Friday, August 22, 2014

Three 'Rebels' TV Spots Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

The premiere of Star Wars Rebels is getting closer every day, which means the promotion machine behind the series is growing ever larger. Today the official Star Wars YouTube channel unveiled three new TV spots for the show, which you can watch below:







Star Wars Rebels hits TV screens October 3rd at  9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel!

Source: YouTube

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New 'Rebels' Clip Featuring Zeb

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By: Benjamin Hart

For the past few week Lucasfilm and Disney have been hard at work rolling out a series of shorts from the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. These shorts are all standalone and will not appear in the series itself. Instead, they will supplement the series as presumed prequels to the one hour series premiere coming in October.  The Hollywood Reporter has released a clip from the third short which focuses on the Lasan "muscle" of the crew, Zeb Orellios(Voiced by Steve Blum). It features Zeb making quick work of several Stormtroopers:



The full short will air this Monday, August 25th, on Disney XD. If you missed them, be sure to check out the previous shorts The Machine In The Ghost and Art Attack! The series, titled Spark Of Rebellion, will premiere on October 3rd at  9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 21/08/14

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In this episode Chris, Ben, and Ciaran are joined by Youtuber Matt Wilkins in a discussion about the future of the Expanded Universe. They talk about new release dates for Star Wars Rebels, their opinion on the new short Art Attack, and dive into a sea of Episode VII leaks, including more information about the potential villain from the film. All this and more!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Steve Sansweet & Rancho Obi-Wan Coming To Celebration Anaheim

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By: Benjamin Hart

Legendary Star Wars collector Steve Sansweet is confirmed to be attending Star Wars Celebration Anaheim next year, and with him he'll be bringing part of enormous Rancho Obi-Wan museum. As with it's past two Celebration exhibits, Rancho Obi-Wan will be showcasing a different selection of memorabilia from Sansweet's collection, which is the largest in the World. The exhibit is expected to include 300 items in a 900-square-foot section of the main exhibit floor.

The Rancho Obi-Wan exhibit will be open every day of the convention, which takes place April 16th - 19th, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention center. Be sure to head over to the official Celebration web site and get your tickets now! It will no doubt be an incredible event.

Source: StarWarsCelebration.com

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Pablo Hidalgo Talks Flashbacks In Star Wars

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By: Benjamin Hart

A great deal of rumors have been swirling around Star Wars Episode VII as of late, some of which claim that the film will include flashbacks. Now flashbacks so far have been a rarity in the Star Wars saga, never appearing in the films and only once in The Clone Wars. Recently at San Diego Comic Con, Pablo Hidalgo, of the Lucasfilm Story group, commented on whether or not flashbacks will be used to develop the backstories of characters in Star Wars Rebels. Initial reports claimed that Pablo had said that flashbacks are not part of Star Wars storytelling overall, implying that not only Rebels but all future Star Wars productions would avoid flashbacks. But now it seems that was a misunderstanding. Pablo Hidalgo took to Facebook earlier this week to clarify his comments:

"Looks like the Del Rey SDCC panel is up on Youtube. I will, as usual, stay the heck away from the comments, but I understand my quote about flashbacks has really fueled a lot of discussion about projects outside the subject matter of this panel. So at 4:20 mark (heh heh), what I said was, "But one of the conventions, as far as Star Wars storytelling goes, AT LEAST AS REBELS, is we don't do flashbacks." So there you go. Continue to debate endlessly."

One of the recent rumors suggests that flashbacks will play a key role in Episode VII, giving insight into the 30+ years prior the film and beyond. Pablo's comments certainly could leave the door open for these rumors to be at least be plausible. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Source: Jedi News

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DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: BugSkirt Customs

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By: Darth Daddy

 
I have been a longtime fan of Star Wars customizer BugSkirt ever since I first started to scour the forums to see what people were  making.  I followed his blog ever since I started our own, and I can tell you his customs are nothing short of amazing.  BugSkirt kills his audience with creativity showing them action figures you just don't see anywhere else.  We're still trying to figure out what he used for some of his heads.
  
