Sunday, January 31, 2016

Gwendoline Christie Confirms She's Back for Episode VIII

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By: Dominic Jones

Captain Phasma may have had limited screen time (and limited effectiveness) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but she still managed to leave an imprint on the Star Wars universe.  And, despite her fate being left ambiguous after Finn, Han, and Chewie threw her in the Starkiller Base trash compactor, she'll be back in Star Wars Episode VIII.  Gwendoline Christie, who portrayed Phasma in The Force Awakens confirmed in an interview with People Magazine on the red carpet at the SAG Awards that she would be back as Phasma in the next episodic Star Wars film.  Check out the video below,

I, for one, am very excited to see Phasma back in Episode VIII.  Hopefully the events of The Force Awakens inspire her to strike back hard against our heroes.


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

'The Force Awakens' Named Best 3D Film At Advanced Imaging Society Awards

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By: Benjamin Hart

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens is continuing to garner more awards! Earlier this week the Advanced Imaging Society announced the winners of their Creative Arts awards and The Force Awakens was among the many films honored. The Force Awakens won two awards; one for "best 3D live-action feature" and another for "best 2D-to-3D conversion". Other winners included The Martian, The Walk and Disney's Inside Out.

I have to say, The Force Awakens was indeed impressive to see in 3D. In my opinion, this award is well deserved. Congratulations to the crew behind The Force Awakens!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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John Boyega & Anthony Daniels Tease Episode VIII Preparations

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By: Benjamin Hart

While we're hardly done discussing and enjoying Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens, as well as looking ahead to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in December, yet another Star Wars film that has our attention is about go into production. Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled to begin filming sometime next month, and a few of the cast members have already been talking online about returning to the Galaxy far, far away. Earlier this week Daisy Ridley, who portrays Rey, shared a photo on Instagram signaling that things were heating up behind the scenes. More recently we heard from John Boyega and Anthony Daniels on social media,  who play C-3PO and Finn, respectively.

First off, Anthony Daniels tweeted about reading the script for Episode VIII:
And secondly, Twitter user Noah Outlaw made note of an interesting post by John Boyega on Snapchat, where he confirms he's been training for his return as Finn:


It is incredibly exciting to know Episode VIII is already so close to being in full production. It's going to be a long wait until December 15th, 2017 when it hits theaters!

Source: Twitter, Twitter
Via: Star Wars News Net

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Report: 'The Force Awakens' Coming To Home Video April 5th

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By: Benjamin Hart

Now that everyone has seen The Force Awakens at least 10 times the film is beginning to move out of theaters, which means we can look ahead to a time when we can enjoy the movie in the comfort of our own homes. Today the release date for The Force Awakens Blu-ray surfaced and it looks like we won't have to wait that long. Furious Fanboys  reports that Amazon sent an email to those who had pre-ordered The Force Awakens which revealed the date of release for the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD versions to be April 5th. Further confirmation came from the listing for The Force Awakens on Amazon.com:


So there you have it. You'll be able to watch The Force Awakens on your TV, tablet or phone in a little over 2 months. I know I certainly can't wait!

Source: Amazon
Via: Furious Fanboys 

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Report: Lego Using Slave I to Promote 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

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By: Dominic Jones

With the December release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story now less than eleven months away, it looks like promotion for the film is finally getting started in earnest out at Nurmeberg Toy Fair.  Not only are several costumes from the film on display, but it appears Lego may be teasing an appearance by a fan favorite bounty hunter in their presentation at the event.  The image below was tweeted out from Nuremberg Toy Fair and seems to show Lego using Slave I to promote Rogue One,
Slave I is, of course, the ship belonging to the famed bounty hunter Boba Fett (and his father Jango before him).  The ship was seen in The Empire Strikes Back, Attack of the Clones, and several episodes of The Clone Wars animated series.  The picture in the Lego presentation appears to be of the Ultimate Collectors Series Slave I that Lego released in January. 

The fact that Lego is using Slave I in their promotion when talking about Rogue One seems like a definitive sign that the famed bounty hunter will have a part in the film.  This is not the first we've heard of Boba appearing, back in July 2015 reports surfaced that Boba, along with several other familiar bounty hunters, would be involved in the film (and in what capacity).  While this is by no means a confirmation of Boba, it certainly is a strong hint.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th, 2016 and is directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, and Donnie Yen.  The film tells the story of the band of Rebels who steal the plans to the first Death Star.


