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   08 July 2015
Christopher Miller and Phil Lord to Helm Han Solo Anthology Film
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 08 Jul 2015 00:08

This just in from StarWars.com, the next Anthology film will be a young Han Solo story AND apparently everything is awesome...

The next adventure in the Anthology series of Star Wars films will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, whose credits include the critically acclaimed The LEGO Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. Among the most sought-after filmmakers working today, the two have proven a formidable duo on the multiple films they’ve collaborated on and are looking forward to applying their unique creative chemistry to the Star Wars universe.

The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan and [his son] Jon Kasdan. The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.

With this announcement, does this mean that LEGO Star Wars characters will feature more prominently in The LEGO Movie sequel, and that a possible deal has been done with Warner Bros - lets hope so!

Source Official Site
   07 July 2015
Star Wars: Uprising Mobile Gameplay Preview Video
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Jul 2015 18:44

Check out this gameplay preview video for the new mobile platform game Star Wars: Uprising from developer Kabam set during the time period after Episode VI and before Episode VII that was officially announced last month.

Get ready to play Star Wars™: Uprising, the first mobile game in the Star Wars universe that takes place between Star Wars™: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi™ and Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™. Join the Uprising at http://www.PlayStarWarsUprising.com

Source YouTube
Official Site: Open Stuart Immonen's Star Wars Sketchbook, Part 2
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Jul 2015 14:24

Jim Beard gives us a sneak peek into incoming Star Wars artist Stuart Immonen's sketchbook over at StarWars.com.

Taking over for John Cassaday, Stuart Immonen’s upcoming role as the ongoing Star Wars series’ new artist with regular writer Jason Aaron — beginning with Star Wars #8 – prompted us to seek him out for his thoughts on the design work he’ll do on the book, as well as the particulars of the characters and everything else that makes Star Wars, well, Star Wars.

Source Official Site
Star Wars Report #174: Ewan McGregor Likes Star Wars Now
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Jul 2015 13:56

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

Bothan Baller Bruce Gibson steals the show! -Greedo Shooting First Makes Sense! (Or does it?), Ewan McGregor on The Force Awakens, and more, Riley’s quest to Star Wars Upify his new ride, Costume Sketches for Han, Poe and Finn in the French Edition of Vanity Fair, 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Star Wars, R. A. Salvatore Sword and Laser. All this, and MORE!!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Cartamundi Releases Star Wars Card And Gift Range
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Jul 2015 13:33

New Cartamundi products incoming, as seen in the latest Toy World Mag.

The range includes two specially designed card packs, the first illustrated with stills from episodes I to III and the second with stills from episodes IV to VI.
There is also a gift box designed in the shape of a Darth Vader mask housing a set of illustrated playing cards telling his life story.
The first lines will reach retail in July, with the entire range becoming available in December.

Source Toyworld Mag
Jedi News Book Review: Dark Disciple
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Jul 2015 12:00
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In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

I am not an obsessive fan of the Clone Wars, I think it is important to point that out straight away. The Clone Wars was behind pay wall TV in the UK that I did not subscribe to and the continuing absence of the final season on Blu Ray meant a disconnect from the product. If content is not readily available it is difficult to become a fan of it. However, I was a major fan of the Dark Horse Comics created character of Quinlan Vos – and was excited to read a novel with him front and center.

Beware, mild spoilers ahead.

Source Random House
The Metro: What happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Jul 2015 11:28

It's a touch 'last week' but my latest The Metro article looks at Marvels Shattered Empire, bridging the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens

What happens between the final scene of 1983’s Return of the Jedi (aka Episode 6) and the opening scroll up of this December’s The Force Awakens (aka Episode 7)?
Nobody but J.J. Abrams and a select few Disney and Lucasfilm employees know, but with Marvel’s Shattered Empire four-part comic heading our way in September and October we could learn a lot more. A brief précis (also known as a blurb) has now been released, revealing some of the plotline.

Source The Metro
Official Site: SDCC Star Wars Collectibles Sneak Peek
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Jul 2015 11:19

Our very own James Burns brings us a close look at what goodies to expect at this weekends San Diego Comic Con over at StarWars.com.

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is right around the corner, and as usual there’s a plethora of awesome Star Wars exclusives from Hasbro, Funko, and more creators of Force-filled products. Here’s our guide to what’s available at this year’s show!

