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   31 August 2014
The Metro: Why Star Wars matters so much to its fans
Reported by Mark on 31 Aug 2014 22:12

My latest article lands over at The Metro, looking at just a few reasons why we love Star Wars so much.

Anyone who was mesmerised by the adventures of Luke Skywalker back in late 1977 when it reached the UK will remember that for a good chunk of 1978 Star Wars was all kids could think to talk about.

Sure, here in the UK we had the ever-enduring Doctor Who and Blakes-7 flying the flag for sci-fi, Superman flying high on the big screen and in the comics world the launch of 2000AD, still a staple of the British comics scene.

But nothing before (or I’d venture to say since) captivated the imaginations like Star Wars.

Visually it was years ahead of its time, bolstered by top notch performances, mature direction and THAT iconic soundtrack.

Source The Metro
Star Wars Rebels Hero Series X-Wing Spotted In UK
Reported by Mark on 31 Aug 2014 16:48
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Our pal darthmackum drops us a line to tell us that the is now appearing in Toys 'R' Us stores in the north of England.

Hi there Just came back from Argos Sunderland Hylton Park and bought the new Star Wars Rebels X-wing Fighter as advertised in the new catalogue. Only one in stock but a further one showing stock in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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Tosche Station Radio: Dragon Con Coverage
Reported by Mark on 31 Aug 2014 16:27

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

The gang are at DragonCon 2014 and here's a list of their numerous podcasts from the con:

Nanci and Brian are the co-founders and writers of 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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Toys R Us "Secrets Of Star Wars Rebels" B-wing Video
Reported by Justin on 31 Aug 2014 13:20

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6" Black Series Reviews From The Wolfpack
Reported by Mark on 31 Aug 2014 12:17

Check out these three Black Series figure reviews courtesy of our pals at The Wolfpack. The Black Series 6 Inch Chewbacca, the The Black Series 6 Inch Darth Vader and the Walgreen exclusive Black Series 6 Inch Prototype Armor Boba Fett.

Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Was Harrison Ford At Skellig Island?
Reported by Mark on 31 Aug 2014 11:52

Now here's an interesting piece of information hidden within an otherwise throwaway article. The National Enquirer are saying that Harrison Ford was present on the Skellig Island shoot, which previously was only thought to include Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill.

Under the attention grabbing headline “The Force” just ain’t with “Star Wars” icon HARRISON FORD!, the Enquirer wrote the following:

The 72-year-old star limped around Beverly Hills on crutches after busting a leg in an on-set accident; and now that he’s back at work on the “Episode VII” sequel, Han Solo’s getting totally crapped on – by stink-bombing seagulls!

During filming on the remote island of Skellig Michael, off the Irish coast, huge flocks of the sea birds – which were in the midst of their breeding season – suddenly started poop-bombing the set.

Said My Jedi Spy: “Experts told us the birds were upset by noise and vibrations created by the film crew. They’d swoop in, scare the hell out of everybody and snatch food left around. One day, we heard Harrison cursing that the birds had stolen his breakfast. But it got worse – the gulls would fly down in large flocks and drop poo-poo on him and others!

"We deflected these crap attacks by making noise, and finally frightened the birds off – hopefully to a planet far, far way!”

Bear in mind, this is the Enquirer, the newspaper that makes The Sun look like Time Magazine, but if their information is correct this could be the poop scoop of the day.

Source The National Enquirer (via Norm)
Star Wars Rebels: New Hasbro Lightsabers Shipping In The UK
Reported by Matt on 31 Aug 2014 11:38

Case mix is 2 each with repackaged sabers of movie Darth Vader and Yoda plus the brand new Kanan from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series.

£30.00 each in striking new Star Wars Rebels branded packaging and hitting stores now.

   30 August 2014
Star Wars Rebels: Servants of the Empire 1: Edge of the Galaxy and The Rebellion Begins
Reported by Mark on 30 Aug 2014 21:32

Thanks to the good folks at Jedi Bibliothek here's a summary of Jason Fry's first Star Wars Rebels book, Servants of the Empire 1: Edge of the Galaxy.

Zare Leonis seems destined to become the flagship hero of the Empire. His sister Dhara has been included in the estimated Imperial Academy at Lothal and Zare is sure that he will follow her within a year there. But a year can bring a lot of unwelcome changes. He not only begins to uncover the destructive plans of the Empire for Lothal and the livelihood of its inhabitants, but his discomfort manifests itself also in his private life, as Dhara mysteriously disappears. Zare is forced to question everything, and again think about what it means to be a good servant of the Empire.

The first book in an original series, the readers insight into another part of the world of Star Wars Rebels will be.

And also a summary of The Rebellion Begins by Michael Kogge:

Ezra Bridger comes alone just fine. Ezra grew up in the shadow of the Galactic Empire and has always stolen, what he could to survive - and to the empire a wipe. But as one of Ezra's raids goes horribly wrong, he finds himself in the company of a team of rebels again. The rebels, who are led by swashbuckling loner Kanan Jarrus and fearless pilots Hera Syndulla, are on a mission to liberate enslaved Wookiees from an Imperial prison. Now Ezra must decide whether he will return to his simple life at Lothal, or wish to join the rebels in their fight for freedom.

