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   20 August 2014
Jedi News Interview: Jeremy Barlow
Reported by MaxN on 20 Aug 2014 02:00
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Our latest guest is an editor at Dark Horse comics and has been a part of the companies final Star Wars series, it's last after a run of over two decades. Please welcome to Jedi News Jeremy Barlow.

JN: Jeremy, welcome to Jedi News. How did it feel to be writing a comic that would be one of the first entries into the new official Star Wars canon?

JB: No pressure there, right? Actually, the Lucasfilm Story Group’s new canon/continuity approach hadn’t yet been announced when I started writing the series, so I didn’t know Son of Dathomir was going to be one of the first new entries. It’s good thing, too, because I was already putting tremendous pressure on myself to stick the landing!

New Disney Boba Fett Figure: Hear The Sounds
Reported by Mark on 20 Aug 2014 00:09

With thanks to our friends at the Boba Fett Fan Club here's the audio from the forthcoming Boba Fett figure, available via the Disney Store

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Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #4
Reported by MaxN on 20 Aug 2014 00:00
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Evil alliances! Darth Maul operates from the shadows, carrying out Mother Talzin’s plan for revenge against Darth Sidious.

After capturing General Grievous and Count Dooku, Maul threatens to render Sidious’s droid army leaderless and ineffective. As this power struggle gains the Republic’s attention, the Jedi—led by Obi-Wan Kenobi—boldly attempt to capture all of their enemies at once and end the Clone Wars.

As the Jedi attack, Dooku frees Grievous and joins forces with Maul. Together they escape capture and chart their course for Dathomir, where Talzin awaits them...

Writer Jeremy Barlow, penciller Juan Frigeri, Inker Mauro Vargas, colourist Wes Dzioba, letter Michael Heisler and cover artist Chris Scalf bring us the fourth and final issue of Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.

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   19 August 2014
Across The Stars
Reported by Matt on 19 Aug 2014 23:52

The path of true love does run clear then. Let's see what the power couple of Edgar Wright and J.J. Abrams can cook up. Will it be:

  • Mission: Cornetto
  • Khan of the Dead
  • Lost Fuzz

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501st: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Answered
Reported by ZakPT on 19 Aug 2014 23:35

The 501st Legion posted their reply to JJ Abrams nomination for the ice bucket challenge and it’s a good one!

On August 17, 2014, J. J. Abrams nominated the 501st Legion in the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. In the following 24 hours, troopers around the world answered the call. Execute Order 67... Learn more about ALS and help fund treatments and research at alsa.org. Learn more about the 501st Legion's mission of charity and Star Wars costuming at 501st.com.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Guild Flagships Launch Trailer
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 23:23

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

Watch the new Guild Flagship Launch Trailer and conquer planets clear across the galaxy with your own Guild Flagship in the new digital expansion, Galactic Strongholds, now live in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™!

Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to get your own luxurious Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace. For a limited time during this Subscriber Early Access period, Subscribers can move into Nar Shaddaa early – for free!

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Coffee with Kenobi: Book Chat: John Jackson Miller & A New Dawn
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 23:16

It's time to join your hosts Dan and Cory over at Coffee With Kenobi.

We are happy to welcome returning guest and New York Times Best-Selling author John Jackson Miller back to Coffee With Kenobi. The book is the first story in the new canonical outreach headed by the Lucasfilm Story Group, and introduces readers to Kanan and Hera. We discuss A New Dawn, canon, the Lucasfilm Storytelling group, the differences between writing Star Wars and Star Trek, and much more. This is the Podcast You're Looking For!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Full-Size Han Solo Blaster In LEGO
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 22:54

LEGO genius Julius von Brunk has designed and built this amazing LEGO replica of Solo's DL-44 heavy blaster pistol, and he's hoping to get it to shelves across the world.

von Brunk has also launched a Lego Ideas project in the hopes of convincing Lego to consider making this project an official Lego kit. If the project gets 10,000 signatures by this time next year, the Lego DL-44 Blaster project will be sent on to designers and business folks at Lego for further review to determine how feasible it'd be to mass-produce the kit. If you'd like to see the DL-44 blaster become an official product, head over to the LEGO ideas page and pledge your support.

What you waiting for? To the LEGO ideas page, NOW!

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Star Trek 13: First Draft Completed
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 22:27

First time director Bob Orci confirmed via Trek Movie that the first draft for the 13th big screen Star Trek adventure has been completed, bringing closer the hope that this Trek will be ready for the show's 50th anniversary on September 2016.

The next Star Trek movie (and thirteenth in the franchise) has passed a big milestone. A month ago we reported that Roberto Orci and co-writers Patrick McKay and JD Payne were "in the middle" of scripting the movie. Now, Orci exclusively tells TrekMovie the first draft has been completed.

First Draft Complete On Star Trek Into Darkness Sequel

On Saturday morning, Orci gave an update on progress for the Star Trek project, noting with the following comment:

boborci: p & m & I wrote, "fade out" yesterday on first draft. things are moving.

The ‘p & m’ bob is referring to is [JD] Payne and [Patrick] McKay, Orci’s co-writers on the next Star Trek movie. TrekMovie has confirmed with Orci that he is referring to the first draft of the Star Trek script. Orci tells TrekMovie:

First draft is done

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Now, This Is Podcasting Episode 45
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 22:11

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

This week on "Now, This Is Podcasting!" Jason, Johnamarie and Jeremy cover all the latest in an exciting week for Star Wars news. To start off, Johnamarie finally watched the Goonies! Yay! The group also discussed Episode VII rumors (Count Dooku, Luke being lost, Leia with the Hutts, and more), Episode VII’s Stormtrooper helmet, details about Daisy Ridley’s costume, Han Solo concept art (for Episode VII?), robot arms, the Mon Calamari, and a new villain. Plus Star Wars Rebels news, including the possibility of Darth Vader in Rebels, a new Sabine Wren clip, Star Tours’ REX, and much, much more!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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T-Shirts: I Have The Force!
Reported by Matt on 19 Aug 2014 21:59

You've got just under 3 earth days to grab this powerful He-Man inspired tee, via PopUp Tee, and for only $12.99.

Wear this and be irresistible to battle cats.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Steve Sansweet & Rancho Obi-Wan Attending
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 20:21

Rancho Obi-Wan (ROW), home of the world’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia, will have a special exhibit at Celebration Anaheim highlighting nearly 38 years of Star Wars fan passion and creativity.

