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   21 April 2014
Dark Horse: Solicitations For July 2014
Reported by Dan on 21 Apr 2014 00:02


Dark Horse have sent out their solicitations for July 2014, including 4 Star Wars comic book titles, and a few other titles that are of interest. Read the full story for the full list and images.

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Star Wars #19

Star Wars #19
Brian Wood (W), Carlos D'Anda (A), Gabe Eltaeb (C), and Hugh Fleming (Cover)
On sale July 9
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie are together again aboard the Millennium Falcon. Disguised as smugglers, they have a crazy caper to pull off—if they can avoid the dread bounty hunter IG-88!

"Wood continues to craft a great story to add to the already rich expanded universe, leaving the readers wanting for more."—Newsarama

"I'll be damned if I'm going to miss a single thing." —Comic Bastards

Star Wars: Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir #3

Star Wars: Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir #3 (of 4)
Jeremy Barlow (W), Juan Frigeri (A), Mauro Vargas (I), Wes Dzioba (C), and Chris Scalf (Cover)
On sale July 16
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries

Darth Maul has captured Darth Sidious's new apprentice! Mother Talzin and Maul attempt to sway Count Dooku to their cause, revealing surprising facts about Maul's past. But an attack by an elite Jedi strike force throws everyone's plans into chaos!

  • Based on unaired episodes of the television series The Clone Wars!

Star Wars: Legacy #17

Star Wars: Legacy #17
Corinna Bechko (W), Gabriel Hardman (W), Brian Albert Thies (A), Jordan Boyd (C), and Agustin Alessio (Cover)
On sale July 23
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

Rogue planet—rogue Sith!
On a mission by order of the Empress, Ania Solo and a contingent of stormtroopers search for Jao Assam and Darth Wredd. Arriving once again on the rogue planet where her adventures began, Ania encounters something no one expected—an army of Sith!

  • Sith! Stormtroopers! Solo!
"Anyone who reads Star Wars comic books must read Star Wars: Legacy."—Comic Book Bin

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Star Wars: Rebel Heist #4 (of 4)
Matt Kindt (W/Variant cover), Marco Castiello (P), Dan Parsons (I), Gabe Eltaeb (C), Adam Hughes (Cover/Sketch variant cover)
On sale July 30
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries

The Rebellion's plan is coming together. All Luke Skywalker has to do is elude an Imperial spy—and perform some unanticipated rescues! But this farm boy is on the edge of greatness, and he is not about to stop saving the galaxy now!

  • Matt Kindt writes the Leia, Han, and Luke from the classic era of Star Wars!
  • Covers by Adam Hughes!

Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #7

Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #7 (of 12)
J. Michael Straczynski (W), Pete Woods (A/Cover), and Matt Wilson (C)
On sale July 2
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

As the deranged Thomas Parnell employs the Terminator army to wreak havoc on both the human resistance and Skynet, the computer network calculates a single option for survival—and its plans require John Connor!
"Get this or be terminated." —SciFi Pulse

  • J. Michael Straczynski!
  • Pete Woods (Superman, Deadpool) brings the destruction!
  • Celebrating 30 years of The Terminator!

Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy #6

Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy #6 (of 6)
Dan Jolley (W), Jamal Igle (P/Cover), Ray Snyder (I), and Wes Dzioba (C)
On sale July 16
FC, 3
2 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Betrayed by humanity and battered by a machine, ex-CIA operative Farrow Greene engages in the final showdown with her new and old enemies! Greene must put it all on the line in order to preserve the life of biologist Elise Fong, but can her skills match the T-800's raw, tireless brutality?

  • Superstar artist Jamal Igle (Supergirl)!
"Another solid offering in Dark Horse's stable of Terminator comic books." —Comic Book Resources

Groo vs. Conan #1

Groo vs. Conan #1 (of 4)
Mark Evanier (W), Sergio Aragonés (A/Cover), Thomas Yeates (A/Cover), and Tom Luth (C)
On sale July 23
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries

It had to happen: The most heroic warrior in history meets the stupidest as Robert E. Howard's immortal Conan the Barbarian crosses swords with Sergio Aragonés's Groo the Wanderer in Groo vs. Conan #1. This four-issue miniseries was concocted by Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés, aided by illustrator Thomas Yeates and colorist Tom Luth. Will Conan annihilate Groo? Will Groo turn out to be the man who can defeat Conan? We'll see.

  • Comics' greatest barbarians together at last!

Source Dark Horse Comics
   20 April 2014
Full of Sith Special Release: Vanessa Marshall
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 23:38

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

Vanessa Marshall, the voice actress behind Twi’lek pilot Hera Syndulla on the new show Rebels, takes time out of her schedule to nerd out with Bryan about Star Wars and what we can expect from the new show that hits TV screens this fall.

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

Source Full of Sith
Exclusive Disney Store Star Wars Event
Reported by Team Jedi News on 20 Apr 2014 18:14

There is something brewing in California this week and the Jedi News team will be there to cover it for you. The Disney Store will be hosting a Disney Store Star Wars event Monday April 21st to April 22nd. Team members Teresa Delgado and Dan Curto will be at the event. They will be sharing everything they can through the Jedi News social media and here on the Jedi News website. They will be sharing live via Twitter and Instagram. Make sure you are following Jedi News to get all of the exclusive updates as they happen.

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One Week To Go Until Farthest From 5
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 15:47

Don't forget, next Sunday in Fordingbridge in the New Forest, the 5th Farthest From will be taking place. It'll be a feast of vintage goodness and not only will show organiser Dave Tree be there but me and Matt Booker will be there covering the show for Jedi News and RADIO 1138 as well as special guest Paul Bateman.

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Star Wars Chocolate Eggs Easter Surprise!
Reported by Matt on 20 Apr 2014 14:36

Check out this post from the good folks at Mint in Box as they unwrap their look at the easter eggs available this year.

And in case we forgot to say it, Happy Easter to all our readers.

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The Bad Motivator Podcast #5 Attack of the Chopper
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 13:38

It's time to join the restraining bolts over at the Bad Motivator podcast for their latest episode.

Welcome to another episode of The Bad Motivator Podcast! In this episode I discuss recent collectibles announced by gentle giant & Star Wars weekends, Whats new to the photo album, Recent Items in the mail and much more!

Contact Information: Email: badmotivatorpodcast@gmail.com | Facebook

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News Roundup: 'Star Wars Rebels' at WonderCon 2014
Reported by Justin on 20 Apr 2014 13:30

In an effort to consolidate all of the news/reports that came out of yesterday's 'Star Wars Rebels' panel at WonderCon Anaheim 2014 into one single post, check out the following links below respectively.

