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   Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Sandwatch Live 2016: Episode 2
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 17:55

The one and only Chris Spice returns with the second Sandwatch of 2016.

In this episode we take a look at a bootleg 6-inch Darth Maul figure that is being found on eBay. You might want to watch what you're buying online and make sure to know what to look for in a figure that is not authentic Hasbro product.

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Take Cover: Episode 1
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 17:01

It's time to join Brian Cameron, Matt Booker and Mark Newbold for the latest episode of Take Cover, brought to you by the Jedi News Network.

It's time to Take Cover as the Jedi News Network turns its photoreceptors on the literature of the Star Wars galaxy. Listen in as Brian, Matt and Mark discuss January 2016 releases in detail covering comics, magazines, novels, audiobooks and RPG releases plus we talk Star Wars Insider 163 with editor Jonathan Wilkins and Star Wars Collectors Cast host James Burns. All that, a look ahead to the February 2016 schedule and more on the premier episode of Take Cover.

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Chewbacca's Song
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 16:32

Well if this doesn't get the wookiee waterworks welling up then nothing will. Here's Chewbacca's Song. Don't watch it right after you've watched The Force Awakens, it might be all too much.

Chewbacca reminisces about the old days. Song by Taps Mugadza. Footage courtesy of Han and Chewie's holiday albums.

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Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One Moves Away From Episode VIII Release Date
Reported by MarcZ (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 16:16

It's hardly a surprise that films have to move when Star Wars plants its flag on a date -- who wouldn't move -- but when the person moving his film is Steven Spielberg then it's even bigger news.

It was only a matter of time before Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernie Cline's Ready Player One moved off of its announced December 15th, 2017 release date once big bad Star Wars Episode VIII moved in on that space.
It'd take a lot to force Steven Spielberg to move a sci-fi fantasy adventure film away from any date, but when it comes to Star Wars you just kind of have to get out of its way.
THR's Borys Kit says they've moved to March 30th, 2018, which gives them a little more time to get the movie prepped, filmed and, more importantly, finished in post.

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Episode VIII Filming Has Begun, Episode IX Production Has Started, Rogue One Almost Done
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 16:00

During The Walt Disney Company's latest quarterly earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Iger provided a few updates to investors on the status of the various theatrical Star Wars films that are on the horizon.

“There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products,” he said. “Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.”

Iger also confirmed that filming for Gareth Edwards' Rogue One standalone film is nearly finished.

“Filming of Rogue One is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far,” he said, of the heist story about Rebel plans to steal the blueprints for the original Death Star. (The film, directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards, will be released Dec. 16.) “This is the first of a set of planned stand-alone stories and we’re already in preproduction on our next one, for release in May of 2018.”

If you want to listen to the entire audio replay of Disney’s Q1 FY16 Earnings Results Webcast, point your browser here.

Source Entertainment Weekly
Mimobot: Cause the Traitors Gonna Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 15:54

New Mimobot The Force Awakens products land, giving you the recharging power that Jedi and dark Force users can only dream of.

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Rogue One Topps Trumps Coming Later This Year!
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 15:31

Exhibiting at Spring Fair exhibition in Birmingham, Winning Moves, have revealed that there will be three sets of Star Wars Topps Trumps coming out later this year including one set from Rogue One.

Alongside the The Force Awakens set there's a look back at the prequel trilogy as well as the Rogue One set.

For the latest updates from the Spring Fair show, follow Jedi News on Instagram.

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Happy Birthday Aaron Goins
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 15:30

Everyone on the site and the podcast network would like to wish our good buddy and fellow Team Jedi News member Aaron Goins a very happy birthday today. Keep up the great work on Star Wars Bookworms and everything else you do!

Radio Free Tatooine: Shadow Quarry - Episode 2
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 15:19

It’s time to join Radio Free Tatooine for Star Wars: Shadow Quarry – Episode 2.

The second episode of the hit audio drama is available now! Teresa Delgado and Mark Newbold join the all-star cast as Winston and company try to steal the Twilight Lynx.
Things are heating up on Harbolla. Our heroes go on a daring raid to steal the Twilight Lynx from the impound lot at Theta Command in an attempt to flee the system and turn a hefty profit. But when the sinister Moff Thessk catches wind of them, she doesn’t pull any punches!

