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   Tuesday, October 6, 2015
“How I Would Have Written The Force Awakens Author Panel” from Dragon Con 2015 Coverage
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Oct 2015 19:00

Our friends over at Star Wars Report have a fantastic report up on the “How I Would Have Written The Force Awakens Author Panel” from Dragon Con 2015.

It's a fascinating insight into how Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole, Rebecca Moesta, and Kevin J. Anderson would have written The Force Awakens.

Take the jump and check it out.

Source The Star Wars Report
Hasbro Give A Sneak Peek Of Black Series Titanium Helmets
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Oct 2015 17:00

Our friends over at have alerted us to this sneak peak reveal from the Hasbro Pulse.  Take the jump to check the images out.

The Hasbro Pulse is proud to bring you your very first look at something new for 2016! Introducing STAR WARS: The Black Series Titanium Series Helmets. Collect the most iconic character helmets from the classic STAR WARS films as well as from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Helmets include KYLO REN, POE DAMERON, CAPTAIN PHASMA, and FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER. Each pack includes two highly detailed mini-helmets along with two display stands. Each pack sold separately.

Source Hasbro Pulse (via Reveal The Cover to Marvel's Darth Vader #15
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Oct 2015 15:00 has revealed the cover for the Darth Vader #15 which will be the final part of the upcomig Vader Down crossover event.

In “Vader Down,” Marvel’s upcoming crossover event, the Dark Lord that everyone fears is in a shocking situation — stranded and facing defeat. With the Rebel army closing in on his position, Vader finds himself in a similar predicament faced by Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back. But while Luke relied on his friends to come to his aid, Vader’s only chance of survival is to do things the Sith way. He’s on his own, he’s cornered, and he’s desperate.

That makes the chances bleak…for the Rebels.

Check out the cover to Darth Vader #15 — the grand finale of “Vader Down” — below. Illustrated by Salvador Larroca, it features Vader in the presence of some unfavorable company.

Benicio Del Toro Wants A Pink Lightsaber in Star Wars: Episode 8!
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 06 Oct 2015 12:03

Digital Spy sat down with Benicio Del Toro during his press junket for Sicario, naturally the conversation turned to Star Wars Episode Eight.

When presented with the oppertunity to pick a lightsaber colour by the interviewer, Del Toro had this to say:

Source Digital Spy
   Monday, October 5, 2015
Sarlacc Pit Episode 90: Biggest Events In Star Wars History
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 17:06

It's time to join hosts Matt "The Krankster" Krienke and Chris "HothIceplanet" Smith for the latest episode of The Sarlacc Pit.

Join Matt and Chris and we are back for another great episode of the Sarlacc Pit podcast. Episode 90 we welcome back Dan Curto from the Wolfpack Podcast. This episode we talk Force Friday dry up, Force Awakens books, Season of the Force and more. Plus join us for our main topic “Biggest Events in Star Wars History”. So grab your vintage record albums and listen in on another great episode of the Sarlacc Pit.

Contact Information: Sarlacc Pit | Twitter | Facebook

Source Sarlacc Pit
Star Wars Art: Ralph Mcquarrie: Available For Pre-Order
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 15:43

Amazon are showing a new trio of books in a beautiful slipcase focusing on the inspirational artwork of Ralph McQuarrie that arrives 6th September 2016.

Available right now for pre-order via Amazon Prime for £86.07 as opposed to the RRP of £164.78.

Hardcover: 768 pages
Publisher: Harry N Abrams (6 Sept. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419717936
ISBN-13: 978-1419717932

Source Amazon
Be A Part Of The Star Wars You'll Never See Audio Fan Fiction Parody!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 15:27

From the one and only Brutal One, Joe Mignano. He's casting far and wide and YOU could be a part of it. Read on.

Be a part of "The Star Wars You'll Never See - The Disruptive Adventures Of Slan Drolo-THE Rebel Scum."

HoloNet Audio Dramas is announcing a rather fun and ambitious audio project written by my friend John Damocles Smith in Australia! Think of a campy Star Wars parody / comedy, with a Benny Hill and Austin Powers type of setting. This is going to be a really groovy kind of audio play, and It'll take at least a couple of months to complete; hopefully before The Force Awakens is released.
I'm looking for voice actors and actresses, and folks with good recording gear to fill the following roles (unpaid, but you can use this to add to your resume). Please PM me if you are interested. Fellow Star Wars podcasters are encouraged to participate! The need is immediate!

