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   20 November 2014
WolfPack Roundtables: Star Wars Rebels S1E7: "Gathering Forces" Review
Reported by Dan on 20 Nov 2014 23:29

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

On this episode of WolfPack Roundtables, we review Star Wars Rebels S1E7: "Gathering Forces"! We discuss this episode in depth, Ezra's dark side moment, as well as our thoughts on who this mysterious Fulcrum character is.

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Official Site: DIY Star Wars Terrarium Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2014 23:06

Amy Ratcliffe brings us more fearless and inventive ideas over at the hub of all Star Wars, StarWars.com.

Thanksgiving may not be celebrated in the Star Wars universe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sprinkle a touch of the saga into your festivities. Chances are you’ll probably be making or buying a centerpiece for your table, and that’s the perfect place to express your fandom. A terrarium is a fun and simple DIY project and has the bonus of also looking elegant. Plenty of environments in the Star Wars galaxy are suitable to recreate in a terrarium: Dagobah, Endor, Naboo, Tatooine, and Kashyyyk to name a few. I chose to make a mini Dagobah scene.

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Star Wars Cosplay Photos Done As Renaissance Art
Reported by Matt on 20 Nov 2014 22:42

Renaissance Star Wars cosplay. Yep, I'm all up for that!

Some of these images look so surreal that you would think they were paintings or Photoshopped images, but these are the real deal. Photographer Sacha Goldberger held an exhibit in Paris at the Grand Palais that incorporated Renaissance themes to popular characters in cosplay including the Hulk, Catwoman, Darth Vader, and more. The presentation is breathtaking, from the designs of the outfit to the look of the photos that emulate Renaissance art. The project was made possible by a team of costumers, cosplayers, makeup artists and more. For example, the Superman cosplayer who looks like Christopher Reeve is actually Jonathan Tuil being transformed, thanks to the outfit, makeup and lighting.

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Could Scotland be the home for a future Star Wars film?
Reported by BrianC on 20 Nov 2014 22:32
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Acclaimed Scottish film maker Tommy Gormley, the first assistant director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has spoken publicly of his desire to see a dedicated film studio established in Scotland, and how one day such a studio could play host to Star Wars 8, 9 or 10. Gormley began his career in Scotland working with Ken Loach, and his own father the highly celebrated Scot’s director Charlie Gormley of ‘Down Among the Big Boys’ and ‘Heavenly Pursuits’ fame.

Gormley would subsequently go on to work with Tom Cruise and JJ Abrams on Mission Impossible 3, and on every Abrams film since. That impressive list including MI4, Super 8, Star Trek and the upcoming The Force Awakens.

Gormley, as one of the most respected film-makers in the industry, will hope his desires carry some political weight.

SWFUK Episode 7 : Mr Trilogo
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2014 22:05

It's time to join the team over at the SWFUK Podcast.

The eagerly awaited episode Seven of the Star Wars Forum UK Podcast has finally landed. Joe O'Brien joins the podcast as we discuss trilogos and what it's like to be a focus collector of such an unloved figure as 8D8. The lads review their recent podcast road trip to the FACTS event in Ghent, Belgium and Richard looks at whether the dealers are to blame for pushing up prices in this months Boom section. In this months oddballs, Grant brings us the concluding instalment of his three part look at OT computer games as he delves into the games which were released between 1992 and 1999. As well as all this we have all the other usual popular segments, LA, Market and Rapid Fire. It's another epic edition, so kick back and enjoy the show. SNAFFLE SNAFFLE!

Contact Information: Website | Forum | Facebook

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Ghosts of the Odeon
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2014 21:52

This resonated very strongly with me, as someone who first saw the great films of the 70's and 80's in Odeons, Gaumonts and ABC's. Check out this wonderful short film which focuses on the long lost magic of cinemas of days gone by, where folks of a certain age first saw E.T, Gremlins, Alien, Star Trek, Indiana Jones and Star Wars.

Chester’s 1936 Art Deco Odeon cinema closed in the late 90s and has stood empty ever since. In the next few years it is to be redeveloped as part of the RE:NEW project, transforming it into a Cultural Centre in the heart of the city.

As part of this venture, the Chester Film Co-op was born - a creative place for film-makers and artists to meet, make films and share ideas.

As members of the Film Co-op, Chat Noir Productions were commissioned to make three films about the Odeon, the first a short film inside the abandoned cinema.

