The Star Wars News Roundup – 6.7.13


Episode VII and Spinoff Movie News Summary

Director Joseph Kosinski, left, cinematographer Claudio Miranda and production designer Darren Gilford, right

CS reader ‘Cinnamon Thunder’ points us to an interesting bit of information at the United Talent Agency Website. On the listing for Darren Gilford, they had listed him as production designer on Star Wars: Episode VII:

Lucasfilms Ltd.J.J. Abrams

Walt Disney PicturesJoseph Kosinski
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Walt Disney PicturesJoseph Kosinski
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Art Directors Guild Award Nomination, Excellence in Production Design for a Fantasy Film

Twentieth Century FoxMike Judge

The listing has since been removed. Was it a mistake or did someone jump the gun on the announcement? We’ll probably find out soon enough, likely with a bevy of “Episode VII” announcements at Celebration Europe on July 26-28.

Some more cool “Episode VII” fan art has popped up over at Flicks and Bits:

Adam Midd has put together these two brilliant fan-made paintings for Disney and Lucasfilm’s ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ which will be directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Michael Arndt and is scheduled for a 2015 release. Adam describes the above “All Is Not Lost” piece as follows: “Had this idea a few nights ago of a diver coming across the remains of the Millennium Falcon deep underwater. After finishing the painting, decided to all the Star Wars titles and the slogan “All is not lost” and sort of turn the painting into a marketing piece that could go on a billboard. Had a lot of fun with this!”

The below “History Rediscovered” piece for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is described as follows: “Another one following the theme of the painting I uploaded yesterday of two divers coming across the wreck of the Millennium Falcon. This time a long lost X-Wing fighter in a jungle. Hope you guys like.”

Visit the links for more of his art.

USA Today has a great interview with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy. Here’s a snippet:

Many of the movies made by Spielberg and Lucas, and by extension Kennedy and Marshall, have found ready critics who lament their rosy resolutions. But Kennedy happily defends such family-friendly fare and, in fact, hopes to keep that tradition going with a new generation of directors, best exemplified by Abrams.

“J.J. has, in his own way, some of the same qualities that I always saw in Steven and George,” says Kennedy, sitting a few paces in front of an E.T. poster that reads, “Kathy — ‘I’ll be right here …’ And you were. Love, Steven.”

“What all of these men have is the ability to combine a real seriousness about what they do with a sense of humor,” she says. “So there’s a buoyancy, a lightness, a feeling of aspiration to their storytelling. Of hope.

“I find that a lot of directors are attracted to the dark side,” she continues. “That’s not Steven or George or J.J. They all can explore darkness, but they’re not nihilistic.”

There’s also a video accompanying the article which you can see here.

Meanwhile, British tabloid The Sun started a rumor that Florence Welch from the band “Florence and the Machine” is being eyed for a role in Episode VII:

Last night a Star Wars insider said: “We think Florence has the exact style we are looking for.

“She has done some acting but it was her singing on stage that initially caught the eye.

“Almost every actress in Hollywood wants a role in the new movies but we are keen to cast people who are unexpected.

“Florence is being considered for a major part that would turn her into an A-list actress overnight.”

Gotta say this sounds like complete garbage, but we bring it up as an example of the crazy rumors you can expect leading up to the final announcements.

Star Wars Television

Greg Weisman, writer on “Star Wars Rebels,” continues to talk about progress on the show:

Around The Web – prequel producer Rick McCallum has a new sci-fi project entitled “R’Ha” based on a short film online. Visit the link to see the short and get more details.

Motherboard reports on a promotion for “The Empire Strikes Back” which was not only amusing but crashed AT&T’s phone lines:

In early 1980, the prospect of dialing a number and hearing a celebrity’s voice on the other end—even if it was pre-recorded—was pretty novel. The ’80s would go on to see the height of expensive, premium telephone calls and the advent of the celebrity hotline; Sherilyn Connelly documents the decade’s more amusing experiments over at Topless Robot. But when Lucasfilm was rolling out its Empire Strikes Back promotional campaign, the practice wasn’t exactly common.

