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   28 April 2015
Hallmark Admiral Ackbar Keepsake Ornament Will Be Their Limited Quantity In-Store Release
Reported by Justin on 28 Apr 2015 13:21

In light of our story posted yesterday concerning Hallmark's plans to release two Keepsake Ornaments from The Force Awakens near the end of this year, I received several emails from Jedi News readers inquiring about the status of the Admiral Ackbar ornament that Hallmark had on display in their booth at SDCC last year and earlier this month at Celebration Anaheim 2015.

The Ackbar ornament is not listed in their 2015 Keepsake Ornament Dreambook, which led some fans to think the ornament was cancelled or delayed. So I reached out to my public relations contact at Hallmark to see what the deal was with this ornament. Here is the response I received back:

Hi Justin,

The Admiral Ackbar Keepsake Ornament will be available in limited quantities for Ornament Premiere, starting July 11. The Dream Book does not include the limited quantity ornaments, so you got a sneak peek at Celebration!

There you have it. The Ackbar ornament is in fact coming this year as the special Star Wars Limited Quantity in-store ornament.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

   27 April 2015
Rancho Obi-Wan In The Butter And Eggs Parade
Reported by Mark on 27 Apr 2015 23:34

Via our good pal Rich Smolen, here's a look at Rancho Obi-Wan in last weekends Butter and Eggs parade in Petaluma.

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Jedi News Book Review: Star Wars: Lords of the Sith
Reported by BrianC on 27 Apr 2015 22:00
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When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.
“It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted.”
Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters—and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.
On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice,” an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources—by political power or firepower—and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done.
For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries.

As a collector of all the original Expanded Universe literature, now rebranded as non-canon “Legends,” and the new cohesive canon I am used to the rollercoaster highs and lows of literature tapping into the Star Wars Universe. Much of the content is universally celebrated or condemned, but there are always personal little gems that mean that much extra more to particular individuals. Perhaps that is what makes the Star Wars Universe that somewhat special. There is something in it for everyone, and Del Rey certainly taps into that with its latest offering Lords of the Sith.

Spoilers ahead.

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Get Your Geek On: April 24th 2015
Reported by Mark on 27 Apr 2015 21:25

Get your geek on every Monday night with host David Gremillion, as he interviews guests, takes your calls, and gives his take on the latest Star Wars news. Listen live every Monday at 9pm EST on www.channel1138.com.

We're BACK! "Get Your Geek On" is one of the very first podcasts to recap the incredible experience that is Celebration Anaheim! We have interviews with "The People" including the very first person in line to see the JJ Abrams panel. Check out GYGO and stay geeky!

Contact Information: iTunes | Mixlr | Facebook

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Don’t Get Hoppy: Star Wars Bunnies Cosplay Shines Bright at Celebration
Reported by Matt on 27 Apr 2015 21:08

Check out this gallery of Star Wars Bunnies over at The Mary Sue, proving that Hoojibs and Jaxxon are absoutely essential to the GFFA.

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Making KOTOR 2 Beautiful
Reported by Mark on 27 Apr 2015 20:58

Our pals over at SWTOR Strategies bring us this look at a fan mod of KOTOR 2, designed to amp up the quality of the rendering and images.

“Welcome to my collection of heavily modded kotor 2 playthrough part 1. I am currently suffering a game breaking bug at the end of Peragus but as soon as that’s fixed I’ll put up some screenshots of the rest of the playthough if there is any interest in them! I will post the mod list as soon as I can. There is lots of amazing work being showed here and they all deserve all the credit in the world.”

Source SWTOR Strategies (Via Soeren Kamper)
Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: The Searchers
Reported by Mark on 27 Apr 2015 20:38

Bryan Young returns to StarWars.com with the latest entry in his Cinema Behind Star Wars series with a look at the John Ford classic, The Searchers.

John Ford is the sort of filmmaker who spent his entire career making movies that inspired other filmmakers. Everyone from Orson Welles and Akira Kurosawa to Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have claimed Ford as an important influence. For this week’s column on the influence of films on Star Wars, we set our sights to John Ford’s 1956 film The Searchers, considered by many to be his finest picture.

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Hallmark To Release Two The Force Awakens Keepsake Ornaments This Year
Reported by Justin on 27 Apr 2015 14:21

Hallmark has posted their 2015 Keepsake Ornament Dreambook online earlier today, which includes photos of their selection of Star Wars ornaments that were on display at their booth at Celebration Anaheim 2015 earlier this month.

We have also learned via the Dreambook on page 78 (click the image above) that Hallmark will be releasing two Keepsake Ornaments for The Force Awakens towards the end of this year. One ornament will cost $17.95 (coming in October) and the other will carry a price tag of $19.95 (coming in November). No other information pertaining to these two ornaments is currently available.

