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The hype for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has hit unreal levels in the days leading up to its release.

Thank the maker, there's a holiday party for Star Wars fans. "Rian Johnson (director) called to ask me to lunch and talk about something", Dern explain, "and then Kathleen Kennedy (producer) also called and I knew something was up". She remembers her parents taking her to Star Wars when she was a little girl.

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"Movies with such a high level of interest, demand, and secrecy are more sensitive to the flow of buzz, especially a film with a fan base as vast and opinionated as that of 'Star Wars, '" said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.

The Force took over the Shrine Auditorium near downtown Los Angeles, as stars and filmmakers of Star Wars: The Last Jedi came together on Dec 9 for the first screening of the eighth instalment of the massive Lucasfilm franchise. When everyone was finally lined up in front of the screen, Johnson took the opportunity to make one last tribute. "Who is up there right now, flipping me the bird, saying, 'Damn it, Rian". Check your knowledge of A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi at this classic Star Wars trivia night. As for the movie itself... well, I can't say much about it yet.

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Carrie Fisher, who unexpectedly died late a year ago, was ever-present at Friday's premiere, featured prominently in film posters lining the red carpet.

The aesthetic for the afterparty was modeled after Canto Bight-a new Last Jedi planet that plays host to one of the galaxy's most lavish casinos-with an extensive buffet and a half-dozen open bars. Having said that, with Disney offering Johnson heavy control over the next trilogy, they must have been very pleased with his work The Last Jedi and that gives me a lot of confidence for the film. It will show "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at 3 p.m. and "The Last Jedi" at 6 p.m., according to Regal's website. These were basically irresistible.

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