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   26 November 2014
Official Site: 9 Things You Never Knew About The Ewok Adventure
Reported by Mark on 26 Nov 2014 14:49

Pete Vilmur takes a look back three decades to an Endor forest far, far away over at StarWars.com.

For those old enough to remember, today marks the 30th anniversary of the first televised Ewok movie — yes, the first — there were two – called The Ewok Adventure (or Caravan of Courage). Airing in the US on the evening of November 25, 1984 (and subsequently screened theatrically in select theaters abroad at Christmas), it was followed in 1985 by Battle for Endor, which continued the adventures of Cindel Towani, the young girl marooned on Endor in the first Ewok Adventure (the original title before Caravan of Courage was added).

Source Official Site
BATMAN vs DARTH VADER - Super Power Beat Down
Reported by Matt on 26 Nov 2014 14:39

Check out this wonderfully well made video pitting the legendary Batman against the fearsome Lord Vader.

Batman travels to the Death Star in the most epic episode of Super Power Beat Down of all time!

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Fangirls Going Rogue #13
Reported by Mark on 26 Nov 2014 14:05

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

For Fangirls Going Rogue’s first anniversary celebration, fan feedback rules! Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr share listener voicemail and emails, plus congratulatory messages from our fellow podcasters. Special guest Star Wars Rebels Greg Weisman offers wisdom on creating great female characters and insights into working with the Story Group. Just in time for the holidays, Teresa and Tricia give fangirl and fanboy gift suggestions. Finally, Han Solo shoots first – and does not miss – in the character discussion.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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REPORT: Jessica Henwick Joins The Force Awakens Cast
Reported by Justin on 26 Nov 2014 12:29

According to the tweet embedded below, actress Jessica Henwick will be part of The Force Awakens cast in some capacity.

No official word on her addition to the cast has been made by Lucasfilm at this time, so stay tuned as we hear more.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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   25 November 2014
Fantasy Flight Games: Lead Your Forces: Preview the Skirmish Game in Imperial Assault
Reported by Jonathan on 25 Nov 2014 23:49

It's time to take a deeper look into the box that contains the forthcoming Imperial Assault.

From the website:

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
Han Solo, Star Wars: A New Hope

You can venture into a world of Star Wars adventure and tactical combat in Imperial Assault, a miniatures game for two to five players! Imperial Assault offers two complete game experiences for every player: a campaign game and a skirmish game. In the campaign, you and up to four of your friends create a thrilling narrative, playing out the actions of brave Rebel heroes and commanding the massed forces of the Empire. The Imperial Assault skirmish game invites you to muster a finely-honed fighting force and lead it into battle against your opponent’s army in a test of tactical intelligence.

In past previews, we’ve focused exclusively on the campaign game. Now, that all changes as we turn our attention fully to the Imperial Assault skirmish game. Today, we’ll explore how you build your armies for a skirmish game and the types of missions that you undertake.

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Star Wars #1 Variant Cover By Greg Land
Reported by Matt on 25 Nov 2014 23:03

There are a multitude of variant covers coming for #1 of Marvels new Star Wars title, and here's your chance to grab another. Greg Lands cover, available exclusively at Dynamic Forces.

PRICE: $10.00 MSRP: $29.99 YOU SAVE 66%

Offered at the dynamic price of $10.00 for a limited time!!! Returns to regular MSRP of $29.99 after January 1st!!!!! A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... It is a period of excitement. Lucasfilm, recently acquired by Disney, have wrapped filming on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At the same time, Marvel Comics re-acquired the rights to the Star Wars comic book, returning it to its original home after almost 30 years. This is a new golden age for Star Wars fans! In the wake of the Star Wars resurgence, DYNAMIC FORCES is there with a series of all-star signings and original sketches that will excite fans and restore freedom to the galaxy... and now... DYNAMIC FORCES is proud to present: Star Wars #1 DF Exclusive by legendary Marvel cover and interior artist Greg Land! In honor of an event such as this, we're offering this astounding "Perfect 10" exclusive edition at the most out of this world price of $10!!! But hurry! This special offer is available for a limited time and soon will return to original MSRP of $29.99! And for fans interested in multiple copies, be sure to check out our three pack (a trilogy of sorts) priced in honor of the year Star Wars first hit the silver screen in 1977!

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Jedi News Review: Star Wars Rebels Mission Series R2-D2 and C-3P0
Reported by ZakPT on 25 Nov 2014 22:30

As you may have noticed everyone’s favourite counterparts made a cameo in an early episode of Star Wars Rebels. The pair have now been released in wave one of the new Rebels Mission Series. First let’s start with C-3P0. The moulding isn’t very sharp although 3P0 was smoothed over in Rebels so in that aspect he is accurate to the series. The paint job on his face is absolutely shocking to be honest with smudges and rather confused looking eyes. However the gold base coat is very lovely and reflective just like he should be. He is quite small which actually makes a nice difference and doesn’t take up as much space on the display table.

As for R2-D2 he is a bit worse for wear. Again, the moulding isn’t as intricate as it should be but I’ll give that benefit of the doubt as he is a Rebels representation. The paint work is off set from the moulding and there’s even a scratch and dried paint splodge on his head. Movement is very limited; his head swivels and the two legs move back straight. Both the figures have holes in the feet for stands and both do stand with ease. Overall I’m not very impressed with this set. They feel very light and cheap. However they do look good in packaging and I would suggest you still buy these for the collection. It could just be an unlucky set but it shouldn’t be for the price you’re paying.

RUMOR: The Force Awakens - How The New Droid Sidekick Works
Reported by Justin on 25 Nov 2014 21:59

MakingStarWars.net has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

A Visual On How The New Droid Sidekick Works

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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“The Mentor,” a Feature-Length Fan Re-Edit of Saga, Includes Improved Fett
Reported by Matt on 25 Nov 2014 21:00

Check out this re-edit of the Star wars saga, pulling the focus firmly on to Obi-Wan Kenobi as the central hero and bringing Boba Fett into higher prominence.

Today at the Vista in Los Angeles — one of the remaining single screen picture palaces — editor John Venzon (@animeditor) premiered his fan re-edit to a packed crowd of friends, family, and industry professionals. The film takes the perspective of Obi-Wan Kenobi as the hero. We were there — and it was incredible.

Between flashbacks in “The Mentor” between the prequels and A New Hope, when we see just one of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s interactions with Jango Fett, it remains very mysterious. Nobody is unmasked. Young Boba Fett and Kamino are gone. Most importantly, Jango doesn’t have any lines — and dedicated shots. Instead, we cut to the chase with the dogfight over Geonosis. Venzon’s choice of quickly including a shot of the masked Fett inside Slave I from “Empire” — and that’s as close as we get. If any of the directing/casting/acting/dialogue of Fetts in the prequels bothered you, this fan re-edit will make you smile, and remind you of how great Fett’s portrayal was in the original trilogy.

Watching “The Mentor” on the big screen made it feel like the prequels could have had some of the same energy and pace of the well-regarded first “Star Wars” film. This re-edit gives us a fresh perspective focusing the narrative around the initial act of “A New Hope” where Obi-Wan is the hero instead of Luke Skywalker. It’s a testament to the power of editing when it’s also just using existing footage from the saga, some editing tricks like elongating a subtle smile, and some re-mixed scoring cues.