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The Wonderful World of Disney Promo Reveals A Glimpse Of Star Wars Land
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 13:22

                                                     Image courtesy of /Film

Disney's upcoming "The Wonderful World of Disney" TV show will reveal for the first time details about Star Wars Land planned for Disney's US Theme Parks.  The show has dropped it's first promo, and it gave us a quick look at one of the rides - The Millennium Falcon.
The Mouse House is going all out for the 60th anniversary of Disneyland with appearances by Elton John, Derek Hough, and Harrison Ford unveiling upcoming Star Wars theme park plans. It’s all coming together in a TV special Sunday, Feb. 21, and EW has an exclusive first look at the promo previewing the hype ahead.
Take the link to EW for the full video preview and article.

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RUMOR: Final 5 Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Titles Revealed, Will Feature A Two-Part Finale
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 13:20

Our good friends over at Jedi Bibliothek have uncovered details on the names of the final five episode titles that will be included in Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. Based on the information they have listed on their site, it appears that the season finale for Season 2 will be a two-part episode finale, with the eagerly anticipated confrontation between Ahsoka and Darth Vader set to take place.

And while you're at it, why not feast your eyes on the Season 2 Mid-Season trailer one more time.

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Aletha McGrath, Actress Who Played Jocasta Nu, Passes Away At 96 Years Of Age
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 09:16



Rebelscum are reporting the sad passing of Aletha McGrath.  Aletha played the role of Jocasta Nu in Attack of the Clones.

It's with sadness that we report the passing of another Star Wars celebrity. Alethea McGrath, the actress who portrayed Jocasta Nu in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones has become one with the Force. Our deepest condolences to her niece who was kind enough to let us know, to her family and to her friends. She was 96 years old.

Everyone at Jedi News sends there thoughts to the McGrath family.

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Wear Star Wars Every Day - Week 5
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 04:21

He's the man who put the 'shyyyk' in Kashyyyk, the most stylish Jawa this side of Anchorhead and he's wearing Star Wars every day for a year. Here's how he's doing on week 5.

Reviewing week five (Jan 29 to Feb 4, 2016) of my Wear Star Wars Every Day fundraising effort for Collateral Repair Project.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Redemption and Return
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 03:30

Fantasy Flight Games bring us Redemption and Return, the sixth Force Pack in the Endor cycle for Star Wars: The Card Game!

From the website:

"I have to face him.” –Luke Skywalker, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

The battle for Endor has raged across three arenas—at the shield generator on the Forest Moon, in the skies around the Death Star, and in the Emperor’s throne room, where the Lords of the Sith confront the last Jedi. Throughout this cycle, you’ve followed the thrilling events of Return of the Jedi across these arenas. Now, with Redemption and Return, the Endor cycle accelerates to its climactic finale: the conflict between the Emperor, Darth Vader, and Luke Skywalker. As the Emperor tempts Luke with the power of the dark side, and Luke Skywalker fights desperately to redeem his father, you can play out these iconic conflicts in your own games of Star Wars: The Card Game.
Like the other Force Packs of the Endor cycle, Redemption and Return also focuses on the new mission cards. Missions are objective cards that you can play under your opponent’s control, which offer powerful rewards when they’re destroyed. In addition to new missions, this expansion’s ten objective sets (two copies each of five distinct sets) offer new versions of iconic characters like Luke Skywalker and Emperor Palpatine to expand your options and inspire your deckbuilding.

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Full of Sith Episode CLIII: Ewoks – Celebrate the Love
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 10 Feb 2016 02:41

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

Ewoks. Love them. Hate them. It doesn’t matter. The crew at Full of Sith, Bryan, Mike, and Amy, talk to Holly Frey about the furry carnivores of the Star Wars galaxy. They talk about their role in Return of the Jedi, the Ewok Adventures, and the Ewoks cartoon. It’s all here. As a bonus, we also have an interview with Eric Walker, who played Mace Towani in the Ewok Adventures: The Caravan of Courage and The Battle For Endor.