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Detailed Photos Of 'Rogue One' Costumes Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

We're still about 11 months out from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and news from the film is already leaking beginning to leak out. Nuremburg Toy Fair has been the source of some really cool news lately as costumes from the film were spotted on display at the event. Photos have been sporadically hitting the web in various places, and the newest batch comes from our friends at Making Star Wars who received a handful close up shots of a few of the costumes. In them you can get detailed looks at Donnie Yen's costume and gear which includes a wrist gauntlet, some interesting gadgetry on his chest, a weapon(?) on his back and some type of stick. You can also see a different angle on Jiang Wen's costume as well. You can see all the photos above and below:


These costumes are especially interesting considering we no almost nothing about the characters that will be wearing them. Hopefully we will learn more very soon!


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16th.

Source: Making Star Wars

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New 'Star Wars Rebels' Episode Descriptions Revealed

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By: Dominic Jones

Disney XD has released the episode descriptions for the next four episodes of Season Two of Star Wars Rebels.  Check it out below,
S2E14: “Legends Of The Lasat”

When the crew of the Ghost agrees to help two refugees who are revealed to be surviving Lasat, Zeb must come to terms with his past to help his people reach their new home.

S2E15: “The Call”

While on a mission to obtain fuel for the rebel fleet, the crew works to protect space creatures from the Techno Union asteroid mining operation that threatens the creatures’ lives.

S2E16: “Homecoming”


The rebels contact freedom fighter Cham Syndulla, who needs help to fight off the Imperial bombing attack on his planet. While coordinating a plan to overtake and steal the carrier that houses these Imperial bombers, the rebels discover that Cham may have a plan of his own.

S2E17: “The Honorable Ones”

Zeb and Agent Kallus find themselves stranded on an ice planet after a failed Imperial ambush of the rebels. With Kallus injured from the escape pod crash, he and Zeb must work together to survive the harsh conditions.


Star Wars Rebels airs Wednesdays at 9pm on Disney XD.

Source: DisneyABC Press

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Ewan McGregor Talks About Recording His Line for 'The Force Awakens'

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By: Dominic Jones

By now all Star Wars fans should know that Ewan McGregor reprised his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi from the prequel trilogy for one line during Rey's Force vision at Maz's castle.  During Rey's vision, Obi-Wan can be heard saying "Rey, these are your first steps...".  McGregor spoke about returning to Star Wars and the experience of recording the line for JJ Abrams on a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  Check it out below (the Star Wars talk begins around 40 seconds in),


I must say, Ewan seems to be well on his way to a good Sir Alec Guinness impression.  A little more training and practice and maybe he could return as Force ghost Obi-Wan in a future instalment....

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Rebels Review: "The Protector of Concord Dawn"

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By: Dominic Jones

It was Mando-mania this week on Star Wars Rebels, as the show continued its exploration of Sabine's past while introducing a new faction into the series.  "The Protector of Concord Dawn" was a solid--if exposition heavy--episode, and sets up some interesting plotlines for the series to explore down the road.

The star of this week's episode was Sabine, who feels guilty after her suggestion to reach out to the Mandalorians backfires and Hera is injured.  Seeking vengeance, Sabine visits the Mandos on Concord Dawn with Kanan, although he turns out to have a more diplomatic solution in mind.  Sabine's backstory remains a great mystery on the series and "The Protector of Concord Dawn" continues to explore her past by offering us a glimpse into her heritage.  We learn that Sabine forged her armor on Mandalore with her family either before or during her time at the Imperial Academy.  We know from previous episodes that a horrific experience drove her to run away from the Academy with Ketsu Onyo (seen in "Blood Sisters"), but the details of that event remain shrouded in mystery.

What we do know is that Sabine had trust issues stemming from this experience, as we learned in Season One.   We also know that Sabine--and Mandalorians in general--are fiercely loyal.  In this episode it is clear that Sabine is past whatever trust issues she may have had and is loyal to the Rebellion, and Hera in particular.  With all of that in mind, her reaction to Hera's injuries makes perfect sense.  Sabine both blames herself for suggesting Concord Dawn as a potential route for the Rebels, and fears she may lose one of the few people she actually trusts.  Her strong reaction also gives us a glimpse into what Sabine may be capable of when she swears revenge on Hera's attackers.

"The Protector of Concord Dawn" provides our first real chance in the series to explore the relationship between Kanan and Sabine.  In many ways, the pair represents what the Rebellion is all about: people of diverse backgrounds coming together the fight a greater evil--The Empire.  History suggests that Kanan and Sabine should be enemies. Mandalorians and Jedi fought many wars against each other in the ancient times of the Galaxy, and more recent history demonstrated Jedi-hatred remained a time-honored Mando tradition (both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano clashed with Mandos during the Clone Wars).  However, this episode shows just how close Kanan and Sabine are, with their relationship existing somewhere in the brother/sister, father/daughter range.