BugSkirt,  or John as most  folks know him, has been a Star Wars fan since the  summer of  1977.   The Florida sun and his cousins wiped out his original Kenner toys, but he began figure collecting again with the arrival of  the POTF2 toys.   He started tinkering with custom figures around 2005  and the hobby has  increasingly become a focus of his limited spare time.
 























 
 
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Rian Johnson Talks Practical Effects

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By: Benjamin Hart

Rain Johnson has been all but confirmed to be directing and writing Star Wars Episode VIII, and he's been out and about a lot recently to talk about it. Although he remains very reserved about expressing anything beyond his happiness with being involved with the Saga, the Girls In Hoodies Podcast got him to spill a few interesting things.

When the conversation gravitated to Episode VII, Johnson admitted that he had recently been in London where shooting for the film was taking place. And as The Hollywood Reporter reports, he had a lot to say about practical and CGI effects:

“They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome,” Johnson said on the latest Girls in Hoodies podcast. “I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick.”

“I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it,” Johnson continued. “I do wonder because I think kids are growing up watching those and that’s the thing that they love now, so I don’t know whether it is a generational thing, and it could be.”

You can watch the full discussion here.

As we've heard many times before from those behind the scenes of Episode VII, it certainly sounds like these new films will utilize a great deal of practical effects. And it only makes sense considering Star Wars' legendary history pioneering practical filmmaking. The Original films are know for their use of models, miniatures, puppets and massive sets. The Prequel Trilogy later continued the trend, featuring even more practical effects mixed with groundbreaking computer effects created by Industrial Light & Magic. It's safe assume the Sequel Trilogy will continue this trend into the future!

Sources: Girls In Hoodies Podcast, The Hollywood Reporter

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Report: Synopsis For Asajj Ventress & Quinlan Vos Novel Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

Our friends over at Making Star Wars have alerted us to a a synopsis posted by Jedi Bibliothek for the upcoming, and so far unnamed, novel featuring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos.

"The last story never told in The Clone Wars television saga: A tale of trust, betrayal, love, and evil starring the hugely popular ex-Sith / Jedi never-female bounty hunter, Asajj Ventress! A tale written but never aired, now turned into a brand-new novel with the creative collaboration of the Lucasfilm Story Group and Dave Filoni, Executive Producer and Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels!
When the Jedi decide to target Darth Tyranus Count Dooku--himself, They turn to his ex-apprentice, Asajj Ventress, for help in getting close to the slippery Sith Lord. But When unexpected sparks fly in between Ventress and Quinlan Vos, the unorthodox Jedi sent to work with her, the mission Becomes a web of betrayal, alliances, secrets, and dark plotting did might also just be the undoing of Both Jedi and Sith and everything in between!"

Since this isn't coming from an official source just yet, do take this with a bit of salt until further notice. The novel is written by Christie Golden and is based on scripts for unaired episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It's slated for release on July 7th, 2015.

Source: Jedi Bibliothek

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BREAKING: Star Wars Rebels Premiere Date Has Been Announced

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By Ciaran Duggan

Finally! One of the most anticipated Star Wars TV shows – Star Wars: Rebels – has a premiere date set in motion; a date which has been unveiled today by Starwars.com. The one-hour premiere special, named Star Wars Rebels: Spark of the Rebellion will be released on FRIDAY 3rd OCTOBER ON DISNEY CHANNEL AT 9PM EST. Put that date in your diaries Star Wars fans! The inaugural Rebels season will then perpetuate on Disney XD from MONDAY 13TH OCTOBER AT 9PM EST.

Starwars.com has also elaborated on the dates, times and locations (as indicated by the official press release below):

"MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion one-hour movie will be available on Disney Channel SVOD and to verified users on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app for smartphones and tablets.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 - Television premiere of one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 - Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available for purchase through Apple iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Disney XD VOD.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 6 - Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (8:00 p.m. ET/PT) premieres on Disney XD.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 13 - Star Wars Rebels (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) series premieres on Disney XD.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 - Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will be available on DVD in retailers nationwide."

Not long to go now, Star Wars fans, until Rebels will eventually hit our television screens!