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   Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Jogcast Radio: Episode 134: The Reaction Awakens Vol 2
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 22:55

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

Jogcasters, we are doing the next massive The Reaction Awakens with a few friends and a special guest tonight on this huge monthly issuse of Jogcast Radio’s Star Wars Jogcast. We are ready to look again at a film that is far beyond the norm in terms of an entertaining film, and an experience to savour. Joining us tonight is Ana-Maria Leonte (Dasha Promenti) who starred in The Force Awakens to talk to us about what it was like to work on the film, be in the London theatre scene, and how she got into Star Wars. Quite an amazing chat, and well worth it. After that we have a two-part chat with Dean Mayes – Adelaide author and Star Wars super fan, along with your friend and mine – Adam Harris, the director of My Saga. All here on Jogcast Radio

Contact Information: Website

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Fantasy Flight Games: Join the Top Ranks
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 22:38

Fantasy Flight Games bring us Lead By Example, the latest sourcebook from Star Wars: Age of Rebellion.

From the website:

"Well, look at you, a general, huh?”
–Han Solo, Return of the Jedi

Ready for a top position in the Rebel Alliance? Now is your time to join the ranks of talented leaders like Admiral Ackbar, Mon Mothma, and Crix Madine. Lead by Example, a Star Wars®: Age of Rebellion™ sourcebook for Commanders is now available at retailers in the U.S. and in our online store.
Lead by Example offers players of all careers new playable species, specializations, vehicles, and gear. For Commanders in particular, it introduces two signature abilities—Rousing Oratory and Unmatched Authority—along with fresh ideas for Commander backgrounds, motivations, and Duties. Game Masters will find advice on integrating Commanders into the party, suggestions for constructing military campaigns, and detailed rules for mass combat scenarios in which Rebel and Imperial armies clash on multiple fronts.

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Ewan McGregor Sings Heroes In Tribute To David Bowie at Roxy Theater in Los Angeles
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 22:22

The Roxy in L.A last night would certainly have been an amazing place to be as Ewan McGregor chose that moment to sing Heroes in tribute to David Bowie who passed away last month.

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Walt Disney Profits Surge Following The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 22:08

You can imagine that somewhere in the world there's a very satisfied mouse counting his pennies as Disney profits soar following the blockbusting success of The Force Awakens.

Disney earnings exceed market expectations – the Force is strong. The company posted $1.63 in adjusted earnings per share (EPS) for the first quarter fiscal quarter. Also revenues grew by 14% to $15.2 billion; many analysts had expected an EPS of $1.45 and revenues of $14.73. The results come off the back of the phenomenal success of the Star Wars film ‘The Forces Awakens’.
Disney shares have suffered a 15% correction after reaching a record high in July last year. Star Wars recently broke domestic box office records, with ‘The Forces Awakens’ taking in more than $2 billion globally and $900 million in the United States since its December release. ‘The Forces Awakens’ has overtaken sci-fi thriller ‘Avatar’ as the highest grossing US film of all time, with ticket sales surpassing the previous record of $760.5 million. Star Wars strong performance at the box office is a good indicator for future success, despite the next Star Wars movie Episode VIII being delayed until December 2017. Instead Disney will be releasing the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film in May 2017 in its place, which has also been very successful.

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Happy Birthday, John Williams!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 21:27

Yesterday was the 84th birthday of one of the most important talents in movie and music history, John Williams. Over at Ain't It Cool, Quint gives us a great personal rundown of his favourite Williams scores. Have a read and more importantly, take a listen.

I tend to write up a lot of the obituaries around here, which is a job that is somehow both uplifting and super depressing. There's a bittersweet feeling when writing about someone who has passed. You look over someone's career and really appreciate the work they've done because these artists have touched us in a remarkable way and start a dialogue with you crazy sumbitches in the talkback below where there's usually an outpouring of love. I always enjoy seeing that and it makes me feel like this is a real deal film community engaging in a shared affection. The nagging bitter part is that some of these people might not know just how much they were appreciated and it takes them dying for us to focus on them.
I'm tired of that, so instead of waiting to say how much we appreciate someone in an obituary how about we do it when it matters?
Today is John Williams' birthday. He's turning 84 and while that's not young, the man is still going strong. He turned in a new Star Wars score for JJ Abrams and is currently working with his long time collaborator Steven Spielberg to score the director's next flick, The BFG.
I figured his birthday would be a good excuse to listen back to some of his more memorable scores and talk a little about how he changed the face of movie music.

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Anovos Stormtrooper Update
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 21:15

Here's the latest news from our friends at Anovos regarding their Stormtrooper release.

