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PINNED: Star Wars Collectors Cast: Episode 69
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   Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Star Wars Report #236: Kaytoo’s Kayso-Quesadillas
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 23:43
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Sci-Fi Central: Ray Park Keen To Continue As Maul
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 22:34

Darryl James has flown out from Australia to film Star Wars interviews in Wales, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York, Anaheim, London, Tokyo and Germany - not to mention exclusive opportunities at Lucasfilm in San Francisco and Skywalker Ranch. With a stockpile of over 300 interview segments filmed with one hundred performers who have appeared in Star Wars films, Darryl hopes to be releasing exclusive content for years to come. Today we celebrate with Darryl and his small crew at Sci-Fi Central Australia as he releases interview 50. This time it is with Darth Maul himself, the birthday boy Ray Park.

For our 50th of 100 Star Wars interviews, we travelled to Tokyo, Japan where we met Darth Maul actor Ray Park. And his excitement for continuing as Darth Maul is infectious, as you can see here.

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Full of Sith Episode CLXXX: Rogue One and the Force
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 19:30
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Wizard World Chicago: Carrie Fisher Panel Recap
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 18:18

Check out this excellent recap of Carrie Fishers talk at last weekends Wizrds Wiorld Chicago convention by @Geek_Kay over at Fangirl Blog.

If you ever have a chance to attend a Carrie Fisher panel, I recommend it. I cannot promise that you will be as delighted, entertained, and moved as I was, but if you’re a fan of Carrie’s wit, there’s more than a good chance you will be.
As much as so many of us love Carrie for her portrayal of Princess/General Leia in the Star Wars movies, it was clear so many of the audience members at Wizard World Chicago loved her for many other parts of her life too. In addition to a variety of thoughts about the galaxy far, far away, we got to hear about Carrie Fisher the author, script doctor, mental health advocate, and mother. Above all, Carrie Fisher is one hell of a storyteller who knows her audience.

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On The Shelves UK: Hot Wheels Die-Cast Ships On Offer At Bargain Buys
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 17:39

Via @SWIFagent24 on Twitter check out this fleet of Hot Wheels die-cast vehicles on very special offer at Bargain Buys. £3.00 for the individual ships and £5.00 for the twin packs is a crazy good price, so hunt them down if you can find them.

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The Expanded Fandomverse: Episode 53: Best of The Trench Run
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 17:11
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The Audette Set: August 23rd 2016
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 16:58

It's time to join Mike Audette over at Retrozap for the August 23rd edition of The Audette Set.

It was a slow news week in Star Wars. Gamescom in Germany brought new details on Battlefront VR for the fall. Rogue One gets the Beastie Boys treatment.

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Coffee With Kenobi: The First Jedi Master of Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 16:42

Head on over to Coffee With Kenobi where Dennis Keithly takes a look back to The Phantom Menace and the original first master, Qui-Gon Jinn.

I remember the promise of Episode One as it neared release. Not only would The Phantom Menace be the first new Star Wars movie in sixteen years, it would tell the story of a previous generation of heroes. Set in the days of the Republic, it would feature Jedi in their prime. Sure, Luke Skywalker was a cool Jedi Knight in Return of the Jedi, but he was barely trained. The thought that Jedi Masters would be gracing movie screens was exciting. The obvious expectation was that Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mentor to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, would feature in these films. And, he did. However, it was his mentor, Qui-Gon, that was the first full-fledged Jedi of the prequels. Beyond being the first, Qui-Gon Jinn was significant for many reasons.

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Official Site: The Playlist: Darth Maul
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 16:25

It's time for Bryan Young to bring the latest edition of the playlist to with a look at the fearsome Darth Maul.

Darth Maul is one of the most evil and enigmatic characters in the Star Wars mythos. As the first apprentice of Darth Sidious, we thought we’d seen the last of him on Naboo after he faced off with Obi-Wan Kenobi, but the Force had other plans for him. This playlist gives us everything we need to understand how he survived and what’s become of him since.
It will also prepare you for his further appearances on Star Wars Rebels, which are sure to be great. And who knows where he may turn up next?

