Love Carmichael Star Wars The Force Awakens

This latest Star Wars Bits might be the most jam-packed yet. Below, read about the following:

  • Kylo Ren may be on all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy packaging and those toys might be out September 4.
  • Read about 13 brand new Star Wars Lego sets including some from The Force Awakens.
  • Fanboys director Kyle Newman will present an original Star Wars live read at Star Wars Celebration.
  • Buy cute Force Awakens inspired art prints of Finn, Rey and Poe.
  • Drew Struzan is once again rumored to be working on the Force Awakens poster.
  • Watch a five minute video about the locations of Return of the Jedi.
  • What did Oscar Isaac‘s latest costar Jessica Chastain think of The Force Awakens trailer?
  • Check out two collections coming soon of Star Wars comics published by Dark Horse.
  • ComiXology just added a ton of Star Wars content.
  • Rumor has it Marvel’s Star Wars #1 will have no less than 100 variant covers.
  • Wired figured out how fast Rey’s speeder goes in The Force Awakens.
  • BB-8 has more than meets the eye, according to rumored concept art.

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If a bright orange screaming cat has crossed your path in the past few months, you can thank Sam Smith. The Nashville-based artist (who makes art under the pseudonym Sam’s Myth when he’s not playing drums for Ben Folds) came up with the above image that Janus Films used in their theatrical re-release campaign for Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s 1977 cult film House. In addition to the famous image (which also adorns t-shirts, stickers and more), Smith has been designing posters for IFC Films releases like Carlos and Shoah and did the recent Criterion artwork for House as well as Everlasting Moments and Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, with more on the way.

His home base, however, is the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee and that’s where Smith will have his first art exhibit starting Thursday. Sam’s Myth – Film Posters is the name of the show which opens from 5-8 p.m. December 2 and remains on display through the end of the month during regular theater hours. Over 20 pieces of art are part of the exhibit, most of which were designed specifically for screenings at the Belcourt, much like Mondo does with the Alamo Drafthouse or Tommy Good does with the Astor Theatre. See a big gallery of images after the jump as well as details on where you can buy some and more. Read More »