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   26 April 2015
RebelForce Radio: Analysis of 2nd Teaser from The Force Awakens with Sam Witwer
Reported by Mark on 26 Apr 2015 10:01

Sam Witwer joins Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac for a complete and thorough analysis of the amazing second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. From the opening shot of the dunes of Jakku to the closing frame of Han & Chewie welcoming us all home, we rip thru the latest 2 minutes of magic from Lucasfilm. Now that the incredible experience of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is behind us, join RFR as we look forward to December and the release of The Force Awakens with conversation you will not find anywhere else!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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   25 April 2015
The Walkers Among Us
Reported by MarcZ on 25 Apr 2015 22:31

Our great friends Cris Macht and Ian Vacek, who made The Force Among Us and The Force Within Us, release their brand new documentary. While this one is not Star Wars related it covers another one of my passions, The Walking Dead. The Walkers Among Us gives you an inside look at the Walking Dead fan community. While the franchise has only hit is tenth anniversary, fans from all over the world have fallen in love with this series. I was able to attend the “Deadcarpet Premiere” and once again Cris and Ian have pulled it off. Just like in the Force series they give you spectacular interviews with diehard fans and interview people from locations seen in the TV show. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead I strongly suggest that you check out this fantastic documentary.

With The Walking Dead franchise at the peak of it’s popularity, Documentarians Cris Macht and Ian Vacek explore and examine why humanity is obsessed with the “zombie apocalypse”.
Cris and Ian interview fans that have been there since the comic book debuted in 2003 to the living rooms of the casual fan of the TV show across America, as well as everything in between including Cosplayers, Collectors, A fan that built his own Daryl Dixon Motorcycle, A pilgrimage to the filming locations in Georgia, The Convention Circuit, Cast and Crew members, and more!
The film also explores that fans of the show are more than just crazy zombie lovers, it examines that community and friendships are formed over their love for the series as well as that fans have hope that humanity will always prevail in the worst case situations.

Source The Force Among Us
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Del Rey & DK
Reported by Matt on 25 Apr 2015 22:06

Check out our latest gallery over at our Jedi News Facebook page as we look at the latest releases by Del Rey and DK as well as some images from their booths and the Ultimate Star Wars launch party.

Source Jedi News on Facebook
Forbes Discourages Pre-Ordering Battlefront
Reported by Mark on 25 Apr 2015 21:40

Bearing in mind that this is totally the opinion of the folks at Forbes, here's a piece asking you to think twice about pre-ordering the game, given EA's allegedly spotty record with pre-orders.

We know that EA has a horrible reputation with brand new game releases, for instance, there were major issues with Battlefield 4 during its launch. This is one reason why we think you may want to hold off on pre-ordering. If you think that the end result will outweigh the risks for you, then go ahead and pre-order, we aren’t trying to tell you what to do, just give some helpful advice.
If you decide to preorder keep up with every detail about its development until it’s time for launch, if you find out about some problems you can easily cancel the preorder. The best advice we can give is to wait until the last minute to order because this will give you plenty of time to make sure things are running smoothly.

I'll take my chances, I'm ordering it as soon as I can, it looks MAGNIFICENT.

Source SWTOR Strategies (Via Soeren Kamper)
Bombad Radio Episode 197: Star Wars: DK, Audiobooks, Novels and Canon
Reported by Mark on 25 Apr 2015 21:27

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

On Episode 197 we have an exciting collection of guests. Jason and Jeremiah begin by discussing the Del Rey Book Panel at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim including things not mentioned in the panel but later at the Random House booth about Star Wars Aftermath and more. Then we dive into our first interview with Adam Bray about DK's new guide book Ultimate Star Wars (its creation, how content was allowed, canon etc). Then we dive into an interview with Marc Thompson, January Lavoy, and Jonathan Davies, the voices behind essentially all Star Wars Audio Books. We learn about their backgrounds, current projects, and a bit about the process of recording Star Wars Audio. Afterwards we hear a little of their performance of Star Wars Shakespeare from Star Wars Celebration, then wrap up by talking about what to expect in the coming month from Bombad Radio!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Bombad Radio
Jedi News Tattoo Artist Profile: Tyler Nealeigh
Reported by MarcZ on 25 Apr 2015 21:19

Now that Star Wars Celebration is over and all the Ink has dried, Jedi News will be bringing you a tattoo artist roundup. Showing off all the fantastic tattoos and the incredibly talented artist

Tyler Nealeigh is a tattooer of 9 years and based in Gilbert, AZ at Black Lotus Tattooers. His style of choice is American Traditional Tattooing but is also very fond of pop culture subjects such as Star Wars, Marvel, film and tv related subjects. Tyler believes in treating the client fair and square and offering a quality product and service all the while with a smile on his face!

