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I’ve outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers mind you, I’m talking about the big Star Wars Bits now. Here’s the updates we have from a galaxy far, far away this time:

  • Are three live-action Star Wars shows planned for Netflix?
  • Bob Iger has already seen The Force Awakens…mostly.
  • Simon Pegg talks his experience on The Force Awakens set.
  • Game of Thrones actors in The Force Awakens confirmed?
  • New LEGO Star Wars photography book coming in November.
  • Gary Whitta talks Star Wars: Rogue One writing process.
  • J.J. Abrams on pressure of directing The Force Awakens.

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Star Wars Force Awakens Falcon

Due to the overwhelming amount of CGI visual effects used in the Star Wars prequels, and all the complaining that followed from fans hoping for more practical filmmaking, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams have really been hitting home their use of authentic, real, practical effects for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They’ve been relying heavily on that message, as seen in the recent Comic Con behind the scenes reel.

But that doesn’t mean Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t have its fair share of CGI visual effects. Undoubtedly, CG was needed to extend sets, hide puppeteers, and even create entire characters. (Hopefully none are as distracting or invasive as Jar Jar Binks.) However, it sounds like there aren’t a lot of shots in Episode VII that are completely CGI, with no practical effects whatsoever.

Find out how many Star Wars The Force Awakens CGI shots there are after the jump! Read More »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: first order stormtroopers behind the scenes

There’s a big spoiler news report floating around for The Force Awakens. We won’t tell you the details specifically, because we don’t want to spoil the film for anyone, but we’ll let you in on the basics of the talk for those who are very curious. Along with that info, we’ve got the following in this edition of Star Wars bits:

  • Artist Paul Shipper has created a Drew Struzan-esque poster for The Force Awakens,
  • A retailer has leaked info on Star Wars toys months in advance,
  • Dave Bautista would like a Star Wars role,
  • The first Star Wars comics trade collection from Marvel is expected to sell big,
  • And see two new Darth Vader comic book covers, and get a preview of Star Wars #8.

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Star Wars changes

Everyone knows that Han shot first in Star Wars, and that the Special Edition release of 1997 altered the scene to make Greedo the aggressor in that encounter. But do you know how many versions of that scene have been cut over the years? The Star Wars changes are numerous, and go way beyond simple differences between the original 1977 release and the Special Edition.

For instance, can you name the smallest change to the original Star Wars opening crawl? It isn’t the addition of the “Episode IV – A New Hope” subtitle. And where’d the Cantina wolfman go? Find out those details and info on a wealth of other Star Wars changes large and small in the videos below. Read More »

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Jonathan Aris might be joining the cast of Gareth EdwardsStar Wars Anthology film Star Wars: Rogue One. Find out more details from the Star Wars Jonathan Aris report, including the actor’s supposed Star Wars character name, after the jump.
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Best Stories of the Week

There are only a couple weeks left in the blockbuster season, but there are still plenty of big stories to be excited about coming soon. This edition of the Best Stories of the Week includes updates on Minecraft, a sequel to Jurassic World, easter eggs from Ant-Man an uncertain future for the Terminator franchise and confirmation of a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover in the works.

Below you’ll also find new trailers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the latest James Bond adventure Spectre and the full trailer for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. Check out all this and the rest of the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Hot Toys Millennium Falcon: Hot Toys Announces 18-Foot Sixth Scale Star Wars Millennium Falcon

Update: A few days ago we published a story about Hot Toys’ announcement of an 18-Foot Long Sixth Scale Star Wars Millennium Falcon which would premiere this week at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong (ACGHK), the biggest pop-culture event in Hong Kong. The show is about the begin and the first photos have leaked online. Check out the first photos of the Hot Toys 18-Foot Sixth Scale Star Wars Millennium Falcon.

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Michael Jackson - Jar Jar Binks

You won’t find many people to argue against the claim that Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is one of the most annoying characters to ever hit the big screen. He’s a bumbling cartoon of a character who has no place in the Star Wars universe, and that’s a nice way of putting it.

Thankfully, the man who played Jar Jar Binks, actor Ahmed Best, hasn’t taken the criticism personally according to a new interview. But the more fascinating stuff in the interview is some of the trivia that Best revealed, including the fact that international pop superstar Michael Jackson originally wanted to play Jar Jar Binks, insight into the audition process and how he tried to protect Jake Lloyd from the harsh reviews of the movie and his performance.

Read more about the Michael Jackson Jar Jar Binks connection after the jump! Read More »

Hot Toys Princess Leia figure

Earlier this week Hot Toys announced an 18-foot-long 1/6th scale Millennium Falcon, which will make its debut at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong (ACGHK) in just a couple more days. Before that show, Hot Toys has officially announced the addition of a 1/6th scale Princess Leia figure to their Star Wars line. The highly-detailed collectible figure is of course based on actress Carrie Fisher‘s iconic likeness from Star Wars: A New Hope. Hit the jump to see a gallery of photos of the new Hot Toys Princess Leia figure and learn more about the release.

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