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Star Wars: The Force Awakens has its fair share of in-jokes and easter eggs referring to previous films in the series. You could even argue that the entire movie is just one big reference to the original films, but that is a topic you can discuss amongst yourselves for the time being because we have bigger Colo Claw Fish to fry. It turns out that one of those tiny easter eggs was almost a lot bigger. By now, you’re surely aware of Yoda’s brief vocal cameo, but at one point, he was considered for a larger role.

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JJ Abrams is one of those filmmakers who loves to hide easter eggs in his films and television shows. And we love to go on the easter egg hunt and find them. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is packed with inside jokes, cameos, fun references to past films, as well as some things that pay homage to the inspiration and fandom of the series.

How many Game of Thrones cameos did you spot? Is it possible the Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark might be hidden in this movie somewhere? Find out this and over 50 other Star Wars: The Force Awakens easter eggs, after the jump.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally in theaters, so hopefully most of you have already ventured out to see how this new era of stories from a galaxy far, far away begins. Old heroes return as new heroes jump into the fray. And while most of the old heroes can be seen front and center on the big screen with the return of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill as Han Solo, Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker respectively, there are a couple other returning cast members that weren’t so prominent, but play an important part nonetheless.

Director J.J. Abrams has confirmed that Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy), Alec Guiness (Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original trilogy) and Frank Oz (the voice of Yoda) were brought back for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But since talking about their roles takes us into major spoiler territory, you’ll have to hit the jump to find out more. Read More »

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Many forms of media are present in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Vinyl, video games, television, movies, comic books and so much more. Below, read about the following:

  • John Williams‘ score for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is now on vinyl.
  • Photos of Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens leak.
  • See the Boba Fett Disney Infinity 3.0 figure and a new E3 trailer.
  • Visceral Games continues to tease a new Star Wars game.
  • Watch a new clip from Star Wars Rebels season 2.
  • See a variant cover for the comic Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1.
  • Watch a conversation with Frank Oz from Disney’s Star Wars Weekends.
  • Gawker Media offers to buy the script for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Mark Hamill‘s role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is questioned.
  • What Force Awakens ship could also appear in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One?
  • How does Finn fit in between the Resistance and First Order?

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Millennium Falcon photos

There are two cool pieces of Star Wars news for you on this last Monday of 2014. First up, Disney CEO Bob Iger appeared on the cover of Fortune Magazine with his $4 billion dollar co-star, the Millennium Falcon. Then, inside, there’s a very cool new look at the Falcon from the ground level. The two constitute our first close-up images of the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” from the 2015 sequel. We have the images below.

Second, Star Wars Rebels will return next week and as previously reported, Frank Oz will reprise his role as Yoda. The clip is now online and you can watch it below. Read More »

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A significant addition to Star Wars Rebels and some new analysis of The Force Awakens trailer are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Read about the following:

  • Yoda will be on Star Wars Rebels, voiced by Frank Oz.
  • Maisie Richardson-Sellers confirms and discusses her appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Watch the Disney XD Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer featurette.
  • Mark Hamill talks about drone precautions on the set of The Force Awakens.
  • See high res versions of The Force Awakens trading cards.
  • The speed of The Force Awakens TIE Fighters is explored.

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Above you can see two pieces of concept art for Yoda, designed during the development of Empire Strikes Back. Its almost impossible to imagine Yoda as a blue gnome creature with pointy toes, but that was George Lucas’ initial conception of the wise old master Jedi. I’m always fascinated by these kind of “what ifs.”

What might have been if one little decision was different than what we have come to know and expect. Its hard not to imagine Yoda as a fragile little green creature with pointy ears, just as much as its hard to imagine Yoda with a different voice than the one puppeteer Frank Oz provided for the character — but even that was not the original plan.

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Ken Taylor Mondo Show

Few artists in the poster world are as in demand as Ken Taylor. The Australian artist is not only one of the most popular names on the Mondo roster, he does posters for many of the biggest bands touring today. Taylor’s gorgeous, realistic, striking style has made instant collectibles of posters for Halloween, Alice in Wonderland, Man of Steel, Jurassic Park, and Breaking BadNow he’s tackling even more.

Though Taylor had a paired show at Mondo last year, and triple at Phone Booth the year before that, on May 30, he’s soon having his first solo show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. The show, simply called The Art of Ken Taylor, will feature posters for lots of recognizable films, many of which Mondo has never tackled before.

To whet your whistle, we’re excited to exclusively debut Taylor’s poster for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Children of Men and also a take on Frank Oz‘s musical, Little Shop of Horrors. Read more about the solo Ken Taylor Mondo show below. Read More »

Pixar gives up new footage from its latest sequel in this trailer for Monsters University. Starting off with a classic bit of “arriving at college” footage, we’re introduced to the institution in which Mike and Sully meet, form a rivalry, and eventually become friends. It doesn’t look quite as warm and fuzzy as the original film was, but there’s enough of Pixar’s gorgeous animation to make it a treat to look at.

The new and returning cast includes John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, Kelsey Grammer, Frank Oz, Ken Jeong, John Ratzenberger and J.B. Smoove, and you’ll hear many of them here, along with an unexpected blast of rock from 1989. Read More »