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Christmas in the Stars – A Grandmother’s Gift

I’m so excited to announce that latest project from the Star Wars Report family; The “Christmas in the Stars.” is an collaboration between us at SWR and so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We begin with “A Grandmother’s Gift” a memory from my good friend Mark Newbold of Jedi News


-Riley Blanton – Founder, Exective Editor -


A Grandmother’s Gift

As a Star Wars fan since 1978 I’ve got 35 past Christmas’ to choose from, and believe it or not I’ve had something Star Wars every one of those years. But the year that stands out as my favorite would be Christmas 1980.  I was 9 and I knew (because I had sneakily found out where my folks hid the presents) that I’d be getting a Snow speeder and a Tauntaun.  I thought I’d had my lot once I’d opened the Snowspeeder, but when my Dad pulled out another HUGE box and handed it to me I was a bit baffled, and then thrilled to bits when the wrapping came away and a Star Destroyer playset sat there.  That was just awesome, and over the years it got a lot of use (still does!)  But probably the most important gift was from my Gran – the UK Empire Strikes Back annual from Marvel.  I still have it in my collection and it’s very important to me as it was the last present my Gran gave me as she passed away the following November.  That book got read cover to cover numerous times, me and my school mates even did an audio recording of it one summer in the early 80′s.

Star Wars and Christmas have always gone hand in glove together, so it feels just right that Episode VII should arrive the week before Christmas – what better present could any of us wish for!

Mark Newbold

Co-owner Jedi News | Co-host Radio 1138 |

Star Wars Isn’t Dead

Star Wars isn’t dead.

We live in a time when there’s been unprecedented excitement for the franchise. For years, original trilogy fans have wanted to know the future of the Skywalker clan and the stories that remain to be told after the events Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars Isn’t Dead.

Star Wars fans everywhere want to know, want to have any glimpse at the future of the characters that have become so beloved to the American and world culture. Since Luke Skywalker blew up the Deathstar and good triumphed over evil, this has been something for which the world has hardly dared to dream of for the past 30+ years.

Star Wars isn’t dead.

Star Wars isn’t dead because the prequels. It survived whatever criticism (most far from legitimate) that it received.

Star Wars isn’t dead because of Jar Jar Binks.

Star Wars isn’t dead because its been over marketed.

Star Wars isn’t dead because it’s sold out.

Star Wars isn’t dead because it’s run by evil corporate Disney.

And for Pete’s sake, Star Wars certainly isn’t dead because they’re doing an open casting call.

Star Wars isn’t dead.

As someone has been podcasting for 3 years about a mythology that I deeply connect with, I can say that those who call themselves Star Wars “Purists” and “minimalists” are wrong. During the time of the prequels, and afterwards, the Star Wars fandom and fan community have been more vibrant than it ever was before.

Star Wars Is Forever.

Riley Blanton

Host of the Star Wars Report podcast, Tech enthusiast, former CAP cadet. Opinions are my own and do not represent those of… well… other people.

Star Wars: Episode VII to open December 18, 2015

So, in the war between creativity and immediate profit, creativity won the day in 2015 after all.

Disney officially announced December 18, 2015, as the release date for the to-be-titled Star Wars: Episode VII.

Guys. That’s just two years away!

Hopefully, this allows J.J. time to overcome any potential script delays caused by the departure of Michael Arndt.

Here’s the Quote from Alan Horn

“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.”

Read the full press release here:


J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Rewriting Episode VII Screenplay

I’m nervous and happy… Nerppy? Havous?

We finally have some new concrete details on the continuing pre-production of Star Wars Episode VII, and I couldn’t be happier. Actually I’m not happy I’m ecstatic.

It’s sometimes hard as a Star Wars fan not to sound like a broken record when trying to communicate how excited I am that there are new Star Wars films being worked on, it’s so easy to sound super critical when all you’re trying to communicate what is a longing for more information on this film at we’re all so excited about.

New Star Wars films being worked on!

So imagine my excitement when, after a long day of classes, I was on my way home and my phone started blowing up with notifications about a new article on the official site titled: MASTER FILMMAKING TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

An interesting title, mainly because we already thought we had a master film-making team for Star Wars Episode VII. I dare say we did. The main news the press release puts fourth, is announcing that Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams were taking over the screenwriting duties in place of poor Michael Arndt. Otherwise it was just exciting news on the folks who will be working on the film.

Keeping all of this genuine excitement for what’s happening with this film in mind, I can’t help but be slightly concerned as to the stability of the production process at this point. The press release reads as a re-shuffling, a change, and if there’s one thing Star Wars fans hate, its change. So while I maintain my excitement, I am genuinely curious at the fact that J.J. Abrams and Kasdan are now the primary screenwriters. That, to me is an indicator that the Episode VII script is being completely overhauled, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think it shows that Abrams and Kennedy are taking this project very seriously and they’re not willing to move forward unless they’re confident that they have a fantastic foundation to move upon.

Personally I think that this will mean a delay in the release date and honestly, I’m 100 percent fine with that. Hey, if a script rewrite is what it takes to get this right, do it.

If a postponement of the release date is what it takes to get this film right, do it.

If they have to take the time and expense to call upon the ghosts of Ralph McQuarrie and Irvin Kershner, do it.

Book Review: ‘Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge’

Title: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge
Author: Martha Wells
Release Date: September 24th, 2013

Warning: This review may contain minor spoilers.

Many times liking a book or not comes down to personal preference in what types of stories and characters you prefer. Razor’s Edge started at a disadvantage with me. The book was set in an era I normally don’t get excited about and featured a character that is my least favorite of the “Big 3″. I mean I like Leia fine, but I prefer her more as an older Jedi and less as a young politician. 

But then I saw the official blurb for the book and noticed something about Alderaanian pirates. Pirates are pretty cool. Maybe this book won’t be so bad after all.

So did Razor’s Edge surprise me or just meet my already low expectations? Well before we get into that let’s look at the official publisher’s summary.

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