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One minute after midnight on the 3rd May 1999, a branch of Toys R Us in Brandon, Florida became a hive of activity. Having queued patiently in the dark for hours, scores of shoppers - most of them full-grown men - funnelled through the doors. Some of them stacked merchandise up in their cradled arms, while others heaped toys up in their baskets and trolleys.
It was all part of the Star Wars fever that had begun in October 1993, when George Lucas first told Variety about his plans to make three prequel movies, and continued to grow over the next six years. Lucasfilm cannily fanned the flames of anticipation itself, with the Special Edition re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy. Suddenly, the franchise seemed new again, »
According to Making Star Wars, J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII will indeed feature a throwback to the prequels as one of the characters will be a descendent of Count Dooku! The character played a major role in Attack of the Clones when it was revealed that he was working alongside Darth Sidious. Dooku later met a rather grisly end in the epic opening of Revenge of the Sith, but he clearly fathered some children sometime before that as the site's source reveals that the movie will feature, "an aristocratic family 'line' involving Episode 7’s bad guys. And as I said before, I firmly believe its the line of Dooku. Details and characters might have changed but the idea of an aristocratic villain with a heritage going back to the Clone Wars has been there from pre-production and as far as I know it’s still a major part of the story. »
When Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters next December, it will be the first in a string of movies including the immediate sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX arriving in 2017 and 2019 and three spin-offs. There have been several rumors about which characters the spin-offs will be focused on, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Today, a new unconfirmed report from MakingStarWars.net reporting that Disney and LucasFilm are currently developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off.
"Obi-Wan Kenobi - I've heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I'm hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website etc) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie. »
First things first: the new Star Wars film due to be released on December 18, 2015 is probably the most anticipated movie of all time, having taken that title from the previous owner, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and we all know how that turned out. Fans had been waiting sixteen years after Return of the Jedi for the continuation of the saga they cherished dearly, and were severely underwhelmed by what they got in return for their patience.
Some would argue that it’s hard for people to get enthusiastic about a new Star Wars trilogy after such a tremendous disappointment, and only(!) a decade after the last theatrical release of a movie in Revenge of the Sith. But we’d say that this series of films is the one audiences have truly been waiting for – a continuation of the saga that reveals what happened to the Rebellion »
- Mark Allen
With Jj Abrams spearheading Disney’s much anticipated continuation of the Star Wars Universe many familiar names have been thrown through the cameo rumour mill, with the possibility of seeing dead Jedi more plausible than most.
The posthumous presence of Neeson’s Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn was felt in Attack of the Clones during Anakin’s massacre of the Sandpeople, and at the end of Revenge of the Sith Yoda told of Qui-Gon’s discovery of immortality. So, could we see Neeson returning as a Force Ghost alongside Yoda? Not in Episode VII according to the actor.
- Jon Lyus
Sometimes retroactive changes to a film can do some good. Director’s cuts have the potential to make awesome films that bit better (The Lord Of The Rings is the best example by far) or turn abominations into something watchable (Daredevil), while more low-key tinkering helps right minor mistakes; for the 2012 rerelease of Titanic, James Cameron fixed the stars in the sky to be accurate to what would have been seen out on the Atlantic that night in 1912.
Of course we all know how bad things can go. George Lucas has become a figure of geek hate after he took the beloved Star Wars films and created the Special Editions; versions of the films that not only cleaned up the visuals, removing matte lines and dirt, as a usual remaster would do, but also threw in lots of obvious and, in many cases sacrilegious, changes.
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- Alex Leadbeater
Star Wars Rebels – the upcoming Disney Xd animated series – takes place during the reign of Emperor Palpatine between Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) and Episode IV (A New Hope) of the live-action Star Wars movie trilogies. Disney and Lucasfilm have released a collection of 3-minute clips that introduce the main heroes on the show – and the fourth (and final) one, titled “Not What You Think”, is now online. You can watch it, above.
