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   17 September 2014
Sesame Street: Lupita Nyong'o Loves Her Skin
Reported by Matt on 17 Sep 2014 21:54

Elmo is with his good friend, Lupita. They are talking about all the great things about their skin. For example, Elmo's skin just happens to be very ticklish. Lupita's skin happens to be a beautiful brown color. Skin can come in all different shades and colors. Isn't skin just the best? However, ticklish or smooth or black or brown or white or tan, be sure to love the skin you are in.

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The Metro: Star Wars Episode 7: Who will have a secret cameo in the new film?
Reported by Mark on 17 Sep 2014 21:41

My next article drops at The Metro as I take a look at the rumoured cameos in Episode VII and the rumours that proliferated back in the days of the original trilogy.

The news broke this weekend that the current James Bond Daniel Craig has – allegedly – shot a two day cameo on Star Wars Episode 7, filming behind a helmet in a scene where he won’t be seen. If true it’s a very cool piece of news, and fans will scour the film diligently trying to find out what scene he appears in (remember, the movie will be FILLED with masked actors).

And actor and friend of J.J. Abrams Greg Grunberg, known better to genre fans as Matt Parkman on the hit series Heroes, also tweeted that he too will be in the film in some capacity, although he too wouldn’t divulge what role that would be.There are sure to be more names that surface in what is certain to be 2015’s biggest movie event, but looking back through the history of Star Wars there are a couple of other huge stars rumoured to have appeared in previous films.

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NY Comic Con 2014: Plastic Galaxy: Story Of Star Wars Toys
Reported by Justin on 17 Sep 2014 20:43

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Disney Considers Star Wars A "Huge Opportunity"
Reported by Justin on 17 Sep 2014 20:38

In what could easily be used as content for one of those "Captain Obvious" commercials for Hotels.com, Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman offered up the following comments in regards to the overall impact their handling of the Star Wars franchise could have on the company in the future.

Walt Disney Studios admits it doesn’t have an awareness problem with “Star Wars” when it starts releasing new movies, beginning with next year’s “Episode VII.” The future of the franchise at the Mouse House, however, relies on getting the film right for fans and newcomers.

“This title is very well known out there,” and “the single most important thing is to make sure that this movie is great,” said Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman, on Wednesday, at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Media, Communications & Entertainment conference.

Bergman also went on to say:

Yet a lot is riding on the success of “Episode VII,” out in theaters Dec. 18, 2015, since the J.J. Abrams-directed film will drive much of the interest in “Star Wars” across the rest of Disney’s divisions. In addition for new films, there are plans for more TV shows, licensing deals and theme park attractions.

“If we can get this right, it’s a huge opportunity for the entire company,” said Bergman, who wore Stormtrooper tennis shoes while discussing the studio’s upcoming film slate — a standalone film, to be directed by “Godzilla’s” Gareth Edwards, is already scheduled for Dec. 16, 2016.

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Official Site: Dragon Con 2014: Rebels and Troopers Unleashed!
Reported by Mark on 17 Sep 2014 20:32

We step back a few weeks to Dragon Con 2014 and look at the amazing events that happened over at StarWars.com.

For members of the Rebel and 501st Legions along with their friends in the Mandalorian Mercs and other Star Wars costuming groups, summertime generally means a busier event schedule in our communities and more frequent opportunities to get together with distant friends, often at major conventions throughout the world.

In the United States, as summer draws to a close, the major milestone convention for many members is the unique experience of Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia. Held each year over the Labor Day weekend, Dragon Con takes particular pride on distinguishing itself as a convention “for fans, by fans,” in which virtually all of the programming and convention events are arranged by convention volunteers.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 17 Sep 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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NY Comic Con 2014: Marvel To Announce "Inside Scoop" On Star Wars Comics
Reported by Justin on 17 Sep 2014 19:49

A closer look at the programming schedule for NY Comic Con revealed a panel titled MARVEL: Axel-In Charge that is slated to take place on Sunday October 12 from 12:15pm - 1:00pm in Room 1A06. The panel's description is copied below.

Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, is taking the stage! Don’t miss announcements galore as well as inside looks at some amazing upcoming titles, including an inside scoop on the upcoming Star Wars line! And of course, you the fans will get to ask Axel the hard-hitting questions! Other panelists will include James Robinson (Fantastic Four), Kieron Gillen (Star Wars: Darth Vader), and other Mighty Marvel guests!

As you can see from the highlighted text, some exciting Star Wars comic news should be announced during this panel, so be sure to add it to your list of must-attend events!

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 49
Reported by Mark on 17 Sep 2014 19:25

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

On this episode of MakingStarWars.net’s "Now, This is Podcasting!" J.J. Abrams wants an iWatch and is willing to admit the Empire has returned to get one. Jason wears his iPad around his neck like a Flavor Flav styled iWatch. People take photos of Star Wars: Episode VII sets and then take themselves too seriously! John Boyega films a scene. Rumors about Adam Driver’s character. Ewok Massacre drops in with some Kenobi spin-off film rumors. Hasbro has started production on Episode VII toys. Johna sees Star Wars Rebels and a new mystery man (Sorry, Rex!). Also, Pod People: Lawrence Kasdan.

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Casablanca
Reported by Mark on 17 Sep 2014 15:39

Bryan Yopung brings us his latest entry in his Cinema Behind Star Wars series with a look at the 1942 classic Casablanca.

The film is a masterpiece, but it’s hard to deny that it must have had an influence on Star Wars, as many war films did. First, Mos Eisley and the city of Casablanca could double for each other. Both were set, essentially, in North Africa, and they even have similar architectural flourishes. But Casablanca is the center of the underworld, the place where people go to escape and be forgotten, much like Ben Kenobi describes Mos Eisley as in A New Hope.

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Gentle Giant Princess Leia Boushh Disguise Kenner Jumbo Figure Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 17 Sep 2014 12:45

Gentle Giant has posted pre-order information for their upcoming Princess Leia Boushh Disguise Kenner Jumbo Figure. The figure carries an $80.00 price tag and is scheduled to start shipping in Q2 2015.

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Title & Description Of Star Wars Rebels Episode 5 (105)
Reported by Justin on 17 Sep 2014 12:29

Our friend Christoph Wolf from Germany notifies us via the email below of the episode title and description of Star Wars Rebels Episode 5.

We just got the latest episode description from Disney XD Germany. This time it's for the 5th episode (i.e. the 3rd episode after the pilot):

105 - Rise of the Old Masters - Directed by Steven G. Lee, Steward Lee

The Rebels learn that old Jedi Master Luminara Unduli is being held captive in the Stittgen system. They get to her only to realize that they have fallen into a trap set by the Inquisitor, but working together they manage to escape by the skin of their teeth.

Christoph goes on to add the following comment:

Uh, by the way: It does indeed say "Stittgen" in the German text. Chances are it's Stygeon, and some auto-correct system went over it (not that Stittgen is a German word, but it's somewhat more German than the alternative), so... I have no idea... :-)

In case you missed it initially, be sure to check out the episode titles and descriptions he sent over for the first two weekly episodes as well.

Thanks as always to Christoph for providing us with this info.

