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Archived News-May 2013


Week 4

Friday May 24, 2013
Daily Video Clip

Today's video clip is LEGO Star Wars Sith Sled-Episode 1. Enjoy!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday May 24, 2013
David Collins to Host the Celebration Europe Digital Stage

Known for: PROXY in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Han Solo in Smugglerís Gambit.
Celebration veteran and Star Wars aficionado David Collins will return to host the Digital Stage at Celebration Europe. Collins, who is an accomplished stage host, voice actor, and sound designer with significant credits to his name, will be showcasing the very best and most exciting video and sound presentations in Halle Essen over the three days of the show. Be sure to visit the Celebration Europe II site for more information.


Posted by: Jedi Power

Friday May 24, 2013
Daily Star Wars Card

Today's new card is available in the Star Wars Cards section. It can be found under Series 5 (Orange Cards) and there were 66 cards and 11 stickers in all from 1978. Today's new orange card is 268-Ben Prepares to Turn Off the Tractor Beam of that series. Look for more cards and stickers every day!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday May 23, 2013
Daily Video Clip

Today's video clip is Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys Sneak Peek Teaser Footage! X-Ray Films is proud to present this SNEAK PEEK TEASER for our upcoming documentary, Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys. These 13 minutes and 24 seconds of preview footage were lovingly selected and randomly assembled for your viewing pleasure, and showcase a few of the collectors, historians, and toy designers that help bring this story to life. We hope you enjoy this small taste of the documentary, which will be available on DVD in September, 2013.†

Please Note: This footage does not feature final graphics, music, or effects. The stuff you see here was constructed by the film's director, and he's smart enough to hire pros to do the final versions! Enjoy!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday May 23, 2013
John Knoll New Chief Creative Officer Of ILM

The Official Star Wars Site has announced that the promotion of John Knoll to chief creative officer of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) effective immediately. Knoll, who joined the company in 1986, has served as a visual effects supervisor since 1991. Knoll will serve alongside ILM president Lynwen Brennan.

"In John I see a keen eye and an incredible mind for creative problem solving and that's what visual effects are all about," said Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy. "Lynwen continues to successfully navigate the business through these challenging times and I'm confident that with her business acumen and John's experience and passion for combining creative art with technology, the company will continue to perform at the highest levels." Be sure to read the entire article! Congratulations to John!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday May 23, 2013
Daily Star Wars Card

Today's new card is available in the Star Wars Cards section. It can be found under Series 5 (Orange Cards) and there were 66 cards and 11 stickers in all from 1978. Today's new orange card is 267-No-Nonsense Privateer Han Solo of that series. Look for more cards and stickers every day!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday May 22, 2013
Daily Video Clip

Today's video clip is The Return of Return of the Jedi Teaser Trailer: Dagobah. A sneak peek at director Kyle Newman's Return of the Jedi retrospective, in which some famous fans discuss Luke's return to the galaxy's "slimy mudhole." Enjoy!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Wednesday May 22, 2013
Daily Star Wars Card

Today's new card is available in the Star Wars Cards section. It can be found under Series 5 (Orange Cards) and there were 66 cards and 11 stickers in all from 1978. Today's new orange card is 266-Threepio and Leia Monitor the Battle of that series. Look for more cards and stickers every day!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday May 21, 2013
Daily Video Clip

Today's video clip is the Pringles and Star Wars "The Force For Fun" Finalist: Darth Visits. When Vader wants your Pringles, Vader gets your Pringles. Steven Houser is the filmmaker who shows us how it's done.

As part of the Pringles and Star Wars "The Force For Fun" promotion, more than a thousand fan-generated video ideas were gathered through Tongal.com and narrowed down to seven finalist videos competing for a grand prize of $25,000 and the chance to be featured as a national advertisement. Enjoy!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday May 21, 2013
Galactic Escape Pod Episode 14 Released

The latest Galactic Escape Pod has been released! This week's topics include the new animated TV show announcement for Star Wars Rebels, Michael Kaplan To Design Costumes For Episode VII, John Williams Interview, The Clone Wars Yoda Arc Bonus Content, The Old Republic Gree In-Game Event Returns, and The Story of The Empire Strikes Back LP Part 5 from 1980. Please listen to the show and send in you suggestions, thoughts, or questions! The e-mail for the show is podcast@galactic-voyage.com. Enjoy!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday May 21, 2013
EA Hints At New Star Wars Battlefront Game

GameSpot has a new article about the Battlefront series. Electronic Arts has teased that one of its multiple in-development Star Wars titles is an all-new Battlefront game. Speaking today during the Stifel 2013 Technology Conference, CFO Blake Jorgensen offered the hint.

"The opportunity to do a new Battlefront, for example, which is one of the very popular Star Wars games, or some of the other traditional games that were made, is very exciting."†

Star Wars: Battlefront III, despite never actually being announced, was reportedly 99 percent complete, though this claim was contested.†

Jorgensen further explained that its new Star Wars games stand to benefit from the marketing potential at Disney, a company that owns many consumer-focused enterprises like amusement parks, film studios, cruise lines, and media outlets.†

He also reiterated that EA's new Star Wars games will not be based specifically on any of the upcoming Star Wars films, though they may release near them to leverage the marketing opportunity.†

"These aren't movie games, per se, these are standalone games," Jorgensen said. "But obviously they would come out near the movies and be able to tailgate off of some of the buzz that will be created around the new Star Wars movies.


Posted by: Jedi Power

Tuesday May 21, 2013
Daily Star Wars Card

Today's new card is available in the Star Wars Cards section. It can be found under Series 5 (Orange Cards) and there were 66 cards and 11 stickers in all from 1978. Today's first new orange card is 265-Anxious Moments for the Rebels of that series. Look for more cards and stickers every day!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday May 20, 2013
Daily Video Clip #2

Today's second video clip is for the new animated TV show Star Wars Rebels. Pablo Hidalgo talks with executive producer Dave Filoni about Lucasfilm's highly-anticipated new animated series! Enjoy!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday May 20, 2013
New Star Wars Animated TV Show Announced!

The Official Star Wars Site has announced that Star Wars Rebels will be coming to television in 2014! Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, "The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we're thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD's viewers."

"I couldn't be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe," said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. "I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars."

The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV -- an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.

Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on at the Official Star Wars Site and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels. Great news!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday May 20, 2013
Daily Video Clip #1

Today's first video clip is from an upcoming Yoda story arc for Star Wars: The Clone Wars that was to be in Season 6 but now will be in the Bonus Content when it is released. This clip comes from Star Wars Weekends 2013. Enjoy!


Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday May 20, 2013
Michael Kaplan To Design Costumes For Episode VII

BuzzFeed interviewed Costume Designer Michael Kaplan who worked on the latest Star Trek and when asked what was next, he replied:

"Well, Iíve just learned Iíll be working on the new Star Wars movie, again with J.J. Everything just got formalized [last week], I havenít even had the chance to talk to anyone about it all other than to be told Ďwelcome aboard.í Itís a little too soon to know exactly whatís in store but Iím excited, absolutely, to get to work on another prestigious sci-fi series.Ē

Be sure to read the entire article. We have yet another name for the Episode VII list.


Posted by: Jedi Power

Monday May 20, 2013
Daily Star Wars Card

Today's new sticker is available in the Star Wars Cards section. It can be found under Series 4 (Green Cards) and there were 66 cards and 11 stickers in all from 1977. Today's eleventh and final green series sticker is 44-Monitoring the Battle of that series. Look for more cards and stickers every day!


Posted by: Jedi Power