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 and Spinoff News and Rumors
Yesterday, Lucasfilm rather quietly announced their new website.
— Dan Brooks (@dan_brooks) February 14, 2014
But hidden within the website was possible a sneak peek at “Episode VII.” If you look in the background of the below photo, you’ll see production art of the Millennium Falcon flying over a planet, reference shots of the ghost of Obi-Wan, and other blurry items.
Hitfix reports on the filming dates for “Episode VII”:
Multiple sources now have confirmed for us that “Star Wars Episode VII” is set to start shooting mid-May and will run through September of this year, and most principal casting on the film is complete, with many announcements still to come. While Abrams had mentioned May during the TCA press tour and there had been speculation about the summer date, the full production schedule was finally confirmed for us.
Industrial Light & Magic announced this week they will be opening a new facility in London:
Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic today announced the expansion of its global operations with the opening of ILM London in the UK, the growth and relocation of ILM Vancouver and the relocation of ILM Singapore to the newly constructed ‘Sandcrawler’ building located in the Fusionopolis business district. Coupled with the new and expanded facilities, the company has hired key talent to staff the offices. ILM president and general manager, Lynwen Brennan, made the announcement.
“We continue to embrace the global opportunities that have come with advances in technology while maintaining a strong operation here in the U.S.,” noted Brennan, “ILM has always prided itself on having the industry’s top creative talent. The difference now is that we can access incredible talent where they live and countries such as Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom have a great deal to offer.”
Located in Central London, ILM London’s creative team will be led by creative director Ben Morris and animation director Michael Eames. The studio’s director of operations, Sue Lyster will oversee all London-based operations. ILM London will be working with ILM’s existing offices in San Francisco, Singapore and Vancouver on a number of high profile releases at launch including the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII and Marvels Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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Alex Pettyfer was also asked by CS whether or not he had interest in a role in Star Wars:
If you can’t wait for the real trailer, a fan has made one utilizing footage from everything from “The Force Unleashed” to Man of Steel. Check it out!
USA Today – First look: ‘Star Wars Rebels’ rustles up a cowboy Jedi
Freddie Prinze Jr. was born to play a Jedi. He even has the scars on his face to prove it, the result of some lightsaber fights as a 4-year-old rough-housing with friends.
As an adult, the actor is voicing the character of Kanan, a gunslinger full of bravado and the Force who’s one of the new main players in the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. The show debuts with a one-hour special on Disney Channel in the fall before moving to half-hour episodes on Disney XD.
USA Today also posted pictures of the upcoming action figure and LEGO set from the series.
Germany is getting the bonus “Clone Wars” episodes first, and here’s the trailer.
But never fear! The US will get it on Netflix March 7th. You can find details here.
— Star Wars (@starwars) February 13, 2014
Watch an exclusive clip from the 6th and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, streaming only on Netflix beginning March 7th in the US and Canada. In these eagerly anticipated episodes, dubbed “The Lost Missions,” some of the deepest mysteries of the conflict between the light and the dark sides of the Force are revealed. Become a Netflix member anytime at http://netflix.com/
Kevin Kiner – Check out tracks from the “Clone Wars” music!
Around The Web
Access Reel – Star Wars: Episodes 1 – 6 being re-released in Australia on Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th.
— Rare Star Wars Stuff (@UnseenStarWars) February 12, 2014
— Rare Star Wars Stuff (@UnseenStarWars) February 12, 2014
— Star Wars 1977-1983 (@StarWars7783) February 13, 2014
Luke in "Jedi" with a Blue lightsaber. ILM changed Luke's saber from blue to green before the release. pic.twitter.com/QyTPe0gVF8
— Rare Star Wars Stuff (@UnseenStarWars) February 8, 2014
Style.Com – Rodarte Star Wars dresses
— Dunc (@clubjade) February 11, 2014
The Star Wars collection, as imagined by Rodarte pic.twitter.com/pcXAGWIomP
— stuart emmrich (@StuartEmmrichNY) February 11, 2014
— Veronica Gledhill (@fallingsequins) February 11, 2014
Rodarte Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear – Fashion Show – Style.com
Star Wars AT-AT (AT AT) Imperial Walker at MCM Manchester Comic Con July 20th 2013
Leonard Maltin Interviews George Lucas, Part 2: The Empire Strikes Back
Ben Burtt Interview: R2-D2
Wrecking Ball Parody – Star Wars Version
Vader’s Look Back
Mark Hamill’s Favorite STAR WARS Fan Moments
Star Wars + Olympics
Behance – Star Wars ’80s High School
Daily Mail – Move over Michelangelo: Sci-fi fan recreates classical masterpieces… using Star Wars figures
io9.com – A Treasury of Rare and Weird Star Wars Posters From Around the World
Neatorama – The Coruscant Tapestry
Neatorama – Adorable Paintings of Children Pretending to Be Fictional Characters
Blastr – J.K. Rowling, George Lucas, and the delicate balance of personal fandom
Books & Comics
The Hollywood Reporter – Jeffrey Brown Returns With ‘Goodnight Darth Vader’ Storybook
Star wars – The Old Republic – Producer’s Road Map 2014
Let’s talk about some of the things coming next:
February 4th: Game Update 2.6 Galactic Starfighter Digital Expansion, Free-to-Play Launch
Galactic Starfighter is now available to Free-to-Play players
SIX new Galactic Starfighter ships featuring a new ship role, the Bomber – tough support ships that deploy mines and drones on the battlefield. They can even place Hyperspace Beacons which function as mobile respawn points for their allies!
This update also introduces Galactic Starfighter Detailed Scoreboards with loads of new post-match information about your battle performance
Your personal Galactic Starfighter Battle Record with detailed lifetime battle stats, and the ability to link each stat to chat
Kuat Drive Yards is a vital starship construction site that is of interest to both factions, and forms the setting for a new modular type of flashpoint that contains different scenarios each time you play it. Kuat Drive Yards Tactical Flashpoint scales in difficulty with your level and is available to players starting at level 15
March 14th March 17th: Double XP weekend!
April 8th: Game Update 2.7
Two new Flashpoints on Tython and Korriban where the Empire and Republic confront each other directly, initiating a new storyline that will span updates across the entire year until its galaxy-shaking finale
Nightmare Mode Dread Fortress Operation and a new tier of gear
New Huttball Warzone on Quesh
New Galactic Starfighter Battle Zone
June 10th: Game Update 2.8
Nightmare Mode Dread Palace Operation
New ships and an entirely new Ship Role for Galactic Starfighter
And much more this is going to be the biggest update up to this point – we will reveal more once we are a bit closer to June
Angry Birds Star Wars: Boba’s Delivery
TheForce.Net – The San Francisco Giants Are Giving Away 20,000 R2-D2 Beanies
Wired – How LEGOs Licensed the Universe, and Ended Up Ruling Us All
Star Wars: Don’t Eat the Yellow Lightsaber