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The Rise Of Skywalker - How It Should Have Ended!

The HISHE team on YouTube released their “How It Should Have Ended” video for The Rise of Skywalker! And it’s hilarious! It does poke fun at various plot holes and also gives fans the ending they were looking for! Click through to watch the video!

Making out, Star Wars Style

Making out, Star Wars Style

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John Williams Turned 88 Today!

We wish John Williams the happiest 88th birthday imaginable!

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Happy 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary To Chuck And Darlene!

2020 may mark the 25th Anniversary of The Power Of The Force “2” Star Wars modern toy line, but there is another. Congratulations to Chuck and Darlene Paskovics on 25 years of marriage! Today is their 25th wedding anniversary. Be sure to congratulate them!

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A PDF with a ton of behind the scenes photos from The Rise of Skywalker is available on the Art Director’s Guild website! No matter if you like or dislike the movie, it’s always interesting to get a peek behind the scenes of a movie to see how it was made! You will find that they put a lot of effort into even the smallest details. Some things may even genuinely surprise you! Click through for more!

The Rise of Skywalker Behind the Scenes

The X-Wing levitation scene was a practical effect

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The 2020 JTA Star Wars Movie Rankings

Earlier this week I asked you to rank all the live action Star Wars movies. Most of you even followed the rules and listed all 11 of them! And now the results are in! So click through to find out how you ranked the movies!

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And the winner is…

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Rank All The Live Action Star Wars Movies!

Now that probably almost everyone here has seen The Rise of Skywalker, with that movie being the conclusion to the saga 42 years in the making, I think it’s the perfect time to rank all the (live action) Star Wars movies! We did this before, but how will The Rise of Skywalker change everything? So click through for my list (I agonized over it for days!) and a few easy rules I’d like you to follow!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja.... Star Wars?

A few hours ago Geeks_Antiques posted some fascinating concept sketches of Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Star Wars action figures on Instagram. This was used in a pitch by Playmates in order to get a license from Lucasfilm. Playmates never got the license, but it’s fascinating to see what Playmates came up with back then. So click through for some Teenage Mutant Ninja Star Wars!

Teenage Ninja Mutant Star Wars Concept Art

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Star Wars Concept Art

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Baby Yoda Meets His Grandfather!

And now something fun and lighthearted for the weekend! Jon Favreau posted the following photo on his Instagram yesterday:

Baby Yoda and George Lucas

Baby Yoda and George Lucas

This is from the season 2 set of The Mandalorian! Everyone loves Baby Yoda! Click on the photo for the large version! Now all we need is a Mandalorian episode directed by George Lucas!

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The Concept Art Book For The Rise Of Skywalker Has Leaked

The concept art book for The Rise of Skywalker was apparently accidentally sold in South Korea, as photos of the book with South Korean writing have appeared on social media. The few things that have been posted so far show an alternative look for Dark Side Rey (which I greatly prefer to what we got in the movie, it basically pays homage to Luke’s look in Return of the Jedi), we also get a look at things that were cut from the script/movie, like the “Oracle” Kylo Ren was originally meant to encounter early in the movie. You can see some photos on Twitter! And below is a photo of what was probably an idea for a Force vision, Emperor Kylo and Empress Rey with yet another look for her. Would you be interested at all in a sequel trilogy action figure line that is based on concept art?

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Kylo Ren and Rey concept art (click to enlarge)

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Apparently, there is new information in The Rise Of Skywalker Visual Guide that talks about the Star Wars timeline in terms of the “Starkiller Incident” during The Force Awakens. If you’ve been a legacy Star Wars fan, you’re probably more familiar with ABY/BBY (which either means “After the Battle of Yavin” or “Before the Battle of Yavin”). Going forward, the new timeline will put the Star Wars universe in terms of “Starkiller Incident” or “SI”. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, is no longer the foundation of the timeline. Do you find this an odd move? Or does it not faze you at all? Special thanks to Craig P. for the alert. Star Wars Direct is responsible for the graphics. You can click the thumbnail image below to see the new timeline.

UPDATE: The new timeline will only be used for the Rise of Skywalker visual guide! It will NOT replace the BBY/ABY timeline.

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Happy New Year 2020 From Jedi Temple Archives!

The staff at Jedi Temple Archives wishes everyone a very happy and healthy 2020. We first want to thank you for an inordinately successful year. We appreciate our readers more than you know. Thank you for the success you bring. A new decade means new Star Wars, and with some great things already in motion, it seems like the IP can only go up from here. We’d also like to thank everyone who comments here. JTA will always remain a place where discourse happens, and all points of view are welcomed. Here’s looking to a fantastic 2020, and the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back!