If you would like to see more of Tyler's work or are intrested in getting something done by him, contact him here.

www.blacklotustattooers.com
www.facebook.com/tylernealeigh
Instagram: tyler480
Twitter: ten480

Casting & Auditions For Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One
Reported by Justin on 25 Apr 2015 21:03

Interested in potentially being part of cinematic history by joining the cast of Rogue One, the first theatrical release being planned for the new Star Wars Anthology category of films? Think you've got the acting chops to pull it off? Then don't waste another second and head on over to Movie Casting Call for all the important details on how you can become part of the action on screen.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars Social Scanner - April 24, 2015
Reported by Justin on 25 Apr 2015 20:51

It's time for the latest weekly installment in the Star Wars Social Scanner series provided by Lucasfilm's own social media guru Andi Gutierrez!

As a member of the (very small) social media team here at Lucasfilm, I have the honor of reading, responding to, laughing at, loving, and sharing all of your Star Wars conversations every day. Our fans are creative, passionate, funny, and very active across the Internet; every Friday, I’ll share my favorite social media posts from the week in the Social Scanner, so show me what you’ve got!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Star Wars
Clint Randall's Super Secret Star Wars Project
Reported by Mark on 25 Apr 2015 20:00
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501st Legion member Clint Randall has been keeping a secret these past few months, and he's ready to let us all in on it. Take a read to see what's involved in building a The Force Awakens First Order stormtrooper.

Hey guys! I was one of the fortunate 501st members who got the opportunity to build a new Force Awakens stormtrooper. It's been a fun ride and even though I wasn't on stage, we've been trooping about all weekend. I thought it would be cool to send you some build photos to give a little sneak peak about how we put these things together.

The armor opportunity was offered to the 501st Legion first as a chance to participate in the debut of the new trooper at Celebration. The 501st Legion has a long-standing tradition of building high- quality screen-accurate costumes for the Star Wars universe and we were fortunate to be invited to be some of the first customers. The costume components were ordered through ANOVOS costuming company as a kit, which means it came in parts and had to be built. Here are some of the types of things that had to be done.

But I shouldn't start before thanking my awesome build crew!

TRIMMING AND SANDING

The kit came with a ton of Vacu-formed ABS plastic parts ranging from small hand plates to large chest and back pieces. There were also a lot of greeblies to sand and shape. These are decorative small pieces (usually resin) that simulate clips or electronics or other details common in Sci-Fi costuming. The first significant chunk of the effort was figuring out where to cut everything since the parts are a bit raw and due to the secrecy of the Force Awakens, we didn't entirely know what the end result would be and there was no prior history of helpful forums in the 501st as there are for most other costumes we assemble.

Corsham Sci-Fi Today!
Reported by Matt on 25 Apr 2015 19:01

With thanks to Star Wars Insider editor Jonathan Wilkins, here's the lord of the Sith Dave Prowse with his very own Star Wars Insider t-shirt.

Corsham Sci-Fi took place today and we'll bring you all the details during the coming week.

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Star Wars Bookworms #40: Live at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim
Reported by Mark on 25 Apr 2015 00:19

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

We did it! We got to California, talked in front of a crowd, and recorded the whole thing without messing up! Here is the audio from our live show on the podcast stage at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us. You guys were awesome.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
   24 April 2015
Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, SMS Audio Fan Mixer By DJ Elliot
Reported by Matt on 24 Apr 2015 23:55

Here is the complete live set from the SMS Audio Fan Mixer, live from Star Wars Celebration on April 18, 2015

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Mersey Comicon: Update
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2015 23:22

We certainly can update it, so check out the poster above for a few guest changes courtesy of Phil and Si and make the date - 30th May 2015 at the LIverpool Guild of Students, 160 Mount Pleasant, L3 5UX.

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Tobar’s New Star Wars Range In Stock
Reported by Matt on 24 Apr 2015 22:46

May 4th is fast approaching and with it comes a range of new Star Wars products from Tobar.

With Star Wars Day on 4th May and the new film trailer released, there is plenty of interest online about the franchise. Customers can place orders now for the Star Wars stock and make the most of potential sales around this day.
The new Star Wars range includes A5 3D notebooks, R2D2 sound effect pencil cases, light beam pens, droid maintenance manuals, miracle melting troopers, 3D erasers toppers and light saber pens.

