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PINNED: RADIO 1138: Episode 28
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 21:30

Got the post-con blues? Still missing the awesome buzz of Celebration Anaheim? Well fear not because we're bringing you the best the Star Wars galaxy has to offer. We catch up with Ashley Eckstein, talk Random House Audio with January LaVoy, Marc Thompson and Jonathan Davis, go Gungan with Darth Elvis and the Imperials and talk Ultimate Star Wars with Adam Bray. Plus May the 4th, LEGOLAND, Rancho Obi-Wan, Disney Store and Madame Tussauds. All that and more on the 28th episode of RADIO 1138!

Contact Information: info@radio1138.co.uk | iTunes | RSS Feed | RFR Landing Page | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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PINNED: Updated Collection Of Vanity Fair The Force Awakens Articles
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 16:03
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Click the "Show Full Story" link above for the latest updated collection of all the articles pertaining to Vanity Fair's can't-miss coverage of The Force Awakens. The June 2015 issue of Vanity Fair magazine (pictured above) is available at newsstands now.

   25 May 2015
Star Wars Saga to Screen in China in Its Entirety for First Time
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 13:21



The Hollywood Reporter brings us news of the Star Wars saga coming to Chinese audiances for the first time in its entirety.

Star Wars' Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance are getting ready for the first-ever screening of the complete saga in China ahead of the debut of the franchise’s latest installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens worldwide on Dec. 18.

Chinese moviegoers will finally get to watch all six movies in the Star Wars saga so far on the big screen at the 18th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival, organizers and Walt Disney Pictures said Monday.

The 18th edition of the SIFF will mark the first theatrical screening of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in China.

The festival runs from June 13 thru 21.
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Happy Star Wars Day!
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 12:00

No, you're not seeing things, we did indeed wish you Happy Star Wars Day once again this month. Like the Queen, Star Wars has 2 'official' birthdays. Of course there is the fan-favourite and widely recognised May the 4th, where fans across the world celebrate the magic of the saga. Then there is the real birthday of May 25th, the day back in 1977 when A New Hope hit 32 screens in North America and changed not only cinema history but world history. Galactic history!

Raise a glass of blue milk,give a thought to those we've lost along the way and look ahead to what's just around the corner later this year. Happy Star Wars Day!

George Lucas At The 2015 Monaco Grand Prix
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 11:45

Here's the main man himself George Lucas at yesterdays Monaco Grand Prix, enjoying the thrill of the podrace and looking very well indeed. Retirement clearly sits well with him!

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Parkour Commercial Ukraine - Pip Andersen
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 10:41

You'll be seeing a lot more of him in December's The Force Awakens but until then here's Pip Andersen parkouring his way around the Ukraine in a commercial he did a while back.

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Full of Sith Episode Episode CXVI: Star Wars Weekends
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 09:55

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

After Bryan, Mike, Bobby, and Amy discuss their favorite Star Wars films and how to rank them, Amy offers a glowing report from Star Wars weekends at Walt Disney World.

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

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The Metro: John Williams Working On A New Score But Which Old Tunes Will Return?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 09:23

Check out my latest article over at The Metro as I look at which possible classic themes could be making a return in The Force Awakens in just 207 days time!

We already know there will be new themes for The Force Awakens.
Rey, Poe, Finn, Kylo Renn, even BB-8 will likely get their own recognisable themes, forging the way from what is essentially a transitional ‘passing of the torch’ episode into the age of our new heroes in episodes 8, 9 and beyond.
And yet the film also features Han Solo, Princess Leia (or perhaps Queen Leia by now), Artoo, Threepio, Chewbacca and of course Luke Skywalker.
Which of the existing themes from the previous six films could we see making subtle returns? Here are just a few which could be seeing action this December.

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Marvel Star Wars Solicitations for August 2015
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 25 May 2015 08:30
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Our good friends from Roqoo Depot have posted the August solicitations from Marvel comics. Here are the soliciations as relate to Star Wars.

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   24 May 2015
Jedi News Reaches 14,000 Likes On Facebook
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2015 17:01

We can't think of a much better way to celebrate the Bank Holiday tomorrow as our Jedi News Facebook page cruises past 14,000 likes.

On Twitter @JediNewsUK we're sitting at 8385, while Jedi News on Instagram is flourishing with 1541. Thanks to all of our new followers. You've come aboard at the right time as Team Jedi News (that's #TeamJediNews for any hashtag hounds out there) are working hard to make the journey towards The Force Awakens feel just that little bit less daunting.

The Empire Strikes Back: 13 Rare Pics!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2015 14:55

The Empire Strikes Back is 35 years old this week and EW bring us a series of rarely seen images from behind the scenes of the production.

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Star Wars Report #168: We Have a Patreon!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 May 2015 14:42

It's time to join your hosts Riley, Bethany and Mark over at Star Wars Report.

