Monday, June 30, 2014

Star Wars Insider Teams Up With Nerd Block

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By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars Insider Magazine announced today that they are teaming up with the folks at Nerd Block.  Nerd Block is a service where subscribers get a box of "Nerdy" toys.  Insider and Nerd Block have teamed up to include two awesome Star Wars items in the July box! 

Our friends over at Insider let us know that,
The force is strong with Nerd Block! A geek tested, nerd approved monthly mystery package that includes toys, collectibles and a limited edition shirt. Nerd Block and Star Wars Insider are teaming up to include 2 epic Star Wars items in July’s classic block!


This sounds like a great team up between two awesome companies!

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Kevin Smith Visits Episode VII Set

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By: Benjamin Hart

We have yet another report from the set of Star Wars Episode VII, but this time it's from an unlikely source. Legendary Podcaster and filmmaker Kevin Smith just shared on social media that he has visited the set, and had some very positive things to say about the film:




So, does Kevin Smith's word make you more excited about Episode VII? Could this somehow mean he has a cameo in the film? Let us know in the comments below!

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Harrison Ford Almost Back On Two Feet With Prosthetic Leg

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By: Ciaran Duggan

Harrison Ford is reputedly on the rapid road to recovery, as he was seen leaving London’s acclaimed and exclusive 34 restaurant in Mayfair last night using a prosthetic leg for support. The British media outlet, The Daily Mail, took a myriad of photographs to display Ford’s hastening recovery outside the restaurant.

It is great to witness Harrison Ford’s determined and perseverant attitude, he certainly appears to be strong willed and single minded in his attempts to regain full fitness in order to return to shooting in Pinewood Studios.

In spite of witnessing Harrison forced into a wheelchair last month, Ford’s tenacity may well accelerate his recovery and see him reappear on set sooner than anticipated. Whatever the case, it is profoundly pleasing to finally observe Ford out of the wheelchair and close to returning to filming in Pinewood.

Source: The Daily Mail

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Rumor: Billie Lourd to Play Young Leia in Flashbacks in Episode VII

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By: Dominic Jones

The Mirror is reporting on a new twist to the rumors that Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd will be appearing in Star Wars Episode VII. They're reporting that Lourd will be portraying a young Princess Leia, her mother's famous role from the Original Trilogy, in flashbacks in the film.

This is definitely a interesting take on the rumors.  Lourd obviously has the family resemblance down and if you were to cast someone as a young Carrie Fisher her daughter would make sense. As for the issue of flashbacks, while they have never appeared in Star Wars films (the only time they've been used in Star Wars was The Clone Wars episode "Nightsisters") anything is possible in this new era of Star Wars.

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


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Report: Positive Vibe on Episode VII Set, Despite Ford Injury

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By: Dominic Jones

The last few days have been a wash with rumors about potential delays and panic on the set of Episode VII, in face of Harrison Ford's leg injury.  While we still don't know when Harrison Ford will be back (reports range from 6-8 weeks, to 6 months), it seems the production crew is taking everything in stride.  The good folks over at Jedi News are hearing that the vibe is pretty positive and the crew is in high spirits in face of the setback.  According to their sources, production has been on hold for the past week (which likely why Gwendoline Christie was spotted at Wimbleton) while the heads of production figure out their plan B to deal with the situation.  The hiatus is expected to last for this upcoming week as well while everything is worked out.  

According to Jedi News' source,
"The production was effectively in shutdown last week with the majority of cast and crew on call, but not on set. The same applies to the coming week, or at least the first half of it."

"All the decision makers and big guns were on set and working hard to re-plan the full production, from when talent would be needed to priorities in set build, costume and effects. All department heads attended and held a number of meetings in order to put into effect a plan B to work around Ford's time off."

"The Star Wars crew seem in amazingly high and confident spirits and whilst there has been disruption there is no sense of panic whatsoever. In fact, I would go as far to say they seem supremely confident that they are working on and achieving great things and you would not think any setback had happened."

That sounds to me like the injury to Ford is a setback, but far from the doomsday situation some were predicting.  It sounds like the schedule will have to be completely redone, but the show will go on and the December 18th, 2015 release date will be met.

As for how they may work around the injury, Hollywood Elsewhere is hearing that CGI will be used to put Ford's face on a body double.  According to them,

"A director friend who knows people says he’s “hearing on pretty good authority they’ll be using CGI to put Harrison Ford’s face on a body double, probably his usual stunt double, so he’ll be able to complete his Star Wars, Episode VII role no matter what the state of his recovery will be."

That would be one solution to this problem and this technology does exist (it was used during the prequels to put the actors faces on their stunt doubles during some of the more extreme portions of the Lightsaber duels.  Check out the documentary Within a Minute on the Episode III DVD to see how it's done!)   That being said, I would think that would be a last resort for the crew and they are more likely working on get Harrison back on set as soon as he's ready.