Cast of Rebel Characters:-

  • Rebel Scum (Captain Slan Drolo.)
  • Local leader The Colonel. (Female 35+ because she has a daughter approaching 18.)
  • Rebel Sergeant.
  • Veteran Rebel Soldier. (Male about 45.)
  • Female Imperial Officer.

Also, if you want to be in this but don't have good recording gear, and you live in the Orange County area of southern California, I can come to you! I want to have this done by the first week of December, so jump aboard the trippy transport while you still can! I've already selected some of the background music for this, which includes "Girl From Ipanema," "Young Love (Theme from "A Summer Place")," "Soul Bossa Nova," "Sabre Dance," and more! If you have voice acting or podcasting experience, contact me asap – I'll send you the script, and you can record your lines right away (as soon as you are able), on your own equipment. The script is only ten pages long, so this isn't a huge production, but still destined to be epic. I mean, far out. Contact me on Facebook, or via the "Contact Us" tab at Let's have some campy Star Wars fun! -- The Brutal One.

Source Holonet Audio Dramas
Princess Leia Bikini Sells For $96,000
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 15:25

Bikini anyone? Here's an itsybitsyteenyweeny beige and gold metal bikini, a snip at £63,220.

The "slave Leia" bikini worn by actress Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi has been sold for $96,000 (£63,220).
Bidding for the costume opened at $80,000 at the online auction, run by US firm Profiles In History.
As well as the bikini, the unnamed winner received a collar, several chain links, and a letter of authenticity from Star Wars designer Richard Miller.
Fisher disliked the outfit, calling it "what supermodels will eventually wear in the seventh ring of hell."

Source BBC (via Paul Bateman)
Star Wars Ep I Luke Light and Dark
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 14:56

Star Wars Ep I Luke Light and Dark from The Magnificent Itch on Vimeo.

It's brief but very stylish and impressive. Watch Luke Light and Dark and then get involved to vote for who you'd like to see immortalised in animation the next time.

Everyone loves Star Wars, right? Here's the first Episode in a series of Star Wars themed shorts. We've just about finished Ep II! It'll be released soon, but you get to vote which character we animate next... Follow us for updates on Twitter Facebbok: or Instagram

Source Vimeo (via Stefan Wernik)
Cloud City Casino #17: Making Connexions at Topps!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 14:22

Come on in and take a seat in the V.I.P. Lounge at Cloud City Casino.

This week Michael and Bruce are joined by Mark Von Ohlen @darthvonohlen Brand Manager of Star Wars and Dr. Who at Topps trading cards to discuss some of the new and exciting products!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Star Wars Report
Rebels Season 2 Press Screening 10/2/15
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 13:00

Jawa James attended the recent Star Wars Rebels season two press conference and here is his video from that very event.

Leading into the Season 2 Premiere of Star Wars Rebels, DisneyXD hosted a press screening of the first two ep along with a Q&A with Dave Filoni, Ashley Eckstein, Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Dee Bradley Baker

Source YouTube
Aftermath Competition Winner
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 11:33

Congratulations to our Aftermath audio book winner JANE ROBINSON. #teamjedinews #aftermath

A video posted by (@jedinewsuk) on

Many congratulations to Jane Robinson, our Aftermath audiobook competition winner. Stay tuned for our next competition very soon.

Source Jedi News on Instagram
R2-KT Puzzle Patch: Week 3
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 11:00

It's time to hear from R2-KT's man-servant Al with news of the third part of a very special puzzle patch Over to the big guy.

Greetings Programs, R2-KT just turned TEN! To celebrate we present the R2-KT Puzzle Patch Series: Our Favorite Droids, with a new patch coming out each Monday over the next eight weeks. The patches all fit together to make a cool design by Juan Jose Matamoros. Gorgeous artwork - frame it or show it off on a jacket, instant magic. Fully embroidered, measuring 6 3/4" x 9" when assembled.
* Release Dates: Each patch is available for ordering on its release date (Monday) starting this coming Monday (9/21) with patch #1. Only a limited supply will be made of each, so order the new patch as soon as you can when they come out on Mondays!
* KT Mailing List members (that's you!) can order early each Friday before a release date! That's today! So you get the first crack at patch #1 (attached)! Feel free to order right now and beat the crowd. That's your reward for putting up with our emails :)
* To Order: Each patch is just $4 plus $1 shipping for one or more patches. Paypal to and indicate which patch you are ordering in the transaction notes.
* R2-KT Subscribers can pre-order the Complete Set! And the 8 patches only take up 5 slots from your 10-patch Subscription. Nice! Complete Sets ship end of October (we have to order each patch individually so it takes time, but you are guaranteed a full set even if individual patches sell out)
* Mailing List: tell folks they can email us at to get added to our mailing list, which means they can order each patch 3 days early! We blast out the reveal to our mailing list members on Fridays. * Subscribers: fans can sign up to be a R2-KT Subscriber to pre-order the full set - they can learn more here:
* Photoshop Contest: fans can email us at with their idea of a wacky adventure R2-KT has been on and they are entered to win one or all of the puzzle patches when we have them all done! Here are some examples people have sent in already: anniv/puzzle-patch/photoshop-contest/.