Rather than just document the state of the building, writer-director Daniel J. Fox envisaged an adventure film, bringing Chester’s Odeon back to life.

“Ghosts of the Odeon” centres on a young boy’s journey around the long forgotten cinema. Exploring from the lobby to the auditorium, he encounters echoes of the past, as iconic movies come to life.

While much of the film relies on replicating music and sound cues, it was also necessary to recreate a number of classic movie scenes. Characters including Han Solo and Indiana Jones were joined by creatures from Alien, ET, Jurassic Park and Gremlins.

The film was shot on a tight schedule and succeeds thanks to a stellar central performance by actor Jack Clayton, as the boy on the adventure of a life-time. Local actor Nathan Head play the multiple roles of Marty Mcfly, Han Solo and Indiana Jones.

The Chester Odeon is a place filled with many happy memories and “Ghosts of the Odeon” recaptures the excitement of growing up loving movies.

Put aside 387 seconds of your life and enjoy this marvellous piece of movie magic.

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How Star Wars: Episode VII Lost Control of Its Secrets
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2014 21:35

Have a read of this article posted to day on THR and featuring some Team Jedi News contributions, predominantly that of the one and only Brian Cameron.

The excitement is so high that now even the most obscure potential plot spoiler can take on a life of its own. Brian Cameron, a co-editor and frequent contributor to the site Jedi News, recently went to one Star Wars location in England called Puzzlewood, a wooded plot near the Forest of Dean, about a month after shooting there ended. The site already was renowned for being where J.R.R. Tolkien got inspiration for The Lord of the Rings. Cameron obviously was there too late to see movie stars — he was simply trying to absorb and anticipate how the movie and the real-world lands would dovetail. "It's a quite haunting mystical wood and very dense, and it creates an intimidating and magical atmosphere," he says. "I got the impression that it's more of a hostile environment. There were rumors that it was being used for some kind of battle, but I'm not sure." When he posted his photos — which showed precisely nothing of any news value — to Twitter, he was inundated with calls from fans who wanted to replicate his visit. "The Germans especially," he says. "They're hard-core."

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Paolo Nutini - One Day (Official Video)
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2014 21:27

Watch this brilliant video of the new Paulo Nutini track One Day and stick with it right to the end for a very special Star Wars related treat.

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: “Empire Day”
Reported by Mark on 20 Nov 2014 21:16

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac for Rebels: Declassified.

Feeling patriotic? Celebrate “Empire Day” with RebelForce Radio! Adam Bray, author of the Star Wars Rebels Visual Guide and Fangirls Going Rogue co-host Tricia Barr join Jason & Jimmy Mac for conversation about what “Empire Day” is and it’s impact on the crew of The Ghost. From the odd Tseebo, to the mystery of Ezra’s parents, to the cliffhanger ending…We cover it all on Declassified!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Sideshow C-3PO Sixth Scale Figure Pre-Orders Now Up
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 20:48

Pre-orders for the Sideshow Collectibles C-3PO Sixth Scale Figure are now up. The figure carries a $229.99 price tag and is scheduled to begin shipping in November 2015.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles “Clash Of The Skywalkers” Trailer
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 18:56

Get a first look at “Clash of the Skywalkers,” a new LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles special in this exclusive trailer, featuring Luke Skywalker battling Darth Vader and more.

LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles “Clash of the Skywalkers” premieres Sunday, November 23, on Disney XD!

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Will NOT Debut With New The Hobbit Film
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 18:32

As what seems like the entire world waits in eager anticipation for the unconfirmed teaser trailer for The Force Awakens to land, we come across a case of conflicting rumors on how the trailer will be delivered for the first time. Yesterday we saw an article posted claiming the teaser would be attached to the 3rd film in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy as it's debut. Now Slashfilm is debunking that rumor.

Wednesday, a very credible sounding rumor began to circulate that the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Well, we’ve heard from a very credible source that, with 100% certainty, the Star Wars 7 trailer won’t debut with Peter Jackson’s latest The Hobbit film. There’s a very strong likelihood it will play with that film but according to the source, Disney has “bigger plans” for the trailer debut than a simple attachment. What does that mean? When will it happen? We honestly don’t know.

Does anybody outside of Lucasfilm/Bad Robot/Disney truly know? My guess is probably not.

