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   Sunday, May 22, 2016
SithLord 229: Tasu Leech (Kanjiklub Gang Leader)
Reported by Steven on 22 May 2016 10:22

Tasu Leech leads the notorious Kanjiklub gang, an intergalactic criminal organization.

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   Saturday, May 21, 2016
Brews and Blasters #71: Losing At Trivia
Reported by Mark on 21 May 2016 22:56
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ComicBook.com Bring The Force Awakens Variant Covers
Reported by Mark on 21 May 2016 22:51

Heading our way in June here's a look at some of the variant covers for the adaptation of the biggest film of 2015 The Force Awakens.

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Roxy Gets A Baby Brother
Reported by Mark on 21 May 2016 22:06

Roxy the Rancor has a little brother and he's set to go into beast mode...as soon as he has a name.

Set to make his public debut at next weekends Megacon in Orlando (which #teamjedinews will be attending) the builders of the Luggabeast are looking for a name so head on over to their Facebook page and start pitching ideas!

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Mum In Chewbacca Mask Shatters Facebook Record
Reported by Matt on 21 May 2016 21:08

Is it even possible to watch this video too much? We don't reckon it is and neither do the almost 100 million viewers of this hilarious video which only got posted to Facebook on Thursday.

The Facebook Live video she broadcast from the store's car park - immediately after purchasing the Chewbacca mask - has broken the record as the most-watched Facebook Live video - ever.
"That's just crazy," Mrs Payne told the BBC. "I'm just laughing - in all honesty, that is ridiculous. I've looked at the number of views and it just seems like someone is just playing with a calculator."
It's a big number: So far, more than 48 million people have watched Payne laugh hysterically as she shows Facebook her new purchase. (Update: As of early Saturday, the video has had 91 million views.) The last record-breaking Facebook Live video, of an exploding watermelon, was produced by Buzzfeed and came in at little over 10 million views.

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Expanded Fandomverse Episode 51: Dating with the Force
Reported by Mark on 21 May 2016 20:16
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Jedi News Reach Two Social Media Milestones
Reported by Team Jedi News on 21 May 2016 00:01

Happy days here at Jedi News headquarters as our Jedi News Facebook page cruises past 30,000 followers. Meanwhile our ever-increasing Jedi News on Instagram page passed 14,000 followers and Twitter @JediNewsUK hit 10,750.

With Celebration Europe just 56 days away, the very well-received Jedi News app (available on iTunes and on Google Play) and our developing Jedi News Network there's never been a better time to be a part of the fun.

   Friday, May 20, 2016
Official Site: From A Certain Point Of View: Which Fett Is Best?
Reported by Mark on 20 May 2016 23:53

Adam Bray and Tyler Westhause shoot it out over which Fett reigns supreme, Boba or Jango over at StarWars.com.

One of the great things about Star Wars is that it inspires endless debates and opinions on a wide array of topics. Best bounty hunter? Most powerful Jedi? Does Salacious Crumb have the best haircut in the saga? In that spirit, StarWars.com presents From a Certain Point of View: a series of point-counterpoints on some of the biggest — and most fun — Star Wars issues. In this installment, two StarWars.com writers discuss which of two legendary bounty hunters — a father and his son — ranks higher.

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Tarkin's Top Shelf Episode 5: Bloodline
Reported by Mark on 20 May 2016 23:49
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Fantasy Flight Games: Dark Lord of the Sith
Reported by Jonathan on 20 May 2016 23:13

Fantasy Flight Games release the Sith Objective Set from Galactic Ambitions, part of the ongoing Star Wars: The Card Game series.

From the website:

“Your powers are weak, old man.”
–Darth Vader, Star Wars: A New Hope

Throughout the arenas of the Galactic Civil War, two great powers have struggled for dominance: the Sith controlling the Empire and the tiny Rebel Alliance struggling to win freedom for the galaxy. Neither power will give an inch in their battles, and with the Galactic Ambitions expansion for Star Wars™: The Card Game, you have the chance to determine which will finally be victorious.
Galactic Ambitions is the fifth deluxe expansion for Star Wars: The Card Game, and it puts the spotlight squarely on the Sith and Rebel Alliance affiliations by introducing new objective sets for each, as well as a single objective set for each other affiliation in the game.

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Oh, I'm Such A Happy Chewbacca!
Reported by Mark on 20 May 2016 22:43

If this doesn't put a crazy big smile on your face and set you up for the weekend then nothing will. Watch Star Wars fan Candace Payne as she opens her super special Chewbacca mask.

If only everyone got this much joy out of the simple things!

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Tosche Station Radio #147: Bloodline and Weave
Reported by Mark on 20 May 2016 22:26
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Galactic War Report - Episode 9: Gamorrean Guard / Jawa Engineer
Reported by Mark on 20 May 2016 21:44
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Official Site: 5 Reasons Why Maz Kanata Is Awesome
Reported by Mark on 20 May 2016 21:44

Over at StarWars.com Amy Ratcliffe nails it once again with 5 reasons why Maz Kanata is awesome (and for what it's worth number 5 made me laugh out loud).

If you had to name the wisest character introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you’d have to go with Maz Kanata. Have to. The pirate came into the story through her connection to Han Solo. He piloted the Millennium Falcon to Takodana to ask her to get Rey, Finn, and BB-8 to the Resistance. Though Maz didn’t have a ton of screen time, she made an impression. And yes, that’s an understatement. She dropped wisdom upon all our heroes and gave guidance to Rey that might have changed the young woman’s life. These are five of many reasons why Maz Kanata is awesome:

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Fantasy Flight Games: A Ruthless Interrogator
Reported by Jonathan on 20 May 2016 21:33

Fantasy Flight Games bring release the latest villain pack for Star Wars: Imperial Assault, the Agent Blaise Villain Pack.

From the website:

Dodges left…
Fires in bursts of three…
Uncomfortable in close combat…
–Agent Blaise’s notes

Throughout the galaxy, Emperor Palpatine’s Galactic Empire has created an atmosphere of suffocating fear and submission. No one dares to speak out, and those who do are quickly and efficiently silenced. These terror tactics are the work of the Imperial Security Bureau, the Empire’s secret police. Anyone you know could secretly be an ISB agent, and these agents are renowned for their lack of moral compunctions. Only the most foolish Rebels would dare to take the ISB lightly.
On Cloud City, the ISB operatives are commanded by none other than Agent Blaise, a cunning and dangerous interrogator and warrior. Whether you’re playing through the mini-campaign included in The Bespin Gambit or taking your games of Imperial Assault elsewhere in the Star Wars galaxy, you could benefit from the beautifully sculpted plastic figure and the new missions and cards from the Agent Blaise Villain Pack.

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Star Wars Beach Party
Reported by Mark on 20 May 2016 21:16

As motley a crew as was ever found on a beach in Torremolinos, here are some striking sand sculptures photographed by my Uncle John while on holiday last week.

For some reason the final act of Weird Science has just popped into my head...

Official Site: Lucasfilm's Jennifer Heddle Chats With Bloodline Author Claudia Gray
Reported by Justin on 20 May 2016 19:30

Head on over to StarWars.com for an interview segment Lucasfilm book editor Jennifer Heddle recently conducted with Star Wars: Bloodline author Claudia Gray. And when you've finished reading the interview, check out our review of Bloodline as well if you so desire.

Bloodline author Claudia Gray and I have been friends for almost 20 years, and our mutual love of Star Wars has always been a part of that friendship. Which means getting to work with her on Bloodline (I was not involved with the editing on her first Star Wars book, Lost Stars), was literally a dream come true. I volunteered to interview her for StarWars.com and what follows is an in-depth discussion of her work on Bloodline, what a short, sassy princess meant to us growing up, and the pleasures and frustrations of owning the 1978 Princess Leia doll.

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NYCC 2016: New Merchandise Is Now Available
Reported by Justin on 20 May 2016 17:10

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NYCC 2016: Fan Verification Ticket Ordering Process Now Open
Reported by Justin on 20 May 2016 16:34

The wording contained in the image above says it all. The Fan Verification process for purchasing tickets to NYCC 2016 is now officially open. You must submit a complete Fan Verification profile in order to be able to purchase tickets to the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are NOT on sale right now. Today is just the first day you can submit your Fan Verification profile.

The Fan Verification opens today at 12:00pm EDT and will be closing next month on June 13 at 11:59pm EDT.

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New Disney "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular" Fireworks Show Arrives June 17
Reported by Justin on 20 May 2016 14:12

The official Disney Parks Blog has been updated today with information on the debut of the new Star Wars fireworks show that will be taking place next month at Disney's Hollywood Studios. We first heard about this new fireworks show back in February, so read on below to find out when you and your family will be able to experience this awesome new event.

Several new Star Wars experiences have debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios over the past year, from the opening of Star Wars Launch Bay in December to the most recent additions of the Star Wars stage show “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” and the daily march of Captain Phasma and her fleet of Stormtroopers earlier this spring.

Today we’re happy to share an update on the next exciting Star Wars experience that’s set to delight fans at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – the new Star Wars fireworks show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.”

This new nighttime show, which will be the most elaborate fireworks display in this park’s history, will begin nightly performances on June 17. This elaborate show will combine fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections that will turn the park’s Chinese Theater and other buildings into the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations. And the show, which will feature music from throughout the film franchise, will be punctuated with a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating a massive lightsaber in the sky.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Maw of Madness
Reported by Jonathan on 20 May 2016 08:15

Fantasy Flight Games bring release the latest pack for Star Wars: The Card Game, Press The Attack.

From the website:

“But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever it will dominate your destiny.”
–Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

On the forest moon of Endor, Han Solo and his chosen soldiers battle against a legion of Stormtroopers with the help of their Ewok allies. In the skies above, the massive fleets of the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire clash around the fully operational Death Star. And in a tower on that monstrous space station, Luke Skywalker confronts the lords of the Sith. The Endor cycle is approaching its climactic conclusion, and now, you can join the fight when you pick up your copy of Press the Attack from your local retailer or online through our webstore!
Press the Attack is the fifth Force Pack in the Endor cycle for Star Wars™: The Card Game, and as such, you’ll find plenty of new cards that focus on the Endor trait, making your own units more powerful as you situate the battlefield on this iconic planet. New fate cards introduced in this cycle raise the stakes for every edge battle, and with ten new objective sets (two copies each of five distinct sets), you’ll be able to replay the climax of Return of the Jedi any way you want.

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   Thursday, May 19, 2016
The Trade ‘Dead’eration #56
Reported by Mark on 19 May 2016 23:22
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Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: Themes In Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark on 19 May 2016 23:10

Dan Zehr returns to StarWars.com with the latest entry in his indespensible Studying Skywalkers series as he investigates the themes In The Force Awakens.

To almost no one’s surprise, The Force Awakens has made a significant impact on popular culture, social media, and the worldwide box office, with new and exciting characters, gorgeous imagery, and cinematic splendor. In addition, this breathtaking addition to the tapestry of Star Wars has a bountiful assortment of powerful themes that continue the storytelling tradition of our beloved saga; The Force Awakens introduces new characters, brings back old friends, and allows for us to examine Star Wars in new and exciting ways. The Force Awakens evokes myriad themes that challenge our perception, and promote additional conversation about this captivating film.

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Fantasy Flight Games: The Knight, the Hunter, and the Inquisitor
Reported by Jonathan on 19 May 2016 20:55

Fantasy Flight Games bring us their latest ally and villain packs for Star Wars: Imperial Assault.

From the website:

“I was once a Jedi Knight, the same as your father.”
–Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

Since the beginning of Imperial Assault, countless iconic characters have entered the game through Ally Packs and Villain Packs. From the Darth Vader Villain Pack and Luke Skywalker Ally Pack included in the game’s Core Set, through iconic heroes and despicable nemeses like Han Solo, Boba Fett, Lando Calrissian, and General Sorin, you’ve had the chance to enter the Star Wars galaxy alongside some of the universe’s most beloved characters.
Now, you can grow your collection with three more recognizable figures, each of whom exemplifies his entire faction. The aged Jedi Knight, Obi-Wan Kenobi spent years watching over Luke Skywalker on Tatooine, and he now emerges from the shadows to join the fight for truth and justice once more. Against Obi-Wan, you’ll encounter the deadly power of The Grand Inquisitor, a dark side force user dedicated to eradicating every trace of the Jedi from the galaxy. Finally, you might take up your blaster with Greedo, a slimy bounty hunter who’s ready to employ any trick as he works for the Mercenaries of the galaxy.

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Official Site: Force Of Fashion: Robes Of The Jedi
Reported by Mark on 19 May 2016 20:27

How fitting that on the 17th anniversary of the release of The Phantom Menace Catrina Dennis releases this blog post, looking at the clothing of the saga over at StarWars.com.

Welcome to Force of Fashion, an all-new column focusing on all things wearable in a galaxy far, far away — and right here at home! Join me every other Wednesday for behind-the-scenes studies on some of the most iconic costumes of the saga, and the biggest highlights in Star Wars fashion today. Today’s column dives into one of the most comfortable and surprisingly battle-ready ensembles of all time: The robes of a Jedi.

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Cloud City Casino #50: A Cause For Celebration...And Other News
Reported by Mark on 19 May 2016 20:05
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Ciena Ree From Lost Stars Image Revealed
Reported by Mark on 19 May 2016 19:58

Anyone who watched yesterdays episode of The Star Wars Show will have seen this, the first official image of Claudia Gray's character Ciena Ree as she appears in a forthcoming Fantasy Flight Games game.

Stay tuned for details on that game, and more Fantasy Flight Games reviews as we have plenty heading your way soon.

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Sideshow First Order Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin on 19 May 2016 19:26

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website to include a pre-order link for their upcoming First Order Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure. The figure, which for a limited time has free shipping to the United States, carries a $499.99 price tag and is scheduled to begin shipping out to customers during the April - June 2017 timeframe.

“Aaaaand I’ll drop my blaster.” – JB-007

It’s not easy being a First Order Stormtrooper. You’ve got no name, lots of guard duty, and a boss with what can charitably be described as “anger issues.” Thankfully you never really have to worry about what to wear from day to day or if your eyes can be seen rolling during another speech from Hux.

The First Order Stormtrooper Premium Format™ Figure continues Sideshow’s adventure in the universe of The Force Awakens.

This screen accurate collectible features the sleekly designed armor and helmet of the most feared fighting force in the Galaxy and also wields his blaster rifle. The Sideshow Exclusive version comes equipped with an SE-44C Blaster Pistol and thigh holster display option.

