- 'Fighter Flight' Preview
- Warwick Davis in Episode VII
- The Clone Wars Legacy
- Episode VII Facts and Rumors
The third episode of Star Wars Rebels 'Fighter Flight' airs Monday October 20th at 9pm on Disney XD...
Lucasfilm has announced that fan favorite actor Warwick Davis will have a role in Star Wars Episode VII
Lucasfilm has released a new episode arc from Star Wars: The Clone Wars as a "Story Reel" on StarWars.com
Everything we know, plus all the rumors, about Star Wars Episode VII....
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
A new short preview for the upcoming re-broadcast of the Star Wars Rebels premier 'Spark of Rebellion" at 7pm on October 26th on ABC has hit the web today, and it features our first official glimpse at Darth Vader on Rebels. We've seen stills from this scene before, however it's nice to get a high quality, official look at Vader. Check out the preview below,
By: Dominic Jones
And for comparison, here's the cover from 1977,
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Saturday, October 18, 2014
Welcome back to another edition of ICYMI! Another jam packed week of awesome Star Wars news means we've got a lot to talk about, so let's get to it! More Rebels goodies, Episode VII's almost done, U-Wings, Ewoks, Palpatine's name and more! Oh, and you may notice that the format has been changing these past few weeks. We're testing out new things, so feel free to let us know what you think and leave any suggestions in the comments below!
Episode VII Filming Nears Completion
Principal photography for the next big chapter in the Star Wars saga appears to finally be winding down.
Warwick Davis Will Appear In Episode VII
Wicket the Ewok himself has joined the cast of Episode VII!
Massive Amount of Episode VII Concept Art Leaked
Whoa! J.J.'s mystery box has a crack in it! Check out this breathtaking collection of artwork from the upcoming film,
Lupita Nyong'o Spotted Wearing Episode VII Hat
The Academy Award winner appears to be now working on Star Wars!
Star Wars Rebels 'Droids In Distress' Episode Guide Released
The first regular episode of Rebels has premiered, and along with it we were treated an episode guide, featuring trivia, concept art, music and a video featurette.
'This Season On Star Wars Rebels' Teaser Released
This cool mini trailer give us some sneak peeks at what's coming up in future episodes of Rebels.
'Star Wars Rebels' Season One Episodes 7-10 Titles Revealed
Star Wars Insider revealed some very intriguing titles for some upcoming Rebels episodes.
'Star Wars Rebels: Fighter Flight' Episode Preview Released
The next episode of Rebels appears to be focused on Zeb and Ezra on a mission to get... fruit?
First Look At Darth Vader in 'Star Wars Rebels'
It has been revealed that the Dark Lord of the Sith himself will be appearing in the series. We now what he will look like thanks to a new preview clip!
Dave Filoni Talks 'Rebels' At MIPCOM
The executive producer discussed working with George Lucas on The Clone Wars and carrying on his legacy in Rebels.
Palpatine's First Name Revealed
Yup, it's official; the Emperor has a new name and it's.... what?
'Star Wars: Tarkin' Mini Excerpts
The infamous Grand Moff is getting his own novel soon, and we've got two excerpts from the book!
Battlefront 3 Beta/Alpha May Be Available
It may not be long before we're playing the next Battlefront game.
Episode VII's 'U-Wing' Starfighter Description
Keeping with the trend of letter inspired ships, this new one sounds interesting.
Harrison Ford Completes Filming for Episode VII
All of Han Solo's scenes have been filmed!
Also check out...
Our New York Comic Con 2014 Documentary where Chris, Dominic & Lillian do a phenomenal job hitting the convention floor getting some awesome footage with celebrity and fan interviews!
The Latest SWU Podcast where we break down everything that happened at New York Comic, plus listen for our review of the latest Rebels episode, Episode VII news/rumors, Palpy's first name & more!
Dominic's Spoiler Free Review Of 'Rise Of The Old Masters', the 4th Star Wars Rebels episode screened at New York Comic Con.
Darth Daddy's Latest 'Customizing Corner', featuring the talents of localgotal.
What was your favorite piece of news this week? Let us know in the comments below!
By: Jake Damon
According to an article from Daily Mail, our very own Harrison Ford (reprising his role as smuggler Han Solo) has completed filming scenes for Episode VII. The report goes as follows:
"The star has now wrapped his scenes for Star Wars: Episode VII, the first film to be made by the franchise's new owner Disney. However, don't expect the cast to open up about the plot anytime soon - director JJ Abrams put up posters around the set at Pinewood Studios warning everyone involved in the top secret project to keep schtum."
