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   23 August 2014
Official Site: Rise of the Mandalorian Mercs Part 4: Helping Through Charity
Reported by Mark on 23 Aug 2014 14:07

We delve into the rise of the Mando Mercs over at StarWars.com as the focus shifts to their charitable endeavours.

One of the cultural aspects written into Mandalorian society by Star Wars authors is the open adoption of war orphans by the group’s warriors. I felt like this was something that Mandalorian Mercs could build on as a theme for focusing on charitable purposes. In 2007 we created the “Verd’ika Fund” (verd’ika = Little Warrior in the Mandalorian language) which would focus on helping provide a happy holiday for children who would not receive one normally. That first year, members of Mandalorian Mercs donated around $250 in a four-month-span, which was used to buy presents for a child in Ohio. Seeing as MMCC was less than a year old with maybe 30 members, this was a huge accomplishment to coordinate in such a small amount of time.

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The WolfPack Podcast #85: One Year of the Wolfpack Podcast
Reported by Mark on 23 Aug 2014 13:43

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Logan, Corey, Marco, and Nabil celebrate our one year anniversary with our good friend Steve from Flyguy.net, A Boring Conversation Anyway Podcast, Dorksidetoys, and the Realm Recap. We talk about all the latest Star Wars figure news, Star Wars Rebels News, and much more! Sit back, drink your blue milk and get ready for the jump to hyperspace in this brand new episode!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Wawick Davis ALS/Motor Neurone Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by James on 23 Aug 2014 09:12

My favourite so far... well done Warwick!  Keep donating and raising awareness for this awful disease.

The icy gauntlet of the Ice Bucket Challenge was thrown down by 5 challengers - James Burns of Jedi News, JJ Lucia-Wright of Feel the Force, Hayley Burroughs, Max Landis, Stephen Merchant and Simon Lane of The Yogscast. I picked up that gauntlet and promptly got drenched in ice cold water. Oh, and if you'd like to donate to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, please Text ICED55, plus your donation amount to 70070. Cheers.

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 23 Aug 2014 09:10
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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...

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   22 August 2014
Coffee With Kenobi: A Cup of Clone Wars: The Lost One
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 20:24

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

Welcome to A Cup of Clone Wars, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: The Clone Wars through a critical lens. On today’s show, returning guest Bryan Young of Full of Sith and Big Shiny Robot joins us to discuss this intriguing episode, where we discover the mystery of Sifo Dyas. We also explore the Clone Army, Palpatine, and debate balancing the Force. This is the Podcast you’re Looking For!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Jedi News Comic Review: Classic Star Wars The Early Adventures #3
Reported by ZakPT on 22 Aug 2014 19:00
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The great Rebel heroes Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia have travelled to the gamblers world of Vorzyd 5. Their mission is to rendezvous with fellow Alliance members and destroy the Emperor’s main source of funding. But the Rebels are ambushed and become held captive by Darth Vader’s new ally, the mysterious Blackhole.

After the Rebels were captured by the sinister Blackhole it was up to Artoo and Threepio to save them. They successfully hacked the holding cell and set their friends free at the cost of Alliance member Faluds’ life. They now seek fellow members to help try and track down their high priority contact.

They manage to find Sanglui, a former anti-Empire protester. He reveals that a message droid sent him the top secret instructions on how to find their contact. But there is a problem, only one of the group can go. Deciding that the matter should be solved fairly, three straws, two long and one short will be placed and pulled. Whoever receives the short straw gets to meet the contact!...

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Coffee With Kenobi: Becca's Chava Chats: Hey, it’s me!
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 18:29

Becca Benjamin returns with yet another insightful investigation, this time turning the light on the one and only Han Solo.

Ah…Han, what’s not to love? The original “Space Pirate” and the smoothest scoundrel to ever skirt-by the Maw black hole cluster, making the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. Yeah, it doesn’t get much better than that. Oh, let’s not forget his awesome ride, the Millennium Falcon. Sure, it dates back to the decades before the Clone Wars and the rise of the Empire, but she is (was?) the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy! Of course, this so called mantel is yet to be determined with the Ghost ship so close on the horizon. Quite possibly, the Falcon might just meet her match, but that’s a topic for another day. Move along, move along …

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ForceCast #317: Domo Arigato, Sith Lord Roboto
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 18:21

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

A raft of rumors about Star Wars: Episode VII has us speculating about the heroes, villains, troopers, and planets of the first sequel. Find out which rumor makes Justin and Eric crack up laughing and which rumor supports one of Erik's predictions. All that and more, including the premiere date for Star Wars Rebels and tales from Erik and Eric's vacations, in this week's show!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Dan Curto ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Justin on 22 Aug 2014 17:14

Accepting challenge from James Burns...even though I'm technically on vacation. Not sure how dumping ice water on my head helps, but it actually felt pretty good!

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Official Site: From World War to Star Wars: Imperial Officers
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 17:05

Over at StarWars.com my part-time stalker Cole Horton brings us his latest entry in his 'From World War to Star Wars ' series as he takes a look at Imperial Officers.

The fact that fascism inspired the look and feel of the Empire is no secret. In fact, Star Wars creator George Lucas even refers to the Imperial officers in The Empire Strikes Back as “Nazis” while giving his commentary of the film. He specifically mentions their militaristic dress, noting, “The Nazis are basically the same costume as we used in the first film and they are designed to be very authoritarian, very empire-like.”

This motif is significant, and is one of the defining themes of this era in the Star Wars saga. “You’ll see as time goes on [the officers] don’t really appear in the movie about the Republic, which is the first three movies,” says Lucas. “You don’t have that same militaristic look as in the first three films because the Jedi are the ones that keep peace in the universe not the military.”

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Official Site: Die Wanna Wanga: Encounters of the Twi'lek Kind
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 16:29

Our great pal and ally Tim Veekhoven gifts us his latest entry over at StarWars.com, looking at the many and various Twi'leks we've met over the last 31 years since Bib Fortuna and Oola first graced our screens in 1983's Return of the Jedi.

Twi’leks are among the most popular alien species in the Star Wars universe. Since their first appearance in Return of the Jedi, Twi’leks have appeared in all three prequel movies, their home planet Ryloth was shown in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and they have been an indispensable species in numerous Legends stories. Looking to brush up on your Twi’lek trivia? This article will introduce you to standout members of the species; you will never mistake Pampy for Supi and you‘ll recognize Ann from Tann Gella. Now let’s meet some beautiful, devious, corrupt, and brave Twi’leks!

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James Arnold Taylor #ALSIceBucketChallenge
Reported by Matt on 22 Aug 2014 15:33

Okay, here's my Ice Bucket Challenge with a little help from my cartoon friends! Also I call out a few of my VO friends to take the challenge as well.

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Preview Of Star Wars Rebels Zeb Short Via 'The Hollywood Reporter'
Reported by Justin on 22 Aug 2014 15:27

In an exclusive preview of Zeb's character short, which officially debuts Aug. 25 on Disney XD, viewers get right in on the action. Inspired by original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie's design for Chewbacca, Zeb (voiced by Steve Blum) — the "muscle" of the group — expertly fends off a dozen Stormtroopers, all while showcasing his unique snark and attitude during his rogue mission.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Rancho Obi-Wan 2nd Annual Gala: Unique Mark Raats Artwork Up For Auction
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 14:04

The Rancho Obi-Wan 2nd Annual Gala 2014 is only 4 weeks away and there are still a few tickets remaining for the event, giving you the chance to not ony tour Rancho Obi-Wan, view the worlds greatest Star Wars collection, meet Steve Sansweet himself as well as a glut of other celebrities and fellow Star Wars fans but also enjoy entertainment, the chance to win prizes on the night and spend an evening at what will be THE focal point of Star Wars on the planet.

This unique original artwork is being donated by artist Mark Raats for the live auction at Rancho Obi-Wan on September 20th. Even if you can not attend our Gala you can still donate and get the incredible Gala swag bag and the ability to absentee bid on the live and silent auctions -- it's the next best thing to being there. Board member Duncan Jenkins will be bidding on your behalf and we will ship your winnings directly to you. Go to http://www.ranchoobiwan.org/?p=3213 and make the donation to either attend the Gala or absentee bid. Thank you for your support!

It's not too late to be there, so order your ticket for the Rancho Obi-Wan 2nd Annual Gala 2014 right here.

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Disney Stock Earns A+ Score From TheStreet Ratings
Reported by Justin on 22 Aug 2014 13:18

If you are currently on the fence about whether you should add shares of Disney stock to your investment portfolio, this might help make your decision a little easier.

TheStreet Ratings team rates DISNEY (WALT) CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DISNEY (WALT) CO (DIS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

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Fangirls Going Rogue #10
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 13:09

Join Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr over at Fangirls Going Rogue.

Steve Glosson joins the show to fangirl with Teresa and Tricia over Star Wars Rebels, Episode VII and the future of Star Wars. Teresa and Tricia answer questions from listeners, and Steve weighs in on the issue of gate-keeping in fandom. The character discussion considers what Chewbacca brings to the galaxy far far away.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Report #141: What’s Up with Dragon Con?Jimmy Mac is Back!
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 12:40

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

On this week’s podcast, Riley, Bethany and Mark are joined by Jimmy Mac from Rebel Force Radio to chat all things Star Wars.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: McQuarrie Memories
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 11:55

Over at StarWars.com Ross Plesset takes a look back at an interview he conducted back in 1998 with the legendary Ralph McQuarrie.