Source Toyworld Mag
Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 74: Star Wars Celebration – The Debriefing
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2015 22:43

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

Minutes after the STAR WARS CELEBRATION ended, an assembly of Skywalkers gathered to discuss the best moments of the convention. This episode is packed with THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer reactions (tears), Star Wars Celebration thoughts (and tears), Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Red Carpet Interviews (more tears), and even a word or two from Mary Franklin, Star Wars Celebration organizer-supreme! Special thanks to our Debriefing Panel: Alan Sanborn, Robert (Bald Solo) Bapst, Tricia Barr, Geek Kay, Dave Skale, Joey Pittman, Matthew Clifton, Kevin Raidernerd Reitzel, David and Luann Manderville, Ryan Stampfli, Fernando Perez, Patty Hammond and Jeff Long.
And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source RebelForce Radio
Oscar Isaac On Bonding With BB8, Han Solo and Leia
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2015 22:10

Check out this cool interview with Oscar Isaac as he looks back at Celebration Anaheim, the reaction to THAT teaser trailer and the feelings he has being on set.

During last weekend's Star Wars Celebration, star Oscar Isaac made the bold claim that his character Poe Dameron is the "best frickin' pilot in the galaxy," which is pretty much fightin' words if you're Han Solo. IGN recently had the opportunity to speak with Isaac about the beautifully crafted sci-fi tale Ex Machina, which goes into wide release on Friday, April 24.

Source UK IGN
Topps Launches Star Wars Card Trader App for Android
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2015 21:52

The Topps Star Wars Card Trader App finally arrives on Android!

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Topps Company, Inc. has released Star Wars™: Card Trader, the official Star Wars™ digital trading card app for Android. Available now in the Google Play Store, Star Wars: Card Trader brings the thrill of the chase of digital collecting to Star Wars fans everywhere.

Star Wars: Card Trader launches with exciting new features, including:

  • The First Cards From Star Wars: The Force Awakens: BB-8, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, Rey and other recently announced new characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens are here! Go to the Cantina and blast open packs to try to find these exciting new cards, all released in vintage inspired “Star Wars ‘77” blue and red border designs.
  • Trading Like A Jawa: The Star Wars: Card Trader app is like a 24/7 Star Wars card convention that you can take with you anywhere you go. Meet real people, make friends, complete trades and build your collection with confidence using features like 9-for-9 trading and Trader Ratings to highlight your trading partner’s trustworthiness.
  • Classic Re-Releases: Only Topps brings you over 30 years of official-licensed Star Wars trading cards in new, high-definition digital format, from the vintage era to today. Haven’t collected cards in a while? Check out Topps’ state-of-the-art Parallax and Motion cards, innovations that could never have existed in cardboard!

Star Wars: Card Trader is available for free from the Google Play Store on Android. You can download it now via this link: http://bit.ly/1Jl08Cn

Source Topps
Star Wars Celebration: The Power of Myth
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2015 21:29

Take a look back at last weekends Celebration Anaheim in this video by Malcolm Klock, and listen to the words of Joseph Campbell.

My time at Star Wars Celebration 2015 made me reflect on the timeless appeal of the franchise.
It seemed appropriate to combine the footage I shot there with legendary scholar Joseph Campbell's thoughts on Stars Wars and the enduring power of myth.
The conversation heard here is taken from a 1988 interview that Bill Moyers conducted with Campbell for PBS.
Music: Enclave Restored by composer Mark Griskey

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Jedi News Tattoo Artist Profile: Joey Hamilton
Reported by MarcZ on 24 Apr 2015 21:00

Now that Celebration Anaheim is over and all the Ink has dried, Jedi News will be bringing you a tattoo artist roundup. Showing off all the fantastic tattoos and the incredibly talented artist.

Joey Hamilton is a United States Air Force Veteran who has been tattooing for 16 years. Joey was featured on the third season of Ink Master on Spike TV and ended up winning the competition to become Ink Master. Teaming up with season 4 contestant Sausage, the two of them opened Revolt Tattoos in Las Vegas Nevada.

The Rancor/ Boba Fett won "Best Tattoo of the Weekend" for the Celebration Anaheim tattoo competition.

Interested in getting a tattoo done by Joey Hamilton? Here are a few ways to get ahold of him.

