Monday, September 1, 2014

Rumor: Miltos Yerolemou Cast in Star Wars Episode VII

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By: Dominic Jones

Here's something we haven't had in a while, a good old fashion Star Wars Episode VII casting rumor!  The BBC is reporting that actor Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones) has been cast in a minor role in the JJ Abrams directed Episode VII. 

According to the BBC:

He played expert and athletic swordsman Syrio Forel in Thrones and has taken on several other parts which involve sword fighting during his career. 

His extensive experience will inevitably lead to speculation that he may use a lightsabre in the film.

However, his character in Star Wars is not thought to be a major one.

Yerolemou would be the second Game of Thrones actor to be cast in Episode VII.  Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth on the series, was announced as part of the cast back in June.  It certainly is tantalizing to think about what the casting of an expert swordsman in Episode VII could mean for the story....

As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.

 
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New 'Star Wars Rebels' TV Spots

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By: Dominic Jones

Two more TV spots for the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels have debuted on Disney XD.  The first spotlights the characters Hera Syndulla and Sabine Wren, while the other focuses on the Empire and the evil Inquisitor.

Check them out below,


 

Star Wars Rebels premiers on October 3rd on Disney Channel with the double length episode 'Spark of Rebellion'.  The rest of the series will be shown on Disney XD starting October 13th.

Read my spoiler free review of 'Spark of Rebellion' here.

Source: Jedi Bibliothek
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New 'Rebels' Short: "Not What You Think"

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm has released the fourth (and presumably final) Star Wars Rebels short.  This one features the character of Ezra Bridger when he finds and TIE fighter (and pilot) shot down by the star ship, The Ghost.  The first three shorts featured Zeb, Sabine, and Kanan, Hera, and Chopper.

Check out the short below,


Keep in mind this is a special mini episode, and not from the main episodes (which will be around 22 minutes each) that will air on Disney XD, starting October 3rd, 2014.   This short is a great tease of Ezra's character and demonstrates his skills as a pickpocket, something we will likely see him do over and over again on the series.


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

StarWars.com Top Ten: Best Fights

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By Ciaran Duggan

With an enrichment of breaking Star Wars Rebels and Episode VII news these past few weeks, I think it is important to retain our appreciation for the antecedent six filmed saga and it certainly appears that starwars.com are.

Over the last few weeks, starwars.com have composed fresh ‘top ten’ lists from  the Starwars saga; these include lists concerning music, characters and settings. The latest publicised list (as deliberated and consented by the starwars.com committee) has been the best fights in the Star Wars saga. The list contains a myriad of spectacular lightsaber duels from the entire saga. The duels have been measured on their aesthetic quality, emotional impact, musical score and just pure epicness! The video below reveals starwas.com’s top ten list:



The committee have had their say, but it is certainly not dogma. So, I ask you two questions:
1) What lightsaber fights would feature in your top ten?
2) What would be your number one lightsaber duel?

Have your say and write in the comments below…..
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

In Case You Missed It: August 23rd - 30th, 2014

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By: Benjamin Hart

ICYMI
is back with another week's worth of Star Wars news and awesomeness. Clips and info about Star Wars Rebels continues to pour in, more Ice Bucket shenanigans, Comics, Blu-rays and Palpatine Clones... oh my! Read on and get caught up....


This Week's 3-minute 'Rebels' Short Features Zeb
Zeb takes a detour during a mission, and up tangling with some Imperial troops. Read more...

Greg Ellis Confirms Role In 'Rebels'
He's been in everything from Star Trek to The Clone Wars, and now he's coming Rebels. Read more...

Clip From Upcoming 'Rebels' Short Released
We get a sneak peek at next short. Read more...

New Clip From 'Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion'
An awesome new clip has leaked featuring the entire Rebels crew. Read more....

First Six 'Star Wars Rebels' Episode Titles, Writers, and Directors Revealed
We now the names of the first few Rebels episodes, and who made them. Read more...

New 'Rebels' Timeline Video
If, by chance, Rebels is the first Star Wars content you'll be seeing, this is the video for you. Read more...

Did Lucasfilm Confirm Rian Johnson's Involvement in Star Wars?
Lucasfilm may have finally let it slip what we've been knowing for some time now. Read more...

