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PINNED: RADIO 1138: Episode 44
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 16:01
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PINNED: Help Rancho Obi-Wan - 5 Days To Target!
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 08:38
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We still need $836 to reach our target, and only 5 days to go.... please help us, help Rancho Obi-Wan!

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   Friday, May 27, 2016
Ausfans Radio Episode 2: Star Wars Special With Mark Newbold
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 17:47
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The Story Behind Creating The Celebration Europe 2016 Key Art
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 16:34

Interested in learning more information about the creative process that went into designing the official Celebration Europe 2016 key art that was revealed this week? Then take the source link below to visit the website for Pilot Studio, the company that worked with Lucasfilm on the creation of this stunning piece of artwork.

Pilot recently had the honor of working with Lucasfilm to create the official Star Wars Celebration 2016 key art, which debuted to the public on May 25th.

The project began as a pitch that harkened back to traditional star wars posters, which incorporated a hand drawn treatment of iconic characters, vehicles and locations. The style in the final key art draws from a desire to relate back to Drew Struzan’s clearly visible handwork, threading in likeness and realism with sketch and whimsy. The poster also makes some reveals in the Shore Trooper, AT-ACTs, Jyn’s alternate costume and new weaponry wielded by Rogue One heroes.

Thanks to our friends at Yakface for the article heads up.

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Latest Edition Of The Big Issue Features Interview With Daisy Ridley
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 16:10

The latest edition of the UK homeless charity magazine The Big Issue, features a cover and interview with Daisy Ridley.  Check it out.

A photo posted by JediNews.co.uk (@jedinewsuk) on


The Big Issue is available online a the below link and ships worldwide.
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Celebration Europe 2016: Dave Filoni Attending, Screening Two Rebels Season 3 Episodes
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 16:10

Still recovering from the epic Star Wars Rebels Season Two finale? Feel like you have more questions than answers about what the future holds for the crew of the Ghost? Fear not! Star Wars Rebels executive producer and supervising director Dave Filoni is headed to Star Wars Celebration Europe in London this July. Filoni (and special guests) will share highly guarded sneak peeks at what’s to come in Star Wars Rebels Season Three, including a screening of the first two episodes!

A long-time Star Wars fan himself, Filoni’s direction has added depth and resonance to the universe and characters with the critically acclaimed Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. Fans at Celebration are in for great programming, and some unforgettable Q&A sessions, whenever Filoni takes the stage.

Don’t miss Star Wars Rebels at Celebration Europe — get your tickets now!

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The Jedi News App Now Supports Over 10,000 Devices Including Amazon Fire
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 16:06





On May 4th we launched the Jedi News App for Android and iOS and we continue to develop and improve it daily.  Today we can announce that it now supports over 10,000 devices with new added support for Amazon Fire phones and tablets.
Available now for Android and iOS, the Jedi News App is available worldwide on the Apple App Store, and Google Play.

The Jedi News App is now Gathering News From Across The Galaxy On Your iOS and Android devices.

Get an RSS feed of the latest Star Wars news direct to your mobile device, view our full website within the app, find and browse our YouTube channel, and listen to the latest podcasts from the Jedi News Network.

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Get notifications of the latest breaking Star Wars news so you never miss a major announcement again.

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Official Site: 5 Reasons Doctor Aphra Is Dominating Marvels Star Wars Galaxy
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 14:29

Catrina Dennis shines a light on one of the newer Marvel characters, Doctor Aphra in her latest blog at StarWars.com.

Marvel’s Star Wars comic book storylines have introduced a wonderful array of new characters that have helped broaden the saga. One of the breakout stars among these new characters is Darth Vader’s new assistant in his self-titled comic, Doctor Aphra. A brilliant droid technician and archaeologist who may or may not have a certified doctorate in her field, Aphra has stolen the hearts of fans everywhere with her unpredictable humor and a complicated backstory that has unfolded into something much more than her introduction to the saga may have let on.

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Western Reaches #6
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 13:33
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#Cantina - London's O2 Arena - The Night Before Celebration TICKETS GOING FAST!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 13:12



If you plan on attending the #Cantina party, by Star Wars fans for Star Wars fans, the night before Celebration Europe then you better act quick as tickets are selling fast!

