Sunday, November 30, 2014

Echo Base Media December 2014 Signing: DEE BRADLEY BAKER

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Echo Base Media has announced its latest private autograph signing, featuring DEE BRADLEY BAKER. Dee has over thirty memorable voice roles from Star Wars: The Clone Wars including the Clone Troopers and bounty hunter Bossk. He also voices Ephraim Bridger, Old Jho, and Admiral Kassius Konstantine in Star Wars Rebels. Dee will be signing various LFL-licensed photographs as well as fans' send-in items, and this private signing opportunity will benefit The Wounded Warrior Project.

From Echo Base Media:

Echo Base Media is proud to announce that we will be hosting an exclusive private autograph signing with Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice talent DEE BRADLEY BAKER! Dee Bradley Baker is known for hundreds of voice roles in various animation and video games including Klaus in American Dad!,Perry the Platypus in Phineas and Ferb, and Appa & Momo in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Dee joined the Star Wars universe in 2008 when he started voicing the Clone Troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film release. In the beloved animated series that followed, Dee has over thirty additional voice roles such as Separatist strategist Admiral Trench, Jedi Council member Saesee Tiin, and fan-favorite Trandoshan bounty hunter Bossk.

All autograph proceeds are being directed to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Dee will be signing various photographs and fans’ personal items.

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Report: Two New Members of the 'The Force Awakens' Cast Discovered

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By: Dominic Jones

With principle photography completed on Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, it seems like more actors are going to come out of the woodwork and reveal that they're in the movie (or at least they'll put in on their resume).  The BBC's Lizo Mzimba uncovered two new actors who've added The Force Awakens to their resume, Tony Bailey and Sam Carr.  Bailey lists his part as "Stormtrooper," whereas Carr lists his part as "Padawan."  Mr. Mzimba also tweeted that James McArdle's resume said he would be playing a character named "Xavier" in the film, although that seems to have since been removed from his resume.
We must say we are very excited for these actors to have been included in the film.  Carr's part is especially intriguing.  Calling him a padawan suggests there is some kind of Jedi Order in the new films, despite the fact that all rumors point to Luke Skywalker being a recluse when the film opens.  It will be interesting to see how all of this pans out on December 18th, 2015.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Boyega Thanks Fans, Responds to Critics through Instagram

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By: Lillian Skye

John Boyega responded to fans' comments through a picture that he posted via Instagram on Saturday afternoon.

Star Wars fans had a glimpse into the 22-year-old actor's character in the opening shot of the first The Force Awakens teaser that was released on Friday. His character was seen on a desert-like planet wearing Stormtooper armor, prompting both positive and negative comments from Star Wars fans.

While the majority of the comments were positive, the few that were negative were inappropriate enough to bring attention to them. The positive comments revolved around the diverse cast of the latest Star Wars film and fans' excitement to find out that Boyega's character may be playing a Stormtrooper.  Negative comments focused on Boyega's race, as people were unjustifiably upset that a black man was seen in Stormtrooper armor.

See Boyega's response below:

A photo posted by @jboyega on
Countless Star Wars fans have rallied behind John Boyega and are eager to see the direction that The Force Awakens takes his character when the film is released in December 2015.

Sources: Boyega's Instagram 

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Rumor: Identity of the Voice In the Trailer Revealed

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By: Dominic Jones

One of the first questions everyone had after watching the awesome teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was who is that voice doing the narration?  (And if you haven't watched the trailer yet, what are you waiting for??)  Drew McWeeny over at Yahoo believe they've found the answer.  According to McWeeny, 

"For the record, that is Andy Serkis you hear in the trailer. I was able to verify this, although I was not able to uncover any further information about the role he plays. Here's what I do know, though. He's playing a pivotal role in the film, although he will not have a lot of screen time."

 
Andy Serkis is someone who's role we hadn't heard much about, so to hear in the trailer was very intriguing.  I also find the sentence "He's playing a pivotal role in the film, although he will not have a lot of screen time" very interesting.  It definitely seems he is playing some kind of Force user.  Could this mean he's playing a Darth Sidious-esque role, in that he isn't seen much but is controlling a lot of what's happening behind the scenes?  Or, could he be the one who really understands what's going on and provides some pivotal exposition to our heroes?  Or, something else?  I guess we'll have to wait until December 18th, 2015 to find out!