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The News From Anchorhead - 8/23/2016
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 16:10
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   Monday, August 22, 2016
Sky Cinema Star Wars Channel Returns
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 22:38

With thanks as always to our great pal Kamino-ghost here are the details regarding the return of the saga to Sky Cinema and where and when to find them.

Hi Mark, hope all is well at Jedi News HQ. Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that the Sky Cinema Star Wars Channel kicks off tomorrow at 6.00am in the Sky Cinema Greats Slot. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Premieres on Friday August 26th at 1.10pm & 8.00pm on Sky Cinema Premiere. Also a quick note on the Star Wars: Greatest Moments programme that was on Sky One this past Friday & Saturday - this is an updated version, it now includes the Greatest Moments from TFA, as well as all new links recorded at SW Celebration London by host Alex Zane. You can catch this again Saturday August 27th at 4.00pm & Sunday August 28th at 11.20pm.

For Sky Cinema Star Wars aim for channel 331 and for Sky Cinema Star Wars HD head towards channel 304.

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Superb Fan Edited Star Wars Compilation Trailer
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 22:24

It has to be said, there are some first class video edits and compilations out there and this is among the best of them. Check out this short fan-edit bringing together key themes and elements of the 8 movies into one trailer.

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Sarlacc Pit 97: Rogue One Awesome
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 21:52
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Official Site: Star Wars At London Film And Comic Con
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 21:43

My latest article lands over at as I look back to late last month and London Film and Comic Con, a convention packed with Star Wars treats which would turn out to be the final convention appearance of the late Kenny Baker.

Launched in 2004 and initially taking place at Wembley Exhibition Centre, London Film and Comic Con quickly established itself as one of the top-tier events in the UK, bringing guests from every corner of the genre and entertainment world to the capital every year. The event has moved around London, from Wembley to Earls Court and now Olympia.

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Star Wars Story Talk 8/22/16: Rogue One, Celebration, Comic-Con, Life Debt
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 21:33

Join Jawa James as he looks back at Celebration Europe, San Diego Comic-Con and Life Debt among other topics and gives us by far my favourite Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer reaction vid.

In this episode of Star Wars Story Talk, Baby Jawa gives her reaction to seeing the Rogue One trailer, Yowie and Jawajames talk about Star Wars Celebration Europe and San Diego Comic-Con, and discuss a little bit of the novel Aftermath: Life Debt as well as check in on Wear Star Wars Every Day

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Star Wars *Original* Sequel Wasn't The Empire Strikes Back
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 21:22

Digital Spy run with a very old story which 'reveals' that The Empire Strikes Back wasn't the first story considered as a sequel to A New Hope. There was another...

But before Empire, a very different second Star Wars movie was planned. Allows us to introduce you to Splinter of the Mind's Eye.
Splinter was an exercise in caution on Lucas's part. It was written by Alan Dean Foster, the author who was brought in to work on the novelisation of the first film, and was designed to be deliberately simple in its setting and scope. If A New Hope was a flop, it could be used as the basis for a low-budget sequel, and if it was a success (as it of course turned out to be), then Splinter of the Mind's Eye could be released as a novel to tide fans over until the next film.

And no, Foster didn't have to wait 30 years to come back and write another Star Wars tale. Between 1978's Splinter of the Mind's Eye and his adaptation of The Force Awakens in 2015 he wrote 2002's The Approaching Storm.

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Lucasfilm Announce Five Rogue One Corporate Sponsors
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 21:06

Given that it's unlikely we will ever see Wayne's World-level product placement in a Star Wars movie, sponsorship deals are increasingly essential. Today the General manager of Lucasfilm, Lynwen Brennan announced that Duracell, General Mills, Gillette, Nissan and Verizon would be the five chosen corporate sponsors for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with such a remarkable group of promotional partners for ‘Rogue One. This first in a series of Star Wars standalone films represents an exciting new era for both Star Wars and Lucasfilm, and the partners joining us on this exciting journey have each designed a stellar campaign capturing the spirit and camaraderie of ‘Rogue One.'”