We hope you enjoy this 8-week party celebrating R2-KT's 10th year. Thanks to everyone for their continued support of R2-KT and her mission of hope!

AL (R2-KT's man-servant)

P.S. All proceeds from the sales of the patches go straight to Make-A-Wish! If you aren't a Subscriber, then click on the link to learn how to get in on the deals they're enjoying: r2ktstuff-subscriber.html
P.P.S. Want to be eligible to win one or all of the Puzzle Patches? Email with a Photoshopped image of R2-KT on a wacky adventure and be entered into our Puzzle Patch freebie contest! Let's see what weird stuff KT gets up to! (keep it clean, please)

Source R2-KT
Rancho Obi-Wan 2015 Galaween Auction Preview
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 05 Oct 2015 00:27

There are only 19 days to go until the Rancho Obi-Wan's Galaween 2015 and the auction list is up, giving you the chance to view many of the items that will be available to bid on at the event.

The annual Rancho Obi-Wan fundraising auction is better than ever with great art, prototypes, crew items and many one-of-a-kind treasures!
Only attendees and absentee donors can place bids for these items, which will be auctioned at the 2015 “Galaween” @ Rancho Obi-Wan on Saturday, October 24th. They will either be part of a silent or live auction. Check back frequently for additions! Late-arriving items not listed here may be auctioned at the event.
Current members can log in to the Member Store to purchase tickets to attend in person or to participate as an absentee bidder. Absentee bids must be received by 10pm PST Friday, October 23rd. Become a member so that you can purchase a ticket or become an absentee bidder!
All proceeds will be used for the ongoing cost of maintaining Rancho Obi-Wan, and none goes to the purchase of collectibles. We thank our visitors, donors, volunteers and friends for their continued support.
If you’d like to donate an item for Galaween or future fundraiser events please contact us at:

Source Rancho Obi-Wan
   Sunday, October 4, 2015
Elizabeth Olsen: Star Wars Fan
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Oct 2015 23:22

She's set for a long stay in the Marvel Universe and it appears that Elizabeth Olsen wouldn't be averse to a journey to another galaxy either as she makes clear her love for Star Wars.

Since you’re nicely entrenched into the Disney family, would you want to do an animated Pixar flick maybe or a Star Wars movie?

Oh, I love Star Wars. (Laughs) I really love Star Wars. I would love to do voiceover work as well. I think I might have tried to a job once in voiceover and it was like four years ago and I don’t even know if it was made.

Who would be your preferred Star Wars character to play: hero or villain?

Good question. The reason why I love Scarlet Witch so much is that she can play both sides, and I think that’s just a fun place to be as an actor. I don’t find the hero that interesting to play. It’s very trapping for an actor. I look at what Chris has been able to do as Captain America, and he has that down pat but so many people could have messed that one up. He’s so earnest and genuine and a do-gooder, and Chris has been able to make it a dynamic character where I can’t wait to see the new Captain America. That’s all him.

Source USA Today
Practical Prequels - Video Showing The Prequels Weren't All CGI
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Oct 2015 22:46

Check out this video by Rob Wainfur over at The Bearded Trio regarding a topic which is somewhat of a bugbear to a number of us, the common belief that the prequels were all CGI, which is patently not the case.

"A return to practical effects" is a phrase I've heard numerous times in the lead up to The Force Awakens. I wanted to show that the prequels were not all CGI. Hundreds of miniatures, sets and props were made just for one of the prequels alone. One of the prequels had more practical effects than all three of the original trilogy. Here's a collection of photos just showing some of the practical effects used in the prequels

Source The Bearded Trio
Full of Sith Episode CXXXV: Why We Killed Chewie
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 04 Oct 2015 22:22

Join Tha Mike Pilot, Bryan Young and Bobby Roberts for the latest episode of Full of Sith.

