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Lots of principals from Star Trek Into Darkness are discussing reuniting with their director, J.J. Abrams on his next film, Star Wars Episode VII. After the jump read about the follow Star Wars Bits:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch is a huge Star Wars fans and jokes about asking J.J. Abrams to play a part in the films.
  • Check out a video from the 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi in Hollywood, CA.
  • J.J. Abrams admits he’ll probably seek advice on Star Wars Episode VII from Damon Lindelof.
  • After years of silence, one of the internet’s first viral stars, Star Wars Kid, speaks out.
  • Simon Pegg wants to be in Star Wars, but respects J.J. Abrams too much to ask.
  • J.J. Abrams says the approaches to Star Trek and Star Wars don’t overlap.

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One of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood is that major movies use fake titles when they’re in production. The purpose of the misdirection is to throw the general public living and working around the shoot locations off the scent of a picture that might have huge fan interest.

Thirty years ago, Star Wars fans had no idea the Return of the Jedi was being filmed near them because it was called Blue Harvest. Even today the practice continues. People would riot if they knew Christopher Nolan was filming The Dark Knight Rises in their town, so the film goes by the name Magnus Rex. (Not that it takes long for people to realize what’s up.) Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are being referred to as Freezer Burn and London Calling respectively.

A Reddit user has made a gallery of movie posters using the film’s production titles and it’s quite funny. Check it out below. Read More »

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Honestly, we might never see a better summer than 1982. Almost every single weekend, Hollywood released a would be classic: The Thing, Blade Runner, E.T., the list goes on and on. And when something is that successful, what does Hollywood do? Release a sequel, of course. That’s exactly what the Alamo Drafthouse is doing this summer.

After last year’s successful Summer of ’82 screening series, this year will mark the Summer of 1983 screening series. Starting with the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi, the Drafthouse’s various locations will screen movies such as Scarface, Risky Business, Octopussy, The Deadly Spawn, WarGames, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Jaws 3D and others.

Below, find out how to get tickets, see the poster and watch a trailer. Read More »

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Today’s Star Wars Bits looks back to Return of the Jedi, and forward to Episode VII. After the jump:

  • See rare photos from the Jedi set
  • Ian McDiarmid has fond memories of playing the Emperor
  • J.J. Abrams was afraid of becoming the reboot guy
  • ILM eyes a new location in London
  • The Clone Wars gets Emmy recognition

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How beautiful is that fan-made Star Wars Episode VII poster? It’s by artist Adam Schickling and it’s so cool, we decided to round up a few pieces of Star Wars news just so we could showcase it. After the jump read about the following

  • Return of the Jedi will screen May 4 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood to celebrate its 30th anniversary
  • Star Wars Angry Birds is about to get a Cloud City update
  • The synopsis for The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler has been released.
  • Rumors suggest the future of LucasArts could be in question.
  • Darth Vader invades Tokyo in viral video for Tokyo Disneyland’s Star Tours upgrade.
  • Check out art of iconic Star Wars scenes reimagined like an Eighties teen movie.
  • A new law could make it legal to be married by a Jedi…in Scotland.

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Jedi may be more comfortable swinging lightsabers than baseball bats, but Mickey-as-Obi-Wan seems to hold his own just fine against the Atlanta Braves in spring training. Check out the photographic evidence after the jump. Also:

  • Harrison Ford is pretty sure he’ll be in Episode VII
  • Rumor has it a Palpatine follower is Episode VII‘s villain
  • Here’s what Brad Bird would change about Episode VI
  • Was the destruction of the Death Star an inside job?
  • Dwayne Johnson would “absolutely” do Star Wars
  • Vote for the best character in StarWars.com‘s bracket
  • Disney World’s Star Wars Weekends unveils a new poster
  • Could Disney World get a new Star Wars-themed “land”?
  • See new screencaps from Star Wars: First Assault
  • Clone Wars director Dave Filoni is working with Disney Channel

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Anyone in the mood for a few chuckles should find them in one of the three videos embedded after the jump. We’ve got the ending of Return of the Jedi, if the film had been directed by Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams; Bane causing the black out at the Super Bowl; and an Honest Trailer for the latest James Bond blockbuster, Skyfall. Read More »

You always remember the first moment you fall in love with an artist’s work. The first time you watch a movie or listen to an album and realize, “I’m going to follow this person for years to come.” That moment happened for me with artist Andrew DeGraff on July 9, 2010 at the opening of Gallery 1988′s fourth Crazy 4 Cult show.

In that show, DeGraff had a huge series of pieces featuring the distinctive outfits of each member of The Goonies, all framed around what appeared to be a treasure map. However, the more you looked at the map, you realized this wasn’t just a map. It was the movie. The work featured all the film’s locations linked by dotted lines of how each character weaved their way through the film. It was (and remains) amazing. Since then, the illustrator has done similar work at the gallery for Shaun of the Dead, North by Northwest and now, he’s created some new maps for his upcoming two person show with fellow artist Bennett Slater.

Andrew DeGraff & Bennett Slater’s gallery show opens Saturday January 5th at Gallery 1988 Melrose in Los Angeles and we’re proud to debut DeGraff’s maps for the original Star Wars trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Check them out, as well as some beautiful paintings by Slater, after the jump. Read More »

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