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Meet The Next Fan Favourite Creature Of The Star Wars Universe

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If you were wondering what the next must-have piece of Star Wars merchandise will be – outside of Lego spaceships – then the answer has arrived in the shape of the Porgs.

You may remember that they were briefly glimpsed during a behind-the-scenes segment about Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the recent Disney D23 Expo, and immediately caught the imagination of fans and spectators. As a result, has delivered an official introduction to the creatures, courtesy of an interview with Pablo Hidalgo from Lucasfilm Story Group.

When asked to explain the nature of the Porgs, Hidalgo likened the creatures to puffins.

“Porgs are native to Ahch-To, and can be found dwelling along the cliffs of the island where Luke and Rey are. In many ways, they’re the Star Wars version of puffins. They build nests. They can fly. Their babies are called porglets. Given how rarely their island has visitors, »

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Rian Johnson Says Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Heavily Influenced By Return Of The Jedi

20 July 2017 7:43 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While it seems as though a vast amount of information about Star Wars: The Last Jedi emanated from the recent Disney D23 Expo, those involved with the project are well practised at making necessarily vague allusions sound like interesting scoops. Occasionally, however, something actually useful slips out, and that’s what we have from a conversation between writer-director Rian Johnson, and Erik Davis from Fandango.

While speaking to the filmmaker at D23 this past weekend, the outlet asked Johnson where he drew inspiration from for The Last Jedi, and here’s what he had to say:

“The automatic temptation is to say, ‘Well it’s a middle chapter, so it’s got kind of that Empire thing. But at the same time, I really wanted to maintain the same sense of fun that J.J. [Abrams] had in The Force Awakens, that to some extent in Return Of The Jedi, which I was like 10 years old, »

- Sarah Myles

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Rian Johnson compares Star Wars: The Last Jedi to the Original Trilogy

19 July 2017 10:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

While J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens was an enormous success at the box office, one of the biggest criticisms aimed at the film was that it adhered to closely to the plot of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. And, with December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi said to be taking the characters down a darker route – as well as reportedly revealing “The Most Shocking Truth In Star Wars History” – there has been some concern that the next movie will attempt to be the Empire Strikes Back of the Sequel Trilogy.

The Empire comparison is one that isn’t lost on director Rian Johnson, and speaking to Fandango, the filmmaker has acknowledged that there are some similarities, although he also compares the tone to that of The Force Awakens and Return of the Jedi:

“The temptation is to say, well it’s a middle chapter, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Will Luke Skywalker Wield A Lightsaber In Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Mark Hamill Weighs In

18 July 2017 9:55 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The lightsaber, an elegant weapon for a more civilized age, has been a cornerstone of the Star Wars universe ever since George Lucas first introduced moviegoers to that iconic galaxy far, far away in ’77.

It’s a legacy that continued through the release of The Force Awakens, too, which reached its conclusion just as Daisy Ridley’s Rey delivered her lightsaber to its rightful owner: Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill’s Jedi Master spent much of J.J. Abrams’ franchise reboot in a self-imposed exile, and we understand that absence will have huge ramifications for Luke’s budding relationship with Rey come December. She’s the student to his all-powerful master, essentially, and though Luke Skywalker believes it’s time for the Jedi to end (!), it appears as though a fair portion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be devoted to Rey’s intense training regime aboard Ahch-To, the far-flung planet »

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Latest Star Wars Battlefront II Video Goes Behind The Scenes On Shooter’s Single-Player Mode

17 July 2017 7:38 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

A newly assembled video for EA’s upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II has been released, providing fans of the storied franchise a peek behind the curtain, if you will, of the shooter’s anticipated single-player mode. If you recall, Battlefront II‘s official unveiling earlier this year coincided with confirmation that the sequel would feature a dedicated campaign mode, with Imperial trooper Iden Versio (Janina Gavankar) revealed as its protagonist.

Well since then, we’ve not heard a great deal about the much-welcome (and needed) addition to the formula, with EA preferring instead to focus squarely on multiplayer gameplay at this year’s E3, but today, that changes quite considerably. No, this isn’t the first extended look at Battlefront II‘s single-player component you were perhaps looking for, but rather, a behind-the-scenes tour of the campaign’s development process and just how dedicated Dice is to making the journey feel authentically like Star Wars, »

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Go Behind the Story in Latest Star Wars: Battlefront II Video

16 July 2017 10:13 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

During the D23 video game panel, EA revealed some new information on the single-player story for Star Wars Battlefront II, while giving eager fans a glimpse into how the all new story came together.  Come inside to check out the video!  

As EA has made clear, Star Wars Battlefront II is seeking to rectify the first game's biggest mistake, the lack of a single-player story campaign.  They don't want to half-ass it though, and have pulled together a solid team to tell a brand new story (with new and old characters) for gamers to enjoy.  During D23, a new video was released showing how the process of the new story came together, while giving new hints on what to expect. 

