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J.J. Abrams returned to the Television Critics Association for a panel on his upcoming Showtime series Roadies with Cameron Crowe and cast. After the panel Abrams stayed  to speak with reporters and was accommodating when questions turned again to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Accommodating in that he did not shut them down, but still answered them in J.J. Abrams style. One reporter asked directly about Rey’s lineage. Find out what Abrams said, after the jump.

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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 chief of creature and droid effects Neal Scanlan poses with the creatures from the movie.

It’s Friday and we’re less than a week away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters nationwide. I thought we’d be in Star Wars overkill at this point, but even with a Force Awakens round-up each day on the site I was expecting to be bombarded with much more Force Awakens content the week before JJ Abrams’ Star Wars sequel hits theaters. In today’s edition of Force Awakens Bits, we take a look at the following:

  • Take a first look at Greg Grunberg‘s character: X-Wing pilot Snap Wexly
  • See Four new international Force Awakens character posters revealed
  • Are all Bad Robot office visitors are forced to sign a Star Wars NDA?
  • Russell Crowe saw 9 Minutes of The Force Awakens calls it “Spectacular”
  • Nearly an hour of John Williams Force Awakens score was discarded, modified or rerecorded
  • Alamo Draft House Cinema offers Star Wars-themed meals listed on a Millennium Falcon menu
  • How Rick Carter‘s art team effected The Force Awakens scriptwriting process
  • For preparation, Oscar Issac was given blueprints of every button that had ever been used on screen in an X-Wing
  • Why JJ Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan started from scratch when Michael Arndt left Force Awakens 
  • And the header photo shows Star Wars: The Force Awakens chief of creature and droid effects Neal Scanlan posing with the creatures from the film. So cool.

All this and more in today’s Force Awakens Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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Constable Zuvio

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we’ll talk about the following:

  • First look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Constable Zuvio.
  • Watch Verizon’s new commercial featuring Chewbacca and BB-8.
  • John Williams has finished recording the Force Awakens score.
  • Learn why the secret film production name for Episode VII was “Avco”.
  • See the life-size Force Awakens X-Wing and scaled TIE Fighter replicas on display at the Singapore Airport.
  • Enhanced version of Super Star Wars announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita.
  • Greg Grunberg talks about the struggles of being a Star Wars fan acting in a Star Wars movie.
  • Preview Marvel’s Star Wars #12 comic book.
  • Find out the exclusive Pop that came in the first Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box and learn the theme for the next box.

All that and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace!

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Heroes Reborn trailer

Years after the conclusion of the NBC sci-fi drama series Heroes, the event series Heroes Reborn returns to the world of super powered humans. And this time our heroes face an entirely different threat than each other.

Two vigilantes (Zachary Levi and Judith Shekoni) are hunting down evolved humans, referred to as Evos, forcing both new and old faces to unite and try to save the world all over again from some kind of impending doom. Can this help redeem the original run of the series from its disappointing end?

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Greg Grunberg Heroes Reborn

Most of the cast of the original Heroes won’t be back for the currently in-production mini-series, Heroes Reborn, but several of the key characters are returning. You already know that Noah Bennet, played by Jack Coleman, is coming back. As is Hiro Nakamura, played by Masi Oka. Now there’s word Matt Parkman, the telepathic police detective played by Greg Grunberg, is coming back too. Read more of the Greg Grunberg Heroes Reborn report below. Read More »

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Rumors are swirling for who might direct Star Wars: Episode IX. Demands are building for who should replace Josh Trank as director of the second Star Wars Anthology film. And there are some new details about Star Wars Weekends, the new Star Wars Battlefront and more in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Rumors are swirling about Joss Whedon directing Episode IX,
  • Fans are asking for Joe Johnston to direct the second Star Wars Anthology movie,
  • There’s an interview with the Star Wars Rebels line producer and production manager,
  • Star Wars Weekends adding Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience,
  • Details on Greg Grunberg‘s role in The Force Awakens,
  • When is Secret Cinema‘s screening of Empire Strikes Back?
  • Where is Poe Dameron from?
  • An interview with Star Wars LEGO master builder Erik Varszegi,
  • Star Wars Battlefront tease of planet Sullust and playable AT-ST,
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens reference books coming in December,
  • And see a preview of the Darth Vader #5 comic.

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A major question may have been answered and a major amount of art is featured in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about:

  • Mark Hamill offers a cryptic tease of Luke Skywalker’s role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • There’s a real lack of female characters made as Hasbro Star Wars toys.
  • Check out a preview of Marvel’s Star Wars #3.
  • Greg Grunberg talks about working on, and the secrecy surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • See a bunch of exclusive art that will be available at Star Wars Celebration.
  • Has Rey’s speeder already made it into the world of Star Wars?
  • A large batch of rumors, some new some old, have been posted online.

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‘Star Wars Episode 7’ Adds a J.J. Abrams Regular

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All filmmakers have their habits, and one of J.J. Abrams‘ is Greg Grunberg. The two have been pals since childhood, and Abrams includes the actor in his projects whenever possible. As of today, we’ve learned that that even includes Star Wars Episode VII. Hit the jump to read Grunberg’s Star Wars announcement.

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