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Test Your ‘Star Wars’ Knowledge With These ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Facts

Did you know that in 'Empire Strikes Back' they used potatoes to stand-in for asteroids? Or, that Sir Alec Guinness was paid millions of dollars for five hours of work as Obi-Wan Kenobi? Well, now you can test your 'Star Wars' knowledge with the latest entry in our video series "You Think You Know Movies?"

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Meet Your New ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ Character: Captain Phasma

Last week saw the official announcement of some of the new 'Star Wars: Episode 7' characters' names. There was Kylo Ren, Finn, Rey, BB-8, and who could forget Poe Dameron. But, there's one more new 'Star Wars' character whose name has been revealed and if you thought "Kylo Ren" sounded silly, wait until you hear this: Captain Phasma.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Sets Frank Oz to Return as Yoda

Recent weeks have seen excitement for Disney XD’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ somewhat eclipsed by revelations of ‘The Force Awakens’ trailer, but it seems the animated series will seek to establish yet another major connection to the films. Not only will Master Yoda pop up in a future ‘Star Wars Rebels’ installment, but the character will be voiced by his original portrayer and puppeteer, Frank Oz.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ Trailer Beats ‘Avengers 2’ Record

Much was made about how the ‘Avengers 2' trailer broke online viewing records for 2014, shattering the previous record by ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. But, records were made to be broken and it took just over a month for the ‘Avengers 2’ trailer to be surpassed, not surprisingly by the ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ trailer, which, if it keeps up at its current pace, could set the all-time record for trailer views.

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Next ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Trailer to Be Attached to ‘Avengers 2′

The ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ trailer just premiered online last week, but if you’re already starved for new footage (and, who could blame you after that teaser), we’ve got word on when you can see the next ‘Star Wars’ trailer. The bad news is you’re going to have to wait a while. The good news is, you were going to see ‘Avengers 2’ anyway, so now you have the added bonus of seeing a new ‘Star Wars: Episode 7' trailer before Iron Man and Captain America start punching on some evil robots.

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens,’ Lego Edition [Video]

The Force is strong with "Star Wars" fans. The trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens" just debuted Friday and already fans have taken to the Internet to scrutinize everything.

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ Lightsaber, Homemade Version [Video]

The first teaser for 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' made it's debut on November 28.

A new lightsaber appeared in the teaser and has drawn a lot of attention.

I made a small adjustment and upgraded my son's old 'Star Wars' lightsaber to a 'The Force Awakens' lightsaber.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser [Video]

Star Wars is back.

The first official teaser trailer was released this morning.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ Trailer: The Force Has Awakened!

The 'Star Wars: Episode 7' trailer may only be 88 seconds long, but you're going to spend the rest of your day watching this over and over again.

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UPDATE: ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Trailer Will Debut in Theaters Thanksgiving Weekend

There have been a lot of reports regarding the trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Just last week, news surfaced that Disney planned to attach the first teaser trailer to screenings of ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ which seemed to confirm an earlier rumor, while Disney reps said they had “bigger plans” for their official debut. And now another report has surfaced, claiming that we’ll see the first teaser in theaters as soon as this coming Thanksgiving week. Madness!

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Official Title Announced: ‘The Force Awakens’

We thought that the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' title might get officially announced this past summer at Comic-Con, but that event came and went with no official reveal. So, what better way to announce the new title than a random Thursday in November? Just this morning on Twitter, Lucasfilm and the official 'Star Wars' Twitter account revealed the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' title: 'A Force Awakens'.

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Freddy Krueger Is Responsible for Mark Hamill’s Casting in ‘Star Wars’

It's hard to imagine Luke Skywalker being played by anyone but Mark Hamill in the original 'Star Wars' trilogy, but it very well could have happened. And according to 'Nightmare on Elm Street' icon Robert Englund, better known to audiences as Freddy Krueger, it might not have happened at all had he not once told a teenage boy about the part after coming home from a failed 'Star Wars' audition himself.

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