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   28 May 2015
Full of Sith Rumor Control 05
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 May 2015 22:48

Join Bobby Roberts for the latest episode of Rumor Control.

If certain outlets are to be believed, this episode of Rumor Control contains roughly 90% of the story to The Force Awakens. 90% is a pretty good number. But it’s that pesky 10% that might end up containing a lot of the story’s heart. For the first time, a beginning-to-end synopsis of the film is laid out, and one of the last big remaining mysteries gets tackled: What character(s) are part of the Skywalker bloodline in this film? Big thanks to Jedi Council forum member Darth Lightly Bruise for what is likely the last episode of Rumor Control until The Force Awakens comes out. Unless someone slips and falls on a big fat pallet of novelizations between now and then.

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Official Site: 7 Star Wars References In Films You May Not Know
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 May 2015 22:14

Lucas Siegel over at StarWars.com brings us an insight into 7 films with Star Wars references you might not be aware of.

Star Wars is our favorite franchise for obvious reasons, and it can be viewed in many ways: a space opera, a blend of science fiction and fantasy, a tale inspired by Samurai films and Western serials…
But the influence of Star Wars reaches far beyond long lost movie genres. While many people probably know the Tommy Boy “Luke, I am your father” uttered into the fan scene, or the copious references found in E.T. (which were repaid in The Phantom Menace), there are many other films that have referenced Star Wars, including those far outside of its regularly perceived scope. Here are some you may not have caught or remembered the first time around.

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Thought Experiment: The Phantom Menace 1977
Reported by AdamDB (Follow on Twitter) on 28 May 2015 21:30
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One question that gets brought up every once in a while when debating the merits of I-III verses IV-VI, usually by people claiming the later films to be inferior: Would Star Wars be as successful if I-III had been released first?

This, of course, is useless in any kind of examination of the merits of any individual film. It’s not like we can travel and look at this alternate timeline, and even if we could the success of something does not always speak to its true quality.

That being said, if you take the pressure off to prove one thing or another and frame it as nothing but academic conjecture, it does make an interesting discussion point. I have even touched on this very briefly before; but as has been happening with more and more frequency, my brief observations benefit from re-consideration and extended analysis.

So here’s my thought experiment. Let’s say human history progressed in the same way it has, except that George Lucas and ILM somehow discovered the technology to make The Phantom Menace in the 1970’s. So, for the sake of argument, The Phantom Menace as we know it today was released on May 25th, 1977 instead of A New Hope. There was no such thing as “Star Wars” before The Phantom Menace.

Would The Phantom Menace have been as successful as A New Hope?

Natalie Portman's 2015 Harvard Commencement Speech
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 May 2015 21:29

Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman ’03 addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 27, 2015 at Tercentenary Theatre.

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Andy Serkis' The Force Awakens Character Officially Announced
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 May 2015 19:42

Just a short time ago, StarWars.com posted an exclusive interview piece they conducted with Vanity Fair's Annie Leibovitz in which we get our first look at Andy Serkis in his famous mo-cap gear for his character Supreme Leader Snoke in The Force Awakens.

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UPDATED: Star Wars Reads Day 2015 Coming October 10
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 May 2015 15:19

UPDATE: The official announcement has now been posted on StarWars.com as well.

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Star Wars Reads Day returns for 2015 later on this Fall and USA Today has the exclusive announcement (as well as the awesome BB-8 official Reads Day logo pictured above) posted on their site.

Break out the lightsabers and bookmarks — Star Wars Reads Day is coming Oct. 10.

The fourth annual event will again celebrate all things from that galaxy far, far away as well as the joy of reading for all ages. In honor of the day, Lucasfilm has created two new logos: One with Yoda nose deep in a book, and the other starring BB-8, the rolly-polly new droid making his big screen debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (in theaters Dec. 18).

Last year's Star Wars Reads Day offered celebrations with authors, illustrators and other luminaries at Barnes & Nobles, Books-A-Millions and more than 1,000 libraries and independent bookstores.

This year's event coincides with the Disney/Lucasfilm publishing initiative "The Journey to the Force Awakens" — with new novels and comic books setting up the characters and story of the upcoming movie — participants in the October festivities include Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Marvel, Abrams, Chronicle, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books and Scholastic, among other publishers.

For information on signings, parties and celebrations in your area, visit the Star Wars Reads community Facebook page.