It will be ROW’s third trip to a Celebration, and each time the curators have presented a different selection of treasures from a collection estimated to contain nearly 500,000 different Star Wars items.

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Star Wars Rebels Season 1 To Run From October 13, 2014 To January 26, 2015?
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 18:35

Now that we have received official word on the weekly series debut of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD, my thoughts turned to an earlier article posted back in May in which executive producer Simon Kinberg chatted with Collider.

In the interview, Kinberg revealed that Season 1 of Rebels will contain 16 episodes (not including the 1-hour series premiere on the Disney Channel).

With this number in mind, and with the first weekly episode scheduled to air on Monday October 13, if you forecast out you will come up with Monday January 26, 2015 as the Season 1 finale.

So will this be the broadcast time period for Season 1? Connect the dots and it sure sounds that way, unless the 16 episode length is not completely set in stone at this point or has been adjusted by Lucasfilm since the release of the Collider interview.

Or maybe the S1 episodes won't run every single Monday night from start to finish, as my friend Johnamarie Macias points out (thanks JM).

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Fan Expo Canada 2014 LEGO Star Wars Rebels The Ghost Set With Kanan Minifigure
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 17:33

The Brick Fan alerts us to an exclusive LEGO Star Wars Rebels The Ghost set available for fans to purchase at Fan Expo Canada 2014 that includes a Kanan Jarrus minifigure. This exclusive is the same set that was available at SDCC but with Kanan replacing Chopper as the pack-in minifigure.

For LEGO, the event is about the fans – it’s an opportunity to engage with builders of all ages and offer a fun interactive experience that is unlike any other in Canada. Because YOU are some of the most loyal fans of LEGO, we are offering an advance sneak peak of the FIRST EVER LEGO FAN EXPO Canada Exclusive. This limited edition LEGO STAR WARS Rebels set features The Ghost Starship with Kanan Jarrus Minifigure from the upcoming STAR WARS Rebels TV series.

The set is ONLY available at the LEGO Booth #748 between Thursday, August 28 to Sunday, August 31, 2014, while quantities last. Tickets will be distributed at the booth on a first come, first serve basis when the show floor opens to the public. Quantities will be limited per day and only one LEGO FAN EXPO Canada Exclusive per customer per day. A valid ticket will be required for purchase.

If any of our readers is going to the show and able to purchase one of these exclusives for our very own James Burns (who is LEGO Star Wars mad) then please get in touch with him here and he will of course reimburse you - thank you!

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Content Details For Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 16:38

The official Lucasfilm Star Wars Rebels email press release that was sent out earlier today by Tracy Cannobbio included details (which I missed when I was first reading it due to my excitement no doubt) on what will be included in the Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD scheduled to be released on October 14.

"Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion" will be available to own on DVD in retailers nationwide. The DVD includes the movie, a free Ghost 3D model ship, four "Star Wars Rebels" shorts, plus a never-before-seen piece that takes you deeper into the world of "Star Wars Rebels" and the upcoming season.

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Mary Franklin ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 15:48

Oh, and after you watch Mary getting doused in the video below, be sure to check out this can't-miss gem courtesy of Lucasfilm's own Matt Martin.

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Star Wars Action News Episode 431: Exclusive Showdown
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 15:25

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

Marjorie and Arnie give a hands-on review of Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con International exclusives, Johnathan runs down the Toys R Us AT-ST set, and Steve the Gingerprince reports in from the London Film & Comic Con! The irony of San Diego Comic-Con is that while everyone rushes to buy the exclusives, there's no time at the con to really look at them! Now Marjorie and Arnie are back home and have unpacked their SDCC shipment, and are ready to tell you if Hasbro's 6-Inch Jabba the Hut exclusive, or the SDCC/Toys R Us exclusive Cantina Showdown set, was worth the trouble. Also on this week's show Steve the Gingerprince reports in from the London Film and Comic Con. With a not-too-surprising number of Star Wars guests (given where Episode VII is filming) and tons of toys, listen in to find out about that European event. With Johnathan telling us what's hitting stores, a look at the Star Wars Celebration pin set, and more, it's all in this episode of Star Wars Action News!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Mark Newbold Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 14:30

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Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion And Series Premiere Dates Announced
Reported by Team Jedi News on 19 Aug 2014 14:11

Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, an exciting animated one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion is set to premiere Friday, October 3 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT in the US) on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the highly anticipated series Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. In the US, Star Wars Rebels episodes will debut Monday nights beginning Monday, October 13 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD. Worldwide, the series will air in 33 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.

Leading up to its global television debut, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available on Disney Channel SVOD and to verified users beginning Monday, September 29, on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app.

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The Metro: What have Artoo and Threepio been up to since Return of the Jedi?
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 14:10

My latest article arrives over at The Metro as I ask the question what have Artoo and Threepio been up to since Return of the Jedi?

They are the two characters who have seen it all. From the fall of the Republic in the prequel trilogy, through the rise of the Empire to the Galactic Civil War. Seen in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi they have been at the side of our heroes, offering help where they can and often times (in Artoo’s case) saving the day.

But since the final scene of Return of the Jedi – and with the decision to render the storylines of all books, comics and other media since 1983 largely irrelevant to the official canon of the films and TV series – we have no idea what fates have befallen our heroes, other than the fact that they survived 35 years and will be present in Episode VII next December.

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Pablo Hidalgo Expands On Flashbacks And Star Wars
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 13:22

As part of last week's barrage of Episode VII rumors, we saw reports that mentioned the use of flashbacks to drive certain elements or plot points of the film. Being that flashbacks have never been used in any of the six Star Wars theatrical films, one could brush off the mention of them being incorporated into Episode VII and simply move along.

However, after video of the A New Dawn SDCC panel hit the interwebs yesterday, Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo took to Facebook to make sure fans were all on the same page with what he said when he mentioned the use of flashbacks at the panel:

Looks like the Del Rey SDCC panel is up on Youtube. I will, as usual, stay the heck away from the comments, but I understand my quote about flashbacks has really fueled a lot of discussion about projects outside the subject matter of this panel. So at 4:20 mark (heh heh), what I said was, "But one of the conventions, as far as Star Wars storytelling goes, AT LEAST AS REBELS, is we don't do flashbacks." So there you go. Continue to debate endlessly.

So does this comment by Pablo leave open the possibility of flashbacks being utilized in some form in Episode VII or any other future Star Wars film? Sure appears that way to me.

