This week in 'Star Wars' News:

Daisy Ridley is shown in a still from ''Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'' (2015 Lucasfilm Ltd)

As we approach the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans' anticipation for the film is picking up at lightspeed. From an a capella performance to a Wookiee call contest to an opportunity to win tickets to the film's premiere, there was no shortage of reasons for fans to be excited over the last seven days.

Here's what happened this week in Star Wars:

  • Want to attend the Star Wars premiere? Then donate to charity! All you have to do is enter the contest and donate at least $10 to one of the charities selected by the cast and filmmakers of Star Wars, and you'll have a chance to attend the film's premiere with three friends.


  • Google helped users have a little fun with its search bar. Try typing "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away" and watch what happens -- and make sure your volume's turned up for the full effect.


  • A Wookiee call contest was held in Dallas, near where Chewbacca himself Peter Mayhew was born. The competitor whose roar was deemed most Wookiee-like was given a pair of tickets to see the film.
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    "Star Wars" fans in Dallas turned out for a wookie calling contest.



  • A 7-year-old old was crowned the Star Wars trivia champ during a special episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Young genius Arden Hayes blew the cast out of the water with his impressive knowledge of the franchise. The episode featured several other laughs for Star Wars fans, such as a peek into Han Solo's friendship with Chewbacca.



  • Pentatonix breathed new life into the iconic songs during one of the most talked-about moments of Sunday's American Music Awards. They started out singing a capella and were soon joined by a full symphony orchestra, creating a hauntingly beautiful rendition of John Williams' score.


  • New browser extension: Star Wars spoiler blocker. An extension on Google Chrome purports to defeat the dark forces of any spoilers from your computer by warning you when web pages mention Star Wars.


  • Pop-up bar on the verge of selling out. One of the most viral Star Wars fan events is an intricately-planned convention -- complete with after parties -- for fans who happen to be in England next weekend. Time to party like it's a long, long time ago.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on Dec. 18 with select viewings on Dec. 17.

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