During the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans were hungry for any set photos they could feast their eyes on. Now with the film in theaters and breaking box office records, there aren’t any secrets that can be learned from set photos, but that doesn’t mean they don’t offer a cool glimpse at production, including the climactic lightsaber battle. This is especially true when they come from the film’s cinematographer Dan Mindel.
In addition, the first official stills of motion capture characters Maz Kanata and Supreme Leader Snoke, brought to life respectively by Lupita Nyong’o and Andy Serkis, have been revealed as well. But keep in mind that you may not want to continue after the jump if you haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet, because there will be some spoiler talk. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Following her mo-cap performance as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lupita Nyong’o is reteaming with Disney for Jon Favreau‘s remake of The Jungle Book, in which she’ll play another computer-generated character. Specifically, you’ll hear her voice as Raksha, the wolf who takes and raises in the human boy Mowgli (Neel Sethi).
Raksha didn’t get a lot of screentime in the teaser trailer released this fall (actually, I’m not even sure she was in it at all), but a new photo offers a much better opportunity to get up close with the mother wolf. See the latest Jungle Book image after the jump. Read More »
J.J. Abrams‘ films are so breathlessly paced sometimes you get the sense more than a few scenes were left on the cutting room floor. When his stories jump from A to C — which isn’t always a problem — you can feel a piece missing. There are a few instances in which this happens in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but not in the case of this deleted scene.
After the jump, Abrams explains a Star Wars: The Force Awakens deleted scene.
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Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
Star Wars: The Force Awakens did a bang-up job of bringing us back to the galaxy far, far away. It did justice to our favorite classic characters while introducing fresh faces to fall in love with, including Rey and Finn and Poe. So now that Lucasfilm has us invested in this whole new generation of heroes and villains, what’s next? Who’s coming back in Episode VIII? (Spoilers for The Force Awakens ahead.) Read More »
The world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens took place Monday night in Hollywood, and you’ve already probably read the first reactions and spoiler-free reviews. But the Force Awakens news bits keep on coming. Lets take a look at the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens news and tidbits:
- JJ Abrams confirms that the film’s new X-Wing pilot pays tribute to both Lost & the Beastie Boys
- The Force Awakens Has Already Pre-sold $100 million in tickets
- If you don’t want to play the video games to learn about the Force Awakens prequel, here is the story behind the Battle Of Jakku.
- Lupita Nyong’o Didn’t Realize She Auditioned For Force Awakens
- Cinematographer Dan Minel explains how he shot The Force Awakens
- Check out all the new Force Awakens books and merchandise hitting stores on December 18th.
- Watch the entire recorded Force Awakens Premiere live stream
- And the header image was created by artist Jerrod Maruyama, who says “I can’t wait to see what JJ does with George’s toys!”
All this and more in today’s Force Awakens Bits. Alright Chewie, Punch it! Hit the jump for hyperspace!
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Even people who aren’t Star Wars fans know the iconic fanfare that begins every single movie. The same can be said for the iconic Imperial March used to signify the arrival of the Empire and Darth Vader. And now thanks to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, his house band The Roots, and the primary cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we have an awesome a capella version of those iconic themes that’s presented like the opening credits of The Brady Bunch, but a hell of a lot cooler. Watch! Read More »
Update: After the jump we’ve included a video of the entire Star Wars: The Force Awakens press conference, which actually contains a bunch of funny moments we didn’t talk about in our original information-focused report.
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Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens news rains, it pours. But unlike the eternally damp planet of Kamino, this is one downpour you probably don’t mind getting stuck in. Unless you don’t like Star Wars and in that case, we are oh-so-very sorry for how irritating the next few weeks will be for you. We’ll try to stop throwing made-up words like “Kamino” around if that will help.
Today’s dispatch from the Star Wars front lines involves two compelling items of interest. First of all, a new (and brief) TV spot for The Force Awakens has arrived, giving fans a glimpse at a few precious seconds of new footage. Second, director J.J. Abrams has finally opened up about Maz Kanata, the mysterious alien character played by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o. After keeping her under wraps for the better part of a year, the always-cagey Abrams has offered up a few scraps of information about her backstory and mysterious abilities.
Hit the jump for the Maz Kanata backstory and to watch the new batch of footage. While no one goes into anything too specific about the plot of The Force Awakens, tread cautiously if you want to go in as blind as possible.
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If the new footage in last week’s international trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens simply wasn’t enough, we have some good news. An official The Force Awakens TV spot has just popped up online with several bits of new footage and dialogue not seen in any of the previous trailers.
New footage includes some action shots Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), new voiceover from Maz Kanata, the motion-capture character played by Lupita Nyong’o, and new scenes of the aerial battle between the Resistance and the First Order. Check it out! Read More »
During Monday Night Football last night, Disney and Lucasfilm premiered the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven’t already, you can click here to watch the final Force Awakens trailer. Then hit the jump to read our in-depth Force Awakens trailer analysis, where we dig into all the new visuals to try to uncover clues about the film. Read More »