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Star Wars: Episode VII Concept Art Backs Up Those Earlier Spoilers

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We can’t get enough of Star Wars: Episode VII news, and even if we don’t necessarily want it, it keeps coming our way regardless, in the form of leaks and rumors and unconfirmed reports of all varieties. Today, a slew of leaked concept art hit the web, and while we’re not going to touch them with a ten-foot pole (we don’t want to get sued), there is a lot to talk about. If it sounds like we’re going to get into SPOILER territory beyond this point, that’s because we are. You’ve been warned.

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Brad Bird Said No To Directing Star Wars: Episode VII, Find Out Why

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SoloIt’s no secret that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII. In reality, that’s one of the few things outside of the cast and that Disney and Lucasfilm are actually making another Star Wars movie that we know for sure. This is the most high profile job in a career full of fairly prominent gigs, but while he’s the one who wound up in the director’s chair, he wasn’t the only one who had a chance to land this assignment. We’ve heard that Gone Girl director David Fincher turned down the job (or at least withdrew from the running after meeting with folks from Lucasfilm). We can add Brad Bird to the list of people who could have directed this movie, and now we know why. (You can’t help but assume that, if Episode VII winds up being terrible, this list of could-have-beens is going to haunt Star Wars fans for years to come.)

Bird may be most known for his animation work, directing movies like The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, though he also helmed Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol. But as big a fan of Star Wars as he is—he’s a huge nerd—the decision to pass on Episode VII is very simple and came down to a couple of factors: Tomorrowland and scheduling.

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New York Comic Con 2014 Panel Vids For The Walking Dead, Firefly Online, And More

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The annual New York Comic Con unfolded this past weekend a record-breaking 150,000 people in attendance, which made it officially bigger than San Diego Comic-Con. And having been to SDCC many times over the years, that fact is pretty mind-blowing. If you, like us, weren’t able to make it out, you can still experience some of the highlights thanks to the wonder that is the internet. We’ve gathered some of the most interesting panel videos for your hungry little eyeballs, and while they don’t include any of the exclusive footage that was screened at the Con, you do still get to see the people behind some of your favorite things talking about the making of some of your favorite things. We’ll kick things off with AMC’s massively popular zombie drama…

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Star Wars 7 Reveals Plot And Character Descriptions You Need To Read For Yourself

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loose-lips-bring-down-starshipsEspecially now that Disney and Lucasfilm are actively working to expand the universe in a major way, I can’t envision a time in the near future when Star Wars isn’t a big deal and at the top of the heap as far as news goes. And with Star Wars: Episode VII deep in production (a report making the rounds the other day said Harrison Ford is actually finished filming, assuming there is no need for reshoots), the public hunger is at an all time high.

When director J.J. Abrams shared that “Loose Lips Bring Down Starships” security poster the other day, we thought, for a second, that maybe we’d see less spoilers and leaks from the set, but apparently that’s not the case, as now we’ve got descriptions of a bunch of characters, both heroes and villains, as well as a big ass battle. You probably assumed this, but I’ll say it anyway, there are SPOILERS beyond this point, so read on with caution.

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Star Wars Rebels Introduces Some Very Familiar Droids: This Week’s TV Picks

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DroidsWhile it wasn’t perfect, I quite enjoyed the first episode of Star Wars Rebels, which was our first new Star Wars TV show since the Disney/Lucasfilm buyout, not to mention one of the first chapters in the new “Expanded Universe.” Today the show shifted into its regular slot on Disney XD with the episode “Droids in Distress.” We’re late getting this column up today, so hopefully most of you who were interested already had Rebels set to record on your DVR. If not, don’t worry: it’s repeating early tomorrow morning, so check your provider’s listings.

As you might have noticed, “Droids in Distress” includes a very familiar pair of droids, a duo that have a tendency to pop up right in the middle of turbulent galactic events…

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Star Wars Rebels Marks A Serious Departure In Lucasfilm’s Process, Find Out How

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star wars rebelsIf you’ve been paying attention, you know that the recently launched animated series Star Wars Rebels, which begins it proper television run later tonight on Disney XD, is just the first piece in a massive expansion of the Star Wars universe. The now Disney-owned Lucasfilm is taking the Marvel approach, crafting an expansive picture where everything is connected. We’ve heard various ways that Rebels will link up to movies like J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode VII, and the way they’re going about this continues to become more and more clear.

Executive producer and showrunner Dave Filoni recently talked about the series and the ever-expanding universe with SFGate. Venturing back to this world for the first time since The Clone Wars, which he also worked on, he says, “There were certain things we needed to get right.” This trickles all the way down to even the music, which they certainly get right in Rebels, using John Williams’ iconic score to create a tone and feel that has that distinct Star Wars flair.