Sunday, May 31, 2015

DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: LORD SIXTH CUSTOMS

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by Darth Daddy


David Rodriguez, aka Lord Sixth Customs is a Spaniard who has been living in England for almost 4 years now. He has been collecting figures for more than 15 years (mainly Hasbro, Kotobukiya and Sideshow). He always loved people's customs and thought that he would never have the skills to make his own. His first crack at customizing started almost two years ago; as a fan of the Boba Fett from the "Holiday Special", Lord Sixth Customs thought that it would be a cool idea to paint the version from Kotobukiya in tenth scale. The final result was good, but not as good as he had hoped. From that moment, he kept painting different figures, and working with different scales, doing good and bad things, learning from the mistakes, and little by little improving his skills. He's very humble, and he'll still tell you he is a rookie, but anyone who sees his work knows that he has some serious talent. He have been posting my work as "coleccionismosw" on the Sideshowcollectors forums, but it was an improvised name that he never liked, so in order to create something a bit more original he created the "Lord Sixth" monikor with the "Sixth" to represent the scale he works in. . Definitiely check out the links because this artist has a large body of work to explore.  Most of his customs were still in Spain and he didn't have the ability to photograph them for this feature but plenty more photos exist in the provided links.  Enjoy!

















You can see Lord Sixth Customs on display at Sideshowcollectors:

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In Case You Missed It: May 16th - 30th, 2015

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By: Benjamin Hart

In Case You Missed It has returned, and boy, do we have a lot to cover this time! A lot can happen in two weeks, especially in the Star Wars universe. We've got a ton of news and rumors about Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens including a new character revealed, new cast & crew interviews,  set photos, more Magazine covers, Disneyland shows & more. Plus, Rian Johnson updates us on Episode VIII, Gary Whitta returns, Brad Bird dishes on why he's not in the mix, Rogue One one casting, San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Rebels tunes, Comics, ILM, Star Wars Reads and post credits scenes! Read on to catch up....


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'Lando' Comic Series Previewed At BookCon

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By: Benjamin Hart

Bookcon is happening now in New York City and some Marvel team members were in attendance to reveal news about their upcoming Star Wars Comics. One of the most intriguing reveals was a preview of the upcoming comic series "Lando", which focuses on, of course, everyone's favorite scoundrel, Lando Calrissian. Stitch Kingdom attended the "Marvel Presents: Star Wars" panel and shared photos of the cover and pages that were shown there. You can check them out below:


Lando #1 is set to be released in July, with the second following in August. Lando will be a limited series created by Charles Soule and Alex Maleev.

Source: Stitch Kingdom(Twitter)

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Full 'Dark Disciple' Cover Art Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

The fine folks at Del Rey have given us a new sneak peek at their upcoming novel Dark Disciple, the latest in a new line of canon Star Wars books. The novel, which is written by Christie Golden and based on unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, focuses on the former Sith assassin Asajj Ventress and unorthodox Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos as they are brought together and tasked by the Jedi Council to eliminate Count Dooku. Yesterday Del Rey shared a photo on social media of the newly printed book jacket for Dark Disciple and confirmed that it will include a foreword by Katie Lucas. It features the artwork of Ventress and Vos, which we're now familiar with, on the front. The back gives us a brand new piece of art which depicts a Lightsaber duel between Dooku and Ventress. Check it out below:


Be on the lookout for that cover in a book store near you Star Wars: Dark Disciple goes on sale July 7th! You can read the full synopsis for it here!

Source: Twitter(Del Rey Star Wars)

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Rumor: Josh Trank's Anthology Film Would Have Been A 'Shadows Of The Empire' Sequel (UPDATED!)

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By: Benjamin Hart

UPDATE: Furious Fanboys has uncovered evidence that appears to debunk this report.

