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   24 July 2015
Official Blog: Star Wars In The UK: Star Wars Weekly #3
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2015 13:43

Our own Mark Newbold has posted his latest blog piece on StarWars.com, this time focusing on the UK release of Star Wars Weekly #3.

Grab your Spangles and Monster Munch and let’s dive into issue No. 3 of Star Wars Weekly, cover dated February 2, 1978. With Star Wars fever rising by the day and the anticipation for Star Wars-related content as hot as ever, Wednesdays meant kids across the country were zooming down to the newsagents on their Choppers (yes, the most famous kids bike in ’70s Britain was called the Chopper), Grifters, Budgies and Tomahawks and grabbing the latest issue (along with the obligatory 10-penny mix if they’d earned their pocket money that week).

Source Official Site
Another Report Suggesting More Star Wars Filming Headed To Skellig Michael In September
Reported by Justin on 24 Jul 2015 13:22

The Star Wars/Skellig Michael connection continues to make news (or at least have people writing about it) after we heard early last month about the possibility of film crews heading back to the island to shoot additional footage for The Force Awakens. This latest report via Irish Examiner adds some more speculation to those earlier reports, this time suggesting the filming on the island could be for a future Star Wars movie.

Speculation has increased that Skellig Michael, off the coast of Kerry, will once again act as a set for the continuing Star Wars franchise after it emerged no regular sailings to the Unesco World Heritage site are planned for the week beginning September 14.

The Irish Examiner was told yesterday that boatmen are not available that week, fueling talk the uninhabited island will once again act as backdrop in scenes in a future Star Wars film.

Source Irish Examiner
   23 July 2015
Full of Sith Episode CXXIV: SDCC Aftermath
Reported by Mark on 23 Jul 2015 23:56

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

Amy is back to report in to Mike, Bryan, and Bobby about her first hand experience at San Diego Comic-Con. Then, they discuss news of Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath, as well as the Amy Schumer foofaraw.

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

Source Full of Sith
Marvel Release Preview For Star Wars #7
Reported by BrianC on 23 Jul 2015 20:11



The eagerly anticiapated Star Wars #7 from Marvel hits your local comic book store on the 29th July. Until then, Comic Book Resources has a preview of the issue to quench your thirst...



• A special one-off tale of Ben Kenobi!

• Injustice reigns on Tatooine as villainous scum run rampant.

• Will Ben risk revealing himself to do what’s right?

• Guest Artist Simone Bianchi (WOLVERINE, ASTONISHING X-MEN) joins writer Jason Aaron for this special tale!




Be sure to take the link to see the rest of the preview.


Source Comic Book Resources
Creating The Sounds Of Star Wars Battlefront
Reported by Justin on 23 Jul 2015 20:02

In their latest Star Wars Battlefront development post, the team at DICE provides readers with some background information on how they went about incorporating the various iconic sounds of that galaxy far, far away into the game.

The DICE sound team has been very fortunate with how much knowledge sharing and support that they have received from Skywalker Sound. Over various visits to Skywalker Ranch, members of the team have been able to meet and discuss the sound of Star Wars™, with Star Wars sound design legends Ben Burtt and Matt Wood, and they have also been given access to the original sounds and stems from the films.

Source EA Star Wars
Jurassic World Sequel Announced For June 22, 2018
Reported by Justin on 23 Jul 2015 19:57

It has rocketed up the box office charts to become the #3 highest grossing movie of all time. And now Universal has officially announced what we all knew would eventually be announced given the serious coin Jurassic World has earned. I for one am stoked for this sequel and cannot wait to return to the theater in 2018.

Universal has announced that a sequel to Jurassic World will be released on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return to star. Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, who did a rewrite on World, will write the script for the sequel.

Steven Spielberg will return to executive produce and Frank Marshall returns to produce. Trevorrow will also be an executive producer on the Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment sequel.

Source THR
Star Wars Report #176: What Are You, New?
Reported by Teresa on 23 Jul 2015 18:52

It's time to join your hosts Teresa and Steve over at Star Wars Report.

Who hijacked the show? Just how far back do Guest Hosts Steve Glosson and Teresa DelGado go with The Star Wars Report? Well, Steve remembered, and shares the audio treat. They take a fun filled look at Harrision Ford’s return to Fan Events, and Star Wars, as well as Fan Reactions to Amy Shumer’s GQ photo-shoot, and the Father offended by Princess Leia, all this- and how Poe Dameron is a swear word!- on this week’s episode of the STAR WARS REPORT!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
BB-8, C-3PO, And R2-D2 Rice Paddy Art Created In Japan
Reported by Justin on 23 Jul 2015 18:51

The Force has awakened in a Japanese rice paddy field.

In an epic "Star Wars" tribute, popular characters have been designed across rice paddies in a village in Aomori Prefecture in Japan. The creators used 11 varieties of rice in seven different colors to make the design as a tourist attraction for the summer before the rice is harvested in October, according to The Japan Times.

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D23 Expo 2015: New Disney Store Collections Feature New Star Wars Legion Helmets Line
Reported by Justin on 23 Jul 2015 18:17

The Disney D23 website has been updated today to include information on some of the various items set to debut at this year's D23 Expo that will be available for attendees to purchase at the Disney Store.

Included in the items revealed is a brand new Star Wars product line called Star Wars Legion Helmets.

Take the source link below for the full article posted on the site and be sure to check out the announced line-up of live-action presentations that will be on display in Hall D23 if you missed it earlier.

Star Wars - Disney Store will launch an exclusive collection of Star Wars items at D23 EXPO on Friday, August 14. The collection will feature apparel, collectibles, and toys, including the Star Wars Elite Series, a new line of highly articulated and detailed die cast action figures, representing characters from Star Wars Episodes I-VI. The action figures will be sold individually at Disney Store locations beginning later this year; however, D23 EXPO attendees have the opportunity to purchase the full set of Star Wars Elite Series action figures, which includes D23 EXPO-exclusive versions of R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Additionally at D23 EXPO, Disney Store will introduce Star Wars Legion Helmets, a series of eight vinyl collectible helmets inspired by the Star Wars Legion Helmet project launched in early 2014. Celebrating creativity and Star Wars, the project pulled together artists from across The Walt Disney Company, resulting in 300 Stormtrooper helmets being transformed into diverse pieces of art, which inspired these collectible recreations - epic additions to every Empire.

Source D23
Official Site: Interview: Sterling Hershey, Cartographer Of The Galaxy
Reported by John 'Dak' Morton on 23 Jul 2015 17:41

I talk with Sterling Hershey, the man who maps the galaxy over at StarWars.com.

Game designer Sterling Hershey has worked on Star Wars roleplaying games for West End Games, Wizards of the Coast, and Fantasy Flight Games. He’s also an architect. In 2013, FFG released his Beyond the Rim, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire‘s first full-length adventure. In the RPG is one of Dak’s Red Five characters, Brun Brux, profiled in the May/June 2015 issue of the Star Wars Insider. After first meeting at Donna Keeley’s Rebel Legion booth at Celebration Anaheim, Dak and Sterling were able connect later to discuss the architect’s perspective on Star Wars gaming.

Source Official Site
The Metro: 10 Reasons Why The Prequel Trilogy Deserves Another Chance
Reported by Mark on 23 Jul 2015 16:58

My latest article lands at The Metro as I explain why anyone who is ambivalent towards or dislikes the prequel trilogy 10 reasons why they should give it another chance.

Not many film series have a following as die-hard as Star Wars.
From the thousands of fan websites to the millions who collects the toys, the many and varied costuming organisations worldwide to the TV audiences who watch the movies and new shows arriving each week, Star Wars has a broad demographic catchment across ages, sexes and nationalities. And yet there seems to be an elephant (or should that be bantha?) in the room. The prequel trilogy.
Not since the launch of Star Trek: The Next Generation has a specific group of sci-fi fans been so divided. Many love the prequel trilogy, while just as many wish they’d never been made. Whichever way you look at it, the movies are not going away and with The Force Awakens just 147 days away perhaps it’s time to revisit The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith and here are 10 reasons why.

Source The Metro
On The Shelves UK: Argos
Reported by Mark on 23 Jul 2015 16:05

You can definitely count me in for this treasure chest. Made of sturdy MDF and easy to assemble, this Stormtrooper-covered toy box (and we all have plenty of toys, right?) can be yours for £38.99.

Get your Star Wars fan racing to tidy away his toys with this sturdy solid MDF toy boy is just perfect for storing all their favourite toys and games. The furniture is designed below 60cm in height, just the right height for little people rushing around, so they can reach and is safe to be free standing in a child's room. The toy box lid has safety grooves to hold it in place when a race is underway.
Part of the HelloHome collection.

Simple assembly fixing, all components supplied with step by step picture instructions.
MDF.
Size H39.5, W59.5, D39.5cm.
Packed flat.
EAN: 5013138654293.

And just a small point, while it might say 'Get your Star Wars fan racing to tidy away his toys' clearly this is perfect for boys and girls. Of any age.

Source Argos
Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: The Sleeper In Dark Disciple
Reported by Mark on 23 Jul 2015 16:04

Dan Zehr delves deep again as his Studying Skywalkers series continues over at StarWars.com.

Last month, we examined Christie Golden’s new novel, Dark Disciple, which focusses on Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, and their Jedi-informed quest to hunt down and assassinate the Sith Lord Count Dooku. A key moment in the novel features important symbols which encapsulate the significance of character development between the two protagonists, and enhances the power of Golden’s prose. This scene is centered around a creature called the Sleeper. Monsters are common tropes in literature, especially in fantasy, and reveal much about characterization. This pivotal scene with the Sleeper has ramifications that accentuate the significance of Vos’ personal journey.

Source Official Site
The Wampa's Lair #139: Lessons From Yoda
Reported by Mark on 23 Jul 2015 15:50

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

Karl and Jason discuss some of their favorite and most influential teaching points of the wise Master Yoda! They get a little deep in this one but Yoda has much to teach us all!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Star Wars Night: A Mysterious Light
Reported by Mark on 23 Jul 2015 15:26

Join Becca Benjamin over at Cantina Cast as she takes us for a Star Wars night out at the ball park.