 
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Friday, November 28, 2014

DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: RUNDOWN

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by: Darth Daddy



Rundown Customs first exposure to Star Wars custom action figures was when he was on ebay buying and selling vintage Star Wars toys. When he came across them, he was very interested in what he saw. He started his research with watching other customizers to see what they were doing for a long time before he made an action figure himself.  He definitely did his research. He picked up a paintbrush in 2007 and since then Rundown has made over 300 custom action figures; more than 200 of which have been private commissions. Rundown says that he truly enjoys the hobby and will take requests to produce characters not yet made in toy form.  He has a lot of customs available on his eBay page right now if you like what you see and want to add one of his figures to your collection,
















































To buy custom action figures created by Rundown visit his ebay page where you can also contact him about commission work.





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BREAKING: 'The Force Awakens' Trailer Is Here!

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By: Dominic Jones and Benjamin Hart

It's here!! It's finally here! The moment we've all been waiting for... the first trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has been revealed!

Click here to watch it!

What did you think? What was your favorite part of the trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

Update: The trailer has also been added to the official Star Wars YouTube channel!


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Code Name for 2016 Stand Alone Film Revealed

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By: Dominic Jones

On tonight's SWU Podcast we made not one but two reveals!  The first was of a new droid from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the second one deals with the mysterious 2016 Star Wars Stand Alone film directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Gary Whitta.  This information was given to us by a source close to the production.  We're not going to issue a spoiler alert because this code name likely has little to do with the plot (though that won't stop us from speculating). 

The code name is: Los Alamos.

To hear us reveal the info and speculate about its meaning, including how it could tie into this rumor, check out this week's SWU Podcast below,



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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 28/11/14

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On this episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic reveal TWO pieces of exclusive inside info relating to 'The Force Awakens' and the first stand alone film!  They are also joined by long time SWU team member Trey Atwood to talk about their excitement about the Episode VII trailer (and all the drama surrounding its announcement).  They also delve in the Rebels mid-season finale 'Gathering Forces', was it a worthy mid point for this season?  What hints does this episode have about what's in store in the second half of season one?  Plus, could the prequels still see a 3D re-release and just when could that be?  All this and much more!

Episode Break down:
0:00:00 to 16:31 Intro + Teaser trailer discussion
0:16:31 to 0:37:53 Inside Info reveal #1 + News
0:37:53 to 0:37:53 Inside Info Reveal #2 + Rumors
1:01:40 to end of show: Rebels 'Gathering Forces' discussion


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EXCLUSIVE: Image of 'The Force Awakens' Droid Revealed!

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By: Dominic Jones

We at The SWU are very excited to share with you guys an exclusive piece of concept art, given to us by a source close to the production, of a droid from the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  This droid we believe will play a significant role in the new film.  While I wouldn't qualify this as a major spoiler, if you don't want to know anything about The Force Awakens before it comes out then stop reading now.  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!
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Check out the droid below,
Those of you that have been following the The Force Awakens rumors will notice that image lines up perfectly with previous descriptions of the droid which stated, "The droid is barely boot high. The body is probably a little bigger than a basketball. The body is round, of course. The head is probably as big as a cantaloupe. The droid’s body is white and grey. However, the highlight markings are orange. No matter how the design changes, the head features a big black lens for an eye. The head is somewhat similar to a Pit Droid in some concept with Artoo-Detoo markings and features. The head is a dome like that of an Artoo unit in most designs.  

In addition, it lines up perfectly with this mock up the droid our friends over at MakingStarWars.net posted early this week,

We believe this droid will belong to Daisy Ridley's character (whom is rumored to be named "Kira") and will be featured throughout the film (in a R2-D2-esque role).

Hear our analysis of the concept art on this week's SWU Podcast!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rumor: 'The Force Awakens' Gets New Cast Member, Episode VIII Gets Production Designer

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By: Benjamin Hart

All of the news and excitement surrounding The Force Awakens teaser trailer coming this Friday almost made us a miss an interesting bit of cast & crew news for both the upcoming Sequel films. Firstly, the BBC's entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba, who spoke with Mark Hamill a while back, tweeted that Jessica Henwick has joined the cast of The Force Awakens. Henwick will also be playing "Nymeria Sand" in Season five of Game Of Thrones.


Also, according to Variety, Rick Heinrichs has signed on as production designer on Episode VIII, which will be directed by Rian Johnson. Heinrichs' resume ranges from 1996's Fargo to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and the soon-to-be-released Big Eyes by Tim Burton

While both sources are reliable, we'll have to file this one as a rumor until we get an official confirmation from Lucasfilm. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and Episode VII is expected to hit the big screen sometime in 2017.