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Rumors and speculation surrounding the second Star Wars Anthology film have run rampant ever since Josh Trank departed the production under unknown circumstances. This week it seems Trank himself has been diligent to set the record straight himself. Trank(or at least someone who claimed to be him) went to 4Chan to comment on the rumors about 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four reboot, which he directed, as well as his departure from Lucasfilm. Our friends at Furious Fanboys posted a transcript of his discussion on their site, but since then Fox has requested it be taken down. Thankfully Furious Fanboys was able to save the most interesting part of the conversation in summary form, where Trank shared his ideas for what his Star Wars film would have been about. You can check that out below:

  • Trank says there’s only one Star Wars for him, and that’s the Original Trilogy.
  • When the Original Trilogy ended, he enjoyed Shadows of the Empire.
  • His idea for the Star Wars: Anthology he would’ve directed is a sequel to Shadows of the Empire.
  • He imagined it as a cool bounty hunter heist movie where Xizor puts a bounty on Dash’s head, but he breaks out another Bounty Hunter to fight off IG-88 and deliver Xizor to the hutts.

This is very, very interesting. Of course this is completely hearsay right now, and we have no way of knowing if this really was Josh Trank on 4Chan. But being that Fox is now seeking to remove his words from the Internet adds credence to the validity of this rumor.

And I have to say, something based around Shadows Of The Empire sounds really awesome. Obviously the recent reorganization of canon would make Shadows Of The Empire  fall under "Legends", but we can assume that Disney and Lucasfilm were at least considering his ideas. Now, with Trank out of the picture, we're left to wonder if a sequel to Shadows Of The Empire will ever become a reality. Hopefully the Lucasfilm story group will keep this idea in mind going forward, because I'm sure many fans, including myself, would love to see an Anthology film like this.

Source: Furious Fanboys

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Kevin Kiner Releases 'Star Wars Rebels' Soundtrack Online

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By: Benjamin Hart

When it comes to iconic musical scores, no one can beat the legendary John Williams who has scored every live action Star Wars film thus far, along with many other blockbusters. But one composer who's proven his ability to emulate Williams' work in the animated portion of the Star Wars Saga is none other than Kevin Kiner. Kiner scored the music for six-plus seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and has now moved on to the newest Star Wars animated series, Star Wars Rebels. For years fans clamored for The Clone Wars soundtrack to be released in full, and last year it was. Now Kevin Kiner has released his music for Rebels on his site.  From "22 Pickup" from Spark Of Rebellion to "Alliance" from Fire Across The Galaxy, it's a great collection of track, twenty one in total.

Head over to Kevin Kiner's site now to star listening!

Via: Making Star Wars

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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 29/05/15

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On this episode, Chris, Ben, and Dominic are back to break down all the latest Star Wars news and rumors!  They begin with the breaking news that Andy Serkis' character's name, Supreme Leader Snoke has been revealed!  They analyze the name and compare it to previous Star Wars villains.  Then they get into a discussion about which John Williams themes from the prequels reappear in The Force Awakens.  Plus Gary Whitta returns to Star Wars, could The Force Awakens have a post credits scene, and Star Wars Reads day gets a date.  Then, to wrap up the show, the guys break down every The Force Awakens spoiler thus far, tying them back to the trailers and other leaks, and see how the film might more-or-less play out.  All this and much more!

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Comic Previews: Star Wars #6, Darth Vader #6 & Kanan - The Last Padawan #3

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By: Benjamin Hart

All the while we're all mesmerized by the production of Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we can't forget that the good folks at Marvel have been hard at work producing several brand new comic series set in that Galaxy far, far away! Thanks to Lucasfilm and Comic Book Resources we have previews from three of the upcoming issues of Star Wars, Darth Vader and Kanan - The Last Padawan, which include cover art, pages and variant covers. Check them out below:


  • Star Wars #6 - To be released June 3rd, 2015






  • Darth Vader #6 - To be released June 3rd, 2015



  • Star Wars: Kanan - The Last Padawan #3 - To be released June 2015


"Star Wars" follows the adventures of the heroes of the Original Trilogy, Han, Luke, Leia and Chewbacca, immediately following the events of A New Hope and the destruction of the first Death Star. "Darth Vader" also fits into a similar time frame, following the titulary Sith Lord as he is haunted by his failure at Yavin IV. "Kanan - The Last Padawan" follows the  Caleb Dume, a.k.a future Rebel Kanan Jarrus, as he struggles to survive Order 66 at the of the Clone Wars.