That's not to say they don't possess different philosophies when it comes to handling conflict.  This episode shows Kanan relying on his Jedi roots and choosing diplomacy to deal with the Mandos, while Sabine's first instinct was to fight them.  Kanan sitting down with Fen Rau, the titular Protector of Concord Dawn, and trying to convince him to join the Rebel cause, seems to echo the sentiment of Obi-Wan's line from A New Hope, "there are alternatives to fighting".  Yet the episode did a good job and showing the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two philosophies as Kanan seemed to be on the verge of convincing Rau to join the Rebel cause when a mistake by Sabine, who was planting explosives to destroy the Mandalorian's fighters, made some level of action inevitable.

It was interesting to see Kanan in the role of diplomat.  He had been given the nickname "the cowboy Jedi" before the series started, but this episode shows how far he has come since then.  Kanan has matured throughout the series, training Ezra and taking on more responsibility in the Rebellion.  This episode gives us an example of when he truly uses his Jedi training, not to kill stormtroopers with his lightsaber, but to reason with someone to find a solution to their problem.

This episode was, by necessity, very exposition heavy.  This is the first time we've seen Mandalorians (other than Sabine, obviously) since The Clone Wars ended (I count the Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir comic series as part of The Clone Wars since it was based on unproduced scripts).  The episode reveals that Sabine's family, also known as her clan, was a supporter of House Vizsla prior to the Empire.  Pre Vizsla was the leader of Death Watch, a terrorist group seen on The Clone Wars who overthrew the peaceful government led by Dutchess Satine, only to be overthrown themselves in a Darth Maul-led mutiny.  (If you didn't watch The Clone Wars you missed a lot!  Fortunately it's on Netflix so you can caught up.)

When we last saw Mandalore it was engulfed in a civil war, with half of Death Watch supporting Darth Maul and the other half remaining loyal to the now dead Pre Viszla.  On this week’s Rebels Recon, Executive Producer Dave Filoni said that Sabine's mother was probably there when Maul killed Vizsla and declared himself ruler of Mandalore.  What's not clear is if her parents remained loyal to Viszla after his death.  At some point after this, we know (based on comments by Captain Rex in the Season Two premiere) that the Republic invaded Mandalore in the Clone Wars.  Again, it's not clear who the Republic supported during the Siege of Mandalore, but based on the fact that Obi-Wan fought alongside Bo-Katan in the The Clone Wars episode "The Lawless," it seems safe to assume it was the Vizsla loyalists.  (It’s also hard to imagine the Jedi supporting anything led by Darth Maul!)

But if that's the case, it raises another question: why do the Mandos on Concord Dawn call Sabine a traitor?  She declares herself to be House Vizsla, which they connect with Death Watch.  It seems that Maul's supporters still called themselves Death Watch after Pre Vizsla's death, so it makes sense that Death Watch would be considered traitors.  But the Mandos draw the connection to Death Watch from House Vizsla.  I don't see a situation where the Jedi supported Darth Maul's Mandos during the Siege, so why does House Vizsla mean traitor?  It could be, perhaps, that the Vizsla name is just so associated with Death Watch that that's the obvious connection to make.  However, it may also suggest that maybe the Death Watch members that supported House Vizsla refused to support the Empire and that's why these particular Mandos would brand Sabine a traitor.  This is really the main post-Maul takeover question I have about what happened on Mandalore.

Regardless, the Republic eventually recruited Mandalorians to train Clones (a nice nod to "Legends") and to fight alongside their troops in the war.  Kanan mentions being saved by Fenn Rau during the third battle of Mygeeto, which was seen in Kanan - The Last Padawan #10 from Marvel Comics (which just so happens to have been released on the same day as this week’s Rebels episode).  Once the Empire took over it would seem they continued the Republic's occupation of Mandalore and, based on comments from the Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo on Rebels Recon, installed a puppet leader to maintain order, while recruiting the Protectors to fight for the Empire.

All that leads me to my only criticism of this week’s episode--the pacing.  All of the exposition I just laid out was an insane amount to be crammed into a single episode.  In a way, I don't blame the series for this; quite frankly, it was needed after the way things were left when The Clone Wars was abruptly ended.  And the writers did a very good job at making the inclusion of so much explanatory material seem natural.  Kanan's conversation with Fenn was superb, and even having Rex and Kanan reminisce a little about the Clone Wars was a natural way to convey some of the missing history to the viewer.  Still, because of the need to include all this, the ending of the episode felt a little rushed, and we didn’t get any sort of resolution between Sabine and Fenn.  And the whole Mandalorians-working-with-the-Empire plot line was wrapped up just a little too neatly--not that I expect things to stay that way for long.