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Rumor: Details About the First Two Episodes of 'Rebels'

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By: Dominic Jones

The good folks over at Making Star Wars have some very interesting details about the first two episodes of the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels.  We assume these are the episodes that will be aired as the hour long premiere on Disney Channel (the remainder of the series will air on Disney XD).  While these are unconfirmed (and likely won't be confirmed until we see the episodes this fall), this your official SPOILER ALERT!  (Seriously folks, this is a complete break down of practically ever plot point from the episodes.  IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING STOP READING NOW!)

If you're still with us, here's what Making Star Wars is hearing from their sources,
  • Ezra comes upon a cool score, blasters, ammo, and supplies when he finds The Rebels destroying and stealing the crates.

  • Zeb offers Ezra a ride away from the explosions as Imperials show up.

  • Zeb locks Ezra in a storeroom when he gets aboard their ship after they give him a ride away from the munitions destruction.

  • On the way, the crew stops and begins to hand out food to the starving masses they stole from the Empire.

  • However, because Zeb shoved Ezra in the closet Ezra plans to snoop around the ship for some loot. Later on after they visit a spot called Tarkintown (Tangletown), Ezra goes through the ship.

  • He’s almost called by something…that’s when he discovers the Holocron and Kanan’s lightsaber. Kanan catches him, takes the saber, but Ezra pockets the Holocron.

  • The rebels trade the stolen blasters they didn’t blow up to Vizago. Vizago then gives them the flight plan of the ship transporting enslaved Wookiees. The Rebels dock with the Imperials and try and pass Zeb off as a rare hairless Wookiee!

  • Ezra is told to stay on the ship with Hera. But he gets a cold shiver down his spine while the the others go on the mission…it was a trap, Vizago sold them out to the Empire!

  • Hera looks to Ezra and says “If all you do is fight for your own life, your life’s worth nothing.” This truth makes Ezra angry.

  • Star Destroyers appear over the city in Space scaring the locals.

  • With no Wookiees aboard the ship the rebels are trying to make their way off the ship, but a squadron of Stormtroopers waits for Kanan and Zeb to come out. Ezra takes his slingshot and shoots a detonator packet at them, blowing up the entire squadron of Stormtroopers. He feels heroic for the first time.

  • Meanwhile Sabine was in the gravity control station and she deactivates the gravity on the ship and speedily floats towards the Ghost, thanks to Chopper’s rockets.

  • Ezra ends up fighting with Agent Kallus and Zeb tries to escape without Ezra, angering Ezra.

  • Ezra is put into the Star Destroyer’s brig by Agent Kallus.

  • Agent Kallus is of the Imperial Security Bureau.

  • The ISB are the nastiest Imperials around, even other Imperials fear them.

  • While in holding, Ezra activates the Holocron. Ezra stares at it and it unfolds as if it understood his silent command and a recording begins to play. Ezra is confused by a mysterious man named Obi-Wan Kenobi telling him to “Trust in the Force.”

  • Obi-Wan explains that the Emperor is actually a Sith Lord who betrayed the Jedi and destroyed the Republic.

  • Ezra fakes coughing and proclaims Emperor Palpatine his uncle so they open his cell door. Ezra wedges himself to the ceiling and pops out the door before they even think to look up for their prisoner.

  • Ezra runs for the airlocks and takes a trooper’s helmet.

  • Ezra hears over the coms that The Ghost, he was not abandoned!

  •  He also discovers the location of the Wookiees.

  • When Ezra gets aboard the Ghost, Zeb slugs him in the helmet thinking he’s a Stormtrooper further adding to their contentious relationship.

  • The Wookiees have all been shipped off to the Spice Mines of Kessel.

  • Ezra tells the crew they started this job, they should finish it. The Wookiees must be saved.

  • They  go to the Wookiee camp to save the Wookiees on Kessel, Spice Mine K77 to be exact.

  • Illegal Spice has been sold in Capital City since the Empire took over.

  • The Empire is not expecting the Rebels on Kessel. The stuff we saw of Kanan in the trailers with his saber is on Kessel.

  • Sabine speaks a little Wookiee. The Wookiees call Ezra “The Little Warrior.”

  • After this good deed and Obi-Wan’s message, Ezra realizes he must join the crew of the Ghost and figure out what the Force is.

  • The only drawback? Ezra has to bunk with Zeb.

  • The episode ends with the footage of the Inquisitor and Kallus speaking from the teaser trailer.
Wow!  This sounds like it will be a great premiere!  October cannot get here soon enough.


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'Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars' Trailer

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By: Ciaran Duggan

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away….came Phineas and Ferb. Hang on just a dang minute! Phineas and Ferb?

That’s right folks, the Phineas and Ferb Star Wars premiere special will be coming to Disney Channel next month. The popular Disney television show will present a unique depiction of Star Wars: A New Hope. Phineas and Ferb will play as the protagonists in this satirical comedic special. In addition, you will get to see Phineas and Ferb interact with some of our favourite Star Wars characters, such as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and R2D2.