Preliminary DVD/Blu-ray Artwork For Clone Wars Season Six Revealed
We're getting closer to a home video release for The Clone Wars' last season. Here's what might be on the cover. Read more...

'Star Wars Legends Epic Collection' Announced
The Legendary Star Wars comics created by Dark Horse will live on thanks to Marvel. Read more...

Rumor: Identity of Episode VII Villain Revealed
Could a familiar character be returning as the villain of the Sequels? Read more...


Also check out....

The latest SWU Podcast, featuring discussions about the final issue of Darth Maul: Son Of Dathomir, Rebels, The Sequel Trilogy and Legends.
Dominic's spoiler free review of the Star Wars Rebels premiere Spark of Rebellion!
An all new Customizing Corner by Darth Daddy, featuring the works of Whiskeytango/


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New Clip From 'Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion'

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By: Benjamin Hart

Disney has released a brand new clip from the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, and yes, this is a clip from the premiere episode/movie Spark Of Rebellion, and not another short as we've seen these past few weeks. It features the entire Rebels crew on board The Ghost initiating a operation to free some Wookiee slaves, but before they can complete it, they encounter some unexpected, and unseen problems. The clip first appeared on the Watch Disney XD site with limited availability. Now our friends at the "Star Wars Rebels" Facebook page alerted us to a YouTube version of the clip, which you can watch below:



I have to say, this is the best clip I've seen yet. Previously we've only seen clips and shorts with one of the characters, or just a few of them together. This finally shows the entire crew together doing their thing. Also seeing the dynamics between the characters; Zeb's annoyance with Ezra and Hera's caring for him, for example. The mood also shifts several times, from emotional, to serious, to humor and tension. The Tarkin name-drop was a nice touch as well. My excitement for this series continues to grow!

Spark Of Rebellion, the one hour series premiere of Star Wars Rebels, will air initially on Disney Channel on October 3rd at 9pm ET/PT. Check out the full schedule or releases here.

Sources: Disney, The Wookiee Gunner(YouTube), Star Wars Rebels(Facebook)

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Friday, August 29, 2014

'Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion' Review (Spoiler Free!)

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By: Dominic Jones


This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend the Star Wars Rebels Canadian premiere at Fan Expo Canada, where the first episode (or movie, if you will) 'Spark of Rebellion' was screened to a packed John Basset theater.  The crowd was into it and so was I!  The series gets kicked off with a bang and if this episode is any indication, the series will be even more beloved by fans than The Clone Wars.  The added bonus of seeing the show at a convention with 1000 other fans, made it clear that Star Wars is best experienced with other fans.  We all laughed and cheered together as we returned to that galaxy far, far away.... 

The episode had the task of introducing the audience to the crew of the star ship 'The Ghost' and one of the series primary antagonist, Agent Kallus.  'Spark of Rebellion' does a fantastic job of setting up the character relationships, specifically the various 'The Ghost' crew members and Ezra.  

When it comes to Ezra, it's clear that the crew of Rebels has learned from their time on The Clone Wars when dealing with child characters.  When The Clone Wars debuted and the character of Ahsoka Tano was introduced their was a certain amount of backlash to her character due to her "whiny-ness" (with hind sight being 20/20 we can now see how this was important for establishing her characters arc).  Ezra, on the other hand, is introduced in a way that likely won't "annoy" fans, while still leaving him much room to grow.  

The focus of the episode was definitely on Ezra, but the other characters also each had their moment in the sun.  We learn about them largely through their interactions with Ezra.  It becomes clear throughout the episode that while Zeb puts on a tough guy act, he definitely has a big heart and a strong conscience (there is a great scene where he slumps up against the door after doing something he clearly knows was wrong).  Sabine, who is only 16 years old, is clearly wise beyond her age, probably due to her Mandalorian upbringing.  That being said, she does show her age a bit when it comes to her art (not so much in her actions, but her reactions).  Agent Kallus is established as vile, cunning, and cruel villain.  Perfect for the Empire.  I do hope we get some more character development and back story for him, though.

Having read John Jackson Miller's Rebels prequel novel A New Dawn (my review of that is coming later this week), the characters of Hera and Kanan were particularly interesting.  Watching 'Spark of Rebellion' as well as the short 'The Machine in The Ghost', it's clear that Miller perfectly captured the voices of those characters.  If this is any indication of how well Star Wars stories will work together going forward with the Lucasfilm Story Group then Star Wars is truly entering a golden age of story telling!  Hera and Kanan definitely felt like the same characters we met in A New Dawn, although Kanan has gone through some significant character growth in the years since he met Hera (likely her influence on him), which is to be expected.