In December of 1998, I interviewed Ralph McQuarrie in his Bay Area home. We both agreed an in-person discussion would be best because we’d be looking at the same material. While most of our interview appeared in Filmfax (issues 72 and 73), some significant findings and observations were not included for space reasons. Here, then, is more from that meeting.

I flew to Oakland Airport and reached his home via BART train and various (very reliable and convenient) buses. Despite his great renown and my shyness, I felt comfortable around him. During the visit, I discovered for the first time his sweet and humble nature. In ensuing months and years, I would learn more, from others, about this aspect of him.

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Badass Digest: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Star Wars Again
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 11:17

He's certainly a polarizing character but there's little doubt he loves Star Wars, and with that in mind here's an article by Devin Faraci that looks at his personal journey so far with Episode VII, a look at a whole bunch of rumours (so if you wish to stay entirely free of rumours and educated guesses at the plot then don't click through) and why he is confident the film will rock.

When Episode VII was announced my cynicism was high. I wrote about the film because it brought hits, and they’re important to keep the site running. I viewed the Star Wars stories as the price I paid to run articles about old movies or weird history. Nobody reads that stuff, so Star Wars was subsidizing their existence.

Then, about a month ago, I began to get information. People in various levels of the Star Wars machine began telling me things about the movie. Some of them were incredulous - “Can you believe this is what they’re doing?” - but what they told me piqued my interest. I have a number of sources, and they all started giving me puzzle pieces that were shockingly intriguing*.

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The Wampa's Lair Episode 95: Top 5 Action Scenes7: Unexpected This Is
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 10:48

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 discuss the unexpected events which help to shape the rest of Anakin and Luke Skywalker’s lives! They look at how Anakin responds to his invitation from Qui-Gon to go train to be a Jedi and they also look at Luke’s own invitation to learn about the Force from Obi-Wan. This show is all about how our two main characters in Star Wars respond to unexpected invitations!

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Star War's Hans Solo: On The Slide
Reported by Mark on 22 Aug 2014 10:34

...and to think, sites like this get fed the big reveals first...anyway, great to see the star of Star War's, Hans Solo himself Harrison Ford back to his bombastic best as he tackles a 2,500ft mega-slide near his home in Wyoming.

With shooting about to recommence after their scheduled 2 week August break (incidentally a very cool thing to do in regards to the UK crew, who would get to spend a couple of weeks with their kids and loved ones during the UK's six week school break) it's encouraging to see Ford back at his breakneck norm.

Harrison Ford seriously messed up the shooting for Star Wars VII earlier this year when he broke his leg on set after a hydraulic door fell on him. So we doubt JJ Abrams is going to be pleased to know the 72 year-old was spotted on a 2,500ft mega-slide at the Alpine Slide, near his home in Wyoming, during a break in filming.

He might be due back on set in a few days after recovering from the injury, but Ford was Indiana Jones, so don't expect him to sit out the fun, according to TMZ who got snaps of the legendary actor on the ride. Harrison was reportedly at the park in Jackson hole with his family and must've been enjoying some quality time with them, before heading back to film.

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   21 August 2014
Jedi News Book Review: Sith Wars
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 23:00
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Star Wars™ Sith Wars is a 'Confident' reader, perfect for children who are proficient readers, developing the habit of reading widely for both pleasure and information. DK Reads proves that good reads build great readers.

The galaxy is at war and the Sith are determined to seize ultimate power. Learn all about their dark plans and follow Count Dooku, Darth Maul, Darth Sidious, and Darth Vader in their quest to defeat the Jedi once and for all. Plus, get a rule book of the Sith code, a map of the chancellor's office and a catalogue of Sith vehicles.

Star Wars Sith Wars is part of the new DK Reads series, a three-level reading scheme that helps children become confident readers, featuring engaging and illustrated topics. DK Reads is created in consultation with literacy experts and adheres to leveled reading scheme guidelines so the grammar, vocabulary, and content are spot on for each stage.

While we all naturally want our kids to follow the heroic and just ways of the Jedi and the heroes of the Star Wars saga, they also need to know the ways and means of the evil Empire and their sith masters, and this book via DK does just that, bringing the sith wars to kids in a handy and concise format.

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Jedi News Book Review: Jedi Battles
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 22:00
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Star Wars™ Jedi Battles is a 'Confident' reader, perfect for children who are proficient readers, developing the habit of reading widely for both pleasure and information. DK Reads proves that good reads build great readers.

From epic battles in space to gripping one-to-one lightsaber duels, the galaxy has seen a lot of thrilling action. Learn what it takes to be a Jedi master, what to wear in a battle situation, how to handle a lightsaber, and ultimately, how to defeat the Sith!

Star Wars Jedi Battles is part of the new DK Reads series, a three-level reading scheme that helps children become confident readers, featuring engaging and illustrated topics. DK Reads is created in consultation with literacy experts and adheres to leveled reading scheme guidelines so the grammar, vocabulary, and content are spot on for each stage.

If you are looking for an engaging, detailed but easy to read way of introducing your padawans to the worlds of Star Wars, then you'd be hard pushed to find a better or more engrossing book than this. released by DK, who are past masters at both the intricate and highly detailed Visual Guides, Cross Sections and Encyclopedias as well as multi level kids books, this takes the reader through the various corners of the Star Wars galaxy, all the while informing and imparting snippets of information. For any kid hungry to know more about the galaxy far, far away, this book is a must.

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Official Site: Star Wars In The UK: Lock S-Foils In A Snack Position
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 20:46

My latest article arrives over at StarWars.com as I take a look at the tasty offerings available to UK, Star Wars loving crisp eaters back in the late 1990's.

As every die-hard Star Wars follower knows, it’s an increasingly hungry business being a Star Wars fan. Running around conventions worldwide, chasing down an ever expanding array of collectibles, playing with toys new and old, using your fertile imagination to act out Star Wars adventures — it’s energy sapping and the Force can only sustain a Jedi hunger for so long. Thank goodness back in the ’70s someone decided it would be a good idea to release Star Wars-themed snacks and treats, starting with the first release and running all the way through to today. And what Star Wars crazy kid wouldn’t want to nibble away on Star Wars themed munchies?

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Daily Mail LEGO Polybag Promotion Returns in Sept
Reported by Matt on 21 Aug 2014 19:21

The Daily Mail's LEGO polybag promotion returns next month, and with it comes 30244, Anakin's Jedi Starfighter.

Our source has once again come up trumps to tell us first that the LEGO promotion is once again returning to the Daily Mail in September. From the 20th September you will be able to collect a different polybag every day till the 27th September, at participating WHSmiths stores while stock lasts. No word yet if you can also pick up from Toys R Us but if we do will post further update.

  • 30310 City Arctic Scout
  • 30265 Legends of Chima Worriz Fire Bike
  • 30271 TMNT Mikey’s Mini Shellchaser
  • 30264 Legends of Chima Frax Phoenix Flyer (subject to change)
  • 30227 City Police Watercraft
  • 30281 The LEGO Movie Micro Manager (subject to change)
  • 30229 City Repair Truck
  • 30244 Anakins Jedi Interceptor

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Never Give Up, Never Surrender
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 17:58

As a fully paid up and lifelong wrasslin' fan I couldn't resist sharing this tweet from former WWE heavyweight champion John Cena, posted after his crushing defeat to Brock Lesnar on Sunday at the 27th annual Summerslam PPV. John made a very relevant reference when discussing his desire to never give up and continue his quest for another title.

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Brickset LEGO Review: 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer
Reported by Matt on 21 Aug 2014 16:19

Check out Bricksets review of LEGO set 75055, Imperial Star Destroyer.

The Imperial Star Destroyer is a real favourite of many fans, and it is therefore no surprise to see that LEGO have at last returned to this iconic vehicle by releasing 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer. The last edition in a similar playset style was 6211 from 2006, and despite the fact that the two are based on the same source material, they vary enormously. This new version is priced at £119.99 or $129.99 and contains 1359-pieces, so although the piece count is very similar to the 2006 edition, the price has gone up enormously.

75055 is certainly not a perfect set and there is plenty of room for improvement, but there are undoubtedly plenty of improvements which have been made over the original version.

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The Metro: What will the galaxy be like 30 years on?
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 15:09

My latest in a series of articles over at The Metro arrives, looking at how the galaxy might have altered in the intervening three decades since Return of the Jedi.

It’s all too easy to imagine that after the events of Return of the Jedi, with the seeming destruction of the Sith and the Empire and celebrations ringing out across the Star Wars galaxy, that the millions of star systems eased back into a time of peace and prosperity.

After all, for the last six movies all we had seen – for the most part – was war and destruction. The outbreak of conflict in The Phantom Menace and A New Hope, and the crushing battles and effects of war in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith (the Clone Wars) and The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (the Galactic Civil War).

But there are a number of possible scenarios that could have befallen the galaxy in the three decades between Return of the Jedi and Episode VII, so let’s take a look at a few of the potential options:

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T-Shirts: Vintage Leia
Reported by Matt on 21 Aug 2014 15:06

Fresh Brewed Tee bring us this vintage Leia tee, yours for only $12.00 and available for the next 33 hours. So hurry, it'll be shooting off the shelves as we speak.

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Star Wars: Commander - Trailer
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 14:39

Get a first look at Star Wars: Commander, a new action-strategy combat game coming to iOS devices! Build your base as you choose a side in the Galactic Civil War; will you take over the galaxy as the Empire, or command Rebel heroes to restore freedom?