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The Audette Set: May 17th
Reported by Mark on 19 May 2016 18:28

It's time to join magic Mike for The Audette Set!

Star Wars Celebration London is coming up quick! Less than two full months until the greater Star Wars fandom descends upon the city to revel in the unending goodness that is a Star Wars Celebration. Announced this week, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards will join Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy for a special panel on the film on July 15th. If this is following the pattern of Celebration Anaheim, which I believe it is, the panel will be the opening ceremony event and feature Gareth and some of the stars of the film with Kathleen discussing things about the production and promotion of Rogue One and end with a new teaser trailer like there was for The Force Awakens at the opening ceremony of Anaheim.

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Official Site: 5 Great Star Wars Novelty Songs Plus An Interview With Weird Al Yankovic
Reported by Mark on 19 May 2016 17:44

Jon Waterhouse brings us his top 5 Star Wars parodies and then spoils us (and by spoils I mean treats us) with a Weird Al Yankovic interview over at StarWars.com.

The influence of the Star Wars universe covers our cultural landscape like sand on Tatooine. And nowhere can you hear it more melodically than with Star Wars-inspired novelty tunes. While creating the ultimate playlist, we found the Force proved remarkably strong with the following five.

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Skywalking Through Neverland #120: Goodbye, Disney Infinity
Reported by Mark on 19 May 2016 17:27
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Star Wars Interview: Peter Mayhew As Chewbacca Part 1
Reported by Mark on 19 May 2016 17:01

To celebrate the big guys birthday we're thrilled to present the first of many videos from our great pal Daryl James in Australia. Daryl is an interview machine, travelling the world gathering interviews with the great and the good of the Star Wars galaxy and we're beyond excited to be collaborating with him.

For Sci Fi Central Australia, Darryl James interviewed Peter Mayhew in Tokyo. This is just 1 segment of over 300 filmed with over 100 different performers who have appeared in a Star Wars movie. Please feel free to Like & Share our interviews and check our website and Facebook for more interviews from Sci Fi Central Australia

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Cantina Cast #130: Compassion vs Passion in a GFFA And Star Wars: Bloodline Timeline
Reported by Mark on 19 May 2016 16:33
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Loop Head Shoot - First Look At Filming Location
Reported by BrianC on 19 May 2016 12:44



Thanks to twitter user Tomás O Mainnín we have our first look at the location that shooting occurs today at Loop Head, Ireland for Episode VIII.  A small 10-15 second segment of footage is planned at this location before cast and crew move on to Cean Sibéal, and the much vaunted Beehive hut set.





Official Site: Designing The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark on 19 May 2016 04:13

Our great buddy James Floyd recently caught up with The Force Awakens designers Iain McCaig and James Clyne to discuss their work on the 7th saga episode over at StarWars.com.

When it comes to movie making, some of the first people to see what the movie might look like are the folks who turn story ideas into pictures: the concept artists. For Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a team of concept artists was assembled and put to work even before J.J. Abrams was selected to direct the film. Under production designer Rick Carter, this team started turning ideas into images for characters, worlds, and more, and helped to shape where a new Star Wars movie could go. As the story became more developed, an art director continued the process of conceptualizing the look of key elements of the film, as well as developing how to bring that element into the film: as a set on a studio stage, or as a prop, or miniature, or computer-rendered object.

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   Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Vintage Rebellion Podcast Episode 24 : Let’s Just B-Wing It
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2016 21:01

It's time to join the team over at The Vintage Rebellion podcast.

On this month's Vintage Rebellion Podcast it's UK meets US as Chivecast host Stephen Danley joins the Rebellion to talk Focus Collecting, Chivecast and his Collection of Capacitance amongst many other things, whilst Grant welcomes Cathy Kendrick to the show on this months oddballs to discuss Star Wars Trading Cards. On this months Newest Acquisitions Jez discusses item's purchased by the community over the last month including ESB 18 back Meccano Boba Fett, ATL Interceptor and an exciting discovery surrounding a 15" Darth Vader. As well as many other items, Marco Jay joins the NA to chat about his Lily Ledy Boxed Snow Speeder that he's recently acquired. As well as all this Pete picks through the highlights of the recent Vectis Auction and Rich chats Mailer Mysteries, 12 inches and Fett rockets in Rebel Briefings. All this plus much more on the Vintage Rebellion, enjoy the show!!!

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Official Site: 6 Vintage Star Wars Picture Books
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2016 20:57

There's something undeniably nostalgic about vintage Star Wars kids books and Jamie Greene conveys that warm glow perfectly in his super article over at StarWars.com.

I love children’s picture books. That’s not a confession so much as it’s a statement of fact. I love them so much that I originally started blogging as a way to write about some of the amazing books I was reading to my kids every night. I’ve written extensively about picture books on numerous sites, and I’ve interviewed most of my favorite authors and illustrators (including quite a few legends) about what drives them creatively. And now here I am, talking about Star Wars books to you. I can’t deny it: I’m spreading the gospel of children’s literature as far and as wide as possible. And I love it.

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Brian Blessed Terrifies Coleen Nolan With Yeti Impression On Loose Women
Reported by Matt on 18 May 2016 19:29

If there was any doubt that the legendary Brian Blessed, best known in our galaxy as Boss Nass from The Phantom Menace, was as mad as a bag of ankles then this dispells that completely. Here he is on todays episode of Loose Women bringing his Yeti impression to the table.

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The Star Wars Show Episode 2
Reported by Dianna on 18 May 2016 19:02

The band Chvrches stops by Lucasfilm for a chat, an announcement of all video games coming to Star Wars Celebration Europe, the reveal of Ciena Ree, a report from Japan, and much more!

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2016 19:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Fly Casual Episode 89: I Feel Nothing
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2016 18:52
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Star Wars News Net Interview With J.W Rinzler
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2016 17:23

The team at Star Wars News Net bring us a fascinating interview with former Lucasbooks supremo Jonathan Rinzler. Covering a wide range of topics, Rinzler had some illuminating things to reveal about George Lucas.

“One of the first things George said to me when I interviewed him on Episode III was, ‘You know, I’m not a director, I’m not a film director.’ I was thinking ‘What? What is he talking about?’. He says, ‘Steven Spielberg, he’s a director. He says put the camera here, lay down the dolly track, and so on. I’m out there collecting footage.’ He’s collecting material, which he then works on in the editing room. For him, the whole process is very painful, up until he gets to editorial…I think that’s the part, relatively speaking, he enjoys the most.”
“How he sort of spearheaded the sort of transfiguration from celluloid film to digital so he could seamlessly integrate visual effects shots into the live action shots. I mean, that’s huge. Every single film made today benefits from the fact that he bankrolled that stuff.”

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NYCC 2016: Stan Lee To Make His Final NYCC Appearance
Reported by Justin on 18 May 2016 16:24

Each year there are a wide variety of awesome reasons for fans from around the globe to attend NY Comic Con, and this year offers one of the biggest reasons in the history of the convention. The one and only Stan Lee, the iconic comic book writer, editor, TV show personality and more, will be making his final appearance at NYCC in October.

So if you want to be a part of Lee's farewell, be sure to fill out your Fan Verification profile beginning May 20 so you can purchase your admission tickets!

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Jogcast Radio Episode 167: UK Catch Up Sesh
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2016 16:16
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Oscar Isaac Talks The Force Awakens And Episode VIII
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2016 16:13

Oscar Isaac is the man of the moment and over at Rolling Stone, via our buddies at Club Jade, he talks about Poe Dameron and his continuing efforts to deepen the character, a role he is clearly passionate about.

All of the funny lines – including one about Poe being unable to hear Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren through his helmet, and the “who talks first” exchange – were added in reshoots, and Isaac improvised some of them. He’s always pushing to complicate and deepen Poe, who started as little more than a charming archetype. “We’re making s*** up as we go,” he says.

And on the subject of Episode VIII.

“In the new film, there’s a lot more to do,” Isaac says. “What happens now is the heroes get tested. All three of them” – Poe, Daisy Ridley’s Rey and John Boyega’s Finn – “get tested immensely.” And how’s BB-8 doing? “BB-8’s doing all right. BB-8 gets tested too! Everybody gets tested! It’s the dark second chapter, but not really dark.”

I'll take that as a teaser!

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Star Wars Collectors Cast: Episode 64
Reported by James on 18 May 2016 16:01
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Official Site: The Playlist: Balance Of The Force
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2016 15:49

Bryan Young launches a new series over at StarWars.com focusing on a variety of topics. Welcome to the playlist.

For our first installment, we’re going to take a look at the balance of the Force. When I first heard about the prophecy of the Chosen One in The Phantom Menace and how that Chosen One, as represented by Anakin Skywalker, would bring balance to the Force, I was initially confused. What did that mean? The Jedi believed in prophecies? What was this balance? I’m certain that we’re still not quite sure. Some argue that Anakin indeed brought balance by eliminating the Jedi and bringing the number of Sith and Jedi in the galaxy into balance. Others still feel there are much larger things at stake that the prophecy referred to and the number of Force wielders in the galaxy was irrelevant.

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Marvel Star Wars Han Solo #1: Variant Cover
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2016 15:37

Prepare for your pocketbooks and piggy banks to take a battering, there's a new Marvel Star Wars title in town and it's bringing variant covers a plenty!

From Marvel Comics. Everyone's favorite scoundrel gets his very own series! Han is given a top-secret undercover mission for the Rebellion - rescuing a number of informants and spies. His cover for the assignment? Only the biggest and most infamous starship race in the galaxy! You know - the race Han has dreamt of winning his entire life. Will he keep his mind on the mission? And can he manage to pull it off while keeping the lead? Best-selling author Marjorie Liu (X-Men) comes to the Galaxy Far, Far Away along with superstar cover artist Mark Brooks (Ultimate X-Men) in his return to interior art! Face it, readers - there aren't enough scoundrels in your life! Rated T. NOTE: Supplies limited. Please consult your retailer for availability. Scheduled to ship 06/01/16.

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The Episode VIII Tour De Force Of Ireland Continues
Reported by BrianC on 18 May 2016 15:00



The Episode VIII production tour of Ireland continues with filming in full flow at Brow Head, Co.Cork today.  Simultaneously today filming will begin at Loop Head in Co. Clare, and continue into Thursday finishing at 8pm.

After that production will head to its main Irish residence, at Ceann Sibéal (close to Sybil Head and Dunmore Head,) in Co. Kerry where a representation of the Beehive huts from Skellig Michael has been constructed.  Filming in that area will continue through 26th May.

The below image shows the area in Loop Head where filming will take place, and where a flight restriction is in force.



UPDATED: Has The Marvel Rogue One Prequel Comic Series Been Cancelled?
Reported by Justin on 18 May 2016 11:46

ComicBook.com is reporting that the planned Marvel Comics Rogue One prequel mini series that was announced earlier during C2E2 has been cancelled.

The Rogue One prequel comic announced by Marvel Comics has been canceled. All previous orders for the book have been canceled by retailers, including Amazon, who sent out notices about the pre-orders no longer being able to be fulfilled. The book is also no longer available for pre-order at Amazon.

Announced at C2E2, the story was meant to be a 3 issue series, plus a one-shot, though it now seems the story is on an indefinite hold, or canceled altogether. For now, the Rogue One comic is not happening.

UPDATE: Rumours of the demise may be premature, as the cancelled book only relates to a trade paperback of the series (which was never officially announced), and that does not necessary mean that the comic series and one-shot iteself has been cancelled.  We will keep an eye on this story and update you as things develop.


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Steele Wars Ep 091 : Hello Greedo
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2016 08:52
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   Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The Star Wars Show Set Build Time Lapse Video
Reported by Justin on 17 May 2016 19:30

Wanna see how the Andi Gutierrez and Peter Townley-occupied set for Lucasfilm's brand new weekly series The Star Wars Show is constructed at the speed of light? Check out this time lapse video that was posted via the official Star Wars Twitter account!

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Star Wars Action News Episode 476: You Don' t Know the MOISTNESS of the Dark Side
Reported by Mark on 17 May 2016 19:22
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Celebration Europe 2016: Star Wars Video Games Will Be There
Reported by Justin on 17 May 2016 16:35

Heading to Celebration Europe in July and fancy yourself a gamer? Then this latest announcement posted over on the official site earlier today should be right up your alley. Titles such as Star Wars Battlefront and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be on display at the convention!

For gamers, this will be a Celebration long remembered.

StarWars.com is excited to announce that the best in Star Wars gaming is set to invade Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 in London this summer. Star Wars Battlefront, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Commander, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Star Wars: Force Collection will all be joining the mega-event, marking the highest volume of gaming content in Celebration history. Stay tuned for details and be sure to get your tickets now!

StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time.

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NYCC 2016: Fan Verification Announced For Ordering Tickets, VIP Tickets Will No Longer Be Sold
Reported by Justin on 17 May 2016 16:14

Today ReedPOP has announced a new component to the admission ticket ordering process called Fan Verification that will take effect with this year's NY Comic Con. They have also announced that they will no longer be selling VIP tickets to the event - only 4-Day, 3-Day, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Sunday Kids Tickets will be available this year. Check out the intro below and then be sure to take the source link for all the important details.

Each year when we take over the Javits Center in October, we have one priority in mind: you, the NYCC Fans. We don’t run NYCC year after year because we love hanging out by the Hudson or we need to reach our step goal in October, we do this because we want to provide the experience of a lifetime to everyone who attends NYCC each year.

With that in mind, we want the Ticket buying experience to be as smooth and fair as possible. And while supply and demand still means that some Fans who want to attend New York Comic Con might not get Tickets or might not get the Ticket type that they want, it’s our mission to eliminate (let’s be honest – the goal is to completely annihilate) the amount of scalpers and resellers who end up with Tickets. So this year NYCC will be changing the way Tickets are sold and requiring Fan Verification.

What does Fan Verification mean? It means we are requiring anyone interested in attending NYCC to fill out a profile between May 20 and June 13. We recognize that this is an extra step before buying your Tickets and requires more commitment from you, but we also know that as true Fans of the Show, you won’t mind making it tough for the supervillains out there. It means you guys have to do a bit more work to get your Ticket, but it will help make sure NYCC Tickets get into the hands of Fans. We truly thank you for your maximum effort (as our favorite merc with the mouth would say).

