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   17 August 2014
T-Shirts: The Rebels
Reported by Matt on 17 Aug 2014 00:42

Shirt Punch bring us this $10.00 tee, available for the next 4 hours in mens and womens cuts which is guaranteed to get you our of your seat and dancing.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Imperial Assault - Announcing a Board Game of Tactical Combat and Adventure
Reported by MarcZ on 17 Aug 2014 00:38

Fantasy Flight Games just announce a new board game, Imperial Assault. Click the source link below for tons of more info.

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Imperial Assault, a Star Wars board game of cinematic adventure and tactical combat for two to five players!

Imperial Assault casts you and your friends into the climatic events following the Death Star’s destruction above Yavin 4, and offers two full game experiences within the Star Wars universe. In the campaign game, you and up to four other friends play a series of thrilling missions woven together in a narrative campaign, and in the skirmish game, you and your opponent muster your own strike teams and battle head-to-head over conflicting objectives.

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The WolfPack Podcast #82: Rumors Galore
Reported by Mark on 17 Aug 2014 00:10

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

In this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Logan, Chris, Nabil, and Curto go over the latest crazy Episode VII rumors and news. We also talk about all the latest info on Star Wars Rebels, Collectibles, and much more. We also pay a tribute to six years of Star Wars The Clone Wars. So strap in, drink your blue milk, and get ready for the jump to hyperspace in this brand new episode!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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   16 August 2014
Official Site: Galactic Backpacking, Part 2: Visiting Real-World Naboo
Reported by Mark on 16 Aug 2014 23:59

Sander De Lange brings us a fascinating look at the real-world locations of the homeworld of Queen Amidala and Chancellor Palpatine in his latest entry to StarWars.com.

In this second installment of Galactic Backpacking, we take a look at Italy, one of the two countries that were used to portray Naboo in the prequel trilogy. It was in Italy where the real Theed Royal Palace stands, and where Padmé relaxed with Anakin at the Lake Retreat after visiting her family home in Theed.

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REPORT: Disney To Release Original Unaltered Star Wars Theatrical Trilogy On Blu-ray
Reported by Justin on 16 Aug 2014 19:16

As a Star Wars home theater media collector, I really hope this is indeed true, as it would make a fine addition to my collection. Check out the following exclusive report posted on Comic Book:

For a long time Star Wars fans have been clamoring for Disney/Lucasfilm to re-release the original, unaltered cut of the first Star Wars trilogy, and Comicbook.com has now confirmed with two independent reliable sources that just such a plan is under way.

According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been under way for quite some time, but it’s been challenging because of some damage to the original negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi in their complete, unaltered, original form without the redone special edition SFX.

Our sources did not have an exact date as to when the original cut of the Star Wars Trilogy would be released on Blu-ray, due to the challenges Disney has encountered in pulling everything together. However, our sources indicated the goal is to have it ready and released before Star Wars Episode VII is released in theaters.

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Rian Johnson Chats With 'Girls In Hoodies' Podcast
Reported by Justin on 16 Aug 2014 12:24

Director Rian Johnson joins Molly and Emily to talk 'Outlander,' 'Utopia,' and 'The Twilight Zone,' as well as fanfic, text-based adventure games, and, oh yeah, 'Star Wars'.

Johnson begins to talk about Star Wars at around the 35:00 minute mark of the interview.

Thanks to Jedi News reader Jeff G. for the link.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Adam Driver Interview With 'Entertainment Weekly'
Reported by Justin on 16 Aug 2014 12:08

Point your browser towards Entertainment Weekly for an interview they conducted with new Episode VII cast member Adam Driver. He obviously doesn't reveal any ground-breaking news about the film, but he does touch briefly on the subject of spoilers, the Original Trilogy, and George Lucas.

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RUMOR: Daisy Ridley Episode VII Costume Details; What Vehicle Han & Chewbacca Are Flying
Reported by Justin on 16 Aug 2014 11:51

Here are a few more Episode VII rumors that hit the web during yesterday's hectic news frenzy that we just didn't have time to post.

Our friends at Making Star Wars reportedly have some details on the costume that Daisy Ridley's yet-to-be-announced character will be wearing in Episode VII.

Meanwhile, sources have given Badass Digest information on the type of vehicle Han and Chewbacca will be piloting in the film, and it supposedly ain't the Falcon.

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   15 August 2014
Six Years Ago Today The Clone Wars Theatrical Movie Opened
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 21:31

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RUMOR: More On Episode VII Villains; Possible Concept Image Of Lead Villain
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 21:25

Jay Carlson over at Indie Revolver expands a little further on today's earlier Episode VII villains rumors posted by Latino Review and Badass Digest by supplying an image (we're assuming a concept image here of course) of the supposed lead "baddie" holding a rather familiar object in his left hand...

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RebelForce Radio: August 15, 2014
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 21:16

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

We are picking up where we left off last week on the road to Rancho Obi-Wan. We recap our amazing trip to visit Steve Sansweet and the crew at the world-famous Star Wars museum. Hear about everything we did and saw, including a hilarious sit down with Steve Sansweet himself in his office. Plus, we pay tribute to Robin Williams with a look back at the Star Wars connections in his career and rare audio of his incredible interview with George Lucas recorded back in 2000. And, a Billy Dee Williams / Star Wars Rebels update that makes the upcoming Lucasfilm animated series even cooler!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: It's A Trap!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Aug 2014 21:08

There are lots of rumours circling the internet today and every unconfirmed story needs to be taken with a healthy helping of salt. Given that advice our latest rumour may naturally have you thinking, “IT’S A TRAP!”

Yeah, you guessed it the beloved Mon Calamari of the planet Dac will be gracing our screens in Episode VII and not just in a background role. Just like their appearance in Return of the Jedi, at least one Mon Cal will be front and centre in a leading character role.

Pre-Order New The Black Series 3.75" Figures Now
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 20:57

As we take a breather from all of today's Episode VII rumors, check out the tweet embedded below courtesy of our good friend FLYGUY.

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Chewie Chewie
Reported by AdamDB on 15 Aug 2014 20:00
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Kashyyyk, home of the Wookiees. It was featured in the Star Wars Holiday Special, and slated to make an appearance in Return of the Jedi before it was replaced with the Forest Moon of Endor. Fans had been dying to see it for years. They finally got their wish in 2005, where the planet features heavily in Revenge of the Sith.

Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: Force-Inspired License Plates
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 19:32

Amy Ratcliffe has a license to thrill over at StarWars.com as she looks at Star Wars inspired personalised license plates.

For a long time, I didn’t understand the point of a personalized license plate. I still can’t wrap my head around some of the letter and number combinations people choose — especially when they’re so abbreviated that they’re impossible to understand — but when it comes to expressing fandom, I get it. When I lived in Los Angeles and was stuck in traffic on my daily commute, I’d regularly spot a blue car with a “YUBNUB” license plate. That little Star Wars reference among the sea of barely moving vehicles always brightened my day.

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RUMOR: Owner Of Robotic Hand In Bad Robot's Force For Change Episode VII Tweet Revealed
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 19:12

The Episode VII rumors are flying fast & furious today ladies and gentlemen. Now word comes down via Badass Digest stating they have the inside scoop on who the robotic hand that Bad Robot tweeted a pic of belongs to, including details on this character's appearance.

Is your head spinning yet from all these rumors?

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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ForceCast #316: I Want To Be DC Barns!
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 19:12

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

An appearance in Episode VII for one lucky Star Wars fan as the Force For Change winner is announced, a HANDsome note left for fans by JJ Abrams, and a bearly bearded Mark Hamill are just some of the topics discussed by Justin Bolger and guest co-host Megan Crouse while Eric and Erik are away. It's Friday. It's the ForceCast!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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RUMOR: Villains Of Episode VII Revealed By 'Latino Review'
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 18:30

Alright everyone, feast your eyes on this if the potential for unconfirmed spoilers has no ill effect on you. Latino Review is claiming they have exclusive knowledge of the villains that will be part of Episode VII.

Take the source link below and make of it what you will.

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Bond, Bilbo and Boba Fett: Saviours Of The Cinema?
Reported by Matt on 15 Aug 2014 18:25

Despite the writer of this piece -- as we so often see -- not doing his research correctly and calling the galaxy's greatest bounty hunter Baba Fett, this is an interesting look at the current state of cinema, in a year where box office receipts have fallen 0.5% over the past 12 months.

But which 5 films have a chance of regaining that half a percent?

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
  • Bond 24
  • Star Wars Episode VII

Cineworld, the largest cinema operator in the UK, may have been boosted by box office sales in its eastern European acquisition Cinema City, but the number of film lovers buying tickets back home has slumped.

Box office revenues in the UK and Ireland dropped by 0.5pc over the last year, despite the popularity of films including The Lego Movie and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

And it wasn't just Cineworld. The entire industry suffered as a result of Britons shunning the cinema to watch the World Cup, even though England crashed out before reaching the knockout stages.

So how can Hollywood help revive UK cinema ticket sales?

Source Daily Telegraph
Jedi News Review: Vans X Star Wars
Reported by ZakPT on 15 Aug 2014 17:47
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The classic shoe makers Vans have teamed up with Star Wars designers to bring you a beautiful collection of Star Wars themed Vans. From Boba Fett camo to comic book classics, there’ll be a pair for you!

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Star Wars Rebels Rumour: Sky Maintain August Launch Date
Reported by BrianC on 15 Aug 2014 17:45

A brief update. Sky just tweeted me back. They maintain Star Wars Rebels is due in August per info they have but do not have an air date as yet.

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The Metro: Have the Stormtroopers just had a makeover?
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 17:37

My latest blog arrives over at The Metro as we take an in-depth look at the newly redesigned - but as yet unconfirmed - stormtrooper helmets.

Indie Revolver bring us these images showing a sleek and refined stormtrooper helmet, very much in keeping with the classic lines of the original trilogy version but subtly different.

And when sat alongside the slightly altered stormtrooper helmets from the forthcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, you can see – from the clone troopers of Attack of the Clones right through to next years Episode VII – a design lineage that makes sense.

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RUMOR: Stealth Stormtrooper In Episode VII
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 17:19

Well, it goes without saying that buckets have been the theme of the day lately, as Latino Review offers up their take on the whole Episode VII Stormtrooper helmet design discussion. In addition, they've added their own little unconfirmed tidbit about another type of stormie armor we'll be seeing in the film that has a rather unique stealth ability to it.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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RUMOR: Sketches Of Han Solo's Episode VII Attire
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 16:47

Indie Revolver provides us with another potential nugget of Episode VII information (in case you missed their Stormtrooper helmet story, you can find it right here) as they are claiming to have a few sketches of what Han Solo will be wearing in the film.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Roel Robles Talks Usagi Yojimbo
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 15:59

After our post yesterday showing the 7 minute Usagi Yojimbo proof of concept film swe were contacted by it's director Roel Robles who gave a bit more background to the project and the pedigree of the talent involved.

This is Roel Robles, director of Usagi Yojimbo stop motion short film. I just wanted to say thank you for posting the 7 minute proof of concept. Really appreciate it. If you notice the names in the credit there are actually a lot of Star Wars alum. Robert Barnes, Euisung Lee and I worked with Doug Chiang in the Star Wars art department on Ep 1 and 2. Count Dooku's saber was actually based off of my filipino sword the "Barong" that I showed George. Fon Davis, Ray Gilberti, Lauren Vogt, Todd Fellows worked in the ILM model shop.

The movies that some of our crew have worked on besides Star Wars, are Nightmare Before Christmas, Coralline and The Matrix. As for myself, Besides being on the art team working under George for Ep 1 and 2, I was also one of the founding members of Robert Zemeckis and disneys image movers digital.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show # 23: Rebels The Visual Guide Author Adam Bray
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 15:34

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

In today’s show we share a cup of coffee with Adam Bray, author of Star Wars Rebels, The Visual Guide. Adam will be discussing his work on the book, as well as his collaboration with the creative forces behind the upcoming series. We also discuss Dave Filloni news and Celebration Anaheim updates (including a Podcasting stage!), Theme Park discussion, the Rebels preview,and Rob interviews Cory Dee Williams on your next offering of “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio”. We will also update you with Coffee With Kenobi t shirt news; This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 43: Friends Of The Magic
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 15:34

It's time to join your hosts over at Skywalking Through Neverland.

SUPERSIZED Pod­cast Episode! We attended the FRIENDS OF THE MAGIC meet-up this past week­end at Dis­ney­land and talk to the orga­nizer of the event, Paul Bar­rie from Win­dow to the Magic. LOTS of Dis­ney pod­cast­ers and sky­walk­ers chime in, too! Adam and Bob­bie Jo Med­ina tell us all about their overnight stay at the HAUNTED MANSION at DISNEYLAND. MUPPETS MOST WANTED comes out on DVD this week so we speak with Mup­pet Geek (or is he a fan?) Mark Ogusche­witz about the film as well as the new online series of shorts being fea­tured on Dis­ney movies anywhere.com. We also try to stump him with a lit­tle MUPPET TRIVIA. Who won the SDCC SWAG BAG? Who is the SKYWALKER OF THE WEEK? You’ll find out on this episode! And as always lots more…including a trib­ute to ROBIN WILLIAMS whom we just lost this week. and as always MUCH MUCH MORE! #NeverLandOnAlderaan!…

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Fantasy Flight Games: Gen Con 2014 - Day 01
Reported by Jonathan on 15 Aug 2014 15:30

Check out this video for a look at Fantasy Flight Games busy first day at Gen Con 2014.

Today was the fantastic first day of Gen Con Indy 2014, and as always, Fantasy Flight Games is thrilled to be in attendance. If you're here at the convention, be sure to stop by our booth and demo some of our hottest new releases.

For those of you who weren't able to make it to Gen Con Indy this year, you'll find a video recap of Day One on YouTube. You'll get a sneak peek into the demos of new games like XCOM: The Board Game, Star Wars™: Armada, Warhammer 40,000: Conquest, and much more! You'll also get an update on the tournament scene, getting a glance at today's tournaments for Android: Netrunner, Star Wars™: The Card Game, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, and X-Wing™.

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'USA Today' Exclusive Clip From Star Wars Rebels Short Featuring Sabine
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 15:20

USA Today has posted an exclusive clip from an upcoming Star Wars Rebels short that showcases graffiti artist Sabine Wren in action!

The short, entitled "Art Attack", is scheduled to air on Disney XD on Monday August 18 at 9:29pm ET.

Check out an exclusive clip from an upcoming short starring Tiya Sircar's Mandalorian explosives expert.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Rancho Blog: The Slug Years: The Life and Times of an Intergalactic Gangster
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 15:10

Head on over to the Rancho Blog as the mighty Jabba prepares to take a cross country trip to Rancho Obi-Wan.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…Wow! It really was a long time ago: hard to believe that we started this project more than seven years ago! And now the Big Slug will be the star of the second annual Rancho Obi-Wan Gala on Sept. 20th! (Get tickets now!)

I had been thinking about the idea of building a full sized Jabba the Hutt prop for some time. I didn’t want a static Hutt though. I wanted a fully operational puppet. I knew it was a terrible idea, but I kept thinking about how awesome it would be!

