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   05 March 2015
George Lucas & Mellody Hobson To Receive Distinction In Service Award
Reported by Justin on 05 Mar 2015 18:44

As posted in an article on Variety:

Mellody Hobson, George Lucas and Sir Elton John are among the honorees at the 13th annual “Backstage at the Geffen” fundraiser which will take place on March 22 in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Hobson, chairman of the Board of Directors for DreamWorks Animation, and her husband, Lucas, will be honored with the Distinction in Service Award, and filmmaker David Furnish, best known for his documentary “Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras,” and John will receive the Distinction in Theater Award.

The event also launches the 20th anniversary of the founding of the not-for-profit theater. Proceeds from the fundraiser are put toward new play development and playwright commissions, as well as the theater’s education and outreach programs. Last year’s event raised over $1.4 million for these programs.

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Fly Casual Episode 28: Samurai Nipples
Reported by Mark on 05 Mar 2015 18:37

It's time to join the team at Fly Casual.

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast, the boys bid farewell to Mr. Spock, Mike talks Greg Gragragragra, and Garrick discusses Samurai nipples. Yeah, it’s that kinda episode.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Some Hilarity From The Star Wars Rebels Team
Reported by Justin on 05 Mar 2015 18:19

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Official Site: Open Terry Dodson's Princess Leia Sketchbook, Part 2
Reported by Mark on 05 Mar 2015 18:14

It's time to peek inside Terry Dodson's Princess Leia sketchbook over at StarWars.com.

Marking today’s release of Princess Leia #1 from Marvel, StarWars.com presents part two of an exclusive interview with artist Terry Dodson — discussing how the penciller brought iconic movie characters to comics, the Rebel leader he enjoyed drawing most, and more. (In case you missed, be sure to read part one on Marvel.com!)

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Check Out This Dance Festival Held On The Set Of Star Wars
Reported by Matt on 05 Mar 2015 17:52

Here's how you get your Tog-roove-ta groove on, you throw a dance party on the Mos Espa sets from The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones

Ever wished you could rave on Tatooine? Tunisian dance festival Les Dunes Electroniques brings house and techno DJs to the desert sets from the Star Wars films; and the second festival went down just over a week ago. Check out all the photos courtesy of their Facebook page

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Cantina Cast: A New Beginning
Reported by Mark on 05 Mar 2015 17:39

Becca Benjamin looks into the return of a much-loved hero in her latest, and quite affecting, article over at the excellent Cantina Cast.

Just as swiftly as she faded out of our lives and into the twilight of the unknown, she has suddenly descended from the abyss of shadows, reborn and anew; like a guiding force of hope.

“The name is Ahsoka … Ahsoka Tano.”

It was as if … I had just watched one of my own children suddenly grow-up right in front of me, to say I was emotionally moved, well, that would be an understatement. I cried. Yes indeed, the moment was that monumental for me. So much so, it has left me in such an emotional state of distress and jubilation, all at once – that I’m afraid. I’m afraid to hold on to her. To embrace all the hope she has to offer, only to lose her all over again.

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Topps Star Wars Chrome Perspectives: Jedi vs. Sith
Reported by Mark on 05 Mar 2015 17:00
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Take a closer look after the break at all the details regarding August 5th Star Wars Chrome Perspectives: Jedi vs. Sith, a hobby only release following on from last years Chrome Perspectives release.

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RADIO 1138: Episode 25
Reported by Mark on 05 Mar 2015 16:30

It's time to join Mark Newbold and James Burns for the latest episode of RADIO 1138.

The Force Awakens is less than 300 days away and Celebration Anaheim starts in just six weeks, but don't worry as we've got plenty of other news to keep us occupied until then. We talk New York Toy Fair, discuss Star Trek and more with John Jackson Miller, pay our respects to the late great Leonard Nimoy, investigate filmumentaries with Jamie Benning and play a game of He Said, He Said with Darren Hayes and Tim Stanton. All on the 25th episode of RADIO 1138.

Contact Information: info@radio1138.co.uk | iTunes | RSS Feed | RFR Landing Page | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Tosche Station Radio #104: ‘Sup Fifth Element?
Reported by Mark on 05 Mar 2015 15:58

It's time to join the moisture farmers down at Tosche Station for the latest episode, brought to you by Majestic Giraffe Productions.

This week on Tosche Station Radio, we’re joined by Sabine: My Rebels Sketchbook artist Annie Stoll!

Nanci and Brian are the co-founders and writers of Tosche-Station.net. You can find Nanci on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants and you can find Brian with @LaneWinree.

Contact Information: iTunes | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Star Wars #1 Forbidden Planet Variant Second Printing
Reported by Matt on 05 Mar 2015 15:35

Here's a look at the Forbidden Planet variant of Star Wars #1, now into its own second printing featuring the galaxy's greatest bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Check out the Hoth variant signed by Adi Granov and then count just how many versions - variants and 2nd, 3rd and 4th printings - of issue 1 you now have!

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Jedi News Book Review: Servants of the Empire: Rebel In The Ranks
Reported by MaxN on 05 Mar 2015 15:00
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As a new student at Lothal's Imperial Academy, Zare Leonis does everything it takes to pass as a model cadet. But secretly, he is a hidden enemy among Imperial loyalists, determined to discover the truth about his missing sister and to bring down the Empire. Luckily, he has his tech-savvy girlfriend Merei by his side, willing to help him however she can-even if it means dealing with criminals in the shadiest parts of Capital City. In the meantime Zare must face down a dangerous foe of his own: Lieutenant Curahee, who seems bent on pushing Zare to his breaking point. Join these rebellious cadets as they risk it all to take on the fearsome Empire.

Jason Fry does it again. The second in his 4 part junior series, Servants of the Empire, Rebel in the Ranks delivers a story that is entertaining for young readers and Star Wars fans alike. Picking up where the first book left off, Zare Leonis is still desperately searching for his missing sister Dhara, who vanished from the Imperial Academy the previous year.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

Official Site: 8 Notable Clone Troopers From Star Wars The Clone Wars
Reported by Mark on 05 Mar 2015 14:25

Amy Ratcliffe brings us a look at 8 prominent clone troopers from Star Wars: The Clone Wars over at StarWars.com.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars breathed life into the Grand Army of the Republic. We met the clones who were grown and developed through an accelerated aging process on Kamino in Attack of the Clones and saw them go to battle with the Jedi. The clones didn’t make up a mindless force like the Separatist’s battle droids though. They had heart. The clones all possessed the same genetic coding, but each one was unique. That combination gave the army strength. A kind of strength the Separatists couldn’t duplicate with their metal soldiers.
After Order 66, the clones perished and were eventually replaced by stormtroopers that the Empire recruited from around the galaxy. But before Sheev Palpatine’s Order 66 programming kicked in, the clone troopers stood by the Jedi and became their friends. They were brave and selfless, especially so when you consider they didn’t really have a choice about heading into battle. To honor their service, let’s look back at some of the clone troopers we got to know in The Clone Wars.

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Star Wars: Beyond The Dune Sea
Reported by Mark on 05 Mar 2015 13:32

Here's the latest fan film by film maker and director Oliver Thompson. Featuring Boba Fett, this is Beyond the Dune Sea.

This 9 minute Star Wars fan film is all about the Bounty Hunter Boba Fett, from the team that brought you Star Wars Smuggler's Run Special Edition.

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RUMOR: Sam Witwer To Join Star Wars Rebels Cast In Season 2
Reported by Justin on 05 Mar 2015 12:39

With Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels officially in the books, fans have already begun to shift their focus towards the eventual release of S1 on Blu-ray and what will be in store for them during the exclusive Season 2 premiere taking place at Celebration Anaheim next month.

Speaking of Season 2, Making Star Wars has heard from a source that Sam Witwer, who provided the voice work for The Son and of course Darth Maul in The Clone Wars series, will be joining the cast of Star Wars Rebels in S2 to voice another character.