Sources: Comic Book Resources, StarWars.com, Comic Book Resources

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BREAKING: Andy Serkis' Character Name Revealed With New Set Photo

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By: Benjamin Hart

Vanity Fair's feature on The Force Awakens in their latest issue certainly has been a gift that keeps on giving! Today StarWars.com got in on the fun by revealing an interview with the photographer behind the amazing Episode VII set photos from Vanity Fair, Annie Leibovitz. She talks about her personal admiration for Star Wars and what it was like to photograph people like of J.J. Abrams, Harrison Ford and the rest of the cast. But by far the most interesting part of the interview featured the reveal of a brand new set photo and a character name! The photo(above) shows Andy Serkis dressed in full motion-capture gear surrounded by cameras. StarWars.com confirms that Serkis is playing a character named...

Supreme Leader Snoke.

You can check out an excerpt from the interview as well below:

“I’ve always been in love with process,” Leibovtiz says. “I cannot walk on a film set today without being enamored with the way these things are done. I’m so lucky to be able to observe people like George Lucas and J.J. Abrams, who are literally geniuses. I always have to say to Vanity Fair, ‘How many pages do we have?’” For Leibovitz (and for Star Wars fans), there are never enough, but what’s inside the latest issue is still very exciting. Among its many photos, the collection reveals new characters such as Captain Phasma (played by Gwendoline Christie), showcases a Mos Eisley-cantina-worthy gang of aliens, and features villain Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver — without his mask for the first time anywhere. He looks intense, serious, and troubled."

Be sure to head over to StarWars.com to read the full interview!

So, what do you think of that name? Let us know in the comments down below, or in Club SWU!

Source: StarWars.com

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Star Wars Reads Day Returns Oct. 10

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By: Lillian Skye

Back for its fourth consecutive year, Star Wars Reads Day invites bookstores, local libraries, and Star Wars fans across the world to come together on October 10, 2015, to celebrate force-filled novelizations and the love of reading.

According to StarWars.com, participants in this years events include: Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Marvel, Abrams, Chronicle, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Scholastic, Workman, Egmont, Studio Fun, and Phoenix International Publishing.

This year's event is "BB-8" approved, and Lucasfilm has released a promo image of the newest Star Wars droid for the occasion. Perhaps he's peeking at the script for The Force Awakens?

Be sure to follow Star Wars Reads Day on Facebook for more updates!

Sources: StarWars.com


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rumor: 'The Force Awakens' Plot Synopsis Leaked

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By: Benjamin Hart

Furious Fanboys has pointed us to a short synopsis for Episode VII: The Force Awakens' plot that was posted on 4Chan. While the source is a bit sketchy, it does seem to line up with what we've seen and heard so far, both officially and unofficially. If you're sensitive to spoilers, then you might want to stop reading now. This is your official SPOILER WARNING:

“When a ruthless prince rises to power and threatens galactic peace, a runaway soldier, an uncongenial scavenger, and a hot shot pilot find their fates intertwined as they embark on a journey to find the most powerful warrior in the galaxy.”

We can assume the "ruthless prince" is Kylo Ren. Prince could be a hint that Kylo is indeed the son of Princess Leia and Han Solo. as many have speculated. No doubt Finn is the "runaway soldier" and Rey & Poe Demeron fit the "uncongenial scavenger" and "hot shot pilot" descriptions, respectively.  "The most powerful warrior in the Galaxy" would have to be Luke Skywalker. We've heard many rumors about Luke being in hiding at the beginning of Episode VII, and the plot revolving around the main characters searching for him.

This synopsis sounds vague enough to be real, revealing the overall story without giving too much away. Still, we'll file this one as a rumor until Lucasfilm confirms it.

Source: 4Chan

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Miltos Yerolemou Discusses Time Spent on The Force Awakens Set

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By: Lillian Skye

Game of Thrones actor Miltos Yerolemou will appear in The Force Awakens, following in the footsteps of co-star Gwendolyn Christie. Yerolemou was confirmed for the film last year, but recently discussed his experience working on the film.

“It’s not really a job where you ask any questions,” he explained, but said that the film will “lives up to its expectations."

Miltos explained that he shot sequences at Pinewood Studios and considered his time working on the film a "virtual reality adventure ride." "I’d be sitting on set next to aliens, animatronics; only a little bit of blue screen was used.”

He said that there was even a "tiny little thing strutting past [his] feet," but he could not talk about his role in the film. Miltos plays Syrio Forel, a master sword-fighter, in the Game of Thrones series. Star Wars fans may have to wait till December 18, 2015 to see if director J.J. Abrams utilized this skill in The Force Awakens.