A special release from Salt Lake Comic Con, Bryan interviewed the author of Vector Prime, R.A. Salvatore, and New Jedi Order Architect Michael A. Stackpole, about the decision to kill Chewbacca in the old Expanded Universe. They discuss why the decision was made, how it all went down, what they would have done differently, and how fans reacted to it.

Contact Information:Voicemail - 206-426-5592 | Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Full of Sith
   Saturday, October 3, 2015
NYCC 2015: Topps Exclusives Revealed
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Oct 2015 18:29

Check out the exclusives coming next week to NYCC 2015. Be sure to swing by and visit Topps at booth 2266.


Topps will be offering 7 oversized card sets in the vintage 1977 look and feel. Each set contains 10 cards featuring one faction from the Star Wars saga. Each set will retail for $20 (tax included) and will be sold exclusively at New York Comic Con. We are doing a pretty limited print run of just 250 per set. Come find us at Booth 2266!

The 7 faction sets are:

  • The Rebel Alliance
  • The Galactic Empire
  • The Jedi Council
  • Sith & Separatists
  • The Resistance
  • The First Order
  • Rebels

Topps will be revealing additional images all week on Facebook – and on twitter @DarthVonOhlen so be sure to follow along.

Source Topps on Facebook
ANA Joins Star Wars Hype To Raise Profile In U.S
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Oct 2015 17:17

We all fly the flag for Star Wars but there can be few cooler ways than flying than this.

Japan’s largest airline is enlisting the help of the Star Wars film franchise to promote itself in the United States, one of its most heavily served markets.
All Nippon Airways Co., the flagship of ANA Holdings Inc., is introducing three Boeing planes — the 787, 777 and 767 — with Star Wars liveries in the coming weeks to help hype the December release of “The Force Awakens,” the latest installment in the space fantasy saga.
Two of the Star Wars planes will be used frequently on ANA’s trans-Pacific flights, according to Hideki Kunugi, the New York-based ANA senior vice president and general manager for the Americas.
“ANA’s name recognition has been gradually rising but here in the United States, we are not so well recognized as an airline,” he said in a recent interview.
Kunugi said Star Wars has broad appeal across generations because of its history, which spans nearly 40 years. It “inspires whether one is old or young or man or woman,” he said.
“We are hoping a tie-up with Star Wars will play a major role in letting people in North America know about us,” he said.

Source Japan Times
Simon Kinberg Discusses Star Wars Rebels Season Two
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Oct 2015 16:35

Over at the Nerdist Amy Ratcliffe talks with Simon Kinberg and discusses both season two of Star Wars Rebels and the potential of Rebels characters turning up in the live action Star Wars Stories movies.

N: You’re in a unique position. Everyone works with Story Group, but you’re actually working on the films as well. Can you talk about the potential of Rebels characters appearing in Rogue One since they take place in the same time period?

SK: There’s certainly potential for it. And as a fan of everything that Lucasfilm’s doing, it’d be fun to see different characters pop up across different stories. But the thing we’re really focused on is just making sure there is real continuity, that it is a unified universe from a story perspective, where anything that happens in Rebels is canon, in the same way as the original movies or prequels, the Clone Wars, and the movies going forward. There’s just a lot of care that’s taken to make sure that whatever happens in whatever different story right now is acknowledged, and that it actually feels like a coherent world or galaxy.
The idea of characters actually popping up or transferring from animation to live-action and live-action to animation, we’re obviously open to because we have a lot of characters from the original movie and actually prequels who pop up in Rebels as substantial characters. That was true in the first season and will continue to be true in the second season, I’d say. Our second season is more Clone Wars, but there are lots of characters from the original movies too, like Vader, who will be a big part of the show now. So we’ve talked about it, and the Lucasfilm folks are–I’ve never seen anything like it, where they’re so good at telling story over not just different media, but completely different worlds. It’s not just TV and animation and live-action and features, but it’s theme park attractions and comic books and novels and games and merchandise. All of it is incredibly well unified and planned. I’m not a part of all of that. I’m a part of some of it, and it’s neat to watch them work.

Source nerdist
Jurassic World 2 Will Chart The Next Step In The Evolution Of Dinosaurs
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Oct 2015 16:21

It's 2015's biggest grossing film (well, it is at the moment) with $1,662,943,751 in the bank and the sequel is already being plotted out. Here are some thoughts on the possible direction of this Industrial Light and Magic, Skywalker Sound-laden monster fest.