Watch the teaser trailer for yourself down below:

Make sure to tune into Disney Channel on Saturday 26th July at 9:00 EST to watch this purportedly hilarious special. The force certainly looks to be strong with Phineas and Ferb. 

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Andy Serkis Confirms His Imaginarium is Being Used for Star Wars

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By: Lillian Skye

Andy Serkis, known for his performance as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, recently confirmed that the upcoming Star Wars films will utilize his motion capture studio Imaginarium during production.

“The Imaginarium is now involved in all of the performance capture on the Star Wars projects,” Serkis explained, “and I’m playing a character in that. It’s extraordinary. I grew up with Star Wars and was a massive fan of the original films. I never imagined in a million years that I’d be engaging with this. It’s just come about so organically.”

Serkis explained that him and Abrams hit it off when they first met. He explained how expressed that he'd "fit really well in this universe." Serkis replied that he probably could. "We’re working very closely," Serkis explained, "As I say, in two ways: the Imaginarium is providing all of the performance characters, and I myself am playing a character in it."

Although Serkis did not directly confirm whether or not he will be playing a motion capture character, the odds are in his favor, and there is always the possibility that he could be playing a live action character as well as a motion capture counterpart.

Sources: SciFiNow
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In Case You Missed It: June 21st - 28th, 2014

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By: Benjamin Hart

Here we are back again with ICYMI! Episode VIII appears to have a director, Episode VII may get delayed, Obi-Wan's coming to Rebels, and... Tom Cruise?? Read on to get caught up on everything you might have missed.


News

Rian Johnson's Representative Confirms He Will Direct Episode VIII
Last week we heard from several reliable sources that Looper director Rian Johnson would be taking the helm of Star Wars Episode VIII. This week his spokesperson confirmed the news. Read more...

Lucasfilm: Episode VII release will NOT be delayed by Ford injury
Even after the unfortunate mishap that left Harrison Ford with a broken leg, Lucasfilm is still confident in it's plan to release the film on Decemeber 18th, 2015. Read more...

Anthony Daniels Confirms Simon Pegg is on the Episode VII Set
After rumors surfaced about the actor appearing on set, and possibly being cast in the film, Anthony Daniels confirmed on Twitter that Simon Pegg was on the set of Star Wars Episode VII. But what is he doing there? Read more...

Andy Serkis Talks Episode VII on Conan
The Motion capture legend talks(and lies) with Conan O'Brian about the secrecy surrounding his new gig. Read more...

Force For Change: Win Lunch with J.J. Abrams
As if this contest couldn't get any better, you can now enter to win a lunch with Episode VII director J.J. Abrams. Read more...

'Star Wars: Commander' Mobile Strategy Game Announced
A brand new mobile game is on the way,  Read more...

Star Wars Rebels Confirmed to Premiere in October
Following it's predecessor, The Clone Wars, Rebels is set to premiere on Disney XD this October. Read more...

Obi-Wan Kenobi Appears in French Trailer for 'Star Wars Rebels'
After rumors swirled that the strange old hermit might make a cameo in the series, a teaser trailer was released in France which confirmed that Obi-Wan Kenobi will indeed make an appearance, at least in Holgrahpic form. Read more...

Star Wars Rebels School Supplies
Kids and collectors take note: Rebels themed Lunch boxes and bags are coming soon!  Read more...

Lucas Museum Coming To Chicago
After months of deliberation, George Lucas' museum, which is said to feature items from his personal collection and the Lucasfilm archives, has found it's home: Chicago, Illinois. Read more...

'Lords of the Sith' and 'Heir to the Jedi' Release Dates Changed
The two new canon novels, written by Paul S. Kemp and Kevin Hearne respectively, got new release dates.. April 15th, 2015 for Lords Of The Sith and February 17th, 2015 for Heir To The Jedi. Read more...

The Minifigure Cast of Episode VII
LEGO brilliantly recreated the now infamous Episode VII cast photo with minifigures! Read more...


Rumors

Harrison Ford to Miss Six Months Due to Injury
It seems a broken leg could keep Harrison down and out longer than previously believed. Read more...

Oscar Isaac to Have Larger Role in Episode VII Due to Harrison Ford's Injury
With Harrison unable to participate in filming for Episode VII for the time being, his co-star Oscar Isaac might step up and pick up the slack... Or maybe not. Read more here and here...

Tom Cruise to Appear in Episode VII
Could one of Hollywood's best and most famous make a cameo in Episode VII? Read more...

Billie Lourd Cast In Episode VII
The real daughter of Princess Leia may have a role. Read more...

Mandalorians and Sith Witches to Appear in Episode VII
This one suggests Mandos, and possibly the Nightsisters of Dathomir, could play a major role in the film. Read more...

Star Wars Episode VII: The Search For Luke Skywalker
Rumor has it Han Solo is the main focus of the story, and his quest it to find Luke Skywalker. Read more...


Also check out...

