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This Could Be Your First Look At Star Wars: Episode VII

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Star Wars Production meetingWe don’t know much about Star Wars: Episode VII, which isn’t surprising to anyone. Director J.J. Abrams is well known, some may say notorious, for keeping a tight lid on his films, something that even he has poked fun at in the past. Aside from the fact that it’s happening; that the release date is set for December 18, 2015; and that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing the script from Michael Arndt, we don’t really know anything. It will probably start shooting in May in England, and we’ve heard all manner of casting rumors, but even all of that is still up in the air. A new picture on the redesigned Lucasfilm website, however, may have inadvertently given us our first glimpse at some concept art for the first Star Wars movie in a decade.

The website features a photo of a production meeting full of big wigs and key players. Abrams is there (he’s the one with his back to us), Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, visual effects supervisor John Knoll, production designer Rick Carter, tech VP Kim Libreri, and Jason McGatlin, the senior vice president of physical production. But that’s not the interesting part. If you look in the background you’ll notice what appears to be some concept art hanging on the wall behind them.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Final Season To Stream On Netflix This March

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The Clone WarsWhen Disney bought Lucasfilm back in October 2012, the acquisition prompted Lucasfilm to put all of its properties on hiatus until the details from the buyout could be ironed out. As a result, Lucasfilm eventually canceled everything in development to start over from scratch. This meant the unexpected cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a very popular animated series on the Cartoon Network. While the series’ storylines remained unfinished, the team behind The Clone Wars wanted to bring the series to a proper close for its fans. With The Clone Wars‘ sixth season in the can, the only question was when would fans get a chance to watch the last episodes of the animated series. It turns out, the answer is “next Month.”

According to USA Today, all five seasons of The Clone Wars will be available in their entirety on Netflix, as well as The Clone Wars feature film and the unseen sixth season, beginning on March 7. Season six will focus on the storyline of Ahsoka’s exit from the Jedi Order and the looming showdown with the Sith.

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Star Wars Tapestry Crams The Entire Franchise Into 30 Feet Of Fabric

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star wars tapestryThere’s no denying that Star Wars fandom existed before the Internet took hold, and would still be here even if no one was getting online. But one thing the net has allowed is the sharing of rare pictures and artifacts from the film series, while allowing for infinitesimal and detail-oriented obsessions to grow and take hold in strange ways. Want to build your own R2-D2 droid? You can. Want to perform John Williams’ iconic theme a capella? You can. Want to weave a gigantic tapestry accounting for nearly all of the features’ characters and events? Who would ever want to do a time-intensive thing like that?

Aled Lewis like a motherfu…well, like a sister-kisser, in the case of Luke and Leia. Lewis is a London-based illustrator, author, and all-around pop culture maestro. He handcrafted a 30-foot x 13-inch cross-stitch tapestry that stretches from one end of a room or galaxy to another, and it’s currently on display at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles. It’s hard to imagine what was going on inside his head when he began this project, which had to be completely different from where he was at the mid-point. At that stage, I would have been ripping my hair out and trying to put that into the stitching, swearing that I was the only Sith lord that deserved anyone’s attention. Me!

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Star Wars Beats The Odds At Fashion Week

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Star Wars dressesProject Runway is one of my favorite guilty-pleasure shows. Sure, there’s workroom bickering and, sometimes, full-on freak outs (last season, a ticking time bomb contestant literally fled the competition and eliminated himself), but I’m consistently flabbergasted at seeing the designers create pant-suits and ball gowns from items purchased at a hardware or grocery store. Sometimes, they put elements together that seem incongruous at best and disastrous at worst, but once you see the final outfit on the runway, you have to admit that, somehow, they did indeed make it work. The judges generally encourage fashion risks, such as mixing prints or hand-drawn designs, and I can’t help but wonder what they’d think about Rodarte’s Star Wars-themed outfits.

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Giant Freakin’ Video Round-Up: Darth Vader’s Facebook Video, Gravity In 60 Seconds, And More

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VaderIf there’s one thing we see a lot of here at GFR, it’s funny/cool/interesting videos. The problem is, there are too damn many of them out there and not nearly enough of us to write them all up. So every once in a while, when my blood pressure is particularly high and my hair is falling out in clumps and forming a debris field around my feet, it’s time to just round up a mess of them and throw them full-speed at your face. Welcome to the Giant Freakin’ Video Round-Up,

First up is Darth Vader’s “Facebook Look Back Video.” If you’ve got a Facebook account — and let’s be honest, who doesn’t at this point? — there’s a good chance you’ve seen your friends posting these “Look Back” videos, which Facebook lets you put together in honor of the social media giant’s tenth anniversary. They retrace your time on the site by showcasing some of your earliest posts, photos that got the most attention, that sort of thing. So what would show up if Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader had kept a Facebook account updated during his slide into the Dark Side? Unsurprisingly, there are lightsabers, there are revelations of surprising parentage, and there is choking — both Force and the standard variety.

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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.