J.J. Abrams on Working with Lawrence Kasdan and the Release Date for Episode VII

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In a new interview with Total Film magazine, J.J. Abrams enthuses about working with Lawrence Kasdan, the screenwriter for “The Empire Strikes Back” and the upcoming as-yet-untitled “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

Abrams and Kasdan took over the screenwriting duties after Michael Arndt’s recent departure from the project. Abrams says, “Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life. We’ve had a lot of fun working together. He’s an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer.”  

Even though Abrams tries to keep his productions based in Los Angeles, he is excited about the prospect of filming Episode VII in London. Working with U.K. film crews is “something that has always been a dream” of his.

MTV has also posted a brief chat with J.J. Abrams. In it he discusses the release date for Episode VII.

“I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted it in summer,” says Abrams. “Before I even came onto the project they were talking about 2015 and they made this announcement very early on.”

He goes on to say that “a release date is great, but you have to release something great.” Fans everywhere will agree with that, no doubt!

Coffee With Kenobi Show # 8 : Return of the Jedi, featuring Scott Murray (15)

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In today’s show Scott Murray of the Assembly of Geeks Podcast.  Scott joins us as we discuss our topic for Show # 8, Return of the Jedi  We also have an interview with Eric Schoenweiss of Del Rey publishing conducted by Tricia Barr discussing the Making of Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler.

We are also thrilled to announce our partnership with the Bearded Trio!  Rob Wainfur and the Bearded Trio have teamed up with us to bring you the latest news on Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and John Williams in a regular feature on Coffee With Kenobi : Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio.  This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

Bonus Review of Man of Steel at the end of the Episode!

Show Notes

Release Date for Episode VII

No 20th Century Fox Fanfare

Bob Iger Talks Future of Star Wars in the Disney Theme Parks

Our Partnership with The Bearded Trio here and here

The ArTmor Project

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The Bearded Trio and Coffee With Kenobi Join Forces!

The Bearded TrioWe are proud to announce our partnership with Rob Wainfur and The Bearded Trio!  Since 2009, The Bearded Trio has been bringing you the latest news from the world of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and John Williams, and we are delighted to announce many exciting things between our Podcast and The Bearded Trio’s outstanding Blog!  Things to look forward to include:

  • Guest Blog Posts
  • In Depth Interviews
  • Your Espresso Shot With The Bearded Trio : Starting from our next episode, The Bearded Trio will be bringing you the latest news on the trio in a regular feature on Coffee With Kenobi.  The idea is to keep you up to date on Spielberg, Lucas and Williams along with any other related news such as ILM, Jurassic World, and much more in a five minute segment.  With so much packed into five minutes that’s why we’re calling it “Your Espresso Shot with The Bearded Trio.”

Let us know what you think, as we explore this exciting partnership with The Bearded Trio!  The best is yet to come!

A special thanks to Rob collaborating with us!


Fan-Made Artoo is Confirmed for Episode VII


Artoo is back! Everyone’s favorite astromech droid is the first confirmed cast member for Star Wars: Episode VII – and fans are playing a role in his return to the big screen!

Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples are Star Wars fans and members of the R2-D2 Builders Club, and they are now part of the Creature Effects team for Episode VII. Producer Kathleen Kennedy saw their work in action at Celebration Europe this past summer and, on her recommendation, they now have jobs that most Star Wars fans only dream about.

You can read the rest of the story over on the Official Star Wars Blog.

Neil Gaiman Interviews J.J. Abrams for BBC Newsnight

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J.J. Abrams recently sat down to be interviewed by British author Neil Gaiman for BBC Newsnight. The purpose of the interview is mainly to discuss his new book, “S.,” along with collaborator Doug Dorst. There is a wonderful discussion of the importance of books versus eReaders that many book lovers are sure to appreciate.

Abrams also discusses realism in film today, with regard to what is technologically possible in the realm of visual effects.

