Star Wars The Force Awakens Supreme Leader Snoke

Eventually, we’ll have to discontinue The Force Awakens Bits, especially since everyone’s focus is shifting to Rogue One as of late. But not yet! In the meantime, here’s all of the recent news regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens:

  • Our closest look yet at Supreme Leader Snoke.
  • More deleted scenes may surface…at some point.
  • An interview with the writer behind a new book of Star Wars short stories.
  • A brief look at the creation of BB-8.
  • J.J. Abrams reveals that he screened The Force Awakens for many terminally ill fans.
  • Harrison Ford‘s Han Solo jacket was just sold for a whole bunch of money.
  • More dialogue has been discovered in Rey’s flashback scene.
  • And more!

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return of the jedi han solo

UPDATED: Deadline is reporting Hail, Caesar! standout Alden Ehrenreich has emerged as the frontrunner for the Han Solo movie. Our original story from March 15, 2016 follows.

As the 2018 release date for Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s Han Solo spinoff inches ever closer, the list of potential leads has been getting smaller and smaller. The directors and studio Disney reportedly looked at thousands of young actors for the role, and as of earlier this year had started to narrow down the possibilities. Now they’re in the home stretch, as a final shortlist has emerged. Among those still in the running are Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!).  Read More »

Ahsoka Tano

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Our own Peter Sciretta stops by the Collider Jedi Council.
  • Ahsoka Tano is getting a novel to explain where she went for thirty years.
  • Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni answers some burning questions.
  • Sabine Wren will have more to do in Star Wars Rebels season three.
  • Read an excerpt from Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt.
  • Walt Disney World teases its new Star Wars-themed half marathon.
  • A look at the industry of creating cool lightsaber props for fans.
  • And more!

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Jean-Ralphio as BB-8

Just before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, we learned that Bill Hader helped bring BB-8 to life by providing real dialogue for the droid that eventually was just turned into various bleeps and bloops that the little ball droid made. Hader was credited as a vocal consultant along with Parks and Recreation‘s Ben Schwartz, who opened up about the process with a little more details in a Reddit AMA video back in February. And with that knowledge, one fan decided to have some fun with footage of BB-8 from The Force Awakens.

For those who may not know, Ben Schwartz played a hilarious character on Parks and Recreation named Jean-Ralphio. And friend of the site Jesse Carp has taken some of his dialogue and given it to BB-8 in the scene when Rey saves the droid from being turned into scarps by the scavenger Teedo. Believe it or not, it makes BB-8 even better. Read More »

star wars original trilogy re-release

It’s a shame that there’s an entire generation of movie fans who haven’t had the chance to see the original Star Wars trilogy on the big screen. Even in their modified “special edition” versions, they’re a magical theatrical experience. You haven’t really seen Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi until you’ve seen them projected while surrounded by fellow fans.

Now, the Alamo Drafthouse is bringing the the Star Wars trilogy back into theaters as part of a special and very limited engagement. The beloved movie theater chain is sponsoring a “roadshow” that will return these classics into theaters in twenty venues across the United States this August. And since this is the Drafthouse, these won’t be ordinary screenings.

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episode 8 bits

While that new Rogue One trailer grabbed all of the recent headlines, production on Star Wars: Episode 8 has continued in full force. In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • The great Frank Oz has apparently reported to Episode 8‘s Pinewood Studios set.
  • A look at Poe Dameron’s new wardrobe.
  • Details of a “casino” scene and other potential spoilers.
  • Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson get silly on Twitter.
  • Adam Driver chats about the differences between Rian Johnson and J.J. Abrams.
  • Daisy Ridley explains why Rey’s parents don’t matter.
  • A new look at the film’s Irish sets.
  • John Boyega calls Kelly Marie Tran one of Episode 8‘s leads.

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The Force Awakens and Dark Side of the Moon

In case you somehow didn’t know, there is a common pairing of rock and motion pictures called Dark Side of the Rainbow. Basically, someone with too much time on their hands determined that Pink Floyd‘s seminal album Dark Side of the Moon matched up with the film The Wizard of Oz when played together. There are various ways in which to sync up the two pieces of entertainment, but if you see it for yourself, you’ll find that there are some very cool moments when they line up perfectly.

Now a Star Wars fan who comes right out and says he has a lot of free time has come to the conclusion that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was deliberately edited to go along with “Dark Side of the Moon”, and he’s provided a video to prove his point. Is there a link between The Force Awakens and Dark Side of the Moon? Find out below. Read More »

Rey's Mother in Star Wars

After the pure excitement from the debut of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer died down, people started picking apart the trailer frame by frame (and that includes us). One of the more popular theories about what we saw in the trailer was that Jyn Erso, the lead rebel character played by Felicity Jones, might be the mother of our new favorite future Jedi, Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

There weren’t really any clear hints that this theory could be true beyond the fact that Jyn Erso was white, brunette, had a British accent, had a similar background to Rey, and shared some common facial features. Plus, Jyn could easily have a child sometime between A New Hope and The Force Awakens who could have grown up to be the stranded Jakku orphan. That’s not exactly the strongest evidence, but the theory gained traction and fans thought it made sense.

Unfortunately, Daisy Ridley has just put out that fire by debunking the theory about Rey’s mother in Star Wars. Read More »

Rogue One Ben Mendelsohn

The star of last week’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer was undoubtedly Jyn Erso, the “reckless, aggressive, undisciplined” rebel fighter played by Felicity Jones. But surrounding her is a cast that looks positively stuffed with potential scene-stealers, like the imposing figure played by Ben Mendelsohn. There’s not much we know for sure about the character at this point, other than that he’s some sort of high-ranking Imperial officer with an uncanny talent for keeping his white cape clean even as he drags it through the mud.

Which, of course, just means there’s lots and lots of room for theories and speculation. After the jump, let’s run down some guesses about who this mysterious Ben Mendelsohn Rogue One character might be.  Read More »