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Help Us Help Rancho Obi-Wan
Reported by James on 17 May 2016 15:10

Officially recognized by Guinness World Records in 2014, Rancho Obi-Wan is a private non-profit museum housing the world’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia. 

Help Team Jedi News reach our target of $1138. Please give at least $1, or consider $11.38 - it's the price of a couple of cups of coffee or one action figure, and it will benefit a great cause!

Take the link below to donate, and thank you in advance for your kind help and support!

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Radio Free Tatooine Episode 80: The Trial of Ahsoka Tano
Reported by Mark on 17 May 2016 14:30
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Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 19
Reported by Mark on 17 May 2016 09:18

James Floyd armours up and brings us the past week of his always awesome Wear Star Wars Every Day mission.,/P>

Recap for May 6 to May 12 of my Wear Star Wars Every Day fundraising campaign for Collateral Repair Project. Lots of cool new looks this week, including Biker Scout Armor! For more info: Wear Star Wars Every Day

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Full of Sith Episode CLXVII: Bloodline
Reported by Mark on 17 May 2016 08:25
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Star Wars Fan Fun Day 2016: £5344.91 Raised!
Reported by Mark on 17 May 2016 08:10

You just can't argue with numbers like that. Once again Neil Livesey and his team have knocked it out of the park and brought in a crazy amount of money for local charities raising a grand total of £5344.91.

#teamjedinews are already counting down the days to the next show, the 10th anniversary of Star Wars Fan Fun Day and will be there to cover this always magnificent event.

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Ewan McGregor On The Star Wars Prequels
Reported by Mark on 17 May 2016 07:33

Ewan McGregor describes his time on the prequel trilogy with Magic FM, an experience he clearly enjoyed.

Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgård came into to talk to Magic's Green Room about their movie Our Kind Of Traitor. Here's what Ewan had to say about playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels.

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Rogue One Character Images And Names Revealed
Reported by Team Jedi News on 17 May 2016 07:00
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Our friends over at Jedi Bibliothek have found an amazing array of information and photos from the Edelweiss catalog site.

This information is full of spoiler content and imagery so continue after this break at your own risk.

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   Monday, May 16, 2016
The Trade Federation #55
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Kathleen Kennedy On Star Wars And Filmmaking
Reported by Justin on 16 May 2016 17:43

Eric Alt over at FastCoCreate recently spent some time chatting with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy about her becoming the new captain of the Star Wars vessel, propelling the franchise into the future, how she approaches the art of filmmaking, and more.

Kathleen Kennedy has been an integral part of the Steven Spielberg-George Lucas cabal from its earliest days: She and Spielberg cofounded Amblin Entertainment in 1982, and Kennedy has been instrumental in the production of films that are not just blockbusters, but generation-definers: Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Gremlins, Back to the Future, The Goonies, and more. Her first act after being named president of Lucasfilm in 2012 was to dive headlong into the franchise-reviving Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which went on to top $2 billion worldwide in just 53 days of release. Honored as one of Fast Company's 2016 Most Creative People in Business, Kennedy took some time away from the galaxy-hopping whirlwind that has consumed her for the past three-plus years to reflect on her career, the state of the film industry, and where she goes to find her own inspiration.

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Galactic Fashion: Episode 12
Reported by Team Jedi News on 16 May 2016 16:01
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The Force Awakens Blu-ray Sales: Week Of May 2 - May 8
Reported by Justin on 16 May 2016 15:32

It has been available for over a month here in the United States and shows no signs of slowing down as we get the latest sales figures for The Force Awakens on Blu-ray via an article posted over on Blu-ray.com.

For the week that ended on May 8th, Lucasfilm and Disney Home Entertainment's Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens returned to the top of the Blu-ray-only and overall package-media sales lists. The latest installment in the iconic Star Wars franchise made a huge commercial impact when it hit theaters last December. The Force Awakens grossed over $2 billion worldwide on top of its estimated $245-million production budget, and it scored an 81% favorability rating on Metacritic. Furthermore, during its first week on home media, The Force Awakens outsold its remaining nineteen Blu-ray and DVD competitors in the Top 20 VideoScan charts nearly five to one. This week, The Force Awakens had a strong Blu-ray market share of 83%.

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Blabba The Hutt Episode 21: #ReyOfHope, #Cantina & More
Reported by Mark on 16 May 2016 14:59
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Episode VIII Cast And Crew Head For Cork
Reported by BrianC on 16 May 2016 13:52



With production of Episode VIII wrapping in Malin Head, production has moved on to the South of Ireland with the private Disney plane landing in Cork today.

Production will now continue with simultaneous set-ups/shoots at Ceann Sibeal in the Dingles, and Brow Head, Crookhaven in West Cork today.

San Francisco & Los Angeles Could Be Possible Destinations For Lucas Museum
Reported by Justin on 16 May 2016 13:04

I'm not sure what the longest amount of time has gone by without us hearing a new report of the Lucas Museum facing another obstacle to it's arrival. Seems like the stories have been coming at us with greater regularity lately. This latest round of news comes our way via SF Gate that says San Francisco and Los Angeles are being looked at as possible landing spots for the museum if the Chicago proposal continues to be met with resistance and eventually falls apart.

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   Sunday, May 15, 2016
Filming At Malin Head Wraps But Not Without Incident
Reported by BrianC on 15 May 2016 22:52



Filming has wrapped at Malin Head for Episode VIII, with a small crew celebration in a local pub. 

Ridley and Hamill were kept in seperate towns during the shoot, with Ridley in the town of Ballyhillion and Hamill in Esky - most likely to divert press attention.

The shoot did not pass without incident with local news reports of an IMAX camera being damaged beyond repair after slipping from its moorings on a cliff slope. 

This is the first report we have seen of IMAX cameras being used on Episode VIII, and with their considerable cost and weight this could well have had a major impact on the shoot.  It may prove difficult for the production to replace the camera in a short period of time for the rest of the Irish shoot.  We await for official confirmation of this loss, and so at this moment must consider it local rumour.

Last Day To Order Bounty Hunter Themed Smugglers Bounty
Reported by BrianC on 15 May 2016 22:25

Readers in the US should be aware that today is the last day that they can order the Bounty Hunters themed Smugglers Bounty from Funko. 

Take the link to secure your box of goodies.


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   Saturday, May 14, 2016
My Star Wars Story Episode 20: Devon Meyers
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Happy 72nd Birthday George!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 14 May 2016 11:38

From the entire gang at #teamjedinews we'd like to wish The Maker a very happy 72nd birthday. We can't thank you enough for every piece of magic you've brought to the world. Here's to many, many more.

Fantastic Star Wars Character Art By Jay Manchand
Reported by Mark on 14 May 2016 11:23

Check out these stunning pieces of character art by Jay Starkiller (aka Jay Manchand) focusing on a wide swathe of prequel, original and sequel trilogy characters.

Head on over to Scum and Villainy Sketches for more of Jay's work.

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   Friday, May 13, 2016
Brews and Blasters #70: The Fringe
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2016 23:10
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Official Site: Star Wars In The UK: Star Wars Weekly #8
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2016 22:38

My latest blog lands over at StarWars.com as I step back over 38 years to 29th March 1978 and issue 8 of Star Wars Weekly.

Well, we know that early work was taking place on Star Wars 2, soon to be officially monickered The Empire Strikes Back, but as far as kids, teenagers, and more mature fans “out there,” the big event was the release of Star Wars Weekly issue 8. Sitting behind another bombastic cover with the doom-laden headline “Darth Vader Battles Ben Kenobi – – To The Death,” it features a very Gandalf-looking Kenobi in a white robe fighting Vader while a beady-eyed and feral Chewie, a blonde Solo, and a white-haired Luke watch as Threepio and Artoo look passively on. And not an Alderaanian princess in sight.

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Rebel Force Radio: May 13, 2016
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2016 20:46
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Official Site: Investigating The Dangers And Thrills Of Star Wars Battlefront: Outer Rim
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2016 19:56

Anthony Gallegos gives us a glimpse into the ideas behind the upcoming Battlefront expansion Star Wars Battlefront: Outer Rim over at StarWars.com.

Few places in Star Wars hold as much mystery, danger, and exotic locals as the Outer Rim. To EA and developer DICE, this made the region of galactic space ripe for inclusion in Star Wars Battlefront. To get more insight into what the Outer Rim expansion brings to Battlefront, StarWars.com spoke with Lucasfilm executive producer Matt Fillbrandt.

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Celebration Europe 2016: First Round Of Collecting Track Panels Announced
Reported by Justin on 13 May 2016 19:28

One of the most popular segments of any Star Wars Celebration is the assortment of Collecting Tracks, and they will be returning for Celebration Europe 2016. The first batch of panels have been announced earlier today, with one of them focusing on the HUGELY successful LEGO Star Wars line and co-hosted by our very own James Burns!

Star Wars LEGO

LEGO Star Wars was first introduced in 1999 and has grown, brick by brick to become the largest Star Wars licensee. LEGO Star Wars sets offer something for every age group. From beginning as regular LEGO sets 15 years ago, LEGO Star Wars has grown to encompass video games, apparel, alarm clocks, watches, keyrings, books, theme park attractions and more! There are even numerous popular TV specials that expand the Star Wars story further. Take a look back on the first 17 years of LEGO Star Wars, the increasing number of copies, and get a brief glimpse into what the future of LEGO Star Wars holds. Presented by James Burns and Duncan Jenkins.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Amy Ratcliffe Announced As Behind-The-Scenes Stage Host
Reported by Justin on 13 May 2016 19:18

It has been announced today that Amy Ratcliffe, contributing writer for StarWars.com, Nerdist, IGN and other media outlets, will be hosting all the action that will be taking place at the Behind-The-Scenes Stage at Celebration Europe 2016!

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Celebration Europe 2016: Carrie Fisher Attending
Reported by Justin on 13 May 2016 19:14

A truly must-see guest at previous Celebrations, the one and only Carrie Fisher will be in attendance at Celebration Europe 2016! Details on the panel(s) she will be starring in (and yes, she most definitely stars during her panels) and autograph signings (if any) have not yet been posted.

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Marvel's Darth Vader Series To End With Issue #25
Reported by BrianC on 13 May 2016 15:44



Marvel have announced that their ongoing Darth Vader series by Kieron Gillen is to end in August 2016 with issue #25.  The final arc will be called "End Of Games."

IGN have an extensive interview with Kieron, and here is a segment of it:
IGN Comics: So what the heck is going on? Why are you leaving Darth Vader?

Kieron Gillen: Or Darth Vader leaving me? [Laughs] No, it was a situation where, you know, we've always said all the way through, from Darth Vader #1, that this was a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. And we kind of looked where we were after Vader Down, and we realized we were probably actually nearer to the end than we thought we were. And it was a situation where we were like, "Okay, it's better to actually end this story in a way which we think is the most effective. We don't want to pad it out extraneously." That was the kind of thing, we were like, "Oh yeah, this is the end of this particular story," in which case it's a natural place for Vader to move on.
The series will end with an extensive range of variant covers:

The standard cover will be drawn by JUAN GIMENEZ with variants from Adi Granov, Jamie McKelvie, Michael Cho, KaMome Shirahama, Joe Quesada, Joe Quesada, Chris Samnee, Sara Pichelli, Cliff Chiang and a final fairwell from main series artist SALVADOR LARROCA.  There will also be the very popular ACTION FIGURE VARIANT by John Tyler Christopher.



The final issue will be an oversized 40-page issue here is the solicit:

It has all built up to this! Vader’s trials against Cylo’s creations! His machinations against the Emperor! His covert missions with Doctor Aphra and her murderous droids! All comes to fruition in an oversized 40-page issue by the stellar team of Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca! You won’t want to miss this ending!

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Star Wars Saga Fan Trailer
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2016 14:49

Crank up the audio and sit back for a couple of minutes as Damien Kazan has stitched together a magnificent trailer of the first 7 episodes. Prepare to be dazzled, this is gooood.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Outdoor Screening In Northamptonshire
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2016 14:20

A warm summer evening, the stars up above and a field full of fellow Star Wars fanatics? How can you say no? Read on for all the info and discount ticket fee for an open air screening of The Force Awakens.

SPECIAL OUTDOOR SCREENING under the stars in Northamptonshire!
HUGE SCREEN, HD PICTURE, DYNAMIC 4k watts SOUND
Saturday May 28 Doors 8.30pm Film approx 9.40pm
- Stanwick Lakes, nr Rushden, NN9 6GY
Tickets: £11.50* (under 15 £8)
Bring a picnic (free parking)

*SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR SW FANS OFFER! SAVE £1.50 on adults tickets
- use this code on booking page: SKY_WALKER
Online booking only www.billetto.co.uk/luna1602

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Galactic War Report - Episode 8: The Fives Meta
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2016 13:58
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Star Wars Stickers – It’s Taken Over 30 Years But I’ve Completed An Album
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2016 13:46

Our good buddy Rob Wainfur of The Bearded Trio, writing over at Coffee With Kenobi, brings us this article looking at the end of a quest three decades long to complete a very specific sticker album.

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Episode VIII Cast And Crew Arrive In Ireland
Reported by BrianC on 13 May 2016 13:09





The cast and crew of Epsiode VIII have arrived in Belfast, as they make their way towards Malin Head to begin the Irish leg of the Episode VIII shoot.



The shoot is rumoured to last for three weeks in Ireland, across four locations, including "the films climatic ending."



Returning to Ireland for the shoot was Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridely who shot at Skellig Michael for Epsiode VII and Episode VIII.  This time they are however joined by Adam Driver which opens the door to a thousand potential questions....   Speculate away!

These photographs were publishe on twitter by Charles McQuillan.


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Sideshow First Order Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure Preview
Reported by Justin on 13 May 2016 11:20

Officially announced last week as part of their Star Wars Day celebration, Sideshow Collectibles has revealed a preview of their First Order Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure. Pre-orders for the figure will be going live on Thursday May 19.

Sideshow is very excited to announce our next Star Wars™ collectible, the First Order Stormtrooper™ Premium Format™ Figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The trooper will be available for Pre-Order on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

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Oscar Isaac Talks Episode VIII
Reported by BrianC on 13 May 2016 10:26



The guys over at Star Wars News Net have picked up on a Collider article where Oscar Isaac talks a little bit about his expereiences working on Episode VIII.
Speaking to Collider’s Steven Weintraub, during the premiere for the London’s Global Fan Screening of Bryans Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Isaac spoke a few words about his day of filming Star Wars: Episode VIII.

