The purpose of this roundup is to put the highlights of all things Star Wars from the last week in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars: Episode VII developments to the latest toys. And maybe you’ll even share with them something that they might have missed.
Let’s get to it!
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Episode VII Movie News Summary
Latino Review posted what are reportedly working titles for “Episode VII”:
I was exclusively told that during that time, it seems that George had two working titles for Star Wars: Episode VII that were competing in his mind: Return of the Sith and Rise of the Jedi! These working titles were turned over to the Disney Company through the sale, BUT, there is no guarantee whatsoever that Disney will use these titles for the movie.
Business Insider reports that Anthony Daniels had a little slip of the lip during the New York Comic Con:
“Who wants to ask about Episode 7?” Daniels asked sarcastically at the beginning. The crowd roared. “Well tough!” .
At Comic Con, Daniels riffed on the notorious secrecy. He said he’d gladly give attendees the exclusive casting news, but he supposed George Lucas had secret cameras hidden in the convention hall.
“They have eyes everywhere,” he shuddered.
But 45 minutes later, during the Q&A portion, Daniels slipped.
Audience member: You’re the only actor who did all six movies.
AD: Yeah. I’m the only one who did all six movies.
Audience: And maybe seven?
AD: That was sneaky, sneaky, sneaky. There was a “Clones War” movie, I think, I’m not sure about that. I lose track. Yes, I’m the only actor to be in all seven, because either people died or they got
AD: Six, whatever!
AD: I didn’t mean it. [Daniels looks up, and begins speaking to George Lucas at the imaginary hidden cameras.] I was just teasing them! All right, I’ll see you later then.
The Huffington Post interviewed Daniel Radcliffe who, surprisingly, had a little “Episode VII” crew news:
Last time we spoke you mentioned you had never watched “Star Wars.”
Well, except for “The Phantom Menace.”
Let’s not tell anyone that.
You have to catch up before “Episode VII” comes out.
I know! I know I do. I have to catch up before that because f*****g all of my friends are working on the new one. Because “Star Wars” is filming in Leavesden. There was at least one guy, Digby Milner, who worked on all the “Potters” who had also worked on “Star Wars,” the originals. And he will be working on new “Star Wars” at Leavesden as well. And it is kind of amazing because “Star Wars,” the originals, were made in England as well. So there’s a lot of that crew who we’ll basically have a huge amount of sons and daughters of the original crew who are now on the new “Star Wars” movie.
It’s come full circle.
That’s all they do at Leavesden, apparently, is franchises [laughs].
Add Ming-Na Wen to the list of actresses who would like a role in “Episode VII.” Access Hollywood reports:
The “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Monday, where she dished on her dream of going to a galaxy far, far away.
“[There’s] nothing better than having a lightsaber in your hand,” the actress told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover about a recent night at Joss Whedon’s house, who has a vast collection of the Jedi weapon.
But Ming-Na explained that she would be happy with any role in the “Star Wars” universe.
“I don’t care, I could have a walk on, just like passing Han Solo,” she continued. “I don’t care. That’s [on] my bucket list, to somehow get in one of those movies.”
Adding, “Wouldn’t it be great?”
Digital Spy says that J.J. Abrams is getting the seal of approval from one actor – William Shatner:
Star Trek’s William Shatner has expressed confidence that director JJ Abrams’s upcoming Star Wars Episode 7 will please audiences.
Shatner jokingly called Abrams a “pig” in February for taking the Star Wars job after rebooting Star Trek.
“[JJ is] probably the most talented director of that ilk that we have, but he’s gone too far this time,” Shatner said at the time.
The original Star Trek star spoke again about the upcoming Star Wars film on Entertainment Weekly Radio, and this time offered more serious praise for Abrams.
“JJ is a terrific director, and he gives you a great ride,” Shatner declared. “He knows how to make the movie large with the special effects and everything. And that’s going to be wonderful.”
He continued: “It’s going to be wonderful for both franchises. He certainly has enlivened Star Trek. I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s going to do because he’s going to do something different, that’s for sure.”
Check out the link for more.
This past weekend at the New York Comic Con, some details on “Star Wars Rebels” was released. This video featuring Dave Filoni was shown.
