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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ryder Windham: Sure. Let’s go!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That has potentially changed now.

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

Take the source link below for all the details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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   18 May 2015
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Up To Number 8 On All-Time Worldwide List
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2015 21:46

Led by an all-star team of actors as well as Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound, Avengers: Age Of Ultron has now entered the all-time top ten with a current box office haul of $1,142,508,000.

While tracking almost $80 million behind its predecessor in North America, the film is doing far better overseas, where it's only $125 million behind the first Avengers final international total after just 3 weeks. Catching Avengers Assemble in North America seems unlikely. That behemoth is only bested at the American box office by Avatar and Titanic. However, worldwide it's only $376.1 million behind. With China only just launching and a handful of foreign territories to debut plus the power of strong holdovers, it should at least match the $1.518 billion Avengers Assemble took by the time the coffers are finally counted.

And why are we looking so deeply into these box office figures? With Avengers being the most likely film to match The Force Awakens this year (Furious 7 notwithstanding) and Ep 7 arriving seven months today we'll be following it's progress with great interest.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #5
Reported by BrianC on 18 May 2015 21:00
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Book 1, Part V

Vader

Crisis strikes the galaxy. After the destruction of the DEATH STAR, the Sith lord DAARTH VADER has been deemed responsible by Emperor Palpatine. Dishonored, Vader now seeks his own agenda- the identity of the Force-strong rebel pilot, responsible for the Death Star’s ruin.

Enlisting the assistance of archeologist DOCTOR APHRA, Vader has acquired a personal army from a forgotten factory on the planet Geonosis. And with the help of Black Krrsantan and droids Triple-Zero and BT, Vader has captured the mysterious agent CYLO-IV, who is secretly working for the Emperor.

Now with the might of an army under his hand, Vader sets out to the far reaches of space to hunt down those whom the Emperor has deemed worthy enough to replace the Dark Lord of the Sith.

On the edges of the Outer Rim, Doctor Aphra pilots The Dark Lord of the Sith, Lord Darth Vader and his personal droid army to the location of The Emperor’s intended challengers to Vader’s position of apprentice.

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Game Informer Exclusive Disney Infinity 3.0 Space Battles Gameplay Video
Reported by Justin on 18 May 2015 20:29

While some Star Wars fans were bummed to learn that this year's Battlefront from DICE won't include space combat, Disney is making space flight and interstellar dogfights a key component of the Star Wars playsets in Disney Infinity 3.0. Players can leave planets behind and freely fly to other locations, encountering TIE Fighters and small planetoids along the way.

Watch the video [above] to see more gameplay footage of the space exploration in Disney Infinity 3.0.

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Yoda-Like Character Appears In Medieval Manuscript 600 Years Before Star Wars
Reported by MaxN on 18 May 2015 20:22

So, if you ever doubted he was 900 years old...

Yoda may have become an icon in "Star Wars" in the 1970s, but a character resembling the master Jedi appeared in a medieval manuscript more than 600 years earlier.
The Yoda-like figure, complete with green skin, big ears and a orange cloak, was drawn in the Smithfield Decretals, a 14th-century French collection of papal letters, the British Library reported on its Medieval Manuscripts blog Tuesday.
The book, made between 1300 and 1340, details church doctrine and contains biblical stories and animal fables.
"I'd love to say that it really was Yoda, or was drawn by a medieval time traveler," Julian Harrison, who runs the blog, told NPR. "It's actually an illustration to the biblical story of Samson — the artist clearly had a vivid imagination!"

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The Force Awakens Poster Spotted
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2015 19:57

Via our buddy Dan Curto, here's an early spotting of The Force Awakens poster out in the wild. Get used to it, you're going to be seeing a LOT of this and other posters over the summer!

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On The Shelves Japan: High Quality Star Wars Toy Releases
Reported by Matt on 18 May 2015 19:49

Via Tag Hobby, check out this new and amazing Japanese release from Bandai. And once your jaw gets off the floor, click here for a whole slew of images and prices showing off their other impending releases.

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Star Wars Battlecry Fan-to-Fan Project
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2015 19:03

Check out this latest post over at SWTOR Strategies where they discuss an exciting new fan-made project called Star Wars Battlecry.

We talk a lot here about Star Wars games but here is something really awesome. Star Wars Battlecry – This is a new non for profit Star Wars game; from fans to fans. There are some great videos on their YouTube channel that tell you more about the game and what you can expect. You know how we love bringing you projects like this made by the fans. While this is not officially sponsored nor does it have the high-level backing a quality project will need, it’s pretty darn good for what it is.

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 78
Reported by Mark on 18 May 2015 18:38

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

Jason, Randy, Johnamarie, Sal and Saf lead you in another exciting adventure in Star Wars latest news.

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Red Nose Day - Reboot: Indiana Jones With Anna Kendrick
Reported by Justin on 18 May 2015 16:36

Anna Kendrick reboots the Spielberg classic with her own take on the legendary archeologist. Watch Red Nose Day May 21 on NBC starting at 8/7c.

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The History Of Mary Franklin
Reported by Justin on 18 May 2015 14:34

You all know that Mary Franklin has been the straw that stirs the Star Wars Celebration drink for over 10 years now and will continue to do so in her new position at ReedPOP well into the future. Jedi News readers have seen us refer to Mary as the "Queen of Star Wars Celebration" numerous times, an unofficial (or should it be official?) title well deserved to say the least.

But what you may not know it how it all began for Mary. Point your browser towards this article posted on Alaska Dispatch News for a trip down memory lane. Of interesting note is this is the second article we've seen that states over 60,000 fans attended Celebration Anaheim 2015. The Lucasfilm Thank You video released earlier this month mentioned attendance being over 50,000.

Obviously 60,000 is "over 50,000," so the attendance figure referenced in the Lucasfilm video is technically correct...from a certain point of view.

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IndyCast Episode 211
Reported by Justin on 18 May 2015 13:53

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

This week, Indy 5 is made official, Indy gets a themed restaurant at Disney World, Official IndyCast correspondent Mitch Hallock and I discuss the future of Indiana Jones, Double T’s is back reviewing one of Indy’s pixelated adventures and we have more of your great emails!

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   17 May 2015
Jedi News Comic Review: Princess Leia #3
Reported by BrianC on 17 May 2015 20:00
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PRINCESS LEIA, PART III

Following the destruction of her home planet of Alderaan, PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA has set out across the galaxy in search of survivors. Leia and her crew, the pilot EVAAN and the faithful astromech, R2-D2, have scored their first victory, rescuing a cloister of Alderaanians from Naboo.

Orbiting the fiery Outer Rim planet of SULLUST aboard their newly acquired ship, the LORD JUNN, the team has just found another cluster of survivors, only these may not be as welcoming as the last.

Unbeknownst to the crew, one of their own is feeding every movement directly into Imperial hands. With the bounties adding up, it's only a matter of time before the Imperials catch up with her Royal Highness....

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Are Disney Planning TV Channels Centered Around Marvel and Star Wars?
Reported by Mark on 17 May 2015 19:33

During the recent Disney investors call, Disney chief Bob Iger made a passing reference to the possibility that somewhere down the line we could be looking at an entire TV channel dedicated to Star Wars.

"We have said that with these channels and these brands -- ESPN, ABC, Disney, maybe even down the road something related to Star Wars and Marvel -- we do have an ability as a company to take product, specifically filmed entertainment, television, movies, directly to consumers."

It seems a long way off, but the model certainly works. As someone who subscribes to the WWE Network the dedicated nature of a one-theme channel is attractive. And consider the possible content that could be brought to such a channel:

  • The Star Wars saga movies
  • The Clone Wars
  • Rebels
  • The Ewok movies
  • Classic 80's animated adventures Ewoks and Droids
  • The Clone Wars microseries
  • Detours
  • The Holiday Special
  • The Blu-ray extra documentaries
  • The live streamed content from Celebration and any past or present Celebrations

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Jedi News Roleplay Review: Imperial Assault
Reported by Jonathan on 17 May 2015 19:00
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This review has been a long time coming but I wanted to be sure about a couple of things; for one, I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t simply surfing the wave of Star Wars excitement that’s washing over the beach of fandom at the moment, what with the most recent Star Wars Celebration now over and the wonderful The Force Awakens trailer still ringing in my ears. Secondly, I’m always wary of boardgames and their longevity, as some seem to run out of steam as you play them for any length of time and then end up gathering dust on a shelf somewhere.

So, with that in mind, let’s get to business.

Jurassic World Score Lands 9th June 2015
Reported by Mark on 17 May 2015 18:41

It looks set to be one of the films of the summer, produced by Steven Spielberg, featuring ILM visual effects and that amazing John Williams main theme.

And, as the years roll ever on, the classic series like Star Wars, Indiana Jones and others will be scored by composers other than Williams. As with Jurassic Park 3, scored by Don Davis back in 2001, Jurassic World works on themes composed by Williams but this time it's Michael Giacchino in charge of the baton.

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The Realm Recap: Episode #62 - Revenge of the Legacy Collection
Reported by Mark on 17 May 2015 18:26

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

A lot has happened in collecting news since our last show. With long-thought cancelled product hitting stores again as well as new preorders going live, there hasn't been a shortage of things to purchase this week so you definitely need a deep wallet. Star Wars Weekends is officially underway and there is A LOT of merchandise available from there as well, from clothes to Build-A-Droid parts and more. We cover all of this plus Disney Infinity 3.0 news, new images from The Force Awakens and, as always, our newest reviews and acquisitions --- all on Episode 62 of The Realm Recap!

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   16 May 2015
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Enters The Billion Dollar Club
Reported by Mark on 16 May 2015 21:54

After just under 3 weeks on release Avengers: Age Of Ultron has broken the all-important billion dollar barrier, making it just the 21st film in movie history to do so (in unadjusted figures of course).

With openings in China and Japan still to come and a healthy 3rd weekend looking likely in North America, the film looks set to run Avengers Assemble fairly close by the time the last beans are counted.

And remember, 17th July brings us Ant-Man which -- given the fun trailer that recently arrived -- has the potential to be another surprise Guardians of the Galaxy-size hit.

With The Force Awakens heading our way in December, and Pixars Inside Out landing 19th June it's set to be a record-breaking year for the House of Mouse.

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Kyle Newman's Barely Lethal Has It's Deadly Heart For All To See
Reported by Mark on 16 May 2015 20:45

Harry over at Ain't It Cool presents the new poster for our pal Kyle Newman's eagerly-awaited film Barely Lethal. We're keen as mustard to see it -- fingers crossed for a UK cinematic release -- and you should be too as it stars Mace Windu himself Samuel L Jackson and Aurra Sing Jaime King.