Website: http://revolttattoos.com
Twitter: @joeyhamiltontat
Instagram: joeyhamiltontattoo

Coffee With Kenobi: Freddie Prinze Jr Interview at Celebration Anaheim
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2015 20:40

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

Freddie Prinze Jr. joins us Live from Celebration Anaheim! Teresa Delgado (Fangirls Going Rogue), Eric Geller (The Forcecast), Nabil Carrillo (The Wolfpack Podcast), and Coffee With Kenobi's Dan Z chat with Freddie Prinze Jr. on Kanan, discussion of what to expect from Season 2, and much more. Live from the Convention floor, this is the podcast you're looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Coffee With Kenobi
Joss Whedon Game for Star Wars
Reported by StephenG on 24 Apr 2015 19:56


Well it is THIS particular fanboys dream that we would see a Joss Whedon directed Star Wars movie but when asked if he would like to direct one he had this to say.
“Right now I’d be interested in a long nap! But are you kidding? It’s Star Wars! It’s always going to be Star Wars!”
The article goes on to say.

Whedon is less interested in seeing the franchise merge with the Marvel Cinematic Universe however. “I rule out nothing” he explained. “But I think it would not be my choice. You have two enormously strong, very textured universes. To say we have just the one would be to in some way dilute them. I think it makes sense to keep them in their own time, which I believe was long ago and not so close by.”

So, what do you think?


Source IGN UK
Celebration Anaheim 2015: IGN Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Red Carpet Interviews
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2015 18:56

IGN has posted a series of can't-miss interview segments they conducted with the main cast members of Star Wars Rebels that were conducted during the Rebels Season 2 red carpet premiere at Celebration Anaheim last weekend. Take each respective link below to hear what each cast member had to say!

Ashley Eckstein

Steve Blum

Taylor Gray

Vanessa Marshall

Tiya Sircar

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Battlefront Cantina Interview
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2015 18:43

The Star Wars Battlefront team from DICE speaks with StarWars.com at the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim cantina, discussing gameplay, the Battle of Jakku DLC, and more!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

Source Star Wars YouTube
Barely Lethal Official Trailer from Kyle Newman
Reported by James on 24 Apr 2015 18:28

We're delighted to share this very exciting news from our brother in the Force, Kyle Newman...

The Official Trailer for my new film just got released. If you could help spread the word/share it I would be forever thankful.  The movie stars Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones and Jedi Master Mace Windu himself Samuel L Jackson.

So take the link below or click on the image above to watch the latest trailer from Kyle...

Source Barely Lethal Official Trailer
Reminder: Win this Exclusive Phiiish Bracelet 'Straight from the dark side'
Reported by James on 24 Apr 2015 17:30

We love innovative products here at Jedi News and our friends at Phiiish have created a collection that provides a uniquely elegant way to create a bespoke piece of jewellery as a treat for you, or as a gift for someone you love.

Hand crafted with fine details in sterling silver 925, the Phiiish links are threaded onto a sleek snake chain bracelet. Choose as many Phiiish links as you wish, to create your own unique piece of jewellery.

Working directly with Phiiish we've come up with a Dark Side inspired design featuring gorgeous red frosted orbs, threaded through the bracelet to create a distinctive personal look and you can win by clicking the image above...  good luck and MTFBWY!

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Hasbro Will Have A Star Wars Exclusive At SDCC 2015
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2015 15:09

While fans were quite upset that Hasbro did not have an exclusive available for collectors to purchase at Celebration Anaheim 2015 (a The Force Awakens Sneak Preview figure would have been perfect), they can take some solace in the fact that Hasbro will have a Star Wars exclusive for SDCC 2015 as well as Celebration Europe 2016. The quote provided below was taken from the Q&A session posted over on Making Star Wars.

Q: I have to ask, how come no exclusive for Celebration Anaheim?

A: Yeah you know…next time we definitely will. We’re going to have an exclusive at San Diego for sure. You know, it’s just the time – what we can and can’t do, what we can and can’t show – we’re really ramping up for the fall. We just opted not to, but I think in the future we will for sure.

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RUMOR: Sam Claflin And Riz Ahmed Being Considered For Rogue One
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2015 12:27

We have learned via an article posted yesterday on Comic Book that actors Sam Claflin and Riz Ahmed are currently in talks to join the cast of Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, with Ahmed reportedly being considered as the male lead in the upcoming film.

These actors join previously rumored Ben Mendelsohn as possible casting candidates for Rogue One.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Images From Gentle Giant Booth
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2015 01:17

As the excitement of Celebration Anaheim 2015 begins to wind down for Team Jedi News, we have another image gallery to share with you. Enjoy our assortment of photos taken at the Gentle Giant booth.

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Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks Talks Star Wars Rebels Season 2 With Cast & Crew
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2015 00:44

You may not want to read past the intro copied below for the sake of spoilers, but if you choose to do so, Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks has posted an article on the official site that talks about the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 trailer and premiere episode that took place at Celebration Anaheim 2015 last weekend.

