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   17 April 2014
Nick Frost on the Sequels
Reported by StephenG on 17 Apr 2014 03:52

Nick Frost weighs in on the next Star Wars trilogy

Nice

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Official Blog: Happy Rancor: Mail-Away 'Star Wars' Action Figures
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 00:15

Enjoy the latest official blog post courtesy of Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks.

Happy Rancor explores hidden gems in and around the orbit of Star Wars — from old video games to comics to underrated novels — that have maybe been forgotten, but deserve a little more consideration. In this installment, we take a look at Star Wars toys that require proofs of purchase, postage, and patience.

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   16 April 2014
'Star Wars Rebels' Costuming 101: Hera Syndulla
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2014 22:51

With convention season set to start heating up with WonderCon arriving this weekend, the esteemed Dave Filoni has graciously taken the time to provide fans with a detailed breakdown of the costume worn by Hera, the ace pilot of the 'Ghost' who will be appearing in the upcoming 'Star Wars Rebels' animated TV series this fall.

Sorry for the delays between posts, but I’ve been pretty busy as you can imagine. Things are going really well on Star Wars Rebels, and I’m very proud of the work the team is doing. I also know that you guys are hard at work getting ready for Comic-Con, and other conventions for this summer, and many of you have asked for some insights as far as what materials are used in some of the costumes on Rebels. It is always a challenge taking an animated style and translating into an actual costume, so I thought I would do a quick breakdown of some of the characters, as we head into Con Season. I might not be able to get to them all, but I will start with one that has been requested quite a bit: Hera. I hope this breakdown helps. Any other need-to-know questions are welcomed and I will try to answer them as I have time. Thanks, and good luck with the costumes.

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Pics of Trimmed Down Carrie Fisher
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2014 20:32

Looks like everyone's favorite princess Carrie Fisher has been sticking to her reported Episode VII training/dietary regimen, as we get a few photos of her taken yesterday while she was out with her dogs grocery shopping in Los Angeles.

Keep up the great work Carrie!

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 20:00
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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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Jedi News Comic Review: The Star Wars #7
Reported by Skuldren on 16 Apr 2014 16:00
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Escaping the Imperial attack on Aquilae, the ship carrying General Luke Skywalker and his companions is shot down above the jungle planet Yavin.

When their escape pods land in separate parts of the Forest of the Gargantuas, Luke, Han Solo, and the droid Threepio decide their best course is to protect Princess Leia’s two younger brothers, trusting Luke’s apprentice, Annikin Starkiller, and plucky little Artwo to look after Leia.

But Princess Leia is captured by slave trappers and Annikin, attempting to rescue her, is carried off by the native Wookiees! Meanwhile, General Skywalker and the others encounter anthropologist Owen Lars, who warns them of the Empire’s presence on the planet...

Join scripter J.W. Rinzler, artist Mike Mayhew, colourist Rain Beredo, letterer Michael Heisler and cover artist Nick Rudge as we continue the story of The Star Wars.

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The Week That Wars…
Reported by BrianC on 16 Apr 2014 14:00
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Welcome to our weekly look back at the highlights of the news from the past week – from the irrelevant, to the best of fan content / media, the latest official news, rumours and reviews…

Changes Coming To 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' PvP Season 2
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2014 13:28

Check out the latest 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' update posted over on EGMNOW pertaining to the upcoming second season of PvP.

Following the conclusion of Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s first PvP season, developer BioWare has revealed the changes it will be making for season two.

The first major change will be made to the season length. Season one lasted 21 weeks, beginning in November 2013 and ending with update 2.7 last week. “This was too long of a length to get the best experience out of the Ranked Seasons, mainly queue population,” the developer explained.

“With a roughly five month long season there were valleys/weeks where the queue population stagnated and thus dipped in participation.”

Season two will begin with update 2.7.1, in two weeks, and will last roughly three months, ending with a major game update. This new shorter length will mean that BioWare won’t be offering a new tier of gear with each new season.

The second change will be made to rewards. Season one saw five tiers of rewards offered to players, however season two will only offer three tiers. As an added bonus, the “top three characters of each Advanced Class in Group and Solo” will be given a unique reward at the end of the season. “That means that the top 96 players in the world will get something to show off their elite status!”

Finally, starting with update 2.7.1, players will finally have a daily and weekly quest for completing ranked arenas to help improve the queue population.

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T-Shirts: The Kawaii Wars Saga: Hope, Empire & Return
Reported by Matt on 16 Apr 2014 13:23

You've got 15 hours to grab one or even all three of these cool tees before they're gone for good. Via Fresh Brewed Tee there's Hope, Empire & Return, and if you order all 3 tees for a mere $33.00 you save $3.00.

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Official Blog: From World War to Star Wars: Spaceships, Submarines, and Seismic Charges
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 12:16

Cole Horton returns to The Official Star Wars Blog with another blockbuster entry looking at the correlations between the real world and the GFFA.

While many of the ships from Star Wars were inspired by planes from World War II, the space combat seen in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Two episode “Cat and Mouse” took space combat to new depths — literally. This Clone Wars story introduces Star Wars fans to a Republic stealth ship that draws on many parallels to submarine warfare of the past.

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Guardians Of The Star Wars Galaxy
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 11:32

With the imminent arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy in August, and the galactic repercussions it will have on the Marvel Universe, this fan art by artist Scott Blair couldn't be better timed.

Rocket Han Solo - it couldn't be more perfect!

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Star Wars Kidscast Episode 8: Teaching with Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 10:50

It's time to join your host Chris for the Star Wars Kidscast.

Star Wars Kidscast is back with a BIG episode! So big in fact that there’s TWICE as many guests as we’ve ever had! OK, that just means two guests, but that’s still pretty exciting. First we chat briefly with Terry Chui from the 501st Legion about Star Wars costuming, “bad guys” doing good for charities and the specific kid-oriented fun planned for Fan Expo Vancouver 2014. Next we get in-depth with Craig Dickinson, a 6th grade teacher who uses ALL SIX Star Wars films in his classroom. Imagine studying the Star Wars saga in class as an assignment! Sign me up! All that & more in this jam-packed episode!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter

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Sket One | "Our Father" Resin Sculpture
Reported by Matt on 16 Apr 2014 10:43

Check out this awesome new art piece by the legendary Sket One.

Allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. International Buyers: Unfortunately the only option I came up with for you on shipping is that you handle it yourself. The cost of me handling the shipping, customs and so forth is just too big of a task. If you would like a piece, I will take payment and work with you to arrange dropping it off at your selected shipper to pack and ship to you but it’s your responsibility after I drop off the piece. I apologise but the piece is just too big.

In the United States will cost about $200 (UPS GROUND) If you are located in California and would like to pick up the piece that too is an option. The pieces will be located in Long Beach, CA. We will arrange a time and date through emails.

SO PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS BEFORE PURCHASING

You will purchase the piece through the store and i will handle each individual sale and shipping through email.

