episode 8 bits

In today’s Episode 8 Bits:

  • New aerial footage reveals the Millennium Falcon on a mysterious set…
  • …and clear photos of that set reveals something else.
  • GLAAD wants Star Wars: Episode 8 to include gay characters.
  • Prince William and Prince Harry may have cameo roles in Episode 8.
  • A glimpse at Daisy Ridley‘s intense training.
  • Ireland really wants Star Wars fans to stop by for a visit.

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anakin skywalker force awakens reference

Its not a new phenomenon, a lot of movie trailers feature shots from movies that don’t end up on the big screen. This usually takes the form of scenes or moments that hit the cutting room floor in the time between the early marketing and release date. And with big budget visual effects films, its not uncommon to see many different iterations of a computer rendering that evolves into a much better looking effect by the time it hits multiplexes.

And we’ve already talked a bunch about the deleted scenes that were glimpsed in the marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but didn’t make it to the theatrical release. But now that the movie is on Blu-ray and VOD fans are noticing some of the smaller details that didn’t make the theatrical cut of the film, the most recent of which is a reference to George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels and specifically Anakin Skywalker. Hit the jump to see the deleted Anakin Skywalker Force Awakens reference.

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rogue one bits

In today’s edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Mads Mikkelsen sheds more light on his mysterious character.
  • Pablo Hidalgo makes it clear who isn’t in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • The complete story of Mon Mothma.
  • Composer Alexandre Desplat confirms that he’s still working on Rogue One.
  • Listen to a very cool Rogue One-infused Star Wars music remix.
  • ILM visual effects geniuses watch Rogue One trailer reaction videos.
  • A Rogue One VHS box that you’ll wish actually exists.
  • LEGO teases a Rogue One…something.
  • More information of Rogue One Force Friday toy releases.
  • Disney theme parks are set to sell the first Rogue One merchandise…for good cause!

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LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

Disney has released a new video introducing us to the hero characters from the new Star Wars television series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. The show will premiere on Disney XD this summer, but this video gives us a sneak peek into the characters of this new adventure and also reveals the voice actors behind the new heroes. Watch the video and learn more about this new Star Wars TV show, after the jump.

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The Force Awakens Ending

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mark Hamill is heading to London for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016.
  • Casting director Nina Gold on finding John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.
  • David Prowse talks getting dubbed by James Earl Jones.
  • The score for The Force Awakens will soon be performed in concert.
  • A look at the sound editing of The Force Awakens.
  • A very cool (and very expensive) Death Star fire pit.
  • The Making of The Force Awakens book has been cancelled.
  • Disney reveals a bunch of future Star Wars theme park plans.

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episode 8 set photos

Like with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, production on Star Wars: Episode 8 has managed to keep its veil of secrecy almost completely intact. Other than distant photographs of the sets being constructed in Ireland and blurry photos of aliens and stuntmen in Dubrovnik, Disney and Lucasfilm’s investment in extensive security (which reportedly includes drones designed to take down other drones equipped with cameras) has paid off. So far. Filming isn’t done yet.

Our best look at the film’s sets so far have come from director Rian Johnson, who occasionally shares behind-the-scenes images on his social media. Now, he’s shared two new images and announced that filming had officially reached the halfway point.

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How to Build Rey's Blaster

Even though Obi-Wan Kenobi finds blasters to be uncivilized compared to the more elegant weapon that is the lightsaber, for a short while, a blaster is all Rey has to defend herself when the First Order is in pursuit in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Han Solo hands the weapon over to Rey, and even though it doesn’t fare well against the Kylo Ren’s Force powers and cross guard lightsaber, she’s still a pretty good shot with it, and the weapon certainly packs a decent punch.

Now if you’re looking to build your own version of Rey’s blaster, either for cosplay or for a little prop replica display in your office, a professional prop maker has assembled a homemade version of the gun that you can build yourself if you have the right tools.

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LEGO star wars force awakens prequel short films

Back in February, Disney announced a new series of Star Wars animated short films titled LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises a prequel to Episode VII featuring characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first short in the series, titled Poe to the Rescue premiered on DisneyXD, and was later put online for everyone to enjoy. Disney has now released three more LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises shorts, titled The Trouble with Rathtars, Hunting for Han and Rey Strikes Back. All three shorts are a fun watch and well worth your time. I wish Disney would make an actual animated series out of these and not just shorts. Watch the two new LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises short films now after the jump.

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star wars bloodline

A steady stream of Star Wars novels have been published since Disney wiped out the original expanded universe and started rebuilding the larger canon from scratch, but only a few of them have felt like required reading. The upcoming Star Wars: Bloodline is being promoted as something more than just another story set in this beloved universe – it sounds essential to understanding the state of the galaxy as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Now, it’s been revealed that Star Wars: Episode 8 director Rian Johnson contributed to the novel in some capacity, which is an intriguing prospect. It certainly sounds like the seeds of the next movie will be found here.

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