The Star Wars Show | J. J. Abrams to Direct Episode IX, Inside Canto Bight, and More!

Lately it seems there’s no such thing as a slow news week in the world of Star Wars, and The Star Wars Show has plenty to share this week. From the big news of J. J. Abrams directing Episode IX, to the cover reveal for Star Wars: Canto Bight, you’ll find it all in the video below:

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Star Wars Episode IX Release Date Announced

As announced earlier today, J. J. Abrams is assuming writing and directing duties for the final chapter in the sequel trilogy, Star Wars Episode IX. Now we have an official release date — December 20, 2019.

Via the official Star Wars Twitter account:

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J.J. Abrams On Board to Write and Direct Star Wars Episode IX

Breaking News from StarWars.com!

J.J. ABRAMS TO WRITE AND DIRECT STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

THE ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER WILL RETURN TO HELM THE FINAL FILM IN THE SEQUEL TRILOGY.

J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

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In a Galaxy Not So Far, Far Away…. Pop TV Brings You J.J. Abrams and Mark Hamill on NIGHTCAP Season Finale

Calling all Star Wars fans: J.J. Abrams and Mark Hamill will guest star on the season finale of NIGHTCAP on Pop on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 8p.m. ET/PT.

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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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Mickey’s Jedi Blend: Loss and The Force Awakens

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I first off want to apologize for my absence from all forms of social media and some delays in Rebels Reactions releases. The last two weeks have been extremely crazy for me and culminated in the laying to rest of a friend and co-worker today. Outside of work and home, no one has really known whats been going on as I sat and reevaluated my life, where I am, where I could be, the decisions made, and where to go from here. I’m not the best at talking my feelings out, my wife can attest to that. This is my only outsource for the moment. This is how I can pay my respects and come to grips with the reality of the situation and move on with my life.

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Get Ready for the Star Wars Fan Film Awards!

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In case you missed it, the Star Wars Fan Film Awards are underway! If you’ve got a great idea simmering, or you’re feeling particularly creative, now’s the time to get involved. Here’s some helpful information from StarWars.com and a word of encouragement from The Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams:

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Why Rey Deserves Your Respect

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Even though we never heard it in the movie, I wonder if some Star Wars fans never forgot a certain line from the last trailer for The Force Awakens – “I’m no one.”  We heard Rey say that right after Maz Kanata asked her, “Who are you?”  Despite those lines never being said in the movie, we’re still trying to figure out more details about her.  I think that’s what we’re supposed to be doing after seeing the film.

What baffles me are the fans who seem to be running with the idea that Rey is “no one.”

*Spoilers* from this point on.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII — New Official Release Date Announced!

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Star Wars: Episode VIII to Open December 15, 2017
The release date for the next film in the saga is confirmed.

Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release in summer 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017.

The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere outside the traditional summer blockbuster window and smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861.3 million and the third biggest global release ever with $1,886.7 billion.

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The Case for New Canon: Why It’s Just Better This Way — A Guest Blog by Mike Harris

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The Case for New Canon: Why It’s Just Better This Way

— A Guest Blog by Mike Harris

While we were all speeding along on our “Journey to The Force Awakens,” I found myself thinking back to the day everything changed — October 30th, 2012. A day that will be long remembered. After the dust settled, I (and I’m sure many like me) was left wondering what would happen with the current Expanded Universe. I’ve been invested in the EU since 1991 when I cracked open Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire for the first time, and have spent the following two decades growing up with my favorite characters, and meeting many new ones along the way. With new movies on the horizon, movies that would take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, what would happen to all the existing stories? Will they follow after them? Will they get rid of them? Will they use Waru?!

In hindsight, the decision they made was really the only conceivable option.

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