Both books arrive 21st October 2014.

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Gentle Giant 2014 Labor Day Sale
Reported by Justin on 30 Aug 2014 21:17

The Labor's Day Sale includes a selection of discounted items. Purchase any in stock Marvel item from August 29th through September 2nd and receive a FREE large M.O.D.O.K. Me T-Shirt.

You can now add as many in-stock items to a single order. Pre-Orders will be removed if placed on the same order.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Video Of Unedited Cantina Scene From Episode IV
Reported by Justin on 30 Aug 2014 21:03

Thanks to Glen Ewing on Twitter for sending over the link.

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WATCH Disney XD Sneak Peek At Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Justin on 30 Aug 2014 20:41

The special sneak peek at Star Wars Rebels, which was made available earlier this week to current subscribers via the WATCH Disney XD app and website, is now available for your viewing pleasure right here courtesy of my good friend Johnamarie Macias.

Big thanks to Johnamarie for sharing this awesome video.

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The WolfPack Podcast #86: Nothing New Yet
Reported by Mark on 30 Aug 2014 20:40

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Marco, Nabil, Logan, and Curto talk about the latest Star Wars News! Including, Rebels Dates, episode titles, products, and more! We also disuses the The Clone Wars Season 6 On Blu Ray, and a new reveal from Logan's Custom Cardback Facebook page! So strap in, drink your blue milk, and get ready for the jump to hyperspace in this brand new episode!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Star Wars Rebels: First Episode Names Revealed
Reported by Mark on 30 Aug 2014 19:09

Via Rebels Report, here's a list of the first few Star Wars Rebels episodes, including the 4 short episodes.

Great to see Star Wars: The Clone Wars stalwarts Henry Gilroy, Justin Ridge and Steward Lee as well as former ILM-er Steven G. Lee.

Source Rebels Report
Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 25
Reported by Mark on 30 Aug 2014 18:05
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We leap the spacelanes once again as Official Star Wars Fact File takes a look at the fall of the Jedi, enemy droids, a passive Jedi, a pacifist leader, a legendary Imperial, a split world, the keepers of all knowledge and a versatile transport. Grab your things, we're leaving right away...

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   29 August 2014
Ian Doescher's Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 23:12

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 46
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 22:21

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

It’s another new episode of "Now, This Is Podcasting!" with your hosts Jason Ward, Johnamarie Macias, Jeremy Conrad, and guest commentator Andrew Riehle! This week’s episode breaks down all the most titlating Star Wars news, including: more Episode VII casting rumors, conflicting rumors about who may or may not die in Episode VII, new filming locations plus photos from Pinewood Studios, flashbacks and Rebels/Episode VII, Emperor Palpatine, and the Imperial civil war theory. Plus: official premiere dates for Star Wars Rebels, the latest novel about Quinlan Voss and Asajj Ventress, and Jason and Johnamarie discuss Sabine’s Madalorian armor with guest Tracy Gardner.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Team Jedi News: On The Ball At DragonCon
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 21:57

Dragon Con is underway and our intrepid team are on the ground and ready to report. Check out the gang, from left to right Aaron Goins, Riley Blanton, Teresa Delgado and Bethany Blanton. Riley and Bethany are of course from the excellent Star Wars Report.

It's set to be another amazing con, with plenty of great news, so stay tuned as always.

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RUMOR: More On Episode VII Skelling Michael Island Via 'Latino Review'
Reported by Justin on 29 Aug 2014 19:00

In their latest batch of potential Episode VII rumors, Latino Review offers up what they've heard Skelling Michael island could be used as the location for in the film. Their article also claims that additional Episode VII filming on Skelling Michael is scheduled to take place sometime in November.

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Star in Wars: Episode 3 - Luke's Choice
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 17:55

Here's the next episode of Star in Wars as Luke is faced with a choice...

Hi, I made 5 episodes of Star Wars parodies in my garage with some friends. Set was made from cardboard and PVC pipes. It was originally created for my son's birthday party. The medical ship is made out of a plastic bottle. I hope you like it.

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ForceCast #318: Reactor Shaft Mysteries
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 17:47

t's time to join your hosts Eric, Erik and Justin for the ForceCast.

This week's show focuses on a recent report that a famous face will be back to menace the galaxy in Episode VII. Eric debuts a brand-new mini-series with a friend of the show to break down that report and its implications. We also discuss Dave Filoni's comments about Star Wars Rebels, whether stormtroopers are elite professionals or comically inept blaster fodder, Marvel's Star Wars reprints, and more.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: How The 501st and Rebel Legions Became Part of Star Tours
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 16:41

It's time to join Amy Ratcliffe over at for her latest entry.

When it came time to gather material that would be used in the queue, Disney put a request in with the 501st Legion’s Southern California Garrison and asked members to appear at a silhouette photo shoot. Though they didn’t know it at the time, the footage would be included in the silhouettes scene featured in the queue of Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. The panel features the silhouettes of stormtroopers, Imperial officers, and citizens as they walk through the spaceport. It gives you the impression that it’s a hustling and bustling joint.

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T-Shirts: Dark Side othe Force
Reported by Matt on 29 Aug 2014 15:06

$10.00 and this fearsome tee from Teeconomist featuring the one and only Lord Vader can be yours, but only for the next 13 hours, so hurry.

