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Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 12

David W. Collins and Jimmy Mac continue to go way beneath the surface to analyze the music of Return of the Jedi. This month, the spotlight shines tunes from the Ewok village and the fourth moon of Endor.  David reveals many similarities between certain tracks from Jedi with A New Hope and restores deleted music to a pivotal scene on Dagobah. All this plus an over-medicated Admiral Ackbar this month on Star Wars Oxygen

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RebelForce Radio: November 14, 2014

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6, aka "The Lost Missions", was released on disc this week and to celebrate the occasion, actor Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker) joins us for a look back at the season & the series. We have a great time catching up with Matt and we have a lot of laughs along the way. Plus, we examine the fallout from last week's big title announcement for "The Force Awakens", "Chewbacca" finds himself in an Unthinkable event in Hollyweird,  Daniel Radcliffe talks about visiting the Star Wars set, Mark Hamill's beard is history, and we have a juicy Fifteen Minute Spoiler Alert filled with the latest rumors about Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Out of Darkness"

Sabine reveals a little about her past, Hera gets off the ship, and the mysterious "Fulcrum" works in the shadows in the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels, "Out Of Darkness". Joining Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac at the Declassified roundtable this week are the hosts of Shotglass Digital's Techno Retro Dads, Stuart "Shazbazzar" Tullis & Josh "Jedi Shua" Stolte.  Among the topics discussed include Sabine's background, the identity of the mysterious "Fulcrum", and space waffles.

 

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RebelForce Radio: November 7, 2014

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" gets revealed as the title of the next film in the saga, firing up the imagination of fans and critics alike. Upon hearing this news, RebelForce Radio  conducted an emergency recording session to bring you the analysis, speculation and discussion you expect from us.  We talk about stuff like the shift away from the episodic roman numbering convention and what that really means. We put the logo under the microscope, speculate about a future trailer, and dig deep beneath the surface to  decipher the meaning of the title. David Collins joins us to weigh in on significance of "The Force Awakens" and we go behind the scenes to chat about a catastrophic RFR technical meltdown. And, we aren't forgetting Rebels! The fabulous Tiya Sircar, voice of Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels makes her RFR debut visit In The Cantina.  Tiya give us the lowdown on a few things we can expect from Sabine and we learn what makes the young star tick, both as a professional and as a Star Wars fan.  All this, plus more Kitster, this week  on RebelForce Radio.

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Breaking Ranks"

Ezra goes undercover to retrieve top-secret information from Agent Kallus's office and gets some help along the way from some a couple of unlikely sources. "Breaking Ranks" takes us into the heart of Imperial cadet training and Star Wars Rebels: Declassified is back to discuss, dissect, and analyze this cool season one episode. Joining Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac at the Roundtable is noted Star Wars concept artist & co-host of Star Wars Influences, Paul Bateman.

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RebelForce Radio: October 31, 2014

The long-awaited animated series Star Wars Rebels is underway and we have Dave Filoni joining us this week to provide us with insider info about what we've seen and what we will be seeing. It's always a good time when Dave stops by RFR and this visit is no exception. And if that isn't enough to satisify any Star Wars Rebels fan, we have Hera Syndulla herself, Vanessa Marshall, joining us In The Cantina for a fun conversation about her role in the saga and fandom in general. Plus, Darth Vader returns, The Billy Dee Quote of the Week and cool Halloween stuff!

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Rise of the Old Masters"

Join us at the Roundtable as we analyze and dissect the Star Wars Rebels season one episode "Rise of the Old Masters". For this editon of Declassified, film director Kyle Newman (Fanboys / Barely Lethal) joins us and, as usual, he has a lot to say. Everyone has been wondering what Kyle thinks of Star Wars Rebels thus far, and we got him this week to give us the low down.  "Rise of the Old Masters" contains threads to tie together the prequel era with the dark times, the return of a Jedi Master, and a strange twist we didn't see coming. Plus, The Inquisitor gets into the action and more. We talk about it all on Star Wars Rebels: Declassified.

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RebelForce Radio: October 24, 2014

Freddie Prinze Jr. joins us this week for his RebelForce Radio network debut! We go In The Cantina to talk about his cool character Kanan Jarrus from Star Wars Rebels, his interests, his influences, and his fandom. George Lucas appeared in Chicago last Friday at the Chicago Ideas Week and Dave Filoni spoke at the MIPCOM conference in Cannes, France. We have audio highlights from both events! Plus, we get pumped up for Darth Vader's debut on Star Wars Rebels this weekend and more!

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Fighter Flight"

As we continue to work our way through Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels, we find ourselves learning more and more about our group of core characters, as well as the state of the galaxy on a whole. In "Fighter Flight", Zeb & Ezra are sent on a simple errand to pick up some fruit in a Lothal town, but what happens next is anything but ordinary.  Joining us at the Roundtable this week to provide analysis are movie producer/writer F.J. Desanto and Star Wars collecting guru Dan Curto

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Star Wars Oxygen Vol. 11: The Music of John Williams

Welcome back music lovers to Star Wars Oxygen as we continue to spin the tunes and discuss the famous music from the franchise. This month, we continue our focus on the music of Return of the JediDavid W. Collins & Jimmy Mac have tons of info and trivia about the soundtrack to the 1983 film, along with several fun anecdotes & stories.  We discover the many uses of "source music" within the film, specifically in Jabba's palace where "Lapti Nek" is often heard being performed by the Max Rebo Group. Then, we travel to the Ewok village to appreciate some of the sounds of Endor. Plus, listener feedback, more Tuba the Hutt, and some spooky stuff to get you ready for Halloween - Star Wars-style! 

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RebelForce Radio: October 17, 2014

James Earl Jones is back as the voice of Darth Vader, Palpatine gets a first name, and whispers of a possible Obi-Wan Kenobi trilogy are in the air. Thank the Maker RebelForce Radio is here, just in time, to provide our own brand of commentary & discussion! We talk about all the latest Star Wars news, rumors, and Episode VII speculation. Star Wars Oxygen host David W. Collins and Hughes The Force director J.C. Reifenberg join us to talk about their new YouTube show for Kevin Smith's See Smod channel - The Comlink. Plus, hear exclusive audio from The Comlink with special guests James Arnold Taylor and Kevin Smith himself!  Plus, Mark Hamill's beard, Carrie Fisher on "Ankle-Gate", and our almost-famous 15 Minute Episode VII Spoiler Alert!

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified - "Droids In Distress"

Season one of Star Wars Rebels is officially underway with the first "proper" episode, "Droids In Distress".  Our crew of rebels cross paths with some very familiar characters from the rich history of the Saga. How did they get along and where did their adventures take them?  We talk all about on Declassified! Joining moderator Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac are our pals J.C. Reifenberg (Hughes The Force) and Star Wars Oxygen's David W. Collins.

Check out David & F.J. new show THE COMLINK - New webisodes weekly!