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Dave Filoni Talks Star Wars Rebels Season 1 With IGN
Reported by Justin on 05 Mar 2015 12:31

As was his customary practice after each season of The Clone Wars came to a broadcast conclusion on Cartoon Network, Dave Filoni chatted with Eric Goldman over at IGN about the thrilling finale to Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels which included some eye-opening, jaw-dropping character developments to say the least.

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   04 March 2015
Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 04 Mar 2015 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Licensed Star Wars Socks From Foot Cardigan
Reported by Justin on 04 Mar 2015 18:26

Bryan DeLuca from Foot Cardigan recently contacted me about a new line of Lucasfilm licensed Star Wars socks that are now available to purchase from his website. These limited edition socks come in three distinct character/item featured styles - Darth Vader, Lightsabers, and X-wings.

Bryan was generous enough to send me a sample of each of these socks last week, and I can certainly vouch for their comfort and overall quality.

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Dave Filoni Thanks Fans For Reaction To Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Finale
Reported by Justin on 04 Mar 2015 18:04

Everyone,

The crew of Star Wars Rebels and I are blown away by your response to the finale. Thank you for all the kind words and support for the series, we all appreciate it.

Nothing could have prepared us for the outpouring of emotion and cheers when Ahsoka Tano appeared. As someone who has watched over her character from the beginning, I was overwhelmed by the reaction. Little Soka has come a long way, and I think many fans have grown up right alongside her. I look forward to your continuing journey with her, as she attempts to guide our Rebel heroes in these dark and dangerous times. Remember, the Force will be with you, always.

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RUMOR: Star Wars: Battlefront Gameplay To Be Revealed This Week
Reported by Justin on 04 Mar 2015 16:59

If the rumor posted below has any truth to it, we might be seeing our first official look at actual gameplay footage from Electronics Arts' upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront title, which if you recall is being looked at as a pretty big release for EA moving forward.

Gameplay footage of the upcoming EA/DICE Star Wars Battlefront game will likely be unveiled at GDC this week, following a behind-closed-doors airing of it to GameStop employees.

The footage, which reportedly received a standing ovation at the secretive event, will be the first slice of gameplay to have been shown to a public audience. The game is pegged to launch at the tail-end of 2015, around the time of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens‘ release date. The gameplay demo was introduced by Peter Moore, former VP of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business division and current head of EA Sports.

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Kevin Hearne: I Wrote A Star Wars Book
Reported by MarcZ on 04 Mar 2015 16:29

Kevin Hearne gives us some behind the scenes information on his newest book, Heir to the Jedi. This brand new Star Wars novel is in stores now and your able to check out our reviews of it here.

HEIR TO THE JEDI is standalone adventure, which means you don’t have to read any other Star Wars books to dive right in—a knowledge of the movies is all you need. It’s set in the period after the Battle of Yavin but before the events of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and it addresses at least some of those “How did we get here?” questions. (For those who might wonder, it’s also set chronologically before the Marvel Star Wars comics that just began last month.)

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Five Star Wars Spin Offs That Should Happen
Reported by Mark on 04 Mar 2015 16:06

Check out this brilliantly edited 7 minute video looking at Dylan and Michaels 5 standalone films that should happen.

Disney have announced Star Wars Spin off films in the making! So here's Five Star Wars Spin Off Films according to Dylan that definitely should happen.

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Midtown Comics Princess Leia Variant Cover
Reported by Mark on 04 Mar 2015 15:46

Check out this super cool Midtown Comics variant cover to the first issue of the five part Princess Leia mini series from Marvel.

And knowing Midtown Comics and Marvel, they'll be plenty more variant goodness to follow!

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Reported by Mark on 04 Mar 2015 15:35

Bryan Young takes us on a journey to Mexico and Mustafar over at StarWars.com.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a 1948 film of cultural and historical significance that won two Oscars for its writer/director, John Huston, a titan of cinema and the man behind many of Humphrey Bogart’s best movies. His movies were so influential as a whole that it would easy to look at them all and say that they influenced all cinema, including Star Wars, that came after them. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is no exception.
And it could only be made by a filmmaker of John Huston’s caliber. He’s the same master that once called George Lucas (and Steven Spielberg, in the same statement) “inventive as hell… he’s an ordinary man with an extraordinary expression.”

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Han Solo (Endor) & Logray Pin Trading Set On Sale Today
Reported by Justin on 04 Mar 2015 14:44

The next set in the Celebration Anaheim 2015 Pin Trading Program has been revealed featuring Han Solo (Endor) and the Ewok Logray. This pin set will be going on sale for Celebration badge holders later today at 12:00pm PST, so be sure to place your order as soon as that time arrives.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Admission Badge Shipping Has Begun
Reported by Justin on 04 Mar 2015 14:24

Just a quick heads-up to all Star Wars fans who have already purchased their admission badge(s) to Celebration Anaheim 2015:

Badges have begun to ship, so keep an eye out in your inbox for an email containing this update as well as delivery tracking information. This also confirms that artwork for all of the various badge types has been finalized and issued, so hopefully we get an official update containing images of each badge soon.

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Mattel Ad In Toyworld Mag
Reported by Matt on 04 Mar 2015 14:23

Check out the neat ad Mattel ran in the latest copy of Toyworld mag, featuring among other brands their Star Wars range.

Jedi News Comic Review: Princess Leia #1
Reported by BrianC on 04 Mar 2015 14:00
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PRINCESS LEIA

PART 1

It is a time of both hope and mouring within the Rebellion. While on a nsecret mission to deliver stolen plans for the Death Star to the Rebel Alliance, PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA was captured by the Galactic Empire and forced to witness the battle station's power as it destroyed her home planet of Alderaan.

With the help of a farmboy pilot and a fast-talking smuggler, Leia escaped her captors and completed her mission. Using the plans, the Alliance was able to destroy the Empire's ultimate weapon.

Having proven themselves a formidable enemy to the Empire, the rebels are in more danger now than ever, leaving them with little time to celebrate their triumph, or lament their loss....

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LEGO - Phantom Mini Polybag
Reported by Matt on 04 Mar 2015 13:58

Cool polybag news comes via our pals at Mint in Box which will be of interest to LEGO collectors, kids and Star Wars Rebels fans.

A new polybag joined the long list of existing ones. It is this time a mini Phantom vessel Star Wars Rebels.
This polybag 21 pieces of the ship but also contains a bracelet and a sheet of stickers. The mini Phantom is currently distributed for any purchase of LEGO Star Wars in Legoland Florida park. For the moment no info for France but it is typically the kind of polybag could join the LEGO magazine to come, published by Panini Comics.

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iTunes: Big Ass Message!
Reported by Mark on 04 Mar 2015 13:52

App designer Bjorn has dropped us a line with new of a fun new app he has developed, and it's of interest to our readers as the fonts from a galaxy far, far away can be used.

Hi I recently created a first of its kind iPhone app that turns text messages into stylized GIFs. One message style is inspired by the crawling text from Star Wars, which is why I was thinking it might be something you guys are interested in. It’s a free app and can be downloaded https://itunes.apple.com/app/id969896541.
And a gallery of all currently available message styles can be found at http://app.bigassmessage.com. Feel free to let me know what you think, or if you have any questions.

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Cantina Cast: Diagnosis: Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 04 Mar 2015 13:47

Steve Potter returns to the Cantina Cast to discuss how Star Wars has helped him through some challenging times.

Whilst I’ve found myself out of work, I’ve been relying on Star Wars to keep me busy, both physically and mindfully. Thanks to the internet: social media and podcasts, I’ve been able to connect with fans and others around the world. Getting involved this way, is the most important thing and is keeping me busy. I watch the films, I watch rebels, I belong to Facebook groups and have a lot of Star Wars friends on Facebook and twitter. I also read the EU, share, and tweet Star Wars news and of course, listen to podcasts! And, I’m also on the forums of the 501st legion so Star Wars has become an integral part of my daily routine. It has been an important part of keeping my demons at bay and I will continue to keep it so! If I speak to fellow sufferers, I ask them if they have a hobby/passion that they can utilize for their enjoyment!