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Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 9
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 14:30

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

We’re wrapping up The Empire Strikes Back with more analysis of the incredible John Williams soundtrack. David W. Collins & Jimmy Mac explore the music of Cloud City, The Asteroid Cave, and the duel with Darth Vader. Plus, music that got left on the cutting room floor gets rediscovered and put into place courtesy of David’s editing magic. Welcome to Star Wars Oxygen’s final listen to the music of The Empire Strikes Back…For now at least.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Star Wars Rebels Lands In Bookstores
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 13:51

The official site has posted a preview of the various Star Wars Rebels books that should be appearing on retail bookshelves in your area now.

Want to learn more about the heroes and world of Star Wars Rebels? The first books exploring the highly-anticipated animated series have arrived — check out a special preview of each title below!

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Domhnall Gleeson Follows His Brother's Advice On Episode VII Secrecy
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 13:38

In an interview recently conducted with Vulture, new Episode VII cast member Domhnall Gleeson reveals the source of how he has been able to successfully keep all details pertaining to the film under wraps.

How does it feel to know the top-secret plot of Episode VII and all the new characters, and yet you have to keep it completely secret from your friends for years?

My brother gave me some really good advice about it. He said, “Don’t tell anybody, because if you tell one person, it won’t feel as bad to tell a second person. If you tell no one, everything will be okay.” So I’ve told no one, and it’s working out fine. I do feel a wave come over me when I hear those two words, “Star” and “Wars,” said together. I feel tense, shut up, and stare into the middle distance.

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RUMOR: More Images Of Two Episode VII Stormtrooper Helmets; Pic Of An Actual Helmet Too
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 13:23

Indie Revolver is claiming to have an exclusive reveal of not one, but two different Stormtrooper helmet designs that we will be seeing in Episode VII. You can see how their images differ from the earlier sketch done by Tom Hodges (Tom has since removed the sketch from his Instagram account, but you can still check out the image by clicking the source link contained in our story).

And to top it all off, Making Star Wars has posted a photograph (not a sketch or drawing) of an actual Stormtrooper helmet reportedly designed for the film.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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   14 August 2014
Star Wars Rebels To Air On DSTV In South Africa
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 21:08

We just received the following email courtesy of a Jedi News reader from South Africa.

Hi Greetings from South Africa. Yes! Star Wars - Rebels will be aired on our local satellite (cable) service provider DSTV which carries DisneyXD http://www.disney.co.za/star-wars/rebels. The main Star Wars page just says "Coming Soon" - but hopefully we will be in-sync with the worldwide October launch date. The 7min sneak peek that aired in US, did not show, so hoping that we may get to see the teaser shorts leading up to the full series. MTFBWY

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John Boyega Hanging With Samuel L. Jackson
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 21:02

So still at this adidas party....guess who showed up! Only Mace Windu himself! Samuel L Jackson rocks!

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SDCC 2014: Hasbro Star Wars Rebels Product Poster
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 17:30

Head on over to the website 4lomkuss (or click the image above to be taken to the site) for a look at the cool Star Wars Rebels product poster that Hasbro was giving away at their booth during SDCC last month.

Thanks to Jedi News reader Scott M. for sending over the link.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Dark Horse: The Star Wars Video
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 17:13

Now THAT is a thing of beauty. (Note to self: Must add this to the WANT list).

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Star Wars Insider #152 To Feature A New Dawn Excerpt and Artwork
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 15:41

On 6th September Star Wars Insider Issue 152 is set to bring us an excerpt from John Jackson Miller's upcoming novel A New Dawn as well as dazzling artwork by Doug Wheatley.

The next issue of Star Wars Insider Magazine will feature an excerpt from John Jackson Miller's upcoming novel STAR WARS: A NEW DAWN, a prequel to the new REBELS animated series. Accompanying the excerpt will be three original illustrations from the novel's cover artist, Doug Wheatley. Many Star Wars fans will recognize Doug's gorgeous work from the Dark Horse Comics series, STAR WARS: DARK TIMES. Star Wars Insider issue 152 is due to hit news stands on September 6 and the novel debuts on September 2 (in eBook and audio as well). Here's a peek at one of Doug's awesome illustrations from the magazine.

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Episode VII Tweets: John Boyega - August 14, 2014
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 15:22

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Usagi Yojimbo - "The Last Request"
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 14:30

You might be wondering why we're posting this on Jedi News. Well, first of all take a few minutes and watch the video, which has a charm all of its own, and then watch the credits, where Jon Null and Skywalker Sound receive a special thanks.

Comics fans will know of Usagi Yojimbo, the anthropomorphic rabbit bodyguard who first appeared back in 1984, created and drawn by Stan Sakai who has been published by Thoughts and Images, Fantagraphics Books, Mirage Studios, Radio Comix, and Dark Horse Comics and even appeared in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. Hopefully a full-length movie is on the way, and what better way to celebrate Usagi's 30th anniversary than that?

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Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD Cover Art
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 13:16

The official cover art for the upcoming Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD has been revealed via the tweet embedded below.

You can pre-order the DVD (scheduled to be released October 14) via this link. Here's hoping this title is also released on Blu-ray sometime in the near future.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Star Wars Rebels: Mission Series Available For Pre-Order
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 12:34

It's getting closer, it's getting nearer...

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Carrie Fisher on Robin Williams: He Opened Up to Me About Bipolar Disorder
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 12:15

Carrie Fisher has spoken about the recent passing of the great Robin Williams over at the Hollywood Reporter, describing their initial meeting while working on Spielberg's Hook, their shared life experiences and his uniqueness.

Fisher described Williams as the "center of attention" in any room, which is why she said she was so drawn to him. "He was something you just don't see, like a comet. I hope he's like a comet and he comes again, but that would be selfish,” she said, adding that his energy and comic delivery was "unstoppable." "I'm sorry he punctuated his sentence before it had run its course. But he packed in five lifetimes before he left."

Source Hollywood Reporter (via Glen Ewing)
UPDATE 2: Star Wars Rebels Rumour: Airing August On Disney XD In The UK Via Sky?
Reported by BrianC on 14 Aug 2014 12:04

It would be uncharacteristic of a huge company like Sky to get this wrong -- and of course they could get it wrong -- but it appears that Star Wars Rebels will be airing on Sky here in the UK sometime in August.

Purchase the Variety Bundle for just £22.50 a month and Star Wars Rebels could be yours to view. We'll investigate further and update accordingly.

UPDATED: This just in from reader PJ Slim:

RE: Rebels UK, I saw a short advert on UK Disney XD that said coming this October (maybe they will be showing the shorts from august?)

Perfectly logical, we will continue to look into it and get an answer.

UPDATE 2: Checking back made me recall this rumour we had back in February from a Disney shareholder letter. Take a read, we could be imminently receiving to more than we realise.

Source Sky
Star Wars Kidscast Blog: Padawan Parenting: A Jedi Lives to Serve
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 11:42

Check out this great new series from Chris over at Star Wars Kidscast, which kicks off with a guest blog by Jay Krebs.

We all know how incredibly precious time spent together with our younglings can be, and for parents like me who have older kids (a tween and a young teen); we know those sands of time fall faster than stars streaking by in hyperspace.

One of the ways I have found to be a win-win in terms of time spent with my kids is through volunteering. More specifically, Star Wars-style volunteering!

Congratulations on the new series, we look forward to more entries.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 14 Aug 2014 11:03
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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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The Metro: Star Wars Episode 7: Is the Millennium Falcon getting a makeover?
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 10:55

My latest blog arrives over at The Metro where I look at the rumours surrounding the interior redesign of the Millennium Falcon.

As Star Wars Episode 7 grows ever nearer the rumour pot nears boiling point and tantalising glimpses of what could be coming our way next December begin to seep out. Another such glimpse arrives as we get a look at the insides of one of sci-fi’s most iconic ships, the Millennium Falcon via some leaked pictures on the internet. But this isn’t your Dad’s Falcon, this one has had a makeover.

Like any other living space, the Falcon will have seen some changes over the past three decades, with the old and battered acceleration seats replaced by plush brown leather (possibly bantha hide) seats, and the scuffed walls renewed.

Source The Metro
   13 August 2014
Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 21:00
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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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The Wampa's Lair Episode 95: Top 5 Action Scenes
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 18:00

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

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason discuss their Top 5 Action Scenes in the Star Wars films! No lightsaber duels allowed in this one, but they have a great time discussing iconic scenes like the space battle of Endor, the asteroid field chase, as well as some smaller scenes thrown in as well!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Coffee with Kenobi: How Star Wars Changed Me Forever
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 17:25

Writing over at Coffee With Kenobi Rob Wainfur takes a look at the reasons why Star Wars weaved its magic and shaped his childhood.

I was either five or six being either 1977 or 1978 when Star Wars first hit our cinemas here in South Wales. In those days, there always seemed to be a huge gap between US releases and the rest of the world. Anyway I had never heard of Star Wars and out of the blue my brother, who is sadly no longer with us asked if I would like to go and see this space film. Any trip to the cinema back then was like someone taking you to a magical land. Of course I said yes.

Source Coffee With Kenobi
Star Wars Report #140: What’s Up with Dragon Con?
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 17:19

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

On this week’s podcast, Riley and Bethany are joined by Brandy Roatsey, Director of the Star Wars Track at Dragon con to talk about the upcoming convention.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Strongholds - GamesCom Trailer
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 16:45

It's time to visit the worlds of Star Wars The Old Republic.

Watch the Galactic Strongholds GamesCom Trailer and see how you can get your own Stronghold on four iconic planets including Tatooine and Coruscant! Express your creativity and personal style by customizing and showing off your Stronghold to friends. Plus rally your guild aboard your own Guild Flagship and conquer planets across the galaxy in the new Free-to-Play Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Digital Expansion: Galactic Strongholds!

Subscribe today and move into your own Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace early when you join Subscriber Early Access beginning August 19th. Welcome Home!

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New Star Wars Steering Wheel Covers From ThinkGeek
Reported by Justin on 13 Aug 2014 16:00

Check out these new Star Wars Steering Wheel Covers that have been added to ThinkGeek's website. Available in two different designs (Stormtrooper or Darth Vader), each cover will fit steering wheels that are 14 1/2" to 15 1/2" in diameter.

Cost is $19.99 per cover.

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Star Wars Episode VII: To Resume Filming This Month
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 15:16

We're ready to jump back into hyperspace as Harrison Ford prepares to return to the UK for the resumption of filming on Episode VII.

The production went on a two-week hiatus earlier this month due to an injury star Harrison Ford sustained in June. Ford was sidelined after breaking his left leg on the London set June 12 and later underwent surgery.

Ford showing up — and appearing to be back in good health — at Monday's The Expendables 3 premiere in Hollywood had Star Wars observers speculating that he is ready to return to a galaxy far, far away.

Sources could not confirm if Ford was flying back to London to join the production.

Source Hollywood Reporter
RUMOR: More Pics Of The Millennium Falcon At Pinewood Studios
Reported by Justin on 13 Aug 2014 15:12

Following up on our initial post from yesterday, the website Full Scale Falcon has posted some additional photos of what appears to be the Millennium Falcon at Pinewood.

Obviously we have not received any official confirmation stating that these pics are legit, so take them all with a grain of salt for the time being.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Source Full Scale Falcon
Official Site: Remembering Celebration Europe - One Year On
Reported by James on 13 Aug 2014 14:47

 

My latest article arrive at StarWars.com as I take a look back at Star Wars Celebration Europe just over one year ago.

As I write this, it’s exactly a year to the day that Star Wars Celebration came back to Europe at Messe Essen, Germany during the 26 – 28th July 2013. As with all Celebrations this was another fantastic event which saw 20,000 plus people from over 40 countries celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Return of the Jedi in style, and a rare chance to watch the film out in the open too.

If I was asked to pick just one favourite memory from Star Wars Celebration Europe though it would be our arrival in Messe Essen which was a little bit different from most, since we came as part of the Caravan of the Force. Caravan of the Force was a crazy idea that the Jedi News team came up with to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation whilst at our apartment in Orlando, straight after Star Wars Celebration Europe was announced at the end of Star Wars Celebration VI. Naively, we thought it would be easy to achieve, and although it wasn’t and took quite a lot of time and a huge amount of effort, the end result was definitely worth it with all money raised.

Source Official Site
Full Scale Falcon: Possible Falcon Images
Reported by BrianC on 13 Aug 2014 14:43

Check out these images via Full Scale Falcon Blog which takes a look at the possible refitted cockpit of the Falcon in Episode VII.

No spoilers here -- folks decorating their homes over the course of three decades is hardly a shock -- but IF this is legit then it's a great reveal.

Source Full Scale Falcon
Star Wars Bookworms #27: War of the Broken Ring
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 14:27

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

On this episode of Star Wars Bookworms we have another first time guest, we talk about the book and comic news coming out of San Diego Comicon, and we review a couple comic volumes. We were so happy to have first time guest Zak “PT” Thorogood join us. He is the main comic book reviewer over at Jedi News.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
The Metro: What has Princess Leia been doing since Return of the Jedi?
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 14:17

My latest entry over at The Metro arrives as I take a look at the possible history of Princess Leia between Return of the Jedi and Episode VII.

We’ve recently taken a look at the possible lives of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo since the conclusion of Return of the Jedi back in 1983, but what about the third member the triumvirate, Princess Leia Organa?

Of the three she is certainly the most qualified to have a successful career as a politician and leader, being a charismatic talisman for the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War (the war which was taking place during the Original Trilogy) but that’s not to say that life dealt her those cards after the credits rolled on Return of the Jedi.

Source The Metro
Lavabear Travels: Pic With Mark Hamill Outside Pinewood Studios
Reported by Mark on 13 Aug 2014 13:53

Nathan Hamill is sending his Lavabear around the world, taking pictures until he eventually gets gnome. Here he is posing with the worlds greatest Jedi -- yes, that's Mark Hamill -- outside the Pinewood home of Episode VII.

And rightfully the world is going nuts about this cool image of Hamill. How much more Jedi-like could he look?

Source NathanHamill.com
Green Cross Code Man David Prowse Reunited With Droid
Reported by Matt on 13 Aug 2014 13:44

Check out this video on the BBC website focusing on Dave Prowse and his newly renovated Green Cross Code droid.

Mr Prowse said after he began working on the road safety films in 1976, road accident figures reduced "astronomically from about 70,000 to 30,000". "I got the Green Cross Code and Star Wars almost at exactly the same time," said Mr Prowse. "The fact I was involved with Star Wars was so beneficial to the road safety campaign - it was phenomenal. "I'll be taking it round the sci-fi shows, then people can have their photo taken with it."

Source BBC
   12 August 2014
Kurt Toons Episode VII Part 2 Auditions Video
Reported by Justin on 12 Aug 2014 20:33

Another exclusive, behind the scenes look at the production of Star Wars: Episode VII. Join Director J.J. Abrams as he auditions actors for the part of Luke Skywalker's son in the upcoming sequel.

Don't miss Part 1 Writing The Script if you haven't seen it already!

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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NY Comic Con 2014: Artist Alley Gallery Now Up
Reported by Justin on 12 Aug 2014 18:35

The Artist Alley Gallery for NY Comic Con 2014 is now live and includes a series of stunning prints that will be vying for your hard earned cash at the convention.

Be sure to also check out the running list of creators who are scheduled to appear at NYCC.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Star Wars The Black Series Battle on Endor Pack
Reported by Mark on 12 Aug 2014 15:57

$99.00 for the Battle of Endor? Not too bad, and while it doesn't buy you the whole Battle of Endor it buys you a sizeable chunk of the fight via Toys 'R' Us.

