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  • Will 'Star Wars' be a force in China?

    Sports marketing specialist Luo Ranfeng is a “Star Wars” superfan.The 28-year-old spends much of his spare time helping to run the biggest Chinese website devoted to the epic space opera, starwarschina.com. The Beijing resident met his fiancee on the fan site, and when they get married this summer,...

  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' passes 'Avatar' as U.S. box-office champ

    “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” officially became the highest grossing movie in U.S. history Wednesday, not adjusting for inflation. The Walt Disney Co. movie has surpassed the previous domestic record of $760.5 million held by the 2009 James Cameron blockbuster “Avatar,” according to studio estimates,...

  • J.J. Abrams reveals how he found the location for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' climax

    While "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" continues to demonstrate its box office might, details about how some parts of the movie came together are being revealed. Spoilers ahead.  The most recent is a behind-the-scenes reel that explains how director J.J. Abrams discovered the location for that key...

  • Did 'The Force Awakens' really stink? 'Star Wars' fans respond

    A recent piece by Michael Hiltzik has awakened a kind of Dark Side-Light Side debate among die-hard "Star Wars" fans with a couple of declarations: 1. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is not very good; and 2. It's not really a movie, but the safe "anchoring element of a vast commercial program."...

  • Admit it: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' stinks -- and here's why

    On Christmas Day, I fulfilled my duty as an American consumer and took the family to see the new "Star Wars" movie. The excursion solved a mystery: Why do so many of the reviews, even the enthusiastic ones, carry an undertone of disappointment?  The simple answer is that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens,"...

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