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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: Premiered 10 Years Ago Today
Reported by Mark on 16 May 2015 19:12

So, where were you a decade ago today? I was at the Showcase Cinema on the Las Vegas strip watching Revenge of the Sith, in the same screen where I'd seen The Phantom Menace in 1999 and Attack of the Clones in 2002.

As our pals at Elstree mention above (and remember while the film landed on the 19th, the London world premier was on the 16th), it only heightens the excitement and anticipation for The Force Awakens in December. But for now, cast your mind back a decade to 2005, when -- at least for a while -- the circle was completed.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Dawn Of Star Wars Collecting Panel Interview
Reported by Mark on 16 May 2015 18:48

Four Star Wars collectors talk about their panel, The Dawn of Star Wars Collecting, and their unique collection of memorabilia that pre-dates the original film.

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Cloud City Casino #2
Reported by Mark on 16 May 2015 18:14

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

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, Droid building, Mark Hammill, Disney land, Bounty Hunts,all this and more! This week The Illogical Rogue Mark Hurliman docks his X-wing at the east platform and joins host Michael Morris in VIP lounge to discuss his recent experience at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and some of the sweet, sweet collectibles he managed to pick up and what he was hunting on the show floor.

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Madame Tussauds Star Wars Exhibit Opens Today
Reported by Matt on 16 May 2015 18:03

Thanks to Richard Mitchell for the image, this was seen on the London Underground, promoting the opening of the amazing Madame Tussauds exhibition.

Not been yet? Or booked your tickets? Get online and do it now!

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Official Site: Smugglers, Jedi, and Droids Arrive at Madame Tussauds London
Reported by Mark on 16 May 2015 09:55

James has had a busy week, helping with all the press activities at Madame Tussauds, which opens to the public today. He's even found time to write his latest blog entry for the official site, which details the exhibit along with some great photos with the Jedi News team.

Millions of people have been through the doors of Madame Tussauds in London since they first opened over 200 years ago, and it remains just as popular as it ever was with daily crowds lining up outside to get in — even without a Star Wars exhibit. There’s been a need for a dedicated permanent Star Wars exhibit in London, arguably the spiritual home of the movies, since they were created and filmed here in the ’70s and ’80s, again for the prequels and now for the sequels and new Anthology series of films.

Well, our pleas have been answered. After a year in the making —  working collaboratively with Disney and Lucasfilm — Madame Tussauds delivers on its promise of one of the most breathtaking displays of Star Wars characters you’ll ever experience. This new immersive experience allows you to get up close and personal with your favorite Star Wars characters, brought to life as wax models.

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   15 May 2015
Adidas Launches New Star Wars Kids Clothing Line
Reported by ZakPT on 15 May 2015 23:38

Adidas have recently launched their brand new line of Star Wars clothing for kids under the theme of the Original Trilogy using iconic characters such as Yoda, Darth Vader and the feared Stormtrooper. The designers have kept the colours simple using mainly black, white and gold to create that unique recognizable Star Wars twist in conjunction with the classic Adidas 3-Stripe pattern to create a truly retro yet modern and fresh look. The collection mainly consists of T-Shirts, trainers, hoodies, trackies and other accessories. So whether you’re hitting town with mates, lazing around at home or out training they’ll be something to suite it perfectly. The T-shirts are 100% cotton so will keep you cool in the summer and have a high-density ribbed crewneck and logo for an assured long life so when you come to the grand old age of 900, your t-shirt will still be looking fresh off the hanger.

I think Adidas really nailed it on the head in their last run of men’s Star Wars clothing and have successfully carried it through into this new kids range creating a fresh look with a retro vibe which is strong in the Force and just in time for summer! For the whole collection of the Adidas Star Wars range follow the link here.

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Official Site: Galactic Backpacking Part 8: Visiting Real-World Tatooine Part 2
Reported by Mark on 15 May 2015 22:30

Sander de Lange takes us back to the planet that started it all -- Tatooine -- in the 8th instalment of his globe-trotting series over at StarWars.com.

When thinking about Tatooine, we all think of Tunisia as the real-world location. As covered in part four of this series, however, certain scenes were filmed much closer to Skywalker Ranch then one might expect. In this final installment (for now) of Galactic Backpacking, we continue our trip trough the US to visit these other Tatooine locations, and even take a look where the infamous Star Wars: The Holiday Special was filmed!

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The Collectors Hutt: Squid Head (Tessek) Mask
Reported by Mark on 15 May 2015 21:48

It's time to join Chris over at The Collectors Hut.

Chris shows us his amazing, fan-made Squid Head mask, complete with matching hands, as well as a signed photo from the actor!

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The Phantom Of Menace
Reported by AdamDB on 15 May 2015 21:30
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I had mentioned in earlier articles how I had seen Shakespearean adaptations of Episodes IV-VI and was appalled that the author would start there as opposed to I-III, which by themselves are truly Shakespearean epics in their own right.

Game Informer Exclusive Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Combat Video
Reported by Justin on 15 May 2015 21:03

When visiting Avalanche Software for our June cover story on Disney Infinity 3.0, one of the team's big talking points was how they've tapped the minds of Ninja Theory to help deepen the game's combat. Disney provided us with gameplay footage showing off some of the Star Wars characters' skills in combat and their finishing moves. Watch the video [above] to get a taste of the action that's waiting for player in Disney Infinity 3.0.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Complete Set of 5 Carded Disney Pixar Star Wars “Cars”
Reported by Matt on 15 May 2015 20:50

Check these out. Tractor as Royal Guard, Sarge as The Emperor with Cone Droid, Pitties as Ewoks Logray and Wicket, Lightning McQueen as Jedi Luke Skywalker, King as Lando Calrissian, Ramone as Han Solo in Carbonite and Pittie as Guard (Deluxe Box Set of 3)and Mystery Character (To Be Announced). All available at Star Wars Weekends 2015.

EXCLUSIVE Star Wars Cars III Complete Set of 5 Carded Characters ~ New for 2015 Disney mash up of Pixar's ~ "Cars" and LucasFilm's "Star Wars" this third and FINAL series of die cast Cars combined with Star Wars characters ~ we know these will be one of the most popular items this year and want you to be able to offer them to you before the event. This years Series 3 also has 3 Deluxe Boxes with the 5 characters of new mashup cars.
Disney mash up of Pixar's ~ "Cars" and LucasFilm's "Star Wars" Series 3

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Fan-Favorite Events to Take Center Stage at D23 EXPO 2015’s “Hall D23”
Reported by Mark on 15 May 2015 20:29

It's clear that August's D23 convention will be bringing us plenty of great Star Wars? content, edging us ever closer to the release of The Force Awakens.

Where do all the worlds of Disney come together under one roof, taking you behind the scenes with The Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts?
The answer, of course, is D23 EXPO 2015—taking place August 14–16—and today D23 is happy to announce the lineup of the Expo’s most highly anticipated presentations. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday, August 14. Later that same day, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at all the latest from Disney Animation and Pixar. On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will preview the coming slate of live-action films from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Then, on Saturday afternoon, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts during a presentation hosted by Parks Chairman Bob Chapek.

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John Boyega, Scout And About
Reported by Mark on 15 May 2015 20:23

Leaving the ultra nerd house for a nerd run. #Troophoodie

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If you didn't think he was a nerd before, there's no doubt about it now. This is how John Boyega stays in shape - running around in a Biker Scout hoodie, covering his soon-to-be-plastered-everywhere face.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars #4
Reported by BrianC on 15 May 2015 20:00
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BOOK I, PART 4

SKYWALKER STRIKES

It is a period of renewed hope for the Rebellion. The evil Galactic Empire's greatest weapon, the Death Star, has been destroyed and now the Rebel Alliance looks to press its advantage by unleashing a daring offensive throughout the far reaches of space.

Princess Leia Organa and her team of rebels have just completed a daring mission where they managed to infiltrate and destroy the largest Imperial weapons factory in the galaxy. Their success was owed in large part to the valiant efforts of Luke Skywalker, who at one point during the battle stood face to face with the unstoppable Darth Vader himself.

But Luke finds little cause for celebration in the victory. He has now seen the full power of the Force in action and knows he has a very long way to go if he ever hopes to become a true Jedi....

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RebelForce Radio Presents The Best Of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim
Reported by Mark on 15 May 2015 19:44

Join RFR for the Best of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim! We have highlights from the most popular panels including the earth-shattering kickoff panel for The Force Awakens & the much anticipated Star Wars Battlefront. Plus, Dave Filoni & "The Rebel Women Who Fought The Clone Wars", Disney's Star Wars Weekends, and Hondo Ohnaka hits the show floor.

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Collection Of Vanity Fair June 2015 The Force Awakens Stories
Reported by Justin on 15 May 2015 19:22

In case you weren't able to follow along with each story as it was initially posted, below is a collection of all the news pertaining to the June 2015 issue of Vanity Fair magazine that features cast members from The Force Awakens on the cover as well as several content pieces within the issue.

The Force Awakens Cast On Vanity Fair Cover

Vanity Fair Cover Shoot Video

Jedi News Screencaps Of Cover Shoot Video

Characters For Lupita Nyong’o And Adam Driver Revealed

Character For Gwendoline Christie Revealed

Bruce Handy Interview With J.J. Abrams

Full Cover Story Available Online

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Star Wars Rebels Magazine #4
Reported by Matt on 15 May 2015 18:47

Issue 4 of the #starwars #rebels magazine now on new stands in the UK #egmont

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Check out the 4th issue of the new Star Wars Rebels magazine from Egmont, now widely available on UK newstands across the country.

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April Comics Sales Up Behind Star Wars And Convergence
Reported by Mark on 15 May 2015 18:30

Proving that it's only getting stronger, all four of Marvels Star Wars titles occupied the top ten best selling comics of April 2015.

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Coffee With Kenobi #36: Star Wars Weekends 2015, with Lou Mongello
Reported by Mark on 15 May 2015 17:45

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

In today’s show, Jeff McGee fills in for Cory, as Lou Mongello of WDW Radio joins us to discuss our topic for Show # 36, Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World. This annual event is quickly becoming a must do for Star Wars fans, and Lou is here to tell us all about the history of the experience. We will also discuss the new Vanity Fair cover, Bob Iger’s comments on Star Wars news, Disney Infinities 3.0, and The Force Awakens merchandise! We also have the next offering of “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio” featuring Rob Wainfur. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

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The Force Is Strong In London...
Reported by Mark on 15 May 2015 17:24

Check this audio clip out from BBC London, featuring our own James Burns discussing the amazing new Madame Tussauds exhibit.