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Blu-ray.com Analysis Of Star Wars Digital Movie Collection
Reported by Justin on 27 Apr 2015 13:35

In addition to providing a complete breakdown of all the bonus content included in the release, the folks over at Blu-ray.com, who offer the the most comprehensive and thorough analysis of Blu-ray titles anywhere on the interwebs, had this to say about the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection that arrived earlier this month.

Note: Disney supplied us with the iTunes edition of the saga's digital release for review.

The transfers used to produce the digital copies of all six films are virtually identical to the transfers used to produce the The Complete Saga's September 2011 Blu-ray release. No additional remastering or notable alterations are present. The resulting AV quality of each film -- at least by lower bit-rate digital standards -- is generally excellent, although the same source-based shortcomings that haunt the BD versions of Episode I and Episode II are as noticeable as ever. The digital files are approximately 4 to 4.5 GB per film as well, meaning the presentations, while impressive in their own right, aren't as impressive as their Blu-ray counterparts. Still, fans looking for yet another way to watch Star Wars will be pleased with the final product and, aside from an uptick in compression artifacts, will feel their money and time have been well spent.

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   26 April 2015
Tosche Station Radio #111: Teaserology
Reported by Mark on 26 Apr 2015 21:47

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

Joining the hosts today are Jonathan Baker from The Force Cult and Jay from Eleven-ThirtyEight. On the docket? Nothing but teaser trailer breakdown!

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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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Cantina Interviews With Ray Park, Billy Dee Williams, And Much More
Reported by Justin on 26 Apr 2015 20:44

The official Star Wars YouTube Channel has been updated over the past day or so with an assortment of new interview segments that took place in the Cantina at Celebration Anaheim 2015, including interviews with Ray Park, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Joel Aron, and more.

So take the source link below to browse thru their collection of uploaded videos and check 'em all out!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Jedi News Interview: Michael Witwer
Reported by Jonathan on 26 Apr 2015 20:00
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It is my great pleasure to welcome to Jedi News Michael Witwer, author of the upcoming Gary Gygax biography 'Empire of Imagination', due out on October 6th 2015.

From the website:

'Gygax's involvement in the industry lasted long after his dramatic and involuntary departure from D&D's parent company, TSR, and his footprint can be seen in the genre he is largely responsible for creating. But as Witwer shows, perhaps the most compelling facet of his life and work was his unwavering commitment to the power of creativity in the face of myriad sources of adversity - cultural, economic, and personal. Through his creation of the role-playing genre, Gygax gave generations of gamers the tools to invent characters and entire worlds in their minds. Told in narrative-driven and dramatic fashion, Witwer has written an engaging chronicle of the life and legacy of this emperor of imagination.'

JEDI NEWS: Welcome to Jedi News. Please tell us a bit about yourself.

MICHAEL WITWER: By day, I lead a department of business proposal writers; by night I am a writer, actor, gamer, husband and father. I'm originally from the Chicago area where I still reside with my wife and two kids.

JN: What's your history with tabletop gaming?

MW: My older brother Sam got me into tabletop role-playing gaming when I was pretty young, probably 5 or 6. Sam purchased a foot-high stack of late 1970s AD&D books and adventure modules from an older neighborhood boy who was selling his collection. I think the first modules we played were The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh and Danger at Dunwater - developed by TSR UK if I'm not mistaken. I can't say I remember that much about our earliest experiences other than the fact that my best friend and I were often reckless and bloodthirsty, which usually resulted in my Dungeon Master brother getting annoyed and turning our otherwise helpless victims into 9th level monsters who would quickly dispatch our characters. What I can say is that playing D&D was one of my favorite things to do and nurtured my passion for swords-and-sorcery fantasy and even inspired me to take up collecting swords (I still have a few).

The Daily Mail LEGO Promotion Is Back!
Reported by Matt on 26 Apr 2015 19:21

The Daily Mail bring us their latest LEGO promotion, starting most likely during the May half-term holiday and it brings with it a cool Star Wars vehicle.

  • 30272 A-Wing Starfighter
  • 30283 Off-Road
  • 30284 Tractor
  • 30293 Kai Drifter
  • 30303 The Joker Bumper Car
  • 30311 Swamp Police Helicopter
  • 30312 Demolition Driller
  • 30313 Garbage Truck
  • And a Disney Princess polybag, 30116, or maybe a new one.

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Disney Cruises To The Galaxy Far, Far Away
Reported by Mark on 26 Apr 2015 18:45

Disney Cruises are set to add the Star Wars galaxy to their amazing list of characters as the GFFA prepares to set sail.

