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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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Star Wars-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers debut at Verizon

Star Wars-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers debut at Verizon

To accompany the release of the Star Wars VR experience within the official Star Wars app today, Verizon is getting in on the promotion scheme with special The Force Awakens-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers. It's still unknown exactly what the exclusive VR content will be, but users will be able to experience it best by putting their smartphones in some kind of VR headset, so it might as well be a collectible Star Wars version of Cardboard.

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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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‘Use the fork, Luke’ with these Star Wars eating utensils

‘Use the fork, Luke’ with these Star Wars eating utensils

Sure, you can claim you're all about Star Wars whether you're working, playing, sleeping, or even decorating your Christmas tree, but what about when you're eating? Now there's a way for you to channel the Force when having a plate of leftover turkey and mashed potatoes, thanks to official Star Wars flatware from ThinkGeek. Complete with lightsaber hilt designs, a set includes a fork, knife, and spoon.

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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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Block Star Wars spoilers with this Chrome extension

Block Star Wars spoilers with this Chrome extension

With the first Star Wars movie in a decade coming out soon, there's one thing that we're all trying to avoid: Spoilers. It can be easy to avoid spoilers for smaller movies and TV shows, but with a franchise as big as Star Wars, it can seem almost impossible. Thankfully, you can use technology to censor such things for you.

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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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Official Star Wars Christmas ornaments bring the Force to your tree

Official Star Wars Christmas ornaments bring the Force to your tree

Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting the day of December 18th, when The Force Awakens will be set free at movie theaters across the country, but what about on Christmas Day? How can the Force make its presence known while families are gathered around their Christmas tree? With new official Star Wars Christmas ornaments, that's how. Four new sets have just been announced by Merchoid, each with six baubles, and are available now on their website.

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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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EA promises free DLC for Star Wars: Battlefront

EA promises free DLC for Star Wars: Battlefront

EA and Dice have gotten a lot of flack for Star Wars: Battlefront, partially because of the season pass that they're offering. Namely, people don't want to have to shell out over $100 just to get the same, full game that everyone else will be playing. In fact, the DLC that they've announced for the season pass appears to have more content than the base game itself. The good news is that for those that don't want to pony up the extra cash, there's still more free content on the way.

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