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The Force Awakens run-time revealed; J.J. Abrams talks first screening

11.30.2015
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We're just eighteen days away from the release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and I can't wait to get my butt in that theater seat. As to how long how our butts will be in those seats come December 18th, we finally have an answer. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will have a run-time of 136 minutes, which is one minute longer than the previously rumoured run-time. To put that into perspective, that would put THE FORCE AWAKENS around the middle of the pack of the pre-existing Star Wars saga: A NEW HOPE ran for 121 minutes, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK ran 124 minutes, RETURN OF THE JEDI ran 131 minutes, THE PHANTOM MENACE ran 136 minutes, ATTACK OF THE CLONES ran 142 minutes, and REVENGE OF THE SITH ran for 140 minutes.

Most films experience some form of screening for the big executives, and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS was no exception. J.J. Abrams told Howard Stern today that the first screening of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS for Disney executives Alan Horn, Bob Iger, and Alan Bergman was "horrifying."

We showed the first cut — which was still incomplete, a complete version of the movie but not the finished version — and we showed it to Alan Horn, Bob Iger and Alan Bergman, the three people at Disney who sat with me in the theater, and we screened the movie. And it was horrifying. I'm nervous beyond words, I'm showing this movie that is so far from finished, there's not an effect in it ... It was a lot of me giving excuses before the screening.

As expected, the response was favourable, which J.J. Abrams described as "the biggest relief of my life," but he then grew suspicious and joked that "their response was so kind, [I thought] they were just being nice." We don't have too much longer to wait until we can form our own opinions as the December 18th release of STAR WAR: THE FORCE AWAKENS is quickly approaching.

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11:57AM on 12/01/2015
This is honestly the perfect movie run-time for me.
Just over two weeks......
This is honestly the perfect movie run-time for me.
Just over two weeks......
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7:44AM on 12/01/2015
Are us Limeys still getting it first? If so I promise not to be on here.
Are us Limeys still getting it first? If so I promise not to be on here.
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5:54AM on 12/01/2015
Abrams happens to be flipping-off viewers in the above image. In two weeks, we shall see if The Force Awakens is also a middle finger to viewers. Disney has made some changes, so the film might be. But, Abrams knows and respects his old, established sci-fi, so the next Star Wars chapter might not be. We shall see what we shall see.
Abrams happens to be flipping-off viewers in the above image. In two weeks, we shall see if The Force Awakens is also a middle finger to viewers. Disney has made some changes, so the film might be. But, Abrams knows and respects his old, established sci-fi, so the next Star Wars chapter might not be. We shall see what we shall see.
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2:05AM on 12/01/2015
15 days 4 hours 55 min... Can't believe that the wait is almost over.
15 days 4 hours 55 min... Can't believe that the wait is almost over.
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9:42PM on 11/30/2015
This place is going to blow up in two weeks.
This place is going to blow up in two weeks.
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12:56AM on 12/01/2015
haha In other news The JoBlo movie media website has imploded upon itself within minutes of the opening of Star Wars The Force Awakens
haha In other news The JoBlo movie media website has imploded upon itself within minutes of the opening of Star Wars The Force Awakens
9:03PM on 11/30/2015
It's crazy that this is just over two weeks away at this point.
It's crazy that this is just over two weeks away at this point.
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