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Thursday brought some very interesting, official news on the Star Wars front, but it’s far from all that’s out there. In this edition of Star Wars Bits we’ve got even more official information – mostly about books –  and some cool non-official stuff too. After the jump, read about the following.

  • A new article details script issues that happened on The Empire Strikes Back similar to what’s now happening on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Learn about the eBook enhanced versions of J.W. Rinzler‘s Making of Star Wars books.
  • Watch trailers for Star Wars: Frames and Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter’s Code.
  • Check out the latest Return of the Jedi poster by Acme Archives.
  • A 7 foot Star Wars fans fights for a chance to audition for Episode VII.

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The Making of Star Wars

As with anything Star Wars related, the rumors are flying fast and heavy about Star Wars: Rebels. This time, they’re about who might score the TV series, with names like Michael GiacchinoJ.J. Abrams, and John Williams being bandied about. Also after the jump:

  • Seth Green explains what’s happening with Star Wars: Detours
  • Peek at a viral recruitment site for Sienar Fleet Systems
  • Peruse some pages from The Making of Return of the Jedi
  • Scope out a new Star Wars exhibit at The Tech in San Jose

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TODAY is the day, Del Rey’s highly anticipated The Making of Return of the Jedi is now in stores. Amazon is still offering 40% off, but I’m not sure how long that price will stay. I own every book in this collection, and every single one of them is worth the price of admission. If you’re a Star Wars fan, buy it! If you know a Star Wars fan, this is the perfect gift! I’ve included some of the photo previews that have been released after the jump, alongside a short video trailer.
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The long wait for official Star Wars Episode VII information continues, but the Star Wars news never stops. In this edition of Star Wars Bits, the CEO of IMAX makes it sound like Episode VII could have IMAX scenes as well as the following:

  • More images, footage and story are revealed from cancelled Boba Fett game Star Wars 1313.
  • Check out an animated open letter to J.J. Abrams.
  • Learn ten new things about Return of the Jedi from J.W. Rinzler’s book.
  • See the long lost short film Black Angel next month in northern California.
  • A trailer for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Pinball is online.
  • The trench run was recreated by the Oculus Rift.
  • Scientists might have figured out how to create a lightsaber.

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Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers dismisses the Episode VII talk, while Mark Hamill all but confirms his casting by hitting the gym. Also after the jump:

  • Star Wars Rebels will drop by New York Comic-Con
  • See a trailer for Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force
  • Steve Sansweet‘s Rancho Obi-Wan sets a Guinness record
  • A “lost” short with Star Wars ties will return to the screen

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It should come as a surprise to no one that Damon Lindelof adored George Lucas from a young age, but now he also has the photo to prove it. Also after the jump:

  • Star Wars Episode VII might shoot in Ireland
  • Daniel Radcliffe and John Noble want to join Star Wars
  • Watch a book trailer for The Making of The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars prequel storyboards offer a peek at what could have been
  • Hasbro announces Angry Birds Star Wars action figures
  • Read an oral history of Star Wars at the Coronet Theatre

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Today’s Star Wars Bits looks back to Return of the Jedi, and forward to Episode VII. After the jump:

  • See rare photos from the Jedi set
  • Ian McDiarmid has fond memories of playing the Emperor
  • J.J. Abrams was afraid of becoming the reboot guy
  • ILM eyes a new location in London
  • The Clone Wars gets Emmy recognition

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The original script for Star Wars was very different from what audiences saw on screen in 1977. George Lucas first wrote The Star Wars as a much campier tale. Some of the now-popular characters were aliens, some didn’t exist and others were different older or younger. Author J.W. Rinzler has written about the script in his fantastic book The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film but few fans have ever been able to explore it fully. Until now.

Beginning in September, Rinzler and Dark Horse Comics will adapt George Lucas’ original script, The Star Wars, into an eight-issue comic book mini-series. It’s the “story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights.” Read more, and see more art, below. Read More »

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