Once upon a Disney Dream, travelers and families could have wonderful vacations at sea, on board one of Disney Cruise Line’s finest ships. But now, the Disney Dream is undergoing new enhancements that will make its sailings even more exciting, even more delicious, and even more magical. You might say that the potential for fun is infinite! The Disney Infinity Toy Box Area (in the Oceaneer Club), a high-tech interactive space based on Disney Infinity, will offer kids exclusive in-game content that they will only be able to unlock on the Disney Dream (but can continue to enjoy when they get home), and will also allow kids to take the place of character figures on a life-size Disney Infinity Base. The Force will be with young travelers as they take part in a shipboard version of the Disney parks’ Jedi Training Academy experience, explore a Star Wars: Millenium Falcon play area inspired by the iconic spacecraft from the Saga, and express their creativity through Star Wars-themed crafts, games, and activities. Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats—inspired by Wreck-It Ralph—will feature a delectable assortment of candy, handmade gelato and ice cream, and more. And the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will transform young guests into royal princesses and knights—or maybe even swashbucklers. Adult guests will see their “Disney Dream” of relaxation come true at the new water feature, Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain. These enhancements make their debut on the Disney Dream’s four-night voyage departing Port Canaveral on October 26, 2015.

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RebelForce Radio: Analysis of 2nd Teaser from The Force Awakens with Sam Witwer
Reported by Mark on 26 Apr 2015 10:01

Sam Witwer joins Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac for a complete and thorough analysis of the amazing second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. From the opening shot of the dunes of Jakku to the closing frame of Han & Chewie welcoming us all home, we rip thru the latest 2 minutes of magic from Lucasfilm. Now that the incredible experience of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is behind us, join RFR as we look forward to December and the release of The Force Awakens with conversation you will not find anywhere else!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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   25 April 2015
The Walkers Among Us
Reported by MarcZ on 25 Apr 2015 22:31

Our great friends Cris Macht and Ian Vacek, who made The Force Among Us and The Force Within Us, release their brand new documentary. While this one is not Star Wars related it covers another one of my passions, The Walking Dead. The Walkers Among Us gives you an inside look at the Walking Dead fan community. While the franchise has only hit is tenth anniversary, fans from all over the world have fallen in love with this series. I was able to attend the “Deadcarpet Premiere” and once again Cris and Ian have pulled it off. Just like in the Force series they give you spectacular interviews with diehard fans and interview people from locations seen in the TV show. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead I strongly suggest that you check out this fantastic documentary.

With The Walking Dead franchise at the peak of it’s popularity, Documentarians Cris Macht and Ian Vacek explore and examine why humanity is obsessed with the “zombie apocalypse”.
Cris and Ian interview fans that have been there since the comic book debuted in 2003 to the living rooms of the casual fan of the TV show across America, as well as everything in between including Cosplayers, Collectors, A fan that built his own Daryl Dixon Motorcycle, A pilgrimage to the filming locations in Georgia, The Convention Circuit, Cast and Crew members, and more!
The film also explores that fans of the show are more than just crazy zombie lovers, it examines that community and friendships are formed over their love for the series as well as that fans have hope that humanity will always prevail in the worst case situations.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Del Rey & DK
Reported by Matt on 25 Apr 2015 22:06

Check out our latest gallery over at our Jedi News Facebook page as we look at the latest releases by Del Rey and DK as well as some images from their booths and the Ultimate Star Wars launch party.

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Forbes Discourages Pre-Ordering Battlefront
Reported by Mark on 25 Apr 2015 21:40

Bearing in mind that this is totally the opinion of the folks at Forbes, here's a piece asking you to think twice about pre-ordering the game, given EA's allegedly spotty record with pre-orders.

We know that EA has a horrible reputation with brand new game releases, for instance, there were major issues with Battlefield 4 during its launch. This is one reason why we think you may want to hold off on pre-ordering. If you think that the end result will outweigh the risks for you, then go ahead and pre-order, we aren’t trying to tell you what to do, just give some helpful advice.
If you decide to preorder keep up with every detail about its development until it’s time for launch, if you find out about some problems you can easily cancel the preorder. The best advice we can give is to wait until the last minute to order because this will give you plenty of time to make sure things are running smoothly.

I'll take my chances, I'm ordering it as soon as I can, it looks MAGNIFICENT.

Source SWTOR Strategies (Via Soeren Kamper)
Bombad Radio Episode 197: Star Wars: DK, Audiobooks, Novels and Canon
Reported by Mark on 25 Apr 2015 21:27

It's time to join James and Jeremiah on the latest edition of Bombad Radio.

