The Star Wars News Roundup – 8.23.13


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!

Episode VII Movie News Summary

Boba Fett Fanclub got one of the few confirmed bits of news on “Episode VII” this week:

Announced today at a film industry event in Los Angeles, we’re exclusively reporting that cinematographer Dan Mindel ASC, BSC is shooting Star Wars Episode 7 with J.J. Abrams — on 35mm film. Specifically, Kodak film stock 5219.

On the rumor front, Badass Digest started a new rumor on the release date:

Multiple sources have told me that right now Disney and Lucasfilm have December circled on their calendars, with a mid-month release – the 15th – being most likely. That would take Star Wars out of the crowded summer and, more importantly, give JJ Abrams and company a couple more months to work on a movie that’s already running a tighter schedule than most of the other Star Wars films.

Considering Disney’s very aggressive schedule for the film, this is somewhat believable. However, Variety’s Marc Graser says his sources give a different story:

Carrie Fisher must have got the Disney memo not to talk about “Episode VII.” CBC.Ca spoke with Fisher at a convention in Canada:

And while it has been widely rumoured that she, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will reprise their iconic roles in the new film, Fisher was tight-lipped, even when pressed for any detail.

“It’s not for me to talk about. I’m someone with a big mouth, and I get in trouble every time I talk about something, so anything to do with this (‘Star Wars’) is not my … thing to discuss,” she says.

She even played it coy as to whether there would be a movie at all. “If they are doing a new movie, they have a director who’s a terrific director. I think anything that he does should be greatly anticipated, because he’s really creative.”

Finally, Samuel L. Jackson hasn’t had any better luck getting news on “Episode VII” than anyone else. WTHITV.Com spoke with the actor:

Jackson played Jedi Master Mace Windu in the “Star Wars” prequels. He’d like more work for Windu and his purple light saber. But when he saw Abrams recently at Lucas’ wedding, he gleaned no information about what will come next as the franchise moves on to its seventh film in 2015.

“J.J. was there, I was there,” Jackson said in an interview at the Hard Rock Hotel. “I was like (raises eyebrows) and he was like (noncommittal shrug), and he just went about his business. I don’t know what that means. Harrison (Ford) was there too, and he was like (shrug). I just think it would be cool to have some of us that people relate to as being part of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise to give entre to the new characters that they’re going to bring to whatever the new thing is. It kind of makes it an easier entrance.”

Around The Web

The Emperor Voiced by Mark Hamill’s Joker by Parry Hotter

Neatorama – Iron Droid

Neatorama – Chewbacca Lunch

Cracked – 5 Pieces of Star Wars technology that exist now

Star Wars Down Under – Star Wars + Australia + 10 years + Beer = Cool Fan Film

Fashionably Geek – I Love You, I Know, Ring Tattoos

Jedi News UK – An R2-D2 Engagement Ring

Kickstarter – Follow Star Wars Gentle Giant Peter Mayhew, “Chewbacca,” as he tells his story, has both knees replaced & relearns to stand on his own.

Entertainment Weekly – Jaime King’s baby shower: The Force is strong at ‘Star Wars’-themed party – Star Wars Mysteries: Who is Wiebba-Wiebba?

io9 – Darth Heisenberg is in the Empire Business

Endor Express – D23 Expo 2013: Interview with Joey Fatone

Mother Jones – How Star Wars Saved American Triumphalism – With its departure from realistic warfare and its nominal embrace of the underdog, the franchise got American kids back into war.

The Wrap – George Lucas Buys $10 Million in Starbucks Stock

Entertainment Weekly – Why Joss Whedon isn’t a fan of the ending of “The Empire Strikes Back.”

“Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending,” Whedon noted during his 10-page deep-dive interview with Entertainment Weekly in this week’s issue. “Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea.”

To which your EW interviewer blurted: “You think Empire had a bad ending?”

“Well, it’s not an ending,” Whedon explained about the 1980 film, which had a cliffhanger leading into the next entry of the series, Return of the Jedi. “It’s a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.”

What do you think?

Books and Comics

io9 – Would a Marvel/Star Wars crossover be the worst idea ever? (Short answer – yes. Long answer – yessssssssss.) – Get a sneak preview of the upcoming comic “The Star Wars” based on the early draft of the A New Hope script.

