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PINNED: Force Friday: Jedi News Live Coverage
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 11:38

Jedi News are poised and primed to bring you all the latest Force Friday images and news from across the UK and the United States. Team Jedi News are on site at locations as far flung as Glasgow, London, New York, Texas, Chicago and Florida and ready to report, record and photograph the unveiling at 12.01am on Friday morning of these exciting new lines.

Follow us on our Jedi News on Instagram page, the Jedi News Facebook page and on Twitter @JediNewsUK for the latest news, which will start right here on this very page tonight.



PINNED: RADIO 1138: Episode 31: Shane Turgeon, Dennis Muren, Rebel Legion, Force Friday And More!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 17:18

It's time to join Mark Newbold and James Burns for the latest episode of RADIO 1138.

THE FORCE AWAKENS Instagram teaser. ROGUE ONE. Colin Trevorrow. D23. Disney parks. This months bumper episode looks at all that and more as well as looking ahead to Force Friday, New York Comic Con and Rancho Obi-Wan's Galaween. We're joined by Shane Turgeon, hear the first part of Mark's vintage chat with Dennis Muren, talk to Mark Mulcaster of the Rebel Legion and rock out to Darth Elvis on episode 31 of RADIO 1138.

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

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   Thursday, September 3, 2015
Disney Infinity 3.0 – Rise Against the Empire
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 14:29

Check out this review of Disney Infinity 3.0 – Rise Against the Empire over at Laughing Place. A friend of ours worked on this particular playset, so hats off sir (you know who you are).

This play set is based on the original trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and is available separately, but is also included in the deluxe PlayStation starter packs for PS3 and PS4. The play set comes with Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia figures and the game piece is a clear Death Star.
As a Star Wars fan, this is the game I was most looking forward to from Infinity 3.0. Other figures available that immediately work in this game are Chewbacca and Han Solo, but as you play through the universe you can collect coins that unlock every Star Wars character currently available for the game. Unlike the Marvel games from 2.0, there is just one coin to find for each character. By the end of the game, we were playing with not only Anakin Skywalker and young Obi-Wan, but also the four Star Wars Rebels characters. Hilarity ensued during the final battle when we pitted Darth Vader against Darth Vader.

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LEGO Star Wars - Force Friday
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 14:24

Here's some more images from LEGO (their PR machine is working on hyperdrive today!)...

With Force Friday fever kicking in, we thought you might like to see these really cool cinematic style fan shots that have been shared with us to celebrate tomorrow’s unveiling of the new LEGO Star Wars sets from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    

    

Well done to @macrolegouniverse for creating some great images (click on each image for a closer look).

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Reminder: Toys"R"Us UK Midnight Madness Launch Tonight
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 14:08

There's lots going on tonight, and five Toys"R"Us stores around the country will be opening at 12:01am for Midnight Madness. Here's a reminder...

On Force Friday, Toys“R”Us stores around the globe will open their doors for special midnight opening celebrations, providing customers of all ages the opportunity to be among the first to purchase must-have merchandise, receive exclusive giveaways and immerse themselves in all things Star Wars.

The giant toy retailer is encouraging fans of all ages to head to one of the following UK stores for a midnight opening;

  • Toys”R”Us Brent Cross – NW2 1LW
  • Toys”R”Us Warrington – WA5 7TT
  • Toys”R”Us Bristol – BS34 5TU
  • Toys”R”Us Oldbury – B69 4RJ
  • Toys”R”Us Glasgow Helen Street – G51 3HR

As part of the toy store celebrations, the first 75 customers to line up at midnight at each of these stores will receive Star Wars giveaways, including a limited edition poster and T-Shirt, as well as the chance to be among the first to purchase exclusive Star Wars merchandise in dedicated front-of-store feature shops.

Also at midnight on Force Friday, shoppers will be able to browse and purchase the new products online at www.toysrus.co.uk.

For updates and further information, follow @toysrusuk #TheForceAwakensAtToysRUs.

Jedi News will be out in Force at the Brent Cross, Bristol & Glasgow stores, and we hope to see you there! Also, this just in from TRU HQ...

Come down to Brent Cross for Force Friday tonight and watch the classic Epic Battles compilation, only at Toys"R"Us while you wait for the store to open at 12.01am on September 4th! ?#?TheForceAwakensAtToysRUs

We can't wait to see some of you VERY soon!

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LEGO Star Wars - Even More Product Reveals from The Force Awakens
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 13:55

 

 

 

More LEGO Star Wars reveals (as part of the Global Toy Unboxing Event) from The Force Awakens - here's another three new sets - Millennium Falcon (set #75105), Rey’s Speeder (set #75099), and First Order Snowspeeder (set #75100).

There's only one more set from The Force Awakens to be revealed by LEGO, and along with these, and the previous reveals, you'll be able to buy/build all of these as of midnight tonight!

Here are the details of both of these sets directly from LEGO, along with some high-res images above, click to view...

