In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:
- Rumored titles for Star Wars: Episode 8 are here and they’re all probably bogus.
- A rumored scene showcasing Luke Skywalker’s abilities.
- New photos from the film’s Irish sets.
- A strange cameo by Tom Hardy has apparently been shot.
- John Williams comments on whether or not he’ll return.
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Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? This is one of the biggest questions fans had after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are plenty of theories out there, some crazy, some sensible. But one of the more predominant guesses from fans about the origins of the First Order villain who has trained Kylo Ren in the ways of the dark side has just been debunked.
Pablo Hidalgo is the Creative Executive of the Lucasfilm Story Group, the collective responsible for the official continuity of all things Star Wars. Nothing is canon unless Hidalgo says it’s canon. And in a recent exchange with some inquiring fans on Twitter, Hidalgo seems to have debunked the theory that Supreme Leader Snoke is actually Darth Plagueis.
Find out what Pablo Hidalgo had to say about the Snoke Darth Plagueis theory after the jump. Read More »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most popular movies of all time, and we’ve posted about all the hidden Easter eggs, seen many video essays about the plot comparisons to A New Hope (which even Abrams has admitted was by design) and seen a bevy of posts and videos pointing out the film’s flaws. But one error I haven’t seen mentioned many places in the mainstream press is the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening crawl features a different font from the previous six live-action films. And there’s almost nothing nerdier than typography and font geekery, but if this kind of thing interests you, hit the jump and find out how it’s wrong.
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Due to the rules of how a Star Wars movie is supposed to begin and end, none of the movies in the saga have ever been given a stylish opening or closing credits sequence. Sadly, we’ll probably never see that happen unless the spin-off films decide to have a little style all their own. Even if they do, there will probably be plenty of fans outraged for straying away from tradition.
The good news is that one fan decided to have a little fun with the Star Wars credits by giving The Empire Strikes Back a credits sequence along the same stylish lines of a James Bond movie. The result is something that creates an entirely different tone for the movie, making it seem almost sexy.
Watch the Empire Strikes Back James Bond credits sequence after the jump. Read More »
In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Mark Hamill talks about reading the screenplay for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- The original role of Boba Fett is finally revealed.
- Mondo releases a cool C-3PO art print.
- Dave Filoni teases the return of a certain helmet on Star Wars Rebels.
- Chuck Wendig shares a tiny taste of Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt.
- Claudia Gray reveals secrets about Star Wars: Bloodline.
- Everything you need to know about Korr Sella.
- EA and Respawn announce a new Star Wars video game.
- Story details from LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens come to light.
- Fantasy Flight Games reveals the latest X-Wing expansion.
- The actor behind Greedo defends the character’s honor.
- Preview pages from Marvel’s The Force Awakens comic book.
- Plan to drop to cash on Star Wars-themed tiki mugs.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has come and gone from theaters and it now sits in our digital libraries and on our movie shelves. But unlike some of the movies we have at our disposal, we’ll be talking about this one for a long time. Now the excitement and hype has died down over Star Wars: Episode VII and the dust has settled on Jakku, allowing us to take a closer look at the film.
Recently, a video showed a side-by-side comparison of shots and sequences in The Force Awakens compared to Star Wars: A New Hope, enforcing the observation and criticism that the sequel was a copy of the original. This is something that J.J. Abrams recently addressed as intentional, and his thinking behind this decision made sense. But The Force Awakens still has its detractors, and those people should give this new video essay from Movies with Mikey a chance to help clear the air a bit so they might cut the movie a little slack. Read More »
In today’s edition of Rogue One Bits:
- Actor Riz Ahmed talks about his work in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
- Details about the weapons of Rogue One are revealed.
- More information about the return of a certain character arrives.
- The complete Rogue One trailer gets recreated in LEGO.
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About a year and a half before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, months before the arrival of the first trailer, a pretty wild rumor stampeded across the internet. According to a report, the film would feature an oddly macabre opening shot, with the camera panning away from the table-setting crawl to reveal the severed hand of Luke Skywalker, still clutching the lightsaber he lost in his duel with Darth Vader on Bespin, floating through space.
Of course, the finished film has nothing like that and the rumor was gutted left and right, becoming a bit of a joke amongst some Star Wars fans. But now, months after the release of the finished film, Mark Hamill has loosened his lips: yep, that was the original opening of The Force Awakens.
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When the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack was released, many fans were angry that it didn’t include the song from Maz’s castle. The soundtrack only collected John Williams‘ score and not that awesome new cantina song which was created by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda in collaboration with filmmaker JJ Abrams.
And now that its Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You), they have finally decided to release the song, titled “Jabba Flow”, on iTunes. JJ Abrams and Lin-Manuel Miranda made the announcement today, and even performed the single live. Hit the jump to find out how you can download the new single “Jabba Flow,” watch Abrams and Miranda perform the song live and also learn a bit about what the song means.
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