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'Big Shiny Robot' Interview With Star Wars Rebels Simon Kinberg
Reported by Justin on 29 Aug 2014 14:29

Bryan Young over at Big Shiny Robot has posted an in-depth interview he recently conducted with Star Wars Rebels executive producer Simon Kinberg. You know how we feel here at Jedi News about any & all interviews in which we get insight from the masterminds responsible for creating Rebels, so make sure you check it out!

For those who don't know, Simon Kinberg has his hands in every Star Wars pie there is right now. He wrote the fantastic "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and has been working on "Star Wars" for more than a year now. He also wrote the premiere episode and a number of others for "Star Wars: Rebels." I had the chance to talk to him about the show.

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T-Shirts: Tosche Station
Reported by Matt on 29 Aug 2014 14:21

It's Friday so it's time to go down to Tosche Station to grab those power converters, and if you do then what better tee to wear than this one, via Shirt Punch and yours for only $10.00.

Stop whining and get buying!

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Preview Of Star Wars Rebels "Property Of Ezra Bridger" Short
Reported by Justin on 29 Aug 2014 14:15

This is an exclusive preview of the fourth and final prequel short to 'Star Wars: Rebels.' The complete 3 minute short will premiere on September 1st, 2014 on Disney XD.

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Star Wars Episode VII: Regarding The Recent Stormtrooper Helmet Photos
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 13:50

The team at Making Star Wars present some evidence that - they claim - validates one of the recent stormtrooper helmets as being real.

When you take the original photo we released and put it into an iOS device, the location services activate, showing the photographs were in fact taken at Pinewood Studios. Can that be faked? I don’t know. I suppose anything can be faked. Also worth noting is that the artwork that was recently leaked does not have location services enabled and do not yield the same results (which doesn’t mean the pieces are fake, just that I checked so don’t bother). This might help sway the skeptics just a tad, or maybe not at all. I had the idea to put it on my iPad and then look at my photos from various locations and it worked, revealing the photo was in fact taken at the location sources claimed it was.

Interesting stuff and a clever catch if it turns out to be true.

Source Making Star Wars
Ashley Eckstein and Her Universe ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Matt on 29 Aug 2014 13:45

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'The WolfPack Podcast' Review Of Hasbro Star Wars Rebels The Phantom And AT-DP
Reported by Justin on 29 Aug 2014 13:24

In the YouTube video below, our friends from The WolfPack Podcast provide their review of the new Hasbro Phantom Attack Shuttle from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels TV series.

They also uploaded a video reviewing the Rebels AT-DP as well, so be sure to check both of 'em out in the links provided.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

The Metro: Will this trilogy follow a similar pattern to the other two?
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 13:23

My latest blog over at The Metro takes a look at the similarities between the original and prequel trilogies and asks if the sequel trilogy will follow the same familiar patterns.

We’re just 470 or so days away from the arrival of the next Star Wars film, and fans worldwide are speculating, hypothesising, making assumptions and building up a wish list as the production goes back in front of the camera and the process of building and filming the worlds of the new trilogy continues.

But in previous episodes of the saga, George Lucas used familiar and tested motifs to construct his trilogies, and in many ways the original trilogy of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi mirror the prequel trilogy of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

You could even argue that his Indiana Jones trilogy does much the same.

But without the hands-on involvement of Lucas, can we expect the sequel trilogy to follow the same pattern?

Source The Metro
Jared the SUBWAY Guy Joins Forces With Stormtroopers
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 12:55

Here's a great way to eat fresh - make pals with a stormtrooper and get yourself down to Subway,where Jared will greet you with their new Star Wars Rebels promotion.

Jared “the SUBWAY Guy” Fogle, joins forces with Star Wars Stormtroopers at a SUBWAY® Restaurant to celebrate the chain’s birthday and the launch of the upcoming promotion with the Disney XD series, “Star Wars Rebels” on Thursday August 28, 2014 in New York, N.Y. SUBWAY® Restaurants is now the “Official Training Restaurant of Athletes and Rebels Everywhere”.

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RebelForce Radio: August 29, 2014
Reported by Mark on 29 Aug 2014 12:45

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

We’re back in the palatial RFR studios to review all the latest Star Wars news, rumors, and more. From Star Wars Rebels to Episode VII, we cover it all. Is there an unaltered release of The Original Trilogy on the horizon? Why was the Phineas & Ferb Star Wars special released and Star Wars Detours postponed? Why do the Lightsabers in Rebels look the way they do? Listen this week to find out! Plus, Simon Kinberg, Star Wars Commander, and a rapid-fire Episode VII Spoiler segment that will blow you away. Get all this and a vintage Billy Dee Quote of the Week on RebelForce Radio.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Find Disney XD Channel In Your Area
Reported by Justin on 29 Aug 2014 12:29

Not sure if your current TV service provider carries Disney XD and are worried you might miss out on all the exciting Star Wars Rebels action that is on the horizon? Have no fear, as you can simply click the image below to quickly find out if Disney XD is available through your cable or satellite provider.

