Tuesday, February 28, 2017

On This Day: February 28, 1999

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By Ciaran Duggan

The game Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance was released by LucasArts on this day in 1999. 

Designed by Lawrence Holland, Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance (XWA) is a space combat simulator game which is playable only on PC platform.

The PC game presents the story of Ace Azzameen, the youngest member of the Azzameen family, as players assume Ace's place in all of the missions in the game. 

The ultimate aim of the game is to work with with the Rebel Alliance and uncover information about the Empire's second Death Star project.



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Monday, February 27, 2017

Rian Johnson Shot Scenes For 'The Last Jedi' Using IMAX Cameras

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By: Dominic Jones

In this new era of Star Wars films, the new Star Wars filmmakers have been making use of the IMAX cameras to shoot specific sequences for their films.  JJ Abrams shot the Millinnium Falcon's escape from Jakku in The Force Awakens with IMAX cameras and now it's been announced that Rian Johnson shot scenes from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi with the high resolution cameras.  This comes from and announcement by Disney and IMAX that they are extending their longstanding deal through 2019.
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Rumor: The State of the Galaxy in 'The Last Jedi'

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By: Dominic Jones

While it may seem on the surface that, given that The Last Jedi picks up immediately when The Force Awakens left off, the state of galaxy may not have changed when the next instalment in the Skywalker saga picks up.  However, there are some major questions about the political state of the galaxy that were left unaddressed in The Force Awakens--specifically relating the destruction of the Hosnian System by Starkiller Base.  Our friends over at MakingStarWars.net may have some answers to those questions.  As always, there is a chance this may be true but, if you are trying to avoid all The Last Jedi spoilers then stop reading now.  This is your SPOILER ALERT!
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On This Day: February 27, 2000

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By Ciaran Duggan,

The 'Magic of Myth' museum tour opened in Minneapolis, MN. The tour included a special exhibit of Star Wars costumes and props at the Smithsonian.

The exhibition features artifacts from the development of the Star Wars original trilogy and Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.

It showcases models, costumes, props, and original artwork from the archives of Lucasfilm.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

J.J. Abrams Predicts Mark Hamill Will Be In Running For Academy Award Next Year

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By Ciaran Duggan,

J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has said that he expects Mark Hamill will be in the running for an Academy Award for best actor next year.

The former Star Wars director thinks Mark Hamill's performance in 'The Last Jedi' will be Oscar worthy.

Interestingly Hamill has never been nominated for an Academy Award - although he was a presenter in 1978.

J.J said: "I think we are all going to be upset if he does not win an Oscar, and no more upset that Mark," he told New York Daily News at the Oscar Wilde Awards in L.A.

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On This Day: February 26, 2014

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Variety first revealed that Adam Driver would play the villain in Star Wars: The Force Awakens on this day in 2014. 

An exclusive story was published by Variety which disclosed the fact that 'while no deal was done yet', sources had made Variety aware that Adam Driver was the front runner for being the villain in Episode VII.

The description of the character was confined to the fact he would be 'in the vein of Darth Vader'. 

Little did we know that Driver's character would include a design similarity, and, familial connection to the iconic Star Wars villain.



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Saturday, February 25, 2017

The IPC Podcast LIVE #134 | Top Five Duos

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On this episode, Ben and Zac are joined by their good friend Jake Damon to discuss their top five favorite duos. But first, they start off diving into some breaking DC and Marvel news, then they are joined by Gabe and Michelle from "NXT LVL" to discuss their soon-to-be-launched YouTube channel and announce an upcoming crossover with IPC. Furthermore, the guys go over everyone's awesome top five lists and close it out with a special Mardi Gras themed edition of #BBQWatch. All that and much more!

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On This Day: February 25, 1986

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi was released on videocassette and laserdisc on this day in 1986. 

This was the first time the original theatrical version of Return of the Jedi was released on VHS and laserdisc. 

The film was first screened in cinemas on May 25, 1983 and then re-released in theatres in 1985.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

The SWU Podcast LIVE | 24/2/17

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On this episode, Chris and Ben are joined by SWU contributor and longtime friend Jake Damon to discuss all the latest news, including a new cast photo from the Hanthology film, new tidbits from The Last Jedi, a fan favorite character coming to Star Wars Rebels, 40th anniversary toy reveals and a new panel announced for Celebration Orlando. For the weekly Rogue One discussion they give their thoughts on the cinematography and visual effects of the film, and later discuss the soon-to-be-released Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD editions. All that and much more!
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J.J. Abrams Says 'Han Solo' Film Script is 'Amazing'

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By Ciaran Duggan,

J.J. Abrams , director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has spoken to Fox News about how excited fans should be for the upcoming untitled Han Solo movie.

The Han Solo film is being filmed in London currently, with Disney announcing that principal photography on the film started earlier this week.

Abrams has been a Star Wars fans since he was a child and he gave high praise to the film's concept: 

"I can tell you it is an amazing script and the cast is obviously extraordinary. It is fun to see it (Star Wars) live on in various forms and ways even five years ago I would have never imagined it would have continued and knowing what is coming up is even more exciting."

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On This Day: February 24, 1999

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By Ciaran Duggan,

The second volume of 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' manga series was published on this day in 1999.

The volume is one of four books published by George Lucas, and, illustrators Toshiki Kudo and David Land.

The synopsis of the book reads: "Masterfully drawn by artist Toshiki Kudo, this volume follows Luke Skywalker as he travels to meet Jedi Master Yoda while Han and Leia struggle to outrace the grip of Darth Vader. 

"You won't want to miss out on this exquisite telling of the classic tale of betrayal and high adventure."

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Joonas Suotamo Reacts To Becoming The New Chewbacca

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By: Benjamin Hart

For forty years the legendary Peter Mayhew has been the man behind the mask of the mighty Chewbacca and breathed life into the character in the first seven live-action Star Wars films. Due to his age and physical limitations, Mayhew worked in tandem with another actor to portray Chewie in The Force Awakens. Now it appears the Peter is officially passing the torch, err, fur, to the next generation.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BREAKING: 'Rogue One' To Be Released On Digital HD March 24th, Blu-Ray April 4th

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By: Benjamin Hart

After we've all had a chance to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story multiple times in theaters, the next thing we have to look forward to is watching the film in the comfort of our own homes. Lucasfilm has just announced when we can experience the legendary theft of the Death Star plans on home video!
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Special Tribute of 'A New Hope' To Kick Off Celebration Orlando

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By Ciaran Duggan,

It has been forty years since the release of Star Wars: A New Hope and an 'epic' tribute is set to kick start Celebration Orlando 2017.

A special panel has been scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 13. The event has been described as 'marquee' and set to include 'not-to-be-missed' surprises.

Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, will host this special panel which will explore the impact of 'Star Wars' and the fandom which has propelled it for the last four decades.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Admiral Yularen Featured in New 'Star Wars Rebels' Clip

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Admiral Yularen is set to make his first appearance in this Star Wars Rebels episode "Through Imperial Eyes".

Tom Kane has returned to voice the former Clone Wars admiral. 

Yularen has been promoted to the title of 'colonel' and the news preview shows that he is deeply respected within the imperial hierachy.

The new clip, named "Fulcrum Trap", also features a re-appearance from Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thrawn is seen sparring with the same droids which were seen in an earlier season three episode entitled "The Wynkahthu Job".
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