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 »

Star Wars Episode VIII Set Photo

With the exception of some sneaky spy photos from a few different shooting locations for Star Wars: Episode VIII, we haven’t seen much from the sequel so far. An announcement of production showed off the return to Skellig Michael with Rey (Daisy Ridley) attempting to hand off the lightsaber MacGuffin from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), but we don’t know what’s going to happen when we return to that moment right at the beginning of Episode VIII.

Now a new photo from Pinewood Studios has been revealed by Mark Hamill himself, in honor of Daisy Ridley’s birthday. Sadly, it doesn’t show us anything from the actual set, but it does recreate a very familiar pairing from The Empire Strikes Back, one that Luke Skywalker is all too familiar with on a little planet called Dagobah. See the Star Wars Episode VIII photo from the set below. Read More »

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The Force Awakens Visual Effects

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available on home video, which means you can watch the feature-length documentary that chronicles the making of the film. It doesn’t go quite as in-depth as I was hoping, but it’s still a fascinating look behind the scenes at the effort that went into reviving one of the biggest franchises of all time.

Now a new makeshift featurette provides a little bit of a different visual effects breakdown than we’re used to seeing. Using a combination of footage from the set without visual effects, animatics, concept art and some documentary footage, the video runs through the scene where Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) have to run from the First Order to escape Jakku. Watch The Force Awakens visual effects breakdown after the jump. Read More »

R2-D2 Lamp

There’s plenty of Star Wars stuff out there to clutter your house with, but it’s always nice when some of those items are also functional as well as representative of the sci-fi saga you love. That brings us to this cool new R2-D2 desk lamp that’s now on sale. Basically, it looks like Luxo from Pixar Animation had a baby with R2-D2. We almost said Luxo Jr., but that lamp is just a child and doesn’t need to be having any droid/lamp babies.

Anyway, check out the R2-D2 desk lamp after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One A Star Wars Story trailer

With the release of the Star Wars: Rogue One teaser trailer, we now know the lead character played by Felicity Jones is named Jyn Erso. While this character is not a previously known person in Star Wars canon, I thought it would be fun to point out that our new Star Wars lead character isn’t even the first person in a galaxy far, far away to have that first name.

So let’s use this an an opportunity to explore the other Jyns of the Star Wars universe and see if we find anything interesting. We won’t learn much in terms of information about Rogue One, so if you’re looking for that you can stop here.
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