If I had to pick one nitpick for the episode, I would say that one of the jokes felt a bit out of place.  Don't get me wrong, it was hilarious, but it didn't feel like Star Wars humor.  That being said the rest of the humor throughout the episode worked perfectly and felt right.  

All in all, 'Spark of Rebellion' was a fantastic kick off for Star Wars Rebels.  The acting was fantastic and I look forward to seeing more of this cast in action.  The story was an excellent way to kick of the series.  With all new characters, the series could have taken a bit of getting used to however the use of familiar (and fan favorite) species, as well as music that evokes the classic films worked to ensure that the introduction of the series was a smooth one.  Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, Greg Weisman, and the entire Rebels team did a great job of introducing all the characters in a way that made us want to spend more time with them.  I hope we get to do so over many more seasons. 


You can follow Dominic on Twitter: @DominicJ25

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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Clip From Upcoming 'Rebels' Short Released

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By: Benjamin Hart

Our friends at Big Shiny Robot have treated us to a brand new Star Wars Rebels clip today! It is an excerpt from the upcoming short titled "Property Of Ezra Bridger" and features Ezra interacting with a downed TIE fighter and it's pilot. Check it out below:



We will be sure to post the full short here on the SWU when it comes online this Monday!

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First Six 'Star Wars Rebels' Episode Titles, Writers, and Directors Revealed

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By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars Insider Magazine Issue #152 has released the titles, as well as the writers and directors, of the first six episodes and the four shorts, of the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels.   They are:

Directed by Dave Filoni
Written by Greg Weisman 

Directed by Justin Ridge
Written by Greg Weisman    
Directed by Justin Ridge
Written by Henry Gilroy, Simon Kinberg   

Episode 101D: “Property of Ezra Bridger”
Directed by Dave Filoni
Written by Simon Kinberg

Episode 102-103: “Spark of Rebellion”
Directed by Steward Lee, Steven G. Lee
Written by Simon Kinberg

Episode 104: “Droids in Distress”
Directed by Steward Lee
Written by Greg Weisman

Episode 105: “Fighter Flight”
Directed by Steven G. Lee
Written by Greg Weisman

Episode 106: “Rise of the Old Masters”
Directed by Steward Lee
Written by Henry Gilroy

Besides the episode titles, another reveal from this list is that Star Wars: The Clone Wars veteran Henry Gilroy is working on the series.  Gilroy had a major hand in getting that series off the ground writing many episodes from seasons 1,2, and 3, as well as an arc in season 4 and the 2008 film.  Other The Clone Wars veteran returning are Steward Lee (although he was announced back at NYCC) and Justin Ridger.  Lee directed 21 episodes of The Clone Wars over all six seasons and Ridger directed 4 episodes in seasons 1 and 2.  Steward's brother Steve Lee is also on board as a director.  Steve is a veteran of LucasArts (he too was announced at NYCC).

Also, there seems to be fewer writers and directors than on The Clone Wars.  Over this first group of episodes and shorts there are only four directors and three writers.  I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just that it's interesting to note.  It could lead to more continuity in the style of the series than The Clone Wars, which, at times, could be all over the map.


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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 29/08/14

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On this episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic break down the final issue of 'Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir'!  Did it live up to the hype?  And with the series now behind us, how do they feel about Clone Wars stories in comic book form?  They also discuss the latest Rebels short 'Entanglement' and talk about the new TV spots for the series.  Plus Dominic's report from day one of Fan Expo in Toronto, some dream The Clone Wars season 6 blu-ray bonus features, and did Lucasfilm confirm Rian Johnson's involvement in Star Wars in an Ice Bucket video?  All this and much more!