About the “Our Father” Sculpture: As an artist I am starting to grow from just doing custom toys to bigger and stronger ideas. This piece along with my “Sketinguishers” are the genesis of whats to come. I will still create custom toys, of course, but really want to expand my work into a higher realm of creation and ideas. This piece is huge it’s heavy and has been in the works for years, and I am finally bringing it out to the public.

Thank you, Sket One

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Dr Who: Robots of Sherwood
Reported by Matt on 16 Apr 2014 10:21

As with many before him Rusty (Kabe, Gonk, Jawa in A New Hope) joins the ever-growing roster of Star Wars actors that have also appeared in Dr Who, spotted yesterday in a superb period costume in a behind the scenes shot from the now filming episode Robots of Sherwood. There are more images available over at Wales Online.

If they need any bowmen they could always call on Jeremy Bulloch to reprise his Role as Hal the archer from the classic Pertwee story the Time Warrior in this episode.

The latest season of Dr Who will air this Autumn/Fall on the BBC.

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The Big Three, Vintage Style
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 09:40

Here's a classic shot to kickstart the day, posted by our good online pal @NigeYC. Mark, Carrie and Harrison doing a touch of PR for A New Hope, or as it was still known back then, Star Wars.

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Toys 'R' Us Easter UK Offers
Reported by James on 16 Apr 2014 09:29

Celebrate the Easter holidays at Site Sponsor Toys 'R' Us with a free £10 Gift Coupon between now and the 21st April when you spend £40 or more in-store or on-line.

There's also buy-one-get-one-half-price on all Hasbro Star Wars items in stock too.

So what you waiting for... happy hunting!

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Celebration Anaheim: One Year To Go
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2014 05:01

Just a quick update to remind fellow members of the 'Star Wars' fan community across all four corners of the globe that Celebration Anaheim arrives exactly one year from today.

If you haven't started your "Celebration Fund" yet in preparation for what will surely be the can't-miss convention of 2015, now's the time to begin socking away those precious republic credits.

Your "budget" will thank you a year from now once you walk thru the doors to the Celebration Store and Exhibit Hall for the first time...

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Star Wars Action News Episode 422: To Buy, Or Not To Buy? That is the Question
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 01:11

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

Yes, Sideshow Collectibles has put up for pre-order its newest life-sized Star Wars figure -- The Han Solo in Carbonite. And it has Arnie waxing philosophical about collecting, and how much is too much to spend on one item. On this episode of the Star Wars Action News podcast he and Marjorie review all the information released about this new high-end item. Join them for this discussion! Also on this week's show, Hasbro's new 6-inch Star Wars line has reinvigorated action figure collectors, but with a new scale come old problems--like figure balance. NECA makes a line of figure stands for 6 to 8-inch figures, but do they work for the Black Series? Watch to see how this round peg fits in that foot hole! Also in this episode are reviews of the Hasbro's Mission Series figures Wave 2, including Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, R2-D2, and C-3PO! With a Savage new Premium Format figure, a report from Wizard World St. Louis, an interview with Star Wars sketch card artist Chris Hamer, and so much more, it's all in this episode of Star Wars Action News!

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Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #5
Reported by ZakPT on 16 Apr 2014 00:00
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On the planet Ostor, Darth Vader leads an attack against a group of remnant Separatists. Flying on Vader’s wing is Commander Hock Malsuum, a former clone trooper who recently sought out and gained the respect of the Dark Lord.

Another former clone, Kaddak—who has joined the cause against the Galactic Empire—shoots Hock out of the sky. Captured, Hock learns that the main goal of the resistance is to prolong the fighting and create awareness in the galaxy...

Now Hock is looking to end the fight as quickly as possible...But he has run into a time consuming obstacle.

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   15 April 2014
RUMOR: Pic of Episode VII Set Built in Abu Dhabi?
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 23:41

We first notified our readers several days ago about Abu Dhabi being chosen as a possible filming location for Episode VII. Now a newspaper called The National is claiming to have a first look at an Episode VII set built in the Abu Dhabi desert. The article goes on to state the following:

The photos, taken on Tuesday morning in the dunes near Qasr Al Sarab resort, reveal a large encampment of tents with four to five workers moving around what appear to be parts of a filmset.

It is one piece of equipment in particular, however, that is the most suggestive: a giant, round, grey disc, which bears a striking resemblance to parts of an escape pod on which C3P0 and R2D2 crash-landed on Tatooine in the original, 1977, Star Wars: A New Hope film.

And what about potential crew members to man this set?

According to sources within the local film industry, crew members have already been hired for the Abu Dhabi leg of the secret production.

You know the deal when it comes to any and all Episode VII related rumors.

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Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Ansel Elgort Auditioned For Star Wars Too
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2014 22:38

Apparently I am the only person on the planet who didn't audition for this film as both Ansel Elgort and Beau Mirchoff admit to auditioning for Episode VII.

Before Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards, both Ansel Elgort and Beau Mirchoff admitted to speaking with the "Star Wars" production team about potential roles.

"I think they told me, 'No, you're not in it,'" Elgort, who stars in "The Fault in Our Stars," said about "Episode VII" when asked if his "Star Wars" audition was a success. Mirchoff, star of the MTV series "Awkward," said he also auditioned for a part, but had not heard back yet one way or another about whether he was cast.

"I mean, everybody's going in on this project. They're trying to figure out what they want," Michael B. Jordan, another star who auditioned, said last year.

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Kevin Hearne Hands Over His Skywalker Novel
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2014 21:32

Kevin Hearne has done the majority of the heavy-lifting, now the third novel in the Empire and Rebellion series is in the hands of the editors at Del Rey in advance of it's release on 18th January 2015.

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RADIO 1138: Episode 6
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2014 21:25

Join James Burns and Mark Newbold for the latest RADIO 1138.

They might not be able to execute Order 66 but they can certainly put 66 minutes of Star Wars news in order. Join James and Mark as they discuss the latest Star Wars news, chat with author Jonathan Green, talk about the UK Star Wars scene with UK comics legend Dez Skinn and delve into the Jedi News archive with Marvel comics editor and writer Mary Jo Duffy. All on the sixth episode of RADIO 1138!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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James Reads Star Wars Novels #21: TOR Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2014 20:55

The man with the chat is back as Jawa James brings us his latest 'James Reads'.

I read part of an opening scene from the Star Wars novel The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams, as part of the Del Rey's Star Wars Action Team. Visit delreystarwars.fancorps.com to learn more about how you can get free stuff by helping promote Star Wars books!

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New StarWars.com Homepage Design
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 20:47

Just a few short minutes ago, the official 'Star Wars' site received an updated homepage design. The design update was applied to the homepage only, not to any of the sections contained within the actual site.

Check it out!

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Mark Hamill To Voice an Episode of 'Transformers Rescue Bots'
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 19:40

The ever-busy Mark Hamill will be lending his vocal talents to an upcoming episode of the animated TV series 'Transformers Rescue Bots' which is scheduled to air on Saturday April 26 at 1:30pm ET on the Hub Network.

