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 »

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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 »

Star Wars

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions is coming to Blu-ray, see the cover art, find out information about the release and when to expect it.
  • What can we expect from the Jedi in Star Wars Episode VII?
  • Joel Edgerton is interested in returning as Uncle Owen if they actually make a rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off film.
  • The third installment of an in-depth interview with Star Wars Rebels producer Simon Kinberg.
  • Simon Pegg‘s observation on the generational gap of the Star Wars trilogies thus far.
  • An early preview of 16 new Star Wars LEGO sets

All this and more, after the jump.

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STAR WARS: BATTLE POD

I mentioned the Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game in the last edition of Page 2, but now that we have video of the game in action, I think this is worth a stand-alone post. As far as I can tell, Star Wars Battle Pod is the first Star Wars arcade machine in 14 years (Sega released a podracing arcade machine called Star Wars: Racer Arcade in 2000 following the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace). Probably like many of you who grew up in the 1980′s, I spent tons of quarters at the arcade (Fun n Games in Framingham, MA) on the original 1983 Star Wars arcade machine produced by Atari or (more so) 1993 Sega’s Star Wars Arcade and the Star Wars Trilogy Arcade which was produced alongside the original trilogy special editions.

Now-a-days arcades are few and far between, but the Barcade revolution is playing upon nostalgia and giving arcade games a small renaissance.  So I was a little surprised when Bandai Namco Games announced they would be making a new Star Wars arcade machine. Star Wars Battle Pod made its debut in a preview during New York Comic Con and looks INCREDIBLE. After the jump you can see the trailer, some video of the new game in action and read some more information about the Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game.

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first day of new Star Wars shooting

The only thing some Star Wars fans want more than Episode VII is for Fox and/or Disney to re-release the original Star Wars trilogy in its pre-Special Edition form. Rumors have come and gone about Disney planning just such a release, and each time they’ve been hampered by logic and lack of evidence. Fox has distribution for the original Star Wars, for one, and holds distribution rights to the other 2/3 of the original trilogy through 2020. Could Fox work with Disney on a re-release? Yes. Will they? That’s a very different question. And then you’ve got to factor in the slim chance of the pre-Special Edition versions being officially given new life.

But still, a new Italian ad for Disney’s digital portal service is bringing the rumor back up again. Is there any more reason to believe it now than there was the last time this concept cropped up? Read More »

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