Saturday, September 14, 2019

'Star Wars Resistance' & Jon Favreau Win Big At The Saturn Awards

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By: Benjamin Hart

Last night the 45th annual Saturn Awards ceremony was held at the Avalon in Los Angeles, California,. Presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, the Saturn Awards recognize excellent content in a variety of mediums, and this time Star Wars was included!
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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 13/09/19

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On this episode Chris and Ben sit down to talk about all the latest Star Wars news and rumors! They discuss the newly launched free trail of Disney+ in the Netherlands and all the content it includes, plus new The Mandalorian artwork, a season two update, and the prospect of Legends characters showing up in the series. Later they touch on some (literally) huge collecting news, classic video games coming to next gen consoles, and the end of Marvel’s flagship comic book series. They then close out the night with a bit of news mixed with speculation concerning Hayden Christensen and whether or not he could be appearing in The Rise Of Skywalker. Listen for all that and more!



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Thursday, September 12, 2019

A Free Trial Of Disney+ Is Now Available In The Netherlands

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By: Benjamin Hart

If you're in North America, Australia or New Zealand you're most likely anxiously awaiting the launch of Disney+ in November. (And if you're elsewhere in the World, like the UK, you're probably just desperate to even know when to expect it.) It seems that all of us have to wait and experience the new streaming service for ourselves... or do we?
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Jon Favreau Says He Will Direct An Episode In Season Two Of 'The Mandalorian'

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By: Dominic Jones

We still haven't seen season one of The Mandalorian, the new live action Star Wars series coming to Disney+ in November, and already work has begun on season two.  Series executive producer Jon Favreau revealed during the summer that he was writing the second season, and now he has shared that he plans to step behind the camera for an episode.  Favreau spoke about this decision, as well as why he didn't do so during season one, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.
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Ludwig Göransson Shares A Dave Filoni Sketch From 'The Mandalorian' Scoring Session

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By: Dominic Jones

We're now just two months away from the release of the first ever live action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, on Disney+ on November 12th.  As such, the finishing touches are now being put on the series' first season.  The Mandalorian's composer Ludwig Göransson shared a new picture from the latest scoring session for the series.  The image is a sketch of the titular Mandalorian (played in the series by Pedro Pascal) on a blank page of music sheet paper, done by executive producer and episodic director Dave Filoni.  Check it out below,
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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Hayden Christensen & Ian McDiarmid Visit Children At A Utah Hospital

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By: Benjamin Hart

In a Galaxy far, far away they play two of the biggest and baddest villains to ever grace the silver screen. But in this universe, Hayden Christensen and Ian McDiarmid are real life heroes.

McDiarmid and Christensen, who are best know for portraying Sheev Palpatine/Darth Sidious and Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, attended FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention in Utah this week. On Thursday while in the area the two actors paid a surprise visit to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. The Sith Lord duo took time to visit with patients and their families, signing autographs, taking photos, and help create unforgettable memories.
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Friday, September 6, 2019

The SWU Podcast LIVE | 06/09/19

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On this episode, Dominic, Ben, and Chris discuss the latest reveals about The Mandalorian in Entertainment Weekly, breaking down the new images and speculating about how the series will tackle the post-Empire galaxy.  They also look at some recent comments from JJ Abrams, Daisy Ridley, and Kathleen Kennedy about the Rey and Kylo dynamic in The Rise Of Skywalker, and how that relates to the eternal struggle between the light side and the dark side.  Then, they analyze the possibility of seeing Ahsoka in live action.  Plus, more thoughts on the Star Wars-hotel, some Galaxy's Edge stories, and D-0's role in Episode IX.  All this and much more.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

LEGO Unveils New Ultimate Collector Series Star Destroyer

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By: Benjamin Hart

Since acquiring the Star Wars licence in 1999, LEGO has been delivering some truly amazing toys to fans over the past two decades. And their most recent set could be one of the most impressive we've ever seen.

