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Dave Prowse Officially Retiring from the Convention Circuit



David Prowse as Darth Vader

The original Dark Lord of the Sith has decided to officially retire from the convention circuit. Dave Prowse played the iconic role of Darth Vader in the original trilogy of Star Wars films. While he was not the man revealed under the mask in Return of the Jedi (that was Sebastian Shaw), nor was he the voice (that was James Earl Jones), he was the man that breathed life into the character and gave us a terrifying build of a man.

Dave Prowse has always been a constant at fan conventions, but in recent years his health has been declining, and he was also diagnosed with dementia.

Prowse was a former body builder prior to landing the role of the iconic Darth Vader.  Due to his height and build, he was a go-to-guy for many roles in TV from the late 60’s to the mid 80’s.

His agents, Alliance Agents, posted this information this evening.

As posted on his official Facebook page, Sadly due to his health, Dave Prowse will be retiring at the end of the year. His family have asked that there are no further convention bookings made.

Dave will be working remaining bookings that are easy to get to and do not require an overnight stay, however there are likely to be a number of cancellations.

These are the wishes of Dave’s family, so please can people remain respectful of this and understand when these cancellations have to be made.

Dave’s health and well being must now take priority.

For the time being Dave will continue to take part in private signings at home.

A truly huge loss for the fan community.  We at OuterRimNews want to congratulate David for his huge contributions to the Star Wars mythos, and wish him well in his retirement.

A Star Wars fan since 1978, he has a passion for all things Star Wars and wonders why May the 4th is not a national holiday. He lives in the wastelands of middle Georgia with his wife, two girls, and two dogs.

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Star Wars Shows Up in New ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Trailer



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Normally we don’t post about movies other than Star Wars on the site, but this news sort of is about Star Wars. Disney’s upcoming sequel to Wreck it Ralph, features a few Star Wars characters and ships in it.

It seems Ralph and Vanellope enter the Internet and find themselves at Disney’s website. Of course upon arriving a TIE-Fighter is seen chasing an X-Wing fighter. We also see Vanellope being chased by three First Order Stormtroopers as well!

Check out the new trailer above!

About Ralph Breaks the Internet:

“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.” Directed by Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Cedar Rapids,” co-writer “Zootopia,”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt”), “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-Ralph 2” hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

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Nissan Unveils Millennium Falcon-Themed 2018 Rogue Vehicle



HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Nissan’s latest Star Wars-themed custom show vehicle lands on the Hollywood red carpet at the world premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story’ this evening. Based upon the brand’s best-selling 2018 Nissan Rogue, the custom show vehicle takes inspiration from the iconic Millennium Falcon featuring unmistakable elements from the most-capable ship in the galaxy.

“As the third installment of our own trilogy of collaborations with Lucasfilm, we raised the bar delivering our best custom show vehicle yet,” said Jeremy Tucker, Nissan’s vice president of marketing communications and media. “We started with the best-selling Nissan Rogue and worked with the talented concept designers at Lucasfilm and ILM. Then we turned to the experts at Vehicle Effects bring it to life. The result is hands-down the most complete and thrilling vehicle we’ve ever done.”

Merging the likeness of the Millennium Falcon with the Nissan Rogue was a natural fit. ProPILOT Assist, a Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology, helps drivers maintain speeds and guide the Rogue “Straight Down the Center.” Similarly, the Millennium Falcon always seems to find its way out of trouble ahead by navigating obstacles with apparent ease.

The Millennium Falcon-inspired Rogue is the most extensive Star Wars-themed Nissan custom show vehicle build to date, practically appearing as though it flew right off the screen. In addition to a fully customized movie-inspired exterior, for the first time, this Star Wars-inspired Nissan receives a full interior makeover channeling the iconic cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

Kids of all ages are going to enjoy the level of detail and craftsmanship that went into the interior of the build. Just as any Star Wars fan would expect, the interior features buttons, lights and sound effects closely reflecting the sights and sounds of the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit. It also features front- and second-row chairs like those seen inside the Millennium Falcon. Additionally, center-mounted “hyperdrive” controls bring the package to life.

The exterior is where the workmanship of the build shines. Custom handcrafted aluminum body panels feature details mimicking the Millennium Falcon, while 3D-printed inserts bring another level of immersive depth to the project. A roof-mounted radar dish and laser cannon appear as though they were lifted right from the movie set. Up front, the multi-pane windshield clearly resembles that of the on-screen hero.

But the rear of the craft is where all the magic happens. The subspace-hyperdrive unit spanning the entire width of the Rogue appropriately glows blue, while a trio of high-mounted Bose speakers and an 18-in. Bose subwoofer provide the aural experience. Inside and out, the Bose system delivers an impressive 1,500 watts.

Custom fabrication for the Millennium Falcon themed Rogue was completed at Vehicle Effects in Burbank, Calif. Vehicle Effects has a storied history in crafting custom vehicles for on-screen use and is responsible for all previous Nissan Star Wars-themed show vehicles.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is in theaters nationwide on Friday, May 25.

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Mark Hamill Gives His Thoughts on a Star Wars Viewing Order



In a new interview with the website Collider, Mark Hamill gave his thoughts on the best way to watch all of the Star Wars films. Well at least he tried to give us his view, although he was rather non-committal.

While he admitted his preference would be “the way they were chronologically released,” Hamill added that he understood the need for a “proper” order.

“Now, I may be wrong, because if you’re starting out fresh, you probably go: one, two, three, four, five, six… uh, Rogue One? It’s hard, I mean… wait a second.

“Rogue One comes before four! Yeah so you go: one, two, three, Rogue One, four, five, six, seven, eight,” he decided, before admitting: “I’m guessing.”

He added it would be hard for younger viewers “because the technology is so advanced now”.

“Star Wars looks primitive compared to the prequels where CGI flourished,” he said.

What are your thoughts on the correct order to watch the films? Do you start 1-7, or do watch in the order released? Leave your thoughts in the appropriate places.

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