Star Wars Fans Send an X-Wing Into Space!

Two Star Wars fans from Essex, UK, launched a toy X-Wing into near-orbit and shot footage of it in the hopes of getting the attention of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J. J. Abrams (and possibly scoring tickets to the movie’s premiere). See the video below!

New Species of Fish Named After Failed Bounty Hunter

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A new species of catfish has been discovered, and researchers in Auburn University in Alabama named it Peckolita greedoi. A paper published last week describes several newly discovered catfish including P. greedoi, and explains the etymology:

Named for Greedo of Rodia, a bounty hunter killed by Han Solo in Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina in the movie “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox, 1977) with whom this species shares a remarkable resemblance.

The full paper, Three new species of saddled loricariid catfishes, and a review of Hemiancistrus, Peckoltia, and allied genera (Siluriformes) is available online:

Lando is Back!

Everyone’s favorite smoothie is back in Star Wars: Rebels!

Film veteran Billy Dee Williams brings his famed character Lando Calrissian back to a galaxy far, far away in “Idiot’s Array”. This episode, set before the original appearance of Lando, shows the scoundrel working on his dastardly plan to one day have a gas mining business that takes up all of his time.

For some behind-the-scenes goodness, click on the vid below:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Premiering Friday!

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In addition to being shown in select theatres across North America this Thanksgiving weekend, the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will also be premiering on iTunes Friday.

J. J. Abrams tweeted the following message on Tuesday, November 24:

Filming for the movie ended November 3. The trailer is premiering online 25 days after the end of principal photography. Posts Unfinished “The Clone Wars” Episodes

Great news for fans of The Clone Wars! Four episodes of the prematurely cancelled show have been released in their unfinished state on the website:

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In a video titled, “The Clone Wars Legacy”, the production team of The Clone Wars discuss the many unfinished storylines in the show, George Lucas’ involvement in the stories, and that they are now going to share a lot of their unfinished work through the website. They also mention Darth Maul’s story was adapted into the comic book “Darth Maul: Son Of Dathomir”