Rebels has done an excellent job this season at letting scenes breathe and giving us great character moments, and this episode was no exception.  The Western-inspired conversation between Kanan and Fenn was a perfect example.  That being said, what "The Protector of Concord Dawn" really needed was an extra 3-5 minutes to properly resolve the plot in a satisfying way that sets the stage for future episodes.  While I don't expect the Mandos to have much of a presence during the rest of this season, I wouldn't be surprised if they came back in a big way in Season Three.

"The Protector of Concord Dawn" is, overall, a solid episode.  It does a good job at conveying the massive amount of necessary exposition left by the premature cancellation of The Clone Wars, while still exploring the psyche of our heroes and introducing a new faction into the mix for future conflicts on the show.  Unfortunately, the weight of exposition is too much to bear and the ending winds up feeling rushed.  Still, it's a good outing from Rebels that could turn out to be far more important than we currently realize.

Score: 8/10

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Rumor: Details About Forest Whitaker's Character in 'Rogue One'

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By: Dominic Jones

This December we'll see the first Star Wars: Anthology film hit theatres, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  Not much is known about Rogue One, other than that it will feature a band of Rebels stealing the plans to the first Death Star.  Most of the film's characters remain shrouded in mystery, including the character played by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker.  Our friends over at MakingStarWars.net have heard some details about what we can expect to see from Whitaker's character in the new film.  As usual, there is a chance this may not be accurate but if you are trying to avoid all Rogue One spoilers stop reading now.  This is your SPOILER ALERT!
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According to MSW,

  • Forest Whitaker’s character uses a cane.
  • It appears he has one leg and uses a cane as a crutch to walk.
  • He appears to be a veteran of some battles, but it isn’t clear if he lost his leg fighting in the Clone Wars or against the Empire.
  • Based on a differentiated code name from the rest of the rebels in the movie, it appears he is likely good but maybe a bounty hunter affiliated type (more on this later).
  • He seems to be a “good guy” in Rogue One. 
  • He has a cape and his costume is a hodgepodge of different things (think of someone you might see at Maz’s castle).
  • Earlier reports made it seem like he might have one leg but the clarification on the topic is a “robot leg.”

It seems clear from the Rogue One cast photo from D23 that this group of Rebels is very much a hodgepodge group, a diverse group brought together to fight the Empire, and Whitaker's character seems to be no exception.  It sounds like this is a character who has seen a lot and is someone with a lot of world galaxy experience.

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Rumor: Fan Favorite "Legends" Character to Appear on 'Star Wars Rebels'

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By: Dominic Jones

Ever since the old expanded universe was re-branded "Legends" and rendered non-canon, fans have been wondering which elements might be brought into the new canon.  So far, it's been mostly limited to small references like planets or minor characters in books.   But that may be about to change.  According to a new report from our friends at MakingStarWars.net, a fan favorite Legends character will be appearing in the third season of the animated series Star Wars Rebels.  As usual, there is a chance this may not be accurate, but if you are trying to avoid all Star Wars Rebels spoilers stop reading now.  This is you SPOILER ALERT!
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According to MSW, Grand Admiral Thrawn is slated to appear in Season Three of Star Wars Rebels.  The famous Imperial officer first appeared in Timothy Zahn's novel Star Wars: Heir to the Empire in 1991.  He was a tactical genius and rare instance of an alien rising through the ranks of the Empire.
"From the sound of things, we’re going to see Thrawn as the tactical genius of capital starship warfare he was to Expanded Universe readers in the ’90s. However, this time he will be using his evil brand of genius against the the heroes of the starship Ghost. 

The future of Star Wars Rebels will also feature an Ezra with a short haircut and a lightsaber similar to Obi-Wan’s/Luke’s second saber. It sounds like the timeline moves a lot closer to A New Hope and Ezra’s design will reflect that."

For what it's worth, we've been hearing similar rumblings about a future appearance by Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels.  I think bringing Thrawn into Rebels offers up huge story potential and it will be a huge moment in Star Wars fandom when he shows up.  We know the people behind the scenes on Rebels are big Star Wars fans and will treat the character with the appropriate reverence.  Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni is fan of Timothy Zahn's "Thrawn Trilogy" from the early 90s, and even incorporated one of Thrawn's tactics into the Season One episode of The Clone Wars "Storm over Ryloth".

Are you excited by the potential for a Thrawn appearance on Rebels?  What other "Legends" characters brought into the new canon?  Let us know in the comments!