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Writers, Directors, & Episode Titles For Star Wars Rebels Shorts, Movie, & Episodes 104-106
Reported by Justin on 29 Aug 2014 12:15

Our friends over at Rebels Report provide us with the following Star Wars Rebels information that was taken from Issue #152 of Star Wars Insider. Take the source link below to find out the episode titles, writers, and directors for each of the four Rebels shorts, the one-hour Spark of Rebellion movie premiere set to debut on October 3 on the Disney Channel, and Episodes 104-106 of the weekly Disney XD series.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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   28 August 2014
Team Jedi News At Dragon Con
Reported by Mark on 28 Aug 2014 22:17

It's Dragon Con this coming weekend and two members of Team Jedi News are covering the event and taking part in two of panels on the Star Wars track. You can find Teresa Delgado and our newest Team Jedi News member Aaron Goins hosting these two panels:

  • A New Trope: Discussions with Star Wars Authors (Marriott-A706)
  • EU Legends: Authors Edition (Marriott-A706)

We'll also have reports from the event via our great pals Riley and Bethany Blanton from Star Wars Report, so stay tuned.

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Sainsbury 'Back To School' Range Now Half Price
Reported by Matt on 28 Aug 2014 21:30

Just a heads up to parents of cool girls and boys who love Star Wars, you can now grab their back to school goodies at half price at Sainsbury ahead of their imminent return to the classroom.

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Star Wars Episode VII Resumes Shooting After Harrison Ford Injury
Reported by Mark on 28 Aug 2014 20:56

Great news hits the interwebs as filming resumes on Episode VII. To quote a great golden ewok god, "Here we go again."

Star Wars: Episode VII has officially resumed shooting at Pinewood Studios outside of London after taking a brief hiatus due to the on-set accident that broke Harrison Ford’s leg on June 12. Since his character is a major part of the Episode VII story, this caused massive upheaval for the film schedule, which had to be reshuffled in the midst of production while the 72-year-old star recuperated.

As part of that reorganization, photography was placed on hold for two weeks this month, but the entire cast and crew returned to the U.K. this week and the film is officially going, well … full Force, according to sources close to the project.

Source EW (via Club Jade)
Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: Shared Motifs in Shakespeare and Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 28 Aug 2014 20:31

Our great pal Dan Zehr brings us his latest insights over at as he looks at the parallels between Shakespeare and the GFFA...

This summer featured the release of Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return, the finale of Doescher’s masterful re-working of the Star Wars saga into Shakespearean language. Once again, Doescher merges the storytelling brilliance of George Lucas and William Shakespeare to add another dimension to this saga that has become sacrosanct to so many. This series has brought many fans of Shakespeare to Star Wars and vice-versa, which is a testament to the framework that both of these storytellers exhibit through their respective crafts. Shakespeare used many motifs that are present in the saga, and these criteria all resonate to enhance our enjoyment of Star Wars.

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Coffee with Kenobi: Faith and the Force: A Guest Blog from Fr. James Worthington
Reported by Mark on 28 Aug 2014 20:22

The latest blog arrives over at Coffee With Kenobi, this time guest written by James Worthington.

Welcome to all who are running into my writing for the first time. We are always told to find something we love and then find someone to let you do it. Well, so far in my life that has worked out, and I am very grateful to our galactic baristas. I am a priest of the Orthodox Church, and nothing can make me happier. When I was ordained to the priesthood, I brought with me a beautiful young family and lots of other interests and hobbies. Among these interests was a love for the Star Wars universe. Well, it’s really only a galaxy. I have a clear memory of my aunt taking me to see Return of the Jedi in Yeadon, PA – I was only 5 when it came out, and in my mind’s eye I can still remember the Star Destroyer entering from the top of the screen and the rumble in that theater. My aunt likes to remind me and how I wouldn’t stop talking about the movie when it was all over.

Source Coffee With Kenobi
The 10: Best Fights
Reported by Justin on 28 Aug 2014 20:08

Welcome to The 10, a feature where's editorial staff huddles to discuss -- in committee -- various topics relating to a galaxy far, far away.

In this installment, we're looking at the galaxy's best scraps and tussles - usually involving lightsabers, blasters, and the occasional flame thrower. For this list, we're focused on fights from the Star Wars films only, ranking them on inventiveness, choreography, and emotional impact.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Lord of the Rings Is The New Star Wars
Reported by AdamDB on 28 Aug 2014 20:00
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I love Star Wars. I talk about Star Wars all the time. It’s my most favorite of favorite things in the world.

But it’s not my only favorite thing.

Another film series that’s in my top five is Peter Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s novels “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” Lately, though, I’ve been feeling pity for Peter Jackson, because I feel as though history is starting to repeat itself.

Star Wars Rebels Program Part Of San Francisco Film Society 2014 Fall Season
Reported by Justin on 28 Aug 2014 18:56

The 2014 Fall Season schedule for the San Francisco Film Society was revealed earlier this month and included in the programming list is a special Lucasfilm Star Wars Rebels presentation to be held on October 23 at the Letterman Digital Arts Center.

SFFS Education: The Art & Science of Lucasfilm, October 23, Premier Theater, Letterman Digital Arts Center

Kicking off the seventh season of this collaborative educational series, this program will highlight the work of the Lucasfilm Animation division and their new animated series Star Wars Rebels, with a behind-the-scenes interactive multimedia presentation for Bay Area middle and high school students presented by executive producer Dave Filoni.