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Official Site: Becoming K-2SO: Talking With Rogue One's Alan Tudyk
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 20:44

He's about to enter the Star Wars galaxy as K-2SO in December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and here he chats with Jon Waterhouse over at about the role. In Entertainment Weekly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards describes Kaytoo as the antithesis of C-3PO with a little bit of Chewbacca’s personality in a droid’s body. Do you agree?

Alan Tudyk: Kaytoo was formerly an Imperial droid, so he used to be on the other side. He was a security droid and then Cassian, Diego Luna’s character, who owns Kaytoo, has done a memory wipe and reprograms Kaytoo to be a Rebel with the Alliance. Through that process, Kaytoo’s personality changes. I approached it as if he were freed, almost like a governor on an engine that holds the personality back. The Empire was much more of a regimented world where you’re much more forced to be in servitude of the Empire, which historically is the case. When he is reprogrammed, his personality comes out, which is a bit odd. At Star Wars Celebration Europe, they showed a little bit of a clip of him. There was no sound to it; I narrated it. You see Felicity Jones’ character hand me a bag, and she and Diego Luna’s character walk off. And I stand there holding the bag for just a moment, and I just drop it, because I’m not into holding her bag. [Laughs] C-3PO would definitely hold the bag and watch over it. Kaytoo is maybe a bit too honest. At that moment, he’s willful. It makes him a really fun character. For me, it made him much more human. I was very free to act within the confines of the script, but there were a lot of moments I could find, especially with such good actors, to express and be the unique character that Kaytoo is.

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Empire’s Exclusive Rogue One Subscriber-Only Cover Revealed
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 20:30

Last week they rolled out the first two covers which will be available on news stands, but here is the exclusive K-2SO subscriber cover which quite frankly is a thing of beauty.

Last week, Empire revealed two exclusive new Rogue One covers for our latest issue. The first featured the merry band of rebels – lead by Felicity Jones – tasked with stealing the Death Star plans in the Star Wars standalone. The second featured the fearsome Director Krennic, played by Ben Mendelsohn. Both covers will be on sale from Thursday – but this cover of considerable beauty will be plopping onto the doormats of subscribers from today.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Soldier On!
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 13:53

Fantasy Flight Games announce Forged in Battle, a forthcoming Star Wars: Age of Rebellion adventure.

From the website:

The Galactic Civil War rages on numberless planets. It rolls through the deep oceans of Mon Cala, throughout the public fora of Chandrila, in the lush jungles of Naboo, and across the deserts of Tatooine. There are myriad battlefields, myriad means of warfare and, within the Rebellion forces, myriad kinds of soldiers.
Forged in Battle, a supplement for the Star Wars®: Age of Rebellion™ roleplaying game, introduces new playable options for Soldiers of the Rebel Alliance, those who work alongside them, and fighters of all kinds, along with providing options for military-themed campaigns and shorter Strike Missions. In our first preview we looked at those campaign options and the new Soldier specializations. Today, we’ll introduce the new playable species of Forged in Battle, and glance at the expanded rules for different combat environments, so that you can consider ways to diversify your forces and then prepare them to fight on any battlefield in the galaxy.

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   Sunday, August 21, 2016
Fantasy Flight Games: Friends Like These
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 20:50

Fantasy Flight Games announce Friends Like These, a forthcoming Star Wars: Age of Rebellion adventure.

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“You are far too trusting…We will deal with your rebel friends soon enough.”
–Grand Moff Tarkin

As operatives in the Rebel Alliance, you are committed to doing what’s right. Not just what’s right for you, your family, or your fellow Rebels, but what’s right for the entire galaxy, and all the peoples and planets within it—even if you have to sacrifice your life in the act. So when Alliance High Command sends you a message commanding you to help out Alliance allies on a planet in the Outer Rim, you don’t think twice. You answer the call.
Friends Like These, the next adventure supplement for the Star Wars®: Age of Rebellion™ roleplaying game, takes your team of Rebels to Xorrn, a planet under threat of imminent Imperial attack. Once you arrive, you have 48 hours to organize the defenses and recruit military support from nearby systems. But from the moment you first arrive on Xorrn, you’ll discover that in this area of the galaxy, it's impossible to know who your real friends are, and that strategy and morals don’t always go hand in hand. In this battle, even the cleanest military victory might come at a terrible price.