In this episode, we commemorate the launch of the Star Wars Report podcast Patreon campaign with a special themed episode where we feature a litany of special guests talking about their favorite moment in A New Hope.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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   23 May 2015
Star Wars: Battlefront Does Not Have Classes Or Squads
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:55

Soeren Kamper leads us towards this new article over at SWTOR Strategies looking at the lack of classes or squads in Star Wars: Battlefront.

During a recent interviews that was published in OXM and was reported by Gamesradar, the design director Niklas Fegraeus states that players will be able to choose the equipment they would like to use instead of only given a few choices.
New gear is guarded by XP, but you will be able to share what you unlock with your Partner. What this enables is two friends always purchasing different unlocks in order to put together their resources. Also, a higher-level player could give a new player access to their top-choice weapons in order to help the partnership.
Partners will be replacing Squads, giving you only one person to help you along the way.

Source SWTOR Strategies (Via Soeren Kamper)
Star Wars Fan Fun Day 2016 Logo Revealed
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:50

2nd May 2016 is the date of the next Star Wars Fan Fun Day, taking place at Burnley Football Club. And in readiness of that occasion here's a look at their new logo, featuring the fearsome Lord Vader.

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Podcast 66 Blog: Connections And Memories
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:48

What most reminds you of Star Wars right here, right now in the real world? That's the question posed by Mike Audette over at Podcast 66.

I was watching Episode IV: A New Hope one night during my last winter break of college, right before I was about to head back for my final semester before graduation. Something about that line and that moment hit me. I paused the movie and just put in my school name to replace Mos Eisley spaceport. "UMass Dartmouth: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy." Saying that back a few times back brought back a whole flood of memories and moments and events that happened over the course of my college career, good and bad. Classes, projects, late night partying, playing rugby, and friends. Everything from the past four years of college hit me and I began to understand the importance of it. Much like Luke needed to be taught and molded into becoming the Jedi he was destined to be, as did I need to be taught and molded into the business professional to begin my working career.

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The Wampa's Lair #132: The Maverick Jedi
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:43

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

In this episode, Karl and Jason discuss everyone’s favorite rogue Jedi: Qui-Gon Jinn! They dive into his character, what makes him unique, and what they love about him so much!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Set A Course For Star Wars Weekends
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:40

Join Shawn Slater for a look at all the amazing events lined up for Star Wars Weekends over the next three days over at StarWars.com.

Our Star Wars Weekends event for 2015 is well under way and better than ever! And this week, the incomparable Warwick Davis is among the celebrity guests visiting from that galaxy far, far away.
Warwick portrayed lovable Ewok Wicket from the forest moon of Endor and has brought to vivid life several beloved characters beyond the worlds of Star Wars. In fact, one of my favorite shows during Star Wars Weekends is “An Ewok’s Tale: My Short Story,” Warwick Davis’s hysterical one-man show through which he shares his adventures as only he can. It’s definitely not to be missed!

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Coffee With Kenobi: Becca's Chava Chats: Symbolic Cycles Of The Moon
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:28

Becca Benjamin brings her knowledge and insight to another great article over at the awesome Coffee With Kenobi.

It’s no secret that the Star Wars saga is intricately laced with symbolism and mythology throughout its entirety. In fact, the amount of its ambiguity is so immense that the conversations continue to grow and flourish up until this very day, some thirty-eight years after it all began.
One of the ongoing topics for discussion is the lack of women that are represented or portrayed within the storyline, that, and the lack of a storyline within the Prequels. Perhaps, those that feel so strongly about both accusations are going about it all wrong …

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An Oral History Of Star Wars: Republic Commando By Its Lead Programmer
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:21

Soeren over at SWTOR Strategies points us towards this fascinating article looking at the history and development of the classic game Star Wars: Republic Commando.

I’m Brett Douville — I was a programmer and lead programmer at LucasArts for seven years. The last game I did there was Star Wars: Republic Commando, and in this series, I’m going to go ahead and play through the game, telling you stuff about it. I’m really proud with what we accomplished with this game, especially considering some of the stuff that happened towards the end — which I’ll describe in a future video. So come back, or watch it over on Twitch live on Tuesdays. Check me out @brett_douville on Twitter for show times.

Source SWTOR Strategies (Via Soeren Kamper)
RebelForce Radio: May 22, 2015
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 May 2015 23:17

Jason & Jimmy talk to Mos Eisley Cantina expert Tom Spina who provides us with analysis of The Force Awakens pirate aliens as revealed in Vanity Fair; Fresh casting news from Star Wars Rogue One; Carrie Fisher's daughter Billy Lourde addresses rumors; Pip Andersen talks about The Force Awakens; We confront Apple iTroopers and we shake up our spoiler policy...again.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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   22 May 2015
Vanity Fair The Force Awakens Interview With Pablo Hidalgo
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 23:22

You know him. You love him (and deeply miss him on Twitter these days). He is instantly recognizable and recently spent some time speaking with Vanity Fair's Bruce Handy. He is of course, Lucasfilm's own Pablo Hidalgo.