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The WolfPack Podcast Special Episode: Sam Witwer Interview
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 14:03

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

On this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Marco, Corey, Logan, and Curto talk to the voice of Darth Maul and The Son from Star Wars The Clone Wars: Sam Witwer! We also discuss the final comic book issue of Darth Maul: Son Of Dathomir with Sam. So strap in, drink your blue milk, and get ready for another episode of The WolfPack Podcast!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Tosche Station Radio #91: Con of Dragons
Reported by Mark on 21 Aug 2014 13:45

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

Bria joins us this week to preview Tosche Station's presence at Dragon Con 2014.

Nanci and Brian are the co-founders and writers of Tosche-Station.net. You can find Nanci on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants and you can find Brian with @LaneWinree.

Contact Information: iTunes | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Jaime King Interview From Conan O'Brien Last Night
Reported by Justin on 21 Aug 2014 13:40

From a "Star Wars" themed wedding to a son named after a Jedi knight, Jaime loves all things from a galaxy far, far away.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Disney CEO Bob Iger ALS Ice Bucket Challenge From August 15
Reported by Justin on 21 Aug 2014 13:33

This afternoon, Disney CEO Bob Iger participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Bob accepted the challenge from Apple CEO Tim Cook and named three familiar characters—Olivia Pope (ABC’s Scandal), Peter Quill (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) and Tony Stark (aka Iron Man)—to take the challenge.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Lucasfilm Confirms Rian Johnson Will Work On Sequel Trilogy In Gareth Edwards ALS Ice Bucket Video
Reported by Justin on 21 Aug 2014 11:50

In the video below, we see Star Wars stand-alone film director Gareth Edwards accepting his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But did you also notice the little nugget of info posted in the description of this video? It contains our first official confirmation from Lucasfilm that director Rian Johnson, who has been linked to Episode XIII and IX in in previous reports, will in fact be involved in the development of the Sequel Trilogy.

 

Gareth Edwards, director of Godzilla and the first upcoming stand-alone film has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In addition to donating to the cause, Gareth has nominated his fellow Star Wars filmmakers, Josh Trank, Simon Kinberg and Rian Johnson.

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   20 August 2014
Exclusive Interview: Making of the Sideshow Collectibles Life-Size Boba Fett Statue
Reported by Matt on 20 Aug 2014 23:26

Check out this fascinating interview with painter Alex Alva and Tom Spina, the artists behind the Sideshow Collectibles Life-Size Boba Fett Statue.

BFFC: Gentlemen! Let’s get to it, shall we? We’re big fans of your work over the years. How did each of you initially get involved with this project with Sideshow Collectibles?

Alex Alva: I got involved through recommendations from The Dented Helmet, where I had been a member for over 12 years, which lead me to Tom and [his company]. The work as project manager for the Jeremy Bulloch armor project on The Dented Helmet helped spur the networking.

Tom Spina: My company had recently prototyped a life-size Figrin D’an bust for Sideshow. They’d seen the Han Solo in carbonite desk we created and that led them to look at our portfolio. I believe the call went like, “Hey, this is Sideshow, we should really be working together!” We heartily agreed! After the bust, I met with their development team to discuss other characters we could help bring to life and Fett was on the top of the list. The folks at Sideshow are amazing. Gifted artists all around and their management are all true fans of the properties they’re working with. They were as excited to be creating Fett as we were!

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Synopsis Arrives For 2015 Ventress Book
Reported by MarcZ on 20 Aug 2014 21:46

The synopsis for the upcoming Asajj Ventress novel by Del Rey Books has arrived. This book is going to be written by Christie Golden and is due out summer of 2015.

The last story never told in The Clone Wars television saga: A tale of trust, betrayal, love, and evil starring the hugely popular ex-Sith/never-Jedi female bounty hunter, Asajj Ventress! A tale written but never aired, now turned into a brand-new novel with the creative collaboration of the Lucasfilm Story Group and Dave Filoni, Executive Producer and Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels!

When the Jedi decide to target Count Dooku—Darth Tyranus—himself, they turn to his ex-apprentice, Asajj Ventress, for help in getting close to the slippery Sith Lord. But when unexpected sparks fly between Ventress and Quinlan Vos, the unorthodox Jedi sent to work with her, the mission becomes a web of betrayal, alliances, secrets, and dark plotting that might just be the undoing of both Jedi and Sith—and everything in between!

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Man Cave Daily Chats With Star Wars Editor Jordan D. White
Reported by Mark on 20 Aug 2014 21:41

Brendan McGinley over at Man Cave Daily caught up with Marvel editor Jordan White to discuss the forthcoming Marvel series, and let it be known that some interesting developments might be on their way.

Man Cave Daily: So you’re now helming the Star Wars line, which unites Disney’s two biggest acquisitions in recent years. Does that change your work process at all from editing within the Marvel Universe & continuity?

JDW: Sure–we’re working very closely with the Lucasfilm Story Group, so there is a lot more running things by people. The writer and I will discuss the story we want to tell, then it needs to be presented to Lucasfilm, to see if it fits ino the grand story of Star Wars as they’re continuing it. They will let us know if it contradicts things, if it goes against their plans…or they will sometimes let us know when ideas fit well with their plans, and ways we can synch up for connectivity. It’s pretty great.

MCD: Have any ideas at the comic level worked their way upwards yet? e.g. an original character they want to use, or a biographical detail?

JDW: Not directly in that way yet, but it’s still very early yet. I know, for our Darth Vader series, Kieron is creating a bunch of new characters who I think RULE. If everyone else likes them as much as I do, it would be AWESOME for them to pop up in other media.

MCD: When Marvel obtained the license back in the ’80s they were free to explore the expanded universe. Have there been any callbacks to that continuity?

JDW: Actually–let me take that back–there IS a big thing we have not announced yet that will be revealing stuff in comics first. It’s a big part of a character’s backstory that is important to them but that has not been shown before. We’re going to have the chance to reveal it in comics first. I can’t say what or where yet…but I will eventually.

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Dave Filoni Tweets A Star Wars Rebels Crew Selfie
Reported by Justin on 20 Aug 2014 20:07

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Databurst From the 501st
Reported by Mark on 20 Aug 2014 20:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet. Here's this weeks events:

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Preview Of Star Wars Rebels Short Featuring Zeb
Reported by Justin on 20 Aug 2014 16:43

A 30-second preview video of the upcoming Star Wars Rebels short that will be featuring Zeb is now available to watch on Disney's website.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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NY Comic Con 2014: Mobile App Now Available
Reported by Justin on 20 Aug 2014 15:18

ARE YOU GOING TO NEW YORK COMIC CON? DO YOU HAVE A WEB ENABLED MOBILE DEVICE?

Then you need the Official NYCC Mobile App your digital guide to everything NYCC. Check out the latest news, Guest announcements, Exhibitor info, Panels and Special Events. The Official New York Comic Con Mobile App will be your best friend at the show by helping you find your way around the Show Floor and Artist Alley as well as letting you know the exact locations of Autograph sessions, Panels, Guests, Special Events and more!

What's the best part? You can use ANY web enabled mobile device!

DOWNLOAD IT NOW!

Visit www.NYCCMobile.com on your mobile device.

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"This Is Knit The Droid You're Looking For"
Reported by Mark on 20 Aug 2014 14:12

Over on Twitter The Poke brings us this knitted Artoo bollard warmer, for those members of the community who want to astromech their neighbourhoods look nicer.

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Acme Archives Direct AT-AT SpecPlate
Reported by Justin on 20 Aug 2014 13:58

Acme Archives Direct has updated their website to include a link to order their new AT-AT SpecPlate. Priced at $1,995.00, it takes approximately 3-4 weeks to ship.

  • Image dimensions: 36" x 17" Framed dimensions: 43" x 24"
  • 1/8" gold colored aluminum designed by a group of Naval architects from Seattle
  • Mounted with 2" polished stainless steel standoffs on a supporting plate in a shadow box frame
  • 25 piece edition
  • Comes with Certificate of Authenticity

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Amazon UK Lists Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD With October 13 Release Date
Reported by Justin on 20 Aug 2014 13:13

Another update comes our way via our friend Patrick K. at DeathStar.nl informing us that Amazon UK currently has the Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion DVD listed with an October 13 release date, which is one day sooner than the October 14 US release date.

Thanks to Patrick once again for the heads up.

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Irvin Kershner To Direct Dirty Harry?
Reported by Mark on 20 Aug 2014 12:46

Here's a fascinating piece of movie trivia. While movie audiences are familiar with Clint Eastwood portraying 'Dirty' Harry Callaghan, here's a poster that shows Frank Sinatra was the original choice. But why's that of interest to Star Wars fans? Look who was pencilled in as director - the one and only Irvin Kershner.

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Micechat: Star Wars Heading To Big Thunder Ranch In Disneyland
Reported by Justin on 20 Aug 2014 12:42

The latest round of Star Wars Disney Park news has been posted up on Micechat. Below are a few of the main Star Wars related highlights from the piece.

The plan to infuse Tomorrowland with new Star Wars attractions was already sidetracked last year by huge problems and cost overruns with the MyMagic+ program at Walt Disney World. The sudden delay on the Tomorrowland Star Wars project, which was very close to being announced publicly, allowed Imagineering to regroup and go in for an even more ambitious plan it continues to work on for Anaheim. The new plan that has risen from Tomorrowland’s ashes has Star Wars landing in Disneyland in a much different location, with a new proposal to take over the Big Thunder Ranch and Mickey’s Toontown.

