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'Star Wars: Battlefront' on the way from 'Battlefield' creator -- VIDEO

Since Disney shut down LucasArts — the Star Wars creator’s videogame arm — earlier this spring following the Disney-LucasFilm merger and announced that mega-developer Electronic Arts would take over the franchise, one of the biggest questions has been what a new Star Wars videogame will look like. Monday at E3, fans and industry experts got the first glimpse of the next generation of Star Wars videogames — and they’re coming from a familiar place. DICE, the studio behind popular first-person shooter game Battlefield, will helm the new series titled Star Wars: Battlefront at Electronic Arts.

EA tweeted the news:

While we don’t know much yet, it looks like things are still freezing on what we can only assume to be the planet Hoth in the (very brief) teaser trailer below:
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'Star Wars Rebels' pilot to launch on Disney Channel -- EXCLUSIVE

Star Wars Rebels, a one-hour animated pilot already in production at Lucasfilm, is scheduled to premiere in Fall 2014 on the Disney Channel before the new brand leaps to Disney XD for the ongoing series, according to Lucasfilm sources.

The series will mine material from the 19 years that follow Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and precede the Episode IV: A New Hope. In other words, using the life of the Skywalker twins as a measure, the series will be active in the story years that come after their separation as newborns and before their (unwitting) reunion on the prison level of the Death Star. READ FULL STORY

Billy Dee Williams gives J.J. Abrams 'Star Wars' plot suggestions -- VIDEO

Everyone has ideas for the new Star Wars movies! So, when J.J. Abrams stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel thought it might fun to ask the audience for some suggestions for the new sequels.

The first two guys are in costume and both feel strongly that, “Leia and Chewie need to do it!” The second, who we’ll assume works for Kimmel, really deserves our respect. Talking to J.J. Abrams is a nice perk of the job, but not many guys would go so far as wearing Leia’s gold bikini on national TV.

The third “audience member” is Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in the original trilogy. He suggests, “Two hours of Lando and beautiful ladies making love, sweet love, in the galaxy.”

We’ll let you be surprised by the last guy. Fair warning though, he has a rather crude drawing of Leia and Chewie. Watch the video below:

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J.J. Abrams talks 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars' with Jon Stewart -- VIDEO

J.J. Abrams stopped by The Daily Show last night to discuss Star Trek Into Darkness, and he reminded devoted Trekkies that he was never really one of them: He didn’t like Star Trek as a kid. “It always felt too philosophical,” he explained.

Blasphemy! Abrams went on to say that some of the writers of the movie were huge fans, while his producing partner had never seen it — if everyone, with their different perspectives, was happy, the movie worked. “The goal was to make a movie for moviegoers, not just Star Trek fans,” he explained.

After the two discussed the pros and cons of both Star Trek (don’t worry, it grew on him!) and Star Wars, Stewart naturally delved into the fact that Abrams is now running everything. “I’m not even going to go to the conventions anymore, I’m just going to sit on your lap,” Stewart joked.  Abrams said it was too early to give away any intel about Star Wars, but that didn’t stop Stewart from making a case about why he should be allowed to be a Jedi.

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The Force is with 'The Empire Strikes Back Uncut,' a new fan remake -- VIDEO

Not so long ago, on an Internet not too far away — in fact, it’s right there, in front of your face — a 20-something computer programmer named Casey Pugh stitched together a Star Wars remake created entirely by fans. He divided the movie into 473 15-second segments, then asked volunteer filmmakers to reshoot any three segments. As EW wrote in 2011, the resulting film is “a giddy mosaic of crude — and some not-so-crude — animation, dads dressed as aluminum-foil droids, family dogs standing in for Chewbacca, and one Michael Bay-style orgy of explosions starring a badass C-3PO driving a stick-shift muscle car.”

And now Pugh’s working on the inevitable sequel: The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, a film that promises to incorporate “kid actors…animated Dagobahs…[and] some of the most inventive props we’ve seen.” Though you’ll find a teaser trailer for the follow-up below, the movie isn’t quite done yet; you can still claim a piece of the puzzle by visiting Uncut‘s website before May 1. (What, May the Fourth seemed too on-the-nose?) May the Force be with you, young Lucas wannabes!

