Monday, December 17, 2018

Netflix adding 'Solo' in January, But Drops Another 'Star Wars' Film


January is adding some big titles in January, including all of the Indiana Jones movies and "The Punisher" season 2.

For Star Wars fans, however, January brings the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story to the streaming service. Another Star Wars film, however, is being dropped.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Who's Better? Princess or General Leia? Baby Sparks Debate


A baby named after General Leia Organa has ignited a viral debate over whether Carrie Fisher’s beloved Star Wars character was better as a princess.

It all began when Twitter user Jackie Caplan-Auerbach tweeted out an exchange between a flight attendant and another passenger on her plane. “Flight attendant on my flight to the mother holding an infant: ‘What’s her name?'” she wrote. “Mother: ‘Leia’ FA: ‘Like Princess Leia?’ Mother: ‘No, like General Leia.’ A-freaking-men, sister.”

Read more at Time.

Star Wars Characters Inspire Japanese Line of Eyewear


Star Wars has always been great at merchandise collaborations.

Now, Japanese company Zoff is getting in on the action with a new line of eyewear inspired by our favorite Star Wars characters.

The line is divided into premium and regular collections.

Read and see more at Nerdist.

'The Mandalorian' Reveals New Cast Members, Including 'Breaking Bad' and 'Rocky' Actors


Lucasfilm has not only confirmed who will play the Mandalorian in its new live-action series for Disney+, they added some surprising names to the cast.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Asian Primate Named After Star Wars Character


A gibbon with a Star Wars name and a 'toad from Middle Earth' are among newly discovered species in Asia's Greater Mekong documented by scientists in 2017.

The Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon, which was among newly discovered species in Asia's Greater Mekong documented by scientists in 2017. It has been described as a new species, after a decade's work, and is now listed as one of the top 25 most endangered primates on the planet.

Read more at Daily Mail.

Carolyn Hennesy Replaces Rachel Butera as Resistance's Leia


Earlier this year, it was announced that actress Rachel Butera would play General Leia Organa in the animated Star Wars Resistance series.

However, Carolyn Hennesy was credited in this week’s episode, “Station Theta Black.”

Butera may have been replaced following a controversial video she released mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Read more at ScienceFiction.com.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Check Out Bucketheads Star Wars Fan-Film


Bucketheads: A Star Wars Story is a Fan Film from the Stormtroopers' perspective. Shot in September 2017 in Vancouver, BC, Canada, it was a wonderful journey, with over 76 people directly involved in this effort to tell a Star Wars Story from the Imperial point of view.

This film wouldn't have been possible without the involvement of the 501st Legion.

Watch Bucketheads: A Star Wars Story after the jump.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Disney Reveals the Millennium Falcon at Galaxy's Edge!


We have our first look at the centerpiece of "Galaxy's Edge," the Star Wars theme parks being built at both California's Disneyland and Orlando's Disney World: a life-size replica of the Millennium Falcon!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Vader - Dark Visions Replaces Shadow of Vader for Marvel


Marvel Entertainment has announced plans for a new five-issue Star Wars comic book series centering around Darth Vader just weeks after canceling a previously announced version of the same concept and format, following the firing of the writer for his social media use.

Star Wars: Vader — Dark Visions, written by Dennis Hopeless with art by a rotating series of collaborators and covers by Greg Smallwood, will replace Star Wars: Shadow of Vader, written by Chuck Wendig with art by a rotating series of collaborators.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

Timothy Zahn Announces a New Thrawn Novel (VIDEO)


Timothy Zahn is returning to write another novel about Grand Admiral Thrawn! 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Aurebesh Computer Keyboard is a Reality


Rule the galaxy with the officially licensed Star Wars Galactic Empire DSA Keycap Set. Two different kits offered - Full Aurebesh or Aurebesh with English Sublegends. Both kits come complete with 8 unique novelty keycaps to show your loyalty to the Empire.

