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Ten things Andy Serkis can say about 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

“Who does Andy Serkis play in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?” is one of the thousand questions fans have been asking about next year’s Episode VII. And the actor himself seems to be bursting with the desire to talk about which galactic denizen he’ll be inhabiting.

But Serkis, best known as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings trilogy (and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), the giant ape from Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and the smaller but more sophisticated simian Caesar from the new Planet of the Apes films, has been tight-lipped about Star Wars so far.

He’s also likely to be the highest-grossing actor of 2015, as he’s the only person with supporting roles in both The Force Awakens and the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron.

When Entertainment Weekly caught up with him recently at the premiere for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Serkis did offer a few Star Wars teases—and happily debunked some of the rumors making the rounds. Here’s what we learned … READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' character names revealed (in coolest way possible) -- exclusive

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We finally got to meet some new characters in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but now we’re getting to put some names with the faces.

J.J. Abrams, the film’s co-writer and director, and Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, have decided to reveal the identities of some of their new characters exclusively to EW—and they’ve done it in a retro fashion that should bring a smile to anyone familiar with the phrase “Collect ‘Em, Trade ‘Em.” READ FULL STORY

George Lucas really has parted ways with 'Star Wars.' So why are we mad?

Letting go of something you created can’t be easy,. But it must be especially difficult for someone who conjures an entire galaxy in his imagination, only to one day release his grip and leave it in the hands of another generation.

Page Six recently caught up with George Lucas and asked what he thought of that 88-second teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens—the first film to be made from the franchise without its creator’s involvement.

His response has fans gasping like Jabba with a chain around his neck. “I don’t know anything about it. I haven’t seen it yet,” Lucas said.

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'Star Wars' trailer: 7 things we just learned

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You’ve seen it (below). You have thoughts. So do we. Here are 7 things we just learned from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, which blew up Black Friday with voom-voom pew-pew-pew glory.

1. There is a triple-bladed lightsaber. Remember when our minds were blown by Darth Maul having a two-sided lightsaber in The Phantom Menace trailer? Not to be outdone, here comes J.J. Abrams with a triple-sided version. Note the light itself is more sparky and flame-like than the usual solid-looking shafts. Also, functionality-wise, the prongs presumably act as added protection. Finally somebody must have said, “Hey, maybe we should make a lightsaber that guards our wrists because our hands keep getting chopped off.” This also give it a medieval Game of Thrones-ian broad-sword look.

2. There’s no outer space in the teaser trailer: Desert, lakes, forests, more desert. The entire trailer is terrestrial-based footage, which is a little weird for a movie called Star Wars. We’re not complaining; we assume there is plenty in the film itself, but it  seemed worth pointing out. READ FULL STORY

Watch the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer

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Arrived, the first trailer has.

Now here’s our reaction: Read Darren Franich’s deep-dive analysis and James Hibberd’s 7 takeaways from the new trailer.

Oh wait, never mind: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer coming to iTunes today

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Hey, remember how you bought tickets to whatever movie so you could see that 88-second teaser to the new Star Wars movie? Well, while the theater appreciates your money, Disney is releasing the trailer on iTunes at some point today—which is nice for the people who didn’t happen to live anywhere near one of the few theaters showing it. As of 8 a.m. eastern, it hasn’t posted yet, but the much-anticipated trailer for something called Pass the Light is:

Directed by Malcolm J. Goodwin, from a Victor Hawks script, Pass the Light follows 17-year-old high school student Steve Bellafiore (Cameron Palatas). Disturbed by a congressional candidate’s use of religion to spread hatred and intolerance, Steve runs for Congress on a campaign of uniting the town by spreading the message of love and community.

Please, everyone don’t rush to iTunes right now to check it out, as their servers probably can’t handle it.

Come back to EW.com later on for full, obsessive analysis of the trailer.

(Updated) Find out where to watch the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer this weekend

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SECOND UPDATE: Disney officially unveiled a list of theaters that will screen The Force Awakens trailer this weekend.

Phoenix, Arizona–Harkins, Tempe Marketplace
Los Angeles, California–AMC, Century City
Los Angeles, California–El Capitan
Irvine, California–Regal, Spectrum Irvine 21
San Francisco, California–AMC, Metreon 16
San Jose, California–Cinemark, Oakridge 20
San Diego, California–Regal, Mira Mesa 18
Toronto, Canada–CPX, Younge & Dundas
Vancouver, Canada–CPX, Riverport
Denver, Colorado–AMC, Westminster 24
Washington, D.C.–AMC, Tyson’s Corner 16
Miami, Florida–Carmike–Parisan 20
Atlanta, Georgia–Regal, Atlantic Station
Chicago, Illinois–Regal, City North
Boston, Massachusetts–AMC, Boston Commons 19
Detroit, Michigan–Cinemark, Showcase 20
Minneapolis, Minnesota–AMC, Southdale
Kansas City, Missouri–AMC, Studio 30
New York, New York–AMC, Lincoln Square 13
New York, New York–Regal, Union Square 14
Cleveland, Ohio–Cinemark 24
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania–Regal, Warrington 22
Nashville, Tennessee–Carmike,Thoroughbred 20
Knoxville, Tennessee–Regal, Pinnacle
Dallas, Texas–Cinemark, Plano 20
Houston, Texas–Regal, Marq*E Stadium 23
Austin, Texas–Alamo’s Lamar
Salt Lake City, Utah–Cinemark 24 WJ
Seattle, Washington–Regal, Thornton Place 14
Milwaulkee, Wisconsin–Marcus, Brookfield 16

UPDATE: More theater chains other than Regal have announced plans to screen the trailer this weekend, though have not specified which theaters. Check below for a list of chains, including AMC Theatres, that have announced their involvement in the theater roll out.

ORIGINAL STORY: It looks like the Force is waking up a bit earlier than expected.

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' has a title: 'The Force Awakens'

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If you feel a disturbance in the Force, it’s millions of voices suddenly crying out the new title of Star Wars: Episode VIIThe Force Awakens.

The reveal comes as the movie finishes its final day of shooting (with many more months of post-production to come).

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'Star Wars' cast celebrates with (early) wrap party for 'Episode VII'

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There may not have been any dancing Ewoks, but the cast and crew of Star Wars: Episode VII threw down at a massive gala this weekend to celebrate the end of principal photography.

But … it’s a little premature. Sources close to the film tell EW there are still a few more days of shooting, but the party was held a little early while most of the cast and crew was still together. READ FULL STORY

Warwick Davis returning to 'Star Wars' universe for Episode VII

Is this the return of Wicket?

Warwick Davis, who was only 11 years old when he won the part of Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, has been tapped to return to the galaxy far, far away for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.

Lucasfilm made the announcement with this video: READ FULL STORY

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