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Saturday December 04, 2004
5-25-77 Production Stills

For those interested in the upcoming feature film based around the release of "Star Wars," 5-25-77, there are a bunch of new production stills posted on their website. For even more photos, check out the behind the scenes section by clicking here.


Posted by: Gingitsune

Thursday December 02, 2004
Republic Commando: IGN Preview

IGN has gotten around to posting their preview of Star Wars: Republic Commando, which will supposedly be released March 1, 2005:

Playing through the first two missions, the initial scripted scenes take from the now time-held tradition (thanks to Half-Life's wild success a zwillion years ago) -- of passive observer. Though able to look around and listen in the first few cutscenes, you, future Delta Member #38, are simply a witness. Quick successive cutscenes show you growing up with your peers from a youngster to a teenager to a young man trained, armed and equipped for battle. Tailored with specialized armor and a unique helmet, you're able to view health, weapon count, and later on, when you collect your team, the health levels of your squad.

Finally, you're ready to fight (this whole set up takes roughly 1 minute, 30 seconds). In the first mission, your team commander drops you into a warzone on Geonosis, and as you progress through war-torn corridors the game teaches the basics. On the Xbox, you switch between weapons using the Dpad, with right trigger being fire and left trigger designated for grenades. Depending on the type of weapon you have, you can deliver a gun-butt attack or you can handily slice and dice droids using an extremely cool built-in shiv. The default weapons are a handgun and rifle (DC-17), and later on you'll pick up an attachment to the DC-17 for sniping.

Republic Commando sounds like it's going to be "the Cadillac" of Star Wars games. If you haven't seen the screenshots yet, you should check them out, as they'll most likely impress you. Click here to read the full preview.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Thursday December 02, 2004
Natalie Portman On Star Wars, Closer

Natalie Portman, who played Padme in the prequel trilogy, was interviewed concerning Star Wars Episode III, and her latest film "Closer":

How do you feel about “Star Wars” being over?
It was a big chunk of my life - 10 years from the time I [first started working on “Star Wars”] to the time the next film comes out. So, as with all phases in life, it's both sad because you're not going to go back and see the same people and then exciting as to what is ahead.

Is the last film of the trilogy more intense?
As far as from filming, yes. It's darker. Yeah, it was really intense. We worked really hard - Hayden [Christensen] and Ewan [McGregor] were both amazing. And Ian McDiarmid. We all worked hard and hopefully we'll see a good movie when it comes out.

Be sure to click here to read the full interview!

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Thursday December 02, 2004
Hyperspace Chat Tomorrow With Ray Park

The Official Star Wars Site has announced a chat with Ray Park tomorrow! Continuing the series of popular online chats, Hyperspace welcomes Ray Park, the performer behind the incredible acrobatic moves of Darth Maul, the Sith Lord featured in Episode I.

Skilled in martial arts, Park has studied kick-boxing, Tae Kwon Do, and Wu Shu, honing his agility to become a capable stunt performer. Working under Stunt Coordinator Nick Gillard to develop the incredible lightsaber action for Episode I, Park earned the role of Darth Maul. The laconic Sith warrior with the striking makeup instantly became a fan favorite.

Park's other film credits include X-Men, in which he played the evil mutant Toad, and Sleepy Hollow, where he played the terrifying Headless Horseman.

Ray Park is scheduled to be online on Friday, December 3rd at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern time). Please note that last-minute scheduling changes may happen, and because hundreds of questions are often submitted, not all can be answered.

Posted by: Jedi Power

Thursday December 02, 2004
Republic Commando: Box Art

Star Wars: Republic Commando box art has been revealed! The gritty first-person shooter lead-in to Revenge of the Sith has been confirmed for release on March 1, 2005. Gamers will fight alongside and command a trio of Republic Commandos as well as aid Wookies to help defeat the Separatist threat.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Thursday December 02, 2004
Star Wars Games For Macintosh

Inside Mac Games posted an article on their site which talks about many of the Star Wars video games available on Macintosh:

In the history of video and computer games, there have been a number of popular franchises. Mario, Sonic, Mortal Kombat, and Madden come to mind. But few franchises have spawned as many games as the Star Wars franchise.

With games available for nearly every major video game system since the original Atari 2600, a slew of popular arcade games, and enough computer games to weigh down a Bantha, if you haven't played a game set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, then you've been spending too much time in the spice mines of Kessel.

Be sure to hit the link above to read if you wish to read the entire (and quite lengthy) article.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Wednesday December 01, 2004
Star Wars This Weekend -- For Fans Across the World!

