Friday, November 21, 2014

Video: The Lost Missions Q&A: Rogue Yoda

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm has released another video from the Q&A held at Lucasfilm following the premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Six 'The Lost Missions.'  This time we have Supervising Director Dave Filoni, and voice actors Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker) and Tom Kane (Yoda) discussing the sequence in the episode "Voices" where Anakin helps Yoda escape from the Jedi temple.  Check it out below,


This is the second video that has been released from the event, the first was all about the Darth Bane cameo, check that out here.


 
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DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: PULPY FICTION

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by: Darth Daddy


Pulpy Fiction from Brantford, Ontario has a signature style when it comes to customizing his 6" Star Wars custom action figures. He was at it before Hasbro was even considering making their 6" Black Series toy line modifying and sculpting onto the Marvel Legend figures.  His work looks as if it just jumped off the page of a beautiful comic book. He is remarkably skilled. This is an artist you will want to watch. Not only can he paint his awesome creations with great precision but he can create tailor made soft goods to dress them in. His sculpts of Chewbacca and Boba Fett are just jaw dropping and his photos look like they could adorn the cover of an old pulp novel. If his future projects look as eye catching as these figures, we have one very cool journey ahead of us. He still has many projects on the way, and I mean MANY.




























LINKS for PULPY FICTION: 



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EXCLUSIVE: Quote From 'The Force Awakens' Revealed!

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By: Dominic Jones

On this week's SWU Podcast (listen below), we had the pleasure of being able to reveal to our listeners a line of dialogue from the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  This info was passed onto us from a reliable source close to the project.  This quote is not that spoiler-y, but if you are trying to avoid all The Force Awakens spoilers, then stop reading now!  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!
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The following is a line Han Solo says to Chewbacca upon entering the Millennium Falcon:

"Chewie, we're back home!"

This is sounds like a great moment in the film and a symbolic one for fans who have been waiting over 35 years to our heroes return to the big screen.  Check out the SWU Podcast where we revealed this information below for more analysis of this moment, plus discussion about the rumored trailer and the latest Rebels episode!



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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 21/11/14

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On this episode we reveal some exclusive inside info on Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens!  Join Chris, Ben, and Dominic as they drop some inside info, break down the rumors about the upcoming teaser trailer, and look at the latest news and rumors about The Force Awakens.  Then they discuss the latest Rebels episode, "Empire Day."  What did they think about exploring Ezra's past?  Who are Ezra's parents?  What is the five year plan?  Plus, just how long do they expect Rebels to stay on the air?  All this and much more?

Episode Break down:
0:00:00 to 0:6:51 Intro
0:06:51 to 0:29:28 Trailer Discussion
0:29:28 to 1:02:45 Inside Info + News and Spoilers
1:02:45 to end of show: Rebels 'Empire Day' discussion

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rumor: 'The Force Awakens' Teaser NOT Debuting With 'The Hobbit'

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By: Dominic Jones

Rumors have been running rampant about the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens that we know is coming.  It just seems to be a matter of when and how.  Yesterday rumors began circulating that the trailer would be attached to Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  While that would make sense for a variety of reasons, it seems that may not be the case.   Slashfilm is now reporting that the trailer will not be attached to the final Hobbit  film, and that Disney has "bigger plans" for the trailer.  Keep in mind, the trailer could still be attached to The Hobbit, but will just debut elsewhere first.

As for what those bigger plans might be, no one seems to know.  There are several theories of what they might be.  Everything from the idea that Disney could rent out a bunch of theaters and invite fans to come out and just see the new trailer (as was done with Avatar), to the suggestion that the trailer could debut with a NFL Thanksgiving game (not buying that one in the slightest).

My favourite theory is that Lucasfilm will do what Marvel tried to do with the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and release it on Television first.  They could re-air the Star Wars Rebels two-parter "Empire Day" and "Gathering Forces" on ABC and debut the trailer during that (and then attach it to The Hobbit as well).

Now it's just a matter of playing the waiting game until Lucasfilm/Disney let us in on their plans.  If you're curious what the trailer will/could consist of, click here.

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Rumor: 'The Force Awakens' Set Names, Nyong'o's Character Revealed

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By Chris Seekell

Yesterday, Making Star Wars' Jason Ward published an article on his site revealing some set codenames he stumbled across from an environment titled "Pirate's Cove" that most likely is a fusion of the outdoor set from Greenham Common and indoor sets from Pinewood. Here are the codenames below according to Making Star Wars.