“Today, Poe was doing a very cool stunt in pinewood, and then I took a nap and came here”. he said.

Steve also asked him what it’s like working for Director Rian Johnson compared to J.J. Abrams.

“Well they’re both great filmmakers, and they both have strong ideas where they feel the emotion of the story goes, and so it’s a great continuation of what J.J. started.”
They also have a piece from Entertainment Tonight where Oscar adds to his previous comments.
Isaac also mentioned that his character will have more action and the characters are push the characters to their limits.

“Poe, he gets to be more a part of the story, and all of the characters in the film, they get tested, intensely,” he said. “It’s a lot of conflict in it, which is great.”

Check out Star Wars News Net full piece for the videos and details.

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RUMOUR: Gary Barlow To Play Stormtrooper In Episode VIII?
Reported by BrianC on 13 May 2016 10:19



Every now and then a rumour comes along that can only be described as bizarre.  Today The Sun is reporting that Gary Barlow will be playing a role in Episode VIII.

The UK songwriter, and one part of the band Take That, has allegedly filmed a part as a Stormtooper.
A source said: “Gary is a huge Star Wars fan so this is a dream come true.

The process has been kept top secret, as he doesn’t want anybody to find out.

His connections in the film industry got him the part.”
Summer weather may have reached the UK, but look out that bag of salt and sprinkle it all over this rumour, it is The Sun afterall...

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   Thursday, May 12, 2016
Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 12 May 2016 20:18
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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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Full of Sith Episode CLXVI: The Young Han Solo Adventures
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2016 17:11
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Longcross Studios in Chertsey Home To Major Episode VIII Set Piece
Reported by BrianC on 12 May 2016 16:06



Longcross Studios in Chertsey is playing home to a giant outdoor set piece for Episode VIII.

The set piece featurning the Ahch-To Jedi Steps and Millennium Falcon was first revealed in the Daily Mail.



The photos revealed on April 30th by the Daily Mail, were taken on 26th April at Longcross Studios using a drone.



It is not currently known if any indoor filming will take place at that location.

Longcross studios is famous for its multiple gradient slopes which range from 1.17 - 1.1 incline, and come complete with large tarmac areas at the top and bottom. The slopes are the perfect place to carry out infinity shots and were most recently used for the Bond ‘Skyfall’ film.  It thus makes logical sense to use this backlot for this set design.



Twitter users @maninsuitcase and @tallorderband first mentioned this location possiblity on the Jedi News twitter stream.

Star Wars: Bloodline Lands At Number 8 In UK Sunday Times Chart
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2016 15:38

Fantastic news as the brilliantly received book by Claudia Gray smashes into the UK hardbook charts at number 8, signifying yet another successful entry in the new canon era.

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Roqoo Depot Podcasts In Review: 12th May 2016
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2016 15:13
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Official Site: The Road To Rotich: Finding Nien Nunb, Part 2
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2016 14:56

Over at StarWars.com Christian Simpson brings us the second part of his search for the voice of the original Nien Nunb, Kipsang Rotich.

After looking high and low for any leads regarding the whereabouts of the original Nien Nunb — and beginning to think the case was closed — a tip finally came through. “I am an American named Larry,” began an e-mail I read with a mixture of excitement and curiosity. “I am currently a guest in the house of Kipsang Rotich…”

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Star Wars Report #221: Phil Tippett and Dan Zehr
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2016 14:24
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SPOILERS: Iconic Set Piece Spotted At Malin Head, Ireland
Reported by BrianC on 12 May 2016 14:21



Twitter user Daniel O'hEidhin has taken this quite beautiful photograph of the set under construction at Malin Head in Ireland, and it looks to be a construction of the iconic spacecraft, the Millennium Falcon overhanding the clifts.

Filming is set to begin over the weekend, with transport closed on the Malin Head Loop from 8am to 9pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Filming in four Irish locations will take place in quick succession, with cast and crew covering the length of the Emerald Isle.




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Jedi News Competition: Win A Copy Of The Force Awakens Audiobook From Random House Audio
Reported by Team Jedi News on 12 May 2016 14:00

It's time for our latest competition here on Jedi News and this time we're giving away copies of The Force Awakens audio book, read by Marc Thompson thanks to our friends over at Random House Audio.

To win you need to put 'RHA COMPETITION' in the header and answer this question by sending it to entry@jedinews.co.uk:

In The Force Awakens what ship do Han and Chewie own when we first meet them?

  • 1: Nirvana?
  • 2: Eravana?
  • 3: Millennium Falcon?

This competition is open to residents worldwide.

Rules: -

  • Lucasfilm Ltd and/or Disney are not sponsors of this contest.
  • Competition ends at midnight on Thursday 19th May 2016. The winners will be notified by Thursday 26th May 2016.
  • Competition is not open to Lucasfilm employees or any of its affiliates.
  • Winner agrees to publicity at Jedi News.
  • Only 1 entry per household.
  • No cash alternative.
  • The judge's decision is final.
  • This competition is open to entrants worldwide.
  • Jedi News accepts no liabilities for loss.

New Entrance Being Planned At Disney’s Hollywood Studios For Star Wars Land
Reported by Justin on 12 May 2016 12:39

The website WDW News Today provides us with the following update on the construction that is taking place at Disney's Hollywood Sudios in prepraration for the upcoming debut of the new Star Wars Land attractions.

With demolition beginning in earnest at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars land construction, plans are now underway to replace the World Drive vehicle entrance of Disney’s Hollywood Studios with an entirely new entrance guests can utilize off of Osceola Parkway.

According to permits recently filed with the South Florida Water Management District, the intersection between Wide World of Sports and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will soon be home to exit ramps that will guide guests into the park while making room for the southern edge of Star Wars land at the very boundaries of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Sections of Osceola Parkway will also be widened to handle the expanded traffic expected.

There is now word yet on if the Buena Vista Drive park entrance would close (or remain open just to buses) once this new entrance was complete, but it appears at the very least the World Drive entrance should be shuttered.

Disney has made no official announcement on the project as of yet.

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   Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Star Wars Oxygen: Vol. 30: TFA Blu-ray and Jabba Flow
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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire – ‘Mandalore’s Revenge’ Teaser
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2016 19:30

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

Step into an epic story-driven adventure as your character becomes The Outlander, a veteran of the Great Galactic War, in Knights of the Fallen Empire – now live! Travel to the Outer Rim of the galaxy to come face-to-face with a new threat, Emperor Valkorion and his Eternal Empire. Choose your path, recruit Companions into your Alliance, and make choices that have power to change destinies, all at the center of your own personal Star Wars™ saga! Best of all, Subscribers of Star Wars: The Old Republic can access and play all chapters of the evolving Knights of the Fallen Empire story for free. Create your Level 60 character and play today!

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Celebration Europe 2016: Kathleen Kennedy & Gareth Edwards Rogue One Panel Announced
Reported by Justin on 11 May 2016 19:22

It has just been announced a short time ago that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and director Gareth Edwards will be conducting a Rogue One panel on Friday July 15 at Celebration Europe 2016. Details of the panel have not yet been revealed, so stay tuned to Jedi News for that information as it becomes available.

“Secret mission? What plans? What are you talking about?”

Find out, when Gareth Edwards — director of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — joins Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and some special guests for a Rogue One panel at Celebration Europe on July 15 for what is sure to be a can’t-miss event! Visit starwarscelebration.com for tickets, and check back closer to the show for queuing and wristband details.

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Lucasfilm And Disney Premiere The Star Wars Show
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2016 19:18

Get ready, landing on StarWars.com every Wednesday at 12.00pm PT (9.00pm to those here in the UK) comes The Star Wars Show, bringing the latest news from the GFFA and fandom in a concise but action-packed 7 minute burst.

SAN FRANCISCO -- (MAY 11, 2016) -- Lucasfilm and Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) today premiere an all-new digital variety series, The Star Wars Show.
Starting this week, the seven minute show recaps the latest happenings in the Star Wars galaxy directly from the source, showcasing the energy, excitement, and passion of the fan community, as well as sitting down with prominent superfans. Hosts Andi Gutierrez and Peter Townley unveil the latest headlines from a galaxy far, far away as well as chat with special guest stars to explore all things Star Wars.
Episodes of The Star Wars Show will be available every Wednesday at 12:00 pm PT on the Star Wars YouTube channel, StarWars.com, the official Star Wars app (available on iOS and Android), and Star Wars social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.

Prominent superfans? Whoever could they mean? Stay tuned!

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2016 19:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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A Few Hollywood Heavyweights May Have Vouched For Alden Ehrenreich As Young Han Solo
Reported by Justin on 11 May 2016 17:25

While we continue to wait for the official announcement to be released from Lucasfilm confirming the report from last week that actor Alden Ehrenreich has been selected to play a young Han Solo in the second Star Wars standalone film, a few possible details on how Ehrenreich landed this coveted role have begun to emerge.

The Los Angeles native had the fortune of having been discovered at age 14 by Steven Spielberg in a bat mitzvah video, and his first two movies were for The Godfather filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. He also worked with Woody Allen in Blue Jasmine and nabbed a key role in Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes movie, which finally will be released this year. (Ehrenreich plays the film's leading man, the assistant to Beatty's Hughes.)

Insiders say Spielberg and Coppola were among those who reached out to producer (and their longtime friend) Kathleen Kennedy to vouch for Ehrenreich. Disney declined comment on the process.

Narrowing the field further was [Taron] Egerton dropping out, according to insiders. The British actor already has a franchise with Fox's Kingsman series, which he is now shooting, and another potential one with Lionsgate's Robin Hood: Origins, set to shoot this year. Lucasfilm did not want to find itself in third position with its Solo film, a vital franchise starter.

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Cloud City Casino #49: Games & Things
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2016 17:21
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Take Cover: Episode 4
Reported by Team Jedi News on 11 May 2016 16:01
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Phil Tippett And HappyGiant Launch Kickstarter For HoloGrid: Monster Battle
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2016 15:30
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Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the innovative minds behind the original trilogy will be well aware of the name Phil Tippett. A 2-time Academy Award winning Visual Effects Supervisor and director, Tippett is best known for his work on Jurassic Park, Robocop, the original trilogy and The Force Awakens. Perhaps coolest of all, Tippett also created the “Holo Chess” scene in A New Hope and brought it back for The Force Awakens.

Now, with his Oscar winning Tippett studio behind him and HappyGiant Studios, also founded by former ILM and Pixar creatives including Mike Levine who worked on Sam & Max: Hit The Road, Full Throttle, The Dig, Monkey Island 2 & 3 and Jedi Knight 1 & 2 amongst others, Tippett is looking to fund HoloGrid: Monster Battle (Augmented Reality Board Game) via Kickstarter. With 27 days to go they are a third of the way to their target of $100,000.

Just think about it. If this game happens, you have HoloChess just like it appeared in A New Hope and The Force Awakens. Click after the break for more info on this fascinating project.

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The Man Behind The Droids
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2016 15:05

Our good buddy Lee Towersey is a very proud father today as his son Luke presents his final media project before moving on TV Production at Portsmouth University. Best of luck to Luke, and to show what a talent he is, here's the video.

Proud Dad moment! This is my Sons (Luke) last Media project (Factual Programme) before he goes on to TV Production at Portsmouth University. I'm pleased to say he asked me to be the subject of his project.

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Official Site: Searching For Concept Art Superstars
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2016 13:57

Over at StarWars.com Dan Brooks brings us a closer look at the recently announced ILM Art Department Challenge.

Industrial Light & Magic, in collaboration with Wacom and ArtStation, has launched the ILM Art Department Challenge. Think of it as Hell’s Kitchen meets Star Wars: ILM is putting entrants through rigorous tests designed to see who could make it as a Star Wars concept artist. Registration is open now through May 18, and then the Jedi trials begin. It won’t be easy, but it will be akin to a concept art bootcamp, and that’s the fun of it.

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Electronic Arts Announces Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Is Coming
Reported by Justin on 11 May 2016 13:29

If you are a fan of Electronic Arts' Star Wars: Battlefront title, then this should be some much-welcomed and exciting news for you as EA has announced they will be releasing a second Battlefront game sometime next year or possibly 2018.

EA has confirmed Star Wars Battlefront 2 will release “next year” during the company’s latest earnings call.

The announcement was made by EA’s Chief Financial Officer, Blake Jorgensen, revealing plans to include content from the new Star Wars films—presumably The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, although neither film was named in the call. Jorgensen also explained plans for the release of at least a new Star Wars game each year, for the next few years.

No exact date was provided and since it was announced for “next year” in a context where fiscal years and calendar years are both employed, it’s not clear if Star Wars Battlefront 2 will release in calendar 2017 or 2018.

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Bob Iger Is Not Looking To Extend His Time As Disney CEO Beyond June 2018
Reported by Justin on 11 May 2016 12:39

The CEO position at Disney continues to have a cloudy future beyond the second half of year 2018. After it was reported back in October 2014 that Disney had extended the contract for Bob Iger through June of 2018, the title appeared to be on solid ground for the next several years. Then we received word early last month that Disney chief operating officer Thomas Staggs would be stepping down from his position. This news came as a surprise to many as it was widely thought that Staggs would replace Iger as CEO once Iger's contract had come to an end.

In light of Stagg's departure, Iger stated yesterday that he is not interested in extending his role as Disney's CEO beyond the June 2018 timeframe.

On a conference call with analysts, CEO Bob Iger said he has no intention of extending his employment contract beyond its expiration in June 2018. The topic of succession at Disney has been an important one for shareholders since Iger's heir apparent, COO Thomas Staggs, said last month he would step down.

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Official Site: The Road To Rotich: Finding Nien Nunb, Part 1
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2016 12:05

Over at StarWars.com Christian Simpson brings us the first part of a fascinating tale chronicling a search for the Kenyan actor who portrayed the voice of Nien Nunb.

Christian Simpson has written before of curious on-set coincidences that seemed to be the Force at play. But what transpired on The Force Awakens was to be perhaps his most forceful fan adventure of all…

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Comics With Kenobi Issue #18
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2016 05:04
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   Tuesday, May 10, 2016
LEGO Star Wars Eclipse Fighter Review! Freemaker Adventures Set 75145
Reported by Matt on 10 May 2016 20:44

I review one of the LEGO Star Wars 2016 Summer sets, the Eclipse Fighter! It's one of the sets based on the LEGO Star Wars Freemaker Adventures episodes! It even includes a LEGO Dengar minifigure for the first time since 2011!