Source Official Site
Radio Free Tatooine Episode 36: Introducing... Shadow Quarry!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Jul 2015 11:08

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

In this episode, we cover a few news bits and rumors, but we’re most excited about our big announcement! We here at Radio Free Tatooine are proud to announce Star Wars: Shadow Quarry, a Star Wars audio drama that’s better than some, worse than others… We’re writing and producing our very own story with all new characters, one of whom could be you! Record the following line and send it to sean@radiofreetatooine.com for a chance to play Imperial Admiral Garvall. Male? Female? Doesn’t matter, see if you have what it takes to lead the Imperial Navy in our epic new space saga!

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

Source Radio Free Tatooine
Jedi News Book Review: The Clone Army Attacketh
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 07 Jul 2015 00:00
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Torn between duty to the Jedi, attraction to Padmé, and concern for his beloved mother, yeoman Jedi Anakin Skywalker struggles to be master of his fate. But the path he chooses will determine not just his own destiny, but that of the entire Republic. And thereby hangs a tale.

Alack the day!

A noble lady in danger. A knight and squire in battle. And a forbidden love that’s written in the stars. Once again, the quill of William Shakespeare meets the galaxy of George Lucas in an insightful reimagining that sets the Star Wars saga on the Elizabethan stage. The characters are familiar, but the masterful meter, insightful soliloquies, and period illustrations will convince you that the Bard himself penned this epic adventure.

We're five books into the 6 book cycle - Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge is on its way and I'm counting on The Force Doth Awaken sometime next year - and Ian Doescher arrives at the tricky middle kid of the prequel trilogy, Attack of the Clones. Can it match the magnificence of its predecessors? Does a Nexu use a litter tray? No, no it doesn't, but don't worry, this book is equal to all the others.

Source Quirk Books
   06 July 2015
SDCC 2015: The Force Awakens Hall H Panel Will Not Contain Any New Footage
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Jul 2015 21:56

It sounds like the highly anticipated The Force Awakens presentation panel that will be held in Hall H on Friday at SDCC 2015 may have lost quite a bit of it's luster as Entertainment Weekly has reportedly received details from sources on what will be shown/revealed during the presentation, and new footage of any kind will not be part of the action.

First of all, the presentation this Friday afternoon will not include a trailer or any new clips of the movie. The next trailer will be coming in the fall, according to sources with knowledge of the project.

But don’t go hurling your cup of blue milk at the wall just yet. There will be other surprises.

Roughly six months before the Dec. 18 release, the Comic-Con panel will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the highly secretive film, which was completely locked down to press during production. (It’s still locked down. Lucasfilm and parent company Disney declined requests for comment.)

Source EW
Lucasfilm Confirms Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Blu-ray Will Be Available In The UK
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Jul 2015 18:41

After it was officially confirmed about a week or so ago that Star Wars Rebels Season 1 would be arriving in the United States on Blu-ray and DVD on September 1, fans living in the UK began to wonder if the Blu-ray set would be available to purchase in their area. Well, those fans can now let out a big collective sigh of relief as Lucasfilm's Tracy Cannobbio has confirmed via Twitter that it will be.

Source Twitter
SDCC 2015: DK Booth And Authors Attending
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Jul 2015 15:28

If you are attending San Diego Comic Con then you really need to be working this into your schedule. Star Wars authors Adam Bray, Cole Horton and Michael Kogge are signing at the DK booth during the show.

Special Appearances By DK’s Star Wars® Authors

Adam Bray • Cole Horton • Michael Kogge
Signing Books, Posters, and More* at Booth #2913E in the Lucas Pavilion
See Booth Schedule for Details

Source DK
SDCC 2015: LEGO Retail Exclusive Sets Schedule
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Jul 2015 15:17

Check out the latest news on the exclusive LEGO sets at this years San Diego Comic Con over at FBTB.

Drawing Schedule

Thursday–Sunday: Drawing starts shortly after the lines are let into the building until supplies last.

Thursday: LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Action Comics #1 Superman™
Friday: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Throne of Ultron™
Saturday: LEGO Star Wars™ Dagobah™ Mini-Build
Sunday: There will be a drawing for tickets that have not been redeemed on this day

  • Attendee badges only
  • One drawing per person, per day
  • Random drawing is for a chance to get a ticket to purchase at the LEGO Booth
  • Sets will not be distributed at the Pavilion Terrace
  • Must redeem ticket that day

Source From Bricks To Bothans
SDCC 2015: Jakks Pacific Star Wars 20" Hologram Darth Vader Review
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Jul 2015 14:34

Take a look at this video review of Jakks Pacifics Star Wars 20" Hologram Darth Vader exclusive figure, available at San Diego Comic Con.

