Posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Carrie Fisher completed her work on Star Wars: Episode 8 before she passed away.
- Rian Johnson offers a simple and compelling defense of the prequels.
- Carrie Fisher was working on a new one-woman show prior to her death.
- Adam Driver has a number of nice things to say about his Episode 8 director.
- Poe Dameron comic writer Charles Soule will pay tribute to Carrie Fisher in an upcoming issue.
- There is now an official online store to buy Star Wars autographs.
- The Doctor Aphra comic is about to explore what happened to Yavin IV.
- The Han Solo movie is about to begin casting its supporting cast.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
It is with extreme sadness that we report to you Carrie Fisher has died. Her family confirmed her passing in a statement through a spokesperson. The Star Wars actress had recently suffered a heart attack on a flight. She was 60 years old. Read More »
Actress Carrie Fisher has reportedly suffered a massive heart attack on Friday afternoon on a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles while returning from promoting her new book. We have updated the Carrie Fisher heart attack story after the jump.
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With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting some theaters as early as tomorrow night and the early buzz painting quite a positive picture (along with David Chen’s video review and Peter Sciretta’s spoiler-free review), everyone is all about Star Wars this week. That includes the folks over at Honest Trailers who have decided to tackle what many Star Wars fans regard as the greatest film in the saga: The Empire Strikes Back.
Even outside of Star Wars fans, The Empire Strikes Back is largely considered to be one of the greatest sequels of all time, and as the Honest Trailer points out, it has become the lazy shorthand for anyone trying to hype up the darkness and quality of plenty of other sequels. Beyond that, the quality of this movie is so high that the voiceover guy knows it’s not going to be easy to make fun of this one.
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Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Episode 8 Bits:
- Does Carrie Fisher‘s changed schedule indicate reshoots for Star Wars: Episode 8?
- Adam Driver compliments Rian Johnson and compares Episode 8 to The Empire Strikes Back.
- Lupita Nyong’o shoots down those Maz Kanata rumors.
- Rian Johnson once again gets amusing on Twitter.
- Carrie Fisher explains why Han and Leia broke up.
- Someone pieces together currently known plot points for some potential spoilers.
- And more!
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Last night the Salt Lake Comic-Con kicked off over in Utah, and one of the first guests of honor was Star Wars saga star Mark Hamill. The actor took the stage for a panel that he wanted to be “more like an intimate conversation.” As Hamill said to kick off the panel, “I want to talk to you like you are sitting in my living room. Exactly as if you were sitting in my living room, but I won’t be serving snacks and no, you can’t use the bathroom.”
Sadly, Hamill did not divulge even the smallest bit of information about Star Wars: Episode VIII, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t talk about the iconic film franchise that gave him the career he has today. In fact, Hamill took the time to recall how George Lucas called him and Carrie Fisher to let them know that he was selling Lucasfilm to Disney, and that a new Star Wars trilogy was likely going into development with or without them. Hamill has told this story before, but this time he included an interesting detail. What if Mark Hamill didn’t return for Star Wars Episode VII? Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Lucasfilm was reluctant to reveal too much about the plot of Star Wars Episode VIII at Star Wars Celebration Europe, aside from the juicy tidbit that it’ll pick up right where The Force Awakens left off. But star Carrie Fisher may have let one other major detail slip about a certain key scene in the movie. Be warned potential spoilers for Episode VIII are ahead — nothing too terribly major, but if you’d rather go into the film knowing as little as possible you may want to err on the side of caution. Read More »
Over 20 minutes worth of scenes were removed from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. An early cut of the sequel was two hours and forty minutes, but considering the film moves like a bullet, as director J.J. Abrams‘ movies tend to, they were probably all wise cuts.
Below, Abrams explains why these scenes didn’t make the final cut, and reveals some first look photos at some of the deleted scenes we’ll see on the home video release. (Spoilers ahead, obviously.)
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One of the bigger fan nitpicks about Star Wars: The Force Awakens concerns a scene in the final minutes of the film: I’m talking about General Leia Organa’s hug (I’m being vague, because spoilers… not that there is a single person reading this post that has yet to see the movie yet).This morning I had the pleasure of chatting with Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams about the new movie he produced, 10 Cloverfield Lane (that interview will follow later this week). But before I talked Cloverfield, I asked Abrams about this common fan nitpick. What did the Force Awakens director say about the Leia hug? Find out after the jump.
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Just earlier this week, the official announcement of production revealed director Rian Johnson hard at work on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII with Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley in a familiar location from the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In addition, new cast members were confirmed with Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran being named as part of the film. And with production in full swing, we have another look behind the scenes, this one revealing a surprisingly adorable working title logo for the Star Wars sequel. Read More »