WonderCon 2014 Exclusive Clip, Composer Kevin Kiner Returning

Interview with Composer Kevin Kiner

Official StarWars.com Blog Report

LA Times Interview With Composer Kevin Kiner

IGN's WonderCon 'Rebel's Panel Recap

With Comic-Con only a few months away, chances are we'll be seeing more of this highly anticipated TV series ahead of its fall debut.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Official Blog: WonderCon 2014: Star Wars Rebels Panel Report
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 12:29

The convention season is in full swing and The Official Star Wars Blog has it covered as they take a look at what's happening at WonderCon 2014.

Star Wars Rebels — and the age of the Empire — is almost here. While details regarding the upcoming animated series have been closely guarded, fans at Lucasfilm’s WonderCon event today were treated to a brand new clip, never-before-seen concept art, insights into the making of the show, and some major announcements. Hosted by Dave Collins, the panel featured executive producer Dave Filoni, voice actress Vanessa Marshall (Hera), and art director Kilian Plunkett. If you were unable to attend, fear not — StarWars.com has you covered with all of the day’s highlights, images, and videos!

Source Official Blog
Star Wars Rebels: An Interview with Composer Kevin Kiner
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 11:34

Kevin Kiner, composer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, returns to a galaxy far, far away with the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series. In this exclusive interview, he discusses his writing process, musical background, and previews the theme for Lucasfilm's new show.

Source Star Wars On YouTube
Making Star Wars Exclusive: Star Wars Episode VII Disney Executive Breakfast
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 11:20

The team at Making Star Wars take a closer look at an upcoming Disney event that seems set to reveal some interesting news.

The facts we learned today:

  • Disney will host a Star Wars executive breakfast this Thursday, April 24th.
  • George Lucas will be in attendance.
  • Classic cast members will be in attendance (we have no names).
  • The VIP event will be for about 100 people.
  • The menu will be Star Wars themed (edible characters, Yoda was mentioned).
  • Only top executives from Disney are attending.


Source Making Star Wars
Star Wars Writers panel at SLCC FanX 2014 (2 of 2)
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 04:28

Via SLCC FanX 2014, here's the second part of the Star Wars Writers panel, filmed by Jawa James, moderated by Bryan Young and featuring Kevin J Anderson, Dave Wolverton and Mike Stackpole.

Kevin J Anderson, Dave Wolverton and Mike Stackpole discuss writing in the Star Wars Expanded Universe at Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience on April 18, 2014. Moderated by Bryan Young of BigShinyRobot.com. Part 2 of 2

Source YouTube (via Club Jade)
Cantina Cast Episode 52: Impromptu
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 03:37

It's time to join Mike and Joao for The Cantina Cast.

Mike, Joao and Chad decided to do a late night podcast on all the recent Star Wars news.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Cantina Cast
Star Wars Black Series 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Wave 4 Set
Reported by ZakPT on 20 Apr 2014 02:47

Check out these images from Entertainment Earth. Newly released images for the Black Series Wave 4 which won't be released until June but is available for pre-order right now.

Star Wars heroes and villains. 3 3/4-inch Hasbro Star Wars action figures return with The Black Series bringing you characters from the entire Star Wars saga! Each Action Figure comes with awesome accessories. Exciting black series Star Wars packaging showcases the figure!

Set includes 6 Star Wars heroes and villains! These 3 3/4-inch scale Star Wars action figures feature heroes and villains from across the galaxy! Longtime fans of Star Wars are going to love the great style, bringing returning favorites with new style like you've never seen before. Each Star Wars Black Series Action Figure comes individually packaged with terrific accessories like blasters, lightsabers, and removable helmets. Don't miss this awesome assortment of Star Wars heroes, villains, and more! Ages 4 and up.

This Star Wars Black Series 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Set includes 6 individually packaged Star Wars Action Figures, including:

  • 1x Luke Skywalker (Jedi Training on Dagobah)
  • 1x Yoda (Jedi Training on Dagobah)
  • 1x Snowtrooper Commander
  • 1x Toryn Farr
  • 1x Bastilla Shan
  • 1x Dak Ralter (subject to change)

Source Entertainment Earth
Star Wars Writers panel at SLCC FanX 2014 (1 of 2)
Reported by Mark on 20 Apr 2014 01:03

Via SLCC FanX 2014, here's the first part of the Star Wars Writers panel, filmed by Jawa James and moderated by the one and only Bryan Young. Check back later for the second part.

Kevin J Anderson, Dave Wolverton and Mike Stackpole discuss writing in the Star Wars Expanded Universe at Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience on April 18, 2014. Moderated by Bryan Young of BigShinyRobot.com. Part 1 of 2

Source YouTube (via Club Jade)
   19 April 2014
Tosche Station Radio #83: Extra Extra
Reported by Mark on 19 Apr 2014 23:42

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

It’s catching up on the news and rumors on this week’s Tosche Station Radio!

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

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

Source Tosche Station Radio
'Star Wars Rebels' WonderCon 2014 Clip, Composer Kevin Kiner Returning
Reported by Justin on 19 Apr 2014 23:09

The big news revealed during today's 'Star Wars Rebels' panel from WonderCon was that Kevin Kiner (who composed the memorable themes from 'The Clone Wars') will be providing the musical scores for 'Rebels' as well.

This special Star Wars Rebels preview clip, which premiered at WonderCon 2014, features an introduction from voice actress Vanessa Marshall and an exciting sequence from the upcoming animated series.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Source YouTube
Star Wars Weekend On Disney XD UK
Reported by Mark on 19 Apr 2014 19:34

Jedi News reader Emi Tayeh dropped us this line letting us know about a great day of Star Wars action on Disney XD here in the UK on the weekend of the 4th May.

Hi, Hope you are all well today. I just thought I'd let you know that Disney XD in the UK are hosting a Star Wars Weekend to celebrate Star Wars Day (May 4th) It will kick off with the channel premiere of STAR WARS - The New Yoda Chronicles on Saturday May 3rd at 10AM. Also there are 2 trailers currently being shown on Disney XD, one is to advertise the Star Wars Weekend and is 15 seconds long and has been broadcasting since April 12th and the other is a trailer for the Yoda Chronicles and is 30 seconds long and is brand new on the channel today. May The Force Be With You, Emi

We don't say it enough, thank you to our readers for sending information like this in to the site, it's greatly appreciated.

Pre-Orders For 6 Movie 3D Blu-Ray Star Wars On Amazon?
Reported by Mark on 19 Apr 2014 19:10

That's what we hear via Jedi News reader LadyFerry, who dropped us this info earlier today.

Hello! it's me LadyFerry! Just a quick message to say that I was looking online for blu-ray pre-orders and found this, it's a pre-order notification for the six 3D Star Wars movies coming out on blu-ray. Just thought it would be an interesting titbit for the front page at Jedi News:

You thought right, many thanks!

Source Amazon
Gentle Giant/3DSystems: Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument
Reported by James on 19 Apr 2014 09:55

Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument – At a staggering 6 feet 9 inches tall, the TOWERING Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument is the latest addition to Gentle Giant's line of vintage Kenner-inspired pieces. Their master artisans accomplished an incredible feat with this piece when they digitally scanned an original 3 ¾” action figure and re-scaled it to life-size.