Thanks to Jedi News reader Alexandra R. for sending over the Facebook link.

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John Boyega Instagram Pic With J.J. Abrams And Daisy Ridley
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 13:12

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Brian Cameron Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by BrianC on 19 Aug 2014 03:31

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James Burns Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by James on 19 Aug 2014 01:38

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Metropolis
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 00:35

Bryan Young brings us his latest look at the cinema behind Star Wars over at the Coruscant of all Star Wars sites, StarWars.com.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the film, it would be easy to assume that the design on display of the poster was the single greatest source of visual inspiration on the Star Wars saga, but diving into the movie, the parallels run deep. For one, the city of Metropolis is a sprawling art deco city that reaches as high as one could imagine. Running between the maze of buildings are space lanes full of flying cars, traveling in neat rows. One is instantly reminded of the city-planet of Coruscant. Aside from the design style, even the color palette for the black-and-white silent film is similar to Coruscant’s, save for the flourish of colored lights.

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   18 August 2014
Marc Zachacki Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by MarcZ on 18 Aug 2014 23:38

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Star Wars Rebels Shorts on Sky TV Next Monday
Reported by James on 18 Aug 2014 19:13

Next Monday 25th, a Bank Holiday here in the UK, sees Star Wars Rebels start on Disney XD in the form of animated shorts introducing the main characters.  The first showing is at 07:45am and two other listings provide details of different shorts being shown at various other times throughout the day. Here's the three descriptions from the Sky Guide...

Take a first look at our new animated series which continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga.  It's a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire extends its power.

In these all new animated shorts meet the new Rebel heroes who are fighting against the evil Galactic Empire.  It's a dark time for the galaxy, when the Empires power is rapidly spreading.

The Machine in the Ghost:  In this Star Wars Rebels' short, the Rebels' Ghost starship is under attack.  Pilot Hera and gunner Kanan evade and shoot down enemy ships helped by astromech droid Chopper.

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RUMOR: Photo Of Episode VII Tatooine Set At Pinewood Studios
Reported by Justin on 18 Aug 2014 18:57

Making Star Wars has just posted a photograph of what they are being told is from the Tatooine set at Pinewood Studios that has been constructed for Episode VII.

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"My love @ClareGrant & I accept the #IceBucketChallenge to raise ALS awareness!"
Reported by Matt on 18 Aug 2014 18:43

My love @ClareGrant & I accept the #IceBucketChallenge to raise ALS awareness!

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Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Is Black Park Country Park A Filming Location?
Reported by Mark on 18 Aug 2014 18:18

The gang over at Making Star Wars have been sent some interesting news regarding a possible location for Episode VII shooting, not a million parsecs away from Pinewood Studios. Here's what Making Star Wars reader Josh had to say.

Today I was informed by a friend who visited Black Park Country Park in Buckinghamshire that Star Wars: Episode VII was filming there. On his tour his guide told him that the movie was being shot there, he also told me he saw “extremely large” blue screens there! He visited last week on Tuesday the 12th of August which for me is very interesting as after a bit of investigating I discovered a comment on Trip Advisor from somebody who visited the Country Park, within the comment it said “Star Wars VII is filming here”, that was posted about a month ago. So to me it seems they are using a local Country Park to shoot in. Could this be the Forest planet we’ve been hearing a lot about? Also a month or more of filming? I wonder if this planet will play a big part in the next chapter?

Interesting news, but as always, until confirmed by the powers that be then it's just a rumour.

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Storm Trooper Light Up
Reported by MarcZ on 18 Aug 2014 18:07

A new addiction to the holiday yard decorations has arrived. Now to go along with Darth Vader, R2-D2 and Yoda you can add a Stormtrooper to your collection.

STAR WARS™ 50/L PRE-LIT STORM TROOPER WITH GIFT 3-D SOFT TINSEL HOLIDAY DISPLAY WITH MINIATURE 120V 50 LIGHTS AND 36" LEAD WIRE - OUTDOOR ONLY

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The Metro: Episode 7 rumours round-up: From Han Solo’s outfits to The Inquisitors
Reported by Mark on 18 Aug 2014 17:46

My latest article arrives over at The Metro as I pull together a round-up of the many and various rumours (remember that, RUMOURS) that were posted last Friday.

There’s no doubt about it, Friday 15 August was one of the busiest days ever for Episode VII rumours. No sooner had one landed than another arrived, so here’s a potted guide to what has landed so far.

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SDCC 2014: A New Dawn Panel Video
Reported by Justin on 18 Aug 2014 16:45

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Steven Spielberg ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Nominates George Lucas
Reported by Justin on 18 Aug 2014 13:30

Watch Steven Spielberg accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Oprah Winfrey and pass the challenge on to George Lucas, Jeffrey Katzenberg & J.J. Abrams!

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Star Wars Rebels "Art Attack" Short
Reported by Justin on 18 Aug 2014 11:40

In “Art Attack,” a special Star Wars Rebels short, Sabine sneaks into an Imperial compound, looking to create a diversion for her friends aboard the Ghost. Spotted by stormtroopers, she proves too quick to be captured – and leaves behind an explosive surprise.

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   17 August 2014
J.J. Abrams ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Justin on 17 Aug 2014 20:21

Donate at http://www.alsa.org/

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The WolfPack Podcast Special Episode: Catherine Taber Interview
Reported by Dan on 17 Aug 2014 18:51

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

Curto, Logan, Nabil, and Chris chat with the voice of Padme Amidala from The Clone Wars: Catherine Taber! We think back to all our The Clone Wars memories, as August 15 marks the sixth anniversary of The Clone Wars. Sit back, drink you blue milk, and get ready for a brand new episode of The WolfPack Podcast.

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Full of Sith Episode LXXVIII: Rumor Control
Reported by Mark on 17 Aug 2014 16:59

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

Bobby, Bryan, and Mike open the show with a batch of listener voicemail and the discuss the prospect of original cut Blu-rays. Then talk (which is clearly warned) turns to the avalanche of rumors and alleged leaks about Episode VII. From stormtroopers to Luke’s fate, we discussed it all and thoroughly.

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

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Toys R Us "Secrets Of Star Wars Rebels" Chopper Video
Reported by Justin on 17 Aug 2014 16:21

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Meet The Editors Of Episode VII At SuperMeet
Reported by Justin on 17 Aug 2014 12:22

Jedi News reader and friend of the site Patrick K. from DeathStar.nl sends over the following update about an exciting opportunity to meet the editors of Episode VII in person. Over to Patrick with the details...