Preorders will run from December 10, 2018 - January 5, 2019. Estimated shipping will be late April, 2019. $250/set. Please note that this set will only be available for the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Sets will be sold on NovelKeys and Kono.

Read more at Novel Keys.

Play About Star Wars Holiday Special Stars Lance Guest


A play about the making of The Star Wars Holiday Special starring The Last Starfighter? Sign me up! If you're in the Los Angeles, CA area, you absolutely MUST drop everything and get tickets to see Boston-based playwright Andrew Osborne's two-act play Special, which stars Lance Guest (Jaws: The Revenge) and captures all the real and hypothetical drama that surrounded the creation of one of the greatest trainwrecks in the history of TV specials.

In 1978, movie brats and network execs joined forces to create The Star Wars Holiday Special, a costly, disastrous variety show that aired on CBS exactly once. George Lucas wanted to smash every copy of the special with a hammer, but thanks to bootlegs and the internet it went on to become a cult classic...

...and Special is the jaw-dropping, true-ish story of how a smash hit space opera became the worst TV show in the galaxy!

Get more info about the play and tickets right here!

Check out a spectacular shirt you can buy to support the play after the jump.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Sarlaac's Pit Cave Found in British Columbia


A newly discovered cave in a remote valley in British Columbia might be the country's largest.

The entrance pit to the cave is about 100 metres long and 60 metres wide. While its depth is hard to measure because of the mist from a waterfall, initial examinations show it is at least 135 metres deep.

The people who first spotted the cave from the helicopter named it Sarlacc's Pit, because of its similarity to the lair of the sarlacc, a creature from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Read more about it at CBC.

Check out video of the Sarlaac's Pit after the jump.

Star Wars Script-Polisher Gloria Katz Has Died


Gloria Katz, who died aged 76 on November 25th 0f 2018, was an Oscar-nominated Hollywood writer and director known for her longtime collaboration with George Lucas. She co-wrote his 1973 coming-of-age comedy film American Graffiti and helped with the script on Star Wars.

Often working with her husband and fellow writer Willard Huyck, the couple met through friends in the 1960s when they were both film students at UCLA and befriended Lucas.

The couple shared an Oscar nomination with Lucas for American Graffiti and secretly doctored his script for Star Wars. Katz has said they helped shape Carrie Fisher’s Star Wars character princess Leia into someone who “can take command,” not “just a beautiful woman that schlepped along to be saved.”

Read more >>

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Star Wars Characters Collect Toys for Tots at Honolulu City Lights


Star Wars characters will collect toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program at Honolulu Hale on Wednesday, December 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Honolulu City Lights visitors can bring a new, unwrapped toy when they stop by the Honolulu Hale Courtyard, where the 501st Legion will be stationed in full costume.

Read more at khon2.

Nick Nolte Joins the Cast of The Mandalorian


Nick Nolte has joined the cast of The Mandalorian, one of two Star Wars original series in the works at Disney’s ambitious Disney+ streaming service. He joins Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano in the cast of the Lucasfilm-produced series based on the film franchise’s mythology.

Read more at Deadline.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Lucasfilm Announces "Galaxy of Adventures" Cartoon Shorts - Watch the Trailer!


"Galaxy of Adventures," a new series of Star Wars cartoon shorts, is coming to the new "Star Wars Kids" YouTube channel on Friday, November 30.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Disney Parks Have an Exclusive Sandcrawler Playset



It's been years since Hasbro has put out a Sandcrawler for the Star Wars action figure line, but collectors don't have to wait for one any longer, as Disney Parks have come to the rescue.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Chewbacca's Holiday Special Wife Malla Gets a Makeover


One of the most important pieces of Star Wars history is the Star Wars Holiday Special.

The 1978 television event introduced us to Boba Fett, bartender Ackmena (Bea Arthur), trade post owner Saun Dann (Art Carney), and Chewbacca's family.

