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   19 November 2014
RUMOR: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Attached To New The Hobbit Film
Reported by Justin on 19 Nov 2014 21:46

Star Wars 7 News is claiming they have received "strong hints from multiple sources" that the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens will be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 17.

Firstly, our own Echo-07 has spoken with a local theater owner, who has indicated that the teaser for The Force Awakens will indeed be released along with the new Hobbit movie in December. The manager said they don’t get the trailer info very far in advance. It comes on a drive (all digital now). Hes said he didn’t think it would come in with Hunger Games: Mockingjay. He also said that companies (like Disney) aren’t allowed to “cross-promote” except for two times in a year. There are rules and regs about this apparently. However, since Hobbit comes out a year before SW E7 it could be close enough to be within these rules.

Take the source link below for the rest of the report.

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Star Wars Rebels Taking A Break After Next Week; Returning January 5
Reported by Justin on 19 Nov 2014 19:46

As you can see from the tweet below courtesy of Lucasfilm's Tracy Cannobbio, Star Wars Rebels will be taking the holidays off after next week's "Gathering Forces" episode and will be returning to our TV screens on Monday January 5.

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Star Wars X-Wing Knife Block Discount and Competition
Reported by James on 19 Nov 2014 15:22

The knives are out - but in a good way!  Bread knife standing by… Chef’s knife standing by… Lock S-foils in the chop position, the Star Wars X-Wing knife block from The Fowndry has landed.

Here’s an idea we just made up - lightsaber bread knives. They’d slice and toast at the same time! Someone get Lucas on the phone. In the meantime, here’s a great new way to brighten up your kitchen counter.

The Star Wars X-Wing Knife Block gives your regular old kitchenware a rebellious kick in the vegetables. Storing five high quality stainless steel knives, this officially licensed holder looks glorious from any angle.

Chrome finished and standing over 20cm high, the X-Wing Knife Block raises the status of the humble knife holder. Heck, with this in the kitchen even Aunt Beru would be signing up to give the Empire one in the eye. And as for the Force? Well… it’s useful. But can it chop an onion, dice peppers, and slice a loaf? Can it? We’ll ask George, as soon as he picks up.

This practical, yet awesome looking knife block is available for £69.99 from The Fowndry, and from now till Nov 25th you can save £10, taking the price down to just £59.99 by entering the code JEDINEWS10 at checkout.

We also have one set of the X-Wing Knife Block to giveaway here

Cooking will never be the same again... happy hunting!

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   18 November 2014
Haunted Heroes - Space Janitors Season 3 Ep. 4
Reported by Mark on 18 Nov 2014 21:40

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Cover Of Darth Vader Comic Issue #2 Revealed
Reported by Justin on 18 Nov 2014 21:26

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IndyCast Episode 200 - Congratulations!
Reported by Justin on 18 Nov 2014 21:20

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 celebrate our 200th episode and our 7th anniversary as the IndyCast team get together for a round-table discussion looking back over the past 7 years, we have some special guests drop by to wish us a happy birthday, have audio from the Karen Allen and John Rhys Davies panel and have more of your great emails!

From the entire crew here at Jedi News, we congratulate Ed on reaching this significant episode milestone. Here's to 200 more amazing IndyCast episodes and beyond!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Concepts Of Six Pirates
Reported by Justin on 18 Nov 2014 20:37

MakingStarWars.net has updated their website to include a rumor/report pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Concepts: The Force Awakens Six Pirates

As is the case with all The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars Rebels "Gathering Forces" Episode Preview Video - "Ezra's Fear"
Reported by Justin on 18 Nov 2014 20:28

In this clip from the Star Wars Rebels episode “Gathering Forces,” Ezra and Kanan encounter a colony fyrnocks. The Padawan, blocked by a fear he will not confront, struggles to utilize the power of the Force.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Will Show The New Villain
Reported by Justin on 18 Nov 2014 20:18

More rumors pertaining to what we will be seeing in the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens come our way, this time via Latino Review which is reporting the trailer will contain the film's new villain.

Take the source link below for the article and be sure to check out the previous rumors/reports on what the teaser will be showing if the potential for spoilers has no ill effect on you.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: List Of Art Show Artists And Official Key Art
Reported by Justin on 18 Nov 2014 19:01

Lucasfilm's Queen of Star Wars Celebration Mary Franklin has posted an article on StarWars.com providing fans with a complete list of all the talented artists who will be participating in the Celebration Anaheim 2015 Art Show!

First looks of their artwork for the show will be posted on StarWars.com and www.starwarscelebration.com starting in February.

In addition, we also get a look at the official Celebration Anaheim 2015 key art designed by artist Craig Drake (click the image below for a larger view).

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Technoretro Dads Holiday Special 2014
Reported by Mark on 18 Nov 2014 18:24

It's time to hop in the DeLorean and join the TechnoRetro Dads.

A long time ago, in many places not far away, young Star Wars fans turned on CBS for a special event featuring their favorite fictional characters. Some were thrilled, others nonplussed, and the history of The Star Wars Holiday Special began. Download and relive the fun and frustration of the Holiday Special as JediShua and shazbazzar invite SuperFriends Sheldon Norton, Mike Tarkin, Chris Hamilton, and JoeyWanKenobi to relive the magic of that notorious Friday in November 1978 (with special musical guest, High Adventure)! But that’s not all! Etch A Sketch is retrieved from the Attic and inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame along with other classic toys. The Cereal Connoisseur comments on shazbazzar’s Monster Cereals cake from a recent Fall Festival, and your TechnoRetro Bowl Fantasy is played on Itchy’s mind evaporator.

Celebrate this day of peace by greeting your fellow sentients with the traditional, “Happy Life Day!” today.

Contact Information: podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com Email| Website | (209)878-7323 (TR-TRDAD) Voicemail | Twitter

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Sarlacc Pit #78: The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark on 18 Nov 2014 17:45

It's time to join hosts Matt "The Krankster" Krienke and Chris "HothIceplanet" Smith for the latest episode of The Sarlacc Pit.

Join Matt and Chris for another episode of the Sarlacc Pit. This show we welcome back Joe Hogan to talk Star Wars including NEW title The Force Awakens, teaser trailer and Rebels. Our main topic this show is Deleted scenes.

Contact Information: Sarlacc Pit | Twitter | Facebook

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Minecraft Star Wars - A New Hope: 'Exclusive VIP Look' (November 2014)
Reported by Mark on 18 Nov 2014 17:30

We were one of the very first sites to shine a light on this project when it first started and now Grahame brings us the latest update in his Minecraft Star Wars project.

I am planning to have the final film finished and released sometime in 2015. I also have a dream, which you can help and be a part of.

As some of you are aware, my 17 year old daughter, who has been helping me make this movie is a cancer survivor. She has a rare brain tumor that cannot be removed but is now supposed to be dead. It’s been a 14 year long journey for us.

My dream would be for ‘LucasArts’ to allow this movie to be screened in Cinema’s around the world and all proceeds to go towards local childrens cancer charities in the regions, the film is being shown! Like I’ve said.... this is just a dream and “A New Hope”

Thanks guys! Cheers, Grahame aka Paradise Decay

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Star Wars Rebels - Is It Over Before It Started?
Reported by Mark on 18 Nov 2014 17:04

Read beyond the initially dispiriting headline over at JediBusiness.com and you'll find an article that both praises the show and wonders why - right now at least - Hasbro don't seem to be fully behind the new show.

Last week, I read an article by Adam Pawlus on GalacticHunter.com, where he wrote about Star Wars logos on the toy packaging. He had this to say about Star Wars Rebels toys:

"The Rebels logo on the new figures released this week is small and embarrassed to be there. Have you seen it? It's basically the same size as the j-hook. It isn't proud, and there's another, even smaller logo a couple of inches down and to the left. Blech."

Well. This is exactly how I feel about Hasbro's ENTIRE APPROACH to Star Wars Rebels 3 3/4 inch toys. It all feels so incredibly SAFE. I know a lot of you haven't even been able to find Star Wars Rebels toys on the shelves yet, despite the TV show being already out for more than 1 1/2 months, but let's have a look at Hasbro's offerings anyways, shall we?

Source Jedi Business
Coffee With Kenobi: Rebels Reactions: “Empire Day”
Reported by Mark on 18 Nov 2014 16:42

It's time to join your hosts Dan and Cory over at Rebels Reactions.

Welcome to Rebels Reactions, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: Rebels through a critical lens. On today’s show, we will be discussing “Empire Day” the sixth episode in Season 1. Returning to Rebels Reactions is Craig Dickinson, writer of Rebels Reconnaissance, and Blogger for Coffee With Kenobi. This is the Podcast you’re looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: An 'Empire Day' To Remember
Reported by Mark on 18 Nov 2014 16:28

Pete Vilmur brings us his second blog in as many days as he looks back to 1980 and Empire Day, when on 20th May Empire Day returned to celebrate the arrival of The Empire Strikes Back.

With today’s launch of the Star Wars Rebels episode “Empire Day,” it seems fitting to serve up a little piece of forgotten Star Wars history associated with this specific term. Back in 1980, when The Empire Strikes Back was set to open with a royal premiere in London on May 20, someone on the promotional team at Lucasfilm or 20th Century Fox was inspired to resurrect the British “Empire Day” holiday, which had been observed by members of the British Empire between 1902 and 1958 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday on May 24. Though the “Empire Day” name would later change to British Commonwealth Day and finally to Commonwealth Day in 1966, the promoters were betting that there would still be enough cultural memory to make the “Empire Day” moniker resonate with the public for Empire’s launch.

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The Millennium Falcon Build
Reported by Mark on 18 Nov 2014 16:02

Never again will you look at the Millennium Falcon and think 'what a piece of junk!' Because somewhere on planet earth is a stock light freighter made of exactly that - junk.

A one hundred and forty hour adventure not so long ago (finished this a couple weeks back) in a galaxy not so far away (Columbus, Ohio)... An effort was made to clean up and recycle some empty boxes in our basement... But, I got a little sidetracked. It's not my fault. Enjoy!!!

Source Imgur (via Glenn Ewing)
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Promo Video From 'Hero Complex'
Reported by Justin on 18 Nov 2014 13:22

First they provided fans with an exclusive first look at the official Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 poster. Now Hero Complex ramps up the excitement even more with the awesome Celebration Anaheim promo video shown below!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Rebels Recon #7: Inside "Empire Day"
Reported by Justin on 18 Nov 2014 02:39

In Rebels Recon #7, StarWars.com talks with the creators of the Star Wars Rebels episode "Empire Day," examines the animation process, and shows a special preview of “Gathering Forces.”

"Empire Day" finds Ezra troubled during Jedi training. He is unable to let go of a deep anger reinforced by the holiday – which is also his birthday. The Ghost crew bombs a TIE prototype at an Imperial parade, and a long lost friend named Tseebo may know what happened to his parents. But the Inquisitor and the Empire are closing in…

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   17 November 2014
The Lucas Museum: Statement From The Founding President
Reported by Mark on 17 Nov 2014 23:50

Things are truly starting to move forward as the Lucas Museum selects its founding president.

STATEMENT FROM THE FOUNDING PRESIDENT

"I am honored and excited to be joining the Lucas Museum as its Founding President, and I look forward to working with George and the Board to bring to life an inspiring museum that will expand our awareness and appreciation of the central role of narrative art in our culture. My hope is that the Lucas Museum will educate and engage millions of visitors of all ages and backgrounds to explore new creative frontiers. I'm eager to collaborate with Chicago's many outstanding cultural institutions and organizations as we work to create an unprecedented cultural experience for residents and visitors alike."

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Unscripted with Hayden Christensen and George Lucas
Reported by Mark on 17 Nov 2014 23:18

Check out this fascinating video as Hayden Christensen and George Lucas interview each other during the press tour for 2005's Revenge of the Sith.

Source YouTube (via Paul Bateman)
Terry Bisson Boba Fett Novels Re-Issued With The Legends Banner
Reported by Mark on 17 Nov 2014 23:02

While the galaxy was divided during the Clone Wars the fictional galaxy of Star Wars also had it's own split when the era of the story group labelled three decades of spin-off stories 'Legends', giving the GFFA it's own alternate reality previously only set aside for the Star Wars Infinities stories.

But it's growing ever clearer that the Legends stories are just as popular and valid as they ever were, as shown by the re-issue of the Terry Bisson Boba Fett series under the Legends banner.

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WolfPack Special Episode: Keith Szarabajka Interview (Voice Of Cikatro Vizago On Rebels)
Reported by Dan on 17 Nov 2014 22:57

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

On this special episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Marco,and Logan chat with Keith Szarabajka, voice of Cikatro Vizago On Star Wars Rebels! We chat about Rebels and whats coming up with Vizago!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Interview: Andrew Barthelmes, Illustrator of Rebel Journal By Ezra Bridger
Reported by Mark on 17 Nov 2014 22:46

Check out this interview over at The Wookiee Gunner between the art director and illustrator of Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger Andrew Barthelmes and the always awesome Johnamarie Macias.

TWG interviewed the art director and illustrator of Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger, a book written by Daniel Wallace and based on the popular animated series on Disney XD.

This replica journal follows the adventures of young Ezra Bridger on his home planet, Lothal. Filled with exciting sketches and interactive elements that entice young independent readers, the book also includes 16 blank pages that invite other rebels to continue the fun and imagination with their own stories and drawings.

Art director and illustrator Andrew Barthelmes joined us recently to talk about his experience behind designing and illustrating Ezra’s journal.

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C-3PO - It’s a WRAP!!!
Reported by Mark on 17 Nov 2014 22:39

Watch as your friend and ours Simon Wilkie slips out of something a lot less comfortable...