Naturally, the topic of Star Wars pops up – albeit briefly. Gaiman references the recent casting calls that took place in the U.K., to which Abrams responds, “it wouldn’t be Star Wars if there weren’t some fantastic actors who happen to be British.”

You can view the interview in its entirety right here…

Happy Birthday Lisa!

CoffeeWithKenobi_LogoFinal_FINAL.jpgIf you get a chance today, be sure and wish Lisa Dullard a very happy Birthday!  In addition to so many wonderful posts here and on Facebook, our Media Specialist is a loyal friend and huge Star Wars fan that many of our listeners have interacted with over these past 8 months, and we wanted to wish her a very Happy Birthday!  Happy Birthday, Lisa!

Melinda’s Brew : Counting My Blessings


Quite a while ago in a galaxy not all that far from me…

I was invited to meet an individual for lunch one chilly, Sunday afternoon during the holiday season. We had been internet friends for a little while, meeting through the now defunct starwars.com blogs, and through our correspondence, we learned we lived relatively close to each other. In different states, mind you, but certainly within driving distance. I agreed to the luncheon meeting — amid choruses of “but you said a person should never meet (face to face) anyone they meet on the internet!” resounding from my (at the time) two young daughters. Oh, I was setting such a fine example. Do as I say, not as I do.

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Book Review: Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual

Death Star Owner's ManualDeath Star Owner’s Technical Manual by Ryder Windham, Chris Reiff, and Chris Trevas is a fascinating look at the Death Star through the lens of a Haynes manual.  For the uninitiated, Haynes manuals feature technical details and information about real vehicles, such as how to repair and maintain them; this manual design concept has been applied to the Star Wars universe.  Early last year, Windham and company traversed similar terrain with the Millennium Falcon manual, and the details are no less spectacular here.

Windham (no stranger to Star Wars literature) supplies the textual background of the Death Star, covering the origins of the ultimate space station (largely from the E.U.), and gives a detailed examination of the on board systems, controls, weapons, etc., and manages to look at a certain small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port.  It’s a heck of a lot of fun, and the artwork and diagrams provided by Reiff and Trevas are gorgeous and lifelike.   There are many photographs as well, and we even get to see a lot of information on Death Star II from Return of the Jedi.

While it’s true that here is no such thing as an actual Death Star (ask Congress) , the attention to detail and technical know-how provided make it feel as though the Death Star actually could exist.  If you are into ship design and don’t mind the verisimilitude of the Star Wars universe being slightly stretched, and you love the Death Star, this book was made for you.  Casual fans may not find the book as engaging, but you still can’t help peruse the book with curiosity and joy, as the work and effort that went into this manual is evident.  Let’s hope that Windham, Reiff, and Trevas tackle the A.T. A.T. for their next project, because the detail provided here certainly would be awesome when focused on these beloved vehicles as well.

Order Star Wars: Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual from Amazon.com

Note: A big thank you to  Del Rey and Net Galley for providing an advance copy to review.

Interested in Auditioning for Star Wars Episode VII?


Thinking of auditioning for the new Star Wars movie, or know someone who wants to audition? Well, Maryellen Aviano, a member of the casting team for Episode VII, was interviewed on WGN Morning News in Chicago, and she gave some idea of what they’re looking for – along with some of the do’s and do not’s of auditioning.

Auditions are being held in locations across the United States over the next few weeks, and you are also able to submit audition videos online at OpenCastingCall2013.com by December 3.

Click here for the interview with Ms. Aviano.

Bob Iger : Disney Working on Star Wars Attractions for Theme Parks

Disney/ LucasfilmGreat news for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Star Wars fans: Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that Disney is working diligently on expanding the Star Wars presence in the theme parks.  From Bloomberg T.V.:

“There is a fair amount of development going on at Disney Imagineering right now to expand the Star Wars presence in California and in Orlando, and then eventually in other parks around the world. It’s probably likely that Star Wars will be in more than just our two domestic parks.”

This is fantastic news, and we eagerly anticipate the details as they become available.  Check out the video below for the interview:

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