75105 LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon - One of the most iconic starships of the Star Wars saga is back, and it’s leaner and meaner than ever before! As featured in exciting scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this latest LEGO® version of the Millennium Falcon is crammed with new and updated external features, including an even more streamlined and detailed design, detachable cockpit with space for 2 minifigures, rotating top and bottom laser turrets with hatch and space for a minifigure, dual spring-loaded tools, sensor dish, ramp and an entrance hatch. Open up the hull plates to reveal even more great new and updated details inside, including the main hold with seating area and holo chess board, more detailed hyperdrive, secret compartment, extra boxes and cables, and storage for spring-loaded tool. And of course no LEGO Millennium Falcon model would be complete without Han Solo and Chewbacca, as well as other great characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Activate the hyperdrive and set course for LEGO Star Wars fun! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech and a Kanjiklub Gang Member, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. $149.99 USD

75099 – Rey’s Speeder - Hover into action on Rey's Speeder! This cool land speeder has everything Rey needs for scouting the surface of a desert planet, including dual stud shooters, opening storage hatch and side-mounted bag, blaster, buzz saw and electro binoculars. There’s also a detachable sled with space for a minifigure when Rey must make a quick escape down the desert dunes! Recreate your own fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Includes 2 minifigures: Rey and Unkar’s Thug with a crowbar. $19.99 USD

75100 – First Order Snowspeeder - Call in weaponized support with the First Order Snowspeeder! With a crew of three, this rapid response vehicle features a forward storage compartment, fixed stud shooter in the cockpit, two rapid-fire stud shooters built into the engines and transparent wheels hidden out of site for a true ‘hover’ look. Now you can recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons: 2 First Order Snowtroopers and a First Order Snowtrooper Officer. $39.99

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Global Toy Unboxing Live Stream Event continues here on YouTube.

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Boba Fizzed
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 13:06

@target store employee wins #forceFriday #starwars #bobafett #boba #epic #storedisplay

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

Here's a prospective employee of the month award nominee who knows how to stay on Target. That's definitely how any soda display should be laid out.

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On The Shelves UK: Asda
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 12:23

Stock found on display early at ASDA UKThanks to a tip from the RSforums I headed out to ASDA Walmart in Bristol to...

Posted by Jedi News on Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The minutes are ticking down to the launch of Force Friday and - as readers of the site will already know - product is trickling out across the country.

Check out our gallery of 100 images, encompassing a wide variety of products over on our Jedi News Facebook page.

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Official Site: 10 Great Foods Scenes In Rebels And The Clone Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 11:56

Feeling peckish? I certainly am now after reading this piece by Adam Bray over at StarWars.com.

Meals have always been focal points in Star Wars storytelling. The first two films of each trilogy all include meals at home or with family members. Return of the Jedi includes even more “exotic” dining occasions, including the averted Ewok feast and the rancor and Sarlacc feedings (if we can consider them “food scenes”). Animated Star Wars is no less a culinary adventure. Both Star wars Rebels and The Clone Wars are rife with food scenes. Through the course we also discover the galaxy’s universal love of fruit and nunas. The following are our favorite food scenes…

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Countdown to Force Friday & The Force Awakens Products
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 11:49

    

This just in from our friends at Disney UK (click on the images for a closer look)...

LONDON (September 3, 2015) – Stormtroopers and R2-D2 joined a young Star Wars fan dressed as Princess Leia – Daisy, aged 8 – at the Disney Store on Oxford Street to begin the final countdown to midnight tonight, when the much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens product line launches on ‘Force Friday’ 4th September.

The costumed characters from the 501st UK Garrison appeared at the Disney Store’s Star Wars-themed opening key ceremony, which also saw the front of the Oxford Street store ‘unboxed’ for trading – to mimic the global live toy unboxing event taking place on the Star Wars YouTube channel.

I can feel the excitement building to this event, and our first live action Star Wars film in over 10 years - just over 100 days away!

LEGO Star Wars - More Product Reveals from The Force Awakens
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 11:35

 

 

Recently revealed by Reyst in Berlin, Germany (as part of the Global Toy Unboxing Event) was the third LEGO Star Wars set from The Force Awakens - Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle (set #75104). Previously to that, the second set was also revealed as the First Order Transporter (set #75103). These, along with the previous reveal, and more, will be available later to buy/build as midnight hits!

Here are the details of both of these sets directly from LEGO, along with some high-res images above, click to view...

75104 - Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle - Enter the battle with Kylo Ren’s personal Command Shuttle! This fantastic, highly detailed starship has loads of features, including opening front, rear and bottom storage bays; wing-mounted, spring-loaded shooters and detachable tool racks. And when you’re  ready for even more action, activate the amazing extending wing function! It’s time to hunt down the enemy and play out your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Kylo Ren, General Hux, First Order Officer, 2 First Order Crew and a First Order Stormtrooper Officer. $119.99 USD

75103 - First Order Transporter - Lower the ramp, load the troopers and get ready to transport them into battle! This heavily armored First Order Transporter is packed with cool features, like dual spring-loaded shooters, top-mounted dual-stud shooter and hatch with space for a minifigure, pilot cabin with opening hatch and space for 4 minifigures in the hold, big engines at the rear, and hidden, transparent wheels for a cool ‘hover’ look. You can also remove the top section for easy access. Get ready to recreate incredible battle scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 7 minifigures with assorted accessories: 2 Resistance Soldiers, 2 First Order Flametroopers, 2 First Order Stormtroopers and Captain Phasma. $89.99 USD

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Global Toy Unboxing Live Stream Event continues here on YouTube.

