COMING TO UK BLU-RAY AND DVD FROM APRIL 18TH, 2016

LUKE SKYWALKER RETURNS TO THE GALAXY, FROM DECEMBER 15TH, 2017

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

ROGUE ONE: THE MYSTERY SCENE!


In an unknown Imperial facility, watched over by the Emperor's striking and efficient crimson guards, an ominous cloaked figure heads towards a gleaming and smoky central point, in the most mysterious image yet from the ROGUE ONE teaser trailer.

Online speculation is rampant as to who this mystery figure is. Some have suggested it's an early version of Snoke, or possibly the Emperor (Ian McDiarmid recently stated that he wasn't appearing in ROGUE ONE, but that doesn't stop him from voicing the role, with another actor as a stand-in). As to the environment itself (full of EPISODE IV Imperial set dressing tributes), that too is an enigma: some kind of weapons or energy chamber, or possibly some kind of field containing a life force or person/creature in containment/stasis? Whatever it is, the fact that it is guarded by the elite is a sign of genuine importance to the story.

Whatever this scene is, we have a hunch that its ramifications will be vital not just to this film, but also to the continuing sequel saga being mapped out by LUCASFILM.

CLASSIC IMAGE: PANORAMA's 'PHANTOM'


No matter how big or small the coverage, STAR WARS, old or new, sells magazines and newspapers, as seen here with the cover to the Italian magazine PANORAMA, which likely increased its circulation figures aplenty with their cover for the then approaching EPISODE I in 1999, alongside a summer movies preview of which the first of the Prequels was the main highlight section opener.

Monday, 26 September 2016

EPISODE VII: PREPARING FOR RETALIATION!


"We're still at war with First Order. A war that won't end until either it or the Resistance is destroyed. The next time, without Luke, we won't stand a chance."

A potential lead-in to the events of EPISODE VIII, General Leia Organa addresses the members of her Resistance, warning them that the First Order will retaliate with the destruction of Starkiller Base. This scene can be found in Alan Dean Foster's novelisation of THE FORCE AWAKENS and takes place just as Artoo is reactivating himself from self-enforced slumber. Onscreen, the gathering scene was likely cut/re-worked for pacing reasons, to hammer home the events of Han's death with Leia and Chewie and then get the audience swiftly perked up for Artoo's return with his vital piece of the holographic map leading to Luke.

ROGUE ONE: DIRECT HIT!


As the once tranquil shoreline of Scarif is brutally disturbed with the fire and noise of heavy-duty blaster weapons, one of the Empire's fearsome Shuttle Transports takes a direct hit, in this memorable image from the ROGUE ONE teaser trailer.

At the recent STAR WARS CELEBRATION 2016 event, Director Krennic's personal two-wing shuttle was on display, with the following official description...


"With its starkly geometric hull shape and folding bat-like wings, the approach of Delta-class T-3c shuttle is an imposing sight. Once it lands and deploys its passengers-the cruel Director Krennic and his squad of elite troopers, all sense of dread proves extremely warranted."

Sunday, 25 September 2016

EPISODE VIII: LATEST NEWS (SEPTEMBER 2016)

THE FORCE AWAKENS key female characters return for EPISODE VIII.

Notable snippets emerging from the worldwide web these past few weeks:

DELETED SCENE: WASTELAND CHORES!


Working on the South Ridge with the Vaporators proves the most boring and mundane of tasks for young Luke Skywalker, in his daily life on the dustball that is Tatooine. But things are about to get a lot more interesting in very quick time, in this deleted scene image from the original STAR WARS.

STAR WARS AFICIONADO sends Birthday Greetings out today to that eternal Star Warrior, Mark Hamill. 

Saturday, 24 September 2016

ALL-NEW 'STAR WARS REBELS' - BACK ON UK TV THIS OCTOBER!

A strike back for our STAR WARS REBELS. Images: DISNEY UK.

New villains, new worlds, new adventures, and special surprises await our bold and seasoned heroes from the Rebel ship Ghost, as the action-packed third year of the eagerly awaited STAR WARS REBELS comes to the UK's DISNEY XD channel from October 1st, 2016 (9am), following on from today's noteworthy US launch. With the extended season opener, Steps into Shadow, an opportunity to steal a batch of old but space worthy Y-wing fighters becomes an imperative, helped on by the wily return of money grabbing old favourite Hondo Ohnaka.

Season Three trailers: Star Wars Rebels Season Three Trailer (Official) - YouTube

Rebels Recon: The Star Wars Rebels Cast Looks Ahead to Season Three | Star Wars Rebels - YouTube

Clips: Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Trailer - Ezra and the Sith Holocron [Dash Star] - YouTube
Face to Face with Thrawn | Star Wars Rebels - YouTube
Meet Bendu - Steps Into Shadow Preview | Star Wars Rebels - YouTube


Darth Maul returns and Grand Admiral Thrawn debuts in Season Three.

Other STAR WARS REBELS news: 

New Star Wars Rebels: Season Three Clip Revealed On The Star Wars Show | The Star Wars Underworld
New Star Wars Rebels: Season Three Clip Revealed On The Star Wars Show | The Star Wars Underworld
Super-Fan Vanessa Marshall Teases 'Star Wars Rebels' Season 3 Secrets | Moviefone.com
New Star Wars Rebels: Season Three Clip Revealed On The Star Wars Show | The Star Wars Underworld

OFFICIAL SITE: Disney XD - The Official Home of Disney XD in the UK

Friday, 23 September 2016

EPISODE VII: TO BRING BACK BALANCE!


At Pinewood, Oscar Isaac rehearses his dialogue and reaction shots for the scene where Poe Dameron meets the mysterious and galaxy-travelled explorer Lor San Tekka on Jakku. Max von Sydow, who played Tekka, was either not called to the set or unavailable for filming at this point, so a stand-in takes his place. A fun behind the scenes image from THE FORCE AWAKENS.

CLASSIC ART: CHARACTER CHRONOLOGY!


Back in the days when the first Expanded Universe incarnation meant a lot to the Lucasfilm publishing empire, this lovely cover to the Japanese edition of the STAR WARS ESSENTIAL CHRONOLOGY edition of 2000, superior to anything printed elsewhere, wasn't afraid to bring the written and filmic universes together, as exemplified by the additions of then new favourites like Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn and Prince Xizor, alongside the iconic film heroes and baddie we'd loved since 1977.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

ROGUE ONE: BLIND SPIRIT!


On the people packed streets of Jedha, during a mission of rescue and recruitment, Jyn Erso encounters the enigmatic Force worshipper and spiritualist Chirrut Imwe, soon a vital part of her team against the Empire, during the exciting events of ROGUE ONE.
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