star wars bits

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.

daniel fleetwood

In July, Daniel Fleetwood was given two months to live. A few days ago, he became the first Star Wars fan in the world to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The screening was the result of the #forcefordaniel campaign, which saw his friends and family do everything in their power to let him see the movie before he passed away. J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm came through for him and just in time – Daniel has passed away. His wife Ashley shared the following message on Facebook:

Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the force. He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero. Please hug uncle Marc for me and give Lucy lots of kisses. Rest in peace my love.

Okay. Take a moment to wipe the dust out of your eyes. Take a moment. It’s okay.

You might be familiar with the very cool Action Movie FX app, which allows you to integrate crazy special effects into the videos you shoot on your phone. It’s impressive stuff. But now there’s a Star Wars edition on the way, which will allow you to make quick movies where your friends get crushed by Imperial Walkers and chased by BB-8. In other words, it’s a dream come true.

simon pegg star wars

Geek royalty Simon Pegg has never been shy about his love of the original Star Wars trilogy… and he has also never been shy about how much he really doesn’t like the prequels. He hates them, in fact. And it seems that appearing in The Force Awakens has only deepened his feelings on the matter. Speaking with the NY Daily News on the subject of George Lucas‘ controversial prequel trilogy, Pegg spared no venom:

I don’t really have any respect for anyone who thinks those films are good. They’re not. … (They’re) a monumental misunderstanding of what the (original) three films are about. It’s an exercise in utter infanticide … (like) George Lucas killing his kid.

Ouch. Even those who don’t like the prequels felt that burn.

George Lucas probably doesn’t care about what Simon Pegg says about him (and if he does, he probably felt a lot better after taking a bath in a giant pool full of money), but Stephen Colbert certainly cares about George Lucas thinks of him. Colbert recently dedicated a few minutes of The Late Show to the latest Star Wars trailer and he just had to set the record straight about the one time he had a lightsaber duel with Lucas. Look, we can’t do the anecdote justice, so just hit play and watch it.

When it comes time to buy a lightsaber toy, every Star Wars fan must make an important decision: do you buy something expensive and incredibly breakable that you can never actually do anything with other than display, or do you buy something cheap and plastic that you can actually wield around your living room like the huge dork you are? A new Kickstarter campaign has set out to provide the best of both worlds. The Calimacil Foam Lightsaber glows like a proper laser sword and it’s soft enough to whack your friends over the head without any expensive repercussions.

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