A new Star Wars exhibition is opening at Madame Tussaud's.
BBC London 94.9's David Friend was invited along for a sneak preview...

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UPDATED: Simon Pegg Says Daniel Craig Will Play A Stormtrooper In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 15 May 2015 12:51

UPDATE: Turns out Pegg was only commenting on the earlier rumor posted below and not actually confirming that Craig will be a Stormtrooper in the film.

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Back in September, we first heard rumblings about Daniel Craig having been cast in Episode VII in "a mystery role". A few months later, a rumor was going around that the mystery role in question would be that of a Stormtrooper.

Now it looks like that initial rumor may in fact be true, as we learn via an article posted earlier today from The Washington Post that actor Simon Pegg, who has been mentioned previously as having his own secret role in the film, has revealed that Craig will be donning one of the new Stormtrooper outfits in The Force Awakens.

Daniel Craig will play a Stormtrooper in 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'.

The 'Skyfall' actor's mystery role in the highly-anticipated blockbuster was accidentally leaked by fellow actor Simon Pegg, who let the secret slip before realising his mistake.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper at the premiere of 'Man Up' in London, he said: "I wasn't a Stormtrooper. Daniel Craig, he was a Stormtrooper."

Realising his mistake, he quickly admitted: "I shouldn't have said that."

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   14 May 2015
Episode 6 Meets Episode 7
Reported by BrianC on 14 May 2015 21:54

We'll be seeing a lot of this over the next few years, the members of The Force Awakens cast and crew meeting the classic stars of the original and prequel trilogies.

Here's Pip Andersen catching up with the legendary Boba Fett himself, Jeremy Bulloch.

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Jedi News Comic Review: Darth Vader #5
Reported by MaxN on 14 May 2015 21:30
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Book 1, Part V

Vader

Crisis strikes the galaxy. After the destruction of the DEATH STAR, the Sith lord DARTH VADER has been deemed responsible by Emperor Palpatine. Dishonored, Vader now seeks his own agenda- the identity of the Force-strong rebel pilot, responsible for the Death Star’s ruin.

Enlisting the assistance of archeologist DOCTOR APHRA, Vader has acquired a personal army from a forgotten factory on the planet Geonosis. And with the help of Black Krrsantan and droids Triple-Zero and BT, Vader has captured the mysterious agent CYLO-IV, who is secretly working for the Emperor.

Now with the might of an army under his hand, Vader sets out to the far reaches of space to hunt down those whom the Emperor has deemed worthy enough to replace the Dark Lord of the Sith.

Space whales? Space whales? Space whales.

Yes, the bad guy’s base is on the back of a giant space-whale like creature, making it similar to the space slug, another vacuum-living behemoth.

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Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol 17
Reported by Mark on 14 May 2015 20:50

It's time to join Jimmy Mac and David Collins for the latest Star Wars Oxygen.

Is it new music or old? David W. Collins & Jimmy Mac return from Anaheim to give a close listen to the music of The Force Awakens second teaser trailer to determine if what we are hearing is a new recording, or a clever re-use of previously composed material by John Williams. Plus, we analyze the new Lucasfilm fanfare intro for the Star Wars digital releases. And, we wrap up our series of conversations about the music of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. All this plus Kor-ah, Rah-tah-mah this month on RebelForce Radio’s Star Wars Oxygen!

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The Force Awakens Stormtrooper T-Shirt At Star Wars Weekends
Reported by Justin on 14 May 2015 18:20

Our good friends over at Yakface bring our attention to the tweet embedded below showing a new t-shirt featuring artwork of a Stormtrooper from The Force Awakens that is available for fans to purchase at the Galactic Gathering event at Star Wars Weekends.

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New Star Wars Battlefront Gameplay Wil Be Shown At E3 2015
Reported by Justin on 14 May 2015 17:39

In a new updated posted on the EA Star Wars website, Niklas Fegraeus, the design director for Star Wars Battlefront, provides readers with a small look into how the team at DICE approached the development of the game and what their desired end result is for Battlefront.

Niklas also announced the team has "great plans" for this year's E3 Expo and that fans will be able to see brand new Battlefront gameplay at the event taking place next month.

Take the source link below for the full read which includes a photo of a tattoo that Battlefront Senior Level Artist Petter Sköld has on his left arm that is just flat-out AWESOME.

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Lucasfilm's Bosco Ng To Design Variant Cover For Kanan: The Last Padawan #3
Reported by Justin on 14 May 2015 17:17

We have learned via a product listing on Previews World that Marvel's upcoming Kanan: The Last Padawan #3 will have a special artwork cover variant designed by Bosco Ng, who is the Episodic Director at Lucasfilm Animation.

Kanan: The Last Padawan #3 is scheduled to arrive in comic stores on June 10.

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Star Wars at Madame Tussauds London VIP Launch
Reported by James on 14 May 2015 15:08
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Last night celebrity fans came face-to-face with some of the biggest heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe last night, at the launch of Madame Tussauds London’s major new Star Wars experience, including our good friend Jeremy Bulloch - who managed to catch up with Han Solo!

Read on for the full press release from last night's event.

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Official Site: The Return Of Captain Rex At Star Wars Celebration
Reported by Justin on 14 May 2015 13:31

Our own Mark Newbold has posted his latest blog entry over on the official site. Titled "The Return of Captain Rex at Star Wars Celebration," this piece reminds us of the excitement and tidal waves of sheer joy that swept over us when we saw Rex appear on screen in the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 trailer that debuted last month at Celebration Anaheim 2015.

Celebration Anaheim gave us a torrent of amazing moments to savor — the emotional impact of THAT teaser trailer, the live-as-it-gets excitement of Smuggler’s Bounty, the awesome coverage provided by StarWars.com in the Cantina, the show-stopping bombast of Star Wars Battlefront — but nothing was more crowd-pleasing than the three-and-a-half-minute trailer for Season Two of Rebels, which marked the return of the much-loved Captain Rex voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.

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Happy 71st Birthday George Lucas
Reported by Team Jedi News on 14 May 2015 13:19

Today we celebrate the 71st birthday of "The Maker" himself, Mr. George Lucas.

From the entire crew here at Jedi News, happy birthday George!

   13 May 2015
Official Site: Real Star Wars Heroes Gather At Celebration Anaheim
Reported by John 'Dak' Morton on 13 May 2015 21:36

Closely following the Celebration opening ceremonies on Thursday afternoon, I had the honor to host a panel on Star Wars trooping and military and service professionals, firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement officers. In the last couple of years of conventions on both sides of the Atlantic, I’ve discovered a huge number of active duty military and veterans that troop with the 501st, Rebel Legion, and Mandalorian Mercs. When they learn of my own off-screen military and homeland security connection, virtually all of these men and women share with me how trooping and their professional experience reinforce a commitment to serve others, a core value in Star Wars fandom. Especially meaningful for me was my growing appreciation of how trooping helps those dealing with combat- or stress-related issues. So I suggested the panel idea to Lucasfilm’s Mary Franklin, and I was thrilled when she accepted it.

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2015 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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REPORT: Diego Luna Joins Cast Of Rogue One In Lead Role
Reported by Justin on 13 May 2015 18:15

Sources have reportedly told Variety that actor Diego Luna has been brought onboard as part of the cast of Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One in a lead role. If you recall from the Gareth Edwards panel that took place at Celebration Anaheim 2015, the official description of Rogue One is "a band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans."

Luna joins previously rumored Sam Claflin, Riz Ahmed, and Ben Mendelsohn as yet-to-be-officially-announced actors associated with this film.

Felicity Jones continues to be the only officially confirmed actor/actress set to appear in Rogue One at this time.

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NY Comic Con 2015: Tickets On Sale Now
Reported by Justin on 13 May 2015 17:00

Better act now and purchase your tickets if you want to attend NY Comic Con 2015 later this year in October, as some of the ticket types sell out extremely fast. With The Force Awakens arriving a few short months after this convention, who knows what Lucasfilm will have in store for fans to experience.

So drop what you're doing, click the source link below, and get those tickets ordered now!

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: The R2-D2 Builders Club
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2015 16:50

The R2-D2 Builders Club talks to StarWars.com about their history of building astromech droids and shows off their creativity at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim!

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New Indiana Jones Bar "Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar" To Open in Downtown Disney
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2015 16:08

An Indiana Jones themed restaurant? Who's going to say no to that, but check out how cleverly this one has been designed and thought through. Quite brilliant.

Tucked in between the soon-to-be-expanded Paradiso 37 and recently opened BOATHOUSE restaurant, a new Disney owned and operated Food & Beverage offering has been taking shape. Today, I’m thrilled to share more details on this aviation-themed lounge, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.
With a prime location along Lake Buena Vista and seating for 150, the venue will feature unique cocktails – such as the “Hovito Mojito” with Barsol Quebranta Pisco, fresh lime juice and simple syrup – and small plates such as “Air Pirates Everything Pretzels” with house-made mustard and beer cheese fondue.
The design team has gone to great lengths to ensure that every element – from the propeller-based ceiling fans and diving bell “booth” to the “Rolling Boulder Meatballs” on the menu – fits within the storyline.

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Official Site: 15 Best Star Wars Quotes To Use In Everyday LIfe
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2015 15:41

Amy Ratcliffe takes us on another educational trip into the GFFA as she shows us 15 Star Wars quotes we can use in real life over at StarWars.com.

Star Wars is overflowing with important themes and lessons we can translate and use in real life. Many of those big ideas are captured in a few lines of eminently quotable dialogue. Also, the saga has a lot of less serious one-liners that are just as memorable and applicable. I find myself working quotes from both sides of the coin into everyday conversations often, and I bet I’m not alone. It’s more fun if the person I’m talking to gets the reference, but recognition isn’t necessary. The worst I’ve received for using a Star Wars line is a weird look, and I don’t mind those. Here are a small selection of quotes from Star Wars that I’ve found are perfectly suited for use in this galaxy.

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My Saga Trailer - Star Wars Fan Documentary
Reported by Team Jedi News on 13 May 2015 15:37

My name is Adam Harris and I recently made the trip to the U.S. from Australia to film part of my Star Wars fan documentary called My Saga. It was such an amazing experience and the fans and interviewees were just fantastic.
I am happy today to show everyone the first trailer for the film and would love to hear what the fans think. So please check it out and if you wish please share it around. Thank you for your support and May The Force Be With you!