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Happy Life Day—For the 36th Time; Now Go Out and Collect Something!
Reported by Mark on 17 Nov 2014 22:27

What site is better suited to show some love for the Holiday Special than Rancho Obi-Wan and what writer better suited to investigate it's history than Pete Vilmur. Check out Pete's excellent investigation into the history and collectibles surrounding the Holiday Special over at Rancho Obi-Wan.

Yep! We’re giving a shout-out to the sadly misguided Star Wars Holiday Special. Why? Because as fans of all things Star Wars, we think every aspect of that faraway galaxy is worthy of some love, even if that means tough love. And with the Holiday Special turning 36 today, we thought it deserved a bit of charitable coverage, seeing as how it’s responsible for one more holiday on the Star Wars calendar: Life Day, a sort of saga analog to a combination of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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1978 Star Wars Holiday Special Commercials -- all 19 minutes of them!
Reported by Mark on 17 Nov 2014 22:19

We may be celebrating LIfe Day, the 36th anniversary of the first and only official showing of the Star Wars Holiday Special, but check out this 19 minute video of the ads shown during the program.

Source YouTube (via Cole Horton)
Fantasy Flight Games to Merge into the Asmodee Group
Reported by Jonathan on 17 Nov 2014 22:12

Fantasy Flight Games, the guys who bring us our Star Wars tabletop games in the form of RPGs, card games and miniature games, have announced they are merging with the Asmodee Group, a leading international publisher and distributor. This cam only mean great things which in turn means more Star Wars gaming goodness! Huzzah!

From the website:

'Paris, France; Roseville MN, November 17th, 2014. Today, Asmodee – a leading international publisher and distributor – and Fantasy Flight Games – a worldwide recognized hobby games publisher – proudly announced the pending merger of the two companies. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Asmodee Group of game companies will gain access to Fantasy Flight Games’ strong sales, operational and marketing infrastructure in North America, as well as Fantasy Flight Games’ almost-20 years of expertise in game development and multi-language game manufacturing.

Fantasy Flight Games will benefit from Asmodee’s impressive distribution and marketing reach in Europe, greatly improving its product placement and organized play initiatives across the continent.

Source Fantasy Flight Games
Christina Chong Calls Her Casting In The Force Awakens "Incredible"
Reported by Justin on 17 Nov 2014 20:52

Here's another log to add to the ever-growing "Christina Chong is in The Force Awakens" fire (there's been a few logs already added over the past several months). Liam Feltham has posted an interview with Chong over at Glass Magazine in which the actress once again confirms her involvement in Episode VII.

How does it feel to become a part of a cinematic legacy [Star Wars] that dates back to 1977 and comes after 6 equally highly-anticipated films?

Considering it’s probably one of, if not the most successful movie franchises in cinematic history, when I realised that I was going to be a part of it, it was just all too incredible.

Take the source link below for the full interview.

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UPDATED: RUMOR: Details On What The Teaser Trailer For The Force Awakens Will Contain
Reported by Justin on 17 Nov 2014 18:35

UPDATE: Making Star Wars chimes in on what they have heard will be included in the forthcoming teaser trailer.

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Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest has posted an article reportedly containing information on what we will be seeing in the first official teaser trailer for The Force Awakens.

None of this has obviously been confirmed by appropriate Lucasfilm sources at this time, so take the supplied link below with as many grains of salt as needed.

Thanks to Jedi News reader Edward F. for sending over the link.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Badass Digest
Scottish BAFTAs 2014 - Outstanding contribution to craft award - Tommy Gormley
Reported by BrianC on 17 Nov 2014 17:13

An emotional video message from Abrams had the audience’s attention as he said: “I’d like to say three things. One: BAFTA Scotland rules. Two: Scotland rules. And three: Tommy Gormley rules.

Star Trek and Mission Impossible director Tommy Gormley speaks to the Daily Record at the Scottish BAFTAs 2014 held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow

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Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles on Disney XD
Reported by James on 17 Nov 2014 17:01

Our friends at Disney UK have got in touch to let us know that the fourth episode of Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles animated series has its British television premiere on Thursday 27th November at 4.30pm.

For this special episode, fans can head over to Facebook to choose their side and decide who wins in the battle of Good vs Evil: Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader.  Fans have until Monday 24th November at midnight.

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Don Bacigalupi Selected As Lucas Museum Founding President
Reported by Justin on 17 Nov 2014 16:46

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Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles - Clash of the Skywalkers
Reported by Mark on 17 Nov 2014 16:05

Via our great pal Ryan Leston over at Total Geeks here's an exclusive clip from The New Yoda Chronicles - Clash of the Skywalkers, which airs 27th November, in the UK.

About Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles - In this thrilling adventure, Clash of the Skywalkers, the enraged Emperor sends Darth Vader and his entire fleet to find and destroy Luke as revenge for his destruction of the Holocrons. But Luke finds inspiration from the last remaining Holocron - a daring move pulled off years earlier by his father, Anakin. The emboldened Luke uses Anakin’s move to lure Vader and the Imperial Fleet into a trap that could turn the tide for the Rebellion - or lead to disaster.

Source You Tube (via Total Geeks)
Could This Comment Indicate A Mace Windu Stand Alone Is In The Pipeline?
Reported by Mark on 17 Nov 2014 15:37

An interesting snippet of a recent Reddit AMA with A.J. Edwards turned up on Making Star Wars yesterday (via Benny Bierbaum) that seems to point towards Edwards being involved in a possible Mace Windu stand alone project.

Mace is a character we've not heard mentioned in relation to a stand alone, although we didn't see his direct demise in Revenge of the Sith. Perhaps it could link in with our discussion on Episode 18 of RADIO 1138 that a Clone Wars stand alone could be made to tie up any loose ends left from the end of the series. All supposition and only time will tell.

Source Reddit AMA (via Making Star Wars)
Amazing AT-AT
Reported by Team Jedi News on 17 Nov 2014 15:07

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The Empire - Episode 1: Lunchbox
Reported by Mark on 17 Nov 2014 14:52

Check out this short film by Carl Whiteley that mashes the UK version of The Office with the evil galactic Empire.

Hi, as a huge Star Wars and The Office fan, I was sad to see The Office end. So I decided to make a parody film combining the two. Hollywood prosthetic artist, Shaune Harrison who worked on Episode 1 and 2 did the Emperor make up on Bruce Jones a well loved UK soap actor. Adam F Goldberg, writer of 'Fan Boys' and 'The Goldbergs' helped out on Kickstarter earning him Executive Producer credits.

Any film that features Les Battersby is fine with me!

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Full of Sith Episode XCI: Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Reported by Mark on 17 Nov 2014 14:36

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

Freddie Prinze, Kanan from Star Wars: Rebels joins the Full of Sith crew to discuss a variety of topics. From his earliest exposures to Star Wars, hints about the future of Rebels and his relationship with Mark Hamill to the difference between Dave Filoni and Vince McMahon, we cover it all.

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

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: 150 Days To Go
Reported by Justin on 17 Nov 2014 14:18

Just a quick little reminder that as of the time of this posting, we have 150 days until all the fun & excitement of Celebration Anaheim 2015 arrives for fans across the entire globe to enjoy.

Be there.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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R2-D2 Was Almost In The LEGO Movie
Reported by Justin on 17 Nov 2014 13:42

Oh what could have been. Head on over to The Telegraph for a brief article by Rebecca Hawkes that describes how the writer and director of the extremely popular film The LEGO Movie, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, were planning on incorporating R2-D2 into the cast of blocky characters.

“He [R2D2] was a Batman-level character,” Miller told Yahoo Movies. In the film, the Caped Crusader, voiced by Will Arnett, is a key character, and love rival to everyman hero Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt).

“We figured we could get R2-D2 because his voice wasn’t a human being,” added Lord.

Sadly for R2 fans, the pair were unable to obtain the rights to the character, and the robot's storyline was eventually dropped. While this may seem strange, given that Warner Bros were able to use Solo, Calrissian and R2-D2's companion C-3PO in the movie, the negotiation process for the rights was a complex one. Disney, who acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, may have been reluctant to approve the use of too many Star Wars characters.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source The Telegraph
Latest Toy Palace Newsletter - Week 47, 2014
Reported by James on 17 Nov 2014 09:37

Here's the latest update from Site Sponsor Toy Palace with details of the latest Star Wars products that came in or were added for pre-order within the last week...

   

   

Source Toy Palace
Happy 36th Birthday Star Wars Holiday Special
Reported by Justin on 17 Nov 2014 07:00

Today we celebrate 36 years of the broadcast release here in the United States of the well-known Star Wars Holiday Special, which depending on who you talk to is either a big part of their Star Wars fandom or something they wish all traces of could be eradicated from their memory.

If you haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this little masterpiece before, there are multiple methods of acquiring it out there on the interwebs, from DVD copies available on eBay to obviously going the torrent download route.

In any event, Happy Life Day everyone!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Jedi News Review: Star Wars Rebels: Zeb and Stormtrooper
Reported by ZakPT on 17 Nov 2014 02:09
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It is a time of a new era. The ever reaching grasp of the new Imperial Empire are now clasping their grip around even distant outer rim planets to secure a good presence throughout the galaxy. One of these lonesome planets is known as Lothal; a planet on the verge of economic obliteration from the failure of farming and set back of industrial work. However even the desperate civilians are not in favour of the new presence of the Empire. One young man, known as Ezra Bridger, lives on the outskirts of one of the troubled towns surviving through petty con art and theft. Unbeknownst to him he is soon to encounter a band of rebels who take him on a journey he only distantly dreamed of. While on a trip to the town for small supplies he accidently intercepts a rebel mission to steal weapons off of the Empire. Ezra wants in and takes the precious creates for himself. But the rebels are fast and soon catch Ezra with the crates. The leader of the Rebel group, Jarrus Kanan, is intrigued with the boys’ courage and skills. And after revealing that he has no family and not much of a life the rebels accept him onto the team.

One of these rebel members is Zeb, a Lasat being built high and wide, easily towering over most average people. With his formiddble strength mixed with his aggression he no match for the commonly feared Stormtroopers.

   16 November 2014
BBC: From Our Own Correspondent and Babadook, scary children, Nightcrawler, Sci fi lightsabers
Reported by Mark on 16 Nov 2014 23:58

With thanks to Jedi News reader Colin Bendall, here's a couple of BBC podcasts that have focused on Star Wars over the past month.

Just to let you know there's been a few BBC radio programmes with some Star Wars content in recent weeks. From Our Own Correspondent on 16 October included a visit to Skellig Michael, including some discussion of the location filming for The Force Awakens.

Front Row has interviewed Ben Burtt on sound effects for the lightsabre (on 23 October) and also on the effect for Darth Vader (on 13 November). Both programmes can be downloaded here.

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Star Wars Art - Holiday Showcase at Acme Archives
Reported by Matt on 16 Nov 2014 23:55

Check out these stunning pieces from William Silvers, Raymond Swanland, Greg Lipton, Jerry Vanderstelt, Christian Slade and Tsuneo Sanda.

All will be available in various Disney locations from tomorrow.

November 17, 1978 may live on in infamy as the date of the dreaded Star Wars Holiday Special, but we figure it's time to take it back!

Kick off with a Giveaway Contest and Star Wars Artist Showcases this weekend at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Then join us at Acme Archives Direct this Monday, Nov. 17th for the Star Wars release you were always hoping for! Star Wars Art from six different Artists!

Source Moviepilot
Star Wars #1 Incentives Tied To Sales Of Original Sin #8, Could It Sell Half A Million?
Reported by Mark on 16 Nov 2014 23:48

It's looking increasingly likely that with the arrival of Star Wars #1 Volume 2 to Marvel, we could be once again seeing GFFA titles hitting astronomical numbers. Check out this piece over at Bleeding Cool to find out just how they'll achieve that.

In order to get the best incentives on the sale of Star Wars #1 from Marvel in January, stores must order 200% of their total sales of Original Sin #8 for the standard covers, before they will then be able to order more. Sales estimates for Original Sin #8 are around the 90,000 mark for North American comic book stores. If every store went along with this, that we see Marvel top 200,000 in orders.

Those qualifying stores will be able to order as many copies of the Star Wars #1 Christopher Party Variant cover as they wish and will receive one free copy of the Christopher Party Sketch Variant.

Source Bleeding Cool
UPDATE: Disney Ad For The Clone Wars Season 6 "The Lost Missions" Blu-ray Set
Reported by Justin on 16 Nov 2014 23:44

Just wanted to pass along this advertisement released by Disney promoting The Clone Wars Season 6 "The Lost Missions" arriving on Blu-ray (click the image for a larger view).

If you haven't purchased your 2-disc copy yet, you can do so via the official Disney Store in the US right here.

If anybody can let us know if this release is region free and not just restricted to the US then please let us know here, as there's still no news on a release for the UK (although it has been released in Germany as well as the US and Canada) -- thanks!

UPDATE:Jedi News readers Roger Stevens and John Caliber both got in touch to let us know that The Lost Missions Blu-ray discs are a region free set, so great news for the UK!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Fantasy Flight Games - Announcing a Smuggler Sourcebook for Edge of the Empire
Reported by Jonathan on 16 Nov 2014 23:40

One of the greatest things about the Star Wars RPG is that you can create and play pretty much any type of character you like, but for some unimaginable reason people seem to always gravitate to the smugglers and scoundrels, the ne'er-do-wells and the scruffy-looking nerf herders. Enter, then, 'Fly Casual', a sourcebook for the smugglers of the group.

From the website:

'Risk and opportunity are two sides of the same coin, and in a galaxy riven by war, opportunities abound for those willing to take the risks. Across the stars, smugglers flaunt the Empire’s laws to turn a profit. These daring outlaws, scoundrels, and con artists gamble it all for a shot at getting rich…

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Fly Casual, a smuggler sourcebook for Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire™!