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   16 September 2014
Mattel's Star Wars Hot Wheels Cars Assortment
Reported by Dan on 16 Sep 2014 22:13



Mattel's Hot Wheels classic cars meet Star Wars in this upcoming limited edition 1/64 scale assortment of die-cast vehicles. Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 all get the Hot Wheels treatment in the first series, with many more to come.

Don't forget to check out our exclusive reveals of the upcoming 501st Clone Trooper and Tusken Raider cars as well.
Anthony Daniels Interview With 'Entertainment Weekly'
Reported by Justin on 16 Sep 2014 21:55

A new interview with Anthony Daniels has been posted over on Entertainment Weekly in which he touches on C-3PO's inclusion in the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated TV series, his return to the big screen in Episode VII next year, and much more.

Daniels talks about the iconic droid’s next appearance in Disney XD’s fall animated series Star Wars Rebels, which chronicles the formation of the Rebel Alliance leading up to 1977’s Episode IV: A New Hope. Plus, the actor gamely answers our questions about landing the role, his favorite (and least favorite) Threepio lines, working with franchise creator George Lucas, his thoughts on the prequels, and he answers the one question he’s never been asked before. While we were forbidden to inquire about J.J. Abrams’ ultra-secret upcoming Star Wars film, Daniels shared a couple thoughts on that topic, too (yes, he’s back in the suit, and assures you’re going to “love” Episode VII). Before the interview, a colleague familiar with the actor advised: “Anthony Daniels IS C-3PO.” That’s not exactly true, yet it’s not entirely wrong either. As you’ll discover, Daniels is like C-3PO’s fraternal twin on some cellular, soulful level — markedly different, yet impossible to imagine without.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic “A Deadly Force Returns” Teaser
Reported by Justin on 16 Sep 2014 20:45

“I will finish what I've started.”

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Star Wars Trilogy Posters By Eric Tan
Reported by Justin on 16 Sep 2014 19:17

Check out this stunning set of Star Wars prints/posters designed by artist Eric Tan (who happens to work as a designer at Disney) that was posted over on Slashfilm.

Eric Tan is one of our favorite artists here at /Film but, unlike others, he doesn’t release a lot of prints. That’s because his day job is a designer at Disney. That’s cool on its own, but in the past few years, it means he gets to play in the coolest sandbox of all: Star Wars. Over the past few months, Disney has been sporadically releasing Tan’s posters for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and this week, he revealed Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Unfortunately, Disney chose to only release these Eric Tan Star Wars posters framed and that makes them quite expensive. But you should check them out below and read more about the beautiful posters.

If you like the Eric Tan Star Wars posters, they are all still available in the Disney Store…for $400 a piece. Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi at those links. They’re all limited to 100 worldwide and come custom framed.

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The Metro: Could we be seeing Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Jackman and Samuel L Jackson in cameos?
Reported by Mark on 16 Sep 2014 00:05

Check out my latest entry at  The Metro as I look at a number of mega stars who are apparently making cameos in Episode VII.

Add this to the list of crazy rumours which Star Wars so readily attracts.

Apparently, according to The Mirror, Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Jackman and Samuel L Jackson are set for Star Wars Episode 7 cameos.

Coming quickly on the heels of the rumour that Daniel Craig and Greg Grunberg are to appear in cameo roles, there’s a risk that the production will turn into an episode of intergalactic Celebrity Squares.

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   15 September 2014
Fantasy Flight Games: X-Wing Mission Control: Free Online Tool
Reported by Jonathan on 15 Sep 2014 21:53

You've been in dramatic dogfights and more close calls than you can mention, and you've come up with some excellent missions for your X-Wing Miniatures Games battles. Now, your X-Wing experience can be even more personalized and customizable with the release of X-Wing Mission Control!

X-Wing Mission Control is a free online resource that allows you to design and share new X-Wing missions. With Mission Control’s toolset, you’ll quickly create maps, define terrain elements, and add deployment zones, as well as any helpful mission-specific rules.

Once you’ve created a scenario, you can download it to the Mission Control database. Mission Control allows you to publish your missions so that players around the world can download and enjoy them. All of Mission Control’s user-generated missions are free to access, and you can even vote for your favorites!

Explore X-Wing Mission Control today, and see what this free online tool has to offer you!

Coordinate a daring assault run along the Death Star trench, confront the Rebel fleet outside of Endor, or dodge asteroids in pursuit of the Millennium Falcon. X-Wing Mission Control’s custom editor allows you to easily create any play scenario you can imagine, whether it’s drawn from the Star Wars trilogy or completely unique.

Simply select the size of your play area and define the ships you wish to permit. You can create mission-specific squad-building rules, or you can identify any number of specific ships and upgrades. If you use Mission Control to track your collection, it will even identify any mission components not included in your X-Wing collection.

Furthermore, Mission Control’s custom editor easily allows you to select components from all available X-Wing products. Will you try to break through the Imperial blockade with your GR-75 medium transport? Will you invent a mission to hunt down a powerful Imperial prototype starfighter? Shifting your focus from harrowing dogfights to large, tactical battles is as simple as dragging a ship to the map or removing it.

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NY Comic Con 2014: A New Dawn And Star Wars Rebels Panels
Reported by Justin on 15 Sep 2014 21:22

Just a short time ago, the programming schedule for NY Comic Con was released via the official NYCC Mobile App. The schedule will be hitting the website soon, but browsing thru the app on my phone revealed two big Star Wars related panels that are planned for Saturday Oct. 11.

The first is titled A New Dawn - The Exciting Future of Star Wars Publishing scheduled to run from 3:15pm - 4:00pm in Room 1A14 (click the image for a larger view).

The second panel is titled Star Wars Rebels and will be held from 5:45pm - 6:45pm on Empire Stage 1-E.

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Skywalking Through Neverland 46: Dragon Con, Darth Maul and The Disney Jail
Reported by Mark on 15 Sep 2014 20:29

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

This Shotglass Digital-approved episode is chock full of Star Wars and Disney goodness! First up, Kevin RaiderNerd Reitzel regales us with tales from Dragon Con. Next, Lou Klein tells us about his NEW Star Wars Fan Film, “The Fallen”. Known for winning the Star Wars Fan Film Award for “Contract Of Evil”, Lou is hard at work creating a Sith vs. Jedi tale using actual trained Knights of the Realm. Disney Jail! We talk to former Disney Security Big Bubba about what it takes to be sent to Disney Jail. (One thing we learned – there’s no gift shop!).

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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RUMOR: More On Episode VII Chrome Stormtroopers
Reported by Louis on 15 Sep 2014 20:12

Head on over to Making Star Wars for an article in which Jason Ward expands a little further via potential information received from a source on the earlier rumor concerning the appearance of chrome Stormtroopers in Episode VII.

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The Big Bang Theory Season 7 When Leia Met Vader Behind-The-Scenes Clip
Reported by Justin on 15 Sep 2014 19:46

The Big Bang Theory has had a ton of notable guest stars at this point, but Season 7 included not one but two integral players from Star Wars, in an episode which guest starred both James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher.

