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I tend to not post a lot of "deals," but this one is too good not to share with all of my Star Wars-loving friends. For 24 hours-only, the crew over at Entertainment Earth is having an insane blow-out sale on Hasbro's Star Wars The Black Series 6" Action Figures - specifically the Wave 14 Case. On August 22, 2018 ONLY, you can get the entire case of 8 figures for just $50! That's over 70% off the normal price of $174.99. Based on characters from Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you'll get REY (JEDI TRAINING), LUKE SKYWALKER (JEDI MASTER), SUPREME LEADER SNOKE, KYLO REN, RESISTANCE TECH ROSE and an ELITE PRAETORIAN GUARD, You'll also get MAZ KANATA (as seen in The Force Awakens) along with JAINA SOLO (a popular character from Star Wars Legends).

The details of the next Star Wars animated series have come into focus.  Star Wars Resistance, a new animated series that takes place prior to the events of 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take flight with a one-hour premiere SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD, with subsequent airings on Disney XD. This new series is a high-flying adventure that follows Kazuda Xiono ("Kaz"), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. Check out the first-look trailer and all the details below!

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Sure, it's mid-August, but that means we're about to enter my favorite season of them all... Fall. With that comes Halloween, and for the past few years the folks at Disney Parks have served-up some stellar seasonal offerings, including a tradition in which a spooktacular new Droid from their ever-growing Droid Factory line would hit the streets. For 2018, R4-BOO18 is the latest Astromech to represent the Halloween season, inspired by candy corn and looking to spread some sweets to Cloud City or your city. Problem is, ShopDisney sold out almost immediately. While my fingers are crossed that they'll restock their supply, your best bet on this one might be to visit a Disney Park in hopes of grabbing one of these in-person!

Even if you don't know Jim Cummings, you certainly know his voice. For the past 30 years, he's been the man behind the familiar sound of the most famous resident of The Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh. Taking over for Hal Smith in keeping Sterling Holloway's famous rasp alive, Cummings has become familiar to generations. "I’ve jokingly said, you know, a ‘Winnie the Pooh' generation is every three and a half years because that brings a brand new set of Pooh fans," he says with a smile, taking some time to sit down with a group (including yours truly) during the launch of Disney's Christopher Robin (reviewed here) in Los Angeles. For the Marc Forster-directed take on a grown-up boy who's lost his way, Cummings inhabits the "live-action" (via CGI) Pooh, along with Tigger (who he took over formally in 2005). During the course of our interview, Jim bounced seamlessly between his own voice and that of his characters...

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It's August 1, and as promised, director J.J. Abrams is back at the helm as production has begun on the final chapter of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Star Wars: Episode IX started lensing today at Pinewood Studios in London, and the set was a familiar one. In the first behind-the-scenes photo shared on Twitter, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Finn (John Boyega) and possibly Rey (Daisy Ridley) were seen seated in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

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It's officially happening. On August 1, 2018, the as-yet-untitled Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios. J.J. Abrams has returned to direct the final installment of the Skywalker Saga from a screenplay that he co-wrote with Chris Terrio. The official news hit the inbox here at Rock Father HQ just moments ago, and the list of new and returning cast members is both expected and surprising. See all the details below!

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