Sources: Twitter, Variety

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BREAKING: 'The Force Awakens' Trailer Coming To iTunes This Friday

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By: Benjamin Hart

We asked, and Lucasfilm answered. After many fans expressed concerns about the release plan for the teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, various official Star Wars social media outlets are now confirming that the highly anticipated trailer will be coming to iTunes this Friday, in line with the trailer's premiere in 30 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.


The trailer is said to be 88 seconds long. As more details come in, we will provide updates!

Update: This image showed up on the iTunes Trailers site:




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Rumor: Modified 'The Force Awakens' Trailer To Hit The Web December 1st

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By: Benjamin Hart

Star Wars fans have been on the edge of their seats these past few days with the revelation that the Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens teaser trailer is coming to select theaters this weekend. Only 30 theaters in the U.S. and Canada will showing the trailer, which leaves those in the rest of the World wondering when they'll get their first peak at this highly anticipated film. Our friends over at Jedi News might have an idea. They're reporting that a modified version of the trailer will be posted online on Monday, December 1st.

This seemingly lines up with Lucasfilm's plan to have the trailer run exclusively in the 30 theaters that were announced earlier this week and then release it to theaters worldwide on Monday. The teaser that will premiere in theaters this weekend is 88 seconds long, but there are whispers that multiple trailers, of multiple lengths, could surface online and air on TV on Thanksgiving. In reality, the trailer could drop at any time now, so keep your eyes peeled!

As always, this is simply a rumor until officially confirmed by Lucasfilm! Take this report with a grain of Salt.

Source: Jedi News

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rumor: Rebels To Last "About 3 or 4 Seasons", Follow Up Series to be Set in Sequel Era

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By: Dominic Jones

We speculated on the latest episode of The SWU Podcast that the animated series Star Wars Rebels may not have the same lengthy life span that The Clone Wars had and now, it seems, we may have been right!  SlashFilm is reporting that Lucasfilm is only planning to do "'about' three or four seasons" of Rebels and that they already have plans for the next Star Wars animated series, which will be set in the "cinematic" (sequel trilogy) era.  

This all makes sense logically.  Rebels would wrap up around 2017/2018 and the new series would start immediately afterwards.  We expect Episode VIII to be coming out in 2017, so we would be fully introduced to and entrenched in the sequel era at that point (compared to now, where we know next to nothing about it).  In addition, as we said on the podcast, starting a new animated series every few years is a great way to bring in new fans who may avoid Rebels because there have already been several seasons and they would have to get caught up.

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


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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Clone Wars Strikes Back | Episode 23

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On this episode Dominic and Ciaran are joined by Ben from the Star Wars Underworld to break down to the Ahsoka/Wookiees duology from the end of Season 3.  What did they think of Ahsoka's character growth, the look of the Wookies and the Trandoshan hunt?  Plus, just how perfectly did the crew pull off Chewbacca?  All this and much more!
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List Of Theaters Showing 'The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer Revealed

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By Ciaran Duggan

Today, it has been confirmed by StarWars.com that this Friday an 88-second teaser trailer of Star Wars: Force Awakens will be exclusively unveiled in 30 different cinemas across the United States of America and Canada. You can see the full list below,

AZ PHOENIX HARKINS TEMPE MARKETPLACE
CA LOS ANGELES AMC CENTURY CITY
CA LOS ANGELES Indep EL CAPITAN
CA IRVINE REGAL SPECTRUM IRVINE 21
CA SAN FRANCISCO AMC METREON 16
CA SAN JOSE CINEMARK OAKRIDGE 20
CA SAN DIEGO REGAL MIRA MESA 18
CAN TORONTO CPX YOUNGE & DUNDAS
CAN VANCOUVER CPX RIVERPORT
CO DENVER AMC WESTMINSTER 24
DC WASH D.C AMC TYSONS CORNER 16
FL MIAMI CARMIKE PARISIAN 20
GA ATLANTA REGAL ATLANTIC STATION
IL CHICAGO REGAL CITY NORTH
MA BOSTON AMC BOSTON COMMONS 19
MI DETROIT CINEMARK SHOWCASE 20
MN MINNEAPOLIS AMC SOUTHDALE
MO KANSAS CITY AMC STUDIO 30
NY NEW YORK AMC LINCOLN SQUARE 12
NY NEW YORK REGAL UNION SQUARE
OH CLEVELAND CINEMARK CINEMARK 24
PA PHILADELPHIA REGAL WARRINGTON 22
TN NASHVILLE CARMIKE THOROUGHBRED 20
TN KNOXVILLE REGAL PINNACLE
TX DALLAS CINEMARK WEST PLANO 20
TX HOUSTON REGAL MARQ*E STADIUM 23
TX AUSTIN ALAMO ALAMO S LAMAR
UT SALT LAKE CITY CINEMARK CINEMARK 24 WEST JORDAN
WA SEATTLE REGAL THORNTON PLACE 14
WI MILWAUKEE MARCUS BROOKFIELD 16

