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PINNED: RADIO 1138: Episode 44
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 16:01
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PINNED: Help Rancho Obi-Wan - 6 Days To Target!
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   Thursday, May 26, 2016
Star Wars Fan Documentary, My Saga Enters Editing Phase
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 21:19


Adam being interviewed by StarWars.com's Andi Gutierrez while queuing for the Opening Ceremony at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.

Adam Harris of Jackel Productions has let us know that after fifteen months of development, his Star Wars documentary My Saga has entered the editing phase.

With a host of interviews and convention recording this documentary will be an epic tour de Force of Star Wars.  There is also quite an emotional backstory to Adam's story that will really captivate viewers.


Perry King (Han Solo - The Star Wars Radio Dramas).

Check out this interview that Adam did last year that tells a little about his backstory and how the documentary came about.



We will keep you updated here on Jedi News as the documentary nears release.

Sideshow Announces Pre-Order Date For New Darth Maul Premium Format Figure
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 20:50

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website to include the announcement of their brand new (and quite frankly, badass-looking) Darth Maul Premium Format Figure. The figure will be going up for pre-order on Thursday June 2.

Watch out Jedi Knights! The agile Sith Lord, Darth Maul™, is coming soon to our galaxy. Star Wars™ fans will have a chance to pre-order the Darth Maul Premium Format™ Figure here at Sideshow on Thursday, June 2, 2016!

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Eight Days To Swindon Comic Con
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 20:47



It's only eight days until Swindon Comic Con where a host of Star Wars celebrities will be be hand from the original trilogy, as well as The Force Awakens.
Film & TV stars Steam into Swindon

This June sees a major event coming for the first time to the Steam Museum. Stars of film, TV and the world of comics will all be there and eager to meet you all in a fantastic setting.

The major dates for your diary are 4th & 5th June 2016. Stars from Red Dwarf, Star Wars, Dr Who, Game of Thrones and Primeval will be there along with sports personalities like Eddie Kidd, who is making his first appearance at such an event.

Along with all the well known faces there will be Cosplay characters portraying their favourite characters from film, TV and comics. There will be amazing prizes on offer each day for the best Cosplay. Time to get that sewing machine out of the loft to make a costume and join the fun.

Mark Labbett (The Beast) and Shaun Wallace (The Dark Destroyer) from the ITV show The Chase will be there, so for a change, you will be able to quiz them.

IN TOTAL 50 CELEBRITIES IN ONE PLACE !!!!! IN SWINDON

As well as the human personalities there will be the mechanical stars of film in attendance. Come along and see the Stargate, Batman's Batmobile and Tumbler, Lightning McQueen (from Cars) the Delorean (Back to the Future) and a NYPD Police Car (let's hope we can keep Spiderman off it).

All this is being brought to you be Skywalkers Productions a local business with a global reach to bring you major stars to this enormous event at the Swindon Steam Museum. A full list of stars attending the event can be seen at the website www.swindoncomiccon.com but new guests are being added frequently. You can get tickets from the site too, or in person from Skywalkers in Faringdon Road, Swindon.

This is going to be a major event and tickets are going fast. Make sure you don't miss out.

Take the link below to purchase your tickets for the event.

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UK Garrison in The Force Awakens - Revealed At Last!
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 19:42
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Sworn to secrecy, the news that the UK Garrison (501st) had six troopers within its ranks in The Force Awakens can now be revealed to all. After signing strict non-disclosure agreements with Lucasfilm (LfL) over 18 months ago they have had to live with the hardest secret they have ever had to keep.

But now the Garrison has at last been given the official all clear to release this exciting news! Six of our lucky members played STORMTROOPERS in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS.

The 6 from VII are (click on the above picture for a closer look): -

  • TK 256 – John May
  • TK 1902 – Steve Buckley
  • TK 2739 – Gary Hailes
  • TK 5509 – Ross Walmsley
  • TK 5968 – Rob Ledsom
  • TK 7058 – Steve Hill

And read on to find out how it all began in May 2014....

