Star Wars Behind the Scenes

Star Wars is one of those franchises where almost nothing you discover about it is new. Whether it be a cool inside fact, image, or whatever, odds are it’s been out there years, possibly decades. Maybe it’s new to you but the franchise has been so closely followed for so many years, it would be very rare to find something genuinely new in relation to the original or prequel trilogies.

That’s a preamble to say the following video is not necessarily a new discovery. It was recently uploaded, and I’ve never seen it before. But Star Wars fans are so crazy, maybe some of you have. The video is about six minutes of B-roll footage from the set of the original 1977 Star Wars. That means the footage is almost 40 years old. And it’s incredible. It’s George Lucas, Mark Hamill and Garrick Hagon (who played Luke’s best friend Biggs) shooting a scene that’s not in the movie. It’s just raw footage of people walking around the set. Check out the Star Wars behind the scenes footage below. Read More »

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JJ Abrams Force Awakens set

The first official glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was via a video director J.J. Abrams starred in urging fans to donate to UNICEF. The campaign, called Star Wars Force for Change, offered a visit to the set as the big prize along with other incentives. The campaign was a huge success, raising $4.26 million for the charity.

In a new and final video, Abrams and the crew – along with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy – offer thanks to fans from The Force Awakens set. And just like the previous two videos, the background here is filled with images fans can speculate about. What’s that circular tunnel set? What are those black things stacked up? Why are those guys shooting paintballs? It’s not as revealing as the other two videos but it’s definitely worth watching. Check out the video below. Read More »

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A significant addition to Star Wars Rebels and some new analysis of The Force Awakens trailer are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Read about the following:

  • Yoda will be on Star Wars Rebels, voiced by Frank Oz.
  • Maisie Richardson-Sellers confirms and discusses her appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Watch the Disney XD Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer featurette.
  • Mark Hamill talks about drone precautions on the set of The Force Awakens.
  • See high res versions of The Force Awakens trading cards.
  • The speed of The Force Awakens TIE Fighters is explored.

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andy serkis star wars

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was filled with so many visual stimulants, it’s funny how the auditory one has become the most interesting point of conversation. After some debate, we found it was Andy Serkis delivering the clip’s chilling monologue. Not only was it chilling because of the voice itself; it was the words delivered. This character would have to be incredibly important to have felt a literal awakening in both sides of the Force. Rumors began running rampant about the character. Is Serkis a Sith? How old is he? Could he be more than one character? Will be play a performance-capture or human character?

Now the actor has answered a few of those questions. We still don’t know his name and exact purpose, but Serkis did confirm he’s only playing one character, and that it was his unaltered voice in the trailer. Read more about the Andy Serkis Star Wars rumors, and their answers, below. Read More »

J.J. Abrams Star Wars Force Awakens

Last month we got our first look at the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast, and last week we got to put some names to some faces as the character names were revealed. But there are still many more characters we haven’t met.

Well, one of those strangers’ names has just been revealed (we think) and rumor has it it’s the one being played by Gwendoline Christie. Hit the jump for more on the new Star Wars The Force Awakens character name.  Read More »

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I have to say, this is a particularly good edition of Star Wars Bits. Dare I say, it’s a must read. Let’s get right to it. Below, read about the following:

  • Watch how Ben Burtt created the sound for the Millennium Falcon hyperdrive failure.
  • Star Wars Rebels Season 2 will debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.
  • Sunday afternoon, Disney XD will air a video revealing new secrets of The Force Awakens trailer.
  • A Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser poster could be coming next week.
  • And while you wait, see some really awesome new Force Awakens fan art.
  • Disney’s ride Star Tours: The Adventures Continue could get A Force Awakens upgrade.
  • An interesting piece of speculation about Luke Skywalker’s purpose in The Force Awakens.
  • Do the Force Awakens Topps card number match with the old Topps Star Wars cards?
  • What do the Star Wars: The Force Awakens names actually mean?

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Mark Hamill Episode VII Set

Lucky for us, Mark Hamill has a lot of other things going on besides returning to Star Wars. It means there’s plenty of opportunities to ask him about Star Wars! The actor recently completed shooting on J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens and gushed about how it made him feel to see such a huge reaction to the first trailer. Now, in yet another interview, Luke Skywalker himself talked about how he did not like growing a beard for the new film but how much he loved playing with the new droid BB-8. And yes, that droid is a practical effect.

He also talked about being hesitant to come back and surprised at Harrison Ford‘s enthusiasm. There are really some great quotes here, so check them out below. Read More »

5 Movie Crossovers That Could Be Ridiculous Fun

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Yesterday we learned that Sony was discussing a possible crossover movie between their successful 21 Jump Street franchise and their evergreen Men in Black series. This is obviously the next evolution of the Marvel-style universe trend that all of Hollywood is chasing. I know we’re supposed to hate this sort of thing but I couldn’t stop thinking about which modern movie properties could be combined into mega crossover movie events that (however ridiculous) I’d actually want to see. After the jump I list the best opportunities for big screen movie crossovers.

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