Thank you for your patience during the temporary hiatus in availability of our STAR WARS™ Original Trilogy Stormtrooper armor kits. After reviewing available inventory, we are now releasing approximately 300 more kits at the existing initial public offering price. These are the kit version with completed helmet and can be purchased on our website by clicking here.
After these 300 kits are sold, current orders for in-stock kits will be closed. We will then open a new pre-order window for additional kits slated for an estimated late 2016 delivery. If you wish to have this product in hand prior to the second half of 2016, now is the time to order. Estimated shipment window for in-stock kits is end of Q1. Further updates will be released via newsletter.
Team ANOVOS

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Tarkin's Top Shelf Episode 2: Episode 2: Aftermath (It Jerks You Around)
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 20:55

It's time to join Rebecca and Mark for Tarkin's Top Shelf.

Mark and Becca return to analyze Star Wars: Aftermath Read more at http://tarkinstopshelf.libsyn.com/podcast#8TM6TF2hF80ZtILC.99

Contact Information: iTunes | Libsyn | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Collectibles From The Outer Rim: Vintage Star Wars Kenner TV Commercials
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 19:45

Matt Dracula takes us back to 1983 and some awesome vintage Kenner commercials over at StarWars.com.

Back in the late ‘90s — when the Internet as we now know it was still in its relative infancy — many Star Wars collectors gathered on newsgroups and crude message boards to enjoy their newfound ability to connect with one another.
With eBay still in its formative years, “transactions” were still largely done on a one-to-one basis, with collectors listing off their extras and trying to work out trades. This was at times cumbersome and risky, but between the intimacy and the lack of any trusted value system, the experience carried the air of an awesome (if virtual) flea market.

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Fantasy Flight Games: The Spice Trade
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 19:27

Fantasy Flight Games bring us New Alliances, the second pack in the Endor Cycle from Star Wars: The Card Game.

From the website:

"You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.”
–Han Solo, Star Wars: A New Hope

Trade routes run throughout the galaxy like veins through a body, carrying food, medicine, weapons, and other vital goods to a thousand worlds. For the most part, this trade is heavily controlled by the Empire with tariffs and restrictions, but beneath the surface, a shadow trade has arisen. This underworld economy carries slaves, black market items, and perhaps most importantly, the addictive narcotics known as spice. The spice trade has made countless criminals rich, and with a new Force Pack for Star Wars™: The Card Game, any dark side forces can take advantage of the spice trade.
New Alliances, the second Force Pack in the Endor cycle, is now available at your local United States retailer and online through our webstore! Like the rest of the Endor cycle, New Alliances continues to the climactic events of Return of the Jedi and offers a brand-new card type: mission cards. With ten new objective sets (two copies each of four normal sets and one copy each of two “limit 1 per objective deck” sets), New Alliances expands the options available to every affiliation.

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Star Wars Report #208: Rogue One Underway!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 19:02

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

Riley, chats with Mark Newbold on this week’s episode of the Star Wars Report Podcast!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: The Force Goes Electronic: Announcing Star Wars Headspace Compilation
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 18:51

Now this sounds interesting. Rick Rubin -- the producer behind many bands including SLeia -- is producing a Star Wars themed electronica album and the details are all over at StarWars.com.

When it comes to Star Wars music, it’s time to follow a teaching from Yoda: you must unlearn what you have learned. Introducing Star Wars Headspace.
By Hollywood Records and American Recordings, Star Wars Headspace is a new compilation of original electronic dance music infused with Star Wars sound clips and effects — executive produced by the legendary Rick Rubin. Coming February 19 to all digital outlets and March 18 to retail stores everywhere, Star Wars Headspace gathers some of the biggest names and emerging talent in electronic music for an entirely new take on a galaxy far, far away. Pre-orders open today, and StarWars.com has an exclusive first look at the striking cover below.

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RUMOUR: Ewan McGregor Rumored To Be In Talks For Episode VIII
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 18:18

We know h was in The Force Awakens (albeit in a very brief vocal cameo) and has indicated that he would be open to a return to the saga and now Daily Superhero (via ScreenRant) have a rumour regarding Kenobi's possible involvement in Episode VIII.

