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   Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Official Site: The Cinema Behind Star Wars: American Graffitti
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 00:51

Join Bryan Young as he takes a look at American Graffitti in his Cinema Behind Star Wars series over at

During the production of THX 1138, George Lucas’ friend and fellow filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola challenged the young director to write a script that would appeal to a wider audience than the sci-fi film. Lucas turned to the settings of his youth in Modesto, California, cruising the streets and meeting girls. Set in 1962 over the course of one last night among friends in a sleepy California town, American Graffiti eventually became a sleeper hit that earned its budget back almost fifty times over at the box office in its initial release.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Heading for Massive $170 Million-Plus Opening
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 00:27

Variety is reporting that early tracking suggests that the opening 'domestic' (US) opening weekend for The Force Awakens will hit $170 million with rival executives suggesting it will break the $200 million barrier.
Even if an opening weekend record remains elusive, “The Force Awakens” should have no trouble doubling the current high-water mark for a December opening held by 2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at $84.6 million — giving it roughly $170 million. That would be the fifth-largest opening weekend in history, but $40 million behind “Jurassic World” for the best opening of all time at $208.8 million.

At this point, fan interest appears to be high enough that many in the industry would be shocked if “The Force Awakens” fails to join “Jurassic World” and 2012’s “The Avengers,” which brought in $207.4 million, as the only titles to open above $200 million. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opened in May with $191.3 million and 2013’s “Iron Man 3” launched with $174.1 million.

It’s certainly shaping up to be what is referred to by movie studios as a “four quadrant” hit — meaning a picture that appeals to all demographic groups. Tracking suggests that interest in the film is nearly evenly split between men and women. It also appears to be a popular choice with both adults and children.
For Variety's full analysis take the link.

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UNIQLO Launch Star Wars T-Shirts, Hoodies, & Accessories From Only £12.90
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 00:19

UNIQLO today launched their Star Wars Collection, an incredible range of t-shirts, hoodies, and accessories for men, woman and children.

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first film in the newest trilogy of Star Wars, the most epic series in the history of the entertainment industry, we delve into a gripping story of brand-new loves and battles set about 30 years after Return of the Jedi. One fateful encounter changes the life of our lonely heroine Rey, who lives on a desert planet, forever. Not only do we meet favourite characters from the old series but new ones including the pivotal droid BB-8 and Finn, a fugitive Storm Trooper.

UNIQLO is proud to bring you the world of Star Wars as a new legend in its unforgettable history is born.

Take the jump to check out the full range.

Forthcoming Star Wars Card Trader Releases
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 00:11
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Topps are preparing to bring us a whole gamut of new cards for Star Wars Card Trader, starting tomorrow and working over the Thanksgiving Weekend and beyond.

Check after the break for all the details.

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The Force Awakens Given A PG-13 Rating
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Nov 2015 00:09

According to the website, The Force Awakens has officially been given a PG-13 rating. This marks the second time that a theatrical Star Wars film has been assigned a PG-13 rating, joining 2005's Revenge of the Sith.

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   Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Smuggler's Bounty Unboxing
Reported by ChrisD (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 23:38

Just received the first Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty box. Once you open the box, there's a cardboard fold tray that houses a First Order patch and a Kylo Ren pin.

Upon lifting the tray, there's a Star Wars Force Awakens First Order Trooper t-shirt and a Force Awakens lanyard. Beneath those were two Funko figures, here the Captain Phasma (Chrome) and Tie Fighter Pilot ones.

The box came in relatively good condition, as did the products inside (though the Funko figure boxes were a bit smooshed).

Not sure what I'll ever do with the lanyard, but as long as the t-shirt doesn't shrink after the first washing, I'm pretty pleased with the launch box of this new series, the only Star Wars exclusive monthly nerd box on the market.

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This Amazon Executive Has One of the World’s Most Insane Star Wars Collections
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 23:19

You know him as one of the world's foremost Star Wars collectors while others know him as an Amazon executive. Here at Jedi News we know him as a friend and Recode take a look at his amazing collection.

Gus Lopez was stressed. It was late October, and Lopez, a 17-year veteran of Amazon, was overseeing the launch of the company’s new restaurant-delivery service in Portland, marking the first time it would expand outside of the company’s hometown of Seattle.
“I was doing press interviews and doing all the readiness to launch that evening,” Lopez told Re/code last week. “But that’s when the tickets were going on sale; I’m focused on this launch, but I definitely have to get the tickets.”
“The tickets,” you might guess by the headline of this article, were for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the seventh installment in the blockbuster sci-fi series that has captivated millions of fans since the 1977 premiere. And they weren’t just any tickets — they were for a marathon showing of all seven movies at Seattle’s Cinerama theater on Dec. 17, the day before the public premiere.
Lopez’s friend ended up procuring eight passes for the all-day extravaganza for him and friends. Disaster averted.

