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Chewbacca Probably Knocked Up Princess Leia, According to Carrie Fisher

We've got big news on the Star Wars Episode VII front. According to Princess Leia herself (a.k.a. actress Carrie Fisher), she and Han Solo are married with children in the new sequels. However, there's trouble in paradise, as one of the kids looks a little too much like Han's 'loyal' sidekick, the mighty Chewbacca.

What a Wookiee!

But don't take my word for it. Read what Fisher had to say to Yahoo! Movies UK.

Han Solo and I have been unhappily married for many years, and so we speak through the wookiees and use a translator.

Of course, C-3PO is fluent in over six million forms of communication. But even then, I'm not sure he'd get through to a woman in the midst of a relationship crisis…

I regularly say to R2 'Tell that son of a bitch to ***!' And we have children, but one of them looks a lot like Chewbacca, and we use Yoda, who's regenerated on a planet somewhere, for marital therapy. I urge Chewie to get waxed for sure!

Granted, we're 99.9% sure she's just f*cking with us, but the sad fact remains that if this really was the plot, the film would still make a billion dollars. In fact, I'd rather watch this than Episodes I & II. So go ahead, Disney. Get stupid with it.

‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Casting Has Begun! Officially Confirmed By Exclusive Confirmation Officials

Begun the Speculation Wars have. The internet crapped itself yesterday when Deadline reported leaked casting calls for the seventh Star Wars installment. Apparently, Disney's Star Wars (we still get a little queasy when we type that) casting people sent out official calls for seven actors. They are as follows:

1) A young man aged between 20 and 25, witty and smart, fit but not classically handsome.  2) Man in late twenties, also fit, but this one is handsome and confident.  3) Late teenage girl, independent, good sense of humour, also physically fit.  4) Second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and physically fit.  5) Man in his forties, obviously physically fit, this one is a military type.  6) A man of around thirty or so, this one is an intellectual type.  7) A guy aged around seventy, strong opinions and tough.

The news has been out long enough for every nerd, geek, dweeb and spazz to go hog wild on every inkling of a rumor, notion or half-thought. The film isn't even supposed to go into production until January 2014 or hit theaters until the year after that, so we can expect more and more internet breakdowns as every piece of this process is scrutinized ad nauseam.

By the way, many Bothons died to bring you this report (and by 'Bothons' we mean 'mouse buttons' and 'died' we mean 'clicked').

J.J. Abrams Says He’ll ‘Honor’ Original ‘Star Wars’ Films, But Not Kiss Their Ass

There are obviously a great many people out there who would love it if director J.J. Abrams could somehow recapture the magic of the original Star Wars trilogy in Episode VII. However, many of us also recognize that going backwards is impossible. So, if nothing else, we'd settle for a Star Wars film devoid of intergalactic bureaucracies, stiff dialogue, and characters like you-know-who.

That's something Abrams might be able to deliver. On Saturday,  Abrams was at the Produced By Conference, and here's what he had to say about the overall approach he plans to take with the new Star Wars:

It is so massive and so important to people. I think the key to moving forward on something like this is honoring but not revering what came before. There's that deep feeling of infinite possibilities that I think was the ultimate thing I thought when I first saw Star Wars which I would—and probably will—give my left arm to try and come close to again.

Yeah, it sounds to me like Star Wars is in good hands.

Of course, there is one old Star Wars tradition that Abrams is going forced to honor: filming in London. The deal to film Episode VII in London like all the other instalments of the Star Wars franchise was in place before Abrams agreed to take the project on. So, despite the fact that he would prefer to shoot the film in Hollywood, Abrams will be packing up the fam and moving to the UK in January 2014, when filming is scheduled to begin.

Lego Made a Life-Sized X-Wing Fighter With 5.3 Million Pieces (VIDEO)

What a wonderful waste of time and money.

This might be the biggest waste of time and money I've ever seen. And I'm in love with it.

The fine folks at Lego created a life-sized replica of an X-Wing Fighter from Star Wars, complete with a R2 Unit. The ship weighs 46,000 pounds, and contains 5.3 million Lego bricks. It took 32 people a combined total of 17,000 hours to put this together, because using that time and energy to fight poverty would have been boring.

This monument to Geekdom is now sitting in Times Square where it's being used to promote Cartoon Network's new series The Yoda Chronicles, which premieres next Wednesday. Next week, it will be packed up and shipped to LEGOLAND near San Diego, where it will be on display for the next year. Personally, I'll hold out on visiting LEGOLAND until they build a life-sized Star Destroyer. (Source)

The Original Draft of ‘Star Wars’ Gets the Comic Book Treatment. Luckily George Lucas Has Nothing to Do With It

Long has been the theory that George Lucas is actually a terrible filmmaker and that Star Wars Episode IV as was a fluke that was quickly corrected by hiring additional writers and new directors for the second two original trilogy flicks. There's no greater evidence to support this idea than the last three movies Lucas wrote and directed on his own, or the story he dreamed up for the last Indiana Jones. So then it should also come as no surprise that his original draft of Star Wars, originally titled The Star Wars: The Adventures of the Starkiller is kind of crazy and weird and probably was altered after notes from some of his more competent, famous filmmaking friends.

Luckily, that original was never filmed (though you can read the script here), but it will finally be realized in comic book form in the Dark Horse adaptation of The Star Wars, complete with old, aged Luke Skywalker and lizard-fied Han Solo. The 8-issue comic book will begin in September and  Entertainment Weekly was able to grab some early art courtesy of Dark Horse which can be viewed above and below. 

Harrison Ford Finally Sorta Really Confirms That He’s Returning as Han Solo

Okay, let's see if we've got this figured out. First a Disney source claimed that Harrison Ford was confirmed to return as Han Solo. Ford had earlier said that he'd be interested in the idea. Then Lucas gave an interview to Businessweek where he let the cat out of the bag that he'd already approached the three main characters from the original trilogy for the new sequel. But now, while out looking pissed off for having to be talking to reporters, Harrison Ford finally opened up about the status of his casting and that of his two much, much lesser necessary co-stars.

Ford told WGNTV (yes, them) , 'I think it's almost true...I'm looking forward to it....It's not in the bag but I think it's happening.' Ford, who will be 73 if Episode VII is in fact released in 2015, is finally starting to age a bit but hardly his actual age (the guy pulled off 45 for like fifteen years). So while Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are pushing the boundaries of embarrassing, Ford could easily pick up where he left Han Solo 30 years ago.

The Carrie Fisher Mind-F#ck Continues as George Lucas Denies Her Denial

Businessweek just published an interesting article that went through all the details and nuances that led to Disney buying Lucasfilm. And coming off seemingly bitter for some reason, George Lucas is quoted describing the deals made with the original three main actors from the original trilogy:

Asked whether members of the original Star Wars cast will appear in Episode VII and if he called them before the deal closed to keep them informed, Lucas says, "We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison-or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what's going on.' " He pauses. "Maybe I'm not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them." Then he adds: "I won't say whether the negotiations were successful or not."

Even though just this morning, Carrie Fisher's reps waved off her assertion that she was confirmed to be returning as Princess Leia as nothing but a joke, it seems like she'd already long been in near-confirmed talks to come back. The same goes for Harrison Ford, whose supposed return was only confirmed about three weeks ago, even though it seems like he was ready to come on board back in 2012. And let's not even forget about Mark Hamill's back-and-forth confirmation (although like most things to do with Mark Hamill, you probably did anyway). Read More » »