The Star Wars Show | ‘The Last Jedi’ Director Rian Johnson, Making BB-8 Sounds, Mobile Game Updates, and More

This week’s installment of The Star Wars Show features prequel-era additions to the mobile game, Star Wars: Force Arena, updates to Galaxy of Heroes, and creating the sounds for The Force Awakens with foley artist Jana Vance. Meanwhile, at Skywalker Ranch, a discussion takes place between The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Thomas Kail, director of Hamilton.

Check it out below:

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Star Wars Forces of Destiny Review: “BB-8 Bandits”

***This is a review of episode two of Star Wars Forces of Destiny, “BB-8 Bandits.” It contains spoilers.***

In the second episode of Star Wars Forces of Destiny, “BB-8 Bandits,” we return to Jakku and continue our journey with Rey (voiced by Daisy Ridley) and BB-8. (Click here to watch this episode.) The episode picks up the morning after Rey meets BB-8, decides to take him in for the night, and rescues him from the Nightwatcher Worm — as seen in the first episode, “Sands of Jakku.”

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Star Wars Forces of Destiny Review: “Sands of Jakku”

***This is a review of “Sands of Jakku,” the first episode in the Star Wars Forces of Destiny animated micro-series. There will be spoilers.***

They’re finally here! After being announced first at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this past spring, Star Wars Forces of Destiny has arrived with its first episode, “Sands of Jakku,” featuring an adventure with Rey and BB-8. If you have not seen the episode yet, you can see it now on Disney’s YouTube Channel.

These new animated shorts are very much in the tradition of the Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series that ran for three seasons on the Cartoon Network, from 2003-2005. Clone Wars and Forces of Destiny are stories told in bite-sized chunks that  run between two-three minutes. You wouldn’t think much territory would be covered in such a brief time. However, if you watched Clone Wars, you know that’s a misleading assumption. This first episode of Forces of Destiny is filled to the brim with Star Wars goodness.

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Melinda’s Brew: The Race Is On!

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Dodging laser fire … Eluding capture – and becoming the main course of an almost 10-foot tall behemoth … Oh my gosh! Is that Darth Vader off to the side ready to use his Force powers on you? … There’s BB-8 up ahead, beckoning you to join him for a photo op. What’s going on here? If you didn’t know better, Read more

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi — New City, Characters, and Images Revealed by Vanity Fair

Yesterday we saw the four new limited-edition Vanity Fair covers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. They promised us even more images today and have delivered in a massive way! Not just the new images, though, but new character and city reveals as well.

With the new images released today, all captured by the great Annie Leibovitz, we get a closer look at the characters we already love — Luke, Rey, Leia, Kylo Ren, Poe, Finn, and more — but we also get our first look at new characters such as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, played by Laura Dern, and a shady grifter-type character called “DJ,” played by Benicio Del Toro.

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Melinda’s Brew: Rey of Sunshine

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A couple of days ago, I stopped into our local financial institution to do a bit of banking, and since there were no other customers waiting in line, I took a little extra time to chat with the friendly teller. The course of our discussion took us down the path of musing about change and how open to it people are. About 35 years my junior, I was surprised when Sam told me she did not like change at all. “I like to know what I’m doing when, where I’ll be tomorrow,” she remarked. I remember being her age, and being very open to change. Don’t get me wrong. There is something comforting about the steadfast day-to-day goings-on, but change can open whole new worlds to a person, give one the chance to explore the previously unknown frontier. Different strokes for different folks, of course, but that didn’t stop me from smiling to myself as I left the bank, shaking my head pondering what Sam could be missing by wanting to keep her feet firmly planted in her own yard.

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Melinda’s Brew: R2-D2 – A Labor of Love

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There’s something to be said for building something with your own two hands. Usually, there are trials and tribulations that crop up along the way, but that’s neither here nor there. When that last nail is pounded into place, when that last screw experiences its final turn, when that last dab of paint is applied, you can breathe a sigh of relief, step back to admire your work, and even go as far as to pat yourself on the back for a job well done [even if you’ve had to start over a time or two 😉 ]. That can describe Greenfield, Wisconsin’s Steve Schmidt. Well, sort of.

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What You Need to Know About Star Wars: Galactic Nights Coming April 14 to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galactic Nights makes its debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on April 14 — nicely timed with Star Wars Celebration Orlando — and will include celebrities, special attractions, and more. Vanessa Marshall (Hera, Star Wars Rebels) has been tapped as host for the “Inside the Saga: Celebrity Chat Show,” which will take you behind-the-scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. A pre-show will be hosted by the hosts of The Star Wars Show, Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni.

There will also be a “Seize the Saga Interactive Scavenger Hunt” open to guests of all ages, and BB-8 will make his debut at Star Wars Launch Bay.

Disney Parks Blog has compiled a list of what you need to know if you plan on attending.

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BB-8 Will Greet Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Starting This Spring

The Disney Parks Blog announced something very cool this week: This Spring, BB-8 will begin greeting guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! You can read the full announcement below:

Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have more Star Wars fun to look forward to this spring when BB-8, the loyal droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, begins character greetings at the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay.

BB-8 will appear in addition to Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, two characters from the Star Wars galaxy who guests regularly encounter at Star Wars Launch Bay. In addition to character greetings, the location also offers guests the chance to explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including some from the latest film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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The Star Wars Show | 20 Years of StarWars.com, BB-8 Force Band Obstacle Course, and Dr. Aphra #2

This week on The Star Wars Show, Lucasfilm’s Lynne Hale stops by to talk to guest host, Pablo Hidalgo, about the 20th anniversary of StarWars.com, Sphero’s Battle-Worn BB-8 runs through an obstacle course with the aid of a force band, and we get a first look at Marvel’s Dr. Aphra #2.

See all that and much more in the video below:

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