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New Holonet Audio Drama: The Magic Lamp
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 10:46

Over to my pal Joe Mignano for the latest from HoloNet Audio Dramas.

Luke Skywalker returns to the old home of Ben Kenobi on Tatooine and finds something, or is it someone, that will aid him in rebuilding the Jedi Order.
Written by "Marnie." Narrated and produced by Joe Mignano. Originally narrated on the Dark Empire Radio podcast in 2010, this story has been completely remastered for Holonet Audio Dramas. For more great Star Wars fanfiction audio like this track, visit www.holonetaudiodramas.com

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LEGO Star Wars - Poe's X-Wing Fighter from The Force Awakens
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 08:00

 

Recently revealed by Dollastic in Seoul, Korea (as part of the Global Toy Unboxing Event) was the first LEGO Star Wars set from The Force Awakens - Poe's X-Wing Fighter (set #75102).

Here are the details of this set directly from LEGO, along with a couple of high-res images, click to view...

LEGO Star Wars Sets Based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens 75102 - Poe's X-Wing Fighter

Battle the forces of the First Order with Poe's X-Wing Fighter. This customized starfighter is packed with features, like the 4 spring-loaded shooters, 2 stud shooters, retractable landing gear, opening wings, opening cockpit with space for a minifigure and space behind for the BB-8 Astromech Droid. There’s even a loader with tool rack, extra ammunition, and a seat for a minifigure. So climb the access ladder, strap in and get ready to recreate your own great scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Includes 3 minifigures with assorted accessories: Poe Dameron, Resistance ground crew and a Resistance X-Wing Pilot, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. $79.99 USD

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Global Toy Unboxing Live Stream Event continues here.

Source LEGO.com
Final Countdown to Launch of Star Wars The Force Awakens Product
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 07:40

This from our friends at Disney/Lucasfilm...

LONDON (September 3, 2015) – Force Friday is now less than a day away, with the global launch of merchandise inspired by the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. Toys, collectibles, gadgets, apparel and more will officially hit shelves at Disney Stores and other retailers on Friday, Sept. 4 at 12:01 a.m. 

A variety of UK and Irish retailers are expecting thousands of Star Wars fans to line up outside their doors and count down to midnight, including Disney Store, Toys "R" Us, Smyths, Forbidden Planet and more.   

In London, a flagship event will be held at Disney Store on Oxford Street, where fans in Star Wars fancy dress can start lining up at 20:00 the evening of Thursday 3 September, with giveaways leading up to midnight. Then at 12:01 a.m., the Disney Store will open its doors for fans to experience its galactic line-up of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise – with an exclusive theme pin and other giveaways (while stocks last for those that purchase product at the midnight opening), as well as an in-store competition and product demos.

Those that cannot wait until Force Friday midnight openings can get a sneak peek of highlights from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens product collection by tuning in to the global live stream on the Star Wars YouTube channel. Unfolding over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, fans can catch the UK’s live slot at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday Sept. 3 [today]. Do not miss this chance to see the new products, unboxed on a global stage, for the very first time.  

Fans can also start browsing and purchasing the much anticipated line-up of new products online at www.disneystore.co.uk, starting 12:01 a.m. on 4th September.

Visit www.StarWars.com for more details on the Force Friday unboxing live stream and midnight madness retailer activities.

The Jedi News team will be out in Force tonight all over the UK in Bristol, Glasgow and London, as well as various places all over the USA too. Please come and say 'Hello' if you see us wearing our Team Jedi News t-shirts. Stay safe and MTFBWY!

Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 07:17
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Read on for the latest update from site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store featuring lots of new pre-orders and arrivals; as well as an End of Summer Sale and some new products that launch at midnight...

END OF SUMMER SALE
Pricing has just been reduced on over 3000 items!  We've added 16 different sale menus with 80 to 150 deals on each list!   Menus include:  Transformers, Marvel, DC, Bandai, 1/6 Scale, Statues, Mattel, Hasbro, Star Wars & More!  There are a ton of great deals here, take a look through the many menus and grab them before they sell out!

EPISODE VII PRODUCT LAUNCHES FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH AT 12:01 AM EASTERN STANDARD TIME – THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS NOW!

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J Abrams Gives His Most Revealing Star Wars Interview Yet
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 06:28


nzherald.co.nz has a fascinating interview up with JJ Abrams on Star Wars, it is argubly the most revealing discussion on The Force Awakens yet, and a must read.

