Rebel Force Radio: Star Wars Podcast
Star Wars Influences #13

Paul Bateman is back with Jimmy Mac to discuss the latest issues of Star Wars Marvel Comics including likes and dislikes. The topic of the month: John Carter of Mars. Hear how the Edgar Rice Burroughs's 100+ year old sci-fi saga impacted Star Wars and influenced George Lucas. Paul has a complete breakdown and expert eye-opening analysis that you will not want to miss!  Plus, Star Wars Radio Dramas, The Force AwakensRogue One and more! 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Influences_13.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: August 7, 2015

HUGE update on the RebelForce Radio documentary, “When The Galaxy Listens” with Toronto filmmaker Sheldon Norton, including a full recap of Sheldon’s trip with Jimmy Mac to Skywalker Ranch;  Dave Filoni sits down with Jimmy at Lucasfilm Headquarters at the Presidio in San Francisco for a laid back and candid conversation; Steve Sansweet joins us with news from Rancho Obi-Wan; More on the Secret History of Michael Jackson & Star Wars. And, who will win a million credits to the TOPPS Star Wars Card Trader App? Could it be you? Stay tuned as we announce our lucky winners! And our popular Little Debbie Galactic Snack Pack Giveaway is back and more!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_080715_SkywalkerRanc.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: July 31,2015

Fallout from the Slave Leia action figure controversy; Top headlines & casting rumors from The Force AwakensRogue One, and Episode VIII; The potential future of live action Star Wars TV on Netflix; the secret history of Michael Jackson & Jar Jar Binks;  listener voice mail and more. Plus find out how YOU can win a million credits to the TOPPS Star Wars Card Trader App in our exclusive RFR giveaway!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_073115_StarWarsPodca.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: July 20, 2015

Amy Schumer's appearance on the cover of GQ magazine this week presents us with yet another Slave Leia controversy. We talk about Amy's racy photo shoot and discuss it's potential impact on the franchise and fandom. A Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film is coming in 2018. We present the top 5 things we want to see in that film. Plus, we continue our coverage of Star Wars at the San Diego Comic Con as we shine the spotlight on the reunion of "Big Three": Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in what was truly a momentous occasion in Star Wars history. Australian comedian/podcaster Steele Saunders (Steele Wars) camped out at Hall H and he was there for the whole thing. From line to panel to fireworks, Steele give us his first hand account of this amazing event. 

Enjoy RFR early this week! Stay strong with The Force...We will be back on Friday July 31st with a new episode of RebelForce Radio.

Direct download: RebelForce_Radio__July_20_2015.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: July 17, 2015

San Diego Comic Con's Star Wars The Force Awakens panel stole the convention. Join us for a full review of all the action including a shot-by-shot breakdown of the impressive TFA Behind-The-Scenes reel screened at the event along with audio highlights featuring J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and the cast of Episode VII. Plus, we have a contender for RFR's Outrageous Unthinkable Story of the Week Hall of Fame...Hasbro's Black Series Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) action figure has stirred up a storm in Philadelphia and you will be blown away when you hear what went down. We'll tell you what happened, why it happened, and we rant about it all. 

Have a great weekend and be sure to join us on Monday for a bonus episode of RFR!

Direct download: RebelForce_Radio__July_17_2015.mp3
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Star Wars Influences #12: The Positive Influence of Star Wars

Welcome back to Star Wars Influences! We haven't spoken to Paul Bateman since Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and he has a lot to say about the second trailer for The Force Awakens, the season two premiere of Star Wars Rebels, and the impact of Star Wars and how it influences him. Plus, Rogue One, Ralph McQuarrie, and inspiration within the fan community. 

Direct download: Star_Wars_Influences_12.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: July 3, 2015

Hot on the heels of the world premiere of Season Two of Star Wars RebelsDave Filoni joins us In The Cantina to answer our many questions about "The Seige of Lothal", Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano and what is in the future for the crew of The Ghost. The Topps Star Wars Card Trader is one of the hottest apps on the market and we talk all about it with Neil Kleid from Topps Digital. Also, we preview Star Wars at the San Diego Comic Con and we review the latest news from The Force Awakens including analysis of some leaked product images. Plus, Star Wars in Pop Culture, our star-studded tribute to Christopher Lee, Chewbacca Headphones and more. 