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Star Wars Influences #9: The Hero's Journey

Paul Bateman is back for another round of Star Wars Influences. For this episode, we attack some of the most-requested subject matter for Influences - The impact of Joseph Campbell's  on the plot of Star Wars.  Join Jimmy Mac as he picks Paul's mind on the effect of Joseph Campbell on the saga and the oft-mentioned "Hero's Journey".  Paul breaks down the philosophies and teachings of Campbell in a straight-forward and conversational style as he applies the aspects of  "The Hero's Journey" to the story of Star Wars: A New Hope - From beginning to end.  Plus, we talk about images revealed from Star Wars Episode VII including the now-famous Bad Robot "Hunka Junk" Millennium Falcon video and more!

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: Spark of Rebellion

The next era of Star Wars animation has finally begun! Star Wars Rebels successfully blasted out into hyperspace with the TV movie event Spark of Rebellion. To honor the occasion, RebelForce Radio returns to the original Star Wars Roundtable with Star Wars Rebels: Declassified . Join stalwart moderator Jason Swank with Jimmy Mac as they are joined by noted Star Wars & feature film concept artist Paul Bateman and Star Wars podcast pioneer Pete Nadel for an informative, insightful and sometimes hilarious look at the premiere of Star Wars Rebels

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In a surprise move last week, starwars.com released Clone Wars Legacy bonus content in the form of a four-part story reel.  "Crystal Crisis on Utapau" presents a brand-new chapter into the mythology of Star Wars. Albeit in a raw and unfinished format, the story itself shines. For this special roundtable, Jimmy & Jason are joined by film maker Kyle Newman (Barely Lethal) with a special surprise visit from Jaime King (Hart of Dixie) to discuss this important addition to The Clone Wars saga.

 

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: Series Premiere Press Conference

This week is Star Wars Rebels week as the long-awaited animated series premieres on Disney Channel this Friday. To kick the week off right, RebelForce Radio is  excited to bring you our coverage of the Star Wars Rebels premiere press conference that happened last Saturday in Beverly Hills. Jimmy Mac talks to RFR's man-on-the-scene, J.C.Reifenberg (Hughes The Force) who attended the event and has a full report .  Hear from Executive Producer Dave Filoni, Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Taylor Gray (Ezra), Tiya Sircar (Sabine) and Steve Blum (Zeb) as they fill you in on the newest addition to the Star Wars saga.

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RebelForce Radio: September 26, 2014

Star Wars director of the future Rian Johsnon speaks! We review audio of  a candid conversation between the Episode VIII director and Monty Python's Terry Gilliam.  Also this week, Roger Moore visits Pinewood,  a close up look at the Millennium Falcon, and we ask the question:  Why didn't Qui Gon Jinn return as a Force Spirit in Revenge of the Sith? Filmmaker F.J. Desanto joins us to decipher the evidence. Plus, Star Wars meets SharknadoStar Wars radio Easter eggs, and more from the Greenham Common Episode VII shooting location in England.

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Star Wars Oxygen Volume 10

We kick off our exploration into the soundtrack for Return of the Jedi with some cool cues from Jabba's Palace & The Sail Barge. Plus, we rediscover a forgotten theme for Luke and Leia, introduce you to Tuba The Hutt, and even make connections between John Williams and Joseph Campbell. And, the evilness of The Emperor is revealed in music. With revelations in each and every episode, it's time for you to "unlearn what you've learned" and listen to the music of Episode VI with the fresh perspective you can only get from Star Wars Oxygen with David Collins & Jimmy Mac.

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RebelForce Radio: September 12. 2014

You've seen the incredible aerial photography of the Millennium Falcon set go viral online this week.  Join us on RFR as we catch up with the man who shot the first amazing pix and exposed an active Star Wars Episode VII shooting location in England. In a conversation recorded the day the news broke, pilot/photographer Matthew Myatt gives us his first-hand account of how he discovered the real-life Millennium Falcon, and a few X-Wings too, while on a routine flight. Plus, more Star Wars casting rumors, The N'Sync Star Wars cameo that almost was, Listener Feedback, Qui-Gon's ghost,  Granny A-Wing, The Billy Dee Quote of the Week and more!

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RebelForce Radio: September 5, 2014

Satisfy your fandom with RebelForce Radio. This week: Star Wars Episode VII updates including casting, rumors and spoilers! Cool tidbits about the upcoming Disney XD show Star Wars Rebels! Plus, Dave Filoni & Simon Kinberg at SDCC; Jaime King visits Conan, and Star Wars celebs take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Plus, hilarious travel stories as Jason attempts to board an airplane with a giant cardboard Death Star filled with action figures.  Kick off your weekend, Star Wars-style, with RFR!

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RebelForce Radio: August 29, 2014

We're back in the palatial RFR studios to review all the latest Star Wars news, rumors, and more.  From Star Wars Rebels to Episode VII, we cover it all.  Is there an unaltered release of The Original Trilogy on the horizon?  Why was the Phineas & Ferb Star Wars special released and Star Wars Detours postponed? Why do the Lightsabers in Rebels look the way they do?  Listen this week to find out!  Plus, Simon Kinberg, Star Wars Commander, and a rapid-fire  Episode VII  Spoiler segment that will blow you away. Get all this and The Billy Dee Quote of the Week on RebelForce Radio.

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RebelForce Radio: August 15, 2014

We are picking up where we left off last week on the road to Rancho Obi-Wan.  We recap our amazing trip to visit Steve Sansweet and the crew at the world-famous Star Wars museum. Hear about everything we did and saw, including a hilarious sit down with Steve Sansweet himself in his office.  Plus, we pay tribute to Robin Williams with a look back at the Star Wars connections in his career and rare audio of his incredible interview with George Lucas recorded back in 2000. And, a Billy Dee Williams / Star Wars Rebels update that makes the upcoming Lucasfilm animated series even cooler!   

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Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams VOL. 9

We're wrapping up The Empire Strikes Back with more analysis of the incredible John Williams soundtrack.  David W. Collins & Jimmy Mac explore the music of Cloud City, The Asteroid Cave, and the duel with Darth Vader. Plus, music that got left on the cutting room floor gets rediscovered and put into place courtesy of David's editing magic.  Welcome to Star Wars Oxygen's final listen to the music of The Empire Strikes Back...For now at least. 

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RebelForce Radio: August 8, 2014

RebelForce Radio is on the road to Rancho Obi-Wan. Join us as we fly into San Francisco, grab a car and hit the 101 North to Petaluma. But before we can see Steve Sansweet, we have a couple of stops along the way. First, we visit Executive Producer of Star Wars Rebels Dave Filoni for an exclusive interview recorded at Lucasfilm headquarters. Dave give us the lowdown on his blueprint for Rebels, the legacy of The Clone Wars, his thoughts on the prequels and more. Then, we chat with Pablo Hidalgo about the history of Lucasfilm, Star Wars Celebration and even some Star Wars RPG!  Plus, ILM, Skywalker Ranch, The Billy Dee Quote of the Week and much more! 