IGN has an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the new Big Bang Theory: Season 7 Blu-ray and DVD, coming out Tuesday, looking at the pairing of these two actors. As it turns out, despite essentially playing father and daughter in the Star Wars trilogy, the two didn't even know each other until their sitcom team-up!

The Big Bang Theory: Season 7 is available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 16th.

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Star Wars Actors Appearances Updates
Reported by Mark on 15 Sep 2014 19:00

Jedi News is working with Star Wars Actors Appearances to bring you the very latest in Star Wars actors convention appearances. Click here to view this weeks updates on the site and check below to see the new actors who've been added.

  • 14/9/14: Added appearances for Kenny Baker, Ken Coombs, Anthony Daniels, Alan Flyng, Derek Lyons, Brian Muir, Dave Prowse, Shane Rimmer, Pam Rose, Tim Rose, Peter Roy and Brian Wheeler
  • 13/9/14: Added appearances for Jerome Blake, Alan Flyng and Pam Rose
  • 11/9/14: Added appearances for Bai Ling, Clive Revill and Deep Roy
  • 10/9/14: Added appearances for Michonne Bourriague and Michael Kingma and a private signing for Mark Dodson
  • 9/9/14: Added appearance for John DiMaggio
  • 8/9/14: Added appearances for Gregg Berger, Cam Clarke, Bai Ling, Felix Silla and James Arnold Taylor
  • 5/9/14: Added appearance for Steve Blum
  • 4/9/14: Added appearances for Paul Blake, Jeremy Bulloch, Alan Harris, Andrew Lawden, Brian Muir, Chris Parsons, Ron Perlman and Peter Roy

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John Morton Does The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by BrianC on 15 Sep 2014 18:41

Our own John Morton does the ALS ice bucket challenge, with a very special bucket holder!

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Far, Far Away Podcast Episode 21: Lando's Capes in Space
Reported by Mark on 15 Sep 2014 16:15

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

It’s time to get classy on this week’s episode of Far Far Away Radio. You ol’ smoothies join us for our Lando-themed episode, as we take the time to talk about everyone’s favorite card player, gambler, and scoundrel. You’ll like him.

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

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IndyCast Episode 195
Reported by Justin on 15 Sep 2014 15:12

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

This week we get nostalgic in this bite-sized edition of the show as we take a look back at the Read-Along Adventure of Raiders of the Lost Ark!

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LEGO Star Wars Introduces 'Oscar-Style' Awards Just for Fans!
Reported by James on 15 Sep 2014 14:33
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This just in from our friends at LEGO UK and I can't wait to get involved and am looking forward to help judge all your entries!

Today, LEGO® Star Wars™ announces its first ever intergalactic national ‘Oscar-style’ awards just for fans! The ‘Golden Brickies’ Awards launch today on the LEGO Facebook page to celebrate the best fan created content for all the creative Jedi builders, budding photographers and film makers out there.

In homage to the legendary movie franchise and upcoming Episode VII, LEGO® is inviting families across the UK to take part in this epic event which will culminate in an exclusive red carpet celebration event at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort Hotel with other amazing prizes up for grabs.

Whether you choose the dark or light side, humour is at the very heart of LEGO® Star Wars™, so this is your chance to show us your best photo and filming skills with your vehicles and minifigures. We want to see what you can do!

Once in a lifetime prizes are up for grabs which include: -

  • An invitation to the prestigious red carpet LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort awards ceremony on Saturday 11th October 2014
  • A chance to meet Return of the Jedi actor, Warwick Davis, as well as the bods behind the LEGO® Star Wars™ universe
  • A year’s supply of LEGO® Star Wars™ goodies
  • A LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort Annual Pass for a family of four
  • Entry into LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort afterwards to enjoy the Resort’s 55 rides, shows and attractions. PLUS entrance to the LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland, which re-creates the most iconic scenes from the legendary movies and the animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars™ in over 1.5 million LEGO bricks.
  • Your very own bespoke LEGO® C-3PO award

The #GoldenBrickies award categories are: -

  • Best picture - create a LEGO® Star Wars™ inspired photograph using your collection
  • Best mini movie – either create a LEGO® Star Wars™ movie blooper or your own alternative movie ending
  • Best set build - LEGO® Star Wars™ inspired build
  • Overall LEGO® Star Wars™ Golden Brickies winner for best content creation

Entries will be judged by the Golden Brickies expert panel including: -

  • Star Wars™ actor – Warwick Davis
  • Star Wars™ collector fanatic and writer – Jedi James Burns
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ Brand Manager – Eloise Kurtis
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ biggest fan – Milun Simpson, age 5

Read on for all the information on how to enter the 'Golden Brickies'...

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Coffee with Kenobi: Richard Marquand And His Star Wars Contribution
Reported by Mark on 15 Sep 2014 14:32

Our great buddy Rob Wainfur of The Bearded Trio brings us a look back and the life and times of Return of the Jedi director the late Richard Marquand.

George Lucas was in the UK with Steven Spielberg and John Williams recording the music for Raiders of the Lost Ark. While in the country George Lucas asked to see what Marquand had done and in particular a rough cut of Eye of the Needle. He was impressed with what he saw and felt he could work well with the Welshman. George Lucas said.

“I was very impressed with the directing. It’s very tight, very clean, strong movie with narrative, character and just getting the most emotional value out of a concept.”

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RUMOR: Robery Downey Jr, Hugh Jackman, & Samuel L. Jackson To Make Episode VII Cameos
Reported by Justin on 15 Sep 2014 14:08

I guess reporting this would serve a better purpose for looking back after the film has been released to grab a quick laugh at all the casting rumors that turned out to be completely false. So with that clearly in mind, Mirror has posted an article stating that Robery Downey Jr, Hugh Jackman, and Samuel L. Jackson (yes, THAT SLJ) have been invited to Pinewood Studios to partake in cameo roles in Episode VII.

The superstar trio are rumoured to have landed secret roles in the latest installment of the George Lucas-penned franchise after being invited to the set at the Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, along with 'Paul' actor Nick Frost.

It is thought some of the actors will be forced to appear in the Disney movie in secret to avoid breaching their contract with various other studios.

You know the effects of too much salt in the diet...

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Official Site: Essential Guide To Warfare: Authors Cut, Part 12: Tales of the New Republic
Reported by Mark on 15 Sep 2014 13:39

Check out the 12th and final chapter in Jason Fry, Erich Schoeneweiss and Paul Erquhart's look at the unused content for Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare over at StarWars.com.

The story of a soldier returning home is one of the oldest in literature, and I thought Warfare would benefit from such a perspective — in this case, a brutal one that also incorporated what it’s like when war comes to one’s own home. But I also knew that I wanted Stazi’s meditation on war to be the final piece in the book, and this felt a bit too similar. Plus as with so many of the “short story” pieces, it was a logical place to look in finding cuts. That said, I worked hard on getting the tone right — matter-of-fact bordering on numb — and think I succeeded. So that’s something.

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New 30-Second Star Wars Rebels "Droids" Promo Video On Disney Website
Reported by Justin on 15 Sep 2014 13:18

A new 30-second Star Wars Rebels promo video titled "Droids" has been uploaded to the official Disney website.