This piece includes all of the features of the original figure, including the extending lightsaber blade from the figure’s right arm, and a vinyl cape. An impressive centerpiece for any display or collection which will go well with the Stormtrooper Life Size Vintage Monument which is also still available for pre-order too!

Darth Vader Life Size Vintage Monument will be shipping in Q1 2015 but can be pre-ordered now for $2,600 by taking the link below.  Happy hunting!

Source Gentle Giant/3DSystems
Gentle Giant/3DSystems: Ezra & Chopper Maquette from Star Wars Rebels
Reported by James on 19 Apr 2014 09:46

Ezra and Chopper Maquette – From the highly anticipated new series, Star Wars Rebels, Gentle Giant Ltd. is proud to introduce you to Ezra and Chopper! Ezra is an intergalactic con-artist on the cusp of discovering his skills with the Force. Chopper is an astromech droid cobbled together from spare parts, with an attitude to match.

Together, they’ll leave their mark on the galaxy and will be available in your collection from Q1 2015.  You can pre-order this great looking maquette for $120 now by taking the link below.  Happy hunting!

Source Gentle Giant/3DSystems
Gentle Giant/3DSystems: Surprise Reveal on April 21st
Reported by James on 19 Apr 2014 09:42

Head over to ActionFigureInsider.com on April 21st for a surprise reveal from Gentle Giant/3DSystems - we're guessing it's from The Empire Strikes Back and it's Kenner related - a new Big Fig or perhaps a Creature?  Only a couple of days till we find out!  Happy hunting!

Source Action Figure Insider
New Designs from Mark Daniels at Sublevel Studios
Reported by James on 19 Apr 2014 09:34

Our good friend Mark Daniels at Sublevel Studios has two new items to share with us...

First up is a brand new t-shirt available exclusively from the folks at WeLoveFine.com and features the most notorious bounty hunter in the Galaxy - Boba Fett.  This Kenner inspired t-shirt is a must have for all old school collectors, I'm ordering mine now!

Next is another awesome print available now at Dark Ink. Run to the Suns is a silk screen measuring 12" x 24" costing $50, each print has Mark Daniels' authorized signature and it's limited to just 250 prints.  There will also be a 100 piece variant available exclusively at Disneyland's D-Street Gallery in the Downtown Disney District very soon.  Happy hunting!

Source Sublevel Studios Facebook Page
Latest Toy Palace Newsletter - Week 12, 2014
Reported by James on 19 Apr 2014 09:04
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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...

       

 

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   18 April 2014
ForceCast #299: Meet Your New Favorite Twi'lek
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 23:05

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

Episode VII may be filming in Abu Dhabi, Celebration Anaheim stage hosts are revealed, and Benedict Cumberbatch crushes some dreams with a Star Wars announcement. Then, ahead of her appearance at WonderCon this weekend, Vanessa Marshall, the voice of Hera on Star Wars Rebels, joins us to talk about her Star Wars fandom and her new role as the captain of the Ghost.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Forcecast
Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Is Jeremy Bulloch Involved In Episode VII?
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 22:44

So, is the galaxy's baddest bounty hunter taking part in the next Star Wars movie? During a panel entitled, The Two Boba Fetts: Spotlight on Daniel Logan and Jeremy Bulloch moderator Bryan Young of Full of Sith asked a leading question.

Bryan Young: So neither of you have gotten a call for Episode VII yet?

Jeremy Bulloch: Not yet, but I oops (slaps hand to mouth)

Daniel Logan: He's like ‘I only got a fax’.

Jeremy Bulloch: … I'm not allowed to say. I'm sorry.

We'll take a look down the throat of the Sarlacc and see what we can find out!

Source Far Far Away Radio
Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 18 Apr 2014 22:07
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders, arrivals, a Spring Cleaning Sale and lots of new Star Wars goodies...

Source BigBadToyStore.com
Jason Wingreen Interview
Reported by Matt on 18 Apr 2014 21:31

Take 3 minutes and watch this fascinating interview, conducted during a private autograph signing with actor Jason Wingreen where he discusses his involvement with Yoda, his work as the original voice of Boba Fett and meeting George Lucas.

Source YouTube
TeeFury - Coldest in the Galaxy T-shirt Available Today
Reported by James on 18 Apr 2014 21:29

You've got just over seven hours left to get today's shirt from TeeFury which features a design by BeastPop called Coldest in the Galaxy and comes complete with sticker too.

TeeFury were founded in 2008 and work with independent artists to create Limited Edition, $11 shirts that are available for 24 hours only through their site. They print to order, but fans can vote to have their favourite designs brought back. Those with the most votes are re-printed and made available in the TeeFury Gallery here for for $18.

Source TeeFury.com
What A Trooper: Fundraiser Turns Heads Dressed In 25lb Stormtrooper Costume For Run
Reported by Beth on 18 Apr 2014 20:10

What else is there to say but what a trooper!

A FUNDRAISER dressed as a Stormtrooper turned heads in Christchurch during a recent run. Justin Arnold, a long-distance runner, originally from Bournemouth, who is training to take part in a series of gruelling events across the UK, donned his costume for a trial run on Sunday.

Justin is raising money for children’s charity Kidscape, the first organisation in the UK to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse.

He will be tackling a growing list of long distance runs, including half and full marathon distances whilst dressed in authentic 25lb Stormtrooper armour.

Source Bournemouth Echo
RebelForce Radio: April 18, 2014
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 19:02

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

This week on RFR, Jimmy & Jason begin the countdown to Celebration Anaheim including a BIG announcement in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider, Steve Sansweet joins us with an update on all the cool things happening at Rancho Obi-Wan, and Geek Out Loud’s Steve Glosson sits in on the news, including Episode VII updates, The George Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, and Star Wars connections in Captain America Winter Soldier. Plus, Star Wars In Pop Culture, The Billy Dee Quote of the Week and much more!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

Source RebelForce Radio
Classically Inspired Artwork By Randy Martinez
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 14:17

'Classically Inspired'? It sure is! If you have a listen to the latest episode of RADIO 1138 you'll hear me chat with two Marvel Star Wars legends, Dez Skinn of Marvel UK and Mary Jo Duffy of Marvel US. With the classic comics firmly in mind, this stunning piece - why hasn't anyone thought of doing this before? - couldn't be better timed.

By the multi-talented Randy Martinez, here a new painting in tribute to Star Wars Marvel Comics Issue 1.

Source Facebook
Star Wars Collectors Cast #2
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 12:28

Join James Burns and Dan Curto for Star Wars Collectors Cast.

