Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Announced

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Disney has announced they will be renewing the acclaimed Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels for a third season. As someone who never quite got into The Clone Wars, Rebels has been a fun trip back to our favorite galaxy far far away. And what started out as a story about a small ragtag group has grown into something bigger in the second season. And I’m glad to see the story will go a bit further, but don’t expect this series to go on much longer.

We will at some point catch up to the timeline shown in previous and future live-action movies — Star Wars: Rogue One tells the story of how the Rebellion gets the plans for the Death Star, which leads into the events of A New Hope.  We heard from a very good source last year that Star Wars Rebels would last only three or four seasons before Disney launched a whole new Star Wars animated series, with all new characters, set in the timeline of the current movies (the Star Wars sequel trilogy).

Hit the jump to read the Star Wars Rebels season 3 press release, but as the second season is still in full swing, we get no additional details.

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How Did This Get Made: Hackers (An Oral History)

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Hackers + Revolution + Rollerblades = How Did This Get Made?

On September 15, 1995, MGM released a stylish, cyberspace thriller called Hackers. Two weeks later—following mixed reviews and poor box office numbers—the film was gone from theaters. Yet despite inauspicious start, Hackers has grown to become one of the most beloved films of the 90s. This is a story about the making of that movie and the ambitious filmmakers who, over time, have been vindicated by their hyperkinetic vision.

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The Story Behind R2-KT

If you didn’t get enough crying out of your system while your family was visiting this past holiday weekend, we’ve got something that might get the waterworks flowing for you.

Over the past couple years, Star Wars fans may have noticed a little pink astromech droid called R2-KT popping up here and there. While upon first inspection the pink droid just seems like an obvious female counterpart to the blue R2-D2, there’s actually a very touching story behind how this droid came to enter the Star Wars universe. Read More »

LEGO Stormtrooper Blaster

With Star Wars Battlefront on the shelves as another way of fueling the hype train on track to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans have been doing their fair share of blasting both Rebels and Imperials in the video game world. But one fan wanted to do some blasting with the weight of LEGO in his hands.

Flickr user and Star Wars fan Nick Jensen has recreated a life-size version of the E-11 blaster rifle, which fans will know as the blaster carried by Stormtroopers in the original Star Wars trilogy. They occasionally use the gun to hit their targets, but mostly it’s just to make a lot of noise and flashing red lights. But this looks like quite the deadly piece of LEGO weaponry. Read More »

The Force Awakens Teaser Posters

While most of the marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been solid so far, the one area that could use some improvement is the poster campaign. While the final one sheet and the recent character posters haven’t been terrible, they simply leave something to be desired, mainly the touch of artist Drew Struzan (who only crafted a D23 exclusive poster).

But perhaps we can improve things in the poster department with three new, retro The Force Awakens teaser posters. They’re plain and simple, but that’s the idea, because any real Star Wars fan will know exactly where the inspiration for these three posters comes from. Read More »

Simon Pegg Star Wars

Back during the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, rumors swirled that J.J. Abrams had brought his Star Trek franchise star (and now sequel co-writer) Simon Pegg into the galaxy far, far away for some kind of cameo in the movie. That rumor was confirmed when Pegg popped up in the Comic-Con sizzle reel from this past summer, wearing a big fat suit, apparently playing some kind of alien.

Now you can finally see what he looks like thanks to a new The Force Awakens featurette from the Disney Channel that focuses on Rey (Daisy Ridley). However, if you’re one of those fans who doesn’t want to see anymore footage, you may want to steer clear, because there are some new snippets of footage, both from the movie and behind the scenes. You’ve been warned! Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

star wars bits

Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, your regular source of news from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. In today’s jam-packed edition:

  • A galactic map of the Star Wars universe.
  • A look at some of the new planets being introduced in The Force Awakens.
  • Steven Spielberg has already seen the new movie…three times.
  • Mads Mikkelsen chats about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • The complete soundtrack listing for the Force Awakens Soundtrack.
  • Google will now translate your words into Aurebesh.
  • A dive into the original Star Wars novelization.
  • A look at some awesome Stormtrooper toys that will break your wallet.

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the force awakens details

Remember when we were begging for any kind of news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Now we have to beat new stories and details and rumors and spoilers and trailers and TV spots with a stick. If you want to know the latest about the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke, the complex nature of Kylo Ren, and a little more about the still-absent Luke Skywalker, this is the place to be. Oh, and J.J. Abrams discusses his cinematic influences and throws just a teensy bit of shade at the prequels while taking about lightsaber duels.

You know if you want this and if you do, you can find everything after the jump.

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Chewie, get us Star Wars Bits! This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • Japan has a Star Wars train to go with their Star Wars plane
  • The Star Wars monorail is also up and running at Disney World
  • Apple bought the motion-capture company that worked on The Force Awakens
  • Watch the trailer for The Force Awakens playset for Disney Infinity 3.0
  • French arthouse theaters want more copies of The Force Awakens
  • A new look at the Anakin & Obi Wan comic coming in January 2016.
  • A glimpse of a possible new wookiee in Rogue One or Episode VIII?
  • Details on Battle of Jakku DLC for Star Wars Battlefront
  • What is the first word spoken in The Force Awakens?
  • Read a memo sent to executives about Star Wars in 1976
  • See a new image of Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens
  • A video runs through every Jedi in Star Wars canon
  • A Chrome extension can block Star Wars spoilers for you
  • Fox News reporter received death threats after making a Star Wars joke
  • Omaze launches a new charity contest to win trip to The Force Awakens premiere

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