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Top Ten Things I Love About Episodes I-III
Reported by AdamDB (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 19:00
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Now, at this point, I’ve more or less eschewed the notion of May the 4th, or Revenge of the 5th/6th (whichever pun is better), and decided that May is Star Wars Month. George Lucas was born in May, and all of his Star Wars films (including Empire and Jedi) came out in May. That being said, when the Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Society dubbed last Friday “Prequel Appreciation Day” (traditionally May 19th, the release date of Phantom and Sith, but moved a day over so people can celebrate on a Friday) and called out to friendly bloggers to share the love by posting their Top Ten favorite things about the films, well I felt inspired to write about Star Wars for the first time in many months. Now it goes without saying, I will be repeating myself here, and these are going to be mostly subjective to my experience. But as I said in my previous post those many weeks back, we need positivity now more than ever.

Sci-Fi Central: Michonne Bourriague On Being The Briefest Bounty Hunter
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 17:24

Our pal and compadre Daryl James catches up with the women behind one of the baddest bounty hunters in the saga, Michonne Bourriague aka Aurra Sing.

For Sci Fi Central Australia, Darryl James interviewed Michonne Bourriague who played Aurra Sing. This is just 1 segment of over 300 filmed with over 100 different performers who have appeared in a Star Wars movie. Please feel free to Like & Share our interviews and check our website and Facebook for more interviews from Sci Fi Central Australia

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High Resolution Copy Of Celebration Europe 2016 Key Art
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 12:49

Peter Sciretta over at Slashfilm was able to acquire a very high resolution copy of the official Celebration Europe 2016 key art that was revealed by Lucasfilm yesterday. His copy of the artwork clocks in at a meaty 4000x4000 resolution, which makes it suitable for creating your own custom prints or posters. Take the source link below to download your copy of the artwork.

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Rian Johnson Tweets Episode VIII Filming In Ireland Has Wrapped
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 12:35

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 10:00
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and arrivals...

 

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Cris Macht Launches Kickstarter For New Star Wars Project
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 09:20



The man behind the awesome fan documentaries, The Force Within Us and The Force Among Us, Cris Macht, has just launched a new kickstarter for a Star Wars fan reality based show - The Real Fans Of The Saga!
After making 2 critically acclaimed Star Wars documentaries, Filmmaker Cris Macht wanted to do another Star Wars related project. Cris' wife loves reality TV as much as he loves Star Wars so he had the idea and inspiration to do a "reality style" project based around Star Wars fans!

Cris was also very inspired by passionate "conversations" he had with fans while making his 1st 2 Star Wars documentaries. he found it difficult to capture the "conversations" in the documentaries due to subjects being a little nervous while being interviewed - While filming the reality show - THE REAL FANS OF THE SAGA....it was much easier and "natural" to capture this!

The Real Fans project was filmed at the start of 2015 and followed 4 completely different fans (that are friends) to Celebration Anaheim all through well over a year (including leading up to The Force Awakens and after it's release).

Each Episode will be 15 - 30 mins (actual time per episode TBD after editing) and there will be approx 12 - 17 episodes total (again, TBD while editing)

To join and support the Kickstarter take the link below.

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Celebration Artwork Confirms Names Of Rogue One Characters / Vehicles
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 09:12



As part of the Star Wars Show, the Celebration key art was released and hosts Andi Gutierrez and Peter Townley confirmed some character and vehicle names seen in the trailer. 


AT-ACT (All Terain Armoured Cargo Transport)

The stormtroopers in black were confirmed to be called Death Troopers, whilst the desert look troopers were confirmed to be Shore Troopers, finally the modified AT-AT seen is the trailer was revealed to be an AT-ACT - an All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport.


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Shed Of The Year 2016 Includes A Millennium Falcon
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 08:58



A Birtish mans shed is his castle... or so goes the saying, and one British Man has taken that extra step by turning his garden shed into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon!

Owned by Stephen Gee of Nottinghamshire, the shed has reached the finals of the Shed Of The Year 2016 - and the winner from each category will be featured in a Channel Four show, "Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year"

You can help Stephen win by voting under the Workshop/Studios category for his shed at the link below.

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Warwick Davis Launches Eugenius The Musical
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 08:49



Friend of the site, and Star Wars legend Warwick Davis has launched a new project, one in which he will be starring in as well as co-producing - Eugenius The Musical.
...it’s a classic love story between two kids – Eugene and Janey. She is mad on him, but he always has his head inside a comic book – so much so that he actually writes his own comic about a superhero. Against the odds, Eugene’s creations take him to Hollywood and he becomes the unlikely hero of his own intergalactic battle! Did we mention it’s set in the classic decade –the 80s?

