Star Wars t-shirt contest

Thankfully the Star Wars galaxy is big, because this edition of Bits is all over the map. There are the requisite Star Wars Episode VII rumors, of course, but also theme parks, t-shirts, video games, board games and even posters. Below, read about the following:

  • A rumor ties Star Wars Episode VII propmakers to seven-year contacts.
  • Watch a video about creativity set inside the Lucasfilm offices.
  • Lucasfilm hires a new Executive Producer of Theme Parks.
  • Check out some rare, original Star Wars posters.
  • Read an insider’s tale of the fall of Lucasarts.
  • Enter an official Star Wars t-shirt contest.
  • A crazy rumor says Star Wars Episode VII is recasting Princess Leia.

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The effects of Star Wars Episode VII are being felt everywhere: Industrial Light and Magic, the Internet, the acting community. Read all about that — and a lot about Star Wars Rebels —  in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Meet Ezra, a 14-year-old con artist from Star Wars Rebels.
  • Two new trailers for Rebels will debut February.
  • Industrial Light and Magic opens a London office to work on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Lucasfilm relaunches their website.
  • See high quality images of the Star Wars Rebels Lego sets as well as the Hasbro version of Kanan…
  • … as well as two new not-yet-revealed characters too: Zeb Orrellos and Hera Syndulla.
  • Actor Daryl McCormack describes multiple call backs for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Endless Love star Alex Pettyfer confirmed he was contacted about Episode VII.
  • Tom Hiddleston was not contacted, however.
  • An update on Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

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Millennium Falcon

The Lucasfilm website recently relaunched with a slick new design showing off their decades of iconic work. Among the properties on the website is, of course, Star Wars Episode VII and in the “Production” section of the site, there’s an image of a production meeting. Attendees of this meeting include writer/director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, production designer Rick Carter, SVP of technology Kim Libreri, SVP of Physical Production Jason McGatlin and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll. So this is pretty big time.

Most interestingly, though, are the images on the back wall. They clearly depict the Millennium Falcon as well as vast landscape and even Obi-Wan Kenobi. Are these from Star Wars Episode VII? Explore the image below. Read More »

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Briefly: By now we all know Star Wars Episode VII news isn’t official unless it comes from the official website. Even so, up until now Lucasfilm and Disney aren’t giving fans anything like the kind of intense minutia we’re all interested in. When it comes to a movie like this, we want to know every little detail. Today, HitFix has a pretty good report, however.

Just as writer director J.J. Abrams hinted at a few weeks back, filming of the new episode will begin in Mid-May and continue through September of this year, leaving about one year for post production. They site has also learned “most principal casting on the film is complete, with many announcements still to come.” [HitFix]

Joel Kinnaman;Gary Oldman

It feels like there’s a Star Wars Episode VII rumor attached to pretty much every actor working these days. Most of the time, stars meet these reports with stringent denials, if they bother to respond at all.

But today’s hot rumor has a bit more meat to it than most. Actor Gary Oldman has confirmed that he was approached for a role in the J.J. Abrams-directed adventure, though he hasn’t gone as far as saying he’s actually been cast. Read his exact words after the jump.

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Star Wars Old Republic

There was actual Star Wars movie news Tuesday when a Disney shareholders letter revealed Star Wars Rebels would debut with a full length movie. However, that wasn’t the only interesting thing in the document. Below, read about another huge piece of information and more.

  • Disney thinks they have 40 years worth of content thanks to Star Wars.
  • Watch a trailer for the new free-to-play Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion.
  • One location proposal for a George Lucas museum has been rejected.
  • Star Wars characters might be coming to Disney Infinity.
  • A familiar face holding the number “7″ graces the cover of an international movie magazine.
  • Star Wars Episode VII starts filming in May.

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The Walt Disney Company released their 2013 Shareholder letter on Tuesday and, in it, CEO Bob Iger talked about the latest in the world of Star Wars. In regards to Star Wars Episode VII, he said they’re very excited about the story and “should be releasing more information as production moves forward in the coming year.” Which, if we’re being honest, doesn’t sound particularly encouraging.

Much more encouraging is the big news about Star Wars Rebels. In addition to the Disney XD show, Iger said there’s a movie and several shorts coming to the Disney Channel this summer. Read his quotes below. Read More »

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With books, games, audio, movies, and TV, this edition of Star Wars Bits crosses all media. Below, read about the following:

  • Is Benedict Cumberbatch out of the running for Star Wars Episode VII?
  • Is Episode VII coming out at the same time across the globe?
  • Disney announced a new mobile game called Star Wars: Assault Team.
  • Bill Hader kills some Star Wars impressions on Conan.
  • Star Wars vet Sam Witwer talks potentially being part of Star Wars Rebels.
  • There’s a new presentation video for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
  • Check out the cover to William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back.
  • Lego Star Wars Microfighters is now available for iOS.
  • Listen to an audio clip from Star Wars: Maul Lockdown.

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