  • Sun Terrace
  • Rose’s Room
  • Walk-in freezer
  • Map Room
  • Passageway
  • “Dusty” Back Room
  • Pier (overlooks the ocean)
  • The Cliff Face

Ward also went on to describe some of these sets. One that particularly interested us was the one codenamed "Rose's Room".

An interesting thing about “Roses’s Room” is the stage needs to be raised “for puppetry requirements.” We may even know the puppet that is to be used but we can’t be very sure yet. Who is “Rose?” We’ve heard the name attributed as another code name for “Snow Girl,” “Kira,” and “Fawn.” In a piece we will discuss later, there is a gypsy styled puppet and the name rose might be a playful codename for “Gypsie Rose Lee,” a 1950’s burlesque dancer. The character is not attractive like Gypsie Rose Lee so its simply a word association, if accurate. It could mean “Kira” or it could be someone else entirely.

The SWU reached out to our sources, and one was able to confirm that the character codenamed "Rose" is in fact a puppet, that also will be brought to life with motion capture from actress Lupita Nyong'o. This fits with information we received last month suggesting Nyong'o was brought on board for motion capture.

While a lot has come out concerning the roles Ridley, Boyega, Isaac, and Driver will play in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Nyong'o's character has been a bit of a mystery. But it looks like that is starting to unravel as we draw ever closer to the one year mark before the film's release.

Source: Making Star Wars

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rumor: 'The Force Awakens' Trailer To Debut With The Hobbit

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By: Benjamin Hart

Well, it looks like we may all be buying tickets to The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Soon.  The folks at Star Wars Episode 7 News are reporting, via two sources, that the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut with the third Hobbit film when it's released on December 17th, a year and a day prior to The Force Awakens' release. Firstly, their source Echo-07 reportedly spoke with a theater manager and confirmed that the trailer will be attached to the Hobbit:

"The manager said they don’t get the trailer info very far in advance. It comes on a drive (all digital now). He said he didn’t think it would come in with Hunger Games: Mockingjay. He also said that companies (like Disney) aren’t allowed to “cross-promote” except for two times in a year. There are rules and regs about this apparently. However, since Hobbit comes out a year before SW E7 it could be close enough to be within these rules."

Secondly, they point to a Tweet(which has since been deleted) that quotes Tommy Gormley, the first assistant director on The Force Awakens:

"Had a talk from Thomas Gormley today, when asked about the teaser trailer for Star Wars VII he said, “You might wanna go see The Hobbit.”"

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, along with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Into The Woods were all being looked at as possible venues for the trailer to debut. Considering that the trailer is most likely nearing completion, as well as The Hobbit's date being almost exactly a year away from TFA, I'd say this is very likely to be true. Still, it isn't official until Lucasfilm or Disney confirms it. Take this with a grain of salt for the time being.

Source: Star Wars 7 News

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Preview Of Next Star Wars Rebels Episode 'Gathering Forces'

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By: Benjamin Hart

Next week we will seen the climatic conclusion of the story that began in the last episode "Empire Day". "Gathering Forces" is the seventh regular episode of Season one, and as we recently found out, will be the last episode to air in 2014. The synopsis for the episode reads;

"With the Inquisitor hot on the Ghost’s tail, Kanan and Ezra split off in the Phantom to draw him away from the Imperial deserter, Tseebo. Master and apprentice lure the Imperials to the abandoned asteroid base and its carnivorous creatures, only to be overwhelmed by the Inquisitor’s onslaught. When the Inquisitor appears unstoppable, Ezra comes precariously close to the dark side of the Force. Ezra confronts the Inquisitor when Star Wars Rebels airs at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Monday, November 24th on Disney XD."

Also, today we were treated to a clip from the episode and several photos which show Kanan and Ezra facing off against more Fyrnocks, as well as the Inquisitor:




You can also watch a bonus clip from the episode at the end of the latest Rebels Recon video(at 5:18):



Be sure to catch "Gathering Forces" this Monday on Disney XD, or if you're a Disney XD subscriber, you can see it right now on Watch Disney XD!

Sources: YouTube, Yakface.com, RebelForce Radio

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Star Wars Rebels Mid-Season Hiatus Begins After Next Episode ‘Gathering Forces’

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By Ciaran Duggan

Following the broadcast of the phenomenal Star Wars Rebels episode - Empire Day - it is with regret that to report some downhearted news. The final episode of this two-part arc – Gathering Forces - will be the final episode released prior to the Rebels winter break.

Star Wars: Rebels will be returning to our screens on January 5th 2015, as affirmed by Lucasfilm Publicist Tray Cannobio. This means there will be just six more episodes broadcast (beginning in January) until the Rebels season finale. 