The following press release was also sent out with the debut of the new character “The Inquisitor”
The next great villain from a galaxy far, far away is here. Fans attending Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Rebels panel today at New York Comic Con got the world’s first look at the Inquisitor, a black-clad, intimidating figure who will play a prominent role in the upcoming animated series. In a special video (available below) screened at the end of the panel, Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni officially revealed the character, showing a sculpted maquette, design sketches, and disclosing that the Inquisitor is “tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights.”
The panel, hosted by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo, focused on the Empire and how it is central to the story of Star Wars Rebels. Hidalgo revealed that the series takes place about 14 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, a time in which the Emperor’s rule is secure and the Empire is seeking to expand its power to Outer Rim territories. That leads Imperial forces to Lothal, a poor planet that initially welcomes the Empire on the promise of security and prosperity. It soon becomes obvious, however, that the Empire does not have Lothal’s best interests at heart, as the Imperials exploit its people and begin recruiting young citizens to join TIE fighter and Stormtrooper academies, or to work in the Sienar Fleet Systems factory — which builds TIE fighters — in the planet’s capital. Hidalgo showed new art focusing on Lothal, including the planet itself, a town, and alleyways, as well as an Empire recruitment poster.
The show is fully embracing the Star Wars legacy, taking direct inspiration from the original trilogy and its concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. Hidalgo displayed new Star Wars Rebels imagery and animation models for Stormtroopers, Star Destroyers, TIE fighters, and TIE fighter pilots, all of which fit seamlessly with classic Star Wars. Additionally, Hidalgo introduced several new Imperial vehicles and designs created for the series: the All Terrain Defense Pod (AT-DP), a ground attack walker based on an early Joe Johnston (the filmmaker who designed Boba Fett’s armor and speeder bikes, and made other major contributions to Star Wars) illustration from 1979; the new AT-DP pilot, which blends designs of the classic AT-AT walker driver from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and the AT-ST walker pilot from Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi; the Imperial Troop Transport, which comes from an early Kenner toy that was actually not based on designs from the films; and the Imperial freighter, a reimagining of an Imperial-style craft designed for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace by concept artist Doug Chiang, featuring a dock to transport TIE fighters from system to system.
If anything was made clear at today’s panel, it’s that the Empire is back — thanks to Star Wars Rebels.
Star Wars Rebels is set to debut on Disney XD in 2014. Stay tuned to StarWars.com for more on this highly anticipated animated series.
For more from the panel, visit TheForce.Net, where they collected a lot more info revealed at the NYCC panel from Twitter.
Dave Filoni also spoke about the new series with The LA Times:
HC: “Clone Wars” told a story on a very broad canvas with a large number of characters acting as the leads. Will that approach continue with “Rebels” or will there be a core group featured in every episode?
DF: “Rebels” will be different from “The Clone Wars” in a couple ways, and one is the decision to stick with one story and one main group of characters. We wanted fans to get to know the new characters and what they are fighting for. Each episode has its own unique story, while still fitting into the much larger picture of what is going on in the “Star Wars” universe. “Rebels” will tell the story of a group of characters, in this way it is more like the original trilogy which followed Han, Luke and Leia, where the prequels showed us the grand scale and political as well as personal.
HC: Are you operating completely independently from the feature film group or is there some measure of coordination?
DF: There is a large effort at Lucasfilm to make all the stories we are creating relate to one another and find continuity with one another. It’s one of the really exciting developments in this new era.
Visit the link above for more.
Entertainment Weekly posted this NYCC propaganda artwork from Star Wars Rebels.
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Finally, in the rumor department, Jedi News UK says that J.J. Abrams may be writing the theme to “Star Wars Rebels”:
Williams is on board only for the Sequel trilogy, but I understand another possible composer could be in line for the Rebels theme – J.J. Abrams himself. Abrams wrote the themes for Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe and according to my information he could possibly involve himself in the show in that way.
In case you doubt J.J. Abrams’ musical talent, watch this:
Meanwhile, Making Star Wars reports someone else is scoring:
Now I have had correspondence with another person I trust in the industry:
“Michael Giacchino was considered. No one is officially on Star Wars Rebels yet.”
Michael Giacchino has done countless projects for Abrams and scored Star Tours II in accordance with John Williams.
We’ll see who ends up with the job!
Also at NYCC, Seth Green gave an update on “Star Wars Detours”:
While attention is shifting to “Star Wars Rebels,” Dave Filoni has been wrapping up “The Clone Wars” with some new content coming soon:
We've wrapped production on the remaining @TheCloneWars episodes. In early 2014 you'll see Yoda on a solo mission and more!