Smuggling in the Star Wars galaxy is a high stakes job filled with danger and excitement. However, flying from one planet to another, sneaking past Imperial patrols, and dealing with the scum of the galaxy is not just a job; it is a way of life. For those men and women drawn to this lifestyle, its opportunities, its freedoms, and its thrills, Fly Casual offers a terrific haul of new character options, equipment, ships, modifications, and potential jobs.'

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London Film And Comic Con July 2015: Celebrating The Empire Strikes Back
Reported by Mark on 16 Nov 2014 23:35

You don't need to be told by us, 2015 is going to be a VERY busy year for Star Wars fans the world over, and here in the UK will be no exception. Check out this news, via the Showmasters Forum regarding their event from the 17th to the 19th July 2015.

LFCC 2015 will be celebrating 35 years of The Empire Strikes Back
With this land mark year we will be bringing you some rare guests and important people that make this amazing film happen 35 years ago.
There will be first time signers and many things to do and see and opportunities to celebrate our love for this wonderful film
we just wanted to warn all the Star Wars fans out there this will be a big aspect of 2015's LFCC
see you all there
May the force be with you.

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 54
Reported by Mark on 16 Nov 2014 23:30

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

It’s Now, This Is Podcasting! episode 54! This week join Jason, Randy, Johnamarie, Jeremy and Sal for another fun filled The Force Awakens discussion!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Expanding
Reported by Matt on 16 Nov 2014 23:25

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LEGO Star Wars in 100 scenes
Reported by Matt on 16 Nov 2014 23:20

Via our great pals at Mint in Box, here's some info regarding 7th April 2015's LEGO Star Wars in 100 scenes

LEGO unveils a new book LEGO Star Wars to be released next year.

Star Wars in 100 scenes retransmits the biggest stages of the saga made ??with official LEGO sets. As for video games, we are promised of humor with the staging of hundreds of LEGO mini-figs. The book will be released in April 2015 and is already available for pre-order on Amazon.

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The Comlink: Ep. 106 - Extended Interview w/ Kyle Newman
Reported by Mark on 16 Nov 2014 23:15

Another Comlink master class in Star Wars featuring over 45 minutes of amazing Star Wars discussion with Kyle Newman. You'll never watch Star Wars the same way again.

Source Smodcast
Hasbro And DreamWorks Animation Merger Not Happening
Reported by Justin on 16 Nov 2014 12:46

Well we can all forget about the earlier report that claimed Hasbro and DreamWorks Animation were in talks to merge. Variety has received confirmation that the deal has fallen thru and will not be completed.

Several factors led to the ending of talks between Hasbro and DreamWorks. Hasbro chief Brian Goldner is said to have grown skittish over the impact the potential merger had on Hasbro’s stock, which fell 4% on Thursday to $54.98 and another 1.75% on Friday to $54.02.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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RUMOR: John Williams Recorded The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Music; Film Canisters Found
Reported by Justin on 16 Nov 2014 11:55

Making Star Wars has reportedly received word that John Williams has recorded the music that will be used for the release of the official The Force Awakens teaser trailer.

We had heard in the past that Williams would be composing new cues for a potential teaser trailer premiering this year, possibly with Disney’s Into The Woods. Today, we received several reports about John Williams recording Star Wars cues at a Sony scoring stage. The Maestro is apparently recording the music for the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser. As we’ve mentioned before, we heard the rough edit of the teaser was just a little over a minute long, showing off new characters from the film and culminating with the return of the Falcon to the big screen! We also heard that this rough edit was cut to existing Star Wars cues. The music recorded today was described by one source as a medley. Most likely what is being heard features new tiny transitions to make all the various cues line up to hit the beats the editors of the teaser envisioned.

They also have received a photograph of what the sender is claiming are The Force Awakens film canisters containing the names "AVCO" and "Foodles" on the labels that apparently fell off the collection truck. Naturally there was no salvageable film inside any of the canisters.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Ultimate Star Wars: The Definitive Guide to the Star Wars Universe
Reported by Mark on 16 Nov 2014 02:57

More DK goodness arrives in May 2015 as Ultimate Star Wars: The Definitive Guide to the Star Wars Universe arrives.

ULTIMATE STAR WARS (The Definitive Guide to the Star Wars Universe)
written by Ryder Windham, Adam Bray und Daniel Wallace
DK Publishing
hardcover (320 pages)
ISBN 978-1-4654-3601-6
SRP: $ 40.00

Become an expert on the Star Wars galaxy!

Ultimate Star Wars is an in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy. This is a beautifully illustrated guide that is structured chronologically and packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Star Wars movie saga, The Clone Wars, and Rebels.

The perfect primer before Episode VII is released, Ultimate Star Wars will get old and new fans caught up and knowledgeable on all things Star Wars.

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   15 November 2014
Hollywood Awards Success For ILM's Work On Transformers 4
Reported by Mark on 15 Nov 2014 22:35

We're rolling towards awards season and the team at Industrial Light and Magic are getting into some familiar winning habits.

The award for Best Visual Effects was received by ILM visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar for his team’s work on Transformers: Age of Extinction. David White (Special Makeup Effects) and Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (Hair and Makeup Design) accepted an award for their work on Guardians of the Galaxy, which also picked up the Blockbuster award.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles: New Episodes Incoming
Reported by Mark on 15 Nov 2014 22:25

Some great LEGO Star Wars info comes to us via our great friend Johnamarie - AKA The Wookiee Gunner.

The next Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles episode is called "Clash of the Skywalkers." Summary: Angry at the Holocrons' destruction, the Emperor sends Darth Vader to destroy Luke. Sun, November 23, 2014, at 12:00PM EST on Disney XD.

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Star Wars Rebels: Covers and Solicitation Texts
Reported by Mark on 15 Nov 2014 21:44

 

Via our great pal Eddie van der Heijden, more future solicitations for DK Star Wars Rebels releases.

STAR WARS REBELS: SECRETS OF THE REBELS - ULTIMATE STICKER COLLECTION
July 2015
softcover (96 pages)
ISBN 978-1-4654-3593-4
$ 12.99

An action-packed guide to a galactic adventure. DK’s Ultimate Sticker Collection: Star Wars Rebels: Secrets of the Rebels is a fun companion to the first and second season of the new animated television series. The Ultimate Sticker Collection features colorful stickers depicting space battles, vehicles, and characters from the series. Background pages allow children to create their own galactic scenes.

STAR WARS REBELS: HEROES OF LOTHAL (Level 2 Reader)
July 2015
softcover (48 pages)
ISBN 978-1-4654-3596-5
$ 3.99
hardcover (48 pages)
ISBN 978-1-4654-3595-8
$ 14.99

Discover all there is to know about the heroes from the planet Lothal, including Ezra, Hera, and Chopper.

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Official Site: Return of the Star Wars Rumors
Reported by Mark on 15 Nov 2014 21:31

Our RADIO 1138 Episode 18 and RADIO 1138 Episode 19 guest Jason Fry brings another fascinating article to StarWars.com as he looks at the subject of rumours.

I don’t recall the same frenzy of expectation around Return of the Jedi, though we did argue quite a bit about the identity of the “other hope” noted by Yoda. (Everyone pretty much agreed it was Leia — no great deduction since the only clue pointed right at her.) A few of us got mailaway figures of Admiral Ackbar, memorable because he came armed with what looked like a banister from a staircase — a baffling accessory later reimagined by The Clone Wars team as a Mon Calamari battle baton.

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Bombad Radio Episode 175: Sean Williams on The Force Unleashed 3 and more Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 15 Nov 2014 21:21

It's time to join James and Jeremiah on the latest edition of Bombad Radio.

Episode 175 with The Force Unleashed author Sean Williams returning to the show for the first time since Episode 29! As promise this interviewed contains a little about The Force Unleashed 2, Fatal Alliance, a brand new Star Wars novel about a Jedi Asylum (Arkham for Jedi, I mean how awesome is that?), and a lot about The Force Unleashed 3, and your ideas for how it should end. Its great to talk to Sean against after well over 2 years and we don't break a step!

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Cantina Characters Original Production Test Photo Sheet
Reported by Matt on 15 Nov 2014 21:12

Check this out for an amazing piece of movie history. Original production test photo sheets of some of the key characters from A New Hope.

This is an original contact sheet of production test photos used on the original 1977 film Star Wars. Photos like these were taken for visual reference, continuity, and decision making in the different departments working on the film. This particular contact sheet features production test shots of various aliens seen on Tattooine when Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Ben Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness) enter the city and visit the Mos Eisley Cantina. Featured here are photos of the Mos Eisley Cantina’s bartender Wuher (portrayed by actor Ted Burnett), cantina patron / alien assassin Dannik Jerriko (portrayed by the film’s stunt coordinator Peter Diamond), and Ponda Baba (Tommy Ilsley), whose arm is severed by Ben Kenobi’s light saber in an altercation at the bar. This is an original contact sheet created for the production’s use, and two photos have been cut out of the sheet, possibly for reference. This item was acquired from an inner industry source that worked on the production and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the costume house.

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The Comlink: Ep. 106 - Kyle Newman. Star Wars News, Interviews, & More!
Reported by Mark on 15 Nov 2014 20:43

The latest news from the week of November 14th, plus Kyle Newman visits the studio and talks Star Wars with David. Steve Sansweet returns from Rancho Obi-Wan to tell the tell of the Toys R Us Vader wall art in the latest Comlink Burst. The Comlink is your weekly show for Star Wars entertainment!

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This Modern Empire Strikes Back Trailer Is Just Fantastic
Reported by Mark on 15 Nov 2014 20:40

Check out this very clever re-imagining of The Empire Strikes Back trailer, made as if the film was being released today.

I still prefer the original with the hokey Harrison Ford voice over, but this is still very impressive.

Source Polygon
Hot Wheels Star Wars 5 Pack Reduced at ASDA
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Nov 2014 20:32

The Hot Wheels Star Wars 5 Pack, featuring an exclusive dirty Stormtrooper vehicle, has been reduced down from £24.99 to just £14.99 whilst stock last. So zoom down to your local ASDA store to pick the 5 pack up.  Happy Hunting!

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   14 November 2014
RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Concepts: The Man In Black, A Speeder, And A Helmet
Reported by Justin on 14 Nov 2014 20:39

MakingStarWars.net has updated their website to include a rumor pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Concepts: The Man In Black, A Speeder, And A Helmet

As is the case with all The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source MSW
LEGO Club Alternative Star Wars Ghost Build
Reported by Mark on 14 Nov 2014 20:05

Who wants to build LEGO Star Wars stuff? We do, and here's how you can build some more.

Hoth Bricks has uncovered instructions to build a new ship from pieces from both the 75048 Phantom and 75053 The Ghost from the new Star Wars Rebels TV series. This little ship looks very cool and the instructions gives you a parts list so if you want to order the parts so you can all 3 ships built together you can do.

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Video Interview with Colin Cantwell on ’74/’75 Star Wars Prototypes
Reported by Matt on 14 Nov 2014 19:36

 

Check out this multi-part video interview with model maker and visionary Colin Cantwell, the man behind many of the iconic starship designs for Star Wars.

Colin Cantwell is a dreamer. However, he’s is one of those rare individuals who is not content to merely dream, but to imagine how to make dreams a reality, and takes action to make things happen. And if the tool or method that he requires does not exist, he will invent it. He is about thinking up possibilities that others would find… impossible. He is also quite modest, regardless of his incredible accomplishments across a broad spectrum of disciplines. He seems to be entirely self-motivated and has an internal engine driving him to achieve the results that bring his dreams to life. My other observation, through my conversations with him at his home in Colorado some months ago, is that he is not only brilliant, but he is unrestrained by the divisions and categorizations that frame the lives of most of the rest of us. Like the great Leonardo da Vinci, Colin Cantwell is gifted with a great diversity of talents, as a scientist, inventor, artist, special and computer effects wizard, architect, engineer, and I’m sure a number of other abilities. In my opinion, he is one of our great national treasures that “we” didn’t know about. He played a significant role in Star Wars: A New Hope, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Omnimax/IMAX, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and WarGames, working with some of our greatest film auteurs like George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, and Steven Spielberg. He worked with NASA and CBS on the Apollo XI moon landing mission. He even won over “the greatest architect of all-time”, Frank Lloyd Wright. And at 82 years of age, he continues to work on his life achievements; with his concept of Cosmic Biodesics, only now is the rest of the world catching up to his ideas.

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LOT 24: Lights, Camera, Action!
Reported by Matt on 14 Nov 2014 18:39

Want to visit the studio where The Force Awakens was made? This could be your chance, as this auction run by Secret Winter Gala gives you just that opportunity - for the right priced, of course.

Go behind the scenes of the word famous Pinewood Studios Group, with a tour for two people followed by lunch in the Pinewood Restaurant. See where the magic happens, where films such as Skyfall, Anna Karenina, Prometheus and Star Wars have been brought to life. Synonymous with world class British and international production, Pinewood and Shepperton Studios date back to the early 20th Century and have been home to some of the most successful feature films and TV shows ever made.

Access to sets or stages cannot be guaranteed. Photography is not allowed. Children under 12 not permitted.

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RebelForce Radio: November 14, 2014
Reported by Mark on 14 Nov 2014 18:24

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6, aka “The Lost Missions”, was released on disc this week and to celebrate the occasion, actor Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker) joins us for a look back at the season & the series. We have a great time catching up with Matt and we have a lot of laughs along the way. Plus, we examine the fallout from last week’s big title announcement for “The Force Awakens”, “Chewbacca” finds himself in an Unthinkable event in Hollyweird, Daniel Radcliffe talks about visiting the Star Wars set, Mark Hamill’s beard is history, and we have a juicy Fifteen Minute Spoiler Alert filled with the latest rumors about Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Galactic Voyage's 15th Anniversary
Reported by Mark on 14 Nov 2014 18:16

There aren't too many Star Wars websites around today that have been running since 1999, the year that the previous Star Wars trilogy launched. The merger of Lightsabre and Jedi News back in 2010 instantly gave our site a heritage that runs back to 1998, and back then one of the first sites I dealt with regularly was Galactic Voyage. Webmaster Gary Willis has been a constant fixture online, and become a good friend over the years and we'd like to wish him and Galactic Voyage a very happy 15th anniversary.