Pablo Hidalgo’s official title at Lucasfilm is creative executive. Unofficially, he is the company’s in-house Star Wars geek, a repository of everything known—history, planetology, starship specifications, alien taxonomy, proper spellings—about the galaxy George Lucas created.

Originally hired to interact with fans, Hidalgo has become a key member of the Lucasfilm story group, headed by development executive Kiri Hart, which has been generating ideas for the ambitious slate of new Star Wars films that begins this December with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I recently talked with Hidalgo about what his job at Lucasfilm entails, where the franchise is headed, and how he managed to turn a childhood obsession into a career.

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The History Of Star Wars Toys
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 18:21

Kenner Star Wars line. Those words in the same sentence carry extra special meaning for fans who are old enough to remember having these toys throughout their childhood. Head on over to io9 for a trip down memory lane as they examine the revolutionary history of Star Wars toys, beginning with the Kenner golden years all the way up to the current The Force Awakens product packaging reveal.

When Star Wars released in 1977, the face of science fiction in popular culture was changed forever — but a year later, the movie helped transform the toy industry as well. Since then, Star Wars and the toys it inspired have been forever linked, a story that can just as easily be told through figures as it can the films.

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Jogcast Radio: Episode 13: Marathon Edition: Rob Wainfur Part 1
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 17:16

Grab your running shoes, it's time for the Jogcast.

Hi there Jogcasters, tonight we are joined by a longtime friend of Jogcast: ROB WAINFUR of ‘The Bearded Trio’ who has joined us for three shows, talking everything from Star Trek to The Dark Crystal and everything in between. We chatted for close to three hours, so we have decided to cut the show into three parts, and this is the first one – don’t worry if you get invested in the chat about Karl Urban, and Dredd towards the end, as that will come back in Part 2, out the same time next week. All here on Jogcast Radio.

Contact Information: Website

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John Boyega...Shopping
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 16:10

Hello people

A video posted by @john_boyega on

Here's proof that even galactic heroes have to do their shopping in places other than swap meets on Tatooine, boutiques on Coruscant or trading posts on Polis Massa.

Yes, this IS John Boyega shopping in Sainsbury and he's saying hello to you.

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New Hasbro President Unveiled
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 15:26

Changes at Hasbro as a new president is presented to the media.

Brian Goldner has succeeded Alfred J. Verrecchia as president and chief executive officer of Hasbro. The change of personnel was completed at the company’s annual general meeting.

And the presentation also included a very prominent partner of Hasbro, going back many decades.

The meeting featured the showing of a Verrecchia tribute tape produced by the company’s Cake Mix Studios. George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, a longtime Hasbro toy brand, was among those who praised the outgoing chairman.

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Wired: Is That An Episode VIII Script Under Rian Johnson's Foot?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 15:20

@liricopolla22 pointed out this little Easter egg. :)

A photo posted by Vintage Star Wars (@vintagestarwars) on

Great spot by Vintage Star Wars on Instagram. Check out the script of Episode VIII under director Rian Johnson's foot. Is it real? Highly unlikely, but it's a neat little nod to what is to come, and given that all the other living Star Wars directors are present (Lucas for The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and J.J. Abrams for The Force Awakens) it's a cool tip of the hat.

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Official Site: From World War To Star Wars: May The 4th
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 15:12

Join Cole Horton as we trace the way back 70 years to the second world war and the links between that conflict and the events of the Star Wars galaxy over at StarWars.com.

May 4 — known colloquailly as Star Wars Day — is practically a holiday for Star Wars fans. We celebrate with movie marathons, special announcements, merchandise sales, and more. Yet as a historian, I think of May 4 for some very different reasons — as a day that marked some important milestones during the Second World War.
While many remember the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 as the start of the war for the United States, many forget how tenuous the conflict was for America and the Allied Powers in the months after the attack. The Allies were on the defensive for months, losing territory to Japan in the Philippines, Guam, Burma, and more. Even Singapore, thought (or lauded) to be impregnable just as the Death Star was in Star Wars, fell to the Japanese onslaught. For six months, the Allies were losing the war badly.
That is until May 4, 1942.

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On The Shelves UK: Star Wars Battlefront Hits UK Games Magazine Covers
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 14:52

Lovely sight. Lots of #starwars on all the current video game magazines #battlefront is coming.

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

Not long to go now, as shown by the sudden influx of Star Wars Battlefront covers hitting the UK's major gaming magazines, across all platforms.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars #5
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 14:30
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BOOK I, PART 5

SKYWALKER STRIKES

It is a period of renewed hope for the Rebellion. The evil Galactic Empire's greatest weapon, the Death Star, has been destroyed by the young rebel pilot Luke Skywalker.

But Skywalker knows he has a long way to go if he ever hopes to become a true Jedi. Seeking clues to his destiny, he has returned home to Tatooine.

Meanwhile, Darth Vader is seeking answers of his own and has hired the notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett to track down the pilot who destroyed the Death Star....

