Santa Maul has awoken, but to what?

santa-maul-logoSanta Maul is not pleased. Santa Maul woke up today to the news that Lucasfilm is co-opting HIS day, Black Friday. Black Friday is for BUYING THINGS. Not watching movie trailers. This December release date travesty is getting worse all the time.

Still, at least they provided this list of Star Wars Black Friday deals.

As always, Santa Maul also recommends ThinkGeek. This year he particularly amused with charm beads, as the concept of wearing a shrunken Darth Vader head on one’s wrist pleases him.

Santa Maul will return when this trailer madness dies down. Perhaps he will find a new, less-played out foe for his mighty rage…

What you need to know about The Force Awakens teaser

sw_tfa_Promo_187x228rfridayTomorrow brings us the first teaser trailer for Episode VII. It’s exciting, yes! Let’s review.

What: Our first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, aka Episode VII. It will be 88 seconds long and give us our first glimpse at the galaxy after Return of the Jedi.

Where, how: Trailers.apple.com, the iOS Trailers app, and all day long before every film playing at 30 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

When: Friday, yes, but what time will it be online? Midnight, maybe – I’ll be staying up just in case. But if I was a betting woman, I’d say around 10 a.m. EST/7 a.m. PST – about the same time the first showings begin Friday morning. In fact, the President of Disney France apparently tweeted earlier that it would be out at 4:15 p.m. there, which lines up with 10:15/7:15 a.m. here in the states.

Why: /Film has a nice article today about why The Force Awakens teaser is so special.

No, you haven’t seen it online already. I promise. There are at least three fanmade versions floating around, repurposed as impostors. (The one that looks like it was filmed in a theater is the fakest one of all – pretty much all the action scenes are from video games.) The other two are admitted fan efforts, not intended to fool innocent fans. The real thing has not leaked. (Amazingly.)

Are you ready?

Today in Episode VII: The Force Awakens trailer to be online Monday?

the-force-awakens→ UPDATE: Nope. It’ll be on iTunes Friday, which is at least online. Jedi News is saying that we can expect “an official modified version” of The Force Awakens trailer that’ll be in theaters beginning Friday will be online Monday, December 1st. Whoo. Bootlegs ahoy.

→ No, really? The Force Awakens will need Millennials, Variety reports.

→ Over at Making Star Wars, Jason explains how the film’s new droid works.

Eddie Redmayne talks about his disastrous Episode VII audition.

Video: Jurassic World may not be the trailer you’re looking for…


…Unless you’re a huge dinosaur fan, I guess. Still, it prompted this very interesting tweet from Gary Whitta:

Man, do I hope that’s the case. The Jurassic World trailer was supposed to premiere during a football game on Thanksgiving day.

Rumors: Will the next cartoon skip straight to the sequel era?

rumors-swirl-sw-oot/Film today says that plans are already in the works for a post-Rebels series set during the sequel era and starring all-new characters. Not a tough call, though I am rather suprised that they’d skip right over the thirty years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, which is what I called for the next cartoon right after we learned about Rebels. (Not to mention that Reclamation thing that popped up back in 2013.) Still, we don’t know what the new movies will bring – or maybe they’ll leave the gap era to books and comics, for old time’s sake? Something to chew on, in any case.

Making Star Wars describes how we meet Daisy Ridley’s character, and what she’s wearing.

→ /Film also has a pair of fan-made trailers for The Force Awakens.

→ And on that note Furious Fanboys has viewing tips for the inevitable trailer bootlegs this weekend. Still hoping it won’t come to that, but…