Star Wars star Mark Hamill and iconic voice actor Peter Cullen will both guest star on an upcoming episode of Transformers Rescue Bots titled “What Lies Beneath.” Mark Hamill will play Uncle Woodrow Burns while Peter Cullen reprises his role as Optimus Prime.

In “What Lies Beneath,” Cody’s Uncle Woodrow pays a visit and is determined to find proof that aliens exist beneath the earth’s surface. His findings result in the entire Rescue Team, along with Optimus Prime, going on a mission to save Woodrow and Cody and search for a resource that is vital to the Rescue Bots’ survival.

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UPDATED: M&M's Chocolate Mpire Returns For 2014
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 16:34

UPDATE: The official annoucement has just been posted on StarWars.com.

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YES! They were a huge part of the promotional material surrounding the theatrical release of Episode III in 2005, and now M&M's Chocolate Mpire have made their return just in time for 'Star Wars Day' 2014!

Here's hoping we see quite a bit of merchandise released under this line for 2014, Episode VII next year, and the rest of the Sequel Trilogy!

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New 'Star Wars Magazine' Arrives
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 16:16

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Who Picks Up The Check in This Group?
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 14:54

Hello, what have we here? Four prominent 'Star Wars' personalities gathering together for a meal in London? What on earth could this possibly mean? Always in motion, the future is...

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Rancho Obi-Wan Blog: Collecting 'Star Wars'…Barf Bags?
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 13:32

Enjoy the latest Rancho Obi-Wan blog post courtesy of 'Star Wars' collecting guru Gus Lopez.

I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other and seen a lot of strange Star Wars stuff, but there’s nothing that could prepare me for finding a Star Wars barf bag in the seat compartment in front of me!

The first Star Wars air sickness bag was produced by Disney for the Star Tours ride at Disneyland. Flight simulator rides such as Star Tours can trigger motion sickness in guests, so Disney planned for that eventuality with Star Tours branded bags—for possible practical use, but also as a gag gift for test riders including families of the Walt Disney Imagineers who worked on the ride.

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Former LucasArts President Darrell Rodriguez Joins Trendy Enertainment
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 13:25

We get word via IGN on a new employment opportunity that has presented itself to former LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez.

Independent developer Trendy Entertainment, known best for its action-RPG tower defence hybrid Dungeon Defenders, has hired former LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez as its new CEO.

Rodriguez will be helping to expand Trendy's games portfolio, while also growing its cross-platform backend technology Playverse in the hopes that other developers will utilise the technology in their own games.

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   14 April 2014
The Wampa's Lair Episode 81: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2014 22:06

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

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason finish their discussion of the “This Is Madness” tournament and then go into the good, the bad, and the ugly of each of the Star Wars films. To finish it off, they go over how they would rank the films themselves and what they loved and didn’t love so much about each of the films!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Gentle Giant 2014 "May The 4th Be With You" Contest
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2014 21:30

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Reckon He's Ready For The Galaxy Far, Far Away?
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2014 21:16

He's in the middle of the busiest period in his acting career for a number of years with his recent turn in Anchorman 2, a possible return to both Indiana Jones and Star Wars and the action dream ticket, Expendables 3.

With a net worth of $210 million USD and worldwide film grosses exceeding $6 billion, we'd hardly call Harrison Ford "Expendable." Oh, and then there's this supposed sequel project he's working on...

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'Star Wars Rebels' Vanessa Marshall, Voice of Hera, To Attend WonderCon Anaheim 2014
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2014 19:37

We get word via the official 'Star Wars' Blog that Vanessa Marshall, the voice behind 'Ghost' pilot Hera in the upcoming 'Star Wars Rebels' animated series, will be a guest at WonderCon Anaheim this weekend!

WonderCon is back at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend, but now with 100% more ace Twi’lek pilots: Vanessa Marshall, voice of Hera on Lucasfilm’s upcoming animated series, will be joining Dave Filoni on his special “Behind the Scenes of Star Wars Rebels” panel. Hera is the steel-willed captain of the Ghost starship, and the heart of the show’s fledgling group of Rebels. Like the rest of the team, she has her own reasons for wanting to fight the Empire; uncovering those reasons will be part of the journey of Star Wars Rebels. “Every time we get a script,” said Marshall in the character’s introductory video, “I am breathless with anticipation. I cannot wait to read what’s next because I want to see where we’re going, too.”

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Star Wars Bookworms #22: Maul of Sith
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2014 19:33

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

This episode we welcome another awesome guest, Bryan Young from the Full of Sith podcast.

Our very own fangirl. Teresa was named Fan Girl of the Day by Her Universe. Congrats Teresa! The first month of our book club went great! We had over 50 people join and lots of discussion on our Goodreads page. Let us know which book you want to read next. We are going to Disney World! Join us and a bunch of other podcasters from Rebel Force Radio, Geek Out Loud, Fan Girls Going Rogue, and Star Wars Report as we attend Star Wars Weekends the weekend of May 23rd. We talk to Bryan about how much he likes the Prequels, Return of the Jedi, and the Legacy of the Force novels. Also how his kids got such cool names. Chewbacca Lives! We discuss the unconfirmed news that Chewbacca will be in Episode VII and how Expanded Universe fans feel about that. Book review. Finally we discuss and review the novel Maul: Lockdown

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Revenge of the Chrith. More Chris Jones Amazing Art
Reported by Matt on 14 Apr 2014 18:55

Check out this amazing Chris Jones tattoo, done last Saturday at the North Lakes Show.

Just goes to show you the power of the pork side of the Force.

Christmas 1984
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2014 17:36

We posted a really cool Christmas video a couple of days ago, harkening back to Christmases past when every other present was from the galaxy far, far away. The star of the video Marcus Collings dropped us a line and let us know about another great Star Wars sequel.

Thanks for adding and commenting on my Christmas 1982home video, it’s nice that so many people have taken an interest in it and it really takes me back. I did also upload a 1984 video if you want to watch it

We certainly do, enjoy!

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Full of Sith Episode Episode LX: The Han Solo Show
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2014 16:25

Join Bryan, Mike and Bobby for the latest episode of Full of Sith.

After dispensing with pleasantries and then the news, Mike, Bryan, and Bobby, take a trip to everyone’s favorite wretched hive of scum and villainy to discuss Han Solo. Even the hint of the coming discussion prompted a slew of listener emails, which helped direct the conversation about Han Solo.

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

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Hallmark 2014 'Star Wars' Event Exclusive Wampa Keepsake Ornament
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2014 16:17

Shortly after posting our story below about the 2014 Hallmark 'Star Wars' Keepsake Ornament collection, the Hallmark pubic relations team contacted us via email and provided us with a high-res scan of their 2014 Event Exclusive Keepsake Ornament - the Wampa!