On Episode 197 we have an exciting collection of guests. Jason and Jeremiah begin by discussing the Del Rey Book Panel at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim including things not mentioned in the panel but later at the Random House booth about Star Wars Aftermath and more. Then we dive into our first interview with Adam Bray about DK's new guide book Ultimate Star Wars (its creation, how content was allowed, canon etc). Then we dive into an interview with Marc Thompson, January Lavoy, and Jonathan Davies, the voices behind essentially all Star Wars Audio Books. We learn about their backgrounds, current projects, and a bit about the process of recording Star Wars Audio. Afterwards we hear a little of their performance of Star Wars Shakespeare from Star Wars Celebration, then wrap up by talking about what to expect in the coming month from Bombad Radio!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Jedi News Tattoo Artist Profile: Tyler Nealeigh
Reported by MarcZ on 25 Apr 2015 21:19

Now that Star Wars Celebration is over and all the Ink has dried, Jedi News will be bringing you a tattoo artist roundup. Showing off all the fantastic tattoos and the incredibly talented artist

Tyler Nealeigh is a tattooer of 9 years and based in Gilbert, AZ at Black Lotus Tattooers. His style of choice is American Traditional Tattooing but is also very fond of pop culture subjects such as Star Wars, Marvel, film and tv related subjects. Tyler believes in treating the client fair and square and offering a quality product and service all the while with a smile on his face!

If you would like to see more of Tyler's work or are intrested in getting something done by him, contact him here.

www.blacklotustattooers.com
www.facebook.com/tylernealeigh
Instagram: tyler480
Twitter: ten480

Casting & Auditions For Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One
Reported by Justin on 25 Apr 2015 21:03

Interested in potentially being part of cinematic history by joining the cast of Rogue One, the first theatrical release being planned for the new Star Wars Anthology category of films? Think you've got the acting chops to pull it off? Then don't waste another second and head on over to Movie Casting Call for all the important details on how you can become part of the action on screen.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Star Wars Social Scanner - April 24, 2015
Reported by Justin on 25 Apr 2015 20:51

It's time for the latest weekly installment in the Star Wars Social Scanner series provided by Lucasfilm's own social media guru Andi Gutierrez!

As a member of the (very small) social media team here at Lucasfilm, I have the honor of reading, responding to, laughing at, loving, and sharing all of your Star Wars conversations every day. Our fans are creative, passionate, funny, and very active across the Internet; every Friday, I’ll share my favorite social media posts from the week in the Social Scanner, so show me what you’ve got!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Clint Randall's Super Secret Star Wars Project
Reported by Mark on 25 Apr 2015 20:00
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501st Legion member Clint Randall has been keeping a secret these past few months, and he's ready to let us all in on it. Take a read to see what's involved in building a The Force Awakens First Order stormtrooper.

Hey guys! I was one of the fortunate 501st members who got the opportunity to build a new Force Awakens stormtrooper. It's been a fun ride and even though I wasn't on stage, we've been trooping about all weekend. I thought it would be cool to send you some build photos to give a little sneak peak about how we put these things together.

The armor opportunity was offered to the 501st Legion first as a chance to participate in the debut of the new trooper at Celebration. The 501st Legion has a long-standing tradition of building high- quality screen-accurate costumes for the Star Wars universe and we were fortunate to be invited to be some of the first customers. The costume components were ordered through ANOVOS costuming company as a kit, which means it came in parts and had to be built. Here are some of the types of things that had to be done.

But I shouldn't start before thanking my awesome build crew!

TRIMMING AND SANDING

The kit came with a ton of Vacu-formed ABS plastic parts ranging from small hand plates to large chest and back pieces. There were also a lot of greeblies to sand and shape. These are decorative small pieces (usually resin) that simulate clips or electronics or other details common in Sci-Fi costuming. The first significant chunk of the effort was figuring out where to cut everything since the parts are a bit raw and due to the secrecy of the Force Awakens, we didn't entirely know what the end result would be and there was no prior history of helpful forums in the 501st as there are for most other costumes we assemble.

Corsham Sci-Fi Today!
Reported by Matt on 25 Apr 2015 19:01

With thanks to Star Wars Insider editor Jonathan Wilkins, here's the lord of the Sith Dave Prowse with his very own Star Wars Insider t-shirt.

Corsham Sci-Fi took place today and we'll bring you all the details during the coming week.

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Star Wars Bookworms #40: Live at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim
Reported by Mark on 25 Apr 2015 00:19

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

We did it! We got to California, talked in front of a crowd, and recorded the whole thing without messing up! Here is the audio from our live show on the podcast stage at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us. You guys were awesome.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
   24 April 2015
Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, SMS Audio Fan Mixer By DJ Elliot
Reported by Matt on 24 Apr 2015 23:55

Here is the complete live set from the SMS Audio Fan Mixer, live from Star Wars Celebration on April 18, 2015

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Mersey Comicon: Update
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2015 23:22

We certainly can update it, so check out the poster above for a few guest changes courtesy of Phil and Si and make the date - 30th May 2015 at the LIverpool Guild of Students, 160 Mount Pleasant, L3 5UX.

