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Inside Verizon’s Star Wars VR adventure

Inside Verizon’s Star Wars VR adventure

This week Lucasfilm and Verizon begin to release a series of virtual reality videos in an episodic adventure leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first of these adventures tells a tale of how you'll be playing the part of a spy for the Resistance (the newest incarnation of the Rebellion from the original Star Wars movies), planted on the planet Jakku. This is the desert planet you've witnessed in the trailers over the past few weeks. Here you'll meet your buddy and ours, the roly-poly astromech droid BB-8.

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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part III: I am your REDACTED

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part III: I am your REDACTED

How do you tell a child that Anakin Skywalker was a murderer? What do you do when it comes time for your daughter to find out that Luke Skywalker's father is, indeed, the dark and deadly Darth Vader? That was the task of "LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales" writer Michael Price, who today answers us that key question - what was allowed to stay in the animated re-telling of the Star Wars saga, and what had to be taken out? What needed to be changed for the children.

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George Lucas explains why Han shot first, then didn’t

George Lucas explains why Han shot first, then didn’t

At first, Han shot first. The film originally called "Star Wars" then "Star Wars: A New Hope" showed the character Han Solo shooting an alien by the name of Greedo in the chest, effectively ending his life in a Cantina in Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine. But that's not what the writer and director of the film wanted. On January 31st, 2007, the first of three Star Wars films was released to theaters. In it, George Lucas had modified his original release. He made Greedo shoot first. Today we find out: why did he do it?

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Spielberg says The Force Awakens could be “biggest movie ever”

Spielberg says The Force Awakens could be “biggest movie ever”

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg suggests that Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be the "biggest movie ever" in an interview in France. This week the folks at RTL have published an interview with writer/director Steven Spielberg in which he speaks about Indiana Jones 5 and his latest film "Bridge of Spies", starring Tom Hanks, in addition to making mention of the possibility that he would, if ever, direct a Star Wars film. Spoiler alert: he doesn't think so. It's never been "in his stars" as it were.

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Alien: Covenant is first movie in Ridley Scott’s new prequel trilogy

Alien: Covenant is first movie in Ridley Scott’s new prequel trilogy

There's been a lot of news about the Alien movie franchise recently, mostly in respects to the delay of director Neill Blomkamp's untitled sequel in favor of Ridley Scott moving ahead on a sequel to his own Prometheus, previously known as Alien: Paradise Lost. But now a real bombshell has been dropped by Scott himself: his next movie will in fact be called Alien: Covenant, and is the first film in a new prequel trilogy, seemingly replacing the old plan of a Prometheus trilogy.

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Google Translate Star Wars update: working with Aurebesh

Google Translate Star Wars update: working with Aurebesh

What you might know as the Alphabet in English is known as the Aurebesh - also correct as just "Aurebesh" in Star Wars. This set of letters works much like a standard 1:1 code, where each letter of our Alphabet has its own unique character in the Aurebesh. There are also characters for basic punctuation and the numbers 1 through 9 and zero, too. Today, Google provides all of you Star Wars scene code-crackers with a helpful tool - Google Translate. Actually an update of that tool, as it were.

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The Force Awakens rated PG-13, oh and here are Star Wars Build-a-Bears

The Force Awakens rated PG-13, oh and here are Star Wars Build-a-Bears

Build-a-bears have appeared with Star Wars bodies on the same day the Motion Picture Association of America has released its rating for The Force Awakens. Coincidence? Well, yes. They really have not a lot to do with one another, other than the oddity that is the PG-13 rating for the film and the much younger intended audience for the bears. But we'll be participating in both, one way or another. We're going to get that stuffed BB-8. Just you wait.

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Every single Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer [UPDATED]

Every single Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer [UPDATED]

Before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm and Disney wasted no time releasing trailer on top of trailer for the film. They began a little over a year before the film was set to premiere, showing off their very first teaser over Thanksgiving break. Then there was another, then a couple more, then the flood gates opened up. What follows is a collection of every single Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer released to the public - plus a few bonus bits and pieces.

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Google’s “classic” Star Wars easter egg revealed

Google’s “classic” Star Wars easter egg revealed

This morning the first big Google-made Star Wars easter egg was revealed, creating an "opening scrawl" of their search results. This is just the first of a collection of easter eggs that'll be revealed over the next few weeks, each of them likely deep within Google apps. To activate this particular hidden secret, you have only to type "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away." When you do, you'll find your search results turned to the classic Star Wars opening storyline in space.

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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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Google Star Wars poll: are you light side or dark?

Google Star Wars poll: are you light side or dark?

This week Star Wars fans at Google have revealed their big project with Lucasfilm and Disney - a complete immersion of Google products in the Star Wars universe. What you're about to witness is a dip into a galaxy far, far away in a wide variety of apps, both mobile and desktop (in your web browser.) In the Star Wars app (now with Google Wear extension), Google Calendar, Chrome, Chromecast, Gmail, Inbox by Gmail, Maps, Google Search, Google Translate, Waze, and YouTube, you'll be able to choose the light side or the dark.

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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part II: translating mature subjects, 10 minutes a film

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part II: translating mature subjects, 10 minutes a film

Today we continue our interview series with Michael Price, writer behind the animated series LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. In our second of several questions and answers with Mr Price, we asked whether the writer was given a set of rules to follow when writing this saga, or whether he was given free reign over the material. Price is also an award-winning writer for series like The Simpsons and the Netflix series F Is for Family. As such, his skills in adapting adult themes to animated, more kid-friendly environments made way for his growing LEGO Star Wars feature portfolio.

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