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Roundup: StarWars.com adds Episode VII section

Episode VII on StarWars.comStarWars.com. A year and change after the announcement, the official site has added a section for Episode VII. (via)

Actors. It’s not that really a big surprise that J.J. Abrams wouldn’t be talking to Samuel L. Jackson or Ewan MacGregor regarding Episode VII, but Mark Hamill? So said Jackson in a recent David Letterman appearance, anyway.

Billy Dee and Rebels? Maybe not so fast on that rumor that Billy Dee Williams will be doing a voice on Rebels. Lightsaber Rattling quotes the full conversation.

Horrors. I originally clicked in this expecting to think ‘I’ve seen worse,’ but io9 may be right: This might really be be the ugliest Star Wars shirt ever.

It’s official: Episode VII release date is December 18, 2015

Star Wars logoEpisode VII will be the first actual Star Wars movie not to open in May, StarWars.com announced today. The film will be in theaters December 18, 2015.

“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Disney’s Alan Horn.

Rumors about a non-May release date have been rampant in the last few months.

Well, I can’t say I’m thrilled with a December release, but I am glad we finally have an official date and all the ridiculous fanboy posturing – over that part of the equation, anyway – is over. I’m sure they’ll still have a few things to share with that April at Celebration!

This Is Madness: Vader concedes, Yoda (and Hondo) win!

Team HondoGreat news, my loyal, well mostly loyal, crew, from your captain, Hondo! I’ve won the StarWars.com This Is Madness contest. [Editor’s note: Hondo is not being entirely truthful. Yoda is the official winner. You can see the official results here. Also note that the official header image on the website today is Vader with the quote: “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”] Team Hondo can rejoice in my victory. [Editor’s Note: Yoda won. We have video proof from ESPN UNITE.]

As you can see in the video above, Darth Vader has bowed out of the contest, and he got only 40% of the vote. That leaves 60% for me. Or if you look at the way I set it up over the weekend, 100% of the votes were really for me. So that’s really 160% of the vote for me! So somebody needs to give Matt Martin 10 credits, I heard he bet it all on me, which is always a good option. Unless I’m betting on the other guy, and in those cases, I usually know something.

And as customary with victory speeches, I must thank all of my supporters. You. and you, and that guy over there. But especially all the fans on #teamhondo on twitter, and Justin at Jedi News and Tricia at Fangirl Blog. But not Cad Bane. Ok, enough frivol.. frivoli.. fun and games. Time to get back to work – I smell profit.

This Is Madness: Yoda vs Darth Vader vs Hondo. Hondo wins!

This Is Madness Yoda v Darth VaderIt is I, Hondo Ohnaka, bane of both Jedi and Sith, and I have one more pick for the StarWars.com game This Is Madness. It’s the final match and if you notice I’m not in it. Because I have better things to do, like make money rather than sit around waiting to face off against Yoda or Darth Vader. Really, a green puppet is no contest for the likes of me! And an old in a body suit with no eyebrows? Again, I laugh at the thought. Really, they should put both of them together against me. Certainly all the ladies would still pick me. It’s this jacket, it makes me look handsome.

Team HondoSo go to This Is Madness and vote, vote for Hondo. You can’t do that you say. Well, I have a solution. Mmmm… actually I don’t anymore. It sounded good at the time when I came up with it, but then I passed out. No, Hondo never passes out. I just got sleepy after too much frivolity at the wake of the fearsome pirate Guybrush Threepwood. But there was a plan.

Despite the brackets, Hondo is not on the dark side. So we have a light side winner – Master Yoda, and a dark side winner – Darth Vader, and a not-light-side-nor-dark-side winner – that’s me! And since it’s no contest, I’ve already won! So, #TeamHondo, you can vote for whomever you wish for second place – the incredible shrinking Hulk, or Timmy the human piece of toast. Because a vote for either of them is really a vote for Hondo.

Because: This Is Madness.

This Is Madness: Hondo is not happy!

Team HondoPtooey! This is not good business at all. I, Captain Hondo Ohnaka am back, and I’m about to hang up my boots for This Is Madness. Apparently, everyone does the opposite of what your wise pirate captain says. So you’re all fired unless you win one for my Kowakian monkey lizard!

Yes, I’m still upset that more people voted for Chewbacca than for my favorite Jedi, Ahsoka Tano. And now Yoda has bested Obi-Wan in the battle of the Order 66 survivors. This is not profitable for me at all. So time to change my business plan. Phase III – Profit!