Celebration Anaheim will go down as a major, memorable event in the history of Star Wars Rebels. The Season Two trailer — thrilling, joyous, shocking — screened at the cast and creators’ panel before a crowd of thousands. Showing significant glimpses of what’s to come this season, it conveys a real sense of escalation in the series, and on multiple levels. The action is more intense, the animation more beautiful and nuanced, the danger — in the form of Darth Vader — much, much more immediate. It also revealed the return of several fan-favorite characters: namely, Rex and Hondo Ohnaka, joining Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As such, the ovation was huge and way beyond warm. The creators noticed.

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Source StarWars.com
   23 April 2015
Full of Sith Episode CXI: Star Wars Celebration Spectacular
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 22:58

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

Bryan, Mike, Amy, and Consetta are joined by a variety of special guests at the live Star Wars Celebration edition of Full of Sith! As an added bonus, stay tuned after the closing music to hear Mike, Amy and Bryan’s reactions after their rides on Star Tours.

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

Source Full of Sith
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Roqoo Depot Podcasts in Review
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 20:48

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review, many covering shows from Celebration Anaheim.

Coffee With Kenobi: Celebration live panel, Full of Sith Episode CIX, RADIO 1138 LIVE, RebelForce Radio Star Wars Celebration Kick Off Bash, Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 73, Star Wars Bookworms: Celebration live panel.

Contact Information: Website

Source Roqoo Depot
Official Site: Luminous Beings Are We: Watching Star Wars At Home
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 19:34

Brad Ricca discusses the magic of Star Wars finally appearing on the small screen back in the early 80's over at StarWars.com.

Back in those days — the misty, rad ‘80s — cable TV was just a rumor. It was some far-off California thing. By the time it reached us in the Midwest, it was literally two men from Cablevision who sold it door-to-door. I remember watching them come out of Ned’s house and take hours — hours — to reach our own. As we waited, Ned basked in his own sunny future of watching Star Wars in the comfort of his own home. It seemed like something out of the Jetsons. Eating lunch while watching the Trench Run? Finishing your homework in time to watch Luke ignite his father’s lightsaber for the first time — my bad — the millionth time? The mind boggled. We had heard enough. My brother and I ran inside and briefed my mom on everything we knew about cable TV and why it was absolutely necessary that we get it as soon as possible.

Source Official Site
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Jedi News Smuggler's Bounty Gallery
Reported by Matt on 23 Apr 2015 19:16

A photo posted by JediNews.co.uk (@jedinewsuk) on

Take a browse through our gallery over at our Jedi News Facebook page (which passed the 13,000 mark during the show) and relive the action and adventure of Smuggler's Bounty, which should be coming to StarWars.com soon.

Source Jedi News on Facebook
Tosche Station Radio #110: A Celebration of You
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 18:43

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

From Celebration, it's our live podcast featuring Brian, Nanci, Bria, Sho, and YOU! It's all of the usual segments with all of the usual fun. Camie's Concerns, however, turns the microphone over to the audience as we ask for their stories and experiences.

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

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

Source Tosche Station Radio
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Dave Filoni Poses With Custom Star Wars Rebels Sabine TIE Fighter
Reported by Justin on 23 Apr 2015 16:53

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Diorama Workshop Cloud City Diorama Build Time-Lapse Video
Reported by Justin on 23 Apr 2015 13:41

Yesterday we received an email from Brandon Rohwer at Hunter PR that contained an FTP link to download a time lapese-video Hasbro took of the stunning Diorama Workshop Cloud City diorama that was constructed right next to Hasbro's booth at Celebration Anaheim 2015. Our fellow The Force United teammates over at Jedi Temple Archives downloaded the video and posted it on their YouTube channel, which we have embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

 

This past weekend at Star Wars Celebration, Frank D’iorio’s Diorama Workshop built a massive Cloud City diorama at the Hasbro booth! Constructed over the course of 4 days, the diorama was created through a combination of the Diorama Workshop's team of 12 builders and the help of approximately 1500 fans who customized pieces at Star Wars Celebration. The diorama is 640 square feet and consists of over 400 setpieces, including approximately 800 figures and toys by Hasbro and Kenner. The entire process was captured in a time-lapse video.

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Source JTA YouTube
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Cantina Interviews With John Knoll, Darren Hayes, & Peter Mayhew
Reported by Justin on 23 Apr 2015 13:19

In addition to the Tom Spina interview that we posted earlier, the official Star Wars YouTube Channel has been updated to include several new interview segments with prominent Star Wars alums that took place in the Cantina during last weekend's Celebration Anaheim 2015. Check 'em out via the respective links provided below.

