Monday, May 2, 2016

Disney Releases Emoji Video Of The Force Awakens

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By Ciaran Duggan,

The Disney Facebook Page has released a new, cool version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney have recreated The Force Awakens in a three minute emoji video. It is as incredible as it sounds. The sentients, vehicles, characters and settings of the Force Awakens are remodelled in emoji form, as the story of the Force Awakens is played out. Take a look at this awesome video for yourselves in the link below:

Let us know your views on the emoji video in the comments below.

Source: Disney
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Scientists Name New Species of Weevil After Chewbacca

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By: Dominic Jones

A team of researchers discovered several new species of Trigonopterus Fauvel recently and chose to name one of them after everyone's favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca!  The new weevil's were discovered by scientists Matthew H. Van Dam, Raymond Laufa, Alexander Riedel, after spending ten days on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. 

The explained their decision to name the Weevil after Chewie in their paper announcing the finds, published in ZooKeys last week, saying that,


This epithet is a noun in apposition and based on the likeable fictional character Chewbacca in George Lucas’ Star Wars movies, portrayed primarily by Peter Mayhew. This species has dense scales on the head and the legs, which reminds the authors of Chewbacca’s dense fur."


Though they share the name Chewbacca, the Trigonopterus chewbacca and Wookiees don't have much in common.  For starters, the Trigonopterus chewbacca is only about 2.78 to 3.13 mm long, whereas Peter Mayhew is 2.21 m tall.

This isn't the first time a species has been named after a Star Wars character.  Last March researchers named a new species of cat fish after the bounty hunter Greedo, in 2012 a spider was named after the Sarlacc pit, and in 1996 a species of tree mites were named after Darth Vader.  (If you're interested in more species named after Star Wars characters, Live Science has a fun list here).

Sources: ZooKeys, USA Today

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

BREAKING: New 'Episode VIII' Set Photos Reveal The Millennium Falcon & More

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By: Benjamin Hart

Oh yes, it's that time again! After an extended lull in leaks from the production of Star Wars: Episode VIII, we just got hit with another huge reveal. Today, the Daily Mail has released a ton of new aerial photos of several outdoor Episode VIII sets at Pinewood Studios in London. The photos give us our latest look at the Millennium Falcon and a new location on Ahch-To, as well as other buildings under construction. Of course, the following photos could be considered spoilers, so if you don't want to see or know anything about Episode VIII, I suggest you stop reading now. This is your official SPOILER ALERT.

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First, we get several different angles of the Millennium Falcon which is being assembled at the bottom of a hill. Above it sits a massive set that is unmistakably meant to match the planet Ahch-To, where Rey finds Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the set features the now iconic rocky stairway, it's what's near the top of the hill that's most intriguing. We can assume this is a brand new location on the planet. You can check out some of the photos below.


In addition, we also get a peak at two other sets. The first being a structure that it located behind the Ahch-To set on top the the hill. This building gives me a Prequel-vibe. It looks like something you might see on a metropolitan world like Coruscant. While I don't expect we'll be going back to that city planet, I'd bet it has something to do with the Republic. The design on the ground in front of it is also worthy of note.


And finally, we have one photo of a set in a different area. This one is not fully built and features several buildings. Some of the structures have a circular design to them, which could be a sign they could be on the same planet as the building above.


Be sure to head over to the Daily Mail to see even more photos of the set, as well as a short overhead video. Star Wars: Episode VIII opens in theaters on December 15th, 2017.

Source: Daily Mail

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Tons Of Retailers Offering Star Wars Day Deals

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By: Benjamin Hart

It seems that May the 4th, also know as "Star Wars Day", is becoming more of a phenomenon every year, What started as a mere play-on-words has morphed into a yearly celebration of the greatest saga of all time. In conjunction, Lucasfilm and many other companies seem to have adopted the date as an unofficial holiday. In doing so, a plethora of retailers have unveiled their plans to release exclusive and limited edition items along with special discounts and deals on May the 4th. Everyone from Walmart, Gamestop, Toys"R"Us and Bed, Bath and Beyond to Her Universe and Petco are participating. StarWars.com has released a handy list of all the merchandise and deals that will be available on or around the 4th, and we gleaned some highlights which you can check out below!