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RebelForce Radio: June 26, 2015

The big video game industry event E3 happened earlier this month and there was plenty of info revealed about the new games on the horizon including Star Wars Battlefront.  IGN editor Mitch Dyer joins us to make sense of it all. We are expecting big changes at Disney Parks as the Star Wars footprint expands. Join us for an exclusive update! Plus, The return of The Force Awakens 15 Minute Spoiler Update, Wendy Snyder on the air and more.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_062615_E3Update.mp3
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THE Roundtable is back with Sam Witwer, Kyle Newman and F.J. Desanto joining Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac to dig deep into everything that happened in the Season 2 premiere of Star Wars Rebels, "The Siege Of Lothal". We get down and dirty talking about the re-emergence of Darth Vader and his effect on Ahsoka and the crew of The Ghost, the rise of rebellion and the domination of the Empire as it puts the hammer down on Lothal. Plus, go behind the scenes with Sam as he talks about the process of bringing The Emperor to life.

Direct download: SWRebelsDeclassified_062415_SiegeOfL.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: June 19, 2015

It's the second annual RebelForce Radio Disney Star Wars Weekends Listener Meet Up and we are leaving NO FAN BEHIND. Join us as we go backstage to visit Ray Park (Darth Maul), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger) and host James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi). Be there with us for the listener meet up as we podcast live from Disney's Hollywood Studios on The Streets of America. Then, ride Star Tours with Jimmy MacSteve GlossonStar Wars artist Kevin Liell and a Starspeeder 1000 packed with RFR listeners. We recap the entire weekend poolside from the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista with Wendy Snyder (WGN Radio) including Frank Oz's first appearance at SWW, a Darth's Maul shopping spree, and Steve's wacky cameo at The Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_061915_DisneySWW_1.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: June 12, 2015

The Force Awakens novelization gets a release date putting an end to our epic debate from last week; Star Wars Uprising is in position to give us our first taste of the galaxy post-Return of the Jedi; Marvel's Star Wars comic looks to shake up what we know about Han Solo's romantic past; Rumors are running rampant about the cinematic futures of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi; Billy Lourde speaks; Big Honkin' Steve sings; and Billy Dee's mind goes into the gutter when he thinks about the Sarlaac pit. All this and more on RFR! 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_061215_StarWarsPod.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: June 5, 2015

Star Wars The Force Awakens news and a debate about the release of the novelization; George Lucas speaks up about Episode VII; More Star Wars Celebration Stories & behind the scenes recaps from days 3 & 4; Harrison Ford is back in the air; Star Wars Rebels news; A John Williams update; Disney's Star Wars Weekends; Barely Lethal giveaway and more!

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RebelForce Radio: May 29, 2015

Kyle Newman is back to give us all the deets about his new film Barely Lethal (now in theaters and on-demand) and his experience working with the talented cast including Samuel L. Jackson; We share behind-the-scenes stories from Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty with our Princess Leia, actress Catherine Taber; We celebrate the 35th anniversary of Empire and the 10th anniversary of Sith; Andy Serkis's character in The Force Awakens gets a name; More from Dave Filoni and the Untold Clone WarsStar Wars Detours, Billy Dee and more!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_052915_SmugglersReca.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: May 22, 2015

Jason & Jimmy talk to Mos Eisley Cantina expert Tom Spina who provides us with analysis of The Force Awakens pix from Vanity Fair; Fresh casting news from Star Wars Rogue One; Carrie Fisher's daughter Billy Lourde addresses rumors; Pip Andersen talks about The Force Awakens; We confront Apple iTroopers and we shake up our spoiler policy...again.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_052215_TomSpina.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: Monday May 18, 2015

As promised, here is the continuation of The Best of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. We review highlights from the most popular panels including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Ian McDiarmid. Plus, The Untold Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels panels with Dave Filoni, Freddie Prinze Jr and more. Also, we explain why it's important for you to watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Netflix, listener love for Asajj Ventress, and more from SWCA!