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   27 May 2015
Caio Gaona (geekbatera) - Star Wars (Imperial March) Drum Remix
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 23:35

No matter what your personal talent, there's always a way to show your love for Star Wars, and drummer Caio Gaona does just that with this drum remix of The Imperial March.

Performing the Imperial March (Star Wars) on drums. This song is the reason That I love movie soundtracks since 1997 when I watched the Star Wars Empire Strikes Back, that march chills down my spine and made stay in love with movie score .

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Idiots Array: Episode 1
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 23:11

It's time to join Ryder Waldron, Alan Zaugg and Mark Sutter for Idiots Array.

In today’s deck, our dealers: Alan, Ryder, and Mark up their antes before anyone can bluff by calling out a canonical hand and laying it all out on the table; NO-HOLDS-BARRED. Anything goes, from the Expanded Universe, to the now/new Legends, and everything in between. After all, House Rules and these guys call the shots. In closing, they follow up with a winning hand by paying homage to STAR WARS month and the 38th anniversary of the original movie that started it all, STAR WARS: A New Hope.

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Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: Darth Sideous Is Your Master Now
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 23:08

Dan Zehr investigates some key relationships in his latest column over at StarWars.com.

An examination of Star Wars reveals some strong examples of mentors and mentorship and brings to the forefront moments that help us learn more about these fascinating characters. We have explored the heroes of the films, as well as burgeoning relationships in Star Wars Rebels, but an important question was brought to my attention recently that deserves further examination: what about the dark side mentors?
Clearly there are relationships in Star Wars amongst the villains of the series, but do they qualify as mentor/pupil relationships? At the core of what makes a mentor (a teacher or instructor that fosters growth and change in the student while passing along wisdom and knowledge), the answer seems clear, but since a Sith only deals in absolutes, perhaps this should be discussed further.

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Brews and Blasters #22: Malakili Shirts
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 22:46

It's time to join the gang over at Brews and Blasters.

It's not what you think. Also, we talk prototype lightsabers, official posters, Star Wars Weekends, Korean web comics, and much more!

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On The Shelves UK: B&Q
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 22:16

Star Wars wallpaper, classic Marvel and Dark Horse imagery on there? Who's going to say no to that? Not us, that's for sure. £10.00 per roll from B&Q here in the UK, and look out for some very cool feature walls springing up across the country as The Force Awakens approaches.

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Official Site: 9 Awesome Things To Do At Star Wars Weekends
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 22:09

Amy Ratcliffe brings us more great ideas of how to occupy your time at Star Wars Weekends over at StarWars.com.

Star Wars has had a presence in Disney Parks since Star Tours opened at Disneyland in 1987. The attraction spread to other parks, and eventually, Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando added Star Wars Weekends to the calendar. The event takes places on weekends in the spring (it runs through June 14 this year) and brings Star Wars celebrities, a parade, a fireworks show, and so much more the park. Yes, it is hot and humid in Florida, but you can beat it — just pretend you’re on Tatooine.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 22:00
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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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My First Star Wars Celebration
Reported by Teresa (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 21:45
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From April 16th to April 19th 2015 I had the pleasure to attend my very first all Star Wars convention. I am still relatively new to the convention scene in my own opinion. This convention I knew would be different from the others I had been to but I didn’t know just how different it would be. If you have been to Dragon Con, NYCC or even a Wizard World you know how things go, there are panels covering everything under the sun cosplay contests, autograph signings and a ton more. If you have been to small conventions you also know that sometimes there are not panels and it is simply a place to meet and greet B-C list celebrities and get an autograph. Star Wars Celebration is not like any of these experiences. It is an experience that I personally do not feel can be replicated anywhere else, even though others probably do “try”.

What many of my friends in the Star Wars community whether they be fellow bloggers/podcasters or readers/listeners may not know is that this was in fact my 1st Star Wars Celebration. Many times at the convention when that fact was brought up people said to me “No it’s not, how could it be?”. Well the answer to that is very simple, I used to work with sports and when Star Wars Celebration was in the summer I was always working with football and there was no way for me to go. Then of course Star Wars Celebration went to Europe and now here we are with Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. The odd thing about this being my first Celebration is that not only was I going as a fan but I was going in the capacity of media. That fact weighed on my mind quite a bit and at times even made me not want to go. Star Wars fans expect a lot of the people that bring them their news and commentary so I had to decide very early on just how I would cover the event and I chose to go to the convention primarily as a fan. The thing about being media is that there are tons of other people going as media and well…there are only so many ways to cover a panel or live tweet something. With those thoughts in mind I chose to leave that up to my amazing friends. Once that decision was made the preparations began!

