Han does not shoot first in the Star Wars digital release

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No, Han does not shoot first on the digital version of A New Hope. The word from Australia, where it’s already Friday and the digital releases are live, is that the Greedo scene is exactly the same as the one on the Blu-ray. And, to be fair, anything else would have been a big shock, given that ‘Han shot first’ would have been spun into a Lucasfilm talking point by now if it had been the case.

Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, with whom today’s report originated, admitted that he was wrong, but does maintain that there is a high definition version of the pre-Special Edition scene in play somewhere… So don’t expect the rumors of restored ‘original’ prints to die down any time soon.

Her Universe products for Celebration Anaheim revealed

Her Universe revealed their new products for Celebration Anaheim today. There’s a lightsaber shirt, multiple dresses, tees, a new bag, and cupcakes. “A different daily Star Wars themed cupcake available at Salacious Crumb’s Cupcake Bake Shop” in their booth. The “Ahsoka Lives” tee will be exclusive to the con.

The Force Awakens roundup: Helmets, how do they work?

spoilers-swirl-broadsaberIt’s time for another round of what does Kylo Ren’s helmet look like? Jason says it’s the one.

→ Going back a bit (sorry, I kind of got hooked on the Topps app last weekend and it killed any and all productivity) we have some details of a space battle, speeder bikes/troopers and a picture of Mark Hamill from the boat to Skellig Michael. #Beardwatch lives!

→ And finally, for our spoiler-free friends, TWO interviews with Oscar Isaac! One is from Vulture and the other is at Uproxx.

Journey to The Force Awakens: Writer for Marvel’s Shattered Empire revealed

Journey to The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire #1Naturally, it was Florian of Jedi Bibliothek who discovered the writer of Marvel’s first entry in Journey to The Force Awakens, Shattered Empire. A catalog lists Greg Rucka, who had an influential run writing Batman (among many others.)

Rucka was already on the JTFA slate with the Han-centric YA novel Smuggler’s Run.

We don’t know much about Shattered Empire overall; though the series was announced with a Phil Noto cover image, the catalog lists the book’s artist as TBD. It also lists it will be a trade paperback, not individual issues, though the original announcement calls it ‘an event series.’ A series of trades? At this point, I fully expect we won’t get a formal announcement until Marvel’s panel at Celebration Anaheim.

Good Morning America to feature Star Wars “secrets and footage” this week… But not from The Force Awakens

UPDATED: Despite an earlier report that The Force Awakens ‘secrets’ were coming to Good Morning America this week, the show will actually be featuring “never-before-seen secrets and footage” from the six older films on Thursday and Friday as we approach the digital release. (via)

That doesn’t mean we won’t get anything related to The Force Awakens or Celebration Anaheim, but I wouldn’t count on it.

Work it out, you’ve got to move your soul: Best #StarWars, #SWCA and #SWEU tweets for March 26 – April 7

@swankmotron: Lapti Nek or Jedi Rocks? It doesn't matter. The point is that Jabba has terrible taste in music. Mission: Accomplished on both counts.

So we finally got the digital release news that’s been teased for months, and promptly the usual tedious ‘discussions’ of Special Editions vs. ‘originals’ broke out and let me tell you, as much as I would buy nice spiffy HD copies of the VHS/THX versions I grew up on, my patience with that shit is nil. Still, Bryan made me laugh, so four for you, Bryan.

Onward, to adulthood. Okay, not really. Continue reading