So, in today’s matches:

  • Light side: We have R2-D2 against Chewbacca. It’s like the battle of your favorite appliance against your favorite pet. Both are loyal and handy with machines and prone to saying things that shouldn’t be repeated in proper company. Hondo does prefer having a droid on his team over a Wookiee, simply because you don’t have to pay a droid. So vote Artoo. Don’t let the Wookie win.
  • Dark side: Boba Fett vs. Palpatine. This one is the match between the walking box of matches and the walking sparkplug. Both are good way to start a fire, but neither make for good company. Well, Palpatine will at least talk to you, but he’s always cackling and talking about your very special destiny. So I guess Palpatine.

Then we move on to the final match for each side for the following day:

  • Light Side: Yoda vs Artoo or Yoda vs Chewbacca. Yoda is one of those Jedi who never tells you the truth, and is all high and mighty from his temple chair on Coruscant. While Artoo and Chewbacca are both folk I’d actually have work for me on my crew. Yoda’s not much into piracy. So vote for Artoo or Chewbacca, you will. That’s my Yoda attempt. I’m pretty sure I did it in a convincing accent.
  • Dark Side: Darth Vader against the winner of Boba Fett / Palpatine. I’m just going to assume that Boba Fett is going to win against Palpatine. But vote Darth Vader anyway. While Fett’s a businessman like myself, his business is usually involving rounding up some of MY business associates. And that’s not good for my bottom line. Vader, on the other hand, is so consumed with tracking down Jedi that he leaves me alone. And every now and then he hires me for a job when having the Empire won’t look good for the role. It’s like he knows me from somewhere, but I can’t place it.

So Team Hondo, go vote on the website or you’re all fired! And since I haven’t paid you yet, get fired and you’ll walk away with just the shoes on your feet. Unless you don’t have any shoes. Or feet. And if you don’t have feet, who needs shoes?

Star Wars still kind of a boys club, shockingly


I swear I’m not taking This Is Madness particularly seriously – some things I am happy to leave to Hondo – but let’s admit it: It’s particularly disheartening to see neither of the female characters made it past the second round.

Hell, Leia, perhaps the most recognizable Star Wars lady, could only muster 33% of the vote against a droid. Now I love Artoo, but come on: He’s a droid. And having no particular attachment to either character, I’m not sure what to think of Chewbacca’s victory over Ahsoka. I can understand favoring Chewbacca – I mean, who hates Chewbacca? – but Ahsoka is certainly one of the most developed characters (not female, just characters) to come out of The Clone Wars, and she still only got 35%.

So much for the theory of a Clone Wars surge, huh? Should we chalk Obi-wan’s victory over Han to Ewan McGregor fans who didn’t stick around for the other votes? (No cookies for you, Wantons.)

Does it even really matter? Of course not. It’s a goofy March Madness takeoff, nothing more. (And given that I generally have little patience for most March Madness ripoffs, I’m a little ashamed at even falling for this in the first place.) But it’s still a damn shame, and a key reminder: No matter how many t-shirts we buy, we’re not done yet, ladies.

Ashley Eckstein campaigns hard for Ahsoka for This Is Madness

With the light side vote in today’s StarWars.com This Is Madness game a choice between Chewbacca and Ahsoka Tano, Ashley Eckstein has hit the campaign trail to rally fans of Snips and The Clone Wars to stay in the game, and advance a character from The Clone Wars to the next round. Last weekend at WonderCon, she got some key endorsements, even from the original Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew. Plus she and her coach & husband David have made a second video, with some special guests to show why voting Ahsoka is the way to go!

We’ve already told you, via Team Hondo, to vote Ahsoka. So go do it, already. Or vote again.

Get your Star Wars picture taken at a local landmark!

Yoda at Sea WorldStarWars.com is looking to celebrate fans all around the world this year, so they want your photos! They are looking for pictures of you in your Star Wars costumes at your local and area landmarks.

Here’s the instructions from Lucasfilm:

  1. Share this message with your Star Wars friends.
  2. Take pictures in your Star Wars costumes (UPDATE: or Star Wars apparel!) with your local landmarks.
  3. Turn in the pictures with a signed copy of the release form (email or fax) to fanevents@starwars.com, or 1-415-623-1107 (FAX: Attn: Mary Franklin). (Hint: don’t fax the photos!)
  4. Be sure to name the landmark, and area/city/country.
  5. You can start turning them in at any time. The sooner the better!
  6. The deadline is April 22nd to turn in pictures. But we’ll start putting them up soon after we get them
  7. Have Fun, and May the 4th Be With You!

With those last two points, I’m sure something big for Star Wars Day is planned! (Besides the 30th anniversary screenings of Return of the Jedi in Los Angeles.)

Grab that release form (Lucasfilm Personal Release 2013) and get out there and get some photos!

Extra Update: Please post on twitter or facebook or the like when you submit stuff!

