Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Alethea McGrath, Actress Behind Jocasta Nu, Has Died

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By: Benjamin Hart

We are deeply saddened to pass on the news that we have lost another distinguished member of the Star Wars family. Alethea McGrath, who portrayed Jedi Librarian Jocasta Nu, has died at the age of 96. The Australian actress first appeared as Jocasta in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones(2002) and shared a scene with Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi. McGrath would later return to the role briefly in the video game adaption of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith(2005).

Beyond a Galaxy far, far away, Alethea McGrath appeared in numerous films and television productions over the course of her long career. She has been most notable in roles in such films as Romulus, My Father(2007),  Knowing(2009), and and several recurring roles in the TV series Neighbours, among others.

On behalf of all of us at the SWU, I want to extend our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Alethea McGrath.

Source: TheForce.net

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

First Look at 'Star Wars Land' Attraction in 'The Wonderful World of Disney' Promo

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By: Dominic Jones

Later this month Disney will be giving fans their first glimpse into what they have in store for the upcoming Star Wars Land theme parks, coming to Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida, during their "The Wonderful World of Disney" TV special airing February 21st on ABC.  Entertainment Weekly released a special preview for the event which offered a brief look at one of the rides expected to be announced during the event.  Check it out below,

It looks Star Wars Land will give fans the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon in a battle against TIE fighters!

The Star Wars Land portion of the special will be hosted by the late Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford.  And, based on that preview, it looks like BB-8 will be on hand to!  Looks like something fans won't want to miss!  "The Wonderful World of Disney" airs February 21st at 8pm ET.


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Rumor: 'Star Wars Rebels' Season Two To Have Hour-Long Finale

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By: Benjamin Hart

Apparently the second season of Star Wars Rebels will be going out with a bang in just a few weeks. Jedi-Bibliothek has reportedly uncovered info and titles for the last few episodes of the season. Not only does it look like we will finally be seeing the fateful meeting between Darth Vader and Ahsoka, but the final episode appears to be an hour-long double episode. Here's what they revealed:


  • 2 × 18 "Shroud of Darkness" (roughly: "Veil of Darkness") - USA: March 2, 2016
  • 2 × 19 "The Forgotten Droid" (roughly: "The forgotten droid" - USA: March 16, 2016
  • 2 × 20 "The Mystery of Chopper Base" (roughly: "The secret of the chopper base") - USA: March 23, 2016
  • 2 × 21 "Twilight of the Apprentice: Part I" (roughly: "Twilight of the student: Part I" - or "the student") - USA: March 30, 2016
  • 2 × 22 "Twilight of the Apprentice: Part II" (roughly: Twilight of the student: Part II ") - USA: March 30, 2016

Although the "Twilight of the Apprentice" episodes feature part I and Part II subtitles, it's more than likely that the episodes will be edited together to form an hour-long episode similar to the previous season premiere episodes "Spark Of Rebellion" and "Siege Of Lothal". Regardless, it looks as though we'll be getting an hour's worth of Rebels action to close out this season. Also, "The Mystery of Chopper Base" sounds very intriguing. Last year it was revealed that one episode in season two will focus on Chopper and how Hera found him. This very well could be that episode and I can't wait to see it.

As always, this is just a rumor until confirmed by Lucasfilm or Disney. Take this info with a grain of salt for the time being.

Source: Jedi-Bibliothek
Via: Making Star Wars

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'The Force Awakens' Gets The 'How It Should Have Ended' Treatment

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By: Benjamin Hart

The comedians at the YouTube channel How It Should Have Ended have become infamous for their takes on numerous blockbuster films in recent years. Today they have released their video for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As the titles implies, HISHE gives us multiple alternate endings for The Force Awakens and takes advantage several aspects of the film in hilarious fashion, including the infamous "Traitor" scene, Snoke, Starkiller base & more. Be sure to watch it below:



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Monday, February 8, 2016

New 'Star Wars Rebels: The Call' Preview Clip

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm has released a new preview for this week's Star Wars Rebels episode "The Call".  The episode features The Ghost crew working to save some space creatures from a dangerous Techno Union mining operation.  In the preview we see Ezra utilize he special connection with animals through the Force.  Check it out below,

Star Wars Rebels: "The Call" airs Wednesday night at 9pm on Disney XD.

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Electronic Compilation Album, "Star Wars Headspace" Announced

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm announced a unique new musical take on the Star Wars galaxy, with the upcoming release of Star Wars Headspace.  The album is an compilation of electronic music inspired by Star Wars created by some of the biggest names in electronic music, as well as some up and comers.  The album, which will be released digitally on February 19th and in store March 18th, will feature original electronic music paired with Star Wars dialogue and sound effects.  The album is available for pre-order now.