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Never Do That Again - Droid Tales Preview
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 23:11

In this LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales preview, General Grievous closes in on R2-D2, custodian of stolen battle plans. The plucky astromech decides to take matters into his own hands, however…
LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales comes to DVD on March 1!

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Empire The Force Awakens R2-D2 And C-3PO Subscriber Cover
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 23:07

Empire has revealed yet a 3rd different cover update for their special The Force Awakens issue hitting November 26. You've already seen the 6 collectible character covers and the ultra-limited cover that includes a Hasbro Kylo Ren figure available exclusively in the UK. Now check out Empire's R2-D2 and C-3PO cover that is exclusive to subscribers only.

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Roland Tamayo – Collection of Curiosities Art Show: This Is No Star Destroyer
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 21:53

There's nothing cheesy about this artwork. Check out the artwork of Roland Tamayo - it's guaranteed to make your stomach rumble.

Roland Tamayo is an American artist, who used to work in the video game industry as a concept artist (he worked on Ratchett & Clank and Resistance) He focuses on his freelance work, his commissions and his gallery projects such as the Collection of Curiosities art show at the Flower Pepper gallery in Pasadena, CA, along with artist Alex Louisa. A great collection of pieces inspired by the famous Star Wars Star Destroyer! This is what Roland was saying about this project. "These pieces are a collection of treats enjoyed by my sons, along with nostalgic treats from my childhood, connected by a mutual love and enjoyment of Star Wars."

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Tosche Station Radio Of Dice And Droids #0: Roll For Introductions
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 21:04

Welcome to Of Dice and Droids, the Star Wars tabletop RPG podcast at Tosche Station. Join players Nanci, Brian, Sho, Jay, Rocky, Saf and Game Master Tom for an adventure-filled trip into the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Brought to you by Majestic Giraffe Productions.

This is a special introductory Episode Zero where we’ll introduce ourselves and our characters, provide an overview on tabletop gaming, the mechanics used by the Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG games, answer some reader questions, and provide the first glimpse at the campaign. Come back January 8th as we kick off the campaign!

Nanci and Brian are the co-founders and writers of You can find Nanci on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants and you can find Brian with @LaneWinree.

Contact Information: iTunes | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Google +

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Make Your Life More Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 20:46

Ida Egerton dropped us a line to point us in the direction of this infographic which gives advice to those who wish to get more Star Wars in their lives.

For many 2015 has been one long wait until the premier of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Now that moment is almost upon us and it’s time that we stepped up and decided: how much Star Wars could we fit in our lives? Luckily for us, the world is full of star wars merchandise, from Boba Fett watches to C3P0 tape dispensers, and it’s now possible to improve almost every aspect of your live by making it more Star Wars.

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Use The Force With Waze - Community-based Traffic & Navigation App
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 20:43
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Navigating an asteroid field, or your way home, will never be the same again thanks to Waze. Running through to the end of the year, Waze have teamed up with Lucasfilm and Disney to bring the voice of C-3PO to the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and petrol/gas money on their daily commute, or finding your way to the local cinema to watch The Force Awakens.

That's not all though...

  • LET C-3PO GUIDE YOUR DRIVE - Fluent in "over six million forms of communication," C-3PO guides you on the fastest route as he searches for his buddies R2-D2 & BB-8.
  • FIND ROAD GOODIES ON THE WAZE MAP - Find stormtroopers, TIE fighters, and lightsabers on the Waze map. Keep a lookout for rare R2-D2 and BB-8 goodies to score extra points!
  • DON'T HAVE WAZE? Get Waze now - Android, iOS and Windows Phones.

If you've not tried Waze you really should, its used daily by some of the Jedi News team on their commutes and they wouldn't be without it, take the link below to download for Android, iOS and Windows Phones now. Read on for download guides for android and iOS.

Also, thanks to our friends at Waze we'll have some Fandango movie vouchers to give away to our North American readers soon!

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Build-A-Bear Star Wars: The Force Awakens Bears!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 20:36

Build-A-Bear expands its range as more characters from The Force Awakens arrive.

Hi Mark, just wanted to let everyone know that Bo-Bear-Fett is no longer the coolest or loneliest bear in the Galaxy - He's now joined by some Star Wars: The Force Awakens Pals. All animals, costumes and accessories sold separately and while supplies last. There is a U.K version of this Ad running on Disney XD - the difference being the English voiceover and the BB-8 scene is missing.

