Rumor: Ian McDiarmid Recorded Lines for Rebels?

   A source who works in the voice recording business sent us a very interesting story that happened around six months ago. The source has proven his legitimacy and we’re confident in his words. Still, as you will see, this story raises many questions that we don’t have a concrete answer to, so as always, until […]

Source: Rumor: Ian McDiarmid Recorded Lines for Star Wars: Rebels Season 4? | Star Wars News Net

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   How awesome would it be to have Ian McDiarmid voice the Emperor once again? They were able to garner the vocal talents of James Earl Jones to reprise his role as Darth Vader, so this is not an impossible feat for Lucasfilm and Disney to pull off. I had expected to see Palpatine in the fourth and final season, but I figured that it would be fan favorite, Sam Witwer. I am good either way, I dig both actors.

Star Wars 40th Reunion for the Makers

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   We, the people who actually created Star Wars, the ORIGINAL 1977 Star Wars, are celebrating the 40th anniversary of its release.  So, if your name is on the credits of Star Wars Trilogy:  Star Wars 1977, Empire 1980 or Jedi 1983 Trilogy…(or you worked uncredited) then you are invited…

Source: Star Wars 40th Reunion Tickets, Sat, May 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite

Star Wars: The OT Retrospectives

   These retrospectives, by Oliver Harper, are very informative and a “Must Watch” for any fan of the original trilogy. He delves into pre production, filming, merchandising, games, music, and much more. It’s an extremely entertaining watch, or even re-watch. Oliver is a talented editor, plus he is easy to listen to. If you haven’t heard of these before, you’re welcome. If you have, give them a another view… this is my 3rd or 4th time on each.

Of Carrie, Leia, CGI, and Abrupt Endings

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   Not everybody’s story get’s a clean wrap up ending. John Lennon didn’t. JFK didn’t. MLK didn’t. Some people light is extinguished before they have a chance to burn out. We go on and deal with their all to obvious absence. I am OK with seeing a CGI General Leia fall during a surprise attack on the Resistance base.

   What I am NOT OK with is trying to recast the role, just so we can have story integrity. The lived in universe of Star Wars isn’t about neat and clean solutions. Sure there are some oversimplified concepts in the films, but we saw what neat and clean got us in the Prequels. I am not bashing them, they just didn’t have the feel of the originals. Leia needs an ending. It should be while she is serving, in battle. With chaos all around her, the CGI will be much easier to watch because there will be no time to focus on what’s not quite right about the construct.

   Carrie would have loved to have a powerful ending for Leia. CGI is the only answer, unless her ending is detailed in the opening crawl. The crawl would be a huge disservice. She deserves an ending that suits her character.

   We all love Carrie. We all love Leia. They are inseparable [discounting a young Han Solo treatment of her character]. I hope episode 9 sends her off with the respect that any great General deserves.

Star Wars Rebels: Imperial Supercommandos

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   This week we get to meet the Mandalorians who work for the Empire. We also get to see more character development for Sabine. Dave Filoni has really honed his storytelling skills and given us an absolutely wonderful third season, so far. I am not someone who get’s caught up in the whole “This isn’t my Star Wars” thing. I can take enjoyment in watching Darth Maul’s machinations just as much as laughing at Hondo’s crazy schemes. From Puffer Pigs to James Earl Jones’ reprisal of Darth Vader, this show is a great escape for my Wife and I. If you haven’t already checked it out, then what are you waiting for?

 Watch it online right now at DisneyXD.com

Bad Robot Teases Tarkin

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   The cool patch offer aside… the fact that they have an incredible bust of Grand Moff Tarkin is a huge teaser! What can this mean for Rogue One or even Episode 8? Time will tell.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | ローグ·ワン:スターウォーズストーリー

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   I cannot wait for this film. I am looking forward to it more than Episode 8! How many times have I watched these? I have no idea, but it has been more time than I view the trailer for The Force Awakens. Having another female lead is very cool, along with the diversity of the cast. The planet Jedha and it’s inhabitants intrigue me the most. I’ll also be watching for any easter eggs that hint at anything from Rebels 🙂

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Star Wars Rebels Season Three, The End?

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   So Season Three of Star Wars Rebels is coming. Three of the most stand out things that I am most excited for are A blind Jedi Master Kannan, The Bendu, and Grand Admiral Thrawn! Those are my top three but there are so many more things that have my attention in the latest trailer. This is a show that was targeted at children and has its childish moments, I still can appreciate them because they are a respite from the dramatic tension that is almost always present in Star Wars. It seems to have had quite a growth spurt and good on Disney for continuing the integrity of the Star Wars brand. I am pretty sure that this will be the final season for this show but that is OK. There are always more tales to tell and you never know when somebody you know, and love, will pop into those new stories.

Star Wars Mini Retrospective: Clone Wars (2003)

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   Once upon a time, way back in 2003, a great adventure took place. It was a dark time in Star Wars. No, not for the lack of Star Wars content like we had in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This was far, far worse. It was the time of the prequels. OK, they were not all that bad. There were some cringeworthy moments for us all. As an adult who was seven in 1977, I’ve since made peace with the prequels, for the most part. Some things from that era are better than others. One such nugget of geek goodness is the original animated Clone Wars.

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Wikipedia’s entry contains all the dry facts.

   Star Wars: Clone Wars is an American animated microseries created by Genndy Tartakovsky, set in the Star Wars universe. Chronologically, the series fills the three-year gap between prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The show follows the actions of various characters from the Star Wars prequel trilogy; notably Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Yoda, and other Jedi Knights during the conflict, leading the clone trooper forces of the Galactic Republic against the battle droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Sith.
   Clone Wars was produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with Lucasfilm Ltd., and was aired on Cartoon Network in 25 chapters from 2003 to 2005. The first two seasons, comprising Volume One, were produced in a two- to three-minute "micro" format, while season three was produced as fifteen-minute episodes making up Volume Two. Both volumes were later released on home video edited as feature-length films. Since release, it has received critical acclaim and won multiple awards.

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   This method of serializing the story over two years in three minute (or so) increments was novel and refreshing. It left you wanting more! The series also bridged the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The programing was one of my favorite things on the Cartoon Network and is still fun to watch from time to time. The style of story telling suites today’s tastes for clipped, short info bursts. When watched all together it makes for an action packed saga. If you have not seen this one then do yourself a favor and check out the video bellow. It runs a bit over two hours and is well worth the watch. You can probably still purchase the DVD on Amazon, but don’t quote me on that.

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