StarWars.com Weekly Roundup: February 8, 2013

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Wondering what’s been happening at StarWars.com? Here’s a quick roundup of what you might have missed this week!

THE STAR WARS CINEMATIC GALAXY SET TO EXPAND

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In major news, Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, confirmed that two Star Wars spinoff films are in development. One will be penned by Lawrence Kasdan (writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and co-writer of Return of the Jedi), and the other will be scripted by Simon Kinberg, writer of Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

THE CLONE WARS SEASON FIVE, EPISODE 17 PREVIEW

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The four-part finale of The Clone Wars Season Five begins here! Tune in to Cartoon Network tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. for “Sabotage,” which finds Anakin and Ahsoka investigating a sneak attack on the Jedi Temple. For a sneak peek at “Sabotage,” take a look at StarWars.com’s preview guide, featuring clips, slideshows, and more.

In case you missed it, last week’s episode of The Clone Wars, “The Lawless,” is streaming for free on StarWars.com. Go behind the scenes of the episode with the accompanying exclusive featurette, “Wrath of the Sith.” And last week’s Google+ Hangout with the cast of The Clone Wars, featuring an in-depth discussion of “The Lawless,” is now available for viewing.

STUART FREEBORN PASSES AWAY

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Makeup and creature effects legend Stuart Freeborn died on Tuesday in London. He was 98. Freeborn leaves a legacy of unforgettable contributions to film, including classic characters Chewbacca, Yoda, and Jabba the Hutt from the original Star Wars trilogy.

Watch Freeborn visit the Creature Shop of Episode I in this special video on StarWars.com.

THE BEST OF THE BLOG

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In Star Wars Mysteries: Hunting for the Fake Wedge,” Pablo Hidalgo tells the (great) story of how he discovered the identity of the actor who played Wedge in the briefing room in Episode IV, who was definitely not Denis Lawson.

Dan Brooks takes a look back at Star Wars: Return of the Jedi — Manga, a very cool adaptation of the classic film, in the first installment of his new column Happy Rancor.

Do you love the music of Star Wars? Do you love the sound and experience of listening to music on vinyl? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Craig Boliver’s post on his record label’s pending release of the prequel trilogy soundtracks on wax.

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