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REMINDER: Toys'R'Us Medal Competition - Ends at Midnight Tonight!
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 20:02

We've teamed up with our friends at Toys'R'Us UK to giveaway 5 complete sets of the 4 medals from Epic Battles - Hoth, Endor, Tatooine and Yavin. These medals are available exclusively at Toys'R'Us around the world, and you can claim your free medal in the UK by following the instructions here and taking part.

To win, send an e-mail to, answer the question below, and put 'MEDALS COMPETITION' in the header...

What is the name of the planet that depicts an Ewok in the above medals?

  • 1: Hoth
  • 2: Endor
  • 3: Yavin

There will be five winners chosen at random, each will win a complete set of four medals.

Rules: -

  • Lucasfilm Ltd and/or Disney are not sponsors of this contest.
  • Competition ends at midnight on Tuesday 24th November 2015. Winners will be notified by Friday 27th November 2015.
  • Competition is not open to Lucasfilm employees or any of its affiliates.
  • Winner agrees to publicity at Jedi News.
  • Only 1 entry per household.
  • No cash alternative.
  • The judge's decision is final.
  • This competition is open to UK residents only.
  • Jedi News accepts no liabilities for loss.
Kylo Ren's Lightsaber In Star Wars: The Force Awakens Isn't What You Think It Is
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 19:22

It's already an iconic Star Wars weapon and here Tech Times takes a look at Kylo Ren's crossguard lightsaber.

Since Star Wars fans first saw Kylo Ren's lightsaber ignite in the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, the new crossguard design of the blade has been at the center of more than a little controversy.
Fans debated among themselves whether the design was practical, what its real-world inspirations were and even made videos of how one might fight with such a weapon. Many assumed the blade was inspired by medieval claymores, which featured crossguard hilts to protect the user's hands.
Turns out that might not exactly be the case. As revealed at a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens exhibit at Disneyland in California (via, the two mini-lightsabers seen on the hilt of Kylo Ren's lightsabers don't appear to be a crossguard at all. Instead, the two openings on either side of the hilt are, apparently, exhaust ports for the weapon.

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Radio Free Tatooine - Episode 56: Everplaid
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 18:52

It’s time to join Sean & John for Radio Free Tatooine, the Star Wars podcast that’s better than some, worse than others.

The Force Awakens is complete! As we coast through the home stretch toward Dec 18th, the trailer count reaches 9, the AMAs give us an actual scene, and George Lucas tells us he’s sick of getting ripped on. Plus, Google and Verizon have some potentially awesome plans for December!

Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook

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IDW The Empire Strikes Back Mini Comics Coming 2016
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 18:39

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Hot on the heels of IDW's Star Wars mini comic series, Previews brings news of the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back collectors pack which lands in 2016.

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Empire Exclusive Image Of Poe Dameron In The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 18:39

Next up from Empire is an exclusive image of Resistance X-wing pilot Poe Dameron (played by Oscar Isaac) from The Force Awakens.

Well, I wouldn't exactly call this particular image "exclusive".

If the image above stirs up your memory banks from an earlier time, that's because we've already seen this image of Poe being hastily escorted by a First Order Stormtrooper down a corridor in the SDCC Hall H BTS panel video (Poe can be seen in the video at around the 54 second mark).

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified "Blood Sisters"
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 17:25

Join Jimmy Mac and Jason Swank as they present Star Wars Rebels Declassified.

We get another look into Sabine's mysterious past with the arrival of a new bounty hunter in "Blood Sisters". Joining Jason & Jimmy to discuss this season two episode of STAR WARS REBELS is artist/entrepreneur Kevin Liell (Norse Legion). Listen in to see if what we thought of this episode, our speculations on what happened in Sabine's past, and how this will effect the character moving forward. Plus, Liell tells us all about his experience meeting J.J. Abrams at the Art Awakens art show in Hollywood.

Contact Information: iTunes | RSS Feed | Twitter | Facebook

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On The Shelves UK: Latest Marvel Star Wars Comics
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 17:04

Hitting all good comic shops tomorrow is this amazing line up of Star Wars comics from Marvel, and in the UK for the first time Titan's Jedi Master Magazine.

A photo posted by (@jedinewsuk) on

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Yoda and Boba Fett Mini Wall Lights From 3D Light FX
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 17:01

3D Light FX are now shipping in the UK their Boba Fett and Yoda mini wall lights.

A photo posted by (@jedinewsuk) on

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Empire Limited Edition The Force Awakens Cover With Kylo Ren Figure
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 16:55

In addition to their 6 collectible covers that will be available for their upcoming The Force Awakens issue arriving November 26, Empire has revealed that a limited edition special issue featuring a Hasbro Kylo Ren action figure will be released as well!

The Force is strong with Empire this week. You'll have seen our six world exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens covers by now and all six 3D covers – Rey and BB-8, Finn, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron, Captain Phasma and Han Solo and Chewbacca – go on sale November 26.

