Star Wars News

Rogue One Is the First Star Wars Stand-Alone Film, Rian Johnson to Write and Direct
3/12/2015, StarWars.com

This morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosted a shareholder meeting where he announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII.

“Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Publishing Program Coming Fall 2015
3/10/2015, StarWars.com

Star Wars fans will soon uncover some major secrets — without the need for Bothan spies. Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm announced today an ambitious publishing programming, “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which will lead into the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming December 18. Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, kicking off this fall, is planned to include more than 20 titles available in print and digital, and will feature new narrative stories for middle grade and young adults as well as comics, illustrated reference, Look and Find, and sticker book formats. Stories are set to star characters old and new, and retell classic Star Wars tales from new perspectives.

Harrison Ford praised for response in crash landing
3/7/2015, LATimes.com

Every few years, a small propeller plane from Santa Monica Airport crashes in a residential area. They have hit streets, garages, an apartment house carport and occasionally a home.. On Thursday, it happened again. Only this time actor Harrison Ford avoided houses and crash-landed his vintage military trainer in the only open space near the runway — the Penmar Golf Course in Venice.

Interview: Dave Filoni on Star Wars Rebels, Part 3
3/5/2015, StarWars.com

StarWars.com concludes its deep dive into Season One of Star Wars Rebels with executive producer Dave Filoni, discussing the biggest moments of the thrill-a-minute season finale — including the return of a certain Sith Lord and his former Padawan — and what it all means for the Ghost crew. (Consider this your official spoiler warning and, in case you missed them, be sure to read part one and part two of this interview!)

A Jedi returns in 'Star Wars Rebels' finale
3/3/2015, usatoday.com

A Jedi has returned to the Star Wars galaxy. Ahsoka Tano, an apprentice to Anakin Skywalker before his transformation into Darth Vader, was revealed as the mysterious hooded informant Fulcrum in Monday night's first-season finale of the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars Celebration 2015: Ian McDiarmid and More Confirmed!
3/3/2015, StarWars.com

New guests — including a cloaked, lightning-shooting, Order 66-ordering Dark Lord of the Sith — and events are now confirmed for Star Wars Celebration, April 16-19 in Anaheim. Get the full details below!

Heir to the Jedi – Exclusive Excerpt!
2/27/2015, StarWars.com

Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi — the first-ever novel written from Luke Skywalker’s point of view — hits stores March 3. Written by Kevin Hearne and set between Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, it finds the not-yet-a-Jedi hero sent on a daring rescue mission by Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar. Showcasing Luke at a key point in his life, Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi is essential reading.

Next Lives
2/26/2015, StarWars.com

Now, after almost 14 years of working on Star Wars, it’s time for another life. I’m moving on from Lucasfilm. But I’m not completely moving on from Star Wars, thank the Maker. In my new job at ReedPOP I will remain working on Star Wars Celebration from their side, the show production side. Those of you working with me on the show now — on panels, programming, fan tables, etc. — will find me still there with you. I’ll just have a different email address.

J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy to Kick Off Star Wars Celebration
2/13/2015, StarWars.com

For J.J. Abrams, the Star Wars Celebration circle is now complete. StarWars.com is thrilled to announce that the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens — who once attended Star Wars Celebration as a fan — is confirmed to appear at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim this April. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will kick off the show in a big way on Thursday morning, April 16, at 10:00 a.m. This will be a day long remembered.

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds – Special Preview!
2/3/2015, StarWars.com

Visiting a galaxy far, far away is somewhat cost-prohibitive and often difficult. You have to hire a pilot (a hefty sum, especially if said pilot owes Jabba money); directions come in the form of visions of the ice planet Hoth, usually after surviving a wampa attack; and asteroid fields are really bad for traffic. But don’t worry — thanks to Madame Tussauds, you can avoid all of that. The characters and locales of Star Wars are coming to you.

