LEGO Star Wars Force Awakens Prequel

As you probably know by now, Disney has teamed with LEGO to release a series of Star Wars animated short films set before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ve posted a bunch of them on the site in the past, and they are definitely worth your time. The latest one, the fifth in the series, is titled “Attack of the Conscience” and tells Finn’s (at the time, still FN-2187) story leading up to the seconds before we see he in JJ AbramsEpisode VII. Watch that short and the other four previously released LEGO Star Wars animated short films, after the jump.
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Empire Strikes Back James Bond Credits Sequence

Due to the rules of how a Star Wars movie is supposed to begin and end, none of the movies in the saga have ever been given a stylish opening or closing credits sequence. Sadly, we’ll probably never see that happen unless the spin-off films decide to have a little style all their own. Even if they do, there will probably be plenty of fans outraged for straying away from tradition.

The good news is that one fan decided to have a little fun with the Star Wars credits by giving The Empire Strikes Back a credits sequence along the same stylish lines of a James Bond movie. The result is something that creates an entirely different tone for the movie, making it seem almost sexy.

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The Force Awakens Ending

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mark Hamill talks about reading the screenplay for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The original role of Boba Fett is finally revealed.
  • Mondo releases a cool C-3PO art print.
  • Dave Filoni teases the return of a certain helmet on Star Wars Rebels.
  • Chuck Wendig shares a tiny taste of Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt.
  • Claudia Gray reveals secrets about Star Wars: Bloodline.
  • Everything you need to know about Korr Sella.
  • EA and Respawn announce a new Star Wars video game.
  • Story details from LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens come to light.
  • Fantasy Flight Games reveals the latest X-Wing expansion.
  • The actor behind Greedo defends the character’s honor.
  • Preview pages from Marvel’s The Force Awakens comic book.
  • Plan to drop to cash on Star Wars-themed tiki mugs.

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The Force Awakens Video Essay

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has come and gone from theaters and it now sits in our digital libraries and on our movie shelves. But unlike some of the movies we have at our disposal, we’ll be talking about this one for a long time. Now the excitement and hype has died down over Star Wars: Episode VII and the dust has settled on Jakku, allowing us to take a closer look at the film.

Recently, a video showed a side-by-side comparison of shots and sequences in The Force Awakens compared to Star Wars: A New Hope, enforcing the observation and criticism that the sequel was a copy of the original. This is something that J.J. Abrams recently addressed as intentional, and his thinking behind this decision made sense. But The Force Awakens still has its detractors, and those people should give this new video essay from Movies with Mikey a chance to help clear the air a bit so they might cut the movie a little slack. Read More »

most anticipated movies of 2016 rogue one

In today’s edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Actor Riz Ahmed talks about his work in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • Details about the weapons of Rogue One are revealed.
  • More information about the return of a certain character arrives.
  • The complete Rogue One trailer gets recreated in LEGO.

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the force awakens alternate opening

About a year and a half before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, months before the arrival of the first trailer, a pretty wild rumor stampeded across the internet. According to a report, the film would feature an oddly macabre opening shot, with the camera panning away from the table-setting crawl to reveal the severed hand of Luke Skywalker, still clutching the lightsaber he lost in his duel with Darth Vader on Bespin, floating through space.

Of course, the finished film has nothing like that and the rumor was gutted left and right, becoming a bit of a joke amongst some Star Wars fans. But now, months after the release of the finished film, Mark Hamill has loosened his lips: yep, that was the original opening of The Force Awakens.

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star wars bits

It’s Star Wars Day, so you know what that means…an especially large edition of Star Wars Bits! In today’s edition:

  • Director Chris Miller shares a photo of a very familiar weapon.
  • Daisy Ridley wishes you a happy Star Wars Day (and asks you to donate some cash).
  • Star Wars: Battlefront offers some Star Wars Day specials.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Star Wars: The Force Awakens track is now available.
  • The time and location of next year’s Star Wars Celebration has been revealed.
  • How to start making your own personal BB-8.
  • New The Force Awakens posters from Tim Doyle.
  • New Star Wars art from Joshua Budich.
  • A BB-8 poster created by Andy Fairhurst for Bottleneck Gallery.
  • A fanmade Star Wars art show.
  • Marvel reveals a must-have Han Solo comic book cover.
  • A relaxing and ambient trip to Dagobah.
  • Eight minutes of gameplay from LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The plot of The Force Awakens told through Emoji.
  • And more!

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episode 8 bits

In today’s Episode 8 Bits:

  • New aerial footage reveals the Millennium Falcon on a mysterious set…
  • …and clear photos of that set reveals something else.
  • GLAAD wants Star Wars: Episode 8 to include gay characters.
  • Prince William and Prince Harry may have cameo roles in Episode 8.
  • A glimpse at Daisy Ridley‘s intense training.
  • Ireland really wants Star Wars fans to stop by for a visit.

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anakin skywalker force awakens reference

Its not a new phenomenon, a lot of movie trailers feature shots from movies that don’t end up on the big screen. This usually takes the form of scenes or moments that hit the cutting room floor in the time between the early marketing and release date. And with big budget visual effects films, its not uncommon to see many different iterations of a computer rendering that evolves into a much better looking effect by the time it hits multiplexes.

And we’ve already talked a bunch about the deleted scenes that were glimpsed in the marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but didn’t make it to the theatrical release. But now that the movie is on Blu-ray and VOD fans are noticing some of the smaller details that didn’t make the theatrical cut of the film, the most recent of which is a reference to George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels and specifically Anakin Skywalker. Hit the jump to see the deleted Anakin Skywalker Force Awakens reference.

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