The Force Awakens and A New Hope Similarities

It’s no secret that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been criticized for essentially being a remake of Star Wars: A New Hope, just with new characters used to progress the story this time instead of relying only on the familiar heroes from the original trilogy. There’s even a side-by-side comparison video to show how similar the two movies are.

While some have called this narrative decision lazy, others have rationalized this was done as a way to ease us back into the Star Wars universe with something familiar while simultaneously expanding the roster of characters who we would follow for at least the next two films in the new trilogy.

Thankfully, director J.J. Abrams addressed this issue during a special event panel at the Tribeca Film Festival where he sat down for a chat with Chris Rock. The pairing may seem strange, but they’re both filmmakrs, and thus ended up diving into some interesting topics, specifically why The Force Awakens and A New Hope similarities are so abundant. Find out what the director had to say below. Read More »

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Death Star Bluetooth Speaker

If you’re the kind of person who likes to display your nerdiness at every turn, even in the way you listen to music from your mobile device, then we have some good news. Advancements in technology now allow for you to listen to music from a Death Star Bluetooth speaker that actually levitates and spins around while blasting the Star Wars score from John Williams (or any music for that matter). That thing’s operational!

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star wars rebellion review

There’s no need to bury the lede here – designer Corey Konieczka‘s Star Wars: Rebellion is the best Star Wars board game ever made and a complete triumph on every level. It’s rare to find a tabletop experience that is this rich in theme while supplying gamers with genuinely compelling and balanced mechanics that enhance and support that theme every step of the way. Star Wars: Rebellion isn’t just an effective Star Wars simulator. It’s a surprisingly elegant and complex experience where each and every one of your decisions carries weight and feels important. It’s an excellent game beyond its theme. This is a game of desperation and strategy, of giant battles and skillful detective work, of hope and luck.

And it’s also a game where Darth Vader can abduct Mon Mothma and freeze her in carbonite after using the Death Star to blow up Naboo.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Supreme Leader Snoke

Eventually, we’ll have to discontinue The Force Awakens Bits, especially since everyone’s focus is shifting to Rogue One as of late. But not yet! In the meantime, here’s all of the recent news regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens:

  • Our closest look yet at Supreme Leader Snoke.
  • More deleted scenes may surface…at some point.
  • An interview with the writer behind a new book of Star Wars short stories.
  • A brief look at the creation of BB-8.
  • J.J. Abrams reveals that he screened The Force Awakens for many terminally ill fans.
  • Harrison Ford‘s Han Solo jacket was just sold for a whole bunch of money.
  • More dialogue has been discovered in Rey’s flashback scene.
  • And more!

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return of the jedi han solo

UPDATED: Deadline is reporting Hail, Caesar! standout Alden Ehrenreich has emerged as the frontrunner for the Han Solo movie. Our original story from March 15, 2016 follows.

As the 2018 release date for Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s Han Solo spinoff inches ever closer, the list of potential leads has been getting smaller and smaller. The directors and studio Disney reportedly looked at thousands of young actors for the role, and as of earlier this year had started to narrow down the possibilities. Now they’re in the home stretch, as a final shortlist has emerged. Among those still in the running are Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!).  Read More »

Ahsoka Tano

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Our own Peter Sciretta stops by the Collider Jedi Council.
  • Ahsoka Tano is getting a novel to explain where she went for thirty years.
  • Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni answers some burning questions.
  • Sabine Wren will have more to do in Star Wars Rebels season three.
  • Read an excerpt from Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt.
  • Walt Disney World teases its new Star Wars-themed half marathon.
  • A look at the industry of creating cool lightsaber props for fans.
  • And more!

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Jean-Ralphio as BB-8

Just before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, we learned that Bill Hader helped bring BB-8 to life by providing real dialogue for the droid that eventually was just turned into various bleeps and bloops that the little ball droid made. Hader was credited as a vocal consultant along with Parks and Recreation‘s Ben Schwartz, who opened up about the process with a little more details in a Reddit AMA video back in February. And with that knowledge, one fan decided to have some fun with footage of BB-8 from The Force Awakens.

For those who may not know, Ben Schwartz played a hilarious character on Parks and Recreation named Jean-Ralphio. And friend of the site Jesse Carp has taken some of his dialogue and given it to BB-8 in the scene when Rey saves the droid from being turned into scarps by the scavenger Teedo. Believe it or not, it makes BB-8 even better. Read More »

rogue one bits

The trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has arrived and with it, a massive deluge of new stories and details and tidbits worth discussing. In today’s Rogue One Bits:

  • Everyone with a remote connection to Star Wars had something to tweet about the Rogue One trailer.
  • Who is playing Darth Vader in Rogue One?
  • The name of Diego Luna‘s character has maybe, possibly, been revealed.
  • Lucasfilm reveals the first Rogue One teaser poster.
  • Is Alexandre Desplat still scoring Rogue One?
  • Felicity Jones introduces the next phase of the Star Wars: Force For Change campaign.
  • The Rogue One creative team are judges in this year’s fan film awards.
  • The story of the Death Star’s original, non-canon designer.
  • Take a look at the first Rogue One product packaging.
  • Ane more!

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star wars original trilogy re-release

It’s a shame that there’s an entire generation of movie fans who haven’t had the chance to see the original Star Wars trilogy on the big screen. Even in their modified “special edition” versions, they’re a magical theatrical experience. You haven’t really seen Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi until you’ve seen them projected while surrounded by fellow fans.

Now, the Alamo Drafthouse is bringing the the Star Wars trilogy back into theaters as part of a special and very limited engagement. The beloved movie theater chain is sponsoring a “roadshow” that will return these classics into theaters in twenty venues across the United States this August. And since this is the Drafthouse, these won’t be ordinary screenings.

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