Club Jade – Interview: Kevin Hearne talks Star Wars and The Iron Druid Chronicles – Young Apprentice (Thoughts from a First-Time Star Wars Author)

Scribd – Check out 50 pages of the upcoming “Kenobi” novel! Here’s the official description:


The Republic has fallen.

Sith Lords rule the galaxy.

Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi has lost everything . . .

Everything but hope.

Tatooine—a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

Known to locals only as “Ben,” the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.

Ben—Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hero of the Clone Wars, traitor to the Empire, and protector of the galaxy’s last hope—can no more turn his back on evil than he can reject his Jedi training. And when blood is unjustly spilled, innocent lives threatened, and a ruthless opponent unmasked, Ben has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi—and the formidable power of the Force—in his never-ending fight for justice.

Video Games announced a new game for iOS and Android devices:

The fight to save the galaxy is going mobile: Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that Star Wars: Force Collection, a card battling game, will be available for free download worldwide on iOS and Android devices on September 4. Star Wars: Force Collection puts players in command of more than 230 heroes, villains, and vehicles from Star Wars Episodes I-VI, crossing the Star Wars galaxy to complete quests, fight battles, and collect powerful cards and upgrades. As players progress, their actions will determine whether they join and fight on the light or dark side of the Force during global player events.

“Stating the obvious, Star Wars is an enormously successful franchise, and we saw great potential in the story to delight fans around the world with a deep game experience on mobile devices,” said Tomoyuki Tsuboi, president of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “Konami’s proven capabilities in mobile game development and publishing, particularly in the card battle genre, are the perfect fit for Star Wars, and we’re very pleased to bring this new experience to players around the globe.”

For a special preview of the game, check out the accompanying slideshow and visit’s new Star Wars: Force Collection hub! DICE’s Patrick Bach says they haven’t quite cracked the “Star Wars: Battlefront” nut yet:

Battlefield 4’s executive producer Patrick Bach has discussed the progress on DICE’s upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront title, revealing that the team has yet to decide whether to make the game feel more like Battlefield or previous Star Wars: Battlefront titles.

“We haven’t really locked that down yet,” Bach told earlier today when asked which direction DICE was taking for the upcoming reboot, and whether it would feel more familiar to Battlefield players than Battlefront fans.

“I think there’s of course a part of the DICE DNA to build the games that we’re building, but then again we’re building games like Mirror’s Edge as well. So I think it will be a challenge for us.

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War Cry – How Star Wars Galaxies and The Matrix Online Taught Sony Online Lessons in Community

Wall Street Journal – Turns out that Disney pushed aside some Star Wars games in favor of other options:

As it pours resources into “Infinity,” Disney Interactive has pulled back in other areas. It halted production on an “Iron Man” game scheduled for release this year, for instance, and passed on the opportunity to produce “Star Wars” games following its parent company’s purchase of Lucasfilm.

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Collecting News

Teaser commercial for the upcoming Star Wars-themed Nissan Juke!

Daily Mail – A rare vinyl caped Jawa is going on the auction block soon:

A vintage Star Wars figurine believed to be one of the rarest in the world could fetch up to £12,000 when sold at auction.

The British-manufactured ‘Jawa’ figure was most likely bought for just 99p from a newsagent back in 1978.

But Palitoy, a company based in Coalville, Leicester, later lost the liscence to sell Star Wars memorabilia and such items rarely surface.

In fact, only one other Jawa, complete with vinyl cape and packaged on unpunched card, is known to exist in the world.

Visit the link above for more! – PETCO’S STAR WARS PET FANS COLLECTION: FOR SITH TZUS, JEDI JAVANESE, AND ALL FURRY COMPANIONS – Famed Star Wars artist Tsuneo Sanda has created a new Star Wars poster to raise funds for victims of the Japanese tsunami. You can order it at the link:

Major Earthquake and Tsunami which attacked Japan two years ago.
A scar is still left deeply…….
I start this project to help many friends.
It will be the disaster that is possible for you tomorrow.
Please share your warm heart to me.

And, thanks for Lucasfilm which approved of this project.

Star Wars Artist

Gizmodo – The Saga of Star Wars’ Toys Is Almost Better Than the Actual Movies

Star Wars Events

TheForce.Net – Fan Programming Deadlines, Other Important Dates Posted – Convenient Daily Departures: The History of Star Tours