It has already been revealed that McGregor was brought in during post-production to record a line during Rey's Force vision in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. This might have been the tip of the iceberg because a new rumor (h/t ScreenRant) claims McGregor might be in talks to return as Kenobi in writer/director Rian Johnson's STAR WARS EPISODE VIII. Obviously he would be a Force Ghost, unless there's some series of flashbacks.
Whether or not this rumor is true remains to be seen, but it's one of the few rumors that should become true because McGregor has told the media he'd love to return to the role. And he really does deserve a return whether it's in Episode VIII or a Kenobi standalone movie (which has been rumored the past few years) down the road.
STAR WARS EPISODE VIII begins full principle photography very soon in England and releases on December 15, 2017.

Given Luke's closeness to both Yoda and more pertinently Obi-Wan perhaps this rumour isn't as outlandish as it might first appear.

Source Daily Superhero (via ScreenRant)
IndyCast Episode 224
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 17:52

Join Ed Dolista and his crew for the latest adventure-filled episode of The IndyCast - your go-to source for Indiana Jones news from all four corners of the globe!

This week we have a review of Raiders live in concert, Official IndyCast correspondent Mitch Hallock returns, Joe and Keith catch up regarding their recent visit to the Indiana Jones Adventures of Archaeology exhibit, we have a sneak peek at our next John Williams special, more of your great emails and we even hear from Indy himself!

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Deepforce Dispatch News Bulletin 7th of Feb
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 17:33

Grab your running shoes, it's time for your weekly Star Wars Deepforce update from the gang at Jogcast.

Star Wars news, reviews and rumours weekly. Here we go through some of the upcoming material coming this month, along with some Rebels news, sequel updates and of course a little about Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

Contact Information: Website

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Short Film on Projecting Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 17:21

It may seem elementary to most of us but the process behind projecting a film is more complicated than you might think. Independent filmmaker Denzale Butler has dropped us a line with a link to two videos showing what's required to make this happen in IMAX.

Hello, my name is Denzale Butler, and I am an independent filmmaker from Birmingham, Alabama. Below is a link to a video I filmed in Birmingham at the John W. Woods IMAX Dome theater attached to the McWane Science Center. The film follows as two projectionists splice together film and project the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There is also another video link below that is of extended length with the projectionist talking us through the process of projecting the film. If you ever have to project IMAX film for some odd reason, this is the video you would watch before doing so.
The IMAX Dome theater is a domed screen that wraps 180 degrees around you. The screen is 5 stories high and 4 stories wide. To project the image on the screen, the 2 ton projector must be lower and raised via an elevator. The theater is one of 15 theaters in the world showing The Force Awakens on film.

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Jedi News Review: Cartamundi Resistance vs First Order Playing Cards
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 17:06

Check out our gallery over at our ever-growing Jedi News Facebook page and have a close look at Cartamundi's very smart set of Resistance vs First Order Playing Cards.

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Star Wars Action News Episode 468: Turning Japanese
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 16:49

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

Toy Fair International is just 5 days away! This weekend Hasbro, LEGO, Kotobukiya, and so many more companies will reveal their 2016 Star Wars line-up. But will there be much to show? On this week's Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie prepare for the coverage and tell you what has already leaked out! And one of the big reveals at Toy Fair last year was the Tamshii Nations Movie Realization Star Wars line featuring Darth Vader and Stormtroopers as Japanese samurai. On this show we review the newest release in that line -- the Ronin Boba Fett! With a look at new ceramic Star Wars dinnerware, a new Hot Toys figure aimed right at gamers, and much more, it's all in this new Star Wars Action News!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Will Smith's Collateral Beauty to Battle Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 15:17



Rogue One
has a new rival for Box Office crown when it is released on 16th December.  New Line Cinema and Warner Bros have announced that the Will Smith and Helen Mirren led Collateral Beauty will be it's competition.
New Line and Warner Bros. have set a Dec. 16 release date for Collateral Beauty, the same day that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters.

Collateral Beauty, also starring Helen Mirren, hopes to serve as counterprogramming to the Star Wars spinoff. Edward Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris also star in the drama about a New York ad man (Will Smith) who is sent into a downward spiral after a tragic event.

The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me helmer David Frankel is directing from a script by Allan Loeb. Village Roadshow Pictures is partnering with New Line on the movie.