That might account for why the cast’s effort to do exactly that sounds so odd and unpolished—and that the effort ended up overwhelming AT&T’s pre-digital phone systems completely.

Visit the link for more and to hear the original audio below: found some cool fan art:

In the alternate universe of Timothy Anderson’s Star Wars pulp covers, Star Wars started its life as a series of novels, but ended up retitled with a set of salacious covers.

Anderson has prints of these imaginary book covers up at his store, where he also sells prints of his Star Wars spaghetti western poster series, Guerre Stellari.

Visit the link for more!

The Telegraph – Al Pacino talks about why he turned down the role of Han Solo.

Book & Comic News has the press release for “Star Wars Reads Day”:

Fans of reading and a certain galaxy far, far away have reason to rejoice: Star Wars Reads Day, a day-long celebration of literacy and Jedi, Sith, Wookiees, and all things Star Wars, is returning. The second annual Star Wars Reads Day is to be held this October 5, 2013. Last year, 30 authors and 1,500 costumed volunteers participated in over 1,200 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America. On October 5 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.

“Star Wars Reads Day is the kind of initiative that we at Lucasfilm love to support” says Carol Roeder, Director of Publishing at Lucasfilm. “Reading and Star Wars have gone hand-in-hand since 1976, when the novelization of the original Star Wars movie was released. Over the years, many fans have discovered the joy in reading through Star Wars books, and we hope to continue encouraging more people to read.”

Official Star Wars Reads Day author events are already confirmed at the following locations:

Ann Arbor, MI – Barnes & Noble
Austin, TX – Barnes & Noble
Carle Place, NY – Barnes & Noble
Cincinnati, OH – Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Denver, CO – Tattered Cover
Madison, WI – Barnes & Noble
New York, NY – The Scholastic Store Portland, OR – Wordstock Festival
Redondo Beach, CA – Mysterious Galaxy
Richmond, VA – bbgb
Roseville, MN – Barnes & Noble
San Francisco, CA – Books Inc.
Seattle, WA – University Bookstore
Warwick, RI – Barnes & Noble
Bookstores and libraries that would like to host their own Star Wars Reads Day event on October 5 can post their event details on the official Star Wars Reads Day Facebook page.

An official Star Wars event kit (free of charge), including reproducible activity sheets and trivia, will be available for download at

Stay tuned to for more on Star Wars Reads Day!

Idle Hands got a sneak peek at the new book “The Bounty Hunter Code”:

Deep in the darkest corners of BookExpo America…far from the steely gaze of your average geek on the hunt, there sat a little black book…plain..unassuming..thin. It was the word Bounty Hunter that caught my eye, and now I’m glad it did! You see, last year at BEA, there was a big display for these super deluxe orgazmo edition books with sounds and lights and enough zazz to fill your zazz jar for 15 years. The Book of Sith slid open like some deflowered ancient Egyptian tomb while the Star Trek Federation book..well…it promised to sound like Sulu when it was all said and done. This year…little, black, almost invisible sampler books. Go figure. Quick note…the best part of this package? The section on “How to Hotwire a Landspeeder”. Pure Gold.

BEHOLD!! Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Code

When legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett met his untimely end at the Pit of Carkoon, the Rebel Alliance discovered a secure, blast-proof bounty hunter’s case holding Boba Fett’s personal items. For years it remained hidden away. But now all who wish may unlock the secrets held within . . . .

Visit the link for details!

Collecting News

RebelScum – Check out some new exclusive Topps trading cards that will be shipping with new issues of the Star Wars Insider!

High Snobiety – Check out these “Star Wars”-themed Moleskin planners.

Leg Godt – Behold the new Lego Ewok Village playset!

Gentle Giant – Check out this year’s SDCC 2013 exclusive statue!

NOTE: The Star Wars New Roundup will be on hiatus for summer vacation and return on June 28. See you back then!