Long-running, award-winning STAR WARS program hosted by podcasting veterans Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac, Rebel Force Radio provides STAR WARS information and entertainment. From the Classic Trilogy to the Prequels... From THE FORCE AWAKENS to ROGUE ONE to SOLO...Rebel Force Radio puts you on the fron…
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So much new info about George Lucas's legendary special effects company has been revealed via new documentary series like “Light and Magic” and “Icons Unearthed: Star Wars”. In 1978, George moved ILM from Southern California up north to San Rafael into a facility on Kerner Blvd, where it stayed until 2005. Thanks to veteran filmmaker Sean House, RFR was recently allowed access to this former home of ILM and important location of film history. This is the place where STAR WARS special effects from EMPIRE to REVENGE OF THE SITH were created, not to mention RAIDERS, E.T., Jurassic Park and so many more groundbreaking films. It's still in use today as 32Ten Studios and still creating amazing effects. Effects wiz Sean House joins us to talk about his career, his history with ILM and shares behind-the-scenes stories you've never heard before about working with George Lucas and Rick McCallum. Thanks to the help of loyal RFR listeners, Jason has solved his problem with Star Wars action figures falling down. We also talk about newer action figure releases from Black Series to Retro Vintage and more.
It's a very special LIVE Rebel Force Radio. Jimmy Mac is in Petaluma, CA, at Rancho Obi-Wan as we sit down for an extended interview with legendary fan ambassador and Guinness record holder for the largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia Steve Sansweet. Steve will showcase some of our favorite items in his collection while also taking your calls. We also review the all-new trailer for STAR WARS: ANDOR. Plus, 100% of all super chats will go to Rancho Obi-Wan. Please consider making a donation to support Rancho Obi-Wan, home to the Guinness World Record largest Star Wars collection and museum and become a member today! www.ranchoobiwan.org
Director Brian Volk-Weiss joins us to talk about his documentary series ICONS UNEARTHED: STAR WARS which features his rare and revealing interview with Marcia Lucas. Brian talks to us extensively about how he snagged the interview with George Lucas's ex, his research into STAR WARS, his fandom, collecting, his popular series THE TOYS THAT MADE US, and more. This guy knows his STAR WARS! Plus, we review new highlights from the latest episode of ICONS including reveals about how George Lucas got the idea to make Darth Vader the father of Luke Skywalker and more!
Could the STAR WARS ORIGINAL TRILOGY be completely remade with new actors? We discuss the possibilities. We look at the recently leaked Mandalorian Season 3 footage from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim with a shot-by-shot review. We also analyze the leaked trailer for TALES OF THE JEDI, an upcoming series of shorts featuring early stories about Ahsoka Tano, Qui Gon Jinn and Count Dooku. We have more Marcia Lucas highlights from Vice TV's “Icon Unearthed” including info about the trench run and the deleted Anchorhead scenes. Plus, San Diego Comic Con STAR WARS exclusive merch, a Tom Kane update, and more.
Before OBI-WAN KENOBI was a streaming series, it was conceived as a feature film. Reporter Nathan Johnson from TheDirect.com joins us this week to talk about his exclusive interview with the screenwriter behind the KENOBI film, Stuart Beattie. We reveal how Beattie convinced Lucasfilm to make the film, the initial plans for a trilogy, original ideas for Reva, a role for Commander Cody, and a different version of the Vader/Kenobi duel. Kyle Newman's new film 1UP is here, and we welcome Kyle to The Cantina to talk about the making of the movie and its STAR WARS references, along with his review of OBI-WAN KENOBI. Plus, Marcia Lucas talks about killing off old Ben in A NEW HOPE, Gina Carano reveals info about the now-scrapped RANGERS OF THE NEW REPUBLIC and more!
With KENOBI wrapped, we look ahead to the next big STAR WARS streaming series ANDOR with an in-depth review of the first trailer. In news headlines: OBI-WAN KENOBI writer Stuart Beattie revealed the original plan for the story to be told as a feature film trilogy, and the status of Taika Waititi's STAR WARS film seems uncertain. Kevin Liell joins us IN THE CANTINA to make a big announcement and shares his OBI-WAN KENOBI REVIEW and STAR WARS CELEBRATION stories. Plus, we look back at the Original Trilogy via audio highlights for the moments when Anakin Skywalker emerged from the Darth Vader persona.