Sphero
  • In honor of May the 4th, score a BB-8 by Sphero for $129.99.
  • Offer valid April 30th – May 8th.

GameStop
  • Come to GameStop for exclusive items like the Poe Dameron #1 variant and a full line of Star Wars accessories from Love and Madness.
  • Find the deals that you ARE looking for with 20% off select Star Wars Housewares.
  • Offers valid on May the 4th only.

Target
  • Free $10 gift card when you spend $50 on Star Wars items online at Target.com.
  • Offer valid on May the 4th only.


Kohl’s
  • Take an Extra 20% off select Star Wars Hasbro items at Kohls.com.
  • Offer valid May 4th – May 10th using promo code MAYTHE4th.

Her Universe
  • We love May the 4th so much we’re celebrating May 4th through May 8th with new Star Wars products! Free “May The 4th Be With You” patch with any order of $25 or more!
  • Special sale on Star Wars items!

Gentle Giant LTD
  • 20% off entire collection from the Star Wars Universe!
  • Join the Gentle Giant LTD Premier Guild Collector’s Club and receive an ADDITIONAL 10% off your purchase for a total of a whopping 30% discount!
  • Offer valid May 1st – May 8th.

Best Buy
  • $20.00 off all controllers: The officially licensed Star Wars: The Force Awakens wired controllers for XBOX One feature all new imagery from the latest in the Star Wars saga.
  • Offer valid May 1st to May 7th.

Fathead
  • Gear up for May the 4th with 35% off all Star Wars Fatheads, available at fathead.com! Discover how the supreme quality and resolution of our Star Wars wall decals honor the cinematic quality of the legendary films. Unlike a Star Wars poster, these high impact, finely detailed Fathead Star Wars wall decals come with a low-tac, adhesive backing that makes decorating easy and allows you to remove and reuse them without any harm to your walls.
  • Offer valid May 4th through May 10th.

Walmart
  • Celebrate Star Wars Day with Walmart! May the 4th be with you, as galactic Rollback savings await on four buildable LEGO characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as a cool Finn costume for your Padawan!
  • One Costume for $4: Star Wars Episode 7 Finn Child Dress Up / Role Play Costume (Offer Valid May 4th – May 31st).
  • Select LEGO toys $20/each: LEGO Constraction Kylo Ren, LEGO Constraction Captain Phasma, LEGO Constraction Finn,  LEGO Constraction Poe Dameron (Offer Valid May 4th – August 4th).

In addition, Walmart recently announced that new 3.75'' Hasbro Black Series Star Wars: The Force Awakens figures will be available for Star Wars day. The figures include Starkiller Base Han Solo, General Leia Organa and Captain Phasma. According to Yakface, these figures have already been spotted on shelves, so be on the lookout for them. You can see images of them below:






And, of course, be sure to head over to StarWars.com to check out the full list! You don't want to miss many of these incredible offers!

Source: StarWars.com

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EA Reveals Star Wars Day Bonuses For 'Battlefront' & 'The Old Republic'

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By: Benjamin Hart

Star Wars Day, May the 4th(be with you), is coming up next week and it looks as though we're going to have plenty of ways to celebrate the occasion! Star Wars gamers will want to take note of some awesome bonuses that EA will be making available to us on and around the 4th. Gamespot is reporting that at least three Star Wars titles will be offering up some rewards you won't want to miss out on,


First off, those who log into Star Wars Battlefront on May the 4th will be treated to a free bundle of 4,444 credits. In addition, a new Hutt Contract feature will be available that day which will allow players to both spend credits and earn rewards for completed bounties. Also, free access to Battlefront on PC will be available as a four-hour trail from Origin which will be online starting at 11:00am PT.


