‘The Last Jedi’ Director Rian Johnson to Create New Star Wars Trilogy!

***Breaking Star Wars News!***

RIAN JOHNSON, WRITER-DIRECTOR OF STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, TO CREATE ALL-NEW STAR WARS TRILOGY

Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce. 

As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.

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CWK Show #96: “Is it vinyl or a record?”, with Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Dennis Keithly (191)

Dan Z is joined by Lattes With Leia and The Arkham Sessions co-host, Dr. Andrea Letamendi, and Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels co-host and CWK blogger, Dennis Keithly. They begin the show by discussing Dan and Tom’s trip to Lucasfilm and Rancho-Obi Wan, as well as a new appreciation for the impact of the story group on Star Wars canon. Nick DiCo brings the latest on Star Wars video games, and Tom brings us up to date on the news.  For the Coffee Chat, the CWK book study continues with Phasma, chapters 5-11. This the podcast you’re looking for!

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Nissan USA Debuts ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Ad “Within Reach”

After a successful Rogue One/Nissan Rogue campaign last year, the automaker has once again partnered with Lucasfilm in advance of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi next month. Nissan’s first ad, “Within Reach,” has been released, and you can check it out below:

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Rian Johnson: The Art in Film

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Episode VIII!”

Since director Rian Johnson uttered those words, Star Wars fandom has been anticipating and speculating where he will bring the next story. As Mark Hamill said, “It’s a real journey of discovery.” However, before we take the next step into a new larger world, let’s rediscover Rian Johnson and his previous directing achievements.

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Star Wars Comes to Disney Emoji Blitz!

Do you play Disney Emoji Blitz? If not, you’ll probably want to check it out. For the first time ever, an exciting Star Wars event is coming to the popular mobile game! Find out more below:

For the first time in Disney Emoji Blitz, players will be able visit a galaxy far, far away during a limited-time Star Wars Villain event from Nov. 2 through Nov. 12.

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Force and Faith: Luke’s Lonely Exile and Hopeful Return

Some very fun and creative parody accounts are on Twitter, spoofing Kylo Ren’s maudlin behavior, or the loneliness that Luke must be feeling.  Whichever comic geniuses were behind them, they had me laughing many times.  (And I make no endorsement of any blue material I may be overlooking).  They took these iconic characters and looked into their psyches for incredible comedic results.  But the online world of Twitter, Facebook and the like can actually lead us to feeling isolated, which is very similar to the loneliness that Luke must have felt on the heights of Ahch-To.  Luke was a man who grew up in a family, surrounded by friends, and joined the vast rebellion with its camaraderie.  In his exile, he must have experienced a profound loneliness that affected him. Read more

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Some of Luke Skywalker’s Most Memorable Moments in ‘Star Wars’

Throughout the generations, Star Wars has captured the imaginations of fans and creators alike. Forty years have passed, and yet, Star Wars’ themes still ring true today. Hope, family, love, heroism, and redemption are as relatable now as they were in 1977 and one of the many reasons why Star Wars has remained timeless, becoming a cultural phenomenon.

A recurring theme is the Hero’s Journey and Luke Skywalker is one of the most iconic examples of this monomyth. Even if you have never watched a Star Wars film, most likely, you know the name Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker, the farm boy who became a Jedi like his father before him.

So, in honor of the fortieth year of Star Wars and to gear-up for the upcoming film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ I thought it would be fitting to go back and recap some of Luke’s most memorable moments from Star Wars.

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Porg Psychology 101

Jay’s Galactic Espressions

Whether you love them or hate them, porgs have become a very popular – albeit peculiar – new character in the Star Wars saga. We were introduced to these little penguin-puffin-birdlike creatures in the behind-the-scenes footage reel for The Last Jedi, revealed at the D23 Expo in July of 2017. Avid fans of the saga have had porgs on the brain since this initial introduction, but the debut of the official trailer for The Last Jedi, which aired during halftime of Monday Night Football on October 9, caused the general public to catch porg fever in a big way! Instantly, the Internet was packed with porgs, including this Photoshop challenge, posted by gizmodo.com.

But, why are these little feather bags such a draw for fans, myself included? I’m not usually one to fall prey to overwhelming feelings of “gotta have that,” but these porgs have certainly won me over! So, I decided to take a look at the psychology of porgs – what underlying reasons could there be for this fanatic attraction? What is the possible connection between avian mythology, bird/human personality traits, and the design choices of the porg character itself?

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A Thank You Message to Fans from Star Wars

Lucasfilm has released a statement of gratitude to fans for the overwhelming reaction to the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Check it out below:

Earlier this week, the full trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived on Monday Night Football and online.

In just 24 hours, the trailer was viewed more than 120.1 million times worldwide, making it one of the biggest trailer debuts of all time. It had 29.1 million more views than the film’s first teaser released at Star Wars Celebration last April, and there are 242K (and counting) Twitter posts surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi this week.

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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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