A confirmed filming location for Star Wars Episode VII, a possible actor for the film, two new languages and even a national award. This edition of Star Wars Bits is everywhere. After the jump, read about the following:
- Star Wars Episode VII is confirmed to shoot at Pinewood Studios.
- Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan hinted he might be up for Star Wars Episode VII.
- Gamers can now play as an Ewok in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope has been dubbed into Navajo.
- Ray Park would love to reprise the role of Darth Maul.
- George Lucas is going to be given the National Medal of Arts.
- Darth Vader is once again a spokesperson, this time for Pringles.
- A new book has translated Star Wars into Shakespeare; see a trailer.
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Please note that the following contains potential spoilers for the first episode of FlashForward.
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Set in the year 2100, where “a collapsed economy and climate crises have eliminated the middle class” leaving a divide between the really rich and extremely poor. To avoid a revolt from the masses, the rich elite create a game called Fortuna, where one out of every thousand players will win a chance to join the upper class. Contestants are never seen from again, which of course is part of a hidden sinister goal to “reduce poverty” by 30% over 50 years.
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