STAR WARS NEWS
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.
This scoundrel returns December 18th. And so does Leia. Plus we get to meet a young, new soon-to-be Jedi, another dark side guy, and a few more others the new Star Wars hits theaters in December. A set of five new character posters have debuted online for Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams. The main five posters are for the main five characters - Han and Leia, played by Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, of course. Plus the new ones: John Boyega as Finn, Daisy Ridley as Rey, and Adam Driver (under mask) as Kylo Ren. I really love these designs - only one eye showing, the other half of their face covered up by their weapon of choice - they send a very powerful message. Only six more weeks to go.
In Mexico this weekend they're celebrating the Day of the Dead, an event known for its masks and stylized artwork not to mention skeletons galore. With a new Star Wars movie coming up, Fandango asked a few of their favorite artists to create their own Day of the Dead-themed Star Wars posters and these are the result. All this art is inspired by the entire Star Wars universe and its cool to see such unique and intricate designs. Even though they're not really connected with The Force Awakens, I had to share them anyway to keep us all in the Star Wars mood. We're just 7 weeks away until the new movie opens. Check them below.
"Eject!" "I can hold it…" "Pull up!" "No I'm alri-" Need a laugh? This is a good one if you're a Star Wars fan. Scott Collura and Khalilah Alston have edited a Star Wars Tribute supercut video of all the deaths of the Rebel pilots from the three original Star Wars movies (none of the prequels). Aw, all those poor pilots! They just couldn't hold on. This is really just a fun reminder of how many brave souls flying for the Rebels lost their lives fighting the Empire, those dirty evil rotten scum! Darth Vader is the menace behind it all. One of the great heroes is, of course, the infamous Jek Porkins - seen above. The video jumps to Empire Strikes Back and the Hoth pilots around two minutes in, there's quite a bit to it in just under five minutes. Enjoy!
"Uh, you tell me, man. You make all this shit up." Indeed. To drum up some attention for their coverage of Star Wars, Vanity Fair made a video featuring The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams being asked questions about The Force Awakens from a bevy of celebrities. He takes their questions from an iPad, featuring people like Jared Leto, Lena Dunham, Katie Couric, T.J. Miller, Lee Daniels, Shane Smith, and even George Lucas, asking him all kinds of things he can't really talk about yet. He doesn't even answer most of their questions, of course, but tries his best one-liners with some. Oh, J.J. This is fun, and honestly, it's the most we'll get out of J.J. Abrams on pretty much anything until The Force Awakens finally opens.
Get ready for Star Wars Mania. To follow-up the new trailer and ticket sales, AMC has revealed the first poster in a series that will be debuting each week after the movie's opening. IMAX announced (via their blog) and AMC tweeted about a promo they're hosting on Sundays, where those seeing Star Wars - The Force Awakens in IMAX will receive a new poster each week designed by artist Dan Mumford. Here's the text: "Each Sunday, from December 20 to January 10, guests who purchase a ticket to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in IMAX 3D will receive an AMC-exclusive Star Wars print from artist Dan Mumford. A new poster will be revealed each week." The first stunning poster featuring Rey and BB-8 can be seen below.