the isolation of rey

Kasper Møller Jensen has edited together a short video exploring the visual elements and framings used by JJ Abrams to show the isolation and loneliness of Daisy Ridley‘s character Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Kylo Ren helmet ashes

One of the questions I had after seeing Star Wars: the Force Awakens was: Why does Kylo Ren put the mask on a table filled with what appear to be ashes? Some interesting theories have floated around since December, but now we finally have an answer thanks to director JJ Abrams. Find out the answer to the Kylo Ren helmet ashes mystery, after the jump.

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Voice of Admiral Ackbar

Plenty of ancillary and extraneous characters in the Star Wars universe end up getting some kind of fan following, no matter how little screentime they get in the movies. But few minor characters were more beloved than Admiral Ackbar, the Rebel officer best known for shouting “It’s a trap!” in Return of the Jedi, a line that would become one of the most popular memes on the web.

Unfortunately, we have some sad news for Admiral Ackbar fans as the man behind his familiar voice has passed away. Erik Bauersfeld, a voice actor and radio drama producer, died yesterday in his California home at the age of 93 due to natural causes. We remember the man and his work below. Read More »

Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Blu-Ray

There have been a couple different official Blu-ray releases of the original Star Wars trilogy. First it arrived in a box set that featured all six movies, and then they were re-released in individual steelbooks last year leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters. However, we’re still waiting for the rumored official Blu-ray release of the theatrical cuts without the special edition “enhancements” that have not pleased most Star Wars fans.

However, if you already have the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray in some form, but you’re looking to make the trio of movies look a little more aesthetically pleasing on your shelf, we have something cool for you. One fan has created custom Blu-ray covers with art from Ralph McQuarrie that you can print out for your own collection. See the artwork below. Read More »

First Order origins

By now you’re probably well aware that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was even more star-studded than it appeared at first glance. That was Simon Pegg lurking inside that Unkar Plutt costume, and Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz helping to voice BB-8, and Daniel Craig and Nigel Godrich and Michael Giacchino as some of those stormtroopers, and so on and so forth. That’s just the kind of property Star Wars is: one so beloved, even big stars are willing to work as faceless extras in it.

But even the power of the Force has its limits. And it reportedly met its match in one A-list comedian who was offered the chance to appear in a cameo role — and turned it down. Find out who and why after the jump.  Read More »

star wars stage show

Star Wars characters haven’t been strangers in Disney theme parks for some time now. Even before the cooperation acquired Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader and Stormtroopers and other familiar faces were regular sights at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida as part of the Star Wars Weekends event. And if you go back before that, there’s Star Tours, the ever-popular motion simulator attraction.

But between Disney now owning Star Wars and the upcoming Star Wars land being constructed in the Hollywood Studios park, these characters have officially been upgraded from guest stars to main cast members. Heck, they now have their own live stage show and everything.

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rogue one fan art

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens about to hit Blu-ray and DVD, surely that means the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story marketing deluge is set to begin, right? In the meantime, here’s the latest edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Are T-47 Airspeeders in Rogue One?
  • An in-depth description of a new Stormtrooper design.
  • Details of this year’s Force Friday continue to trickle out.
  • Debate the possible connections between Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One.
  • A cool fan-made Rogue One poster has popped up online.

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maz kanata visual effects

I remember the good ol’ days when Rian Johnson would post an image almost every day on his Tumblr, but now that the filmmaker is working on Star Wars Episode VIII we definitely have seen less of his personal photography. He has posted a couple photos from the set of Episode VIII, though, including a shot of cinematographer Steve Yedlin on the Millennium Falcon set after concluding the first week of filming. Now Johnson’s latest shows the return of Lupita Nyong’o‘s Maz Kanata. See the photo and learn more about the possible Maz Kanata Episode 8 return, after the jump.

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John Keaveney's "Rey" Print

In conjunction with the Blu Ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on April 5th 2016, Bottleneck Gallery and Acme Archives have once again teamed for a brand new official print,”Rey”, by John Keaveney. See John’s beautiful Rey print featuring the likeness of actress Daisy Ridley after the jump and learn more.
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