Fangirls Going Rogue #19: With Tiya Sircar
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 21:15

Join Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr over at Fangirls Going Rogue.

Star Wars Rebels’ return is less than a month away, and Fangirls Going Rogue talk to Tiya Sircar about Sabine’s future and enjoying the show with family. Bethany Blanton from Star Wars Report joins the show to discuss the Vanity Fair The Force Awakens media blitz and The Clone Wars characters in Disney Infinity. Tricia Barr shares her insight from the first week of Star Wars Weekends and her book tour for Ultimate Star Wars. Sarah Woloski talks about the Disneyland Tinkerbell Half-Marathon and gives tips for entering the second Star Wars Marathon. Teresa Delgado leads a fantastic discussion about George Lucas’ legacy and the most important choices he made. The character discussion dives into our fangirl crushes and the reasons why loving characters can make stories more impactful.

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ANOVOS: Stormtrooper Wearable Helmet Accessory Now Available
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 10:05

This great news from our friends at ANOVOS...

The iconic helmet of the white-armored Imperial Stormtrooper is now within reach. Whether you choose the ready-to-wear completed version of this costume accessory or the new do-it-yourself kit, you'll be on your way to starting your own Empire! Pre-order now starting at just $100.00 USD.
  
Reminder that we're still on target to reach our San Diego Comic-Con International stretch goal! If we can reach 33,000 Facebook fans by July 9th, we're also going to give FREE SHIPPING to 33 LUCKY FANS* who have purchased the Stormtrooper armor by that date. Share and like our Facebook page to bring the world more Stormtroopers!  *Applies to pre-existing (and newly placed) orders where shipping & handling was remitted, and that are shipping within the United States of America only.

Good news for UK fans - ANOVOS now ship to our island too!

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Disney Infinity 3.0 - Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set Info and Gallery
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 09:55
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Some new assets, featuring game play from Disney Infinity 3.0, from the first Play Set called Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic have been released and we've put them in a gallery for your viewing pleasure.

Take the link below for the full press release.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 09:38
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Here's the latest newsletter from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store.  Read on for all the latest pre-orders and new arrivals.

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100 Days Until The Force Awakens "Force Friday"
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 07:00

In case you needed a reminder or are looking for a little pick-me-up at work/school, today we are officially 100 days out from new The Force Awakens products arriving on retail store shelves as part of the "Force Friday" Midnight Madness event that will be taking place on September 4!

To mark this special date, I have included the corresponding page from the AWESOME Hasbro Episode VII #ForceFridayCountdown calendar (click the image for a larger view).

Pip Andersen: That Boy Got Moves!
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 02:55

Last slowmo vid for a bit :) #stormfreerun #pointyourtoes

A video posted by Pip Andersen (@piptrix) on

We've seen plenty of amazing videos featuring The Force Awakens Pip Andersen, and here's an Instagram video that shows once again just why he was hired for Episode VII.

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Chris Cape: #MarkHamillCanHandle
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2015 00:00

Via Cape Town musician Chris Cape, it's Mark Hamill Can Handle.

Hi Guys, I’m a Star Wars fan from Cape Town South Africa. I love Jedi News and a want to thank you for all you do for SW fans like myself.
I’m also a full time pop musician. I write, produce, play guitar, sing and rap. I’m deep into the Expanded Universe as well as the movies and have found that SW fuels the creative mind in a unique way.
The recent overflow of SW7 excitement has found it’s way into my writing. I got home from a long day of teaching guitar on May 4th, sat down in my studio, messed around on my 80’s Japanese Casio keyboard, and let the inspiration flow into a new song.
“Mark Hamill Can Handle” is me talking about my anticipation of SW7. Like, “sheesh this Kylo dude looks hard core so I hope Luke can deal!”… and at the same time, “But dudes, it’s Luke Skywalker… of course he’s got this!” I love Mark Hamill and am hoping he’ll hear this song at some point!
Last year I released a 10-track project for free download and it was a success. This year I’m working on material for a new album, and also several single-track releases. The idea with the new album is to start making cash with my music. And while that’s all good, I feel that with this specific track I really want to just give it to the SW community to listen to and download for free. SW and its community has meant SO MUCH to me. I’d love to contribute to it in the way I know how.
The track comes out Wednesday the 27th May. I'd ABSOLUTELY LOVE to have Jedi News share the track. It's purely for the fans of SW and will be lost on my non SW fans.