"When you're on the set of the Millennium Falcon or staring into the eyes of C3PO giving direction, it's pretty easy to have that fanatic part of you bubble up. But our job was to be there to tell this story, not to be a fanboy."


Take the jump to read the full interview.


Source nzherald.co.nz
The Big Business of 'Star Wars'
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Sep 2015 06:22

Mere hours ahead of the much-anticipated unveiling of the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" toys, analysts are placing their bets as to just how much of a boost the new franchise could contribute to Disney and Hasbro.

CNBC has an indepth article looking at the business of Star Wars including speculating that an "estimated that a 200 percent increase in global licensing and retail sales could add $500 million in revenues to Disney in fiscal 2016."

To read the full analysis of what Star Wars merchandise could mean to Disney, take the link.

Source CNBC
   Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Full of Sith Episode CXXX: Report Card (w/ Kieron Gillen)
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 23:51

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

Amy, Bryan, and Bobby celebrate Back to School with a report card for Marvel Comics: Princess Leia, Lando, Darth Vader, Kanan, and the main title all get their grades in an in-depth discussion of some of the strongest stuff in the new canon, as well as an interview with Darth Vader writer Kieron Gillen. And of course, there’s a quick discussion of that Instagram teaser, what secrets might await us on Force Friday, and more.

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

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Halloween Costumes Prepare For Force Friday
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 23:48

Sites, podcasts, shops and companies world wide are getting ready for Force Friday and our friends at Halloween Costumes are just the same. Here's the latest on their plans.

The day is almost upon us, Force Friday—the day when the merchandising juggernaut that is Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens…awakens. It’s going to be a huge day, filled with a ton of new and exciting stuff for The Force Awakens.
We, in our ever faithful service to our customers, want the world to get a look at the new costumes for Episode VII as quickly as possible. Therefore, HalloweenCostumes.com will be doing our first ever midnight opening of these items! We will be putting out a press release, blog posts, and opening up the product pages for all of our content—giving you exclusive access to the costumes and accessories that will be sure to dominate Halloween 2015 (and possibly every Halloween from now until the end of time).
Tune into HalloweenCostumes.com/blog at 11pm CST/12pm EST for all the juicy details!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Global Toy Unboxing Live Stream Event
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 22:40

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Unboxing Live Stream has begun, and all the latest live action can be followed here:



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RUMOUR: Episode VIII Shortlist Includes Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany, Olivia Cooke
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 22:01

We're 108 days away from The Force Awakens and in the midst of production on Rogue One, so it should come as no surprise in this brave new era of Star Wars that news of Episode VIII is here.

Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” star Olivia Cooke are considered the top contenders for the new female lead in Rian Johnson‘s “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” multiple individuals familiar with the casting situation told TheWrap. Insiders insist it’s early in the casting process and that Johnson is still auditioning actresses, with several rising stars yet to read for him. Others suggest that Johnson is narrowing down the field and that Rodriguez, Maslany and Cooke will be among a group of girls slated to chemistry-read with “The Force Awakens” star John Boyega before the end of the month

Source The Wrap
Star Wars Droid Tales - Crisis On Coruscant On Disney XD UK
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 21:41

Great news comes our way by friend of the site kamino_ghost regarding the premier of the latest LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales episode.

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales - Crisis On Coruscant will Premiere on Disney XDUK on Saturday 12th September at 9.00am, repeated at 15.00pm with a further repeat on Sunday 13th September at 9.30am.

Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 19:00
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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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Official Site: 10 Things We Learned From Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 18:37

Amy Ratcliffe teaches us more about the Star Wars galaxy over at StarWars.com with another list of things we've learned from Star Wars.

The best stories teach us lessons, and Star Wars is overflowing with them. Though the events that unfolded a long time ago involve Jedi, clone troopers, bizarre creatures, and many more elements that seem much more exciting than anything happening in our world, there are several takeaways. Star Wars has taught us about the importance of friendship, the value of being patient, and the dangers of being afraid. These are ten of the many things we’ve learned from the saga:

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Jedi News Interview: Vanessa Marshall: The Consummate Star Wars Ambassador
Reported by John 'Dak' Morton (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 18:30
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Vanessa Marshall, Hera Syndulla in Star Wars Rebels, is very much the Star Wars ambassador, like her fellow Rebel Ashley Eckstein who voices Ahsoka Tano. Vanessa was born a show biz kid in Santa Monica and raised in Los Angeles, the daughter of Knots Landing star Joan Van Ark and KNBC-TV reporter John Marshall. Before following her mother into the business, she went to Princeton for a degree in English that was followed by graduate work at New York University’s Tisch School and a stint in London’s National Youth Theatre. Early in her professional career, she was a model and stand-up comic during which time she staged a one-woman show Got Phat? that ran at the Hudson Avenue Theatre in New York. While she’s worked in all media, including television and film, her particular niche is in voice-over work— animation, commercials, promotions, trailers, narration, live announcing and radio imaging. Recently, she’s been adding writing to her many accomplishments.

