Star Wars: The Phantom Apprentice clip


Maul goes through twisted lengths to draw out Ahsoka Tano in a clip from an upcoming episode of Disney+’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

The final stretch of episodes for Star Wars: The Clone Wars are upon us, with the galaxy-spanning conflict now taking place on Mandalore.

In a clip from the seventh and final season’s 10th episode, titled “The Phantom Apprentice,” Ashoka Tano and Clone Commander Rex arrive at the aftermath of a disastrous ambush. There, Ahsoka learns from a gravely wounded Clone Trooper that Maul cut through his unit before taking a hostage and departing into the capital city’s underbelly.

Part 1 of the “Siege of Mandalore” arc saw Ahsoka rejoin the Jedi Order, reunited with her mentor Anakin Skywalker. However, while Anakin left to help Obi-Wan Kenobi drive back a Separatist attack from the planet Coruscant, he tasked his apprentice with helping the Republic liberate Mandalore from Maul’s forces.

Streaming on Disney+, the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars stars Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex and the clone troopers, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan and Sam Witwer as Maul. New episodes arrive every Friday.

Star Wars Episode IX Animated

Via AVClub: …weeks following The Rise Of Skywalker’s release saw the entire script for Colin Trevorrow’s unmade ending to the trilogy leaked, giving them a glimpse of what could have been.

Fortunately for those who would like to dwell endlessly on roads not taken, YouTube channel Mr. Sunday Movies has turned Trevorrow’s story into an animated summary video that, until we see whatever fan project the most hardcore of Star Wars heads make next, provides the next best thing to actually seeing the fully realized alternate movie.

First look at Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens

Happy Star Wars Day and May the Fourth Be With You.


To celebrate, here is an 8 minute clip of the upcoming Lego Star Wars game that will adapt Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Lead through by one of the game developers, this is fun look at what is to come.


Personally, I’m excited about the PlayStation exclusive content The Phantom Limb, which could be related to the C-3PO one-shot by former Starman team James Robinson and Tony Harris.


Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens has June 28th release date and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.
I plan to attend a special event at the Baxter Barcade in wonderful Chapel Hill this evening. How will you be celebrating this May 4th?

Lego Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy

With the release and excitement over Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there is no shortage of tie-ins targeting fan nostalgia from books to videogames and toys. But some fans take the initiative by using their skills to pay homage to the most popular modern space opera.

“Lego Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy.” (Vesa Lehtimaki/(c) 2015 LEGO (c) and TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd)

Via WashingtonPost (click the link for more images):

Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimaki began photographing his child’s toys back in 2009 as a way to preserve their memory before they either broke, were given away, or were lost. At around the same time, he took some of his son’s Lego snowtroopers outside and photographed them in the snow and that is when he found his calling to make incredibly detailed action scenes of Lego Star Wars figures. He began uploading the images that he made to Flickr and found that he had a hit on his hands. Six years later, a collection of his images is now available in book form in “LEGO STAR WARS: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy,” (DK, 2015).

Lehtimaki has created a stunning miniature universe where Lego Star Wars action figures come to life, from Luke Skywalker riding a tauntaun through snow to a Sand Scout riding a sand speeder bike. Some of the tricks Lehtimaki uses to create the scenes include using flashlights for illumination and hot glue to hold the figures in place, experimenting over and over again until he gets the scene just right.

Also of interest is this ascii animated version of Star Wars. The patience and dedication evident in this project is stunning.

Tom Scioli revisits theStar Wars Ride of 1987


The past is a foreign country, even more so when viewed through the filter of youth. Before every corner of the the Star Wars universe was explored, nearly anything was possible. This is evident in the vaguely remembered Star Wars Ride housed on the Wildwood Boardwalk of NJ back in 1981.

Renowned artist Tom Scioli (Gødland, American Barbarian, Transformers Vs. GI Joe) has created a new comic that takes readers back to a different age when Star Wars, Star Trek and Planet of the Apes were gloriously mashed together.
Read the entire comic here


Here is a short video upload of Super 8 footage from 1974 showing the Star Trek ride and some Planet of the Apes antics.

Turkish Star Wars


Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saved the World) is a 1982 Turkish adventure film also known as Turkish Star Wars. It’s also one of the most bizarre low-fi science fiction films this side of 2001’s The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra.

Via DangerousMinds: Directed by Çetin Inanç and starring Turkish action superstar Cüneyt Arkin, The Man Who Saved The World is an amazingly over-the-top knock-off of George Lucas’s Star Wars. Popularly known as Turkish Star Wars for reasons that are clearly apparent, this Turkish slab of cinematic taffy stretches the boundaries of disbelief to the breaking point. And that’s what makes it a far more entertaining film than the one it rips off. I’ve forgotten most of the original Star Wars but I’ll never forget Cüneyt Arkin doing battle with a gigantic psychopathic shag carpet using only a cardboard sabre (completely lightless) and some well-placed karate chops.