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   26 May 2015
Revisiting The Star Wars Prequels
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2015 23:51

The Star Wars prequels don't need to justify themselves, certainly not in these parts, but in the wider fandom and certainly outside of it they come under heavy attack. Anthony Parisi has written this well-thought out essay looking at the prequel trilogy in depth and the messages it conveyed.

Despite massive popularity, the series and Lucas himself have frequently faced derision from film critics. He has been accused of infantilizing cinema and said to have squashed the 70’s “New Hollywood” counterculture breaking ground in realism at the time. Even in positive reviews, the original episodes were lamented for their comic book plots, wooden dialogue, and stilted acting. They were lauded for their fun and special effects but often dismissed as mere escapism. Sixteen years later, when the prequels began in 1999, this dissonance hit a fever pitch. Like the first trilogy, reviews were mixed, but the media hype and classic status of the older films guaranteed a mounting backlash. No longer children, older viewers soon began to turn on Lucas. It wasn’t just Pauline Kael sneering anymore, fans themselves had become savage critics.

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Busby Berkeley
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2015 23:39

Brian Young takes us on a journey through the cinema behind Star Wars over at StarWars.com as he looks at the influence Busby Berkeley had on Lucas' films.

Berkeley came to Hollywood by way of Broadway and was known for making dance numbers that were divorced from the reality of the rest of the film, fantasy scenes that couldn’t be contained by the physical restraints of the movies. His works include Footlight Parade, The Golddiggers of 1933, and 42nd Street. Each film utilized absurd amounts of dancers and overhead shots that were patently arranged in geometric patterns.
You may be understandably thinking that dance numbers don’t seem like the sort of fare that would inspire the work of George Lucas. But you’d be wrong.

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On The Shelves UK: Star Wars Rebels Magazine
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2015 23:12

#StarWars #rebels magazine UK #5 out now.

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

More rebellious goodness as issue 5 of Egmont's Star Wars Rebels magazine hits UK shelves.

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Dark Lords Of The Sith: A Darth Primer
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2015 22:55

We all love a good infographic, and if you click here then you'll be taken through this this one, available at Shirts.com which leads you through a list of deadly Darths...

A new era of Star Wars is just about upon us. Disney is now in control of the franchise and J.J. Abrams is at the helm of the first new Star Wars film in over 10 years. The Force Awakens will be the first film in a new, third trilogy, set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. A tale of light versus dark, Star Wars has always been a classic space opera modeled after George Lucas' love for Flash Gordon and other TV serials. The bad guys are clearly defined and the good guys are always ready to save the day. To prepare you for the new films we have created an infographic primer detailing all of the big bad guys, the Dark Lords of the Sith.

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Fly Casual Episode 40: Blah Blah Blah
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2015 22:44

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

In this episode of Fly Casual Podcast, the boys celebrate Manmorial Day Weekend with the Peanut Gallery, Mike brings you the latest in news and Garrick brings you the toy report.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Denver Comic Con ’15: Star Wars: The New Canon
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2015 20:15

Take a read of this cool article by Evan Fries over at Bleeding Cool looking at a panel called Star Wars: The New Canon which aimed to clear up the confusion regarding issues with canon and continuity.

On one hand, you had a large contingent of fans feeling slighted by the fact that their favorite characters and stories no longer factored in to the “official” Star Wars universe, and on the other, you had people happy to see the years of tangled continuity go. As panelist Jason Monroe pointed out, “it’s not uncommon for comics or movies to reboot and reboot, why is Star Wars any different?” This was coupled with the notion that the main Star Wars movies we all fell in love with still exist, and still matter. As for the stories that now fall under the “Legends” banner outside of continuity, the panel made it clear that whether it is canon or not, these Star Wars stories still exist and can still be consumed and enjoyed. It’s like the example that Pablo Hidalgo gave recently called Schrodinger’s Fett: “Boba Fett is both simultaneously alive and dead inside the Sarlacc Pit until a story pulls him out.”

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Revenge of Revan Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II Mod
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2015 19:07

Our friend Soeren Kamper from SWTOR Strategies drops us a line with news of a new fan-made mod for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II.

