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A couple great Star Wars articles were published online today by Empire Magazine and Wired Magazine, one about planning the future of the Star Wars universe and the other featuring comments from Andy Serkis about how his character Supreme Leader Snoke fits into Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to read everything we learned from these two new pieces, alongside our thoughts, insights and commentary.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Okay, so today ends the abundance of Star Wars: The Force Awakens news breaks as the Entertainment Weekly cover story has been released. After the jump you can find a round-up of all the new information we haven’t previously covered, including the final Force Awakens running time, the answer to if Starkiller base is another Death Star, Lawrence Kasdan talkimg about “starting from scratch” when he came on to rework Michael Arndt’s script, details on Kylo Ren and General Hux’s relationship and motivations, Daisy Ridley’s funny Harrison Ford story and much more. We also have a 47 second preview that aired on Disney XD in the UK which features a bunch of new footage.

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Han Solo and Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens information keeps coming out of of the cover story from next week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. The latest details include the reveal that Leia Organa is no longer called a Princess. Is this just an excuse to not include Leia in the Disney Princess line-up? Details after the jump.
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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following Star Wars: The Force Awakens tidbits:

  • Information on how you can buy Kako’s “T-70 X-Wing” print pictured above.
  • What attracted John Boyega to the character of Finn and how many lightsabers does he own?
  • Watch Daisy Ridley talk about working with the original cast on Force Awakens.
  • Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew talks about watching the trailer for the first time.
  • John Boyega talks about hearing John Williams‘ “Finn” theme from The Force Awakens.
  • Mark Hamill and John Boyega join campaign to let terminally ill fan see Force Awakens early.
  • AMC and Cinemark ban masks and lightsabers from screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Hear J.J. Abrams‘ story about what happened when he won a bet with Harrison Ford.
  • Find out the details of the special Star Wars-focused issue of D23 Magazine.

All that and more. Hit the jump to lightspeed.
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the Fifth Brother Inquisitor

We’ve seen in the past how Star Wars Rebels has used some of Ralph McQuarrie‘s original Star Wars concept art for the inspiration of many of the characters, location and props in the Disney XD animated series. Well Rebels isn’t just looking at the past for inspiration, but also the future. A recent episode of Star Wars Rebels features a character based on a character design originally created for JJ Abrams’ upcoming seventh Star Wars live action film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to see the unused Force Awakens concept art which inspired the new Star Wars Rebels character.
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Maz Kanata's castle Star Wars: the Force Awakens

During Monday Night Football last night, Disney and Lucasfilm premiered the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven’t already, you can click here to watch the final Force Awakens trailer. Then hit the jump to read our in-depth Force Awakens trailer analysis, where we dig into all the new visuals to try to uncover clues about the film. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Summer 78 short film

Summer ’78 is a short film that played at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends 2015. The filmmaker says the short film is “about the power of imagination.” At its core, the Summer 78 short film is about a young boy growing up in the late 1970s, playing with his favorite Star Wars toys, creating short 8mm movies with elaborate recreations in his backyard. Hit the jump to watch the Summer 78 short film now.

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Han Solo In Carbonite Pop-Tarts

It has been a long time since that last Star Wars Bits, but Force Friday week has resulted in a lot of front page stand alone Star Wars stories that I’m not sure that you mind. Here is what you can find in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • JJ Abrams talks about subduing his inner fanboy to make Force Awakens.
  • How John Boyega first met JJ Abrams.
  • New Star Wars: The Force Awakens character promo posters revealed in the Topps’ Star Wars Card Trader app.
  • A preview of Star Wars: Shattered Empire, the comic book series which will fill the gap between Return of the Jedi and Force Awakens.
  • Star Wars Rebels director Dave Filoni discusses season two.
  • A new Star Wars Rebels season 2 clip.
  • How the BB-8 Sphero robotic toy was created.
  • The real Damerons go to Force Friday.
  • Puppies Test The New Star Wars BB-8 Droid Toy
  • Why Force Friday Was A Disaster For Many Star Wars Fans
  • 80% Off Select Star Wars trade paperbacks and graphic novels this weekend.
  • The header image: why aren’t the Han Solo In Carbonite Pop-Tarts a real thing?

All this and more, after the jump to hyperspace.

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JJ Abrams and BB-8 on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Ever since BB-8 was revealed in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, the world has been obsessed with the newest droid in the galaxy. How was BB-8 created? What was the story behind his creation and development? Hit the jump to find out what we learned from a recent longform article about Lucasfilm. For instance, did you know that JJ Abrams was still unsure a practical BB-8 would work right up until a week before filming began?

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