With hit song after hit song and a brilliantly funny script Eugenius! is the musical you’ve been waiting for, even if you don’t like traditional musicals!

Come and be the first to experience Eugenius! on the 29th June at the London Palladium.
Tickets are available now at the link below...

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Jedi News Book Review: Aftermath (UK Paperback Release)
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 00:00
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As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance—now a fledgling New Republic—presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he’s taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.

Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world—war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is—or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.

Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top- secret emergency summit—to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies—her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector—who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.

You could put up a strong argument that Aftermath is the most important of the post-EU novels. Where A New Dawn set up the stall for Rebels, Tarkin gave us the backstory of the Grand Moff, Heir to the Jedi an insight into a young, developing Luke, Lords of the Sith a look at the siths relationship and Dark Disciple a late chapter in the Clone Wars, Aftermath surges forward into the post Return of the Jedi era for the first time...well, the first time canonically. Does Chuck Wendig take this huge responsibility and do it justice? Let's find out.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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   Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The Star Wars Show Chewbacca Mom, Rogue One Character Reveal
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 21:24

It's time for The Star Wars Show and some very cool Celebration Europe reveals.

Andi sits down with Chewbacca Mom Candace Payne, Matt takes to the streets for the best Chewie impressions, we reveal key art for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, throw an epic birthday party, and much more!

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Official Site: Celebration Europe Key Art Unveiled
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 21:17

As revealed on this weeks episode of The Star Wars Show, here's the stunning key art for Celebration Europe, which is now only 50 days away.

The art features the cast of The Force Awakens looking stoic, along with a beautiful rendering of the characters of Rogue One. Alongside the Rogue One cast are a squadron of death troopers — the black-armored stormtroopers seen in the film’s trailer — and the first clear look at the brand new shoretrooper on the bottom left. Also on the poster is a new class of AT-AT: the AT-ACT, or All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport. The key art will be featured on merchandise throughout Celebration, and available to purchase as a poster.

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Official Site: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack Comes To Vinyl
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 21:11

Vinyl Star Wars soundtracks - it doesn't get more vintage-tastic than that (other than 8-tracks) and here's news of a new release, this time for The Force Awakens over at StarWars.com.

John Williams’ powerful soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is calling to you. You can let it in — on vinyl featuring Millennium Falcon and TIE fighter holograms — on June 17.
Coming from Walt Disney Records, the new release is a double-gatefold, 2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, and includes liner notes by director J.J. Abrams in a 16-page booklet. The records have been hand-etched by Tristan Duke (Jack White’s Lazaretto) of Infinity Light Science, and offer an only-on-vinyl 3D hologram experience featuring the Millennium Falcon on Disc 1/Side B and a TIE fighter on Disc 2/Side B. For optimal viewing, use a direct light source or simply hold a mobile phone flashlight above the vinyl to view the holograms.

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Darth Elvis Talks #CANTINA
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 20:39

If you weren't already aware, the night before Celebration Europe starts there's a modest get-together called #CANTINA over the road at the o2 featuring Blues Harvest, Darth Elvis and the Imperials and Luthor Ingo Star Cruiser.

Oh yeah, they'll be taking us over the awesomeness threshold and here's the dark lord himself to tell you all about it. See you there!

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The #StarWarsShow Has A Message From The #EpisodeVIII Set
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 19:58

If you didn't believe the whole world was watching Candace Payne, think again. Chewbacca Mom even has her hairy son bugging his director Rian Johnson about it.

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Chewbacca Mum Reaches Facebook History
Reported by ZakPT (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 19:47

By now you’ve probably witnessed the hysterics of Star Wars fan and mum Candace Payne as she opened her new Chewbacca mask through a Facebook live video. Within the last few days the video of the fan-mum has reached super viral status as Mark Zuckerberg officially announced that the video stands at a whopping 143 million reviews with a crazy 3 million re-shares, making it the most viewed live video stream in the history of Facebook. She also generated so much interest that the video was remade on “The Late Late Show” with James Corden and featured director JJ Abrams that was just as amusing as the original.