For those who want to define their experience based on their choices in KOTOR1/KOTOR2 will be given a good deal of freedom. Players can set up Revan’s and Exile’s alignments and gender at the beginning of the game. Your last companion is actually determined by whether Revan was light side or dark side at the end of the KOTOR1. During the adventure there will be points where you will be able to clarify events from the past two installments. These moments are where the player cannot only define the major choices like Revan and Exile, but also define other choices made including to whether Onderon is ruled by Queen Talia or General Vaklu. Some choices will have a larger impact than others in the mod.

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Gary Whitta To Write An Episode Of Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2015 18:46

Looks like Gary Whitta's time in the gigantic Star Wars sandbox is not quite over just yet as had been initially thought!

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Star Wars Weekends May 16th by DJ Elliot
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2015 18:28

From last Saturday's Galactic Dance Party at Star Wars Weekends 2015 here's DJ Elliots set, via Soundcloud.

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 79
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2015 18:01

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

JJason and Randy are joined this week by Johnamarie and Saf and no one dies!

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars "Twilight Of The Republic" Gameplay Video
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2015 15:49

In addition to the video posted below, Game Informer provides readers with more information on the Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars "Twilight of The Republic" play set and some accompanying screen images.

Disney Infinity 3.0 introduces a number of Star Wars playsets and characters for fans to experience. The first of these, Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic, drops players into the middle of a war on Geonosis as the Jedi attempt to uncover who activated a large droid factory hidden on the planet. The playset has a heavy focus on combat and exploration, making full use of the enhanced fighting techniques added to Disney Infinity 3.0.

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Bandai Namco Offering Two Star Wars Battle Pod Cabinets For Sale In Japan
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2015 13:56

Excellent news for those fans who live in Japan and can't get enough Star Wars Battle Pod action - Bandai Namco is offering two special premium versions of the gaming cabinet featuring designs based on a Rebel pilot helmet and Darth Vader at the very affordable price of roughly US $98,000 each.

The premium Star Wars Battle Pod cabinet will set you back 12 million yen, which is around US$98,000. These are different from the ones in arcades. What’s the difference? And why’s this so expensive?

The designs—a Rebel pilot’s helmet and Darth Vader—are unique to the premium versions. The pod’s movable seats are covered with real leather, the cabinet has exclusive carpeting, and the machine comes with a specially bound owner’s manual.

Source Kotaku
   25 May 2015
How BB-8 Works ?
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 23:11



It's the question that we all want answers to, how exactly does BB-8 work?

Now two fans, Carlos Sanchez and Emilio Gelardo, have embarked on a detailed project to detail exactly how they think BB-8 works.

Check out their site for details on the concepts, the tech, patents, and a 3-D external and internal tour of BB-8.

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Preview Pages for Kanan: The Last Padawan #3 Released
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 23:05

Our good friend Eddie van Heijden from Star Wars Timeline has alerted us to a preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan #3 posted over on Comic Book Resources.

Written by Greg Wiseman with art from Pepe Larraz, Kanan has been celebrated as the best comic series from the new Marvel age of Star Wars comics. Click on the link to see all six pages of the preview.


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Official Star Wars Korean Comics Translated
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 23:00

The first two issues of the Official Star Wars Korean language web-comics have been translated to English for the first time.

The emergence of official Star Wars Korean language web-comics has been exciting the Star Wars comic community over the last couple of months, despite the lack of English translations. With incredible art, and a story centered on a young Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi - many have seen them as the comic highlight of the year.

Now our friends at Star Wars Always have found English language translations of the first two issues in the web-comic series courtesy of Reddit user dropteacup.

To see the English translations make the hyperspace jump to Star Wars Always article here.

There are a lot more of the series still requiring translation so if you can help, or you know someone who will - please get in touch.


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Star Wars Saga to Screen in China in Its Entirety for First Time
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 13:21



The Hollywood Reporter brings us news of the Star Wars saga coming to Chinese audiances for the first time in its entirety.

Star Wars' Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance are getting ready for the first-ever screening of the complete saga in China ahead of the debut of the franchise’s latest installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens worldwide on Dec. 18.

Chinese moviegoers will finally get to watch all six movies in the Star Wars saga so far on the big screen at the 18th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival, organizers and Walt Disney Pictures said Monday.

The 18th edition of the SIFF will mark the first theatrical screening of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in China.

