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This weekend in The Force Awakens: Fun with helicopter filming

tfa-promo1-falcon800UAE’s The National has an interview with Andy Nettleton, one of two helicopter pilots who worked on The Force Awakens as it filmed in Abu Dhabi. It’s a nice (and mostly spoiler-free) look at the process. (via)

→ Making Star Wars played it light this weekend, bringing us only a list of names and a hint at one recurring character – or is it species?

Journey to Episode VII: Luke, Leia, Han YA books get titles

Luke in ANHIt’s not clear if ‘Journey to Episode VII’ will be an official series title for the young adult books leading into the movie, but Jedi Bibliothek (translated) did reveal the first title: The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure. It’s expected to summarize Luke’s story from the original trilogy, touching on events after Return of the Jedi, perhaps all the way up to the start of Episode VII.

UPDATE: The Leia book is Moving Target, Han’s is Smuggler‘s Run and Florian has written an overview of the Episode VII publishing plan for Making Star Wars.

All four books – one for each of the original trilogy heroes, plus one featuring what are expected to be all-new characters which is now named Lost Stars – will be released on September 4. Hopefully the appearance of a title means that some sort of official announcement is forthcoming…

Today in The Force Awakens: Signed cast pic auctioned for charity

adam_driver_star_wars_signed_photo_ifonly_714x470You can bid on an autographed copy of The Force Awakens table read photo to help raises funds for Arts in the Armed Forces. Donated by Adam Driver, the picture is signed by him, J.J. Abrams and most of the cast. (Including some not in the picture.) The winner also gets a private tour of Lucasfilm and ILM.

→ In rumorville, aka Making Star Wars, we have a Millenium Falcon itinerary and the details of one scene from it.

On Star Wars spoilers, and how I treat them

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I’ve avoid saying much about my spoiler policy here on Club Jade, mainly because I firmly believe in taking these things on a case-by-case basis. But there is one hard fact here: I will not treat officially released material as spoilers.

That doesn’t mean I’ll spoil something that’s in The Force Awakens novelization or art book, on the chance they come out before the film does. But any officially released publicity material is fair game. That means trailers, commercials, press releases and anything else that Lucasfilm very clearly wants people to know.

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Today in The Force Awakens: A young who?

spoilers-swirl-bbwarwickGiven that Making Star Wars has heard about a flashback sequence, of course there’s an actor who may be playing a younger version of one of our alumni. They also have some drawings based on their earlier costume descriptions for Leia and Han.

For the spoiler-free, there’s J.J. Abrams saying there’s “an abundance of riches” from the film that they’re making “as good as it could be.” So basically, don’t expect much before Celebration, which, yeah.

And, back to spoilers, Full of Sith’s Bobby Roberts has a new Rumor Control episode.

So how much Hamill is there in The Force Awakens?

spoilers-swirl-muppetSince we just found out that Mark Hamill will be at Celebration, it seems appropriate that Jason at Making Star Wars is talking about Luke Skywalker’s role in the film today. Naturally, this is pretty spoilery stuff that references that last big spoiler, so you know the drill.

If you’d rather not, Mike Ryan has a nice piece about being into spoilers that contains no actual spoilers. Well, not for any movie that’s not already been out for years, anyway.

J.J. Abrams addresses The Force Awakens rumors, secrecy

J.J. Abrams on The Tavis Smiley ShowAt the the Irish Oscar Wilde awards – which honored Carrie Fisher – The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams had a less harsh take on the rumors than one might expect. From the BBC:

Asked about the secrecy surrounding the script, Abrams added: “We did the best we can to preserve the story for the audience, but it doesn’t always work.

“There are a ton of rumours – some true, some false. But I’m grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie.

“I know what it feels like, as an enormous Star Wars fan myself.”

Stephen Fry presented Fisher with her award.