John Knoll

Darren Hayes

Peter Mayhew

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Official Site: Meet The Geonosis Jedi
Reported by Tim on 23 Apr 2015 06:36

Tim Veekhoven brings us an in-depth look at the heroes of the Geonosis arena over at StarWars.com.

When Obi-Wan Kenobi got captured on Geonosis by the powerhouses of the Secessionist Movement, Mace Windu decided to lead a task force of 200 Jedi. Meanwhile, Yoda left for the Kamino system where the Republic would make use of the mysterious clone army that had been ordered about a decade ago by Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas. The participation of the Jedi on Geonosis would prove to be an omen of what the Clone Wars would bring for the guardians of peace and justice. The battle showed what the Jedi were and also what they weren’t. The Jedi were compassionate beings who didn’t hesitate to rescue a fellow Jedi in need and who did anything they could to protect the Galactic Republic. But the Jedi had evolved into diplomats and keepers of the peace instead of hardened battlefield commanders. The outcome of the Battle of Geonosis would be disastrous for the Jedi Order, as about 170 of the 200 Jedi would perish on Geonosis’ reddish soil. Let’s meet the valiant Jedi who joined Master Windu to Geonosis.

Source Official Site
Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing Experience - Mark Newbold
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 04:21

Watch it quick because it won't be around forever but check out your ace reporter (that's me) as I zip through canyons in hot pursuit of an Imperial TIE fighter.

And then follow the instruction to watch the REAL Battlefront trailer!

Source EA
Mako Miyamoto Exhibition, Featuring Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 03:13

If you are in the San Francisco area between this coming Saturday and the 15th May you might want to check this out.

Gauntlet Gallery is proud to present Speculative Hunting, an all-new solo exhibition by Mako Miyamoto in the Gauntlet Gallery 2 space.
Mako Miyamoto is a Portland-based photographer whose Wookie-themed ‘Neon Werewolf’ photographic series explores popular culture themes amidst the guise of a pop-culture icon.
Placing human characters in a variety of familiar contexts and scenarios, Miyamoto uses the mask to explore human emotion; and reveals a wonderful depth of expression in his subjects - all through a veil of shaggy hair.
His direction of each series of photographs is as cinematic as the principal character itself and contains a welcome level of humor; location specific, planned and storyboarded, and partly improvised with his subjects and collaborators during each shoot.
The exhibition will feature 20 photographic works – each available in two physical and edition sizes.
The exhibition opens at Gauntlet Gallery on Saturday April 25th from 7.30-10pm.

Source Facebook
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Breathless Trailer (Fan Trailer)
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 02:08

Take a look at this very clever fan-made mixture of the two The Force Awakens teaser trailers,by Rui de Brito.

Source YouTube
Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Tom Spina Interview
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 01:45

Tom Spina, of Tom Spina Designs, stops by the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim cantina to speak with StarWars.com about his company’s creature costumes and restoration work. Spina’s team created many of the aliens seen in the Celebration cantina, designed match the characters as seen in A New Hope.

Source Star Wars on YouTube
Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 01:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

Source 501st (via Roqoo Depot)
   22 April 2015
RebelForce Radio: Star Wars Celebration Kickoff Bash
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2015 21:40

Leaving no fan behind, RebelForce Radio kicks off Star Wars Celebration Anaheim with a very special podcast recorded live in front of a packed house at the Anaheim Sheridan. Join us for laughs, music, celebrity guests and surprises as we bring our sold out party to you!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

Source RebelForce Radio
Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Highlights
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2015 21:27

A collection of highlights showing what makes Star Wars Celebration the ultimate power in the universe -- you.

Source Star Wars on YouTube
Star Wars Battlefront Producer Talks Maps, DLC, Desire To Continue The Series
Reported by Justin on 22 Apr 2015 12:41

During a recent Reddit session (with main points summarized via IGN), Star Wars Battlefront producer Jesper Nielsen revealed that there will be more than 8 maps available for gamers to navigate when the game arrives on launch day (November 17).

He also assured fans that DICE is not purposely holding back any planned content for Battlefront to then be released via DLC at a later time and hopes that DICE is given the green light to develop more titles in the Battlefront series.

Take the source link below for the full read.

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Source IGN
   21 April 2015
Did Over 60,000 Fans Attend Celebration Anaheim 2015?
Reported by Justin on 21 Apr 2015 21:19

Whoa. Just whoa. We already knew that every single ticket for Celebration Anaheim 2015 had been sold out, marking the first time ever that a Celebration has reached this most impressive ticket sales milestone. But the burning question is - how many attending fans does "sold out" equate to? If this story posted on The Viewpoint is in fact accurate, that number for Celebration Anaheim 2015 is over 60,000.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Smells of lilac and palm were everywhere, hanging in the air. The Imperial trooper removed his white sculpted helmet and breathed in the spring morning. Immediately, the pleasant smell of Anaheim was replaced with the riper fragrance of Star Wars Town, a smell of sweaty excitement and, also, of sweat. It was the smell of the Anaheim Convention Center floor, where more than 60,000 “Star Wars” fans descended on each day of Star Wars Celebration, the giant, semi-occasional, Lucasfilm-produced bacchanal to all things from a galaxy far, far away.

