Wednesday, July 30, 2014

J.J. Abrams, Mark Hamill & Daisy Ridley Spotted At Skellig Michael

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By: Benjamin Hart

Following an earlier report that the film crew for Star Wars Episode VII had journeyed to Skellig Micheal island, just off the coast of Ireland, to film scenes, we now have photo evidence that famillar Star Wars cast and crew are on site. The production is believed to be a three day shoot and over the past few days several reports and photos have leaked out pointing to J.J. Abrams and Mark Hamill possibly being part of the entourage, which Star Wars 7 News covered in detail. Later photos of both Hamill and Abrams (below) surfaced confirming the rumors, and today, courtesy of a local newspaper(above), we have hard evidence that Daisy Ridley is among  them.


The Movie Bit also revealed a great many photos and videos of the Episode VII crew in the area, and reported some interesting tidbits of info, claiming that Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill did indeed shoot a scene together on the island.

So, what planet could this be? And what could Luke Skywalker and Kira Solo(or whatever her name is) be doing here? Leave your speculation in the comments below, or strike up a conversation in Club SWU on Facebook. We'd love to hear from you!


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DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: DARTH DUSTY

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By: Darth Daddy




Yes, there is another Darth.   In the Star Wars custom action figure community there is no rule of two.

Darth Dusty is an artist that has been drawing, painting, and sculpting for over twenty-five years, and customizing for over ten. He mainly enjoys customizing figures from the Expanded Universe now known as Star Wars Legends, as well as creating characters of his own. His goal is to give people something rare and unique; to challenge himself to make customs of characters that may never see the light of day on a store shelf.

Mostly creating figures for adult collectors, Darth Dusty loves to incorporate soft goods, and hand sculpting new parts. Darth Dusty uses many materials, such as, Apoxie Sculpt, acrylic paints, casting resins, and even puffy paint, as key elements in each creation. Darth Dusty researches many of the figures he plans to build to get as much accuracy as possible without compromising the functionality of the action figure.  

He has made the widest assortment of figures from the video games The Force Unleashed and The Force Unleashed II than any other customizer I've encountered and I'm a big fan of his samurai interpretations of Vader, the Stormtrooper and Boba Fett.  He's a huge talent!  I made a video of his work early last year if anyone wants to see more from this artist after reading this feature.

Fairly retired from doing commissioned figures, he loves hearing ideas on what figures to make. Darth Dusty keeps a list of characters on the back burner, so expect to see plenty more figures to come.


















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Rumor: WWE Wrestler Sheamus to Play Darth Vader in Episode VII

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By: Dominic Jones

File this one under the "Huh?" category.  The Irish Mirror is reporting that WWE Wrestler Sheamus was on set on Skillig Michael this past weekend, where it is believed that JJ Abrams was shooting scenes for Star Wars Episode VII (possibly with Mark Hamill).  Sheamus has previously portrayed Darth Vader in promotional videos.  Sheamus tweeted an image of the article saying, "I cant confirm that i wont not be reprising role of Darth Vader in ... I hope that's clear @IrishMirror ;)"
For the record, I sincerely doubt this will happen (it was just too funny not to report).  The Mirror is a British tabloid and British tabloids have a tendency not to be true.  Still, anything is possible.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rian Johnson Talks Episode VIII

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By: Benjamin Hart

Rian Johnson has pretty much been confirmed to be the director of Star Wars Episode VIII (and possibly IX), even though Lucasfilm has yet to comment on his involvement with the Saga. Now Johnson himself has begun talking about Star Wars. Sun Times reports that Johnson was a guest on Filmspotting Podcast and some interesting things to say about Episode VII, in a less direct fashion.

“I’m really excited about all the things I can’t tell you... I wanted to to play in this world, of literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see,” Johnson said about his new project. He also went on to say that he assumes getting the job "was a clerical error, like in the movie ‘Brazil.’ There’s a Brian Johnson out there who is really mad.” He added that working at Lucasfilm is “kind of like summer camp.”

He also had something to say about previous Star Wars films, saying that, “There was something really beautiful about the prequels,” and stating his belief that 4-6 then 1-3 is his preferred viewing order of the original six because “storytelling-wise, 4-6 were constructed without the knowledge of the past.”

Be sure to check out the Sun Times' full summary of what was said at the event. Also, the Podcast episode that features Rian Johnson is scheduled to be released this Friday, so be on the lookout for that on Filmspotting.net.