At the same time, Warners has pulled Alcon Entertainment's Chicken Soup for the Soul from the release calendar. An adaptation of the self-help best-seller, the film doesn't have a new date, but the studio has indicated it would come out in 2017.

Source The Hollywood Reporter
Hasbro’s Revenue and Sales Boost Attributed to Star Wars Toys
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 10:04



Hasbro have announced a growth in revenue by 13% over the Christmas period, and much of that is being attributed to Star Wars reports Toy World.
Hasbro reported strong revenue during the Christmas period and was boosted by demand for Star Wars related toys.

Hasbro’s line-up of toys related to The Force Awakens and the rest of the sci-fi franchise led to a 35% sales increase in boys’ toys, helping overall revenue rise 13% to $1.47bn.

Chief executive Brian Goldner said the company’s overall Star Wars business for the year was “very similar” to the near $500m it made in 2005 when Revenge of the Sith was released.

Hasbro is trying to boost sales of its girls’ toys division, which reported a 17% slump last year, and is seeking to add more Disney licences geared towards girls.


Source Toy World
Rogue One Product In June - Not Quite What It Seems?
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 09:56



The internet has reacted quick to news that a calendar for Rogue One has been listed for release in June 2016 on Amazon by publisher Trends International.  Suggestions were made that this could mean a host of Rogue One merchandise releasing in the summer.

Whilst this could still stand true, the reality of the situation is that Trends International have listed their entire slate of calendars on Amazon with a release date of 15th June 2016.  This points more to arbitrary release dates being uploaded in a data dump for their full product slate than an actual planned release date.

Similar occurances happened in 2015 with The Force Awakens calendars receiving mid year release dates in initial listings, only to see post Force Friday actual publication dates.

Further, with secrecy over Rogue One as tight as that of The Force Awakens so far, and major vendors announcing no public viewings of product at New York Toy Fair; it appears at this stage that Lucasfilm / Disney will continue the release model used on The Force Awakens.

Mark and James from Team Jedi News are in New York for Toy Fair, and we will bring you any breaking news as and when official announcements are made pertaining to Rogue One merchandise.

Vanity Fair Profile Kathleen Kennedy
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 09:29



Vanity Fair have published an indepth profile with Kathleen Kennedy, including an interview with Kathleen, and comment from many of her colleagues over an incredible career.

Perhaps of most significance with regards the future of Star Wars, is the suggestion that she wants Tony Kushner to pen a Star Wars movie.  Tony Kushner of course was the screenwriter for Munich and Lincoln.

“I suppose the thing that I think about every now and then, that I miss, is: I love writers.” In particular she mentioned Tony Kushner, who wrote the play and the screen adaptation of Angels in America. Kushner also worked with Kennedy on Munich and Lincoln. She said, “To sit and talk ideas with Tony—to, you know, explore lots of different areas we could go—it’s such a constant education. That is thrilling. And so the only thing I suppose I can do is try to get Tony Kushner to write a Star Wars movie.” Kennedy laughed. “There are times I think about that.”

Tony Kushner: “She talked about the way in which the conventional approach to these things is that a script starts from an outline, and that’s what everybody focuses on before there’s a word of dialogue.” In Kushner’s recollection, Kennedy was urging the writers to turn their focus to the characters. She kept saying to them, “Who are these people? I don’t know who these people are.” Kushner felt that “she was expressing an impatience about character being secondary to story line, which violated something very essential for her.”

He went on: “We had an interesting conversation about how a lot of playwrights start with outlines because it gives you something to hold on to, but that you know the characters are likely to derail the outline once they start doing what they do.” He and Kennedy talked about how “there’s no telling what will happen once you have invented a person. They may be willing to do what the outline says to do, but they may have very different plans in mind.” The sense Kushner got was that Kennedy “was pushing people to be unafraid of being lost for a while. It was good to see her holding the banner of complexity in the middle of this huge enterprise of Star Wars.” The machines, in other words, have not won.

Whilst the idea is merely thrown out there by Kennedy, it is an interesting insight into the direction Kennedy may take the Star Wars franchise.

For the full, fascinating article by Sophie Ellison take the link below.

Source Vanity Fair
Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Legends of the Lasat"
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 09 Feb 2016 06:30

Join Jimmy Mac and Jason Swank as they present Star Wars Rebels Declassified.

