Friday, September 19, 2014

New Star Wars Rebels 'Generations' Teaser

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By: Benjamin Hart

Lately we've been treated a flood of Star Wars Rebels teasers & promos. The most recent one, titled "Generations", is particularly awesome and features some great action with our heroes and some new footage from the series. You can check it out below:



Rebels is coming to the Disney Channel on October 2nd at 9pm ET/PT and Disney XD on October 13th at 9pm ET/PT.

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Rumor: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Season Six Blu-ray/DVD Announcement Imminent

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By: Dominic Jones

Fans waiting for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Six "The Lost Missions" to hit DVD and blu-ray may not have to wait much longer.  Bill Hunt over at The DigitalBits.com is reporting that Lucasfilm/Disney is planning on announcing the Season Six box set very soon, as soon as next three weeks from now and that it will be released before the end of the year.

The much anticipated box set would contain the thirteen episodes, released earlier this year on Netflix, that made up the final season of the series.  There is an amazon listing for the box set on the German store (complete with preliminary box art), which states the release date is November 20th, 2014.  We'll have to wait and see if that applies to the rest of the world.  

As always this is just a rumor unitl confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.


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'Star Wars Rebels: Breaking Ranks' Synopsis Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

Thanks to our friends at Jedi Bibliothek we have the plot description for the sixth episode of Star Wars Rebels! "Breaking Ranks" will presumably follow "Rise Of The Old Masters", you can read the synopsis for that episode here. Check out synopsis for Breaking Ranks below. But be warned; major SPOILERS are included:

"The Rebels send Ezra (going by an alias) on an undercover mission into the Imperial Academy to steal a decoder. There, the boy meets two new friends, Zare and Jai, who, too, are among the best cadets. When Ezra learns that the Emperor wants to have the best cadets brought to him, he attempts to escape from the Academy with them. When they have almost made it, Zare decides to remain behind in the Academy because that was his only opportunity to find his missing sister again."

The Star Wars Rebels Visual Guide backs up this report. An excerpt from page 117 reads:

"Ezra sneaks into Lothal's imperial Academy and poses as a cadet in order to steal and Imperial decoder. In the process he learns that the Inquisitor intends to take fellow cadet Jai Kell as his prisoner. Ezra enlists his friend Zare Leonis to help them escape."

Further information such as cast, crew and an air date we're not provided. When that info surfaces, we'll be sure to share it.

Star Wars Rebels premieres two weeks from today on October 3rd at 9pm ET/PT with a one-hour movie title "Spark Of Rebellion" on the Disney Channel!

Source: Jedi Bibliothek
Via: Rebel Transmission

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DARTH DADDY'S CUSTOMIZING CORNER: DAVID SMITH

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By: Darth Daddy 



David Smith is an action figure customizer based in Austin, Texas. He has been making custom figures and cardbacks since 2012, and has created over 30 figures as well as over 100 custom cardbacks. David's became interested in drawing and art at age five. He has over 10 years of formal and informal training in visual arts. He has also designed several posters, flyers, and album covers for Austin bands. He has a deep love of 70's & 80's Sci-Fi and horror films. Star Wars and Dune are his favorite films of the genre. David's interest in making custom action figures came from his love of collecting autographed Star Wars action figures. Many of the celebrities on the show circuit didn't have action figures of their characters. David started making his figures and cardbacks to fill this void. He has made custom action figures for Stephanie English, Nick Joseph, and Derek Lyons.






























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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 19/09/14

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On this episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic discuss the latest Star Wars news and rumors.  We finally got our first good look at the Millennium Falcon!  Who's on set a Greenham Commons?  Is Obi-Wan Kenobi getting a stand alone film?  And Rian Johnson finally admits he's directing a Star Wars movie!  Plus, Rebels updates, New York Comic Con preview. A-list celebrities having cameos in Episode VII, Episode VII plot rumors, and the most interesting Jedi in the galaxy.  All this and much more!



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rian Johnson: "I'm Doing a Star Wars Movie"

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By: Dominic Jones

The fact that Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars Episode VIII has to be the worst kept secret in Hollywood since  Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill being in Star Wars Episode VII.  Johnson's representatives have confirmed it, Gareth Edwards (2016 Stand Alone film director) said as much in his Ice Bucket challenge video, the only people that haven't confirmed it are Lucasfilm!  But if you needed more proof, Johnson himself has finally blatantly admitted it.

