Happy New Year!!!


As the last hours of 2014 tick away, with 2015: The Year Of Star Wars hot on its heels, the Episode VII News staff would like to take a moment to wish all of you a very Happy New Year.


(The aforementioned wish will officially take place after the jump!) ;^)


Well, it’s been a mighty exciting year to be a Star Wars fan, and yet it’s nothing compared to what awaits us next year and in years to come. While Opening Day for The Force Awakens is still almost a year away, New Year’s Day 2015 is still the “terminator line” beyond which a new series of Star Wars movies- both core trilogy and stand-alone/spin-off films-will finally see the light of day.


Just think about it – a year ago, we knew little more than that there would be a new Star Wars sequel, and that it would be directed by J.J. Abrams. And now it seems that new rumors (some of which are bunk, but many of which do indeed seem to be the genuine article) tend to arrive with increasing frequency each week. We’ve seen the first bits of footage from the new movie, griped and debated about the details obsessively, as only we Star Wars fans can do, and are now well into the year-long countdown before the cinema lights dim and once more we hear… well, maybe not the good old 20th Century Fox fanfare from the old days, but certainly the old familiar crash of the Star Wars Main Theme as it bursts off the screen at us.


I think this is bringing out the inner ten year-old in all of us, and we here at Episode VII News are very proud and excited to be able to share the experience with you all, while bringing you what we hope continue to be some fascinating news scoops about the production as well as some fun editorials about various Star Wars minutiae. And of course, we always enjoy chewing the ol’ fat with all of you over a virtual mug of Corellian ale in The Cantina.


But of course, it would all be fairly pointless without the community that you have all helped to build. All of us here in Mod-Land would like to thank you all for a fantastic year, and for continuing to make the waiting and speculating process so much fun. And by this time next year, we’ll have a brand new Star Wars movie to endlessly discuss and pore over, with many more yet to come. It’s only going to get better from here on in, folks!


Here’s to 2015 and onward. Happy New Year to each and every one of you!


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49 thoughts on “Happy New Year!!!

  • January 1, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Happy New Year and may the force be with you!

    • January 1, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Happy New Year you Bastard!!!

  • January 1, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Well, it’s official! In all of Europe where I live, Episode VII is now coming THIS YEAR!

    Not so for our poor transatlantic friends! To Americans, this longed-for movie is (as of this moment) still coming only NEXT YEAR!

    Our hearts go out to you, poor Yankees!

    • January 1, 2015 at 3:24 am

      I hate the term “Yankees”. Here in the West Coast we have many more hours!

      • January 1, 2015 at 4:05 am

        Here in Texas “Yankee” is only half a word.

        And thank you, DEKKA. You make us feel special.

    • January 1, 2015 at 3:31 am

      I’m in NYC, so it’s still 2014.
      What’s it like in the future? Do they have flying cars yet?

      • January 1, 2015 at 3:59 am

        Or self-lacing sneakers?

          • January 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

            Hoverboards and self drying clothes, I hear.

  • January 1, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Well stick a feather in my hat and call it macaroni!

    • January 1, 2015 at 3:32 am

      Yankee Boodle Box!!

  • January 1, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Happy New Years to all, and thank you guys at SW7News for keeping us entertained this past year and this next year.

  • January 1, 2015 at 4:34 am

    “As recently as yesterday, Star Wars The Force Awakens _was_ to be opening in theaters world wide next year.

    However, in a startling shift, beginning January 1st, 2015, Disney will be releasing Star Wars The Force Awakens, _this_ year.

    Disney could not be reached for comment.”

  • January 1, 2015 at 5:26 am

    I can only say thank you from the bottom of my heart. My inner star wars freak child I thought forgotten started jumping again thanks to you. You’re awesome and I’m thankful for this family we’ve all formed. The force will be with you always.

    Just a year left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • January 1, 2015 at 7:09 am

      What movie is that?

      • January 1, 2015 at 2:33 pm

        Finding Dory

    • January 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Figure in the background looks like a Borg drone in a regeneration alcove. What IS this from?

  • January 1, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Happy new year.

  • January 1, 2015 at 7:07 am


    *-Yes, I’m hammered.

  • January 1, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Hány New Star Wars year tó everione!!!

    • January 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      And a enu pilshu milikla* to you, too!

