Sunday, June 25, 2017

On This Day: June 25, 1979

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Nathan Ellias Hammil, who is the son of Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker in the Original Trilogy, was born on this day back in 1979.

The 38-year-old actor appeared in George Lucas' first installment of the Prequel Films. He played two different background characters.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The IPC Podcast LIVE #150 | Pirates: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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On their long awaited 150th episode, Zac and Ben bring the much anticipated Pirates Of The Caribbean Arc to a close with a discussion on the latest film in the franchise, "Dead Men Tell No Tales". They break down everything they liked, loved, and didn't like about the fifth installment in the Pirates series, including new and returning characters, potential plot holes, shocking reveals, tear jerking moments, and a whole lot more. Plus, listen for reactions to some intriguing Star Wars and Jurassic World news, along with a #BBQWatch segment full of bologna.
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Bob Iger Dodges Question About the Han Solo Film Being Delayed

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By: Dominic Jones

The young Han Solo film has been in the news a lot lately and not always for the best reasons.  On Tuesday, Lucasfilm announced that the film would be moving forward without directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who had been working on the film since 2015 and had been shooting the movie since January.  Following Lord and Miller's departure (or firing, depending on who you ask), it was announced that Ron Howard would be taking over the directorial duties. on the film.  Production is currently on hiatus while Howard reviews the footage Lord and Miller shot, and is expected to resume filming on July 10th.
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On This Day: June 24, 1987

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the cinematic release of Mel Brooks' satirical comedy entitled Spaceballs.

The genre of the film is similar to one of its predecessors, The Holiday Special, and subsequent Star Wars-themed comedic episodes in Robot Chicken and Family Guy.

The majority of the scenes and characters are parodies of Star Wars, although it parodies other movies as well including Star Trek, The Wizard of Oz, Planet of the Apes and Alien.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Ron Howard Discusses His History With Star Wars In Cannes

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By: Benjamin Hart

This has been a crazy week for Star Wars news! On Tuesday the shocking news broke that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had exited the Han Solo standalone film after months of filming had taken place. After days of intense speculation and rumors, Lucasfilm found their replacement director; Ron Howard.

Howard has had an incredible filmmaking career thus far, and even has a had a long standing friendship with the maker himself, George Lucas. All things considered, it seems like Ron Howard just might be the person to put the Han Solo film back on track.
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Review: 'Star Wars: Darth Vader #2'

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By: Dominic Jones

The second issue of Marvel's new Star Wars: Darth Vader comic book series hit shelves this week, continuing the story of the Dark Lord's first mission since he wound up in the iconic armor.  This issue sees Vader traveling to the Mid-Rim Jedi Outpost, designation Brighthome, to search the archives for a surviving Jedi to track down and defeat for their kyber crystal so he can build his iconic red lightsaber.
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Mark Hamill to Receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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By: Dominic Jones

Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill has been selected to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California.  Hamill was announced as part of the 2018 class, along side 33 other stars of film, television, live theater, music, and radio.  Other inductees include Jeff Goldblum, Jennifer Lawrence, Lynda Carter, RuPaul, Shaunda Rimes, Snoop Dogg, Weird Al Yankovic, and Lin Manuel Miranda (who co-wrote the Jabba Flow track for The Force Awakens).  You can watch the announcement of the inductees below,
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On This Day: June 23, 1974

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Joel Edgerton, who played Owen Lars in the Prequel Trilogy, was born on this day back in 1974.

The 43-year-old first appeared in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. His first scene saw him interact with his brother-in-law Anakin Skywalker and Senator Amidala, who both visited Owen's homestead on Tatooine.

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Ron Howard Tweets About Taking Over the Han Solo Film

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm announced earlier today that Ron Howard would be taking over as director on the upcoming untitled young Han Solo A Star Wars Story film.  This announcement came after the news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had left (or been removed) from the project, despite having been shooting the film for close to six months.  While there was no comment from Howard in the official press release, the director took to Twitter to share his excitement about joining the film.  Check them out below,
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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 23/06/17

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On this episode, Chris, Ben, and Dominic do their best to make sense of all the craziness surrounding the Han Solo film.  They share their thoughts on Ron Howard coming in to take over as director, how they feel about Lord and Miller exiting the project, and what this means about how things are being run at Lucasfilm.  They also delve into some updates on The Last Jedi and Episode IX, plus the first rumors about Visceral's upcoming Star Wars game.  All this and much more!
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

On This Day: June 22, 1997

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Don Henderson, who played General Cassio Tagge in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, passed away on this day in 1997.

The General served as the head of Imperial Army operations aboard the Death Star in the years leading up to the Battle of Yavin.

Henderson played a part in one of the most iconic scenes of A New Hope when his counterpart and bitter rival Admiral Conan Motti directly confronted Darth Vader.

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San Diego To Honor Mark Hamill With A Street Sign

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By: Dominic Jones

The San Diego city council voted this week to honor Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill with a street sign.  The council voted to put up signs on the 5900 block of Castleton Drive, labeling the block as "Mark Hamill Drive" (though the street will still be known officially as Castleton Drive).  Hamill apparently lived part of his youth on Castleton Drive in San Diego.  The item passed the council with a 7-0 vote with two members of the council not in attendance.
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Colin Trevorrow Promises 'Episode IX' Will Keep Carrie Fisher's Soul Alive

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By: Dominic Jones

The challenge that Star Wars Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow faces is not an easy one.  Making a Star Wars film is never an easy proposition, but he will also have to address the passing of Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher, who died in December 2016.  Fisher was apparently slated to play a major role in the 2019 film.  The director spoke about these challenges while promoting his new film, The Book of Henry, with the Press Association.  
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Opinion: I Have A Bad Feeling About This

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By: Dominic Jones

Last night, Lucasfilm shocked fans when they announced that the Young Han Solo film would be moving forward without directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  The move is stunning for many reasons, not the least of which being that the film has already been in production for close to six months.  While the official announcement claimed it was an amicable split caused by creative differences, later reports from trusted sources like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter made it clear that things weren’t as friendly as the press release would have you believe and that, in fact, Lord and Miller had been fired by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
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BREAKING: Ron Howard Is The New Director Of The Han Solo Film

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By: Benjamin Hart

Over the past few days the untitled Han Solo standalone film has been the center of a firestorm of controversy and drama following the departure of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the project. Various reports suggest the duo were fired by Lucasfilm over a variety of creative differences. Since then the debate has raged and rumors have spread concerning who might take over the project, which reportedly only had three weeks of principal photography left, Now we have just received word on who will be taking over for Lord and Miller.
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