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It is a period of civil war. Star Wars purists, striking from a hidden internet, have yet to win a victory against the powerful Disney Empire. During a recent exasperated Twitter thread, purists managed to work themselves into a fit of righteous anger over the Star Wars story group, a team of creative-types with enough power to destroy an entire continuity. With nothing better to do with their lives or their time, a group of purists raised money to construct a billboard, a billboard that can save the original expanded universe and restore a bunch of books to the galaxy…

Or maybe not. But a bunch of Star Wars fans did raise a couple thousand dollars to build a billboard demanding that Lucasfilm continue the expanded universe that was abandoned when Disney bought Lucasfilm. This is a thing that did occur.

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soarin over the world

Its been a while since we’ve done a proper Theme Park Bits round-up, so we have a lot to share with you. Here are some of the stories we’ll be talking about today:

  • A tease of the Na’vi Animatronics from Avatar Land
  • See photos of Avatar Land‘s construction
  • New Footage and concept art from Star Wars Land
  • Watch a preview of Soarin Around The World and learn when you’ll be able to ride it
  • Finding Dory characters will be added to EPCOT attraction
  • Watch sneak preview of Animal Kingdom‘s new Tree of Life and Rivers of Light night-time shows
  • A first look at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, which will include Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman rides
  • A look at Universal Studios Japan’s walking dinosaurs from Jurassic Park
  • Universal Orlando raises annual price passes

All this and more, after the jump.

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The Force Awakens Ending

Welcome back to Episode 8 Bits, your friendly neighborhood source all kinds of Star Wars: Episode 8-related…bits. In today’s edition:

  • A description of Luke and Rey’s new costumes.
  • Oscar Isaac compares Episode 8 to an independent film.
  • Noah Segan joins the cast in a mystery role.
  • Members of the British royal family visit the set…
  • …and reveal the return of the A-Wing?!
  • A new look at the Ahch-To sets in Ireland.
  • Mark Hamill beautifully trolls his Twitter followers.

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Star Wars Land - The Star Wars Experience

We’ve been reporting on Disney’s Star Wars Land for years now, from the rumored development to the official announcement at D23 Expo 2015. But we still don’t know the official name for this “gateway planet located on the outer rim,” which is currently under construction in both Disneyland in Anaheim California and Hollywood Studios in Orlando Florida. Now, however, a good source claims to know what Star Wars Land will be called. Find out, after the jump.

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C-3PO's red arm

We’re not going to learn the identity of Rey’s parents soon, but we can take comfort and solace in that fact that other Star Wars: The Force Awakens questions now have answers and a few mysteries, albeit minor ones, have been resolved. Thanks to a new Marvel comic, we now know why C-3PO is sporting a red arm during the film and thanks to some new J.J. Abrams quotes, we now know what the hell was up with the cut-from-the-film Constable Zuvio.

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The Force Awakens Ending

The end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is such a big tease for what’s to come in Star Wars: Episode VIII. We’re left with Rey (Daisy Ridley) reaching out to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) with his father’s old lightsaber in her hand, waiting for some kind of recognition, reaction, anything. But that scene required some convincing to actually happen.

While speaking at a special event at the Tribeca Film Festival, director J.J. Abrams revealed that Mark Hamill was initially resistant to return for The Force Awakens. However, it didn’t have anything to do with a lack of desire, but rather with the fact that he was worried it would be silly for him to show up and not even say anything. Hear what Abrams had to say about locking down Mark Hamill for The Force Awakens ending. Read More »

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The Force Awakens and A New Hope Similarities

It’s no secret that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been criticized for essentially being a remake of Star Wars: A New Hope, just with new characters used to progress the story this time instead of relying only on the familiar heroes from the original trilogy. There’s even a side-by-side comparison video to show how similar the two movies are.

While some have called this narrative decision lazy, others have rationalized this was done as a way to ease us back into the Star Wars universe with something familiar while simultaneously expanding the roster of characters who we would follow for at least the next two films in the new trilogy.

Thankfully, director J.J. Abrams addressed this issue during a special event panel at the Tribeca Film Festival where he sat down for a chat with Chris Rock. The pairing may seem strange, but they’re both filmmakrs, and thus ended up diving into some interesting topics, specifically why The Force Awakens and A New Hope similarities are so abundant. Find out what the director had to say below. Read More »

Death Star Bluetooth Speaker

If you’re the kind of person who likes to display your nerdiness at every turn, even in the way you listen to music from your mobile device, then we have some good news. Advancements in technology now allow for you to listen to music from a Death Star Bluetooth speaker that actually levitates and spins around while blasting the Star Wars score from John Williams (or any music for that matter). That thing’s operational!

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star wars rebellion review

There’s no need to bury the lede here – designer Corey Konieczka‘s Star Wars: Rebellion is the best Star Wars board game ever made and a complete triumph on every level. It’s rare to find a tabletop experience that is this rich in theme while supplying gamers with genuinely compelling and balanced mechanics that enhance and support that theme every step of the way. Star Wars: Rebellion isn’t just an effective Star Wars simulator. It’s a surprisingly elegant and complex experience where each and every one of your decisions carries weight and feels important. It’s an excellent game beyond its theme. This is a game of desperation and strategy, of giant battles and skillful detective work, of hope and luck.

And it’s also a game where Darth Vader can abduct Mon Mothma and freeze her in carbonite after using the Death Star to blow up Naboo.

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