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Anakin Skywalker was initially set to make an appearance as a ghost in The Force Awakens, but he didn't make the final cut. Maybe it's because he looked so, so creepy.

Why the two-face treatment? According to artist Iain McCaig, it's because Anakin's got both good and evil natures inside him:

When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow. That inspired me to propose, for the first time, that Anakin’s ghost could come back … If we see Anakin Skywalker, because he does flow back and forth between Darth Vader and Anakin, let’s see him as a character with a dark and light side. The reason Luke is this whole new entity is because he was the first to acknowledge his own dark side — that it was not separate from him.


It's unclear what part of the film Anakin could have appeared in, but it's likely he'd either have appeared to Kylo Ren, or alongside other series veterans in Rey's Force vision.

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I hope you didn't need to get anything done for the rest of the day, because you're about to be too busy fighting Stormtroopers.

Lightsaber Escape is a new game/experience built by Google that turns your smartphone, in combination with Chrome on your computer, into a lightsaber. Once you pair and calibrate your device, you're off on a quest to escape a Star Destroyer filled with Stormtroopers. They're surprisingly good shots.




Can you make it out in one piece?

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"Are there any of you that think this is going to be a lousy movie?" "NO!"

The year was 1999, and nobody yet knew the prequels were garbage. Throngs of Star Wars fans stood outside theaters in line for hours, waiting to see a movie they thought was going to be fantastic. Imagine their disappointment a few hours later when they walked out of that theater. That could be you in just over a week, when The Force Awakens is finally released. Maybe it won't be bad, maybe it will, but there's nothing like seeing footage of enthusiastic fans ahead of The Phantom Menace to put a damper on your hopes for this new film.

Speaking of enthusiastic fans, there are people lined up outside the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood right now waiting for the release of The Force Awakens, and they've been there since December 5th. Yes, the year is still 2015, and they could have very well just pressed a button on their phones to get tickets, but for these people, that isn't the point.




These fans are part of an event put on by Liningup.net that has been helping people stand in line to wait to see Star Wars since the first prequel premiered. For them, the event is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the films as a community: "We could reserve our seats online, and show up 5 minutes before midnight. For the vast majority of moviegoers, that will be their experience: sterile, passionless, and without any human interaction. But that is not what the Star Wars experience is all about." People at the event have to spend a minimum of 24 hours in line before the movie premieres to earn two tickets to see the film. Thankfully, they can spread these hours out over as many days as they need, otherwise these folks would probably smell worse than a tauntaun.

The event also benefits the Starlight Children's Foundation, which you can donate to online, or by texting either 'Jedi' or 'Sith' to 80000 in order to give $5.

The full trailer for Star Wars VII dropped yesterday and tickets went on sale—enough news to make any Star Wars fanboy giddy with excitement.

But then the trolls decided to come out and play...

Using the hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII, a handful of accounts complained about the black lead character. This new movie advocates white genocide, they said.

Classic trolls!

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Now that we have thoroughly meme-ed our way through the first official trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens," J.J. Abrams has revealed some of the names of the new characters to Entertainment Weekly in a series of trading cards.

Finally, that little rolling ball droid has a name! BB-8.

The X-Wing pilot played by Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron, the guy with the controversial cross lightsaber is Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley is Rey, and John Boyega is Finn.

Abrams says there is a reason each card has its specific number, and wouldn't reveal much else.

"I'm only sorry we couldn't give everyone a stick of gum," he said.

Only 1 more year to go!

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