John Dak Morton: Vanessa, you certainly bring a lot to Star Wars. But then Star Wars has brought a lot to you. You first saw A New Hope with your cousins in Boulder, Colorado, when you were, what, 12? How exactly did the film change your life? Was the change obvious to you at the time?

Vanessa Marshall: Initially, I remember simply having fun! This wild ride, this space opera, was quite an adventure, unlike anything I had ever experienced before! On a deeper level, however, I think Princess Leia impacted me most. She was such a unique, positive female role model. I admired her moxie, her effortless grace, and, of course, her super cool hairdo! I loved everything about her! I wanted to be her! Still do!

Dak: Isn’t that so true for many of the characters that George drew for us. I hear that so often. You’ve often said he inspired us with the mythic Hero's Journey.

VM: And so he does. As a student of Joseph Campbell, George Lucas said he was greatly influenced by Campbell’s teachings on the power of myth. Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces discusses the various components of the hero’s journey, along with the universality of these archetypes across many cultures. Campbell’s ideas obviously played a huge role in the creation of the basic story structure of A New Hope and beyond. Luke’s sacred transformation, with its universal rites of passage, provides a narrative with which most humans—in any culture—can identify. The variables may be different, but I think his call to action, his subsequent struggle and ultimately his heroic choices can and do inspire us all. There comes a time in everyone’s life when they must become the hero of their own story, as it were. It takes supreme courage. When Luke rose to the occasion, I know I was deeply moved to do the same.

Paul Kemp Contracted For Further Star Wars Novels
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 17:35

Great news for fans of Lords of the Sith as Paul S Kemp confirms that he is contracted to write a further Star Wars novel.

Speaking on Reddit he confirmed his further involvement, though what era his next novel is set in is uncertain.

Source Reddit (via Club Jade)
Jogcast Radio: Episode 54: A New Era with John Jackson Miller
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 15:22

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

Hi there Jogcasters, we had the honour of having a returning guest on the show today, none other noted Star Wars author John Jackson Miller, here to talk about “A New Dawn” and his new addition to Star Wars “Bottleneck” soon to be a part of the upcoming novel “Rise of the Empire” which features Tarkin as well and a few short stories.

Contact Information: Website

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On The Shelves UK: Hallmark Star Wars Cards At Asda
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 13:20

New hallmark greetings card range in asda UK.

Posted by Jedi News on Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Pretty soon you won't be able to turn around without bumping in to something with Star Wars written on it. To illustrate this, here's a look at the new range of Hallmark Star Wars cards in Asda.

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Star Wars Uprising Available for Pre-registration
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 12:39

PAX 2015 is done and the team who are bringing you Star Wars Uprising are getting into top gear, ready to bring the best mobile game they possibly can.

Check out this video from PAX and click through the link below to pre-register for the game.

Star Wars Uprising is Available for Pre-registration on Prelaunch.me. Those who pre-register will receive promo codes for the following in game items: DL-44 Blaster, A Stormtrooper Helmet and a Wookiee Character.
Click here to access the app.

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Would You Pay £99 For A Star Wars MUG?
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 12:21

What better receptacle to celebrate the saga than in this amazing mug? I can think of none.

Star Wars themed Christmas gifts are expected to lead sales this year with a mug priced at an eye-watering £99 the hottest 'must have.'
The Darth Vadar pewter tankard, made by Malaysian firm Royal Selangor, is scheduled to launch in the UK on 1 October 2015 and is anticipated to top the list for many diehard fans of the franchise.
Christmas must-haves are expected to be dominated by Star Wars, with the latest instalment of the franchise – Episode VII, The Force Awakens - set for release on 18 December, starring Harrison Ford.

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 44: A Force Friday Gameplan
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Sep 2015 08:19

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

Not only do we get a ton of cool new toys this week, but we got a bunch of new videos as well! We break down all the latest Star Wars videos (that are still online): Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Star Wars Rebels – Season 2, and the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens clip. Plus, toy correspondent Jared Stephan takes us through his gameplan for Force Friday. Here’s a spoiler – Pop! vinyls are involved.

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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   Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Share The Force At Target
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 22:17

Friend of the site Kyle Newman dropped us a bunch of images showing this special promo item sent out to a selection of fans in the US.

On The Shelves UK: Asda
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 21:56

The Force Awakens toys are already on sale in Asda here in the UK. Check out this report sent in by Jedi News reader Jakku Rebel.

I was going shopping in my local in Asda in Great Yarmouth as I walked in saw a kid coming out clutching a carded figure so I went in the hunt and found nothing in the toy aisle. So I had to get my bounty and in the middle of the store found this double-sided stand lone unit stuffed with goodies. And insanely, some was already on offer.
I purchased a micromachines three-pack for my desk at work as they look cool. MYFBWY. Jakku Rebel.

Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Ex Machina
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 21:30

Bryan Young dips into the cinema behind Star Wars once again as he takes a look at Ex Machina over at StarWars.com.

