Star WArs: The Force Awakens

Are you a Star Wars fan who also enjoys Shondaland shows like Grey’s AnatomyScandal, and How to Get Away With Murder? If you answered yes, then we have some good news for you. If you answered no to the second half of that question, this news is still good, but it may require you to venture outside of your TV comfort zone.

Shonda Rhimes has just announced that ABC’s TGIT line-up, which consists of the three aforementioned series, will debut an “exclusive special look” at Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read More »


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Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, the regular feature where we bring you all of the Star Wars news you may have missed. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens a little over a month away, we’ve been keeping very, very busy. In this edition:

  • New banners show off Rey and Kylo Ren.
  • Gina Rodriguez inches toward a role in Star Wars Episode VIII.
  • John Boyega tries out some Kylo Ren cosplay.
  • Captain Phasma is revealed in toy form.
  • Disney theme parks make some new Star Wars announcements.
  • Watch every single frame of The Force Awakens footage thus far.
  • Take your first look at Max von Sydow‘s mysterious character.

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Star Wars - R2-D2

The onslaught of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise kicked off back in September with a little event called Force Friday, and every week there’s always something new promoting next month’s release of the first chapter in the new trilogy. If that’s just too much, maybe you’d rather go back to a time when there was a little less merchandise on the shelf.

While we’re used to movies getting action figures, lunchboxes and more, back in 1977 it was a rarity. George Lucas was a pioneer in movie merchandising, and now we can take a look back at the beginnings of what would eventually turn into the branding of everything under the sun with 14 minutes of vintage Star Wars toy commercials. Read More »

star wars battlefront trailer

The last Star Wars: Battlefront trailer was a masterpiece of emotional manipulation. It was the lion lurking in the tall grass, watching your helpless nostalgia sneak away from the pack for a drink at the watering hole. It saw the weak spots in your armor, it knew how to break through emotional malaise, it was well aware that your defenses were already down because Star Wars: The Force Awakens actually looks like it could be the movie you’ve been waiting for. And then it struck. Even if you were prepared to see through its emotionally manipulative tactics, it forced a lump into your throat and a tear into your eye. You must play this video game. It’s effective advertising.

The new trailer tries something, uh, a little different. Whereas the first trailer was all about the joys of Star Wars (the joys of childhood!) rescuing you from your adult responsibilities, this one seems to have a slightly darker tone. To be fair, that dark tone is probably unintentional, but it represents the exact wrong Star Wars iconography to borrow and the effect is really, really weird.

But hey, it also features Anna Kendrick. Watch the new Star Wars Battlefront trailer for yourself after the jump.

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Force Awakens Star Tours

At D23 Expo 2015, Disney announced that a seasonal Star Wars promotional event called Season of the Force would be coming to Disneyland in California and Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida. In California, the event would bring a new Star Wars skin of Space Mountain called Hyperspace Mountain, an updated version of the Jedi Training Academy show featuring the characters from Star Wars Rebels, an interactive meet-and-greet and experience area called Star Wars Launch Bay, and a new Force Awakens Star Tours experience.

Today Disney has released new information about the Star Tours ride experience that will bring park guests into the world of J.J. Abrams‘ new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to learn more and see video from the new ride experience.

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JJ Abrams Interview

Even though J.J. Abrams has been a fan of Star Wars for a long time, he’s never been more engulfed in the galaxy far, far away than he has for the past two or three years. Given the Herculean task of delivering a new film in the iconic sci-fi saga that will launch a new era of Star Wars for fans both old and new, Abrams has had a lot on his plate, and a new extensive interview with the director gives us a glimpse into his mindset both as a filmmaker and as a fan.

Below, we round up some of the more fascinating quotes from Abrams, featuring his perspective on Star Wars: The Force Awakens marketing, giving secrets to Episode VIII director Rian Johnson, working with the legendary John Williams and much more. Read More »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

By now we’ve seen nearly four minutes of footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are likely more tidbits to come in the form of TV spots (like the one that arrived over the weekend), but otherwise we are completely done with full trailers. That may not seem like a lot of footage, especially when you consider how little we know about the story so far, but a new video puts all the footage released up to this point into chronological order. We get a little speculative about the placement of some of the footage, so beware of potential spoilers.

Watch all The Force Awakens footage in chronological order after the jump! Read More »

The Force Awakens TV Spot

If the new footage in last week’s international trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens simply wasn’t enough, we have some good news. An official The Force Awakens TV spot has just popped up online with several bits of new footage and dialogue not seen in any of the previous trailers.

New footage includes some action shots Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), new voiceover from Maz Kanata, the motion-capture character played by Lupita Nyong’o, and new scenes of the aerial battle between the Resistance and the First Order. Check it out! Read More »


Twisted by the Dark Side, young Skywalker has become. The boy you trained, gone he is… Consumed by Star Wars Bits. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • A glimpse at Space Mountain‘s Star Wars makeover at Disneyland
  • New interactive Star Wars event planned for Walt Disney Resort
  • Preview of Disney Infinity 3.0 on Apple TV featuring the Battle of Yavin
  • The interactive Star Wars playroom on Disney Cruise Lines
  • How to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens paper snowflakes
  • Sideshow Collectibles new Darth Maul figure
  • Footage from abandoned Star Wars: First Assault video game
  • A quick tour of the planets in Star Wars Battlefront
  • What fans would have gotten in abandoned The Force Unleashed 3
  • A Star Wars version of the Action Movie FX app is available

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