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 »

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There’s a chance that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will become the highest grossing film in the history of the American box office today. It still has $1.2 billion to go if it’s going to dethrone Avatar from the top of the international charts, but that that record is not beyond this movie, which has spent the past few weeks shattering expectations left and right. Remember a year ago when people wondered if Star Wars was still viable? Good times. Good times, indeed.

And soon enough, you’ll be able to recreate the entire movie frame-by-frame using only images released on the internet. You can get started with the gallery below, which contains 90 images, many of which haven’t made the rounds before and some of which have finally appeared free of watermarks.

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As J.J. Abrams spent the better part of two years promising, the world of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a successful blend of practical sets, real-world locations, and computer generated environments. You can nitpick the movie until the Banthas come home, but the Star Wars universe hasn’t felt this convincing since 1983. And while certain areas have to be partially constructed inside of a computer, others are real places that are so old and so isolated that they might as well exist on another planet.

A new featurette exploring the Star Wars Skellig Michael locations has arrived online, giving us a very cool look at one of the most memorable places in all of The Force Awakens. And just in case you’ve somehow managed to not see the movie yet, we’ll leave it at there. The video, and spoilers, lurk after the jump.

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the force awakens Q&A

Yes, this is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Q&A you’re looking for. Following a screening of the film for Oscar and various film guild voters, director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, VFX supervisor Roger Guyett, editors Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon, cinematographer Daniel Mindel, costume designer Michael Kaplan and co-production designer Rick Carter all took the stage for a lengthy chat with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg. The result: 48 minutes of back and forth from the people responsible for one of the most anticipated movies of all time, all captured on video.

Yes, it’s the holidays and yes, you probably should be spending time with your family and friends instead of hunkering down in the guest bedroom and watching this video. But go ahead and give into your hate. Give into your anger. With each passing moment, you make yourself more susceptible to having a festive time with your loved ones and not indulging in this lengthy The Force Awakens Q&A.

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Another day, another round-up of all the great Star Wars: The Force Awakens news you’ve missed because you’re too busy living a proper life with family and friends and such! In today’s edition:

  • The Force Awakens continues to be a monster at the box office.
  • Several gorgeous new posters show off the newest Star Wars heroes.
  • You can now buy Poe Dameron’s jacket, if you can pull it off.
  • John Williams chats about working with George Lucas and J.J. Abrams.
  • Panavision built special lenses just for The Force Awakens.
  • John Boyega challenges David Beckham to a lightsaber duel.

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JJ Abrams Star Wars Force Awakens

Thank God Star Wars: The Force Awakens turned out as well as it did, because if it disappointed, imagine how much all this Star Wars content would sting. At /Film we’d basically be poking our fingers in your wounds — and nobody wants that. Director J.J. Abrams helped bring the series back in a big way, making jaded fans and newcomers excited about Star Wars. Abrams decided not to return for Episode VIII, because he didn’t want to be known as “the sequel guy.” Lucasfilm, thankfully, found a more than suitable replacement in Rian Johnson (Looper).

Does Abrams have any regrets about turning the gig down, though? According to a friend and frequent collaborator, he does.

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J.J. Abrams‘ films are so breathlessly paced sometimes you get the sense more than a few scenes were left on the cutting room floor. When his stories jump from A to C — which isn’t always a problem — you can feel a piece missing. There are a few instances in which this happens in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but not in the case of this deleted scene.

After the jump, Abrams explains a Star Wars: The Force Awakens deleted scene.

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Chances are strong that you’ve already seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If the film’s record-breaking international opening is any indication, chances are also strong that you saw it multiple times and are ready to start reading spoiler-filled comments from the people responsible for the film. In other words, this is your first warning to amscray if you haven’t seen the movie yet. Go on. Shoo. Go buy a ticket.

Director and co-writer J.J. Abrams, and his fellow screenwriters, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, participated in a Q&A following a screening of the film at the Writer’s Guild of America and they chatted about a whole bunch of stuff. Most notably, they chatted about that one scene where that certain character does something drastic to another character and changes the Star Wars universe forever. If you’ve seen the movie, you know what we’re talking about. Naturally, huge spoilers lurk below and this is your final warning.

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Who Doesn’t Want to Sit in This BB-8 Chair?

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Like a lot of you, I wish I had over $100 to spare to buy a remote control BB-8 droid. What could’ve been an annoying and cloying droid turned out to be an adorable scene-stealer in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Director J.J. Abrams never gives us too much of a good thing, cutting to the character only when necessary. People have fallen head over heels for the spirited droid, including a creative content producer by the name of Steve Czarnecki.

After the jump, check out a BB-8 theater chair created by Czarnecki.

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