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New The Star Wars Show Announced For Wednesdays
Reported by Justin on 10 May 2016 20:05

Hmm, now this sounds pretty interesting, does it not? What will this new medium that is aptly and simply titled The Star Wars Show bring to the fan community? We already have Mary Franklin's "9 Feet of Awesome" when it comes to her Star Wars Celebration programming schedule. Will we be getting "7 Minutes of Awesome" with this new show every Wednesday? Tune in to find out!

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Scriptnotes Episode 247: The One with Lawrence Kasdan
Reported by Matt on 10 May 2016 19:40

You need to put down whatever you are doing and listen to this 90 minute interview with The Force Awakens screenwriter as it's absolute gold.

John and Craig sit down with screenwriting legend Lawrence Kasdan to discuss Star Wars, Raiders, The Bodyguard and how he’s shaped some of the most iconic big-screen stories and characters of our lifetime. This 90-minute interview comes as part of WGFestival 2016 Craft Day, and features audience questions as well. Our thanks to the Writers Guild Foundation and the Academy for hosting us.

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 79: Judge This Episode By Its Size, Do You?
Reported by Mark on 10 May 2016 19:28
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A Quart Of Oil With Joe2-D2; Star Wars Fans Stick Together
Reported by Mark on 10 May 2016 18:08

Over at Coffee With Kenobi Joe Taylor brings us this insightful piece focusing on what an amazing community us stargazers live, create and move in.

If you’ve been on social media any time during the first couple weeks of November, you’ve probably have seen the name Daniel Fleetwood, a die-hard Star Wars fan who was diagnosed with terminal cancer whose dying wish was to see The Force Awakens before he died. You probably also saw the fan campaign #forcefordaniel which was started by his wife Ashley to try to get Disney and Lucasfilm to allow Daniel to see the film early. As you may know, Disney and J.J. Abrams stepped up and gave Daniel a private showing of The Force Awakens. Daniel passed away just five days after seeing TFA.

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Starships Sabers And Scoundrels: Episode The Drool Of Two
Reported by Mark on 10 May 2016 17:04
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The Audette Set: May 10th
Reported by Mark on 10 May 2016 16:42

Mike Audette returns to the court of Jabba the Hutt and brings us a potted look at the latest news in the latest Audette Set.

This week news broke on the casting front for the untitled Han Solo standalone film. According to multiple news outlets, Alden Ehrenreich has been cast for the role of young Han. Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly, this has not been confirmed by Lucasfilm or Disney at this time. While the sources may be 100% right, until Lucasfilm says so anything can change. Entertainment reporting is a lot like sports reporting these days. Everyone is in the game to get the most clicks and more importantly be first. It doesn’t matter if you’re wrong or right, if you can get it out before anyone else you won. With Star Wars Celebration Europe and San Diego Comic Con coming up in a few short months in July, I’d say we can expect the official word on Alden Ehrenreich and this casting at one of those two events. As far as the supposed casting of Alden Ehrenreich, I am a fan of it. His biggest role to date was in Hail, Caesar! earlier this year and he was my favorite part of the film. I could definitely see him stepping into the shoes of Han Solo and thriving. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the young Han Solo movie from a script by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon. It’s scheduled to hit theaters May 25, 2018. I am absolutely behind this creative team and can’t wait to see what they can come up with.

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RUMOR: Does Tom Hardy Have A Role In Episode VIII?
Reported by Justin on 10 May 2016 15:58

Making Star Wars is reporting that they have received specific details pertaining to award-winning actor Tom Hardy having a role in director Rian Johnson's upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII.

There were rumors recently that Tom Hardy has a part in Star Wars: Episode VIII. We can confirm the authenticity of those rumors as they are in fact true. We were able to confirm the general contents of his sequence with a few of our sources as of late and piece the cameo together. So yes, Tom Hardy does have a small sequence in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Read on for the contents of the sequence.

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Official Site: Let The Wookiee Win: The Story Of Dejarrik
Reported by Mark on 10 May 2016 10:35

Over at StarWars.com Tim Veekhoven brings us his latest article looking at the legendary game of dejarrik.

The scene aboard the Millennium Falcon when Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO are playing a game with small holographic creatures has certainly become a fan favorite. Han Solo’s remark about why the droids should allow the Wookiee to win and C-3PO’s logic “Let the Wookiee win” are classic moments. A similar looking holographic game was named dejarik in “Galladinium’s Fantastic Technology,” a 1995 roleplaying game supplement from West End Games, and it was soon adopted as the name for the Falcon‘s game. In this article, we’ll learn about the game’s history and about its holographic pieces.

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   Monday, May 9, 2016
The Wampa's Lair #181: Panic Over Posters
Reported by Mark on 09 May 2016 22:38
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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: The Bodyguard
Reported by Mark on 09 May 2016 22:09

Join Bryan Young over at StarWars.com for his latest entry in the ongoing Cinema Behind Star Wars series with a look at Lawrence Kasdan's long-gestating screenplay for The Bodyguard.

The Bodyguard, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, is a film that came out in 1992 and is far more important to Star Wars than you would ever guess. Written by Lawrence Kasdan, this was the screenplay that got him the attention of Steven Spielberg and eventually got him his work in the world of Indiana Jones and Star Wars. “But it came out in 1992, and Raiders and Empire came out in the ‘80s,” I can hear you saying, but sometimes filmmaking can be a lot more complicated than that. The Bodyguard tells the story of Frank Farmer, played by Kevin Costner, a former Secret Service agent who is pressed into service to protect an international pop star named Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston) who is receiving regular death threats. She’s been nominated for a Best Actress Oscar and they’re certain the plot to murder her will unfold there.

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New Shoe Designs Coming Soon From Irregular Choices
Reported by BrianC on 09 May 2016 22:05



Our friends at Irregular Choice are set to unveil a new series of spectacular Star Wars shoes:
‘R-Series Vader’ Soon you can become more powerful than you can possibly imagine in these flashing, glittering high tops.




Limited Edition Irregular Choice | Star Wars™ landing soon in stores

worldwide... #StarWars #IrregularChoice




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RFR Live From Rancho Obi-Wan Part 2
Reported by Team Jedi News on 09 May 2016 17:35
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Boogie Storm Make Simon’s Dream Come True!
Reported by Mark on 09 May 2016 16:32

This is what we want, Stormtroopers dancing! For once the bad guys in the white armour shoot and score as Simon Cowell presses that illusive gold buzzer!

It’s the moment Simon has been waiting for as Boogie Storm bring their dancing Stormtrooper act to the BGT stage! (And, Simon can’t help but press the Golden Buzzer).

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NYCC 2016: Panel Submission Form Now Open
Reported by Justin on 09 May 2016 16:10

Are you a Professional, Fan or Organization that would like to present a Panel at NYCC 2016? If so, fill out the form below by 5:00 PM EDT on Thursday, July 28, 2016. This form is for Panels only. If you are interested in submitting content to be screened, please complete the Screening Submission Form.

Panel and Screening slots at NYCC are in high demand, but are extremely limited. Last year, NYCC was unfortunately only able to accept less than 25% of all submissions into the schedule. So, before you submit, please make sure your application is the best that it can be. NYCC is looking for programs that are original, exciting and creative. Most importantly, think about the value that your Panel will provide to Fans and what sets your Panel apart from others. This application does not guarantee you a Panel slot at NYCC, it only registers your request to hold a Panel at the Show.

NYCC will respond to all Panel requests – whether they are accepted or not – by August 11.

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Jedi News Competition: Win A Selection Of Prizes From Topps
Reported by Team Jedi News on 09 May 2016 14:00

It's time for our latest competition here on Jedi News and this time we're giving away a selection of prizes from our buddies at Topps, giving you the chance to win Topps Star Wars stickers and albums, exclusive Celebration 2015 card sets and packs of Galactic Connexions Series 2 boosters.

To win you need to put 'TOPPS COMPETITION' in the header and answer this question by sending it to entry@jedinews.co.uk:

In The Force Awakens what shape are Rathtars?

  • 1: Sperical?
  • 2: Square?
  • 3: Oblong?

This competition is open to residents worldwide.

Rules: -

  • Lucasfilm Ltd and/or Disney are not sponsors of this contest.
  • Competition ends at midnight on Monday 16th May 2016. The winners will be notified by Monday 23rd May 2016.
  • Competition is not open to Lucasfilm employees or any of its affiliates.
  • Winner agrees to publicity at Jedi News.
  • Only 1 entry per household.
  • No cash alternative.
  • The judge's decision is final.
  • This competition is open to entrants worldwide.
  • Jedi News accepts no liabilities for loss.

   Sunday, May 8, 2016
Celebration Europe 2016: R2-D2 Builders Club Attending
Reported by BrianC on 08 May 2016 21:59

Our good friends at the UK R2-D2 Builders Club have officially announced that they will be attending Star Wars Celebration Europe in London this summer.

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   Saturday, May 7, 2016
Toys 'R' US (UK) - Lego: Master Your Force Mini Build Millennium Falcon.
Reported by Matt on 07 May 2016 19:22

Picked up in Toys 'R' US (UK) today was a fantastic Lego: Master Your Force mini build Millennium Falcon.

Here are the build instructions from reader Rob Goult.

Free today at uk @toysrus branches. Build a mini falcon #lego #legostarwars instructions on our FB later today.

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Official Site: From A Certain Point Of View: What Is The Best Alien Design?
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2016 14:48

Which is your favourite alien in the Star Wars galaxy? In the latest From A Certain Point Of View over at StarWars.com Dana Jennings and Matt Dracula are asked that question.

One of the great things about Star Wars is that it inspires endless debates and opinions on a wide array of topics. Best bounty hunter? Most powerful Jedi? Does Salacious Crumb have the best haircut in the saga? In that spirit, StarWars.com presents From a Certain Point of View: a series of point-counterpoints on some of the biggest — and most fun — Star Wars issues. In this installment, two StarWars.com writers discuss which non-human species reigns supreme in terms of design and overall coolness.

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The Making Of The Force Awakens Isn't Cancelled After All
Reported by Justin on 07 May 2016 14:36

Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta has received word (an extremely joyous word I might add) directly from Lucasfilm officially contradicting the report from last month that said the highly anticipated book The Making of The Force Awakens has been cancelled. We'll be sure to keep you updated with the latest on the release of this Episode VII title as it drops.

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Star Wars Report #220: Everything Wrong With TFA?
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2016 13:54
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...Only Stormtroopers Are So Precise...
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2016 13:41

No, this isn't our buddies at the UK, this is a squadron of Hartlepool fans on their way to their league match at Plymouth for an away day fixture. But why the Stormtrooper costumes? Because Hartlepool can't hit the target either...

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The Force Awakens My Two Year Old
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2016 11:38

Well there you have it, the apocalypse just arrived, cats and dogs sleeping together, my wife sending me links to Star Wars news...

Check out this ridiculously cute video of a Star Wars crazy father and his sleepy son as said child meets Darth Vader first thing in the morning.

My son Sebastian is a huge star wars fan and he loves Darth Vader. Thought it would be fun to see what happened if Vader woke him up in the morning.

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Fantasy Flight Games: These Are Your First Steps
Reported by Jonathan on 07 May 2016 11:20

Fantasy Flight Games bring us a close look at their latest Star Wars: X-Wing™ Miniatures Game expansion pack, Heroes of the Resistance.

From the website:

“The Force, it's calling to you. Just let it in."
–Maz Kanata

What do a desert scavenger and a fugitive Stormtrooper have in common with an iconic war hero and the galaxy's greatest pilot? They are all coming to X-Wing™ in the Heroes of the Resistance Expansion Pack!

With Heroes of the Resistance, Rey, Finn, Han Solo, and Poe Dameron all make the transition from the big screen to your tabletop. Rey and Han arrive as Resistance pilots for a new version of the Millennium Falcon with a sculpt and paint scheme that have been updated to reflect the ship's appearance in The Force Awakens. Finn supports the Resistance as a crew upgrade. And the galaxy's greatest pilot Poe Dameron can now fly to battle as Black One, sitting in the cockpit of his signature black T-70 X-wing.

In addition to its new starship miniatures, Heroes of the Resistance introduces ten ship cards and eighteen upgrades, plus all requisite maneuver dials and tokens. These include a Poe Dameron with a pilot skill value of "9," ship cards for both Han Solo and Chewbacca that feature new pilot abilities, three new unique Resistance X-wing pilots, new elite pilot talents, new Tech upgrades, and unique Title upgrades for both the Millennium Falcon and Black One.

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John Williams: To Score Episode VIII Or Not To Score Episode VIII?
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2016 09:07

John Williams Fan Network poster nightscape94 brought us this fantastic John Williams quote from a few days ago while he led the Philadelphia Orchestra through some classic Star Wars themes.

When he took the stage, and before he started conducting the Scherzo, he said "I told the producers I wasn't sure if I wanted to do the next one, but told them I didn't want anyone else doing it either." It was certainly meant as a joke, and got a great laugh.

Great to hear the Maestro is in good spirits and clearly relishing the chance to continue the hottest of hot streaks by scoring Episode VIII. Remember, Alexandre Desplat takes on Rogue One which arrives 16th December.

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Official Site: Legacy Of My Mother: 5 Star Wars Women Who Changed The Galaxy
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2016 08:43

Catrina Dennis brings us a thoughtful look at the often overlooked legacies left to the galaxy by the women of the saga over at StarWars.com.

So often in fiction, the concept of “legacy” is defined by what fathers leave for their sons. But, in the Star Wars universe, that idea has expanded to include found families, individual victories, and the women who were heroes before our current favorites were born. They were pilots, senators, activists, and everyday people who stood up for what was right and did their part to inspire the generation that followed. These inspiring women have made several impacts on the storyline, so let’s celebrate Mother’s Day in a galaxy far, far away by looking back on the most inspiring mothers in the saga.

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   Friday, May 6, 2016
Fantasy Flight Games: The Force Is Calling to You
Reported by Jonathan on 06 May 2016 18:07

Fantasy Flight Games bring information of their latest release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginners Game, arriving in our galaxy third quarter 2016.

From the website:

“The Force, it's calling to you. Just let it in."
–Maz Kanata

Take your first steps into a galaxy full of adventure with The Force Awakens™ Beginner Game!

Coming in the third quarter of 2016, The Force Awakens Beginner Game allows you to enjoy the action and energy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens through the lens of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game.

