Thursday, December 31, 2015

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - A Negromancer Link-O-Rama - Update #243

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

[I will shut down this post on Thursday, December 31, 2015.  I will open a new post, "Star Wars: Rogue One," on Friday, January 1, 2016, but I will continue to post about The Force Awakens as necessary.  Thank you all for visiting - Leroy]

From Negromancer:  My "The Force Awakens" review.

From YahooNews:  Lucas ain't feeling "The Force Awakens."

From Polygon:  The story behind the baton-wielding stormtrooper that yelled "Traitor" at Finn.

From YahooTech:  5 intriguing ideas cut from the film.

From YahooTV:  More speculation of Rey.  Is she Han and Leia's daughter?

From BluRayCom:  Blu-ray release on April 5, 2015?

From ScreenRant:  Dissecting the meanings of Kylo Ren's name.

From YahooMovies:  Ranking the Star Wars movies.

From Variety:  21 reasons TFA deserves every dollar.

From Variety:   Smashes Christmas Day box office record.

From Variety:  Vatican newspaper gets its hate-on.

From ScreenRant:  The return of Anakin?

From Vox:  Reboot the prequels?

From YahooTech:  There are critics who do not like "The Force Awakens."

From CinemaBlend:  Captain Phasma will get more screen time in Ep. 8.

From Polygon:  J.J. says the script for Episode VIII is so good...

From BGR:  Will Han Solo come back in some form?

From YahooTech:  Who are Rey's parents... and grandparents?

From YahooMovies:  The "Associated Press Entertainer of the Year" is "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

From VillageVoice:  "The Force Awakens" inspires right-bloggers.

From YahooMovies:  The Ultimate Force Awakens FAQ, and it is quite good.

From YahooTV:  Carries Fisher to Daisy Ridley - don't go through the crew...

From HitFix:  Carrie's infamous "Good Morning America" interview.

From YahooMovies:  Ewan McGregor has a cameo.

From BusinessInsider:  Harrison Ford made a mint for returning for "The Force Awakens" and will make more.

From YahooNews:  Is "The Phantom Menace" more ambitious than "The Force Awakens."

From BusinessInsider:  Theories about Rey's parents.

From YahooNews:  J.J. says that Alec Guinness is in TFA.

From TheWrap:  Without China, TFA falls short of breaking global and foreign box office records set by Jurassic Park earlier this year.

From BoxOfficeMojo:  "The Force Awakens" has the largest single day opening, $120 million, including the $57 million from Thursday night showing.  The film has also set other box office records.

From HollywoodLife:  5 biggest spoilers in the film. (SPOILERS)

From Variety:  $72.7 at international box office.

From YahooMovies:  Daniel Craig's has a cameo as a member of the First Order. (SPOILERS)

From YahooMovies: Record setting opening night on Thursday.

From VillageVoice:  Amy Nicholson calls TFA the third good Star Wars film.

From TheVox:  A not exactly glowing review by Todd VanDerWerff.

From THR:  Todd McCarthy reviews the film WITH spoilers.

From NYT:  Manohla Dargis reviews for The New York Times.

From TheVerge:  A spoiler free review by Bryan Bishop.
From YahooMovies:  Star Wars: The Force Awakens - the second teaser/trailer.

From YouTube:  Star Wars: The Force Awakens - the first teaser/trailer.

From Instagram:  A 15-second clip from the film that is a straight tease.

From TheVerge:  The new trailer is here.

From SlashFilm:  Eeeek!  Japanese trailer has new footage.

From Deadline:  Chinese trailers with lots of new footage and dialogue!

From TechCrunch:  There is a new TV spot... with new footage!!!

From YouTube: TV Spot #1
From YouTube:  TV Spot #2
From YouTube:  TV Spot #3
From TheVerge:  TV Spot #4
From YouTube:  TV Spot #5
From YouTube:  TV Spot #6
From YouTube: TV Spot #7
From YouTube:  TV Spot #8
From YouTube: TV Spot #9
From Facebook:  "All the Way" TV spot (#10).
From YouTube:  TV Spot #11
From YouTube: TV Spot #12
From YouTube: TV Spot #13
From YouTube: TV Spot #14
From YouTube: TV Spot #15 - Oscar Isaac introduces the clip in Spanish.
From YouTube: TV Spot #16
From YouTube: TV Spot #17
From YouTube: TV Spot #18
From YouTube: TV Spot #19
From YouTube: TV Spot #20
From YouTube: TV Spot #21

From YouTube:  "In 5 days" spot.

