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
Entertainment Weekly - Adam Driver in 'Star Wars': What he'll bring from 'Girls' to a galaxy far, far away
E! Online asked Zac Efron about those Star Wars rumors:
But the 26-year-old was less forthcoming about his rumored role in the upcoming Star Wars flick.
"Is it true? I don't even know yet," he coyly said to Seacrest when asked if he was signed on the star in the highly anticipated (and super top secret) movie.
"I guess the Force is with me tonight," he added. (Was that a hint?! Maybe? No? Who knows!)
Jedi Temple Archives hints that we might get our first look at "Episode VII" toys at the San Diego Comic Con, specifically a new version of the Big Millennium Falcon toy:
It's Big. It's Massive. It's Freaking gigantic. It looks like it is sourced to Episode VII though.
So I don't have a link to absolutely definitive proof, but I was at the Isle this week, and ended up chatting to some local guys who had just been in extras in Michael Fassbender's Macbeth which also shot there. They told me that Star Wars VII was coming to shoot some scenes there, and that a call for extras had gone around. So that sounds to me pretty definitive! Amazing place to shoot, and I look forward to seeing what they do with it!
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions - "Voices" Preview
USA Today - 'Clone Wars' arrives on Netflix Friday
Jedi News UK - LEGO Star Wars The Yoda Chronicles Series To Continue
Jedi News UK - RUMOR: All Six Star Wars Films To Be Released Digitally in November
We have an extremely juicy rumor tidbit to share with our readers. One of our Jedi News sources (one that we consider to be very reliable) has revealed to us that all six Star Wars films will be released digitally for the first time this November after Lucasfilm has recently completed digitizing the complete theatrical saga.
In this vintage interview, sound designer Ben Burtt discusses creating the sound of AT-AT walkers in The Empire Strikes Back.
Walkers were fun to work on for Burtt because "they were big mechanical beasts," and were a nice break from working on voices. Burtt felt that the challenge was to give them, through sound, a sense of mass and weight -- in reality, AT-ATs were just miniatures animated on a small stage.
The sound of the AT-ATs moving came from a metal stamping machine, something akin to a "big chopping block" for steel, recorded in a factory. Burtt took the sounds and made them rhythmic to convey walking. For its knee joints, Burtt took a dumpster door and recorded it opening and closing.