Sounds like ole' J.J. is adamant that the cast and crew keep it on the down-low! We can't wait for the day when it's all revealed.
Ford joins Anthony Daniels (C-3P0) and new addition to the franchise Oscar Isaacs, in completion of filming scenes for the upcoming film.
Source: Jedi News
We recently heard filming on Star Wars Episode VII would be wrapping up in a few weeks, but that doesn't appear to be stopping Lupita Nyong'o. The Academy Award winning actress posted a photo to her Instagram where she poses with a giant Han Solo action figure while wearing a hat with a yellow "VII" on it. You can check it out below:
LoadingGeeking out! #SWVII
We know little to nothing about who, or what, Lupita is playing in Episode VII, but it's certainly awesome to see she's now working on the film! Episode VII hits theaters December 18th, 2015.
And I don't know about you, but I want that hat!
By: Jake Damon
It's no secret that a new installment is being released in the ever-popular Star Wars: Battlefront video game franchise, with some referring to it as "Battlefront 3" and others looking at it as more of a reboot. Given that it's been nearly ten years since the most recent game, we can understand the confusion! But despite how you want to look at it, it has simply been titled Star Wars: Battlefront, and according to one of the developers of the soundtrack to the game, Viktor Lundberg, we may already be able to get a taste of gameplay with a rumored beta AND alpha said to be available internally (within the developer's network) and also rumored to be online, but no specific website or source has been confirmed. Perhaps sometime very soon we will be able try it for ourselves before the actual release! But for now, we can only wait for more substantial news about the beta before anything is set in stone.
In the meantime, if you haven't seen them already, here are a few videos. The first is a sort of teaser for the game featuring some very familiar blaster noises and ominous heavy metal footsteps on the surface of the ice planet Hoth. This one gave me chills!
The second one is a short featurette with a "behind the scenes" feel, highlighting DICE Studios and their team developing the game. It shows us some early in-game footage which proves to be visually stunning and impressive. Enjoy!
Who else is stoked for this game after watching these clips? Were/are you a fan of the older Battlefront games? What do you hope they change/keep the same in this new one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Star Wars: Battlefront is slated to be available on Playstation 4, Microsoft Windows and Xbox One in mid-2015.
Sources: Jedi News, kpopstarz, YouTube
The next big canon novel coming our way is Star Wars: Tarkin, written by James Luceno. The awesome folks at the Del Rey have treated us to a few mini excerpts from the book, the first being the "opening crawl" of the novel. More recently they have shared two mini excerpts from it, which you can read below:
"He turned his clean-shaven face to both sides and lifted his chin. He folded his arms across his chest, then stood with his hands clasped behind his back, and finally posed akimbo, with his fists planted on his hips. Drawing himself up to his full height, which was just above human average, he adopted a serious expression, cradling his chin in his right hand.
There were few beings to whom he needed to offer salute, though there was one to whom he was obliged to bow, and so he did, straight-backed but not so low as to appear sycophantic.
“Eliminate the top line collars on the boots, and lower the heels,” he told the droid.
“Of course, sir. Standard duranium shank and toes for the boots?”
Stepping down from the platform, out from inside the cage of laser tracers, he began to walk circles around the hologram, appraising it from all sides. During the war, the belted tunic, when closed, had extended across the chest on one side and across the midsection on the other; now the line was vertical, which appealed to Tarkin’s taste for symmetry. Just below each shoulder were narrow pockets designed to accommodate short cylinders that contained coded information about the wearer. A rank insignia plaque made up of two rows of small colored squares was affixed to the tunic’s left breast."
Mini excerpt #2:
"Tarkin shook his head in aggravation. In part, the deep-space mobile battle station was meant to put an end to harassments of any sort, whether driven by greed, political dissent, or revenge for acts committed during the Clone Wars or since. Once everyone in the galaxy grasped the weapon’s capabilities, once the fear of Imperial reprisal took hold, discontent would cease to be a problem.
But just now—and notwithstanding the covert nature of the Geonosis project—the Imperial Security Bureau and Naval Intelligence were continually trying to quash rumors and prevent information leaks. In the three years Tarkin had been commanding Sentinel and hundreds of nearby supply and sentry outposts, as well as administering a vast slice of the Outer Rim, no group had been successful in penetrating Geonosis space.
The chance that that could change shook him to the core."