On Tuesday Mark Zuckerberg actually invited “Chewbacca mom” to the Facebook Headquarters where she got to meet the man himself and ride around the campus with Chewbacca.

Original Revenge of the Jedi Teaser Trailer
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 19:10

On the day where fans old and new celebrate Star Wars here's a gem of a teaser unearthed by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. The original Revenge of the Jedi teaser which contains no actual footage from the film, just stills.

And note the words - "Coming to your galaxy for the Christmas of 1983". Not May 25th, but Christmas. Seems The Force Awakens wasn't the only Star Wars film to move from December to May.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 19:00
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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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Official Site: Playing Jedi: The History Of Toy Lightsabers
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 17:30

What kid didn't want their own lightsaber? I know at various times my torch, a steel leg off my table football and a pool cue were my lightsaber so toys like this were just a dream. Jon Waterhouse looks into the history of the toy lightsaber over at StarWars.com.

Ever since George Lucas decided to take classic celluloid swashbuckling and give it an out-of-this-world overhaul, the lightsaber has been inspiring backyard playdates. Nearly 40 years after the first toy lightsaber hit shelves, younglings continue wrapping their hands around an elegant plaything for a more civilized age.
A massive arsenal of toy sabers — running the galactic gamut in size, style, and special effects — have been released throughout the years and a beaucoup of blades keep on coming. Take a peek at our list of highlights, a collection of officially licensed toy lightsabers that would have General Grievous green with envy.

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Official Site: Celebration Europe: Podcast Stage Lineup Revealed
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 16:50

Celebration Europe brings another announcement via my latest blog over at StarWars.com, the Podcast Stage Lineup is announced, taking place on the One Force Stage.

At the request of the wonderful Mary Franklin at ReedPOP and our fellow groups in One Force, I had the great pleasure of organizing the schedule and choosing the podcasts for the show. My intention from the beginning was to bring as many of the best podcasts to Celebration. Given that we were sharing the stage with the UKG and Rebel Legion, who have their own selection of presentations running through the weekend, I was keen to fit in as many podcasts as possible into a limited number of slots (15 different shows from numerous networks sharing eight 45-minute slots) and to provide some unique content for the event. As you’ll see, we have an eclectic array of content covering collecting, interviews, literature, comedy and shows with a UK, US and Australian focus.
So, who will you be listening to this year?

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The Audette Set: May 24th
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 16:47

Mike Audette returns to the court of Jabba the Hutt and brings his latest Audette Set.

Roxy the Rancor gets a little brother, The Force Awakens comic adaptation Joe Quesada cover will melt your heart, Ciena Ree is bad-ass, and an all new Smuggler’s Bounty box! Joe Quesada does it again, Ciena Ree is seen for the first time, and the latest Smuggler’s Bounty box has arrived! But first…
The creators of the famous Roxy the Rancor replica have launched their latest prop coming from The Force Awakens. Rick Bohler and Erik Hollander had been trying to figure out which creature they would take on next when The Force Awakens released. They had narrowed it down between the three largest creatures featured in the film: the Luggabeast, the Happabore, and the Rathtar. They decided to create their own Luggabeast.

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Starships Sabers and Scoundrels #3: Dommage a Trois
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 16:17
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Sci-Fi Central: Robert Watts Producing & Cameo Appearance
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 15:06

Join Daryl James as he chats with one of the legendary producers of the original trilogy and the Indiana Jones series Robert Watts.

For Sci Fi Central Australia, Darryl James interviewed Star Wars OT Producer Robert Watts in Florida. This is just 1 segment of over 300 filmed with over 100 different performers who have appeared in a Star Wars movie. Please feel free to Like & Share our interviews and check our website and Facebook for more interviews from Sci Fi Central Australia

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Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Protective Cases Review
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 11:18

Full disclosure here - I had no idea protective cases (from any manufacturer) were available for Hasbro's line of Star Wars Black Series 6-inch figures. So being the MOC/MIB collector that I am, this product review from my friends over at FLYGUY has made me a very happy camper, as I'm sure it will you as well.

Now I'm not a big Hasbro 6-inch line collector. In fact, I only own a few figures in this line, but the ones that I do own, I want to be able to offer the same level of packaging protection to them as I do all of my 3.75-inch figures. Check out their review in the YouTube video below and then point your browser here to place your protective 6-inch case order today.