— Dave Filoni (@dave_filoni) October 12, 2013
“The Clone Wars” Season 5 is released on DVD and Blu-ray this week. In celebration, IGN posted this animatic from a deleted sequence in the Darth Maul / Darth Sidious / Savage Oppress fight.
USA Today featured an alternate ending to the series where Ahsoka gives the Jedi a piece of her mind. Hit the link to watch the clip.
StarWars.com – Interview: Dave Filoni on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five, Part 1”:
StarWars.com: I know that George Lucas was heavily involved in the story creation of the show. Is there anything this season that he gave specific instructions on?
Dave Filoni: Not particularly. I mean, I would say that the origin of the idea, Darth Maul will face Darth Sidious, is a George idea. “I want them to fight.” When it comes down to the directing of where they’re going to fight, the staging of the fight, that’s all what I do and bring to the table. So we go over the broad story beats of something, and he just trusts myself and the writers and the rest of the team to really bring it to the screen. I think that freedom and trust from him is what in some ways makes this show. We’re challenging more boundaries and not reciting things so much. We’re developing more and experimenting more and I think the results are all part of that collaboration.
Visit the link for more more.
LEGO® Star Wars – Umbara Episode 1 Part 1
Around The Web
Verizon Star Wars Halloween commercial:
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Star Wars fans! Read Leigh Brackett's original draft of EMPIRE STRIKES BACK in PDF, & see what might have been. http://t.co/jXypXryEkL
— Gareth M. Skarka (@gmskarka) October 15, 2013
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George Lucas Interview: Aerial Dogfights in Star Wars – George Lucas discusses the aerial space dogfights from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, from the influence of old war footage to the innovative techniques used to create the memorable scenes. Part of a recently recovered series from the Lucasfilm vault.
“The Empire Strikes Back” Teaser Trailer – Watch the original teaser trailer for “The Empire Strikes Back,” which is notable for featuring solely concept art by Ralph McQuarrie but no film footage. Among the McQuarrie paintings seen are the Rebel hangar on Hoth, Luke on a tauntaun, Darth Vader aboard a Star Destroyer, Cloud City, an Imperial probe droid, and Luke’s final duel with Darth Vader.
Star Wars Recap Drawn Entirely On An Etch-A-Sketch
Indiewire – Watch a Clip From Newly Discovered ‘Black Angel’ Short That Played In Front Of ‘Empire Strikes Back’
TheWrap – Harrison Ford Pays Tribute to Joan Didion, and His Carpenter Past, During PEN Lit Awards
Comic Book Resources – Movie Legends Revealed | Did Star Wars’ Toys Keep Han Solo From Dying in Jedi’?
Gizmodo – The Hidden Easter Eggs That Link Star Wars and Indiana Jones
Jedi News UK – Ian McDiarmid In WW1 Drama 37 Days
Books and Comics
Star Wars Books – Facebook – In this gallery you’ll find screen caps from the enhanced eBooks for J. W. Rinzler’s Making of Star Wars, Making of Empire Strikes Back, and Making of Return of the Jedi. They were all captured from the iBooks Author edition of the three eBooks so the format will be slightly different on other e-readers; but, the content is the same for all retailer versions. Each of the three enhanced eBooks includes all the text and art from the print edition plus about 200-300 additional pieces of art and photos, about 15-20 minutes of rare audio recordings, and about 30 minutes of rare video footage. Functionality of the audio/video content is subject to your eBook device. Check the store listing on your favorite eBook retailer site to find out whether your device is capable of playing audio and video elements. All three enhanced eBooks will go on sale Tuesday, October 22, and retail for $18.00 each.
CNET – Get face to face with original ‘Star Wars’ artifacts – Visitors to “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” can get a close-up look at dozens of actual models, props, and costumes from the six films.
IGN – DICE: Making Star Wars: Battlefront ‘Is Scary’
TF.N has the exclusive first look at the Trading Card that comes FREE in the new issue of STAR WARS INSIDER Magazine! http://t.co/dOLXhUVJDu
— Matt Busch (@Matt_Busch) October 14, 2013
TheForce.Net – Official Pix: Big Online Autograph Store Update
Jedi News UK – Darth Vader Gorilla To Be Auctioned Off