Players of the MMO RPG Star Wars: The Old Republic are in for some treats as well. From now until May 30th the Knights Of The Fallen Empire expansion will be available to play for free, and those who log in prior to May the 4th will receive a M4-I6 Zakuulan Astromech Droid mini-pet. which you can see above.. If you play between May 3rd and May 10th you will be rewarded with double PvP commendations, double experience, double requisitions in Starfighter, and double legacy experience.

Also, mobile gamers should be aware that Star Wars: Galaxy Of Heroes will be offering a twenty-five percent discount on crystals on May the 4th, and between April 30th and May 5th different game modes will offer double rewards each day, beginning with Cantina battles.

Happy gaming, and May the 4th be with you!

Source: Gamespot

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Friday, April 29, 2016

'Rogue One' Apparel To Be Available At Disney Parks On May The 4th

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By: Benjamin Hart

Want to get your hands on some Rogue One: A Star Wars Story apparel and support a great cause? Thanks to Star Wars: Force For Change and Disney theme Parks, you'll be able to do just that starting next week! Today, the Disney Parks Blog announced that T-shirts featuring the official Rogue One logo will be available for purchase at various locations at both Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California. In addition, 25% of the retail price of the shirts will be donated to UNICEF to benefit their "Kid power" program.


The shirts will be available in adult and child sizes beginning May 4th, A.K.A "Star Wars Day". The apparel will not be purchasable on the Disney Park online store or the Shop Disney Parks mobile app. They will be only be available exclusively at the following locations in Disney Parks:

Disneyland Resort
  • Disneyland park – The Star Trader and Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Downtown Disney District – D-Street and World of Disney

Walt Disney World Resort

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Tatooine Traders and Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Disney Springs – Star Wars Galactic Outpost and Once Upon A Toy
  • Magic Kingdom Park – Merchants of Venus

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16th!

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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Mads Mikkelsen Reveals More Details About 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

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By: Dominic Jones

Yesterday, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Mads Mikkelsen revealed that he was playing the father of Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso in the film.  Today, he revealed more details about the film, which hits theaters on December 16th, 2016, and his role in an interview with The Evening Standard.

First he revealed that Rogue One will feature flashbacks, saying,
“I spend a lot of time with [Jones] and she’s a wonderful actress. I play her dad at the time of Felicity and I play her dad when she’s younger, so we jump back and forth in time.”


He was also asked about the possibility of classic Star Wars characters appearing in Rogue One.  Mikkelsen told The Evening Standard,
“Some of them – but I would reveal too much. There are iconic characters in our film and also characters you have never heard of. It’s a mix.”

There have been lots of rumors about classic villains appearing in the film.  We've already seen Mon Mothma in the trailer, so it seem possible that we might see some more classic Rebels in the film as well.  It will also be interesting to see proper flashbacks (not just a Force-induced vision that includes flashbacks) in Star Wars film.


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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 29/04/16

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On this episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic cover some rapid fire The Force Awakens topics, including Lor San Tekka, the lightsbaer duel, the Knights of Ren, does the new film affect your viewing order, and more.  Plus, they discuss Mads Mikkelsen's revelation about his Rogue One character, filming on Episode VIII is half done, Star Wars: Bloodline updates, and Celebration updates!  All this and much more!
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Cast of 'Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures' Revealed

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By: Dominic Jones 

Back in February a new Dinsey XD mini series, Lego Star Wars: The Freemkaker Adventures, was announced.  Today, the cast for the series was revealed in a video released on the official Star Wars YouTube channel.  The Freemaker Adventures stars Vanessa Lengies (Glee) as Kordi Freemaker, Nicolas Cantu (Dora and Friends) as Rowan Freemaker, Eurgene Byrd (Arrow) as Zander Freemaker, and Star Wars veteran Matt Wood as Ro-Gr (a B1 battle droid; Matt Wood previously provided the voice of the battle droids on Star Wars: The Clone Wars from 2008-2014 and voiced General Grievous in Revenge of the Sith and The Clone Wars).

