Ben Mendelsohn Star Wars

We know Felicity Jones will be taking a trip to a galaxy far, far away in 2016’s Star Wars: Rogue One and now her first co-star may have been revealed. Word has it Ben Mendelsohn could be joining the cast. Mendelsohn is currently starring in Netflix’s Bloodline but was also seen in Animal Kingdom, The Place Beyond the Pines, and a small role in The Dark Knight Rises, among other films. Read more Ben Mendelsohn Star Wars news below. Read More »

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Daisy Ridley Star Wars Force Awakens Rey

Lots of good Force Awakens teasing, and then some flat out spoilers, bookend this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Felicity Jones has officially begun non-talking about Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • See some new authentic Star Wars: The Force Awakens crew apparel.
  • Prices for some new Force Awakens toys have made it online.
  • Help build a Cloud City Diorama at Star Wars Celebration.
  • EA dropped a short tease of Star Wars Battlefront on their Twitter.
  • Simon Pegg offers more details on his Force Awakens set visit.
  • Read a detailed description of the first 30 set ups in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Star Wars Celebration 2015

Star Wars Celebration, the world’s only official Star Wars convention, comes to Anaheim, CA April 16-19. This is when and when fans expect to learn more information about Star Wars: The Force Awakens but also dive deep into their passion for a galaxy far, far away.

How and when you’ll do that has now been revealed as the full Star Wars Celebration schedule is online. The highlight, of course, is Thursday April 16th’s opening ceremony with J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy, but there is so much other awesome Star Wars stuff too. Q&A’s with stars such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams. Panels on the secrets of The Clone Wars. The debut of season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. Screenings of all six films, some of which are in 3D and much more. Below, find the full Star Wars Celebration 2015 schedule as well as our 25 most anticipated panels and 5 biggest conflicts. Read More »

Star Wars Episode VIII release date

There will be a live action Star Wars TV show. That’s not me using The Force either, it’s a fact. When Disney bought Lucasfilm one of the things they were most excited about was the possibility of putting a Star Wars show on ABC, just like they did with Marvel. It’s going to happen. The only question is “when?”

With Marvel’s show, the company exhibited patience. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D didn’t premiere until Fall 2013, which was after Iron Man 3 was released. So there was already seven Marvel movies in the can to raise awareness and help build that world. There were also two movies (Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier) coming right after that to tie into the film.

The latest rumor about the live action Star Wars TV show is Disney wants to employ a similar strategy. They are waiting to launch the TV series until the movies are in full swing. Also, it could star a character who first gets introduced in the books. Read more below. Read More »

Star Wars Tie Fighter - Star Wars anime fan film

Animator Paul Johnson (youtube user name OtaKing77077) spent four years worth of weekends animating this incredible Star Wars anime fan film Star Wars: TIE Fighter. Paul explains:

What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays? Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards. Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years’ worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts’ seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day…

The resulting fan film is beautiful and makes me wish Disney had opted for a more stylized look for Star Wars Rebels. (No complaints, I’m sure we’ll have years of animated Star Wars television shows to look forward to.) Watch Paul Johnson’s seven-minute Star Wars anime short film Star Wars: TIE Fighter embedded after the jump.

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Avengers Infinity War directors

Big news coming out of Marvel Studios. Badass Digest reports that Anthony and Joe Russo have just closed their deal to direct Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2. They’re about to go into production on Captain America: Civil War and will do back to back Avengers films after that. The latter set of films are scheduled for release in May 2018 and May 2019, as the handy image above show.

But where does that leave Spider-Man and Ghostbusters, two properties the Russos have also been mentioned for? We’ll discuss those, and the Avengers Infinity War directors below. Read More »

Rogue One title

Just a few days ago Disney announced the title of the first Star Wars spin-off movie: Star Wars: Rogue One. And shortly afterward, Paramount released the first teaser and the final title for the new Mission: Impossible movie, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Jokes flew immediately about the similar titles, but as it turns out there was some back-room dealing between the two studios over the similar titles. And thanks to that deal, Disney will hold off on any early promotion of Rogue One until later this year. Read More »

Force Awakens score

John Williams had a personal issue that caused him to back out of scoring Steven Spielberg’s new film Bridge of Spies, breaking their long-running collaborative pattern. But Williams is still composing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens score, and now he’s planning to record it in Los Angeles, making it the first Star Wars score to be recorded in the United States. Read More »

Poe Dameron episode 8

UPDATE: We spoke to Isaac and he clarified the intentions of his quote. Original story follows.

If J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm were a bit more open about who and what the characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens were, what follows might not be news. But right now, even though we know Oscar Isaac plays a character named Poe Dameron, we don’t know who that is. We’ve heard some rumors, and those rumors are that he’s very important to the sequel trilogy; the Han Solo of the younger generation. But those are just rumors. The fact of the matter is we don’t know who or what is important to this trilogy of films.

In a new interview, Isaac discussed Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII. His quote, albeit brief, could be construed as a spoiler for anyone avoiding info on who or what makes it to the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read the Poe Dameron Episode 8 quote below, but proceed with caution.

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