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Ion Cannon #62: Executive Producers Bill Motz and Bob Roth On The Freemaker Adventures
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 19:35
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Sci-Fi Central: Rick McCallum Producing for George Lucas
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 18:26

Over at Sci-Fi Central Darryl James sits down with prequel producer Rick McCallum.

We were lucky enough to visit Skywalker Ranch in San Francisco. There, we spoke with Matt Wood at Skywalker Sound and Prequels Producer Rick McCallum.

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Coffee With Dan Zehr: An Interview with the Co-Host of Coffee With Kenobi
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 17:06

He's a great friend of Jedi News and a focal point of the blogging and podcasting community and he's over at Honor The Force chatting about his own Star Wars experience.

Honor The Force recently had a chance to sip a cup of hot joe with Dan Zehr, co-host of the immensely popular podcast Coffee with Kenobi. Dan is deeply rooted in the Star Wars fan community. On top of his work as a podcaster, he is an active educator who implements Star Wars in his classroom and regularly contributes to the official website. Sit back, relax, and learn a little more about the man behind the coffee.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Scrap Metal
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 16:46

Fantasy Flight Games announce the fourth Force Pack in the Opposition Cycle for Star Wars: The Card Game.

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“His High Exaltedness, the great Jabba the Hutt, has decreed that you are to be terminated immediately.”
–C-3PO, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Throughout the saga, Star Wars has been defined by rivalries and conflict. Luke Skywalker, hero of the Rebellion, is opposed by Darth Vader, one of the Dark Lords of the Sith. Han Solo, a smuggler from the Outer Rim, is tracked by Jabba the Hutt and his teams of bounty hunters. Princess Leia Organa is taunted and questioned by Grand Moff Tarkin. These enmities and threats bring the characters to life, and now, you can bring some of these rivalries into your games of Star Wars: The Card Game with Scrap Metal, the next Force Pack in the Opposition cycle.
Like the other Force Packs of the cycle, Scrap Metal comes with ten new objective sets (two copies each of five distinct sets), each challenging the way you view the battles between the factions of Star Wars: The Card Game. Here, you’ll find a host of new versions of iconic characters, including Jabba the Hutt, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Jek Porkins. With plenty of new fate cards to bring new tension to every edge battle, the rivalries that exist between factions are about to become more explosive and dangerous than ever before!

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Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 33
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 15:30

it's week 33 and James Floyd keeps on hitting those metaphorical catwalks and bringing us this weeks GFFA fashion.

Recap of Week 33 of my Wear Star Wars Every Day fundraising campaign for Collateral Repair Project. Everything this week was borrowed, from t-shirts to a button down shirt to a ball cap! Plus we had a new donation. For more info, visit:

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Tarkins Top Shelf Episode 7: Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 15:21
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Under the Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story To Premiere At 25th Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 14:57

Great news, the US premier of Under the Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story will arrive early October at the prestigious 25th Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. We're certainly hugely keen to see the documentary, focusing as it does on Mike Edmonds, a real character who has had an amazing career in film.

Over to Red Stable Films for more info.

We're pleased to announce that the North American premiere of 'Under the Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story' will be at the prestigious 25th Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in early October! We're planning to attend so if any of our US friends can get to Hot Springs in Arkansas we'd love to see you there! More details to follow soon

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The Wampa's Lair #194: Catching Up With Dex
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 14:30
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Chris Jones Jyn Erso Rogue One Tattoo
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 14:10

He's a pal of the site, he inked one of my tattoos and he is crazy talented. Check out this superb Jyn Erso tattoo, done yesterday at Wizard World Chicago.

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Loyalty and Duty: The Bond Between a Scoundrel and a Princess
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 13:52

In a guest blog over at the exquisitely blended Coffee With Kenobi writer Mike DeRose looks at the bond between Han Solo and Princess Leia.