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Indiana Jones Melting Toht Candle
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 17:07

OK, this could very easily be one of the most appropriately-designed (and all-around cool) products based on a character/event from a movie franchise ever produced. The title of the story basically tells it all, so click the image above or the source link below for the details and to place your order for an item all fellow Indy fans would love to add to their collections.

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Character Concepts For Lupita Nyong’o
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 16:57

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

Concepts: Who Is Lupita Nyong’o Playing?

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Win LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
Reported by James on 20 Nov 2014 16:38

Thanks to our friends at LEGO and Norton PR we have a LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar to giveaway, take the link here or below to enter.  This from LEGO...

Spend the festive period on icy planet Hoth with the LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar! Open up a door each December day to reveal a cool Star Wars themed gift, including minifigures starships, vehicles and more. Once you have all 24 gifts, unfold the playmat and act out hilarious Hoth-based scenes that everyone in the family will love to watch. This is the perfect holiday gift for LEGO Star Wars fans from any galaxy!

  • Open a door every day to reveal 24 different LEGO® Star Wars™ themed gifts
  • Features 7 minifigures and 3 droids, including an exclusive holiday-themed minifigure
  • Vehicles include an AAT, AV-7 Anti Vehicle Cannon, Vulture Droid, Jedi Starfighter, TIE Fighter, Luke’s Landspeeder, Snowspeeder, Christmas Speeder Bike and an Imperial Shuttle
  • Also includes a fold-out playmat
  • Collect all the gifts and play out your own hilarious scene from planet Hoth
  • Makes a great gift for LEGO® Star Wars™ fans from any galaxy!

As in previous years we'll be opening a door of the advent calendar daily in December so stay tuned!

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Could Mara Jade Appear In The Force Awakens?
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 15:25

Head on over to Movie Pilot for an article written by James Buxton that offers up the possibility of the popular female character Mara Jade from the Expanded Universe making an appearance in The Force Awakens.

Now, when it comes to strong, female role models, the Star Wars franchise is somewhat lacking. Sure, you've got Leia, but apart from her, can you name anyone else? Last time I checked there were zero female fighter pilots in the original trilogy and other than that librarian in Attack of the Clones there are no speaking female Jedi at all!

Timothy Zahn, author of the Thrawn Trilogy, realised this and in 1991 introduced Mara Jade as the Hand of Emperor Palpatine. She was an instant hit, becoming the most popular Star Wars character to never be featured in the films and has appeared almost ten books, several comics and a handful of video games.

Needless to say I was heartbroken when it was revealed she was no longer part of the official Star Wars canon, but recently it got me thinking...

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RUMOR: The Force Awakens - Pirate's Cove And Set Names
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 13:34

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

Blueprints And Concepts: Pirate's Cove & Set Names

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 20 Nov 2014 09:44
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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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Sideshow Sixth Scale Speeder Bike Preview Video
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 02:35

Available to pre-order now at Sideshow Collectibles for $299.99 and shipping in July 2015.

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Gentle Giant Rebels Stormtrooper Maquette, Ugnaught Jumbo Figure, Han Solo Yavin Mini Bust
Reported by Justin on 20 Nov 2014 02:01

Gentle Giant has sent out an email notification containing three new Star Wars products that are available for pre-order right now. Check 'em out via each respective link below!

Star Wars Rebels Stormtrooper Maquette

Ugnaught Jumbo Kenner Figure

Han Solo Hero of Yavin Mini Bust

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   19 November 2014
Dave Dorman Not Attending Celebration Anaheim
Reported by Team Jedi News on 19 Nov 2014 23:58

It seems strange to think but Dave Dorman - who has attended every Celebration so far as guest or fan - won't be a part of Celebration Anaheim next April.

Well, now that Lucasfilm has announced the artists selected for the SW Celebration 7 Art Show, I can publicly confirm that I was not selected to participate this year. It is with great sadness and disappointment that I am now announcing this, but the judging has been made, and there is no reversing that.

The judging was done differently this year, asking for comps of the art proposed, then submitted anonymously to be judged. There was no respect for the reputation or the years of good will put in by any artist–just the comp, rough, or finished art submitted for approval.

So…here was my piece–a color rough featuring Vader continuing to pursue the genocide of the Jedi after Order 66. I guess I missed the mark in idea… or perhaps not doing a more finished rough..it’s not EU… ties directly into the gap between EP3 and 4…

For the rest of Dave's announcement, visit his site.

