Holonet Blast #41

Hello again and welcome to our weekly round up of News from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Here are some tidbits from this past week:

Composer John Williams Could Make Even More Oscar History in 2018

Star Wars’ iconic composer, John Williams, currently has a total of 50 Academy Award nominations. Williams is the most nominated composer in the history of the Academy Awards and the most nominated living individual (coming second in overall nominations to Walt Disney’s 29). With two scored films under consideration for the 2018 Oscars (The Post, as well as Star Wars, The Last Jedi), Williams is posed to add to his own record with a possible 51st and 52nd nomination. If either of these scores comes out on top in 2018, it will be Williams first win since Schindler’s List (1993) although he has had 19 nominations in the interim. We’re definitely cheering for him from over here at Tosche Station.

Solo Trailer Incoming. Sometime.

Practically everything we know about Solo: A Star Wars Story we have learned from pinch-hitting director Ron Howard’s enthusiastic use of Twitter. His excitement for this project has heartened the fanbase—some of whom were initially lukewarm at the prospect of the film. Taking to Twitter in his signature fashion, Howard has let the fans know that with The Last Jedi now comfortable in theatres, a trailer for the Solo solo is in our future. But as with all of Howard’s 140-character communiques, this message was light on the details. There will be a trailer for Solo; Ron Howard says so. But we’re going to have to wait and see just when and where that trailer might be released.

New Mobile Game Celebrating Rivalries in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

This week, Disney and Lucasfilm announced a new real-time competitive-action shooter game designed for mobile devices. The game allows PvP action in the persona of some of the most iconic characters from the Star Wars franchise—and their equally iconic rivals (Han Solo vs Boba Fett, anyone?). Star Wars: Rivals is currently available for pre-registration on Google Play.

THRAWN: ALLIANCES Release Date Changes

Those of us waiting patiently for the release of Timothy Zahn’s upcoming release, Thrawn: Alliances are going to have to wait a little bit longer. Readers who had pre-ordered the book, set for release on June 26th of this year, received notification this week that the book’s launch has been pushed back to July 24th.  

That’s all from this week!

Holonet Blast #40

It’s been a few weeks but the Holonet Blast is back! We took some time off for the holidays and to see this little film called The Last Jedi. You may have heard of it. It was the biggest film of 2017.

Solo will have music composed by John Powell but it will also have a main theme composed by John Williams himself.

If you are someone who runs or someone who is looking to be someone who runs but could use a little Star Wars-shaped motivation, prepare yourself: registration is open for the inaugural runDisney Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon. You can register for it through the end of February and complete it by March 31. Participants will receive an exclusive medal in the mail and can run anywhere; either do it all in one go or spread it out over several days. And if you’re planning on attending the Dark Side Half Marathon on April 22 at Walt Disney World, you can combine it with the virtual half marathon for the (brace yourself) Kessel Run Challenge. Yes, that is really what it’s called, yes, everyone in my family makes awful puns constantly, and, yes, I did groan at this one. Check out the link for more details.

In less athletic news, the official site has posted instructions for DIY porg nesting dolls! Like the run, you can make a friend and/or family event out of it, and like the run, you end up with a nifty Star Wars thing at the end!

Also Frank Oz is now on Twitter and is the hero we didn’t know we needed.

Until next time, goodbye and good luck in all your endeavors.

Holonet Blast #39

So uhh… there was a Star War that came out last weekend. You may have heard of it. A little indie film called The Last Jedi. Needless to say, we’re all losing our minds over it still. Because of said film, there wasn’t actually much in terms of news this week as it was essentially press junket after press junket but hey! We found a few things that you might have missed.

To start, The Last Jedi is currently on target for a $220 million opening weekend which is second only to The Force Awakens. Apparently people like Star Wars!

Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein is now available for purchase but if you’d like a taste of it first, you can read an excerpt over on StarWars.com.

And finally… Walt Disney is acquiring 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion. So… uhh… yeah. That’s something.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be alternating watching The Last Jedi and playing Battlefront II for the rest of my life and crying over both.

Holonet Blast #38

Well hello again! Welcome to our Monday roundup of news from a galaxy far, far away.

In our final Holonet Blast before The Last Jedi opens worldwide, here are a few delicious tidbits to tide us all over:

Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Pew-Pew!

Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations have long been the go-to stop for kids who want to transform into their favorite Disney characters while visiting the parks. The folks aboard the Disney Fantasy  have decided to take the makeover action to the next level by offering Star Wars themed makeovers in their onboard Boutique location during Star Wars Days at Sea. Kids ages 3-12 will be able to choose from Rey, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, or Princess Leia (my favorite) for their Bibbidi Bobbidi makeover. This service is currently only available aboard the Disney Fantasy and only during Star Wars Days at Sea, so if you’re interested, be sure to reserve space in advance. More information can be found on disneycruise.com

So You Wanna Be A Stormtrooper

Weta Workshop now has you covered if you’re across the Pacific. Their new line of Star Wars costume pieces can help you transform into your favorite armor-suited villain. Offerings include both helmets and full suits and range in price from $250 (for a standard Stormtrooper helmet) to $2750 (for a full Vader suit) and are available on their website.