Ezra Bridger (voiced by Taylor Gray) steps into the spotlight for the newest Star Wars Rebels clip; part Luke Skywalker, part Disney’s Aladdin, the character is poised to serve as the series’ protagonist. As illustrated by the clip above, Ezra has a distinct independent streak; he might have little love for the Galactic Empire, but he starts out the series as someone who’s less concerned about ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
For your Labor Day viewing enjoyment, Disney Xd has released a new Star Wars Rebels short. The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy. This new short gives us an introduction to Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray), who shares the same irreverent attitude of Sabine and Zeb. I'm curious to see how the show will develop and differentiate these characters, and how their playful jabs at the Empire will stack up when faced with powerful foes like Agent Kallus and the Inquisitor. Hit the jump to check out the new Star Wars Rebels short, "Not What You Think". Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney Xd this October, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Jason Isaacs, »
- Matt Goldberg
The editorial staff of the official "Star Wars" website, StarWars.com, have decided to rank the top ten one-on-one fights in the first six "Star Wars" movies. Each of the lightsaber battles was ranked on "inventiveness, choreography and emotional impact".
What will surprise people will be the top choice. The Darth Maul fight in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" is about the only sequence from that film commonly lauded, and it came in at number one. That it beat out the more iconic battle between Luke and Darth Vader in "The Empire Strikes Back" in second place will certainly ruffle some feathers.
Meanwhile the final battle between Luke and Vader in "Return of the Jedi" came in fifth, with the two battles at the end of "Revenge of the Sith" (Obi-Wan vs. Anakin, Yoda vs. Palpatine) coming in third and fourth.
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- Garth Franklin
As per usual, this story is rife with Star Wars: Episode VII plot information that could be considered a Major Spoiler! Continue at your own risk...
A few more Star Wars: Episode VII story details have been leaked by Latino Review, and first thing they do is clear up the rumor that the main villains will be called Sith Inquisitors. It is believed that they will not go by that name in the movie. Though, there will be a number of Sith and one of them may be a cyborg. But not the cyborg shown in a recent piece of concept art.
This is where there story takes an interesting turn. As we've heard in recent weeks, the concept art which reveals one of Star Wars: Episode VII's main villains is not a cyborg Sith Inquisitor as previously reported. It is actually Emperor Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious. »
Marvel is excited to announce the release of an oversized dose of a galaxy far, far, away – Star Wars comics are coming to Marvel’s prestigious Epic Collection format - Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1 Tpb. Let the dark times begin! Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic Collection program, with this first volume of a series focusing on the years that follow Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith! After the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on his new Galactic Empire. Now, the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge — one carried out by the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Rise, Darth Vader! “We’re thrilled to be bringing our innovative Epic Collections to a galaxy far, »
It was reported last month that Marvel Comics would be releasing reprints of the “Marvel Years” of their comics from a galaxy far, far away and today we have news of their plans to reprint some of Dark Horse’s comics in a series of “epic collections”. Find below the artwork and details of the first release, Star Wars Legends: The Empire Vol. 1.
Let the dark times begin! Marvel welcomes Star Wars to the Epic Collection program, with this first volume of a series focusing on the years that follow Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith! After the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his ruthless grip on his new Galactic Empire. Now, the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge — one carried out »
- Luke Owen
Of all the Star Wars Prequels, The Phantom Menace seems to get the most flak from the fans. While I feel a lot of that is misguided, I’m here to talk about the one thing that just about all fans seemed to enjoy about the film: the final showdown between Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Qui-Gon Jinn. Come inside to learn more about why I feel this is one of the better action sequences in the Star Wars series and worthy of remembering.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. This month we're diving into our favorite action scenes in movies, exploring what makes them great, and why they get our hearts racing every time!
