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The biggest fun piece of Star Wars Episode VII speculation this week centered on the villains. Star Wars website MakingStarWars ran an elaborate rumor about the nature of the film’s bad guys, only to have the statement refuted by another site, TheForce.net. The latter said the first rumor was 100% inaccurate… but J.J. Abrams also said Khan wasn’t in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Which is why, at this point in the game, it’s hard to take anything as true. Even quotes from the filmmakers themselves could by lies this far out, which is why Star Wars fans have to have their rumor deflector shields up at all times. Unless it’s reported by StarWars.com, it’s a rumor, no matter if you read it here, on a Star Wars fan site, or anywhere else.

That said, a new wrinkle to that villain rumor mill has now been unearthed. Latino Review claims the original rumor, while mostly false, does have a few very important pieces of truth in it. What are they? We’ll reveal those potentials spoiler below. Read More »

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Boba Fett Return Jedi

The Star Wars spinoff written by Lawrence Kasdan is, in fact, a Boba Fett movie. So says Hollywood director and animator Jon Schnepp. Read about that, and the following, in this edition of Star Wars Bits.

  • Get a good look at the Star Wars Rebels villain The Inquisitor via his toy.
  • Watch Star Wars highlights from the Tournament of Roses parade.
  • Read about the upcoming Random House book Maul Lockdown.
  • Sideshow Collectibles reveals Star Wars toy designs by Ralph McQuarrie.

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Lucasfilm finally revealed some of their upcoming Star Wars plans this weekend at New York Comic-Con. There we learned a bunch about 2014′s Disney XD series Star Wars: Rebels, including that a new villain called the Imperial Inquisitor (above) will fight for the Empire. The Inquisitor’s reveal might have been the highlight but it was far from the only piece of news. After the jump, check out a bunch of new concept art from the show as well as the following:

  • Anthony Daniels might have confirmed participation in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Ralph McQuarrie‘s designs are a major influence on Star Wars Rebels.
  • Daniel Radcliffe talks about friends working on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • The final episodes of Star Wars: Clone Wars will air in early 2014.

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The rumor mill continues to churn, as one actor is reported to have read for a part, and another denies that she has. After the jump:

  • Ben Kingsley may also have read for Episode VII
  • … while Chloë Moretz insists she has not
  • Pinewood Shepperton wants to expand further
  • J.J. Abrams isn’t abandoning Trekkies
  • Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is coming soon
  • See gorgeous images from Star Wars Art: Concept

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Star Wars - Luke Skywalker and C3PO

Luke, Leia, and Han are all set to appear in the new Star Wars trilogy, but what about their trusty pal C3PO? Anthony Daniels will only say “wait and see.” Also after the jump:

  • Here’s why you shouldn’t believe those Star Wars plot rumors
  • Warwick Davis wants to audition for Episode VII
  • Zack Snyder talks about what Man of Steel might mean for Star Wars
  • Neill Blomkamp doesn’t think he’s right for Star Wars
  • Peter Mayhew‘s lightsaber gets him in trouble with the TSA
  • Nerdists sets hosts for the Course of the Force relay
  • See costume test pics from Star Wars: A New Hope
  • EA announces a new Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Watch a 50-minute 1997 documentary about George Lucas

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam are joined by Katey Rich from CinemaBlend to discuss the quality of the HBO film Game Change, the ineffectiveness of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, the devastating nature of The Snowtown Murders, and the disappointing box office performance of John Carter.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll be reviewing 21 Jump Street next week. Join us for our next live broadcast on Sunday (3/25) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST at slashfilm.com/live.

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George Lucas typically gets credit for visualizing the Star Wars universe, and in turn creating the image of popular science fiction that is so pervasive today. But in truth, much of what became Star Wars was truly visualized by conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie, whose pre-production paintings defined the look of many major characters in Star Wars, and specified the general look of the film’s many worlds. McQuarrie also contributed to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Cocoon (for which he won an Oscar), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more.

Sadly, Ralph McQuarrie passed away yesterday at the age of 82. George Lucas wrote a eulogy for his friend and co-conspirator in Star Wars, which you can read after the break. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Concept Darth Vader Helmet Replica

eFx Collectables is producing some very cool Lucas licensed Star Wars replicas. The above Darth Vader helmet is part of their Art of Star Wars series which is based on the work of the conceptual artists behind the original trilogy. The Vader mask is a more accurate representation of Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept art for A New Hope (see concept art below). The helmet is expected to be released in December 2008.

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