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For the next few weeks, the Disney’s patented Synergistic Marketing Machine is going to kick into a gear we’ve never quite seen before. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens only a month away from release, the massive media conglomeration is embarking on a campaign to make sure that each and every human being on the planet with access to a movie theater knows about J.J. Abrams‘ sequel and is either excited about it or browbeaten enough to go see it out of obligation. It’s all the same in the end, right?

Disney’s most impressive feat of marketing has to be the Star Wars Launch Bay attraction that officially opened at several of their theme parks yesterday. This temporary exhibit (a prelude to the actual under-construction Star Wars lands arriving in a few years) shows off props and costumes from The Force Awakens, gives fans a chance to interact with a few Star Wars characters, and ultimately serves as a massive reminder that they love the original trilogy.

But Disneyland passes cost a literal arm and a leg these days (what is Disney doing with their new collection of limbs?) so you might as well watch videos from the exhibit at home in bed.

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A couple great Star Wars articles were published online today by Empire Magazine and Wired Magazine, one about planning the future of the Star Wars universe and the other featuring comments from Andy Serkis about how his character Supreme Leader Snoke fits into Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to read everything we learned from these two new pieces, alongside our thoughts, insights and commentary.

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Constable Zuvio

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we’ll talk about the following:

  • First look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Constable Zuvio.
  • Watch Verizon’s new commercial featuring Chewbacca and BB-8.
  • John Williams has finished recording the Force Awakens score.
  • Learn why the secret film production name for Episode VII was “Avco”.
  • See the life-size Force Awakens X-Wing and scaled TIE Fighter replicas on display at the Singapore Airport.
  • Enhanced version of Super Star Wars announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita.
  • Greg Grunberg talks about the struggles of being a Star Wars fan acting in a Star Wars movie.
  • Preview Marvel’s Star Wars #12 comic book.
  • Find out the exclusive Pop that came in the first Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box and learn the theme for the next box.

All that and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace!

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Fencing Lightsaber Duel

Pretty much closest you can get to feeling like you’re a true master of wielding a lightsaber is become an expert at fencing. The sport is the only way we can test our abilities as sword fighters, and since a lightsaber is just a laser sword, it should come as no surprise to hear that the Senior World Championships of fencing hosted an epic lightsaber duel for the crowd’s entertainment.

It’s Jedi versus Sith, but this time it’s the good guy with a double bladed lightsaber, one green and one blue, fighting a single blad red lightsaber. But a good lightsaber battle is only as good as the choreography, and this one is extremely impressive. Watch! Read More »

Kylo Renn Lightsaber

When the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted nearly a year ago this month, one of the most talked about new elements of the forthcoming sci-fi sequel was the new lightsaber being carried by the villain. It’s called a crossguard lightsaber, and we don’t know why Kylo Ren is carrying this unique version of the elegant weapon for a more civilized age, but there have been plenty of theories. But today an explanation as to why the Kylo Ren lightsaber is designed this way has been revealed to settle the matter.

Plus, a new The Force Awakens TV spot has surfaced with some new footage, along with an extended version of that Disney XD behind the scenes featurette that debuted before the weekend. Get all the details below! Read More »


His cells have the highest concentration of Star Wars Bits I have seen in a life-form. It was possible he was conceived by the Star Wars Bits.

  • Chewbacca‘s on-set hair care secrets from a key creature effects crew member.
  • See the inside of Japan’s spacious and awesome R2-D2 plane.
  • Learn about Star Wars canon with a list of 27 major events in the galaxy.
  • The origins of the B-Wing were revealed in a recent episode of Star Wars Rebels.
  • Daniel Radcliffe will be at The Force Awakens on opening night, but in disguise.
  • John Boyega visited the set of Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • Check out Hot Toys‘ new sixth scale Luke Skywalker figure.

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Star Wars The Art Awakens

We’re heading into the home stretch of waiting for Star Wars: The Force Awakens with just over a month left until the film hits theaters on December 17th. And along with the onslaught of TV spots that will be arriving to help promote the film, there will be plenty of other Star Wars events and promotions, like Gallery 1988’s The Art Awakens show.

The exhibition opened last night with a slew of new artwork from over 60 artists, paying tribute to the original Star Wars trilogy (with some influence from the prequels) and The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams (seen above in a photo from our own Peter Sciretta) and Lawrence Kasdan even attended the event last night.

And for those interested, there are a couple of pieces that may provide some insight into the forthcoming sequel. Read More »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Okay, so today ends the abundance of Star Wars: The Force Awakens news breaks as the Entertainment Weekly cover story has been released. After the jump you can find a round-up of all the new information we haven’t previously covered, including the final Force Awakens running time, the answer to if Starkiller base is another Death Star, Lawrence Kasdan talkimg about “starting from scratch” when he came on to rework Michael Arndt’s script, details on Kylo Ren and General Hux’s relationship and motivations, Daisy Ridley’s funny Harrison Ford story and much more. We also have a 47 second preview that aired on Disney XD in the UK which features a bunch of new footage.

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where is luke skywalker

We know for a fact that Mark Hamill is in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Somewhere. He’s credited on the poster. His voice is heard in the second trailer, quoting one of his original trilogy lines of dialogue. We’ve even seen one quick glimpse of him. Regarding the picture at the top of this article: who else would have a robot hand, wear a black robe, and touch R2-D2 with such a affection?

However, confirmation that he’s in the movie hasn’t kept curious fans from wondering exactly what’s up with the galaxy’s last Jedi Knight. Now, director J.J. Abrams is here to field the big “Where is Luke Skywalker?” question without spoiling anything.

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