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Tobar’s New Star Wars Range In Stock
Reported by Matt on 24 Apr 2015 22:46

May 4th is fast approaching and with it comes a range of new Star Wars products from Tobar.

With Star Wars Day on 4th May and the new film trailer released, there is plenty of interest online about the franchise. Customers can place orders now for the Star Wars stock and make the most of potential sales around this day.
The new Star Wars range includes A5 3D notebooks, R2D2 sound effect pencil cases, light beam pens, droid maintenance manuals, miracle melting troopers, 3D erasers toppers and light saber pens.

Source Toyworld Mag
Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 74: Star Wars Celebration – The Debriefing
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2015 22:43

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

Minutes after the STAR WARS CELEBRATION ended, an assembly of Skywalkers gathered to discuss the best moments of the convention. This episode is packed with THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer reactions (tears), Star Wars Celebration thoughts (and tears), Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Red Carpet Interviews (more tears), and even a word or two from Mary Franklin, Star Wars Celebration organizer-supreme! Special thanks to our Debriefing Panel: Alan Sanborn, Robert (Bald Solo) Bapst, Tricia Barr, Geek Kay, Dave Skale, Joey Pittman, Matthew Clifton, Kevin Raidernerd Reitzel, David and Luann Manderville, Ryan Stampfli, Fernando Perez, Patty Hammond and Jeff Long.
And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Oscar Isaac On Bonding With BB8, Han Solo and Leia
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2015 22:10

Check out this cool interview with Oscar Isaac as he looks back at Celebration Anaheim, the reaction to THAT teaser trailer and the feelings he has being on set.

During last weekend's Star Wars Celebration, star Oscar Isaac made the bold claim that his character Poe Dameron is the "best frickin' pilot in the galaxy," which is pretty much fightin' words if you're Han Solo. IGN recently had the opportunity to speak with Isaac about the beautifully crafted sci-fi tale Ex Machina, which goes into wide release on Friday, April 24.

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Topps Launches Star Wars Card Trader App for Android
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2015 21:52

The Topps Star Wars Card Trader App finally arrives on Android!

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Topps Company, Inc. has released Star Wars™: Card Trader, the official Star Wars™ digital trading card app for Android. Available now in the Google Play Store, Star Wars: Card Trader brings the thrill of the chase of digital collecting to Star Wars fans everywhere.

Star Wars: Card Trader launches with exciting new features, including:

  • The First Cards From Star Wars: The Force Awakens: BB-8, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, Rey and other recently announced new characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens are here! Go to the Cantina and blast open packs to try to find these exciting new cards, all released in vintage inspired “Star Wars ‘77” blue and red border designs.
  • Trading Like A Jawa: The Star Wars: Card Trader app is like a 24/7 Star Wars card convention that you can take with you anywhere you go. Meet real people, make friends, complete trades and build your collection with confidence using features like 9-for-9 trading and Trader Ratings to highlight your trading partner’s trustworthiness.
  • Classic Re-Releases: Only Topps brings you over 30 years of official-licensed Star Wars trading cards in new, high-definition digital format, from the vintage era to today. Haven’t collected cards in a while? Check out Topps’ state-of-the-art Parallax and Motion cards, innovations that could never have existed in cardboard!

Star Wars: Card Trader is available for free from the Google Play Store on Android. You can download it now via this link: http://bit.ly/1Jl08Cn

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Star Wars Celebration: The Power of Myth
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2015 21:29

Take a look back at last weekends Celebration Anaheim in this video by Malcolm Klock, and listen to the words of Joseph Campbell.

My time at Star Wars Celebration 2015 made me reflect on the timeless appeal of the franchise.
It seemed appropriate to combine the footage I shot there with legendary scholar Joseph Campbell's thoughts on Stars Wars and the enduring power of myth.
The conversation heard here is taken from a 1988 interview that Bill Moyers conducted with Campbell for PBS.
Music: Enclave Restored by composer Mark Griskey

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Jedi News Tattoo Artist Profile: Joey Hamilton
Reported by MarcZ on 24 Apr 2015 21:00

Now that Celebration Anaheim is over and all the Ink has dried, Jedi News will be bringing you a tattoo artist roundup. Showing off all the fantastic tattoos and the incredibly talented artist.

Joey Hamilton is a United States Air Force Veteran who has been tattooing for 16 years. Joey was featured on the third season of Ink Master on Spike TV and ended up winning the competition to become Ink Master. Teaming up with season 4 contestant Sausage, the two of them opened Revolt Tattoos in Las Vegas Nevada.

The Rancor/ Boba Fett won "Best Tattoo of the Weekend" for the Celebration Anaheim tattoo competition.

Interested in getting a tattoo done by Joey Hamilton? Here are a few ways to get ahold of him.