But if that wasn't enough, there is also an extremely Limited Edition special issue, for dedicated Star Wars fans only. Partnering up with Hasbro, we've included an official action figure of Kylo Ren with certain Force Awakens issues. Only 4,500 copies of this special issue will be printed, making it an instant collector's item.

The Limited Edition issue will be priced at £11.99, available only in the UK at branches of Sainsbury's.

And as nice cherry on top, our good friends over at Yakface have sourced out a high resolution image of the cover.

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New The Force Awakens Holiday Items From Kurt Adler Coming In 2016
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 16:20

I forgot to post this after I received their reply via Twitter, and for that I apologize. If you are a collector (such as myself) of the awesome Kurt Adler line of Star Wars holiday items and are wondering why you haven't seen any products at retail yet that focus on new characters from The Force Awakens, you're gonna have to wait one more year for them to arrive.

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Life-Size Lighted TIE Fighter Holiday Display
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 13:02

Forget those crappy inflatable holiday "decorations" that you see scattered across just about everyone's front lawn these days. THIS is how you stand out from the cookie-cutter crowd when celebrating the holiday season.

How insanely cool would it be if the person who built this lighted TIE Fighter was next door neighbors with this family?

Big thanks to Jedi News reader Shawn L. for sending over the link, and kudos to the creator of this fantastic TIE.

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Star Wars Rebels "An Unlikely Duo" Preview Clip For "Stealth Strike" Episode
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 12:38

In this preview of the Star Wars Rebels episode “Stealth Strike,” Rex and Kanan go undercover as stormtroopers for an important mission. They might make a good team…if they don’t kill each other first.

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Empire Reveals 6 Covers For Special The Force Awakens Issue
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 12:24

Empire has revealed 6 different covers featuring striking character designs that will be available for fans to collect for their special The Force Awakens issue that will be arriving on November 26. Captain Phasma's cover is pictured above, so take the source link to check out the other 5 cover designs!

This will be a day long remembered. Today, Empire reveals our six Star Wars: The Force Awakens covers of such lethal cunning, even we can hardly contain our own nerdy excitement.

Luminous beings are these covers, too: as fantastic as these look here, they’re even better in the flesh, making use of dazzling lenticular 3D technology.

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JJ Abrams Has Fun With The Action Movie FX App
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 10:00

JJ Abrams has been having some fun with the Action Movie FX App.

The app from Bad Robot recently released a Star Wars update for its critically-acclaimed iPhone Action Movie FX app, bringing movie-quality visual and sound effects to augmented reality.

With effects and sounds created by Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, the quality levels are phenomenal.

And of course its all for a good cause, with Bad Robot collaborating with Star Wars: Force for Change to donate 100% of sales to the US Fund for UNICEF to support UNICEF Kid Power.

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Japan Adds A Star Wars Train To It's Two Star Wars Planes!!!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 09:48

Clearly Japan knows how to travel in style.  They already have two Star Wars planes, and have now added a The Force Awakens themed train!

The train service from Nankai Rapi:t is now in service between Kansai International Airport and Osaka City’s Namba Station.

All aboad!

Source Kotaku
Jimmy Kimmel Live - Star Wars: The Force Awakens Special
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Nov 2015 09:41

StarWarsFans has posted the full Jimmy Kimmel Live Special to DailyMotion so that fans outside of the US can view it.  Check it out below:
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   Monday, November 23, 2015
Back to the Future And Star Wars Meet In The Greatest Doctor Who Easter Egg Of All Time
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 18:05

Travelling through time is a handy option and this weeks episode Face The Raven brought the two most famous time travellers together in a very GFFA manner.

If you were watching VERY closely – like one eagle-eyed fan – you might have spotted some funny writing on the wall in Diagon Alley the secret Street.
This is Doctor Who, though, so OF COURSE that's not just any old writing. It's Aurebesh, a dialect from the Star Wars universe.
The word Delorean.
Minds blown.

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Empire Has An Exclusive Image Of Captain Phasma From The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 17:52

Empire provides us today with an exclusive image of the First Order's Captain Phasma with blaster rifle at the ready played by actress Gwendoline Christie. Click the image above for a larger view, and while Empire's article doesn't reveal any details on Phasma, it does go on to say the following:

We don’t know where Phasma sits on the evil scale between Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux and Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke or how much screen time she will have, but in terms of scoring cool points, Phasma is head and shiny shoulders above the competition.

For more Episode VII news from Empire that was posted last week in advance of the release of their special The Force Awakens issue coming November 26, point your browser here.

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The Force Awakens Jimmy Kimmel Special Tonight
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 17:49

Well, if you didn't think there was Star Wars everywhere then you will now. Join many of the principal cast of The Force Awakens on tonights Jimmy Kimmel Live.