Source: Starwars.com


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Rumor: New Tatooine-Esque Episode VII Set Photo

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By: Benjamin Hart

The Star Wars Episode VII leaks keep on coming! Today we've been treated another photo (above) from the set, but this time it's outdoors. Cinelinx claims it was taken outside Pinewood Studios near London and it features a very Tatooine-esque environment and structures. The buildings in the photo look very similar to a photo that we've previously seen. It also appears to resemble the Tusken Raider village we saw in Attack Of The Clones. Filming for Episode VII is expected to resume soon, and Cinelinx hinted at more info being released later this week, so keep it here on StarWarsUnderworld.com to catch it all.

Don't forget, this is a rumor and not official until confirmed by Lucasfilm, or until you see it on the big screen December 18th, 2015!

Via: Making Star Wars
Source: Cinelinx

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Opinion: Dave's Top Five: "Rebels"

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Top Five Things I Want in Rebels



By: David Gremillion
Show host for "Get Your Geek On"

Star Wars Rebels is roughly two months away from airing on Disney XD. This is the first show for Star Wars fans in the “Disney Era” and the reviews have been (mostly) positive.

With the show coming to a home near you, I thought it best to lay out what I want to see in the show. I already know there will be explosions, space battles, and lightsaber duels. But what I want to see goes far deeper than a saber around.

5. The “Dark Times”. Palpatine is un-opposed; using the galaxy as his dark playground. Obi-Wan described this period as the dark times. What is life like during this point of Star Wars history? How does it mirror points in our own, darker, history? For everyone whining (like a four year old) that Rebels will be for babies because Disney is dishing out the paychecks, I want to see some darkness. But there’s hope on the horizon  just by listening to the words of the creators themselves.

You’re seeing the impact of the Empire, of stormtroopers around the galaxy, abusing and oppressing people. Thematically and politically, it goes to some dark places.” –Simon Kinberg

We wanted somebody terrifying, a nightmare character for a kid…” –Simon Kinberg about the Inquisitor.

4. The fade of mysticism. I always found it odd how Vader can use the Force, Palpatine can use the Force, the “Emperor’s Hands” can use the Force, yet the Force is denounced as a hokey religion. If the Force existed in our reality and Lucas could move objects with his mind, Spielberg could use a lightsaber really well, and Michael Bay could make good movies, then who am I to laugh it off? So in a civilization that has personally witnessed the Jedi and Sith for TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS, how is it possible to dismiss them so easily, and yet be led by them?

3. Ghost. Star Wars fans cling to their ships like a Hutt to a buffet. I GUARANTEE that if a fifteen second teaser is released and the ONLY image we see is the Millennium Falcon soaring toward us, fans will go ballistic. The Falcon is iconic. It has its own technical manual, its own novel, and has a three dimensional owner’s guide. What generated so much discussion a few months ago? How an X-Wing fighter “looked” in a JJ Abrams video. With the fanbase falling head over heels for various ships, I can’t wait to see how Filoni and Company will work the Ghost into our hearts.

2. Kanan. By far, he has to be the most conflicted and complicated character. Where was he during Order 66? Who trained him? Does he feel shame about his heritage? Does he want revenge? There are more questions swirling around this character than any other in the show. His past is a mystery, his future is unknown, and how he interacts with the crew is yet to be seen. Is this our “Captain Mal”, who is haunted by the fight he lost? What makes him want to train Ezra after all he has been through? His character has the potential to be explored over the course of several seasons with twists and turns on every episode.

1. The Empire. With Episodes IV, V, and VI focusing strictly on the rebellion, we never got to see things from the Empire’s perspective. Give credit to the Phineas and Ferb episode for showing us life in the Empire. True, it was with tongue firmly implanted in the cheek, but it is something I want to see expanded upon. Do they see themselves as the heroes? How do they justify oppressing the populace?

True, we will see space battles and “epic” lightsaber duels with plenty of flips and kicks, but a good lightsaber duel does not make a memorable show. We don’t watch “Batman: The Animated Series” solely because of the fistfights. We don’t watch The Last Airbender solely for the bending duels. We watch them because of the characters, the stories, and the emotional ties we have to the show.

