STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Director J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Chewbacca, and More Say “Thank You” for Donations

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Back in May when Star Wars: The Force Awakens started filming, director J.J. Abrams announced the “Force for Change” campaign, which invited fans to donate to support UNICEF in exchange for prizes and even a chance to have a cameo in the movie.  The winner of the cameo was announced in August, but even if you didn’t win, you still helped raised over $5 million dollars to support UNICEF programs.  And for that, Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, crew members, R2-D2, and Chewbacca say “Thank you.”  I suppose C-3P0 was off somewhere being an ungrateful jerk, whining about something or other.  Fucking Threepio.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars: The Force Awakens thank you video.  The film opens December 18, 2015, and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.

Rumor: New STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Character Name Revealed; Is Gwendoline Christie Playing “Captain Phasma?”

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Last week, Disney and Lucasfilm revealed a handful of Star Wars: The Force Awakens character names in a clever fashion by releasing them in the style of old Topps trading cards.  We now know John Boyega is “Finn”, Daisy Ridley is “Rey”, Oscar Isaac is “Poe Dameron”, the ball droid is “BB-8″ and the mysterious Sith in the black robe is “Kylo Ren”.  But there are still other new cast members whose character names remain a mystery, and for clerical purposes this mystery must be solved.  The name “Rey” doesn’t mean anything on its own, but it will be useful once a plot synopsis finally comes out.

In the meantime, we’re still wondering who Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwedonline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow are playing.  However, a new rumor has surfaced saying that Christie might be playing “Captain Phasma”.  Hit the jump for more.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 18, 2015. [Possible spoilers ahead]

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Character Names Revealed in Throwback Fashion

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Well this was certainly unexpected.  Filmmaker J.J. Abrams is known for his “mystery box” approach to movies; he lets as little information out as possible before the film’s release.  The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the perfect way to both appease fans and tell them almost nothing—which is good!  I don’t want to know everything about a movie before it’s released, and I think most people feel the same way.  However, a year before the film hits theaters, Abrams and Co. have now cracked open the Star Wars mystery box a tad by unveiling the Star Wars: The Force Awakens character names in quite possibly the coolest way imaginable.  A collection of “vintage” Topps trading cards for The Force Awakens were released today that feature images of the characters we saw in the trailer complete with their specific character names.  Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron!  The Masked Menace is Kylo Ren!  Daisy Ridley is not Kira!

Check out the Star Wars: The Force Awakens character names after the jump.  The film opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Disney’s STAR WARS Attractions to Be Based on New Sequels and Spinoffs, Not the Older Films

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm, it was obvious that the company would make the most of the acquisition by beefing up the Star Wars presence at the Disney theme parks.  Walt Disney Company chief Bob Iger just reiterated that the film franchise will make its way into parks throughout the world, but he also noted that in order to both “do this big” and do it right, it’ll take time.

Disney couldn’t just jump right into building new attractions immediately after the purchase of Lucasfilm.  The park designers had to wait until J.J. Abrams was ready to reveal plans for Star Wars: The Force Awakens because the new main attractions will be based on the new films, not the old ones.  Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars theme park attractions.

George Lucas Further Estranges Himself from Fans; Says He Hasn’t Seen the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer

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George Lucas has the unique position of being despised by the fans of the thing he created.  There would be no Star Wars fans without Lucas, and now those fans are happy to rid of him with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Lucas seems to be handling it alright (being ostracized by angry nerds isn’t the worst fate in the world), and isn’t in much of a rush to see what’s happening with the next installment of the franchise.

According to Page Six, Lucas says he hasn’t seen the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer “Because it’s not in the movie theater. I like going to the movies and watching the whole thing there.”  It’s unclear if Lucas meant wanting to see the trailer in a movie theater or if he meant the entire movie, but either way, he doesn’t seem to be in much of a rush to see what J.J. Abrams is doing in a galaxy far, far away.  Hit the jump for more.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015.

“Original STAR WARS Fan” Stephen Colbert Explains to Ignorant Padawans How the New Lightsaber in THE FORCE AWAKENS Works

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There are many upsetting things in this world, and apparently the construction of a fictional weapon from a non-existent universe is one worth caring about.  Because everything in the world is flawed and the Internet exists to point out those flaws, some people took issue with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer when a Sith breaks out a lightsaber, and the lightsabers has mini-lightsabers for the hilt.  Their argument is that this doesn’t protect the hands, because as we all know, lightsabers were already great at protecting hands.

Leave it to Stephen Colbert to explain why these nerds are wrong about the new lightsaber.  An “original Star Wars fan” (he won tickets to an early screening of the first movie), Colbert makes a compelling case why the lightsaber hilt works just fine, and I can’t help but wonder if he put more thought into it than the filmmakers.  Either way, the Force is strong with this clip, which you can check out after the jump.

Rumor: New STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Unsurprisingly Coming with AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Eager to see more promos for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?  If this new report is true, we know when one trailer for the film is due.  Apparently Disney and Lucasfilm plan to attach another The Force Awakens trailer to Avengers: Age of Ultron when it hits theaters on May 1, 2015.  Does that mean we won’t get another new Star Wars trailer for another five months?  Not necessarily.

Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer news.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, and is due to hit theaters in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D on December 18, 2015.