MONDAY NIGHT Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Star Wars Special with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and The Force Awakens Director J.J. Abrams!

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Mark Hamill Bringing The Beard Back For Episode VIII
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 17:46

We don't know what he will be up to in Episode VIII. Hell, we don't even know his official status in The Force Awakens with less than a month to go. But what we DO know, at least from Mark Hamill's tweet below, is that Luke will be donning a beard once again as cameras begin to roll for Episode VIII.

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The Force Awakens In Movie Magic Magazine
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 17:24

Movie Magic magazine arrives, bringing us a glimpse inside The Force Awakens.

Executive Editor Ed Gross (yes, the Ed Gross!) dropped us a line to tell us about the magazine.

The new issue of Movie Magic magazine features about 50 pages worth of Star Wars coverage. Articles include a roundtable discussion of the new film, Who's Who in The Force Awakens, a profile of JJ Abrams, a 10-page feature on Force Friday, a tribute to George Lucas, an interview with Andy Serkis, a Star Wars fan art gallery, a piece on "Star Wars Land", behind the scenes interviews on Star Wars Rebels and a look at the cast of Rogue One.
Movie Magic is available at bookstores, supermarkets and Wal-Mart.

Idiots Array Episode 13: Star Wars Caves and Connections
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 17:16

It's time to join Ryder Waldron, Alan Zaugg and Mark Sutter for Idiots Array.

Alan, Mark, and Ryder are at it again. This time they start the show out with a little Force Awakens talk and Maz Kanata. Then they delve deep into caves in Star Wars and connect them with themes and other literature pieces and philosophy.

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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1977: When Star Wars Hit The UK – In Pictures
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 17:03

It might have been a bit drab, a bit grey (although the previous summer was anything but drab and grey) but no matter the colour, Star Wars was always going to brighten it up.

When the first Star Wars film opened at the tail end of 1977, British cinemagoers were transported from their drab surroundings to a galaxy far, far away (although they had to queue for a bit first)

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Toys R Us Ditches Gender Categories
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 16:37

Toys 'R' Us have updated their website to reflect a policy they introduced some time ago instore, to remove all gender categorisation of toys.

Shoppers will no longer have to browse and filter catergories for boys or girls to find the toy their child desires.

The campaign group Let Toys Be Toys praised Toys 'R' Us for their actions:
“We want to say a big thank you to Toys R Us UK for bringing in the changes it has so far. This shows a real effort being made to be more inclusive to all children, and the results will no doubt make a lot of children and parents happy this Christmas.”

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Google Announces #ChooseYourSide Promotion For The Force Awakens
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 15:51

For more detailed information on this exciting announcement, check out the article posted over on

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Kylo Ren HP Star Wars Special Edition Notebook Display Sign
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 14:07

While out on a toy run over the weekend, I came across this awesome Kylo Ren themed display from HP promoting their new Star Wars Special Edition notebook. The display was at one of my local Walmart stores and was almost completely covered up by the four HP notebooks that were situated on the shelf in front on it. The top of Ren's black hood caught my eye as I was walking by and drove me to take a closer look.

Roundup Of Empire The Force Awakens Articles
Reported by Justin (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 13:22

Empire's special The Force Awakens issue will be arriving on newsstands this week on November 26. Last week, they gave us a series of brief preview articles from that issue to help whet our collective appetites. If you happened to miss out on catching any of them throughout the week, we've assembled them below for your viewing pleasure.

First Look At Constable Zuvio

Andy Serkis Discusses Snoke

John Boyega And His Lightsaber

Kylo Ren Image & Comments From Adam Driver

Mark Hamill Interview

And for even more Episode VII content to help pass the time till December 18, be sure to check out our roundup of Entertainment Weekly articles that took the interwebs by storm a few weeks ago.

First Scene From The Force Awakens Airs During AMAs
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 10:19

The Force Awakens has revealed its first scene with a fifteen second clip airing during the American Music Awards.

Also on hand at the AMAs was Harrison Ford to introduce a very special tribute to John Williams Star Wars score.

Coverage of Star Wars at the AMAs was first reported by MakingStarWars with the videos coming from CBR Trailers and DangDogBlog on Youtube

The Force Awakens Continues To Invade TV Screens With TV Spots 8 and 9 !!!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 10:12

The plethora of The Force Awakens TV Spots continue on TV screens around the world with the eight and nineth sports airing in the last 24 hours.  Watch them both below.

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The Force Awakens 7th TV Spot Airs In US
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 10:08

A seventh The Force Awakens TV Spot aired in the US over the weekend, this time featuring the iconic Nien Numb.

