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It was not until my fourth screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that I asked myself the following question: when exactly does the Force awaken in the movie? The answer may seem obvious to anyone who has seen the movie, but it’s not really as obvious as you may believe. Join me in an examination of this question.

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JJ Abrams‘ first cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was almost two hours and forty minutes in length. Lets be clear, that’s his first cut of the movie, not the assembly edit. The film was chopped down to 2 hours and 16 minutes for the final theatrical release, with a reported 20 minutes of scenes getting axed in the last month of editing alone. A dozen full scenes were left on the cutting room floor, not to mention snippets of scenes, moments of dialogue… etc. A lot of these scenes had near-complete visual effects, and some of the characters and moments removed can be seen in some of the merchandise and books. So what was left out of the final theatrical cut? Let’s try to find out.
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Snoke Darth Plagueis theories

One of the unanswered questions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is “who is Supreme Leader Snoke?” Not much is revealed about the character, played by performance capture mastermind Andy Serkis, in the film. But there is a small group of Star Wars fanatics that believe he is Darth Plagueis, a character set up in the Star Wars prequels. While it might be nice to have the puppet master of this new sequel trilogy tie into the larger Star Wars saga, I never really bought into the idea. And now I believe I have some proof. Hit the jump to find out why the Snoke Darth Plagueis theories are most likely wrong.

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How did Star Wars: the Force Awakens evolve during the development process? What were some of the early ideas they were playing with that didn’t end up in the final film? The new book The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens gives us a peek inside the development of Episode 7, from the earliest concepts to post production.

Did you know that Starkiller Base was originally called The Doom Star? That Poe Dameron’s character began as a Jedi or Bounty Hunter? Or how about that they toyed with the idea that Anakin Skywalker would appear in the film as a Force Ghost? Learn about how The Force Awakens changed from the earliest story ideas to the movie you’ve now experienced.

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JJ Abrams and Lawrence KAsdan

Earlier this week, director/writer J.J. Abrams and his co-writer Lawrence Kasdan appeared at the Director’s Guild Of America for a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some of the quotes from JJ and Kasdan talking have come out of the 32 minute question and answer session that followed this screening. And thanks to the DGA, the entire half hour long Q&A is now online for everyone to watch.

The conversation between Kasdan and Abrams is mostly geared towards people working within the film industry, talking about the development and directing process (after all, it is for the union members of the DGA), but there are quote a few Force Awakens bits and stories relayed here. Watch the Force Awakens DGA conversation now after the jump.

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JJ Abrams is one of those filmmakers who loves to hide easter eggs in his films and television shows. And we love to go on the easter egg hunt and find them. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is packed with inside jokes, cameos, fun references to past films, as well as some things that pay homage to the inspiration and fandom of the series.

How many Game of Thrones cameos did you spot? Is it possible the Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark might be hidden in this movie somewhere? Find out this and over 50 other Star Wars: The Force Awakens easter eggs, after the jump.

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Star Wars Jurassic World Box Office

As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens obliterated box office records this weekend — including the one set by Jurassic World earlier this year for the biggest opening weekend of all time. But apparently there are no hard feelings on Jurassic World‘s side. Just as the Marvel team congratulated Jurassic World on a job well done when it took over The Avengers‘ record, the Jurassic World gang is gamely toasting Star Wars‘ stellar performance.  Read More »

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Before you freak out, the names in the headline is NOT A SPOILER. There is absolutely no way you would spot any of these fellows in the movie unless you had some idea of where to look. They are not surprise appearances, they are fun easter eggs that you wouldn’t know unless someone told you about them. Knowing where to find them can only enhance you’re viewing, not detract. That said, while the names are not spoilers, pointing out where they appear requires me to spoil plot points, so don’t read this post unless you’ve seen the movie.

Composer Michael Giacchino, James Bond series star Daniel Craig, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich all appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in cameo roles. Did you see them in the film? Find out about the Force Awakens cameos now after the jump.

Again Warning: Spoilers from the movie are after the jump.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Power of Storytelling Q&A

A  couple weeks back, the cast and filmmakers behind the new Star Wars film Star Wars: The Force Awakens participated in a Power Of Storytelling Q & A at YouTube Space Los Angeles. Video of the entire 44 minute stage presentation is now online. YouTube executive Danielle Tiedt moderates the question and answer session, which includes Force Awakens director JJ Abrams, producer and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Gwendoline Christie.

The topics include the first stories that inspired them, how do you keep Star Wars fresh over almost four decades, how JJ Abrams became involved in the project, Abrams talks about how you have to look backwards to go forward, the pressure from the intense fanbase, building characters that are different than your own story, what characters inspire them, how did they plan the sound design of Force Awakens, advice for young female creators, managing the human elements in a Star Wars movie, will the Force Awakens capture new audiences like the original did, how do you balance telling an original story but based in a branded franchise, practical effects vs computer generated effects, and the struggles of performing in 125 degree heat in a stormtrooper outfit.

All that and more. The video is filled with some interesting and insightful answers into the inspirations and creative process behind these stars and filmmakers of The Force Awakens.  Hit the jump to watch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Power of Storytelling Q&A.

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