You and your friends will travel to Jakku, the remote desert planet above which was waged one of the last great battles of the Galactic Civil War. In that battle, the Empire suffered a horrific defeat, and scores of its warships plummeted into Jakku's arid sands. Shortly afterward, the remnants of the Empire and the nascent New Republic signed their peace treaty, and civilization quickly forgot about Jakku. In the following decades of peace, the planet became a haven for junk scavengers, criminal elements, and those trying to stay hidden from the rest of the galaxy.

It is on this forsaken planet—the same planet that saw the fateful introductions of Rey, BB-8, and Finn—that your adventures begin.

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New Hot Wheels C-3PO The Force Awakens Character Car Found
Reported by Justin on 06 May 2016 18:05

Jedi News reader Joshua R. sent along the photo on the left of a new Hot Wheels C-3PO character car in The Force Awakens packaging. I added the photo of the C-3PO car that has been available to purchase for some time now on the right to show the cardback and numbering differences.

Now I don't have the world's greatest eyes, so I cannot tell if there are any distinct differences between these two C-3PO releases (aside from the new artwork used on the cardback of course). It looks like the Episode VII car has a more muted gold color scheme, but that could also just be a byproduct of the photo that was taken of the car.

If anybody has come across this Episode VII car and can compare it to the initial C-3PO car for differences, please let me know!

Thanks to Joshua for the photo.

Brews and Blasters #69: High Society!
Reported by Mark on 06 May 2016 15:49
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Jedi News Book Review: Bloodline
Reported by MaxN on 06 May 2016 15:30
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When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.
Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.
As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia's only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing.

Bloodlines was a very interesting book. Whether it be fate of the Force, this book mirrors the political whirlwind that is the upcoming election happening in America. Princess Leia is the Star Wars version of Hillary Clinton! That being said, we go into the book.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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Latest The Force Awakens Blu-ray Sales Figures: Week Of April 25 - May 1
Reported by Justin on 06 May 2016 15:25

An article posted yesterday over on Blu-ray.com provides us with the latest sales figures for the release of The Force Awakens on Blu-ray. The film, which earned over $2 billion at the global box office, has been selling exceptionally well (to the surprise of absolutely no one with a pulse) on the home media front since it's arrival last month.

For the week that ended on May 1st, Lucasfilm and Disney Home Entertainment's Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens returned to the top of the Blu-ray-only sales list. The latest installment in the iconic Star Wars franchise made a huge commercial impact when it hit theaters last December. The Force Awakens grossed over $2 billion worldwide on top of its estimated $245-million production budget, and it scored an 81% favorability rating on Metacritic. Furthermore, during its first week on home media, The Force Awakens outsold its remaining nineteen Blu-ray and DVD competitors in the Top 20 VideoScan charts nearly five to one. This week, The Force Awakens had a Blu-ray market share of 66%. However, on the overall package-media list, The Force Awakens came in third place, selling 94% as many total units as that roster's number-one title, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's The Revenant.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Support Your Squadrons. Support Your Fleet
Reported by Jonathan on 06 May 2016 14:49

Fantasy Flight Games release their latest expansion pack for Star Wars: Armada, the Imperial Assault Carriers Expansion Pack.

From the website:

“Have no fear. Help is on the way."
–Agent Kallus

With the upcoming release of Wave III expansions for Star Wars™: Armada, the Empire can call upon the many tactical strengths of its flotillas of Gozanti-class cruisers.

As we noted in the announcement of Armada Wave III, the flotilla from the Imperial Assault Carriers Expansion Pack enters the game as a new type of small-base ship that features two miniatures and uses all the standard ship rules with an exception for the way that they function in collisions. More importantly, we addressed the fact that your flotilla of Imperial Gozanti-class cruisers features the new Fleet Support upgrade icon, which allows it to perform any number of different roles in your fleet. And though we looked at a couple of the different implications in the announcement article, we've only just begun to scratch the surface.

Today, we'll look more closely at the ships and Fleet Support upgrades in the Imperial Assault Carriers Expansion Pack and the myriad ways they can reinforce your fleet's overall strategy.

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Official Site: 7 Things You Don't Know About Star Wars - Bloodline: Exclusive Interview
Reported by Mark on 06 May 2016 14:19

Jawa James Floyd takes a look at Claudia Gray's latest novel Star Wars: Bloodline and chats with the author about this highly regarded release over at StarWars.com.

Out this week from Del Rey is Star Wars: Bloodline, a novel by Claudia Gray. It features Leia Organa as a senator of the New Republic seeking to prevent a divided Senate from splintering into chaos while investigating outside threats to the young democracy. Taking place years after Return of the Jedi but years before The Force Awakens, Bloodline sets the stage for the Resistance as well as hints to the growing power of the First Order. Last week, Jen Heddle gave us reasons why this novel is essential reading, but now we can take a peek at Claudia Gray’s new book, as she shares seven behind-the-scenes details on the making of the story.

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Brickset Review: Escape the Space Slug
Reported by Matt on 06 May 2016 14:01

Escape the space slug is the latest LEGO set reviewed over at Brickset, a closer look at this set given out to LEGO User Group members .

Escape the Space Slug was given out to LEGO User Group members who were invited to an event on Saturday and has subsequently joined the range of exclusive Star Wars sets which are typically limited to Comic-Con events. This one is particularly interesting as it is constructed at an unusual scale and recreates a scene which has never been seen before in an official set.

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I Still Haven't Found the Droids I'm Looking For - A Star Wars/U2 Parody
Reported by Mark on 06 May 2016 13:44

Rebels have hidden stolen plans to the Death Star among a pair of droids on Tatooine, where an eager stormtrooper yearns for more acton....
"I Still Haven't Found the Droids I'm Looking For" is a non-profit fan film. Star Wars is the sole copyright of Lucasfilm and Disney. Characters are owned by said companies and this film is in no way connected with them. The purpose of this film is to showcase the talents of its participants, as well as their love for Star Wars.
The song is a parody of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2, and is parodied under the "fair use" doctrine.

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Skywalking Through Neverland #119: Create-Your-Own Star Wars / Disney Holiday
Reported by Mark on 06 May 2016 13:29
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Jakku Who?
Reported by Mark on 06 May 2016 13:24

Conceived and drawn by friend of the site Ian Knight, here's our intrepid hero of The Force Awakens scavenging a familiar blue Police box from the sands of Jakku.

Official Rogue One Teaser Poster On Display At AMC Theater
Reported by Justin on 06 May 2016 11:40

Photo credit @work22 on Instagram

Instagram account holder "work22" has upload a photo he took of the official Rogue One teaser poster on display at an AMC theater in Jacksonville, Florida. We got our first look at the teaser poster earlier last month, but it's a whole different feeling of excitement when you see it up close in person framed and hanging on a theater wall.

And while we're on the subject of Rogue One, why not enjoy the official teaser trailer as well as it's whimsical LEGO style rendition once again while you wait for December 16 to arrive.

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Alden Ehrenreich Is The New Han Solo
Reported by Mark on 06 May 2016 07:20

The torch has been passed as Alden Ehrenreich inherits the Corellian bloodstripe and becomes the new Han Solo in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's Young Han Solo standalone which docks May 25th, 2018. Last month we heard Ehrenreich was the leading candidate to land this coveted role after the extensive rumored casting list had been whittled down by Disney.

Ladies and gentlemen, the blaster has been handed down. After an exhaustive casting search, the lead in the upcoming young Han Solo Star Wars spinoff has been cast, and it’s none other than Alden Ehrenreich. The news was first reported by Page Six, of all places, but has subsequently been confirmed by the major trades.
Story details for the untitled spinoff are under wraps, but Chewbacca will play a key role and The Wrap suggests that it’s possible Boba Fett could pop up in the film as well. Lawrence Kasdan, the screenwriter behind The Empire Strikes Back and co-writer of The Force Awakens, penned the script for the film with his son Jon Kasdan.

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   Thursday, May 5, 2016
The Trade Federation #54
Reported by Mark on 05 May 2016 21:59
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Jimmy Mac And Michael Witwer: A Rally For The Lucas Museum
Reported by Mark on 05 May 2016 21:51

The Lucas Museum is a hairs breadth away from leaving Chicago and Jimmy Mac, along with Michael Witwer are beyond keen to see that sense prevails and it stays. They both appeared on Wendy Snyder's local radio show to discuss the situation, which you can listen to by clicking the link below.

Bill and Wendy are joined by Jimmy Mac, host of Rebel Force Radio podcast, and writer and author Michael Witwer. They talk about the rally for the Lucas museum happening today.

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Folkestone Film, TV And Comic Con 2016: Saturday 7th May 2016
Reported by Mark on 05 May 2016 20:08

The hot streak of events happening here in the UK shows no signs of slowing down as another packed weekend looms. If you're in the area, head on down to Folkestone Film, TV And Comic Con 2016 which takes place on Saturday 7th May at Folkestone Academy. Adults £7.00, kids £4.00, family's £20.00 and kids under 5 go free.

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New Episode VII Backstory Content Contained In LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 05 May 2016 18:40

Yesterday we saw the release of a new gameplay trailer for TT Games' upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens title that showed us some new backstory content from Episode VII that was not contained in the actual film itself. Jamie Eden, Game Director at TT Games, recently spent some time speaking exclusively with Empire on how this new backstory content was developed and how we can expect to see it play out during gameplay.

One area in which the game will open up the Star Wars lore is the Rathtar Hunting level. The Rathtars, you’ll remember, are the giant tentacled aliens that Han Solo is capturing for King Prana. In the game, you get to play as Han before his encounter with Finn and Rey. “[Prana] is a collector of exotic animals and wants Rathtars for his collection. Han and Chewie travel to a distant planet – Twon Ketee – with their crew to capture some of the beasts lurking in the gassy caverns, all whilst a rival crew descend upon their location to try and capture the beasts themselves.”

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Pablo Hidalgo Begins Work On Star Wars: Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide
Reported by Justin on 05 May 2016 16:47

Via this tweet posted by Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo earlier today, we've learned that he has begun work on the 200-page hardcover Star Wars: Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide from DK Publishing. The product listing on Amazon has a scheduled release date of December 16 for the book, which is same day the film will be arriving in theaters.

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Rex Will Wear His Helmet From The Clone Wars In Star Wars Rebels Season 3
Reported by Justin on 05 May 2016 14:15

As the second season of Star Wars Rebels was about to come to a conclusion, we last saw Rex bidding farewell to Ahsoka in advance of her eventual lightsaber duel with Darth Vader. Dave Filoni teased us with the tweet above that shows Rex from an upcoming episode of Season 3 donning his iconic helmet that he wore in The Clone Wars series.

All that needs to be said is...awesome.

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Jedi News Competition: Win A See Threepio Speaker From AC Worldwide
Reported by Team Jedi News on 05 May 2016 14:00

It's time for our latest competition here on Jedi News and this time we're giving away an awesome See-Threepio bluetooth speaker from our friends at AC Worldwide.

To win you need to put 'AC WORLDWIDE COMPETITION' in the header and answer this question by sending it to entry@jedinews.co.uk:

In The Force Awakens what colour is Threepio's arm at the very end of the movie?

  • 1: Red?
  • 2: Blue?
  • 3: Gold?

The competition is open to UK residents only but stay tuned as we have more competitions coming shortly that are open to entrants worldwide.

Rules: -

  • Lucasfilm Ltd and/or Disney are not sponsors of this contest.
  • Competition ends at midnight on Thursday 12th May 2016. The winner will be notified by Monday 16th May 2016.
  • Competition is not open to Lucasfilm employees or any of its affiliates.
  • Winner agrees to publicity at Jedi News.
  • Only 1 entry per household.
  • No cash alternative.
  • The judge's decision is final.
  • This competition is open to UK residents only.
  • Jedi News accepts no liabilities for loss.

Coffee With Kenobi: Reexamining The Star Wars Canon Timeline
Reported by Mark on 05 May 2016 13:33

Over at Coffee With Kenobi Jason Brame examines some of the intricacies of the new (well, not so new anymore) canon.

There are plenty of Star Wars canon resources out there to help people get into the non-movie material and develop a sense of timeline and story flow. Some are more accurate than others while some are more complete than others, but they all get at the same basic idea. Consequently they are all basically structured the same way, in a single line or list. Let us challenge this idea for a moment and explore a different, less linear approach.

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Hasbro Star Wars Day 2016 Bladebuilders Promotional Package
Reported by Justin on 05 May 2016 12:43

To celebrate the arrival of Star Wars Day 2016, Hasbro's public relations company sent over a special promotional package containing a Kylo Ren Bladebuilders lightsaber. The cardboard packaging was designed to look like one of those metal briefcases you see in spy movies that hold confidential top-secret contents. And the Kylo Ren lightsaber included in the box will be "a fine addition to my collection."

For more information on Hasbro's series of customizable Star Wars Bladebuilders lightsabers, point your browser towards their dedicated product link on the official Hasbro website.

Many thanks to the Hasbro PR team for this generous gift!

Cantina Cast #128 Live from Indiana Comic Con 2016 & John Jackson Miller interview
Reported by Mark on 05 May 2016 11:21
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Comicbook Adaptation First Look
Reported by Mark on 05 May 2016 11:11

It's heading our way in June across 5 issues, adapted by Chuck Wendig with cover art by Esad Ribic and interior art by Luke Ross. We saw the cover on StarWars.com and now Comicbook.com give us a look inside the cover.

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#TeachMeYouDid- May the 4th Be With You All Day Livestream!
Reported by Mark on 05 May 2016 10:39

I was very grateful to be invited to be a part of this wonderful endeavour (many thanks Bryan Young) shining a light on those teachers who inspired and influenced us on our own personal journeys. I have no personal history as a teacher of any kind but it was fascinating discussing the reach of their influence on me and others.

Above is the video with my segment but there are other videos from the day below featuring among others Amy Ratcliffe and Bryan Young. Check them out.

#TeachMeYouDid is a culture-bending, love-wielding, awesomeness-amplifying campaign that lifts up stories of amazing mentors and teachers who have unlocked our potential. #TeachMeYouDid fuses the power of May the 4th--Star Wars Day--with Teacher Appreciation Week to build positive energy and momentum. This is an invitation for everyone (whether or not they are fans of Star Wars) to tell the story about a teacher or mentor in their lives who woke the Force up in them. It’s that simple.

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Topps Launches First Blogger Ambassador Campaign
Reported by Matt on 05 May 2016 10:24

Topps are using the power of vlogging, blogging and social media to improve the reach of their Force Attax series as the bloggers in question improve and expand their collections.