"I'm doing a Star Wars movie" Johnson told fellow filmmaker Terry Gilliam on a recent episode of "The Talkhouse" Podcast.  He also confirmed he was "writing and directing"  "the next one after this one JJ Abrams is doing."  Johnson went on to discuss his love of and history with the franchise.  He also discussed the important role of Kathleen Kennedy and her team's process for hirting directors, saying,

“It’s a balance, yeah. … Well, that’s been the great thing about it — Kathleen and her whole creative team have been so insistent on all the filmmakers they’ve been hiring for these new movies: ‘We want you to take it and turn it into something that you really care about.’ And we’ll see how the process plays out, but so far, that’s a big part of the reason I’m in it. Because that just seems like their attitude towards it. It’s really exciting actually.”

So there you have it. Johnson is definitely in!  As for why Lucasfilm has not officially reported it, Jeremy Conrad over at Furious Fanboys may have answer.  According to Jeremy,

"No one knows why the announcement hasn’t been made, and there are some interesting theories flying around as to why not, one of which says that Disney squashed it out of fear that people would see JJ not directing Episode VIII as a sign of no confidence in VII. For what it’s worth, rumor says Lucasfilm was going to announce it on StarWars.com, but it was pulled at the last minute."

I have to say that's a very believable theory about this (I have been thinking the same thing myself for a while now, though I didn't know about the StarWars.com story).   Regardless, it's interesting to hear Johnson talk about the process.  To hear what else he has to say, you can listen to the entire episode of "The Talkhouse" below,



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Bad Robot Reveals Batman Easter Egg On Millennium Falcon

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By: Benjamin Hart

So you might have heard that Zack Snyder and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot studios have been in a bit of a rivalry lately about who can create the best Star Wars/Batman/Superman crossover. Well, it appears Bad Robot may have just won the contest.

A few minutes ago Bad Robot tweeted a video titled "HUNKA JUNK" that features a fly-by of the starboard side of the Millenium Falcon. But as the camera moves towards the bow and under the ship the music changes drastically and it focuses in on a specific piece of the hull and reveals that... well, just watch:



Yes, that's right. A tiny version of Batman's Tumbler from the Dark Knight Trilogy is attached to the underside of the 'Falcon. Pretty cool, huh? Last week Snyder set the bar high when he tweeted a photo of a Stormtrooper being arrested in Gotham City. Now it looks like Abrams has won the day... But is this contest over? I certainly hope not!

Source: Bad Robot(Twitter)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rumor: 'Star Wars Rebels: Rise Of The Old Masters' Synopsis Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

As we creep closer to the premiere of Star Wars Rebels, we're learning more and more about each episode. Today we've received a plot description for one of the upcoming episodes, as well as director and producer names. "Rise Of The Old Masters" is officially the 5th produced episode of the series, and the third episode to follow the one hour, TV movie premiere "Spark Of Rebellion". Although not officially confirmed by Lucasfilm or Disney, the synopsis for the episode comes from the increasingly reliable German fan site Star Wars Union. You can check it out below. Although be warned; possible major SPOILERS are included:

"The rise of the old master (Rise of the Old Masters)

Friday, October 31, 2014, 19:30 clock at Disney XD 
Director: Steven G. Lee, Stewart Lee 
Producer: Kiri Hart

The rebels know that the old Luminara Unduli in Jedimeisterin Stittgen system [Note. d.Red .: probably Stygeon is meant instead Stittgen] is held. When they get through to her they notice that they have been lured into a trap by the Inquisitor. But by joining forces they can just escape ever so."

This is definitely an exciting and intriguing episode! Bringing  a prominent Prequel and Clone Wars character like Luminara into Rebels this early on is very awesome. As I mentioned, this is coming from an unofficial source, so take it with a grain of salt until it's confirmed.

Source: Star Wars Union
Via: Rebel Transmission

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Anthony Daniels Talks Episode VII, Rebels, and More

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By: Dominic Jones

The actor who portrayed C-3PO in all six Star Wars films, as well as pretty much every Star Wars spin off material including The Clone Wars and Star Tours, Anthony Daniels spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his career as and what's next for the golden protocol droid.  Daniels is set to reprise his role as Threepio in Star Wars Episode VII and lend his voice to the droid on Star Wars Rebels, the upcoming animated series from Lucasfilm Animation.