Wampa — This Keepsake Ornament depicts the ferocious horned predator that attacked Luke Skywalker on the ice planet Hoth as seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™. The Wampa ornament is covered in velvety flocking.

This ornament (click the image above for a larger view) will be available in limited quantities at SDCC and NY Comic Con later this year.

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Hallmark Website Updated With 2014 'Star Wars' Keepsake Ornaments
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2014 14:02

The official Hallmark website has been updated to include pricing and product information on their 2014 line of 'Star Wars' Keepsake Ornaments (first revealed back in July) set to debut later this summer, including of course the best ornament in this year's collection pictured above.

No word yet on Hallmark's 2014 convention exclusive ornament, but rest assured we'll be bringing you that information the second it is made available.

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'Star Wars' Not Joining 'Disney Infinity' Right Now
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2014 13:31

An article posted on the Video Gamer website alerts us to the comment copied below that was recently made on the Disney Store Facebook page:

There are "no plans for Star Wars to join Disney Infinity at this moment in time," according to an update from the Disney Store, despite earlier rumours suggesting that the Star Wars universe could be included in the next version of the popular figure-collecting game.

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Kickstarter: The Walkers Among Us
Reported by James on 14 Apr 2014 08:28

We're a bit late to the party on this and at the time of writing you only have around 21 hours to contribute and whilst there goal has already been reached there's still some awesome rewards available at different pledge levels. 

Filmmakers and (Childhood friends) Cris Macht and Ian Vacek released their 2nd documentary last year – THE FORCE WITHIN US (about Star Wars fans) and have since formed their own production company “Lust For Life LTD”. As big fans of The Walking Dead and experience with documentaries based around the fans, it only made sense that their next project focused on the fans of the hottest TV show….THE WALKING DEAD. We believe that any franchise is only as big and successful as their fan base, nothing will be successful without the support of their fans! – and we feel that this story should be told and explored! This documentary is made by fans for the fans! Not only will this be a high quality production, it will also be a documentary that is packed with excitement, emotion, and passion…just like in their previous projects!

THIS PROJECT CAN NOT BE COMPLETED WITHOUT YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT!!!!

We have several interviews lined up with The Walking Dead Authors, Writers, Actors, Podcast Hosts, Fans, and everything in between. We will be filming across the United States (including the filming locations in Atlanta, and The Walker Stalker Convention in Both Chicago and Atlanta).

Go show your support for Cris and the team at Kickstarter now...

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   13 April 2014
'Chive Cast 50: Han and the Sugar Balls
Reported by Mark on 13 Apr 2014 15:41

Join Skye and Steve for the latest edition of The Star Wars Collectors Archive Podcast...

Skye and Steve hit their silver anniversary with a ‘Chive Cast dedicated to Han Bespin, who is simultaneously the ultimate cowboy and kind of a wus. Trevor the Tweeter Dooder sits in in the round table to tell us whats up on the forums and about some weird stuff he likes. Randy joins in for the first ever 1 dollar vlix market watch game. Plus, we spend an awful lot of time talking about British Sugar Balls. All this and a ton more on the 50th Vintage Pod!

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New Disney Parks Smart TV App Announced
Reported by Justin on 13 Apr 2014 14:47

Introducing the Disney Parks Smart TV App. You can now experience the excitement of a Disney Parks vacation without leaving your living room. Explore interactive park maps, watch videos featuring Disney destinations, play the trivia game and more from the Disney Parks app.

Now available on Samsung Smart TVs and coming soon to LG Smart TVs and Blu-ray players.

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Todd Stashwick Joins Amy Hennig at Visceral Games on New 'Star Wars' Project
Reported by Justin on 13 Apr 2014 14:23

After news of her addition to Visceral Games as a Creative Director was announced by Electronic Arts earlier this month, Amy Hennig has sent out the following tweet informing everyone of her new co-writer for an upcoming 'Star Wars' video game.

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Reddit AMA With Harrison Ford Today at 12pm EDT
Reported by Justin on 13 Apr 2014 14:06

Well, the title of this post and the tweet embedded below just about sums it all up I would say.

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Return of the Jedi Long Lost Edit Droid Laserdisc Discovered
Reported by Mark on 13 Apr 2014 08:27

There's every chance that if you have read any of the vintage Return of the Jedi making of, trading cards or storybooks you'll have seen images of Luke Skywalker hanging off the grate in Jabba's court. Check out this amazing footage from the infamous long-lost Edit Droid laserdisc, and keep a close eye on the stand-in rancor.

Raw test footage of the Rancor Cave in Jabba's Palace. Or should I say King Kong?

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Star Wars Sports Logos
Reported by Mark on 13 Apr 2014 06:34

Star Wars has a history of inspiring insanely cool stuff, and these sports logos do just that. A selection of images based on familiar planets and races that would look great on any tee or hoodie.

David Creighton-Pester turned the characters and creatures of Star Wars into sports team logos. The designs are available as prints, gadget skins and cases, t-shirts, hoodies and more.

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Christmas 1982
Reported by Mark on 13 Apr 2014 06:21

From the classic jim jams, the McCains box, that carpet we used to race our Matchbox cars round as kids; this couldn't be a more British Christmas picture if it tried. Throw in a box of vintage Star Wars toys and it's a magical Christmas 1982.

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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Insider Reveals Hosts Of Behind The Scenes Stage
Reported by Mark on 13 Apr 2014 04:55

Great news as the hosts of the Behind the Scenes stage is announced via the pages of Star Wars Insider #149. Yeah, it's the main men and our fellow podcasters at RebelForce Radio Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac.

With David Collins also on hosting duties once again we'll have to see what the rest of the RebelForce Radio family are doing at the event. You can guarantee that me, James, Teresa, Tricia and Paul are planning some very cool stuff. Stay tuned!

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Carrie Fisher At Hay Festival
Reported by Mark on 13 Apr 2014 02:42

She's your princess, she's our princess and she's coming to South Wales next month. Carrie Fisher will be appearing at the Hay Festival in Ross on Wye on 24th May for just £12.00. You can order your tickets here.

A conversation about the star’s novels and her film career, from Warren Beatty and Star Wars to her current status as one of the most admired and sought-after screenwriters in Hollywood. Fisher wrote Postcards from the Edge. Scream!

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   12 April 2014
Win: Star Wars Mood Light
Reported by Team Jedi News on 12 Apr 2014 23:38

We all love competitions, especially Star Wars ones, and this one is a doozy. Click here, register and enter this competition that gives you the chance to win some Star Wars mood lights.

Everyone gets tempted by the dark side from time to time. It mustn't be underestimated. Anakin was easily seduced and look at him now, nothing but a helmet. A highly-detailed matte plastic helmet that emits a soft and soothing ambient glow.

Illuminated by 5 energy-efficient LEDs, these Star Wars Mood Lights are the perfect bedside companion, and because they're battery powered you can pop one under your arm on your next midnight visit to the loo – no more tripping over droids, walking into blast doors or tumbling blindly into the Sarlacc pit.