The Rebels meet two familiar droids on the series premiere of Star Wars Rebels on Monday, October 13th at 9/8c.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Scum and Villainy: Announcing the Introduction of the Third X-wing Faction
Reported by Jonathan on 15 Sep 2014 12:49

Watch out - the sixth wave of starships for the X-Wing Miniatures Game is on it's way and it's not pretty. Filled with many of the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunters, Black Sun agents and pirates - with such infamous figures as Boba Fett, IG-88, Greedo, and Prince Xizor - these nasty pieces of work live outside the law and allow no one to threaten their plans or profits.

Four separate expansion packs introduce the galaxy’s Scum to X-Wing: Most Wanted Expansion Pack, StarViper Expansion Pack, M3-A Interceptor Expansion Pack and the IG-2000 Expansion Pack.

The Expansion Packs are all scheduled to arrive at retailers in the fourth quarter of 2014. And remember - disintegrations are absolutely fine.

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce that in the sixth wave of starship expansions for X-Wing™ the galaxy’s Scum and Villainy will join the game's fast-paced space battles as its third faction!

The ranks of the Scum and Villainy faction are filled with many of the Star Wars galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunters, pirates, and Black Sun agents. You’ll find such infamous figures as Boba Fett, IG-88, Greedo, and Prince Xizor. These Scum live outside the law, do their best to remain at the periphery of the ongoing Galactic Civil War, and allow no one – no one – to threaten their profits.

Whenever Rebel or Imperial forces dare to interfere with their illicit dealings, Scum head to battle, and they do so in some of the best starfighters that money can buy, such as Slave I, IG-2000, and the MandalMotors StarViper-class attack platform. These expensive and technologically advanced starships are further supported by a number of mainstays that have proven their efficiency over the course of numerous battles.

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T-Shirts: Han of the King
Reported by Matt on 15 Sep 2014 12:29

You have until Friday and need just $12.00 plus P&P and this very cool tee can be yours via Weekly Shirts.

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Full of Sith Episode LXXXII: Holly Frey in “There’s Always Room for Greedo”
Reported by Mark on 15 Sep 2014 11:09

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

Bobby, Bryan, and Mike are joined by Holly Frey, Star Wars fan and co-host of the “Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcast. They talk about Holly’s first time experiencing Star Wars, Luke Skywalker on the Muppet show, and Rodians. Then, they discuss their hopes and dreams for a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film.

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

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Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion Hits DVD at Walmart Canada 4th October
Reported by Mark on 15 Sep 2014 10:22

$19.97 and shipping on 4th October, this is set to ignite the rebellion in a big way as the series launches worldwide on Disney XD.

It's available on the 3rd in North America but no word - yet - on a UK release.

A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away... From the ashes of the Old Republic, an unlikely band of heroes emerges to renew the fight for freedom. Witness the epic debut of the riveting animated series "Star Wars Rebels," in this full-length, must-own movie - now on DVD for the first time ever! Five years before the events of "Star Wars IV: A New Hope," the reigning evil Empire continues to tighten its grip of power and fear throughout the cosmos. But even amidst the tyranny and treachery of The Dark Side, a glimmer of light emerges. Meet the ragtag crew of the starship Ghost: Twi'lek pilot Hera, street-smart pickpocket Ezra, team leader Kanan, alien enforcer Zeb, explosives expert Sabine, and Chopper, the cantankerous droid. Together, they embark on action packed adventures, battle ruthless villains, and ignite the very first Spark Of Rebellion against a surging tide of Stormtroopers, TIE fighters and mysterious Sith Lords!

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Star Wars Rebels: “Join the Team” TV Spot
Reported by Mark on 15 Sep 2014 09:54

In this TV spot for Star Wars Rebels, meet the crew of the Ghost starship: Kanan, Sabine, Chopper, Hera, Zeb, and Ezra. Together, they’ll take on the Empire and spark a rebellion.

Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, an exciting animated one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion is set to premiere Friday, October 3 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT in the US) on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the highly anticipated series Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. In the US,Star Wars Rebels episodes will debut Monday nights beginning Monday, October 13 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD. Worldwide, the series will air in 33 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Ruthlessness and Intimidation: The VT-49 Decimator Expansion Pack for X-Wing
Reported by Jonathan on 15 Sep 2014 01:45

It's grim, it's blunt and it's built to crush the enemy. The VT-49 Decimator isn't subtle and it isn't pretty, but in the right hands it can do some serious damage. This fifth-wave vessel for the X-Wing Miniatures Game. With some talented pilots that know how to use this hammer of a starship will make it's presence known - especially as it has a 360 degrees firing arc.

Get it in your fleet and start smashing!

In our past previews of the fifth wave of X-Wing™ starship expansions, we’ve looked more closely at the YT-2400 Freighter Expansion Pack, its starship, its pilots, and its upgrades, which include a pair of upgrades designed by the game’s 2012 and 2013 World Champions.

Today, we turn our attention to the other side of the Galactic Civil War. While the Rebels are busy recruiting new smugglers and outfitting transport ships with turret-mounted Heavy Laser Cannons, the Imperials are quietly and efficiently preparing to launch their imposing VT-49 Decimator into battle.

However, once it arrives to the battlefield, this warship will be anything but quiet! The VT-49 Decimator is the first Imperial vessel to feature a primary weapon that can threaten a full 360-degrees, and it’s designed to crash into battle headlong.

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   14 September 2014
ForceCast #320: Falconspotting
Reported by Mark on 14 Sep 2014 22:56

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

I spy with my little eye...something from a galaxy far, far away! This week, we tackle tidbits about Episode VII's ships, cast, locations, and emotional focus. Plus, Eric reports back from the Star Wars Rebels New York City press screening with reflections on the episodes from himself and two friends of the show. It's all here in this episode of The ForceCast!

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Fantasy Flight Games: Blast into Action: The YT-2400 Freighter Expansion Pack for X-Wing
Reported by Jonathan on 14 Sep 2014 22:40

Cast you photoreceptors over this beautiful new model for the X-Wing Miniatures Game from Fantasy Flight Games.

The YT-2400 Freighter is a fifth-wave ship of fame, and thanks to Dash Rendar and his exploits it comes with the barrel roll action, making it the first large ship able to perform this action without an upgrade.

Keep your eyes open - this is out soon and promises to be a fast seller.

In the fifth wave of X-Wing™ expansions, the Rebellion gains access to a new large-base starship, the YT-2400. This fast and resilient light freighter comes with thirteen standard weapon emplacement points, making it an extremely customizable vessel, and an attractive option for smugglers, mercenaries, and others looking to fly a heavily armed “transport.”

In our earlier previews of the YT-2400 Freighter Expansion Pack, we’ve looked at two of its upgrades, Stay on Target and Dash Rendar. Designed by the 2013 and 2012 World Champions, respectively, these upgrades grant your starships greater freedom to race across the battlefield and unleash fire upon enemy ships from advantageous positions.

In addition to these upgrades and the Dash Rendar ship card, which also permits novel movement in the Activation phase, the YT-2400 comes with the barrel roll action, making it the first large ship able to perform this action without an upgrade. Accordingly, in today’s preview, as we take a closer look at this versatile and resilient light freighter, we will focus on what its maneuverability may soon add to your games of X-Wing.