Bring it, Filoni. We anxiously await our next trip to a galaxy far, far away.

This article is an opinion piece and represents the views of the writer, and not the entire Star Wars Underworld organization.


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New 3 Minute 'Star Wars Rebels' Short Features Sabine

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By Chris Seekell

A new 3 minute short has been released today featuring the Star Wars Rebels character Sabine Wren, voiced by Tiya Sircar. You can watch it below.



This is the second week that a Star Wars Rebels short has been released. You can watch last week's video which featured the astromech droid Chopper here.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Star Wars Celebs Take ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

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By Chris Seekell

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" has been sweeping the world this summer, raising awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

This week, several public figures related to Star Wars took the challenge.

First up, is Star Wars Episode VII director JJ Abrams.



Then Disney CEO Bob Iger.



And finally former head of fan relations for Lucasfilm, Steven Sansweet. You can watch his video on his Facebook page.

You can find out more about ALS here.

We are looking forward to more videos!


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In Case You Missed It: August 2nd - 16th, 2014

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By: Benjamin Hart

We're back with a super-mega-ultra edition of ICYMI! This time we'll be covering all the news, rumors and awesomeness from the past two weeks. Rebels, Star Wars Land, Cumberwatch, fan films, Superman, Inquisitors, robotic hands, helmets, trench coats, traps and more! It's all below, so scroll down and get caught up....

Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels Title Track Released
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Report: New 'Rebels' Characters & Vehicles Revealed In Book
A new book titled Star Wars Rebels: Head To Head has revealed some interesting characters & such, including a classic one from Star ToursRead more....

'Star Wars Rebels' Canadian Premiere Screening at Fan Expo Canada
Some lucky fans Toronto, Ontario will soon be watching the premiere episode of Rebels! Read more...

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Star Wars Episode VII

Episode VII Filming To Continue Later This Month
Harrison is recovering, Mark is London and the Episode VII is getting ready to go back to work on the next Star Wars film. Read more...

Peter Mayhew Talks Episode VII
Chewbacca himself attended a recent convention and had a lot to say, and show, about Star Wars Episode VII. Read more...

John Boyega Meets Samuel L. Jackson at Adidas Party
The Episode VII star just happened to run into Mace Windu himself. Read more...

Adam Driver Talks Episode VII
Entertainment Weekly interviewed the Episode VII star and tried to get some details out of him, to no avail. Read more...

J.J Abrams Sends 'Force For Change' Thank You With Robotic Hand
Once again Episode VII director J.J Abrams finds a fascinating way to communicate with fans. Read more...

Star Wars: Force for Change Winner Announced
Congratulations to DC Barns who will have a cameo in Episode VII! Read more...


Miscellaneous 

Dave Filoni and More Announced for Celebration Anaheim
The man in the hat is coming to next year's Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California! Also revealed were deadlines on applying for different activities, as well as the new Podcast stage. Read more...

Lucasfilm Announces the Return of the Star Wars Fan Film Awards
Ladies and gentlemen, start your filming! After a long hiatus, the fans films awards are coming back!  Read more...

Star Wars Theme Park Announcements Coming Next Year
Star Wars Land, or whatever it's going to be called, is officially in the works, and we'll be getting more details on it next year! Read more...

Gary Whitta Posts Teaser Picture of Stand Alone Film Script
Writing for the 2016 spin-off film has begun, and Gary shared the first line with us. Read more...

Kickin' It Star Wars Style
The Disney XD series recently featured a pretty awesome dedicated to Star Wars. Read more...

#Cumberwatch: Benedict Cumberbatch Does a Jar Jar Impression
Say it ain't so! Khan does a pretty mean impression of everyone's favorite Gungan. Read more...

Zack Snyder VS Bad Robot On Twitter
Superman V Batman director Zack Snyder and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Studios recently engaged a crossover duel on Twitter. Read more...

Report: Disney To Release Unaltered Original Trilogy On Blu-Ray
Star Wars fanboys may have one less thing to complain about soon. Read more...

