'Star Wars: Episode VII' tells tale 30 years after 'Jedi'

Some news for fans excited to find out what life is like post-Ewok battles and that metal bikini: Lucasfilm has announced a start date for shooting "Star Wars: Episode VII." Director J.J. Abrams and his team will begin shooting principal photography in May at London's historic Pinewood Studios.

Lucasfilm also announced that "Star Wars: Episode VII" will take place about 30 years after the events of "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi," and will star "a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces." … Read more

The force is very much with 'Clone Wars' Season 6 trailer

Get ready, "Star Wars" fans: The first trailer from the upcoming final season of "The Clone Wars" is here, and it's a lot of fun.

Earlier this month, Netflix announced that it will be making the 13 episodes of the final season of the animated "Star Wars" show available to subscribers starting March 7. Now, it has released the trailer for the season, and "Star Wars" fans have a lot to be excited about.

Though Disney, which purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, said last year that it was shutting down production of &… Read more

'Star Wars Rebels' gets propaganda poster treatment

"Explore the Galaxy," the poster reads. "Join the Imperial Navy."

Clearly, this is a propaganda poster, along the lines of what Americans might have seen plastered on walls everywhere during World War II. But, no, this isn't imploring people to join the US Armed Forces. It's urging people to join the evil Empire.

Lest anyone think that's an anti-Soviet reference, it's not. Rather, this is all about the "Star Wars" universe. In this case, it's specifically a reference to Lucasfilm and Disney's new TV show "Star Wars Rebels.&… Read more

Leia, Han, and Luke to hit new 'Star Wars' set this spring

It's unclear if they'll be arriving onboard the Millennium Falcon, but Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill will be hitting the set of "Star Wars Episode VII" this spring.

According to TV Guide, Fisher said that she, along with Ford and Hamill, will be arriving on set to reprise their roles as Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker, respectively, in March or April.

But in a Reddit Ask Me Anything today, Hamill would not confirm his involvement in the film.

Will they look the same on-screen when the film opens in December 2015 as … Read more

Court: Workers can sue Apple, Google, others in wage dispute

Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel, and other companies will have to battle a class action lawsuit from around 60,000 disgruntled workers.

Late Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld last October's ruling by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh that paved the way for a lawsuit against companies accused of conspiring to fix wages by agreeing not to poach employees. The appeals court's decision affirms the right of the workers to pursue their lawsuit as a group, according to Reuters.

If successful, a class action lawsuit can saddle the defendants with a higher penalty than … Read more

Who decides 'Star Wars' canon? Meet the Story Group

With news of Marvel taking back the reins of "Star Wars" comics, and the new film edging closer to its 2015 debut date, many fans are anxious to learn the fate of some of their favorite characters in what's referred to as the Expanded Universe (comics, books, and games).

According to recent reports by blogs such as Bleeding Cool and The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm and Disney have a brand-new committee of employees called the Story Group whose job it is to tackle the rancor monster known as the "Star Wars" canon. … Read more

In defense of 'The Star Wars Holiday Special'

Say the words "The Star Wars Holiday Special" around a group of geeks, and you'll most likely be met with guttural groans and a lot of glares. The 97-minute TV special debuted on November 17, 1978 (making this its 35th-anniversary year), and never aired again. Many fans, as well as director George Lucas, would prefer to pretend the Wookiee- and disco-saturated show never existed, but I watch it every year as a holiday tradition to amuse myself and horrify my friends.

The infamous TV special aired on CBS, parent company of CNET. It featured not only the iconic "Star Wars" characters Chewbacca, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, C-3PO and R2-D2, but also new characters like Chewie's wife Malla, his son Lumpy, and his father Itchy. If that's not intriguing enough, we get "Golden Girls" actress Bea Arthur playing Ackmena the cantina bartender; "The Carol Burnett Show" veteran Harvey Korman playing a myriad of bizarre characters; and actor Art Carney as electronics salesman Saun Dann and friend to the Wookiees. … Read more

Official Star Wars Tumblr tackles lighter side of Dark Side

It was only a matter of time before Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, and the rest of the gang from a galaxy far, far away invaded Tumblr. While beloved "Star Wars" characters have shown up in millions of memes, animated GIFs, and probably quite a few fan fiction entries on the popular blogging site, this week marks Vader's official presence thanks to Lucasfilm and Disney Interactive.

Earlier this month, Lucasfilm finally joined Instagram with none other than a Darth Vader selfie. The official Star Wars Instagram now has more than 204,400 followers. … Read more

R2-D2 fan builders hired for new 'Star Wars' film

Imagine painstakingly creating a working astromech that looks and sounds just like the beloved R2-D2, and then being asked to build one just like it for the new "Star Wars" film. That's exactly what happened to UK "Star Wars" fans and R2-D2 builders Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples.

It all started when Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy toured the R2-D2 Builders area at Star Wars Celebration Europe this summer in Germany, Steeples told "She posed for pictures with us, looked at all the droids we'd built, and was very complimentary," Steeples said. "I mentioned that the R2-D2 Builders in the UK were available if required, as a semi-joke. When I was contacted to work on the film by [executive producer] Jason McGatlin, it was on her recommendation." … Read more

'Star Wars' auditions: Yoda-worthy advice from the pros

Think you have enough midi-chlorians to be in the new "Star Wars" film? Perhaps you're the droid director J.J. Abrams is looking for? Or maybe you just want to test out your best impression of Jack Lemmon imitating Chewbacca?

Open auditions for the new "Star Wars" film started Saturday in Bristol, England, but with long lines turning people away, Lucasfilm is now accepting video applications through Cast It Talent's Web site

The site reveals generic bios of characters that most likely will not be exactly the same in the movie (Abrams undertook a similar style of casting with his 2010 film "Super 8"). … Read more