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Official Site: Cellophane Flowers Of Yellow And Green...And Rancors
Reported by Mark on 25 Nov 2014 20:38

Tim Veekhoven takes a closer look at Felicia, a world inspired by the Beatles and giant mushrooms (kind of the same thing if you think about it) over at StarWars.com.

Most planets from Star Wars possess familiar characteristics. After all, humankind is familiar with deserts, forests, snow, and even volcanoes. But the strange eeriness of the Felucian landscape with its bizarre overgrown translucent wilderness seems more otherworldly — and its beauty is juxtaposed with war and the tragedy of Order 66.

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20 Of The World's Coolest Star Wars Collectibles
Reported by Mark on 25 Nov 2014 20:06

It's such a subjective topic, any two Star Wars fans would likely choose 20 entirely different things, but nevertheless here's an interesting list posted on Picollecta looking at their top 20.

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Christmas is Coming! 501st and R2-KT Christmas patches
Reported by Mark on 25 Nov 2014 19:09

It's time to visit R2-KT's man servant Al for the latest patch news.

The 2014 Christmas patch designs are here! Order yours starting today.

Presenting two of my fav Christmas characters, battling alongside The 501st Legion for control of the North Pole: Heat Miser vs. Cold Miser! Which side are you on? And R2-KT joins them on the Iron Throne of Candy Canes too, along with her dragons. Yep, a Game of Thrones theme this year. And on top of that, R2-KT says "Droids need hugs too" so who better than Olaf and his warm hugs? All patches are $7 apiece, free shipping, and will ship in three weeks. Paypal is to r2kt@r2kt.com for all patches (to keep it simple) and benefit the Toys-for-Tots toy drive for Christmas (http://www.toysfortots.org). Order all four and you get your choice of a free R2-KT vinyl sticker or R2-KT lenticular trading card (while they last). Let's kick off this holiday season!

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The StarWars.com 10: Best Clone Troopers
Reported by Justin on 25 Nov 2014 18:49

In this installment of the StarWars.com 10, we’re picking the best clone troopers of Star Wars and Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- not counting that whole Order 66 thing – ranking them on heroics, honor, and impact.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Jedi News Editorial: UK Star Wars Fans Urge Disney to see the Light (Side)
Reported by James and Mark on 25 Nov 2014 18:38

Star Wars has a vast history in the UK -- it’s the spiritual home of Star Wars, with the first film being made here. In fact every Star Wars film has had scenes filmed in the UK, with 5 of the 7 saga films being principally made as British films. Without the support of the British Government in the 70’s and 80’s would Star Wars even have been made without the relatively ‘cheap’ labour provided by its actors and crew.

It’s somewhat ironic then that in 2014, when the British Government is supporting Disney, with the making of the Star Wars (and Marvel) films in the UK, that the UK is being ignored when it comes to releases and information. As the second biggest territory for fans, outside of America and Canada, UK Star Wars fans would like to put into question these decisions and ask why we’re being somewhat alienated.

First there was The Clone Wars: Lost Missions -- this was dubbed and broadcast in Germany (the third biggest territory), released on Netflix in the US and Canada but so far the UK has been ignored. Fast forward six months and these have been released on Blu-ray and DVD in the same three territories and again the UK is ignored -- we’re beginning to see a pattern here. Do UK fans have to resort to underhand tactics to watch these amazing 12 episodes? Do we have to buy these from other countries and pay extortionate shipping and additional import taxes? Didn't we already deal with taxation in The Phantom Menace?

Then we move to the excellent new series Star Wars Rebels. Whilst our friends over the pond have the luxury of watching this on their Disney App’s we’re left behind, sometimes two episodes behind! In the digital age a global company such as Disney should be able to work this out, ensuring there’s no such disparity.

Finally let’s consider what is arguably one of the most eagerly anticipated teaser trailers of all time, The Force Awakens. Yet again the UK is being snubbed. Disney’s plan for premiering the teaser encompasses just thirty cinemas in North America this coming Friday but yet again the UK (and the rest of Europe and the world) are ignored. The article at StarWars.com states ‘the tease can be seen in theaters around the world this December’ but why are we being forced to wait? Are we less worthy? News among those living in the western world is available to all instantly, so why can't Disney and Lucasfilm do the same and coordinate a release that will appease all? The British Board of Film Classification have not passed the trailer yet and incidentally the trailer for Strange Magic has not been passed either. Like Red Tails, will the UK be skipped over for this Lucasfilm production too?

Star Wars is not just for Americans and Canadians. Please take your dark sided blinkers off and see the light (side) and the fact that there’s hundreds of thousands of Star Wars fans eager to share and enjoy the new Star Wars content you’re putting out across the globe. There’s still time to make changes and ensure the UK and other territories are not excluded from your plans – stop taking Yoda so seriously… ‘Do or do not…’ please, just ‘Do’.

Rick Heinrichs Selected As Episode VIII Production Designer
Reported by Justin on 25 Nov 2014 18:22

We learn via an article posted on Variety that production designer Rick Heinrichs has been hired by Disney to work alongside director Rian Johnson on Star Wars Episode VIII.

Sandra Marsh & Assoc. has booked production designers Rick Heinrichs (above left, “Captain America: The First Avenger”) on Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and Carol Spier (above right, “Pacific Rim”) on Hulu’s “11/22/63”; and cinematographer George Steel (“The Honorable Woman”) on BBC miniseries “War and Peace.” The agency has also booked production designer Joseph Garrity and costume designer Karyn Wagner, who both worked on “Cake,” on Bruce Beresford’s “Cook.”

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Pitch Black
Reported by Mark on 25 Nov 2014 18:20

Bryan Young investigates the links between Star Wars and Pitch Black in his Cinema Behind Star Wars series over at StarWars.com.

While Star Wars Rebels has been on the air a few months now, it’s largely taken its inspirations from other works from the Lucasfilm pantheon like Indiana Jones and Star Wars itself, but the episode “Out of Darkness” gave us a brilliant homage to the 2000 science fiction film Pitch Black, directed by David Twohy.

Pitch Black tells the story of the passengers and crew of a commercial transport marooned on a mysteriously abandoned planet. The film highlights each of the people on the ship as they try to keep their secrets and survive on a planet where nocturnal creatures reign supreme. To make matters worse, they discover that their time is running out before the planet is consumed by a month-long eclipse.

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Forbidden Planet Star Wars #1 Variant Covers
Reported by Mark on 25 Nov 2014 18:10

 

STAR WARS #1: FORBIDDEN PLANET VARIANT by ADI GRANOV

Featuring the Forbidden Planet exclusive variant cover by Adi Granov – a fabulous illustration of Boba Fett hitting the ground adistinctly Marvel style!

Join Luke Skywalker and his ragtag rebels fresh from the destruction of the Death Star. Fuelled with confidence, the Rebel Alliance is striking out for freedom, against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor.

Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it!

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan Expansion “Revan Returns” Trailer
Reported by Mark on 25 Nov 2014 17:58

It's time to visit the worlds of Star Wars The Old Republic.

Lead a team of iconic heroes into battle against Revan in the new story-driven Digital Expansion, Shadow of Revan, launching December 9th! Fight to stop his deadly plan as you embark on an epic new storyline – the fate of the galaxy is in your hands!