      *- “One hotdog with everything.” in Icelandic.

  • January 1, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Guys, don’t know where I should post this so I’ll go for this page! New Years eve party in Chelsea, London, last night. Randomly chatting to a guy who worked on a couple of set builds and health and safety for Episode VII. I kind of made out that I was aware of plot details and couldn’t wait for the film. He said something along the lines of what did I think people would make of the fact that Luke’s actions kill Yoda, Kenobi and Anakin…which in turn, awakens the guy from
    The last star wars movie???

    The fact that I saw a image of this guy in a group shot with other production staff and Mark Hamill, who looked more like he was dressed as anakin but with a huuuuge beard makes me think he’s telling the truth.

    • January 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      How did Luke’s actions kill those 3? Yoda died of old age, and Ben and Anakin made choices on their own that resulted in their deaths.

      • January 1, 2015 at 2:37 pm

        Yeah! Answer that and stay fashionable.

    • January 2, 2015 at 3:52 am

      I was cleaning the lavratory at the social event that you are talking about. And that guy was just drunk trying to get with you.
      He wasn’t even on set, but I was….Liea will steal the show when she pulls off Vader’s Mask in the end and yells and screams with force lightning about how she hates Intergalactic Super-industrial strength Duct tape…And it will be Lobot that calms her down.
      And then Luke kills Ewoks.

  • January 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    The last calendar year that Han, Luke, and Leia were in a SW movie I was in 4th grade. Sometimes I still can’t believe this trilogy is coming out!

  • January 1, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    He was talking about their force ghosts. I am fully aware they “died” you plumb. Luke’s actions in TFA causes their ghostly form and ability to communicate through the force to diminish. This results in the awakening of Darth Plagueis.

    • January 1, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      No need for rudeness, dude.

  • January 1, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Happy New Year everyone.

  • January 1, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Happy New Years everyone! we are now in the year of Star Wars!

    Star Wars VII
    Star Wars Battlefront
    Star Wars Rebels season 1 and 2.

  • January 1, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Big news about the release date coming soon.

  • January 1, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Hold the phone. Dekka is .. Proud of us? we the dark creatures of the comment section??
    Mind. Blown.

    Nice card BTW.

  • January 1, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    This is going the best year ever! A new Star Wars is coming out and the day after I will be marrying my best friend! Happy New Years everyone and may the force be with you!!!

    • January 1, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      But the film is coming out at the very tail end of the year. Might as well say early 2016.

  • January 1, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks Episode VII news… I too am feeling like a kid again when I see new info come out… it seems like almost every day we get a new little treat, almost like a 1.5 year long advent calender.

    I’ve managed to indocrinate my step daughter with Star Wars… when we ran out of films to watch she asked me “can we watch Star Wars again tonight?” and I said “Another year, we must wait”.

    2015 is quite a year for me… I have a baby daughter on the way due in March… I’m hoping that by the time Episode IX comes out she will be able to attend opening night with me. Another youngling Star Wars fan, there will be.

    So basically my thought process goes somewhere between “baby on the way” & “Star wars comes out this year” + I’m moving my recording studio next month so it’s quite a crazy time.

  • January 1, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    2015. The year that ALL my predictions will come true.


    • January 1, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      Yeah… Your predictions don’t tend to be positive. So, no…

    • January 2, 2015 at 3:54 am

      What Meds do you not take or what ones should you discontinue?

  • January 1, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I want to start this year with a message to the Starwars ranters. Especially the “you killed my childhood” kind.
    George Lucas has always bin a hard working ambitious guy since he barely escaped a deadly car incident. Making Starwars was not only making a fun movie but he also pushed the boundries of technology and marketing.
    He is responsible or at least jumpstarted a lot of magical childhood moments.
    And thankfully he stuck to his guns. And he transformed the backstory into new movies. And again he was pushing limits. I am a huge fan, so I dig deep in this phenomenon. If you read “the making of Episode one The phantom Menace” you get an in depth story about how that movie came to life. The production logistics alone are mindboggling.
    The amount of compositing and animation merged with princible shooting was unheard of.
    And he did his best to give the fans the candy. He made Bobafett bigger to make him the clone template. We all wanted to see a Fett doing real bussines in his kick ass suit. And he gave us slave 1 blasting full throttle. He showed us vader’s mask slowly decent into POV.
    He spoiled the silverscreen with wall to wall action because he knows that that is what a Starwars movie is. Back in the days the Starwars movies were loved because of that. I truly believes that in his mind while writing, the fans were his first priority.