After this weekend, the teaser will be released in movie theatres around the globe from this December, so you overseas folks will get a chance to watch the much anticipated trailer very soon after the exclusive reveal.

I for one cannot wait, as many other Star Wars fans will equally articulate!

Source: StarWars.com


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'Star Wars Rebels' Episodes Available for Free on StarWars.com Until December 7th

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By: Dominic Jones

If you're looking for a way to pass the time until the The Force Awakens trailer (and then some time after you see it), then you're in luck!  StarWars.com has made the first five episodes of the animated series Star Wars Rebels available online for free until December 7th!  This includes the TV movie premiere Spark of Rebellion, with the Darth Vader scene that was added for the ABC premiere. 



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Confirmed! 88 Second 'The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer Coming This Weekend

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By: Dominic Jones

After word got out earlier today that the teaser trailer from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens would be debuting this weekend in select theatres, of course JJ Abrams had to comment on it.  The director's production company Bad Robot tweeted out one of Abrams' now famous hand written notes.  This one confirmed that the trailer is coming this weekend in select theatres and that it is 88 seconds long.


Still no word on a online release, or if the trailer will be debuting outside of the nine theatres announced this morning.  Cineplex did, however, confirm they would not be showing the trailer in theatres in Canada this weekend.  Regardless, it is all very exciting to think that we will be able to see the trailer for the next Star Wars movie very soon...


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Rumor: Plot of 2016 Stand Alone Film Revealed?

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By: Dominic Jones

While everyone is focused on Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (and its trailer), there is another Star Wars film currently in the early stages of pre-production.  Very little is known about the first Star Wars stand alone film, other than it's directed by Gareth Edwards, written by Gary Whitta, and will be released December 16, 2016.  But now the folks over at Slashfilm may have uncovered some details about the plot.  While there is a always a chance this could be wrong (hence why it's a rumor), if you're trying to stay spoiler free from this film then stop reading now.  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!
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According to Slashfilm, the movie will deal with a group of characters who are going to try and steal the Death Star plans, and no it's not the crew of the Ghost from Star Wars Rebels.  Apparently it will be bounty hunters, and no it won't be Boba Fett.  Based on this, it sounds to me like it will be all new characters.  Slashfilm describes it as, "the Seven Samurai or Suicide Squad meets Ocean’s Eleven in the world of Star Wars."  They also say that one of the characters in the movie will be introduced in The Force Awakens, leading to natural speculation that this could be a younger version of Max Von Sydow's character.  Also, apparently, the Millennium Falcon (but not Han Solo) plays into this somehow.  

I will say the concept is intriguing, though I'm not sure how I feel about the rebellion hiring mercenaries to pull off a job like this.  In my mind, the rebels would want people who are completely committed to the cause (and are willing to lay down their lives for it), not someone who may run off if it gets to hot in the kitchen, if you know what I mean.  (Like, say, Hera Syndulla and the crew of the Ghost).  Also, it doesn't really fit in with the whole, Han Solo and Boba Fett stand alones being the first made that we've been hearing for almost two years now.  But then again, that may have been an early plan that has since be scrapped.

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(Updated!) BREAKING: 'The Force Awakens' Trailer to Debut this Weekend in Select Theaters

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By: Dominic Jones

After much speculation, it has been confirmed that the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will debut this weekend, November 28, 29, and 30, in select Regal Cinemas this weekend. The theatre chain announced today that at theatres in nine US cities will feature the trailer in front of all movies playing.  The lucky theatres are:

StateCityTheatre Name
CAIrvineEdwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX
CASan DiegoEdwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
GAAtlantaRegal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
ILChicagoRegal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
NYNew YorkRegal Union Square Stadium 14
PAWarringtonRegal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX
TNKnoxvilleRegal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
TXHoustonEdwards Houston Marq'E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX
WASeattleRegal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX

I have to say, this is an interesting way to debut the trailer.  I would have thought Lucasfilm/Disney would want as many people to see it as possible, and this doesn't seem to accomplish that (and no, I'm not just jealous because my home town, Toronto, is not on the list!)  Regardless, I think we are all extremely excited to see the trailer, hopefully it gets an online release this weekend as well!