  • The latest SWU Podcast where we had a blast breaking down all of this news & more.
  • Episode 15 of The Clone Wars Strikes Back where Ciaran & Dominic sit down to talk about the Season 3 finale featuring Boba Fett.
  • The latest edition of Darth Daddy's Customizing Corner.
  • David Cronenberg talks about how he was asked to direct Return Of The Jedi back in the day, but turned it down.


Tidbits

  • A talented YouTuber by the name of The Unusual Suspect created two Star Wars trailers, one for the Prequel trilogy and another for the Originals, edited in the same style as a recent trailer for Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy.
  • These alternate/behind the scenes looks from The Empire Strikes Back gives us a whole new perspective on Luke and Vader's fateful Lightsaber duel on Cloud City.


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The Prequels Get the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Trailer Treatment

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By: Dominic Jones

Last week YouTube user "The Unusual Suspect" made headlines when he made a trailer for the Original Star Wars trilogy in the style of the most recent trailer for the upcoming Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy.  Now, they've created another Guardians-style trailer this time using the prequel trilogy (and yes there are several Jar Jar jokes for those of you who aren't madly in love with him).  Like it's predecessor, it's pretty awesome, check it out below!



And in case you haven't seen it already, here's the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer for comparison,

 
You can check out the Original Trilogy version of the trailer here

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Rumor: Billie Lourd Cast In Episode VII

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By: Benjamin Hart

There's been a lot of speculation about whether or not Daisy Ridley is playing Han & Leia's daughter in Star Wars Episode VII. But up until now we hadn't considered the possibility of Carrie Fisher's actual daughter having a role. Latino Review is back with another casting rumor, and they claim that none other than Billie Lourd, the daughter of Carrie Fisher and Bryan Lourd, has joined the cast. They admit her part could just be a cameo, but it's interesting nonetheless.

Considering that Star Wars has a history of giving crew members, and even family, cameos(George Lucas and all of his children appeared as background characters in Revenge Of The Sith), this story is not far fetched by any means. We'll have to wait and see.

As always, this is just a rumor, take it seriously at your own risk.

Source: Latino Review

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The SWU Podcast LIVE | 27/06/14

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On this Episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic are back to discuss the latest Star Wars news and rumors.  What do they think of Rian Johnson directing Episode VIII?  Are they excited about Obi-Wan being in Star Wars Rebels (duh)?  Why are Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg visiting JJ Abrams in London? (Hint: it's not for Star Wars).  They also discuss what rumors and how to tell a credible rumor from a fake one.  Also, Clone Wars wins two more Emmys, a Harrison Ford injury update, the cast of Episode VII in Lego, and The Search for Luke Skywalker.  All this and much more!
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Star Wars Rebels Confirmed to Premiere in October

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By: Lillian Skye

Mathilde Machuel of Star Wars Design translated the recent French Star Wars Rebels trailer and confirmed that the official Star Wars Rebels hour long  premiere will be in October 2014 on Disney Channel. The October premiere is soon to be followed by episodes which will air on Disney XD.

Sources: Rebel Transmission

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David Cronenberg Discusses his Brush with Star Wars

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By: Lillian Skye

Director David Cronenberg, who recently received the Film-Maker on the Edge award from the Provincetown film festival in Massachusetts, and discussed the time he turned down the opportunity to direct Return of the Jedi.

"I got a phone call once asking if I was interested in directing one of the Star Wars sequels," said the director. "And instead of saying 'Oh my God, yes!' I said, 'Well, you know, I don't really do other people's material.' Click. I don't know how far it would have gone, but it ended there." 

Cronenberg is used to writing and directing his own material, like he did for Consumed, Videodrome, and Cosmopolis----a freedom he would probably not get when it comes to Star Wars.   In addition, Cronenberg's style is very edgy, with most of his films being in the horror/thriller genre, which may not have translated well into a Star Wars film. 

"This is a big studio movie that's going to cost $200m," he said of working his time working the Total Recall remake, another big budget film, which he ultimately left early into pre-production. "They're going to give it to a guy who's directed a couple of rock videos because he's someone they can control. But it's not in my nervous system to do something like that."

Accroding to JW Rinzler's The Making of Return of the Jedi (2013), Cronenberg was one of many directors considered to direct Return of the Jedi, before Richard Marquand was ultimately chosen.  Others considered include: Richard Donner, Terry Gilliam, Alan Parker, and Bruce Beresford.


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DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: SJEFKE aka YUZZUMS' CUSTOMS

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by: Darth Daddy



A customizer does not need a large body of work to be a great customizer.  My two favorite customs produced this year were made by a relative newcomer to the Star Wars custom action figure community.  Jeff Thompson aka Sjefke of Yuzzums' Customs has created some superlative customs since he jumped onto the scene.  Sjefke ran right out of the gate making fully sculpted action figures with extremely complex builds that even the most experienced customizers would consider a challenge to reproduce.  His Cane Adiss action figure tied my Chukha Trok and Kaink action figures for the Grand Prize at Yakface.com's Yakfinities #50 and when you look at his figure it's easy to see why.  Sjefke has some serious talent.   Sjefke customizes with and for his kids, and there is no greater incentive to make something cool than being inspired by your own children.