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - More On Leia And Some Ultimate Weapons
Reported by Justin on 04 Mar 2015 13:40

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens via this link.

As is the case with all unconfirmed The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Smugglers Run: Special Edition
Reported by Mark on 04 Mar 2015 13:15

Film maker Oliver Thompson dropped us a line with some information regarding the special edition about his fan film Smugglers Run, which has received the special edition treatment.

This is the (2015) Special Edition of Star Wars Fan Film Smuggler's Run. This new version features revised edits, SPFX and a greatly improved finale. Using CG we have even recreated actor Alec Guinness in the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Thanks to all 30,000 people that watched the older (2013) version of this project online!
We will release our new fan film Star Wars Beyond The Dune Sea in February! Please Subscribe to our channel we will be releasing lots of new projects over the coming months!
Star Wars Smuggler's Run is a 22 minute fan film, that has been filmed on location at the original sets in Tunisia. The story is set between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. Director Oliver Thompson has written an original story set within the Star Wars Universe. We used guerilla filmmaking techniques to make this movie and edited (video and SPFX) the project on a single Mac Book Pro. The music was composed by Gary Gibbons of World Worm Studios.
The short film stars Warren Laker, Rodney Wong, James Gitsham and Kim Haslam, it features the voice talents of Russell Wait, Phil Bagshaw and James Gitsham. Star Wars Smuggler's Run was shot over 14 months, we filmed in six countries with a cast and crew from all over the world. The reshoots and new edits for the Special Edition were completed in December 2014. We filmed with a Scarlet (provided by Marc Oberdorfer of Young Indie Films) and a Sony A77 camera. The whole project was completed within a budget of Less than 10,000 USD and could not have been made with out the passion and support of the whole Smuggler's Run team!
We have really enjoyed making this fan film and we hope all Star Wars fans love what we have produced. Enjoy...

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Jedi News Review: A New Hope Read-Along Storybook and CD
Reported by Mark on 04 Mar 2015 12:00
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
THERE WAS A PERIOD OF CIVIL WAR.
Rebel spaceships fighting for freedom had won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.
During the battle, rebel spies managed to steal secret design plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star--an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.
Pursued by the Empire's agents, Princess Leia of Alderaan raced home aboard her rebel starship, carrying the plans that could save her people.

You know you're in good hands when you open the pages of a read-along book and see one of our heroic droids greet you like this:

"Hello. I am C-3PO, and you are about to listen to the story of Star Wars: A New Hope. You can also read along with the story in your book. Unless you are already programmed to know when the pages end, you will know it is time to turn the page when your hear this sound.... I believe the storyteller is ready, so let us begin."

Yes, the Read-Along books are back, something I am personally thrilled about having written on the subject over on the Official Site and cherishing them in my collection since the late 70's when I first bought my original Star Wars 7" record from Buena Vista. And it's very pleasing to see the Read-Alongs return to Disney in this new era with the original trilogy represented so beautifully.

Jedi News Comic Review: Princess Leia #1
Reported by Mark on 04 Mar 2015 10:00
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PRINCESS LEIA

PART 1

It is a time of both hope and mourning within the Rebellion. While on a secret mission to deliver stolen plans for the Death Star to the Rebel Alliance, PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA was captured by the Galactic Empire and forced to witness the battle station's power as it destroyed her home planet of Alderaan.

With the help of a farmboy pilot and a fast-talking smuggler, Leia escaped her captors and completed her mission. Using the plans, the Alliance was able to destroy the Empire's ultimate weapon.

Having proven themselves a formidable enemy to the Empire, the rebels are in more danger now than ever, leaving them with little time to celebrate their triumph, or lament their loss....

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 04 Mar 2015 09:43
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and arrivals...

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Jedi News Comic Review: Princess Leia #1
Reported by ZakPT on 04 Mar 2015 05:00
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PRINCESS LEIA

PART 1

It is a time of both hope and mourning within the Rebellion. While on a secret mission to deliver stolen plans for the Death Star to the Rebel Alliance, PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA was captured by the Galactic Empire and forced to witness the battle station's power as it destroyed her home planet of Alderaan.

With the help of a farmboy pilot and a fast-talking smuggler, Leia escaped her captors and completed her mission. Using the plans, the Alliance was able to destroy the Empire's ultimate weapon.

Having proven themselves a formidable enemy to the Empire, the rebels are in more danger now than ever, leaving them with little time to celebrate their triumph, or lament their loss....

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   03 March 2015
Star Wars Collectors Cast: Episode 8 - Toy Fair 2015
Reported by Mark on 03 Mar 2015 23:50

It’s time join James Burns to wrap up all the reveals from Toy Fair and see what he thinks of the products coming out later in 2015 as well as discussing the elephant in the room – The Force Awakens products. Mark Newbold guests and shares his thoughts on his first ever Toy Fair experience from a collecting point of view. Gus Lopez joins James to discuss his collecting habits, the books he’s written with Duncan Jenkins, the Star Wars Celebration Collecting Track and more. The show wouldn’t be complete without a catch up with Steve Sansweet and the latest goings on at Rancho Obi-Wan including the news about their first ever self-published book. Tune in for all this and more in a feature packed edition of the Star Wars Collectors Cast brought to you by RebelForce Radio.

As promised during the show, you'll need access to all of the Jedi News images/galleries, available here, so you can follow along and see what James and Mark saw!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Bespin Cloud City Diorama Workshop Project
Reported by Justin on 03 Mar 2015 20:48

Details on the action figure Diorama Workshop project that will be coming to Celebration Anaheim 2015 next month have been announced by our friend Frank Diorio. Take the source link below to see how you can donate Hasbro items to help make this event as amazing as it can be.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Joins Star Wars Rebels Cast For Season 2
Reported by Justin on 03 Mar 2015 20:32

A new addition to the Star Wars Rebels cast has been officially revealed in an article posted over on Entertainment Weekly - Sarah Michelle Gellar!

Sarah Michelle Gellar has joined the voice cast for Star Wars Rebels’ second season.

The announcement was made at Disney Media’s sale and marketing presentations, though details on her role were not released. “We’re thrilled to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on board for season two,” executive producer Dave Filoni said. “She is a true Star Wars Rebels fan and her passion undoubtedly comes through in the voice recording sessions.”

The Buffy alum, whose voiceover roles have also included Robot Chicken and TMNT, joins a voice cast that includes her husband Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, Taylor Gray and David Oyelowo.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Ian McDiarmid, More Guests Announced; Lucasfilm Panels & Portfolio Reviews
Reported by Justin on 03 Mar 2015 20:25

The official site has been updated today to announce that the Emperor himself, Ian McDiarmid, will be attending Celebration Anaheim 2015 next month! Along with McDiarmid, the following actors/alums have also been announced:

  • Erik Bauersfeld (Voice Actor — Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna, Return of the Jedi)
  • Stephen Costantino (Gamorrean Guard, Return of the Jedi)
  • John Morton (Dak Ralter, The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Brian Muir (Darth Vader Helmet & Armor Sculptor, Original Trilogy)
  • Bonnie Piesse (Beru Whitesun Lars, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith)
  • Clive Revill (Voice Actor — The Emperor, The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Corey Dee Williams (Klaatu the Skiff Guard, Return of the Jedi)

The article also contains the following update:

Some of Lucasfilm’s most creative minds will be on hand for panel discussions, portfolio reviews, and special events.