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- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Disney has released a new Star Wars Rebels short, and this one shines the spotlight on Zeb Orrelios (voiced by Steve Blum). The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy. Looking at this short and the one we saw last week, I'm starting to get interested in this series. The characters are likable and rambunctious rather than trying too hard to be hip and edgy. It's still a kids' show, but it looks like it could be a good one. Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Rebels short, "Entanglement". Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney Xd this October, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Tiya Sircar. »
- Matt Goldberg
(Is Bringing Back Another Classic Villain?)
We've heard this rumor before. That Ian McDiarmid will be reprising his role as Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) in Star Wars: Episode VII. But now Latino Review is confirming from two different sources that the character will indeed return, though he may not be played by Ian McDiarmid, who took over the role in 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and returned to play him in all three prequels, beginning with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999, and continuing in 2002's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
Major Spoilers to follow...
Hour-long intro Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion is coming this autumn.
As Disney’s continuation of the cinematic Star Wars universe continues to develop, and we inch slowly towards Episode VII’s December 2015 release date, we will shortly have a tie-in to watch while we wait.
Star Wars Rebels, the animated televisual tale of the Rebel Alliance’s early days, has now been confirmed to reach screens worldwide on 3 October. If you have access to Watch Disney’s website or app, you can watch the opening episode as early as 29 September.
Launching the series will be Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion, an hour-long special which will serve to introduce the characters and themes of the show, which takes place five years before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Disney Xd has announced their multi-platform rollout for their new animated series, Star Wars Rebels. Deadline reports that the one-hour debut, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will premiere on September 29th on WatchDisneyXD.com and the Watch Disney Xd app. Spark of Rebellion will then make its global TV broadcast on various Disney channels on October 3rd at 9pm (U.S). Finally, the animated series will have its premiere on Disney Xd at October 13th at 9pm (U.S.). "The series will air in 34 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households," according to Disney. It's a huge rollout for the show, which takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but it's important to remember that The Clone Wars set a high bar with young fans of animated Star Wars, and now they'll need to be convinced that Star Wars Rebels is a worthy successor. Hit »
- Matt Goldberg
Star Wars Rebels is an upcoming CGI animated series produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation. It is set 16 years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and 5 years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in a time which the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledglingrebellion against the Empire is taking form.
Last Week, Disney Xd released the first Star Wars Rebel short film “Ghost in the Machine” which focused on the animated series’ new astromech droid Chopper. This week Disney released another Star Wars Rebels short film titled “Art Attack” which follows Sabine Wren. The series is scheduled to premier in October 2014 as a one-hour special on Disney Channel, and will then air as a series on Disney Xd channels worldwide. Watch both shorts below:
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- Kyle Reese
Disney Xd has released a Star Wars Rebels short online. The animated series will take place about 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and centers on the fledgling rebellion as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights to secure rule of the galaxy. While we've had featurettes introducing the villains and even the first seven minutes of the series, this short is interesting because it directly introduces a character even though I'm not sure this will be part of an episode. If it stands alone, it's a neat way of introducing Sabine (voiced by Tiya Sircar) without any talking heads explaining who she is. Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars Rebels short, "Art Attack". Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney Xd this October, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Steven Jay Blum. »
- Matt Goldberg
Rumours suggest that original cuts of Star Wars are heading to Blu-ray. But how likely is that? Ryan weighs up the possibilities...
For many Star Wars fanatics, the special edition release of the Original Trilogy back in 1997 was a bittersweet moment. On one hand, it offered us the chance to see George Lucas's space opera films in their natural habitat: on a huge cinema screen.
Then there's the restoration to consider: Lucasfilm took the original Star Wars negatives from its archives and cleaned them up, removing years of dirt and scratches, and restoring the colours to their original balance. Thanks to the efforts of people like effects supervisor Dave Carson and his team, Darth Vader's outfit was once again black and imposing, not an embarrassing shade of faded blue.
During this process, however, George Lucas decided to make a number of small yet significant alterations: the insertion of new effects shots, »
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