When asked about the potential of a CGI Threepio in the future, Daniels described his first talk with Episode VII director JJ Abrams, 
"I will tell you that when [director] J.J. Abrams rang me to ask about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he said after he told me how wonderful I was — and that didn’t take long — but he then said, “Would you be interested in being in the film just doing the voice?” I said, “No,” and he said, “Right!” He knew I’d say that. There’s no way I would just do the voice. I also said that it can’t be the same suit. I will tell you that the team then got together and built a new suit. They made an entirely new look-a-like with changes that you will never notice [on screen] that made my life a lot easier. I can get it on and off very quickly. [During the prequels], the only time [Threepio has] been CG was when it was very dangerous [to act in the scene in a suit] — and it wasn’t very good. In fact, I’m going to say it was awful. One of the difficulties is with a character that you know and love so well is that, as a member of the audience, you go, “Oh no, that’s not right. No, he doesn’t move like that.” With me [in the suit], he’s always going to move the same way and have the same reactions, timing, and so on. With CG, you’re working with some brilliant person on the keyboard who is trying to pretend to be me. The only time that has worked without doubt is Disney’s Star Tours: The Adventures Continue [theme park ride]. There’s an element in the pre-show which is digital and I cannot tell it’s not me. It’s brilliantly done by Disney. In a cartoon series like Rebels, you accept it because it’s not trying to pretend to be reality. It’s an extension, it’s an exaggeration. On that basis, it’s utterly acceptable — providing the characterization is correct."

Daniels also discussed bringing Treepio to life in animated form for Star Wars Rebels,
"It’s unique that it goes very specifically to a given period of time, which is just before the film that I happened to like the best — which is A New Hope, the first one. There are now three generations [of fans], which I know because of my work with Star Wars: In Concert where I could see in the audience terrifyingly young children and I thought, “They’re going to be a menace,” and they sat there open-mouthed at the story that I was telling to them onstage with the orchestra. Now you can [ease] people into A New Hope. And you’ve seen I, II and III, there’s gaps there. What happened to these characters? We love them. We want to see what they did when they were not in the big films. Because George and everybody who’s followed on has created such a reality in the galaxy far, far away that we want to see more about it."


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Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2015 Preview

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By Ciaran Duggan,

In just two months time, Star Wars: Insider Special Edition 2015 will be hitting the shelves of newsstands and an abundance of stores! StarWars.com has disclosed a mouth-watering sneak preview of the front cover, as well as revealing an enrichment of subject matter which will be duly released in this special edition:

"...in this issue collects classic Star Wars Insider articles, and includes a new interview with Dee Bradley Baker, the actor who voiced the clone army in Star Wars: The Clone Wars; a talk with the supporting players from A New Hope about their time on the set of the very first Star Wars movie; and an in-depth chat with Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi creature consultant Chris Walas."

The new edition will be published on November 11th 2014. This special edition should certainly represent a wonderful sentimental trip for Star Wars fans, rounding off a great year for Star Wars and whetting the appetite for the bombshell of a year in 2015!

Source: StarWars.com

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Is This Adam Driver & Gwendoline Christie On The Set Of Episode VII?

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By: Benjamin Hart

Possible SPOILERS below!

Over the past week we have seen a ton of photos from Greenham Comon, where Star Wars Episode VII has been shooting. First it was just the Millennium Falcon and a few X-Wings, now it appears at least two of the film's main cast may have been spotted on set. Episode VII leaker Rick Lawrence photos posted on his Facebook page(that appear to have since been deleted) that show show several extras on set, two of which bear a striking resemblance to Adam Driver and Gwendoline Christie. This comes after Lawrence already shared photos and videos of the set, and one of the videos featured what was believed Tommy Gormley, J.J. Abrams' assistant director on Super 8(2011), calling out John Boyega's name on set. These first few photos show what many believe to be Adam Driver dressed in an orange and white Pilot's uniform and carrying a helmet. Further on you'll see a blonde figure walking and conversing with other actors. Speculation points to that being Gwendoline Chrisite.



So what do you think? Could it be Driver and Christie? What could this mean for their characters? We've heard a lot of rumors that pointed to both playing villains in Episode VII, This could turn those reports on their heads. Let us know what your thoughts in the comment section below.


