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The Force Awakens: Magnet droids, how do they work?

r2-bb8-swcaSo how does BB-8 work? One site has a guess – though warning, it slowed down every computer I looked at it on.

Making Star Wars has heard that John Williams will begin recording The Force Awakens score next month.

→ Our first glimpse of what is assumed to be Kylo Ren’s personal ship – or at the very least, a ship we may see briefly in the second trailer – comes from LEGO. Because of course it does.

→ Miltos Yerolemou talked a little bit about filming TFA with Asian Correspondent. “It’s not really a job where you ask any questions,” he said. (Also, I believe this may be as close as we get to an actual confirmation?)

→ Spoiler corner: Rey gets a gift and a very small cameo from the original trilogy.

→ Looking ahead: Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII notebooks. Keep reading the string for some of his process.

The Force Awakens: Vanity Fair catches up with Pablo (and John Williams)

pablo-hidalgo-lucasfilmRed alert! Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo is in Vanity Fair! We knew him when, y’all. Okay, they also have John Williams talking about The Force Awakens score, but: Pablo! He gives another fab quote on the Legends situation:

…there are great stories told there, but in all honesty they were written in an era where there was no expectation that we were going to add new movies or cinematic content onto that. So they blazed new trails there without the benefit of that knowledge, and they told really cool and compelling stories, but it’s not necessarily the stories that we want to tell on-screen.

→ Someone else got a super-vague quote from Oscar Isaac about Star Wars, this time the improbably named Monkeys Fighting Robots. (Says the woman who runs a site that sounds like it probably hosts porn.)

→ Do you want a (possible) synopsis of The Force Awakens based on all the Making Star Wars rumors? Do you? Because MSW has that for you. Click or not, it’s all you.

The Force Awakens: John Williams to record score in L.A.

John WilliamsThe big news today is StarWars.com confirming that John Williams will be recording The Force Awakens score in Los Angeles, the first time a Star Wars score has been recorded in the U.S.

But I’ve been sitting on a few other things, so:

→ There was some scuttlebutt about how Oscar Isaac said he would be excited to work with Episode VIII director Rian Johnson, and (of course) the internet jumped on that as proof his character survives Episode VII. Now, I’d be very surprised if Poe Dameron kicks it that early, seeing as we suspect – with very heavy assistance from the trailer – that he’s one of the new Big 3. But for what it’s worth, /Film sought a clarification from him, and there’s your lesson in making hay out of Star Wars news for the week.

→ And now the rumors/spoilers: Making Star Wars had pieces on Kylo Ren and his connection to some earlier concept art, some stuff on Poe Dameron and Finn from early in the film, plus a look how things fit together from there. Then there’s some concept art of Ren and how it may connect to ‘Captain Phasma.’

This weekend in Episode VII: Did John Williams record for The Force Awakens teaser yesterday?

rumors-swirl-mouse-hamillYes, John Williams was recording yesterday, according to a tweet from Scoring Sessions, exactly as we heard earlier. It’s not confirmed to be for Star Wars, but then, it wouldn’t be, would it?

The rumor mill on a possible early teaser trailer has continued to churn. Here’s what Making Star Wars has heard about the teaser itself:

…We heard the rough edit of the teaser was just a little over a minute long, showing off new characters from the film and culminating with the return of the Falcon to the big screen!

Some still say it’ll be on Mockingjay, others the last Hobbit film next month, or on TV during Agents of Shield. (Or maybe Once Upon a Time? Which gets better ratings? When do the winter hiatuses start?) In any case, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is out next week; The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out December 17 – almost a year to the day of The Force Awakens release date.

If they are going to drop something this year, I have no trouble believing it’ll be on a non-Disney film. Into the Woods isn’t out until Christmas day, and that’s not exactly the greatest week to publicize anything, even Star Wars. (And if the trailer is out by then, it’s not like it wouldn’t get attached anyway.) Even with the internet to do most of the work, their best bet is to get something out before the holiday begins in earnest.

In other news…

→ Squashed (and empty) raw film canisters marked ‘Avco’ in a familiar font were found in London.

→ Making Star Wars also has more concept art descriptions, this time of a character who may have actually been split into two and a man in black.

→ Over at StarWars.com, Jason Fry remembers rumors and speculation back in the original trilogy days.

Rumor: John Williams scoring an Episode VII trailer in November?

