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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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Greedo AND Han shoot first in the Star Wars Digital release

Greedo AND Han shoot first in the Star Wars Digital release

Let me confirm something with you, if I might. There's some confusion over who shoots first in Star Wars: A New Hope, in the newest digital edition of the film series. I'm here to tell you - it's sort of Greedo, but it's also sort of Han. How could this be, you say, how could they both be first? Have a peek at the frames at hand. Look at how this scene transpires, and judge for yourself whose trigger finger is happier - Greedo the bounty hunter, or Han Solo, our offbeat anti-hero.

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Star Wars Digital HD Collection coming April 10

Star Wars Digital HD Collection coming April 10

It's not yet May the 4th and it's definitely not yet Christmas, but it seems that the Force will be in full, well, force this Friday. Come 10th of April, the Interwebs will most likely be clogged when hundreds of Star Wars fans try to download and stream all at once the Star Wars Digital HD collection which, for the first time, brings all, yes all, Star Wars film in digital format, HD quality. That means you can enjoy all of the good and the bad that Star Wars has to offer, wherever you are and on whatever device.

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Play Arts figurines give Star Wars a Square Enix flavor

Play Arts figurines give Star Wars a Square Enix flavor

Collectors are most likely familiar with Play Arts KAI, Square Enix's figurine branch that gives a different visual twist to iconic characters, whether with reverence or irreverence. The store has outed many figurines ranging from game characters to superheroes, particularly those from DC like Batman and Green Lantern. Some have been met with positive sales numbers. Others not so much. Given the hype that's building up around the next Star Wars film, it's not surprising to see that the next to get the Square Enix makeover are iconic villains rom the franchise.

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Star Wars 7 Trailer 2: coming April 17th

Star Wars 7 Trailer 2: coming April 17th

There are several different times at which the next Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer might be entering your eye sockets. The first is April 17th - this is one day after the first day of Star Wars Celebration, where - rumor suggests - Lucasfilm will be releasing the next teaser trailer for the next Star Wars movie. One day or less, that'd be, before low-quality versions of the trailer (filmed by amateur thieves) is released, and probably one day or less between the showing of said teaser trailer and the online release of said trailer.

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Star Destroyer is latest Star Wars replica drone

Star Destroyer is latest Star Wars replica drone

Another Star Wars drone has surfaced today, and it is the brainchild of "Olivier C", the same creator behind the Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor drones we've seen in the recent past. The production quality is just as top-notch as the past creations, and as with them it is able to fly around the same as any other quad-copter. The replica's creator has shown off the entire construction process in a gallery we have for you after the jump, and has shown off the final product in action via his YouTube account.

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Star Wars wall-mounted heads glow, are up for pre-order

Star Wars wall-mounted heads glow, are up for pre-order

Having animal heads mounted on one's wall has thankfully fallen out of fashion, but there's a new type of decoration to fill the void: wall-mounted Star Wars characters' heads, which have the added perk of glowing and add simulated cracks to your drywall. The wall-mounted heads are the type of thing you'd find in a kid's room or similar places, but this isn't a place of judgement -- having a glowing Darth Vader smashing through your entertainment room wall is awesome, and there's no shame in acknowledging that.

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Tie Fighter Anime whets your appetite for Star Wars 7

Tie Fighter Anime whets your appetite for Star Wars 7

What's that - a TIE-fighter anime series? Not quite. More like a taste of what's possible made by a single artist. The artist known as MightyOtaking has created the full-sized version of the demo 2-minute picture he'd been working on earlier this year, this piece of work simply called "TIE Fighter (short film)". "Drawn and animated by yours truly," he says, "over 4 years worth of weekends." You'll notice several sound effects from the original TIE Fighter video game for PC - that's the inspiration for this whole project, after all.

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Star Wars virtual keyboard taps R2-Q5

Star Wars virtual keyboard taps R2-Q5

The original R2-D2 virtual keyboard is gone. It's forever on the shelves and in the display cases of collectors around the world, for the rest of time. For those of you that missed it, there's always the imperial droid R2-Q5, his black and orange-ness, as we call him around here. This fellow is being released by the same company that originally released his R2-D2 equivalent, and this version will be released on May the 4th, 2015, just in time for the most important holiday of the entire year.

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Star Wars 1313 isn’t dead yet

Star Wars 1313 isn’t dead yet

A massive-scale 3rd-person action game called "Star Wars 1313" was "canceled" when Disney acquired Lucasfilm - now that game's remnants may be fueling The Force Awakens. Not just a new video game, reworked and retooled for a more film-friendly title, but for the first film in the new trilogy, as well. The game bit we'll be discussing in short today - the movie part of this equation we'll be saving for when we've got more details from Lucasfilm. Today's details involve Amy Hennig, Todd Stashwick, and the transfer of writing power from the Uncharted series to Star Wars 1313.

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