Over to Gary.

Today we are celebrating Galactic Voyage's 15th Anniversary! I started the site in the last century on November 14, 1999. l would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all the Star Wars fans who have visited and enjoyed Galactic Voyage these many years. It is hard to believe it has been so long. Send me an email and let me know what you would like to see from Galactic Voyage in the future!

Just think, this time next year we will be gearing up for the release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens! As the "Golden Age of Star Wars" begins, I look forward to more Star Wars Rebels, Episodes VII, VIII, & IX, the spin-off films, and beyond in the coming years! Thank you again. "You've taken your first step into a larger world!"

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Get Your Geek On: 11th November 2014
Reported by Mark on 14 Nov 2014 18:05

Get your geek on every Monday night with host David Gremillion, as he interviews guests, takes your calls, and gives his take on the latest Star Wars news. Listen live every Monday at 9pm EST on www.channel1138.com.

Dan Curto joins us to discuss his MASSIVE Star Wars collection, the book he co-wrote with Steve Sansweet, and who he thinks is to blame for the Hasbro delays! We also break down the latest Star Wars Rebels episode (Spoilers included) and try to figure out what "The Force Awakens" might mean. Stay Geeky and join us! 'Like' GYGO on Facebook Follow GYGO on Twitter Listen LIVE on Mondays at 9 pm EST on Channel 1138

Contact Information: iTunes | Mixlr | Facebook

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Join The Dark Side With An Exclusive First Look At Darth Vader
Reported by Matt on 14 Nov 2014 18:00

It's landing in February via the stellar team of Salvador Larroca and our guest on RADIO 1138 Episode 16 Keiron Gillen. It's a look insidde the brand new Darth Vader series.

One of the galaxy's most tragic and evil figures rises anew this February on the comic book page, as Marvel Comics presents DARTH VADER by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca!

With two issues kicking off the Sith Lord's first ongoing series in February, it's an opportunity to revisit the classic Star Wars saga from a different perspective! Now, for the first time anywhere, get an exclusive look at Larroca's depiction of Darth Vader...

Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by ADI GRANOV

The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series!

Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of "Star Wars: A New Hope" (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca bring us a peek behind the mask of evil!

ISSUE #1 - 48 PGS./Rated T …$4.99
ISSUE #2 - 32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99 On sale in February 2015!

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ForceCast #329: What's In A Name?
Reported by Mark on 14 Nov 2014 17:53

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

We continue our discussion of the title reveal for Star Wars: The Force Awakens with Steve Sansweet, the former head of fan relations for Lucasfilm and the man who revealed Revenge of the Sith's title in 2004. We also talk to former LucasArts sound designer David Collins about his video game work, his Celebration stage hosting experiences, and his new show, The Comlink. Between those interviews and the week's top stories, it's a jam-packed ForceCast you won't want to miss!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Cool Fan-Made The Force Awakens Poster
Reported by Justin on 14 Nov 2014 15:42

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Sideshow C-3PO Sixth Scale Figure Preview
Reported by Justin on 14 Nov 2014 12:43

Sideshow Collectibles has posted an image preview for their upcoming C-3PO Sixth Scale Figure that was first available for fans to see at SDCC earlier this year. Pre-orders for the figure are scheduled to go live on Thursday November 20.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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IGN Has Posted Never-Before-Seen BTS Photos From A New Hope
Reported by Justin on 14 Nov 2014 12:30

Now this is how you start off a Friday in style! IGN has posted an article containing a collection of never-before-seen set images that were taken during the production of Star Wars: A New Hope as well as photos of a few script pages. Over to IGN...

To celebrate the British Film Institute’s amazing new exhibition ‘On-Set – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’ we’ve been given a set of exclusive shots from behind-the-scenes of the sci-fi classic.

Taken from script supervisor Ann Skinner’s personal collection – which has never before been made public – the superb stash includes Skinner's own notated script pages, details of a deleted scene alongside photos of characters that failed to make it into the finished film, and pictures of stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing relaxing between takes.

They offer a fascinating glimpse into the making of one of the most influential films in celluloid history, and feature some pretty unique images for fans of the franchise, including Darth Vader sporting a massive pair of sideburns, and Grand Moff Tarkin with a big smile on his face.

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Journey to Episode VII: The Fall of the Empire/The Rise of the Rebellion
Reported by Mark on 14 Nov 2014 11:02

Check out this link over at Edelweiss which could - potentially - give away certain elements about lead characters from The Force Awakens. Maybe not to the extent of the sleeve notes to a The Phantom Menace CD, but revealing all the same.

And note the inclusion of content set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. We could be learning about a lot more than just the 7th film over the next 400 days, we'll also be learning what really happened in what was the post-Jedi EU/Legends era.

Star Wars meets Romeo and Juliet in this epic YA novel that follows two best friends who find themselves on opposite sides of the war between the Empire and the Rebellion.

This thrilling YA novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe: from the purge of the Jedi in Episode III, to the beginnings of the rebellion in Star Wars Rebels, and through the fall of the Empire in Episodes IV-IV. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two best friends who grow up in these troubling times, and find themselves on opposite sides of the war.

As with other Journey to Episode VII titles, hints about the upcoming film will be included in the narrative, as well a original, post-Episode VI content that sets up the new film.

Journey to Episode VII: The Fall of the Empire/The Rise of the Rebellion
On Sale Date: 01 September 2015
9781484724989, 1484724984
$17.99 USD, $18.99 CAD
Hardcover
Juvenile Fiction / Media Tie-In Ages 10 to 14, Grades 5 to 9
Disney Lucasfilm Press
304 pages

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Poster Revealed
Reported by Mark on 14 Nov 2014 10:50

Check out this superb poster for next Aprils Celebration Anaheim and read how big the first lady of Celebration Mary Franklin thinks the show is going to be.

“It’s going to be really interesting, because we are way ahead with ticket sales from where we usually are this far out,” said Mary Franklin, senior events and fan relations lead for Lucasfilm. “I feel safe saying this is going to be the biggest one yet.”

Jedi News are going to be there in force and we have a lot of cool stuff planned for the event. See you there!

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Official Site: Hiding In Plain Site: Star Wars Shapeshifters
Reported by Mark on 14 Nov 2014 10:35

Kevin Beentjes brings us yet another brilliantly researched and informative entry to StarWars.com as he looks at the shapeshifters of the galaxy.

Shapeshifter, changeling, skin-changer, polymorph, quasimorph, amorph. All terms used for a range of species that fall within one classification, but could not be more diverse. It includes beings that have no “true form,” and species that are able to manipulate their bodies to the point where they may be unrecognizable or even mimic others. Note that shapeshifting in the classical definition describes the ability to change ones physical appearance, and the term is in no way limited to those beings that can imitate other life forms. Also, shapeshifting is sometimes confused with metamorphosis, a biological process in which species undergo a process of transformation from an immature life stage into their adult form. This is a process that occurs in a wide range of species, but is usually irreversible. A Wyrwulf would only change into a Codru-Ji once, and a Chroma-Wing could never morph back into a Ruurian. Although the shapeshifters occur on all ends of the biological spectra, they can be roughly divided into three groups.

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   13 November 2014
RADIO 1138: Episode 19
Reported by Mark on 13 Nov 2014 22:47

It's time to join Mark Newbold and James Burns for the latest episode of RADIO 1138.

We have a title! The countdown to The Force Awakens continues but that's not all that's going on as we rock the Ackbar with Darth Elvis, check out the Star Wars Insider 2015 Special Edition with Jonathan Wilkins, talk books with Jason Fry and discuss Caravan of Courage and The Force Awakens with our very special guest Warwick Davis. All crammed into our 19th jam-packed episode of RADIO 1138.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | RFR Landing Page | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Lawsuit Filed Against Location Of Lucas Museum In Chicago
Reported by Justin on 13 Nov 2014 21:39

Looks like there are some potentially rough waters ahead for the organizers of the planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

CHICAGO - Opponents of George Lucas' plan to build a museum along Chicago's lakefront filed a lawsuit Thursday to try to kill the project, calling it an "assault on the shores of Lake Michigan" and urging the "Star Wars" creator to pick a different spot.

The federal lawsuit filed by Chicago advocacy group Friends of the Parks argues that the city has no authority to hand over the land, citing a legal principle known as the public trust doctrine. That doctrine makes the state a trustee over natural resources and requires it to ensure open spaces are preserved and accessible to the public.

Group president Cassandra Francis says members aren't against the museum, just its location along the lake.

"Chicago's lakefront is the envy of waterfront cities throughout the world," she told reporters. "The humongous scale of the museum is ... an assault to the shores of Lake Michigan."

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The Clone Wars "The Lost Missions" Q&A: Darth Bane
Reported by Justin on 13 Nov 2014 20:22

In this segment of a special Q&A on Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions, supervising director Dave Filoni discusses creating Darth Bane, from the Star Wars icon who voiced the character to his sinister design.

Darth Bane -- the ancient Sith who established the Rule of Two -- made his debut in The Lost Missions episode "Sacrifice," appearing as a spectre to Jedi Master Yoda. As Lucasfilm's Leland Chee points out in the Q&A, it was the legendary Mark Hamill that brought the villain to life. Filoni explains that Hamill had wanted to be in the show earlier, but Filoni wanted a role that was worthy of the actor. "I thought, well, what a great, bizarre reflection to have Mark play the ultimate side of good and light, and then the father of old, ancient evil." Hamill delivered two performances, layered on top of each other, giving Bane's voice an unearthly, disturbing sound.

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Jedi News Book Review: The Adventures Of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
Reported by Mark on 13 Nov 2014 19:00
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The classic tale of good versus evil set in a galaxy far, far away, quickly became a cultural phenomenon during its time, inspiring a generation of story lovers and storytellers. Now, the original trilogy of Star Wars shines anew with the vibrant concept art of Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary conceptual designer behind the original trilogy.

Collected in a picture book for the first time, McQuarrie's art is paired with captivating text by New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi-a winning combination that will delight Star Wars fans old and new and delight generations of readers to come.

For those of us who've been fans of the saga since its beginning almost four decades ago, the thought of yet another storybook running its way through the familar tale of a boy, a girl and a galaxy might seem somewhat redundant. But, when the story is not only told by Spiderwick Chronicles author Tony Diterlizzi but married with the artwork of the legendary Ralph McQuarrie, it becomes an entirely different proposition altogether.

Will We Get An Update On D.C. Barns And His Role In The Force Awakens?
Reported by Justin on 13 Nov 2014 15:49

Now that the official title for Episode VII has been released by Lucasfilm and principal photography has wrapped, I got to thinking:

How did things go with D.C. Barns?

Who is D.C. Barns you say? You remember him - he was the extremely lucky winner of the Force For Change initiative grand prize that offered one fan the opportunity to have a role in Episode VII. And now that principal photography has come to a close, I'm really excited to find out how his involvement in the film went!

Will we see a new video released by Lucasfilm prior to The Force Awakens arriving in theaters that chronicles Barns' unforgettable journey on set? I sure hope so!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Hasbro And DreamWorks Animation Looking To Merge
Reported by Justin on 13 Nov 2014 13:28

According to a report posted yesterday on Deadline, entertainment juggernauts Hasbro and DreamWorks Animation are currently in negotiations to form a new corporate partnership.

DreamWorks Animation is deeply engaged in two potentially game changing negotiations that could transform the company — including one with Hasbro to forge a family entertainment powerhouse to be called DreamWorks-Hasbro. The other talks are with Hearst to turn DWA’s AwesomenessTV into a joint venture. We’re told that a DWA and Hasbro deal is at least 60 days off, if it happens. But the two companies are said to have agreed that Jeffrey Katzenberg would chair the combined operation. The Hasbro board visited the DWA campus recently, following a similar visit in late October by Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner and his management team to discuss potential film, TV, and consumer product synergies.

Take the source link below for the rest of the report, as this has the potential to be one hell of a marketing merger.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Deadline
Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 54: BIG HERO(S) at Comikaze
Reported by Mark on 13 Nov 2014 12:23

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

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Recap! Did we get an interview with Stan Lee? What amazing, outlandish costumes did cosplayers come up with? All this, plus, we catch up with Margaret Kerry, Disney Legend and our Podcast Fairy Godmother!

As always, much, much more. Never Land On Alderaan!!

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Official Site: Star Wars Rebels: Abandoned Base Audio Cue
Reported by Mark on 13 Nov 2014 11:46

Take a listen to this audio cue from the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels, Out of Darkness over at StarWars.com.

Source Official Site
Trust Your Training – Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Finisher Medals Revealed
Reported by Mark on 13 Nov 2014 11:21

It's almost enough to want to make me take up running! The very first set of half marathon medals, brought to us by Disney Parks Blog.

For those training for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation, you might be at that point in your training where you are asking yourself, “Why am I doing this?” Well today I can show you one reason, the latest edition of amazing runDisney finisher medals.

For the first time I am excited to reveal the inaugural finisher medals for Star Wars race weekend, January 15-18 at Disneyland Resort. This is not a Jedi mind trick. These ARE the medals you’re looking for…

Source Disney Parks Blog
Jedi News Review: The Official Star Wars Fact File Issue 30
Reported by Mark on 13 Nov 2014 11:00
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This issue the Official Star Wars Fact File looks at an end to the carnage, the battle for the smuggler's moon, my first ever action figure, a Naboo pacifist, the Jedi killer, a mythical moon, a tracking device and hunting ships. Grab your blasters, we're heading out to bullseye some womp rats...

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New Autographs Available from Official Pix
Reported by James on 13 Nov 2014 10:26

Our friends over at Official Pix have been busy adding over 50 new autographs, here's Chris to explain...