The game between the Buffalo Bisons and the Columbus Clippers began approximately around 6:00 p.m. this past Saturday night, but the continuity of Star Wars fanfare, graced the grounds of Coca-Cola field well before the ceremonial first pitch was thrown.
For the city of Buffalo, this is in some ways, an ongoing tradition of epic proportions. A long time ago in ballpark not so far, far away … Star Wars Night began! The series launched back in 2008 and has reached the 100,000-fan marker in just these last two back-to-back seasons, with a complete sell-out of 17,600 seating capacity. Ok, perhaps epic is too small of an adjective for such an occasion, considering the Eagles were playing in concert on that same evening at the First Niagara Center and literally – a hop, skip, and a jump away from the ballpark.

Source Cantina Cast
R2-D2 Off On Another Journey
Reported by MarcZ on 23 Jul 2015 15:06

R2-D2 and three new astronauts are headed to the International Space Station!

Source Twitter
Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 23 Jul 2015 09:15
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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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Funko Boba Fett (Prototype) Coming to Walgreens
Reported by Matt on 23 Jul 2015 09:09

This from the BobaFettFanClub.com - something else for me to chase down!

You’re seeing it here first: Funko’s upcoming Boba Fett (Prototype), a Walgreens exclusive, which will be in stores this September!

This comes to us from the inside and, since they’re huge Fett fans, the Boba Fett Fan Club? got the scoop! The figure is part of a four figure exclusive Star Wars classic wave. We’re told that Walgreens will be ordering a ton and the plan is to keep it on shelves for at least a year.

Take the link below for more images.

Source Boba Fett Fan Club
Official Site: The Star Wars Saga US Release And Re-Release History
Reported by Mark on 23 Jul 2015 09:07

Our good buddy Richard Wolowski brings us a fascinating look at the release history of the saga over at StarWars.com.

Raise your hand if you saw Star Wars in the theater back in 1977 (my hand is raised). How about in any of the re-releases? Who saw which film when “The Force was back” in theaters?
Before home video and YouTube, fans had to wait until the films were released and re-released in theaters to see their favorite farm boy, princess, Jedi, or Gungan fighting the forces of evil in that galaxy far, far away. Imagine having to wait up to a year, or three, before seeing our heroes back in action?
To mark the anniversary of A New Hope‘s first re-release (even though it was yet to be called “A New Hope“…), StarWars.com presents a guide to every Star Wars theatrical re-rollout. I’m sure most of you reading this contributed at least 1,138% to these numbers…

Source Official Site
Star Wars Secret Cinema Trailer Released
Reported by BrianC on 23 Jul 2015 01:00

Team Jedi News attended Secret Cinema Presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at the beginning of the month, and you can read our fun spoiler free review by Zak here and by James Semple here.  James Burns also covered the event for StarWars.com here.

Now Secret Cinema have released a small teaser of the what can only be described as one of the most amazing Star Wars experiences ever....

We Are With You Rebel X!

Source Secret Cinema
   22 July 2015
Radio Free Tatooine Episode 38: It’s… Pretty Inappropriate
Reported by Mark on 22 Jul 2015 23:49

It’s time to join Sean & John for Radio Free Tatooine, the Star Wars podcast that’s better than some, worse than others.

This week’s show is all about controversy. From Chuck Wendig’s tense to Carrie Fisher’s journal to local news making a galactic reach for a story, this one’s got some chutzpah! Plus, we’re joined by Teresa Delgado to talk through this whole Amy Schumer debacle. It’s our raciest episode ever and you’re invited!

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

Source Radio Free Tatooine
Official Site: What Your Favourite Star Wars Character Says About You
Reported by Mark on 22 Jul 2015 23:06

Amy ratcliffe peers into your mind over at StarWars.com as she tries to determine what your fave character really says about you.

Do you have a favorite Star Wars character? I know, it’s hard to settle on just one choice. I go back and forth between Han Solo and Ahsoka Tano. Regardless of whether you name one character or several, what do your picks say about who you are? I have a few not-at-all serious thoughts on the matter:

Source Official Site
Dark Disciple Debuts At Number 17 On New York Times Best Sellers List
Reported by Mark on 22 Jul 2015 22:50

Many congratulations to Christie Golden and the team at Del Rey for helping put Star Wars: Dark Disciple in the top twenty with a stellar first week placing at number 17.

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Star Wars VR Trailer
Reported by Mark on 22 Jul 2015 22:45

Y'know, I think this whole Star Wars computer game mularkey might just catch on...

Trailer for proposed Star Wars VR game on the Oculus Rift. Completed in two weeks with two artists. All footage is running in Unreal Engine 4. Produced by HammerheadVR Studios hammerheadvr.com/

Source Vimeo (via Glen Ewing)
The Realm Recap: Episode #69 - SDCC Wrap Up
Reported by Mark on 22 Jul 2015 22:39

It's time to join Jason and the Yakface crew for the latest Realm Recap.

We’re back after an extended break with our quick rundown of highlights and lowlights from SDCC including reveals from Hasbro, Sideshow, Gentle Giant, LEGO and more. Speaking of LEGO, despite the TFA blackout, several sets and minifigure images have leaked onto the web giving us our first look at key vehicles and designs for the upcoming sequel. As always, we wrap things up with our latest acquisitions and reviews – all on Episode #69 of The Realm Recap!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

Source Yakface
Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 22 Jul 2015 22:30
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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:

Source 501st (via Roqoo Depot)
Hasbro Releases Second Quarter Results
Reported by Matt on 22 Jul 2015 22:15

Promising results for Hasbro ahead of December's The Force Awakens.

Hasbro has announced a smaller than estimated decline in revenue following strong sales from its Marvel and Jurassic-branded toys.
The movie driven ranges have soared to the top of the company’s lines and Hasbro has revealed $797.7 million in second quarter revenue, a figure that is 4% lower than the $829.3 million recorded during the same time last year. Thomson/Reuters made an estimate of $773.1 million.
Net income for the quarter totalled $41.8 million, resulting in earnings of 33 cents per share, a figure that beat the 29% share Wall Street prediction.

Source Toyworld Mag
Official Site: Monsters Of The Clone Wars: Season Six Bestiary
Reported by Mark on 22 Jul 2015 22:06

Adam Bray - currently ripping it up in Star Wars Insider #159's Red 5 column - brings us his latest article over at StarWars.com, continuing his look at the bestiary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, specifically season 6.

The final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars takes us to several new worlds and re-visits a few familiar ones. All have something unique to offer in terms of wildlife, but the unfinished “Crystal Crisis on Utapau” story arc provides us with the largest menagerie of fantastic creatures that are new to the series. Are you ready for one last monster safari?

Source Official Site
Egmont Publishing Launches LEGO Star Wars Magazine in UK
Reported by James on 22 Jul 2015 21:10

This just in from our friends at Egmont...

London, Wednesday 22nd July 2015 - Egmont Publishing, the leading specialist children’s publisher, announces the launch of LEGO® Star Wars™ magazine.

From the award winning Toxic magazine team, Egmont Publishing presents the first issue of LEGO Star Wars magazine, priced at £3.75.

The LEGO® Star Wars™ magazine combines two of the most popular children’s brands of all time, LEGO and Star Wars, we are confident this will be a winner with fans across the board. The magazine brings these two iconic brands together in an irreverent, humorous and fun way that will be a sure fire hit with kids in this age range.

Every issue comes with an exclusive LEGO toy that fans will love collecting. The first issue has a free LEGO X-wing starfighter! Also, this is the only place to find the hilarious new LEGO Star Wars comics – in the first see how Darth Vader deals with a galaxy made of LEGO! In the second panel story, the crew of Star Wars Rebels get in a sticky situation with the Empire! There are hundreds of pounds of LEGO Star Wars sets to win in an awesome competition. Plus, the magazine is packed with cool puzzles, awesome posters and further brilliant wins!

Laura Adnitt, Publishing Director, Magazines said “We are very excited to be extending our relationship with Disney to also include the iconic LEGO Star Wars brand.”

The launch issue of LEGO Star Wars magazine will be on sale on Wednesday 29th July, priced at £3.75 aimed at kids aged 6 – 11 years, and grown ups aged 18 - 99.

Source Egmont
Star Wars Insider Hot Wheels First Order Stormtrooper Character Car Sweepstakes
Reported by Justin on 22 Jul 2015 17:21

If you weren't able to pick up a Hot Wheels First Order Stormtrooper character car at SDCC earlier this month, Star Wars Insider is holding a sweepstakes offering 6 lucky fans the chance to win one of these cars!

Check out the details below and take the source link to enter!

THE FIRST ORDER'S RULE!

Thanks to our friends at Mattel we have six Comic-Con International: San Diego exclusive First Order stormtrooper Hot Wheels cars to give away! Simply write in to the address below with the subject line, “I’m faster and more intense!” by September 12! You can write in to us via post, email or you can enter below! Full terms and conditions apply, please refer to the t&c's below.

Please send email entries to: starwarsinsider@titanemail.com

Please send postal entries to: Star Wars Inside, Titan Magazines, 144 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0UP, United Kingdom

Source Star Wars Insider
"Watch On Saturday Nights" Removed From Disney XD Star Wars Rebels Website
Reported by Justin on 22 Jul 2015 14:38

Just a quick update to let everyone know that the official Disney XD Star Wars Rebels website has removed the "Watch Saturday Nights on Disney XD" wording from their main header image which had been posted on their site earlier. The text now simply reads "Watch on Disney XD" as you can see from the current image provided above.

We continue to wait for an official announcement from Lucasfilm on when the series will be returning for Season 2 on Disney XD on a weekly basis following last month's exciting hour-long "The Siege of Lothal" debut.