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Tosche Station Radio #117: Luke Skywalker and Beyond
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 May 2015 14:12

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

Heath joins us this week for a discussion of all things Luke Skywalker!

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

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

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   21 May 2015
Vanity Fair The Force Awakens Interview With John Williams
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 23:43

Vanity Fair's coverage of The Force Awakens continues today with their latest Web Extra by writer Bruce Handy - an interview with one of the members of the Star Wars "Holy Trinity", Mr. John Williams.

Film composer John Williams has been nominated for an astonishing 49 Academy Awards. He’s won five. His second was for Jaws and his third was for the original Star Wars—and bingo! Right there you have arguably the two most recognizable scores in Hollywood history. Williams has since written the music for all the Star Wars sequels and prequels, along with nearly all of Steven Spielberg’s films, the first three Harry Potter pictures, and—a few more titles chosen not quite at random—Superman, The Witches of Eastwick, Home Alone, JFK, and The Book Thief.

I recently spoke to Williams about his in-progress work on his seventh Star Wars score, for the upcoming The Force Awakens—and also about a song he once co-wrote for Frank Sinatra.

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Official Site: 6 Reasons To Watch The Star Wars Prequels Right Now
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 22:09

Join Amy Ratcliffe as she gives 6 reasons (other than they are awesome!) to watch the prequel trilogy over at StarWars.com.

The arrival of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace ushered in a new era. Fans were transported into the past to view not only the fall of Anakin Skywalker, but the descent of the Republic and the Jedi Order. We saw how the Emperor took control and how the Galactic Empire began. It was a bleak time for the galaxy — a time made worse by the dark side clouding the Force and blinding those who had the potential to change the course.
Because the 16th anniversary of the release of The Phantom Menace and the 10th anniversary of the release Revenge of the Sith just passed (both films hit theaters on May 19), there’s no better time to celebrate the prequel trilogy. Experiencing this era again will also better prepare you for the arrival of Darth Vader in Season Two of Star Wars Rebels.

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Game Informer Video: Animating Disney Infinity 3.0
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 21:52

While visiting Avalanche Software for our June cover story on Disney Infinity 3.0, we met up with the studio's animation department head Gavan Knowlton to talk about the animation team's work for the new game. With development taking place all over the globe from developers like Ninja Theory, Knowlton oversees the process and makes sure that the game's animations align with their respective films. We spoke with Knowlton about the research process behind working with these classic characters, the team's biggest animation blunder, and what happens when you give Anna from Frozen Darth Maul's walking animation.

Watch the video [above] to see more of Disney Infinity 3.0 and the Star Wars characters in action and what Disneyland ride will be making a surprise appearance in the game.

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On The Shelves UK: X-Box One Magazine
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 21:45

This month focusing on the hotly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront, if you are in the UK you need to grab a copy of this right away as it's filled with insight into the years most anticipated release.

On The Shelves UK: Poundland: Monsters On Blu Ray For Just £1.00
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 19:19

As part of your Star Wars education you need to grab this. Just £1.00 in Poundland, while stocks last.

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Brickset Review: 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 18:32

Check out this review of the new 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium set via our pals at Brickset.

The Lambda Class Shuttle is an instantly recognisable vehicle but it has not quite achieved the iconic status of the X-Wing, Death Star or Millennium Falcon and has therefore not been recreated at this scale since 2005's 7264 Imperial Inspection.
Set design has advanced enormously in the past ten years and it really shows here, so I am delighted to see an updated version, particularly since five superb minifigures are included to crew this stolen ship.

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The WolfPack Podcast #141: Star Wars Weekends Weekend 1 Recap
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 18:20

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Nabil talks about his experience at Star Wars Weekends 2015 Weekend 1. We are joined by guests John (Crazy About Disney) and Fernando who also attended the first weekend of Star Wars Weekends. We go over the new changes to this event, the panels, and more!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 17:17

Press "CC" in the player for the lyrics! Based on "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen and STAR WARS created by George Lucas. Performed by the Star Wars cosplayers of the Arizona geek community!

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Official Site: Happy Rancor: Laught It Up, Fuzzball (Or The Comedy Of Star Wars)
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 17:15

It's time to join Dazzling Dan Brooks over at StarWars.com as he investigates the funny moments of Star Wars and whether or not the bone Luke grabbed to wedge the rancors mouth open was humerus or just worthy of a deep thigh....

While I usually highlight a specific release in (the long-dormant, now reactivated!) Happy Rancor, I wanted to use this installment to talk about something I feel is essential to Star Wars, but often overlooked: the laughs and the lightness.
This is, of course, not to say that Star Wars isn’t a high-stakes, serious drama. There is darkness. There is heartbreak. There is death. Darth Vader does not crack jokes while pursuing the Millennium Falcon. But that seriousness is part of a balance of tone that makes the galaxy far, far away what it is. The other side of that tone is a fun energy, part of which is comedy. It plays a huge role in how we think and feel about Star Wars, even if we’re not always aware of it.

