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Comcast, Disney team to offer ‘The Force Awakens’ on Xfinity TV store

Comcast, Disney team to offer ‘The Force Awakens’ on Xfinity TV store

Comcast and Walt Disney Studios have teamed up for a new content licensing deal that brings top movies to the Xfinity On Demand TV store, the biggest of which is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Under the agreement, Comcast subscribers will be able to download the new Star Wars movie, Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean and more directly from their television using the service provider’s set-top box.

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J.J. Abrams introduces 2016 Star Wars Fan Film Awards

J.J. Abrams introduces 2016 Star Wars Fan Film Awards

Lucasfilm and Disney have an announcement for Star Wars fans and budding filmmakers alike: the Star Wars Fan Film Awards are returning for 2016. In what used to be a tradition for the Star Wars fan community, Lucasfilm and Disney have brought it back for the last few years, apparently turning it into an annual event to coincide with the Star Wars Celebration. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams even introduces the competition in the announcement video below.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Indiana Jones’ Lost Ark

Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Indiana Jones’ Lost Ark

Indiana Jones' greatest ancient artifact has been recovered in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, whether Han Solo and Chewbacca know it or not. This is not the first time Lucasfilm has crossed the two over: planting a couple of droid-looking hieroglyphs near Indy's Well of Souls, and the comic "Into The Great Unknown", for example. Today we're exploring the possibility that not only are the two franchises connected, they share one of the most important pieces of hardware in the universe: The Ark of the Covenant!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to life in “Holo Cinema” by ILMxLAB

Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to life in “Holo Cinema” by ILMxLAB

ILMxLAB will be bringing a new "Holo Cinema" Star Wars experience to Sundance that'll transport users to a galaxy far, far away with projections. We've seen just glimpses of this technology before, ILMxLAB here working with their own software tool Zeno to create such magnificent feats of graphics greatness as the squid-face of Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean. With Zeno and ILMxLAB's own virtual production renderer, common citizens will be able to virtually step into Star Wars - without the need of a full virtual reality headset.

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No extended cut for The Force Awakens on Blu-ray

No extended cut for The Force Awakens on Blu-ray

The Force Awakens is still smashing through box-office records, but after nearly a month, people are starting to set their sights on the DVD/Blu-ray release. After all, while the movie is an incredible experience in theaters, it will be nice to pop it in and watch it whenever you want. Plus, with the home video release, there's the chance to see some extra footage that isn't shown in theaters.

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Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon VR coming to Google and Verizon

Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon VR coming to Google and Verizon

This week a combination of releases from Google, Lucasfilm and Disney, and Verizon have lead us to clues about the next big Star Wars virtual reality release. As StarWars.com suggests, the release date for this VR adventure will be December 2nd, 2015. There you'll find what they're describing as "first-of-its-kind serialized Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) experience." That's for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it's going to allow you to jump aboard our favorite starship. It's going to be epic.

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The Force Awakens Japanese Star Wars trailer reveals new details

The Force Awakens Japanese Star Wars trailer reveals new details

This week the second full Star Wars trailer was revealed - in Japan. It would appear that either Japan is simply getting their trailers first (very possible) or JJ Abrams is messing with the lot of us. Either way, here's what you're about to see: more lines from the film, more scenes that you've never seen before, and a really chilling revelation. Like a rudimentary, sparking, red, and evil lightsaber to the neck of your best buddy, heatedly, terrifyingly.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens will stream on Netflix

Star Wars The Force Awakens will stream on Netflix

The Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Ted Sarandos, spoke this month with shareholders to tell them the news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It would seem that while the movie would potentially be on the service in Canada as early as the end of this year, the film won't be available to Netflix for streaming until Netflix gets streaming rights from Starz inside the year 2016. There's a bit of missing information here when you read this story on other publications publishing before SlashGear.

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Our own Star Wars The Force Awakens mega-trailer (in chronological order)

Our own Star Wars The Force Awakens mega-trailer (in chronological order)

The following Star Wars The Force Awakens mega-trailer includes every piece of footage from all trailers released thus far. It also includes behind-the-scenes video from the SDCC reel released earlier this year, and a number of photos from Variety Fair, StarWars.com, and presentations at comic book conventions galore - straight from Lucasfilm and Disney. While the video you're about to see comes from public sources only, we must warn you that you will very likely be somewhat spoiled by watching it - in other words, SPOILER ALERT, TURN BACK NOW.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens toys cover only film’s “first third”

Star Wars The Force Awakens toys cover only film’s “first third”

As you may have guessed, the Star Wars merchandise revealed for The Force Awakens thus far is not the full shebang. Steve Evans, Hasbro's design director for their Star Wars line of toys, spoke this week on the future of the toy line. He revealed that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys released thus far had been purposefully restricted in their detail. The detail they'd reveal about the film, not the detail in their plastic. They are, in fact, only from "the first third of the film."

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Star Wars 360 video sends you speeding on Jakku

Star Wars 360 video sends you speeding on Jakku

This morning the first 360-degree immersive Star Wars: The Force Awakens experience was released - and what a doozie it is. This experience comes in the form of a 360-degree Facebook video, created with the technology described in our first ILMxLAB feature. Here you'll be jamming along the sands of Jakku on the speeder you saw in the first couple of teaser trailers for the new movie. You're driving as Rey would, and if you listen closely, you'll hear that the droid BB-8 is along for the ride as well. Watch out for desert marauders while you're out there.

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Star Wars original theatrical cuts tipped for re-release

Star Wars original theatrical cuts tipped for re-release

This evening the re-release of the original Star Wars movies - the theatrical cuts of the movies, that is - has been tipped. Not announced by Lucasfilm or Disney, but tipped, by film director John Landis. Landis is a friend of George Lucas and apparently suggested to him that the original cuts of the first three Star Wars films would be re-released. Not necessarily on any sort of format - DVD, Blu-Ray, or anything specific that we know of - just re-released.

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