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If you’re looking for the latest news on all things Star Wars: Episode 8, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • The nature of Laura Dern‘s character has been revealed.
  • A look at a stunt being shot on the Dubrovnik set.
  • Andy Serkis can’t talk about Episode 8 because he hasn’t read the script.
  • Details on two of the film’s Irish locations.
  • Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill goof around on Twitter.

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Welcome to today’s especially jam-packed edition of Star Wars Bits, which features the following:

  • Star Wars actor Drewe Henley has passed away.
  • Mark Hamill engages (and teases) fans in a long and fascinating Q&A.
  • Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic is already doing quite well.
  • New Star Wars Land details/rumors emerge.
  • The Star Wars saga goes VR with Trials on Tatooine.
  • The ridiculous Darth Vader toothpick dispenser you’ll want to own.
  • A description of the next big Star Wars novel.
  • Footage from the latest Star Wars: Battlefront DLC.
  • And more!

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Batman The Killing Joke first look

It goes without saying that Mark Hamill‘s most iconic rule is Luke Skywalker. But his second most iconic role is the Joker in the 1990s’ Batman: The Animated Series and beyond. And just as he recently put on Luke’s robes again for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he’s ready to bust out that Joker laugh one more time.

Following months of rumors, Hamill has officially announced he’ll voice the Joker alongside Kevin Conroy as Batman in Warner Bros. Animation’s Batman: The Killing Joke, an adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland‘s 1988 graphic novel. Making the reveal even sweeter, Hamill has also shared the very first image from the upcoming animated movie.  Read More »

Star Wars Episode VIII Opening

Exactly two weeks ago, production on Star Wars: Episode VIII began across the pond. An video accompanied the announcement with some footage from the set, showing a couple characters in a scene that looked very familiar to the final shot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Many wondered if this meant that the film would be the first Star Wars movie where a large chunk of time hadn’t passed in between movies, and now we have our answer. Find out what a certain Star Wars star said about the Star Wars Episode VIII opening, but beware of spoilers if you somehow haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet. Read More »

Luke Skywalker Blaster

Props from popular movies are pretty hard to come by. And when it comes to props from the original Star Wars trilogy, they’re nearly impossible to get ahold of without selling a kidney, a child, or a child’s kidney. Therefore, whenever one ends up for sale, it might be worth it to take out a small loan.

This time it’s Luke Skywalker’s DL-44 blaster from The Empire Strikes Back that will be on the block at Nate D. Sanders auction house, and this is a genuine screen-used prop straight from the set. So how much could this end up costing you? Find out after the jump! Read More »

Star Wars TV Premiere

Before the advent of home video, if you loved a movie enough, you had to keep going back to the theater to see it. And despite the fact that VHS came to the United States in 1977, fans of Star Wars wouldn’t be able to see the movie on tape until 1985. And that’s what made the TV premiere of the movie so exciting in 1984. It was such a big event that Mark Hamill was rounded up in a tuxedo to host the premiere, complete with a glimpse of the fandom from decades ago. Watch it below! Read More »

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As J.J. Abrams spent the better part of two years promising, the world of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a successful blend of practical sets, real-world locations, and computer generated environments. You can nitpick the movie until the Banthas come home, but the Star Wars universe hasn’t felt this convincing since 1983. And while certain areas have to be partially constructed inside of a computer, others are real places that are so old and so isolated that they might as well exist on another planet.

A new featurette exploring the Star Wars Skellig Michael locations has arrived online, giving us a very cool look at one of the most memorable places in all of The Force Awakens. And just in case you’ve somehow managed to not see the movie yet, we’ll leave it at there. The video, and spoilers, lurk after the jump.

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We and the rest of the internet are all about The Force Awakens right now, but that doesn’t mean we’re just ignoring the rest of the Star Wars universe. After the jump:

  • This lightsaber is actually an elegant flask for a more civilized age.
  • Peek at the Star Wars Land float for this year’s Rose Parade.
  • See a cool piece of Han Solo-centric art by Tomer Hanuka.
  • Celebrate Life Day with the Lucasfilm holiday card maker.
  • This gingerbread Darth Vader looks terrifying and delicious.
  • Mark Hamill helps fans sort his real autographs from the fakes.
  • Donnie Yen is so psyched for Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • Could Nien Nunb return for Star Wars Episode VIII?
  • Why did Hayden Christensen disappear after Episode III?
  • Science says destroying the Death Star would’ve killed the Ewoks.

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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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