Louboutin Star Wars Shoes Revealed

When top-end footwear designer Christian Louboutin announced earlier this year that he was collaborating with Lucasfilm on a line of shoes to celebrate The Last Jedi, I remember distinctly squealing with excitement. This week, the shoes were unveiled– and they do not disappoint. There are four Star Wars styles altogether: The Rose, The Amilyn Holdo, The Captain Phasma, and The Rey– each named for and styled in homage to one of the film’s stars.  A fifth design, “The Spaceship” was revealed at the premiere. It was also announced this week that the shoes won’t be going into regular production. Instead, each pair is a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. Each pair will be sold at auction to benefit Force For Change.

Battlefront 2 Takes us to The Last Jedi

The folks at EA have once again teased us with exquisite game content. This newest trailer, taking us into the worlds of The Last Jedi. The trailer takes us to Crait and beyond and features such familiar characters as Finn and Captain Phasma. It makes me want to get better at video games….

Columbia Launches Star Wars Collection- and Immediately Sells Out

Friday saw the launch of the Columbia Sportswear Echo Base collection. The Coats, which come in Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia varieties, were available online beginning at midnight, EST and were sold out in minutes. The Luke jacket was out first (5 minutes, 22 seconds), followed by Han (6 minutes 23 seconds) and finally Leia (7 minutes 22 seconds). Friday morning, the brand’s thirteen retail locations opened to throngs of people hoping to get their hands on one of each store’s 160 in-stock coats. You can read about my experience at the Seattle store on the blog later today.

The Last Jedi!

And finally, in news that we all knew about but couldn’t exactly fail to mention, The Last Jedi had its red carpet premiere on Saturday night. The red carpet featured appearances by the entire principal TLJ cast as well as Star Wars veterans such as Frank Oz and Warwick Davis and included a touching tribute to the late, great Carrie Fisher. Early reactions have been enthusiastically positive, and I’m sure I speak for all of us here at Tosche Station when I say we’re excited to see it for ourselves later this week.

 

Send Star Wars news tips to @ Tosche_Station, Send Kleenex to @MandaTheGinger. It’s going to be one heck of a week!

Holonet Blast #37

More news in the lead up to The Last Jedi? YOU DON”T SAY.

Let’s start with something that isn’t news but will make your life better: Kelly Marie Tran and Veronica Ngo promoted The Last Jedi in traditional Vietnamese attire and her Instagram post about it made me want to cry happy tears a little because REPRESENTATION MATTERS.

Entertainment Weekly kept having more fun with their Secrets of The Last Jedi pieces including this one on Kylo’s TIE fighter. EW also has a nice recap of the press conference from over the weekend. Hold on to your butts, folks, because it’s going to be nothing but nonstop press from here on out. Breath… just breath…

Google Home now has a Star Wars Trivia contest which is actually hosted by Andi and Anthony from the Star Wars Show. Also that linked video includes the cutest interview with Kelly Marie Tran ever and are you sensing a pattern here yet?

Finally, the Star Wars Databank added in entries related to Battlefront II and Inferno Squad. I’m going to link you to Del Meeko’s for no particular reason that definitely has nothing to do with the last line. Or the fact that he’s a perfect angel. Okay I think I better end this news post here. Until next week!

Holonet Blast #36

So, uh, there was some news last week. That tends to happen when Anthony Breznican and Entertainment Weekly grace us with pretty covers and articles.

We’re less than three weeks out from The Last Jedi and the TV spots have been airing in earnest. If you want to avoid them, be wary while watching any Disney-owned TV channel. If you, like me, are gleefully sucking up every bit of official news and footage, head over to the official YouTube channel to check out some of the spots in glorious high definition. (Be warned, one of them includes some Wookiee on porg violence.)

Entertainment Weekly continued its preview of TLJ, with an abundance of articles ranging from newcomers Kelly Marie Tran and Laura Dern, to Snoke’s evolution over the trilogy, to the relationship (or lack thereof) between Rey and Kylo, and teasing whether Luke and Leia will eventually reunite. There’s also an article about Luke’s return to the Millennium Falcon, complete with a new photo. If you want more pictures, check out the photo gallery here. EW also revealed the name of the so-called crystal fox: it’s called a vulptex.

We also got some book news, including a new excerpt from Canto Bight and the final cover for Thrawn Alliances. The cover is beautiful, the Vader-Thrawn dynamic is going to be awesome, and I can’t wait to hear more about this book.

Finally, are you excited for the new AR experience coming up at Disney Springs in Florida and Downtown Disney in California? Diego Luna teased the fun on Twitter.

That’s it for this week! Only two more blasts until The Last Jedi! Ahhhhh!