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Did Maisie Richardson-Sellers' The Force Awakens Character Have A Different Name?
Reported by Justin on 03 Mar 2015 17:28

Expanding further on yesterday's report about actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers set to play a character named Korr Sella in The Force Awakens, Jason Ward over at Making Star Wars believes that this character may have initially started out as having a different name attached to it.

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Full of Sith Episode CIV: Nimoy, Rebels, and Shelly Shapiro
Reported by Mark on 03 Mar 2015 16:34

Join Tha Mike Pilot, Bryan Young and Bobby Roberts for the latest episode of Full of Sith.

Bobby leads a discussion with Bryan and Amy about the loss of Leonard Nimoy, a titan of science fiction. Then, they delve deep into predictions about the season finale of Rebels and how we’ve felt the back half of the season has been shaping up. After that, Bryan gets an interview with Shelly Shapiro about the new book “Heir to the Jedi.”

Contact Information:Voicemail - 206-426-5592 | Website | Twitter | Facebook

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New "Visions Of Ahsoka" T-shirt From Her Universe
Reported by Justin on 03 Mar 2015 15:10

Ahsoka Tano is BACK!!! In honor of her appearance on Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni designed us this new t-shirt inspired by Ahsoka and her former master! This shirt is exclusively available at Her Universe! Shirt is fitted, if you want a looser fit, we recommend going up one size. Ashley Eckstein is wearing a size small.

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Sergio Stomps Star Wars (Kind Of)
Reported by Mark on 03 Mar 2015 13:40

I have to say, as a long time admirer of Sergio Aragones, specifically his amazing work on Groo the Wanderer, this cover makes me happy in all kinds of ways. Variant cover to Star Wars #2, done as only the cheese dipping Prince of Chichester could do it.

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Variant Covers For Princess Leia
Reported by Matt on 03 Mar 2015 13:26

@marvel #STARWARS #princessLeia #1 on sale tommorow in comic shops everywhere. #variant covers #Leia #dodson

A photo posted by JediNews.co.uk (@jedinewsuk) on

It lands tomorrow in shops across the globe and here's a look at just a few of the variant covers for Princess Leia #1. And stay tuned for Zak's review over the next couple of days.

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Star Wars Rebels: Identity And Character Details For Fulcrum Revealed
Reported by Justin on 03 Mar 2015 12:48

Last night's Season 1 finale of Star Wars Rebels "Fire Across the Galaxy" was an adrenaline rush in every sense of the word, especially the last 10 minutes or so of the episode. I don't think my wife and I blinked once during the broadcast on Disney XD.

USA Today provides us with information on the identity of the mysterious character of Fulcrum, who up until last night we had only seen on screen as a hologram. They also have this awesome image of the character posted as well.

Season 2 cannot arrive soon enough, and for fans attending Celebration Anaheim next month, well, let's just say you are gonna be in for one hell of a treat with the S2 premiere.

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WolfPack Roundtable Star Wars Rebels S1E13: "Fire Across The Galaxy" Review
Reported by Dan on 03 Mar 2015 12:47

It's time to join the gang over at the Wolfpack podcast for the latest episode.

On this episode of WolfPack Roundtables, we review Star Wars Rebels S1E13 "Fire Across The Galaxy"! We talk about the reveal of Fulcrum, and our overall thoughts on this episode, and what we think will happen in Season 2.

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Star Wars Rebels: Dave Filoni Talks To USA Today
Reported by Mark on 03 Mar 2015 12:20
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Dave Filoni goes into some details over at USA Today regarding the final episode of Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels, discussing some characters both old and new and his hopes for the second season. Again, not to spoil it for folks who've yet to see it read more after the break.

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Hasbro Reveal New Figures From Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Mark on 03 Mar 2015 11:55
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Hasbro, via USA Today, reveal a duo of very cool characters that will be arriving in the autumn from Star Wars Rebels, and in the interests of not wanting to completely spoil it for folks who have yet to hear who they are, check them out after the break.

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Jedi News Review: Star Wars Rebels: Fire Across The Galaxy
Reported by Teresa and Aaron on 03 Mar 2015 11:38
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Star Wars Rebels kept getting better with every episode. The season finale continued that trend. Somehow they packed everything we could have wanted from a finale into just 22 minutes. Season 2 can’t come fast enough!

Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched “Fire Across the Galaxy” yet.

Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 19
Reported by Mark on 03 Mar 2015 11:32

It’s time to join Sean & John for Radio Free Tatooine, the Star Wars podcast that’s better than some, worse than others.

Amy is back! And she brought an ewok with her. In this episode, we welcome Amy back to the show with her little Bruno. We are also joined by John's brother Joe, of Days of Future Podcast to talk about the season finale of Star Wars Rebels, and season one in general. Sean drools over FFG's Most Wanted and Heir to the Jedi, and we look at this crazy new Lego series, Droid Tales.

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Rebels Recon #14: Inside "Fire Across The Galaxy"
Reported by Justin on 03 Mar 2015 10:45

In Rebels Recon #14, StarWars.com takes a deep dive into the thrilling season finale of Star Wars Rebels, “Fire Across the Galaxy.”
In "Fire Across the Galaxy,” the Lothal rebels make a desperate attempt to rescue Kanan from the Empire. They succeed, and Kanan faces the Inquisitor one last time. Ultimately, new allies -- including Ahsoka Tano -- emerge. But so do new enemies….

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars Action News Episode 444: Keep Feeling Fabrikation
Reported by Mark on 03 Mar 2015 10:33

Join Marjorie and Arnie for the latest edition of Star Wars Action News...

At Toy Fair International last week Funko was one of the few companies with lots of new Star Wars toys and collectibles on display. A rising Force in Star Wars collections, Funko has cornered the market on "cute" Star Wars figures. Last year they expanded that line to include Star Wars Fabrikations. They're part action figure, part plushie, and all adorable. On this week's Star Wars Action News Marjorie and Arnie look at three figures in this line: Boba Fett, Chewbacca, and Yoda! For more high end Star Wars collectors, the first Star Wars figure from Hot Toys is shipping soon--the Shadow Stormtrooper! To prepare, listen to a review of that other Hot Toys Star Wars figure--the Bespin Luke Skywalker. Done as part of Sideshow's 1/6 scale figure line, this version of Luke was a partnership with Hot Toys and shows what fans can expect from the new company. With a review of the new Star Wars novel Heir to the Jedi, a review of the Disney Store exclusive Empire Strikes Back figure set, Star Wars Celebration Anaheim announcements, and more, it's all in this week's Star Wars Action News show!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

PS. Nice Human League nod in the episode title there guys!

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Jedi News Book Review: Star Wars: Heir To The Jedi
Reported by BrianC on 03 Mar 2015 10:00
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Luke Skywalker’s game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he’s a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there’s no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there’s no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire’s purposes. But the prospective spy’s sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she’s willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It’s an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that’s too precious to pass up. It’s also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever- resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who’s got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.

Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it’s now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.

Today (March 3rd) sees the release of Kevin Hearne’s debut Star Wars prose, Heir to the Jedi , delving readers into the mind of Luke Skywalker almost immediately following his destruction of the Death Star at Yavin.

When I say into the mind of Luke Skywalker, that is literally where Hearne takes us as Heir to the Jedi is written in the first person, and everything is played out from Luke’s point of view. Taking the narrative into the first person eschews the typical perspective told in Star Wars novels, and not since Michael Stackpole’s Corran Horn centric ‘I, Jedi’ have we been taken on this narrative style.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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Episode 189: Human Comics and Darren Hayes/Tim Stanton of the He Said He Said Show!
Reported by Mark on 03 Mar 2015 05:27

It's time to join James and Jeremiah on the latest edition of Bombad Radio.

