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In the last of the summer rewind episodes this week, I'm re-sharing an interview I did with Anthony Breznican at Star Wars Celebration Orlando in 2017, where I asked everyone I interviewed what their favorite Star Wars memory was. His answer was one of my favorites... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-31-StarWars7x7-1853.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this, the second of three summer rewind episodes (which is also the second of a two-part interview), Anthony Breznican - former senior writer for Entertainment Weekly - shares his experience as host at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, gives insight into the inner workings of Celebrations, and much, much more. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-30-StarWars7x7-1852.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In honor of Anthony Breznican's tenure as senior staff writer for Entertainment Weekly, which came to an end earlier this year, here's the first of three interview episodes with him, where we start off by talking about the planning that goes into Star Wars cover stories, and it gallops off into unexpected directions from there... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-29-StarWars7x7-1851.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Charlie Hall and a team of folks for Polygon did an extensive array of articles about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, including the most complete guide to Dok Ondar's Den of Antiquities published to date. Unfortunately, he wasn't available for a real-time interview, but he very generously answered questions via email. On today's show, Scorekeeper Declan joins me to create the full interview effect. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-28-StarWars7x7-1850.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Thanks to some very polite notes from Sarah Hess, Andrew Keen, and Johnny Orme (as of press time), I'm sorry to say that there were errors in yesterday's episode of the show regarding the availability of The Mandalorian and Clone Wars season 7 on the Disney+ service. Today, a Department of Corrections episode, where I set the record straight, and hey - is it 10 episodes of The Mandalorian, or eight??? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-27-StarWars7x7-1849.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS: In the video, I incorrectly state that the full season of The Mandalorian will be available on day 1 (only the first episode will be, as of what's known today), and Clone Wars Season 7 is a year 1 release, not a day 1 release (we don't have a specific date yet). My deep apologies for the errors.


Just 109 days left until the launch of Disney+! What will be available on day 1? Let's run down the list, as well as what will be coming later in year one, further out in year two, and what probably will *never* be on there. Plus, a check-in on The Mandalorian post-production. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-26-StarWars7x7-1848.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Since we're looking into what's going on with other Star Wars projects these days, let's check in on the Benioff and Weiss Star Wars movies, shall we? After all, there's only 1,240 days left until the scheduled debut of their first one, on December 16th, 2022. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-25-StarWars7x7-1847.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Here's the thing: It's really hard to find *actual* news about Rian Johnson's Star Wars trilogy, amidst all the opinions about him and The Last Jedi. I'm not here to re-litigate any of that today - I'm here to update you on the facts about the trilogy (yes, it's still happening), to talk about how it may be affected by the Benioff & Weiss 2022 announcement, and speculate whether both could be affected by the progress on a certain other franchise now owned by Disney. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-24-StarWars7x7-1846.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The set visit Kevin Smith made to Pinewood for The Rise of Skywalker resulted in a very different experience, as compared to his previous Star Wars set visits. Hear what he had to say in an interview with IGN, and then let's break down what it could tell us about the movie - no spoilers, of course. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-23-StarWars7x7-1845.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Ahh, the mysterious Project Luminous. Nothing new was announced about it at San Diego Comic-Con, so let's take a look back at all the public pronouncements to date, and see what there is to learn about this massive Star Wars project set to debut next year. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-22-StarWars7x7-1844.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Arguably the biggest Star Wars news to come out of San Diego Comic-Con this year came from the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel. Even though they teased Project Luminous multiple times but said nothing about it other than the name itself, there was a lot of new information shared for other projects... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-21-StarWars7x7-1843.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

As we discussed last week, Friday at SDCC was slated to have five major Star Wars panels. On today's show, we're talking about the reveals - or lack thereof - from four of those five panels, plus one other one that slipped under the radar. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-20-StarWars7x7-1842.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Thanks to everyone tweeting their faces off at SDCC to share all the Star Wars news from Day 1 that's fit to tweet, with special kudos to Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes on Twitter) and Annalise Ophelian (@Dr_Ophelian on Twitter), whose photos and videos I'm referencing in today's episode about the Star-Wars-related reveals from the first day of San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-19-StarWars7x7-1841.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Wanna get inside the mind of Luke Skywalker? Well, hearing his inner monologue would be something previous Star Wars movies have never done, but thankfully we have another source of information - the comics! Here are all the choice Luke moments from the The Last Jedi adaptation. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-18-StarWars7x7-1840.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