Star Wars Collectors Cast looks back at the questions we asked Hasbro after their presentation during last month’s New York Toy Fair, with guest Paul Harrison from JediTempleArchives.com. As usual there’s a roundup of the latest news and rumors and our regular visit to Steve Sansweet at Rancho Obi-Wan (the home to the world’s largest Star Wars collection) – all not to be missed!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

Source RebelForce Radio
UPDATED: Disney Publishing 4 New Star Wars Books
Reported by BrianC on 18 Apr 2014 12:11
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Check the video above for information on four new young readers Star Wars books that are described as "bridging... in anticipation of Episode VII."

The first book focuses on Luke Skywalker while the rest are adaptations of A New Hope The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Could that hint that Luke will be the centre-point for Episode VII if he is the focus of these books. Only time will tell.

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced today the upcoming global release of four new books based on the original Star Wars film trilogy. The classic Saga will come to life like never before through adaptations by bestselling children's authors Tom Angleberger, Tony DiTerlizzi, Adam Gidwitz, and R.J. Palacio. Each of these celebrated authors will bring their contemporary, unique voice to the galaxy far, far away, bridging the multi-arc storyline in anticipation of the release of Star Wars Episode VII in December 2015.

UPDATED: Read on for the full Press Release...

Source Huffington Post
Harrison Ford In The Premiere Episode Of Years of Living Dangerously
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 11:30

It's a well known fact that Harrison Ford has long been battling against the effects of climate change and is an advocate of making the world a more secure and safe environment for the long term. Here he is in the premiere episode of Showtimes Years of Living Dangerously.

It's the biggest story of our time. Hollywood's brightest stars and today's most respected journalists explore the issues of climate change and bring you intimate accounts of triumph and tragedy. YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY takes you directly to the heart of the matter in this awe-inspiring and cinematic documentary series event from Executive Producers James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Ashley Eckstein on Chicago Radio
Reported by Mark on 18 Apr 2014 00:42

If you have access listen in to Ashley Eckstein as she chats with Wendy Snyder and Bill Leff on WGN Radio with Bill & Wendy.

Check out Ashley Eckstein on WGN Radio with Bill & Wendy FRIDAY at 9:35am CENTRAL! Click below tomorrow to listen live!

http://wgnradio.com/listen/

Source WGN Radio
   17 April 2014
Official Blog: Star Wars Toothbrushes: The Empire Strikes Plaque
Reported by Mark on 17 Apr 2014 22:18

My latest entry over at The Official Star Wars Blog arrives, taking a look at Star Wars toothbrushes of days past.

The Star Wars saga has shown us that Han, Luke, Leia, and company had regular brushes with danger, fighting their way out of close scrapes and situations. Here on Earth, the kids of the ’70s and ’80s faced similar terrors, albeit of a slightly less stellar nature. Moms and dads worldwide, desperate to find a way to get their kids to get into the daily routine of brushing their teeth, quickly realized that there was no better way to make it happen than to give their kids the coolest option in oral hygiene — Star Wars toothbrushes. And so it was that from the late ’70s to the mid ’80s kids were raging about their new toothbrushes, adorned with a selection of their favorite characters. Just think, you could brush and go with Threepio, fight the plaque to Hoth and back, scrub your gums with Rebel chums and safely chew thanks to Artoo. Battling tooth decay had suddenly become fun.

Source Official Blog
2014 Topps 'Star Wars Wacky Packages' Trading Cards
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 18:20

Head on over to The Cardboard Connection for a preview of Topps' new 2014 'Star Wars Wacky Packages' trading card set.

The set mashes up two of the most popular and longest running entertainment card properties of all-time. It sticks with the Wacky Packages theme of poking fun at foods and other products you'd expect to find at a grocery store. But there's a twist. It's poking fun at products you might find in the world of Star Wars. There's some familiarity from both worlds.

The 2014 Topps Star Wars Wacky Packages base set has 100 cards. This includes 50 different card fronts, each with two different backs. Flip sides include a mix of puzzles, ads, coupons and checklists.

Reality TV puts a Star Wars spin on ten shows we're familiar with. For Star Tours fans, there are ten Postcards that tackle top tourist destinations in the Star Wars Universe. Coloring Cards offer line art from ten base cards that collectors can color as they see fit.

Four Bonus Stickers can be found exclusively in special value boxes.

As far as hits go, collectors can find randomly inserted sketch cards.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Source The Cardboard Connection
Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 17 Apr 2014 17:18
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders, arrivals and a Spring Cleaning Sale...

Source BigBadToyStore.com
First Look at 'The Goldbergs' May 4 'Star Wars' Episode
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 15:17

TV Guide provides fans with the early first look pic shown above and the plot synopsis copied below of the upcoming episode of ABC's 'The Goldbergs' in celebration of 'Star Wars Day' on May 4 (the episode is actually scheduled to air on May 6 at 9:00pm ET).

The Force is with him! The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg, a lifelong Star Wars nut, will flash back to the 1983 release of Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi for the sitcom's May 6 episode (9/8c, ABC). The plot has young Adam (Sean Giambrone) blackmailing his sister, Erica (Hayley Orrantia), to wait in line with him on opening day of the movie, where they meet a bunch of costumed fans including guest star Thomas Lennon.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

Source TV Guide
New 'Star Wars Rebels' Poster Featuring The Inquisitor
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 14:18

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Corsham Sci-fi Family Funday: 26th April 2014
Reported by Mark on 17 Apr 2014 13:15

Charity Sci-Fi are proud to present their 6th annual event in the Wiltshire town of Corsham. Special guests this year include Dave Prowse the original actor behind the mask of cinemas most iconic villain Darth Vader from the original Star Wars trilogy and joining him from The Empire Strikes Back is John Morton from the USA making his second ever UK appearance. He played Dak Ralter, Luke Skywalkers snowspeeder gunner in the battle of Hoth and also donned the legendary armour and helmet for two days as Bespin Boba Fett in a scene with Vader and Lando.

Other guests include Virgina Hey - Farscape, Mad Max 2 - The stars of the modern Doctor Who - Sean Knopp- Paul (Bells of St. John) , John Davey - Cyberman, Ood and various monsters in over 25 modern episodes, Sarah Louise Madison - weeping angel and Freya Faraday - big finish audio adventures.

In 2013 Charity Sci-Fi raised over £30,000 for charity and last years event was a fantastic one. Check the video from the event here. http://youtu.be/nHLc9lpa3tM

The event will take place in the lower school halls of the Corsham comprehensive school SN13 9DL from 10:30 - 5pm on Saturday the 26th of April. Thanks to the support of local town council we have free parking in all the towns car parks for the day and there's plenty of local independent shops and eateries in the town where attendees can grab a bite to eat.

Some of the staff from Skynet the Mod Satellite Communication System will be bringing a display and talking about the technology. Other activities include Wiltshire Scrap Store. Cat House Observatory, Dave Hickory Balloon Modeller, Angel Art Face painting, Traders and Costumers.

The event will be dividing the profits between Wiltshire Young Carers, Whizzy Bug Bath, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The event would not have been possible without help from Corsham Town Council, Automattic Comics and Toys, Manor Garage Box, Corsham Print, Memory Lane Cars and the Premier Inn Chippenham.