Source CBR Trailers (YouTube)
UK Garrison Troop At MCM Expo
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 10:04

Sunday Uk garrison troop at mcm expo uk.

Posted by Jedi News on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This weeks episode of RADIO 1138 comes to you from yesterdays MCM Expo in Birmingham, and to whet your taste buds for that here's the UK Garrison and the Rebel Legion trooping at the event.

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Official Site: Fundraising For The Force: Rancho Obi-Wan Galaween 2015
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 07:31

Join James Burns as he reports on Ranch Obi-Wan's 4th annual gala, the Galaween over at

Rancho Obi-Wan’s annual fundraiser — Galaween — took place on Saturday, October 24. Galaween celebrated the ties between Star Wars and Halloween with special guests, games, live and silent auctions, food, and drinks. The annual Rancho Obi-Wan gala raised funds for the ongoing costs of maintaining the museum and enables Steve, the museum’s curator Anne Neumann, and the Rancho Obi-Wan board to continue their mission of inspiring others through the power of the Force.

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The Force Awakens Auditions On SNL
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 06:01

If only...or should that be what if?...either way, here's how the galaxy could have looked had Saturday Night Live had anything to do with it, featuring the two busiest people currently on the planet, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

J.J. Abrams shares The Force Awakens screen tests for Daisy Ridley and Sofia Vergara (Cecily Strong), John Boyega, Emma Stone, David Beckham (Taran Killam), Jon Hamm and more.

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Official Site: Star Wars Ice Patterns Come To Belgium
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 03:24

Put on your warmest gloves and join Tim Veekhoven as he takes us to Liege in Belgium for the Star Wars Ice Sculpture Festival.

The heroes and villains of the Star Wars saga have been known to visit ice or snow planets, such as Hoth, Ilum, Carlac, or the Starkiller Base. Now, you’re able to make your own Star Wars journey in chilly conditions in Belgium (Liège) with the Star Wars Ice Sculpture Festival. TeeKay-421, the Belgian Star Wars fanclub, decided to pay a visit to the festival on its opening day.

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Star Wars Report #196: George Lucas is Done
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 02:32

It's time to join your hosts Riley, Bethany and Mark over at Star Wars Report.

Riley, and Mark are joined once again by Teresa Delgado to talk Season of the Force, and what’s new at Disneyland, Lucas is done with Star Wars? How he likens it to an ex girlfriend, as well as many other things on this week’s episode of The Star Wars Report!

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Fox News Bashes Star Wars: The Force Awakens Again
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 01:55

It's good to see Fox aren't bitter about losing Star Wars then. jake Vyper (what an awesome name that is) takes them to task and points out a number of glaring errors.

Remember when Fox News responded to the hype of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and bashed it? Well, they did it again.
"I never had any interest in watching space nerds poke each other with their little space nerd sticks", National review reporter Katherine Timpf said when asked what she thought about the news of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer bringing fans to tears. "All I said was I wasn't familiar with Star Wars because I was busy liking cool things and being attractive,"
The next ignorant reporter said that this movie is George Lucas trying to "cleanse his palette after the last bad trilogy." He's wrong on a couple of things: First of all, George Lucas has nothing to do with this film; and he stands by the prequel trilogy as films he both enjoyed making and still enjoys watching. Another commentator called it "Lucasfilms" - There's no S on the company name, ignoramus.

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The Force Awakens Is Finally Complete
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Nov 2015 00:25

Take a deep breath, because this is kind of important...all work on The Force Awakens is finally complete. J.J. Abrams confirmed this in New Jersey on Saturday night at a fundraiser with Stephen Colbert.

So much for the Mystery Box. Last night, the usually-secretive J.J. Abrams showed up at his “Celebrity Nerd-Off” with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert — a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center — with a big piece of news: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is officially complete. At precisely 2:38 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 21, the director finished the final sound mix on the seventh episode in the Star Wars franchise.

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   Sunday, November 22, 2015
Children In Need: In The Studio
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Nov 2015 23:52

A lot of people have asked me for an upload of the live element of the droids appearance on Children In Need. Enjoy!

Posted by Simon Wilkie on Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Our golden buddy Simon Wilkie did us proud on Children in Need night, portraying a certain fussy protocol droid to perfection. You've seen the video featuring Warwick Davis and a whole host of guests (including Sir Terrance of Wogan) and here is the video from the actual night as the first totaliser was revealed.

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Cantina Cast: Star Wars And My Local Grocery Story
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Nov 2015 23:45

Join Patty Hammond over at Cantina Cast as she takles us to the most unlikely of Star Wars locations - your local grocery store.