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New Year, New Fun!

Happy new year everyone! It’s already 2020 where I am. And here’s something to have fun with on January 1st after partying tonight! John Boyega is having a great time on Twitter. He tweeted this on December 31st:

Apparently John is not the biggest Reylo fan in the world! Grab some popcorn and head over to the thread on Twitter… some responses by Reylo fans are really angry. And John Boyega is apparently having lots of fun with them. His responses are classy and hilarious. Maybe he was a bit drunk already, maybe he was bored and was looking for some diversion, either way, have a great time reading the comments on Twitter!

 

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Toys We Need From The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian was certainly a very toyetic series. Now that the season finale is behind us it is time to look at what figures and vehicles Hasbro could make to make collectors happy! Be warned, this article is somewhat graphics heavy. Also, the list is completely scale-agnostic, so unless noted otherwise all things mentioned here are for both TVC and TBS, no need to debate about scales about here! Now click through for an extensive list of Mandalorian characters and vehicles I think would make for great toys!

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Study Finds That Star Wars Fans Are Almost Impossible To Please

Not that we needed a study to tell us this, but it’s official! Star Wars fans are almost impossible to please, says a recently published study in the Journal of Media Psychology. Check it out. NY Post has the story with links to the study

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JTA Wishes You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!

The staff here at Jedi Temple Archives wishes you and your family a very healthy, happy and Merry Christmas!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

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Are Star Wars Fans To Blame For Everything?

It seems that some media outlets and some fans are trying to blame The Rise of Skywalker’s mixed results on fans, and here the “whiny” Original Trilogy fans, also members of the “Fandom Menace”, all the fans who loudly complained about the treatment of Original Trilogy characters in the sequels. They prevented the other fans from enjoying the “new” Star Wars, and in the end convinced Lucasfilm to try to appease the old fanbase with The Rise of Skywalker.

But is that so? I disagree. Why? Click through for a discussion, a discussion about fandom and why blaming certain parts of fandom is dishonest and trying to deflect from the actual issues. This essay is not 100% spoiler-free, so if you haven’t seen The Rise of Skywalker you may want to return here once you did! Everyone else: click through for the world’s best piece of Harry Potter fanfiction ever! Yes, we are going to read some Harry Potter fanfiction! Written by me. And I am the bestest writer evar! Trust me! 😀

Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione Weasley

They are back!

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JJ Abrams: "You Can't Look At Fans As An Adversary"

JJ Abrams was a guest on “Popcorn with Peter Travers” last Friday and he had a few things to say about Star Wars fans and criticism of his movies. Click through for a few quotes from the 25-minute interview!

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JJ Abrams and Peter Travers

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What Is Your Star Wars Figure Of The Year 2019?

Before we will probably talk for a while about The Rise of Skywalker, I think it’s the perfect time now to look back at 2019. What is your favorite Star Wars (action) figure released in 2019? And by that I mean an actual figure, including Funko Pop!, Hot Toys, Black Series, The Vintage Collection, SH.Figuarts or anything else that is a figure.
That excludes LEGO, playsets, vehicles and the Barge. I thought it would be boring if 90% of people or so said “The Barge”, which is most certainly one of the best Star Wars toys ever made, but it’s not an action figure. So let’s talk about figures! Please try to pick only one figure, even if it may be difficult to choose. And please try to post a photo as well! And maybe you tell us why this figure in particular is your most favorite of 2019.

Star Wars figures released in 2019

Star Wars figures released in 2019

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Kathleen Kennedy Talks About The Future Of Star Wars

The LA Times released a lengthy article about Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars on Sunday. Of particular interest is the following section, which talks about the potential future of Star Wars on the big screen:

While the “Skywalker” saga is ending, the company won’t abandon the characters created in the most recent trilogy. Additionally, she said, the plan is to move beyond trilogies, which can be restricting.

“I think it gives us a more open-ended view of storytelling and doesn’t lock us into this three-act structure,” she said. “We’re not going to have some finite number and fit it into a box. We’re really going to let the story dictate that.”

So what could that mean? Click through for a discussion!

Kylo Ren & Rey

Kylo Ren & Rey

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How Do You Feel About Star Wars In 2019?