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RebelForce Radio: Friday May 15, 2015

Join RFR for the Best of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim! We have highlights from the most popular panels including the earth-shattering kickoff panel for The Force Awakens & the much anticipated Star Wars Battlefront. Plus, Dave Filoni & The Rebel Women Who Fought The Clone Wars‚Äč, Disney's Star Wars Weekends, spoiler policy reviewed and Hondo Ohnaka hits the show floor.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_051515_BestOfSWCApt1.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: May 8, 2015

Star Wars is everywhere and RFR digs deep into the latest news, rumors and reveals. This week, we analyze the latest comments from J.J. Abrams, Bob Iger, and a new set of pix from the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens courtesy of Vanity Fair. The teaser trailer for Star Wars Rogue One made it's debut at Star Wars Celebration...Hear what we think of it!  Plus, Josh Trank is out, Boba Fett is in, and Billy Dee is the "Baron of Smooth".  Do you think you may have seen Star Wars too many times? We take the test to determine if we have...Find out how we did! All this plus Mark Hamill tells RFR what blue milk tasted like and much more!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_050815_StarWarsPodca.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: May 1, 2015: Celebration Recap

We recall our experiences as stage hosts for Star Wars Celebration including panel recaps, backstage stories, celebrity encounters, and Bith heads. From the RFR Celebration Kickoff Bash to all the action on the Behind The Scenes Stage and more, it's our review of that amazing week in Anaheim. Plus, deets about the second annual RebelForce Radio Disney Star Wars Weekends Meet Up, and Billy Dee gets very quoteworthy at Star Wars Celebration.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_050115_CelebrationRe.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: The Force Awakens Trailer #2: Fan Feedback

You guys jammed the RebelForce Radio hotline voice mail inbox after the release of the amazing second teaser trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens. Jimmy Mac has returned from Anaheim to listen to what you have to say. You heard us discuss the trailer indepth with Sam Witwer earlier this week. Now, hear Star Wars fans from all over the globe provide their feedback - Unscreened & unscripted. Join us as we turn the show over to you and your reaction to the latest tantalizing 2 minutes of Star Wars magic. 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_042815_Trailer2FanRe.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: The Force Awakens Trailer #2 Reaction Show

Sam Witwer joins Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac for a complete and thorough analysis of the amazing second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. From the opening shot of the dunes of Jakku to the closing frame of Han & Chewie welcoming us all home, we rip thru the latest 2 minutes of magic from Lucasfilm. Now that the incredible experience of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is behind us, join RFR as we look forward to December and the release of The Force Awakens with conversation you will not find anywhere else!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_042515_TFATrailerRea.mp3
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RebelForce Radio Star Wars Celebration Kickoff Bash

Leaving no fan behind, RebelForce Radio kicks off Star Wars Celebration Anaheim with a very special podcast recorded live in front of a packed house at the Anaheim Sheridan.  Join us for laughs, music, celebrity guests and surprises as we bring our party to you! 

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RebelForce Radio: April 10, 2015

With Star Wars Celebration Anaheim coming next week, RebelForce Radio is the only place you will hear all the hosts from the 3 main stages together. Joining Behind The Scenes Stage hosts Jimmy Mac & Jason Swank are David W. Collins (Digital Stage host) and Celebration Stage host James Arnold Taylor!  We preview highlights from the upcoming action-packed week of Star Wars insanity.  Force In The Flesh author Shane Turgeon is In The Cantina with the lowdown on what's happening in the Celebration Tattoo Pavilion and competition. Plus, your chance to get last-minute tickets for the RFR Celebration Kickoff BashStar Wars goes digital, and much more to get you fired up for Star Wars Celebration!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_041015_StarWarsPodca.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: March 27, 2015