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Sideshow Collectibles: Win A Scout Trooper And Speeder Bike
Reported by Matt on 14 Sep 2014 22:30

You'd better get yourselves over to Sideshow Collectibles right now for your chance to win this magnificent Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike, and you only have until this coming Thursday the 18th September to do it.

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Star Wars Rebels:32" Figures Hit UK Stores
Reported by Mark on 14 Sep 2014 22:25

Via Jedi News reader Martin Keeler, JAKK's 32" figures have started to arrive on shelves here in the UK.

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Northern Editorial Reviews The Actor and the Camera by Denis Lawson
Reported by Mark on 14 Sep 2014 22:17

Check out this review of Denis Lawson, The Actor and The Camera, published by Nick Hern Books and available via their website.

Once I sat down and started reading I became thoroughly engrossed in Lawson’s world. It also dawned on me that the layout and typography of the book is very likely designed in order to appeal to the younger readers… yes, I often forget that I’m an old fogey now. A drama student may well be put off by a book that looks like it is “heavy” to read (and long! After all who has the time these days?)… but the less formal layout here is not in any way threatening. For instance, the “chapters” do not always begin on a new page, the book just runs on through and a new section will start just after where the last one ends. No formality here.

Source Northern Editorial (via Ewan McGregor on twitter)
Star Wars Rebels: “Timeline” TV Spot
Reported by Mark on 14 Sep 2014 22:10

In the “Timeline” TV spot for the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series, travel through the history of the Star Wars universe – from the emergence of Anakin Skywalker to the rise of Darth Vader to the era of Han, Luke, and Leia. Star Wars Rebels will tell the story of how Kanan, Ezra, Zeb, Hera, Sabine, and Chopper, a ragtag group of heroes, ignited a rebellion against the Empire.

Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, an exciting animated one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion is set to premiere Friday, October 3 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT in the US) on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the highly anticipated series Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. In the US,Star Wars Rebels episodes will debut Monday nights beginning Monday, October 13 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD. Worldwide, the series will air in 33 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.

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The WolfPack Podcast #:89: Rebels Product Everywhere
Reported by Mark on 14 Sep 2014 21:58

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Logan, and Curto discuss Star Wars Episode VII, Star Wars Rebels, and all the latest products! Plus a chat about when the Rebels Action Figures will be hitting stores. So strap in, drink your blue milk, and get ready for the jump to hyperspace in this brand new episode!

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Official Site: The Imperial Handbook Brings You Inside The Empire
Reported by Mark on 14 Sep 2014 21:48

Check out this article at StarWars.com and add it to our already growing want lists. This Dan Wallace written book looks a bit special and it arrives on 14th October.

The Empire has taken hold of the galaxy. Soon, with the completion of the Death Star, its control will be absolute. In preparation for this Imperial expansion, high-ranking officials from each branch of the Imperial military have set down tactical guidelines and procedures as well as collected mission reports and classified documents for all newly ascending commanders.

In the wake of the Battle of Endor, members of the Rebel Alliance intercepted this top-secret instructional manual and have circulated it among their own commanders, who have added notes and commentary in the margins.

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The Realm Recap: Episode #29 - The Walgreens Stalker
Reported by Mark on 14 Sep 2014 21:34

It's time to join Jason and the Yakface crew for the latest Realm Recap.

This week's episode of The Realm Recap focuses heavily on the Black Series 6" line as the first wave of the new "black and blue" line look has been hitting Walgreens stores hard (except mine of course). We also look at an amazing 6" scale AT-ST work-in-progress that must be seen to be believed. We also discuss the merits of the new Rebels "Mystery" set that was revealed this week and the new products hitting the Disney Store and much more.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

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Shobrick: Stormtroopers Behind Enemy Lines
Reported by Mark on 14 Sep 2014 21:22

Sit down and enjoy yet another clever visit to the microworld of the LEGO Stormtrooper with Shobrick.

After days of recon behind enemy lines on a wild green planet, one of the Empire's finest elite soldiers, a sniper and his spotter, finaly reached their goal : to eliminate a high-ranking rebels' officer. Actually they are currently running for their lives through an endless tropical jungle to the exfiltration site, chased by an army of angry rebels ! I hope you'll enjoy the picture because it was really tricky to put it together. Hard to choose the right frame to upload, because I had quite a lot with different depth of field.

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Official Site: Star Wars Insider 2015 Cover Reveal
Reported by Mark on 14 Sep 2014 21:08

Check out the cover to November's Star Wars Insider 2015 Special, which features an article by yours truly looking behind the scenes at the making of A New Hope.

StarWars.com is excited to offer your first look at the cover for the Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2015 magazine — featuring a vintage photo taken during the making of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope!

Hitting newsstands on November 11, 2014, this issue collects classic Star Wars Insider articles, and includes a new interview with Dee Bradley Baker, the actor who voiced the clone army in Star Wars: The Clone Wars; a talk with the supporting players from A New Hope about their time on the set of the very first Star Wars movie; and an in-depth chat with Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi creature consultant Chris Walas.

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One Man Star Wars Trilogy Photo Op Sunday 28th September
Reported by Mark on 14 Sep 2014 20:44

Our pal Charlie Ross is back in the UK on his latest tour and here's the chance to be a part of that. Read on...

Charlie Ross, who is touring the UK with his One Man Lord of the Rings and One Man Star Wars Trilogy shows this autumn from 26 September until 17 October is inviting Lord of the Rings and Star Wars fans to dress up and join him in costume for a fun news photo call to celebrate the start of the tour! Come to the shows' London venue, Leicester Square Theatre, on Sunday 28 September at 12.45pm for 1.00pm photographs with Charlie. The shoot will finish by 1.30pm at latest. Nearest changing facilities are the public toilets in Leicester Square (or a nearby cafe/pub). Please note travel expenses cannot be covered, however everyone who attends will receive a special promotional code for discounted tickets to see the show on tour

Source One Man Star Wars Trilogy
Are These Photos Of Adam Driver & Gwendoline Christie On Episode VII Greenham Common Set?
Reported by Justin on 14 Sep 2014 20:36

Comic Book Movie alerts us to new Episode VII images that have been uploaded to Rick Lawrence's Facebook page that appear to show Adam Driver and Gwendoline Christie on the set at Greenham Common.

Rick Lawrence has shared a ton of Star Wars Episode VII set photos through his Facebook page, and they offer up our first look at the Rebel Alliance and a strange looking vehicle of some sort (which we would guess is for transporting troops). It's hard to tell, but the first two images definitely feature actors who appear to be Adam Driver (Girls) and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), and if not, they certainly bear a striking resemblance! Looks like they'll be good guys! More photos can be found by clicking on the link above, but here are a selection of some of the best.

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RUMOR: Daniel Craig To Have Episode VII Role
Reported by Justin on 14 Sep 2014 20:18

An article posted on Metro is reporting that actor Daniel Craig has landed a "mystery role" in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Episode VII.

According to reports, Craig has already filmed his mystery role, which involved him heading to Pinewood Studios in secret for two days last week.

