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J.J. Abrams Thanks Fans from Set of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Star Wars: Force for Change

Long before the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, our first look at the sci-fi sequel came from vidoes release in conjunction with the Star Wars: Force for Change fundraiser that was created in coordination with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The end of the fundraiser culminated with a single fan being granted the dream of visiting the set and getting a walk-on role in the film. Well, now director J.J. Abrams has returned from the set of Episode VII to thank everyone who donated and helped raise millions of dollars. You just might see a familiar droid and Wookiee. Watch!

 Posted December 18 in Hype, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

Lucasfilm's Animated 'Star Wars' Holiday Card Needs More BB-8

If you're a Star Wars fan, then you're undoubtedly familiar with the infamously terrible holiday special from decades ago. Thankfully, Lucasfilm has never decided to dabble in that territory again, but they do send out some pretty cool holiday cards. This year, they posted a little animated short for their card featuring everyone's favorite astromech droid R2-D2 and the mischievous new droid Chopper from the animated series "Star Wars: Rebels." But what this card really needs is some BB-8, the ball droid who's name was just revealed with other characters from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer.

 Posted December 18 in Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

Character Names Finally Revealed for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

When the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was finally released, we got to see plenty of new characters in action, but we still didn't know their names. But finally, Lucasfilm has officially revealed the names of the main characters in Episode VII, and they've done it in a pretty cool way. Today's generation may not remember, but trading cards used to be pretty popular for movies, not just for sports. And so, the names of our main characters have been revealed with Topps trading cards, and they're made with an awesome retro style too. So find out the names of all of our main characters right now. Look below now!

 Posted December 11 in Hype, Movie News, Star Wars | Comments

Disney Only Released 'Star Wars' Teaser Trailer Due to Fan Demand

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There's been plenty of buzz and obsession over the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, so much that there's a chance that the extent to which we examined certain aspects of the trailer probably seems a little overboard. However, it's this level of fandom that resulted in Disney making the decision to release the trailer to begin with. Speaking with Variety about the business of the iconic sci-fi saga, Disney CEO Bob Iger explains that they almost didn't release a teaser trailer this early at all. However, it was the "rabid" fanbase of Star Wars that prompted the House of Mouse to give the slightest tease of the movie.

 Posted December 10 in Hype, Movie News, Star Wars | Comments

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Gets a 'Saturday Night Live' Parody

Star Wars SNL

There's already been a slew of re-edits of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the hilarious "Special Edition" by George Lucas to the trailer presented in the style of director Wes Anderson. But since they're all just re-purposed footage from the original teaser trailer, we've still been missing Han Solo, Princess Leia and other familiar heroes. But "Saturday Night Live" has us covered in their trailer parody that pokes fun at the older versions of the characters. If the cross guard lightsaber wasn't different enough for you, Luke Skywalker gets a new one that fits his namesake and age a little better. Watch below!

 Posted December 8 in Humor, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

TGB on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (Guest: AICN's Alan Cerny)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens TGB

On this special Star Wars edition episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by Alan Cerny aka "Nordling" from Ain't It Cool News to catch up on some general cinema talk and of course recommend some Picks of the Week while together. However, for the rest of the show, the guys revert back to their childhood selves and reflect on their reactions to the first teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The guys go over their initial reactions, the response of the internet and overall hopes, wants and dreams for the revival of the franchise we all know and love. The guys will be back in January for the official re-launch of version 2.0 of The Golden Briefcase so keep your eyes peeled! Enjoy.

 Posted December 6 in Golden Briefcase, Podcasts, Star Wars | Comments

Wes Anderson Presents the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Wes Anderson

If you don't happen to like the title for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you can already make your own title card and call it whatever you want. But if you don't like the teaser trailer that everyone's been talking about, well, that's a bit harder to fix. However, some clever editors have already delivered some new versions, including that hilarious "Special Edition" of the trailer that probably met the approval of George Lucas. Now we have another awesome spin on the trailer comes from Jonah Feingold, who has reimagined the trailer as a sci-fi adventure from The Royal Tenenbaums director Wes Anderson. Watch!

