Hayden Christensen Launches His Own Menswear Collection

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Have you been wondering what Hayden Christensen has been up to lately? Well, he’s been designing a men’s clothing line for Canadian retailer RW&CO. The clothing line will be available at select locations in Canada, and also online, starting on November 7th under the label ‘Hayden Christensen for RW&CO.’

Anakin’s come a long way from that slave hovel on Tatooine, that’s for sure. Good for him!

Find out more about the collection, and watch video of Hayden explaining the inspiration behind his clothing line, right here.

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Harrison Ford to Receive Career Achievement Award

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Harrison Ford will be receiving the Hollywood Career Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards on October 21, 2013. Although not a televised event, it is the first big award show of the season and many previous winners have gone on to win big at the Oscars. Ford was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role as John Book in the movie ‘Witness.’ That was way back in 1986. After his critically acclaimed turn as Branch Rickey in the baseball drama ’42’ earlier this year, there is some buzz that he may be up for another Oscar in short order.

Harrison Ford has starred in some of the most successful movies of all time – from Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, to Blade Runner and The Fugitive. At 71 years of age, his career is vast and his importance as an actor has long been established. He’s a legend and he deserves all the honors he can get!

You can find out more about the Hollywood Film Awards here.

J.J. Abrams Talks (briefly) About Star Wars Episode VII

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While promoting his new TV show, J.J. Abrams spoke briefly to Entertainment Weekly about his plans for Star Wars, and his words are very encouraging! He’s aiming for a movie that’s authentic, emotional, and exciting…. and that seems to harken back to the days of the Original Trilogy. Not to knock the Prequel Trilogy at all, but it is a pretty well known fact that many fans felt a few (if not all) of those elements were lacking.

It would seem that we have further evidence that Episode VII is in good hands.

Read what J.J. Abrams had to say here.

Seth Green Discusses Possible Future of ‘Star Wars: Detours’

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So, what’s going with that animated ‘Star Wars: Detours’ comedy series that Seth Green was developing? Well, the decision to shelve it in favor of focusing on the new films was announced not long after Disney bought LucasFilm, but is it possible that it could see the light of day at some point?

Seth Green participated in a Reddit AMA recently, and he had this to say:

“So there’s actually been quite a bit of talk about this, but Detours is just on hold currently. We have 39 finished episodes and around 62 finished scripts.”

Green goes on to say:

“Media distribution is changing so quickly, so dramatically, that can you even imagine what distribution of content will look like in 5 years? In a day and age when Netflix series are nominated for the top accolades TV has to offer, what is to say what it will look like when the new Star Wars movie comes out?”

It’s no secret that many fans were concerned about yet more ‘comedic’ forays into the galaxy far, far away. Do we really need more ‘Robot Chicken’ and ‘Family Guy’ type spoofs? Perhaps now is the time to take Star Wars a bit more seriously. Let Episode VII take the lead, and maybe there will be a place for ‘Detours’ at some point in the future. At least we know there’s a finished product out there, right?

What do you think? Do you enjoy a lighter take on the Saga, or do you prefer a more sober approach to Star Wars?

Ewan McGregor Thinks He’s ‘Too Young’ to play Obi-Wan’s Force Ghost

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Ewan McGregor would love to be in the new Star Wars movie – but he doubts it will happen. At 42 years old, Ewan thinks he’s probably too young, and that – if Obi-Wan does indeed make an appearance in Episode VII – J.J. Abrams would be looking for someone closer to the age Alec Guinness was when he first donned the Jedi robes.

It only makes sense, since Obi-Wan would most likely appear as a Force ghost… and he didn’t have the benefit of becoming younger after he passed on – à la Hayden Christensen. However, there are still some reports stating that Ewan would be back as Obi-Wan’s Force ghost for Episode VII. Until Disney confirms or denies, it’s anyone’s guess at this point. Although, what Ewan says seems to make the most sense. What say you?

Read more about what Ewan had to say here.

Englund Claims Mark Hamill “in training” for Episode VII

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Even though his appearance in Episode VII is still not officially confirmed, Mark Hamill’s friend, Robert Englund (Yep, Freddy Krueger himself!), has apparently confirmed at the Nashville Comic Expo that Mark is working out and getting into shape so he can step back into the role of Luke Skywalker.

Way to go Mark – We’re all rooting for you!

Read more about what Robert Englund had to say about his former roommate here.

R.I.P. Ray Dolby, Inventor and Audio Pioneer

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Ray Dolby, the man who changed the way we hear movies and music, passed away on September 12 at the age of 80. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, and was diagnosed with Leukemia this past summer.

His Dolby noise reduction sound system gained wide popularity after the release of Star Wars in 1977, and Dolby Laboratories was involved in the sound post-production of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.

Some of the recognition he received during his lifetime includes two Oscars, a few Emmys, a Grammy, an honorary OBE (Order of the British Empire), and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Thank you, Mr. Dolby, for your great contributions to film and music. Rest in peace… Your legacy lives on.

You can read more about his life and achievements here.

Disney Feels Pretty Good About Star Wars

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According to a report from Variety, Disney is feeling pretty confident in its acquisition of Star Wars. Disney CFO, Jay Rasulo said at a recent investor conference that “of all our worries, ‘Star Wars’ is not one of them.”

Well, that certainly sounds like good news! Not that any true fans of the Saga had any serious doubts. Star Wars has proven itself time and again (and yes, I’m ignoring the naysayers). Probably a big concern for some at this point is that “too much” Star Wars might not be a good thing. It seems that Disney will be significantly expanding the merchandising of the brand, well beyond what LucasFilm was doing on its own. Without knowing everything that’s planned, it’s probably premature to say how much is too much. Time will tell. It is reassuring to read that the main priority is putting out the best movie they can. We can all get behind that, I’m sure!

Read the rest of the Variety article here.

Coffee With Kenobi Coffee Chat: The Cantina Cast

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In today’s very first Coffee Chat, we have a cup of coffee with Joao and Mike from the Cantina Cast.  The guys talk Podcasting, Star Wars memories, share our views on rumors, and talk about the future of the franchise and fandom.  This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!

Check out this episode

Click here to listen to show 34 of The Cantina Cast with Dan Z & Cory Clubb’s guest appearance!