We've been busy having all kinds of cool people sign lately and now, you can browse our Recent Additions section here to see what's in stock! We're pleased to offer more than 50 new autographs from people like Ralph Brown, Stephen Calcutt, John Coppinger, Mark Dodson, Elijah Wood, Corey Feldman, Gerald Home, Karen Allen, Michael Kingma, Caity Lotz, Paul McGann, Ray Park, Oliver & James Phelps, Jonathan Ke Quan, Orli Shoshan & Femi Taylor! Christmas is just around the corner, so stock up now for yourself or a family member or friend.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 13 Nov 2014 10:08
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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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Jabba's Bounty Submission
Reported by Mark on 13 Nov 2014 03:39

 

Anyone who can melt Star Wars and chocolate together is a bit of a legend in my book. Conceived by Henry Hargreaves and with chocolate poured by Amirah Kassem this is enough to make me truly believe in the power of the chocolate sauce...I mean Force!

In my nostalgic fantasy... The ruthless gangster, Jabba the Hut, put out a bounty on my favorite childhood characters.

They suffer the same fate as Han Solo did in Return of the Jedi and are hung as trophies on his wall, all frozen in carbonite.

But in my grown up world food has replaced fantasy as my obsession so here they are all made from chocolate!

Source Henry Hargreaves
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron - Official Extended Trailer #2 (2015) [HD]
Reported by Mark on 13 Nov 2014 00:08

As we're now all part of the same big family, check out the second extended trailer to what will almost certainly be the other big, big movie of 2015 - Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Source YouTube

   12 November 2014
Official Site: The Jedi Council: Meet The Masters
Reported by Mark on 12 Nov 2014 23:50

Tim Veekhoven brings his galaxy spanning knowledge once again to StarWars.com as he takes a look at the venerable Jedi Council.

One of the spires of the majestic Jedi Temple on Coruscant housed the Jedi High Council Chamber, a room where 12 of the wisest Jedi Masters formed the highest governing body of the Jedi Order. Twelve seats, with different heights and formats, were positioned in an almost full circle with plenty of light entering the chamber through large transparisteel windows. There had been a time when Chief Librarian Jocasta Nu had her seat on the Council as did Sifo-Dyas before he mysteriously vanished on Felucia. However Sifo-Dyas was removed from the Council because of his extreme ideas, the same reason why Qui-Gon Jinn was never chosen to sit on the Council.

Source Official Site
Star Wars Actors Appearances Updates
Reported by Mark on 12 Nov 2014 23:35

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.

  • 11/11/14: Added appearances for Michael Henbury, Tom Kane, Peter Roy and Greg Weisman and private signings for Dee Bradley Baker and Rena Owen
  • 9/11/14: Added appearances for Jeremy Bulloch, Dave Prowse and Darren Robinson
  • 6/11/14: Added appearances for Jerome Blake, Shane Rimmer and Keith Swaden
  • 5/11/14: Added appearances for Olivia d'Abo and Katee Sackhoff
  • 4/11/14: Added private signing for John Dicks
  • 31/10/14: Added appearance for Alan Flyng
  • 30/10/14: Added appearance for Andrew Lawden and a private signing for Koo Stark

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: “Out Of Darkness”
Reported by Mark on 12 Nov 2014 23:07

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac for Rebels: Declassified.

Sabine reveals a little about her past, Hera gets off the ship, and the mysterious “Fulcrum” works in the shadows in the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels, “Out Of Darkness”. Joining Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac at the Declassified roundtable this week are the hosts of Shotglass Digital’s Techno Retro Dads, Stuart “Shazbazzar” Tullis & Josh “Jedi Shua” Stolte. Among the topics discussed include Sabine’s background, the identity of the mysterious “Fulcrum”, and space waffles.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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On The Shelves: Star Wars Mugs At Poundstretcher
Reported by Mark on 12 Nov 2014 22:49

Our pal Andy Dukes dropped us a line alerting us to these Star wars mugs in Poundstretcher.

I saw these while visiting a friend in Norfolk. They were in Kinnerton's factory shop in Fakenham. Having phoned they are supposedly available at Poundstretcher.

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Rare Viewing For Attack of the Clones In 3D
Reported by Mark on 12 Nov 2014 22:33

If you are anywhere near San Rafael on 23rd November then you are going to want to be present at this very rare showing of Attack of the Clones during the Dennis Muren: Master of Visual Effects season at the CHRISTOPHER B. SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER, 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. The season includes films that he worked on and which influenced him including Terminator 2, The Equinox, Close Encounter of the Third Kind, The Thief of Bagdad, and A.I.

STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES
Rare, never-before-released 3d presentation!

Dennis Muren was Visual Effects Supervisor for this episode of George Lucas’ Star Wars saga, but more recently he also supervised its conversion to “Extreme 3D,” and this is one of the first public screenings of this version. Muren calls it “A different 3D experience from other films, very stylized, with the intent of telling the Star Wars story with heightened clarity and emotion…Impressionistic depth as opposed to scientific depth, with actors’ faces sculpted for drama and with sets so lifelike you feel you could walk into them.” (US 2002 & 2012) 142 min. plus discussion.

Source Smith Rafael (via Andy Hicks)
Star Wars Fan Fun Day 2015: Tickets On Sale
Reported by Mark on 12 Nov 2014 22:25

They've already confirmed Pam Rose and Laurie Goode for the show, and now advance tickets are available for Star Wars Fan Fun Day 2015. Head on over, grab your ticket and we'll see you there!

Source Star Wars Fan Fun Day
Jedi News Review: Star Wars Rebels: Out of Darkness
Reported by Teresa and Aaron on 12 Nov 2014 20:30
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We finally got a couple of the things we’ve been asking for. Hera got out of the pilot’s seat and into the action and Sabine played a major role. But did the episode live up to our expectations?

Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 12 Nov 2014 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

Source 501st (via Roqoo Depot)
Official Site: Star Wars Darth Vader #1 Alex Ross Variant Cover - Exclusive Reveal
Reported by Mark on 12 Nov 2014 19:36

The day is getting nearer and nearer to the release of Marvels return to Star Wars comics, and as evidenced by this glorious Alex Ross cover we are in for an amazing ride.

StarWars.com is excited to reveal Alex Ross’ stunning, fully-painted variant cover to Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader #1. Coming in 2015 from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca, the series will take place after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, and star the saga’s most iconic villain.

And check out the recoloured cover to Marvels second Omnibus, looking back to their original '77 to '86 run, with added Legends banner.

Source Official Site
Artoo Detoo Budgie
Reported by Mark on 12 Nov 2014 19:14

Well that wouldn't drive you crazy after a couple of days would it?

How fitting that this link came via a tweet from Glen Ewing.

We taught Bluey the budgie how to do R2-D2 and now he drives us crazy! He has two other budgies in his cage, and I think he's driving them crazy too!

Bluey was our first budgie and our seven-year old daughter hand-raised him. He has always been a curious bird, he was really intrigued by our voices and the cockatoos we have in our garden - he even copied the noise the crested pigeons make when they take off. We played R2D2 sounds off Youtube to him four or five times and a few days later our daughter came running in saying he was doing R2D2. We were blown away that he picked it up so quickly! The other budgies in his cage started copying him but could only manage a few seconds at a time. Bluey also loves making lazer sounds, the R2D2 scream sound, kissing sounds, and he whispers English jibberish we can only make out a few words.

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Expanded Fandomverse Episode 015 - HARMY or "Extraordinary!"
Reported by Mark on 12 Nov 2014 18:42

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

"The Expanded Fandomverse is all about fans doing creative and interesting things with their love of that galaxy far, far away. This week we sit down to talk with a fan known by one name, and his amazing restoration project... Harmy! Harmy is the force behind The Star Wars Despecialized Editions. Is he a remix artist, a pirate, or a digital historian? We find out when we ask how, and why, he has taken on this amazing editorial project. - Also, we talk about last weeks announcement of The Force Awakens and jump into the holiday season by giving away some Star Wars Christmas items!"

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

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The Force Awakens Juvenile Books
Reported by BrianC on 12 Nov 2014 18:26

More great books news comes via our great friend Eddie van der Heijden as a list of The Force Awakens juvenile releases are announced.

September 2015:

  • JOURNEY TO EPISODE VII: HAN SOLO (Middle Grade Novel): (hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99, ISBN 1-4847-2495-8)
  • JOURNEY TO EPISODE VII: LUKE SKYWALKER (Middle Grade Novel): (hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99, ISBN 1-4847-2496-5)
  • JOURNEY TO EPISODE VII: PRINCESS LEIA (Middle Grade Novel): (hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99, ISBN 1-4847-2497-2)
  • JOURNEY TO EPISODE VII: THE FALL OF THE EMPIRE/THE RISE OF THE REBELLION: (hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $17,99, ISBN 1-4847-2498-9)
  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII DOODLE BOOK: (softcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $12,99, ISBN 1-4847-2504-7)
  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII BOOK AND MAGNETIC PLAY SET: (hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $14,99, ISBN 1-4847-2941-0)

December 22, 2015

  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII (juvenile novel featuring a character from the movie): (hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $ 12.99, ISBN 1-4847-2822-
  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS PICTURE BOOK: (hardcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $ 16.99, ISBN 1-4847-0558-2)
  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS 8x8
  • 1: (softcover with stickers, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $ 4.99, ISBN 1-4847-0478-3)
  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS 8x8
  • 2: (softcover with stickers, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $ 4.99, ISBN 1-4847-0479-0)
  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS WORLD OF READING Level 1 Reader: (softcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $ 3.99, ISBN 1-4847-0480-6)
  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS WORLD OF READING Level 2 Reader: (softcover, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $ 3.99, ISBN 1-4847-0481-3)

March 2016

  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS - READ-ALONG STORYBOOK AND CD: (softcover withCD, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, $6,99, ISBN 1-4847-3149-9)

Source Eddie van der Heijden (via Jedi-Bibliothek)
Review – Wolfpack Clone Trooper: 104th Battalion Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles
Reported by Mark on 12 Nov 2014 18:12

Check out this review of the 104th Battalion Sixth Scale Wolfpack Clone Trooper figure by our The Force United pals over the pond at Yodas News.

The Clone Troopers of the Wolfpack squad identify themselves with a distinctive blue-grey decor, designed to honor fallen comrades at the hands of General Grievous. The figure is full articulated and has battle weathered full body armor with the 104th marking deco.

The Wolfpack Clone Trooper comes boxed in a very collector friendly package that allows you to take him out and put him (and all his accessories) back without doing any damage to the package. As you open the box, you will find the clone trooper and all of his accessories on the right side.

$139.99 and shipping next week.

Source Yoda's News
Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide - Unboxed & Reviewed
Reported by Mark on 12 Nov 2014 17:57

Watch as the one and only Jawa James of Club Jade unboxes and reviews the new Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide.

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REPORT: Debbie Reynolds Says Billie Lourd Is Part Of The Force Awakens Cast
Reported by Justin on 12 Nov 2014 17:39

We get another report that Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd has joined the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens via an article posted on Vegas Seven (via Star Wars 7 News) in which Lourd's grandmother Debbie Reynolds made a comment concerning Lourd and Fisher working with Harrison Ford on the film.

They were joined by Debbie’s son/Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd. Debbie mentioned that Carrie and Billie had been working on Star Wars: Episode VII–The Force Awakens with “Harrison Ford… and the other boychik.” It was probably the most tepid applause ever evoked by mention of a Star Wars movie—say that to a room of fanboys with Princess Leia right there and the howling might cause permanent hearing loss.

While this cannot be considered an official announcement by any means, it does add more weight to the earlier rumors that Lourd has in fact been included as part of the Episode VII cast in some capacity. As always, nothing is official unless/until we hear so from a Lucasfilm/Bad Robot/Disney source.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Vegas Seven (via Star Wars 7 News)
New Hasbro Corporate News Twitter Account Created
Reported by Justin on 12 Nov 2014 16:49

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens Stage Report And Stairway Photo
Reported by Justin on 12 Nov 2014 16:10

MakingStarWars.net has updated their website to include a rumor pertaining to Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the titled link below.

Stage Report And Photo: Stairway To Heaven

As is the case with all The Force Awakens rumors/reports posted out there on the interwebs, take the supplied link at your own potentially spoiler-filled discretion.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Matthew McConaughey Open To Being In A Star Wars Film
Reported by Justin on 12 Nov 2014 16:01

So what would actor Matthew McConaughey say if the opportunity to join the cast of a future film in the Star Wars saga was presented to him by Lucasfilm? Check out his comments below via the team at IGN.

At the recent Interstellar press conference in London, the film's director and cast discussed their favourite sci-fi characters, with Christopher Nolan picking Darth Vader, and Jessica Chastain choosing Princess Leia.

McConaughey went for Chewbacca, and with a slate of Star Wars films going into production over the next few years, we asked the Oscar-winner if he’d be interested in potentially joining the franchise if the part was right.

“Sure – there’s not anything that I’m not open to embracing” he replied. “I want it to be a quality script, I want a quality character. I want to be a little scared of it. I want to have new challenges. I want to do something… find in a character where I can get to a point where I feel like nobody could be doing this but me. I’m going to have an original experience… an original take. That takes work to get to that point, but whatever the genre I’m wide open.”

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Yahoo TV Has Exclusive Concept Art From The Clone Wars Season 6 "The Lost Missions"
Reported by Justin on 12 Nov 2014 15:20

More Clone Wars goodness has come our way as Yahoo TV has posted an article containing several concept art images from the sixth and final season "The Lost Missions" including a detailed look at Yoda's extremely cool Jedi Interceptor.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Blu-ray.com Review: The Clone Wars Season 6 "The Lost Missions"
Reported by Justin on 12 Nov 2014 15:02

Head on over to one of my favorite sites out there on the web Blu-ray.com for their in-depth review of The Clone Wars Season 6 "The Lost Missions", which arrived on retail store shelves yesterday. Their review crew does a stellar job with their reports and each entry is a can't-miss read.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Latest Toy Palace Newsletter - Week 46, 2014
Reported by James on 12 Nov 2014 13:41

Here's the latest update from Site Sponsor Toy Palace with details of the latest Star Wars products that came in or were added for pre-order within the last week - get the Prototype Boba Fett 6" and Exclusive Jabba while stocks last!

