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Imgur user raggedrabbit collected a few examples of just how many f*cks Mark Hamill gives when signing autographs.

Luke Skywalker obviously has a pretty big sense of humor when it comes to his fans.

And it's not like anyone would be upset by these imaginative signatures, right? Surely it would only increase the worth many times over.

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Ahmed Best said Michael Jackson wanted to be Jar Jar Binks.
Via: Vice
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Yousa not going to believe this.

In an interview with Vice July 23, the actor who did al l the voice and motion capture for Jar Jar Binks admitted that he beat out Michael Jackson for the role.

While Amhed Best briefly touched on the subject during a Reddit AMA last year, he went into even greater depth for the extended profile.

Me, Natalie Portman, and George's kids—we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson's concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as "Jar Jar" and I was like, That's kind of weird. Michael was like, "Oh. OK." I thought, What is going on?

Really though, would you expect a conversation with the King of Pop to be anything less than super weird?

Best continues:

After Michael had driven off, we all go back up to a big afterparty. I'm having a drink with George and I said, "Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?" He said, "Well, Michael wanted to do the part but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like 'Thriller.'" George wanted to do it in CGI. My guess is ultimately Michael Jackson would have been bigger than the movie, and I don't think he wanted that.

If you need help imagining it, it might look a little something like this:

Best himself seems to have come to terms with his history as a character that has met with so much public hatred.

At the end of the day it is the movie business, and if the character doesn't work for the people who watch the movie then the character doesn't work. I can't take that personally. It's up to the filmmaker to make sure that not only does the film work for the filmmaker but it also works for the audience. So, because he wasn't fan favorite, I can understand why he was scaled back. And, narratively, they moved on to something else.

You can read the full interview, and some of Best's thoughts on Oscars for motion capture actors, here.

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Via: CNN
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They’ve ruthlessly murdered scores of innocent people, destroyed priceless artifacts, and bulldozed ancient cities.

Now ISIS recruits are passing through Luke Skywalker’s home planet on their way to Libya, and Star Wars fans are being warned to stay away as the danger escalates in the region.

Obi-Wan Kenobi said it best: “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

The planet Tatooine from “Star Wars” was inspired by the real city of Tataouine in Tunisia and parts of the country were used as a backdrop for various scenes in the films.

Fans have been flocking to Tunisia for years to visit the locations, but now they’re being warned against it as the Islamic terrorist group ISIS expands in the region.

Over the past month, authorities have found numerous weapons caches – including rocket launchers – and arrested several men on their way to cross the border and join ISIS in Libya, according to CNN. ISIS also recently claimed responsibility for the terror attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis which killed 23 people.

The British government has issued a travel warning for the area citing “a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping.”

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Via: EW
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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!

Via: SNL
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The "Star Wars Episode VII" trailer has already been parodied every which way imaginable, but "Saturday Night Live" shared its own take on it this past weekend.

The new film will bring back original cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher… only with a few more wrinkles.

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Now that you've had time to digest the new trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," here it is one more time… but using only Legos.

Youtube user Snooperking recreated the trailer shot for shot with the blocks, including that dangerous-looking cross lightsaber.

Via: Regal
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Gifs and images from the fan-made clip above have been floating around the internet this weekend as leaks from Star Wars VII, but creator Daniel Broadyway confirms his rendering is not the real deal and was made after the news that a real trailer is due out later this week.

If you're hoping to see the real thing, the trailer is to debut at select Regal Cinemas over the weekend:

According to a post now deleted from Regal's website, those select theaters are:

Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX, Irvine CA
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX, San Diego CA
Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX, Atlanta GA
Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX, Chicago IL
Regal Union Square Stadium 14, New York NY
Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX, Warrington PA
Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX, Knoxville TN
Edwards Houston Marq'E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX, Houston TX
Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX, Seattle WA

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