In four days The Rise of Skywalker has its world premiere in Hollywood. Has it really only been four short years since The Force Awakens was released? And now the “Skywalker Saga” comes to a close. A saga 42 years in the making. 
I think it’s the perfect time to not just look back or look forward, but to also talk about how we feel about Star Wars as a whole now. And by that I don’t just mean the movies, I mean everything. The movies, the toys, games, books and comics. How do you feel about Star Wars as a whole, in 2019, one week before the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga opens in theaters. Are you happy? Do you no longer really care? Are you sad? Are you angry? How much does Star Wars mean to you still? Are you looking forward to new content? New toys? New shows? New movies? New books? Has something changed about how you feel about Star Wars in the past few years? Where do you see Star Wars in another 5 or 10 years? Do you think you will still be a part of fandom then?
So let’s all come together and share our thoughts and feelings about Star Wars. What it still means to us and what it will mean to us in the future. And remember, there is no “right” or “wrong” feeling, what you feel is what you feel.

Star Wars emotions

Star Wars emotions

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Burger King Germany Is Teasing Star Wars Fans With Spoilers!

The following story is NOT fake news! Burger King Germany has a really weird Star Wars promotion going on (which is apparently not supported by Disney). You can get a free Whopper if you are willing to open the (German) Burger King app, click a button to get a spoiler for The Rise of Skywalker and then read it out loud. Actually, the app has voice recognition and will give you a coupon if you read it out loud at home so you don’t really have to read it out loud to a BK employee behind the counter as the video suggests.
Burger King Germany even has a video on their official YouTube channel that explains it all. However, the restaurant you see, with the extremely spoilery menu names, was specifically made to look like that for the video. So it’s only that one restaurant that had the spoilery menu names. Even the food had spoilers, the fries, the straws, the packaging, the shirts worn by employees. All the normal Burger King restaurants still look the same, however! And it’s apparent that Burger King got all their leaks from JediPaxis on Reddit. What a weird world we live in! You can watch the extremely spoilery (if you can read German!) Burger King video here! Don’t click it if you can read German and want to know nothing! Has anything like that ever happened anywhere before? Is this peak spoiler culture? To quote McDonald’s: “I’m lovin’ it”.

Burger King Star Wars menu names

The menus were renamed just in one restaurant for the video. This is the blurred version.

 

 

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In anticipation of the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, InsuretheGap.com committed themselves to working out the cost to insure the famous ships from the films. Turns out, it would cost Han Solo a lot more than anticipated to insure the Millennium Falcon!

All 8 ships have been given a profile, considering weight, size and other factors. Combined with pilot/owner’s profiles, InsuretheGap.com was able to create an algorithm to work out the annual insurance cost.

  • The Millennium Falcon – $544,339
  • X-34 Landspeeder – $714
  • Slave I – $222,740

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John Boyega Talks About Star Wars And His Future

John Boyega is one of the few Star Wars main actors who is still on social media. And a while ago he promised fans that he would absolutely speak his mind once all is said and done. It seems John is beginning to make good on his promise, because in a lengthy interview with Hypebeast he not only talks about his various upcoming projects, but also how he feels about Star Wars. So click through for a few quotes. It’s certainly always interesting to hear what one of the main actors thinks of the sequels (so far).

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John Boyega as Finn in The Last Jedi, with Kelly Marie Tran as Rose

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Watching The Original Star Wars Movie In 2019

As everyone knows the Star Wars Special Editions are the only available versions of the movies. The new 4K versions on Disney+ have tweaked things a bit, improved color grading, there are some minor edits here and there, but they too are the Special Editions of course. Which is just what George Lucas intended. He considers the Special Edition the ultimate edition, the version fans should see. However, many old fans would also like to see the original version of the movies they saw in cinemas back in 1977, 1980 and 1983. The last time these versions were released was in 2006 as mediocre DVD transfers.
However, you can watch the original version of Star Wars even today. Even in 4k! In this article I want to talk about how you could, in theory, watch the original, unadulterated Star Wars movie. In this article I will tell you about two fanmade edits of Star Wars and I will show you several screenshots, so you can see how they differ from each other and the Blu-Ray. However, there are several important caveats. I will address them after the jump! So click through for a trip back in time, when “A New Hope” was simply “Star Wars”.

Original 1977 Lucasfilm Title Card

Original 1977 Lucasfilm Title Card

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Comparing A New Hope And The Mandalorian

Chapter 5 of The Mandalorian takes the hero and Baby Yoda to Tatooine (we knew that from the posters and various trailers already). I thought it would be fun to compare The Mandalorian’s Tatooine with what we saw in A New Hope. I also take a look at color grading and what has changed here since 1977. So click through for a few comparisons and to see how faitfhfully the show managed to recreate the planet. Very mild spoilers may apply, so people who don’t like even the mildest of spoilers (basically, just set pieces from the first 5 minutes or so from the show) should only click through once they have seen the episode! Everyone else, please go ahead to take a look at Tatooine 1977 vs 2019!

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Scene from A New Hope

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