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.RebelForce Radio: August 1, 2014

Star Wars Rebels made a big splash at last week's San Diego Comic Con as the entire cast of the upcoming Lucasfilm Animation show was there.   This week on RFR, we've got Rebels panel moderator David W. Collins joining us with a full recap of everything that went down.  Plus, James Arnold Taylor stops by to talk about Obi-Wan's return in Rebels along with a complete report from Disney's Star Wars Weekends.  And if that weren't enough, we have the latest news coming from the set of Star Wars Episode VII, including filming happening on location in Ireland, an upbeat Harrison Ford Ankle-Gate update, and Mark Hamill talks about returning to the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

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Film Commentary with Sam Witwer: Attack of the Clones

Sam Witwer is back to join Jimmy & Jason in the RFR screening room as our film commentary series continues with Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.  Listen in as we have a great time watching the second prequel film with tons of observation, analysis, and a few laughs along the way.  If you are looking for a prequel-bashing hate fest, go somewhere else.  Sam always brings incredible insight whenever we get together to watch a Star Wars flick and our discussions always have elements of discovery, enlightenment, and on occasion, shock! But all in all, a great time. Watch along with us or just listen to this as a stand-alone show.  You know the film so well yet you will feel like you are watching it through a different lens when you join us for our commentary track for Attack of the Clones! 

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This week we saw the reveal of the Star Wars Episode VII X-Wing in a Force for Change video featuring J.J. Abrams, an X-Wing Pilot, and a Mouse Droid. We discuss our thoughts on this old-yet-new design and explore the Ralph McQuarrie./Joe Johnston influence on it's look. Also, we discover some artistic inspirations for the Wookiee, AT-AT, Bespin, Hoth, and R1-G4. Use the photo gallery below while you listen to Paul Bateman and Jimmy Mac discuss Star Wars Influences!
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RebelForce Radio is back to talk Tarkin with actor Stephen Stanton who joins us this week for an in-depth conversation about his life as a prolific voice actor and all his contributions to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Plus, the latest Star Wars Episode VII news including recent casting announcements, a fresh Harrison Ford "Ankle-Gate" update, and Kevin Smith recounts his visit to the Star Wars set.  Plus, the Forest of Dean becomes an Ep 7  shooting location, bratty little sisters question the "nerd thing", hardcore parcour, and free RebelForce Radio T-Shirts!

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Star Wars Oxygen Vol. 8

David Collins & Jimmy Mac are back with RFR's monthly discussion about the iconic soundtrack music from the Star Wars Saga. As we continue to analyze The Empire Strikes Back, we uncover more music from the Hoth battlefields, the chase thru the asteroid belt, and Cloud City. Plus, tons of listener feedback, Shadows of the Empire, and much more!

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Celebrate the 4th of July with RebelForce Radio! Fire up the grill as we bring you the latest on Harrison Ford's injury with an explosive "Ankle-Gate" update, we study some fresh Episode VII casting rumors that keep it all in the family, and Andy Serkis threatens to "spill the beans" concerning his involvement in the Star Wars sequels.  Plus...A Stormtrooper walking down the street shuts down business in a small Kansas town? Yep, really happened and we catch up with Stormtrooper Sam to hear his side of an Outrageous Unthinkable Story that will have you laughing it up like a fuzzball.  The fireworks continue as Jimmy Mac & Steve Sansweet report from the exclusive PfieferCon, your chance to win a free RFR t-shirt, and Billy Dee goes to prison. All this and tons more Star Wars stuff for your Independence Day celebration this week  on RebelForce Radio.

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RebelForce Radio: June 27, 2014

Star Wars Episode VII news is coming fast and furious these days as production continues on the next feature film set in a Galaxy Far Far Away. This week, Jimmy & Jason are joined by Steve Glosson (Geek Out Loud) for the latest updates on Harrison Ford's leg injury and we speculate on what the impact will be on the production of the film. Directors Round-Up! We spotlight each of the three new directors hired to work on future Star Wars movies and analyze their past works.  And, The George Lucas Museum has found a future home...Chicago! We provide our opinions and reaction to this big news.  Plus, Tom Cruise Episode VII rumors,  Warwick Davis' Disney show A Ewok's Tale: My Short Story gets invaded, and Billy Dee gets bricked! All this and much more this week on RFR!

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RebelForce Radio: June 20, 2014

Being scruffy-lookin' is the least of his worries as Harrison Ford suffers an injury on the set of Star Wars Episode VII!  We look closely at all the info made public in the wake of this unfortunate accident including behind-the-scenes stories, comments from Harrison's son Ben Ford and more.  A new Ralph McQuarrie book is on the way! We get all the deets on the upcoming Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES with an update from Ralph's right hand man Stan Stice from Dreams & Visions Press.  Mark Hamill invades Disney's Star Wars Weekends, and we have audio highlights along with news about a higher profile for The Wars at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Plus, Simon Pegg shoots off his mouth, the Millennium Falcon dice swing once again, and we introduce the Lupito Nyong'o Name Game! How do we fit so much Star Wars awesomeness into one show? You have to listen for yourself to find out!  So,  kick off your weekend, Star Wars-style, with RFR!

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RebelForce Radio: June 13, 2014

This week on RebelForce Radio: A new director has been added into the Star Wars Universe, and we discuss the possibility of too much Star Wars (!!!) along with tons of speculation about the future of Episode VII and the stand-alone films.  Plus, updates on the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront video game, the status of new Star Wars canon,  and a report from Star Wars Day in Joliet, Illinois...with music!  If that wasn't enough, George Lucas takes on TMZ,  a Tracy Morgan update, and we introduce you to Billy GLEE Williams (?). All this and much more Star Wars stuff this week on RebelForce Radio!

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Star Wars Episode VII casting announcements add two talented actresses to the ensemble and Abu Dhabi set photos have been leaked.  We provide speculation about how these sets, creatures, ships, and props will fit into the final film.  Carrie Fisher is on a media tour and you never know what she will say next! We gather up some of her best quotes and audio from recent interviews.  And The Empire Strikes Back was voted "The Greatest Movie of All Time" in a recent poll.  We tell you what we think!  All this plus Billy Dee gets in a fender bender, Boba Beer, and Hoggsquattle this week on RFR!

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David Collins returns to provide expert analysis of the rich soundtrack for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.  For this volume, we listen closely to music composed by Williams for some sequences early in the film on the planet Hoth, but were never used.  Then we hear audio from the film with the music placed where it was originally intended in a "What If"-type scenario.  Plus, we study a motif that could be considered as a mini-theme for Boba Fett and much more!

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Paul Bateman joins Jimmy Mac for an analysis of the recently leaked Star Wars Episode VII set photos from Abu Dhabi and discusses in detail what influenced the art design for everything revealed in those pix. Plus, we revisit our conversation with Roger Christian and discuss his involvement in the Ridley Scott version of Dune that was sadly never made. And, we take a close look at Paul's final "McQuarrie Revisited" feature in Star Wars Insider #149 which spotlights Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and never-before-seen bounty hunters based on the concepts of Ralph McQuarrie.

Please check out Roger Christian's Black Angel, available now at iTunes!

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We are back from Disney's  Star Wars Weekends with a full report from our listener meet-up and celebrity interviews!  Hear from Warwick Davis, Jeremy Bulloch, James Arnold Taylor and a few surprises! Leaving no fan behind, we will take you there with audio recorded live at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Plus, Star Wars Episode VII news including the introduction of the first alien from the film, and the Star Wars: Force For Change campaign. And, a controversy is brewing surrounding online comments made by the writer of a future Star Wars stand-alone film, Gary Whitta. We analyze his remarks and discuss the potential impact they may have on the future of the franchise. All this and Boba Beer this week on RebelForce Radio!