Via: Making Star Wars
Source: Sun Times

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Simon Pegg Skirts Around Comments Alluding to Role in Star Wars

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By: Lillian Skye

The flame behind the ongoing rumor that Simon Pegg will have a role in J.J. Abrams' Episode VII continues to be fueled by offhand comments, skillfully crafted answers, and well timed pauses.

This past week, Benedict Cumberbatch may have confirmed Pegg's involvement in Episode VII:

“I think J.J. is very good at creating something original out of something known," Cumberbatch told MTV News when he was asked about a possible involvement with the Star Wars franchise, "and I think apart from his continuing use of Simon Pegg — and who can blame him, frankly — it made sense not to do it.”

Whether or not Cumberbatch was simply pointing out the fact that Pegg has been involved with many of Abrams' recent projects such as Star Trek and Mission: Impossible, the rumors continue to flourish that the Spaced actor will be in Episode VII.

"J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends," said Pegg in response to Cumberbatch's comments. "I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film is cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors.

When asked if he wasn't going to be in the movie, Pegg brought up his visit to the Episode VII set. "It’s amazing, and I love Star Wars. I want to see everything happening. It looks wonderful, and you need to believe those characters. Any type of stunt casting might just pop you out of the movie."

Last month, Episode VII actor Andy Serkis confirmed that his Imaginarium will be used for Star Wars. If Simon Pegg claims that his face would be too distracting in a Star Wars film, then perhaps he would be a useful candidate to play a motion capture character? Only time will tell.

Sources: Jedi News, MTV, Vulture

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UPDATE: Six Weeks After Leg Injury, Ford is Walking

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By: Lillian Skye

72 year old Harrison Ford was recently photographed walking in Santa Monica, just six weeks after news broke that the actor had sustained an injury on the Star Wars set. Although Ford was seen walking unassisted, there has been no confirmation that he is fully recovered.

While filming for Episode VII took a two week break to account for Ford's recovery, Disney has stressed that the delay will not deter the film's December 18th, 2015 release date.

Sources: Making Star Wars, NY Daily News

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Steve Blum Talks Zeb & 'Star Wars Rebels'

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By: Benjamin Hart

The cast and crew of Star Wars Rebels made the rounds at San Diego Comic Con, doing many interviews during the convention and giving aways tons of details about the series. HitFix caught up veteran voice actor Steve Blum and he discussed the beginnings of his Star Wars fandom as well as how he developed the voice of his character Zeb Orrelios. Check it out below:


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Report: Episode VII Filming Taking Place on Skellig Michael

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By: Dominic Jones

New reports are flooding in that the Star Wars Episode VII crew is doing a location shoot on the island Skellig Michael, off the coast of South Kerry in Ireland.  Reports suggest that director JJ Abrams as well as Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill were on location.  Several of Hamill's children were also spotted in the area.  Abrams and the cast were reportedly flown in a helicopter to the set on the island.  No word on what exactly is going on there, or where in the galaxy Skellig Michael is supposed to be.  However, if Luke Skywalker is there, you can bet it's important!

For images from the set (or at lest of the crew getting ready to head to the set) click here and here.


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

In Case You Missed It: July 19th - July 26th, 2014

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By: Benjamin Hart

It's time for ICYMI! This week we had a ton of awesomeness coming out of San Diego Comic Con, plus beards, X-Wings, severed hands and much more. Read on and get caught up:


News

Message from J.J., Episode VII X-wing Revealed
We finally have our first look at an X-Wing from Episode VII(No, it's not a Z-95 Headhunter!).  Read more...

Bearded Mark Hamill Talks Episode VII
"It's really about the new generation of characters, we're just there to lend our support and grow contractually obligated beards." Read more...

Extended 'Star Wars Rebels' Trailer Released
We've been looking for a proper trailer for Rebels, and by golly we got one. Read more...

'Holonet News' Site Launches
This in-universe interactive site is a brilliant form of marketing for Star Wars Rebels. Read more...

Report: Battlefront Will Not Tie Into Episode VII
It seems the next Battlefront will be mostly be focusing on the original six films, and not so much future ones. Read more...

Hot Toys Announces Star Wars License
The high quality toy maker will soon begin creating figures and vehicles from a Galaxy far, far away. Read more...


