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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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 »

Google Star Wars

After the jump:

  • Pentatonix does Star Wars at the American Music Awards.
  • Who’s Simon Pegg playing in The Force Awakens?
  • Han and Leia get new Force Awakens banners, too.
  • Captain Phasma looks super badass in a new image.
  • See a life-size TIE fighter made of Christmas lights.
  • Pick up a collectible Star Wars drink topper at Regal.
  • Check out Joshua Budich‘s cool Star Wars portraits.
  • … and Daz Tibbles‘ vintage-style comic book covers.
  • Why it’s okay if Force Awakens doesn’t screen for critics.
  • What Force Awakens details were revealed in a kids’ book?
  • Google asks users to choose between Light and Dark.

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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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star wars character posters

Just when you thought it was safe to take a breath and think about something other than Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a few minutes, a big batch of character posters have arrived. These five posters, depicting Han Solo, Leia Organa, Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren, may not be as classical as Drew Struzan’s poster or as colorful and eye-popping as the main one-sheet, but they get their point across quite nicely: here are five characters, both new and old, from the new Star Wars movie. Get to know them well. You will be seeing them a lot.

Go ahead and check out the new Star Wars character posters for yourself after the jump.

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slave leia retired

The original Star Wars trilogy goes out of its way to paint Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia Organa as a force to be reckoned with. She’s a better shot than Luke Skywalker, an intelligent commander of Rebel forces, and more than capable of calling Han Solo on his B.S. When she is captured by the gruesome Jabba the Hutt and forced to wear a skimpy costume, she takes back her own freedom, strangling her captor and freeing herself. Leia is one of the toughest and most empowering women in all of popular science fiction.

So it is disconcerting that the popular image of the character for the past three decades has revolved around that skimpy outfit she’s forced to wear during the first act of Return of the Jedi. Out of context, it’s the worst possible way to portray such a beloved character with so much to offer. “Slave Leia” may be iconic, but not necessarily in a good way. However, a new rumor, straight from a veteran Star Wars artist, claims that Disney and Lucasfilm are well aware of this, and that the scantily clad version of the character may soon be retired for good.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live

Lord Vader, we only use this facility for Star Wars Bits. You put him in there, it might kill him! Here’s what you’ll find in this edition of news from a galaxy far, far away:

  • A video tribute to all the Rebel Alliance pilots killed in Star Wars
  • How did Robert Englund help Mark Hamill become Luke Skywalker?
  • Carrie Fisher‘s advice to The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley
  • Neil Patrick Harris and his family got in the Star Wars spirit for Halloween
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live gets a special Star Wars episode this month
  • Gwendoline Christie talks Captain Phasma
  • Harrison Ford talked The Force Awakens dressed as a hot dog
  • Disneyland Tokyo gets a special Jakku edition of Star Tours
  • Kevin Smith has seen some of The Force Awakens
  • See some of the products coming to Season of the Force soon
  • The Force Awakens stars reprise roles for Disney Infinity 3.0
  • How is Revenge of the Sith the best Star Wars movie ever?
  • Peter Mayhew on his time on The Force Awakens set
  • Star Wars themed Duracell and Toys R Us commercials.

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Hot Toys Princess Leia figure

Earlier this week Hot Toys announced an 18-foot-long 1/6th scale Millennium Falcon, which will make its debut at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong (ACGHK) in just a couple more days. Before that show, Hot Toys has officially announced the addition of a 1/6th scale Princess Leia figure to their Star Wars line. The highly-detailed collectible figure is of course based on actress Carrie Fisher‘s iconic likeness from Star Wars: A New Hope. Hit the jump to see a gallery of photos of the new Hot Toys Princess Leia figure and learn more about the release.

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Amy Schumer gets a little dirty with Star Wars

The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next the power of Star Wars Bits. This week’s news from a galaxy far, far away includes the following:

  • Details on The Battle of Jakku and more post-Return of the Jedi info
  • Harrison Ford gives advice to new co-stars, uses lightsaber as a cane
  • New info on Han Solo and Chewie in The Force Awakens
  • BB-8 on the cover of Make magazine
  • Comic-Con interviews with J.J. Abrams and cast
  • George Lucas to be honored at D23
  • Science Channel ILM documentary special teaser clip
  • Kevin Smith got screwed by Star Wars at Comic-Con
  • Production designer talks mandate for authenticity in Episode VII
  • Amy Schumer‘s saucy Star Wars photoshoot for GQ
  • New details on Star Wars Battlefront gameplay
  • Gary Whitta on Star Wars and the Comic-Con experience

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