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Lots of good stuff spanning the galaxy in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about:

  • George Lucas was spotted in a NYC comic book shop buying Marvel’s new Star Wars comics.
  • A synopsis for the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens novel Star Wars: Aftermath is now online.
  • John Williams will reportedly record The Force Awakens score this summer.
  • One Force Awakens crew member is auctioning off authentic merchandise for a great cause.
  • The identity of Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s Star Wars Rebels character may have been revealed if rumors are true.
  • See a preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 by Marvel.
  • Cost and details on Star Wars Celebration autographs are now available.
  • What exactly happens in the big Star Wars: The Force Awakens IMAX sequence?

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Journey to Star Wars The Force Awakens

Fans who want to know what happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens are going to have to read about it. Disney and Lucasfilm just announced this Fall they’ll release 20 books in a series called Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The series will be a mix of novels, comics, children’s books and young adult stories all set in the 30 years between the films, and all of which are canon.

Below, read more about Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens including a few of the book titles. Read More »

Innoventions closing

Tomorrowland, the futuristic section of Disneyland, is about to lose one of its largest attractions and that raises questions about what’s coming next. The interactive exhibit called Innoventions, one of the biggest spaces in the area, is closing March 31, according to a local newspaper. This is a sudden, yet expected closure that’s raising speculation about whether or not it is the first step to the inevitable Star Wars presence in the park. Another possibility for the Innoventions space is a tie-in to Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, which opens some two months later. Or maybe it’s not a movie tie-in at all. Read more about Innoventions closing below. Read More »

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The Star Wars universe is a vast and varied one, full of characters of all shapes, sizes, colors, lightsaber colors, abilities, and moral alignments. Now it’s getting a little more diverse on the sexual orientation front as well.

Star Wars: Lords of the Sith, an upcoming novel by Paul S. Kemp, will induct the first-ever LGBT character into the official canon. Learn more about the Star Wars LGBT character after the jump.  Read More »

The 25 Best Movie Robots of All Time

Best Movie Robots of All Time

This weekend, director Neill Blomkamp adds a new member to an exclusive club: movies with really cool robots. It’s a cross-section of movies big and small that drive the story forward with characters made of metal and wire. Sometimes they’re menacing, sometimes they’re hilarious, but the best movie robots are always unforgettable.

In honor of Blomkamp’s movie, Chappie, I’ve ranked my 25 favorite movie robots of all time. It wasn’t an easy task. There are so many subtle differences you have to consider. Is a cyborg a robot? Is an alien a robot? For example, Darth Vader is “more machine than man,” just like RoboCop. Are they both robots? In the end I went with my gut. If the character felt like a robot, or its robotic nature added something to the movie, it made the list. Also, this is (once again) a personal list. I didn’t grow up on Westworld or The Day the Earth Stood Still. I never really felt like Blade Runner‘s replicants were robots. So it’s a little weird and surprising but hopefully that’s why you want to check it out. Hit the jump to find out the 25 Best Movie Robots of All Time.

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Force Awakens Trailer 2 Description

Everything in the universe points towards J.J. Abrams and Disney releasing a second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens fairly soon. Most likely it’ll be at Star Wars Celebration for a legion of fans, then online in the week before Avengers: Age of Ultron. The first trailer, which basically only contained seven shots, was viewed hundreds of millions of times around the world and spawned infinite speculation and visual reference. A new trailer with even more footage and information would probably exceed that.

As the wait continues, a rumored description has now come online. It features new characters, old characters (yes, Luke Han and Leia are in this description), new planets, the full reveal of Kylo Ren’s face and much more. Is this what happens in The Force Awakens trailer 2? Read for yourself and discuss after the jump.

UPDATE: Now, we are hearing from multiple sources this trailer description is fake. There’s more below.

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Darth Vader Hasbro Rebels

Star Wars Rebels dominates this edition of Star Wars Bits, but there’s others great stuff in here too. Below, read about the following:

  • Concept art from Star Wars Rebels season 2 makes its way online.
  • Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni talks the finale’s mysteries and revelations.
  • See two new toys based on the Star Wars Rebels finale.
  • Fans have begun making merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Ian McDiarmid is coming to Star Wars Celebration and more revelations.
  • Her Universe is offering up some cool new Star Wars merch.
  • Read a theory about how the Inquisitor fits into Star Wars Rebels past and future.
  • Part 3 of Dave Filoni’s interview with StarWars.com is now online.
  • A Lego Star Wars Rebels short film features the TIE Advance Prototype.
  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay footage could be coming soon.
  • Clone Wars voice star Sam Witwer could be returning to Rebels.
  • Watch a video with five Star Wars Stand Alone films that should happen.
  • Possible spoilers about Princess Leia‘s role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are revealed.

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Star Wars Rebels history

The first season of Star Wars Rebels is now in the books. The Star Wars history books, that is. Rebels was the first new piece of Star Wars content created after Disney bought the company in 2012. That in itself is pretty significant. Beyond that, the show was the first piece of official canon story linking what happened between the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy.

I know what you’re thinking. “Weren’t there numerous books and comics that told stories in that time frame?” Yes, but those never counted. Plus, but when Disney took over they wiped the Star Wars canon clean. The only things that officially happened in the new Star Wars canon are the six movies, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Any new content they release – books, comics, movies, etc. will all become official parts of the story, too.

So what does that mean? It means that what happened over the course of Star Wars Rebels season one matters. A lot. The actions of the characters and events that unfolded all have a real bearing on Star Wars as a whole. Those events have changed Star Wars history in some minor, and even some major ways. Ideally, you’d just watch all the episodes and see what I mean for yourself. Another option is to continue reading and find out how the Star Wars Rebels canon additions changed Star Wars history forever. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels Ezra Kanan

A fascinating answer to one of Star Wars Rebels‘ biggest questions headlines this latest edition of Star Wars Bits. In addition, below you can read about the following:

  • Billy Dee Williams might appear in Star Wars Episode VIII.
  • Iko Uwais has a “significant” role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The rumor of a character name in The Force Awakens once again pops up.
  • Rumored titles of books tied to The Force Awakens have been revealed as well as the release plans.
  • Read a new excerpt to Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi.
  • Watch a clip from the Star Wars Rebels finale.
  • Dave Filoni breaks down season one of Star Wars Rebels and answers the big question, do Kanan and Ezra have to die?

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