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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

“Rey’s Not a Mary Sue” Comment Responses

On this episode of The Off Week we take a look at your comment responses to our video about Mary Sues and Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

You can find the original video here.

The Off Week” is a series of videos produced by Nerd & Tie in the weeks where we aren’t producing a full length podcast. The goal is to raise questions and make you think about things that you’ve maybe taken for granted.

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

Hasbro Corrects Course, Will Add Rey to Star Wars Monopoly

Daisy Ridley’s Rey is, without a doubt, the central character of the seventh Star Wars film. I mean, it’s not a significant spoiler to say that she’s as central to The Force Awakens as Luke was to A New Hope. That’s why when Rey was excluded from the new Star Wars edition of Monopoly (which included Original Trilogy Luke, Darth Vader, Finn and Kylo Ren), there was not just confusion — but outcry.

No one buys specialized Monopoly games to play Monopoly, they buy them for the cool pieces you can display, play with, and look at. The board game is an excuse to stare at the characters for a few hours before you realize that you’ve been tricked into playing Monopoly again by that one guy’s friend named Andrew, and that this whole time you could have been watching the movie again instead.

Not having the central character included is kind of a big deal.

And I mean, if this had been an isolated incident, it would have just been annoying — Finn is still pretty cool on his own (and as much a main character in this movie as Han Solo was in the original films). But Hasbro has a history of intentionally excluding women characters from toys, making this seem like just another in a long string of sexist bad decisions by the toy company.

Hasbro initially tried to justify the decision, claiming it was to avoid spoilers, but that seems weird to me as it would imply that saying Finn was a main character somehow wouldn’t be one. The good news is that Hasbro has seen the light (or at least the money), and has decided to revamp future versions of the product.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Hasbro will be adding Rey to the game. The version with her won’t be here until “later this year,” but that’s just mostly because it takes time to make a sculpt and mass produce a new figure (not to mention they want to sell off the copies of the game they’ve already produced).

So yeah Hasbro, maybe next time don’t assume no one will want the main character just because she’s a woman, okay?

Via EW

You’re Using the Term “Mary Sue” Wrong

The term “Mary Sue” gets thrown around a lot when talking about women characters in fiction, but is anyone actually using it right? Where does the term come from? Is it even possible for a character like Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road to be a Mary Sue in the first place?

The Off Week” is a series of videos produced by Nerd & Tie in the weeks where we aren’t producing a full length podcast. The goal is to raise questions and make you think about things that you’ve maybe taken for granted.

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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