His forum posts describe each build in great detail so if you think you'd ever want to try and rebuild what he has created, Sjefke provides a great step-by-step guide to help his readers along the way.

I'm a huge fan of his Wam "Blam" Lufba action figure.  It's by far, one of the best I ever saw.  I'd love to have one in my own collection one day.

I can't wait to see what he produces next.  I'm always eager to check out his thread whenever I see a new post.  He's definitely one of my favorite new customizers on the scene.  Be sure to keep an eye out.  We will be following his career with great interest!



Sjefke's Wam "Blam" Lufba on the left.  Movie still on the right.




Laudica




Astromech.




"Assassin" Aurra Sing



Super-articulated Ahsoka Tano in Scuba Gear




Bounty Hunter




Woklings.



Check out his figure thread on Imperial Shipyards:
http://www.imperialshipyards.net/SMF/index.php?topic=8772.0



Sjefke on Pinterest:
http://www.pinterest.com/sjefke59/



Sjefke on Photobucket:
http://s1058.photobucket.com/user/sjefke59/profile/




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Obi-Wan Kenobi Appears in French Trailer for 'Star Wars Rebels'

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By: Dominic Jones

We've been hearing for a while that the legendary Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi would be making an appearance in the first episode of Star Wars Rebels (as a hologram), and now we have our first glimpse of his scene.  A new french trailer for the series is available online and features a quick look at a hologram of Obi-Wan.  In addition, Obi-Wan saying "May the Force be With You" (in French) is heard. 

Check out the trailer below,

Source: Rebels Report

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Andy Serkis Talks Episode VII on Conan

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By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars Episode VII cast member Andy Serkis appeared on Conan last night to promote his upcoming film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Naturally, host Conan O'Brien couldn't help but bring up Serkis' next major movie, Star Wars Episode VII.  While Serkis obviously couldn't say much he did joke about the security on the film, and talked about being a fan of Star Wars and JJ Abrams.  Check out the video below,

Source: Team Coco

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Disney Rep. Denies Expanding Oscar Isaac's Role

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By: Lillian Skye

Since reports have shown that Ford requires up to six months in rehab after the accident on set where he broke his leg while filming at Pinewood Studios in England, many believed that Oscar Isaac would have a larger role in Episode VII since a source told the New York Post that, "They are now beefing up Oscar's role to be bigger with Harrison [Ford] injured."

However, according to Philly, "Star Wars bosses," have denied the reports that have suggested that director J.J. Abrams is expanding actor Oscar Isaac's role in Episode VII, despite Harrison Ford's on-set injury that put him in rehab.

A representative for Disney denied the rumor about Isaac's role being expanded, stating: "This is categorically not true."

Despite Ford's injury, Star Wars Episode VII is still expected to hit theatres December 2015.

Sources: Philly

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Rumor: Star Wars Episode VII: The Search For Luke Skywalker

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(Fan imagining by Dln88 on DeviantArt.)
By: Benjamin Hart

(Possible spoilers ahead)

Our friends at Making Star Wars have caught wind of an interesting rumor about Star Wars Episode VII that comes from Ain't It Cool News. In the midst of an article about Harrison Ford's broken leg, they dropped this little interesting nugget of information:

"Han Solo is pretty much the main character of EPISODE VII, leading a galaxy-wide search party for Luke Skywalker."

Now this is not the first time we've heard that Han Solo/Harrison Ford might have a big role in Episode VII. Out of all the returning cast members from the Original Trilogy, Harrison seems best fit to take the lead in the next film, or at least have a heavy presence alongside new faces like Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. And if this is indeed true, it begs the question; how will the affect the production of Episode VII? Lucasfilm is still confident that they will meet the December 18th, 2015 release date, so we'll see.

Also, having Luke be a macguffin of sorts that launches our heroes on their adventure does sound interesting. This idea could tie into previous rumors that claim that Luke has been fighting Jedi hunting Sith Inquisitors over the past 30+ years and cannot fight them anymore, which could force him into hiding(perhaps on Tatooine?).

As always, this is merely a rumor and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Source: Ain't It Cool News

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Star Wars Rebels School Supplies

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By: Lillian Skye


Justin (@JustinL81 on Twitter) of Jedi News recently posted a photo of a Star Wars Rebels backpack and lunch box, which he found at his local Toys R Us. The backpack reads "RISE," followed by something that may read "Hail the Galactic Empire," and bears the Imperial Symbol and an animated stormtrooper. The lunch box is similar to the backpack, but only includes the Rebels logo instead of the phrase about the Galactic Empire.

If they aren't already available, these items should be in stock at your local Toys R Us soon.