Pre-Order Shadow of Revan to receive a 12xXP Boost (Subscriber Exclusive) and level 12x faster to Level 55 now.

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The Metro: The Force Awakens teaser trailer: How to survive until it drops
Reported by Mark on 25 Nov 2014 17:30

My latest piece drops at The Metro as I take a look at some of the ways you can pass the time until The Force Awakens teaser trailer drops.

The hugely anticipated teaser trailer for The Force Awakens is almost with us, giving us the chance to glimpse officially and for the first time our returning characters as well as new heroes and villains, vehicles and locations.

At Jedi News we know a couple of people who have already seen the teaser and – without giving ANYTHING away – their reaction was that the teaser is ‘fantastic’.

It will run around 88 seconds long, features a new orchestration of music composed and recorded within the last few days by John Williams himself and is set to kickstart a slew of fan written fiction, cosplay and model building as these things always do.

In short, the Star Wars galaxy is about to erupt.

Source The Metro
Jurassic World Official Trailer
Reported by Justin on 25 Nov 2014 17:20

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 6
Reported by Mark on 25 Nov 2014 16:48

It's time to join Sean for Free Radio Tatooine.

As the holidays draw near, we’re getting more and more Star Wars content daily. This week, trailergate – the trials (and failures) of the little cinema house that just couldn’t, we get GIF-ed out of our minds, and we all brace for a deluge of rumors regarding the Star Wars film of 2016. Then we talk a little later with Kevin Johnson of the 501st GLG and of course take a look at this week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels, Gathering Forces.

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

Source Free Radio Tatooine
RUMOR: Rebels To Last 3 Or 4 Seasons; New Animated Series Set In Sequel Trilogy Timeframe
Reported by Justin on 25 Nov 2014 16:26

Slashfilm has posted a rumor article in which they provide information they have heard on how many seasons the current Star Wars Rebels TV series is expected to last, as well as plans Lucasfilm might have for an all-new animated series set in the timeline of the upcoming Sequel Trilogy. Over to Slashfilm...

Rumor has it that Disney and Lucasfilm are planning to do “about” three or four seasons of Star Wars Rebels before starting a whole new Star Wars animated series, with all new characters, set in the timeline of the current movies (the Star Wars sequel trilogy).

Since this is so early, there aren’t a lot of specific details. The new cartoon series will be set during the Sequel Trilogy timeline (Episodes VII and beyond), which will be very familiar to fans by that time. If Rebels does go three or four seasons, the new show would hypothetically start in 2017 or 2018, around the same time we’ll see Star Wars Episode VIII. That means we’ll have at least one, possibly two movies of world building in which to set up a new story and set of characters.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Roxy the Rancor Cave Set
Reported by Mark on 25 Nov 2014 15:31

We all remember Roxy the Rancor from her amazing first outing at Celebration VI, and now you can help her get a home of her own via this Kickstarter campaign,which has raised $10,949, aiming for $28,000 and has 23 days to go.

Roxy the Rancor, the world's only life-size Rancor prop, has some BIG travel plans in 2015 and she needs your help to make them a reality for Star Wars fans everywhere! Maybe you've seen the 17-foot-long, 700-pound Roxy at Star Wars Celebration VI, Disney's Star Wars Weekends, MegaCon, or any number of conventions up and down America's East Coast. This lovable monster from a galaxy far, far away has brought awe and smiles to tens of thousands of fans, and provided unforgettable photo opportunities. Roxy has also helped raise thousands of dollars for charities through her appearances!

While Roxy enjoys meeting (and maybe eating?) fans face-to-face, all of that time on the road takes its toll on her body and sometimes the big girl comes home battered and in need of repair.

To continue making appearances both near and far, Roxy will require custom shipping containers that are more suited to long-distance travel and ease of packing. This not only means Roxy will be able to safely visit new places more efficiently, but also provides an opportunity to create an entirely new portable environment for Roxy---her own massive cave set!

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Concept Details Of "Kira" Revealed
Reported by Justin on 25 Nov 2014 13:28

MakingStarWars.net has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Concepts: "Kira's" Reveal

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source MSW
Pinewood Reports Increase In Earnings For First Half Of Fiscal Year
Reported by Justin on 25 Nov 2014 13:24

As was widely expected and will continue to be the case into the future, we find out that Pinewood Studios has seen an increase in their financials lately due in large part to the recently-completed filming of a certain movie you may have heard of.

U.K. studio facilities operator Pinewood Shepperton, best known as the British studio home of the James Bond franchise, on Tuesday reported improved financials for the six months ended Sept. 30, the first half of its fiscal year.

Boosting results were such film productions as Star Wars: Episode VII, which recently completed shooting, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Pinewood Shepperton, the largest provider of stage and studio space in Europe that is also working on an expansion, recorded a six-month after-tax profit of $6.0 million (£3.8 million). That was up 11.8 percent from £3.4 million for the same period a year earlier.

Take the source link below for the full read.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source THR
Rebels Recon #8: Inside "Gathering Forces"
Reported by Justin on 25 Nov 2014 02:38

In Rebels Recon #8, StarWars.com interviews the cast and creators of Star Wars Rebels about the episode "Gathering Forces," features highlights from a fan Q&A, and shows a special preview of “Path of the Jedi.”

Picking up where “Empire Day” leaves off, “Gathering Forces” finds the Ghost crew pursued by the Inquisitor. During the chase, Ezra grows angry with his old family friend Tseebo, who may have answers as to the fate of Ezra’s parents. Later, Ezra does confront his fear and connects with the Force; but during a confrontation with the Inquisitor, he unknowingly embraces the power of the dark side.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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   24 November 2014
Complete List Of Theaters Showing The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer On Friday
Reported by Team Jedi News on 24 Nov 2014 20:54

An early 88-second tease of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning Friday morning, November 28. Following this weekend, the tease can be seen in theaters around the world this December.

Take the source link below for the complete theater listing!

Source Star Wars
Cinemark Confirms They Will Be Showing The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
Reported by Justin on 24 Nov 2014 20:14

Source Twitter
AMC Confirms They Will Be Showing The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer On Friday
Reported by Justin on 24 Nov 2014 19:30

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Tweet From Bad Robot Says The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Is 88 Seconds Long
Reported by Justin on 24 Nov 2014 18:42

Now we know the big news from earlier today is officially legit as well as how long the TFA teaser trailer is gonna be.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMOR: Plot For Gareth Edwards Star Wars Spinoff Film Revealed?
Reported by Justin on 24 Nov 2014 16:53

The overall plot for the first Star Wars spin-off film, which is set to be directed by Gareth Edwards and arrive on December 16 2016, could be known if the information provided in this article by Slashfilm turns out to be true.

Recently, we learned a juicy rumor about the plot to Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta‘s 2016 Star Wars spin off movie. The information came second hand from a single good source, so we began to dig. All we wanted was one more person to tell us we were on the right track. Literally dozens of people were contacted at all levels and while there were a few nibbles, we could never get a solid second confirmation. We contacted Lucasfilm, which declined to comment. So for that reason, take this story with a grain of salt and a huge rumor label.

Take the source link below for the full read.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Slashfilm
The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer To Be Shown At Select Regal Cinemas This Weekend
Reported by Justin on 24 Nov 2014 14:33

UPDATE: Regal Group has since deleted their initial tweet that made this announcement earlier today, so we are including their website link here instead as well as a screen grab of the list of participating Regal theaters in case that gets pulled down too (click the image for a larger view).