*Winner can choose either a Darth Vader or Stormtrooper model

Prize draw closes on 30th Apr 2014 at 16:00

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2014 Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo
Reported by Mark on 12 Apr 2014 22:25

Proving that we have readers all across the planet, Richard Smith in South Africa drops us a line to bring to our attention this fascinating article on the advances in 3D printing. The possibilities, quite clearly, are endless.

Greetings from South Africa. Hope you are well. I came across this gallery of pics on the tech site TechRepublic of the recent - 2014 Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo. The conference was held inside the Javits Center in New York City from 2 to 4 April 2014. Here are the pics of the featured Star Wars characters created from 3D printing: Clone Wars - Clone Scout Walker, Darth Vader and Yoda, MTFBWY.

Source Tech Republic
Official Blog: Remembering Katie, Inspiring Hope with R2-KT Art, Part 1
Reported by Mark on 12 Apr 2014 21:46

Albin Johnson brings us a touching art tribute to his daughter Katie as he looks back at the art inspired by her in his latest entry over at The Official Star Wars Blog.

Star Wars has spawned a universe of incredible artwork, both licensed and fan-created. Since 2006 when R2-KT became a reality thanks to the hard work of the R2 Builders organization, the pink droid has become something of her own celebrity. The fan community has embraced a cute pink droid that carries on in the memory of her namesake — my daughter, Katie — and crusades for awareness of pediatric illnesses and fund-raising for worthy charities.

I thought it would be cool to showcase the art of R2-KT’s fans. Some incredible stuff has been done in the pink palette, and ties in nicely with other “think pink” campaigns that all have one thing in common: hope. What better notion than hope from a saga that started with A New Hope?

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Wallace and Gromit Jump To Hyperspace
Reported by Mark on 12 Apr 2014 20:11

Artist Sean Pando immediately makes himself one of my favourite people by uniting the worlds of Star Wars with the norths two greatest living Yorkshiremen (or are they Lancastrians?), Wallace and Gromit.

I did this a while back purely as a piece of fan art. Two worlds that I really love and have greatly influenced me as an artist. It seemed appropriate to post it with some of the buzz lately!

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Benedict Cumberbatch: I’ll never be in Doctor Who – and Star Wars 7 is out too
Reported by Mark on 12 Apr 2014 19:34

In a double whammy of epic proportions, Benedict Cumberbatch has quashed not only the hope of seeing him in Episode VII but also in making an appearance in the Whoniverse.

“I'm never gonna play the Doctor – and nothing to do with the Whoniverse.”

“I would've liked a part in JJ's new Star Wars but it won't happen, sadly.”

Source Radio Times
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones - Bloopers & Outtakes
Reported by Mark on 12 Apr 2014 19:00

Originally an Easter Egg found on the first DVD edition of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, this collection of a bloopers and outtakes shows that even the most powerful Jedi can awkwardly trip and fall. Again. And again.

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ForceCast #298: Great Expectations
Reported by Mark on 12 Apr 2014 12:11

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

We're all excited about Rebels and the upcoming films, but are we too excited? Are we setting our expectations impossibly high? This week we look at past experiences and discuss whether Star Wars fans have reasonable expectations for future projects. We also cover filming updates, Peter Mayhew, Tatooine, WonderCon, and much more!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Blog: Collecting the Galaxy: BBC2's Collectaholics and Building The X-Wing
Reported by James on 12 Apr 2014 09:44

If you caught me on BBC 2's Collectaholics then you may be interested to read my latest blog entry at The Official Star Wars Blog that goes into a bit more detail about the process, along with some new pictures too. 

After Easter we'll be recording a special edition of our podcast Radio 1138 with one of the show's presenters Mark Hill, so if you have any questions you'd like to ask (and many of you already have) then please send me an e-mail and we'll do our best to answer them during the show.

In the meantime, head over to StarWars.com now for more on the Collectaholics story and the first look at The X-Wing logo designed by good friend Mark Daniels at Sublevel studios.

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The Trials of Obi-Wan By High Adventure
Reported by Matt on 12 Apr 2014 04:31

We all need a bit of music in our life, and it's even better if it's Star Wars music. Glen Nelson is the current galactic champion when it comes to mixing rock with the galaxy far, far away and High Adventure's latest album - The Trials of Obi-Wan - is a must listen.

  • Born a Hunter
  • Diamonds and Dragons
  • Keep On Sailin'
  • Brothers of Man
  • The Walking Red
  • Running
  • Kneel (Son of My Jailer)
  • I Wanna Be in the 501st
  • Santa's Got a Hyperdrive
  • Ponda Baba's Wake
  • Hail Palpatine
  • The Slender Cometh
  • Cold Kraken Deep
  • The Trials of Obi-Wan

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Poster From A UK LEGO Store
Reported by Matt on 12 Apr 2014 02:21

Check out this poster, as seen in a toy store here in the UK. We had heard about the exclusive Darth Revan figure, but the exclusive poster and 15% discount were news to us.

Be sure to get to your local store on 4th May to grab these goodies.

   11 April 2014
RebelForce Radio:April 11, 2014
Reported by Mark on 11 Apr 2014 22:09

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

Christian Taylor, head writer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, joins us In The Cantina to talk about the Lost Missions Yoda arc, The Mortis Trilogy, and the experience of working at Skywalker Ranch with George Lucas himself. Plus, based on a hot rumor, we discuss the likelihood of the world’s most famous Wookiee returning for Episode VII, Disney’s Alan Horn give us some Star Wars sequel pre-production clues, and This Is Madness comes to a conclusion. Plus, Billy Dee, Little Debbie giveaways, and tons more awesome Star Wars stuff!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

Source RebelForce Radio
Official Blog: Studying Skywalkers: Ian Doescher Makes Classroom Appearance
Reported by Mark on 11 Apr 2014 21:26

Dan Zehr brings us his latest entry over at The Official Star Wars Blog as he looks at the classroom influence Ian Doescher’s Shakespearean Star Wars adaptations are having.

The power of Ian Doescher’s contribution to the zeitgeist of Star Wars culture is a marvelous thing to behold, particularly when it accomplishes something many educators spend a lifetime trying to accomplish: getting students to invest in the power of Shakespeare’s figurative language. This was on display in my classroom recently, as Ian visited my freshmen students via Skype to discuss his contributions to Star Wars literature, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and The Empire Striketh Back.

Source Official Blog
Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 11 Apr 2014 20:56
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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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4-Year Old Boy Receives 'Star Wars' Themed Funeral
Reported by Justin on 11 Apr 2014 19:20

Please see the appropriately titled absolutely heartbreaking story posted over on Daily Mail about a brave 4-year old child named Jack Robinson from Hampshire who tragically lost his life to a brain tumor and how his final wish was able to be recognized by his family.

In his short life Jack Robinson's fight against an inoperable brain tumour inspired his heroes Gary Barlow and Matt Smith to help him complete his bucket list.