Jurassic World 2 (don't worry, that's just the working title) is happening. No-one was particularly surprised by that fact though given the ridiculously successful opening it experienced, grossing over $524 million the first weekend alone.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return to star as dino-rangler Owen Grady and stereotypical female boss cut-out Claire Dearing respectively. Colin Trevorrow (who co-wrote and directed Jurassic World) will write the sequel script alongside Derek Connolly, who also co-wrote for the first World outing.
Steven Spielberg will be back as Executive Producer but though Trevorrow is back to write the script he won't be directing, preferring to hand the helm over to someone new. There's been no confirmation on who this will be yet, but we do know that the release date has been set for June 22nd 2018. A while to go then. We don't know all that much about it yet but Trevorrow has already heavily teased the central concept, namely...
Man & Dinosaur, Living Together?!

Source Moviepilot
Brews and Blasters #39: The First Marker
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 03 Oct 2015 16:07

It's time to join the gang over at Brews and Blasters.

Chris is back and the boys are ripping it up on this episode! No spoilers here-just have fun!

Contact Information: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Source Retrozap
   Friday, October 2, 2015
Stoke Con Trent #3: Sunday 4th October 2015
Reported by Matt (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 22:31

It runs from 10am to 4pm, tickets are still available at £12.00 for adults, £8.00 for concessions and £6.00 for kids and £7.00 for an after party ticket and it brings with it a host of Star Wars guests as well as cosplay, autograph and photo opportunities and much more.

  • Rusty Goffe
  • Brian Muir
  • Dave Prowse
  • Laurie Goode
  • Alan Harris

Source Stoke Con Trent
Harrison Ford Feted By BAFTA LA
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 20:34

A long-overdue and well-earned honour is about to be bestowed upon Harrison Ford as he will receive the BAFTA achievement laurel.

BAFTA Los Angeles will bestow its achievement laurel on Harrison Ford at the Oct. 30 Britannia Awards, which are moving to cabler Pop this year after previously airing on BBC America.
Ford will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at the ceremony to be held at the Beverly Hilton.
“It is impossible to imagine the past 40 years of Hollywood history without Harrison Ford, and his performances are as iconic as the films themselves,” BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen said in a statement.
The ceremony, hosted by actor-comedian Jack Whitehall, will air Nov. 6 on Pop. The Britannia Awards had aired on BBC America in recent years but were carried by TV Guide Network, the predecessor of Pop, in 2010 and 2011.
The Britannia Awards help kick off awards season for BAFTA. The org’s film awards are set for Feb. 14 in London and will continue to air on BBC America.

Source Variety (via Glen Ewing)
Coffee With Kenobi: Melinda’s Brew: The ABCs of Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 02 Oct 2015 20:17

It's time to join Melinda Wolf over at Coffee With Kenobi as she brings us her latest blog looking once again at the ABC's of Star Wars.

Call me silly [you wouldn’t be alone in doing so ?? ], but I’ve always been … entranced … by Alfred Hitchcock’s decision to make a cameo appearance in his films. They always are unobtrusive roles — an every-day man riding the bus [that’s “Hitch” sitting next to Cary Grant on the bus in “To Catch A Thief”], a customer leaving a pet shop [in “The Birds”], a passenger lugging a double bass trying to board the train [in “Strangers On A Train”]. In some instances, the director had to be rather creative to “appear” in one of his films. In “Lifeboat”, Hitchcock’s image appears in a newspaper ad one of the survivors is reading. It is just as much fun to locate his recognizable visage in the crowd as it is to watch one of his masterful cinematic efforts. Imagine my glee when I recognized [or thought I did at my first viewing of “Revenge of the Sith”] a certain director standing off to the side in the opera house. Blue-skinned and clad in his finery fit for the occasion, subsequent viewings of ROTS proved that my eyes did not deceive me. That is George Lucas in the background as Anakin races up the stairs to meet with Chancellor Palpatine. How fitting that he, George Lucas, finally appeared in a “Star Wars” film. After all, many a crew member and even Lucas’ children stepped into one role or another to help bring the Saga to life. Even acclaimed artist Ralph McQuarrie stepped in front of the camera [TESB]. ROTS was to be George Lucas’ final foray into the life of the Skywalkers. If he was going to make a cameo, ROTS would have to be the movie in which he did so. I, for one, was pleased as punch to see George Lucas — disguised even as he was — show up in one of his Star Wars films. I hope you join me in that sentiment. :-)

Source Coffee With Kenobi
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