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'TheStreet' On Episode VII December 18 Release Date
Reported by Justin on 28 Aug 2014 14:13

When Lucasfilm announced the December 18, 2015 release date for Episode VII back on November 7, more than a few eyebrows were raised at the decision to go with a winter release timeframe as opposed to the traditional late spring timeframe. TheStreet offers up their take on the December 18 release from a financial perspective and what might have been the driving influence behind a winter date being selected.

A May release, for instance, would better serve the company and its shareholders. A spring debut would allow Disney to show the film in movie theaters during the summer and then release the home video in the fall, putting it in position to take advantage of lucrative holiday spending for DVD versions and loads of ancillary products.

Though Disney certainly wants to make the film as good as it can be, and therefore didn't feel comfortable with a spring release date, Iger and his movie-exec minions should consider releasing this next Star Wars in November, preferably around Thanksgiving, just before the holiday buying season. December will miss a lot of that profitable window.

So why has Iger opted for a winter release date? The answer is movie theater owners. As a group, theater owners remain a major stumbling block for media company executives. It's no secret that entertainment companies would like to sell consumers a digital download of films sooner rather than later, better to generate as much cash flow from a cinematic project when the hype is the hottest.

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Star Wars Toys From 'Thinkway Toys' Coming In Fall 2015
Reported by Justin on 28 Aug 2014 13:42

The team over at Rebelscum have received word about a new series of Star Wars products scheduled to be released by Thinkway Toys in the Fall of 2015. If you scroll down to the bottom of the Thinkway Toys homepage after clicking the image above, you will see placeholder icons for product lines labelled Classic Saga, Star Wars Rebels, and Episode VII.

Hopefully details on these new toys will be officially released in the very near future. Or better yet, we get to see some of them up close & personal at Toy Fair NY in February. 

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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   27 August 2014
Simpsons ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Wampa wampa
Reported by Matt on 27 Aug 2014 21:32

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New Star Wars Rebels "Timeline" Promo Video
Reported by Justin on 27 Aug 2014 20:14

A new 30-second Star Wars Rebels promo video entitled "Timeline" has been uploaded to the official Disney website.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 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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Blade Runner Sequel Written, Harrison Ford To Feature
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 19:23

While he doesn't say if Ford is the star of the film or a supporting character, it's clear that Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford have well and truly buried any hatchets from the past and are looking forward. Great news for sci-fi fans and let's hope that this great sci-fi classic from 1982 is treated better than Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was recently.

It’s written and it’s damn good. Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years—despite the accident. So yes, that will happen.”

Source Entertainment Weekly (via Ain't It Cool)
Marvel Star Wars Legends Epic Collection Announced
Reported by Team Jedi News on 27 Aug 2014 19:05

Marvel Entertainment announced today the release of an oversized dose of a galaxy far, far, away — Star Wars comics are coming to Marvel’s prestigious Epic Collection format — Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1 TPB.

Let the dark times begin! Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic Collection program, with this first volume of a series focusing on the years that follow Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith! After the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on his new Galactic Empire. Now, the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge — one carried out by the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Rise, Darth Vader!

“We’re thrilled to be bringing our innovative Epic Collections to a galaxy far, far away,” says Marvel SVP sales & marketing David Gabriel. “We’ll be bouncing around to different periods of Star Wars history with each Epic Collection, constructing one huge tapestry, collecting full unbroken runs of all the greatest Star Wars comics from the past 35 years.”

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1 TPBwill offer a new way for fans to collect and read iconic Star Wars stories across the past 35 years of published titles. These oversized, self-contained color collections will bring the adventures of the Rebellion, the Galactic Empire and more to the masses with exciting new Epic Collections.

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Dave Filoni Teases Us With Star Wars Rebels Hasbro Figures
Reported by Justin on 27 Aug 2014 18:50

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Lucasfilm ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Dave Filoni Nominated
Reported by Justin on 27 Aug 2014 18:48

Lucasfilm's Howard Roffman, Lynne Hale, and Mike Vollman accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and call out, among others, Dave Filoni, executive producer of Star Wars Rebels.

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Full of Sith Episode LXXIX: Jeffrey Brown
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 18:15

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

Jeffrey Brown, author and illustrator of Vader and Son, Vader’s Little Princess, and Goodnight, Darth Vader, joins Amy, Mike, and Bryan to talk about his books and evolving understanding of Star Wars. Then, the hosts discuss the latest rumors about Star Wars: Episode VII…

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

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T-Shirts: Are You My Mummy?
Reported by Matt on 27 Aug 2014 17:11

Here's one Zebra Tees t-shirt guaranteed to get you noticed at a convention, premier or anywhere else you where it. One can only imagine the aftermath of this...unusual question.

$9.00 in mens, womens and youths sizes. Buy it, it's a gas....

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Official Site: Stormtroopers Of Great Renown
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 17:08

Albin Johnson over at offers us a look at some notable stormtroopers from the past 37 years in his latest article.