Source Disney XD
Adam Savage Confirms A Detail From Episode IV Returns For The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 22 Jul 2015 13:00

We saw our first tease of what you are about to hear mentioned in the video below via a story posted back in June 2014 and now it has basically been confirmed!

 

When we caught up with Adam Savage at San Diego Comic Con, he was excited to talk about all things Star Wars. For one thing, he’s got a special Star Wars episode of MythBusters coming up. For another, though, he visited the set of The Force Awakens, and saw something really, really cool.

Minor spoilers ahead...

Source io9
Fan-Made The Force Awakens 3.75-Inch Figure Cardbacks
Reported by Justin on 22 Jul 2015 12:47

Last night I received an email from Jedi News reader Anthony S. containing these images of two extremely awesome fan-made cardback designs for the 3.75-inch The Force Awakens figure line. I wish I knew who the artisit was who created these designs so I could give the proper well-deserved credit, but unfortunately the email did not contain that information.

Click each image for a larger view and if the creator of these cardbacks happens to see this post, congratulations on a job very well done!

   21 July 2015
Official Site: Rebels And Troopers (And Jawas) Invade LEGOLAND Denmark
Reported by Mark on 21 Jul 2015 23:02

Our pal Sander de Lange brings us the latest from LEGOLAND Denmark over at StarWars.com.

The LEGO and Star Wars brands have been a force to be reckoned with ever since they first joined hands in 1999. For the last six years they have held a special Star Wars event to celebrate this union. This year it took place during the weekend of June 20, and it was time again for the troopers of the Rebel Legion and 501st, especially those from the Nordic Garrison, to invade LEGOLAND. Your reporter from StarWars.com went to Billund, Denmark to support these troopers.

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Build-A-Weapon Pieces Included In Mission Series Line From The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 21 Jul 2015 20:54

Rebelscum has posted the following product news concerning the upcoming Hasbro Mission Series action figure 2-packs from the new The Force Awakens line. Over to Rebelscum...

The Mission Series two packs in Hasbro's The Force Awakens collection will include build-a-weapon pieces. Collectors that purchase all three sets in the Jungle Mission, Desert Mission, Space Mission, and Snow Mission waves will be able to create larger weapons (presumably) seen in the upcoming feature film. All these new Mission Series two packs are expected to hit the shelves on September 4th as part of the Force Friday event.

Source Rebelscum
Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Reported by Mark on 21 Jul 2015 20:37

Over at StarWars.com Bryan Young brings us his latest entry into his Cinema Behind Star Wars series with 2001: A Space Odyssey.

At the time of its release in 1968, 2001: A Space Odyssey was polarizing amongst critics and audiences, but it has since earned high status as one of the greatest science-fiction films of all time. In fact, George Lucas himself remarked in 1977, “Stanley Kubrick made the ultimate science fiction movie. It is going to be very hard for someone to come along and make a better movie, as far as I’m concerned.”

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D23 Expo 2015: Hall D23 Live-Action Presentations To Include The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 21 Jul 2015 20:08

The Disney D23 website has been updated today to include information on the live-action film presentations that will be taking place in Hall D23 during the event and Star Wars: The Force Awakens will most certainly be represented.

Be sure to take the source link below for the full slate of events.

Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios

Saturday, August 15, 10:30 a.m.—Hall D23

Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm are home to some of the planet’s best storytellers, immersing audiences fully in the world of each film from beginning to end and beyond. In this exclusive Hall D23 presentation, join Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn for a tour of upcoming live-action projects from these legendary film studios. A bevy of special guests will be on hand to offer a look at an unparalleled slate that includes Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens—and much, much more.

Could "and much, much more" point to us hearing/seeing even a small tidbit of news on Rogue One and/or Episode VIII?

Source D23
Win Star Wars Dark Disciple Audiobook
Reported by Team Jedi News on 21 Jul 2015 20:00

It's time for our latest competition here on Jedi News and this time we're giving away copies of the Dark Disciple audiobook, courtesy of our friends at Random House Audio.

To win you need to answer this question:

Who are the two leading characters in Dark Disciple?

  • 1: Asajj Ventress and Obi-Wan Kenobi?
  • 2: Quinlan Voss and Anakin Skywalker?
  • 3: Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos?

The competition is open until a week today and the winner will be notified by 3rd August 2015. Good luck!

Source Jedi News Competition
Possible The Force Awakens "Force Friday" In-Store Display Signage
Reported by Justin on 21 Jul 2015 19:24

Our good friends over at Yakface have posted a few images that appear to be of in-store display signage that will be used at retail to promote the special "Force Friday" festivities taking place on September 4.

The exact retailer that these images will be on display at (or if the same graphics will be used across multiple retail establishments) is not currently known/revealed as of the time of this posting.

Source Yakface
Official Site: Star Wars Insider #159: 10 Highlights!
Reported by Mark on 21 Jul 2015 17:44

The latest issue of Star Wars Insider arrives and editor Jonathan Wilkins takes us through the details over at StarWars.com.

The latest issue of Star Wars Insider arrives on July 21 (or, if you are a subscriber, a little before). There are lot of reasons to track down a copy — cool contests, hilarious title puns, features on micropscopic super cells, and much more. Check out 10 highlights — plus a preview gallery — below.

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Star Wars Action News Episode 454: The Force is With SDCC 2015
Reported by Mark on 21 Jul 2015 17:19

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

Now with Hot Toys, TIE Fighters, Hasbro reveals, and more all from the floor of San Diego Comic-Con International! Star Wars was back in a big way at San Diego Comic-Con 2015. Hasbro and Hot Toys competed for the most impressive TIE Fighter on the floor. eFX filled a booth with upcoming prop replicas--including a fully functional, life-sized R2-D2, and Gentle Giant couldn't satiate the demand for both the Jumbo and mini-Bust versions of Boba Fett. Marjorie and Arnie were there on the floor of the con the entire time, posting interviews, panels, and more to the Star Wars Action News YouTube channel. Now you can download their coverage to your iPhone and feel like you were there at the convention! With an exclusive Hasbro Q&A, a look forward at offerings from Gentle Giant, a Hot Toys booth tour and so much more, it's on this episode of Star Wars Action News.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Funko Announces Star Wars Collector Corps
Reported by Matt on 21 Jul 2015 16:38

More Star Wars collecting news lands via Galactic Hunter as Funko enter the monthly subscription world of crates of loot.

At Funko Fundays late Friday night, Funko's Brian Mariotti announced two expansions to this program. Can you guess what at least one of them is? Well, if you're reading this site, you should probably have figured it out.Not only were there various freebies, snacks, games, and events at the party but also the Star Wars Collector Corps and DC Comics Collector Corps programs. No specifics were mentioned, but the Marvel one is $25/month and includes a unique Pop! Vinyl Figure as well as other stuff like Mystery Minis, T-Shirts, Pins, Patches, and Comic Books.

Source Galactic Hunter
The Force Awakens: International Release Dates
Reported by Mark on 21 Jul 2015 15:56

An interesting update arrives via our friend Patrick Keuris over at http://www.deathstar.nl/ regarding the global release dates for The Force Awakens.

A while back JediNews reported on early release dates for The Force Awakens. At the time I received the same information from my own sources regarding the Netherlands. For a long while since IMDb.com listed the original dates for most countries... up until now. The website now confirms the December 16th date for the Netherlands, but also for countries such as Belgium. As far as I can tell it contains at least some new dates. Might be interesting for other European (and of course international) Star Wars fans:

Noticeably no mention of China, which will be a key territory in the global box office success of the movie. As ever, updates when we get them.

Source IMDB (via Patrick Keuris)
ReadyRoom Star Wars AT-AT Bed Canopy
Reported by Mark on 21 Jul 2015 15:45

Now who in the galaxy wouldn't want this over their bed? Available over at Very for a very respectable £79.99 you could feel like Luke Skywalker taking out the AT-AT every single night.

Bring the movie to life in his room with his very own ReadyRoom Star Wars AT-AT Bed Canopy. Star Wars fans will love drifting off in their AT-AT dreaming of defending the Empire, with this canopy that fits a standard single bed.
Featuring an easy-to-assemble frame with fabric cover, this canopy is sure to impress little Jedis in-training. The ReadyRoom Star Wars AT-AT Bed Canopy is tested to the highest child safety standards and comes with poles to assemble the frame, and fabric canopy cover, as well as full instructions.
Part of the ReadyRoom Star Wars kids bedroom range, you can transform your room at great value to create every little Jedi's ideal bedroom.
H 2400, W 1600, D 1050 mm
Colour: Blue.

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RebelForce Radio: Monday: July 20, 2015
Reported by Mark on 21 Jul 2015 15:17

Amy Schumer's appearance on the cover of GQ magazine this week presents us with yet another Slave Leia controversy. We talk about Amy's racy photo shoot and discuss it's potential impact on the franchise and fandom. A Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film is coming in 2018. We present the top 5 things we want to see in that film. Plus, we continue our coverage of Star Wars at the San Diego Comic Con as we shine the spotlight on the reunion of "Big Three": Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in what was truly a momentous occasion in Star Wars history. Australian comedian/podcaster Steele Saunders (Steele Wars) camped out at Hall H and he was there for the whole thing. From line to panel to fireworks, Steele give us his first hand account of this amazing event.
Enjoy RFR early this week! Stay strong with The Force...We will be back on Friday July 31st with a new episode of RebelForce Radio.

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Star Wars Battlefront Available Before Launch On Xbox One Via EA Access
Reported by Justin on 21 Jul 2015 14:17

Great news if you are a current Xbox One owner (or are planning to become one soon) and are eagerly looking forward to the release of Star Wars Battlefront:

Star Wars Battlefront is widely considered to be one of the most anticipated games of 2015. With that in mind, EA may have made one of the most compelling cases for picking up an EA Access subscription yet, as head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, confirmed that the shooter will be made available to EA Access subscribers on Xbox One before launch.

Players can pick up an EA Access subscription for $4.99 a month or $29.99 for the entire year. In addition to giving players the ability to play games from EA before launch, the subscription also grants a 10% discount on all digital purchases of EA games on Xbox One, as well as unlimited access to several games in EA's Vault. As of now, the service is exclusive to Xbox One.