It's our biggest OBI-WAN KENOBI After Show yet -- The series finale packed a lot of punch and we're here to break it all down. Ben, Vader, Leia, Luke, Owen, Beru...We discuss the great moments, high action, and all the dramatic moments. The RFR switchboard is lit up and we dig deep into your thoughts and theories about all six parts of OBI-WAN KENOBI.
Chut Chut! We got OBI-WAN KENOBI on the mind as the countdown to next week's season finale is on! We have a media roundup of Hayden Christensen interview highlights that pull back the curtain on some big moments including the Bacta Tank scenes and the voice of Vader. We found him! Our favorite fan at STAR WARS CELEBRATION was Baby Belushi, aka Galactic Bluto, aka Space Jake, and we got him IN THE CANTINA. Chris Sorrentino is an artist, comedian and podcaster who is an uncanny John Belushi look-a-like and huge STAR WARS fan who once infamously appeared on Impractical Jokers! We get to know Chris and have a ton of laughs along the way.
The second half of OBI-WAN KENOBI officially begins with Part IV and we are there with the RFR After Show LIVE! We break down this latest episode down along with your thoughts and theories. The RFR switchboard was open to take your calls, and you came through with some good ones!
After a whirlwind week in Anaheim for Star Wars Celebration 2022, it's time to reflect back on everything we saw and did. Join us as we look back on the RFR Rooftop Bash, the OBI-WAN KENOBI premiere, The Mandalorian Experience, our trip to Galaxy's Edge and everything in between. Plus, we invited you to call in with your unforgettable Celebration Anaheim moments.
It's finally here! OBI-WAN KENOBI Parts I and II premiered at Celebration Anaheim 2022 followed by an early release on Disney+ and we have first-hand coverage of both! Join us for a live breakdown of this direct sequel to the Prequel Trilogy. The RFR switchboard is open for your thoughts about the most anticipated and ambitious STAR WARS live-action series yet!
With OBI-WAN KENOBI on the horizon, STAR WARS dominates the latest cover of Vanity Fair magazine. We provide a critical (and a bit cynical) analysis of the entire article including the extended Kathleen Kennedy interview posted online along with new info about ANDOR, AHSOKA, THE MANDALORIAN, THE ACOLYTE and the future of STAR WARS on the silver screen. We have KENOBI press highlights from Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen. Could there be a Darth Vader film or streaming series on the horizon? Will there ever be a film villain to match the popularity of Darth Vader? We discuss the possibilities. Plus, we review the food and drink menu for The RFR Rooftop Bash and more!
Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen visited Germany to promote OBI-WAN KENOBI and we have all the highlights! Ewan also appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW to talk Kenobi and we hear what he said. We recap ICCC in Nashville including info revealed at the Ian McDiarmid panel inferring we may be seeing The Emperor again via a STAR WARS streaming series. Plus, highlights from The Podcast Stage in Nashville, we review DISNEY GALLERY: THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT, Star Wars in Pop Culture features a moment from the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial and much more!
We've seen the teaser; now it's time for the real deal. The OFFICIAL OBI-WAN KENOBI trailer has just been released in time for May the 4th! Join us on this special STAR WARS Day for a live breakdown of this new look at an old friend and his latest adventures. The RFR switchboard is open for your thoughts about the most anticipated STAR WARS live-action series yet!
OBI-WAN KENOBI is little over a month away and Grand Inquisitor actor Rupert Friend is displaying true enthusiasm for the upcoming series in new interview clips. Dominic Pace joins us with a big update on some cool MANDALORIAN-inspired tiki mugs including his character Gekko The Bounty Hunter. Liam Neeson is always asked if he will come back to the role of Qui Gon Jinn and we have his latest remarks. Rancho Obi-Wan was featured on The History Channel recently and we have some fun highlights. Plus, we look at the voice cast for LEGO STAR WARS: THE SKYWALKER SAGA, we share some KENOBI speculation, and STAR WARS in Pop Culture features Boba Fett in a toilet.
A recent article in EW promises OBI-WAN KENOBI will focus on a time of darkness in the galaxy. We speculate! We pay tribute to comedian Gilbert Gottfried with some fun STAR WARS parodies with his contributions, like The Tonight Show. Giancarlo Esposito talked about THE MANDALORIAN season three recently and we have highlights. Also, MANDALORIAN casting news, info revealed about an upcoming STAR WARS animated series, and our final ICCC update with promoter Michael Havens!