UPDATE:  As expected, there has been some backlash to the whole 9-theaters-in-9-cities-in-one-country thing.  But there is still hope.  The team over Screen Rush are hearing that more theaters will be announcing their plans for the trailer later today.

UPDATE #2: AMC and Cinemark Theaters have also announced that they will be showing the trailer at select theaters, but no word yet on which theaters. Regal Cinemas appears to have jumped the gun on the announcement and has removed various posts about it online.







Source: Regal Cinemas


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Report: 'Revenge of the Sith' 3D Conversion Complete, May Still See Release After 'The Force Awakens'

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By: Dominic Jones

This weekend their was a rare screening of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones in San Rafael, California, followed by a Q&A with Denis Muren afterwards.  Muren, who had worked on the production of five Star Wars films and supervised the 3D conversion of the prequels, made a few revelations about the 3D conversions.  Our friend Jason Ward of MakingStarWars.net was in attendance at the screening and tweeted out the reveals.  The biggest reveal was, that the conversion work on Revenge of the Sith had been completed before the 3D re-releases were postponed.  Muren also stated that he believed the 3D versions of the prequels would see a theatrical release, but not until after the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.





Sounds like Muren thinks there's still hope for the 3D re-releases.  I hate to disagree, but I'm skeptical they'll see anything more than special screenings at events like this and Celebrations (prove me wrong Disney!)  Also, it's interesting to know that the work on Episode III was completed.  Hopefully it gets some screenings as well.  


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

In Case You Missed It: November 15th - 22nd, 2014

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By: Benjamin Hart

Whoa, another week's gone by already? We're ready to break it all down with another edition of In Case You Missed It! This time we've got lots of awesome stuff, including exclusive news about The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels teases, a Celebration trailer, fan films, Clone Wars, puppets, Mace Windu, Hobbits, GIFS, Han & Chewie come home, and much more. Read on to get caught up!


Films

EXCLUSIVE: Quote From 'The Force Awakens' Revealed!
It's not trailer, but it's close. We have exclusively received a line of dialogue from Episode VII!

Source: 'The Force Awakens' GIF Footage, UK Reports Fake; Trailer Not Finished
Some cool stuff leaked recently, but as it turns out, it wasn't legit.


Television

Preview Of Next Star Wars Rebels Episode 'Gathering Forces'
It will pick up right where "Empire Day" left off and features another confrontation between the Inquisitor and Kanan & Ezra.

Star Wars Rebels Mid-Season Hiatus Begins After Next Episode ‘Gathering Forces’
Unfortunately Rebels is taking an extended break over the holidays, so we'll have to make these past few episodes last us for the rest of the year.

Video: The Lost Missions Q&A: Rogue Yoda
Dave Filoni & crew help us reminisce about The Clone Wars with this great discussion about Yoda's adventure in the final episodes of the series.


Conventions

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Trailer Released
Need some convincing about going to Celebration next year? Watch this.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Artists Announced
The Celebration art show will feature a ton of incredible artists.


Fandom

Fan Film: 'Star Wars: Black Sands'
Ever wanted to know what a duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Maul would be like? Wonder no more!


Rumors

'The Force Awakens' Trailer To Debut With The Hobbit
At first we heard that the highly antipcated trailer would be appearing in front of the third Hobbit film. Then we heard...

'The Force Awakens' Teaser NOT Debuting With 'The Hobbit'
So don't go buy your Hobbit tickets just yet.

John Williams has Recorded the Music for the 'The Force Awakens' Teaser
The infamous composer is back and creating new Star Wars music... how awesome is that?

'The Force Awakens' Trailer Synopsis Revealed; Isaac To Play X-Wing Pilot
More details about the trailer have emerged, and we might just know what type of character Oscar Isaac will be playing.

'The Force Awakens' Set Names, Nyong'o's Character Revealed
What is the "walk-in freezer"?

'The Force Awakens' Tie-In Novel Release Date
It appears the novelization of Episode VII will be released after the films released, so... no spoilers!

A.J. Edwards Working on a Mace Windu Film
Did he let is slip? Or was it a joke?


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