Website: http://revolttattoos.com
Twitter: @joeyhamiltontat
Instagram: joeyhamiltontattoo

Coffee With Kenobi: Freddie Prinze Jr Interview at Celebration Anaheim
Reported by Mark on 24 Apr 2015 20:40

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

Freddie Prinze Jr. joins us Live from Celebration Anaheim! Teresa Delgado (Fangirls Going Rogue), Eric Geller (The Forcecast), Nabil Carrillo (The Wolfpack Podcast), and Coffee With Kenobi's Dan Z chat with Freddie Prinze Jr. on Kanan, discussion of what to expect from Season 2, and much more. Live from the Convention floor, this is the podcast you're looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Coffee With Kenobi
Joss Whedon Game for Star Wars
Reported by StephenG on 24 Apr 2015 19:56


Well it is THIS particular fanboys dream that we would see a Joss Whedon directed Star Wars movie but when asked if he would like to direct one he had this to say.
“Right now I’d be interested in a long nap! But are you kidding? It’s Star Wars! It’s always going to be Star Wars!”
The article goes on to say.

Whedon is less interested in seeing the franchise merge with the Marvel Cinematic Universe however. “I rule out nothing” he explained. “But I think it would not be my choice. You have two enormously strong, very textured universes. To say we have just the one would be to in some way dilute them. I think it makes sense to keep them in their own time, which I believe was long ago and not so close by.”

So, what do you think?


Source IGN UK
Celebration Anaheim 2015: IGN Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Red Carpet Interviews
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2015 18:56

IGN has posted a series of can't-miss interview segments they conducted with the main cast members of Star Wars Rebels that were conducted during the Rebels Season 2 red carpet premiere at Celebration Anaheim last weekend. Take each respective link below to hear what each cast member had to say!

Ashley Eckstein

Steve Blum

Taylor Gray

Vanessa Marshall

Tiya Sircar

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Battlefront Cantina Interview
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2015 18:43

The Star Wars Battlefront team from DICE speaks with StarWars.com at the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim cantina, discussing gameplay, the Battle of Jakku DLC, and more!

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Barely Lethal Official Trailer from Kyle Newman
Reported by James on 24 Apr 2015 18:28

We're delighted to share this very exciting news from our brother in the Force, Kyle Newman...

The Official Trailer for my new film just got released. If you could help spread the word/share it I would be forever thankful.  The movie stars Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones and Jedi Master Mace Windu himself Samuel L Jackson.

So take the link below or click on the image above to watch the latest trailer from Kyle...

Source Barely Lethal Official Trailer
Reminder: Win this Exclusive Phiiish Bracelet 'Straight from the dark side'
Reported by James on 24 Apr 2015 17:30

We love innovative products here at Jedi News and our friends at Phiiish have created a collection that provides a uniquely elegant way to create a bespoke piece of jewellery as a treat for you, or as a gift for someone you love.

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Hasbro Will Have A Star Wars Exclusive At SDCC 2015
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2015 15:09

While fans were quite upset that Hasbro did not have an exclusive available for collectors to purchase at Celebration Anaheim 2015 (a The Force Awakens Sneak Preview figure would have been perfect), they can take some solace in the fact that Hasbro will have a Star Wars exclusive for SDCC 2015 as well as Celebration Europe 2016. The quote provided below was taken from the Q&A session posted over on Making Star Wars.

Q: I have to ask, how come no exclusive for Celebration Anaheim?

A: Yeah you know…next time we definitely will. We’re going to have an exclusive at San Diego for sure. You know, it’s just the time – what we can and can’t do, what we can and can’t show – we’re really ramping up for the fall. We just opted not to, but I think in the future we will for sure.

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RUMOR: Sam Claflin And Riz Ahmed Being Considered For Rogue One
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2015 12:27

We have learned via an article posted yesterday on Comic Book that actors Sam Claflin and Riz Ahmed are currently in talks to join the cast of Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, with Ahmed reportedly being considered as the male lead in the upcoming film.

These actors join previously rumored Ben Mendelsohn as possible casting candidates for Rogue One.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Images From Gentle Giant Booth
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2015 01:17

As the excitement of Celebration Anaheim 2015 begins to wind down for Team Jedi News, we have another image gallery to share with you. Enjoy our assortment of photos taken at the Gentle Giant booth.

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Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks Talks Star Wars Rebels Season 2 With Cast & Crew
Reported by Justin on 24 Apr 2015 00:44

You may not want to read past the intro copied below for the sake of spoilers, but if you choose to do so, Lucasfilm's Dan Brooks has posted an article on the official site that talks about the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 trailer and premiere episode that took place at Celebration Anaheim 2015 last weekend.