It's Galen Howard! The Mos Espa City Hall Clerk from THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT! Galen takes us behind-the-scenes with some great stories from the set and reveals his family connection to RETURN OF THE JEDI. Plus, Galen talks about some of his other projects like BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and Justin Timberlake's “Can't Stop The Feeling” hit music video. We bring you our early review of LEGO STAR WARS: THE SKYWALKER SAGA and interview highlights from Luke's body double in THE MANDALORIAN actor Max Lloyd-Jones. Samuel L. Jackson still wants to come back to STAR WARS & still has his purple lightsaber! Star Wars in Pop Culture features THE GOLDBERGS, ROBOT CHICKEN and more!
Did Sir Alec Guinness really tell a little kid to never watch STAR WARS again? It's a well-known tale from Guinness's memoir that had us asking many questions. We wanted to find out more so we found the kid! Daniel Henning, now a successful actor/audiobook narrator, joins us In The Cantina for the first-ever interview about his encounter with Sir Alec! The countdown to OBI-WAN KENOBI is on and we have audio highlights from a recent interview with Ewan McGregor. Plus, JEDI: FALLEN ORDER, Dave Grohl, The RFR Rooftop Bash and more!
Actor Daniel Logan (Attack of the Clones) joins us with his first-ever review of THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT in a lengthy exclusive interview. We talk about his history with the character, Boba Fett action figures, and his passion for being a STAR WARS fan ambassador. Plus, Daniel weighs in on THE BAD BATCH, Omega and unreleased episodes of THE CLONE WARS. The first image of Darth Vader from OBI-WAN KENOBI has been revealed along with a few quotes from Hayden Christensen about returning to the role. Plus, more info about Darth Maul formerly being the antagonist in the Kenobi series and how the story went from bleak to uplifting during the writing process. Star Wars In Pop Culture spotlights Sir Alec Guinness and info about The RFR Rooftop Bash: Anaheim 2022!
Between darkness and defeat... hope survives. Join us for a live breakdown of the first teaser trailer for OBI-WAN KENOBI. Plus, we look at the all-new "first look" Entertainment Weekly cover story featuring pix and info. Plus, the RFR switchboard is open for your thoughts about the most ambitious STAR WARS live action series yet!
Jedi Yogi John Marcoux is back to talk THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT with his famed mythological blueprint breakdown. John makes connections between STAR WARS stories and the history of myth, religion, film, anthropology and media in ways that will blow your mind. ICCC's Michael Havens also joins us with an update on what's happening at the con in Nashville next month with a huge STAR WARS guest announcement. Plus, a new honor for James Earl Jones and a tribute to Alan Ladd Jr.
The RFR Comlink is open! This week, we're featuring listener feedback about all-things STAR WARS - New and old! We look ahead to OBI-WAN KENOBI to talk about what we want to see, and what we don't. We listen to praise and critiques from RFR Patreon supporters about THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT and plenty of talk about THE MANDALORIAN and ROGUE ONE. Plus, a look back at the original 1977 STAR WARS parody in Cracked Magazine, George Lucas stories, and we provide some of our own answers to The Yoda Questionnaire.
We review the all-new book THE ART OF THE MANDALORIAN SEASON TWO featuring fresh revelations about the series via quotes from Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. Learn about George Lucas's request for Grogu, the secrecy surrounding the debut of Luke Skywalker and why Favreau wanted The Mandalorian to keep his helmet on all the time. Plus, we look closely at concept art from the full season. A stunning new trailer for STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC dropped this week and we break it down. OBI-WAN KENOBI is coming! We have a full report on the upcoming series along with Kenobi in Marvel Comics and novels. Also in STAR WARS publishing news, Han and Leia are getting hitched…Again.
Kyle Newman (Fanboys) joins us for his critical review of THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT. Kyle breaks down the whole season and provides his insight as a filmmaker and hardcore STAR WARS fan. Plus, he brought Cyn along with him so we get her analysis as well! We take a closer look at The Scorpenek Droid, seen in the BOBA season finale. Plus, Temuera Morrison reveals he wants revenge on Mace Windu, a new Boba Fett Remix, and John Williams turns 90!
The final chapter of THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT may be here, but the conversation has just begun. Join us for a review of the season (or is it series?) finale "In The Name of Honor" complete with your chats, comments and phone calls plus a surprise call from STAR WARS actor Stephen Stanton!
We bask in the afterglow following the return of Luke Skywalker and Sweet Baby Yoda (ok…Grogu!) on the latest episode of THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT with a recap of our After Show and we discuss the mystery of Yoda's Lightsaber. Michael Havens is the mastermind behind the ICCCon and he joins us to reveal a legendary STAR WARS actor who will be at the con this spring. We got clips from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who made some rare statements about working on SOLO prior to getting the can. Sebastian Stan comments on fan support for him to play Luke Skywalker, and NSYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick reveals details about his legendary boy band appearing in ATTACK OF THE CLONES….Almost.
