David Fincher’s droid drama is one of many Star Wars: Episode VIIs that never were

Now that Disney is at the helm, we’ll be getting annual doses of Star Wars for eternity, but it wasn’t all that long ago that the series’ future was far more unclear. Before The Force Awakens finally came to fruition and ushered in our bountiful new age of Star Wars, there were plenty other versions of Episode VII…

Fifty Shades Darker trailer beats Force Awakens’ record despite lack of Chewbacca

Despite the complete and utter lack of a Millennium Falcon flyby to reawaken your childhood sense of wonder, James Foley’s erotic drama Fifty Shades Darker has set a new record for most views online by a trailer in its first 24 hours. Variety reports that the 2-minute clip has been viewed 114 million times across…

Nerd alert: Here’s a mashup of They Might Be Giants and Force Awakens

They Might Be Giants tried something unusual with their 1992 album Apollo 18. The penultimate song, “Fingertips,” consisted of 21 brief musical fragments, some lasting only a few seconds and each given its own separate track number. As explained in the liner notes (remember liner notes?), the idea was that fans could…

“Leia” combats Carrie Fisher’s internet trolls with the sound of classic rock

When a 59-year-old Carrie Fisher reprised her role as Leia in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there was an inordinate amount of discussion online of her appearance and whether or not she had “aged well.” Numerous unkind comments were made, especially about her weight. It was all pretty ridiculous, not to mention…

Celebrate May The Fourth with Oscar Isaac’s Bill Murray impression

It’s the May The Fourth, a day dedicated to a franchise that already earns billions of dollars every year in merchandising, theme parks, and other assorted revenues. But even if it’s easy to be cynical and dissuaded by the annoying spread of such pop culture whims (and it is), the fake holiday can still pay off in…

The Force Awakens in 3 minutes, told almost entirely with emoji

Haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, even though it’s been out for almost five months and is now available in every current home-viewing format? Don’t even have time to read a plot summary and deal with all those bothersome words? Not a problem at all. On its official YouTube account, Disney has posted an…

New video proves Kylo Ren’s mask makes him easily misunderstood

Auralnauts, the humorists behind the musical score-less version of the Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’s throne room scene, a now prophetic-looking “paradox edition” of Terminator Genisys , and an entire series devoted to an alternate retelling of the Star Wars saga, have trained their sights on the latest…

James Robinson returns to form by giving C-3PO a backstory

It’s been an interesting few years for James Robinson. While Robinson’s Starman was a decade-defining series in the 1990s, Robinson languished for much of the ’00s. Between writing the script for the ill-fated League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen film and Justice League: Cry For Justice, it’s fair to say that Robinson…

J.J. Abrams says he doesn’t want to spoil any more Star Wars shit, maybe just spoiled some Star Wars shit

J.J. Abrams seems to be getting a little giddy and loose-lipped, now that the weight of the world’s biggest movie franchise has been taken off his back. The Force Awakens director recently told reporters that he wasn’t going to share any of the details he knows about the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, out of a…

You know what The Force Awakens could have used? Some garlic bread

Now that J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally available for home viewing, fans can do what they hopefully didn’t do in the theaters—for example, enjoy the film while gnawing on a big, fragrant hunk of garlic bread. While garlic bread is the perfect accompaniment to the film’s mixture of deep space…

The voice of Admiral Ackbar gives one last round of “It’s a trap!” readings

Erik Bauersfeld, the voice behind Star Wars’ striking crustacean commander, Admiral Ackbar, and speaker of one of the most famous lines in the franchise’s history, died last week at 93. But shortly before his death, BBC radio presenter Jamie Stangroom sat down with Bauersfeld, sharing with The A.V. Club what he…

The Jean-Ralphio/BB-8 mashups just keep rolling in

Those in the know are probably aware that Ben Schwartz—an actor perhaps best known as Parks And Recreation’s Jean-Ralphio Saperstein—provided some vocal inspiration for Star Wars’ BB-8. Schwartz has admitted that he’s not sure if any of his vocal work made it into the movie, but that hasn’t stopped fans of both…

Spoil Me is here to ruin all movies by giving away the twist endings

Haven’t had time to sit through all two hours and 36 minutes of The Revenant? Don’t worry about it. Spoil Me, a highly specific movie database created by the French firm Buddyweb, is here to spill the beans about what happens at the end of that recent Oscar winner and lots of other movies as well. In this particular…

Another Game Of Thrones (and Star Wars) performer joins Netflix’s Iron Fist

Making strong moves to fill in her “Massively Successful Genre Series” bingo card ahead of anybody else—looking at you, Maisie Williams—Game Of Thrones and Star Wars actress Jessica Henwick has joined the cast of Marvel and Netflix’s Iron Fist series. Henwick—who plays fierce Dornish noble Nymeria Sand on the HBO…