Episode 189 has many guests but we start by discussing the death of Sci-Fi legend Leonard Nimoy who passed away Friday morning. Then we have our first guests with Gabe of Human Comics returning to the show for the 3rd time and this time the artist of issues 1 & 2 of the series Ryan Merrill joins us and discusses the art creation side and what to expect in the future from them. Then we pause and give a shout out to my friends at the Media Meltdown Mousecast, a podcast which has been giving me strange dreams and gotten me sleep talking Disneyland trips (its THAT good). Then we move into Darren Hayes (lead singer of Savage Garden) and comedian/podcaster (Tim Stanton) the hosts of the brand new comedy podcast the "He said He said Podcast" and we get to hear their stories, how they met, why podcast, and quite a bit about their Star Wars fandom as we talk about the new films, Darren 'auditioning' for Revenge of the Sith and more!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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   02 March 2015
Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 68
Reported by Mark on 02 Mar 2015 22:26

It's time to join your hosts Jason, Randy, Johnamarie and Jeremy over at Now, This Is Podcasting!

On tonight’s episode of Now, This is Podcasting! Johna changes an F to an A on the big test. But can she live with the consequences?

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Fantasy Flight Games: Wave VI Is Now Available for X-Wing
Reported by Jonathan on 02 Mar 2015 20:22

Be fearless and inventive with the long-awaited Wave VI of starship expansions for the X-Wing Miniature game. Get them, fly them, or put them on your collecting shelf to show off their coolness - these ships are going to be a game-changer.

From the website:

Now available at retailers everywhere, X-Wing Wave VI marks the introduction of the game’s third faction, the galaxy’s Scum and Villainy, a collection of individuals loosely bound by their shady business endeavors.
Ultimately, the whole wave reflects the fact that this new faction’s pilots are less interested in teamwork and collective victories than personal gain. Their unique pilot abilities encourage different types of squadrons than those commonly employed by Rebel and Imperial players, as do their new starships, illicit upgrades, and Salvaged Astromechs.

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Official Site: Dave Filoni Star Wars Rebels Interview With Dan Brooks - Part 2
Reported by Justin on 02 Mar 2015 20:15

Ahead of tonight's thrilling Season 1 finale "Fire Across the Galaxy" airing on Disney XD at 9:00pm ET, Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks continues his in-depth Star Wars Rebels interview with executive producer Dave Filoni via Part 2.

In part two of StarWars.com’s interview with Dave Filoni (in case you missed it, be sure to check out part one), the executive producer and co-creator of Star Wars Rebels addresses some of Season One’s biggest story elements (pre-tonight’s season finale), including giant fyrnocks, what makes Hera truly strong, and understanding truths from “a certain point of view.”

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Marathon On Disney XD Today
Reported by Justin on 02 Mar 2015 18:31

Have you missed the broadcast airings of any episodes from Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels and need to play catch-up before the finale arrives with "Fire Across the Galaxy" tonight at 9:00pm ET? No worries my friend, as Disney XD has got you covered with a full Rebels marathon that kicks off at 2:00pm ET, which is about 30 minutes from the time of this posting.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Coffee With Kenobi: Planting the Seed of Possibility: Representation and Diversity in Media
Reported by Mark on 02 Mar 2015 18:07

Our great pal Johnamarie Macias tackles a tough topic over at the excellent Coffee With Kenobi.

Without a doubt, diversity is a hot topic everywhere you go and turn, often leading to insightful conversations or full­blown arguments, especially on social media. Some people are tired of hearing about it (because it’s either not relevant to them or they just don’t see the issue at large), while many more continue to bring the issue about the lack of diversity and representation to the forefront of public attention.
Believe it or not, I used to be the person who didn’t care. I lived in my own bubble, where I didn’t see the importance of representation in television shows or movies because it DisneyPrincess1wasn’t my priority. I just wanted to see the story unfold, no matter who played the part or who was involved in bringing me that story. I didn’t need a Disney princess to look like me to feel included. If I wanted to be a Disney princess, I’d transform myself into one with whatever was lying around the apartment and let my imagination do the rest.

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Star Wars Rebels "Fear Of The Past" Clip From "Fire Across The Galaxy" Season 1 Finale
Reported by Justin on 02 Mar 2015 17:11

In this clip from “Fire Across the Galaxy,” the season finale of Star Wars Rebels, the Inquisitor taunts Kanan with the Jedi’s most haunting memory.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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The Realm Recap: Episode #53 - Fire Across The Toy Aisles
Reported by Mark on 02 Mar 2015 16:24

It's time to join Jason and the Yakface crew for the latest Realm Recap.

Flyguy and Yakface are back once again to grind through the week's Star Wars collecting news. On this show, we continue to report good things on the retail front as more and more Star Wars Rebels figures are making their way to collectors. The Star War Rebels trading card series hit retail this week and we've partnered with Topps to give away a full box. Did you win? You'll have to listen to find out. We also dig into news this week from Revoltech, Gentle Giant, Funko and more. Finally, Star Wars Rebel wraps its first season on Monday. Who Will Fall? Who is Fulcrum? All this and more on Episode 53 of The Realm Recap!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

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Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #2
Reported by Mark on 02 Mar 2015 16:00
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BOOK I

VADER

It is a period of insurgence. The Empires ultimate peacekeeping force, THE DEATH STAR was destroyed due to an unforeseen design flaw. Without this deterrent, the rule of law is in danger. Chaos looms!

Due to his responsibility for the disaster, Darth Vader has fallen in the eyes of Emperor Palpatine. Grand General Tagge is to command the response to the Rebellion.

Unknown to the Emperor, Vader is quietly pursuing his own interests: the mysterious Force-strong pilot who destroyed the Death Star....

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REPORT: Maisie Richardson-Sellers To Play Korr Sella In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 02 Mar 2015 15:55

She first spoke openly with the website Refinery29 back in December about what it was like being officially cast in Episode VII. Now, according to her casting listing on Spotlight, actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers will be playing the character of Korr Sella in The Force Awakens.

Click the image below to check out a screen shot taken from the Spotlight website displaying her casting information.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Chris Weitz On Writing For First Star Wars Spinoff, Says Fans Should "Expect Everything"
Reported by Justin on 02 Mar 2015 15:32

Chris Weitz, who was initially rumored earlier this year to have been tabbed by Lucasfilm to continue the writing for the first planned Star Wars standalone film after the departure of Gary Whitta, reveals in an interview with Slashfilm that he is in fact penning the script for the movie and advises fans to "expect everything because it’s Star Wars."

How did you go about getting the Star Wars movie? Because originally Gary Whitta was writing and we thought that was the core but then you came on. Can you talk about how that happened?

Well I think it still is the core. But in terms of…in a weird way, it was like meeting for any assignment. Go in, talk about how you work and talk about the idea, but of course there was A) A huge security component to it. I wasn’t able to see the script until kind of after I was brought on board. And B) I saw Star Wars when I was 7 and it was a formative experience in my life, let alone in the notion of filmmaking. I’m probably only working on this stuff because I did have that experience then. But it completely possessed me when I was a child and it was a huge part of my kind of emotional make up. So I tried to be as cool as possible in these meetings while still being aware if I got the assignment I was going to be able to work on something I’ve been dreaming of doing.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Fly Casual Episode 27: Sith In Pits
Reported by Mark on 02 Mar 2015 15:23

It's time to join the team at Fly Casual.

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast, Garrick tackles the latest Star Wars Rebels Episode, Marvel Star Wars #2 and the premier issue of Darth Vader #1. Mike wades through the ocean of rumors hitting the Web.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Jedi News Book Review: Star Wars: Heir To The Jedi
Reported by MarcZ on 02 Mar 2015 15:00
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Luke Skywalker’s game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he’s a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there’s no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there’s no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire’s purposes. But the prospective spy’s sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she’s willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It’s an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that’s too precious to pass up. It’s also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who’s got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.

Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it’s now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.