The plans for Anaheim that WDI is currently mocking up in their dedicated Star Wars design studio now have an entirely new land being tacked on to the north of Frontierland and Fantasyland. The new Star Wars expansion would be accessed via the western flanks of Fantasyland beyond the old Skyway station, taking over the Big Thunder Ranch area and extending to the north beyond the railroad tracks. Where Toontown is now would be more expansion and a large show building, not unlike New Orleans Square with the show buildings for Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean stashed unseen behind it. It’s this show building on the Toontown plot where the bulk of the Star Wars E Ticket and some other indoor environments would reside.

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Gentle Giant Boba Fett Life Size Vintage Monument Pre-Order
Reported by Justin on 20 Aug 2014 12:21

Gentle Giant is now taking pre-orders for their Boba Fett Life Size Vintage Monument. This impressive display piece carries a hefty $2,750.00 price tag and is scheduled to begin shipping in Q3 2015.

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New Black Series 2014 Wave 2 Now In Stock At All The Cool Stuff
Reported by Matt on 20 Aug 2014 12:04

All the Cool Stuff now have the full Wave 2 of the 2014 Black Series figures in stock, so click here and get ordering.

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One Man Star Wars Trilogy and Lord of the Rings: Free Show At Edinburgh Fringe TODAY!
Reported by Mark on 20 Aug 2014 11:32

If you are in the area, you need to see this right away, and if not, stay tuned for news of Charles' forthcoming UK tour next month.

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One Man Lord of the Rings™and One Man Star Wars™ Trilogy are currently playing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before touring the UK in September. The shows are written and performed by Canadian actor Charles Ross, who was given permission to perform them when he presented the shows to the owners of the franchises. Lucasfilm went as far as inviting him to perform his One Man Star Wars™ Trilogy at official Star Wars™ conventions. In One Man Star Wars™ Trilogy, Ross recreates the 1977-82 films and plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses all three films into 60 minutes. In One Man Lord of the Rings™, he recreates the enchanting world of Middle-Earth with nothing more than elbow pads and his outrageous imagination. Wednesday 20 August, from 4.00pm-4.30pm, Charlie is performing extracts of the shows for free at the BBC@Potterrow venue, a pop-up venue bringing BBC shows, comedy and entertainment to the Edinburgh Festivals. BBC@Potterrow is located in the heart of Edinburgh (on the corner of Marshall Street and Potterrow, EH8 9BT) and One Man Lord of the Rings™and One Man Star Wars™ Trilogy will be performed in the pink tent. We are inviting as many Lord of the Rings or Star Wars Trilogy fans to come down and experience this free event.

Get yourselves down there now!

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The Star Wars Collectors Archive - 20 Years
Reported by Team Jedi News on 20 Aug 2014 10:39

Congratulations to our good friend Gus Lopez and everybody over at The Star Wars Collectors Archive that celebrates it's 20th anniversary today - here's to the next 20 years and many more finds along the way!

Today (August 20, 2014) is the 20th anniversary of the Star Wars Collectors Archive, the first Star Wars collecting website on the Internet. When I started "The Archive" with friends 20 years ago, we wanted to build a destination where fellow collectors could share information as we were all ramping up and learning a lot about this hobby. At the time, people thought I was nuts to build a website devoted to such an esoteric topic as "Star Wars collecting." It was years before this hobby went mainstream, and the idea of a site dedicated to Star Wars collecting seemed too narrow for anyone to notice. Today, there are many wonderful Star Wars collecting websites covering various aspects of the hobby.

Read Gus' full blog post by taking the link below...

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Big Bad Toy Store News
Reported by James on 20 Aug 2014 10:04
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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...

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Jedi News Interview: Jeremy Barlow
Reported by MaxN on 20 Aug 2014 02:00
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Our latest guest was an editor at Dark Horse comics until 2008 and as a writer has been a part of the companies final Star Wars series, it's last after a run of over two decades. Please welcome to Jedi News Jeremy Barlow.

JN: Jeremy, welcome to Jedi News. How did it feel to be writing a comic that would be one of the first entries into the new official Star Wars canon?

JB: No pressure there, right? Actually, the Lucasfilm Story Group’s new canon/continuity approach hadn’t yet been announced when I started writing the series, so I didn’t know Son of Dathomir was going to be one of the first new entries. It’s good thing, too, because I was already putting tremendous pressure on myself to stick the landing!

New Disney Boba Fett Figure: Hear The Sounds
Reported by Mark on 20 Aug 2014 00:09

With thanks to our friends at the Boba Fett Fan Club here's the audio from the forthcoming Boba Fett figure, available via the Disney Store

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Jedi News Comic Review: Star Wars Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #4
Reported by MaxN on 20 Aug 2014 00:00
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Evil alliances! Darth Maul operates from the shadows, carrying out Mother Talzin’s plan for revenge against Darth Sidious.

After capturing General Grievous and Count Dooku, Maul threatens to render Sidious’s droid army leaderless and ineffective. As this power struggle gains the Republic’s attention, the Jedi—led by Obi-Wan Kenobi—boldly attempt to capture all of their enemies at once and end the Clone Wars.

As the Jedi attack, Dooku frees Grievous and joins forces with Maul. Together they escape capture and chart their course for Dathomir, where Talzin awaits them...

Writer Jeremy Barlow, penciller Juan Frigeri, Inker Mauro Vargas, colourist Wes Dzioba, letter Michael Heisler and cover artist Chris Scalf bring us the fourth and final issue of Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.

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   19 August 2014
Across The Stars
Reported by Matt on 19 Aug 2014 23:52

The path of true love does run clear then. Let's see what the power couple of Edgar Wright and J.J. Abrams can cook up. Will it be:

  • Mission: Cornetto
  • Khan of the Dead
  • Lost Fuzz

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501st: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Answered
Reported by ZakPT on 19 Aug 2014 23:35

The 501st Legion posted their reply to JJ Abrams nomination for the ice bucket challenge and it’s a good one!

On August 17, 2014, J. J. Abrams nominated the 501st Legion in the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. In the following 24 hours, troopers around the world answered the call. Execute Order 67... Learn more about ALS and help fund treatments and research at alsa.org. Learn more about the 501st Legion's mission of charity and Star Wars costuming at 501st.com.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Guild Flagships Launch Trailer
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 23:23

It's time to visit the worlds of Star Wars The Old Republic.

Watch the new Guild Flagship Launch Trailer and conquer planets clear across the galaxy with your own Guild Flagship in the new digital expansion, Galactic Strongholds, now live in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™!

Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to get your own luxurious Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace. For a limited time during this Subscriber Early Access period, Subscribers can move into Nar Shaddaa early – for free!

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Coffee with Kenobi: Book Chat: John Jackson Miller & A New Dawn
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 23:16

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

We are happy to welcome returning guest and New York Times Best-Selling author John Jackson Miller back to Coffee With Kenobi. The book is the first story in the new canonical outreach headed by the Lucasfilm Story Group, and introduces readers to Kanan and Hera. We discuss A New Dawn, canon, the Lucasfilm Storytelling group, the differences between writing Star Wars and Star Trek, and much more. This is the Podcast You're Looking For!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Full-Size Han Solo Blaster In LEGO
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 22:54

LEGO genius Julius von Brunk has designed and built this amazing LEGO replica of Solo's DL-44 heavy blaster pistol, and he's hoping to get it to shelves across the world.

von Brunk has also launched a Lego Ideas project in the hopes of convincing Lego to consider making this project an official Lego kit. If the project gets 10,000 signatures by this time next year, the Lego DL-44 Blaster project will be sent on to designers and business folks at Lego for further review to determine how feasible it'd be to mass-produce the kit. If you'd like to see the DL-44 blaster become an official product, head over to the LEGO ideas page and pledge your support.

What you waiting for? To the LEGO ideas page, NOW!

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Star Trek 13: First Draft Completed
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 22:27

First time director Bob Orci confirmed via Trek Movie that the first draft for the 13th big screen Star Trek adventure has been completed, bringing closer the hope that this Trek will be ready for the show's 50th anniversary on September 2016.

The next Star Trek movie (and thirteenth in the franchise) has passed a big milestone. A month ago we reported that Roberto Orci and co-writers Patrick McKay and JD Payne were "in the middle" of scripting the movie. Now, Orci exclusively tells TrekMovie the first draft has been completed.

First Draft Complete On Star Trek Into Darkness Sequel

On Saturday morning, Orci gave an update on progress for the Star Trek project, noting with the following comment:

boborci: p & m & I wrote, "fade out" yesterday on first draft. things are moving.

The ‘p & m’ bob is referring to is [JD] Payne and [Patrick] McKay, Orci’s co-writers on the next Star Trek movie. TrekMovie has confirmed with Orci that he is referring to the first draft of the Star Trek script. Orci tells TrekMovie:

First draft is done

Source Trek Movie (via Lords of the Lightsaber)
Now, This Is Podcasting Episode 45
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 22:11

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

This week on "Now, This Is Podcasting!" Jason, Johnamarie and Jeremy cover all the latest in an exciting week for Star Wars news. To start off, Johnamarie finally watched the Goonies! Yay! The group also discussed Episode VII rumors (Count Dooku, Luke being lost, Leia with the Hutts, and more), Episode VII’s Stormtrooper helmet, details about Daisy Ridley’s costume, Han Solo concept art (for Episode VII?), robot arms, the Mon Calamari, and a new villain. Plus Star Wars Rebels news, including the possibility of Darth Vader in Rebels, a new Sabine Wren clip, Star Tours’ REX, and much, much more!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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T-Shirts: I Have The Force!
Reported by Matt on 19 Aug 2014 21:59

You've got just under 3 earth days to grab this powerful He-Man inspired tee, via PopUp Tee, and for only $12.99.