Sources: Asian Connection

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Rumor: 'The Force Awakens' Stormtrooper Black Series Action Figure Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

It seems we have some more breaking Episode VII toy news to share with you before the day is done! The good folks at The Wolfpack Podcast are reporting that images of a Black series First Order Stormtrooper from The Force Awakens have surfaced on an Ebay listing. The seller behind the listing, "viperskingdom", is said to notoriously get figures early. While the authenticity of this figure is completely unconfirmable, it does appear be accurate. You can see the photos above and below:


Compare the figure with the Stormtroopers that appeared at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim:



So, do you think this figure is real? If so, are you excited to get your hands on one on September 4th? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, or in Club SWU on Facebook!

Source: Ebay

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Whitta Returns to Star Wars to Write Rebels Episode

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By: Lillian Skye

Gary Whitta, who wrote the original script for the Star Wars standalone film Rogue One, announced Tuesday via Twitter that he is currently writing an episode of Star Wars Rebels.
Although Whitta is no longer working on Rogue One, his work on Rebels could possibly tie into his ideas for the Star Wars standalone film, which will be released in December of next year.

Source: Twitter

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Rumor: John Williams to Record Some of 'The Force Awakens' Score Next Month

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By: Dominic Jones

We've known for a while that John Williams would be scoring Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens over the summer in LA, but some of the specifics have been vague at best.  Now our friends over at MakingStarWars.net have heard from their sources that John Williams will be scoring a portion of the film's music next month. 

According to Making Star Wars,
I have received word in that last few days that John Williams will record some of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens score in Los Angeles next month. The rough cut of the film is expected to be in good enough shape that Williams can start working. Some of what Williams records next month will be used in the final film, but there is a chance that there will be some re-recordings and revisions of the pieces to be laid down.

I have been asked not to name any specific names yet of the players. However, there will be some guest musicians from other orchestras flown in to sit in on the sessions. Many musicians have been put on call for recording future teasers but now some of those musicians are learning that they are actually going to be playing on the film’s soundtrack recording.

It truly is a great time to be a fan!  I can't wait to hear what John Williams has come up with for the music in The Force Awakens.

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

Source: MakingStarWars.net
 
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Rian Johnson Tweets About His Script Writing Process on Episode VIII

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By: Dominic Jones

Of course we're all very excited for the release of JJ Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens this December, and Gareth Edwards' Star Wars: Rogue One in December 2016, but we needn't forget that Rian Johnson is hard at work now on his script for Star Wars: Episode VIII which is slated for a May 2017 release date.  Johnson recently responded to a fans question about script writing, including an image of the notebooks he's been using while working on the script (though, sadly, they are closed).  Check them out below,
Now if we could just get a peak inside those notebooks....

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Star Wars Saga to be Screened in China

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By: Dominic Jones

Fans in China are in for a treat!  The Hollywood Reporter broke the story today that the entire Star Wars saga will be screened at the Shanghai Film Festival which runs June 13-21.  This will be the first timed the Original Trilogy will ever be screened in China.  The screenings are part of Lucasfilm/Disney's attempt to reach the Chinese market in time for the release of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.  

I think it's great that Lucasfilm and Disney are trying to reach more foreign markets with Star Wars.  With more Star Wars content than ever before coming out over the next five years, we can expect to see the fanbase growing rapidly all over the globe.  Hopefully Lucasfilm and Disney will continue this outreach over the next few months and beyond, both in China and in other untapped markets.

 
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Rumor: What Han Passes on to Rey in 'The Force Awakens'

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By: Dominic Jones


Word about some of the smaller, more symbolic scenes in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is starting to get out, now that a lot of major spoilers are already out there.  Last week we heard about a scene that would contain an Easter egg reference back to A New Hope and now we've learned about another cool scene involving Rey and Han Solo.  This rumor comes from our friends over at MakingStarWars.net.  As always, there is is chance this might not be true but if you are trying to avoid all The Force Awakens spoilers then stop reading now.  This is you SPOILER ALERT!
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This scene will show how Han passes on his famous DL-44 blaster to Rey.  We saw a piece of concept art at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in the The Force Awakens exhibit which showed Rey holding the blaster, lending more credence to this rumor.