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RUMOR: Benicio Del Toro Offered Major Role In Episode VIII
Reported by Justin on 21 Jul 2015 13:19

Sources have reportedly told Variety that Benicio Del Toro has been offered a major role in director Rian Johnson's upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII.

Casting for Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is already in motion, as Benicio Del Toro has been offered the role of the villain in the upcoming sequel, sources tell Variety.

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, who will first be seen in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” bowing this Christmas, are all expected to return, with Rian Johnson helming the pic.

A deal is still far away from coming together and who exactly Del Toro will be playing is unknown, but insiders say the studio was going after A-list talent for the role, also meeting Joaquin Phoenix for the part.

Entertainment Weekly has also heard the same whispers, but they caution by saying "other actors are also in the mix for the role, and there is no rush on either side to make a decision."

Del Toro joins previously rumored Donnie Yen as actors who have been rumored to be attached to Episode VIII so far.

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   20 July 2015
U.K. Box Office Up 9 Percent Mid-Year
Reported by Mark on 20 Jul 2015 14:15

In what's already been a bumper box office season in the States and around the world, the UK is feeling the benefits of the slew of megahits that have rolled onto our shores during the first 6 months of the year, many of which were filmed here. And there's more to come...

Impressive results from 'Jurassic World' and 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' push six-month revenues past $813 million.
A bumper crop of blockbusters has boosted the U.K.’s box-office haul at the mid-year mark to track almost 10 percent higher than in 2014.
Last year saw the U.K.'s full-year box office drop 2.9 percent - around $53 million - from 2013, with experts citing a lack of major blockbusters. Notable winter releases Spectre, the follow-up to the most successful James Bond movie of all time, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens should ensure 2015 doesn't suffer the same fate.

Source Hollywood Reporter
Science Meets Sci-Fi In New ILM Retrospective
Reported by Mark on 20 Jul 2015 13:55

Raiders, Raptors and Rebels: Behind the Magic of ILM arrived last night in the States on the Science Channel (it's coming to the UK and Australia soon as well, we'll get you the times when we have them) and here's three letters to remind you why you need to seek it out - ILM.

The documentary features interviews with scientists, directors, actors and artists as they tell the stories behind favorite movie moments from "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones" and "Jurrasic Park" with exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage of this summer's blockbuster, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron."
"Who knows what 10-year-olds were inspired by pushing of the lever on the Millennium Falcon, and say 'I'm not going to accept the world the way it is?'" "Star Wars" director George Lucas says in the special. "'I'm going to see if I can figure out scientifically all those questions that are unanswered.'"
He adds this dramatic note: "Our only chance at survival is to try to figure out how we're going to get off this planet, because it's going to be destroyed."

Source CNet
Star Wars Clube Portugal: Fan Run Sci-Fi Event
Reported by Mark on 20 Jul 2015 13:44

With eternal thanks to Google Translate (hey, it can only get better, right?) here's some info on our pals over at Star Wars Clube Portgual, who participated in the first sci-fi convention in Portugal organized completely by fans.

We participated yesterday in the science fiction convention SCIFI LX where we had a room at our disposal in which they were shown some collectibles, a graphical press cuttings, making off Star Wars and some of our members and friends dressed as the characters saga. Visitors also had the opportunity to wield lightsabers and use some masks of characters from the saga. The event also included merchandise stalls, workshops, cosplay contest, fencing lessons, board games, among other activities that may still some of them be visited today. We think it was very positive despite some flaws we understand, since this is the first event (although it was carried out the previous year with smaller scale) organized by fans of this issue. Support was a good initiative that will make the next are getting better and we hope that with more support, whether financial or logistical and volunteers as well as greater involvement of national media.

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Carrie Fisher To Write Star Wars Book
Reported by Mark on 20 Jul 2015 12:27

Great news for all fans of wit and insight as it seems Carrie Fisher is about to pen her Star Wars memories. According to 'a source' it will tell all the juicy details of what happened behind the cameras on the original trilogy.

''Carrie kept diaries throughout the filming and has a note of everything.
''Now she's making her memoirs into a book about 'Star Wars', movie execs want her to write a satirical, raunchy script about what making 'Star Wars' was really like.''
''They think it could be really funny, as nobody would expect it to have been so wild between cast and crew.
''Carrie's written scripts before, so as soon as she hands it over they'll option it to studios, with Disney and Lucasfilm getting first read.''

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Mattel Star Wars Hot Wheels Starships
Reported by Matt on 20 Jul 2015 12:08

Docking in the UK right now, Star Wars Mattel's Hot Wheels two-packs for just £11.99 from Argos.

Also available is the Mon Calamari Cruiser and Star Destroyer double pack. And remember, they'll also be available at your local Toys 'R' Us.

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Jogcast Radio: Episode 34: Star Wars Jogcast: Aussie Force Fans with Alex Green
Reported by Mark on 20 Jul 2015 09:56

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

Hi there Jogcasters, welcome to another Star Wars Jogcast, where tonight we have regular listener, Star Wars fan, member of Geeks Unite and all round supporter of Jogcast Radio: Alex Green joins us for a chat. Alex has always been there to chat to when it comes to Star Wars, and we pretty much cover all the bases, from the love of the prequels, and all the in between. Alex likes to talk about Rebels, and Clone Wars and we delve right into an interesting conversation on Jar Jar Binks, as Full of Sith’s Bryan Young did a great article on the character and how it met the criteria needed. We talk about what we would like to see in the new films and why Star Wars is so positive in people’s lives.

Contact Information: Website

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   19 July 2015
Jedi News Book Review: Star Wars Imperial Handbook
Reported by Jonathan on 19 Jul 2015 23:00
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Set in-world, Star Wars: The Imperial Handbook shares the knowledge of a newly promoted Commander in the Imperial Military, providing a comprehensive overview of the Imperial war machine. After the Battle of Endor, the guide fell into the hands of the Rebel Alliance who provide handwritten annotations. Writers and annotators include Emperor Palpatine, Admiral Yularen, Wedge Antilles, and Han Solo.

This beautifully presented 160-page hardback book is just the thing you need now that the war against the Empire is pretty much over. The Battle of Endor is over and the Emperor has fallen, and now that peace is finally breaking out across the galaxy there are many things surfacing, and this book (distributed to the Imperial forces before the Battle of Yavin) makes for interesting reading.

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Tom Mandrake Kickstarter Campaign: Kros: Hallowed Ground
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2015 22:48

Star Wars fans will know him best as the inker of #92 of Marvel's Star Wars title back in 1985, while more knowledgeable comics fans will remember him from runs on such titles as Actions Comics, New Mutants, Batman, Detective Comics and The Spectre.

He has a new Kickstarter campaign to bring to life a new project, Kros: Hallowed Ground. Here's how you can help.

Hey Mark,
I wanted to reach out and tell you about the Kickstarter campaign for my new graphic novel Kros: Hallowed Ground. We've only got two weeks left to fund this dream project!
Please check it out-- Your support and sharing is much appreciated!

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Competition on Chopper Droid UK
Reported by Matt on 19 Jul 2015 22:35

**COMPETITION TIME** Hi Everybody,I have decided to run a small competition for a new Chopper plush toy like the one...

Posted by Chopper Droid UK on Thursday, 16 July 2015
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In Which Three Dudes Play Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
Reported by Jonathan on 19 Jul 2015 22:20

Yesterday, something very cool happened...

It’s a Star Wars event that’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally happened. On Saturday 18th July something occurred that would change everything, an incident so rare and explosive that nothing in the history of Star Wars fandom could compare. The galaxy would tremble.
Me, Mark and James met up to play the Fantasy Flight Games Edge of the Empire Roleplaying Game.

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Jogcast Radio: Episode 33: Star Wars Jogcast: Raiders of the Force: with Kevin Reitzel
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2015 22:05

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

Hi there Jogcasters, while we are on hiatus I thought we’d put out one of our recorded shows, one with a very good friend of the show, who has been a regular listener, and good pal in the Star Wars podcasting community. Kevin Reitzel of the Bald Solo Cast joins us to talk about the new films, his love of the Mad Max franchise and SDCC also. This is a fast paced, funny and insightful chat that includes a love of Quinlan Vos whom we both find as a great character of the series and also love the Raiders teams of various sports. Sit back, relax and grab yourself a cup of blue milk and let’s do the Star Wars Jogcast.

Contact Information: Website

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RebelForce Radio: Massive Midwestern Star Wars Collection
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2015 21:50

PfieferCon is an annual open house in the northern Chicago suburbs featuring one of tne of the largest collections of Star Wars memorabilia in the midwest. Eric Pfiefer opens his doors once a year to show off his amazing collection and RFR was there! Check out this video tour shot by RFR's Jimmy Mac on June 27, 2015 at PfieferCon 2015.

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Official Site: Secret Cinema Makes Star Wars More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2015 15:22

Over at StarWars.com Sean Galusha takes us for an inside looks at the magnificent Secret Cinema.

Star Wars is a pretty big thing in England. So it comes as no surprise that there’s a place somewhere in London where hundreds of stormtroopers scour for runaway droids and Rebel pilots plot to blow up the Death Star. A place crawling with Jawas and womprats and slugs. A place where the law is archaic and criminals openly brag about death-sentence convictions.

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The Wampa's Lair #138: The Anthology Awakens
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2015 05:25

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

JKarl and Jason tear into all the great The Force Awakens coverage we got from San Diego Comic-Con this past week and then discuss their Top 3 desired Anthology films that they would love to see (if they actually had any say)!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Telling The Untold In Dark Disciple
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2015 03:17

Christie Golden explains some of the process of pulling together Star Wars: Dark Disciple over at StarWars.com.

When I was contacted by Shelly Shapiro about the possibility of turning eight episodes of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television show into a novel, I was interested. When she told me the arc was to visit the “gray” area between the dark and the light side, and that the focus would be on a romance between two characters who each had their own fascinating histories, I was excited. And when I had a chance to read the scripts and watch the animatics of the first four episodes, I was well and truly hooked.