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He's the Oscar-winning Set Decorator from the original Star Wars film from 1977. The man who physically built the first-ever  lightsaber hilt, the Millennium Falcon hold, and even ole Artoo Detoo himself!  Roger Christian joins Jimmy Mac & Paul Bateman In The Cantina for a hardcore discussion about the amazing work he did on the props and sets of the film that started it all.  Roger also talks about developing the iconic "used universe" of Star Wars, his working relationship with George Lucas, and info about his own film, Black Angel.  Also this week, Jason & Jimmy review the first full trailer for Star Wars Rebels and some of the latest Star Wars news.  Plus, Simon Kinberg, Denis Lawson, details about our first-ever Disney Star Wars Weekends listener meet up and much more!

Be sure to download Roger Christian's legendary film "Black Angel", coming to iTunes on May 20th!

And, as always, please support our amazing sponsors Little Debbie and Dorkside Toys!

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This week on RFR: Jimmy Mac takes you behind the scenes as he appears on Chicago's WGN Radio to discuss The 'Wars.  Paul Bateman weighs in on the Star Wars Episode VII cast announcement, title rumors, and the Expanded Universe.  And Steve Glosson talks about the latest Star Wars news and Disney's Star Wars Weekends. Plus, we wait in line for Jedi with The Goldbergs, a May the Fourth Be With You recap, Billy Dee and much more!

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David Collins, Jimmy Mac and Star Wars Oxygen is back with Volume 6! In this edition, we dive deep into the music of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. We continue our exploration into the iconic Imperial March, dig deep into the use of the minor key in TESB, and examine the lush and rich notes of "Yoda's Theme".  Plus, revelations about a little recognized theme for Artoo & Threepio and more!

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The momentous Episode VII cast announcement from earlier this week gets in-depth analysis from Jimmy & Jason...The Expanded Universe becomes Legend and Erich Schoeneweiss and Joe Scalora from Star Wars Books join us for a discussion recorded live at the Del Rey booth at C2E2. Also in Chicago, we get caught up with Ashley Eckstein to discuss The Clone Wars Lost Missions, Disney's Star Wars Weekends and more. And as if that isn't enough, Star Wars Rebels actress Vanessa Marshall makes her RFR debut and fills us in with deets about her new character Hera Syndulla. How do we contain so much amazing Star Wars content into one show? You gotta listen to find out!

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BREAKING NEWS: Star Wars Episode VII cast announcement! Join Jimmy Mac, David Collins and Kyle Newman for immediate reaction, speculation and analysis. "This will be a day long remembered"

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Star Wars Rebels took center stage at last weekend's WonderCon. Lucasfilm stage host and RFR's own David Collins gives us his first-hand report from the event including the big announcement that Kevin Kiner will return to Star Wars as the composer for Rebels.  Then, we get a surprise phone call from Kevin Kiner himself who talks about creating the music of Star Wars Rebels, working with the music of John Williams, and his experiences on The Clone Wars.  And, Jason & Jimmy review recent comments about Episode VII made by Disney's Alan Horn along with audio highlights. Plus, more from Billy Dee's appearance on Arsenio,  Cris Macht has the deets about a cool "May The Fourth" event in the Chicago area and more!

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This week on RFR,  Jimmy & Jason begin the countdown to Celebration Anaheim including a BIG announcement in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider, Steve Sansweet joins us with an update on all the cool things happening at Rancho Obi-Wan, and Geek Out Loud's Steve Glosson sits in on the news, including Episode VII updates, The George Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, and Star Wars connections in Captain America Winter Soldier.  Plus,  Star Wars In Pop Culture, The Billy Dee Quote of the Week and much more!

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Christian Taylor, head writer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, joins us In The Cantina to talk about the Lost Missions Yoda arc, The Mortis Trilogy, and the experience of working at Skywalker Ranch with George Lucas himself. Plus, based on a hot rumor, we discuss the likelihood of the world's most famous Wookiee returning for Episode VII, Disney's Alan Horn give us some Star Wars sequel pre-production clues, and This Is Madness comes to a conclusion. Plus, Billy Dee, Little Debbie giveaways, and tons more awesome Star Wars stuff!

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The final four episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars dig deep into the nature of The Force and Jedi immortality as Yoda embarks on a mission unlike any he has ever been on before. Along with our "A-Team" of Kyle Newman & Paul Bateman, we have two very special guests from the cast of The Clone Wars: Jaime King and a surprise visit from Sam Witwer. This is in-depth discussion and behind-the-scenes info you will not find anywhere else. So listen in as we gather around the original roundtable one last time for our epic conversation about The Yoda Arc: "The Lost One", "Voices", "Destiny", and "Sacrifice".

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The music of The Empire Strikes Back had as much of an impact, if not more,  on moviegoers as did the compositions  for the original 1977 film.  On the heels of his award-winning soundtrack from A New Hope, John Williams had a tight window and a ton of pressure to create the music for the second Star Wars movie.  For Star Wars Oxygen Vol. 5, David W. Collins brings us a close look at Williams' process of writing and recording the themes and motifs for Episode V.  Listen to scenes from Cloud City's carbon freezing chamber before the music was added, along with analysis of The Imperial March, and even hear from Williams himself in rare vintage interviews. All this and more as Star Wars Oxygen transitions from  A New Hope into The Empire Strikes Back!

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The unlikely duo of Mace Windu and Jar Jar Binks take center stage in the Lost Missions two-parter "The Disappeared, and we are here to discuss and analyze this wild adventure. Joining Jason at the roundtable are concept artist Paul Bateman, Star Wars artist Grant Gould and Fangirls Going Rogue host Tricia Barr. From Masterin Mace to Mother Talzin, Declassified digs deep into a Clone Wars tale of intrigue, action and unabashed Gungan love.

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Clone Wars Actor Tom Kane (Yoda) joins us to talk about the incredible Lost Missions of Season six. Plus, a solid Episode VII casting rumor, Star Wars March Madness, and the 501st recognizes the man who gave the "green light" to Star Wars. And of course, Billy Dee on Dancing with the Stars, Listener Feedback and more!  

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Paul Bateman is back to talk about everything and anything that inspired, contributed and INFLUENCED the creation of the Star Wars Saga. This month, we discuss the Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels, where the distinctive look of his helmet came from and who was responsible for it. And, we have an in-depth discussion about  Paul's latest feature for Star Wars Insider, "McQuarrie Revisited", and Darth Vader's Castle. Will Episode VII mark the Star Wars return to an ice planet? We talk about it! Plus, Paul shares his memories from his work on the set of Revenge of the Sith and explains why the duel on Mustafar reminds him of the classic arcade video game Frogger!

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Lucasfilm's Dave Filoni returns to RebelForce Radio to dig deep into The Clone Wars Lost Missions and talk about the upcoming Star Wars Rebels.  And, the latest info about Star Wars Episode VII, this time via comments from Disney head honcho Bob Iger. Plus, one of the creative forces behind the now-shelved Star Wars live action TV show breaks his silence, Billy Dee survives the first week of Dancing with the Stars, our theories on how Episode VII was conceived, and more!