I cannot wait, now more so than before, for ReedPOP to officially announce the final attendance numbers.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Details On 15-Minute Star Wars Battlefront Demo
Reported by Justin on 21 Apr 2015 15:03

By now, chances are you've already seen the reveal trailer for Star Wars Battlefront that had fans gleefully shouting for more at Celebration Anaheim 2015. But what you might not have seen was the 15-minute demo that was shown at the Electronic Arts booth out on the convention floor.

EGMNOW provides us with this recap of what was shown.

The new Star Wars: Battlefront trailer unveiled at Star Wars Celebration touched on plenty of the cool new and returning features in the upcoming reboot of this iconic Star Wars game franchise. Still, it didn’t exactly give the full experience of what EA and DICE let people see at the convention. If you weren’t lucky enough to find yourself in the center of the Star Wars universe this past weekend in Anaheim, here’s a rundown of EA’s Battlefront setup on the show floor—which gave a longer, more in-depth look at what will make the game special.

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$500 Million Opening Being Predicted For The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 21 Apr 2015 13:33

Analysts are tossing out some pretty serious theatrical debut ticket sales numbers for The Force Awakens after the mega-positive response fans have had to the second teaser trailer that was shown at Celebration Anaheim 2015. What type of opening ticket sales figures are we talking about? How does $500 million sound?

As one executive puts it, if Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn't score the biggest debut ever when it hits theaters Dec. 18, he'll "run up and down Sunset Boulevard naked." So how high could J.J. Abrams' reboot fly? The top U.S. opening is The Avengers, which launched to $207.4 million in May 2012 from 4,349 theaters. Disney's sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1), could become the new champ, but many believe Force Awakens has every chance of outrunning them both, even with the distraction of Christmas. Globally it could rake in nearly $540 million, topping the three-day record set by the final Harry Potter film ($483.2 million). "If it pleases the fans of the old movies and also appeals to kids, watch out," says box-office analyst Phil Contrino.

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Star Wars Battlefront Developer Series - Episode 1
Reported by Justin on 21 Apr 2015 13:22

One of the main highlights for sure at last weekend's Celebration Anaheim 2015 was Electronic Arts showing off their new Star Wars Battlefront title. Fans went crazy over what was on display, from the awesome reveal trailer to the announcement that the first available DLC for the game will be the "Battle of Jakku" featuring the desert planet from The Force Awakens.

Following up on those exciting reveals, we get our first Battlefront Developers Series video embedded below.

 

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Disney Store Special May The 4th Offer
Reported by Justin on 21 Apr 2015 13:12

To celebrate all the festivities that will be going down on May 4 this year, Disney Stores will have something special for the first 100 fans who make a purchase on that day.

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   20 April 2015
Celebration Anaheim 2015: IGN Star Wars Cosplay Video
Reported by Justin on 20 Apr 2015 21:44

IGN has posted a short video showcasing an assortment of awesome Star Wars cosplayers that were out in full force at Celebration Anaheim 2015 over the weekend. Click the image above to check 'em out.

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UPDATED: Celebration Europe 2016: Tickets On Sale NOW
Reported by Justin on 20 Apr 2015 20:05

UPDATE: The 200 Jedi Master VIP tickets are sold out.

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Here we go! Just as one Celebration rides off into the sunset, another peeks it's head out just above the horizon. Tickets for Celebration Europe 2016 are on sale now!

Star Wars Celebration tickets are now on sale! Your ticket guarantees you a spot at the official Lucasfilm festival that celebrates all things Star Wars. Coming July 15-17, 2016 to London’s ExCeL Center, Celebration will feature Star Wars cast and crew, costumes, exclusive merchandise, entertainment, exhibits, memories made with friends old and new, and never-before-seen glimpses into the future of Star Wars!

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Kathleen Kennedy On New Episode VII Trailer, Casting Leads, Says Film Is "Not Quite Assembled"
Reported by Justin on 20 Apr 2015 17:21

In an article posted on BBC News by Lizo Mzimba (who is pictured above with Team Jedi News at Celebration Anaheim 2015), Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy talks about the reactions fans had to the second Episode VII teaser trailer, the process of securing new leads John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, and a few other topics. She also provided the following update on where in the development cycle The Force Awakens currently is.