Join Pixel Dan for a look at the upcoming SDCC Excluisve Star Wars 20" Hologram Darth Vader from Jakks Pacific!

Source YouTube
Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 85
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Jul 2015 14:32

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

Filming has reportedly begin on Rogue One! Someone got a glimpse at Rogue One concept art. Another look at Maz Kanata? Synopsis for Journey to The Force Awakens book Shattered Empire. Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader and Princess Leia. Star Wars at Disneyworld! The Force Awakens spoilers!!! POD PEOPLE

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Making Star Wars
Reminder: Star Wars Related Programming At SDCC 2015
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Jul 2015 14:24

We're only a few short days away from all the exciting news and product reveals that will be coming our way courtesy of SDCC 2015. So before you pack your bags and hop on your plane for your jouney to San Diego, be sure to bookmark/print out our handy list for each day's Star Wars related programming.

Wednesday/Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Space Sheep: Ewe's The Force
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Jul 2015 14:06

Ewe really don't want to miss this one. I'm not kidding, missing out on this would be a baaaaa-d thing...

Source Esdevium
Sideshow Announces New Darth Maul Sixth Scale Figure
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Jul 2015 12:59

Our next dive into the Star Wars universe will be from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace! The Darth Maul Sixth Scale Figure will be available for Pre-Order soon, so be on the lookout Jedi Master and Sith Lords! If you’re going to be attending Comic-Con in San Diego in July 2015 be sure to stop by the Sideshow booth to see this well-known Sith!

Source Sideshow
Sideshow Ralph McQuarrie Concept Artist Series Boba Fett Statue Announced
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Jul 2015 12:55

The Ralph McQuarrie Boba Fett Statue from our Star Wars Concept Artist Series will be available for Pre-Order in the near future! Those attending SDCC in July 2015 will get an opportunity to see this Boba Fett collectible in person!

Source Sideshow
RUMOR: Donnie Yen To Join Episode VIII Cast, Associated With Character From Episode VII
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Jul 2015 12:36

According to an article posted earlier today on The Straits Times, rumor has it martial arts expert Donnie Yen will be joining the cast of Rian Johnson's Episode VIII. The article also goes on to say that Yen will be arriving in London next month to begin filming and provides a tidbit of info on the type of character he will be playing on screen and who he becomes associated with from The Force Awakens.

Episode VIII wil be arriving in theaters on May 26, 2017.

Source The Straits Times
   05 July 2015
IMPORTANT: Site News
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Jul 2015 23:59

A heads up for all of our readers, the site is undergoing a few technical tweaks next week, so between noon tomorrow (Monday 6th July) and noon Wednesday 8th July, the http://www.jedinews.co.uk URL will be inactive (GMT times).

Fear not, as our jedinews.com address WILL be online and updated as usual. So bookmark http://www.jedinews.com to stay up to date with all the latest news.

On The Shelves UK: Tesco
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Jul 2015 18:44

Now in #tesco uk @thewookieeroars #chewbacca and #darthvader #danone milkshakes. #starwars

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Disney Star Wars Strawberry yoghurt shake? Did I hear you say Disney Star Wars Strawberry yoghurt shake? Put me down for a dozen because these are clearly Force-fuelled fancies I need to try.

Head on down to your local Tesco and get them before some enterprising folks snap them up.

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60 Page Excerpt: Dark Disciple
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Jul 2015 18:30

It lands in just 2 days - stay tuned for our review here on the site this Tuesday - but to tide you over until then click here for a 60 page excerpt from Star Wars: Dark Disciple.

For years, the galaxy-wide conflict known as the Clone Wars has raged. The struggle between the rightful government of the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems has claimed the lives of untold billions.

The Force-wielding Jedi, for millennia the guardians of peace in the galaxy, have been thwarted at nearly every turn by the Separatists and their leader, the Sith Lord Count Dooku.