This week marks the release of the newest Star Wars novel by Del Rey, Heir to the Jedi. This novel was originally planned to be a part of the Empire and Rebellion series from the old Expanded Universe. When the announcement was made that they would be rebooting the Star Wars Universe, this book was pushed back until now and became a part of the official cannon. New to Star Wars novels, author Kevin Hearne is given the challenge of writing this first person view story. Hearne is known for his fantasy book series titled The Iron Druid Chronicles, also released by Del Rey. While I have never read these books, I understand that they are all told in the first person perspective. I, Jedi, a novel released in 1998, up until now was the only Star Wars novel to be told in the first person. While I was not sure if I was ready for another first person perspective, I was excited about a novel in this time frame.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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Nissin Star Wars Cup Of Noodle Soup With Yoda Ad
Reported by Matt on 02 Mar 2015 14:09

Ok, so maybe it's not rootleaf stew but it's as near as Yoda's going to get today. Watch as he prepares Cup Noodles.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Fly Casual, a Sourcebook for Smugglers, Is Now Available
Reported by Jonathan on 02 Mar 2015 13:48

We know 'em. We love 'em. Scoundrels, smugglers and fledgling nerf herders take note - this sourcebook for the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire roleplaying game, is now available!

From the website:

As a Smuggler, you thrive on risk and adventure. You’re happy never knowing what your next job might be or where it might take you. You might transport spice for a Hutt kajidic on one trip and ferry stolen medical supplies to a Rebel cell on the next. You don’t mind taking on illegal jobs from nefarious crime lords, as long as the pay is good. You just want to avoid Imperial attention, remain independent, and stay alive.
For players who want to experience the thrills, dangers, and freedom of a Smuggler’s life, Fly Casual introduces new specializations, species, and signature abilities, along with new vehicles, and gear. For Game Masters, it provides copious information about smuggling in the Star Wars galaxy, from ideas for smuggling jobs to guidelines for quick-draw showdowns.

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Star Wars Report #157: A Moff by any other name… (Stephen Stanton Returns)
Reported by Mark on 02 Mar 2015 13:23

It's time to join your hosts Riley, Bethany and Mark over at Star Wars Report.

Stephen Stanton joins the crew to discuss Tarkin, The Clone Wars, Rebels, the Story Group in action, and so much more! All on this week’s STAR WARS REPORT podcast!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Coffee With Kenobi: Mickey’s Jedi Blend: My Star Wars Weekends Top 5 Celebrity Encounters
Reported by Mark on 02 Mar 2015 13:06

Aaron Harris brings us this great blog entry, listing some of the amazing people he's met so far on his Star Wars adventures over at Coffee With Kenobi.

So everyone right now is on a countdown to Celebration Anaheim and the excitement as the dates draw closer is electric. You can’t touch social media without Celebration being mention or discussed in some way shape or form. I can only imagine what it will be like with The Force Awakens right around the corner. Unfortunately, attending Celebration isn’t in the cards for me this year.
It’s all good though, it gives me the chance to focus on the upcoming Star Wars Weekends 2015. That’s right, not long after the close of Celebration Anaheim, fan focus turns to Orlando, Florida for the annual event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Now we do have a couple of months to prepare, and trust me I am. I’ll fill you in when I can and when plans are finalized, but for now, let’s reminisce of some of the best Celebrity encounters I have had at Star Wars Weekends. These are the most memorable ones for me.

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Jedi News Competition: Win Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards
Reported by Team Jedi News on 02 Mar 2015 00:00

It's time for our latest competition here on Jedi News and this time we're giving away a full set of Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards, courtesy of our friends at Topps.

To win you need to answer this question:

In Rebels, Hera is the pilot of what vessel?

  • 1: The Boast?
  • 2: The Toast?
  • 3: The Ghost?

Click here to enter and good luck!

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   01 March 2015
UPDATED: Interview With Pilot Who Filmed The Force Awakens Scenes During Abu Dhabi Shoot
Reported by Justin on 01 Mar 2015 19:07

UPDATE: The National updated their initial article to also include the interview they conducted with the other pilot Andrew Masterson. Thanks to Jedi News reader Dalton K. for sending over the link.

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Point your browser towards the following article posted on The National by Jessica Hill in which Andy Nettleton, a Helidubai pilot who was hired by director J.J. Abrams to perform aerial photography during Episode VII shooting in Abu Dhabi, talks about what it was like being part of the production team for The Force Awakens.

At one point during the interview, Nettleton mentions how he saw actor Simon Pegg on set. Does this add more weight to the earlier rumor that Pegg has an official part in the film? Check out the intro to the exclusive interview below and be sure to take the source link for the full read.

When did you find out you would be working on Star Wars?

I work for Dubai’s premier helicopter service, Helidubai. Myself and my colleague, Andrew Masterson, are the only two motion picture-approved filming pilots with Universal and Hollywood studios in the Middle East. I was contacted by email in September 2013 and thought, ‘This won’t come off, it’s too good to be true’. We did the shoot last May.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Jedi News Review: Star Wars Rebels: Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook
Reported by Mark on 01 Mar 2015 14:15
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She’s funny, creative and impulsive; an artist with spray paint and advanced weapons. She’s also a 16-year-old girl who happens to be flying around the universe, wreaking havoc on the Imperial army. Now you can read the private diary of Sabine Wren, the awesome new heroine of the Star Wars Rebels television series!
Wren is one of the most compelling and interesting female character in Star Wars since Princess Leia! She’s an explosives expert supreme, and a master of advanced weapons. She’s also a crazy artist, gifted at graffiti and sketching. She’s strong, bold, confident, cool – and only 16! Get to know Sabine through her own words and artistic expression in this replica journal filled with sketches, photos of her best work, stories, doodles and her observations of her fellow rebels. In Sabine's own writing, relive events that occur during the first 10 episodes of Star Wars Rebels, plus discover details about Sabine’s life and the rebel team.

Written by the always reliable Dan Wallace and illustrated by Annie Stoll, this colourful release is aimed at kids aged between 6 and 10 years old - just like Star Wars itself - but don't be fooled into thinking this is just for kids, as Star Wars Rebels: Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook is a bright and breezy 96 pages of fun with plenty of info and insight for readers of any age.

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New Star Wars Rebels Topps Trading Cards Found At Retail
Reported by Justin on 01 Mar 2015 12:03

Just a quick heads-up for all the card collectors out there - the debut series of Star Wars Rebels trading cards from Topps is now available at your local retail store (the photo above was taken at Target.)

So be sure to check the trading card aisle/section for them the next time you are out and about.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Official Site: Galactic Backpacking, Pt 7: Visiting Real World Endor And Naboo's Great Grass Plains
Reported by Mark on 01 Mar 2015 03:38

Join Sander de Lange as he takes us backpacking through the galaxy for the 7th time into the forests of Endor and the plains of Naboo over at StarWars.com.

Ewoks and Gungans, love them or hate them, are hugely important to the Star Wars saga — after all, both races were instrumental in overthrowing an evil regime. In this first part dealing with the shooting locations in the USA we will visit the places used to create their homeworlds of Endor and Naboo.

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   28 February 2015
Star Wars Bookworms #37: Galaxy Heist
Reported by Teresa and Aaron on 28 Feb 2015 22:29

Join Teresa and Aaron for the latest episode of Star Wars Bookworms.

Star Wars Bookworms is now two years old! In this episode we talk about Celebration, Darth Vader, Marilyn Monroe, Harry Potter, and football.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

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MAD Magazine #532: A MAD Look At LEGO
Reported by Matt on 28 Feb 2015 21:49

Drawn by the legendary Sergio Aragones - he of Groo the Wanderer fame - here's a MAD Magazine look at LEGO, told from Sergio's unique perspective.

Visit Brickfan for more pages from the 532nd issue of MAD Magazine, which remember is comes inside an Episode 7 parody cover.

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Monster Artistry: A Quick Chat with Animation Legend Phil Tippett
Reported by Mark on 28 Feb 2015 20:44

Join James Clarke as he holds a brief chat with VFX maestro Phil Tippett where they discuss his illustrious career including the classic Jurassic Park.

