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Stars Wars 7 has a title at last: “The Force Awakens.” Has it been sleeping? Is Luke Skywalker reviving the force, or is Yoda coming back? The title had to include some reference to the first three (now middle three) Star Wars films. The Force was the central idea to those movies, so that’s it. Principal photography is completed on J.J. Abrams’ movie. Now the waiting begins…

“Interstellar” has made $1.35 million in limited release since Tuesday night. It’s only playing on 249 screens, mostly IMAX, until its real debut on Friday. A three hour film can’t repeat so fast, so we’ll see how it does. Plus, Disney’s “Big Hero 6” is half the length and sort of tells the “Interstellar” story in its last 20 minutes. Very weird. But there are plot similarities which I am sure are coincidences. “Big Hero 6” is going to be a smash, one way or the other.

As for “Interstellar,” the big box office is coming. We hope. It’s the event movie of the season…

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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