Hello Justin,

How have you been?

I came across some information which might be interesting for European fans. Next month, on September 14th, Maryann Bradley and Mary Jo Markey will be attending an event in The Netherlands. In case that doesn't ring a bell, these two ladies are both editors who have worked on numerous J.J. Abrams' projects. They have edited his Star Trek movies, Mission: Impossible 3, Super 8 and a bunch of his television shows. More importantly, they will be editing Star Wars: Episode VII. So this will be an unique opportunity to meet them.

The event is called Amsterdam Supermeet, which is a part of a larger organization which hosts events in different cities all over the world. At this specific event Bradley and Markey will be guests of honour. The event is a kind of Mekka for editors and digital filmmakers. More information can be found at: http://supermeet.com/ - all text is in English.

Big thanks as always to Patrick for providing us with this info.

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The Metro: What has Chewbacca been doing in the last three decades?
Reported by Mark on 17 Aug 2014 12:17

My latest blog arrives over at The Metro as I ask the question 'What has Chewbacca been doing in the last three decades?' between Return of the Jedi and Episode VII?

The Big Three aren’t the only characters. There are plenty more whose actions could decide the fate of the galaxy. Hey, who watched the first Harry Potter film or read the first book and guessed that Neville Longbottom would be the key to victory?

So let’s take a look at the big walking carpet, one of the most hirsute members of the Star Wars galaxy and a character without whom Han Solo simply couldn’t be Han Solo. Of course we mean Chewbacca.

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T-Shirts: Sith King
Reported by Matt on 17 Aug 2014 01:56

Hurry, you have just 5 hours to get your order in for this royal tee. $12.00 and it can be yours, by royal appointment.

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Star Wars Bookworms #28: Adam Bray Interview
Reported by Mark on 17 Aug 2014 01:29

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

In this special episode we have an interview with the writer of Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide, Adam Bray.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

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T-Shirts: The Rebels
Reported by Matt on 17 Aug 2014 00:42

Shirt Punch bring us this $10.00 tee, available for the next 4 hours in mens and womens cuts which is guaranteed to get you our of your seat and dancing.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Imperial Assault - Announcing a Board Game of Tactical Combat and Adventure
Reported by MarcZ on 17 Aug 2014 00:38

Fantasy Flight Games just announce a new board game, Imperial Assault. Click the source link below for tons of more info.

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Imperial Assault, a Star Wars board game of cinematic adventure and tactical combat for two to five players!

Imperial Assault casts you and your friends into the climatic events following the Death Star’s destruction above Yavin 4, and offers two full game experiences within the Star Wars universe. In the campaign game, you and up to four other friends play a series of thrilling missions woven together in a narrative campaign, and in the skirmish game, you and your opponent muster your own strike teams and battle head-to-head over conflicting objectives.

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The WolfPack Podcast #82: Rumors Galore
Reported by Mark on 17 Aug 2014 00:10

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

In this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Logan, Chris, Nabil, and Curto go over the latest crazy Episode VII rumors and news. We also talk about all the latest info on Star Wars Rebels, Collectibles, and much more. We also pay a tribute to six years of Star Wars The Clone Wars. So strap in, drink your blue milk, and get ready for the jump to hyperspace in this brand new episode!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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   16 August 2014
Official Site: Galactic Backpacking, Part 2: Visiting Real-World Naboo
Reported by Mark on 16 Aug 2014 23:59

Sander De Lange brings us a fascinating look at the real-world locations of the homeworld of Queen Amidala and Chancellor Palpatine in his latest entry to StarWars.com.

In this second installment of Galactic Backpacking, we take a look at Italy, one of the two countries that were used to portray Naboo in the prequel trilogy. It was in Italy where the real Theed Royal Palace stands, and where Padmé relaxed with Anakin at the Lake Retreat after visiting her family home in Theed.

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REPORT: Disney To Release Original Unaltered Star Wars Theatrical Trilogy On Blu-ray
Reported by Justin on 16 Aug 2014 19:16

As a Star Wars home theater media collector, I really hope this is indeed true, as it would make a fine addition to my collection. Check out the following exclusive report posted on Comic Book:

For a long time Star Wars fans have been clamoring for Disney/Lucasfilm to re-release the original, unaltered cut of the first Star Wars trilogy, and Comicbook.com has now confirmed with two independent reliable sources that just such a plan is under way.

According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been under way for quite some time, but it’s been challenging because of some damage to the original negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi in their complete, unaltered, original form without the redone special edition SFX.

Our sources did not have an exact date as to when the original cut of the Star Wars Trilogy would be released on Blu-ray, due to the challenges Disney has encountered in pulling everything together. However, our sources indicated the goal is to have it ready and released before Star Wars Episode VII is released in theaters.

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Rian Johnson Chats With 'Girls In Hoodies' Podcast
Reported by Justin on 16 Aug 2014 12:24

Director Rian Johnson joins Molly and Emily to talk 'Outlander,' 'Utopia,' and 'The Twilight Zone,' as well as fanfic, text-based adventure games, and, oh yeah, 'Star Wars'.

Johnson begins to talk about Star Wars at around the 35:00 minute mark of the interview.

Thanks to Jedi News reader Jeff G. for the link.

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Adam Driver Interview With 'Entertainment Weekly'
Reported by Justin on 16 Aug 2014 12:08

Point your browser towards Entertainment Weekly for an interview they conducted with new Episode VII cast member Adam Driver. He obviously doesn't reveal any ground-breaking news about the film, but he does touch briefly on the subject of spoilers, the Original Trilogy, and George Lucas.

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RUMOR: Daisy Ridley Episode VII Costume Details; What Vehicle Han & Chewbacca Are Flying
Reported by Justin on 16 Aug 2014 11:51

Here are a few more Episode VII rumors that hit the web during yesterday's hectic news frenzy that we just didn't have time to post.

Our friends at Making Star Wars reportedly have some details on the costume that Daisy Ridley's yet-to-be-announced character will be wearing in Episode VII.

Meanwhile, sources have given Badass Digest information on the type of vehicle Han and Chewbacca will be piloting in the film, and it supposedly ain't the Falcon.

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   15 August 2014
Six Years Ago Today The Clone Wars Theatrical Movie Opened
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 21:31

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RUMOR: More On Episode VII Villains; Possible Concept Image Of Lead Villain
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 21:25

Jay Carlson over at Indie Revolver expands a little further on today's earlier Episode VII villains rumors posted by Latino Review and Badass Digest by supplying an image (we're assuming a concept image here of course) of the supposed lead "baddie" holding a rather familiar object in his left hand...