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Cloud City Casino #8: Talking Comics, Brother!
Reported by Mark on 19 Jul 2015 02:24

Come on in and take a seat in the V.I.P. Lounge at Cloud City Casino.

This week Nathan Butler and Mark Hurliman of Star Wars Beyond The Films, enter the casino to discuss the latest out of the Marvel Star Wars comics as well as the upcoming mobile game Star Wars: Uprising.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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   18 July 2015
Stars Out In Force At London Film And Comic Con
Reported by John 'Dak' Morton on 18 Jul 2015 23:52

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LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles DVD
Reported by Matt on 18 Jul 2015 23:40

Force Friday isn't the only day in September you can enjoy brand new Star Wars products. LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles DVD arrives on 15th September, and it's definitely putting the emphasis on fun.

After headstrong Luke nearly delivers the good guys into Palpatine's clutches, Master Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi unearth the Holocrons -- last remnants of the secrets of the Jedi -- to further Luke's training. But Darth Vader also seeks the Holocrons, and he'll stop at nothing to get to them first! Meanwhile, courageous superclone Jek-14 comes out of retirement to help bolster the Rebels. Share all the action-packed thrills of these interlocking, intergalactic comic adventures, and enjoy a whole new universe of fun!

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Official Site: 6 Bizarre-Behind-The Scenes Star Wars Facts
Reported by Mark on 18 Jul 2015 23:32

Learn some fascinating Star Wars trivia history with Steven Romano over at StarWars.com.

Sometimes more fun than watching the Star Wars films themselves — of course there’s nothing better than the movies, we’re just trying to set the mood here — is discovering a fascinating anecdote or informative morsel about the series’ production, enriching our experience even further. But the best obscure factoids are the weird ones, the kind that tend to get edited out of Blu-ray special features and saved for books or sporadically seed the Internet. On that note, what’s the common denominator between E.T. and Return of the Jedi? Or how did Stanley Kubrick almost ruin The Empire Strikes Back? (For the record it wasn’t his fault.) Read on for these answers and more with six bizarre behind-the-scenes Star Wars facts!

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The WolfPack Podcast #149: Inquisitor Unmasked
Reported by Team Jedi News on 18 Jul 2015 23:30

It's time to join the gang over at the Wolfpack podcast for the latest episode.

On this episode we are talking new Inquisitors! Image via @UKToyCollector

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Star Wars #7 Action Figure Black and White Variant
Reported by Mark on 18 Jul 2015 23:18

Black & white action figure variant cover for the upcoming (July 29, 2015):STAR WARS # 7From John Tyler...

Posted by Star Wars Upcoming Books & Comics on Saturday, 18 July 2015
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Official Site: From World War To Star Wars: Comic Books
Reported by Mark on 18 Jul 2015 23:10

Join Cole Horton for another dose of From World War To Star Wars over at StarWars.com, this time focusing on the four-colour fury of comic books.

It’s July, the month when Star Wars fandom turns toward Comic-Con International in San Diego. Not only is it the largest comic convention in the world, its history with Star Wars goes back to 1976. Yes, even before a Star Wars film hit theaters, there were comic books telling stories of the galaxy far, far away. And just as the history of Star Wars and comic books are interwoven, the creation of comic books as we know them today is inseparable from the Second World War. From the classics that inspired Star Wars to the Golden Age creators who helped bring the Star Wars issues to life, let’s take a closer look at comic books in this month’s edition of From World War to Star Wars.

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Carrie Fisher Responds To 6" Slave Leia Controversy
Reported by Matt on 18 Jul 2015 23:04

If Carrie Fisher ever decides to step away from acting or screenplays then she's guaranteed a job at LFL PR. Check out her considered replies to the recent Slave Leia 6" 'scandal'.

And then this.

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Jedi News At London Film And Comic Con Tomorrow
Reported by Matt on 18 Jul 2015 22:59

Come and find me, I'll be wearing the familiar blue Team Jedi News shirt, and grab your free Jedi News, RADIO 1138 or Star Wars Collectors Cast badges, which previously you could only get at Celebration Anaheim.

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Expanded Fandomverse Episode 032: With Sarah & Richard From Skywalking Through Neverland
Reported by Mark on 18 Jul 2015 22:56

It's time to join Tim and Jason over at The Expanded Fandomverse.

This week we are very happy to have Sarah & Richard Woloski join us. They are the very fun team behind the Skywalking Through Neverland podcast. Not only do we learn their Star Wars "origin story", but we hear their Disney origin story, and the origin of their relationship. When we're not getting too personal with the two of them, we ask them about the upcoming D23 Expo, and we playing a silly game of movie quotes in the Trench Run. --- Also this week, we recap our thoughts on San Diego ComicCon, and we bring back Jason's Jawa Giveaway with a great new prize you can win! Good luck!

Contact Information: Website | Voice Mail - 205-383-3663 | Twitter | Facebook

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The Metro: 13 Reasons Why Return of the Jedi Is The Best Star Wars Film
Reported by Mark on 18 Jul 2015 22:45

Check out my latest article at The Metro looking at 13 reasons why Jedi rocks.

But step back 32 years to May of 1983. The original trilogy is about to end with Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars has just been usurped as the biggest movie of all time by E.T., but despite this expectations for Jedi are enormous. And it opens HUGE, breaking the opening weekend record with ease and ending the year as 1983’s top grossing film with $252,583,617 in the bank.
So why would I make the bold statement that Jedi is the greatest of the six Star Wars films? In no particular order here’s a dozen reasons why:

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Amazing Paper Model Millennium Falcon
Reported by Mark on 18 Jul 2015 22:35

Here at Jedi News we just can't resist high quality fan art like this, sent in by Polish...well, Polisg genius Bernard Szukiel.

My name is Bernard Szukiel and I am a model-maker from Poland. I have built a 38’’ paper model of Falcon Millenium, three 30’’ models of AT-AT. All of them were built from scratch. At the moment I am working on paper, new X-Wings from Episode VII.
The vehicles won popular acclaim and aroused SW fans’ interest all over the world.
I would be honored, if you could add my photos of Falcon Millennium and AT-AT model on your website.

For more of his amazing work follow these links and prepare to be blown away.

http://www.modelermagic.com/?p=65599

http://www.modelermagic.com/?p=69965

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   17 July 2015
Marvel's Kanan #4 Previewed By Comic Book Resources
Reported by BrianC on 17 Jul 2015 19:32



Marvel have given a first sneak peak preview to Comic Book Resources' of Kanan issue four.

Written by Greg Wiseman, and with art by Pepe Larraz, Kanan #4 hits your local comic book shelfs on 22nd July 2015.

Click the link to see the full preview.
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D23 Expo 2015: Disney Infinity 3.0 Media Hands-On Preview Event
Reported by Justin on 17 Jul 2015 15:35

Sadly I will not be able to attend this in person, but earlier today I received an email from DKC Public Relations containing this awesome media invite to a hands-on preview of Disney Infinity 3.0 at the D23 Expo next month. Click the image for a larger view of the official invitation.

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Rogue One Rumour: Ben Mendelsohn Joining Cast
Reported by James on 17 Jul 2015 09:26

Deadline.com are reporting that Ben Mendelsohn could be joining Felicity Jones in the first Star Wars Anthology film Rogue One. The Australian actor has been memorable in films that include Exodus: Gods And Kings, Killing Them Softly and The Dark Knight Rises. He also features in the cast of the new Netflix series Bloodline.

Here at Jedi News we don't think we'll have to wait too much longer for Rogue One news and cast confirmation.  With filming due to start in a couple of weeks (Kathleen Kennedy confirmed last Friday that filming starts in three weeks), we're hoping that Gareth Edwards and the team will share a cast photo, as Lucasfilm/Disney did with The Force Awakens, as soon as shooting starts - probably the first full week of August.

UPDATED AT 11:38 AM - Here's an update from Deadline.com with some quotes from Mendelsohn...

“I think it’s looking OK,” he says hesitantly. “Things are looking positive, but I would think that’s something for them to discuss.”

“I’d be a very, very happy man,” Mendelsohn says. “I’m right in the sweet spot for the actual first Star Wars. I didn’t wait in line for it, but I was nine or ten when that came out. It was a big deal, a huge deal. I went a couple of times to the movies to see it, so I’m a lover of that whole thing.”

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RebelForce Radio: July 17, 2015
Reported by Mark on 17 Jul 2015 09:18

San Diego Comic Con's Star Wars The Force Awakens panel stole the convention. Join us for a full review of all the action including a shot-by-shot breakdown of the impressive TFA Behind-The-Scenes reel screened at the event along with audio highlights featuring J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and the cast of Episode VII. Plus, we have a contender for RFR's Outrageous Unthinkable Story of the Week Hall of Fame...Hasbro's Black Series Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) action figure has stirred up a storm in Philadelphia and you will be blown away when you hear what went down. We'll tell you what happened, why it happened, and we rant about it all.

Have a great weekend and be sure to join us on Monday for a bonus episode of RFR!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 17 Jul 2015 09:17
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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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Lucasfilm Statement on GQ
Reported by James on 17 Jul 2015 09:13


GQ's latest issue has certainly caused a stir - if features comedian Amy Schumer, and she's turned her attention to a galaxy far, far away.  The images are not what we'd consider appropriate for a family friendly franchise, and some were surprised that Lucasfilm and Disney would give permission for this.  In the USA this comes under parody and as such permission is not needed.  We didn't think that Lucasfilm and Disney had given permission for this, and this statement from Lucasfilm confirms that.

We’ve seen some conversation on this and want to set the record straight. It's not surprising that GQ would want to capitalize on the cultural cachet of Star Wars, but Lucasfilm and Disney did not authorize, participate in or condone the inappropriate use of our characters in this manner.

