Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character Names Revealed!

The first round of characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been named. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, the characters named are the ones that appeared in the teaser and no more.

J.J. Abrams went on record saying that the numbers on the cards are significant, but without explaining why. If I were to speculate, I’d say that the numbers correlate to when scenes depicted in the film take place within the overall story of the movie.

BB-8Poe-DameronKylo-RenReyFinnStormtroopersX-WingsMillennium-Falcon

 

A mysterious figure as seen in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens

About that Lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A mysterious figure as seen in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens
A mysterious figure as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There’s a photo going around that people want me to share here, in the hopes that Abrams himself will see it. I doubt that Abrams even knows this website exists, but I’ll relent.

First, I will explain why I think there’s nothing wrong with the current Lightsaber, and then the problem with my thoughts on it.

The lightsaber has the cross beams, and people are saying “well that’s not going to stop any blade from sliding down and slicing through the hilt.” What if the material the hilt is made out of can stop the blade? It seems that it can focus the blade in whatever direction, so it stands to reason that it could also deflect the blade of another lightsaber.

Argument against? Other lightsabers have been sliced in two, including Darth Maul’s own double bladed lightsaber.

Argument for? According to super geeky source material, there are materials in the Star Wars universe that may deflect or even short-circuit a lightsaber blade. The substances are  phrikcortosis and Mandalorian iron. In fact, Emperor Palpatine’s own lightsaber was made of phrik, as described in the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary.

Therefore, the material the cross beam is made out of could very well be that same substance. Problem solved.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Theater List

The world has been waiting for another Star Wars feature film since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, and about seven months after the tenth anniversary of that film, The Force Awakens will be released for our viewing pleasure.

Bad Robot tweeted a new note from director J.J. Abrams about the length of the trailer with the word “THANKSGIVING.”

An early 88-second tease of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning Friday morning, November 28. Following this weekend, the tease can be seen in theaters around the world this December.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Description

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Teaser TrailerThe first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is imminent. Rumor has it that it will be showing up sooner than we think. Last weekend, John Williams may have even recorded new music specifically for the teaser.

And now there is a possible description for the teaser. Here’s what the report from Badass Digest says:

What’s it going to be like? If my sources are correct (and this is a big IF. These sources have been mighty reliable in the past, and if they’re wrong I believe they’re wrong honestly, i.e. they’re not b.s.ing me), it’ll be short. And when I say short, I mean one minute long. It’s going to have The Force Theme played on woodwinds, softly, over flashing images of the main leads, each fading to black. There’s no dialogue, just reveals of the characters. And then the music swells up into a full orchestral piece – perhaps what John Williams recorded this weekend? – and we hear a female voice, likely Daisy Ridley‘s, saying “Wake up.”

And then the title card appears – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and we see the Millennium Falcon, firing blasters, coming right at the camera.

There are some other trailer descriptions out there, but as I’ve said before, if this turns out to be true, it’s only based on the teaser and not really spoiler material. I’m trying to keep myself spoiler-free for the movie as much as possible, only watching trailers and viewing official photos and posters released from LucasFilm/Disney.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – The Official Title for Episode VII

With the completion of principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII comes the official title of the film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

And for good measure, here’s a video of John Williams, the composer of all Star Wars live action films thus far, talking about working on The Force Awakens:


Interview: John Williams on Scoring Star Wars: Episode VII on Disney Video

Star Wars: Episode VII production ends! A letter to the cast and crew.

Star WarsRegardless of everything else that is coming to theaters in 2015, my most anticipated movie of the year is one that I never thought would happen: Star Wars: Episode VII. On Friday, October 31, production wrapped on the first film of the next generation of Star Wars films. Here’s a letter that came from J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and a few others involved in the production:

To the Extraordinary Cast and Crew of Episode VII:

It is a true honor and absolute joy to come to set every day and work alongside each of you. Your professionalism, passion and patience is more deeply appreciated than we could ever express. From the deserts of Abu Dhabi, to the Forest of Dean, to the stages of Pinewood, you have risen to every challenge and been as wonderfully kind as you are brilliantly talented. Our ambition here is large, of course, and it must be: we are here to make a film that entertains millions of people, of all ages, for generations. To create an experience people will cherish watching as much as we will cherish having made it, together. How lovely it would be if you had, in addition to your name on the screen, some actual, real, tangible proof that you were part of it! Here, then, is that proof. Wear it well, wear it healthily, wear it proudly. But, mostly, thank you.

With love,

J.J. Abrams, et al.

Zack Snyder and J.J. Abrams having fun Star Wars & Justice League Mash-Up Twitter War

It started with Zack Snyder posting a photo of Superman dressed as a Jedi (but the red lightsaber makes him more like a Sith Lord).

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Almost Human is Now Available on DVD

Almost Human - The Complete SeriesWarner Brothers has released Almost Human on DVD, today, without any prior announcement that I have seen. In fact, it’s been released via the Warner Archive Collection, meaning it’s a video-on-demand title.

These are burned DVD-R discs. This means that, even though the show was released in HD, its’ only available in standard definition, unless you buy it from Amazon via streaming: Almost Human: The Complete First Season [HD]
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