I shop at my local grocery store every week and I am always on the lookout for Star Wars items. Over the last couple of years, the only items I found at my local grocery store were issues of Star Wars Insider, Star Wars fruit snacks and occasionally a Star Wars toy or book on the shelves. Starting in late May/early June 2015, during the year of Star Wars, I started noticing some additional merchandise on the shelves including Jellybean packs, featuring: Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, and Yoda.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Advance Ticket Sales Could Hit $100M By Opening Day
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Nov 2015 23:42

It seems that no estimate is too high for The Force Awakens right now,as advance sales hit $50 million with the possibility of ultimately much, much more than that.

(N)ews hit the web that advance ticket sales for J.J. Abrams movie are at $50M, and sources in exhibition pre-sales this morning tell me that figure is at $54M and could rise to $100M by the time the film debuts on Dec. 18. Here’s why: Disney has only run a minimal part of its ad campaign. One non-Disney source says that figure is as low as 5% and is going to swell this coming week as we head into Thanksgiving, a prime time for eyeballs at the multiplex. Furthermore, we’re also a month out from opening. The fact that Force Awakens has reached $54M in advance tickets sales is stunning for both distributors and exhibs.

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Famous Monsters #283: The Force Awakens Special
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Nov 2015 23:37

$9.99 and and shipping in December, check out this amazing cover to Famous Monsters #283 focusing on Mark Hamill and his work on The Force Awakens.

Classic STAR WARS trilogy icon Mark Hamill shares THE FORCE AWAKENS insights and a few secrets while sharing his passion for the influential magazine that helped shape his career: Famous Monsters!

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   Saturday, November 21, 2015
Rebel Force Radio: Nov.20, 2015: Home Stretch To The Force Awakens
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 15:08

With STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS on the horizon, George Lucas gets more and more outspoken the closer we get to the film's premiere. We review recent comments by George concerning his original ideas for the sequel trilogy that were eventually discarded and why he had to step away. News about TFA continues to break at a lightspeed pace. We review the latest TV spots, box office predictions, Entertainment Weekly's STAR WARS special issue, and recent Harrison Ford media appearances. From Starkiller Base to Jakku and all points in between, RFR is Your Source For The Force. Remember to visit to make a donation and become eligible to win tickets to the red carpet premiere for THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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Star Wars FIGHTS X Factor Winner's Single For Xmas No.1
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 14:38

Ready for another epic battle this Christmas, apart from those we'll be seeing onscreen in The Force Awakens? You might want to set your sights on the charts here in the UK, as the GFFA are set to battle the might of the evil X Factor.

A new Facebook camapign is rapidly gathering pace to defeat the Evil Empire and install a new regime at the top of the Xmas charts. So far almost 430,000 fans have joined up in the struggle to get John Williams' iconic Star Wars theme tune to No.1 on Christmas Day.
It may seem rather fanciful, but the threat is very real. If every single person who has signed up so far bought a copy of the new recording of the Star Wars theme, the X Factor winner wouldn't stand a chance.
"Simon Cowell is going to be a worried man," a music industry insider revealed."The campaign is already gathering pace and with greater publicity the anti-X Factor brigade are going to back it even more."

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Four Covers For Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 13:26

Via the gang at They Might Be Geeks, check out the covers to The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure Of Count Dooku, High Noon On Jakku, All Creatures Great and Small and The Face of Evil all written by Landry D Walker.

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New The Force Awakens Posters Found In Times Square
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 12:39

A photo posted by TOY FIEND (@toyfiend) on

Solo, Kylo, Organa and Rey, all rotating on a digital billboard in Times Square. Expect to see a LOT more of these kind of posters around the world in the coming weeks.

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'GMA 40 for 40': Meet the Biggest Darth Vader Fan
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 12:00

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Check out this video featuring mega collector Bill McBride and his astounding Darth Vader focus collection.

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On The Shelves UK: Tesco
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 11:41

Great news from our spooky shelf spotter, Kamino_ghost...

Hi Mark, Just thought I'd let everyone know that Tesco are selling Hasbro's Star Wars: The Force Awakens: First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter at Half Price - down from £60.00 to £30.00. This offer ends on 24/11/15 and is available at selected stores only. So, if you are a collector, have a Tesco store nearby and it's in stock - "Now the time is..."
Cheers, Kamino_Ghost

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Sweded Side By Side Comparison
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 10:07

A shot to shot, low budget remake of The Force Awakens trailer? Yep, I want to see that, Here's a side-by-side comparison video of the low budget epic and the rather more expensive source material.

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SketOne #Resurrection Art Show
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 09:51

After bringing us the amazing photos from The Art Awakens show earlier this week, our friend Paul (TK10815) has now brought us these stunning photos from the SketOne #Resurrection Art Show.

Check out more of the artists, Andrew Yasgar (Sket-One), work here.

And special thanks to Stryder aka HipHipTrooper (Boba Fett) for alerting Paul to this show.