As he bounced around the galaxy with Han Solo trying to make ends meet, Chewbacca left a treehouse full of family behind on Kashyyyk - wife Malla, son Lumpy, and father Grumpy.

Kathleen Kennedy Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Star Wars Producer and Lucasfilm Head Kathleen Kennedy received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Irving. G. Thalberg award alongside husband and Jurassic Park Producer Frank Marshall.

She is the first woman to win the award, which was presented to her by longtime collaborating pal Steven Spielberg.

Watch a video of the event after the jump.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Not the Imperial Walker Council Officials are Looking For


The Force has not been with a Star Wars fan after council officials told him a £12,000 full-sized replica of one of the sci-fi film’s military machines in his field must be removed.

Paul Parker has the intricate model of the Imperial scout walker, which featured in iconic movie Return of the Jedi, set up by the side of the A38 a mile outside Ashburton, Devon.

He put it there two weeks ago to create a local landmark and talking point similar to the Willow Man statue beside the M5 in Somerset, and to create interest in the market town.

Read and see more at DevonLive.

John Williams Writing New Music for Disney's Star Wars Land


Disney Parks Blog announced that Oscar-winning composer John Williams is creating new music specifically for Star Wars Land. A sneak preview of it was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. A new video showing recent construction progress at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios features the new music.

Check out the video after the jump.

'Empire of Dreams' Now Showing on Amazon Prime

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy just may be the best documentary ever made about the making of the Star Wars trilogy, and if you are a member of Amazon Prime, you can now watch it on Prime Video!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Star Wars Holiday Special Aired On This Date in 1978 - Watch It Here!

It's weird, it's boring, it's even a little offensive. It's the Star Wars Holiday Special, and it turns 40 today.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Gina Carano Joins the Cast of The Mandalorian


Variety reports that actor and former MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) star Gina Carano is set to star in the upcoming Star Wars streaming series The Mandalorian. Besides her MMA career, Carano starred in Deadpool, Fast and Furious 6, and Haywire. There's no word to who she will be playing yet.

National Adoption Day Celebrated with Star Wars Event


The Texas Department of Family Protective Services Office in Amarillo created a “Star Wars” themed event Thursday to mark National Adoption Day.

The organization brought 15 children and their 11 adoptive families to the Randall County courthouse to celebrate the beginning of their new lives.

Read more at ABC 7 Amarillo.

See video of the event after the jump.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dubai Police Show Off Star Wars-Like Hoverbikes in Video


Dubai's crime busters will soon be swooping down from the skies on Star Wars-like hoverbikes.

The oil-rich nation has begun training its cops to fly the S3 2019 Hoverbikes, the country's press office said in a tweet last week.

Read more at CNet.

You can watch Dubai Police fly the crazy Star Wars-like hoverbike after the jump.

First Episodes Up for LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars on YouTube


The first batch of episodes for LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars have premiered on YouTube. 

They feature all our favorite characters getting into all sorts of zany adventures. 

You can check out one of them after the jump and then go see the rest right here.

In preparation, stare into the dark, soulless eyes of this Ewok and think of Quint's speech from Jaws:

"Y’know, the thing about an [Ewok], he’s got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes. When he comes after ya, he doesn’t seem to be livin’ until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Scuba Diving Stormtrooper Hits the Waves for Halloween


The odds of seeing someone in a Star Wars Halloween costume this year was pretty high.

But how many can say they saw someone dressed as a stormtrooper underwater?

Scuba diver Logan Campbell donned the classic white and black storm trooper helmet, complete with water gun in this year’s Halloween costume competition.

Read more at Fansided.

Ashley Eckstein Provides New Clone Wars Update


At New York Comic Con, The Clone Wars star Ashley Eckstein -- who voices Ahsoka -- spoke to CBR about the upcoming revival. She thanked fans for their consistent and continuing support, discussed showrunner Dave Filoni's role in getting the band back together and explained why the cast's recording sessions felt like "old radio dramas." She also teased Season 7's new challenges, how her approach to Ahsoka has changed and more.