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How DICE Used Photogrammetry To Design Star Wars Battlefront
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 17:14

A new behind-the-scenes production update on the development of Star Wars Battlefront has been posted by the team over at DICE on the official EA Star Wars website.

We’ve all been there. Returning home from a trip far, far away with new memories - and often a memory card full of images. DICE experienced this, too, on an astronomical level. Having visited the Lucasfilm Cultural Arts Museum and the original Star Wars™ filming locations, the studio artists brought back several terabytes of inspiration for Star Wars™ Battlefront™.

DICE focused on something else other than selfies and food close-ups, though. The mission: head to the locations where it all began and capture the basis for hi-res 3D models to the game - including anything from Stormtrooper helmets to giant redwood trees. Key in this process was a technology called photogrammetry.

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 78: James Kahn, SW Weekends #1, World Of Tomorrowland
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 16:50

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

Author James Kahn has a full resume from helping to save E.T.’s life, creating original music and writing the best-selling novelization of RETURN OF THE JEDI. We are so excited to welcome him to the show and listen to his fantastic career in storytelling. Star Wars Weekends #1 Recap! John Fowler is back to tell us all about his time, and whether or not he saw Han Solo.
And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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The Force Awakens "World Of Color Celebrate" Segment At Disneyland
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 16:50

On May 20, 2015, Disneyland debuted the new World of Color Celebrate show that includes a Star Wars: The Force Awakens segment plus Star Tours.

Thanks to @StarWarsEvents for the heads-up. For more information on the Disney "World of Color Celebrate" show including a video of the full amazing outdoor nighttime presentation and other individual video clips, click here.

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Force Is Strong As Star Wars Fans Help Sick Kids In Scotland
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 16:25

Our fellow rebels in the Rebel Legion are constantly fighting the good fight, raising money and bringing smiles to kids across the length and breadth of the country. Here's a great article focusing on Keith Armour, the Rebel Legion events coordinator for Scotland and his heroic friends.

It's a tough life as a 7ft 9 Wookiee, even if it's only in costume.
It took lifelong Star Wars fan Keith Armour around 1600 hours to stitch his screen-accurate Wookiee ensemble out of mesh, knee pads, stilts and hair extensions.
Since completion, the outfit has made memorable appearances at events around the UK from Glasgow's West End Festival to Star Wars movie screenings - and yes, it gets pretty warm in there.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Rebels Cast Interview With StarWars.com
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 13:38

Ashley Eckstein, Dee Bradley Baker and surprise guest Freddie Prinze Jr. speak with StarWars.com about the debut of the Season Two trailer and the return of Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Simon Kinberg And Dave Filoni Interview With StarWars.com
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 13:35

The masterminds behind Star Wars Rebels talk with StarWars.com about the collaborative storytelling process behind the Star Wars films, television shows, and comic books, the return of Captain Rex, and the reaction to the new Rebels trailer at Celebration Anaheim!

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Vanity Fair The Force Awakens Interview With Kathleen Kennedy
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 21 May 2015 13:26

Vanity Fair's Bruce Handy has been quite the busy man these days as he has had the pleasure of interviewing some of the biggest heavyweights associated with the production of The Force Awakens. First he spent time with director J.J. Abrams. Then he chatted for a bit with costume designer Michael Kaplan. And now he goes all the way to the top in his latest interview with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

As a co-founder of Amblin Entertainment, producer Kathleen Kennedy has had a hand in nearly all of Steven Spielberg’s films since Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981. In 2012 she became president of Lucasfilm, George Lucas’s production company, shortly before he sold it to Disney. Now she’s shepherding an ambitious new slate of Star Wars films, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, from director and co-writer J.J. Abrams, scheduled for December release.

I recently spoke with Kennedy about the mystique Star Wars has for young filmmakers, some unusual ideas she had for releasing the new film, and the odd coincidence that led to her first meeting Abrams three decades ago, when he was a 16-year-old student filmmaker.

Source Vanity Fair
   20 May 2015
Ultra HD Blu-ray Specifications Revealed
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 20:38

Shame on me for not seeing this the day it was posted as news about improvements in home theater technology are right in my wheelhouse, but better late than never definitely applies here. The official specifications for the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format, as well as the accompanying logo shown above, have been officially announced.

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has announced the completion of the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification and released the new logo that will delineate Ultra HD Blu-ray products. The Ultra HD Blu-ray specification, which represents the work of global leaders from the consumer electronics, IT and content creation industries, will enable delivery of Ultra HD content via Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc to the rapidly growing number of UHD TV households.

"For years, Blu-ray Disc has set the standard for high definition picture and audio quality in the home. Ultra HD Blu-ray will do the same for UHD home entertainment," said Victor Matsuda, chair, BDA Promotions Committee. "The technical capabilities of Blu-ray Disc, in particular its significant storage capacity and high data transfer rates, will enable the delivery of an unparalleled, consistent and repeatable UHD experience."