It's a RebelForce Radio miracle! Stephen Stanton returns to give us an amazing Death Star-sized update to our Star Wars Celebration ticket giveaway that will blow you away. Stephen also gives us the lowdown on what he has up his sleeve for the 501st party.  Geek Out Loud superstar Steve Glosson joins Jimmy Mac this week for a huge Celebration Anaheim Update with Star Wars artist extraordinaire Randy Martinez. We get all the deets from Randy about his booth at the show, and we review some of the Celebration programming schedule, including Smuggler's Bounty. You know him as the voice of Kit Fisto in Star Wars: The Clone Wars & Senator Bail Organa in Star Wars Rebels - Phil Lamarr talks to Jimmy Mac about working in Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, Mad TV and more! SOLD OUT! That's right, all the tix for the massive RFR Celebration Kickoff Bash are gone! We fill you in on what will be happening at the bash and who will be there. Plus, Star Wars Aftermath, some new buzz about the long-in-development live-action Star Wars TV show, Will Ferrell as Little Debbie, music and good times! RFR is a STAR WARS CELEBRATION for your ears!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_032715_StarWarsPodca.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: March 20, 2015

Stephen Stanton joins us for a massive Star Wars Celebration ticket giveaway that knows no equal.  We have 2 pairs of four day passes that a couple of lucky RFR listeners will win!  Stephen sits in to hear your Star Wars stories from our voice-mail hotline and we choose winners.  Listen to the show to find out if it's you!  Of course, Star Wars Celebration means it's party time and we got the deets on how you can get tickets to the RebelForce Radio Celebration Bash. Internet pre-sales sold out swiftly. Now everyone gets a shot at purchasing a ticket to what will be the hottest Star Wars party in Anaheim. We tell you how! Plus, Rogue One gets a composer, Episode IX might have a director, a very Princess Leia-centric The Force Awakens 15 Minute Spoiler Alert, and much more.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_032015_StarWarsPodca.mp3
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Star Wars Influences #11: Marvel Comics & Buck Rogers

Paul Bateman is back with Jimmy Mac to discuss all the things that inspired the Star Wars saga. For this show, we review the first releases of Marvel Star Wars comics, get Paul's take on the season finale for Star Wars Rebels, and get down and dirty with Buck Rogers as Paul provides a ton of connections between Buck and The 'Wars.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_SWInfluences_011.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: March 13, 2015

Special Report: The first Star Wars standalone film has a title! Episode VIII has a release date! Listen to highlights from the Annual Disney Shareholders Meeting where these announcements were made by Disney head honcho Bob Iger along with our commentary. Following the heels of the amazing Star Wars Rebels season finale, these big announcements have fans buzzing. Speaking of Rebels, supervising director and executive producer Dave Filoni joins us for a extensive conversation about the return of Ahsoka to Star Wars, the death of the Inquisitor, a future surprise for fans of The Clone Wars, and the prospect of an Ahsoka/Vader showdown. Plus, Star Wars news including a Harrison Ford plane crash update, The Journey To The Force Awakens, phone calls from Nat and more.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_031315_StarWarsPodcast.mp3
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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Fire Across The Galaxy"

Everyone is talking Star Wars Rebels this week!  Here at RFR HQ, it's no different! So we are proud to present our season finale Declassified mega-show! Ashley Eckstein joins us In The Cantina for her first audio interview following the debut of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars Rebels. Then we have a killer expanded roundtable discussion with Kyle Newman & F.J. DeSanto to discuss the thrilling season finale "Fire Across The Galaxy". Plus, breaking news about Harrison Ford crash landing his plane in Santa Monica and more.

Direct download: SWRebelsDeclassified_013_FireAcrossT.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: February 27, 2015

Do you have your tickets to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim? Maybe you cannot afford them? Fear not, Force-Fanatic, RFR is leaving no fan behind with our 2015 Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Ticket Giveaway! Listen and learn how you can become eligible to win a pair of 4-day passes to the most anticipated Star Wars event of the spring!  We have 2 chances for you to win! Plus, Ming Chen from AMC's Comic Book Men joins us In The Cantina to discuss The 'Wars, Kevin Smith, and growing up a Star Wars fan. And, we review the most recent comments from J.J. Abrams about The Force AwakensMark Draven from the Celebration Tattoo Pavilion helps solve a mystery, Harrison Ford looks into the crystal ball, and our Almost Famous 15 Minute Spoiler Alert gets you caught up on the latest Episode VII rumors. And that's just scratching the surface of all the great Star Wars audio awesomeness we have for you this week on RFR!