Remember kids always carry protection! Whatever you do with any of your toys, chances are you might want to protect them so this is ideal and what I've been looking for ages. Retro Protection have came up with a great way to protect and display your six inch Star Wars Black Series figures.

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Official Site: 8 Killer Capes From Across The Galaxy
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 10:26

Brendan Nystedt swirls his stylish cape and gives us a look at 8 other cool capes from the Star Wars galaxy over at StarWars.com.

What you wear says a lot about who you are and what you’re about, and nowhere is that more true than in the vast Star Wars galaxy. That said, the plain-Jane robes that so many Jedi and Sith don lack a certain je ne sais quoi for the more fashionable personalities out there. The preferred accessory for cool loth-cats from Maz’s Castle to Cloud City is the cape. Few fashion choices can lend you more swagger, and nothing adds a dash of intrigue to an outfit like a cape.

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1978: Star Wars Makes Cinema History
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 10:08

39 years ago a film like no other opened in North America and quite literally changed the face of not only cinema but entertainment. Entering the zeitgeist and never leaving, Star Wars has endured through the decades, becoming a part of millions of lives.

Happy 39th birthday Star Wars - here's to many, many more.

The much publicised and long-awaited film "Star Wars" opens in London with queues outside two West End cinemas. At the Science Museum costumes, vehicles and Robots, together with 'still' photographs of the film, are on display for the public. The film has been seen by almost 600,000 people in its first month in London.

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   Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Dave Filoni Talks About Women In Star Wars At NCWIT
Reported by Dianna (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2016 18:02

Executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni, visits the National Center for Women & Information Technology to discuss the role of women in Star Wars, from Princess Leia to Ahsoka Tano to Rey.

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Chewbacca Visits Primary School In Kerry Direct From Set Of Episode VIII
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2016 16:57

Back in the 70's many kids were lucky enough to have Darth Vader himself Dave Prowse visit schools as the Green Cross Code Man. Now imagine the actual, screen accurate Darth Vader visiting schools. No? Well these kids in Ballyferriter, County Kerry had the surprise of their lives as Chewbacca visited from the Episode VIII set.

WITH STAR WARS filming in full flight down in County Kerry this week, one national school in the village of Ballyferriter beside the set had a very special guest drop into them yesterday. Chewbacca himself came in to say hello. And it was the best day for all the kids present.

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The Late, Late Show: Chewbacca Mom, James Corden And J.J. Abrams
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2016 16:34

I can't imagine that last Thursday when she was sitting in a car park videoing her new Chewbacca mask that Candace Payne would have expected her life to change quite so dramatically, But it has and here she is once again donning the mask, this time in a car with James Corden and J.J. Abrams.

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Sci-Fi Central: Star Wars Actor Barrie Holland On Being Slapped By Ford
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2016 16:04

It's time to head south and join Daryl James for his latest interview, this time chatting with the originator of all scum who are Rebels, Barrie Holland.

For Sci Fi Central Australia, Darryl James interviewed Barrie 'You Rebel Scum' Holland in London. This is just 1 segment of over 300 filmed with over 100 different performers who have appeared in a Star Wars movie. Please feel free to Like & Share our interviews and check our website and Facebook for more interviews from Sci Fi Central Australia

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Why Does the Force Awaken, Anyway?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2016 15:36

A pertinent question from Steve Mcgillivray writing over at Retrozap - why did the Force awaken?

Now that the dust has settled on The Force Awakens and all eyes turn to Rogue One and Episode VIII speculation, I find myself continually mulling over the events of The Force Awakens. My main train of thought is around the title and its implications within the story and the wider Star Wars universe. Why does the Force awaken? The Force is a natural presence in the Star Wars universe, but over the course of the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy, it has been smothered, shrouded and blanketed in darkness thanks to the users of the dark side. The light side becomes suppressed during Episodes I to VI. It’s my belief that Luke is aware of this suppression and retreats after his failure with Ben. But while he is in exile…

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Blabba The Hutt Episode 22: Emoji’s, Ewoks & Episode VIII
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2016 15:17
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NYCC 2016: Ticket Prices Revealed
Reported by Dianna (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2016 13:31

The various admission ticket types (individual days, Sunday Kid's, 3-Day, and 4-Day) and associated prices for fans looking to attend NYCC 2016 in October have been posted over on the official NYCC website. So you can start planning your ticket ordering budget accordingly via the source link below.

