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We all knew that Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando Florida is undergoing a major reworking. The Sorcerer’s hat has been removed, the studio tour has been shut down, The Art of Animation will be closing, and there are many rumors about what is yet to change in the movie-themed Disney-owned amusement park.

Now we hear that the Disney board may have approved a $3 billion overhaul of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which could eventually include a larger Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Pixar presence. Details after the jump.
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Star Wars Battlefront

“And these blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople.” Only Star Wars Bits are so precise. Here’s what we have in this edition of updates from a galaxy far, far away:

  • Star Wars: Rogue One rumored to be filming, concept art described
  • Pinewood Studios earnings up thanks to Star Wars
  • Acme Archives to have exclusive Star Wars art at Comic-Con
  • Del Rey eBook sampler reveals more Star Wars novels details
  • Concept art may show Maz Kanata from The Force Awakens
  • New merchandise package shows more The Force Awakens promo art
  • First look at Jakku from space from on Star Wars website?
  • Star Wars Battlefront alpha testing footage.

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Star Wars: Shattered Empire

What happened in the thirty years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?  In March, Disney announced they would release a series of books called Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which would fill in that gap through a mix of novels, comics, children’s books and young adult stories (all considered official Star Wars canon).

One of the 20 books which will hit store shelves in December 2015 is a prequel comic book called Star Wars: Shattered Empire. We now have our first official synopsis for Star Wars: Shattered Empire which gives us our first peek at the events which happened after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and before JJ Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

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Real Fake History Battle of Endor

Some film franchises and television shows have a large enough mythology and universe that entire encyclopedias (or more commonly Wikis today) have been written in an attempt to chronicle every facet of the world that some of our favorite stories unfold. Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Lost and more all have expansive and rich histories.

Now a new web series from Machinima is diving into some of the milestone moments of our favorite films and TV shows with Real Fake History. Created in the style of a History Channel show or Ken Burns documentary, these documentary shorts examine the fictional wars, events and stories of films and television. The first episode has just gone live taking a look at the pivotal Battle of Endor, the fight which brought down the Empire, in Return of the Jedi.

Watch Real Fake History’s Battle of Endor after the jump!

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Star Wars Bits

I want to learn the ways of the Star Wars Bits and become a Jedi Knight like my father. Here’s what we have in today’s round up of news from a galaxy far, far away

  • Release date for Star Wars Rebels Season One on Blu-Ray and DVD
  • The Force Awakens novelization author talks adapting the movie
  • Dave Filoni on Sabine’s new look in Star Wars Rebels
  • You choose the next Star Wars Black Series figure!
  • The Force Awakens promo banner appears with First Order Stormtrooper
  • Rumors of The Force Awakens locations being reused for Episode VIII
  • Lucasfilm clarifies chronology of The Clone Wars Legacy conent
  • Star Wars Battlefront puts a focus on multiplayer gameplay
  • Rumors on who Rey’s parents may or may not be

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First Order origins

If you haven’t been keeping up with Star Wars Bits, then you might have missed that the first action figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will arrive next month at San Diego Comic-Con as a convention exclusive.

The first figure from Episode VII will be a 6-inch Black Series First Order Stormtrooper. Some high-resolution shots of the figure have been making the rounds online (we featured them over here), but now it’s the packaging that has fans talking. Why? Because it details the history of the Stormtrooper and rise of The First Order, the new evil in the galaxy.

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The Walt Disney Company has publicly announced they are considering a $1 billion-plus expansion of the Disneyland Resort, which would bring unknown new attractions, a new parking structure with at least 5,000 parking spots and other improvements to the Southern California-based theme parks. Could this mean new Marvel and Star Wars rides and lands are just on the horizon? Find out the details of the proposed Disneyland Expansion after the jump.

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Jabba's Rancor Pit action figure

It’s hard to believe, but San Diego Comic-Con is already less than two weeks away, and all of us here at SlashFilm will be running ourselves ragged to bring you all the latest news straight out of the convention center housing the biggest pop culture gathering in the country.

And along with the big news coming out of Comic-Con also comes cool goodies that will only be available for purhcase at the convention, and then eventually eBay for those who weren’t lucky enough to be in San Diego. And for all you Star Wars fans, Toys R Us just unveiled a new Black Series action figure set that Return of the Jedi fans will love.

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Star Wars - Lando Calrissian comic book

The odds of successfully surviving Star Wars Bits is approximately 3,720 to 1. Here’s the lowdown on all the Star Wars goodies you can find out about after the jump:

  • Go behind the scenes of Star Wars Rebels second season premiere
  • Is Ben Mendelsohn in Star Wars: Rogue One or not?
  • Ewan McGregor bashes Kylo Ren, wants to return as Obi-Wan
  • Phantom Menace star Jake Lloyd arrested
  • Greg Grunberg hypes up Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Lando Calrissian comic book hits shelves in July
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 retail exclusive details
  • Sketches of Han Solo, Poe Dameron and Finn from Vanity Fair
  • How much will The Force Awakens make at the box office?
  • Star Wars Insider sparks debate about Luke in The Force Awakens

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