Product Description

The Rebel strike team must shut down the shield generator so that the Rebel Alliance can destroy the second Death Star. Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca are joined by the Ewoks in a wild battle against Imperial troopers who control the generator. During the fight, Chewbacca captures an AT-ST walker. The Rebels use the walker to make the Imperial officer and Stormtroopers believe that the Rebels have been captured. The troopers fall for the clever ruse, allowing the Rebels to seize the generator. The shield is down - attack the Death Star and save the galaxy!

Re-create one of the biggest battles in the Star Wars epic with the Battle on Endor Pack! This complete pack is part of the Black Series, the ultimate Star Wars figure collection. The highly functional AT-ST vehicle comes with incredibly detailed Stormtrooper, Imperial Officer, and AT-ST Driver figures for its crew. They can fire the vehicle's missiles at Rebel forces in the pack, the Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca figures! Their Stemzee and Chubbray Ewok allies will help them to bring down the Death Star once and for all! You're gonna need a bigger shelf for your Battle on Endor Pack and the rest of the Black Series!

Features

  • Battle on Endor pack includes 8 figures and 1 vehicle for awesome Star Wars re-enactments Includes Stormtrooper, Imperial Officer, and AT-ST Driver figures
  • AT-ST vehicle has cannon and missiles
  • Includes Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca figures
  • Ewok figures include Stemzee and Chubbray figures

Source Toys 'R' Us (via Tray Chester)
RUMOR: Pics Of Episode VII Millennium Falcon Interior At Pinewood
Reported by Justin on 12 Aug 2014 14:53

Star Wars 7 News brings to our attention a few photos posted on MintInBox.net that are reportedly from the interior of the Millennium Falcon that is being built at Pinewood Studios for Episode VII. Take the source link below to check 'em out.

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Source Star Wars 7 News
T-Shirts: Fett Lucky
Reported by Matt on 12 Aug 2014 14:34

Shirt.Woot is the place, £12..00 - $15.00 is the price (plus P&P of course) and for that you get the chance to get lucky and wear this aerodynamic tee.

Source ShirtWoot
The Metro: Robin Williams: Mork’s unlikely connections to Star Wars and Star Trek
Reported by Mark on 12 Aug 2014 14:09

My latest article arrives over at The Metro as I look at the links between the late, great Robin Williams and the worlds of Star Wars and Star Trek.

His connections with Star Wars and Lucasfilm were cemented not only by his living in the bay area of San Francisco and living close to fellow San Fran legends and friends Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola but by his work in Hook, the Peter Pan sequel directed by Steven Spielberg which featured visual effects by Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic.

His involvement in Hook meant he had to turn down the role of Berlinghoff Rasmussen in the season five episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called A Matter of Time, a role written specifically for him.

Source The Metro
Oscar Winning ILM-er Joe Viskocil Passes Away
Reported by Mark on 12 Aug 2014 13:23

Another from the class of '77 leaves us, along with our sincere thanks and condolences to his family and friends.

Joe Viskocil was hired in 1975 by director George Lucas to work on a film project. Joe, along with other special effects artists, was asked to create things that no one had ever seen before, and to do it from scratch. It took over a year of tedious work, but in the end, if not for Joe Viskocil, Luke Skywalker would not have been able to destroy the Death Star in the climactic ending sequence of STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE. That is because it was Joe who actually produced the blast effect a year before any audience member would see it. Using models, Joe Viskocil created that spectacular explosion that has earned a permanent place in the memories of many fans. His successful work on STAR WARS gave Joe another chance to work with Lucas on STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Examples of his stunning achievements can be seen in the Imperial AT-AT invasion of the rebel base on the ice planet Hoth. Though the actual height of the AT-AT models was only 2 feet, Joe skillfully created the on-screen illusion of the immense size of the imperial walkers, making them appear 200 feet tall to an unsuspecting audience. Joe's successful work on the original trilogy has allowed him to open his own fully-working special effects shop in Hollywood. Joe and his company have been hired to create the fantastic destructive explosions seen in TERMINATOR, TRUE LIES, INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE and GODZILLA . He won an Academy Award for his accomplishments in INDEPENDENCE DAY. Other films on Joe's resume include in the thriller THE PANIC ROOM and STAR TREK NEMESIS.

Source Twitter
Four Star Wars Rebels Shorts Are Bonus Content; Titles Not From Episodes
Reported by Justin on 12 Aug 2014 12:32

We get word via this tweet from @Rebels_TK421 that the four Star Wars Rebels shorts coming our way Monday nights on Disney XD over the next 4 weeks are not clips from actual production episodes but instead bonus content being released specifically as teasers.

The titles of these shorts are also not official titles of upcoming episodes, respectively.

Check out the comments copied below taken from the official Rebels Facebook page.

Thanks to @Rebels_TK421 for the heads up.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back In Haiku
Reported by Mark on 12 Aug 2014 12:30

What better way to communicate the action and adventure of the second Star Wars film than via the format of haiku? Right now there isn't one, so check out the latest from Craig W Chenery and in no time you'll be haiku-ing your way through life as well.

Tauntaun is upset

“Steady girl. You smell something?”

The Wampa decks Luke

* * *

Breaks the Tauntaun’s neck

It drags Luke back to its cave

Jedi for dinner

Source Craig W Chenery
Dave Prowse On BBC Points West Last Night
Reported by Matt on 12 Aug 2014 12:09

Dave 'Darth Vader' Prowse is getting his Green Cross Code droid back after being refitted and brought back into service by Mark Enwright at PodPadStudios.

Dave was reunited with his droid today in Corsham, Wiltshire, home of Charity Sci-Fi. The story was broadcast last night at 6.30pm on BBC Points West.

Star Wars Hologram Phones to Reshape Communications
Reported by Mark on 12 Aug 2014 11:11

Hologram phone technology is surprisingly advanced, and the days of having Princess Leia-like communications might not be as far away as you think.

Check out this article over at WhichVOIP, which looks at the current state of the industry and projects forward into the future and where we will soon be via a handy infogram.

As fans of both science fiction and Internet based communication, we at WhichVoIP decided to explore this intersection of fantasy and reality a bit more in depth. We’ve profiled some of the most exciting hologram devices under development, exploring both their capabilities and the technology that powers their holographic displays, as well as how the iconic imagery of Star Wars inspired their development (two of the companies are named after Leia after all!). And, in the spirit of enhanced visual displays, we decided to present our findings as an infographic. Check out the full story below as we look at how holograms will forever change communication as we know it.

Source Which VOIP
Back in the Day: Robin Williams and Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 12 Aug 2014 10:46

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T-Shirts: Devolution
Reported by Matt on 12 Aug 2014 10:30

Teeconomist are giving you just under three-quarters of a day to grab this evolutionary tee showing how we went from mucking about in the trees to dominating the galaxy.

In male and female cuts from Small to 3XL, it can be yours for just $10.00.

Source Teeconomist
The Star Wars/Robin Wiliams Connection
Reported by Mark on 12 Aug 2014 10:10

Yesterday we posted a piece looking back 20 years to the passing of Peter Cushing. In a million years I couldn't imagine writing a piece less than a day later mourning the passing of the amazing Robin Williams.

Most great artists aren't fully appreciated until after they've left us, and we will never know if Williams realised how much joy his comedy and serious acting skills -- remember, his Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor was for Good Will Hunting but he was nominated as Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Fisher King in '92, Dead Poets Society in '89 and Good Morning Vietnam in '87 -- brought to the planet since the late 70's. I don't have the words, but thankfully the always reliable Jimmy Mac does, looking at Williams and his connections to Star Wars.

Robin Williams…Original, lively and dynamic. A rapid-fire comic wit executed with blazing fast reflexes. Frantic when necessary, thoughtful when appropriate and always razor sharp. The loss of his talent and personality is immeasurable. As the industry, supporters and fans mourn his unfortunate passing, let’s pay tribute to the man and his connection to the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Source Shotglass Digital
   11 August 2014
The WolfPack Podcast #81: Rise of the Rebels
Reported by Mark on 11 Aug 2014 23:45

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Curto, Corey, Chris, and Logan take a look at all the latest Star Wars News of the week! Including all the latest Rebels News, Hasbro news, and more. So strap in, drink your blue milk, and get ready for the jump to hyperspace in this brand new episode!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

Source Wolfpack
Ice Picks
Reported by Mark on 11 Aug 2014 21:42

How's this for some mad ice carving skills? Artoo and Threepio, carved from a block of ice and making the two coolest ice cubes in history.

If only G&T's came big enough for these...

Source Twitter (via Depressed Darth)
20th Anniversary Of The Passing Of Peter Cushing Remembered By Troy Howarth
Reported by Team Jedi News on 11 Aug 2014 21:06

For those of us older members of the Star Wars community it may seem slightly unbelievable that it's been two decades since Peter Cushing passed away. An icon of British cinema, his iconic performance as Grand Moff Tarkin set the template for the English accented villain in the Star Wars galaxy and 20 years on the power of that performance hasn't diminished one jot.

Remembering the passing of a childhood hero is always a melancholy occasion. The 1990s were a wicked decade for me in this regard: 1993 saw the passing of Vincent Price, 1995 took Donald Pleasence, 1996 claimed Lucio Fulci, 1999 saw Oliver Reed succumbing to his demons. In between Price and Pleasence, however, yet another icon was taken from us: on August 11th of that year, Peter Cushing passed away at the age of 81.

Source Peter Cushing Blog
The Metro: What has Han Solo been doing since Return of the Jedi?
Reported by Mark on 11 Aug 2014 21:03

I follow up yesterday's blog asking What’s Luke Skywalker been up to for the last 30 years with the same question posed about Han Solo over at The Metro.

In the Expanded Universe (now known as Legends, making it an alternate timeline for Star Wars and allowing for the makers of the Sequel Trilogy to be unencumbered with other writers plots and storylines) Han Solo married Princess Leia, became a father and a respected leader in the Alliance.

He endured the death of his co-pilot and partner Chewbacca, lost one son and saw another turn to the dark side. But that was then, this is now and his fate is undecided. What other events could have happened to Han Solo in the lead up to where we’ll find him in December 2015’s Episode VII?

Source The Metro
SDCC 2014: Star Wars Rebels Report From 'Comic Book Resources'
Reported by Justin on 11 Aug 2014 19:53

Earlier today Comic Book Resources posted their Star Wars Rebels report from last month's SDCC, and as always it requires the attention of your eyeballs. I'm not entirely sure if their report contains any new information that we haven't received already from other SDCC Rebels interviews/reports (there have been quite a few as you well know). But it's an article about Rebels, so you know you gotta read it regardless.

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Source CBR
Tom Hodges Sketch Of Episode VII Stormtrooper Helmet
Reported by Justin on 11 Aug 2014 17:48

It's not much, but it's enough. Don't ask how I've seen it, I just have. #episodeVII #starwars #501stlegion #stormtroopers

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Source Instagram (via Making Star Wars)
Star Wars Force For Change Episode VII Winner Revealed; Over $5 Million Raised
Reported by Justin on 11 Aug 2014 17:09

With an exciting initiative that offered a chance to win unique rewards and prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime grand prize, Star Wars: Force for Change raised $4,261,410 USD for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Donations were received via fundraising platform Omaze from citizens of 125 countries and enough money was donated to fund the equivalent of 7-8 new UNICEF Innovation Labs. The grand-prize winner was D.C. Barns of Denver Colorado, who shared during on a donor video chat that the first time he saw Star Wars when it opened in theaters in 1977, when he was only five. "I loved it! ... I just couldn't get it out of my head of 35 years." D.C. was then asked to share his favorite Star Wars moment. As he began to reply, he was suddenly surprised in his Denver office by members of Star Wars: Force for Change team. Once settled, D.C. exclaimed, "This! This is my new favorite Star Wars moment!"

Source YouTube
Happy 70th Birthday Ian McDiarmid
Reported by Justin on 11 Aug 2014 15:10

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Star Wars Rebels "The Machine In The Ghost" Short Now Up
Reported by Justin on 11 Aug 2014 13:45

The 3-minute long Star Wars Rebels "The Machine in the Ghost" preview that is scheduled to air on Disney XD later tonight is now available for your viewing pleasure (unless the video is region locked for your location) on the official Disney website.

The video clip has also just been uploaded to the official Star Wars YouTube Channel, embedded below.

 

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Star Wars Force For Change Episode VII Winner Could Be Announced Today
Reported by Justin on 11 Aug 2014 13:31

As a reminder to our earlier post from several days ago, the Star Wars Force For Change Episode VII winner is expected to be revealed today or possibly later this week. So be sure to keep your eyes glued to the Force For Change website and if you happen to be the extremely lucky winner, please let us know!

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Source Force For Change
IndyCast Episode 192
Reported by Justin on 11 Aug 2014 13:13

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

This week we have a great report from Lito Velasco and his experience at this year’s San Diego comic con, IndyCast listener Steve has sent in a report from his recent trip to Disneyland and the state of Indy collectables, more rumours of Indy recasting and we have more of your great emails!

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 11 Aug 2014 11:48
Show Full Story

Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and arrivals...

Source BigBadToyStore.com
   10 August 2014
Full of Sith Episode LXXVII: Coffee With Kenobi
Reported by Mark on 10 Aug 2014 23:09

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

Mike, Bryan, and Bobby are back to talk about the latest Star Wars news, but this time are joined by Dan and Cory from the Coffee With Kenobi Podcast. They discuss Star Wars: Rebels, the absence of Greg Weisman, and other things. The discussion then turns to Princess Leia, and what she actually meant by having memories of her mother.

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

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Star Wars Episode VII: Back to London, Han Solo?
Reported by Mark on 10 Aug 2014 21:44

Harrison Ford is on the mend, healing faster than a tank full of bacta and by the looks of it he'll be barrelling around the sets of Episode VII in no time.

Harrison Ford looked to be in tip-top shape as he boarded his private jet in Santa Monica, California on Tuesday.

Clad in black jeans, a gray T-shirt, grey trainers and cool shades, the actor appeared to be in good spirits as he chatted with friends before making his way to the airplane.

The 72-year-old, who plays Han Solo in the Star Wars films, is expected to return to the set of the seventh installment of the iconic franchise following an injury in June.

Source Daily Mail (via Norm)
Happy Birthday Bonnie Piesse
Reported by Mark on 10 Aug 2014 21:35

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January 2015 LEGO Star Wars sets
Reported by Team Jedi News on 10 Aug 2014 21:32

This is the first wave of product due to hit stores worldwide in January 2015. Please note this is a rumour list and it could all change so nothing will be confirmed till the LEGO group officially reveal products themselves. This list is the product range for mass retail and doesn't include store exclusives.

New Microfighters from the well received pocket money range of super deformed iconic vehicles each with it's own exclusive mini figure.

Microfighters

  • 75072 ARC-170 Starfighter™
  • 75073 Vulture Droid™
  • 75074 Snowspeeder™
  • 75075 AT-AT™
  • 75076 Republic Gunship™
  • 75077 Homing Spider Droid™

Normal scale sets

  • 75089 Geonosis Troopers™
  • 75079 Shadow Troopers
  • 75080 AAT™
  • 75081 T-16 Skyhopper

Star Wars Rebels

  • 75078 Imperial Troop Transport
  • 75090 Ezra’s Speeder Bike™
  • 75082 TIE Advanced Prototype
  • 75083 AT-DP™
  • 75084 Wookiee™ Gunship

15 new sets in January? Looks like LEGO are still going full tilt with their support for the line and there are still store exclusives to be added to this list, it's good to see more ships from Star Wars Rebels, we already have the Ghost and Phantom on store shelves and I'm sure they will continue to ship through 2015 as the show continues to air on Disney XD and lead us up to Episode VII in the winter. We wonder if there will be a summer product range like normal and then a third December product release for Episode VII like they have done the past two years and this year prior to the Hobbit trilogy movies?

