas for the holiday gift guide for kids: Anything Star Wars would be a definite hit. Even for the adult “Star Wars” fans the new toys tied to “The Force Awakens” is an awesome gift. Retail stores have been overrun with Star Wars-branded merchandise, which you can hardly miss.
Besides “Star Wars,” breaking records is Michael Jackson’s classic album “Thriller.” Thirty-three years after it was released it has sold more than 30 million copies in the US. The milestone was announced by the Recording Industry Association of America and Jackson’s estate. The album includes hits such as “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and “Wanna Be Startin Somethin,” as well as the title track. Adele’s new album “25” only has another 25 million to catch up to “Thriller.”
Rose’s Scoop: Usually couples in a romantic relationship get engaged either Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Eva Longoria couldn’t wait. The third time is a charm, as they say. Eva annouced her engagement to Latin America’s Television president, Jose Antonio Baston. Longoria’s big ruby sparkler is the latest in engagement rings, which some are rare and priceless.