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To say that my most recent visit to Los Angeles was "surreal" would border on understatement - stepping into a world that just a few years ago none would've expected, nor believed. Going back even further, the small child that still resides housed in this now 39-year-old body would never understand the weight or gravitas of the situation - STAR WARS is back, and aside from the original era of 1977-1983, there's been no better time to be a STAR WARS fan than now. The Force is strong in our family, my wife and I sharing our love of "a galaxy far, far away" with our daughters - our children finding themselves enchanted with the very stories we grew up on, but now with new tales that we can experience together... for the very first time. Sixteen years had passed between the release of RETURN OF THE JEDI in 1983 and the debut of THE PHANTOM MENACE in 1999... "the dark times" bridging the gap between the end of the "Original Trilogy" and the start of the "Prequel Trilogy." Now, in 2015, another sixteen years have passed and we've arrived on the cusp of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, the start of a new Trilogy - but one that unlike its predecessors, will be punctuated by standalone "Star Wars Stories" in between. This week, a little boy that spent countless hours immersed in a world of Kenner STAR WARS action figures nearly 40 years ago would be invited by Disney to take a step into a larger world - the Global Press Event for the launch of THE FORCE AWAKENS... a film directed by another little boy (J.J. Abrams), who's now grown-up and and has taken those toys to help relaunch the Saga for new generations of families to enjoy for a long, long time to come...

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It was nearly a year ago today that I first posted about the long-gestating film adaptation of Roald Dahl's THE BFG, and today comes the very first trailer. From Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film is produced in part by Kathleen Kennedy (along with Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer), whom I spoke with on Sunday while attending the press event for her next film, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Kennedy explained that she'd worked on developing this with Director Spielberg for years - and that it was shortly after her acceptance of the Lucasfilm gig that he finally revisited the script and decided to give it a "go." Check out the magical new trailer below, and look for more on THE BFG and my interview with Kennedy coming very soon...

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