STAR WARS NEWS
It's likely there has never been a motion picture as anticipated on a global scale as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, except perhaps The Phantom Menace in 1999. Ever since 2012 when George Lucas sold the rights to his gigantic property and Disney along with Kathleen Kennedy took over, the excitement levels for what was to come were off the charts. It goes back much further than 2012, though. From the moment "Directed by Richard Marquand" splashed across the screen at the end of Return of the Jedi in 1983, fans have wanted to know what happened next. Try as they might, no amount of universe expansion in the form of books or video games could fill that gap the original trilogy left at its conclusion. Let's not even discuss the actual, Star Wars films that have dropped in the last 30 years. Instead, let's get right into, shall we?
"It's true. All of it." IMAX has launched another new featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a week left to go until opening. This doesn't really feature any new footage that we haven't seen before, so everyone trying to steer clear of any more footage before next week, this video is okay. The featurette is a reminder that The Force Awakens has at least one major sequence (on Jakku) filmed with IMAX cameras, and the entire cast talks about how the format enhances the experience. We're so close, and as much as I still wish this was shot entirely on IMAX cameras, I'll take one good sequence. "When you go to see a movie in that format you know you're going to get something that is the best version of going out to the movies."
"Couldn't get enough of it, I want to see it again!!" The new Star Wars movie is just about a week away from opening, and pretty much everyone is excited. As hyped as we all are, don't forget that no one knows (yet) if it will actually be any good. There's some extremely high expectations and most people still think of the prequels and how mediocre they were, worried about how this will turn out. Which is why it's time for a fun trip down memory lane with this video going around the web. It's a collection of local news station clips interviewing fans before and after they saw Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999. As you can expect, pretty much everyone says that it was the best movie ever made. Except for the very last guy.
"What happens to these characters we know and love - it's a world I want to get back to immediately." Lucasfilm has unveiled another new featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, premiered at Brazil Comic-Con, showing some never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage. Not that we need to see any more footage to be sold at this point, but who cares, the more the merrier especially if it includes a look at the full-size Millennium Falcon set piece. Director J.J. Abrams shows up in this often, as does Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer and a few other special guests. Only two more weeks left.
The Force is strong with this one. The Alamo Drafthouse has opened a new location in Omaha, Nebraska this week and if you're anywhere near there you have to go check it out. The movie theater is completely themed for Star Wars, complete with a Death Star in the lobby and an impressive concession stand made to look like it's on the Death Star. "The idea behind the lobby is that we wanted to construct and install a lobby theme that would make us unique in our Omaha market as well as the midwest." Unique indeed, and this is a permanent theme. Entertainment Weekly has posted a few photos which we've added below. I want to go see a movie here! The perfect place to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it opens later in the month.
Just let it in! We're down to the last few weeks. Over the weekend, Lucasfilm debuted three new posters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that contain nothing but text. They are actually a specific throwback to the very same poster design utilized during the release of Star Wars: A New Hope on May 25th, 1977. For reference, we've included photos of the original posters at the bottom. We've seen so much imagery, so many attempts at Drew Struzan art, that it's sometimes refreshing to see marketing that is based purely on our imagination. That's what Star Wars is all about, capitalizing on our boundless imaginations and the joys that come with believing in The Force. It's exciting to be around here for yet another big Star Wars release.
Do you follow the Light Side, or the Dark Side, of the Force? That is the question. With the release of the new Star Wars just weeks away, marketing crossovers are appearing all over. One of the latest takeovers is Google going all out and hiding Easter Eggs in their website. The first one appeared when fans discovered that if you type "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away" into the search bar, the website turns into the opening text crawl from the movies. Google has also launched official themes as part of a new website where you get to "Choose Your Side" - either the Light or Dark Side - and it adds images to your Gmail and Google Maps and everything. If you use Google apps all the time (like me) you'll want to take a closer look at this.
