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   01 September 2015
Jogcast Radio: Episode 52: Caravan of Courage Film Commentary
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 12:52

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

Hi there Jogcasters, as promised here’s the second of three episodes we did yesterday and with the late addition of KEVIN REITZEL of the BALD SOLO CAST at the end of the cast! This film is one that isn’t talked about enough and I’ll be going through that with a critical but nostalgic eye. We’ll talk about the area it was shot, and how the actors and creative staff went about it all. We’ll talk about the great pal of the Jogcast: ERIC WALKER, and his work on the film as well.

Contact Information: Website

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Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Blu-ray And DVD Out Today
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 12:42

The wait is over! Today marks the release of Star Wars Rebels Season 1 on Blu-ray and DVD for fans to add to their home media collections.

With the debut of Season 2 scheduled to air on October 14 on Disney XD, fans now have quite a bit of time to catch up on any episodes from Season 1 that they might have missed. Or they can just sit back and relive the excitement from the entire season all over again from start to finish.

The Blu-ray/DVD set is available at just about every retail store/website you can think of, so pick a purchasing source and grab your copy today!

   31 August 2015
DICE Says Star Wars Battlefront Is Not A Clone Of Battlefield
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 20:14

When the game was first officially announced by DICE, many people across the gaming community thought Star Wars Battlefront would be a carbon copy of DICE's flagship Battlefield series due to the various similarities present in the early Battlefront gameplay footage that was released.

Turns out that couldn't be further from the truth, according to DICE’s general manager Patrick Bach.

“I don’t think we have a single system in the game that is the same as in Battlefield,” DICE’s general manager Patrick Bach explains in the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine. “They are as far apart as any shooter would be to any other shooter. I think people will be surprised that it’s even a DICE game in some cases, but I think that the quality of the game and the quality of the audio, the visuals, the emotion it evokes will hopefully feel very DICE.”

Source Games Radar
Galactic Fashion Episode 01
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 18:09

It's time to join Johnamarie over at Galactic Fashions.

Galactic Fashion is a monthly, interview-based podcast dedicated to Star Wars and geek fashion. In this first episode, Johnamarie shares her reasons behind starting Galactic Fashion, the latest news and reports from the geek fashion world, an interview, and a fashion fact.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars: Galaxy Of Heroes Official Announce Trailer
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 17:13

Collect your favorite heroes from the entire Star Wars™ universe and form powerful teams to dominate the competition. More info: http://bit.ly/1UntZv3

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes allows you to join the galactic hologames in a cantina far, far away. Build your team and fight in memorable, RPG-style turn based battles across iconic locations to become the most legendary hologamer in the galaxy!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens LEGO Commercial
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 15:44

Excited yet? Check out this ad for the forthcoming waves of LEGO that capture the raw excitement of a pre-movie countdown perfectly.

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The Wookiee Gunner: Interview With Star Wars: Rebels Comic Writer Martin Fisher
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 14:22

Our great pal the wonderful Johnamarie Macias of The Wookiee Gunner brings us her latest interview, this time with the writer of the Star Wars Rebels comic, Martin Fisher.

I remember being really excited when a new Star Wars Rebels Magazine was announced for Germany and the UK. How did you get the opportunity to write the comic strip for the magazine?

I was already working with Titan Comics on their Star Wars title, I was part of a team of 4 writers. I got that opportunity when I met the then Editor Mark Mackenzie Ray at a London convention, told him of my deep interest of writing for Star Wars and he kept me on file. Mark left Titan and Jon Chapple came in as editor and when another writer left, I was next on the list and got that life changing email not long after coming back from San Diego Comic Con.
The opportunity to write for Rebels came about through pure dumb luck. I knew Titan were ending their Star Wars title and it was going elsewhere, but I didn’t know who had the rights. Again, last year after coming back from SDCC, I got a message from my dear friend Tanya Roberts (who also drew Clone Wars at Titan) that Panini Germany were looking for a writer on their new Rebels title and she had recommended me. Not long after I emailed Gunther [Nickel, editor] at Panini, we talked and he asked if I wanted to write for the title. Obviously the answer was a big fat yes!

Source The Wookiee Gunner
Jogcast Radio: Episode 51: Attack of the Clones: Brutally Honest Film Commentary
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 13:50

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

Hi there, Jogcasters! We are heading again to the prequel commentary arena and today we have Adam Harris from “MY SAGA” joining us for the audio commentary. He loves the film and joins me to take a critical look back at the middle film of the saga. All films aren’t without their troubles, and problems in plot, characterization and structure and tonight we’ll bring up each part of it.

Contact Information: Website

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Star Wars Comes To Disney Infinity
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 13:38

We've been all over the imminent release of Disney Infinity here at the site - and stay tuned for some reviews very soon. Until then, here's Fox Gamer and a hands-on demo of Disney Infinity 3.0 with VP of Production, John Vignocchi.

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Walmart "Force Friday" Participating Store Locator
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 13:19

It's simple - just click the image above to be taken to Walmart's website where you can enter in your city, state, or zipcode to find a store in your area that will be participating in "Force Friday" later this week.