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   16 July 2015
Fangirls Going Rogue #21
Reported by Mark on 16 Jul 2015 21:30

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

The ladies fly fast and shoot straight with their ‘ships in the newest episode of Fangirls Going Rogue. Bria LaVorgna(Tosche Station, White Hot Room) joins Tricia Barr, Teresa Delgado, and Sarah Woloski to discuss survival skills for a new era of Star Wars movies. Lessons learned in the ‘shipper wars in the Prequel Trilogy and Expanded Universe eras spur a discussion on how to be passionate about our favorite characters without making enemies of fandom friends. Parents, Parents, this is the podcast conversation to help guide you and your younglings through the social media era. Hear the ladies’ thoughts on Star Wars Rebels Season 2 summer premiere; short form #spacemarried, #Vaderrules, and #fangirlflail. Speaking of Rebels, the fangirls round out interviews with all the members of the Ghost's crew, speaking to Taylor Gray. From Star Wars Weekends, Darth Maul stunt actor Ray Park shares how Star Wars inspired his career and how martial arts can help little (and big) kids focus. Finally, the character discussion gets imposing as Agent Kallus takes center stage.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Down For The Count
Reported by AdamDB on 16 Jul 2015 21:00
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This article is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Lee, a true legend of our era.

It's Back! Star Wars Strikes Again
Reported by Matt on 16 Jul 2015 20:00

Not so secret anymore, eh? Check out this video looking into the magic of Secret Cinema, which Team Jedi News can promise you is well worth the time, cost and effort of attending.

The Empire Strikes back into the UK Box Office top ten for the first time since its release 35 years ago.

Which of course is incorrect as it made the top ten back in 1997 when the Special Editions arrived.

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Tosche Station Radio #122: Dark Disciple with Christie Golden
Reported by Mark on 16 Jul 2015 18:57

It's time to join the moisture farmers down at Tosche Station for the latest episode, brought to you by Majestic Giraffe Productions.

This week on Tosche Station Radio, we're joined by author Christie Golden to discuss Dark Disciple, Star Wars, and even a bit of Warcraft!

Nanci and Brian are the co-founders and writers of Tosche-Station.net. You can find Nanci on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants and you can find Brian with @LaneWinree.

Contact Information: iTunes | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Making A Star Wars Rancor Costume For Comic-Con!
Reported by MarcZ on 16 Jul 2015 14:12

San Diego Comic Con has a history for having the biggest and most accurate costumes. Once again SDCC did not disappoint, Frank Ippolito revealed his brand new Rancor costume. This behind the scenes video shows you the process of making this incredible outfit.

We're extremely excited to reveal our big creature project at Comic-Con: The Rancor! Effects artist Frank Ippolito designed and built this incredibly-detailed foam costume in less than a month, based on references from an original test costume used for the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi production team. The Rancor came alive and roamed the streets of San Diego last week--where do you want to see this Rancor visit next? Let us know in the comments below!
In the coming weeks, we'll show you how this Rancor was built, and teach you some of the processes Frank and his team used to make a wearable foam creature costume!

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Darth Vader Leads Funeral Service For Fun-Loving 'White Witch' Grandmother
Reported by Matt on 16 Jul 2015 13:55

What a great way to send someone off. Read this piece about the funeral of Halloween loving Lorna Johnson.

A 56-year-old grandmother has been laid to rest today in a funeral service that was led by Darth Vader.
Lorna Johnson was a white witch and a big fan of Halloween and her family wanted to remember her by celebrating the favourite things in her life.
The mother-of-four died after an eight month battle with cancer. Among the mourners at the funeral service were Tasmanian Devils, Beetlejuice and witches.

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 86
Reported by Mark on 16 Jul 2015 13:47

It's time to join your hosts Jason, Randy, Sal, Johnamarie and Jeremy over at Now, This Is Podcasting!

SPOILERPHOBES BEWARE. This week’s episode is chock full of le spoils. If you’re not scared, download or listen below with Jason, Randy, and Tracy Gardner!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars: Commander Worlds In Conflict Official Trailer
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2015 13:20

Star Wars: Commander strikes back with Worlds in Conflict, an exciting update featuring new additions to the hit game! In this special trailer, get a first look at new worlds included in Worlds in Conflict: Dandoran, Er’Kit, Yavin 4, and Hoth.

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Oscar Isaac On Landing His Role, Surprised That Ford Was At SDCC The Force Awakens Panel
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2015 12:42

2015 was truly the year of “Star Wars” at San Diego Comic-Con. Though there wasn’t any new trailer to show fans at Hall H on Friday afternoon, J.J. Abrams and the entire cast of “The Force Awakens” blew everyone’s minds with new behind-the-scenes footage, a star-studded panel, and even a free “Star Wars” concert for 6,000+ lucky audience members.

But as brand new X-Wing fighter pilot Oscar Isaac told MTV News, there’s still a lot of surprises in store when the new “Star Wars” hits theaters in December. AND a lot of surprises for the cast, too — like, the arrival of Harrison Ford at SDCC, for example!

“We didn’t know that either!” Isaac said laughing, revealing that the cast weren’t informed Ford would be on the panel with them. “We actually had a meeting beforehand earlier in the day where we ran through everything that was gonna happen and they didn’t tell us. It wasn’t until we showed up that I saw him there.”

Check out what other secrets Isaac was able to spill in the video above — and as he says: may the force be with you.

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50 Days Till The Force Awakens "Force Friday"
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2015 12:33

Today marks the 50th day until fans arrive at their retail store of choice at midnight to take part in "Force Friday" on September 4. To celebrate this day, I've included the corresponding page from the Hasbro #ForceFridayCountdown calendar above.

Penguin Random House Release Star Wars: Aftermath Excerpt
Reported by BrianC on 16 Jul 2015 11:14



Pengion Random House have released an excerpt from the first part of Chuck Wendig's new Star Wars trilogy of novels, Aftermath, here.

With teases to planets first introduced in the Clone Wars TV series, and a return of a personal favourite character of mine - Wedge Antilles, be sure to check it out as we begin our Jounery to The Force Awakens...


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First Look At Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Female Inquisitor Unmasked
Reported by Justin on 16 Jul 2015 00:29

Earlier today one of the big Star Wars stories that was swirling around Twitter was our first official look at the female Inquisitor unmasked who was featured in the awesome Star Wars Rebels Season 2 official trailer.

Our friends over at The Star Wars Underworld have the image posted on their site (it came from the latest issue of Star Wars Rebels Magazine) as well as another look at the new male Inquisitor from the same S2 trailer.

Take the source link below to check 'em out.

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   15 July 2015
Fantasy Flight Games: Outside the Law
Reported by Jonathan on 15 Jul 2015 21:24

Fantasy Flight Games announce the Fourth Wave of Imperial Assault Figure Packs

From the website:

“The Jundland Wastes are not to be traveled lightly. Tell me, young Luke, what brings you out this far?”
–Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the fourth wave of figure packs for Star Wars: Imperial Assault, the Alliance Smuggler Ally Pack and the Bantha Rider Villain Pack!

Across the Star Wars galaxy, the Galactic Empire reigns supreme. But even the Empire cannot be everywhere or regulate everything, and so those who live outside the law make their way on the fringes of society, preying on the weak and fighting to survive for another day. Whether you smuggle supplies and weapons for the Rebel Alliance or raid settlements with a Tusken Raider warband, you can bring your own brand of lawlessness to Imperial Assault with the Alliance Smuggler and the Bantha Rider.

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On The Shelves UK: Asda
Reported by Matt on 15 Jul 2015 20:40

With thanks to Richard Mitchell for the photo, Asda are selling off their Star Wars cereal for just 50p.

With a new Star wars film coming every year for the foreseeable future, Star Wars has become the ultimate serial, so grab yours now.

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Gentle Giant Mandalorian Bookends Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2015 20:07

The Mandalorian war culture was embraced by Bounty Hunter Boba Fett after the death of his father Jango. The Mandalorian logo, emblazoned on Boba Fett’s shoulder armor, has gained as much popularity (if not more) than the Imperial Cog logo and the insignia of the Rebel Alliance

Availability: Pre-Order

SKU: 80509

$60.00

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Gentle Giant Luke Skywalker Hero Of Yavin Mini Bust Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2015 20:05

In the triumphant scene at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope, we see Princess Leia decorating Luke Skywalker and Han Solo with the Medal of Yavin, for their gallant effort that resulted in the destruction of the Imperial Death Star!

Availability: Pre-Order

SKU: 80462

$95.00

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 15 Jul 2015 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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Boxed Photos Of The Force Awakens Poe's X-Wing And Millennium Falcon LEGO Sets
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2015 19:25

UPDATE: The link on FBTB has since been removed. Head on over to Mint In Box for the same photos.

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Our friends over at From Bricks To Bothans recently received packaging images of two new The Force Awakens LEGO sets!

These landed in my inbox. They are pictures of two LEGO Star Wars sets based on the upcoming The Force Awakens film: 75102 Poe’s X-Wing Fighter and 75105 Millennium Falcon.

The packaging also reveals all-new character minifigs, so take the source link below if you don't mind spoilers.

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On The Shelves UK: Tesco
Reported by Matt on 15 Jul 2015 17:59

Check out this wide array of new Hallmark cards, currently available in your local Tesco. Covering classic characters (in both original and prequel trilogy guises) they're sure to help friends and family feel the Force on their birthday.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Force And Destiny: Keeping The Peace
Reported by Jonathan on 15 Jul 2015 17:49

Star Wars: Force and Destiny bring us their latest sourcebook, Keeping The Peace.

From the website:

"For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times, before the Empire."
–Obi-Wan Kenobi

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Keeping the Peace, a sourcebook for Guardians and the first career supplement for the Star Wars®: Force and Destiny™ roleplaying game.
Guardians live to protect, whether that means enforcing justice, shielding others in battle, or fighting oppression through political means. They put the needs of others ahead of their own. They ask questions first and strike after – but only if violence is absolutely necessary. Keeping the Peace offers Guardian characters everything they need to live up to their noble ideals and make a positive difference on countless worlds, including new Guardian specializations, playable species, weapons, and starships to convey them throughout the Star Wars galaxy.