 Posted December 3 in Humor, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

Stephen Colbert Ignites Debate Over New 'Star Wars' Lightsaber

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Yesterday, I had some fun proposing a theory about the hotly debated new lightsaber from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, which has been dubbed a cross guard lightsaber, and a little easter egg from the end of the trailer that was revealed. But now one of the big guns has stepped forward to talk about this new version of the elegant weapon. Stephen Colbert was off last week, but he returned in full force last night with a whole segment focused on the new lightsaber. But rather than coming up with geeky theory, his nerdity is focused on proving the new lightsaber hilt is practical and works fine. Watch!

 Posted December 2 in Hype, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

Another 'Star Wars' Trailer to Arrive with 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Now that the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been revealed and dissected over and over again (we've even got our own theory about the lightsabers that is nerdy as hell), fans are already looking forward to when we might see the next trailer. Well, SlashFilm has confirmed that there will be a trailer attached to The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which isn't really a big surprise at all. It's a Disney movie, it will likely be the biggest movie of 2015 leading up to the release of Episode VII, and the audience there will be prime for Star Wars hype. But is there a chance we get another trailer between now and then?

 Posted December 2 in Hype, Star Wars | Comments

Let's Talk Lightsaber Sounds in 'Star Wars: Force Awakens' Trailer

Star Wars

Every single frame of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been examined all over the internet, and it's led to rampant speculation about a variety of things. However, one element that seems to have been largely overlooked isn't something that can be seen, but rather heard. At the very end of the teaser trailer, after the "December 2015" bumper disappears, there's the sound of a lightsaber. For some reason, "Good Morning America" went out of their way to reveal the "exclusive" detail that the sound was that of Luke Skywalker's lightsaber from A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Who cares, right?

 Posted December 1 in Editorial, Hype, Star Wars | Comments

Watch: 'Tribute to a Master' Documentary on Artist Ralph McQuarrie

Tribute to a Master - Ralph McQuarrie

"'Amazed' and 'excited' would be good words when you came across new work by Ralph [McQuarrie]." With Star Wars on everyone's mind, there's no better time than now to feature these five segments of a mini-documentary about concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. McQuarrie's work on the Star Wars series is iconic, representing much of the look and feel of the world that was later translated into celluloid by George Lucas and his crew. There's a feature-length doc about McQuarrie in the works already, but in the meantime Lucasfilm (via Gizmodo) has posted separate 7-minute segments, featuring interviews with Lucas' crew. As a solid recap of the man who imagined the sci-fi world we all love, this is quite engaging/fascinating to watch.

 Posted December 1 in Docs, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

Upon Further Analysis 'The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer Still Rules

The Force Awakens Teaser

Long ago – this past Friday – in a galaxy far, far away, the first footage from J.J. Abrams' maiden voyage to the Star Wars universe, The Force Awakens, was unleashed in 30 theaters across the country and on the web for the world to see. It was short. It was simple. It was to the point, and, through and through, it was utterly captivating. Even those completely underwhelmed by George Lucas' last three entries into the series were silenced by the overwhelming visuals Abrams and crew presented. And now, nearly 48 hours after its release, that teaser continues to stun and amaze from frame one to that final, breathtaking shot.

 Posted November 30 in Editorial, Star Wars | Comments

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Special Edition Trailer Has Arrived

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It's only been a couple days since the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted, but everyone is still talking about it (sorry to all you people who don't care about a galaxy far, far away). With the latest installment of the sci-fi saga, creator and eventual destroyer George Lucas doesn't have his grubby little paws involved creatively now, but that hasn't stopped the unveiling of a "Special Edition" of the Episode VII teaser. Now the trailer features all the stuff that was missing the first time around like dewbacks, Temuera Morrison, and way more TIE Fighters. We don't want to spoil everything, so just watch!

 Posted November 30 in Humor, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

See Four Impressive Fan Posters for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Posters

"Have you felt it?" With the entire world caught up in Star Wars mania thanks to the first teaser trailer for Episode VII - The Force Awakens arriving in theaters/online, some fantastic homages and tributes are already showing up all over the internet. A number of outstanding fan-made posters using imagery from the new teaser have already been completed, including some fantastic sketches of the new Sith lightsaber as well as actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley who star in the film. As both a big Star Wars geek and fan-art aficionado, no question I had to share these, as each one is impressive and captures the exciting feel of the new teaser. I'm glad there's already art like this out there, I'm sure we'll see plenty more over the next year.

 Posted November 29 in Hype, Posters, Star Wars | Comments

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