The festival runs from June 13 thru 21.
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Happy Star Wars Day!
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 12:00

No, you're not seeing things, we did indeed wish you Happy Star Wars Day once again this month. Like the Queen, Star Wars has 2 'official' birthdays. Of course there is the fan-favourite and widely recognised May the 4th, where fans across the world celebrate the magic of the saga. Then there is the real birthday of May 25th, the day back in 1977 when A New Hope hit 32 screens in North America and changed not only cinema history but world history. Galactic history!

Raise a glass of blue milk,give a thought to those we've lost along the way and look ahead to what's just around the corner later this year. Happy Star Wars Day!

George Lucas At The 2015 Monaco Grand Prix
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 11:45

Here's the main man himself George Lucas at yesterdays Monaco Grand Prix, enjoying the thrill of the podrace and looking very well indeed. Retirement clearly sits well with him!

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Parkour Commercial Ukraine - Pip Andersen
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 10:41

You'll be seeing a lot more of him in December's The Force Awakens but until then here's Pip Andersen parkouring his way around the Ukraine in a commercial he did a while back.

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Full of Sith Episode Episode CXVI: Star Wars Weekends
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 09:55

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

After Bryan, Mike, Bobby, and Amy discuss their favorite Star Wars films and how to rank them, Amy offers a glowing report from Star Wars weekends at Walt Disney World.

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

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The Metro: John Williams Working On A New Score But Which Old Tunes Will Return?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 09:23

Check out my latest article over at The Metro as I look at which possible classic themes could be making a return in The Force Awakens in just 207 days time!

We already know there will be new themes for The Force Awakens.
Rey, Poe, Finn, Kylo Renn, even BB-8 will likely get their own recognisable themes, forging the way from what is essentially a transitional ‘passing of the torch’ episode into the age of our new heroes in episodes 8, 9 and beyond.
And yet the film also features Han Solo, Princess Leia (or perhaps Queen Leia by now), Artoo, Threepio, Chewbacca and of course Luke Skywalker.
Which of the existing themes from the previous six films could we see making subtle returns? Here are just a few which could be seeing action this December.

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Marvel Star Wars Solicitations for August 2015
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 08:30
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Our good friends from Roqoo Depot have posted the August solicitations from Marvel comics. Here are the soliciations as relate to Star Wars.

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   24 May 2015
Jedi News Reaches 14,000 Likes On Facebook
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2015 17:01

We can't think of a much better way to celebrate the Bank Holiday tomorrow as our Jedi News Facebook page cruises past 14,000 likes.

On Twitter @JediNewsUK we're sitting at 8385, while Jedi News on Instagram is flourishing with 1541. Thanks to all of our new followers. You've come aboard at the right time as Team Jedi News (that's #TeamJediNews for any hashtag hounds out there) are working hard to make the journey towards The Force Awakens feel just that little bit less daunting.

The Empire Strikes Back: 13 Rare Pics!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2015 14:55

The Empire Strikes Back is 35 years old this week and EW bring us a series of rarely seen images from behind the scenes of the production.

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Star Wars Report #168: We Have a Patreon!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2015 14:42

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

In this episode, we commemorate the launch of the Star Wars Report podcast Patreon campaign with a special themed episode where we feature a litany of special guests talking about their favorite moment in A New Hope.

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   23 May 2015
Star Wars: Battlefront Does Not Have Classes Or Squads
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:55

Soeren Kamper leads us towards this new article over at SWTOR Strategies looking at the lack of classes or squads in Star Wars: Battlefront.

During a recent interviews that was published in OXM and was reported by Gamesradar, the design director Niklas Fegraeus states that players will be able to choose the equipment they would like to use instead of only given a few choices.
New gear is guarded by XP, but you will be able to share what you unlock with your Partner. What this enables is two friends always purchasing different unlocks in order to put together their resources. Also, a higher-level player could give a new player access to their top-choice weapons in order to help the partnership.
Partners will be replacing Squads, giving you only one person to help you along the way.

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Star Wars Fan Fun Day 2016 Logo Revealed
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:50

2nd May 2016 is the date of the next Star Wars Fan Fun Day, taking place at Burnley Football Club. And in readiness of that occasion here's a look at their new logo, featuring the fearsome Lord Vader.

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Podcast 66 Blog: Connections And Memories
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:48

What most reminds you of Star Wars right here, right now in the real world? That's the question posed by Mike Audette over at Podcast 66.

