Star Wars: The Force Awakens: jj abrams visual style
This morning I came across a well-edited video essay titled Star Wars – The Force of Abrams by Dan Fox (aka Hello Film Guy). The video is essentially an examination of filmmaker JJ Abrams‘ visual storytelling skills, theorizing how his methods might affect Star Wars: The Force Awakens. How will the JJ Abrams visual style affect the next installment of the Star Wars series? Find out after the jump.

Note: The video essay focuses only on visual style and doesn’t delve into the reoccurring plot devices or story beats of Abrams work. So you can feel free to watch this if you’re trying to avoid spoilers or speculation about the plot of The Force Awakens. That said, the video does use clips from the two released trailers.

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In a video interview from Comic Con, Mythbuster Adam Savage teased having had the opportunity to watch part of The Force Awakens filming that calls back to the original trilogy, and the details will probably excite fans. In addition to that video, this edition of Star Wars Bits features the following:

  • Xbox One users get to play some of Star Wars Battlefront a week early,
  • Set construction for Rogue One reveals a new detail,
  • New graphics featuring ships from The Force Awakens,
  • A charity auction offers a chance for a private Force Awakens screening at Lucasfilm,
  • Rumors surface of a Star Wars theme park attraction in the US before 2015 ends,
  • And international release dates are confirmed for The Force Awakens.

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Star Wars Oculus Rift

If you thought that Jedi GoPro video we recently posted was a cool new way to experience a galaxy far, far away, wait until you see this fanmade trailer for a proposed Star Wars virtual reality game.

A company called Hammerhead VR created this trailer for Star Wars VR, a game intended to be played on the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset that will end up changing the way we play video games forever.

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Star Wars Episode VIII villain

Now that we know not only the major cast members for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but also their character names and some of the ways they fit into the story, it’s time to actually see that film, right? Well, yes, but because LucasFilm is already moving forward with not only the first Star Wars Anthology film, but the next proper episode in the series, we also have Episode VIII news to contend with.

The first new bit of information about that movie is that Benicio del Toro has been offered the Star Wars Episode VIII villain role. Whether he’ll take it or not remains to be seen, and precisely how he fits into the story’s overall span remains unknown. What we do know is below. Read More »

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With your wisdom, I’m sure that we can work out an arrangement which will be mutually beneficial and enable us to avoid any unpleasant confrontation. As a token of my goodwill, I present to you a gift: these Star Wars Bits. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • Target confirming participation in Force Friday
  • Lucasfilm & Mark Hamill‘s reaction to Amy Schumer‘s racy photoshoot
  • Star Wars Commander mobile game update
  • The Force Awakens box office prediction
  • Details learned from Star Wars: Aftermath excerpt
  • Oscar Isaac chats The Force Awakens at Comic-Con
  • The Force Awakens theories based on sizzle reel
  • Kanan: The Last Padawan issue #4 sneak preview
  • Zachary Levi plays Star Wars Battlefront at Comic-Con
  • Star Wars gets the Little Golden Books treatment

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The Force Awakens LEGO sets

Just last week, some leaked photos of LEGO sets from Star Wars: The Force Awakens revealed a couple new characters that we previously didn’t know about. A new character named Tasu Leech was revealed, along with a member of a group called the Kanjiklub gang, though details are scarce on how they might be involved in Episode VII.

Now details on even more LEGO sets coming to shelves on Force Friday this September have been revealed, teasing new vehicles and new characters from the continuing sci-fi saga. There may be some minor spoilers in the LEGO set specs, so beware from here on out.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: john boyega and daisy ridley

The hype around Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been more exciting than usual over the past week and a half, thanks to the Comic-Con panel that revealed an awesome new behind the scenes sizzle reel, not to mention that awesome surprise concert for the fan who were in Hall H for the presentation.

However, the Comic-Con panel also brought news that we wouldn’t be getting a new trailer for The Force Awakens until the fall, likely around the same time all the merchandise starts hitting shelves on Force Friday. So in the meantime, we’ll have to take whatever Star Wars scraps we can get, and thankfully a new promo image has arrived courtesy of John Boyega‘s official Instagram account. It’s an image that features his character Finn and a familiar hero. See the new Force Awakens promo banner image after the jump! Read More »

Star Wars Aftermath

What happened in the thirty years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?  In March, Disney announced they would release a series of books called Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which would fill in that gap through a mix of novels, comics, children’s books and young adult stories (all considered official Star Wars canon).

We’ve already previewed one of the 20 books which will hit store shelves in December 2015, a prequel comic book called Star Wars: Shattered Empire. Now Penguin Random House has released a first preview excerpt of another book in the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens line. Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars Aftermath tells the story of what happened after the conclusion of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Its also apparently the first book in a series called Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy. After the jump you can read the short four paragraph description, which I assume will be printed on the book cover.

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Star Wars Japanese wrestling match

After premiering 38 years ago, it’s safe to say that Star Wars has penetrated pretty much every facet of pop culture.

Star Wars has been branded on nearly every kind of product, from towels to blankets to cups to toasters and much more. And while stereotypes would have you believe that Star Wars is just for nerds, there are plenty of athletes who just the sci-fi saga.

In fact, in the summer of 1979, the blockbuster hit from George Lucas was such a sensation that it inspired two wrestlers in Japan to dress as C-3PO and R2-D2 for an All Japan Pro Wrestling match. Yes, it’s just as strange as you would expect it to be.

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