According to Making Star Wars,
If you recall, Rey, Han, and Finn travel to the green world (believed to be Yavin IV). Once the Falcon touches down, Rey marvels at the vista near the landing site. Concept art depicts the Falcon setting down on a wooden dock on the water outside the stronghold. There are ships and freighters landed outside the castle, above the water in the concepts. Rey was emotionally overcome by all the greenery she sees when they first reached the planet and her amazement continues. The view is breathtaking.

This continues a little further. While Chewie is still on the ship shutting her down with Finn, Han talks to Rey in private and he passes on one of, if not his most personal gun to her for protection in Maz’s stronghold.  This is where Rey gets her DL-44, the gun Han Solo made famous.

After Rey and her friend get into Maz’s stronghold, Rey gets into a bar fight. Finn is little help in dealing with the rapscallions. Finn does try and stick up for Rey though. However, Chewbacca helps sort out the problem, as it turns out a Wookiee at your side is a little better than an ex-Stormtrooper for bar-fights.

A short time after this encounter, Rey enjoys a few drinks, and gets tipsy on the pirate ale. It sounds like a good time! While tipsy, Rey thanks Finn for sticking up for her in the strife. Finn’s attempt at chivalry doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated by Rey.

This sounds like an important scene between the two characters.  It could be made extra impactful if Rey does indeed turn out to be Han's daughter (or perhaps his niece) and if the big spoiler pans out.

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

Source: MakingStarWars.net
 
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Opinion: Five Things that Would Surprise Us in 'The Force Awakens'

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By: David Gremillion

1. Max Von Sydow is Boba Fett. Let's get past the very idea of this fantastic bounty hunter being killed by a blind guy with a paddle. Assuming he crawls his way out of the Sarlaac Pit, he still has to get out of the desert, survive the elements, and get off Tatooine. Given that the actor who plays Jango Fett is of Maori descent, seeing Max Von Sydow (born in Sweden) playing him would certainly shock a lot of people. 

2. Princess Leia dies. Hopefully, the "big three" won't have that much of an impact on the movie itself, leaving more room for the new crop of actors to shine. That being said, I think a lot of us are expecting one of them to become one with the Force in December. Qui-Gon died in the first episode of the prequel trilogy, Obi-Wan died in the first episode of the original trilogy, so it makes sense that Luke would turn into a Force ghost in this one. A lot of people believe Han Solo will be the one to go, given how Harrison Ford wanted his character to die in "Return of the Jedi". So if Leia is gone, that will certainly turn a few heads.

3. Aliens...any aliens. Notice what has been missing in the first two trailers? You've seen both trailers 1138 times, right? Surely you noticed how there are zero aliens (other than Chewbacca) in them. So where are they? JJ Abrams showed one of them off in a fundraising video he made for Omaze, but we haven't seen any since. Given the history Star Wars has for giving us incredible, out-of-this-world, aliens, they have been completely missing thus far. If JJ is saving them for the movie, they should be something special to see.

4. Force ghosts are everywhere. There's no shortage of "former" Jedi that could possibly make an appearance. Yoda, Mace Windu, Kenobi, even Anakin are all possibilities to pop back on to the big screen. If Hayden can appear at the end of Return of the Jedi then surely seeing Ewan as a younger Kenobi can be explained away. But having them on screen to spew exposition at us would almost be cliché at this point. Seeing any one of them would be a "been there, done that" moment.

5. The cloaked figure is from the distant past. In the second trailer, we've seen an army of new stormtroopers standing before a red banner with a black symbol. Someone was up on a platform overlooking the scene. Is it Captain Phasma? Is it Kylo Ren? Is it Luke Skywalker? The biggest shock might be if Lucasfilm summons a villain from the depths of the expanded universe. Darth Revan? Darth Bane? This could be greatest curve ball that JJ and KK might throw us.

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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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rumor: 'The Force Awakens' To Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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By: Dominic Jones

Take this one with a pinch of salt folks.  A new report from The Heroic Universe suggests that Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens will be the first Star Wars film to feature a post credits scene.  But that's not all, apparently the post credits scene will tie-in somehow to the first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue one, which hits theaters in December 2016.  