If you know your modern visual effects maestros, and if you know your stop- motion tauntaun from your stop-motion ED209, then you’ll know that Phil Tippett has been at the forefront of the visual effects and animation industries for the past forty years. His visual effects outfit, Tippett Studio, can count the recent movies Twilight, Ted and the forthcoming Jurassic World amongst its feature film credits. Outside of the feature film world, Phil has also recently completed work on a stop-motion, independently funded short entitled Mad God.

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Official Site: Heir To The Jedi -Exclusive Excerpt!
Reported by Mark on 28 Feb 2015 19:32

Head on over to StarWars.com for another excerpt from 3rd March Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne.

Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi — the first-ever novel written from Luke Skywalker’s point of view — hits stores March 3. Written by Kevin Hearne and set between Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, it finds the not-yet-a-Jedi hero sent on a daring rescue mission by Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar. Showcasing Luke at a key point in his life, Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi is essential reading.
StarWars.com has a special preview — as well as a look at early designs for the cover by Larry Rostant (with Scott Biel). Check it out!

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Gimme LEGO: Jango Unchained
Reported by Matt on 28 Feb 2015 19:02

Join Dr Dave Watford and Gimme LEGO as he travels back to 2002 to investigate set 7153, Jango's Slave 1.

As some of you may have seen, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pre-release copy of Set 75060 Slave 1 at the tail end of last year which I built and reviewed over at Brickset. This Ultimate Collectors Series version of the ship is the latest and greatest in a long line of Slave 1 iterations released by LEGO over the years. The vast majority are versions of Boba Fett's Slave 1; these are most readily identified by their green and dark red or brown colour scheme, and by my reckoning LEGO have released at least seven versions of Boba Fett's Slave 1 not including advent calendar builds since they kicked off the Star Wars theme in 1999 (make that eight if you include the bag charm released back in 2008). In marked contrast, Jango Fett's Slave 1, which sports a predominantly white and dark blue colour scheme, has received far less attention from LEGO. Not including advent calendar builds, I'm aware of only two LEGO versions of Jango Fett's Slave 1 - the System scale Set 7153 Jango Fett's Slave 1 from 2002, and Set 4487 Jedi Starfighter & Slave I which is a 53-piece mini building set from 2003. I therefore thought I'd shine a light on the larger of these two sets and dig out my copy of Set 7153 Jango Fett's Slave 1.

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Comlink News (02/27/15) - Star Wars News Roundup!
Reported by Mark on 28 Feb 2015 18:52

This week David talks Star Wars at the Oscars, The Force Awakens trailer possibilities, new Clone Wars rumors, and more!

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On The Shelves UK: Sports Direct
Reported by Mark on 28 Feb 2015 18:37

Spotted by our great pal Andrew 'Fearney' Fearnside. Two different styles, down from £32.99 to £8.99 and from £24.99 to £8.00.

Spotted these in Sports Direct Oxford. Not in my size unfortunately. MTFBWY, Andy

Know just how you feel mate!

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More Reprint Marvel Star Wars Covers
Reported by Matt on 28 Feb 2015 18:13

 

More reprint covers come our way with a 4th printing for Star Wars #1 and second print variant covers for Darth Vader #2.

STAR WARS #1 CASSADAY 4TH PTG VAR (75960608113400114)
MARVEL COMICS
From Marvel Comics. The greatest space adventure of all time returns to Marvel! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet - the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it! Rated T. Scheduled to ship 04/01/15. (161)

DARTH VADER #1 GRANOV 2ND PTG VAR
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MARVEL COMICS
From Marvel Comics. The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience's dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope (and the pages of the new Star Wars comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil! Scheduled to ship 04/01/15. (161)

DARTH VADER #2 GRANOV 2ND PTG VAR (75960608124000212)
MARVEL COMICS
From Marvel Comics. The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience's dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope (and the pages of the new Star Wars comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil! Scheduled to ship 04/01/15. (161)

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Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #2
Reported by MaxN on 28 Feb 2015 18:00
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BOOK I

VADER

It is a period of insurgence. The Empires ultimate peacekeeping force, THE DEATH STAR was destroyed due to an unforeseen design flaw. Without this deterrent, the rule of law is in danger. Chaos looms!

Due to his responsibility for the disaster, Darth Vader has fallen in the eyes of Emperor Palpatine. Grand General Tagge is to command the response to the Rebellion.

Unknown to the Emperor, Vader is quietly pursuing his own interests: the mysterious Force-strong pilot who destroyed the Death Star....

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   27 February 2015
RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Names Of Some Rebels
Reported by Justin on 27 Feb 2015 19:05

Making Star Wars has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens via this link.

As is the case with all unconfirmed The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy 1931 - 2015
Reported by Team Jedi News on 27 Feb 2015 18:21

There will be all manner of eulogies written for Leonard Nimoy, the iconic actor who portrayed Mister Spock in Star Trek since 1965, admiring his work as an actor and artist. But sometimes it's best to keep it simple.

Live long and prosper.

Official Site: 5 Classic Star Wars Games To Match Modern Tastes
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 18:13

Star Wars games run the gamut of styles, from the flight combat of X-Wing to the RPG of Knights of the Old Republic. But what attracts the modern gamer to Star Wars games? Anthony Gallegos over at StarWars.com investigates.

Most of us have a favorite genre of games. From RPGs to shooters, we’re drawn to titles that are familiar and fun. For some of us this means hitting up the next Call of Duty or Battlefield, while for others it’s checking out every new space flight simulator that comes out, such as Elite: Dangerous or the upcoming Star Citizen. After all, just because we’re Star Wars fans doesn’t mean we only play Star Wars games.
So, in lieu of simply waiting for the 2015 Star Wars: Battlefront, allow me to make some classic Star Wars game recommendations for fans of these other recent or upcoming major games.

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RebelForce Radio: February 27, 2015
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 17:36

Do you have your tickets to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim? Maybe you cannot afford them? Fear not, Force-Fanatic, RFR is leaving no fan behind with our 2015 Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Ticket Giveaway! Listen and learn how you can become eligible to win a pair of 4-day passes to the most anticipated Star Wars event of the spring! We have 2 chances for you to win! Plus, Ming Chen from AMC’s Comic Book Men joins us In The Cantina to discuss The ‘Wars, Kevin Smith, and growing up a Star Wars fan. And, we review the most recent comments from J.J. Abrams about The Force Awakens, Mark Draven from the Celebration Tattoo Pavilion helps solve a mystery, Harrison Ford looks into the crystal ball, and our Almost Famous 15 Minute Spoiler Alert gets you caught up on the latest Episode VII rumors. And that’s just scratching the surface of all the great Star Wars audio awesomeness we have for you this week on RFR!

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Star Wars Saga To Be Retold In LEGO Form In New Series Coming To Disney XD
Reported by Justin on 27 Feb 2015 17:29

If you are a fan of LEGO Star Wars (honestly, who isn't?) then you should be quite excited about the following announcement of a new series coming to Disney XD titled Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales that has been posted over on The Hollywood Reporter.

The Star Wars movies are getting a Lego re-telling just in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Disney XD has picked up Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, an animated take on the six Star Wars movies. The limited series entails of five 22-minute episodes that will air later this year. Force Awakens opens galaxy-wide December 18.

But this is not Star Wars in 22 minutes. The conceit is that the movies are being retold through the eyes of robots C-3PO and R2-D2 in a brand new story.

Set after the Rebel Alliance victory on Endor seen at the end of Return of the Jedi, the droids are regaling the assembled of their adventures that led them to their present situation. An accidental kidnapping leads to a new adventure that progresses to the re-telling of the saga in the chronological order, starting from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi.

Details of who is directing or writing the episodes were not revealed.