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


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The SWU Podcast LIVE | 29/01/16

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On this episode Chris, Ben, and Dominic are joined by YouTuber Chris Pirillo for more The Force Awakens talk.  They discuss Kylo Ren as a villain, his confrontation with Han Solo, and who Rey may be related to.  They also go in depth on the soundtrack, focusing on some of the most iconic themes and musical moments from the film.  Plus discussion about the latest Rogue One news, Battlefront updates, and their excitement for the upcoming "Star Wars Land" at the Disney Parks.  All this and much more!
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Colin Trevorrow Will Shoot Episode IX On Film

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By: Benjamin Hart

Director J.J. Abrams made it clear that his chapter in the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens, was going "old school" with a heavy focus on practical effects and using film instead of modern digital cameras to shoot the movie. While digital filmmaking has grown in popularity over the past decade or so, there has been push back from many filmmakers who have preferred to continue shooting their movies on film. Apparently Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow is one of them as he has now confirmed that he, like Abrams, will be shooting the last film in the Sequel trilogy on film.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that while speaking at the Sundance Film Festival earlier today, Trevorrow spoke about using film and let it be know that Star Wars: Episode IX will be shot on film. He jokingly said:

" I could never shoot Star Wars on anything but [film] because it's a period film: It happened a long time ago!"

Trevorrow also continued discussing his desire to shoot the film in space - literally:

"I asked the question, 'Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film plates in actual space for Star Wars, and I haven't gotten an answer yet, but they've shot IMAX in space!"

Trevorrow was also joined by Christopher Nolan and other filmmakers at the event who continued to advocate for using film over digital. These new Star Wars films are definitely helping to keep good old fashioned film relevant.

Star Wars: Episode IX is expecting to be released in 2019.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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'Star Wars Rebels: Legends of the Lasat' Preview

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm has released a new preview clip for the Star Wars Rebels episode "Legends of the Lasat".  The preview features Zeb reuniting with a pair of fellow Lasat survivors, possibly for the first time since the genocide of the Lasat at the hands of Agent Kallus and the Empire.  The clip also reveals that fan favorite Hondo Ohnaka will returning for the episode, probably to provide some much needed comic relief in what might otherwise be a very heavy episode.  Check it out below,

"Legends of the Lasat" airs next Wednesday at 9pm on Disney XD.

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Funko Reveals New Ceramic 'Star Wars' Mugs

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By: Dominic Jones

Funko has revealed the latest addition to their line of Star Wars products with the announcement of five ceramic mugs based on Star Wars characters.  The five mugs will be BB-8, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, and a Stormtrooper.  The mugs will be available in March and hold up to twelve ounces.  Check them out below,






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Daisy Ridley Teases Imminent Start to Episode VIII Production in New Instagram Post

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By: Dominic Jones

Looks like production on Star Wars Episode VIII is about to kick off.  Daisy Ridley, who will be reprising her role as Rey from The Force Awakens, posted a new image on Instagram suggesting that filming is imminent on the Rian Johnson directed picture.  The post is hashtagged "#VIII" and features a picture of a display of flowers with a letter with the heading "VIII" at the bottom of the picture.  Check it out below,

A photo posted by @daisyridley on

Eagle-eyed fans have noticed that the first two lines of the letter, or at least the visible portion them, seen in the above post reads, "As we begin this tremendous...appreciation for your...".

Lucasfilm stated that production on the film would be beginning in February and based on this it looks like they're getting the cast set for their imminent return to the galaxy far, far away.  Star Wars Episode VIII is slated to hit theatres on December 15th, 2017.

Source: Daisy Ridley (Instagram)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Harrison Ford To Reveal New 'Star Wars Land' Details On Upcoming TV Special

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By: Benjamin Hart

The long awaited "Star Wars Land" at Disney theme parks is finally becoming a reality and it looks as though we are about to learn more details about the upcoming attraction from none other than Han Solo himself. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that a Television special titled The Wonderful World of Disney is set to air on February 21st on ABC and Harrison Ford will appear to reveal at least some of Disney's plans for the 14-acre areas at both Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Other stars including Josh Gad, Witney Carson and Elton John will also be appearing in the special.

Could we be getting our first looks at some of the rides that will be included in the expansion? Let's hope so. Aside from some concept art that was released last year at D23(some of which you can see above) we know very little about "Star Wars Land", which is a title tentatively applied to the project by fans. The attraction is said to be a fully immersive Star Wars experience, transporting visitors to a new planet in the Galaxy far, far away that's filled with various characters and a real Cantina. It will certainly be interesting to see what surprises Disney will have for us on February 21st.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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The Force Awakens, Rebels & Battlefront Nominated For Golden Reel Awards

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By: Benjamin Hart

Award season continues to roll on and the nominees have been announced for the 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards, presented by the Motion Picture Sound Editors. Along with big names such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Game Of Thrones and The Revenant, Star Wars garnered multiple nominations in the film, television and video game categories. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens was honored with three nominations for sound effects, dialogue and music, while Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Battlefront both took one nomination each. The winners will be announced on February 27th. You can get specifics on all the nominations below:

Feature Film — Sound Effects & Foley
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Matthew Wood)

Feature Film — Dialogue & ADR
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Matthew Wood)

Feature Film — Music Score Paul
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Apelgren)

Television — Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue & ADR (Animation)
Star Wars Rebels (Matthew Wood)

Computer Interactive Entertainment
Star Wars: Battlefront (Charles Deenan, MPSE)

Congratulations to the crews behind The Force Awakens, Rebels and Battlefront for these much deserved honors!