Holonet Blast #35

Do you want some news? STAR WARS IS GONNA GIVE YOU SOME NEWS. I’ll be honest, I thought that I was going to have it easy this week after the news storm that was last week but apparently it was not to be and now I have to tear myself away from playing the Battlefront II campaign mode again to write this. (Iden Versio is perfect, y’all.)

Let’s start with The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson confirmed that The Last Jedi will have a 150 minute run time which makes it the longest Star Wars film yet. The press tour has started and we’re getting to hear some of the new cast members talk about their experience. This Kelly Marie Tran interview is my new everything and there’s a new Holdo picture in this Laura Dern feature. You can also see the new IMAX poster featuring Rey in Red. EW also released an article about the film along with four covers featuring assorted character pairings yesterday. I did not read it but have been assured of the feels it induces.

Jumping over to the Disney parks, we learned that Star Tours is splitting their eras into two different paths. Brian and Nanci already got to ride the new The Last Jedi part and I’m incredibly jealous. We also learned the name of the new planet we’ll be visiting in Star Wars Land: Batuu.

The world of Star Wars comics was rather busy this week. Marvel announced that C.B. Cebulski will be their new Editor-In-Chief. We also got previews of the forthcoming Thrawn and Storms of Crait comics. (Look at that Thrawn hair. JUST LOOK AT IT!)

In miscellaneous news, we got another excerpt from Canto Bight and Ron Howard is at it again with Solo teaser pictures.

And to close things out this week… Chuck Wendig made a lot of us shake our fists at the sky as we finally all realized that Mister Bones’ name is a pun. WEEEEEENDIIIIIIG!

Holonet Blast #34

Well THAT was a week.

Starting off on the literature side, upcoming novella compilation Canto Bight got an excerpt from John Jackson Miller’s entry. Are you interested in Huey, Dewie, and Louie expys in Star Wars? Boy are you in luck!

Hanging out in the Orlando area when The Last Jedi releases? If so, you can join in on Galactic Nights, which will feature a panel of Lucasfilm folks and Disney Imagineers talking about the upcoming Galaxy’s Edge expansion to the American Disney resorts.

Star Wars fashion aficionados? Good news. Rag + Bone has a new collection just for you.

Battlefront II is only out in trial for EA Access members this week with certain preorders getting access on Tuesday, but that hasn’t stopped the news about the game. Iden Versio’s story will continue in additional content this December.

Speaking of Star Wars games, EA has outright purchased Respawn. They’re the makers of Call of Duty and are also responsible for a Star Wars title in progress.

Now how about we get to the news that threw us all for a loop this week? First up, it appears a live action TV show might finally happen. This news comes out of a Disney earnings call on Thursday. I would caution against expecting this to be the previously rumored Underworld TV series, as I suspect that’s been parted out for other projects since the sale. This appears to be something that will anchor Disney’s streaming service.

And if that wasn’t enough…

Lucasfilm has announced that Rian Johnson, fresh off of wrapping The Last Jedi, will be overseeing an entirely new 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.

Start your wild mass guessing! Or listen to our wild mass guessing on the latest Tosche Station Radio.

Holonet Blast #33

Happy Fall-Back Monday, everyone! I trust you’re all well rested? Well, sit back, relax, and get ready for this week’s news from a galaxy far, far away.

Mark Hamill Gets Candid With the New York Times

Our favorite classic farmboy-turned-Joker sat down with NYT’s Dave Itzkoff to talk Star Wars, fandom, and nostalgia. And I thought I couldn’t love him more….

AWAKE

A new television spot for “The Last Jedi” debuted this week. The 45-second commercial spot, titled “Awake” is the first television-only trailer created in advance of the December release and features a shot that has brought me to tears every time I’ve watched it. I won’t spoil the content here for those who have yet to watch, but drop me a message in the comments or in the Tosche Station Patreon Slack channel if you have a guess.

International Last Jedi Trailer

This week also saw the debut of an international trailer for The Last Jedi. Although the footage used in this version is much the same as what we’ve seen in the US trailer that debuted last month, the edit differs just enough to make this one a very interesting data point for those who wish to speculate about the events coming to theatres in December.

Send your Star Wars news tips to us here at Tosche Station, and send porg memes to me: @MandaTheGinger .

Holonet Blast #32

Monday* has arrived again. However, dear friends, this needn’t be a day of sorrow alone, for we have returned once more with your weekly dose of fun pop culture news!

This week I have but one link** to share with you all but a what a link it is! This past Tuesday, USA Today published an interview with Rian Johnson a well as an exclusive new behind-the-scenes video for The Last Jedi. The video does include both “Han and Leia’s Theme” and a few words from Carrie Fisher, so brace for emotions before hitting play.

Enjoy the video and have a good week!

*unless you are in a timezone in which Monday has already occurred. In this case, happy Tuesday!

**[INSERT LEGEND OF ZELDA JOKE HERE]