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Bringing Maz Kanata to Life

 Some awesome material courtesy of Lucasfilm about the upcoming TFA Blu Ray – check it out!
Lupita Nyong’o is now sharing a brand-new bonus clip from the upcoming Blu-ray & digital release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! You can take a look behind-the-scenes with Lupita as the 1,000-year-old smuggler, Maz.

Plus, starting today, the official Star Wars app also has a new emoji featuring Maz! To download or learn more about the app, visit: or Lupita’s Instagram page at:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived in Digital HD April 1st and Blu-ray & DVD April 5th.

Star Wars Continues its Global Dominance

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, well in the United States in 1977, a movie that would start of one of the world’s biggest franchises opened for the first time. Under very little promotion and mainly word of mouth, more and more people flocked to the cinema until there were long lines of queues around the block of the cinema. The film was such a surprise hit that it had to be moved to bigger and more venues just to accommodate everyone that wanted to watch it. It then took seven months to reach the UK and parts of Europe and some countries had to wait even longer.

Nearly four decades later, the release of the seventh film in the franchise last year couldn’t have been more different. The film was well known to be one of the biggest movie franchises already, and now Star Wars is part of the huge world of Disney it was only going to get bigger. Whilst normally any big movie like this would open in cinemas around the United States before anywhere else in the world, this wasn’t the case for The Force Awakens. The movie was released in some countries around Europe a day before it was released in the US. This meant that some diehard American fans that couldn’t bear to wait another 24 hours flew from America to Paris to be part of one of the world’s first screenings of the film.

As well as those diehard fans who had been waiting years for a new film in the franchise, there were a lot of people for who The Force Awakens would be the first Stars Wars film they would see. Wherever you looked around the world, it seemed like everyone was talking about their favorite moments from the past films as well as what to expect from the new ones. In Australia, the excitement was so widespread that even casino website Euro Palace’s blog created a cooler cheat sheet. The blog on the Euro Palace site has all the main events of the franchise broken down into a few paragraphs, so anybody who didn’t know the story of Star Wars could quickly brush up on what they needed to know.

Now Disney owns the film franchise, the excitement for the film rapidly built in the months and even years before the film’s release. Whenever JJ Abrams gave us a glimpse of the new film, the world’s media went wild. But it wasn’t just the internet and sites like Euro Palace where the world went wild for Star Wars. In shops and supermarkets around the world, there weren’t many places where you could walk into and not find something with a Star Wars character on. So much so that it’s expected thatDisney will make more money from their official merchandise alone than the actual film. One thing for sure is that the film is so big that wherever you are in the world, you could walk up to someone and it’s more than likely that they will have seen the film.



Meet Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro – The New Faces of Star Wars Episode VIII

Let’s talk about Episode VIII.

It’s always exciting to meet the new cast of a star Wars film. I’d like to say I have an inkling of what role Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro will have but I don’t.  What I’d like to explore today is their history and what they might bring to the Star Wars universe.

Laura Dern

Most famous role: 

Laura Dern played Dr. Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park.


Known for:

Known for her role in 1991’s Rambling Rose. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress as well as for her performance in the 2014 film Wild.

Personal fact:

Has stated her idols are Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck and Lucille Ball.

Benicio Del Toro

Most famous role:

The Collector – Guardians of the Galaxy


Known for:

Being the villain. All the time. He won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Javier Rodríguez in the film Traffic (2000)

Personal fact:

His “family urged him to become a lawyer because they felt there was no future in acting.

Episode VIII is closer than ever to release!


Podcast: The Score Awakens with David Collins – SWR #210

Riley, chats with David Collins from Star Wars Oxygyn about the score of TFA and some questions about David’s area of expertise, John Williams! All on this week’s episode of the Star Wars Report Podcast!

David Collins

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This week’s topics include:

  • A reaction to the TFA score
  • A Nerdy music question about “Padme’s visit” que in ROTS
  • ‘Star Wars’ Co-Producer Dishes on the Film’s Final Shot and HDR

    Rosenblatt admitted that director J.J. Abrams was conflicted about using that shot or concluding with a close-up of Rey. He added that the decision was driven by John Williams’ score, and it “left you with this sweeping emotional epic [feel], and you’re going to see a lot of that in Episode VIII.” Asked whether he thought Abrams or George Lucas influenced the look of The Force Awakens, he responded: “Both. It was J.J., but J.J. was honoring George’s original vision. … But J.J. brought his own visual language to the film.”

  • Jedi News – Latest: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Now Listed As A 3-Disc Set On
  • An Original Film Print of Star Wars Has Been Restored and Released Online
  • Disney World Announces Star Wars -Themed Entertainment  

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