Interview: Jason Reitman on the Empire Strikes Back Live Read
1/29/2015, StarWars.com

The Empire Strikes Back is widely hailed as the best of the Star Wars films — the most humorous, the most romantic, and the most emotionally complex. On December 18 of last year, Film Independent (a non-profit organization that helps filmmakers and triumphs independent movies) paid tribute, holding a live table reading of Empire as part of its Live Read series for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

runDisney Star Wars: A Wookiee Welcome
1/16/2015, StarWars.com

With months of training, costume making, and gearing up behind us, the day has finally come! As the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend kicks off, I’ve got a full report on the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo and Wookiee Welcome live from the Disneyland Resort.

Your First Look at Kanan the Padawan – Exclusive!
1/16/2015, StarWars.com

Star Wars Rebels has established Kanan as a heroic — yet flawed — Jedi. He doubts himself, he loses his patience, and he struggles in his new role as a teacher to Ezra. An Order 66 survivor, he also seems haunted by his past; finally, that past will be explored in Marvel’s Kanan: The Last Padawan series, coming this April. And StarWars.com has an exclusive first look at young Kanan — then known as Caleb Dume — right from the sketchbook of series artist Pepe Larraz!

Fully Operational Fandom: Star Wars in the Classroom
1/15/2015, StarWars.com

The Star Wars saga has it all. Action, space battles, lightsabers, interesting characters. Everything. Fans discuss every aspect of the saga and channel their enthusiasm into blogs, fan films, podcasts, and crafts. I’m constantly surprised by what they do. I know, it’s a phrase I repeat again and again, but hey, that’s why this column exists.

From Characters to Colors: The Story of Star Wars Celebration 2015’s Official Poster
1/13/2015, StarWars.com

Star Wars posters are an art form unto themselves. For an artist to capture the essence of Star Wars on a poster — the feel and look of the films, the drama of the stories, Han Solo’s overall awesomeness — isn’t easy. To do it in concert with their own sensibilities is even harder. But Craig Drake‘s stunning new Star Wars Celebration poster, the official key art for April’s mega-event, appears effortless.

Revenge of the Sith 3D, Disneyland Discount Announced for Star Wars Celebration
1/5/2015, StarWars.com

“Once more, the Sith will rule the galaxy.” So said Darth Sidious upon the turn of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side, and he was right (for awhile…). Only this time, they’ll do it in 3D.

'Star Wars,' 'Avengers 2,' And The Biggest Blockbusters Of 2015
1/1/2015, forbes.com

Okay, it’s New Year’s Day, so nothing too taxing for the day. I can wait until tomorrow for something that requires anything resembling big picture thinking or complaining about the things I always tend to complain about. This one is purely for fun, but as the new year begins, let’s take a quick look at some of what likely will be the biggest would-be blockbusters of 2015. This list will be in order of release and I’ve tried to spread out the wealth in terms of the release calendar by choosing what I think could be the biggest film of each respective month, or at least the one that I find most worth discussing. That’s basically because I didn’t want to spend the whole piece discussing films dropping in April, May, June, November, and December.

‘Star Wars Rebels’ Gets a Visit from Yoda
12/31/2014, variety.com

Disney XD’s “Star Wars Rebels” is bringing back a familiar voice for its Jan. 5 return: beloved Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz), who escaped the Jedi purge and fled to Dagobah following Anakin Skywalker’s betrayal and the fall of the Republic in “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.”

'Star Wars' tops 'Avengers': Most anticipated 2015 movies ranked
12/30/2014, ew.com

Stormtroopers and the Millennium Falcon have eclipsed the hype for Ultron and killer dinosaurs—so claims Fandango’s annual survey of the most-anticipated films for the coming year. The ticket service says Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most eagerly awaited movie of 2015 even though it doesn’t open until next December. In second place was the return of Marvel’s all-star team in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ranking third is the conclusion of The Hunger Games franchise with Mockingjay — Part 2. In fourth place was the only non-sequel to make the list: Fifty Shades of Grey, which of course is still a widely known format as it’s based on the bestselling erotic novels. The reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World, was No. 5.

Lucasfilm ditches paper holiday cards for animated 'Star Wars' droids
12/20/2014, cnet.com

For the first time in decades, Lucasfilm sends an animated holiday greeting rather than a collectible print card. The stars: crafty "Star Wars" droids R2-D2 and C1-10P Chopper.

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