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First Official Episode IX Set Photo

Director J.J. Abrams posted a very first photo from the set of Episode IX earlier today on Twitter. It doesn’t reveal or show much really, but still, it’s evidence that filming has begun. Now J.J. has the momumental task ahead of him to deliver the grand finale to the Skywalker saga. What you see in the photo is the camera rig and if you squint very hard it may very well be that John Boyega and some other person (Daisy Ridley?) are in the cockpit of what could be the Millennium Falcon. It also seems Finn finally got rid rid of his leather jacket, I wonder what Poe thinks about that!

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RUMOR: George Lucas To Consult On Episode IX's Script?

One rumor that appears to be picking up steam is that George Lucas will be consulting on the Episode IX script. If this is true, it provides additional support to the foundation that there are significant problems internally with Star Wars fandom because of the direction Episode VIII took (founded or unfounded). It will be fascinating to see how this transpires. I hope that, if involved, he helps to steer Star Wars back to a direction that will no longer split the community or alienate fans. There is too much strife at the moment, and something needs a revisiting. Hopefully, this is it. Movie Web has the full story.

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Filming officially begins August 1st for Episode IX, and casting details have been revealed. It looks like we will be getting Carrie Fisher after all, along with Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams. Get the full details over at StarWars.com!

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Greg Grunberg Strongly Hints He's Back For Episode IX

Greg Grunberg more or less confirmed in an interview with Yahoo that he’s back for Episode IX. His character Snap Wexley was absent in The Last Jedi, but as it seems there can’t be a JJ Abrams movie without his buddy Greg. Also: after The Last Jedi the Resistance can use any help it can get. You can watch the very short (less than 30 seconds) interview snippet with Greg on Yahoo.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Is Back!

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming back! Click through to watch the announcement trailer!

Update: Check out the official article on Starwars.com which features an interview with Dave Filoni! We will get 12 all new episodes of The Clone Wars!

 

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The release date of Solo: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray is September 25th. Lucasfilm sends out the official announcement. Click through for more!

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Dee Bradley Baker, who voiced the all of the clones on The Clone Wars, has posted something on his Twitter feed about the upcoming SDCC TCW panel:

#StarWars :the Clone Wars fans: I’m just gonna say, you don’t want to miss this. #Comicon2018

Now, why would he say that? Is it possible, against all odds, that we might get more animated The Clone Wars? Dialogue was recorded for several more seasons, just saying… What do you think? I believe fans would be over the moon if the unfinished episodes see the light of day, maybe on the streaming service… Is it too much to hope for?

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Nominations for the 70th Emmy Awards were announced today and Star Wars Rebels was among the nominees. In total, the final season of Star Wars Rebels received three nominations. The series was once again nominated in the Outstanding Children’s Program category. In addition, underappreciated composer Kevin Kiner was nominated in the Outstanding Music Composition For A Series category for his work on the Rebels’ series finale. Kiner and Star Wars Rebels will face off against Emmy juggernauts Game of Thrones and Westworld in that category. Finally, Star Wars Rebels was nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation. Congratulations to the cast and crew of Star Wars Rebels  for their latest Emmy nominations and an impressive four seasons of Star Wars television! Click here to see the full list of nominees.

 

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Hollywood Reporter (as well as several other entertainment websites) has just released an article which officially confirms that Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian in Episode IX. Rumors were spreading a few days ago already, when Billy Dee had to cancel a convention appearence due to a scheduling conflict. Now that it is official, what do you want Lando to do in IX? Do you think he will have a somewhat larger role? Are you happy and excited a beloved Original Trilogy character finally gets an appearance in the Sequel Trilogy? This is something fans have been asking for since The Force Awakens.

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Keri Russell Reportedly Joins Episode IX Cast

According to a report from Variety, Keri Russell  (The Americans, Felicity, Waitress) is in early talks to join Star Wars: Episode IX.  After meeting with several actresses for the role, which requires “action-heavy fight scenes”, Episode IX director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm  agreed that Russell was the right choice. Abrams and Russell previously worked together on Felicity and Mission Impossible III. Abrams plans to cast two more actors before production on Episode IX begins at the end of the month. Keri Russell is certainly a very talented actress and a welcome addition to Star Wars. Head over to Variety for the full report!

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Photo Of Star Wars: Resistance Characters Leaks!

A very blurry and very low quality photo of the Star Wars: Resistance characters has leaked. Actually, the version you can see below has already been enhanced. The photo was shown during a presentation and someone was able to take a picture. Anyway, even though it’s blurry you can still see the cast of the show. It seems Phasma will be the main villain? And perhaps the Stormtrooper in all red could be Captain Cardinal from the Phasma novel? What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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Hello, What Have We Here?

The Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo made the most curious announcement on their Facebook page. Billy Dee Williams was supposed to be a guest this year. But his appearance has been canceled due to a “film schedule conflict”. Hmmmm. What can that possibly mean?

Check out the Facebook page with the announcement.

And then discuss whether or not you’re excited for Lando in Episode IX! Will he kamikaze the Falcon with Nien Nunb and Chewbacca as his co-pilots and 3PO and R2 in the back into Starkiller Base 2.0 or will he do what any sensible person would do, and put Kylo Ren across his knee for being a very naughty boy and killing Han for the entire duration of the movie?

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The Last Jedi Wins Three Saturn Awards!

Congratulations are in order for The Last Jedi, which won three Saturn Awards, an award that honors science fiction, fantasy and horror movies. Click through for the winners and further details!

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These Are the Easter Eggs You're Looking For

Solo: A Star Wars Story has a lot of Easter eggs as you probably well know. One of the parts of the movie that may be difficult to get a good long look at the background details is Dryden Voss’ study. Well, luckily for us, Star Wars.com has this amazing video showing off some of the items in his collection. Whew, that Mando armor is hot! Also interesting to note are the references to Legends material. Click through for the full video!

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Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 Comes To Blu-ray July 31st!

Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 releases on Blu-ray July 31st! StarWars.com has the full story!

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Now On Netflix In The US

Do you want to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi? If the answer is yes then keep reading. The Last Jedi was just added to Netflix in the United States and is now available to stream for those who want to revisit the film or even watch it for the first time.

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BREAKING NEWS: Star Wars Stand Alone Movies On Hold!

Collider reports that Lucasfilm has put all future stand alone Star Wars movies on hold (which basically means they have been canceled for now). An Obi-Wan movie was in active development, but the people who worked on the movie are no longer involved.
According to Collider Lucasfilm will put all their efforts into Episode IX and after that we’ll get the new trilogy, but apparently no more Star Wars stand alone movies for now.

What do you think about all that? Solo is a huge flop, unfortunately, but was it wise to put all the other stand alone movies on hold?  Is this the beginning of the end? Thanks to all the people who reported this development!

UPDATE: Now ABC News has an article on their website. Lucasfilm reached out to ABC News and told them that the Collider information is inaccurate, that there are still multiple Star Wars movies in development which haven’t been announced yet. So is there hope for an Obi-Wan movie after all? Why can’t Lucasfilm just make an official announcement on the official Star Wars channel or website and tell fans what to expect.

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Yahoo! News has posted an article where they quote Ron Howard as saying he feels bad that Solo: A Star Wars Story is losing money and underperforming at the box office.

“I’m proud of #SoloAStarWarsStory and the cast & crew worked hard to give fans a fun new addition,” he tweeted in response to a fan theorizing that backlash to “The Last Jedi” is partially to blame. “As a director I feel badly when people who I believe (& exit polls show) will very likely enjoy a movie… don’t see it on a big screen w/great sound.” READ MORE HERE.

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I have just recently come across a fantastic article (which was originally published in March of this year) that features 50 behind the scenes polaroid photos from the sets of Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi. There are some tremendous images in this batch, and I highly suggest if you’re a big fan of the film to check it out.

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Early Look At The Last Jedi Blu-Ray Sales

First numbers for The Last Jedi Blu-Ray sales have been released. How do sales for the movie compare to both The Force Awakens and Rogue One? Click through for a closer look!

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io9: Boba Fett Standalone Film Should NOT Star Boba Fett

An author at io9 suggests that the Boba Fett movie should NOT star Boba Fett. Boba Fett is dead he says in his final thoughts. He says a lot more too. Check out the article and come back here to disqus it!

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New Working Title For Episode IX

Our colleagues at Fanthatracks have uncovered the new working title for Episode IX. And apparently, the working title is: trIXie.

Is JJ Abrams a fan of My Little Pony? Read the full story on the Fanthatracks website.

Trixie

Meet Trixie.

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Solo Facing Massive Second Weekend Drop!

Variety reports that box office forecasts for Solo are grim. The movie is projected to make as little as $29 million in North America this weekend. This would be a 66% drop from the opening weekend. And if that trend continues Solo may end up making less than $200 million domestic. The situation abroad is very similar with Solo even struggling in some markets to keep ahead of Deadpool 2. Disney and Lucasfilm now have the first veritable Star Wars box office bomb on their hands.

UPDATE: Box Office Mojo just posted the weekend estimates. Solo will make $29.2 million, only $6 million more than Deadpool 2.

Han Solo Drops

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Solo: A Star Wars Box Office Story

The box office estimates for the Solo Memorial Day opening weekend are in. And they are not pretty. According to Boxoffice Mojo Solo had a 3-day opening weekend of $84.7 million and a 4-day opening weekend of $103 million. Which means Solo is the first live action Star Wars movie ever in danger of becoming a serious flop. What does that mean? What are the reasons? Click through for a discussion!

