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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is stuffed full of so many easter eggs and hidden in-jokes that you could write an entire article trying to track down as many as humanly possible. And just when you think you’ve got to the bottom of them all – A cameo from Daniel Craig! A Stormtrooper voiced by Kevin Smith – another little piece piece of trivia rears its head. Well, here’s the latest piece of information you can use to inform you friends and frighten strangers at bars: the Force Awakens cantina scene features the vocal stylings of director J.J. Abrams.

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The hype and buzz around Star Wars: The Force Awakens is starting to die down along with the film’s box office haul (it lost to The Revenant and Ride Along 2 last weekend), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t cool stuff to hear about the sci-fi blockbuster. In fact, just one day after the film hit theaters back in December, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had a conversation with some of the key filmmakers on the film, including director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, writer Lawrence Kasdan, star Harrison Ford and more. That conversation is finally available to watch online. Read More »

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Today’s edition of Star Wars Bits is jam-packed with galactic-sized goodness, so we don’t even time for a proper introduction. We don’t! Honest! We really just need to dive into the details as fast as possible and not waste time at the top here. Cool? Cool. Okay, here’s what you’ll find contained within:

  • Princess Leia arrives on the next episode of Star Wars Rebels.
  • John Boyega teases a dark future for Finn.
  • J.J. Abrams has advice for the young Han Solo actor.
  • A glimpse of a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story X-Wing.
  • Jabba the Hutt may return in a future Star Wars movie.
  • A Kickstarter-funded Star Wars documentary has found a distributor.
  • Benicio del Toro chats about Star Wars: Episode 8 and his villainous role.
  • A fascinating interview with the man who played Jar Jar Binks.
  • Take a look at every type of lightsaber out there.

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Welcome back to The Force Awakens Bits, the regular feature that will exist until Star Wars: Episode 8 decides to murder Star Wars: The Force Awakens and steal its throne. In today’s edition:

  • The amazingly awful “official” The Force Awakens music video.
  • Star Wars‘ uphill battle at the Chinese box office.
  • A certain set being recreated for Star Wars: Episode 8
  • The unfortunate end to your Poe/Finn fanfic.
  • Samuel L. Jackson is still talking about Star Wars.
  • That secret connection between The Force Awakens and Parks and Recreation.
  • The editors of The Force Awakens speak up.
  • A The Force Awakens comic that may inspire a tear or two.

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The Force Awakens A New Hope

One of the biggest pieces of criticism of Star Wars: The Force Awakens from those who didn’t love the movie is that writer/director J.J. Abrams recycled too much from the original Star Wars: A New Hope, including some elements from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This doesn’t seem to be something that has escaped Abrams, and he seems to have anticipated while making the movie. And he’s not bothered by it. Something he has been perturbed by though has been the exclusion of Rey (Daisy Ridley) from some of The Force Awakens merchandise that has been on shelves. Read More »

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If you’ve been paying attention to our extensive Star Wars coverage, then you probably saw our round-up of 20 scenes that were cut from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Those scenes would add plenty of footage to the movie, and some have wondered if we might get The Force Awakens extended cut, or dare I say, The Force Awakens: Special Edition. But according to director J.J. Abrams, that’s not in the cards. Read More »

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J.J. Abrams was on a panel for the Television Critics Association for the Hulu miniseries 11.22.63, which he is producing. After the panel, he spoke with reporters for another 10 minutes and addressed some Star Wars: The Force Awakens questions during TV talk. With Oscar nominations coming Thursday, Abrams hopes many of his crew get nominated.

“I’m hoping that there are certain people that I know deserve it definitely and it would be wonderful if they got it. I feel like the gift of working on that film is such that I don’t need any further validation than the movie being out there and people liking the movie. There are people that I will be disappointed if they don’t get nominated because I think that the work they did was really exemplary.”  Read More »

11.22.63 Trailer

There seems to be nothing that James Franco can’t do, and now we can add time traveler to his long list of achievements. Franco leads the new Hulu series 11.22.63, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name about a high school history teacher who is sent back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. So far we’ve only gotten brief glimpses of the series produced by J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner, but now a full trailer shows us more of what we can expect. Read More »

Chewbacca Actor

Even though fans have never seen his face in a Star Wars movie, fans of the sci-fi saga know exactly who Peter Mayhew is. For those who don’t, he’s the 7’2″ British actor who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy and Revenge of the Sith. And Mayhew was once again recruited to play the Wookiee in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, there’s a new actor who also helped bring the Wookiee to life as well. Find out who this new Chewbacca actor is after the jump. Read More »