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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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Lucasfilm Planning Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film

Hey, anyone want a fifth Indiana Jones movie? Well, Lucasfilm currently assumes you do as it seems they’re currently planning one.

There are literally no details about the project yet, as they lack even the idea for the plot at the moment. We also have idea if the aging (and injury prone) Harrison Ford would reprise the role or if they would recast the lead.

Is actually it a good idea? I’m not sure. I’m one of the few people who apparently really liked Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It’s not as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark or Last Crusade, but it’s a hell of a lot better than Temple of Doom. If done right, another installment could be pretty great.

I guess we’ll all find out if we like it or not.

Via Vanity Fair