Leia Organa and Han Solo should not work as a couple. Leia, the senator princess turned rebel who fights for the greater good and Han, the scoundrel smuggler who only cares about getting paid. Despite their differences it’s easy to see why they were drawn to each other. Leia had spent her entire life in politics surrounded by proper men or, let’s face it, probably just boring men. So when a rogue like Han comes along Leia would naturally be intrigued. But Han’s original interest in Leia was pretty straightforward. The princess was worth a pretty big reward.

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Sci-Fi Central: Pam Rose And The Egghead Headcast
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 13:43

Let's hop on over to Darryl James at Sci-Fi Central for his chat with A New Hope actress Pam Rose.

In the first SW movie made, there weren't too many female actors. But one was Pam Rose who was tucked away in the Mos Eisley cantina. Here's part of our chat from the UK where she talks about her headcast and makeup.

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Rogue One Junior Novel Releases
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 13:20

Via Florian over at Jedi Bibliothek a look at three forthcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story junior novel releases.

Via Edelweiss Disney-Lucasfilm Press have unveiled provisional covers for three Rogue One books! First, the young adult movie adaptation which appears on March 28th, and then two independent Rogue One stories. The first is a young-adult novel about Jyn Erso and the second focuses on Baze and Chirrut. Both arrive 2nd May 2017.
The Edelweiss catalog promises a revelation of the titles, authors and other details at New York Comic-Con. The late publication is being considered as cross-promotion with the DVD release.
German editions are likely to be expected with Panini.

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The Metro: Star Wars: Battlefront VR Mission Is The Best Thing Ever Made By A Human
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 13:08

No hyperbole here, the guys over at GameCentral writing in The Metro think this game is literally the best thing ever. Sliced bread has clearly been replaced.

GameCentral plays EA’s first PlayStation VR experiment, and what is a dream come true for Star Wars fans.
As we stand waiting for our go on EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront VR demo we start chatting with developer Matt Webster about video games, Star Wars, and the blessed union of the two. But then he then recognises the guy behind us, and we assume they must know each other from some previous press events. But instead, he asks,’ Weren’t you here yesterday as well?’
With so much to see and do at Gamescom you’re not supposed to have the time or inclination to come back and play the same demos more than once. But clearly this preview is different…

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Brody's Birthday Greeting Featuring Mark Hamill
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 12:52

It doesn't take an awful lot to love Mark Hamill. He's been there since day one, he was the hero of the original trilogy and returned - albeit silently - to The Force Awakens. Here he proves just what a stellar guy he is by surprising young cerebral palsy sufferer Brody on his birthday.

This was a special birthday greeting that Mark Hamill did for my son Brody. Brody suffers from epilepsy, cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease. We kept this secret from his since February. I had to wait for Mark Hamill to take a break from filming to make this birthday greeting for Brody. Brody had no idea that we are taking him to Disney World. We let Mark Hamill break the news to him.

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Star Wars Tops The UK’s Favourite Video Franchises Of 2016
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Aug 2016 12:39

It's good to be king. The Force Awakens helped push Star Wars to the top of the video sales charts as 1.98 million sales flew over counters nationwide.

Date collected in a new Franchise Report for the first half of the year puts Star Wars first in the overall rankings and the biggest film franchise, with Game of Thrones topping the list of favourite TV franchises, and Paw Patrol heading up the rundown of children's franchises.
Across 12 titles, Star Wars racked up over 1.98 million sales, racing ahead of the next biggest franchise of the year so far, James Bond, which has sold 1.63 million units across 45 titles. Game of Thrones reigns supreme over the TV franchises rundown, with 505,000 sales from nine titles, while runner-up Downton Abbey has 138,000 sales in the bag in the first six months of 2016, over 17 titles.

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   Saturday, August 20, 2016
Rebel Force Radio: August 19, 2016
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 20 Aug 2016 17:50
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Tosche Station Radio #152: A Hot Slice of Krennic
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 20 Aug 2016 15:22
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