The Force Awakens Video Essay

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 »

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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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the force awakens alternate opening

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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Jabba Flow

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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star wars bits

It’s Star Wars Day, so you know what that means…an especially large edition of Star Wars Bits! In today’s edition:

  • Director Chris Miller shares a photo of a very familiar weapon.
  • Daisy Ridley wishes you a happy Star Wars Day (and asks you to donate some cash).
  • Star Wars: Battlefront offers some Star Wars Day specials.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Star Wars: The Force Awakens track is now available.
  • The time and location of next year’s Star Wars Celebration has been revealed.
  • How to start making your own personal BB-8.
  • New The Force Awakens posters from Tim Doyle.
  • New Star Wars art from Joshua Budich.
  • A BB-8 poster created by Andy Fairhurst for Bottleneck Gallery.
  • A fanmade Star Wars art show.
  • Marvel reveals a must-have Han Solo comic book cover.
  • A relaxing and ambient trip to Dagobah.
  • Eight minutes of gameplay from LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The plot of The Force Awakens told through Emoji.
  • And more!

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LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer

It’s Star Wars Day! Some of us were hoping the day would bring a Star Wars: Episode VIII teaser trailer or some kind of new sneak peek for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But instead, we’re getting a bunch of sales on Star Wars merchandise, and promotions of new goods on the way, like the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game coming to shelves this summer.

A new LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has just arrived, and I will say that one thing making this particular LEGO Star Wars installment is the involvement Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and even Harrison Ford as their respective characters from the movie. They got Harrison Ford to say the phrase “Wookiee cookies,” for crying out loud! It adds a certain level of authenticity and more fun that the previous LEGO Star Wars games were lacking. Watch below! Read More »

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In today’s Episode 8 Bits:

  • New aerial footage reveals the Millennium Falcon on a mysterious set…
  • …and clear photos of that set reveals something else.
  • GLAAD wants Star Wars: Episode 8 to include gay characters.
  • Prince William and Prince Harry may have cameo roles in Episode 8.
  • A glimpse at Daisy Ridley‘s intense training.
  • Ireland really wants Star Wars fans to stop by for a visit.

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anakin skywalker force awakens reference

Its not a new phenomenon, a lot of movie trailers feature shots from movies that don’t end up on the big screen. This usually takes the form of scenes or moments that hit the cutting room floor in the time between the early marketing and release date. And with big budget visual effects films, its not uncommon to see many different iterations of a computer rendering that evolves into a much better looking effect by the time it hits multiplexes.

And we’ve already talked a bunch about the deleted scenes that were glimpsed in the marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but didn’t make it to the theatrical release. But now that the movie is on Blu-ray and VOD fans are noticing some of the smaller details that didn’t make the theatrical cut of the film, the most recent of which is a reference to George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels and specifically Anakin Skywalker. Hit the jump to see the deleted Anakin Skywalker Force Awakens reference.

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rogue one bits

In today’s edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Mads Mikkelsen sheds more light on his mysterious character.
  • Pablo Hidalgo makes it clear who isn’t in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • The complete story of Mon Mothma.
  • Composer Alexandre Desplat confirms that he’s still working on Rogue One.
  • Listen to a very cool Rogue One-infused Star Wars music remix.
  • ILM visual effects geniuses watch Rogue One trailer reaction videos.
  • A Rogue One VHS box that you’ll wish actually exists.
  • LEGO teases a Rogue One…something.
  • More information of Rogue One Force Friday toy releases.
  • Disney theme parks are set to sell the first Rogue One merchandise…for good cause!

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