From YouTube:  The long version of the Chewbacca BB-8 Verizon commercial:  "A better network as explained by Star Wars.

From YouTube:  C-P30 and R2-D2 meet BB-8 in commercial for "Priority."


From YahooNews:  Angry fans who want the return of the Expanded Universe (Star Wars Legends) threaten to spoil the film if they don't get their way.

From YahooNews:  Katie Couric talks to John Boyeag.

From YahooMovies:  The Rey toy reveal freak-out.

From Vulture:  Harrison Ford snuck into a preview.

From YahooMovies:  Actors replay their expressions from watching the movie.

From IMDb:  Actors describe their characters in "The Force Awakens."

From YahooNews:  Lupita Nyong'o talks a little about Maz Kanata.

From THR:  J.J. suggests Ava DuVernay for future Star Wars film.

From Deadline:  Spielberg thought it should be J.J. Abrams.

From YahooMovies:  Beastie Boys and "Lost" influence the name of new Star Wars character.

From YahooMovies:  Robert Downey, Jr. mentors John Boyega.

From YahooMovies:  Kylo Ren is a mess and other press junket reveals.

From YahooMovies:  Abrams talks about the best way to watch the movie.

From Deadline:  New character posters featuring Finn and Poe Dameron.

From CinemaBlend:  Lucas has seen "The Force Awakens."

From YahooTV:  Who is Supreme Leader Snoke?

From RollingStone:  The magazine's in-depth feature on Star Wars.

From HitFix:  Speculation on Vader's helmet.

From Mashable:  Harrison Ford saw the film and likes it.

From YahooTV:  J.J. talks to Howard Stern.

From HitFix:  "The Force Awakens" soundtrack listing.

From YahooNews:  The new planets are revealed.

From Variety:  It's official: PG-13 for "sci-fi action violence."

From Variety:  Win tickets to the Los Angeles or London premiere.

From Variety:   More commentary from Lucas.

From CheatSheet:  A essay about Lucas' "displeasure" at being left out of the making of Episode 7.

From YahooMovies:  Why do people care what this bitch said?

From Deadline:  John Boyega trying to manage expectations.

From CBS:  The network's morning news airs part of an interview Charlie Rose conducted with George Lucas.  The rest of the interview will air in December in conjunction with the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, which Lucas is receiving.

From CinemaBlend:  Meet the "Starkiller Base."

From YahooNews:  More about Lupita Nyong'o's character "Maz Kanata."

From YahooGames:  Don't call her princess.

From YahooGames:  Stills to be published in Entertainment Weekly reveal a few things.

From YahooNews:  Still more EW stills.

From FlickeringMyth:  Supreme Leader Snoke?

From CinemaBlend:  What is Daisey Ridley going to do on opening day?

From Hitfix:  Daniel Fleetwood died just days after getting a special screening of "The Force Awakens."

From TheVerge:  Dying fan sees unedited version of "The Force Awakens."

From SideshowCollectibles:  Cause you want to see it again.  Plus 10 moments worth experiencing again.

From SideshowCollectibles:  See the new posters.

From FlickeringMyth: Will Yoda return?

From TheCheatSheet:  More speculation on why Luke was left out of second trailer.

From FlickeringMyth: No more trailers, says J.J.

From CinemaBlend:  The Luke Skywalker/Kylo Ren theory.

From YahooNews:  Stormtroopers mass at Great Wall of China.

From CinemaBlend:  10 things Cinema Blend noticed about the new trailer.

From Hitfix:  See Daisy Ridley's reaction to the latest trailer.

From CinemaBlend:  Boyega flips over latest trailer.

From TheWrap:  Crashing results from being trying to buy tickets online.

From SheKnows:  Sad Star Wars boycott.  It is put on by people who certainly will see the film.