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RebelForce Radio: August 15, 2014
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 21:16

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

We are picking up where we left off last week on the road to Rancho Obi-Wan. We recap our amazing trip to visit Steve Sansweet and the crew at the world-famous Star Wars museum. Hear about everything we did and saw, including a hilarious sit down with Steve Sansweet himself in his office. Plus, we pay tribute to Robin Williams with a look back at the Star Wars connections in his career and rare audio of his incredible interview with George Lucas recorded back in 2000. And, a Billy Dee Williams / Star Wars Rebels update that makes the upcoming Lucasfilm animated series even cooler!

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Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: It's A Trap!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Aug 2014 21:08

There are lots of rumours circling the internet today and every unconfirmed story needs to be taken with a healthy helping of salt. Given that advice our latest rumour may naturally have you thinking, “IT’S A TRAP!”

Yeah, you guessed it the beloved Mon Calamari of the planet Dac will be gracing our screens in Episode VII and not just in a background role. Just like their appearance in Return of the Jedi, at least one Mon Cal will be front and centre in a leading character role.

Pre-Order New The Black Series 3.75" Figures Now
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 20:57

As we take a breather from all of today's Episode VII rumors, check out the tweet embedded below courtesy of our good friend FLYGUY.

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Chewie Chewie
Reported by AdamDB on 15 Aug 2014 20:00
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Kashyyyk, home of the Wookiees. It was featured in the Star Wars Holiday Special, and slated to make an appearance in Return of the Jedi before it was replaced with the Forest Moon of Endor. Fans had been dying to see it for years. They finally got their wish in 2005, where the planet features heavily in Revenge of the Sith.

Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: Force-Inspired License Plates
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 19:32

Amy Ratcliffe has a license to thrill over at StarWars.com as she looks at Star Wars inspired personalised license plates.

For a long time, I didn’t understand the point of a personalized license plate. I still can’t wrap my head around some of the letter and number combinations people choose — especially when they’re so abbreviated that they’re impossible to understand — but when it comes to expressing fandom, I get it. When I lived in Los Angeles and was stuck in traffic on my daily commute, I’d regularly spot a blue car with a “YUBNUB” license plate. That little Star Wars reference among the sea of barely moving vehicles always brightened my day.

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RUMOR: Owner Of Robotic Hand In Bad Robot's Force For Change Episode VII Tweet Revealed
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 19:12

The Episode VII rumors are flying fast & furious today ladies and gentlemen. Now word comes down via Badass Digest stating they have the inside scoop on who the robotic hand that Bad Robot tweeted a pic of belongs to, including details on this character's appearance.

Is your head spinning yet from all these rumors?

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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ForceCast #316: I Want To Be DC Barns!
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 19:12

It's time to join your hosts Eric and Erik for the ForceCast.

An appearance in Episode VII for one lucky Star Wars fan as the Force For Change winner is announced, a HANDsome note left for fans by JJ Abrams, and a bearly bearded Mark Hamill are just some of the topics discussed by Justin Bolger and guest co-host Megan Crouse while Eric and Erik are away. It's Friday. It's the ForceCast!

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RUMOR: Villains Of Episode VII Revealed By 'Latino Review'
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 18:30

Alright everyone, feast your eyes on this if the potential for unconfirmed spoilers has no ill effect on you. Latino Review is claiming they have exclusive knowledge of the villains that will be part of Episode VII.

Take the source link below and make of it what you will.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Bond, Bilbo and Boba Fett: Saviours Of The Cinema?
Reported by Matt on 15 Aug 2014 18:25

Despite the writer of this piece -- as we so often see -- not doing his research correctly and calling the galaxy's greatest bounty hunter Baba Fett, this is an interesting look at the current state of cinema, in a year where box office receipts have fallen 0.5% over the past 12 months.

But which 5 films have a chance of regaining that half a percent?

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
  • Bond 24
  • Star Wars Episode VII

Cineworld, the largest cinema operator in the UK, may have been boosted by box office sales in its eastern European acquisition Cinema City, but the number of film lovers buying tickets back home has slumped.

Box office revenues in the UK and Ireland dropped by 0.5pc over the last year, despite the popularity of films including The Lego Movie and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

And it wasn't just Cineworld. The entire industry suffered as a result of Britons shunning the cinema to watch the World Cup, even though England crashed out before reaching the knockout stages.

So how can Hollywood help revive UK cinema ticket sales?

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Jedi News Review: Vans X Star Wars
Reported by ZakPT on 15 Aug 2014 17:47
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The classic shoe makers Vans have teamed up with Star Wars designers to bring you a beautiful collection of Star Wars themed Vans. From Boba Fett camo to comic book classics, there’ll be a pair for you!

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Star Wars Rebels Rumour: Sky Maintain August Launch Date
Reported by BrianC on 15 Aug 2014 17:45

A brief update. Sky just tweeted me back. They maintain Star Wars Rebels is due in August per info they have but do not have an air date as yet.

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The Metro: Have the Stormtroopers just had a makeover?
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 17:37

My latest blog arrives over at The Metro as we take an in-depth look at the newly redesigned - but as yet unconfirmed - stormtrooper helmets.

Indie Revolver bring us these images showing a sleek and refined stormtrooper helmet, very much in keeping with the classic lines of the original trilogy version but subtly different.

And when sat alongside the slightly altered stormtrooper helmets from the forthcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, you can see – from the clone troopers of Attack of the Clones right through to next years Episode VII – a design lineage that makes sense.

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RUMOR: Stealth Stormtrooper In Episode VII
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 17:19

Well, it goes without saying that buckets have been the theme of the day lately, as Latino Review offers up their take on the whole Episode VII Stormtrooper helmet design discussion. In addition, they've added their own little unconfirmed tidbit about another type of stormie armor we'll be seeing in the film that has a rather unique stealth ability to it.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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RUMOR: Sketches Of Han Solo's Episode VII Attire
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 16:47

Indie Revolver provides us with another potential nugget of Episode VII information (in case you missed their Stormtrooper helmet story, you can find it right here) as they are claiming to have a few sketches of what Han Solo will be wearing in the film.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Roel Robles Talks Usagi Yojimbo
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 15:59

After our post yesterday showing the 7 minute Usagi Yojimbo proof of concept film swe were contacted by it's director Roel Robles who gave a bit more background to the project and the pedigree of the talent involved.