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Clone Wars Declassified is back to dissect and analyze The Rush Clovis Arc from the season six Lost Missions. Joining us at the RFR Roundtable this week are videogame sound lead David W. Collins, film producer F.J. Desanto and artist Paul Bateman. Listen as we dig deep beneath the surface of the entire Clovis story as seen in the episodes "An Old Friend", "The Rise of Clovis" and "Crisis at the Heart".

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Sam Witwer is back to join us once again for our Star Wars Film Commentary series as we shift our focus to The Prequels starting with Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. For this episode, we are watching the BluRay release of the 1999 film with a box of popcorn in one hand, lightsaber in the other. As with all of our commentary tracks, this can be listened to while you watch the film, or it can stand-alone as audio-only. So join us as we look back at TPM and be sure to check out the rest of our commentary series for the Original Trilogy at www.rebelforceradio.com

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Almost a year to the day following the announcement that The Clone Wars would be winding down production, finally, the long anticipated "Bonus Content" episodes have been released. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Six: The Lost Missions have debuted and RebelForce Radio's tradition of roundtable discussions continue with the return of Clone Wars:Declassified. We have gathered the A-Team of Kyle Newman and Paul Bateman for an interesting and enlightning conversation about the first four Lost Mission episodes: The Unknown, Conspiracy, Fugitive, and Orders aka The Order 66 Arc.

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The Clone Wars Season 6:  The Lost Missions finally debuted today and it's time to take a break from your binge watching marathon to spend a little time with your pals here at RFR! This week to celebrate, we are featuring some great Clone Wars audio moments, featuring actors  Ashley Eckstein, Stephen Stanton, Meredith Salenger, Tom Kane, and writer Christian Taylor. Plus, George Lucas himself with Dave Filoni and a shout-out to fans from Matt Lanter. And if that wasn't enough, we have #CloneWarsLives listener voice mails and big Billy Dee Williams news to go along with The Quote of the Week and much more!

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Topher Grace (That 70's Show) give us all the deets about his new website CerealPrize.com and makes an exclusive announcement that will be of interest to Star Wars fans. Bonus: Kyle Newman is along for the ride! Plus, a new trailer for The Clone Wars Lost Missions was released this week and we take you through it shot-by-shot; Dave Filoni weighs in on the Jango Fett: Mando or no debate; David Allen Grier opens up about his involvement in the Star Wars NPR Radio Dramas, and Chris Rock celebrates Black History Month with Billy Dee Williams! All this and much more this week on RFR!

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Star Wars Oxygen is back to dig deep into the soundtrack music of Star Wars...The oxygen of the film as brilliantly composed by John Williams. This month,  David Collins and Jimmy Mac continue to provide opinions, analysis, and appreciation for the music of Episode IV: A New Hope.  In this episode, we visit the Mos Eisley Cantina to listen to Figrin D'an & The Modal Nodes perform a couple of memorable tracks, we visit "The Land of the Jawas", and consider the 20th Century Fox Fanfare in a different light. Plus, unused music from the trash compactor, and the drama of a TIE Fighter attack will have you shouting "Here they come!" along with the music. All this and more great music this month on Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 4

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What a busy week for Lucasfilm and Star Wars Rebels!  Just about everyday this week, we were treated to reveals of the entire core cast of characters set to inhabit their ship The Ghost in the highly-anticipated animated series. We discuss each new character and consider the potential impact they may have on the Saga. And, as we continue to tackle the Boba Fett reboot rumors, we are joined by actor Daniel Logan to get his take. It's a RebelForce Radio EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW you will not want to miss! Plus, Clone Wars Lost Missions, a Lego Movie Star Wars cameo, and "Jango Fett: Mando or no"... What do we think? You have to listen to find out! So much Star Wars goodness in one show might seem impossible, but yet we pull it off again this week on RebelForce Radio.

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This week...BREAKING NEWS! The Clone Wars Lost Missions aka "The Bonus Content" aka Season Six will be made available on Netflix in March! Hear what we think about this long-anticipated announcement. Plus, a major player from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels is announced, Episode VII news, and Samuel L. Jackson is involved in an "Outrageous, Unthinkable" case of mistaken identity. Plus, meet The Raiders Guys: Eric - Two friends who grew in the 80's, and, as kids, filmed an ambitious shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark.  You will be blown away by their amazing story!  It's Valentines Day with your favorite weekly Star Wars show, RebelForce Radio!

Thanks to this week's show sponsors: Audible.com, Little Debbie, and Dorkside Toys!

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The concept of Boba Fett being killed by a stranger who then takes the bounty hunter's armor & identity was first presented on our airwaves by Star Wars artist Paul Bateman. Now, the concept has turned into a rumor about the plot of a future Boba Fett standalone film, courtesy of the Latino Review. This month on Star Wars Influences, Paul discusses his original concept and why it's always been something on his Star Wars wish list. We also talk about the origin of Boba as a character created by Ralph McQuarrie & Joe Johnston. Plus, Paul reveals some of his desires for the plot of Episode VII and more!

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Sam Witwer returns to RebelForce Radio to bring his insight, humor, and perspective on Return of the Jedi. Join us for our long-awaited commentary track for the Blu Ray edition of Star Wars Episode VI.  Watch along as you watch the film, or just listen along! It's been one of the most anticipated and requested shows we've ever done! The circle is now complete, at least in terms of the Original Trilogy, as we proudly bring you this Star Wars Commentary for Return of the Jedi!

Don't forget to check out our other Film Commentaries with Sam Witwer: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

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A new character from Star Wars Rebels has been announced! Hear what we think about the droid Chopper, what inspired his look and who he reminds us of.  Also, Jimmy Mac reports about his trip to the Sundance Film Festival and the screening of the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself which features voice work by Clone Wars alum Stephen Stanton (Capt. Tarkin), including an exclusive interview with Stephen himself. Plus, we received a ton of feedback about the hot topics presented in last week's show: The popularity of Han Solo and a potential Boba Fett reboot. You guys certainly let your opinions be known!  All this along with the first winner of our Little Debbie giveaway, Key & Peele's Lando's Pal, and the debut of "Jimmy Mac: Star Wars Vigilante"!

Support our sponsors: Little Debbie Snack Cakes & Dorkside Toys!

Thank you loyal RFR listener Brian Snook for the awesome artwork for this week's episode!

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David Collins returns to provide deep analysis for John Williams's music of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. We talk about many minor themes from the soundtrack including The Rebel Fanfare and the evolution of Darth Vader's Theme. Plus, David presents us with statistics about how often you hear certain themes throughout the movie. Geeky? Maybe. Totally cool? Definitely! What do you think was the most used piece of music in the original Star Wars film? The answer may surprise you! Also, we place the track Attack of the Sand People side-by-side with the chase music from The Planet of the Apes and compare the two in an attempt to find an influence. All this and much more this month on Star Wars Oxygen!

