The Force Awakens…and delivers its title!

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That’s it! That’s the title of the next Star Wars movie as announced by the official Star Wars channels around the web, saying that principal photography has been completed.

I could go on and on about how the title signifies a new chapter in the galaxy, paving the way for a new cast of characters to take the glowing lightsaber and march forward. I could go on about how the title can only hint at about what’s going to happen and bring in a few different sources on speculation. I might even be able to mention how they didn’t say Episode VII anywhere at all.

But I’m too excited right now and my brain isn’t functioning properly so instead, I’ll list my favorite tweets poking fun at The Force. [Read more…]

Lucas welcomes you to the future with his awesome art museum.

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Some five hours north of me in the lovely city of Chicago, George Lucas is working on his art museum. Okay, maybe he’s not actually designing it but he’s at least throwing his money at it. Just a few months ago, the big concern with the art museum was whether it would be in San Francisco or Chicago. Chicago became the victor, setting it along Lake Michigan, south of Soldier’s Field. That is some prime real estate so I knew it was going to be great looking. I just didn’t realize how futuristic and great looking Lucas and his architect Ma Yansong would make it. Just look at the concept above!

If you haven’t paid attention to the museum (understandable), here’s a cut of the explanation they provide:

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will challenge the way people think about museums. The first museum of its kind, its unique collection features popular art from illustration to comics, an insider’s perspective on the cinematic creative process, and the boundless potential of the digital medium.

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The Lucas Museum will support the stunning innovations of the digital age while emphasizing the same values that distinguish Chicago from other great cities: community involvement, diversity, and a commitment to excellence in art, architecture, and creativity.

Gizmodo writer Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan was there for the unveiling and was walked through the concept by Yansong and I’d highly recommend reading her article. You can also watch Ma Yansong talk about the park below.

Source: Lucas Museum

Star Wars: Galactic Defense is the newest game…for now.

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Another day, another Star Wars mobile game has been released. This time it’s a tower defense game which, personally, are my favorite mobile games. Bloons Tower Defense captured my Flash-based heart from years ago and I become addicted to them whenever I stumble across them. Well, thanks to DeNA, the developers of Star Wars: Galactic Defense, I can become addicted again. You get to play as either the Empire or the Rebellion (much like Star Wars Commander, my other addiction) and set up turrets to prevent the opposing faction from getting through your area. There’s also Facebook Connect involved so you can compete against your friends and also sync your progress across devices.

The new game is free and available on iOS, Android and the Amazon App Store so all of the bases are covered. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to spend the rest of the night playing.

Star Wars: Galactic Defense on Apple App Store

Star Wars: Galactic Defense on Google Play Store

Star Wars: Galactic Defense on Amazon App Store

ESPN goes far, far away.

I mean… There’s not much more I can say other than ESPN2 is going to have a special edition of SportsNation on Thursday night at 7:30 Eastern.

ESPN2 is going all out, revamping the SportsNation set to look like the Millennium Falcon. The special will highlight sports clips under Star Wars-inspired categories, such as “Best Jedi Mind Trick” and “Most Unstoppable Skywalkers,” as well as premiere an exclusive sneak peek at an upcoming Star Wars Rebels episode.

Sounds cute. I’ll wait for the clips.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Star Wars Battlefront release slips to Q4 2015

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We should have known this one was coming.

EA is doing their Q2 fiscal year earnings call and they have a bit of sad news to share with the Star Wars fans in the crowd. While we were previously told that Star Wars Battlefront would be released in the Summer of 2015, that date has now slipped to somewhere between October and December of 2015, coinciding nicely with the release of Star Wars: Episode VII. Of course, release dates slipping aren’t always a bad thing. Sometimes they’re indicative of wanting to get it right and wanting to take their time. Three months of extra work could mean a lot of bug fixes.

Or something could have gone horribly wrong. You decide.

Source: VG24/7

Use iTunes? Get Star Wars Rebels on Season Pass for up to 20% off

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If you’re looking to buy the Star Wars Rebels season pass on iTunes or maybe just want some other content from the store, there’s a 20% off sale on $25, $50 and $100 iTunes gift cards from the PayPal Digital Code store on eBay. That means you’ll only pay $20, $40 or $80 depending on what card value you select.

If you want to grab Volume One of Rebels and Spark of Rebellion (keep in mind they’re sold separately), go for the $50 card. The HD package together is $37.98 plus tax where applicable ($29.99 for Volume One and $7.99 for Spark of Rebellion).

Benedict Cumberbatch rumored to be a Episode VII member…again.

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File this one under “The Rumor That Just Won’t Die.”