As opposed to the "faithful" adaptation of The Force Awakens, the comic adaptation for The Last Jedi adds more breadth and depth to the story, and makes you realize that the movie was not as "different," per se, as it might have seemed on first few viewings. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-17-StarWars7x7-1839.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Yes, I know, you're really just cooling your heels waiting for the new news to come out of SDCC on Friday, right? So let's look back at other versions of the current crop of Star Wars movies and see what else we can learn about them. Today, we'll start with The Force Awakens. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-16-StarWars7x7-1838.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The opening of Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland in Anaheim was just the first salvo in Star Wars' enormous new expansion at the Disney Parks. On today's show, let's talk about the rest of the important dates that have been announced, reports about park attendance, and what we know so far about the upcoming "Rise of the Resistance" ride. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-15-StarWars7x7-1837.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The public green-lit announcement hasn't been made, but Jon Favreau is already writing and in pre-production for season 2 of The Mandalorian. Which makes sense, because he didn't wait to get a green light before starting to write season 1, either... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-14-StarWars7x7-1836.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The biennial D23 Expo returns to the Anaheim Convention Center next month! They recently announced "all" of their Star-Wars-related events coming to the show, and here's the rundown for you. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-13-StarWars7x7-1835.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We're one week away from San Diego Comic-Con 2019! Today, here's your full preview of the big Star Wars-related panels taking place at the event - and one glaring omission. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-12-StarWars7x7-1834.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Lucasfilm unveiled its plans for an SDCC costume exhibit, headlined by the rise of the Sith Trooper, the next Imperial/First Order evolution in the field. But wait - didn't Kylo Ren say he wanted the past to die? Here's three possibilities for why a Sith Trooper exists in The Rise of Skywalker. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-11-StarWars7x7-1833.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Did you know that Darth Maul was loaded? That he liked to hunt big game - in packs? And that he liked to taunt Jedi before Sidious said the Sith were allowed to "reveal themselves"? That and more fun facts about Darth Maul's history today, courtesy of his 5-issue Marvel mini-series. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-10-StarWars7x7-1832.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Star Wars "Who's Who in the Galaxy Character Storybook" by Ella Patrick is a retelling of the eight Skywalker Saga stories to date, under the "Galaxy of Adventures" banner. And there's something about this lovely book that took me right back to the days when I first shared Star Wars stories with my kids, before they were old enough to watch the movies... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-09-StarWars7x7-1831.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

When it comes to popular Star Wars characters, the tendency is to expand them from novels into books and comics - for example, Captain Phasma got one of each after her intriguing appearance in The Force Awakens. But what about it going the other way? How about getting popular characters introduced in comics and novels to make their way to bigger screens? Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-08-StarWars7x7-1830.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

It's been an incredible five years, and so much has changed in the Star Wars universe since I launched this show on July 7, 2014! Today, a look back at the first five years, a look forward at the next five, and half - just half for now - of a special announcement. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-07-StarWars7x7-1829.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In our last episode covering the first novel in the Alphabet Squadron trilogy, we look ahead to the next novel - how Shadow Wing will recover, the fault lines between our hero characters, and the potential for more Star Wars Rebels connections. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-06-StarWars7x7-1828.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Daisy Ridley is doing press for her new movie Ophelia, and you know what that means - it means everyone's going to ask her about The Rise of Skywalker! Today, excerpts from her interviews with USA today and the Happy Sad Confused podcast. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-05-StarWars7x7-1827.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

We knew she survived the events of Star Wars Rebels and the Battle of Scarif during Rogue One. We also know she showed up on Endor after the destruction of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi. Now, we're learning more about Hera Syndulla's career in the New Republic, thanks to Alphabet Squadron. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-04-StarWars7x7-1826.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:43am EST

Luke Skywalker's journey from galactic citizen to New Republic hero began with ideas very similar to those of Alphabet Squadron's Yrica Quell. How her journey diverges, the "What if?" of Luke's path, and comparisons to Iden Versio (another famous Imperial defector) are on tap in today's episode. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-03-StarWars7x7-1825.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In depicting a galaxy in turmoil on the macro scale, and a disparate band of pilots learning to bond as a squadron on the micro level, Alexander Freed has raised his game with his latest entry into the new Star Wars canon, Alphabet Squadron. My coverage this week starts with the non-spoiler review... Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-02-StarWars7x7-1824.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

During last month's E3 video game expo, Respawn Entertainment, in connection with EA and Lucasfilm, revealed a chunk of gameplay footage from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to the world. They also privately shared a separate chunk of footage with the assembled media at E3. Well, that "secret" footage has finally been revealed publicly, and that's the topic for the show today. Punch it!

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Direct download: 2019-07-01-StarWars7x7-1823.mp3
Category:Star Wars -- posted at: 3:00am EST

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