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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Who is TR-8R?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Who is TR-8R?

This morning Star Wars officially made public the identity of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens character TR-8R. "Traitor!" He's a mad one. As suspected, this stormtrooper goes by the name FN-2199, one of three troopers revealed in the book "Before the Awakening", a set of short stories giving background on the three main characters in the film. That story was about FN-2187, aka Finn. This character knew Finn well before the awakening, hence the knowledge of his being a traitor when he finds him on Takodana, near Maz's castle.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 ringtone downloads movie-accurate

Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 ringtone downloads movie-accurate

This week we've been passed a collection of sounds synthesized from the publicly-available Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie trailers, all sounds made by BB-8. These BB-8 sound effects have been cut down and cleaned and formatted in a way that makes them perfect for whatever odd project the Star Wars-loving public might want to use them for. We'll be using them for ringtones and notification sounds on our smartphones - you can do what you wish.

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Geek creates Edge of Tomorrow exosuit from household items

Geek creates Edge of Tomorrow exosuit from household items

The awesome exosuit you see here looks like a prop from the set of the Tom Cruise film Edge of Tomorrow. It’s not though; it's a creation from a guy named Peter Kokis. The man's day job is security for a big company, but by night, he creates cosplay items and does an incredible job of it. This suit got its start when Kokis saw the trailer for Edge of Tomorrow and watched it "thirty times."

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Star Wars Anti-Cheese edits will change how you see the prequels

Star Wars Anti-Cheese edits will change how you see the prequels

One film editor and Star Wars fan has taken it upon himself to edit all three of the Star Wars prequels to take out the cheese. Jeremy M West's edits change the voices of the aliens in the films, cut out the bits that do the film's plot lines no favors, and generally turn the films, even if you've seen them each several times, into works that are once again watchable. These edits take out what you, a battle-hardened Original Star Wars Trilogy fan, consider the cringe-worthy bits of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Who is Maz Kanata?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Who is Maz Kanata?

Right around 50 minutes into the 2-hour Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, we see a tiny character by the name of Maz Kanata. She's a mostly-CGI character voiced and acted by Lupita Nyong'o, and she's more than a little important to the overarching Anakin saga that flows through the Star Wars film universe. The following is a glimpse at what Maz has been up to for the past several hundred years, what she's done with regard to Han Solo, and what she's got in her secret curio box. Therefore, if you've not seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we recommend you proceed with caution!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ secret little Ewok

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ secret little Ewok

Today it was hypothesized that Star Wars: The Force Awakens' own Captain Phasma is none other than "Ewoks" character Cindel Towani. A pair of "Ewoks" movies were released in 1984 and 1985, both of which lived (sort of) in the Star Wars universe and mostly in their own, alternate universe. In the movies, a young girl by the name of Cindel (and her family) crash-landed on the forest moon of Endor, only to be saved by the Ewoks that lived there. Decades later, we now believe, she became the leader of the First Order Stormtroopers as Captain Phasma.

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Star Wars scene recreated with drones

Star Wars scene recreated with drones

This month four drone racers decided they'd recreate one of their favorite scenes from the Star Wars saga, entirely shot with drones. Here you'll find drone propellers carrying speeder bikes through the giant redwood forests of northern California. That's the same place the actual scenes from Star Wars: Return of The Jedi were filmed. How fancy! This whole thing was filmed and posted to the "YouTube of drone video" - AirVuz.

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Han Solo movie’s details begin to stack up: Enter Maz

Han Solo movie’s details begin to stack up: Enter Maz

Beyond the release date and extreme basics for the upcoming Star Wars: Han Solo film, we've had very little to go on for details. Very little, that is, before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released. Now Lucasfilm can't help but release bits and pieces that are required to make The Force Awakens a fully massive experience well beyond the big screen - and that includes informative canon-friendly books of all sorts. The first place we're looking today is the book "Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary."

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – who is Captain Phasma?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – who is Captain Phasma?

As the shiniest of characters, the most reflective of all Star Wars characters, and a Game of Thrones actress to boot, Captain Phasma has our attention. We've been wondering what the backstory is on this character since we first heard the name - and now that we've seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we're still wondering. The film itself doesn't reveal one whole heck of a lot, but we've got a bit more data than is revealed through the movie. It's time to get chrome.

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Five Star Wars: The Force Awaken’s Cut Scenes Revealed

Five Star Wars: The Force Awaken’s Cut Scenes Revealed

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was once ever-so-slightly longer than it is in theaters today. This isn't uncommon. [This is your complementary SPOILER ALERT] But when it comes to a movie with a mythology like Star Wars, every single tiny little bit of film footage is important. To somebody. Hardcore fans. People like you and I. If there's a 2-second clip from The Empire Strikes Back out there that I haven't seen, I'm gonna go ahead and say I need to see that. It's gotta happen. Today we're having a peek at several scenes we're hoping will be revealed once Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released to home audiences - on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital HD and the like.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – who is Lor San Tekka?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – who is Lor San Tekka?

Just a few minutes into the the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, actor Max von Sydow's character appears - it's no secret, and no spoiler. His name is Lor San Tekka, and he's a real mystery for one-time viewers of the movie. What we're about to do is discuss what we know about him. We're using information we've attained via Lucasfilm and Disney-approved sources - StarWars.com and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary" so we're working with the real-deal data: canon, that is to say.

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40 more Star Wars: The Force Awakens wallpapers for your smartphone

40 more Star Wars: The Force Awakens wallpapers for your smartphone

Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has pummeled all previous records for most-sold tickets in basically every category, it's time to extend your fandom well beyond the theater. That's never been a problem for most Star Wars fans - some have been collecting Star Wars action figures since 1977 (and have never stopped!) Today we're dropping another collection of wallpapers for your smartphone - the piece of equipment you use most - all from The Force Awakens, just for those of you that cannot possibly get enough.

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