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Some film franchises and television shows have a large enough mythology and universe that entire encyclopedias (or more commonly Wikis today) have been written in an attempt to chronicle every facet of the world that some of our favorite stories unfold. Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Lost and more all have expansive and […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Though Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just a few short months away, we still don’t know that much about the state of affairs in the galaxy far, far away. In the wake of the Death Star’s destruction and the Emperor’s fiery demise circa Return of the Jedi, the Empire has clearly been struck a crippling blow, but new information about where The Force Awakens will find the once-almighty government has just been revealed through an unexpected source.
Comic-Con will surely see a lot of Star Wars coverage, and it’s just been announced that merchandise from the new installment will first be on sale in San Diego next month. That includes a 6-inch Black Series First Order Stormtrooper, which will play a villainous role in The Force Awakens. Some information on the packaging will be of interest to fans:
#Sdcc #TheForceAwakens Stormtrooper figure packaging confirms »
- Isaac Feldberg
Slimey? My home this is!
Those heading to this year’s San Diego Comic Con will be interested to see the below images of the upcoming Lego Dagobah set from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which will be available exclusively at the event.
Check out the images below:
While Star Wars fans await any bit of The Force Awakens news from San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Lego has announced a return to the franchise’s roots. The toy company will release a 177-piece Dagobah set exclusively at Comic-Con as a recreation of one of the most iconic scenes from The Empire Strikes Back. The Outer Rim planet was home to Yoda after his exile and served as the training grounds for Luke Skywalker. Both Skywalker’s X-wing and Yoda’s hut are a part of the set.
To purchase the set fans must pick up a ticket at the Pavilion Terrace. »
- Luke Owen
Following a load of leaked images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens last week, we got a new promotional banner for the movie which features Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and some Imperial Stormtroopers. Check out the promo banner here…
…Sticking with The Force Awakens for a moment as one of its stars Greg Grunberg (who we got our first look at last week) has been speaking about his experiences working on the movie – and even dropped some hints at the themes we can expect from J.J. Abrams’ new adventure into a galaxy far, far away. “I can only say »
- Luke Owen
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Friday, July 10. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am - Inside The Big Bang Theory Writer's Room
The Big Bang Theory writers once again open the curtain and take you behind the scenes of TV's #1 comedy. From huge guest stars to the shocking moments in the season finale (Was that a ring, my Precious? Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?), find out what it takes to make the hit series each week. Join the show's executive producers and writers »
The universe of Star Wars is as vast and varied as any galactic civilization would be. But for every idea that made it to the big screen, there were dozens of concepts left behind. Including these two. #1: Yuzzums (Gesundheit!). Image Credit: Lucasfilm These little creatures that blend the adorable fluffiness of a childhood toy with the nightmarish beak and talons of a bird of prey would look right at home in any of the darker Jim Henson movies. Instead, they were originally meant to be second race on Endor for “The Return of the Jedi.” When the Wookiees were cut, Lucasfilm wanted some kind of tall alien creature to replace them. This is what they came up with. Allegedly the Yuzzums proved too costly to develop and were scrapped. However, the prototype Yuzzum ended up as a background character in Jabba’s palace and later got an “upgrade” to »
- Donna Dickens
Toys“R”Us® Unveils Its Lineup Of Exclusive 2015 Comic Convention Toys
In Celebration of Highly Anticipated Con, Company Introduces “Collector Vector,” a New Destination Dedicated to Products for the Mature Collector Community, in All Stores Nationwide and Online at Toysrus.com
Wayne, NJ – June 25, 2015 – Building on its tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for collectors of all ages, Toys“R”Us today revealed its lineup of exclusive figures and playthings that will be available at the highly anticipated Comic Convention in San Diego next month. Conventioneers and online shoppers will find must-have merchandise based on several fan-favorite entertainment brands, including Batman™, My Little Pony, Power Rangers™, Star Wars™, Transformers and more at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12.*
In conjunction with Comic Convention, Toys“R”Us has introduced a new shop titled, “Collector Vector,” dedicated to collectible action figures, »
- Matt MacNabb
Anghus Houvouras with five film franchises on the fence…
In part one, we examined the worst film franchises passing through Hollywood like kidney stones wrapped in barbed wire. As we continue to look at examine the current state of film franchises that Hollywood has to offer, it felt like there were some that were neither movie masterpieces or unmitigated cinematic disasters. Some franchises are straddling the fence between ‘awesome’ and ‘awful’. Let’s take a look at the five movie franchises that delivered some highs and lows… whose ultimate film fate has yet to be determined.