Jed Shepherd of POST/POP Records and Martin Keeler are massive Star Wars fans. They wanted to give fans like them something to do the night before Star Wars Celebration (the greatest fan convention on earth), so they got in touch with one of the most successful British bands of the last two decades, along with two Star Wars inspired bands and found an incredible venue to put it in -  the O2 in London. Armed with a pocketful of original and incendiary ideas, they aim to give fans the best welcome home party in the galaxy.

Luther Ingo Star Cruiser* (not real name/secret headliners!):  

With nine incredible albums (including number 1’s and million+ sellers), multiple top ten smash hits and winners of the Ivor Novello award, this band have headlined Glastonbury and are living legends at the Reading Festival. So why don’t you recognise them?  It’s because you know them by a different name.

These infamous lovers of all things Star Wars have captured the films sense of wonder, scale and bombastic energy and transplanted it seamlessly into their stellar body of work. They are in the prestigious position of having worked with Lucasarts on soundtrack projects and were at Number 2 in Q magazine’s “50 bands to see before you die” list. 

Now they want to start the party off in style, with you!  So who are they? All will be revealed at the first ever #CANTINA on July 14th 2016.


Darth Elvis and the Imperials:  

The band performed for the first time at Celebration Europe back in 2007 and 

have been thrilling audiences ever since with their unique mixture of rock’n’roll, comedy and outlandish performances.  This is the Dark Lord’s triumphant return to where it all began. They really must be seen to be believed.

 

Blues Harvest:  

A group of huge Star Wars fans who play music from, and inspired by, the saga as well as classic rhythm and blues songs performed with a Star Wars twist.

Tickets are available at the below link.

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Marvel's Han Solo #1 Gets A SDCC Exclusive Cover
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 13:06



Marvel's upcoming Han Solo mini series, is getting a special San Diego Comic Con #1 variant cover from Previews / Diamond.  Limited to only 7,500 copies.  Check it out below.



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Official Site: 7 Of Yoda's Greatest Moments
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 12:19

Over at StarWars.com Dan Brooks gives us his personal rundown of Yoda's 7 greatest moments. Read it you must!

He was a risk: a small, green-skinned Jedi Master alien puppet that had to A) be taken seriously by audiences and B) hold its own against series star Mark Hamill. And in the end, the risk paid off. Yoda, introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, was just magic.
He immediately became a beloved character — funny, quizzical, and wise. Today, he stands as the mystical heart of the Star Wars saga, a perfect representation of its lessons, fearlessness, and creativity stretching across the movies and animated series. To celebrate the birthday of Frank Oz, the legendary performer/director who brought Yoda to life, as well as the 39th anniversary of the original Star Wars, we’re looking at some of the great warrior’s (though, wars not make one great!) finest moments.

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REMINDER: General Mills Celebration Europe 2016 VIP Ticket Sweepstakes Deadline Is May 30
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 12:14

As has been the case with all previous Star Wars Celebrations in which they've been available, the VIP tickets for Celebration Europe 2016 are one hot commodity. They have been sold out for quite some time now and were gone in a matter of minutes for Celebration Orlando 2017 when they went on sale on Wednesday.

You do have one last chance at possibly scoring two Jedi Master VIP tickets to Celebration Europe 2016 via the General Mills Far, Far Away Getaway Sweepstakes. The deadline for submitting your entry is Monday May 30 and as slim as the odds may be for winning such a contest, there's no reason not to toss your hat in the ring and see what happens. You have nothing to lose and a whole LOT to potentially gain.

Here's hoping General Mills offers this same VIP ticket contest for Celebration Orlando 2017 as well.

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Star Wars Dating Profiles
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 12:11

Ever wondered what hooking up with the characters of the greatest space fantasy of all time would be like if they had their very own dating app profiles? Wonder no more as Han, Vader, Artoo, Kylo Ren and more reveal their dating profiles.