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Star Wars Report #153: The Trailer is Coming
Reported by Mark on 24 Nov 2014 13:40

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

On this week’s podcast Riley, Bethany and Mark are here to chat all about the impending trailer!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Watch 5 Full Star Wars Rebels Episodes Online On StarWars.com Now
Reported by Justin on 24 Nov 2014 13:34

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Report From Attack Of The Clones 3D Screening; Episode III 3D Could Come After Episode VII
Reported by Justin on 24 Nov 2014 13:25
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On Sunday, our friend Jason Ward from Making Star Wars attended the special 3D screening of Attack of the Clones in California featuring the one and only Dennis Muren, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at ILM.

Beneath the cut are a few of Jason's tweets from the screening, including details on the 3D release of Episode III. Look for a full review from Jason coming soon and be sure to check out the video of Muren's presentation before the event provided in the first link above.

T-Shirts: Maul Martial Arts
Reported by Matt on 24 Nov 2014 12:30

Shirt Punch bring us this deathly deal as Darth Maul graces the front of this dark apparel.

$10.00 plus $4.00 to $8.00 shipping anywhere on the planet and it can be yours.

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Full of Sith Episode XCII: The ForceCast
Reported by Mark on 24 Nov 2014 11:16

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

The crew from the ForceCast, Erik, Eric, and Justin join Mike, Bryan, and Bobby for this most epic of podcast mash-ups. Together, they go over first exposures to Star Wars, the trailer rumors, and the possibility of a Mace Windu film. It’s a fast paced and funny episode you’re not going to want to miss.

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

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Exclusive Star Wars #1 Variant
Reported by Mark on 24 Nov 2014 10:25

Our pal Bernardo Soto drops us a line regarding yet another Star Wars #1 variant.

The variant cover of Star Wars # 1 Marvel Comics exclusive to Fantastico / Comicastle shops, the first time that the chain has an exclusive variant cover directly from Marvel / USA,. Cover art is Paul Renaud and sets for sale on January 15. Paul Renaud was the cover artist for the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith comic series.

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   23 November 2014
FAN TRAILER: Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Fan-Made Teaser Trailer
Reported by Mark on 23 Nov 2014 23:03

Thought I'd type that first bit in bold, in case there was any confusion. Check out this interesting fan made trailer for The Force Awakens by Rik O'Neill using clips from LucasArts games and other films including Prometheus and Terminator: Salvation and

Just wanted to say how much I enjoy the Collector’s Cast and RADIO 1138. Keep up the great work. I tend to listen when I’m painting and decorating!

Also wanted to share a video I did. Getting really excited for Ep7 now and just couldn't contain myself! If J.J. goes this way I’ll be very surprised - but it’s fun to speculate with what could be…

It certainly is, and keep listening to RADIO 1138 and Star Wars Collectors Cast while you're decorating. Speaking of which, I could do with a quote for the bedroom...

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Bombad Radio Episode 176: Ian Doescher on Shakespeare and Star Wars oh and Jake Lloyd Shows up!
Reported by Mark on 23 Nov 2014 22:42

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

James and Jeremiah return with young Master Bruce when Jake Lloyd crashes the party to present us on what he is up to and a unique opportunity for fans and media creators. Then we interview Star Wars Shakespeare writer Ian Doescher about writing process, the influences behind them, and the success of the series.

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Official Site: Galactic Back-Packing Part 5: Visiting Real-World Theed Plaza
Reported by Mark on 23 Nov 2014 22:33

Over at StarWars.com Sander de Lange gives us another galactic tour - by way of familiar earthly locations - in the 5th part of his Galactic Back-Packing guide.

In this fifth part we return once more to the planet of Naboo, which may have been filmed mostly in Italy, but another country that was used was Spain. There, they filmed the arrival of Anakin and Padmé in a beautiful plaza area before entering the Theed Royal Palace, as seen in Attack of the Clones.

Source Official Site
Tosche Station Radio #98: Five Year Plan
Reported by Mark on 23 Nov 2014 22:19

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

Its five years of Marvel movies this week on Tosche Station Radio!

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

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

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Tomorrow's Worlds: The Unearthly History of Science Fiction
Reported by Matt on 23 Nov 2014 21:34

It was shown on BBC 2 last week and is available on the iplayer for another 4, so go and watch this superb program while you have the chance, featuring Anthony Daniels explaining why he thinks Star Wars became such a phenomenon.

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Harrison Ford is a real life action hero as he takes his helicopter for a spin in LA
Reported by Mark on 23 Nov 2014 21:18

Within an article littered with errors -- George Lucas no longer owns ILM, even the most ardent Star Wars fan would agree that his signature role is Indiana Jones -- it's always great to see Harrison Ford doing one of the things he loves best, taking to the skies.

Luckily for him and us, unlike Indy he's can fly AND he can land.

No doubt, the Indiana Jones star made sure to keep a steady hand as he landed the aircraft as it sells for around $2.6 million in the US.

Not seen on the outing was his ladylove Calista Flockhart, who he was last spotted with as they celebrated her 50th birthday with a lowkey lunch in Los Angeles a week and a half ago.

Meanwhile, Harrison will be starring alongside Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels, who are also reprising the roles that made them famous, in the upcoming Star Wars film.

Source Daily Mail (via Norm)
Carrie Fisher, in Hong Kong for charity ball, revels in Star Wars legacy
Reported by Mark on 23 Nov 2014 21:00

Carrie Fisher has been talking to the South China Morning Post about her 'legacy' role in The Force Awakens, ansd while initially not thrilled to be referred to as a 'legacy' character she soon warms to her topic.

“I’m in it. So are the other people. We’re referred to as the legacy characters. No one knows that.

I always thought that was the worst, oldest word you could ever … It’s something I heard as we were going along: ‘the legacy characters’. That word is very weird to me. It means you have grey hair.

The thing is about these movies: they’re part of everyone’s childhood and that’s what’s so extraordinary about them. People have known me all their lives – better than I’ve known myself. And they’ve liked me a lot more than I’ve liked myself a lot of those times. That’s what I think is so powerful; it’s these fairytales and there’s going to be more. There’s something so darling. There’s this British word, chuffed. I’m chuffed to be a part of it.”

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Boba Fett Prototype Armor: Black Series
Reported by Matt on 23 Nov 2014 20:03

Check this out, the white prototype Boba Fett Black Series figure for £22.99 via A1 Toys, available while stocks last.

And don't forget to visit our friends at Toys 'R' Us for your daily does of Star Wars collectibles.

Before he put on the familiar Mandalorian armor from the Star Wars saga, this notorious bounty hunter was initially envisioned as a "super trooper" in all-white armor. This special figure captures the beginning of a character that has become a legend who is both respected and feared across the galaxy. Boba Fett. Re-create the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars epic with figures from The Black Series! This highly articulated figure is part of Hasbro's first-ever 6-inch Star Wars figure collection. He looks like Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) down to the last detail. His all-white armor is designed with pinpoint accuracy - it's as if he just walked off the set of one of his biggest scenes. You're going to need a bigger shelf for your Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) figure and the rest of the Black Series!