With the war showing no signs of ending, and the casualties mounting each day, the Jedi must consider every possible means of defeating their cunning for. Whether some means are too unthinkable—and some allies too untrustworthy—has yet to be revealed…

Source Random House
The Comlink: Fourth of July Parade with the 501st and Rebel Legions
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Jul 2015 17:51

The Southern California Garrison of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion’s Sundrider Base came out to celebrate the 4th of July with the town of Rosemead, CA, just outside Los Angeles. The crowds were excited to see vehicles, droids, and nearly 100 costumers, led by Lord Vader himself, march through town…
...And The Comlink's own Ruark Dreher marched in his First Order Stormtrooper armor by Anovos!

Source The Comlink
On The Shelves UK: Asda
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Jul 2015 17:29

£1.48 - yes, just £1.48 - and these Star Wars themed cake wafers can be yours. Not too shabby if you want to invade someone's birthday party. Available at your local Asda.

Source Asda (via Neale Gawthorpe)
Cloud City Casino #7: Episode Seven!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Jul 2015 17:15

Come on in and take a seat in the V.I.P. Lounge at Cloud City Casino.

Bald Solo joins us in the Casino and speaks passionately on a wide variety of Star Wars topics. From the legacy of Cristopher Lee to upcoming Star Wars Battlefront, Michael and Bald cover it all. So come on in, and take a seat in our V.I.P. Lounge here at Cloud City Casino.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
   04 July 2015
Happy 4th July and Happy Birthday Darth Zoey!
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Jul 2015 17:04

To all our American friends out there we'd like to wish a happy 4th of July from Team Jedi News. Enjoy the day and remember while there's only one 4th July a year, every day is a Star Wars day! 

Also, we wish Darth Zoey (belonging to good friends Bob Canning and Steve Sansweet) a very Happy Birthday too!

REMINDER: Star Wars: The Old Republic Community Cantina Tour Arrives in San Diego
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Jul 2015 16:49

We’re happy to announce that the next stop in the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Community Cantina Tour will be happening on Saturday, July 11th, in San Diego!
This is your chance to join the Star Wars: The Old Republic community to meet the SWTOR Lead Writer, meet and talk with the development team, enjoy complimentary drinks*, food, and giveaways, and find out what’s next for TOR. Every attendee will be receiving a highly-coveted San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Prinawe Junction vehicle code. Space is limited so be sure to pre-register to get priority access! Pre-registering and attending will also enter you into an exclusive drawing and earns you a Cartel Coins code as your reward post-event!
If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by and hang out with us! To find out more follow us @SWTOR!

Source SWTOR
Dave Filoni on The Comlink Live - Clip from the Celebration Anaheim 501st Bash
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Jul 2015 16:25

In this clip, Dave Filoni quickly joins James and David to chat about Celebration, Rebels, and more!

Source The Comlink
Interview With Jeremy Bulloch At Star Wars Celebration Anaheim
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Jul 2015 14:19

Our pals at the Boba Fett Fan Club bring us their chat with Jeremy Bulloch, recorded at Celebration Anaheim back in April.

Our video interview series from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim wraps up today with the best for last: Jeremy Bulloch.
We talk to the original man behind the mask of Boba Fett to learn more about what happened when, who said what, and how great it was to be in each scene of "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."

Source YouTube
Dan Curto: The Force Awakens Sketch Cards Begins
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Jul 2015 12:34

My journey to The Force Awakens begins today! My blank Star Wars sketch cards just arrived from Topps. SUPER excited to start drawing these over the next few weeks! (Yay for holiday weekends!! ;) )

Posted by Dan Curto on Friday, 3 July 2015

How cool is this? Our compadre Dan Curto is about to begin a special journey of his own, drawing a serious number of Topps Sketch Cards for The Force Awakens.

Stay tuned as we follow not only Dan's progress with his cards but also the new Topps releases as we go towards The Force Awakens.

Source Facebook
Dave Filoni Talks Star Wars Rebels Season Two on RebelForce Radio
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Jul 2015 11:38

Hot on the heels of the world premiere of Season Two of Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni joins us In The Cantina to answer our many questions about "The Seige of Lothal", Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano and what is in the future for the crew of The Ghost. The Topps Star Wars Card Trader is one of the hottest apps on the market and we talk all about it with Neil Kleid from Topps Digital. Also, we preview Star Wars at the San Diego Comic Con and we review the latest news from The Force Awakens including analysis of some leaked product images. Plus, Star Wars in Pop Culture, our star-studded tribute to Christopher Lee, Chewbacca Headphones and more.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

Source RebelForce Radio
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