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RebelForce Radio: January 24, 2014

Jason is back and we get caught up with all the latest & best Star Wars Episode VII news & rumors including info directly from director J.J. Abrams himself, a Boba Fett rebirth, and news about the highly anticipated Clone Wars Lost Missions. Plus, a plea to Darth Vader actor David Prowse, no Star Wars in NYC, and is Han Solo the most popular character in the Saga? You will find our hosts have very differing opinions! And listen to learn how you can win a supply of Little Debbie snackcakes! All this and more on the weekly RebelForce Radio!

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RebelForce Radio: January 17, 2014

RebelForce Radio is BACK for 2014! Star Wars news and rumors have been flying fast and furiously here in the first two weeks of the year, and we have a lot to say about everything. From Episode VII casting rumors, to comic book news, to canon hierarchy, and even Boba Fett, Jimmy Mac and guest co-host Steve Glosson (Geek Out Loud)  have much to discuss. Get well soon Jason Swank! Plus, Kyle Newman passionately stands up against potential irresponsible marketing of the Star Wars mythology,we catch up on all the Star Wars activities and experiences we had over the holidays, and Chicago Blackhawk superstar Patrick Kane as Anakin Skywalker? Thanks Dave Filoni!  All this and more this week on RebelForce Radio!

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Paul Bateman joins Jimmy Mac for reaction to the news that Star Wars comics will be going back to Marvel starting in 2015.  We talk about our personal favorite highlights of Dark Horse Comics past two-plus decades of Star Wars stories and we look forward to what we want to see happen with the franchise in the hands of Marvel.  Paul provides some behind-the-scenes info about his latest McQuarrie Revisited feature for Star Wars Insider Magazine which showcases a Ralph McQuarrie-inspired look at the streets of Tatooine's Mos Eisley.  Plus, revelations about McQuarrie's involvement and eventual departure from Star Wars during the pre-production of Return of the Jedi.

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Lightspeed is back, this time focusing on conversations with the great Mark Hamill! We caught up with Mark for a pair of exclusive interviews and we are happy to present them both to you in one special program. First, Jimmy Mac sits down with the Luke Skywalker actor at Star Wars Celebration Japan in 2008.  Then, Jason Swank talks to the Jedi Master himself at Star Wars Celebration V in 2010 (while Jimmy Mac sits on the sidelines with a case of laryngitis!). AND, as a special bonus, enjoy rarely-heard highlights from Mark's panel in Orlando at CV.  So, put off that trip to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters and enjoy The Best of Mark Hamill, courtesy of RebelForce Radio!

Join us next week as RFR kicks off the 2014 "Year of Star Wars" with the return of our weekly show! 

Check out our Lightspeed Series featuring George Lucas, David Prowse & Anthony Daniels

Don't forget to visit our friends at Dorkside Toys for the latest Star Wars toys & collectibles!

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Lightspeed: The Best of Anthony Daniels

Our series of favorite moments continues with the spotlight pointing to the man who brought Goldenrod to life! Anthony Daniels has played the eccentric See-Threepio since Day One and over the years, we have had the opportunity to hang out with the man behind the droid.  We are happy to present you with this collection of great conversation, insight, and opinion from the one and only Anthony Daniels!

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Happy New Year and welcome to part 2 of our 2013 Star Wars Year-In-Review. Joining us once again is director Kyle Newman (Fanboys/Barely Lethal) for an entertaining recap of all the important Star Wars news and happenings from the second part of 2013, including discussion about Star Wars Rebels, Hasbro's "Black Series" line of action figures, changes made to the Episode VII script writing team, and more!

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Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams Vol. 2

David Collins returns, with piano keyboard at the ready, to RebelForce Radio for Volume 2 of Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams. This month, we continue our exploration of the original Star Wars soundtrack, Episode IV: A New Hope.  We also discover how Dvorak’s “Symphony #9: from the New World” inspired passages from "The Throne Room" track at the end of the film, and dig deep into the music of Tatooine.  Plus, a close listen to Williams' masterful "Princess Leia Theme", and more! It's our final show of 2013...Happy New Year from all of your friends at Rebelforce Radio! As you enjoy your champagne, re-discover the incredible catalog of amazing John Williams Star Wars compositions in a new light with Star Wars Oxygen!

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RebelForce Radio: December 28, 2013

This week is all about looking back at the year that was...2013.  In the past 12 months, we've seen tons of action in the Star Wars universe including many highs and lows for fandom.  Director Kyle Newman joins us fresh off the set of his latest film Barely Lethal, to talk about all the big news from the Galaxy Far Far Away that broke in 2013.   We also look back at the year of RebelForce Radio podcasting and more.  Our 'Year-In-Review" shows often are our most opinionated and this year is no exception.  In fact, this show was so big, it needed to be broken into 2 parts.  So, wrap up your year with the first of our two-part Star Wars Year-In-Review show as RebelForce Radio remembers 2013!   Have a safe and happy new year from your friends at RebelForce Radio!

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Star Wars Influences #3: December 2013

Star Wars Influences is back with Paul Bateman and a close look at the works that inspired the Star Wars saga.  This month, we discuss Paul's latest feature for Star Wars Insider magazine "McQuarrie Revisited" which gives us a fresh look at the Imperial Snowtrooper.  And, we take a closer look at the Christmas inspired Star Wars artwork of Ralph McQuarrie, discover the connections between the work of comic artist Phillipe Druillet and the Star Wars universe, and enjoy a casual conversation about the works of some great Star Wars comic book artists.

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Special guest C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels brings us memories of the Star Wars holiday album Christmas in the Stars, and Clone Wars star James Arnold Taylor talks about his new book, JAT 365. Plus, we look back at Bob Hope's 1977 Star Wars Christmas tribute, more with Donny & Marie, and yuletide music from A Galaxy Far Far Away.  Join us as RebelForce Radio celebrates the season of Star Wars Christmas with our annual holiday show!

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RebelForce Radio: December 13, 2013

Star Wars Christmas is in full swing at the RFR studios! We are in a holiday mood this week as we are joined by filmmaker Cris Macht (The Force Within Us) to celebrate the season. We discuss our vintage Star Wars Christmas memories, we talk about the only Star Wars Christmas record album, Christmas in the Stars, and listen to holiday music from a Galaxy Far Far Away. Plus, we look back at Donny & Marie's tribute to Star Wars, mash up Charlie Brown & The 'Wars, Star Wars Muppets and more! Stuff your Star Wars Christmas stocking with us!

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RebelForce Radio: December 6, 2013

Christmas is here, and you know what is waiting for Star Wars fans under the tree?  Rumors...Rumors...Rumors!  When it comes to the future of Star Wars - From the silver screen to the your flat screen - Speculation is running rampant this holiday season.  This week on RFR, we uncover the latest information to leak about Star Wars Episode VII and more, starting with a complete analysis of a recent Jedi News interview with their inside source "Jedi Master SQL".  And, we ask the question...Would you be interested in hanging out with a RebelForce Radio group at Disney's Star Wars Weekends 2014?  Plus, Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars Lost Missions, Billy Dee moves on up, Star Wars Shakespeare and more!

Don't forget to visit AUDIBLE for your FREE audiobook download.  Tons of Star Wars titles to choose from!