It's the penULTIMATE chapter of THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT and if you liked last week's episode, you'll really like this one. Join us for a thorough review of "From The Desert Comes A Stranger" and we open the RFR switchboard to take calls from the greatest audience of STAR WARS fans in the galaxy!
The buzz is strong following the debut of Din Djarin in THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT Chapter Five. With the return of THE MANDALORIAN, we're compelled to compare and contrast the two series in terms of character, story and overall quality. Could we be heading to an epic showdown between the two Beskar armored warriors? We discuss! News headlines bring us some hot scoops about ANDOR and OBI-WAN KENOBI. Plus, audio highlights from a new Temuera Morrison interview and STAR WARS in Pop Culture features "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Conan O'Brien. Plus, Creed Bratton from "The Office" in THE BOOK OF BOBA? Only on RFR!
Things are heating up this week with Chapter 5 of THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT and we have much to discuss. Join us LIVE tonight at 10 PM Eastern Time for a thorough review and be sure to share your thoughts in the chat, in the comments and on the phone as we open the RFR switchboard to take your calls.
It's ALL Boba Fett this week on RFR. We have more highlights from Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen's media tour and have quotes from the actors about the Tusken Raider massacre, the controversial Mod speeder chase, and George Lucas. Does Boba talk too much? Will we see Boba encounter Ewoks? We listen for hints or clues. We also look at rumors about an potential unannounced upcoming STAR WARS streaming series, along with the history of Boba's death and resurrection via comics and books.
NEW YEAR NEW RFR! We discuss the state of THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT after the first three chapters and listen to interview highlights from Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen on their recent media tour junket. Plus, STAR WARS in Pop Culture spotlights COBRA KAI and Leonardo DiCaprio in DON'T LOOK UP.
THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT is back this week with Chapter 3 "The Streets of Mos Espa". What did we learn? What was revealed? Join us for a LIVE (and lively) discussion complete with your phone calls. From The Mayor's office to the rancor pit…From Krrstantan to The Pykes, we talk about everything!
THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT continues this week with Chapter 2. We are talking full-on spoilers of everything that happened in "The Tribes of Tatooine". We're providing analysis and observations from the whole episode with special guest, toy guy Michael Mercy. Plus, your Superchats and phone calls to the RFR switchboard!
THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT is in our crosshairs this week as we ramp up our excitement and speculation for the upcoming STAR WARS streaming series. We review the latest promo videos and inspect the footage. Could Harrison Ford appear in the series as a de-aged Han Solo? We discuss the rumors! Mandalorian music, Simon Kinberg recently discussed his work on the STAR WARS saga in a revealing new interview, Star Wars in Pop Culture features HAWKEYE and DEXTER, action figure reviews, Liam Neeson as Santa Claus and more!
We review some cringeworthy promotional video for the new STAR WARS hotel, “Galactic Starcruiser”. Patty Jenkins is moving her schedule around again, but will it include a return to ROGUE SQUADRON? And what's up with the inconsistent media reports about RANGERS OF THE NEW REPUBLIC? We look at quotes from a recent Empire Magazine cover story about STAR WARS to figure it out. Plus, a little discussion about Count Dooku and the world premiere of Puppet Lando's all-new song "My Felt Needs To Be Felt".
We look closely at fresh footage from THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT via new video promos, along with casting rumors for AHSOKA. We welcome the first ever STAR TREK actor to join us on RFR! Chase Masterson (Leeta from DS9) and author Carrie Goldman join us In The Cantina to discuss their anti-bullying initiative Pop Culture Hero Coalition . Carrie also gives us an update on her daughter Katie “The Star Wars Girl” and Chase shares some great Peter Mayhew memories. Baby Yoda was featured at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and we review the little guy's big appearance. Plus, Bill Burr compares STAR WARS fans to sports fans and more.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy hints there may be a potential new vehicle for the characters of the sequel trilogy in an all-new Empire Magazine cover story. The article also includes quotes from the Favreau/Filoni brain trust about THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT and AHSOKA too. We read between the lines for clues about the upcoming projects. Honoring a long-time RFR tradition, we give thanks for our audience with a heavy dose of Listener Feedback featuring voice mail from our Patreon supporters.