It was I who allowed the Alliance to know the location of the Star Wars Bits. It is quite safe from your pitiful little band. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • An extended scene from The Force Awakens was screened.
  • 30 minutes of The Force Awakens score not in the movie will be released.
  • Carrie Fisher talks about how Leia has changed in The Force Awakens.
  • Empire has six collectible The Force Awakens covers for their December issue.
  • Wired has the blueprints for Starkiller Base and a gallery of dozens of props.
  • Jimmy Kimmel‘s interviews with the cast of The Force Awakens.
  • Bandai‘s new riot control First Order Stormtrooper looks awesome.
  • New Journey to the Force Awakens book covers featuring new aliens.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t getting Season of the Force.
  • Google Cardboard getting Star Wars VR in December.
  • Costume designer Michael Kaplan talks extensively about work on The Force Awakens.
  • Video from inside Gallery 1988’s The Art Awakens exhibition.

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Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot and IMAX have announced that Star Trek Beyond will be digitally re-mastered for the giant screen format and will hit IMAX screens the same day it hits traditional screens on July 22nd, 2016. Read More »

Jimmy Kimmel Star Wars

If you’ve been watching Jimmy Kimmel Live over the past few years, or if you just pay attention whenever there’s a Star Wars-related clip that makes its way online, then you know that Harrison Ford has some serious beef with Chewbacca. The Wookiee seems to have done some nefarious activities with the wife of the man who plays his on-screen pal. Ford is so upset at Chewie that he has called him a “son of a bitch” when he tried to stop by his dressing room in 2011, and a “Wookiee sack of shit” when he popped up again in 2013.

But on last night’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens-themed episode, Ford finally settled the feud as Chewbacca was threatening to end his life on top of Jimmy Kimmel’s studio. Plus, there was plenty of other fun stuff, like a trivia contest between the cast and a seven-year old kid, a hologram from Carrie Fisher and a Star Wars edition of Lie Witness News. Read More »

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Neill Blomkamp‘s proposed Aliens sequel is probably not going to get made. The District 9 director ignited a whole tank full of flammable internet passion when he revealed that he was developing a direct sequel to James Cameron’s 1986 classic, which would’ve ignored the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection and followed Ellen Ripley and a no-longer-dead Corporal Dwayne Hicks on a new horror-tinged sci-fi adventure. Fans were split: some loved the idea of revisiting these characters while others thought it was an insult to the franchise and to the flawed-but-fascinating sequels.

In any case, Ridley Scott, the godfather of this whole series and the director of the original 1979 Alien, put an end to Blomkamp’s movie by moving ahead with Alien: Covenant, the sequel to his Alien prequel, Prometheus (this probably sounds very confusing to non-initiated). However, this hasn’t stopped actor Michael Biehn, who played Hicks in Aliens, from chatting about Blomkamp’s vision, which would have reunited Ripley with Newt, her surrogate daughter.

For word on what could have been with Blomkamp’s Aliens sequel, hit the jump.

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For over a thousand days, J.J. Abrams was the guardian of spoilers and plot details in the newly revived Star Wars universe. Before the TV spots. Before the Disney marketing department.

After literally years of tight-lipped secrecy, the past few weeks have seen an explosion of new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Once, we were hungry for footage of any kind, demanding it, begging for it, picking apart each and every trailer frame by frame. Now, when we wake up to a new TV spot, it’s just Monday.

And today, things have moved into the next stage. The first clip from The Force Awakens has arrived – 15 seconds of uninterrupted footage standing outside of a trailer, eagerly awaiting your nitpicking. Check out the first Star Wars clip after the jump.

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It’s going to be a while before we get to War for the Planet of the Apes, but in the meantime director Matt Reeves has shared a first look at some behind-the-scenes footage from the movie. Better yet, for the truly devoted among you, he’s also opened up a contest for one lucky fan to be in the movie as a mo-cap character.

Check out the War for the Planet of the Apes behind-the-scenes footage, and find out how to enter the War for the Planet of the Apes contest after the jump. Read More »

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Recently, an interview had George Lucas Star Wars Episode VII involvement laid out as being completely non-existent, long before the film even was called The Force Awakens, and it’s mostly because the studio didn’t want to embark upon the story outline that Lucas already had planned in his head. Find out more below! Read More »

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