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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Star Wars concert

At Comic-Con in San Diego, the panel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a nice blend of the new and old. New cast members John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie and Domhnall Gleeson were on hand, and classic heroes Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were also present. Their presence made for a fun, exciting panel, even if the footage shown wasn’t exclusive to the convention itself.

But the payoff came when director J.J. Abrams started talking about the music of Star Wars. Upon getting affirmation that the Hall H audience loved the music of Star Wars, Abrams delivered some incredible news. The entire crowd of Hall H, about 6,500 people, would be leaving the convention center to attend a live Star Wars concert.

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Star Wars Comic Con

After waiting hours in line over the past two days (yes, we have to wait in line just like everyone else), Lucasfilm finally wowed Comic-Con with their panel in Hall H for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it did not disappoint.

Although there weren’t any major announcements about forthcoming Star Wars Anthology projects or the next two episodes of the new Star Wars trilogy, fans were still left with the feeling that they could take on the whole Empire (or First Order) themselves. Why? Because a wonderful sizzle reel took us behind the scenes of the production of the film, and cast members both new and old came to hype up the start of a new era of Star Wars.

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Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

In the last Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, we got our first look at Chewbacca and Han Solo, but we still haven’t seen the look of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, or Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, in the new installment. The new behind the scenes video that premiered at San Diego Comic Con International now gives us our first look at Carrie Fisher reprising her role as Princess Leia, 32 years after the release of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Hit the jump to see what Fisher looks like in costume as Princess Leia in JJ Abrams’ Episode 7.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

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There’s lots of fun stuff to discuss in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One writer Chris Weitz asks for the help of Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • Carrie Fisher may have autographed herself into a Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoiler.
  • The second Star Wars Anthology film is reportedly still on track for 2018.
  • See a quick preview of the Lando Marvel Comic.
  • A new official Star Wars canon timeline has been released.
  • The books set between Return of the Jedi and Force Awakens will be called The Aftermath Trilogy.
  • Season one of Star Wars Rebels may hit Blu-ray in September.
  • Several European release dates for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are revealed.
  • How many Funko Pop figures based on The Force Awakens will there be?
  • John Williams is currently scoring Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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