Star Wars Battlefront II is bringing an all new hero into the fold with the introduction of Iden Versio, the Commander of the Imperial special forces team known as the Inferno Squad. »

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Features Mark Hamill’s Best Performance Of Luke

15 July 2017 | | See recent LRM Online news »

There’s a whole lot riding on this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought back the franchise as well as anyone could have ever expected. If that wasn’t enough, The Last Jedi will be the first time we actually get to see Luke Skywalker in action since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Fans had a hard enough time waiting for him in The Force Awakens, so Mark Hamill’s updated take on the Jedi has a lot of pressure facing it. 

But can it possibly live up to that hype? While that remains to be seen, we do have some encouraging words from the folks up top. According to a tweet from E! Online’s Marcus Erricoile, while at D23 Expo, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that the upcoming Star Wars flick featured actor Mark Hamill’s best turn to date as Luke. »

- Joseph Medina

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Carrie Fisher's Daughter, Billie Lourd, Named Beneficiary of Estate As Final Assets Are Revealed

8 July 2017 8:37 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Billie Lourd has been named beneficiary of her mother Carrie Fisher's estate.

Fisher's assets include several bank accounts, a 2016 Tesla S, full ownership of several LLCs and a life insurance policy, according to court documents obtained by People. The Star Wars actress' jewelry, artwork and collectables will also go to Lourd, her only child. 

Watch: Carrie Fisher's Cause of Death Revealed: Actress Died of Sleep Apnea and 'Other Undetermined Factors'

The Scream Queens star will also inherit the rights to her mother's public image and likeness, as well as her intellectual property rights -- including ongoing earnings from Fisher's books, specials, trademarks and copyrights.

Fisher's brother, Todd Fisher, and Profiles in History have organized a September auction of some of Fisher's memorabilia, including Fisher's life-sized Princess Leia statue in its original phone booth, her personalized director's chair from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and her personal writing desk. A portion »

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Class of 1987: Frightning Strikes Twice – Celebrating House II: The Second Story with the Cast & Crew [Part 1]

8 July 2017 5:19 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

[Editor's Note: A version of this retrospective originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Deadly Magazine.] With House II: The Second Story, the vastly underrated sequel written and directed by Ethan Wiley (who also wrote the screenplay for the original House), New World Pictures introduced audiences to a whole new world filled with unexpected frights and adventures with an Old West twist. The sequel was released in late August of 1987 and took a decidedly left turn away from the more straightforward house of horrors style seen in Steve Miner’s original film, instead favoring a tone that was much more light-hearted, fun-spirited, and far more family friendly.

And while The Second Story did respectable business during its two-week theatrical run that summer and was also a profitable sequel for New World, House II isn’t a film that I feel gets nearly the love that it should. Case in point: Joshua Jackson’s character makes a comment about House II during the sequels discussion scene in Scream 2, »

- Heather Wixson

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Carrie Fisher's Final Assets Revealed, Billie Lourd Named Beneficiary of the Estate

7 July 2017 6:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd will inherit her late mother’s estate.

The Star Wars actress’s assets, outlined in court documents obtained by People, include several bank accounts, a 2016 Tesla S, full ownership of several LLCs and a life insurance policy. Personal and household belongings like jewelry, artwork and collectables will also go to Lourd, Fisher’s only child from her relationship with talent executive Bryan Lourd.

Additionally, the 24-year-old actress will inherit the rights to her mother’s public image and likeness, as well as her intellectual property rights — including ongoing proceeds from Fisher’s books, specials, »

- Mike Miller

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Carrie Fisher Initially Thought Star Wars Was a Stupid Nightmare

7 July 2017 10:37 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Carrie Fisher thought that Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope was "so Stupid" before the movie came out. A lot of people truly believed that George Lucas' vision for Star Wars was pretty lame during production, and many doubted it from the start. Harrison Ford, who portrayed Han Solo, was notoriously outspoken when it came to Lucas' dialogue, famously saying "you can type this s$%^, George, but you sure can't say it." And he even lobbied to have his character killed off. Sir Alec Guinness, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi, was very vocal over his distaste for the script, calling it "fairy tale rubbish" and often claimed that it was his idea to kill off Obi-Wan so that he wouldn't have to go on "speaking those awful banal lines."

Author Julie Klam has written a book about celebrity and fame called The Stars in our Eyes and HeatStreet received an advance copy. »

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It Might Just Be Time for an “Ewok Adventure” Reboot

7 July 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The fuzzy little critters from the Endor moon have kind of gotten a bad rap since their appearance in Return of The Jedi and everything they’ve done after that. They starred in a couple of standalone movies, had their own comic, and their own cartoon, but that didn’t seem to be enough for people to want them around. I remember growing up and thinking the Ewoks were some of the best creatures to ever be introduced even though they were not altogether popular with diehard Star Wars fans. This is when it pays to be fan but let up on

It Might Just Be Time for an “Ewok Adventure” Reboot »

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Leia Saves The Ewoks In Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny Episode Three

6 July 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This Monday brought with it the first in a new series of Star Wars online animated shorts. Titled Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, the 16 part microseries will showcase the kickass women of the galaxy far, far away. With the first two episodes having focused on Rey, episode three hops backwards in the timeline to feature an adventure with Princess Leia.

