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Moviemaking Made Easy: Meet KnowMe, Andrew Jarecki's Latest Venture

Originally posted 01/21/2016 10:15AM

Andrew Jarecki knows a thing or two about making movies. One thing he's learned? It can be challenging – and time-consuming – especially for a novice. But now the days of filmmaking frustration might actually be over.

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Surprise! Daniel Craig Has a Cameo as a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Surprise! Daniel Craig Has a Cameo as a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Originally posted 12/18/2015 02:10PM

James Bond has gone undercover.

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How Lupita Nyong'o Became Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Coolest New CGI Character

How Lupita Nyong'o Became Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Coolest New CGI Character

Originally posted 12/18/2015 11:50AM

The filmmakers on Star Wars: The Force Awakens resisted the temptation to use CGI characters like a Jedi resists the dark side. (Jar Jar Binks, anyone?)

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What's the Deal with Leia and Rey's Hair in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Get Ready for a 'Bam!' Moment

UpdatePosted 12/18/2015 09:20AM

What's the Deal with Leia and Rey's Hair in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Get Ready for a 'Bam!' Moment

Originally posted 12/14/2015 04:30PM

How do you follow up Princess Leia's famous sidebuns? For Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the hair-and-makeup team invented "The Three Knobs."

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Where Is Luke Skywalker? Mark Hamill Has Let Slip His Theories on the Missing Star Wars Hero

Where Is Luke Skywalker? Mark Hamill Has Let Slip His Theories on the Missing Star Wars Hero

Originally posted 12/16/2015 06:45PM

The face of Star Wars' main hero has still not been seen in the trailers, TV spots, posters, toys or the magazine cover of PEOPLE's special Star Wars issue.

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VIDEO: J.J. Abrams on Directing Harrison Ford in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

UpdatePosted 12/16/2015 02:05PM

J.J. Abrams on Directing Harrison Ford in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie: 'What Was Weird Was How It Wasn't Weird'

Originally posted 12/15/2015 04:05PM

Giving Harrison Ford directions on how to play Han Solo sounds about as strange as trying to give Michael Jordan basketball lessons.

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PEOPLE's Review! Star Wars: The Force Awakens Reignites the Series with a Fearless Heroine

PEOPLE's Review! Star Wars: The Force Awakens Reignites the Series with a Fearless Heroine

Originally posted 12/16/2015 12:00AM

Somewhere, on an arid little planet, a seemingly unremarkable orphan finds a droid with a critical message. Only this time, it's not Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) we meet, but a young scavenger named Rey (Daisy Ridley). Luke is missing, having exiled himself for reasons unknown. The Dark Side wants to kill him. The Resistance wants to protect him. But he isn't the hero we're looking for. She is.

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Lupita Nyong'o Auditioned for Star Wars Without Even Knowing It (and, Yes, Scored the Part)

Originally posted 12/15/2015 03:45PM

Lupita Nyong'o nabbed one of the highly coveted roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2014, but she didn't even know it at the time.

The actress said that when she auditioned for the role of CGI character Maz Kanata in the new film in the iconic space franchise, she had no idea what the meeting was even for.

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