RebelForce Radio along with Star Wars Rebels actor Stephen Stanton would like all Star Wars fans to check out all the great work being done by The Starlight Foundation. Click HERE to learn more about this great organization and to donate.

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_022715_StarWarsPodca.mp3
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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Rebels Resolve"

We got a cliffhanger! The penultimate episode of Star Wars Rebels season one, "Rebel Resolve", continues to follow the crew of The Ghost in their pursuit to rescue Kanan from Imperial captivity with the episode ending unresolved. What an amazing set-up for the season finale!  Joining us at the RFR Roundtable to discuss "Rebel Resolve" are two incredible panelists:  Star Wars fiction editor for Del Rey Erich Schoeneweiss and Fangirls Going Rogue's Teresa Delgado

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REBELFORCE RADIO: FEBRUARY 20, 2015

Star Wars Rebels head writer Henry Gilroy joins us In The Cantina to talk about the first season of the show, season two and more. Star Wars scholar Mike Klimo give us the lowdown on his fascinating "Star Wars Ring Theory". Plus, audio highlights featuring Mark Hamill talking about The Force Awakens & George Lucas at Sundance. Top it off with our "15 Minute Spoiler Alert" and you got a complete Star Wars audio experience to kick off your weekend!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_022015_StarWarsPodca.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: February 13, 2015

Is the release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens being moved again? We review the week in Star Wars news with a slew of audio highlights, including recent comments by director J.J. Abrams, Mark Hamill and more. Also, we get to know Star Wars standalone screenwriter Gary Whitta and we have deets about Carrie Fisher's daughter being drafted into The Wars. Plus, a Star Wars Celebration update, John Boyega speaks, and we check in with our current fave Jedi Liam Neeson. Friday is RebelForce Radio day...Star Wars Celebration for your ears!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_021315_StarWarsPodca.mp3
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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Call To Action"

Fresh off his performance as the evil Tarkin in Star Wars Rebels "Call To Action", Stephen Stanton joins Jimmy & Jason to discuss his portrayal as the evil Grand Moff. Stephen shares some amazing behind the scenes stories, including the original title for the episode and more. Also joining us at the RFR roundtable is Scott Allen from the legendary 501st Legion. This is a first for RebelForce Radio as we've never conducted a Declassified discussion featuring an actual actor from the episode itself. EPIC! 

Direct download: SWRebelsDeclassified_011_CallToActio.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: February 6, 2015

Coming in 2016, the first Star Wars spin-off standalone film has been flying under the radar...Until now. Big news broke this week about casting, while new rumors continue to pick up steam. Star Wars artist and UK film insider Paul Bateman returns to RFR to analyze the news with insight only Paul could provide.  Plus, more of that famous (or infamous) Bateman Boba Fett speculation.  The big grand opening of the latest Star Wars museum exhibit, Star Wars and The Power of Costume, was last weekend in Seattle. Fangirls Going Rouge's Tricia Barr was there and she give us the behind-the-scenes scoop.  All this along with Little Debbie giveaways, new music, Rancho Obi-WanThe Shorty Awards and The Billy Dee Quote of the Week

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_020615_StarWarsPodca.mp3
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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Vision of Hope"

Ezra experiences a vision of the future and the crew of The Ghost goes on a mission to rescue a senator. Or are they walking into a trap? It's another week and that means another episode of Star Wars Rebels: Declassified. Joining moderator Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac at the RFR Roundtable is noted Star Wars artist, Ralph McQuarrie protege, and host of Star Wars Influences Paul Bateman

