Author Archives: Riley Blanton

Rumor: Millennium Falcon No Longer Solo’s in Episode VII?

More Ep. VII rumor goodness! In a roundup over at the Latino Review, it was stated that the Millennium Falcon may no longer belong to everyone’s favorite scoundrel in Ep. VII

The bad news is that Han Solo and Chewie lost the Millennium Falcon and Oscar Isaac’s character owns it now. I don’t know if Han’s new position as wife of a princess and man with kids made him want to settle down or if the Falcon is this universe’s most gambled ship (sorry Lando!), but Han and Chewbacca don’t have the Falcon because Oscar Isaacs has it.

Via Latino Review:

The Falcon!

All I can say is Han had better recover the freighter while shouting “Get off MY STARSHIP!”

-Riley Blanton

Clone Wars Seasons 1-6 CD Soundtrack Coming According to Kevin Kiner

As a fan of “the Wars,” there are few things I get more excited about than the release of the musical score. I will devour any SW music I can get my grubby paws on. So imagine my excitement to hear the possibility that Lucasfilm and Co. are FINALLY releasing a soundtrack for the 6 seasons of the Clone wars!

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Remember the score of the s05 finale? Remember? Take my money.

Via Star Wars Underworld

-Riley Blanton

The Hand of Skywalker – SWR #138

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On this week’s podcast, Riley interviews Father Roderick Vonhogen about his time in the early days of internet fandom.

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Topics include:

  1. Mark Hamill’s beard
  2. Father Roderick’s book Geekpriest
  3. Photo-shopping fan pictures in the lead in to Episode I
  4. Realizing that Lucasfilm knows about our fan projects
  5. Receiving the Episode I script a Month before the film was released
  6. The latest Badass Digest rumor

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Episode VII to Possibly Film on an Awesome Hunk of Rock in Ireland

The cast and crew of “Star Wars: Episode VII” will reportedly be set to shoot at a beautiful, remote island off the coast of Ireland.

Local officials told Kerry’s Eye newspaper that  SW Ep. 7 will be filming on islands known as the Skelligs.

“Skellig Michael is being made available for a film production shoot on the island,” a rep for Kerry County’s Office of Public Works told the Eye.

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Via NYDailyNews

The Omaze Episode VII Videos Tell Us These Two Things

J.J. just dropped another juicy Ep. VII detail in the form of a new Omaze charity video.

In the video, J.J. reveals the new X-wing design for Ep. VII, and it looks sweet!

However, I can’t help but think that there’s more to these teases than just raising money for charity.  These Omaze videos show just how brilliant the marketing for Ep. VII has been thus far for 2 reasons:

1. The videos show a focus on practical effects.

It’s no secret that many fans think the prequels focused way too much on the visual effects at the expense of the story. You’ll notice that a blue screen is nowhere to be found in either of these videos. This is no accident. I believe that J.J. and Co. are coming as close to apologizing for the prequels as they can without outright doing so. Seeing puppets reminiscent of Jabba’s-Palace and a real-life X-wing speaks volumes as to what Lucasfilm/Disney are trying to showcase from this film.

2. The videos showcase a sense of humor.

Another crowning aspect of the Original trilogy was comic relief. Whether it’s 3PO during the Carbon Freezing sequence, or Han Solo’s interactions with the Ewoks, humor has always played a large role in Star Wars. Interestingly, both of the Omaze videos feature a comical moment where J.J. is momentarily distracted from his charity pitch. In my view, this is most certainly intentional. Having a little laugh-moment indicates the style they want for marketing Ep. VII.

These charity videos have given fans a sense (though a small one) of the style and feel of the return of Star Wars to the big screen.

-Riley