   

   

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Star Wars Rebels “Empire Day” Preview Clip #2
Reported by Justin on 12 Nov 2014 13:18

In this clip from the Star Wars Rebels episode “Empire Day,” Ezra is drawn back to his original home.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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   11 November 2014
Official Site: Star Wars The Clone Wars The Lost Missions Blasts Onto Blu-Ray and DVD
Reported by Mark on 11 Nov 2014 23:55

StarWars.com take a look at the latest essential release, Star Wars The Clone Wars The Lost Missions on Blu-Ray and DVD.

The circle is now complete!

The final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Lost Missions, arrives today on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring new bonus features and some of the Emmy-winning show’s most critically acclaimed episodes. The Lost Missions finds the conflict between the Separatists and the Republic ramping up and setting the stage for the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, as a brave clone trooper uncovers the conspiracy of Order 66, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested, and Yoda discovers new secrets of the Force.

Source Official Site
Anovos Star Wars - Imperial Officer - Olive Uniform Package - Premier Line
Reported by Mark on 11 Nov 2014 23:31

Anovos prove once again that they are the true masters of screen accurate costumes with their latest Star Wars release, the Imperial Officer and Imperial Staff.

Initial run limited to only 30 pieces. ANOVOS is honored to present our Premier Edition of the iconic Imperial Officer uniform from the Classic STAR WARS™ Trilogy.

The result of intense research and development, this uniform defines the crème de la crème of Imperial garments that we have ever offered – and now available in a Premier Line Offering.

No expense was spared in our research and development of the Premier Imperial Officer Uniform. We not only used reference from various patterns and screen-used uniforms from Lucasfilm Archives, we also replicated the original military-level wool as used by the costume designers for the 1976 production of ANH.

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LEGO Artists Recreate Comic Covers, Brick By Brick
Reported by Matt on 11 Nov 2014 23:10

Check out these new kids on the block. Classic comics covers - including the legendary Star Wars issue 1 from 1977 - made almost entirely from LEGO bricks.

DC Comics’ LEGO variants are fine and all, but they don’t hold a candle to the LEGO recreations of comic book covers on display over the weekend at DesignerCon in Los Angeles.

The pieces, some of which can be found in the “Comic Bricks!” gallery, range from classics like Detective Comics #27 and Adventure Comics #445 to modern issues like The Amazing Spider-Man #700 and Invincible #63. Ewoks, from Marvel’s old Star Comics imprint, even makes an appearance.

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 53: Empire Uncut
Reported by Mark on 11 Nov 2014 22:55

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

This week we welcome an Emmy winner to our show! That’s right, Casey Pugh, director of STAR WARS UNCUT and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK UNCUT won a Primetime Emmy for STAR WARS UNCUT in 2010 for Outstanding Creative Achievement. We are delighted to talk with him about the making of Empire Uncut.

As always, much, much more. Never Land On Alderaan!!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Fantasy Flight Games: FFG Worlds 2014 - Paul Winchester - Imperial Assault Interview
Reported by Jonathan on 11 Nov 2014 22:43

It's time to check in with Fantasy Flight Games for an interview with Paul Winchester.

We sit down with Paul Winchester, Creative Content Developer for FFG's upcoming Star Wars: Imperial Assault. He sheds some light on the campaign, missions, and skirmish mode of the game. And now we're really excited!

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Star Wars Early Readers Collection - 20 Books - £13.60 at The Book People
Reported by Mark on 11 Nov 2014 22:26

Check out this great deal via Hot UK Deals, an absolute bargain saving you a potential £82.81.

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming next year, excited young Jedis can enter the Jedi Academy, step aboard the Death Star, join the Rebel Alliance, pilot the X-Wing and feel the Force with this huge set of Star Wars books from the reading experts at DK.

Covering reading levels 2-4 and designed to have even the most reluctant of readers engrossed as they discover a range of fascinating facts, this 20-book set is sure to help your little Star Wars fan on their reading journey as they learn about their favourite characters, locations, vehicles and battles from the blockbusting films and the popular Clone Wars series.

Guaranteed to get confident children aged 5 and above hooked on reading, whilst also developing their reading skills and general knowledge, this is an out-of-this-world collection of Star Wars books that will support and develop all of the reading skills little ones are learning at school.

Titles in this collection

  • Beware the Dark Side
  • Join the Rebels
  • Battle for Naboo
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi: Jedi Knight
  • Ackbar's Underwater Army
  • Yoda in Action!
  • I Want to Be a Jedi
  • Star Pilot
  • Forces of Darkness
  • Death Star Battles
  • Jedi Heroes
  • Feel the Force!
  • Planets in Peril
  • Jedi Adventures
  • Ultimate Duels
  • Galactic Crisis!
  • The Story of Darth Vader
  • Journey Through Space
  • Epic Battles
  • Darth Maul Sith Apprentice
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September 2015 - March 2016 Disney-Lucasfilm Press Books
Reported by BrianC on 11 Nov 2014 22:13

Via our good friend Eddie van der Heijden, here's a listing of September 2015 through to March 2016's releases via Disney-Lucasfilm Press Books, including Star Wars Rebels and The Force Awakens titles.

September 8, 2015:

  • STAR WARS REBELS CHAPTER BOOK # 5: (softcover, $ 5.99, ISBN 1-4847-0494-3)

Also in September 2015:

  • STAR WARS STORYBOOK COLLECTION: (hardcover, $ 16.99, ISBN 1-4847-0471-4)

October 6, 2015:

  • STAR WARS REBELS: SERVANTS OF THE EMPIRE # 4: (softcover written by Jason Fry, $ 6.99, ISBN 1-48471661-8)

November 3, 2015:

  • STAR WARS REBELS 8x8 # 4: (softcover, $ 4.99, ISBN 1-4847-0552-0)
  • STAR WARS WORLD OF READING: AT-AT ATTACK!: (softcover, $ 3.99, ISBN 1-4847-0549-0)

December 8, 2015:

  • STAR WARS REBELS CHAPTER BOOK # 6: (softcover, $ 5.99, ISBN 1-4847-0495-0)

December 22, 2015:

  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS PICTURE BOOK: (hardcover, $ 16.99, ISBN 1-4847-0558-2)
  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS 8x8 # 1: (softcover with stickers, $ 4.99, ISBN 1-4847-0478-3)
  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS 8x8 # 2: (softcover with stickers, $ 4.99, ISBN 1-4847-0479-0)
  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS WORLD OF READING Level 1 Reader: (softcover, $ 3.99, ISBN 1-4847-0480-6)
  • STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS WORLD OF READING Level 2 Reader: (softcover, $ 3.99, ISBN 1-4847-0481-3)

March 8, 2016:

  • STAR WARS REBELS CHAPTER BOOK # 7: (softcover, $ 4.99, ISBN 1-4847-0489-9)

Source Eddie van der Heijden (via Jedi-Bibliothek)
Star Wars Action News Episode 436: Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys
Reported by Mark on 11 Nov 2014 21:52

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

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Star Wars Rebels: “Empire Day” Preview Clip #1
Reported by Mark on 11 Nov 2014 21:29

In this clip from the Star Wars Rebels episode “Empire Day,” Ezra revisits painful memories and Sabine makes a startling discovery.

Star Wars Rebels airs Monday nights, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, on Disney XD.

Source Star Wars on YouTube
Star Wars Collectors Cast: Back at Last!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 11 Nov 2014 19:51

It’s been a long time coming but the Star Wars Collectors Cast is back at last, with its regular monthly show!

Joining James Burns this month is Mark Newbold, co-host of RebelForce Radio’s UK centric RADIO 1138 podcast and also co-owner/editor of JediNews.co.uk.  Mark discusses his collecting habits, as well as a roundup of the latest Star Wars collecting news.

This month’s show also features two visits to Rancho Obi-Wanto check in with Steve Sansweet — fulfilling a promise from the last show, Dan Curto and James see how Steve got on at San Diego Comic Con, and there’s also the regular monthly check in too. 

As if that wasn’t enough, Bryan Benedict from Mattel’s Hot Wheels team drives in to discuss the new Star Wars character cars.  All this and more… on the Star Wars Collectors Cast!

Source RebelForce Radio
Strange Magic Animated Film Out in January - Story by George Lucas
Reported by James on 11 Nov 2014 19:08

Do you remember the fairy based project that Lucasfilm and ILM were working on?  Well it has a name, Strange Magic, and its coming out on January 23rd - this just in from Lucasfilm...

Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., will be released by Touchstone Pictures on January 23, 2015.  Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colourful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.
 
With a story by George Lucas, Strange Magic is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (“Elf”), Irene Mecchi (“Brave,” “The Lion King”) and Rydstrom. An extraordinary roster of film, television and Broadway stars lend their voices to Strange Magic, including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC’s “Nashville”), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “The Butler”), Bob Einstein (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”). Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.

We can't wait!

Source Lucasfilm
Andy Serkis Thrilled To Work On Avengers: Age Of Ultron And The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 11 Nov 2014 11:34

There's no denying that Andy Serkis is one of the most, if not THE most, in-demand actor in Hollywood these days being sought after for a variety of roles. Having completed his required work on the upcoming mega blockbusters Avengers: Age of Ultron and of course Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which film is he more excited to see his performance come to life on the silver screen? The Hollywood Reporter provides us with the following brief comments from Serkis.

As if Serkis' involvement in Planet of the Apes, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises weren't enough to make him a true fanboy icon, he's also got mystery roles in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Fans are speculating he'll play Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaw in Ultron, but Serkis isn't giving anything away.

Which film is he more excited about?

"That's impossible to say. I'm thrilled about both," he says with a smile. "It was such a pleasure to be a part of both of them, and not just as an actor, but also helping with the performance capture with my company The Imaginarium."

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Rebels Recon #6: Inside "Out Of Darkness"
Reported by Justin on 11 Nov 2014 02:51

In Rebels Recon #6, StarWars.com talks with the creators of the Star Wars Rebels episode "Out of Darkness," looks at the character-design process, and shows a special preview of “Empire Day.”

"Out of Darkness" finds Sabine growing frustrated with Hera and Kanan’s secrecy. The Mandalorian demands to accompany Kanan on a rendezvous with a mysterious contact, but the two find that their meeting place is infested with deadly fyrnocks. They escape, and Sabine learns to have faith in Hera’s leadership.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Electronic Arts (EA) Releases Quarterly Report
Reported by Mark on 11 Nov 2014 02:50

SWTOR Strategies bring us more news, reporting on EA's quarterly report which doesn't look too healthy for Star Wars The Old Republic.

Net Revenue For the three months ended September 30, 2014 , net revenue was $990 million and increased $295 million , or 42 percent , as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2013 . This increase was driven by a $476 million increase in revenue primarily from the FIFA and Battlefield franchises, and Titanfall. This increase was partially offset by a $181 million decrease in revenue primarily from the SimCity, Crysis and Dead Space franchises, and Star Wars: The Old Republic .

Service and Other Revenue

For the three months ended September 30, 2014 , service and other revenue was $454 million , primarily driven by FIFA Ultimate Team, Titanfall, and Battlefield 4 Premium. Service and other revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2014increased $109 million , or 32 percent , and was driven by a $171 million increase primarily from Titanfall and the FIFA and Plants vs Zombies franchises. This increase was partially offset by a $62 million decrease primarily from the SimCity franchise and Star Wars: The Old Republic .

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   10 November 2014
Star Wars Holiday Special - Original Rainbow Script & MORE! Miki Herman w/ COA
Reported by Matt on 10 Nov 2014 23:42

Check out this amazing auction currently running on Ebay, giving you the chance to bid for Miki Hermans copy of her Star Wars Holiday Special - Original Rainbow Script.

This is the original and complete rainbow script from the Star Wars Holiday Special. It belongs to Miki Herman. She was the Production Consultant on the show. If you are unfamiliar with the Star Wars Holiday Special, you can read about it in detail by searching for it on Wikipedia.

This auction includes everything in the black, heavy-duty binder. The binder itself is is in EXCELLENT condition. The binder and everything in it are over 35 years old. It has all been kept in pristine condition.

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Star Wars Club Portugal Interviews Roger Christian
Reported by Mark on 10 Nov 2014 22:30

Our pals over at Star Wars Club Portugal bring us their latest interview, this time with director Roger Christian.

R.C: I was the third person hired on A New Hope when George Lucas came to Mexico to see the sets I was dressing for John Barry the designer. The plan was the UK could make the film for the 4 mill dollars allotted by 20th Cent Fox, half the budgeted 8 mill dollars to make it in the USA. So Designer John Barry, Art Director Les Dilley and myself worked with George Lucas and Gary Kurtz for 4 months in a tiny studio in London, working out how to make this epic for 4 mill dollars. The wooden R2D2 mockup was the 1st thing we made, with a lamp top for a head. Then I made the Stormtroopers gun from a Stirling sub machine gun dressed with a gun site and T-Strip rubber for a handle, and Hans Solos Mauser again using old parts. George loved my ideas and all the prototypes of the guns were made like this. My idea to create the used look for the sets George was after was to dress scrapped airplane parts for the Millenium Falcon interiors and Tatooine. My crowning achievement was finding the graflex flash handle and creating the light saber with superglue, T-strip and a bubble strip from an old calculator. The two I made cost about 9 pounds I reckon, and Gary Kurtz sold one of them for $250000.00 last year!!

