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Star Wars 8 Force Vision Reveals Luke Skywalker's Exile Backstory?

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Rey will have more Force Visions in Star Wars: Episode VIII, and they will reportedly continue the flashback scenes that were revealed in The Force Awakens. At least that's what a new rumor claims, offering more insight into the Star Wars 8 story. At this point, no official plot synopsis for the movie has been released, and thus far, we've had to rely on a lot of speculation and word of mouth. Will we actually get to learn what happened to Luke Skywalker in the days leading up to his exile? All signs point to yes.

This story does contain some potential spoilers for the next chapter in the main Star Wars saga which tracks the Skywalker bloodline. We encourage you to read on at your own risk. That said, Making Star Wars is once again claiming that Rey's Force Visions will play an important role in this upcoming sequel, »

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Original Emperor Actor Will Not Return in Star Wars: Rogue One

30 August 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The beloved Star Wars saga finally continued last year with the epic Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set 32 years after the 1983 classic Return of the Jedi. This year, Disney and LucasFilm will debut the first of three planned Star Wars spinoffs, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, arriving in theaters December 16. This story will be set between the final prequel Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and the story that started it all, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, although it seems an important character from that era of the Star Wars timeline may not be featured in this movie.

After appearing in five of the first six Star Wars movies, Ian McDiarmid's Emperor Palpatine was not featured in last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We learned in a recent trailer for Rogue One that The Emperor's iconic apprentice, Darth Vader, will have some sort of a presence, »

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The Top 100 Your Sinclair Zx Spectrum Games: #1 – Deathcase

27 August 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well this is it!  We turn off Rebelstar and load up the final game in the Your Sinclair Top 100.  It’s been over three months but finally we get to see what the greatest Zx Spectrum* magazine believed was the ultimate title in the Spectrum’s history.  At No.#1 we have Deathcase from Micromega! (*probably)

It was in 1983 that Deathchase, aka 3D Deathchase, arrived on the 16K Zx Spectrum, programmed by Mervyn Estcourt and R.B. providing the loading screen. A simple game of one faceless mercenary sat astride a Big Bike, hunting down the mighty warlords within the forests of the Northern American continent.  The year is 2501, you’re here to earn your riches by feeding these law-breakers photon bolts from the front of your bike – but will you stay alive long enough to spend them!?

Deathchase arrived at just the right time to cash in on Return of the Jedi »

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Poe Dameron Gets a New Look, More Star Wars: Rogue One Figures Unveiled

26 August 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

September is almost here, which means the second annual Force Friday is looming near. This exciting day for retailers worldwide means a whole bunch of brand new Star Wars merchandise will be flooding stores. And most of it will be in support of this December's release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Today, we have a look at some of the exciting action figures that will be flying off store shelves. And one of the sets includes a very surprising inclusion.

While we do get a closer look at some of the new characters that will be storming the box office this holiday season, it's the return of Poe Dameron that is turning heads. He arrives in a two-pack action figure set from Hasbro that is titled 'Snowtrooper Officer Vs Poe Dameron'. And it gives Poe a new costume and blaster. He also has a new hair style. In The Force Awakens, »

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Star Wars Story Group Executive Talks Connecting a Universe

24 August 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Way back in June 2012, it was announced that Kathleen Kennedy was taking over the reins at LucasFilm, as iconic filmmaker George Lucas began to phase himself out of the company he built. Just a few months later, in October 2012, Disney announced they were purchasing LucasFilm for a whopping $4 billion, while revealing that a new Star Wars movie will hit theaters in 2015. Four years later, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens setting a domestic box office record with $936.6 million and $2.06 billion worldwide, the franchise is bigger than ever, both on the big screen and in many other ways, largely in part thanks to Kathleen Kennedy's vision.

In the three years between the initial LucasFilm sale announcement and the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was revealed that a "story group" would be created, to connect all aspects of this galaxy far, far away. It was also confirmed that »

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The Geek Beat: Why You Should Be Reading the New 'Star Wars' Books

18 August 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. Along with all of the big-budget movies scheduled to arrive in theaters every year, Disney and Lucasfilm are providing a steady diet of new shows, video games, comic books, and novels (among other projects) to keep the sci-fi franchise growing in both scope and fandom. Just last month, novelist Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt hit shelves, continuing a three-part saga that further explores the events transpiring in the Star Wars universe after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and before last year's Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. It's a story that has a lot to offer anyone eager to know more about what happened to the franchise's most famous characters after Return...

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George Lucas, Mark Hamill pay tribute to 'Star Wars' actor Kenny Baker

15 August 2016 4:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Star Wars and Flash Gordon actor passed away on Saturday aged 81.

Leading figures from the Star Wars franchise including Mark Hamill, Ewan McGregor and George Lucas have paid tribute to actor Kenny Baker, who died on Saturday at the age of 81.