Check out the video below,


The series is set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (and before you ask, no, it is not canon) and follows the Freemaker siblings, a family of scavengers who run a salvage and repair shop.  The series will air on Disney XD this summer.

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Pop Culture: Star Wars on Radio X's 'The Chris Moyles' Show'

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By Ciaran Duggan,

The famous British radio and television presenter, Chris Moyles, was disbelieved and shocked to discover that one of his co-hosts was unable to tell him who R2-D2 and C-3PO were.
Each weekday the Global Radio Station, Radio X, broadcasts 'The Chris Moyles Breakfast Show'. The show is renown for its light-hearted, morning humour and today was no different. Moyles' co-host, Dave, was unable to distinguish between C-3PO and R2-D2 or provide the collective term for the 'goodies' and 'baddies' of the films (Rebels vs. Empire, Jedi vs. Sith would have all been acceptable answers).

Moyles then subjected Dave to a Star Wars Quiz, which went painfully wrong for Dave. Test yourself at some of these 'difficult' questions by watching this hilarious video below.

https://www.facebook.com/RadioXBreakfast/videos/1765942890292284/


Did you enjoy the video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X
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Rian Johnson Shares More 'Episode VIII' Set Photos, Announces Filming Is Halfway Done

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By: Benjamin Hart

Filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII is halfway done, so says writer and director Rian Johnson. In a new post on his Tumblr today, Johnson announced the news, and even better, revealed some brand new set photos from the film. Johnson has made a habit of revealing things on his Tumblr blog, previously posting photos of the Millennium Falcon set and Lupita Nyong'o performing Maz Kanata. This time we get a sneak peak at a crew members cleaning various sets, including a Resistance X-Wing and a First Order work station, both of which are manned by actors in full costume. In addition he wrote:

"I can’t believe we’re halfway through the shoot. (We’re halfway through the shoot!)"


You can see the photos above and below!


Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters on December 15th, 2017!

Source: Rian Johnson(Tumblr)

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Mads Mikkelsen Confirms Who He's Playing in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

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By: Benjamin Hart

The hype surrounding Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been skyrocketing since the release of that amazing trailer earlier this month. The footage revealed a great deal from the film, but several elements were noticeably absent. One of the biggest missing pieces was the character that Mads Mikkelsen will be playing. We've heard rumors about Mikklesen's role but no confirmations, until today. In a recent interview with Sky News the actor was asked about his upcoming film roles. which includes Rogue One and Marvel's Doctor Strange. While at first he seemed hesitant about divulging anything about Rogue One, he then proceeded to drop a vital piece of information about his character. Of course, some may consider the following to be a spoiler, so be warned; if you don't want to know anything about Rogue One, stop reading now, This is your official SPOILER WARNING.

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Here's what Mikklesen had to say in regards to his feelings when he was first approached about the role:

"A little scared. I wasn't really sure if I was wearing a Stormtrooper outfit or anything like that at that point. I wasn't sure if I could fit into that. I read the script, it was very beautiful. And Felicity(Jones)'s playing this lovely, young, strong woman and I play her father."

And when asked if he could confirm if Darth Vader will appear in Rogue One, he replied:

"Yes I can, but I won't."

You can watch the full interview below. Star Wars talk begins at the 0:30 mark:



This revelation appears to confirm the aforementioned rumors that Mikkelsen and Jones' characters are related. The same rumors also state that his is a conflicted character who is involved with the construction of the Death Star but has a change of heart. We'll have to wait and see if those turn out to be true. Furthermore, it's worth noting that while signing Rogue One autographs at a convention last year, Mikkelsen added the name "Galen" to his signature, fueling speculation that it was his character's name. Is Madds Mikkelsen playing Galen Erso, the father of Jyne Erso? Id say it's all but confirmed now.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16th!