The album opens with “C-3P0’s Plight” by Kaskade; the track pulsates and builds into a soundscape, iconic Star Wars samples like blaster fire and Wookiee roars enveloping the listener, while C-3P0 laments…“How typical.” It captures the humor of Star Wars, the melodrama of C-3PO, and is a kinetic, dynamic production that sets the stage for what follows.

In addition to contributions from GTA, Flying Lotus, and others, Star Wars Headspace features an original production by Rick Rubin: “NR-G7,” complete with a driving beat, R2-D2 bleeps, and much more. Also included is a remix of J.J. Abrams’ and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s fan-favorite “Jabba Flow” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, called “Jabba Flow: Rick Rubin Re-Work (feat. A-Trak).” This version transforms the song into something completely different — a true house track — and is a must-hear for Star Wars and dance music fans alike. Check out the full track listing for Star Wars Headspace below.

STAR WARS HEADSPACE TRACK LIST:

1. C-3P0’s Plight Kaskade

2. Help Me! GTA

3. Force TroyBoi 

4. Cantina Boys Baauer

5. Jabba Flow: Rick Rubin Re-Work (feat. A-Trak) Shag Kava

6. R2 Knows (feat. Barry Drift) Claude VonStroke

7. NR-G7 Rick Rubin  

8. Ghomrassen Bonobo

9. Bounty Hunters Röyksopp

10. Sunset Over Manaan ATTLAS

11. R2 Where R U? Flying Lotus

12. Druid Caravan of Smoke Shlohmo

13. EWOK PUMPP Rustie

14. Scruffy-Looking Nerfherder Galantis

15. Star Tripper Breakbot


Are you excited for this new take on Star Wars?  Let us know in the comments!


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Rumor: Details About Different Types of Stormtroopers in 'Rogue One'

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By: Dominic Jones

The first Star Wars: Anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theatres this December and official details about the film are still few and far between.  However, the rumor mill has been heating up lately and now our friends over at MakingStarWars.net have some new details about the different types of stormtroopers we can expect to see in the Gareth Edwards directed film.  As usual, there is a chance this may not be accurate but if you are trying to avoid all Rogue One spoilers then stop reading now.  This is your SPOILER ALERT!
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The new stormtrooper (codenamed “Shark Yellow” during the production) is a curious mixture of new and old. We saw the head for this trooper back when three helmets were put on Instagram by Donnie Yen.

  • It is a combination of a Scout Trooper (Biker Scout) with Stormtrooper parts.
  • On set they were called “Sandtroopers.”
  • It has a lot of soft parts like a Scout Trooper including similar chest armor, but more narrow around the hips.
  • It has the same kneepad as the classic Sandtrooper.
  • It has some accent of color like dark red on a panel.

We have heard more about the black Stormtroopers or Death Troopers.

  • The green lights look really cool against the black armor.
  • When casting the Death Troopers they were looking for actors around 6’3″ so they’re pretty big (TFA Stormtroopers are 5’10” for comparison).

They add,
We have also heard a rumor that the new package for Rogue One products will have the black Stormtrooper on it. But we still don’t know if this means the helmet above or the classic black Stormtrooper. We think they’re actually talking about the helmet above that Donnie Yen shared though.

The confusing thing about this is that we are hearing the classic black Stormtroopers are in the film. The helmet above is different. We’re hearing mixed things about the importance of the helmet above. It gets really confusing for the average person because they’re just seeing black Stormtroopers and we’re fans so we know the differences between these troopers. Is the helmet above the only black Stormtrooper we see or are there two different kinds? Is the guy above 6’3″ and the black Stormtroopers they’re using just normal guys that answer to him? It is pretty hard to figure out at this point but we should have more answers soon.

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Report: 'Rogue One' Merchandise to Begin Hitting Shelves in June

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By: Dominic Jones

When we got word from Hasbro last week that they would not be debutting any new toys from the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story many assumed (myself included) that Rogue One would follow the same merchandise release schedule as The Force Awakens (a Force Friday event in September with no general releases or reveals prior to that event).  Turns out that may not be the case.  Vandor (who make drinkware, bags, lunch boxes, etc.) is apparently getting the word out that they will have Rogue One products on display at Toy Fair and an Amazon listing has been found for a 2017 Rogue One calendar which is scheduled to be released in June 2016.

The Amazon listing,
So, it looks like things will be somewhat different with Rogue One than they were with The Force Awakens. There is still no word on when we can expect a trailer for the film, but at least we'll be getting a peak a the film soon.