The completed Ultra HD Blu-ray specification addresses a range of factors, beyond simply increasing resolution, that will significantly enhance the home entertainment experience for consumers. In addition to delivering content in up-to 3840x2160 resolution, the Ultra HD Blu-ray format enables delivery of a significantly expanded color range and allows for the delivery of high dynamic range (HDR) and high frame rate content. Next-generation immersive, object-based sound formats will also be delivered via the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification. Additionally, with the optional digital bridge feature, the specification enhances the value of content ownership by embracing the notion that a content purchase can enable the consumer to view their content across the range of in-home and mobile devices.

The specification also mandates all new Ultra HD Blu-ray players be capable of playing back current Blu-ray Discs, giving consumers access to the vast library of more than 10,000 titles currently available on Blu-ray Disc.

Licensing of Ultra HD Blu-ray is scheduled to begin this Summer. The BDA is working closely with industry leaders in the authoring, testing, certification and replication industries to develop the tools and process needed to ensure interoperability between players and software and to facilitate the development of a robust ecosystem to support the hardware and title launch of Ultra HD Blu-ray.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 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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Far, Far Away Radio Episode 206 – Chatting With Mr. Kenobi
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 18:36

It's time to join the team over at Far Far Away Radio.

New images from The Force Awakens gave us plenty to talk about on this new episode of Far Far Away Radio! And Chris is in full Boba Fett fan-mode as we discuss a potential movie staring the legendary bounty hunter. Add to that an interview with the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and you have a jam-packed episode of Star Wars!

Contact Information: Email - CONTACT@FARFARAWAYRADIO.COM | Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Brews and Blasters #21: The Sweathogs of Star Wars Fandom
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 15:00

It's time to join the gang over at Brews and Blasters.

That's right, we go there: Welcome Back, Kotter references! Plus, we invent a special "secret handshake" for Brews and Blasters listeners!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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3 Topps Empire Strikes Back Contests With Matt Busch!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 13:08

Check out these great opportunities via our pal and superstar artist Matt Busch to win some superb Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strike Back trading card sets.

Star Wars Artists Matt Busch is teaming up with Topps to run 3 Contests this week in promotion for the new Star Wars Illustrated: The Empire Strike Back trading card series! Prizes include rare Film Cell cards, mini boxes of promo cards that were previously only available at Celebration Anaheim, and even a full Hobby Box of trading card packs!
Beginning today, Matt will be having a contest each day on one of his social media channels with an opportunity to win! Be sure to follow Matt on Instagram.com/Matt_Busch_Instagram , http://twitter.com/Matt_Busch and http://facebook.com/MattBuschArt.
Good luck, and May the Force be with You!

Chris Pratt Shoots Down Indiana Jones Rumor
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 12:48

It looks like we may be able to officially put the Chris Pratt Indiana Jones rumor to rest, at least for the time being (you know how these things can change in a heartbeat). In an article by Chris Heath posted on GQ (WARNING: language), Pratt basically tosses cold water on this rumor given his extremely busy contracted schedule.

...there is the widely and confidently reported story that he will be the next Indiana Jones. Pratt was on a four-day hunt on a Texas ranch when his manager and agent called to say that this "fact" had exploded all over the Internet. "And so I came home, and then there was paparazzi asking me about it and people asking me to sign Indiana Jones pictures and Indiana Jones hats," he says. The truth, as far as he is concerned, is that someone high up at Disney did mention to him a while back that they were picking up the rights to Indiana Jones, to which Pratt commented that his action-adventure card was fairly full.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Kanan: The Last Padawan #2
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 12:30
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BOOK 1, PART 2

THE LAST PADAWAN

It is the dawn of the Rebellion. Growing tired of the Emperor's iron rule, groups of people have begun to dissent in secret to fight for freedom - including the mysterious rebel KANAN JARRUS.

It has been fifteen years since the fall of the Republic and the birth of the evil Galactic Empire, when Imperial clone troopers purged the peace-keeping JEDI ORDER by the command of the Emperor.

Now, Kanan - once a young Jedi Padawan by the name of CALEB DUME who fought alongside his Jedi Master DEPA BILLABA during the Clone Wars - has returned to the planet KALLER and is forced to remember the day the JEDI PURGE began....

Every now and again a comic comes along that puts a smile on your face. For me, it's titles that bring with them class, quality and a bag full of nostalgia and I'm once again very pleased to say that Kanan is doing just that. But how can a comic featuring a character who is only a couple of years old at best do that. Ahhh, therein lies the trick....

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Official Site: Star Wars: Trade Federation Ships And Vehicles
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 12:16

Tim Veekhoven takes us to the skies of Naboo and a journey to the prequel trilogy in his latest entry over at StarWars.com as he looks at the vehicles of the Trade Federation.

