Friday, June 23, 2017

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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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gentle Giant SDCC Exclusives Revealed on 'The Star Wars Show'

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm unveiled the Gentle Giant Star Wars exclusives for San Diego Comic Con as the top story on The Star Wars Show this week (because, apparently, that's what they want you to think is the biggest thing happening in Star Wars this week and not, you know, the other thing).  Hosts Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni unveiled the Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing fluitsuit and Darth Vader minibusts that will be on sale during the convention.  The minibusts are 1/6th scale and come with a certificate of authenticity signed by artist Brian Rood.  You can see the entire episode of The Star Wars Show, which also includes an interview Tom Spina and the hosts goofing around on the ILM motion capture stage, below,

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Rumor: More Plot Details About Visceral's 'Star Wars' Game

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By: Dominic Jones

There are many highly secretive projects being worked on at Lucasfilm these days that fans are dying to know more about.  One of those is the video game that the Electronic Arts studio Visceral is working on.  The game was part of the original announcement that EA would be making Star Wars games, but since then, with the exception of learning some members of the creative team and a quick video preview at E3 2016, very little has been said about the game. 
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First Preview for 'Battlefront II: Inferno Squad' Released

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm and Del Rey Books released the first preview excerpt from the upcoming novel Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad today in USA Today.  The novel serves as both a prequel to the campaign mode in Star Wars Battlefront II and a follow up to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  The book will see Inferno Squad, led by Commander Iden Versio, tracking down the surviving members of Saw Gerrera's partisans who made it off Jedha following the Death Star attack.  Inferno Squad is written by Christie Golden, who has previously written the novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple.  The novel is slated for a release on July 25th. 
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On This Day: June 21, 2000

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By Ciaran Duggan,

Dark Horse Comics publish the first issue of the Legends comic series entitled Jedi Council: Acts of War on this day back in 2000.

Jedi Council: Acts of War was a four-part series of comics published by Dark Horse Comics from June 21, 2000 to September 20, 2000.

The first issue explores the roles and responsibilities of the Jedi Order as they are forced to tackle the Yinchorri Uprising, this is prior to Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
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The SWU Podcast | Kanjikast #12

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PHIL LORD AND CHRIS MILLER LEAVE THE HAN SOLO FILM!  It's a very special episode of Kanjikast.  Dominic, Chris, Ben, and SWU Patrons discuss the news that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been removed from the Young Han Solo film.  Nikk Serrano, Joey Mays, Andy Seiner, Gary Myer, Eric Strothers, and Matt Taylor join Dominic, Chris, and Ben in their shock over the news, as they try to figure out what comes next.  The guys also share their favourite and least favourite Star Wars movie.  All this and much more!


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The IPC Podcast LIVE #149 | Unplugged "As Us Anything"

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On this especially spontaneous "unplugged" episode, Zac and Ben commit to answering a plethora of listener submitted questions in an "Ask Us Anything" special. The guys dive into questions about Podcasting, their preferred super powers, PS4 versus Xbox One, Star Wars Legends and Canon, a Star Wars themed Baseball team, and a whole lot more. Furthermore, they discuss a recent "surprise" trivia match that happened on a recent episode of Star Wars Wastelands, and for #BBQWatch they dig up their long discussed barbecue themed TV pilot starring Chris Pratt and David Tennant. This is an episode you won't want to miss!

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Report: What Happened With Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the Han Solo Film

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By: Dominic Jones

The Star Wars fan community is trying to come to terms with, and understand, what led to the decision to change directors on the upcoming untitled young Han Solo A Star Wars Story film.  Earlier tonight, Lucasfilm announced in a press release that "The untitled Han Solo film will move forward with a directorial change" and that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had exited the project due to "creative differences."  Directorial changes are not uncommon in Hollywood and happen on a semi-regular basis before film's go into production.  What makes this change so strange is that the Han Solo film had already been filming for close to six months.
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Rumor: Ron Howard the Front Runner to Take Over Young Han Solo Movie

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By: Dominic Jones

Hours ago Lucasfilm shocked Star Wars fandom when they announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were no longer directing the Young Han Solo film.  The reason cited was creative differences, which is not an unusual excuse in Hollywood when creatives leave (or are dismissed from) a project, usually in the early stages (pre-production).  But what made this one unique is that the young Han Solo film had been shooting for almost six months already.  The production is (obviously) currently on hiatus, and Lucasfilm promised that a new director will be announced soon.  But who will that director be?
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