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Daisy Ridley’s ‘The Force Awakens’ Audition is Pretty Impressive

We really liked Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which shouldn’t be too surprising), and one of the high points was Daisy Ridley’s performance as Rey. Ridley was a practically unknown actress going into this film though, and she was cast after an exhausting search.

Buzzfeed has gotten a hold of a clip (which we assume comes from the pending Bluray release) in which director J.J. Abrams talks about the process of casting Rey, and just how perfect for the role Ridley was when they found her. The video also includes some footage from Ridley’s audition for the role.

Sadly I can’t embed it, but you can find the footage here and watch it for yourself. I recommend doing it… because it’s a Tuesday and what else are you going to do? Work? If you were doing that, you probably wouldn’t be reading this to start with.

The Force Awakens comes out on Digital on April 1st, followed by a Bluray release April 5th.

Via Buzzfeed

Episode 64 – No Ending in Sight

On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we tackle Toho’s new Godzilla design, CBS is suing the creators of Star Trek fan film Axanar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is crushing it at the box office, Hasbro can’t get things right with Rey, and No Boys Dorm just kind of kicks ass.

You should totally watch it.

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The Backstory of ‘TR-8R’ (AKA FN-2199) Explained

One minor character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has captured the imagination of fans the same way Boba Fett did back during the original trilogy: The baton wielding stormtrooper fans have dubbed “TR-8R.” He, of course, got that nickname because of his single word line (“TRAITOR!”) that he screams when he sees one of our heroes, the former Stormtrooper Finn.

People have wanted to know more about the short-lived character (mostly because of how awesome his baton spinning was), and StarWars.com has decided to let us in on it.

You see “TR-8R” is actually FN-2199, a member of the same squad that Finn (former FN-2187) came from. This is, frankly, why he knows what the heck Finn looks like without his helmet on. He apparently shows up in Greg Rucka’s book Before the Awakening, and his friends call him “Nines” (which I guess is the best you’re going to get for a nickname as a Stormtrooper).

The baton device he uses (called a Z6) is designed for crowd and riot control. Technically it’s meant to be non-lethal, but in the same way that a rock on the ground in non-lethal I guess.

I mean, it can block a lightsaber… so how non-lethal can it really be?

Via StarWars.com

Episode 63 – 2015 in Review

It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for our third annual year in review episode! We discuss the best and worst 2015 had to offer when it comes to movies, new television shows, Anime, video games, comics and (of course) conventions! Find out what Nick, Trae and Pher really liked and what they really, really hated…

It’s super fun.

Also, someone finally guessed the damned book Trae’s been reading for so many months — and they went to too much trouble to do so. But we kind of love them for it, so it’s really okay.

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Recreating the Holochess Board for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

It’s no spoiler to mention that some of the long awaited (and finally here) seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise The Force Awakens takes place on the Millennium Falcon. I mean, they stuck it in the first trailer over a year ago.

Knowing that, it should come to no surprise that the infamous ship’s holochess board first seen way back in the original 1977 film makes a brief reappearance. I mean, it’s on the ship, the characters are on the ship — not really a major spoiler anywhere near the ballpark of this discussion.

But writing a sequence in which the board gets turned back on (even just for a moment) and actually putting that on screen are two very different things. The original stop motion puppets are long disintegrated, and everything had to be recreated from scratch. To do so, J.J. Abrams reached out to Phil Tippett, who had created the sequence in the original film, and got his team to work.

Adam Savage’s Tested.com went behind the scenes on Episode VII’s production, and got to be on hand while the new stop motion sequence was being created. Of course, they had to wait to post about it until now, but it was worth the wait. They’ve put a video out about the process, a long with a photo gallery of images from their visit too.

So yeah, watch it. Because it’s neat.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Smashes Box Office Records

To the surprise of pretty much no one, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened to record numbers. Episode VII earned $238 million domestically, with another $279 million internationally. So yeah, sorry Jurassic World, you got to hold on to that record for less than half a year. On Friday alone, the film brought in $120.5 million, setting the record for biggest single day, biggest Friday, and biggest opening day as well.

A lot of you went to see this movie.

Opening weekend alone made the film the 141st highest grossing film of all time worldwide, and the 107th highest grossing domestically. The film is currently on track to beat the $760.5 million earned by Avatar, especially since pretty much nothing else interesting is coming out until February.

I know I plan on seeing it at least a few more times at least, but I made my thoughts on the movie pretty clear.

Via BoxOfficeMojo

Special – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered this weekend, so of course we decided to do an special episode about it. Like all of our earlier special episodes this one is filled with spoilers, so you probably shouldn’t listen to it or watch it if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

We warned you.

Sadly, circumstances made it so only Nick and Trae were on hand to discuss the much anticipated Episode VII – but they still have a lot of thoughts on the matter. So sit back, buckle up, and enjoy our (slightly over an hour long) review of the film.

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Expanded Universe Fans Threaten to Spoil Episode VII, Alienate Only Real Friends

While most of us are pretty hyped about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it did toss out the Star Wars “Expanded Universe” continuity to avoid the franchise’s hands from being tied. The “Expanded Universe” had both good and bad points, but when it was created it was done on the premise that there’d probably never be a Star Wars movies set post-Return of the Jedi.

Understandably, Disney and LucasFilm have opted not to continue producing fiction in the Expanded Universe (now relabeled as “Legends”) to avoid brand confusion. This has made some of the Expanded Universe’s fans exceptionally angry, and they plan on protesting in the dumbest and most ineffective way possible.

…by spoiling The Force Awakens for all of their friends. Continue reading Expanded Universe Fans Threaten to Spoil Episode VII, Alienate Only Real Friends

This Sweded ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer is AMAZING

Look, we are in the middle of an all out blitz of Star Wars: The Force Awakens advertising. It’d be so impossible to miss the constant advertising that even we’ve stopped reporting on it.

But we’ve got one more trailer to post.

But this time around it’s not really a trailer — but sweded version of a trailer we’ve already seen. The guys at Dumb Drum have done an amazing job remaking it (especially when you consider the trailer they sweded has only been out for a month). Check it out:

If you want to see it side by side with the real trailer, we have that too: Continue reading This Sweded ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer is AMAZING

And You Thought We Were Done With ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailers

J.J. Abrams may have said that the previous full trailer we got would be the end of new footage from Episode VII, but the new international trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens says otherwise.

Okay, so it’s just a few small shots, and it’s nothing really all that spoilery… but still.

What this trailer continues to confirm for me is that, if anything, Episode VII will look right, regardless if it’s a good movie or not. That may not seem like that big a thing to some people, but one of the things I hate about the prequels is that they don’t really look like Star Wars.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out December 18th.