Lego and Disney XD will reveal airdate information in the coming months.

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Jedi News Review: Bomb Squad Clone Trooper: Ordnance Specialist
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 17:00
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I was thrilled to be asked to review the new Bomb Squad Clone Trooper: Ordnance Specialist from Sideshow Collectibles as my usual collecting fare isn't the statues or sixth scale figures (as this piece is, coming from Sideshow Collectibles Military of Star Wars series) but I have to say now I've got one in my hands I'm more than happy that they did.

Shipping within the next couple of weeks, this 12" tall figure is fully poseable, allowing the Bomb Squad Trooper to kneel down, grab his weapons, his pliers, the backpack, the bomb itself via a series of interchangeable hands and feet which easily clip in and out of the arm and leg sockets. The details on the figure is admirable and the deco evokes a character who spends his/her days disarming bombs. The decals on the bomb are upside down, but that's a small error.

 

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Win A Pair Of Tickets To Celebration From Rebelforce Radio And Stephen Stanton
Reported by Team Jedi News on 27 Feb 2015 16:48

Do you have your tickets to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim? Maybe you cannot afford them? Fear not, Force-Fanatic, RebelForce Radio is leaving no fan behind with our 2015 Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Ticket Giveaway! We’re teaming up with Star Wars Rebels Actor Stephen Stanton to give away a pair of four-day tickets to 2 lucky winners.

And, it gets even better…Our winners will get the opportunity to have their tickets delivered to them personally by Stephen Stanton in Anaheim! All the arrangements will be determined after the contest winners are selected.

RebelForce Radio along with Star Wars Rebels actor Stephen Stanton would like all Star Wars fans to check out all the great work being done by The Starlight Foundation. Click HERE to learn more about this great organization and to donate.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN BECOME ELIGIBLE TO WIN!

Leave us a voice mail or send us an MP3 explaining how you share Star Wars with a significant person in your life. Whether it’s a parent, sibling, friend, colleague…Anyone in your life who you share Star Wars with….Tell us yourstory.

LEAVE A V-MAIL – 708.320.1737 (or 1RFR)OR…

Simply tweet word-for-word:

“I’m joining @Stephen_Stanton and @RebelForceRadio in support of @StarlightOnline”

DEADLINE – March 16 at 11:59pm CENTRAL

WINNER ANNOUNCED FRIDAY MARCH 20th on RebelForce Radio!

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Harrison Ford Confirmed For Blade Runner Return
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 16:34

It's confirmed - Harrison Ford is returning to the world of Blade Runner in a new 2016 film produced by Sir Ridley Scott.

Harrison Ford is to return as Rick Deckard in a sequel to Ridley Scott's dystopian 1982 Blade Runner classic.
The star's role was confirmed by Alcon Entertainment who said Scott will serve as an executive producer on the project.
The original movie was adapted from the Philip K Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep.
Production on the film will begin in the summer of 2016.

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: Rebel Resolve
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 15:31

Join Jimmy Mac and Jason Swank as they present Star Wars Rebels Declassified

We got a cliffhanger! The penultimate episode of Star Wars Rebels season one, “Rebel Resolve”, continues to follow the crew of The Ghost in their pursuit to rescue Kanan from Imperial captivity with the episode ending unRESOLVEd. What an amazing set-up for the season finale! Joining us at the RFR Roundtable to discuss “Rebel Resolve” are two incredible panelists: Star Wars fiction editor for Del Rey Erich Schoeneweiss and Fangirls Going Rogue’s Teresa Delgado.

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New Star Wars Jewelry & Apparel From Norse Legion
Reported by Justin on 27 Feb 2015 12:30

We have a new player in the market of Star Wars jewelry as Norse Legion has announced their new line of official Lucasfilm licensed jewelry and apparel based on characters and symbols from that galaxy far, far away.

Click the image above or take the source link below to check out their current line-up of products that will be vying for your republic credits.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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The Wampa's Lair #119: Prequel Dreams
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 00:53

It's time to join hosts Karl and Jason for the latest episode of The Wampa's Lair.

In their latest episode, Karl is joined by special guest co-host, and good friend Joe Hogan while Jason is away! Karl and Joe discuss some of the things they wish they had seen in the Prequel Trilogy! From expanded scenes between Anakin and Obi-Wan, to some pretty creative ideas for much of the character development in the stories! THIS IS NOT A PT BASHING SHOW in case you were wondering, but just a fun and creative take on some ideas for the PT!

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Official Site: Next Lives By Mary Franklin
Reported by Mark on 27 Feb 2015 00:03

She's been an invaluable part of the Star Wars machine for 14 years, linking with fans at close quarters, building bridges and casting her magic. Now, after news of her departure from Lucasfilm was announced earlier, Mary talks about those years and what's ahead over at StarWars.com.

After almost 14 years of working on Star Wars, it’s time for another life. I’m moving on from Lucasfilm. But I’m not completely moving on from Star Wars, thank the Maker. In my new job at ReedPOP I will remain working on Star Wars Celebration from their side, the show production side. Those of you working with me on the show now — on panels, programming, fan tables, etc. — will find me still there with you. I’ll just have a different email address

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   26 February 2015
Sneak Preview of Star Wars Insider #156
Reported by Mark on 26 Feb 2015 23:44

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TFNY 2015: 14th - 17th February 2015
Reported by Team Jedi News on 26 Feb 2015 23:30
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From 14th to the 17th February Team Jedi News - that's James Burns, Justin LaSalata and for the first time Mark Newbold - travelled to the icy wastes of New York to brave freezing tempratures and report on the 2015 New York Toy Fair.

Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 52
Reported by Mark on 26 Feb 2015 23:17
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at the early hints of Order 66, a cook droid, a one-eyed Jedi, Ani's Mom, the Generals castle, Jango's guns and a Bespin sky vehicle. We're leaving from the East...platform...

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Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: Star Wars References In Pop Culture
Reported by Mark on 26 Feb 2015 23:02

Amy Ratcliffe turns her geektastic attention to the influence Star Wars has had on pop culture in her latest Fully Operational Fandom entry over at StarWars.com.

Star Wars is a difficult franchise to escape. Its longevity means different generations are continually introduced to the universe through the original trilogy and through newer releases such as Star Wars Rebels. The upcoming sequel trilogy will bring a wave of uninitiated fans to the fold — young and old — and storytellers will be among those fans. Like with other storytellers, chances are the Star Wars galaxy will burrow into their brains and affect their future work in small ways, maybe big ones. Just imagine, 30 years from now we could be hearing lines from the sequel trilogy quoted in television and films just like the original and prequel trilogies are referenced now.

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Auction For Signed The Force Awakens Cast First Table Reading Photo
Reported by Justin on 26 Feb 2015 20:01

You may want to pay off your credit card balances and double-check your available funds before proceeding ahead with this latest story. We just received an email from Brittany Welby of Glodow Nead Communications containing details on an extremely exciting auction pertaining to The Force Awakens and a once-in-a-lifetime tour courtesy of Lucasfilm.

Adam Driver has Joined Forces with IfOnly to Benefit Arts in the Armed Forces with a Unique Star Wars: The Force Awakens Online Auction

Star Wars Fans Can Bid to Win A One-of-a-Kind Signed Photo and Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Lucasfilm

SAN FRANCISCO (February 26, 2015) – IfOnly, a marketplace for experiences that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, has announced the launch of its partnership with Lucasfilm and actor Adam Driver with a chance to win a hand-signed photo by the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a tour of the Lucasfilm campus in San Francisco. The auction, which will benefit Adam Drivers’ cause Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF), is open for bidding today and will end on March 19, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015. www.ifonly.com/starwars

The signed photo includes faces and signatures from many of the cast members from the original films as well as the new members joining them in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The photo is only one part of the auction, however: the winning bidder will also receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lucasfilm campus at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Best of luck to each and every person who participates in this truly special auction!

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