In my last blog, I talked about what a deep well of story possibilities the stormtrooper was. Some of them stand out in my memory as some of the most intriguing, and not all of them would come to mind if you had to guess. Over the years, some of the Empire’s faithful have been featured in books, comics, and animated films where they get a lot more time for development than a feature film can offer. Here are a few of the ones that stick out in my mind for one reason or another, but all of whom have contributed to my own personal passion for troopers.

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Star Wars Rebels Jakks Pacific Kanan Jarrus 20 inch Action Figure Review
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 14:13

The guys over at the Wolfpack podcast review the latest release from JAKKS Pacific, the Kanan Jarrus 20" figure.

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Star Wars Rebels Jakks Pacific Ezra Bridger 20 Inch Action Figure Review
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 13:19

The gang over at the Wolfpack podcast review the latest release from JAKKS Pacific, the Ezra Bridger 20" figure.

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T-Shirts: Red Five
Reported by Matt on 27 Aug 2014 13:05

Zebra Tees bring us this iconic tee, featuring the hero of the Rebellion Luke Skywalker as Red 5.

$9.00 in mens, womens and youths sizes - to not buy this would be like missing a HUGE thermal exhaust port from 10 paces.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 6 Blu-ray On
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 12:51

Bear in mind, this is only a preliminary cover but the order page for Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 6 blu-ray has just landed over at

Note the release date of 20th November, and the studio releasing it - Walt Disney.

Rated: Suitable for 12 years

Studio: Walt Disney

Release date: 20th November 2014

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Star Wars Rebels: LEGO Ads Running On Disney XD
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 12:40

More evidence that the world is quickly gearing up for the arrival of Star Wars Rebels via Jedi News reader Rich Pepperell.

Hi, thought I'd let you know that while my son was watching Disney XD this morning a trailer for Star Wars Rebels popped up which is apparently sponsored by Lego. The trailer featured a Lego Ezra being escorted by three Lego Stormies and a Lego Inquisitor - the first time I have seen this minifigure. Cheers. Rich

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George Lucas To Be Inducted In Society Of Motion Picture And Television Engineers
Reported by Justin on 27 Aug 2014 12:20

We learn via The Hollywood Reporter that the Maker himself, Mr. George Lucas, will be adding another entry to his most impressive list of filmmaking achievements at the end of October.

George Lucas is best known as the filmmaker behind Star Wars, but he's also recognized for adopting new technologies for motion picture production and exhibition.

For the latter achievements, he will receive honorary membership in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the highest accolade handed out by the global engineers society and standards-setting body, during its Oct. 24 Honors and Awards ceremony.

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The Official Star Wars Fact File To Include Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Mark on 27 Aug 2014 12:20

Great news arrives via our pal Iain Lowson and Continuo Creative regarding future issues of The Official Star Wars Fact File.

Thanks to the efforts of the wonderful Samantha Holland, the marvellous Leland Chee, and all at LFL, those of us putting together the Star Wars Fact Files are properly excited to announce that we're getting to cover 'Star Wars: Rebels'. We'll be fully integrating the new material across every thread in the magazine; so that's Battles & Events, Characters, Locations, Droids, Vehicles, and Weapons & Technology. The only challenge is going to be that the wait until the October launch of the series is now doubly difficult. 'Star Wars - Rebels' is phenomenal, and all of us at the Star Wars Fact File are honoured and delighted to be able to add it to the magazine.

What better reason is there to subscribe to The Official Star Wars Fact File than that? Get over there and start collecting, and check out our reviews of the partworks here.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars Legacy #18
Reported by Skuldren on 27 Aug 2014 00:00
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By systematically seeking out and killing fellow Sith, Darth Wredd became the enemy of all Sith. Eventually the Sith located Wredd on the desolate floating planet where he was holding Imperial Knight Jao Assam captive.

Ania Solo, Sauk, and AG-37 arrived with a contingent of stormtroopers to rescue their friend Jao, and found themselves in the middle of a war. Hopelessly outnumbered by Sith warriors, they fought as best they could, not knowing that word of their situation had been sent to the Empire.

Empress Fel arrived, bringing scores of Imperial Knights to the fight, hoping to wipe the Sith from the galaxy, and bring Darth Wredd to justice...

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   26 August 2014
Star in Wars: Episode 2 - Dawn of Vader
Reported by Mark on 26 Aug 2014 21:36

Check out this new Star Wars mini fan made series by Magic Cape and be warned -- it's weird....

Hi, I made 5 episodes of Star Wars parodies in my garage with some friends. Set was made from cardboard and PVC pipes. It was originally created for my son's birthday party. The medical ship is made out of a plastic bottle. I hope you like it.

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RADIO 1138: Episode 14
Reported by Mark on 26 Aug 2014 19:00

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

It’s time to scratch gravel as we haul off on another smugglers run with RADIO 1138. We chat with Insider editor Jonathan Wilkins, discuss passport issues with Laura ‘Skywalker’ Matthews, talk astromechs with UK R2 Builders Brad Oakley and go back in time to our interview with Irvin Kershner as well as discussing the latest news and gossip. All right here on RADIO 1138!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | RFR Landing Page | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Star Wars Coming To Disney Infinity In 2015?
Reported by Justin on 26 Aug 2014 17:49

Our friend Patrick K. from sends over the following news pertaining to when we might be seeing Star Wars characters added to the Disney Infinity video game lineup. Over to Patrick...