Turkish film writer Evrim Esroy’s sums up Turkish Star Wars nicely:

Director Çetin İnanç‘s attempt to create the ultimate Turkish science fiction epic has all the trademarks of the genre: a mash-up of American cinema tradition and Turkish mythology bound together by the insane desire to reach infinitely beyond its microscopic budget. Two pilots who find their ships mysteriously crashing on an alien planet end up fighting an evil dictatorial emperor plotting to destroy Earth. But no summary can do this wild mix justice. From its z-grade, beautiful inhabitants to the endless borrowed shots literally spliced in from the actual STAR WARS, this is lo-fi filmmaking at an unparalleled best.

The movie was a bomb when it was first released, but became a cult hot in the US after it was picked up by the improv troupe Foleyvision who provided a new soundtrack live in house.

The ‘Turkish Star Wars’ film was recently screened at the Alamo Draft House and gained even more followers (no doubt riding the fortuitous release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens). Nevertheless, unless you live near one of the Alamo Draft House cinemas or the hip equivalent, it is much harder to come by this obscurity.

Fortunately, J. Sprig has made a dub of the film, replacing the audio track with a playlist of psych and punk rock Turkish music… and it is awesome (man the soundtrack is unbelievable!).

Turkish Star Wars from J. Sprig on Vimeo.



Star Wars Scoundrel Goes Solo

OldHanSoloThe roguish pilot of the Millennium Falcon is undoubtedly one of the most popular characters in the entire saga. With a trusty blaster at his side and a walking carpet capable of tearing your arms off, Han Solo is a fan favorite. While actor Harrison Ford was adamant that the quick-witted scoundrel should have died at the conclusion of The Empire Strikes Back, he is excited to return to a galaxy far, far away for more adventure.
But there will be more Han Solo with the a film devoted entirely to his story (likely set before he encountered the old wizard and his protege, a young farm boy). Back in my early childhood days (which are now my extended childhood days), I often thought that the further adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca had untapped potential. It looks like I may have my wish fulfilled at last.

HanSolo_StarWarsVia MakingStarWars:

Lawrence Kasdan is stepping away from Star Wars. The screenwriting legend scripted The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens. Then he went on to work on the Han Solo anthology film with this son Jon. Now he’s saying enough is enough already and boy, has he earned it.

I don’t know if this is good news but it doesn’t sound like Lawrence Kasdan took the gig to write the screenplay for the Han Solo anthology film, according to THR: 

He added that he had little interest in being involved in the Solo movie, but that his family was so excited about the idea for him, he agreed to co-write the screenplay with his son Jon Kasdan.

Hopefully the opportunity to please his family and work with his son still means Lawrence Kasdan brought his A-game to the gig.

I have now made four Star Wars movies. That’s more than enough.

The man has more than done his part to contribute to the galaxy we all love so much. We’re lucky we have the films we do. Now, I just hope those rumors he’s agreed to take a pass on the Indiana Jones story and be a consultant are true! (Now we’re just getting greedy, though.)

The Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film has a TBD 2018 release date.


Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens omnibus trailer

SWars_ImaxPutting together all of the footage released to date, Shawn Cauthen has released the ultimate trailer for the next chapter in the epic space opera, Star Wars. The movie has generated unparalleled hype, a high water mark in an era that has given us Batman, Superman, Avengers and Jurassic Park to get excited over.

Tickets went on sale yesterday and already sales have beaten the previous record high… eight times over earning $6.5 million in pre-sales. So I guess I won’t make the midnight showing for this one as I had hoped.

Star Wars The Force Awakens opens December 18th.

Side-note: There has been lots of talk about Luke Skywalker being Kylo Ren in disguise, but images of Luke in Jedi robes and an unmasked Kylo Ren have been posted previously. Also, there is still no word on actor Max Von Sydow’s role in the film. Will he be old Boba Fett?

New Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens Black Series Action Figures Debuted

SWars_Logo_NewVia Newsarama: During New York Comic-Con 2015, Hasbro revealed several new Star Wars products coming in late 2015 and into 2016. Among the big reveals were new figures in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens line, as well as new toys based on characters and ships from the original six movies.

The highlight was the debit of several new figures for the 3.75″ Black Series. The Black Series toys are built using 3D model scans of the actors, giving the toys an unusually high level of detail.

Also, highly recommended on Hulu, Plastic Galaxy, the Story of Star Wars Toys. It’s a fun-filled trip to a time far far away… the 70’s. Find it here.



As many readers of my blog know, I’m a huge fan of Star Wars, but there’s always room for levity. In the Auralnauts’ fourth riff on Star Wars, the Jedi are dance-dueling/drug-peddling thugs, C-3PO (Creepio) is obsessed with obtaining human flesh and the rebellion… is an ass-focused mess. Empire is a family-friendly entertainment corporation transforming local businesses and neighborhoods into ‘family fun zones’ with their moon-sized Laser Moon fun park.
Warning: Explicit language