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Princess Leia #3 Hits 2nd Printing
Reported by Matt on 13 May 2015 14:40

Once again a Marvel Star Wars title reaches a second printing, as Princess Leia #3 achieves that target.

PRINCESS LEIA #3 (OF 5) DODSON 2ND PTG VAR (PP #1179)
MARVEL COMICS

From Marvel Comics. Leia's mission leads to the underground world of Sullust! The Empire's forces are on her trail and gaining! Join the galaxy's toughest Princess on a quest to save her people! Rated T. Scheduled to ship 06/10/15.

Putting Your Life Span Into Perspective
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2015 14:01

Here's a poster that will give some of your pause for thought. Today, 13th May 2015, is 5838 days since the release of The Phantom Menace. 5838 days was the timespan between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. I'm 44 right now, 12 when Return of the Jedi arrived.

There's no doubt about it, we're all living a Star Wars life!

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Official Site: Ultimate Star Wars And The Writers Journey
Reported by Mark on 13 May 2015 13:42

The wonderful Tricia Barr takes us behind the scenes as she explains her involvement in the recently released Ultimate Star Wars over at StarWars.com.

There are no words to describe the moment you are asked if you would like to work on a Star Wars book. When it happened to me, I squealed and ran around the room before being overcome by a fangirl flail. The urge hit to reach out to somebody, anybody, and tell them, “I am working on Ultimate Star Wars!” Then I realized I wouldn’t be able to do that quite yet. Along with recognizing my excitement would have to be contained, the weight and the importance of DK Publishing’s project began to loom large in my mind. This wasn’t just a dream come true, it was a big deal.
The other names on the project only added to the sense of significance of compiling important information from the existing lore. Longtime Star Wars contributor, Ryder Wyndham, headlined. Also on the team were Dan Wallace, who has authored an impressive volume of franchise books, and Adam Bray, who knocked it out of the park with the Star Wars Rebels: Visual Guide. DK had assembled a team of experts charged with archiving the relevant characters, locations, vessels, and technology from the movies and television shows. We were creating source material to connect where the franchise has been and where it will go in its amazing future.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Record Number Of Visitors For The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience
Reported by Justin on 13 May 2015 13:13

Once again, The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience was a huge success at Celebration as fans from all four corners of the globe descended upon the Anaheim Convention Center last month and visited the can't-miss exhibit in record numbers at Celebration Anaheim 2015.

From April 16-19, we participated in the largest Star Wars Celebration event ever in Anaheim, California and had a record of about 6,000 fans come through The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience, our exhibition focused on fan-made art and artifacts showing the inspiration of The Force. We hosted the public debut of the world’s largest Star Wars oil painting, the magnificent 8-foot by 15-foot The 20th Century Space Opera by Robert Xavier Burden, and we have prints of the Light Side and Dark Side panels available exclusively in our member store.

Congratulations to Steve, Anne, Consetta, and the entire ROW team for seeing all of their extremely hard work and dedication pay off big time!

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   12 May 2015
Team Jedi News And Star Wars at Madame Tussauds
Reported by BrianC on 12 May 2015 23:59
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Described as an “immersive experience featuring 16 of the most famous heroes and villains in scenes from some of the most iconic moments featured in Star Wars Episodes I – VI” – the new Madam Tussauds Star Wars exhibit opening this coming Saturday, 16th May 2015 delivers spectacularly.

Having spent almost a year developing the wax works from hundreds of photographic images, thousands of measurements, and working closely with Disney and Lucasfilm - Madame Tussauds deliver one of the most breathtaking displays of Star Wars you can hope to experience.

Madame Tussauds do not just deliver movie accurate representations of our favorite Star Wars characters, they integrate the wax works into intricately and cleverly devised set pieces that walk you through the Star Wars timeline and immerse you in a true experience like no other.

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Brews and Blasters #20: Didn't Listen To Riley
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2015 23:40

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

Chris is on "special assignment," so we brought our good friend Riley Blanton of The Star Wars Report on to keep Joe company. We talk about the Vanity Fair article and coffee, so grab a stick of butter for this special episode of Brews and Blasters!

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Artoo Hits The Road
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2015 23:34

Here's how you pimp a van, you turn it from a VW Camper into an astromech. We have to wonder though, can it fly like Artoo used to?

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Marvel Announces Star Wars #1 and Darth Vader #1 Director’s Cuts
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2015 23:19

Marvel just keep those comics coming. To add to an already extensive and ever-growing pile of variants and reprints of their 1st blockbuster issue, you can now add to that list their new directors cuts.

Each director’s cut version features the entire first issue – read STAR WARS #1 or DARTH VADER #1 again or for the very first time! Then, go behind the scenes as you experience the making of these two landmark debuts. See script pages and in-progress artwork from each issue as the Star Wars universe is brought to life as only Marvel could!

STAR WARS #1 DIRECTOR’S CUT
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
FOC – 05/25/15. On-Sale 06/17/15

DARTH VADER #1 DIRECTOR’S CUT
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art & Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA
FOC – 05/25/15. On-Sale 06/17/15

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Star Wars At Madame Tussauds: Superfans Act Out Their Favourite Scenes
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2015 23:04

Check out our very own James Burns as he talks about the amazing new Madame Tussauds exhibit along with some of the winners of our recent competition.

Star Wars fans get to act-out their favourite scenes from the film franchise at the new Madame Tussauds attraction in London. Fans can walk into 11 atmospheric sets starring amazing wax figures of legendary characters from Han Solo and Chewbacca to Princess Leia and Jabba the Hutt, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader and Master Yoda.

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Electronic Arts Cuts Staff At Visceral Games To Focus On New Star Wars Title
Reported by Justin on 12 May 2015 20:51

There's been a small shake-up at the Visceral Games division within Electronic Arts in an effort to direct more of their resources towards developing a new currently-unspecified Star Wars project, which is being co-written by Todd Stashwick and Amy Hennig.

As posted earlier today over on Game Informer:

EA has confirmed to Game Informer that a small number of staff have been laid off at Visceral. The studio is working on a confirmed, but as yet unspecified Star Wars project.

“We made a small staffing change in our Visceral studio today to support the needs of the studio’s two current development priorities: content for Battlefield Hardline Premium and an unannounced Star Wars project,” an EA representative told us via email. “We are working to ensure the smoothest transition possible for the impacted employees.”

EA did confirm that Amy Hennig and Todd Stashwick, who are working on the Star Wars project, are unaffected by these changes. EA declined to share specific numbers impacted by the change.

In April, Visceral’s Steve Papoutsis left EA after 14 years. Scott Probst currently leads Visceral’s efforts, including work on follow-up content for Battlefield Hardline and the upcoming Star Wars game.

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Coffee With Kenobi: Taking A Closer Look At Rogue One’s Composer: Alexandre Desplat
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2015 20:25

Our good buddy the always awesome Rob Wainfur of The Bearded Trio, writing over at those cool beans at Coffee With Kenobi brings us a fascinating look at our new Star Wars Anthology composer, Alexandre Desplat.

We all knew the day would come. The day that John Williams hands the Star Wars baton to another composer and ultimately the responsibility of providing the oxygen to a galaxy far far away. In 2016 we will see, for the first time the much-anticipated ‘spin off’ Star Wars movie or anthology movie as Lucasfilm likes to call them. ‘Rogue One’ will be directed by Gareth Edwards but equally as notable the composer, will not be John Williams but Paris-born Alexandre Desplat. Lets take a closer look at the composer and try to see what we can expect.
Alexandre Desplat, right now is riding on a wave of success. Just a few months ago at the Academy Awards Desplat won his first Oscar in the category of best original score for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. As coincidences would have it, Desplat emulated John Williams by being nominated for another movie at the same time. That movie was for The Imitation Game. In 1978 John Williams had two nominations, one for Close Encounters and Star Wars which he ultimately ended up winning.

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Topps Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards 6-Pack Box
Reported by Justin on 12 May 2015 19:59

During an afternoon toy run I came across this new box of Topps Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards at one of my local Toys R Us locations. The box contains 6 packs of trading cards in total. Unfortunately this was the only box available at the time I was there and I could not locate the corresponding shelf tag with the price for the box. I actually found this box sitting on the shelf in the LEGO Star Wars section.

For a look at some of the trading cards that make up this new Topps Star Wars Rebels set, click here.

As a reminder, the cards are also available at retail stores in both a 6-card standard pack and a larger 18-card jumbo pack.

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Star Wars Dark Disciple. Arriving 7th July 2015
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2015 19:55

Via the galactic gurus that are Eddie van der Heijden and Florian B, here's all the info you need on 7th July's Dark Disciple.

Written by Christie Golden
Foreword by Katie Lucas
Cover by Matt Taylor
Hardcover (304 pages)
Del Rey
ISBN 978-0-345-51153-9
$ 28.00

Based on unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this new novel features Asajj Ventress, former Sith apprentice turned bounty hunter and one of the great antiheroines in Star Wars history.
The only way to bring down the Sith’s most dangerous warrior may be to join forces with the dark side.
In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.
But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.
Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

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Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: An Interview With Darth Days Artist George Folz
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2015 19:38

It's time to join Amy Ratcliffe as she serves us another delicious spoonful of Fully Operational Fandom over at StarWars.com.

In the category of information that will not shock any of you, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on the horizon. The newest film in the saga is within our reach, and the prospect of more Star Wars has fans in full-time celebration mode. Some artists have decided to add to the anticipation for the upcoming film by putting pencil to paper (or stylus to tablet) and posting daily sketches inspired by Star Wars.
George Folz has put his own spin on the idea with “Darth Days.” He takes a scene from the saga, translates it to a comic book panel format, and shares the art every day on Twitter. It’s become part of my morning ritual to scroll through Folz’s tweets and see the latest illustration.

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Radio Free Tatooine Episode 29: Mortis (or Lestis)
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2015 18:06

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

In this installment, we tackle some of the deepest stuff we’ve ever approached. Bold statement for a show whose last episode was titled “Phasma Butter & Jelly,” right? We’re rewinding a bit to discuss The Clone Wars Mortis arc in RFT style- which is mostly disjunct meanderings about the Force. Also, we get our first glimpse at what Maz Kanata may look like and rally support for “The Prequels Strike Back,” an upcoming crowd-funded documentary about the Star Wars prequels and the public opinion thereof.