More details on the event can be found at Charity Sci-Fi and for the latest news follow the groups official page at Charity Sci-Fi.

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Chicago Mayor Wants a Site Found For Lucas Cultural Arts Museum
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 12:53

On the heels of news earlier this month about George Lucas' desire to add Chicago to his list of potential locations for the development of his Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is apparently eager to find a suitable landing spot in his city.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday gave a dozen civic leaders until mid-May to find an “accessible” site for a project with huge tourism potential: an interactive museum spearheaded by movie mogul George Lucas to house his formidable collection of artwork and filmmaking memorabilia.

The task force — co-chaired by Polk Brothers Foundation CEO Gillian Darlow and Kurt Summers, senior vice-president of Grosvenor Capital Management — is working on a tight time frame with clear marching orders from the mayor.

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Three LEGO 'Star Wars' Covers Revealed for 'Star Wars Insider' #150
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 12:42

We are rapidly approaching another milestone in the publication life of 'Star Wars Insider' magazine with issue #150 set to arrive in June.

In honor of this celebratory event, we learn via the official site that issue #150 will have three different LEGO 'Star Wars' themed covers!

Star Wars Insider is hitting issue #150, and the magazine is celebrating this milestone in a brick-tastic way: with three LEGO Star Wars covers, revealed exclusively on StarWars.com!

Be on the lookout for two newsstand covers featuring LEGO clone troopers and LEGO Han Solo, and a special Diamond exclusive comic book store cover featuring LEGO Obi-Wan Kenobi. Available on June 10, 2014, this anniversary issue includes part one of an in-depth look at the LEGO Star Wars phenomenon, a special piece on Star Wars Rebels, and lots more.

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The WolfPack Podcast: Dave Filoni Interview
Reported by Mark on 17 Apr 2014 12:23

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

In this very Special episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Dan, Chris, Logan, Marco, and Mike chat with Dave Filoni (Supervising Director Of Star Wars The Clone Wars and Executive Producer Of Star Wars Rebels) as we talk about the latest Season of Star Wars The Clone Wars, and take a look back at past seasons. Dave tells us a lot of great answers to questions the Star Wars community have been wondering about, such as "How would Ahsoka and Bo Katan work together? And "Is Barriss Offee still alive? We also talk a little bit about the upcoming Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars Weekends. So strap in, drink your blue milk, and get ready for the jump to hyperspace in this new exciting episode!

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Latest Toy Palace Newsletter - Week 11, 2014
Reported by James on 17 Apr 2014 11:42
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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...

       

       

   

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Geek Fest, Folkestone: 10th May 2014
Reported by Mark on 17 Apr 2014 11:36

Check out this roster of Rebels and Imperials coming to Leas Cliff Hall on 10th May.

" An epic celebration of TV and movie related sci-fi" With guest signers, Phizzog Sci Fi body painting jam, Fragfest Halo projector gaming, sci fi traders and more......

Fundraising for The Rainbow Centre and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Guests attending: David Prowse, Ken Colley, Chris Barrie, Lalla Ward, John Leeson, Katy Manning, Michael Jayston, Caroline Munro, Martine Beswick, Ken Coombs, Pam Rose, Alan Flyng, Michael Henbury, Nick Joseph, Paul Markham, Kevin Wilson, Peter Roy, Brian Wheeler, Wolf Kahler, Derek Lyons, Virginia Hey, Louise Jameson, Michael Culver. All guests appear subject to work and health commitments and their charges for autographs will vary in price depending on the individual.

Costume and model groups who will be attending including the Sw3po, members from the UK Garrison and Reel Icons, Lord of the Rings and more.

Tickets Prices:

  • Adults = £5.00
  • Children = £3.00
  • Under 5's = Free

Sponsored by Absolute Graphix and the Movie Poster Store

And a great pal of ours will also be attending the show.

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Star Wars Rebels: New Book Covers Revealed
Reported by Mark on 17 Apr 2014 10:55

Pete and Andy at Rebels Report bring us this selection of images from the forthcoming Star Wars Rebels publishing program. They include Ezra's Gamble by Ryder Windham, Rise of the Rebels, the World of Reading Level 1 Book Zeb to the Rescue, the sticker book Chopper Saves The Day and finally A New Hero by Pablo Hidalgo.

   

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Nick Frost on the Sequels
Reported by StephenG on 17 Apr 2014 03:52

Nick Frost weighs in on the next Star Wars trilogy

Nice

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Official Blog: Happy Rancor: Mail-Away 'Star Wars' Action Figures
Reported by Justin on 17 Apr 2014 00:15

Enjoy the latest official blog post courtesy of Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks.

Happy Rancor explores hidden gems in and around the orbit of Star Wars — from old video games to comics to underrated novels — that have maybe been forgotten, but deserve a little more consideration. In this installment, we take a look at Star Wars toys that require proofs of purchase, postage, and patience.

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   16 April 2014
'Star Wars Rebels' Costuming 101: Hera Syndulla
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2014 22:51

With convention season set to start heating up with WonderCon arriving this weekend, the esteemed Dave Filoni has graciously taken the time to provide fans with a detailed breakdown of the costume worn by Hera, the ace pilot of the 'Ghost' who will be appearing in the upcoming 'Star Wars Rebels' animated TV series this fall.

Sorry for the delays between posts, but I’ve been pretty busy as you can imagine. Things are going really well on Star Wars Rebels, and I’m very proud of the work the team is doing. I also know that you guys are hard at work getting ready for Comic-Con, and other conventions for this summer, and many of you have asked for some insights as far as what materials are used in some of the costumes on Rebels. It is always a challenge taking an animated style and translating into an actual costume, so I thought I would do a quick breakdown of some of the characters, as we head into Con Season. I might not be able to get to them all, but I will start with one that has been requested quite a bit: Hera. I hope this breakdown helps. Any other need-to-know questions are welcomed and I will try to answer them as I have time. Thanks, and good luck with the costumes.

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Pics of Trimmed Down Carrie Fisher
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2014 20:32

Looks like everyone's favorite princess Carrie Fisher has been sticking to her reported Episode VII training/dietary regimen, as we get a few photos of her taken yesterday while she was out with her dogs grocery shopping in Los Angeles.

Keep up the great work Carrie!

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Jedi News Comic Review: The Star Wars #7
Reported by Skuldren on 16 Apr 2014 16:00
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Escaping the Imperial attack on Aquilae, the ship carrying General Luke Skywalker and his companions is shot down above the jungle planet Yavin.

When their escape pods land in separate parts of the Forest of the Gargantuas, Luke, Han Solo, and the droid Threepio decide their best course is to protect Princess Leia’s two younger brothers, trusting Luke’s apprentice, Annikin Starkiller, and plucky little Artwo to look after Leia.