The British actor was best known for playing droid R2-D2 in the Star Wars series, including the original trilogy and the more recent prequels.

His career also included roles in The Elephant Man, Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.

Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars films and also appeared in last year’s The Force Awakens, led tributes, saying that Baker was “a lifelong loyal friend.”

Goodbye Kenny Baker A lifelong loyal friend I loved his optimism determination He Was the droid I was looking for

Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 13, 2016

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Kenny Baker obituary

14 August 2016 5:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor best known for his role as R2-D2 in Star Wars

When the first Star Wars film opened in 1977, the life of every actor associated with it was transformed, even those who were not visible on screen, such as Kenny Baker, who has died aged 81. Baker played R2-D2, the android that resembled a common domestic dustbin with an elongated arm clamped to each side and flashing lights on his front.

Together with C-3Po (Anthony Daniels), his taller, humanoid robot companion, R2-D2 served the heroes of this intergalactic adventure, which was essentially a B-movie on a bigger budget. Though Baker and Daniels were widely reported to have had a difficult relationship, they were a dependable source of comic relief on screen together in the series’ seven instalments, including the original trilogy, which was completed by The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

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R2-D2 Actor Remembered as Star Wars Stars Pay Tribute to Kenny Baker

13 August 2016 1:58 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today it was reported that one of the original Star Wars actors has passed away. Kenny Baker, who was best known as the man inside R2-D2, succumbed to a lengthy illness at the age of 83. Since news of his death was announced by his niece Abigail Shield, many stars and filmmakers from the Star Wars universe have come forward to remember the man under the dome.

Mark Hamill was the first from the Star Wars camp to respond. The actor appeared in three movies with Kenny Baker, including the original 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope, 1980's Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi. Hamill and Baker spent a lot of time together on set, especially during the Empire production. It was Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 who traveled alone to the planet of Dagobah to meet Master Jedi Yoda. And throughout the original trilogy, R2 was often seen as Luke's loyal companion. »

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Kenny Baker, R2-D2 in Star Wars, Passes Away at 83

13 August 2016 11:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The entire galaxy is in mourning today as one beloved member of the original Star Wars universe has passed away. Kenny Baker, perhaps best known as the man inside R2-D2, succumbed to a lengthy illness. He was 83 years old at the time of his passing. Baker's niece Abigail Shield was the first to report the news, telling this to The Guardian.

"It was expected, but it's sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life."

Standing at 3-foot, 8-inches, Kenny Baker was one of the few actors capable of fitting inside the body of droid R2-D2, which needed someone to bring the practical character to life back in 1977. He was fully credited as one of the main cast members in the original movie Star Wars: A New Hope, and would return for the next two installments in the first trilogy, 1980's Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi, »

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R2-D2 actor and Star Wars legend Kenny Baker dies aged 83

13 August 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Star Wars icon Kenny Baker has died at the age of 83 after a long illness. The 3ft 8in tall actor first shot to fame in 1977 after playing R2-D2 in Star Wars: A New Hope, and he would reprise the role in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and the three prequel […]

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Kenny Baker, ‘Star Wars’ R2-D2 Actor, Dies at 81

13 August 2016 10:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kenny Baker, the British actor who portrayed the fan-favorite “Star Wars” character R2-D2, has died at the age of 81 after a long illness.

“It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless,” his niece Abigail Shield told The Guardian. “He had a very long and fulfilled life. He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.”

Baker wasn’t expected to survive puberty, Shield added: “Being a little person in those times, they didn’t have a very good life expectancy. He did extremely well in his life. He was very ill for the last few years so we had been expecting it. He had been looked after by one of his nephews, who found him on Saturday morning.”

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R.I.P. Kenny Baker (1934 – 2016)

13 August 2016 9:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Some sad news today, with the announcement that British actor Kenny Baker – famed for portraying the lovable droid R2-D2 in the Star Wars saga – has passed away aged 81 after a long illness.

The 3 ft 8 in actor began his showbusiness career as part of a theatrical group of dwarves, and also spent time working in the circus and as part of the comedy act the Minitones before being cast as the man inside R2-D2 in Star Wars.

Baker returned as R2-D2 in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi (where he also portrayed the Ewok Paploo) and all three prequel films, while he was also credited as a consultant on Star Wars: The Force Awakens after handing over the role of Artoo to Jimmy Vee.

In addition to Star Wars, Baker also appeared in the likes of The Elephant Man, Time Bandits, Willow, Flash Gordon and Labyrinth.


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'Star Wars' -- R2-D2 Actor Dead At 81

13 August 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Kenny Baker, the man who brought "Star Wars" character R2-D2 to life has died.  According to a report by The Guardian, Baker had battled a long illness before passing away Saturday morning. Baker stood at 3ft 8in tall, and first became famous for playing the robot in 1977 in "Star Wars IV: A New Hope."  Baker got back in the robot in "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of The Jedi," and all of the franchises' prequel films. »

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Star Wars Han Solo Movie Wants Donald Glover as Young Lando?

