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Another day, another post filled with Star Wars: The Force Awakens goodness. In today’s edition:

  • A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster featuring BB-8.
  • Find out why fans are waiting 12 days in line to see The Force Awakens at the Chinese Theatre.
  • Will The Force Awakens have a love story?
  • What we’ve learned about The Force Awakens from the books.
  • See an image of Max Von Sydow‘s character Lor San Tekka.
  • Why “the light side” of the Force was officially introduced for the new movie.
  • See a new behind-the-scenes photo of Anthony Daniels (cropped above) and learn how he ended up owning pieces from the original Millennium Falcon.
  • Information on Finn’s backstory as a First Order Stormtrooper revealed in a book preview.

All this and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace!

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Update: After the jump we’ve included a video of the entire Star Wars: The Force Awakens press conference, which actually contains a bunch of funny moments we didn’t talk about in our original information-focused report.

 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

With Star Wars: the Force Awakens hitting theaters in just a matter of weeks, an international press tour is sure to bring an overload of Star Wars news. So Star Wars Bits will probably be a daily feature for the next couple weeks, and we’ll try to divide the Star Wars news into Force Awakens Bits for those who want to know more about the upcoming movie and Star Wars Bits which will focus on everything else in the galaxy far far away. It’s also impossible for us to cover every single interview, nor would we want to. So we’re going to try to focus on the best and most interesting. In today’s Force Awakens Bits:

  • Captain Phasma was originally written as a man.
  • Learn why Leia didn’t become a Jedi after Episode VI.
  • JJ Abrams teases Force Awakens easter eggs.
  • Watch a Disney XD clip featuring a new outfit for Rey, Leia, and a look at Maz Kanata.
  • Learn about the new tech features contained in the First Order Stormtrooper armor.
  • How the Resistance differs from the Rebellion.
  • The story of the R2 Builder who was hired to work on Episode 7 and the extreme secrecy that led to him keeping from telling his family about the job.
  • More talk about The Force Awakens‘ box office prospects.
  • Preview a new book featuring stories of new Force Awakens alien characters.
  • Details about the opening of the film.
  • And the header image is fan created wallpaper.

All that and more in today’s Force Awakens bits. Hit the jump to Hyperspace for more.

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JJ Abrams Interview

Over the weekend I talked exclusively to J.J. Abrams about his new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That whole conversation will be posted at a later time, but I thought I’d share one answer that I personally found very interesting.

Its no secret that George Lucas based a lot of the Star Wars saga on Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey, and over the past four decades we’ve seen a lot of films employing the “Chosen One” trope. The Star Wars prequels took the “Chosen One” myth to an even more specific level because Force/Jedi-potential was linked to having a high midi-chlorian count. A lot of Star Wars fans didn’t like the pseudo-scientific explanation, and especially the idea of having to be born with a high midi-chlorian count or from a certain bloodline to harness the powers of the Force.

And now that a new trilogy of Star Wars films is coming out, with the Force having awakened, I wondered if the ideology behind this might have evolved. I asked J.J. Abrams: Does The Force Awakens explore the possibility that anyone can have the power? His answer, after the jump.

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… there was Star Wars Bits, your round-up of all the Star Wars news you need to know. In this edition:

  • J.J. Abrams explains why he turned down Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • J.J. Abrams then explains why he finally accepted the gig.
  • James Gunn says he has no interest in making a Star Wars movie.
  • A new BB-8 featurette offers up some new footage.
  • Star Wars Battlefront takes you to the Battle of Jakku.
  • Harrison Ford “reviews” The Force Awakens.
  • Carrie Fisher has a bone to pick to how the Star Wars series has treated her body.

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steven Spielberg force awakens

Over the weekend actress Daisy Ridley revealed that Steven Spielberg has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens three times. This isn’t surprising as Spielberg is a mentor of Episode VII filmmaker J.J. Abrams and a longtime partner of Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. I’m sure the legendary director was brought in by Abrams and Kennedy to give notes during the editing process. But what did Steven Spielberg have to say about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Read the Steven Spielberg Force Awakens comments after the jump.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

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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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