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Episode VII roundup: Set reports, more concept art, Billie Lourd and Skellig Michael

rumors-swirl-falcon-esb→ Is this our final Pinewood set report for The Force Awakens? It could be.

→ Making Star Wars also has another concept art description… This one sounds a lot like it’s related to the very first piece of concept art that we saw. (And the only one we’ve seen officially, for that matter.) Well, mostly saw. Also very curious to go back and look at the comments on that post in the wake of the title announcement…

→ It’s nothing we haven’t heard before, but at her Vegas show, Debbie Reynolds did say that granddaughter Billie Lourd had been working on The Force Awakens along with Carrie Fisher, “Harrison Ford… and the other boychik.”

→ The Irish government is less than impressed at Unesco’s claims that the Star Wars shooting on Skellig Michael may have harmed the World Heritage site, the Irish Examiner reports.

→ Both Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart were asked about The Force Awakens in recent interviews. And Matthew McConaughey shows up 15 minutes late to the ‘I’d love to be in Star Wars‘ party with Starbucks.

Another Star Wars film will be shooting at Pinewood

Day 1 at PinewoodIt’s certainly not a surprise, but Pinewood CEO Ivan Dunleavy (via Variety) confirms that another Star Wars film will shoot at Pinewood. The Hollywood Reporter says this will be the mysterious spin-off from Gareth Edwards, which already has a December 2016 release date.

The BBC has video of Artoo’s appearance at the announcement. Reporter Lizo Mzimba also notes that per Pinewood’s website, The Force Awakened used their Exterior Tank.

We already know that Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII will film in London as well, and that there’s a ten-year deal in place with Pinewood so it won’t be the last.

Episode VII roundup: The Force Awakens, but the rumors don’t stop

spoilers-swirl-muppet→ In the wake of The Force Awakens reveal, there’s a new Full of Sith Rumor Control with Bobby Roberts. As always, a must-listen for the spoiler-lovers among us.

→ Per usual, any reveal, no matter how major, doesn’t stop the rumors. Some guy on Twitter tweeted what’s supposedly an extreme close-up of Luke Skywalker’s beard. (Yuh-huh.) Making Star Wars themselves on what was filmed at a certain outdoor set at Pinewood. And Star Wars 7 News adds a bunch of message board stuff about Luke to the MSW stuff from the other day. (Consider yourself warned.)

→ And for the non-spoilerphobes among us, Bob Iger told Bloomberg TV (skip to 10:25) that the name comes from “a few people” including Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams, Disney themselves – basically, exactly who you’d expect.

→ Some housekeeping: Yes, I’ve changed our tag for the new film to The Force Awakens, to reflect our other film tags. No, I will not immediately stop using the term Episode VII, because it is. And grammar geeks, here’s what Lucasfilm’s Leland Chee has to say about title formatting.

Forum poster guessed ‘The Force Awakens’ title back in 2012

tfa-tfn-guessTheForce.Net tracked down forum member Queen Gimmedala, who guessed the Episode VII title way back in 2012. She told Eric Geller:

Ultimately this was a random guess. No inside info or connection to Lucas. But to me it seemed logical that the first movie in this trilogy would need to address the force. I’m a believer that the movie titles in each trilogy closely relate and I suspect this will carry over for the ST.

So I knew it was going to be 3 words, and the force. I also know that the wording would be vague/ambiguous/old fashioned like all the other six movie titles.

The Phantom Menace (something is wrong with the force), A New Hope (something is helping) and The Force Awakens (It’s BACK BABY). I LOVE IT.

Pretty neat! This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a fan predate an episode title, although under vastly different circumstances: The title Revenge of the Sith was used on a 1986 fan fiction novel, a story set some 40 years after Return of the Jedi.

Episode VII has a title: The Force Awakens

the-force-awakensWe all knew we’d be here eventually. We have a title for Episode VII, and it’s… Well, it’s kinda weird. The Force Awakens has completed principal photography, StarWars.com tells us.

The Force Awakens. TFA.

My first reaction: “Really?”

Well, yes. Okay. It’s not like we haven’t been here before. The only title I can recall being welcomed with open arms was Revenge of the Sith.

The Force Awakens. TFA. We’ll get used to it. We always do.

UPDATE: As expected, the reaction has been fairly mixed. But! Jokes!

Jason at Making Star Wars has some good points on the title not including Episode VII. I don’t find the choice – and it’s very much a marketing choice – to be that big a deal. The movie will still be Episode VII regardless.

Today in Episode VII: State of the Skywalker, early trailer rumblings, good vibes

rumors-swirl-hamillhandsSpoilerphobes beware: Jason at Making Star Wars has had some further input into how we’ll see Luke Skywalker in and before Episode VII. Of course, per usual, the only thing we actually know? #Beardwatch. (Okay, I just miss it.)

→ There a lot of hints that we may see a teaser of some sort before the end of the year. Of course, we already heard the rumors that John Williams is scoring one, and this certainly could all be feeding from that. People are also somewhat leaning it being attached to November 21st’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, despite that not being a Disney film. (Big Hero 6 too early; Into the Woods too late?) Of course, as we know from the Avengers, you don’t really need a movie to debut a trailer these days… And it sure would be nice to see something before we’re all sucked too deeply into the holiday season.

→ Those looking for an additional dose of hope might want to check with HitFix’s Drew McWeeny. He’s covering the Anthony Daniels tweet heard round the internets, but:

I’ve been covering movies online since the days when the “Star Wars: Special Editions” were only a rumor. During the production of “The Phantom Menace,” I had a lot of contact with people working on and around the film, and if I had to characterize the attitude that most of them had, it was “I don’t know what we’re making.” There were plenty of people who seemed nervous about various elements or characters or ideas in what they were making. This time around, every single thing I’ve heard has been, “Holy cow, I think we’re doing this right,” and this Tweet from Daniels is just the most public example of that.

Good vibes? Good vibes.

Anthony Daniels implies Episode VII might surpass Empire

@ADaniels3PO:  "No movie sequel is better than The Empire Strikes Back." You might eat those words for Xmas dinner in 2015. Joy & Indigestion to the world!

We all have hope that Episode VII will be good… But Anthony Daniels is certainly doing his part to rocket expectations sky-high.

Meanwhile, today saw two actors brand-new to Star Wars get some ink: Lupita Nyong’o is Glamour’s Woman of the Year, and Christina Chong talked about her Star Wars experience (somewhat) in the London Evening Standard.