And if you missed it earlier, check out Walmart's weekly circular ad that has two different Star Wars product related coupons.

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A Slice Of The Action
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 12:57

Two thoughts here. First, who would want to cut up this magnificent cake, it just looks amazing. And secondly, who'd want to risk it, just in case Chewie himself is around the corner waiting to pull your arms off.

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Kerry Official Possibly Suggests That Further Skellig Michael Filming Will Include Episode 8
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 11:34



Our friends over at StarWars7News have picked up on a brief interview Jimmy Deenihan, a county official gave to the Irish Times.

In the article Deeniham suggests twice that Skellig Michael will feature in two Star Wars films:
“Both Star War films are going to show what a gem Skellig Rock is to the world."
 
“But its inclusion in two Star Wars films is going to expose it to an audience of billions of people around the world, and personally I think that is a good thing.”

It's very possible this is confirmation that Episode 8 will also film at Skellig Michael, but equally as likely that Deenihan is making an assumption based off of the two distinct filming periods.

What we have heard is that the filming on Skellig Michael takes place during a period where pickups are being filmed at Pinewood for The Force Awakens, and that JJ was not happy with the weather conditions during the initial filming at Skellig Michael.

Source Star Wars 7 News
   30 August 2015
Target And Walmart "Force Friday" Weekly Circular Ads
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Aug 2015 16:14

Here are quick photos of the weekly circular ads that Target and Walmart have printed up in advance of "Force Friday" arriving in a few short days. They may not reveal much, but there's no denying the sheer awesomenness in seeing retail stores actively promoting the release of all-new Star Wars merchandise.

Disgust Over International Pricing of Star Wars Products Highlighted In UK Press
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Aug 2015 10:55



It's the start of the biggest week for many years in Star Wars product releases with #ForceFriday, on September 4th.  However a UK national newspaper has highlighted the shocking disparity in pricing in North Amercia versus the UK, and it is something we know is seen all around the world.  Here is just a flavour of their discoveries:
  • Leaked figures reveal a Jedi Master Lightsaber will cost £49.99 in the UK and just the equivalent of £33 in American dollars.

  • Mark-up on action figures is even bigger, costing £9.99 in Britain compared to £5.21 in the US.

To read the full report follow the source link below.

Note: the pricing on the Milleniumm Falcon as shown is incorrect.  The image used is the £129.99 3-3/4 Falcon, not the £29.99 Micro Machines version as priced.

Source Daily Mail
   29 August 2015
The Big Bang Theory To Feature The Force Awakens Episode In Season 9
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Aug 2015 12:45

Star Wars is everywhere, even on CBS on Monday nights where the GFFA will meet season 9 of The Big Bang Theory with...well, a big bang.

There's been an awakening… And our favorite Big Bang Theory characters have felt it!
On the ninth season of the smash CBS comedy, Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and the rest of our nerdtastic gang, will embark on a Star War-themed episode centered on the highly anticipated new chapter, The Force Awakens, TVLine reports.
Much like the rest of the world, the entire Big Bang writers' room is elated at how the new J.J. Abrams-helmed movie will be "weaved" into the characters' lives.
"Obviously, we’re all excited about it, just as human beings — and the characters are as well," executive producer Steve Molaro told TVLine. "I don't know exactly how it’s going to play in, but it won’t be ignored."

Source ET Online
On The Shelves UK: Disney's Cars Magazine
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Aug 2015 11:34

An interesting find via our good pal Andrew 'Fearny' Fearnside as a very familiar weapon of the galaxy turns up in an unlikely place.

Hey guys, saw this in Tesco. The lightsaber immediately caught my eye but then I realised it wasn't on a Star Wars comic!
Well at least its a Disney product I suppose!
Is this a crossover?? ??
Regards and MTFBWY, Andy

We'll try and find out more on this one as it appears to have been retrofitted into a disc shooter. Or maybe it's a sneak peek at a new weapon from The Force Awakens.

Kidding, I'm kidding!

Cantina Cast Episode 94: The Obi-Wan Dissection Part II
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Aug 2015 10:53

It's time to join Mike and Joao for The Cantina Cast.

In part two of the Obi-Wan dissection Mike and Joao welcome Cantina Cast blogger Paul to analyze his favorite character.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Sky Movie Greats Today: The Force Awakens Revealed
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Aug 2015 10:37

With thanks to Jedi News reader and regular contributor Kamino_Ghost, it appears that a late addition to the Saturday schedules on Sky Movie Greatss will see a special on The Force Awakens airing today.

Hi Mark, Hope You are having a good morning. I don't know if you'll have time to put this up on the site in time but I'd thought I'd let you know that there is a Force Awakens Special called 'Force Awakens Revealed' on Sky Movies Star Wars Today at 16.00pm and 18.35pm with a further repeat tomorrow at 16.00pm.
The Programme is listed as 15 minutes long and features J.J. Abrams, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Issac talking about the film
I would have let you know sooner but this was only listed on TV guides today - some listings don't list it at all, some list only a showing at 18.35pm this evening; my TV guide lists both showings. The 18.35pm showing today + 16.00pm Tomorrow seem definite
Seems that this was a last minute addition to the schedules...