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RUMOUR: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Coming
Reported by BrianC on 23 Nov 2014 19:55

Another potential date in a flurry of prospective arrival dates for the The Force Awakens teaser trailer.

These guys infrequently post, but have proved credible in the past. But as with ALL tweets of this nature, take with a hefty pinch of salt.

Source Twitter (via Daisy Ridley News)
Scrawl Teaser Trailer (Featuring Daisy Ridley)
Reported by BrianC on 23 Nov 2014 19:49

Check out this 50 second teaser trailer for Scrawl, the new indy horror film featuring Daisy Ridley.

Parents, be aware that the teaser is for an adult horror movie so use your discretion accordingly.

50 sec teaser for upcoming horror indie 'Scrawl' starring Mark Forester Evans, Daisy Ridley, Liam Hughes, Annabelle Le Gresley, Ellie Selwood and Joe Daly.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Coming To Limited Number Of Theaters Next Weekend
Reported by Justin on 23 Nov 2014 18:57

According to an article posted on Slashfilm by Peter Sciretta, Disney is planning on releasing the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens in a limited number of theaters across the United States during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

I have independently heard from very good sources that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer will be shown in a limited number of theaters during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. I know that there will be a limited amount of theaters participating in the “preview.” I have not confirmed any more details other than that. Of course, LucasFilm and Disney will never address Star Wars rumors so there is no official confirmation from the studio, but my sources seemed very sure.

As always, nothing is official until/unless we hear so from the appropriate sources. Or in this case, we see so with our own eyes while sitting in a movie theater...

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UPDATE: The Force Awakens GIF Is A Fake
Reported by Justin on 23 Nov 2014 18:37

Well that sure didn't take long. As expected, the short GIF posted yesterday that was thought to contain footage from the upcoming The Force Awakens teaser trailer has been proven to be fake via the tweet below.

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   22 November 2014
Carded Images Of New Hasbro Mission Series 2-Packs
Reported by Justin on 22 Nov 2014 21:59

Point your browser towards StarWars-Figuren for a look at the new Hasbro Mission Series carded 2-packs from Star Wars Rebels and the Original Trilogy, including the Ezra and Kanan set featured above.

Which ones will you be adding to your collection?

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RUMOR: GIF Containing Footage From The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer?
Reported by Justin on 22 Nov 2014 21:26

Making Star Wars has posted an article containing an animated GIF that may or may not feature footage from the still yet-to-be-announced The Force Awakens teaser trailer.

Take the source link below if you so desire and see if you are a believer.

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   21 November 2014
The Clone Wars "The Lost Missions" Q&A: Evil Yoda
Reported by Justin on 21 Nov 2014 22:49

In this segment of a special Q&A on Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions, supervising director Dave Filoni and voice actor Tom Kane discuss creating Yoda’s dark side spectre.

On a journey of self discovery, Yoda travels to the mysterious Force planet in the Lost Missions episode, “Destiny.” He encounters Force priestesses, who put him through numerous trials, including a confrontation with a dark side version of himself. Filoni recounts the recording session with Kane: “I said, ‘I need you to play Evil Yoda. I tried to describe him as this young, corrupt, gollumy, gremlin kind of thing.” The character’s visuals, including leeching smoke, fell to visual effects supervisor Joel Aron, who enjoyed bringing that image to life. The dark Yoda makes sense to Kane, who adds, “As we get more into Force mythology, there’s got to be an evil version of everything.”

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The Comlink: Ep. 107 - Grant Imahara. Star Wars News, Interviews, & More!
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2014 22:30

The latest news from the week of November 21st, plus Grant Imahara stops by the set to chat about his career in Star Wars and Mythbusters. The Comlink is your weekly show for Star Wars entertainment!

Source Smodcast
Win An ARC Of Heir To The Jedi
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2014 21:59

Want an advance readers copy of Heir To The Jedi? Who wouldn't, and you can grab one next Monday during the US airing of Star Wars Rebels.

Check it out, advanced Reader Editions of Kevin Hearne 's STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE JEDI! The book is available in hardcover on March 3.

Jabba the Pillow has been dutifully guarding these advanced copies since they arrived in the office, but now we're going to give you a chance to win one.

You’ll be one of the first people to read the new classic era novel told, for the first time, directly from the perspective of Luke Skywalker.

We'll be giving the book away during Monday's airing of Star Wars Rebels. So check back then for all the details on how you can win.

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RebelForce Radio: November 21, 2014
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2014 21:39

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

It’s our annual Thanksgiving show when we show appreciation to our listeners as we feature your voice mail – unscreened and unedited. As always, you guys have a lot to say! Join us as we celebrate the 36th anniversary of the cult fave Star Wars Holiday Special with memories from Mark Hamill and more. Plus, we have The Force Awakens spoiler discussion with rumors about the trailer and Luke Skywalker, Tarkin talk, the Billy Dee Quote of the Week and more. Stuff your bird with Star Wars & RFR this Thanksgiving!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Kidscast: Skywalking in a Winter Wonderland
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2014 21:28

Great advice as always comes to us via santa's sleigh...no, Star Wars Kidscast.

Get outside and enjoy the winter weather, Star Wars style! There are plenty of moments to re-enact in the snow. Imagining being on The Empire Strikes Back's "remote ice world" of Hoth was a common part of outdoor winter play for me. Due to our winters, Hoth seemed the most familiar location among all the exotic locations of the galaxy far, far away.

Of course we didn't have AT-AT walkers, wampas or tauntauns, but we had plenty of snow and imaginations. Snow forts could easily become Echo Base, or the rebel trenches or even the wampa cave. Hanging upside down like Luke was a little trickier though!

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Coffee With Kenobi: Becca's Chava Chats: Echo Three to Echo Seven
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2014 21:16

It's time to hop across the galaxy to that wonderful smelling cantina that is Coffee With Kenobi and our great pal Becca Benjamin.

HOTH: “There isn’t enough life on this ice-cube to fill a space cruiser!“-Han ESB

Now this is an analogy, as of late, that I can relate to. Have you ever ventured out in the dead of winter, to be met with nothing, but pure silence? Just the howling of the winds in your ears and the ruthless nip of its chilly bite as it attacks the vulnerable skin that is left unprotected for the taking. Living my entire life in Western New York, you can say, I have been to HOTH and have lived to tell the tale.

Source Coffee With Kenobi
ForceCast #330: Trailer Talk
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2014 20:47

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

The trailer for The Force Awakens could drop any day now. What will it show us and when will we see it? That's the main news topic for this week. We also discuss StarWars.com's character spotlight, Padmé Amidala, with Making Star Wars' Johnamarie Macias. Plus, Celebration Anaheim news and details about one of the first TFA tie-in novels. It's all here in this week's show!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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RUMOR: 'Latino Review' The Force Awakens Article - November 21, 2014
Reported by Justin on 21 Nov 2014 20:29

Latino Review has posted a new The Force Awakens rumor article on their site earlier today. As always, I did not read the article, so I cannot say if it contains new rumor material or just recaps info that has been previously posted elsewhere.

So with that in mind and the potential for spoilers out there, take the source link below at your own risk.

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Source Latino Review
LEGO Star Wars - Rebels: Saving The Phantom
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2014 20:12

The rebels come to help the Phantom pilot escape the Empire's Star Destroyer. Use the links below to find more movies on your local LEGO-website.