"What I've seen… we all need to run." This TV spot is all about Finn, and boy oh boy does this look amazing. We're past the point where I suggest not to watch if you want to go in as fresh as possible, because more and more footage is showing up online every day. Lucasfilm's latest 30-second TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens features Finn, played by John Boyega, preparing to battle a one of the new First Order stormtroopers. There's also another awesome shot of Han, played by Harrison Ford, talking with Finn about how he's not yet ready, plus some cool shots of Chewie and BB-8. One month to go if you can hold on.
"There are stories about what happened…" Get ready! It's almost here. If there was a time when I'd say we're starting to see too much from Star Wars, this is it. This is the TV spot where it starts to feel like, you know what, better to save the rest of it for the movie theater in just about a month. This fourth TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, includes even more new footage showing another temple and an awesome shot of John Boyega in the Falcon, along with Daisy Ridley piloting it. In addition, a photo was posted via Reddit of a display at Disneyland that describes the details behind the villain Kylo Ren's red lightsaber. This was a big argument for a while, and this kind of settles it. Have at it.
"Nothing will stand in our way. I'll show them the Dark Side." One more TV spot with some fresh footage for those who are still watching. Lucasfilm debuted this TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, during primtetime last night featuring a few bits of footage. More than anything this focuses on the friendship that we'll see grow between Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, and Finn, played by John Boyega. There's also an awesome moment where Han hands Rey a lightsaber, and that's not revealing much beyond hinting where this story might be going. I also love the flute theme at the beginning of this spot, so lovely. I get chills the more we see! Only a few more weeks to go until The Force reawakens.
"The Force, it's calling to you. Just let it in." The countdown is on, with weeks left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters everywhere. Star Wars Mania is kicking in full force, and one of the perks is that we get to see a lot of great artwork for the new movie (and the old ones, too). Like these three new posters below that we're featuring - two made by fans, one an actual official IMAX poster. It's going to be hard not to reveal too much or spoil anything from the movie of the next few weeks - but rest assured these posters don't spoil a thing. I've got tickets for Thursday night lined up, now we must just wait it out.
"Follow me." Wow! They're really letting the cat out of the bag now that we have less than six weeks to go until release. Disney has unveiled an exciting 30-sec TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and surprise, surprise - it has a lot of new footage that we haven't seen before. New footage not shown in any of the earlier trailers, the most recent official trailer, or even the new Japanese trailer. Some new shots of Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, kicking ass on Jakku. Some extra shots of the Falcon in flight. A new shot of Han, played by Harrison Ford, on a snow planet. Could that be Hoth? We'll know for sure soon enough. Enjoy.
Whoa! No one was expecting this, but if you want to see more footage, here's your chance. Disney has debuted a Japanese trailer for Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams. This trailer is structured similar to the other final trailer, but has totally new footage scattered throughout. Some amazingly beautiful shots, some more action shots, more jaw-dropping shots. If you don't want to see anything else from Star Wars before it's out, skip this, otherwise dive in. John Boyega stars as Finn, along with Daisy Ridley as Rey, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Adam Driver as Kyle Ren, Harrison Ford as Han, Carrie Fisher as Leia, Peter Mayhew as Chewie, Andy Serkis as Snokes, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, plus Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, and many others. Cannot wait. 6 weeks left.
"Your eyes can deceive you. Don't trust them." Wow! Star Wars fans - you don't want to miss out on this one. There has been an endless amount of art of all kinds made for Star Wars, whether it's fan art or pop art or even fine art, but there's still great work being made. Especially right now since everyone is so nostalgic, especially for the original trilogy. Bottleneck Gallery out of Brooklyn, NYC has licensed an official print by Gabz (aka Grzegorz Domaradzki) that is a triptych showing the entire original trilogy. It's something to behold, that's for sure. Great work. This 36" x 24" print is a timed release, meaning you can order from now through November 8th, and you are guaranteed to get one. Only $50! You know you want this on your wall.