the force awakens

Director Adam Green, the director of horror movies like Hatchet and Frozen (not the animated one), contributed a long and very personal post to The Talkhouse where he explained just how much Star Wars means to him and how The Force Awakens captures what he loves about the saga. So go ahead and add Green to the list of “filmmakers who have publicly gushed about this movie.” To be fair, that’s a long list that includes everyone from Mark Romanek to Kevin Smith. After all, people seem to like this movie and, contrary to popular belief, directors are people, too. Here’s an excerpt from Green’s post:

The point in all of this is that J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens made me believe all over again. It is so much of the original holy trilogy (to its greatest strength and also possibly to one of its few weaknesses) yet it brings us so many new characters, ideas and moments that my life will never be the same as it was before seeing that Lucasfilm logo fade up on the giant IMAX screen this past Friday morning at the 2 a.m. screening at Universal City Walk. I’m so proud of J.J. Abrams and the entire team behind this incredible new piece of cinematic history that I wouldn’t even have strong enough words if I ever got the chance to say it to any of their faces.

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The Hollywood Reporter has put together a fun article comparing aspects of The Force Awakens to characters, elements, and concepts from the Star Wars “Expanded Universe” that Disney and Lucasfilm wiped out of existence. It turns out that bits of and pieces of those old novels and comics and video games still linger on in the new canon, albeit under different names and tweaked in significant ways. For example, Kylo Ren is essentially Jacen Solo:

The son of Han Solo and Leia Organa who turned to the Dark Side after being trained by Luke Skywalker? That not only describes Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, but also Jacen Solo, one of three children of Han and Leia in the Expanded Universe chronology. Jacen was at the heart of many EU stories, including the Young Jedi Knights YA prose series — which, as the name suggests, centered around Luke’s class of new Jedi — and the later Legacy of the Force series, which tells the story of his transformation into Darth Caedus, a Sith Lord at odds with his family and ultimately killed by his twin sister, Jaina. (Also worth noting: Kylo Ren’s birth name was Ben, after Ben Kenobi. In the Expanded Universe, Ben is the son of Luke Skywalker.)

hot toys finn

Eventually, every single character in The Force Awakens will get their own highly detailed, hugely expensive figure. But right now, we’re still working our way through the main cast. John Boeyga’s Finn is the latest hero to the get the Hot Toys treatment and how could you possible own that figure without also owning “First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper”? Look, you really don’t need to buy food this week. Or next week. These are very important.

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bb8 mold

If you want some new Star Wars merch that doesn’t involve breaking your savings account, Big Bad Toy Store is selling a BB-8 ice cube mold. Because nothing says “grown-up in the year 2015” quite like having an adorable droid hanging out in your scotch.

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Once upon a time, Daisy Ridley could have shared pictures and thoughts on social media without an army of nerds descending upon her to dissect every single world. Those days are gone. Forever. At the end of this innocuous Instagram post, which exists simply to showcase some new jewelry, Ridley mentions more The Force Awakens stuff before the year is over. But what kind of stuff? What is she talking about? Is this something official or just something fun for the fans, courtesy of the woman who plays Rey?

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