/ 17 October 2023

Chinese cinemas see a spike, a Star Wars model scores nearly $5m, and a rough day to be a potato

Image: Jeremy Rockliff via Facebook
Image: Jeremy Rockliff via Facebook

Chinese women are flocking to the cinema, defying the nation’s economic downturn. And while Western blockbusters like Barbie did okay, the top flicks since June include local productions like romantic mystery Lost in the Stars and fantasy Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms.

A model Star Wars spacecraft used in the OG film has been sold for almost $5 million. The 20-inch X-Wing starfighter prop was lost for decades and was found amongst the belongings of the Oscar-nominated model maker Greg Jein, who died last year. The massive price makes it the most expensive Star Wars screen-used prop to be sold at auction. 

Kenny the Kennebec potato has fallen over. And if you’re upset, imagine how the people of Tasmania’s Sassafras feel that their fibreglass/cement mascot has succumbed to damage from a truck and high winds. At least the internet had some fun with it…

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