Ex Machina is a British science fiction thriller that came out in 2015 and was written and directed by first-time director Alex Garland. It tells a simple story about robots, manipulation, artificial intelligence, and human nature. Part of the reason it’s a choice for this column is because the two lead characters are played by Oscar Isaac and Domnhall Gleeson, who will be playing Poe Dameron and General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, respectively. The film is a perfect jumping-on point to judge the acting capabilities of these two actors and show us the dedication that they will bring to Star Wars.

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Expanded Fandomverse Episode 037, with Scott Ryfun, from My Star Wars Story
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 20:45

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

Today we talk to a man who has a podcast all about the Star Wars fan. Hey, wait, that's our niche!!! - - We compare notes with Scott Ryfun from MY STAR WARS STORY and learn that every Star Wars fan has a story to tell, not just the creative fans doing cool projects based on their love of that galaxy far, far away! - We have so much fun talking with Scott that we go a little long, and you'll have to visit our website if you want to here the bonus material, as we send him down our Trench Run!

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

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Infographic: Star Wars Lightsabers
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 18:32

As we prepare to return to the big screen in The Force Awakens here's a look at all of the lightsabers seen so far in the saga, via Halloween Costumes, where you can view the full infographic.

The incredible technology dreamed up by George Lucas when he created the Star Wars universe has been imagination food for generations of fans since. None more so than the lightsaber, wielded by those samurai-like mystics the Jedi and their evil counterparts, the Sith. Since Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader had their duel aboard the Death Star, followers have yearned for more of this iconic weapon from the Star Wars franchise.
December 2015 will see the release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and with it the return of these awe-inspiring weapons. Kylo Ren, one of the major villains from the new film, wields the latest version of the lightsaber, which has been dubbed "The Cross-Guard Lightsaber" by fans. This imposing design boasts two miniature sabers that act as handguards, similar to a medieval sword. In celebration, and because we couldn't turn down lightsaber research, we've put together a beautiful infographic charting some of the most important, most unique, and most recognizable lightsabers from the Star Wars Universe.

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Official Site: A New Era In Star Wars Asia: Hong Kong Star Wars Parade
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 18:10

Over at StarWars.com Albin Johnson takes a look at the current state of Star Wars in Asia, and finds a healthy, thriving scene.

July 27, 2015 could be recorded as the beginning of the renaissance period for the Star Wars community in Asia. On a hot and humid afternoon, more than 100 costumers from nine different territories answered the call by Disney and marched in the Hong Kong Disneyland parade. Despite the love the region has always had for Star Wars, there has never been a cohesive identity behind it. That is, until now.
Considering Asia spans such an enormous region of the world with so many languages and cultures, it should come as no surprise that cooperative events of a large scale haven’t been easy to organize. It was in 2001 that I was contacted by Shuji Hayashi in Japan with the proposal to form a 501st unit there. Ever since then, I’ve seen 501st units pop up all over central and southeast Asia — all with raging enthusiasm. But a pan-Asian effort was hard to envision. Celebration Japan in 2008 was as close as we came. Like in the boardgame Risk, it’s just crazy hard to maintain a single force in Asia.

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Tosche Station Radio: Revenge of the Sith Live Commentary
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 18:05

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

Our third installment in Tosche Station Radio's live commentary track series brings us to Revenge of the Sith! Joining the panel this week are Meg and Travis

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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New Star Wars Trilogy Collection Arrives Today
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 17:35

Get yourself to your local bookstore and put this gorgeous trade in your collection before they sell out.

And fans of variants, get in there right away before someone at Del Rey notices that they've spelled the name of the author of Return of the Jedi incorrectly on the cover...

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Star Wars Inspired Post-it Note Wall Art - Timelapse
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 17:31

Question - what would you do if you had a spare 3,597 post-it notes? I'm pretty sure it would be awesome, but maybe not as awesome as this.

Inspired by the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we let four employees get creative on the office walls with some post-it notes and a little imagination. The team created post-it note murals of R2D2, Yoda, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, and you can seem them in action creating the murals here.
It took the team about five hours to complete the murals, using 3,597 post-it notes in total - if we laid all the notes end-on-end it would stretch 899 feet!

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SD Toys Light Up Note Books
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 17:15

As if having a Star Wars notebook wasn't cool enough, now it lights up. Coming your way via SD Toys and available at Toy Palace.

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Official Site: Tattoo Tales: An Interview With Shane Turgeon
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 17:11

We speak with him in the latest episode of RADIO 1138 and here is our good buddy Matt Martin talking tattoos and more with Shane Turgeon over at StarWars.com.

Star Wars fans have many ways of showing their passion for a galaxy far, far away. Some create and wear costumes, some write their own fan fiction, and an increasing number have gone so far as to have their love permanently inked on their body. Star Wars tattoos have become so popular in the last decade or so that you see them on TV shows such as Epic Ink; conventions like Lucasfilm’s own Star Wars Celebration have live tattooing on sight; and now there are two books released on the subject — Force in the Flesh: Star Wars Inspired Body Art Volumes I and II.

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John Boyega Enjoying First Class
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 17:03

Throwback to last week's journey home with @john_boyega ??????

