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The UK and France getting Star Wars: The Force Awakens a little earlier

09.08.2015

Someone owes me answers. Strike that. Someone owes all of us answers. We deserve some sort of explanation as to why, when December 18 rolls around and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is finally here, we may have already run into an issue where overseas audiences have exhibited their capacity for spoiling the movie to the world. A few countries are getting the film a tad earlier than the rest of us, and that never sounds like a sound strategy to me.

Granted, those midnight shows have gradually been moved up to 8 and 10 p.m. shows across the board, so those able to get tickets to those first shows will technically get to see it early, too, but not as soon as those in the UK who have seen their release date moved up to the 17th and French audiences who are getting their fresh dose of the Force on the 16th.

There are going to be people who know all about the First Order and the Resistance and Kylo Ren and BB8 and so on and so forth just as you can taste it. Let the outrage begin, and the social media blackout planning start, since you know it's going to be needed.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrives on December 18, unless you're outside the U.S., in which case... Son of a bitch!

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5:36PM on 09/09/2015

WHAT IF...

JAR JAR Binks makes a Cameo?
HAN SOLO dies?....
Jabba the Hutt's long lost Nephew erases R2-D2's memory?

its fine AS LONG AS EVERYBODY KEEPS THEIR MOUTHS SHUT for a few weeks....
REMEMBER: "DARTH VADER IS LUKE'S FATHER"
dont SPOIL my STAR WARS: FORCE AWAKENS with your stupidity and your flappy mouth.
JAR JAR Binks makes a Cameo?
HAN SOLO dies?....
Jabba the Hutt's long lost Nephew erases R2-D2's memory?

its fine AS LONG AS EVERYBODY KEEPS THEIR MOUTHS SHUT for a few weeks....
REMEMBER: "DARTH VADER IS LUKE'S FATHER"
dont SPOIL my STAR WARS: FORCE AWAKENS with your stupidity and your flappy mouth.
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6:56PM on 09/09/2015
You see this is what annoys me, people who come on a MOVIE site, to read about MOVIES, potential PLOT arks and SPOILERS. What the fuck do you expect? Would you go to a supermarket and moan that there is food on the shelves - if you don't want to be spoiled then here's some advice: do one
You see this is what annoys me, people who come on a MOVIE site, to read about MOVIES, potential PLOT arks and SPOILERS. What the fuck do you expect? Would you go to a supermarket and moan that there is food on the shelves - if you don't want to be spoiled then here's some advice: do one
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10:48AM on 09/09/2015
I guess I don't care because it's very petty to give a shit about a release date. I'm just as happy to watch it a day or two later.
I guess I don't care because it's very petty to give a shit about a release date. I'm just as happy to watch it a day or two later.
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8:04AM on 09/09/2015
A global release for something as anticipated and secretive as this must be a hell of a thing to pull off.
Despite living in the UK, I probably won't see it 'til late December anyway. Way too much going on around Christmas.
A global release for something as anticipated and secretive as this must be a hell of a thing to pull off.
Despite living in the UK, I probably won't see it 'til late December anyway. Way too much going on around Christmas.
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6:20AM on 09/09/2015
Like Herelam said, I'm def. waiting. I made the mistake when I saw episodes 1,2,and 3 to see it the night it came out and couldn't enjoy the film cause stupid kids were running around with their lightsabers like a bunch of crazies. (I should've know better.) But yes, a random Tuesday afternoon will do just fine for me. I'll just avoid the internet for a few days. No big deal.
Like Herelam said, I'm def. waiting. I made the mistake when I saw episodes 1,2,and 3 to see it the night it came out and couldn't enjoy the film cause stupid kids were running around with their lightsabers like a bunch of crazies. (I should've know better.) But yes, a random Tuesday afternoon will do just fine for me. I'll just avoid the internet for a few days. No big deal.
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5:06AM on 09/09/2015

Why do you people even care to see it the first week?

I'm still waiting a couple weeks no matter what day it comes out. I personally don't like rubbing elbows with complete strangers in a crowded theater. Two weeks on a Tuesday afternoon is the best time to see a movie because teenagers are in school. It's the same experience without a bunch of assholes sitting around you,.
I'm still waiting a couple weeks no matter what day it comes out. I personally don't like rubbing elbows with complete strangers in a crowded theater. Two weeks on a Tuesday afternoon is the best time to see a movie because teenagers are in school. It's the same experience without a bunch of assholes sitting around you,.
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6:21AM on 09/09/2015
Agreed.
Agreed.
11:01AM on 09/09/2015
Well said Herelam! I also don't want to have my experience ruined by annoying people in the crowd. I find going on the weekend is fine if you hit a 11am or noon showing.
Well said Herelam! I also don't want to have my experience ruined by annoying people in the crowd. I find going on the weekend is fine if you hit a 11am or noon showing.
2:52PM on 09/09/2015
Dammit, I thought I was the only one who did this!
Will wait till Wednesday then haha
Dammit, I thought I was the only one who did this!
Will wait till Wednesday then haha
5:29PM on 09/09/2015
I'm 100% agreed with you, hereIam, the problem lies squarely on people's inability to keep their mouths ZIPPED before the rest of the world see's the film for the first time... I remember the episode of Walking Dead that Darrel comes out with Beth's body from the hospital... two people (my facebook friends) LOCAL people from California didnt know they were watching an EAST COAST FEED for Walking Dead on DISH network, or didnt care enough to keep their mouths shut at least for just a few
I'm 100% agreed with you, hereIam, the problem lies squarely on people's inability to keep their mouths ZIPPED before the rest of the world see's the film for the first time... I remember the episode of Walking Dead that Darrel comes out with Beth's body from the hospital... two people (my facebook friends) LOCAL people from California didnt know they were watching an EAST COAST FEED for Walking Dead on DISH network, or didnt care enough to keep their mouths shut at least for just a few hours.... and just like that Beth's end was revealed.... on a Sunday night at 6:55pm Pacific Standard Time.... really? yeah... neither of them cared that they blurted out "BETHS DEAD" on Facebook and made it my problem for reading their posts.... its not my problem, its theirs, they spoiled that episode for me and they didnt care....

