TFA poster

Now that Star Wars: Episode 8 has been delayed seven months, we can even more time luxuriating in some precious The Force Awakens Bits! In today’s edition:

  • ILM Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett talks about creating Supreme Leader Snoke.
  • A very impressive, Struzan-inspired Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster.
  • A Rey theory that requires a tinfoil hat.
  • The origin of Max von Sydow‘s Lor San Tekka.
  • Someone built a real Starkiller Base. Kind of.
  • The next chapter in the “Where’s Rey?” saga.
  • Screenwriter Michael Arndt describes the creation of Finn.
  • And more!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Welcome back to The Force Awakens Bits, your regular source of news about the movie you’ve already watched seven times! In today’s edition:

  • Hot Toys’ Rey figure has received a very cool (and spoiler-y) upgrade.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens keeps on breaking box office records.
  • Rian Johnson teases all of the Finn/Poe shippers out there.
  • The team behind BB-8 explains how they brought his crazier effects to life.
  • Someone built a life-size LEGO BB-8.
  • An inside look at how to build a 70mm print of The Force Awakens.
  • The John Williams The Force Awakens soundtrack guide you didn’t know you needed.
  • Patton Oswalt and Conan O’Brien chat about The Force Awakens.
  • One guy who really wants to spoil Star Wars for everyone.

All this and more, after the jump.

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star wars skellig michael

As J.J. Abrams spent the better part of two years promising, the world of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a successful blend of practical sets, real-world locations, and computer generated environments. You can nitpick the movie until the Banthas come home, but the Star Wars universe hasn’t felt this convincing since 1983. And while certain areas have to be partially constructed inside of a computer, others are real places that are so old and so isolated that they might as well exist on another planet.

A new featurette exploring the Star Wars Skellig Michael locations has arrived online, giving us a very cool look at one of the most memorable places in all of The Force Awakens. And just in case you’ve somehow managed to not see the movie yet, we’ll leave it at there. The video, and spoilers, lurk after the jump.

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Only Yesterday trailer

When Daisy Ridley was first announced for the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we weren’t quite sure what to make of her, for the very good reason that we, like most people, had no idea who she was. But now that the movie’s finally opened, Ridley’s dazzled us all with her charm and talent, and we’re dying to see what she’ll do next.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long. Ridley already has her first big voice role lined up in Only Yesterday, a 25-year-old Studio Ghibli feature that’ll be released in North America for the first time next year. Also lending their voices to the English-language dub are Dev Patel, Alison Fernandez, and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars Rebels). Watch the Only Yesterday trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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You’re not sick of reading about Star Wars: The Force Awakens quite yet, right? Okay. Good. We still have jobs. In today’s edition of The Force Awakens bits:

  • A potential release date for the Force Awakens Blu-ray.
  • The secret lurking in the First Order’s Star Destroyers.
  • A minor grammatical error creates a new fan theory.
  • John Williams talks about creating new music cues for new characters.
  • A big batch of new concept art.
  • Director Adam Green waxes poetic on Star Wars.
  • John Boyega‘s Finn is now an expensive action figure.
  • BB-8 ice cubes, anyone?

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xwing poster

Another day, another round-up of all the great Star Wars: The Force Awakens news you’ve missed because you’re too busy living a proper life with family and friends and such! In today’s edition:

  • The Force Awakens continues to be a monster at the box office.
  • Several gorgeous new posters show off the newest Star Wars heroes.
  • You can now buy Poe Dameron’s jacket, if you can pull it off.
  • John Williams chats about working with George Lucas and J.J. Abrams.
  • Panavision built special lenses just for The Force Awakens.
  • John Boyega challenges David Beckham to a lightsaber duel.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

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It’s safe to presume most of you have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens by now, based on its monstrous box-office haul and the fact that our “What Did You Think?” article got over fifteen-hundred comments. Since the film is out in the world, we can finally talk spoilers, including a Star Wars: The Force Awakens cut storyline.

After the jump, read about screenwriter Michael Arndt‘s original vision for Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) journey.

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Star Wars Episode VIII cast

Star Wars: The Force Awakens did a bang-up job of bringing us back to the galaxy far, far away. It did justice to our favorite classic characters while introducing fresh faces to fall in love with, including Rey and Finn and Poe. So now that Lucasfilm has us invested in this whole new generation of heroes and villains, what’s next? Who’s coming back in Episode VIII? (Spoilers for The Force Awakens ahead.)  Read More »

The Force Awakens spoilers

It’s been over ten years since George Lucas finished his prequel trilogy, and it’s no secret they left plenty of fans twiddling their thumbs in disappointment. Despite coming from the man behind Star Wars, the prequels didn’t feel like Star Wars movies — they were missing the spirit, emotion and adventure of the original trilogy. All these years later, can J.J. Abrams get this series back on the right track with Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Well, we’re finally finding out tonight. After the jump, share your thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the comments. Please note that spoilers are encouraged in the comments section for this post. If you have not seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we encourage you to return once you have.

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