Initial box office figures from ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ suggest the third installment in the legacy franchise’s sequel trilogy is primed for a disappointing run in theaters.
Rise of Skywalker lagged well behind its two predecessors in the sequel trilogy, ‘The Last Jedi‘ and ‘The Force Awakens.’ The film brought in $48 million on Saturday a day after its theater release, paling in comparison to figures of the previous two films. The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens brought in $64 and $68 million respectively.
The film is slated to underperform industry projections of its net box office take, bringing in $14 million less than the $193 million Disney projected it would bring in over its opening weekend.
The movie will still prove to be incredibly profitable and will easily recoup its $300 million budget, probably ensuring the franchise’s corporate masters will continue to churn out a near-endless stream of Star Wars content. But the lackluster opening suggests audiences may be tiring of what some perceive as Disney’s hyper-monetization of the franchise.
The film has been met with mediocre reviews, with many critics and Star Wars fans panning what they see as a lack a creativity. The film’s less-than-remarkable release all but ensures the franchise’s controversial sequel trilogy will be mostly forgotten within years, lacking the widespread appeal of George Lucas’ original trilogy and the similarly divisive prequel trilogy.
An actor from the spinoff TV show ‘The Mandalorian’ made waves by openly criticizing the film, surprising some to see a Star Wars actor bashing a Star Wars movie.
If ‘Rise of Skywalker’ has anything of value to offer to viewers, perhaps it’s insight for fans who need to realize that they should stake their personal identity on something more than an outer space film franchise.
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Expert Witness Who Testified Against Harvey Weinstein in His Criminal Trial is Hit by Car
A forensic pathologist who gave critical testimony during the criminal case of Hollywood sex pervert Harvey Weinstein was hit by a car in recent days, LawandCrime.com has discovered.
Dr. Barbara Ziv is currently in the hospital following the attack with no other details about the situation currently known. She talked about “rape myths” during her testimony at the trial on behalf of the prosecution, blowing many holes through Weinstein’s defense
“Many individuals who are sexually assaulted will tell somebody: a friend. Not everybody, but many,” Ziv testified at the trial in January. “Very few people then will report to a doctor or a counselor or a spiritual advisor, and then the next level is to law enforcement — and even fewer report to law enforcement.”
“As devastating as sexual assault is, most individuals think, ‘Ok, I can put it behind me. I can move on with my life. I don’t want it to get worse. I don’t want this person who sexually assaulted me to ruin my friendships or put my job in jeopardy. I am just going to put it in a box and forget what happened. I don’t want it to get worse,’” Ziv said while appearing in court. “But they can’t.”
“Sometimes women will have subsequent contact with the perpetrator because they can’t really believe that this happened to them,” she added. “They’re hoping that this is just an aberration. You hear that all the time.” Ziv claimed during the trial that it is a myth that “one can determine whether somebody has been raped by their behavior.”
There is no evidence that Dr. Ziv, who also gave testimony during the Bill Cosby trial, was struck in retaliation for giving testimony damning to Weinstein. However, there is a long history of Weinstein exerting intimidation, including levying alleged threats and having individuals followed in order to keep those who may expose his illicit behavior from talking.
Intrepid journalist Ronan Farrow, who has blown the lid off of many Hollywood sex scandals, once said he feared for his safety while writing an exposé of Weinstein.
“I don’t make light of the fact that it was frightening to be in the crosshairs of that,” Farrow said. “I mean, there were times when I feared for my safety and, you know, my sources were telling me to get a gun and I moved out of my apartment.”
Weinstein was not able to escape justice, despite being protected by the entertainment industry for decades. He was found guilty of third-degree rape and other sex crimes in the court of law on Monday. He is scheduled to face another trial in California on different sex crime charges.
Big League Politics will provide updates on Ziv’s condition and the circumstances of her “accident” as the details emerge.
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