In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following Star Wars: The Force Awakens tidbits:

  • Information on how you can buy Kako’s “T-70 X-Wing” print pictured above.
  • What attracted John Boyega to the character of Finn and how many lightsabers does he own?
  • Watch Daisy Ridley talk about working with the original cast on Force Awakens.
  • Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew talks about watching the trailer for the first time.
  • John Boyega talks about hearing John Williams‘ “Finn” theme from The Force Awakens.
  • Mark Hamill and John Boyega join campaign to let terminally ill fan see Force Awakens early.
  • AMC and Cinemark ban masks and lightsabers from screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Hear J.J. Abrams‘ story about what happened when he won a bet with Harrison Ford.
  • Find out the details of the special Star Wars-focused issue of D23 Magazine.

All that and more. Hit the jump to lightspeed.
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Jimmy Kimmel Live

Lord Vader, we only use this facility for Star Wars Bits. You put him in there, it might kill him! Here’s what you’ll find in this edition of news from a galaxy far, far away:

  • A video tribute to all the Rebel Alliance pilots killed in Star Wars
  • How did Robert Englund help Mark Hamill become Luke Skywalker?
  • Carrie Fisher‘s advice to The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley
  • Neil Patrick Harris and his family got in the Star Wars spirit for Halloween
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live gets a special Star Wars episode this month
  • Gwendoline Christie talks Captain Phasma
  • Harrison Ford talked The Force Awakens dressed as a hot dog
  • Disneyland Tokyo gets a special Jakku edition of Star Tours
  • Kevin Smith has seen some of The Force Awakens
  • See some of the products coming to Season of the Force soon
  • The Force Awakens stars reprise roles for Disney Infinity 3.0
  • How is Revenge of the Sith the best Star Wars movie ever?
  • Peter Mayhew on his time on The Force Awakens set
  • Star Wars themed Duracell and Toys R Us commercials.

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The Force Awakens at D23

What happened when Harrison Ford injured himself on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Find out why director JJ Abrams says that broken leg was in some weird way the “greatest gift to the movie”.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Oscar Issac

We loved the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, and have already over analyzed and talked about it at length elsewhere on the site. But as I thought more about the trailer, I realized that the teaser was missing a few key elements that most people would have expected. Note: these are not complaints, only observations. What is Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer missing? Find out after the jump.

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Star Wars ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos

We haven’t really featured many of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos on the site because we try to cover entertainment news and rumors but not celebrity. And I’m sure you’ve seen enough of these ice bucket challenge videos in your social timeline already. The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised nearly $80 million for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord) which is amazing. I personally have not done the challenge but have instead donated to the ALS association, and I highly recommend you do the same (and if you have time, learn a bit about the disease). Recently the Star Wars galaxy has been called upon to take the Ice Bucket challenge, which has seen responses from Harrison Ford, Mark Hammil, Peter Mayhew, new Star Wars Episode VII castmembers Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Star Wars Episode 7director JJ Abrams, as well as future Star Wars series filmmaker Gareth Edwards, and more. Other members of the crew have yet to respond to the challenge. Watch all of the Star Wars ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos embedded after the jump.

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Star Wars Weekends Ads
Star Wars Weekends 2014 kicked off this past weekend and we have a bunch of videos for you Star Wars fans. On Friday we posted a full video of the Star Wars Weekends 2014 Parade and earlier this morning we included JJ Abrams’ surprise video message to Star Wars Weekends in a post about his note to Episode 7 cast and crew.

After the jump we have a bunch of new videos for you including the Star Wars Weekends on stage interviews with Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew and Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best. Mayhew talks about his efforts to walk again, how the first time he read the Star Wars: Episode VII was during that cast script reading and how JJ Abrams wants to make a film closer to the original trilogy, and more. Inside The Magic also caught on video the special Symphony in the Stars fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, which is a whole firework show set to the music of Star Wars.

Another video captures one of the skits performed before the Stars of the Saga talk show, featuring a troop of Stormtroopers danced to their favorite playlists from Earth including a bunch of popular songs from today like Let It Go from Frozen and Everything is Awesome from the LEGO Movie. Watch all of that and more, after the jump.

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Star Wars Weekends 2014 Parade

Walt Disney World’s Star Wars Weekends 2014 has officially kicked off at Disney’s Hollywood Studios today. Attraction Magazine was on hand to catch the opening day festivities, which includes the Star Wars Weekends 2014 Parade. The parade includes Star Wars special guest celebrities Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla — Star Wars Rebels), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi – Clone Wars) and a ton of Star Wars costumed characters. The parade also features the debut of three new costumed characters from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series: Chopper the droid, Sabine Wren and Ezra Bridger. Members of the 501st Legion of costumed Star Wars fans helped make the parade possible. About 11 minutes into the video is the finale, which is a more theatrical production up on a stage. The full video is online, and you can watch it now after the jump.

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Star Wars Episode 7 Cast

The downside of being one of the actors recently revealed as a Star Wars Episode VII cast member is 20 months of repetition. While we’ll surely learn more about the film and each actor’s part in it leading up to the December 18, 2015 release, until then every one will be asked innumerable questions about the film. A few have already started answering, while others preemptively got the jump on the questions. Below, read the thoughts from new additions Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, John Boyega and returning actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew and Anthony Daniels. Read More »

Star Wars Episode 7 Cast

By Peter Sciretta, Russ Fischer, Angie Han and Germain Lussier

The announcement of the full cast for Star Wars Episode VII sent a ripple of excitement through the movie world. Not only because the official announcement ends of months of speculation, but because this cast is excellent. The lineup Abrams has chosen for Episode VII is one we’d be excited to see in any film, so it’s a good first move for Star Wars.

While we know little about the relative newcomer Daisy Ridley, who plays the female lead, the rest of the new cast is a collection of great talent drawn from a variety of acting backgrounds: John BoyegaOscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson.

That’s a great group of guys. The pleasure of that roster is diminished only by wondering how there can’t be any room for more than one major new female role. The classic Star Wars status quo (one woman, and a bunch of dudes) is almost a running joke at this point, and we hoped that Abrams might have broken that barrier as he cast the new film. An offset, however, is that Daisy Ridley could have a particularly important role. If she ends up being one of the true leads of the series, that would change things just a bit. And while this cast remains predominantly white, John Boyega held point position in the official announcement, giving rise to the assumption that he’s the lead. Boyega, born in London to Nigerian parents, is not the typical face of Star Wars. If he’s the lead, that’s a significant step in a new direction for the series.

Below, read up on the backgrounds of each of the new additions to the Star Wars universe, along with speculation and what actual data we have about the roles for each cast member. 

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