But Princess Leia is captured by slave trappers and Annikin, attempting to rescue her, is carried off by the native Wookiees! Meanwhile, General Skywalker and the others encounter anthropologist Owen Lars, who warns them of the Empire’s presence on the planet...

Join scripter J.W. Rinzler, artist Mike Mayhew, colourist Rain Beredo, letterer Michael Heisler and cover artist Nick Rudge as we continue the story of The Star Wars.

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The Week That Wars…
Reported by BrianC on 16 Apr 2014 14:00
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Welcome to our weekly look back at the highlights of the news from the past week – from the irrelevant, to the best of fan content / media, the latest official news, rumours and reviews…

Changes Coming To 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' PvP Season 2
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2014 13:28

Check out the latest 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' update posted over on EGMNOW pertaining to the upcoming second season of PvP.

Following the conclusion of Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s first PvP season, developer BioWare has revealed the changes it will be making for season two.

The first major change will be made to the season length. Season one lasted 21 weeks, beginning in November 2013 and ending with update 2.7 last week. “This was too long of a length to get the best experience out of the Ranked Seasons, mainly queue population,” the developer explained.

“With a roughly five month long season there were valleys/weeks where the queue population stagnated and thus dipped in participation.”

Season two will begin with update 2.7.1, in two weeks, and will last roughly three months, ending with a major game update. This new shorter length will mean that BioWare won’t be offering a new tier of gear with each new season.

The second change will be made to rewards. Season one saw five tiers of rewards offered to players, however season two will only offer three tiers. As an added bonus, the “top three characters of each Advanced Class in Group and Solo” will be given a unique reward at the end of the season. “That means that the top 96 players in the world will get something to show off their elite status!”

Finally, starting with update 2.7.1, players will finally have a daily and weekly quest for completing ranked arenas to help improve the queue population.

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T-Shirts: The Kawaii Wars Saga: Hope, Empire & Return
Reported by Matt on 16 Apr 2014 13:23

You've got 15 hours to grab one or even all three of these cool tees before they're gone for good. Via Fresh Brewed Tee there's Hope, Empire & Return, and if you order all 3 tees for a mere $33.00 you save $3.00.

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Official Blog: From World War to Star Wars: Spaceships, Submarines, and Seismic Charges
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 12:16

Cole Horton returns to The Official Star Wars Blog with another blockbuster entry looking at the correlations between the real world and the GFFA.

While many of the ships from Star Wars were inspired by planes from World War II, the space combat seen in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Two episode “Cat and Mouse” took space combat to new depths — literally. This Clone Wars story introduces Star Wars fans to a Republic stealth ship that draws on many parallels to submarine warfare of the past.

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Guardians Of The Star Wars Galaxy
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 11:32

With the imminent arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy in August, and the galactic repercussions it will have on the Marvel Universe, this fan art by artist Scott Blair couldn't be better timed.

Rocket Han Solo - it couldn't be more perfect!

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Star Wars Kidscast Episode 8: Teaching with Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 10:50

It's time to join your host Chris for the Star Wars Kidscast.

Star Wars Kidscast is back with a BIG episode! So big in fact that there’s TWICE as many guests as we’ve ever had! OK, that just means two guests, but that’s still pretty exciting. First we chat briefly with Terry Chui from the 501st Legion about Star Wars costuming, “bad guys” doing good for charities and the specific kid-oriented fun planned for Fan Expo Vancouver 2014. Next we get in-depth with Craig Dickinson, a 6th grade teacher who uses ALL SIX Star Wars films in his classroom. Imagine studying the Star Wars saga in class as an assignment! Sign me up! All that & more in this jam-packed episode!

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Sket One | "Our Father" Resin Sculpture
Reported by Matt on 16 Apr 2014 10:43

Check out this awesome new art piece by the legendary Sket One.

Allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. International Buyers: Unfortunately the only option I came up with for you on shipping is that you handle it yourself. The cost of me handling the shipping, customs and so forth is just too big of a task. If you would like a piece, I will take payment and work with you to arrange dropping it off at your selected shipper to pack and ship to you but it’s your responsibility after I drop off the piece. I apologise but the piece is just too big.

In the United States will cost about $200 (UPS GROUND) If you are located in California and would like to pick up the piece that too is an option. The pieces will be located in Long Beach, CA. We will arrange a time and date through emails.

SO PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS BEFORE PURCHASING

You will purchase the piece through the store and i will handle each individual sale and shipping through email.

About the “Our Father” Sculpture: As an artist I am starting to grow from just doing custom toys to bigger and stronger ideas. This piece along with my “Sketinguishers” are the genesis of whats to come. I will still create custom toys, of course, but really want to expand my work into a higher realm of creation and ideas. This piece is huge it’s heavy and has been in the works for years, and I am finally bringing it out to the public.

Thank you, Sket One

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Dr Who: Robots of Sherwood
Reported by Matt on 16 Apr 2014 10:21

As with many before him Rusty (Kabe, Gonk, Jawa in A New Hope) joins the ever-growing roster of Star Wars actors that have also appeared in Dr Who, spotted yesterday in a superb period costume in a behind the scenes shot from the now filming episode Robots of Sherwood. There are more images available over at Wales Online.

If they need any bowmen they could always call on Jeremy Bulloch to reprise his Role as Hal the archer from the classic Pertwee story the Time Warrior in this episode.

The latest season of Dr Who will air this Autumn/Fall on the BBC.

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The Big Three, Vintage Style
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 09:40

Here's a classic shot to kickstart the day, posted by our good online pal @NigeYC. Mark, Carrie and Harrison doing a touch of PR for A New Hope, or as it was still known back then, Star Wars.

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Toys 'R' Us Easter UK Offers
Reported by James on 16 Apr 2014 09:29

Celebrate the Easter holidays at Site Sponsor Toys 'R' Us with a free £10 Gift Coupon between now and the 21st April when you spend £40 or more in-store or on-line.

There's also buy-one-get-one-half-price on all Hasbro Star Wars items in stock too.

So what you waiting for... happy hunting!

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Celebration Anaheim: One Year To Go
Reported by Justin on 16 Apr 2014 05:01

Just a quick update to remind fellow members of the 'Star Wars' fan community across all four corners of the globe that Celebration Anaheim arrives exactly one year from today.

If you haven't started your "Celebration Fund" yet in preparation for what will surely be the can't-miss convention of 2015, now's the time to begin socking away those precious republic credits.

Your "budget" will thank you a year from now once you walk thru the doors to the Celebration Store and Exhibit Hall for the first time...