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New Forces Of Destiny Episode Featuring Qi'Ra

The latest Forces of Destiny episode was released on Friday already – but maybe has flown somewhat under the radar due to some other Star Wars movie being released on that day. Anyway, check out “Triplecross”, it’s a fun episode featuring Qi’Ra, Hondo and IG-88. The ending is somewhat anticlimactic perhaps, but Hondo is fun as usual! Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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The Cinemascore for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Cinemascore has released their score for Solo: A Star Wars Story. And it’s an “A-” What that means for Solo’s box office results? Click through to find out more!

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Here is a simple discussion that shouldn’t cause angst. Heck, who knows? Maybe it will. In our comments, tell us how old you were on May 25, 1977 — the day Star Wars was born. Feel free to use negative numbers if you weren’t even a thought yet!

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Early Box Office Trend For Solo

While the Memorial Day Weekend still lies ahead, there are already some early numbers for the Thursday screenings of Solo: A Star Wars Story. And they are the lowest numbers for a Disney Star Wars movie yet. Click through for details!

Update: Disney lowers box office prediction for Solo!

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Happy 35th Anniversary To Return Of The Jedi!

Happy 35th anniversary to Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi! It has the greatest cast of aliens of any Star Wars film. It’s my personal favorite and I am eternally grateful for Ewoks. Thank you for a wonderful finale, George Lucas!

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Happy 41st Anniversary To A New Hope!

Happy 41st anniversary to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope! We celebrated a landmark anniversary last year with this film, but every year is worth celebrating this monumental film. Thank you, George Lucas, for making one of the greatest films of our lifetime and showing us that you and/or your involvement is pivotal when it comes to the Star Wars timeline.

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My Thoughts On "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

I just got back from Solo: A Star Wars Story. Do you want to know my thoughts on it? Are you ready for the mentally ill Twitter trolls to begin their cowardice and tell you and me how we SHOULD feel about it? Then click through for more!

Wow. There are WAY too many female leads in Solo: A Star Wars Story! (more…)

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The long rumored Boba Fett standalone film is reportedly in development with a director attached to the project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Logan director James Mangold will write and direct a Boba Fett standalone film for Lucasfilm. The Hollywood Reporter also states that Lucasfilm is developing several character focused standalone films, including the frequently discussed Obi-Wan Kenobi film. Stephen Daldry is reportedly still in negotiations to direct the potential Kenobi film. What do you think about this potential Boba Fett film and Lucasfilm’s apparent interest in a number character focused standalone films?  Do you think James Mangold would be the right choice to direct a Boba Fett film? Let us know! Head over to The Hollywood Reporter for the full story! 

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Solo:  A Star Wars Story officially opens on May 25th, but most hardcore fans around the world are seeing it on the many earlier screenings as we speak, and for the USA, tonight. If you are itching to discuss what you’ve seen then this is the page for you! We will be bringing you a full review of the movie in a few days (once we’ve had time to fully digest it after a few more viewings) to discuss the technical and analytical aspects of the film,  but use this article to release your energy and excitement for the filmFeel free to discuss ANYTHING you want about it! Post your thoughts, comments, reviews, and every spoiler-ridden comment you’ve been dying to scream out from the top of your lungs. Just please keep the discussion friendly and don’t attack others for their views! This is a spoiler-full safe zone! Team JTA is watching the movie RIGHT NOW, but you don’t have to wait for us to get started with the fun!

Warning: Expect every last spoiler from Solo: A Star Wars Story to be revealed here. You’ve been forewarned!

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Solo: A Star Wars Story First Impression

The Solo movie will have midnight showings in the USA later tonight. In other parts of the world the movie was shown one day earlier. I saw the movie earlier this afternoon here in Germany. Is the movie any good? Will you enjoy the movie? I don’t know, but I can tell you what my first impression is. This will be mostly spoiler-free, if you know the trailers, you won’t be spoiled at all. A spoiler article will follow later tonight. Click through for my first impressions!

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To all of our readers, we hope you have fun communing with other Star Wars fans tonight to see Solo: A Star Wars Story. Be free to come to your own conclusions and feelings on the film. Whether you love or loathe the film, always let your opinion be the one that matters most to you. Remember, only Sith deal in absolutes. Boldly claim your freedom of thought, your freedom of expression and never allow monolithic ideologies dictate how you should view these films as a Star Wars fan. The early reports are stating that this is a FUN film. That’s what we need after the divisive The Last Jedi film. So, I hope you have fun tonight. Get ready to express your thoughts and feelings on the film tonight here with us. It’s going to be a great discussion! Thank you.

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