Wear this and be irresistible to battle cats.

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Celebration Anaheim 2015: Steve Sansweet & Rancho Obi-Wan Attending
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 20:21

Rancho Obi-Wan (ROW), home of the world’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia, will have a special exhibit at Celebration Anaheim highlighting nearly 38 years of Star Wars fan passion and creativity.

It will be ROW’s third trip to a Celebration, and each time the curators have presented a different selection of treasures from a collection estimated to contain nearly 500,000 different Star Wars items.

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Star Wars Rebels Season 1 To Run From October 13, 2014 To January 26, 2015?
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 18:35

Now that we have received official word on the weekly series debut of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD, my thoughts turned to an earlier article posted back in May in which executive producer Simon Kinberg chatted with Collider.

In the interview, Kinberg revealed that Season 1 of Rebels will contain 16 episodes (not including the 1-hour series premiere on the Disney Channel).

With this number in mind, and with the first weekly episode scheduled to air on Monday October 13, if you forecast out you will come up with Monday January 26, 2015 as the Season 1 finale.

So will this be the broadcast time period for Season 1? Connect the dots and it sure sounds that way, unless the 16 episode length is not completely set in stone at this point or has been adjusted by Lucasfilm since the release of the Collider interview.

Or maybe the S1 episodes won't run every single Monday night from start to finish, as my friend Johnamarie Macias points out (thanks JM).

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Fan Expo Canada 2014 LEGO Star Wars Rebels The Ghost Set With Kanan Minifigure
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 17:33

The Brick Fan alerts us to an exclusive LEGO Star Wars Rebels The Ghost set available for fans to purchase at Fan Expo Canada 2014 that includes a Kanan Jarrus minifigure. This exclusive is the same set that was available at SDCC but with Kanan replacing Chopper as the pack-in minifigure.

For LEGO, the event is about the fans – it’s an opportunity to engage with builders of all ages and offer a fun interactive experience that is unlike any other in Canada. Because YOU are some of the most loyal fans of LEGO, we are offering an advance sneak peak of the FIRST EVER LEGO FAN EXPO Canada Exclusive. This limited edition LEGO STAR WARS Rebels set features The Ghost Starship with Kanan Jarrus Minifigure from the upcoming STAR WARS Rebels TV series.

The set is ONLY available at the LEGO Booth #748 between Thursday, August 28 to Sunday, August 31, 2014, while quantities last. Tickets will be distributed at the booth on a first come, first serve basis when the show floor opens to the public. Quantities will be limited per day and only one LEGO FAN EXPO Canada Exclusive per customer per day. A valid ticket will be required for purchase.

If any of our readers is going to the show and able to purchase one of these exclusives for our very own James Burns (who is LEGO Star Wars mad) then please get in touch with him here and he will of course reimburse you - thank you!

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Content Details For Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 16:38

The official Lucasfilm Star Wars Rebels email press release that was sent out earlier today by Tracy Cannobbio included details (which I missed when I was first reading it due to my excitement no doubt) on what will be included in the Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD scheduled to be released on October 14.

"Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion" will be available to own on DVD in retailers nationwide. The DVD includes the movie, a free Ghost 3D model ship, four "Star Wars Rebels" shorts, plus a never-before-seen piece that takes you deeper into the world of "Star Wars Rebels" and the upcoming season.

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Mary Franklin ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 15:48

Oh, and after you watch Mary getting doused in the video below, be sure to check out this can't-miss gem courtesy of Lucasfilm's own Matt Martin.

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Star Wars Action News Episode 431: Exclusive Showdown
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 15:25

Join Marjorie and Arnie for the latest edition of Star Wars Action News...

Marjorie and Arnie give a hands-on review of Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con International exclusives, Johnathan runs down the Toys R Us AT-ST set, and Steve the Gingerprince reports in from the London Film & Comic Con! The irony of San Diego Comic-Con is that while everyone rushes to buy the exclusives, there's no time at the con to really look at them! Now Marjorie and Arnie are back home and have unpacked their SDCC shipment, and are ready to tell you if Hasbro's 6-Inch Jabba the Hut exclusive, or the SDCC/Toys R Us exclusive Cantina Showdown set, was worth the trouble. Also on this week's show Steve the Gingerprince reports in from the London Film and Comic Con. With a not-too-surprising number of Star Wars guests (given where Episode VII is filming) and tons of toys, listen in to find out about that European event. With Johnathan telling us what's hitting stores, a look at the Star Wars Celebration pin set, and more, it's all in this episode of Star Wars Action News!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Mark Newbold Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 14:30

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Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion And Series Premiere Dates Announced
Reported by Team Jedi News on 19 Aug 2014 14:11

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

Leading up to its global television debut, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available on Disney Channel SVOD and to verified users beginning Monday, September 29, on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app.

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The Metro: What have Artoo and Threepio been up to since Return of the Jedi?
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 14:10

My latest article arrives over at The Metro as I ask the question what have Artoo and Threepio been up to since Return of the Jedi?

They are the two characters who have seen it all. From the fall of the Republic in the prequel trilogy, through the rise of the Empire to the Galactic Civil War. Seen in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi they have been at the side of our heroes, offering help where they can and often times (in Artoo’s case) saving the day.

But since the final scene of Return of the Jedi – and with the decision to render the storylines of all books, comics and other media since 1983 largely irrelevant to the official canon of the films and TV series – we have no idea what fates have befallen our heroes, other than the fact that they survived 35 years and will be present in Episode VII next December.

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Pablo Hidalgo Expands On Flashbacks And Star Wars
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 13:22

As part of last week's barrage of Episode VII rumors, we saw reports that mentioned the use of flashbacks to drive certain elements or plot points of the film. Being that flashbacks have never been used in any of the six Star Wars theatrical films, one could brush off the mention of them being incorporated into Episode VII and simply move along.

However, after video of the A New Dawn SDCC panel hit the interwebs yesterday, Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo took to Facebook to make sure fans were all on the same page with what he said when he mentioned the use of flashbacks at the panel:

Looks like the Del Rey SDCC panel is up on Youtube. I will, as usual, stay the heck away from the comments, but I understand my quote about flashbacks has really fueled a lot of discussion about projects outside the subject matter of this panel. So at 4:20 mark (heh heh), what I said was, "But one of the conventions, as far as Star Wars storytelling goes, AT LEAST AS REBELS, is we don't do flashbacks." So there you go. Continue to debate endlessly.

So does this comment by Pablo leave open the possibility of flashbacks being utilized in some form in Episode VII or any other future Star Wars film? Sure appears that way to me.

Thanks to Jedi News reader Alexandra R. for sending over the Facebook link.

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John Boyega Instagram Pic With J.J. Abrams And Daisy Ridley
Reported by Justin on 19 Aug 2014 13:12

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Brian Cameron Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by BrianC on 19 Aug 2014 03:31

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James Burns Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by James on 19 Aug 2014 01:38

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Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Metropolis
Reported by Mark on 19 Aug 2014 00:35

Bryan Young brings us his latest look at the cinema behind Star Wars over at the Coruscant of all Star Wars sites, StarWars.com.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the film, it would be easy to assume that the design on display of the poster was the single greatest source of visual inspiration on the Star Wars saga, but diving into the movie, the parallels run deep. For one, the city of Metropolis is a sprawling art deco city that reaches as high as one could imagine. Running between the maze of buildings are space lanes full of flying cars, traveling in neat rows. One is instantly reminded of the city-planet of Coruscant. Aside from the design style, even the color palette for the black-and-white silent film is similar to Coruscant’s, save for the flourish of colored lights.

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   18 August 2014
Marc Zachacki Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by MarcZ on 18 Aug 2014 23:38

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Star Wars Rebels Shorts on Sky TV Next Monday
Reported by James on 18 Aug 2014 19:13

Next Monday 25th, a Bank Holiday here in the UK, sees Star Wars Rebels start on Disney XD in the form of animated shorts introducing the main characters.  The first showing is at 07:45am and two other listings provide details of different shorts being shown at various other times throughout the day. Here's the three descriptions from the Sky Guide...

Take a first look at our new animated series which continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga.  It's a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire extends its power.

In these all new animated shorts meet the new Rebel heroes who are fighting against the evil Galactic Empire.  It's a dark time for the galaxy, when the Empires power is rapidly spreading.

The Machine in the Ghost:  In this Star Wars Rebels' short, the Rebels' Ghost starship is under attack.  Pilot Hera and gunner Kanan evade and shoot down enemy ships helped by astromech droid Chopper.

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RUMOR: Photo Of Episode VII Tatooine Set At Pinewood Studios
Reported by Justin on 18 Aug 2014 18:57

Making Star Wars has just posted a photograph of what they are being told is from the Tatooine set at Pinewood Studios that has been constructed for Episode VII.

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"My love @ClareGrant & I accept the #IceBucketChallenge to raise ALS awareness!"
Reported by Matt on 18 Aug 2014 18:43

My love @ClareGrant & I accept the #IceBucketChallenge to raise ALS awareness!