Sources: Jedi News

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Force For Change: Win Lunch with JJ Abrams

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By: Dominic Jones

A mid-campaign rally prize has been added to the Star Wars: Force for Change contest (you know, the contest where you can win a chance to be in Star Wars Episode VII!)  The prize is a lunch with Episode VII director JJ Abrams, at the Bad Robot studios.  To enter to win the lunch you must purchase entries for the main contest within the next two days!  All proceeds from entries will go to supporting UNICEF's Innovation Labs.  In addition, simply by entering you get a reward (including a private screening of Episode VII...if you have $50,000 burning a hole in your pocket!)


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The Minifigure Cast of Episode VII

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By: Lillian Skye

"You've met the actors, now meet the Minifigure cast of Star Wars Episode VII," reads the caption for a photo that the official Facebook page for LEGO posted of the Star Wars Episode VII cast in animated LEGO form. "It is both thrilling and surreal to start building in a couple of weeks, and we look forward to bringing this new world to life, once again (in 1/48 scale)!"

Looks like Episode VII LEGO sets and figures are in the works! Which characters, ships, or sets do you hope to see hit the shelves?


Source: LEGO
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Rumor: Oscar Isaac to Have Larger Role in Episode VII Due to Harrison Ford's Injury

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By: Dominic Jones

Ever since Harrison Ford injured his ankle leg on the set of Star Wars Episode VII, fans have been wondering how this might affect the film.  While Lucasfilm claims that the release date has not changed, with reports that Ford may take up to six months to recover, something's got to give.  A new report from the NY Post states that fellow Episode VII cast member Oscar Isaac's role in the film may be expanded to fill some of the void left by the injury to Ford.   However, Disney reps have denied the report.

Isaac is probably the best choice to step up in this scenario.  He has experience playing the lead role in films, having played titular character in Inside Llewyn Davis.  Increasing in Isaac's role, allowing for Ford's role to be somewhat decreased, could be the way to walk the line of giving Ford adequate time to recover without halting the production.  As for whether this is true or not, is still up for debate.  Just like the reports of how long Ford will take to recover, the reports of how much the film will be affected by the injury have been all over the map.  Reports suggest there was an emergency meeting at Pinewood Studios on Monday to discuss how best to move forward because of the injury, what was decided is still a mystery.  Some are suggesting that the film will have to be pushed back (maybe to a May 2016 release), while others claiming the film will not be affected much, if at all.  

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


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lucas Museum Coming To Chicago

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By: Benjamin Hart

It's finally official! After a long battle to secure a location for building the touted Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, the maker himself, George Lucas, has selected Chicago as the new home for his museum. Lucas' first choice was in San Francisco at the Presidio, where Lucasfilm headquarters resides, but he was met with strong resistance. In a statement to the Chicago Tribune, Lucas said:

“Choosing Chicago is the right decision for the museum, but a difficult decision for me personally because of my strong personal and professional roots in the Bay Area.”

Today the Museum's board struck a deal with the city of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to bring the museum to the city. It will be located on the parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place on the Chicago lakefront. It is expected to open in 2018. Once completed, the museum is said to house pieces from George Lucas' personal art collection, as well items from the Lucasfilm archives, like a scale model of the Millennium Falcon. The Museum's board is also expected to change the name of the museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The project is said to be still lacking approval from Chicago Plan Commission and may attract opposition from green space activists, so we certainly wish George and company the best of luck in making the museum a reality!

Visit LucasMuseum.Org for more information!

Source: Chicago Tribune

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'Star Wars: Commander' Mobile Strategy Game Announced

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By: Benjamin Hart

Disney and Lucasfilm have been working hard to release many new mobile Star Wars games as of late! Now the Disney Interactive Tumblr has announced a new mobile strategy game titled Star Wars: Commander. It's said to feature "characters, locations and technology" from the Galaxy far, far away and will be released world wide on IOS, Android and Windows devices this Summer, with limited early access being given to select international markets.

Other than that, nothing is said about the actual content or gameplay of the game. Since it's being touted as a strategy game, I personally hope for something in the same vein as Empire At War, which is a game that is sorely in need of a sequel/reboot. The name certainly invokes a connection to an even earlier Star Wars strategy game, Star Wars: Force Commander.

Nevertheless, it's definitely a great time to be a Star Wars fan, and a Star Wars gamer!

Source: Disney Interactive

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Rumor: Mandalorians and Sith Witches to Appear in Episode VII

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By: Dominic Jones

Could we be seeing two fan favorite factions making appearances in Episode VII?  Latino Review is reporting that Mandalorians and "Sith Witches" (possibly nightsisters) will be appearing in the new film.   The Mandalorians are suppose to play a major role in the film, and some are already drawing connections between this and the rumors Jedi Hunters/Inquisitors being the villains in Episode VII.

Both Mandalorians and Nightsisters (if that's what there Sith witches turn out to be, if they're even in the film) are fan favourites, despite never having actually appeared in a Star Wars film (unless you count Boba and Jango Fett wearing Mandalorian armor).  They draw their popularity from the now non canon Legends universe of books and comics, as well as The Clone Wars animated series.

While both Mandos and Sith witches would make interesting villains, neither of them make me any more or less excited about Episode VII.  They would both serve the purpose of having significant villains without having to bring the Sith back, though I'm hoping they go in a completely new direction and give us a villain we've never heard of before.

