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Rumor: Actress Christina Chong has joined the cast of Episode VII

Christina Chong on Doctor WhoLatino Review claims that Christina Chong has joined the cast of Episode VII. UPDATE: Variety joins in, saying her role in a minor one, while The Wrap says she’s already finished filming.

Chong can be seen in 24: Live Another Day. Genre fans may recall her in a pivotal 2011 episode of Doctor Who, though: She played Lorna Bucket in ‘A Good Man Goes to War.’

Today in Episode VII: Karen Gillan’s wig to be used on… Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan in 'Selfie'→ No, Karen Gillan has not been cast in Episode VII. But last we heard of the wig made when she shaved her head for Guardians of the Galaxy, her Marvel brethren had gifted it to Star Wars. Now, it seems she’s using it herself, on her new TV show Selfie.

Yes, some deluded Mara Jade fans were clinging a bit too closely to that tidbit, but come on: A red wig does not a guaranteed character appearance make. (via)

→ Speaking of possibly deluded fans, someone from the Jedi Council forums (!?!) claims that they nabbed pics of names on trailers at the Puzzlewood shoot. One of them is a female name. I trust this – like pretty much anything off those forums – about as far as I can throw my iMac, and those pics could come from any random office corridor, but hey. Whatever.

→ Oh, and J.J. Abrams is apparently moonlighting as a celebrity party DJ now. The article does have some pics of the recently vacated Puzzlewood shoot, though.

No Disney film panel at SDCC, so don’t hold your breath for an Episode VII surprise

sdcc-logoWe already knew there would be no dedicated Episode VII panel at San Diego Comic Con, but it is something of a surprise that Disney won’t be featuring any other upcoming films – aside from Marvel, which has their own panel and is expected to drop plenty of news. But Disney has several other upcoming films, like Big Hero Six, Tomorrowland, and Pixar’s Inside Out… And it’s not like they have a D23 this year.

They’re not the only ones sitting it out either – also absent is Lionsgate, who has The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 coming out in January. Is SDCC just not worth the trouble for studios anymore, or are they simply ceding this ground to the superheroes?

What does this mean for us? Well, not much. Some folks were hoping that StarWars.com saying Episode VII wouldn’t be ‘featured’ wouldn’t rule out a few moments at a general Disney film panel. I still think it’s a bit much to expect a bombshell like the title – hell, at this point, they could save that for Celebration – but something like a second video set report, perhaps something celebrating the results of A Force For Change? Of course, we just got word that deadline has moved back, so that’s not quite as feasible as it would have been a week ago. (Now? I’d be surprised if that doesn’t happen pre-SDCC, for a final bit of publicity push… But LFL does as LFL does, and we can only guess and hope… Hope, not expect.)

In any case, when in comes to Star Wars, Disney (and presumably Lionsgate) know they don’t need a con to whip their fandoms up into a frenzy… Who needs Hall H when you have the internet? Let Marvel (and Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman) have this one.

Christmas in July: 2014′s Hallmark Star Wars ornaments in stores now

Hallmark 2014: SandcrawlerOkay, all (well, most of) the new Hallmark Keepsake Christmas ornaments, not just the Star Wars ones are available for purchase today, but whatever. Quibbles. Brave the rush to pick up the ‘The Rise of Lord Vader’ (FrankenVader from the end of Revenge of the Sith,) a scout trooper, the cantina band and/or a LEGO Boba Fett.

A Santa Yoda Peekbuster won’t be available until October, because Hallmark, just like Santa Maul, wants you to hone your rage. (Where is my Santa Maul ornament, Hallmark? Even the LEGO version would be acceptable.)

We first saw the 2014 ornaments nearly a year ago, at SDCC, which means our first look at the next crop is right around the corner.