A video posted by @daisyridley on

Who wouldn't want to be sharing this flight with these good people? We certainly would, so here's John Boyega (filmed by Daisy Ridley) on their way home from the States.

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Let's Get A Little Nerdy And Talk About The Lenses Being Used On Star Wars: Rogue One
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 16:55

Over at Ain't It Cool Quint gives us a little detail into the type of lenses being used on the film, with the upshot being (as if you didn't already know) we are in for a visual treat.

So why, then, is it news when Star Wars: Rogue One's cinematographer Greig Fraser choses to shoot anamorphic, as discussed on Indiewire? Well, it's because he's reportedly using the very same newly recreated Ultra Panavision 70mm lenses that Tarantino used on The Hateful 8.
Let's make this clear right now: Rogue One will NOT be shot in 70mm, at least not in the traditional sense. I mean, it'd be just about the coolest thing in the world to have a full on 70mm shot Star Wars movie, but that's not what this news is.
The news is that these 70mm lenses are being used in some extent on Rogue One. They could have an adaptor for 35mm if they are shooting the majority on film or they're being utilized for the Alexa 65 (standing for 65mm, which is technically what most 70mm is - that extra 5mm accounts for the soundtrack space on the celluloid), which is 6k digital camera that is Arri's attempt at a digital camera that can come close to capturing the image quality of 70mm film cameras.
It's not known if Gareth Edwards is shooting the whole film with this new Alexa 65 camera or just pieces of it, like Abrams shot some pieces of The Force Awakens with the IMAX cameras, but it's confirmed they are using that camera. What is known is that unlike IMAX aspect ratio (which turns from a rectangle into a big square ala Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight), these lenses mean you can go wider than standard widescreen. That's taking it from 2.35:1 to 2.76.1.

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Details On Star Wars Battlefront Beta Program Announced
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 15:15

Just a short time ago Electronic Arts officially released details on the beta program for Star Wars Battlefront which is slated to go live sometime early next month. Check out the intro below and then the source link for the full announcement.

Ever since we revealed Star Wars™ Battlefront™ in April at Star Wars™ Celebration, you've been asking us if there would be a Beta. Today, we are thrilled to finally be able to answer that question, and the answer is yes!

Coming early October to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC, the Star Wars Battlefront Beta* is a technical test and will feature Walker Assault on Hoth, a 40-player multiplayer battle featuring Rebels and the Empire. Walker Assault will also give you the chance to play as two of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars™ universe: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The Beta will also feature our Survival Mission on Tatooine, where you and a Rebel friend must fight back waves of Imperial forces.

In addition to those two modes, we are excited to reveal a brand-new mode that will be available in the Beta, Drop Zone. We’ll be sharing more details on Drop Zone in the weeks ahead.

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Coffee With Kenobi: Coffee Chat: Dennis Keithly
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 14:52

It's time to join your hosts Dan and Cory over at Coffee With Kenobi.

On this special show, we have the winner of our first Patreon Coffee Chat, Dennis Keithly! Dennis leads the discussion; we look at the hype surrounding The Force Awakens, the impact social media has on hype, and reflect on the anticipation surrounding the Original Trilogy releases, the Special Editions, and the Prequels. It's a wonderful trip down memory lane, and it's all due to the vision of Dennis. This is the podcast you're looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Jogcast Radio: Episode 52: Caravan of Courage Film Commentary
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 12:52

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

Hi there Jogcasters, as promised here’s the second of three episodes we did yesterday and with the late addition of KEVIN REITZEL of the BALD SOLO CAST at the end of the cast! This film is one that isn’t talked about enough and I’ll be going through that with a critical but nostalgic eye. We’ll talk about the area it was shot, and how the actors and creative staff went about it all. We’ll talk about the great pal of the Jogcast: ERIC WALKER, and his work on the film as well.

Contact Information: Website

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Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Blu-ray/DVD Out Today in USA
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 01 Sep 2015 12:38

The wait is over! Today marks the release of Star Wars Rebels Season 1 on Blu-ray and DVD in the USA for fans to add to their home media collections (those in the UK will have to wait till September 14).

With the debut of Season 2 scheduled to air on October 14 on Disney XD, fans now have quite a bit of time to catch up on any episodes from Season 1 that they might have missed. Or they can just sit back and relive the excitement from the entire season all over again from start to finish.

The Blu-ray/DVD set is available at just about every retail store/website you can think of, so pick a purchasing source and grab your copy today!

   Monday, August 31, 2015
DICE Says Star Wars Battlefront Is Not A Clone Of Battlefield
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 20:14

When the game was first officially announced by DICE, many people across the gaming community thought Star Wars Battlefront would be a carbon copy of DICE's flagship Battlefield series due to the various similarities present in the early Battlefront gameplay footage that was released.

Turns out that couldn't be further from the truth, according to DICE’s general manager Patrick Bach.

