Videos: Highlights of J.J. Abrams, The Force Awakens cast on Jimmy Kimmel Live


Last night’s The Force Awakens episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live was short on actual news, but at least our folks were somewhat charming. Below the cut, J.J. Abrams reveals the first word of the movie, Harrison Ford and Chewbacca settle their long-time feud, and Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley are defeated in Star Wars trivia by a 7-year-old, because of course.

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Today in The Force Awakens: Googlification, interviews with Fisher and Kaplan

google-tfaEven Google is getting in on the action, debuting Also coming on December 2 is a Google Cardboard Virtual Reality “experience” that will be available through the official Star Wars app.

→ In a new interview with Time, Carrie Fisher talks about coming back as Leia.

→ Costume designer Michael Kaplan talks to Elle, mostly about Daisy Ridley’s Rey costume.

→ There a new still of Captain Phasma over at Empire.

→ Brent Simon chatted with J.J. Abrams yesterday, and while he’s under embargo, he did say he saw an extended scene and that an additional 30 minutes of John Williams score that’s not in the film will be released.

Star Wars out this week: Heir to the Jedi PB, Vader #13

On Tuesday, Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi is out in paperback. I reviewed it when the hardcover came out, and was not particularly impressed.

More promising is Wednesday, which brings Darth Vader #13 – the second part of the ‘Vader Down’ crossover – and Chewbacca #4.

UPDATE: I forgot that Delilah S. Dawson’s ‘The Perfect Weapon’ short story is also out Tuesday as an eBook.

The Force Awakens at the American Music Awards

First we got a new commercial, above, with a few brief bits of new footage. Much later, there was indeed a “new scene” – but one we’ve already seen most of in the trailers, Rey, Finn and BB-8 on the run:


Just with dialogue this time. Then, sure enough, Harrison Ford introduced Pentatonix’s tribute to John Williams. Here’s the whole Star Wars portion of the show:

Today in The Force Awakens: J.J. Abrams says the film is nearly done

nerdoffAt the ‘Celebrity Nerd-Off’ with Stephen Colbert, J.J. Abrams revealed that he finished the final sound mix for The Force Awakens early Saturday morning, Yahoo Movies reports. There are “six very small, but important things that (still) need to be done,” per Variety.

Deadline claims that we’ve only seen about 5% of The Force Awakens ad campaign, and that it’s really going to ramp up over Thanksgiving. I have a feeling this means ad buys, but consider yourself warned. (And remember, if you’re reading fan sites you’re already paying a lot more attention than most people are.)

→ There’s a better copy of the commercial with the new X-wing pilots up now, but it’s still not ideal.

Three more Star Wars themed ads, this time from HP.

→ Rumor: We know he’s in costume, but who is Simon Pegg playing? Making Star Wars may have the answer.

Video: Unboxing ‘Blood Sisters’, TRU medal, and Howard Chaykin’s Marvel comic art

Unboxing Star Wars 11/21/15 Chewie with medal

On Unboxing Star Wars his week, Yowie, Baby Jawa, and I hit the road to pick up a Toys R Us Epic Battles medal and award it to a deserving Rebel. Then I review this week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels: ‘Blood Sisters’, and we get a glimpse at the new exhibition of Howard Chaykin’s original comic art for the 1977 Marvel Star Wars comic adaptation. Plus we do a little bit on the #DrawWars2015 art project.

The Chaykin exhibition at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery runs from now until January 31.

The next Toys R Us Epic Battles medal will be distributed on December 4th and 5th and will be for Yavin, and will feature Darth Vader. You can earn the certificate by playing a little Where’s Waldo type game.

Journey to The Force Awakens: Covers for Landry Q. Walker’s 4 short stories


Discovered this morning, covers for Landry Q. Walker’s forthcoming short stories in the Journey to The Force Awakens line. They all have a second tagline, Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens, because we’re back to adding as much gobbledygook as possible to titles, I guess.

They Might Be Geeks was the first to spot them, while better quality copies were dug up by Jedi Bibliothek.

The four stories are from Disney Lucasfilm Press, and will be out as eBooks on November 30. If you lack an ereader, a print anthology (presumably named Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens) is coming in the spring. It will include two additional stories.

A fifth short from Del Rey, Delilah S. Dawson’s ‘The Perfect Weapon’, is out on November 24.