    In the prequels he gave a lot of young talented people the chance to make it in the movie business. The amount of concept art and propdesign was enormous. I can see that such a large project is difficult to manage and that maybe the acting and storyline are that much harder to do perfect. If J.J. Abrams makes a better movie then it is because he learned from those prequels not because he is better. I mean, Lucas is the first man ever to make such a big story in movie history. You can not always be 100 procent.

    In that light I hope that 2015 will be a year that , although the franchise is in new hands, we should be realy thankfull for it’s creator Mr. George Lucas.

    I am 41 and when the prequels where announced I just couldn’t believe it.
    And when Episode 7 was announced I again was so happy, it was unbelievable.
    I really don’t care how things go, I am just over the rainbow that this is happening.
    And I just cannot understand that people get mad, agressive or even sad about this.
    It’s like when a new Metallica record comes out a group of fans feel raped because it is not as good as the classic Master of puppets in their mind.

    My advice, let’s ignore them and keep it glorieus!

    • January 1, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      I’m grateful for Lucas surviving that horrific car crash and for using so many of his extra days to give us Star Wars. And, of course, making the Prequels is no cakewalk.

      But it was because the Originals were so beloved and amazing that the Prequels were so exceptionally disappointing. You’d think the main guy behind STAR WARS would’ve done so much better to give us another trilogy of great characters and stories. But for many of us, no.

      George Lucas didn’t ruin my childhood. (Not even Michael Bay does that. :P) But I’m not going to love something just because “Star Wars” is slapped on it. Like the Originals, they’ll have to earn my love and respect.

      • January 2, 2015 at 12:11 am

        If you think that George Lucas raped your childhood because the PT was so bad you need to take a long, hard look at yourselves. Yes the PT films were a dissapointment but come on, I’ve watched a damn sight worse.

      • January 2, 2015 at 6:27 pm

        I agree both with You and with ‘dutch starwars fan’. As for my opinion The Prequels had their bad points, but I get that other fans liked the Prequels, so I respect that. The OT were just better for MY taste. I felt like the OT were more straightforward, but ingrained with deep messages.
        The PT were way more obvious, pretending to be intelligent. That’s my issue with it, I feel that Anakin should have been handled better, making Padme Amidala the primary motivation for Anakin’s Fall was a bad call. He should have made Anakin’s motivation about control, power, and action, as that is what Darth Vader demonstrates later on. Darth Vader treats efficiency and action like a religion, whereas Anakin was a hothead.
        I stand by my dislike for the PT’s story.
        I also stand by the fact that Other People like the PT and that’s worth respecting.
        I’m embarrassed to be lumped into the PT Hater Category. People should judge, form an opinion, and move on, respecting other opinions.

        My 2 Cents

        • January 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm

          Dude, I couldn’t agree with you more. I, too, get that there are people out there who love the PT films. I just don’t happen to be one of them. That doesn’t make me a “hater” and I get pretty damned tired of the implication that I believe that “George Lucas raped my childhood” simply because I find his PT films to be subpar.

          Your points about Anakin’s character are a very good example of why I personally don’t feel that the PT was up to snuff.

          It’d sure be nice if 2015 ended up being the year when the “us vs. them” nonsense between PT and OT fans finally came to an end, wouldn’t it?

        • January 7, 2015 at 6:26 am

          yep the PT just fell flat. just read star wars the magic of myth book!!

    • January 2, 2015 at 3:43 am

      I don’t think we should worship George Lucas either.
      I would take Pizza over Star Wars and I don’t even know who made the first Pie.
      I think its time people realize that PT Barnum got the show going, but the performers got the job done.

  • January 2, 2015 at 1:09 am

    I didn’t realize this until now but apparently Mark Hammil is in the upcoming film Kingsman: The Secret Service 🙂

    Hopefully we’ll be seeing him in other films as well.

  • January 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Happy New Year everybody! This is the year of the Star Wars rebirth! Peace and love to you all in this galaxy!

  • January 7, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Since the film is coming out at the very end of the year, I wouldnt call 2015 the year of star wars, this year belongs to other films. star wars is more like 2016

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