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Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: Is Black Park Country Park A Filming Location?
Reported by Mark on 18 Aug 2014 18:18

The gang over at Making Star Wars have been sent some interesting news regarding a possible location for Episode VII shooting, not a million parsecs away from Pinewood Studios. Here's what Making Star Wars reader Josh had to say.

Today I was informed by a friend who visited Black Park Country Park in Buckinghamshire that Star Wars: Episode VII was filming there. On his tour his guide told him that the movie was being shot there, he also told me he saw “extremely large” blue screens there! He visited last week on Tuesday the 12th of August which for me is very interesting as after a bit of investigating I discovered a comment on Trip Advisor from somebody who visited the Country Park, within the comment it said “Star Wars VII is filming here”, that was posted about a month ago. So to me it seems they are using a local Country Park to shoot in. Could this be the Forest planet we’ve been hearing a lot about? Also a month or more of filming? I wonder if this planet will play a big part in the next chapter?

Interesting news, but as always, until confirmed by the powers that be then it's just a rumour.

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Storm Trooper Light Up
Reported by MarcZ on 18 Aug 2014 18:07

A new addiction to the holiday yard decorations has arrived. Now to go along with Darth Vader, R2-D2 and Yoda you can add a Stormtrooper to your collection.

STAR WARS™ 50/L PRE-LIT STORM TROOPER WITH GIFT 3-D SOFT TINSEL HOLIDAY DISPLAY WITH MINIATURE 120V 50 LIGHTS AND 36" LEAD WIRE - OUTDOOR ONLY

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The Metro: Episode 7 rumours round-up: From Han Solo’s outfits to The Inquisitors
Reported by Mark on 18 Aug 2014 17:46

My latest article arrives over at The Metro as I pull together a round-up of the many and various rumours (remember that, RUMOURS) that were posted last Friday.

There’s no doubt about it, Friday 15 August was one of the busiest days ever for Episode VII rumours. No sooner had one landed than another arrived, so here’s a potted guide to what has landed so far.

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SDCC 2014: A New Dawn Panel Video
Reported by Justin on 18 Aug 2014 16:45

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Steven Spielberg ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Nominates George Lucas
Reported by Justin on 18 Aug 2014 13:30

Watch Steven Spielberg accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Oprah Winfrey and pass the challenge on to George Lucas, Jeffrey Katzenberg & J.J. Abrams!

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Star Wars Rebels "Art Attack" Short
Reported by Justin on 18 Aug 2014 11:40

In “Art Attack,” a special Star Wars Rebels short, Sabine sneaks into an Imperial compound, looking to create a diversion for her friends aboard the Ghost. Spotted by stormtroopers, she proves too quick to be captured – and leaves behind an explosive surprise.

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   17 August 2014
J.J. Abrams ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Reported by Justin on 17 Aug 2014 20:21

Donate at http://www.alsa.org/

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The WolfPack Podcast Special Episode: Catherine Taber Interview
Reported by Dan on 17 Aug 2014 18:51

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

Curto, Logan, Nabil, and Chris chat with the voice of Padme Amidala from The Clone Wars: Catherine Taber! We think back to all our The Clone Wars memories, as August 15 marks the sixth anniversary of The Clone Wars. Sit back, drink you blue milk, and get ready for a brand new episode of The WolfPack Podcast.

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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Full of Sith Episode LXXVIII: Rumor Control
Reported by Mark on 17 Aug 2014 16:59

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

Bobby, Bryan, and Mike open the show with a batch of listener voicemail and the discuss the prospect of original cut Blu-rays. Then talk (which is clearly warned) turns to the avalanche of rumors and alleged leaks about Episode VII. From stormtroopers to Luke’s fate, we discussed it all and thoroughly.

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

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Toys R Us "Secrets Of Star Wars Rebels" Chopper Video
Reported by Justin on 17 Aug 2014 16:21

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Meet The Editors Of Episode VII At SuperMeet
Reported by Justin on 17 Aug 2014 12:22

Jedi News reader and friend of the site Patrick K. from DeathStar.nl sends over the following update about an exciting opportunity to meet the editors of Episode VII in person. Over to Patrick with the details...

Hello Justin,

How have you been?

I came across some information which might be interesting for European fans. Next month, on September 14th, Maryann Bradley and Mary Jo Markey will be attending an event in The Netherlands. In case that doesn't ring a bell, these two ladies are both editors who have worked on numerous J.J. Abrams' projects. They have edited his Star Trek movies, Mission: Impossible 3, Super 8 and a bunch of his television shows. More importantly, they will be editing Star Wars: Episode VII. So this will be an unique opportunity to meet them.

The event is called Amsterdam Supermeet, which is a part of a larger organization which hosts events in different cities all over the world. At this specific event Bradley and Markey will be guests of honour. The event is a kind of Mekka for editors and digital filmmakers. More information can be found at: http://supermeet.com/ - all text is in English.

Big thanks as always to Patrick for providing us with this info.

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The Metro: What has Chewbacca been doing in the last three decades?
Reported by Mark on 17 Aug 2014 12:17

My latest blog arrives over at The Metro as I ask the question 'What has Chewbacca been doing in the last three decades?' between Return of the Jedi and Episode VII?

The Big Three aren’t the only characters. There are plenty more whose actions could decide the fate of the galaxy. Hey, who watched the first Harry Potter film or read the first book and guessed that Neville Longbottom would be the key to victory?

So let’s take a look at the big walking carpet, one of the most hirsute members of the Star Wars galaxy and a character without whom Han Solo simply couldn’t be Han Solo. Of course we mean Chewbacca.

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T-Shirts: Sith King
Reported by Matt on 17 Aug 2014 01:56

Hurry, you have just 5 hours to get your order in for this royal tee. $12.00 and it can be yours, by royal appointment.

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Star Wars Bookworms #28: Adam Bray Interview
Reported by Mark on 17 Aug 2014 01:29

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

In this special episode we have an interview with the writer of Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide, Adam Bray.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter Facebook

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T-Shirts: The Rebels
Reported by Matt on 17 Aug 2014 00:42

Shirt Punch bring us this $10.00 tee, available for the next 4 hours in mens and womens cuts which is guaranteed to get you our of your seat and dancing.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Imperial Assault - Announcing a Board Game of Tactical Combat and Adventure
Reported by MarcZ on 17 Aug 2014 00:38

Fantasy Flight Games just announce a new board game, Imperial Assault. Click the source link below for tons of more info.

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Imperial Assault, a Star Wars board game of cinematic adventure and tactical combat for two to five players!

Imperial Assault casts you and your friends into the climatic events following the Death Star’s destruction above Yavin 4, and offers two full game experiences within the Star Wars universe. In the campaign game, you and up to four other friends play a series of thrilling missions woven together in a narrative campaign, and in the skirmish game, you and your opponent muster your own strike teams and battle head-to-head over conflicting objectives.

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The WolfPack Podcast #82: Rumors Galore
Reported by Mark on 17 Aug 2014 00:10

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

In this episode of The WolfPack Podcast, Corey, Logan, Chris, Nabil, and Curto go over the latest crazy Episode VII rumors and news. We also talk about all the latest info on Star Wars Rebels, Collectibles, and much more. We also pay a tribute to six years of Star Wars The Clone Wars. So strap in, drink your blue milk, and get ready for the jump to hyperspace in this brand new episode!

Contact Information: YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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   16 August 2014
Official Site: Galactic Backpacking, Part 2: Visiting Real-World Naboo
Reported by Mark on 16 Aug 2014 23:59

Sander De Lange brings us a fascinating look at the real-world locations of the homeworld of Queen Amidala and Chancellor Palpatine in his latest entry to StarWars.com.

In this second installment of Galactic Backpacking, we take a look at Italy, one of the two countries that were used to portray Naboo in the prequel trilogy. It was in Italy where the real Theed Royal Palace stands, and where Padmé relaxed with Anakin at the Lake Retreat after visiting her family home in Theed.

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REPORT: Disney To Release Original Unaltered Star Wars Theatrical Trilogy On Blu-ray
Reported by Justin on 16 Aug 2014 19:16

As a Star Wars home theater media collector, I really hope this is indeed true, as it would make a fine addition to my collection. Check out the following exclusive report posted on Comic Book:

For a long time Star Wars fans have been clamoring for Disney/Lucasfilm to re-release the original, unaltered cut of the first Star Wars trilogy, and Comicbook.com has now confirmed with two independent reliable sources that just such a plan is under way.

According to our sources, Disney has plans to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Our sources indicate that the project has been under way for quite some time, but it’s been challenging because of some damage to the original negatives they are utilizing. The goal is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi in their complete, unaltered, original form without the redone special edition SFX.

Our sources did not have an exact date as to when the original cut of the Star Wars Trilogy would be released on Blu-ray, due to the challenges Disney has encountered in pulling everything together. However, our sources indicated the goal is to have it ready and released before Star Wars Episode VII is released in theaters.

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Rian Johnson Chats With 'Girls In Hoodies' Podcast
Reported by Justin on 16 Aug 2014 12:24

Director Rian Johnson joins Molly and Emily to talk 'Outlander,' 'Utopia,' and 'The Twilight Zone,' as well as fanfic, text-based adventure games, and, oh yeah, 'Star Wars'.

Johnson begins to talk about Star Wars at around the 35:00 minute mark of the interview.

Thanks to Jedi News reader Jeff G. for the link.

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Adam Driver Interview With 'Entertainment Weekly'
Reported by Justin on 16 Aug 2014 12:08

Point your browser towards Entertainment Weekly for an interview they conducted with new Episode VII cast member Adam Driver. He obviously doesn't reveal any ground-breaking news about the film, but he does touch briefly on the subject of spoilers, the Original Trilogy, and George Lucas.

