Sphero co-founder talks about BB-8 and The Force Awakens

Sphero co-founder Ian Bernstein was in Brisbane over the weekend for Robotronica, and he spoke briefly to the ABC in Australia about his company’s involvement in The Force Awakens: “We knew we had a lot of great technology, but we want to add more story and characterisation around our products. We figured the best people to…

Skellig Michael

6 weeks shooting in Kerry for Episode VIII

There have been rumblings for a while now that film crews would return to Skellig Michael for more Star Wars filming next month. Debate arose as to whether this was for last-minute pickups for The Force Awakens or instead for Episode VIII. Well, The Movie Bits is reporting that six weeks are blocked for shooting…


Empire collector’s covers revealed

Next Thursday, Empire magazine will release their October issue, featuring an “exclusive behind-the-scenes look” at The Force Awakens. The issue will come in two flavours, each with a different fold-out cover featuring art supplied by Lucasfilm. Here they are:

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Drew Struzan discusses The Force Awakens

There’s a very comprehensive interview with artist Drew Struzan over at Movie Weekly, and the whole thing is well worth reading. However, here are the relevant bits regarding his poster for The Force Awakens: Well, see it started about a year ago or more, a year and a half ago. I got a call from J.J.…


Coming in November from Marvel

Here’s what’s expected from Marvel in November. It’s a lot: STAR WARS #12 JASON AARON (W) • STUART IMMONEN (A/C) ACTION FIGURE VARIANT BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER VARIANT SKETCH COVER BY STUART IMMONEN • Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon! • Plus: Lightsabers! Loads of Lightsabers! • And finally: the truth about Sana Solo! 32 PGS./Rated…

Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen in Rogue One

How closely tied is Rogue One to A New Hope?

We know that Rogue One details the theft of the plans to the first Death Star, essentially making it a direct prequel to Star Wars: A New Hope. But does the connection go even deeper? What if a character from A New Hope, whose significance seemed to be greater than his actual screentime, also happens to…