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The Metro: Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens – Who is General Hux?
Reported by Mark on 15 Jul 2015 17:10

My latest article lands at The Metro as I look at Domnhall Gleeson and his role of General Hux.

Right now you may know him better as Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter series or perhaps you know him from such films as Never Let Me Go, True Grit, Dredd, Frank, or this year’s Ex Machina.
An impressive array of work, but chances are that by the end of the year you and millions of others will know him as General Hux.
The recent San Diego Comic Convention packed the huge San Diego convention centre to the gunnels, spraying mega franchise announcements to every corner and sending visitors away exhausted but brimming with news, memories and a lot of goodwill.
One of the major panels was for The Force Awakens, which famously brought Harrison Ford back to comic con for the first time in three years (he attended for Cowboys and Aliens in 2012) and for a rare Star Wars related event.

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Celebration Europe 2016: One Year To Go
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2015 16:56

As we continue to digest all of the amazing Star Wars goodness that came out of last week's SDCC, let's take a moment to recognize that today marks the one year point before Celebration Europe 2016 arrives and the release of a brand new "9 Feet of Awesome."

Let the countdown officially begin!

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Official Site: 9 Signs You Grew Up Watching The Original Trilogy
Reported by Mark on 15 Jul 2015 16:44

Invaluable information from Amy Ratcliffe over at StarWars.com.

When I ask Star Wars fans about their first experience with the saga, I often hear stories about how they remember seeing A New Hope and the other films in the original trilogy in the theater. For many people, seeing the movies created unforgettable memories that shaped their childhoods. Kids could put themselves in the shoes of Luke Skywalker and imagine going on adventures and ultimately defeating evil and saving the galaxy. If you grew up watching the original trilogy over and over, chances are you’re familiar with these signs:

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Brickset Review: Review: Cheap Chinese Rubbish
Reported by Matt on 15 Jul 2015 15:39

Our pals at Brickset certainly aren't mincing their words. Here's their look at some of the Chinese bootleg LEGO pieces out there. Be warned - they're not for the feint-hearted.

I have a unhealthy fascination with Chinese LEGO knock-offs, and we've published several articles, like this one, about the rubbish that's available in markets across the far east in the past. I think it's because I find it incredible that the stuff, which violates so many intellectual properties, is being made at all.
Brickset member woodywood currently resides in Shanghai so sees a lot of the junk first-hand. He's kindly sent me some minifig packs so I can see how bad they are for myself.

Just to reiterate in case anyone isn't quite sure, this isn't genuine LEGO.

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Hasbro Star Wars Product Walkthrough at SDCC 2015
Reported by Matt on 15 Jul 2015 15:27

Take a walk round the Hasbro products at last weekends San Diego Comic Con with Pixel Dan.

Pixel Dan catches up with Jeff from Hasbro to talk Star Wars Black Series at SDCC 2015!

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Roger Christian to Release His Memoirs on Building Star Wars (Foreward by Jon Rinzler)
Reported by BrianC on 15 Jul 2015 14:00



Oscar winning Art Director of Star Wars: A New Hope, Roger Chirstian is releasing his memoirs surrounding the building of the Black Angel, Star Wars and Alien universes.

Entitled Cinema Alchemist, this is the unique inside story, in full detail, and includes some never before seen photogrpahs!

With a foreward by the incredible Jon Rinzler, it describes how the lightsaber, weapons, sets, interiors, droids, robots and vehicles were all made.

Available first as a pre-release exclusive limited to just 10 copies through the crowdfunding initiative for his Black Angel movie and personally signed by Roger Christian himself.

This is the book that fans have been waiting for!

I've just bought my copy, now you can secure your copy at the Indiegogo crowdfunder for Black Angel here, and select the Cinema Alchemist perk.


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Fantasy Flight Games: The Hunt Begins
Reported by Jonathan on 15 Jul 2015 13:09

The latest Villain pack arrives for Star Wars: Imperial Assault, bringing the baddest bounty hunter in the galaxy to the table.

From the website:

“He’s no good to me dead.”
–Boba Fett, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Countless bounty hunters operate throughout the Star Wars™ galaxy, hunting their marks and retrieving them, dead or alive. The offer of cold, hard credits attracts many beings, but one hunter has become legendary for his skill and ruthlessness. To many, Boba Fett is the most formidable bounty hunter in the galaxy, and soon you’ll be able to fight alongside Boba Fett in your games of Imperial Assault with the Boba Fett Villain Pack!
Like other Ally Packs and Villain Packs, the Boba Fett Villain Pack invites you to take up arms alongside Boba Fett with a detailed, sculpted plastic figure to replace the token found in the Twin Shadows expansion. You’ll find more than just a plastic figure in this Villain Pack, though – you’ll also find Agenda cards, Command cards, Deployment cards, and three new missions to make Boba Fett a threat in your campaigns or skirmishes.

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Asian Dub Foundation Announce Nationwide 'THX1138 Tour'
Reported by Mark on 15 Jul 2015 13:08

Asian Dub Foundation are taking their live soundtrack of George Lucas' THX1138 out on tour. Following its premier on 19th June at The Barbican they hit the road, taking in Edinburgh, Gateshead, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Cambridge, Basingstoke, Nottingham, Brighton and Coventry between 17th and 28th October.

"After the success of Battle of Algiers and La Haine I wanted to find a film that's technically possible to rescore so that audiences can actually watch the film and experience the music live... it was very important to respect the avant-garde, classical, discordant soundtrack that's there - by one of my great all-time heroes Lalo Schiffrin - where the only melodic instrument is the flute - so Nathan "Flutebox" Lee's interpretation of those discordant strings is very relevant to the film - it represents the emotion."

Tickets are on sale now for £17.00 plus booking fee.

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Target Will Be Participating In The Force Awakens "Force Friday"
Reported by Justin on 15 Jul 2015 12:59

Not to be out-done by the earlier announcements made by Toys "R" Us and Walmart, Target has updated their website to notify fans that they will be participating in the "Force Friday" festivities on September 4 as well, with "special in-store events" being planned for what will surely be an unforgettable night.

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Official Site: From Concept To Screen: Mon Mothma, Rebel Leader
Reported by Mark on 15 Jul 2015 12:48

Sander de Lange brings us another detailed look into one of the key Star wars characters over at StarWars.com, this time investigationg Rebel leader Mon Mothma.

While she appears only briefly in Return of the Jedi, the character of Mon Mothma quickly grew in importance. She became one of the few returning characters of the original trilogy who would appear in the prequels (Revenge of the Sith). Expanding further on her character, she even appeared quite a few times in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Let’s take a look how this senator turned leader of the Rebel Alliance came to our screen!

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Full of Sith Episode Episode CXXIII: Star Wars at Comic-Con 2015
Reported by Mark on 15 Jul 2015 12:35

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

Bryan and Mike kick off the show with talk of the Han Solo anthology, and then quickly move to all the goings on from the San Diego Hall H Star Wars Spectacular. From the panel itself, and backstage interviews with Gwendoline Christie and Harrison Ford, and then the concert afterward, you’re not going to want to miss this. There is also a contest for a copy of the first issue of the Lando comic book at the end of the show!

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

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The Metro: Why A Guillermo del Toro Star Wars Film About Jabba Could Be a Good Thing
Reported by Mark on 15 Jul 2015 12:15

Over at The Metro I talk about Guillermo del Toro and his ideal subject for a Star Wars movie - Jabba the Hutt.

The man behind Hellboy, Cronos and Pacific Rim who contributed to the world of The Hobbit among many others, he has an individual vision and perspective on life that make his movies unique and original.
Over the years he’s been linked to horror projects, superhero franchises and sci-fi projects while making clear his passion for all of these genres. But the world of Star Wars has stayed largely off his radar. Until now.
Speaking at the recent San Diego Comic Convention del Toro broached the subject of what film he would like to make, if such an opportunity were afforded to him.

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Could This Explain Why Threepio Has Red Arm In The Force Awakens?
Reported by Mark on 15 Jul 2015 12:01

With great thanks to Kar Vastor on Twitter, this could be the reason why Threepio has a red arm in The Force Awakens.

Click here, visit this image gallery on Imgur for a closer look at these images taken from Star Wars Uprising.

They did say that in the canon era everything would tie together, didn't they?

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Jaw-Dropping Star Wars Doll Has Parents Outraged
Reported by Mark on 15 Jul 2015 11:38

FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

I...I just can't even...

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Marvel Comics Release Solicitations for October 2015
Reported by BrianC on 15 Jul 2015 11:19
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Marvel have released their solicitations for October 2015 via Previews.

Click the article title to see what is upcoming...
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Just Over Two Days To Go In Black Angel Movie Crowdfunding
Reported by BrianC on 15 Jul 2015 11:00



With a little over two days to go on the Black Angel movie crowdfunding intiative, the funds sit at 132% of the original target of £100,000 but a little shy of the new stretch goal of £150,000.  This is an incredibly unique oppertunity to be a part of a movie originating from the very heart of Star Wars history.

As viewers sat down to watch ‘Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’ in 1980, they were shown a short film. It was so mysterious and dark that many never forgot it. Its name was Black Angel. The project began when Roger Christian, Art Director on ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’, was given the green light by George Lucas to turn his fantasy script into a short film. Having spent years designing droids and space stations, he now set about creating a medieval fantasy world, the likes of which the world had never seen before. But then it was lost. For decades, it was thought the film had gone the way of Han Solo, frozen in time. But then, in 2011, a negative was discovered by complete chance, and painstakingly restored frame by frame. The legend has been brought back to life, and is well on its way to becoming the epic fantasy feature film it was always meant to be.

With unique oppertunities such as a chance to talk with Roger Christian via Skype, internship roles on the movie, rare Star Wars items from George Lucas himself, and a vast array of exclusive merchandise there is an oppertunity to be a part of this epic project for everyone.