Direct download: SWRebelsDeclassified_010_VisionOfHop.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: January 30, 2015

How did Padme Amidala die? Was it a "broken heart"? Was it a Force choke from Anakin?  Or was it something (or someone) we've never considered before?  We discuss the eye-opening article "Padmé Didn’t Die of a Broken Heart: There’s something you missed" with it's authorRetroZap blogger Joseph Tavano. Plus, the return of our 15 Minute Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoiler Alert, news about the first stand-alone film, recent comments from Ewan McGregor & Oscar Isaac, and much more!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_013015_StarWarsPodca.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: January 23, 2015

Star Wars headlines this week: Billy Dee returns as Lando in Star Wars Rebels. RFR gets some ink in a national newsstand publication. And, George Lucas makes controversial comments about how his contributions to The Force Awakens have been scrapped. Plus, Star Wars meets Pawn Stars, Listener Mail, and more sequel casting rumors. 

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_012315_StarWarsPodca.mp3
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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Idiot's Array"

Billy Dee Williams returns as Lando Calrissian in the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels "Idiot's Array". What did we think of Billy Dee's debut in Rebels? Did he bring more character or caricature to his performance? Does the depiction of early Lando jibe with what we know about the character in The Empire Strikes Back? We talk about it all on this episode with our special guests - Official Star Wars artist Randy Martinez and co-author of the upcoming Star Wars Visual Guide, Fangirls Going Rogue's Tricia Barr.

Direct download: SWRebelsDeclassified_009_IdiotsArray.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: January 16, 2015

The Force Awakens...Star Wars Detours...Rebels...and more. Star Wars is everywhere these days and we are here with your weekly breakdown of everything important happening in the galaxy far, far away. We've got rumors about a potential massive Star Wars digital content dump maybe coming this spring, And, we discuss Gary Whitta's current standing as a Star Wars screenwriter. Plus, Galactic Heroes; actor Donald Faison talks Wars vs Trek; Billy Dee brings Lando to Rebels; and we review recent comments from Oscar Isaac, Liam Neeson & J.J. Abrams. And that's just scratching the surface of all the cool Star Wars stuff happening this week on RFR. Listen now!

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Paul Bateman returns with Jimmy Mac to bring you amazing analysis of Star Wars: The Force Awakens recently leaked concept art & action figure images.  Also this episode, Paul talks about the Ralph McQuarrie inspired Christmas artwork he created during the holiday season for Lucasfilm.  And, we review two great books: Star Wars Costumes and Star Wars Storyboards. Plus, Bantha's beheaded, Kenny Baker goes for a spin, Smuggler's Bounty and more!

Direct download: RebelForceRadio_SWInfluences_010.mp3
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RebelForce Radio: January 9, 2015

We are back for 2015 with a fresh ep of RFR! Join us this week for the latest news from The Force AwakensStar Wars in Pop Culture, and  hot info about upcoming Star Wars merch from Hasbro. We also have a Celebration Update to discuss the big announcement of our live audio drama "Smuggler's Bounty". Kyle Newman and F.J. DeSanto join us t0 share insider information about this amazing sequel to 2012's "Smuggler's Gambit", coming from us this April in Anaheim. Then, Kyle and F.J. stick around for our famous "15 Minute Spoiler Alert". Plus, The Simpsons, New Years Eve reports, talking Star Wars ornaments from Hallmark and more! 

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Path of the Jedi"

2015 is upon us and so are new episodes of Star Wars Rebels! Kicking off the second half of the season is "Path of the Jedi" - another great exploration into the Jedi and their connection to The Force. This episode features a powerful script and revelations about the nature of the Force. Plus, Frank Oz returns in the role of Jedi Master Yoda!  For such a momentous occasion, two powerful voices of Star Wars fandom were summoned - Kyle Newman and F.J. DeSanto join Jason & Jimmy at the roundtable to talk about "Path of the Jedi". 

