Cool events for The Force Awakens, Episode VIII news and much more in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.
- Oscar-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs has been tapped for Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII.
- Actress Jessica Henwick may appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Read about two awesome Force Awakens trailer events in Los Angeles and Austin.
- Star Wars Rebels will marathon on Disney and Disney XD in December.
- See a tease of what’s to come on Star Wars Rebels.
- A full novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in the works.
- Revenge of the Sith 3D may still be released after The Force Awakens.
- Is it possible there’s more than one trailer for The Force Awakens?
- Check out the pencils for Alex Ross‘s Star Wars Marvel cover.
- What is the biggest challenge for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
- How does a new character in The Force Awakens move?
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We’re all getting excited about the practical effects we’ve seen from the set of Star Wars Episode 7. Many people complain about the abundance of computer-generated effects in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, but what they don’t realize is more practical miniature models were created for any one of the Star Wars prequel films than were made for the entire combined original trilogy. I thought that bit of Star Wars prequels miniatures trivia might surprise many of you.
While I don’t dislike the films as much as most, I’m in no way a prequel apologist — the movies are what they are. That said, there are some things to admire in the prequel trilogy. So take a trip with me back in time to look at some of the amazing handcrafted artistry that went into the most despised trilogy of films in movie history. You will be shocked at what parts and at just how much of it was created practically by the visual effects magicians at Industrial Light and Magic.
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Sideshow Collectibles sent me a sample of their Star Wars General Grievous Sixth Scale Figure. Lets unbox this figure and take a look at whats inside the box. After the jump you will find photos of the Sideshow Star Wars General Grievous Sixth Scale Figure, alongside my thoughts on the product.
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Second guessing the Star Wars prequels has become damn near as prevalent as praising the original trilogy. George Lucas had some really, really good ideas when trying to tell the story of Anakin Skywalker’s descent to the dark side; he just screwed it up at every single turn. Topher Grace reedited the films together trying to solve these problems, I’ve suggested remaking them, and numerous fans have imagined ways to make the films everything we hoped for in 1999, 2002 and 2005. We’ll never be able to truly fix the prequels, but everyone keeps trying.
The latest theory comes from a man calling himself “Binary Bastard.” He’s created a video suggesting how changing two scenes in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith could have radically improved the tragic fall of Anakin Skywalker. Check it out below. Read More »
Until last year, the best way to milk additional theatrical coin out of the Star Wars franchise seemed to be releasing the films in 3D remasters. The process started with the 3D release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which hit theaters in February 2012. That release didn’t do all that well, and with the announcement of Star Wars Episode VII, Disney and LucasFilm are now ready to concentrate only on that film.
So the 3D versions of Episode II and III won’t be released this year as planned. Deadline confirms with LucasFilm reps that LucasFilm now wants to focus on “rebooting the franchise” with the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII, scripted by Michael Arndt. We don’t know if the 3D conversions of the prequels might be released at some point in the future.
After the break, quizzed on his new directing gig, J.J. Abrams surprises no one by avoiding specifics, and others react to the news. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Is the government building a Death Star? Probably not, but according to one petition at least 25,000 Americans think they should. Also after the jump:
- Samuel L. Jackson really wants to come back as Mace Windu
- Is Peter Jackson interested in directing a Star Wars movie?
- George Lucas is excited to see a Star Wars movie he didn’t make
- Read about the female fighter pilots who were cut from Return of the Jedi
- Check out cool retro-styled prints for Episodes III and VI
- Watch a video tour of the Rancho Obi-Wan memorabilia museum
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Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
Is Revenge of the Sith the greatest work of our generation? One art critic thinks so. Also after the jump:
- Disney chief Alan Horn promises to reveal Episode VII director “soon”
- Special effects artist Rick Baker hopes to return for more Star Wars
- Episode VII fan art speculates on what we’ll see in the new trilogy
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Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
All right, so the sign shown above (via Collider) is just a joke, but the off-the-charts anticipation for Episode VII is very, very real. After the jump:
- Jon Favreau has Kevin Smith‘s vote for the Star Wars VII directing job
- Ed Burns is ambivalent on the admittedly slim possibility of getting an offer
- Peter Serafinowicz and Chris Hemsworth would like to be in Star Wars
- Watch Lawrence Kasdan talking about Return of the Jedi, way back when
- Fox announces dates for the 3D re-releases of Episode II and Episode III
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