Remember, you must submit a Fan Verification profile (unless you have been approved by ReedPOP for a Press badge) in order to be eligible to purchase tickets once they go on sale in the near future.

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Netflix Secures Exclusive US Deal For Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, And Pixar Films
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2016 12:38

Via an official Netflix press release posted on their website, we have learned that the company has secured an exclusive deal to stream films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar in the United States beginning in September.

From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar. And we’re excited to be bringing you new and exclusive Netflix Original movies including Mascots from the master of low-key comedy Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) and War Machine, from acclaimed Australian director David Michod and starring Brad Pitt, in the serio-comic tale of the U.S. military adventure in Afghanistan.

A few things to remember that pertain to this announcement from a Star Wars perspective. It was reported at the start of this year that Starz had secured the rights to broadcast the debut of The Force Awakens on cable TV under the final terms of their deal with Disney.

And if we go back a bit further to October of last year, we learned via Variety that Netflix would be streaming Episode VII to customers, but only to those located in Canada.

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Two Amazing John Williams Music Events This Week
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2016 08:21



Our friends at the Boba Fett Fan Club alerted us to these two John Williams music events this week.

Playing today the New York Philhamonic present "A JOHN WILLIAMS CELEBRATION,"
...[a] concert celebrating multi-Oscar winner John Williams. Experience the New York Philharmonic performing iconic music from Schindler’s List, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jaws, Jane Eyre, Born on the Fourth of July, and more, along with memorable movie moments projected on a giant screen.
Then on May 27th and 28th, an event entitled HOLST’S ‘THE PLANETS.’
From the mighty Mars to the cinematic Jupiter, Holst’s The Planets has inspired sci-fi movie music for generations — most famously, Oscar winner John Williams’s The Imperial March from Star Wars.


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Official Site: Star Wars In The UK: Star Wars Weekly #9
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2016 08:00

My latest blog lands over at StarWars.com as I take a look at the 9th issue of Star Wars Weekly from way back on 5th April 1978!

In an age where Star Wars news moves as fast as hungry rathtars rolling downhill, it’s always interesting to cast the (holo)net back almost four decades to the late ’70s, specifically 1978, and look at where the world was at the time. The magic of Star Wars had gripped the planet and, apart from a few gentle changes in pressure here and there over the past 40 years, it’s never let go.

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   Monday, May 23, 2016
Lor San Tekka And The Balance Of The Force
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 23:04

My Rancho Obi-Wan dining buddy Dennis Keithly asks a very pertinent question over at Coffee With Kenobi - what do the revealations of Lor San Tekka mean to the balance of the Force?

I’ve seen a lot written and I’ve heard a lot said about Lor San Tekka lately. The leader of the Church of the Force seems to have captured the imaginations of Star Wars fans. I recently watched The Force Awakens again (thank goodness for Blu-ray) and one of his lines caught my attention. “Without the Jedi, there can be no balance to the Force.” Whoa. Wait a second. Didn’t Anakin or Luke Skywalker bring balance to the Force? With that line, Lor San Tekka casts doubt that any balance that was brought to the Force by Anakin and Luke Skywalker is a lasting balance. The question is, what does he mean by this? Ever since the prophecy whereby the Chosen One would bring balance to the Force was mentioned in The Phantom Menace, a great deal of fan speculation has followed. What does Lor San Tekka’s declaration mean to the fabled “balance of the Force?”

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: The Day The Earth Stood Still
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 22:34

Bryan Young returns to his Cinema Behind Star Wars series over at StarWars.com with a look at the 1951 Robert Wise directed sci-fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still.

The Day the Earth Stood Still, originally released in 1951, is a black-and-white science fiction thriller directed by Robert Wise. Wise might be more well known as the editor of Citizen Kane and the director of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and The Sound of Music, but The Day the Earth Stood Still is a no less important piece of his oeuvre. It tells the story of Klaatu, an alien traveler who has a message for Earth. When communicating to representatives of all of Earth’s nations at once proves difficult, he has to come up with alternatives.