Hey Justin,

I came across an interesting interview over at with Disney execs John Vignocchi and John Blackburn. It's a long and interesting read but the most interesting bit is right at the end:

Nrama: Very cool! I like to end things on a tease, so is there something you’re excited about, maybe a little down the road?

Vignocchi: Well I did my tease today. My favorite character is one that has not yet been announced. It’s a female character. A Disney character. And we will not tell retail who it is for a very long time in order to keep it a secret!

Blackburn: I like your other tease better. “We can talk about the future, but that’s far, far away.”

Vignocchi: 2015 is not so far, far away anymore, is it?

Thanks to Patrick as always for the heads up.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Matt Booker ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Matt on 26 Aug 2014 15:24

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SWFUK Episode 4: Shawn of the Jedi
Reported by Mark on 26 Aug 2014 14:23

It's time to join the team over at the SWFUK Podcast.

Shawn of the Jedi is the fourth edition of the Star Wars Forum UK Podcast. This month sees a lengthy edition with an extra long Events section after the Podcast team all discuss their memories from the recent Farthest From event in Fordingbridge. Whilst at the event a member of the podcast team managed to speak to Palitoy Junky and Jamie Brown A.K.A. Fuzzy Buzzy Toys. The team also speak with Astons Auctions in this editions Market section as well as looking at the recent Aston Auctions Sales. This months interview is with the fascinating Shawn Kemple, whilst this months oddballs looks at the Star Wars Sigma items released back in the 80s. As well as all this we have the other usual sections, Latest Acquisitions, Forum Roundup, Rapid Fire and this months Boom Story.

Contact Information: Website | Forum | Facebook

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Sketch Of Star Wars Rebels Stormtroopers & TIE Pilot
Reported by Justin on 26 Aug 2014 14:07

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The Metro: As Filming Resumes Let's Hope There Are No More Setbacks
Reported by Mark on 26 Aug 2014 13:40

My latest article lands at The Metro as I look at the resumption of filming on Episode VII.

With a couple of months filming left until the live action element is largely in the can, the producers can only hope that they’ve had their share of bad luck on the film.

The original in 1977 suffered a storm which destroyed most of the tatooine sets, while The Empire Strikes Back fell victim to a fire on the soundstages of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which was filming on adjacent stages and which affected Empire’s shooting schedules.

Return of the Jedi was plagued by dune buggy enthusiasts who had spotted the Yuma, Arizona sail barge set – at the time the largest set ever built – and who took numerous photos.

The Phantom Menace also suffered a storm which wrecked the sets, so Star Wars films are used to setbacks.

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20" Darth Vader and Stormtrooper Twin Pack
Reported by Mark on 26 Aug 2014 13:20

With thanks to Jedi News reader Mark Tackley, here's a look at the 20" Darth Vader and Stormtrooper Twin Pack which has just turned up on Toys 'R' Us.

Bring the ultimate Star Wars villain and his loyal subject to life with the exclusive Star Wars 20" Darth Vader and Stormtrooper Twin Pack! These larger than life high detailed figures measure in at over 45cm tall, and are great for children and collectors alike.

Darth Vader is a powerful Sith Lord who is dedicated to eradicating the Jedi and taking control of the galaxy. The Stormtrooper is an elite soldier of the Galactic Empire army. With these 20” figures, you can recreate your favourite scenes from the epic Star Wars galaxy or create your own adventures!

Source Toys R Us (via Mark Tackley)
Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 24
Reported by Mark on 26 Aug 2014 13:00
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a great struggle, a fearsome starship, a cargo droid, a corporate magistrate, the Geonosian ruler, the mother of the chosen one, the ome of the wookiees, the legs of the sith, a gungan ground vehicle and a shape-shifters airspeeder. Let's grab our blasters and raise the rafters...

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T-Shirts: Boba Fett
Reported by Matt on 26 Aug 2014 11:35

He's never looked more deadly in deco and now he can be yours for just $11.00 via Unamee.

But be careful, he's likely to jet off at any time.

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   25 August 2014
Star in Wars: Episode 1 - Leia's Regret
Reported by Mark on 25 Aug 2014 22:16

Check out this new mini fan made series, made for -- pretty much- - peanuts.

Hi, I made 5 episodes of Star Wars parodies in my garage with some friends. Set was made from cardboard and PVC pipes. It was originally created for my son's birthday party. The medical ship is made out of a plastic bottle. I hope you like it.

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Disney Talking Chewbacca Arrives
Reported by Mark on 25 Aug 2014 21:49

Look out,it's loose! That's right, the talking Chewbacca figure from Disney has hit stores here in the UK and you'd better be careful, or he might just pull your arms off.

And if you can guess who's finger is covering the top left portion of the photo you win a no-prize...

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Eurobricks: LEGO Star Wars 2015 Set Details
Reported by Matt on 25 Aug 2014 21:23

Check out this partial list of the 2015 LEGO releases, via Eurobricks.