Zeb’s mysterious past and the fate of his people finally gets revealed in STAR WARS REBELS. The season two episode “Legends of the Lasat” not only provides revelations about Zeb’s warrior past, but new info about his people and their spiritual relationship to the Force-esque energy field known as The Ashla. Joining Jimmy and Jason at the RFR Roundtable to get their Zeb on are the always-engaging and insightful Techno-Retro Dads: Stuart Tullis and Josh Stolte.

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   Monday, February 8, 2016
Star Wars Rebels "I've Got 'Em" Preview From "The Call" Episode
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Feb 2016 23:07

In this clip from the Star Wars Rebels episode “The Call,” Ezra, Kanan, and the Ghost crew find themselves in deep space surrounded by giant creatures. All is quiet until something spooks the animals…

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Game Informer: The Comedy Writers Behind LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Feb 2016 21:12

Game Informer has posted their next article that focuses on the content and development of the new LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens title from TT Games on their website today. Check out the intro below and then take the source link for the full read.

One of the most consistent things about the Lego games from TT Games is the comedy. The developers in England have become masters of creating funny games, whether they're original stories or gag-filled film adaptations. While visiting TT Fusion for our March cover story on Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we spoke with the game's lead story designer Graham Goring and cutscene director Phil Gray talk about the process of turning Star Wars: The Force Awakens into a comedy. The duo break down their working relationship with Lego and Lucasfilm and also explain why certain scenes in the film were especially difficult to Lego-fy.

Watch the interview below to learn about the writing process for the Lego games and how they are handling that one scene.

Game Informer will be providing readers with updates on this new video game all month long, so be sure to visit their LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hub for their collection of articles in case you happen to miss anything along the way.

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Heads Up: New Take Cover Coming Wednesday 10th February At 5.01 GMT
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Feb 2016 17:01

Set your chronometers for Wednesday 9th March at 5.01 GMT as Take Cover lands on Jedi News, hosted by Brian Cameron, Matt Booker and Mark Newbold. Remember to check back every Wednesday at 5.01 GMT for the latest Jedi News Network show and head over to iTunes to give us 5* reviews. You can also contact us on Skype at network@jedinews.co.uk or call us direct on 01444 39 1138 with your comments, views and opinions and be a part of the show

It's time to Take Cover as the Jedi News Network turns its photoreceptors on the literature of the Star Wars galaxy. Listen in as Brian, Mark and Matt discuss all of the January 2016 releases in detail covering comics, magazines, novels, audiobooks and RPG releases plus we talk Star Wars Insider 163 with editor Jonathan Wilkins and Star Wars Collectors Cast host James Burns. All that, a look ahead to the February 2016 schedule and more on the premier episode of Take Cover.

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General Mills To Release More Star Wars Cereal Boxes To Promote Future Films
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Feb 2016 16:44

If you are a Star Wars cereal box collector like I am, this latest update should make you very happy. When we initially reported that General Mills would be releasing a series of Star Wars cereal boxes as part of the wide-ranging promotional lead up to the debut of The Force Awakens in theaters, it was reported that GM would have 6 different packaging designs in total for fans to acquire.

However, we have now learned that General Mills won't be stopping at just 6 cereal boxes. Their plans are to continue to release Star Wars cereal boxes well into the future as new films in the saga arrive.

General Mills teamed up with Disney to bring Star Wars-inspired cereal in June 2015. The box designs are limited edition, so be sure to collect them all while they’re available in stores. Two new characters will be added to the packages every few months. The cereal boxes will continue to evolve as each additional Star Wars movie is released.

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Celebration Europe 2016: General Mills Jedi Master VIP Sweepstakes
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Feb 2016 15:55

Right before the calendar flipped over to 2016 we reported on two new Star Wars cereal boxes released by General Mills that featured images of Kylo Ren and BB-8 from The Force Awakens on the packaging. Not only were the boxes extremely cool to collect, they also contained sweepstakes information in which fans could win VIP tickets and more to Celebration Europe 2016 in July.

The official Celebration Europe website has since been updated with more details on the sweepstakes. Check out the intro below and then take the source link for entry information.

Looking for the ultimate way to experience Star Wars Celebration Europe? General Mills is giving you a chance to win VIP tickets through their Far, Far Away Getaway Sweepstakes. Look for codes inside specially marked boxes of Star Wars-inspired Cereal. Enter your code online at www.generalmills.com/starwars to be entered for a chance to win one of the Two (2) Grand Prizes to Star Wars Celebration Europe in London.

