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All The New Force Awakens Merchandise Hitting On December 18th

To protect the mainstream public from spoilers, a bunch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise won’t be released until the day the film hits theaters on December 18th. MakingStarWars has a run down of the books, figures and more that will be unleashed later this week.

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New X-Wing Pilot Pays Tribute to Lost & the Beastie Boys

Previously we’ve written about X-Wing pilot Ello Asty, and a fan theory that the character might be a tribute to the Beastie Boys. Abrams is notoriously a fan of the rap trio, and has featured their songs in his other films (“Sabotage” can be heard in the first act of Star Trek). Abrams has now confirmed that the character is a tribute to the group’s 1998 album “Hello Nasty” as well as his ABC series Lost (the name phonetically spells out the title – El-Lo-As-Ty). Here is what Abrams told Yahoo! Movies:

“It is for me. But I’d be lying if I said I came up with that name. It was suggested to me from the creature department. And I loved it for that reason, because it referenced the album, and also because it spells out Lost. And so both of those felt like, they were funny reasons to approve that name. Some names came from the creature department; some came from us, from me, from other people I’m working with. But it was one of the things that just felt like something funny that people might smile at.”

Another cool detail you probably wouldn’t notice is that the Aurebesh writing on his helmet translates to “Born to Ill,” an homage to the Beastie Boys’ breakout 1986 album “Licensed to Ill.” Ello Asty is part of the Abednedo species, which ties into Beastie Boys song ‘Shadrach’, where the group references the Judaeo-Christian parable of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Watch Footage of Daisy Ridley and John Boyega Training For The Movie

A new video has been released showing Daisy Ridley training for the role of Rey, and John Boeyga learning how to lightsaber duel as Finn.

Watch The Entire Force Awakens Premiere Live Stream

In case you missed it live, the entire live-stream of the Force Awakens premiere has been uploaded to YouTube. You can watch it now embedded above.

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