But the four-year-old's final 'unique' wish could only be fulfilled yesterday, when his family and friends said goodbye to him at his Star Wars themed funeral.

His parents Terence and Marie Robinson were determined to celebrate their son's life and passions, having his body carried in a Star Wars coffin on a white horse-drawn carriage surrounded by stormtroopers.

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"A Princess and a Guy Like Me?" Artwork By James Hance
Reported by Justin on 11 Apr 2014 18:59

Artist James Hance provides fans with a unique blending of 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones' inspired by Han's famous line from Episode IV in this awesome yet-to-be-completed piece entitled "A Princess & A Guy like me?".

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Billy Dee Williams To Appear on 'Glee'
Reported by Justin on 11 Apr 2014 17:27

After his unfortunate departure from 'Dancing with the Stars' earlier this month due to medical complications, the one and only Mr. Billy Dee Williams provides us with an update on what's next on his busy entertainment schedule.

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Official Blog: Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut, Part 7 - Grand Army of the Republic
Reported by Mark on 11 Apr 2014 17:20

Jason Fry and Paul Urquhart continue their look at the 'cut scenes' from 2012's The Essential Guide to Warfare as they look at the pivotal technology of cloning over at The Official Star Wars Blog.

Jason Fry: Many species have experimented with cloning, which has long been a routine part of galactic civilization’s medical science. For instance, vat-grown clone tissue and organs allow medical droids to treat serious injuries and diseases without fear that their patients will reject the new tissue.

But there has long been the temptation to use cloning to create what are effectively organic droids. Clones have been created to work in dangerous conditions, with their bodies altered to better survive exposure to corrosive atmospheres, radiation or extremes of pressure or gravity. They have been bred to serve as miners and deep-water divers, to live miserable lives as subjects of medical experiments, and to amuse the decadent as gladiators. And for millennia they have been created to fight wars.

Source Official Blog
Captain America 2 Sound Team on Falcon's Flight, Highway Action
Reported by Mark on 11 Apr 2014 16:39

One thing that sometimes gets forgotten in the melee of the VFX, marquee casting and general excitement is the sound effects teams, who's work grounds the film in a solid audio reality, working miracles to get everything together in a minimal amount of time. The Hollywood Reporter take a look at the Skywalker Sound team who worked on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, currently the number one film around the world.

Screening an action sequence that takes place on a highway, Mills explained, "They wanted it to be gritty and real. We recorded sound for the vehicles out in the desert. For the guns, we had a hard time finding guns that sounded specific to a city environment, so we recorded those in places that were safe and also had concrete, in order to sound real."

Captain America: The Winter Soldier also received a mix in Dolby's immersive Atmos sound format, which involves placement of speakers around the auditorium as well as across the ceiling.

"Sound is such a critical part of the moviegoers' experience," Markoe said. "[New options include] Dolby Atmos, and Imax has a new sound system that is coming out with next year. They are significant leaps forward in what we can do. We hope people experience it in the theater."

Source The Hollywood Reporter
Peter Mayhew "Cannot Deny or Confirm" Episode VII Return
Reported by Justin on 11 Apr 2014 16:35

Peter Mayhew, who has been rumored to be returning as Chewbacca in Episode VII, will be in attendance as a celebrity guest at this weekend's Supanova convention in Melbourne, Australia.

When asked about his rumored Episode VII return in an article posted on The Age, Mayhew was coy as expected.

Before we wrap, there's one more question I have to ask, even though I've been warned not to. Reports surfaced this week that he has been cast in Star Wars Episode VII, which is now in production in London. ''What was the question?'' he asks, reverting to the angry Wookiee demeanour of the first minutes of our chat.

Is it true? ''I cannot deny and I cannot confirm either.'' I figure it's best I don't push it. The force may not be entirely with him, but only a dummy would provoke a giant with a light sabre in his hand.

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Source The Age
Official Blog: 5 Kid-Friendly Episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Reported by Mark on 11 Apr 2014 15:13

Johnamarie Macias, Elisa Ardell, and Chris Hamilton take a look at The Clone Wars, asking if it is kid friendly and picking a selection of 5 episodes that are guaranteed to delight kids of all ages.

Despite it being an animated series that aired on networks geared towards children, it would be a mistake to dismiss The Clone Wars as “just for kids.” Teen and adult viewers may be surprised by the maturity and complexity of the characters and stories presented. Many adult fans have stated that the storylines made them see the prequel films in a whole new light, adding layers of depth to the saga. For the grown-ups in the audience, do not miss out on this wonderful show!

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Early Look at 'Star Wars Rebels' at Disney ABC TV Event on May 4
Reported by Justin on 11 Apr 2014 14:22

We get more 'Star Wars Rebels' news today courtesy of our friends at Rebels Report pertaining to a sneak peek at the upcoming series that will be shown at a special Disney-hosted ABC TV Event on May 4. Over to Rebels Report...

On Star Wars Day May the 4th during the ABC TV Event, Disney will be hosting a dinner and reveal a sneak peak of Star Wars Rebels.

Exclusive invites were sent out to bloggers (not us unfortunately) to join Disney and ABC at a Red Carpet Tailgate between May 4th – May 7th in LA for the premiere of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, a live taping of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, meet and greet of several cast and crew of ABC productions, and the dinner for Star Wars Rebels to celebrate Star Wars Day.

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Source Rebels Report
E3 2014: Electronic Arts Press Conference June 9
Reported by Justin on 11 Apr 2014 14:08

IGN brings us the following news that Electronic Arts will be holding their press conference for E3 2014 on Monday June 9.

EA has confirmed to IGN that their E3 press conference will be held at Shrine Auditorium on Monday, June 9 2014. The EA press conference will begin at 1 p.m. PT. This is the same time EA's 2013 press conference occurred, leaving room for the Sony, Ubisoft and Microsoft conferences that will likely occur the same day.

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New 'Star Wars Rebels' Heroes Character Poster
Reported by Justin on 11 Apr 2014 13:37

Thanks to our friends at @RebelsReport for posting the tweet below about this cool new poster for the upcoming 'Star Wars Rebels' animated TV series.

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Official Blog: Fully Operational Fandom: How Star Wars Inspires Careers
Reported by Mark on 11 Apr 2014 12:17

Over at The Official Star Wars Blog Amy Ratcliffe brings ius another shot of Fully Operational Fandom, this time looking at what has previously been described as a very Star Trekkian trend, inspiring careers in real-life positions.

When Star Wars came along, it captivated the imagination of countless moviegoers. Every facet from the technology to the effects to the characters came together to create something new and fresh. It wasn’t quite like anything people had seen before, and over the years it’s gained a massive following and made an impression upon thousands of people. Star Wars has even inspired others to pursue certain careers. Just think of how many hundreds of fans entered the film industry because of the adventures of Luke Skywalker and his friends.