From Forbes:  The new "Star Wars" is not for you, fanboy.

From Variety:  New (and final) poster revealed; tickets on sale Monday; trailer during Monday Night Football (Oct. 19th).

From YahooFinance:  Netflix is negotiating to get the rights to "The Force Awakens."

From CinemaBlend:  136 minutes long; that's the rumor about TFA's run time.

From YahooMovies:  New Star Wars characters accidentally unveiled.

From YahooNews:  Rumor about Michael B. Jordan and Boba Fett solo movie.

From YahooMovies:  John Boyega brushes past the haters.

From THR:  "The Force Awakens" gets a date for its world premiere, December 14, 2015 - in Los Angeles, CA.

From YahooNews:  Full trailer / final trailer due this month?  Oct. 19th?

From Cinelinx:  Lots of speculation about Finn.

From ScreenRant:  New rumors: Skywalkers and Finn.

From YahooNews: Admiral Ackbar will be in "The Force Awakens."

From BleedingCool:  More Hayden Christensen rumors.

From YahooNews:   Rumors about Max Von Sydow's character in "The Force Awakens."

From THR:  Script made Boyega cry.

From YahooNews:  Hayden Christensen rumors about Episode 8.

From YahooNews: Disney might release the original theatrical cuts of the original Star Wars trilogy.

From YahooMovies:  Star Wars film artifacts on auction.

From IGNAsia:   Mark Hamill in Ireland to film Episode VIII?

From ScreenRant:  A character guide with the website's own evaluations and speculations.

From ScreenRant:  Trading cards may release more tidbits, especially about Rey.

From CinemaBlend:  Rumor is that there will be a post-credit scene on "The Force Awakens."

From Comicvine:  How Marvel Comics' "Shattered Empire" comic book connects to "The Force Awakens."

From Forbes:  What is more important? That "The Force Awakens" be a big hit or be really good?

From TheGuardian:  Anthony Daniels on secrecy and playing C-3PO.

From iDigitalTimes:  Finn and Rey revealed?

From YahooMovies:  33 of the coolest new Star Wars items.

From YahooMovies:  A first  look at "The Force Awakens" toys.

From YahooTech: Meet the high-tech BB-8 from Sphero.

From Collider:  A new villains international poster.

From YahooMovies:  An article about the 15-seconds of heavenly tease.

From YahooGames:  Kylo Ren is not a Sith!

From YahooMovies:  Toy leak reveals Zuvio.

From YahooMakers:  Young girl bullied for being a girl who likes Star Wars gets a special Stormtrooper suit.

From CheatSheet:  They think they have good news about Han Solo solo film.

From HitFix:  "The Force Awakens" heroes make cover of "Empire" magazine.

From Collider:  "The Force Awakens" villains make cover of "Empire" magazine.

From CinemaBlend:  Maz Kanata may stay under wraps until release of film.

From FlickeringMyth:  Early concept art for Maz Kanata, the motion-capture character played by Lupita Nyong'o.

From YahooMovies:   Oscar Isaac was a Lando fan.

From YahooMovies:  John Boyega and the rest of the cast had lots of fun on the set.

From IndieRevolver:  Concept art for the "Knights of Ren," that may also have been early designs for Kylo Ren.

From IndieRevolver:  The first real good look at Luke Skywalker as will possibly be in "The Force Awakens.

From Collider:  Abrams on Captain Phasma.

From FlickeringMyth:  D23 interview with Abrams and cast.

From Collider:  Initial cut of "The Force Awakens" is 124 minutes long (2 hours, 4 minutes).

From Variety:  Cast photo from "Rogue One."

From HitFix:  D23 exclusive Star Wars poster reveals something about Finn.

From AccessHollywood:  New Star Wars details revealed at D23.

From EW:  Entertainment Weekly goes whole hog on coverage of "The Force Awakens."

From YahooMovies:  Some info on some character names from "The Force Awakens."

From YahooBeauty:  CoverGirl launching "Star Wars" makeup line.

From YahooMovies:  "Anakin" as a baby name.

From Toybox: Micro Machines returning for "The Force Awakens."