Celebration Anaheim will go down as a major, memorable event in the history of Star Wars Rebels. The Season Two trailer — thrilling, joyous, shocking — screened at the cast and creators’ panel before a crowd of thousands. Showing significant glimpses of what’s to come this season, it conveys a real sense of escalation in the series, and on multiple levels. The action is more intense, the animation more beautiful and nuanced, the danger — in the form of Darth Vader — much, much more immediate. It also revealed the return of several fan-favorite characters: namely, Rex and Hondo Ohnaka, joining Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As such, the ovation was huge and way beyond warm. The creators noticed.

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   23 April 2015
Full of Sith Episode CXI: Star Wars Celebration Spectacular
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 22:58

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

Bryan, Mike, Amy, and Consetta are joined by a variety of special guests at the live Star Wars Celebration edition of Full of Sith! As an added bonus, stay tuned after the closing music to hear Mike, Amy and Bryan’s reactions after their rides on Star Tours.

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

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Roqoo Depot Podcasts in Review
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 20:48

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review, many covering shows from Celebration Anaheim.

Coffee With Kenobi: Celebration live panel, Full of Sith Episode CIX, RADIO 1138 LIVE, RebelForce Radio Star Wars Celebration Kick Off Bash, Skywalking Through Neverland: Episode 73, Star Wars Bookworms: Celebration live panel.

Contact Information: Website

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Official Site: Luminous Beings Are We: Watching Star Wars At Home
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 19:34

Brad Ricca discusses the magic of Star Wars finally appearing on the small screen back in the early 80's over at StarWars.com.

Back in those days — the misty, rad ‘80s — cable TV was just a rumor. It was some far-off California thing. By the time it reached us in the Midwest, it was literally two men from Cablevision who sold it door-to-door. I remember watching them come out of Ned’s house and take hours — hours — to reach our own. As we waited, Ned basked in his own sunny future of watching Star Wars in the comfort of his own home. It seemed like something out of the Jetsons. Eating lunch while watching the Trench Run? Finishing your homework in time to watch Luke ignite his father’s lightsaber for the first time — my bad — the millionth time? The mind boggled. We had heard enough. My brother and I ran inside and briefed my mom on everything we knew about cable TV and why it was absolutely necessary that we get it as soon as possible.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Jedi News Smuggler's Bounty Gallery
Reported by Matt on 23 Apr 2015 19:16

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

Take a browse through our gallery over at our Jedi News Facebook page (which passed the 13,000 mark during the show) and relive the action and adventure of Smuggler's Bounty, which should be coming to StarWars.com soon.

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Tosche Station Radio #110: A Celebration of You
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 18:43

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

From Celebration, it's our live podcast featuring Brian, Nanci, Bria, Sho, and YOU! It's all of the usual segments with all of the usual fun. Camie's Concerns, however, turns the microphone over to the audience as we ask for their stories and experiences.

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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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Dave Filoni Poses With Custom Star Wars Rebels Sabine TIE Fighter
Reported by Justin on 23 Apr 2015 16:53

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Diorama Workshop Cloud City Diorama Build Time-Lapse Video
Reported by Justin on 23 Apr 2015 13:41

Yesterday we received an email from Brandon Rohwer at Hunter PR that contained an FTP link to download a time lapese-video Hasbro took of the stunning Diorama Workshop Cloud City diorama that was constructed right next to Hasbro's booth at Celebration Anaheim 2015. Our fellow The Force United teammates over at Jedi Temple Archives downloaded the video and posted it on their YouTube channel, which we have embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

 

This past weekend at Star Wars Celebration, Frank D’iorio’s Diorama Workshop built a massive Cloud City diorama at the Hasbro booth! Constructed over the course of 4 days, the diorama was created through a combination of the Diorama Workshop's team of 12 builders and the help of approximately 1500 fans who customized pieces at Star Wars Celebration. The diorama is 640 square feet and consists of over 400 setpieces, including approximately 800 figures and toys by Hasbro and Kenner. The entire process was captured in a time-lapse video.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Cantina Interviews With John Knoll, Darren Hayes, & Peter Mayhew
Reported by Justin on 23 Apr 2015 13:19

In addition to the Tom Spina interview that we posted earlier, the official Star Wars YouTube Channel has been updated to include several new interview segments with prominent Star Wars alums that took place in the Cantina during last weekend's Celebration Anaheim 2015. Check 'em out via the respective links provided below.

John Knoll

Darren Hayes

Peter Mayhew

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Official Site: Meet The Geonosis Jedi
Reported by Tim on 23 Apr 2015 06:36

Tim Veekhoven brings us an in-depth look at the heroes of the Geonosis arena over at StarWars.com.

