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Star Wars Fan-Made Trailers Tease Episode VII And Lightsaber Fights

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Given that Episode VII isn’t due to start filming for another few months yet, it’s going to be a while before we get to see the first teaser or trailer for the next installment in the Star Wars saga. Thankfully, the internet has never been the sort to allow the orderly progression of time to get in their way, so YouTuber Mr. 88668866 decided to splice together a fan-made trailer to tease us with the epic prospects of a return to the galaxy far, far away.

Of course there isn’t actually any official footage from Episode VII at this point, so Mr. Lots-of-Numbers spliced together all manner of futuristic/space-y moments from movies including Serenity, Star Trek (2009) & Star Trek Into Darkness, John Carter, Man of Steel, Ender’s Game, Thor: The Dark World, and the trailers for the upcoming Noah and the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending. Yes, you read that right — he got Biblical epic in our Star Wars.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Might Start Shooting This May

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logoAlthough J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy have yet to announce who will be in Star Wars: Episode VII, production on the film is scheduled to begin sometime this spring. With anticipation building, about the first new, live-action Star Wars film since Revenge of the Sith in 2005, rumor has it that Episode VII will begin shooting this May.

According to HitFix’s Drew McWeeny, filming for Episode VII will begin at Pinewood Studios in London, England in May. McWeeny writes:

Multiple sources now have confirmed for us that Star Wars Episode VII is set to start shooting mid-May and will run through September of this year, and most principal casting on the film is complete, with many announcements still to come. While Abrams had mentioned May during the TCA press tour and there had been speculation about the summer date, the full production schedule was finally confirmed for us.

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Gary Oldman Is In LucasFilm’s Crosshairs For Star Wars: Episode VII

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zorg!Star Wars: Episode VII has been the biggest news story in science fiction and entertainment since the film was first announced back in October 2012. The first film in a new Star Wars trilogy has captured the imaginations of many, many fans around the world. We’re all looking forward to hearing who will be cast in the new film series, but Disney and Lucasfilm are being closed-lipped about the casting process. There are, of course, countless rumors, and while promoting RoboCop, actor Gary Oldman revealed that Lucasfilm has been trying to persuade him to sign on for Episode VII.

While the 55-year-old British actor didn’t say whether or not he’d be in the movie, he did admit to taking a meeting with Lucasfilm. “They’ve called,” Oldman told Sky News (via CinemaBlend). “I’m more cynical about it now. I’ll believe it when I’m on the plane home. The deal isn’t done. But yeah they’ve inquired.”

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Star Wars And Marvel Headed To Disney Infinity Game Systems

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disney infinityThe Star Wars gaming universe hasn’t been so wonderful as of late, with cancellations of potentially amazing games, and partnerships that have’t yet yielded anything worthwhile. With a new Battlefront and Attack Squadrons on the way, active gamers should be pleased, but what of the younger set who might not be mentally equipped to take down an entire empire? What about the kids who want to see Luke Skywalker share a virtual stage with Mr. Incredible and Wreck-It Ralph? They’ll (probably) get their wishes met soon, as Disney plans to integrate the Star Wars universe into their Infinity gaming platform, along with characters from the Marvel universe. Web-slingers, lightsabers, and Sorcerer’s Apprentice hats all in the same game! This is a good thing, right?

It’s not good for everyone, as the news comes paired with reports that Disney will soon be laying off hundreds of employees working for its struggling Disney Interactive, a subsidiary that reportedly lost around $200 million a year between 2008 and 2012, but which finally found success again with the release of Infinity last year. Disney is no stranger to company housecleaning, as Interactive already lost around 50 employees a little over a year ago when Epic Mickey‘s Junction Point Studios was shut down. Also, the company’s co-president and Infinity developer John Pleasants left the company in November. (Fun fact: Disney dropped $563 million for Pleasants’ social gaming company Playdom back in 2010, and it’s one of the biggest factors in the upcoming job droppage.) No official notices have been given about the layoffs, but they’re expected to hit in the next few months.

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Star Wars Takes Over The NFL With These Gridiron-Blasting Helmet Designs

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While our sports coverage at GFR is generally limited to pointing out NASA’s involvement in getting the Super Bowl to TV and computer screens around the world, the Star Wars universe is so vast and packed with interesting characters that it’s no surprise many of those races would come together to form a sports organization. Or, rather, it’s no surprise that Star Wars fans would find different ways to bring Jedi and droids into the wide world of spectator sports. In this case, we have all 32 teams from the National Football League, assuming league commissioner Roger Goodell was replaced by Lucasfilm without anyone being the wiser.

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This Italian Academy Teaches You To Wield Your Lightsaber

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If you’re of a certain age, part of a certain generation that grew up worshipping everything Star Wars, odds are you’ve probably, at least once or twice in your life, fantasized about getting really, really good with a lightsaber. Well now, if you live in one of seven Italian cities, or are willing to relocate, you can attend the Ludosport Lightsaber Combat Academy to further that goal.

And yes, when you notice there are seven Ludosport schools, that means it is a franchise. Let that sink in for a moment. There is a chain of schools you can attend to learn how to fight with what amounts to a glowing stick. You don’t have to be a wanna be Jedi to enroll, perhaps you just want to increase your theatrical swordplay game, but you have to imagine that the majority of the students can recite the original trilogy line by line, or at least pretty close.