Do I even need to waste word count on the greatness of the original? A masterpiece. Steven Spielberg’s best big budget movie and still the gold standard for special effects, which seems odd given that it’s 20+ years old. The Lost World: Jurassic Park is the definition of an uninspired, cliché ridden copy/paste sequel. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Greg Grunberg, who many of you know best as playing Matt Parkman in NBC's Heroes and who will be returning in a limited capacity for the new miniseries, will have a role in not only Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, but also Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. Grunberg has been forthcoming about his role on social media including claiming that he wears no prosthetics and filmed for seven weeks total. Who he is playing has remained a mystery and we've been clamoring to find out the details.
Thanks to Star Wars 7 News, we now know not only Grunberg's character but two other familiar faces from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi that are coming back for another round against the bad guys. All three of these characters will be fighting on the same side and could be seen on screen in the same scene. »
In this week’s debut edition of The Week in Star Wars, we get a peak at Leia and Luke’s new look for The Force Awakens (sort of), plot details and a new cast member for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, clips from Star Wars Rebels Season Two and some new footage from Star Wars Battlefield…
Well, it was a week of leaked photos from The Force Awakens, but which ones were real? Having got our first look at returning Star Wars characters Han Solo and Chewie via the second teaser trailer as well as C-3Po in these leaked product images, we were treated this week to our first look at Carrie Fisher’s new look for Princess Leia for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At least we got a look until we were made to take them down by Disney. Boo! I guess that »
- Luke Owen
Possible "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Spoilers Ahead
Two popular alien characters from "Return of the Jedi" are rumored to be returning in J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" film and today, SW7 News has posted a report including what is said to be photo evidence of both them along with a new albeit familiar face from other franchises.
Their report mostly focuses on "Felicity" and "Heroes" actor Greg Grunberg who has a key role in 'Force'. Grunberg has reportedly signed on for three films and shot seven weeks in the UK on 'Force'. He's a non-cg human character with no prosthetics, and he will be getting an action figure.
The photos that come with the report show Grunberg in an X-Wing pilot costume and with facial hair. They also show that both Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb (Lando's co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon during the Death »
- Garth Franklin
Earlier today we brought you some images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring Greg Gunberg’s character along with a couple of returning favourites from Return of the Jedi [see here], as well as a likely Photoshopped image of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker [see here].
Well, now thanks to MakingStarWars, we’ve got a couple more images – the first of which features Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Daisy Ridley (Rey) and John Boyega (Finn), and the second showing Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma alongside our first look at Domhnall Gleeson’s character, who is reportedly going by the title ‘The General’…
See Also: C-3Po’s new look revealed for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po »
- Gary Collinson
Warning – possible spoilers below…
Since the announcement of the movie, we’ve known that the likes of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia would be back for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there have been plenty of rumours about other possible returning roles (but not Lando it would seem). Well, starwars7news.com believes it can confirm two returning characters, along with information on a new one.
