JJ Abrams and BB-8 on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Ever since BB-8 was revealed in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, the world has been obsessed with the newest droid in the galaxy. How was BB-8 created? What was the story behind his creation and development? Hit the jump to find out what we learned from a recent longform article about Lucasfilm. For instance, did you know that JJ Abrams was still unsure a practical BB-8 would work right up until a week before filming began?

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The Force Awakens IMAX

Nowadays, movies move in an out of theaters very quickly. Gone are the days of a movie sticking around your local multiplex for months. And movies have an even shorter shelf-life on IMAX screens, since there are far fewer of the giant movie theaters available for movies to inhabit.

Therefore, it’s somewhat surprising, though also not entirely unexpected, that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be getting an extended stay in IMAX theaters when it opens on December 18th. Fans we’ll get their chance to see The Force Awakens IMAX screenings in theaters across the country for an entire month. Read More »

Kong Skull Island Jason Mitchell

Universal may not currently have a Straight Outta Compton sequel in the works, but they’ve just made plans for a Straight Outta Compton reunion. Jason Mitchell, who played Eazy-E, has just boarded Kong: Skull Island alongside Corey Hawkins, who played Dr. Dre. More details on the Kong Skull Island Jason Mitchell casting after the jump.  Read More »

star wars toys unboxing

Disney Consumer Products has announced that they will unveil products inspired by the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens through an unprecedented 18-hour long live YouTube stream of unboxing videos. Pretty insane. Watch the video announcement and read the full star wars toys unboxing press release after the jump now.

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Chappie visual effects

Earlier this summer, we featured a very brief look at the visual effects that helped bring Neill Blomkamp‘s futuristic fairytale Chappie to life. A live performance on set was done with Sharlto Copley (District 9), and then the actor was replaced entirely with visual effects, and now we get to see just how perfectly the effects mirror Copley’s performance.

Watch the Chappie visual effects breakdown after the jump! Read More »

Man of Steel 2 on hold

A new rumor recently popped up saying that Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was in talks to take over the Man of Steel franchise from Zack Snyder. But considering the movie isn’t officially on Warner Bros. Pictures’ schedule for their DC Comics cinematic universe, it didn’t sound like it was an immediate concern for the studio.

Now another rumor seems to confirm a lack of urgency to get Man of Steel 2 off the ground as the project is reportedly on “permanent hold.” But what does that even mean? Read More »

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avengers guardians crossover

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is quickly expanding, and maybe we’re taking for granted that it will all collide and connect at some point. When Marvel announced the two-part two-film event The Avengers: Infinity War, we all assumed that we’d see all of the Marvel heroes in this one epic story. And we might see both the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers in those movies, but don’t expect to see the two teams crossover on the big screen — at least according to Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye in the films. Lets hear Hawkeye’s thoughts on a potential Avengers Guardians crossover.

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Star Wars Land fan design

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we taker a look at the following items:

  • Details on Mads Mikkelsen Role in Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • How many X-Wing Squadrons can we expect in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • An official description of the Star Wars Launch Bay exhibit space being added to Disneyland.
  • How Boba Fett will be used in Star Wars Battlefront.
  • How big is a Super Star Destroyer? Is it bigger than Manhattan?
  • How will Target handle Force Friday?
  • Poster Posse is teaming with ACME Archives and LucasFilm for an official Star Wars art show.
  • And above is a fan design for a LucasLand theme park. While its not what Disney’s Star Wars Land is going to look like, I thought it would be fun to feature.

All this and more. Hit the jump to go to hyperspeed.

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Star Trek Beyond Leonard Nimoy

Thanks to the Omaze charity efforts of the Star Trek: To Boldly Go campaign, we’ve gotten some glimpses behind the scenes of the forthcoming sequel Star Trek Beyond, including some new aliens, the new Starfleet uniforms, and the cast showing off their best dance moves on the bridge of the Enterprise.

And with one week left to donate, thereby earning the chance to win a walk-on role in the move from director Justin Lin, a new charity video has just surfaced with a Star Trek Beyond charity video that also acts as a Leonard Nimoy tribute, complete with the cast giving Spock’s customary farewell. Read More »