Source: Variety

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The Voices Behind 'Jabba Flow' In 'The Force Awakens' Revealed

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By: Benjamin Hart

One of the most interesting locations seen in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens was Maz Kanata's pirate Castle on Takodana. In addition to the wide variety of aliens that populated the Cantina inside, a catchy tune can be heard as our heroes enter the Castle. The music itself is named "Jabba Flow" and was created by director J.J. Abrams and Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. A while back, even before we heard Jabba Flow in the film, Abrams told the story of how he and Miranda came to collaborate on the piece. While it's been know that the duo composed the song, Miranda recently spoke with Entertainment Tonight and confirmed that himself and Abrams were also the ones to actually sing the song. You can watch the interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda below:



Okay, admit it; You've got Jabba Flow stuck in your head now. I know I do! Bravo to Abrams and Miranda for creating yet another memorable Cantina tune for the Star Wars universe.

Source: ET
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Another 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Costume Spotted at Nuremberg Toy Fair

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By: Dominic Jones

Yesterday it was revealed that three costumes from the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would be on display at this weekend's Nuremberg Toy Fair.  Today, a fourth costume was spotted at the display.  Instagram user Victor Audouard (@victoraudouard) posted a picture of the display.  Check it out below,

A photo posted by Victor Audouard (@victoraudouard) on

The new costume, the one on the far left, appears to be that worn by actor Jiang Wen in the cast photo revealed at D23 back in August (below).  The other costumes pictured above appear to belong to the characters portrayed by (l-r) Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, and Donnie Yen.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Forest Whittaker, Diego Luna, and Donnie Yen.  The film will tell the story of a band of Rebels who steal the plans to the first Death Star.  It hits theatres on December 16th.

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Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach, and Roger Guyett Talk 'The Force Awakens' VFX

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By: Dominic Jones

Variety has released a new episode of their video series Artisans, featuring The Force Awakens visual effects supervisors Roger Guyett and Patrick Tubach, creature supervisor Neal Scanlan, and special effects supervisor Chris Corbould talking about their work on the film.  The video features an in-depth look at the process that went into creating the effects for the film, which has been nominated for the Academy Award for best visual effects.  Check it out below,



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New 'Star Wars Rebels: The Protector of Concord Dawn' Preview

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By: Dominic Jones


Star Wars Rebels returns tonight with an episode delving into Mandalorian lore, which will see Sabine coming face to face with her heritage in the form of Mandalorian warrior Fenn Rau.  The episode, titled "The Protector of Concord Dawn" is the first on the series to explore Mandalorians other than Sabine.  Fenn Rau will be voice by newcomer to the series Kevin McKidd.  Lucasfilm has released another preview clip from the episode, featuring Sabine, Kanan, and Fenn, check it out below,


Star Wars Rebels: "The Protector of Concord Dawn" airs tonight at 9pm on Disney XD.

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Rumor: Another Legacy Character to Appear in 'Rogue One'

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By: Dominic Jones

We're now less than eleven months away from the December 16th release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and, while we don't know much officially, the rumor mill is beginning to heat up.  At least one iconic bad guy is rumored to make a return in the film, and now our friends at MakingStarWars.net are reporting that another classic villain may be making a return in Rogue One.  As usual, there is a chance this may not be accurate but if you are trying to avoid all Rogue One spoilers stop reading now.  This is your SPOILER ALERT!
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According to MSW, concepts were created to bring back Grand Moff Tarkin in the film.  This would make sense given that Tarkin was in charge of overseeing the construction of the Death Star.  Rogue One will tell the story of how the Rebels steal the plans to the first Death Star, so we can understand why Tarkin would have a vested interest in getting those plans back.

Obviously, the biggest issue is that Peter Cushing, who played Tarkin in A New Hope, has been dead for over twenty years.  There have previously been rumors about Cushing being recreated digitally for the film (however the source on that story was the Daily Mail, which makes it are dubious at best).  There are other options though, for example in Revenge of the Sith, Tarkin was portrayed by Wayne Pygram, wearing prosthetics.  If Tarkin is to appear in the film, the method they bring him back will depend on the size of the role.  If the role is a brief cameo, or only a scene or two, they could pair a physical performance by someone like Pygram in the prosthetics with a vocal performance by Stephen Stanton (who plays Tarkin on the animated series Star Wars Rebels).  However, if the role is much larger, they may have to explore other options.