The Metro: What’s Luke Skywalker been up to for the last 30 years?
Reported by Mark on 10 Aug 2014 21:02

My latest article arrives on The Metro as I take a look at what Luke Skywalker might have been up to over the past 3 decades.

The American satirical magazine MAD asks that question – they’ve been lampooning Star Wars for almost four decades – and suggest among other things that he’s become a Dork Lord of the Sith or a roadie for Max Rebo.

But all joking aside, what are the options for our heroic Jedi and what could he have been doing in the intervening years?

Source The Metro
Podcast 66: Episode 2- Rebels, Trekkies, and Jimmy Mac Joins The Show
Reported by Mark on 10 Aug 2014 19:14

It's time to join the team for Podcast 66.

This week, they talk about the latest news on Episode VII, and Ryan buries himself with all Star Trek fans by trashing the true Trekkies. They also talk about the new show show Star Wars Rebels, and Dave Filoni being announced as a guest for Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim next year. Jimmy Mac of Rebel Force Radio joins the show to talk about their podcast and their hosting duties at Celebration.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter |

Source Podcast 66
A Jedi Tribute To Richard Marquand
Reported by StephenG on 10 Aug 2014 18:23

From The Bearded Trio:

Featuring rare audio and video interviews with the Return of the Jedi director, Richard Marquand. This tribute also shows behind photos and videos from the set of the Star Wars movie. Richard Marquand was born in Cardiff Wales and unfortunately four years after Return of the Jedi hit the big screens the director at the age of 49 died. He has often been overlooked in his contribution to the Star Wars universe. I hope this short video helps in some way to rectify that.

It certainly does Rob. :)

Source The Bearded Trio
Toys R Us "Secrets Of Star Wars Rebels" The Ghost Video
Reported by Justin on 10 Aug 2014 17:54

Source TRU
Jedi Rocks!
Reported by Matt on 10 Aug 2014 17:10

Check out this awesome cool photo of Mark Hamill and family enjoying the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool. There's no doubt about it - this Jedi Rocks!

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Titles For Series Of Star Wars Rebels Disney Channel Interstitials?
Reported by Justin on 10 Aug 2014 15:32

Our friends over at Rebels Report appear to have uncovered information pertaining to the series of four Star Wars Rebels Disney Channel interstitials, or video shorts, mentioned back in February as a way to introduce viewers to some of the main characters that will be appearing in the upcoming TV series.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Source Rebels Report
The Realm Recap: Episode #25 - Nay (SDCC) Jabba No Bodda
Reported by Mark on 10 Aug 2014 15:22

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

Now that the freshness and con-stink of SDCC has worn off, The Realm Recap returns this week to a state of normalcy but one thing remains…. Jabba! Is Monday the day that HasbroToyShop mercifully puts their SDCC Exclusive(s) up for pre-order or will they drag this cruel game out for another week? We also discuss the latest store reports as new product is officially starting to hit retailer shelves now.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

Source Yakface
Hasbro Site Updated With Star Wars Rebels Content
Reported by Justin on 10 Aug 2014 14:49

The official Hasbro Star Wars website has updated its landing page with Star Wars Rebels background imagery as the new primary focus, replacing the older Episode III Mustafar layout. Click the image above or the source link below to visit the site and check it out!

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Jedi Temple Archives News: Walmart Plan-O-Gram Revealed
Reported by Matt on 10 Aug 2014 14:29

Our friends over at Jedi Temple Archives bring us some fascinating news regarding the reset that is forthcoming for the Star Wars line in their stores, specifically the Ottowa store where this image was taken.

Click here to visit Jedi Temple Archives for the fully story.

Source Jedi Temple Archives
Official Site: Essential Guide To Warfare: Authors Cut, Part 11: Serving the Empire
Reported by Mark on 10 Aug 2014 13:53

Jason Fry, Paul Urquhart and Erich Schoeneweiss once again bring us a detailed look into the material that was cut from the The Essential Guide to Warfare, material which - may I suggest - would make a fascinating and engrossing ebook.

Jason Fry: Call this a “missing piece” from one of the movies – I was always curious what it would be like to be aboard a warship knocked out by an ion cannon, and the fate of the Tyrant in The Empire Strikes Back was the perfect chance to play with that. I like this piece, but as I’ve said before, the “short story” sidebars were the easiest to cut.

Erich Schoeneweiss: This is a great idea and a story I might have tried to include: It’s a moment from the movies that many readers will recognize and presents new information. But I don’t think it goes far enough. Had I chosen to include it I would have pressed Jason to expand upon it. Is the ship plunged into darkness? Are there emergency generators? How are life-support functions affected and how long will they be operational – or, if they’ve been knocked out, how long can the crew survive? Is the crew able to make repairs and restore some ship functions? Are the escape pods operational? Communications? What kinds of contingency plans/training are in place for such a moment? How does the rescue operation work, if there is one? Jason opened the door a crack to a much larger discussion that I would love to see explored.

Source Official Site
   09 August 2014
What's Luke Skywalker Been Up to For the Last 30 Years?
Reported by Mark on 09 Aug 2014 23:52

That's the question posed by MAD Magazine as they return to the Star Wars coalface and mine it for more laughs. Check out this article in the Huffington Post by Bryan Young which looks at that question in MAD's unique manner.

For their new issue, MAD has given us an exclusive look at their new spread that answers a very important question: What has Luke Skywalker been up to for the last 30 years? If you follow the right path, it actually tells the story of the old Expanded Universe...

Source Huffington Post (via Club Jade)
IGN Multiplayer Online Battle Area List Includes Star Wars
Reported by MarcZ on 09 Aug 2014 23:43

The hottest thing in video games today is MOBA or Multiplayer Online Battle Area. If you have not heard about this genre, it is a team based battle royal, where players choose one out of many (sometimes hundreds) of pre made characters. Each game normally lasts between 15-45 minutes and the over all challenge is to destroy the other team’s base. While each MOBA can vary in style or gameplay, this is the basics to the genre. Last month, DOTA 2, one of the biggest MOBAs around held its world championships and gave out over ten million dollars in prizes.

Gaming website, IGN, just comprised a list of seven beloved franchises that they believe showed be turned into MOBAs. Star Wars was top on their list, and I could not agree more with this opinion. They also choose a few other of my favorite franchises including LEGO, Mortal Kombat and Marvel.

This choice almost seems too obvious. MOBAs often feature massive rosters, each with wildly different looks and abilities. The Star Wars universe is brimming with Jedi, Sith, bounty hunters, smugglers, brawlers, and crazy death robots -- all of which are distinct and could have different play styles in a battle arena.

The non-playable units could be stormtroopers, battle droids, gungans, Rebel troops, or even ewoks, depending on the map.

If you think about it, Star Wars Battlefront II is already kind of like a MOBA. You control a hero character and run around fighting things on a map while your NPC soldiers wage their own objective-based wars.

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T-Shirts: Boba Fett: The Animated Series
Reported by Matt on 09 Aug 2014 23:35

$12.00 -plus $4.00 postage and packaging and North American fans can own this tee that offers a glimpse of what might be should Lucasfilm ever have the (smart) idea of making a Boba Fett animated series.

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ForceCast #315: Filoni, Finoli, Finale
Reported by Mark on 09 Aug 2014 22:02

t's time to join your hosts Eric, Erik and Justin for the ForceCast.

Star Wars Rebels is heading to television, Dave Filoni is heading to Celebration Anaheim, Star Wars attractions are headed to Disney theme parks, and The Clone Wars soundtrack is headed to a store near you. In this week's show, we discuss all the great things headed our way, focusing on the seven-minute preview of Rebels that aired on Disney XD. Harrison Ford walks and Rian Johnson talks, and it's all here on The ForceCast!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Daisy Returning For Star Wars VIII & IX?
Reported by StephenG on 09 Aug 2014 19:16

In an update to our article UTA Signs Daisy Ridley /Film expand on the implications of this signing:

Thursday, news broke that actress Daisy Ridley had signed with a new agency.

This in itself isn’t that exciting. While 99% of the world doesn’t know who the actress is (she only has like 7,000 followers on Twitter), next year that’ll change. She’s one of the leads in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode VII.

Rumors and speculation have run rampant over which character the actress is playing but, buried in the agency story, was a bit of a hint.

Her signing with the new agency is because she’s expected to return for Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII and Star Wars Episode IX. Read more about Daisy Ridley Star Wars below.

Interesting and cool news!

Source /Film
Gentle Giant 10 Year Commemorative Holiday Bust Pre-order
Reported by James on 09 Aug 2014 08:53

It's that time of year again and in true Gentle Giant tradition they are offering their Premier Guild Members the 2014 Holiday Bust. To commemorate the 10th year of the annual Holiday Bust, Gentle Giant have a Golden Stormtrooper mini bust with a bonus accessory mouse droid available for $100 with pre-orders available now.  Over to Gentle Giant to explain...

What started as a token gift in 2004 has become a holiday tradition for us at Gentle Giant. We are pleased to have shared the past ten years of these fun to create seasonal selections and look forward to 10 more years with each and every one of you, our collectors and our friends.

The piece that started it all, the Chrome and Gold Sandtrooper of 2004 has influenced us again in 2014. As we come full circle, we are proud to present the new Golden Stormtrooper in brilliant chrome finish. This rare and limited edition piece will be accompanied by an exclusive mouse droid with holiday wrap especially for our Premier Guild Members only.

If you are not a current Premier Guild Member; it's not too late to join and secure your Golden Stormtrooper. Order your Premier Guild Membership by taking this link now.

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 44
Reported by Mark on 09 Aug 2014 04:25

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

On this week’s episode of Now, This Is Podcasting! we learn that Johnamarie has never seen "The Goonies." Jason and Jeremy make a big deal out of it. On the rest of the show: Wrestler Sheamus at Skellig Michael and rumored to play the iconic role of Darth Vader, Daisy Ridley part of the Skelling Michael shoo with Mark Hamill, Gary Whitta interested in writing a Star Wars novel one day, Dave Filoni open to doing a Star Wars spin-off film, Peter Mayhew says that there will be little digital effects for Episode VII, Bob Iger on new Star Wars Disney attractions, Kevin Kiner on compiling a complete soundtrack for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Boba Fett in Rebels?, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion DVD, Rebels 7-minute look, Star Wars Rebels book reviews for the week of August 5th, and Pod People: Community Questions!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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   08 August 2014
Fantasy Flight Games: Star Wars: Armada
Reported by Jonathan on 08 Aug 2014 23:31

Liked 'X-Wing'? Love 'Armada'!

Armada is an upcoming 2-player miniatures game from Fantasy Flight Games where the huge capital warships of the Star Wars universe clash in the epic battles that rage across the war-stricken galaxy.

'Massive Star Destroyers fly to battle against Rebel corvettes and frigates. Banks of turbolasers unleash torrential volleys of fire against squadrons of X-wing and TIEs. As Rebel and Imperial fleets collide, it is your job to issue the commands that will decide the course of battle and, ultimately, the fate of the galaxy'.

Due early 2015.

Source Fantasy Flight Games
Star Wars Actors Appearances Updates
Reported by Mark on 08 Aug 2014 22:51

Jedi News is working with Star Wars Actors Appearances to bring you the very latest in Star Wars actors convention appearances. Click here to view this weeks updates on the site and check below to see the new actors who've been added.

  • 7/8/14: Added appearances for Chris Bunn, John Cannon, Derek Chafer, David Church, Jim Dowdall, David Field, Alan Flyng, Grant Hall, Doug Robinson, Barry Summerford, Alan Swaden and Keith Swaden
  • 6/8/14: Added appearances for Peter Allen, Laurence Estrin, Stephen Fitzalan, Salo Gardner, Rusty Goffe, Garrick Hagon, Noel Hawkins, Steve Ismay, Jack Klaff, Michael Leader, Jack McKenzie, Mike Mungarvan, Quentin Pierre, Mike Randall, Katee Sackhoff, Tony Smart and Syd Wragg
  • 5/8/14: Added appearances for Chris Bunn, Peter Burroughs, Warwick Davis and Raymond Griffiths
  • 4/8/14: Added appearances for James Marsters and Dave Prowse
  • 3/8/14: Added appearances for Jerome Blake, Michael Carter, Nick Joseph, Lewis MacLeod and Shane Rimmer
  • 31/7/14: Added appearances for Kenny Baker, Rusty Goffe and Dave Prowse
  • 30/7/14: Added appearances for Peter Mayhew
  • 29/7/14: Added appearance for Nick Joseph

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Rancho Obi-Wan 2nd Annual Gala: New Logo Revealed
Reported by MarcZ on 08 Aug 2014 22:29

Rancho Obi-Wan released a brand new logo today for their upcoming Rancho Obi-Wan 2nd Annual Gala 2014. The gala takes place on September 20 and tickets are on sale now.

They also teased us by saying the auction list will be released soon. Stay turned to Jedi News for any and all news about this fantastic event. Mark, James and myself will be covering this event live, plenty of stories to come.

Source Rancho Obi-Wan
Bad Robot Tweets Back To Zack Snyder
Reported by Matt on 08 Aug 2014 22:09

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Jedi Interceptor | LEGO Star Wars 75038 | HD Review
Reported by Steven on 08 Aug 2014 21:24

Load up Anakin Skywalker™ and R2-D2™ into the agile Jedi™ Interceptor with opening cockpit, folding wing flaps and new dual spring-loaded shooters. Then take to the stars and rescue Palpatine™ from the clutches of the evil confederate forces!

  • Includes Anakin Skywalker™ minifigure with a Lightsaber and R2-D2™
  • Features opening cockpit, folding wing flaps and new dual spring-loaded shooters
  • Open the cockpit, jump in and prepare for battle
  • Take aim and fire the powerful new spring-loaded shooters
  • Recreate exciting battle scenes from Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  • Measures over 2” (6cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 6” (17cm) wide
  • Create an even more exciting Battle of Coruscant with 75044 Droid Tri-fighter™

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RebelForce Radio: August 8, 2014
Reported by Mark on 08 Aug 2014 21:18

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

RebelForce Radio is on the road to Rancho Obi-Wan. Join us as we fly into San Francisco, grab a car and hit the 101 North to Petaluma. But before we can see Steve Sansweet, we have a couple of stops along the way. First, we visit Executive Producer of Star Wars Rebels Dave Filoni for an exclusive interview recorded at Lucasfilm headquarters. Dave give us the lowdown on his blueprint for Rebels, the legacy of The Clone Wars, his thoughts on the prequels and more. Then, we chat with Pablo Hidalgo about the history of Lucasfilm, Star Wars Celebration and even some Star Wars RPG! Plus, ILM, Skywalker Ranch, The Billy Dee Quote of the Week and much more!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

BTW, this is our 18,000th post on Jedi News.

Source RebelForce Radio
Tosche Station Radio #90: A Significant Presence
Reported by Mark on 08 Aug 2014 19:59

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

It’s news from San Diego Comic Con and around the web on this episode of Tosche Station Radio!