This is Roel Robles, director of Usagi Yojimbo stop motion short film. I just wanted to say thank you for posting the 7 minute proof of concept. Really appreciate it. If you notice the names in the credit there are actually a lot of Star Wars alum. Robert Barnes, Euisung Lee and I worked with Doug Chiang in the Star Wars art department on Ep 1 and 2. Count Dooku's saber was actually based off of my filipino sword the "Barong" that I showed George. Fon Davis, Ray Gilberti, Lauren Vogt, Todd Fellows worked in the ILM model shop.

The movies that some of our crew have worked on besides Star Wars, are Nightmare Before Christmas, Coralline and The Matrix. As for myself, Besides being on the art team working under George for Ep 1 and 2, I was also one of the founding members of Robert Zemeckis and disneys image movers digital.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show # 23: Rebels The Visual Guide Author Adam Bray
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 15:34

It's time to join your hosts Dan, Cory and Rob over at Coffee With Kenobi.

In today’s show we share a cup of coffee with Adam Bray, author of Star Wars Rebels, The Visual Guide. Adam will be discussing his work on the book, as well as his collaboration with the creative forces behind the upcoming series. We also discuss Dave Filloni news and Celebration Anaheim updates (including a Podcasting stage!), Theme Park discussion, the Rebels preview,and Rob interviews Cory Dee Williams on your next offering of “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio”. We will also update you with Coffee With Kenobi t shirt news; This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 43: Friends Of The Magic
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 15:34

It's time to join your hosts over at Skywalking Through Neverland.

SUPERSIZED Pod­cast Episode! We attended the FRIENDS OF THE MAGIC meet-up this past week­end at Dis­ney­land and talk to the orga­nizer of the event, Paul Bar­rie from Win­dow to the Magic. LOTS of Dis­ney pod­cast­ers and sky­walk­ers chime in, too! Adam and Bob­bie Jo Med­ina tell us all about their overnight stay at the HAUNTED MANSION at DISNEYLAND. MUPPETS MOST WANTED comes out on DVD this week so we speak with Mup­pet Geek (or is he a fan?) Mark Ogusche­witz about the film as well as the new online series of shorts being fea­tured on Dis­ney movies anywhere.com. We also try to stump him with a lit­tle MUPPET TRIVIA. Who won the SDCC SWAG BAG? Who is the SKYWALKER OF THE WEEK? You’ll find out on this episode! And as always lots more…including a trib­ute to ROBIN WILLIAMS whom we just lost this week. and as always MUCH MUCH MORE! #NeverLandOnAlderaan!…

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Fantasy Flight Games: Gen Con 2014 - Day 01
Reported by Jonathan on 15 Aug 2014 15:30

Check out this video for a look at Fantasy Flight Games busy first day at Gen Con 2014.

Today was the fantastic first day of Gen Con Indy 2014, and as always, Fantasy Flight Games is thrilled to be in attendance. If you're here at the convention, be sure to stop by our booth and demo some of our hottest new releases.

For those of you who weren't able to make it to Gen Con Indy this year, you'll find a video recap of Day One on YouTube. You'll get a sneak peek into the demos of new games like XCOM: The Board Game, Star Wars™: Armada, Warhammer 40,000: Conquest, and much more! You'll also get an update on the tournament scene, getting a glance at today's tournaments for Android: Netrunner, Star Wars™: The Card Game, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, and X-Wing™.

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'USA Today' Exclusive Clip From Star Wars Rebels Short Featuring Sabine
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 15:20

USA Today has posted an exclusive clip from an upcoming Star Wars Rebels short that showcases graffiti artist Sabine Wren in action!

The short, entitled "Art Attack", is scheduled to air on Disney XD on Monday August 18 at 9:29pm ET.

Check out an exclusive clip from an upcoming short starring Tiya Sircar's Mandalorian explosives expert.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Rancho Blog: The Slug Years: The Life and Times of an Intergalactic Gangster
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 15:10

Head on over to the Rancho Blog as the mighty Jabba prepares to take a cross country trip to Rancho Obi-Wan.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…Wow! It really was a long time ago: hard to believe that we started this project more than seven years ago! And now the Big Slug will be the star of the second annual Rancho Obi-Wan Gala on Sept. 20th! (Get tickets now!)

I had been thinking about the idea of building a full sized Jabba the Hutt prop for some time. I didn’t want a static Hutt though. I wanted a fully operational puppet. I knew it was a terrible idea, but I kept thinking about how awesome it would be!

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Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 9
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 14:30

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

We’re wrapping up The Empire Strikes Back with more analysis of the incredible John Williams soundtrack. David W. Collins & Jimmy Mac explore the music of Cloud City, The Asteroid Cave, and the duel with Darth Vader. Plus, music that got left on the cutting room floor gets rediscovered and put into place courtesy of David’s editing magic. Welcome to Star Wars Oxygen’s final listen to the music of The Empire Strikes Back…For now at least.

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Official Site: Star Wars Rebels Lands In Bookstores
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 13:51

The official site has posted a preview of the various Star Wars Rebels books that should be appearing on retail bookshelves in your area now.

Want to learn more about the heroes and world of Star Wars Rebels? The first books exploring the highly-anticipated animated series have arrived — check out a special preview of each title below!

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Domhnall Gleeson Follows His Brother's Advice On Episode VII Secrecy
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 13:38

In an interview recently conducted with Vulture, new Episode VII cast member Domhnall Gleeson reveals the source of how he has been able to successfully keep all details pertaining to the film under wraps.

How does it feel to know the top-secret plot of Episode VII and all the new characters, and yet you have to keep it completely secret from your friends for years?

My brother gave me some really good advice about it. He said, “Don’t tell anybody, because if you tell one person, it won’t feel as bad to tell a second person. If you tell no one, everything will be okay.” So I’ve told no one, and it’s working out fine. I do feel a wave come over me when I hear those two words, “Star” and “Wars,” said together. I feel tense, shut up, and stare into the middle distance.

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RUMOR: More Images Of Two Episode VII Stormtrooper Helmets; Pic Of An Actual Helmet Too
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 13:23

Indie Revolver is claiming to have an exclusive reveal of not one, but two different Stormtrooper helmet designs that we will be seeing in Episode VII. You can see how their images differ from the earlier sketch done by Tom Hodges (Tom has since removed the sketch from his Instagram account, but you can still check out the image by clicking the source link contained in our story).