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


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Rumor: Episode VIII Filming to Take Place in Croatia

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By: Dominic Jones

We know that Star Wars Episode VIII is slated to begin filming at Pinewood Studios in London next month, and it appears the production will be visiting some exciting locations around the world.  MakingStarWars.net is reporting that filming for Episode VIII will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia at some point this year.  Dubrovnik is also used as the location for King's Landing on HBO's Game of Thrones

Star Wars Episode VIII is directed by Rian Johnson and hits theatres December 15th, 2017.

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


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Report: 'Rogue One' Costumes on Display at Nuremberg Toy Fair

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By: Dominic Jones

Looks like the promotion for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is about to begin in earnest.  Reports coming out in advance of Nuremberg Toy Fair, which takes place this weekend, show two costumes from Rogue One on display.  These images were tweeted by Twitter user @DarrenArsenal1.  Check them out below,





These appear to be the costumes worn by Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and Donnie Yen, seen in the Rogue One cast photo revealed last summer at D23 Expo,

What other reveals from Rogue One might be in store at Nuremberg Toy Fair, or any of the other upcoming Toy Fair?  We'll have to wait an see.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Forest Whittaker, Diego Luna, and Donnie Yen.  The film will tell the story of a band of Rebels who steal the plans to the first Death Star.  It hits theatres on December 16th.

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Rumor: Description of Storyboards of Darth Vader Action Scenes in 'Rogue One'

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By: Dominic Jones


Rumors have been heating up in the past couple of weeks about Darth Vader appearing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, slated for a December 16th release.  Now our friends at MakingStarWars.net have a description of some proposed action scenes for Vader in the Gareth Edwards directed film.  As usual, there is a chance this may not be accurate but if you are trying to avoid all Rogue One spoilers stop reading now.  This is you SPOILER ALERT!

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"The action sequences filmed are unknown, but there was work pitching the different ways Darth Vader could kill rebels on a battlefield with the Force and his lightsaber. The storyboard “pitches” showing decapitated rebels, people being dismembered by Vader throwing his sword, levitating bodies to make human shields and so on. The art was more violent than what we’ve seen Darth Vader do on screen before.


I wish there were more details on the setting of the ground battle but the most we could get was that it was a smokey battlefield."


I can't wait to see Vader in action in the new film.  As for the fact that the action seems far more violent then what we've seen before, Jay from Indie Revolver tweeted out this,
Based on what we know about the film, it's believable that the story could be suited to an R rated war film, however I have a hard time believing Lucasfilm and Disney would want to do an R rated film so early into this new era of Star Wars.  I would expect the film would get a PG-13 rating (like The Force Awakens), but that's just speculation on my part.

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


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Rumor: New Details About 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

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By: Dominic Jones

The first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is less than a year away and still very little is known about the film.  Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Forest Whittaker, and Donnie Yen, will tell the story of how the rebels stole the plans to the first Death Star.  Other than that, details about the series are sparse.  Now, JoBlo has released some new details (and offer confirmations of others) about the film.  As usual, there is a chance this may not be true but if you are trying to avoid all Rogue One spoilers stop reading now.  This is your SPOILER ALERT!
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  • Rumors began swirling about stormtroopers in all-black costumes appearing in the film late last year and we can confirm that they will be in the movie. Our sources indicated that they are often referred to as "Death Troopers", although no mention if the commonly referenced "Shadowtrooper" from the Legacy Universe would be used. (also, recall that Donnie Yen shared an image of some helmets a while back, including a black one).
  • One of the prominent characters in the film is a droid that works with the rebels, specifically Felicity Jones' group, that is said to be a "scene stealer" in the film. It was originally an Empire droid and has been repurposed to serve the rebel alliance. He's two-legged and a dark grey or black color.  In terms of appearance, the droid has long arms and legs and is very different than a typical protocol droid like C-3PO. Could this be the mo-cap character that Alan Tudyk is playing? Time will tell.
  • So far we don't have a confirmation on any of the character names, but you can add this one to the puzzle: "Cashen" is the name of one of the key players, although which we can't say. It could be spelled differently as well, in that whole "Star Wars" way (i.e. Kashen or Kashyn, etc.). Speculate away on that one, but hey...it's a name.
  • There will be a new Tie Fighter design and AT-ATs will be featured in the film.
  • Lastly, addressing those Darth Vader rumors, we can confirm that Darth Vader will be in the film and is expected to have a larger role than originally thought. How big or how involved we can't say specifically, but expect to see the return of one of Star Wars' most infamous characters to the big screen.

