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Star Wars 7: Read The Note J.J. Abrams Sent The Cast And Crew On Their Last Day

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Star Wars: Episode VIISo apparently Star Wars: Episode VII has finished shooting, or at least wrapped up principal photography—odds are that, over the next year plus, there will be the need for some reshoots pick ups or things of that nature. But for now, that side of the film is done. There’s such a veil of secrecy covering the production, if you were involved, and someone said, “Oh yeah? Prove it,” you might not be able to. Until now. J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Bryan Burke, and the rest of the higher ups, sent this sweet note out to all of the members of the “extraordinary cast and crew.”

While this is just a nice little gesture (isn’t it always pleasant to get a touch of praise from your boss? Even if you hate your job it feels good to be recognized), like I said, part of the motivation for this is so that those involved have something to show off. A piece of the letter reads: “How lovely it would be if you had, in addition to your name on the screen, some actual, real, tangible proof that you were part of it! Here, then, is that proof.”

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Star War: Count Down The Saga’s Top 10 Monsters With This Video

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The Star Wars saga, like any good space opera set in a far, far away galaxy, is full of imaginative creatures, nasty little bugs, and straight up terrifying monsters. J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII is sure to continue this tradition, but for now, we’ll have to make due with our favorites from the original trilogy, and, begrudgingly, the prequels. This new video ranks all of the beasties, from the creepy crawly all the way up to the I-might-eat-your-spaceship.

This is part of the Star Wars 10, where the staff of StarWars.com gets together and compiles a top ten list of various elements within the wider universe. And this time, as you no doubt inferred from the previous paragraph, their focus is on hideous monsters. Given that Halloween just passed us by, this is a subject at the forefront of many of our minds, not to mention it’s a topic near and dear to our hearts during the rest of the year as well.

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This Star Wars Costumes Book Trailer Takes You Inside Skywalker Ranch

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World building is key in films like Star Wars, and a huge part of that is the costumes. Nothing throws off a movie quite as fast as when it doesn’t look right. From Han Solo’s vest to Chewbacca’s sweet bandolier to various Princess Leia outfits, the detail and precision in the clothing goes a long way to creating the look and feel of George Lucas’ original trilogy. A book that just came out last week, appropriately enough titled Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy, digs into the aspect of the film in a way, and this book trailer gives you a good idea of what’s waiting for you inside these pages.

Author Brandon Alinger was given an unprecedented level of access to the costume archives at Skywalker Ranch, and the results looks like they’re going to be rather spectacular. As you can see here, Alinger goes into incredible detail, examining the outfits of everyone, from major players like Darth Vader all the way down to minor characters only the most hardcore fanatics can even correctly identify.

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Thrift Store Paintings Are Better When Vandalized With Star Wars

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StarDestroyerStar Wars has become one of the juggernauts of popular culture, and it’s only going to get bigger thanks to Rebels, Episode VII, and the rest. Disney seems to be taking the same coordinated multi-media approach as they have with their Marvel wing, so we can expect to see Star Wars, well, everywhere in the years to come. But one place I wouldn’t have expected the galaxy far, far away to infiltrate is the canvases of second-hand thrift-shop paintings. One clever artist, however, is doing just that. Macklemore would be so proud.

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Star Wars Toys Are Awesome, But What About Star Wars Cars?

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Star Wars has a long history of badass toys, beginning with the amazing Kenner line my generation played with and blew up and dropped down into the Great Pit of Carkoon (my parents’ garbage disposal). That line had so many amazing toy vehicles, from Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon to the towering AT-AT walkers. One thing you never really associate with Star Wars, however, is cars. I don’t mean flying cars or cloud cars. I mean actual, on-the-ground-with-wheels cars cars. But if the Star Wars universe did have some normal old cars puttering around, they might have looked like this.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Filmed An Entire Action Scene In IMAX, Here’s Why

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star warsStar Wars: Episode VII is going to be big in just about everyway a movie can be. It’s going to kick off the expansion of the revamped Star Wars universe with a big, sprawling story that may or may not contain some big surprises. And it’s going to be quite a big deal, not to mention one hell of a big force at the box office. In addition to all of that, it’s going to big movie that plays on big screens. While director J.J. Abrams is shooting the movie on actual 35mm film in order to capture the feel of the original, he’s also using IMAX from time to time. While it doesn’t sound like this will come into play all that much, at least one key action scene has been photographed in this big format.

IMAX cameras are known for being rather large, cumbersome, and heavy, not to mention the fact that they’re pricey and reportedly loud as all hell. In short, they’re a pain in the ass to shoot with, which is why most movies don’t use them, and why there aren’t many movies shot entirely in the format, despite how cool it looks. The fact that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar contains a full hour of IMAX footage is impressive, but you have to imagine that this is primarily epic space shots, not the close in family drama.