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Star Wars behind the scenes: The Live Motion Capture Future

Star Wars behind the scenes: The Live Motion Capture Future

Today we're taking a peek at how Star Wars is being made. The creation process, you'll find, isn't all that different from how video games are made. Video games like Star Wars 1313. Even though J.J. Abrams has assured the public time and time again that practical effects are king in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we've got reason to believe that this doesn't necessarily mean that everything is as it seems --here we'll also be explaining why that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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The Battle of Jakku: canon Star Wars plot post-Jedi revealed

The Battle of Jakku: canon Star Wars plot post-Jedi revealed

The following is not a spoiler. Instead, it's a glimpse into the new canon - the new way the official Star Wars universe is set to unfold - thanks to the EA Games/DICE title Star Wars Battlefront. Revealed today was a bit about a piece of Star Wars universe history called the "Battle of Jakku." The planet Jakku was given its name yesterday at Star Wars Celebration 2015 for the first time. You've likely seen it already - its that sandy planet you catch a few glimpses of in both of the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers.

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Star Wars 7 and the rise of the Female Hero

Star Wars 7 and the rise of the Female Hero

I'm not just talking about Daisy Ridley, here - it's the whole Star Wars environment that's about to be shocked by the rise in numbers of the female hero. Today during the first big Star Wars panel during Star Wars Celebration 2015, some of the cast and creators of Star Wars: The Force Awakens were asked a fan question - who would you be if you could be anyone in the Star Wars universe? Producer Kathleen Kennedy answered with a declaration of a bright future for female fans.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer 2 Analysis

Star Wars The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer 2 Analysis

Today we're having a peek at the Star Wars The Force Awakens teaser trailer 2, as shown at Star Wars Celebration 2015 for the first time. What you're about to see is our rundown of the trailer by both SlashGear and a collection of film specialists as hosted by Lucasfilm at the event. They all stand next to one another in the partial recreation of the original Cantina in the midst of thousands of Star Wars fans in Anaheim. Behold, the light look at the extremely massive second teaser trailer for the 7th installment of the Star Wars series.

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Star Wars Battlefront trailer teaser leaked early

Star Wars Battlefront trailer teaser leaked early

The following is a brief piece of video showing the next Star Wars Battlefront game that'll be revealed in full tomorrow morning. The footage you're about to see was shown in miniature by Lucasfilm at the end of their standard Star Wars teaser trailer 2, also released just this morning. This footage is new - and obviously, since it was so small to begin with, the quality here isn't extremely high. Just remember that going in to this viewing, with an understanding that these pixels are far, far too large for their own good.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer: just a teaser 2

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer: just a teaser 2

This afternoon Lucasfilm and Disney have released the second teaser trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens. This is the second "teaser" trailer for the full trailer, which we still can safely assume will be attached to the next Avengers film, coming out in May. This trailer teaser has a crashed Star Destroyer, Darth Vader's mask, and just about everything you could possibly imagine being spoiled for you all at once. You've been warned - plot elements included!

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Spherical droid BB-8 rolls onstage at Star Wars Celebration 2015

Spherical droid BB-8 rolls onstage at Star Wars Celebration 2015

This week Star Wars director J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy sat onstage at Star Wars Celebration 2015 - and BB-8 rolled up. Sitting beside a couple of the R2-D2 creators - originally fans, hired by Lucasfilm and Disney for the next movies - out rolled R2-D2, then rolled out BB-8. This spherical droid we first assumed was a special effect. Now we know he's real. He rolled out and moved around - he's a real-deal piece of equipment - remote-controlled, of course, but real metal hardware.

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Star Wars practical effects: J.J. Abrams speaks on the standard

Star Wars practical effects: J.J. Abrams speaks on the standard

This morning during Star Wars Celebration 2015, J.J. Abrams spoke about practical effects in the next movie. He spoke about how they went to Abu Dabi to film the first planet you see in the first teaser for the film - on a planet he revealed was called "Jaku" (we'll see a correct spelling soon). In that place - in the desert - they made the film as complete as they could without effects. In fact, Abrams suggested that the first copy of the film - before Industrial Light and Magic steps in with special effects - the movie can be watched in its entirety.

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Watch Star Wars Celebration 2015 LIVE right here

Watch Star Wars Celebration 2015 LIVE right here

This week we'll be bringing you all sorts of Star Wars-related news courtesy of the folks at Disney, Lucasfilm, and Star Wars Celebration central. Below you'll find the first bit - one piece of the puzzle you'll be able to watch for the whole multi-day celebration schedule. Here you'll find the singular most important video feed of Star Wars Celebration, one centering on Star Wars: The Force Awakens - the next Star Wars film, coming this December - and Star Wars Battlegrounds, the next big Star Wars video game - and that's just day one!

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LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales: retelling the saga this July

LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales: retelling the saga this July

Today we've been passed a collection of 6 posters and a teaser for the upcoming epic: LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. These images are the same as a set of Star Wars posters that'll be given to attendees of Star Wars Celebration 2015 and the LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales panel this Friday. On that panel will be Michael Price, Michael Donovan, and Jason Cosler, all speaking about this epic LEGO-based re-telling of the Star Wars saga through the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2.

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