the force awakens cantina song

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is stuffed full of so many easter eggs and hidden in-jokes that you could write an entire article trying to track down as many as humanly possible. And just when you think you’ve got to the bottom of them all – A cameo from Daniel Craig! A Stormtrooper voiced by Kevin Smith – another little piece piece of trivia rears its head. Well, here’s the latest piece of information you can use to inform you friends and frighten strangers at bars: the Force Awakens cantina scene features the vocal stylings of director J.J. Abrams.

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rogue one bits

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story remains cloaked in mystery. However, now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has started to settle down a bit, details of the upcoming spin-off film (set in the days before the original 1977 Star Wars and following the Rebel soldiers who steal the Death Star plans) should soon start to trickle out at reasonable pace. Soon being the key word there. In the meantime, we have to rely on whatever the rumor mill has been churning out…and the rumor mill has been very busy.

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star wars rebels

Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, your regular source of Star Wars news in bit-form! In today’s edition:

  • Don’t expect a new live action Star Wars series anytime soon.
  • Do expect some new Star Wars Rebels footage.
  • Yes, Princess Leia is getting a Rebels action figure.
  • Updates on the Star Wars: Episode 8 rewrites.
  • Rian Johnson offers some appropriate music for Episode 8‘s new release date.
  • New details of Disneyland’s Star Wars Land revealed.
  • An early review of the Star Wars: Rebellion board game.
  • And more!

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future star wars movies

There will come a day when the human race doesn’t care about Star Wars. However, that day is long in the distance. That day is beyond our lifespans. You and me and everyone we know will be dust before the cyborgs and algorithms running the nation of Disney crunch the numbers and realize that the citizens of Future Earth are no longer interested in additional Star Wars movies.

So the news that Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, has revealed plans to make additional Star Wars movies after the 2019 release date of Star Wars: Episode 9 is a real “Well, duh” moment. What, did you think he spent $4 billion of his company’s money to buy Lucasfilm just to call it a day in a few years? Nope. Star Wars is forever. Star Wars will outlive you puny mortals.

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The Force Awakens Stormtroopers Voices

Not long after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we rounded up some of the easter eggs and secret cameos that can be seen and heard in the movie. And now that the movie has been out for over a month, some more tidbits from behind the scenes are surfacing. This time we’ve got a rundown of the voices of the various Stormtroopers, scavengers on Jakku, aliens in Maz Kanata’s castle and more. And this includes learning which Stormtroopers were voiced by filmmaker Kevin Smith and Radiohead’s Nigel Goodrich. Read More »

maz kanata visual effects

One of the unfortunate realities of the digital age is that most “How’d they do that?” moments in films have a single, routine answer: computers. Computer generated effects are amazing and the people who craft them are supremely talented artists who deserve your applause and affection, but let’s be honest…green screens aren’t as inherently romantic as matte paintings and movie fans are all romantics at heart.

That’s why film fandom has been so enraptured with the visual effects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which blends practical, on-set wizardry with plenty of CGI. And as a new featurette reminds us, there are infinite possibilities in the digital realm. This video, which focuses on the Maz Kanata visual effects, goes a long way to injecting the appropriate amount of wonder into the modern VFX process.

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most anticipated movies of 2016

The Force has Awakened, and we won’t find out what happens for another 600 or so days. But another Star Wars movie will be out later this year: Star Wars: Rogue One (or is it Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?) will hit theaters in December 2016, and we’re excited (Peter, Angie, Jacob, Jack and Ethan all listed the film in their most anticipated films of the year). But what do we know about Rogue One? I have compiled everything we know, have seen, and/or have heard rumored, and more, after the jump.

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kylo ren SNL outtakes

There are movies that make a ton money and there are movies that make a ton of money and tap into culture in a pretty significant way. Since you can look out over the internet landscape and see countless pieces of fan art, Twitter parodies, and complex fan theories related to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s obvious that J.J. Abrams’ film falls into the latter category.

And while you can kill The Force Awakens with a thousand nitpicks, even the biggest detractors tend to have nice things to say about the new characters, who struck an instant chord with audiences. It’s because we like (or at least like watching) Kylo Ren that last week’s SNL sketch, which found guest host Adam Driver revisiting the villainous character on a faux episode of Undercover Boss, worked so well. Now, outtakes from the sketch have arrived, along with fan-made T-shirts and action figures commemorating “Matt the Radar Technician.” Yep, here’s another corner of Star Wars fandom in which you can luxuriate.

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TFA poster

Now that Star Wars: Episode 8 has been delayed seven months, we can even more time luxuriating in some precious The Force Awakens Bits! In today’s edition:

  • ILM Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett talks about creating Supreme Leader Snoke.
  • A very impressive, Struzan-inspired Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster.
  • A Rey theory that requires a tinfoil hat.
  • The origin of Max von Sydow‘s Lor San Tekka.
  • Someone built a real Starkiller Base. Kind of.
  • The next chapter in the “Where’s Rey?” saga.
  • Screenwriter Michael Arndt describes the creation of Finn.
  • And more!

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