Titled “Ewok Escape,” the two and a half minute short sees Leia and Wicket the Ewok encounter a pair of Stormtroopers. As well as Leia showing off her courage and quick-thinking, the Ewoks also prove once again that the might of the Empire is no match for their plucky charms.

Just as Rey’s adventures in the two previous episodes sat neatly within the framework of The Force Awakens, so too does Leia’s story connect with the original trilogy. Specifically, it takes place during the events of Return of the Jedi, »

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Princess Leia and the Ewoks Return in New Forces of Destiny Short

5 July 2017 3:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Feeling a little bit of impatience while waiting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Already combed through all of the bonus features on the Rogue One Blu-ray? Watched all of Star Wars Rebels? If you're looking for some new Star Wars content in the meantime, the new Star Wars Forces of Destiny shorts may just do the trick. The first episode was released a few days ago and Disney has just released the second and third shorts online. The best part? Princess Leia returns to a galaxy far, far away. Also, we get some more Rey and Bb-8 action.

Starting with Star Wars: Forces of Destiny episode 2, titled "Bb-8 Bandits," which was released during the 4th of July holiday on the official Disney YouTube channel, it picks up right where episode 1 left off. Rey and Bb-8 just spent the night in after escaping the Nightwatcher Worm and are now on their way to Niima Outpost. »

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Ewok Escape: New Star Wars Forces of Destiny Episode Online

5 July 2017 12:49 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Featuring Princess Leia and Wicket during a gap in the Return of the Jedi plot

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Original R2-D2 Sells for $2.76 Million at Star Wars Auction

29 June 2017 9:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this month, we reported that the original Luke Skywalker lightsaber used in A New Hope was being put up for auction, along with a complete, "film-used R2-D2" prop and Darth Vader's helmet. The auction took place earlier this week in Calabasas, California, and while the Luke Skywalker lightsaber was expected to be one of the big ticket items, the R2-D2 unite was the talk of the auction, selling for a whopping $2.76 million. While the buyer's identity was not revealed, it was the most expensive item sold off.

The Daily Mail reports that the other Star Wars items sold for a pretty penny as well. The original Luke Skywalker lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope sold for $450,000, while the Darth Vader helmet sold for $96,000, both of which were far above expectations. The Profiles in Hollywood auction revealed in their press release issued earlier this month that »

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Ron Howard Begins Shooting the Han Solo Movie, Shares First Photo

29 June 2017 8:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While a report from last week claimed that production won't resume on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story until July 10, it seems Ron Howard might be ahead of schedule. The director sent out an image from his first day on the set of this Star Wars spin-off, hinting that he filmed a "cool scene" today. Since the earlier report stated that the new director, who takes over for Phil Lord and Chris Miller was going to spend the next few weeks looking over all of the footage that has been shot so far, it's possible that he was simply rehearsing a scene to be filmed in the weeks ahead. Here's what he had to say on social media earlier today.

"Cool scene today but I'm afraid this is the most revealing image I dare share from my 1st day on the set of the Untitled Han Solo movie."

The image »

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'Star Wars' R2-D2 Unit Sells for $2.76 Million

28 June 2017 8:34 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

R2-D2 may have weathered a lot of galaxy turmoil, from being abducted to taking fire in several attacks, but despite the droid's battle wounds, the robot was not worse for wear when it came to its worth in an auction held on Wednesday. As Associated Press reports, an R2-D2 unit that was used in multiple Star Wars films commanded $2.76 million in an auction held by Profiles in History.

It was the most expensive item available at the movie memorabilia auction. The R2-D2 buyer's name was not revealed. Prior to the event, »

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Iconic Jabba the Hutt Puppet to Return in Han Solo?

27 June 2017 5:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As previously reported, it certainly sounds like Jabba the Hutt has a very important role to play in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. But more importantly, it now sounds like the team behind the movie is bringing back the iconic puppet as used in Return of the Jedi, with some CGI enhancments. As opposed to the whole thing being CG as seen in the Star Was Special Editions and The Phantom Menace.

The upcoming young Han Solo movie has had a very rough week. It recently was announced that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) were fired by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy over significant creative differences, which resulted in a lot of tension on set and behind-the-scenes. There were only a few weeks left of filming, but now Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Rush) has stepped in to finish the movie. But now for what »

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Women of Star Wars Unite in Forces of Destiny Animated Series Trailer

27 June 2017 4:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We finally have some more Star Wars goodness to help get us by until Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives this December. Announced during Star Wars Celebration in April, Star Wars Forces of Destiny, a series of animated shorts focusing on the female heroes of a galaxy far, far away, finally has a premiere date. Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed the release for July 3 over on the Disney YouTube channel, with the first short set to air a few days later on July 9 over on the Disney Channel.

The news comes courtesy of the official Star Wars Twitter account and, to go along with the premiere date announcement, they also revealed a brand new promo for Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. The promo is loaded down with familiar heroines from the Star Wars universe, such as Rey, Sabine Wren, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia and Ahsoka Tano, who may or may not be dead. »

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