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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The Millennium Falcon Is Playable In Star Wars Battlefront
Reported by Justin on 12 May 2015 17:30

Via this article posted on Comic Book, it has been revealed that players will be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars Battlefront when the game arrives courtesy of Electronic Arts later this year in November.

Fans are looking forward to Star Wars Battlefront for many reasons, not least of which is the ability to pilot some of the vehicles from the Star Wars universe. In a Q&A session on Reddit, the game’s developers revealed that players will be able to jump in the cockpit of the film’s most iconic ship of all.

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Hot Toys Star Wars EP4 1/6th Scale Sandtrooper Collectible Figure
Reported by Matt on 12 May 2015 15:10

Hot Toys bring the awesome once again with their latest release, their 1/6th Scale Sandtrooper collectible figure from A New Hope.

At Star Wars Celebration last month, the Hot Toys 1/6th scale Sandtrooper Collectible Figure was shown for the first time worldwide! Many Star Wars fans were excited to see this trooper making his first appearance and were in awe of the great details on this Imperial soldier! Today we are very happy to officially present this 1/6th scale Sandtrooper Collectible Figure from the classic Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope!
The highly-accurate Sandtrooper collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of the Squad Leader on Tatooine. The specialized trooper features a meticulously crafted Sandtrooper armor and helmet with signature weathering effects, a highly detailed survival backpack, 3 types of blasters, a Patrol Droid as seen in the Special Edition of the film, and a specially designed desert-themed figure stand!
Expand your Hot Toys Imperial army today with this amazing Sandtrooper!

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Tosche Station Radio #116: One Celebration Ends, Another Begins
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2015 14:54

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

Savanna Kiefer of The Dorky Diva joins us for one last look back at Celebration Anaheim. We also look ahead to the upcoming Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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.

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Black Angel Is Back And Available On YouTube For A Limited Time Only
Reported by BrianC on 12 May 2015 14:27

Black Angel, the short film attached to initial screenings of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, is to be made available for free on YouTube until the end of May 2015. It will be released on Tuesday, 12th May, accompanied by an exclusive introduction from director Roger Christian. A crucial part of the Star Wars legacy, Black Angel was commissioned by George Lucas, who chose it to accompany Empire in Europe and Australia. The 25-minute film was produced on a budget of £25,000, given to Christian by an Eady Scheme fund from the UK government.
An epic fantasy adventure, the script follows a knight (Tony Vogel) who returns from the Crusades, only to be transported to a fantasy world to rescue a princess from the clutches of a dark and mysterious character. Shot in the Scottish Highlands, the film highlights the beauty and majesty of the location. It was loved by fans and industry tastemakers the world over, with Steven Spielberg describing it as ‘one of the most enigmatic films I’ve ever seen.’
Following its release, all copies of the film were lost for over 30 years. That is, until December 2011, when an archivist at Universal Studios came across the negative. The prints had ended up in the US after the collapse of the UK studio Rank, which had stored the prints along with other film negatives in WWII bunkers. The film was restored frame by frame by a visual effects company, before having its ‘re-premiere’ in October 2013 as the closing film of the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. It was also screened at the Glasgow Film Festival in Scotland and released on iTunes in early 2014, where it quickly ranked as ‘#1 short film.’
Christian won an Academy Award for Art Direction for his work on the original Star Wars movie. He was also nominated for the same award for his work on Alien. Christian is widely acknowledged as a key part of the ‘Star Wars family’ of writers, directors, cinematographers and crew who have been involved in the billion-dollar franchise since day one. Black Angel was his directorial debut.
Black Angel will be released on the Black Angel YouTube channel at 1pm on Tuesday 12th May 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L8pHKP-vv4
Follow @blackangelfilm and http://www.facebook.com/blackangelfilm for an exciting new announcement COMING SOON

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LEGOLAND Windsor Parade: Sunday 3rd May 2015
Reported by Mark on 12 May 2015 14:20

Check out this great video, shot by lifelong Star Wars fan Sylvius Weir at LEGOLAND Windsor over Star Wars weekend, celebrating May the 4th and featuring the UK Garrison and the Rebel Legion.

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   11 May 2015
Full of Sith Episode Episode CXIV: Journey To The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2015 23:45

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

Mike, Bobby, Bryan, and Amy chat about all the new Star Wars news, from May 4th and Vanity Fair to the rumored Boba Fett film and Max Von Sydow’s alleged role.

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

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Knights of the Old Republic: Broken Souls – A Fan Film
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2015 22:57

Via our friend Soeren Kamper over at SWTOR Strategies here's news of a Knights of the Old Republic fan film, Broken Souls.

Darth Revan and his Sith general Meetra Surik, hunt down a monster that threatens the newly established Sith Empire. Winner of the 2015 Best Visual Effects Star Wars Fan Film Award.
Darth Revan has long since reclaimed his mantle as Dark Lord of the Sith. But a greater evil has emerged and if the Sith are to survive, Revan must lead an attack against this new threat. “The Lord of Hunger”.
The following film is a work of Non-Canon fan fiction. It is inspired by the alternate Dark Side Ending storyline as seen at the end of Knights of the Old Republic. Everything including plots from Knights of the Old Republic II: Sith Lords has been rewritten to accommodate this alternate universe.

Source SWTOR Strategies (Via Soeren Kamper)
Nerdageddon Press Release: 8th August 2015
Reported by Matt on 11 May 2015 22:48

Following on from our report earlier, here's the official press release for Nerdageddon on 8th August in Southampton.

NERDAGEDDON PRESENTS:
“I'VE GOT A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS!”

“I'VE GOT A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS!” ANNOUNCED!
AUGUST 8TH at OASIS ACADEMY, SOUTHAMPTON.
ETICKETS ON SALE NOW AT WWW.NERDAGEDDON.CO.UK
Nerdageddon presents “I've got a bad feeling about this!” Star Wars event.
Saturday, August 8th at 11am to 5pm
Oasis Academy, Romsey Road, Lordshill, SO16 8FA.
We are proud to announce a dedicated Star Wars event, made by the fans for the fans. This annual event will celebrate all aspects of the Star Wars universe, from the movie series to props, costumers to toys, nothing is left out – If it's Star Wars it's here!
With our outstanding guest lineup, autograph and photo opportunities, costumers and display sets, we aim to provide the South with a truly unmissable event!
We support Clic Sargent, a charity very close to our hearts.
So for something a little different and an opportunity to release your inner nerd, come to “I've got a bad feeling about this!” in Southampton 8th August – May the force be with you!

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Star Wars: The Binks Awakens
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2015 22:33

Well, the long and the short of it is if you don't get a big laugh out of this you should be checking your pulse.

And J.J. Make it happen man, make it happen...

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Ben Hur
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2015 22:13

Bryan Young returns with his latest look at The Cinema Behind Star Wars, this time delving into Ben Hur over at StarWars.com.

Released in 1959, Ben Hur is a cinematic achievement from director William Wyler that took the world by storm. In its day, it pulled in $74 million at the box office. When adjusted for inflation, that makes it the 13th highest grossing film of all time, right behind The Empire Strikes Back, which clocks in at number 12. It also won 11 Academy Awards, a record held by only two other films: Titanic and Return of the King.

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Ultimate Star Wars: Interview with Adam Bray
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2015 21:42

Jawa James is our host, Adam Bray is our guest and the subject is DK's fact-filled frolic through the galaxy, Ultimate Star Wars

I interview Ultimate Star Wars co-author Adam Bray about the new book from DK as well as some of his upcoming projects. Filmed on May 6, 2015

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Game Informer Extended Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Gameplay Video
Reported by Justin on 11 May 2015 20:49

While the debate about which Star Wars trilogy reigns supreme is relatively lopsided at this point, Avalanche Software was forced to rekindle the debate when deciding which trilogy's playset would come bundled with the game. During our studio visit for our June cover story on Disney Infinity 3.0, we spoke with the vice president of production for Disney Infinity, John Vignocchi, and the senior vice president and general manager of Avalanche, John Blackburn, about the factors behind their decision.

Watch the video [above] to get your first extended look at gameplay from Disney Infinity 3.0.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Nerdageddon: 8th August 2015
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2015 20:22

Check out the first poster for August 8th's Nerdageddon, which brings a slew of Star Wars stars to Southampton.

We're proud supporters of the event and it's set to be another amazing stepping stone towards the release of The Force Awakens.

The event supports Clic Sargent, benefiting children with cancer. Here in the UK that's a charity that a lot of people are getting behind, showing their support by running marathons and raising funds at events across the country.

Get your tickets now, details are on the poster, and mark that date in your diaries.

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Star Wars Battlefront Will Let Players Play As a Female Stormtrooper
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2015 19:22

According to our friends over at SWTOR Strategies not only will Battlefront allow for female Stormtroopers, but a batch of very familiar characters will be available as playable characters as well.

“Male or female characters are separate from customization. You can’t do it in crazy ways. You can’t have a pink Darth Vader. You want the Stormtroopers to look like Stormtroopers. Our customization is tilted toward what makes sense.”

It has also come to our attention that gamers will be able to play as Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and even more characters in Star Wars: Battlefront.

Source SWTOR Strategies (Via Soeren Kamper)
Billie Lourd Says She Will Not Be Playing A Young Princess Leia In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin on 11 May 2015 19:02

We've known for quite a while now that Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd will be part of the cast of The Force Awakens. But what we do not yet know is any specifics on Lourd's character involvement in the film. Earlier rumors had mentioned that Lourd would be playing a young Princess Leia in Episode VII via a series of flashbacks, but now those particular rumors have been squashed by Lourd herself.

Here's hoping we get some official confirmation on her character in the upcoming film sooner rather than later.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Cast Interview With StarWars.com
Reported by Justin on 11 May 2015 18:28

The cast and creators of Star Wars Rebels talk to StarWars.com about what to expect from the second season before the premiere at Celebration.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Custom 10,000 Brick LEGO Millennium Falcon
Reported by Justin on 11 May 2015 18:24

Yet again, the Star Wars fan community and those who take great delight in improving upon established aspects of the GFFA continue to impress with their jaw-dropping custom design jobs. This latest entry will certainly leave you in awe just as much as it did for us here at Jedi News.

Standing in 40 percent larger than Lego's pricey (and sold out) UCS Millennium Falcon, Titans Creations' version of this iconic ship took two months to build and consists of over 10,000 bricks. This build shows the Falcon's interior, and shows four different scenes from the Star Wars films.

For a better look at this impressive creation, check out Titans' video tour, which shows off Luke's training, and the engine's LED lights in action.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Free Downloadable Coloring Book!
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2015 18:04

Via our great pal and sketching legend Nicholas Diak, who you'll be hearing very soon on a forthcoming episode of RADIO 1138 here's a free downloadable kids sketchbook designed by Nicholas' pal @invisibleelement.

