Hot off the big ticket Star Wars news Thursday, we’ve got some Bits for you as well.
- Bob Iger confirms Disneyland is expanding, but not with a third park.
- J.J. Abrams‘ part in Star Wars Episode VIII is an afterthought.
- Get some insights into the editing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams will have “Force Awakens special guests” Thursday at Star Wars Celebration.
- Topps and Lucasfilm team up on Star Wars: Card Trader.
- Who named Star Wars: Rogue One?
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The current conversations about Star Wars: The Force Awakens are primarily concerned with two things: spoilers and trailers. Director J.J. Abrams recently admitted some of the spoilers on the Internet are true, just as some really big ones have come online. Meanwhile, everyone else has been patiently waiting for and debating when we’d see our next glimpse of footage. The safe money is on Thursday April 16, when Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy kick off Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA.
In a new interview, Abrams commented on this and offered up very little information. He did say that the conversation about how and when to release information to the fans happens every day. Read the J.J. Abrams Star Wars 7 trailer news below. Read More »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers are like fast food. You know they’re bad, but you desperately want them. Some people have the enviable discipline to avoid spoilers, aiming to preserve the theatrical experience coming this December. Others omnivorously devour them, aiming to capture just a hint of what we hope to experience when the film finally comes out.
For spoiler hounds, one of the arguments we tell ourselves is “Maybe this isn’t true.” We hope we’re just reading speculation and that the truth isn’t out there yet. It turns out, that itself is a lie.
In a new interview, co-writer and director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams, confirmed that some of the spoilers out there are true, others are false, and that he definitely understands why people read them. Read what J.J. Abrams has to say about Star Wars spoilers below. Read More »
Few objects in recent history have been more visually impactful than Apple’s iPhone. One of the men primarily responsible for that look, and the look of numerous other iconic Apple products, is Jony Ive. Ive is the senior vice president of design at Apple and “one of the two most powerful people in the world’s most valuable company,” according to The New Yorker.
The New Yorker is also where Ive revealed that he and good friend J.J. Abrams have had private discussions about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only that, Abrams took one of Ive’s suggestions about the design of the film and you’ve already seen it. Read more about the Jony Ive Star Wars connection below. Read More »
For months, everyone’s been hypothesizing that the next trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was going to debut at Star Wars Celebration (before hitting theaters and online). Well, Lucasfilm just announced that the film’s co-writer and director, J.J. Abrams will kick off the event with producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy “in a big way” on April 16. I think we all know what that means. Read more below. Read More »
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J.J. Abrams has heard your complaints about Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. He’s heard that it’s terrible, and that it is great, and he thinks it’s all hilarious. That’s just one of the facts uncovered Wednesday when the director was given an award by the Visual Effects Society. Abrams, the co-writer and director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, did some interviews before the event and our friends at Collider got five minutes to talk to Abrams about the franchise.
He talks about Kylo Ren’s lightsaber, the IMAX sequence, CG effects in the film, his role on the forthcoming Episodes VIII and IX, and gives some brief non-answers about the next trailer and Comic-Con. Watch the latest JJ Abrams Star Wars interview below. Read More »
Mark Hamill knows a thing or two about Star Wars. As Luke Skywalker, he was not only the star of the original trilogy, he’s reprising the role over thirty years later in December’s ultra-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However with many months left until release, the actor has some advice for fans who are eagerly awaiting the film. Fans like me, you, pretty much anyone reading this site. His advice is to “relax” and “forget about it.” “It will be here before you know it,” he says.
Sorry, Mark, that’s not going to happen.
Read Hamill’s full quote about Force Awakens anticipation, and our response, below. Read More »
Superman‘s on-screen history is fascinating. There was the early TV show, the Christopher Reeve films, the rumored curse around the role, several failed reboots, including one that made it to the big screen, and now a successful reboot that’s playing into a bigger DC universe.
Adding even more myth to the role, the last two cinematic iterations of the character, Brandon Routh in Superman Returns and Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, each almost put on the “S” several years before. Both actors auditioned for one of the failed reboots, Superman Flyby, which was to be directed by McG from a script by J.J. Abrams. It’s a pretty fascinating coincidence and you can link to photos of their Superman Flyby auditions, including a very different Superman costume, below.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18 of this year. The first Star Wars standalone film opens December 16, 2016. After that, we have a good idea of what the next few years have in store for Star Wars but nothing is 100% set in stone. For example, though every single outlet in the world has confirmed Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars Episode VIII, along with the filmmaker himself, the company has yet to acknowledge it. And though we’ve heard there will be a Star Wars movie every single year, only the two dates above are confirmed.
However, the long-term future of Star Wars was recently mentioned by Disney CEO Bob Iger. In a Disney shareholders report, he talked about seeing footage from The Force Awakens, confirmed the release years for the next two films in “this” trilogy, and failed to mention the second standalone film. There’s more, too. Read the extremely loaded Star Wars sequel trilogy quote below. Read More »