Whilst it is sad to hear that the Rebels mid-season hiatus has commenced so early, there are an abundance of episodes to re-live and re-watch in the mid-season break; showcasing how outstanding the Rebels TV series has been so far. 

January 2015 cannot come around soon enough!


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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Artists Announced

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By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is just five months away and the announcements are starting to roll in.  Today StarWars.com revealed the artists that will be taking part in the Celebration Art show, a tradition at Star Wars Celebration.  Record numbers of artists submitted their work for consideration and Lucasfilm put together a team of judges to choose who would have the honor of taking part in the art show.  The artists selected will each feature a print created for Celebration.  The Star Wars Celebration Anaheim artists are:
  • Steve Anderson
  • Drew Baker
  • Lin Zy Busch
  • Matt Busch
  • Jeff Carlisle
  • Jason Christman
  • Jeff Confer
  • Katie Cook
  • Joe Corroney
  • Doug Cowan
  • Mark Daniels
  • Chris Dee
  • Terry Dodson
  • Grant Gould
  • Karen Hallion
  • Scott Harben
  • Stephen Hayford
  • Jessica Hickman
  • Adam Hughes
  • Brandon Kenney
  • Brian Kesinger
  • Lee Kohse
  • Ken Lashley
  • Erik Maell
  • Randy Martinez
  • Brian Miller
  • Jake Murray
  • William O’Neill
  • Jason Palmer
  • Brian Rood
  • Alex Ross
  • Tsuneo Sanda
  • Cat Staggs
  • Shae Standefer
  • Chris Trevas
  • Malcom Tween
  • Jerry Vanderstelt
  • Russell Walks
  • Marc Wolfe
  • Brent Woodside
The artists were selected by a panel of judges from various groups at Lucasfilm and Disney.  The judges were:
From Industrial Light & Magic Art Department:
  • John Bell — Sr. VFX Art Director
  • Alex Jeager — Sr. VFX Art Director
  • Christian Alzmann — r. VFX Art Director
  • Aaron McBride — Sr. VFX Art Director
  • David Nakabayashi — Creative Director
From Lucasfilm Animation:
  • Kilian Plunkett — Art Director
  • Amy Beth Christianson — Sr. Concept Artist
From Disney Consumer Products:
  • Troy Alders — Art Director
From Disney Interactive:
  • Hez Chorba — Creative Director
  • Shereen Von Trapp — Graphic Designer
In addition, "experts in Star Wars characters and continuity" Pablo Hidalgo, Leland Chee, Pete Vilmur, and Brian Merten, also served as judges.

Congratulations to all the artist selected!  We can wait to see your prints in Anaheim.  

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim takes place from April 16-19, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  Get your tickets here.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Rumor: A.J. Edwards Working on a Mace Windu Film

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By: Dominic Jones

Our friends over at MakingStarWars.net picked up on an interesting tidbit today.  A.J. Edwards, the director of The Better Angels did a Reddit AMA and someone asked him if he would be directing a Star Wars film, and, surprisingly, he said yes!  He went on to specify that he is working on a Mace Windu film.  Mace Windu was played by Samuel L. Jackson in Episodes I-III.

Now, it should be pointed out that Edwards could very well have just been joking and we're all taking this way to seriously.  But, we are also in an era where there are more Star Wars projects being worked on then ever before.  Also, Edwards does seem to fit in with the trend of choosing younger, lesser known directors for the stand alone films (like Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank).  As for a Mace Windu film, that could be cool.  I expect this will start up the Mace is alive conspiracy theories again, but I would rather see a new Mace Windu film set during the Clone Wars.  

What do you think?  Would you be interested in seeing a Mace Windu film?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below, or in Club SWU!


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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Trailer Released

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By: Dominic Jones

The LA Time Hero Complex blog has revealed the first trailer for the upcoming Star Wars Celebration Anaheim convention happening in Anaheim, California April 16-19, 2015.  The trailer features footage shot at past celebrations (I spotted stuff from IV, V, VI, and Europe II), and features voice over from Star Wars celebs like Mark Hamill, Ashley Eckstein, Anthony Daniels, and more!  


This just gets me more hyped for Celebration!  I've been to the last three Celebrations (V, VI, and Europe II) and I can say from experience that they are amazing and if you have the means and are a Star Wars fan, you must be there!  Get your tickets for Celebration from the official Celebration website


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Rumour: 'The Force Awakens' Tie-In Novel Release Date

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By Ciaran Duggan

Just over a week has passed since the disclosure of the title for Episode VII - The Force Awakens - and this prior week has witnessed the materialisation of rumours reporting that a teaser trailer could well be on the way to airing in the next month or so. The intention of course would be to incentivize fans to watch the movie in theatres on December 18, 2015 (I think we’re incentivized already mind you).