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Vote For Your Green Plaque Winner (Vote For Palitoy!)
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 11:38

Friend of the site and Lichfield artist extraordinaire Dan Tearle pointed me towards this news article, giving fans of the UK most beloved and much-missed brands Palitoy the chance to gain further recognition.

Palitoy - Toy Company

The original toy factory on Owen Street in Coalville manufactured some of the most popular toys in Britain, including Action Man, Tiny Tears, Pippa, Tressy, Mainline Model Railways, Merlin, Star Wars figures and the Care Bears.

Nominated by Robert Brechin of Church Gresley

There are other greats to vote for - Sir Frank Whittle for goodness sake! - but if you love the history of UK Star Wars toys as much as we do, vote for Palitoy. And if it wins we'll be there to cover the plaque's unveiling.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Season Pass Details Announced
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 11:29

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released on 28th June 2016 (and we cannot wait to get our hands on it) and here's some useful information regarding the season pass, giving you the chance to immerse yourselves even deeper into the game.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced further details on the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Season Pass, which grants players access to a variety of downloadable content (DLC), including new game levels and story-driven content, as well as additional characters from across the Star Wars galaxy.
The Season Pass features three (3) brand new Level Packs that extend the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens adventure with exciting new content not seen in the movie. Each add-on pack will allow players to experience key events from the film in different ways, including Poe Dameron’s journey back to the Resistance base after crash landing on Jakku, the assault on Maz Kanata’s castle through the eyes of Kylo Ren and the collapse of Starkiller Base from the perspective of two Resistance pilots. The Season Pass will also include five (5) Character Packs featuring well-known Star Wars heroes, villains and Droids.
The LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Season Pass will be available for $9.99 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Steam (Windows PC). Players can also purchase each DLC Pack individually for $2.99 each. As an added bonus, Season Pass holders will gain exclusive access to The Jedi Character Pack, which will be available at launch on June 28, 2016. For the timing and release of all other DLC content, keep an eye on the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels for details.
Players can now pre-order the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition on PlayStation 4 ($69.99) and Xbox One ($69.99), which includes the main game and Season Pass, as well as early access to The Empire Strikes Back Character Pack.

Celebration Europe 2016: First Set In Pin Trading Program Now Available To Purchase
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 11:25

It was officially announced earlier this week that the popular Pin Trading Program would be returning for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016. And now the first set of pins as part of the Road to Celebration, The Force Awakens Emoji Pin Set, is available today for purchase by fans who have already placed their Celebration Europe ticket order.

How Do I Order My Set?

The Road to Celebration program is only open to Star Wars Celebration Europe ticket holders; you must have ordered a Star Wars Celebration Europe ticket to take part. If you ordered your Star Wars Celebration Europe ticket or tickets prior to May 23, 2016, you will be sent an email with your Road to Celebration login information for ReedPOPSupplyCo.com, where the pins will be made available for sale. If you purchased your ticket on or after May 23, 2016, you will be sent an email with your login information as part of your ticket confirmation.

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R2-KT And Katie As Wonder Woman Patch
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 11:23

Here's R2-KT's man servant Albin with the latest info on an absolutely delightful new patch.

Juan Jose Matamoros surprised us with a beautiful cartoon of Katie in her Wonder Woman costume with R2-KT and the emails requesting this as a patch were overwhelming. So I wanted to remind each of you that you can claim as many as you like towards the 10-patch series you signed up for! Just let us know how many. We also have plenty of the attached patches if you missed out. And feel free to email us if you need an update on your current balance of remaining patches - you can always re-subscribe at any time.
Thanks for all you do to support some worthy charities and support KT's Mission of Hope!

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Skywalking Through Neverland #121: Star Wars Celebration Orlando – Looking Ahead
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 27 May 2016 11:13
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   Thursday, May 26, 2016
Star Wars Fan Documentary, My Saga Enters Editing Phase
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 26 May 2016 21:19


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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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



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

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

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

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

To join and support the Kickstarter take the link below.

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



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


AT-ACT (All Terain Armoured Cargo Transport)

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


Shore Trooper


Death Troopers


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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 19:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Official Site: Playing Jedi: The History Of Toy Lightsabers
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2016 17:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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