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

Source: Latino Review

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Original Trilogy Edited Into 'Guardians of the Galaxy'-Esque Trailer

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By: Lillian Skye

YouTube user The Unusual Suspect combined clips from A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi to create a trailer for the Original Trilogy based off of the second Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. In the mashup trailer, Luke, Leia, Chewie, Han, and Lando are the "Guardians of the Galaxy," who are "hooked on a feeling."

See the original Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer:



Watch the Star Wars/Galaxy mashup:



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The Clone Wars Strikes Back | Episode 15

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On this episode Dominic and Ciaran discuss the Boba Fett trilogy from season 2!  Did the most famous Bounty Hunter live up to our expectations?  Is Boba a sympathetic character?  Plus what did they think of Aurra Sing, Bossk, and Castus?  Also Plo Koon and Ahsoka, Anakin and Mace, and an astromech fist fight.  All this and much more!

Plus stay tuned to the end for some hilarious bloopers!

UPDATE: It has come to our attention that there were some issues with the levels on the most recent episode (Boba Fett arc!), namely the music during the outro/final thoughts was too loud. This has been fixed, so if you re-download the episode from iTunes or listen on StarWarsUnderworld.com everything should be right. So sorry about this and thanks for listening!

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Anthony Daniels Confirms Simon Pegg is on the Episode VII Set

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By: Dominic Jones

It seems Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead) has been hanging out on the set of Star Wars Episode VII.  C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels tweeted today that he was having a conversation with Pegg on set about their prior work together and the fan film Pegg and his frequent collaborator Nick Frost made.  What Pegg is doing on the set is a mystery, however.  The actor has been rumored to have a role in the film, something he denied would ever happen.   Things could have changed and Pegg may have been cast in the film despite his earlier denial, or he might simply have been visiting the set to spend time with his pal, director, JJ Abrams.  I guess we'll just have to wait and find out.

Check out Daniels tweets below,
The spoof/fan film Daniels is referring is this,
 

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Rian Johnson's Representative Confirms He Will Direct Episode VIII

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By: Dominic Jones

Late last week the Internet was taken by storm when rumors began circulating that Rian Johnson (Looper, Breaking Bad) would be directing Star Wars Episode VIII and writing Episode IX.  Now one of Johnson's representatives has confirmed to the LA Times that the rumors are in fact true!  Johnson will be taking over control of the sequel trilogy from JJ Abrams, who is currently working on Episode VII at Pinewood Studios in London.  No word on what (if any) role Abrams might play in the remainder of the sequel trilogy.  Disney has declined to comment on the rumors.

Personally I am excited at the prospect of Johnson directing Episode VIII.  I absolutely loved Looper and Johnson directed one of my favorite Breaking Bad episodes (and one of my least favorites, but I'll give him a mulligan on that!)

While this is very close to a confirmation, we still have to hear from Disney/Lucasfilm before it's official.  (And given that someone is talking to the press, I would guess that the announcement on StarWars.com will be coming sooner rather than later).


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'Lords of the Sith' and 'Heir to the Jedi' Release Dates Changed

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By: Dominic Jones

The release dates for two upcoming novels have been pushed back.  Del Rey announced today that Kevin Hearne's Heir to the Jedi will no be released on February 17, 25 (previously slated for a January release), Paul S. Kemp's Lords of the Sith will be released on April April 21, 2015 (previously slated for a March release).  Del Rey states that the moves are a result of the publisher shifting the dates.  The announcement was made on today on Twitter, you can find the tweets below,


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Lucasfilm: Episode VII release will NOT be delayed by Ford injury

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By Chris Seekell

Following a rumor picked up on earlier today by Jedi News stating that a meeting to discuss delaying the production of Star Wars Episode VII has taken place at Pinewood, TheForce.net has reached out to a spokesperson from Lucasfilm to comment on a possible delay. They were told the following information.

Lucasfilm would not comment on the extent of the production delays, but a company spokesperson told TFN, "There is no change in the release date."

So it looks like while the film production may or may not be delayed by Harrison Ford's injury on the set of the film, Lucasfilm is still expecting Episode VII to be released December 18th, 2015 as scheduled.

Sources: TheForce.net, Jedi News

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Rumor: Tom Cruise to Appear in Episode VII

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By: Dominic Jones

There are some rumors that were bound to get out at some point, and this is definitely one of them.  The British tabloid The Sun (who's reputation is sketchy at best) is reporting that Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible, Edge of Tomorrow) met with JJ Abrams and the Episode VII production crew in London this week to discuss a cameo in the film.  

While Abrams and Cruise have worked together before on various Mission Impossible films, it seems very unlikely that Cruise will appear in Episode VII.  Abrams, as well as many other members of the crew, have said that they want to avoid stunt casting and casting, arguably, the most famous actor in Hollywood does kind of seem like stunt casting.  But on the other hand, anything is possible....