Direct download: SWRebelsDeclassified_010715_PathOfTh.mp3
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Film Commentary: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

In another Rebel Force Radio ExclusiveSam Witwer returns for the long-awaited conclusion of our prequel trilogy commentaries with Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and this time, David Collins is along for the ride with Jason & Jimmy Mac. Sam always blows our minds with his insightful and educated analysis of any Star Wars film, and Sith is no different. Plus, David has some incredible stories to tell about working at Lucasfilm while Episode III was in production. And of course, we have a ton of laughs along the way.  As always, you can watch the film along with us or simply listen to the show. It might be your last present of the holidays, but it's probably the best, as RFR presents our film commetary track for Revenge of the Sith with Sam Witwer.

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RebelForce Radio: December 19, 2014

The holiday season is upon us and the Star Wars spirit is in the air. Coming off a week filled with tons of news about The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels, and more, we have a lot to say. We have more analysis of the new character names revealed for The Force Awakens, including exclusive information about the inspiration for Poe Dameron's surname.  Plus, Mark Hamill, Frank Oz, and Bob Iger speak. And don't forget to stay tuned for a mega-sized The Force Awakens Spoiler Alert filled with juicy rumors and wild speculation.  Join Jason & Jimmy, along with in-studio guest Cris Macht (The Force Among Us), for Star Wars holiday cheer!  

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS from REBELFORCE RADIO 

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RebelForce Radio: December 12, 2014

What's in a name?  Plenty if you are a Star Wars fan! And this show is all about the newly released character names for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  From Po to Rey to Finn...We talk about it all. And we have a ton of listener voice mail featuring your fresh opinions of these new character names. Plus, SNL parodies the trailer, Twitter reacts to TFA, and more! 

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RebelForce Radio: The Force Awakens Trailer Reaction Show II: The Fans

Following the amazing debut of the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, loyal RFR listeners flooded our voice mail inbox with their own reactions, opinions and commentary. For this special episode, the spotlight shines on you and your feedback - unedited and unscreened - on a historic day for the Star Wars saga. Plus, exclusive reaction from filmmaker Kevin Smith that you can only hear here, courtesy of The Comlink  Join us in the trenches as we bask in the first Star Wars film footage in almost 10 years with this bonus show from RebelForce Radio!

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The eagerly anticipated trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted at movie theaters and online this morning. RebelForce Radio is proud to bring you immediate reaction to the trailer with our friends Kyle Newman, Paul Bateman, F.J. Desanto, and J.C. Reifenberg. We cover it all, from the sights to the sounds, and we even reveal the identity of the mysterious narrator. Join us now for a historic day for Star Wars fans and come back later for an upcoming show featuring wall-to-wall listener feedback. Check your feeds later this weekend for more! 

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Gathering Forces"

Season One of Star Wars Rebels comes to the halfway point with the mid-season finale "Gathering Forces". Picking up immediately following last week's episode "Empire Day", "Gathering Forces" features the crew of The Ghost on the run once again, and Ezra facing his demons. Joining moderator Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac are esteemed panelists Steve Glosson (Geek Out Loud) and Teresa Delgado (Fangirls Going Rogue).

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RebelForce Radio: November 21, 2014

It's our annual Thanksgiving show when we show appreciation to our listeners as we feature your voice mail - unscreened and unedited. As always, you guys have a lot to say!  Join us as we celebrate the 36th anniversary of the cult fave Star Wars Holiday Special with memories from Mark Hamill and more. Plus, we have The Force Awakens spoiler discussion with rumors about the trailer and Luke Skywalker,  Tarkin talk,  the Billy Dee Quote of the Week and more. Stuff your bird with Star Wars & RFR this Thanksgiving!

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Star Wars Rebels: Declassified: "Empire Day"

Feeling patriotic? Celebrate "Empire Day" with RebelForce Radio!  Adam Bray, author of the Star Wars Rebels Visual Guide and Fangirls Going Rogue co-host Tricia Barr join Jason & Jimmy Mac for conversation about what "Empire Day" is and it's impact on the crew of The Ghost. From the odd Tseebo, to the mystery of Ezra's parents, to the cliffhanger ending...We cover it all on Declassified

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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