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 Lightspeed: The Best of David Prowse

Just in time for BLACK Friday, we are proud to present you with a collection of interviews with Darth Vader actor David Prowse.  We've spoken with the original Dark Lord of the Sith many times over the years about his contributions to the saga and beyond.  We talk about all-things-Darth and even include David in an unforgettable "Outrageous Unthinkable Story of the Week" that you must hear to believe!  He's colorful, outspoken and sometimes controversial, it's the best of David Prowse on RebelForce Radio!

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Star Wars Celebration stage host David Collins brings his passion for music to RebelForce Radio with Star Wars Oxygen: The Music of John Williams.  In this monthly show, David will bring us a close look and listen into the iconic Star Wars soundtrack music from every film, provide influences for each track, and interview highlights with George Lucas, John Williams and more. This month, David kicks off the series with a focus on some choice cuts from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope!

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RebelForce Radio: November 22, 2013

It's a holiday tradition!  Every year, we devote our Thanksgiving show to you, the RebelForce Radio listener, by featuring your feedback!   To show our thanks, we are spotlighting your voice mails and e-mails.  Plus,  Samuel L. Jackson, The Star Wars Holiday Special, an Artoo update and tons more in our annual Thanksgiving RFR! 

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Star Wars Influences #2

Welcome back to Star Wars Influences featuring Star Wars concept artist Paul Bateman.  This episode, we take a closer look at Paul's new feature for Star Wars Insider Magazine, "McQuarrie Revisited", we discuss the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special, and Dark Horse comics mini-series The Star Wars,  based on George Lucas's original rough draft.  From there, Paul digs deep into the influence of comic book artwork on Star Wars, including the work of Valarian artist Jean-Claude Mezieres and more.

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RebelForce Radio: November 15, 2013

Episode VII open casting calls are happening in Chicago and around the world.  Chicago Star Wars fan Eric Pfiefer was there and he joins us to provide a first-hand account of how it all went down. In other Episode VII news,  a release date has been announced and we discuss what will be a very Star Wars Christmas in 2015.  Also, did The Emperor mock Yoda in Return of the Jedi?  We discover where this alternate dialog came from in a special Investigative Report.  Plus, J.J. Abrams news, we talk about the Academy Awards anti-Star Wars bias, and did Billy Dee accidentally reveal his involvement with Star Wars Rebels?  We look into this and much more this week on RebelForce Radio!

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RebelForce Radio: November 8, 2013

Last week, we reported on the incredible Edit Droid laserdisc discovery of long lost footage from Yoda's death scene in Return of the Jedi. This week, we dig deep into this material, including never heard before dialog, with the man who has made it available to fans,  Star Wars collector Charlie Owen. Charlie talks about how he came into possession of this amazing video and what makes it so special for fans of The Saga.  Plus, we get into the latest Episode VII news, J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Harrison Ford, and more.  We let our imaginations run wild with speculation about the relationship between Han & Chewie in Ep VII, and, we take a gamble on The Billy Dee Quote of the Week!

For awesome Star Wars collectibles, visit Dorkside Toys!

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This week, we discuss the latest Episode VII news including the replacement of screenwriter Michael Arndt and rumors about the return of Harrison Ford to the Star Wars franchise.  Dark Horse Comic's writer / artist Zack Giallongo is In The Cantina to talk about his new book Ewoks: Shadows of Endor;  Darth Vader actor David Prowse shares some of his memories, or lack thereof, from the set of Return of the Jedi in our Investigative Report, and what's up with that animated film about fairies that Lucasfilm has been developing for the last few years?  All this plus long lost RoTJ footage, RFR T-Shirts, RADIO 1138, and The Billy Dee Quote of the Week!

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Most Star Wars fans know that there were scenes shot for George Lucas's original "Star Wars" film from 1977, like those featuring Jabba The Hutt & Biggs Darklighter, among others, that ended up on the cutting room floor. For years, there has been a selection of fans who believe they saw the Biggs scenes and more during the film's original run. We try to put those fuzzy memories to rest with an in-depth Investigative Report featuring our special guest, Steve Sansweet. Plus, we review all the special features of Del Rey's "Making Of..." Ebooks series, Seth Green updates IGN on Star Wars and we discuss Disney's vague announcement about "Darth Vader TV Specials". Stick around to hear Billy Dee get right to the point in the Quote of the Week! Don't forget, listen to get deets on brand new RFR T-Shirts!

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RebelForce Radio introduces Star Wars Influences.  This new monthly show will take a close look at the most important influences to impact the creation of the Star Wars saga.  From Akira Kurosawa to Joseph Campbell to Flash Gordon and beyond, Jimmy Mac and Paul Bateman will dig deep beneath the surface of the many resources used by George Lucas and collaborators to create the galaxy far, far away.  In this first episode, we discuss Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress" and dismiss the myth that Star Wars was a direct recreation of the classic Japanese film.  Plus, Tatooine origins, and "Dune".  And, Paul reviews the new book "Star Wars Art: Concepts", Star Wars 1313, and more.  Join us each month as we discover the Influences of Star Wars on RebelForce Radio.

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Dave Filoni returns to RebelForce Radio to join us for a "Rebels Recap" in the wake of the big reveals made at NYCC about the upcoming TV show "Star Wars Rebels".  We provide analysis for all the new details dropped in New York last weekend, along with discussion about The Clone Wars Season 5 Blu Ray, the upcoming TCW "Bonus Content" and more.  Plus, Harrison Ford clams up again, this time on BBC's Graham Norton Show, new potential titles for Episode VII are rumored, and Billy Dee talks about his favorite nerdy TV show in another hilarious Quote of the Week.

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We're throwing away the Episode VII rumors and focusing on cold, hard facts this week on RFR with audio highlights from recent interviews with major players from the Star Wars saga. Hear from JJ Abrams, Harrison Ford, Jett Lucas and more. New info about the future of Star Wars at the Disney Parks is leaked, and we got the deets. And, we review the new Rebels teaser, The Making of Return of the Jedi, and the Black Series Mara Jade action figure. Plus, James Caan has a gripe with the original Han Solo, Marina Sirtis wants to get rebellious, and Billy Dee meets Bane.

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RebelForce Radio: September 27, 2013

James Arnold Taylor from The Clone Wars, Star Wars books Editor for Del Rey Erich Schoeneweiss, and Geek Out Loud's Steve Glossen gather around the Roundtable with Jimmy Mac to discuss "Star Wars: Kenobi".  It's a fun onversation that digs deep into the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi during his early days on Tatooine. Plus, James Arnold Taylor performs a reading of "Kenobi" produced by Jimmy Mac exclusively for RFR.  And, Star Wars Audiobooks narrator Jonathan Davis talks to Jason & Jimmy about recording over 25 Star Wars stories for Random House Audio. If that wasn't enough, we have one more Kenobi Keychain to give away. Listen to learn how you can win! 