1983 Interview with Mark Hamill Comes Shockingly Close to Predicting EPISODE VII Release Year and Character Description

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Star Wars didn’t originally begin as a nine-episode plan.  In the very beginning, George Lucas envisioned only one movie.  When Empire Strikes Back was released with “Episode V” in the opening crawl, “A New Hope” and “Episode IV” were added when the film was re-released in 1981.  This set-up of three trilogies—prequel trilogy, original trilogy, and sequel trilogy—has led to decades of fan speculation, and when the prequels came along, it led to loads of disappointment and loathing to where people now happily mock the series’ creator even though he’s not really involved with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

But he did have an idea for Episode VII back in the 80s, and a 1983 interview with Mark Hamill reveals that Lucas was only off on the release year by a bit, and that his idea for Luke may be very much alive in J.J. Abrams’ new film.  Hit the jump for more. [Possible spoilers ahead]

YouTube User Creates the George Lucas Special Edition STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer

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That Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lego trailer is good fun, but just wait until you see what one YouTube user managed to accomplish just days after the teaser trailer’s release.  The “Star Wars: Episode VII Trailer – George Lucas’ Special Edition” is all about poking fun at George Lucas and the fact that his frames were “so dense” and that “every single image has so many things going on.”  The piece is a pretty brilliant jab at Lucas’ tendency to overdo the visual effects, but it’s also worth noting that this fan-made trailer is a pretty impressive VFX achievement.

Hit the jump to check it out for yourself.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, and is due to hit theaters in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D on December 18, 2015.

Check Out the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Lego-Style; Plus Fan-Made Wallpaper

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There were some solid fan-made Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers making the rounds well before any official promos hit, but now that the teaser trailer is finally here, there’s a lot more material to work with.  Not only has some pretty impressive Star Wars wallpaper just surfaced, but someone else opted to recreate the entire Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer using Legos.

Hit the jump to check out the wallpaper and to catch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer Lego-style.  The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny BakerStar Wars: The Force Awakens opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 18, 2015.

Over 40 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Images From the Trailer Show a Rebuilt Universe

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It’s not a bad job when you find yourself watching the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer dozens of times on a Friday morning for work.  As a teaser, it’s fantastic.  I was a little disappointed not to see Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher or Harrison Ford, but I suppose J.J. Abrams wants to introduce us to the newer merits of his story first.  It contains a lot more action than I expected, that’s for sure.  The teaser was a million miles away from the “reveal of characters” scroll I was expecting, instead plummeting us into action on several different worlds and revealing the background of John Boyega‘s character.  This world feels tactile, lived in and not at all like the prequels.  All good stuff.

Hit the jump for Star Wars: The Force Awakens images.  The film is due in theaters on December 18th, 2015 and also stars Daisy RidleyAdam DriverLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisGwendoline Christie and many more.  And be sure to check out the trailer if you haven’t already.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Will Also Be Released Online on Friday

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So who bought a ticket to a movie screening this Friday just to catch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer?  Well, it turns out that the 88-second piece won’t be exclusive to theaters.  The teaser will also arrive on iTunes on Friday as well.  But on the bright side, if you did already buy a ticket then you’ll be one of the first to see it on the big screen!

Hit the jump for more on the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.  The full feature is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisGwendoline Christie and many more.

Full Theater List Released for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer; Will Show in 30 Theaters across North America

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Earlier today, we learned that the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer would be playing in select theaters starting this Friday.  Our original list included nine Regal Theaters, and now Disney has officially announced all 30 theaters that will play the 88-second teaser.  The official Star Wars website also revealed that the teaser will be shown in theaters around the world this December.  While we initially believed that the teaser would only be shown this weekend, the official website makes no mention of a cutoff date, so presumably these 30 theaters will continue to play the trailer after Sunday.

Hit the jump for the full list of theaters playing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer Confirmed to Play This Weekend in Front of All Movies at Select Theaters [Updated with Note from Abrams]

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Last week, we reported the rumor that Disney might take a unique approach to releasing their first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer by showing it in front of every movie at select theaters over Thanksgiving weekend.  Granted, the Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally one of the biggest of the year for the box office, but why only release it only a handful of theaters (the original reddit post regarding this rumor had it pegged at 100)?

I was a bit dubious about this news, but we now have official confirmation as Regal has posted on their website that nine of their theaters will have the trailer running in front of every movie from November 28 – November 30th.  Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, and to find out where you can see it. [Update 1: Abrams himself has now confirmed that the trailer will debut this weekend, adding that it will be 88 seconds in length.  Take a look at the note after the jump.] [Update 2: The full list of theaters playing the trailer has been announced. Click here to see if it's playing near you.]

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Officially Titled STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

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Shortly after wrapping principal photography, Lucasfilm revealed the official Star Wars: Episode VII title, Star Wars: The Force Awakens!  Without getting into spoiler territory, it does line up with some of the rumors in circulation and it also just makes sense.  It’s been 10 years since our last Star Wars film and The Force Awakens does sell this one as a powerful return.  Plus, it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s also just a nice straightforward and easy-to-spell title, too.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due in theaters on December 18, 2015 and stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisGwendoline Christie and more.  Hit the jump for more on the title announcement.

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