Last night, the Critics Choice Awards were televised live for the first time ever. While the event wasn’t quite as star-studded as the Golden Globes or the Oscars, the festivities were hosted by comedian and Cloverfield star T.J. Miller with some of his trademark wackiness, everyone seemed to be having a good time, and Mad Max: Fury Road took home a bunch of awards. But one special award was handed out to Industrial Light & Magic, and a special guest from Star Wars: The Force Awakens was on hand to help out.
The adorable BB-8 helped ILM’s chief creative officer John Knoll accept the Genius Award for everyone who has helped bring some of the most unbelievable creatures, settings and sights to life on the big screen. Check out the BB-8 Critics Choice Awards appearance after the jump! Read More »
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Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
While we’ve been distracted by Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving in theaters and breaking office records and whatnot, Gareth Edwards‘ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been quietly filming, avoiding the microscopic analysis that pervaded J.J. Abrams’ sequel at every turn. And that’s almost certainly a good thing – after being completely and totally obsessed with The Force Awakens for over a year, it’s going to be nice to relax (just in a little) in the lead-up to the first official Star Wars spin-off.
But now that everyone in the world has seen The Force Awakens several times, we can start turning out attention to Rogue One. Let’s start with a rumor, the resurrection of an older report, that claims Christopher McQuarrie was quietly hired to polish the screenplay as shooting began.
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Before the weekend, a new trailer for the midseason return of Star Wars Rebels teased some pretty big moments on the way for the crew of the Ghost, including a surprising connection to a certain villain’s unique lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now showrunner Dave Filoni has opened up just a little bit about some of the big teases in that trailer, including what appears to be the return of another villain from the past other than Darth Vader.
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If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then you know that Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) can have a bit of a temper when things don’t go his way. There’s already an Emo Kylo Ren account on Twitter and an animated short featuring the First Order commander freaking out during everyday situations. Now Kylo Ren wants to see what the employees at Starkiller Base really think of his management skills and attitude by disguising himself as a radar technician named Matt on the CBS reality series Undercover Boss in a new sketch from Saturday Night Live, which was hosted by Driver himself last night.
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Posted on Saturday, January 16th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
It’s been a pretty decent month for visual effects maestros Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould. You know, they only pulled off some seriously impressive practical and digital effects for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is only one the most spectacular successes in box office history. And just a few days ago, their work was nominated for an Academy Award. You know, just ordinary stuff. No biggie.
Like any set of freshly minted Oscar nominees, these four gentlemen have been making the interview rounds, chatting about their hard work and basking in the warm, golden glow of recognition from their film industry peers. If you have some time to kill (and it’s the Friday before a holiday weekend, so of course you do), Guyett, Tubacj, Scanlan and Corbould sat down for two lengthy video interviews to discuss how they accomplished the impossible and the fantastic.
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Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Welcome back to The Force Awakens Bits, your regular source of news about the movie you’ve already watched seven times! In today’s edition:
- Hot Toys’ Rey figure has received a very cool (and spoiler-y) upgrade.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens keeps on breaking box office records.
- Rian Johnson teases all of the Finn/Poe shippers out there.
- The team behind BB-8 explains how they brought his crazier effects to life.
- Someone built a life-size LEGO BB-8.
- An inside look at how to build a 70mm print of The Force Awakens.
- The John Williams The Force Awakens soundtrack guide you didn’t know you needed.
- Patton Oswalt and Conan O’Brien chat about The Force Awakens.
- One guy who really wants to spoil Star Wars for everyone.
All this and more, after the jump.
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Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become a global phenomenon, Disney is planning to add more new characters from Episode VII into the parks. The opening of Star Wars Launch Bay saw First Order Stormtroopers roaming Tomorrowland while Darth Vader and Chewbacca were given dedicated meet-and-greets (with Boba Fett making special appearances).
But now it looks like Adam Driver‘s character Kylo Ren will be coming to Disneyland in his quest to find Luke Skywalker. Hit the jump to learn more about the Kylo Ren Disneyland costumed character, and which other Force Awakens characters could join him next.
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Disney has released a trailer for Star Wars Rebels, which will be return from a mid-season break on January 20th 2016. I know a lot of you are excited coming off Star Wars: The Force Awakens but have probably not dipped your toes into this DisneyXD series, but you should beccause its a lot of fun (and this comes from someone who could never get into Clone Wars). And its not too late to binge watch and catch up as the episodes are generally only 22 minutes long.
The Star Wars Rebels Season 2 trailer shows us a glimpse at the final six episodes of this season. But probably the most interesting image in the trailer is of Ezra Bridger igniting a cross guard lightsaber, which is similar to the one wielded by Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Of course, its not Kylo Ren’s lightsaber (this one is green and seems to be of a sturdier construction) but it seems like this might be the first hint that the series will have connections to the upcoming films.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is filled with practical effects, costumed creatures and puppets. Some of the practical effects are so good that you probably believe they were created inside the computer. After the jump, you can read an excerpt from my conversation with Neal Scanlan — creature & droid effects creative supervisor, creature shop concept designer, creature shop head — and SFX supervisor Chris Corbould. (The full interview will be posted in February). In the excerpt, Scanlan and Corbould reveal some of the invisible practical effects of The Force Awakens and more.
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