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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Transcript Of Disney August 5 Earnings Call; Bob Iger Big Supporter Of Netflix
Reported by Justin on 08 Aug 2014 19:59

The full transcript from Disney's earnings call with CEO Bob Iger that took place earlier this week is available to view for all who are interested. During the call, Iger had the following to say about his partnership with Netflix, which as you know is the exclusive home (at least for now) of The Clone Wars Season 6 in the US and Canada.

Netflix, we’re growing our business with Netflix, first of all because we believe in their platform and its future. And we have from the beginning, when we did the output deal with the studio and we also believe that our brands can be well monetized on their platform, which is evidenced what they are paying for our brands and our content. So as long as that continues, which I think it will, not just domestically but internationally our business is expected to be robust with them or even grow. So it’s a good combination. We’ve got brands and content that they want and they have a platform that we like and that we want and they are willing to pay the right price for our content, good prices for our content. I think it’s mutually beneficial.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Details On Pin Trading Program
Reported by Justin on 08 Aug 2014 18:34

The official Celebration Anaheim 2015 website has been updated with information on the new Celebration Pin Trading Program, including images of the first 5 pins in the collection that have been revealed so far!

Here's where the fun begins…the debut of the Star Wars Celebration Pin Trading Program! Featuring pins designed by artist Christopher Lee, the Star Wars Celebration Pin Trading Program will scatter 45 unique Star Wars pins across Celebration Anaheim. Fans can purchase some directly from the Celebration Store, other pins will be available exclusively at special events, and even a few more available for trade with select members of the Celebration crew.

Want to start your Celebration Pin Trading set before you get to Celebration Anaheim? Your journey begins now with the Road to Celebration – a special selection of pins only available to Celebration ticket holders online! Released throughout the months leading into Celebration Anaheim, the Road to Celebration will start you off with ten pins to collect and trade!

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Star Wars Rebels Official Title Music Track
Reported by Justin on 08 Aug 2014 17:26

 

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Star Wars Rebels "The Machine In The Ghost" Preview Clip Via IGN
Reported by Justin on 08 Aug 2014 17:20

As this clip -- from a larger Star Wars Rebels short called "The Machine and the Ghost" -- shows, Kanan and Hera don't always see eye-to-eye, even when they're in the midst of battling TIE Fighters... which puts the ship's droid, Chopper, right in the middle of a conflict over which emergency needs to be dealt with first.

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 42: Guardians Of The Brand
Reported by Mark on 08 Aug 2014 16:58

It's time to join your hosts over at Skywalking Through Neverland.

Guardians Of The Galaxy! On this episode we’ll be talk­ing with our Rebel Spy, Dave Skale, about the unusual mar­ket­ing and approach for such an unusual film that had an unusual amount of pres­sure on it to carry the brand for­ward. Did the Guardians save the Mar­vel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse brand?

And remember, #NeverlandOnAlderaan!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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NOMCAST Episode 3
Reported by Mark and Jonathan on 08 Aug 2014 16:46

It's time to join Jonathan, Lisa, Nancy and Mark for Nomcast.

Join us for our third episode as we talk about random nerd stuff including Computer Games - No Man's Sky, Bringing the disparate Marvel movies back together, Growing up a nerd, Post-apocalyptic: is it still doable and a massive unplanned Star Wars free-for-all!

ALERT: Parents, watch out for some fruity language during the episode as the conversation gets more heated (well, we were talking about Star Trek Into Darkness)

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Star Wars Battlefront Could Be First DICE Game To Have Space Battles
Reported by Justin on 08 Aug 2014 16:31

The September issue of the Official Xbox Magazine has a brief article on page 39 that suggests a potential first for developer DICE with their highly anticipated upcoming Star Wars Battlefont title. Click the image above for a larger view to check it out.

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Gary Whitta Starts Work On Stand Alone Film
Reported by Mark on 08 Aug 2014 16:16

He's writing it for director Gareth Edwards, it's due for release on 16th December 2016 and we don't yet know what it's about. But what we do know is how it starts, and Whitta -- unsurprisingly -- had this to say about how it felt to write those magical words in an official writers capacity.

Writing that felt pretty good.

I bet it did.

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Official Site: Star Wars In The UK: London Film and Comic Con
Reported by Mark on 08 Aug 2014 15:53

My latest article arrives over at StarWars.com as I take a look at last months London Film and Comic Con.

The roster of Star Wars guests ran the gamut of the franchise, from the very first film — producer Gary Kurtz, Garrick “Biggs Darklighter” Hagon, and Lord Vader himself, Dave Prowse, represented A New Hope — through to The Empire Strikes Back with everybody’s favorite card player, gambler, and scoundrel Billy Dee Williams, the galaxy’s greatest bounty hunter Boba Fett in the form of Jeremy Bulloch and Bespin Guard Quentin Pierre. Return of the Jedi brought us skiff guard Corey Dee Williams, the always wonderful Femi “Oola” Taylor, Carrie Fisher’s stunt double Tracey Eddon, as well as the menagerie of Paul Springer, Andy Herd, Julius LeFlore, Phil Herbert, Tim Dry, John Simpkin, and Sean Crawford, while the prequel trilogy was represented by Dean Mitchell and the man of a thousand faces Jerome Blake. Covering the two trilogies came the Emperor himself, Ian McDiarmid, as well as two guests from Episode VII. Her royal highness Carrie Fisher was in attendance after Peter Mayhew was sadly unable to attend — and finally, covering all three trilogies, was the one and only Kenny Baker.

Source Official Site
New Star Wars Rebels 30-Second Ezra Teaser Video
Reported by Justin on 08 Aug 2014 14:45

Check out this new 30-second Star Wars Rebels teaser video featuring Ezra that has been posted to the Disney website.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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DC COMICS Super Heroes - LEGO The Tumbler #76023
Reported by James on 08 Aug 2014 13:59

Excuse the intrusion... it's not Disney related but it is LEGO, and many LEGO Star Wars fans also collect the LEGO DC COMICS Super Heroes and Marvel lines. 

Here's some of the first in-hand photos of The Tumbler in LEGO form, from The Dark Knight trilogy...

 

Take the link below to sister site Brick News for more...

Source Brick News
Star Wars Rebels "The Machine In The Ghost" Preview Coming August 11
Reported by Justin on 08 Aug 2014 13:44

Source Rebels Report
Domhnall Gleeson Shares A Tidbit On Episode VII Secrecy
Reported by Justin on 08 Aug 2014 13:17

New Episode VII cast member Domhnall Gleeson's secrecy surrounding details on the film have been well documented before here on Jedi News. But the actor did offer up the slightest bit of security information pertaining to the production of the movie via the comments below taken from an interview posted on ComingSoon.net:

"When you walk from your trailer to the set - you're in Pinewood Studios - you have to put on a big, black cloak thing to cover all of your clothes, like full length, 'cause they're worried about people seeing costumes and stuff. It's crazy."

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UTA Signs Daisy Ridley
Reported by StephenG on 08 Aug 2014 09:48

Via Club Jade:

Among heated competition, UTA has signed Daisy Ridley.

Why would there be heated competition for an actress I’ve never heard of? Well, she is the female lead in the J.J Abrams-directed resuscitation of Star Wars and the plan is for her carry through to the second and third films that will be directed by Looper helmer Rian Johnson.

Check out the full article below.

Source Deadline Hollywood
Official Site: Galactic Gladiators: Great Warriors Of Star Wars
Reported by MarcZ on 08 Aug 2014 02:01

Our friend Tim Veekhoven highlights different galactic gladiators from the Star Wars universe. Head over to the official site to find an in-depth overview of gladiators from earth and the galaxy far far away

Gladiators are one of several aspects from ancient times that have found their way into the Star Wars galaxy. Not only does the Empire use Gladiator-class Star Destroyers and Mandalorians fight with Gladiator-class Assault Fighters, there truly are a lot of gladiatorial fights in the galaxy. They are organized on several planets in deadly arenas, manned by all kinds of gladiators. Gladiators sometimes are the most important form of entertainment for powerful and cruel potentates, hoping to please their subjects by this primitive form of recreation. When gladiator droids were introduced into the world of gladiatorial games, it meant the fan favorites no longer had to die. Droids can be outfitted with even more brutal weaponry and can take more damage than organic combatants. A whole new genre of droids was thus introduced, such as the Rodian-built RHTC-560 Hunter Trainer and the invincible Mark X Executioner. Now let’s have a look at the most infamous gladiatorial combat arenas in the galaxy.

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   07 August 2014
The HoloNet Returns!
Reported by MarcZ on 07 Aug 2014 23:36

Here is a piece of news that I think slipped through the cracks from San Diego Comic Con. The Empire has released a news site. Of Course it will matters on your political views, you might view this just as Empire propaganda, but then I'd have to call you rebel scum!

Take a peek at these videos to see where the Empire is headed in Star Wars Rebels.

Source HoloNet News
T-Shirts: D F V
Reported by Matt on 07 Aug 2014 22:56

Weekly Shirts bring us this technicolour tee as Lord Vader oppts to get with the program and fully embrace the 3D revolution.

Just $12.00 plus $4.00 P&P in the States, which is a steal in anybody's book.

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Official Site: Monsters of The Clone Wars: Season One
Reported by MarcZ on 07 Aug 2014 22:39

Adam Bray, who has just put out the Star Wars Rebels Visual Guide, breaks down all the amazing creatures from season one of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Click the link below to head over to the official site to see all the creatures from the EMMY award winning show.

The six Star Wars films introduced lots of fantastic creatures, from acklays and banthas to varactyls and wampas. However, The Clone Wars, with its own feature film and six seasons of 121 episodes, has infused the Star Wars universe with a menagerie of remarkable beasts many times over. In this series we will explore these unique monsters, brought to life by supervising director Dave Filoni, lead designer Kilian Plunkett, and the talented team at Lucasfilm Animation, beginning with season one of The Clone Wars.

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Hot Wheels Darth Vader Advert
Reported by Mark on 07 Aug 2014 22:24

It made a pretty hefty splash when it rolled into last months San Diego Comic Con, so check out this video highlighting the magnificent life-sized The Hot Wheels ® Star Wars™ Darth Vader™.

Hot Wheels® and Star Wars™ join forces to create the ultimate ride for the dark side! The Hot Wheels ® Star Wars™ Darth Vader™ life-size car is complete with an LS3 engine, 526 horsepower, custom red line tires and heavy breathing sounds from the Sith Lord himself.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 07 Aug 2014 22:15
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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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Kilian Plunkett Talks About Ralph McQuarrie Influence On Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Justin on 07 Aug 2014 21:52

We've been enjoying quite a few amazing interviews lately that have been conducted with the masterminds behind the production of the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated TV series, and this latest piece certainly continues that trend. Disney Insider recently spent some time talking with Rebels art director Kilian Plunkett about how the iconic work of legendary artist Ralph McQuarrie has been a driving force behind the creation of this new entry in the Star Wars saga.

We spoke with Star Wars Rebels art director Kilian Plunkett about the qualities of McQuarrie’s art that make it so timeless, and how the new series stays faithful to the spirit of the first original Star Wars art, produced long before the franchise became what it is today.

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A Cup of Clone Wars: The Disappeared Parts I & II (46)
Reported by Mark on 07 Aug 2014 21:49

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

Welcome to A Cup of Clone Wars, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: The Clone Wars through a critical lens. On today’s show, we discuss Parts I & II of The Disappeared from Season 6, featuring Jar Jar Binks and Mace Windu. Laird Malamed of the Indy Cast and Chris Hamilton from Star Wars Kidscast. join us as we look at these two polarizing characters, as well as the nature of the Force, Mother Talzin, and Indiana Jones references. This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

And if you want to show your support for Coffee With Kenobi, click here and order one of their new t-shirts!

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The Phantom | LEGO Star Wars: Rebels 75048 | HD Review
Reported by Steven on 07 Aug 2014 21:41

Join the Rebel resistance against the evil Empire in The Phantom attack shuttle, as seen in the exciting Star Wars: Rebels animated TV series! Place young Rebel hero Ezra Bridger™ in the detachable cockpit and store his cadet helmet and blaster in the cargo hold. Fit Ezra's Droid companion, C1-10P™, in the back, close the roof, unfold the wings for flight mode and launch into battle. Fire the 2-way spring-loaded shooter to repel attacks from the front or the rear. After a successful mission, dock The Phantom safely on 75053 The Ghost starship (sold separately).

  • Includes an Ezra Bridger™ minifigure with a weapon and accessory, plus a C1-10P™ figure
  • Features an opening and detachable cockpit with computer dashboard detail, 2 front shooters, hull section with removable roof and space for a droid, fold-out wings, 2-way spring-loaded shooter, rear cargo compartment and translucent red rocket boosters
  • Includes a blaster and a cadet helmet for Ezra
  • Store the helmet and weapon in the cargo compartment
  • Place Ezra in the cockpit and launch into battle
  • Fold out the wings for flight mode
  • Fire the spring-loaded shooter forwards or backwards
  • Recreate exciting scenes from the Star Wars: Rebels animated TV series!
  • The Phantom measures over 3" (9cm) high, 7" (19cm) long and 3" (10cm) wide
  • Combine with 75053 The Ghost starship.

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Coffee With Kenobi: The Role of the Alien in Star Wars, Part One of Three
Reported by Mark on 07 Aug 2014 21:36

Coffee With Kenobi are really smashing it lately, not only with their always excellent podcasts but their insightful and fascinating blogs. Check out the latest, by Alex Ward.

As the Star Wars fan community continues to get shaken up by exciting Star Wars: Episode VII casting announcement after exciting Star Wars: Episode VII casting announcement (okay, there were only four, but they were pretty exciting, okay? Come on, one guy’s name is Pip! How is that not exciting?), it’s time to start asking a question that will soon be asked by many: which of these actors are playing the aliens?

Now, before this turns into aimless speculation (Andy Serkis, Bothan spy of the New Republic?!), let’s get to the point: aliens, particularly cool-looking and quirky aliens, are fundamental to a good Star Wars movie. Why? Maybe we just like the way they look, from the original trilogy’s Muppet-influenced Yodas and Salacious Crumbs to the prequel trilogy’s CGI wonders like the camel-like eopies and the insectoid Geonosians. But what role have aliens historically played in the Star Wars films?

Source Coffee With Kenobi
Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Guardians of the Galaxy
Reported by Mark on 07 Aug 2014 21:14

The film is smashing it at cinemas worldwide -- and we can only hope that Episode VII delivers the same levels of fan satisfaction -- so it's a timely post that Bryan Young delivers to StarWars.com as he delves into the cinema behind Star Wars and it's parallels to the awesome Guardians of the Galaxy.

It’s no surprise that the film would remind people of our favorite galaxy far, far away. James Gunn went out of his way to make the film like Star Wars, telling Den of Geek, “This was intentionally my version of Star Wars. When I was first considering doing the movie, the chance to make something like that was one of the things that got me on board. Not just Star Wars, but Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and other movies like that. The stuff I loved as a kid. I wanted to make a movie that made people feel the way they made me feel.

“And it’s not that I wanted to make it actively resemble something that already exists, but all of them were all in the mix. It’s forward-looking. That’s what it shares with those movies more than anything else. Raiders and Star Wars and the like were updates of the 1930s serials, and my hope with Guardians is that we’ve done something similar, looking back at those movies while making something new.”