"We're currently recording. That's all I can say! [laughs] So it's coming to the Disney streaming service. And that's about it. But, you know, I can promise -- obviously, Dave Filoni is a part of it and he's done his best to bring back a lot of the key people that were a part of the show, pretty much all the cast members and then also some of the main crew members. The stories are incredible, the people are incredible and anything that Dave Filoni touches is going to be amazing."

Read more at Comic Book Resources.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

New Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down Comic Launching


IDW Publishing is back with another grand journey to feast on before Thanksgiving: Star Wars Adventures: Destroyer Down #1, and SYFY WIRE has scored an early look inside.

Taking a cue from the Kieron Gillen and Jason Aaron's six-issue crossover event from 2015-2016, Star Wars: Vader Down, this new three-issue Star Wars Adventures miniseries finds the plucky Rey in the sand-clogged wastelands of Jakku, hunting down a mythical crashed spaceship of the Imperial Navy.

Read and see more at SyFy Wire.

Fresno's Annual Deaf Festival is Star Wars Themed [VIDEO]


The Annual Deaf Festival in Fresno will have a Star Wars theme.

The theme is May The Deaf Force Be With You. You can join the fun on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Fresno Fairgrounds Junior Exhibit Building.

You can get more info about the event right here.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Hot Toys Releasing Fully-Loaded Sixth Scale R2-D2


“Excuse me sir, but that R2-D2 is in prime condition, a real bargain” – C-3PO

A resourceful astromech droid, R2-D2 served a number of crucial characters in the Star Wars galaxy, showing great bravery in rescuing his masters and their friends from many perils.

Appearing in many memorable scenes in the original Star Wars trilogy with Luke Skywalker and his friends, Artoo is an endearing character and Sideshow and Hot Toys are delighted to present the new sixth scale collectible figure of R2-D2 (Deluxe Version) with many accessories as seen in the original trilogy for fans to recreate the iconic moments from the Star Wars galaxy!

OSU Robot Cassie Dresses Up as AT-ST for Halloween [VIDEO]


Members of the Oregon State University Dynamics Robotics Lab got a little excited for robot Cassie's Halloween costume.

Cassie dressed up as an AT-ST from Star Wars. AT-ST stands for “All Terrain Scout Transport,” which is basically accurate for Cassie, too.

Unfortunately, no Ewoks were harmed in the production of this video.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

New Solo Figures Now Available for Pre-Order


Wave 4 of the Hasbro 'Force Link' figures hits toy store shelves later this month, except for Toys 'R Us. We're still in denial over that. For those toy retailers that haven't gone bankrupt, you have a chance to get a hold of new figures from the Solo movie.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Omaha Man Builds 12-Foot Chicken Walker for Halloween


Each weekend for the past two and a half months, Chip Thompson has been bringing to life his childhood passion.

As a result, this Halloween, the Omaha man's 12-foot-tall 'Star Wars' creation will be done just in time for Halloween.

Read more at Omaha.com.

General Grievous Joins Star Wars: Battlefront 2


General Grievous is one of the most popular Star Wars characters and today, he's joining Star Wars Battlefront II.

Yes, the same Star Wars Battlefront II that ignited a microtransactions controversy which a lot of foreign governments cracked down on.

According to EA, "Trained in the Jedi arts by Count Dooku himself, you'll be able to inspire fear in your enemies as you take control of the fearsome General Grievous."

Read more at Windows Central.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Warwick Davis Can't Build Security Wall Around His House


At just 3 ft 6 in, Warwick Davis is Britain’s most celebrated actor of short stature.

Davis, who played an Ewok in Star Wars and Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter films, has nevertheless found himself lambasted by officials at his local council for trying to build a wall outside his mansion that, at 6ft, was ‘too high’.

He... wanted to build a new front boundary wall and gates at his £2 million, seven-bedroom home near Peterborough to boost security after his caravan was stolen.

