Valara Saar in Lucasfilm trademarks?

Lucasfilm has filed new trademark registrations this week for Star Wars character names from the non-canon expanded universe — how mysterious. You might remember that we first learned of Gwendoline Christie’s character name Captain Phasma from trademark filings, so these two names might provide interesting clues to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Rogue One or the future of the Star Wars saga.

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Drew Struzan Force Awakens

Legendary poster artist Drew Struzan has been involved with the Star Wars movies since the beginning of the saga. We included some of Struzan’s Star Wars one-sheets in our post about his exclusive D23 Expo 2015 poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and we’ve even done a breakdown over-analyzing the components and composition of the new one-sheet.

Now Struzan has done an interview about his latest poster, and explained how it came about while praising Force Awakens saying “it is far and away probably going to be THE BEST Star Wars you’ve ever seen.” Read more Drew Struzan Force Awakens opinions, after the jump.

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The episode titles for Marvel’s next Netflix series Jessica Jones. have found their way online. For those of you who like to scan the chapter titles before diving into a novel, you can hit the jump now. I would warn of possible spoilers but these episode titles are pretty harmless.

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits we will take a look at:

  • A sneak preview of the possible opening crawl for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • JJ Abrams remembers the first time he saw Star Wars.
  • Disneyland is casting for performers for Star Wars Launch Bay opening in October or November 2015
  • New Star Wars credit cards that will give cardholders exclusive access to Star Wars meet-and-greets in Disney theme parks.
  • See two new Star Wars comic book variant covers.
  • Japan All Nippon Airways reveals a new plane which will be themed like BB-8 from The Force Awakens.
  • The Star Wars: Uprising mobile game will have promotions at PAX Prime.
  • Set photos from Star Wars: Rogue One at Cardington, which could be another recreation of an Original Trilogy location.
  • Disney Interactive’s announcements from D23 Expo, including Force Awakens Disney Infinity figures and a look at the Battle of Jakku DLC level in Star Wars Battlefront which serves as a Force Awakens prequel.
  • Another possible Star Wars Land location for the Disneyland version.
  • And the header image is one of the illustrations created by Isaiah Stephens for Zimbio featuring Disney princesses and Star Wars mixed together

All that and more in today’s Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to get to it.

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Resident Evil 6

How many Resident Evil movies are they going to make and who still watches these “films”? I ask myself this question whenever a new Resident Evil movie is announced. And while Resident Evil 6 is tentatively titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, that isn’t a binding contract. (Remember in 2009, when the The Final Destination was marketed as the last film in that franchise?). But returning Resident Evil franchise star Ali Larter (who will play Claire Redfield for the third time) promises this film will actually mark the end of the franchise.

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Cloud City in Force Awakens

At D23 Expo 2015 over the weekend, JJ Abrams and his cast dropped an exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster created by legendary poster artist Drew Struzan. In the insane atmosphere of the convention, we really didn’t have time to take it all in. So now that the Disney fan convention is over, I wanted to point out some things I noticed about the poster. There isn’t any mind-blowing observations, only speculative questions. Hit the jump to take a closer look at the Drew Struzan Force Awakens poster and see what we can find.

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There was a ton of Star Wars news coming out of D23 Expo 2015, and if you missed any of that from the Star Wars Anthology films getting new branding, to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster by artist Drew Struzen, to the first photo and cast from Star Wars: Rogue One, to the director of Star Wars Episode 9, to Star Wars Lands announced for Disney theme parks, head over to our D23 2015 news roundup. But there is a lot of Star Wars tidbits we missed over the last few days, so lets dive in. Here is what to expect in today’s Star Wars Bits:

  • Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor Who, has been cast in a Star Wars project, but which one?
  • George Lucas blames a Walt Disney creation for Jar Jar Binks.
  • According to JJ Abrams, who is the Ralph McQuarrie of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
  • Which monumental Star Wars set has been recreated for Star Wars: Rogue One? (actually, not much of a spoiler)
  • Ralph McQuarrie‘s Influence on Star Wars Land 
  • Why Star Wars: Battlefront won’t have a single player campaign mode.
  • Is Drew Struzan‘s Force Awakens D23 Expo poster the film’s official poster? Will there be another?

All that and more in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump now.

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The Purge Halloween Horror Nights

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights is beginning to take shape. We’ve already told you about the Crimson Peak, InsidiousHalloween: Michael Myers Comes Home and This Is The End mazes. And this morning Universal announced that the annual Purge will commence at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort as both parks will debut all-new “disturbingly-real experiences” inspired by Universal’s popular horror franchise film series created by writer and director James DeMonaco and produced by Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes. They’ve also announced that last year’s AVP: Alien vs. Predator maze will return due to popular demand. Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer for The Purge at Horror Nights and find out more.

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Star Wars Land

Over the weekend at D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Bob Iger made the huge announcement that Star Wars Land would be coming to Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando Florida. The announcement was filled with a bunch of juicy details, but raised just as many questions.

Where will these Star Wars-themed lands be located in the existing theme parks? Is Disneyland’s Toontown set to be demolished? When will both Star Wars Lands open to the public? Will Star Wars Land offer any alcoholic beverages? Lets explore these questions and much more, after the jump.

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