Rumors!→ A source has told the John Williams Fan Network that Williams has received a trailer for Episode VII from J.J. Abrams, has already written the music for it, and will be scoring on November 15th. Jason at Making Star Wars points out:

My bet has always been we would not see a trailer until Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015, 8 months before Star Wars: Episode VII is released. But Trek friends have let me know that each time Abrams did a film, he did a teaser with stuff not from the film itself and that could mean we are about to see something for Christmas. The one thing I will say, is I have heard we would see the Star Wars “kick off” really begin at about the one year mark before the film and this lines up really well with that.

The earliest teaser for Star Trek Into Darkness I can recall definitely had footage, but I probably wouldn’t have bothered to cover one here that didn’t. (Well, not for Trek, anyway.) I hope there is a December teaser for Episode VII, even if it’s just old footage and a title – but Disney, you’re still not going to get me to see Into the Woods.

→ Taking a beeline to the standalones for a moment – Cinematographer Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty, Snow White and the Huntsman) has told Hitfix that he’ll be working on the Gareth Edwards Star Wars film that’s aiming for December 2016.

→ The Irish Examiner has some technical details on the Skellig Michael (aka Sceilig Mhichíl) shot, which was significantly scaled down.

→ Also at MSW, we have the last of the new alphabet fighters and more on Han Solo’s wardrobe.

→ Just when you think we’re free of Benedict Cumberbatch… He admits he’s been to the set. UGH.

Today in Episode VII: What would Han Solo wear, more big ‘spoiler’ thoughts, RDJ will not sing for us

spoilers-swirl-bespin2→ Making Star Wars has dropped some more concept art descriptions. Today, Han Solo’s outfit(s) and a ‘main’ hanger.

→ Frank Marshall tweeted a picture from Pinewood… Of the Loose Lips Bring Down Starships poster by Cliff Chiang, which dates back to the Star Wars Galaxy 5 trading cards.

→ We already flashed back to crazy 80’s rumors/speculation not so long ago, but with io9 bringing them up – and our latest batch of Episode VII stuff – it seems more than appropriate to revisit.

→ More on the big ‘I am your father’ rumor/megaspoiler, aside from the Full of Sith special we linked earlier. Indie Revolver (who’ve been behind a lot of the image leaks) is skeptical, while Making Star Wars digs up some old stuff that may (or may not) support it.

Robert Downey Jr. shoots down what I’m going to call swoop gang rumor. Because I can. (via)

→ And in case you missed it earlier, John Williams will be starting on the film soon.

Roundup: No John Williams for Rebels

Rebels (logo)Rebels. Lucasfilm’s Tracy Cannobbio tells Lightsaber Rattling that John Williams is “not composing music for Star Wars Rebels.” So keep on speculating, I guess.

Video. There’s another Jett Lucas interview; Harrison Ford continues to not say much about Episode VII.

Nonfiction. Star Wars Books has posted some screencaps from the enhanced Making of eBooks, which will be out next week.

Roundup: Clone Wars, Rebels, rumors and Threepio, oh my!

FiloniCartoons. Dave Filoni chats with both IGN and StarWars.com about Star Wars cartoons past and present. Mostly The Clone Wars, of course, given the new releases.

Dueling rumors. Jedi News’ Jedi Master SQL says that with John Williams only contracted for movies, J.J. Abrams himself may compose the Rebels theme. But Making Star Wars says it will be Williams doing the theme – and something for at least one other TV show. All-righty then. UPDATE: Michael Giacchino also in the mix?

Podcasting. On that note, Full of Sith’s latest Rumor Control is out, and I’m proud to have joined regulars Bryan Young and Bobby Roberts to chat Rebels (we taped this just hours after the NYCC reveals) and the latest Episode VII news and rumors.

Alumni. Anthony Daniels teased fans about C-3PO appearing in Episode VII, per Business Insider Australia, while Disney themselves teased that the droids would “presumably” return at D23 Expo Japan. Confirmation? Not really, but it’s probably a fairly safe assumption to make.

Roundup: The fall of LucasArts

lucasartsGaming. Kotaku has a lengthy write-up/expose on the last days – and games – of LucasArts. There’s plenty on the evolution of the game that was announced as 1313, and what was going on behind-the-scenes after the Disney sale. Interesting stuff – even for a non-gamer.

Star Wars Reads. A number of locations have been added to the StarWars.com list of venues participating on October 5. Ashley Eckstein, Timothy Zahn, Aaron Allston, Martha Wells, John Jackson Miller and many other EU luminaries will be attending events around the country. (Anyone else considering the Ann Arbor stop?)

Lists. John Williams’ theme for Star Wars tops a BBC poll of voter’s favorite soundtracks.