Source: Sky News

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New 'LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Shorts

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By: Dominic Jones

Lego has released three new Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens short films on the Toys 'R Us YouTube channel.  The shorts are titled The Trouble with Rathtars, Hunting for Han and Rey Strikes Back.  The first LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, titled "Poe to the Rescue" was released back in February.

The description for The Trouble with Rathars is,
HAN SOLO and CHEWBACCA have their hands full with a pack of misbehaving Rathtars as they attempt to transport their carnivorous cargo to a rendezvous with Bala Tik the pirate. Things go from bad to worse when First Order TIE Fighters pull the freighter over, forcing Han to think quick and somehow save his skin from the First Order and the rampaging creatures.

Check it out below,

The description for Hunting for Han is,
At the castle of pirate MAZ KANATA (the gathering spot for A-list Scum and Villainy across the galaxy) Maz prepares to trade with scurvy pirate BALA TIK. Bala Tik’s demands that Maz reveal the location of Han Solo, whom Bala Tik accuses of cheating him out of his Rathtars. As it happens, every unsavory character there has a beef with Han, and soon the Han-haters erupt in a brawl that stops when a mysterious OLD COOT sends the angry Scum on a wild goose chase after Han.

Check it out below,


And finally the description for Rey Strikes Back is,
On remote Jakku, REY strives to make ends meet by scavenging ruined Star Destroyers, but the heartless trader UNKAR PLUTT isn’t making it easy for her. Angry at what he perceives as Rey’s ingratitude, Plutt sends henchmen to steal her cherished Tank Speeder. The two not-so-bright baddies meet their match in the determined Rey, who stops at nothing to get her beloved “Bumper” back.

Check it out below,


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'Live From Lothal' Wins A Star Wars Podcast Award!

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Earlier this year we were thrilled and humbled by the news that two of our Podcasts, The Star Wars Underworld Podcast, as well as our Star Wars Rebels discussion show Live From Lothal, had been nominated for Star Wars Podcast Awards. Later we were delighted furthermore to learn that Live From Lothal had made into the finals of the TV review show category. Yesterday, after much anticipation, the results for the Podcasts Awards were unveiled and Live From Lothal, along with a plethora of other excellent Podcasts, had been chosen as the "fan favorite" in their respective categories. The winners were announced on the the Star Wars Podcast Awards website, along with a special Awards ceremony Podcast. In it, the two men behind the awards, Andy Ury and Mike Audette, introduce a collection of presenters from various Star Wars Podcasts who revealed all of the winners. You read the full results and listen to the ceremony by clicking here!


All of us here at The Star Wars Underworld want to send our most sincere thanks to all our listeners who have supported Live From Lothal and voted for it during the awards process. Also, a very special thank you goes out to Mike and Andy for making the Awards a reality! We're looking forward to producing a brand new episode of Live From Lothal wrapping up season two of Star Wars Rebels, and of course, the show will be back in full swing when season three of Rebels premieres later this year.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

StarWars.com Reveals Details About 'Star Wars: Bloodline'

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By: Benjamin Hart

Hype is building for the next new novel Star Wars: Bloodline. Claudia Gray, who authored the critically acclaimed Star Wars: Lost Stars, will pen this new book which is said to focus on the exploits of Leia Organa six years prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Last week we exclusively revealed a plethora of information about the book which you can read here. Today, Lucasfilm's senior editor Jennifer Heddle wrote a piece on StarWars.com detailing "8 reasons Star Wars: Bloodline will be essential reading". In it, she gives us some further details about story, including the fact that Star Wars: Episode VIII writer and director Rian Johnson had input on the novel. In addition, the book will uncover the political climate of the Galaxy prior to the First Order's rise to power, as well as how the Resistance came to be. It's also worth noting that Han Solo will be a secondary character in the novel and they also tease "huge revelations" in regards to Darth Vader. Be sure to head over to StarWars.com to check out all eight points!


Star Wars: Bloodline will be available everywhere books are sold on May 3rd!

Source: StarWars.com

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