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Greg Ellis Confirms Role In 'Rebels'

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By: Benjamin Hart

Our friends at the Star Wars Rebels Facebook page alerted us to the news that veteran actor Greg Ellis confirmed a role of his in Star Wars Rebels. Know for roles in Star Trek(2009) and Pirates Of The Caribbean(2003), Ellis has also had an extensive voice acting career, which includes voicing Turk Falso in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as providing his voice for video games such as Knights Of The Old Republic and The Old Republic. He confirmed on Twitter that his character appeared in the new Entanglement short:




It's unclear exactly which character is his, but we can assume he voiced the TIE Fighter pilot which features prominently in the short. IMDB claims that Ellis is voicing a character named "Baron Ruhdor" who is supposed to appear in the premiere episode Spark Of Rebellion.

Star Wars Rebels will make it's television premiere on Friday, October 3rd at 9:00pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. Click here to find out when and where you can watch the premiere elsewhere on TV and online.

Source: Twitter, IMDB


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New 'Rebels' Timeline Video

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By: Benjamin Hart

There is a ton of new Star Wars content on the horizon that will not only be enjoyed by seasoned fans, but also brand new fans who are not familiar with the Saga. Star Wars Rebels is set to premiere in October and will reach a huge audience, some of which have never seen any of the Star Wars films thus far. Disney.com has released a short video which basically sums of the overall Star Wars story in a matter and shows where Rebels fits into the timeline. You can check it out below:


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Star Wars Rebels premieres on multiples channels and platforms this October, check out the full schedule here!

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'Star Wars Legends Epic Collection' Announced

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The official cover art.
By: Benjamin Hart

Marvel is set to begin producing new Star Wars comics next year, but in the meantime their focusing on highlighting the classic comics of the past. Last month it was announced that they would be re-releasing the original Star Wars comic series by Marvel. Today StarWars.com revealed that they will be releasing a plethora of Dark Horse comics from Rise of the Empire era titled Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1. Check out an excerpt from the official press release below:

"Let the dark times begin! Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic Collection program, with this first volume of a series focusing on the years that follow Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith! After the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on his new Galactic Empire. Now, the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge — one carried out by the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Rise, Darth Vader!

“We’re thrilled to be bringing our innovative Epic Collections to a galaxy far, far away,” says Marvel SVP sales & marketing David Gabriel. “We’ll be bouncing around to different periods of Star Wars history with each Epic Collection, constructing one huge tapestry, collecting full unbroken runs of all the greatest Star Wars comics from the past 35 years.”

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1 TPBwill offer a new way for fans to collect and read iconic Star Wars stories across the past 35 years of published titles. These oversized, self-contained color collections will bring the adventures of the Rebellion, the Galactic Empire and more to the masses with exciting new Epic Collections."

You can read the full announcement on StarWars.com.

Not only is this exciting, but it sounds like more collections like this are on the way! What other eras would you like to see featuring in Marvel's Epic Collections line? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: StarWars.com

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Report: Preliminary DVD/Blu-ray Artwork For Clone Wars Season Six Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

We may be that much closer to a home video releases of the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, also know as "The Lost Missions". The 13 episode season premiered on Netflix in March of this year and streamed exclusively there until later coming to several other online platforms. Fans have become increasingly anxious as of late about getting completing their Clone Wars Disc collection. Last week we received word that the Season 6 was listed on the German Amazon site. Today, Star Wars-Union alerted us to the fact that those listings have been updated with preliminary artwork for both the DVD and Blu-ray releases, which you can see above and below:


Remember, this is only the German version, and preliminary art at that, so it could still change. We have had no word yet about when a home video release can be expected in the rest of the World, but we will be sure share that info when it surfaces. The release date for these sets are still November 20th, so perhaps we will know more by then.

Source: Amazon
Via: Star Wars-Union

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DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: Whiskeytango

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Whiskeytango started customizing in 2009 after finding the excellent work of some of the greats on thefwoosh.com. He toiled away on comic book figures, ignoring his true love, Star Wars, until his dream of 6" figures was realized with the release of the Black Series. 
 
Now he spends his time working on custom versions of characters who get official releases announced right after he finishes, which doesn't make him angry at all. Not a bit. Not... not even a little bit.
 
I figured it was time we show off some of the talented artists working in the 6" scale since I haven't showcased the larger custom action figures that are being produced.  Whiskeytango has been making some amazing figures in the new Star Wars action figure scale and after seeing what he's accomplished, I'm eager to see what he produces in the future.  If you want to see more 6" customs from this artist, visit the latest "Customs I Wish I Owned" feature on the Customs for the Kid blog.
 
 
 
 
 
 

























 
 
 
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