Rumors

First Depiction of Episode VII Stormtrooper Surfaces
Star Wars artist Tom Hodges has seen the Episode VII Stormtrooper helmet and shared a sketch of it. Read more...

Photos Of Episode VII Stormtroopers Leaked
Here you go, actual pictures of the Stormtrooper helmets that will be seen in Episode VII. Read more...

More Leaked Set Photos From Episode VII
Take a look at the interior of the Millennium Falcon and a mysterious hallway in these awesome set photos. Read more here and here....

Episode VII Han Solo Concept Art Revealed
Our favorite Scruffy looking nerf herder looks to be getting some new duds in Episode VII! Read more...

Indie Revolver Reveals First Image of Episode VII Villain
Spoilers! Take a look at the main antagonist of the first Sequel film. Read more...

Leading Character In Episode VII Will Be Mon Calamari
Admiral Ackbar, or one of his fellow Mon Calamari's, will have a major role in Episode VII. Read more...

Description Of Daisy Ridley's Episode VII Costume
We don't even know her character's name yet, but we just might have an idea of what she's going to wear. Read more...

What Will Han Solo and Chewbacca be Flying in Episode VII
Apparently the Wookiee and the Smuggler traded in their prized YT-1300 freighter for something much larger. Read more...

Latino Review Elaborates On Episode VII Leaks
The infamous rumor makers are back to give their own two cents on the latest news. Read more...


Also check out...
  • Two SWU Podcasts! The first featuring discussions about Celebration, theme parks and the Star Wars timeline. The second breaks down all the SDCC collecting news, plus discussions about Rebels & Episode VII.
  • The latest episode of the Clone Wars Strikes Back, featuring a discussion about the Domino Squad arc.
  • Two new editions of Darth Daddy's customizing corner, focusing on the works of CustomJedi and YakFace.
  • Some awesome fan art of the new Episode VII Stormtrooper by Jaun Fernandez.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Latino Review Elaborates On Episode VII Leaks

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By: Benjamin Hart

Star Wars Episode VII rumors have been everywhere these past couple days. Now the good folks at Latino Review are getting in on the action and adding their two cents to the recently leaked photos and info. While they normally release a weekly Star Wars column, this week they split it into three parts. All the notable information that they revealed is below. Possible SPOILERS ahead, of course!

First of all, they support Indie Revolver's Stormtrooper photos and add:

"These aren't the only variations on Troopers we’ll see. If you remember, we have been chasing rumors of a black and/or chrome Stormtrooper and I’m going to double down on one of those: There is a chrome Stormtrooper and s/he appears this way because that armor has the power to CLOAK. Invisible Troooper! Good for stalking."

Next, they reiterate another rumor we've been hearing for a while, that the main antagonist of Episode VII will be Sith Inquisitor(s). And they throw something else into the mix:

"When our hero(es) find Luke and the Inquisitors are revealed, Luke’s explanation on the history of this order is going to trigger a flashback to explain that the Inquisitors have been tied into the Sith all along."

And on top of that they claim that Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, whom they previously reported has been cast in the film, will play a young Princess Leia in a flashback. And remember the rumors about Darth Vader showing up in Episode VII? Well, Latino Review has something to say about that too:

"The Inquisitors will be seen serving Darth Vader in flashback. Yes, Darth Vader will be on screen, briefly, in Star Wars: Episode VII. We’re not done with the dark prince of the Sith quite yet."

They also posted a speculative piece that basically explains how they believe all media moving forward will intersect with each other, and that the ground work for this cohesion is being laid in the upcoming novel A New Dawn.

So what can we take from all this? Sure, it all seems to make sense, but there are a few problems. At the A New Dawn panel back at San Diego Comic Con, Pablo Hidalgo, of the Lucasfilm story group, made it clear that flashbacks are not how Star Wars stories are told. So this idea, as fascinating as it may seem, contradicts the words of the powers that be at Lucasfilm. Also, Latino Review treats the Inquisitor news as if it were brand new, when on the contrary, that rumor has obviously been circulating online for months now.

So, as always, take all this with a giant grain of salt and wait for official word from Lucasfilm.

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