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Wampa's Lair #183: Musical Finales Pt.2
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 20:41
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Celebration Europe 2016: Pin Trading Program Announced, First Batch Of Pins Revealed
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 20:32

The extremely popular Pin Tradig Program that has been a huge hit at previous Celebrations will be returning in July at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016. Check out the details below and be sure to take the source link for a closer look at the pins revealed today as well as sneak peek silhouettes of the pins yet to come!

Here's where the fun begins…it’s the return of the Star Wars Celebration Pin Trading Program! The Star Wars Celebration Europe pin set will feature pins based on the emojis from the official Star Wars app, with 40 unique Star Wars character pins spanning the entire Star Wars galaxy – including some surprise variants. Fans can purchase select collectible pins directly at the Celebration Store and other pins will be available from select Star Wars Celebration Europe Exhibitors; you may even find an opportunity to trade with select members of the Celebration Staff.

You don’t have to wait until Star Wars Celebration Europe to get started with Pin Trading. Your journey begins now with the Road to Celebration – a special selection of pins available exclusively online before the show, only for Star Wars Celebration Europe Ticket holders. In the weeks leading to Star Wars Celebration Europe, the Road to Celebration will make two sets (a total of 8 pins) available online – but act fast, quantities are limited and these two sets will not be available for sale onsite at Star Wars Celebration Europe.

We'll be revealing more Star Wars Celebration Europe pins and more ways to collect them as we get closer to the show, along with details on all our revealed pins here…

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UNICEF Kid Power Launches Free Force For Change Mission And New Green Kid Power Band
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 17:09
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Please see the following important UNICEF announcement that was just sent out a short time ago via an official Lucasfilm press release email.

UNICEF Kid Power Launches Free Star Wars: Force for Change Mission and Introduces New Green Kid Power Band to Help Kids and Fans Get Active and Save Lives This Summer

UNICEF Kid Power -- The World’s First Wearable-for-Good-® -- is available in four colors, including the new green band – and now in all Target stores

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today introduced a new UNICEF Kid Power Band in a special co-branded Star Wars: Force for Change green color to allow kids and Star Wars fans alike to get active and save lives. To help fans get excited about unlocking therapeutic food packets, a new Star Wars: Force for Change Mission was launched today through the UNICEF Kid Power App, free for every member of the UNICEF Kid Power Team when they update their App. Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano in both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, is featured in the new Mission.

And, to make it even easier for families to get active and save lives this summer, UNICEF Kid Power Bands are now available in all Target stores as well as on Target.com. Galaxy In The Gallery: Vintage Star Wars Show: 28th May - 10th July 2016
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 17:01

Quite apart from the fact that Craig Spivey is one of the nicest guys in UK Star Wars fandom, amassing an amazing collection of vintage UK stationary among other things, shows like this absolutely need and deserve our support. What better way to warm up for Celebration Europe than travelling to the home town of Rogue One director Gareth Edwards and visiting Galaxy In The Gallery where Craig has been instrumental in bringing together a stunning collection of UK focused Star Wars artifacts.

Hey! Remember that time before Christmas when I briefly became the poster boy for old pencil cases?
It was a bit weird to have my beardy chops plastered all over the local press and I still haven’t brought myself to read ALL of the ‘that dude needs to get laid’ comments on the ITV website, but I did get a kick out of working with the lovely people at Maped Helix and it helped me make a couple of new friends in Star Wars collecting circles too.
One of the more bizarre things was a call from a museum in Nuneaton (home town of Rogue One director Gareth Edwards) asking to borrow some items to put on display. I wasn’t sure at first, but we had a chat and a seemed like a fun thing to do.
It'll very much be THEIR show of MY stuff but where they let me have the opportunity to input, I have taken it. So while I wasn’t allowed to design the panels in the show or have much say in the publicity (beyond some self-initiated social media stuff) I have contributed my knowledge and steered the curation and arrangement of the display cases to a certain degree.
Massive thanks to Maped Helix who have agreed to be our official sponsor – I’m indebted to them for their support and all the enthusiasm they have shown towards the collection.
I have set up a Facebook event (link below) and will post more pics and details on that page over the next couple of weeks. The show will open next Saturday 28th May and runs until July 10th. If you can pop along – great! I'd love for this show to be a success for them, but even if you don’t plan on taking a trip to sunny Nuneaton you can still get a flavour of the exhibition from the comfort of your own digital devices.