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Jedi News Exclusive Offer: Limited, Numbered, Signed, Remarqued 1977 Greg Hildebrandt Poster
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2014 20:00

We're proud to be working with Spiderwebart Gallery and giving you the chance to purchase some amazing - and I mean amazing - Greg Hildebrandt posters, that you can get here and only here until the 1st December 2015.

Just for fans of Jedi News we would like to offer an opportunity to buy this 1977 original, limited edition, numbered, signed, remarqued poster from Greg.

There is also a new Star Wars Omnibus being released by Marvel in January 2015 that Greg has recently painted a variant cover for, which is the first of 3 different Star Wars covers that he will be doing for Marvel. He just finished painting the second one, and I love it!!

For anyone who comes from your site and uses the offer code: JEDINEWS we will offer them 2 FREE Star Wars prints with every purchase of the 1977 A New Hope poster. One of these prints is an 8.5" x 11" of the cover image he painted for the first omnibus, and the other image will be a 6"x9" Darth Vader Masterprint from our gallery collection. You can see that one here.

Both of them will be signed by Greg! The cover print for the omnibus will NEVER be available for sale, and it will ONLY be available with this offer. We originally got these 300 posters in before Christmas last year. There are 225 of them left.

Offers like this don't come along often, so gather your credits, datarees and cred sticks and buy it now!

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Coffee With Kenobi: 'Winding Down With Williams' Part 2
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2014 19:47

It's time to join Rob Wainfur for Winding Down With Williams.

Welcome to the second ‘Winding Down With Williams’ with Rob Wainfur from The Bearded Trio website. Enjoy 30 relaxing minutes as Rob plays you some of the finest fan renditions of classic tracks from John Williams.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Green Cross Code man encourages adults to not text while crossing the road
Reported by Matt on 21 Nov 2014 19:37

He wasn't just a villain of the space lanes, he was a hero of the highways too and now Dave Prowse returns to his much-loved role of The Green Cross Code Man to remind adults not to text while they cross the road.

He saved the lives of countless youngsters through two decades of campaigning about road safety.

So when a new generation of smartphone-obsessed grown-ups began ignoring simple rules for crossing the street, there was only one solution: send for the Green Cross Code Man!

Today the fearless crusader dons his big green boots again for a new drive to persuade people not to text, make calls or listen to music while crossing the street.

Source Daily Mail (via Julian Owen)
Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 55
Reported by Mark on 21 Nov 2014 19:28

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

It’s a double dose of Now, This Is Podcasting! this week! In episode 55 of the show, Jason, Randy, Johnamarie, Jeremy and Sal are breaking down the latest in Star Wars news, rumors and updates!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Lucasfilm Strange Magic Official Trailer
Reported by Justin on 21 Nov 2014 19:26

Lucasfilm has sent out an email press release containing a link to the first official trailer courtesy of Yahoo! for the new animated film Strange Magic.

You can also visit Strange Magic on Facebook.

The official trailer for “Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Touchstone Pictures, made it’s official debut today via an exclusive with Yahoo!

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015. “Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (“Elf”), Irene Mecchi (“Brave,” “The Lion King”) and Rydstrom. An extraordinary roster of film, television and Broadway stars lend their voices to “Strange Magic,” including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC’s “Nashville”), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “The Butler”), Bob Einstein (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”). Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.

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Packaging For Hasbro Star Wars Rebels Imperial Troop Transport Revealed
Reported by Justin on 21 Nov 2014 17:49

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   20 November 2014
WolfPack Roundtables: Star Wars Rebels S1E7: "Gathering Forces" Review
Reported by Dan on 20 Nov 2014 23:29

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

On this episode of WolfPack Roundtables, we review Star Wars Rebels S1E7: "Gathering Forces"! We discuss this episode in depth, Ezra's dark side moment, as well as our thoughts on who this mysterious Fulcrum character is.

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Official Site: DIY Star Wars Terrarium Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2014 23:06

Amy Ratcliffe brings us more fearless and inventive ideas over at the hub of all Star Wars, StarWars.com.

Thanksgiving may not be celebrated in the Star Wars universe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sprinkle a touch of the saga into your festivities. Chances are you’ll probably be making or buying a centerpiece for your table, and that’s the perfect place to express your fandom. A terrarium is a fun and simple DIY project and has the bonus of also looking elegant. Plenty of environments in the Star Wars galaxy are suitable to recreate in a terrarium: Dagobah, Endor, Naboo, Tatooine, and Kashyyyk to name a few. I chose to make a mini Dagobah scene.

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Star Wars Cosplay Photos Done As Renaissance Art
Reported by Matt on 20 Nov 2014 22:42

Renaissance Star Wars cosplay. Yep, I'm all up for that!

Some of these images look so surreal that you would think they were paintings or Photoshopped images, but these are the real deal. Photographer Sacha Goldberger held an exhibit in Paris at the Grand Palais that incorporated Renaissance themes to popular characters in cosplay including the Hulk, Catwoman, Darth Vader, and more. The presentation is breathtaking, from the designs of the outfit to the look of the photos that emulate Renaissance art. The project was made possible by a team of costumers, cosplayers, makeup artists and more. For example, the Superman cosplayer who looks like Christopher Reeve is actually Jonathan Tuil being transformed, thanks to the outfit, makeup and lighting.

Source Nerd Reactor
Could Scotland be the home for a future Star Wars film?
Reported by BrianC on 20 Nov 2014 22:32
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Acclaimed Scottish film maker Tommy Gormley, the first assistant director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has spoken publicly of his desire to see a dedicated film studio established in Scotland, and how one day such a studio could play host to Star Wars 8, 9 or 10. Gormley began his career in Scotland working with Ken Loach, and his own father the highly celebrated Scot’s director Charlie Gormley of ‘Down Among the Big Boys’ and ‘Heavenly Pursuits’ fame.

Gormley would subsequently go on to work with Tom Cruise and JJ Abrams on Mission Impossible 3, and on every Abrams film since. That impressive list including MI4, Super 8, Star Trek and the upcoming The Force Awakens.

Gormley, as one of the most respected film-makers in the industry, will hope his desires carry some political weight.

SWFUK Episode 7 : Mr Trilogo
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2014 22:05

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

The eagerly awaited episode Seven of the Star Wars Forum UK Podcast has finally landed. Joe O'Brien joins the podcast as we discuss trilogos and what it's like to be a focus collector of such an unloved figure as 8D8. The lads review their recent podcast road trip to the FACTS event in Ghent, Belgium and Richard looks at whether the dealers are to blame for pushing up prices in this months Boom section. In this months oddballs, Grant brings us the concluding instalment of his three part look at OT computer games as he delves into the games which were released between 1992 and 1999. As well as all this we have all the other usual popular segments, LA, Market and Rapid Fire. It's another epic edition, so kick back and enjoy the show. SNAFFLE SNAFFLE!

Contact Information: Website | Forum | Facebook

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Ghosts of the Odeon
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2014 21:52

This resonated very strongly with me, as someone who first saw the great films of the 70's and 80's in Odeons, Gaumonts and ABC's. Check out this wonderful short film which focuses on the long lost magic of cinemas of days gone by, where folks of a certain age first saw E.T, Gremlins, Alien, Star Trek, Indiana Jones and Star Wars.