In celebration of "May the Fourth Be With You Day" (May 4th, 2015), I'm releasing my first fan inspired coloring book from Episode IV, A New Hope - Free for download! This is not a physical product! You will receive a PDF containing the digital coloring book. Use your personal printer to create the coloring book. "Stay on target" (inbetween the lines), and "may the force be with you, always!"

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Keith Kellogg Interview With StarWars.com
Reported by Justin on 11 May 2015 17:58

Keith Kellogg talks with StarWars.com about his role as an animation supervisor for Star Wars Rebels, his favorite moment from Season One and provides a sneak peek of what he’ll be talking about on his Star Wars Celebration Anaheim panel.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Free Star Wars LEGO With The Daily Mail Next Weekend
Reported by Matt on 11 May 2015 17:29

The latest Daily Mail LEGO offer kicks off on Saturday 16th May giving you the chance to own your very own AT-DP (30274) on the following Thursday.

  • Satuday May 16: 30311 Swamp Police Helicopter
  • Sunday: 30303 The Joker Bumper Car
  • Monday: 30283 Off-Road
  • Tuesday: 30116 Rapunzel's Market Visit
  • Wednesday: 30284 Tractor
  • Thursday: 30274 AT-DP
  • Friday: 30313 Garbage Truck
  • Saturday May 23: 30312 Demolition Driller
  • Sunday: 30293 Kai Drifter

There's more information on the Daily Mail website. Tokens can be redeemed in participating branches of WHSmiths, Morrisons and Eason stores, but not Toys R Us this time.

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Expansion Of San Diego Convention Centre Hits Problems
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2015 17:18

With other convention centres around the country expanding and growing to facilitate larger crowds and increased requirements, this spells bad news for the San Diego Convention Center.

A decision this week by the San Diego Convention Center Corp. to back out of a bayfront land deal could potentially kill any future plans for a contiguous expansion of the downtown facility, some City Council members fear.
At issue is a six-acre parcel of land behind the center that was seen as a crucial acquisition needed to make an expansion of the center possible. While the financing plan for that project has since fallen through because of a court ruling, city leaders haven’t given up yet on a bayfront expansion.

Source UT San Diego
The Force Awakens Fan Art By Ross Burt
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2015 17:04

Check out this great The Force Awakens comic style art by Ross Burt featuring Kylo, Chewie, BB-8 Rey, Finn and Poe.

Was just gonna be a pic of John Boyega in his cool Skywalker esque jacket, and it kinda…snowballed! It became the new trio ( love how these guys look ) then before I knew what was happening I was drawing Wookies and Droids, and suddenly a Sith lord creeps in too!
Cannot wait for this! Love how these new characters feel young and fresh but look like they belong to the universe. And obviously having the walking carpet with them helps!
I don’t imagine this will be my last Star Wars pic before the movie comes out!!

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Topps The Force Awakens Trading Cards
Reported by James on 11 May 2015 17:01

Click on the above image for a closer look FIRST... and then read the text from Topps below.

Last chance - click on the image FIRST before continuing!  Looked closely at the image?  If so, read on...

Collecting is strong in my family.
My Father has them.
I have them.
My sister has them.
You have that power too.

Star Wars is truly multi generational (three generations and counting) and Topps have tapped into this perfectly.  Being a collector this really touched me - great job Topps! 

Note: the above image is a concept only!

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Star Wars Report #167: It’s Tatooine
Reported by Mark on 11 May 2015 16:36

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

In this episode, Michael Morris from the Cloud City Casino podcast joins Mark and Riley to talk about all the latest news breaking from that galaxy far, far away.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Kotaku The Force Awakens Product Packaging Design Contest Winners
Reported by Justin on 11 May 2015 15:54

Kotaku recently held a design contest in which they asked participants to provide their own unique spin on a product using the supplied mock-up of the official The Force Awakens packaging design that was unveiled about a week ago by Lucasfilm as part of the upcoming "Force Friday" Midnight Madness event on September 4.

Take the source link below to check out the images of some pretty impressive entries that were submitted, including my personal favorite showcased above.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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   09 May 2015
Madame Tussauds Star Wars Experience Press Launch Competition
Reported by James on 09 May 2015 21:12

A major new multi-million pound Star Wars experience is coming to Madame Tussauds London, open to the public on Saturday 16th May.

However Jedi News can EXCLUSIVELY offer access to the press launch on the morning of 12th May, to twenty winners of this competition (10 pairs of 2 tickets).

Created in close collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, the unique and immersive experience brings to life some of film’s most powerful moments featuring extraordinarily life-like wax figures in authentic walk–in scenes. Fans can star alongside heroes and villains of the Star Wars Universe, with dynamic special effects and dramatic theming adding to the immersion as they encounter 16 characters in 11 separate scenes. The attraction will take the Madame Tussauds experience to a whole new level, it is about much more than the wax figures. Guests will become truly immersed in the films, they can step right into Yoda's swamp alongside the Jedi Master, and feel the fiery lava of Mustafar with Anakin, as he turns to the dark side.  Take the link below to enter and MTFBWY!.

Note: Winners must be available to make their own way to the Baker Street Attraction for 7:00am on Tuesday 12th May, and be available until midday. Winners must also agree to be photographed by press and interviewed by broadcasters who are keen to capture fans first reactions to the new experience - you can even come in costume if you wish.

Refreshments will be provided, as will access into the rest of the attraction after the press launch AND return tickets to see the experience again. If you cannot be there for from 7:00am to midday please do not enter.  We also need a mobile number so we can contact you with further details on Sunday at around midday if you're lucky enough to win.

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Tosche Station Radio #115: Bad Batch
Reported by Mark on 09 May 2015 21:01

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

Johnamarie Macias from The Wookiee Gunner joins is to continue our ongoing Celebration recap! Today we discuss The Clone Wars news out of the convention. Do be sure to watch the Bad Batch arc on the official site!

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.

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Tape Recording of Star Wars In The Theatre From 1977
Reported by Mark on 09 May 2015 20:37

There was a time when cinema's were far rowdier places to watch a film, and as a consequence a lot more fun. Listen to this audio, recorded back in 1977 when a young William Forsche went to see the film with his Mom and keep an ear out for the audience, who were clearly very into the experience.

This audio was recorded in 1977 when my mother took me to see Star Wars. (for the second time)
Hearing her laugh (@ :42 & @ 2:54) and cheer with me and the rest of the audience is absolutely priceless to me.

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May The Felt Be With Star Wars Epic Yarns
Reported by Mark on 09 May 2015 19:19

There's no doubt from looking at this image that these two Jedi warriors felt the Force, and via the always awesome Bonnie Burton and C.net here's how you can feel it too.

"Star Wars" kids books can be fun for the whole family. In the case of "Star Wars Epic Yarns" series by Jack Wang and twin brother Holman Wang, fans of all ages can appreciate favorite movie moments recreated in felt.
The "Star Wars Epic Yarns" series retells the original trilogy, with each of the three books summarizing 12 iconic scenes in a single word like "fly." The books are painstakingly illustrated with photographs of felted figures and handmade sets.

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The Cover To Marvel's Lando Calrissian #1
Reported by Mark on 09 May 2015 18:52

While there's no word as yet on multiple variant covers, we're pretty confident there will be, but the real treasure is within the pages and we're hugely excited to be seeing the smoothest baron administrator this side of The Slice get his own series.

Stay tuned for our review when it lands in July.

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Ultimate Star Wars Book Tour: Adam Bray & Tricia Barr
Reported by Mark on 09 May 2015 18:39

Join Adam Bray and Tricia Barr as they visit the Carlsbad Library on their Ultimate Star Wars book tour.

Authors Adam Bray and Tricia Barr discuss their new book from DK Publishing, Ultimate Star Wars, at a author tour stop at the Carlsbad Library. May 6, 2015

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The Wampa's Lair #129: Look At Those Stars
Reported by Mark on 09 May 2015 13:24

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

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason dive into the Vanity Fair pictures and discuss their potential importance for The Force Awakens. Then they look at all 6 of the closing shots from the films and discuss what makes each of them so special!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Official Site: Costume Party: Fan Groups Invade Star Wars Celebration Anaheim!
Reported by Mark on 09 May 2015 12:11

Lawrence Green takes a look at the massed ranks of the costuming world over at StarWars.com, taking us back to Aprils Celebration Anaheim.

For fans around the world, Star Wars Celebration Anaheim was a full four days of fun, excitement, wonder, and surprises, whether experienced in person or via the live streams coming from the Anaheim Convention Center.
For those in attendance, their experience undoubtedly included seeing and interacting with members of the 501st and Rebel Legion, and their friends in the Madalorian Mercs and other Star Wars costume clubs.

Source Official Site
   08 May 2015
RebelForce Radio: May 8, 2015
Reported by Mark on 08 May 2015 22:45

Star Wars is everywhere and RFR digs deep into the latest news, rumors and reveals. This week, we analyze the latest comments from J.J. Abrams, Bob Iger, and a new set of pix from the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens courtesy of Vanity Fair. The teaser trailer for Star Wars Rogue One made it's debut at Star Wars Celebration...Hear what we think of it! Plus, Josh Trank is out, Boba Fett is in, and Billy Dee is the "Baron of Smooth". Do you think you may have seen Star Wars too many times? We take the test to determine if we have...Find out how we did! All this plus Mark Hamill tells RFR what blue milk tasted like and much more.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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DJ Elliot Summer Dates
Reported by Matt on 08 May 2015 22:29

You can see our pal DJ Elliot over the summer at Disney's Hollywood Studios as he's DJ-ing at the following events.

Downtown Disney Waterside Dance Party

May 8,9,10,12,13,14,26 and 28
7pm - 10pm
Downtown Disney Waterside Stage

Star Wars Weekends

May 15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30 and 31, June 5,6,7,12,13 and 14
TBD
Main Stage Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hot Frozen Nights Dance Party

June 17,18,21,22,23,24,25,28 and 29
5.45pm - 9.30pm
Main Stage, Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hot Frozen Nights Dance Party

July 2,3,5,6,7,8,9,12,13,14,15,16,19,20,21,22,23,26,27,28,29 and 30
5.45pm - 9.30pm
Main Stage, Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Official Site: An Iconic Toy, The Imperial Troop Transport, Returns To Shelves And Screens
Reported by Mark on 08 May 2015 22:03

Jason Fry waxes nostalgic over at StarWars.com as he looks at the return of the Imperial Troop Transport.