Twitter: @GalaxyinGalley
Instagram: GalaxyinGallery

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Celebration Europe: Blues Harvest Practicing For #CANTINA
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 16:16

We're just 52 days out from Celebration Europe which means #CANTINA is a mere 51 days away. There are three acts officially confirmed for the gig at o2's Brooklyn Bowl, Blues Harvest featuring David Collins, Darth Elvis and the Imperials and Luther Ingo Starcruiser who will be bringing some clashic songs along with them.

Darth Elvis mentioned on social media yesterday that the band were deep in rehearsals and here's a video of Blues Harvest working on THE 1977 disco hit Meco's Star Wars theme.

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Leia: “You’ve Always Been Strong”
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 15:56

The marvellous Becca Benjamin brings her insights to Coffee With Kenobi as she focuses on Leia and her many strengths.

This conversation, between the newly united (in a manner of speaking) brother and sister duo, speaks volumes to me, so much more now since the recent events of Claudia Gray’s newest novel Star Wars: Bloodline. As I wrote in my ‘Book Review’ for The Cantina Cast: Luke was definitely right about that! When have we ever known Leia to run away from danger? On the contrary, it seems as though she has always ran toward it.
Regardless of stature or her senatorial position, Leia is no pencil pusher, in fact, it doesn’t pay to jerk her around – just ask Jabba, well, umm … nevermind.

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Star Wars Report #223: Amber Extinction
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 14:58
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Star Wars Episode IV In One Incredible Infographic
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 14:37

This is so impressive I don't even know where to start. Infographics are common these days, but few will make you nod in appreciation as much as this one over at SWANH.

The entire story of A New Hope, plus some handy information, on one long image. Hats off to creator Martin Panchaud and start scrolling!

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Celebration Europe: Battle of the Bridge
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 14:13

With the third Celebration Europe just 52 days away I had to smile when this popped up on my Facebook timeline. This is the video I shot back in July 2007 at Victoria Dock (featuring the original voice of Wedge Antilles David Ankrum) as the massed ranks of Jedi and Sith clashed on the bridge opposite the ExCel on the Saturday evening of the convention in what became known as the Battle of the Bridge.

A lot of great memories were made that weekend, as is always the case at Celebration. If you haven't already got a ticket then get one and come and join us at Celebration Europe on 15th - 17th July at the ExCel. Jedi News and Jedi News Network are sharing a stand with the UKG, Rebel Legion and Galactic Academy. There'll be guests, talks, parties and much, much more and be sure to get your ticket for #CANTINA on Thursday 14th at the Brooklyn Bowl at the o2 where literally anything and anyone could turn up.

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Alastair Eales’ Fine Art of Action Figure Fine Art
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 13:36

We're great fans of amazing artwork here at Jedi News and our pals over at Retrozap bring us this fascinating focus on UK artist Alastair Eales and his vintage action figure art.

One night surfing Twitter, I came upon some amazing Star Wars art. This isn’t exactly an odd thing; I see amazing pieces on there every day. However, this time, I was absolutely mesmerized. This artist was doing something different, and captured the brilliance, detail, and imagination that classic Star Wars action figured evoked. Alastair Eales had also managed to capture something more as well. There was an aspect of whimsy, nostalgia, and memory in each piece. This is something special, interesting, and even collectible.
I caught up with Alastair to discuss his passion for Star Wars and how he came to this project.

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Hot Toys Yoda Sixth Scale The Empire Strikes Back Figure Announced, Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2016 13:15

Hot Toys has announced a brand new Yoda Sixth Scale Figure from The Empire Strikes Back. The figure is available for pre-orer now on the Sideshow Collectibles website for $199.99 and has an expected shipping timeframe of November 2016 - January 2017.

Sideshow and Hot Toys are excited to officially present the sixth scale collectible figure of Luke’s wise mentor Yoda from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back!

The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Yoda in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. It features two newly developed head sculpts, a specially developed body, finely tailored costume, a range of detailed accessories including a cane, crate container, small lamp, LED-light up power unit, and Dagobah diorama figure base with rocks.

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