The hype and buzz around Star Wars: The Force Awakens is starting to die down along with the film’s box office haul (it lost to The Revenant and Ride Along 2 last weekend), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t cool stuff to hear about the sci-fi blockbuster. In fact, just one day after the film hit theaters back in December, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had a conversation with some of the key filmmakers on the film, including director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, writer Lawrence Kasdan, star Harrison Ford and more. That conversation is finally available to watch online. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, you source of news for everything Star Wars. Except for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That thing has its own column. In today’s edition:
- Star Wars: Episode 8 may see a production delay to accommodate some rewrites.
- Rian Johnson speaks very highly of VFX wizard Chris Corbould.
- Episode 8 has one very strange fake production title.
- Donnie Yen opens up (but just a little) about his character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
- More rumors about Darth Vader’s return in Rogue One emerge.
- Creature designer Neal Scanlan talks about his complex work on Rogue One.
- The return of Obi-Wan Kenobi… in Mavel’s Star Wars comics.
- The greatest lightsaber replica you will ever see.
- One badass AT-AT poster.
- And more!
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Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Stan Lee is one of popular culture’s more fascinating icons, a man whose importance to various artistic mediums cannot be understated. In his wake lies a complex legacy, where his undeniably vital contributions continuously do battle with those who were left wounded by him (just ask Jack Kirby’s estate). Without Lee, the Marvel comic book universe as we know it would not exist. Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and countless other characters wouldn’t exist. He is a genius and an icon of the 20th century who will be discussed long after he’s shuffled off his mortal coil.
However, Stan Lee also likes to talk and Stan Lee loves to talk about things that he has literally no involvement in whatsoever. After all, he hasn’t been actively involved in the inner workings of Marvel in decades. He’s more of a mascot now, a figurehead, Marvel’s own Mickey Mouse. Thankfully, Lee’s chatter tends to be entertaining, especially when he says crazy things about Disney merging the Avengers and Star Wars franchises to create some kind of uber-blockbuster.
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Last night, the Critics Choice Awards were televised live for the first time ever. While the event wasn’t quite as star-studded as the Golden Globes or the Oscars, the festivities were hosted by comedian and Cloverfield star T.J. Miller with some of his trademark wackiness, everyone seemed to be having a good time, and Mad Max: Fury Road took home a bunch of awards. But one special award was handed out to Industrial Light & Magic, and a special guest from Star Wars: The Force Awakens was on hand to help out.
The adorable BB-8 helped ILM’s chief creative officer John Knoll accept the Genius Award for everyone who has helped bring some of the most unbelievable creatures, settings and sights to life on the big screen. Check out the BB-8 Critics Choice Awards appearance after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
While we’ve been distracted by Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving in theaters and breaking office records and whatnot, Gareth Edwards‘ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been quietly filming, avoiding the microscopic analysis that pervaded J.J. Abrams’ sequel at every turn. And that’s almost certainly a good thing – after being completely and totally obsessed with The Force Awakens for over a year, it’s going to be nice to relax (just in a little) in the lead-up to the first official Star Wars spin-off.
But now that everyone in the world has seen The Force Awakens several times, we can start turning out attention to Rogue One. Let’s start with a rumor, the resurrection of an older report, that claims Christopher McQuarrie was quietly hired to polish the screenplay as shooting began.
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Before the weekend, a new trailer for the midseason return of Star Wars Rebels teased some pretty big moments on the way for the crew of the Ghost, including a surprising connection to a certain villain’s unique lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now showrunner Dave Filoni has opened up just a little bit about some of the big teases in that trailer, including what appears to be the return of another villain from the past other than Darth Vader.
Check out the Star Wars Rebels trailer breakdown after the jump! Read More »
If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then you know that Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) can have a bit of a temper when things don’t go his way. There’s already an Emo Kylo Ren account on Twitter and an animated short featuring the First Order commander freaking out during everyday situations. Now Kylo Ren wants to see what the employees at Starkiller Base really think of his management skills and attitude by disguising himself as a radar technician named Matt on the CBS reality series Undercover Boss in a new sketch from Saturday Night Live, which was hosted by Driver himself last night.
Watch the Saturday Night Live Kylo Ren sketch after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Saturday, January 16th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
It’s been a pretty decent month for visual effects maestros Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould. You know, they only pulled off some seriously impressive practical and digital effects for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is only one the most spectacular successes in box office history. And just a few days ago, their work was nominated for an Academy Award. You know, just ordinary stuff. No biggie.
Like any set of freshly minted Oscar nominees, these four gentlemen have been making the interview rounds, chatting about their hard work and basking in the warm, golden glow of recognition from their film industry peers. If you have some time to kill (and it’s the Friday before a holiday weekend, so of course you do), Guyett, Tubacj, Scanlan and Corbould sat down for two lengthy video interviews to discuss how they accomplished the impossible and the fantastic.
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Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Welcome back to The Force Awakens Bits, your regular source of news about the movie you’ve already watched seven times! In today’s edition:
- Hot Toys’ Rey figure has received a very cool (and spoiler-y) upgrade.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens keeps on breaking box office records.
- Rian Johnson teases all of the Finn/Poe shippers out there.
- The team behind BB-8 explains how they brought his crazier effects to life.
- Someone built a life-size LEGO BB-8.
- An inside look at how to build a 70mm print of The Force Awakens.
- The John Williams The Force Awakens soundtrack guide you didn’t know you needed.
- Patton Oswalt and Conan O’Brien chat about The Force Awakens.
- One guy who really wants to spoil Star Wars for everyone.
All this and more, after the jump.
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