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Kevin Kiner Performs 'Rebels' Theme With Live Orchestra

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By: Benjamin Hart

Aside from composing music for many TV series like CSI: Miami and Hell On Wheels, Kevin Kiner is well know to Star Wars fans as the man behind the music of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. The award winning composer appeared at Playfest in M├ílaga, Spain and conducted an orchestra to play the main theme for Rebels for the live audience. A YouTuber named Kite Kunisaki shared a video of the performance, which you can watch below:



I have to say, the more I hear this tune, the more I like it. (So much so that it's even my Phone ringtone.) Hearing it performed live is a real treat. Tune into Disney Channel on Friday, October 3rd to hear the theme and watch the series when it premieres it's first hour long episode!

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Official Star Wars Panels at New York Comic Con Announced

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By: Dominic Jones

The New York Comic Con schedule was released today, via it's mobile app, and the official Star Wars presence at the convention was revealed.  There will be two Star Wars panels happening on Saturday October 11th.  

The first takes place from 3:15pm to 4:00pm in room 1A14, and is called A New Dawn - The Exciting Future of Star Wars Publishing.  The panel features author John Jackson Miller (A New Dawn, Kenobi), Star Wars Rebels star Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm story group, Senior Editor at Lucasfilm Jennifer Hedle, and Del Rey Editor Shelly Shapiro.  They will discuss the recently released Star Wars: A New Dawn as well as all the upcoming (Canon) novels coming from Del Rey.

The second panel is simply called Star Wars Rebels and will feature an exclusive preview of the upcoming episodes in Season 1.  It takes place on the Empire Stage 1-E from 5:45-6:45.  The panel will feature series star Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), and Lucasfilm story group member Pablo Hidalgo.  


I must say I'm very excited about these panels (though mildly frusterated that the Rebels panel is up against the preview panel for Marvel's Netflix 'Daredevil' series, but as they always say about conventions, you can't see it all).  The Star Wars Underworld will have a sizable presence there.  I will be there, along with my fellow SWU team members Chris and Lillian, so if you see us (at least one of us will be in an SWU T-shirt) come up and say hello!


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New 'Star Wars Rebels: Droids' Promo

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By: Benjamin Hart

The promotional material for Star Wars Rebels have been giving us more and more peaks at what to expect from the upcoming animated series. The newest preview, titled "Droids" features a wealth of new footage from the episodes that feature R2-D2 & C-3PO. Although it hasn't been confirmed, we can presume that this promo is for the second episode of the series, Droids In Distress. You can watch the preview below:


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Note: If you're unable to view the video above, you can watch a YouTube version of the promo here.

This certainly gets me excited! Including classic & iconic characters like Artoo and Threepio this early on in Rebels will help fans young & old connect better with the series and drive home the message that this show is a significant part of the overall Star Wars saga. Star Wars Rebels premieres Friday, October 3rd on Disney Channel, and will subsequently be appear on other formats and channels. Click here to find out when and where you can watch Rebels.

Source: Disney.com
Via: Star Wars Rebels(Facebook)

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Rumor: Samuel L Jackson, Robert Downey Jr, and Hugh Jackman to Have Cameo Roles in Episode VII

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By: Dominic Jones

Picking up where we left off yesterday with stories about A-list celebrities having cameo roles in Star Wars Episode VII, we've heard of three new potential cameos.  Yesterday it was Daniel Craig, today it's Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr, and Hugh Jackman.  The Sun is reporting that Jackson, RDJ, and Jackman  are among the Celebrities that have visited the set of the film and have gotten a cameo in the film.  But don't expect to see their faces.  Accroding to the Sun's source, "Some are hiding their faces just for fun but others have to for contractual reasons."  Another celeb to keep an eye for may be Nick Frost, who apparently visited the set with the other three.

Before anyone gets to excited about this, keep in mind that The Sun has a sketchy track record at best.  Also, based on the report, if their in there they're probably playing background aliens of Stromtroopers.  It's also interesting to see Sam Jackson on that list.  Jackson, of course, played Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy, so his return will probably be very well hidden to prevent any crazy 'Mace Windu is still alive' rumors.  I hope that, if this story is true, it is not officially revealed until well after the film is released (DVD commentary, perhaps) so they don't draw focus away from the story and the actual stars of the film.

As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.


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