Source Official Blog
Wawick Davis & Family Star in Weekend Escapes Tonight on ITV
Reported by James on 11 Apr 2014 12:09

In more news from Warwick Davis, don't forget to tune in tonight for his new show Weekend Escapes on ITV at 8pm - can't wait...

Warwick Davis to Host Celebrity Squares
Reported by StephenG on 11 Apr 2014 11:52

Star Wars stalwart, Warwick Davis tweeted today that:

I am thrilled to announce that I'm to host a reboot of the classic gameshow, - Noughts & Crosses with a celebrity twist!

More Warwick on TV? Yes please!

Source Twitter
Latest Toy Palace Newsletter - Week 10, 2014
Reported by James on 11 Apr 2014 10:42
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Here's the latest update from Site Sponsor Toy Palace with details of the latest Star Wars products that came in or were added for pre-order within the last week...

       

       

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Star Wars Episode VII: Maisie Richardson-Sellers Update
Reported by Team Jedi News on 11 Apr 2014 10:01

After the news dropped of Maisie's potential involvement in Episode VII we noted that she had changed her name on social media outlets. Out of respect for her privacy we will not reveal what names those accounts were changed to. However, now even some of those changed social media profiles have been deleted entirely.

Is this a sign of her involvement in Episode VII, or someone overwhelmed with the media attention? One thing's for sure, we won't have to wait long for an official answer...

Star Wars Episode VII: Abu Dhabi To Be New Tatooine?
Reported by Mark on 11 Apr 2014 09:50

As we first posted exactly a week ago, it's looking highly likely that Abu Dhabi will be one of the locations chosen to bring (possibly) Tatooine to life in Episode VII, and The Hollywood Reporter add weight to that post as they take a look at the reasons why.

Abu Dhabi is likely to be the new Tatooine. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot in and around the city-state, which is part of the United Arab Emirates, beginning mid-May. Sources also say it would be a four-week shoot. Disney had no comment.

Source The Hollywood Reporter
Fangirls Going Rogue #6
Reported by Mark on 11 Apr 2014 09:10

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

On April’s episode, Teresa and Tricia recap an exciting month that included trips to Lucasfilm, SXSW, and Disney World. They look ahead to the character dining events at Star Wars Weekends, the Her Universe fashion show at San Diego Comic-Con, and some of their favorite new Star Wars merchandise. A discussion on the This Is Madness bracket challenge leads to more movie and novel pitches from the hosts, and Teresa and Tricia share podcasts that they have enjoyed recently. Andrea Letamendi, a clinical psychologist, longtime Star Wars fangirl, and host of The Arkham Sessions, joins Tricia and Teresa in diving under the helmet of Darth Vader and fandom. The show closes with a character discussion on new Star Wars Rebels character Hera Syndulla.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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   10 April 2014
Coffee With Kenobi Show # 16: The Impact of Star Wars on Culture
Reported by Mark on 10 Apr 2014 20:36

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

In today’s show we share a cup of coffee with Rancho Obi-Wan and Star Wars fan favorite Consetta Parker. We are happy to have her on to discuss our topic for Show # 16, the impact of Star Wars on Culture. Consetta is plugged into Star Wars culture in an amazing way, and we look forward to sharing the discussion with this inspirational person! We also have the next offering of “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” featuring Rob Wainfur, as well as discuss Star Wars updates at Walt Disney World, Celebration Anaheim updates, and more. We will also introduce our topic for Show # 17. This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Coffee With Kenobi
Sideshow Han Solo in Carbonite Life-Size Figure Pre-Orders Now Up
Reported by Justin on 10 Apr 2014 20:23

Pre-orders for the Sideshow Han Solo in Carbonite Life-Size Figure are now up. The figure is expected to ship in September and will set you back a cool $6,999.00 (monthly payment plans of $629+ are available as well).

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Sideshow Savage Opress Premium Format Figure Pre-Orders Now Up
Reported by Justin on 10 Apr 2014 20:16

Pre-orders for the Sideshow Savage Opress Premium Format Figure are now up. The figure is expected to ship in October and carries a $399.99 price tag.

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Source Sideshow
Insect Politics
Reported by AdamDB on 10 Apr 2014 20:00
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No, this article is not about the deleted Separatist Kangaroo Court scene, though I will say that if George ever does a Special Edition of Attack of the Clones, I’d love to see it put back in, in one form or another.

The Trade Federation B1 Battle Droids were, at least in The Phantom Menace, a formidable fighting force in spite of their inherent disadvantages. However, the biggest complaint against them from certain audience members wasn’t their limited programming. It was their propensity to be cannon fodder.

The Metro: Star Wars Episode 7: Maisie Richardson-Sellers To Play Kenobi Descendant?
Reported by Mark on 10 Apr 2014 19:46

Who is this unknown actress who caused such a stir across the net this morning? My latest entry on The Metro takes a look at Maisie Richardson-Sellers and where she's come from.

That certainly seems to be the rumour floating around the internet today as The Hollywood Reporter pop out another rumour for the mill and suggest that actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers could be about to enter the galaxy far, far away as a descendant of the legendary character Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Richardson-Sellers, a stage actress with no movie credits to her name, has suddenly become a hot property as it seems she is set to become the actress to portray a member of the Kenobi family in the seventh Star Wars film, due for release December 18 2015. With production already underway and principal photography rumoured to start on May 14, the rumour mill is at full tilt, and any news is big news. But who is Maisie Richardson-Sellers, and where did she come from?

Source The Metro
Karen Gillan Talks Donating Her Hair to Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 10 Apr 2014 19:33

Like Will Smith, Karen Gillan is getting wiggy with it. Yep, she's donated her hair to the cause, giving someone in Episode VII Amy Pond's long, luscious red locks.

Was it just very liberating to shave your head, or did you have any moments of tears while they were doing it?

GILLAN: No, I was laughing hysterically. It really hit me when I woke up the next morning. That’s when I was like, “Oh, my god, where’s my hair?!” But also, everyone kept me in good spirit. Everyone was laughing and telling jokes. Marvel are the best company to work for, they really are. They treat you really well. They made my hair into the most incredible well-made wig and they gave it to the Star Wars people. It’s just so funny to think that my hair is made into a wig, next to all these Star Wars monster heads in a warehouse. I thought that was really funny.

I just can't imagine a character in Star Wars with red hair...wonder who it could be?

Source Collider (via Paul Bateman)
New Jakks Pacific Star Wars Figures Revealed
Reported by Dan on 10 Apr 2014 17:39



As news breaks on the new Star Wars films, TV series and a whole lot more the interest in this incredible franchise grows once more. Now you can take a piece of the Star Wars magic into your home with these fantastic figures which are essential for Star Wars fans and will prove a welcome addition to anyone’s collection. Choose from Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Scout Trooper*, Star Wars Rebels Ezra, Star Wars Rebels Kanan, Star Wars Rebels TIE Fighter Pilot and Darth Vader.

(*) From the photos provided, it looks like the "Scout Trooper" is sculpted to be the Kashyyyk Trooper, which could mean that that figure is planned to be coming out with an accurate jungle deco. No word yet on if this is just a prototype, or if an accurate Scout Trooper is in the works. 