To hear Jonathan Davis perform "Star Wars: Kenobi" visit www.audiblepodcast.com/RFR to sign up for a membership and a FREE audiobook download! 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_092713_Kenobi.mp3
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Ahsoka Tano actress Ashley Eckstein is celebrating her birthday today and RebelForce Radio is hosting an unforgettable bash in her honor!  Join us for a fun hangout with Ashley as we enjoy some sweet treats with our party guests and a few surprises along the way, including an Ahsoka/Anakin reunion you don't want to miss, courtesy of Matt Lanter!  Plus, conversation about Star Wars: The Clone Wars, giveaways, trivia, and more!

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RebelForce Radio: September 20, 2013

Steve Sansweet stops by to talk about Rancho Obi-Wan finally being recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest collection of Star Wars memorbilia in the world.  And creator of the Lucasfilm's iconic bronze Yoda statue, legendary Star Wars artist Lawrence Noble joins us to talk about the relation between art and a galaxy far, far away. Plus, Billy Dee slaps us around and more! 

To contribute to "The Art Of Lawrence Noble" Kickstarter project, visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/970452904/the-art-of-lawrence-noble?ref=live

Become a member at Rancho Obi-Wan!  www.ranchoobiwan.org

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Actors Daniel Logan & Tom Kane joined RebelForce Radio in Central Illinois at the 2013 Marigold Festival for a special show with a live audience. Join Jimmy Mac for an in-depth interview recorded live in Pekin Illinois on Sunday September 8th,  Daniel and Tom talk about the early days in their careers, all the way up through Star Wars: The Clone Wars and beyond. Listen closely for hints about the upcoming Clone Wars Bonus Content and Star Wars Rebels.  Plus, a surprise visit from the 501st, Rebel Legion and Mando Mercs!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_091313_LiveFromPekin.mp3
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A major prize!  We won, we won, we won!  This week on RebelForce Radio, we celebrate our Parsec Awards victory with audio highlights from the awards ceremony along with complete DragonCon coverage from our friends Riley & Bethany Blanton of The Star Wars Report.  We go thru the weekly round-up of the latest Star Wars Episode VII casting rumors, including some exclusive news about an actor audition that you will only hear here. And, we look back in time at other famous Star Wars casting rumors (Leo DiCaprio anyone?).  We have Kenobi keychains to giveaway and more on the evolution of the Krayt Dragon sound effect. Plus, Natalie Portman and John Williams news, and Billy Dee turns it on at DragonCon.

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It's a KENOBI-centric episode of RebelForce Radio as we celebrate the release of Del Rey's "Star Wars: Kenobi" with a special giveaway. Listen to learn how you can become eligible to win a Kenobi Keychain. Also this week, we discuss the potential future of downloading original Star Wars content on emerging new technologies - like Apple TV. And, of course, we're talking all about the latest EPISODE VII casting rumors, plot speculation, and predictions. Plus, Krayt Dragons, Billy Dee, Zim Zams and more Star Wars than you can handle! 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_083013_WeeklyRFR.mp3
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Disney journalist and Sorcerer Radio station manager Aljon Go joins us to discuss the future of Star Wars at Disney Parks and more fallout from the D23 expo.  We have the latest Star Wars Sequel rumors, plot speculation,  more audio highlights from Celebration Europe, and rapping Wookiee Peter Mayhew. Plus, ewok inspired listener feedback, Force ghosts, a review of the latest Star Wars novel "Kenobi" by John Jackson Miller, Gilbert Gottfried feels The Force and more!

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RebelForce Radio" August 16, 2013

Actor Jon Heder joins us to talk about his famous role as Napoleon Dynamite and his Star Wars fandom.  But that's just part of this week's action-packed show recorded in Chicago!  We have a full report of everything that happened at last weekend's Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.  Plus, we discuss future Star Wars sequel casting announcements and when to expect them, Star Wars collecting,  and an update with filmmaker Sheldon Norton about his RFR documentary "When The Galaxy Listens".  Chris Spice from Sandtroopers.com joins us to talk about his interview with Jett Lucas, Aljon Go from Sorcerers Radio checks in from Disney's D23 Expo, and we chat with the girls from the Admiral Theater about their Star Wars and more burlesque show "Comic Strip". 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_081613_WeeklyRFR.mp3
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The buzz about a Star Wars television series is picking up steam again and we discuss the potential TV future for the saga. Plus, Paul Bateman provides a complete report from Star Wars Celebration Europe. And, we have a lot to talk about with our special guest co-host, Star Wars collecting guru Dan Curto. We have highlights from recent interviews with Jett Lucas, Mark Hamill, and The Billy Dee Quote of the Week.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_080913_WeeklyRFR.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: August 2, 2013

Last weekend, Star Wars Celebration Europe provided fans with some cool news and reveals. RFR is here to break it all down. Joining us once again is Digital Stage host, RFR correspondent, and all-around great guy David W. Collins.  David provides invaluable insight into all the amazing events and excitement of Celebration Europe as we discuss the biggest stories from the weekend like the return of John Williams, Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015.  Complete with audio highlights and more, RFR leaves no fan behind with more in depth coverage of the biggest Star Wars event of the summer.

Listen to see if you won an autographed copy of Star Wars: Crucible signed by author Troy Denning courtesy of Penguin/Random House!

For the latest Star Wars action figures and more, visit www.dorksidetoys.com! 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_080213_WeeklyRFR.mp3
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Star Wars Celebration Europe Special

RebelForce Radio leaves No Fan Behind with our Star Wars Celebration Europe Special!  Joining Jimmy Mac is RFR correspondent and host of the Digital Stage David Collins, fresh off the Closing Ceremony stage. David tells us about some of his favorite moments from the weekend and discusses some of the big breaking news, like the announcement that John Williams will be scoring the Sequel Trilogy and more.  Then, we are proud to bring you the opening press conference in it's entirety. Hosted by David Collins, you will hear from the stars of Star Wars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis, Peter Mayhew, Ian McDiarmid, and Jeremy Bulloch. 

Join us this Friday August 2 for more coverage and recaps from Star Wars Celebration Europe. 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_072913_CE2_SpecialRe.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: July 26, 2013

Will he stay or will he go?  J.J. Abrams rumors blew up this week concerning his future with the Star Wars franchise. We discuss the potential of J.J. walking away, along with the latest Star Wars sequel news and rumors. Also, we catch up with the Caravan of the Force as they wind their way to Star Wars Celebration Europe in Germany. Plus, more "Crazy Mace", action figure talk, Listener Feedback, and Billy Dee!

Don't forget to listen to see if you won an autographed copy of Star Wars: Cruicible by Troy Denning.  We'll tell you how to become eligible to win another autographed book that we'll be giving away next week!

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Direct download: RebelForceRadio_072613_WeeklyRFR.mp3
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RebelForce Radio is back this week to discuss all the Star Wars news and rumors, including discussions about the upcoming films, television, novels, and three guys in Britain named Yoda.  Do we want to see the return of Mace Windu in the Sequels? How does C-3PO "feel"? And what does George Lucas think about the other "Star" franchise? Plus, The Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at Star Wars novels, Lando Calrissian goes to the "West Coast" and The White Sox bring "The Wars" to Chicago.

GIVEAWAY: Listen to this week's show to learn how you can become eligible to win a signed copy of Troy Denning's novel "Star Wars: Crucible"! 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_071913_WeeklyRFR.mp3
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