Fans might not even guess which part Craig is playing as his face won’t even be on screen, according to a source.

One insider told The Sun: ‘Daniel is close friends with JJ Abrams. He asked for some sort of secret cameo role – and was happy to have his name left off the posters.

‘Fans will love playing the guessing game trying to work out which covered-up character is Daniel.’

While he did a good job going undercover, Craig was spotted hanging out in the dressing room of Carrie Fisher, a friend of his, who is reprising her role as Princess Leia.

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Loot Crate - Star Wars Items in September Edition plus Competition
Reported by James on 14 Sep 2014 15:08

Our friends at Loot Crate produce a monthly geek and gamer subscription box and Septembers box has a galactic theme and will feature Star Wars items.  You still have 5 days left to subscribe and ensure you get your galactic themed box.  In fact, if you use  the code GALACTIC you'll save yourself 10% too.  Subscribe here.

The cost (before any discount and including shipping) is $19.37 in the US and $29.95 in the UK; the more months you subscribe the cheaper the subscription gets and each shipment  is guaranteed to have a $40+ value in each box.

We've teamed up with our friends at Loot Crate to giveaway one of Septembers boxes, take the link below to enter or click here to subscribe directly at Loot Crate.

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RUMORS: More On Episode VII Luke Timeline, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, And John Boyega Filming Video
Reported by Justin on 14 Sep 2014 11:56

The latest round of Episode VII rumors have been posted via our friends at Making Star Wars, so here we go.

First off, sources have told them potential information on the popular "Luke is missing" timeline, some names that have been associated with Daisy Ridley's character, a connection between Adam Driver's Episode VII character and Count Dooku, and a few other topics.

Second, they posted a Tumblr entry that mentions an Episode VII extra that is scheduled to share screen time with Harrison Ford on Monday.

And finally, we have a few more photos taken from the Greenham Common set and a short video of John Boyega in action.

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Toys R Us "Secrets Of Star Wars Rebels" Star Destroyer Video
Reported by Justin on 14 Sep 2014 11:37

The latest entry in the Toys R Us "Secrets of Star Wars Rebels" series of promo videos has been posted on their site. This one places the spotlight on the Empire's deadly Star Destroyer.

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   13 September 2014
RebelForce Radio: September 12, 2014
Reported by Mark on 13 Sep 2014 11:55

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

You’ve seen the incredible aerial photography of the Millennium Falcon set go viral online this week.  Join us on RFR as we catch up with the man who shot the first amazing pix and exposed an active Star Wars Episode VII shooting location in England. In a conversation recorded the day the news broke, pilot/photographer Matthew Myatt gives us his first-hand account of how he discovered the real-life Millennium Falcon, and a few X-Wings too, while on a routine flight. Plus, more Star Wars casting rumors, The N’Sync Star Wars cameo that almost was, Listener Feedback, Qui-Gon’s ghost,  Granny A-Wing, The Billy Dee Quote of the Week and more!

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   12 September 2014
New Disney Star Wars Theme Park Coming To Paris In 2017
Reported by Justin on 12 Sep 2014 19:56

As posted in an article on Forbes:

Euro Disney, the theme park complex on the outskirts of Paris is planning to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017 by making major investments including the installation of a new attraction themed to the Star Wars movie series.

It would be the first significant expansion of the Star Wars brand at The Walt Disney Company’s European outpost since the American media giant bought its parent company Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012. The plans coincide with the filming of the seventh instalment of the Star Wars series which is currently underway at London’s Pinewood Studios and is due for release next year.

Euro Disney is Europe’s most-visited tourist attraction with its two theme parks attracting 14.9 million visitors last year. Its flagship Disneyland Paris was the first of the two parks to open and features a Star Wars-themed simulator ride called Star Tours which is now more than 20 years old.

“We are looking at updating Star Tours at the moment,” says Björn Heerwagen, show design and production manager for Euro Disney’s design division which is known as Imagineering “We are looking at rehabilitations of the first gate. It’s been there for 20 years. We want to do some special stuff for the 25th anniversary as well.”

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WWE Wrestler Sheamus Debunks Episode VII Vader Rumor
Reported by Justin on 12 Sep 2014 18:52

Remember that crazy rumor from back in July that had WWE wrestler Sheamus attached to the production of Episode VII, specifically him taking on the iconic role of Darth Vader in the film? Yeah, well you can now officially forget about it.

“That was crazy,” he said. “Basically I went home to Ireland and the crew were filming quite close to me at the time, then all these mad rumours started flying around. I definitely haven’t received a contract, a helmet or a lightsaber yet, but who knows? It might come through the door. I hope it does.”

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Hasbro Has Begun Work On Episode VII Product Line
Reported by Justin on 12 Sep 2014 18:02

Our good friends over at Yakface provide us with this eagle-eyed update that should put a big smile on the faces of fans who cannot wait to plunk down their hard earned republic credits on the upcoming Hasbro Episode VII product line.

Looks like product development at Hasbro for Episode VII is in full swing as seen above in this screen shot from the Speeder Bike development video release earlier today. While nothing is spoiled in terms of character name, you can see that is a product labeled “SW E7 secondary hero battler”.

It goes without saying (but I will anyway) that Hasbro has been in “Episode VII mode” for a while now, the purpose of the post is to show the actual, observable “proof” that development has commenced.

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More On Episode VII Black X-wing Via 'Latino Review'
Reported by Justin on 12 Sep 2014 13:46

Latino Review has posted a few more aerial photos from the Episode VII set at Greenham Common, including a closer view of the black/dark colored X-wing fighter that was reported earlier.

In addition, they also provide some rumored information on who will be flying the various X-wings that we'll be seeing in the film.

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New Phineas And Ferb Star Wars Game Titled Agent P: Rebel Spy
Reported by Justin on 12 Sep 2014 13:30

Jedi News reader "kamino_ghost" notifies us of the following via the email copied below. Over to KG...

Hi there. I hope everyone is good today. Just thought I'd send this in as there's no mention of it on your site (I would have sent it in sooner - but I've had Internet issues). Anyway yesterday here in the UK was the Premiere of Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars Special on Disney XD... just in case anyone missed it/or didn't know about it (there have been 3 separate trailers on regular rotation for weeks now on Disney XD) - it is repeated on the following days and times: Friday 12th September at 6.00pm, Saturday 13th September at 9.00am & Sunday 14th September at 6.30pm... Also there is a new trailer running on Disney XD advertising a Phineas and Ferb Star Wars game entitled: Agent P: Rebel Spy...Anyway more Star Wars TV news soon (I'm a bit busy at the moment).

Thanks for the heads up!

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New Episode VII Costumes, Vehicle & Footage From Greenham Common Set
Reported by Justin on 12 Sep 2014 13:14

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Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Greg Grunberg in Episode VII?
Reported by Mark on 12 Sep 2014 12:14

Until it's confirmed then it's only a rumour, but Grunberg - a long-time pal of J.J. Abrams - seems confident he has some kind of role in the new film.