This Is Madness: Hondo says VOTE AHSOKA!

Team HondoGreetings, it is I, the galaxy’s best pirate captain. I had a great weekend: I gave the crew some time off to enjoy celebrating the annual orb rebirth festival of Quay. What? You don’t believe in Quay’s ability to predict the future? You must be some sort of Waru worshipper.

Anyway, back to discussing StarWars.com’s ‘This Is Madness’. In the last round, Skywalker’s astro droid beat out the Princess of Alderaan and young Boba Fett came out more than a head above his father.

But this is the key last round of the Sixteen Strikes Back. On the light side, we have Chewbacca, first mate of the Millennium Falcon, against Ahsoka Tano, Jedi pony farmer. (Even I have visited Ashoka’s pony farm!) And no disrepect to a walking carpet that could rip my arms off, but I must go with my favorite of the Jedi, Ahsoka. And you must too, or else Hondo will have you scrubbing the outside of my ship… while we’re flying!

And on the dark side, Count Dooku versus Emperor Palpatine. If Count Dooku is a major thorn in my business, I could imagine that a full Emperor could be two thorns worth of pain. So better be safe and vote Emperor Palpatine. That Chancellor fellow seemed ok, for a politician. How bad could he be as emperor?

As we move into the third round tomorrow, Obi-Wan vs Yoda: Hondo likes Obi-Wan Kenobi today. Perhaps since Obi-Wan is both a worthy ally and sometimes a decent businessman. And he’s never thrown me in jail. Sometimes not paid me for all my trouble, but it is what it is. And Darth Vader vs Jabba the Hutt. If I told you half the things I knew about Jabba the Hutt, you’d probably end up on one of his hit lists. But if I told what I think I know about Darth Vader, I’d end up on his bad side. And I like my neck the way it is. Well, I could moisturize a little more. So, Vader.

This Is Madness: Hondo discusses Sixteen Strikes Back

Team HondoIt’s Hondo, again. You didn’t think that I would post two days in a row – well, this is Madness! Friends, I must thank you for getting out there to ensure that my favorite Jedi, Ahsoka Tano, edged out that Captain Rex in yesterday’s final bracket of the first level of StarWars.com’s This Is Madness character voting game. I’m sure that Team Ahsoka appreciated the support of Team Hondo.

Now moving onto the next round of This Is Madness: Sixteen Strikes Back. Really, only eight of these characters will be striking back… the other eight will be the ones striking out. That’s a baseball metaphor, and now you are totally surprised that ol’ Hondo knows what a metaphor is. I frequently have to use them to explain things to my crew. They are… I’d say, but I think one or two of them can actually read. But we were talking about This Is Madness, round two. Since Phase II of my plan to win has not panned out due to great support for Padme, Tarkin and Rex, but I’m still the top person not working for the Republic on the charts! Victory!

Today, on the light side, we have Han Solo versus Obi-Wan Kenobi, while on the dark side, it’s Darth Vader against Darth Maul. This throws me into a connun.. conunn… situation. Obi-Wan Kenobi seems like a pretty good Jedi, and Darth Maul is very menacing – I heard that he took over Mandalore. But the two of them (and Maul’s big horn-headed brother) did a great job of turning my already smashed up base into an even bigger mess. It took a week for my men to round up all the tookas again. Voting for Obi-Wan and Maul seems like a smart thing to do, and to show support for The Clone Wars.

But this Han Solo – he seems more my kind of trouble-maker. He’d be a good pirate. And that’s a trap. Pirates should never vote for other pirates – you never know when they’re going to switch sides. Well, you know, when the other side offers more money. But sometimes you get betrayed for unprofitable reasons like you once accidentally kidnapped their parents, or they are really in it for some revolution, or there’s a princess. So, stick with voting for Jedi: you know where they stand, and you can make them squirm. Obi-Wan Kenobi. Plus I hear he enjoys a good drink whenever he can get away from the Jedi Temple. That makes him even better in Hondo’s book.

And also vote for Darth Maul. He may not have his own legs anymore, but hey – neither does Vader! There is something familiar about Vader, and that disturbs me – he’s like someone I once did business with, or maybe kidnapped, or something. My gut is telling me there’s something off about him. Maul, on the other hand, is worth voting for, because I do want to know what happened to him. He took over Mandalore, and wanted to get Obi-Wan back, and now he’s gone quiet – I hope I’m not part of his plans: crossing his path once is enough for Hondo!

As for the next day: Luke vs Yoda, and Jabba vs Cad Bane. I think Yoda has the best chance of beating Han, so go for the old puppet. Jabba vs Cad Bane – ugh: choose the bounty hunter that beat me out, or support him to vote for The Clone Wars. I’m torn on that one.