  • Imperial Troop Transport (75078) – Similar to the Imperial Landing Craft (7659) from 2007. There are four Stormtroopers.
  • Shadow Troopers (75079) – Includes a small vehicle. Battle pack includes two Dark Guards which I assume could be the Emperor’s Shadow Guards and two Shadow Troopers.
  • AAT (75080) – Jar Jar Binks makes his return in a LEGO Star Wars set. There will also be another Gungan minifigure. No mentioning if it’s just a generic Gungan or a major character like Boss Nass or Captain Roos Tarpals. The set also has a Battle Droid. Retail price is about £25.
  • T-16 Skyhopper (75081) – Comes with some sort of pilot minifigure, a Tusken Raider, and a womp rat.
  • Geonosis Troopers (75089) – Includes a small AT-RT. Clone Troopers are the same as the Kashyyyk Troopers (75035), but with a sandy brown color.

Source Eurobricks (via The Brick Fan)
Official Site: Meet Milun Simpson: LEGO Star Wars Bedroom Contest Winner
Reported by Mark on 25 Aug 2014 20:33

Our own James Burns brings his latest entry to as he looks at a recent LEGO competition giving kids the chance to have their bedroom LEGO-tised!

After hundreds of entries, the winner was unveiled on May the 4th: Milun Simpson, 5, from Knebworth in Hertfordshire was the winner and he his design took inspiration from the Ewok Village on Endor from his favorite Star Wars film. Milun entered the contest after his grandparents bought him the comic as a gift following a holiday to India.

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Star Wars Bookworms #29: What Makes a Rebel?
Reported by Mark on 25 Aug 2014 20:16

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

Right before we head off to DragonCon we bring you an extra long, extra special episode featuring discussions of Adam Bray’s recent books and a comic review with Mark Newbold (Jedi News UK, Radio 1138).

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Spielberg Pays Tribute To Sir Dickie Attenborough
Reported by Mark on 25 Aug 2014 19:42

Sir Richard Attenborough, one of British cinema's great and iconic father figures has passed away at the grand age of 90 and Steven Spielberg, who of course lost out on the Oscar in '82 for E.T to Attenborough's Gandhi and a decade later cast him as John Hammond in Jurassic Park, paid his own tribute.

Dickie Attenborough was passionate about everything in his life – family, friends, country and career.

‘He made a gift to the world with his emotional epic Gandhi and he was the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back to life as John Hammond in Jurassic Park.

‘He was a dear friend and I am standing in an endless line of those who completely adored him.’

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Teresa Delgado does the #icebucketchallenge
Reported by Teresa on 25 Aug 2014 19:03

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Josh Feldman Named Head Of Hasbro Film Development
Reported by Justin on 25 Aug 2014 18:45

Please see the following Hasbro update as posted over on The Hollywood Reporter:

Hasbro Studios, the screen entertainment arm of toy company Hasbro, has set Josh Feldman as the newly created position of head of film development.

Feldman, who joins Hasbro from his role as director of development at Genre Films, will be responsible for the operation of the studio's film division.

"With his tremendous experience in brand-focused film storytelling, Josh is ideally suited for this role as we look to expand our feature business," said Hasbro Studio president Stephen Davis said. "His focus will be on both our franchise and new brands in live-action and animation, and Josh will work closely with the studio's TV development, brand, design, digital and licensing teams to deliver full storytelling integration across our brand blueprint."

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Daisy Ridley At Notting Hill Carnival
Reported by Matt on 25 Aug 2014 18:38

Well if Daisy's character ever needs a twin or a double, we know who to call. Here's Daisy and her sister enjoying the Notting Hill Carnival.

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Harrison Ford ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Justin on 25 Aug 2014 14:50

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IndyCast Episode 193
Reported by Justin on 25 Aug 2014 13:41

Join Ed Dolista and his crew for the latest adventure-filled episode of The IndyCast - your go-to source for Indiana Jones news from all four corners of the globe!

This week I catch up with Indy performer Paul Townsend, we have some great audio from Connecticut ComiConn with the IndyCast’s Mitch Hallock, Laird Malamed and Joe Stuber, we speak with Further Adventures inker Bob Wiacek and we have more of your great emails!

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Full 3-Minute Star Wars Rebels Short "Entanglement" Featuring Zeb
Reported by Justin on 25 Aug 2014 13:23

The third Star Wars Rebels short entitled “Entanglement” featuring Zeb, scheduled to air on Disney XD later tonight, is now available for your viewing pleasure via the official Star Wars YouTube Channel.


In “Entanglement,” a special Star Wars Rebels short, Zeb fails to meet with Kanan at a specified rendezvous point…and instead finds himself joyfully battling many, many stormtroopers.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Mark Hamill ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Nominates All New Episode VII Cast Members
Reported by Justin on 25 Aug 2014 13:16

In the video below, Mark Hamill accepts his ALS ice bucket challenge and sends out the challenge to all of the new Episode VII cast members. Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac have already gone thru their ALS dousing. Will the rest of the new cast members heed the call of the Jedi Master himself?


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T-Shirts: Jawa Droid Sales
Reported by Matt on 25 Aug 2014 11:27

$11.00 gets you this scraptastic tee via the folks at Unamee, which will instantly give you the edge when meeting in the Dune Sea for your annual swap meet.

Source Unamee
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