"It's not quite assembled., " admits Kennedy. "JJ [Abrams, the director] is editing the third act as we speak. We'll probably take a look at the film early summer. We've been working on effects as we've been moving along. We'll score the movie a little bit in June, and then throughout the summer. So it'll be a process as it comes together. But everything I've seen has been fantastic. I mean it just gets better and better and better as it all comes together."

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Celebration Europe 2016: Press Registration Opens January 13, 2016
Reported by Justin on 20 Apr 2015 14:28

Just a quick heads-up to inform you that Press Registration for Celebration Europe 2016 will be opening on January 13, 2016.

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Celebration Europe 2016: Tickets On Sale Today, New Official Logo Revealed
Reported by Justin on 20 Apr 2015 13:22

Tickets for Celebration Europe 2016 will be going on sale today Monday April 20 at 8:00pm GMT+1, which equates to 3:00pm EDT/12:00pm PDT.

And as you can see from the image above, the new official Celebration Europe 2016 logo has been revealed as well.

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Star Wars Celebration Europe Heads To London July 15-17 2016
Reported by Team Jedi News on 20 Apr 2015 00:22

Revealed during the Closing Ceremony at Celebration Anaheim 2015, we know where the next Star Wars Celebration will be taking place! We also learned that longtime Lucasfilm employee and Celebration vet Pete Vilmur has been named the new Head of Fan Relations at Lucasfilm.

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   19 April 2015
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Admiral AckBunny Cosplay
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 22:45

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Vanessa Marshall Inducted Into 501st Legion
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 22:27

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Hot Wheels Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor Character Car Revealed
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 22:16

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Rebels Past, Present, And Future Panel Liveblog
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 21:40

Celebration Anaheim 2015 was jam packed with amazing Star Wars Rebels announcements. The last Rebels focused panel titled "Star Wars Rebels Past, Present, And Future" has just drawn to a close.

If you weren't able to attend the panel in person, check out all the action that went down (including confirmation that Season 2 will be 22 episodes long) via the talented team running the StarWars.com liveblog.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Will Contain 22 Episodes
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 21:12

Confirmed a few minutes ago by Dave Filoni during the "Star Wars Rebels Past, Present, And Future" panel at Celebration Anaheim 2015.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Liveblog Of Gareth Edwards Panel, Lots Of Rogue One Details
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 20:13

Just a few monents ago the "Conversation With Gareth Edwards & Josh Trank" panel at Celebration Anaheim 2015 concluded and the awesome StarWars.com team was right there covering the panel via their liveblog.

Unfortunately, director Josh Trank was unable to attend the panel due to illness.

As expected, the focus of the panel was on Rogue One, the first planned theatrical Star Wars standalone film. So take the source link below for all the exciting reveals including the announcement that the standalone films would be grouped together under a brand new title called the Star Wars Anthology!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Cantina Interviews With Bob Iger, Kathleen Kennedy, And J.J. Abrams
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 20:01

The official Star Wars YouTube Channel has just been updated to include a collection of interviews that were conducted in the Star Wars Cantina with some serious heavyweights at Celebration Anaheim 2015. Check 'em out via the links provided below!

Bob Iger

Kathleen Kennedy

J.J. Abrams

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: 12-Foot LEGO Darth Vader
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 17:04

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Photos Of Peavey Star Wars Guitars
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 16:28

We first laid eyes on Peavey's impressive assortment of Star Wars themed guitars at Toy Fair 2014 (check out our gallery of photos from that event right here). Their products were on display as well at Celebration Anaheim 2015, so head on over to the Jedi News Facebook page to check out our gallery of photos taken from Anaheim.

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REPORT: Gwendoline Christie's The Force Awakens Character Revealed
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 14:43

An article posted on Vulture reportedly provides us with the specific character that Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie will be playing in The Force Awakens.

The character that this report is referring to made an appearance in the second teaser trailer that was revealed at Celebration Anaheim 2015 on Thursday.

Take the source link below for the potential spoiler-filled details.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Live Stream Day 3 Video
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 14:14

We're still a few hours away (as of the time of this posting) from the start of Sunday's action at Celebration Anaheim 2015. If you weren't able to follow along online or via social media yesterday and need to get caught up, the Live Stream Day 3 video has been posted on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Simon Kinberg Talks Star Wars Rebels Season 2 With IGN
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 13:59

Executive Producer Simon Kinberg talks about some big new characters in Season 2 and how the Rebellion will grow.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: A Most Impressive Lightsaber Battle
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2015 13:50

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