Because the Galactic Republic lacked a central army to maintain order in the galaxy, economic powerhouses had been granted the right to arm themselves legally against pirates and other assailants. This would lead to the creation of thousands of battle droids, but also to the production of armed ships and vehicles. One of these economic powers was the Trade Federation, controlled by the greedy Neimoidians. Exotic companies such as Haor Chall Engineering and Baktoid Armor Workshop produced most of the ships and vehicles from the Trade Federation that are highlighted in this article.

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 30
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 07:39

It’s time to join Sean & John for Radio Free Tatooine, the Star Wars podcast that’s better than some, worse than others.

This week brought us very little news, so we’re bringing you very much show! We touch on a couple new releases: The Phantom of Menace, the June issue of Vanity Fair, and Madam Tussauds’ Star Wars Exhibit and then get VERY into ring composition and chiasmus with none other than Mike Klimo, author of Star Wars Ring Theory: The Hidden Artistry of the Star Wars Prequels.

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Of Watercolor Wookiees And Death Star Cookies: Star Wars Books In The 70's
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 05:12

Albin Johnson takes us on a trip back to the 70's in his latest piece over at StarWars.com where he looks at some of the kids books of the era.

Back in the ’70s, there was merely a trickle of Star Wars merchandise compared to the cornucopia of content fans have to enjoy nowadays. So instead of video games and animated fare and comics you have today, we fans subsisted on bubble gum cards, a few action figures, and whatever else we could find. But ask anyone from my generation and they have fond memories of those rare treats. The ones that stand out in my mind to this day were the books from Random House.

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Full of Sith Episode CXV: Canon Ball
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 03:19

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

Bryan, Mike, and Bobby gather to discuss the Star Wars Comics, the Korean canon comic, and what they’d like to see dropped into the new canon from the legends universe…

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

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Jedi News Interview: Ryder Windham: A Star Wars Ultimate
Reported by John 'Dak' Morton (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 02:32
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While at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, Dak and Star Wars author Ryder Windham got a chance to chat while he was signing at DK’s launch party for Ultimate Star Wars, an illustrated guide to characters and storylines that he authored with Adam Bray, Daniel Wallace and Tricia Barr. Anthony Daniels wrote the foreword.
Ryder has penned over fifty Star Wars books and has edited Star Wars comics for Dark Horse Comics. He’s worked with Del Rey, Grosset & Dunlap, HarperCollins, Random House and Scholastic Inc. A Rhode Island native, he lives in Providence. When not hyperspace jumping through the Galaxy, Ryder’s an instructor for comic and sequential art classes at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education.

John Dak Morton: Looks like this DK signing is winding down. I think you folks have signed for everyone in the room. Shall we start?

Ryder Windham: Sure. Let’s go!

Dak: Folks are clearly excited about this book. What was the most fun for you doing this Ultimate Star Wars project?

RW: DK Publishing’s editors and designers conceived the book, and I was one of four writers who worked on it. The other writers are Dan Wallace, Tricia Barr, and Adam Bray. A lot of time and effort went into making the book look good and read well. I greatly enjoyed working with my editor, Jan Hughes. For me, I guess the most fun part was seeing the end result, after all the work was done. It’s also fun knowing that this book will be, for many readers, the very first Star Wars book they’ve ever read.

Jogcast Radio: Episode 11: Star Wars Jogcast: The Sounds of the Stars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 20 May 2015 00:18

Grab your running shoes, it's time for the Jogcast.

Hi there Jogcasters, we have a MASSIVE show for you tonight. This is two BIG shows in one, with two very interesting guests to bring you some great and interesting Star Wars news, fun and more. We first go through the news on Jogcast, the new format, the revamp and what’s in store for YOU the listener on this new podcast format. Then we begin with our new spoiler segment called: “ Wookie Call-back” where we, look at the current news, and what’s in vogue with the new and latest Star Wars gossip doing the rounds on reddit, leaks, site news and general speculation. We will delve in into THE FORCE AWAKENS, REBELS and more. We then have our first guest: RYAN STAMPFLI. Ryan is a dear friend and fellow Star Wars fan from Australia who has done the Australia to America journey for Celebration. Ryan will be taking us through his Star Wars background, and how he made the trip to Celebration where he met the likes of fellow Star Wars pals: Matt Clifton, Stephen Stanton, Rick Fitts, David Manderville and more fellow Star Wars fans in the community. There are a few pics here and there to show you his other travelling companion: TRAVELLING CHOPPER.

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Tickets Remain For Julian Glovers Beowulf
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 19 May 2015 23:59

Hurry, while there are a few remaining, they won;t be on sale for long.