Read more at The Daily Mail.

Star Wars Influenced Tractor Beam Developed


A light driven energy trap similar to tractor beams used to capture spaceships in science fiction movies such as Star Trek and Star Wars has been developed by researchers in South Australia.

PhD student Ashby Hilton developed the technology and said that although tractor beams in movies like Star Trek and Star Wars are green or blue, in this case the trap is made of invisible infrared light.

Read more at Space Daily.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Animated Short Shows John Boyega Getting Star Wars Role


Courtesy of BBC Two’s Black Hollywood, this short clip pairs John Boyega’s incredibly charming story about being cast in The Force Awakens with equally charming animation, making the story pop.

Read more at io9.

Tie Silencer Wheelchair Costume Wins Halloween [VIDEO]


Welcome back to the continuing Halloween adventures of super-dad Ryan Scott Miller and his son Jeremy.

Jeremy's wheelchair is now a menacing TIE silencer as piloted by Kylo Ren in Star Wars.

Jeremy is 11 and has spina bifida, a condition that affects spinal cord development.

Read more at CNET.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Dash Rendar is Now Canon - But Does It Really Matter?


Hey everyone! Dash Rendar is now canon again!

If some of you are wondering who that is, don't feel bad.

Friday, October 26, 2018

LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars Premieres Oct. 29th! [TRAILER]


Press Release from StarWars.com:

THE NEW SERIES OF ANIMATED SHORTS AND FULL-LENGTH EPISODES WILL FEATURE ICONS FROM ACROSS THE SAGA!

Fans of bricks and blasters, get ready: LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars, a new animated adventure series that spans all Star Wars eras, will debut Monday, October 29, on Disney XD YouTube and DisneyNOW. Comprised of eight shorts and four half-hour episodes, the series features LEGO versions of the latest heroes and villains of the Star Wars galaxy alongside iconic characters including Kylo Ren, R2-D2, Young Han, Chewie, Young Lando, BB-8, and General Leia. You can check out a special sneak peek and the official key art below!

Kathleen Kennedy Confirms Boba Fett Movie is DEAD


According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, a Boba Fett movie is no longer happening… at the moment, at least.

Kennedy attended a special awards season screening of "Black Panther," where a Critics Choice Association journalist named Erick Weber apparently asked her to provide a status update about the long-rumored Boba Fett movie.

Read more at /Film.


"The Mandalorian" Set Robbed!


Grand theft is being investigated at the studio hosting the "Star Wars" TV Show "The Mandalorian."

Authorities were unable to confirm what was taken at the Manhattan Beach Studios Media Campus.

A source with knowledge of the situation said items from the set of Lucasfilm's "Star Wars" television show The Mandalorian were taken, but nothing of substance.

The case remains under investigation.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

A Horse is an AT-AT, Of Course, Of Course


How do you go trick or treating with a horse?

Yeah, we know: "Very carefully."

But seriously. Building a costume for a 2,000-pound equine is not an easy task. Just ask Michael Corrie, of Mike's Tiny Shop in Martinsville, Ind. He did it.

His decided to dress his horse Moana as an AT-AT Walker from "Star Wars."

Read more at Trib Live.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Texas Country Singer Shares "Star Wars"-Themed Wedding Details


It’s not everyday you see a country singer getting married as Princess Leia from the movie "Star Wars."

That’s exactly how Texas country singer Robynn Shayne's wedding day went!

Read more at CountryFancast.

Fan-Made Trailer for "Caravan of Courage: A Star Wars Story"


A modern trailer in the style of "The Last Jedi" trailer for the 1984 TV Movie set in the "Star Wars" universe, "An Ewok Adventure" AKA "Caravan of Courage."

In this, [Dave Lee Down Under] has reimagined and renamed the movie as "Caravan of Courage: A Star Wars Story," to tie in with the current slate of "Star Wars Story" movies including "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and "Solo: A Star Wars Story."