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RUMOR: Daisy Ridley Episode VII Costume Details; What Vehicle Han & Chewbacca Are Flying
Reported by Justin on 16 Aug 2014 11:51

Here are a few more Episode VII rumors that hit the web during yesterday's hectic news frenzy that we just didn't have time to post.

Our friends at Making Star Wars reportedly have some details on the costume that Daisy Ridley's yet-to-be-announced character will be wearing in Episode VII.

Meanwhile, sources have given Badass Digest information on the type of vehicle Han and Chewbacca will be piloting in the film, and it supposedly ain't the Falcon.

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   15 August 2014
Six Years Ago Today The Clone Wars Theatrical Movie Opened
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 21:31

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RUMOR: More On Episode VII Villains; Possible Concept Image Of Lead Villain
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 21:25

Jay Carlson over at Indie Revolver expands a little further on today's earlier Episode VII villains rumors posted by Latino Review and Badass Digest by supplying an image (we're assuming a concept image here of course) of the supposed lead "baddie" holding a rather familiar object in his left hand...

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RebelForce Radio: August 15, 2014
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 21:16

Join Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac over at RebelForce Radio.

We are picking up where we left off last week on the road to Rancho Obi-Wan. We recap our amazing trip to visit Steve Sansweet and the crew at the world-famous Star Wars museum. Hear about everything we did and saw, including a hilarious sit down with Steve Sansweet himself in his office. Plus, we pay tribute to Robin Williams with a look back at the Star Wars connections in his career and rare audio of his incredible interview with George Lucas recorded back in 2000. And, a Billy Dee Williams / Star Wars Rebels update that makes the upcoming Lucasfilm animated series even cooler!

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Star Wars Episode VII: Rumour Alert: It's A Trap!
Reported by Team Jedi News on 15 Aug 2014 21:08

There are lots of rumours circling the internet today and every unconfirmed story needs to be taken with a healthy helping of salt. Given that advice our latest rumour may naturally have you thinking, “IT’S A TRAP!”

Yeah, you guessed it the beloved Mon Calamari of the planet Dac will be gracing our screens in Episode VII and not just in a background role. Just like their appearance in Return of the Jedi, at least one Mon Cal will be front and centre in a leading character role.

Pre-Order New The Black Series 3.75" Figures Now
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 20:57

As we take a breather from all of today's Episode VII rumors, check out the tweet embedded below courtesy of our good friend FLYGUY.

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Chewie Chewie
Reported by AdamDB on 15 Aug 2014 20:00
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Kashyyyk, home of the Wookiees. It was featured in the Star Wars Holiday Special, and slated to make an appearance in Return of the Jedi before it was replaced with the Forest Moon of Endor. Fans had been dying to see it for years. They finally got their wish in 2005, where the planet features heavily in Revenge of the Sith.

Official Site: Fully Operational Fandom: Force-Inspired License Plates
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 19:32

Amy Ratcliffe has a license to thrill over at StarWars.com as she looks at Star Wars inspired personalised license plates.

For a long time, I didn’t understand the point of a personalized license plate. I still can’t wrap my head around some of the letter and number combinations people choose — especially when they’re so abbreviated that they’re impossible to understand — but when it comes to expressing fandom, I get it. When I lived in Los Angeles and was stuck in traffic on my daily commute, I’d regularly spot a blue car with a “YUBNUB” license plate. That little Star Wars reference among the sea of barely moving vehicles always brightened my day.

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RUMOR: Owner Of Robotic Hand In Bad Robot's Force For Change Episode VII Tweet Revealed
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 19:12

The Episode VII rumors are flying fast & furious today ladies and gentlemen. Now word comes down via Badass Digest stating they have the inside scoop on who the robotic hand that Bad Robot tweeted a pic of belongs to, including details on this character's appearance.

Is your head spinning yet from all these rumors?

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ForceCast #316: I Want To Be DC Barns!
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 19:12

It's time to join your hosts Eric and Erik for the ForceCast.

An appearance in Episode VII for one lucky Star Wars fan as the Force For Change winner is announced, a HANDsome note left for fans by JJ Abrams, and a bearly bearded Mark Hamill are just some of the topics discussed by Justin Bolger and guest co-host Megan Crouse while Eric and Erik are away. It's Friday. It's the ForceCast!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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RUMOR: Villains Of Episode VII Revealed By 'Latino Review'
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 18:30

Alright everyone, feast your eyes on this if the potential for unconfirmed spoilers has no ill effect on you. Latino Review is claiming they have exclusive knowledge of the villains that will be part of Episode VII.

Take the source link below and make of it what you will.

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Bond, Bilbo and Boba Fett: Saviours Of The Cinema?
Reported by Matt on 15 Aug 2014 18:25

Despite the writer of this piece -- as we so often see -- not doing his research correctly and calling the galaxy's greatest bounty hunter Baba Fett, this is an interesting look at the current state of cinema, in a year where box office receipts have fallen 0.5% over the past 12 months.

But which 5 films have a chance of regaining that half a percent?

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
  • Bond 24
  • Star Wars Episode VII

Cineworld, the largest cinema operator in the UK, may have been boosted by box office sales in its eastern European acquisition Cinema City, but the number of film lovers buying tickets back home has slumped.

Box office revenues in the UK and Ireland dropped by 0.5pc over the last year, despite the popularity of films including The Lego Movie and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

And it wasn't just Cineworld. The entire industry suffered as a result of Britons shunning the cinema to watch the World Cup, even though England crashed out before reaching the knockout stages.

So how can Hollywood help revive UK cinema ticket sales?

Source Daily Telegraph
Jedi News Review: Vans X Star Wars
Reported by ZakPT on 15 Aug 2014 17:47
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The classic shoe makers Vans have teamed up with Star Wars designers to bring you a beautiful collection of Star Wars themed Vans. From Boba Fett camo to comic book classics, there’ll be a pair for you!

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Star Wars Rebels Rumour: Sky Maintain August Launch Date
Reported by BrianC on 15 Aug 2014 17:45

A brief update. Sky just tweeted me back. They maintain Star Wars Rebels is due in August per info they have but do not have an air date as yet.

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The Metro: Have the Stormtroopers just had a makeover?
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 17:37

My latest blog arrives over at The Metro as we take an in-depth look at the newly redesigned - but as yet unconfirmed - stormtrooper helmets.

Indie Revolver bring us these images showing a sleek and refined stormtrooper helmet, very much in keeping with the classic lines of the original trilogy version but subtly different.

And when sat alongside the slightly altered stormtrooper helmets from the forthcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, you can see – from the clone troopers of Attack of the Clones right through to next years Episode VII – a design lineage that makes sense.

Source The Metro
RUMOR: Stealth Stormtrooper In Episode VII
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 17:19

Well, it goes without saying that buckets have been the theme of the day lately, as Latino Review offers up their take on the whole Episode VII Stormtrooper helmet design discussion. In addition, they've added their own little unconfirmed tidbit about another type of stormie armor we'll be seeing in the film that has a rather unique stealth ability to it.

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RUMOR: Sketches Of Han Solo's Episode VII Attire
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 16:47

Indie Revolver provides us with another potential nugget of Episode VII information (in case you missed their Stormtrooper helmet story, you can find it right here) as they are claiming to have a few sketches of what Han Solo will be wearing in the film.

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Roel Robles Talks Usagi Yojimbo
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 15:59

After our post yesterday showing the 7 minute Usagi Yojimbo proof of concept film swe were contacted by it's director Roel Robles who gave a bit more background to the project and the pedigree of the talent involved.

This is Roel Robles, director of Usagi Yojimbo stop motion short film. I just wanted to say thank you for posting the 7 minute proof of concept. Really appreciate it. If you notice the names in the credit there are actually a lot of Star Wars alum. Robert Barnes, Euisung Lee and I worked with Doug Chiang in the Star Wars art department on Ep 1 and 2. Count Dooku's saber was actually based off of my filipino sword the "Barong" that I showed George. Fon Davis, Ray Gilberti, Lauren Vogt, Todd Fellows worked in the ILM model shop.

The movies that some of our crew have worked on besides Star Wars, are Nightmare Before Christmas, Coralline and The Matrix. As for myself, Besides being on the art team working under George for Ep 1 and 2, I was also one of the founding members of Robert Zemeckis and disneys image movers digital.

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Coffee With Kenobi Show # 23: Rebels The Visual Guide Author Adam Bray
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 15:34

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

In today’s show we share a cup of coffee with Adam Bray, author of Star Wars Rebels, The Visual Guide. Adam will be discussing his work on the book, as well as his collaboration with the creative forces behind the upcoming series. We also discuss Dave Filloni news and Celebration Anaheim updates (including a Podcasting stage!), Theme Park discussion, the Rebels preview,and Rob interviews Cory Dee Williams on your next offering of “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio”. We will also update you with Coffee With Kenobi t shirt news; This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 43: Friends Of The Magic
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 15:34

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

SUPERSIZED Pod­cast Episode! We attended the FRIENDS OF THE MAGIC meet-up this past week­end at Dis­ney­land and talk to the orga­nizer of the event, Paul Bar­rie from Win­dow to the Magic. LOTS of Dis­ney pod­cast­ers and sky­walk­ers chime in, too! Adam and Bob­bie Jo Med­ina tell us all about their overnight stay at the HAUNTED MANSION at DISNEYLAND. MUPPETS MOST WANTED comes out on DVD this week so we speak with Mup­pet Geek (or is he a fan?) Mark Ogusche­witz about the film as well as the new online series of shorts being fea­tured on Dis­ney movies anywhere.com. We also try to stump him with a lit­tle MUPPET TRIVIA. Who won the SDCC SWAG BAG? Who is the SKYWALKER OF THE WEEK? You’ll find out on this episode! And as always lots more…including a trib­ute to ROBIN WILLIAMS whom we just lost this week. and as always MUCH MUCH MORE! #NeverLandOnAlderaan!…

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Fantasy Flight Games: Gen Con 2014 - Day 01
Reported by Jonathan on 15 Aug 2014 15:30

Check out this video for a look at Fantasy Flight Games busy first day at Gen Con 2014.