Source Official Site
Jabba The Hutt Retires To The Old Hutts Home (AKA Rancho Obi-Wan)
Reported by Mark on 07 Aug 2014 21:09

He's lived his entire life as a Hutt and now he's moving into a converted chicken barn. Not a bad way to be put out to pasture for 501st New England Garrison member Jabba Desilijic Tiure.

After a prosperous life in the public eye, the Mighty Jabba is retiring to Rancho Obi-Wan! His excellency has partaken of many festivities with the 501st New England Garrison, traveling near and far to spread his glory to Star Wars fans as far south as Orlando, Florida. Now, the Mighty Jabba is making one last roadtrip to the retirement home that all Hutts dream of---Rancho Obi-Wan

And it seems his debut at Rancho Obi-Wan will coincide with the Rancho Obi-Wan 2nd Annual Gala 2014, being held on Saturday 20th September. Tickets are still available, but they won't be around forever so get ordering NOW!

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Star Wars Fan Film Awards Returning
Reported by Justin on 07 Aug 2014 21:05

Lucasfilm is excited to announce that the Star Wars Fan Film Awards are coming back — and shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Celebrating fan-made short films inspired by a galaxy far, far away, the Star Wars Fan Film Awards will return for the first time in three years, welcoming different genres and styles. The best short films will be screened at Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, California. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

With Star Wars entering an unprecedented new era of creativity, Lucasfilm is thrilled to bring back the Star Wars Fan Film Awards.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Fantasy Flight Games: Draw Their Fire: Announcing the Second Force Pack in the Rogue Squadron Cycle
Reported by Jonathan on 07 Aug 2014 20:51

Fantasy Flight Games continue to roll out packs in their Star Wars: The Card Game series as they bring us the second pack in their Rogue Squadron Cycle, Draw Their Fire.

From the site:

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Draw Their Fire, the second Force Pack in the Rogue Squadron cycle for Star Wars™: The Card Game!

Draw Their Fire offers more support for the main theme of the Rogue Squadron cycle: ace pilots and the starships they fly. With the new pilot (X) keyword, your Pilot units can command iconic fighters and capital ships in massive interstellar dogfights, while a new fate card brings the tension of flying starfighters to your edge battles. You’ll find the relentless Fighters of Black Squadron, pilot experimental starships such as the TIE defender, or help Qu Rahn defend the secrets of the Valley of the Jedi within Draw Their Fire.

Source Fantasy Flight Games
Official Site: Simon Kinberg Shares His SDCC 2014 Experience
Reported by Justin on 07 Aug 2014 20:12

Executive producer of Star Wars Rebels Simon Kinberg shares some of his thoughts and photographs from his experience at SDCC last month in a new article posted on StarWars.com.

I was six years old when I saw The Empire Strikes Back in the movie theater for the first time. When the movie ended, I looked up at my dad and said, “I want to do that.” I didn’t know what “that” was. I just knew the movie changed my life. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would actually get to create new Star Wars stories, or create dialogue for some of my favorite characters from the original films. I just knew I didn’t want to leave the theater, I wanted Star Wars to be my life. And somehow, miraculously, it’s become my life (or at least a big part of it).

I’ve also been going to San Diego Comic-Con for many years. So coming to the Con as one of the ambassadors for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga was its own surreal experience. Here’s a few pics from my craziest Comic-Con yet…

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Star Wars Rebels Round Hallmark Ornament & Plush Blanket On Toys R Us Website
Reported by Justin on 07 Aug 2014 19:21

Head on over to the Toys R Us website to check out their selection of Star Wars Rebels themed items that they currently have available for purchase online, including the AWESOME round Hallmark ornament shown above and a new Plush Blanket.

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New Toys R Us "Secrets Of Star Wars Rebels" Videos
Reported by Justin on 07 Aug 2014 18:59

As posted via our friends at Rebels Report:

Toys”R”Us has released two videos promoting Star Wars Rebels on their Canadian Youtube channel. The first video is a new one dubbed “Behind the Force” and the second one is the 60-second trailer with a new introduction from Dave Filoni.

The video containing new footage from the series has been embedded below. You can check out the 60-second trailer video featuring Filoni's intro right here.

 

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SDCC 2014: Full 'Slashfilm' Star Wars Rebels Interview With Dave Filoni
Reported by Justin on 07 Aug 2014 17:55

Germain Lussier over at Slashfilm has posted his complete interview that he conducted with Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni during last month's SDCC. It goes without saying that any and all interview sessions that are held with Filoni fall under the "must read" category.

Filoni is an executive producer on the show, which will debut on Disney XD in October, but was also the showrunner of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As I said in a recent article, he’s the person primarily responsible for keeping the Star Wars franchise relevant for the past decade. So it was truly exciting to get a chance to sit down with him, one on one, at Comic-Con after seeing the series’ first two episodes. I got to ask him everything above and then some. And I don’t mean to brag, but I have yet to read anywhere else some of Filoni’s justifications for who the characters in Star Wars Rebels are, their significances, and more.

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Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of The Rebellion DVD Coming October 14
Reported by Justin on 07 Aug 2014 17:47

Given the stated release date for this DVD on Amazon, we're still not sure when the one-hour Star Wars Rebels special will actually be airing on the Disney Channel. Will it be aired sometime in September or possibly the beginning of October? That has yet to be officially announced. What we do know is this DVD contains the special written by Simon Kinberg and that the series debut will shift to Disney XD after the one-hour special has aired on the Disney Channel.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 07 Aug 2014 15:07
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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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Wage Earnings For Star Wars Original Trilogy Cast
Reported by Justin on 07 Aug 2014 14:25

With production on Episode VII in full swing and the December 18, 2015 release date drawing closer and closer with each passing day, UK Yahoo Movies takes a look back at the financial wages that were earned by Star Wars cast members during their respective filming in the Original Trilogy.

As ‘Star Wars: Episode VII' approaches, set to arrive some 38 years after 'A New Hope' made stars of the cast, we got to wondering just how much the likes of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were paid for their troubles.

Did they cash in single paycheques, or did they play the smart game and take percentage points, ensuring they’d forever live in solid gold houses and drive rocket cars? Read on to find out…

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Podcast Stage Details
Reported by Justin on 07 Aug 2014 13:26

The official Celebration Anaheim 2015 website has been updated to include information on the new Celebration Podcast Stage.

With many good Star Wars podcasts on the air, and so much great Star Wars news at Celebration, we’re introducing a new location at Celebration Anaheim created especially for podcasters: the Celebration Podcast Stage.

The stage will be located at a permanent space for the duration of the show, with a small stage and room for an audience. Interested podcasters can send in their applications starting now. Podcasts will be chosen based on a number of factors, and those accepted will be put in a lottery to determine their time on stage.

Take the source link below for more information and the submission form you will need to fill out if you are interested in applying for one of the podcast slots.

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   06 August 2014
Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 23
Reported by Mark on 06 Aug 2014 23:00
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at a key planet, the balance of the Force, a lethal droid, Filoni's fave Jedi, 'fat dancer', a world of conflict, Nien Numbs home, a Jawa's weapon and a Trade Federation tank. Grab your gear and camo, we're going in undercover...

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Ethan Hawke's Star Wars Campaign
Reported by Mark on 06 Aug 2014 22:26

Ethan Hawke is a top notch actor, able to turn his hand to pretty much any role he likes. But can even he manage to nail the role of a wookiee in Episode VII?

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Tarkin Synopsis Arrives At Random House Site
Reported by MarcZ on 06 Aug 2014 21:32

Random House gives us a new synopsis of the upcoming Tarkin novel, due out November 4th 2014.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

Bestselling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Grand Moff Tarkin the Star Wars: Darth Plagueis treatment, bringing a legendary character from A New Hope to full, fascinating life.

He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly . . . and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin’s guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel—by intimidation . . . or annihilation.

Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin—whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire’s supremacy . . . and its enemies’ extinction.

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The Star Wars Hits #1 On New York Times Bestsellers List
Reported by Mark on 06 Aug 2014 21:06

Now this is how you go out on a high. As the last three Dark Horse comic releases approach and an era ends, the trade paperback of The Star Wars lands at number one on the New York Times Bestseller List.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—After an amazing eight-issue run, the graphic novel collection of The Star Wars has soared to the top of the New York Times bestseller list! Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the official adaptation of the rough-draft screenplay by George Lucas for what would become Star Wars—the film that changed motion pictures and the world. You’ll see familiar characters and places—but not all is the same in this long-ago and faraway galaxy. Still, strap yourself in for high adventure and lazersword duels, Jedi Knights, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and a battle to defeat the evil Empire!

The trade paperback collection of The Star Wars collects issues #1–#8 and landed at number one on the bestseller list. The hardcover edition collects issues #1–#8 and issue #0 of The Star Wars and landed at #3.

Dark Horse announced this Star Wars dream project in April 2013: working with J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at LucasBooks, and artist Mike Mayhew (Avengers) to adapt the rough-draft original screenplay which spawned the biggest franchise in film history!

The Star Wars is available in bookstores everywhere.

A deluxe, oversized boxed-set edition containing the entire saga—plus extras—in three foil-stamped, hardcover volumes will be released on August 13!

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Star Wars Rebels: Simon Kinberg Talks Rebels
Reported by Mark on 06 Aug 2014 20:46

Simon Kinberg talks Star Wars Rebels with Germain Lussier from Slash Film.

SF: Well thanks. Now, a question I’ve been wanting to ask you for some time is how do you balance your time? You’re producing Star Wars Rebels, Episode 7, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Chappie and more. How does a day in the life of Simon Kinberg work?

SK: Every day is a different day. I mean, I don’t sleep a lot, but I’ve never slept a lot, so that helps me a little bit. I love what I do, so I have a lot of energy for it. But every day is different. You know, the days when I’m on set like, for the last few months I’ve been on the set of Fantastic Four, that will be most of my day. And then whatever writing responsibilities I have will happen after wrap usually. It’s a normal day when I’m shooting, I’ll shoot from seven in the morning until seven at night, I’ll have dinner, I’ll go home, I’ll write from 8:30, 9:00 until one, two in the morning, sleep four, five hours and start my day over. So that’s the way it goes.

Now it flips when I’m not on set and I’m writing a first draft of a script. Then I will be completely immersed in that first draft of a script. So I’ll write from like 10 in the morning until six. Then I’ll do phone calls and emails and other responsibilities for a couple of hours, have dinner, and then sometimes keep writing after that for a few hours. So it really depends. My life now is sort of split almost 50/50 between producing and writing. And just different films have different needs day to day. And I just have to be able to react and respond to that.

Source /Film (via Glen Ewing)
Predicting Marvel's Next Wave of Star Wars Comics
Reported by Mark on 06 Aug 2014 20:29

Comic Book Resources take a look at the comics that we know are coming, as well as the artists and writers on those titles, as well as taking a punt at what is to come in the future. Given the A New Hope era setting of the titles, it seems likely that the next titles will be in a similar era.

One of the biggest announcements to come out of Comic-Con International 2014 had to be the reveal of Marvel's first line of Star Wars comics. After over two decades at Dark Horse Comics, the license to publish comics set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away warped back to Marvel, the company that made the first ever Star Wars comics way back in 1977. The debut trio of titles are "Star Wars" by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, "Star Wars: Princess Leia" by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson, and "Star Wars: Darth Vader" by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca.

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T-Shirts: That's No Moon!
Reported by Matt on 06 Aug 2014 20:18

That's no moon, that's a fashion statement! Get over to Shirt Punch quickly before this $10.00 tee jumps to hyperspace!

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JTA's Wave 5 of The Black Series Reviews
Reported by James on 06 Aug 2014 19:39

Head over to Jedi Temple Archives for a complete look/review of Wave 5 of Hasbro's The Black Series 3.75" figures - it's a must read!

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SDCC 2014: Dave Filoni Discusses The Inquisitor With 'Slashfilm'
Reported by Justin on 06 Aug 2014 15:22

Continuing their coverage from last month's SDCC, Slashfilm has posted their interview portion with Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni in which he discusses the thought process that went into creating the Inquisitor.

But now there’s Star Wars Rebels, a Disney XD animated series that takes place between Episode III and IV. That’s the time period all of that murder would have taken place in. However, the main villain of the show isn’t Darth Vader. It’s the Inquisitor, a Jedi Hunter voiced by Jason Isaacs. Taking into account the aforementioned quote, plus the knowledge there can be only two Sith, this character’s existence seems very curious.

Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni disagrees. In our interview at Comic-Con, Filoni described the unique relationship between Vader and the Inquisitor and the need for both of the characters in this world. His justification is the kind of logical, mind-opening twist we’re probably going to have to get used to with Star Wars in the coming years. There was a great big world outside those six movies and one TV show. Read about the Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor below.

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Target Exclusive Star Wars Rebels 12-Inch Titan 6-Pack
Reported by Justin on 06 Aug 2014 12:49

A new exclusive Star Wars Rebels 12-inch Titan 6-pack is now available for pre-order on Target's website. This Heroes & Villains 6-pack, which carries a $49.99 price tag and is scheduled to be released on October 5, contains the following figures:

Who’s going to win the battle between the Force and the Empire? Find out with this incredible Heroes and Villains pack! This 6-pack of Star Wars heroes and villains includes the ultimate Star Wars villain, the sinister Darth Vader, and an exclusive Shadow Stormtrooper figure to do his bidding. With a The Inquisitor figure on their side, will the Rebels be able to prevail? Maybe, with your Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger figures wielding their Lightsabers! An exclusive Clone Trooper Captain figure will be their ally as they charge from one intergalactic battle to the next. Your Star Wars adventures will be epic with the Heroes and Villains pack! Star Wars products are produced by Hasbro under license from Lucasfilm Ltd. Hasbro and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro.

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Bob Iger Says Episode VII Footage Is "Very Exciting", Touches On Theme Park Expansion
Reported by Justin on 06 Aug 2014 12:16

During yesterday's earnings call in which Disney reported a record increase in revenue, CEO Bob Iger offered up the following comments on the status of Episode VII as well as what the future holds for new Star Wars theme park attractions.

On Episode VII (via Business Insider):

"I can only tell you that production is underway," Iger said. "We had a very brief hiatus ... which is due in part to the fact that Harrison Ford broke his ankle."

"The footage we've seen is very, very exciting to us," Iger said. "I think there's about 500 days left between now and December 18th, 2015 when the movie comes out. That doesn't seem like very long."

On theme parks (via Variety):

Disney opted not to inject more “Star Wars” into its parks until its $4 billion acquisition of the company was complete. Deal also gives it the Indiana Jones franchise, already represented by a ride and stunt show at Disney’s resorts.

During the call, Iger said when Disney now decides to build new attractions, “the likelihood of their success is greater” when they’re branded. “When we grow ‘Star Wars” presence, which we will do significantly, you will see better bets being made that will pay off for us than were made in the past,” adding that leveraging the collection of popular franchises and properties that the company owns for rides and experiences will deliver “better returns than we saw in the past.”

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   05 August 2014
Disney Earnings Up 13% So Far This Year
Reported by Justin on 05 Aug 2014 21:35

As posted via an article on The Hollywood Reporter:

Walt Disney reported Tuesday that it earned $1.28 per share in the most recent quarter on $12.46 billion revenue, besting the expectations of analysts on both the top line and bottom line as the conglomerate's film studio rode a wave of solid hits, including Maleficent and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Wall Street analysts had predicted Disney would post earnings-per-share of $1.16 on revenue of about $12.2 billion in its fiscal third quarter.

