Alamo Drafthouse Star Wars event

Lots of talk, discussion and speculation surrounding The Force Awakens trailer are in this edition of Star Wars Bits, but lots more too. Below, read about the following:

  • How many views did the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer get in the first 72 hours?
  • The code name for the 2016 Star Wars Stand Alone has been revealed.
  • Two new actors have been revealed for The Force Awakens along with their roles.
  • Watch Good Morning America‘s “exclusive” revelation about The Force Awakens trailer.
  • Marvel announces big events for release of Star Wars #1.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch talks about not being in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.
  • The mystery of Clone Troopers vs. Storm Troopers is settled by the official Star Wars Twitter.
  • John Boyega responds to hateful comments of his role in The Force Awakens.
  • David Prowse would have loved to be in The Force Awakens.
  • Watch a video of the Alamo Drafthouse Force Awakens trailer event.
  • Read a line of dialogue from The Force Awakens, a setting description and maybe the opening of the film.

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Elstree 1976 trailer

Star Wars made, well, stars out of actors like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. But they’re only a few of the actors who populated the film. A couple others, such as Alec Guinness, had been stars for decades. Others, many of whom were part of the film’s masked cast, saw their characters rocket to incredible popularity as the actors themselves remained relatively anonymous. Most everyone could identify Darth Vader and Boba Fett in a second. But how many people could pick David Prowse or Jeremy Bulloch out of a lineup?

Elstree 1976 is a film dedicated to conversations with people such as Prowse and Bulloch. It gets in touch with some of the actors who made Star Wars what it was, but who are mostly invisible to the public at large. Some of the actors are just a step up from being extras, while others are featured players whose faces were hidden behind the masks that captured the imaginations of generations of viewers. Check out a trailer below. Read More »

Darth Vader Instagram selfie

Darth Vader signs up for Instagram, and posts his very first selfie. Also after the jump:

  • Michael B. Jordan addresses those Episode VII rumors
  • Katee Sachkoff teases big news, but it’s not Star Wars related
  • David Prowse would like to see Darth Vader resurrected
  • The Star Wars Identities exhibit will head to Paris next year
  • Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster is going up for auction this month
  • Is EA Vancouver working on an open-world Star Wars game?
  • Why has Disneyland‘s Star Wars land really been delayed?
  • Check out a behind-the-scenes video from Star Wars: Rebels
  • Take a peek at the new Star Wars art available on Acme Direct

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Alec Guinness Obi-Wan Kenobi

Besides Thursday’s really big Star Wars Episode VII news, there are some very interesting bits on that film, the casting call, J.J. Abrams and even a change to the original trilogy in today’s Star Wars Bits. Read about the following after the jump:

  • J.J. Abrams discusses fan reactions on the Internet.
  • Saoirse Ronan confirms she didn’t get the role in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • A single line, omitted from Return of the Jedi, changes the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Producer Gary Kurtz and Darth Vader actor David Prowse discuss the Episode VII open casting call.
  • One of the original Jabba The Hutt puppeteers is now a librarian.
  • Watch Adam Savage build Han Solo’s blaster.

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Though people today constantly complains about spoilers, they regularly take for granted that they’re available at all. Today, someone can do a simple Google search and find out almost any secret they want to in regards to a movies or television. That’s pretty incredible, especially when you think it wasn’t so long ago the only way movies got spoiled was in the occasional magazine article, printed review or if someone blurted it out while you were in line for the next show.

In 1978, David Prowse – the actor who wore the Darth Vader suit in the original Star Wars Trilogy – did a personal appearance in Berkeley, California which was covered by a local newspaper. At the event, Prowse answered questions about “Star Wars II” and “Star Wars III” and also just happened to mention the greatest spoiler in movie history – that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker’s father. In 1978. Two years before The Empire Strikes Back was released. We’ve got the original article after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: Darth Vader’s Original Voice

David Prowse as Darth Vader
As many of you already know, James Earl Jones is the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films, but he was not the actor in the suit during filming. A couple weeks ago a video circulated the web, showing actor David Prowse‘s original performance (sans Jones voice replacement). We have had it on the list of videos to be featured in VOTD (Video of the Day) but have been unable to fit it in until now. So if you haven’t yet seen this footage, in the behind the scenes doc or the youtube clip that made the rounds two weeks back, check it out now, after the jump.
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During an interview with Equity Magazine, David Prowse, the actor who played (but didn’t voice) Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, claims that LucasFilm has yet to pay him any residual payments on Return of the Jedi because the the film has yet to make a profit.

“I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we’ve got nothing to send you. Now here we’re talking about one of the biggest releases of all time,” said Prowse. “I don’t want to look like I’m bitching about it,” he said, “but on the other hand, if there’s a pot of gold somewhere that I ought to be having a share of, I would like to see it.”

Of course, Return of the Jedi has grossed over $572 million worldwide, which includes an estimated $88 million when the film was re-released in 1997. So how is it possible that the film has yet to make a profit? Prowse really can’t be serious, can he?

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