I was watching Episode IV: A New Hope one night during my last winter break of college, right before I was about to head back for my final semester before graduation. Something about that line and that moment hit me. I paused the movie and just put in my school name to replace Mos Eisley spaceport. "UMass Dartmouth: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy." Saying that back a few times back brought back a whole flood of memories and moments and events that happened over the course of my college career, good and bad. Classes, projects, late night partying, playing rugby, and friends. Everything from the past four years of college hit me and I began to understand the importance of it. Much like Luke needed to be taught and molded into becoming the Jedi he was destined to be, as did I need to be taught and molded into the business professional to begin my working career.

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The Wampa's Lair #132: The Maverick Jedi
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:43

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

In this episode, Karl and Jason discuss everyone’s favorite rogue Jedi: Qui-Gon Jinn! They dive into his character, what makes him unique, and what they love about him so much!

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Official Site: Set A Course For Star Wars Weekends
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:40

Join Shawn Slater for a look at all the amazing events lined up for Star Wars Weekends over the next three days over at StarWars.com.

Our Star Wars Weekends event for 2015 is well under way and better than ever! And this week, the incomparable Warwick Davis is among the celebrity guests visiting from that galaxy far, far away.
Warwick portrayed lovable Ewok Wicket from the forest moon of Endor and has brought to vivid life several beloved characters beyond the worlds of Star Wars. In fact, one of my favorite shows during Star Wars Weekends is “An Ewok’s Tale: My Short Story,” Warwick Davis’s hysterical one-man show through which he shares his adventures as only he can. It’s definitely not to be missed!

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Coffee With Kenobi: Becca's Chava Chats: Symbolic Cycles Of The Moon
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:28

Becca Benjamin brings her knowledge and insight to another great article over at the awesome Coffee With Kenobi.

It’s no secret that the Star Wars saga is intricately laced with symbolism and mythology throughout its entirety. In fact, the amount of its ambiguity is so immense that the conversations continue to grow and flourish up until this very day, some thirty-eight years after it all began.
One of the ongoing topics for discussion is the lack of women that are represented or portrayed within the storyline, that, and the lack of a storyline within the Prequels. Perhaps, those that feel so strongly about both accusations are going about it all wrong …

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An Oral History Of Star Wars: Republic Commando By Its Lead Programmer
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:21

Soeren over at SWTOR Strategies points us towards this fascinating article looking at the history and development of the classic game Star Wars: Republic Commando.

I’m Brett Douville — I was a programmer and lead programmer at LucasArts for seven years. The last game I did there was Star Wars: Republic Commando, and in this series, I’m going to go ahead and play through the game, telling you stuff about it. I’m really proud with what we accomplished with this game, especially considering some of the stuff that happened towards the end — which I’ll describe in a future video. So come back, or watch it over on Twitch live on Tuesdays. Check me out @brett_douville on Twitter for show times.

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RebelForce Radio: May 22, 2015
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:17

Jason & Jimmy talk to Mos Eisley Cantina expert Tom Spina who provides us with analysis of The Force Awakens pirate aliens as revealed in Vanity Fair; Fresh casting news from Star Wars Rogue One; Carrie Fisher's daughter Billy Lourde addresses rumors; Pip Andersen talks about The Force Awakens; We confront Apple iTroopers and we shake up our spoiler policy...again.

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   22 May 2015
Vanity Fair The Force Awakens Interview With Pablo Hidalgo
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 23:22

You know him. You love him (and deeply miss him on Twitter these days). He is instantly recognizable and recently spent some time speaking with Vanity Fair's Bruce Handy. He is of course, Lucasfilm's own Pablo Hidalgo.

Pablo Hidalgo’s official title at Lucasfilm is creative executive. Unofficially, he is the company’s in-house Star Wars geek, a repository of everything known—history, planetology, starship specifications, alien taxonomy, proper spellings—about the galaxy George Lucas created.

Originally hired to interact with fans, Hidalgo has become a key member of the Lucasfilm story group, headed by development executive Kiri Hart, which has been generating ideas for the ambitious slate of new Star Wars films that begins this December with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I recently talked with Hidalgo about what his job at Lucasfilm entails, where the franchise is headed, and how he managed to turn a childhood obsession into a career.

