star wars bits

Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, your regular source of news from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. In today’s jam-packed edition:

  • A galactic map of the Star Wars universe.
  • A look at some of the new planets being introduced in The Force Awakens.
  • Steven Spielberg has already seen the new movie…three times.
  • Mads Mikkelsen chats about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • The complete soundtrack listing for the Force Awakens Soundtrack.
  • Google will now translate your words into Aurebesh.
  • A dive into the original Star Wars novelization.
  • A look at some awesome Stormtrooper toys that will break your wallet.

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Constable Zuvio

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we’ll talk about the following:

  • First look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Constable Zuvio.
  • Watch Verizon’s new commercial featuring Chewbacca and BB-8.
  • John Williams has finished recording the Force Awakens score.
  • Learn why the secret film production name for Episode VII was “Avco”.
  • See the life-size Force Awakens X-Wing and scaled TIE Fighter replicas on display at the Singapore Airport.
  • Enhanced version of Super Star Wars announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita.
  • Greg Grunberg talks about the struggles of being a Star Wars fan acting in a Star Wars movie.
  • Preview Marvel’s Star Wars #12 comic book.
  • Find out the exclusive Pop that came in the first Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box and learn the theme for the next box.

All that and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace!

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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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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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Stephen Colbert lightsaber

Who am I? I’m no one… but I do come bearing a generous bounty of Star Wars-related tidbits! After the jump:

  • Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams will talk Star Wars in New Jersey
  • No more trailers are coming for Star Wars Episode VII
  • Luke Skywalker is all over this “new” Force Awakens trailer
  • Why Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was ahead of its time
  • William Shatner keeps the Star Wars / Star Trek rivalry alive
  • John Boyega and Daisy Ridley hang out with John Williams
  • Give your loved ones a basket of Ewoks for Christmas this year
  • Could the cancelled Darth Maul video game get resurrected?
  • Why none of us will ever truly know how Star Wars ends

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star wars the force awakens trailer music

If you’re anything like me, you’re watched and rewatched the final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer more times than you care to admit. You may have even broken down the trailer, shot by shot to see what secrets were hidden in each frame (oh, was that only me?). One aspect of the trailer that I admire every time I watch it is the music. Is it a new John Williams score? Who created this music? After the jump, I try to get to the bottom of that question. Plus: Watch a great music-only version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following stories:

  • Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says a woman will direct a Star Wars movie and Elizabeth Banks says she is ready for that job.
  • Alan Tudyk talks about his time on set filming Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • How Star Wars played a role in Brie Larson‘s drama Room.
  • Find out how to buy the Luke Skywalker’s lost hand limited edition action figure.
  • Watch the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 press conference from NYCC.
  • The George Lucas Museum secures city parks approval in Chicago.
  • Watch Darth Vader take out a snow speeder with his lightsaber in Star Wars Battlefront.
  • Read the plot synopsizes for four upcoming Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens short stories by Landry Quinn.

All that and more, in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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The Empire Strikes Back without music

One of the best things about a new Star Wars movie coming this winter is that we’re also getting an entirely new feature length score from legendary composer John Williams. However, for fans who were hoping to hear the music he wrote far in advance of the movie’s release, we have some potentially bad news.

A press release from Walt Disney Records went out today announcing that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens score won’t be available for purchase until the movie is in theaters this holiday season. Read More »

The Empire Strikes Back without music

It’s hard to imagine what Star Wars would be like without the incredible music of composer John Williams. The themes created by the master of movie music are just as iconic as the movie itself, and more recognizable than 95% of the scores we hear for movies. But how does Williams prepare to write music for films?

Some vintage footage from 1980 shows Williams sitting down with producer George Lucas, director Irvin Kershner and producer Gary Kurtz to watch a cut of The Empire Strikes Back without music in order to figure out what he wants to do with the score for these scenes. In the clip, you actually get to see footage from the Star Wars sequel with a temporary soundtrack, and it’s absolutely fascinating. Read More »