Today StarWars.com announced that LEGO will be adding an Imperial Star Destroyer to their Ultimate Collector Series line very soon. Fully built, this Star Destroyer is made up of 4,784 LEGO bricks and measures 43” in length, 26” wide, and 17” tall without its stand. The new set is specifically based on the Devastator, the very first Star Destroyer we ever saw at the beginning of Episode IV: A New Hope. You can even recreate that iconic opening scene with a buildable scale model of the Tantive IV which is included with the set. Also included are exclusive Imperial Officer and Imperial Crew Member minifigures, as well as realistic details like swiveling turrets and a movable radar dish.
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New Image From 'The Mandalorian' Revealed By Entertainment Weekly

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By: Dominic Jones

With The Mandalorian hitting our screens in less than two months when the new Disney+ streaming service launches, the promotional machine for the series is kicking into high gear.  Next week, Entertainment Weekly will feature a cover story about The Mandalorian, giving readers a taste of what to expect from the first season.  In addition to the cover story, EW has also been featuring teasers for the series on their website.  The latest is a new picture featuring the titular Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and former Rebel shock trooper Cara Dune (Gina Carano) on a homestead somewhere with a new, never-before-seen character.  Check it out below,
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

'Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast' And 'Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy' Coming To PS4 & The Nintendo Switch

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By: Benjamin Hart

Big news for fans of Star Wars Legends and classic LucasArts video games! StarWars.com has announced that two huge Star Wars titles from the early 2000's will be making a return on more next gen consoles!
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EW Unveils New Photo Of Cara Dune & The Mandalorian

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By: Benjamin Hart

After that amazing trailer for The Mandalorian dropped at D23 Expo we've been treated to a lot of intriguing new reveals from the upcoming Disney+ series. Entertainment Weekly in particular has provided with some new photos from the series, the first showing the title character facing off against a pair of Trandoshans. The second, which was just released by EW, gives us our best look yet at our two leading heroes.
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The IPC Podcast LIVE #253 | D23 Expo 2019 Recap

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On this episode Ben and Jake take some time out to recap everything that was recently revealed at Disney's D23 Expo! They share their thoughts on the massive Star Wars news, including a new teaser for The Rise Of Skywalker, a trailer for The Mandalorian, and the stunning announcement that Ewan McGregor is returning as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Switching gears to Marvel, they break down some of the big news from the Disney+ series The Falcon And The Winter Soldier and WandaVision, as well as the announcement of three new exciting series. Furthermore, they touch on what's coming up for Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, as well as some of the live-action films Disney is cooking up. This is another can't-miss episode!



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Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni Tease the Origins of the First Order will be Explored in 'The Mandalorian'

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By: Dominic Jones

The era of The Mandalorian, the new live action Disney+ streaming series, is one that fans have been clamoring to see more of ever since the announcement of Star Wars Episode VII way back in 2012.  Now, as the sequel era draws to a close on the big screen, we're finally starting to go back and see the backstory of the galaxy we find in The Force Awakens, and learn how the jubilation of the end of Return of the Jedi gave way to the tyranny of the First Order.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

New Photo From 'The Mandalorian' Revealed By Entertainment Weekly

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By: Dominic Jones

With the release of The Mandalorian, the first Star Wars live action series coming to the new streaming service Disney+, now just over two months away the promotion is finally starting to kick off in earnest.  After the debut of the season one trailer at the D23 Expo last month, we now have a new still from the series being released by Entertainment Weekly.  The picture depicts the titular Mandalorian (played by Pedro Pascal) fighting off a pair of Trandoshans on a rocky world.  Check it out for yourself below,
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Saturday, August 31, 2019

John Williams On 'The Rise Of Skywalker'; "I think You Will Love It"

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By: Benjamin Hart

We are now just a little over 100 days away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. One of the quintessential aspects of every Star Wars film is its musical score, and it will be no different for the ninth and final chapter of the Skywalker saga.

The legendary John Williams has been hard at work on the score for The Rise Of Skywalker, and earlier this month his brother confirmed that the film will include at least 135 minutes of music. More recently, Williams himself performed at a concert at the Hollywood Bowl and spoke briefly about his experience creating the music for The Rise Of Skywalker. Just before transitioning into a performance of the Star Wars main title theme, Williams had this to say:
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