Source Twitter
Star Wars: From Concept to Collectible - Hasbro Black Series: Speeder Bike
Reported by Mark on 12 Sep 2014 11:48

How did Hasbro create the Black Series Speeder Bike -- the first Star Wars toy vehicle made in a 6-inch scale – and its accompanying Biker Scout? In the first installment of Star Wars: From Concept to Collectible, the designers behind the fan-favorite Black Series line of action figures discuss making the new collectible set, from early ideas to design to finished product.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Feel the Conflict: Force and Destiny BETA
Reported by Mark on 12 Sep 2014 09:35

It's BETA test time again as the latest Star Wars game from Fantasy Flight Games arrives - Star Wars: Force and Destiny.

Use the Force, but use it wisely.

In the Star Wars®: Force and Destiny™ Roleplaying Game, you become one of the galaxy’s few remaining Force users – one of the few individuals capable of reaching out and touching the power that shares the fate of the galaxy. You will be hunted by the Empire and mistrusted by wary individuals who think of Jedi as the forgotten followers of a hokey religion. You will be forced to draw upon the Force to defend yourself and the lives of innocents. And you will be tempted by the dark side.

Source Fantasy Flight Games
NOMCAST Episode 5
Reported by Mark and Jonathan on 12 Sep 2014 03:52

It's time to join Jonathan, Lisa, Nancy and Mark for Nomcast and as ever be aware of some colourful language.

Dungeons & Dragons, and tabletop roleplaying, Intense fans and fan fiction, The DC movie/television universe and Star Wars Episode VII rumours. Of course, these are things we wanted to talk about, but there's plenty of digression.

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Join the Alliance
Reported by Mark on 12 Sep 2014 00:16

Check out this series of limited edition exclusive Star Wars art prints for Acme Archives and Dark Ink Art's "Join the Alliance" online art event. These prints are limited and very exclusive and will only be on sale for four more days until 5pm PDT on 15th September.

Joe Corroney's latest print with Brian Miller, CONQUER, is one of the featured prints on sale:

CONQUER

Brian Miller's other new print, CRUSH THE REBELLION, is also available:

CRUSH THE REBELLION

The prints are currently available for overseas fan from the Generation Gallery Generation Gallery in the UK right here.

More about the Join the Alliance online art event can be found at Acme's Dark Ink Art site right here.

Source Dark Ink Art
   11 September 2014
Official Site: History of the 501st Legion: In Search of the Stars of Star wars
Reported by MarcZ on 11 Sep 2014 21:41

StarWars.com has posted the latest history of the 501st Legion. If you have not checked out past posts on this topic I strongly suggest that you do. Written by Albin Johnson, the man who founded the 501st and took them from one lone trooper to 20,000+ worldwide!

To understand the history of the 501st Legion, and organized Star Wars costuming as a whole, sometimes we need to skip around the timeline. Starting in 1998 after the first big meeting of stormtroopers at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA, things leaped forward at different speeds on different fronts and in different parts of the globe. A crucial part involved the celebrities of Star Wars themselves: cast and crew from the movies as well as authors and artists who kept Star Wars strong in the years between trilogies. Their participation in fandom would make for a beautiful relationship over the next two decades.

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Mark Ruffalo Wants A Part In Rian Johnson's Episode VIII
Reported by Justin on 11 Sep 2014 21:04

We may still be more than a year away from the theatrical release of Episode VII, but that doesn't mean we can't look ahead to the rest of the Sequel Trilogy.

Actor Mark Ruffalo sure has.

In an email sent to new Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson, Ruffalo expressed his desire to be included in the film's cast.

“Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing. And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars, please, anything, please consider considering me to join you.”

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New Star Wars College Apparel Line
Reported by Justin on 11 Sep 2014 20:19

Whether a member of an undefeated empire or part of a rebel alliance, collegiate sports fans know what it means to be part of a legacy. Now college sports fans can celebrate their school pride with the power of the Force sporting a new collection of apparel and accessories featuring iconic designs from the Star Wars saga! Everything you need for an intergalactic sports showdown: T-shirts, caps, throws, outerwear, lunchboxes, coolers, and more featuring each college’s unique graphics and favorite Star Wars characters like Yoda, Darth Vader, stormtroopers, and more. Gear up the friends and family for the next home game or make the jump to lightspeed with your own Star Wars tailgate at a campus not too far, far away…

The new collection of apparel and accessories featuring iconic designs from the Star Wars saga is available for more than 50 schools including marquee universities such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The apparel is available now at top retailers such as Kohls and Old Navy, and the entire range will roll out to campus stores nationwide this fall.

Take the source link below to check out the complete list of schools that will be participating in this new line of Star Wars apparel. Can't WAIT to see what design(s) the University of Michigan will have!

GO BLUE!!

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Anatomy of a Scene: Dooku Tempts Kenobi
Reported by AdamDB on 11 Sep 2014 20:00
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One of my favorite scenes in the entire Saga actually comes from Attack of the Clones, in a scene labelled on the DVD as “Obi-Wan Captive”, but I always think of as “Dooku Tempts Kenobi.” For a while now, I’ve been meaning to put my (admittedly amateur) analysis skills to the test and really pick apart this sequence.

First, a run-down. The scene begins at just about an hour and a half into the film (1:30:49 on the 2002 DVD), with an establishing shot of a Geonosian structure. We see inside as Count Dooku walks past some Geonosian guards, one of whom barely remembering to maintain decorum as he walks by. He enters a little circular room, in the center of which is a platform with a beam of light emanating from a small generator. Hovering in the center of the light bound in what looks to be something resembling force field tendrils, is Obi-Wan Kenobi, whom in the previous scene we had witnessed get captured and possibly injured through the hologram message sent to Anakin.

The Metro: Millennium Falcon and X-wing spotted in Berkshire – decoding the clues
Reported by Mark on 11 Sep 2014 19:29

As stock light freighters and T-65's arrive in Berkshire I post my latest piece over at The Metro asking where in the Star Wars galaxy these locations could be?

As every Star Wars fan now knows, the Millennium Falcon and 2 X-wing fighters have been spotted at Greenham Common in West Berkshire, which is just a 40 mile drive along the M4 to Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.

With Episode 7 currently back on track and into it’s second chunk of filming at Pinewood the production is approaching the end of it’s primary shooting phase, and with various locations around the UK being used – scenes have been shot at Puzzlewood, Skellig Island and now Berkshire – fans are turning their thoughts to what galactic locations these locations could represent.

Source The Metro
Celebration Anaheim 2015: Road To Celebration Part 2 Begins September 29
Reported by Justin on 11 Sep 2014 18:48

If you have already purchased your ticket(s) to Celebration Anaheim 2015, be sure to keep an eye out for the following email pertaining to the second portion of the Road to Celebration and the awesome Celebration Pin Trading Program (click the image below for a larger view of the email message).

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Will Episode VII Material Appear In Star Wars Rebels?
Reported by Justin on 11 Sep 2014 17:41

Sources have "exclusively" told Entertainment Weekly that elements of Episode VII could be making their first appearance in upcoming episodes of the new Star Wars Rebels animated TV series. I use the term "exclusively" very loosely in this instance as I believe we have already heard about the chances of Episode VII components potentially popping up in Rebels in previous Lucasfilm production crew interviews.