When Obi-Wan Kenobi got captured on Geonosis by the powerhouses of the Secessionist Movement, Mace Windu decided to lead a task force of 200 Jedi. Meanwhile, Yoda left for the Kamino system where the Republic would make use of the mysterious clone army that had been ordered about a decade ago by Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas. The participation of the Jedi on Geonosis would prove to be an omen of what the Clone Wars would bring for the guardians of peace and justice. The battle showed what the Jedi were and also what they weren’t. The Jedi were compassionate beings who didn’t hesitate to rescue a fellow Jedi in need and who did anything they could to protect the Galactic Republic. But the Jedi had evolved into diplomats and keepers of the peace instead of hardened battlefield commanders. The outcome of the Battle of Geonosis would be disastrous for the Jedi Order, as about 170 of the 200 Jedi would perish on Geonosis’ reddish soil. Let’s meet the valiant Jedi who joined Master Windu to Geonosis.

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Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing Experience - Mark Newbold
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 04:21

Watch it quick because it won't be around forever but check out your ace reporter (that's me) as I zip through canyons in hot pursuit of an Imperial TIE fighter.

And then follow the instruction to watch the REAL Battlefront trailer!

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Mako Miyamoto Exhibition, Featuring Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 03:13

If you are in the San Francisco area between this coming Saturday and the 15th May you might want to check this out.

Gauntlet Gallery is proud to present Speculative Hunting, an all-new solo exhibition by Mako Miyamoto in the Gauntlet Gallery 2 space.
Mako Miyamoto is a Portland-based photographer whose Wookie-themed ‘Neon Werewolf’ photographic series explores popular culture themes amidst the guise of a pop-culture icon.
Placing human characters in a variety of familiar contexts and scenarios, Miyamoto uses the mask to explore human emotion; and reveals a wonderful depth of expression in his subjects - all through a veil of shaggy hair.
His direction of each series of photographs is as cinematic as the principal character itself and contains a welcome level of humor; location specific, planned and storyboarded, and partly improvised with his subjects and collaborators during each shoot.
The exhibition will feature 20 photographic works – each available in two physical and edition sizes.
The exhibition opens at Gauntlet Gallery on Saturday April 25th from 7.30-10pm.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Breathless Trailer (Fan Trailer)
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 02:08

Take a look at this very clever fan-made mixture of the two The Force Awakens teaser trailers,by Rui de Brito.

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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Tom Spina Interview
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 01:45

Tom Spina, of Tom Spina Designs, stops by the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim cantina to speak with StarWars.com about his company’s creature costumes and restoration work. Spina’s team created many of the aliens seen in the Celebration cantina, designed match the characters as seen in A New Hope.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 23 Apr 2015 01:00
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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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   22 April 2015
RebelForce Radio: Star Wars Celebration Kickoff Bash
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2015 21:40

Leaving no fan behind, RebelForce Radio kicks off Star Wars Celebration Anaheim with a very special podcast recorded live in front of a packed house at the Anaheim Sheridan. Join us for laughs, music, celebrity guests and surprises as we bring our sold out party to you!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Highlights
Reported by Mark on 22 Apr 2015 21:27

A collection of highlights showing what makes Star Wars Celebration the ultimate power in the universe -- you.

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Star Wars Battlefront Producer Talks Maps, DLC, Desire To Continue The Series
Reported by Justin on 22 Apr 2015 12:41

During a recent Reddit session (with main points summarized via IGN), Star Wars Battlefront producer Jesper Nielsen revealed that there will be more than 8 maps available for gamers to navigate when the game arrives on launch day (November 17).

He also assured fans that DICE is not purposely holding back any planned content for Battlefront to then be released via DLC at a later time and hopes that DICE is given the green light to develop more titles in the Battlefront series.

Take the source link below for the full read.

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   21 April 2015
Did Over 60,000 Fans Attend Celebration Anaheim 2015?
Reported by Justin on 21 Apr 2015 21:19

Whoa. Just whoa. We already knew that every single ticket for Celebration Anaheim 2015 had been sold out, marking the first time ever that a Celebration has reached this most impressive ticket sales milestone. But the burning question is - how many attending fans does "sold out" equate to? If this story posted on The Viewpoint is in fact accurate, that number for Celebration Anaheim 2015 is over 60,000.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Smells of lilac and palm were everywhere, hanging in the air. The Imperial trooper removed his white sculpted helmet and breathed in the spring morning. Immediately, the pleasant smell of Anaheim was replaced with the riper fragrance of Star Wars Town, a smell of sweaty excitement and, also, of sweat. It was the smell of the Anaheim Convention Center floor, where more than 60,000 “Star Wars” fans descended on each day of Star Wars Celebration, the giant, semi-occasional, Lucasfilm-produced bacchanal to all things from a galaxy far, far away.

I cannot wait, now more so than before, for ReedPOP to officially announce the final attendance numbers.

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