Via: MakingStarWars.net

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Live From Lothal | "Legends of the Lasat"

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On this episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic break down the Star Wars Rebels episode "Legends of the Lasat".  They discuss the impact this episode has on Zeb, what the different ways of tapping into the Force in the Star Wars galaxy, and how do some many planets keep being forgotten?  All this and much more!
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Matthew Wood & David Acord Discuss The Sounds Of 'The Force Awakens' With Nerdist

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By: Benjamin Hart

The sound designers behind Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens have been getting a lot of much deserved attention recently through interviews and even awards. Supervising sound editors Matthew Wood and David Acord are widely know for their work in the Star Wars saga and deserve much credit for not only mixing in classic sounds but also creating new ones, even providing their own voices in many instances. Just recently Wood and Acord spoke with Nerdist about the sound design of The Force Awakens. They cover a variety of sounds and how they created them, including Kylo Ren's Lightsaber, Teedo, the Rathtars, and further discussed the various voices in the film, which included David Acord's now infamous portrayal of FN-2199(Traitor!!). You can check out a few excerpts from the extensive interview below:

Nerdist: Star Wars is, more than any other film, I think, known for its unique sound. Can you talk about some of the new sounds you designed for The Force Awakens?

David Acord: I think the most obvious new sound effect in the movie is Kylo’s lightsaber. We were attempting, along with his Force power effect, to create sound effects that would mimic his persona, which is this raw power he has that’s not quite formed. He’s not well trained, but he’s extremely powerful. It’s a little wild and dangerous. The sword itself, the look of the sword has the extra darts coming out the side, and it’s really sparky and wavery and it looks a little homemade. The idea of the sound was to match that–something that sounds like raw energy, just pure power, very brutal and kind of wild and dangerous sounding.

The Force sound to go along with Kylo had that deep, raw, animalistic sound. It’s a chunky, raw growl that’s supposed to imitate the Force power he wields, which is a little more raw versus Rey’s Force power , which tends to be—in the few moments when she’s using the Force, hers is a little more smooth and rhythmic and like a heartbeat. That’s the contrast between the two.

Nerdist: Since you do contribute to rounding out and developing characters’ personalities with your work, at what point in the story process does your work start?

David Acord: Once you read the script and come on board, early on there’s some obvious pieces [you know] you’re going to need to tackle. I mentioned the sword, there’s some new spaceships, some ambiances. Maz’s bar–you know that’s going to be a whole thing even before you see a frame of it. Then obviously, once you see the image, it all starts to take shape.

I think the first thing that I designed, I was asked to do—there were two things. One was the Teedo character that captures BB-8 in the beginning, the voice for him and then the two junkers that hassle Rey when she’s cleaning pieces of stuff, the voices for those two guys. Those are the earliest design pieces I made, and they’re vocal designs. That’s my favorite thing to do is alien and creature vocals; that was super fun for me.

Nerdist: Along that line, what are some of the weirdest sources you pulled from to design a sound in The Force Awakens?

David Acord: [Laughs] Off the top of my head, the Kylo Ren Force rumble—the really chunky and animalistic rumble—is my cat’s purring. It’s heavily pitched and slowed version of my cat’s purr that becomes Kylo Force rumble.

When the rathtar has his mouth on the cockpit of the Falcon, when it’s trying to eat the cockpit, that is me literally choking myself. [Laughs] Finger down my throat in front of the mic to accomplish that and then it’s pitched down.

Nerdist: Dave, I would be remiss if I didn’t ask you about voicing FN-2199, a.k.a. TR-8R. I know it was part of the “additional voices” recording—how were those recorded and how did “Traitor!” come about?

David Acord: Normally you have a loop group, which is a collection of highly trained, skilled voice actors, gather in a room. There are a couple of microphones, and the movie is projected on a screen and the scenes are tagged or spotted ahead of time [to say], “We need two stormtroopers talking in the background of a hangar here.” That scene will come up, two actors will walk up to the mic, and will ad-lib a performance. Matthew’s expertise is in dialogue and he was very careful to pick loop group actors that were all Star Wars savvy. There are a ton of Clone Wars alums and names from previous Star Wars movies who were cast as loop groupers because they would know what to say and how to properly deal with things like the mundane dialogue two stormtroopers would have.

And then occasionally, you’ll just be working and, “We need this guy to say this right now” and we’ll go record it. That’s another way; it’s on the spot. You find somebody that can do it, and you do it. That’s how FN-2199 happened. Originally, it was J.J. His voice was a temp placeholder, and he wanted to replace it. It went through four other actors, I think, before it landed on my performance and he was okay with it. It’s a really funny thing to me. It’s a cool scene; the stunt actor, Liang Yang, really did all the hard work in that scene, but it’s fun to be part of. I didn’t even know it was a thing on the Internet until Pablo Hidalgo emailed me and asked if he could post on StarWars.com that I was the voice of FN-2199.