I'll be honest, I have a hard time believing this one.  While it makes some sense seeing how Marvel Studios, another Disney property, has used post-credits scenes to great effect, I just don't think JJ Abrams or Kathleen Kennedy would allow the seventh film in the series to be the first one to do something like this.  The really weird part of the report is that apparently this scene will tie into Rogue One.  This makes very little sense as The Force Awakens takes place over thirty years after the events of Rogue One (which is set between Episodes III and IV).

I've been saying for a while that what Lucasfilm should do is debut the trailer for Rogue One after the credits of The Force Awakens.  That way they can build hype for the first Anthology film and have the fun of showing a scene after the credits.  Also, I'm not opposed to the Anthology films maybe having a post credits scene that could tie into a future Star Wars film.  It would be easier to do with them as they wouldn't be breaking an almost forty year formula, plus they have the potential to be all over the timeline and could tie into future films that take place after them (for example Rogue One could have post credits scene that ties in somewhat to Episode VIII because it takes place before the sequel trilogy).  This could help make the universe feel more connected. But as for a post-credits scene in The Force Awakens, I'm skeptical.

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

 
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Rumor: 'A New Hope' Easter Egg in 'The Force Awakens'

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By: Dominic Jones

JJ Abrams recently went on record about not wanting there to be to many call backs to stuff from the previous movies being included in the sequel trilogy simply for the sake of fan nostalgia.  But that doesn't mean there still can't be one or two, right?  Our friends over at MakingStarWars.net have heard a new rumor about a small moment in the film that will cause the audience to think back fondly to 1977 (or whenever they first saw the film), with a nod to Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.  As always there is a chance that this may not be true, but if you are trying to avoid all The Force Awakens, then stop reading now.  This is you SPOILER ALERT!  And if you do choose to read on, be careful about where you share this story and don't go telling people who don't want to be spoiler what happened.  
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This scene takes place after Rey and Finn have stolen the Millennium Falcon, escaped Jakku, landed on a freighter, ran into Han and Chewie, and gotten in a fight with some gangs during which Chewie gets injured.
 
According to MSW,
 
As the Falcon frees itself from the freighter and escapes, Finn tends to Chewbacca’s wounds. While making small talk with the Wookiee, Finn finds a bag near his feet. He casually picks the bag up and opens it while chatting and fiddles with the remote Luke Skywalker trains with in A New Hope:

As Finn finishes talking, he seems disinterested in the remote, puts it back in the bag and places it back where he found it.

Since hearing this, I have pondered the meaning behind it if there is any at all. It might just be a “remember when!” Easter Egg. It might be a bit of foreshadowing that Finn isn’t destined to follow the way of the lightsaber. Or it might mean this stuff is coming to him because he was destined to find it all.

I have to say, I love this idea.  I think this will be a really nice little nod back to the classic trilogy and I like the way it could hint at Finn's future.  It doesn't heavy handed, but at the same time isn't too obscure that most members of the audience will likely understand what's going on.  It feels natural.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Vanity Fair Interviews John Williams & Pablo Hidalgo

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By: Benjamin Hart

This month's issue of Vanity Fair Magazine featured a massive article about The Force Awakens, complete with a collection of amazing photos from the set of the film an a lengthy article by Bruce Handy. The article included interviews some of the big creative forces behind Episode VII, including director J.J. Abrams and producer, & Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy. Since the Magazine hit newsstands Vanity Fair has also been releasing online exclusive interviews Abrams, Kennedy and others. The most recent releases included Handy's chats with legendary composer John Williams, who discusses the process of scoring Episode VII so far, and Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm story group, who talks about his first Star Wars experience and how he came to work at Lucasfilm.  You can read some Highlights from both interviews below:

Bruce Handy: Now that you’re scoring your seventh Star Wars movie, do you find that you approach the series differently in terms of your creative process compared with other films or series you’ve worked on?

John Williams: Very much so. It’s all a continuation of an initial set of ideas. It’s a bit like adding paragraphs to a letter that’s been going on for a number of years. Starting with a completely new film, a story that I don’t know, characters that I haven’t met, my whole approach to writing music is completely different—trying to find an identity, trying to find melodic identifications if that’s needed for the characters, and so on. Which I do here, but here it’s an extension of something that’s been really organic and continually growing. It’s a very, very different process. That’s really the best analogy I can come up with at the moment so I’ll repeat it: it’s like adding paragraphs to a letter rather than beginning the letter again.

