From casting rumors to potential locales to the barest hint of plot details, Star Wars Episode VII has been one of the most talked about movies in years, and with good cause. The franchise that the majority of us love so much is finally returning to its roots and will feature the characters that helped us all fall in love with the Wars saga in the first place. In addition to giving fans a new entry in our beloved franchise, Disney has also promised a few stand-alone spinoff films over the next few years and since the announcement, many have been wondering just what these spinoffs would be about. Could we see a young Han Solo in a stand-alone flick? Perhaps we will have the chance to watch a young Boba Fett grow into a bounty hunter that has a penchant for disintegrations. Today, a new rumor has emerged that may give us a real answer. We may have to wait a while to get any sort of hint from the studio but if the folks over at Making Star Wars truly do have a man on the inside, one of those spinoffs will focus on everyone’s favorite hermit, Obi-Wan Kenobi. (more…)
Sometimes people don’t recognize exactly how much a great movie score affects the way you see a flick on a profound level. The best musical compilations are remembered for years even if they’re not necessarily the main thing that audiences are concentrating on while they view a film. In the world of awesome movie scores, John Williams’ name stands high above most of the others. Now imagine if the world we lived in had no John Williams… Imagine Star Wars without the epic music. How would that look? Scroll on to check out just one scene from A New Hope that has been stripped of Williams’ brilliant influence (courtesy of the Auralnauts). (more…)
‘Star Wars Rebels’ is a computer animated cartoon set about 5 years before Episode 4: A New Hope. We’ve been reporting on this new edition to George Lucas’ storied universe since it was first announced. It’s set to premiere on the Disney Channel on Oct. 3 with the 1-hour special entitled ‘Spark Of Rebellion.’ Be there or be square. Like the Borg Cube. Wait, wrong franchise. Like a…Death Star? Wow, I never noticed before how many round things there are in the world of Star Wars. Anyway, if all the trailers and clips and news haven’t stoked you for wanting to watch this show, we’ve got more to entice you. With the incredible fan fidgeting that accompanies the wait for ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ it’s looking like we’ll meet some characters from that film in cartoon form first. I’ll tell you more on the next page… (more…)
Whenever Nerd Bastards goes to a con, we don’t just like to highlight the celebrity guests, news items and other things. No! We also like to put the camera on you, the fans. Those of you in costume anyway. So many fans get into an incredible amount of detail with their costumes, fret over the smallest detail and make sacrifices of comfort and mobility, so it’s only right that as we celebrate the culture, we also celebrate those that make the culture possible with their mad nerdiness. On this Thursday of Fan Expo 2014, we found judges, super-people, brains, robots, and something that looks suspiciously like something out of Will Graham’s nightmares. Also, some very impress LEGO sculptures were on display. All that, and MOAR, in this first photo gallery from Toronto’s National Fan Expo! (more…)
The more I see of Star Wars: Rebels, the more I get excited about it. I wish I could have said the same about The Clone Wars animated series, but while I will admit that it got better with time, that initial taste offered in movie theaters left a lot to be desired. There’s nothing bitter about these Rebels shorts though, and once again this sneak peak at the upcoming Disney XD show reinforces the idea that it’s going to fun, action-packed and has a pretty decent sense of humor. In “Entanglement,” the new character Zeb proves that while the Force may not be with him, he can definitely still use force. (more…)
Star Wars is a franchise that brings out the passion in an almost countless number of fanboys and fangirls. Most of that passion is for the nostalgia that comes along with one of the greatest space operas in history and just demonstrates the love that fans feel towards the franchise. Unfortunately, thanks to the not quite thought out prequels, there is another passion that is ignited at the mention of Star Wars; one that is punctuated not only by the bad acting in Episodes I-III but also in the inconsistent storytelling that made it obvious that George Lucas had no idea what he wanted to do with those prequels. Now, a new era beginning with Episode VII is finally a reality that will arrive much sooner than it may seem. Between a new trilogy and several spinoff movies, the Star Wars Universe will be expanding exponentially over the next few years. How will it be handled? Luckily, it appears that the new trilogy will do what it can to make sure that moving forward, all of the stories in the Star Wars universe remain consistent. (more…)
The other day, Disney floated the idea that sometime soon the original versions of the original Star Wars trilogy might be released, unmolested by special edition tinkering, would be issued in the high-def Blu-ray format. Now fans are not often known for their patience, and considering that George Lucas spent years saying that those first cuts of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are gone, and that they weren’t coming back, it should come as no surprise that many weren’t holding their breath for Lucas to change his mind. So one group of techie savvy and dedicated fans said “F**k It! We’ll do our own original version release! With Black Jack! And hookers! (Okay, maybe not those last two.)
The purest of Star Wars fans have, for years, been clamoring for the holy trinity – A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of The Jedi – to be released on DVD/BluRay in their original unaltered format. For those that have forgotten, and those too young to know, there was a time when Han shot first and force ghost Anakin Skywalker was not Hayden Christensen (amongst many other mostly unneeded changes). The all father of Star Wars, its creator, George Lucas has denied fans time and time again to release the films as they first appeared in theaters, insisting the remastered special editions are absolute. Or rather, as Lucas believes, there is basically one version of Star Wars that just keeps getting improved as technology moves forward.
The People vs George Lucas is a debate (as well as must watch documentary) that shall not be discussed today. What’s up for consideration, however, is the possibility, that after all these years, the original untouched trilogy might finally be getting unleashed from the vault (I assume it’s been in the same warehouse that Indiana Jones had the ark of the covenant stored) and being dusted off for home release. Could it be, is it true? (more…)
Let’s get one thing absolutely clear:
Far as I’m concerned, ANY information regarding new Star Wars films that did not originate with a source directly connected to Disney or Lucasfilm will be treated as rumor until confirmed. That doesn’t mean leaked bits of news that pop up here and there are not necessarily accurate–only that info which cannot be traced to a reliable source should not be treated as fact.
As tight as security has been on the set and production of Star Wars: Episode VII there have been a couple of leaks aside from the official announcements and marketing material. We recently reported on a sketch purported to be the new Stormtrooper helmet that will be used in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII. Now some images has surfaced on the Internet showing us two distinct types of Stormtrooper helmets. (more…)