And to top it all off, Making Star Wars has posted a photograph (not a sketch or drawing) of an actual Stormtrooper helmet reportedly designed for the film.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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   14 August 2014
Star Wars Rebels To Air On DSTV In South Africa
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 21:08

We just received the following email courtesy of a Jedi News reader from South Africa.

Hi Greetings from South Africa. Yes! Star Wars - Rebels will be aired on our local satellite (cable) service provider DSTV which carries DisneyXD http://www.disney.co.za/star-wars/rebels. The main Star Wars page just says "Coming Soon" - but hopefully we will be in-sync with the worldwide October launch date. The 7min sneak peek that aired in US, did not show, so hoping that we may get to see the teaser shorts leading up to the full series. MTFBWY

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John Boyega Hanging With Samuel L. Jackson
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 21:02

So still at this adidas party....guess who showed up! Only Mace Windu himself! Samuel L Jackson rocks!

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SDCC 2014: Hasbro Star Wars Rebels Product Poster
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 17:30

Head on over to the website 4lomkuss (or click the image above to be taken to the site) for a look at the cool Star Wars Rebels product poster that Hasbro was giving away at their booth during SDCC last month.

Thanks to Jedi News reader Scott M. for sending over the link.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Dark Horse: The Star Wars Video
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 17:13

Now THAT is a thing of beauty. (Note to self: Must add this to the WANT list).

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Star Wars Insider #152 To Feature A New Dawn Excerpt and Artwork
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 15:41

On 6th September Star Wars Insider Issue 152 is set to bring us an excerpt from John Jackson Miller's upcoming novel A New Dawn as well as dazzling artwork by Doug Wheatley.

The next issue of Star Wars Insider Magazine will feature an excerpt from John Jackson Miller's upcoming novel STAR WARS: A NEW DAWN, a prequel to the new REBELS animated series. Accompanying the excerpt will be three original illustrations from the novel's cover artist, Doug Wheatley. Many Star Wars fans will recognize Doug's gorgeous work from the Dark Horse Comics series, STAR WARS: DARK TIMES. Star Wars Insider issue 152 is due to hit news stands on September 6 and the novel debuts on September 2 (in eBook and audio as well). Here's a peek at one of Doug's awesome illustrations from the magazine.

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Episode VII Tweets: John Boyega - August 14, 2014
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 15:22

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Usagi Yojimbo - "The Last Request"
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 14:30

You might be wondering why we're posting this on Jedi News. Well, first of all take a few minutes and watch the video, which has a charm all of its own, and then watch the credits, where Jon Null and Skywalker Sound receive a special thanks.

Comics fans will know of Usagi Yojimbo, the anthropomorphic rabbit bodyguard who first appeared back in 1984, created and drawn by Stan Sakai who has been published by Thoughts and Images, Fantagraphics Books, Mirage Studios, Radio Comix, and Dark Horse Comics and even appeared in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. Hopefully a full-length movie is on the way, and what better way to celebrate Usagi's 30th anniversary than that?

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Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD Cover Art
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 13:16

The official cover art for the upcoming Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD has been revealed via the tweet embedded below.

You can pre-order the DVD (scheduled to be released October 14) via this link. Here's hoping this title is also released on Blu-ray sometime in the near future.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Star Wars Rebels: Mission Series Available For Pre-Order
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 12:34

It's getting closer, it's getting nearer...

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Carrie Fisher on Robin Williams: He Opened Up to Me About Bipolar Disorder
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 12:15

Carrie Fisher has spoken about the recent passing of the great Robin Williams over at the Hollywood Reporter, describing their initial meeting while working on Spielberg's Hook, their shared life experiences and his uniqueness.

Fisher described Williams as the "center of attention" in any room, which is why she said she was so drawn to him. "He was something you just don't see, like a comet. I hope he's like a comet and he comes again, but that would be selfish,” she said, adding that his energy and comic delivery was "unstoppable." "I'm sorry he punctuated his sentence before it had run its course. But he packed in five lifetimes before he left."

Source Hollywood Reporter (via Glen Ewing)
UPDATE 2: Star Wars Rebels Rumour: Airing August On Disney XD In The UK Via Sky?
Reported by BrianC on 14 Aug 2014 12:04

It would be uncharacteristic of a huge company like Sky to get this wrong -- and of course they could get it wrong -- but it appears that Star Wars Rebels will be airing on Sky here in the UK sometime in August.

Purchase the Variety Bundle for just £22.50 a month and Star Wars Rebels could be yours to view. We'll investigate further and update accordingly.

UPDATED: This just in from reader PJ Slim:

RE: Rebels UK, I saw a short advert on UK Disney XD that said coming this October (maybe they will be showing the shorts from august?)

Perfectly logical, we will continue to look into it and get an answer.

UPDATE 2: Checking back made me recall this rumour we had back in February from a Disney shareholder letter. Take a read, we could be imminently receiving to more than we realise.

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Star Wars Kidscast Blog: Padawan Parenting: A Jedi Lives to Serve
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 11:42

Check out this great new series from Chris over at Star Wars Kidscast, which kicks off with a guest blog by Jay Krebs.

We all know how incredibly precious time spent together with our younglings can be, and for parents like me who have older kids (a tween and a young teen); we know those sands of time fall faster than stars streaking by in hyperspace.

One of the ways I have found to be a win-win in terms of time spent with my kids is through volunteering. More specifically, Star Wars-style volunteering!

Congratulations on the new series, we look forward to more entries.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 14 Aug 2014 11:03
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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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The Metro: Star Wars Episode 7: Is the Millennium Falcon getting a makeover?
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 10:55

My latest blog arrives over at The Metro where I look at the rumours surrounding the interior redesign of the Millennium Falcon.

As Star Wars Episode 7 grows ever nearer the rumour pot nears boiling point and tantalising glimpses of what could be coming our way next December begin to seep out. Another such glimpse arrives as we get a look at the insides of one of sci-fi’s most iconic ships, the Millennium Falcon via some leaked pictures on the internet. But this isn’t your Dad’s Falcon, this one has had a makeover.

Like any other living space, the Falcon will have seen some changes over the past three decades, with the old and battered acceleration seats replaced by plush brown leather (possibly bantha hide) seats, and the scuffed walls renewed.