Topps has selected three leading parenting bloggers to take part in this integrated campaign. Followers can expect blogs, vlogs, tournaments and dress-up activities throughout the three-month programme, as the bloggers build their Force Attax Extra collections.
“Working with bloggers is something which is new to us at Topps, but becoming more and more relevant in our industry,” said Louise Ramplin, head of entertainment marketing at Topps Europe. “We are very honoured to have three highly influential bloggers working with us for our first campaign, and we thought that 4th May, Star Wars Day, would be the perfect day for these bloggers to start their collection.”

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ILM Art Department Challenge
Reported by Mark on 05 May 2016 10:13


I can think of a couple of friends who should totally enter this, the opportunity to show your skills and get them in front of the brainiacs at Industrial Light and Magic.

Industrial Light & Magic, Wacom and ArtStation are teaming up to engage a community of artists with the world of film concept art and a galaxy far, far away! Offering an opportunity to engage directly with ILM Art Directors in the world of Star Wars, we hope to find new and exciting creators eager to prove themselves.
The challenges will not be easy! We will test you, we will push you, we will frustrate you; we aim to put you through the daily rigors of a concept artist and see how you fare on the other side.
So join the ILM Art Department Challenge — not just for the awesome prizes (of which there many) and not just for the chance to show your skills to ILM (oh, yeah) — but do it because you have something to prove!
That you might be the next Syd Mead, Ralph McQuarrie, or Joe Johnston.
That YOU are a Concept Artist.
May the Force be with you!

Good luck!

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RFR Live from Rancho Obi-Wan Part 1
Reported by Team Jedi News on 05 May 2016 09:57
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Star Wars Memories With James Arnold Taylor Voice Of Obi-Wan Kenobi & Ray Park
Reported by Matt on 05 May 2016 01:20

The one and only James Arnold Taylor brings us a look back at his Celebration Anaheim experience with Ray Park in this fun video.

Here's a look back at my time with the fantastic Ray Park at Celebration Anaheim 2015. Enjoy! And May The Force be with you! Please SUBSCRIBE and LIKE! THX!

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Official Site: Star Wars Insider #165: 10 Highlights!
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2016 23:05

Issue 165 of the always essential Star Wars Insider lands, bringing wookiees, top 50 lists and much more to readers galaxy wide.

This month I chat with RADIO 1138 Episode 37 guest Joonas Suotamo about his role in The Force Awakens, go through the top five droids with RADIO 1138 Episode 36 guest Oliver Steeples and talk My Star Wars with fellow RADIO 1138 Episode 36 guest Lee Towersey.

Star Wars Insider #165 is in stores now — here are 10 features to draw you in like a tractor beam!

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John Boyega Heads For The Old Vic Stage
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2016 22:40

Not content to rest on his laurels, John Boyega is striking out for the bright lights of the stage and the lead in the Old Vic production of Georg Büchner's Woyzeck.

Star Wars actor John Boyega is to star in a production of Woyzeck as part of the new season at The Old Vic.
He will play the lead in an adaptation of German playwright Georg Büchner's work by Skins and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child co-writer Jack Thorne.
Büchner's play, published posthumously in 1879, is based on the true story of a military barber who stabbed to death his mistress in a fit of jealousy.
Boyega, who played Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will take to the stage in February next year.

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#MayThe4thBeWithYou: A Day Of Lightsabers And Pizzas
Reported by Matt on 04 May 2016 22:25

May the Fourth has been another bumper celebration day of all things Star Wars and the BBC have joined in, bringing this list of various social media shout-outs to the GFFA.

May the 4th Be With You - it's officially the day when we celebrate all things Star Wars and Twitter has been invaded by fans marking the special day.
Big brands are also using the hashtag to get noticed on May 4.
Mark Hamill, who is reprising his role of Luke Skywalker, has posed with his children for a special Star Wars Day family portrait (above).

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GeekGear: Star Wars Sub Box
Reported by Matt on 04 May 2016 21:15

The next UK monthly GEEKGEAR sub box has a hefty Star Wars vibe. The theme is BATTLE and will have lots of officially licensed items in it and an exclusive t-shirt delivered straight to your door.

Order yours now at GeekyCraftStuff.com/GeekGear-subscription.

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Official Site: Studying Skywalkers: May The 4th And The Cultural Significance Of Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2016 21:10

Dan Zehr brings us his latest entry in his Studying Skywalkers series over at StarWars.com looking at the cultural impact of the greatest space fantasy of all.

A good story well told can have an impact that transcends generations. This is primarily due to the fact that a story carries with it an accurate portrayal of what we, as a society, value. It represents our cultural imperatives, values, and biases, as well as our greatest desires and fears. They capture our imagination, take us to far away, exotic locales, and inspire us to believe in something beyond ourselves.

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New LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Gameplay Trailer
Reported by Dianna on 04 May 2016 20:58

Happy #StarWarsDay! Here’s a look at the new adventures you’ll play in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, available June 28. -- http://lsw.wbgames.com/lsw/us/2/

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Nixon Release New Star Wars Products To Their Branded Range
Reported by ZakPT on 04 May 2016 20:49

Last year the niche independent clothing outlet Nixon released their Star Wars branded selection which saw the introduction of Boba Fett, Stormtrooper, Imperial Pilot, R2-D2, C-3P0 and Darth Vader. Now in partial honour to May 4th the brand have added 3 new characters that include Jedi, Rebel Pilot and Death Star. These three sets include new watch, wallet, rucksack and belt designs that take on the iconic characteristics of everyone’s favourite characters and equipment.

The Rebel Pilot selection features the classic bright orange as a mainframe interlayered with seams of white, black and grey which reflect the suits used by the likes of Luke Skywalker. The Death Star collection uses great detail such as the second hand clock being painted green as the laser and even the dial on the side being a cloudy blue just like Alderaan. Finally the Jedi path takes after the like of old Ben Kenobi as its main colours are dark brown and silver with again attention to detail such as turning the belt pick to green.

I think Nixon is a brand that really pays attention and respect both to their customers and products by endorsing the highest standard of quality without overstatement and overpricing. Go and have a browse at their collection at http://www.nixon.com/uk/en/star-wars.

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May The Fourth Be With You - Jedi News In Regional Press Today
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2016 20:33

We've been busy today. Not only have we released our new podcast app (available on both iTunes and Google Play), dropped the 43rd episode of RADIO 1138 and covered many of the best May the Fourth deals we've also been busy outside of the site. Today I was a guest on BBC Radio Gloucester, the Virgin Radio UK Breakfast Show with RADIO 1138 guest Edith Bowman and on BBC Radio Berkshire and I was also featured in The Shropshire Star and the Express and Star.

Another fan of the franchise will also rejoice. Mark Newbold – from Burntwood – is the envy of many fans, having turned his fandom into a career. Mark is co-owner of www.jedi news.co.uk, the country’s leading Star Wars fansite. His knowledge of the saga is well respected, so much so that along with his wife Ruth, Mark was invited to attend last December’s UK premiere of latest franchise flick The Force Awakens.
“That was an amazing experience,” said Mark. “Ruth and me got to meet the stars and director JJ Abrams before being among the first to see the latest film.” Naturally, Mark and his ‘brother in the Force’ James Burns – Jedi News’ other owner – have some special treats in store.
“Our latest podcast airs today and you can download it from the Jedi News website,” said Mark. “It seemed only right to release it on the fourth. Personally, I refer to May 25th as the proper Star Wars Day. That’s when the first film was released back in 1977.”

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2016 19:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Coffee With Kenobi : May The 4th Book Chat, Featuring Pablo Hidalgo
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2016 18:38
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Official Site: Hear The Full Version Of 'Jabba Flow' From The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2016 18:01

Here's a fun gift on May the 4th from the gang at StarWars.com, the full version of 'Jabba Flow' from The Force Awakens.

When Han, Chewie, Rey, Finn, and BB-8 visited Maz’s castle, they only heard part of the house band’s funky, reggae-fueled “Jabba Flow.” Now, you’ll get to hear the whole song.
In celebration of Star Wars Day, Lin Manuel Miranda and J.J. Abrams — writers and performers of “Jabba Flow” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens — are sharing the full version of the fan-favorite tune. Listen to it below, download on iTunes, and May the 4th be with you!

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General Mills Reveals New Rey And Kylo Ren Star Wars Cereal Boxes
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2016 17:36

The latest entires in the General Mills line of collectible Star Wars cereal boxes have been revealed by GM via their official Twitter account. Rey joins the collection for the first time along with a second edition of the Kylo Ren character box.

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Gentle Giant Announces Kylo Ren Mini Bust
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2016 17:27

Gentle Giant has just announced a short time ago that their new The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Mini Bust is now available for pre-order. The mini bust will cost $120.00 and has a scheduled release timeframe of Q1 2017.

Gentle Giant Ltd. is joining the dark side with their newest 1:6 scale, Star Wars Mini Bust, Kylo Ren from Star Wars: Episode 7, The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren commands the First Order’s armies and desires nothing more than to finish what his grandfather, Darth Vader started. This highly detailed mini bust, was created digitally by the artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd. and captures the likeness of Kylo Ren in a fierce stance as he prepares for battle with his engaged crossguard lightsaber. The Resistance will fear his name like his grandfather before him! This limited edition, hand-painted, 1:6 scale Star Wars Mini Bust is cast in high-quality polyresin, and comes individually numbered with a matching Certificate of Authenticity. Kylo Ren is the perfect addition to your Star Wars collection.

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Star Wars Action News Episode 475: May the 4th Comes Earlier Every Year
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2016 16:50
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Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 Announced
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2016 16:15

The rendezvous point for Star Wars Celebration 2017 has been confirmed: set coordinates for Orlando, Florida, April 13-16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center! Tickets, including 4-day, single-day, and VIP, are scheduled to go on sale Wednesday, May 25, at 12:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. GMT at www.starwarscelebration.com.

“Star Wars Celebration has always been about the fans,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “It allows Lucasfilm to connect directly with the thousands of fans who have given their dedication and support to the world of Star Wars over the years, and is the perfect opportunity for us to give something back.”

Guest and event announcements for Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando will begin soon at www.starwarscelebration.com and StarWars.com.

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RADIO 1138: Episode 43
Reported by Team Jedi News on 04 May 2016 16:01
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Sideshow First Order Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure Announced
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2016 15:48

Today Sideshow Collectibles has announced that they will be releasing a new First Order Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure in the near future. No pre-order date/details have been revealed yet, so stay tuned for that information once it drops.

May the 4th is here and Sideshow is very excited to announce our next Star Wars™ collectible! The First Order Stormtrooper™ Premium Format™ Figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available for Pre-Order soon, so keep checking back for updates!

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Sideshow Kylo Ren Premium Format Figure Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2016 15:42

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website today to include a pre-order link for their upcoming Kylo Ren Premium Format Figure. The figure will set you back $569.99 and should start shipping out to customers sometime during the January-March 2017 timeframe.

Sideshow is pleased to introduce the first Premium Format™ Figure from the blockbuster film - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Kylo Ren! This museum quality reproduction of the powerful and hot-headed leader of the Dark Side depicts Kylo Ren with feet firmly planted, and an outstretched hand grasping at the tendrils of the Force. Masterfully crafted with an expertly tailored costume and his signature crossguard lightsaber, this statue captures the raw emotion often displayed by this knight of the Dark Side.

Masterfully crafted with an expertly tailored costume, his robes are handmade using an eight pass printing process to develop the screen accurate textured pattern. They also feature wires running through key points so that the drape and flow can be customized to the collector's preference.

Our Kylo Ren Premium Format™ Figure also comes with a clenched right first and lightsaber hilt for the belt as an alternative display option and is a must-have for any Star Wars collection!

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Sideshow Ralph McQuarrie Darth Vader Statue Pre-Order Now Up
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2016 15:37

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website today to include a pre-order link for their new Ralph McQuarrie Darth Vader Statue from their Concept Artist Series line. The statue carries a $474.99 price tag and is scheduled to begin shipping out to customers during the March-May 2017 timeframe.

Sideshow spends a lot of our time creating 3D representations of some of the most recognizable pop-culture icons in the world and, for that reason, we are honored to present the Ralph McQuarrie Darth Vader Statue – part of our Concept Artist Series.

Ralph McQuarrie is the man who gave us the design and visual representation of Darth Vader, and our statue has been created based on his original illustrations featuring an alternate concept helmet.

Standing just under two feet tall, this polystone piece is our homage to the man who gave us one of the most amazing characters to ever take the screen.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Available For Rental Via Fandango
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2016 15:27

FandangoNOW - LIMITED TIME - Star Wars now available to rent for only $4

Our friends over at Fandango have been in touch regarding The Force Awakens and its availability on rental. Here's the details.

I hope you’ve been doing well! As you may have heard, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available to rent starting tomorrow, right on schedule for May the 4th! In celebration of this, FandangoNOW has a new offer available: Rent Star Wars for only $4, from 5/4 through 5/9.
I recognize that you, and likely many of your readers, already own copies of the latest film. However, there might still be a few who haven’t quite made the leap yet, and we’d love to get this offer featured on http://jedinews.co.uk/ so they can take advantage of it!

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May The Fourth Be With You, No ‘Darth’ Of Collectables On eBay.co.uk
Reported by Mark on 04 May 2016 15:17

Ebay have compiled a list of the best selling Star Wars characters on the site and a certain dark lord leads the way.

As May the fourth, aka Star Wars Day, approaches online marketplace eBay.co.uk has found that Darth Vader is a ‘force’ to be reckoned with in the character ranking.
In the last three months the power of the dark side is clear as more than 48,000 Darth Vader related items have sold on site; that’s over 530 items per day, while legendary Jedi master Yoda falls behind selling 200 related items per day.
Surprisingly, in third place is Darth Vader’s grandson Kylo Ren who has sold more than 15,000 items in the last three months, with current listings including a Kylo Ren voice changer, Lightsaber and figurines. Newcomer BB-8 rolls into fourth place selling just over 120 products per day, while robot companion R2-D2 sits at ninth place, selling only 78 items per day.