To inspire you to help the Black Angel be Reborn here is a short message from Roger Christian.

Support the project here!





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Phil Noto Cover To Chewbacca #2
Reported by Mark on 15 Jul 2015 10:44

Check out the Phil Noto cover to Marvel's second Chewbacca issue, coming 28th October.

Known as the skilled co-pilot of the infamous Millennium Falcon, the legendary Wookiee warrior CHEWBACCA will star in his very own limited comic series! After the battle of Yavin, Chewbacca is on his own when he crash lands his ship on an Imperial occupied planet. Now stranded, Chewie finds himself caught in the middle of trying to return to the rebellion and helping a young and feisty girl in need. Writer Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, 1872, HULK) and artist Phil Noto (BLACK WIDOW, X-23, UNCANNY X-FORCE) bring us a never-before-seen tale of the heroic Wookiee we all know and love.

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   14 July 2015
RebelForce Radio Live at Disney's Star Wars Weekends 2015
Reported by Mark on 14 Jul 2015 19:09

Join us for our second annual Disney Star Wars Weekends RFR Listener Meet and Greet. Jimmy Mac & friends podcasted live from the NY Hotel on The Streets of America at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Friday June 12, 2015. Listen back to the complete report on RebelForce Radio: June 19, 2015.

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Win A Role In Star Trek Beyond!
Reported by Mark on 14 Jul 2015 18:40

Interested in a walk-on role in next years Star Trek Beyond? The chance to be a part of the film that is the centrepiece of the 50th anniversary celebrations? The opportunity to be in a scene with Idris Elba? If you do, get entering right now.

This might actually blow your mind.
For the first time ever, the cast of Star Trek is uniting to give one lucky fan the chance to boldly go where no Star Trek fan has gone before: into the movie.
This is real. YOU could win a walk-on role in Star Trek Beyond. It’s all part of Star Trek: To Boldly Go, a new initiative benefiting nine global causes, each specially nominated by members of the cast.
And since every $10 entry supports all nine causes, we’re randomly selecting an additional winner each week to form the first-ever To Boldly Go Crew.
As a member of this honorary crew, you’ll visit the set, hang out with the cast, and watch as they film scenes from the newest chapter in the Star Trek franchise.

So enter and stay tuned...

Live long and prosper.

Team Omaze

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Coffee With Kenobi: Coffee Chat: Pablo Hidalgo
Reported by Mark on 14 Jul 2015 18:26

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

Coffee With Kenobi is delighted to have a cup of coffee with creative executive at Lucasfilm, Pablo Hidalgo. Pablo has always been a fan favorite, both for his passion as a Star Wars fan, as well as his creativity and gifts of storytelling, insight, and knowledge. His segment on Rebels Recon is always informative and helpful to Star Wars fans, and his enthusiasm is contagious. He knows what makes Star Wars tick, and we are honored to have him join us for this Coffee Chat. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Split-Screen Co-op Not Supported On Star Wars Battlefront PC Release
Reported by Justin on 14 Jul 2015 18:25

Check out the following Star Wars Battlefront gameplay update specifically related to the PC release of the game posted over on EGMNOW:

EA has confirmed that Star Wars: Battlefront will not support split-screen co-op on PC.

Battlefront’s Missions Mode supports both online and offline co-op, but split-screen will only be available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, according to community manager Mathew Everett.

Everett also explained how vehicle spawns work in the Walker Assault Mode. In Walker Assault, vehicles are tied to the power up system. When players find a vehicle power up on the map, they will need to activate it, which immediately spawns them inside the vehicle.

“This is a design decision to allow more equal distribution of the vehicle power ups amongst all players,” he added.

Star Wars: Battlefront is set to launch November 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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D23 Expo 2015: George Lucas To Receive The Disney Legend Award
Reported by Mark on 14 Jul 2015 17:21

The Maker is being honoured by Disney. George Lucas will be one of eight recipients of the prestigious Disney Legend award.

BURBANK, Calif. – July 14, 2015 – Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 EXPO 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances.
The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day EXPO provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event.
“The Disney Legend Award is our highest honor, and we are incredibly proud to recognize these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “Their vision and dedication to their work have brought joy to audiences around the globe and earned them a place in Disney history.”

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SDCC 2015: IGN's Huge Cosplay Image Gallery
Reported by Justin on 14 Jul 2015 14:40

I don't know about you, but I love browsing thru image collections of cosplayers showcasing their artistic talent at various conventions. From Star Wars to just about any other form of entertainment media, the level of detail and desire to be as faithful to the source material as possible just blows me away (even if half the time I have no idea what film/TV show/comic the character being portrayed comes from).

Check out this most impressive image gallery of cosplayers from SDCC 2015 posted on IGN.

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The WolfPack Podcast #148: The Force Awakens At SDCC 2015: SDCC 2015 Recap
Reported by Team Jedi News on 14 Jul 2015 13:41

It's time to join the gang over at the Wolfpack podcast for the latest episode.

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Jayson, Curto and John discuss San Diego Comic Con 2015 and our thoughts of all the reveals. From The Force Awakens panel to the Hasbro panel, we talk about it all on this episode!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Dates For SDCC 2016 Announced, Gonna Be One Heck Of A Month
Reported by Justin on 14 Jul 2015 13:24

It's never too early to start looking ahead to the following year's SDCC, as the dates for SDCC 2016 have been announced via the tweet below. With Star Wars Celebration Europe set to take place July 15-17 in London, July 2016 has the potential to be the greatest pop culture month ever with these two heavyweight conventions coming our way in consecutive weeks.

Getcha popcorn ready folks.

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Official Site: Ventress And Vos' Greatest Hits: A Dark Disciple Refresher
Reported by Mark on 14 Jul 2015 12:15

Pete Morrison takes a close look at the recently released Star Wars: Dark Disciple over at StarWars.com.

There were many great characters in The Clone Wars, but for my money, the best to come out of the series is Asajj Ventress. She was not an original creation of The Clone Wars, but the writers, directors, and animators of the series — along with the tremendous actress Nika Futterman — gave a performance and personality to Asajj that makes her the highlight of almost every scene she was in. Sure, Asajj may have been the bad gal, she may have done things that would make even Grand Moff Tarkin blush, but she oozed charisma and it was hard not to root for a character who’s wit was as cutting as her twin lightsabers. As The Clone Wars series and the character of Asajj evolved, we saw the show get darker in tone and Asajj more and more nuanced. Unfortunately, as the series wrapped up its television run at the end of Season Five and the subsequent release of The Lost Missions episodes, we were left with a feeling that Asajj’s story arc was not satisfactorily resolved. In an open letter to fans, supervising director Dave Filoni revealed his own personal sketches that hinted at what was planned, and it was very exciting.

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Urban Species Star Wars Apparel Competition
Reported by Mark on 14 Jul 2015 12:00

Our pals at Urban Species are running a fantastic Star Wars competition giving YOU the chance to design official Star Wars apparel.

We are pleased to offer YOU the chance to enter our Exclusive Star Wars Apparel Comp!!!
Not only do you win an AWESOME pile of Star Wars apparel; but you get to design you very own personal DREAM STAR WARS APPAREL PRODUCT.
This will be exclusively sold at www.urbanspecies.co.uk
The best part? This is for NOVICES and PRO’s!! Whatever your skill set, you WILL design your FAVE STAR WARS PRODUCT.

There are two ways of entering

1) Simply buy any Star Wars product from the Urban Species store and we’ll automatically enter you into the draw.
2) Give us your name and email below and we’ll enter you free of charge without the need to purchase anything.

COMPETITION ENDS SEPTEMBER 30th WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY AFTER.

The STAR WARS countdown has begun. What better way to kick off than to HANG WITH URBAN SPECIES!!!

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Guillermo Del Toro Wants To Make A Jabba The Hutt Movie
Reported by Mark on 14 Jul 2015 11:33

Just to make this clear this isn't a project, or a pitch or anything like that. This is just Guillermo Del Toro - who surely has more 'potential' projects out there than most major studios - describing a fascinating story that he'd like to tell in the Star Wars galaxy.

"I would do the sort of Godfather saga that Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control. One, because it’s the character that looks the most like me, and I like him. I love the idea of a Hutt type of mafia, a very complex coup. I just love the character.”
“This is not real, this is me as a fat geek just geeking out and talking about it.”

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 37
Reported by Mark on 14 Jul 2015 11:21

It’s time to join Sean & John for Radio Free Tatooine, the Star Wars podcast that’s better than some, worse than others.

In this episode, your hosts break down all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens goings on from San Diego Comic Con. We’re talking Behind The Scenes Reel, Hasbro panel, and more! Also, we announce the winner of our “Be an Imperial Admiral in Star Wars: Shadow Quarry” contest and announce all of the other guest casting

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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High Adventure: Only One Week Left! Help Us Finish New Album!
Reported by Mark on 14 Jul 2015 11:01

Glen Nelson and High Adventure are nearing the deadline of finishing their new album, and they need our help. 44% down, can they do it? They can, if you read this message and pitch in.

In my life, I have been blessed to make music with some of the finest musicians in the New England area. For the last 7 years, I have poured all of my passion and creativity into a band called High Adventure. We're nerds, geeks, parents, schoolteachers, and artists, and the band (which has grown into an 8-piece ensemble with horns) has found a worldwide following of like-minded friends and fans who love our brand of 'fan-rock' and share it with their friends, primarily at Comic Cons (Comic Book Conventions) all around the country.
We have independently released 4 albums already (all available on iTunes - see High Adventure) and played shows at Comic Con events all across America. Up till now we have done everything ourselves. We are ready to take it to the next level, and that's where you come in.
We are going to crowdfund our fifth album entitled "High Five" and we're going with a website that we know and trust called PledgeMusic. As these things typically go, you can make a safe and secure pledge on the site anywhere from $10 to well, as much as you want. Every donor that we get gets us one step closer to our dream of becoming an independent band. The fun part for you is that there is so much cool stuff to pledge on, including signed CDs, exclusive demo versions of