You don’t need guidance, Anakin. In time, you will learn to trust your Star Wars Bits. Then, you will be invincible. I have said it many times, you are the most gifted Jedi I have ever met. Here’s what we have for this edition of news from a galaxy far, far away:

  • A new high-resolution Millennium Falcon photo from The Force Awakens.
  • New female Star Wars fashion from Hot Topic and Her Universe.
  • Images of The Force Awakens soundtrack release.
  • Diving in the mystery of who is Maz Kanata.
  • High-resolution images of pieces from Gallery 1988’s The Art Awakens.
  • The Force Awakens will become a Dolby Cinema experience.
  • Hasbro is still catching up to meet demand for The Force Awakens toys.
  • Will The Force Awakens marketing change how blockbusters are promoted?
  • What to keep an eye out for at Season of the Force at Disney theme parks.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios has some Star Wars fun on the way.

Header image: Rich Kelly’s piece from Gallery 1988’s The Art Awakens exhibition


Wired has a new photo of the Millennium Falcon in action on Jakku, blasting some TIE Fighters away. And they have a really high resolution version of the image that they’ve zoomed in on in several sections so you can see the intricate details of the fantastic visual effects from Industrial Light and Magic. Check it out over here!

Disney has been making a push to build their female audience for Star Wars, but they’re also giving their existing lady fans plenty of fashion options to show off when they head to the first showing of The Force Awakens next month:

Variety reports Her Universe has teamed with Hot Topic for a new line of Star Wars gear for the ladies, and above is just a taste of the new stuff. If you want to see all the new Star Wars goods that they have to offer, check out the Hot Topic section dedicated to Star Wars right here.

Some images of the soundtrack release for Star Wars: The Force Awakens have popped up online. They don’t really give anything away, but one of the versions, presumably a deluxe edition, seems to include a Kylo Ren poster with your purchase. We’ll have to wait for more details to know for sure. []

Star Wars - Lupita Nyong'o

The folks at StarWarsNewsNet have really dug into the mystery of Maz Kanata. We know that Lupita Nyong’o is playing the motion-capture character in The Force Awakens and that we hear her voice talking about the Force in the final trailer, and also about someone’s eyes in another batch of footage. But how does she know so much about the Force? What’s her role in all this? There are some very interesting theories that have been put forth in this extensive examination from what we’ve seen and heard so far, so if you want to join in the guessing, check it out.

Dolby Cinema

Dolby Laboratories and Walt Disney Studios have announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available as a Dolby Cinema experience, shown in Dolby Vision with Dolby Atmos sound. Director J.J. Abrams offered some publicity fluff:

Dolby Cinema technology is an epic, premium way to go to the movies. I am honored to be a part of the continuation of the Star Wars saga, and can’t wait for people to see The Force Awakens through the power of the Dolby experience.

It sounds like this could be the absolute best way to experience The Force Awakens. If you don’t really know much about Dolby Cinema, then you can find out about it right here. But in general, this is the best way to describe it:

Dolby Cinema features the Dolby Vision projection system, which uses state-of-the-art optics and image processing to deliver high dynamic range with enhanced color technology and a contrast ratio that far exceeds that of any other image technology on the market today. The result is a richer, more detailed viewing experience that delivers strikingly vivid and realistic images that make viewers feel like they are in the movie’s world.

Dolby Cinema also includes the award-winning Dolby® sound technology Dolby Atmos, which moves audio around the theatre, even overhead, with amazing richness and depth. The lifelike sounds of music, people, and ambience flow all around the theatre in sync with the action to create a more immersive and moving experience.

It might be worth it to seek out an AMC Prime location if you haven’t bought your tickets already.

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