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SDCC 2014: 'Slashfilm' Talks Canon, Rebels, Episode VII And More With Simon Kinberg
Reported by Justin on 05 Aug 2014 21:00

In their latest story post taken from an interview conducted at SDCC, Slashfilm's Germain Lussier sat down with producer and writer Simon Kinberg to discuss a few various topics pertaining to that galaxy far, far away.

Adding another massive job to the list, the next Kinberg project we’ll see is Star Wars Rebels. He’s an executive producer on the upcoming Disney XD show, which is set between Episodes III and IV, and he wrote multiple episodes. In our interview, we talked about how Kinberg balances his time, writing for the Star Wars canon, how his role on Episode VII differs from Rebels, potential connections between the two, Star Wars synergy and much more. Read our full Simon Kinberg Star Wars Rebels interview below.

Be sure to check out their earlier interview portion in which Germain spoke to both Kinberg and Dave Filoni.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Dave Filoni Attending
Reported by Justin on 05 Aug 2014 20:42

We get word via an official announcement posted on StarWars.com that the one and only Mr. Dave Filoni will be attending Celebration Anaheim next year.

One of the biggest names in Star Wars storytelling is coming to the ultimate Star Wars party. Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars Rebels executive producer and Star Wars: The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni will attend Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, California (April 16-19, 2015).

Star Wars fans have come to know and respect Filoni over the last six years for his dedication to the integrity and feel of the Star Wars universe. His deep knowledge of Star Wars and his creative vision for the property made him the perfect choice to helm Star Wars: The Clone Wars as supervising director, working directly with George Lucas to produce over 100 episodes of the four-time Emmy-winning series – a rare industry milestone.

Now as executive producer on the upcoming Star Wars Rebels, Filoni is leading the development of the newest Star Wars animated series, which is scheduled to premiere this October as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world. He will be appearing on the Celebration stages in April to discuss Star Wars Rebels along with some possible exclusive sneak peeks!

Take the source link below for the full article as well as other Celebration related news including important submission deadline dates.

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Star Wars Action News Episode 430: SDCC 2014 Part II: Live from the Con Floor
Reported by Mark on 05 Aug 2014 14:25

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

On this second part of our SDCC coverage join Arnie and Marjorie as they run down the reveals from Hasbro and all the other Star Wars companies at San Diego Comic-Con 2014! Star Wars Action News' full coverage of San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 is here! Recorded live at the convention, join Arnie and Marjorie as they detail the exclusives and reveals from Star Wars collectible companies like Hasbro, Mattel, Jakks Pacific, Sideshow Collectibles, eFX, and more! In this episode you can watch exclusive interviews with representatives from your favorite Star Wars toy makers! Join Arnie for interviews with Hasbro, Kotobukiya, Gentle Giant, plus Star Wars authors Jeffrey Brown and Daniel Wallace! With coverage from the Star Wars fan breakfast and more, it's all in Star Wars Action News' 2014 Comic-Con coverage!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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The Metro: Star Wars Rebels seven minute preview: What to expect from the new series
Reported by Mark on 05 Aug 2014 13:37

My latest article arrives over at The Metro as I take a look at last nights 7 minute reveal from Star Wars Rebels and what I think we can expect and anticipate from the show.

It doesn’t get much more Star Wars than that! With Star Wars Episode VII bringing back our familiar heroes three decades plus after the events of Return of the Jedi, Disney and Lucasfilm decided it was high time to go back to the classic era of Star Wars, around the times of the original trilogy, or in this case half a decade before, and reintroduce the classic villains, worlds and aesthetic of that time.

And by the looks of this clip, they have certainly succeeded. The roar of the TIE fighters, the rumble of the Star Destroyer (going overhead in a manner reminiscent of the opening of 1977’s A New Hope) and the scream of the speeder bikes. We even get the plummy English officer and (slightly more annoyingly) a gruff cockney Imperial Lieutenant, reminding us that the English are STILL the best bad guys in Hollywood.

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T-Shirts: Warriors of the Stars
Reported by Matt on 05 Aug 2014 12:51

I can't imagine where the inspiration for this tee came from. Via the gang over at RIPT, it can be yours for $15.00 but only if you buy it before noon CST, so hurry!

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New Line Of Star Wars Comics Published By Panini Comics Mexico
Reported by Mark on 05 Aug 2014 12:37

Great news via Jedi News reader Bernardo Soto regarding a new line of Star Wars reprints via Panini Comics Mexico, as announced at San Diego Comic Con 2014.

Launch event of the new line of Star Wars comic book published by Panini Comics Mexico. 3 titles “Star Wars”, “Star Wars the Dark Side - Darth Vader: The Lost Command” and “Star Wars the Light Side - Star Wars: Obsession”. 48 pages each at a price of $2.80 USD.

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Star Wars Episode VII: Peter Mayhew Roars: Ep VII Will Be Best Star Wars Movie
Reported by Mark on 05 Aug 2014 12:16

Check out this very positive piece from Blastr as it covers Peter Mayhew's appearance on Sunday at Wizard Wiorld in San Antonio. Clearly Peter is very excited and optimistic about Episode VII, and hinted again at the distinctly practical nature the film seems to be taking.

The Wookiee roared in San Antonio yesterday and ended up saying quite a bit about Star Wars: Episode VII when he did. During an appearance at Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con, Peter Mayhew sat on a panel and addressed some fan questions about the 2015 movie.

Obviously, this isn’t Mayhew’s first space rodeo, and he didn’t leak any major details. But after joking that he was working on a little project that he thinks some people might show up to watch, he said the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII “will be the best Star Wars film I will have seen.” Mayhew added the film will utilize no, or very little, computer generated effects and will instead be very practical.

As for behind the scenes tidbits, Mayhew revealed that the day this table read photo was taken, he had previously seen many of his former costars like Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, but it was the first time in a while he had met with Harrison Ford. Mayhew said the actor nearly “throttled” him with a hug.

Source Blastr (via Club Jade)
T-Shirts: Mountain Dewback
Reported by Matt on 05 Aug 2014 11:46

Via the guys at GraphicLab, check out this delicious and refreshing tee which is available for the next 5 and a half days only for just $11.00.

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First Seven Chapters Of A New Dawn Hits
Reported by Mark on 05 Aug 2014 10:50

Click here and check out the first seven (count 'em, SEVEN) chapters of A New Dawn by the brilliant John Jackson Miller, and take a read of the copy below, posted on the Star Wars Books Facebook page regarding the much discussed 'new' state of canon.

And what is it with Star Wars Rebels and the number seven today? A seven minute trailer, now the first seven chapters. Are they sponsored by Sesame Street?

We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge that we read the comments and posts addressed to us throughout the weekend, and we appreciate the passion you all have for the Star Wars Expanded Universe. The Del Rey team has worked for many years on these books and we all share your love of the Legends/EU characters and stories.

As we have stated, there are currently no plans for new books under the Legends banner. What we can assure you of: As big fans and readers ourselves, we’re extremely excited about the direction Star Wars storytelling is taking, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. There's a deeper level of collaboration with Lucasfilm and its partners that we're confident will provide you, the readers, with amazing Star Wars stories in books, comics, television, video games, and movies. Not only does this mean more Star Wars stories, but it also means we can officially say for the first time that the books are part of the canon.

Again, we all have tremendous love and admiration for the EU/Legends tales, and they will continue to inspire and influence stories that will be told for generations to come. That is evident in John Jackson Miller's new novel, STAR WARS: A NEW DAWN. We invite you to read the first seven chapters of the book for free on our official website.

May the Force be with you.

I'll freely admit to having a hard time with the change, but it's watertight logical and with skilled writers like Miller involved going forward there's bound to be plenty of EU references and tips of the hat to our past. In the long run, this will be a win/win situation for everyone.

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John 'Dak' Morton Embarks On 2nd 2014 UK Convention Tour
Reported by Matt on 05 Aug 2014 10:32

You don't want to miss this, John will be joining his fellow Fett Jeremy Bulloch to sign, chat and discuss their time on The Empire Strikes Back among many other topics.

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UPDATED: US and Canada Readers: Watch The First 7 Minutes Of Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Team Jedi News on 05 Aug 2014 10:32

Great news for our fellow North American fans, frustrating news for the rest of us. If you are able to view this, enjoy the first seven minutes from Star Wars Rebels and let's hope Disney and LFL are able to sort something out for the rest of the planet later on today.

UPDATED: Looks like the wait is over, an English copy that plays here in the UK (and presumably beyond) is online. Watch, share and enjoy!

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   04 August 2014
Lest We Forget...
Reported by Mark on 04 Aug 2014 23:00

100 years ago tonight, at 11.00pm GMT Great Britain entered the Great War. For four years battles raged across Europe, taking 16,403,000 lives and forever altering the world as we know it.

Take 3 minutes, listen to this song -- specifically the lyrics -- and think about those boys who went out to fight for their countries and who never came back.

MNC RETURNS! w/ Rob Wainfur
Reported by Mark on 04 Aug 2014 18:32

He's a great pal and runs one of the most enjoyable Star Wars websites anywhere on the planet. It's Rob Wainfur of The Bearded Trio -- who you'll also know from his regular appearances on Coffee With Kenobi -- and he's the latest guest on Monday Night Carlo.

Click here and check him out!

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Star Wars Rebels Reminder!
Reported by MarcZ on 04 Aug 2014 18:15

As if you'd forget...

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7 Minute First Look at Star Wars Rebels to air on Disney XD Tonight
Reported by Mark on 04 Aug 2014 18:13

Awesome news for viewers with access to Disney XD in the States. A 7 minute clip of Star Wars Rebels will be landing tonight at 9pm PT.

Catch an exclusive sneak peek at the first seven-minutes of the upcoming Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels TONIGHT (Monday, August 4th) immediately following Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars on Disney XD!

Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.

Scheduled to premiere this October as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

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John Jackson Miller Talks Star Wars: A New Dawn And The New Canon At San Diego Comic Con
Reported by Matt on 04 Aug 2014 18:06

Jeremy Konrad got the chance to chat with A New Dawn author John Jackson Miller at San Diego Comic Con 2014 about the new book and the current state of canon.

BC: Did you have complete access to the first season’s worth of scripts?

JJM: I had enough information. Obviously these things are always changing in time. But the purpose of the story group is to get talking early enough that conflicts will be headed off.

BC: As far as the tone of A New Dawn, it seem like a time of discovery and fun, but also a bit more serious. Did you aim specifically for that?

JJM: Well, it is serious in tone in the fact that this is a miserable place these people are living. This is a place where the sun cannot rise or everyone will die. Gorse is a planet that is tidily locked to its sun so it doesn’t turn and the only place people live is the dark side. No metaphor there! It is a depressing, miserable place, Kanan is living a miserable life and he is trying to make his own way through the galaxy. Even when things are dark I put in some black humor, there’s fun bits in there, but it is not something that is laugh a minute. Star Wars, if you watch Episode 4, there is a lot of wisecracking, lots of joking. These are characters who did not want to be together. That is a definite feature of this book. These are characters who did not want to be together to do this thing they have to do. They are definitely worried about their own problems and their own lives. And this was never something they planned to go do.

Source Bleeding Cool
Rancho Obi-Wan: The Big Reveal!
Reported by MarcZ on 04 Aug 2014 17:58

Our great friends over at Rancho Obi-Wan, with the help of the Rebel Force Radio guys, just unpacked a fantastic new item. I have to say, I hope I get the chance to try this out.

Finally, the Big Reveal! Meet our newest attraction Bella by Chuck Bowman. With thanks to Jimmy Mac and Jason Swank from Rebel Force Radio for helping to unpack her and Anne Neumann for the video.

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Teefury Daily Alert: Soon In A Galaxy Nearby
Reported by Dan on 04 Aug 2014 17:53



Teefury has another cool mash-up design today. Star Wars meets Guardians of the Galaxy in "Soon In a Galaxy Nearby" by artist JoopaDoops. I'll take one please!

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Episode VII Tweets: John Boyega - August 4, 2014
Reported by Justin on 04 Aug 2014 13:25

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Star Wars Episode VII - No Spoilers Rule in Burns House
Reported by Sarah on 04 Aug 2014 10:20
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Every so often, I find myself saying, “Spoilers!” in the reproving but slightly playful tones of River Song.  Like the Doctor Who character, I have instigated a ‘no spoilers’ rule in the family.  It started when the news began to come out about Star Wars Episode VII, when I realised that being married to the co-owner of Jedi News would inevitably mean that information about the film would trickle into Semi-Detatched Suburbia from myriad sources (you can read my own blog here). 

When Mr Burns has his regular meetings and conversations with toy companies, executives, people in charge of fan relations, he is told all sorts of things that he cannot immediately disclose, information that he stores away for future publication on his website, in the Official Star Wars Insider magazine or for StarWars.com.  He sees the toys which are coming out next year, he hears confirmation of as-yet unsubstantiated rumours; he is a keeper of secrets, which, for the most part, I like to remain a secret. 

So why my objection?  Read on to find out...

   03 August 2014
Full of Sith Episode LXXVI: Rebels at SDCC
Reported by Mark on 03 Aug 2014 23:46

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

Bryan heads out to San Diego Comic-Con to see the Star Wars things there are to see, but this year it was mainly the new show, Rebels. He gathers instant reaction from a screening of the premiere with regular co-host Amy Ratcliffe, Chris Taylor (Mashable, author How Star Wars Conquered the Universe), Jawa James Floyd (Club Jade), and Dartanian (Wookiee). Then, he goes through press interviews about the show, so you’ll hear from the cast and crew: Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Tiya Sircar, Taylor Gray, Steve Blum, and Vanessa Marshall.

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

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T-Shirts: New Kids Star Wars Tee in Sainsbury
Reported by Matt on 03 Aug 2014 23:16

Check this awesome tee out, available here in the UK in Sainsbury for just £7.00 and using the cover off the classic Marvel #52, To Take The Tarkin.

Copernicus Explores The Science of Star Wars!
Reported by Mark on 03 Aug 2014 23:10

Well this is very cool. The science of Star Wars -- something usually reserved, for the more future science tech based Star Trek -- over at Ain't It Cool.

Every year I give a talk at the St. Louis Science Center -- I’ve given them on the Science of Avatar, What Would Life On Other Planets Be Like (with a Star Trek theme), and the Science of Doctor Who. But this year, I chose to talk about the science of my favorite movie of all time -- Star Wars! I also got to screen the 1977 original (i.e. not Special Edition) in the Omnimax theater! Fans came out in costume, and it was a really fun event

It really is fascinating. Take 20 minutes and give it a good read, you might be surprised by some of the revelations.

Source Aint It Cool
Star Wars Episode VII: Is Return of the Jedi's Buboicullaar In Episode VII?
Reported by MaxN on 03 Aug 2014 22:44

I found on the Episode VII IMDB page, a puppeteer named Roman Bloodworth is listed as 'playing' Buboicullaar, the creature from Jabba's palace in Return of the Jedi.

As with all listings on IMDB, treat this as very much a rumour until some official confirmation arrives, but it's unusual that such a specific character is listed on the page.

Source IMDB
T-Shirts: The Smuggler Games
Reported by Matt on 03 Aug 2014 22:39

You've got just 6 hours left to get on this tee before it's gone for ever. $10.00 to $13.50 ion all sizes and cuts, it's sure to get you noticed at any convention.

