Star Wars The Force Awakens Kanjiklub

The now-Oscar-nominated VFX team of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is making the press rounds, and they’ve got a lot of interesting details to share. After the jump:

  • A fan reimagines The Force Awakens as a high school saga.
  • Does the Force Awakens score hint at Rey’s parentage?
  • The Force Awakens crosses $1 billion at the international box office.
  • Was Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace?
  • Confirmed: BB-8 was giving Finn a thumbs-up, not flipping him off.
  • Meet Cailey Fleming, who played young Rey in The Force Awakens.
  • Here’s how the Star Wars crew brought BB-8 to life.
  • More Easter eggs have been revealed by the VFX team.
  • Get a detailed description of a deleted scene featuring Maz Kanata.
  • Flip through hi-res stills of Unkar Plutt, Admiral Ackbar, and more.

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J.J. Abrams returned to the Television Critics Association for a panel on his upcoming Showtime series Roadies with Cameron Crowe and cast. After the panel Abrams stayed  to speak with reporters and was accommodating when questions turned again to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Accommodating in that he did not shut them down, but still answered them in J.J. Abrams style. One reporter asked directly about Rey’s lineage. Find out what Abrams said, after the jump.

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You’re not sick of reading about Star Wars: The Force Awakens quite yet, right? Okay. Good. We still have jobs. In today’s edition of The Force Awakens bits:

  • A potential release date for the Force Awakens Blu-ray.
  • The secret lurking in the First Order’s Star Destroyers.
  • A minor grammatical error creates a new fan theory.
  • John Williams talks about creating new music cues for new characters.
  • A big batch of new concept art.
  • Director Adam Green waxes poetic on Star Wars.
  • John Boyega‘s Finn is now an expensive action figure.
  • BB-8 ice cubes, anyone?

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Another day, another round-up of all the great Star Wars: The Force Awakens news you’ve missed because you’re too busy living a proper life with family and friends and such! In today’s edition:

  • The Force Awakens continues to be a monster at the box office.
  • Several gorgeous new posters show off the newest Star Wars heroes.
  • You can now buy Poe Dameron’s jacket, if you can pull it off.
  • John Williams chats about working with George Lucas and J.J. Abrams.
  • Panavision built special lenses just for The Force Awakens.
  • John Boyega challenges David Beckham to a lightsaber duel.

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The Force Awakens Score

While those lucky enough to attend the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will see the film tonight (including our own Peter Sciretta), the rest of us will have to patiently wait three more days until the movie begins playing the evening of December 17th, before playing everywhere, all day, on thousands of screens on December 18th. And if you’re impatiently waiting the arrival of the movie, but don’t want to see anymore footage, then we have good news.

Last night’s episode of 60 Minutes featured a look behind the scenes of The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams. But what makes this peek behind the curtain even better is it features the first new music we’ve heard from The Force Awakens score by John Williams. And no, it’s not the familiar theme that begins with the title, it’s the music that plays right after the opening scroll is finished. Read More »

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The trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been filled with temp and trailer music, so we’ve yet to really hear John Williams‘ score for Episode VII… until now. 60 Minutes is doing a profile on the new Star Wars film and in a preview released online we get to see director JJ Abrams direct John Williams on the scoring stage. Williams conducts an orchestra playing new music from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in this preview clip. Watch and listen to the John Williams Force Awakens score in the clip embedded after the jump.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens chief of creature and droid effects Neal Scanlan poses with the creatures from the movie.

It’s Friday and we’re less than a week away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters nationwide. I thought we’d be in Star Wars overkill at this point, but even with a Force Awakens round-up each day on the site I was expecting to be bombarded with much more Force Awakens content the week before JJ Abrams’ Star Wars sequel hits theaters. In today’s edition of Force Awakens Bits, we take a look at the following:

  • Take a first look at Greg Grunberg‘s character: X-Wing pilot Snap Wexly
  • See Four new international Force Awakens character posters revealed
  • Are all Bad Robot office visitors are forced to sign a Star Wars NDA?
  • Russell Crowe saw 9 Minutes of The Force Awakens calls it “Spectacular”
  • Nearly an hour of John Williams Force Awakens score was discarded, modified or rerecorded
  • Alamo Draft House Cinema offers Star Wars-themed meals listed on a Millennium Falcon menu
  • How Rick Carter‘s art team effected The Force Awakens scriptwriting process
  • For preparation, Oscar Issac was given blueprints of every button that had ever been used on screen in an X-Wing
  • Why JJ Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan started from scratch when Michael Arndt left Force Awakens 
  • And the header photo shows Star Wars: The Force Awakens chief of creature and droid effects Neal Scanlan posing with the creatures from the film. So cool.

All this and more in today’s Force Awakens Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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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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