Was a tough film to make as none of the crew supported George, he admits only our small Art Department of 5 people truly stood by his side. Tired as I was as I never had a day off in almost a year, I loved every minute of making it as my dream was a science fiction film that was real and used like an old submarine, and hot and dusty like a Leone western. We achieved that and I was honored to get an academy award for my work.

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: The Horror of Dracula
Reported by Mark on 10 Nov 2014 21:55

Bryan Young returns to StarWars.com as he once again looks at the The Cinema Behind Star Wars, focusing on The Horror of Dracula.

Count Dooku and Grand Moff Tarkin are names familiar to Star Wars fans, but slightly less familiar might be the names of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. They were the actors who gave life to those characters in the original Star Wars films, and though they never appeared on screen together in a Star Wars film, they were one of the greatest on-screen duos (or nemeses) that cinema has ever seen.

Together, they appeared in 22 films beginning with Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet. They grew to notoriety starring in pictures for Hammer Films, starring in horror films ranging from 1957’s The Curse of Frankenstein to 1973’s The Satanic Rites of Dracula. In between, they starred in adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, The Mummy, and every other sort of horror film you could imagine.

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Will Vader And Obi-Wan Face Off In Star Wars Rebels?
Reported by Justin on 10 Nov 2014 21:23

Food for thought on this Monday afternoon (or whatever time it is in your particular location) as we head towards a new episode of Star Wars Rebels tonight:

Could we see Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi squaring off in a future Rebels episode? Davey Bachar from Unleash The Fanboy offers up his take on the possibility.

Remember what robotic Anakin said? “When I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master!” Vader tells Obi Wan, pretty much, Last time we meant you were the master I was the learner. And in Revenge of the Sith, Obi is sent to kill the newly unleashed villain responsible for the end of the Clone Wars. And almost has every intention to do so but can’t, because they were like brothers. Which apparently didn’t stop him from leaving his kind of sibling to burn to death.

But in that fight between heroes he does not say that there’s “still good in him,” meaning when Darth Vader tells Luke, “Obi-Wan once thought as you do.” It can’t reference any duel between the two of them featured in the movies! Or it’s a mammoth plot hole. But come on it’s more fun to think they met each other between episodes.

Take the source link below for the full read.

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Billy Dee Williams’ Long Forgotten Music Album Re-released!
Reported by Mark on 10 Nov 2014 21:16

It's almost 50 years old and now Let's Misbehave by Billy Dee Williams is being re-released, and for the first time ever on CD or download.

Music suddenly became cool again...

London, UK - Many years before he became LANDO CALRISSIAN in two STAR WARS movies and Harvey Dent in BATMAN, a 23 year old Billy Dee Williams recorded this long forgotten album…

The album features ten BROADWAY songs, many of which were recorded here for the FIRST TIME!

This re-release is with the FULL APPROVAL of BILLY DEE WILLIAMS.

The booklet also features NEW additional liner notes by album producer DON SCHLITTEN.

Billy Dee Williams said: “It’s a collectible, its part of my life and it’s an interesting aspect of my life, I kinda chuckle about it and I just find it interesting it’s going to be re-issued!”

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Eighth Star Wars Movie to Shoot at Pinewood Studios
Reported by Mark on 10 Nov 2014 20:59

Star Wars is everywhere, especially here in the UK right now, and to prove that Artoo Detoo made an appearance at the CBI conference, where Pinewood CEO Ivan Dunleavy explained the importance of Pinewood and Star Wars role in the British film industry.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has just finished shooting at Pinewood Studios, and the next “Star Wars” pic, the eighth film in the franchise, is already booked in to shoot at Pinewood as well, Ivan Dunleavy, CEO of U.K. production facilities company Pinewood Shepperton, said Monday.

Dunleavy called on the assistance of R2D2 to get his point across during a speech today at the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry, which represents employers from across all sections of the British economy.

As he began his speech Dunleavy, whose main studios facility, Pinewood, is the production base for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” called R2D2 onto the stage. “Don’t be bashful now. You’ve dealt with much scarier crowds than this one…,” said Dunleavy. R2D2, bleeping, then brought Dunleavy’s script on stage.

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Star Wars The Old Republic: Bioware Working On A Separate Title Featuring Chewbacca?
Reported by Mark on 10 Nov 2014 20:47

An interesting rumour via our pals over at SWTOR Strategies as a possible Chewbacca title is potentially on the cards.

Check out this recent ad on Craigslist.

We are a talent search team partnering with Bioware games and recruiting video game talent for new Star Wars game launching next year! We are inquiring for a Chewbacca growl and grunts for a small video game role. Offering $150 for 30 minutes of your time.

Please call show contact info and leave your name, number and your best impersonation of Chewbacca. We will be reaching out to the most qualified. The talent recruiters name is Chris. Thank you and May the force be with you.

Whatever it is it looks likely to land in 2015, a banner year for not only Star Wars gaming but Star Wars in general.

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J.J. Abrams and Artoo Detoo on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Reported by Mark on 10 Nov 2014 17:37

There are many reasons why I love my fellow Brummie John Oliver. His general brilliance, his consistently thought-provoking and consistently funny HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and his regular victories and defeats on Fighting Talk. But perhaps this video, which features a number of celebrities including J.J. Abrams and Artoo Detoo on a Star Wars set (is it the set of The Force Awakens?) - confirms why he is top of the wroshyr tree.

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Proof That Star Wars Fans Are Good People
Reported by Mark on 10 Nov 2014 17:04

As if proof were ever needed. We raise hundreds of thousands for charity, change the course of movie making history, bring 'geek culture' to prevalence and we even open doors for people. How cool are we.

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Christopher Nolan on How Star Wars and 2001 Influenced His Space Odyssey Interstellar
Reported by Mark on 10 Nov 2014 16:51

He's currently riding high with Interstellar, but Christopher Nolans first movie love was a galaxy far, far away...

Christopher Nolan may be widely regarded as one of the most masterful filmmakers of our time, but he grew up idolizing Luke Skywalker just like you and me. The London-born Interstellar director, who rose to prominence with films like The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, told us that George Lucas’s 1977 sci-fi game-changer Star Wars was the movie that made him want to get behind the camera.

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Billy Dee Williams To Be On This Season Of Comic Book Men
Reported by Matt on 10 Nov 2014 16:35

The coolest cat in the galaxy is coming to AMC and Comic Book Men.

JS: What can fans expect to see for the new season?

MZ: This season we’ve got a lot of guest stars and pop culture people. We have Adam West, Billy Dee Williams, and a member of Run-D.M.C.

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Full of Sith Episode XC: Pablo Hidalgo and the Dark Times
Reported by Mark on 10 Nov 2014 16:23

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

Joining Bryan, Mike, and Bobby is Pablo Hidalgo, Star Wars expert and story group extraordinaire. They further discuss what the world was like in that time between 1984 and 1997 where Star Wars seems to have faded, each of them keepers of a torch. Pablo also discusses his discovery of Star Wars and how he got to where he is today.

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

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IGN Interview With Star Wars Rebels Tiya Sircar - November 10, 2014
Reported by Justin on 10 Nov 2014 14:52

We are treated today to another excellent Star Wars Rebels interview by IGN's Eric Goldman as he recently chatted with actress Tiya Sircar, the voice behind explosives expert and colorful graffiti artist Sabine Wren.

One of the core group on Star Wars Rebels, the young Mandalorian Sabine has quickly made an impression with her explosive skills – combined with her love of leaving a signature, in the form of tagging and other artistic touches to the damage she leaves the Empire with.

I sat down with Tiya Sircar, who voices Sabine, to discuss her character, her impact and her secret past.

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The Clone Wars Season 6 "The Lost Missions" Blu-ray Set Arrives Tomorrow
Reported by Justin on 10 Nov 2014 13:24

I'm sure you've had the date marked on your calendars for weeks now, but just in case you needed a little reminder, The Clone Wars Season 6 "The Lost Missions" Blu-ray set will be hitting retail store shelves tomorrow.

With November 11 being Veterans Day here in the US and many companies/schools closed in observance of the holiday, what better way to spend your day off than with a new Star Wars Blu-ray set? So make sure you hit up your local Best Buy, Target, Walmart, or wherever you purchase your Blu-ray discs first thing tomorrow morning!

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LEGO Review: LEGO Ultra Agents Tremor Track Infiltration
Reported by James on 10 Nov 2014 12:15
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With the holiday season just round the corner it’s time to look at some of this year’s best LEGO sets for you to buy for your loved ones, from £7.99 to £119.99 there's bound to be something for every pocket. 

First up is this great set from the LEGO Ultra Agents range.  With 241 pieces, 2 minifigures and a fun vehicle, we find out if the Tremor Track Infiltration packs a punch and is worth £17.99.  Read on for more including a full image gallery…

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Win True Blood Season 7 on Blu-ray
Reported by James on 10 Nov 2014 11:17

Our friends at Warner Bros Home Video have given us a copy of the final seventh season of True Blood to giveaway on Blu-ray.  The competition is open for UK residents only and runs through to Friday 14th November at midnight -- take the link below to enter.  Good luck!

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   09 November 2014
Jedi News Comic Review: Empire of the Wolf by Michael Kogge
Reported by Jonathan on 09 Nov 2014 23:38
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Written by Michael Kogge
Art by Dan Parsons, David Rabbitte and Marshall Dillon
Published by Alterna Comics

‘During the Roman conquest of Britain, a werewolf’s bite re-ignites the legendary feud between the wolf-brothers Romulus and Remus. This curse of the full moon pits two centurions against each other in an epic battle of werewolves, placing not only the life of the woman they both love in mortal peril, but also the fate of Roman Empire itself. Empire of the Wolf is the saga that reveals the myth behind the history of ancient Rome.’

This is possibly one of the best things you could ever put in front of me – I have a very healthy interest in Roman history and I have an even healthier interest in the supernatural and the folklore that comes with it, so to drop a graphic novel on my desk that involves the Roman Empire and werewolves is going to not only grab my attention, it’s going to make me drop everything I’m doing and dive in head-first.

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Hugh Quarshie Opens Variety Children's Unit at King's College Hospital
Reported by Matt on 09 Nov 2014 22:49

He was the Queen's protector in The Phantom Menace and since 2001 he has played a doctor in Holby City, so it's fditting that actor Hugh Quarshie should be invited to open a Variety unit at King's College Hospital.

On 14th October, Hugh Quarshie, star of the BBC One medical drama Holby City, met with patients, doctors and nurses at King’s College Hospital, to officially open the new Paediatric Short Stay Unit (PSSU). The new six-bedded unit is part of the Variety Children’s Hospital, based at King’s College Hospital, which cares for 50,000 children every year.

The unit cares for young patients who need up to 48 hours of care, treating those from the local community who are admitted via the Emergency Department. Whilst these patients need to be in hospital, they often do not need be on a specialist ward, so the new unit can offer general paediatric care for the children.

Hugh Quarshie, a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and known for his roles in the films Highlander and Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, has starred as Dr Ric Griffin in Holby City since 2001.

He has supported Variety for the last year across a number of events and initiatives, of which the opening of this unit being the latest initiative that the star has championed.

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The Most Defining Moment In The Star Wars Saga
Reported by Mark on 09 Nov 2014 22:31

You might know him better as Skippy the Jedi Droid, but here's a question - what if R5-D4 DIDN'T have the bad motivator on that particular day? How different would the Star Wars story be?

A little food for thought: To me one of the most defining moments of the Saga has always been the moment R5-D4 breaks down because of a bad motivator. This moment changes everything. So I ask: What if this never happened? Is the story over? Does the Empire win? I know that it's said that R2 manipulated R5-D4 so that his motivator breaks but to me personally it was always "The Force" that made this happen.

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Fantasy Flight Games: X-Wing Championship To Be Defended
Reported by Jonathan on 09 Nov 2014 22:15

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Bombad Radio Presents: Zillo Rising
Reported by Mark on 09 Nov 2014 21:56

It's time to join James and Jeremiah on the latest edition of Bombad Radio.

Nov 8: Today marks the release of a venture that has bee months if not years in the making. Zillo Rising marks the first ever Radio Play produced by Bombad Radio in its 3+ years of existence and marks a new chapter in the podcast's life and a demonstration of their version of Star Wars.

Written by James Graves and Bombad Host Jeremiah Stewart, Zillo Rising is written in the style and point of view of Star Wars message board roleplaying. The story takes place roughly in a time after the Alliance has retaken Coruscant and references events from Star Wars: The Clone Wars but as the rules of message board communities such as The Gungan Council state "the timeline is fluid", a move so that someone can jump in and roleplay in pretty much any era one wants, this tale is meant to be timeless and not meant to be taken place in any specific era or time.

Zillo Rising features a cast and crew entirely of amateur talent. The cast includes Ben Harris, Kae Hartman, Kelsee Larsen, Luke Gallagher, Christie Poetoehena, Zach Johnson, Robbie Gorman, Jason Rose, James Graves, James Schron, Henry Barnhart, Stephen Parker, and Jeremiah Stewart, all of which are Bombadiers, or Bombad Radio listeners. Editing, sound mixing, writing, and directing was also done by amateurs, Jeremiah Stewart and James Graves, doing this for the first time.

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Questions Remain On Purpose Of Lucas Museum
Reported by Justin on 09 Nov 2014 17:46

After seeing the concept designs being planned for the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, writer Craig Lee over at The Chicago Tribune has posted a column in which he raises some questions concerning the overall direction ahead for the museum.

It is unclear what the museum aims to be. Is it an art museum that advances research and scholarship on seemingly disparate collections of creative expression (narrative art, cinema, digital art)? Or is it a nonprofit museum devoted to the bric-a-brac of 20th-century popular culture?

The distinction is the difference between something akin to the gemlike Menil Collection in Houston, which masterfully connects collections strengths in surrealism, classical Mediterranean art and African tribal art, and Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen's Experience Music Project in Seattle. That institution began as a showcase for his extensive music collection and has since become focused on "ideas and risk-taking."