Chester’s 1936 Art Deco Odeon cinema closed in the late 90s and has stood empty ever since. In the next few years it is to be redeveloped as part of the RE:NEW project, transforming it into a Cultural Centre in the heart of the city.

As part of this venture, the Chester Film Co-op was born - a creative place for film-makers and artists to meet, make films and share ideas.

As members of the Film Co-op, Chat Noir Productions were commissioned to make three films about the Odeon, the first a short film inside the abandoned cinema.

Rather than just document the state of the building, writer-director Daniel J. Fox envisaged an adventure film, bringing Chester’s Odeon back to life.

“Ghosts of the Odeon” centres on a young boy’s journey around the long forgotten cinema. Exploring from the lobby to the auditorium, he encounters echoes of the past, as iconic movies come to life.

While much of the film relies on replicating music and sound cues, it was also necessary to recreate a number of classic movie scenes. Characters including Han Solo and Indiana Jones were joined by creatures from Alien, ET, Jurassic Park and Gremlins.

The film was shot on a tight schedule and succeeds thanks to a stellar central performance by actor Jack Clayton, as the boy on the adventure of a life-time. Local actor Nathan Head play the multiple roles of Marty Mcfly, Han Solo and Indiana Jones.

The Chester Odeon is a place filled with many happy memories and “Ghosts of the Odeon” recaptures the excitement of growing up loving movies.

Put aside 387 seconds of your life and enjoy this marvellous piece of movie magic.

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How Star Wars: Episode VII Lost Control of Its Secrets
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2014 21:35

Have a read of this article posted to day on THR and featuring some Team Jedi News contributions, predominantly that of the one and only Brian Cameron.

The excitement is so high that now even the most obscure potential plot spoiler can take on a life of its own. Brian Cameron, a co-editor and frequent contributor to the site Jedi News, recently went to one Star Wars location in England called Puzzlewood, a wooded plot near the Forest of Dean, about a month after shooting there ended. The site already was renowned for being where J.R.R. Tolkien got inspiration for The Lord of the Rings. Cameron obviously was there too late to see movie stars — he was simply trying to absorb and anticipate how the movie and the real-world lands would dovetail. "It's a quite haunting mystical wood and very dense, and it creates an intimidating and magical atmosphere," he says. "I got the impression that it's more of a hostile environment. There were rumors that it was being used for some kind of battle, but I'm not sure." When he posted his photos — which showed precisely nothing of any news value — to Twitter, he was inundated with calls from fans who wanted to replicate his visit. "The Germans especially," he says. "They're hard-core."

Source THR
Paolo Nutini - One Day (Official Video)
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2014 21:27

Watch this brilliant video of the new Paulo Nutini track One Day and stick with it right to the end for a very special Star Wars related treat.

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: “Empire Day”
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2014 21:16

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac for Rebels: Declassified.

Feeling patriotic? Celebrate “Empire Day” with RebelForce Radio! Adam Bray, author of the Star Wars Rebels Visual Guide and Fangirls Going Rogue co-host Tricia Barr join Jason & Jimmy Mac for conversation about what “Empire Day” is and it’s impact on the crew of The Ghost. From the odd Tseebo, to the mystery of Ezra’s parents, to the cliffhanger ending…We cover it all on Declassified!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Sideshow C-3PO Sixth Scale Figure Pre-Orders Now Up
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 20:48

Pre-orders for the Sideshow Collectibles C-3PO Sixth Scale Figure are now up. The figure carries a $229.99 price tag and is scheduled to begin shipping in November 2015.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles “Clash Of The Skywalkers” Trailer
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 18:56

Get a first look at “Clash of the Skywalkers,” a new LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles special in this exclusive trailer, featuring Luke Skywalker battling Darth Vader and more.

LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles “Clash of the Skywalkers” premieres Sunday, November 23, on Disney XD!

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Will NOT Debut With New The Hobbit Film
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 18:32

As what seems like the entire world waits in eager anticipation for the unconfirmed teaser trailer for The Force Awakens to land, we come across a case of conflicting rumors on how the trailer will be delivered for the first time. Yesterday we saw an article posted claiming the teaser would be attached to the 3rd film in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy as it's debut. Now Slashfilm is debunking that rumor.

Wednesday, a very credible sounding rumor began to circulate that the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Well, we’ve heard from a very credible source that, with 100% certainty, the Star Wars 7 trailer won’t debut with Peter Jackson’s latest The Hobbit film. There’s a very strong likelihood it will play with that film but according to the source, Disney has “bigger plans” for the trailer debut than a simple attachment. What does that mean? When will it happen? We honestly don’t know.

Does anybody outside of Lucasfilm/Bad Robot/Disney truly know? My guess is probably not.

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Indiana Jones Melting Toht Candle
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 17:07

OK, this could very easily be one of the most appropriately-designed (and all-around cool) products based on a character/event from a movie franchise ever produced. The title of the story basically tells it all, so click the image above or the source link below for the details and to place your order for an item all fellow Indy fans would love to add to their collections.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Character Concepts For Lupita Nyong’o
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 16:57

MakingStarWars.net has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Concepts: Who Is Lupita Nyong’o Playing?

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Win LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
Reported by James on 20 Nov 2014 16:38

Thanks to our friends at LEGO and Norton PR we have a LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar to giveaway, take the link here or below to enter.  This from LEGO...

Spend the festive period on icy planet Hoth with the LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar! Open up a door each December day to reveal a cool Star Wars themed gift, including minifigures starships, vehicles and more. Once you have all 24 gifts, unfold the playmat and act out hilarious Hoth-based scenes that everyone in the family will love to watch. This is the perfect holiday gift for LEGO Star Wars fans from any galaxy!

  • Open a door every day to reveal 24 different LEGO® Star Wars™ themed gifts
  • Features 7 minifigures and 3 droids, including an exclusive holiday-themed minifigure
  • Vehicles include an AAT, AV-7 Anti Vehicle Cannon, Vulture Droid, Jedi Starfighter, TIE Fighter, Luke’s Landspeeder, Snowspeeder, Christmas Speeder Bike and an Imperial Shuttle
  • Also includes a fold-out playmat
  • Collect all the gifts and play out your own hilarious scene from planet Hoth
  • Makes a great gift for LEGO® Star Wars™ fans from any galaxy!

As in previous years we'll be opening a door of the advent calendar daily in December so stay tuned!

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Could Mara Jade Appear In The Force Awakens?
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 15:25

Head on over to Movie Pilot for an article written by James Buxton that offers up the possibility of the popular female character Mara Jade from the Expanded Universe making an appearance in The Force Awakens.

Now, when it comes to strong, female role models, the Star Wars franchise is somewhat lacking. Sure, you've got Leia, but apart from her, can you name anyone else? Last time I checked there were zero female fighter pilots in the original trilogy and other than that librarian in Attack of the Clones there are no speaking female Jedi at all!

Timothy Zahn, author of the Thrawn Trilogy, realised this and in 1991 introduced Mara Jade as the Hand of Emperor Palpatine. She was an instant hit, becoming the most popular Star Wars character to never be featured in the films and has appeared almost ten books, several comics and a handful of video games.

Needless to say I was heartbroken when it was revealed she was no longer part of the official Star Wars canon, but recently it got me thinking...

