Victory? Victory you say? Master Obi-Wan, not victory. The shroud of the dark side has fallen. Begun Star Wars Bits has. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • Full Disney Infinity 3.0 game will be available for Apple TV.
  • Latest box office predictions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • New art from Gallery 1988’s The Art Awakens show.
  • Slave Leia merchandise is going up in price on eBay.
  • A cool flask made out of Han Solo’s trademark pistol.
  • Adam Relf‘s impressive The Force Awakens poster.
  • New details on The Big Bang Theory‘s upcoming Star Wars episode.
  • The Force Awakens preview hitting Disney Channel on Thursday.
  • Awards season voters won’t see The Force Awakens early.

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When Star Wars: The Force Awakens news rains, it pours. But unlike the eternally damp planet of Kamino, this is one downpour you probably don’t mind getting stuck in. Unless you don’t like Star Wars and in that case, we are oh-so-very sorry for how irritating the next few weeks will be for you. We’ll try to stop throwing made-up words like “Kamino” around if that will help.

Today’s dispatch from the Star Wars front lines involves two compelling items of interest. First of all, a new (and brief) TV spot for The Force Awakens has arrived, giving fans a glimpse at a few precious seconds of new footage. Second, director J.J. Abrams has finally opened up about Maz Kanata, the mysterious alien character played by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o. After keeping her under wraps for the better part of a year, the always-cagey Abrams has offered up a few scraps of information about her backstory and mysterious abilities.

Hit the jump for the Maz Kanata backstory and to watch the new batch of footage. While no one goes into anything too specific about the plot of The Force Awakens, tread cautiously if you want to go in as blind as possible.

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Han Solo and Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens information keeps coming out of of the cover story from next week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. The latest details include the reveal that Leia Organa is no longer called a Princess. Is this just an excuse to not include Leia in the Disney Princess line-up? Details after the jump.
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Entertainment Weekly has begun rolling out coverage from their Star Wars: The Force Awakens cover story, and it looks like we’ll be getting a lot more as the week continues. The first batch of new info includes a ton of new images from J.J. AbramsEpisode VII, as well as comments from Harrison Ford about reprising his roles as Han Solo and possibly Indiana Jones for a fifth adventure. We’ve compiled all the information you need to know after the jump, along with a collection of the best new photos.

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… there was another edition of Star Wars Bits! Here are all of the pieces of cool Star Wars news you might have missed, including:

  • Daniel Fleetwood, the first fan to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has passed away.
  • A new app lets you add Star Wars effects to your everyday life.
  • Simon Pegg trashes the prequels… again.
  • Stephen Colbert has a message for George Lucas.
  • Yoda could have starred in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2.
  • Damon Lindelof discusses his “cursed” relationship with J.J. Abrams.

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Once upon a time, Lawrence Kasdan wrote (and occasionally directed) many of your favorite movies. You’ll find his name on Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Body Heat, The Big Chill, and Silverado. For a stretch, he had a magic touch – whatever he touched turned into something great. Even the film that derailed his career for a decade, an adaptation of Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher, is the kind of mesmerizing, stunningly awful bad-movie-masterpiece that could have only been made by a genuinely talented person.

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was still in development a few years ago, director J.J. Abrams brought Kasdan into the fold to co-write the screenplay with him and it just felt right. After all, if you’re going to capture that original trilogy vibe you might as well work with someone who helped craft that vibe in the first place. Kasdan immediately followed up that assignment with a Han Solo anthology film. However, the legendary screenwriter has now revealed that he’ll be retiring from the Star Wars business after that next project.

For all the Star Wars writer news worth dissecting and speculating over, hit the jump.

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By this time next month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have graced the cover of just about every major entertainment publication on the planet. Any editor worth his or her salary would have arranged to have the most anticipated movie of 2015 appear in the pages of their magazine. It’s the Circle of Blockbuster Hype: The Force Awakens has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of all time, so everyone keeps on talking about it… and since everyone is talking about it, it has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of all time. Insert signing lions here – Disney does own Star Wars, after all.

Anyway, Entertainment Weekly has unveiled four new Star Wars: The Force Awakens covers, each of them showing off a separate character. Depending on your personal taste (or which one randomly decides to show up in your mailbox, if you’re a subscriber), you can pick up a copy featuring Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, and C-3PO and R2-D2 as themselves. Well, technically those last two are Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker. Check out the covers for yourself after the jump.

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Star WArs: The Force Awakens

Are you a Star Wars fan who also enjoys Shondaland shows like Grey’s AnatomyScandal, and How to Get Away With Murder? If you answered yes, then we have some good news for you. If you answered no to the second half of that question, this news is still good, but it may require you to venture outside of your TV comfort zone.

Shonda Rhimes has just announced that ABC’s TGIT line-up, which consists of the three aforementioned series, will debut an “exclusive special look” at Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read More »

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Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, the regular feature where we bring you all of the Star Wars news you may have missed. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens a little over a month away, we’ve been keeping very, very busy. In this edition:

  • New banners show off Rey and Kylo Ren.
  • Gina Rodriguez inches toward a role in Star Wars Episode VIII.
  • John Boyega tries out some Kylo Ren cosplay.
  • Captain Phasma is revealed in toy form.
  • Disney theme parks make some new Star Wars announcements.
  • Watch every single frame of The Force Awakens footage thus far.
  • Take your first look at Max von Sydow‘s mysterious character.

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