'Star Wars' Pinball 'Droids' Table Video
Reported by Justin on 10 Apr 2014 15:24

These Are the Droids™ You're Looking For! Find them on PlayStation Network starting April 29, 2014! http://www.starwarspinball.com

Climb aboard the Jawa's massive Sandcrawler and check out the trailer showing off our Droid duo's pinball debut.

R2-D2 and C-3PO face a myriad of pitfalls including conveyor belts, welding torches, pressing machinery, robotic arms and lava pits! Your finest pinball skills are required to help our friends escape the Sandcrawler! Beware of Nebit, as he tries to thwart the escape and keep our Droids captive!

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Chicago Being Considered For Lucas Cultural Arts Museum
Reported by Justin on 10 Apr 2014 15:16

We get word via the Chicago Tribune that, after an unsuccessful bid to have the establishment built in San Francisco, George Lucas has turned his attention towards Chicago as a possible destination for his proposed Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.

Billionaire "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, who wants to establish a major museum to house his significant art and movie memorabilia collection, is considering Chicago as the location after plans for his $300 million Lucas Cultural Arts Museum stalled in San Francisco.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants the museum and is expected to create a task force of community leaders to identify potential sites. The city will submit a proposal to Lucas in the coming months, said David Spielfogel, a senior adviser to Emanuel.

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Concept Art From Cancelled Darth Maul Video Game
Reported by Justin on 10 Apr 2014 13:48

Expanding further on our initial story about the Darth Maul-centered video game that was unfortunately canned by LucasArts, Game Informer provides us with a collection of concept art pieces that were potentially being considered by the developers for the final release of the game.

Below is a gallery of artwork that features new pieces not seen in the print or digital version. These images give insight into the direction Red Fly's artists hoped the game would go in. Without a script, or even a writer to pen one, these proposed stages and characters may never have seen the light of day. Had they been woven into the plot, however, this Darth Maul game would have given fans a look at a much different side of the Star Wars universe than previously seen in games.

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'Star Wars Rebels' Propaganda Artwork Now Available on T-shirts
Reported by Justin on 10 Apr 2014 13:15

If you are a fan (honestly - who isn't?) of the 'Star Wars Rebels' Propaganda Artwork Promo Cards that were designed by Lucasfilm's Amy Beth Christenson, then the tweet embedded below should make you very happy indeed.

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You can help save Star Wars' Tatooine sets from being swallowed by sand
Reported by Mark on 10 Apr 2014 12:55

You have to feel for the hard-working fans who have fought, scrimped, saved and given their time and efforts to save the original Mos Espa sets from being worn away by father time, but now they face an uphill battle even for dedicated and focused Star Wars fans.

Last year we told you that scientists have been using the sets from the Tatooine city of Mos Espa -- Anakin Skywalker's hometown from Episode I: The Phantom Menace -- as a tracking point for sand dune movements in the region. High winds in the region, called Ong Jmel, can move sand dunes several dozen feet each year, and those dunes are rapidly encroaching on the Mos Espa sets. In fact, some of the set has already suffered damage from the dunes.

"Mos Epsa is located in a very windy region, threatened by sand dunes which the wind moves by around 15 meters [about 49 feet] a year. One dune has already buried 10 percent of the site," tourism official Nabil Gasmi told Phys.org. "We managed to remove 8,000 cubic meters of sand in 12 days. Unfortunately some of the set has already collapsed,"

Join the Save Mos Espa campaign over at Indiegogo and save the sets.

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We Talk Clones #607: The Rush Clovis Story Arc
Reported by Mark on 10 Apr 2014 12:47

It's time to join your hosts Stephen, Tom, and William over at We Talk Clones.

Welcome to We Talk Clones, your podcast for Star Wars, The Clones Wars Season 6 – The Lost Missions. Join your hosts Stephen, Tom, and William, as well as special guest Aaron Goins from Star Wars Bookworms, as they discuss the Season Six Episodes 5 thru 7 which is considered the Rush Clovis Arc, “An Old Friend,” “The Rise of Clovis,” and “Crisis at the Heart”

Contact Information: Email wtc@solosound.net | Voicemail (641) 715-3900 ext. 54409 | Website | Twitter

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I'm A Sith On The Wind...Watch Me Soar
Reported by Mark on 10 Apr 2014 12:44

As if we didn't already know that Firefly was the show fans of the Star Wars smuggling underworld loved, here's three of its stars engaging in a little light Lightsaber duelling.

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Star Wars Featurette: The Birth of the Lightsaber
Reported by Mark on 10 Apr 2014 12:39

Star Wars creator George Lucas, actor Mark Hamill, and sound designer Ben Burtt discuss the concept and creation of the lightsaber.

George Lucas recalls that Star Wars was influenced by pirate and swashbuckling films of the '40s, which showcased the romantic side of fighting, illustrated in characters like Errol Flynn's Robin Hood. With Jedi, who were heroes in this tradition, the director needed a weapon that would match their ideals. In a clip from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the lightsaber is introduced by Obi-Wan Kenobi, who says it's "not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon for a more civilized age." Thus, the lightsaber also became a symbol for more peaceful, honorable times, representing what the galaxy was like before the Empire. Originally, Lucas says, Jedi were meant to fight with just swords. But to give the weapon a technological edge, they became "laser swords," able to deflect incoming fire -- which made sense, character-wise, as Jedi were not meant to be warlike, aggressive fighters.

Source Star Wars On YouTube
Star Wars: Episode VII: Speculation Centers on Unknown Oxford Actress
Reported by Mark on 10 Apr 2014 12:34

Could this be the face of a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi? The Hollywood Reporter - who are on quite the roll regarding Episode VII news - certainly seem to think so as Maisie Richardson-Sellers comes under some intense scrutiny after being - allegedly - circled for the role.

Could an Oxford-educated actress with no movie credits to her name land a key role in Star Wars: Episode VII?

Speculation is swirling like the mists of Dagobah around newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Several sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that she is in line to nab an undisclosed and possibly major role in the high-profile Disney/Lucasfilm production, which is in the middle of an extended casting search in London in advance of a May production start date.

On April 2, Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn told THR that casting for the film was almost complete and some shooting had taken place.

One of the roles yet to be filled is that of a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendent of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi. In the film, which takes place 30 years after the events of 1983's Star Wars: Episode III: Return of the Jedi, the character would cross paths with the children of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. (Original Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are expected to reprise their roles, as is Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.) Disney declined to comment, and calls to Richardson-Sellers' U.S. manager Lena Roklin were not returned.

But industry buzz has begun to coalesce around the British actress, an Oxford student who has appeared on stage in such plays as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, Mephisto and There Will Be Red. The actress is repped by Creative Artists Management in the U.K.

We've put the feelers out there and we'll be sure to bring you more news as it breaks.

Source Hollywood Reporter
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