The troop transporter hadn’t appeared onscreen, but a booklet included with it explained that the Empire used it in tracking down C-3PO and R2-D2 on Tatooine. My friends and I loved it, and were thrilled when it showed up in issues of Marvel’s first Star Wars series. When I became a Star Wars writer years later, I jumped at the chance to adapt my childhood favorite for a new era — my Wizards of the Coast adventure “Triplet Threat” adapted it as the Reconnaissance Troop Transport, built by Santhe/Sienar.

Source Official Site
Fan Documentary Funding: The Prequels Strike Back
Reported by Justin on 08 May 2015 19:07

Take a fresh look at the Star Wars prequels with radical new theories.

Learn more at UnlearnThePrequels.com

Source Unlearn The Prequels
Full of Sith Episode CXIII: Celebration Aftermath
Reported by Mark on 08 May 2015 18:27

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

The dream… is dead. The Original Theatrical Version dream, that is. Maybe. It seems that way. It’s part of the Celebration Aftermath that Bryan, Amy, and Bobby are picking through on today’s show. We thought we’d get a Drew Struzan poster: We didn’t get a poster. We thought we’d get Josh Trank: He went and quit his job on the coming spinoff film. We thought we might get the original versions of the Original Trilogy on blu-ray soon: We won’t. But we are going to get something interesting. And that something leads to a fun new game, as well as a few surprising revelations from Bryan.

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

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Disney Store Star Wars Day Event: Monday 4th May 2015
Reported by Mark on 08 May 2015 17:30
Show Full Story

May the 4th, Star Wars Day and the fans came out in force (pun intended) to celebrate the amazing power of the galaxies most beloved saga. Events were taking place across the country, north, south, east and west but there was only one place where you could meet the original Boba Fett and that was Disney Store, Oxford Street.

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Taking Down a Credit Selling Ring
Reported by Mark on 08 May 2015 16:54

Here's the latest news from the worlds of the Old Republic.

Hey folks, Over the past few months there have been many issues with Credit sellers and Advertisers. As you have noticed lately, we’re communicating more about what’s going on behind the scenes, so this is another area where we plan to keep you informed.
Last week, we took action against an entire selling ring. Over multiple weeks, we investigated and compiled evidence about a large Credit selling ring which spanned across hundreds of accounts and a variety of servers. To help thwart any possible reactions from this group, we simultaneously actioned every account in this Credit selling ring. In total, we banned hundreds of accounts and removed over nine billion credits from those accounts. Thanks to all of you who have been diligently reporting those pesky spammers and other characters acting suspiciously anywhere throughout our game. They are very persistent, but we will continue to aggressively remove credit sellers and advertisers from our game! -eric

Source SWTOR Strategies (Via Soeren Kamper)
Coffee With Kenobi: Celebration Anaheim Recap
Reported by Mark on 08 May 2015 16:51

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

Drive home with us from the airport as we break down days three and four of Celebration Anaheim, as well as our overall thoughts and reflections. The time of recording is 1:30 in the morning, the audio is live, and the hosts are sleep deprived, which only adds to the fun. We also have an important announcement about the immediate future of the show. This is the podcast you're looking for!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: The 5 Best Ways To Experience Flying An X-Wing Right Now
Reported by Mark on 08 May 2015 16:39

Not much beats the thrill of flying an X-wing, be it zooming a model through your living room or taking the stick while playing the classic X-wing on the PC. Anthony Gallegos takes an in-depth look at the best options right now over at StarWars.com.

When it comes to Star Wars, one of the things you can’t help but think of is an X-wing. Whether it’s in the original saga, or the most recent teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, my heart swells at the sight of those split-winged ships tearing through the air.
When the films or my imagination just isn’t enough to get me my X-wing fix, I thankfully have a few solid game options to turn to. I humbly present to you the best ways you can experience flying an X-wing right now.

Source Official Site
Dave Filoni Talks Star Wars Rebels Season 2 With Slashfilm
Reported by Justin on 08 May 2015 16:22

Conducted as part of the exciting festivities during the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 red carpet premiere at Celebration Anaheim 2015 last month, check out Slashfilm's interview with Dave Filoni in which Filoni gives us a little taste of what's in store for viewers with Season 2.

In our interview, Filoni talks about the shadow Darth Vader will have over the upcoming season of the show. He talks about the weight of holding back secrets, Ezra’s lightsaber, as well as how the Rebellion will develop this season and the reintroduction of some iconic ships.

Follow Justin on Twitter @justinlasalata

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Living in the Age of Airplanes — Trailer #2
Reported by Mark on 08 May 2015 15:07

With thanks to Jedi News reader Glen Ewing (and cheers for the drink at the podcast meetup in The Hilton lobby Glen, much appreciated!) here's a look at the second trailer for National Geographic's Living in the Age of Airplanes, narrated by Harrison Ford.

LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES is a story about how the airplane has changed the world. Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, it renews our appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring aspects of the modern world. The documentary is produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (“One Six Right”), narrated by Harrison Ford, and features an original score by Academy Award-winning composer James Horner ("Avatar," "Titanic").
National Geographic Studios is distributing the film to Giant Screen, IMAX®, Digital and Museum Cinemas worldwide.

Source Vimeo (via Glen Ewing)
Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 76: May The 4th Be With STEPHEN “I Kinda Like It” STANTON
Reported by Mark on 08 May 2015 14:22

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

Stephen Stanton is Skywalking through Neverland! He is the voice of Grand Moff Tarkin on STAR WARS REBELS, Sleepy dwarf in Disney’s THE 7D, and Lord Henry Mystic of Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor (plus many more), Stephen is the perfect match for our Star Wars/Disney podcast. And what a conversation we had! Also on this episode, MORE Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Interviews! John Ratzenberger (Major Bren Derlin / every PIXAR movie ever / Cliff Clavin) and Clive Revill (voice of The Emperor in ESB) join us this week.
Thank you to Denise Vasquez who invited us to her Music Mondays Open Mic for a special #StarWarsDay celebration. Live drawing with Randy Martinez, music, comedy and fun! We recap. What did you do for May The 4th?
And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan.

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Leslie Ferraro Named New President Of Disney Consumer Products
Reported by Justin on 08 May 2015 14:11

We get the following Disney company update via an article posted on Deadline.

The Walt Disney Company has promoted a 16-year company veteran to oversee its Consumer Products division. Leslie Ferraro, who had been EVP Global Marketing, Sales and Travel Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, is the new President of Disney Consumer Products. She will oversee the global operation that covers products ranging from toys and apparel to books and fine art through the company’s Licensing, Publishing and Disney Store businesses. She takes over the post left vacant when Bob Chapek was tapped to run the Parks and Resorts unit in February.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Star Wars Podcast Host Interviews
Reported by Mark on 08 May 2015 13:22

The podcast stage was a great success and here are some of those hosts talking about the event.

The hosts of several podcasts streaming live from Celebration talk about their shows with StarWars.com.

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Official Site: Back From The Drawing Board Part 2
Reported by Mark on 08 May 2015 12:58

Kevin Beentjes once again brings the awesome as he takes a look back at the unused concepts which have eked their way into the current canon over at StarWars.com.

Some of the most obvious examples can be found in Star Wars Rebels, which draws heavily from the unused concept art of Ralph McQuarrie. One of the main characters, Chopper, finds his origin in conceptual designs from our other favorite astromech, R2-D2. A different design was used directly in West End Games’ Cynabar’s Fantastic Technology to depict the P2 astromech droid. Another iconic design by McQuarrie, the one intended for C-3PO, also ended up in Rebels in the form of the RQ protocol droid. This droid concept was previously used in Star Wars 80: Ellie, as the LE manifest droid LE-914.

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   07 May 2015
Lords Of The Sith Goes To Second Printing
Reported by Matt on 07 May 2015 23:33

Great news, Paul Kemp's Lords of the Sith has gone to a second printing.

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Just learned that LORDS OF THE SITH has gone back for a second printing. Thanks to all of you for your support and enthusiasm. May the Force be with you!

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Now, This Is Podcasting! Episode 76
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2015 22:31

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

Randy, Jason, and Sal are your tour guides for this week’s episode. On tonight’s episode the crew has a chili cook-off. Someone will die!

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Official Site: Collectibles From The Outer Rim: Jar Jar Binks Pez Machine!
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2015 21:45

Matt Dracula is back with yet another fascinating piece of collectible magic from days past over at StarWars.com, this time focusing on 1999's Jar Jar Binks Pez Machine.

From 1999 — apparently the definitive year for wackadoo Star Wars merch — it’s the official Jar Jar Binks Pez Hander.
Based on the scene from The Phantom Menace where Jar Jar tries to swipe a bite from a Mos Espa food vendor, the fact that such an inconsequential moment in Star Wars history became a toy isn’t nearly as surprising as the fact that said toy dispenses Pez.

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How The Millennium Falcon Fits Into Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2015 21:21

Want to know the movements of the Falcon via a nifty infographic? Then this is the article for you. Click here and go through to the infographics page where you'll learn more about the journey of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

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Brickset Review: Admiral Yularen
Reported by Matt on 07 May 2015 20:41

He was available here in the UK over the past weekend at LEGO stores with purchases of over £50.00, but what do Brickset think of the Admiral?

The minifigure is perfect in my opinion, with a detailed head print and accurate torso design, both of which are brand new and could be very useful. The hair piece is an excellent choice for the character and has only appeared in white in two other sets, so is still quite rare. There are undoubtedly plenty of Star Wars minifigures I would like more than this one which have yet to be made, with Beru Lars and Wuher the bartender springing to mind. Nevertheless, this is a superb representation of Yularen as he appears in Episode IV.

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Game Informer Photo Gallery Of Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Figures
Reported by Justin on 07 May 2015 20:15

Head on over to Game Informer to check out their latest photo gallery of some of the initially confirmed Star Wars character figures that will be appearing in Disney Infinity 3.0, including the photo above showing the final packaging design for the figures that we will be seeing at retail (click the image for a larger view).

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Paper-Cut Star Wars Scenes Are A Han-Crafted Delight
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2015 20:09

Via the always delightful Paul Bateman, here's a look at some beautiful Kirigami (a form of papercraft) models depicting vehicles and locations in the Star Wars galaxy.