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Star Wars Action News Episode 422: To Buy, Or Not To Buy? That is the Question
Reported by Mark on 16 Apr 2014 01:11

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

Yes, Sideshow Collectibles has put up for pre-order its newest life-sized Star Wars figure -- The Han Solo in Carbonite. And it has Arnie waxing philosophical about collecting, and how much is too much to spend on one item. On this episode of the Star Wars Action News podcast he and Marjorie review all the information released about this new high-end item. Join them for this discussion! Also on this week's show, Hasbro's new 6-inch Star Wars line has reinvigorated action figure collectors, but with a new scale come old problems--like figure balance. NECA makes a line of figure stands for 6 to 8-inch figures, but do they work for the Black Series? Watch to see how this round peg fits in that foot hole! Also in this episode are reviews of the Hasbro's Mission Series figures Wave 2, including Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, R2-D2, and C-3PO! With a Savage new Premium Format figure, a report from Wizard World St. Louis, an interview with Star Wars sketch card artist Chris Hamer, and so much more, it's all in this episode of Star Wars Action News!

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Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #5
Reported by ZakPT on 16 Apr 2014 00:00
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On the planet Ostor, Darth Vader leads an attack against a group of remnant Separatists. Flying on Vader’s wing is Commander Hock Malsuum, a former clone trooper who recently sought out and gained the respect of the Dark Lord.

Another former clone, Kaddak—who has joined the cause against the Galactic Empire—shoots Hock out of the sky. Captured, Hock learns that the main goal of the resistance is to prolong the fighting and create awareness in the galaxy...

Now Hock is looking to end the fight as quickly as possible...But he has run into a time consuming obstacle.

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   15 April 2014
RUMOR: Pic of Episode VII Set Built in Abu Dhabi?
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 23:41

We first notified our readers several days ago about Abu Dhabi being chosen as a possible filming location for Episode VII. Now a newspaper called The National is claiming to have a first look at an Episode VII set built in the Abu Dhabi desert. The article goes on to state the following:

The photos, taken on Tuesday morning in the dunes near Qasr Al Sarab resort, reveal a large encampment of tents with four to five workers moving around what appear to be parts of a filmset.

It is one piece of equipment in particular, however, that is the most suggestive: a giant, round, grey disc, which bears a striking resemblance to parts of an escape pod on which C3P0 and R2D2 crash-landed on Tatooine in the original, 1977, Star Wars: A New Hope film.

And what about potential crew members to man this set?

According to sources within the local film industry, crew members have already been hired for the Abu Dhabi leg of the secret production.

You know the deal when it comes to any and all Episode VII related rumors.

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Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Ansel Elgort Auditioned For Star Wars Too
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2014 22:38

Apparently I am the only person on the planet who didn't audition for this film as both Ansel Elgort and Beau Mirchoff admit to auditioning for Episode VII.

Before Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards, both Ansel Elgort and Beau Mirchoff admitted to speaking with the "Star Wars" production team about potential roles.

"I think they told me, 'No, you're not in it,'" Elgort, who stars in "The Fault in Our Stars," said about "Episode VII" when asked if his "Star Wars" audition was a success. Mirchoff, star of the MTV series "Awkward," said he also auditioned for a part, but had not heard back yet one way or another about whether he was cast.

"I mean, everybody's going in on this project. They're trying to figure out what they want," Michael B. Jordan, another star who auditioned, said last year.

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Kevin Hearne Hands Over His Skywalker Novel
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2014 21:32

Kevin Hearne has done the majority of the heavy-lifting, now the third novel in the Empire and Rebellion series is in the hands of the editors at Del Rey in advance of it's release on 18th January 2015.

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RADIO 1138: Episode 6
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2014 21:25

Join James Burns and Mark Newbold for the latest RADIO 1138.

They might not be able to execute Order 66 but they can certainly put 66 minutes of Star Wars news in order. Join James and Mark as they discuss the latest Star Wars news, chat with author Jonathan Green, talk about the UK Star Wars scene with UK comics legend Dez Skinn and delve into the Jedi News archive with Marvel comics editor and writer Mary Jo Duffy. All on the sixth episode of RADIO 1138!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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James Reads Star Wars Novels #21: TOR Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams
Reported by Mark on 15 Apr 2014 20:55

The man with the chat is back as Jawa James brings us his latest 'James Reads'.

I read part of an opening scene from the Star Wars novel The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams, as part of the Del Rey's Star Wars Action Team. Visit delreystarwars.fancorps.com to learn more about how you can get free stuff by helping promote Star Wars books!

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New StarWars.com Homepage Design
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 20:47

Just a few short minutes ago, the official 'Star Wars' site received an updated homepage design. The design update was applied to the homepage only, not to any of the sections contained within the actual site.

Check it out!

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Mark Hamill To Voice an Episode of 'Transformers Rescue Bots'
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 19:40

The ever-busy Mark Hamill will be lending his vocal talents to an upcoming episode of the animated TV series 'Transformers Rescue Bots' which is scheduled to air on Saturday April 26 at 1:30pm ET on the Hub Network.

Star Wars star Mark Hamill and iconic voice actor Peter Cullen will both guest star on an upcoming episode of Transformers Rescue Bots titled “What Lies Beneath.” Mark Hamill will play Uncle Woodrow Burns while Peter Cullen reprises his role as Optimus Prime.

In “What Lies Beneath,” Cody’s Uncle Woodrow pays a visit and is determined to find proof that aliens exist beneath the earth’s surface. His findings result in the entire Rescue Team, along with Optimus Prime, going on a mission to save Woodrow and Cody and search for a resource that is vital to the Rescue Bots’ survival.

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UPDATED: M&M's Chocolate Mpire Returns For 2014
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 16:34

UPDATE: The official annoucement has just been posted on StarWars.com.

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YES! They were a huge part of the promotional material surrounding the theatrical release of Episode III in 2005, and now M&M's Chocolate Mpire have made their return just in time for 'Star Wars Day' 2014!

Here's hoping we see quite a bit of merchandise released under this line for 2014, Episode VII next year, and the rest of the Sequel Trilogy!

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New 'Star Wars Magazine' Arrives
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 16:16

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Who Picks Up The Check in This Group?
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 14:54

Hello, what have we here? Four prominent 'Star Wars' personalities gathering together for a meal in London? What on earth could this possibly mean? Always in motion, the future is...

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Rancho Obi-Wan Blog: Collecting 'Star Wars'…Barf Bags?
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 13:32

Enjoy the latest Rancho Obi-Wan blog post courtesy of 'Star Wars' collecting guru Gus Lopez.

I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other and seen a lot of strange Star Wars stuff, but there’s nothing that could prepare me for finding a Star Wars barf bag in the seat compartment in front of me!

The first Star Wars air sickness bag was produced by Disney for the Star Tours ride at Disneyland. Flight simulator rides such as Star Tours can trigger motion sickness in guests, so Disney planned for that eventuality with Star Tours branded bags—for possible practical use, but also as a gag gift for test riders including families of the Walt Disney Imagineers who worked on the ride.

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Former LucasArts President Darrell Rodriguez Joins Trendy Enertainment
Reported by Justin on 15 Apr 2014 13:25

We get word via IGN on a new employment opportunity that has presented itself to former LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez.

Independent developer Trendy Entertainment, known best for its action-RPG tower defence hybrid Dungeon Defenders, has hired former LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez as its new CEO.