If you want to learn more about the Sket-One show, check out this profile in Flood Magazine.

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On The Shelves UK: EMP Clothes Store Releases New The Force Awakens Brand
Reported by ZakPT (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 09:33

The heavy metal online clothes suppliers EMP have released a new line of Star Wars clothing and novelty gifts in honour of the release of The Force Awakens.

The collection spans the original trilogy too and includes items such as snapbacks, beanies, slippers and Christmas jumpers. A great website to have a browse through for any early Christmas shoppers that have a fan on their list to buy for.

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Skywalking Through Neverland Episode 101: Season Of The Force
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 06:29

It's time to join your hosts over at Skywalking Through Neverland.

Season Of The Force opens at Disneyland!! We were there on opening day, November 16th, 2015, with lots of friends and Skywalkers, so of course we had an impromptu roundtable discussion with Teresa Delgado (Fangirls Going Rogue), Dave Skale (Ghost Host), Anthony Fox (MousePire podcast), Georgia Peach and more! Last weekend was also the Avengers Half Marathon and Inaugural Infinity Gauntlet Challenge at Disneyland, which we ran. So moments after we received our Infinity Gauntlet medals, we recap the race. Seen Unseen Disneyland author, Russell Flores, chimes in with things he may or may not have seen on the course. We also have a new segment called, ‘Inspirations: The Music of Star Wars Rebels’ where we explore the music of Star Wars Rebels. There are so many associations in each episode’s soundtrack that may go unnoticed so we are here to break it down for you. MTFBWY and Neverland On Alderaan!

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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire – Official Accolades Trailer
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 06:05

It's time to join the worlds of Star Wars The Old Republic.

Become the Outlander at the center of an evolving BioWare-style story in the new Knights of the Fallen Empire digital expansion for STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™ – now live!
Travel to the Outer Rim of the galaxy to come face-to-face with a new threat, Emperor Valkorion and his Eternal Empire. Your character will start its journey to becoming the Outlander, a veteran of the Great Galactic War, as you discover that the Eternal Emperor’s dark destiny is tied to your own.
Choose your path, recruit Companions into your Alliance, and make choices that have power to change destinies, all at the center of your own personal STAR WARS™ saga!
STAR WARS: The Old Republic – Knights of the Fallen Empire – is now available for free to all Subscribers.

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On The Shelves UK: New Era Caps
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 05:28

Our buddy Carl Bayliss dropped us a line to bring to our attention the new line of New Era Caps, featuring characters from The Force Awakens.

Awaken the force with an exclusive release of 59FIFTY Fitted, 9FIFTY adjustable and 9FORTY curved visor silhouettes inspired by the iconic masks of the Stormtroopers, Kylo Ren and BB-8.

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Pakistani Fans Hoping For Release Of The Force Awakens On 18th December, Not 25th
Reported by Team Jedi News (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 04:21
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The whole of the planet is itching to see The Force Awakens when it arrives during the third week of December to most territories around the world. But not every country gets it that week, and in an age of instant news spreading like wildfire through social media that can be a genuine problem for some fans.

We've been contacted Pakistani fan Jawad Sarwana who tells us that the film doesn't land in Pakistan until 25th December. Read on after the break for more info.

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Star Wars Stormtrooper-Themed Fiat 500e Rolls Into LA Auto Show
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 03:13

You might not be aware but there's a new Star Wars film coming out on 17th December, and just in case this hasn't yet hit your radar, here's a very cool Stormtrooper themed Fiat 500e to get in your line of sight and make sure you know all about it.,

This Stormtrooper-themed Fiat 500e expands the promotional -- if not the merchandising -- universe to cars, and believe it or not Lucasfilm, now part of the Disney Industrial Complex, has partnered with six other automakers to produce "Star Wars"-themed promotional vehicles, as if "Star Wars" needed any more awareness campaigns at this point.
The 500e in question is styled after the redesigned First Order Stormtroopers, as opposed to the ones from the original trilogy and the ones that were created with some regrettable CGI in the regrettable prequels. In addition to the exterior wrap, everything on the inside is either black or white, right down the seats, which are upholstered in Alcantara. The First Order insignia is displayed on the two-tone steering wheel, and the dash itself features a "Star Wars" logo as well.
We're not too sure about the immediate association of the exterior design with Stormtroopers, but the two-tone interior is actually pretty neat visually. That's not a bad look for the interior of a production Fiat 500.

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Star Wars Tonight #4: Our Star Wars Story With Scott Ryfun
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 21 Nov 2015 02:25

It's time to join your host Riley Blanton over at Star Wars Tonight.

Riley and Scott talk about our changing story as a fan community in the internet age on this, the 3rd episode of Star Wars Tonight!

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