Star Wars A New Hope Infographic

If you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan, there’s probably no way of knowing how many times you’ve seen the original film from 1977. However, we can guarantee that you’ve never seen the movie like this.

An illustrator and graphic novelist from Geneva, Switzerland took the time to adapt Star Wars: A New Hope into a single infographic that measures 123 meters long. It’s really impressive how he took the entire movie and created a scrolling presentation of the story. It includes dialogue, ships, settings and all the important details. Check out the Star Wars A New Hope infographic after the jump. Read More »

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Sound Effects

When the original Star Wars arrived in theaters in 1977, it was an innovative piece of filmmaking for a number of reasons. Even though the film didn’t take home any of the big awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay or Best Director, it did take a bunch of technical awards home for costume design, art direction, visual effects, editing, score and sound.

It’s the latter arean that a new video focuses on by isolating dozens of sound effects from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Obviously the movie borrows plenty of familiar sounds that originated in the first Star Wars nearly 40 years ago, but there are plenty of new ones to appreciate as well. And just like the original Star Wars, they were created by sound master Ben Burtt, who was given a special honorary Oscar for his work on the movie back in 1977.

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episode 8 set photos

In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • Another “leaked” title for Star Wars: Episode 8 has arrived online.
  • The combination of actors on the Irish sets tell us more about the story ahead.
  • Details from a what sounds like a key sequence, but beware of potential spoilers.
  • Rumor-busting Carrie Fisher‘s presence in Ireland.
  • Stunning (and possibly illegal) image from the Episode 8 set.
  • And more!

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poe dameron

In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • Oscar Isaac talks about the future of Poe Dameron.
  • The Star Wars: Episode 8 production continues to leap all around Ireland.
  • Drone footage reveals a new look at the Millennium Falcon.
  • Yoda may return for Episode 8.
  • A spoiler-y description of a major action scene.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Everything is a Remix Video Essay

In 2010, Kirby Ferguson created a video essay called Everything is a Remix, about how it’s not just Quentin Tarantino, but every single artist (authors, musicians or filmmakers) who borrows something old to make something new. The video essay spawned a series of essays, which was later combined into an almost 40 minute long documentary (which you can watch here).

Ferguson has returned once again with a new Everything is a Remix video essay, this time focusing not just on Star Wars: The Force Awakens but also the overall storytelling career of JJ Abrams. The video isn’t just a visualization of all the complaints we’ve heard about Force Awakens being a rehash of A New Hope (we’ve already seen that before), but a serious look into the screenwriter, director and producer’s filmography, as well as an examination of how Abrams copies, transforms and combines his stories to create his art. But it also asks: is the remix method growing stale and have we hit the limits of remixing?

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Our recurring Cool Stuff feature is usually where you’ll find awesome memorabilia related to movies and TV . However, almost every single day, there is some kind of new action figure, playset, collectible, etc. that just doesn’t warrant a whole Cool Stuff post by itself. So we decided those items needed their own showcase.

The Toy Box is a new weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

This week we have some new Funko releases for movies like Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a handful of new Alien, Predator and Rocky figures, an update of a classic board game for all you Game of Thrones fans out there, and much more.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Star Wars Episode 8 title

Stop right here if you think this post has any leaked information or rumors from sources, because it does not. The following post is just my humble speculation about what the title of Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII could possibly be and when we might expect an announcement. Its all obsessive nerdery, so leave now if that doesn’t sound worth reading.

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Star Wars Land Rendering

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A very cool update on Disney’s Star Wars theme park land.
  • Words of wisdom from Carrie Fisher and Kathleen Kennedy.
  • Not one, but two Obi-Wan Kenobi actors speak out.
  • An admittedly cool Star Wars/Game of Thrones mash-up.
  • Lawrence Kasdan is ready to retire from Star Wars.
  • J.W. Rinzler talks about the upcoming Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens book.
  • George Lucas‘ new museum may have found a new home.
  • Fantasy Flight Game reveals the newest Star Wars: Imperial Assault expansions.
  • A bunch of video games are heading to Star Wars Celebration.
  • And more!

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episode 8 set photos

In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • Oscar Isaac continues comparing Star Wars: Episode 8 to an independent film.
  • John Boyega praises his new co-star Kelly Marie Tran.
  • Carrie Fisher is heading to Star Wars Celebration.
  • Footage of Daisy Ridley on set has shown up online.
  • A very interesting airport arrival time…
  • Pictures of the Millennium Falcon being constructed in Ireland.
  • Notes on Lucasfilm’s security on the Irish sets.
  • Will Ireland allow some of the sets to stay standing as tourist attractions?
  • A rumor about IMAX cameras…and an accident.

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