San Diego Comic Con

New 'Star Wars Rebels' Trailer & Clip
Wow... Just, wow.  The Rebels crew dropped an amazing trailer on us at the Rebels panel, plus we get some awesome clips. Read more here and here...

IGN Interviews Filoni, Prinze Jr., and Marshall about 'Rebels'
Great chat with one of the Filoni and a portion of the cast. Read more...

Dave Filoni & Simon Kinberg Talk 'Rebels' At SDCC
Clevver Movies grills the two executive producers on the upcoming series. Read more...

New Hasbro Star Wars Figures Revealed!
Wampas, Tauntans and Rebels.... oh my! Check out all the awesome new figures coming down the pipe! Read more...

New 'Star Wars Rebels' Lego Set Revealed
Walking carpets made of bricks. What's not to love? Read more...

Tweets From the Hasbro Star Wars Panel at SDCC
Our own Chris Seekell live-tweeted the Hasbro panel, and here is his handy work. Read more...

Star Wars SDCC Collectibles Panel Tweets
Here is a ton of interesting tweets courtesy of a bunch of people who were in attendance. Read more...

SDCC A New Dawn Panel Tweets
A lot of interesting information was revealed about the Star Wars Rebels prequel novel, and much more. Read more...

New Asajj Ventress & Quinlan Vos Novel Announced
The Clone Wars will continue in text form! A new book by Christie Golden is coming next year. Read more...

Marvel Announces Three New Star Wars Comic Series
Star Wars, Darth Vader and Princess Leia are coming next year! Read more...

Star Wars Rebels Premiere First Impressions
The first episode of Star Wars Rebels was screened, and here's what people had to say about it. Read more...


Rumors

Rumor: Potential Episode VII Plot Details
Here we have our first big plot rumor, and it's very... interesting. Read more...

Rumor: New Episode VII Set Photo
We just might a glimpse of the Pinewood Studios backlot. Read more...

Rumor: Potential Details About Gwendoline Christie and John Boyega's Roles in Episode VII
Who could these to be playing? This might be the answer you're looking for. Read more...


Also check out

  • On the latest SWU Podcast you can listen to the full Star Wars Rebels panel at San Diego Comic Con, plus our initial reactions to some breaking news.
  • Ciaran & Dominic discuss the 'poison Snapple' episodes of season three on the latest Clone Wars Strikes Back.
  • Check out David Gremillion's latest opinion piece about the much debated lack of a medal for our favorite walking carpet. 
  • Darth Daddy takes a look at the works of JVCustoms on his latest Customizing Corner.



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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Star Wars Rebels Premiere First Impressions

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Pictured: The Rogue Rebels enjoy the show.
By: Benjamin Hart

Thursday night, just a few blocks away from San Diego Comic Con at Reading Cinemas, Gaslamp 15, Lucasfilm premiered the first episode(s) of Star Wars Rebels. The screening lasted approximately 45 minutes and attendees walked out with very positive reactions their first taste of the series. Several journalists from different from sites across the web, including our very own Chris Seekell, were there to experience it and they subsequently shared their thoughts online. Here are some excerpts from their (spoiler free) first impressions:


"This show is essentially what 'The Clone Wars' would be if it were set in the Original Trilogy era with Original Trilogy dialog, character driven stories, pacing, and music. I predict that 'Star Wars Rebels' will be a massive hit, will be critically acclaimed and will be popular with Star Wars fans of all ages. This series captures the magic of A New Hope perhaps better than any Star Wars project since 2005... and maybe even since 1983. It will premiere with a TV film this fall. Do not miss it. Even if the only thing about Star Wars you liked was the first film, do not miss it." - Chris Seekell, The SWU


"Rebels has laughs and plenty of action, and the hour long episode doesn’t waste a moment of dialogue. I was pleasantly surprised by the pacing and how much we learned without it feeling forced. The time period in between Episodes III and IV is a fascinating era to see more of, and honestly, it’s touching to watch this ragtag group of heroes do what they can to fight back against the Empire." - Amy Ratcliffe, IGN (Amy also discussed her thoughts in this video.)