(h)ave a look at these stunning kirigami Star Wars scenes from artist Marc Hagan-Guirey, aka Paper Dandy. Kirigami is a form of paper craft that sees the artist take a sheet of paper and, armed with only a scalpel, transform it into a gorgeous, 3D piece of art – or, in this case, a Star Wars set.
"I've been doing this professionally for three years now – I feel like the work has improved massively; you don't really expect to see that in your own work. Even still, every time I sit down to work out how to engineer a new piece, it's like I've completely forgotten how to do it."

This article simply doesn't do them justice. Head on over by clicking here and check the gallery out in full.

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Official Site: 12 Signs You've Seen The Star Wars Films Too Many Times
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2015 19:37

So, do you know when you've seen it too many times? Can there even BE too many times? Amy Ratcliffe is somewhat of an expert on the matter and she discusses it over at StarWars.com.

How many times have you seen the films in the Star Wars saga? If you’re like many fans, you’ve lost count because you’ve been watching the movies repeatedly since a young age. They get woven into the background of your life and are always present — they’re like a constant friend in that way. I’m not saying visiting the galaxy far, far away over and over again makes the line between reality and fiction blur, but the two can certainly bleed into each other. These are signs that you may have seen the Star Wars films too many times.

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Cantina Cast: The Iron Curtain In Star Wars
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2015 19:20

Becca Benjamin nails it with another great article over at the always excellent Cantina Cast.

I remember it, almost like it was yesterday. My mom would style my long blonde hair in Princess Leia buns and send me on my way, chasing after my older boy cousins, in hopes they’d include me in their make-believe Star Wars fun. Of course, if I made a big enough fuss, they were forced to let me ‘play along.’ Once I was clued in on the fun, it wasn’t long until I heard one of them say, “You can’t have a lightsaber. You’re a girl and a girl can’t be a Jedi.”
I wonder what they’d think of that statement now, some three decades later. Perhaps, they’d want to retract it? Not that that matters, so much has changed since then. Society has transposed and gender roles are dissipating. Well, to some extent.

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Nixon Announces Plans For Stylish Star Wars Branded Watch
Reported by BrianC on 07 May 2015 19:12

Imagine that, a watch that just tells the time. No hidden calculators, heart-beat readers or hologram projectors. That's what Nixon plan to bring to the market sometime in the future.

Refreshingly, it doesn't notify users of emails or calls, it doesn't read your heartbeat, it simply tells the time.
Clearly influenced by the Dark Side of the Force, there will be four different timepieces, named Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Imperial Pilot and, of course, Darth Vader.
Nixon hasn't currently provided a release date or price, but you can register your interest on its website.

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Lawrence Noble Sculpts Rey From The Force Awakens For May The 4th
Reported by Mark on 07 May 2015 18:53

Now there's a great example of forward thinking! To celebrate Monday's May the 4th Star Wars day, master sculptor Lawrence Noble began this amazing sculpture of Rey, from The Force Awakens.

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D23 Expo 2015 To Feature Live-Action Lucasfilm Content
Reported by Justin on 07 May 2015 18:37

The lineup of presentations that will be taking place at Hall D23 as part of this year's upcoming Disney D23 Expo (scheduled to take place August 14-16) has been posted a short time ago on the official D23 website and will include a preview of live-action content from Lucasfilm.

The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday, August 14. Later that same day, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at all the latest from Disney Animation and Pixar. On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will preview the coming slate of live-action films from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Then, on Saturday afternoon, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts during a presentation hosted by Parks Chairman Bob Chapek.

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The StarWars.com 10: Best Star Wars Costumes
Reported by Justin on 07 May 2015 18:10

In this installment of the StarWars.com 10, we’re picking the galaxy’s best handmade uniforms, armor, and outfits, from Sith styles to Coruscant couture.

For this list, we’re focusing on costumes from the Star Wars films only, ranking them on design, originality, and cool factor.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 07 May 2015 15:42
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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 Spring Clearance and Sideshow & Hot Toys Sales.

SPRING CLEANING SALE!
We need to clean out our warehouse to make room for all the great products coming in!  Prices have been reduced on over 3000 items with a total of 4800 items on sale!  Check out the featured sale items from Transformers, GI Joe 50th Anniversary, and Batman 75th Anniversary, The Walking Dead, DC Comics, NECA, Figuarts and more!

SIDESHOW AND HOT TOYS SALE!
This list contains over 80 Sideshow and Hot Toys items now priced under MSRP!  Find everything from Monsters Inc and Pirates of the Caribbean Cosbabies, to 1/6 scale figures and busts, to 1/4 scale Premium Format figures.  Amp up your collection today!

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Bob Iger's 2014 Financial Compensation Report
Reported by Justin on 07 May 2015 15:02

Disney CEO Bob Iger, the man responsible for taking the GFFA to new heights as we head into the future, enjoyed a pretty nice 2014 as far as his wallet and bank accounts are concerned based on the compensation earnings reported below.

Robert Iger, Walt Disney

Pay - $46.5 million, up 36 percent

Stock performance - up 25 percent

2014 Financials - Net income rose 22 percent to $7.5 billion for Disney's fiscal year as revenue climbed 8 percent to $48.8 billion thanks to ESPN, Frozen, Marvel Studios and booming theme parks.

Details - Iger, 64, also maintained his base salary, $2.5 million, but compensation from his nonequity incentive plan shot 68 percent higher to $22.8 million.

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Homeworld For The Force Awakens Poe Dameron Revealed?
Reported by Justin on 07 May 2015 14:29

New Episode VII cast member Oscar Isaac may have revealed the homeworld of his character Poe Dameron, who fans will be seeing piloting a sleek new X-wing in The Force Awakens come December.

"What's actually very interesting is that Yavin ... at the end of the very first 'Star Wars' ... that last scene was shot in Guatemala and you know, I think that Poe Dameron is from that planet ... and that's a beautiful coincidence," he said.

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Creating Star Wars Figures For Disney Infinity 3.0 Game Informer Video
Reported by Justin on 07 May 2015 14:04

Please watch the video [above] as Jeff Bunker [vice president of art development within Avalanche Software] and members of his design team take us behind the scenes on creating the Star Wars figures for Disney Infinity 3.0.

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The Second Half Of 2015 Is Gonna Be Awesome
Reported by Justin on 07 May 2015 13:43

As we approach the midway point of 2015, I just wanted to take a moment to compile a list of some of the exciting Star Wars related content that will be coming our way in the second half of this year. The backend of 2015 is LOADED with awesome content for us to devour. In case you needed a quick little reminder, check out some of the main highlights that are on the horizon:

  • Star Wars Weekends in May & June
  • SDCC 2015 in July
  • Hallmark Star Wars Keepsake Ornaments
  • New Star Wars content coming to Disneyland Paris in July
  • Star Wars Rebels Season 2
  • Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Blu-ray/DVD
  • D23 Convention in August in Anaheim
  • The Force Awakens "Force Friday" Midnight Madness
  • NYCC 2015 in October
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars
  • The Force Awakens Release

An embrassment of riches to say the least lies ahead!

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   06 May 2015
Full Bruce Handy Vanity Fair Interview With J.J. Abrams
Reported by Justin on 06 May 2015 23:50

Yesterday we were able to provide you with a sneak peek at Bruce Handy's interview with director J.J. Abrams that was conducted for Vanity Fair as part of their special The Force Awakens coverage in the June issue of their magazine. Now the full interview with Abrams is available online for your viewing pleasure.

I recently spoke with J.J. Abrams, the director and co-writer of the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While still divulging few details about the film itself, he talked about the sly references to the previous films that he snuck into the new one, his most surreal moment during production, and the truly terrible pun he inflicted upon Max von Sydow.

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Star Wars Rebels Nominated for a Critics Choice Award
Reported by Team Jedi News on 06 May 2015 23:14

Courtesy of Tracy Cannobbio, some great news for Star Wars Rebels and its fans.

Star Wars Rebels has been nominated for Best Animated Series at the Critics Choice TelevisionAwards which is great news for Dave Filoni and the team and is so thoroughly well deserved.

Congratulations on the nomination guys!!

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General Mills To Release Six Different Star Wars Cereal Packaging Designs
Reported by Justin on 06 May 2015 21:04

Jedi News reader Rick N. saw our earlier story about the new Star Wars cereal that is coming from General Mills and sent me an email a short time ago containing a link to the General Mills blog that provides information on how many different packaging designs there will be for the cereal and when we can expect them to be released.

Watch for two limited edition package designs featuring Yoda and Darth Vader in June. And then two new package designs in October, along with two more in February 2016.

Big thanks to Rick for passing this info our way!

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 06 May 2015 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Sage Fruit Releases Star Wars Themed Product Packaging
Reported by Justin on 06 May 2015 19:46

Another food company has dived head first into that galaxy far, far away and begun to use it's iconic characters as savvy marketing tools. We are notified that Sage Fruit has released an assortment of Star Wars themed packages for their line of products.

Sage Fruit Co. of Yakima, WA, announced the release of a new product line featuring Star Wars characters. The new apple and pear packaging and point-of-purchase materials showcasing Darth Vader, Yoda and many other fan-favorite characters, are currently available at retail stores nationwide.

The Star Wars-themed mesh and poly bags launched this spring, along with Star Wars-themed display bins. Sage Fruit will continue to introduce new items throughout the summer and into the next crop season in preparation for the eagerly anticipated Episode 7, the first film in a new trilogy coming to theaters in December of 2015.

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A LEGO Brickumentary Trailer (2015)
Reported by MarcZ on 06 May 2015 19:34

The trailer for, A LEGO Brickumentary, is now online. A documentary about LEGO fans from all over the world and the creative structures that they build. This film will be available in theaters, on demand and on ITunes July 31.

If you thought you knew the world of LEGO®, you don't know brick. Step into the amazing real-life world of the global phenomenon that will captivate fans of all ages.

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EA Confirms AT-ST Is Playable In Star Wars Battlefront
Reported by Justin on 06 May 2015 19:34

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Official Site: The Adventures Of R2-KT At Celebration Anaheim
Reported by Mark on 06 May 2015 18:47

Follow the pink Imperial droid with a gold heart and her adventures at Celebration Anaheim over at StarWars.com.

George Lucas has always been known as a hot rod aficionado. He poured the memories of his youth in southern California into his first big hit film, American Graffiti. So when Mattel approached us about making R2-KT over as a Hot Wheels exclusive for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, it struck me how fitting that was. Overnight we had to get her crated up, shipped to the R2 Builders for a quick tune-up, and create a video to play at the Mattel booth.

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IDW & Marvel Comics Align On Star Wars
Reported by Matt on 06 May 2015 18:30
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As they have on a number of projects including some classic