That Episode VIII title rumor? It’s a fake, because they always are

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We’ve been here before. I recognize that tree.

This is not a movie.

This is not a movie.

At some point during the production of a Star Wars film, the rumor mill starts churning about possible titles. With The Force Awakens, the big one was ‘A New Dawn,’ which later ended up being a book title. Pablo Hidalgo later revealed that ‘Shadow of the Empire’ was a working title, but it certainly never leaked as such. And while a fan did guess The Force Awakens on a message board in 2012, that title never gained much steam elsewhere.

Star Wars title rumors are almost always guesses – and the only one the internet ever got right was the most predictable one: “Revenge of the Sith is the only Internet-era title that got out before its announce,” Hidalgo tweeted this week. “It’s the only one with a final title during production.” Which means even Lucasfilm likely doesn’t have a final title in place for VIII yet. It remains Space Bear.

But if you’re still curious, io9 has a great takedown of this new title rumor, and how clumsy the ‘leak’ really is. (They clearly put some effort in, but it’s extremely clumsy.)

Will we get a title at Celebration Europe? Well, maybe. But we only got The Force Awakens when principal photography wrapped on VII, so if anyone wants to guesstimate that, be my guest.

So don’t be surprised when latest terribly undynamic title can officially take a minor place in fandom history alongside fake titles like Rise of the Empire, The Creeping Fear and Balance of the Force.

eBook version of Star Wars: Aftermath on sale

jtfa-aftermath-crop900Whether you’ve been waiting or just would like an electronic copy, the ebook version of Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath is currently on sale for $1.99, for Kindle, iBook and Kobo. These eBook sales are often for a limited time, so grab it as soon as you can.

Although the book has been occasionally controversial, I enjoyed it. The second book in the trilogy, Life Debt, will be out in July.

Wear Star Wars Every Day: Week 20


This week, #WearStarWarsEveryDay goes to the dark side! The whole week is a showcase of clothing from the 501st Legion, lent by Darth Paul of Imperial Sands Garrison. We’ve got the usual shirts, but also a happi coat from the Japanese Garrison. But no donations to Collateral Repair Project in this week – maybe you can do something about it for next week! This review for Week 20 covers May 13 to May 19 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.

Get more info on what Wear Star Wars Every Day is all about, or make a donation or a per-day pledge!

“The next Mon Calamari” and why the old Expanded Universe needed to be separate

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Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo went on a tweetstorm this afternoon on the old Expanded Universe, reboots, and the original history of Mon Calamari. It’s not going to change anyone’s mind, but it’s a good read.

Bonus: John Jackson Miller, one of the few authors to write on both the old and new EU, on storytelling in a shared universe.

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Video: Woman delighted by Chewbacca mask is the best thing you’ll see today

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Candice Payne bought a Wookiee mask, and her video is the funniest thing you’ll see all day, I hope. The mask is sold out on Kohls.com, but may still be available in stores, though given how viral this video has gone, there’s no guarantee…


UPDATE: Candice’s video now has more than 100 million views, and is the most popular Facebook Live post ever. She and her family also got a visit from Kohl’s.

Oscar Isaac (briefly) on The Force Awakens, Episode VIII in Rolling Stone cover story

isaac-rsOscar Isaac is on the cover of Rolling Stone, and while the article is a straight-up profile, we do learn a few things about The Force Awakens:

All of the funny lines – including one about Poe being unable to hear Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren through his helmet, and the “who talks first” exchange – were added in reshoots, and Isaac improvised some of them. He’s always pushing to complicate and deepen Poe, who started as little more than a charming archetype. “We’re making shit up as we go,” he says.

As for Episode VII:

“In the new film, there’s a lot more to do,” Isaac says. “What happens now is the heroes get tested. All three of them” – Poe, Daisy Ridley’s Rey and John Boyega’s Finn – “get tested immensely.” And how’s BB-8 doing? “BB-8’s doing all right. BB-8 gets tested too! Everybody gets tested! It’s the dark second chapter, but not really dark.”

P.S. The dog’s name is Moby.