One of Britain’s leading actors, Julian Glover, will be interpreting the mighty tale of Beowulf, the earliest written poem of its kind in Old English. He will take you on the exciting journey of the great hero Beowulf, slayer of dragons and defender of lands. Glover has reworked and edited the poem for the stage and has been performing it for over 30 years.
At the matinee performance Julian will tell the story alone for the last time. Embracing original oral tradition, in the evening his son, Jamie Glover will join him on stage to conclude the tale.
Julian will never perform it again; henceforward the story will be told by Jamie.
"This version is mine. I have inserted extracts from the Old English and I hope I have retained the feel of the original, in what is, after all, a rattling good yarn."
Julian Glover

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Official Site: Collectibles From The Outer Rim: Battle At Sarlacc's Pit!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 19 May 2015 23:50

This post made me smile as my copy of the game is literally within arms reach at the side of my desk. Check out another great article by Matt Dracula over at StarWars.com.

Perhaps the most egregious omission from Kenner’s vintage Star Wars collection was a Great Pit of Carkoon playset. As the crux of what was arguably the most action-packed scene in the entire original trilogy, I never understood why Kenner didn’t release some kind of plastic Sarlacc toy for kids to play with.
(Kenner wasn’t wholly oblivious to the problem, either. In one old Return of the Jedi action figure commercial, a pair of kids created a makeshift Sarlacc out of a sandcastle bucket!)

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RebelForce Radio: More Best of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 19 May 2015 23:44

As promised, here is the continuation of The Best of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. We review highlights from the most popular panels including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Ian McDiarmid. Plus, The Untold Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels panels with Dave Filoni, Freddie Prinze Jr and more. Also, we explain why it’s important for you to watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Netflix, listener love for Asajj Ventress, and more from SWCA!

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Vanity Fair Interview With The Force Awakens Costume Designer Michael Kaplan
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 19 May 2015 21:51

Head on over to Vanity Fair for a new Web Extra interview writer Bruce Handy recently conducted with Michael Kaplan, costume designer for The Force Awakens in which they discuss what went into creating the various outfits we will be seeing on screen come December.

Michael Kaplan, the costume designer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, began his career in the mid-1970s working for Bob Mackie, Hollywood’s glitziest designer on The Sonny and Cher Show. (His initial task: “metallicizing” a pair of Cher’s shoes to match one of Mackie’s gowns.) Kaplan made the leap to film with Ridley Scott’s visionary Blade Runner (1982). He has since designed costumes for Flashdance, Se7en, Fight Club, Armageddon, I Am Legend, and J.J. Abrams’s two rebooted Star Trek movies.

Kaplan and I recently spoke about his work for Abrams on The Force Awakens, including the influences of both Apple and the Third Reich on the fashions of the resurgent Empire, along with the question of just how crazy or not he could get with Princess Leia’s and Han Solo’s outfits.

Game Informer Video: What Star Wars Means To Disney Infinity 3.0
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 19 May 2015 19:55

Disney has had a long and sometimes scattered history with games. While visiting Avalanche Software for our June cover story on Disney Infinity 3.0, we sat down with the vice president of production for Disney Infinity, John Vignocchi, to learn more about Disney Interactive's approach to gaming and the shift in priorities toward Disney Infinity. Trying to channel the entire Disney empire into the most efficient content for the Disney Infinity series is a monumental task, and we wanted to talk to Vignocchi about the moving parts involved behind the scenes.

Watch the interview [above] to learn more about what the Star Wars purchase meant for Disney Infinity and how the team maps out the future of the series.

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Boba Fett A "High Priority" For Lucasfilm
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 19 May 2015 17:37

Ever since it was first announced that Lucasfilm would be releasing a series of spinoff movies (now officially known as the Star Wars Anthology) set outside the timeline of the regular episodic films, Boba Fett has been rumored as a prime candidate to receive the spinoff film treatment. However, we haven't heard any definitive statements from either Disney or Lucasfilm confirming that Boba would feature in one of these films in any capacity.

That has potentially changed now.

Our friends over at Boba Fett Fan Club provide us with details on a specific (translated) quote from Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy at the Episode VII kickoff event held last month in Japan in which she mentions Boba Fett will be returning in some form and that he is a "high priority" on Lucasfilm's list of future projects.

Take the source link below for all the details.

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SDCC 2015: Hasbro Star Wars Panel Date & Time Announced
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 19 May 2015 16:36

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WIRED June 2015 Cover And The Untold Story Of ILM Feature Revealed
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 19 May 2015 16:17

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Lawrence Kasdan Chats With Vanity Fair On Lando, The Force Awakens Runtime
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 19 May 2015 15:39

More Star Wars goodness continues to come our way via Vanity Fair courtesy of this latest Web Extra interview with Lawrence Kasdan that was posted on their site yesterday evening. In the interview, Kasdan hits on topics such as the production of Episode VII (of course), what the future could possibly hold for Lando Calrissian, and the thinking that went into deciding on the final runtime for The Force Awakens.

And if you missed it earlier, be sure to check out our assembled collection of all the Episode VII stories that are included as part of the Vanity Fair June 2015 issue.

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Pip Andersen The Force Awakens Interview With Red Carpet News
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 19 May 2015 15:20

In the video below, new Episode VII cast member Pip Andersen talks briefly with Red Carpet News about his experience working on the set of The Force Awakens.

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