None of these are ground breaking details, but they do add to some of our understanding of what the film will be.  The name Cashen does sound like a good Star Wars name.  And the idea of a converted-Imperial droid working with the Rebels is an intriguing one.

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


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EA Announces 'Battlefront' Updates & Expansions, Including Bespin and Death Star Maps

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By: Dominic Jones

EA has announced their expansion plans for the DICE produced video game Star Wars Battlefront.  The plans include new maps, new outfits, and the introduction of daily challenges.  Battlefront Senior Producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir made the announcement today on StarWars.EA.com.  First he announced the free updates to the game, which will be coming tomorrow.  They are,
  • The Tatooine Survival map will now support the Blast, Droid Run, Drop Zone, Hero Hunt, and Heroes vs Villains multiplayer modes, and is called Raider Camp.
  • New Hoth-themed outfits for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, both of which will be available to all fans when they play as these two iconic characters on the Hoth – these were unlocked by our players for completing our Heroes’ Holiday community mission last month.
  • We are giving players the ability to create Private Matches, which makes playing with friends even easier.
  • The introduction of Daily Challenges and Community Events. These are designed to rally the Community around certain goals and objectives, giving players the chance to earn credits and unlocks even faster. We'll have more news regarding Community Events and Daily Challenges in the days ahead.
  • And of course, we are also including some overall balancing tweaks to both weapons and multiplayer modes.
In addition, he laid out EA's plans for the first three expansion packs (announced with the game's release and already purchased by anyone with a Season Pass) which will be made available during 2016.  This includes the exciting news that maps on Cloud City (Bespin) and the Death Star will be added to the game this year.  According to Ingvarsdottir, here's how the releases will play out,
  • Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Outer Rim (March 2016) - Fight among the factories of Sullust and battle within Jabba the Hutt's palace on Tatooine
  • Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Bespin (Summer 2016) - It's hunt or be hunted in this action-packed experience set in the Cloud City of Bespin
  • Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Death Star (Fall 2016) – That’s no moon! One of the most iconic locations in the Star Wars universe makes its debut in Star Wars Battlefront.
  • Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Expansion Pack 4 – Title TBA (Early 2017) – We will have more details to share about this exciting new expansion pack in the coming months.
The announcement of the Death Star maps definitely seems like a great way for Battlefront to tie in with the December release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will tell the tale of how the Rebels stole the Death Star plans.  Maybe the expansion, which comes out in Fall 2016, will feature some Easter Eggs from that film.  It might have also been a reaction to fan outcry when it was announced last summer that the Death Star would be among many elements of the Star Wars saga that were being omitted from the game.  If that's the case, it's nice to see they listened to fans and are adding it to the game (it would be really nice if they continued to listen to fans and added Prequel era/Clone Wars content too!)

As for the other announced maps, Bespin and Jabba's Palace seem like pretty cool additions to the game.  However, I'm a little surprised to hear that there is no The Force Awakens content being added before 2017 (at the earliest).  I was expecting one o the first expansion packs to feature Takodanna or Starkiller Base, but maybe they were holding off until 2017 to tie in with the release of Star Wars Episode VIII

Are you excited about the upcoming Battlefront updates and expansions?  And what other planets from the Star Wars universe would you like to see added to the game in future expansion packs?  Let us know in the comments.


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Rumor: Disney Currently Seeking TV Deal for Nine Film 'Star Wars' Package

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By: Dominic Jones

Variety is reporting that Disney is currently shopping the TV rights for Star Wars on TV in a nine film package that includes all seven released films as well as the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII and Star Wars Episode IX.  Disney is reportedly seeking $30 Million for each installment of the Sequel Trilogy.

"Execs with Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution began a blitz of pitching prospective buyers last week that will extend into this week. Industry sources say Disney is hoping to nab some $30 million apiece for “Force Awakens” and the following two titles, “Episode VIII,” slated for 2017, and “Episode IX,” expected in 2019.

The asking prices for the six older titles in the series — which started in 1977 with “Star Wars” — is unclear but sources characterized it as it high, especially for vintage titles. It’s expected that the package will also include other non-“Star Wars” titles, yet there’s no question that the Force is the driving force in this package.

Among the cable outlets that are believed to have been pitched or scheduled to meet with Disney execs are Turner, FX Networks, Viacom, NBCUniversal (focusing on USA and Syfy), A+E Networks and AMC Networks."

The main issue Disney is facing in finding a deal is the fact that Episodes VIII & IX  fall under Disney's deal with the online streaming service Netflix and one source tells Variety that this has some networks concerned over the exposure of those films on TV.

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


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