Attention Star Wars fans: Want to see the new ships, locations, characters and weapons that will be in Episode VII? Some of them might make their debut appearance as early as this fall.

The team behind Disney’s other announced Star Wars filmed story, the one that’s being released next month—Star Wars Rebels, which premieres Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD—is creatively in cahoots with the Episode VII team, EW has learned exclusively. Even though Rebels takes place years before the events of the first-released Star Wars film (Episode IV), and is an animated series rather than a feature film, Disney wants to make sure any creative elements introduced in Rebels align with the rest of the Star Wars canon. That way, even with multiple Star Wars projects in various stages of development at the same time, the brand’s world-building will continue in a cohesive and consistent manner.

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Teefury Daily Alert: Child Of Mandalore Vs. Three Wook Moon
Reported by Dan on 11 Sep 2014 15:55

It's a Twofury today over at Teefury! Two different Star War-inspired designs are up for grabs today, each featuring a popular character from that galaxy far, far away. Will you pick up "Child of Mandalore" by victorsbeard, or "Three Wook Moon" by sketchboy01? Why not both? :)

Source Teefury
Black X-wing Fighter In Episode VII?
Reported by Justin on 11 Sep 2014 15:02

Making Star Wars has posted another aerial photo from the Greenham Common location that appears to show a black/dark colored X-wing fighter towards the top portion of the image.

Could this be a new X-wing color scheme (or new build design) that we see used in Episode VII?

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Source MSW
T-Shirts: Scoundrel Dogs
Reported by Matt on 11 Sep 2014 14:51

Weekly Shirts are giving you five days and asking for just $12.00 and in return you get this cool tee featuring Mr Green and Mr Bloodstripe having a slight disagreement.

Source Weekly Shirts
Bill McBride & His Amazing Darth Vader Collection
Reported by Justin on 11 Sep 2014 14:25

Impressive...most impressive. Nothing else needs to be said about this story.

Most people will admit they have a dark side, but in the home of Star Wars super-fan Bill McBride, that side of the force is stronger than most.

Sci-fi fan Bill McBride, 42, boasts the world's largest collection of Darth Vader memorabilia and is on a 20-year mission to turn his bedroom into a museum dedicated to the Sith Lord.

Mr McBride, who has spent more than $284,000 on buying Darth Vader merchandise, has spent most of his adult lifeamassing a collection of more than 60,000 items including figurines, artwork and replica lightsabers.

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Source Daily Mail
20" Jakks Pacific Spotted In Bristol
Reported by Matt on 11 Sep 2014 13:36

The new wave of 20" Jakks Pacific Star Wars figures were been spotted by loyal reader blowtorchscortch in Bristols Cribbs Causeway store yesterday afternoon. He sends in these pics showing the figures, which for only £24.00 are a real bargain.

Have you spotted anything new out and about? Take a pic and send us a store report to info@jedinews.co.uk.

SW x SC Josh Borden
Reported by Matt on 11 Sep 2014 12:28

Josh Borden takes the new Santa Cruz Stormtrooper deck for a spin in the stratosphere with a tasty lein air. Checkout the new line of Star Wars X Santa Cruz collectible and shred ready decks/cruzers. santacruzskateboards.com/starwars

Source YouTube (via RebelForce Radio)
T-Shirts: Rebels of the Galaxy
Reported by Matt on 11 Sep 2014 11:58

Groot and Rocket are inspiring the galaxy of tees with some brilliant Guardians and Star War mash-ups and here's another via Tee Turtle which can be yours for just $12.00.

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Subway Joins Forces With Star Wars Rebels
Reported by Mark on 11 Sep 2014 11:38

Join the rebellion with the kids pak at Subway. Get a 4" sub, a Capri sun fruit crush and BEAR pure fruit yoyos and one of 6 exclusive bags and trading cards will be yours.

For 2 of your 5 a day get down to Subway and grab them before their gone.

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Star Wars Rebels: Chopper and Ezra Earbuds
Reported by Mark on 11 Sep 2014 11:19

How can anyone resist these awesome Star Wars Rebels earbuds via Toys 'R' Us?

$9.99 for Chopper and $19.99 for Ezra, here's the best way yet to listen to those secret Imperial frequencies and start your own spark of rebellion.

Source Toys 'R' Us
Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Is This Daisy Ridley's Costume?
Reported by Mark on 11 Sep 2014 10:31

Could this be Daisy Ridley's costume in the fast approaching Episode VII? Jason Ward at Making Star Wars seems to think so and presents some sketches he's drawn of the images he saw over at the site.

Last night I was able to get a good look at concept art from Star Wars: Episode VII. In particular I was able to look at the concept art for Daisy Ridley’s character. I was with the piece long enough to sketch it out. I had trouble with the loose free-flowing scarf, so I didn’t depict it. She has a ton of detail and gadgets on the costume, so please forgive me for any ambiguities. The pants reminded me of Boba Fett’s pants (they’re not). The knee pads, chest and scarf are a dark blue. The pants are grey. Her arms are a white “bone” looking padding, tied off with brown straps. My sketch looks like she has a hat brim but that is supposed to be a transparent visor. It’s like a solid piece of glass or plastic and you can see her eyes through it. The stances below are nearly identical to the art I was shown.

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 47
Reported by Mark on 11 Sep 2014 10:15

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

Like Han from carbonite, like Darth Maul from the reactor chasm, like Boba Fett from the Sarlacc’s mouth, he has returned! Your host Randy Lo Gudice has returned to "Now, This Is Podcasting!" and he joins Jason Ward, Johnamarie Macias, and Jeremy Conrad to discuss all the latest in Star Wars news. The team have a spoiler free discussion of the first few episodes of Star Wars Rebels. Star Wars: Episode VII resumes filming at Pinewood Studios after breaking to allow Harrison Ford to heal. Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel on Game of Thrones) is cast in Episode VII. We may now know the name of Daisy Ridley’s character. Nathan Hamill and the Lavabear in Skellig Michael. Mizzlewump rumors. Plus more on Star Wars Rebels episode descriptions, a spoiler free discussion of A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, and Pod People!

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Simon Wilkie, The Man Behind The Golden Mask
Reported by Matt on 11 Sep 2014 09:47

We take a look back a few months to an interview conducted by Owen Quinn at The Time Warriors with Threepio costumer and friend of Jedi News, Simon Wilkie.

Do you know what? I love interviewing Star Wars costumers but I’ve never come across C-3P0 before so I was delighted to be introduced to Simon Wilkie. Now Simon is one of the few people in the world to create the Threepio suit and it is simply stunning. This is an amazing story and believe it or not, he only debuted the costume a couple of weeks ago at Star Wars Celebration Europe. What was the reaction to it? Read on and find out and discover what charity Simon does this for and how it has impacted on his life. Let’s just say, you are going to be seeing a lot more of C-3P0 in the coming months.

For the rest of the interview, click here.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 11 Sep 2014 09:10
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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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When Star Trek Meets Star Wars
Reported by Matt on 11 Sep 2014 09:02

If you're a geek then it doesn't get much better than this. The Maker George Lucas meeting the legendary Leonard Nimoy. Live long, and may the Force be with you!

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