You can read the rest of this insightful interview by clicking here, in which they discuss BB-8's voice, the sounds of Maz Kanata's Castle and an interesting Indiana Jones Easter Egg.


Source: Nerdist
Photo: Star Wars Aficionado

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Friday, February 5, 2016

'The Force Awakens' Surpasses $900 Million Domestically

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By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the highest grossing film domestically and today it increased it's lead dramatically, becoming the first film to surpass $900 Million domestically.  Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn released a statement about this monumental achievement, saying,

“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success.  The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come.”

The film is also expected to surpass $2 Billion internationally this weekend.  Today also marks the 50th day The Force Awakens has been in theaters.  Congrats to the cast and crew of The Force Awakens for this milestone!  

How many times have you seen The Force Awakens?  (I've seen it 12 times).  Let us know in the comments!


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Game Director Jamie Edin Talks 'Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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By: Dominic Jones

The latest instalment in the Lego Star Wars video game series was announced earlier this week, and anticipation is high for June 28th release of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  The game's director Jamie Edin spoke with Walmart's Game Center Magazine about what fans can expect from the game.

Edin spoke about how the game will address the 30 year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, saying, “There will be scenarios where a certain thing happens in the film where you ask, ‘How did we get to this, how did these characters meet, how did this occur?’ and we get to tell some of these stories in the game.”

He also addressed what sort of enemies players can expect to face off against in the game, saying, “There will be a special kind of builder Stormtrooper who will get into the middle of a pile of bricks to build a turret or a shield generator or a satellite dish that will call a TIE fighter bombing run.”

We had heard previously that John Boyega would be reprising his role as Finn in the game, and Edin confirmed that the game would feature new dialogue from The Force Awakens cast members.  He told Game Center, “This will be the first LEGO Star Wars title to have full voice acting.”  Previous Lego Star Wars games did not include actual dialogue, having the characters grunting their dialogue to great comedic effect.   Edin wouldn't confirm what other actors would be reprising their roles from the film.  Boyega, Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe), and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) all reprised their role for Disney Infinity 3.0 so it's seems safe to assume at least some of them will do it again.

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Eunice Olumide Talks About Having a Role in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

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By: Dominic Jones

The first Star Wars: Anthology movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is just 10 months away and we still know very little about it--outside of the main cast and a brief synopsis.  Today, we learned about a new actress who has a role in the film.  Scottish supermodel Eunice Olumide, who has also appeared in  spoke at an event for the charity Zero Waste Scotland, where she revealed she would be in the film and spoke about her experience on the set.

She said: “I did a small feature in Star Wars Rogue One. That was a really awesome experience. I don’t have lines but it was an incredible experience to be part of such an iconic film. 

“I was originally supposed to play a nomad, but since I’m athletic I ended up playing a rebellion leader. 

“There’s a small scene where I run and there’s a tank that comes after me with 20 stormtroopers. There’s loads of explosions. 

“I kept getting a fright whenever the explosions went off.” 

She said: “If my scene gets cut or not cut I was entered into the George Lucas Archives. I got into a 3D scanner and they did a scan. 

“They scan all the characters so they can reproduce individual toys or computer games. 

“I will be a toy. It was an amazing experience.” 

Olumide joins Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen, and Forest Whitaker in the Gareth Edwards directed film.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will tell the story of a group of Rebels who steal the plans to the first Death Star. The film hits theatres on December 16th.


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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 05/02/16

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On this episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic discuss the exciting news that The Force Awakens is getting a Lego video game!  They take and in depth look at Rey and some of the merchandising issues that surround her.  Plus, no Rogue One reveals at Toy Fair, a Episode VIII filming location, a Legends character is rumored to be coming to Rebels, and a plethora of Rogue One rumors.  All this and much more!
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

New Clip From 'Star Wars Rebels: The Call'

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By: Benjamin Hart

Season two of Star Wars Rebels continues next Wednesday with a new episode titled "The Call". This time the Ghost's crew will encounter the Techno Union in search of fuel for the Rebel fleet, and in turn will come to the aid of some needy creatures. In a new clip from the episode released by Lucasfilm, Kanan, Sabine, Ezra and Chopper "jump" onto a planet by free falling from the Ghost in a exciting scene. You can watch it below:


"The Call" airs Wednesday, February 10th, at 9:00pm ET/PT on Disney XD!

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