"Star Wars Rebels has more heart than you can possibly imagine. The show is truly about the characters. You feel for the orphan, you want this new group of rag tag rebels to take him in and to form that made family. We don’t learn everyone’s deep backstory, but we learn enough about the Empire and what it has taken from them that every time they have a victory against an Imperial stooge, you feel the justification." - Jason Ward, Making Star Wars


"The audience didn't hold back their excitement during the episode, cheering during some scenes and laughing loudly at others. The tone delivers on what the trailers have teased and harkens back to that golden original trilogy era. There may be darkness in this pre-A New Hope series but there’s a lot of hope and fun as well." - Lisa Granshaw, The Daily Dot


Big thanks to Lucasfilm for hosting this screening, and kudos to the attendees who took the time to share their thoughts with us! Star Wars Rebels is slated to premiere on the Disney Channel this October, and will subsequently continue to air on Disney XD.

Update: Here's an excerpt from Bryan Young's first impression post on Big Shiny Robot:

"More than anything, this show feels like "Star Wars." It emulates the formula, but remixes it for the time period in which it's set. We've seen "Star Wars" like this, but at the same time we haven't. It's a careful balancing act, and I think the creators behind the show, Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman crossed that tightrope with ease."

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Marvel Announces Three New Star Wars Comic Series! (Updated!)

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By: Dominic Jones


Marvel made some exciting announcements today prior to their 'Cup o' Joe' panel regarding the new Star Wars comics coming in 2015.  Marvel will begin publishing Star Wars comics for the first time since 1985 in January 2015 after re-acquiring the license, which was held by Dark Horse comics from 1992-2014.

The first three series, set to launch in early 2015, will be titled Star Wars, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia!  Star Wars will be an ongoing series written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by John Cassaday and is set following the battle of Yavin.  It will star the main cast of the Original Trilogy.  Star Wars: Darth Vader is an ongoing series written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca.  It will deal with vader following the destruction of the Death Star as he tries to regain The EMperor's trust and instill fear and terror in the galaxy.  Star Wars: Princess Leia will be a five issue mini series written by Mark Waid with art by Terry Dodson and will cover large portions of Leia life as she rises from Princess to Imperial Senator, to Rebel leader, and will show how she deals with the destruction of Alderaan.  

Newsarama revealed the covers (prior to the panel) for the first issue of each series, check them out below! 


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Dave Filoni & Simon Kinberg Talk 'Rebels' At SDCC

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By: Benjamin Hart

Clevver Movies recently sat down with two of the three executive producers of Star Wars Rebels and they revealed some interesting details about the series. In the video below Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg discuss  the premise of the story, which classic characters might be appearing, and even the special look of the Lightsabers in the show.


Source: Clevver Movies

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Friday, July 25, 2014

SDCC A New Dawn Panel Tweets

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By: Benjamin Hart

San Diego Comic Con continues with the Star Wars: A New Dawn hosted by Del Rey! As the title implies, it's main focus was on the upcoming Star Wars Rebels prequel novel A New Dawn, but they also gave out some other fascinating information about other upcoming books and projects, and also announced a brand new novel near the end. The panelists include John Jackson Miller(@jjmfaraway), Shelly Shapiro, Jennifer Heddle(@jenheddle), Pablo Hidalgo(@infinitata), Dave Filoni(@dave_filoni) and moderated by Vanessa Marshall(@vanmarshall). Thanks to a group of attendess who live-tweeted the panel, we have a host of tweets detailing what was said. We have selected the best ones and placed them below:















































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BREAKING: New Asajj Ventress & Quinlan Vos Novel Announced

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By: Benjamin Hart

This just in from San Diego Comic Con: a brand new novel has been announced at the A New Dawn panel! Dave Filoni revealed that a new book, based on scripts for unaired episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, is being written by Christie Golden. And not only that, Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos are set to star in it! It is expected to hit bookstores everywhere Summer 2015. The Star Wars Books Facebook page revealed some breathtaking art from the novel by Aaron Mcbride, which you can see above!

Stay tuned to StarWarsUnderworld.com for a thorough recap of the panel with lots more information about Star Wars Rebels and it's prequel Novel A New Dawn.

Source: Star Wars Books

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Star Wars SDCC Collectibles Panel Tweets

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By: Dominic Jones

Today is Star Wars Day at San Diego Comic Con the latest Star Wars panel to take place is The Star Wars Collectibles update.  The panel features updates from Sideshow, Efx, Gentle Giant, and Kotobukiya.  Our Chris Seekell was in attendance and live tweeted the event.  Here's what he saw,




























Read our recap of the A New Dawn panel that followed!

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