Chris Skinner Falcon

The circle is now complete. In three weeks, J.J. Abrams will be done with principal photography on Star Wars Episode VII. In this edition of Star Wars Bits read about that milestone, and get info on the following items:

  • The new London ILM president suggests we’ll only get six Star Wars movies over the next ten years.
  • Could Darth Bane be the villain of Star Wars Episode VII?
  • John Boyega tweets a very curious image of an R2 unit.
  • Star Wars Rebels set a ratings record on Disney XD.
  • Read the titles and credits for Star Wars Rebels episodes 7 and 10.
  • Star Wars Rebels character Zare Leonis is NOT John Boyega’s Star Wars Episode VII character.
  • Get $190 worth of Star Wars comics for whatever price you want to pay.

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Warwick Davis Star Wars 7

A new piece of Star Wars news hit today, straight from the official YouTube page. The channel posted a funny video featuring long-time Star Wars actor Warwick Davis discussing whether or not he will be appearing in Star Wars Episode VII. Spoiler alert: he will. Watch the video and more below. Read More »

the emperor

It’s just one of those things you never think about. First he was The Emperor. Then he was Senator Palpatine, followed by Chancellor Palpatine and then revealed as Darth Sidious. But never once did this Star Wars beacon of evil, the Phantom Menace himself, played perfectly by Ian McDiarmid, have a first name.

In the new canon novel Tarkin by James Luceno, that’s finally changed. After years of waiting and speculation, it can finally be revealed that  Palpatine’s full name is… JOE PALPATINE. No, not really. Read Emperor Palpatine’s real first name below. Read More »

Brad Bird Star Wars

Brad Bird had a big decision, one many film fans would love to have to make. In a new interview, the director of Tomorrowland once again talked about being approached to direct Star Wars Episode VII and strongly considering the job, but being so deep into pre-production on Tomorrowland he had to turn the Star Wars gig down.

However, Bird strongly considered making Tomorrowland then jumping right into a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Watch Bird talk about turning down Star Wars Episode VII below. Read More »

Star Wars Endor soldiers

Right now as you read this, super lucky people are looking at images from Star Wars Episode VII. Within the next year, we’ll all have a chance to see them as well but at the moment, J.J. Abrams and everyone involved is keeping everything incredibly secret. But the images are out there and some sites are providing us with the best possible alternative to seeing them ourselves: describing them.

Below, read the potential descriptions of seven different scenes and concepts from Star Wars Episode VII including a few that take place in a forest. Read More »

Heir to the Jedi

Updates from the set of Episode VII, some awesome Rebels clips and lots of other odds and ends are in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • A fire evacuates the set of Star Wars Episode VII, and Harrison Ford has reportedly finished filming.
  • Is casting for the Star Wars spinoffs and sequels already happening?
  • Watch a new clip from Star Wars Rebels and get a brief tease at what’s to come for the rest of the season.
  • Brad Bird stumbles around the question of whether or not  he’ll eventually direct a Star Wars movie.
  • J.J. Abrams answers a young boy’s Star Wars math problem.
  • Judd Apatow meets George Lucas.
  • Joel Edgerton refers to Adam Driver as the Star Wars Episode VII villain.
  • Two more cancelled Lucasarts Star Wars games have been revealed.
  • Check out a live tweet recap of the A New Dawn panel at New York Comic-Con.
  • Read a detailed description of Heir of the Jedi by Kevin Hearne.
  • The Star Wars Fan Film Awards are coming back.

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Empire Uncut

Star Wars is to many fan films as silent movies are to regular films. They’re the genesis, the beginning. Without Star Wars, things like fan films and full YouTube channels and online movements dedicated to paying tribute to any number of pop culture franchises wouldn’t exist. What long time fan has forgotten Troops, a Star Wars fan film that launched in 1997? I remember downloading it overnight while still in high school and being blown away someone could make something so excellent out of pure passion.

Decades have now passed and fan films are pretty normal these days. But Star Wars was always the start and it’s one of the few franchises which could bring together an amazing event like the “Uncut” series. These are fan films comprised of several hundred fan directors each directing 15 seconds from the movie. The original, Star Wars Uncut, was released in 2012 and The Empire Strikes Back version, Empire Uncut, is now out. Below, watch Empire Uncut, a full version of The Empire Strikes Back made by 480 different fans. Read More »

Star Wars Kanan The Last Padawan header

Everything is connected in the new Star Wars universe. The TV shows, movies, and books, all tell one cohesive story. That’s part of the way Lucasfilm and Disney are now doing business in a galaxy far, far away and a brand new endeavor spotlighting that singular story was just announced.

Next year, Marvel will release a comic series called Star Wars – Kanan: The Last Padawan. Kanan is one of the stars of Star Wars Rebels. He’s voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr. and is the lone Jedi on the crew. However, in a time where all Jedi are being hunted down and murdered, that’s not exactly a great thing to be. This comic will tell how he got to that point.

Star Wars – Kanan: The Last Padawan hits shelves in April. Below, see the cover of the first episode and read more from writer and Star Wars Rebels executive producer Greg Weisman. Read More »

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