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The History Of Star Wars Toys
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 18:21

Kenner Star Wars line. Those words in the same sentence carry extra special meaning for fans who are old enough to remember having these toys throughout their childhood. Head on over to io9 for a trip down memory lane as they examine the revolutionary history of Star Wars toys, beginning with the Kenner golden years all the way up to the current The Force Awakens product packaging reveal.

When Star Wars released in 1977, the face of science fiction in popular culture was changed forever — but a year later, the movie helped transform the toy industry as well. Since then, Star Wars and the toys it inspired have been forever linked, a story that can just as easily be told through figures as it can the films.

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Jogcast Radio: Episode 13: Marathon Edition: Rob Wainfur Part 1
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 17:16

Grab your running shoes, it's time for the Jogcast.

Hi there Jogcasters, tonight we are joined by a longtime friend of Jogcast: ROB WAINFUR of ‘The Bearded Trio’ who has joined us for three shows, talking everything from Star Trek to The Dark Crystal and everything in between. We chatted for close to three hours, so we have decided to cut the show into three parts, and this is the first one – don’t worry if you get invested in the chat about Karl Urban, and Dredd towards the end, as that will come back in Part 2, out the same time next week. All here on Jogcast Radio.

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John Boyega...Shopping
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 16:10

Hello people

A video posted by @john_boyega on

Here's proof that even galactic heroes have to do their shopping in places other than swap meets on Tatooine, boutiques on Coruscant or trading posts on Polis Massa.

Yes, this IS John Boyega shopping in Sainsbury and he's saying hello to you.

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New Hasbro President Unveiled
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 15:26

Changes at Hasbro as a new president is presented to the media.

Brian Goldner has succeeded Alfred J. Verrecchia as president and chief executive officer of Hasbro. The change of personnel was completed at the company’s annual general meeting.

And the presentation also included a very prominent partner of Hasbro, going back many decades.

The meeting featured the showing of a Verrecchia tribute tape produced by the company’s Cake Mix Studios. George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, a longtime Hasbro toy brand, was among those who praised the outgoing chairman.

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Wired: Is That An Episode VIII Script Under Rian Johnson's Foot?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 15:20

@liricopolla22 pointed out this little Easter egg. :)

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Great spot by Vintage Star Wars on Instagram. Check out the script of Episode VIII under director Rian Johnson's foot. Is it real? Highly unlikely, but it's a neat little nod to what is to come, and given that all the other living Star Wars directors are present (Lucas for The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and J.J. Abrams for The Force Awakens) it's a cool tip of the hat.

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Official Site: From World War To Star Wars: May The 4th
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 15:12

Join Cole Horton as we trace the way back 70 years to the second world war and the links between that conflict and the events of the Star Wars galaxy over at StarWars.com.

May 4 — known colloquailly as Star Wars Day — is practically a holiday for Star Wars fans. We celebrate with movie marathons, special announcements, merchandise sales, and more. Yet as a historian, I think of May 4 for some very different reasons — as a day that marked some important milestones during the Second World War.
While many remember the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 as the start of the war for the United States, many forget how tenuous the conflict was for America and the Allied Powers in the months after the attack. The Allies were on the defensive for months, losing territory to Japan in the Philippines, Guam, Burma, and more. Even Singapore, thought (or lauded) to be impregnable just as the Death Star was in Star Wars, fell to the Japanese onslaught. For six months, the Allies were losing the war badly.
That is until May 4, 1942.

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On The Shelves UK: Star Wars Battlefront Hits UK Games Magazine Covers
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 14:52

Lovely sight. Lots of #starwars on all the current video game magazines #battlefront is coming.

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Not long to go now, as shown by the sudden influx of Star Wars Battlefront covers hitting the UK's major gaming magazines, across all platforms.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars #5
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 14:30
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BOOK I, PART 5

SKYWALKER STRIKES

It is a period of renewed hope for the Rebellion. The evil Galactic Empire's greatest weapon, the Death Star, has been destroyed by the young rebel pilot Luke Skywalker.

But Skywalker knows he has a long way to go if he ever hopes to become a true Jedi. Seeking clues to his destiny, he has returned home to Tatooine.

Meanwhile, Darth Vader is seeking answers of his own and has hired the notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett to track down the pilot who destroyed the Death Star....

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Tosche Station Radio #117: Luke Skywalker and Beyond
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 14:12

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

Heath joins us this week for a discussion of all things Luke Skywalker!

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.

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