From EpochTimes:  Rumors about the relationship between the villians.

From YahooMovies:  Mark Hamill gives the best autographs.

From YahooMovies:  No midi-chlorians.

From ScreenRant:  SPOILER:  In "Rogue One," Felicity Jones' character might be Boba Fett's daughter.

From EntertainmentWeekly:  J.J. Abrams apparently broke his back trying to help Harrison on the set of "The Force Awakens."

From Cinelinx:  Rumors of a Star Wars/Netflix deal on a live-action series or more than one abound.

From IBTimes: Tie-Fighter upgrades?

From YahooMovies:  Michael Jackson wanted to be Jar Jar Banks.

From Variety:  Benecio Del Toro for "Star Wars Episode 8."

From TheVerge:  Leaked excerpt of the book, Star Wars: Aftermath, which is set immediately after the events of Return of the Jedi.

From FlickeringMyth:  John Boyega shares image of Finn and Chewbacca in action together.

From TechCrunch:  All in on this Rancor cosplay.

From YahooMovies:  Amy Schumer does the metal bikini.

From ScreenRant:  Han Solo back story revealed in The Force Awakens?

From CinemaBlend:  Production Darren Gilford talks about the lengths to which J.J. Abrams went to connect his film to the original trilogy.

From Fortune:  A short article on Star Wars sequels, spinoffs and re-releases.

From YahooMovies:  Video of Princess Leia's return and more in the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" behind-the-scenes video from ET.  You must watch this..

From THR:  Comic-Con 2015 panel footage raises questions.

From YahooMovies:  Some advice Harrison Ford gave to Daisy Ridley.

From YahooMovies:  Watch entire San Diego Comic-Con 2015 "Star Wars" panel.

From YahooMovies:  Return of Harrison Ford...

From YahooFinance:  Star Wars Comic-Con panel video offers surprises.

From Collider:  Colin Trevorrow is rumored to be the choice to direct Star Wars IX.  Trevorrow directed the box office smash, Jurassic World.

From Variety:  May the donuts be with you.

From YahooMovies:  Debut of new TIE fighter that is supposed to be huge.

From SunTimes:  Darth Vader to make an appearance in "Rogue One."

From YahooMovies:  Who and what from The Force Awakens will be at 2015 Comic-Con International.

From THR via YahooMovies:  The LEGO Movie team of Chris Miller and Phil Lord are reportedly directing a Han Solo standalone Star Wars film.

From CinemaBlend:  Donnie Yen for Episode 8.

From CinemaBlend:  Marvel Comics ' "Star Wars: Shattered Empire" fills in some of the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

From ScreenRant:  Rey Solo... maybe or maybe not.

From CinemaBlend:  Ewan McGregor down to come back.

From CinemaBlend:  A new look Stormtrooper.

From MakingStarWars:  Alan Dean Foster talks (a little) about writing novelization of The Force Awakens.

From MakingStarWars:  Concept art for Han Solo, Poe, and Finn.

From CinemaBlend:  Ken Leung is reportedly a cast member in "The Force Awakens."

From HitFix:  177 days until...

From IBT:  Greg Grunberg's role revealed.

From CinemaBlend:  Keeping The Force Awaken screenplay secret.

From Examiner:  J.J. Abrams friend, actor, and The Force Awakens actors says the film is awesome.

From Hitfix:  179 days until... a look at "Star Wars Rebels" and a hint at a future duel between Darth Vader and Ben Kenobi.

From SlashFilm:  Forest Whitaker for "Rogue One."

From FlickeringMyth:  The week in Star Wars, ending June 20th, 2015.

From FlickeringMyth:  New clip from the first episode of "Star Wars Rebels" Season 2.

From TechnoBuffalo:  Leaked photos reveal the return of old friends.

From FlickeringMyth:  Two new photos from The Force Awakens... maybe.

From Deadline via YahooTV:  John Boyega has signed with talent agency WME.

From FlickeringMyth:  A possible first look at Princess Leia in The Force Awakens.

From IBT: Who is Captain Phasma - some spoiler filled (maybe) answers.