  • 1. Darth Vader
  • 2. Yoda
  • 3. Kylo Ren
  • 4. BB-8
  • 5. Boba Fett
  • 6. Han Solo
  • 7. Luke Skywalker
  • 8. Chewbacca
  • 9. R2-D2
  • 10. Darth Maul

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The Force Awakens Audio Commentary with Sam Witwer
Reported by Team Jedi News on 04 May 2016 15:09
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Stephen Hayford Wishes Us All A Happy Star Wars Day 2016
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2016 13:37

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Star Wars Day 2016: HasbroToyShop Deals
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2016 13:21

The HasbroToyShop is partaking in the Star Wars Day festivities by offering free shipping on most of their Star Wars items that are ordered today and tomorrow if you use the promo code MAY4TH. It's gonna be a rough day/week for your bank account...

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Star Wars Day 2016: Disney Store Deals
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2016 13:09

As expected, the Disney Store is getting in on all the Star Wars Day action with some great deals on their wide assortment of Star Wars items. So grab your wallet and click the link!

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Star Wars Day 2016: New Fathead Star Wars Wall Graphics
Reported by Justin on 04 May 2016 12:54

In celebration of Star Wars Day 2016, the public relations team for Fathead sent along these images of all-new Star Wars wall graphic designs that are now available to purchase from their website. Click each image for a larger view of their new offerings (including the extremely limited edition Darth Vader Elite wall graphic pictured above) and then take the source link for their entire collection.

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May The 4th: Star Wars Gifts At Fun.com
Reported by Team Jedi News on 04 May 2016 11:53

Here's a no-brainer for those of you seeking fun Star Wars gifts. Click here or on the link below to receive a 15% discount if you buy today or tomorrow at Fun.com.

May the Fourth is coming up quickly and we’re offering discounts for readers of our favorite Star Wars sites. It’s pretty simple: The URL to our site automatically applies a 15% coupon/discount to all Star Wars products purchased through May 5th.

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Jedi News Book Review: Bloodline
Reported by BrianC on 04 May 2016 08:30
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When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.
Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.
As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia's only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing.

Bloodline in the latest book from Lucasfilm and Del Rey, with a large political focus in a year where the UK will decide it's future in Europe, and the US will elect a new President.  These themes are not however left to the relm of the real world as Claudia Gray focuses in on the at times painful struggles of Senator Leia Organa of the New Republic.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

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Introducing Jedi News For Your Phone And Tablet
Reported by Team Jedi News on 04 May 2016 08:00





Today to celebrate May The Fourth, we are pleased to launch the latest service from Team Jedi News.  the Jedi News App.
Available now for Android and iOS, the Jedi News App is available worldwide on the Apple App Store, and Google Play.

The Jedi News App is now Gathering News From Across The Galaxy On Your iOS and Android devices.

Get an RSS feed of the latest Star Wars news direct to your mobile device, view our full website within the app, find and browse our YouTube channel, and listen to the latest podcasts from the Jedi News Network.

Find us and share our social media posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Follow our Live Event coverage of Star Wars conventions, gatherings and events from around the world.

Get notifications of the latest breaking Star Wars news so you never miss a major announcement again.

All your Star Wars news brought to you by the Jedi News Team - and it's FREE!

Watch an introduction video to the new app below:

Jedi News App from Brian Cameron on Vimeo.

To get the Jedi News app for free take the following links:



   Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Force For Change: Win A Trip To Ireland And Visit Skellig Michael
Reported by Justin on 03 May 2016 23:09

Daisy Ridley (joined by a few friends) wishes fans a happy Star Wars Day and offers thanks for all the money raised through Star Wars: Force for Change. This marks your last chance to donate — and the chance to win a trip to Ireland and visit Skellig Michael, the iconic location of Rey’s fateful meeting with Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Show your Force and donate at http://CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange.

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IGN Has 8 Minutes Of New LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Gameplay
Reported by Justin on 03 May 2016 18:01

Learn about how the latest LEGO game is really shaking things up, with cover-based shooting and smarter enemies that can build.

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Full of Sith Episode CLXV: Teach Me You Did
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2016 14:51
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The Audette Set: May 3rd
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2016 14:45

Mike Audette returns with his weekly round-up of galactic news with The Audette Set.

A good thing about there being a Star Wars day is that a lot of companies and businesses agree to get on board and participate in sales and provide exclusive Star Wars merchandise. In honor of the current Force for Change campaign, Disney Parks will be offering exclusive Rogue One: A Star Wars Story t-shirts with 25 percent of the selling price being donated to the U.S. fund for UNICEF. Last year they did the same with t-shirts featuring The Force Awakens logo and a First Order Stormtrooper on them and I was lucky enough to get one courtesy of the Collectors Hutt’s own Chris Salton. Hopefully another kind soul will be able to get me one of these new Rogue One shirts. You will be able to find these shirts starting on sale tomorrow at Disneyland Resort in California (Disneyland park – The Star Trader and Star Wars Launch Bay and Downtown Disney District – D-Street and World of Disney), Walt Disney World in Florida (Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Tatooine Traders and Star Wars Launch Bay and Disney Springs – Star Wars Galactic Outpost and Once Upon A Toy), as well as Magic Kingdom Park – Merchants of Venus.

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Official Site: It's The Resistance!
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2016 14:35

We've grown up learning about the heroes of the battles of Naboo, Geonosis, Coruscant, Yavin, Hoth and Endor and now we delve into the sequel trilogy with Rogues Gallery specialist Tim Veekhoven over at StarWars.com and look at the heroes of the Resistance.

The Resistance, led by General Leia Organa, is a fairly small militia brave enough to take up arms against the mysterious First Order. While the New Republic continued to neglect the rise of the First Order’s power and influence, General Organa didn’t and formed her own organization, consisting of loyal allies from her past and of new recruits who believed in the values that the Resistance represented.

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May The 4th At Barnes And Noble
Reported by Matt on 03 May 2016 14:32

If you're based in North America and have a hankering to play Fantasy Flight Games fantastic Star Wars: X-Wing™ Miniatures Game and you currently don't know how then this is a first-class opportunity to head to your local Barnes and Noble and get started. What better day to play than May 4th?

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Coffee With Kenobi: Imperial Star Destroyers in the Original Trilogy
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2016 14:22

Over at the perfectly roasted Coffee With Kenobi Jay Stobie takes a look at the most fearsome wedge in the entire galaxy (and that includes Antilles), the Imperial Star Destroyer.

The might of the Galactic Empire was spread across the galaxy in the original Star Wars trilogy, and a fleet of Imperial Star Destroyers enforced the law of the Empire throughout the stars. With its dagger-like outline that could pierce the hopes of even the most courageous Rebel, these sixteen hundred meter-long behemoths embodied power and destruction. However, in Episodes IV through VI, the Imperial Star Destroyers also provided fans with a multitude of scenes that dropped jaws, pleased the eye, and served as pivotal moments within the overall storyline of the trilogy. Here we will examine some of these crucial scenes and provide the context for their place in Star Wars lore.

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 78: The Duchess
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2016 13:29
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The Force Awakens Sets New Blu-ray Sales Record In UK
Reported by Justin on 03 May 2016 13:22

We've covered the impressive sales figures that the release of The Force Awakens on Blu-ray has achieved since it's debut early last month in the United States. As expected, the Episode VII Blu-ray has experienced strong sales in the UK market as well.

Star Wars News Net provides us with the UK sales figures at the source link below.

According to Insideci, the home entertainment release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has set a major record for Blu-ray and DVD sales in the UK. Figures released by the British Association for Screen Entertainment showed that 1,247,622 discs were sold in the films first week of release.

The news breaks the record of the previous best-selling James Bond film, over the same period. This officially makes the disc the UK’s fastest selling Blu-ray disc. It also makes it the title the tenth best selling UK title.

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More Episode VIII Set Construction Photos From Ceann Sibéal In Ireland
Reported by Justin on 03 May 2016 12:02

Head on over to the website Independent.ie for an exclusive image gallery they posted of the Episode VIII set construction that is currently underway in Ceann Sibéal in Ireland. A few weeks ago these set images were taken from the same location, so check out what Independent.ie has added via the source link below.

Our exclusive photographs show how closely the set resembles the settlement on the Unesco World Heritage Site at Skellig Michael, which was used for filming last year.

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Official Site: Collectibles From The Outer Rim: 1970's Burger Chef Star Wars Funmeal
Reported by Mark on 03 May 2016 03:47

Matt Dracula takes a look at a burger chain that went the way of the wampa's right arm over at StarWars.com and remembers Burger Chef's Star Wars promotion.

Founded in the 1950s, the Burger Chef fast food chain grew to have more than 1,000 locations. Seeming like an amalgam of McDonald’s and Burger King, the chain was no stranger to promotional tie-ins. In fact, during the late ‘70s — just a few short years before Burger Chef went under — they even managed to score a partnership with Star Wars!

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   Monday, May 2, 2016
Tosche Station Radio: The Force Awakens Live Commentary
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2016 23:29
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Official Site: Parenting Padawans: What's Your Preferred Viewing Order?
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2016 20:54

Jamie Greene returns with the latest instalment of Parenting Padawans and asks which order the saga should be viewed in.

Here’s me, opening a can of worms.
The “correct” order that kids (or, really, anyone) should watch the Star Wars saga is one of the most contentious debates in our fandom. If you’re a Star Wars fan, then odds are you have an opinion on this topic. And I know many of those opinions are very firmly and passionately held.
Listen, I’m not here to take a side or argue for one approach over another. I’m also not here to argue against any one approach. Each has its own merits (no matter how creative), and everyone has his or her own reasons and rationale for choosing a preferred order. Who am I to tell anyone that they’re not enjoying Star Wars “the right way” or that they’re being a fan “incorrectly?”

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens As Told By Emoji | Disney
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2016 20:40

Today, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) released the newest episode of its YouTube series “As Told by Emoji,” featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars fans and fans of the “As Told By Emoji” series can now join emoji-fied versions of Rey, Finn, BB-8, Kylo Ren and the rest of our favorite Star Wars friends as they retell the story of Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens with favorite moments from the movie.

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Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 17
Reported by Mark on 02 May 2016 20:24

17 weeks in and he's still stylin' and profilin', so join Jawa James as he brings us the latest edition of Wear Star Wars Every Day.

Recap of week 17 (Apr 22-28) of my Wear Star Wars Every Day fundraiser for charity. This week I continue my streak of wearing Star Wars Celebration clothes, and give thanks to our new per-day pledge maker! Get more info about #WearStarWarsEveryDay and the non-profit I am supporting, Collateral Repair Project here.

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IndyCast Episode 229
Reported by Dianna on 02 May 2016 19:54

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 farewell another Indy behind the scenes legend, Mitch returns with a pixelated look at Indy, Double T’s has another Grail Chronicles review, Laird takes a look at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and we have more of your great emails!

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NYCC 2016: Press Badge Registration Now Open
Reported by Justin on 02 May 2016 17:41

New York Comic Con welcomes members of the Press from around the world and is happy to provide approved media members with a complimentary NYCC Press Badge. NYCC Press Registration is open for journalists regularly making editorial contributions (Editorial Press) only. Editorial Press includes Writers, Reporters, Reviewers, Producers, Photographers, Cameramen, etc. who are attending specifically to write about NYCC and/or cover the event for newspapers, magazines, TV, blogs, podcasts, radio, etc.

Point your browser here to apply today.

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IGN Review Of Elstree 1976
Reported by Justin on 02 May 2016 16:10

The folks over at IGN have posted their review of Elstree 1976, a documentary that gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the most popular and influential film franchise in the history of cinema.

Be sure to check out our previous stories on the documentary, including the official trailer, before you read IGN's review for a quick refresher if need be.

Elstree 1976 is a very personal series of stories from people whose lives have been specially touched by Star Wars’s phenomenal popularity. Director Jon Spira delivers a sequence of intimate, melancholy, and candid interviews with the working actors who brought the Stormtroopers, bounty hunters, and bizarre cantina aliens to life.

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Hallmark 2016 Dream Book Now Online
Reported by Justin on 02 May 2016 13:38

The 2016 Hallmark Dream Book is now available for you to browse thru on their website. As they do each and every year, Hallmark will be offering a wide assortment of Keepsake Ornaments that appeals to collectors and families across a diverse range of licensed properties.

We've already reported on the available 2016 Star Wars ornaments as well as the upcoming dates for the various ornament events that will be taking place at your local Hallmark Gold Crown store. So take the source link below to see what else Hallmark will have in store for us this year.

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A Slew Of 2016 Star Wars Day Deals
Reported by Justin on 02 May 2016 13:00

Wednesday sees the official arrival of Star Wars Day on May 4 and there is no shortage of retailers who will be getting in on all the action and excitement that the day brings. We've already seen the digital deals that were announced last week and now we get an expanded retailer list posted on StarWars.com. Check out all the great deals that will be vying for your republic credits at the source link below!

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   Sunday, May 1, 2016
Official Site: Support Star Wars Force For Change At Disney Parks Starting May 4th
Reported by Mark on 01 May 2016 19:42

Over at StarWars.com we get news that some very cool Rogue One tees are landing at the Disney Parks across the whale pond.

Want to own the first Rogue One: A Star Wars Story merchandise available anywhere AND support a good cause? Well, you’re in luck (even though Obi-Wan might tell you there’s no such thing).
I’m happy to announce Star Wars: Force for Change returns to Disney Parks starting May 4 — and you’ll be able to purchase exclusive Rogue One: A Star Wars Story T-shirts that benefit a great cause.

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Star Wars Fan Fun Day A Huge Success
Reported by BrianC on 01 May 2016 17:38

Star Wars Fan Fun Day was another huge success, with Star Wars alumni, cosplayers, and retailers descending upon Burnley Football Club for a day of fun.  Check out the Jedi News Instagram for all our event coverage.

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Fly Casual Episode 86: Wait, Which One?
Reported by Mark on 01 May 2016 17:37
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Coming Soon From Jedi News...
Reported by BrianC on 01 May 2016 17:27

A new service from Jedi News is launching on May Fourth...




Check back here then to see what we have in store...
Mads Mikkelsen Offers Up Some More Rogue One Details
Reported by Justin on 01 May 2016 12:30

Last week actor Mads Mikkelsen revealed an important detail about his character in director Gareth Edwards' upcoming Rogue One film. In an article posted on Evening Standard, he expanded a little bit further on his role and how his character interacts with Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso. He also was asked directly if we would be seeing any iconic Star Wars characters returning to the big screen. His response to that question and more can be found at the source link below, so point your browser there if you don't mind a few minor spoilers.

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Hot Wheels Sabine Wren Character Car Found
Reported by Justin on 01 May 2016 12:15

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