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21 April 2015 - 05:49 PM
Thank the maker! Star Wars creator George Lucas has submitted plans to build a brand new affordable housing complex in the wealthy Lucas Valley area of California.
As far back as 1988, George Lucas has sought planning approval for redevelopment of Grady Ranch at 2400 Lucas Valley Road in Marin County, California, near his most well known property, Skywalker Ranch. These proposals have included a plan for construction of a digital production center for Lucasfilm in 2012, and was heavily protested by other residents of the area.
Last week, Lucas struck back with a new proposal for a 224-unit affordable housing complex on the site, apparently footing the $150-million bill himself. The complex is said to consist of a mixture of residences along with a pool and community center.
The proposals have been met with backlash from residents of the area, concerned that crime rates will rise and property values will fall. According to his lawyer, Lucas has commented on the project which would take placer in an area with an average household income of over $90k as saying, "We've got enough millionaires here. What we need is some houses for regular working people."
This continues Lucas' trend of philanthropic gestures, following on from the $4-billion pledge to education from the proceeds of the sale of Lucasfilm, the formation of the educational foundation, Edutopia, and his Giving Pledge to will half of his fortune to charity.
20 April 2015 - 05:32 PM
Celebration Anaheim attendees were treated to a special teaser of upcoming spin-off Star Wars: Rogue One this weekend.
Speaking at Celebration Kathleen Kennedy and director Gareth Edwards revealed new information about the upcoming spin-off, which has only one cast member confirmed so far - Felicity Jones, who will allegedly play a Rebel soldier.
Those attending the panel were also treated to a special teaser trailer which has leaked online, which confirms the setting as being pre-A New Hope, with a plot revolving around Rebel Alliance forces retrieving the plans for the first dreaded Death Star. The teaser trailer is at this stage more of a concept reveal, as the film has not yet started shooting, but is certain to whet the appetites of eager fans.
Edwards also stated to fans that "the absence of the Jedi is omnipresent in the film. It hangs over the whole movie", and further elaborated that the difference between the good guys and the bad guys may not be so clear cut.
The spin-off movies will be known as 'Anthology' films and will be stand alone features that form part of the official canon but do not rely on the core characters of the main Star Wars saga.
Rogue One is currently scheduled for release on 16 December 2016.
19 April 2015 - 08:18 AM
An extended trailer for the second season of Star Wars Rebels was revealed at Star Wars Celebration this Saturday.
The animated show on Disney XD has proved itself with the first season, and producers have said that season two has almost twice as many episodes as the first. The first episode of season two, titled The Siege of Lothal, was also screened at the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim fan event on Saturday.
Star Wars Expanded Universe Timeline
Check out the timeline! It's still under construction!
In the continuity of the Star Wars saga there are eight clearly defined eras into which every story fits, and you can see these listed below.
The earliest stories occur Before the Republic, and tales of the Sith Wars and Jedi Civil War take place during the Republic era. The time of the Star Wars prequels are nestled within the Rise of the Empire era, which comes to an end with the Battle of Yavin and the start of the Rebellion era. After the fall of the Empire comes a New Republic, but the galaxy is changed again when the Yuuzhan Vong invade the galaxy at the start of the New Jedi Order era. The future is unclear, but many tales have already been told in the Legacy era...
The final publishing category is Infinities, which are often alternate universe or other stories considered non-canon. We currently have not included these stories in our timeline.
As new stories are always being added, this is a continuous work in progress, so if you spot a mistake or omission please let us know!