If you’re a fan of Return of the Jedi, you are in luck. According to the website, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will see the return of Nein Nunb and Admiral Ackbar. Check out the photos below that the site claims are 100% legit:
Obviously we don’t know if this is true or just a wild Bantha chase, but the website is very sure these are genuine. And to back that up, they have the first image of Greg Grunberg in the movie, »
- Chris Cooper
What are you doing for the next 2 hours, 22 minutes and 29 seconds? Fancy watching every single Stars Wars film at the exact same time? Not one after another like a sane individual, but layered over the top of each other so they become a mangled mess - not that Phantom Menace needed any help in that regard. Boom. Take that Lucas. If so, then you.re in luck, because one nifty YouTube user has combined every instalment of the franchise, and it.s oddly hypnotic. Sorry, did I say oddly hypnotic? I meant, it.s likely to make your eyeballs bleed. Kudos to YouTube user Maurcs for layering Star Wars: A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith though. I mean, ultimately, it was a completely pointless exercise, but at least he was the one that »
• Luke Skywalker...imprisoned! • His friends race across the galaxy to save him before he enters... • The Arena Of Death! Star Wars #10 Written by Jason Aaron Pencils & Cover by Stuart Immonen • For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (Punisher, Wolverine, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (Avengers World, Punisher) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire. Journey To Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire #1 Written by Greg Rucka Pencils by Marco Checchetto Cover by Phil Noto Variant Cover by Marco Checchetto • It began as the heist of a lifetime...now it’s a fight to survive! • When Lando and Lobot took this gig, it seemed like an easy payday... • But with this conclusion, they will never be the same. »
If you've got two and a half hours to kill and don't mind sending your brain on a spiraling descent into madness and nausea, Marcus Rosentrater has got just the video for you. Rosentrater has melded together Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Return Of The Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith into a dizzying yet still somehow compelling experience. Check out... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Whether you’re a fan of “Star Wars,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” or if you’re just amused by clever videos on the internet, you’ll definitely want to check out this video mashup. Created by Synaptic Studios, the video features Admiral Ackbar in “Return of the Jedi” gathering with a band of rebels to plan a surprise assault against Imperial forces. But, the original audio from the scene is replaced with a memorable scene from Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven,” which features Danny Ocean planning an elaborate heist. Two very different movies (or franchises, really) that just so happen to share a similar scene of a ragtag bunch of rebels/thieves gathered around for a debriefing and the end result is pretty funny. There’s even a point where it cuts to Han Solo talking and the audio actually seems to matchup with what he’s saying. Talking about »
- Ken Guidry
Filmgoers in Shanghai praise special effects in George Lucas’s 1977 space opera blockbuster, but some criticise ‘unattractive’ male and female leads
Star Wars, from 1977, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) all got an outing on 14 June, with an official Shanghai international film festival screening of the first film in the series taking place on 16 June. Reaction was mixed, with local Disney reps citing “huge buzz and excitement” from filmgoers in the world’s most populous nation, but some viewers complaining that the original movie was not, in fact, much cop.
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- Ben Child
Yesterday, EA revealed gameplay footage for Star Wars Battlefront, giving us our first look at the game in action and what we’re in store for when it releases in November. Having seen the game in action, I have some thoughts on it overall…
I’m a big Star Wars gamer, and have been anxious to see the franchise return to the big consoles for a while now (check out my list of games I hope to see soon). Star Wars Battlefront is the first Big game coming out for gamers in years, and serves as a revival of a popular series from the past. While I’m incredibly excited for the game, I have some reservations about it as well, things that were compounded by today’s gameplay trailer.
What I Liked
I’m going to keep things positive here, because I am looking forward to this title, and »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
In 1982, a strange video was created during the filming of “Return of the Jedi.” A pseudo-documentary starring 11-year old Warwick Davis, “Return of the Ewok” is a fictional account of how the boy landed his role as Wicket and came to be part of the final Star Wars film. Clocking in at 24 minutes, the rare behind-the-scenes footage includes cameos by Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher…all in costume. You can watch the glorified home video in its entirety below, but the footage of the main cast begins around the 7:30 minute mark. In costume, Davis approaches Harrison Ford’s trailer for advice non where Ewoks live, but the actor has no idea what an Ewok is. Neither Hamill nor Fisher have any clue either, though Carrie takes the initiative and sends Davis to probable doom in the wastes of Tatooine. Should you choose to follow Warwick Davis' »
- Donna Dickens
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