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Forty is the magic number for Star Wars this year, with a special volume coming to us from a galaxy far, far away replete with 40 authors writing 40 stories for Star Wars‘ 40th anniversary.

The volume From a Certain Point of View, which will also be released in audiobook form, gives background stories for everyone from your average X-Wing pilot to the famed Boba Fett, the infamous mercenary from The Return of the Jedi and Empire Strikes Back (who we’ve only heard with voice distortion due to his helmet). In honor of such a special occasion, it’s only fitting that Boba Fett gets an equally special voice actor for the audiobook: Jon Hamm.

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26 New ‘Star Wars’ Stories Have Been Revealed

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In April, it was announced that a new book would be released called Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, combining 40 stories written from dozens of writers (including Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta, famed comic book writer Paul DiniThrilling Adventure Hour creators Ben Acker & Ben Blacker) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise.

Each story is told from the perspective of background characters from A New Hope  – “from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.” And with the October release date quickly approaching, Del Rey Publishing has begun unveiling some of the short stories that will be featured in this collection. Below, check out a first look at more than a dozen new Star Wars stories.

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Rogue One deleted scenes

Rogue One notoriously had a long and arduous production that resulted in many of the scenes and subplots that appeared in its first trailer ending up on the cutting room floor. While the final film was well-received, the post-production recutting resulted in a sometimes disjointed narrative.

While we may never see what Gareth Edwards‘s original version of Rogue One with all of its deleted scenes not included on the film’s Blu-ray release, the comic book adaptation of the Star Wars anthology film offers another solution to the missing plot points. The Rogue One comic book adaptation offers a detailed retelling of the film, along with new scenes that flesh out confusing plots or characters. And a handy video offers a summarization of all the scenes.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • New official Star Wars: The Last Jedi info revealed!
  • Lots of new Star Wars: The Last Jedi rumors to sort through!
  • Go behind-the-scenes with Grand Admiral Thrawn.
  • Are we really getting another Death Star?
  • And much more!

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star wars episode 9 release date

This morning, it was announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams would return to the series with Star Wars: Episode 9. So it should come as no surprise that the final film in the sequel trilogy has been pushed back seven months to accommodate the creative shuffling behind the scenes.

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Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams

Some news woke us up on Tuesday morning: Star Wars: The Force Awakens filmmaker JJ Abrams had been hired to replace Collin Trevorrow on Star Wars Episode 9. In this EMERGENCY PODCAST, Ben Pearson and Hoai-Tran Bui join Peter Sciretta to discuss the latest news and our thoughts on JJ Abrams as the director of Episode 9.

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J.J. Abrams Hired as Star Wars Episode 9 Director

Two years after he reintroduced Star Wars into the modern era with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams is returning to the franchise.

Abrams is officially replacing Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode 9.

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Morning Watch - Rick and Morty

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a video essay proposes that Ghostbusters might actually be about nothing. Plus, watch more of Adult Swim’s claymation bumpers featuring the non-canonical adventures of Rick and Morty, and a lengthy diatribe about why Star Wars is better than Star Trek by Conan associate producer Jordan Schlansky in a bit on the late night talk show that mistakenly goes on for far too long. Read More »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Star Wars cameo

Writer-director Rian Johnson and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt have collaborated on every one of Johnson’s three feature films thus far, so it’s not much of a surprise to hear that Gordon-Levitt is heading to a galaxy far, far away for a small part in Johnson’s biggest movie to date, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Find out everything we know about the Joseph Gordon-Levitt Star Wars cameo below.
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Rian Johnson Star Wars Episode 9

When Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow parted ways with Star Wars: Episode 9, it left a vacant director’s chair for one of Lucasfilm’s biggest and most important movies yet. We offered our own suggestions of who should take over, and one of our choices was Rian Johnson, the director of this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the reported frontrunner for the Episode 9 directing job.

But in a new press conference, Johnson implied that he won’t be directing that follow-up after all. Is it back to the drawing board for Lucasfilm? Read Johnson’s comments below.
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