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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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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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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part I: Thank The Maker!

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part I: Thank The Maker!

This month we've had the opportunity to speak with Michael Price, the writer behind the animated movie mini-series "LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales." In this series of 5 features, our favorite golden droid C-3PO retells the entire first 6 episodes of Star Wars film history. Our Q&A session with Price starts with a question of intent and audience. Who was this super entertaining mini-series combination of Star Wars and LEGO originally aimed at? Who was the original intended audience, and who might eventually end up enjoying it?

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FIAT 500e Stormtrooper Concept looms over LA Auto Show

FIAT 500e Stormtrooper Concept looms over LA Auto Show

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just a month away from release, and FIAT is not about to let you forget it. They've brought their very own custom-designed First Order Stormtrooper 2015 FIAT 500e to the LA Auto Show to guard the corner of the convention center. This black and white one-off was created by Garage Italia Customs, and will be appearing at the LA Auto Show through the end of the week. And no, you cannot buy it - unless you want to buy the standard edition and customize it yourself.

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Star Wars Blu-ray Steelbook set Review: back to beautiful basics

Star Wars Blu-ray Steelbook set Review: back to beautiful basics

Six Star Wars films have been re-released in Blu-ray form in two editions, one of which is the Steelbook set we're reviewing today. These movies are available individually, each in their own heavy-duty metal and plastic container, each with a single Blu-ray inside. There's also a "Complete Saga" Blu-ray set that includes a whopping 9-disc collection, full of extra features and commentary tracks. You COULD also purchase the Blu-ray disks in two 3-disc sets, one original trilogy, one prequel trilogy.

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