Source The Metro
   13 August 2014
Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 21:00
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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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The Wampa's Lair Episode 95: Top 5 Action Scenes
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 18:00

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

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason discuss their Top 5 Action Scenes in the Star Wars films! No lightsaber duels allowed in this one, but they have a great time discussing iconic scenes like the space battle of Endor, the asteroid field chase, as well as some smaller scenes thrown in as well!

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Coffee with Kenobi: How Star Wars Changed Me Forever
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 17:25

Writing over at Coffee With Kenobi Rob Wainfur takes a look at the reasons why Star Wars weaved its magic and shaped his childhood.

I was either five or six being either 1977 or 1978 when Star Wars first hit our cinemas here in South Wales. In those days, there always seemed to be a huge gap between US releases and the rest of the world. Anyway I had never heard of Star Wars and out of the blue my brother, who is sadly no longer with us asked if I would like to go and see this space film. Any trip to the cinema back then was like someone taking you to a magical land. Of course I said yes.

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Star Wars Report #140: What’s Up with Dragon Con?
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 17:19

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

On this week’s podcast, Riley and Bethany are joined by Brandy Roatsey, Director of the Star Wars Track at Dragon con to talk about the upcoming convention.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Strongholds - GamesCom Trailer
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 16:45

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

Watch the Galactic Strongholds GamesCom Trailer and see how you can get your own Stronghold on four iconic planets including Tatooine and Coruscant! Express your creativity and personal style by customizing and showing off your Stronghold to friends. Plus rally your guild aboard your own Guild Flagship and conquer planets across the galaxy in the new Free-to-Play Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Digital Expansion: Galactic Strongholds!

Subscribe today and move into your own Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace early when you join Subscriber Early Access beginning August 19th. Welcome Home!

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New Star Wars Steering Wheel Covers From ThinkGeek
Reported by Justin on 13 Aug 2014 16:00

Check out these new Star Wars Steering Wheel Covers that have been added to ThinkGeek's website. Available in two different designs (Stormtrooper or Darth Vader), each cover will fit steering wheels that are 14 1/2" to 15 1/2" in diameter.

Cost is $19.99 per cover.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Star Wars Episode VII: To Resume Filming This Month
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 15:16

We're ready to jump back into hyperspace as Harrison Ford prepares to return to the UK for the resumption of filming on Episode VII.

The production went on a two-week hiatus earlier this month due to an injury star Harrison Ford sustained in June. Ford was sidelined after breaking his left leg on the London set June 12 and later underwent surgery.

Ford showing up — and appearing to be back in good health — at Monday's The Expendables 3 premiere in Hollywood had Star Wars observers speculating that he is ready to return to a galaxy far, far away.

Sources could not confirm if Ford was flying back to London to join the production.

Source Hollywood Reporter
RUMOR: More Pics Of The Millennium Falcon At Pinewood Studios
Reported by Justin on 13 Aug 2014 15:12

Following up on our initial post from yesterday, the website Full Scale Falcon has posted some additional photos of what appears to be the Millennium Falcon at Pinewood.

Obviously we have not received any official confirmation stating that these pics are legit, so take them all with a grain of salt for the time being.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Official Site: Remembering Celebration Europe - One Year On
Reported by James on 13 Aug 2014 14:47

 

My latest article arrive at StarWars.com as I take a look back at Star Wars Celebration Europe just over one year ago.

As I write this, it’s exactly a year to the day that Star Wars Celebration came back to Europe at Messe Essen, Germany during the 26 – 28th July 2013. As with all Celebrations this was another fantastic event which saw 20,000 plus people from over 40 countries celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Return of the Jedi in style, and a rare chance to watch the film out in the open too.

If I was asked to pick just one favourite memory from Star Wars Celebration Europe though it would be our arrival in Messe Essen which was a little bit different from most, since we came as part of the Caravan of the Force. Caravan of the Force was a crazy idea that the Jedi News team came up with to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation whilst at our apartment in Orlando, straight after Star Wars Celebration Europe was announced at the end of Star Wars Celebration VI. Naively, we thought it would be easy to achieve, and although it wasn’t and took quite a lot of time and a huge amount of effort, the end result was definitely worth it with all money raised.

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Full Scale Falcon: Possible Falcon Images
Reported by BrianC on 13 Aug 2014 14:43

Check out these images via Full Scale Falcon Blog which takes a look at the possible refitted cockpit of the Falcon in Episode VII.

No spoilers here -- folks decorating their homes over the course of three decades is hardly a shock -- but IF this is legit then it's a great reveal.

Source Full Scale Falcon
Star Wars Bookworms #27: War of the Broken Ring
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 14:27

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

On this episode of Star Wars Bookworms we have another first time guest, we talk about the book and comic news coming out of San Diego Comicon, and we review a couple comic volumes. We were so happy to have first time guest Zak “PT” Thorogood join us. He is the main comic book reviewer over at Jedi News.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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The Metro: What has Princess Leia been doing since Return of the Jedi?
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 14:17

My latest entry over at The Metro arrives as I take a look at the possible history of Princess Leia between Return of the Jedi and Episode VII.

We’ve recently taken a look at the possible lives of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo since the conclusion of Return of the Jedi back in 1983, but what about the third member the triumvirate, Princess Leia Organa?

Of the three she is certainly the most qualified to have a successful career as a politician and leader, being a charismatic talisman for the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War (the war which was taking place during the Original Trilogy) but that’s not to say that life dealt her those cards after the credits rolled on Return of the Jedi.

Source The Metro
Lavabear Travels: Pic With Mark Hamill Outside Pinewood Studios
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 13:53

Nathan Hamill is sending his Lavabear around the world, taking pictures until he eventually gets gnome. Here he is posing with the worlds greatest Jedi -- yes, that's Mark Hamill -- outside the Pinewood home of Episode VII.

And rightfully the world is going nuts about this cool image of Hamill. How much more Jedi-like could he look?

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Green Cross Code Man David Prowse Reunited With Droid
Reported by Matt on 13 Aug 2014 13:44

Check out this video on the BBC website focusing on Dave Prowse and his newly renovated Green Cross Code droid.

Mr Prowse said after he began working on the road safety films in 1976, road accident figures reduced "astronomically from about 70,000 to 30,000". "I got the Green Cross Code and Star Wars almost at exactly the same time," said Mr Prowse. "The fact I was involved with Star Wars was so beneficial to the road safety campaign - it was phenomenal. "I'll be taking it round the sci-fi shows, then people can have their photo taken with it."

Source BBC
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