Source Shirt Punch
MOC Madness 2014: Steam Wars Returns Now Entering Bracket Phase
Reported by Matt on 03 Aug 2014 22:36

Check this out for some amazingly skilled and detailed LEGO building, via From Bricks To Bothans.

The votes are in and we have our top sixteen steamfighters! Every one of ships below received twenty votes or more, which turned out to be the cut off point for anyone progressing in the tournament. The builder’s names were shuffled and sorted into the brackets above, and the next building window has now opened. Their new task is speeders: air speeders, land speeders, speederbikes… you get the idea.

Source From Bricks To Bothans
Star Wars Episode VII: Bad News For Unlicensed Boatmen At Skellig Michael
Reported by Mark on 03 Aug 2014 22:22

Irish singer Chris De Burgh once sang don't pay the ferryman, but it seems payment wasn't the issue at hand here but permits.

A statement said: "The MSO checked its records which showed no 'local' vessel had been issued with the required Irish Load Line Certification or had been issued with a Passenger Boat Licence with the required approval to carry cargo.

"The result of this visit was that the MSO surveyor was not satisfied that the cargo had been transported to Skellig Michael in accordance with the requirements of the applicable maritime safety legislation."

Boatmen were informed the return of the cargo to the mainland should only be undertaken by a vessel with the appropriate load line certification or by a licensed passenger boat holding an approved cargo carriage condition.

The statement said this was an "important safety issue". Local boatmen, who were paid £800 in compensation for projected loss of earnings on each of the three days of filming while the island was closed to the public, declined to comment.

Most were employed by the film company to transport crew and equipment to the island.

Source Belfast Telegraph (via Ian Taylor)
James Earl Jones delivers a Hilarious Jedi joke
Reported by Matt on 03 Aug 2014 22:02

He's 100% irreplaceable and not only that, he's wicked funny. Watch James Earl Jones tell a cool Star Wars related joke as he chats on The Today Program.

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The WolfPack Podcast #80: SDCC 2014 Recap Part 2
Reported by Dan on 03 Aug 2014 05:48

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, we discuss all the latest Star Wars News this week! While there is not a lot to talk about over the course of this week, there is a lot of collecting answers Hasbro gave to fans last weekend, which we go over. So sit back, drink your blue milk, and get ready for the jump to hyperspace in this brand new episode!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

Source Wolfpack
   02 August 2014
RebelForce Radio: August 1st 2014
Reported by Mark on 02 Aug 2014 22:22

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

Star Wars Rebels made a big splash at last week's San Diego Comic Con as the entire cast of the upcoming Lucasfilm Animation show was there. This week on RFR, we've got Rebels panel moderator David W. Collins joining us with a full recap of everything that went down. Plus, James Arnold Taylor stops by to talk about Obi-Wan's return in Rebels along with a complete report from Disney's Star Wars Weekends. And if that weren't enough, we have the latest news coming from the set of Star Wars Episode VII, including filming happening on location in Ireland, an upbeat Harrison Ford Ankle-Gate update, and Mark Hamill talks about returning to the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

Source RebelForce Radio
Director Dave Filoni Open to Helming Star Wars Spin Off
Reported by Mark on 02 Aug 2014 21:55

Not the most surprising news, but still good to hear from the mouth of one of Star Wars greatest servants, Dave Filoni.

/Film: For the next few years, you obviously are concentrating on Star Wars Rebels. But is a Star Wars spin-off movie something you’d want to do? Would you want to get in line to direct whether it be a Rebels movie or some random spin-off movie 10 years down the road?

Dave Filoni: Oh, of course. That’s a selfish thing to say, but of course. I mean, if I were to get an opportunity like that A, I wouldn’t turn it down. B, I would see it as a great honor to do it. And I would apply all my Jedi knowledge to doing it as best I can. When I see these spin-offs happening, I’ve got definitely more than a few ideas of things that I would love to see finished and some things that makes them, I think, personally great stories.

There's something I think we could all get behind. He trained at the hand of the creator of Star Wars and delivered many of the most treasured Star Wars adventures. If Filoni were to take the helm in the future, we'd be in for one heck of a ride.

Source Slash Film
Luke Skywalker on the Magical Mystery Tour in Liverpool
Reported by Mark on 02 Aug 2014 21:45

As we mentioned on the site earlier today, Mark Hamill visited his own private mecca of Liverpool, specifically The Cavern and the Beatles Museum at Albert Docks, where he took his own magical mystery tour and indulged in his love of the Fab Four.

And, as you can read here, he surprised a few Star Wars fans in the process. What a top bloke.

Source Liverpool Echo
Coffee With Kenobi Show # 22: Ian Doescher & The Jedi Doth Return
Reported by Mark on 02 Aug 2014 21:29

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

In today’s show we talk with William Shakespeare’s Star Wars author, Ian Doescher as we discuss the final book in his amazing trilogy, The Jedi Doth Return. We also discuss the latest Rebels trailer, J.J. Abrams latest video for Force for Change, meet the voice of the Inquisitor and Agent Kallus, and discuss new Star Wars Vans, as well as SDCC exclusives. Consetta Parker joins us for a quick cup to talk about the second annual Rancho Obi-Wan gala as well. This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Coffee With Kenobi
Revenge of the Sith 9.30pm On ITV
Reported by Mark on 02 Aug 2014 21:14

Back in 2005 we thought that the circle had been completed by the arrival of Revenge of the Sith. Thankfully it was - to paraphrase Count Dooku - just the beginning. For our fellow fans here in the UK, be on ITV at 9.30pm for a powerful dose of unlimited power!

Source ITV
Star Wars Insider #153 Alternate Cover
Reported by Mark on 02 Aug 2014 14:33

It arrives 22nd October and will - as always - be packed with all the best and most detailed news from the Star Wars galaxy. Via our pal Ewan at Star Wars Books UK here's a look at one of the alternate covers of issue #153 which focuses heavily on Star Wars Rebels.

Source Star Wars Books UK
Star Wars Episode VII: Mark Hamill Parades Beard In Public
Reported by Mark on 02 Aug 2014 13:47

Ok, slightly misleading headline there, he's not so much parading it but wearing it 24 hours a day. Found on Instagram by friend of the site Nicholas Diak, here's Mark and fan Regan Steers who met Mark on his visit yesterday to The Cavern Club in Liverpool, spiritual home of The Beatles.

Source Instagram
'Lucy:' How VFX House ILM 'Surprised' Luc Besson With the Visuals
Reported by Mark on 02 Aug 2014 12:38

Scarlett Johansson is proving to be a first rate action hero, and Luc Besson is long known to be a master of action cinema. Marry the two and add in a dollop of ILM visual effects and you have Lucy, which is currently sitting on a very healthy North American haul of $61,287,385.

The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at those VFX and the part that ILM play in the film.

But when they brought their ideas to lead VFX house, Industrial Light & Magic, the company's VFX supervisor Richard Bluff said the pair still brought a sizable creative challenge to his team. "Luc wanted us to drive a lot of the visuals," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "He wanted to be surprised by the work. He wanted to come in and inspire us by the story and the possibility of what we could do. He gave us guidelines, but for the most part he was wanted to remain an audience member. He would ask us to resist the temptation to show things early, until it was at the stage that it was really compelling."

Source Hollywood Reporter (via The Bearded Trio)
At Skywalker Ranch, The 'Force' Of George Lucas Is Everywhere
Reported by Mark on 02 Aug 2014 11:21

While Uncle George has largely left the Star Wars galaxy to focus on other things, his spirit naturally looms large at his former workplace Skywalker Ranch. Bangkok Post takes a look at his legacy, the Ranch and the ongoing future of the franchise.

The creator of Luke, Leia, Indiana Jones and Darth Vader bought the property in 1978 with proceeds from his first blockbuster hit, "Star Wars" to realize his dream of creating a haven for filmmaking outside Hollywood, at a cost of around $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Rare visitors allowed into the huge complex -- 4,700 acres (1,900 hectares) near San Francisco -- must first weave around hills, orchards, and pastures occupied by cows and deer. Within its boundaries, there are several screening rooms, vineyards, an underground pool and even a small inn for clients and friends.

Source Bangkok Post
T-Shirts: The Trooper (Reprint)
Reported by Mark on 02 Aug 2014 10:20

Here's a t-shirt off the Piece of Mind album, this t-shirt is called The Trooper!!

This one just HAD to come back, and as a proud lifelong Iron Maiden fan I personally couldn't be happier. $12.00 plus $6.00 postage via Qwertee, buy it and make Eddie proud.

Source Qwertee (via Matt Booker)
Jedi News Facebook Page Reaches 11,000 Likes
Reported by ZakPT on 02 Aug 2014 10:03

WOW! The Jedi News Facebook page reached a whopping 10,000 Likes late Thursday night and then 11,000 early yesterday morning! We just want to say a huge thanks to all our sharers and supporters, old and new, we seriously could not have done it without you! From 7000 to now 11,000 Likes in just a couple of days, the Force must be strong with this page! As always, the Jedi News team will be working 24/7 to bring you the hottest Star Wars news from the UK and beyond! Queue the Ewok music...

Source Jedi News on Facebook
Is Boba Fett In Star Wars Rebels?
Reported by Justin on 02 Aug 2014 00:07

Now this is rather interesting. Our friends over at Yakface notify us via this tweet about new images posted on Star Wars-Figuren of the Class II Hasbro vehicles being re-packaged for 2014. Notice how the Star Wars Rebels logo is included on the Slave I box? Does this mean that we'll be seeing Boba Fett in the new animated series?

Well, if you remember what the Hasbro team specifically said about the use of the Rebels logo during Yodasnews' SDCC Q&A session...

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Source Star Wars-Figuren
   01 August 2014
Special Edition: Coffee With Kenobi Discusses SDCC 2014
Reported by Mark on 01 Aug 2014 21:10

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

On this Special Edition Show, we discuss some of the Star Wars news and announcements that occurred at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Our SDCC contributor and CWK Blogger Troy Metzler joins us to share his experiences, and CWK Blogger Jeff McGee of Talking Toys and Assembly of Geeks discusses the new collectibles and action figures revealed at the annual event. This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Coffee With Kenobi
RUMOR: Episode VII: Luke's Unkempt Beard; Who Has The Falcon
Reported by Justin on 01 Aug 2014 18:47

The latest round of Episode VII rumors have been posted on Latino Review with today's batch focusing on why Mark Hamill's beard is so disheveled and how it applies to the overall plot of the film. The potential "owner" of the Millennium Falcon is also mentioned, and it ain't Han.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Source Latino Review
Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 43
Reported by Mark on 01 Aug 2014 18:01

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

This week join Jason, Randy, Jeremy and Johna as they catch up and recover after San Diego Comic-Con 2014 and dish out the latest in Star Wars happenings! Episode 43 includes a spoiler-free review of Simon Kinberg’s opening to Star Wars Rebels, Episode VIII news, Episode VII filming at Skellig Michael in Ireland as well as new Star Wars content from Marvel comics, Del Rey Books, and community questions.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Making Star Wars
Star Wars As A Gif
Reported by Mark on 01 Aug 2014 17:27

Nothing more to say but 'Impressive...most impressive...

Source Twitter
Raiders Of The Lost Ark Is The Movie We Like To Watch Over And Over
Reported by Mark on 01 Aug 2014 17:04

We all know that Lucasfilm make the best toys. Star Wars, of course, and Indiana Jones which heads this poll in the Daily Mail of the most re-watchable films.

Now, we all know that the Star Wars films are the most re-watchable films ever, but hey, we're not going to begrudge Indy a thing!

  • 1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • 2. Star Wars
  • 3. Back to the Future
  • 4. Home Alone
  • 5. E.T.
  • 6. Jaws
  • 7. Jurassic Park
  • 8. Independence Day
  • 9. Titanic
  • 10. Alien

Source Daily Mail
Melinda’s Brew : Would You Call This Luck?
Reported by Mark on 01 Aug 2014 16:47

Melinda continues with her London adventure over at Coffee With Kenobi.

Near the bridge I had to cross was Foyles Bookstore. I am a sucker for bookstores to begin with, yet when I spotted the HUGE array of cards near the display windows, I KNEW I had to go in to check them out. [Some of you know my penchant for writing letters and notes, and I'm constantly on the lookout for new and pretty, unique cards. :-) ] I also was bound and determined to find a Dr. Who novel [for someone dear to me] published in England. [Silly as it may sound to some of you, it was important to me. ;-) ] I walked through the open doorway … and I was in HEAVEN!

Source Coffee With Kenobi
ForceCast #314: A New Dawn At Comic-Con
Reported by Mark on 01 Aug 2014 16:43

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

Justin Bolger is back from San Diego Comic-Con with a full report of everything that happened in the world of Star Wars. He also shares his reactions to the sneak preview of the Star Wars Rebels premiere that was screened for a select group of SDCC attendees, which makes Erik and Eric equal parts jealous and excited. Find out what Lucasfilm has in store for us based on its Comic-Con presentations in this week's ForceCast!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Forcecast
The Metro: Woman Named ‘Skywalker’ Refused A Passport
Reported by Mark on 01 Aug 2014 16:34

We posted a piece about this on the site a couple of days ago and here's my piece from The Metro as Laura Matthews continues her quest to have her middle name 'Skywalker' added to her passport.

Add this to the list of biggest waste of government resources so far this year as a Southend women is told by the Home Office that it won’t allow her to have her middle name of Skywalker added to her passport.

29-year-old Laura Matthews added the middle name by deed poll back in 2008 ‘for a laugh’ and has had it added to her bank cards, driving licence and every other legal form. But the Home Office opted not to allow her to add it to her passport as they ‘will not recognise a change to a name which is subject to copyright or trademark’.

They say ‘We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the UK passport is not called into question or disrepute.’

And listen out for the 14th episode of RADIO 1138 on the 12th August where we'll be talking to Laura about her experiences.

Source The Metro
Simon Kinberg Helped Josh Trank Land Standalone Film
Reported by Justin on 01 Aug 2014 16:14

We learn via Slashfilm that writer/producer Simon Kinberg had a hand in director Josh Trank landing his stand-alone Star Wars film by giving his approval of Trank to Lucasfilm.

/Film: Josh Trank was recently announced as a spin-off director. You’re working with him now on Fantastic Four. Did you have a hand in making that happen?

Simon Kinberg: Yeah, I did. I spoke very highly of Josh to the Lucasfilm guys. They were interested in him because he, like Rian [Johnson, director of Episode VIII] and like Gareth [Edwards, director of a 2016 spin-off], is very much that next generation filmmaker. He comes from a background of making a big movie without a big budget. Which I think is also, not that these movies…they’ll have huge budgets, but the sort of the tradition that George [Lucas] started was somebody that came from making American Graffiti to making a huge science fiction movie. And so there was some of that sort of vibe I know Lucasfilm likes about these new filmmakers. But yeah, I definitely was involved in that process.

Kinberg also goes on to say that the chances of he and Trank working together on a future project are pretty likely.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Source Slashfilm
Official Pix Star Wars Rebels Photos & Autographs
Reported by Justin on 01 Aug 2014 15:58

Official Pix has revealed their brand new line of Star Wars Rebels photos and autographs for fans to add to their collection.

Their selection of photographs can be found here and their autographs, which currently feature signed pics from Steve Blum (Zeb) and Vanessa Marshall (Hera) as of the time of this posting, can be found here.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Source OPX

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