Star Wars: The Clone Wars

<b>The X Factor</b><br>
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<b>' <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV000105" title="Star Wars (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/star-wars-%28movie%29-ENMV000105.topic">Star Wars</a>: The Clone Wars'</b><br>
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The “Star Wars” brand has taken a bit of a beating in recent years, but one can never discount the dedicated army of die-hard enthusiasts, (we’re talking the legions of fans who own their own Storm Trooper armor) who would show up to a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP016487" title="Wal-Mart Stores, Inc." href="/topic/economy-business-finance/wal-mart-stores-inc.-ORCRP016487.topic">Wal-Mart</a> opening if <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003061" title="George Lucas" href="/topic/entertainment/george-lucas-PECLB003061.topic">George Lucas</a> built it.<br>
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<b>' <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV000150" title="Tropic Thunder (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/tropic-thunder-%28movie%29-ENMV000150.topic">Tropic Thunder</a>'</b><br>
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Taking a cue from Tarantino and Rodriguez’s “Grindhouse,” Stiller opens his Hollywood satire with a series of fake movie trailers that perfectly skewer Tinseltown’s current output. Gross-out comedies, pretentious period pieces and over-the-top action blockbusters aren’t spared. But will the same public that made these films box office hits understand what Stiller finds so distasteful about them?<br>
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<b>WINNER:</b> Broadway director <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002709" title="George S. Kaufman" href="/topic/entertainment/george-s.-kaufman-PECLB002709.topic">George S. Kaufman</a> once described satire this way: “Satire is what closes on Saturday.” “Star Wars” has enough of a legacy behind it that it may be able to coast beyond “Tropic Thunder” on goodwill alone.
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The X Factor

' Star Wars: The Clone Wars'

The “Star Wars” brand has taken a bit of a beating in recent years, but one can never discount the dedicated army of die-hard enthusiasts, (we’re talking the legions of fans who own their own Storm Trooper armor) who would show up to a Wal-Mart opening if George Lucas built it.

' Tropic Thunder'

Taking a cue from Tarantino and Rodriguez’s “Grindhouse,” Stiller opens his Hollywood satire with a series of fake movie trailers that perfectly skewer Tinseltown’s current output. Gross-out comedies, pretentious period pieces and over-the-top action blockbusters aren’t spared. But will the same public that made these films box office hits understand what Stiller finds so distasteful about them?

WINNER: Broadway director George S. Kaufman once described satire this way: “Satire is what closes on Saturday.” “Star Wars” has enough of a legacy behind it that it may be able to coast beyond “Tropic Thunder” on goodwill alone.

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