Earlier this week, the German Star Wars fan page - Jedi Bibliothek – learned that the junior novelised tie-in to The Force Awakens is set to hit book shelves on December 22, 2015. This will be four days after the debut of The Force Awakens in movie theatres. Speculation therefore has emerged regarding the release of the adult novelization. Will the adult novelization of The Force Awakens be published on the same date or on an earlier one? That remains to be seen.


The authenticity of this rumour is certainly up for question, as the Prequel Novels were published shortly before the unveiling of the Prequels in the cinema. However, that policy was implemented by George Lucas and Lucasfilm, it remains to be seen whether Disney will follow the same trajectory. I am sure that Disney would not want to publish a book containing an array of spoilers prior to the film release, therefore I implore you all to watch this space, as this rumour evidently appears legitimate. 

Source: Club Jade

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Rumor: 'The Force Awakens' Trailer Synopsis Revealed; Isaac To Play X-Wing Pilot

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By Chris Seekell

Rumors have been swirling around the web today concerning the first Star Wars Episode VII teaser trailer that John Williams has allegedly finished scoring. First up, Devin Faraci at Badass Digest claims to have sources that have seen the trailer, and shared a brief description of what they saw.

"..it'll be short. And when I say short, I mean one minute long. It's going to have The Force Theme played on woodwinds, softly, over flashing images of the main leads, each fading to black. There's no dialogue, just reveals of the characters. And then the music swells up into a full orchestral piece - perhaps what John Williams recorded this weekend? - and we hear a female voice, likely Daisy Ridley's, saying "Wake up."And then the title card appears - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - and we see the Millennium Falcon, firing blasters, coming right at the camera. "

Next, Jason Ward from Making Star Wars posted a more detailed description of the trailer per information from one of his sources.

  • Fade in from black, shots of the dunes, Boyega pops in to the shot from below. He’s wearing white Stormtrooper armor but he doesn’t have a helmet on.
  • In the teaser we only see Boyega and Ridley really.
  • Ridley boards a speeder.
  • She has a helmet on like Endor Leia, a design with pop-down goggles.
  • A shot of Ridley’s speeder approaching the station (the TMZ set we saw).
  • We see the new Stormtroopers on a transport. The flight is turbulent.
  • New X-wings.
  • TIE Fighters.
  • The new ball droid that’s a gyroscope and belongs to “Kira.”
  • The new “Sith” is also revealed. He has a cross-beam lightsaber and the beam is a bit wilder and more super-charged than your normal lightsaber.
  • The Falcon.

We reached out to our sources as well, and everything Jason's source told him is accurate. However, we cannot confirm that the line "Wake up" was said in the trailer.

Our sources also added a few additional tidbits that will be revealed in the trailer. Firstly Oscar Isaac will appear in the trailer piloting an X-Wing fighter. Additionally, the Sith character will be revealed on a snowy forest planet. This information is significant, because it lends credence to a rumored scene first described on the Jedi Council Forums a few months ago.

"That will be John Boyega's job as he has a little light saber duel with Driver... I've seen the scene and wasn't sure whether [Ridley] was killed or not. She also gets captured by Driver. Boyega and Daisy arrive in a forest with snow falling, that's where the fight takes place. Don't know any [character] names, I've just seen the footage. Boyega with blue lightsaber and Driver with red. Just those 3 characters. Driver dressed in all black, sith costume. I'm only going off by what I've seen. Light saber was a standard one but with a cross light like on the handle for Drivers. Daisy on the floor, Boyega and Driver fighting. Driver does something with his hands and Boyega runs over to Dasiy already on the floor. A good comparison would be that [Driver] looked like Snape from Harry Potter."

So far, everything we have heard from trailer rumors and concept art leaks have supported the accuracy of this scene description.

It looks like The Force Awakens teaser trailer is finally at or very near completion, and a release is imminent. We are speculating sometime between the November 21st Hunger Games premiere and Christmas Day.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fan Film: 'Star Wars: Black Sands'

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By: Dominic Jones

With The Force Awakens on the horizon, we're all thirsting for new live action Star Wars action.  The team over at Apsis Motion Pictures are here to help fill the time until new Star Wars hits the theaters next year with their new fan film Star Wars: Black Sands.  The film features a lightsaber duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Maul.  The film is directed by Joel Lookus and stars Sam Slater and Chris Harper as Darth Maul and Luke Skywalker, respectively.  Check it out below,


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