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These Disney Star Wars Princesses Need Their Own Movies ASAP

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jedi arielWhen Disney took over Lucasfilm, there were a lot of people who thought the company might turn their beloved franchise into an even bigger mockery than George Lucas himself did with that second trilogy. An issue that few people have put much thought into is Star Wars perhaps turning Disney princess into cooler characters than they’ve ever been before. As someone who only enjoys every eighth or ninth animated movie the studio puts out, I’m not a princessy sort of a guy, but these drawings show signs of both the Force and the Magic. We’re going to need a Disney Jr. series made out of these posthaste.

Artist and animator Ralph Sevelius has slowly and laboriously breathed new life into such children’s icons as Little Mermaid’s Ariel and Rapunzel by giving them the power of the Jedi. Princess Leia is no longer the most badass female in the Star Wars universe, as she can’t get into a lightsaber fight using only her hair. Those buns can only hold shields.

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Star Wars, T2, And More Come To Life Via Cardboard, A Baby, And Two Awesome Parents

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StarWarsAlright, Nerdparents, the bar has been raised. You may think that you’re oh-so-clever for slapping an adorable Weyland-Yutani onesie on the spawn of your loins — actually, never mind, that sounds awesome. But even so, the simple fact is that you’re going to have to take things up a notch if you hope to compete with Lily and Leon, a creative couple who’ve taken to recreating famous movie moments with household supplies such as cardboard boxes, plates, yarn, plasticware, laundry baskets, and an ever-dwindling supply of time for outside excursions. Oh, and also their leading man, baby Orson.

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Star Wars: Rebels Might Call On Tim Curry To Return As Emperor Palpatine

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Tim Curry/PalpatineWhile Star Wars: Episode VII isn’t due to start production until spring 2014, Lucasfilm’s new animated TV series Star Wars: Rebels is well underway, with its writers and producers making new episodes for its October 2014 premiere date. Although no voice actors are officially cast in Rebels, it appears one of the cast members from The Clone Wars might reprise his role for the upcoming TV animated series.

According to ScreenCrush, actor Tim Curry is expected to reprise his role as Emperor Palpatine for Rebels. Curry voiced the Sith Lord during season five of The Clone Wars, after voice actor Ian Abercrombie passed away. According to TheForce.net, Lucasfilm has yet to confirm Tim Curry’s participation in Rebels.

Tim Curry is a veteran when it comes to playing the villain. Most notably, Curry appeared as Dr. Frank N. Furter in the original Rocky Horror Picture Show stage show and film adaptation. My favorite Curry are his performances in film adaptation of the board game Clue and the film adaptation of the comedy stage play Oscar. Interestingly, Curry was cast to voice the role of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, but the role was later re-cast with Mark Hamill as the Clown Prince of Crime.

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MythBusters Returns This January With A Star Wars-Themed Episode

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We’re always excited when those explosion-crazed hooligans from MythBusters return from hiatus. After all, the show is built upon critical thinking and the scientific method, so it’s one of those great shows the whole family can watch together and learn something without even realizing it. (Okay, so every once in a while that lesson might be “How much damage will a wayward cannonball do to your house?”) The show returns with new episodes on Saturday, January 4, and the ‘Busters are once again pointing their debunking beam at an iconic bit of pop culture: the Star Wars movies.

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Star Wars: Attack Squadrons Will Unleash Free-To-Play Space Combat In 2014

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A little over a year after Disney’s shocking purchase of Lucasfilm, and with it the Star Wars franchise, we’re finally seeing more specifics about the studio’s big plans for George Lucas’ fictional universe. We’ve known from the beginning that we’d be getting a new trilogy of movies, as well as standalone spinoff films, but in recent months we’ve gotten a glimpse at other projects across various media, including the new animated series Star Wars: Rebels. Now we can add another project to the slate: an upcoming free-to-play PC space shooter called Star Wars: Attack Squadrons.

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Disney CFO Teases Han Solo Origin Movie In 2016

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HanSoloPerhaps even bigger news than the announcement of Episode VII, and the rest of the new trilogy to follow, was the news last year that Disney also wanted Star Wars spinoff movies to help expand George Lucas’ onscreen universe in a major way. Since then, it’s become clear that Disney will be taking “the Marvel approach” to that galaxy far, far away, creating new interconnected movies and possibly TV shows to spawn an even-more-connected multi-media universe. While nothing has been confirmed about the storylines or characters those spinoffs will focus on, there was word that they will be origin stories involving the likes of Yoda or Boba Fett. Now some more fuel has been dumped on that fire, with hints that we might get a Han Solo origin film in 2016, the year after Episode VII is slated to hit.

The Las Vegas Guardian Express is reporting on an investor’s conference in Beverly Hills where Disney chief financial officer Jay Rasulo allegedly got specific about the spinoff films, saying a Han Solo flick will be slated for 2016, with — assuming it’s successful — films focusing on Yoda and Boba Fett to follow in 2018 and 2020, respectively. Assuming they stick with the plan of releasing the origin films in between the Episode entries, that would suggest they plan for us to get Episode VIII in 2017 and IX in 2019. This obviously isn’t the same as a Disney confirmation via press release, but it does suggest that the company isn’t sitting on its hands when it comes to moving forward with broadening the onscreen Star Wars universe.