We’ve heard as far back as September of 2013 that Benedict Cumberbatch would be joining Star Wars: Episode VII in some manner. We’ve also heard him deny rumors, saying that it was a farfetched idea and that he just enjoyed the franchise immensely. Except now he’s not exactly saying “No” and he’s admitted to being on the set of the upcoming movie. But with a late development, I’m putting this rumor to rest.

From Inquisitr:

About a year ago, the prospect of Cumberbatch playing a part in the film seemed a real possibility. Indeed, he was rumored to be playing the lead villain, with a number of sites suggesting that his part could be a descendent of Count Dooku, Christopher Lee’s character in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

Interesting…

So, if he is involved then what part could he play, so late in the production?

Logic says that it would be a relatively minor role, but looking back through the history of the saga so far that might not necessarily be the case.

In the original Star Wars back in 1977, while the mighty Dave Prowse inhabited the costume of Vader, a job which took many months to film and design, James Earl Jones voiced the character.

But in 2014 a lead villain like Vader could just as easily be built in the computer.

Emphasis mine. In a movie where so many visual props and sets have been revealed by J.J. Abrams and he has said that he loves physical models and wants to use a lot of them AND CGI, I don’t think J.J. would allow a lead villian to be CGI.

And then we get to the part where I have discussed this on podcasts before and have discussed with friends numerous times: you don’t want people to be constantly seeing famous celebrities and have them taken out of the movie.

Another rumored star which Cumberbatch stated earlier at Comic Con would be in the movie is Simon Pegg.

Pegg soon replied about the Sherlock actor’s comments, he said, “Well, J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in ‘Star Wars’ would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love ‘Star Wars,’ and I don’t want people to watch and go, ‘Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face.’”

Simon Pegg gets it. I don’t want to see Cumberbatch appear in another J.J. movie so soon. I think it makes little sense to do so because it’s almost what SyFy did at one time; recycle actors from one show to another and have them pretend they’re brand new.

Now then, why do I say that Cumberbatch won’t be in the movie? Well, because stronger rumors are pointing to him being in Marvel’s new Doctor Strange movie as the title character.

Marvel has finally found its Doctor Strange. I’m hearing Benedict Cumberbatch is the studio’s choice for the superhero pic, and negotiations are about to begin. The news comes after talks with Joaquin Phoenix around the time of Comic-Con went south, and Marvel went back to the drawing board. With names like Jared Leto and Tom Hardy also in the mix, this is obviously a coveted role. I expect this deal to make.

For an actor so involved already as the title character of the BBC show Sherlock, it would border on insanity to play Doctor Strange, a character in Episode VII and shoot Sherlock. But he did play an insane Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. Still, my money is on no. We can put this one to bed.

Source: Inquisitor

X-Wing and TIE Fighter coming to your PC…SOON. [UPDATE: IT’S LIVE!]

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If you remember the days of blocky spaceships flying through…well, space and stuff and you were a Star Wars fan back in 1994, I’ve got news for you. Thanks to a tip from Polygon (ha), a community forum post by GOG.com, a vendor of classic games online, briefly announced that Disney/LucasFilm has been added as a publisher partner and will release 30 games as soon as tomorrow (judging by the dead link’s URL). But that’s not all.

Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition will include the Star Wars: X-Wing Collector’s CD-ROM and both Tour of Duty expansions: Imperial Pursuit and B-Wing. The Special Edition release of Star Wars: TIE Fighter will include the Defender of the Empireexpansion, both in the 1994 and 1998 versions, GOG.com says.

X-Wing and TIE Fighter will cost $9.99 each.

Also included is Knights of the Old Republic which is already available through stores like Steam and Apple’s Mac App Store and iOS App Store. I’m too young to remember those two games but have always wanted to play them. Looks like this will be my calling tomorrow.

[UPDATE!]

The games are live on GOG.com. X-Wing Special Edition and TIE Fighter Special Edition are at your disposal.

Source: Polygon

Listen to a clip from Star Wars: Tarkin

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I’ve been on an audiobook kick lately. Between the lack of attention span to turn off everything and sit in the dark with my Kindle and the lack of time in general, audiobooks have let me consume more literature lately that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to take care of. Thankfully, it seems that Random House, Star Wars’ publisher, has taken notice and has started making audiobooks of each new publication. The latest? The long awaited Star Wars: Tarkin book that follows the Grand Moff’s life.

StarWars.com has posted a snippet of the book and the result was the above screenshot: an instant preorder on Audible.com. Of course, you can preorder your physical copy at your favorite retailer or buy the CD (yes, seriously) from RandomHouse.com. I’ll be downloading it right away on November 4th.