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Welcome back to The Screening room! This episode is huge and is based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So here’s what happened on today’s show with the gang: Tommy Smart, DJ Gowski, Brother Wells and Hayley Marks…

The crew focused on all that is Star Wars this episode.

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First they decided to discuss the previous two sagas…

Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

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This film was “the breakthrough”. It was based around the chosen and the plot was a hero’s journey in space. There was a huge hype with the new graphics and it was unlike anything that was released during this time period. Fun fact: no studio wanted to produce it and George Lucas originally offered it to Disney and said they said no.

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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The Screening Room crew ranked this film the “best of them all.” This film introduced many important concepts like Yoda and the Imperial march.

Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

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Many people, like the crew at The Screening Room, disliked this film. The only thing important about this film is that the saga comes full circle.

Episodes I- III

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This saga is based around the fall of the Republic. The stories are not adapted well neither are the acting skills. The crew did not like the CGI and how it was used almost always. There was a weak romance plot and weak dialogue.

News on the March

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The 5 things you don’t know about Star Wars: The voice of BB-8 had two voice consultants, Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz. There was a Star Trek cameo as one of the aliens. Hamilton musician creator, Lin-Manual Miranda, wrote the music in The Force Awakens once J.J. Abrams approached Miranda after one of the Hamilton shows. General Leia is the original Princess Leia’s daughter.

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Scarlett Johansson is in talks to star in the R-rated comedy, Move that Body. She is also starring in Disney’s live action The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War.

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Lifetime is releasing a movie called Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart. This will be based on Braxton’s memoir. The film will feature her rise to fame as well as her struggles with bankruptcy and illness. The film will be released in January.

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 First teaser picture for  has been released. The image features Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, and Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan. The film will released in July 2016.

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Jeremy Renner will play a legendary boxer in his next movie. Renner will portray boxer Rocky Marciano. The film will follow the life of the boxer in his earliest years up until his death in a plane crash in 1969. Renner can be seen in theaters on May 6, 2016 in his other role as Hawkeye in Captain America: Civil War.

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Channing Tatum reported that he sends an email a day fro a month to Quentin Tarantino to keep himself on the top of Tarantino’s list to play the role in The Hateful Eight. Tatum got nervous during his first table read and he said about his feeling at the time: “I start getting terrified. I’m just shaking. I’ve never been so nervous.”

Reviews

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Directed by J.J. Abrams, this film focuses on two characters who meet by chance and take an adventure together. Both the writing and action is much better than the previous Star Wars films and CGI is used the way it’s supposed to be. The dialogue was really good and there are a lot of loveable new characters. Although the film was similar to the originally trilogy, it still had a lot of different moments. The bad guy, Kylo Ren, is more of a human character rather than Darth Vader, especially when he took off his mask. He was emotionally messed up. This film uses the older characters in the right way. There was humor thrown in the film, which made it more enjoyable. BB-8 is easy to fall in love with and they gave him a personality. The Screening Room crew highly recommended this film and told their viewers to definitely go see it.

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Sisters: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler plays sisters and throw one last huge party in their parent’s house before it got sold. The crew said it was a good comedy. Fey’s and Poehler’s chemistry is what made the film so amazing. The film definitely had its moments.

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip: The crew had nothing but bad reviews for this film. They said that this movie was terrible and was a complete waste of time. They highly recommended not to go see it.

Box Office

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: $120.5 million
  2. Sisters: $4.9 million
  3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip: $4.1 million
  4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2: $55 million
  5. Creed: $1.37 million

Top 10 Lightsaber Battles

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  1. Luke Skywalker VS Darth Vader Rematch- The Return of the Jedi
  2. Obi-Wan VS Darth Vader- Revenge of The Sith
  3. Obi-Wan VS Darth Vader (very first lightsaber battle)- A New Hope
  4. Luke Skywalker VS Darth Vader The Empire Strikes Back
  5. Anakin and Obi-Wan Battle 2 VS Count Dooku- Revenge of the Sith
  6. Obi-Wan and Anakin first battle VS Count Dooku- Attack of the Clones
  7. Yoda VS The Emperor- Revenge of the Sith
  8. Yoda VS Count Dooku- Attack of the Clones
  9. Darth Maul VS Qui-Gon Jinn- The Phantom Menace
  10. Obi-Wan VS General Grievous- Revenge of the Sith

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Well that’s all I have for you on this week’s update of The Screening Room. Tune in next year, January 10th at 10a.m. for more news on all things film on 88.7FM WRHU, Radio Hofstra University.