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Harrison Ford gives Chewbacca a piece of his mind on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Harrison Ford dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to talk about his latest hit movie, 42, but Kimmel couldn’t resist asking the legendary actor about his involvement in another buzzed-about project, the hotly anticipated new Star Wars movie. When Ford declined to answer, Kimmel asked if he could turn the questions over to the audience, which the bristly star agreed to on one condition – no Star Wars questions.

Things were immediately awkward, with audience members dressed as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia forced to think fast and pose non-Star Wars questions, but the Q&A took a brutal turn when Ford’s furry former co-star Chewbacca stepped up to the mic.

“You son of a b**ch, what do you want?” Ford roared from the stage. “You’d like that, wouldn’t you? Always trying to blame me. You’re the one who couldn’t keep it in your furry pants!”

When Kimmel added that “he doesn’t wear pants,” Ford replied, “I rest my case!”

Kimmel tried to get to the root of the pair’s falling-out, but all Ford would say was, “He knows what he did. She was my wife, you Wookie sack of s**t!”

Not long after, Ford declared, “I’m outta here!” and stormed out of the studio. On his way out, he offered a parting thought for Chewie: “And you, I’ll see you in hell!”

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Patton Oswalt pitches 'Star Wars'-Marvel crossover in an epic 'Parks & Recreation' filibuster -- VIDEO

Patton Oswalt guest-stars on this week’s Parks & Recreation as a filibustering Pawnee citizen. The show has just released a nearly nine-minute video showing Oswalt improvising a pitch for Star Wars: Episode VII, and it is a prose-poem of geeky delight, which further burnishes Oswalt’s rep as a burgeoning national treasure. Among other things, the comedian makes a heartfelt and hilarious pitch for linking together the Star Wars and Avengers franchises — because Thanos has the Reality Gem! Don’t forget about the Reality Gem! — while also roadmapping some incredible new developments for Chewbacca. Also, Boba Fett. Also, Moon Knight.

There are so many twists and turns and remarkably off-the-cuff deep-cut references. In nerd terms, Oswalt’s crossover filibuster is like a J. J. Abrams sundae covered in Christopher Nolan sprinkles drowning in Grant Morrison chocolate syrup. Seriously, just watch the video now, and pray Disney signs Oswalt to a 10-picture deal immediately. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars' meets 'Faster, Pussycat!' in revamped action figures commissioned by Patton Oswalt

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Ah, so this is why neologists invented the word “geekgasm.” Action figure customizer Jamie Follis — known online as “Sillof” — has won legions of fans for his creative reimaginings of toys, which have cast the Avengers as Victorian-era heroes and the Justice League as steampunk creations.

Among those fans is comedian/geek hero Patton Oswalt, who partially based his character in Young Adult on Follis. After years of admiring his work, Oswalt recently gave Follis a new challenge: Transform the denizens of Star Wars into characters inspired by the works of pulp-master Russ Meyer, the director behind buxom ’60s campfests like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! There was just one additional catch — since Meyer’s films were nearly all female-centric, Oswalt wanted the characters to be gender-flipped as well.

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Han Solo as a lizard? The inside scoop on 'The Star Wars' from Dark Horse

The Jedi universe wasn’t built in a day and the construction process had some strange stages. If you thumb through the 1974 draft of the George Lucas script for The Star Wars (as it was called then) you’ll see a funhouse version of the most famous space epic that includes a warrior named Starkiller and a reptilian alien named Han Solo.

That version of Star Wars has been a relatively obscure artifact, but now it will get a spotlight of its own in a major adaptation by Dark Horse Comics that maps out a tale that’s both familiar and totally alien.

For the Oregon-based comics company, the project may be the great farewell to the Jedi mythology. Star Wars comics have been a core part of the Dark Horse’s indie publishing empire since the early 1990s. Now, after the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm, Dark Horse is likely to lose the license in the months ahead. We caught up with Mike Richardson, founder of Dark Horse, and Randy Stradley, the Dark Horse editor who has been the architect of the brand’s Dark Horse success, to talk about rediscovered universes and losing Empires. READ FULL STORY

Disney to shut down game maker LucasArts

Bad news for Star Wars game fans: Disney, which purchased the LucasFilm empire late last year for a cool $4.05 billion, has announced that it is closing its LucasArts game-making subsidiary.

The Mouse House will no longer develop LucasArts games internally and will instead license its brands, including Star Wars and Indiana Jones, to external developers.
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