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May The Fourth Be With You!

Happy Star Wars Day!  Just in case you don't have a Star Wars fan in your life (which is an uncommon occurence these days), it's an unofficial celebration by fans of the Star Wars movies, books, TV shows and characters.  May 4th was chosen because it's a play on words on the famous line, "May the Force (Fourth) be with you".


I've been a fan since I was a little knee-high DJ.  I never got to see the first film in theatres.  I read the Marvel Comics adaptation and I was hooked.  By the time I got to see "The Empire Strikes Back", I was a fan for life.  You can imagine how excited I was to hear that new films were coming, especially after seeing this trailer.



It's Han Solo!  HAN SOLO!!!!  I saw the last two seconds of that trailer, and it took me beack to being 12 years old, scarfing popcorn and keeping my eyes glued to the screen for 90 minutes of wonder, fun and excitement.


Some still say Star Wars, and stories like it, are kid stuff.  Some of it is.  However, I view Star Wars as part of our modern mythology, like Star Trek, Harry Potter and the seemingly never-ending stream of superheroes.  In a world that seems like it's getting worse all the time, we need an escape sometimes.  We need a reminder that it can be possible to triumph over apparently hopeless odds.


More than ever, we need heroes.  

May the Fourth be with you.

(P.S. "Star Wars" also gave us this.  It's one of my guilty pleasure songs.)




What you need to know about Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron

(NOTE:  There are some SPOILERS ahead.)


"Avengers: Age of Ultron", starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Scarlett Johansson.  The PG-13 movie is now showing at Heritage Park Theatre in Chickasha.

This movie picks up where "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" left off . . . with the Avengers taking down a hidden HYDRA base where the bad guys had been experimenting with alien artifacts and working on developing artificial intelligence.
Tony Stark decides to adapt that research for an A.I. he created to protect the world . . . but after Ultron becomes self-aware, it decides that WE'RE the problem, and the only way to restore peace is to exterminate us.  James Spader IS Ultron.
Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron-Taylor Johnson join the cast as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.  You may remember them from the end credits of "The Winter Soldier". They're twins who were given the power of magic and super speed from Loki's scepter.
Elizabeth Olsen uses her powers to manipulate people's minds, which is why Iron Man and Hulk are fighting each other in the Hulkbuster clip everyone's excited about.
And until now, Paul Bettany has only been the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., but in this one he also gets to play the android Vision, who's created by Ultron but ends up on our side.  (Watch him discuss motion capture with James Spader here.)
On the cameo front, Stan Lee is back for his normal comedic turn, Anthony Mackie appears as the Falcon, and Don Cheadle is back as War Machine in the scene where everyone tries and fails to lift Thor's hammer.
This is Joss Whedon's last "Avengers" movie.  He's going out on top though.  "Age of Ultron" will be showing on nearly 4,300 screens in the U.S. this weekend.  And it's made $255 million in its first week overseas, which means it's turning a profit. But can it keep up the momentum?  After all, the first movie "only" made $207 million in its opening week in the states.  And it went on to become the third highest grossing movie of all time.  "The Avengers" raked in $1.5 BILLION by the time it was done.
The next two "Avengers" movies will be directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, who did last year's "The Winter Soldier" and next year's "Captain America: Civil War".  But you'll have to wait THREE YEARS for "Infinity War: Part I".  There are six Marvel movies between now and then, including "Ant-Man", "Doctor Strange", a new Spider-Man reboot, and sequels for "Captain America" and "Guardians of the Galaxy".
One last thing . . . don't be that guy sitting in the dark waiting for the end of the credits.  The director says there's no bonus scene this time.  You'll be able to watch the "tag" scene linking this one to the next movie at the start of the credits . . . then you can go.


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