Source Sky Movies
R2-KT and 501st Squad: Time to Clear the Bins!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Aug 2015 09:43

It's over to R2-KT's man servant Al for the latest patch news.

Friends of R2-KT and the 501st,
Every so often it's time to clear the bins and close out the checks to the charities or accounts benefiting from a patch run. With the 10th anniversary R2-KT stuff coming out next month, I figured now is a good time.
Attached is what we have, some in very limited supply. You get first shot before I take the remainders to DragonCon next week, where they'll likely go fast. $5 each, 4 for $20. Or KT Subscribers can pick whatever they like towards their subscriptions.
Thanks as always for your awesome support of R2-KT's charities, the Legion LEGO Diorama, and all our other projects.
AL (TK210, R2-KT's man-servant)

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Star Wars Rebels Complete Season One Blu-ray And DVD Trailer
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 29 Aug 2015 00:52

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 1, Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One brings another chapter in the epic Star Wars story to your own personal Jedi Archives. With 15 action-packed episodes, never-before-seen bonus material, and interviews with the cast and crew, the only thing missing is your own kyber crystal.

Source Star Wars YouTube
   28 August 2015
Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams: Vol. 20
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 20:13

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

This week we saw the surprise release of a new teaser on Instagram for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. David Collins & Jimmy Mac break down the trailer – both visually AND musically. Plus, we wrap up our analysis of the music from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones including tracks from the epic battle of Geonosis and more.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Promo Artwork Poster
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 20:09

You saw the official announcement posted earlier today about Star Wars Rebels Season 2 debuting on October 14 on Disney XD and the preview video for "The Lost Commanders" episode. Now we have a look at the official Rebels Season 2 promotional artwork poster. Click the image above for a larger view!

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Star Wars Rebels Season 2 To Debut Wednesday October 14 On Disney XD
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 19:15

The critically-acclaimed animated series, Star Wars Rebels, is set to debut new episodes starting Wednesday, October 14 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.

In Star Wars Rebels Season Two, past lives will be revealed and the destiny of our heroes will be changed forever. The transformative new season resumes with Imperial oppression on Lothal growing stronger and the Rebels seeking out new allies and additional resources to sustain their fight against the evil Empire. With the help of Ahsoka Tano, the crew of the Ghost enlists some old friends: ex-clone troopers who fought in the Clone Wars. As the Rebels grow in number, so do their enemies. New Inquisitors are dispatched by Darth Vader and sent to crush any threat of rebellion. Through dangerous rescue missions, thrilling space chases, and spectacular lightsaber duels — the bond of our Rebel crew will be put to the test like never before.

Source StarWars.com
Star Wars Rebels Someone You Can Count On - "The Lost Commanders" Preview Video
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 19:07

Ahsoka gives the Ghost crew some easy advice as they set out to find her mysterious ally.

Source Star Wars YouTube
Cover For Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company Revealed
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 18:31

On November 3, 2015, Del Rey will publish Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed, a novel inspired by the highly-anticipated video game Star Wars: Battlefront. This action-packed adventure follows a squad of soldiers caught in the trenches of the ultimate galactic war between good and evil. Here now is the exclusive reveal of the book’s cover as well as a special patch designed for the members of Twilight Company.

Source StarWars.com
The Wampa's Lair #143: The Phantom Menace Commentary
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 16:31

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

Karl and Jason give an audio commentary along to Episode I The Phantom Menace!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Luke And Leia Take Action In Star Wars #9
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 15:54

Information lands regarding the ninth issue of Marvels Star Wars title, which arrives 16th September.

While they may not have expressly said it just yet, you can tell that the heroes of Marvel Comics' "Star Wars" have a bad feeling about everything going on right now. As depicted in"Star Wars" #8, written by Jason Aaron with art by Stuart Immonen, Han Solo and Leia Organa are hiding out from Imperials on an unnamed planet with one surprise tagalong -- Han's "wife" Sana. Things went from painfully bad to ridiculously worse when a squad of TIE Fighters burst through the planet's atmosphere with the trio in their sights.

Source Comicbook Resources
Daisy Ridley And The Empire Magazine Cover
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 15:37

Get the impression that she's happy? Daisy Ridley Instagrams the Empire cover, and be sure to have the sound on when you watch.

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Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: The Meaning Of Weather In Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 28 Aug 2015 14:54

Dan Zehr looks to the skies to see what's brewing over at StarWars.com as he investigates the deeper meaning of Star Wars weather.

One of my favorite features of the new Star Wars app is the weather option. By clicking on this feature, you are instantly transported to the world of Star Wars, where the story of your day is told. The weather will affect your mood and may help navigate the course of your emotions. This is also a great literary tool with some real history behind it.
From William Shakespeare to Edgar Allen Poe to Mark Twain, weather has long been a literary device which reinforces our understanding of characters and events during integral plot points. What the reader or viewer gleans from the weather often is a reflection of the inner conflict of the heroes and villains.

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