The week has finally come, a new Star Wars film will hit movie theaters in just a few days. The world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place tonight in Hollywood, and the first reactions are probably coming shortly after that. I’m extremely fortunate to be attending the premiere tonight and am so excited. I will give you my reaction afterwards on twitter (non-spoiler of course, followed by more in-depth review on the site later in the week). Okay, lets take a look at the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens news and tidbits:

  • Steven Spielberg recommended that Disney hire J.J. Abrams for Force Awakens.
  • Adam Driver’s response to the question of if Force Awakens will be better than the prequels.
  • See new behind the scenes photos featuring Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.
  • Find out how Jakku market merchant Bobbajo was created
  • Learn more about Andy Serkis‘ character Supreme Leader Snoke
  • How the Force Awakens world premiere in Hollywood is “bigger than the Oscars”
  • Is Force Awakens about Star Wars fandom and is Kylo Ren just a huge Star Wars geek?
  • J.J. Abrams designed Rey’s outfit so that it would be simple enough that kids could doodle it in class
  • Preview some of the limited edition “Galaxy Premiere” merchandise which will be sold in select theaters
  • John Boyega talks Force Awakens deleted scenes
  • Watch BB-8 explore London.
  • Header photo thanks to HeroicHollywood

All this and more in today’s Force Awakens Bits. Alright Chewie, Punch it! Hit the jump for hyperspace!


Andy Serkis Star Wars Character

More Info on Andy Serkis’ Character Supreme Leader Snoke

The latest issue of People Magazine reveals some new details about the mysterious character played by Andy Serkis. Skip the following if you don’t want to know anything more about his character. Here are some takeaways:

  • Cinematographer Daniel Mindel shot on set with Serkis and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren: “It’s not a complete green-screen environment, therefore, we have atmosphere. We have texture that we’re putting [Snoke] into, that is physical. Sometimes, from the outside it would seem absurd to just walk in and look at how we do that. On the other hand, there’s a great amount of method to it. In that particular theme, we had Andy Serkis interacting with Adam. Andy himself brought a massive amount to the scene.”
  • Costume designer Michael Kaplan created Snoke’s outfit (as well as the costume for the film’s other big CGI character Maz Kanata): “Even though they were to be CGI, there were initial costume sketches and then actual costumes were built. This helps the CGI technicians realize their final effect and know precisely how the fabrics will move.”
  • Serkis also reveals that Snoke “has a very distinctive, idiosyncratic bone and facial structure.”

The Force Awakens World Premiere Is Bigger Than the Oscars

As I mentioned earlier, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere is tonight in Hollywood. Above you can see a photo from Friday of the four blocks of Hollywood Blvd., from Highland Ave. to La Brea Ave., which were already closed for the big event. A production manager told THR that “This is definitely bigger than the Oscars.”

Disney and Lucasfilm have not officially told guests which theaters will be used in Hollywood for the premiere. The blocks of Hollywood Blvd. that are closed include three: The Dolby (where the Oscars are held), El Capitan Theater and the TCL Chinese Theater.

The Mysteries of Bobbajo

Entertainment Weekly‘s Anthony Breznican has released a new video talking about the secrets behind Jakku market merchant Bobbajo, who was the first alien we saw from the new film. The video reveals how Bobbajo was created and how he is puppeteered.

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