Star Wars: Tarkin hits bookstores everywhere November 4th! Be sure to click here to pre-order your copy in paperback, or any other format.
Source: Star Wars Books(Facebook)
Friday, October 17, 2014
After the one-hour TV movie premiere "Spark Of Rebellion" and last week's episode "Droids In Distress", Star Wars Rebels fans are gearing up for the second regular episode of the animated series titled "Fighter Flight". The Disney XD UK YouTube channel released a 30 second teaser for the episode, which you can watch below:
Catch Fighter Flight on Disney XD this Monday, October 20th, at 9pm Eastern / 8pm Central.
The international TV market Conference "MIPCOM" was recently held in in Cannes, France, and Dave Filoni was there to talk about Star Wars Rebels, on which he is an executive producer. Upon being introduced by Disney Channels Worldwide President and Chief Creative Officer Gary Marsh, Filoni talked about his ongoing work on Rebels, as well as his previous contributions to the Saga alongside George Lucas with Star Wars: The Clone Wars. You can watch the full talk below:
It's always fun and to hear from Dave, and this was a great discussion. His knowledge of the Saga is always insightful. It's also hilarious to hear how he "disguises" himself, as well as George Lucas, by giving his iconic Fedora to George.
Season one Star Wars Rebels is currently airing on Disney XD with new episodes premiering every Monday at 9pm Eastern / 8pm Central time.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
After a long hiatus in announcements of official Star Wars Episode VII news, today Lucasfilm revealed a new cast member for the film! Warwick Davis has had many roles in the Star Wars Saga including Wicket the Ewok in Return Of The Jedi, Anakin's Rodian friend Wald and Podracing enthusiast Weazel in The Phantom Menace. Today the actor himself announced that he will be returning to a Galaxy far, far away next year with an unknown role in Episode VII. The announcement was done via a hilarious video which flashed back to Warwick's interview with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy at Celebration Europe II where he inquired about a part in the film. Later, a bearded(Contractually obligated?) Warwick gets a call from Director J.J. Abrams. Check it out below:
So, who could Warwick be playing in Episode VII? An older Wicket perhaps? Or someone completely new? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
By: Jake Damon
December 18th, 2015 couldn't seem any further away as excitement grows for the release of the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, but in reality, time is flying right by! While attending the grand opening for the brand new Industrial Light and Magic studio in the UK, Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, said that filming for Episode VII is scheduled to wrap up only three weeks from now, completing yet another large portion of the movie's production. The new studio has already taken on Episode VII and is producing the movie's special effects and CGI elements, as well as a few upcoming Marvel Studios films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Antman, both of which are slated to come out the middle of next year (2015).
So who's excited? Time is ticking, and more is coming to fruition by the week! Before we know it, we'll be looking at our first Episode VII teaser! (But in the meantime let's continue having fun speculating!)
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian
What I like is that localgotal's imagery is an "ongoing series" and I can see us getting figures from all the Star Wars content eventually. He's only been at it since November. This is only the beginning. His recurring feature on Yakface.com needs to become part of your web browsing activity if you are a fan of Star Wars figures. As a customizer, it is definitely a completely different skill set, but the task is equally difficult.
And this guy definitely brings the Photoshop skills! Love his imagery! I certainly couldn't do what he does.
Last week we learned that the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader, would be making an appearance on Star Wars Rebels much sooner than we expected, and voiced by James Earl Jones, no less. Anticipation is running high as fans wonder what Vader will look like in the animation style of Rebels. Well now it appears that we're getting our first sneak peak at the animated half man, half machine courtesy of our friends at The WolfPack Podcast. They are reporting that during a Toy Story short film, which aired on ABC, the Vader scene, or a portion of it, was shown. You can check out a screenshot of the of the scene below. And of course, SPOILERS if you want to hold out for when the scene premieres with the re-airing of Spark Of Rebellion on ABC on October 26th.
It appears this design of Vader in Rebels will very much be informed by the artwork of the late, legendary Original Trilogy concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. This falls in line with design of the rest of the series which is also McQuarrie inspired and, as the creators describe it; "A Ralph McQuarrie painting come to life." The resemblance is unmistakable when compared to the classic McQuarrie concept painting for Luke and Vader below:
So, what do you think? Is this look suitable for Vader? Or is it too much of a departure from his infamous design. Let us know in the comments below!
Source: The WolfPack Podcast
Update: The good folks over at From 4-LOM to Zuckuss have shared video of scene, which is featured at the end of a short TV spot for Rebels:
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