12 August 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With the release a little less than two years away, we are likely going to start hearing a lot more about Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. We know that Alden Ehrenreich will be playing a younger version of the character, but beyond that, we know next to nothing. However, thanks to a recent report from The Wrap, it looks we now know that Lando Calrissian will also be appearing in the movie. Not only that, but we may know who Disney and Lucasfilm want to play him.

According to Devin Faraci at Birth.Movies.Death, Community and The Martian star Donald Glover is the studio's top choice to play the part. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller auditioned thousands of actors for the part of Han Solo, and wound up going with their very first choice. So, it looks like they aren't going to go through such a rigorous »

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Lando Calrissian is coming to the Han Solo Spinoff

11 August 2016 8:05 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Looks like Han Solo is getting his running buddy in his spin off film!

It was probably the most legendary casting experience ever. Allegedly somewhere near 3000 actors read for the role of young Han Solo for the Star Wars spinoff film. A role that eventually went to Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar). We know that Lord and Miller will be directing the said spinoff, and that Han will be joined be his lovable and trusty companion, Chewbacca. But we have all speculated who else from the Star Wars lore would be joining him. Would we see Boba Fett? Will we see his new “wife” from the comics? What about Jabba or Greedo? Where could this story go and who will it involve!

Well thanks to a report from The Wrap, we now know one of the characters from Solo’s past that will be joining him, and that is the smooth talking, »

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Newswire: Lucasfilm reportedly thinks it can somehow cast a young Lando Calrissian

11 August 2016 5:55 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

The search for someone to star in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Han Solo-centric Star Wars prequel was reportedly very difficult, with every young dude in Hollywood vying for the gig. They eventually settled on Hail Caesar! breakout Alden Ehrenreich, but it sounds like Lucasfilm and Disney may now have stumbled onto another casting decision that could be significantly harder than finding a young Han Solo. That’s because, according to The Wrap, the studios are now looking for someone to play a young Lando Calrissian.

As iconic as Harrison Ford as Han Solo is, the idea of someone other than Billy Dee Williams playing Lando just seems wrong. Williams simply is Lando, and the only reason the audience is willing to give him a chance at redemption in Return Of The Jedi after his betrayal in The Empire Strikes Back is because of how irresistibly smooth Billy Dee »

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Lando Calrissian Will Return in Star Wars Han Solo Movie

11 August 2016 4:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While Lando Calrissian's whereabouts were never mentioned in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and there is no indication that we'll see him return in Star Wars: Episode VIII, LucasFilm and Disney are not done with the character by a long shot. A young Lando already turned up in Star Wars Rebels during the Disney Xd animated series' first season, voiced by the legendary Billy Dee Williams. Now it is being reported that Lando will be one of the secondary characters in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the franchise's second spin-off following this December's Rogue One.

Young Lando and Han will be gambling buddies, as told in past Star Wars lore. While LucasFilm and Disney have not confirmed this news, The Wrap reveals that the filmmakers are currently casting Calrissian under the codename 'Chance'. It is believed that this is in reference to the character's luck with cards and dice. »

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Han Solo’s ‘Star Wars’ Anthology Film Casting Young Lando Calrissian — Report

11 August 2016 2:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now that Alden Ehrenreich has officially been cast as Han Solo in the iconic “Star Wars” character’s standalone film, other key characters need to come onboard as well. Chief among these, according to TheWrap, is the young Lando Calrissian — Solo’s friend/traitor/friend again originally played by Billy Dee Williams in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” Asked for comment, Ehrenreich reportedly responded with a mirthless chuckle (note: not really).

Read More: Young Han Solo: Alden Ehrenreich Will Take Over For Harrison Ford In Standalone ‘Star Wars’ Movie

The world of “Star Wars” has only expanded since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012; in addition to a new trilogy led by last year’s “The Force Awakens,” a host of spinoffs and character-specific films are in the works as well. “Rogue One” arrives first, while the untitled project focusing on Solo’s early years is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated. »

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Han Solo Movie Reportedly Casting A Young Lando Calrissian

11 August 2016 2:08 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

This isn't exactly a surprise, but The Wrap has revealed that Disney and Lucasfilm are looking to cast a younger version of Lando Calrissian for their currently untitled Han Solo movie. Played by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, speculation about the character showing up here has been running rampant for a long time now, so this confirmation of sorts makes sense.  There have been conflicting reports about this spinoff being the first instalment in a trilogy, but regardless of whether we get three movies or a single instalment from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, it makes sense that Han Solo will explore the titular character's history with Lando.  The trade adds that the code name being used in casting circles for the role is "Chance", a moniker which makes sense given his gambling background! Who will be cast alongside Alden Ehrenreich isn't clear, »

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