This coming weekend Star Wars fans on opposite sides of the globe can enjoy the start of their December holiday seasons at Star Wars festivals and events -- both in Spain and California.

Near Barcelona, fans are anticipating the Spanish Star Wars Convention December 5 through 7, a revelry of all things Star Wars planned in the midst of the 37th Annual Sitges Film Festival. The Sitges Festival runs December 2 through 11.

Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm's Director of Content Management and head of Fan Relations, will accept an award at the Sitges Festival on behalf of Star Wars writer and director George Lucas. The award will be given by the Festival in recognition of Lucas' outstanding achievements in the film industry.

During the Spanish Star Wars Convention, Sansweet will share a presentation that will let fans catch a glimpse into the making of Episode III Revenge of the Sith. He'll also provide a special sneak peak at the production behind the new, expanded chapters of the Clone Wars cartoon series, scheduled to air on the Cartoon Network starting in March of 2005.

Fans at the Spanish convention can enjoy a rare marathon viewing of all five completed Star Wars films in Spanish, plus panels with actors Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in the original trilogy) and David Prowse (Darth Vader in the original trilogy). There will be Star Wars fan films, Star Wars licensees in the exhibit hall, and a number of Spanish fan groups adding to the fun. Collectors will be especially interested in presentations by Star Wars super-collectors Sansweet, Gus Lopez, and Duncan Jenkins, as well as all the Star Wars shopping opportunities at the show.

On the other side of the world in Anaheim, California, Star Wars fans at Gen Con's Southern California (SoCal) Game Fair, scheduled for December 2-5, can catch the same footage that Steve Sansweet will show in Barcelona. Mary Franklin, Fan Event Specialist at Lucasfilm and Bantha Tracks editor, will share the presentation and news with fans on Friday, December 3.

The Gen Con SoCal exhibit hall will feature a Star Wars "mini-pavilion" where fans can play the latest games from LucasArts, including Star Wars: Battlefront, Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Republic Commando. There will be a display of Star Wars miniatures from Wizards of the Coast, and of the striking new Star Wars window treatment designs from 3-Day Blinds. Fans can watch Star Wars trailers and footage in the mini-pavilion, and compete for prizes playing Star Wars trivia, too!

Southern California Star Wars artists Randy Martinez and Thomas Hodges will star in the mini-pavilion, sketching free Star Wars drawings for fans at scheduled times. Hodges and Martinez will teach free Star Wars character drawing lessons, too, both in the mini-pavilion and to local kids coming to the convention as part of Gen Con's field trip program.

Here's the schedule for the Star Wars fun at the mini-pavilion at Gen Con SoCal, December 2-5:

Thursday: Star Wars Celebration III and Official Star Wars Fan Club Q&A with Lucasfilm
1:00 PM -- 3:00 PM

Friday: Star Wars Celebration III and Official Star Wars Fan Club Q&A with Lucasfilm
1:00 -- 2:00 PM

Star Wars Trivia and Prizes 3:00 PM

Saturday: "How to Draw Star Wars Characters" with artist Thomas Hodges
11:00 AM -- 12:00 Noon

Star Wars artist Randy Martinez sketches free for fans
2:00 -- 3:00 PM

Star Wars Trivia and Prizes
3:00 PM

Star Wars Celebration III and Official Star Wars Fan Club Q&A with Lucasfilm
3:30 PM

Sunday: "How to Draw Star Wars Characters" with artist Randy Martinez
11:00 AM -- 12 Noon

Star Wars artist Thomas Hodges sketches free for fans
1:00 -- 2:00 PM

Star Wars Trivia and Prizes
2:00 PM

Sounds like loads of fun! Be sure to head over there if you're able to.

Posted by: Rebel Racer

Wednesday December 01, 2004
Die-Cast Star Wars Vehicles: The Titanium Series

Hasbro has unveiled their Titanium Series -- collectible die-cast mini Star Wars vehicles. Available exclusively at Wal-Mart in 2005, the line will launch in January with four vehicles from the Star Wars trilogy: Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, the Rebel Alliance X-wing fighter, Boba Fett's Slave I, and the Imperial TIE Fighter. Each vehicle comes with a display stand and exciting action features like rotating cannons, pivoting guns, and/or opening hatch!

Start your Titanium Series collection in January -- only at Wal-Mart! And look forward to all new vehicles in Wave 2, coming next Spring. For more information about these and other exciting Star Wars toys from Hasbro, visit their official website by clicking here.

Posted by: Rebel Racer