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Happy 84th Birthday John Williams
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Feb 2016 13:18

Today we celebrate the 84th birthday of one of the Star Wars "Holy Trinity" members as I like to refer to them. The one and only Mr. John Williams was born on this day back in 1932.

From the entire team here at Jedi News and fans across all four corners of the globe, we wish Mr. Williams a very happy birthday.

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   Sunday, February 7, 2016
Return of the Jedi: A Bad Lip Reading
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Feb 2016 20:00

Ben criticizes Luke's taste in music. Jabba redecorates. Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, and Jack Black guest.

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The Force Awakens Crosses The $2 Billion Mark Worldwide
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Feb 2016 18:43

And here we have it. The magic number that we all knew would be reached has been toppled. After crossing the $1 billion global mark at the end of December, Lucasfilm's hugely successful The Force Awakens has officially passed the $2 billion global mark according to the latest updated ticket sales figures posted over on Box Office Mojo.

Congratulations to everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney and, most importantly, you the fans for allowing Episode VII to achieve this historic accomplishment!

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BBC Points of View Looks at The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Feb 2016 16:51

What is it about Star Wars that drew us in and keeps us coming back? It's almost a certainty that everyone has a different reason why it pulls us back year after year, film after film, decade after decade. Over at the venerable Points of View writer helen Macdonald looks into her own personal reasons.

It was Christmas 1977 and I was seven years old. Dad had got the family tickets to a screening of Star Wars at the Odeon in Leicester Square. I didn't really know what I was going to see, but I knew it was a big deal. Star Wars mania was then in full swing. I remember light bulbs hanging from winter branches and a steakhouse with a tartan carpet, and the words STAR WARS on hoardings full of masked men and moons and spaceships. Dusk was falling as we queued to get in, and high above us flowed thousands of starlings. Back then they still roosted in central London. I was mesmerised by these sinuous strings of oily smoke moving through the darkening sky. And part of what Star Wars means to me now is still caught up in the memory of those flocks making patterns of astonishing beauty on their way to rest and safety. I loved the film, of course, though all the times I've seen it since have overwritten those first memories of it on screen. It was all a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away.

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Brews and Blasters #55: End of the Road
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Feb 2016 16:24

If it’s going on in Star Wars, Chris and Joe are talking about it!

Predators, pizza, philosophizing and Boyz II Men. And Star Wars. Hang out with Chris and Joe and have some fun!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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The Force Awakens Stars At Paris Manga and Sci-Fi
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Feb 2016 15:40

With thanks as always to our pal Rutvig Vaid here's a shot of RADIO 1138 guests Joonas Suotamo and Arti Shah along with Kirran Shah on stage at Paris Manga and Sci-Fi which is taking place this weekend in France.

For more up-to-the-minute event coverage follow #teamjedinews on our Jedi News on Instagram as well as on Twitter @JediNewsUK.

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Hallmark's Itty Bitty's Arriving In The UK
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Feb 2016 15:28

 

Itty Bitty's have finally arrived in the UK, so look out for many of these tiny terrors to be arriving in a variety of UK stores that stock Hallmark products over the coming weeks and months, retailing for around £6.00.

"Hallmark are launching the next new range of itty bittys in the UK this month & the range will be characters from Star Wars. These are not yet available anywhere in the UK and haven’t even landed on UK shores but we have managed to get our hands on some advanced samples. From the reaction we’ve seen in the US and Australia we expect these to be incredibly popular and already getting a huge number of enquiries about when they will be on sale."

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Hot Toys Star Wars Battlefront Sixth Scale Shock Trooper Figure Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Feb 2016 12:58

The Hot Toys Star Wars Battlefront Sixth Scale Shock Trooper Figure that we got our first look at last month is now up for pre-order on the Sideshow Collectibles website. The figures carries a $219.99 price tag and is expected to begin shipping out to customers during the July-September timeframe.

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   Saturday, February 6, 2016
The Empire Strikes Back: A Bad Lip Reading
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Feb 2016 20:00

Yoda believes in the magic of song, while Vader struggles with technology. Bill Hader, Jack Black, and Maya Rudolph guest.

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