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Pirate's Cove And Set Names
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 13:34

MakingStarWars.net has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Blueprints And Concepts: Pirate's Cove & Set Names

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source MSW
Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 20 Nov 2014 09:44
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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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Sideshow Sixth Scale Speeder Bike Preview Video
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 02:35

Available to pre-order now at Sideshow Collectibles for $299.99 and shipping in July 2015.

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Gentle Giant Rebels Stormtrooper Maquette, Ugnaught Jumbo Figure, Han Solo Yavin Mini Bust
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 02:01

Gentle Giant has sent out an email notification containing three new Star Wars products that are available for pre-order right now. Check 'em out via each respective link below!

Star Wars Rebels Stormtrooper Maquette

Ugnaught Jumbo Kenner Figure

Han Solo Hero of Yavin Mini Bust

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   19 November 2014
Dave Dorman Not Attending Celebration Anaheim
Reported by Team Jedi News on 19 Nov 2014 23:58

It seems strange to think but Dave Dorman - who has attended every Celebration so far as guest or fan - won't be a part of Celebration Anaheim next April.

Well, now that Lucasfilm has announced the artists selected for the SW Celebration 7 Art Show, I can publicly confirm that I was not selected to participate this year. It is with great sadness and disappointment that I am now announcing this, but the judging has been made, and there is no reversing that.

The judging was done differently this year, asking for comps of the art proposed, then submitted anonymously to be judged. There was no respect for the reputation or the years of good will put in by any artist–just the comp, rough, or finished art submitted for approval.

So…here was my piece–a color rough featuring Vader continuing to pursue the genocide of the Jedi after Order 66. I guess I missed the mark in idea… or perhaps not doing a more finished rough..it’s not EU… ties directly into the gap between EP3 and 4…

For the rest of Dave's announcement, visit his site.

Source Dave Dorman
The Force Awakens
Reported by Matt on 19 Nov 2014 23:45

I had a discussion on Instagram with the creator of this image which has gone viral. We'd posted it not knowing who the creator was, as there was no watermark or named source. It had just been reposted on my Facebook feed and I like it so much I reported on this awesome fun image on the Jedi News feed and the creator got tagged.

He has some superb photography skills and lots of great ideas. Head on over and follow him on Instagram for some creative pix.

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Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 12
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2014 23:38

It's time to join Jimmy Mac and David Collins for the latest Star Wars Oxygen.

David W. Collins and Jimmy Mac continue to go way beneath the surface to analyze the music of Return of the Jedi. This month, the spotlight shines tunes from the Ewok village and the fourth moon of Endor. David reveals many similarities between certain tracks from Jedi with A New Hope and restores deleted music to a pivotal scene on Dagobah. All this plus an over-medicated Admiral Ackbar this month on Star Wars Oxygen!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Spain's Droids and Ewoks Novelizations, Part 1
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2014 23:15

Abel G Pena brings us a fascinating look at some foreign language Ewoks and Droids releases over at StarWars.com.

In the mid-1980s, after one successful made-for-television Ewoks movie — and one notorious “holiday special” — the Star Wars universe plunged into its first regular television programming: Ewoks and Droids (sometimes billed as the Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour). These animated series ran from 1985 to 1986, with Droids airing for one season and Ewoks for two. Many English-speaking fans know that these cartoons also spun off many storybooks and comics of their own, chiefly published by Random House and Marvel Comics. What many fans do not know is that they also spun off original licensed storybooks and comics in other countries, never published in the English-speaking world.

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Star Wars Rebels: Glory of the Empire Audio Cue
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2014 23:08

Check out this audio cue from this weeks latest Star Wars Rebels episode Empire Day.

Listen to this brand new song from Star Wars Rebels: Empire Day, composed by Kevin Kiner.

Source Official Site
The History Of Star Wars Pt1: The Phantom Menace
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2014 22:55

Marvel are taking a look back at the history of the saga, starting with the first cinematic episode, The Phantom Menace.

With the Star Wars franchise returning to Marvel beginning in January 2015, it’s time to get up to speed on the galaxy far, far away with a look back at the story from the classic films! With each installment of the History of Star Wars, we’ll cover another chapter in one of the greatest adventures of all-time!

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Expanded Fandomverse Episode 016 - DAVID EVERETT or "Crackerjack!"
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2014 22:48

It's time to join Tim and Jason over at The Expanded Fandomverse.

"The Expanded Fandomverse is all about fans doing creative and interesting things with their love of that galaxy far, far away. This week we welcome David Everett to the show. Dave is the founder of the R2-D2 Builders Club. We talk to Dave about the origin of the club, just what goes into building your own droid, his time on the set of Episode II, and the clubs connection to The Force Awakens. Also in the show we cover the weeks news and double the prize package for this months Jason's Jawa Giveaway! (Utini!)"

Contact Information: Website | Voice Mail - 205-383-3663 | Twitter | Facebook

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2014 22:35
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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:

Source 501st (via Roqoo Depot)
RUMOR: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Attached To New The Hobbit Film
Reported by Justin on 19 Nov 2014 21:46

Star Wars 7 News is claiming they have received "strong hints from multiple sources" that the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens will be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 17.

Firstly, our own Echo-07 has spoken with a local theater owner, who has indicated that the teaser for The Force Awakens will indeed be released along with the new Hobbit movie in December. The manager said they don’t get the trailer info very far in advance. It comes on a drive (all digital now). Hes said he didn’t think it would come in with Hunger Games: Mockingjay. He also said that companies (like Disney) aren’t allowed to “cross-promote” except for two times in a year. There are rules and regs about this apparently. However, since Hobbit comes out a year before SW E7 it could be close enough to be within these rules.

Take the source link below for the rest of the report.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars Rebels Taking A Break After Next Week; Returning January 5
Reported by Justin on 19 Nov 2014 19:46

As you can see from the tweet below courtesy of Lucasfilm's Tracy Cannobbio, Star Wars Rebels will be taking the holidays off after next week's "Gathering Forces" episode and will be returning to our TV screens on Monday January 5.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars X-Wing Knife Block Discount and Competition
Reported by James on 19 Nov 2014 15:22

The knives are out - but in a good way!  Bread knife standing by… Chef’s knife standing by… Lock S-foils in the chop position, the Star Wars X-Wing knife block from The Fowndry has landed.

Here’s an idea we just made up - lightsaber bread knives. They’d slice and toast at the same time! Someone get Lucas on the phone. In the meantime, here’s a great new way to brighten up your kitchen counter.

The Star Wars X-Wing Knife Block gives your regular old kitchenware a rebellious kick in the vegetables. Storing five high quality stainless steel knives, this officially licensed holder looks glorious from any angle.

Chrome finished and standing over 20cm high, the X-Wing Knife Block raises the status of the humble knife holder. Heck, with this in the kitchen even Aunt Beru would be signing up to give the Empire one in the eye. And as for the Force? Well… it’s useful. But can it chop an onion, dice peppers, and slice a loaf? Can it? We’ll ask George, as soon as he picks up.

This practical, yet awesome looking knife block is available for £69.99 from The Fowndry, and from now till Nov 25th you can save £10, taking the price down to just £59.99 by entering the code JEDINEWS10 at checkout.

We also have one set of the X-Wing Knife Block to giveaway here

Cooking will never be the same again... happy hunting!

Source The Fowndry
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