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Great Deals in the UK at Toys 'R' Us
Reported by Mark on 09 Nov 2014 08:46

Our pal Mark Tackley brings us more great news as two US Target exclusives make their way to the UK via site sponsor Toys 'R' Us.

Winging their way to the UK are The Inquisitors TIE Advanced Prototype and The Phantom Attack Shuttle with both selling for £24.99.

Source Toys 'R' Us (via Mark Tackley)
Star Tours II Coming To Disneyland Paris 2017
Reported by Matt on 09 Nov 2014 06:40

Great, albeit unsurprising news. The last Disney resort not to switch over from the original to the revamped version, Disneyland Paris will be activating Star Tours 2 in 2017.

Guest "Eco Interview" Mark Stead confirmed that "Star Tours: the Adventures Continue" at Disneyland Paris arrive for the 25th anniversary. The show was broadcast at 18:45 on the radio France Info.

This is certainly information of the week or the month: after many years of waiting for any formalization, announced that Mark Stead Discoveryland will host for the 25th anniversary (scheduled for 2017) Version 2.0 of the popular Star Tours attraction.

Thanks to Google Translate for the translation.

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   08 November 2014
RebelForce Radio: November 7, 2014
Reported by Mark on 08 Nov 2014 23:38

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" gets revealed as the title of the next film in the saga, firing up the imagination of fans and critics alike. Upon hearing this news, RebelForce Radio conducted an emergency recording session to bring you the analysis, speculation and discussion you expect from us. We talk about stuff like the shift away from the episodic roman numbering convention and what that really means. We put the logo under the microscope, speculate about a future trailer, and dig deep beneath the surface to decipher the meaning of the title. David Collins joins us to weigh in on significance of "The Force Awakens" and we go behind the scenes to chat about a catastrophic RFR technical meltdown. And, we aren't forgetting Rebels! The fabulous Tiya Sircar, voice of Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels makes her RFR debut In The Cantina. Tiya give us the lowdown on a few things we can expect from Sabine and we learn what makes the young star tick, both as a professional and as a Star Wars fan. All this, plus more Kitster, this week on RebelForce Radio.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Tosche Station Radio #97: Tosche Station Awakens
Reported by Mark on 08 Nov 2014 23:13

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

Kicking off the show, the hosts highlight what’s New on the Blog. Nanci's Thrawn Trilogy retrospective visited Nkklon and Kashyyyk. Shoshana discussed the importance of She-Hulk and what the Jedi could learn from her.

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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Official Site: Rise of the Mandalorian Mercs Part 5: Enter Sabine
Reported by Mark on 08 Nov 2014 22:57

It's time to check in with StarWars.com and the latest from Tom Hutchens as he looks at the Rise of the Mandalorian Mercs .

By now I’m sure most of you reading this have either seen an episode, or watched several clips of the new cartoon Star Wars Rebels. So this story starts back in March of this year, when I was contacted by a Mandalorian fan via Facebook in regards to two Rebels voice actresses looking for Mandalorian helmets. Apparently, one of them was on the verge of buying a Halloween costume-style Mandalorian helmet…and it was my job to save them from doing that.

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Darth Elvis News
Reported by Mark on 08 Nov 2014 22:39

A-huh-huh-here's the latest news from the King of Sith himself, Darth Elvis.

Darth Elvis and The Imperials are playing their debut gig in Edinburgh at the Electric Circus on Saturday 15th November, we hope to see some familiar faces at the show and look forward to speaking to our new fans. Please look out for the band as we will be out and about before the show talking care of business around the centre of Edinburgh, if you see us come and say Hot Dang!

On Sunday 30th November the band are playing a charity fundraiser for Friends of CLAN and the Granite City Comic Con at The Tunnels in Aberdeen. Also joining the band on the bill is Burlesque act Nympherno who will be bringing her Star Wars themed burlesque act to the stage and DJ Jimsin spinning some SciFi classics. Entry to the show is £5 and doors open at 8pm. This is for a great cause and as well as the entertainment their will be a raffle to raise money for this excellent charity. Granite City Comic Con takes place on 30th May at Transition Extreme in Aberdeen and guests announced so far include Shane Rimmer and Paul Blake.

The band will have new t-shirts and beanie hats for sale very soon so keep your eyes peeled to Darth Elvis and The Imperials www.facebook.com/darthelvis and Darth Elvis (@darth_elvis) on Twitter

2015 the band will be hitting the road and coming to a galaxy near you! Hang Loose. Darth Elvis

Get ordering those t-shirts - I certainly will be - and stay tuned to this coming Tuesday's episode of RADIO 1138 for some sweet sithly sounds. Hot dang!

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The Realm Recap: Episode #38 - Rebels Rebels, Distribution's A Mess
Reported by Mark on 08 Nov 2014 22:37

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

Our show returns this week as Flyguy and I discuss the latest in Star Wars collecting and just in time. It appears that the drought is lifting as new product is shipping to and being received by collectors. New Black Series, Star Wars Rebels, and Saga Legends/Mission Series are all starting to show up online and in stores. Sideshow comes through huge this past week with a few preorders that are sure to put a dent in the wallet and Bandai again tempts collectors with their expanding line of samurai-themed figures. Episode VII and Star Wars Rebels gets a few hits this week as principal filming has wrapped on the sequel and we now get a clearer understanding of the Inquisitor’s task by way of new Vader footage on a special telecast of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion. This and much more on Episode 38 of The Realm Recap!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

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Star Wars Hot Wheels Deals in UK at Toys 'R' Us
Reported by Mark on 08 Nov 2014 22:25

Great deals are starting to appear, at site sponsor Toys 'R' Us, on the first waves of the new Mattel Hot Wheels Star Wars range, as shown here by Jedi News reader Mark Tackley.

Star Wars Hot Wheels buy one get one half price at Toys 'R' Us (UK).

Source Toys 'R' Us (via Mark Tackley)
The WolfPack Podcast Special Episode: Ashley Eckstein Interview (Voice Of Ahsoka Tano)
Reported by Dan on 08 Nov 2014 22:10

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

On this special episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Marco, Logan, and James chat with Ahsoka Tano herself, Ashley Eckstein! We chat about all things Clone Wars, upcoming releases for Her Universe, Star Wars Weekends 2015, Rebels, Episode VII Her Universe items, and much more!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Official Star Wars Epic Ugly Sweater Christmas Edition Crew Neck Sweatshirt
Reported by Matt on 08 Nov 2014 21:30

Nothing says Christmas like a really nasty, tasteless jumper and while this is a Star Wars jumper - and therefore automattically brilliant - it's still skirting with disaster.

And it can be yours for between $35.01 - $39.95.

  • 50/ 50 Poly/ Cotton blend
  • Limited Edition Christmas Release
  • Official Licensed Product Brand New With Tags
  • Standard US Adult Men's Sizes
  • Top Quality- Machine Wash

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The Comlink: Ep. 105 - 501st Legion's Scott Allen. Star Wars News, Interviews, & More!
Reported by Mark on 08 Nov 2014 21:22

Our thoughts on Star Wars The Force Awakens and the latest news from the week of November 7th, plus Scott Allen of the 501st costuming group joins David in studio and we go on a 5K run with TK-6682 and his pink Stormtrooper costume. The Comlink is your weekly show for Star Wars entertainment!

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 08 Nov 2014 20:04
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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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WolfPack Roundtables: Star Wars Rebels S1E7: Out Of Darkness Review
Reported by Dan on 08 Nov 2014 18:15

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast Roundtables, we review Star Wars Rebels S1E7: Out Of Darkness. We talk about our favorite parts of the episode, and our speculation of whats to come!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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   07 November 2014
New Blurb For Lords of the Sith
Reported by Mark on 07 Nov 2014 23:50

Check out the new blurb for April 28th's Lords of the Sith.

When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.

“It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted.”

Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters—and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.

On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice,” an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources—by political power or firepower—and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done.

For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries.

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Full of Sith Rumor Control 02
Reported by Mark on 07 Nov 2014 23:28

Join Bobby Roberts for the latest episode of Rumor Control.

This episode of Rumor Control features at least ONE guaranteed fact in it. You probably already know what that fact is, too – but where that one fact might lead you, listener? THAT’S something altogether different. New rumors about the villains of Episode VII, new rumors about the heroes, new rumors about new trailers and new Star Wars music; all that and more await those who dare venture into spoiler territory.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion Is Now Available!
Reported by Jonathan on 07 Nov 2014 23:14

Side with the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance and battle for the fate of the galaxy in Star Wars Empire vs. Rebellion, a card game of skill and deception for two players, now available at your local retailer!

From the website:

The galaxy is torn between two sides in a massive civil war. On one side, the Galactic Empire rules the galaxy, stretching its totalitarian regime across hundreds of planets. Opposing the Empire and the tyrannical rule of Emperor Palpatine are the heroes of the Rebel Alliance. A ragtag coalition of soldiers, politicians, spies, and freedom fighters, the Rebellion strives constantly to rid the galaxy of the Empire’s unrelenting oppression.

In Empire vs. Rebellion, you take command of the forces of the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance. Using your military power, diplomatic clout, strategic reconnaissance, and knowledge of the Force, you must best your opponent in a series of events drawn from the classic Star Wars films. Whether you replay the events of the movies or reshape their outcomes in your favor, every game of Empire vs. Rebellion offers you the chance to experience the thrill of the Galactic Civil War.

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Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson Welcome Daughter Briar Rose
Reported by Mark on 07 Nov 2014 22:47

Congratulations to Rachel Bilson and Anakin Skywalker himself Hayden Christensen as the welcome their first child, a daughter, to the galaxy.

Rachel Bilson‘s heart just grew: she’s a mom!

The Hart of Dixie actress and her longtime love, actor Hayden Christensen, welcomed their first child, daughter Briar Rose Christensen, on Wednesday, Oct. 29, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“Both mother and baby are healthy and doing well,” her rep says in a statement.

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Listen To An Excerpt From Tarkin Featuring Stephen Stanton
Reported by Mark on 07 Nov 2014 22:34

He's the only man who could do justice to the voice of Tarkin , and so here's an audio excerpt of Stephen Stanton reading an excerpt of Tarkin.

Are you ready to learn more about Wilhuff Tarkin? We saw the ambitious man in Star Wars: The Clone Wars before the Empire took over and in his Grand Moff role in Episode IV: A New Hope. He was responsible for the destruction of Alderaan and for a certain foul stench. I’ve always been curious to learn more about the man simply because of the fact that Darth Vader listened to him. Some of his story unfolds in the brand new book Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno.

Tarkin takes place five years after the Clone Wars. He has climbed up the Imperial ranks and is overseeing the construction of the powerful Death Star. We all know how that ends. The Empire plans to use the weapon to control the galaxy by way of intimidation, but until it’s completed, they must push back insurgents and attacks. An exclusive audio excerpt from Tarkin takes us into the book. Listen:

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The Cantina Cast: Don’t look at me like that
Reported by Mark on 07 Nov 2014 22:00

Our friend Becca Benjamin broaches a sensitive subject over at the always excellent Cantina Cast.

If you know me at all, even just by reading my blogs or the few Podcasts I have been a part of, you know how strongly I feel about Star Wars and the community surrounding it. It has become a second home to me and I’d be lost without it. So what I am about to address, is no easy feat. In fact, I’m quite apprehensive to bring it up at all, but I’m fairly certain that I am not alone …

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Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: Podcasting Across The Galaxy Part 3
Reported by Mark on 07 Nov 2014 21:38

Amy Ratcliffe returns with another dose of Fully Operational Fandom over at StarWars.com.

Even though I’ve taken a couple of posts to highlight Star Wars podcasts, there are plenty more to discover. Fans pour energy and tons of time into preparing, recording, and editing shows for other fans to enjoy. There are hundreds of hours of content available on iTunes, and tens of thousands of Star Wars fans listen to various podcasts each week — including Skywalking Through Neverland and Fly Casual. I talked with the fans behind both of those shows to learn more about why they podcast and what topics they discuss.

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ForceCast #328: The ForceCast Awakens
Reported by Mark on 07 Nov 2014 21:23

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

What's in a name? Star Wars: Episode VII is now Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We discuss this late-breaking news, including what it means for Luke in the sequel trilogy. Then, we talk to Tiya Sircar, the voice of Sabine Wren on Star Wars Rebels, about the Mandalorian rebel's role on the show. Plus, John Boyega chronicles The Force Awakens' wrap party and a soundtrack for The Clone Wars is coming soon. Awaken and enjoy this week's ForceCast!

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The Making Of The Hot Wheels Darth Car
Reported by Justin on 07 Nov 2014 19:54

Remember the extremely awesome Darth Car that was revealed by Hot Wheels as part of their promotional avenue for their new line of Star Wars character cars that debuted earlier this year at SDCC?

Now, courtesy of the YouTube video below, we get to go behind the scenes and take a look at what went into the design and construction of this sweet Sithly ride.

 

George Lucas' 1977 space fantasy Star Wars changed the way American audiences consumed films. More, though, it also changed the landscape for movie merchandising, with more money being made on toys, games, and collectibles than on the movies themselves. Now the documentary Plastic Galaxy looks back at how George Lucas' 1977 space fantasy Star Wars changed the way American audiences consumed films. More, though, it also changed the landscape for movie merchandising, with more money being made on toys, games, and collectibles than on the movies themselves. Now the documentary Plastic Galaxy looks back at the first generation of Star Wars toys, released between 1977 and 1985 from Kenner. Does this film capture the childhood magic of Star Wars figures, and can the documentary appeal to anyone not already obsessed with little plastic Stormtroopers? Find out in this special Now Playing/Star Wars Action News crossover podcast hosted by Marjorie, Arnie, and Jerry!

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