Today was the fantastic first day of Gen Con Indy 2014, and as always, Fantasy Flight Games is thrilled to be in attendance. If you're here at the convention, be sure to stop by our booth and demo some of our hottest new releases.

For those of you who weren't able to make it to Gen Con Indy this year, you'll find a video recap of Day One on YouTube. You'll get a sneak peek into the demos of new games like XCOM: The Board Game, Star Wars™: Armada, Warhammer 40,000: Conquest, and much more! You'll also get an update on the tournament scene, getting a glance at today's tournaments for Android: Netrunner, Star Wars™: The Card Game, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, and X-Wing™.

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'USA Today' Exclusive Clip From Star Wars Rebels Short Featuring Sabine
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 15:20

USA Today has posted an exclusive clip from an upcoming Star Wars Rebels short that showcases graffiti artist Sabine Wren in action!

The short, entitled "Art Attack", is scheduled to air on Disney XD on Monday August 18 at 9:29pm ET.

Check out an exclusive clip from an upcoming short starring Tiya Sircar's Mandalorian explosives expert.

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Rancho Blog: The Slug Years: The Life and Times of an Intergalactic Gangster
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 15:10

Head on over to the Rancho Blog as the mighty Jabba prepares to take a cross country trip to Rancho Obi-Wan.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…Wow! It really was a long time ago: hard to believe that we started this project more than seven years ago! And now the Big Slug will be the star of the second annual Rancho Obi-Wan Gala on Sept. 20th! (Get tickets now!)

I had been thinking about the idea of building a full sized Jabba the Hutt prop for some time. I didn’t want a static Hutt though. I wanted a fully operational puppet. I knew it was a terrible idea, but I kept thinking about how awesome it would be!

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Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 9
Reported by Mark on 15 Aug 2014 14:30

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

We’re wrapping up The Empire Strikes Back with more analysis of the incredible John Williams soundtrack. David W. Collins & Jimmy Mac explore the music of Cloud City, The Asteroid Cave, and the duel with Darth Vader. Plus, music that got left on the cutting room floor gets rediscovered and put into place courtesy of David’s editing magic. Welcome to Star Wars Oxygen’s final listen to the music of The Empire Strikes Back…For now at least.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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Official Site: Star Wars Rebels Lands In Bookstores
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 13:51

The official site has posted a preview of the various Star Wars Rebels books that should be appearing on retail bookshelves in your area now.

Want to learn more about the heroes and world of Star Wars Rebels? The first books exploring the highly-anticipated animated series have arrived — check out a special preview of each title below!

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Domhnall Gleeson Follows His Brother's Advice On Episode VII Secrecy
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 13:38

In an interview recently conducted with Vulture, new Episode VII cast member Domhnall Gleeson reveals the source of how he has been able to successfully keep all details pertaining to the film under wraps.

How does it feel to know the top-secret plot of Episode VII and all the new characters, and yet you have to keep it completely secret from your friends for years?

My brother gave me some really good advice about it. He said, “Don’t tell anybody, because if you tell one person, it won’t feel as bad to tell a second person. If you tell no one, everything will be okay.” So I’ve told no one, and it’s working out fine. I do feel a wave come over me when I hear those two words, “Star” and “Wars,” said together. I feel tense, shut up, and stare into the middle distance.

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RUMOR: More Images Of Two Episode VII Stormtrooper Helmets; Pic Of An Actual Helmet Too
Reported by Justin on 15 Aug 2014 13:23

Indie Revolver is claiming to have an exclusive reveal of not one, but two different Stormtrooper helmet designs that we will be seeing in Episode VII. You can see how their images differ from the earlier sketch done by Tom Hodges (Tom has since removed the sketch from his Instagram account, but you can still check out the image by clicking the source link contained in our story).

And to top it all off, Making Star Wars has posted a photograph (not a sketch or drawing) of an actual Stormtrooper helmet reportedly designed for the film.

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   14 August 2014
Star Wars Rebels To Air On DSTV In South Africa
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 21:08

We just received the following email courtesy of a Jedi News reader from South Africa.

Hi Greetings from South Africa. Yes! Star Wars - Rebels will be aired on our local satellite (cable) service provider DSTV which carries DisneyXD http://www.disney.co.za/star-wars/rebels. The main Star Wars page just says "Coming Soon" - but hopefully we will be in-sync with the worldwide October launch date. The 7min sneak peek that aired in US, did not show, so hoping that we may get to see the teaser shorts leading up to the full series. MTFBWY

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John Boyega Hanging With Samuel L. Jackson
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 21:02

So still at this adidas party....guess who showed up! Only Mace Windu himself! Samuel L Jackson rocks!

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SDCC 2014: Hasbro Star Wars Rebels Product Poster
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 17:30

Head on over to the website 4lomkuss (or click the image above to be taken to the site) for a look at the cool Star Wars Rebels product poster that Hasbro was giving away at their booth during SDCC last month.

Thanks to Jedi News reader Scott M. for sending over the link.

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Dark Horse: The Star Wars Video
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 17:13

Now THAT is a thing of beauty. (Note to self: Must add this to the WANT list).

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Star Wars Insider #152 To Feature A New Dawn Excerpt and Artwork
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 15:41

On 6th September Star Wars Insider Issue 152 is set to bring us an excerpt from John Jackson Miller's upcoming novel A New Dawn as well as dazzling artwork by Doug Wheatley.

The next issue of Star Wars Insider Magazine will feature an excerpt from John Jackson Miller's upcoming novel STAR WARS: A NEW DAWN, a prequel to the new REBELS animated series. Accompanying the excerpt will be three original illustrations from the novel's cover artist, Doug Wheatley. Many Star Wars fans will recognize Doug's gorgeous work from the Dark Horse Comics series, STAR WARS: DARK TIMES. Star Wars Insider issue 152 is due to hit news stands on September 6 and the novel debuts on September 2 (in eBook and audio as well). Here's a peek at one of Doug's awesome illustrations from the magazine.

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Episode VII Tweets: John Boyega - August 14, 2014
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 15:22

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Usagi Yojimbo - "The Last Request"
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 14:30

You might be wondering why we're posting this on Jedi News. Well, first of all take a few minutes and watch the video, which has a charm all of its own, and then watch the credits, where Jon Null and Skywalker Sound receive a special thanks.

Comics fans will know of Usagi Yojimbo, the anthropomorphic rabbit bodyguard who first appeared back in 1984, created and drawn by Stan Sakai who has been published by Thoughts and Images, Fantagraphics Books, Mirage Studios, Radio Comix, and Dark Horse Comics and even appeared in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. Hopefully a full-length movie is on the way, and what better way to celebrate Usagi's 30th anniversary than that?

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Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD Cover Art
Reported by Justin on 14 Aug 2014 13:16

The official cover art for the upcoming Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD has been revealed via the tweet embedded below.

You can pre-order the DVD (scheduled to be released October 14) via this link. Here's hoping this title is also released on Blu-ray sometime in the near future.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinL81

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Star Wars Rebels: Mission Series Available For Pre-Order
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 12:34

It's getting closer, it's getting nearer...

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Carrie Fisher on Robin Williams: He Opened Up to Me About Bipolar Disorder
Reported by Mark on 14 Aug 2014 12:15

Carrie Fisher has spoken about the recent passing of the great Robin Williams over at the Hollywood Reporter, describing their initial meeting while working on Spielberg's Hook, their shared life experiences and his uniqueness.

Fisher described Williams as the "center of attention" in any room, which is why she said she was so drawn to him. "He was something you just don't see, like a comet. I hope he's like a comet and he comes again, but that would be selfish,” she said, adding that his energy and comic delivery was "unstoppable." "I'm sorry he punctuated his sentence before it had run its course. But he packed in five lifetimes before he left."

Source Hollywood Reporter (via Glen Ewing)
UPDATE 2: Star Wars Rebels Rumour: Airing August On Disney XD In The UK Via Sky?
Reported by BrianC on 14 Aug 2014 12:04

It would be uncharacteristic of a huge company like Sky to get this wrong -- and of course they could get it wrong -- but it appears that Star Wars Rebels will be airing on Sky here in the UK sometime in August.

Purchase the Variety Bundle for just £22.50 a month and Star Wars Rebels could be yours to view. We'll investigate further and update accordingly.

UPDATED: This just in from reader PJ Slim:

RE: Rebels UK, I saw a short advert on UK Disney XD that said coming this October (maybe they will be showing the shorts from august?)

Perfectly logical, we will continue to look into it and get an answer.

UPDATE 2: Checking back made me recall this rumour we had back in February from a Disney shareholder letter. Take a read, we could be imminently receiving to more than we realise.

Source Sky