BH: How has it been different working with J.J. Abrams compared to working with George Lucas?

JW: It’s actually very similar. My meetings with George had to do with spotting the film, selecting areas in which music would be played, and pretty much we agreed on all that. He always left me free to write the music. And J.J.’s done the same thing. We’ve had a few preliminary meetings, and I’ve played him some music at the piano, which he seemed to like very much. His latest instruction to me was, “Just do your thing.” Which is giving me a good sense of freedom, a good free swing at the ball. I don’t know how much you know of him, but he is a delightful person. Enormously bright. I’ve been very impressed with him in meetings with a great variety of people. His generalship is assured and warm and inviting and inclusive. If I can say it, he’s a fabulous young man who’s future is so brilliant and so promising. I don’t know how old he is, but he’s a young man to me. [Abrams is 48; Williams is 83.] He’s enormously impressive.


BH: In the new score, aside from the main Star Wars theme, are you going to be reviving any of the themes from the first trilogy which were associated with Luke, Leia, and Han?

JW: There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven’t done it yet, but we’re planning to do it. It’s something that I think will seem very natural and right in the moments for which we’ve chosen to do these kinds of quotes. There aren’t many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much a part of the fabric of the piece in a positive and constructive way.

Bruce Handy: Tell me about how your job developed.

Pablo Hidalgo: I’ve been here for 15 years now, and I started off ages ago working with marketing as part of the online group that was tasked to build up starwars.com as a destination for fans to find out what we were up to during the making of the prequels. And as part of the job requirement, it required all kinds of skills that you’d need as a writer, but also expertise to know about the Star Wars I.P. [intellectual property], to know about George Lucas’s own history, to know about Indiana Jones. As it happened, there just became more and more need for that specific expertise, so it just expanded beyond that. I became the kind of go-to guy for any sort of deep Star Wars mythology questions.

Now we’re at this new point in our history where we’re going to have a very production-focused future with [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy leading the way. And if we’re going to build onto this franchise, it’s important to know what’s happened in the past, to know what’s been established, to know what George’s intentions were and stuff like that. So I just got more and more roped into this process to the point where I’m now part of Kiri Hart’s story group. Among things that I do is I offer that kind of level of deep knowledge. I’m able to give my two cents when I see something that isn’t tracking, maybe pointing out that, well, you know, that spaceship doesn’t have that capacity or these two planets are closer than the script is suggesting that they are. That kind of deep universe history.

BH: Tell me about how you got caught up in Star Wars in the first place. I assume the first movie you saw was A New Hope.

PH: Yep.

BH: Was that a transformative experience for you? How old were you?

It came out when I was three, so I didn’t see it right out the gate, at least I don’t think so. I think I saw it during the re-release when it was paired up with The Empire Strikes Back. But the funny thing is, it came out when I was so young, and it was such an integral part of your childhood, that it’s really hard to distinguish when it was I first saw it because it was just a solid stream of Star Wars growing up. Like, even if you hadn’t seen it, it was part of the playground growing up. You had the toys. You had the storybooks. You had everything around you. So it was like, in a weird way, I don’t have this kind of lightning-bolt moment when Star Wars entered into my existence. It was just always there.

Also, I grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. And I have a feeling that this kind of mindset of just knowing all this stuff and studying just comes out of—you’ll find a lot of, for lack of a better word, obsessive hobbies coming out of any sort of setting that has winters that last six months. You’ll have people who build elaborate train sets or do a lot of detail-oriented hobbying, and so for me Star Wars just became this hobby. It was a thing that I would draw, a thing that I would do my own stories with, and when they came out with the role-playing game in the late 80s I would do that kind of stuff.

Be sure to head over to Vanity Fair's site to read the full interviews with John Williams(here) and Pablo Hidalgo(here)!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

The SWU Podcast LIVE | 21/05/15

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On this episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic play catch up on some of the stories we missed during our Star Wars Celebration coverage.  They discuss the new Lucasfilm fanfare from the digital releases, speculate about the distant future of Star Wars (Sequel, Sequel trilogy and 50th anniversary movies anyone?)  They also get into the latest news including the latest from Kathleen Kennedy, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Ben Mendelsohn.  Plus James Bond as a stormtrooper, what do we expect from Hasbro at SDCC, video game updates.  All this and much more!


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