From GuardianUK:  A legend died recently, Christopher Lee.  IMDb lists well over 200 TV and film credits for him, and two of those were in Star Wars films (as Dooku).

From EW:  Star Wars toy peeks.

From FlickeringMyth:  Daisy Ridley hints at parentage of Rey

From Toybox:  Possible first look at new Stormtrooper action figure.

From CinemaBlend:  Billie Lourd, the daughter of Carrie Fisher, says that she does not play Princess Leia's daughter in The Force Awakens.

From ThePlaylist:  Han shot first - at least according to an early draft of the Star Wars script.

From ScreenRant:  C-3PO with a red arm?

From SideshowCollectibles:  Everything you need to know about The Force Awakens from the "Hot Toys" people.

From YahooGames:  The "Original Trilogy" novels retold, beginning September 2015.

From YahooGames:  Han Solo married?

From YahooMovies:  I didn't know that there was a short film shown before The Empire Strikes Back, when it was first released back in 1980.  I actually saw it back then, but I arrived late and the movie had already been started for about 5 minutes at least. Anyway, the short, entitled Black Angel, is being turned into a full-length film.

From YahooGames:  Andy Serkis will play a character named Supreme Leader Snoke.

From CinemaBlend:   A look at Lupita Nyong'o's character Maz Kanata via conceptual art.

From YahooMovies:  John Boyega is a total Star Wars nerd.

From TheVox:  Lightsaber colors explained.

From Mashable:  Madame Tusands in London prepares to open Star Wars exhibition.

From YahooTV:  No Princess Leia flashback in "The Force Awaken" ... or so she says.

From HuffingtonPost:  More girls in Star Wars says little Miss Hanks.

From TheVox:  Someone has found the "best" version of the original Star Wars.

From YahooMovies:  Vanity Fair covers "The Force Awakens."

From AccessHollywood:  More about the Vanity Fair shoot.

From YahooGames:  More on Disney not using George Lucas' treatment for a new trilogy.

From YahooMovies:  Episode VII's six confirmed new characters

From YahooMovies:  Disney wary of Star Wars overload.

From Variety:  The first merchandise from "The Force Awakens" hits stores September 4th, 2015.

From HuffingtonPost: "Chewie, we're home."

From Toybox:  BB-8 has his own teaser toy website.

From ScreenRant:  Who is the narrator in Trailer #2?  Is Luke or... the son of Luke.

From YahooMovies:  At Star Wars Celebration - Mark Hamill talks about being wary of J.J. Abrams and about a pivotal meeting with George Lucas.

From IGN:  At Star Wars Celebration - fans learns what could have been had "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" not been cancelled.  Some episodes would taken place after Revenge of the Sith.

From BleedingCool:  Alan Dean Foster, the master of adapting science fiction films into novels, is writing the novelization of "The Force Awakens."

From YahooMovies:  Yes, the release of the second trailer caused a fan freak out.

From CinemaBlend:  The Empire and Rebel Alliance get new names.

From YahooTech:  So how does that awesome little droid, BB-8, work?

From YahooMovies:  What crashed that Star Destroyer in the second teaser.

From YahooMovies: 6 surprises as secrets from the second trailer/teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

From CinemaBlend:  7 big moments in the second teaser that you may have missed.

From YahooMovies:  5 scenes from second trailer that remind us of original trilogy.

From GuardianUK: Second trailer returns to franchise's strengths.

From YahooMovies:  How much it costs to get an autograph or take a picture with a Star Wars personality.

From YahooFinance: Second teaser confirms one leaked plot detail... spoiler alert!

From Polygon: A closer look at the villain's costume and lightsaber.

From YahooTV:  Fun with the fake Carrie Fisher/William Shatner feud.

From YahooMovies:  George Lucas on corporate movie making and Episode VII.

From YahooGames:  See the trailer for the hot "Star Wars: Battlefront" game, due November 2015.

From YahooMovies:  "The Force Awakens" design team talks about designing the next generation.

From TechnBuffalo:  Darth Vader returns for Season Two of "Star Wars Rebels."

From YahooMovies:  30 million views of "The Force Awakens" Trailer #2 in first 24 hours.

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