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Rumor: Harrison Ford to Miss Six Months Due to Injury

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This is not what we wanted to hear.  What was initially suppose to be six to eight weeks of recovery, may in fact be six months for Harrison Ford.  The 71 year old Han Solo actor injured his leg on the set of Star Wars Episode VII two weeks ago, and a new report from Hollywood.com states that Ford may take up to six months to recover. 

According to Hollywood.com,
"It has now emerged that he will not be able to return to film Star Wars: Episode VII for six months as he needs rehab treatment for his left limb, which was fixed with a number of metal plates during surgery this week (beg16Jun14).

A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Shooting is continuing, but Harrison won't be back for months... the film company is looking into extending filming well into the second half of this year to allow Ford time to get back on his feet."

Ford is still receiving treatment at a hospital in England but will fly back to Los Angeles with his actress wife Calista Flockhart to work with a physiotherapist, according to editors at the publication."


This is certainly not the news we were hoping for.  A six to eight week break for Ford likely wouldn't cause the production to much trouble, but six months could cause another delay in the release date for Episode VII.  On the bight side that could mean the tradition of releasing Star Wars films in May could continue, and we may wind up with two Star Wars films in 2016.  I, however, would rather see them complete this film on time and release it on December 18th, 2015 (as long as Harrison is able to recover in time and the production doesn't have to be rusher).

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


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Saturday, June 21, 2014

In Case You Missed It: June 14th - 21st, 2014

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By: Benjamin Hart

Another week, another batch of news for those of you who might have missed something. Harrison Ford's leg is back in the news... a lot. Plus, Emmys for The Clone Wars, casting rumors for Rebels and a director for Episode VIII. Read on to get up to date!


News

Harrison Ford Injury Update
Last week Harrison Ford sustained a leg injury on the set of Episode VII. Since then he's has continued to make headlines with several varied reports about it happened, how he's doing now and how it's affecting the production of the film. Read more here... here... and here.

Daisy Ridley Comments On Jaina Solo Rumors
IMDB claimed that Daisy Ridley is playing Jaina Solo in Episode VII, but Daisy herself had something to say about it. Read more...

Robert Pattinson Responds To Han Solo Stand-Alone Rumors
Last week Robert Pattinson was rumored to have been cast as Han Solo in an upcoming stand-alone film. This week he responds. Read more...

The Clone Wars Wins Two More Emmy Awards
At the latest Daytime Emmys, the cast & crew of Star Wars: The Clone Wars scored two well deserved awards! Read more...

Star Wars Scene Maker App Released
Now you can create your own versions of classic Star Wars scenes on your phone or tablet! Read more...

Collecting Announcements Round Up
This past week gave us a ton of interesting collecting news. Read more...

Back Cover Art For 'Star Wars: Tarkin' Revealed
Grand Moff Tarkin is back in a brand new (canon) novel by James Luceno! Friday we were treated to some amazing cover artwork. Read more...


Rumors

Rumor: Rian Johnson To Write/Direct Episodes VIII & IX
It seems now that Looper's Rian Johnson is set to direct Episode VIII, and maybe even IX. While Lucasfilm has yet to confirm it, several signs point to this being true. Read more...

Rumor: What will the State of the Galaxy Far Far Away be in Episode VII?
Was the Empire defeated fully after Return Of The Jedi? Has the Galaxy recovered from the decades of war and oppression? We may now know the answers to those questions.  Read more...

Rumor: The Villains in Episode VII are Sith Inquisitors
Sources now suggest that Sith Inquisitors, as seen in the upcoming series Star Wars Rebels, will be the main antagonists of Episode VII. Read more...

Rumor: Details About Episode VII Stormtroopers
Stormtroopers may yet play a role in Episode VII, and we've got descriptions of what they might look like. Read more...

Rumor: Jason Isaacs & David Oyelowo Cast In Star Wars Rebels
Yup, you read right! Lucios Malfoy himself could be playing the Imperial Inquisitor, and along with him, David Oyelowo may be voicing Agent Kallus. Read more...

Rumor: New 'Star Wars Rebels' Details Revealed
A load of new new about the upcoming animated series might surprise you.  Might we see the Spice mines of Kessel, or a bunch of walking carpets? Or perhaps a crazy old wizard? Read more...

Rumor: Indiana Jones Show At Disney World Closing To Make Way For Star Wars Expansion
It appears that the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular show at Disney World may be closing soon. And as bad of an idea as that sounds, what they're replacing it with might be even better. Read more...


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Tidbits

  • The cast of The Clone Wars attended Star Wars Weekends and posted this great video on Facebook.
  • This awesome fan film shows us what a A New Hope might have looked like had it been a Disney musical.
  • From a few years back; Dave Filoni teaches a "class" on how to properly tell a Star Wars story.
  • John Ratzenberger appeared at the most recent Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World and sat down for this hilarious interview.
  • Joe Johnston shares this fascinating footage from behind the scenes of the Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Here's a great video which analyzes the Star Wars Battlefront trailer from last week.

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