Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Acme Direct

Now don’t get jittery, Luke. There are a lot of Star Wars Bits. Keep your distance, though, Chewie, but don’t *look* like you’re trying to keeping your distance. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • New Star Wars artwork from Acme Direct
  • A look at The Force Awakens Black Series figures from Wave 2
  • Giant pig-like creature from The Force Awakens has a name
  • Fans will seriously love a certain Jar Jar Binks reference in Disney Infinity
  • Find out what Lucasfilm wouldn’t let Mythbusters do on TV
  • Star Wars: Aftermath connections to existing universe revealed
  • The first gay Star Wars character has been introduced

All this and more, after the jump.

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Star Wars: Shattered Empire - Kes Dameron

What happened in the thirty years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens? Disney’s epic multi-platform Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens book series has begun to be unleashed promising to fill in that gap through a mix of novels, comics, children’s books and young adult stories, all considered as official Star Wars canon.

We’ve already told you about the first novel, Star Wars: Aftermath. The comic book prequel miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire hit stores today, and while we had some information as to what the four issue story was about, we now finally have a good idea of how it connects to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They’ve been keeping the connection out of the marketing for the book thus far — find out now after the jump.

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Star Wars Poetry

In the months leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there’s been some renewed bashing of the prequels, mostly because they feel so far removed from the original trilogy. From the visual effects to the storytelling, there’s just something about the prequels that feels off.

However, by using clips from the original trilogy and the prequels compared to each other and played simultaneously, a new video called Star Wars Poetry shows how the prequels share more similarities with the original trilogy than you might think. Specifically, between the two trilogies, visual symmetry becomes apparent and even impressive. Read More »

Star Wars - Millennium Falcon Bed

Star Wars Bits ain’t like dusting crops, boy. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • Pottery Barn as a Millennium Falcon bed for purchase
  • Colin Trevorrow teases work on Star Wars: Episode IX
  • Star Wars Battlefront beta begins in October
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII returning to The Force Awakens filming location
  • Find out how C-3PO got a red arm in comic book one-shot
  • Tearing open Sphero‘s remote-controlled BB-8 toy
  • Anthony Daniels talks life as C-3PO and The Force Awakens secrecy
  • Interview with Star Wars toys designer Mark Boudreaux
  • New Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster art

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The Force Awakens UK release date

Because of time zones and staggered release patterns, our friends over in Europe often get to see some of the biggest releases before we do in the United States. In fact, in the case of Marvel Studios’ productions or James Bond movies, they get to see them a few days earlier. Now, it sounds like Disney is doing the same thing with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Force Awakens UK release date has been confirmed to be December 17th while the release date in France will actually be a bit earlier on December 16th. So now is the time to get a plane ticket to see the film as soon as possible. Read More »

aspect ratio video essay

We’ve previously featured a video essay that dove into the history of aspect ratios in cinema and how they’ve changed in the relatively short history of filmmaking. But beyond the technical changes and differences, varying aspect ratios are now used to not only change the aesthetic of any given film, or even a specific scene or sequence, but to also create a different emotional effect within the viewer.

A new aspect ratio video essay takes a look at some of the different thematic effects that come from changes in aspect ratio, illustrating how they are used to invoke certain feelings or perspectives. This ranges from transporting viewers back in time to a more old fashioned way of life in The Grand Budapest Hotel to glamorizing a memory in (500) Days of Summer to giving an epic scope to action happening on screen in Interstellar. Read More »

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Mads Mikkelsen in Star Wars Rogue One

Considering the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still over three months away, it’s no surprise that a lot of details on Star Wars: Rogue One are still sparse, despite production being underway right now across the pond. But one particular detail may have just come to light.

A fan attending FanExpo this past weekend was able to get Mads Mikkelsen to sign a poster, and in addition to the actor’s autograph, the Hannibal star also put another word in quotations. Some have come to believe it’s a character name belonging to the Mads Mikkelsen Star Wars character. Read More »

The Force Awakens Starkiller Base

Coinciding with last week’s Force Friday festivities, the official Star Wars website made a few additions to their databank that should have fans of the galaxy far, far away raising one of their eyebrows inquisitively. Some of them we already new about while others have some vague new details that just have us asking more questions.

For example, at Comic-Con Domhnall Gleeson spoiled the fact that The First Order base in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was called Starkiller Base, inspired by the original surname for Skywalker in the first draft of the script for the first Star Wars movie. And now The Force Awakens Starkiller Base has officially been added to the databank. However, its description raises some questions. Beware of spoilers! Read More »

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Not unlike trailer mash-ups and supercuts, there are plenty of video game modifications out there for those who choose to do their gaming on computers. Specifically, Grand Theft Auto has seen some awesome mods that have brought the Iron Man suit to GTA V and the Back to the Future DeLorean time machine to GTA IV.

But few mods bring something as big as this into the video game world. Gamer Justin Lewis (aka “JJxORACLE”) from Arterius Modding has created a mod that lets gamers fly an Imperial Star Destroyer in Grand Theft Auto V. And we’re not talking about a scaled down Star Destroyer. We’re talking about a massive starship cruising over Los Santos. Read More »