Rodriguez will be helping to expand Trendy's games portfolio, while also growing its cross-platform backend technology Playverse in the hopes that other developers will utilise the technology in their own games.

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   14 April 2014
The Wampa's Lair Episode 81: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2014 22:06

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

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason finish their discussion of the “This Is Madness” tournament and then go into the good, the bad, and the ugly of each of the Star Wars films. To finish it off, they go over how they would rank the films themselves and what they loved and didn’t love so much about each of the films!

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Gentle Giant 2014 "May The 4th Be With You" Contest
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2014 21:30

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Reckon He's Ready For The Galaxy Far, Far Away?
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2014 21:16

He's in the middle of the busiest period in his acting career for a number of years with his recent turn in Anchorman 2, a possible return to both Indiana Jones and Star Wars and the action dream ticket, Expendables 3.

With a net worth of $210 million USD and worldwide film grosses exceeding $6 billion, we'd hardly call Harrison Ford "Expendable." Oh, and then there's this supposed sequel project he's working on...

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'Star Wars Rebels' Vanessa Marshall, Voice of Hera, To Attend WonderCon Anaheim 2014
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2014 19:37

We get word via the official 'Star Wars' Blog that Vanessa Marshall, the voice behind 'Ghost' pilot Hera in the upcoming 'Star Wars Rebels' animated series, will be a guest at WonderCon Anaheim this weekend!

WonderCon is back at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend, but now with 100% more ace Twi’lek pilots: Vanessa Marshall, voice of Hera on Lucasfilm’s upcoming animated series, will be joining Dave Filoni on his special “Behind the Scenes of Star Wars Rebels” panel. Hera is the steel-willed captain of the Ghost starship, and the heart of the show’s fledgling group of Rebels. Like the rest of the team, she has her own reasons for wanting to fight the Empire; uncovering those reasons will be part of the journey of Star Wars Rebels. “Every time we get a script,” said Marshall in the character’s introductory video, “I am breathless with anticipation. I cannot wait to read what’s next because I want to see where we’re going, too.”

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Star Wars Bookworms #22: Maul of Sith
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2014 19:33

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

This episode we welcome another awesome guest, Bryan Young from the Full of Sith podcast.

Our very own fangirl. Teresa was named Fan Girl of the Day by Her Universe. Congrats Teresa! The first month of our book club went great! We had over 50 people join and lots of discussion on our Goodreads page. Let us know which book you want to read next. We are going to Disney World! Join us and a bunch of other podcasters from Rebel Force Radio, Geek Out Loud, Fan Girls Going Rogue, and Star Wars Report as we attend Star Wars Weekends the weekend of May 23rd. We talk to Bryan about how much he likes the Prequels, Return of the Jedi, and the Legacy of the Force novels. Also how his kids got such cool names. Chewbacca Lives! We discuss the unconfirmed news that Chewbacca will be in Episode VII and how Expanded Universe fans feel about that. Book review. Finally we discuss and review the novel Maul: Lockdown

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Revenge of the Chrith. More Chris Jones Amazing Art
Reported by Matt on 14 Apr 2014 18:55

Check out this amazing Chris Jones tattoo, done last Saturday at the North Lakes Show.

Just goes to show you the power of the pork side of the Force.

Christmas 1984
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2014 17:36

We posted a really cool Christmas video a couple of days ago, harkening back to Christmases past when every other present was from the galaxy far, far away. The star of the video Marcus Collings dropped us a line and let us know about another great Star Wars sequel.

Thanks for adding and commenting on my Christmas 1982home video, it’s nice that so many people have taken an interest in it and it really takes me back. I did also upload a 1984 video if you want to watch it

We certainly do, enjoy!

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Full of Sith Episode Episode LX: The Han Solo Show
Reported by Mark on 14 Apr 2014 16:25

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

After dispensing with pleasantries and then the news, Mike, Bryan, and Bobby, take a trip to everyone’s favorite wretched hive of scum and villainy to discuss Han Solo. Even the hint of the coming discussion prompted a slew of listener emails, which helped direct the conversation about Han Solo.

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

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Hallmark 2014 'Star Wars' Event Exclusive Wampa Keepsake Ornament
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2014 16:17

Shortly after posting our story below about the 2014 Hallmark 'Star Wars' Keepsake Ornament collection, the Hallmark pubic relations team contacted us via email and provided us with a high-res scan of their 2014 Event Exclusive Keepsake Ornament - the Wampa!

Wampa — This Keepsake Ornament depicts the ferocious horned predator that attacked Luke Skywalker on the ice planet Hoth as seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™. The Wampa ornament is covered in velvety flocking.

This ornament (click the image above for a larger view) will be available in limited quantities at SDCC and NY Comic Con later this year.

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Hallmark Website Updated With 2014 'Star Wars' Keepsake Ornaments
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2014 14:02

The official Hallmark website has been updated to include pricing and product information on their 2014 line of 'Star Wars' Keepsake Ornaments (first revealed back in July) set to debut later this summer, including of course the best ornament in this year's collection pictured above.

No word yet on Hallmark's 2014 convention exclusive ornament, but rest assured we'll be bringing you that information the second it is made available.

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'Star Wars' Not Joining 'Disney Infinity' Right Now
Reported by Justin on 14 Apr 2014 13:31

An article posted on the Video Gamer website alerts us to the comment copied below that was recently made on the Disney Store Facebook page:

There are "no plans for Star Wars to join Disney Infinity at this moment in time," according to an update from the Disney Store, despite earlier rumours suggesting that the Star Wars universe could be included in the next version of the popular figure-collecting game.

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Kickstarter: The Walkers Among Us
Reported by James on 14 Apr 2014 08:28

We're a bit late to the party on this and at the time of writing you only have around 21 hours to contribute and whilst there goal has already been reached there's still some awesome rewards available at different pledge levels. 

Filmmakers and (Childhood friends) Cris Macht and Ian Vacek released their 2nd documentary last year – THE FORCE WITHIN US (about Star Wars fans) and have since formed their own production company “Lust For Life LTD”. As big fans of The Walking Dead and experience with documentaries based around the fans, it only made sense that their next project focused on the fans of the hottest TV show….THE WALKING DEAD. We believe that any franchise is only as big and successful as their fan base, nothing will be successful without the support of their fans! – and we feel that this story should be told and explored! This documentary is made by fans for the fans! Not only will this be a high quality production, it will also be a documentary that is packed with excitement, emotion, and passion…just like in their previous projects!

THIS PROJECT CAN NOT BE COMPLETED WITHOUT YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT!!!!

We have several interviews lined up with The Walking Dead Authors, Writers, Actors, Podcast Hosts, Fans, and everything in between. We will be filming across the United States (including the filming locations in Atlanta, and The Walker Stalker Convention in Both Chicago and Atlanta).

Go show your support for Cris and the team at Kickstarter now...

Source Kickstarter
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