“I don’t think we have a single system in the game that is the same as in Battlefield,” DICE’s general manager Patrick Bach explains in the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine. “They are as far apart as any shooter would be to any other shooter. I think people will be surprised that it’s even a DICE game in some cases, but I think that the quality of the game and the quality of the audio, the visuals, the emotion it evokes will hopefully feel very DICE.”

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Galactic Fashion Episode 01
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 18:09

It's time to join Johnamarie over at Galactic Fashions.

Galactic Fashion is a monthly, interview-based podcast dedicated to Star Wars and geek fashion. In this first episode, Johnamarie shares her reasons behind starting Galactic Fashion, the latest news and reports from the geek fashion world, an interview, and a fashion fact.

Contact Information: iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars: Galaxy Of Heroes Official Announce Trailer
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 17:13

Collect your favorite heroes from the entire Star Wars™ universe and form powerful teams to dominate the competition. More info: http://bit.ly/1UntZv3

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes allows you to join the galactic hologames in a cantina far, far away. Build your team and fight in memorable, RPG-style turn based battles across iconic locations to become the most legendary hologamer in the galaxy!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens LEGO Commercial
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 15:44

Excited yet? Check out this ad for the forthcoming waves of LEGO that capture the raw excitement of a pre-movie countdown perfectly.

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The Wookiee Gunner: Interview With Star Wars: Rebels Comic Writer Martin Fisher
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 14:22

Our great pal the wonderful Johnamarie Macias of The Wookiee Gunner brings us her latest interview, this time with the writer of the Star Wars Rebels comic, Martin Fisher.

I remember being really excited when a new Star Wars Rebels Magazine was announced for Germany and the UK. How did you get the opportunity to write the comic strip for the magazine?

I was already working with Titan Comics on their Star Wars title, I was part of a team of 4 writers. I got that opportunity when I met the then Editor Mark Mackenzie Ray at a London convention, told him of my deep interest of writing for Star Wars and he kept me on file. Mark left Titan and Jon Chapple came in as editor and when another writer left, I was next on the list and got that life changing email not long after coming back from San Diego Comic Con.
The opportunity to write for Rebels came about through pure dumb luck. I knew Titan were ending their Star Wars title and it was going elsewhere, but I didn’t know who had the rights. Again, last year after coming back from SDCC, I got a message from my dear friend Tanya Roberts (who also drew Clone Wars at Titan) that Panini Germany were looking for a writer on their new Rebels title and she had recommended me. Not long after I emailed Gunther [Nickel, editor] at Panini, we talked and he asked if I wanted to write for the title. Obviously the answer was a big fat yes!

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Jogcast Radio: Episode 51: Attack of the Clones: Brutally Honest Film Commentary
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 13:50

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

Hi there, Jogcasters! We are heading again to the prequel commentary arena and today we have Adam Harris from “MY SAGA” joining us for the audio commentary. He loves the film and joins me to take a critical look back at the middle film of the saga. All films aren’t without their troubles, and problems in plot, characterization and structure and tonight we’ll bring up each part of it.

Contact Information: Website

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Star Wars Comes To Disney Infinity
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 13:38

We've been all over the imminent release of Disney Infinity here at the site - and stay tuned for some reviews very soon. Until then, here's Fox Gamer and a hands-on demo of Disney Infinity 3.0 with VP of Production, John Vignocchi.

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Walmart "Force Friday" Participating Store Locator
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 13:19

It's simple - just click the image above to be taken to Walmart's website where you can enter in your city, state, or zipcode to find a store in your area that will be participating in "Force Friday" later this week.

And if you missed it earlier, check out Walmart's weekly circular ad that has two different Star Wars product related coupons.

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A Slice Of The Action
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 12:57

Two thoughts here. First, who would want to cut up this magnificent cake, it just looks amazing. And secondly, who'd want to risk it, just in case Chewie himself is around the corner waiting to pull your arms off.

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Kerry Official Possibly Suggests That Further Skellig Michael Filming Will Include Episode 8
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 31 Aug 2015 11:34



Our friends over at StarWars7News have picked up on a brief interview Jimmy Deenihan, a county official gave to the Irish Times.

In the article Deeniham suggests twice that Skellig Michael will feature in two Star Wars films:
“Both Star War films are going to show what a gem Skellig Rock is to the world."
 
“But its inclusion in two Star Wars films is going to expose it to an audience of billions of people around the world, and personally I think that is a good thing.”

It's very possible this is confirmation that Episode 8 will also film at Skellig Michael, but equally as likely that Deenihan is making an assumption based off of the two distinct filming periods.

What we have heard is that the filming on Skellig Michael takes place during a period where pickups are being filmed at Pinewood for The Force Awakens, and that JJ was not happy with the weather conditions during the initial filming at Skellig Michael.

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   Sunday, August 30, 2015
Target And Walmart "Force Friday" Weekly Circular Ads
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 30 Aug 2015 16:14

Here are quick photos of the weekly circular ads that Target and Walmart have printed up in advance of "Force Friday" arriving in a few short days. They may not reveal much, but there's no denying the sheer awesomenness in seeing retail stores actively promoting the release of all-new Star Wars merchandise.

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