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At Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the pretend planet is the ride

by Marielle Segarra May 31, 2019
Seth Kubersky, who wrote the "Unofficial Guide to Disneyland," says the new attraction is a way for Disney to compete with the Harry Potter-themed worlds at Universal theme parks.
Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opened to the public Friday at the Anaheim, California, park.
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Did superheroes kill all the other movies?

by Kai Ryssdal Mar 5, 2018
No major movie studio would make an Academy Award-winning movie like Rain Man today, says Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz: “It’s an original idea. It’s driven by movie stars. It’s a domestic film.”  In his new book, “The Big…

"Star Wars" economics: What it takes to turn a planet into an insane superweapon

by Tony Wagner Dec 15, 2017
Let's do the numbers on Starkiller Base.
Starkiller Base, in all its sun-extinguishing, planet-destroying glory.
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Disney's "Star Wars" terms are a financial burden for small theaters

by Kai Ryssdal and Shaheen Ainpour Nov 7, 2017
Erich Schwartzel wrote about the tough tactics — like requiring 65 percent of ticket sales — for the Wall Street Journal.
 Rian Johnson, director of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," at Disney's D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, California in July.
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"Star Wars" movie directors are more brand shepherds than auteurs

by Amy Scott Sep 6, 2017
Directors need to be creative but also be able to make a movie in the style that is already established.
(L-R) Actors Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Director Rian Johnson, actors Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Let’s do the numbers: the 'Star Wars' empire

by Jana Kasperkevic May 25, 2017
“The force is strong with this one.”
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The new Lucas Museum will bring economic force to Los Angeles

by Annie Baxter Jan 11, 2017
The $1 billion project will display "Star Wars" items and other works of narrative storytelling.

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An ode to Carrie Fisher

by Lizzie O'Leary Dec 27, 2016
The late actress had an remarkable career beyond Star Wars
Carrie Fisher at the premier of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in central London on December 16, 2015. 
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With 'Rogue One' and more, how far can Disney stretch the 'Star Wars' franchise?

by , and Dec 16, 2016
Disney paid $4 billion for the “Star Wars” franchise — and “Indiana Jones” — when it bought Lucasfilm.  It seems the movie studio is quite intent on getting its money’s worth.  The new movie “Rogue One” opens in theaters today…
A view of a "Rogue One" panel at the London convention center ExCel.
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"Star Wars" and the rise of the money making movie

by Kai Ryssdal and Adhiti Bandlamudi Dec 12, 2016
The Star Wars film franchise changed this history of film, for better or for worse.
A member of staff demonstrates a Star Wars Jedi 'Lightsaber' themed umbrella at the 'Toy Soul 2015' exhibition in Hong Kong on December 19, 2015. The exhibition which runs from 18-20 December is geared towards local artists and toy developers showcasing new products.
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