Now this could be a huge potential problem for STAR WARS: FORCE AWAKENS.... the little aspecs of the film I figure I'll hear about it the next day at the office.... but its the TWIST or big reveal like "DARTH VADER IS LUKE'S FATHER" nobody wants to hear about a TWIST ending or a character dying or a big reveal... something that has the potential to really screw with people and ruin their experience because you arent supposed to know prior to going in.....
6:58PM on 09/09/2015
Try a cinema with big seats??? Unless you're one of those Yanks with a BMI problem and you fill 3 seats, hence the elbow problem
Try a cinema with big seats??? Unless you're one of those Yanks with a BMI problem and you fill 3 seats, hence the elbow problem
4:28AM on 09/09/2015

yes ! 16th for me !

... cause in France movies are released on wednesdays...
so the pre-screennings will be on tuesday night at 8 PM ! yeah !
... cause in France movies are released on wednesdays...
so the pre-screennings will be on tuesday night at 8 PM ! yeah !
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5:32PM on 09/09/2015
fine, thats great... just dont come here and post until the 18th or even later.... keep your trap shut.
fine, thats great... just dont come here and post until the 18th or even later.... keep your trap shut.
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4:13AM on 09/09/2015
The easiest thing to do is avoid the internet for the day before SW comes out here. Of course, if you're like me, it's going to be really hard to try and avoid spoilers as there is no way I am attempting to see the movie that weekend. I may go that first week, but even that seems a bit risky.
The easiest thing to do is avoid the internet for the day before SW comes out here. Of course, if you're like me, it's going to be really hard to try and avoid spoilers as there is no way I am attempting to see the movie that weekend. I may go that first week, but even that seems a bit risky.
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3:57AM on 09/09/2015

Australia will be the 16th too

Title says it all, Australia will be the 16th too.
Title says it all, Australia will be the 16th too.
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3:50AM on 09/09/2015

yes

17th for me!!
17th for me!!
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2:11AM on 09/09/2015
Haha Americans - you want answers Billy, well it's because the UK is more awesome than the USA, oh and we know how wound up the Star Wars nerds will get over this news.
Haha Americans - you want answers Billy, well it's because the UK is more awesome than the USA, oh and we know how wound up the Star Wars nerds will get over this news.
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5:03AM on 09/09/2015
Who cares? That's a childish opinion you have there. Besides, most of use are waiting 2 weeks to see it based solely on the fact that crowded theaters are not enjoyable. So stick that in your butter teeth.
Who cares? That's a childish opinion you have there. Besides, most of use are waiting 2 weeks to see it based solely on the fact that crowded theaters are not enjoyable. So stick that in your butter teeth.
7:07AM on 09/09/2015
Scotland rules!
Scotland rules!
3:00PM on 09/09/2015
@herelam - well America is about 2 weeks behind the rest of the world anyway, especially in terms of your 'ahem constitutions' and as for crowded theatres proper movie fans realise that actually a packed out movie theatre is part of the experience so why don't you just wait for it to come out on blu Ray and watch it at home
@herelam - well America is about 2 weeks behind the rest of the world anyway, especially in terms of your 'ahem constitutions' and as for crowded theatres proper movie fans realise that actually a packed out movie theatre is part of the experience so why don't you just wait for it to come out on blu Ray and watch it at home
4:39PM on 09/09/2015
@OptimusPrime "because the UK is more awesome (THAN) the USA". Ouch, you really stuck it to him!
@OptimusPrime "because the UK is more awesome (THAN) the USA". Ouch, you really stuck it to him!
6:54PM on 09/09/2015
Wow docphos - awesome comeback
Wow docphos - awesome comeback
3:46PM on 09/10/2015
@OptimusPrime I'm on your side dude. cause USA is not more awesome than the UK, nerds! Go get 'em man!
@OptimusPrime I'm on your side dude. cause USA is not more awesome than the UK, nerds! Go get 'em man!
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6:22PM on 09/08/2015
I was under the impression major movies being released in the UK before the US was a common thing nowadays, certainly when it comes to Marvel movies.
I was under the impression major movies being released in the UK before the US was a common thing nowadays, certainly when it comes to Marvel movies.
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6:11PM on 09/08/2015
Let's be honest!
It will be on the net way before that
Let's be honest!
It will be on the net way before that
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6:11PM on 09/08/2015
I'll be sure to avoid any and all Star Wars news so I won't have any of the surprises spoiled for myself.
I'll be sure to avoid any and all Star Wars news so I won't have any of the surprises spoiled for myself.
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