The Force Awakens - J.J. Abrams

The hype and buzz around Star Wars: The Force Awakens is starting to die down along with the film’s box office haul (it lost to The Revenant and Ride Along 2 last weekend), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t cool stuff to hear about the sci-fi blockbuster. In fact, just one day after the film hit theaters back in December, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had a conversation with some of the key filmmakers on the film, including director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, writer Lawrence Kasdan, star Harrison Ford and more. That conversation is finally available to watch online. Read More »

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Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, your regular source of sweet, nourishing, life-enriching Star Wars news! In today’s edition:

  • Lawrence Kasdan teases his Han Solo movie.
  • Fascinating work-in-progress Ralph McQuarrie art is revealed.
  • Peter Mayhew reveals himself to be one stellar guy.
  • Someone printed their own 24-inch Star Destroyer.
  • Two Star Wars novels get new release dates.
  • Luke Skywalker is on Twitter and he’s very lonely.
  • The classic Star Wars movies re-cut into modern movie trailers.

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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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the force awakens Q&A

Yes, this is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Q&A you’re looking for. Following a screening of the film for Oscar and various film guild voters, director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, VFX supervisor Roger Guyett, editors Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon, cinematographer Daniel Mindel, costume designer Michael Kaplan and co-production designer Rick Carter all took the stage for a lengthy chat with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg. The result: 48 minutes of back and forth from the people responsible for one of the most anticipated movies of all time, all captured on video.

Yes, it’s the holidays and yes, you probably should be spending time with your family and friends instead of hunkering down in the guest bedroom and watching this video. But go ahead and give into your hate. Give into your anger. With each passing moment, you make yourself more susceptible to having a festive time with your loved ones and not indulging in this lengthy The Force Awakens Q&A.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: jj abrams and lawrence kasdan

Yes, we know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens just opened about a week ago, so it might be a little early to already start talking about Star Wars: Episode 8. But at the same time, this new era of Star Wars was done well enough to get most fans excited to see where director Rian Johnson takes the sci-fi saga next.

If you’re wondering whether or not J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan intricately planned how the next two installments should play out, the answer is mostly no. But Kasdan says there were ideas about the ultimate end of this new trilogy. Find out what Kasdan had to say, but beware of The Force Awakens spoilers from here on out! Read More »

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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It’s safe to presume most of you have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens by now, based on its monstrous box-office haul and the fact that our “What Did You Think?” article got over fifteen-hundred comments. Since the film is out in the world, we can finally talk spoilers, including a Star Wars: The Force Awakens cut storyline.

After the jump, read about screenwriter Michael Arndt‘s original vision for Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) journey.

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On Monday night, I was very fortunate to attend the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Hollywood. To say this film is highly anticipated for me is an understatement. This is without a doubt the most anticipated film of not just the year but of my lifetime. I’m a huge Star Wars fanatic, and I’m a big fan of JJ Abrams (warts and all), so my expectations were already higher than the buildings on Cloud City.

After the jump you can read my initial reaction to the film, completely free of spoilers of any kind. Did the film live up to my expectations? Find out in my Force Awakens spoiler free review.

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jj abrams

Since it was announced that J.J. Abrams was going to direct Episode 7 of the Star Wars saga, he hasn’t talked too deeply about the process of developing the new film. So when I had the opportunity to talk to Abrams at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket, I was filled with questions about how his vision of the next episode of Star Wars came about.

After the jump you can read my full J.J. Abrams interview. Some of the quotes have been previously features on the site (for instance, the stuff on working with Rian Johnson and The Raid guys and also his belief on the Force being more inclusive than midi-chlorians and bloodlines). But the interview packs a lot more: I ask Abrams about how his vision of the future of the Skywalker saga differed from the treatments that George Lucas turned in for the upcoming sequel trilogy, the lessons he took away from the Star Wars prequels, and more.

And you’ll notice that Abrams uses his Jedi mind tricks to not directly answer some of these questions, but his answers (for instance, his response about what he loved about the original trilogy) are actually very calculated and telling responses.

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