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The Force Awakens
Reported by Matt on 19 Nov 2014 23:45

I had a discussion on Instagram with the creator of this image which has gone viral. We'd posted it not knowing who the creator was, as there was no watermark or named source. It had just been reposted on my Facebook feed and I like it so much I reported on this awesome fun image on the Jedi News feed and the creator got tagged.

He has some superb photography skills and lots of great ideas. Head on over and follow him on Instagram for some creative pix.

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Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 12
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2014 23:38

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

David W. Collins and Jimmy Mac continue to go way beneath the surface to analyze the music of Return of the Jedi. This month, the spotlight shines tunes from the Ewok village and the fourth moon of Endor. David reveals many similarities between certain tracks from Jedi with A New Hope and restores deleted music to a pivotal scene on Dagobah. All this plus an over-medicated Admiral Ackbar this month on Star Wars Oxygen!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Spain's Droids and Ewoks Novelizations, Part 1
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2014 23:15

Abel G Pena brings us a fascinating look at some foreign language Ewoks and Droids releases over at StarWars.com.

In the mid-1980s, after one successful made-for-television Ewoks movie — and one notorious “holiday special” — the Star Wars universe plunged into its first regular television programming: Ewoks and Droids (sometimes billed as the Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour). These animated series ran from 1985 to 1986, with Droids airing for one season and Ewoks for two. Many English-speaking fans know that these cartoons also spun off many storybooks and comics of their own, chiefly published by Random House and Marvel Comics. What many fans do not know is that they also spun off original licensed storybooks and comics in other countries, never published in the English-speaking world.

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Star Wars Rebels: Glory of the Empire Audio Cue
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2014 23:08

Check out this audio cue from this weeks latest Star Wars Rebels episode Empire Day.

Listen to this brand new song from Star Wars Rebels: Empire Day, composed by Kevin Kiner.

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The History Of Star Wars Pt1: The Phantom Menace
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2014 22:55

Marvel are taking a look back at the history of the saga, starting with the first cinematic episode, The Phantom Menace.

With the Star Wars franchise returning to Marvel beginning in January 2015, it’s time to get up to speed on the galaxy far, far away with a look back at the story from the classic films! With each installment of the History of Star Wars, we’ll cover another chapter in one of the greatest adventures of all-time!

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Expanded Fandomverse Episode 016 - DAVID EVERETT or "Crackerjack!"
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2014 22:48

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

"The Expanded Fandomverse is all about fans doing creative and interesting things with their love of that galaxy far, far away. This week we welcome David Everett to the show. Dave is the founder of the R2-D2 Builders Club. We talk to Dave about the origin of the club, just what goes into building your own droid, his time on the set of Episode II, and the clubs connection to The Force Awakens. Also in the show we cover the weeks news and double the prize package for this months Jason's Jawa Giveaway! (Utini!)"

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

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 19 Nov 2014 22:35
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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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RUMOR: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Attached To New The Hobbit Film
Reported by Justin on 19 Nov 2014 21:46

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concepts: The Force Awakens Six Pirates

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: Sarlacc Pit | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks guys! Cheers, Grahame aka Paradise Decay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

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

STATEMENT FROM THE FOUNDING PRESIDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the website:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take the source link below for the full interview.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source Disney XD UK Facebook Page
Don Bacigalupi Selected As Lucas Museum Founding President
Reported by Justin on 17 Nov 2014 16:46

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any film that features Les Battersby is fine with me!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be there.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

   

   

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

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

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

In any event, Happy Life Day everyone!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All will be available in various Disney locations from tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

From the website:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

Source Amazon (via Mint in Box)
The Comlink: Ep. 106 - Extended Interview w/ Kyle Newman
Reported by Mark on 16 Nov 2014 23:15

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

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

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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

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

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

Become an expert on the Star Wars galaxy!

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

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

Source Facebook (via Eddie van der Heijden)
   15 November 2014
Hollywood Awards Success For ILM's Work On Transformers 4
Reported by Mark on 15 Nov 2014 22:35

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

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

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

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

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

Source Zap 2 It (via Johnamarie Macias)
Star Wars Rebels: Covers and Solicitation Texts
Reported by Mark on 15 Nov 2014 21:44

 

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

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

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

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

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

Source Facebook (via Eddie van der Heijden)
Official Site: Return of the Star Wars Rumors
Reported by Mark on 15 Nov 2014 21:31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

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

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

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

Over to Gary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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